Far Cry 5 Official Trailer

Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise.

Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.

Freely explore Hope County’s rivers, lands, and skies with the largest customizable weapon and vehicle roster ever in a Far Cry game. You are the hero of the story in a thrilling world that hits back with every punch, and where the places you discover and the locals you ally with will shape your story in ways you’ll never see coming.

Learn more at farcry.com . Available February 27, 2018.

Expect Ubisoft to provide more information about the game at E3 in Los Angeles next month — Ubisoft’s annual keynote takes place on June 12th.

Game On: Games on Messenger Go Global with New Features and Games

Facebook;

Today we’re starting to roll out Instant Games on Messenger more broadly for the 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month. In addition, we’re also launching the new features that we exclusively previewed to developers at our annual F8 conference. These include rich gameplay features, which allow developers to create unique and sophisticated experiences and Game bots to help game makers surface exciting features like new levels and rewards. When developers start to take advantage of these new capabilities everyone wins with more dynamic and engaging gaming experiences.

PC classic StarCraft is now free

Rich McCormick, reporting for The Verge;

Now’s your chance to play a piece of PC gaming history — Blizzard has released seminal strategy game StarCraft, for free, for both Windows and Mac. The full game, and its excellent expansion Brood War, can be downloaded now on the game’s official site, updated with a patch that makes the 19-year-old game easier to play on modern machines.

You can download the full game for PC and Mac.

Xbox Live Creators Program

Microsoft;

Xbox Live will soon be open to all developers via the Xbox Live Creators Program – no concept approval required! You will be able to rapidly publish your game to Xbox One or Windows 10 through a short and simplified certification process.

The Xbox Live Creators Program will let any game developer create and publish Xbox games. Indie or solo game developers can directly publish their games to the Xbox platform. There is a $19 USD to $99 USD one-time registration fee needed to enroll for the program.

If you’re an Apple Developer, the Xbox Live Creators Program looks very much like the Apple Developer Program.

Southeast Asia’s Playlab invests $1M in Brazilian gaming startup Cupcake Entertainment

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Thailand-based casual game studio Playlab has turned investor after it invested $1 million into Cupcake Entertainment, a Brazil-based game maker.

The deal is a little different in that it is not an equity investment; instead, Playlab and Cupcake have agreed to a profit-share deal. Cupcake started producing games in 2014, and its current titles include Letters of Gold and Words of Gold. Co-founder and CMO Gabriel Stürmer described its products — which are for iOS, Android and Facebook — as “casual brain games” that require users to “make boards, or do mathematic combinations.”

Sony confirms new PS4 Pro ‘Boost Mode’ will help some older games run faster and smoother

Chris Welch, reporting for The Verge;

Sony is rolling out the beta preview of the PlayStation 4’s latest firmware update, version 4.50, and it includes a pretty great new feature for early owners of the PS4 Pro console. In short, many older PS4 titles will run better on the new hardware — even if they’ve not been optimized to do so by developers. Once you’ve installed the software upgrade, you’ll find a new “Boost Mode” option in the settings menu. This is exclusive to the more powerful Pro console and won’t appear on the regular PS4.

TNC — the champion of WESG Grand Final presented by Alipay

WESG;

In the final clash within WESG 2016 Global Grand Final presented by Alipay in Dota 2, Cloud9 have faced off against TNC Pro Team. The winner of a match secured a title of the World’s Championship and $800,000, while the loser was granted $400,000.

The first map was started with unfortunate actions by Cloud9, due to which TNC Pro Team captured an advantage on the map. The position of Philippine squad on the map has greatly improved after a range of successful fights.

Samsung Introduces Its Odyssey Gaming Laptops

Jamie Inocian, writing for Unbox;

ASUS has the Republic of Gamers, Dell has Alienware, HP has Omen, and even Lenovo recently released its own gaming sub-brand — Legion. It seems like Korean company, Samsung, wants a piece of the gaming pie by unveiling its gaming laptops at CES 2017 under the name — Odyssey.

This laptop has one meaty specs.