Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced it will support SteamVR and the HTC Vive virtual reality headset in the PC version of its massively multiplayer space epic Elite Dangerous.
The HTC Vive will be the first virtual reality headset available to consumers, and Elite Dangerous will support Vive on PC from launch via a free update available Holiday 2015.
SteamVR support in Elite Dangerous marks the latest step in Frontier Developments’ ongoing commitment to immersive, high resolution virtual reality experiences.
‘We’re thrilled to announce SteamVR support as part of the ongoing expansion of Elite Dangerous,’ Frontier Developments’ Chief Creative Officer Jonny Watts said. ‘Back in December 2013 we were among the first to support virtual reality with a triple-A game, and for me, exploring, trading and fighting throughout Elite Dangerous’1:1 scale Milky Way remains an unequaled virtual reality experience. We have been working closely with Valve to bring Elite Dangerous to HTC Vive, and we are delighted with the quality we have been able to achieve.’
‘Frontier’s Elite Dangerous is an excellent example of a team leveraging the versatility of the Vive and Steam VR,’ Valve’s Chet Faliszek said. ‘Players take the helm of an amazing starship experience, and we look forward to showing it for the first time on Vive at EGX.’
Visitors to this week’s EGX 2015 gaming show can experience a preview of Elite Dangerous and HTC Vive at the Elite Dangerous and HTC booths. EGX 2015 takes place in Birmingham, UK from Thursday 24 September until Sunday 27 September.
Celebratory week-long sale To celebrate the announcement, Frontier Developments is placing Elite Dangerousfor PC and Mac on sale for one week only at FrontierStore.net and Steam. Until Monday 28 September, Elite Dangerous will be available for £17.99 ($26.99, €22.49, 1,349 Rubles) – 40 percent off its usual RRP of £29.99 ($44.99, €37.49, 2,249 Rubles).
All PC versions of Elite Dangerous will be updated to offer SteamVR support at no extra cost this Holiday season.
Announcing Mayhem New Elite Dangerous players are invited to join existing players in the two-week Elite Dangerous Mayhem community event, beginning today.
All players will be granted early access to the ‘open gamma’ release of Elite Dangerous 1.4 CQC and invited to participate in a series of competitive and cooperative events across the pre-release test galaxy, to be livestreamed at Twitch.tv/EliteDangerous.
The free 1.4 CQC expansion launches in October for PC, Mac and Xbox One, introducing instant arena-based PVP action to the Elite Dangerous galaxy in Close Quarter Combat Championships (CQC). CQC launches with Capture The Flag, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes, and headlines a list of other features and improvements affecting the open galaxy.
Following a successful Head Start access program for Sword Coast Legends, over 15 thousand players have logged thousands of hours of playtime, clearing dungeons and taking advantage of the title’s powerful Dungeon Master campaign creation features to create a wealth of customized adventures. Based on player feedback, n-Space plans to focus efforts on polish to provide players with the best possible experience at launch.
When we set out to create Sword Coast Legends we wanted to give players an exciting new way to experience the magic of playing D&D with friends,” said Dan Tudge, President of n-Space and Director for Sword Coast Legends. “The decision to delay the launch of Sword Coast Legends was not an easy one to make, but after receiving feedback from our dedicated community, it became clear that a fe w more weeks of polish would provide our customers with the best possible experience at launch.
As a special thanks to committed adventurers and Dungeon Masters, all players who pre-ordered Sword Coast Legends – whether they participated in the recent bonus Head Start access program or not – will receive the upcoming “Rage of Demons” DLC for free in addition to access to any upcoming Head Start access programs.
Sword Coast Legends is currently available for pre-order from Steam and the PlayStation Store for £22. In addition to the free DLC, Digital Deluxe and Collector’s Editions, which include a tome of knowledge, cloth map of the Sword Coast, the official soundtrack, numerous in-game bonuses, starter items and DM abilities, as well as a statue of the powerful demon Belaphoss (Collector’s Edition) are also available for pre-order for £39 and £156, respectively, from www.swordcoast.com. Details regarding the upcoming “Rage of Demons” DLC expansion for Sword Coast Legends will be announced at a later date.
To learn more about Sword Coast Legends and to pre-order a copy and participate in the Community today, please visit the official website at: www.SwordCoast.com
Researchers over at Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have stumbled across a strain of particularly nasty iOS Malware, now dubbed as KeyRaider, because it raids victims’ passwords, private keys and certificates. (Just like “Lurker” and “Reaper”, Raider is also a unit in Blizzard’s real-time strategy games.). The Malware is believed to have been written to harvest device IDs from jailbroken Apple iOS devices. Although the strain has only yet been seen in the wild inone of Chinese cydia repositories, Weiphone, where it’s believed to have successfully lifted 225,00 IDs, thousands of certificates, private keys, and iTunes and AppStore receipts from infected devices!
It was first discovered by device owners when they noticed unauthorised purchases on their Apple accounts, and shows no signs of infection on the device itself.
Devices believed to be infected are in the following 8 countries China, France, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia, Israel, Italy, Spain, Singapore, and South Korea.
The Malware uses MobileSubstrate to latch onto low-level system process and then go on to steal Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID when the device is hooked up to a computer and syncing with iTunes.
WeipTech go on to say that the idea behind the Malware is to enable unscrupulous users from using stolen account credentials for making purchased in Apple’s online stores. Its thought that over 20,000 user have already started abusing the stolen 225,000 stolen credentials!
If you do decide, or have already jailbroken your phone – you need to ensure you only download packages from trusted repositories. Although this is only known to inhabit one repository currently, theres’s a good chance that this, or similar malware strains will spread to other cydia repositories. Especially if it proves as fruitful as it has to date.
There’s currently no way, besides users discretion, to protect against such iOS infections. This is largely due to the fact that software is unable to perform background OS level scans on iOS. Which is something which is unlikely to change in the near future.
Visit Wizards of the Coast (Booth 1642) at PAX Prime (August 28-31) and join developer n-Space for an exclusive PAX Prime opportunity to play Sword Coast Legends with your friends for the very first time!
Early Access to Sword Coast Legends: n-Space just announced that fans who pre-order will be provided with nearly three-weeks of early access to the game, beginning as early as September 11 for Design Council members. Visit www.swordcoast.com/preorder for more details.
Check out these Sword Coast Legends PAX Panels to hear more from your favorite n-Space developers:
Friday @ 8:30am: D&D Live with Acquisitions Inc. | Main Theater
Saturday @ 1:00pm: Digital Dungeon Masters: Sword Coast Legends brings Tabletop-style D&D to Video Gamesw/Tim Schwalk, Jay Turner | Wyvern Theater
Saturday @ 6:30pm: Foreplay Romance in Games w/ Jay Turner | Sasquatch Theater
Monday @ 10:30am: Design a Dungeon w/ Jay Turner | Wyvern Theatre
Epic New Trailer & Screens: Check out the exciting new trailer and batch of the latest high-definition screenshots for Sword Coast Legends revealed exclusively at PAX Prime:
PAX Prime: August 28-31; Exhibit Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm Located at Washington State Convention Center: 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101. Sword Coast Legends: Located in the Wizards of the Coast: Rage of Demons (Booth 1642)