Street Fighter, Tekken Devs Strike Deal To Share Matchmaking Tech

Capcom and Bandai Namco have entered into a cross-licensing agreement “related to online matching in properties such as the Street Fighter series.” Capcom says the goal is to improve the “user experience” for the player, and it specifically focuses on online matchmaking.

It’s an issue both companies have struggled with. Street Fighter V players have been subjected to long waits in online multiplayer, among other issues, and the company has been working to improve gameplay since. Bandai Namco’s latest instalment in the Tekken series, Tekken 7, also experienced some online gameplay issues at its release. Earlier this month, the company introduced a patch to improve matchmaking.

Capcom and Bandai Namco’s deal will also “[accelerate] the production of titles and [reduce] development costs for both parties…Capcom aims to effectively utilize the patents it has been granted in game series such as Street Fighter in order to deliver even more exciting content to game players,” the developer said.

Street Fighter, Tekken Devs Strike Deal To Share Matchmaking Tech

Earlier this year, Bandai Namco stopped development on its game Tekken x Street Fighter, a joint project with Capcom. The game director, Katsuhiro Harada, said the developers didn’t want to “split these communities,” stating the game was now on hold. Tekken x Street Fighter was supposed to be a follow-up to Capcom’s game Street Fighter x Tekken, which was released in 2012.

For the latest news and updates on Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, check out our full coverage right here on GameSpot.

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    Half-Life Remake Black Mesa's Revamped Xen Delayed Again

    Developer Crowbar Collective has been working on the final sections of Black Mesa, a Half-Life remake, since 2015. Today, however, the studio announced that those sections–set on the alien world Xen–have been delayed to December.

    The studio released an update on its Steam forums that detailed the delay to Xen, alongside the first in-game screenshots of the external world, one of which you can see below. Crowbar Collective explained that it realized that it couldn’t ensure the quality it hoped for by this summer, when the area was originally scheduled to be released.

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    “We know that this is not what anyone would want to hear, but after taking a long and hard look at what we want to achieve, we have decided that this is for the best,” the post reads. “We do not want to compromise on Xen’s quality in any way. That said, we consider December to be a do-or-die deadline.”

    The developer also provided some updates regarding its progress on the game. The studio has revamped the game’s lighting system to support “fully dynamic lights.” In addition, Black Mesa has received color correction to soften some of the more saturated colors. Finally, Crowbar Collective fixed broken weapon holding animations. You can read more about the development progress here.

    Black Mesa has been in development and even playable for quite some time. The first portions of the game were released for free back in 2012, and a more complete, paid version entered early access on Steam in 2015. Since then, the game has been almost finished–except for the Xen levels. You can see other images of Xen below, and you can currently try out the unfinished version of the game for $20 over on Steam.

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    You Can Now Play A Chunk Of Hitman For Free

    With Hitman developer IO Interactive having recently secured its independence, it’s now looking to attract new players to the game. As of today, you can play a chunk of Hitman for free.

    The game’s first location, the ICA Facility, can now be downloaded and played in its entirety without paying a cent. This is not a stripped-down version, either; IO says it includes “absolutely everything” that’s been released for the location, which includes two story missions, two Escalation Contracts, 40-plus challenges, and 17 Achievements/Trophies. You also have access to all ICA Facility missions designed by other players in Contracts mode.

    This portion of the game is available on PC, Xbox One, and PS4. Should you decide to pick up the full thing, you can carry over the progress made in the free version. IO notes that deals on the game are forthcoming; it’s already discounted on the Xbox Store for $24, with Steam and PlayStation Store sales presumably coming later today.

    Although the ICA Facility is not the game’s best level, it does provide a good sense of what to expect from the game overall. You can also read GameSpot’s full Hitman review, which scores the game an 8/10.

    IO Interactive has said before that this season of Hitman was expected to be the first of several, but that was called into question recently when Square Enix said it planned to sell the developer. Last week, it was revealed that IO is instead going independent and will retain the rights to the Hitman series.

    You can download the free version of Hitman through the links below:

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    20 of the Dumbest Transformers Movie Moments

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    The Transformers films are box office gold, of that there can (so far) be no doubt. Director Michael Bay has created four massive, technically impressive films utilizing cutting edge equipment and effects. They are not, however, what one would call highbrow entertainment. But that’s okay! These are big, explodey popcorn flicks, meant to be good, dumb fun, right? So with the fifth installment, Transformers: The Last Knight, set to release June 21, let’s celebrate some of the absolute dumbest elements from this multi-billion dollar franchise!

    Click through the full slideshow below for 20 of the Dumbest Transformers Movie Moments:

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    For more on the new movie and what we saw on the set, check out our Transformers: The Last Knight’s Story and Characters Revealed feature.

    What are your favorite dumb moments in the Transformers saga? Let us know in the comments!

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    Diablo 3 Rise of the Necromancer Release Date Revealed

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    The Rise of the Necromancer expansion for Diablo III is coming digitally to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on June 27.

    The expansion brings with it the return of the Necromancer class, last seen in Diablo II. The return of Necromancers to Diablo, who “draw upon the power of blood and bone to protect humanity,” was first rumored last November when concept art leaked online.

    Rise of the Necromancer includes a Golem in-game pet, Cosmetic Wings of the Crypt Guardian, 2 more character slots, 2 stash tabs for PC gamers, and “Necromancer portrait, banner, sigil, and accent, and Blood Master pennant.”

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    Xbox One and PlayStation 4 can get the Diablo III Eternal Collection, which includes the base game, Reaper of Souls expansion and Rise of the Necromancer. Xbox Gold and PlayStation Plus members can get the Eternal Collection for $40 USD when it launches. The price is a “special introductory price,” meaning it’s a limited time deal, and non-Gold or Plus members will have to pay $60.

    The expansion is $15 on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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