MERCEDES-BENZ AMG VISION GRAN TURISMO

The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo, the visionary concept of a super sports car, for the new PlayStation® 3 racing game Gran Turismo® 6 was revealed at the LA Auto Show. We were fortunate enough to be there to speak with the lead designer, Bastian Baudy, whose concept vision was brought to life together with his fellow design team. Bastian explained that all the designers had a shot at designing the car and it became an internal design competition at the company to see who could design the most interesting concept. Drawing inspiration from Mercedes race cars from the 1940s, which had bulbous muscular lines, Baudy’s sketch won the contest and the entire team began collaborating with him to bring his design to life.

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Amnesia developer shows off the world of Soma in debut gameplay trailer

Amnesia developer Frictional Games has unveiled its debut trailer for Soma, an upcoming title taking place in a science facility where the main task is simply to escape.

In traditional Frictional style, Soma focuses on explorative horror and storytelling while taking all possible weapons away from the player. The game, which has been in development for three years, tells the story of strange occurances in the PATHOS-2 research facility, where machines begin to act malevolently.

Soma is slated to hit Windows PC and PlayStation 4 in 2015.

APB Reloaded receiving ‘massive’ engine upgrade in 2014

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All Points Bulletin Reloaded, Reloaded Productions’ massively multiplayer free-to-play action title, will receive a “massive” engine upgrade “sometime at the end of Q1, 2014,” CEO Bjorn Book-Larsson recently announced.

In APB Reloaded, a game that’s “similarly themed” to Grand Theft Auto 5, players partake in missions as either Criminals or Enforcers. It currently runs on the 2007 version of the Unreal 3 engine; according to Book-Larsson, an upgrade is necessary to up performance and add improvements.

“Due to the vintage of the engine, we keep bumping up against performance limitations, and also severe limitations in our product development speed,” Book-Larsson wrote. “Because we use many custom systems in the game, it takes a very long time for our team to make material changes to the game, resulting in a lot of features being shelved or delayed.

“An upgraded engine would let us tackle important things like min-spec system performance, lighting system improvements, net code improvements and new graphic card optimizations and it would likely lead to a faster content creation pipeline by taking advantage of new systems available in the updated engine.”

More details on the engine upgrade, including test information and a definite release date, are expected in the months to come. Book-Larsson added that upgrading the engine will also open other possibilities — such as “a path to launch on other platforms in the future.”

APB Reloaded is available for Windows PC.

Valve Announces SteamOS, A New Linux-Based Operating System For Playing Video Games In the Living Room

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Today Valve announced SteamOS, a new Linux-based operating system designed for playing video games in your living room. The operating system — which is the first step toward the company’s highly-anticipated “Steam Box” video game console — will allow users to stream games from their existing Windows or Mac computer to a console running SteamOS connected to their television. SteamOS also includes Valve’s recently announced family sharing feature, and will allow families to limit which users can see which titles. Valve is also working to bring music, movies, and TV streaming apps for “many of the media services you know and love” to SteamOS, but has not released details on which specific apps will be coming to the operating system.

According to the announcement, SteamOS will be available to users soon as a free download and to manufacturers as a freely licensable operating system.

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‘GTA V’ Shatters 7 Guinness World Records

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We already knew Grand Theft Auto V was a gaming powerhouse, but now Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed it.

The record-keeping publication confirmed Tuesday that the game had broken seven records, including the record for fastest-selling video game franchise and fastest-selling entertainment franchise. Take-Two Interactive, which owns Rockstar Games, revealed that the game sold $800 million in its first day and reached the $1 billion mark in three days.

Below is a list of the seven records now officially held by Grand Theft Auto V:

  1. Best-selling action-adventure video game in 24 hours
  2. Best-selling video game in 24 hours
  3. Fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion
  4. Fastest video game to gross $1 billion
  5. Highest grossing video game in 24 hours
  6. Highest revenue generated by an entertainment product in 24 hours
  7. Most viewed trailer for an action-adventure video game

“Gaming is no longer a niche hobby, as GTA V has proved, and how exciting that it’s taken on the might of Hollywood and won,” said Craig Glenday, the editor in chief of Guinness Book of World Records. “GTA totally deserves to be recognized as an icon of modern British culture, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature the game in the record books.”

GTA 5 Makes $800 Million in One Day

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Take-Two has announced that Grand Theft Auto V generated approximately $800 million in sales worldwide during its first 24 hours on sale. According to Take-Two, this marks “the highest first day retail sales of any title in the history of the company and the Grand Theft Auto series.”

Take-Two notes that the figure includes sales across both platforms in all territories, but added that GTA 5 has not yet launched in Japan or Brazil.

“All of us at Take-Two are thrilled with the initial response to Grand Theft Auto V,” said Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. “Once again, the team at Rockstar Games have outdone themselves, setting the entertainment industry’s new standard for creativity, innovation and excellence. Beginning at midnight on Monday, consumers around the world gathered in anticipation to be among the first to experience the evolution of this remarkable series. In North America alone, more than 8,300 stores opened their doors at midnight to welcome fans whose loyalty and enthusiasm were rewarded with what The New York Times called ‘the most immersive spectacle in interactive entertainment’. We are incredibly proud of Rockstar Games’ creative achievement and could not be more pleased with the success of this launch.” Grand Theft Auto V hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, and its upcoming multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, will launch in October.

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