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It looks like DICE is going to be unleashing some XP points this weekend to Battlefield 4 gamers, with the studio announcing a new double XP event to take place January 3-5.
Premium subscribers will earn double XP starting 8am EST on Friday, January 3. The double XP goodness will flow for 58 hours, ending at 6pm EST on Sunday, January 5. I think this is great timing, as I'm going to my first LAN in years this weekend, and will be able to double up on my XP. Thanks, DICE!
Just 12 hours after DayZ was released, it had over 88,000 copies sold, and within 24 hours it had a total of 172,500 copies. But one week down the track and we're looking at over 400,000 copies.
This is quite the achievement, considering it's still an Early Access build. DayZ has already seen a peak concurrent user base of over 40,000 players, which is another milestone in itself. Since it's release last month, there have been three major updates to the game, with many, many more to come.
If you hadn't jumped on the Steam Holiday Sales, you need to do so in the next 15 hours or so. Valve has just unleashed the last day of the Holiday Sales, and what a sale it is!
The gaming giant has bought back the most popular deals, with 24 games on the cheap! Check them out above. We have games like Batman: Arkham Origins, Metro: Last Light, Dishonored, Skyrim, Saints Row IV, Tomb Raider, Far Cry 3, and much more - many of the best games of 2013 are available right now, for 15 more hours, on special.
Just a few days ago, Deadpool was part of Steam's Winter Sale, but today the game is not even listed on the service. Other digital distribution sites such as Xbox Live and the PlayStation network have removed the game from sale as well, and at the moment no one seems to know exactly why.
The Deadpool trademark is owned by Marvel with the video game being developed by High Moon Studios and published by Activision, and was one of the better games released in 2013, but now it appears that something behind the scenes has halted all sales. While nothing has been confirmed yet, I am willing to speculate that licensing issues between one of the parties involved has caused the game to be pulled, and that it will return shortly.
Over the last few days many gamers looking to log into Battlefield 4 have been experiencing an error that prevents them from joining any servers. The most common error reads "Error: No contact with EA Online. Please try again later." The issue first arose last week, and it appeared that EA had fixed it, but this morning the issue arose again.
EA suggest that users check their NAT type and Port Forwarding settings in their router, but several users are reporting that nothing seems to fix the issue. The issue does in fact appear to be with servers on EA's end as Battlefield 3 players are experiencing the same issue.
I just checked and I was able to log into one Atlanta based server, but was unable to log into an LA based server. Unfortunately EA has not released any info on outages this morning, and until they fix things on their end, the issues will most likely persist. I wonder if EA realizes that server downtime equals negative kills in Battlefield?
It's now officially 2014 here in Australia, and it's getting awfully close in the US, so let's jump right into the current games on special with the Steam Holiday Sales.
We have Planetary Annihilation on sale for 33% off, down from $59.99 to $40.19. Half-Life 2, if you didn't already have it, is on sale, down from $9.99 to $2.49 - or 75% off. Company of Heroes 2 is on sale, with a huge 66% off, down from $49.99 to $16.99. GRID 2 is also on special with some big discount: 75% off, reducing its $49.99 price to just $12.49.
PC gaming is dying? Not according to Valve's numbers for its digital distribution giant: Steam. According to the Steam stats page, the peak user count of 7.6 million.
This is mostly thanks to some massive specials courtesy of the Steam Holiday Sales, and some massive concurrent users on some of the hottest games like DOTA 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. What did you buy during the Steam Holiday Sales? There are some great bargains to be had, that's for sure!
Just as my Radeon R9 290X GPUs arrive, the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4 has been delayed. The news has been confirmed to Polygon, which talked with an AMD representative who said:
After much consideration, the decision was made to delay the Mantle patch for Battlefield 4. AMD continues to support DICE on the public introduction of Mantle, and we are tremendously excited about the coming release for Battlefield 4! We are now targeting a January release and will have more information to share in the New Year.
It wouldn't matter right now, because Battlefield 4 is still a mess with problems.
The Steam Holiday Sales continue, with some even bigger sales today, including Metro: Last Light for 66% off, dropping it to just $18.69 from $54.99. You can also grab Grand Theft Auto IV for $12.49, a huge 75% off its original $49.99 price.
If you're into superhero fighting games, Injustice: Gods Among Us - Limited Edition is 50% off, down from $49.99 to just $24.99. Alan Wake is a massive 90% off, down from $29.99 to just $2.99 - a bargain right there! Outlast, the creepy game that is compatible with the Oculus Rift, is just $6.79, down $19.99 or 66% off.
Today's specials in the Steam Holiday Sales include some big titles, such as Hitman: Absolution for 80% off, dropping its original $24.99 price to just $4.99, and Resident Evil 6 has 70% off, dropping it from $39.99 to $11.99.
You can grab Portal 2 for just $4.99, which is down from $19.99 or 75% off. Some large games are discounted, with Assassin's Creed: Black Flag having 25% off, dropping its $69.95 price to $52.46 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II down 50%, from $89.99 to $44.99.