There are many tools designed to assist game designers. Many of these tools have features that provide help with several different aspects of a game development process, such as physics and graphics. In the recent years, game engines like Unity and Unreal have contributed to popularizing the creation of complex AAA titles, once exclusively developed by major companies.
We never saw so demanding an era about videogame consumption, and the indications are that the demand will continue to increase year after year. From mobile phones to powerful console systems, from kids to elders, there seems to be a market for everyoneÕs gaming needs.
In the gaming industry, content is king. To keep players satisfied, game developers need to invest in compelling characters, stories and eye-candy graphics. Creativity and novelty are musts, since the player should not feel that they are playing the "same" game repetitively in each advancing level.
The need for such creativity and content has led to the emergence of advanced AI-assisted game development tools. Unlike generic game creation tools, such tools specifically focus on AI techniques. For example, they can automatically and flawlessly create levels and environments using minimal inputs. AI can also play games and collect data about gameplay sessions, allowing developers and makers a clear and concise window into the development and debugging process. AI can understand and predict how potential players will be interacting with the game, leading to better insights into future installments and personalized gameplay. Although AI-assisted game design tools are still in their infancy, the results are extremely exciting and present an exemplary mixed-initiative future with human-augmented AI.
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We've been waiting on Stardew Valley multiplayer for awhile now, and now we finally have a release date. According to the developer's Twitter account, it will arrive on PC, Mac and Linux on August 1st. There's also a new trailer to enjoy. Eric Barone, the solo game developer of Stardew Valley, answered some questions in the replies to this original tweet, so feel free to take a look if you have additional concerns. There is currently no date for the Nintendo Switch or other console multiplayer versions, though they are in the works.
For as long as I can remember, I've had the dream of becoming a mother... to a pet dragon. And there is perhaps no game designer more equipped to turn my dreams of fantastical motherhood into a reality than the creator of the beloved Harvest Moon, Yasuhiro Wada. After playing the first thirty minutes of Wada's new upcoming game, Little Dragons Cafe, we spoke to the man largely credited for fathering the now popularized genre of farm and life simulation games. When asked to describe what set his games apart from all the others, Wada replied with a simple but powerful answer: "Heart. That sense of warmth, home, and human relationships defined Harvest Moon.
Here's where to search between an Oasis, Rock Arch and Dinosaurs in Fortnite: Battle Royale.Credit: Epic / Erik Kain Fortnite's Season 5, Week 2 challenges are live. Once again, players are tasked with searching between three points---this time in the new desert zone that replaced Moisty Mires. This week's challenge asks players to search between an oasis, a rock archway and dinosaurs. All of these can be found just to the south and west of Paradise Palms, one of the Fortnite: Battle Royale's newest locales. Uncovering the hidden Battle Star will net you an entire Season 5 Battle Pass tier, getting you that much closer to Tier 100 and the Ragnarok outfit.
In the early 2000s, game publisher Bethesda was best known for its Elder Scrolls series of technologically ambitious fantasy games. In the last 15 years, however, it has expanded greatly, snapping up several legendary video game franchises as well as starting an original series of its own. The company now produces the Fallout post-apocalyptic role-playing games; the iconic, hellish shooter Doom; tongue-in-cheek Nazi-killing romp Wolfenstein; supernatural steampunk assassin sim Dishonoured; and Rage, a Mad Max-style romp around a devastated world. At its E3 press conference last month, after showing new Doom, Rage, Fallout and Wolfenstein titles, Bethesda teased the next entry in its Elder Scrolls series as well as a new sci-fi role-playing game called Starfield. For both, 100 hours is a conservative playtime estimate.
Your message has been sent. There was an error emailing this page. Leif has been dumping plenty of hours into the new expasion for The Elder Scrolls Online called Summerset. In this live stream we'll be venturing in the new delves, checking out some world bosses, and just do some general expolration! Follow PCWorld's Twitch channel (or YouTube) so you don't miss out on this or future live streams.
Here's where to search for 7 floating Lightning Bolts in'Fortnite: Battle Royale.'Credit: Fortnite: Battle Royale's Season 5 just kicked off. With it comes another week of challenges, though this Season the first 3 challenges are for everyone, while the final 4 are for Battle Pass owners exclusively, a change from previous seasons. One of the new challenges this week is to search 7 Floating Lightning Bolts across the map---which has seen some big changes in Season 5 including a new desert biome and two new Named Locations: Lazy Links, a golf course replacing Anarchy Acres; and Paradise Palms, a new urban location where Moisty Mires used to be, smack-dab in the middle of the desert. See all of Week 1's challenges here.
Season 5 of Fortnite has officially begun, and with it comes a brand new Battle Pass. The Battle Pass is Fortnite: Battle Royale's most ingenious innovation. For 950 V-Bucks, or just about $10 USD, you buy into the paid version of the game for one season. Seasons last 10 weeks and come with weekly challenges, 100 cosmetic rewards and lots more. So now that the Season 5 Battle Pass has gone live, let's take a look at what's in it.
Robert Louis Stevenson's 1881 classic Treasure Island tells of Jim Hawkins's adventures on board the Hispaniola, as he and his crew – along with double-crossing pirate Long John Silver – set out to find Captain Flint's missing treasure on Skeleton Island. Now, more than a century later, children can try and find it themselves, with the bays and mountains of Stevenson's fictional island given a blocky remodelling in Minecraft, as part of a new project aimed at bringing reluctant readers to literary classics. From Spyglass Hill to Ben Gunn's cave, children can explore every nook and cranny of Skeleton Island as part of Litcraft, a new partnership between Lancaster University and Microsoft, which bought the game for $2.5bn (£1.9bn) in 2015 and which is now played by 74 million people each month. The Litcraft platform uses Minecraft to create accurate scale models of fictional islands: Treasure Island is the first, with Michael Morpurgo's Kensuke's Kingdom just completed and many others planned. While regular Minecraft is rife with literary creations – the whole of George RR Martin's sprawling setting for Game of Thrones, Westeros, has been created in its entirety, as have several different Hogwarts – Litcraft is not all fun and games, being peppered with educational tasks that aim to re-engage reluctant readers with the book it is based on.
Millions are at stake in Fortnite's new Summer Skirmish.Credit: Epic Games Epic Games announced today the new'Summer Skirmish' event: 8 weeks of competitive play and $8 million in prize money. That's just a small slice of the esports money the developer and publisher has set aside for the 2018/2019 Fortnite: Battle Royale competitive season. Earlier this year the company announced $100,000,000 in prize money will flush the coffers of the best teams and players in the coming year. The Summer Skirmish series will last 8 weeks and each week will see a new format, keeping us all on our toes from week-to-week. For the inaugural week, competitive Duos competitions will kick things off.
The sky itself has cracked in Fortnite: Battle Royale, and Epic Games is teasing a dramatic map overhaul that looks like it's going to incorporate elements of Japanese, Viking and American Western culture. The developer has been working hard to make the start of season 5 as cataclysmic as possible, beginning with a rocket launch a little while ago and continuing on through a series of rifts that have been both eating parts of the map and spitting out mysterious objects. There's even an ARG that's involved llamas scattered throughout the world and a giant Durr Burger head plopped in the middle of the California Desert. It all comes to a head with the start of Season 5, but you may be wondering when, exactly, that is. Here's what time Season 5 will start in Fortnite: Battle Royale.