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Capcom

Major Street Fighter V Capcom Fighters Network Update Incoming

Capcom has announced, on its Capcom Unity blog, that it will soon be bringing a long-promised major update to its Capcom Fighters Network system for Street Fighter V. The announcement states that the update will bring a slew of improvements to the Street Fighter V’s online experience, something that has been one of the most criticized aspects of the game. According to the announcement, one of the first changes that will come with the update is an improved Rage Quit Penalty System. Special icons that show whether a player is an “honorable” opponent or is notorious for rage quitting will now correctly appear. The updated system will now also take into account one’s online behavior including frequent disconnections to match players accordingly. The update will also greatly reduce the time it takes to find an online match as well as the loading times for entering Ranked and Casual matches. Matchmaking has also been improved so that same players won’t be matched with each other repeatedly. Several quality of life improvements will also be introduced with the new update including training mode user settings now being saved, properly displayed country flags in the Battle Lounge, country or league based ranking READ…

BioWare

BioWare Releases Mass Effect: Andromeda Sara Ryder Character Trailer

[embedded content] It’s been a few days since the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda and BioWare has just released the character trailer for one of the game’s main protagonists, Sara Ryder. In Andromeda, players get to choose one of two twins, Sara or Scott Ryder, to play as the main character, but both characters remain part of the game’s story regardless of the player’s choice. The trailer itself shows a few of the game’s cutscenes featuring Sara Ryder, as well as several of the game’s other characters, alien races, events, and locations. Mass Effect: Andromeda was met with very mixed reviews (check out our review here) most of which criticized the game’s animations, more specifically the facial animations of many of its characters including Sara Ryder, as well as other serious technical issues. BioWare has since announced that they plan to fix many of the game’s problems and are considering fixing the animations as well. [Source: Mass Effect (YouTube)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Atlus

Official Persona 5 “Take Your Heart” Edition Unboxing Video Released

[embedded content] The folks at Atlus USA have just published a new video where the company’s PR associate and marketing associate unbox the “Take Your Heart” edition of Persona 5 alongside the game’s steelbook version. The Take Your Heart bundle is the game’s premium limited edition. The Take Your Heart edition comes in special packaging riddled with assorted Persona 5 artwork. Inside is a 64-page Persona 5 artbook that gives fans a glimpse of the game’s concept art and character design development, a 19-track Persona 5 “Sounds of Rebellion” soundtrack, a Shujin Academy bag, a 4-inch Morgana plush, and the game itself in a steelbook case. The Persona 5 Take Your Heart edition has an SRP of $89.99. The worldwide release of Persona 5 is set on April 04, 2017. The game is the sixth major installment in the Persona series, which in itself is a spin-off of the Megami Tensei franchise. [Source: Atlus USA (YouTube)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

activision

Destiny Age of Triumph Event Detailed, New Trailer Offers Preview of the Action

Destiny‘s Age of Triumph celebration will kick off next week on March 28. It’s the final event of the original Destiny game and promises to be one of the biggest yet. Whether you’re into Strikes or Raids, you’re sure to find something to keep you entertained. For those who feel like getting their grind on, there’s plenty of unique rewards on offer. Below you’ll find all of the official event details, giving you the specifics of what to expect. BREAK RECORDS – Memorialize your legend with more than two dozen Emblems earned across twelve pages of the all-new Age of Triumph Record Book. Plus, unlock an exclusive, customizable Age of Triumph T-shirt in the Bungie Store. RETURN OF RAIDS – All Raids now include a 390 Light Heroic Mode, bringing them up to endgame levels. Both Vault of Glass and Crota’s End have been enhanced with their own new Boss Challenges. A Weekly Featured Raid has been added to the Director which will activate all Challenges for the selected Raid and provide the best rewards. FORGED ANEW – New battles bring new rewards. All Raids now offer max level gear and new Ornaments to equip. Complete the Weekly Featured Raid READ FULL STORY…

Elgato

Elgato Stream Deck Revealed, New Device Aims to Enhance Live Streaming

[embedded content] Following yesterday’s tease of Elgato Gaming’s “#Evolve” project, the company has now revealed all with a trailer. The “Elgato Stream Deck” is designed to evolve live streaming with the aid of a multi-functional keypad. For any gamer who’s serious about streaming, this new tech looks to be worth checking out. The official feature list details everything the Elgato Stream Deck can do: Break boundaries – You’re creating quality content backed by the best tech on the planet. But you want to do more. With Stream Deck, unleash your creative genius and make waves across Twitch and YouTube. All while focusing on what matters most: your audience. Take control – 15 LCD keys poised to launch up to 210 actions eliminate the need to map and memorize keyboard shortcuts. One-touch, tactile operation lets you switch scenes, launch media, adjust audio and more, while visual feedback confirms your every command. Traditionally this level of control was exclusive to mainstream entertainment broadcasters. Now, it’s at your fingertips. Streamline your setup – Elgato Game Capture, OBS, Twitch, Twitter, TipeeeStream and more – Stream Deck integrates your tools and automatically detects your scenes, media, and audio sources, enabling you to control them with a quick tap READ…

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…

disney

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!

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games Review – Narrative Twists (PS4)

[embedded content] When 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS, it quickly became one of my favorite games. Part visual novel and part puzzle game, the Kotaro Uchikoshi directed title featured nine characters trapped on a ship, where they had to participate in a Saw-type game in order to survive. I adored both halves of the game, and the narrative’s multiple twists had me hooked. While the story was awesome, there were some really rough edges on the gameplay side that really limited its appeal. First off, in order to see the game’s true ending, players had to play through the same puzzles multiple times, and re-read dialogue they had already seen before. This monotony was troublesome on its own, but when paired with the slowest text speed imaginable, it became insufferable for some. 999 was its own worst enemy, as all of its problems were brought on by sloppy design choices. All of these issues were fixed in its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, as a flow chart was added to remove players having to play the same sequences repeatedly, and players no longer had to wait for text to crawl across the screen at a snail’s pace. It…

EA

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…

Enigami

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!