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With DICE & EA's Star Wars Battlefront posting decent sales figures on release week, we've reported on numerous and alarming player drops over recent times, seeing this new game fall much lower on PC in game-time than competing titles like Team Fortress 2, CS:GO, Fallout 4 and more. We've also noticed player drops even over peak periods, where other games saw an increase in players, Battlefront did not.
In yet another disappointing advancement, statistics from Steam and Battlefront Stats has shown us that there are now almost more Fallout 4 players on PC alone than Star Wars Battlefront gamers across all platforms - PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Battlefront has posted a 24-hour peak of 24.9k on PC, 60.8k on Xbox One and 106.6k on PlayStation 4, this marks a 192.4k total player-base through all three major gaming platforms, sitting alongside 158.8k people playing at the time of writing this article. This is compared with a 162.3k 24-hour peak of Fallout 4 on PC only, backed up by 124.2k at the time of writing this article.
NVIDIA's tech marketing guy and GeForce.com Editor in Chief Andrew Burnes, replying to a GeForce.com reader curious about SLI support for Just Cause 3, has made it known the game's engine is "incompatible with multi-GPU solutions" and, therefore, does not support SLI. This is no doubt a letdown for those who invested in the extra hardware and expected such a graphically impressive game to support the feature.
Just Cause 3 runs on Avalanche Studios' Avalanche Engine, which also powered Just Cause, Just Cause 2, and Mad Max, among other games.
Missed out on some cool deals this Black Friday? Well, now Jim Bending from The Sore Thumb has released a title in order to sooth your savings-induced rage.
'Super Black Friday Sweep - Beat the Crowd' is the name of this title and it's a simple game that can be played for free on Bending's website here. Developed with the help of Unity, the idea in this game is to pick up all the awesome savings for yourself, while assaulting other shoppers.
Complete with a cool soundtrack, this game is completely free with no ads or other mumbo-jumbo. Jump in and save here.
With Call of Duty has becoming a near-Christmas release staple for quite a few years now, Glen Schofield from Sledgehammer Games has taken to Twitter in order to express his excitement towards the next title release, exclaiming: "Can't talk about the game but we listened and I am so f*%#=ing stoked about this one."
An article published by Movie Pilot speculated on this new title, mentioning that Sledgehammer were once working on its own Call of Duty type title. This game was played in third-person and something similar to Uncharted in its game style, instead of the run-and-gun first-person Call of Duty that many players either love or hate.
The public feedback also totes towards a Modern Warfare title release, with the general population seemingly wanting this series to continue on due to various points based around story line, movement, weapon handling and game feel. If the stars align and this third-person possibility from Sledgehammer Games and the Modern Warfare series combine, we will certainly be presented with an interesting title come 2016.
According to a report from TheGamesCabin, the PS4 version of Just Cause 3 is seeing performance-related issues and extending loading times. While Just Cause 3 isn't officially out until tomorrow, some reviewers have received their version of the game early.
Even though the game is said to be huge fun, "it rarely manages to maintain a steady refresh rate" on the PS4 at its targeted 1080p resolution and 30FPS. Whenever there is an explosion on-screen, which there are a lot in Just Cause 3, the frame rate drops and the game stutters during driving sequences. Even running around the island in Just Cause 3 and rotating the camera sees the game experiencing frame rate issues on the PS4.
There's a day one patch coming which should see the performance helped out, so let's hope by the time gamers get their hands on Just Cause 3 that the performance issues on the PS4 are fixed.
Renowned games analyst Michael Pachter has once again rubbed his crystal ball and made some predictions on Nintendo's new NX console. The Wedbush Securities analyst has proven to be a kind of oracle when it comes to the world of gaming and projects that the NX has a chance of making it big--but we probably won't see it released in 2016.
In the latest episode of Pachter Factor (paywall gated), the soothsayer analyst delivered his predictions that Nintendo's mysterious cross-platform NX could take off if the Japanese games-maker handles it just right. According to Pachter, the Nintendo NX has a 60% chance in succeeding and could sell as much as 30 million units when it hits the shelves. The NX's strength lies in its status as a "convergence device" which unifies existing games platforms including consoles, PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Nintendo has said in the past that the NX won't make any existing hardware redundant, pretty much saying that the 3DS, Wii U and maybe even Wii will be compatible with the hardware. As far as the NX's release date, there is a rumor floating around that the console will enter mass production at Foxconn soon as April 2016, with an estimated 10-12 million units being shipped as soon as July 2016, which fits neatly into our older projections.
Dreamhack Winter heated up this weekend when police were called due to a fight between Swedish Dota 2 professional Jonathan 'Loda' Berg and high-profile English eSports journalist Richard Lewis.
This altercation happened after a discussion on Twitter involving a sign held by Kellymilkies, manager of Berg's professional team (and his girlfriend), was posted by Lewis. The post was accompanied with a comment, reading "Can someone tell the groupie I kicked out of bed this morning that she left her sign." While Lewis later claimed that this discussion has nothing to do with Berg's manager as he didn't know she made the sign, it was still taken personally.
The official statement by DreamHack reads "During the afternoon today at DreamHack Winter 2015 there was an incident at the CS:GO backstage area, where Loda and Richard Lewis were involved in verbal dispute that escalated into a physical confrontation. The situation was witnessed by DreamHack staff, who intervened and pulled both parties apart when the confrontation began. After cooling down the situation, DreamHack Security Crew was called to the site, and took official statements of the involved the parties. DreamHack also notified Police that came to the location to take statements from both parties and witnesses."
While we reported a few days ago that Star Wars Battlefront had a poor PC player uptake, seeing a 24-hour peak of 33,337 players on PC compared to 66,444 on Team Fortress 2 and a massive 229,068 on Fallout 4, the weekend wasn't any kinder to this newly-released title.
Further comparison draws us, yet again, to Fallout 4, a title released alongside Star Wars Battlefront. White this game caters to a slightly different audience. Steam reports that this game has clocked a massive comparative peak of 254,357 players in the last 24 hours, with 162,742 playing at the time of writing this article.
Ubisoft says it will have Rainbow Six: Siege ready for launch, without problems, but before the launch on Tuesday the developer has released a new trailer dubbed "The Breach".
The trailer features a famous speech by Henry V in the eponymous 1600 play, before the battle. It kicks off with the line "once more unto the breach, dear friends". Ubisoft changed it up a bit, adding: "Close the wall up with our English dead," becomes "... our brave men dead" with the following line cut: "In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility".
Even on PC, Fallout 4's graphics aren't quite amazing. The Commonwealth isn't going to put an NVIDIA GTX 980Ti through its paces, and users with higher-end rigs have faced disappointment with the game's underwhelming visuals. With the addition of mods, all of that can be turned around.
A new mod called Vivid Fallout aims to inject a vivacious life to Fallout 4's environs. The game surely is much more colorful than Fallout 3, but a good portion of its flora and fauna remain undefined and rather beleaguered, and that's exactly what this mod overhauls.
As you can see in the side-by-side comparison, the mod's visuals are quite striking and much more pronounced in some instances, but sometimes you can't really notice. If you want to get the total package, this particular mod goes hand-in-hand with the new Realistic Lights add-on. The lighting mod overhauls the way light and shadow are presented in the game to add in a nice sense of realism, but it can be admittedly hard to see in metropolitan areas with skyscrapers.