Gamer Headlines http://www.gamerheadlines.com Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:18:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shadow of Mordor director on the Nemesis System: “Baby steps” to a larger goal http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/shadow-of-mordor-director-baby-steps/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/shadow-of-mordor-director-baby-steps/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:10:16 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78080 Earlier last week, Bioshock creator Ken Levine wrote a piece for Medium on how Monolith Productions’ critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has inspired various ideas he wishes to incorporate into his current, unannounced video game project. In an interesting turn of events, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s design director, Michael de Plater recently revealed in a preview with GameSpot how Levine’s Bioshock series inspired certain aspects of Shadow of Mordor. Plater […]

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Earlier last week, Bioshock creator Ken Levine wrote a piece for Medium on how Monolith Productions’ critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has inspired various ideas he wishes to incorporate into his current, unannounced video game project.

In an interesting turn of events, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s design director, Michael de Plater recently revealed in a preview with GameSpot how Levine’s Bioshock series inspired certain aspects of Shadow of Mordor.

Plater stated that he and the team at Monolith favored Bioshock‘s method of environmental storytelling, but wanted to devise a way in which the narrative didn’t just look or feel real, but was real – leading to Shadow of Mordor‘s lauded Nemesis System.

Read more of what de Plater had to say about the game, its inspirations, and its goals for the future below:


 Shadow of Mordor Director on Franchise’s Future

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Director on Future, Narrative

de Plater stated the following in the aforementioned GameSpot preview:

BioShock was very a big inspirational game for us, not because of the linear narrative, but because of the way it told its world story. I think it did that so incredibly well and managed not only to communicate the history within the world, but even the themes and that idea of choice in games. That really got us thinking about, what would it mean if that choice actually was real rather than the illusion of it being real?

“We’re (referring to both Monolith Productions and Ken Levine) both definitely trying to tackle the same issues with narrative. And in that piece he used the word ‘choose your own adventure’ to describe trying to make truly systemic stories that respond to players rather than huge branching authored stories. We’ve just taken the first baby steps of what we’re trying to do.

As seen in the above quote, it appears that de Plater and the Shadow of Mordor team at Monolith Productions desire to continue their work on the Nemesis System, saying that while what they have accomplished with Shadow of Mordor has met expectations, they have only taken small “baby steps” in regards to what they truly want to accomplish on a long-term scale.

Only time and patience will tell what gamers can expect from Monolith’s inevitable follow-up to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor.


 What are your thoughts on de Plater’s statements on SoM‘s Nemesis System, inspirations, and the franchise’s plans for the future? Are you excited for what a sequel might bring? Why or why not? 

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Halo 3: ODST campaign free for MCC early adopters, to run at 1080p/60fps http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/halo-3-odst-free-for-early-adopters/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/halo-3-odst-free-for-early-adopters/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:37:56 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78073 With Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s plethora of issues at launch (severe multiplayer matchmaking issues, et cetera), many gamers were understandably upset with 343 Industries’ arguable failure of a launch. In light of its shortcomings, 343 Industries’ general manager Bonnie Ross previously promised fans the company would “make it right” with them. Fortunately, Ross and company have made good on their promise – recently announcing that early adopters of Halo: The Master […]

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With Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s plethora of issues at launch (severe multiplayer matchmaking issues, et cetera), many gamers were understandably upset with 343 Industries’ arguable failure of a launch. In light of its shortcomings, 343 Industries’ general manager Bonnie Ross previously promised fans the company would “make it right” with them.

Fortunately, Ross and company have made good on their promise – recently announcing that early adopters of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will receive the updated version of Halo 3: ODST‘s single-player campaign alongside a reimagined version of Halo 2‘s Relic multiplayer map for free.

According to 343i, while development on Halo 3: ODST‘s campaign has just started, when it is finally completed it will be available within The Master Chief Collection and run at 1080p/60fps (the same goes for Halo 2‘s updated Relic Map.

Now for the details, both ODST and the new Relic map will only be free for gamers who purchased The Master Chief Collection between November 11th (its launch date) and December 19th.

But that’s not all, read more on what 343i is offering to early adopters below:


 Halo 3: ODST, Updated Relic Map Free for Early Adopters

Halo 3: ODST, Relic Map free for early adopters

In addition to the above free goodies for those who bought The Master Chief Collection between the given dates, early adopters will also receive a free month of Xbox Live Gold as well as exclusive in-game nameplates and avatars.

According to Ross, 343i is offering these items in as a token of gratitude to fans that stuck with Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its rocky launch, saying the following on the matter:

This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues.


 What are your thoughts on 343i’s free offerings? Is it enough to satisfy you? Why or why not?

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Divinity: Original Sin devs working on 2 new RPGs due to its commercial success http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/divinity-original-sin-dev-2-new-rpgs/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/divinity-original-sin-dev-2-new-rpgs/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:11:08 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78062 Larian Studios, the developer of one of this year’s most well-received RPGs – Divinity: Original Sin – has announced that it has already started development on 2 new role-playing games, thanks to Divinity: Original Sin‘s commercial and financial success. According to Larian Studios, the game development company has grown from 42 full-time employees at the time of Divinity: Original Sin‘s release to 53 employees at the time of this writing – and expects even […]

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Larian Studios, the developer of one of this year’s most well-received RPGs – Divinity: Original Sin – has announced that it has already started development on 2 new role-playing games, thanks to Divinity: Original Sin‘s commercial and financial success.

According to Larian Studios, the game development company has grown from 42 full-time employees at the time of Divinity: Original Sin‘s release to 53 employees at the time of this writing – and expects even more growth with its new office in Quebec City.

Read more on Larian Studios’ new RPGs after the break.


Divinity: Original Sin Devs Working On 2 New RPGs

Divinity: Original Sin Developers working on 2 new RPGs

Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke said the following regarding Divinity: Original Sin‘s financial success, and its impact on the studio’s future goals:

The commercial success of Divinity: Original Sin has given us an opportunity to make true some of our bigger RPG ambitions and I’ll be damned if we don’t seize that chance. Going all in paid off in the past so we might as well try again. After all, making big epic RPGs is what this company was made for even if the route there hasn’t always been that straight.”

Naturally, the both projects so early in development, Vincke stated that he cannot reveal much about the games as of yet. However, he did disclose that both new RPGs will use Divinity: Original Sin‘s game engine. It seems Larian Studios is adopting an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” methodology to development, allowing employees to focus on creating new content without having to deal with the rigors of a new engine.

In closing, Vincke stated the following in the overall goal of Larian Studio’s new RPGs:

Our goal is to make new campaigns based on the same core single- and multi-player RPG engine which continuously gets improved, to perfect the rulesets driving it and to increase the amount of stuff you can do in our RPG worlds, all the while making the lore and universe(s) more solid.


What are your thoughts on the notion of 2 new RPGs from the studio that brought gamers Divinity: Original Sin? Are you excited? Why or why not?

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Respawn Working on New Non-Titanfall Game http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/respawn-working-new-non-titanfall-game/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/respawn-working-new-non-titanfall-game/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:49:16 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78058 Respawn Entertainment, best known for the first person shooter Titanfall has revealed that they have a smaller team working on a new title that is not related to the shooter. Respawn has revealed that the second development team is being lead by Stig Asmussen who worked on the God of War series. Respawn’s main development team is currently working on a possible sequel to their first person shooter, Titanfall which was both a […]

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Respawn Entertainment, best known for the first person shooter Titanfall has revealed that they have a smaller team working on a new title that is not related to the shooter. Respawn has revealed that the second development team is being lead by Stig Asmussen who worked on the God of War series. Respawn’s main development team is currently working on a possible sequel to their first person shooter, Titanfall which was both a critical and financial success.

According to the company’s COO, Dusty Welch. Welch has revealed that Asmussen is the lead director for Respawn’s new project and that the studio was looking into expanding into the free-to-play and mobile market. No other details have been revealed though when asked if the game would be revealed anytime soon as E3 is just a couple of months away, Vince Zampella the founder of Respawn said “No, I don’t think so”. Zampella has also revealed that next year, being 2015 will be a “little quiet” for the studio in game announcements as the studio currently has two development teams working on different titles.

Zampella has also mentioned that future games that are being developed by Respawn Entertainment including a sequel to Titanfall may not be exclusive with Microsoft. Which would mean that the next game from the studio could release for Playstation consoles including the Playstation 4. 

Titanfall is currently available for Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The game has sold over seven million copies and is nearing the eight million mark according to an interview by Zampella

Source: Gamespot

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Halo 3: ODST Campaign Coming To Xbox One http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/halo-3-odst-campaign-coming-xbox-one/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/halo-3-odst-campaign-coming-xbox-one/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:48:41 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78051 Halo fans will be happy to hear that Halo 3: ODST will be coming to the Xbox One, and it will be free to those who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection from November 11, 2014 to December 19, 2014. Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, had this to say: “This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for […]

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Halo fans will be happy to hear that Halo 3: ODST will be coming to the Xbox One, and it will be free to those who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection from November 11, 2014 to December 19, 2014.

Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, had this to say:

“This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world.  We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues.”

As a token of their appreciation, 343 Industries are offering 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold, Exclusive In-Game Nameplate and Avatar in the Master Chief Collection, a new Halo 2: Anniversary map, which is a remake of Relic from Halo 2, and Halo 3: ODST Campaign.

The Halo 3: ODST Campaign will available in The Master Chief Collection and will run on 1080p resolution and 60fps. No date was given as to when all this stuff will be available, but we will let you know when it’s announced here at Gamer Headlines.  

Source: Xbox Wire

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Free Trial Now Available on PS4 & PC http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/final-fantasy-xiv-realm-reborn-free-trial-now-available-ps4-pc/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/final-fantasy-xiv-realm-reborn-free-trial-now-available-ps4-pc/#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 10:48:10 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78026 MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn now has a free trial available on PC and PS4. This means that any newcomers can get a taste of the game free of charge. All you have to do is download the client and create your account. The free trial will let you play up to level twenty and will give you fourteen days of playtime. Once your time is up, you […]

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MMORPG Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn now has a free trial available on PC and PS4. This means that any newcomers can get a taste of the game free of charge. All you have to do is download the client and create your account.

The free trial will let you play up to level twenty and will give you fourteen days of playtime. Once your time is up, you can purchase the full game and keep all of your progress and characters. During your trial, some aspects will be limited, such as no trading, no mailbox functionality and no market use. However, questing, upgrading your character and leveling up will all be available to you, so you can easily try out the main aspect of the game.

If you’re interested in downloading the free trial on PC, you can use this link. If you want to download the PS4 free trial, simply go to the PlayStation Store and start downloading the Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn client. Unfortunately, there is no news on a PS3 free trial, but keep your eyes on GamerHeadlines for any updates.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been a huge success for Square Enix, the game has over 2.5 million players and the games first expansion will be launching in Spring 2015. If you’re sitting waiting for the client to download, you can check out the video below for a taste of what is to come.


Source: PlayStation Blog


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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies Teaser Trailer Released http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/call-duty-advanced-warfares-exo-zombies-teaser-trailer-released/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/call-duty-advanced-warfares-exo-zombies-teaser-trailer-released/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:11:24 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78028 Developer Sledgehammer Games has released a brand-new teaser trailer for the upcoming DLC content heading to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The minute-long preview focuses on the Exo Zombies mode in the Havoc DLC pack, as it will allow players to assume the control of four Atlas employees who “must survive a horror unlike any other.” Sledgehammer Games has brought four established Hollywood actors to assume the role of each […]

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Developer Sledgehammer Games has released a brand-new teaser trailer for the upcoming DLC content heading to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The minute-long preview focuses on the Exo Zombies mode in the Havoc DLC pack, as it will allow players to assume the control of four Atlas employees who “must survive a horror unlike any other.”

Sledgehammer Games has brought four established Hollywood actors to assume the role of each Atlas employee — it’s unknown whether they’re solely doing the voice acting or being motion captured as well — which includes Bill Paxton (Aliens), John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich) and Rose McGowan (Planet Terror).

Check out Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies teaser trailer below. 

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s Season Pass will begin in January 2015 with the release of the Havoc DLC, but the content is available first for Xbox One and Xbox 360 users.

Yesterday, publisher Activision confirmed that customisable multiplayer content had been added to Advanced Warfare’s in-game store, meaning players can now purchase brand-new skins for their weapons, exoskeleton suits and helmets.

Advanced Warfare has already picked up accolades for being the most streamed game during its launch week, the best-selling console title and the biggest entertainment launch of 2014.

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Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins to be Removed from Digital Stores http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-removed-digital-stores/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/marvel-vs-capcom-origins-removed-digital-stores/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:38 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78021 Capcom has announced that Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins will be removed from digital stores very soon. The Capcom Unity blog post that made this announcement stated the following dates in which the title will be removed: US PSN – December 23rd, 2014 EU PSN – December 23rd, 2014 XBLA (Globally) – December 31st, 2014 For those wanting to buy the title, Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins is currently priced at $14.99 […]

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Capcom has announced that Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins will be removed from digital stores very soon.

The Capcom Unity blog post that made this announcement stated the following dates in which the title will be removed:

  • US PSN – December 23rd, 2014
  • EU PSN – December 23rd, 2014
  • XBLA (Globally) – December 31st, 2014

For those wanting to buy the title, Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins is currently priced at $14.99 in North America across PSN and XBLA, and is available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Originally released back in 2012, Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins is a digital compilation game that bundled the arcade versions of the fighting games Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes.

Aside from the games, the digital compilation package also featured enhanced graphics (including various filters) for the titles, online play, leaderboards, replay saves, and various unlockables. 

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 English Opening Released http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/resident-evil-revelations-2-english-opening-released/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/resident-evil-revelations-2-english-opening-released/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:22:54 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=78011 The english opening to the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been released online. The opening movie (posted below) re-introduces us to Claire Redfield, as well as introducing a series of new characters making their debut in the new horror title. Resident Evil: Revelations 2, the newest entry in the Resident Evil series, puts players back in the boots of Claire Redfield who teams up with Moira Burton, a new […]

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The english opening to the upcoming Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been released online.

The opening movie (posted below) re-introduces us to Claire Redfield, as well as introducing a series of new characters making their debut in the new horror title.

Resident Evil: Revelations 2, the newest entry in the Resident Evil series, puts players back in the boots of Claire Redfield who teams up with Moira Burton, a new character to the series, as the two are captured by an unknown group. Players will also get the chance to play as original Resident Evil character Barry Burton for the first time in the series.

Releasing in an episodic format, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 1 will be released on February 17th in North America, with subsequent episodes releasing on a weekly basis until March 10th’s release of the final episode. The title will be available for PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Capcom will also be releasing Resident Evil HD Remaster a month before Revelations 2’s debut on January 20th.

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Tekken X Street Fighter Confirmed to Still be in Development http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/tekken-x-street-fighter-confirmed-still-development/ http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/12/tekken-x-street-fighter-confirmed-still-development/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:52:18 +0000 http://www.gamerheadlines.com/?p=77999 Bandai Namco has confirmed that the long-in-development Tekken X Street Fighter is still planning to make a release. Katsuhiro Harada, the man in charge of the Tekken series, revealed that the cross-over title is still going to be released, and that “Tekken X Street Fighter’s case system is already finished.” Harada also clarified that once Tekken 7 and it’s updates are all finished, development on Tekken X Street Fighter will be […]

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the long-in-development Tekken X Street Fighter is still planning to make a release.

Katsuhiro Harada, the man in charge of the Tekken series, revealed that the cross-over title is still going to be released, and that “Tekken X Street Fighter’s case system is already finished.”

Harada also clarified that once Tekken 7 and it’s updates are all finished, development on Tekken X Street Fighter will be closer to completion and that the releases are being strategically timed.

Announced back in 2010, Tekken X Street Fighter was to follow the release of Street Fighter X Tekken. While the latter was released, Tekken X Street Fighter has rarely been officially showcased and information about the title has been scarce. 

While the cross-over game seems to have a long way to go in development, fans of Tekken and Street Fighter at least know it is still planned on being released at some point in the near future.

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