Capcom wants to make sure you're ready for Hoarfrost Reach's frozen wilds, chilly monsters, and massive story arc.
Monster Hunter World's new Iceborne expansion is dropping next month, and it's a doozy. Iceborne the first and only expansion for the game and it's so big that it could be a sequel, packing in new monsters, tons of weapons, a huge new continent to explore, and a winding narrative (Capcom is literally treating it as their own big AAA release of FY2019). But there's some roadblocks for new players and you can't just jump in right away.
Luckily Capcom has prepared a quick infographic to outline key tips and tricks to get you up to speed. The biggest prerequisite for Iceborne is beating the story up to Hunter Rank 16, but you'll also need to shore up your hunter's skills before you're ready for the new icy Elder Dragons.
Despite already having an expansive array of mega-hit franchises, Ubisoft says it'll keep making new IPs. But will they be big-budget projects or smaller titles like Gods and Monsters?
Ubisoft is a pretty interesting company, but it's getting stuck in the live service trap. Instead of focusing on big new IPs, Ubisoft has doubled-down on games like Rainbow Six, The Division, Far Cry, and Assassin's Creed. It's derivative, but effective, and Ubisoft earns billions every year. How long can they keep releasing sequels and live ops? For a while, but they still have to plant seeds for new IPs to grow.
Now Ubisoft exec Alain Corre says the company isn't done with new IPs, and we can expect a few new ones to pop up with next-gen consoles, streaming, and PC advancements on the way. "We feel that it's also a good moment now to invest in new IPs. There are lots of new technologies appearing. PC is still developing fast, there are new consoles coming next year, the streaming technology is there, cross-play is also something that will excite players, so we feel it's the right time to create new genres, and new IPs for us. After all, if the sun can shine on these ones, we'll have them for a long time to come," Corre told MCV UK.
The new handheld-only Switch is smaller than the original, but it's not exactly miniature.
The main selling point of Nintendo's new cheaper $199 Switch Lite is handheld-only gaming in a more mobile-friendly package. It's got a smaller 5.5-inch 720p screen (compared to the normal Switch's 6.2-inch display) and a shrunken chassis. But we've yet to see any side-by-side comparisons to show off just how much smaller it is...and the answer is kind of surprising.
A recent snap from IGN's Brian Altano delivers a direct side-by-side comparison of the Switch Lite and the normal transforming Switch hybrid. The Lite isn't that much smaller than the base unit. The Lite's materials do look cheaper in quality though, and I'm worried about those JoyCons. The upside is the new Switch Lite sports a shrunken Tegra X1 revision on 16nm for improved battery life, cooler temperatues, and increased power efficiency.
Aspiring farmers from around the globe will be pleased to know that the release date for the next Farming Simulator game has been revealed.
The official Farming Simulator Twitter account dropped the release date on fans when they were posted the question of whether Farming Simulator 20 would be arriving on iOS and Android. According to the response, "Farming Simulator 20 will be released on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch."
In response to another question posed by the same person who asked the above question, the Farming Simulator Twitter account revealed the window they are aiming for to release the game. Vikrant rana asked "Can you announce the launch date of it today?", the Farming Simulator account replied with "We aim to launch FS20 in Q4 this year."
Age of Empires fans have been waiting to hear about Age of Empires IV for quite some time now, and their opportunity to hear about might just be right around the corner.
During an interview with MAX, Aaron Greenberg an Xbox Games Marketing member Microsoft, was asked about giving some hope to Age of Empires fans regarding the existance of Age of Empires IV. According to Greenberg, Microsoft are teeing up their biggest reveals for XO19 that is slated to be held in November. Age of Empires IV was subtly confirmed to be one of the titles.
Greenberg says "listen, our next big date will be XO19, I would suggest that people watch that, its November 14th, the day that Age launches. I cannot confirm or deny anything *winks at camera*." This is an extremely cheeky way of hyping up the reveal of Age of Empires IV, and if I was to put my money on a reveal I would say it will be somewhere during the XO19 Xbox presentation. Here is a Twitch snippet of Greenberg saying the above quote on video, click here.
NetherRealm Studios has revealed the official roster for the Kombat Pack for Mortal Kombat 11. Get your popcorn and controllers ready because this is HUGE!
Above we have the trailer for the full roster reveal, starting off we see Shang Tsung followed by the already announced Nightwolf. Then things get shaken up a bit after that, as we see Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator T-800 from the upcoming newly announced movie, Terminator: Dark Fate.
The video continues and we hear a hysterical laugh, of course this the Joker. Even though these characters were previously rumored it's still great to see them officially confirmed for fans to enjoy. Other DLC fighters that were included in this reveal were: Sindel and Spawn. When will players be able to get their hands-on these iconic characters? Shang Tsung and Nightwolf are already live, Terminator will arrive in October, Sindel this November, and Joker and finally Spawn will come in early 2020. Mortal Kombat 11 is currently available on the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Nintendo recently debuted an updated model of the Nintendo Switch and while it was advertised that the updated console only came with improved battery life, some other improvements have been found.
According to the Digital Foundry, the improved Nintendo Switch (model no. HAC-001(-01) has a battery improvement of around 60 - 70 percent, when compared the previous model. While that might of been the only reason users would consider purchasing this new model, there is also other improvements. Digital Foundry discovered that the new Switch actually has performance improvements as well, they tested games such as Fast RMX, Mortal Kombat 11, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and found that it runs games at 2 - 3 frames faster.
When talking about heat, the new model doesn't run any cooler than the previous model. This new model comes with an upgraded Tegra X1 processor, but not an upgraded screen. Digital Foundry claims to have imported this new model Switch from Hong Kong, and found that the screen had a pinkish "color temperature" to it when the previous model that had a warm blueish tint to it. It seems that Nintendo is suffering from screen lottery, due to the company using multiple manufacturers to build their screens. This is quite rough for Nintendo.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare isn't far away, so to keep us hyped N-Gamz has released a new 24-minute gameplay video from the PC version of the game. Check it out below:
It is labelled as ray tracing, but it is not using RTX at all. The video of COD: Modern Warfare was run on an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card, and I'll give you a warning -- this person is not very good at playing the game, at all. I think I just grinded away a layer of my teeth cringing at this. Still, a good 24-minute look at the game nonetheless.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will support RTX-based ray tracing features (which NVIDIA detailed more of at Gamescom 2019 this week), which looks absolutely awesome -- highlighting the power of the GeForce RTX line of graphics cards. The game will also feature uncapped framerates, an FOV slider, advanced controls, HDR, and so much more.
Valve has just kicked the door down in China, teaming with Perfect World on developing Steam China -- yes, Steam... in China. It's quite self-explanatory. Check out the crazy Steam China Press Demo video below:
Steam China being co-developed with Perfect World gets around some of these Chinese censorship, as the platform has been created from scratch with Chinese consumers in mind. The games on Steam China will be localized, the content servers for downloading games will be based in China, with the entire application complying with all Chinese laws.
Chinese law dictates which games can be sold, hosted, and played in the country -- with Steam China launching with a very limited amount of titles when it launches. Just 40 games are expected, with some of them including Two Point Hospital, Dead Cells, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV, and FTL.
Unlike every other publisher and big developer out there, CD Projekt RED won't try to force online multiplayer in Cyberpunk 2077. It'll only be included if it fits, and only if it doesn't negatively effect singleplayer.
Most games these days are built around live services, online multiplayer, and engagement. But Cyberpunk 2077 is built from the ground up as a wholly singleplayer experience, and CDPR isn't about to jeopardize that by jamming in a MP component if it doesn't mesh well. Cyberpunk 2077's multiplayer has been in the works for years now, but there's a chance it could get scrapped.
In a recent interview with Eurogamer, CDPR dev Marthe Jonkers said multiplayer will only be included if it's absolutely perfect. "If you add multiplayer functions it has to be right. Immersion is super important for us and we have to make sure everything fits together. The single-player experience, it all fits together. We're not just going to slap some feature in and that'll be it."