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This article is as much news as it is a warning, with many Australian and New Zealanders becoming overly frustrated at a Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) issue plaguing local servers. This problem will see players often removed from the game without warning, with their client informing this unfortunate soul that there is an authentication error on their end in regards to VAC.
Ok, you've been disconnected but that's all good, just reconnect and play - right? Wrong. This issue often means players are unable to reconnect, meaning they are issued lengthy matchmaking bans for 'abandoning'. As a first offense, a matchmaking ban can be as short as 30 minutes, but for those experiencing this VAC issue time and time again, bans of 7-14 days are not uncommon.
Without any word from Valve just yet about any possible fix, angry people have taken to Reddit in order to voice their opinions. As written by Alex Walker from Kotaku, many games end up finishing with only three or four players connected on each team.
Due to G2A.com breaking Riot Games' guidelines by selling League of Legends accounts and offering 'boosting services' to players looking at a higher rank, they have now been banned from sponsoring any World Championship participants. Due to this fact, Riot has been asking teams to remove G2A.com logos instantly.
Complying with this request, large international gaming organisations including Cloud 9, CLG, H2k and paiN gaming have all removed their support for this ex-sponsor.
As announced and confirmed by The Daily Dot, Riot employee J. "Riot Sargonas" Eckert dealt the final blow. Eckert publicly stated that "This was NOT a decision we made lightly, and came after many weeks of back and fourth conversations with G2A to find a resolution, which we were not able to reach an agreement on. We do not at all enjoy affecting the income of the teams, but the LCS rules include guidelines specifically against this sort of thing. We did however keep teams in the loop during the process in an attempt to avoid any surprises."
Straying away from all of the 'money hungry' memes and the direction of Bungie's new funding goals, a DICE senior developer on the Star Wars Battlefront project has pledged that there will be no microtransactions in his game.
In an interview with GameSpot, Niklas Fegraus stated that paying real money for Star Wars goodies is "not part of the core design," adding that the only way to earn credits is through gameplay alone.
Adding that this ingame currency is earned through performance, Fegraus expanded on some usefulness when you're rolling around in virtual coins; "The coolest things you can get is star cards to best suit your play style. If you really like to snipe, for example, you should totally go for the blaster cannon. Or if you're looking for something cool in terms of expressing yourself, then I would say if you gather a lot of credits, you can buy some expensive in-game items, such as being able to play as an alien race. You can be a Rodian while everyone else is human."
Now that CD Projekt Red is done with The Witcher 3, the studio is pumping more resources into Cyberpunk 2077, its upcoming sci-fi RPG. The developer is now beginning to talk more about Cyberpunk 2077, teasing that it's going to be absolutely huge.
Visual Effects Artist Jose Teixeira talked with MCV recently, where he said: "Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before. Far, far bigger. We're really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter". He continued, saying that the scope of The Witcher 3 has really helped the studio with the open world of Cyberpunk 2077.
Teixeira added: "The Witcher helped Cyberpunk quite a bit, because the game got so big and so complex that it really taught us. We really didn't know what was going to happen. If anything, working on The Witcher 3 was a really good and often brutal learning experience. Cyberpunk is going to benefit greatly from it. I can almost guarantee it. I have a lot of things that I want to change and do better the next time around, and I can guarantee that almost everyone in that studio has something that they go 'I did this this time, next time I can do it differently, I can do it better'".
One of the biggest, if not the biggest Xbox One games coming out this year will feature 4-player cooperative mode. 343 Industries, the developer behind Halo 5: Guardians, has said that the 4-player cooperative mode for the single-player side of the game can be controlled by other gamers, or by AI.
343 Industries says that it wanted to tell a "much more sociable" story, with the developer continuing: "We were winding down on Halo 4 and thinking about moving to a new console, and we had already planned some of the technological upgrades that we wanted to make to the engine. And early on we started talking about the types of stories that we wanted to tell and the experiences that we wanted to create, and we really wanted to focus on a much more sociable experience, especially in our campaign".
While cooperative play isn't new to Halo, the studio acknowledges that past Halo games didn't really do it well, in terms of gameplay and story. Executive Producer on the game, Josh Holmes, added: "I think co-op has always been a big part of Halo's campaign, but in the past it's sort of been treated as a completely separate experience, where you just have three other clones of the Master Chief running side by side. The narrative breaks down. One of the big creative goals that we had for Halo 5 was to bring that into focus and support it through the story".
Ubisoft has finally unveiled the specifics around yesterday's mysterious teaser, and it really is a Far Cry caveman survival sim...well sort of.
The game is officially called Far Cry Primal and takes place during the Stone Age era where giant mastodons and saber-toothed tigers roamed open expanses. Players will take the role of Takkar, a grizzled hunter that happens to be the last survivor of his clan. The goal of the game is to simply survive--but in a world where everything has teeth the size of your leg, that's easier said than done.
The reveal trailer shows off spears, bows and clubs as the major weapons, taking players back to the barebone basics of a cruel prehistoric world. "This isn't the Stone Age you thought you knew. This is the Stone Age with irreverence and mayhem. This is the Stone Age by Far Cry," Ubisoft says.
NVIDIA has launched its "Bullets or Blades" GeForce GTX bundle, allowing GTX buyers to choose between Assassin's Creed Syndicate or Rainbow Six Siege for their bonus game.
Once bought, head here to make your choice.
Note the offer only applies to participating retailers -- NVIDIA reminds that they "cannot provide download codes and coupons for purchases made at non-participating retailers and e-tailers."
If you're a fan of cruising around the virtual streets with friends, Ubisoft has just announced that 'The Crew Wild Run' will be available on PC as a closed beta from October 15th to October 19th, 2015. The Wild Run expansion pack beta will enable players to play 'The Summit', being a "gathering of thousands of drivers and mechanics from around the world" as pointed out in a recent press release.
This closed beta will feature both PvE and PvP opportunities, allowing participants to control dragsters, drift cars, monster trucks and motorcycles "from prestigious brands" alike.
If you're wondering about the star-studded commentary line up for Major League Gaming's (MLG) 2015 world finals, wait no more! As announced in a recently issued press release, big names such as Toby "Tobiwan" Dawson, Jacob "Maelk" Toft-Andersen, Austin "Capitalist" Walsh, Soe Gschwind and more are set to take the stage.
Alongside these Dota 2 commentators are over 15 personalities spread across the other gaming titles, being: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U & Melee and SMITE. With $500,000 of cash on the line in New Orleans, Louisiana, this tournament is set to commence on October 16 and run for three days in total.
The beta of Star Wars Battlefront drops later today, with YouTuber 'jackfrags' releasing some new gameplay videos, with some battles between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, as well as the new Drop Zone game mode.
There's some more videos below, where we've embedded the Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader video directly below. Under that, we have the Drop Zone and Walker Assault videos.