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It's been a few rough months for Blizzard, their servers have experiences different niggling issues - seemingly since around the release of the latest World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor.
Last night, Blizzard's Oceania servers took a tumble with locals reporting "incompatible server" issues being widespread amongst World of Warcraft Oceanic based offerings.
Rockstar has announced the new "Festive Surprise" for Grand Theft Auto Online, a new update which adds snowball fights, Christmas sweathers and much more.
There are new weapons in the form of a new homing missile launcher and proximity mines, as well as some new vehicles with the Hot Rod Christmas Ratloader, Slam Van, and the Massacro and Jester sports cars. GTA Online gamers are now welcome to a third garage to store their vehicles, with the new weapons available at the in-game Ammu-Nation.
There's also some seasonal clothing included with the "Festive Surprise" update, something that includes scarves, masks and holiday pyjamas for free. These items will continue to be made available through to January 5, with special holiday crates dropping "frequently" between now and then.
Since the dawn of eSports, poor old Oceania has been heavily neglected in receiving invites, qualifiers or any chances to enter global gaming competitions. In a move to capture a new audience, HiRez Studios have just announced that players from this region will now have the ability to qualify for the Smite world championships, season 2.
This free, Multilayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) 3rd-person game has begun a massive push into the Australian market - after a positive showing at PAX Australia 2014 and the recent acquisition of well-known fighting games player and organizer Daniel Chlebowczyk, they're looking to give the locals something that they've been wanting for ages - international exposure.
There have been a few videos floating around the Internet comparing Techland's upcoming zombie survival shooter, with claims that Dying Light has been graphically downgraded. We've seen it before with Ubisoft's titles, such as Watch Dogs and The Division, but now the claims of Dying Light have PC gamers in a fit, and rightly so.
Techland's Paul Milewski spoke with GamingBolt, where he said "If you compare the 2103 footage to any of the material released lately, you can clearly see major improvements. Downgraded? Not a chance. Just look at the latest interactive footage released by us a couple of days ago." Milewski added "Also, consider that most of the recent media and YouTuber gameplay that's out there is all on PCs that we have no idea what's in them. And yet they all look better compared to the 2013 promo material which was recorded on a high-end PC at the time."
Dying Light hits the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month.
Microsoft has a huge early Christmas present for Xbox One preview members, where they'll receive early access to Halo 5. The multiplayer beta for Halo 5 kicks off on December 29, with 343 Industries and Microsoft ending the year on a big bang.
The early access is invite-only, with all current Xbox One preview members most likely receiving a message from Xbox Live tomorrow, which will include two codes to download the Halo 5 beta. The early access beta for Halo 5 will start at 4PM ET tomorrow, and will end at 3AM ET on December 22. This gives Xbox One preview members the great ability of playing the Halo 5 beta over the weekend. Get in now!
Arrow Gaming was a great South-East Asian DOTA 2 eSports team, but after various cheating scandals a couple of months ago, the team is returning with a new name: "We Are Sorry".
The five-man "We Are Sorry" team might not get back into the serious DOTA 2 tournaments, at least not for a while, because some of them have been banned from competitions for life. No matter the name change, this is serious stuff, folks. But, there has been one tournament that has allowed them entry, and that is the Vietnam Champion League Season 2.
Organizers of the event have said they they let them in because "I believe in them. People make mistakes daily. If no one will forgive them, they might have to stop playing," which is a truly great way of looking at things.
Rockstar answered a bunch of questions on its blog about Grand Theft Auto V, questions which ranged from the previous generation consoles, right up to the upcoming PC version of GTA V.
When asked "where the heck is GTA5 PC" the developed replied with "We're presently in the final stages of development on the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 and hope to have confirmed official system requirements to share soon ... in the coming week." Another good question was asked, where if you could transfer your GTA Online progress over to the PC, which you can. Rockstar said "Yes and from any platform" which is great to hear.
Grand Theft Auto V for PC reaches us on January 27, 2015.
Valve has just kickstarted its annual Steam Holiday Sale, which will run all the way through to January 2, 2015. There are countless games on sale, all of which will change every 12 hours.
Right now, the current sales include:
- Civilization: Beyond Earth for $29.99, down 40% from its original $49.99 price.
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 for $3.74, down 85% from its original $24.99 price.
- Sniper Elite III for $24.99, down 50% from its original $49.99 price.
- Dark Souls II for $14.79, down 63% from its original $39.99 price.
- Rocksmith 2014 Edition for $20.39, down 66% from its original $59.99 price.
There are many more games on sale, so go and check them all out!
Mojang has announced Minecraft: Story Mode, a new story-based single-player mode for the super-popular game, which will be made by the developer of The Walking Dead game, Telltale Games. Minecraft: Story Mode will launch next year on "Xbox consoles, PlayStation consoles, PC, Mac, iOS and Android-based devices."
On the official Mojang blog, they write "Minecraft: Story Mode will be released episodically, just like The Wolf Among Us, The Walking Dead or the recent Tales from the Borderlands, which is another developer-collaboration series between Telltale Games and Gearbox Software. We're not intending on creating an 'official' story for Steve, or explaining the world of Minecraft in detail. It will be a cool game."
The folks over at Telltale provide even more details, teasing "Minecraft: Story Mode will be an all-new narrative-driven game series developed by Telltale in collaboration with Mojang. Set in the world of Minecraft, the series will feature an original story, driven by player choice." The developer continues "It will not be an add-on for Minecraft, but rather a separate stand-alone product that will premiere in 2015 on consoles, computers and mobile devices."
For those who don't know, Russia is experiencing some problems with its currency, the Russian ruble. This has forced Valve to take preventative measures for its digital distribution service, Steam, so that people don't buy super cheap games in Russia and gift them to people.
Valve has now region locked titles from the country according to reports from Engadget and NeoGAF, which is a first for Valve. This stops gamers from exploiting the low Russian currency, acquiring countless games at super cheap prices, and then gifting them to people. Secondly, it stops people using a VPN, and simply buying the games for themselves.
Apple has also performed a similar move, closing down its Russian online store as it was not able to keep up with the constant shift in the price of the ruble.