Save Point: Weekly News July 13th - July 19th

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1. Oculus Acquires Hand Tracking Company
Virtual Reality has been making huge strides over the past two years. At the forefront of that shift is Oculus. Pebbles Interfaces is Oculus's latest acquisition. The Isreal-based company has been working for the past five years to produce technology that extends human behavior by enabling intuitive and simple interaction with consumer electronics. Pebbles Interfaces has been developing "custom optics, sensor systems and algorithms" that detect hand movement for the past five years. Very little is known about the deal between the two companies. Oculus is aiming for a future where people will use their technology to bring all of their senses into the Virtual Reality space and their latest acquisition will ensure they achieve that goal. The demo above gives people an idea of how Pebbles Interfaces will work with the Oculus. 

2. Game of Thrones: The Nest of Vipers set to be released next week.
One of the five new images released from Episode 5
I really hope you aren't expecting a happy ending because let's be honest here, it's Game of Thrones. Everyone you know and love will die. Game of Thrones: The Nest of Vipers will follow the continuing adventure of House Forrester and their attempt to save their home from annihilation. The penultimate chapter of this Tell Tales Series will be available July 21st, 2015

3. Dead Island 2 Developers Split
Dead Island's Deep Silver has fallen into development hell after losing Yager, one of the games main developers. Yager released a statement that said "Yager and Deep Silver's respective visions of the project fell out of alignment, which led to the decision that has been made...". There hasn't been any comment or details on why the companies went their separate ways but what's clear is that Dead Island is going to take a huge blow. It makes sense why Dead Island didn't make an appearance at this years E3. There is no word, at this point, about who will take Yager's place in developing the next installment in this epic zombie survival game. I was really really looking forward to chopping some things up man...

4. Elder Scrolls Dlc Coming Out Next Month

Elder Scrolls first DLC is set to be released next month with a release date of August 31st, 2015. "Imperial City" will add 6 new PvE and PvP zones along with new dungeons in the form of the "Imperial Sewers","The White Gold Tower", and the "Imperial Prison". Your rewards will include a new form of currency, armor, and weapons. The Imperial DLC will be free for all TESO subscribers and cost 2500 crowns for everyone else. For more information, check out their announcement post.

5. "Epic" Forums HACKED! 
On July 13th, Epic Games released a statement saying that their forums has been hacked. Some user information could have been comprised which include username, email, password, and the date of birth you provided for the site. Epic said in the statement that all passwords for all of their games and the forums pertaining to those games will be reset. If you use the same password for your bank account that you use for the forums, my recommendation is that you change that...right now. For more information, check out PC Gamer's post

6. Five Nights At Freddy's 4 Gets New Trailer

Who said the fun needs to end? Five Nights at Freddy's has been one of the most successful pc horror games in the past few years. With everyone doing "let's plays" and "Video commentary", it's easy to see that the trend isn't going to stop any time soon. With great jump scares and game mechanics, Five Nights at Freddy's is back with their fourth installment of the horror game. For people who don't know, Five Night's at Freddy's is a point-and-click survival horror game that was released in 2014. The story and premise vary from game to game. If you want to get an idea of the whole Five Night at Freddy's back story, then check out the Wiki! 

7. Not Your Usual Business Model...
Most games are built on the idea of longevity. You buy the game and you play it for as long as you want and ANY TIME you want. The Flock is bringing a new and interesting concept to the table and here's how it works: 

"All players start the game as creatures of the Flock and they're all after one thing: the Artifact. This is the light source that transforms whoever holds it into a new being, the Carrier. 

The Carrier wants to hold onto the artifact for as long as possible using its light for fight off challengers and complete objectives. It's designed to be scary in an unscripted sense, using light and darkness and the hunt-or-be-hunted asymmetrical gameplay to conjure frights." *Thank you Forbes for the beautiful explanation

Now here's the catch. The end-game is the most unique part of the game. After it's launch on Steam, later this year, the game will have a maximum number of players. Each time someone dies, the player count will drop by one. When this counter reaches zero, the game will shutdown...forever. The developers adopted this idea because they decided they wanted their game to be remembered by it's climactic ending and not have it wither away like all games nowadays. 

This sounds like a bunch of fun to me and something I haven't seen before in games. They're willing to challenge the norm and I'm excited to see how it plays out. 

That's it for last week's news guys. Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for more content! 

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