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20. 1. 2020 – GamingHub
Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair is getting a demo later this month
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Playtonic’s rather fab Yooka-Laylee sequel, the Impossible Lair, will soon be getting a demo on PC, PlayStation 4, and Switch – meaning those still on the fence can finally try before they buy. Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair, which launched toward the end of last year, sees the titular lizard and bat duo mixing things up for outing number two. While the first, rather uneven, game in the series saw Playtonic riffing on developer Rare’s beloved Banjo-Kazooie games, its sequel swaps fully 3D platforming for predominantly side-scrolling action. The most obvious touchstone this time around is Donkey Kong Country – specifically, Retro Studios’ two critically acclaimed outings – and the end result is a follow-up that feels tighter, more enjoyable, and supremely more assured. Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its own official Funko Pops – and yes, there are Keanu Pops
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Funko has revealed its official Cyberpunk 2077 Pops. The collectible manufacturer revealed its concept art for Pop figures inspired by the Cyberpunk 2077 at this year’s London Toy Fair, Game Informer reports  – including two cool lil’ Keanu Reeves-inspired Johnny Silverhand Pops. While designs are still subject to licensor approval, all four of the vinyl figurines are slated to hit shelves on April 16 – the original release date for Cyberpunk 2077. The game is now scheduled to launch on September 17 for Xbox One, PS4, PC. Check out them Pops below: The post Cyberpunk 2077 is getting its own official Funko Pops – and yes, there are Keanu Pops appeared first on VG247.

The Last of Us: Part 2 job listing is asking for PC, DX12 and Nvidia experience
Other / 20. 1. 2020

A new job listing from Naughty Dog suggests the developer of the PS4-only The Last of US: Part 2 is seeking out someone with a PC programming background. Naughty Dog is looking for a graphics programmer for a role attached to The Last of Us sequel. The job listing is asking for someone to join Naughty Dog’s rendering team where they’ll need a “thorough understanding of current GPU architectures” like Nvidia, and desired experience with DirectX12 and Vulkan. “Join our talented rendering team to develop and implement new and existing rendering techniques for our upcoming game, The Last of Us Part II,” reads the job summary. While it also asks for someone with console programming experience, the job post also explicitly requests “PC programming experience” and lists APIs and a GPU unrelated to PlayStation consoles. The full requirements and skills can be found below: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or equivalent work experience Strong math skills with an emphasis in 3D math Strong knowledge of C and C++ programming languages Thorough understanding of current GPU architectures (AMD GCN, NVIDIA CUDA) Experience with DirectX12, Vulkan or other modern graphics or compute APIs Experience with HLSL/GLSL or other equivalent shader languages Console…

Rockstar responds to report it claimed £37.6m in UK tax relief
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Rockstar and games industry trade association UKIE have responded to a report that the Grand Theft Auto developer claimed £37.6m in video game tax relief for the 2018/19 financial year, accounting for 37% of all UK games industry tax relief claims. According to think thank TaxWatch, the figure, which is believed to relate to development of a new Grand Theft Auto game, means that Rockstar North has now claimed a total of £80m in UK Video Games Tax Relief, equating to a quarter of all relief claimed since the government scheme launched in 2014 following extensive industry lobbying. It also means, as per TaxWatch’s report, that Rockstar has paid no Corporation Tax for the fourth year running in the UK, despite the developer’s GTAV having amassed more than an estimated $6bn USD in sales since releasing in 2014. Read more

The Sports Desk – Hands-On With AO Tennis 2
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Developer Big Ant has just released AO Tennis 2 (on PC via Steam), and the series as a whole has taken a somewhat circuitous route to get to this moment. The first title released in Australia early last year to coincide with the Australian Open (which the franchise has the license for), and required a substantial day-one patch. Big Ant then followed that up with the global release of the title – AO International Tennis, which also added further improvements. With the console release of AO Tennis 2 on February 11 (for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch), the current PC version provides a good preview of what’s to come. AO Tennis 2 expands the series’ career mode, and in some ways represents its first definitive steps forward into the world of video game tennis. The title’s execution, however, is a mixed bag; it has a solid structural foundation due to its career mode and customization options, but falls due to its gameplay. Center Court Skills Moving around the court and placing your shot is done with the left analog, while shot selection, power, and placement are taken care of by the face buttons. The gameplay’s strength comes in the risk/reward…

Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops Are On The Way
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Funko revealed the first wave of Cyberpunk 2077 Pops at this year’s London Toy Fair. Unlike McFarlane Toys’ recent announcement of Cyberpunk action figures which just consists of a male version of main character V, Funko is creating both male and female figures. You’ll also be able to purchase two different versions of Johnny Silverhand: one with dual pistols and sunglasses, and the other calmly sitting on one knee. All four of these Pops are expected to hit store shelves on April 16, which was at one time the release date for the Cyberpunk 2077 video game. After a delay, it now has a release date of September 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. You can view all of the Pops below:

Death Stranding mocap actor on working with Hollywood’s Mads Mikkelsen
Other / 20. 1. 2020

“He had a ton on his plate,” motion capture actor Noshir Dalal tells us of his time working with actor Mads Mikkelsen in Death Stranding. Mikkelsen, who is probably best known in North America for his work in NBC’s Hannibal, played the part of Cliff in Hideo Kojima’ star-studded Death Stranding. The role required that he become acquainted with motion capture tech, which is where Dollal comes in. Dalal is one of the most prominent actors in games, with voice over credits in Sekiro and full performance experience as Charles Smith in Red Dead Redemption 2. As a “mocap professional,” Dalal worked with Mikkelsen to help the Hollywood actor get the knack of this somewhat alien medium. “Mads, I mean, he was there, and we would ask him, you know, if I had a question about what he wanted to see. He had a ton on his plate,” Dalal told VG247. “That guy was working his butt off. And in a situation like that, because I see motion capture – Motion capture for me is, the storytelling medium it’s most like is theatre. It’s basically really high-tech, expensive theatre. And so, no matter who’s in the volume with me, it’s…

Crytek’s multiplayer bounty hunting horror Hunt: Showdown comes to PS4 next month
Other / 20. 1. 2020

Crytek’s atmospheric multiplayer horror romp, Hunt: Showdown, will finally make its way to PS4 on 18th February – and console cross-play is confirmed for a future update too. Hunt: Showdown initially launched on Steam early access back in February 2018, and an Xbox Game Preview version arrived last May. Both versions saw a full release at the tail-end of 2019, so it’s been a fair old wait for those PS4 owners hoping to get involved. The good news is that Hunt: Showdown’s tense, unsettling spin on team-based multiplayer has been well-received. The gist, for those unawares, is that each match sees 12 bounty hunters – working solo or in teams of two or three – set loose across either monster-infested Louisiana swampland or, in the newest map, through an equally atmospheric, ramshackle town. Read more