Syberia 3 gets a release date

Syberia 3, the long-awaited third outing in Microïds point-and-click adventure series, will launch on 1st December for PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One.

That’s . And 12 years since Syberia 2 from 2004.

This time out series stalwart and lawyer Kate Walker finds herself teaming up with a caravan of Youkol people from Syberia 2 as she helps them with “the transhumance of the snow ostriches to the holy steppes where they can reproduce.”

Kingdom Come: Deliverance delayed until next year

Non-fantasy medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance has been pushed back until 2017.

Developer Warhorse Studios confirmed the delay in a statement to .

Kingdom Come: Deliverance was originally scheduled for late 2015, then delayed to this summer. Warhorse said earlier this year that the PC version may get pushed back even further due to a publishing agreement stating that the PS4 and Xbox One versions .

After 10 years of waiting, Half-Life 2: Episode 3 seems further away than ever

On 22nd May 2006, Valve put out a press release promising an episodic trilogy for Half-Life 2. Eurogamer wrote a news story, authored by one Ellie Gibson, with the headline: “.”

10 years later, we’re still waiting for that third episode.

The press release heralded the launch of Half-Life 2: Episode One for PC. At the time, Valve said the trilogy would conclude by Christmas 2007. Here’s the relevant blurb:

Face-Off: Valkyria Chronicles on PS4

Valkyria Chronicles never achieved the success it deserved when it first hit PlayStation 3 back in 2008. The superb mix of challenging gameplay, character-driven story and sketchbook art style went largely unnoticed outside the hardcore crowd. However, with a remaster now available on PS4, the game gets another chance to work its magic amongst a wider audience. A PC port released in 2014 gave us higher frame-rates and resolutions than the PS3 original, and the latest PS4 remaster doesn’t disappoint either, with these improvements joined by some additional visual tweaks that see this version take point.

At its core, the remaster is a port of the PC version, with both releases sharing artwork and most of the visual effects from the PS3 original. Valkyria Chronicles’ cel-shaded art style remains as striking as ever, with textures and thick black outlines that create detail around objects still holding up reasonably well when presented in resolutions beyond 720p. The argument here is that the original art doesn’t need a radical upgrade due to its simplicity, though it definitely benefits from being displayed at higher pixel counts.

On PS4 we’re looking at a native 1080p framebuffer backed up by post-process anti-aliasing, handing in a sharper image than the PC version operating at the same resolution. Textures and geometry appear blurrier on PC, with details like bricks and cobblestones looking less defined across more distant scenery. One of the main culprits here is the use of less refined anti-aliasing on PC, which is a touch too aggressive – although the image isn’t particularly sharp on PS4 either. As such, neither version really offers up a crisp presentation that really looks like it’s running at 1080p, but what we have here is still a massive improvement over the 720p PS3 game.


Elite Dangerous: Horizons hits Xbox One 3rd June

A couple of Elite: Dangerous release date announcements for you today. The first: Elite Dangerous: Horizons, the name given to the space game’s second season of expansions, launches on the Xbox One version of the game on 3rd June.

The second: The Engineers expansion launches for the PC version on 26th May alongside a free update for all players.

To coincide with the announcement, Horizons has a new permanent price of £19.99.


Watch: How’s Total War: Warhammer’s performance?

I saw a few comments asking specifically about the game’s performance. This series has had its share of issues with PC optimisation and I figured it would be useful to show you what the game looks like in action.

Now, I’m playing on a fairly mid-tier machine, but even then, I’m able to play most of my campaigns on the ‘ultra’ graphics settings with no major complaints. However, in the video below, you can see what happens when I set up some of the largest battles the game can accommodate.

Here are my PC specs: