The Hero series from Noblechairs is very much built with the modern gamer in mind. It's solid and sensible - ideal for people who care more about their physical comfort and posture. No cup holders or built-in speakers here, nor footrests or other unnecessary gimmicks. The design is understated and simple, meaning that the chair looks perfectly in keeping with a modern office or - at a push - a living room. In other words, this is a chair designed for players who not only care about comfort during marathon gaming sessions, but also for adults who care about their posture and the look of a large accessory in their home space. If you're looking for something a little more garish, with all the fancy bits, I'd recommend looking elsewhere - this is fairly low on extra features. But for a solid, supportive chair that will serve you during work as well as play, the Hero is a great choice. I've tested the standard 'Hero Black / Platinum White model' in PU leather. Here's what you get for … [Read more...] about Noblechairs Hero gaming chair review: ‘A solid chair for gaming AND office work’
Turns out that even witches and wizards suffer from corporate malaise. That's the core conceit of Fortune-499, a new RPG/card battler from developer AP Thomson, starring Cassandra (Cassie for short), a young oracle working for the magical resources department of a large corporation. As Cassie, not only are you fighting your own creeping irrelevance, you're battling actual monsters who've invaded your office.Over the course of four hours or so, Cassie explores the floors of the office complex, from security, to accounting, to legal, fighting off invading monsters who are after the company's nebulous "public offerings." Rather than casting elemental spells or performing other feats of magical prowess, Cassie draws cards to defeat her foes. This game of cards is simultaneously a round of rock paper scissors where you draw cards to predict what the enemy will do next. Drawing a +4 Scissors card, for instance, indicates that your opponent has a high probability of throwing scissors, so … [Read more...] about Combine witchcraft with office work in oddball RPG Fortune-499
Who would have thought? A new studio just dropped in and is one full of racing experience. Former Driveclub and MotorStorm developers at Evolution Studios, have taken the initiative to start their own studio and, finally create a new IP which is not a racing title after all. Alan McDermott (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation), design director Nigel Kershaw (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation, Deep Silver, Revolution Software), and art director Stuart Trevor (former Evolution Studios, PlayStation) are the founder and main members of Wushu Studios. According to their report, they began prototyping in September 2017 for a brand new IP set in the sci-fi genre instead of a classic racing title as one would have thought. Studio lead, Alan McDermott says: “Our core team at Wushu have worked together closely on numerous projects over the years so there was no downtime in figuring out how to work together, we just fell straight into a groove kicking around game ideas that appealed … [Read more...] about Wushu Studios, Formed By Driveclub Devs, Is Working On New Sci-Fi IP
Quantic Dream, the French studio that made Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy and is currently working on PlayStation exclusive Detroit: Become Human, has been accused of having an abusive work environment, according to reports in the French media. A joint investigation by Canard PC, Mediapart and Le Monde spoke to former employees who made accusations about the studio and its head honchos, David Cage and Guillaume de Fondaumière, both of whom deny the allegations. The accusations range from general toxicity to racism to senior staff members making inappropriate remarks about female colleagues. One of the major complaints concerns the discovery of a cache of photoshopped images in which pornographic photos have been spliced with the faces of employees (you can see a semi-SFW sample of these images on French website Canard PC). Many of the images are accompanied by homophobic, racist or sexist text. There are over 600 such images, some of which date back as far as 2013. A formal complaint … [Read more...] about Quantic Dream deny abusive working conditions
Fable 4 – from a studio previously dedicated to car games? Hell, why not. Fable 4 may be in the works at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, according to a trail of Internet sleuthing that caused me to bite through my teacup in excitement. Let’s start with some established facts: Playground Games is working on an open world RPG, and has expanded its office space and poached a bunch of UK talent to do so. Now let’s look at something less concrete: according to a user on ResetEra, the quasi-successor to NeoGAF, a bunch of upcoming Xbox One titles were leaked to developers via the Xbox Live API. As reported by WCCFTech, the alleged former Xbox game developer did not share the full details of the leak, they hinted at imminent Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 betas, a third-person Perfect Dark game developed by The Coalition and another team, four-player campaign co-op for Crackdown 3, a Forza Horizon game set in Japan, Age of Empires 4, a Halo mode with a really … [Read more...] about Holy shit, is that open world RPG the Forza Horizon team is working on actually Fable 4?