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Assassin's Creed Origins: DLC 'The Hidden Ones' trailer

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 40 mins ago

Ubisoft has released a new trailer showcasing the DLC 'The Hidden ones' for Assassin's Creed: Origins.



The DLC will be a continuation of the Assassin's Creed Origins story and will allow players to explore the new region Sinai Peninsula. Players will be investigating a conflict between occupying Roman forces and a rebel group.


Assassin's Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones will be released on January 23 and will be available for an additional purchase of $9.99. Season Pass owners will be glad to know that the DLC is included in their yearly pass.

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PUBG to ban over 100,000 cheaters in one single wave

By: Shaun Grimley | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 41 mins ago

With a game that has sold just under 28 million copies and daily see's over 2 million playing at a given time, it's fair to say there will be some people who really want that chicken dinner and use cheats to ensure they get it. Who am I kidding, there is A LOT of people who cheat in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and if you believe The PUBG Development and Community Team, things are about to change.


Recently in a post on the official Battlegrounds forums, PUBG developer 'PUBG_Hawkinz' has said that since 1.0 release, the development team has prioritized a fair and competitive environment for gamers.


"We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action. This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt of compromising our game. These players will be permanently banned in a single wave. This is an example of additional measures we will be taking on top of the basic detection systems in place."


The development team has also been busy in rebalancing the blue zone based upon the feedback they've received throughout the course of Early Access. The changes are currently live on the test servers and include:


  • Slightly decreased the waiting time of the blue zones in mid-to-late phase of a match
  • Slightly decreased the shrinking speed of the blue zones in mid-to-late phase (In this phase, blue zones will now move at a slower speed and the travel time of blue zones has slightly increased due to this change)
  • Slightly increased the damage per second of the last blue zone

Google hires ex PlayStation and Xbox executive Phil Harrison

By: Jak Connor | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 hours, 36 mins ago

Phil Harrison a former Sony and Microsoft executive has joined Google as the Vice President and General Manager.




Harrison has had an extensive career in game studios, he has seen a massive 15 years as head of Sony's network of game studios, as well as three with Microsoft as a senior member. Now Harrison has announced that his next move shall be to Google, for what can be assumed as an overseer position for an unknown project.


Here is what Harrison said on Twitter: "Excited to be able to share that today I've started a new role as Vice President and GM of Google - and relocating (back) to California."

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Dragon Ball FighterZ gets launch trailer days before release

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 11 mins ago

It is only a few more days until Dragon Ball FighterZ gets fully released, and in order to keep the anticipation high Bandai Namco has put out a launch trailer and a character trailer for Android 21.



We already know that Dragon Ball FighterZ will be featuring a story mode but some were confused on how the new character Android 21 would fit into that since she is a completely original to the game.


According to the description of the launch video, players will "Join Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta and the rest of the squad as they take on a mysterious new foe, Android 21."

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Rust will leave Steam Early Access on February 8

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 20 mins ago

People that follow Steam Early Access releases know that some titles can get stuck in this development phase and never see a full release. Well Rust is now not one of them as the game is due for release on February 8.




Facepunch founder, Garry Newman, has announced this news on a blog post explaining that the game will be leaving Steam Early Access but in no regard is it a completed product.


Newman says that Rust will be breaking into two separate versions, one for bleeding edge updates and another for the main game which would be more stable.

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Far Cry 5 official PC system requirements revealed

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 42 mins ago

Ubisoft has revealed the official PC requirements for their upcoming Far Cry 5, they have said that the game will automatically detect users' hardware and calibrate for optimal performance.




According to Ubisoft's official news post on their Far Cry 5 website, the game will be featuring what seems to be everything that a PC gamer wants when it comes to customization for optimal performance.


Kirill Bragin, the PC version producer on Far Cry 5 was quoted in the news post and said "In order to help ensure PC players have the best experience possible, the Benchmark feature and video memory usage meter will help you analyze your system and calibrate the myriad visual options, including variant aspect ratio support, FOV adjustment, optional FPS locking, and resolution scaling."


Bragin continues: "Players won't need to dive into the calibration menus if they don't feel like it, the game will auto-detect the user's hardware and will set the matching quality preset and resolution." Furthermore, Far Cry 5 will support multi-GPU functionality, allowing players to significantly improve performance."

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Father of Sonic joins Square Enix to work on new game

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 56 mins ago

Yuji Naka, who's credited with programming and helming the original Sonic games and basically pioneering the Blue Blur's definitive gaming experience, is now working with Final Fantasy publisher Square Enix on something new.




While Naka didn't actually jump from SEGA to Square Enix--he left the company in 2006 to start up his own indie studio called Probe--the move is quite interesting to say the least. Square Enix is gearing up for a number of games in its next fiscal slate and beyond, some of which we actually know about (Final Fantasy VII: Remake, another NieR game, Octopath Traveler, the new Marvel Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy game, etc) but Yuji Naka's project might be one of the mystery ones left in the dark.


"Just a quick note to let you know, I joined SQUARE ENIX in January. I'm joining game development as before, and strive to develop games at SQUARE ENIX. I aim to develop an enjoyable game, please look forward to it," Naka wrote on Twitter.

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Stardew Valley was the most downloaded Switch game in 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 7 mins ago

Stardew Valley, the beloved Harvest Moon-esque game of growing crops and managing a ranch, has become the best-selling game download on the Nintendo Switch in 2017...beating out the games-makers own titles.




Stardew Valley was the most downloaded Switch game of last year--that's according to a new report published by SuperData's senior analyst Elena Fedina. The firm highlights that the indie sensation has sold over 3.5 million units to date, and in January 2018 alone the active playerbase has jumped 13% year-over-year to 700,000 players.


What's the secret to Stardew Valley's success? Dedication, love, and scratching a particular itch gamers have been feeling for years. "[The game's] success is also the result of an incredible amount of work and dedication," Fedina writes in the report.

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Vive Pro's recommended PC specs may get bumped up

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 16 hours, 56 mins ago

At CES 2018, HTC announced its new Vive Pro headset, which bumps the resolution of the VR peripheral along with a few other nifty features. But will gamers need a beefier rig to support it? Not technically, but it might be a good idea to look at upgrades regardless.




Although the Vive Pro will actually retain the same minimum PC spec requirements as the Vive (GTX 970 or R9 290, 8GB of RAM, Intel i5-4590, etc), you probably shouldn't try to skate by with the bare minimum--especially with bigger studios like Bethesda porting over Fallout 4 and Doom to the platform. Sure you'd be able to functionally run the game, but there's no guarantee of good performance, and any kind of stutters or hitches can seriously break the immersion.


Interestingly enough an HTC rep says the recommended specs for the Vive Pro haven't been set in stone yet. In fact the PC requirements for the new headset are likely to shift above the classic model, but the minimum specs will stay the same. "We have a minimum spec and a recommended spec, we haven't revealed recommended yet but those are two different things," senior HTC VR marketing manager J.B. McRee told Upload VR in a recent interview.


"The minimum is the bare minimum for it to work, functionally, but just like with any VR headset or game that lets you modify graphics settings and things like that, with a higher-end GPU you're gonna get higher performance. So the recommended spec will likely shift but the minimum spec will stay the same."

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Sony and Nike make official PS2 shoes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Fashion meets Tech | Posted: 18 hours, 53 mins ago

NBA All-Star Paul George's new premium basketball shoes are inspired from the classic PS2.




Sony has endorsed the PG-2s, a new shoe that Nike and the NBA's Paul George crafted in a bid to highlight the glory of the old-school PlayStation days. The Nike PG-2 colorway has a light-up panel with the PlayStation logo that can pulse with cool blue light--but the best part is that it's activated via a power button behind the tongue of the shoe.


In terms of color and style, the basketball shoes look straight out of the early PS2 days, and feature accents and hues that both match the current and yesteryear look of the PlayStation brand.

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