February 4, 2019

Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says

“The world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making,” he said. “To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like, ‘Let the game speak for itself’ – it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems. We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.”

This was…a very smart move. No one would have cared about the hype of another battle royale game coming soon. Instead, they hit 1 million unique logins within 24 hours.

But the real story here, is that Titanfall 3 was in development. With the poor sales of the previous game, I’m not surprised if EA canceled development of 3 and repurposed it into Apex Legends. Either way, it will be a long time before we a proper third game in the series.

January 24, 2019

Adobe Buys Allegorithmic

Since the inception of Substance, our technology and tools have evolved to make 3D creation accessible to artists of every stripe. In Adobe, we’ve found a great partner who shares our love of creation and our drive for innovation and growth.

As someone who used to be a heavy user of pretty much the entire Substance Suite, I have mixed feelings about this. One one hand, Substance software will be around for a lot longer. On the other hand, there’s this statement (emphasis by me):

When it comes to licensing, nothing changes for now. Your current licenses will continue running and getting updates. As we join the Adobe family, we will also unveil new and more flexible subscription offers in the coming months. We will share more details about these new and exciting licensing options at a later date.

This is a pretty thinly veiled message that they’re going to move fast to add this to the adobe subscription model. The Substance suite used to provide a great set of tools for creating beautiful textures for 3D artists. As it joins Adobe, it will leave a pretty big gap in the market that will be hard to fill.

January 23, 2019

Valve updates Proton

Linux gamers who rely on Wine or native game clients will have a new option to play games thanks to the latest update. Valve’s fork of Wine, received a major update allowing users to choose to use Proton in place of games’ clients, in some cases providing new functionality such as controller support, better frame rates, or even better multiplayer support. Even better? It works with non steam titles.

Linux users still don’t have the same level of support as Mac or Windows users do, but with tools like Proton and Wine, its finely plausible to actually play games with relative ease.

Additionally, Wine hit 4.0 this week as well.

January 19, 2019

Signal v Noise exits Medium

Beyond that, though, we’ve grown ever more aware of the problems with centralizing the internet. Traditional blogs might have swung out of favor, as we all discovered the benefits of social media and aggregating platforms, but we think they’re about to swing back in style, as we all discover the real costs and problems brought by such centralization.

Like I said a couple of weeks ago, blogging in 2018 was weird. As much as I loved what Medium could have been, I think we’re about to see a lot of people abandon these platforms, or at least take more control and own their content again.

January 11, 2019

Epic, Improbable start $25 million fund

“Unity has clarified to us that this change effectively makes it a breach of terms to operate or create SpatialOS games using Unity, including in development and production games,” Improbable said today.

As soon as I read the news earlier today about Unity’s decision regarding SpatialOS games, I knew it was only a matter of time before another engine partnered with them. I just wasn’t expecting them to put forth such an absurdly large amount of money.

Now maybe a portion of that can be used to invest in some proper documentation.

Bungie Breaks from Activision

We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny. Looking ahead, we’re excited to announce plans for Activision to transfer publishing rights for Destiny to Bungie. With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 8 years since Bungie joined Activision. We all like to take the easy jabs and poke fun of shitshow the series has gone through over the decade, but Destiny is one of the most underrated games franchises out right now, and I’m excited to see what Bungie can do with their newly acquired freedom. There’s so much untapped, half-baked lore just waiting to be explored.

And thanks to a recent $100 million investment, they have some room to take a “its ready when it’s ready approach for whatever they do next.

January 6, 2019

Marc Andreessen on VR/AR

From Marc Andreessen:

I think AR has tons of potential applications, both at work and at home. [But] I think VR is going to be about 1,000 times bigger.

On the latest podcast of a16z, Andreessen goes onto explain that while AR works for more “interesting” places in the world (in other words, more densely populated), rural places never get to see the benefits of AR as much. As someone who spent a large portion of my life growing up in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin, this makes a lot of sense. Even being back home over the holidays, trying to play Pokemon Go in rural areas is near impossible.

But then again, we’re already seeing the decline of interest in VR/AR. Something revolutionary will need to come along again to spark interest in the way Oculus (and later Vive) did.