Articles by Jason Dunning

Damien Kieken

For Honor Game Director: We Never Intended For You to Unlock Everything in the Game

[embedded content] Addressing a post from Reddit user bystander007, who estimated that it would take $732 or 2.5 years to unlock all of the content in For Honor, Game Director Damien Kieken said that Ubisoft never intended for players to unlock everything. “We never had an intention for you to unlock everything in the game,” he said beginning at 23:30 of the above video. Kieken then continued by bringing up World of Warcraft as an example of a game where you wouldn’t try to unlock everything: For us, that doesn’t really make any sense… We applied RPG mechanics on top of a fighting game, in a PvP environment. But it’s like in an RPG, let’s say in World of Warcraft, you would never try to unlock everything for all the characters of the whole game. Same thing in any MOBAs, you’re not trying to unlock all the content for all the heroes in your game. Kieken added that, before launch, they expected most players would play one to three characters (which has proven to be true), and “all the design is based around that.” As for the cosmetic items, Kieken says they’re “really, for us, our end-game content: it’s the things we want you READ FULL…

DLC & Patches

Titanfall 2’s Next Free Map & Free Trial Weekend Arrive on March 30

[embedded content] The next free DLC drop for Titanfall 2, Colony Reborn, is releasing on March 30, Respawn announced today. It will include the return of the Colony map from Titanfall, classic weapons, a new grapple execution, and new cosmetics, and the accompanying base game patch will feature bug fixes, balancing, and game improvements. Here’s an overview of what to expect from Colony Reborn: Free Content New Map Colony – This classic should be familiar to long time Titanfall fans. Set among a sleepy settler town, the dense center is filled with narrow streets, interiors, and rooftops surrounded by open Titan lanes. Weapon R-101 – Universally well regarded for its unique versatility, the R-101 platform has been a mainstay of human conflict since the first settlers arrived from the Core Systems. This version is outfitted with ACOG scope. New Execution Curb Check Paid Cosmetic Content Prime Titans Northstar Legion Titan Art Nose Art 5 new designs 1 new Warpaint per Titan Camo pack Callsign pack 20 banners 20 patches During the weekend following the release of Colony Reborn, Colony 24/7 will be the Featured Playlist and it will support a variety of modes. Additionally, you’ll be able to earn Double XP READ FULL…

guardians of the galaxy

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3 Gets a Launch Trailer

[embedded content] “Probably the best [Walking Dead] trailer we’ve prepped in years,” according to Telltale’s Job Stauffer, the launch trailer for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Episode 3: Above the Law is now available for viewing. Above the Law launches on March 28 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android. If you bought the Season Pass disc, it will be available to download beginning on March 28. Keeping in mind that there are spoilers ahead, here’s the description for Episode 3: After the shocking events of Ties That Bind: Part Two, Javier struggles to find a role in his newly reunited family. Meanwhile, tension within the walls of Richmond grow. Will Clementine and the rest of the group turn against Javier? It may be time to choose between the family you’re born into and the family you’ve made… According to the European PlayStation Store, Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy series will premiere on April 18. If you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you can save 20% off the Season Pass by pre-ordering. An official release date for Guardians of the Galaxy Episode 1 could be announced next week, as Stauffer has teased that a trailer is coming then. [Source: PlayStation Store, Job Stauffer (1), READ FULL…


Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix Day One Update Confirmed, Fight the Darkness Trailer Released

[embedded content] When Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix launches next week for PlayStation 4 in the West, it will have a day one update that fixes various issues, Square Enix has revealed: #KH Community, thanks for your questions! We’re addressing various issues before the game releases on Mar 28th (NA) & Mar 31st (EU). For NA and EU players, a Day 1 patch will be available at launch to match the JP update. We’ll keep an eye out for additional notes. According to a user on GameFAQs who obtained an early copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, update 1.02 is already available to download and it weighs in at 4.8GB. After spending some time with the patched version of Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, the user said they didn’t encounter any issues with saving, but they did experience minor lag when opening some chests. You can learn more about the issues Japanese players have experienced with 1.5 + 2.5 Remix over here and here, courtesy of Bizkit047. For more details on Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix, check out the above new trailer. [Source: Kingdom Hearts (1), (2), GameFAQs (1), (2), (3), Pastebin (1), (2) via KHInsider, Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


EA Play 2017: Playable Games Include The Next Star Wars Battlefront & Need for Speed

Electronic Arts has confirmed that the lineup of playable games at EA Play 2017 will include the next Star Wars Battlefront and Need for Speed “experiences,” as well as FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18, and NBA Live 18. “This isn’t all, by the way… and we’ll have more to share in the coming months,” they added. EA Play 2017 runs from June 10 to 12 in Hollywood, and tickets will be available on Thursday, April 20 at 9am PT/12pm ET. Here’s what to expect from EA Play if you aren’t attending the event in person: Beyond the hands-on experience in Hollywood, we have an extensive content program for our players joining us online. Throughout the three-day event we will be providing you with detailed gameplay deep dives, competitive events, and exclusive interviews with the development teams. So whether you’re experiencing EA Play in-person or watching online, be sure to join us starting June 10. We’ll likely learn more about the next Star Wars Battlefront during Star Wars Celebration Orlando, which runs from April 13 to 16. [Source: EA] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Arkane Studios

Latest Dishonored 2 Update Fixes Numerous Bugs

With the new Dishonored 2 update (aka Game Update 3) today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Arkane has fixed a host of bugs, optimized the user interface, and added a Full option for the Mana Replenish setting. Here’s the full list of patch notes for today’s Dishonored 2 update on PS4: General UI optimization Added a ‘Full’ option for the ‘Mana Replenish’ setting Bloodthirst post-process is now brighter Bug Fixes Fixed a bug where the FPS drops when the player looks at a gravehound’s smoke. Fixed a bug where possessing a Gravehound causes their smoke effect to build up. Fixed shadows missing on particles Fixed a bug where normal maps were inverted with negative scaled objects Fixed a bug where using Far Reach on a hanging speaker causes strange physics in subsequent Far Reaches Fixed a bug where aiming Focused Strike or Spyglass at the sky results in poor depth of field masking Fixed a bug where Jindosh still talks to player in lab after death or being rendered unconscious Fixed a bug where the journal may become blurred Fixed a bug in Long Day In Dunwall where screen turns dark a short time after speaking with Meagan Fixed a READ FULL…


Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Releases on April 18 for PS4, Xbox One & PC

[embedded content] Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom, an action-RPG from Enigami, is releasing on April 18 as a digital-only title for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, publisher Focus Home Interactive announced today. Pre-orders aren’t up for PS4, but PC players can pre-order Shiness to save 15% off the $29.99 USD regular price. In the new Music Trailer today, Focus Home and Enigami offer up a look at the lands and characters of the Lightning Kingdom, as well as what you can expect from Shiness’s original soundtrack. Here’s the description for Shiness: Shiness is an Action-RPG developed by French independent studio Enigami, that will take you on a journey through an enthralling universe, on the verge of collapsing following the fragmentation of planet Mahera. Play as Chado and his companions, traveling through the celestial islands on their flying ship. After a crash-landing on one of the most hostile of the celestial islands, you find yourself in the middle of a conflict involving multiple kingdoms. However, this explosive situation might find a peaceful outcome, with Chado’s newfound unique ability to perceive and communicate with the Shiness, a mysterious spirit embued with magic. Travel through an enthralling and interactive world as Chado and his 4 companions, and develop your READ…

DLC & Patches

For Honor Update 1.04 Is Live on PS4, Slightly Improves Performance & Stability

Reportedly a 154MB download on PlayStation 4, For Honor update 1.04 is now live on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. As the patch notes show, Ubisoft has fixed some bugs that will slightly improve performance and stability: Various bug fixes to slightly improve performance and match stability. Addressed the Conqueror graphical glitch introduced in the last Live Update as part of our ongoing session stability fixes. The Xbox One version of For Honor will receive an update next week that adds functionality to enable/disable invites, makes it so game invite options will no longer be greyed out if there’s a free slot, and makes it so players will not be able to send invites if they’re in a state that cannot be joined (story mode, practicing, loading screens). Ubisoft’s post-launch plans for For Honor include six maps and six Heroes, which will be released across three upcoming Seasons. You’ll be able to unlock the Heroes in-game for free, while Season Pass owners receive one-week early access (and instant unlocks) to the six Heroes. As of February 25, For Honor is the best-selling game of 2017 in the United States. [Source: Ubisoft, Reddit (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Sony Is Aware of PS4 Wi-Fi Issues Following the Release of Update 4.50

When PlayStation 4 update 4.50 launched earlier this month, users went on the PlayStation Forums to say that their console could no longer connect to Wi-Fi, with error code NW-31297-2 popping up – “Could not connect to the Wi-Fi network because the Wi-Fi password is not correctly set on the PS4, or the wireless network is busy,” Sony says of the error code on their Help site. In the two weeks since the forum thread went live, it’s reached 26 pages, with many people complaining of the same Wi-Fi issue. So far, the solutions that have worked for players include buying an Ethernet cable long enough to directly connect your PS4 to the internet, removing password protection for your internet, and spending money on a Wi-Fi extender with an ethernet port. When Polygon reached out to Sony about the PS4 Wi-Fi issues, the company finally confirmed that it’s something they’re looking into: We are aware and are looking into the situation. If Sony provides further updates on this issue, we’ll let you know. Have you experienced this issue since updating your PS4 to version 4.50? [Source: PlayStation Forums, PlayStation Help, Polygon] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Injustice 2’s Shattered Alliances Part 3 Trailer Focuses on Supergirl, Reveals Black Adam

[embedded content] In the Shattered Alliances Part 3 trailer for Injustice 2, NetherRealm and Warner Bros focus on Supergirl, giving you a look at “her side of the story and the daunting foes that she faces.” During the trailer, Black Adam is revealed as the latest fighter on the Injustice 2 roster. Here’s his description: After the fall of the Regime, Black Adam returned to his home defeated and humiliated. Staying hidden from Batman’s watchful eye, Khandaq has become a safe haven for the Regime’s remnants. There they await the day that together they can restore the Regime’s rule upon the world. According to the Injustice website, another character will be announced today. So far, 25 of the 38 fighters in Injustice 2 have been revealed. If you missed them, follow the links to watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the Shattered Alliances trailers. Injustice 2 releases on May 16 in North America and May 19 in Europe for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. [Source: Injustice] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Report: Leaked Destiny 2 Poster Points to September 8 Release Date, Beta

According to a leaked poster, Destiny 2 is releasing on September 8. It also appears as though there will be a beta on PlayStation 4 prior to launch, likely in June. Apparently leaked from GameStop Italy, and posted on Italian website Lega Network (via NeoGAF), the poster doesn’t include much more information about Destiny 2, though it does feature the PlayStation logo, suggesting that the Sony/Destiny partnership will continue. Following the leak of the poster, Eurogamer said they’ve heard that the beta will take place in June. Additionally, their sources have indicated that the poster is legitimate. Kotaku, meanwhile, has heard that Destiny 2 will be officially announced today, and it’s also coming to PC, in addition to consoles. Last we heard from Activision and Bungie is that Destiny 2 releases in fall 2017, and your power, possessions, Eververse-related items, and currency from the first game won’t transfer over to the sequel. The final live event for the first Destiny, Age of Triumph, is set to begin on March 28. [Source: Lega Network, Imgur, NeoGAF, Eurogamer, Kotaku] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

DLC & Patches

Ghost Recon Wildlands Update Today on PS4 & Xbox One Is 3GB

Going live this morning, the newest Ghost Recon Wildlands update (aka Title Update 2) for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is around 3GB in size and includes game-wide connectivity and stability improvements, as well the option to turn off radios in the game by default and the option to choose the type of vehicle you want to spawn when using the Drop Vehicle rebel skill. Here’s the full list of patch notes for the new Wildlands update: Missions/Narration We received reports of some players having issues with certain missions in the game. After investigating the causes, we have implemented fixes so they can now have a smooth experience. We also fixed an XP farming exploit related to the “Rebellion Rising” mission, which created interference with the co-op experience. Adjusted various missions markers & GPS pathfinding. The following missions are now unlocked correctly for players who reported issues: Gold Rush, Sueño’s proposition, Sandoval Dead body, El Cerebro Adjusted various mission triggers in order to smoothen the player’s progress and game experience. Fixed situations where dialogue and barks would not trigger correctly. The following missions are now replayable: El Cerebro, Boss missions, Sandoval confession, Western cocaine cache Fixed infinite XP farming exploit on “Rebellion Rising” READ FULL…

Rocket League Update 1.31 Today Adds Dropshot, Begins Competitive Season 4

[embedded content] Going live at 3pm PT/6pm ET, Rocket League update 1.31 today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC adds the new Dropshot mode, kicks off Season 4 of Competitive play, gives console players the ability to bind Air Roll Left and Air Roll Right from the Controls menu, removes Neo Tokyo from Casual and Competitive playlists, and more. If you have 1.30 installed already, expect 1.31’s download size to be 1.4GB on PS4, 2GB on PC, and 3GB on Xbox One. Here’s a look at the patch notes for Rocket League update 1.31: New Content Arenas Core 707 is now available when playing Dropshot Mannfield (Night) is now available in all playlists Neo Tokyo has been removed from Casual and Competitive playlists. The map will remain playable in offline and private matches. In a future update, Neo Tokyo will return to online play with a standard layout Turbo Crate Painted versions of the “Endo” Battle-Car are available from this crate. Painted versions of the “Tachyon” Rocket Trail are available from this crate. Easter 2017 Seasonal Easter Items can be acquired March 22 through April 17: Easter Egg Antenna, Bunny Ears Hat, Easter Basket Hat Trophies/Achievements Registered Voter – Head to ‘Arena Preferences’…

2D Shooter Butcher Launches on April 25 in Europe for PS4

[embedded content] The PlayStation Store has revealed that Butcher, a fast-paced 2D shooter from Transhuman Design, is releasing on April 25 in Europe for PlayStation 4, priced at £7.99. PlayStation Plus members can save 20% by pre-ordering, and the bundle includes the game and official soundtrack. The description for the above trailer adds that Butcher’s North American release is happening in Q2 2017. It will likely be priced at $9.99 USD. A “blood-soaked love letter to the cult classics of the genre” where the easiest mode is Hard, Butcher sees you playing as a cyborg programmed to destroy the last of humanity. The description adds: So grab your weapon of choice (from chainsaws, to shotguns, to grenade launchers) and kill your way through underground hideouts, post-apocalyptic cities, jungles, and more. And if you’re feeling creative, there are plenty of other ways to end your enemies’ misery – hooks, lava pits, saws… no death will ever be the same again. If kicking corpses into a lava pit and adorning walls with blood is your idea of a good time, Butcher is THE game for you. Butcher was released last year for PC. [Source: PlayStation Store, PlayStation (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!