PUBG heading to Xbox One on December 12

We had a feeling it may be sooner, but today it was confirmed the PUBG is heading to the Xbox One via the Games Preview Program on December 12.

Xbox fans will be able to play PUBG while it’s still in early access through the Xbox Game Preview program. The team are approaching development on Xbox One with the same community-driven focus that they have taken with the game on PC. As a result, the ultimate battle royale experience that fans play on Xbox One will be slightly different than what players know today on PC.

Although the console and PC version of the games are being developed at the same time they will follow different roadmaps for now, with plans to align in the near future.

In celebration of PUBG’s upcoming launch on Xbox One three special, limited-edition cosmetic packs – the PUBG Warrior Pack, the PUBG Accessory Pack and the PUBG Tracksuit Pack will be made available. These packs are exclusive to Xbox fans as standalone offers available for a limited time and as there are no plans to feature any in-game purchases in the Xbox Game Preview version, are the only items that can be purchased during the preview period. Details on timing and pricing will be revealed in the weeks ahead.

Bungie reveal more information about the single player elements of Curse of Osiris

Bungie have revealed more information about the single player elements of Curse of Osiris which is due to be released on December 5.

They have also confirmed the character and power level caps will rise to 25 and 330 respectively.

The story begins after conclusion of Destiny 2’s campaign, Ikora Rey will send you to Mercury on a mission to find Osiris, the most powerful warlock ever known, and to discover the answers humanity needs to fight back against the Vex.

There will be a new main quest, missions, strikes, activities and raid activity. There will also be a new social space called The Lighthouse, there will be new armour, weapons and mods to earn for your guardians too.

The art and complexity of video game development

It took one man to invent probably the most famous early video game. Allan Alcorn developed Pong as a prototype, with 2 colours, 2 paddles, a single square ball and digits to keep scores. The analogue video game ran on a Hitachi black and white TV that cost $75 and went on to turn Atari into one of the biggest video game developers of the 20th century.

Fast forward to 2017 and we’ve come a hell of a long way. Currently, the writer of this piece is busy trying not to get lost in Ancient Egypt in Assassin’s Creed: Origins, an RPG / fighter / puzzle / sneak ’em up (we don’t really have single genres any more). Clocking in at around 42GB on PlayStation, the game files made up of graphics files, sounds and endless amounts of code is roughly big enough for 450 million games of modern ROM Pong, which can be as small as 110kb.

Although technology has helped greatly when it comes to creating games of such vast proportions as Assassin’s Creed, the scale and epic value of a game that boasts over 100 hours of gameplay still requires huge teams of people to deliver the finished product. Ubisoft Montreal, who created Origins, has 3,000 people, supported by tens of thousands of employees in other Ubisoft studios around the world. Creating a game isn’t the bedroom business it used to be (roughly 16 people developed and released the first Tomb Raider game).

Functions and form

Let’s start with how the game behaves. Each character, animation, storyline, dialogue option and gameplay interaction needs to be planned out, mapped, coded or written, usually using a game engine, a task which can eat up resources and requires dedicated programmers, software experts and developers. This part of the process is often the starting point for many games after the storyline or concept is decided. When Grand Theft Auto 5 was released in 2013 for example, the entire RAGE engine that was used had to be overhauled completely to accommodate greater draw distances, more NPCs and vehicle’s and of course the life-like animations that make GTA games what they are.

Graphics and textures are also a make or break aspect of the gaming, integrating seamlessly with wireframes and meshes to make the game world more attractive and sometimes realistic. In the current generation of gaming, which is stepping into the world of 4K and high dynamic range displays, photorealistic textures are required for many games, upping not only the storage required, but the work needed to collect and manipulate often hundreds of thousands of images. The next Forza game boasts hundreds of cars capable of displaying in 4K at 60fps with an Xbox One X, so it’s no surprise that the texture mapping and images used to bring these cars to life make the whole experience are starting to look very close to reality.

Sound is vitally important for next-gen games too, with similar techniques borrowed from the movie industry and full scores now very common on high profile releases. It’s no surprise that video game budgets are now averaging around $40 million to produce, with Grand Theft Auto the most expensive game ever produced at roughly $265 million.

Multi-platform gaming

It isn’t just console games that are getting a lot more TLC when it comes to design and production however. Mobile and browser-based gaming have also upped the stakes, with better mobile devices and developments like HTML5 and faster connectivity helping studios to improve mobile gaming significantly.

Take online poker. Although quite simple in terms of graphics and coding, virtual games of poker are now starting to match the excitement and ‘realistic’ gameplay you’d find in a casino. 888 Poker boast dozens of poker varieties, all playable on a massive range of phones, smart devices and computers, with everything from 3D poker rooms to themed tables playable on Android, iOS and Windows. With vastly improved user interfaces, customisable profiles, and even video-fed live casino poker, which transmits professional dealers directly from the casino to device screens, poker has come on leaps and bounds from the basic layouts seen in the early days of online casino gaming.

The next step in gaming

We’re currently at a crossroads in game development too. VR has well and truly arrived with HTC, Occulus Rift and now PlayStation making virtual reality headsets more accessible. Although still in the early stages and limited by computing power, gaming will certainly transform as players becoming more engaged in digital environments. Games like Doom, Fallout 4 and Skyrim are all either on their way or released, acting as benchmarking tools for user interaction when the action is coming from several directions at once.

It’s easy to see how video game production costs will keep climbing too. With limits on imagination slowly beginning to lift and the number of gamers growing significantly since the first consoles appeared in the 80s, there’s a lot of money in the market and a constant demand for more exciting games. Let’s hope this unbridled creativity and artistic approach to game design continues and doesn’t go the way of the movie industry, which saw 47 reboots and remakes hit screens this year.

The latest The Last of Us: Part II trailer isn’t for the faint of heart

A new trailer has been release for The Last of Us: Part II and you might want to have had your dinner before watching it.

The trailer lasts only a few minutes and it doesn’t hold back!

Trailer was revealed in Sony’s show at Paris Games Week. There isn’t a release date yet but it’s definitely on many people’s to play lists.

Are you ready?

Honestly? Ok then…

 

Metal Gear Solid V, Halo Wars and more heading to Xbox Games Pass this November

This November, the Xbox Games Pass is getting even more games added to its library, read on to find out more.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
In The Phantom Pain’s single-player campaign, you must stealthily guide Snake through an open world full of countless, dangerous enemies, while navigating the rugged terrain of Afghanistan to take down the evil Patriots organisation. Once you finish with the campaign, gather your Xbox Game Pass comrades and jump into The Phantom Pain’s base-building multiplayer mode, Metal Gear Online. There’s so much to do, so don’t miss out on all the fun and intensity Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain can offer while it’s in the Xbox Game Pass catalogue from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. And, if you love Metal Gear Solid V, get ready for next chapter, Metal Gear Survive, which is set to release on Xbox One February 20, 2018.

Halo Wars Definitive Edition
November signals a return to the Halo universe with Halo Wars: Definitive EditionHalo Wars is an incredibly exciting top-down real-time strategy experience, which requires you to master everything from tactical troop deployments to base building to resource management. Play though the Campaign as you lead the UNSC’s Spirit of Fire against the Covenant forces in this epic adventure. .

Resident Evil HD
There’s no better time to bring Resident Evil HD to Xbox Game Pass than during Halloween. As a franchise, Resident Evil is a cornerstone of today’s thriving survival-horror genre within gaming. Dark, ominous, and sure to elicit an involuntary response or two, Resident Evil HD takes you back to 1998, where you take on the role of either Chris Redfield or Jill Valentine, members of the STARS special forces team sent to investigate a series of very unusual murders. Cornered and sheltered inside a seriously spooky old mansion, you’ll find that your health is precious, and your ammo even more so. Can you survive the dangers of the night and uncover the evil intentions of the Umbrella corporation?

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty
The iconic 2D platformer that deftly strikes a perfect balance between Oddworld nostalgia and next-gen polish. In New ‘n’ Tasty, you control the lovable Mudokon, Abe, who is thrust into the position of hero-to-be once he realizes the meat processing plant where he works is about to get into the Mudokon-processing business. Not keen to become meat snacks, Abe sets out on a quest to escape the guards, Sligs, Scrabs, and other creepy creatures inhabiting the meat factory. Help Abe sneak his way to survival!

The World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap 
For the action RPG and tower defence fans out there, our friends at Neocore have a treat for you: World of Van Helsing: Deathtrap. Jump back into the gothic realm of Incredible Adventures and protect the Silent Forts from the hordes of monsters seeking to destroy Borgovia. Build, protect, and defend solo or cooperatively, and even battle online against your friends and fellow Xbox Game Pass members. We love this Indie gem and we hope you do too!

Mega Man 9
Our blue buddy returns to Xbox Game Pass with more to explore in Mega Man 9. For the uninitiated, Mega Man is a legendary 2D platforming shooter delivering hours of fun battling a wide array of bosses, from Hornet Man to Splash Woman and many more in between.

Sky Force Anniversary
If flying and shooting is your thing, then you better make time in November for Sky Force Anniversary. Brought to you by developer Infinite Dreams, Sky Force Anniversary is an exceptionally fun and fluid vertical scrolling shooter, demanding laser focus, nimble thumbs, and a deft trigger finger. With a deceptively simple but engaging progression system, collect as many stars as you can to strategically build out your weaponry, fortify your defences, and achieve all four objectives for each stage. Beat all nine levels at each difficulty level and defeat the evil General Madness to unlock a bonus! Having trouble completing your missions as a squadron of one? Pull a friend onto the couch for some local co-op and take down General Madness together!

Introducing… Rob’s Bangers!!

Here at TiX we are all music fans, some of us have questionable taste in music (I’m looking at Dave there!) but most all of us enjoy the pleasure of a good banger every now and then. Now that Spotify is up and running on your console whether it be Xbox or PS4, you can enjoy the thousands and thousands of tracks available to us all.

I have started things off with some gaming related (but not exclusive) tunes that are perfect to game to. I’ll put a post up each week explaining my choice and why. You can reply here or go over to our Instagram page and get involved with the #musictogameto topic, I welcome your feedback and any suggestions you may have. If you do suggest a tune there needs to be a reason for it and I won’t accept “Just because dis ting is sick ya get me” it would be better if there was a gaming-related story behind your choice, if it’s good enough I’ll add it to the list.

The first track on the playlist comes from The Future Sound of London, the double act have been around for years now and have graced us with some absolute awesome tunes over that time. The more notable one is called “We Have Explosive” released in 1997 it was the title track for none other than Wipeout 2097 on the very first Playstation. Many attempts have been made since to recreate such an iconic soundtrack but none have come close.

The second track is Out of Space by the Prodigy, apart from this tune being a staple rave track from back in the day, I chose this because of the amount of time you spend on loading screen on  the first Destiny. Thankfully you don’t spend that long there now but still the track deserves a play everytime!

The playlist is below so, click it, follow it, then load it on your console of choice and play away. See you next week!!

Kick the Nazis out of America in Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Nazis, boo, punching them, yay and thanks to Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus you can do that and more!

Check out the brand new launch trailer below and prepare to kick some ass.

Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Players will fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, quarantined New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Armed with an impressive arsenal of fully upgradeable retro sci-fi weaponry, including the all-new Dieselkraftwerk, players can unleash new abilities to blast through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers and über soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter.

I can’t think of a better way to spend this weekend!

 

November 2017 Games with Gold announced

November 2017 Games with Gold will see four great new games become available for Xbox Live Gold Members.

On Xbox One, members can download Trackmania Turbo for free during the month of November, while Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season will be available as a free download from November 16th to December 15th.

On Xbox 360, starting November 1st, NiGHTS into dreams will be free through November 15th. Then on November 16th, you can download Deadfall Adventures for free through November 30th.

What do you think of November’s offerings?

RIP Kinect, you had a good life…

It’s a sad day, we’ll sort of, Kinect is no more.

Yesterday Microsoft announced that the Kinect will no longer be manufactured. Despite selling 35 million of them it quickly got a bad reputation when it’s new version was bundled with the Xbox One.

Microsoft later reversed their decision and unbundled the camera from the Xbox One. It had promise, with the excellent Xbox Fitness and games like Just Dance and Kinect Sports Rivals allowed it to thrive.

Although Kinect is dead, it’s research and parts of its hardware live on through HoloLens and MS’s Hello cameras.

Will you miss it? Will you still continue to use it if you still have one?

Let us know!

Metal Gear Survive given release date of February 22nd 2018

Metal Gear Survive has been given a release date of February 22nd 2018 in the UK, and two days earlier in the USA. It will be released on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Konami listed a handful of incentives that will be offered to those who pre-order the game on PS4 or Xbox One. These include four gold-plated weapons, two emote gestures (“happy” and “thumbs up”), four metallic survival scarves, kabuki-style face paint, a Mother Base nameplate and an accessory called “Boxman” — a throwback to Metal Gear Solid’s “The Orange” cardboard box.