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Ubisoft Reveals More Details of Assassin's Creed Origins Post-Launch Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 16, 2018 12:33PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Assassin's Creed Origins launched in October last year and on January 23, just next week, it will be receiving its first DLC, The Hidden Ones. This DLC is a story drive expansion that follows the growth of the Brotherhood four years after the events of the main game. Players will be taken to the Sinai, where they will clash with an occupying Roman force with the help of an increased level cap and new gear. You will be able to reach level 45 through this expansion, find four new Legendary weapons amongst others, a new outfit, two new mounts, and two new levels for crafter gear.

Following The Hidden Ones in February will be the release of the Discovery Tour, an educational mode that will allow players to explore Ancient Egypt without any of the game's conflicts or missions. You will also be able to follow guided tours that have been curated by historians and Egyptologists. If that sounds interesting to you but the game itself does not, it will be available for purchase separately at a price of $19.99 on February 20. Those of you with Assassin's Creed Origins will receive Discovery Tour as a free update.

The second DLC expansion is The Curse of the Pharaohs and will be launched on March 6. It offers a new storyline that takes you to Thebes to investigate a curse plaguing the region. It has a focus on Egyptian mythology as players will go up against famous pharaohs and Egyptian beasts to uncover the cause of the curse. It will raise the level cap to 55 and give players access to new outfits and gear themed around classic Egyptian mythology.

Both DLC are part of the game's season pass, which itself is part of the Gold Edition, but can be purchased separately as well. The Hidden Ones will cost $9.99 and The Curse of the Pharaohs will be $19.99. The season pass, costing $39.99, also includes the Horus Pack and Roman Centurion Pack, a legendary weapon, and 500 Helix credits. There is also a lot of free content that is coming for every player, including the new Incoming Threat quest that acts as a prelude to The Hidden Ones.

Source: Press Release




Retro FPS DUSK Arrives on Early Access

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 11, 2018 09:41AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


While I did not play them much, I do have fond memories of some of the FPS games from the nineties. I am not unique in having such memories, and developer New Blood Interactive is creating DUSK, a Quake-inspired game featuring a soundtrack by Andrew Hulshult, who also did the soundtrack for Rise of the Triad. With that music supporting you, you will encounter mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants, and still darker forces to kill by any means necessary.

The game is now available via Steam Early Access for $20 and includes Episodes 1 and 2 of the three episode campaign, and the open beta of DUSKWorld, the game's multiplayer component. Still to come to Early Access are Episode 3, Endless Arena 3, achievements, trading cards, leaderboards, and more. Post launch plans including the DAWN SDK, Steam Workshop support, co-op play, and Mac and Linux versions of the game.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Dark Souls Remastered Coming May 25

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 11, 2018 07:20AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Since its release, Dark Souls has received a lot of praise and built a following amongst its fans, helping to lead to the success of its sequels. The PC version is not so well respected, but the community has crafted a number of mods to improve the experience. Come May 25 though, Dark Souls: Remastered will be released, and it will bring support for 4K resolution at 60 FPS. It will also support up to six-person multiplayer via a dedicated game server.

Dark Souls: Remastered is also coming to Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even the Nintendo Switch. If you have a PlayStation 4 and none of the games, there is also going to be a Dark Souls Trilogy Box that includes the three titles, their soundtracks, and more goodies.

 

 

Source: Dark Souls.jp and Steam News



The Red Strings Club Launching January 22 on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 10, 2018 10:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Taking a break from all of the CES 2018 news, later this month a new game from developer Deconstructeam, published by Devolver Digital, will be launching. The Red Strings Club is a cyberpunk narrative experience concerning fate and happiness that uses pottery, bartending, and impersonating people over the phone to collapse a corporate conspiracy. A bartender, freelance hacker, rogue empathy android, and unwitting company employees will pull all the strings until the scheme falls apart.

The Red Strings Club launches on January 22, but if you pre-order now you can save 20% and get the developers' first game, Gods Will Be Watching. If you already have a copy of the earlier title, you will receive a giftable copy to share with a friend.

 

 

Source: Press Release




HTC Announces Vive Pro VR Headset and Vive Wireless Adapter

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 9, 2018 10:18AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


For some time the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift were the two VR headsets you could get for PCs, but the landscape is changing now with Windows Mixed Reality headsets, like the Lenovo Explorer, now available. Undoubtedly to move the technology forward and to better compete, HTC has developed the Vive Pro and shown it off at CES 2018. The Vive Pro brings many improvements over the original headset, including an upgrade to the displays, which are now dual-OLED and offer a combined resolution of 2880x1660 with a field of view of 110º. That represents a 78% increase over the original Vive.

Other improvements include headphones and an amplifier built into the headset, dual microphones for active noise cancellation, and dual front-facing cameras. The ergonomics have been altered as well, shifting the center of gravity back on the headset, making it more comfortable. The display portion has also been given a better gasket, to better block ambient light, and can be adjusted forward and back.

Perhaps just as important as the new headset is the Vive Wireless Adaptor that utilizes Intel's WiGig technology to stream video over the 60 GHz band. This band is interference free and offers lower latency for better performance. It will work with both the Vive Pro and original Vive. The adaptor will be shipping in Q3 but the Vive Pro details on price and availability for the Vive Pro will be coming in the future.

 

 

Source: HTC [1] and [2]




Fixes to Meltdown Vulnerability Impacting Server Performance for Fortnite

Category: Gaming
Posted: January 8, 2018 12:32PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Last week two CPU vulnerabilities, Spectre and Meltdown, were revealed to the public. Both exploit a long-used performance optimization technique, which makes them very significant because they can impact a great many processors across many years and even decades. The news of these vulnerabilities has hit Intel particularly hard though, as the Meltdown vulnerability is Intel-only and AMD claims to be most resilient against Spectre, which can impact all CPUs. Software patches have been rolling out since then to protect against Meltdown and Spectre, and something that caught headlines was the performance impact Meltdown fixes can have, depending on workload. With the patches going out, some places are showing the impacts they are experiencing.

Epic Games decided to update its Fortnite community about server performance and stability, because players may experience issues as patches roll out to the cloud services the game relies on. As part of this update was a graph showing CPU utilization for three of the game's services, after one of them was update with a Meltdown patch. Initially all three curves appear to be on top of each other, but when the patch is applied, one jumps up by over 20% utilization. The difference lessens later, but then grows to even more by the end of the graph, as load appears to increase.

It will be interesting to see what more long-term solutions may be developed and deployed in the future, including what more secure optimization method will come about.

Source: Epic Games




Ubisoft Giving Away Watch_Dogs, AC4, And World in Conflict

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 21, 2017 01:07PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Earlier this month Ubisoft was giving away World in Conflict and Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag to mark two tenth anniversaries. Apparently the company decided to continue the giving, because those promotions are still available if you did not pick up those two games for free, but also Watch_Dogs has been added to the list. That is three games you can claim for free on your UPlay account, until December 23, so be quick and do not let the many hours of entertainment these games offer pass you by.

Source: Gamespot



Hitman Holiday Pack with Paris Mission Free for Limited Time

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 15, 2017 12:34PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


This is one way to celebrate the season. The Hitman Holiday Pack is going to be free for everyone to download starting today and going until January 5. This pack includes the first chapter of the recent Hitman game, which is set in Paris, all of its associated Escalation Challenges, Challenge Packs, and the 'Holiday Hoarders' mission.

If you want the chance to play as Agent 47 dressed as Santa, this is your chance. But whatever you do, try to stay off of his naughty list.

Source: Steam



Galactic Civilizations III Receives Triumph of the Fans v2.7 Update

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 15, 2017 12:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Stardock has put out version 2.7 for Galactic Civilizations III and its Crusade expansion, and the company is referring to this update as 'Triumph of the Fans' as it address multiple fan requests. Among the changes is an overhaul to data management that should speed up the data manager and remove a potential issue with some anti-virus software. Previously the manager was an external, single-threaded process, but now it has been pulled into the game and made multi-threaded. The AI has also been improved, so it should do a better job of building up its planets, based on the state of its empire and the galaxy. Other changes include the ability to toggle between turn number and date and various balance changes.

Source: Stardock




RUINER Gets Winter Cringe Update, Figurines, and Vinyl Records

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 12, 2017 12:24PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Killing Floor 2 is not the only game to receive a holiday update today, as cyberpunk shooter RUINER has gotten its Winter Cringe Update. This update arms you with candy cane weapons as you kill Grinch-themed Creep enemies dressed in Santa outfits with festive lighting. The world of RUINER has even been transformed into a winter wonderland for the occasion.

If in-game changes are not enough for you, you can get a custom 7 inch figure of the RUINER hero from Special Reserve Games, but there are only 250 of these. Each figure also comes with a 56 page art book and a Steam code for the game. If that is still not enough for you, Devolver Digital, the publisher of the game, has partnered with Laced Records for a two-disc collector's edition vinyl set of the game's soundtrack. These 180 gram black and red vinyl records hold 16 hand-picked tracks from the game.

To further mark the occasion, RUINER is 33% off on Steam until December 14.

Source: Press Release




Killing Floor 2 Christmas Update Brings New Map, Weapons, Gear, and Krampus

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 12, 2017 09:24AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

With the holidays approaching, we can expect a variety of themed updates to several games, and today Killing Floor 2 got its Christmas update, featuring Krampus. This lord of the dark side of Christmas is a new boss and it is up to you to rescue Christmas and the naughty list from him and his holiday themed minions.

This update brings more than just the Krampus boss and his map, but also new objectives rewards, and two new weapons. The SWAT perk gets the new UMP SMG while Survivalists get the Freezethrower.

If you do not have a copy of Killing Floor 2 but want to take on Krampus, you can starting today as it is having an extended free weekend on Steam, beginning 1 PM EDT and it will continue until December 18. If you want to add it to your library, the game will also be 50% off.

 

 

Source: Tripwire Interactive



MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Getting 4 Player Co-op and Full Mod Support

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 11, 2017 01:00PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is slated to launch late next year, so it is still a distance away, but that hardly stopped Piranha Games from making some announcements at Mech_Con. In addition to the trailer below, showcasing gameplay of various mechs and locations, it was also announced the game will have four-player co-op and mod support. The game's PvE experience follows a career-based Mercenary campaign that the player's decisions will shape, but if you want, you can host up to three friends to join you in your campaign, under your banner. Also MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will have full mod support through powerful toolsets, allowing fans to create new missions, contracts, planetary systems, biomes, and more. There will also be Steam Workshop support, making it even easier to share your mods and download others.

 

 

Source: Press Release



Metro Exodus Coming Autumn 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 8, 2017 11:56AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was back in June that Metro Exodus was announced as coming next year, and now the release window has been focused down to Autumn 2018. Metro Exodus continues the story of Artyom as he leads a group of Spartan Rangers on a journey across Russia and through a calendar year, searching for new life in the East.

Along with this announcement came a new trailer, but it is age-restricted so you will need to log in on YouTube to watch The Aurora: Metro Exodus – The Aurora. Metro Exodus is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Source: Press Release



Devil May Cry HD Collection Coming to PC March 13, 2018

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 8, 2017 10:27AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

It was in 2001 when the first Devil May Cry game introduced us to Dante, and in a few months gamers will get to meet him all over again as Capcom is releasing the Devil May Cry HD Collection March 13, 2018. The collection is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 and will include Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition.

The announcement does not appear to give much information on what we can expect, except the three games and "silky smooth 60 FPS gameplay," which is always nice to see. Hopefully we will see more details in the near future for what kind of features and improvements might be coming to these classics.

Source: Capcom



Absolver Receives 3v3 Overtake Mode and More in Latest Patch

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 7, 2017 06:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Today Absolver got its biggest update to date with version 1.11 adding several new features, including the new 3v3 Overtake mode. In this mode, two teams compete to capture and hold areas of the battlefield for you clan. Players are able to enter solo and will be paired with others or enter in a group to fight on one of the three Overtake maps. It should be noted Overtake is currently a beta though, so there are issues that will be fixed.

Additional changes include a new private 1v1 mode and the ability to rematch from the post-match Combat Trial screen for both 1v1 and 3v3 matches. Equipment color dyes, a new shop for equipment, weapons, and emotes, and full 21:9 monitor support have also arrived.

If Absolver and this new content sounds interesting to you, the game is currently among Steam's Weekend Deals, so you can pick it up at 50% off.

 

 

Source: Absolver Website



Far Cry 5 And The Crew 2 Both Having Launches Delayed

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 7, 2017 05:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Delays are hardly a surprising event in the modern games industry and both Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 are going to be later to launch than planned, Ubisoft announced today. In the case of Far Cry 5, the new launch date is March 27, so a month later than the originally given date, while The Crew 2 has slipped to the non-specific first half of next year.

For both games, the delays are described as giving time for continued improvements. Interestingly the delay for Far Cry 5 is also being described as allowing the developers to bring it closer to "the team's original vision." Regardless, tomorrow we are supposed to get a new look at the game.

Source: Ubisoft



GTA Online Getting New Heist Next Week

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 7, 2017 09:01AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


On December 12 GTA Online, the online side to Grand Theft Auto V, will be getting a new heist, the first in years. The Doomsday Heist brings a number of unusual characters together to protect San Andreas from total annihilation. Revealing the mystery involved will take you from the streets of Los Santos to the ocean floor and inside Mount Chiliad. Naturally a host of new vehicles are coming with this heist, and you can see them on display in the trailer embedded below.

 

 

Source: Rockstar Games



Ubisoft Holding Assassin's Creed Origin Photo Mode Contest

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 6, 2017 11:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Photo modes are becoming somewhat popular features in various games today, no doubt to the enjoyment of those who previously needed to mod games to craft such images. Assassin's Creed Origins is one of the newer AAA titles to have a photo mode and already over 20 million pictures have been taken with it. To celebrate this, Ubisoft has started a Photo Mode contest that will start later today and run to January 10. Each week will have a theme for the photos, with this first week being about wildlife. Once you have the photo you want to submit, you can visit the EasyPromos App portal to send it in to the dev team to judge.

Each week will have five winners, with the four runner-ups getting a season pass code or an official Assassin's Creed shirt, if they already have the season pass. The grand prize winners will naturally receive the same award along with their photography being on display at Ubisoft Montreal and a printed version from Cook & Becker. Here is a link to a PDF with the official rules: Assassin's Creed Origins Photo Mode Contest Official Rules.

Source: Press Release



Rainbow Six Siege Crosses 25 Million Players

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 6, 2017 08:53AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This week has seen a couple developments for Rainbow Six Siege. One of these was the release of the Operation White Noise expansion, that adds a new map and three new operators to play as, but the other is a pretty impressive feat. The game now has over 25 million registered players. Undoubtedly this confirms for Ubisoft its plan to continue supporting and developing for the game was the right decision.

Next week the Year 3 Pass goes on sale.

Source: Ubisoft




The Division Receives Update 1.8 and Free Weekend

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 5, 2017 12:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Though it launched early last year, Tom Clancy's The Division has continued to see support and updates from Ubisoft, including the release today of Update 1.8 "Resistance." Though free, this update adds the West Side Pier, a new area to the map for everyone to enjoy. This new area will be home to the activities already available across the game's map and two new game modes. Resistance is a PvE mode that has the different factions team up against Division agents, who have to survive wave after wave of enemies. Skirmish is a PvP mode in which two competing four-player teams see which can score the higher number of kills within the time limit. Other changes the update brings with it include a new social hub, improvements to the Underground DLC, rogue mechanics being revamped, and an optimization to the gear system, allowing players to upgrade equipment.

If you are interested in The Division, from December 7 to December 10, it is free to play on all platforms. Those who already own the game are getting some attention too, as from today to December 10 the expansions from the Season Pass, Underground, Survival, and Last Stand, will be available to play. Those enjoying the free weekend will also have access to these expansions.

Source: Ubisoft



Celebrating Two 10th Anniversaries, Ubisoft Giving Away Two Games

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 5, 2017 12:26PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Ten years ago World in Conflict launched, as did Assassin's Creed, the title that started the previously yearly franchise. To celebrate both of these anniversaries, Ubisoft is giving away two PC games. Until December 11, World in Conflict can be added to your Uplay PC library for free, and provide you download it, you get to keep it. Next week, from December 12 to December 18, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag will be free to download and keep as well. Black Flag is one of the best in the franchise, so you will probably want to take advantage of this offer when it starts.

Source: Ubisoft



Epic Games Settles One Lawsuit and Partially Addresses Suing of Minor

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 5, 2017 10:54AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Recently there were a number of headlines covering the news that Epic Games has been suing some Fortnite cheaters and among them was a 14 year old, whose mother decided to write a letter to the court about this lawsuit. There are now updates on that specific lawsuit and another, as reported by TorrentFreak. This other lawsuit, against Charles 'Joreallean' Vraspir, has reached a settlement. This requires Joreallean to never infringe on Epic's copyrights again, which means he cannot create or write a cheat, use a cheat, promote or advertise a cheat, or distribute a cheat again, or face a minimum fine of $5000.

In regards to the minor Epic Games filed a lawsuit against, the company has now replied to the letter the minor's mother sent the court, addressing a specific portion, which was the naming of the minor. Epic states it was not aware of the age of the defendant in this lawsuit, and the rules protecting a minor's name do require such knowledge for one to violate it. Going forward it will only include the defendant's initials when the name cannot be redacted, in accordance with the rules. Though it is not making the argument, the company did point out that the letter from the mother identified her son by his full name, so an argument could be made she has waived this protection for her son. Still, Epic will keep to just the initials when necessary.

As far as the already filed documents that include the defendant's full name, Epic has requested guidance from the court for if it should file for the papers to be sealed, if new versions should be re-filed with the name redacted, or if any other remedial action should be taken. Epic also stated it does not plan to file a substantive response to the mother's letter at this time, unless the court requests it to.

Source: TorrentFreak



Crossing Souls Launching on PC and PS4 February 13

Category: Gaming
Posted: December 1, 2017 12:38PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Come February 13, there will be a new indie, retro game to play, for those of you who enjoy the genre. This new title is Crossing Souls and has being developed by Fourattic and published by Devolver Digital. Crossing Souls is the story of a group of friends in 1986 who find an artifact during the summer. It turns out this artifact allows the friends to interact with two planes of reality, life and death, and their curiosity leads to an adventure involve secret government conspiracies. Inspirations for game include Stand By Me, E.T., and Ghostbusters.

If you are going to be PlayStation Experience 2017, you can have the chance to play a demo and meet the development team.

 

 

Source: Press Release




Epic Games Suing Fornite Cheaters, Including Minor Whose Mother Responded

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 28, 2017 11:14AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

This is probably not how Epic Games expected things to go. The company behind the game Fortnite, and much more, has been going after individuals it identifies as cheating in that game with lawsuits. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Epic argues, it is illegal for a user to edit the game using the company's intellectual property, so the company filed suits against those who allegedly made software for cheating in Fortnite. After this though, Epic went a bit further by suing two cheaters, one of whom is a minor who decided to speak out about it on YouTube, and this is where things start getting more interesting and more complicated.

Based on what is said by the minor, Caleb "Sky Orbit" Rogers, in his video speaking about the lawsuit, it appears the lawsuit does not directly stem from his cheating, which he admits to in this video, but from videos he had put up previously. Epic had issued a DMCA takedown request for these videos, saying they amount to a guide on how to cheat, and was then promoting it on his YouTube channel. Rogers then proceeded to challenge this takedown request, which put Epic into the position of either dropping the claim or file a suit against him, with the latter being the company's choice. This appears to be the lawsuit Rogers then made a video speaking about, where he admits to the cheating and states where he got the software to cheat, emphasizing it is free for anyone to download.

Now it gets even more interesting as Rogers' mother wrote a note to the court challenging Epic's ability to make the copyright claims, in part alleging her son could not be in violation of Fortnite's EULA, which would naturally prohibit the cheating he freely admits to, because he is a minor and thus legally cannot enter into such a contract, without the consent of a parent or guardian. Further she claims that because Fortnite is free to play, there is no license agreement between Epic and the players because no purchase occurred, establishing a contract between licensor and purchaser. Additionally she makes the point that Epic illegally revealed her son's name in the lawsuit, as he is a minor. For all of these reasons, the mother requests the court dismisses the case.

This could definitely become an interesting court case to follow, depending on how the court chooses to respond the claims in the mother's note.

Source: Polygon



Civilization VI: Rise and Fall Expansion Announced with February 8 Release

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 28, 2017 08:45AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Today 2K and Firaxis Games have announced an expansion pack for Civilization VI titled Rise and Fall. This expansion brings a lot with it, including nine new leaders, eight new civilizations, new units, buildings, improvements, districts, and wonders. Also a Great Ages system has been added, so as your civilization encounters Historic Moments they can enter a Golden Age or a Dark Age, with both providing certain challenges and bonuses, depending on your actions. If you escape from a Dark Age is especially successful, you will enter a Heroic Age, a stronger version of a Golden Age.

Another new system is city loyalty, making is possible for your cities to become dissatisfied with your leadership, revolting against you to join another civ or go it on their own. Of course you can also work to grow loyalty to your civilization in another's cities as well, turn their loss to your gain. Governors can also be recruited and developed to enhance cities and reinforce Loyalty. A new Emergency concept also exists in it, for responding to civilizations when they grow too powerful. Other civilizations can join together against this powerful world player, and rewards or penalties will be granted when the Emergency ends. For those of you that want to take a look back at your civilization's history during the game, a Timeline feature has also been added to enable exactly that.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Rise and Fall is scheduled to launch February 8, 2018.

 

 

Source: Civilization Website




Ode Released by Ubisoft

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 27, 2017 12:23PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Ubisoft has released a new game from Ubisoft Reflections, the studio that brought us Grow Home, Grow Up, and Atomega, called ,i>Ode. This new title is a music exploration adventure where you play as Joy, a creature whose purpose is to spread joy to alien landscapes by collecting the stars she finds. How you choose to find these stars is up to you as the game has neither a tutorial nor a guide, leaving you to your own devices. As you collect the fallen stars, you will be able to use them for different purposes, such as throwing them, attracting them, or changing Joy's form to reach new areas. There are four gardens to explore and as you complete the musical puzzles they offer, the landscape will be lit up and new layers will be added to the soundtrack, creating a world tailored to your playstyle.

Ode is available on Uplay today for just $4.99.

 

 

Source: Ubisoft




Steam Crosses 17 Million Concurrent Users and Almost Reaches 7 Million Players

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 27, 2017 08:58AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

As video games continue to grow in popularity, it is hardly surprising to see the dominant PC gaming portal also grow, but crossing 17 million users logged into Steam at the same time is a milestone. This record peak was achieved over the weekend when there were 17,683,804 users all signed in at the same time. At about the same time the number of users playing through Steam also reached a new peak of 6,882,012, and according to Digital Trends, almost 3 million of them were enjoying PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS, coming in well ahead of Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the second and third place that combined had about 2 million players at the time.

It seems reasonable to expect these records to be broken before too long, especially when PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS enters Asian markets thanks to a publishing deal with Tencent and formal agreement with the Chinese government.

Source: Digital Trends



Mafia Triple Pack Released on Steam

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 22, 2017 01:28PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

If you have not yet added any of the Mafia games to your Steam library, and thought the current Steam Autumn Sale would be a good time to pick them up, you might want to take a look at this. The series' publisher, 2K, has put up the Mafia Triple Pack that includes all three games at a discount from the total cost if bought separately. With the current sale going on, you can get all three games for just $30, or less if you already have one (at least this is the case for me, as I already own Mafia II).

Also, this year marks the 15th anniversary of the release of the original Mafia, and you can watch a recap of the story across all three games in the video below.

 

 

Source: Steam Store Page



Rainbow Six Siege Getting Third Year of Support and Content

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2017 01:57PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


It was released back in 2015, but Ubisoft has announced Rainbow Six Siege is going to continue to receive new content and support. This third year will have four seasons with eight new operators, two new maps, and one current map will receive a makeover with new level design and art direction. The first season of the third year will be Operation Chimera and its two operators are specialists in biohazard situations. Beyond being part of the adversarial multiple, these operators will have a role in the game's first co-op event, Outbreak, which will run for four weeks. There will be exclusive cosmetics to this event and both it and Operation Chimera will get their full reveals at the Six Invitational 2018 even, taking place in Montreal.

The Year 3 Pass will be available for sale on December 12, and until then players will still be able to purchase the Year 2 season pass, with all of its operators and exclusive customization items. After December 11, these items will be unavailable for purchase.

Source: Ubisoft




Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Announced

Category: Gaming
Posted: November 21, 2017 12:41PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


I am not sure if I should admit this, but I have yet to play the game Neverwinter Nights. I do have a copy, but it has not yet graced my computer. If you are like me, or a long-time fan, maybe you do not want to install it now as Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition has been announced by developer Beamdog.

The reveal came on Twitter (and there is a Twitch stream going on as I write this) and there is now a product page up on Beamdog's website with much more information. The enhanced features will include improved display support, including the ability to scale the UI for 1080 and 4K resolutions and much improved graphics options, though the original art-style will be maintained. Very importantly, the Enhanced Edition will work with the original game's saves, modules, and mods so all of the content from the original game will remain viable. New graphics mods should also be possible as the engine is being transitioned to shader-based from its original implementation. This may result in worse performance on GPUs from the game's original released, but is going to allow for better support of modern hardware and graphical shaders.

It does not say it on the product page, but I believe I heard the developers say on the stream there will be native Mac and Linux versions. The toolset are going to be Windows limited though, as apparently they are made with a system that does not support Linux.

I do not see a release date yet, but the game is already up for pre-order at $19.99 and $39.99 for the Digital Deluxe version. The Digital Deluxe version includes the original premium modules from Bioware and the soundtracks. There is an early access/Head Start program pre-ordering fans can be selected for.

 

 

Source: Beamdog on Twitter, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition – Digital Deluxe Product Page, and Beamdog Blog




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