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Star Wars: Battlefront has just been released, and EA is already teasing sequels. Big surprise, huh? We've known for a while that EA signed a 10-year licensing deal with Disney to make Star Wars games, and it looks like these titles will carry through the original trilogy and beyond.
"We struck a licensing deal with Disney a few years back that's almost ten years in length," EA exec Blake Jorgensen said during a company presentation. "The game that comes out tomorrow, Star Wars Battlefront, is a traditional first-person style shooter game. Our goal is to make future Battlefront games as well as other style games around the Star Wars franchise, both on mobile as well as console and PC. It's a huge opportunity for us."
"We get access to all of the historical content as well as all the new content developed. The beauty of the Star Wars franchise is it's almost unlimited in what you can do with it," the exec continued. "We know Disney has done a great job with other franchises and we believe they'll do the same with Star Wars over time in delivering new worlds, new characters, new vehicles, all the things that make great video games. Our goal is not to make video games directly about the movies, it's to use the IP in the movie to make great, exciting games."
With the release of Star Wars Battlefront right around the corner, AMD has pushed out its new Catalyst 15.11.1 beta drivers which deliver performance optimizations for Star Wars Battlefront, and more.
The new Catalyst 15.11.1 beta drivers aren't very specific when it comes to the performance optimizations made for Star Wars Battlefront, but we should expect (fingers crossed) to see Crossfire support at launch. Battlefront isn't the only game to receive some performance lovin' from AMD, with some added performance optimizations provided for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and Fallout 4.
AMD's new Catalyst 15.11.1 beta drivers don't include Crossfire support for Fallout 4 just yet, but that's more of an issue for developer Bethesda, which hasn't done too well with the game engine itself. NVIDIA has also missed the multi-GPU boat when it comes to Fallout 4 thanks to Bethesda.
You can grab the new Catalyst 15.11.1 beta drivers here.
Last week we reported that Bethesda had secured a huge $750 million from Fallout 4, but this is because the company shipped some 12 million copies worth $750 million, but this number doesn't represent $750 million in actual sales.
Bethesda announced that it shipped 12 million copies for day one sales, or $750 million worth of the game. The developer is reportedly already shipping more copies of the game to retailers in order to "meet ongoing market demand". Bethesda Softworks President Vlatko Andonov said: "We're extremely proud of Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, and his experienced team of developers for their talent and dedication in creating this extraordinary game. Fallout 4 is a masterpiece in game development and storytelling, providing fans hundreds of hours of fun as they explore and are challenged by this fascinating, beautifully crafted world".
According to SuperData, Fallout 4 has been selling well through digital sales, too. SuperData says that 1.87 million units were sold digitally in the first 72 hours, 1.2 million of these were on the PC through Steam, while the rest were sold on the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. SuperData's Joost van Dreunen said that $100 million in revenue was secured through digital sales, with van Dreunen saying that Fallout 4's success is proof that PC gamers don't "exclusively purchase games at a huge discount and instead prove themselves willing to shell out full price for select titles".
Naughty Dog make some of the best games on the PlayStation, with hits like The Last of Us and the Uncharted series, but how many games will the studio release before the next-gen PlayStation is here?
Thanks to a post by Community Strategist Arne Meyer, it looks like there could be a few. Meyer said: "I would hope we would release a game pretty soon. Our development cycles aren't too long, and I have no idea how long this console generation really is going to last, but, yeah, there's no doubt it should be in this console generation for sure".
Meyer clarified his answer, saying there would be at least one, if not many more for the PS4. Meyer added: "I mean, I have no doubt-I don't know what the timelines are-but [Naughty Dog has] at least one, maybe two games left in the console generation, maybe more. Clearly we can release a game really late in a console generation and do well, right?"
Bethesda has overhauled Fallout 4 in such a way that every SPECIAL stat is fantastic in its own way. Not only does each stat have its own balanced effect in-game, but they are now tied to a dynamic Perk tree, pretty much nixing all chances of being a "jack of all trades".
It used to be that Fallout players could get away with pulling SPECIAL points away from a specific stat to fuel better ones, but Fallout 4 doesn't have a "dump stat" so to speak. Luckily the game still has bobbleheads, which are a must-have to round out and smooth your character's prowess. Whether you've skimped in Agility or pulled a ton of points away from Perception, our bobblehead guide will show you where each of these comical collectibles are hiding so you can shore up those rough edges.
Fallout 4 has 20 bobbleheads this time around, and you'll notice right away that these collectibles are a bit different. The SPECIAL bobbleheads--Strength, Agility, etc--all raise the specified stat point by 1. Bobbleheads like Melee, Repair, Science and Small Guns, however, give you extra perks. You can find the full range of effects and locations in our comprehensive checklist below.
Bethesda's massive open-world games often come with caveats, with bugs, glitches and performance hitches being the most common trade-offs. We've known for a while now that Fallout 4 has performance disparities between consoles and PC, but now users have spotted a quest bug that will crash the game across all platforms.
The bug was first reported on the Bethsoft Forums a day after the game came out, and is repeatable across PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. According to the post, the glitch is quite nebulous and hard to pinpoint. The most definite reports pinpoint the Monsignor Plaza and the C.I.T. Ruins as the exterior environments that trigger the crash, along with the Hunter/Hunted questline and some bits of the Boston After Dark quest path. Reports indicate that having the Nick Valentine quest Unlikely Valentine active will trigger the crash when visiting aforementioned areas.
Users are reporting various effects including simple crashes to desktop on PC and error messages on console, and even the more extreme corrupted saved data files. PC users are able to use Fallout 4's console commands to reset the affected quests via codes, so if you're having troubles be sure to scan the forum posts.
The gaming community has been divided over the pending release of the latest Star Wars Battlefront title. On one hand it's freakin' Star Wars, but on the other hand, some players are concerned about the limited in-game options, power-up style pickups and the high price of its Ultimate Edition.
With the Standard and Deluxe Editions also available for pre-order, the Ultimate Edition offers one major improvement over the others in the form of a Season Pass. Described in Origin as necessary to "expand your galaxy," the Battlefront Season Pass grants you access to four upcoming expansion packs and access to the "Shoot First" emote two weeks early, whatever that is.
In addition to these expansions, the Ultimate pack you get all the goodies as per the lower graded pre-order options. These include instant access to Han Solo's DL-44 blaster, Ion Grenades and Ion Torpedo's, which are things you're going to unlock anyway. Also thrown into the mix are two exclusive motes: Ion Shock, which looks like a Storm Trooper trying to do the 'Thriller dance' and another mote called 'Victory'. Yep, you can pay to have your character fist pump harder than the rest.
Conducted by 'MyVoucherCodes', a website described as a "well-known gaming and sex authority," we have now come to learn that PC gamers are apprently much better in bed than those who prefer consoles.
Comparing the numbers, this poll saw 54% of PC enthusiasts gather a 'good' rating, followed by 22% rated as excellent. Close behind was Xbox gamers who ranked 47% in the 'good department', followed by a dismal 3% 'excellent' rating for PlayStation users. Besides an all-round rating of proficiency in the bedroom, 11% of respondents reported that they wished for less sex and more game time.
In other interesting news, the poll returned a 20% rating of dissatisfaction with bedroom performance overall, showing that while PC gamers might be better, apparently many still suck.
With the release of Star Wars: Battlefront later this week, we're being told that the $50 season pass being made available will include 16 new mutliplayer maps released throughout 2016.
Battlefront will launch with 12 maps, with the four expansion packs included in the season pass to provide 16 new maps, starting in "early" 2016. There will also be 20 "new pieces of galactic tech" which will arrive in the form of new weapons, vehicles and Star Cards. Additionally, we'll see four new heroes and villains, as well as four new game modes.
Purchasing the $50 season pass for Star Wars: Battlefront will see you receive access to each expansion two weeks earlier, as well as a "shoot first" emote. The problem is, early word on Battlefront is that it's not that great - which is not what gamers want to hear with so many other games being released all in the same month.
Activision is pushing out a new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which is a patch aimed at providing better performance. The new patch weighs in at 520MB. It was only last week that we reported that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 made $550 million in its first 72 hours.
Treyarch and Activision haven't been advertising the 520MB patch through the usual COD general community channels, so there's no patch notes other than a brief Steam Community note saying that it has "bug fixes and performance improvements". There are some gamers who are still having issues getting Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to run well on their systems, so here's hoping this patch fixes that.