Exciting day for gamers, with GOG adding Linux support to 50 of their games and new Titanfall expansion promising in-game credits, black marketplace, daily challenges and other updates. Sony has also agreed to a settlement of a class-action lawsuit following the 2011 Playstation Network (PSN) breach and added 3D Blu-Ray playback to Playstation 4. Lastly, Epic opens up about the visual style of their upcoming Unreal Tournament reboot. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 24, 2014.
GOG adding Linux support, 50 games already available
Fans of the open-source operating system can celebrate with another victory. GOG, one of the biggest online game stores and growing competitor to Steam, has just launched its Linux support, offering 50 games for the platform. A special promo sale has also begun, featuring 20 titles at various discounts. Linux gaming has been steadily growing in the past few years, with Steam already supporting the operating system, and many developers, particularly indies, opting for cross-platform releases. On top of that, the new Steambox, a gaming PC-console hybrid from Valve, is running on Linux-derived system. Popular game engines and programming libraries, such as Unity or SFML, are also making it easy by including Linux support out-of-the-box as well. While neither Windows nor Mac are going away anytime soon, Linux is becoming a significant market segment in the PC gaming sphere.
Titanfall adding in-game credits, but not microtransactions
Developed by Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall is a multiplayer first-person shooter known for its fast parkour movement and huge mech-style Titans the players can pilot. In the upcoming expansion, Frontier’s Edge, the title will add in-game Credits that can be used to purchase Black Market goods such as Burn Cards, allowing the players to further customize their gaming styles. The developer explains this virtual currency can be earned only by playing the game, and not through real world purchases. Aside from that, the expansion will also bring new maps and daily challenges which will reward players with more credits and achievements. Performance improvements are also expected.
Sony offering free games in PSN hack settlement
Back in 2011, the Playstation Network experienced the biggest hack in its history, resulting in an almost month-long outage and some 77 million accounts’ information being stolen. A $15 million class-action followed, and Sony has now agreed offer digital goods as compensation for the breach as a result to a settlement in the case. The affected users will have a choice between Playstation 3 games such as Super Stardust HD, Dead Nation, LittleBigPlanet, inFamous and Rain, or PSP games includingKillzone Liberation, LittleBigPlanet, Patapon 3 and ModNation Racers. Aside from the games, the users can also opt for a free, three-month PlayStation Plus subscription if they do not own it already and live in the US. However, the settlement has not yet been approved by the judge and could still change.
Playstation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray too
In Sony-related, but non-gaming news, movie buffs owning the newest Playstation have a reason to rejoice. Just mere days after the Xbox One announced an update to enable 3D Blu-Ray movies, Sony follows suit by adding the support to their latest console. Those participating in the dashboard preview program already have access to this new feature, while other users should see it next week.
Epic speaks about the visuals of upcoming Unreal Tournament
The developer behind the highly successful arena-shooter franchise Unreal Tournament and third-person wall-hugging series Gears of Wars, has recently announced going back to its roots. Epic is promising a new Unreal Tournament game and speaking out about what the new title might look like. Chris Perna, the art director spearheading the project, explains that “the overall look is clean,” aiming to make the characters “pop off the background.” He hopes to undo the “dark and grungy” style of their most recent Gears of War and UT3 titles, and provide a cleaner, more polished look. The video below contains all the details plus a fly by preview of one of the levels, starting at the 1:31 mark:
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