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fatslob-:O said:
JEMC said:

Square Enix has lots of troubles, and making an engine that works, it's cheap and it's easy to use is, apparently, way beyond their capacity. Going with UE4 was their best, if not only, choice given that Unity still isn't there, and the CryEngine has its own set of problems.

UE4 has extreme performance design pitfalls that probably still applies optimizations from the last generation since the engine has to work on mobile devices which have comparatively ancient (no bindless, no stateless compute, no multiview, no tiled resources, poor support for cross-lane operations, etc ) functionality to AMD hardware or other desktop hardware including Intel iGPUs. Epic Games do not even care about getting the best performance for consoles anymore since high end UE4 titles struggle a lot them ... 

UE4 is straight up crap in terms of both performance and optimization. The only reason why it succeeded compared to the other public options out there was because it could do high end graphics (Unity couldn't do this), good content creation pipeline (CryEngine was clunky and barely had any documentation in this aspect), and had Japanese documentation altogether ... 

There's literally no good public options out there that aren't publisher specific like Frostbite 3, id Tech 6+, Snowdrop, and the RE Engine so the least AMD could do is handhold a couple of game publishers who are still interested enough in creating high-end games that tanks their hardware like Square Enix ...

So yeah, UE4 is a bit shitty like most other 3rd party engines, but it's easy to use and that's why it has had success.

If making a high end engine were so easy, not only AMD but also Nvidia (to expand its The Way-blah, blah, blah program) would have done it by now. They simply don't want to get involved in that, they want to keep being hardware manufacturers.



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*** ALERT: FREE GAME ***

The Humble Store is giving away the First Person Adventure game "A Story About My Uncle" for the next 1 day and 18 hours (as of now) or until they run out of keys.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/a-story-about-my-uncle

At its Steam page there are three videos, with gameplay, if you want to first learn a bit more about it: https://store.steampowered.com/app/278360/A_Story_About_My_Uncle/



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*** NEW CONTEST ***

HEXUS EPIC GIVEAWAY Day 33: Win an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti https://hexus.net/tech/features/graphics/124877-day-33-win-nvidia-geforce-rtx-2080-ti/

And this contest is GLOBAL, so everyone can take part in it!



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Here come the Friday news:

SALES & DEALS

What Remains of Edith Finch is free on Epic’s store, A Story About My Uncle free on Humble Bundle
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/what-remains-of-edith-finch-is-free-on-epics-store-a-story-about-my-uncle-free-on-humble-bundle/
Epic Games and Humble Bundle are currently offering for free What Remains of Edith Finch and A Story About My Uncle on their stores, respectively. What Remains of Edith Finch is free until January 24th, whereas A Story About My Uncle is free until January 12th.
>> The Humble Store's Winter Sale will last until January 24th, and you can win the games Teslagrad and Desync with your purchases. Check them out: humblebundle.com/store.

Blast Zone! Tournament, a Bomberman-style competitive game, is free to keep on Steam at the moment
https://www.pcgamer.com/blast-zone-tournament-a-bomberman-style-competitive-game-is-free-to-keep-on-steam-at-the-moment/
Blast Zone! Tournament is a Bomberman-style competitive game which, although it does boast a single-player component, makes no secret of its esports aspirations. It's been in Early Access for a while, and the studio Victory Lap Games writes that the stint was designed to help gain feedback "to help us turn Blast Zone! Tournament into the next big esport."
Presumably in aid of that goal, Blast Zone! Tournament is currently free-to-keep on Steam. So long as you add the game to your inventory before January 16, you won't have to pay the US$19.99 asking price. Then, on February 28, the game will exit Early Access. The game will boast crossplay with PS4 and Xbox One (though if I understand correctly, not between all three at the same time – PS4 and Xbox don't play nicely, yet).
>> Here's the Steam page of the game.

 

At Fanatical, there are a bunch of new deals

 

SOFTWARE/DRIVERS

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 released, improves performance in Fortnite
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2019-edition-19-1-1-released-improves-performance-in-fortnite/
AMD has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.1.1 driver improves performance in Fortnite by up to 4% on the Radeon RX 580 and by up to 3% on the Radeon RX Vega 64 graphics cards.
This driver also addresses the system lag issues that some gamers have been experiencing when Alt+Tab was used during gameplay, some screen tearing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled on Vulkan API game, a crash issue related to the Radeon Settings when clicking the restart button after a driver installation or while switching between some Radeon WattMan tabs when changing fan settings and more.
>> Available from here.

Unity says licensing change will not affect developers using SpatialOS (Updated)
https://www.pcgamer.com/spatialos-games-on-unity-are-at-risk-because-of-a-licensing-change/
A change to Unity’s terms of service late last year means that SpatialOS, a cloud platform used in MMOs, can no longer be used with the Unity engine, jeopardising any Unity games that rely on the platform. In-development sci-fi MMO Lazarus has already shut down its servers for the time being.
“All existing SpatialOS games using Unity, including production games and in development games of all developers, are now in breach of Unity’s license terms,” SpatialOS developer Improbable said in an announcement today. Unity clarified the change yesterday, making it a breach of terms to operate or make games using SpatialOS in Unity.
This won’t affect developers using SpatialOS in other engines, such as UE4 and the CryEngine, and Improbable says it’s currently working with other engine creators to see if games affected could transition to an alternative engine.
>> The story has been updated 4 times. Check it out to know all what has happened. Well, almost all, because...

After spat with Unity, Improbable teams up with Epic Games for $25m 'transition' fund
https://www.pcgamer.com/after-spat-with-unity-improbable-teams-up-with-epic-games-for-dollar25m-transition-fund/
Improbable and Epic Games have announced a surprise new $25,000,000 fund "to help developers transition to more open engines, services, and ecosystems". The announcement comes just hours after a public war of words between Improbable and Unity, after the former claimed that a recent change in Unity's terms of service rendered its SpatialOS technology in breach of Unity's terms – and thus potentially fatal to SpatialOS / Unity titles including Lazarus and Worlds Adrift.
>> Epic and "more open engines" doesn't add up.

 

MODS/EMULATORS

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GAMING NEWS

Multiplayer mode for ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown detailed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/multiplayer-mode-for-ace-combat-7-skies-unknown-detailed/
Bandai Namco has detailed the multiplayer mode of ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown. According to the press release, ACE COMBAT 7: Skies Unknown’s multiplayer mode will consist of two gameplay variants; the first variant takes on a team death match format featuring 4 vs. 4 dogfights.

Atomic Heart – Real-time RTX Tech Demo CES 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/atomic-heart-real-time-rtx-tech-demo-ces-2019/
At CES 2019, NVIDIA showcased – once again – the real-time ray tracing effects that will be featured in Atomic Heart. Mundfish will be using RTX for real-time ray tracing reflections and refractions, as well as for its dynamic shadows.

Bungie gains the rights of the Destiny IP franchise from Activision, will self-publish all Destiny games
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/bungie-gains-the-rights-of-the-destiny-ip-franchise-from-activision-will-self-publish-all-destiny-games/
Bungie has announced that its Destiny games will no longer be published by Activision. Instead, the development team has gained all the IP rights for this franchise and will self-publish all future Destiny games.
>> flashfire926 made a thread about it yesterday.

Resident Evil 2 – 26-minute video comparison between Remake and Original versions
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/resident-evil-2-26-minute-comparison-video-between-remake-and-original-versions/
YouTube’s ‘Cycu1’ has released a comparison video between the Remake and the Original versions of Resident Evil 2. This video shows the entire 1-Shot Demo (the PC demo will release in around 9 hours on Steam) so I strongly suggest avoiding it in case you want to experience it yourselves.

Assetto Corsa Competizione – In-game versus Reality comparison screenshots
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/assetto-corsa-competizione-in-game-versus-reality-comparison-screenshots/
KUNOS Simulazioni will release next week the Circuit Zolder to Assetto Corsa Competizione and in order to celebrate it, the team released some comparison screenshots between the in-game and the real track.



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Friday news, part two and last:

Old School RuneScape gets a new frontier in the latest update
https://www.pcgamer.com/old-school-runescape-gets-a-new-frontier-in-the-latest-update/
Old School RuneScape’s sprouted a new region today. The Kebos Lowlands is part of the MMO's first big update since it went multiplatform and launched a mobile edition in October last year. Expect a new town needing help, monsters needing slayed and a new dungeon waiting to be delved into.

An Atlas bug gave NPC ships rapid-fire cannons that obliterated players in seconds
https://www.pcgamer.com/an-atlas-bug-gave-npc-ships-rapid-fire-cannons-that-obliterated-players-in-seconds/
Yesterday evening, Atlas developers Grapeshot Games released their 10.71 patch which contained a few minor tweaks and one very fatal—and hilarious—bug (which is now fixed). Upon logging back into the game, players who engaged the hostile Ships of the Damned quickly realized something was very wrong. Normally, these NPC ships prowl the open sea and are a great target for higher-level players looking for a ship battle. But after patch 10.71, these ghost ships were incidentally equipped with rapid-fire cannons with an infinite ammo supply. Players who got too close were quickly slaughtered in a hail of rapid cannon fire.

THQ Nordic starts the year by acquiring 1999 action-adventure Outcast
https://www.pcgamer.com/thq-nordic-starts-the-year-by-acquiring-1999-action-adventure-outcast/
In its quest to grab every game license under the sun, THQ Nordic has snatched up the rights to classic open-world adventure Outcast, acquiring it from its three original creators. Outcast launched way back in 1999, getting great reviews at the time, though not sales. There have been attempts to bring it back, including a remake, Outcast: Second Contact, and a shelved sequel, Outcast 2: The Lost Paradise.

Return of the Obra Dinn claims six DICE Award nominations
https://www.pcgamer.com/return-of-the-obra-dinn-claims-six-dice-award-nominations/
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 22nd Annual DICE Awards, led by (this might sound familiar) God of War with 12 nominations. Following close behind is Marvel's Spider-Man with 11, Red Dead Redemption 2 with eight, and this year's champion of the PC contenders, Return of the Obra Dinn, with six.

Mike Morhaime is leaving Blizzard for good in April
https://www.pcgamer.com/mike-morhaime-is-leaving-blizzard-for-good-in-april/
Blizzard Entertainment co-founder and former president Mike Morhaime announced in October 2018 that he had stepped down from his long-held position, but would remain as a strategic advisor, expressing love and admiration for the company. How long he would remain wasn't made clear at that time, but an Activision Blizzard SEC filing made earlier this week reveals that Morhaime's position as advisor will come to an end in a few months.

Pikuniku, a 'delightfully dystopian' puzzle game, releases later this month
https://www.pcgamer.com/pikuniku-a-delightfully-dystopian-puzzle-game-releases-later-this-month/
Described as a "delightful dystopian adventure", Pikuniku is a vibrantly coloured puzzle game with a cheerful-but-knowing Adult Swim mood about it. Published by Devolver, it'll launch on Steam and GOG on January 24.
>> Since they only list the Steam link, here's the GOG one.

Make weird art for an AI in Art Sqool next month
https://www.pcgamer.com/make-weird-art-for-an-ai-in-art-sqool-next-month/
I’ve always wondered what the art students were up to when I was dozing through ancient history lectures. Art Sqool finally offers some insight into the mysterious lives of burgeoning artists by letting everyone become one. You’ll be able to wander the alien campus, get assignments and then watch as an AI educator and critic grades your great works when Art Sqool launches on February 5. Check out the trailer above.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 trailer digs into the grand strategy campaigns
https://www.pcgamer.com/battlefleet-gothic-armada-2-trailer-digs-into-the-grand-strategy-campaigns/
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 seems to have grand strategy ambitions, judging by the new campaign trailer above. Where the first game features a single, Imperium-only campaign that linked the space battles together, Armada 2 boasts three ‘grand’ campaigns for five out of the 12 playable factions, full of systems and worlds waiting to be conquered before fuelling the endless war.

Riot is letting players keep League of Legends skin capsules that were mistakenly given out for free
https://www.pcgamer.com/riot-is-letting-players-keep-league-of-legends-skin-capsules-that-were-mistakenly-given-out-for-free/
An error on the League of Legends store allowed players to get skins effectively for free, and while Riot has now fixed the mistake, it’s letting people who used the exploit keep their purchases. While that’s good news for everyone who took advantage of the fleeting bargain, some players who had to shell out real cash for their skins aren’t pleased.

Total War: Three Kingdoms' new trailer takes us on a scenic tour of China
https://www.pcgamer.com/total-war-three-kingdoms-new-trailer-takes-us-on-a-scenic-tour-of-china/
Total War: Three Kingdoms’ latest cinematic trailer has a noticeable dearth of the series’ key ingredient: war. Instead, it’s a journey through China’s diverse landscape with not a single blood-soaked battlefield in sight. It’s above, so give it a watch if you want to look at pretty mountains and stuff.

 

Let's check now the deals that GOG and Steam have for us this weekend:

+GOG

+Steam

 

And that's it. Have a happy and gaming weekend.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.

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JEMC said:

*** ALERT: FREE GAME ***

The Humble Store is giving away the First Person Adventure game "A Story About My Uncle" for the next 1 day and 18 hours (as of now) or until they run out of keys.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/a-story-about-my-uncle

At its Steam page there are three videos, with gameplay, if you want to first learn a bit more about it: https://store.steampowered.com/app/278360/A_Story_About_My_Uncle/

I'm quoting myself because Steam is offering this same game for free for all of us until January 14th (7 pm., UTC+1).

Something must be going on with this game/developer.



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

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Neat, now I can actually play more of the demo:

https://www.dsogaming.com/news/resident-evil-2-remake-pc-demo-is-available-and-its-30-minute-limitation-has-already-been-cracked/

                                       

Apparently, Slightly Mad Studios has decided the final form of its Mad Box console... even though they said that they weren't sure about what hardware they were going to use.

Looks like an expensive case.

Last edited by JEMC - on 13 January 2019

Please excuse my bad English.

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That thing has Steam Machines written all over it ...

It looks horrendous. Like some 12yr old was allowed to design it.