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Showing posts with label Microsoft Studios. Show all posts

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Miramar Map Arrives for PUBG on Xbox One

Miramar map finally arrives for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One as part of game’s spring update.

Third-person multiplayer shooter experience with Battle Royale classic PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One is going to intensify a lot as PUBG brings another anticipated map for Microsoft's console. The game itself has been out for six months and the map has been on Xbox One test server for over a month now. We are talking about the second map Miramar of this modern day death match, which has already gone live with their Spring update a we got a clip with highlights.

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Miramar Map Arrives for PUBG on Xbox One

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Witness the vastness of Miramar that challenges the players of battlegrounds to survive the unforgiving desert it is.




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Set in a desert, Miramar offers you a town built in it surrounded by hills and gives you a lot of open spaces to test out your surviving skills against everyone else. Not only has the map allowed you a lot of spaces to hide from people trying to kill you but also gives away cool weapons like R45 revolver, sawed-off shotgun and Win94 lever-action rifle as tool for survival. Also, the 6-seat van and an off-road pickup truck are vehicles designed especially for this unique location.

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New Environments to Explore

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We all know that the development team is always trying to better optimize the game for an improved gameplay experience for all and thanks to Xbox Game Preview experience, you will notice many signs of load times, optimization and stability around. Environmental properties will now load properly when players are dropping on land or building. The issue of entire game crashing has also been worked on and they are still taking feedbacks while constantly working towards it more.

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PUBG Golden Tracksuit Pack
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PUBG Instructor Set Pack

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Don't forget the chance to grab some new cosmetic items that comes along with Spring update. If you have somehow missed the opportunity to grab Instructor Set or Track Suit pack, they are back again. The former comes with camouflage cap, short pants and orange shirt while the latter contains a golden tracksuit top with matching pants. Both packs costing only $4.99 will be available for purchase from in-game Lobby Store for a limited time.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits 30 Million Sales

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a last-man-standing shooter from PUBG Corporation that came out in Early Access on PC and Xbox One last year. Then Android and iOS version of PUBG also came following soon as well. Those playing the PC version have been enjoying Miramar since December 2017 and Xbox One testing is running from April 2018. A third map, Sanhok, is currently on test servers for PC and will probably release within next few months.

Friday, May 18, 2018

State of Decay 2 Early Access Live Now

State of Decay 2 early access starts today for fans that purchased the Ultimate Edition before global launch of May 22.

If you happen to have purchased the Ultimate Edition for open world zombie survival game State of Decay 2, then you are getting a head-start in its post-apocalyptic world before the game finally releases worldwide on May 22. Through PC or Xbox One, you can have your four-day early access to venture around and become familiar with your surrounding environment before everyone else joins the party. On a later date, you will also get to play Independence Pack and Daybreak Pack.

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State of Decay 2 Early Access Live Now

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Watch the gameplay launch trailer for the game, showing the struggle of survivors after 18 months into zombie apocalypse.




RELATED: State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

The first add-on DLC Independence Pack welcomes players to celebrate their independence by providing you gears, vehicles and weapons that you can modify as you see fit and enjoy killing those zombies around you. Daybreak Pack on the other hand will grant you a new map, missions and events as well as a new mode called “Horde”.  This one is an all-new patriotic way for you to take the battle to your undead adversaries and wipe them out for good.

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Developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios presents us a sequel to their 2013's original zombie survival fantasy and it perfectly lives up the expectation of fans. It was a huge task to complete as not only they have to reach the level of greatness of their predecessor but also, they wanted to provide something even better. State of Decay 2 has a range of unique characters, each with their very own back-stories to fuel their motive into surviving against all odds.

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State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition can be yours for the price of $49.99 and Standard Edition will only cost you $29.99. Upon release on May 22, the ultimate will be available on PC and Xbox One. You are allowed to team up with three of your friends using cross-platform co-op feature from Xbox Play Anywhere program and switch frequently in between your platforms. Also, you will be getting a download token for console version of State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition as a bonus.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

State of Decay 2 Technical Beta Live Now

May of 2018 is already upon us and within a few weeks, co-op multiplayer survival horror game State of Decay 2 will launch from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios. A sequel to original State of Decay title, the game will be released through Windows Store on May 22. Before releasing a game worldwide, beta testing has become a common norm to flash out bugs and glitches these days. So, a technical beta test is arranged by the developers, which is live now!

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State of Decay 2 Technical Beta Live Now

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All you need is a free Xbox Live account to participate in beta testing and it is still required even if you are playing on Windows.



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This early test is to ensure that everything runs according to players' expectation without causing any disturbance when the full game is out. The Standard Edition of State of Decay 2 will cost you only $29.99 for PC or Xbox One and by joining into the technical beta test program, you can have some idea of what you are getting into for that price. Because, the entry given to the game is for test purpose, you will have access to limited content and do not expect to reach any in-game climax.

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To eradicate any performance issues on PC or some last-minute bugs, beta test turns out to be great. Undead Labs want their game to run smoothly on a wide range of hardware possible and in their blog post; they also mentioned that they would love to know computer specifications of the participants for gaming. This way, it will help developers understand the hardware capacity of their fans and help them better optimize it for a greater experience. Even after releasing the game, they will keep their effort of fixing any issues.

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Although State of Decay 2 is nowhere near close in comparison with PlayStation 4-exclusive God of War, it still is an exclusive for Microsoft’s console. Since it is also a part of Xbox Play Anywhere experience, players can enjoy the game on PC as well. Besides, in a time when Microsoft is in crisis of Xbox One-exclusives, this one is coming like a savior for the console as Sea of Thieves have failed to live up to expectations following release.

State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

New gameplay launch trailer for Undead Labs’ State of Decay 2 returns to a bigger and better post-apocalyptic world.

We are only a few weeks away from developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios launching their upcoming co-op multiplayer survival horror game State of Decay 2, so we should pack our belongings to prepare for survival. Despite focusing on a dozen different modes of killing undead hordes in a post-apocalyptic world, the game mainly concentrates on remaining humans and their limitless effort to staying alive each day.

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State of Decay 2 Gameplay Launch Trailer

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What we just said above is clearly portrayed in a brand-new gameplay launch trailer for the game, showcasing the struggle of survivors.




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Set 15 months after the events of original State of Decay, the game picks up the few human survivors from Trumbull Valley. They've gotten better at their skills and back again to build a new community throughout challenging situations. This is a true sequel that brings every loving aspects of its predecessor and makes improvement on those. There is an ensemble of characters with each fueled by their own motivations and different back-stories for being out here.

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Develop Your Base

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As survivors explore the open world of this game, they will make various choices along the way and some of them are really tough. You should remember that every action and choices made by a player matter here to define what length they are capable to reaching for survival. Building up your base or secure an outpost is very important because they will either offer you either medical supply or ammo. Or you can just join a well established community in exchange for some of your skills that may help them.

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Three new maps; Meagher Valley, Cascade Hills and Drucker County are added to this game, each sizing of Trumbull Valley. Aside from gathering your own crews, you can add more people to your squad or just kill themselves if you want to, which is not really necessary. Rest assured that there is always something for you to engage in whether you are responding to a radio call for help or working out with some other group to better improve some new skills for your group members.

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More Zombies to Encounter

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When State of Decay 2 releases on May 22, it will be available to play on PC and Xbox One, or you can just access the game using your Xbox Game Pass. If you are eager to join the adventure a little earlier then you can re-order State of Decay 2: Ultimate Edition, which gives you four days of early access starting from May 18. Priced $49.99 only, this one also comes with “Independence Pack” and “Daybreak Pack” DLC once they are released.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map In Works

Although PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has achieved feats like selling over 30 Million copies and crossed records of having 3 million concurrent players on Steam, they have had reached a point earlier where they weren't growing. All they did for last few months is to add loot boxes rather than some actual contents. In the meantime, free-to-play title Fortnite of Epic Games stole their thunder by breaking streaming record on Twitch and having rapper Drake join them in a match.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Savage Map Concept Art

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We are actually pretty thankful that Fortnite Battle Royale has managed to take the limelight from PUBG for a while and now they are alerted about the situation. Otherwise, we would have pinned to wall with that gambling-oriented, barely finished version of third person shooter for years and PUBG Corp. wouldn't give a damn about it. Now the developers have suddenly become so productive with new ideas and launched a couple of weekly events like Tequila Sunrise and War Mode.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Map Selection

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These ideas worked so good with their audience that many of them are demanding to make some of these temporary test modes to permanent. All that and the game finally work their way up to get players to have a map selection. Xbox One users are still stuck with the Erangel map whereas PC version got to try out Miramar map for some time now. However, they are working on that too and almost finished but have not set any exact date for it yet.

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Soon, map selection is going to get a lot more crucial than ever because PUBG developers have been working for their third map, Codename: Savage and as they are nearing to completion, it is available now for test on Steam. Considering this one one-quarter the size than the other two, it really is far from finished but we do understand that they hastily released it for early feedback to improve it and to convince you that they had other things to show except for “Equinox Crate” loot boxes.

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PUBG Corp. states that what they envision for Savage map will need months to get complete and one of their ideas is to add a huge cave where players will jump right in their parachute. The concept of base jumping, where you fling with a parachute strapped on your back off a cliff is adapted here but players will be jumping into the biggest underground cave they can think of in this case, which sounds a lot like Cave of Swallows from Mexico.

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PUBG Team on Thailand Trip

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In their recent trip to Thailand, a developer team went seeking inspiration to merge with their ideas for their new map. There were Concept Artists, 3D Environment Artists and Technical Artists within the team to study real location. One of their objectives was to shot photos of real-world areas or objects from every possible angle and convert them to in-game 3D objects through Photogrammetry. They will also take player's feedback to evolve the map further and making their experience unique.

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Inside Phraya Nakhon Cave

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Also, deep inside the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the team finds Thailand's own version of Cave of Swallows, which goes by the name Phraya Nakhon Cave. Since their planned Savage map was Southeast Asian-themed, this one fits perfectly for what they were looking for. They came up with a cool imagery to depict their vision and as it will be converted into an in-game asset, you are about to experience an amazing entrance. The cave will be made in a way that lets players to dive straight through the big enough opening of the cave and join the fight.

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Savage Map Cave Concept

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From their recent endeavors, it would seem like PUBG Corp. is up to making some short-term goals like selling loot boxes for money rather than focusing on updates that will possibly fix the game for better. The way the developers rushed with the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for mobile and Xbox One has clearly shows that they are just trying to spread their name everywhere as fast as possible so that no one can take them over but Fortnite already did that.

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Besides, there are multiple upcoming titles that are bringing Battle Royale mode in their games in some way or another. Triple-A video games like Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is already on that list, who will introduce their unique take on the genre. When they will hit the market with more polished gameplay and improved features, PUBG will surely be in tough competition. If the tendency of focusing on loot box and not working on content remains their prime goal, their downfall will be imminent.

Monday, April 16, 2018

State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

During a developer livestream of Xbox Exclusive State of Decay 2 at PAX East, an error message states "Unable to connect with Steam".

Open world zombie game State of Decay 2 is a sequel of 2013's original State of Decay from Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios. Though the game is an Xbox One-exclusive, it will also release for PC or you can play it on any of these two platforms with support from Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere system. Aside from being available on Microsoft Store, the game might also find place on Steam, according to some recent hints from PAX-East 2018.

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State of Decay 2 May Come to Steam

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All these rumors suddenly arise when an unexpected error message popped up in the middle of a developer live-stream at PAX East that indicated there was a login issue regarding Steam. The video has been removed afterwards but by then, it already circulated throughout online and rumor is spread about its possible release on digital distribution platform Steam. Although the game’s FAQ has Valve’s launcher listed as a topic, there are no details to reach any conclusion on that.

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State of Decay 2 Steam Error Message

The error message during said:
"Unable to connect with Steam. Make sure Steam is running, you are logged in, no other instances are running, then restart the game."
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Now that the video containing that error message is removed from Twitch archive of Undead Labs, it can no longer be considered as a mere buzz. While it might seem a bit weird giving up one of their most prominent title for another platform, it also makes sense if you consider this a step to sell more copies for PC. Besides, if this rumors and speculation came true then we shouldn't be very surprised because the first game of the series was initially released on Steam’s Early Access alongside Xbox 360.

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Upcoming PlayStation 4 Exclusives of 2018

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In a time of crisis for Xbox exclusive games, Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 are the only hope for Microsoft in 2018. The former is already out and most of people owning an Xbox One are looking for the latter. Because, being an exclusive for Microsoft actually had an impact for Rare’s shared world action-adventure title. Sony’s God of War on the other hand scored an incredible response from critics, forecasting for a good run in advance and two more games; The Last of Us Part 2 and Insomniac’s Spider-Man are also joining soon.

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Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios presents co-op multiplayer survival horror game State of Decay 2 releases on May 22, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. It will also be playable on Xbox Game Pass and at offers 4K resolution to run on Xbox One X for enhanced visuals. We believe, exclusive games crisis won't be solved overnight and meanwhile, testing other platforms like Steam to improve sells in overall does sound like a reasonable idea.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds War Event Mode

Last week, PUBG Corporation had successfully held "Tequila Sunrise" event mode and announced a War mode for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds which will be accessible in custom games as the developers finish testing. This is perhaps the most intense version of Battle Royale that they have envisioned till date. Stretching to see how far they could take the game concept to keep things interesting to players, PUBG Corp. came up with deathmatch-style battles in War event mode.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds War Event Mode

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By far, War is the most diverse mode in all of PUBG history you have ever partaken in aside from their main server. That's right! War will not show up in the game's regular selection but if you can create custom servers, you can see it. If a War server is available then just about anyone can join for some action. Remember when Battlegrounds used to be a mod in first person tactical military shooter ARMA from Bohemia Interactive? This is a lot like that as a callback to old days.

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Be sure to check out the trailer on PUBG's War mode to keep up with us as we talk about it in more details and how it affects the gameplay in overall.




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The thing everyone would appreciate about War is that, dying during a fight doesn't put you out of the field right away. You can "Re-Spawn" at your place by jumping from the plane after you are killed and pick up the fight from where you were left off. This means, you can now participate for longer than before in each of these 15-minute rounds. You and your 10-man squad are allowed in a small piece of Erangel map to take out two other teams and the map doesn't shrink on you. Isn't that great?

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Whenever you re-spawn, you will be equipped with one random pistol, an assault rifle (AR) or designated marksman rifle (DMR), a level one helmet, a level one vest and a grenade. You can also scour in those buildings of the map for additional loot and care packages that drops after every 90 seconds but keep it in mind that by then, the shootout will already begin and bullets will be even flying into your direction. Even though you are taken out, rest of your team can carry on till you re-join them in a few seconds.

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Since teams are consists with 10 players, you are allowed to bring 9 from your friends list or auto matching system will do it for you. You can also end up with less squad members depending on your matchmaking situation. Each team will be competing for 200 points to win and the first squad to score that takes the cake. Every kill will earn you 3 points and a single point for a knock out or reviving any of your teammates. If no team manages to score 200 points within 15-minute time limit, then the one with highest score will win the match.

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Deadliest PUBG Event Yet

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War mode is available from April 12, at 7 PM PDT and will run till April 15, 7 PM PDT for a full weekend. Other things to note are there is no region lock, weather is fixed at “sunny”, Redzone and Killer Spectator Mode will be disabled as well. As the safe zone is limited, you have fewer places to hide your skin. So, we suggest you don't worry about getting shot and go out there to take out enemy teams. Also, North America, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania are exclusive to a first-person variant of War mode.

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PUBG Corporation presents last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is released on Early Access for PC and Xbox One in 2017. There are two versions of PUBG also available for playing it on Android and iOS devices. Although War event mode is here among us for a limited time for PUBG Corp. for testing purpose, we seriously hope that is becomes permanent, because it can probably help developers bring back loyal fans of the game into the festival of Battle Royale.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Tequila Sunrise Event

We had an early announcement from developer PUBG Corporation on Steam community that they will launch limited-time event mode within an update for PC and Xbox One very soon. This timed event and a new Custom gameplay mode will shake things up for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for good. Already made a name with the unique concept of Battle Royale to put on a map ad fight to a standstill for victory and a Chicken Dinner, it already became one of the top selling video games of all time.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Tequila Sunrise Event

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Even after pulling that feat, PUBG had no time for rest as its insane popularity soon lured out a couple of competitors in the market, most of which are just different versions of rip-off of the original. Fortnite Battle Royale of Epic Games however, managed to become their main rival after so long when they recently broke record for most number of concurrent viewers on Twitch and currently ruling the charts.

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Many believe that Fortnite's biggest plus point is the free-to-play nature of the game and PUBG Corp. should do something similar. Epic Games also had a timed event called Blitz Mode for Fortnite Battle Royale a short while ago. The developers have been at work for some time and they even put out a new map for beta testing already. Clearly, that wasn't enough and now here is "Tequila Sunrise" event mode for fans with a new challenge.

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At Sunrise on Miramar

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According to PUBG Official Blog, Tequila Sunrise event starts on April 5, at 7 PM PDT and will run till April 8, 7 PM PDT for a total of 72 hours. Four player squads will be competing for Battle Royale supremacy on Miramar map with only shotguns and melee weapons for combat. There will be no other weapons to use or maps to explore and don't expect for any Care Package to drop during matches. Matching is by default "On" but you can simply turn Auto Matching off if you are not a fan of the feature.

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A brand-new game mode called War is currently accessible in custom games and the Savage map is currently in-testing. War is a much more intense version of Battle Royale taking place on Erangel map and pitting all contestants in a circle for shootout. Now, it completely depends on the developer whether or not they will play with the possibilities to make this thing big or drop at some point though. PUBG needs to keep grinding as they just won't have to topple only Fortnite but many others in line.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a last-man-standing shooter from PUBG Corporation, released for Early Access on PC and Xbox One. Two versions for Android and iOS of PUBG are also available. They already have a planned road-map for 2018 and staying true to their word means, series fans are going to get more updates, new contents and event modes more often for whole year.

State of Decay 2 PAX-East 2018 Gameplay

Within a couple of months we are going to get our hands on co-op multiplayer survival horror game State of Decay 2 from Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios. As the moment of release approaches closer every day, the developers are dropping new information every now and then to tease us some more about the game. For now, we got a brand-new trailer featuring new in-game footage and gameplay, straight outta PAX East 2018.

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State of Decay 2 PAX-East 2018 Gameplay

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Be sure to take a quick look at the clip below to have some idea on combat and surrounding environments you will be stepping on from Undead Labs.




The gameplay trailer from above gives us some more in-depth glance at base building and character selection than the once we saw before. Defending your base from attacks of incoming zombie horde is as important as clearing out the once roaming in the street. Though it wasn't some serious piece of performance in the clip, we still get the idea of how things are. Most important aspect we noticed is that the balance of stockpile, build base and protect it from undead invasion at all time.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition Announced

Combat system presents some variety for you to keep from being repetitive. You can sneak up on them using stealth, melee attack them directly, run over by them with your vehicle, hit them with your car door or just grab one of them and throw away. One thing that you will quickly realize after a while that, these zombies don't come at you all at once but if you linger them for some time, they will quickly overwhelm you and it will be too late then.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 Won't Have Micro-Transactions

State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie game, which will be available to play on May 22, 2018 for PC and Xbox One as part of Xbox Play Anywhere experience. During launch, it will also be on Xbox Game Pass and at 4K resolution the game will ran on Xbox One X as well. Bravo to the developer team for not including any micro-transactions within the game, which is a great initiative in the age of loot boxes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Sea of Thieves Anti-Toxicity Strategy

Online toxicity is a huge issue these days whether it is on social media or online games that needs immediate fixing. The situation is so dire that major name of game industries like Blizzard, Riot Games and Twitch are being forced to team-up to fighting toxicity in gaming. That brings us to the question of how developer studio Rare Studio of recently released action-adventure game Sea of Thieves is doing against online harassment.

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Sea of Thieves Anti-Toxicity Strategy

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Well, Rare studio has a built-in contingency within the game and it is right there you to find out. The pirate ships of the players have a brig aboard, which is to deal with others disrupting orders in the game. There is a holding cell underneath the pirate ship, where players upsetting the order will be sent only after a democratic voting by fellow shipmates. What type of punishment will be fit for the accused are decided by the remaining players and they do all of this in a punishment manner.

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Now, players don't need to go ranting on social media or community forums about their dispute and toxic behavior. Instead, everything can be resolved within the game without hampering the nature of the game. Someone joining you online in a multiplayer game and ushers chaos is not something new but this new in-game mechanics Sea of Thieves have introduced is truly a cool idea.

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This serves the purpose of give more power to players of the community and fighting the online multiplayer toxicity. Also, players now have more environmental control over their online atmosphere at Sea of Thieves community. Not only does this helps the participants lessen their stress over another player with troublesome behavior, it also helps rehabilitate the agitators and get back to their former condition.

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The Brig for Disruptive Players

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Until now, the most common solution for a stubborn troublemaker joining in and making things miserable for the others is to kick them out of the game or just simply ban them. The brig however, improved on this part by handing his fate over the players' disturbed teammates. The mischievous individual also gets a chance to either apologize for their actions or negotiate some terms with fellow pirates. This way, all parties can win and maintain a peaceful environment for gaming.

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At the recent Game Developers Conference, Microsoft's researcher Jerome Hagen talked about this innovative feature in Sea of Thieves and he believes that this new playful solution might be actually a great idea. Other respective individuals working on this particular issue present at GDC 2018 were also quite hopeful about this new method by Microsoft in battling disruptive behavior.

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Rare’s action-adventure title Sea of Thieves has been released on March 20, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. Though the game is having some post-launch issues, the studio's brilliant take on anti-toxicity measures can actually pay off and bring more players to the game. No matter how it plays out in the end, The Brig would be the first major step to eradicate in-game annoyance for the foreseeable future.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Event Mode Announced

Ever since developer PUBG Corporation has brought their last-man-standing shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to Steam, the game has been single handedly moping the floor clean with other battle royale titles out there until the sudden rise of Fortnite lately when rapper Drake decided to drop in. According to a recent Steam community post, PUBG is going to join the special event madness of battle royale games very shortly.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Event Mode

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An update for PC and Xbox One is coming soon as limited-time event modes, which is also designed to improved performance. In general, players can experience Solo, Duo and Squad modes in their regular play and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds’ Event Mode will be an ever-changing Custom Game. Developers will be trying and testing new things within this short period of events every once in a while to see how it goes with players to understand their reception towards the game.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Hits 30 Million Sales

This is a huge step-up from the regular public matches you mostly play but since all of this is supposed to lead to more exciting things the developers have in store for players. However, the last part really depends on the perspective of things. The initial limited time mode won't be anything fancy but rather more basic except for the fact that it will have teams of eight players competing against each other. To make things a bit more interesting, the rifle drop ratio during these matches will be twice as much than usual.

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New Flare Gun Update

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Sounds like the devs are already planning to rip the old rules apart and introducing new twists out of their sleeves. The only downside we can see right now is that Event Mode is dependent on matchmaking and instead of letting you group-up with your friends, you've got to hang out with random strangers. Have we mentioned yet that they will add a flare gun for the next limited-time mode? Well, we just did now.

RELATED: PUBG Having Issues on Xbox One

Currently, Fortnite Battle Royale is having their very own special timed event Blitz Mode and Epic Games have added this from last December. It happened just the time when PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds came out of Early Access on PC and is finally released for Xbox One. Though PUBG Corp. haven't dropped any official date for their event to launch but hopefully, it will be live on game’s test server soon right after they finish testing.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition Announced

The success of the original Xbox 360 title State of Decay made the fans eagerly waiting for more and the sequel of this survival horror game, State of Decay 2 was announced by Microsoft at E3 2016. Last week, the release date for this upcoming game is revealed to be May 22, 2018 and in almost less than a week, we learned that the game will not feature micro-transactions of any sort. Recently, a Collector’s Edition has just been announced for the game.

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State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition Announced

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State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition is a showcase of gory stuffs, perfectly reminiscent to a post-apocalyptic theme that is the core of the series. It includes an exclusive SteelBook case, a human brain-shaped stand for the SteelBook case, a full-latex zombie mask, a 4GB USB drive that is shaped like a severed thumb and a game patch. For $69.99 only, you will get all the goodies shown above except for a copy of the game.

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Since the game is relatively cheap than any other AAA titles in the market, spending $69.99 can make you a proud owner of all the undead themed cool merchandise that comes with the State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition. However, you will still lack the base game to play though. On that case, you will either have to purchase State of Decay 2 Standard Edition or Ultimate Edition to enjoy the game. You can also pre-order it from your nearest retailer.

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You may already know that you can purchase State of Decay 2 Standard Edition only for $29.99 or can get the Ultimate Edition of the game for just $49.99 and the latter one is a better choice. Because, it will grant you four day early access to the game and State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition for console. Plus, the “Independence Pack” and “Daybreak Pack” DLC will be outright yours once they are launched.

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Now, freshen up with the E3 2017 trailer of zombie-survival game State of Decay 2 from Microsoft Studios and Undead Labs.




Before the game finally goes live on PC and Xbox One, we might get one more or two trailer from Microsoft Studios and Undead Labs. State of Decay 2 is also a part of Xbox Game Pass, which means the subscribers of the service can also enjoy the game right from launch as long as they remain a member. Also, Xbox Play Anywhere program support will allow cross-platform play for those who will buy the game digitally.

Friday, March 9, 2018

State of Decay 2 Won't Have Micro-Transactions

We live in such an age of loot-boxes and in-game purchases now that a new game from a major publisher that doesn't include the concept of micro-transactions of any sort is hard to believe. If the title happens to be one of the most-anticipated upcoming releases then it is literally unbelievable for the players. Following Sony’s God of War taking such initiative, developer Undead Labs and publisher Microsoft Studios decided to do the same with State of Decay 2.

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State of Decay 2 Won't Have Micro-Transactions

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Whereas micro-transactions and loot boxes are a ploy to pull more money from the consumers aside from the purchase price they already paid and every other studio is pretty fond of this practice, Undead Labs took a bold move by strictly standing on the opposite way of this road. Though we don't have a direct quote but studio head of developer, Jeff Strain assures that there won't be any micro-transactions in their game.

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Despite their initial stand against the industry trend, when it was revealed that the Standard Edition of State of Decay 2 will cost you only $29.99, fans started speculating what could be the reason for this considerably low cost and the studio had to re-assure them that they are sticking to their earlier decision about loot boxes. This theory comes from the fact that the original State of Decay had a loot box "Prepper's Pack" consists of a gun, a melee weapon and an SUV available for $0.99.

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When one of Undead Labs’ live streams was overwhelmed with comments asking for their plan to compensate the low-cost, the developers had to come clean about it. Although micro-transactions and loot boxes are completely off the table for State of Decay 2, there will be some paid DLC contents just like every other games does for the players to enjoy. If you are wondering what about the cosmetic items, then probably that also falls into the same category.

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State of Decay 2 Supports Xbox Play Anywhere

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The developers do recognize that by making their game available on the market for only $29.99 was a huge risk but sinking into the infamous micro-transaction trend would be even worse for long-run. Apparently, they wanted to create a dedicated community for the game so that they all support the title and buys the upcoming expansions as well. Another reason that probably made them cautious was about the idea was the major loot box controversy of Star Wars Battlefront II from last year.

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Undead Labs and Microsoft Studios presents, State of Decay 2 will release on May 22, 2018 for PC and Xbox One. For getting your hands on exclusive items, you should place your pre-orders now. Monthly subscription of Xbox Game Pass will let you enjoy the game as well as other titles published by Microsoft from the library. Also, State of Decay 2 will be available for cross-platform play between PC and Xbox One with support from Xbox Play Anywhere program.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

State of Decay 2 Release Date

At long last, release date for the survival horror game State of Decay 2, a sequel of State of Decay is announced by Microsoft. Developer Undead Labs did a fantastic job when they created the first game of the series back in 2013. The zombie survival game sequel was revealed at E3 2016 and now, today we got a release date for the title, which is May 22, 2018. Plus, we now know how much the game will cost and surprisingly, it comes for a pretty cheap price.

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State of Decay 2 Release Date

Originally released for Xbox 360, the sequel will debut on both PC and Xbox One as part of Xbox Play Anywhere program. State of Decay 2 Standard Edition will cost you only $29.99 or you can get the Ultimate Edition of the game for just $49.99. The pricing for the game might be a different to some regions. For example, in Australia, Standard Edition of State of Decay 2 will cost you $49.95 and the Ultimate Edition will be charged a whopping $69.95.

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The latter grants you 4 days early access to the action on May 18 and also comes with two DLC expansions; “Independence Pack” and “Daybreak Pack”. The release dates for these DLC packs are to be revealed on a later date. We will consider the Ultimate Edition as a winning package because there is a download token for console version of State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition that takes you to the post-apocalyptic world of the series' first game.

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State of Decay 2 Standard and Ultimate Edition

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Aside from this special edition perks, Microsoft announces pre-order bonuses for players on purchase of both editions. Though, they didn't reveal the specifics of the bonus, it is safe to assume that it will probably be some sort of exclusive in-game items. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will also have an edge for using the service by accessing the ultimate zombie survival fantasy experience on the very date of its release on May 22.

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Now, spare a few minutes if you can to relive the E3 2017 trailer of zombie-survival game State of Decay 2 from Undead Labs.




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State of Decay 2 is one of the most awaited games on Xbox One this year along with Sea of Thieves. The game made various improvements on gameplay and environment to make it more challenging for the players and the surrounding world unpredictable to keep it interesting for long. Though it is very unlikely for a publisher like Microsoft Studios to drop the price on the game, the fans of the series will surely appreciate the initiative.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sea of Thieves Xbox One S Bundle Announced

Get ready for set sailing your pirate ship with the upcoming action-adventure game Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio as the Closed Beta has ended recently and we got more news regarding the game. A new Xbox One S bundle has just been announced for this Xbox One exclusive of 2018 today and it offers the best value for the shared-world adventure of Sea of Thieves that has unique multiplayer as well.

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Sea of Thieves Xbox One S Bundle

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Available from March 20, 2018, the new Sea of Thieves Xbox One S Bundle offers you a few more loots alongside the titular game on the same date of its release. The combo of one of the most widely anticipated upcoming title comes in the finest gaming console only for the price of $299.99 at any Microsoft Store near you or online. You can also pre-order the bundle before it hits the stores.

Of course you are going to get a copy of Sea of Thieves along with the Xbox One S Bundle for sure. What other perks are also part of the package is what we are about to talk down below.

  • The Xbox One S bundle will comes with a 1TB hard drive, an Xbox Wireless Controller and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player built-in. 4K video streaming support is also enabled in it. Don't forget the addition of High Dynamic Range and premium audio quality with Dolby Atmos.

  • There are over 200 console exclusives from a collection of more than 1,300 exciting games and 400 other games from three generations of Xbox history.

  • The bundle gets you the full-version of Rare's open world action-adventure Sea of Thieves on the day of Xbox One release and you are all set to voyage the vast oceans with your crews. Go out exploring the possibilities and surprises the world holds for you as you keep solving puzzling mysteries and claim buried treasures.

  • A 1-month trial period for Xbox Live Gold membership comes as part of the package with the bundle to deliver you the multiplayer gaming experience like never before on the on advanced super-fast gaming network hosted by Microsoft.

  • You get an Xbox Game Pass trial for a month to explore more than 100 Xbox One games to try on three generations of consoles. Xbox Game Pass membership will also let you play games like State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 from Microsoft Studios at the very date of worldwide release.

However, the one thing that you should take note about the whole package is that unlike most special edition consoles, you are not getting any special controller for the Sea of Thieves Xbox One S Bundle. Because, the entirety of the deal is for no special edition and just a basic console put together with an exclusive game. If you want that gorgeous translucent purple colored Sea of Thieves Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, you have to spend an extra $74.99 bucks to it separately.

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Sea of Thieves Special Edition Xbox Wireless Controller

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Getting a deal for an Xbox One S Bundle that comes with an exclusive game as Sea of Thieves for against $299.99 only is a relatively fine offer. The biggest upside of the offer is the discount you are getting with this purchase. You can also get the Sea of Thieves Special Edition Game Drive for Xbox from Seagate to increase the storage capacity of your console.