Fully Charged: Battlefield Hardline delayed to 2015, see LG’s rollable screen manhandled, and Sony's offshore gallery promotes high-zoom cameras

Dodge the usual mid-week slump—our quick-hit news roundup will perk you up

Battlefield Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition delayed

It’s that time of year again—the time when many of the big Q3 video game release dates inevitably shift into the following year because teams need more time, or the competition looks too fierce. Electronic Arts says it’s the former with Battlefield Hardline, the cops-and-robbers spinoff of the shooter series that will now launch in 2015 instead of this October.

In a blog post on the matter, Karl Magnus Troedsson of Battlefield series creator DICE—which is working in tandem with new lead developer Visceral Games—says that the delay will allow the teams to implement new ideas pulled from the community following the recent multiplayer beta test, as well as flesh out the single-player story content and focus on online stability.

And it’s not the only big EA game to slide down the calendar, but luckily, the slip isn’t nearly as severe with Dragon Age: Inquisition. The BioWare-developed role-playing epic will launch on 21 November in Europe, about six weeks after the previously set date, and in Asia after. 

[Sources: Battlefield Blog, Dragon Age: Inquisition]

READ MORE: Battlefield Hardline: First Play preview

Watch LG’s 18in rollable OLED screen folded up

Just a couple weeks back, we heard about LG’s amazing super-flexible display—an 18in OLED screen running at 1200 x 810 that can be rolled into a tube with a diameter of 3cm. Now you can see the screen getting rolled in this rather dark, but still effective clip. Now it’s real!

As commenters have so helpfully pointed out, the display has some stuck pixels around the edges, but consider that this is prototype, not-consumer-ready tech. It’ll only get more reliable and surely much crisper as it’s developed further before we can actually get anywhere near it.

[Source: YouTube via Engadget]

READ MORE: LG’s super-flexible display could pave the way for rollable TVs

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Hearthstone single-player expansion adventure released

Blizzard has been hooking players with its Warcraft franchise in various incarnations for two decades now, and free-to-play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has been the most surprising entry to date—but no less effective in entrancing fans, as evidenced by widely-viewed Twitch streams of the PC, Mac, and iPad favorite.

Now the multiplayer-centric card-battler is taking its first steps into single-player adventuring with the just-released Curse of Naxxramas expansion. The initial segment is free to all players through early September, while the four additional parts are sold for 700 in-game gold or US$6.99 (RM22) apiece, with discounted bundles for those who want it all. More than 30 new cards are included across the campaign, which will unlock in parts in the near future.

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Sony’s offshore gallery uses ‘Where’s Wally?’ to promote cameras

With what it claims to be the “world’s first offshore gallery,” Sony yesterday offered a public show of its latest cameras' high-zoom prowess by challenging passers-by in Southwark Park to spot the iconic Wally of “Where’s Wally?” fame in the artwork propped up in the lake.

Sony’s HX400V bridge camera—with its 50x optical zoom—was the main star of the show, although the company’s HX60V camera with a 30x optical zoom is very formidable for a compact. In fact, we gave it five stars back in May.

The first person to spot Wally in each piece (contributed by “Where’s Wally?” creator Martin Handford) from the shore 20m out won both the artwork and camera. Not a bad prize for a little stroll in the park, no?

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