Women’s Teams Playable For The First Time In The EA SPORTS FIFA Series’ History


Electronic Arts today announced that EA SPORTS FIFA 16 will feature 12 Women’s National Teams for the first time in franchise history when it launches starting on 22 September 2015 in North America. Women’s National Teams from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America will all represent their respective federations in several FIFA 16 game modes including Kick Off, an Offline Tournament, as well as Online Friendly Matches. You can find more about the Women’s National Teams in the game at the EA Sports Website. They have also released a trailer for it which you can watch below:

David Rutter, VP and GM, EA SPORTS FIFA, commented:

Bringing some of the best women’s players and teams in the world to our franchise is a massive event for EA SPORTS, and we are equally excited  about bringing millions of fans a new way to play. We’re making sure fans get an authentic experience when playing with Women’s National Teams thanks to our innovative player capture and reference tools, as well as the sophisticated gameplay platform which we will continue to innovate on in FIFA 16.

From all new player movement and likeness, to realistic animations and attributes, the FIFA development team have authentically recreated 12 of the top-ranked teams in the world. Capturing all new player movement was done with meticulous detail and supported by a motion capture session at EA Canada with four top players from United States Women’s National Team:  Sydney Leroux, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe. The players’ movements helped to build new locomotion for women in FIFA 16 including new walks, runs, sprints, and horizontal movement. Soccer Canada also visited EA to provide full-player references captured using the 360 degree body scanning rig, the references were then used to develop new player models. Also the mobile headscanning unit travelled to a variety of tournaments and events around the world to capture facial features including hairstyles to ensure players look as realistic as possible in FIFA 16. Players in the game will look and move in game like they do on the pitch when representing their country.

Abby Wambach, world record holder for International goals scored and forward, United States Women’s National Team, has stated:

I honestly can’t believe all of the science and technology behind the game itself, let alone getting us into the motion capture suits and eventually into the game. We’re all excited to see ourselves in the game, but even more excited to see the reaction from all of the fans, including the fans of our team that maybe wouldn’t be expecting something like this from EA SPORTS.

FIFA 16 with Women’s National Teams will be available when the game launches on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

Capcom Confirms Resident Evil 0 Is In Development


Earlier today at an event in Japan, Capcom confirmed Resident Evil 0 which is a remastered version of the popular prequel to the original title in the Resident Evil series, is currently in development. The game is planned for release on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC in early 2016.

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Original Director Koji Oda and additional staff are returning for the development of this new remastered version. Capcom will be sharing more information on the upcoming release in the coming weeks but you can check out what Producer Tsukasa Takenaka and Director Koji Oda have to say about the project below:

Battle The Forces Of The Underworld In DC Universe Online’s Amazon Fury Part II


Sony Online Entertainment announced the next chapter in DC Universe Online’s ‘Amazon Fury’ trilogy. In Amazon Fury Part II, the fight between Wonder Woman, Circe and the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, departs the mortal realm to the divine, where the action intensifies with the arrival of Ares and Hades.

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In the first part of the Amazon Fury trilogy, Hippolyta blamed the mortal world for Brainiac’s attack on Paradise Island. The Queen of the Amazons led a counterstrike against Gotham with her new ally, Circe, forcing her own daughter, Wonder Woman, to rally an army of Amazons to defend the people of Gotham City and try to help Hippolyta see reason.

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The Amazon War continues, and with the arrival of the powerful Gods, Ares and Hades, the War has spread beyond the mortal realm. In Amazon Fury Part II, players must battle alongside Wonder Woman or Circe through the depths of the shadowy underworld to discover what really happened to the Amazon Queen, Hippolyta.

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Jens Andersen, DC Universe Online Senior Creative Director, said:

Amazon Fury Part II is the continuation of one of our deepest stories for DC Universe Online to date. With Wonder Woman, Circe, the Amazons, and some of DC Comics’ greatest mythological bad guys all duking it out, the second arc of this saga is sure to give fans an ultimate comic experience.

You can read more on Jens Andersen’s open letter at the DC Universe Online Forum. Some quick facts about Amazon Fury Part II:

  • Ares the God of War, Hades the God of the Underworld, Cerberus and more from the mythologies make their debut appearance in DC Universe Online.
  • Amazon Fury Part II features a variety of single and multiplayer adventures, including:
    • Three eight-player raids – Labyrinth of Lost Souls, Halls of Hades & Throne of the Dead
      • An Elite version of Throne of the Dead will be available to players that want an additional challenge
    • Two four-player operations – Return to the Nexus & Act of Defiance
    • One single-player mission – Heroes and Villains will be tasked with an important single-player mission in the open-world, Gotham Under Siege version of Gotham City
  • The DLC includes new player rewards, such as themed base items, feats & collections, more skill points and new player gear.

DC Universe Online’s 13th DLC pack will be available for download on the PC, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 early this year.

Life Is Strange Dev Diary And PC Specs Available Now


DONTNOD Entertainment has released their first Life is Strange developer diary titled, “A New Beginning”. The films were shot at DONTNOD Entertainment’s studio in Paris with the aim to provide a behind the scenes view of the game and the team working on it. In this first video, the developers introduce to you the origins of the game and describe the story, themes and characters you will encounter as you play through the first chapter of this episodic series. The new developer diary can be viewed below:

In other Life Is Strange news, they have released the system requirements for the PC version:

MINIMUM:
OS: Windows Vista
Processor: Dual Core 2.0GHz or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (not recommended for Intel HD Graphics cards)
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:
OS: Windows 7
Processor: Dual Core 3.0GHz or equivalent
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or ATI HD 4890)
DirectX: Version 9.0
Hard Drive: 3 GB available space

Life is Strange will be released on 30 January for PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. You can pick up the first episode for US$4.99 or alternatively purchase a season pass for US$19.99.

Record of Agarest War Zero Now Available for Android TV through Google Play


HyperDevbox announces that the massively popular tactical role-playing game for home video game consoles, Record of Agarest War Zero, is now available on Android TV platform. Already released on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Android Phone and Tablet, Record of Agarest War Zero, originally designed by Tokyo studio Idea Factory, is now available on Android TV platform through Google Play.

HyperDevbox founder and CEO, Carlo Perconti, has stated:

After the release of INDY500 Arcade Racing, Record of Agarest War and ExZeus 2 for Android TV, We are glad to pursue strongly our commitment to the latest Google platform with the release, today, of our latest released game Record of Agarest War Zero for your Big TV Screen.

Some of the Record of Agarest War Zero’s features:

  • Over 100 hours of gameplay packed into 1.9 GB of data
  • Full 720p HD graphic assets
  • Fully voice acted in Japanese
  • Position your forces on the battlefield and wait for the right moment to string together massive combo attacks using multiple party members – both in melee and at range!
  • Enhanced battle system including combo system, break and overkill
  • Experience “Living Portraits” animated characters breathe, move, and move their lips in sync with the voice acting.
  • Soul-Breeding System – Once again, the choice of bride at the end of the first generation further determines the skill sets and weapon of the offspring.
  • Card Skill System – Customize your main character’s weapon choice and skills through this unique character generation system.
  • Feel Link – unlock and change character costumes based on your relationship level with other heroines. Maid, Shinto Priestess, Nurse and School uniform are available depending on each character.
  • Over 500 different Magic spells and Battle skills
  • Over 400 Enemies and Characters
  • Capture monsters to join your army
  • Ability to automatically backup your save data to Google Cloud through Google Play Game Services.
  • Support for Leaderboards and Achievements through Google Play Game Services.
  • Language: English text with Japanese voices.
  • Extra mode, unlock the original Record of Agarest War maps and characters for you to play with.

Record of Agarest War Zero for Android TV is available now for US$14.99 on Google Play.

Battlefield Hardline Karma Gameplay Trailer Released


Live out your cops and criminal fantasy in Battlefield Hardline, the fastest Battlefield ever. Watch the newly released Battlefield Hardline Karma Gameplay Trailer below. Inspired by great TV crime dramas, Battlefield Hardline gives you a great single player and multiplayer game that allows you to be the law or break the law on foot and on wheels.

Battlefield Hardline will be available in Australia on 19 March 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

 

A Battle Royale Like No Other Comes To The West With Bandai Namco Games’ J-Stars Victory Vs +


J-Stars Victory VS + is coming to Western audiences for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Vita. The game will feature manga/anime characters from over tons of different Shonen Jump franchises including One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, Dragon Ball Z and much more. J-Stars Victory VS + is one of the most awaited and ambitious manga/anime focused fighting-game to hit Western videogame fans.

Developed by Japanese videogame studio Spike Chunsoft, J-Stars Victory VS + delivers an incredibly robust roster to stage epic battles through a variety of original manga/anime worlds. Players can choose to begin their J-Stars Victory VS + adventure from a multitude of game modes including; J-Adventure Story mode where players battle through the different manga/anime worlds to determine who is the strongest character, 2 vs. 2 Team Battle mode that allows up to four players to form teams to battle for bragging rights, and an exclusive Arcade Mode. On top of those amazing modes, PlayStation 4 owners will benefit from enhanced graphics.

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Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe, has said:

As the Number 1 and most famous publisher when it comes down to Anime/Manga video-games, it was our duty at Bandai Namco Games to bring J-Stars Victory VS + for Western fans!  Not only we are bringing this epic medley of licenses to Europe, Middle-East and Australasia, but we are also delivering it with a massive added value: a PlayStation 4 version with new content!

J-Stars Victory VS + for PlayStation 4, Playstation 3 and PlayStation Vita will be available in Europe, Middle-East and Australasia’s stores in Summer 2015.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Announced For Europe, Middle-East And Australasia


All PlayStation 4, Playstation 3, PlayStation Vita and Steam players get ready because Bandai Namco Games Europe is bringing the third episode on the Pirate Warriors series to Europe, Middle-East and Australasia this summer. For the first time ever, One Piece puts its flag on the Steam and PlayStation 4 territories. With Koei Tecmo Games and Bandai Namco Games expertise and partnership, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will jump on a newer and superior dimension with enhanced graphics, more enemies on the screen, bigger and more epic boss battles etc.

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The path to become the Pirates’ King is surely packed with hefty obstacles and pesky opponents. With One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, fans will be experiencing the original story of Luffy through numerous chapters and take a chance against a series of well-known foes. One of the biggest additions of this third opus is the epic Dressrosa arc. The wicked and so-called “Heavenly Demon”, Donquixote Doflamingo, will be part of the adventure, along with Luffy’s long lost friend: Sabo.

Herve Hoerdt, Vice President of IP Strategy at Bandai Namco Games Europe, has stated:

After two successful episodes for the “Pirate Warriors” brand, Bandai Namco Games and Koei Tecmo Games decided to partner-up a 3rd time to bring some One Piece epicness for PlayStation 4 and Steam on Western countries! With its fair share of new content and enhancements, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 will be a force to be reckoned on the gaming landscape!

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 for PlayStation 4, Playstation 3, PlayStation Vita and Steam will be reaching Europe, Middle-East and Australasia’s shores in Summer 2015. Below are some screenshots for everyone to enjoy.

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