E3 2015 Recap - PC Gaming

Welcome to the final article of our E3 recap series here on ZAM!

Yesterday's last E3 main event (3 of 3) was the PC Gaming Show. It was a brand-new event, and likely the start of a new E3 tradition.

All Events: Bethesda, Xbox, EA, Ubisoft, Playstation, Nintendo, Square Enix, PC Gaming

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 23

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed include Blackrock Mountain pre-purchases for Hearthstone, the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void beta, TESO's B2P launch, EVE Valkyrie's latest gameplay video and more.

EVE Fanfest: Valkyrie Gameplay Video & More

In the EVE Fanfest opening keynote, CCP Games shared their latest news for EVE Valkyrie, including the Rán Kavik face reveal, Valkyrie pre-alpha signups and a fantastic gameplay video.

EVE Valkyrie: New Hands-On Reactions

You've heard our take on EVE: Valkyrie before. We played at Fanfest 2014 and loved it. We just attended EVE Vegas 2014, played again, and loved it once more. But what about...you? What's the verdict from everyone else?

We talked to dozens of Valkyrie players throughout EVE Vegas. Their consensus? Overwhelmingly positive. Nearly unanimous feedback that Valkyrie & VR is downright incredible. Check out our favorite post-game reactions highlighted below!

EVE: Valkyrie Interview with Chris Smith

"My concentration is on making the best goddamn VR game I can!"

As Lead Game Designer, Chris Smith is spearheading the direction of EVE: Valkyrie. Continuing our coverage of Fanfest 2014, I sat down with him and got another look inside Valkyrie's development by CCP Games.

A few things to keep an eye on:

  • Smith references Halo 1, Team Fortress 2, Gears of War and Mario Kart
  • There's an interesting discussion on roles and cockpit vision
  • We get a second cryptic, but very revealing, answer on Rán's lore
  • Near the end, we get an exclusive scoop about Fanfest 2015!

EVE: Valkyrie - Fanfest 2014 Hands-On

Currently, EVE: Valkyrie is more of a "wild ride" than a game – and that's okay.

At only one year past its prototype, EVE: Valkyrie is blowing socks off. During Fanfest 2014, crowds gathered and lines formed; everyone seized their chance for three minutes in space. CCP Games had secured 9 of 17 Oculus Rift DK2's in the world. Attendees took full advantage.

Personally, I played Valkyrie in two forms:

  • The Unreal Engine 4 build on the Oculus Rift DK2 (x2)
  • The Unity build on Sony's 'Project Morpheus' (x1)

Let's see how it all stacks up.

EVE: Valkyrie Interview with Owen O'Brien

EVE: Valkyrie is the forerunner of gaming's next generation. Having played at Fanfest, the hype is real – but more on that later. I recently sat down with Owen O'Brien, Executive Producer on Valkyrie, and talked VR, UI, logos and beyond. O'Brien gives a light-hearted, insightful view inside Valkyrie's development. Two things to look out for:

  • I received a bizarre answer about Oculus as a co-publisher
  • I asked what's behind the mask of Rán – and the answer was very compelling

EVE: Valkyrie - Fanfest 2014 Announcements

Colt "ShdwFlm" Casey has a report on today's EVE: Valkyrie announcements, and we also have an exciting new trailer to share!

Valkyrie's engine has moved from Unity to Unreal Engine 4. At first glance hands-on, there wasn't an immediate visual difference -- but the game looks and feels as good as ever. One Valkyrie developer mentioned that while Unity was good to start, UE4 means a higher ceiling for long-term quality. Assets got pulled over from Unity, but the code (understandably) had to be redone.

EVE Online: Fanfest 2014 Schedule Released

With another year comes another incredible Fanfest.

Each year, fans of EVE Online and the EVE universe gather to celebrate the home they've created. This year's event is only a week away, from May 1 - 3. To help you plan ahead, CCP Games just put out a blog post detailing the festivities. In addition to the huge array of panels and presentations, there are special events occurring throughout the week:

Of Marketing and Mercoxit: EVE Vegas Interview #2

EVE Vegas: the largest fan-organized EVE Online gathering of the year, and a great opportunity to talk one-on-one with the developers from CCP Games. As a result, I had a chance to interview David Reid, the man whose decisions shape our perception of gaming's most enigmatic journey.

Today's chat, part two of two, mostly examines the link between CCP's games in the EVE Universe.
We also answer a few miscellaneous questions along the way. Once again, let's dive right in!