No More Heroes Creator Suda51 Has Talked With Marvel About Working On A Game

By Wesley LeBlanc

It’s no surprise when a video game developer says they want to make a Marvel game. Marvel is chock full of exciting super villains and heroes to explore in video games, and the different abilities and powers of each make for some exciting gameplay. One only needs to look at titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man to see that. However, No More Heroes creator Suda51 recently told Japanese publication Automaton that he’s met with Marvel to talk about working on a game, as reported by Video Games Chronicle. Of course, this doesn’t mean Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, which NetEase recently acquired, are working on a Marvel game, so don’t get too excited just yet. 

When asked about Grasshopper Manufacture’s plans to release three original IP games over the next ten years, Suda51 reiterated this desire but also mentioned the idea of maybe making a Marvel game. 

“The first thing we’re going to do is create original IP,” Suda51 told Automaton, as translated by VGC. “Until now, we’ve worked with publishers who have their own IPs, and we’ve been given the budget to make them on commission. For independent studios, this is often the case. From now on, we’d like to create three new IPs and launch them one by one. However, we have also said that we would like to make IPs that are based on attractive original works, if there are any. I think that will depend on discussions we have with Marvel Studios. If Marvel Studios comes up with something good, we’ll think about it.” 

“I’m sorry, I was saying that from the top down, I’m just kidding,” he continued. “But we’ve had a few meetings with Marvel, and we’ve talked about the possibility of working together on something. We hope that the power of video games will help boost these opportunities.” 

So there you have it – Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture have met with Marvel. Here’s hoping those discussions went well because we’d love to see what a Marvel game developed by the developer of No More Heroes 3 would look and play like. 

For more, check out our thoughts on Grasshopper Manufacture’s latest in Game Informer’s No More Heroes 3 review and then read about how NetEase acquired Grasshopper Manufacture. Check out Game Informer’s breakdown of Grasshopper Manufacture’s history after that. 

[Source: Automaton via Video Games Chronicle]

What superhero or supervillain would you like to see in a Marvel game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture? Let us know in the comments below!

No plans for Star Wars Battlefront 3, as DICE focuses fully on Battlefield – report

By Tom Phillips

You know it to be true. 

Don’t expect Battlefield studio DICE to make a third entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series.That’s according to a new Venturebeat report, which has dug further into this afternoon’s flurry of Star Wars details. Star Wars Battlefront was notably absent amongst announcements of a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel from developer Respawn, a new first-person shooter also from Respawn, and a new strategy game from Bit Reactor… and also Respawn.

Venturebeat reports that EA’s Star Wars output has now been “siloed” at Respawn – which will also continue to work on its popular battle royale Apex Legends. (And no, there’s no word of a Titanfall 3.)DICE, meanwhile, will focus solely on righting the wobbly-looking Battlefield ship, following the shaky launch of Battlefield 2042. (A separate report this week suggested EA was considering releasing part of that game for free to tempt more players onboard.)There are no other new Star Wars projects active at EA outside of the three being worked on by Respawn, Venturebeat’s report concludes. Other EA studios are busy working on Dead Space (EA Motive), Dragon Age and Mass Effect (BioWare).Star Wars: Battlefront 2 arrived back in 2017 with an enjoyable campaign, although its release was vastly overshadowed by the saga of its loot boxes – which were dramatically disabled on the day before release following ferocious pre-launch feedback.

Elgato releases Stream Deck Pedal

By Ed Nightingale

Elgato, provider of streaming peripherals, has released the new Stream Deck Pedal for foot control of streams.It consists of three pedal buttons that can be programmed – like the standard Stream Deck – to control software, hardware and more.On a basic level it means keeping your hands on the controller or mouse while you play games. But it has other applications too.

Introducing Stream Deck Pedal.Instant, hands-free control of your apps and tools with 3 customizable pedals. Available now:https://t.co/tXN7RILaYG pic.twitter.com/615LkYFjhS— Elgato (@elgato) January 25, 2022

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For some disabled streamers, for instance, the Stream Deck Pedal could provide useful alternative inputs, although the price point may be off-putting for some.
This is a huge leap forward for making the Stream Deck more accessible. I love this. https://t.co/ZLpCL6mr1I— Radderss ? ? | BLM ? (@RadderssGaming) January 25, 2022

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A pity that such an accessibility friendly device has the biggest accessibility barrier of them all – cost.?90 for this is a farce.This is ?30 tech at most.— Words | FFVI (@NoWordCount) January 25, 2022

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Additionally, as more content creators from outside of gaming join streaming platforms, the pedal provides extra control away from a computer desk – for musicians for example.Elgato also promises the pedal “is built to take a stomping without budging”. So streamers can step on this to their heart’s content.Check out the Elgato product page for further details.Elgato has also announced its official Discord Stream Deck plugin to control Discord using its devices.
And one more thing…Today we’re also launching our official Discord Stream Deck plugin!? Mute Mic? Push-to-Talk? Join Voice Channels? Switch Text Channels? Works perfectly with Stream Deck Pedal pic.twitter.com/ttc10vmQc1— Elgato (@elgato) January 25, 2022

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Twitch streamers are currently campaigning for the platform to introduce a Disability Pride Month, with a post on UserVoice now gathering over 1,100 votes.

Steam Deck Adds Dynamic Cloud Sync, Enables Seamless Save Transfers Across All Devices

By Jason Guisao

The release of Valve’s highly-anticipated handheld device, the Steam Deck, is right around the corner. Slated to be a formidable rival to the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck boasts powerful technology, including an AMD processor, LCD screen, and a dock that allows it to connect to monitors, controllers, and mouse and keyboards. Moreover, Valve is adding a “Dynamic Cloud Sync” – a component that enables seamless save transfers.[embedded content]

According to Eurogamer, the Dynamic Cloud Sync means that players won’t necessarily need to exit their favorite PC game on the Steam Deck to play it on other devices. An official blog post elaborates on this with more detail:

“We anticipate that users will frequently suspend their Steam Deck without exiting the game, as is common with other hand-held gaming devices. With Dynamic Cloud Sync, if they then choose to play on another device (whether a PC or another Steam Deck), their progress will be there waiting for them.

With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload all modified save game data to the cloud prior to the device entering sleep mode. Users can then resume their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download any save game changes when users return to their Steam Deck and wake up the device.”

If Dynamic Cloud Sync is disabled on your Steam Deck, you’ll be prompted to close the game fully if you try to access it elsewhere. So, to save time, it’s probably better that you leave it on. Besides, who wouldn’t want to jump right back into the action any time, any place? 

In case you’re unfamiliar with the other capabilities of the Steam Deck, an old press release states:

“Steam Deck is a powerful all-in-one portable PC. With a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD, Steam Deck is comparable to a gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. Your Steam library will be on Deck to play games wherever and whenever you want. Steam Deck is also an open PC, adding the ability to install any software or connect with any hardware.”

The Steam Deck is on track to release in February 2022. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have already preordered the handheld, brush up on what PC games you should probably download first.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Saw content comes to the Dead by Daylight Archives

By Ed Nightingale

Do you wanna play a game?

New content based on the Saw film franchise is coming to Dead by Daylight.Tome 10: SAW will be available in the Archives mode from 26th January – the first fully licensed Tome.Players will uncover the memories of Amanda Young (The Pig killer, a student of Jigsaw) and Detective Tapp, eventually unlocking new outfits for the fan-favourite characters.

“Over and above our primary objective of providing our fans with fun and continuously renewed content, one of our goals when integrating a powerful movie franchise such as Saw is to invite a larger community into the Dead by Daylight universe,” said Mathieu Côté, game director. “With Tome 10 of the Archives, we have the chance to speak to a completely new audience through the voice of Jigsaw in our Reveal Trailer.”Each Tome in the Archives mode brings time-limited challenges to complete with unique rewards. This Saw Tome will add over 60 cosmetic items, including 12 new outfits, charms, and more.The new outfit for The Pig will see her wearing the robes of her mentor, Saw’s iconic villain Jigsaw.Tome 10: SAW will be available from 26th January across all platforms: PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Switch, Stadia, and PC (Steam, Epic, Windows Store).The game’s next full chapter will be based on Japanese cult horror Ringu, coming in March.

Laptop legend: Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti tested

By Will Judd

Today is a good day, as we can finally talk about Intel’s 12th-gen laptop processors and Nvidia’s new RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti Laptop graphics cards. We’ve been testing the MSI GE76 Raider, a high-spec machine that includes each company’s flagship parts for this generation, and the performance on tap is nothing short of incredible. The 12900K and RTX 3080 Ti remain some of the best gaming hardware available in desktop PCs – despite frustrating pricing and availability issues – so it’s been fun to see how the mobile versions perform. In this first look, we put the GE76 through its paces against its 2021 counterpart, with both gaming tests and content creation benchmarks.

First, let’s briefly introduce you to the star of today’s show – the GE76 Raider. It’s a tremendously powerful machine, especially in the top spec configuration we’re testing today. As well as the Core i9 12900HK and RTX 3080 Ti 175W Laptop GPU, there’s 32GB of dual-channel DDR5-4800 RAM, a 17.3-inch 360Hz display and two 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSDs. All of this hardware is housed inside a generously-sized chassis, allowing the components within to stay relatively cool without resorting to jet-grade fan noise. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this chonky machine retails for $4199 when paired with an even fancier 4K 120Hz screen – we presume that the 360Hz option we’re testing isn’t much cheaper.

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Here are the full specs of our review unit:

Intel Core i9 12900HK 14-core CPU (6P+8E)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop (175W) graphics card
2x16GB DDR5-4800 RAM
2x 1TB Samsung MZVL22 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD
17.3-inch 1080p 360Hz IPS display
99.99Wh battery

Content creation benchmarks
First, let’s take a look at how the processor and RAM perform together in two content creation benchmarks – video transcoding in Handbrake and 3D rendering in Cinebench R20.

The GE76 Raider ’22 performs extremely well right off the bat, even in its balanced mode, with a single-core Cinebench R20 score of 703 and a multi-core score of 6370. Those are the fastest we’ve ever recorded for a laptop processor, and is in the same ballpark as the desktop Core i5 12600K. With the MSI ‘Extreme Mode’ turned on, this is lifted slightly to 715 and 6432.

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In our video transcode test, we take a piece of Patreon footage and transcode it into H.264 and H.265 (HEVC) formats using Handbrake with a Production Standard CRF 18 setting. Unlike our desktop machines, the GE76 laptops also offer the ability to use Intel’s Quick Sync Video (QSV) tech, which utilises the integrated graphics to accelerate the workload. Our stock H.264 and HEVC results are impressive, with the GE76 ’22 managing 38.41fps H.264 and 16.38fps H.265 in its Extreme Mode (complete with moderate fan noise). Those are chart-topping results, although the margin is only three percent over the Zephyrus M16 with its Core i9 11900H. With QSV enabled, those frame-rates go up significantly – all the way to 97.53fps for H.264 and 31.56fps for H.265. That’s with Extreme mode enabled; with Balanced mode we get a more reasonable (but still impressive) 77.24fps and 51.69fps, respectively.

Next, we’ll get to the star of the show: real gaming performance. We’ve tested the top-spec 2022 GE76 Raider against its 2021 counterpart, so we can get a sense of how much extra performance is unlocked when shifting from the Core i9 11980HK to the 12900HK, as well as the leap from the RTX 3080 to the RTX 3080 Ti. We’ve also got results from a selection of other high-end 2021 laptops from Asus and Gigabyte to provide a little bit of extra context. Here’s how each machine stacks up, for future reference…

MSI GE76 Raider 2022: Core i9 12900HK + RTX 3080 Ti
MSI GE76 Raider 2021: Core i9 11980HK + RTX 3080
Aorus 17G: Core i7 11800H + RTX 3070
Zephyrus G15: Ryzen 9 5900HS + RTX 3080
Zephyrus M16: Core i9 11900H + RTX 3070
Flow X13: Core i9 5980HS + GTX 1650

Doom Eternal
Our first gaming test is Doom Eternal. If there was a contest for “best looking game that still ran well”, I’d definitely give the nod to id Software’s latest. That means we can hope for playable frame-rates even at 4K with the level of horsepower we have on tap here, and indeed we get some impressive results even on the Ultra Nightmare preset. At 1440p, the GE76 Raider ’22 delivers a stunning 234fps, allowing you to more or less max out a 1440p 240Hz monitor like the popular Samsung Odyssey G7. That’s 28 percent faster than our previous best performer in this test, the Zephyrus G15 equipped with an RTX 3080 Laptop graphics card and Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, and 10 percent faster than last year’s GE76 Raider with its 3080 and Core i9 11980HK. Compared to our desktop GPU test rig, equipped with a Core i9 10900K and DDR4-3600 RAM, we’re looking at slightly better performance than with a desktop RTX 3070 – pretty awesome stuff.

Doom Eternal: Vulkan, Ultra Nightmare, 8x TSSAA

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Aorus 17G
Aorus 17G (turbo)
Zephyrus G15
Zephyrus G15 (turbo)
Flow X13
Zephyrus M16
RTX 3060 Ti
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
RTX 3090
RX 6800
RX 6800 XT

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Borderlands 3
Next up is Borderlands 3. This game also comes with an amusingly named highest preset, Bad Ass, which we’re using for our testing. The 2022 Raider manages a 78fps average at 1440p – quite comfortably the best result we’ve recorded for a laptop and again quite close to our desktop Core i9 10900K + RTX 3070 Founders Edition combo. There’s a 25 percent uptick in performance over the 2021 Raider, with its RTX 3080 and Core i9 11980HK, which isn’t bad given that we’re still within the same graphics card generation. Most other 2021 laptops we tested recorded around 50-60fps, while the Flow X13 with its GTX 1650 managed only 15fps. We also tested at 1080p and 4K for the two MSI laptops, where the Raider ’22 managed 110fps at 1080p and 43fps at 4K – again, pretty respectable given that we’re using the highest quality preset here.

Borderlands 3: Bad Ass, DX12, TAA

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Zephyrus G15
Zephyrus G15 (Turbo)
Aorus 17G
Aorus 17G (Turbo)
Zephyrus M16
Zephyrus M16 (Turbo)
Flow X13
RTX 3060 Ti
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
RTX 3090
RX 5700 XT
RX 6800
RX 6800 XT

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Control
Control is a brilliant game that I personally recommend very highly, and it’s something of a poster child for ray-traced graphics. Even with RT disabled though, it’s a difficult game to run at high settings, especially if you opt not to turn on DLSS. That’s what we’re doing here, running the game on its High preset with RT and DLSS disabled. The ’22 Raider again records the highest score we’ve seen to date, at 77fps average – a little less than 10 percent faster than its 2021 predecessor. That result isn’t quite as good as we saw in our earlier titles, but still puts this laptop between a desktop RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, as paired with our Core i9 10900K GPU test rig. At 1080p, you can enjoy HFR gameplay with an average of nearly 120fps, while at 4K it’s a more cinematic 39fps on the new GE76 Raider.

Control: High, DX12, TAA

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Aorus 17G
Aorus 17G (turbo)
Zephyrus G15
Zephyrus G15 (turbo)
ROG Flow X13
Zephyrus M16
Zephyrus M16 (Turbo)
RTX 3060 Ti
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
RTX 3090
RX 5700 XT
RX 6800
RX 6800 XT

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Control RTX
The Corridor of Doom is one of the hardest RT workloads we’ve discovered so far, making it the perfect time to see how well the Raiders handle 1440p RT gameplay. The new Raider is the only laptop we’ve tested to get within range of a good VRR screen, with an average of 44fps, some 12 percent faster than the previous-gen Raider. Meanwhile, the Aorus 17G (with Core i7 11800H and RTX 3070) and Asus Zephyrus M16 (with Core i9 11900H and RTX 3070) turn in average frame-rates of 30fps, give or take a frame per second.

Control: DX12, High, High RT, TAA

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GE76 Raider ’21
Aorus 17G
Zephyrus M16

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is our final game for today, a three-part benchmark that offers a stern challenge even to desktop GPUs. The Core i9 12900K and RTX 3080 Ti combine to great effect here, turning in even a 4K result above 60fps. At 1440p, the MSI laptop hits an average of 120fps, incredibly impressive given that we’re not even using DLSS here. That’s 12 percent faster than last year’s Raider, and 31 percent faster than the impressive XMG Neo 17 we tested last year as well.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Highest, DX12, TAA

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GE76 Raider ’21
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Aorus 17G
Aorus 17G (Turbo)
Zephyrus G15
Zephyrus G15 (turbo)
Flow X13
Zephyrus M16
Zephyrus M16 (Turbo)
XMG Neo 17
RTX 3060 Ti
RTX 3070
RTX 3080
RTX 3090
RX 5700 XT
RX 6800
RX 6800 XT

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Wrapping up
We’ve barely scratched the surface in terms of testing Intel’s 12th-gen laptop processors and Nvidia’s RTX 3080 Ti Laptop graphics, but we’ll have to wrap it up there. After our initial investigation, plenty of promise is evident, with the gaming and content creation results each showing eye-popping advantages for the 2022 GE76 Raider over its 2021 counterpart – and indeed, pretty much every other gaming laptop we’ve ever tested. You are paying a pretty penny for this extremely high-end option, but you’re getting levels of performance that were previously only available from the very fastest desktop CPUs and graphics cards just a few years ago.

The GE76 Raider has also been a fun laptop to test over the past couple of days. The light bar across the front looks great, the machine feels reasonably well built and the keyboard is one of the better ones I’ve used recently. The 360Hz screen doesn’t quite get to stretch its legs in AAA games, but I’m looking forward to testing it out in Counter-Strike or Apex Legends if I have time later on. The port selection is also super impressive, with three display ports, power and ethernet around the rear, three full-size USB ports on the sides and more besides. The Raider is a fairly loud laptop when set to its extreme mode, but the balanced mode is much quieter and still performs beyond the capabilities of other machines we’ve tested at their highest setting which is nice to see.

If you’re in the market for a high-end machine, then these options could well be worth the steep price of entry, and we look forward to seeing more comprehensive reviews from other outlets in the coming weeks and months. It’ll be particularly fascinating to see how lower-tier 12th-gen CPUs (and the RTX 3070 Ti) fare in more affordable gaming laptops, especially within that $1000 to $2000 zone where most gaming laptop purchases take place.