Battlefield V Firestorm: The Battle Royale Mode

Battlefield V’s new trailer ‘This is Battlefield’ gives a lot of insight to the various modes available in the game ranging from Singleplayer to the various multiplayer game modes and also showcases new mechanics that have been added to the game.

The Battle Royale mode was first announced at E3 2018 and then the Gamescom trailer teased the Battle Royale mode. In the new trailer, the Battle Royale mode has been confirmed to be named Firestorm due to the fact that there’s a Firestorm closing in on the players instead of a force field. Firestorm features the biggest Battlefield map and will be playable in Squads of 4 for a total of 16 teams which means 64 players fighting head to head to be the last team surviving.

They’ve described the gigantic Firestorm map as “A sandbox filled with destructible buildings, weaponry, and vehicles”. While we were not shown new footage for Firestorm, we did get a lot of new information which is always welcome.

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Bless Unleashed Debut Trailer ~ Coming First to Xbox One

Bless Unleashed- A free to play MMORPG from Bandai Namco

About Bless Unleashed

Bless Unleashed is the first free-to-play MMORPG from Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., coming first to the Xbox One video game system. Built with the hardcore MMO gamer in mind, Bless Unleashed takes players on an epic multiplayer journey across a vibrant persistent world where gods exist, and mythical beasts are a constant threat. Adventurers will battle – in hopes of surviving vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit the untamed landscape.

Key Features

• A Visually Stunning MMORPG Experience – Utilizing the Unreal Engine 4, the game brings unparalleled visuals and deep gameplay mechanics which offer one of the most beautiful MMORPGs built for a console platform.

• Combo-Driven Gameplay – Survive a menagerie of mythical beasts and other players with deep and rewarding combat system that features skillful combo mechanics coupled with action-oriented combat with dodging. A progression system handcrafted for online play and an integrated players-vs-player (PVP) mode provide added challenges and rewards at every turn.

• An Immersive Fantasy World – Dive into an open persistent world with a rich backstory and an intricate plot as players uncover divine secrets on their journey to defeat the return of an evil goddess.

• A MMORPG Built for Modern Consoles – Built from the ground up to be a comprehensively and robustly supported live service, every aspect, from story to combat to skill progression, has been carefully crafted with the console experience in mind.

• Classic Fantasy with a Twist – Choose between five classic fantasy jobs, including the arcane wielding Mage or the bloodthirsty Berserker. Travel the world in search of the truth about the gods with other adventurers and experience a personal brush with divinity.

Anthem Public Pre-Launch Demo Launch Date and Story Trailer Released

Anthem Public Pre-Launch Demo Launches February 1, 2019

Announcing the Start of Anthem’s Pre-Launch Demo

We’ve rolled out a ton of news about Anthem, but there’s one question we keep hearing that we haven’t been able to answer: when is the demo?! Well, friends, now we can answer that question. The public pre-launch demo will start on February 1.

How Can I Play the Anthem Demo?

Simple – pre-order now or join Origin Access or EA Access.

If you’ve already pre-ordered or joined, you’re all set. Just set your calendars for February 1, clear out your schedule, and prepare to discover the world of Anthem.

One important note: if your Origin Access or EA Access membership is not active at the time of the demo, you won’t be able to play the demo. So make sure your membership is current when we get close to the start of the demo.

Keep checking back for more details and availability.

Anthem launches February 22, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Early Access begins on February 15 for Origin Access and EA Access members.

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In related news, Electronic Arts also detailed the game’s Colosssus and Interceptor javelin exosuits.

Hitman 2 ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Teaser Trailer

Welcome to the Jungle! New Hitman 2 Video Teases Next Location – Colombia

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today released a new video at PAX West teasing the next destination featured in Hitman 2 – Colombia. This new setting will put players directly in the heart of a dark and dangerous South American rainforest, providing a vastly different canvas for Agent 47 to carry out his deadly missions. Truly a living, breathing jungle environment with threats lurking around every corner, Colombia will feature a unique gameplay experience with multiple paths to explore, unparalleled game depth and countless interactive possibilities for players. Stay tuned on the Hitman 2 channels in the coming weeks for more details on this exciting new location.

Hitman 2 is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed video game, Hitman. Featuring entirely new hyper-detailed sandbox locations full of living, breathing environments to explore, HITMAN 2 offers players the freedom to plan the ultimate assassination utilizing an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events.

Hitman 2 introduces new ways to play with Sniper Assassin mode, a standalone feature that brings a co-op experience to the Hitman series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets. Sniper Assassin is available to play now as an early access bonus for consumers who pre-order the Hitman 2. Players can also enter the Hitman: Sniper Assassin Competition and put their marksman skills to the ultimate test for a chance to win the grand prize of getting their name and likeness included in future Hitman 2 content. For more information, visit: hitman.com/competition.

Hitman 2 will be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC beginning 13th November 2018. To learn more about the Hitman 2, please visit hitman.com.

Battlefield V Open Beta Live Now, Here’s How You Can Play It

Battlefield V Open Beta Begins on September 6

When is the Open Beta Live?

The Open Beta opens to the public on September 6 and runs until September 11. Pre-load starts on September 3. Want in early and get a full week of access? If you subscribe to either EA Access, Origin Access, Origin Access Premier, or pre-order** a copy of Battlefield V, you’ll get to join the Open Beta early, on September 4. To summarize, here are the dates you should make a note of:

Pre-Load of Open Beta Starts – September 3, 1 am PT (10 am CET)

Open Beta Early Access Starts – September 4, 1 am PT (10 am CET)

Open Beta Available for Everyone – September 6, 1 am PT (10 am CET)

Opèn Beta Ends – September 11, 7 am PT (4 pm CET)

Why are We Doing an Open Beta?

Similar to what we’ve been doing in the two Closed Alphas, the Battlefield V Open Beta lets us test Battlefield V running in a live environment with a high player count. We’re testing technical aspects like server stability, latency levels, and matchmaking as well as gameplay – weapon balancing, progression, and other ingredients that we want to optimize to make the game as fun as possible. It’s also an opportunity to collect feedback from participating players. Give us your comments and feedback on the Open Beta on the Battlefield Forums. If you experience Open Beta issues, head to Answers HQ.


The Maps You’ll Be Fighting On – and The Game Modes You’ll Tackle

The snowy Norwegian landscapes of the Arctic Fjord map return from our recent Closed Alphas, and here you’ll be able to play both Conquest and two “days” of the Grand Operation Fall of Norway. Those are in-game days, by the way – not the 24-hour kind. Grand Operations contain several of these days, with one game mode featured in each.

In Fall of Norway, Day 1 will be spent in the Airborne mode, where you’ll paradrop down to the battlefield and be on either side of a fight where explosives are deployed on control points. Day 2 features Breakthrough, where your team either attacks or defends vital sectors. In this mode, stay aggressive and tactical as an attacker – or use on-the-fly planning to keep the enemy at bay when defending.

Then there’s new scenery to explore: Rotterdam. You’ll fight in the streets of the Dutch city in its pristine, pre-war state before battles left it in devastation. Deploy on this map and try the signature Battlefield game mode: Conquest. Returning to classic rules, Conquest is a 64-player fight where two teams fight for control over key flags on the map. Hold the majority of these points to drain the opposition’s score and win the day.

The Vehicles and Reinforcements

Five iconic WW2 tanks and seven aircraft will be at your disposal in the Battlefield V Open Beta. Deploy as a Tanker and bring the big guns to the fight – including the Valentine Mk VIII, Churchill Mk VII, Churchill Gun Carrier, Panzer IV, and the Tiger I. If you prefer soaring through the skies, support your team from above in the Spitfire Mk VA, Spitfire Mk VB, Blenheim Mk IF, Bf 109 G-2, Ju 87 Stuka B-2, Ju 87 Stuka B-1, and the C47.

In addition to this, you’ll be able to fend off flying foes with stationary and towable AA Guns. Tanks giving you trouble? Use the Anti-Tank Guns, also stationary or towable.

A Squad Leader who’s collected enough Squad Points will get the thrilling opportunity to unleash the powerful Reinforcements. If you played any of the Closed Alphas, you’ll recognize the terrifying sight of the two heavy tanks: the British Churchill Crocodile and the German Sturmtiger.

Also returning from the Alphas are the JB-2 and V-1 Rocket Strikes that will send enemies flying. New this time around are the Supply Canister Drops. These are sources of health and ammunition, para-dropped in the battlefield at the cost of 7,500 requisition points.


The Classes and Combat Roles

The four main classes are available in the Battlefield V Open Beta: Assault, Recon, Medic, and Support. Each class will have several Combat Roles in Battlefield V, and in the Open Beta, you’ll get to try one for each Class.

Every Combat Role comes with unique traits. If you, for instance, play as Recon, its Sniper Combat Role will grant you the Tactical Retreat trait, meaning you’ll sprint faster in critical health states. The Field Medic Combat Role comes with a Syringe Revive trait, which allows you to revive all team mates (not only those in your squad) with your Syringe.

The Weapons

Picking a Class in the Open Beta also means – to some extent – picking a weapon type. The Support Class wields the powerful Light Machine Guns, such as KE7, Bren Gun, and FG-42 – but also the M30 Drilling Shotgun. Medic players can play the objective with the sub-machineguns STEN, Suomi KP/31, MP40, and EMP.

If you’re in the heat of the battle with the Assault Class, use Semi-Automatic weapons like the Turner SMLE, M1A1 Carbine, and Gewehr 43, or the StG 44 Assault Rifle. If you’re further from battle with the Recon, rack up headshots with the Bolt-Action Rifles – here you can choose between the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I, ZH-29, or the Kar98k.

Add sidearms, melee weapons, grenades, and gadgets to this and you’ll have a powerful, versatile arsenal to try out in your Open Beta fights.

A Taste of the Tides of War

With Tides of War, you and your personal soldiers of your Battlefield V Company will embark on a journey through themed, different chapters of World War 2, filled with events. With each chapter of Tides of War, players will have all-new ways to play while also being able to earn the latest and greatest themed Battlefield V vanity items. The Open Beta will be your first early look at how parts of the Tides of War will work.

You will take part in the Shock Troops Chapter Event, and by completing its challenges during the Open Beta (but before September 9) you can earn the unique Tides of War Beta Dog Tag. The Dog Tag will be awarded in Battlefield V if you decide to get the game. Note that the Shock Troops Chapter Event will only be part of the Open Beta, not the final game.

You should know that the Shock Troops Chapter Event is just a small taste of Tides of War – much, much more is coming. Make sure to give us your feedback on how the flow of playing these challenges feels like.

Anthem Won’t Have Loot Boxes; Story DLC to be Free

Bioware’s upcoming game Anthem is highly anticipated, partly because of the game itself and partly because people want to see if Bioware still has that magic. While it is primarily a multiplayer game, Bioware has stated that it will not have lootboxes.

At PAX West, Mark Darrah, executive producer of Anthem at Bioware, stated that Anthem will not contain lootboxes and that cosmetics in-game that are purchasable with real-money will also be earnable by playing the game. They’re trying to make it so that players who want the items but don’t want to invest the time can buy it while those who would prefer to play for it have that option open to them as well. How much the player will have to grind for it, however, is not known but it’s safe to say that to earn those items, there is going to be a grind.

Furthermore, Bioware also intends to add to the story of the game post-release which they aim will keep the game alive months after it’s initial release.

“For storytelling we don’t want to divide the audience, we want people to be able to experience the same stories so none of that is going to be locked”

Darrah said at a Q&A Session. 

This is a positive move that has people curious since Destiny 2, a game which it seems to borrow from, has Story DLC that is locked behind a paywall. This decision may or may not sway the opinion of people after the game releases if it turns out to be a good game since people won’t have to worry about buying a Season Pass or additional DLC to enjoy the game.

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2K asks Fans to tell Belgium Officials They Want Loot Boxes

Earlier this year Belgium and Netherlands banned loot boxes from games and stated that games which didn’t adhere to this rule would not be allowed to be sold in the respective country. This caused many devs to release game versions specifically for those regions which didn’t contain loot boxes.

In what seems to be a weird plea to fans, games publisher 2K has asked fans to contact their local government to let them know that they want Loot Boxes. As reported by PCGamesN, the publisher has stated that they don’t agree with the ruling and state that they are working to comply with the Belgian Gaming Commission’s interpretation of the law. In a statement, the company wrote, “As a result, we have made some local changes to the MyTeam mode. These changes are necessary in order for us to accommodate the BGC’s interpretation of the Belgian Gaming Act. Specifically, we will be turning off the ability to purchase packs with premium (non-earned) currency/VC.” 

2K goes on to say that the packs that can be bought for games like NBA 2K19 already comply with the Belgian gambling laws and urge fans to contact their local government representatives as they are having “continuing conversations” with the Belgian officials regarding this. As of now, players of NBA 2k19 won’t be able to buy card packs with real money for the MyTeam game mode.

Thanks to PCGamesN for this report.

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PlayStation Store Prepaid Cards Now in India

The PlayStation Store has been in India since 2010 but using it to buy games has always been a bit of a hassle since it didn’t accept a lot of the Indian Debit and Credit Cards. Indian Gamers have wanted a way to easily purchase games from the online PSN Store for a while now and finally, Sony has given them a way to do so with the Prepaid cards.

Prepaid cards have been available in numerous countries but they’re now officially available in India. The cards start from Rs 500 and go all the way up to Rs 4,500 in increments of Rs 500. This makes it much easier for players to buy from the online store since the hassle of having a Debit or Credit card that is supported by PSN is gone. These cards are currently available on the online store of Games The Shop and will soon be available from offline retailers.

This comes after a move which saw Sony bring the PS Plus subscription cards to India which helped numerous players make the jump to PS Plus since the price for it is the same if it were purchased online. The new Prepaid cards will certainly increase digital sales and are handy for people who don’t want a physical copy of a game, especially for those who pre-order games and want it day one since many times the offline retail copy may get delayed.  The timing is of the launch of these cards is good as well since the reviews for Spider-Man will be out soon, which you can read right here, which will help users make an informed decision to purchase the game if they already have not, using the Prepaid Cards.

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Razer Phone 2 Confirmed by Razer, Plans To Bring PC Software to Mobiles

Razer made its foray into the smartphone market with the debut of the Razer Phone last year, turning gaming smartphones into a huge phenomenon. While the trend has yet to take over the world, the success of the first-gen device speaks for itself, as a second-gen device has been confirmed.

In the latest earning reports, Razer stated that the first phone was an immense success and the company is now “focusing its resources on the development of the second generation Razer Phone”. However, no details have been revealed regarding its specifications and the release date. Here’s what the official statement says:

“Regarding the Others business, which includes the Group’s next-generation products, saw a 432.3% year-on-year growth to US$16.5 million in revenues, primarily due to the contribution of Razer Phone sales. With the successful launch of the Razer Phone in late 2017, Razer has since been widely recognised as the industry forerunner with the foresight of recognising the unmet demand for and being the first-mover to launch a mobile device for gamers, spawning a whole new category for the industry. The Group is very pleased with the success of its first generation Razer Phone, which was released in a limited run and has garnered very positive reviews internationally. Razer is now focusing its resources into the development of the second generation Razer Phone and accompanying software releases which will extend its software and services from PC into the mobile market.”

What makes it even more interesting is that Razer has mentioned that it plans to extend its PC software services into the smartphone market, though it’s not at all clear what that might entail. Whether it means a rival to the Steam Link app or something new altogether, only time will tell. Stay tuned for further updates.

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Upcoming Games of the Month: September 2018

2018 seems to be a knockout year to be a gamer. We’ve already seen a bunch of amazing games in the past few months, and the hype train doesn’t seem to get any slower. From Shadow of the Tomb Raider to Spider-Man, September is jam packed with blockbuster releases. So, without further ado, here are the gems that you can look forward to this month.

1. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age

  • Release Date: September 4th
  • Plaftorms: PC, PS4

DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age™ tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned turn-based combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.

2. Spider-Man

  • Release Date: September 7th
  • Platform: PS4

The worlds of Peter Parker and Spider-Man collide in an original action-packed story. In this new Spider-Man universe, iconic characters from Peter and Spider-Man’s lives have been reimagined, placing familiar characters in unique roles.

3. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

  • Release Date: September 14th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

4. Life is Strange 2

  • Release Date: September 27th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One and PS4

The award winning Life is Strange series continues with a long-awaited sequel from DONTNOD Entertainment. Two brothers Sean and Daniel Diaz, 16 and 9, are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle. In fear of the police, Sean & Daniel head to Mexico while attempting to conceal a sudden and mysterious supernatural power.

5. FIFA 19

  • Release Date: September 28th
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS4 and Nintendo Switch

Powered by Frostbite™*, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 19 delivers a champion’s caliber-experience on and off the pitch. Led by the prestigious UEFA Champions League, FIFA 19 offers enhanced gameplay tools that allow you to control the pitch in every moment with unrivaled ways to play. FIFA 19 includes a dramatic finale to the story of Alex Hunter in The Journey: Champions, a new mode in the ever-popular FIFA Ultimate Team™, and more. Champions Rise in FIFA 19.

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