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  • The Division Beta Sign-up Page Appears Online

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    It has been two years since The Division was announced by Ubisoft. At that time, the game was revealed at E3 and it most certainly got the attention of many gamers across the world. As months have gone by, years have passed, Tom Clancy's The Division has remained in development, and it's only till recently that we've started to hear more about it.

    At E3 this year, The Division was finally given a release date of March 2016, and soon after it was revealed that a beta would be coming for the game in December this year. Now, it has been revealed that players that owned an Xbox One would be able to get access to the beta slightly earlier than console or PC players.

    In fact, whilst a start date for the Xbox One beta has not yet been revealed, Ubisoft has now opened up a beta sign-up page for players to access. Any Xbox One, PS4 or PC owner that has pre-ordered The Division can head over to that page and claim a free beta code.

    Players can also sign up for a beta code regardless of whether they've pre-ordered The Division or not, but only those that have pre-ordered it will be guaranteed a beta code.

    So far Ubisoft has not explained what the beta will consist of but there is no doubt that it will be a slightly limited version of the full game. Players will probably get a glimpse as some of the game mechanics, but a lot of the game will be locked out of the beta.

  • 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."

  • Xbox One Neverwinter Closed Beta Planned for February

    xbox one neverwinterWhilst Zenimax Studios have been busy preparing the release of the Elder Scrolls Online for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One, another MMO developer has been working on something else that could completely ruin the release of the ESO.

    The game in question is Neverwinter, a free to play MMO that landed on the PC in 2013. In February this year, the same Neverwinter that made it to PC will be coming to the Xbox One in the form of a closed beta.

    The closed beta will be accessible to a limited amount of players, chosen from a pool of players who have signed up for beta access on the Neverwinter website. The beta will last for three days and will begin on the 5th of February.

    Whilst Neverwinter is free to play, an Xbox Live Gold membership will be required to play it. In the new version of Neverwinter, aimed for consoles, the game will be compatible with the Xbox friends list so players can easily team up together for dungeons, quests or PVP.

    On top of the friends integration, Neverwinter for the Xbox One will receive a control revamp that will suit the Xbox One controller. Considering that the game is coming from the PC, which has access to multiple keys and bindings, it will be interesting to see how well the Neverwinter developers managed to port over the controls to the Xbox.

    Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that Neverwinter will be the first free to play MMO available on consoles that has been released in the last three years.

  • PlanetSide 2 PS4 Beta Coming This Month

    planetside 2 ps4At long last, the PlanetSide 2 beta is finally making it's way to the PlayStation 4. Announced before the console was even released, PlanetSide 2 is a free to play FPS sci-fi shooter that features huge open world battles between three different player factions.

    Each faction must work together to call out strategies in an attempt to take control of different areas of territory within the open world. As a player works towards capturing territory and defending faction outposts, experiences and credits will be rewarded.

    Experience will go towards unlocking new items, whilst credits can be used to purchase the items. As you can imagine, there is a third currency that players can earn by spending real money on the game.

    The in-game currency can be used to fast track players towards better equipment, but everything, besides cosmetic items, can be earned by simply playing the game. It does, however, take quite a long time to accumulate enough credits and experience to purchase some of the higher tiered items.

    The closed beta for PlanetSide 2 on the PlayStation 4 will launch on the 20th of January, although it will be restricted to a few thousand players to start, and only those who previously signed up for beta access will be given a key.

    Once the closed beta has finished, the PS4 version of PlanetSide 2 will then go back into development, before presumably opening up to another closed or open beta later on in the year.

  • Destiny Beta Progress Will Be Wiped at Launch

    destiny betaRegardless of how many hours you may have put into the beta stage of Destiny last month, your progress and characters will be deleted in time for the full launch date for the game, Bungie has confirmed.

    Unsurprisingly, all data made in the Destiny beta will be wiped, similarly to how alpha content was deleted before the beta was launched. However, Bungie have mentioned that the beta wipe will be the last time players will have to say goodbye to their characters and saved data.

    Whilst this may not be much of an issue for the majority of you, it's understandable that some players may be frustrated with the wipe after coming across rare gear or weapons that they may not have much luck with in the full game.

    However, as the game was in beta stage, players should have expected their gameplay progress to be wiped before playing, so there's no real reason to get angry at Bungie for the new beta wipe.

    The main cause for the wipe is because Bungie have been constantly tweaking the balancing of the game, changing experience rewards, loot drops and more, and these changes would make it unfair for those players who didn't get the chance to play in the beta.

    A designer at Bungie, Tyson Green, wrote on a blog to address the wipe, "Since the Beta, we've continued to tune and adjust the game. The way you earn experience has been adjusted up and down a bunch of times. Items have been added and removed. New features toggled. Although there's no single monumental change, the sum of the tweaks leaves characters from the Beta Build in strange shape that would be confusing at best, broken at worst."

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  • New DOOM Game Beta Will be Current Gen Only

    doom betaIt's been known for a while now that the upcoming Wolfenstein title, The New Order, will come packed with beta access for a brand new DOOM game that is currently in the works and being published by Bethesda.

    However, so far details on the beta, it's availability and the platforms it will run on have been pretty unclear. This week, we've uncovered a bit more information about the beta, and it has now been announced that the DOOM beta will only be available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

    To get beta access, gamers must pre-order a copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order. As expected, a PS4 pre-order will allocate the owner a PS4 beta key, an Xbox One copy pre-order will allocate the owner an Xbox One beta key, and pre-ordering for the PC will grant owners a beta key for the PC version of doom.

    It has also been revealed that players will need an active Xbox Live Gold membership to play DOOM online, but PlayStation 4 owners will get off the hook, as they will not need a PS Plus membership to give the DOOM beta a spin.

    So far, the beta release date has not been revealed, and at this point we couldn't make a decent estimate, but it's likely to be between the release of Wolfenstein and some time next year. A FAQ was created to give a bit more clarification. It stated that, "Although you'll receive the Doom beta key code with your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the Doom beta won't begin until a later, yet-to-be announced date. We will be providing more information on the specific content and duration of the beta test at a later time."

  • Some More Details On Titanfall Content Expected at Launch

    Titanfall Launch Content

    Titanfall hit Beta late last week, and at first I was taken back at the epic, super exciting gameplay the seemed to unfold in every single game. There is rarely a break in action, and sometimes that action intensifies and it's incredibly enjoyable.

    The problem with the Beta is that the fun doesn't last - after a few hours of playing, the same two levels get boring, and playing with just four weapons with little customization options can make it feel almost pointless to carry on getting exp and completing challenges.

    I hope that this issue will be addressed at launch. Right now the level cap is 14, which can be reached in less than 10 games, and once you've done that, there isn't that much left to do other than play the same things again and again.

    One thing you can do though is keep unlocking burn cards, because some of these have a little peak at what content we’ll see in the future. Firstly, there seem to be two primary weapons available from burn cards that aren't yet loadouts, and that includes a more powerful sniper that can do more damage than the DMR, which takes 2 body shots to kill currently, and then there is an LMG, which from my experience feels like a very decent gun that can beat opponents from close to long range.

    It's also been rumored that there will be a total of 14 maps playable after a player digged into the data files, along with a few more weapons and Titan and Pilot perks.

  • French Retailer Suggests February Titanfall Beta Launch

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    There's been talk about it, and after the successful closed alpha stage, I'm pretty sure Respawn Entertainment would be happy to release a beta for upcoming FPS Titanfall. New information from a French retailer suggests that there will be a Titanfall Beta, and it could be available as early as next month.

    Posters have been shared in the stores of French retailer Micromania that suggest the Beta will start on February 14th, just in time to give you an excuse for forgetting all about Valentines day. According to the French poster, the beta will run through to February 19th, and it will be exclusive to those who pre-order through Micromania.

    As Micromania is in fact a child company of GameStop, it would make sense that once again GameStop has bagged the goodies for the next big shooter game, and beta exclusivity may be for those who pre-order from GameStop or Micromania.

    Seeing as February 14th isn't really that far off, I expect there will be an official announcement for this information by next week. If not, it's likely this was a slip up on Micromania's behalf, and we may need to wait a little longer, and that's if a beta for Titanfall actually ever comes out.

    It's likely the supposed beta will mainly be for server testing purposes, and it's probable that the game has already been balanced out and tweaked for it's launch later this quarter on March 11.

  • TitanFall Alpha Extended, Users Upload Clips Under NDA

    TitanFall Alpha NDA

    Although Respawn Entertainment aren't yet sure on the status of a Beta for their upcoming FPS game TitanFall, an Alpha has been going on for the last few days, and a lot of players that have managed to get into the closed alpha are very impressed with the game so far.

    It seems Respawn has loved the positive response to their game so much that they decided to extended the closed alpha to Monday, and whilst most players kept their lips sealed whilst under the NDA that prohibits the recording of alpha gameplay footage, like pretty much every public closed alpha or beta out there, some bad eggs decided to break the rules and record footage anyway, and then upload it to the internet.

    What this means for us is that we get to have sneak peak of the game before it's full release. We get to see unscripted, real, live bug-filled alpha gameplay in all of it's glory, and as expected, it's looking pretty amazing.

    One thing I do have gripes with though is the AI performance - from what I've seen the most common AI, the grunts, are absolutely incapable of landing a kill on you. Instead, they crouch there, occasionally spraying bullets into your back before you have enough time to finish what you’re doing, turn around, and kill them within seconds.

    Respawn has said that the grunts will most likely stay this way, but I'm not sure if many players will be happy with this. Hopefully balancing will be done upon release.

  • Xbox One Beta Planned for Project Spark Next Month

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    Project Spark is an interesting venture for develop Team Dakota - the idea is that you take your typical open sandbox world even further by opening up new options and opportunities for players to turn their world into a unique playing experience that other players can then get involved with.

    Project Spark has been dubbed the video game that lets you make video games - whether or not it’s actually officially considered a game or just a software studio is unclear, but the compelling nature of the games shown within the creator have certainly turned a few eyes.

    To make sure everything is running as smoothly as possible Team Dakota has confirmed that they will be running a beta to test drive everything before full release. The beta has now been announced on their Facebook page to be planned for next month.

    On top of the announcement, Team Dakota’s Facebook page has information on how players can access a beta key, and how they can redeem it.

    For those playing on Windows 8, your key can be used on Xbox One, and the same goes for any Xbox One beta key owners who may want to play the game on Windows 8.

    Project Spark is planned to be a free to play title, but beta access will be limited so that Team Dakota can focus on any issues that arrive instead of a huge surge of new players all at once.

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