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Battlefield 1’s Summer Update Has Arrived

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The Battlefield 1 Summer Update has officially arrived and the game now has Xbox One X support, 4K resolutions, and HDR colors.

Also included,

Match experience

  • Improved loading times going into the soldier customization screen and reduced occurrence of disconnects when trying to join a server.
  • Fixed an issue with map vote results not being respected, if an RSP map rotation changed whilst in progress.
  • Fixed issue with squad boost sometimes counting down during pre-round phase.
  • Reinforced the result of the map vote when the game server is migrating to a different host due to maintenance.
  • Fixed an issue where players in a queue were blocked from joining a match, behind a player that was waiting for a space to open on a specific team (as a result of join on party or friend).

Maps and modes

  • Rebalanced Shock Operations on Lupkow Pass, Zeebrugge, and Prise de Tahure.

-Lupkow Pass

  • The goal is to make the first sector a little easier and to reduce the impact of the Behemoth.
  • The first sector boundary has been adjusted to:
  • Prevent Defenders from using the rocks on the edges of the boundary to snipe Attackers.
  • Prevent Defenders from using the slope at the edge of the boundary to harass Attackers.
  • Removed 1 Defender plane from Sectors 2 and 3 to prevent air superiority for Defenders during tough Attacker sectors.
  • Removed the single Defender cavalry unit from Sector 1 to prevent cavalry runs out of bounds to harass Attackers.
  • Removed the Airship L30 Behemoth from Sectors 2, 3 and 4. The Behemoth remains for the first sector, but between defender planes, AA guns, Burton LMRs and AA rocket guns, this Behemoth shouldn’t be so consistently dominant.
  • Elite kits have been offered as a comeback assist in Sectors 2, 3, and 4, repurposing some of the existing kits to be used as comeback kits for Attackers.

-Zeebrugge

  • The goal here is to help the Attackers during the first sector as much as possible.
  • Sector 1 has had its bounds adjusted to prevent Defender access to the lighthouse; the Attacker HQ now includes the lighthouse and part of the mole.
  • The Attacker Elite Infiltrator kit has been moved into the lighthouse base. A Flame Trooper has been added there as well, to allow for Attackers to more aggressively push and hold flags in the first sector.
  • The A flag capture area has been slightly adjusted to make swimming captures a little more viable.
  • Defender planes now respawn a bit slower than the Attacker planes.
  • Defenders now only get their second plane when the Attackers reach sector 3, as opposed to sector 2.
  • Defenders can no longer use boats in Sector 4 to harass Attackers.

-Prise de Tahure

  • It was found that Attackers on the final sector could steal Defender kits and Defenders could steal Attacker “comeback” kits, so that has also been addressed.

Weapons, gadgets and vehicles

  • M1903 Experimental now has an alternative fire mode.
  • Fixed an issue where vehicle laid Anti-Tank Mines would have difficulty detecting vehicles.
  • Adjusted the reload time of the C96 pistol when loading single bullets to better match its animation.

Gameplay

  • Fixed instances where players could grief teammates using shell type weaponry such as mortars and AA guns.
  • Friendly flares will now display their spotting radius to teammates, allowing for better coordination between recon players.
  • Fixed issue where damage that resulted in score < 0.5 wasn’t messaged to players. Score < 0.5 from damage is now rounded up, granting at least 1 point of score.

UI/UX

  • Added gameplay options for adjusting color and visibility of the lens sight reticle.
  • Added gameplay options to show compass bearing numbers on the mini-map and the big map.
  • Added video options for adjusting the screen safe are width and height on PC (Xbox One and PlayStation 4 already have those).
  • Moved the objective world icon names from below the world icons to above those to reduce UI clutter and obstruction of the player view over soldiers near the objectives.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the visibility of the 3D objective and soldier names separate from the icons.
  • The world icon customization gameplay options now work in spectator mode too.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the crosshair size and the hit indicator size.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the visibility of the receiving damage HUD panel.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the size and visibility of some HUD elements: scoring messages, kill log messages, chat log, game mode info panel, squad list panel, vehicle seat layout, vehicle passenger list panel, player info panel, misc HUD elements
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Google Launches One Final Stadia Game

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Worm Game

Google has launched one final game for the Stadia console as a “goodbye” ahead of it’s official shutdown this year.

The game is “Worm Game” which Google says was “a humble title we used to test many of Stadia’s features, starting well before our 2019 public launch, right through 2022” and adding “It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team spent a LOT of time playing it, and we thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for playing, and for everything.”

The game is quite simple as players will be tasked with controlling a worm as it tried to eat fruit that appears on screen. As the fruit is eaten, the worm gets bigger, which is a lot like the retro game ‘Snake’, but with a lot more to it.

Enjoy.

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The Division 2 Now Available on Steam

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Steam players will now be able to get their hands on ‘The Division 2’ which is now officially available now that its exclusivity period with the Epic and the Ubisoft stores has ended, and advanced editions are also available and on sale.

The Division 2 standard edition is available for $9 while the Warlords and New York editions are also on sale as well.

However, there is a caveat with getting the game on Steam as it doesn’t feature Steam achievements, and The Division 2 requires the Ubisoft Connect launcher.

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Playstation Plus Premium, Extra Games for January

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Sony has officially announced the slate of games that will be available for Playstation Plus (including Extra and Premium) for the month of January, and those titles are set to make their arrival on Tuesday, January 17th.

For those members of Playstation Plus Extra and Premium, you can expect titles such as Back 4 Blood for the Playstation 5, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Jett: The Far Shore, and Just Cause 4: Reloaded, which will all be available for the Playstation 4 and the Playstation 5.

Playstation 4 games include the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Life is Strange, with Omno and Erica also scheduled to arrive.

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