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Gizmodo has a great piece up on DirectX 11 and all its associated buzzwords.
It’s paradigm-breaking and synergetic, but more importantly it explains what the hell Tessellation is, how it’ll improve hardware performance even without a DX11 GPU, and has some hardware benchmarks. Check it out!
Stormrise, a new RTS from Creative Assembly, is coming to consoles. No problems there. But it’s also coming to the PC, and when it does, you better hope you’re not still rocking Windows XP.
Don your loincloth, polish your bastard sword, and get ready to invade Germany as Funcom announces their plans for Age of Conan at next week’s Games Convention in Leipzig. They’ll be showing off new locations, new content, and new features of their massively-multiplayer swords & sorcery title during live stage shows at the convention, with Blue Orb on hand to show players how to work the game with a gamepad and the TripleHead2Go guys granting hands-on time with the game on a three-screen setup. There’s also loot to be had in the form of free game trials, limited edition game DVDs, and inflatable swords – because giving out real swords would have been pricey, and things would have gotten ugly rather quickly.
They’ll also be showing off features of the DirectX version of the game behind closed doors to members of the press. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to slip inside one of the sessions while I’m in Germany next week to see what’s what. Hit the jump for full details on Conan’s German invasion.
If you’ve got the time and the resources, your console game can look pretty damn close to its DirectX10-enabled PC counterpart. This from Massive Entertainment’s VP of Development Peter Sydow in an interview with Videogamers.com in which he discusses development of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of World In Conflict. Yeah, at this point we’ve managed to replicate some of the effects, but I don’t know what features will make it into the final release. Nearly all of our DX10 features are possible to do on the consoles if you give it enough time and resources, so we’ll keep on working on them and see what happens.
See Funcom? Even the console developers can do it!
World in Conflict Interview [Videogamers.com - Thanks David!]
Age of Conan’s collector’s edition is completely sold out, all over the world! This is the gist of the press release issued today, which points out that they actually printed more copies of CE, bringing the total to 111,000 units, which were all sold out, preorder numbers were astronomical, the game is set to be a tremendous success, and oh, the DirectX 10 version of the game isn’t coming out this week.
Buried in the last few paragraphs of the press release, Funcom…well I suppose it still counts as revealing despite being buried at the bottom…Funcom reveals that the DX10 version of the game needs more work, and will now be premiered at Games Convention in Leipzig this August. The extra time will be used to add in new features and focus on “building a DirectX 10 version worthy of Microsoft’s great vision for the future of PC gaming”. We’ll be looking forward to that then. Hit the jump for the full press release. Remember to scroll all the way down.
German site PC Games Hardware got in touch with Charles Beauchemin, the technical lead on the upcoming PC version of Assassin’s Creed. In the interview, the developer confirms that the game’s Direct3D 10 rendering pipeline will have better performance than its D3D 9 counterpart, while running under Vista. The thing is, in theory, Direct3D 10 should almost always be faster than Direct3D 9, but reality has shown this not to be the case.
Beauchemin goes on to say that AMD and NVIDIA’s D3D 10 drivers still need work, and even once the engine code is finalised, driver updates could provide noticeable performance gains.He also mentions that the PC port of Assassin’s Creed will focus on performance rather than visuals. When asked if there will be any new content thanks to D3D 10:
No. Most of the porting to DX10 involves optimisations of the existing calls, without any new content.
Sure, Direct3D 10 adds some nice features, but it’s always been about reducing calls and increasing efficiency. If all developers could focus on frame rates rather than getting their shaders as shiny as possible, D3D 10 might have more advocates than detractors.
So, will Assassin’s Creed on PC be the first game to warrant the installation of Vista? At the very least, it might take the edge off its hefty system requirements.
If you think back hard enough, Falling Leaf Systems might ring a bell. It was the company of coders (read: one 19-year old kid) working hard to get programs of various operating systems working in other operating systems. For us, Falling Leaf’s project of interest was the “Alky Compatibility Libraries”, designed to permit DirectX 10 “only” games to run on Windows XP.
Unfortunately, Falling Leaf has decided to throw in the towel, sink, bath, ferret and source code. According to the latest post on the Alky blog by “CEO” Cody Brocious, he just wasn’t able to get the whole compatibility schmoozle to click. Whether this was due to it simply being impossible or too much for one man, we’ll never know.
Or maybe we will. As a parting gift, Falling Leaf has released the source code free, and is available to anyone with the balls to give it another go.
Even though it failed at its ultimate objective, Falling Leaf did manage to get the PC versions of Halo 2 and Shadowrun working perfectly on Windows XP, despite their Vista requirement. So some good did come of the affair.
Turbine is extremely pleased to announce that their relatively successful MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online is the first MMO to fully support DirectX 10. The MMO is now sporting upgraded water shaders, better particle effects, and more far-reaching lighting than ever before, along with a DX10 exclusive dynamicshadowing system. In layman’s terms, if you got the right parts, the game just got a lot prettier. “The FPS genre has long dominated the race to better graphics but with this major update from Turbine, The Lord of the Rings Online players can enjoy graphics as good as or even better than many FPS games. This is an outstanding achievement and the whole Turbine team should be rightly proud of what they have produced,” said Roy Taylor, Vice President of Content Relations at NVIDIA.
Right. In my world, high-end graphics and MMO games equals lag city, but who knows? Maybe Turbine has some sort of genie imprisoned somewhere. Since I don’t have an active account for the game, it is all up to you folks. Is it prettier? Is it secret? Is it safe?
Following a lacklustre infomercial CES keynote, Microsoft sent out a press release this morning touting the “powerful momentum” of Games for Windows and the addition of nine new Games for Windows-branded titles including Alone in the Dark and LEGO Indiana Jones.
“Games for Windows truly thrived in 2007. We went from two titles in 2006 to a continually growing portfolio of over 60 titles here at CES 2008,” said Kevin Unangst, senior global director of Games for Windows in the Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “We delivered on our promise one year ago to reinvigorate the PC gaming space and bring the best portfolio of games to Windows. And this is just the beginning. With our partners, we will continue to drive the resurgence of Windows-based gaming.”
The full list of new GFW games includes:
• “Alone in the Dark” (Atari) • “Bionic Commando” (Capcom) • “Conflict: Denied Ops” (Eidos Interactive) • “Empire: Total War” (SEGA) • “LEGO Indiana Jones” (LucasArts) • “Microsoft Train Simulator 2″ (Microsoft Game Studios) • “Sins of a Solar Empire” (Stardock) • “Space Siege” (SEGA) • “Tomb Raider: Underworld” (Eidos Interactive)
The release also went on to point out that the casual games industry generated $US 2.25 billion in revenue last year and has a projected increase of 20 percent. I wonder if that now includes the Wii? Hit the jump for the full release.