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New games come out all the time, but not for indie developers. Hyperkinetic Studios’ first original game, Epic Tavern, leaves Early Access on Steam today for its full debut.
The Daily Walkthrough caught up with Hyperkinetic Studios co-founders Rich Bisso and Tomo Moriwaki to learn more about their new game and what it’s like as an indie studio to produce their first self-styled product. Here’s a snippet of the full article, “Have An Epic Day With Hyperkinetic Studio’s Fantastical New Indie Game“:
“What we ended up doing was creating a pretty unique system that’s kinda like Mad Libs. You can throw any hero into these situations and then the situations draw in context from whatever’s going on in the game…”
Facebook is partnering with Hi-Rez Studios to bolster Paladins’ esports scene, AListDaily’s Steven Wong reports. “Facebook announced that it would become the exclusive livestream partner for” Paladins Premier League, “a top-tier competitive platform that was announced as the game hit 15 million players.” There will be a weekly show “which will present news, insights and analysis of the competitive scene.”
Amazon and AMD are working together to “run graphics software in the cloud,” VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi reports. “AWS [Amazon Web Services] can now run graphics applications in the cloud for as many as 16 users at a time, reducing the cost of cloud processing and enabling new benefits for users.”
Chronicle Collectibles will have shiny new statues out for Fallout and BioShock soon. The T-60 Power Armor statue comes out Sept. 22, while the BioShock Big Daddy statue won’t be out until 2018. “The Power Armor measures 9″ tall on its base and weighs a surprisingly light 1.3 lbs. The statues itself was modeled using the 3D models from the games to ensure no details were lost in the conversion,” Game Informer’s Imran Khan writes.
Niantic CEO John Hanke is not too impressed with yesterday’s iPhone X debut. He said companies focus too much time on AR visuals and not enough on its supporting structure, GamesIndustry.biz’s Matthew Handrahan reports.
“Based on Apple’s presentation, the most common interpretation of AR would be a, ‘digital object or annotation…overlaid on the camera view on the screen.’ However, this definition is ‘really missing the point’ of what Niantic and other companies are working towards … Hanke is concerned that this emphasis on the digital overlays, coupled with their ‘awkward’ implementation on smartphones, could actually harm the way AR’s potential is perceived.”
Another dramatic shift is occurring in Eve Online. A coup is shaking things up and some 5,000 players are floating in space without a leader. “A major alliance at the center of that war [from last year] has crumbled, thanks to a coup orchestrated by its own members,” Polygon’s Charlie Hall reports. The drama is so serious that one player reportedly threatened to cut off another player’s hands.
Oops! A gauntlet in Destiny 2 is being changed because the symbol on it was similar to that of an alt-right group.