An alleged insider to Ubisoft Massive's development of Tom Clancy's The Division is not convinced it will make the current autumn 2015 release window, as they "don't have a functioning game" at this stage.
In fact they're having "massive problems" with the multiplayer side of things. The original 2014 date announced by Ubisoft was a 'punch in the face' to the studio, they continued.
There'll be no post-outbreak survival in New York City this year as Tom Clancy's The Division has been pushed into 2015 by Ubisoft. The three studios "don't want to compromise on quality" by releasing this year.
It's another multi-studio effort but just by three developers this time with Ubisoft Massive leading. Ubisoft Reflections and Red Storm Entertainment are lending their expertise.
Swedish developer Massive Entertainment is developing Tom Clancy's The Division, but last fall they begun looking for other Ubisoft studios to lend them a hand. They turned to North Carolina-based Red Storm.
That was the original studio that brought us Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon, and even employed Tom Clancy. Red Storm is behind The Division's "authentic arsenal" of weapons.
Infographs provide an interesting dissection of what would otherwise be a boring pile of stats, and so Bethesda has now released one for The Elder Scrolls Online, which launches globally tomorrow.
The equivalent of Norway (5 million) signed up for the beta, and there's 119,050 mudcrabs until level 50. The Zenimax Online team have drunk 272 bathtubs worth of coffee since May 2011.
Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment has just released a behind-the-scenes look at the Snowdrop Engine which powers the upcoming Tom Clancy's The Division, their next generation multiplayer shooter.
Snowdrop is Massive's in-house tech engine and "supports the philosophy of the studio to work better, not bigger," and lend content creators the freedom to explore ideas.
A new fancy bit of pre-rendered cinema is available for The Elder Scrolls Online, and pre-orders can now begin for the physical Imperial Edition for the MMO. Finally our very own Mudcrab.
Daedric Prince of domination and enslavement, Molag Bal, is also in 12" statue form. There's a 21" x 26" map of Tamriel, a 224-page guide to Tamriel, and exclusive digital treats.
MMO The Elder Scrolls Online will have quite a voice cast for itself reveals a new trailer from developer ZeniMax Online. This "extraordinary group of actors" includes John Cleese and Kate Beckinsale.
Cleese plays the "comic relief" in the game, while Kate Beckinsale voices Queen Ayrenn who leads the Aldmeri Dominion. Who else? Bill Nighy, Malcolm McDowell...
It's hard living in the Elder Scrolls universe; there are sneak-thieves, dragon insurance premiums and adopted kids at home wanting the latest ball-in-a-cup game. What then are our top 3 must-adventure-with items?
This comes from the Developer Question of the Week #54. Elder Scrolls Online creators want to know what we deem as our 3 essential items for adventuring. Pants for one, presumably.
The Elder Scrolls Online lead designer Nick Konkle hosts a new developer diary, showing off character progression. The upcoming MMO will feature the same style of leveling as the single player games, allowing players a tremendous amount of freedom on how they want to kit out their character.
Last July, a 19 year old modder Alexander Velicky produced
a Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod called "Falskaar", which took him a year to produce. The mod was a land mass a third the size of the game's main continent and included new quests, NPCs and soundtrack.
Why no PC love with Bungie's new sci-fi Destiny? The studio is worried they'd spread themselves a little too thin with a release on PC as well as four other platforms, explains Bungie senior writer Eric Osborne.
They're aware PC gamers "would willingly give us money," but don't want to risk diluting Destiny by overtaxing their team with PC, and so are focusing "right now" on consoles.
Zenimax Online and Bethesda have posted the latest Ask Us Anything for MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, and they spill more details on PvP, weaponry aesthetics and getting mix and match our armour.
Veteran Rank also 'replaces' XP when high enough in level, with increases granting more stats and access to better gear. Skill points are still earned when levelling up veterancy.
The MMO and dynamic nature of The Division means "potentially limitless, unlimited gameplay," remarks Ubisoft Massive's Ryan Bernard. Details on how that could be achieved are 'saved for another time'.
Endgame and player retention is "very important" to the team. While The Division is an RPG, the usual grind-fest will come under fire by emergent gameplay and story.
Xbox 360 gamers will be getting a major Mass Effect-themed DLC pack for Minecraft, which will add tons of new content.
Bethesda has posted the 6th "Ask Us Anything" Q&A page, answering six questions posed by fans to the developer on The Elder Scrolls Online, which will be coming to PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
A few days ago, it was announced that The Elder Scrolls Online would be a subscription-based MMO at $14.99 USD a month. Bethesda has revealed that there would also be a real-money store as well. However, the store would not be for advantages, making the MMO "pay to win". Rather, it seems it'll just be a shop for cosmetic items.
Linda Carlson, director of global community relations at Sony Online Entertainment, has said developers are now "terrified of players," referring to the surge in 'toxic' feedback and personal attacks.
It leads to "severely demoralised" teams when an update displeases the community, causing volatile threats. However, she says, some of this is partly their own fault.
Trion Worlds has announced the first major add-on pack for their MMO Defiance, the Castithan Charge Pack, for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The add-on pack will be available on the 20th August, and adds new story missions, gameplay rewards, vehicles, and customization enhancements, among other things.
MMO developer Trion Worlds has closed its San Diego office, shortly after laying off the Defiance dev team and re-forming End of Nations into a MOBA.
World of Warcraft has been declining in recent months, down to 7.7M paid subscribers, and questions have been posed about what the next Blizzard MMO would be, and what the status of Project Titan is. Blizzard boss Mike Morhaime has confirmed that Project Titan has been overhauled.