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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.

RELATED: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds War Event Mode

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.

RELATED: PUBG Crosses 3 Million Concurrent Players

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.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Will Replace Story Mode

Although, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won't have a solo campaign, it may have Battle Royale to replace story mode.

Battle royale has become such a crazy trend these days in video gaming industry since the dawn of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds that every other developer is either considering developing a battle royale mode for their game or just create a whole game on that idea. This craze has gotten so out of control that even Activision’s upcoming first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is also having this mode by ditching their classic single-player campaign.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Will Replace Story Mode

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This genre is multiplayer combat in last player standing fashion and that gives the entirety of it a new twist in flavor. Games like Fortnite and PUBG are already dominating the category as well as the market with new limited-time events, while many other are just thriving with their poor rip-offs and waiting to get sued. Call of Duty has been moving into diverse direction with time and Black Ops 4 may be just another move into a new path but compromising story mode in favor of battle royale is a very bold idea.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Announced

Previously, Activision has always been stating that CoD franchise is all about story based campaigns and now simply abandoning it for upcoming Black Ops 4 is quite self-contradictory. They have just assigned Raven Software to create a battle royale mode that can also fill up the void created by leaving single-player mode behind. Various sources suggest that they simply got rid of the campaign because it will not be ready within their announced deadline of October, thus the idea of last man standing shooter idea came in.

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Many who are slamming the developers for this move need to remember that its predecessor Black Ops 3 also released a feature-limited version for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, where campaign was left out. Activision never openly admitted how well that particular edition did but seeing Black Ops 4 coming out without a single-player mode tells us that it wasn't that disastrous at all. On top of that, the publisher is well aware of how people are going nuts for battle royale these days and still want more.

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"Forget What You Know"

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The new tagline for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 even says, “FORGET WHAT YOU KNOW” clearly hints they are very confident about dropping one of their key components for this Call of Duty sub-series. All we left to see now is rival series title Battlefield V following their same footsteps like everyone else. Fans of death-match type gameplays will be very excited in these initiatives but traditional story oriented gamers will be greatly deprived.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Have No Single-Player Campaign

Instead of traditional single-player campaign, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will focus on multiplayer and Zombies mode.

After Call of Duty: WWII dominated major consoles and become more successful than it hoped for, everyone was wondering what 2018’s Call of Duty title will be. Then we received an announcement after some speculation that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is going to be this years' CoD game. Many who are a fan of single-player mode from this series are going to be quite disappointed as upcoming Black Ops 4 won't have any campaign as such.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Have No Single-Player Campaign

RELATED: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Almost Confirmed

As latest installment from Black Ops franchise, single player mode will entirely omitted from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by Treyarch. Although the development team is ditching on their traditional campaign mode, they are concentrating their multiplayer modes as well as series’ popular Zombies mode. As their expected release date approaches, developers realized they won't be able to finish single-player campaign within deadline and then chose to focus on other priorities.

RELATED: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Announced

Besides, focusing on multiplayer and Zombies mode will leave a huge vacuum that needs filling with something and the studio is planning more content for it. However, the actual plan is still under wraps and we all will have to wait until May 17 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to be officially revealed for everyone. Only then perhaps, they will drop some more detail on the game but we can't tell for sure if that will make it up to the disappointing fans to move on with that decision or not.

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Zombies Mode Will Return

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Lastly, this sudden change of their trend could also mean that it has something to do with forthcoming Call of Duty titles. We know that, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is getting remastered but it might not feature multiplayer mode. Maybe publisher Activision, who also is bringing Black Ops 4 doesn't want one of these games' successes to overshadow another and give them a hard time. If this is what causing all these changes then both games are just missing some great aspects because of some irrational prediction.

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Developer studio Treyarch begins their journey with the spin-off series by debuting Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010. From the very beginning, they kept this sub-series a bit unique by taking a different course of setting the game's plot focusing on a crisis of near-future time. Single player campaigns become very popular among players and so are the multiplayer modes. Because of their idea of breaking stereotypes in each title, we sure are in for some surprise when Black Ops 4 finally drops.

Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch Delayed

It was back in January 2018, when we first came to know through Nintendo Direct Mini about a planned Remastered version of From Software’s action role-playing original Dark Souls game on Nintendo Switch that was scheduled for May 25 release. Earlier this month, we have a good look at some exclusive gameplay footage of the game in 4K, courtesy of PlayStation Underground. Unfortunately, it was announced today that Switch version is delayed for summer 2018.

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Dark Souls: Remastered on Nintendo Switch Delayed

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With an official Tweet, publisher Bandai Namco revealed that release date for Dark Souls: Remastered is currently pushed back to summer of 2018.



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However, planned versions for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are still coming out the same day. Though they have not specified the nature of their causality which caused the delay, we have one very simple theory in mind. It seems that Switch port was being developed by a different team other than the ones who worked for console editions and they have faced some unexpected problem that would take time to solve.

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Solaire of Astora Amiibo

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Also, Solaire of Astora from the game was about to get his own amiibo figurine that was supposed to arrive on the same day is also delayed till Switch version’s new release date. Namco assured that they will make it up to you for this delay by improving your gameplay experience as you journey to Lordran. The network test on Nintendo eShop is still due following their initial announcement of this project.

RELATED: Dark Souls: Remastered New Gameplay

Dark Souls: Remastered was promised to us to deliver enhanced 4K resolution and improved frame rate. It makes us think too that what might possibly happen to a game that showcased a steady gameplay at PAX East, which eventually pushed back their deadline for the time being. If this attempt to remaster project is successful with support from fans then From Software may consider about Dark Souls II and Dark Souls III as well.

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."
RELATED: State of Decay 2 Collector’s Edition Announced

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.

RELATED: State of Decay 2 PAX-East 2018 Gameplay

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.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

Many gamers would agree that BioShock from developer 2K Games was a very unique entry among all other first-person shooter game franchises. 2007 saw the debut of the first game, then BioShock 2 came in 2010 and BioShock Infinite released in 2013. So, it's been five years since the last game of the series was released but we bet many fans are more than ready for a new installment at any time. With that, we currently have news that a new BioShock title is currently in development.

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New BioShock Game Reportedly in Development

All the titles from the original series took place into the underwater city of Rapture, which was meant to be a utopia for elites. People become addicted to a substance called ADAM that grants superhuman abilities but also slowly drives them insane. Little orphan girls called "Little Sisters" were used to harvest ADAM and they were protected by giant robot like sentries nicknamed "Big Daddies". Third game of the series, BioShock Infinite took the adventure to the vintage sky city of Columbia.

News editor Jason Schreier for video game website Kotaku was recently working on a story with developer Hangar 13 about Mafia III, when he came to know about this information. There is a secret neighboring studio Parkside, currently working on an unannounced project and it is a new BioShock game. Now, this has come to many fans as relief as many of them thought that their series has ended with the fall of developer Irrational Games.



Although CEO of Take-Two Interactive, Strauss Zelnick has assured in 2015 that it wouldn't mean the end for BioShock series and they will continue it in future, they have not done anything convincing till date to back that up. However, it looks like Take-Two is making good on their word by bringing a brand-new BioShock game teaming up with publisher 2K Games. Already sold more than 25 million units, this steampunk first-person shooter was also being considered for a movie adaptation but ultimately failed though.

Officially, 2K Games have yet to confirm the validity of this news and there has been no statement from their end yet. With the release of BioShock: The Collection featuring remastered edition of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the series made it's comeback in 2016 but that was it. There was no more news from them ever since and the entirety of this franchise are put into ice. If they are truly bringing back the series, then we would love to see them explore some new location for their fictional paradise this time.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Night on Endor Update

Hunter meets hunted in Star Wars Battlefront II's brand-new limited-time mode Ewok Hunt on the forest moon of Endor, starting April 18.

Last year's one of the most anticipating yet disappointing game Star Wars Battlefront II from EA DICE is getting a new update. Titled "Night on Endor", this update brings you a limited time game mode named Ewok Hunt, which will take you back to relive an experience from Return of the Jedi. On the forest moon of Endor, you can pick a fight as Ewoks or Imperial Stormtroopers for either saving the village or try to survive an unsuspecting ambush out of nowhere.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Night on Endor Update

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The Empire may have a firm grip over the entire galaxy but down here, the Ewoks cares little about that and it is never wise to engage them on their own turf. This is a battle for dominance between spears and blasters, which may not have very long lasting effects. It's completely up to you if you choose to prey on Empire’s forces or just try to fight for your territory from them. Night on Endor update will go live from April 18 on Star Wars Battlefront II, available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Ewoks Chasing Stormtroopers

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Rules of engagement for this new limited time mode are simple. You can pick a side with Ewoks and play as one and led an attack on those Stormtroopers as soon as they step into your zone. You are free to use spears, Wisties and any other abilities you can bring to the table to take down the Imperial army. The moment you take down one of them, they will spawn as another Ewok, thus growing your numbers. If you manage to eliminate everyone of their gang, your Ewok celebration can begin.

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Village of Ewoks

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Considering the superior firepower and training Stormtroopers have, Ewoks have no chance of standing against them unless they use the cover of night to their advantage. They can only hope that an extraction team arrives to pick them up sooner while they desperately try to keep this army of furry cuteness away from them. Because, to protect their village from intruders, those little fellows can quickly become agitated and can bring down any invaders by leading an ambush on them using guerrilla tactics.

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Troopers on Ewok Hunt

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Also, Night on Endor update is not limited to Ewok Hunt mode but a few Endor-themed cosmetic items. Endor Han and Endor Leia are one of the most notable among these 50 new additions. With that, developers are Crystals are returning to Battlefront II for fans to purchase these "Appearances". Both in-game credits earned through gameplay activities or Crystals bought with real-world currency are allowed to unlock these skins.

Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

The gates of Hell are probably going to open on Mars soon again as publisher Bethesda Softworks has teased us so. We are talking about one of the best first-person shooter games ever made and expecting an announcement for a sequel to 2016's Doom from the newly rebooted franchise. If we got the indication right according to a studio executive from Bethesda, then Doom 2 will be announced at E3 2018. In that case, we should be prepared to deal with hell demons on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Doom 2 May Be Announced at E3 2018

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Back in 1993, Doom introduced us to the madness of first-person shooter games and took players on a roller costar ride to Hell and beyond. After the original, a sequel, Doom II followed next year and Doom 3 came out a decade later. We even received a live-action Doom movie featuring Hollywood superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). However, that one failed miserably and entire series took a reboot with 2016's Doom game, which reinvented the franchise.

RELATED: Doom on Switch Adds Motion Controls

Lately, Pete Hines, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bethesda Softworks was present in an event at PAX East and in an interview he was asked what they are planning for the latter half of 2018. In response, he said:

“I couldn’t give you any guesses as to what we’re going to announce and when those games will be out. But I will say, we have a lot of new stuff to talk about at E3. Whether or not folks realize it, this is the hell on Earth time for us with E3. We are in the midst of so much planning and work for all of that content but I’m really excited."
Though he did not mention the word "Doom" or "Sequel" a single time but fans of the series may have already realized what went down there. For those who are still trying to figure out what was in Hines’ comments, we suggest you to focus on his mention of "Hell on Earth". The actual sequel of the first game was titled "Doom II: Hell on Earth", which place on Earth as demons from Hell have laid an invasion. That brings our hero Doomguy back in action to save our planet as well as mankind.

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Doom II: Hell on Earth Cover Artwork

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Originally debuted on MS-DOS, Hell on Earth was an overall improvement on everything its predecessor was and became a best-selling title upon release. If Bethesda is actually teasing that title and can do things right like they did on reboot of Doom in 2016, we are waiting for another potential critical and commercial success ahead of time. Right now, Bethesda is probably prioritizing this one because E3 2018 is nearing. Besides, they also announced Wolfenstein II and The Evil Within 2 at last year's E3.