Destiny 2: The 5 key things PC gamers need to know

 

It seems like only yesterday, or just over seven weeks ago, that we found out Destiny 2 would be coming to PC, shedding the original’s console-only shackles. On Thursday, Bungie revealed more details about the upcoming multi-player first-person shooter. A lot of it’s good, some of it’s not so good, and some of it’s downright surprising.

Here’s what PC gamers need to know about Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 will be a Battle.net exclusive

Say what? Yep. The PC edition will be available from Activision Blizzard-owned Battle.net, not Steam.

Bungie signed a 10-year publishing deal with Activision so it makes a little sense to see Destiny 2 on Battle.net, but it’s still surprising. Until now the site was exclusively for Blizzard’s own games, with other Activision games such as Call of Duty appearing on platforms like Steam and the Windows Store.

Does Destiny 2‘s arrival on Battle.net herald the beginning of another rival to Steam or an Activision-wide version of EA’s Origin? Not according to Blizzard. The company says this is all about getting Destiny 2 out to the world as quickly as possible. Bungie can focus on making a great game (and spinning up game servers), while Blizzard takes care of the social and retail aspects. Sounds reasonable, but it’ll be interesting to see if any more non-Blizzard games show up on Battle.net over the next year or so.

Lots of PC-friendly features

This doesn’t sound like a half-assed port, as Bungie’s plans include a lot of PC-centric features, according to PC Gamer. That includes full keyboard and mouse support, custom keymapping, 4K and ultrawide resolution support, an uncapped framerate (consoles will be limited to 30 frames per second), and the ability to adjust the field of view–a blessing for anyone who suffers from FPS motion sickness.

No cross-save between PCs and console

It’s a rare feature anyway, but cross-play and cross-saving won’t be available with Destiny 2, as first reported by USGamer. With Microsoft playing up the Xbox Play Anywhere program and the popularity of Destiny among gamers of all stripes it’s a shame to hear Destiny 2 won’t break out of the usual silos.

Choose your platform carefully. This is a game that is best played with friends, and if all your friends are on Xbox while you’re on PC—well, you need better friends.destiny2big

No PC release date

As of now there isn’t a release date for PCs. The game will hit the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 8. The PC release date, meanwhile, is still not set and won’t be for at least a few more weeks, Bungie told PC Gamer. Bah.

Beta for all

On the plus side, there will be a beta for PC, but we’ll have to wait and see when that will happen. Will the PC beta roll out at the same time as the console beta, for example, or will we be waiting longer for that too? We don’t know yet.

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Gameplay Trailer Confirms Release Date: Bethesda at E3 2017

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Gameplay Trailer Confirms Release Date: Bethesda at E3 2017

Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is the next entry in the Wolfenstein franchise, Bethesda revealed the game with a bombastic trailer that showed off generous amounts of gameplay including dual weapon wielding and a Nazi-occupied America as previous leaks have suggested.

Speaking of leaks, the release date for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was also as previously made public. You can play it on October 27 this year on the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, and Windows PC.

“An exhilarating adventure brought to life by the industry-leading id Tech 6, Wolfenstein II sends players to Nazi-controlled America on a mission to recruit the boldest resistance leaders left. Fight the Nazis in iconic locations such as small-town Roswell, New Mexico, the flooded streets of New Orleans, and a post-nuclear Manhattan. Equip an arsenal of badass guns, and unleash new abilities to blast your way through legions of advanced Nazi soldiers, cyborgs, and uber soldiers in this definitive first-person shooter,” reads the trailer’s description.
In the run up to Bethesda’s E3 2017 event, Amazon Germany had put up a listing for the game which was then removed. Spotted by members of popular gaming forum NeoGAF, it suggests that Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has a release date of October 27 this year.

Cleverly disguised at Bethesda’s E3 2016 conference, Wolfenstein 2 : New Colossus takes place in Nazi-occupied America. Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is developed by Machine Games – the studio behind the excellent Wolfenstein: The New Order and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood.

 

Android Circuit: New Galaxy Note 8 Leaks, Massive Pixel 2 Screens, Microsoft’s Android Advances

Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes the latest details on the Galaxy Note hardware and pricing, new details on the Google Pixel 2 screens, the Nokia 6’s potential worldwide release, the OnePlus 5 being compared to its predecessor, the EU’s anti trust cast and the implications for Android, Microsoft’s latest Android advances, and why ten years of iPhone is still beaten by Android.

Android Circuit is here to remind you of a few of the many things that have happened around Android in the last week (and you can find the weekly Apple news digest here).

Galaxy Note 8’s Massive Price Tag

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 looks set to be one of the most advanced smartphones on the planet when it is announced in August, But the technology is not going to come cheap and an unlocked version of the phablet is going to comfortably cost a four figure sum. Forbes’ Gordon Kelly reports:

Posting on VentureBeat, famed leaker Evan Blass (aka @evleaks) states that Samsung is currently informing partners that the model will be “its most expensive cellphone yet” and retail for €999 (over $1,100).

Blass claims says the pricing comes via “an individual briefed on the company’s plans” and his long (and highly accurate) track record means we should take this information seriously. The flipside to this huge price tag is Galaxy Note 8 owners look set to get a lot for their money.

 

More on the pricing here.

Note 8 Fingerprint Features On The Rear

Thanks to the various leaks of schematics and rendered images we have a very good idea on the design of the Note 8. That means the question over the fingerprint scanner has been quietly answered, because it can be seen on the rear of the design. Samsung’s shot at innovating with a screen-based fingerprint reader looks unlikely to happen this year:

As previously discussed here on Forbes, Samsung is having to back down from placing the fingerprint sensor under the screen of the upcoming phablet. If this had been achieved it would have given Samsung an impressive technological ‘first’. Unfortunately it has been reported that the part of the screen with the sensor was not able to be color-matched to the rest of the screen.

The Galaxy Note 8 will retain the expansive and dominant screen, but the requirements in the Android specifications for a fingerprint scanner mean that it has to go somewhere else. And Samsung’s answer appears to be ‘put it next to the camera on the rear of the device’.

My thoughts on the issue are here.

Pixel 2 Screens Revealed

As well as backing up the claims of an OLED screen, details from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL supply lines confirm the physical screen of Google’s own 2017 handsets. I’ve taken a closer look at what this means for the smartphones:

The smaller Pixel 2 is expected to support a 4.97-inch screen, broadly similar to the 5-inch FHD panel used in 2016’s model. The larger Pixel 2 trumps the 5.5 inches of the Pixel XL with a 5.99-inch QHD screen. These screens are expected to be supplied by LG (reports Mario Tomás Serrafero for XDA Developers), while the handsets will again be manufactured for Google by HTC.

…Although three models were initially discussed, the Pixel 2 family looks to have settled on a ‘regular’ smartphone and a ‘phablet’ device to meet market expectations. It also allows the Pixel 2 line to draw a direct comparison to families such as the Android powered Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, and presumably Apple’s update to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which should be announced in the weeks before the Pixel 2.

More details here on Forbes.

Nokia 6 Set For Worldwide Release

Launched into the Chinese market at the end of CES 2017, HMD Global’s first Nokia-branded smartphone appears set for a worldwide release next month. The mid-range handset could be ready to show up on Amazon, reports Paul Sawers:

The Nokia 6 will be made available exclusively through Amazon for $229 in “early July,” with only two color variants available at first — black and silver. It will also be made available in blue and copper later in the year.

There is nothing particularly standout about the device: It ships with Android Nougat and sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset, dual-SIM, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage — expandable up to 128GB via the MicroSD slot. It also has a 5.5″ IPS LCD screen (full HD at 1920 x 1080), a 16MP rear-facing camera, 8MP front-shooter, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

OnePlus 5 Versus The OnePlus 3T

The recent launch of the OnePlus 5 (reviewed here) brings the Shenzhen-based manufacturer’s flagship handset into line with the current ‘top’ specs. That said, six months ago it refreshed its line-up with the launch of the OnePlus 3T. How much as changed since then? Gordon Kelly makes the comparisons, including the new dual camera at the rear:

With the relatively subtle changes to the OnePlus 5 display and design, it is up to the camera to provide the biggest upgrade from the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3:

* OnePlus 5 – Rear: 16 MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.12 µm, EIS (gyro) and 20 MP, f/2.6, 1.0 µm 2x optical zoom, no OIS and dual-LED flash.
* OnePlus 3T – Rear: 16 MP, f/2.0, OIS, LED flash. Front: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p

Yes that’s a lot specifications. The upshot however is the OnePlus 5 can deliver 2x optical zoom (via a slight cheat) and combine both its rear camera to deliver a Portrait Mode (think heavy background bokeh to mimic the effect of a DSLR) similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.

Read more on the two devices here.

OnePlus 5 (image: Ewan Spence)

Ewan Spence

OnePlus 5 (image: Ewan Spence)

The Impact On Android Of The EU Antitrust Case

While this week’s ruling from the European Union’s Antitrust Regulators does not have a direct impact on Android, the EU is in the process of looking at AdSense and Android.  The ruling points towards the EU’s attitudes to the Mountain View dominance.

The EU ruling is a warning shot for two on-going EU probes into Google’s Android mobile operating system and AdSense ad system, said Richard Windsor, an independent financial analyst who tracks competition among the biggest U.S. and Asian Internet and mobile players, including Google.

“If the European Union turns around and says Google can no longer bundle its Google Play app store as a default feature on many Android smartphones, this opens up the market to other handset makers to put their own software and services front and center on their phones,” he said.

Fortune has more details.

Microsoft Improves OneNote For Android

Microsoft continues to build up and improve its offerings for Android. This week saw a major update to its note-taking and digital scrapbooking application OneNote. As Sean Chan reports, the Android app has caught up with the other clients, as well as bringing in a web snipping tool:

Today, the company has started rolling out the enhanced design for the OneNote app to Android smartphones as well. The new and improved OneNote design offers a simplified navigation system and improves accessibility for users with assistive technology across all platforms, and that includes Android phones, too.

In addition to the improved design, Microsoft is also bringing the OneNote Web Clipper to Android. The app now integrates into the share system for browsers, which means you can now save entire web pages to OneNote just like you can on the desktop thanks to the OneNote Web Clipper.

More at MS Power User.

Microsoft advertises OneNote's cloud capability (image: Microsoft.com)

Microsoft PR

Microsoft advertises OneNote’s cloud capability (image: Microsoft.com)

And Finally…

In the week where every publication is remembering that it has been ten years since the first iPhone went on sale, Seth Fiegerman highlights that in terms of dominance, Android is far and ahead the more successful platform.

Apple created the modern smartphone as we know it, but Android went on to dominate the market through numerous partnerships with carriers and lower prices. In the first quarter of this year, a staggering 86% of smartphones sold worldwide ran on Android, according to data from Gartner.

What happened next? Read on at CNN.

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With Google Pixel 2 And V30, LG Phones Are Going OLED

 

LG’s OLED tunnel at CES 2017. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Last year when I visited LG headquarters in Seoul, I asked LG mobile’s product team leader Ian Hwang a question that has been on Android geek’s minds: why haven’t LG phones gone with OLED screens yet? After all, tech geeks prefer OLED panels to LCD (iPhone 8 is finally making the jump too, by the way), and LG is the biggest player in the OLED television market (Samsung, in fact, doesn’t even sell OLED televisions, instead using a similar sounding tech named QLED). Heck, LG even provided OLED panels for the Apple Watch.

While the guys at LG Mobile couldn’t say too much on the record, they did imply that the decision came down to LG Display (a different department), which at the time wanted to focus on “large panels,” like for televisions. Well, going by the latest rounds of rumors and leaks and off-the-record talks with insiders, it would appear that LG will finally make the jump this fall with the LG V30 and the Pixel 2. The latter device, of course, is “Google’s phone,” and while no official announcement has been made, it’s an open secret among phone geeks that LG will be making the phone for Google. In fact, if you follow phone news, you have surely already seen Android Police’s render of the Pixel 2 based on leaked intel, showing a device that looks very much like the LG G6.

A render of the Google Pixel 2 by Android Police, a site that accurately leaked the Pixel 1's look a year ago.

Android Police

A render of the Google Pixel 2 by Android Police, a site that accurately leaked the Pixel 1’s look a year ago.

That’s definitely good news, because looking like the G6 means the new Pixel have drastically trimmed the hilariously large bezels of the Pixel 1 (which I’ve called out extensively, because I think putting out a phone with that huge a chin in late 2016 was inexcusable by a major company). The Pixel 2, according to Android Police (which accurately leaked the look of the Pixel 1 last year), will definitely rock an LG-made OLED panel, which even has the same 18:9 aspect ratio that LG and Samsung pioneered earlier this year (Chinese phones will surely go this route with the next generation of phones coming 2018). This means LG Displays is producing small OLED screens now, likely with enough supplies for the V30, G7 and perhaps the 2018 iPhone if rumors are true.

The V30 will almost certainly be unveiled on August 31 at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Now LG hasn’t officially “confirmed” the news on the record, but it sent an image with a V to tech journos asking them to save the date. Looking at the carefully crafted image, one could already deduce that the V30 will have the same 18:9 aspect ratio as the G6 (and Pixel 2), along with rounded corners. If you look carefully at the V, it seems to show the shape of a very, very slim bezel too. Could the V30 be nearly bezel-less like the Xiaomi Mi Mix?

The image that was sent to tech journalists by LG on July 13.

LG

The image that was sent to tech journalists by LG on July 13.

For the longest time, tech blogs would do their “Galaxy Vs. G”/”Note Vs. V” posts and immediately give the edge to Samsung in the “Display” section because of OLED. LG, which is a world leader in OLED screen tech, is saying “enough.”

 

Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak

 

As we are in mid-July, we can expect the second batch of Nokia smartphones to be unveiled in the coming months so that they are released this year. Already, we have come across rumors that they are prepping a slew of smartphones including Nokia 2, Nokia 7, Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 with the last one tipped to be the flagship model. In the last week, a report stated that HMD will not launch the Nokia 4 smartphone as the number four is considered unlucky in many Asian markets. Now, a Chinese tipster with a consistent track record about the Nokia leaks in the past has posted the names of the seven Nokia smartphones slated for 2017 release along with the processor that will power each of these phones.Nokia 9, Nokia 8, Nokia 7 and Nokia 2 processors revealed by new leak This information has come via NokiaPowerUser. In a nutshell, below is the list of Nokia Android smartphones and their processors. Notably, the list includes the names of the already launched and the upcoming smartphones. Nokia 2 – Snapdragon 212/Mediatek processor Nokia 3 – Mediatek MT6737  Nokia 5 – Snapdragon 430  Nokia 6 – Snapdragon 430 Nokia 7 – Snapdragon 630  Nokia 8 – Snapdragon 660 Nokia 9 – Snapdragon 835 From the order of devices and the already official Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6, it is clear that the Nokia 2 will be the entry-level smartphone of all. Being the flagship smartphone, the Nokia 9 will be the high-end device of all and is expected to carry a premium pricing.

 

Nokia 8, Nokia 9 Processors Leaked; Nokia 2 Budget Phone Seemingly in the Works

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nokia 2 tipped to either pack Snapdragon 202 or MediaTek SoC
  • Nokia 9 has been tipped to come with Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • The leak reportedly comes from a trusted source

While we are still waiting for the announcement of HMD Global’s often-leaked flagship Nokia 9, a new leak has reportedly revealed the processors on the entire range of Nokia smartphones that will come out in 2017, such as the long-rumoured Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. While some of the processors fall in line with earlier leaks, the new information suggests that the company will also be launching a budget smartphone, named Nokia 2, later this year as well.

As per the leaked information, provided by a tipster on Chinese website Baidu, Nokia 7, Nokia 8, and Nokia 9 will be powered by Snapdragon 630, Snapdragon 660, and Snapdragon 835 SoCs respectively, points out NokiaPowerUser.Nokia 8, Nokia 9 Processors Leaked; Nokia 2 Budget Phone Seemingly in the Works

While we already know about the processors on the already released Nokia 3, Nokia 5, and Nokia 6, the new leak suggests the presence of a budget segment Nokia 2 smartphone that will either feature a Snapdragon 202 SoC or a MediaTek processor.

As you might recall, the Nokia 9 has already been tipped to pack the Snapdragon 835 SoC in previous leaks. Notably, the recently leaked cases for the smartphone also reaffirmed the presence of a dual camera setup and indicated that it will come with a curved design.

In other specifications, the Nokia 9 flagship is expected to run Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and sport a 5.3-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) display. The smartphone has been tipped to be powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with a maximum of up to 8GB of RAM. The Nokia 9 has been tipped to come with 64GB of built-in storage.

 

Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 Launched

 

Samsung has unveiled the successor to the Galaxy Wide smartphone in its homeland, South Korea. The all-new Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 smartphone has been priced at KRW 297,000 (roughly Rs. 17,000).
The Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 (SM-J727S) features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) LCD display with 2.5D curved glass on top. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.6GHz processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB).
The Galaxy Wide 2 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 aperture and also packs a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is backed by a 3300mAh battery and runs Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. It measures 151.5×76.4×8.6mm and weighs 170 grams.
Samsung’s official South Korea website hasn’t listed the new Galaxy Wide 2 smartphone as of now. The new device has been launched in collaboration with mobile carrier SK Telecom in South Korea.
Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Wide 2 has been launched only in South Korea, with no information on pricing and availability in other markets.
Phonearena reported the Galaxy Wide 2 South Korea launch first, and also points out that this is a local version of the Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017). Based on recent leaks, however, the new Galaxy Wide 2 seems to be a different device design-wise.
To recall, the Samsung Galaxy Wide smartphone was launched last year in July and was priced at KRW 319,000 (around Rs. 18,600). Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy Wide carried the model number SM-G600S, which was identical to the Galaxy On7 launched last year. The specifications were also identical suggesting that the Galaxy Wide was just a rebranded variant for the South Korean market. We can expect a similar strategy for the Galaxy Wide 2.

 

Google Pixel XL 2 to be manufactured by LG

 

HTC is the company that made the Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from last year. And up until now we thought it would also be behind their followups from 2017. But it turns out that’s only going to be half-true. While HTC is still probably making the successor to the original Pixel, the new Pixel XL 2 will be manufactured by LG.

This has been revealed through a bug report inside the Android Issue Tracker. There’s a bug entry in there regarding a problem with USB Power Delivery, made by an LG employee. A Googler replied to that by asking that the bug be closed and moved under Android > Partner > External > LGE > Taimen > Power.

Original Google Pixel XL from 2016Image result for Google Pixel XL 2 to be manufactured by LG

Taimen is the codename for one of three smartphones that have been in development at Google this year. In fact, just yesterday we heard that one of those three, codenamed Muskie, has been canceled. Muskie was the direct successor for the Pixel XL, while Taimen is a larger device. But according to that report, Google will only launch two Pixels in 2017 – this Taimen and the smaller Walleye.

Taimen being manufactured by LG has also been confirmed by unnamed sources talking to Android Police editor David Ruddock. So that’s settled then.

This creates an interesting situation – if HTC is making Walleye and LG is producing the Taimen, then this year’s Pixels will be manufactured by different companies. That’s unprecedented in the very short history of the Pixel line, and it remains to be seen whether or not it shall result in design differences between the two. The original Pixels from 2016 basically looked identical, save for the size change.

 

The Crew 2 hands-on preview: Virtual tourism by land, sea, and air

 

I still feel nostalgic for The Crew. It’s not that it was an excellent racing game—it wasn’t. Not by any means. The early hours were a grind, trying to get your car to handle like a car instead of a super-powered tractor, and even once you’d leveled up enough to drive halfway decent it still never felt as solid as a Need for Speed or a Forza game.

But the map. That incredible, America-spanning map with its theme park representations of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Detroit, New York City, Miami, and everything in between. In my review back in 2014 I referred to The Crew as “stellar virtual tourism,” and “a tribute to American car culture.” It was both. It was a game about discovery, a history of America told through landmarks both natural and man-made. It was Simon & Garfunkel’s “America” crackling through a racing-striped Charger.

It was a mediocre “game” maybe, but still something special. Special enough that, despite giving it a middling score, I still remember my experience with The Crew better than many games from 2014 I actually did enjoy.

A sequel? Yeah, I’m interested.

Off to look for America…again

GAMING
The Crew 2 gameplay trailer

Not that I have much to go on, yet. Ubisoft’s E3 demo was either maddening or tantalizing, depending on how charitable I’m feeling. I spent 20 or 30 minutes with The Crew 2 ($60 preorder on Amazon), finished four or five races, but at no point was I allowed to just pick a direction and drive.

And that’s a shame. Like the original, I fully expect The Crew 2’s map to be its strongest feature. I got to tool around Manhattan in a sports car for a bit, and a few races took place in the Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine area, but I would’ve honestly preferred just driving down a dark highway through Colorado towards Las Vegas or whatever. Just something…scenic.

It also remains to be seen how much The Crew 2’s America has been reworked. I did confirm with Ubisoft that some bits have been tweaked, and looking at the map in the menu I think the cities look bigger here and there. More fleshed out.

The foundation is the same though, as far as I know. The developer talking me through the demo seemed adamant the map wasn’t rebuilt from scratch. Take from that what you will.

Changes most likely had to be made to accommodate The Crew 2’s new features—namely, boats and planes. Whereas The Crew had you simply riding around in your car for hours on end, The Crew 2 adds skies and waterways to your available excursions.

 

This week in games: Homeworld’s lost expansion returns, 15 minutes of Beyond Good & Evil 2

 

E3 is over. Time to settle in for the slow summer months, crank the air conditioning, peruse the Steam Summer Sale, and dream of all the games we’ll be playing in a few months. Mostly Wolfenstein II, I think.

And if you need proof the summer’s slow? Look no further than our news wrap-up this week. We’ve got a few additional trailers for games we saw last week (XCOM 2Total Warhammer IIBeyond Good & Evil), plus a look at the Vive’s finger-tracking controllers and—oh yeah, Homeworld: Cataclysm is finally back on-sale thanks to GOG.com.beyond good and evil 2 resized

This is gaming news for June 19 to 23.

Repeat offender

EA really wants you to own a copy of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault. It was one of Origin’s “On the House” games in 2016 and now is reprising the same role middle of 2017—which is to say, if you somehow missed it last year you can head to Origin and grab a free copy of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault.

Chosen one

One of the games we’ll be playing in a few months is XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, which was revealed during the PC Gaming Show last week. And who are “The Chosen”? You can get a glimpse of the first, The Assassin, in the trailer below:

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Lizardmen are real

Total War: Warhammer II gave E3 attendees a glimpse of its campaign map last week, and now you sitting at home can get the same glimpse courtesy of this new trailer. The first Total Warhammer’s map was nice enough, but I think it’s outdone by the massive tornado whirling at the center of this one. And don’t forget—those who own both games can supposedly link the campaign maps together into one huge campaign. Still looking forward to that.

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Plastic knuckles

We got a glimpse of Valve’s finger-tracking answer to the Oculus Touch controllers during Steam Dev Days last fall, but not much since. I thought we’d see more at GDC, then maybe at E3, but so far nothing.

Units are shipping to developers this week though, and that’s led Valve to post some setup instructions and interesting diagrams online. Maybe we’ll see these controllers by the end of the year? Maybe?

HTC Vive - Knuckles controller

Valve

The thawing throne

Blizzard’s StarCraft remaster isn’t even out yet, but the company’s apparently going to keep the nostalgia flowing. As spotted by Blizzplanet (via PC Gamer), a recent job listing for a software engineer at Blizzard mentioned StarCraftWarcraft III, and Diablo II by name, and then went on to say “We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.”

Gamescom? BlizzCon? I bet we hear more at one of those.

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