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Update on Friday the 13th: The Game Upcoming Update, Engine

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Fans of the popular Friday the 13th: The Game were expecting a massive, long-awaited update, one that would include an update to the Unreal Engine, a new counselor, and a host of bug fixes, to hit on Friday, April 13th.

Unfortunately, nothing was released and while the team behind the game has mentioned a potential release of sometime in April, they posted a lengthy update on the process today, pushing back the expected time for anything to be officially released.

The post also featured a video preview, which you can see below:

Hello Friday the 13th: The Game players and fans,

As many of you are aware, we have been targeting an April release for the next major update to Friday the 13th: The Game since our announcement that the game would be moving to an updated version of the Unreal game engine. We have known that hitting a date in April was ambitious, and a best case scenario, but we believe that people should strive for their best.

Today we have been forced to accept that the update will not be able to be released in April. The update is shaping up nicely, but there are still a few issues that we need to iron out to ensure the best gameplay experience for our players, and we still need to pass the patch through console certification. Our goal is to make sure the work is done right, and that meant we needed some extra time with it.

Why didn’t you release on Friday the 13th of April?
This update has been a massive endeavor. The game engine upgrade alone means that the team at IllFonic has had to go over every system in the game and check, tweak, or recreate it. They have been doing amazing work at an intense pace throughout the update process. We are incredibly proud of their progress and everyone at Illfonic and Gun are anxious to get the update out and into the hands of our players. However, setting a hard release date, with the amount of features and upgrades included, would have only served to undermine IllFonic’s work for the sake of hitting a specific day. The game, and our players, would have suffered from it.

When is the update coming?
We are in the later stages of finalizing, but we are not yet at a place in the process where we can state a specific date with certainty. All of our major reworks and new features – updated game engine, Single Player Challenges, Victoria, Bot AI Improvements, Weapon Switching, Legendary Perks, etc. – are in place in our development builds. However, we are at least weeks away from release, and if major issues are found we will work to solve them before release. What we do know is that there is no longer a possibility of hitting a release date in April, and we felt that we should let Friday the 13th: The Game players know.

Why is it taking so long?
This is, by far, the largest technical update to release for Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition to the implementation of our new and reworked major features, everything in the game needed to be checked over due to the engine revision change. That said, we realize that our players are used to an update every month or two, and we understand the disappointment of the update not being released in April.

What is “done”?
Every piece of “Thursday News” that we have released since February 9th, 2018 is finalized in the update. The engine upgrade is complete (there’s a comparison video lower in this post), Single Player Challengers are finished, as are Weapon Swapping, Keybinding, the altered Jason Grab, Legendary Perks, AI Improvements, the Salt Mines, Part 7 Jason rework, and Victoria Sterling. All of these features are in our development builds and are working well. Right now, we’re buttoning up the build.

Are you going to “surprise drop” this update?
No, the next update is a massive milestone for us and we will not be silent about its release date. We will be releasing communications about the update’s release before it comes out, and we will communicate the date as soon as it is certain.

 

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Overwatch is Free Over Thanksgiving Week

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Blizzard is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by making Overwatch free to play starting on Tuesday, November 20 and will last through the week.

Pre-loading started on Thursday for those on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s worth noting that PlayStation Plus membership and Xbox Live Gold subscription are required in order to take advantage of the free, limited time, offering.

The free run comes at an opportune time,and you can see those times on Overwatch’s website, thanks to the introduction of Ashe to the roster.

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Playstation Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Playstation 4

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Sony is celebrating PlayStation 4’s fifth anniversary and has shared a number of interesting statistics, adding that the console has shipped over 86.1 million units up to this date.

Check out the stats listed on the Playstation blog.

PlayStation 4 fifth anniversary stats

The numbers

  • Over 86.1 million units sold-in (shipped)
  • Over 777.9 million software units sold-in (shipped)
  • 11 major system updates

Games

Top five best-selling titles (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • GTA 5

Most popular games on PS4  (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • Fortnite
  • GTA 5

Most downloaded titles on PS4 (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • Destiny 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Just Cause 3
  • Mafia 3

Top five DualShock 4 colors ranked:

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Red
  4. White
  5. Camo

Rarest PlayStation 4 model

  • PS4 Pro 500 million limited edition

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heading to PS4 in December

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Fatshark has officially announced that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will arrive on Playstation 4 on December 18th and the pre-order beta is already available.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Ultimate Pre-Order Edition is available now through the PlayStation Store and will remain available until December 18th, and will come with a price tag $49.99 and comes with the following features:

 

  • Four days Early Access
  • Instant Closed Beta Access
  • Sigmar Keep Statue
  • Helmgart Heraldry Themed Skins
  • 2x Portrait Frame
  • 6x Exclusive Heroic Deeds
  • Shadows over Bogenhafen DLC
  • Back to Ubersreik DLC

 

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