Play Xbox One and PC Survival Game The Solus Project This Month

Teotl Studios and GRIP Digital have announced when players can start to get their hands on single-player survival game The Solus Project. The game will be launching on Steam Early Access and GOG Games in Development on February 18, and Xbox Game Preview on February 26.

The Solus Project places the player in the shoes of a solo survivor who has crash-landed on a foreign planet and must fight against the elements in a bid to survive. The game emphasises survival mechanics, with the player’s hunger level, thirst, body temperature, and surrounding humidity and wind just some of the factors that are monitored in-game.

The game features a crafting system which allows players to create tools in order to combat the harsh planet’s environment. A dynamic weather system will also feature in the game. There has been no mention of a release for the PS4.

The game will be getting episodic content updates on all platforms, with a final version expected to launch in May this year. If you’d like more details on The Solus Project, check out GameSpot’s hands-on preview from E3 last year. Check out what the game looks like in our gallery below.

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Author: Zorine Te

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Amazon is adding Alexa to the original Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

Amazon brought Alexa to the TV with its second-generation Fire TV set-top box, and now, a few months later, the company is also doing the same for owners of its original box. Starting today and continuing “over the next few weeks,” Fire TV and Fire TV Stick customers will be receiving a software update that adds Amazon’s personal assistant to the older hardware. Both devices already include voice search for finding movies and TV shows to watch, but Alexa adds a bit more functionality to the mix.

Alexa can’t quite do everything that’s possible with the Amazon Echo speaker, but you can still ask for useful things like the weather, traffic updates, and sports scores. Alexa on Fire TV can also find local restaurants, control certain home…

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Author: Chris Welch

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PlayStation-Exclusive Shooter Dust 514 Is Shutting Down, Here's When

Dust 514, a free-to-play PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter set in the Eve universe, is shutting down. Developer CCP Games has announced that, after three years of operation, the game’s servers will be shut off May 30, 2016.

A previously planned update, 1.3, will not be released. Additionally, though you can continue to play Dust 514 until that date, CCP will no longer sell any extra items both in-game or through the PlayStation Store. However, players with a stockpile of currency, Aurum, can continue to spend it on items in Dust 514’s in-game marketplace until the shutdown takes place in May.

“We are very proud of what we’ve learned and accomplished with Dust 514 on PlayStation 3 over the past three years and it is an honor to be a part of such a dedicated community,” CCP said in a statement. “We consider Dust 514 one of the best free-to-play offerings on the platform, but the years have caught up with us. It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Dust 514 will be shutting down.”

In May 2014, CCP announced that Dust 514 was being reimagined for PC as Project Legion. Today, CCP provided an update on it, saying its team in Shangahi is making progress on the protoype.

“Their experience is being utilized to build a new game from scratch using Unreal Engine 4 while harnessing all our learnings from Dust 514,” CCP said. “This is in many ways an evolution of Project Legion, the concept we announced at EVE Fanfest 2014, but without the limitations of technical debt and development paths we quickly discovered in that effort that could never serve as a future-proof technology base for a full production game.

“This new project is still in an early phase of production, and we feel like we’re on the right track and plan to give an update at Eve Fanfest on April 21st as a part of the free livestream of the event. Since this new game will be different from Dust 514 (although keeping many of its great parts), we will provide tiered recognition rewards to our loyal Dust customers; details to be announced.”

In addition to Project Legion and continued support for Eve Online, CCP is working on virtual reality games Eve: Valkyrie and Gunjack. The Iceland-based developer’s vampire MMO World of Darkness was canceled in 2014.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Comcast did great last year by only losing 36,000 TV subscribers

TV is picking back up. Earlier this week, Time Warner Cable said that it was gaining new TV subscribers for the first time in almost a decade, and this morning, Comcast is announcing some relatively bright video results of its own. During the final quarter of 2015, Comcast had a net addition of 89,000 video subscribers — the best it’s done in eight years. That wasn’t enough to offset subscriber losses elsewhere in the year, but Comcast’s total net subscriber loss for 2015, of 36,000, is still the best result it’s seen in nine years and a huge improvement from 2014’s loss of 194,000 subscribers. That means both Comcast and Time Warner Cable hit nine-year highs, thanks to an uptick in video subscribers and slowing subscriber losses.

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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New Hitman Trailer Asks You to Follow the Money, See The Violence

Square Enix has released a new Hitman trailer titled “World of Assassination.” As the name implies, the trailer asks viewers to take a closer look at what’s happening in the shadows, lays out the various instances of violence happening around the world, and explains the resulting effect it has.

For example, the trailer starts in Morocco, where a banker meets his end, a general loses his credit, a riot burns out, two men die, and the domino effect ends with a military coup being averted.

“Read between the news feeds, follow the money, join the dots,” the trailer says. Watch the trailer above, it’s pretty stylish.

On January 14, Square Enix and developer Io Interactive announced Hitman will be “fully episodic” instead of being a ull game at launch, as previously indicated.

The game will be split into episodes that are released over the course of the year. The prologue and first mission are still planned for released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 11, but the other content previously promised for launch–the Italy and Morocco missions–are now coming later. The Italy mission will be released in April, followed by Morocco in May.

The full version of Hitman arrives across PS4, PC, and Xbox One in March 2016. The game was originally slated to launch in late 2015 but was delayed so that developer IO Interactive could add more content.

The Hitman beta will begin on PS4 on February 12. The PC beta will then begin on February 19. You can guarantee access to the beta by preordering Hitman.

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Author: Tamoor Hussain

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These earbuds let you turn up or tune out the world around you

Last summer, The Verge met up with a company called Doppler Labs. Back then, CEO Noah Kraft, showed us a prototype version of Here — earbuds that could enhance and augment the sound around you. It wound up being a really impressive tech demo, even if the experience was marred by a few nagging problems.

Today, Doppler Labs is announcing that the first shipments of Here are starting to go out to the company’s 2,800 Kickstarter backers. And yesterday, Kraft invited us to Doppler’s office in Lower Manhattan to try out the final production version.

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Author: Sean O’Kane

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Guitar Hero Live Adds One of the Most Difficult Songs in Franchise History

Guitar Hero Live fans looking for a challenge are in luck, as Activision has released Dragonforce’s insanely difficult “Through the Fire and Flames” as its latest DLC song.

This song, off the band’s 2009 breakthrough album Inhuman Rampage, made its Guitar Hero debut with Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The song also appeared in Double Fine’s Brutal Legend and is available for Rock Band as a DLC song.

Jamie Jackson, the creative director and co-head of Guitar Hero Live developer FreeStyleGames, said “Through the Fire and Flames” is one of the Guitar Hero community’s “most beloved songs of all time.”

The track arrives in Guitar Hero Live as part of a new GHTV channel called “The Shred-a-Thon.” Now through Monday, February 8, “Through the Fire and Flames,” as well as other difficult-to-play songs from bands like Megadeth and Lamb of God, will be put on an endless cycle for the marathon event.

The Shred-a-Thon:

  • Dragonforce – “Through the Fire and Flames”
  • Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
  • Megadeth – “Hangar 18”
  • Lamb of God – “Ghost Walking”
  • Trivium – “Strife”

For a close look at these songs, you can click through the images in the gallery above. After the event wraps up, “Through the Fire and Flames” will join GHTV’s regular song library.

Here’s what “Through the Fire and Flames” looked like in Guitar Hero III on Expert. My goodness.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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