Showing posts with label Multiplayer. Show all posts
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

Selling over 6 million copies in launch week, Pokémon Sword and Shield is now fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time.

In spite of controversies regarding developer Game Freak cutting off a significant number of beloved Pokémon from Pokédex and fan backlash over reusing old modes, Pokémon Sword and Shield has seen a great launch week.

Currently titled as fastest-selling Nintendo Switch game of all time, Sword and Shield has managed to sell over 6 million copies worldwide in first week of its release, according to reports from publisher Pokémon Company.

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Pokémon Sword and Shield Becomes Fastest-Selling Switch Game Ever

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Despite massive consumer boycott and fan outrage on social media, it sold 1.36 million physical units within first three days in Japan, successfully beating Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as fastest-selling Switch game in the country.

Nintendo confirms that Pokémon Sun and Moon released for Nintendo 3DS previously made a record sales of 16.17 million copies. Though these titles were fastest-selling games ever in Western market, they had a cheaper price tag.

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Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Eevee!, remakes of 1998 Game Boy titles has shipped an impressive 11.28 million copies last year and judging by first-week sales of latest series installment, Sword and Shield may cross that number soon.

Pokémon Sword and Shield are actually two identical games in terms of content that are released separately. Latest Pokémon games have seen great sales number, partly due to recent launch of Nintendo Switch Lite handheld console. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

Blizzard confirms to add beloved "Elective Mode" for Diablo IV to let players assign skill categories.

Fans of hack and slash action RPG game series Diablo are excited once again after recent reveal of Diablo IV at BlizzCon 2019 by developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment following Diablo Immortal debacle from BlizzCon last year.

According to a latest official blog post, Blizzard has confirmed plans of bringing back popular "Elective Mode" system from Diablo III that would allow players assigning specific skill selection slots to buttons of their choosing.

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Diablo 4 to Bring Back Elective Mode

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Initially, certain categories such as defensive and primary skills will be allocated to set of buttons on controller or keyboard. What Elective Mode does is that gives players a choice to customize their own set as they want.

Maybe you have one particular skill type set on a certain button and that is not matching with what you have in mind, then you can simply place that skill under a different key using the feature, which gives you flexibility in playing.

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Because of a user interface from demo showed at BlizzCon this year, members of player community were speculating if D4 will lock skills under specific slots but Blizzard came clearing all confusion on that by confirming Elective Mode.

Lead systems designer David Kim stated that every skill categories will remain unlocked for all players to let them freely assign and select. Besides, the shown UI is not final just like many other aspects due to an ongoing development.

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Elective Mode From Diablo III

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Customization has always been a great part of the looter RPG and in terms of itemization, Blizzard looking to add more depth for base items. They will also allow people to spend money on in-game cosmetics and mounts for characters.

Diablo IV is announced to arrive for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One but an official release window is yet to be determined. Currently, they are mostly busy gathering feedback from fans to improve overall gameplay experience.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

A set release date for Nintendo Switch version of Samurai Shodown 2019 has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

Following a surprise reveal back in September 2018, developer/publisher SNK Corporation has released their latest sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) in June 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.

According to early reports, a Nintendo Switch version was slated to launch on Q4 2019 but after SNK recently dropped a trailer for Switch port, it has become apparent that previous schedule has now been delayed to Q1 2020.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 for Nintendo Switch Delayed to 2020

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SNK dropped an official announcement trailer of latest Samurai Shodown reboot for Switch version.




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Early window was set for a worldwide release, which is now pushed forward a few months for North America and Europe. Since there is no mention of Japanese version, it would likely to come out in December 12, 2019 as planned before.

PC version of the game also had a same launch set date but there was no word from Athlon Games about a delay of any sort. Therefore, it is safe to assume that this long-running franchise reboot is heading to PC platform very soon.

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Although recently added blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame is joining as a free DLC fighter, rest of playable characters from Season Pass are not being offered without cost as SNK did earlier for other console versions.

Switch port of Samurai Shodown would have some visual compromises for obvious reasons but will still look sharp. As pre-order bonus, player will receive a port of 1999 Neo-Geo Pocket system title Samurai Shodown! 2.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Company of Heroes 2 Free on Steam Now

Sega celebrates Company of Heroes 2 World Championship 2019 finals by offering PC version for free on Steam.

Set during World War II era of events, real-time strategy game Company of Heroes 2 from developer Relic Entertainment and publisher Sega is currently free to download on PC platform throughout an entire weekend.

You can head over to CoH2 store page on Steam right away to download a copy for free anytime before the promotional offer eventually ends on November 17, 10:00 AM PT/1:00 PM EDT and then have it on your library forever.

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Company of Heroes 2 Free on Steam Now

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After this free weekend giveaway period is over, you will still be able to purchase the title at 75% price off until November 24. Alongside its base game, entire series of major DLC packs will be available under that same deep discount.

Players can also get a free copy of Victory at Stalingrad mission pack DLC when they simply sign up for official newsletter. This is a great starting point for anyone looking to get into CoH2 and get an extra free content as a bonus.

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Relic and Sega has been giving up this follow-up sequel to CoH as a freebie for past few years and if you somehow missed to catch it before, this is your limited time window this year to grab a copy within next forty-eight hours.

Company of Heroes 2 is hosting World Championship 2019 finals now where best players from around world are competing against each other for a $20,000 prize pool and interested parties can watch these professionals play live on Twitch.

BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

BioWare is reportedly planning for an overhaul for Anthem to bring it back through a massive update.

Though many have speculated for online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem from developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts to be the biggest release of 2019, it has completely failed to live up to that expectation.

Despite major faction of player community abandoning the game, developers are reportedly working on a huge update in an attempt to revive the anticipated loot shooter, which would either be called "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next".

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BioWare to Overhaul Anthem

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It all started with BioWare trying to publish an unfinished game that they had no clear vision for and then people who bought the game at full price starts seeing a series of problem it has in terms of content as well as many balance issues.

Morale among their development team had been at all time low and lead producer Ben Irving chooses to leave company three months ago. Following his departure, head of live service and community, Chad Robertson quickly took over.

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Moving ahead, he promised more transparency of work to fans but eventually, Robertson left his position earlier this month. Although he claimed that Anthem is currently in good hands, it is yet not clear who is leading the project right now.

At this point, many sources even started speculating whether the game is dead but recent report suggest that BioWare and EA has not given up support yet as they are planning to introduce a massive overhaul to save it.

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BioWare is preparing a total revamp in a last ditch effort to revive Anthem and are early stage of planning. Whether these updates would be launched one by one or roll out an entirely new game as "Anthem 2.0" or "Anthem Next" is not clear yet.

They can either release periodical series of patches like No Man's Sky or follow model of Destiny: The Taken King. This probably is why they have abandoned a planned roadmap of post-launch content to offer an improved experience.

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Since their continued support has been lackluster so far, one can only wonder how BioWare is doing on their latest plan. If they ended up releasing a brand-new product, then original players should be allowed to chime in for free.

Since most recent updates did very little to excite their deprived fan-base and Cataclysm mode has performed poorly, developers are to streamline mission structure and loot system of this multiplayer shooter title to address known issues.

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Redemption stories in video game are very rare but sometime there are great comeback stories like No Man's Sky with their regular updates or like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, which saw a complete makeover from scratch.

Then there are examples like online action RPG title Fallout 76 from Bethesda Softworks that does little to nothing to fix their broken game and then try to charge their existing players for private servers that many were requesting for long.

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Lately, EA has recruited help from other development teams to help core dev team to make progress. Players are still hoping to see the game light up as originally promised and BioWare is working really hard not to disappoint fans again.

Electronic Arts have even added Anthem to their EA Access catalog of title back in September, only seven months within release. Although, we don't have an official confirmation yet, a complete rework of gameplay systems is likely to come soon.

Bleeding Edge Release Date

Ninja Theory announced a 2020 release date for their upcoming multiplayer brawler Bleeding Edge at X019.

Following a leak ahead of E3 2019 press conference back in June, developer Ninja Theory officially revealed Bleeding Edge, their brand-new IP at Xbox press briefing event for PC, Steam, Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass service.

Up until now there was no set release date other than a single cinematic trailer from E3 and today, Microsoft has announced for the 4v4 multiplayer team brawler game to come out on March 24, 2020 at X019 livestream event.

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Bleeding Edge Release Date

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In a newly dropped trailer to herald its arrival, Ninja Theory offers an in-depth look at playable combatants.




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Debuted at latest episode of Inside Xbox, a brand-new fighter named Cass is introduced, who is a hybrid assassin with deadly skills. Rest of its eccentric range of characters was also seen doing some prep for their next battle as well.

On top of exclusive pre-order bonus, players will be given access to Closed Beta program on February 14 and March 13. Joining the mayhem early on before March 21, 2020 will earn you Punk Pack in-game bonus cosmetics content.

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Ninja Theory has previously worked on titles like DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. Last year, Microsoft Studios has acquired the studio alongside a few others in to produce new games for PC and next-gen Xbox consoles.

Bleeding Edge is going to be published by Xbox Game Studios and is currently available to pre-order for $29.99 retail price only. At launch, both cross play and cross save support will be accessible on all three different platforms.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rust Announced for PS4 and Xbox One

Double Eleven and Facepunch are bringing hardcore online survival game Rust on PS4 and Xbox One next year.

A game that has begun its journey as a popular mod for ARMA 2 and came out in Early Access back in 2013 as a clone to DayZ, multiplayer survival game Rust from developer/publisher Facepunch Studios has a strong following on PC.

Announced recently at Microsoft X019 livestream event, Facepunch has teamed up with Double Eleven to explore console platforms. Therefore, their popular online RPG game will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year.

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Rust Announced for PS4 and Xbox One

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Key gameplay aspects of Rust are highlighted in a brand-new announcement trailer that just dropped lately.




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You explore an open-world environment to craft, gather food and supplies for sole purpose of surviving. Aside from other players roaming around, wild animals like bears and wolves would often become a threat to your life.

To defend or to attack other survivors, primitive weapons as bows and conventional firearms are mostly used. People would likely to join a clan to get safety in numbers and build bases to improve their chances against hostility in general.

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Every move is considered very critical in terms of progress, as you can be way ahead of everyone else by taking some risk and make a smart move at right time or can lag for many precious hours for an accidental dumb move.

You would likely to start with a rock whereas people are running with guns but all you need is to work your way up. There are unlimited ways for your journey to unfold in ways full of potential that you probably didn't even expect.

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Facepunch has yet to clarify how the survival game will play out in PS4 and Xbox One but they sure will have to work on its controls. Though it does not outright give you a story right away but there are a lot of references to get a basic idea.

At present, Rust has amassed nearly 8 million players on Steam and will allow up to 100 players when it gets released on consoles. Whether there will be cross-platform support between all platforms or not are not confirmed as well.

Wasteland 3 Release Date

inXile Entertainment revealed a release date for upcoming isometric RPG game Wasteland 3, slated for next year.

Months after being acquired by Microsoft Studios last year, developer inXile Entertainment has announced their upcoming role-playing game Wasteland 3 during E3 2019 press briefing event in association with publisher Deep Silver.

Fans of Wasteland post-apocalyptic RPG series were looking forward to an official release date and recently at X019 livestream event, it is revealed to come out worldwide on May 19, 2020 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Wasteland 3 Release Date

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A latest trailer launched by inXile depicts in-game setting of a dystopian world full of perils titled "1987".




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Whereas first trailer of the game was more fun-filled, this one delves deep into gritty realistic side of things. Civilization has gotten rid of concepts like democracy and freedom long ago to embrace a violent way of living after huge fallout.

Players are to move to 80s-inspired frozen wastes of Colorado for strategic combat and exploration as a Desert Ranger. You can pick your own crew with preferred set of abilities and perks in both single-player and co-op modes.

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Fighting to save Arizona, you seek help from Patriarch of Colorado and come across tyrant leaders or even giant mechanized scorpion. In a century-long period, fight for survival has only become more intense and suppressive than it ever was.

Isometric RPG title Wasteland 3 is planning to deliver a story-driven gameplay experience which largely put emphasis on tactical combat rather than going guns blazing and will repeatedly make you question each moral decision.

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Wasteland 3 Pre-Order Bonus

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Currently available for pre-order, bonus includes cosmetic items like Hat, Glasses, Ranger Badge and Snow Weapons Camo for Ranger General. It was hinted that their next trailer in near future would be focused on dangers of cannibalism.

Wasteland 3 was entirely crowdfunded on Fig and Kickstarter to continue success of its critically-acclaimed predecessor Wasteland 2 and inXile managed to reach a total threshold of $3.1 million before Microsoft acquired them.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Title Update Live Now

Ubisoft launches first of two title updates for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint with much more yet to be done.

After miserably failing short on player expectations with tactical shooter game Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, developer/publisher Ubisoft saw a major drop in market share due to outrage and halted some of their upcoming releases.

Trying to work on their shortcomings and deliver a better gameplay experience, they planned out a long roadmap. Today, first of two major patch, Title Update 1.0.3 has been deployed for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

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Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Title Update Live Now

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This latest update came with a slew of bug fixes, improvements and biggest since Breakpoint launch. Ubisoft asked their fans to take part in their official survey and provide necessary feedbacks on what change are they looking for.

One of the major issues bothering players was drone behavior, which has been addressed alongside an issue of respawning under map. Some basic adjustment was made to PvP mode "Ghost War" like cooldown system and interaction.

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Mostly, gameplay features that made Ghost Recon: Wildlands great are among top requested changes. Stamina recovery system just got a lot better and switching side to change position while taking cover is now allowed.

Two new faction missions "Ease the Pain" and "A Deadly Trap" is added on top of fixes for animation bug, AI behavior and audio issues. Another title update is set to arrive later this month and will bring more optimizations for GRB.

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Ubisoft president Yves Guillemot admitted earlier that player community rejected Breakpoint for loot grind and some other issues. They are trying to turn it into a decent open-world Tom Clancy shooter game that fans originally expected.

There is lot more to change regarding its progression and hopefully, developers will take that into consideration. Although already launched on all major platforms, Ghost Recon: Breakpoint has yet to release on Google Stadia later this month.