Elder Scrolls V Will Use New Engine
It's about damn time. The Gamebryo engine may have powered some incredible games over the last few years- but most of us are also sick and tired of putting up with its tendency to brick every ten seconds. Fallout New Vegas, the latest Gamebryo title, really took the biscuit (and the piss) with an obscene amount of glitches... the worst of which- the infamous missing DLC bug- recently corrupted all of my save files. The patch can't come soon enough.
After officially announcing the rumoured TES V: Skyrim at last night's VGA ceremony, Bethesda's Nick Brecon has announced that it will run on an entirely new engine that has been bespoke tailored in-house.
We can now confirm that the TES V: Skyrim engine is all-new. And it looks fantastic.
It’s a new graphics/gameplay engine built internally. We’ll have more details down the road. - Bethesda's Nick Brecon via Twitter
Naturally we'll bring you more information about the new "Skyrim Engine" as details become available.
C4 And ITV Headed To PS3 This Week
It's a good time to own a PS3. Every other week seems to bring news of yet more value being added to the multimedia experience free of charge, with this latest offering courtesy of Channel 4 and ITV. The 4OD service (yay!) and the ITV player (meh) will provide a mix of free-to-view and premium programming, and are estimated to increase each channel's viewing figures by 10%. [The Guardian]
Channel 4 is "not saying no" to the idea of providing 4OD content to Xbox 360 customers... but unfortunately Microsoft are unlikely to take them up on it without being able to guarantee a significant financial return.
Infinity Blade Is The Fastest Grossing App, Ever
Infinity Blade, the recently-release action RPG built on the Epic iOS engine, has been confirmed as the fastest grossing app of all time. According to reports from Apple Game Center, over 271,000 users have downloaded and paid for the app: resulting in nearly one million pounds in revenue.This is seriously impressive considering that Infinity Blade has only been out for four days. [Appmodo]
Chair, the studio behind Infinity Blade, are no strangers to crafting big hits with Epic tech. Shadow Complex was one of last year's most impressive XBLA sleeper hits, and we can't wait to see what they come up with next.
Resistance 3 Is Already 100% Playable
Resistance 3 may still be 8 months away (with a confirmed release date of 6th September 2011), but Insomniac has claimed that the game is already completely playable from beginning to end. Community Manager James Stevenson dropped the following bombshell in a recent post on GAF:
I think… and we have to be careful about discussing exactly where we are in dev… but we totally have a lot of content done (2 years of dev so far) w/ a lot of polishing to go.
The game is playable start to finish on disc, which is pretty insane for an Insomniac game w/ this much time left.
So, what exactly are they going to do with all this time? Quite a lot, actually. As well as continually polishing the singleplayer, Insomniac will be working on and delivering a significantly improved multiplayer suite as well as deliberating whether to add Move or 3D support. [GAF]