GameSentral Rewind #010: May 3rd, 2015

Editor’s Note: This the GameSentral Rewind, a daily look at the top gaming headlines.

PC gaming getting its own E3 2015 press conference

PC gaming will have a stage spot at E3 2015 with the PC Gaming Show, held Tuesday, June 16 from 5-8PM PT (8-11PM ET), at Los Angeles’ Belasco Theater.

The event will stream live on Twitch. Speakers include Cliff Belezinski and Dean Hall, as well as developers like Blizzard, Square Enix, Devolver Digital and Bohemia Interactive.

“PC gaming is in a golden age, with more powerful and affordable hardware than ever before, thousands of games available through Steam, Origin and other platforms, and millions of viewers regularly watching eSports online. Now, for the first time, the PC platform will have its own event during E3, where the community will be able to celebrate this era with some of the biggest names in PC gaming and see the innovations that lie ahead.”

-The announcement

Dota 2 buzz

Dota 2

Crowdfunding drive has $15M in stretch goals

Every year, Valve puts together a digital compendium for the International Dota 2 tournament, which will be held in August at Seattle’s Key Arena, which sells for $9.99. The digital compendium helps players and fans from around the world celebrate the tournament, but also fuels the prize pool for the finals and gives away Dota 2 rewards.

Rewards are unlocked through stretch goals and by leveling up your compendium through play. These unlockables include loading screens, emoticons, music and announcer packs, special couriers, and a special Axe Immortal and Longform comic if it brings in $15 million.

Major changes come in 6.84 patch

Dota 2’s 6.84 patch gives several popular heroes nerfs (reductions) to their ability, attributes and/or skills, which were made in part because of their abnormally lopsided win percentages in public match play and their appearances in competitive games. Juggernaut, Sniper and Troll are prime examples, each of which are picked in approximately 26, 42 and 26 percent of all Dota 2 matches, respectively, according to stat tracking service Dotabuff. Sniper players won an average of 54.58% of their matches, while Troll Warlord players won over 57 percent of their matches.

While some heroes had their abilities reduced, numerous others got new abilities or had their existing powers retooled, continuing trends set with the 6.81 update.

Valve had also added eight new items to the in-game item shop, with an apparent emphasis on new kinds of item progression for games that go longer. This is likely in response to the increase of game time presented by the last several Dota 2 updates, which has exposed certain characters to lower power ceilings in comparison to others.

Valve’s changes also include a scaling back of the “comeback mechanic,” a set of formulas that change the amount of gold and experience awarded to heroes depending on their levels and the value of their in-match gear.

Yooka-Laylee blasts through Kickstarter target

Yooka-Laylee

Hours after launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new game, Yooka-Laylee, U.K.-based Playtonic has passed its $270,000 goal.

Yooka-Laylee is planned to launch for Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U.

In Yooka-Laylee, two characters form a symbiotic relationship, platforming and puzzle-solving using each’s special powers. Yooka is a green chameleon who carries jokester bat Laylee on its back. The 3D game is set across five worlds with items to collect. Yooka’s special move is a tongue grapple while Laylee utilizes a sonar blast.

The Kickstarter campaign also features soundtrack samples that will take you right back to Banjo-Kazooie.

YookaLaylee is a “3D platformer from the creative talent behind the Banjo-Kazooie and Donkey Kong Country games, according to Playtonic.

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