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SCEA's Shawn Layden says harassment is 'completely unacceptable'

SCEA head Shawn Layden recently said online harassment in gaming is "completely unacceptable," and is one of the highest profile executives to speak out against cyber harassment. Layden also complemented his own company's stance on women in gaming, saying Sony is "best in class," in its efforts to get women more involved in the gaming industry.




"Over the past couple of months, there's been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things," Layden recently noted. "They have been making some people's lives miserable, and they are tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It's not right."


Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo offered public statements, published by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), speaking out against harassment in the gaming world.

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Battlefield 4: Final Stand DLC teases final video before its release

It's almost here! Battlefield 4: Final Stand will hit gamers' rigs across the world later today, as long as you're a Premium member, while the rest of the world waits until December 2. Until then, enjoy the gameplay trailer, below.



Battlefield 4: Final Stand features some sweet new stuff, such as snow-themed maps, new vehicles, and some new weapons, too.

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Destiny gets updated with a 2.44GB patch, preparing for its first DLC

Bungie is currently pushing out a new patch for Destiny, bringing the open-world title up to version 1.0.3. The new patch has the developer baking in fan-requested features, such as a beta for voice chat when in the matchmaking screen. The full patch notes are available on Bungie's website.




The problem is, if you're playing Destiny, you're going to need to leave your game in order to download, and install the patch - something that weighs in at a very connection-straining 2.44GB. Bungie has released this patch, as the start of a series of updates that will end in the first DLC for Destiny, The Dark Below, being released on December 9.


Bungie has also doubled the number of bounty slots, upping the number from five to 10, provided gamers with the ability to preview emblems, and armor shaders, too. The new update also makes some slight changes to Destiny's Iron Banner: Fireteam leaders, which now need to be at level 10. Players will also need to be within three levels of their opponents in order to be competitive. Players below level 20 will also need to be with a Fireteam leader in order to enter. There's also a 10-15% increase in the incidence of public events, descriptions for skull modifiers, as well as the usual slew of fixes, bugs and other bits and pieces.

EA cancels Dragon Age: Inquisition for India, Pakistan and Bangladesh

While many gamers across the world are looking forward of their copy of Dragon Age: Inquisition, those in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will not. EA has cancelled pre-orders from these countries and started refunded money to those who placed an order for physical and digital copies.

EA said in its EA Help website: "In order to avoid a breach of local content laws, EA has withdrawn Dragon Age: Inquisition from sale in India and the game is no longer available for pre-order. Customers who pre-ordered the game will be contacted directly and will be fully refunded."




EA regional marketing director Simon Smith-Wright said, "The current action we've taken only affects Dragon Age Inquisition." It should be noted that EA did not give any proper reasons for refusing pre-orders from these countries. Later, nation-wide distributor Milestone Interactive confirmed speculation made by many gamers that it was due to the options of engaging in same-sex and bi-sexual relationships. For those who don't know, India has a law under section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, 1861 declares that having sex between two consenting adults of the same gender punishable by law.


Dragon Age: Inquisition isn't the first game where publishers were sceptical to release in the local markets, especially for India. It was pointed out that Dante's Inferno was not sold in India as some took offence to the game's content. Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were also not sold in the country, as it offended Indian sentiments. Interestingly, Mass Effect series that also had options to engage in same-sex relationships were sold in India with no hiccups to physical and digital copies.

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France is pissed off with Assassin's Creed: Unity and Ubisoft

It looks like myself, and countless other gamers aren't the only ones pissed off with Ubisoft right now, with a former Minister and Presidential Candidate in France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, denouncing Assassin's Creed: Unity as "propaganda" that favors the "favors the narrative of France's ruling elite over the revolutionaries" reports Polygon.




Mélenchon spoke on French radio, with the Daily Telegraph translating him, where he said: "[Unity] presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieu". He added a description of Marie-Antoinette as "that cretin, who is celebrated as a poor little rich girl" in AC:U.


He also said: "The man who was our liberator at a certain moment of the Revolution, because the Revolution lasted a long time, Robespierre, is presented as a monster. It is propaganda against the people, the people who are [portrayed as] barbarians, bloodthirsty savages. In 1789 there were the poor aristocrats, and they are presented as fine upstanding people".

Far Cry 4 day-one update adds SLI support, fixes multi-monitor setups

Far Cry 4 has launched in the last 24 hours, with Ubisoft already patching up the first-person shooter on the PC to version 1.2. The patch includes some things that should've made the launch version, such as support for NVIDIA's SLI technology. The day one patch on the PS4 brings it up to version 1.01, and a 600MB download for PlayStation owners. The PC version on the other hand, had two patches to bring it up to version 1.2.




What I don't understand is, Ubisoft worked closely with NVIDIA on Far Cry 4 (and Assassin's Creed: Unity) but SLI support was missing from the game as it says right there in the patch notes that the patch "added SLI support". For one of the biggest releases of the year, and a game NVIDIA had invested heavily into, one would think SLI testing would've been done very early on and baked into earlier code of the game - not having to provide SLI support after the game was released.


The patch notes are quite lengthy, but we have them listed below (or in the for you:


Far Cry 4 v1.1.0


  • Fixed crash in IGE.
  • Fixed an issue with incorrect characters in map naming.
  • Fixed screen tearing when performing a handgun takedown.
  • Fixed various controls issues
  • Fixed various Graphic issues
  • Fixed various IGE issues
  • Fixed various localization issues
  • Fixed various Multi-GPU issues
  • Fixed various Multi-Monitor issues
  • Fixed various multiplayer issues
  • Fixed various sound issues
  • Fixed various UI issues
  • Fixed various Uplay Actions issues
  • Fixed various Uplay Rewards issues
  • Saved maps from IGE and Downloaded now can be opened in the Editor from in-game.
  • Skills, Crafting and Progress Menu now cannot be accessed in Arena.
  • The game now boot if the game folder name contains Cyrillic characters.
  • The game now boot on Korean localization.


Far Cry 4 v1.2.0


  • Added ability to change FOV scaling.
  • Added NVIDIA GeForce Experience support.
  • Fixed various controls issues
  • Fixed various Graphic issues
  • Fixed various IGE issues
  • Fixed various Multi-GPU issues
  • Fixed various Multi-Monitor issues
  • Fixed various UI issues
  • Playing a map from Map Browser two times now don't trigger an Error.
  • Skills, Crafting and Progress Menu now cannot be accessed while playing a created map.

Just Cause 3 will not include multiplayer when it launches next year

Avalanche Studios will be launching Just Cause 3 next year, but the developer has announced that it will be shipping without its multiplayer component. This doesn't mean Just Cause 3 won't ever have multiplayer, but it will simply be shipping without the multiplayer component.




Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Avalanche Studios, Christofer Sundberg said: "Maybe sometime down the line, we'll take Rico into the modern world of multiplaying". Most Just Cause 2 fans will remember multiplayer in the game, but it was an unofficial mod developed by fans, which was sanctioned by its publisher, Square Enix, as Just Cause 2: Multiplayer Mod.


Sundberg added: "We don't expect the fans to make the multiplayer for Just Cause 3, but at some point you have to make a choice on where your focus is. Our strength is the sandbox experience, and we want to deliver a great Just Cause 3 experience".

Ubisoft says it would delay Assassin's Creed 'if it's not good enough'

Ubisoft has had a hard week, with the troubled launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity causing some serious headaches, but now Ubisoft North American President, Laurent Detoc, has sat down with IGN to have a chat, with some interesting things being said. The thing is, this chat happened nearly a year ago, so don't be fooled that this was a recent chat.




Detoc told IGN that the company would break its annualized schedule for Assassin's Creed "if it's not good enough". Detoc continued: "If we think we've ended up with a 70 percent Assassin's Creed game, we're not going to ship it. That damages the brand. I'm not going to give you the names of products, because you know them as well as I do, but if you start to make games at 70 percent, even with a big brand, eventually people are going to change their mind about that brand. They won't want it anymore. That's what saves the recurrence. There are 30 million people or so who have been playing Grand Theft Auto. Last year, to pick a round number, we had about 10 million people playing Assassin's Creed. When we come up with an Assassin's Creed the next year, there's another 10 million brand new people who might be interested in the new setting, because of the new history, or the new naval battles and the pirates. It's a variation on gameplay from even last year".


"You bring something fresh, but you have to bring quality too," he added. "There's a lot of people who can play your game. We have fans who come back to the franchise and we're very thankful for them, because we think we're giving them a good game to play, and they give back to us when they buy it. But there's a lot more people out there who we can sell games to. I like to think that we don't delay everything. It's the reason for the delay that really matters. It's a lot easier to predict the release of an Assassin's Creed, because we understand what it takes. It's a lot easier to predict a franchise that has more recurrence, for sure, than a new IP".

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Robotoki's Human Element drops F2P, still aiming for November 2015

Human Element, if you haven't heard about it yet, is developed by fresh LA-based studio Robotoki. Robert Bowling, the ex Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, and the Lead of Infinity Ward, formed the studio in 2012 - but have only just announced that they have now abandoned the free-to-play design of Human Element, which will now launch as a premium product in November next year.




With Robotoki dropping the free-to-play side of Human Element, it has agreed to end its agreement with Nexon, a free-to-play giant, laying off a portion of its staff. Bowling said in a statement with Gamasutra: "As the game evolved we realized that the elements that make Human Element the most fun would be hindered by keeping it a free-to-play experience. Therefore, we made the decision to switch to a premium experience for our players; which also meant that working with the premier publisher in free-to-play was no longer the best partnership fit for the game we were creating".


A Nexon America rep chimed in, saying: "Nexon and Robotoki have come to a mutual decision to end their publishing agreement for the game Human Element. As development of the project progressed the direction of the game naturally evolved, and it no longer aligns with the Nexon portfolio".

A month from release, Elite: Dangerous drops its offline mode promise

Elite: Dangerous floats into orbit on December 16, with Fronter Developments only just announcing today that they are dropping the promised offline mode, something they promised with its Kickstarter all the way back in December 2012.




CEO of Fronter Developments, David Braben, explains: "A fully offline experience would be unacceptably limited and static compared to the dynamic, ever unfolding experience we are delivering". Elite: Dangerous' offline mode would've allowed gamers to play the game, without needing to be connected to the server, and the game's persistent online universe.


Some backers aren't happy with the news, taking to the forums to show their displeasure. Executive Producer on the game, Michael Brookes, siad that "the galaxy mechanics" that the game uses are all on Elite: Dangerous' online servers, and that "The data set and processes are huge and not something that would translate offline without considerable compromise to the vision".

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