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  • ESO Details Revealed, Including Subscription Drop

    ESO subscription dropMMO fans rejoice, the news you've been waiting to hear since the PC release of the Elder Scrolls Online is finally ready to be heard. That's right, due to a lack of interest, Zenimax have opted to drop the monthly subscription of the Elder Scrolls Online, and it will be opening the game to all players for free.

    The new version of the game has been named The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and whilst new players will still need to purchase the base price of the game, the monthly subscription afterwards will no longer be required. Instead, there will be optional in-game content that can be purchased as DLC content, and players can also purchase in-game currency to spend on certain cosmetic and customization options.

    I think it's great to hear that The Elder Scrolls Online has dropped the subscription model. Simply having a one-off fee for the game should be enough as it is, especially considering the game costs as much as a new console game.

    Talking about console games, The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited will be releasing on consoles shortly as well. Unfortunately the previous launch dates of the console versions of The Elder Scrolls Online have consistently been pushed back. Whilst the PC version of the new PC ESO will release on March 17th, the console versions for the PS4 and the Xbox One will not be released till late 2014.

    Will you be picking up the ESO now that the subscription has been removed?

  • Master Chief Collection Matchmaking Updates Incoming

    master chief collection matchmakinA new Master Chief Collection update has been planned to improve online matchmaking, but strangely 343 Industries will not make the update available to all players straight away.

    The update, which has since been delayed, was planned to fix many issues with the current in-game matchmaking system. Whilst 343 Industries did mention that they would release the update this month, new plans reveal that most players will not get to experience the update at all.

    Before full release, the matchmaking update will be pushed to a select few US beta participants, and these members will be able to help stress test the matchmaking before it is finally rolled out globally.

    To enter the beta process and be in with a chance of entering the matchmaking beta, you must reside in the US and join the Xbox One preview program. 343 Industries gave a small statement about the update.

    "In recent weeks, we have been conducting extensive internal testing of an upcoming content update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection."
    "Given the scale of the update, which includes changes to the matchmaking experience and party system, we are expanding testing to include select members of the Xbox One Preview program to ensure the official release is the best possible experience for all players.
    "The content update beta test is open to Xbox One owners within North America who have a copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and have opted-in for Xbox One beta testing as part of the Xbox One Preview program."
    "This is an opt-in opportunity and the content update will only be made available to selected participants within the Xbox One Preview program, based on the highest levels of engagement with Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On Friday, January 23, participants selected will be prompted to download the content update automatically when the title is started."

  • Uncharted Style Han Solo Game May be In the Works

    han solo gameDisney's purchase of Lucasarts may have caused a few upcoming Star Wars games to be canned, but it looks like the Star Wars name may now be force pushed further into the industry as rumors suggest Disney are gearing up to release another game from the same universe.

    According to the rumors circulating around the supposed Star Wars game, the new title will feature Han Solo as the protagonist. Whilst we know little about the gameplay of the rumored Han Solo game, many believe that the title may end up something a little like the Uncharted series.

    If that is the case, we sure can expect some interesting 3D platforming as well as a lot of explosive action, and maybe a Wookie or two along the way as well. The source of the rumors also suggest that part of the same team currently working on Battlefield Hardline will move over to working on the Han Solo game.

    DICE already has ties with the Star Wars universe and they are currently working on the new gen Battlefront title, but the latest Battlefield game is mostly under the control of another company, Visceral Games.

    Visceral Games do have experience with third person shooters, and previous rumors have suggested that the company are currently working on an "untitled Star Wars" game. There’s certainly a little bit of doubt in us about the likelihood of a Han Solo game appearing, but we’re hoping it could come to light. We expect Visceral could do a pretty good job with it.

  • Call of Duty World at War 2 Rumored

    world at war 2It's always best to be a little skeptical at this time of the year. Around this time, we usually start to hear a thing or two about the next Call of Duty game, but across multiple development teams, it's easy for false information to start circulating.

    With that being said, a current rumor spreading across the internet suggests that the next Call of Duty game will be a sequel to the original World at War. Before we get into the likelihood of such a thing happening or not, I just have to say that a world war game would be an incredibly refreshing change, and I'd absolutely love to see such a game reach the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.

    In reality though, we can't quite be sure if World at War will be the next Call of Duty game or not. The leak comes from a fairly unreputable source on Twitter. Despite this, it has caused quite a big stir up in the community, and the same leaker has posted similar 'Call of Duty leaks' in the past.

    The trouble is that another insider has denied that such a game will ever come to light, especially not this year. But it's hard to know who to trust - the real industry insider, who may or may not be trying to keep things under wraps, or the fairly unknown leaker who suggests the next game will indeed by World at War 2?

    All we can do is wait for more information. If the rumors are to be trusted, we'll find out more about World at War 2 in May this year.

  • New Tekken 7 Character Revealed

    tekken 7 shaheenA brand new Tekken 7 character has been revealed - the new character is of Arab origins and was previously teased in late 2014. Named Shaheen, the new Tekken 7 character will be joining the full character roster upon Tekken 7's release.

    Previously, a character named Lucky Chloe was announced for Tekken 7, and the developers received a lot of criticism, and as a result, she was removed from the western version of the game.

    At the time, the developers suggested that another character would take the place of Lucky Chloe, but it's unclear whether Shaheen was designed to be the replacement character, or whether he was planned to be released alongside Lucky Chloe.

    Either way, it's likely that there may be more characters planned for reveal for Tekken 7 in the near future. Previously, a latin American character named Katarina was announced, and a male counterpart, Claudio was revealed alongside her.

    That means there are currently four new characters we know about so far, and previous Tekken characters will also be making a return, including Kazuya, Paul Phoenix, King and Heihachi.

    So far, it's looking like the lineup for Tekken 7 may be the best yet - there is certainly a large variety of cultures within the upcoming game, and both seasoned players and newcomers to the series should enjoy the wide variety of characters to choose from.

    Tekken 7 will be released exclusively in Japan arcades this February for a short time, before being released to consoles in the East, and then in the West further on in the year.

  • January Xbox Games with Gold Go Live

    january games with goldMajor Nelson has just posted up on his blog to announce the return of the Xbox Live Games with Gold deal for the first time this year, and admittedly Xbox players will be getting a pretty decent lineup this month.

    Like previous months, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will be given two free Xbox 360 games, and one free Xbox One game. As always, the Xbox One game will be available throughout the entirety of the month, whilst one of the Xbox 360 games will be available for half of the month before it is swapped out for the next one.

    On the Xbox One, Microsoft is giving away a free copy of Dark Dreams Don't Die, (or D4 for short) which usually sells for $14.99. Dark Dreams Don't Die is an episodic video game that follows a story, whilst incorporating interactive gameplay elements.

    For the first half of January, up until January 15th, Xbox Live Gold holders will be able to pick up MX vs ATX Alive, a fast paced off-road racing title which usually sells for $19.99. Starting on January 16th, Microsoft will be giving away the Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for the remainder of the month.

    The Witcher 2 is definitely the highlight of this month's free Xbox Live Gold games, but the other titles in January's lineup are also pretty interesting.

    If either of these games aren't available in your region, you will find an alternative free game instead, although details on what games may be used as replacements have not been detailed.

  • Rumors Stir Around New Rare AAA Game

    It's always exciting to hear what Microsoft's best development studio, Rare is up to these days. They have made classics like Banjo Kazooie and Viva Pinata, and have also thrown out dozens of other playful games suitable for the whole family.

    Rare's most recent attempts have been within the world of Kinect, and they have released a various of sports and other active games compatible with the Kinect for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, most gamers weren't really interested in Rare when all of their effort went into these kind of games, but in a new light, Microsoft has realized that Rare deserves to be doing something a bit more exciting with their time.

    Que dozens of rumors now spreading the internet because of a small job listing Rare has posted on their website following the development shift for the studio. On the job listing, it states that Rare are looking for an animator that has "high quality animation skills that include movement in bipedal animation, quadruped and facial animation."

    The two things here that have sparked a lot of talk are the words "bipedal and quadruped." Whilst animation for a two legged character is fairly normal, "quadruped" suggests that Rare may be planning to create a big bunch of four legged characters in their next upcoming AAA game.

    Honestly, it could be anything, but it sounds as if Rare are looking for animators to create animals. Does this mean we will see another Viva Pinata game? Or maybe a brand new Banjo Kazooie? It is hard to say, but it's possible it could be either of these or something entirely different.

  • New Driveclub Patch Makes Game Gorgeously Perfect

    driveclub patch

    After over a year of delays, and then weeks of issues at launch, Driveclub has now almost reached a perfect state, and the game is looking absolutely gorgeous, just like we had all hoped it to be.

    Whilst previous patches had dealt with many issues in regards to game performance, server functionality and other boring technical issues, the last few patches in Driveclub have made some significant changes to the game, and finally the title is in a state that every is really learning to enjoy.

    Even though Evolution Studios, the developers behind Driveclub, gave away free content to say sorry for the launch problems, the new 1.09 and 1.08 patch is probably the best gift players of the game could get. In patch 1.09, a huge amount of server and in-game performance issues were worked on, and it's now at a point where everything seems to be working in good order.

    In patch 1.08, a brand new weather system was added to Driveclub. From snow to rain, Driveclub now looks even more amazingly detailed, and along with the variety of fixes in patch 1.08 and 1.09, there has been no better time to go and try out Driveclub.

    If you haven't played the game since launch, be warned that there is now a total of 2.5GB of updates to get through before you can play.

    Now that Driveclub is nice and stable, Evolution Studios have plans to work on tweaking gameplay and adding new content in the following year, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for us.

  • New Master Chief Collection Update Fixes Multiplayer Issues

    new master chief collection updateWhen the Master Chief Collection launched for the Xbox One, plenty of Halo fans were left devastated. Whilst 343 Industries did a spectacular job at delivering the new remastered content and graphics for the Master Chief Collection, it's online servers were plagued with problems, and most players had to week at least a week before they could play online properly.

    Even then, there will still bugs, glitches and server problems, and most of the playlists were not even implemented at this point. Fortunately, 343 Industries have slowly been rolling out new fixes and extra content for the multiplayer portion of the Master Chief Collection, and this latest patch sees some much needed tweaks to the game bundle.

    When you next get into the Master Chief Collection, a download will start for the newest update for the game. This new content patch has been focused exclusively on matchmaking online, and it's main feature adds new team balancing mechanics to the game.

    343 Industries spoke a little about the new update, saying that "while this update will improve team balance issues, we do not expect it to fully resolve uneven teams."

    As well as working on team balancing, the new update should help the matchmaking experience to be faster, smoother and ultimately more convenient for those wanting to play multiplayer online.

    Next week, another patch will be applied to the Master Chief Collection that will add even more team balancing tweaks to the game, so hopefully matchmaking will be all in working condition just in time for Christmas.

  • New Havoc DLC Shown for Advanced Warfare

    havoc dlc for advanced warfare - CopySledgehammer Games are gearing up to release their first ever DLC for their top selling COD title, Advanced Warfare, and from what we have seen so far, there is quite a lot to get excited about.

    Whilst many DLCs from the Call of Duty franchise have exclusively contained a variety of new maps, the new Havoc DLC for Advanced Warfare contains some extra content as well as the expected new map lineup.

    In the new DLC reveal trailer, two new guns have been revealed as part of the Havoc DLC, both of which are available as early access content for Xbox One players. The first weapon is the AE4 assault rifle, an energy gun that has a similar design to the energy shotgun and other energy rifle already in the game.

    The second new weapon in the Havoc DLC pack for Advanced Warfare is the AE4 Widowmaker, a custom variant of the same energy assault rifle model.

    So far, we do not know what new maps will be revealed for Havoc, but we expect that Sledgehammer Games will include two to three new maps within the Havoc DLC for Advanced Warfare.

    Once we have more information, we shall let you know, but for now we only have the new official Havoc weapons trailer to go on.

    What do you think about the new DLC for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare? Do you think it would be worth splashing out cash for the new content, or would you prefer to make do with the maps and weapons already in the game from the beginning?

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