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  • New Master Chief Collection Patch Coming

    master chief collection april updateA new blog post has been posted by 343 Industries that details some changes that will be made to Halo: The Master Chief Collection in an upcoming patch. The new patch will be releasing in April as part of the "April Update," which will include new features to matchmaking and the game in general.

    Whilst a lot of the major issues with the Master Chief Collection that were apparent at launch have now been fixed, there are still some problems with the game that 343 Industries are trying to iron out. These changes include adjustments to the different game modes across various games in the collection.

    In the blog post it wrote, "Based on results and feedback, we'll be looking to update team sizes and player counts across existing and upcoming playlists, including Team Doubles, as we get closer to the next update. Lastly, SWAT and Team Snipers will both make a return into the rotation in the near future, and we'll continue to evaluate playlist data to determine which playlists become permanent additions."

    The next update will also "Address a variety of issues across the game, including specific improvements to ranking, new quit and betrayal penalties, and more as we prepare to roll out ranks to additional playlists."

    Whilst the full patch notes have not yet been published, 343 Industries plan to do so closer to the patch release. "We'll provide more about what's included as we get closer to the release of the CU." 343 said, "As always, full patch notes will be released once the CU becomes available."

  • Rainbow Six Siege Beta Registration Available

    rainbow six siege betaIf you're interested in trying out the new Rainbow Six game before it is released, you may want to go and head over to the Ubisoft website, as registration for the upcoming beta has officially opened.

    The beta will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC, unlike the previous alpha test that was exclusively for PC players. Whilst there are no details on how many players will get the chance to play the Rainbow Six Siege beta, there is certainly a limited number of spaces available, and players can increase their chances by answering certain questions on the registration page.

    The registration page asks players about their experience with games in the past, as well as details about their rig if they are playing on PC, and general questions you'd expect to see from a closed beta registration.

    Whilst this is an option for players to try Rainbow Six Siege without buying the game, players can also pre-order to get 100% guaranteed access into the beta. So far, no details have been given on when the beta test will happen, how long it will last for, and whether it will be only beta or if it will be the first in a series of betas.

    Just like the beta launch date, the actual release of Rainbow Six Siege is not yet set in stone, but it's likely that the upcoming alpha and beta tests will help Ubisoft to determine how long they'll need to finish up the game ready for release.

  • Bloodborne has Now Gone Gold

    bloodborne goldAt long last, From Software's new PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has gone gold, which means the development team have done everything they need to do to ship the product to disc in preparation for the launch of the game.

    I'm personally quite excited to see Bloodborne - from what we've seen so far, the game looks like a great example of what From Software are known best for. Their Dark Souls and Demon Souls games have always been great, but Bloodborne takes a slightly different path by offering a more forgiving gameplay experience for players.

    When I say more forgiving, I do mean that you're not going to die as often, but that doesn't mean we can't expect Bloodborne to be a nice challenge. In fact, I think it will be a very challenging game, but I'm hoping the frustration that was found by many players whilst playing Dark Souls 1 and 2 won't be present in Bloodborne.

    Whilst Bloodborne has already seen a delay, going gold means we will now not see any more delays, and the previously announced release dates of March 24 and March 27 are now set in stone.

    The March 24 release is for North America, whilst the March 27 release is for the UK. Other region release dates are around these two dates. The full release schedule can be seen below.

    NA - March 24, 2015
    EU - March 25, 2015
    Japan - March 26, 2015
    UK - March 27, 2015

  • Halo 3 ODST for Master Chief Collection Still in Development

    halo 3 odst mccIf you remember back to near when The Master Chief Collection was released, you may recall 343 Industries announcing that they will be releasing ODST as part of the collection to say sorry for the game's launch problems.

    Even though we haven’t heard anything about the remastered version of ODST for a while now, 343 Industries haven't stopped developing it. In fact, a new blog post has just been put up on the 343 Industries blog, detailing their progress with the ODST game and the state of the Master Chief Collection.

    Firstly, 343 Industries have revealed that there will be a new update in April that will further improve the game and fix any issues that are still plaguing the game. 343 Industries have also shown off two images. One shows ODST in all it's glory, and the other shows the new Halo 2 remake planned for The Master Chief Collection. The remake is Relic, and it should be coming alongside ODST.

    Unfortunately 343 did not reveal when ODST or Relic will be released, but it will be made free for all players that gave the Master Chief Collection a play before December 19th. We're assuming the new content will be put up as DLC for any players who started playing The Master Chief Collection after December 19th.

    Do you think 343 Industries deserved to be forgiven for their early mistakes with the Master Chief Collection, or do you think releasing ODST and the Halo 2 relic map remake just isn't enough?

  • Titanfall 2 Confirmed for Xbox One and PS4

    titanfall 2 confirmedAfter a whole year of rumors, Respawn Entertainment have finally spoken about the possibility of Titanfall 2, and everything has now been set in stone.

    Just a few days after the anniversary of Titanfall, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella revealed some details about Titanfall 2 in a new interview with IGN.

    Whilst EA has mentioned that a new Titanfall was in the works, Respawn Entertainment, the studio that actually develops the game, has not said anything about the title till now. In the IGN interview, Zampella mentioned that they are "working on a sequel."

    "No official name yet, but we're working on that. That's the main focus but we're starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too," Zampella said. "Small, exploratory, taking it slow."

    Perhaps the most important thing Zampella mentioned was that the new Titanfall game will "be multiplatform." Whilst Zampella didn't specifically say it, it's pretty clear that Zampella means that the game will be releasing for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. It's likely that Titanfall 2 will also be available on the PC through Origin, like the original title.

    Zampella was also asked about the multiplayer-only approach that Respawn Entertainment took with Titanfall. He mentioned that he would not have done it differently, and in the future Respawn may think about taking a page from Evolve's books by providing free maps instead of DLC maps to players to avoid splitting the player base.

  • The GTA V Heist Update: Some Details

    gta v heist updateAs you probably are aware, heists have finally been released for GTA Online. In the latest update, heists were added, as well as a few other details.

    The most obvious and exciting part of the heists update is of course the heists. There are a total of five different heists in online, although the first one is a basic tutorial heist, explaining the basics for a team of two players.

    The next four heists are full scale missions that can be completed with you and three of your friends. There are different difficulty modes to make the heists more challenging, and various monetary rewards in the millions for completing all of the heists with the same team members.

    It's not just the heists in the new update though. Whilst Rockstar have not yet released any patch notes for it, the new update has a few other small things worth mentioning. Firstly, players can now choose to paint all of the rims in the chrome color, instead of using the single chrome plated rim.

    There is also a new motion blur setting that allows you to increase the blurring vision you'll see when moving your view. Personally I never saw the appeal of motion blur, but it is something many players have asked for since the launch of GTA V. Hopefully Rockstar will release a full patch notes post so that we can see exactly what changes have been made to the game.

  • PS4 Getting Firmware Update with New Features

    ps4 firmware updateAccording to new rumors, we can expect to see a very large new firmware update for the PlayStation 4 in March that will bring a range of new features to the system. The main source of these rumors comes from industry insider, Tidux, who has been well known to get his rumors right.

    According to Tidux, the new firmware update will hit at the end of March, on or around the 29th of the month. Unfortunately, Tidux did not mention what new features will be released, other than "big features" are coming.

    It is a shame Tidux could not go into more detail, so we can only speculate about what features could be released at the end of this month. There are still many features that are missing from the PlayStation 4 that could be added, and there are probably many more that Sony want to add that we've never heard of as well.

    Some believe the new update could include the suspend/resume feature that was previously announced to release to combat the lack of DLNA on the PlayStation 4. Others suggest we could see a range of smaller features such as the ability to better organize and manage system files, songs and more content on the PS4 hard drive.

    Whatever happens, it looks like we'll have to do a little bit of waiting before full details are announced by Sony. Hopefully we will receive some information from them before the end of March.

  • Fable Legends Will be a Free to Play Title

    fable legends free to playIn a new announcement, Lionhead Studios have announced that Fable Legends will actually be releasing for free on both Windows 10 for PC and the Xbox One. The game will follow a free to play pricing model, allowing players to play for free, but charging for certain in-game items or features.

    This announcement comes as a bit of a surprise, as this is the first time Lionhead have mentioned the game will not have a price tag. In a similar vein to League of Legends, players will be given a free weekly rota of Heroes to play as, and each week the free Heroes will change.

    If players like a certain Hero, they can purchase them to play with indefinitely. Players will be able to use real money to purchase the Heroes, or they can accumulate in-game currency to spend on the Heroes.

    When it comes to playing the Villain, players will be given all of the Villain's mobs and traps for free, but they will only be able to use each trap and mob designed for each mission. If a mob has been designed for a mission, and you would like to use it on another mission, you will need to unlock that mob by spending real money or in-game currency on it.

    Another monetization feature includes loot crates that contain random items. These can once again be purchased by both currencies. I think by the sounds of it, Fable Legends could be very balanced in terms of pay to win potential, but we'll have to see how it plays out once it has been released.

  • Sony's PlayStation Plus Free Games Delayed

    playstation plus free gamesUnfortunately, Sony has failed to release March's PlayStation Plus free games, and Sony has released a small statement explaining why this has happened.

    According to Sony's Fred Dutton in a new PlayStation blog post, they have not managed to finalize the lineup in time for March, and it may be a little while before they are given the go ahead to release the free PS Plus titles.

    "I appreciate you're all really keen to see the line-up and that it's frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we're still not quite ready to make the announcement."

    "I can't give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we're working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage."

    By the sounds of things, it is looking unlikely that we'll see the free games lineup in the few days of March, and we may even have to wait till the second week of March before the games are live. This is unfortunate, but Sony does need to confirm six different games with up to six developers before they can go ahead with deals like this.

    Whilst Sony has had a few hiccups this month, Xbox has already released their lineup, touting three great games, including Rayman Legends, Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite.

    So far, we have no idea what games will be part of the PS Plus lineup, but as soon as we know we shall let you know.

  • GTA V Heists Coming Next Week

    gta v heistsEven though the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed once again, the release date for online heists have finally been locked down, and we will be seeing them in-game from March 10th onwards.

    As you can imagine, Rockstar have quite a bit to say about the online heists, which have taken them months longer than they first anticipated to complete.

    In a new statement on the Rockstar blog, it read -

    "We are excited to announce that the launch of Heists for GTA Online is scheduled for March 10th. We know it's been a wait, and appreciate your patience. Heists will bring a brand new 4-player cooperative gameplay experience to GTA Online, giving players the chance to team up to pull off a string of intense, multi-part raids and robberies across Los Santos and Blaine County. Over the next couple of weeks, we will have more information about the launch of Heists and about other new features that we will release with it."

    Hopefully Rockstar will reveal more details about how exactly heists will work online over the days leading up to the release of the new update. I personally cannot wait to see what kind of fun situations players will be able to get themselves into.

    Heists were originally planned to launch alongside the release of GTA Online, but they were then delayed to later in on the year. We expected a release around Christmas last year, but once again they were delayed. It sounds Rockstar wanted to get the experience as perfect as possible, so let's hope they are great fun.

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