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  • PUBG Playerbase Overtook F2P Title Dota 2

    pubg playerbase beats dota 2If you haven't played Playerunknown's Battlegrounds yet, chances are you've at least heard of it. The game has quickly become the most played Steam title on PC. Recently, Battlegrounds managed to overtake Dota 2, the reigning Steam champ.

    Battlegrounds hit a peak of 877,000 players earlier this month. With these stats, it narrowly outperformed Dota 2 for both peak player and concurrent player numbers.

    Since the inception of Dota 2 on Steam, not a single game has managed to consistently stay as high in the charts as Battlegrounds has. Over the last few years, very few gameplay titles have managed to get past Dota 2, either. This is partially due to the fact that Dota 2 is a free-to-play MOBA title, just like League of Legends. It's also due to the fact that Steam's company, Valve, has developed the game.

    The closest game to compete with Dota 2 is Valve's other game Counter Strike: Global Offensive. A game currently retailing for around $10.

    The recent stats are even more impressive when you realize that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds currently retails for around $30, three times as much as Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

    Currently, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is exclusive to the PC platform. A third party developer is working on bringing Battlegrounds to Xbox One, and we should see it make it to Xbox's Early Access program soon.

    We don't yet have a release date for the Xbox One version, and there's no news of PUBG ever coming to PlayStation 4.

  • Rune: Ragnarok Is A New Upcoming Open World RPG

    rune ragnarok new open world gameHuman Head, the same development team as Prey and Prey 2, is now working on a brand new open world RPG game called Rune: Ragnarok.

    Surprisingly, Rune: Ragnarok isn't the first Rune game in the franchise. In fact, Human Head created a game called Rune that released way back in 2000.

    It looks like Rune: Ragnarok will be the game to revitalize that universe in an exciting new way. So far, we know very little about Rune: Ragnarok other than that the development team is working on it, and it'll be released some point in the future.

    No details on release windows or gameplay reveal trailers have yet been mentioned.

    We do have a single non-gameplay reveal trailer though. In the reveal trailer the narrator is heard saying the following:

    "From birth, the children of the North hear tales of the end of the world. A battle so great the gods fall and the Nine Worlds are consumed by frost and fire. But these tales are false. The gods did not perish. For seven years our worlds have been devoured by death and destruction. Now, mankind must rise and do what the gods could not. Ragnarok must end."

    We don't have any information about which platforms the new Ragnarok game will be launched on, but Human Head does mention on their website that they work on PC, consoles, VR, and mobile devices. Hopefully, Rune Ragnarok will get a launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. We may even see some VR-related gameplay if we're lucky.

  • New Friday The 13th Update Released

    new friday 13th update teamkillingA brand new update for Friday The 13th has now been released to the masses. The update is available for download on all platforms.

    The new update for Friday The 13th mostly brings a number of bug fixes and gameplay balancing. Most importantly, however, is the removal of friendly fire in most instances. Going forward, it will now be very hard to take out your teammates. These changes have been made to help cut down on griefing.

    According to the development team, the team-killing mechanic was getting abused - the community reported 'rampant abuse' of the feature.

    The only way players can kill their teammates after this latest update is if they run them over. This means any weapons that counselors pickup cannot be used on their teammates.

    Interestingly, this new update also changes the layout of most of the maps in Friday The 13th. Maps have been made smaller to help improve the flow of gameplay and to keep things as action-packed and tense as possible.

    The full changes for all of the maps can be seen below:

    • Added Small Maps for the existing maps; Packanack Small, Higgins Haven Small, and Camp Crystal Lake Small.
    • Increased the density of Kill locations on all maps.
    • Adjusted collision on Maps to prevent people from standing on water.
    • Adjusted collision on piers to prevent cars from driving on them.
    • Added a Map Icon to Campfire Kills.
    • Fixed a number of kill spots that were not functioning.
    • Fixed an issue with not being able to fix boat propellers based on boat positioning on the dock.
    • Placed collision under piers to prevent people from swimming under them.
    • Fixed a number of areas that the player could get out of the map.
    • Fixed a number of areas that Counselors could get to that Jason could not.
    • Added better collision around Boat Exits to prevent Jason from getting to areas he shouldn't be in.
  • The Crew 2 Pre-order And Release Details Published

    crew 2 preorderThanks to an announcement at Gamescom, we now have a release date and pre-order details for the upcoming racer, The Crew 2.

    Firstly, it has now been confirmed that the release date for The Crew 2 has been locked in for March 16, 2018. On this release date, the game will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

    While the full release is still quite a way away, The Crew 2 developers are running a beta that should start this year. The beta sign-ups are available on the website for The Crew 2.

    Like its predecessor, The Crew 2 is a racing game that features an open world environment that players can race in. The Crew 2 is set in an open world version of USA. For the first time in this franchise, players will also be able to race in planes and boats in The Crew 2.

    While there are opportunities for different methods of transport, most of the events will be focused on standard cars. There will be four different types of events to support cars. The event types will be street racing, off-road, pro, and freestyle.

    The method with which players can switch between different vehicle types is interesting. Players can tap a button to instantly swap out their vehicle for another. For example, if a player were to take a large jump in a car, they can then swap out for a plane.

    If you're interested in what items you can get in-game for pre-ordering The Crew 2, make sure to check out the details provided below.

    • Pre-ordering any version of The Crew 2 gets you the Legendary Motors Pack, which comes with the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Touring Car 2016 and the Harley-Davidson Iron 883 2017.
    • The $70 Deluxe Edition comes with the Legendary Motors Pack and the Motorsports Deluxe Pack, which includes the Ford F-150 Raptor Race Truck 2017, the Abarth 500 2008 Monster Truck Edition, the Pilatus PC-21 aerobatics plane, and three "unique racing outfits" for your character to wear.

    The Gold Edition unlocks on March 13 and comes with the season pass, the Legendary Motors Pack, and the Motorsports Deluxe Pack. The digital version of the Gold edition costs $100 and the physical version (which also comes with a steel book) costs $110.

  • Lesion, The New Rainbow Six Siege Operator Revealed

    lesion rainbow six siegeIn anticipation for Rainbow Six Blood Orchid, Ubisoft has gone and announced a brand new operator. The new operator is a part of the S.D.U unit and he will join the Chinese operator team on the defending side.

    So far, Ubisoft has only teased us with a small clip of Lesion, so we know very little about Lesion's backstory or how he fits into the lore. We do, however, have some information on the weapons that Lesion can use, as well as the ability that Lesion is equipped with.

    Lesion will have access to either the T-5 SMG or Six12 shotgun for a primary weapon. Lesion's secondary weapon is the Q-929, the same weapon available for the other Chinese operator, Ying.

    Lesion's ability is expected to be similar to Echo's ability. Lesion can throw a device that can stick to surfaces. Once activated, Lesion's device will let out needles that will slow down nearby enemies and cause their vision to be blurred.

    Lesion's device can also deal damage, but unlike Echo's device, it cannot be controlled or moved remotely. Instead, the device will have a single detonation.

    Lesion will launch alongside Ying in the upcoming Blood Orchid expansion. The new expansion will also include a new map and a Polish operator that was originally planned for a previous expansion that has since been delayed.

    All of the new operators will be available to purchase with earnable in-game credits or with credits that can be purchased with real money. The new map will be available to everybody for free.

  • Overwatch: D.Va To Get a Big Rework

    overwatch dvaOverwatch developers, Blizzard, are preparing for a much-needed rework for D.Va. The new update will change her ultimate ability and make a number of other changes to how she works in-game.

    For a long time, players have complained about how overpowered D.Va was. As it is right now, D.Va starts the game as an off-tank, with lots of health points and a considerable amount of damage. On its own, the first form of D.Va can be dealt with without too much difficulty.

    However, when D.VA loses her mech and hops on foot, her fast movement speed and her ridiculously small hitboxes make her a nightmare to deal with.

    The biggest problem with D.Va, however, is without a doubt her Defense Matrix ability. With Defense Matrix, D.Va can protect herself and others from incoming damage. In the rework, Defense Matrix will get a nerf - it will last for half as long.

    To balance out the nerf, D.Va will be given a new ability that will help her to play more aggressively.

    The new ability is called Micro Missiles and description about the ability from Blizzard has been provided below.

    "D.Va launches a long salvo of small missiles that explode on impact, dealing damage in a small radius around them. This ability can be used while using her other abilities or firing her Fusion Cannons."

    What are your thoughts on these new changes? Do you think Blizzard is moving D.Va in the right direction, or did they make the wrong move?

  • Big Patch Live for Battlefield 1

    big patch battlefield 1A brand new update has gone live for Battlefield 1 and it contains a huge number of changes and tweaks to the game.

    To begin with, the new patch adds a brand new map to Battlefield 1. The new map is called Lupkow Pass - it's available to anybody that has either the season pass or the Name of the Tsar DLC.

    The new Lupkow Pass map is set in Russia, deep in the Carpathian mountains. A lot of the new map is focused on verticality and fights between different levels of the mountains.

    While the new map is limited to those that have the DLC, there are a number of features and changes in the new update that is available to everybody.

    One of the biggest changes includes a bug fix that stops the weapon loadout UI from disappearing. The horse turn speed has been increased by 25% too, which will make those that use the horse more mobile.

    DICE has also made it so jumping over obstacles with horses has been improved. The jumping mechanic is now far more reliable, so players should be able to feel confident before taking their next jump. Sounds for single-fire and semi-automatic weapons have been improved - they should no longer cut off randomly.

    There are a huge number of tweaks, bug fixes and small changes that have been applied to the new patch too. The full notes can be seen on the Battlefield website.

  • Battlefield 1 To Get 5v5 Incursions Mode

    battlefield 1 incursions modeBattlefield 1 is getting a brand new game mode that'll limit team size and put emphasis on team play within a much smaller squad.

    The new game mode is called Incursions and it will feature a 10-player limit, with 5 players per team. While the player limit has been limited severely in the Incursions mode, it will still feature maps and vehicles that are used in other game modes.

    To begin with, Incursions will go into a closed alpha state. During this time, players can register their interest to try the game mode and help to build the experience for the community. Afterwards, the game will be pushed out to live servers on all platforms that support Battlefield 1.

    To begin with, the game mode will be limited to the PC during alpha phase. During this time, gameplay mechanics could be adjusted drastically. For now, though, DICE's vision for Incursions is to create a strategy-focused game mode with a highly competitive skill curve.

    "Your choice in kit plays a critical role in the success of your squad, while every destroyed piece of environment can shift the entire momentum of the battle. Only the sharpest strategic teams will rise to the top of the competition. Every move and every bullet become the difference between victory and defeat. Scoring has been overhauled to create opportunities for dramatic comebacks and nail-biting upsets."

    DICE announced the new game mode at Gamescom and also published a video showcasing the game mode. The new trailer is available to view on their Youtube channel.

  • Age of Empires IV Announced

    age of empires ivOut of nowhere, Microsoft has geared up to announce Age of Empires IV. The game will launch for Xbox One and Windows, and it will also launch a definitive edition of the first three Age of Empires games.

    So far, we know very little about Age of Empires IV besides the fact that it's coming. We do know that the studio responsible for Age of Empires IV will be the Microsoft Games Studio. Many of the developers from the original Age of Empires trilogy have moved on, so instead Microsoft has hired out the bulk of developers responsible for the Company of Heroes real time strategy franchise.

    The development team made a statement alongside the Age of Empires IV announcement trailer.

    "We can't wait to tap into our strengths as a studio to fuse historical context with deep strategic gameplay, and to bring this franchise back to the forefront of gaming and into the hands of its beloved community. We look forward to sharing with you more details in the months to come. For now, just know we are beyond excited to be working on the next entry into the legendary franchise."

    The last Age of Empires title launched in 2011 as a free-to-play game for Windows. Many players didn't consider it worthy of the Age of Empires name, however, and the last game to get praise from critics across the globe was Age of Empires 3, which launched in 2005.

    The Age of Empires Definitive Edition is set to launch exclusively for Windows 10 later this year in the Windows Store. The Definitive Edition will go on sale on October 19 and will include remastered versions of the first three Age of Empires games.

  • New Overwatch Map, Junkertown Announced

    overwatch map junkertownA brand new Overwatch map has been announced. The new map is called Junkertown and it was first announced at Gamescom.

    The new map will be an escort map and the environment has been created to represent Junkrat and Roadhog's home town.

    In the lore, Junkertown is set in the heart of Australia. This was one of the countries to get impacted by the Omnic crisis the hardest, and as a result, the entire environment is falling to pieces. Buildings and shelters are put together with whatever scrap material can be found.

    Those that live in Junkertown are known as Junkers. Originally, both Junkrat and Roadhog lived within Junkertown as Junkers, too. However, the duo was caught stealing from the queen of Junkertown. As punishment, both Junkrat and Roadhog were exiled from the city.

    To go alongside the map announcement, Blizzard released a brand new video on their Youtube channel that showed Junkrat and Roadhog explaining the new Junkertown map.

    The video is filled with jokes and laughs and gives an insight into the personalities of both Junkrat and Roadhog.

    So far, a release date for Junkertown hasn't been announced, but Blizzard has mentioned that the map will be coming to Overwatch soon.

    What are your thoughts on the new Junkertown map? Are you excited to get access to a new free escort map soon, or are you more interested in new characters for Overwatch?

    Recently, Doomfist was finally released to Overwatch and many players are already finding him to be a perfect pick for a good team composition.

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