Star Wars massively multiplayer online role-playing game may not have hit a home-run on release, but it maintains a steady number of subscribers. Metal Gear Solid 5 will be coming to Steam, while the next Tomb Raider title was announced to be a timed XBox One exclusive. Lastly, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset finds a unique use in teaching first-person surgeries. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 14, 2014.
Star Wars MMO has 1 million subscribers
The announcement of an MMO set in one of the sci-fi’s most popular universes was met with a lot of excitement and anticipation which did not quite live up to the expectations. After the release in 2011, the initial burst of subscribers quickly dwindled, but the publisher EA was quick to respond. The game switched to a free-to-play model back in November 2012, spurring a new growth and now reaching a stable 1 million player-base. Frank Gibeau, president of labels at EA, explained that despite the change of the payment model, the revenues nearly doubled. The game now brings in $165 million annually, as Polygon reported.
Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be on Steam
The next iteration of Konami’s popular spy and espionage franchise will be available on Steam, if a small glitch on their website is to be trusted. Eurogamer reports that, for a brief moment, Konami’s feed on their UK site displayed the announcement. This is exciting news for the PC gamers, since the series has been only fully playable on the consoles. Only the first and second iteration, as well as the Metal Gear Solid: Rising spinoff, have been previously released on the computer. Perhaps this is an indication that the other titles in the franchise will eventually make their way onto Steam in the future.
Next Tomb Raider an Xbox exclusive, fans not happy
One of the most recognizable female characters in the gaming world will be flirting only with the Xbox in the next installment. Crystal Dynamics, the developer behind the upcoming Rise of the Tomb Raider, has struck an exclusive deal with Microsoft. This is undoubtedly a desperate attempt for Microsoft to help boost the sales of the console, which has been significantly under-performing since its release. Needless to say, this has left a lot of fans screaming in rage at both at the tech giant as well as the game’s developer. Online petitions have also been created, featuring over 12,000 signatures by now. However, hope is not lost as rumors indicate that this is a timed exclusive, and Lara will eventually make her way to the other platforms as well.
Oculus Rift used to teach surgery
Virtual reality technology has a lot of potential outside of increasing the immersion of video games. The MOVEO Foundation has recently funded a new project where a surgeon performing an operation recorded everything he saw with two head-mounted cameras. The footage can now be watched via the Oculus Rift headset, allowing eager medical students to witness the whole procedure from the perspective of the head surgeon. Thanks to the dual display, the video provides a real depth and 3D-ness, giving a far greater sense of all the movements than traditional two-dimensional media. MOVEO hopes the new technology can significantly improve the teaching of complicated operations.
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