Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Sandbox

Birthdays the Beginning screenshots highlight challenges, creatures

A new batch of screenshots has gone live for NIS’ upcoming god-game-like sandbox title Birthdays the Beginning. The shots show a variety of the modes and mechanics on offer, including Challenge Mode and the Mysterious Glass Jar. The latter is one of the many items that the player will accumulate to toy with the world. Instead of adjusting the topography or temperature, the jar saves the genetic makeup of an organism, allowing players to convert the contents back into said organism whenever and wherever they wish.

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Rockstar adds new Adversary Mode to GTA Online, Land Grab

GTA Online has been updated today with Land Grab. Set in cyberspace, players divide into four teams to take down their opponents in order to grab their territory. Teams battle for control across seven maps, with those holding the most area declared the winner once the buzzer sounds to end the round. Everyone who tries Land Grab from now through April 24 will earn Double GTA$ & RP.

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Birthdays the Beginning’s second interview video released, Nurture

The second release of a three-part video series interviewing Birthdays the Beginning’s Yasuhiro Wada has gone live. The debut covered Creation, while the newest, titled Nurture, focuses on the types of different worlds that players can create. In addition, he also highlights how to create an optimal ecosystem for the world’s many lifeforms.

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Birthdays the Beginning developer video series debuts with Creation

A new developer video series has been releasing for Birthdays the Beginning. The first features the game’s creator, Yasuhiro Wada, discussing the creation element and its concepts. Specific topics touched on include the game’s Macro and Micro modes, which will allow players to view their world in its entirety as a cube or on a ground level, amongst the flora and fauna. The next entry will focus on two new topics: Nurture and Celebrate.

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Watch Dogs 2 launches online for Windows PC

Ubisoft has released the PC version of Watch Dogs 2. The computer version features a few system-specific extras, including support for 4K, ultra textures, multi-monitor support, uncapped FPS, three save slots, and the ability to add extra details. The minimum and recommended specs can be found below. As tech pro Marcus Holloway, players must clear their name after being framed for a crime by the predictive program ctOS 2.0. In doing so, they will uncover a city-wide conspiracy that causes them to link up with the hacktivist group DedSec. The group will take on the city’s security forces by hacking the local infrastructure and taking down gunmen by using stealth or force.

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Watch Dogs 2 launches online, in stores for PS4 and Xbox One

Ubisoft’s hacking-heavy open-world action title Watch Dogs 2 is now available for PS4 and Xbox One. PC gamers will have to wait a little longer until it’s released for Windows on November 29. Players take on the role of young tech wizard Marcus Holloway after he has been framed for a crime by the predictive program ctOS 2.0. In clearing his name, Marcus uncovers a city-wide conspiracy, which causes him to help the hacktivist group DedSec. The group will combat security forces by hacking the city’s infrastructure and using their skills to complete missions using stealth or force.

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Birthdays the Beginning dated March 7, developer stream, AMA today

NIS has sent word that their upcoming god-game-like sandbox title Birthdays the Beginning will be released on March 7. The PC, PS4 title’s development is being headed by Yasuhiro Wada, who will be on a stream today on the studio’s Twitch channel, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (CST), to discuss the project. Shortly after that, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (CST), he will take part in a Reddit AMA.

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Watch Dogs 2 launch trailer gets with the hacking and mayhem

Marcus and DeadSec set out to take down the system with the release of Watch Dogs 2’s launch trailer. After being labeled as a criminal by the authorities, Marcus uncovers a propaganda campaign to trick the public as corrupt corporations take hold of the city. The video features some of the combos possible when players mix hacking with driving and shooting, as well as the group’s struggle to get the citizens on their side.

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GTA Online update adds new Adversary Mode, Tron-style motorcycles

GTA Online has been updated to add a new Adversary Mode, Deadline, along with the futuristic Nagasaki Shotaro motorcycle. The speedy, concept-style bike is unlocked for purchase at Legendary Motorsport once players try out Deadline. The arena racer has four players team up against one another while on different colored, light-trail-emitting Shotaros, trying to outlast each other by avoiding the dangerous trails. Players who take part in the mode can earn Double GTA$ and RP through November 21. Biker Business Sales have begun to celebrate the added bikes, offering 25% off Business supplies and resupplies plus an extra 50% GTA$ and Double RP. Select weapons and tactical vehicles are also on sale.

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Birthdays the Beginning gets first batch of English screenshots

NIS has released new screenshots from the English version of Birthdays the Beginning. As a transforming force, players guide a cube-shaped world by manipulating its terrain and weather to alter the evolution of the creatures on the planet. The god game release is being developed by developed Toybox and overseen by Harvest Moon’s creator, Yasuhiro Wada.

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