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Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 travelogue: a week filled with wonder and wreckage

In order to approach the facility safely I had to steer around the black hole that lingers in orbit just three light seconds away. From there I sailed my ship, the Evelynne Christine, to within 350,000 kilometers of another massive black hole called Thor’s Eye. In Elite, getting that close to a black hole isn’t terribly dangerous, but the closer you get the harder it is to keep your bearings. The colossal forces at work inside the black hole actually distorted the bright light from millions of d

By | 2019-01-17T16:00:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over 10K Elite Dangerous pilots embarked on Distant Worlds 2, though a few faceplanted into a 3.3G planet

Distant Worlds 2 is Elite: Dangerous' second organized journey across the Milky Way to the remote Beagle Point, and it's the space sim's largest group expedition yet. Last weekend, over 10,000 players launched from Pallaeni as the expedition kicked off, a number confirmed by Frontier CEO David Braben. One consequence of gathering so many players in each instance was an invasion of NPC ships. In memory of The View's multiple casualties, Commander Flimsie offered a poem on Reddit:There once was a

By | 2019-01-15T20:06:07+00:00 January 15th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

World’s largest web hosting sites hit by security fears

Some of the world's most popular web hosting services were affected by serious security flaws that could have put millions of users at risk, reports have claimed. Findings from a security researcher found that five major hosting providers suffered from shortcomings that could have allowed hackers to steal user information or even hijack accounts. Sites including Bluehost, DreamHost, Hostgator, OVH and iPage were affected, according to researcher Paulos Yibelo, meaning around seven million accoun

By | 2019-01-15T10:58:56+00:00 January 15th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Amazon’s New World MMO is doing a Choose Your Own Adventure on Twitter

New World, Amazon’s upcoming MMO, started the year with a Choose Your Own Adventure on Twitter. And like Netflix’s recent experiment with interactive fiction, the adventure has taken a grim turn. The journey began on January 3, and by January 11 it had been cut short by a screeching zombie. 🧭 pic.twitter.com/0ZEoKiiE3YJanuary 9, 2019It turns out, as Twitter learned too late, that wooden swords make awful weapons. The tweets are accompanied by short videos giving us a very brief look at the world

By | 2019-01-14T13:40:28+00:00 January 14th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 trailer digs into the grand strategy campaigns

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 seems to have grand strategy ambitions, judging by the new campaign trailer above. The combined forces of the Imperium, the Necron Empire and the Tyranid Hive each get their own campaigns, stories and accompanying mechanics. On the grand strategy spectrum, it looks closer to Total War than Europa Universalis, with the main focus being building up fleets of warships and sending them into real-time space battles. Worlds have different attributes, including shipyards an

By | 2019-01-11T12:56:24+00:00 January 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Monster Hunter World’s The Witcher Crossover Event Date Revealed

About a month ago, Capcom and CD Projekt Red revealed a partnership between the two that would provide Monster Hunter World with a crossover event featuring none other than The Witcher‘s Geralt of Rivia, and the announcement had originally slated the content to come in early 2019. Now, the companies have decided to give Hunters on the action-RPG’s console versions a better idea as to when they will be able to give the White Wolf-starring event a go. According to Capcom, Monster Hunter World fans

By | 2019-01-11T08:45:45+00:00 January 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

After spat with Unity, Improbable teams up with Epic Games for $25m ‘transition’ fund

Improbable and Epic Games have announced a surprise new $25,000,000 fund "to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems". It appeared as if the companies were close to a resolution, but the newly revealed Epic / Improbable initiative paints another picture. The $25m fund was announced in a letter co-authored by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and Improbable CEO Herman Narula, and is presumably targeted towards studios and projects that use both the Unity engine and Spat

By | 2019-01-11T03:43:11+00:00 January 11th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Unity says licensing change will not affect developers using SpatialOS (Updated)

This was the only course of action to protect the integrity and value of our technology and Unity developers." Unity said that it told Improbable that games using SpatialOS would be unaffected by the deactivation, but that Improbable "misrepresented" the situation in its blog post. Unity invited developers using SpatialOS to contact it directly to address any concerns. “All existing SpatialOS games using Unity, including production games and in development games of all developers, are now in bre

By | 2019-01-10T23:44:02+00:00 January 10th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Elite’s Distant Worlds 2 expedition: Inside the elaborate role-play with a cast of hundreds

As of today, the Distant Worlds 2 expedition in Elite: Dangerous has over 9,400 participants, making it the single largest player-led fleet in the spacefaring game’s history. The system that she’ll be using for the Distant Worlds 2 RPG is the officially licensed Elite: Dangerous Role Playing Game (EDRPG), published by Spidermind Games. When Wishblend arrives in the Distant Worlds 2 Discord channel some time next week, she’ll be greeted by at least a dozen new personas, all player-characters gene

By | 2019-01-10T16:00:00+00:00 January 10th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Over 8,000 Elite Dangerous pilots are embarking on an incredible 18-week journey

Thousands of Elite Dangerous players—over 8,000, according to the sign-up sheet—are preparing to embark on another incredible voyage across the Milky Way. The destination is Beagle Point, some 65,279 light years from Earth, past the galactic core, at the very edge of the galaxy. The first Distant Worlds expedition also targeted Beagle Point, retreading the journey taken by Commander Erimus and the DSS Beagle—hence the name of the destination. Though the target remains Beagle, the hope is that Di

By | 2019-01-09T19:27:17+00:00 January 9th, 2019|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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