Madfinger Games has unveiled the first Shadowgun Legends gameplay footage from the demo that garnered so much praise at Gamescom 2016, where it made its public debut. Judging by how incredible this footage looks, no wonder the game has already won two Best Mobile Game awards before it’s even out, and no wonder Madfinger is touting the game as bringing AAA gaming to mobile.
Shadowgun Legends is set in a post-apocalyptic universe where players take on the role of Shadowguns in a bid to save mankind from extinction. The shooter is set in persistent online universe that boasts the progression and depth of an AAA console title. Certainly as far as this initial footage is concerned, that would appear to be no idle boast.
Source: Madfinger Games
According to a research report from DigiTimes, via AppleInsider, the overall global tablet market shipment volume has increased by 16.3% in the third quarter of 2016, reaching nearly 47 million units. Overall volume is still down by 10% in comparison with the year-ago quarter.
The report says that Apple will see consistent sales of its high-end tablets in the third calendar quarter of the year. In contrast, Apple’s rivals, such as Samsung and Amazon, will be greatly affected by the huge volume of “white box” generic tablets from Chinese companies that are flooding the market.
All white box vendors combined are expected to increase to 18.5 million units shipped to retailers, up from 13.8 million shipped in the second quarter of 2016.
Apple will only have a slight dip, thanks to the success of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, down to 9.5 million, but Samsung will be impacted to a much greater extent by the flood of white box tablets, says the report.
Source: Supply chain sees tablet market expansion, with Apple's iPad holding fast
According to Bloomberg Technology, Apple is currently working on its own version of a video sharing and editing app.
Bloomberg’s source says that Apple is once again intending to focus on how to integrate social network apps with iPhone and iPad in a bid to emulate the success of such companies as Facebook and Snapchat.
Apple has not previously had a lot of success in this area, with 2010’s Ping failing to take off, but it wants to give it another try in order to keep relevant with younger people, according to Bloomberg.
The new video-sharing app that Apple is working on will be along similar lines to Snapchat, with users able to record and post video footage, complete with filters and drawings. This content could then be sent to the user’s contacts, or shared via other social networks such as Twitter.
The software that Apple is currently working on to this end is designed to be used mainly with one hand; the videos can be filmed, edited, and uploaded in under 1 minute. Bloomberg’s sources say that at least one of the prototypes can film video footage in a square shape, just like with Instagram.
With this new software Apple is hoping to appeal to the Snapchat and Instagram generation. The software will be packaged as a standalone app that might be downloadable via the App Store, or, alternatively, could be included in the iPhone camera app.
The sources also said that the video-sharing app, which is currently only in the early stages of development, is being developed in the same Apple department where Final Cut Pro and iMovie were developed. It’s expected that the app will be launched in 2017, but Apple could just as easily shutter the entire project if it doesn’t make the grade.
Source: Apple Weighs iPhone Video Editing App in Renewed Push on Social
Massively popular Steam tower defence game Dungeon Warfare has finally arrived in the App Store today, after being delayed from its original August 17 release date, writes Pocket Gamer.
In the game, which currently has a 98% positive rating on Steam, the player is a dungeon lord who has to defend his dungeon against adventurers. The more enemies you defeat, the more traps and utilities you’ll be able to buy.
There are 26 different traps in all, with three upgradeable tiers each. These include pain-inflicting traps such as Dart Trap, Spike Trap, Bolt Trap and Inferno Trap. Also, physical traps that throw warriors into the dark abyss, such as Spring Trap, Harpoon Trap, and Push Trap.
You can even use the environment against your enemies by rolling a massive boulder at them and crushing them, corralling them towards a minecart track, or sending them into an ancient lava pool.
There are 40 different types of enemy bases, 12 difficulty mode runes, and 30 achievements to unlock.
The game has several modes, including the ever-popular endless mode, which can be unlocked after you’ve obtained the Infinity rune.
Click here to download for £2.99/$3.99: Dungeon Warfare on the App Store
Source: Apple App Store, Awesome tower defender Dungeon Warfare is out now on iOS, Android coming soon
Finnish developer Cornfox & Bros’ popular and critically acclaimed Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas now has a sequel for fans to look forward to, reports Touch Arcade.
Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm is a free-roaming 3D action RPG, representing a major change in style from the early Legend-of-Zelda:-A-Link-to-the-Past-influenced isometric viewpoint of the first game to an Ocarina-of-Time-style third-person perspective.
Despite the major changes to how the game looks and plays, Cornfox & Bros says that it will strive to keep the aspects of the first game that made it so popular, including the lush environments, stirring music (courtesy of the returning Kalle Ylitalo), lots of secrets to find, as well as a story that will tie in with the cannon lore of the first game. In particular, the hero of the new game is completely different to that of the first, and in a different time period, but still wanting to become the Knight of Arcadia, another nod to Zelda lore.
The battle system involves sword-fighting and the casting of spells, as well as putting found items to good use in battle. The Caster is the main weapon in the game; it’s a gun that can shoot magical projectiles, and which can be used to help solve puzzles, to lure enemies, and also to cast spells.
Eurogamer reports that Niantic is rolling out a new update for Pokémon Go that is slowly making its way to various territories around the world. Once you download the update you’ll be able to assess the strength of your Pokémon, and whether or not it’s worth using up your Stardust and Candies to power them up.
This is particularly useful as its very easy to waste precious Stardust and Candies on the Pokémon due to the fact that each Pokémon’s potential maximum strength is based on hidden attributes known as IVs. In other words, some Pokémon can be trained up to much higher levels than others, and fans have already developed their own unofficial tools to help determine this, but Niantic has blocked many of these in order not to overload the game’s servers.
The new Appraisal system lets you submit your Pokémon to your team leader who will then assess your Pokémon and give you the results.
Of course there are many other features that Pokémon Go players would like to see Niantic add to the game, and there’s good news on that front too, with Niantic saying “We are still working hard on several new and exciting features to come in the future of Pokémon Go.”
Source: Pokémon Go update adds new Appraisal feature for finding a monster's Poképotential
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