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Titanfall: Frontline Mobile Game Cancelled; Developers Will Refine Concepts “in Future Titanfall Mobile Games”

The upcoming mobile iteration of the popular first-person shooter has officially been cancelled, according to developer Particle City. …Read More The post Titanfall: Frontline Mobile Game Cancelled; Developers Will Refine Concepts “in Future Titanfall Mobile Games” by Ryan Meitzler appeared first on DualShockers.

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Next Free Titanfall 2 DLC Drop Includes New Live Fire Mode, Three New Maps, and More

Today — via a blog post — developer Respawn announced and detailed Titanfall 2’s second and latest DLC, that notably adds a new mode called Live Fire, three new maps, and more. …Read More The post Next Free Titanfall 2 DLC Drop Includes New Live Fire Mode, Three New Maps, and More by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

Next Free Titanfall 2 DLC Drop Includes New 6v6 Mode, New Maps

Respawn has announced that the next free Titanfall 2 DLC drop is “coming soon,” and will include a new mode called Live Fire, new maps, a significant update to the playlist interface, and more. A 6v6 Pilot-only mode that focuses on competitive, close quarter combat, Live Fire will include two new dedicated maps, Stacks and Meadow. Respawn adds: A round-based best of 5 mode with no respawns, you will have one minute to eliminate the opposing team in order to win the round. You can also win the round if your team is holding the neutral flag when the round timer ends. It’s fast, frantic, and sure to help hone those teamwork and mobility skills. We’re also introducing two brand new maps designed specifically for Live Fire: Stacks and Meadow. Playable only in the Live Fire playlist, these two maps are tight, enclosed death boxes designed specifically for the fast-paced, intense nature of the mode. The upcoming content drop will also include a new Coliseum map called Columns, another Pilot execution, multiple new Commander intros for each Faction, and a significant update to the playlist interface. Acknowledging that “having game modes split between two screens is not an ideal user experience,” Respawn says: Our goal is to…

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In the UK: FIFA 17 Was The Top Selling Game at Retail for 2016; Hardware and Software Sales Fall for the Year

Research institute GfK has released its information and full year figures for the UK physical games market in 2016. …Read More The post In the UK: FIFA 17 Was The Top Selling Game at Retail for 2016; Hardware and Software Sales Fall for the Year by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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Let’s Look at the New Tempest and Nomad in Mass Effect Andromeda

Behold the Smaller Normandy and White Batmobile in Mass Effect Andromeda Earlier today, BioWare released more information for their popular title, Mass Effect Andromeda. This information came in the form of a new video showcasing the Tempest and Nomad. It details the design of these vehicles, bringing their uses and applications into full view. And in case you’re wondering, these definitely seem like your player-class Normandy and Mako. Now take a tour with the briefing below: That speaker certainly sounds like a Salarian. But anyway, what we have here are some additional highlights on how we will explore Andromeda. So far, the resource collecting seems vaguely reminiscent of Mass Effect 2. Except in this case, it may be more tied in with exploration. At least, the video suggests some on-sight extraction of minerals. As for what those resources will be used for, hopefully something meaningful as utilized in Mass Effect 2’s ending…or paint jobs. Perhaps both? No doubt veterans caught hints of how exactly they’ll use each room in the Tempest. There’s essentially a parallel for everything we saw in the Normandy SR2, with some interesting additions. And unlike previous renditions, producer Mike Gamble did say there was much more innovation with the celestial map. Moreover, the…

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The Sims 4 Gets a New Update Adding Toddlers

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Over Two Years Later, The Sims 4 Gets Toddlers

The Sims 4 is getting Toddlers in a free update today. After two years of waiting, get your sims ready for sleepless nights and emptying potty chairs. Advertisement “I’m not exaggerating when I say we’ve been talking about this particular update for years,” The Sims 4 team said in a blog post. “We just had to find the right time, resources and design to allow us to start the heavy process of actually building and bringing Toddlers to life. And believe me when I say it has been really REALLY difficult to not talk about this as we worked to get it right.” Toddlers are the life stage for sims between being a baby and childhood. Sims players will have to teach toddlers to walk, talk and use the toilet, as in previous Sims games. While Toddlers have been part of the series since The Sims 2, The Sims 4 launched without this life stage, which did not make fans of the game very happy. Advertisement While The Sims 4 team never confirmed or denied that Toddlers were never coming to the game, the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Titanfall Twitter Spams Random People Who Tweet They Want New Games

Titanfall’s official Twitter account is taking a rather active approach to their marketing. The account is messaging users who make the smallest mention of wanting to play a new game. Advertisement First noted by CMA Productions on Reddit, the Titanfall Twitter is pretty aggressive when it comes to suggesting their game to players looking for a new game to play. Sliding into their mentions, the account keeps suggesting Titanfall 2. Titanfall 2 is a damn good game but this social media strategy seems more than a little desperate. It’s not the first time that game’s account has made missteps. A few months ago, it took some cheap shots at Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Respawn Entertainment is staffed by many Infinity Ward employees. The developer tweeted out their support for their former peers afterwards. Advertisement Other EA produced titles have made faux pas. The official Battlefield account started up the tonedeaf #justWWIthings hashtag, which led to them deleting a handful accounts and issuing an apology. I love Titanfall 2. It was number one my top ten games of 2016. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Battlefield 1 Players Beware, Being Too Good Can Get You Banned

But That’s What Happens When Computers Are Determining Skill So it’s practically illegal to be too good in Battlefield 1. Several pro players have recently learned the hard way that their skills alert the banning bot. As a result of Battlefield 1’s anti-cheat system, earnest player ability has been punished in DICE’s flag-ship shooter. FairFight, the system employed by DICE, reportedly mistakes really good gameplay for foul play. Thanks to player kL-Spazmo, who’s put in over 2800 hours of Battlefield gameplay, DICE has been informed of the issue. His elaborate post on reddit placed FairFight’s algorithm in the spotlight and has alerted many players to what’s going on. Furthermore, he’s reiterated his loyalty to DICE and Battlefield, stressing that he’s not a cheater. While FairFight has done its job and kept many unfair players out of the game, deviations from its statistical data on player skills have meant that pros fall under its category of cheating. Spazmo went so far as to list other examples: Now, if you don’t believe that I didn’t cheat, that’s okay, but I’d like you tell you that I wouldn’t be the first one who didn’t cheat and still got banned by FairFight. The player that’s currently ranked top #2 on the Battlefield 1 PC leader boards…

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Battlefield 1 Players Are Getting Banned For Playing Too Well

Skilled Battlefield 1 players appear to be clashing with the game’s anti-cheating measure. What exactly are they getting banned for? Being too good at the game. Advertisement FairFight is a real time cheat detection that has been used in all Battlefield games since Battlefield 3. It uses a function called Algorithmic Analysis of Player Statistics (AAPS) to compare real time players stats to the average level of skill. But some players seem to be playing so well that the system is flagging them as cheaters and banning them from the game. kL-Spazmo is a dedicated Battlefield player who got banned banned after FairFight marked him and his friend as cheaters. The two were kicked from the game during a match on Amiens where they were playing well. An avid player with over 2,800 hours in FairFight enabled titles, Spazmo had played all that time without a ban. “They were good stats, not like holy shit, that guy is cheating!” he says in the video after receiving his ban. Advertisement This is not the first time that highly skilled players have been punished for perceived READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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BioWare Confirms Mass Effect Andromeda Multiplayer Will Be Entirely Optional, Beta News Inbound

Mass Effect Andromeda‘s multiplayer may boast stronger ties to the game’s story over previous instalments, but BioWare has confirmed that the online mode will be entirely optional. That’s according to Producer Mike Gamble, who revealed in an interview with Kotaku that, unlike Mass Effect 3, players won’t be required to partake in Andromeda‘s online component to get the most out of the game’s story. By utilizing the Strike Team system, BioWare has also provided users with the option to switch between single-player and multiplayer on a whim — a feature “packaged around a meta-story of what’s going on in Helios.” Per Kotaku: “There’s a system that we use called the Strike Team system, and fundamentally it allows you to go between singleplayer and multiplayer within the game. And it’s packaged around a meta-story of what’s going on in Helios. I can tell you that there’s a loading screen – it’s not entirely seamless – but it won’t require you to stop your game and restart in a different mode. Because narratively it’s all connected, it makes a lot of sense.” If it is more information you’re after, it shouldn’t be too long before Andromeda‘s multiplayer test is live for all READ FULL STORY…

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The Sims 4’s Vampire Pack Gets a Release Date

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The Sims 4 Gets Vampires

If you feel like your game of The Sims 4 has been missing Lestat from Interview With A Vampire, never fear. The game’s newest Game Pack will introduce Vampire sims as well as a new World, Forgotten Hollow, to unleash Anne Rice havoc in. Advertisement The Vampires Game Pack drops January 24th, and will include Create a Sim options for Vampires including new skintones, eye colors and brow options. Vampire sims will also have special powers, allowing them to suck Plasma from sleeping sims or turn them into Vampires as well. In addition to Vampires, the Game Pack will include Forgotten Hollow, a new World. “It’s completely different to previous The Sims 4 worlds and makes a great place for a Vampire to live as night-time lasts long here,” The Sims 4 team said in a blog post. “You’ll notice that this World looks and feels totally different to the others in The Sims 4, with creeping fog and a lot of withered, old foliage.” The longer nighttime will come in handy, given that, you know, Vampires don’t traditionally love sunlight. The pack will also include new Build & Buy READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Mass Effect Andromeda Is Currently Running at 1080p/30fps on PS4, Will Include HDR Support

[embedded content] Along with revealing that Mass Effect Andromeda won’t have a Season Pass, BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed HDR support for Andromeda on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One S, and PC: @ShadowElephant Yes — Aaryn Flynn (@AarynFlynn) January 7, 2017 In response to users who asked about Arabic support, Flynn replied, “Just heard that we will not support Arabic at launch. However, we can look into it as a future patch.” On NeoGAF earlier this month, Flynn reiterated that Mass Effect Andromeda is running at 1800p with checkerboard rendering on PS4 Pro. He continued by saying regular PS4 owners should expect 1080p at 30 frames-per-second: Last I checked, we were like other Frostbite games on PS4 and Xbox One – 1080p and 900p respectively. All are at 30 fps. PC has uncapped frame-rate. I think we’ve even gotten over the 30 fps cap in cut-scenes, but I’ll double-check in the next couple of weeks. Mark Cerny detailed Andromeda’s PS4 Pro 1800p resolution last year with Eurogamer, adding, “Super-sampling again is very popular for HDTV support. Mass Effect Andromeda has two very different strategies. They have checkerboard for 4K and they have a separate mode for high quality graphics at 1080p.” Mass Effect READ FULL STORY AT…