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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been around for not even a week, but Sledgehammer Games is already patching it up following player feedback since it launched. The first patch will fix various issues, as well as a few changes to gameplay.
The patch will fix those Prestige resetting issues, change the placement of the in-game chat, fix speed reloading, and it should also add in some connection optimizations - which should fix the game-breaking lag that many gamers have been complaining about. The developer will also be baking in some changes to the challenges required to unlock camos for weapons, and allow users to unlock eSports options in private matches.
Activision is also finally talking about dedicated servers for the game, with the company saying: "Advanced Warfare employs game servers hosted at data centers globally on all platforms and listen servers as part of our proprietary matchmaking system. Our goal is to ensure the best possible connection and greatest gameplay experience regardless of location and time of day".
Just how many copies of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has Activision sold? LOTS. It has sold so well, that its first week of sales has stripped the combined first week of sales of Titanfall, Destiny, and Wolfenstein... combined.
The new COD is also outselling its predecessor, Call of Duty: Ghosts, but that shouldn't be surprising. What is surprising, is that the new Call of Duty is outselling two of the biggest games in its first week: Titanfall and Destiny - both of which had truly massive marketing campaigns behind them.
Far Cry 4's Creative Director, Alex Hutchinson, is making headlines again today - but not for the argument that resolution is "certainly not something" he cares about in a game, but that there will not be a sequel to the surprise-hit Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
The announcement happened during the IGN Pubcast, where Hutchinson said: "The cool thing about Blood Dragon was that it was a surprise. It was a great use of the Far Cry 3 base, and had an awesome soundtrack. So the answer is no, you won't be getting another one of those. Hopefully we can come up with something that surprises you as much as the original Blood Dragon".
He did add that the company will get pounded about it, where he added: "And if we did make one, I'd probably get told on Twitter 'are we going to get a Blood Dragon every year? You're just in a factory churning things out'".
Activision's Call of Duty received the top vote as best game franchise, voted on by 5,000 gamers polled for the Guinness World Records 2015 Gamer's Edition, winning ahead of Super Mario Bros., Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, Halo, and The Legends of Zelda.
Here is what Craig Glenday, Guinness World Records editor-in-chief said: "More than 5,000 fans of the book from 140 countries across the world took to an online poll vote for their favorite games, and the top 50 record-breaking games were featured in the book."
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare recently launched - and despite some analysts showing concern over game sales - Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg believes it will outsell Call of Duty: Ghosts.
Most headlines are filled with Star Citizen lately, especially when Chris Roberts told us exclusively that he "doesn't care about consoles", adding a tease about 8K textures, which seems to have gamers excited. But now we have news of competing space combat game Elite: Dangerous, and an official release date: December 16.
December 16 is a little over a month away, with Frontier Developments putting up a pre-order package of "Elite: Dangerous Mercenary Edition" which gives gamers the full game, ship liveries, Day One decal, and other stuff for $50. Pre-orders receive a $9.99 discount from the final release of the game. Any crowd-funded backer who purchased the Beta, or higher, will receive the Mercenary Pack on December 16.
The rise of eSports might be overlooked in the United States, but is growing rapidly worldwide - and online gambling websites are jumping into the fun. Pinnacle, E-Sport Bets, Datbet, and several others have seen eSports gambling interest increase, with a specific interest in League of Legends and Dota 2 matches.
Here is what Phil Hudson, from the online betting website Pinnacle Sports, recently mentioned to NBC News: "E-sports is definitely our fastest area of growth. It's quite big in Asia and Eastern Europe, but e-sports is really a phenomenon across the world."
eSports has risen to become Pinnacle's eight most popular sport to gamble on, with more than 350,000 bets so far in 2014 - and while that doesn't come close to soccer or American football, the company has seen placed bets double each year since 2011. There are now eight employees dedicated to determining the lines and wagers of eSports.
Skateboard legend Tony Hawk confirmed he's working with Activision on a new skateboarding console game that should be released in 2015. It's unknown if the title will be available for the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, or for next-generation consoles only.
Here is what Hawk confirmed via Twitter: "I'm currently working with Activision on a console game for 2015 (along with a new mobile game). I think fans of THPS series will be hyped."
Additional details will be made available later down the road, and it doesn't appear Activision is ready to spill the beans on exact game details just yet.
After publicly unveiling Overwatch during Blizzcon 2014, the public video demo shows 12 heroes - all with unique skills and fighting styles - battling through multiple environments. The design team wanted "limitless diversity" in the gaming environment, which will continue to need adjustments during internal testing - and when the beta opens up next year.
Here is what Bill Petras, Blizzard Art Director said: "We want to have a world of diversity, so that's something we're really excited about. Looking at all the heroes, there is a lot of iteration back and forth when I work with the heroes."
The Overwatch beta will begin 2015, but interested gamers can now sign up for a test of team-based shooter. Blizzard doesn't have a scheduled release date for the game, and will continue to work to ensure the product is well polished before release.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has been available since last week, and Sledgehammer Games is preparing a patch that will resolve bug problems and fine-tune other issues, based on input from the gaming community. Since launching on November 3, the game was met with mainly positive reviews from game sites and gamers, and Sledgehammer Games wants to continue appeasing customers with fast changes.
The update will address: in-game chat notification location, prestige reset problems, optimize connections, resolve leaderboard stat problems, fix round-based game modes that affect Win/Loss ratios, and other
"Our team has been working hard on improvements to the game," said Michael Condrey, studio head and Sledgehammer Games co-founder. "We've also had our ears to the ground, listening to your feedback. Our commitment to continuing to support the game and community is as strong as ever, and we have the whole team focused on making the experience the best it can be."
Brittany Levasseur's husband has had seven brain surgeries over the last 12 months, where she took to Reddit to post about how their doctor recommended playing Destiny as a form of mental therapy. She wrote: "It's been a joy to watch him. It's been a little over a week, and the game's effect on him has been so strong. Weak for months, he is flourishing in more than just the game world. He has been going out more, doing chores, making jokes. The effect of playing the game on his mood has been almost staggering".
It was shortly after Levasseur's post on Reddit that Bungie's Community Manager got in contact with her, offering her husband a package at the Tower: a one-of-a-kind rifle for Destiny. The Fate Of All Fools isn't in the game yet, unavailable to normal Destiny gamers. This means that this gamer is the only non-Bungie employee in the world to have this gun.
How does Levasseur feel about the gun? His wife said in an email to Kotaku: "He adores the gun. It's his first exotic, and he has been actively enjoying it all day. It seems like my entire night has been on repeat - it's been nothing but 'BANG! God I love this gun. BANG! This is awesome. BANG! Did you see that shot!?'".