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Sea of Thieves Update Preps For First FREE DLC

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As fans await the arrival of the first free expansion from Sea of Thieves, Rare has released a brand new update, version 1.07, that went live on Tuesday.

Here are the full patch notes:

Download size:

Xbox One: 400MB
Xbox One X: 400MB
Windows 10: 800MB

XBOX INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

PC INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Features

  • This Seat is Taken – Players now have two crew type options available to them, Open and Closed Crews.
    Open Crews: This option works in the same way you’re used to. For the Galleon, an open crew will match four players together while also replacing players who leave during a game. For the Sloop, two players will be matched together, with a leaving player being replaced when possible.
    Closed Crews: This option allows a single player to begin a game on either a Galleon or a Sloop, allowing friends to join in when they’re available. You can now play with any configuration of players up to the limit on each ship, which is 4 players on the Galleon and 2 players on the Sloop, as well as preventing non-friends from being able to join you. This option replaces the 3 player Galleon and Solo Sloop options in the Main Menu.
    Coming Soon: Additional functionality coming soon for Open and Closed Crews includes the ability to dynamically switch between Open and Closed while in the game, in addition to being able to make a session fully private by preventing friends joining.

Updates

  • Here, take this! – Imagine the scene, skeletons surround your crew, your crew-mate has been bitten by a snake, they have no bananas and there are no resource barrels in sight! Now you can help them CRONCH their way to full health by handing them a banana! This also works with wooden planks and cannon balls. You helpful pirate you!
    Unfortunately this feature is causing an issue and needs to be temporarily removed from Patch 1.0.7 while we investigate further.
  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible. Now you can #BeMoresneakyPirate!
  • Now in Stock! – Imperial Sovereign Blunderbuss, Pistol, Sails, Hull and Liveries are now available to purchase in the Ancient Isles. They were incorrectly listed as available in Patch 1.0.6.
  • Flintlock Pistol – New sound effects for close fire and reloading the Flintlock Pistol.
  • Icons – Within the clothing chest, the icons to unequip all or select a random outfit have been updated.
  • Health Bar UI – Deciding whether to eat that banana or keep swiping your sword? You’ll notice some changes to the health bar UI, fancy!

Progression & Economy Updates

  • Price Changes – Greedy pirates had overpriced the Castaway Bilge Rat weapons and ship liveries. These have now been reduced. Anyone who purchased items within this set pre-price adjustment will have the difference reimbursed very soon.
  • Strike Gold – As Pirates rank up with all the trading companies, the chances of finding more valuable rewards has been increased. Say good-bye to those Castaway Chests at higher ranks!

Fixed Issues

  • Players should no longer experience details of their pirate (such as hair colour / scars) looking different from their initial selection.
  • Players should no longer experience delayed achievements and commendations from in-game actions.
    During last week’s maintenance window we made improvements to our servers and services which should have resolved both of the above issues. If you are still encountering the above two issues, please log a Support Ticket so we can investigate this further.
  • Resolved issue that sometimes showed riddle landmarks as glowing rocks.
  • Resolved an issue on Old Faithful Isle which could have prevented players from completing riddle voyages.
  • Bounty Captains and Crew will no longer have their names mixed up.
  • Gunpowder Barrels will no longer cause two explosions if detonated when being held by a player.
  • Loaded cannons will no longer intermittently appear unloaded when returning to the ship.
  • Starting Merchant voyages back to back will no longer prevent the reminder to collect crates from appearing.
  • When playing on wide monitors the settings menu UI will no longer have clipping issues.
  • Being on an Order of Souls voyage no longer causes fewer ambient skeletons to spawn.
  • Cannonball, wooden plank and banana crates no longer always spawn empty.
  • Restarting the game will no longer reset the frame rate lock option.
  • Fixed a collision issue on Thieves’ Haven.
  • Equipping the Seadog Hull on a sloop will now match the preview image.
  • Muting all other crews will no longer mute your own crew.
  • The floor texture of the crows nest on the galleon now appears correctly.
  • Resolved a shader issue caused the balcony outside the Captain’s Cabin on the galleon to appear incorrectly.
  • There is no longer a gap between a characters head and the Imperial Sovereign Hat when it is equipped.
  • Restored missing 90 fps frame rate lock option.

Performance Improvements

  • Frame rates will now be more consistent during ship battles, sword fights and Kraken encounters due to visual effect optimisations.
  • Latency has been improved in multiple-ship and skeleton heavy scenarios due to server optimisations.
  • Frame rates can now be locked to 100 FPS.
  • [PC Only] Fixed GPU driver hangs/crashes on certain graphics devices.
  • [PC Only] Resolved bug which triggered Copperbeard error when alt-tabbing.
  • Multiple server crash fixes.
    Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Known Issues

  • Some players cannot see their downloadable content in game.
    Once you redeem your code, here is a Support Article that shows you where to find your items in game. If you still cannot find your items in game, please raise a support ticket to log this issue.

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Realm Royale Heads to Open Beta Tomorrow

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Realm Royale, from Hi-Rez Studios, will drop it’s BETA on both Playstation and Xbox One tomorrow.

The battle royale based on the Paladins’ world and featuring the Paladins’ heroes, arrived in 2018 on PC, and it’s success pushed the title for a console release.

This is the first time the game will be available without the need of special invite codes.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Gameplay Preview

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New gameplay footage for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, which was announced back in 2015, has arrived.

Below, you can see up to 30 minutes of gameplay of the action-simulation that is now available on both Playstation and Xbox, and will arrive on PC on February 1st.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Modern Aiming Option

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A brand new update rolled out for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that arrived last week has added a “modern aiming” feature to the gameplay.

343 Industries implemented the feature along with a number of fixes and playlist additions.

Here are the full patch notes:

In our November update, we asked that between November 19-30, players help us deal with the Infection that took over MCC by playing the Flooded Campaign Playlist. Many players heard this call to action and with your help, the flood have been successfully driven back.  

FLOODED BY THE NUMBERS

  • Total number of players who played the ‘Flooded’ playlist between 11/19 and 11/30: 18,042
  • Total time played: Over 4 years and 4 months of game time
  • Friendworthy: 2,520 played with a friend

Player Mission Completions:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 16,997 players
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 14,041 players
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 12,057 players
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 10,783 players
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 10,320 players
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 10,006 players
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 9,669 players

Multiple play throughs:

  • ‘343 Guilty Spark’ (Mission 1): 654 players played multiple times
  • ‘The Library’ (Mission 2): 420 players played multiple times
  • ‘Quarantine Zone’ (Mission 3): 314 played multiple times
  • ‘Gravemind’ (Mission 4): 233 players played multiple times
  • ‘High Charity’ (Mission 5): 213 players played multiple times
  • ‘Flood Gate’ (Mission 6): 199 players played multiple times
  • ‘Cortana’ (Mission 7): 183 players played multiple times

Now that the flood has been handled, we can enjoy the snowy winter wonderland that has taken over our menus. The team is working on some additional special events and game takeovers for the future.

Back in December, we asked players to come play at least 12 matchmade games in the MCC Insider build prior to the holidays during the scheduled playtest times. Those who participated and played 12 complete games will receive their new Ugly Sweater Nameplate unlocks this week.

For everyone else, don’t fret – you can earn the Ugly Sweater Namplate! Anyone who played at least 12 complete matches during December will be granted the nameplate later this month. And, everyone who plays at least 12 complete matches in January, will receive the nameplate in early February. So, get out there and have some fun!

NEW FEATURE: “MODERN AIMING”

This feature is designed to help address feedback from some players that aim acceleration in MCC doesn’t “feel right.” The “modern aiming” option helps to smooth out the aim acceleration zones on your controller by using values that are more like H2A and H4 than the older legacy titles. The big difference you will notice is that the movement of your cursor is much smoother with these settings turned on and the aim acceleration zones in the diagonals are much harder to activate.

This new setting feels so good that it is turned on by default in the older titles. You can change this back to legacy via the Controller Settings menus.

NEW SKULLS FOR HALO: CE

Ramp up the challenge and further customize your Halo: CE Campaign experience with the addition of eight more skulls!

  • Anger – Enemies and allies fire their weapons faster and more frequently.
  • Bandana – Fixed a bug with this skull so now energy-based weapons have infinite ammo as well.
  • Catch – Enemies throw and drop more grenades.
  • Ghost – A.I. characters will not flinch from attacks, melee or otherwise.
  • Sputnik – the Mass of objects is decreased, making them more easily displaced
  • That’s Just Wrong – Strengthens the hearing of both allies and enemies. They will now notice the slightest sound of reloading or drawing a weapon, footsteps, etc. A.I. also have increased accuracy.
  • Thunderstorm – Field Promotions to the ranks of all A.I. characters so they are more difficult to fight, smarter, and more dangerous.
  • Tough Luck – Enemies always go berserk, always dive out of the way, and never flee.

PLAYLIST UPDATES

Along with today’s update, we are also making some changes inside of Social Matchmaking. We would like to welcome our latest rotational playlist to the lineup: “Super Duper Fiesta!” This preset includes a mix of Fiesta variants across H2C, H3, H4, and H2A. This will be replacing the “Team Action Sack” option for the time being (don’t fret Action Sack fans, it’s a temporary refresh). To play Super Duper Fiesta, go to “Social Games” and you’ll find it in the “GAME PRESET” option – note that it’s using the Action Sack icon but the description displays “SUPER DUPER FIESTA!”

We are also moving some of the game types that were in Action Sack to new homes. Full details below.

Match Composer Settings Changes:

  • Removed Action Sack and replaced with Super Duper Fiesta!
  • [4v4] Added a Super Duper Fiesta! Game preset.
  • [4v4] [H2, H2A, H3, H4] Added Super Duper Fiesta! Entries.
  • [8v8] [H3, H4] Moved BTB Heavies entries from Action Sack to Slayer at low weighting
  • [8v8] [H4] Moved Dominion entries from Action Sack to King of the Hill.

With today’s update, Jan. 16, there’s only one notable change to the Matchmaking playlists – H3 Hardcore Team Doubles is being removed for now since the tournaments that relied on it are now complete and engagement has slowed. 

MCC has also received several adjustments to Matchmaking Playlists over the past few weeks (all based on player feedback!). For details on all of the most recent playlist changes, please check out these posts on the official MCC Support Trello Board:

BUG FIXES

Here are the key bug fixes included in the January update:

Global

  • Cleansed the Flood infection from the main menu
  • Added error handling to prevent users from joining each other from different versions of the game
  • Fixed an issue where players could not enter gameplay using custom map or game variants in offline LAN
  • Fixed an issue where menu music volume slider changes were not respected while in a squad
  • Fixed some navigation inconsistencies in the main menu
  • Fixed an issue where the descriptions for some campaign killstreak medals were inaccurate in the medal chest

Halo: CE

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in inconsistent hit detection against players with poor connections
  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 2

  • Fixed an issue where the Bandana skull did not grant infinite ammo to energy weapons in Campaign

Halo 3

  • Fixed an issue where the Shade Turret was not appropriately displayed as the tool of destruction in the post-game carnage report

ODST

  • Improved messaging around which playlists support co-op play

Forge & Films

  • Fixed an issue where incorrect file sizes were being displayed for films
  • Fixed an issue where the character limit for map variant names was displayed inaccurately in Halo 3
  • Fixed an issue where players were forced to re-enter a map variant name after inputting an invalid description

KNOWN ISSUES

Below are a handful of known issues that the team is aware of with the January update. Each of these issues is on the radar so no need to sound the alarm when providing feedback. These issues were initially messaged back in early December, so hopefully players have had adequate notice and time to plan accordingly. 

Campaign Checkpoint Loss – Halo: Combat Evolved & Halo 3
Due to work being done in the campaigns for both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3, the mid-mission checkpoints for both HCE and H3 will be invalidated upon the installation of the January update. Please complete them prior to installing the patch or you will lose the checkpoint progress.

Spartan Ops mission completion badges missing
The team has found a bug in this update that causes Spartan Ops mission completion badges to not appear if they were earned in a previous version of the game (prior to the current updated build) or after the title is relaunched after they have been earned. The stats are being tracked appropriately and badges are awarded, but it’s just that they aren’t visibly appearing at this time. We are looking into a fix for this but wanted to inform players as this bug will be is in the January update.

Career Stats

In this build certain career stats may appear temporarily blank or not populate without first navigating to another stats page.

Campaign Playlist Progression Achievements

We have been investigating Achievement related queries players have been discussing in the MCC support forums for a while and have found an issue that is present with this update. Currently the ODST, Halo 4, and Halo 2 Campaign Playlists will not grant Achievements correctly when the playlist is started in a previous build, a player takes a new update, and then completes the Campaign Playlist on the updated build. We are investigating solutions for this currently.

As a reminder, bookmark the MCC Support Page on Trello for the latest known issues and overall MCC development status.

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