Dota 2 will launch proper in early August, Valve has confirmed.
Speaking with Gamespot, Valve VP of marketing Doug Lombardi said that the full game would be available before this year's The International championship, which begins on August 7.
The International’s top prize is US$1 million, and this will be the tournament’s third year.
Dota 2 entered beta in 2011, and early access keys are still available for US$30 via Steam. However, once the game launches, it will employ a free-to-play business model.
Dota 2 holds the record for the most concurrent users in Steam history with around 330,000 simultaneous players online in May of this year. That figure was higher than the rest of Steam’s top ten games combined.
All PlayStation 4 games will support Remote Play on the Vita because the function is baked into the console, Sony has announced.
"On PlayStation 4 , it just happens. You just make a PS4 game, it supports Remote Play," Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida told Engadget.
"The single biggest issue, why there are not many PlayStation 3 games that support Remote Play, was that it was optional – the system didn't do much.
Microsoft has defended the Xbox One’s price, claiming that the console will be better value than any competing devices on the market.
The company's interactive entertainment business president Don Mattrick told Bloomberg TV that the console’s NZ$749 price tag was “a lower number than some of the analysts had forecast".
"We're over-delivering value against other choices I think consumers can get, said Mattrick.
Although State of Decay is the fastest-selling original game in Xbox Live Arcade history, developer Undead Labs is still waiting for its sequel to be given the go-ahead by IP holder Microsoft.
An open world zombie sandbox title, State of Decay has sold over half a million copies since its launch on June 5, with half those sales occurring within its first two days on the market. That makes it the fastest-selling XBLA original game in the platform's history.
The proposed follow-up, codenamed Class4, would be an MMO according to Undead Labs.
Almost half of IO Interactive’s staff have lost their jobs as a result of the studio cancelling all development not related to its Hitman IP.
The job losses have seen three-year production director Hannes Seifert named as the new studio head.
"We are making significant changes at IO Interactive as we align our business against a changing and challenging market," said an IO spokesperson.
The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red is opening a new studio in Poland that will work exclusively on small, premium quality titles.
The studio will open next month in Kraków, and will house 20 employees.
"As we informed in our strategy outlook some time ago, aside from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Cyberpunk 2077, the studio aims to develop two smaller (approximately 20 hours of gameplay) premium quality titles,” said CDPR managing director Adam Badowski.
Well it was only a matter of time: a virtual sex game has been announced for Oculus Rift.
The game, Wicked Paradise, is described by its creators as “the world’s first fully immersive Erotic Virtual Reality Adventure Game specifically designed to make use of the amazing capabilities of the Oculus Rift”.
“Instead of watching an erotic movie or reading an erotic book in which the main character has exciting sexual adventures, you become that character!”
Xbox Live's new Smart Match system will take a player’s reputation into account when populating lobbies, Microsoft has announced.
As detailed in a post by Xbox Live's Michael Dunn on Major Nelson’s blog, players with bad reputations will only be matched with equally disruptive gamers.
However, players headed towards this low reputation level would see many different alerts before their matchmaking was altered, said Dunn.
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