American conglomerate Amazon is launching a new cloud gaming platform named Amazon Luna. This platform will act similarly to the existing Google Stadia and will be compatible with PC, Mac, and Fire TVs. There will also be web apps created that will provide native support for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.
The major difference between Luna and Stadia is how their respective business models will work. Whilst Stadia has users purchase games to stream like most other platforms, Luna is a little different. Instead, users will be able to subscribe to various “game channels,” that will provide access to different libraries.
What you need to know about Amazon Luna
So far Amazon has confirmed two game channels. First, its own Luna+ channel will feature the likes of Control, Yooka-Laylee, and Resident Evil 7. Alternatively, you could for the Ubisoft game channel which will provide access to just about every major Ubisoft product on the market. That also includes first day access to any upcoming games too.
Amazon describes the Ubisoft channel as Luna’s “first game channel in development.” Presumably, it will reach out to other major publishers and indie developers in order to create other channels for consumers to opt into.
On top of all this, Luna will also feature Twitch integration making it a surprisingly decent platform for casual steaming. Players will also be able to see other people’s Twitch streams and actually launch Luna games through the official Twitch client itself.
Regarding pricing, we currently know how much the Luna+ package will cost as well as the controller. You can get the Luna+ game channel for just $5.99 a month. That puts it in a similar bracket to other similar products like Stadia itself. As for the controller, that will launch at $49.99, matching the existing PS4 and Xbox One equivalents.
Amazon’s first real attempt at entering the games industry has not gone well. Its recently released third-person shooter, Crucible, has been criticized by many for its countless flaws. Despite this, critics and fans alike have recognized its potential if developer Relentless Studios handles it correctly.
Looking to live up to these expectations, Relentless has announced it will be cutting two of Crucible’s three core game modes. This remaining game mode, Heart of the Hives, will become the single focus of all development going forward.
Crucible isn’t the first game to do this
To both Amazon and Relentless Games’ credit, Crucible is by no means the first game to take this approach. In fact, many very popular eSports focused titles like League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive both do much the same. By concentrating on one mode it makes the developer’s job of streamlining the gameplay experience far easier.
Also, there are clear benefits from a gameplay balance point of view. Tweaking the so-called hunters to be balanced across multiple game modes is very difficult. Each mode favors different play styles and cooldowns so some hunters would naturally be left behind in some modes. Having just one playable mode should help Crucible’s current balance issues going forward.
As for the MOBA inspired third-person shooter’s missing features, Relentless Studios are working on it. At the top of its list is the implementation of an enhanced social system and full support for custom games. Furthermore, it plans to rework the creatures used to farm XP to enhance Crucible’s PvE experience.
If these changes are enough is to be seen but it seems as though Relentless has good intentions. It’ll require a lot of work and passion for Crucible to get back on track but it’s not out of the question. Come a years’ time we might see Amazon’s latest adventure as one of the great hero shooters.
World famous online retailer, Amazon, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a bang as they have announced their will be massive discounts, allegedly more than Black Friday, on everything for 24 hours.
The anniversary will be on July 15, which has been given the name of “Prime Day.”. The discounts will be only for Amazon Prime Members living in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, and Austria.
The sale will start from midnight of July 15 till 11:59 pm and Amazon are expected to add items to the discount every 10 minutes. It will include every category featured on Amazon which of course means video games will get its share of hefty price cuts.
Tell us what games’ pages you will bookmark from now and pick it up once it goes on sale.
Amazon is running a Digital Games Mayhem sale that sees no less than 867 titles (at the moment of writing) being offered at discounted prices, up to 80% of their original price. We’re talking mostly about older games – so no Watch Dogs at 80% off, unfortunately – but you can still get some real gems that you didn’t purchase already. CoD Ghosts Hardened Edition is 33% off, for example, and you can purchase for $24.99 only.
Click here to check out all the deals offered by Amazon for this surprisingly amazing Digital Games Mayhem sale.
And if you are still not convinced, here are some of our hot picks for you – top games that you can get for killer prices!
XCOM: Enemy Within – $9.89
Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition – $19.99
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition – $23.98
LA Noire – Complete Edition – just $6
Batman Arkham City GOTY – $5
Bastion – $3.75
Tomb Raider – $7.99
…and many, many more. So make sure that you check out this amazing sale over at Amazon and you pick up your game at a very special price before the offer is no longer available!
If you were gaming in the 90’s you had an opinion.Wars
Sega or Nintendo, everyone had to pick a side.
There weren’t crossover titles and there wasn’t a real third choice. The debate was heated between even the best of friends. Now the creative team that brought the world Super Bad, Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg, are joining forces yet again to create a movie based on Blake Harris’ upcoming book Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation.
Described on Amazon as a “a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller,” Harris follows the rise, and fall, of Sega, an obscure arcade company that went head to head with Nintendo, the largest video-game company in the world.
The ensuing battle would lead to the incredible growth experienced by the industry, transforming it into the economic giant it is today.
It is unclear if the film will be a comedy, though Rogan and Goldberg will be both writing and directing the feature.
The book will be available for download this august and the film has only just entered development. There is no firm date for release.