The first patch of 2018 has been released for Star Wars Battlefront 2.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 players are getting a new Blast map on the planet Crait today, along with Iden Versio’s TIE fighter thanks to the latest update, patch 1.1.
The new TIE fighter has been added to the roster of hero ships for Starfighter Assault.
Changes have also been made to various heroes, such as Finn, who had his Deadeye shot damage reduced from 40 to 30, and the base damage of his EL-16 has been reduced from 65 to 45.
Boba Fett was given a reduction to his inner and outer damage radius for Rocket Barrage, and its general damage has been reduced from 90 to 78.
Wookiee Warriors were also adjusted, as promised last week.
Various fixes and balancing tweaks were also applied with the Star Wars Battlefront 2 update. Full patch notes are below.Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Release Notes – Patch 1.1
Iden Versio’s TIE/In fighter Abilities
There’s a hot list of deals on the Xbox Store this week for Gold and non-Gold players.
As with every week, Xbox One hosts a sale with a rotating selection of games and add-ons. This week’s sale is live, and includes great deals on Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, LA Noire, GTA 5 and many other big games.
There’s also a host of indies like Rime, Limbo, Soul Axiom, Superhot, Teslagrad, The Sexy Brutale, The Long Dark, What Remains of Edith Finch and a few others. Most of this week’s discounts are available to all, but as always, a few are reserved for Gold members.
The deals are alive until Monday, January 22.
See the full list below:
(Deals marked with asterisks are only available for Gold members).
Forza Horizon 3 received an Xbox One X update overnight that native 4K support.
This, coupled with Forza Horizon 3’s great looks and HDR support means that Xbox One X owners are in for a real treat. It also means that the Xbox One version is due for another comparison with big-boy PC graphics.
The update is pretty small, at less than 700MB, in part thanks to many of the assets already being part of the game because of the PC release. According to Digital Foundry, the game does indeed run at native 4K without the use of dynamic scaling or checkerboarding.
The game also retains the 4x MSAA the base version used at launch, which makes for a really sharp image when you consider the already native 4K output. Frame-rate has not changed from a locked 30fps.
Elsewhere in the graphics department, the patch ups the AF to a full 16x, upgraded motion blur, increased level of detail for roads and cars. These all are comparable to PC’s highest setting, though they fall below in some areas like motion blur.
Static shadows are actually of a higher quality than PC, but dynamic shadows are still a step below PC’s highest setting. This is still miles better than base Xbox One, of course.
Steam has offered publishers for years the ability to set a launch discount, but it appears this feature comes with a caveat.
Steam launch discounts can either take place only on launch day, or last the entire first week. They’re a way to incentivise early adoption in the crucial first few days.
You’ve likely seen this with many games, but we now know why some games don’t have launch day/week discounts. According to PCGamesN, if a game has a launch discount, it can’t be part of any other sale for at least 30 days.
Flux Game Studio’s Paulo Luis Santos told the site that this means developers need to be very aware of when they launch their games in relation to upcoming Steam sales.
“We had to re-plan our launch strategy, since there are many great sale opportunities across the year and we did not want to waste any opportunity,” he said.
This could explain why games that launch with a discount are sometimes nowhere to be found in a major Steam sale soon after launch. Part of that is obviously a desire not to devalue the game, but the other part is that a developer simply isn’t able to have two discounts in the span of 30 days.
You also don’t want to put the game on sale right after a Steam sale, so that’s another...
The Humble Store is offering a new free game for everyone.
This week’s free game is The Red Solstice. The Red Solstice is an indie top-down, tactical shooter. You command a squad of four space marines and go on shooting alien bugs.
The game supports co-op, as well as multiplayer. If you prefer to play it solo, you’ll have a multi-mission campaign to go through. Being a tactical game, The Red Solstice allows you to slow down time and issue squad commands.
All you need to do to get a free copy is head over to the Humble Store, click add to cart and you’re set. As always, you’ll be getting a Steam key. The offer is valid until 10am PT / 6pm UK on January 17.
While you’re there, you may also want to check out the Humble Winter Sale. Loads of games big and small are on sale until January 25.
Fortnite has become a sensation on consoles and PC, but there’s some confusion as to which version of the game you play for free and which you pay for, exactly how much it costs, and what formats can you play it on.
We’re going to clear all that up for you right now, right here.Is Fortnite free?
Fortnite Battle Royale is free to download and play on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. It features one mode and one map, and has just passed 2 million concurrent players. That’s the version of Fortnite that everyone is playing and talking about. You should get involved.
But there are few other things you need to know about Fortnite Battle Royale, with a few differences that may influence which format you to intend to play on. One of those is that Fortnite for PC is not available on Steam, so you’ll have to download it directly from Epic Games.
Fortnite Battle Royale is not a split screen game, and it is not cross platform, so you cannot play on PS4 with your friends on Xbox One or PC, for example.
There is cross-progression between PC and PS4 accounts if you link them via Epic Games’ site, but be warned you will lose progress when you first do so. There’s also no cross-progress between Fornite Battle Royale and the regular Fortnite game,...
Although Tencent’s Chinese version of PUBG has yet to launch in the region, the publisher is already helping with PUBG’s cheating problem.
Back when PUBG developer PUBG Corp first announced it’s partnering up with Chinese giant Tencent to get PUBG approved in China, the studio said that curbing the cheating epidemic in the country is going to be one of the benefits of the Tencent deal.
It seems these efforts are already underway, as Tencent has helped the Chinese police uncover 30 cases and arrest 120 people linked to underground cheat-making rings, reports Bloomberg.
The report points out that many Chinese cheaters use PUBG’s own leaderboards as a way of advertising their cheats. You’ll often see names with QQ numbers in the top ten that players can use to get cheats. QQ is a chat service in China, also owned by Tencent.
Prices for the cheats vary, but one vendor was offering them for 100 yuan ($15), and another advised their customers to “maintain control and keep your kills within 15 people per game,” according to the report.
Cheating remains one of the biggest problems facing PUBG today, and it could be the game’s downfall if PUBG Corp doesn’t find a way to control it.
Cyberpunk 2077 will be at E3 this year, according to a new report.
Cyberpunk 2077 recently showed signs of life after having been dormant for years. It came in the form of a single tweet, but it was what everyone needed to get excited.
It seems the timing of this isn’t coincidental, because developer CD Projekt RED is reportedly gearing up for the game’s first proper E3 reveal.
GRYOnline, one of the biggest video game sites in Poland, is reporting that Cyberpunk 2077 will have a trailer at E3 2018, to be shown at one of the big pre-show conferences. Given the studio’s history with Microsoft, it’ll more than likely be shown on the Xbox stage.
What’s more, the site notes that the press will be treated to a behind-closed-doors demo of the game. GRYOnline cites two separate sources for these details.
The developer could be following a similar reveal strategy to the one used with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Back at E3 2013, the public got a gameplay trailer while the press were treated to a hands-off demo behind closed doors. Parts of the demo eventually leaked online.
E3 2018 takes place June 12-14.
Square Enix has officially announced a release date for Final Fantasy 15: Windows Edition, and confirmed the rumoured Royal Edition.
The Final Fantasy 15 PC version, which Square aptly named Windows Edition, was announced last year. It releases March 6 worldwide, and comes with all previously released DLC as well as the base game.
The PC version supports native resolutions up to 8K, HDR10, and Dolby Atmos. Mod support will also be available. The game’s PC specs are very demanding, though.
Square released three sets of specs. The minimum specs are designed for playing at 720p, the recommended also reflect 720p, according to the official site, but it could just be an error meant to say 1080p. Finally, there’s another set for for 4K HDR. Crucially, the publisher has not set frame-rate targets for any of them.
Final Fantasy 15 minimum PC specs
Final Fantasy 15 recommended PC specs
Final Fantasy 15 4K HDR PC specs
Stardew Valley’s multiplayer mode seems to be coming along very well.
Eric Barone, creator of Stardew Valley, has previously talked about adding multiplayer to the game on several occasions. The most recent update about the feature pegged it for a beta release early in 2018.
We’re halfway through January and already Barone has more to share. It’s not an update per se, more of a teaser. The designer shared a screenshot showing multiple players in the same game, from a recent play session.
The four players were playing on LAN, and it sounds like playing Stardew Valley in multiplayer will be a very active experience.
4-player Stardew Valley LAN party at my house… it's really fun. It still needs some work, but the underlying network code is solid. Being in the same room and yelling at each other about what to do next, or if anyone has any stone, is great fun. Can't wait to share this pic.twitter.com/Sjxyd712BK
— ConcernedApe (@ConcernedApe) January 15, 2018
Though we’re still no closer to a date, even for the beta, it’s good to hear progress is being made. Hopefully that PC beta is coming soon and fans will be able to finally get their hands on it.
Ubisoft is rolling out a new Assassin’s Creed Origins update tomorrow that’ll pave the way for the upcoming The Hidden Ones expansion.
The update carries version number 1.2.0 and it’s available starting tomorrow on all platforms. It adds a new quest free for all owners of Assassin’s Creed Origins. Preparing for the launch of The Hidden Ones means the game’s map has been expanded with the addition of two regions.
They’re Sinai, and the Valley of Kings region. The new quest, called Incoming Threat, will likely set up the story of the expansion. The update also adds the ability to sell back outfits to the Weaver shops, and a toggle for the visibility of inventory items on the gear menu.
The DLC items previously available at the store, such as the Nightmare, First Civilization, Gladiator, Wacky, and Almighty packs have been added to the Heka Chest table.
The update comes in at 3GB for PS4, and Xbox One, 2.6GB for Uplay, and 1.2GB for Steam. Ubisoft has not yet revealed the release date for The Hidden Ones.
Check out the full list of patch notes below:
Battlefield 1 developer DICE is kicking off the new year with a development update about some of the new content coming to the game this month and beyond.
To start with, the Battlefield 1 Prise de Tahure map, which has only been available to They Shall Not Pass and Premium owners, will be available for free to all owners of the game starting tomorrow.
Prise de Tahure is another one of the game’s night maps, and was added in July.
DICE is also giving non-Premium players a chance to try out many of the DLC maps in this week’s trial. It kicks off January 16 and will remain available until January 22. The Turning Tides – Gallipoli Trial not only makes the Gallipoli-based portion of the DLC available to play, it also unlocks maps from In the Name of the Tsar, as well as They Shall Not Pass.
The rest of Turning Tides content, in the form of two new maps and new vehicles, will be available to Premium members later this month. Beyond that, DICE confirmed that it’ll be revealing early details of Apocalypse, the game’s final expansion, very soon.
Expect a new patch to drop this month.
Destiny 2 players can participate in Faction Rally, a PvE and PvP event that challenges them to win glory for one team above the others.
Faction Rally is a regular Destiny 2 event, and on this page, part of our Destiny 2 guide, we’ll always post the latest details.
The next Faction Rally has been announced for January 16 through January 23. The even start following the weekly maintenance, which ends at 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm UK, 9pm CET.
This is the same Faction Rally that was supposed to go live in December, before Bungie pushed it back.
If you’re new to Destiny 2’s Faction Rally event you can scroll down to learn the basics, but we’ll start with a look at this month’s loot since that’s what the diehards are here for.January 2018 Faction Rally loot: armour ornaments
As well as the usual array of weapons and armour displayed below, the first Faction Rally of Destiny 2 Season 2 delivers armour Ornaments. You can see how these alter the basic Faction Rally sets for each faction in the images below; gotta say, New Monarchy’s looking sharp.
You’ll also get a look at the weapons on offer at each faction this month. Interestingly, it looks like all three factions are offering the same type of weapon – is it an auto rifle? – so that your...
Forza Horizon 3 was among the games Microsoft promised would get enhanced for Xbox One X, and it’s now time to see it in action.
Forza Horizon 3 already supports HDR, but the game maxed out at 1080p on Xbox One when it first launched in 2016. Now, thanks to a new patch, Forza Horizon 3 runs at native 4K resolutions.
But that’s not all, the update also brings a few visual upgrades such as improved car reflections, shadow resolutions, improved texture quality for roads and terrain surfaces, and increased levels of detail and draw distances.
These updates also extend to the game’s two expansions, Blizzard Mountain, and Hot Wheels. Forza Horizon 3 should now load a bit faster, too, thanks to the upgraded CPU and RAM inside the Xbox One X.
Developer Playground Games choose to focus on visual enhancements with this update, so don’t expect the frame-rate to go above 30fps. At launch, Forza Horizon 3 maintained a locked 30fps, but it would have been nice to see an unlocked frame-rate option for Xbox One X owners.
The update will be available today, at 10am PT, 6pm UK.
The next major firmware update for PS4, version 5.50, will soon begin testing.
Like all major PS4 firmware updates, Sony is looking for players to test out the features ahead of time. The company did not reveal the details of firmware 5.50, but those typically follow few days after the announcement.
For this test, anyone can sign up so long as they’re 18-years-old, have a PSN account, and their PS4 is connected to the internet. Players in Europe can register using this form, while US players can use this one.
Starting this beta, players can also choose to always be contacted about future betas without having to register for them. Sign-ups are open from now until the start of the beta, though no date was given.
As always, beta participants can roll back to the previous version if they face problems.
This week’s Destiny 2 maintenance has been scheduled.
Every couple of weeks, Destiny 2 developer Bungie takes down the game’s servers to implement a new change, bring back a seasonal event, or just to fix some bugs.
This week’s downtime is also taking place on a Tuesday, and it’s going to last for four hours. Like every Destiny 2 maintenance, this one also rolls out in two stages.
Maintenance begins at 8am PT, 11am ET, 4pm UK, 5pm CET, meaning you won’t be able to log in after that. However, players already engaged in activities will have an hour to finish them before they’re booted back to the title screen.
Everything goes back to normal at 12pm PT, 3pm ET, 8pm UK, 9pm CET. During the weekly maintenance, hotfix 126.96.36.199 will be released on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
This update will remove the remaining restrictions that prevented non owners of Curse of Osiris from participating in seasonal events. It will also kick off the first Faction Rally for this year.
Many crucial details were left out of the Dark Souls Remastered announcement, so reports are coming in to fill in the gaps.
Ever since Namco officially announced Dark Souls Remastered for PC, PS4, Switch, and Xbox One, many of the classic game’s fans have been wondering about a number of key details the publisher neglected to mention.
These questions range from simple things like the name of the developer working on the port, to the more involved like the extent of the changes players can expect, if any. Namco did conrfirm the price, which is going to be $40 on all platforms. Unlike what we previously believed thanks to a Namco store listing, the PC version will also not be discounted for owners of the original.
Laura Kate Dale, who accurately revealed that Dark Souls is getting a remaster as well as many of the other details like platform and the increased player count, has now chimed in again to answer some of the questions being thrown around.
“This is not a team brought in last min for small stuff,” Dale said on Twitter.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds received a patch on Friday that should make gameplay more enjoyable on Xbox One.
The PUBG patch was released only for Xbox One, and it continues the optimisation push that started with the first patch. But it wasn’t just bug fixes and performance improvements.
The biggest change is the addition of a new control scheme. The new preset allows allows players to hold LT to aim down the sights, and maps third-person aiming to the left bumper. This has been one of sticking points in PUBG’s long and complex controls, most of which don’t make any sense.
The new controller preset is available in the options menu, complete with a layout.
Pistols, which were previously part of the Y button rotation, have now been grouped up with melee weapons. This means that you’ll need to hit up on the d-pad to use them like you would with a melee weapon.
Find the rest of the patch notes below:
This weekend’s Dragon Ball FighterZ open beta is the first time the public at large have been let loose on Bandai Namco’s anime fighter, and it really showed.
After a previous closed beta was marred by lag, crashes and disconnects on Xbox, this time around things – sadly – didn’t go to plan on either console. There’s even talk of the beta being extended to make up for maintenance and downtime.
When you finally make your way through to a match though, Dragon Ball FighterZ is brilliant. A frantic but accessible mix of blurred fists and explosions, Dragon Ball FighterZ succeeds in combining solid mechanical foundations with an art style that so faithfully captures the spirit of the iconic anime that it’s hard not to be taken in. The orange gi, the glowing hair, the trademark “hwa-hu-heh” grunts of super saiyans facing off in a hand-to-hand showdown; it’s all here.
The game’s wider presentation is cool too. Players join a lobby social space before picking a mode, where you choose a chibi version of one of Dragon Ball FighterZ’s varied roster to wander about as. As for scenery, there’s a tiny Kame House and a mini world tournament arena to name just a couple of landmarks. These small details add a lot to what could’ve been...
The third and final Monster Hunter World beta kicks off this weekend and we have all the details you need.
This third beta for Monster Hunter World will take place on January 19 and run until January 22, and Capcom will gift any players a few bonuses to take part.
This beta will be similar to the last, although it now includes an extra quest against the Nergiante as well as three other quests, character creation and a training area.
We’ve listed the Monster Hunter World third beta start times below, as well as details of the quests you can take part and the rewards you’ll get for completing them.Monster Hunter World third beta pre-load
The Monster Hunter World beta will be made available for pre-load on Wednesday, January 17. A start time has not been provided yet.Monster Hunter World third beta start times
GMT January 19 at 2am
CEST January 19 at 3am
PST January 18 at 6pm
EST January 18 at 9pm
The beta obviously requires a download but if you already have the download from the previous betas there’s no additional updating to be done. You’ll need around 6GB of free space available.
The Monster Hunter World beta test will also use worldwide multiplayer matchmaking to test server load for the upcoming release. For the duration of the beta test, players will be grouped with other players from around the world.
It’s worth noting that the beta features a game currently in development, so some aspects such as balance may be changed...