How many wishlists should your game have when launching on Steam?

Game dev Jake Birkett asks fellow devs to share their Steam wishlist-related data and tries to suss out the all-important relationship between wishlists at launch and sales at launch. …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/JakeBirkett/20180425/316924/How_many_wishlists_should_you_have_when_launching_on_Steam.php

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Free PS4 Battle Royale Game H1Z1 Hits Open Beta Next Month

H1Z1 was riding the battle royale wave early on PC with a long-running early access period but finally had an official release in February of this year. However, developer Daybreak Games is gearing up to bring its last-person-standing shooter to the PlayStation 4 soon. The company announced that an open beta will take place on May 22 and introduce many console-specific features and tweaks.

Among the changes made for the PS4 version is a revamped control scheme that includes a radial menu for inventory, streamlined user interface, and simplified loot system. One of the most notable changes is the removal of the crafting system altogether, which is a core gameplay element of the original PC version. On that platform, clothing and helmets can be broken down and combined with other materials to craft vital equipment like makeshift armor and explosive arrows. Daybreak says the removal of this should help maintain the pace of matches and keep the focus on action.

To further enforce a quicker pace is faster-moving deadly gas zones. As matches progress, a circle closes in to force players into smaller safe areas, and the new gas zone behavior is said to keep players on the move, although it hasn’t been detailed as to how it’s being changed from the PC version.

An example of H1Z1's revamped UI and inventory menu.
An example of H1Z1’s revamped UI and inventory menu.
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In addition, supply drops are changing; these will be the primary method for acquiring high-powered armor and weapons in a match and randomly drop from the air. There will also be a handful of new weapons like the KH43, Marauder, Combat Shotgun, CNQ-09, Scout Rifle, and MK46. Special crates should be a big game changer as these rare drops “contain level 2 and level 3 weapons and gear” and will emit light radio noise when they’re in close proximity.

As for technical information, H1Z1 is said to be optimized for the PS4 hardware, but the only concrete detail is that the PS4 Pro can run the game at 60 frames per second.

While the game is free-to-play, you can pre-order a bundle now until the May 22 open beta that includes in-game cosmetics and a dynamic theme for $30. PlayStation Plus members will get 20% off the bundle.

It looks as if H1Z1 is going through significant changes for a console audience, but if you want to get an idea of what the PC version is like, check out our H1Z1 review. For more on battle royale games, be sure to check out our coverage on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, or read/watch our comprehensive comparison between PUBG and Fortnite.

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/free-ps4-battle-royale-game-h1z1-hits-open-beta-ne/1100-6458478/

Wolfenstein 2 Release Date For Nintendo Switch Revealed

We’ve known Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is coming to Nintendo Switch for a while now, but until this point we didn’t know precisely when. Now, publisher Bethesda has announced the shooter’s port launches on June 29.

The Switch version will be the “complete, uncensored” game, according to Bethesda, and the company has just released the first official gameplay footage of the game running on Nintendo’s hybrid console. Take a look at that above.

The port is being handled by Panic Button, the same studio responsible for bringing another visually intensive first-person shooter, Doom, to Switch. We got our first hands-on opportunity with the Switch version of Wolfenstein II at PAX East 2018 earlier this month; you can see how the game looks running in docked mode here.

We learned recently that the physical Switch version of The New Colossus will require an additional download to run. This is not uncommon for Switch games, but it may mean you’ll need a micro SD card to play the cartridge version. The port costs $60 in the US, with international pricing yet to be revealed.

Wolfenstein II originally released in October 2017 and was one of the most acclaimed games of the year. GameSpot’s Kallie Plagge awarded it a 9/10 in our Wolfenstein II review and said, “Despite some heavy-handed moments that feel like missteps in its message, satisfying Nazi-killing action bolsters its completely bonkers storyline in a way that only Wolfenstein can achieve.”

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/wolfenstein-2-release-date-for-nintendo-switch-rev/1100-6458455/

Leaving Netflix In May: Talladega Nights, Jungle Book, And More Movies And TV Shows

All good things must come to an end, which for Netflix means a long list of movies and TV shows disappearing from its library each month. May is no different with some very good movies–and a bunch of Disney Channel fare–no longer being able to stream.

That means the remaining days of April are your last chance to stream films like Chappie, Casper, The Hurt Locker, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Also departing in May are Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Disney’s The Jungle Book, and all five seasons of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

If someone in your house is a Disney Channel fan, they’ll also be losing access to the Camp Rock and High School Musical franchises, as well as Phineas and Ferb. Finally, the movie adaptation of the video game Silent Hill, Goodfellas, and Ocean’s Eleven will all disappear.

You can take a look at everything leaving Netflix below. Additionally, check out the list of movies and shows premiering on the streamer in May, as well as what it added in April.

Leaving Netflix in May

May 1

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Casper
  • Chappie
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Field of Dreams
  • GoodFellas
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Sahara
  • Silent Hill
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • The Hurt Locker
  • To Rome With Love
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

May 2

  • 12 Dates of Christmas
  • Beauty & the Briefcase
  • Cadet Kelly
  • Camp Rock
  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
  • Cow Belles
  • Cyberbully
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
  • Frenemies
  • Geek Charming
  • Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
  • Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
  • High School Musical
  • High School Musical 2
  • Jump In!
  • Lemonade Mouth
  • Little Einsteins: Seasons 1–2
  • My Fake Fiancé
  • Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
  • Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1–4
  • Princess Protection Program
  • Princess: A Modern Fairytale
  • Read It and Weep
  • Revenge of the Bridesmaids
  • Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
  • Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1–2
  • StarStruck
  • Teen Spirit
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1–5
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

May 7

  • The Host

May 12

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

May 30

  • Disney’s The Jungle Book

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/leaving-netflix-in-may-talladega-nights-jungle-boo/1100-6458476/

New On Netflix In May: More Movies, TV Shows, And Originals To Stream

Summer movie season may be starting in May, but Netflix is going out of its way to make sure you stayed glued to your couch. The streaming service has released its list of new additions for May, including a number of movies, TV shows, and originals to keep you busy.

Firstly, Disney/Pixar’s Coco will be added on May 29. If you somehow missed one of the studio’s best animated films ever, this will be your chance to watch and cry in the privacy of your own home. That’s always a better option than publicly weeping in a theater, right?

On the TV side, the latest seasons of some of the CW’s biggest shows will be added in April. Riverdale, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural, and Dynasty will all end their current seasons, with them becoming available to stream a week later. Additionally, a new season of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, along with a slew of other originals, will arrive throughout the month. Of note, the second half of The Toys That Made Us Season 1, the documentary series about famous toy lines, released on May 25.

To get an idea of everything coming on Netflix in May, take a look at the list below, and make sure you see what’s leaving the service. Additionally, if you missed what the streamer was up to in April, you can check that out.

Arriving on Netflix in May

May 1

  • 27: Gone Too Soon
  • A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana
  • Amelie
  • Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Darc
  • God’s Own Country
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
  • Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City (Netflix Original)
  • Mr. Woodcock
  • My Perfect Romance
  • Pocoyo & Cars
  • Pocoyo & The Space Circus
  • Queens of Comedy: Season 1
  • Reasonable Doubt
  • Red Dragon
  • Scream 2
  • Shrek
  • Simon: Season 1
  • Sliding Doors
  • Sometimes (Netflix Original)
  • The Bourne Ultimatum
  • The Carter Effect
  • The Clapper
  • The Reaping
  • The Strange Name Movie
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

May 2

  • Jailbreak
  • A Little Help with Carol Burnett (Netflix Original)
  • Anon (Netflix Original)
  • Busted!: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Dear White People: Volume 2 (Netflix Original)
  • End Game (Netflix Original)
  • Forgive Us Our Debts (Netflix Original)
  • Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Lo más sencillo es complicarlo todo
  • Manhunt (Netflix Original)
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey (Netflix Original)
  • No Estoy Loca
  • The Rain: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

May 5

  • Faces Places

May 6

  • The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (Netflix Original)

May 8

  • Desolation
  • Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives (Netflix Original)

May 9

  • Dirty Girl

May 11

  • Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
  • Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (Netflix Original)
  • Spirit Riding Free: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
  • The Kissing Booth (Netflix Original)
  • The Who Was? Show: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

May 13

  • Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife (Netflix Original)

May 14

  • The Phantom of the Opera

May 15

  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 4
  • Grand Designs: Seasons 13–14
  • Only God Forgives
  • The Game 365: Seasons 15–16

May 16

  • 89
  • Mamma Mia!
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • The Kingdom
  • Wanted

May 18

  • Cargo (Netflix Original)
  • Catching Feelings (Netflix Original)
  • Inspector Gadget: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

May 19

  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Disney’s Scandal: Season 7
  • Small Town Crime

May 20

  • Some Kind of Beautiful

May 21

  • Señora Acero: Season 4

May 22

  • Mob Psycho 100: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Shooter: Season 2
  • Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here (Netflix Original)

May 23

  • Explained (Netflix Original)

May 24

  • Fauda: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Survivors Guide to Prison

May 25

  • Ibiza (Netflix Original)
  • Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (Netflix Original)
  • The Toys That Made Us: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Trollhunters: Part 3 (Netflix Original)

May 26

  • Sara’s Notebook (Netflix Original)

May 27

  • The Break with Michelle Wolf (Netflix Original)

May 29

  • Coco

May 30

  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

May 31

  • Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
  • My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern (Netflix Original)

Also arriving in April

  • Arrow: Season 6
  • Dynasty: Season 1
  • Riverdale: Season 2
  • Supernatural: Season 1
  • The Flash: Season 4

Leaving Netflix in May

May 1

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • Casper
  • Chappie
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Field of Dreams
  • GoodFellas
  • Ocean’s Eleven
  • Sahara
  • Silent Hill
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • The Hurt Locker
  • To Rome With Love
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

May 2

  • 12 Dates of Christmas
  • Beauty & the Briefcase
  • Cadet Kelly
  • Camp Rock
  • Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
  • Cow Belles
  • Cyberbully
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls 2
  • Disney’s The Cheetah Girls: One World
  • Frenemies
  • Geek Charming
  • Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas
  • Hello Sister, Goodbye Life
  • High School Musical
  • High School Musical 2
  • Jump In!
  • Lemonade Mouth
  • Little Einsteins: Seasons 1–2
  • My Fake Fiancé
  • Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
  • Phineas and Ferb: Seasons 1–4
  • Princess Protection Program
  • Princess: A Modern Fairytale
  • Read It and Weep
  • Revenge of the Bridesmaids
  • Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
  • Special Agent Oso: Seasons 1–2
  • StarStruck
  • Teen Spirit
  • The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Seasons 1–5
  • Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie

May 7

  • The Host

May 12

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

May 30

  • Disney’s The Jungle Book

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-on-netflix-in-may-more-movies-tv-shows-and-ori/1100-6458471/

Don’t Miss: How to train players right, so they don’t hate learning to play

In this timeless article, designer Mike Stout takes a look at examples of in-game training that skip the boring tutorials and teach players the rules of the game by letting them play the game. …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/253028/How_to_train_players_right_so_they_dont_hate_learning_to_play.php

New Venom Trailer: Spider-Man Spin-Off Movie Reveals The Symbiote

Sony is developing a whole slate of movies based around characters from Marvel’s Spider-Man comic books, the first of which is Venom. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who is taken over by a vengeful alien symbiote, and the full trailer has been released–check out our breakdown.

While February’s first teaser just set the tone for the movie, this new trailer gives us more plot details and plenty of action. We see Brock investigating a sinister scientist, played by Rogue One‘s Riz Ahmed, who is performing secret experiments with a strange black alien matter. Brock becomes infected with the goo, which takes over his body and personality and gives him some amazing new powers. Check the trailer out above.

Venom releases on October 5, 2018, and also stars Michelle Williams (The Greatest Showman), Jenny Slate (The Lego Batman Movie), and Woody Harrelson (Solo: A Star Wars Story). Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer is directing.

Athough Spider-Man features in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sony still owns the movie rights to the character. There was initially some confusion about whether Venom will be part of the MCU, and whether Spider-Man could appear in any of the spin-offs. Both Marvel boss Kevin Feige and Spidey actor Tom Holland have stated that the two universes are entirely separate. However, last year, former Sony boss and Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal suggested otherwise, before subsequently switching to Feige’s position.

Venom will be followed by another Spidey spin-off, Silver & Black, which will focus on Silver Sable and the Black Cat. The film was originally set for release in February 2019, but earlier this year director Gina Prince-Bythewood confirmed that the movie had been delayed because she was “still working on the script.”

from GameSpot https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-venom-trailer-spider-man-spin-off-movie-reveal/1100-6458451/