After Arkham, Black Flag and GTAV, is this the end of an open-world gaming golden age?

GTAV

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag can easily see you through to the new year with its heaving open-world of missions and quests. You could put hours into Arkham Origins over the winter weeks, too, hunting for all the snowbound secrets and swooping down on rampaging thugs. Then there’s Grand Theft Auto V, with its generous… Continue reading

Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg on Destiny, next-gen and Rom Com gaming

Eric Hirshberg

While console transitions are exciting for fans, they can be terrifying and costly for game publishers. Changes in hardware specs mean many millions need to be spent on new engine technology, and as development teams grow larger and budgets expand, the transition grows ever more complex. Just ask Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, the man responsible… Continue reading

Meet the small Finnish firm helping Call Of Duty, Destiny, Killzone and more look truly next-gen

Call Of Duty Ghosts

One tiny middleware company from Finland, which currently employs just nine people, will see its graphics optimisation technology stealthily enter millions of players’ homes in the coming months. Umbra’s toolset helped Infinity Ward get the best visuals possible from the Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of Call Of Duty: Ghosts, and it has been part of… Continue reading