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Respawn Entertainment will be hosting its open multiplayer technical test for Titanfall 2 starting this Friday, lasting for two weekends. The test will be made available for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game, with the PC being left out of the testing phase for now.
Titanfall 2 features a 5v5 fast-paced team-based mode known as Bounty Hunt, where Pilots and teammates will fight the enemy and the Remnant Fleet to kill grunts and other enemies, all while depositing points at the bank between waves of enemies. The second mode is an 8v8 classic mode called Pilots vs. Pilots, where it's just an 8v8 team deathmatch, while the 6v6 mode is a tweak to the Hardpoint Domination mode where you score 100% extra for your team.
The modes will be made available for 3 maps; Boomtown, Homestead and Forward Base Kodai. There will be two new Titans up for grabs, with Ion and Scorch being joined by new weapons that you'll get to choose once you're deployed. Respawn is also debuting Titanfall 2's new Networks feature, that will made matchmaking issues a thing of the past, hopefully.
Remember paying $60 or more for Battlefield 4? Yeah, well EA has just dropped the price of Battlefield 4 to just $4.99, down from its listed $19.99 price. Battlefield 4: Digital Deluxe edition has dropped from $39.99 to just $9.99.
EA has also dropped the price of Battlefield 3 to just $4.99, down from its original $19.99 pricing. Everything Battlefield related has discount as well, with the DLC packs heavily discounted - like Battlefield 4: Ultimate Shortcut Bundle slashed from $39.99 to $9.99. The bundle includes all of the weapons, vehicles, and gadgets in the Battlefield 4 base game - saving you the time of playing countless hours to unlock all of those weapons.
If you weren't punished enough from Battlefield: Hardline already and wanted to see what all the fuss was about, it has been discounted from $29.99 to $7.49, while the Battlefield: Hardline Ultimate Shortcut Unlock has bottomed out from its $59.99 price to just $14.99. Get in on the Battlefield 4 discounted goodness right here!
Despite its issues, No Man's Sky has become the biggest launch on Steam of 2016. There were plenty of day one issues related to performance, and then negative reviews and even on my personal Facebook news feed, I had friends saying "is this it?" and "I'm already bored". Above it all, No Man's Sky still soared on Steam.
According to SteamDB, which collects data from Valve's official Steam Stats, there were 212,620 simultaneous gamers playing No Man's Sky on its launch day. Some of the biggest launches of 2016 couldn't keep up with No Man's Sky, with XCOM 2 only seeing 133,000 on its launch and Dark Souls III saw 130,000 while The Division had just 114,000 playing. This means that more people were playing No Man's Sky during launch, than any others at this point.
BioShock: The Collection requires a buttload of HDD space on the Xbox One, where you'll need a huge 70GB of HDD space in order to install all three BioShock games that are included in The Collection.
The new release is available for pre-order and pre-download right now, with BioShock: The Collection including the original BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock: Infinite. All three BioShock games have been remastered for the Xbox One, where they'll run at 1080p - and The Collection includes all of the DLC from the BioShock games, except for the multiplayer mode on BioShock 2.
BioShock: The Collection will be released on September 13 in the US, September 15 in Australia, and September 16 elsewhere in the world for the Xbox One. You can purchase and pre-download BioShock: The Collection right now, but be warned; you need 70GB of HDD space available.
Know what's better than Gears of War 4 Gamescom footage? Gears of War 4 Gamescom footage in 4K, of course. NVIDIA teamed up with Microsoft to create just that, giving you an idea of what people are getting their hands-on at this year's event.
The footage is about 10 minutes long and features not previously revealed enemies and weapons. For Gears fans, especially those on PC, it's a treat and gives you a strong idea of what the game is all about.
Overwatch's next map has been revealed at Gamescom, and it's a beauty. Set in the quaint German village of Eichenwalde, it features a town area that leads to a castle.
Interestingly, it appears Blizzard has put a twist on the usual Hybrid map formula here, requiring you to escort the payload first and then capture a point. Even better, the "payload" is actually a battering RAM that you're going to use to bust down the door of said castle.
"The site of one of the most famous battles during the Omnic Crisis, it was here that the leader of the Crusaders, Balderich von Alder, and a handful of his best soldiers made a last stand against an advancing automaton army," reads the map description. "Outnumbered and outgunned, they were ultimately slain during the resulting combat. However, thanks to their valiant efforts, the German military was able to push back the omnic offensive and win the fight."
Gamescom 2016 - A Half-Life 3 banner has been spotted at Gamescom 2016 in Cologne, Germany alongside concrete AAA games like Titanfall 2 and Watch Dogs 2.
Gamescom attendees' hearts no-doubt caught in their throats while gazing upon the worlds Half-Life 3 upon a massive orange banner. The canvas poster entices a fleeting thought--is the decade-long wait finally over? Is Gordon Freeman's journey going to continue? Is Valve a games developer again?
Alas, all of our hope is in vain. The banner is just a taunting trick--a real-life orange Rick Roll, if you will--from the teasers at GIGA Games. The poster is in German, and translates to "Half-Life: 3 editors who played it back then," not "Half-Life 3: your dreams have been answered."
Fnatic is one of the largest professional CS:GO teams in the world, and have just had a major announcement that has seemingly come out of nowhere. The team has taken to its website, announcing that it has had four of its players leave for GODSENT, and in return has two GODSENT players join the Fnatic line up.
Jesper "JW" Wecksell, Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson, and Robin "flusha" Rönnquist have left Fnatic to join GODSENT, a new Swedish clan that has some massive players on its roster. GODSENT is already home to a former Fnatic player, with Markus "pronax" Wallsten, which means GODSENT now has four of the fix Fnatic players that won back-to-back majors in the spring and summer of 2015.
Fnatic's press release says that there were issues within the team, and that these issues can "then weed their way into fundamental team dynamics, affecting the chemistry needed for success". The clan even talked about similar issues that happened before, saying: "For those that may remember a similar thing has happened before in another era of Fnatic Counterstrike. Back in 2010, the epic era of cArn dsn f0rest and getright came to an end over similar concerns, and led to the eventual reformation of NiP".
Splinter Cell was such a great game at the time, so the tease of a next-gen Splinter Cell game featuring Sam Fisher sounds exciting. Michael Ironside, the voice behind Fisher, is rumored to be returning to the game.
NeoGAF user Crossing Eden has had accurate leaks in the past, with an Ubisoft source telling him that a new Splinter Cell game was in development featuring Michael Ironside. The post added: "Regarding other games, I haven't been involved with Steep or Wildlands, but I was surprised Splinter Cell didn't appear at E3. I know Ironside is back. He was in the studio, I said Hi to him and his daughter. He was shooting a movie with Amy Jo Johnson, and I know someone who worked on that set and Ironside confirmed to him he was doing the new Splinter Cell. I know Toronto has the mocap studio for it.I'm hoping to hear or see something unofficial, if not official, this year, but its been hard to get anything beyond 'It's Happening'".
Crossing Eden added a more detailed update to his post, adding that Ironside himself said he was working on a new Splinter Cell game: "To throw a date on this: I did see Ironside and one his daughters at the TO studio last summer. This was just good timing, as I was there on other business. I have two sources who worked on the set of The Space Between (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4682922/), which was shooting in TO. Ironside mentioned he was working on a new Splinter Cell. One source is someone I trust, the other is an acquaintance by degrees. The movie shoot overlapped the same week as my encounter. As I understand it, he was here for the movie first and worked in the studio visit while in town".
AMD's Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.8.2 drivers are here with a few issue fixes, and support for the Paragon open beta as well as No Man's Sky. The latter game has suffered a bumpy launch, to say the least, so hopefully these drivers improve the experience for those in the AMD camp.
Issues fixed include the Overwatch hero gallery crash, Freesync-related flickering while the system is idle, and Windows 10 Anniversary Edition installs not doing what they should while secure boot is enabled.
Hit the source or boot Radeon Settings to grab the new drivers.