PUBG Xbox One: War Mode Arrives on 21st Sept

PUBG for Xbox One is slowly catching up to its PC counterpart in terms of content and with its full release, it’s going to be getting the War Mode soon too according to PUBG’s official twitter.

As linked on their tweet, their latest blog post talks about the upcoming hotfix update that aims to fix the framerate issues that have been plaguing users and has made the game unplayable for many. After the aforementioned Hotfix update which drops on September 18th, War Mode will be added to the game on September 21st. However, War Mode will only be available on select weekends in Event Mode and will be available for everyone to play at any time when the Custom Match feature releases in October.

For those who aren’t familiar with War Mode, it’s a game mode that can be described as Team Death Match mode where players hunt each other in teams in a static zone and features player respawn. Teams get points for knockdowns, kills and revives and the team with the highest points at the end of the timer or the team that reaches the set amount of points wins.

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PUBG Xbox Getting Massive Downgrades?

PUBG for Xbox One recently got a full release and has seen a lot of new additional content. While this is great, the game has regressed quite a bit in terms of performance and has a lot of framerate issues as reported by players.

PUBG for Xbox One has been facing a lot of performance issues which has left players very upset as the game has become unplayable for many people. In the latest blog post, they’ve announced that they are releasing a hotfix for the game on September 18th to help fix these performance issues, but this comes at a cost. The game will be getting a significant visual downgrade to help fix these problems. However, the developers do state that this is a temporary solution and are working on a long-term fix for the performance issues. The changes are listed below.

  • Shadow Quality (Both Dynamic/Static) lowered
  • Post Processing
    • Turn off Motion Blur
    • Decrease quality of Screen Space Ambient Occlusion (SSAO)
    • Turn off Depth of Field
    • Turn off Lens Flare
    • Decrease Eyes Adaption Quality
      • This is the time it takes for your eyes to adapt to the dark when you go from a bright to dark place.
  • Effects
    • Turn off Screen Space Reflection (SSR)
      • This is the reflection from windows and such.
    • Turn off Refraction
      • This is refracted light.
    • Turn off Subsurface Scattering (SSS)
      • This is when there is light inside an object to make it look more real.
    • Turn off Particle Light
      • This is dynamic light from different effects such as explosions.
    • Lower the number of particles created

They’ve turned off a lot of performance-hungry options that while providing a lot of great visual enhancements can lead to lower framerates. These graphical downgrades will also effect Xbox One X users so even if you didn’t suffer from performance issues, you will be getting this downgrade. The difference in visual fidelity can be seen from the screenshots below.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Download Size Revealed

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey seems to be Ubisoft’s most ambitious Assassin’s Creed game yet and with a lot of positive press surrounding the game, fans are excited to get that their hands on the game. For those fans, we now have information regarding how much they’ll have to download before playing the game.

Microsoft has listed the game for pre-load on Xbox-Live and those who have ordered the game can now pre-load it and keep it. According to the pre-load listing, you will have to download 45GB of game data. This is about the same as Assassin’s Creed Origins’ size when it first launched but with games reaching up to 90GB and above, it’s good to see that a game of this size, scope and detail manages to stay under 50GB. This is the current download size without any DLC and updates like the Day One Update that most games seem to get.

While the size is taken from Microsoft’s listing, it’s safe to say that the PS4 size will also be around the same and the PC download size will likely be the same or maybe just a little bit more if they include a higher texture pack of sorts. If you’ve got slow internet and have preordered the game, you should start that pre-load the game because 45GB can be a gigantic size to download. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey comes out on 5th October for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and for the first time in the series will feature different paths that players can take including different routes because of the two different protagonists present in the game.

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RTX 2080Ti and 2080 Official Gaming Benchmarks Leaked

The entire PC gaming community has its eyes glued to the internet, waiting for some performance benchmarks for NVIDIA’s new Turing RTX graphics cards. Well, the wait is over, ’cause apparently, the benchmarks for the RTX 2080Ti and RTX 2080 have been leaked online. Now, considering these are the official benchmarks, you might want not want to rush in for those pre-orders, but still, these should give you a fair idea about what kind of performance to expect.

The benchmarks in question come from the official reviewer’s guide (via VideoCardz). The NVIDIA reference system used to test these cards has the following specs:

  • CPU – Intel i9 7900X
  • RAM – Corsair 16GB DDR4
  • Motherboard – X299 Rampage VI Apex

Note that all the benchmarks were performed at 4K at the highest preset settings, as NVIDIA claims that the RTX 2080 and 2080Ti have been designed for 4K gaming. And the official charts confirm that, with the GTX 2080Ti well above the 60 FPS mark in most of the titles. You can check out the rest of the numbers for games as well as synthetic tests below.

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Best Budget Build in India for INR 60K

With the GPU market returning a bit to normalcy after the Bitcoin craze that had GPUs out of stock for months on end, the coming few months is a great time to build a new PC. Since new GPUs come out, the older ones are going to get a price cut and the same goes for CPUs. However, with Intel’s recent price hike let’s take a look at what Rs 60,000 can get you in the current Indian market. Prices for parts were taken from Amazon, Primeagbg, Vedant Computers, and MD Computers. This list does not feature peripherals like keyboards, monitors and mice and focuses on the main system only. Always make sure to check from offline retailers as well as they can be cheaper at times.

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | Rs 12,700

The AMD Ryzen 5 1600 is a 6 core/12 thread CPU that runs at a stock speed of 3.2Ghz with a max boost clock of 3.6Ghz. This CPU is a multitasking beast and can handle almost any game thrown at it. It’s a great CPU that won’t even bottleneck a GTX 1080 at higher resolutions and will give you a minimum smooth 60fps experience. Plus, if you want to stream or render videos this CPU will do it amazingly well. Oh, and it comes with a great stock cooler and an unlocked CPU which means you can overclock your CPU to even 4.0Ghz if you have the proper voltage settings and if you get lucky with silicon lottery. All 1600s seem to hit 3.8Ghz when overclocked on all cores so there’s always the option to OC for more power.

Motherboard: Asus PRIME B350M-K | Rs.7,000

If you’re going with a Ryzen 5 CPU, you should always go for a B350 motherboard or better. While the cheapest B350 board will get the job done, a decent one would help you achieve better overclocks and have an overall better standard of quality. The Asus Prime B350m-K supports up to 3200Mhz of 32GB RAM in dual channel which is more than what you’ll need at this budget. It’s got m.2 support, USB 3.0 and everything you’ll need in a motherboard at this price point.

RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB DDR4 2400Mhz | Rs.5,800 OR The Cheapest 2400Mhz 8GB RAM available

While the Corsair Vengeance LPX is a great RAM chip, you should get the cheapest one you can find that’s from a known company like Kingston, Corsair or G.Skill. Getting a single stick of 8GB RAM that’s clocked at 2400Mhz is the best choice as it does two things. First, it opens up a future upgrade path to add another 8GB stick to run in dual channel for a total of 16GB RAM. The other is that 2400Mhz is a pretty great sweet spot and while Ryzen CPUs do like higher clocked RAM, at this budget you really can’t go wrong with 2400 Mhz. If you’ve got the budget, by all means, get faster RAM but if you can’t this will do the job well.

PSU: Corsair CX550/TX 550M |  Rs 4,400/Rs 5,500

Do not cheap out on this option. That VS 550 looks cheap and tempting but don’t go for it unless you like living dangerously and don’t care if your PC gets screwed up because of India’s great power problems. The Corsair CX550(grey variant) and the TX550M are great PSUs that will provide your system with enough power even if you decide to overclock both the GPU and CPU and are part of the top 3 tiers in the PSU tier list.

GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 Zotac AMP | Rs.24,400

The GPU is a Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB which will work great for 1080p gaming and even for a little bit of 1440p gaming. It should have no issues running modern AAA titles at 60fps on high settings. It’s usually the recommended card for most recent games to play at 1080p high. The Zotac AMP version has a dual fan setup that will keep your GPU cool while also looking good in your case and it’s also quite budget friendly.

HDD: WD Blue 1TB 7200RPM | Rs.3,170

This will be your primary storage for the time being and should be enough to store your games and OS. While an SSD for the boot drive would be better, that’s a good future upgrade once you have the funds. It’s got good read and write speeds and while it won’t be as fast as an SSD, it’s still a quick HDD.

Case: Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 | Rs 3,550

The Cooler Master Masterbox Lite 5 is a very modern case. It features a clean front finish, a gorgeous transparent side panel, a PSU shroud, good space for cable management and has good airflow for a case in this budget. The case isn’t over the top but still manages to look elegant and stylish.

Total: Rs 61,020

While we went just Rs 1k over budget, you could very easily stay under the budget if you decided to opt for a cheaper case or RAM or Motherboard. Do not cheap out on the PSU no matter what you do though. This build will run everything you throw at it and is also quite good at running emulators like RPCS3 and Dolphin. In terms of productivity, it will satisfy your needs quite well. There’s also a good upgrade path available for people who go with this build. Add an SSD as your boot drive and you’ll feel that your PC is snappier and faster than ever. Not to mention, an additional 8GB of RAM can be added for a total of 16GB which means you can open all the chrome tabs you want.

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Nintendo Direct September 2018: News and Info

In a new Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo revealed that new games in two major Nintendo series are currently in development for the Nintendo Switch system. Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (working title), a new main game in the Animal Crossing series, and Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title), will both come exclusively to Nintendo Switch in 2019. The video presentation also debuted a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch hardware and software bundle.

The Nintendo Direct revealed a diverse lineup of games headed to Nintendo Switch, including a massive collection of classic Final Fantasy games, an HD remake of the beloved Katamari Damacy game and adaptations of some best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne and Pandemic. If that’s not already enough, the Nintendo Direct also unveiled new details for Nintendo Switch Online, highlighted a solid selection of Nintendo 3DS games and revealed more details about previously announced Nintendo Switch games like Yoshi’s Crafted World, Daemon X Machina and Mega Man 11.

“The announcements for Nintendo Switch keep coming,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “With the additions of new games in the Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion series, as well as a surge of new games from our development partners, there really is something for everyone in the ever-growing Nintendo Switch library.”

Nintendo Switch

• Animal Crossing for Nintendo Switch (working title): A new mainline game in the Animal Crossing series – the first since Animal Crossing: New Leaf debuted on Nintendo 3DS in 2013 – is slated for a 2019 release exclusively on Nintendo Switch.

• Isabelle Joins the Fight!: Taking a break from assisting mayors and just being an all-around lovely pup, Isabelle from the Animal Crossing series is joining the roster as a playable fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

• Luigi’s Mansion 3 (working title): The next installment in the spooky series is currently in production and launching exclusively for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

• Nintendo Switch Online: With Nintendo Switch Online, members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, the NES – Nintendo Switch Online collection of classic games with added online play, special offers and a smartphone app with features to make online gaming sessions more fun and engaging for supported games. In addition to Splatoon 2, more online games will support voice chat through the app, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, ARMS and Mario Tennis Aces. Nintendo Switch owners won’t automatically become members when the service launches on Sept. 18, so they will need to purchase an individual or family membership in order to continue enjoying their online play in compatible games. For pricing information, and to pre-order a 3- or 12-month individual membership from select retailers so you can be ready to go once the service launches, visit here for more details. A free seven-day trial will also be available. At launch, 20 NES games, including Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, and the newly announced Ice Hockey and Pro Wrestling (available for the first time since its 1987 release) will be available to play, with more games added regularly.

• Nintendo Entertainment System Controllers: Playing NES – Nintendo Switch Online will feel even more authentic by using the new wireless Nintendo Entertainment System Controller, available for purchase exclusively for Nintendo Switch owners with a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership in the U.S. and Canada. This re-creation of the original, iconic NES controller comes in a pack of two for $59.99 and can be charged by attaching to a docked Nintendo Switch system. NES controllers will be available for pre-order on Sept. 18. For more details, visit here.

• New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe: Up to four players can enjoy this revamped version of the classic Wii U launch game when it comes to Nintendo Switch on Jan. 11. Mario, Luigi and Toad return as playable characters, and are joined by Nabbit and Toadette, who can also turn into Peachette by getting a Super Crown, offering new ways for beginners to play together with friends and family. New Super Luigi U, the first platformer with Luigi in a starring role, will also be included in New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe at no extra charge. Between both games, there are a whopping 164 courses to play. Mamma mia!

• Yoshi’s Crafted World: Play as an adorable Yoshi traveling through a world crafted from household items like boxes and paper cups in this new Nintendo Switch platforming adventure. After traveling through a perfectly constructed stage, players can start at the goal and journey back to the start on the “flip side,” the backside of the course, to discover secrets. Yoshi’s Crafted World launches on Nintendo Switch in spring 2019.

• Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set: This upcoming Nintendo Switch bundle features the Nintendo Switch system – complete with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate branded Joy-Con controllers and dock – and a download code for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game, all at a suggested retail price of $359.99. The Nintendo Switch Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Set launches on Nov. 2. (The download code for the game won’t be active until the game launches on Dec. 7.)

• Final Fantasy Extravaganza!: High-definition versions of some of the most beloved Final Fantasy games of all time are coming to Nintendo Switch. This includes Final Fantasy VII, IX and X / X-2 HD Remaster, as well as the recently released Final Fantasy XII: The Zodia Age. This is the first time any of these Final Fantasy games has been released on a Nintendo system. Starting today, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD will be available to download in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch. In addition, three other games in the Final Fantasy universe will launch on Nintendo Switch in the near future: The leveled-up edition of Worls of Final Fantasy Maxima launches Nov. 6, Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon Eevery Buddy! launches this winter and Nintendo GameCube co-op game Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition with online multiplayer and no need for a link cable comes to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Kupo!

• TOWN (working title): Game Freak, the developer of the Pokémon series, has created a new RPG for Nintendo Switch. In TOWN, players must take up arms against invading monsters, all within the walls of a single village. TOWN launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

• Super Mario Party: In the newly revealed Sound Stage mode, up to four players can each shake a Joy-Con in rhythm-based gameplay, while the River Survival mode offers the series’ first four-player co-op. Plus, there’s 80 new mini-games, a single-player Challenge Road, the mini-game gauntlet Online Mariothon and much more. Super Mario Party launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 5 and is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop and the game’s website beginning today.

• Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!: During the adventure, players will be able to overcome obstacles with their partner Pokémon (either Pikachu or Eevee) using Secret Techniques. These are skills that only partner Pokémon can use, like chopping down trees, traveling across water or soaring in the sky. Both games launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16. A bundle that includes a Pikachu and Eevee themed Nintendo Switch system and Joy-Con, a Pokémon: Let’s Go! game and the Poké Ball Plus controller will also be available on the same day.

• Katamari Damacy Reroll: “Na naaaaah na na na naaah na na naaaaah na na na na na naaaaaaaaah.” Fans of the groundbreaking Katamari Damacy game can hum its theme song at a moment’s notice. But new fans will be joining the chorus when an HD remaster of the classic game comes to Nintendo Switch, complete with HD Rumble, gyro control and multiplayer support with the Joy-Con controllers. Katamari Damacy Reroll launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch on Nov. 30, with the physical packaged version coming winter 2018.

• Asmodee Digital: With a literal Tabletop mode, tabletop gaming is a perfect fit for Nintendo Switch. To prove it, Asmodee Digital is bringing full adaptations of best-selling card and board games like Carcassonne, The Lord the Rings: Living Card Game, Pandemic, Munchkin and Catan to Nintendo Switch, starting this December.

• Daemon X Machina: In this stylish action game first revealed at E3, the world and its inhabitants are on the brink of extinction. As a mercenary, players will pilot a powered suit called an Arsenal and face runaway AI. Defeat enemies and acquire parts that can be equipped on the fly or brought back to base to craft new armaments. Use additional tactics by changing between projectile and melee attacks or take the fight on foot to gain an advantage in battle. Daemon X Machina launches for Nintendo Switch in 2019.

• Capcom Beat ’Em Up Bundle: Some of Capcom’s most classic arcade games like Final Fight, Captain Commando and Knights of the Round are coming to Nintendo Switch with up to four-player local or online play. This also includes games that have never launched on home consoles before like Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit. The digital version of this bundle launches in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch this winter.

• Cities: Skylines: The acclaimed city-building game is available today in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which means players can manage resources, improve quality of life, energize businesses and stimulate growth anytime or anywhere.

• Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: When the acclaimed strategy game comes to Nintendo Switch on Nov. 16, it will do so with an exclusive four-player wireless LAN multiplayer mode.

• Mega Man 11: The Blue Bomber is back! Mega Man 11 rocks on Nintendo Switch on Oct. 2, with a free demo already available in Nintendo eShop. In addition, players will be able to unlock helpful in-game items for use in the full game by tapping the existing Mega Man amiibo figure, or a new Mega Man amiibo figure, which is included exclusively in the Mega Man 11 – amiibo Edition.

• Splatoon 2 Version 4 Update: Starting tonight, the first set of weapons in the Kensa Collection is coming to Splatoon 2 as part of the new Version 4.0 update. These familiar weapons are painted with stylish monotone designs. In addition, significant new Splatfest changes are coming as part of this update. In early October, Version 4.1 will bring a new stage, new songs and more Kensa Collection weapon sets complete with new sub and special weapons. Check out the Squid Research Lab Tumblr for more details.

• Mario Tennis Aces Version 2.0 Update: After downloading a free update to the action-packed sports game on Sept. 19, players will have access to a new online co-op mode that lets players participate in time-limited missions with other players. Players who complete objectives while these missions are active will receive special outfits, characters with alternate color schemes and more. Also, be on the lookout for new upcoming playable characters like Birdo, Shy Guy, Koopa Paratroopa and Petey Piranha.

• Diablo III: Eternal Collection: The Nintendo Switch version of this classic action-RPG will send players on a journey through Sanctuary, where they’ll vanquish the armies of Hell and plunder powerful loot as one of the seven playable classes. Up to four players can adventure together via local or online multiplayer. The Nintendo Switch version of the game features the exclusive Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, compatibility with all amiibo figures and more. Diablo III: Eternal Collection launches Nov. 2.

• Starlink: Battle for Atlas: Do a barrel roll and defeat Wolf’s team in Star Fox missions, exclusive to the Nintendo Switch version of the game. Starlink: Battle for Atlas launches for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

• Two RPGs on the Way!: Fans who love playing role-playing games anytime and anywhere are in luck! The World Ends with You: Final Remix from Square Enix launches Oct. 12 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna ~ The Golden Country – which is available for pre-purchase on Nintendo eShop starting today – comes to Nintendo Switch on Sept. 21 in stores and Nintendo eShop, or on Sept. 14 for owners of the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Expansion Pass.

• Warframe: New fans can join more than 38 million players for free-to-start co-op space-ninja action when Warframe launches for Nintendo Switch on Nov. 20.

• NBA 2K19: The highest-rated basketball simulation franchise returns to Nintendo Switch with NBA 2K19, now available.

• NBA 2K Playgrounds 2: Get ready to jam in the sequel to the smash-hit NBA arcade game, coming to Nintendo Switch this fall.

• Just Dance 2019: With Just Dance 2019 on Nintendo Switch, there’s no excuse for players to not get down to Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars and Cardi B. at home, in the middle of the park or even at the dentist’s office! Just Dance 2019 launches on Oct. 23.

• EA Sports FIFA 19: EA ports FIFA 19 is fast approaching, and players can pre-purchase now so they won’t drop the ball when it launches for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28.

• Team Sonic Racing: Gotta go FAST! Like, really fast. Team Sonic Racing launches for Nintendo Switch this winter.

• LEGO DC Super-Villains: Why so serious? Play as The Joker, Harley, Lex Luthor and the rest of the best of the worst in the new LEGO DC Super-Villains game, launching for Nintendo Switch on Oct. 16.

Nintendo 3DS

• Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn: The hit Wii game Kirby’s Epic Yarn is warping to Nintendo 3DS. Every stage in the original Wii version is stitched in, but this Nintendo 3DS version has some new features, like the ability to craft bigger yarn balls, summon bead-collecting wind and play two new modes featuring familiar faces King Dedede and Meta Knight. Kirby’s Extra Epic Yarn is scheduled to launch for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems in 2019.

• Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey: One of the most acclaimed games in the Mario & Luigi RPG series is getting a remake on Nintendo 3DS. In addition to the game’s revamped graphics and refined gameplay, a new side story follows Bowser Jr. as he gathers an army, creates formations, supports his allies with an arsenal of moves and generally causes chaos (in the best way possible). Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey will prove two adventures are better than one on Jan. 11.

• Luigi’s Mansion: Two players who each own the game can team up to explore and capture ghosts in Luigi’s Mansion, a Nintendo 3DS remake of the classic Nintendo GameCube launch game. This new version of the game also features amiibo support. Tapping one of the four compatible amiibo will reveal where Boos are hiding and heal Luigi when he talks to Toad, among other bonuses. Luigi’s Mansion will haunt the Nintendo 3DS family of systems on Oct. 12.

• Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Whether players throw their allegiance behind the Red Cat Corps or the White Dog Squad, Yo-Kai Watch Blasters lets players team up with friends locally or online to tackle the most action-packed battles in the series yet. A free “Moon Rabbit Crew” software update on Sept. 27 will add new missions, new areas to explore, new Yo-kai to befriend and new Big Boss Yo-kai. Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red Cat Corps and Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad are now available for Nintendo 3DS.

Assassin’s Creed 3 Remaster Included in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass

Ubisoft’s next entry in the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is only a few weeks away from release, and the hype train is only going faster. Not only does it plan to expand on the already acclaimed elements of the previous games, the game will have a robust post-launch content release to keep players engaged.

Recently, Ubisoft announced that the game will have new story quests available for free for all the players. Additionally, fans who buy the Season Pass will also receive a remastered version of Assassin’s Creed 3, along with two complete story arcs. Interestingly, the remaster will also include Assassin’s Creed: Liberation remaster, which was originally released on the PS Vita.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is set to release on 5th October for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. The first story DLC, “Legacy of the First Blade”, will release in December this year while the second DLC, titled “The Fate of Atlantis” is expected to launch sometime in Spring 2019.

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Cities: Skylines Coming To Switch Today

Cities: Skylines will be available for Switch via the Nintendo eShop today, publisher Paradox Interactive announced. It will cost $39.99.

Here is an overview of the Switch version, via Paradox Interactive:

About

A modern take on a classic city builder, originally created by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines lets players realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city, complete with fully realized transport and economy systems, to cement the city simulation experience. Cities: Skylines is designed to suit any play style – and now, any time, anywhere.

More portable than ever, the new Nintendo Switch edition of this fan-favorite city builder comes complete with UI designed especially for Nintendo Switch, along with two of Cities: Skylines’ most popular expansions – After Dark and Snowfall. Taking advantage of the platform’s unique capabilities like HD Rumble, the Nintendo Switch edition also features advanced tutorials, and Pro Controller support.

Cities is the first Paradox title on any Nintendo platform, and we are very eager to get the game out to Switch players,” said Sandra Neudinger, Product Manager from Paradox Interactive. “This is an exciting opportunity for the game – for us internally, for current players, and for new players to come. It’s very cool to experience a portable version of Cities: Skylines, so players can now carry their city with them, finding inspiration wherever they go. Imagination is the only limit, we can’t wait to see what players dream and build up.”

Key Features

  • Multi-tiered and challenging simulation: Constructing your city from the ground up is easy to learn, but hard to master. Playing as the mayor, you’ll be faced with balancing essential requirements such as education, water, electricity, police, fire fighting, healthcare and much more, along with your city’s real economy system and a multitude of gameplay scenarios.
  • Nintendo Switch edition exclusive: Using HD Rumble, a rumble effect helps find the most efficient area to place service buildings in your city. Pro Controller is also supported, and additional tutorials help guide your first play through.
  • Extensive local traffic simulation: Colossal Order’s extensive experience developing the Cities in Motion series is put to work in fully fleshed out, well-crafted transport systems.
  • Districts and Policies: Be more than just an administrator from city hall. Designating parts of your city as a district results in the application of policies which results in you rising to the status of Mayor for your own city.
  • After Dark: Focused on leisure and tourist specialization, this expansion’s central feature is to utilize the day and night cycle and alter the approach to managing a city. Will you construct a bustling city that lives and breathes at night, or succumb to the perils and misadventures of the dark hours?
  • Snowfall: The difficulty heats up when the city cools down, thanks to this expansion’s added challenges and assets, like snow maps, street cars and heating systems. There are in-game temperature readings, cosmetic weather enhancements, extra parks, and infrastructural demands to keep your citizens warm and safe from freezing conditions.

Watch the announcement trailer below.

 

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Dying Light: Bad Blood Is Now Available In Early Access

Dying Light: Bad Blood – Play Now 

Techland is thrilled to announce that Dying Light: Bad Blood, the new online game that adds a brutal twist to the battle royale genre, is out now on Steam Early Access. This fast-paced competitive multiplayer title creatively blends PvP and PvE action while retaining the core of Dying Light’s iconic gameplay and can be accessed immediately by PC gamers worldwide.

By joining Early Access, players will become part of Dying Light: Bad Blood’s evolution. The valuable feedback gained during this phase will inform the game’s development, letting the core players help shape the game into the ultimate experience.

During the early access phase, Dying Light: Bad Blood will be playable by purchasing the Founder’s Pack, which not only grants access to the game before its final release but also includes exclusive in-game content available only to Founders. The $19.99* Founder’s Pack provides in-game currency and exclusive items, including the Founder’s Pass that will deliver three Legendary skins throughout the course of the three months following the Early Access launch.


“We’re really happy with the results of our recent Global Play Test and I’d like to thank all of the players out there that took part and gave us such helpful insight,” said Maciej Łączny, Producer. “We’ve made some big leaps in development based on that activity and look forward to the road ahead as we prepare new content for the game, the first of which will be available in the next few weeks.”

Throughout Early Access there will be free content updates appearing regularly in Drops, providing players with new items, characters, maps and more.


12 go in. 1 comes out.

Get competitive and bloody your hands in the all-new brutal royale experience.


Dying Light: Bad Blood is intended to be a free-to-play game on PC and consoles and will transition to this model when the early access phase is concluded.

Join Bad Blood and desperately fight to survive in a city swarming with infected. 12 players enter: only one can leave. Scavenge for weapons, destroy zombie hives to level up, and combine your advanced parkour mobility with brutal combat skills to outrun, outsmart, and outplay your opponents.

To stay updated, please visit the Dying Light: Bad Blood website.

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Ubisoft Reveals Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Post-Launch Plan

Post Launch DLCs and Season Pass

Today, Ubisoft announced the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey post-launch plan, including a Season Pass with two major, episodic pieces of narrative content and Assassin’s Creed III Remastered. Additionally, all Assassin’s Creed Odyssey players will have access to free content, including the story-focused and episodic Lost Tales of Greece, as well as daily and weekly in-game events.

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey live roadmap plan is the biggest and most ambitious in the franchise, giving players more story content than ever before, in a brand new, episodic format, for the two story arcs included in the Season Pass. Players will be able to dive into new episodes as they premiere, or experience the epic adventures in their entirety once all episodes are available.

  

The Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass includes:

• Story Arc 1 – Legacy of the First Blade: This episodic adventure will introduce players to the first hero to wield the iconic hidden blade, changing the course of history. Players will learn more about the backstory of the Assassins and why they choose to fight from the shadows. Starting December 2018, episodes will be released approximately six weeks apart.

• Story Arc II – The Fate of Atlantis: In the second story arc, players will confront godly creatures and uncover the secrets of the legendary sunken city. In a surprising saga filled with twists and turns, players will get even closer to Greek mythology and the First Civilization. Coming spring 2019, episodes will be released approximately six weeks apart.

• Assassin’s Creed III Remastered: Ignite the American Revolution as Connor, the master assassin, born amidst the beauty and the brutality of 18th century America. As a bloody uprising draws ever nearer, your clan is threatened by a powerful group seeking to crush the American Revolution and control the thirteen colonies. Shocked into action by the devastation of your village, you pledge your life to the cause of freedom, and embark on a decades-long quest to achieve it. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered will be released in March 2019 and will include:

– All the DLC: The Benedict Arnold Missions, Hidden Secrets Pack and Tyranny of King George.

– Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered.

The Remastered editions will feature 4K and HDR on PS4™ Pro, Xbox One X and PC, higher resolution textures, a new graphics engine, and several other graphical enhancements. Gameplay mechanics and ergonomics have also been improved. Assassin’s Creed III Remastered will be sold as a stand-alone title for players who do not own the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Season Pass.


The Season Pass is included in the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Gold, Ultimate, Spartan and Pantheon Editions, and is also available for purchase separately.

In addition, an extensive lineup of free content, including new narrative content and in-game events, will be available for all players after launch, including:

• The Lost Tales of Greece: Free episodic questlines will release regularly in-between episodes, providing a constant flow of new stories for players to discover. These quests will feature familiar faces and new characters from the world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.

• Recurring In-Game Events: Each week a new epic ship or mercenary will appear, presenting players with challenging battles as they hunt down these powerful enemies. Daily and weekly contracts will send players on new quests across Greece.

• Discovery Tour: The educational tool that lets anyone explore the game in a conflict-free environment, will be available for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Players can traverse the entire interactive 3D recreation of Ancient Greece, free of conflict, time pressure or gameplay constraints, after launch.

• Many more updates, including new monstrous and mythical creatures to defeat and a New Game Plus mode presenting new challenges and the ability to see how different choices affect players’ stories.

There will be more to come as the Assassin’s Creed Odyssey development team is committed to support the game and continued improvement of the core experience with additional content, yet to be revealed.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released worldwide on October 5th, 2018. Gold, Collectors and Ultimate Editions owners will have access to the game three days early, starting October 2nd, 2018.

For more information about Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, please visit: assassinscreed.com.

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