News | First invitations to new Diablo 4 beta have been sent out

The first invitations for the new Diablo 4 beta in which the endgame can be tested have been sent out.

This is reported by fans on Reddit and ResetEra. A small group of people who have spent a lot of time in the endgame of Diablo 2: Resurrected, Diablo 3 and Diablo Immortal receive an invitation to test elements for after completing Diablo 4. These include Nightmare Dungeons, Whispers of the Dead, Fields of Hatred, Paragon Boards, and Helltide.

Blizzard explained last week why it focuses the new beta on endgame content. The company wants to keep the full story of the game a secret, and instead introduce players to content that becomes available afterwards. “For many, the endgame is also the favorite aspect of Diablo. We want to make sure that it is very satisfying and that there is no lack of varied challenges.”

The closed beta is playable for a number of people on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and S, and Xbox One. Cross-play and cross-progression are also available. Diablo 4 itself should be released sometime in 2023. Blizzard previously emphasized that the game will not be pay-to-win.


News | Joker voiced by Mark Hamill may be coming to Multiversus

Batman villain Joker, voiced by Mark Hamill, may be coming to Multiversus as a playable character.

Twitter user LaisulMV claims to have found an Announcer Pack for the game that contains multiple narrated dialogues from the Joker. He shares the audio files in the tweet below.

It is almost certain that the dialogue is voiced by Mark Hamill, best known for his role as Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films. He has regularly voiced the Joker in animated series and films since 1992. Hamill has even voiced the Joker in games before, namely in the Arkham games and in Lego DC Super-Villains. However, nothing has been officially confirmed as of yet.

As of last night, Rick, from the Rick & Morty cartoon series, is available as a playable character in Multiversus. Furthermore, Stripe from Gremlins and DC hero Black Adam are yet to be added. An earlier datamine also revealed unused dialogues for the characters Beetlejuice and the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz.

The free-to-play game Multiversus came out in Early Access on July 19, and the first season kicked off on August 15. People can get a free and paid Battle Pass for the game, which can unlock all kinds of cosmetic items for characters.

Multiversus is a Smash Bros.-style fighting game featuring various characters from Warner Bros. franchises. The game mainly focuses on 2v2 combat, but 1v1 and a four-player free-for-all mode is also available. The game is playable on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Xbox consoles, including cross-play.


News | Narrative trailer for A Plague Tale: Requiem released

Focus Entertainment and Asobo Studio have released a new narrative trailer for the upcoming adventure game A Plague Tale: Requiem.

The trailer doesn’t contain much gameplay, but shows what players can expect from the game from a story point of view.

The first game, A Plague Tale: Innocence, is set in France in the year 1349, when the country is ravaged by the Black Death. Amicia must protect her younger brother Hugo while the two are pursued by the Inquisition and try to survive in the unforgiving world.

In the sequel, Amicia and Hugo return and travel to the south of France. The game should include larger levels so that players have more influence on how they progress.

A Plague Tale: Requiem releases October 18 on PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, and Nintendo Switch via the cloud. The game will also be coming to Xbox Game Pass on release day.


News | Sony shows more of PlayStation VR2 and upcoming VR games

Sony has released a trailer showcasing the PlayStation VR2 and upcoming games for the VR helmet.

In the trailer, the techniques that are in the virtual reality helmet are highlighted, such as a 4k HDR screen, eye tracking and foveated rendering. The corresponding controllers are also shown again.
Also featured are several upcoming PS VR2 games, such as Firewall Ultra, No Man’s Sky, Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Resident Evil Village.

Over the years, Sony has revealed details surrounding the PlayStation VR2 at various times, which are discussed again in the trailer below. For example, the OLED screen of the glasses is 4000 by 2040 pixels (2000 by 2040 per eye) and the field of view is 110 degrees. Furthermore, PlayStation VR2 has inside-out tracking, so that a separate camera is not necessary. Thanks to four cameras in the device itself, there is no need for colored LEDs on the device to keep track of where the player is. These cameras also follow the new controllers. Finally, the helmet with cameras tracks players’ eyes, allowing players to use their eyes to control the camera.
PlayStation VR2 should be released sometime early next year and can be used with the PlayStation 5. Sony previously announced that more than twenty games should be available on release. It is also known that the vr helmet will not be backward compatible with games that appeared on the first PS VR.


News | EA Motive Studio is officially working on an Iron Man game

EA development studio Motive Studio is working on a game based on Marvel hero Iron Man.

That was announced yesterday. It’s the first of “multiple Marvel games” in development at EA, though it’s unclear what other games will be made. Development of the Iron Man game is led by Olivier Proulx, who previously worked on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for Eidos Montreal. Motive Studio is also working on the Dead Space remake.

There are not many details about the Iron Man game yet, but it is clear that it will be a single player game with a third person view. The game is currently in pre-production. Images of the game have not yet been released. It is also not clear on which systems the game should appear.

“Motive Studio has experience in delivering both existing entertainment worlds and exciting gameplay. Combined with their passion for the armored hero, this helps our mission to deliver a love letter to a legendary hero in the form of the ultimate Iron Man game,” said Marvel Games Vice President Bill Roseman.

There were already rumors about a possible Iron Man game that was in development at EA and they now appear to be correct. According to related rumors, EA is also working on a Black Panther game. Since the Iron Man game actually exists, the Black Panther game could also be in development.


News | Portal RTX is an official mod for the Valve game

Portal RTX was unveiled yesterday at Nvidia's GTC presentation, a mod for the PC game that adds ray tracing to the game.

To do that, the mod will use RTX Remix, a new technique that makes it relatively easy to enrich old games with ray tracing and improved textures.

The mod will be released for free to owners of the PC version of the puzzle game in November. Nvidia has also created new assets for the game, which should make it look even better.


Hardware | Nvidia unveils first RTX 40 video cards

During Nvidia's GTC presentation, chairman Jensen Huang revealed the first GPUs of the Ada Lovelace generation (RTX 40).

Apart from specific GPUs, Ada Lovelace has on average 70 percent more CUDA cores on the same surface than Ampere, in a more efficient architecture for the compute clusters. As previously hinted, Nvidia is building the new GPUs on TSMC’s 4N process (5 nanometers).

Because new streaming processors can now gradually reorganize their division of tasks (‘Shader Execution Reordering’, or SER), Nvidia claims to be able to achieve up to twice the efficiency in power efficiency. Especially when handling ray tracing, GPUs benefit from a streamlined throughput of complex calculations — SER automatically optimizes the delivery of such data to the graphics processor.

The new ray tracing clusters feature Nvidia’s third generation of RT cores, with twice the performance in select tasks surrounding light reflection. The matrix-based Tensor cores are also getting an upgrade with their fourth generation; the format has been learned from Nvidia’s Hopper processor. Potentially, the heaviest Ada Lovelace chips can spit out up to 1,300 teraflops in Tensor commands.

Roughly speaking, this means that Ada Lovelace should be twice as fast (as Ampere) in rasterized applications and four times as fast in ray tracing. That power was measured at roughly the same wattages, which is why Huang writes the new generation as “incredibly high-efficiency”. In contrast, there was zero statement about the maximum powers (TDP or TGP) for the first Ada Lovelace cards.

As expected, the successor of Ampere once again kicks off with the higher segment of video cards. In the previous generation this also included a GeForce RTX 3070; this time, the RTX xx70 model seems to be taking longer. Selected rumors about questionable RTX 4070 specs already predicted something similar.

The provisional flagship of the Ada Lovelace generation is again an RTX xx90 model, this time the RTX 4090. The GPU should be three to four times as powerful as the previously released RTX 3090 Ti, while both cards have the same 24 GB of GDDR6X. memory (21 Gbps, 384-bit).

The RTX 4090 runs on Nvidia’s heaviest AD102 GPU, with 16,384 CUDA cores at 2,520 MHz. Huang indicated that the GPU is easy to overclock to above 3.0 GHz. The chairman himself did not mince words, but previous leaks claim a minimum TGP of 450 watts, with peaks of up to approximately 660 watts.

The RTX 4090 will be officially released on October 12, with a suggested retail price of 1,949 euros.

The GeForce RTX 4080 is split this generation (once again) into two different models. The standard model has 12 GB of GDDR6X (21 Gbps, 192-bit), while a more luxurious edition comes with 16 GB of GDDR6X (22.5 Gbps, 256-bit). Both cards should be roughly two to four times as powerful as the RTX 3080 Ti from early this year.

The two variants are less identical than previously thought. The heavier model runs on the AD102-300 chipset; the lighter one will do with the AD104-400. This also includes different amount of streaming processors (76 versus 60) and CUDA cores (9728 versus 7680).

In this case too, Huang did not say anything about the alleged consumption of the cards, although recent leaks state that these would be standard TGPs of 320 watts and 285 watts; considerably less than some rumors previously suggested.

The RTX 4080 (16 GB) has a suggested retail price of 1,469 euros; the price of the lighter 12 GB model starts from 1,099 euros. Both models should be available by mid-November 2022.

As always, Nvidia also unveiled new technologies to put the new architecture on a pedestal. The new optical flow accelerators in the Tensor cores help make smart upscaling just that little bit smoother, pushing Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) into a third generation.

DLSS 3.0 promises to generate up to three times as many frames in upscaled 4k resolutions, compared to native 4k, in select games. That also applies in combination with Nvidia’s own ray tracing. For example, a Microsoft Flight Simulator draws frame rates of over 110 fps with ‘RTX On’, compared to 54 fps in native 4k without ray tracing.

In addition to a new DLSS, Ada Lovelace also introduces native coding to the new AV1 standard. Using the new Nvidia GPUs, video files and streams can be encoded in AV1, with higher image quality on smaller file sizes (than, for example, H.265). Nvidia is thus following Intel, who already included AV1 in their first Intel Arc GPUs.

A newer technology is RTX Remix, which allows mod makers to enrich old games (using USD recordings) relatively easily with ray tracing, AI-driven upscalers for textures and other new effects. The tool is offered right away in Nvidia’s Omniverse (famous for the Ampere reveal), shortly after Ada Lovelace appears.

As an example for the new Omniverse capabilities, Portal RTX was shown, a mod for the original PC version of Portal that bakes ray tracing right into the classic game. Portal RTX will be released in November as free downloadable content for gamers who already own the game. Ada Lovelace cards are probably not necessarily needed to run the mod.

Apart from game-focused disclosure, Nvidia also seems to be focusing this generation on AI, content creation, the metaverse and robotics. The lion’s share of the GTC presentation takes a closer look at how Nvidia’s most powerful GPUs accelerate everything from augmented reality for surgeons to self-driving cars on Nvidia’s new Thor processor, consisting of Nvidia’s proprietary Grace, Hopper and Ada architectures.


News | Steam artwork hints at Sackboy: A Big Adventure PC release

People have found an illustration of the PlayStation game Sackboy: A Big Adventure on Steam.

Earlier this year, menus already leaked showing PC settings for the game. In addition, the game was also spotted in the Steam database last year. Now an icon has been found on the Steam servers themselves, reports VGC. So it is very likely that the game will come to Steam.

Sackboy: A Big Adventure was released on PS5 and PS4 at the same time as the PlayStation 5 was released. It is a three-dimensional platformer that can be played alone or with multiple players – some levels are even playable with multiple people. Previous games starring Sackboy – the LittleBigPlanet games – were controlled more or less like 2D platformers.


News | Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Coming to PS5 and Xbox Series in 2023

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot will be released in 2023 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S.

Bandai Namco and developer CyberConnect2 have announced this. There is no exact release date yet.

A second season pass was also revealed, called Additional Scenario: -Bardock- Alone Against Fate. Players can experience the story from the television special Bardock: Father of Goku and compete against Frieza, among other things.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot was already released in 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam and then also came out on Nintendo Switch. It is an action RPG in which the Dragon Ball Z world can be explored, filled with sidequests, NPCs to talk to and skills to learn. The game mainly features content from the Dragonball Z series, but there are also new backstories to be found in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot.


News | Take-Two in the process of removing leaked GTA 6 footage

Take-Two Interactive started removing the leaked footage of a pre-alpha version of Grand Theft Auto 6 last night.

Several images have already been taken offline, with it being reported that this happened “due to a copyright strike by Take-Two”. This seems as good as confirmed that the images indeed come from an early version of GTA 6. The forum topic on the GTAForums has also been removed. Journalist Jason Schreier says that he has heard from sources that the images are real.

Yesterday, a forum user named teapotuberhacker posted online nearly a hundred videos of an early version of Grand Theft Auto 6 that he allegedly obtained through a hack. He also claimed to have the source code of the game in the works. As proof, he shared part of the code.

Rockstar has not yet officially commented on the situation at the time of writing, but is expected to do so today. The hacker in question indicates that he wants to sell the source code of Grand Theft Auto 5, which he also owns, for an amount of at least five digits. He wouldn’t sell the source code of GTA 6 “at the moment”, but he does want to contact Take-Two and Rockstar to make a deal.