NVIDIA has talked up a big game about their upcoming RTX series GPUs, with a lot of focus given to the real time reay tracing technology that we will see in many games coming soon. However, we didn’t get to see proper benchmarks, and there were rumblings in the PC gaming community questioning the RTX GPUs’ ability to deliver performance significantly ahead of the existing GPUs. NVIDIA has seemingly taken notice of the same and put out some benchmarks, that, without delving into hard numbers do give a tentative picture of how the new RTX 2080 performs.
GeForce RTX GPUs deliver 4K HDR gaming on modern AAA titles at 60 frames per second — a feat even the flagship GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPU can’t manage.
For game after game, Turing delivers big performance gains (see chart, above). Those numbers get even bigger with deep learning super-sampling, or DLSS. DLSS takes advantage of our Tensor Cores’ ability to use AI. In this case it’s used to develop a neural network that teaches itself how to render a game. It smooths the edges of rendered objects and increases performance.
While these benchmarks are impressive, we will wait to see some more hands on reviews and real world tests before coming to a definitive conclusion.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is all set to leave Xbox Game Preview with version 1.0 which will launch on September 4th 2018. Alongside it will come new weapons, Sanhok map and more. Further details can be read below:
While our team will continue to enhance the game and deliver new content to Xbox players, the Full Product Release marks the culmination of our efforts in Xbox Game Preview, where we worked closely with Xbox and the passionate and engaged Xbox community to regularly update, tune, stabilize and enhance the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds experience for Xbox One. We invite you to learn more about how the game has evolved on Xbox over the last 9 months and the journey to 1.0 in the video asset we debuted on Inside Xbox today in partnership with Xbox.
Fans can look forward to an updated experience for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One that includes:
The Xbox One debut of the Sanhok map. Inspired by the islands across Southeast Asia, Sanhok is a 4×4 compact battleground. The map might be smaller, but the battles won’t be, with speedier games and circle dynamics that have been adjusted to bring battles to a dramatic finish more quickly. Sanhok will introduce all-new weapons and vehicles in addition to the debut of dynamic weather changes for the first time on Xbox One.
The arrival of War Mode on Xbox One, a deathmatch-style battle royale gaming experience where players hunt each other in a static zone, respawning you back in with a parachute and weapons if you’re killed. Teams get points with kills and reviving teammates, and the team that reaches certain points in the game wins the battle. War Mode will make its hands-on debut on Xbox One at Gamescom 2018 in a can’t-miss experience in the Xbox booth.
Achievements that will carry over from Xbox Game Preview to Full Product Release.
The introduction of in-game currency to purchase cosmetics, Event Pass: Sanhok, which will allow players to open up more missions, more levels, and tons of permanent rewards on the Sanhok map, and much more. We will share much more detail about these products, how they will work and some of the cool content you’ll be able to unlock closer to 1.0 launch.
The full product release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for Xbox One will be available in both digital and retail disc versions, with the retail boxed version featuring an all-new colorway of the game’s iconic key art.
To celebrate the full product release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds the retail disc version will ship with in-game DLC – the Xbox #1.0/99 Set, featuring an exclusive collection of clothing and accessories inspired by Xbox brand colors. Current owners of the game, and new players who purchase the game digitally can download the exclusive Xbox #1.0 Set beginning September 4th for a limited time from the in-game lobby, featuring a white branded hoodie and sweatpants and a custom Xbox skinned parachute to drop into battle in style.
If you already own PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One you will receive a content update with all new content and features detailed above on September 4th in addition to the Xbox #1.0 DLC Set.
We’re also excited to announce the Xbox Wireless Controller – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Limited Edition, which is available for pre-order beginning today and starts shipping to retailers worldwide on Oct. 30 for $69.99 USD. Drop into battle and survive the ultimate life and death fight with an exclusive design featuring a distressed black digital camo print and new and exclusive trigger grips to help you stay on target in the final circle. The controller will ship with exclusive DLC themed on the controller design – we will share more details about this in the weeks to come.
Thank you to the passionate Xbox community for coming with us on this journey. We’re so excited to take this next step with Xbox fans next month, and look forward to many more battles to come. For fans at Gamescom this week, be sure to swing by the Xbox booth to get hands on with War Mode on Xbox One exclusively for the first time and experience a variety of themed PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds swag and activities.
Biomutant is an open-world, post-apocalyptic kung-fu fable RPG, with a unique martial arts styled combat system allowing you to mix melee, shooting and mutant ability action.
A New Take on Third-Person Combat – The martial arts style combat system allows you maximum freedom of movement and agility while mixing shooting, melee and powers from your mutations. Learning new Wushu combat forms through progression and learning from masters you’ll meet, will constantly add to your choices and make sure combat never gets old.
Evolve Your Gameplay – You’ll be able to re-code your genetic structure to change the way you look and play. This will of course affect your attributes and in addition to this, exposure to bio-contamination in the world will lead to physical mutations like mantis-claws and barbed tails, while exposure to radioactivity found in bunkers from the old world will affect your mind and unlock psi-mutations like telekinesis, levitation and more.
Next Level of Crafting – You are totally free when crafting weapons. Mix and match parts to create your own unique 1H or 2H slash, crush and pierce melee weapons. Revolvers, rifles and shotguns and add modifications like cork-screws and battery-powered chainsaw modules to bio-contaminated sludge vials adding to your combat arsenal. There are even characters you’ll meet that’ll craft cool stuff for you, like bionic wings, a jump-pack and even let you modify your Automaton – the scrap-toy sidekick!
Gear Up for Adventure – You are totally free when equipping your character. Not only when it comes to choosing weapons you created, but what type of gear you wear. Equip a gas-mask and an oxygen tank for exploring the Dead Zones, thermos-resistant clothes for venturing into cryonic areas or protective gear for taking on bio-contaminated creatures, the choice is up to you.
Survive in a Vibrant Open World – You are free to explore the world and what lies beneath its surface, by foot, mech, jet-ski, air-balloon or area unique mounts. Explore the dying wildland, the tunnels and bunker networks of the underworld, and find your way up the mountains or out in the archipelago. There are lots of discoveries to be made, mysteries to unravel, creatures to confront and weird characters to meet in this vibrant and colorful world.
An Unusual Story with an Unusual End – Your actions play a major part in the unfolding of a story where End is coming to the New World. A plague is ruining the land and the Tree-of-Life is bleeding death from its roots. The Tribes stand divided, in need of someone strong enough to unite them or bring them all down… You are guided through the world by a Storyteller that narrates every step of your journey, but it’s your actions and choices that’ll decide how your story of survival ends.
Biomutant will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the Summer of 2019 after being delayed from what was planned to be a 2018 release.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown finally has a release date for consoles and PC! It releases on 18th January 2019 for consoles and one month later on PC.
Initially announced way back in 2015, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown was set to release in 2017 but got delayed to 2018 with no specific release date. Now that we’re halfway through 2018 we finally have a proper release but sadly it isn’t releasing this year. However, now that we do have a concrete release date, we assume that there won’t be any further delays.
Ace Combat 7 Brand Director Kazutoki Kono had this to say, “The team and I have been working diligently to produce an experience that will add another action-packed chapter to the Ace Combat franchise, but more importantly, be worthy of your time.”
Microsoft and Playground Games released new gameplay footage and screenshots of Forza Horizon 4 at Gamescom 2018. Microsoft also shared information about the game’s “Team Adventure” mode and announced two Forza Horizon 4 Xbox One bundles as well:
Team Adventure Mode
As Forza Horizon 4 races towards launch, we got more information about Team Adventure, the new competitive multiplayer mode that allows players to team up and take on the world in races, games and frantic Freeroam Rushes. With brand new Leagues to rise through, unique rewards to be won and prestigious Grandmaster titles to aim for, start picking your teammates now and be ready when the first four-week series begins on Oct. 2 when Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide on Xbox One, Windows 10 and included with Xbox Game Pass.
Xbox One Bundles
Pre-Order the 1TB Xbox One S ($299.99) or 1TB Xbox One X ($499.99) Forza Horizon 4 Bundle and experience a shared open world where dynamic seasons change everything. Explore Britain, collect 450 cars or choose to join team multiplayer just for fun to take on the best in the world. The Xbox One X Forza Horizon 4 Bundle brings support for native 4K resolution and HDR, and comes with a downloadable copy of Forza Motorsport 7, too.
Each bundle comes packed with an Xbox Wireless Controller, a digital download of Forza Horizon 4, one month of Xbox Game Pass and 14 days of Xbox Live Gold.
Forza Horizon 4 will be available for the Xbox One and PC on October 2nd. Users who purchase the Ultimate Edition will gain early access on September 28.
Recently revealed at Gamescom, Claire makes her gameplay debut in Resident Evil 2! Providing a slice of her full campaign, Claire has her own terrifying encounter to deal with in the depths of the Raccoon City police station.
Claire Redfield has been on a mission to find her missing brother Chris – a mission that brings her to Raccoon City. Fans of the original Resident Evil 2 will be intimately familiar with the iconic scene of Claire riding into town on her motorcycle, shortly before meeting up with rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and working together to escape the zombie hordes plaguing the city.
Surviving the streets of the once-lively city, Claire manages to make her way to the Raccoon City police station, hoping to find information on the whereabouts of her brother, Chris… but she finds something much more sinister instead. In this preview, Claire explores a new portion of the R.P.D. before encountering a small, young abandoned child hiding in the sewers and waterways beneath the iconic station. Long-time fans need no introduction to who this child is, or the reason she’s running scared; Sherry Birkin warns Claire that a horrendous monster is right behind her, and the next chapter in her fight for survival begins.
A mutated figure wielding a pipe is out to crush anything that stand in his way, and sets his eyes on our heroine as nothing more than a roadblock to be destroyed. The resourceful Claire will have her survival skills put to the test, but has a few weapons at her disposal – including a grenade launcher packed with flammable rounds of ammunition.
Carefully navigating the machinery and steam coming from broken pipes, it’s hard to tell where an attack might come from next. Conserving ammunition is key, and knowing when, and where, to get a few shots in may be the only thing between survival and certain death in this tense encounter. Sending the creature over the edge will reunite Claire and Sherry, but for how long…?
Just like with Leon, Claire will have her own, full campaign that takes her through Raccoon City, the police department, and beyond. Familiar faces from the original game have received stunning upgrades in this remake, using the RE Engine to scan real people, right down to their clothing, to bring the heroes, villains, and world of Resident Evil 2 to life. The new Resident Evil 2 wraps everything up in an experience that both veteran fans and Resident Evil newcomers can enjoy.
With Resident Evil 2 coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25th, 2019, you won’t have to wait much longer to return to Raccoon City.
After much teasing, Life Is Strange 2 finally reveals its initial plot – a tale of two brothers, on the run after an unfortunate accident. The reveal trailer introduces the Diaz brothers Sean, 16 and Daniel, 9, who have left their home in Seattle and are headed to Mexico. Their adventures on the way will tell their story, riddled with dangers, strange powers and dark secrets.
Those who have played The Awesome Adventure of Captain Spirit will get to see some references and connections in The Life Is Strange 2, including the ability to transfer over saves.
Life is Strange 2 will be an episodic title with five episodes, and set is to release on September 27, 2018 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The entire Dark Souls trilogy is being bundled up in a single collector’s edition for the PS4 and Xbox One. For now, it seems to be a physical only item, and will be a three-disc edition.
Here’s the official announcement along with the trailer:
For the first time ever, own all three critically-acclaimed Dark Souls games and all associated DLC content in one 3-disc collection. Enter the epic dark fantasy universe stricken by decline and the Curse. Explore the intricate world designs and deeply rooted lore.
Each play through surprises with new challenges and discoveries. Play with hundreds of unique combinations of weaponry, armor, magic, and crafting options to create your own playstyle and gaming experience.
Dark Souls Remastered – Then, there was fire. Re-experience the genre-defining game that started it all. Return to Lordran in the beautifully remastered game in high definition, 60 fps with single-player or online multiplayer with dedicated servers. Dark Souls Remastered contains the main game plus the Artorias of the Abyss DLC.
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin – Prepare to Die again. The second installment of the series includes the base Dark Souls II game plus all three DLC: Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King, and Crown of the Ivory King.
Dark Souls III: The Fire Fades Edition – Now only embers remain… Dark Souls III is the final journey in the series where players can fight through intense combat solo or team up for in co-op or PvP multiplayer. The complete Dark Souls III experience includes the award-winning base game and both DLC chapters: Ashes of Ariandel and The Ringed City.
Exclusive SteelBook – Dark Souls Trilogy includes one steel book with iconic Dark Souls art from across the series.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the upcoming action-adventure RPG by Dark Souls veterans, From Software. Multiple gameplay footage have now been released by various outlets, and you can watch it all below:
About Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Your death won’t come easily. Introducing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a fantastical, dark and twisted new gameplay experience from developer From Software, creators of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series.
Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, and published by Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. The single-player game puts players in the protagonist role of a hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord who is the descendant of an ancient bloodline, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis. Set in the re-imagined world of late 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal, bloody period of constant life-and-death conflict, in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice you are the “one-armed wolf,” a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death.
In the game, players come face-to-face with larger than life foes; unleash an arsenal of deadly prosthetic tools and powerful ninja abilities to blend stealth, vertical traversal, and visceral head-to-head combat in a bloody confrontation.
Take revenge. Restore your honor. Kill Ingeniously.
Kill Ingeniously – From Software delivers their best in class combat in this fast-paced, action-adventure game featuring all new mechanics.
Exploration is key – Players will experience the thrill of exploration and discovery in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice like never before. Through exploration, players can uncover new items, meet new characters, and encounter hidden enemies.
Armed – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice gameplay is centered around sword combat, enhanced by a variety of prosthetic arm attachments that supplement or change the way a player fights. Achieving strategic mastery of “Sekiro” or the “one-armed wolf’s” techniques and abilities, from prosthetic tools, swordplay to stealth and the grappling hook is no easy feat. To overcome difficulties and bring each situation under control, gamers must discover, integrate and use a variety of new tools when heading into combat.
One-armed wolf – Play as a highly talented shinobi in the service of a young lord raised in isolation. After suffering defeat at the hands of a shadowy Ashina samurai seeking the unique heritage of your master, the two of you are separated. Deep in the mountains, in a dilapidated temple, you reawaken to your fate. You must take back your master and exact revenge on your enemy at all costs.
Hard to the core – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a hard-core game worthy of the name From Software. Miyazaki designed Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice this way! Fans of From Software will find the gameplay challenging, yet fun and rewarding. The quality of combat, level of challenge, and creative enemies and bosses are something that can only be found in a From Software title.
Reimagined world – This reimagining of Japanese aesthetic blends a withered, yet vivid, world of the late 1500s Sengoku Japan as the age of warring states nears its end. Witness a world brought to its knees by constant bloodshed; a ravaged world on the brink of destruction. Explore these environments, rich with FromSoftware’s intricate design and steeped with secrets to discover.
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is releasing for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 22, 2019.
When everything is at stake, will you stand up as Washington D.C.’s last line of defense?
Players who pre-order any edition will gain access to the Private Beta, as well as the Capitol Defender Pack. The Capitol Defender Pack includes two in-game items, “The Lullaby,” an exotic SPAS-12 Shotgun, and the Hazmat 2.0 Outfit. Full contents for each edition include:
The Standard Edition includes the base game, releasing worldwide on March 15, 2019.
The Gold Edition includes the Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 game, with a three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019, and the Year One Pass, which comprises seven-day early access to all free Year One Episodes, exclusive customization items, additional activities and more.
The Digital Ultimate Edition includes the Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 game, with a three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019, the Year One Pass and three additional digital packs (Elite Agent Pack, Battleworn Secret Service Pack, First Responder Pack).
The Dark Zone Definitive Collector’s Edition includes:
The Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 game, with a three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019, the Year One Pass which comprises seven-day early access to free Year One Episodes, and three additional digital packs (Elite Agent Pack, Battleworn Secret Service Pack, First Responder Pack).
The Phoenix Shield Collector’s Edition is available for pre-order exclusively on the Ubisoft Store. It includes:
The Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Game, with a three-day early access to the game starting March 12, 2019, the Year One Pass and three additional digital packs (Elite Agent Pack, Battleworn Secret Service Pack, First Responder Pack).
An Ubicollectibles high-end sixth scale Articulated Figurine of Brian Johnson, an agent on active duty with equipment and gear.
Other high-end physical items including a SteelBok metal case (a Ubisoft Store exclusive), a Book of Lithographs, a selected Game Soundtrack and a Washington, D.C. Map.
In addition Ubisoft also revealed its Ubicollectibles Brian Johnson figurine, a former sniper with the Police department in Baltimore, directly inspired from Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. Finely-textured, this figurine shows the agent in an iconic pose equipped with the TAC-50C Sniper rifle, the signature weapon of the sharpshooter specialization class, ready to defend a transformed and chaotic Washington D.C.
The Brian Johnson figurine can be assembled with the Heather Ward figurine from The Dark Zone Collector’s Edition.
ABOUT TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION 2
Seven months have passed since a deadly virus hit New York City and the rest of the world, crippling the population. When the virus hit, The Division, a unit of civilian sleeper agents, was activated as the last line of defense. Since then, Division agents have been fighting relentlessly to save what remains.
For The Division, the stakes are higher than ever. Washington, D.C. – the most heavily protected city on earth – is at risk, leaving the entire nation on the brink of collapse. If Washington, D.C., is lost, then the nation falls. As a Division agent who has been in the field for seven months, you and your team are the last hope to stop the fall of society after the pandemic collapse.
Developed by Ubisoft Massive and the same teams that brought you Tom Clancy’s The Division®, Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 is an online open world, action shooter RPG experience set in a collapsing and fractured Washington, D.C. This rich new setting combines a wide variety of beautiful, iconic, and realistic environments where the player will experience the series’ trademark for authenticity in world building, rich RPG systems, and fast-paced action like never before. Play solo or co-op with a team of up to four players to complete a wide range of activities, from the main campaign and adversarial PvP matches to the Dark Zone – where anything can happen.
A TRANSFORMED WASHINGTON, D.C.
In the wake of the virus, storms, flooding, and subsequent chaos have radically transformed Washington, D.C. Explore a living open world full of diverse environments, from flooded urban areas to historic sites and landmarks, during one of the hottest summers in history. The streets have been overrun with enemy factions, each with its own agenda and each vying for control of DC. It will be up to you to liberate the city and protect what remains of society.
BEST-IN-CLASS ENDGAME EXPERIENCE
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was built with an “endgame-first” mentality, ensuring players always have access to fresh, unique, and diverse activities long after completing the main campaign. Tom Clancy’s The Division 2’s endgame will introduce brand new challenges and progression systems, unique twists and surprises, and for the first time, raids. Players will also be able to access a wealth of post-launch content, including a full year of free additional story-driven missions, map expansions, and gameplay modes.
REVAMPED PLAYER PROGRESSION AND NEW SPECIALIZATIONS
After completing the main campaign, gain access to new specializations such as demolitionist, sharpshooter, and survivalist. Each specialization will open up an entire new progression system with new skills, mods, and unique talents to acquire and maximize your agent efficiency in your chosen role.
DYNAMIC LIVING WORLD
Civilians and enemy factions are constantly striving to survive, vying for necessities such as food, medicine, and ammunition. As the factions face off against each other in a ravaged DC, they will fight to seize control of resources and locations – and for their very survival. The various needs and motivations from each faction will collide, triggering different encounters between enemy and friendly factions, civilians, and ultimately you as an Agent, creating a dynamic living world full of surprises.
UNITE THE CIVILIANS
Civilians have banded together in settlements to rebuild their society, but their very existence is threatened. Work closely with them to keep them safe and in turn, they will come to your aid and provide supplies and assistance to build up your base of operations, giving a deeper meaning to the people and the world around you.
A RENEWED DARK ZONE EXPERIENCE
The Dark Zone is an untamed area of the map with some of the best loot in the game. The Dark Zone is also the most dangerous area in the game, where fear, betrayal, and tension are high, as any other agent can turn against you and steal your hard-earned loot. In Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, this playground was designed to provide a fair and exciting experience to all players, regardless of their level of progression.