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Klei And Capy Team Up For Don’t Starve: Shipwreck Expansion

Don’t Starve is going to get even bigger this fall. Klei is teaming up with Capy to create a new single-player expansion for the survival game, called Shipwrecked.

The add-on, which is coming to PC, Mac, and Linux, brings a host of updates. Included are new playable characters, environments, creatures, and seasons. All of the existing playable characters can take part in the new adventure, too.

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Shipwrecked marks the third major expansion for Don’t Starve. The game was updated first with Reign of Giants and then received multiplayer support with Don’t Starve Together. For more on Don’t Starve, check out our review.

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How DICE’s Audio Team Brings Star Wars: Battlefront Locations To Life

DICE has shared an inside look at the sound design in its upcoming shooter Star Wars: Battlefront. In a detailed essay, audio director Ben Minto explains the challenges behind designing ambient sounds for several planets in the Star Wars universe. Places like Tatooine and Hoth, for example, each possess their own distinct ambiance.

For Hoth, Minto's team focused on wind. They traveled to multiple locations in Scandanavia, sampling frigid gusts from Sweden and Norway. When wind alone proved insufficient in creating an appropriate atmosphere, Minto recorded the howls of a wapiti elk, a creaking door thrown open by a storm, the inside of a cave underneath a frozen waterfall and more. For those interested, a somewhat finalized version of Hoth's ambience lies at the bottom of the article.

Tatooine, on the other hand, was less about weather and more about its inhabitants. Although Minto again recorded wind, the emphasis shifted to wildlife. In the near finished Tatooine ambiences after the article, animal sounds take center stage behind a quieter breeze.

Many of these sounds come from the locations where George Lucas filmed the Star Wars movies. While Minto appreciated visiting the original sites, he cares more about the opportunity to record in nature. "Being there in person," he states, "and experiencing those surroundings makes it easier when trying to recreate that feel in the studio."

If you want more Star Wars: Battlefront, read our hands-on preview or check out this reveal trailer. Star Wars: Battlefront releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17.

Listen to the sound samples below. Hoth is on top, and Tatooine is on the bottom.



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5 questions every QA team lead or manager should ask daily

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Nintendo and DigiPen team up to bring Singapore devs’ games to 3DS

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Meet Rainbow Six Siege’s Team Of French Badasses

Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six: Siege stars a collection of operators from around the world. With various training and tools at their disposal, you’ll want to assemble a multi-national force to take on the terrorist threat.

We’ve previously shared with you spotlight videos for the British counter-terrorism squad and American FBI. Now, the French take the spotlight with a combination of precision and tech that make them a formidable force.

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Rainbow Six Siege is due out on October 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out our coverage from E3.

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A Checklist Of Skylanders: Trap Team Figures

Update (6/7/2015): The entire set of Skylanders: Trap Team figures is now available. Once you're caught up, be sure to check out our extensive preview of this year's game, Skylanders Superchargers.

Update (3/18/2015): Another wave of figures will be arriving to retail soon. This batch includes three Springtime variants, including two minis (Power Punch Jet Vac and Eggselent Weeruptor) and a special Easter-themed Earth Trap.

 

Update (12/18/2014): Wave 3 figures will be arriving at retail soon. These will make available the remaining closed elemental gates, including the two "unknown" elemental areas. Those have recently been confirmed as Light and Dark, with an expansion pack available at retail for each starting on December 22.

Update (10/17/2014): Wave 2 figures are now available at many retailers. These include three Trap Masters (Headrush, Bushwhack, and Lob-Star), two new core characters (Tread Head and Fist Bump) and a second Adventure Pack (Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items.)

We've put images of the new characters as they appear in-game in the gallery below. If you're waiting for a specific character, sit tight. Activision releases them in waves through the winter and into the next year. Some figures will not be out in time for the holidays.

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Fall is here, the leaves are turning, and the air has a chill in it. That can mean one thing: everything now has a pumpkin spice flavor. OK, fine. It also means that a new Skylanders game is out and I’m running down the list of characters available now and coming later in the season for Skylanders: Trap Team.

As you might recall from our review, there are three different types of characters this year (and you may already have some of the “new” ones thanks to an older Frito-Lay promotion). In addition to the large Trap Masters and new and returning core characters, the Skylanders Sidekicks are now fully playable. Of course, all your existing core, giant, swap force, and lightcore characters work in Trap Team. You can also use the items you've collected from adventure and battle packs.

This are sold in two-packs representing each in-game element (Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Magic, Tech, Life, and Undead). If you have some of them from their promotional releases, you’re ready to play.

Here’s what you can find in stores now:

Starter Packs

  • Standard – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • Dark Edition – Snap Shot (Trap Master), Wildfire (Trap Master), Food Fight (Core), three traps (water, life, Kaos)
  • Legendary (Toys R Us) – Legendary Snap Shot (Trap Master), Legendary Food Fight (Core), two traps (water and life)
  • 3DS – Gusto (Trap Master), Barkley (Mini)

Trap Masters

  • Snap Shot (Water – included with all starters)
  • Wildfire (Fire – included with Dark Edition starter)
  • Gusto (Air)
  • Jawbreaker (Tech)
  • Legendary Jawbreaker (Tech – Toys R Us only)
  • Gearshift (Tech)
  • Wallop (Earth)
  • Krypt King (Undead)
  • Nitro Krypt King (Undead – Target only)
  • Lob-Star (Water)
  • Bushwhack (Life)
  • Headrush (Earth)
  • Blastermind (Magic)
  • Ka-boom (Fire)
  • Tuff Luck (Life)
  • Winterfest Lob-Star (Water)
  • Thunderbolt (Air)
  • Short Cut (Undead)
  • Enigma (Magic)

New Core characters

  • Déjà Vu (Magic – Mirror of Mystery Adventure Pack)
  • Legendary Déjà Vu (Magic – Toys R Us only) 
  • Torch (Fire)
  • Food Fight (Life – included with all starters)
  • Blades (Air – In three-pack or with Nightmare Express Adventure Pack)
  • Tread Head (Tech)
  • Chopper (Tech)
  • Fist Bump (Earth)
  • Funny Bone (Undead)
  • Cobra Cadabra (Magic)
  • Trail Blazer (Fire)
  • Echo (Water)
  • High Five (Life)
  • Rocky Roll (Earth)
  • Bat Spin (Undead)
  • Flip Wreck (Water)
  • Fling Kong (Air)
  • Blackout (Dark)
  • Spotlight (Light)

Returning Core characters – Compatibility: Spyro’s Adventure (SA), Giants (G), Trap Team (TT) 

  • Fizzy Frenzy Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt (Water – SA, G, TT)
  • Tidal Wave Gill Grunt with Gill Runt Mini (Water – Walmart Only)
  • Hog Wild Fryno (Fire – TT)
  • Sure Shot Shroomboom (Life – TT)
  • Full Blast Jet-Vac (Air – G, TT)
  • Hog Wild Fryno with Small Fry (Fire – Walmart only)
  • Love Potion Pop Fizz (Magic – G, TT)

Minis

  • Spry and Mini Jini (Magic two-pack)
  • Trigger Snappy and Drobit (Tech two-pack)
  • Bop and Terrabite (Earth two-pack)
  • Hijinx and Eye Small (Undead two-pack)
  • Gill Runt and Thumpling (Water two-pack)
  • Weeruptor and Small Fry (Fire two-pack)

Adventure Packs:

  • Nightmare Express with Blades and two items (Piggy Bank and Hand of Fate)
    • Legendary version available at Toys R Us with Legendary Blades and gold items
  • Mirror of Mystery with Déjà Vu and two items (Rocket Ram and Tiki Speaky)

Expansion Packs:

  • Light Element Expansion Pack with Knight Light, light trap, and level piece
  • Dark Element Expansion Pack with Knight Mare, dark trap, and level piece

Eon's Elite – Available at GameStop (Disclaimer: GameStop is Game Informer's parent company.) 

  • Elite Spyro (Magic) 
  • Elite Chop Chop (Undead) 
  • Elite Trigger Happy (Tech)
  • Elite Whirlwind (Air)
  • Elite Terrafin (Earth)
  • Elite Stealth Elf (Life)
  • Elite Eruptor (Fire)
  • Elite Gill Grunt (Water)

This year, there are some unrevealed characters on the poster that comes with each starter pack. These have since been revealed as one Trap Master and regular Skylander in each of two new elements: light and dark.

You can also purchase collector-style Eon’s Elite figures (pictured at the top, listed above). These are re-releases of original Spyro’s Adventure characters with a special metallic finish, extremely power stats, and a display case. 

Finally, you’ll likely want to have at least nine traps. These are available in each element plus one styled after series villain Kaos himself. There are multiple designs and you can store one of the forty villains in each trap. Don’t worry though, these can be swapped out so you can make due with just one in each element. 

Note that the 3DS version doesn’t use the trap crystal accessories. Capture and use is handled directly on the 3DS handheld.

Check back throughout the year as more characters are released. Still catching up on Skylanders: Swap Force? Visit our checklist from last year.

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Watch Rainbow Six Siege’s FBI SWAT Team Blow Up Walls And Locate Heartbeats

Say a group of armed terrorists take some hostages and hold up in a house. When it comes to a counter-terrorist unit saving the day, knocking on the front door just isn't an option. Thankfully, Rainbow Six Siege's elite FBI-SWAT team is equipped with all sorts of skills and gadgets to help them blaze their own path to justice.

Ash comes equipped with a compact rifle designed to shoot through floors and ceilings, and a powerful grenade launcher that can crumble obstacles. Pulse is a biometrics expert that uses advanced technology to locate enemy heartbeats through walls, setting up perfect opportunities to shotgun them down unawares. Castle is defensive expert who carries a bulletproof barricade that he can use to cover up entry points and cut off enemy routes. Thermite carries remote-detonated explosives that can blow open secured positions for the team to flank the terrorists. Check out the trailer below to see the team in action.

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Rainbow Six Siege is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC October 13. To learn six ways the game is reinvigorating the tactical shooter sub-genre, read this.

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Nintendo And Indies Team Up In Latest Humble Bundle

The Nintendo eShop is sponsoring the latest Humble Bundle, giving indie developers the spotlight. The two-week offer includes a Wii U and 3DS titles from indie developers, including Wayforward and Drinkbox Studios.

There are three tiers in this bundle, with the following games available for all who contribute. Is it a coincidence they all have an exclamation point in the title? The world may never know.

  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition (Wii U)
  • Woah Dave! (3DS)
  • Mighty Switch Force! (3DS)

If you pay more than the average (currently $ 8.77), you can bring home these additional titles:

  • The Fall (Wii U)
  • OlliOlli (Wii U and 3DS)
  • Moon Chronicles (3DS)

Finally, if you contribute at least $ 10, you'll get:

  • Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones (Wii U)
  • Steamworld Dig (Wii U and 3DS)

More games will be added later. Proceeds support the developers, Humble Bundle, and Code.org (a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing availability of computer science education in schools).

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See Visualizations Of Mouse Movement For Games Like Minecraft And Team Fortress 2

Reddit user Gking19 tracked the movement of his mouse for a number of games, and the results are surprisingly striking.

Above you will see a visualization for Minecraft, but Gking19 also did tracking for Agar.io, Company of Heroes, Team Fortress 2, and Ultimate General: Gettysburg. You can see them all here.

GKing19 used software called IOGraphica to track his mouse movement, which you can find here. If you're curious about the dots above, those are where the mouse stayed stationary for an extended period of time.

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How to manage a 2D art team

“Here I have some tips to share of how to manage an art team. We do outsourcing work, and I think if your art team is a developer’s internal team, it doesn’t make much difference.” …


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