There's only so far the current cert system in Planetside 2 can carry players before it runs out of unlocks, and so now the Sony Online team is looking into "personal progression systems" for long-term aspirations.
It's a "tough design challenge," says creative director Matt Higby. They can't "gear out" newcomers and so have to look at other customisation options besides just adding more 'gear to the treadmill'.
Basilisk Games has announced that Eschalon: Book III will release for Windows, Macintosh and Linux on Valentine's Day, February 14th, 2014.
Eschalon: Book III was recently approved on Steam's Greenlight service and will be available worldwide and DRM-free from most digital distribution portals when it launches.
The race for developing software on PCs for Kinect 2 is on as Microsoft has begun sending out waves of 'Kinect for Windows v2 Developer Preview' kits for teams to start poking around in.
The original Kinect came to PC without much fanfare, beside some quirky experiments now and then. Microsoft say they're impressed by studio "expertise, passion, and the raw creativity".
The independent developers behind a pirate roguelike Pixel Piracy are so resigned to their game being pirated that they have opened a bitTorrent of their own game, basically inviting anyone who wants to steal their game to steal it.
It would seem John Maracheck's point-and-click adventure Stasis aboard a derelict ship in a decaying orbit around Neptune may well come true, as the sci-fi horror adventure game has achieved $100k in pledges.
It's a 2D isometric game with a rich and mature themed story, taking its gameplay mechanic cues from the likes of Space Quest, Kings Quest and Monkey Island. There are 4 more days to go.
The mysterious site TheSurvivor2299.com, which may or may not be teasing Fallout 4, has updated itself with a cipher puzzle, along with the phrase "Nuclear winter has come."
Microsoft's free-to-play game construction kit, Project Spark, will be arriving on Windows 8 PCs, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with support from Windows Phones and Surface tablets, in 2014.
The publisher has revealed the intro cutscene for the gamemaking software.
Hideo Kojima has revealed a little more about the time frame for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain which he says will see a release when the PS4 has become "more spread out," offering no firm window.
Ground Zeroes is the spring 2014 due MGS V prologue, which doesn't feature an open world. It was to be a digital only title, but they opted for physical release.
Rymdkapsel is an abstract "meditative" space station sim where players must expand their station while managing resources, discovering monoliths and fending off enemies. The game sold 200K copies on mobile, and will be arriving on PC in January 2014.
SimBin's licensed Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters game, DTM Experience, will be arriving on the 5th December, according to publisher RaceRoom Entertainment. The game promises to give the player the full experience of the German racing circuit.
An MMO all about gossiping? Ever, Jane has achieved its $100,000 goal and is now on its way to spread societal mischief in Regency Period England. There's no killing, only spinning tall tales at dinner parties.
Gossip is the weapon of choice and it is how rivals are vanquished. A prototype of this Ever, Jane is available
with a 3D village full of bowing, curtsying and backstabbing.
Independent studio Relentless Software has removed the mandatory price tag from Murder Files as they kick off a 'pay what you want' campaign, with 20% of proceeds going to charity GamesAid.
CEO Andrew Eades admits it's "an experiment as much as anything" and didn't want price to block PC gamers from discovering Murder Files. This could happen more in the future.
According to research firm International Data Corporation, PC shipments will fall in sales by 10.1% this year marking the "most severe yearly contraction on record" for the industry, worse than the 9.7% estimate.
The last six quarters have seen drops, the longest historically, with global shipments affected by mobile and tablet devices. There's "little indication of positive growth" beyond replacements.
Nvidia has announced that an update for the GameStream function for the Nvidia Shield includes support for 1080p streams of PC games, as it only supported 720p at launch in October.
The Gamepad Mapper will also be tweaked to allow touchscreen Android game support, allowing users to map motion-based control schemes. GRID is finally in beta.
NeoGAF is reporting that God of War: Ascension director Todd Papy has announced on Twitter that he has left Sony Santa Monica Studio and has joined Crytek to work on an unannounced project. His current LinkedIn profile lists him as the game director on said project.
Indie developer Team Jolly Roger's sci-fi tactical strategy game Interplanetary, currently on Steam Greenlight, takes the basic concept of the classic Artillery game and expands it to interstellar scale, where players use gravity on a planetary scale to fire at their enemies. The game also will also feature resource management, tech research, and espionage.
A new report is claiming that Microsoft will be releasing a new wave of major updates to its operating systems for Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox One OS in the Spring 2015. The update is codenamed "Threshhold" and will make the three OS systems more synergistic.
Indie developer Yacht Club Games has confirmed that their Kickstarted retro-style platformer Shovel Knight will be released in early 2014, after missing its proposed launch in September 2013.
With its recent release on PC, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag has been receiving high scores from both reviewers and fans. To celebrate its glowing reception, Ubisoft has released a new trailer showing off some more story in between rave reviews.
NCSoft has announced that the Valiance expansion for Lineage 2 will be arriving on the 11th December. The expasnion will include new clan halls, new raid bosses and skill system updates.