Evolve’s Free-To-Play PC Beta Starts Tomorrow


Turtle Rock posted a big letter on its Evolve forums tonight announcing the PC version of Evolve will be going free very soon.


You can find the full letter here. In it, Turtle Rock co-founders Chris Ashton and Phil Robb reveal that Evolve is going free (though they don’t use the term free-to-play) and a beta for the new free version of Evolve begins tomorrow, July 7. The letter also says rewards will be available for those who bought the game at launch, and a number of big balancing changes and performance updates are on the way, too.


Update: Turtle Rock has already pulled the game from Steam. You can find the product page here, but you won’t be able to buy the game.


The countdown that was teased yesterday is still going with about 14 hours left until expiration. There is more to this announcement, and we will have full details tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT.


[Source: Turtle Rock]




Our Take


This is a big change for Evolve, but it has the potential to be the right change. I’m curious to see if it boosts player count and gets more people playing.




Koei Tecmo Reveals New Online Mode And Mechanic


Koei Tecmo released a ton of new information and footage today of its video game adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s manga series, including the announcement of a new online mode. [Except]


Attack On Titan’s new mode is called “Scout Mode.” In it, a player can recruit an online team of three, which he or she picks missions for throughout different locations, but with the similar goal of taking down Titans. Koei Tecmo says the missions contained in Scout Mode differ from those in the main campaign.


The new trailer also shows off the “Decisive Battle Signal.” As players rescue other players on the map and take down Titans, they fill their Decisive Battle Meter. When activated, the meter uses all other players in the near area to do a large amount of damage. Check it out in the trailer, as well as a ton of new screens, down below.


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Attack On Titan is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Vita, and PC on August 30. Take a look at what characters you can expect in the game in our previous preview.


Google Play And iTunes Listings For Pokémon Go Appear Online, But Not For North America


It seems the game is still not yet available in North America, but listings for the game on Android and iOS are online.


You can find the iTunes listing for the game here. It is currently only compatible in Australia. The same goes for the Google Play listing, which you can find here. Our attempts to download the game on both devices have been thwarted by notices that the game is not currently available in our country.


Nintendo, The Pokémon Company, and developer Niantic have all been coy about when the game will be available, but these listings imply that Pokémon Go will be officially available soon. We’ve reached out to The Pokémon Company for more details and will update this story if and when we receive an update.


For our impressions of the game during beta, head here.


[Source: Google Play Store, iTunes, via Reddit, NeoGAF]




Our Take


During E3, Nintendo revealed the Pokémon Go Plus pedometer. It didn’t reveal a release date for Pokémon Go, but it did let slip that the pedometer would be available in July. Common sense says it would be silly to release Pokémon Go Plus with the game you need to use it. Knowing Pokémon Go Plus is coming this month, it’s not too surprising to see the game already available in Australia. The question though, is how long will the global roll-out take? When will be able to play the game here in North America?




Blizzard Suing Creator Of Overwatch Cheat Program


There’s only one thing more maddening than an opposing team Bastion getting play of the game: cheaters. Blizzard has promised a zero tolerance policy for those caught circumventing the rules, and is taking a hard line against those that give cheaters tools.


Blizzard has filed a complaint against Bossland, the creator of a number of bot programs that automate the publisher’s games. Additionally, the cheat developer has recently released Watchover Tyrant, that Blizzard says have caused the company “irreparable harm.”


“Blizzard’s business depends upon its games being enjoyable and fair for players of all skill levels, and Blizzard expends an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that this is the case,” the filing says. “The Bossland Hacks destroy the integrity of the Blizzard Games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to Defendants.”


The suit hinges on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which covers copyright protection. Blizzard suggests that Bossland’s hacks violate the publisher’s copyright, circumvent cheat protection, and induce “thousands and tens of thousands” of Blizzard gamers to breach the end user license agreement.


The complaint details that Blizzard’s anti-cheat detection, Warden, scans for known unauthorized programs. The company also encrypts “data pointers” that signify the location of players and their health information.


The Watchover Tyrant hack hides from or disables Warden and access data pointers to provide users unfair advantages. Licenses to the hacks, including the one that impacts Overwatch, are sold for €12.95 ($14.50) per month or €199 ($224) per year.


In order for this to continue working, Bossland packages its hacks with the Tripwire anti-spyware software. It’s designed to disable any of the hacks should Warden get suspicious.


Blizzard claims that Bossland’s HonorBuddy hack for World of Warcraft has led to the thousands of customers canceling their subscriptions. The publisher also says it has spent enormous sums to combat and reverse the impact of Bossland’s unauthorized software.


The suit seeks a permanent injunction against Bossland, complete termination of the software that infringes Blizzard’s copyright, actual, statutory, exemplary, and punitive damages, all unlawful proceeds earned by Bossland for its hacks of the publisher’s games, and full attorney fees. The case will be heard in the Southern District of California where it was transferred today.


Bossland says that it has previously won against Blizzard in Europe in 2013 over the HonorBuddy bot. In 2015, Blizzard withdrew an injunction attempt against Bossland’s Diablo gold-selling operation. In February of this year, Bossland claims it defeated Blizzard over the StormBuddy Heroes of the Storm bot. The company also offers bots for Path of Exile, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Neverwinter, Final Fantasy XIV, and World of Tanks.


[Source: United States District Court (documents embedded below), via TorrentFreak]




Our Take


Blizzard needs to protect the integrity of its games, especially as it looks to cultivate a growing esports community. This is an important suit that will both send a message and help Blizzard preserve the integrity of its games.


Blizzard files suit against creator of Overwatch cheat program



The Warriors Is Out Now On PlayStation 4


Rockstar’s 2005 game, The Warriors, is now available for the PlayStation 4. It costs a mere $14.99.


The game now supports Trophies, Shareplay, PS Vita Second Screen Support, and has been up-rendered to run at 1080p. Check it out in the PlayStation Store.


We featured The Warriors as our May 2005 cover story. We recently took a look back at the game as part of our Replay series.


[Source: PlayStation Store]