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Ubisoft is banking pretty big on The Division's success and even goes so far to say that it'll be one of the most popular new IPs in video game history.
According to earning projections, The Division will play a substantial role in the company's 2016 earnings. "The Division - whose recent closed beta exceeded all of our expectations - is set to be one of the largest launches of a new brand in the history of the video game industry," said Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot.
Ubisoft's 2016 earnings forecast is focusing on "player engagement", a new strategy it says has paid off well with AC: Syndicate and Rainbow Six: Siege--and will hit a peak thanks to The Division and Far Cry Primal.
Bethesda has delivered a few delicious teases on the future of Fallout 4, getting Commonwealth survivors all excited about DLC and in-game tweaks.
The studio has teased that DLC news will be arriving quite soon, along with a few dramatic changes to Fallout 4's hardest difficulty. That's right, we're talking about Survivor Mode. Bethsoft is going to "completely overhaul" Survivor Mode to make it much more challenging, adding in the need to eat food and drink water, sleep, and treat infectious diseases. This will add a fresh new take on the end-game experience, and add in a whole new wave of immersion to boot.
"We know you're ready to learn what's coming for Fallout 4 DLC. We're not far off, and we think you'll be excited," reads the first Tweet. "We're also doing a complete overhaul of Fallout 4 Survival mode. Food, sleep, diseases, danger and more. Stay tuned," reads the second.
When patch 2.0 hit, it seemed to break the game in more ways than was intended. Ubisoft was quick on the draw and dolled out fixes for a majority of the most serious of issues. Patch 2.1 fixes the remainder of the bugs that showed up and adds some much needed variety into the mix.
One of the bets new features is the ability to setup a 10-player custom game that can be hosted on a dedicated server. This means it'll be much harder to cheat and the game will be much more stable as well. There are some small issues still surrounding the use of dedicated custom servers, but those will be addressed in the future. Right now if the match creator quits, then the server will shut down.
In the patch note they've listed the most severe bugs and have noted their having been squashed in this update. It isn't everything that was encountered, but it encompasses the majority of the game-breaking issues that cropped up. Check out what it fixed below. And don't be afraid to tell them of any other bugs you encounter.
If you want to get into the upcoming singleplayer Hitman beta test, then you'll want to avoid pre-ordering physical copies unless you shell out for the collector's edition.
"The only way to guarantee your access to the HITMAN Beta is to pre-order the game digitally on PlayStation 4 via PSN or PC via Steam," reads a FAQ post. "Alternatively, you can pre-order the Collector's Edition. Access to the HITMAN Beta is available for the pre-orders of the Full Experience, Intro Pack and Collector's Edition."
Ubisoft's latest financial results have just confirmed that there is indeed going to be a sequel to Watch Dogs, and that it's slated to be released sometime in 2017.
In those results a release date for the new game is expected by the end of the next financial year, which means we could theoretically see more information about this next Watch Dogs by April 30th 2017. Of course there are no details in the press release, except the following statement.
In 2016-17 the Company expects to achieve sales of around €1,700 million, non-IFRS operating
income of approximately €230 million and strong free cash flow generation. Ubisoft will launch a
very high-quality line-up, including For Honor®, South Park™ the Fractured but Whole™, Tom
Clancy's Ghost Recon® WildLands, the next instalment of Watchdogs®, and a new high-potential
AAA brand with strong digital live services.
A new trailer for Total War: Warhammer has shown up that shows off yet another aspect of the large campaign. This time they're giving us a peak into the strategic underpinnings of the mighty Empire, much like the video showcasing the Greenskins they revealed in December.
It gives a good glimpse into how they've put together the entire package, going over the different elements of the UI and the Empire specific elements. The walkthrough is a great tutorial of how to play and how to best make use of your resources to ensure victory over your neighbors. Remeber to use cattle to make those settlements happy and to put your Legendary Lords to good use.
At the moment Creative assembly is looking at an April release date and it looks like everything is on track. Of course this is a game that can only be properly enjoyed on the PC given the demanding requirements, due to potential resource size in any given game, and the amount of control you'll have over the different aspects.
Ubisoft has broken the annual plan for one of its primary IP's and confirms that 2016 will be the first year without a major Assassin's Creed game. That's right, we won't be getting a new AC game this year.
The devs broke the news in a blog post, citing that the problems with AC: Unity prompted the team to "re-examine" the franchise's game plan.
"This year, we also are stepping back and re-examining the Assassin's Creed franchise. As a result, we've decided that there will not be a new Assassin's Creed game in 2016," the Assassin's Creed team wrote in the post. "Since the release of Assassin's Creed Unity, we've learned a lot based on your feedback. We've also updated our development processes and recommitted to making Assassin's Creed a premier open-world franchise. We're taking this year to evolve the game mechanics and to make sure we're delivering on the promise of Assassin's Creed offering unique and memorable gameplay experiences that make history everyone's playground."
The 2015 version of Need for Speed was delayed time and again for the PC, citing the need to ensure that the game is developed to its fullest potential. Namely to make sure that PC players could have the options they desire for the best looking game ever. A release date has finally been set for March 17th.
And it's coming fast too. That is, the framerate will definitely be unlocked and you'll be able to adjust the graphics just like you would on any Frostbite powered game. But aside from ensuring the graphics are up to snuff, Ghost Games has been hard at work putting in a new manual transmission mode, something you'll be able to use with your favorite wheel.
The Icons and Legends updates will be included when it releases and the Showcase update is scheduled to arrive on the PC version a little after it releases. Ghost Games has been dedicating a portion of their team on perfecting the PC experience, so it'll be natural to have higher expectations when it arrives. But of course we'll check it out when it gets here.
It's been one long year since Square Enix first launched their own online store. It seems like only yesterday they came online, peddling their physical discs and merchandise directly. But after having been open for an appreciable amount of time, and doing quite well, they're celebrating with up to 50% off of some of their best games.
Over 100 games on all platforms feasible are discounted and available. A lot of great classics from their canonical JRPG years as well as some modern titles you're likely to love. The entire Hitman collection and Deus Ex Human Revolution are there, of course. If you're a rewards member you'll get an extra 50 points if you spend over $20. Any physical merchandise (or disc) orders over $20 also land you a Final Fantasy lanyard for free.
Some of the best deals you'll find there are below. And there's quite a few good looking ones too.
- Save $15 on DRAGON QUEST HEROES®: THE WORLD TREE'S WOE AND THE BLIGHT BELOW™
- Save $15 on JUST CAUSE 3™ and receive a free JUST CAUSE 3 Promo Bag
- Receive a $10 Square Enix Store coupon for your next order when purchasing Life is Strange™
- 30% off Rise of the Tomb Raider™ Collector's Edition on Xbox One
- 50% off all catalog games on the Square Enix Store
Rocket League is an obvious choice of game to compete with. It's a blend of some of the two best things in the world, so it's a no-brainer to bake competition right into the framework. Season two has now begun, and there are a lot of changes, with new maps in the future too.
The new season means a new patch with a few changes for a fresh perspective on competitive play. Overall they've de-emphasized individual performance and have shifted the focus to be more about improving your game. Sure, winning is great, but improving your skill counts for something too.
The ranking system is completely new and you'll have to play ten matches to determine what skill division you'll be placed into. If you played in the first season, that data about how great you are will remain, so you'll be placed in an appropriate level. So you won't have to worry about starting completely over.