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Battlefield 5 Launching New Co-Op Mode, New Patch

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Battlefield 5 officially launches the third Lightning Strikes update and a new co-op mode, called Combined Arms, during tomorrow’s update.

DICE has promised that details will be made available leading up to the launch, but below is the information that has been provided thus far.

General

  • Made several improvements to vaultable object detection.
  • It’s no longer possible to danger ping a vehicle through smoke.

Netcode

  • Added a new system that will ensure consistency between TTK and TTD regardless of the network performance issues encountered by players. With this change, the damage sequence from first bullet to last bullet hit will always properly be paced over time and will avoid bundling of damage (super-bullets).
  • Increased the amount of damage updates that can happen in a single packet to ensure the damage is sent to the player as fast as possible and avoid very delayed damage from weapons like shotguns.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the client to receive an incorrect amount of damage that would get corrected by the server shortly after.
  • Fixed an issue where the player’s health would wrongly update due to incorrect high frequency prioritisation.
  • Fixed an issue where players could still take bullet damage for too long from a player that was recently killed, especially if that player had high latency.
  • When a player is confirmed killed on the server, damage from that player will be rejected. This will not affect grenades, rockets and other projectiles that are not bullets.
  • Improved the visual replication of projectiles for a more consistent directional damage feedback and to increase the accuracy of directional hit indicators.

UI/UX

  • Fixed the estimated times duration to be more accurate on the multiplayer mode selection screens.
  • The indicator that shows when a player needs a health pack from a Medic will no longer show if the player already is in the process of healing up.
  • When a squad leader with a squad tries to join a full server and ends up in the server queue, the squad will now follow the squad leader if they choose to leave the queue and join another server.
  • Changing characters will no longer change the equipped cosmetic items but will stay the same as the user has selected.

Weapons and gadgets

  • Slightly reduced the splash damage of the PIAT against infantry, especially at close ranges.
  • Greatly improved the detection of areas where players are allowed to deploy Spawn Beacons.
  • Fixed an issue when using an ammo pouch which could result in the animation showing a health pouch instead or vice versa.
  • Increased the burn time of the flares dropped by airplanes and launched by tanks to be equal to the Recon’s spotting flare.

Vehicles

  • Increased the velocity and drag of all tank shells. Shells should now travel faster in short encounters but have similar ballistic curves and velocity at distance. This makes tank fights at mid range feel more powerful and immediate, without enabling tank sniping at long range. Additionally, this creates a larger gap between HE and AP shell ballistics, making AP shells easier to aim at longer ranges.
  • Increased the armour value of heavy tanks by 25% against tank cannons.
  • Increased the damage values of all armour-piercing Specialized shells by 30%. These shells rely on hits from good angles far more than the basic HE shells. Their damage values were too low to compensate for the angle damage, making them less effective than HE shells in many situations. AP shells should now be a better choice than HE shells when fighting tanks and making good shots, but a worse choice if the angle of attack is poor.
  • Increased the damage of all tank shells versus infantry by 12%.
  • The Blenheim Mk IF and Stuka B-1 now properly use “flight zoom radius” settings for the minimap.
  • Fixed an issue with the Flakpanzer AA which caused it to deal an unintended amount of damage to airplanes when using the default four-barrel gun.
  • The Blenheim MK IF and Blenheim MK1 are again able to get more ammo when flying through the reload checkpoint for their primary weapon.
  • The Churchill Mk 7 Tank now takes damage as intended when getting hit on the front sides and rear.

PC-specific

  • This update includes further optimisations to DXR ray tracing performance and introduces Nvidia DLSS to Battlefield 5.

Balance

-Shotgun Slugs

  • Increased two-hit kill range to 30 m (was 25 m) and increased one headshot kill range to 50 m (was 35 m) when using the Solid Slug Specialization.

-KE7

  • Increased initial vertical recoil to 0.7 (was 0.65), decreasing to 0.52 (was 0.5) after four shots.
  • Increased horizontal recoil to 0.48 (was 0.45).
  • Changed recoil pattern. The KE7 was still slightly too controllable for its rate of fire, so we increased recoil across the board.

-Turner SMLE

  • Reduced maximum damage to 40 (was 45).

-M1944

  • Reduced maximum damage to 40 (was 45).
  • Reduced range at which one head and one body shot is lethal to 30 m (was 35 m).

-Gewehr 1-5

  • Reduced maximum damage to 36 (was 40).
  • Reduced range at which one head and one body shot is lethal to 10 m (was 30 m).

-Zk-383

  • Increased horizontal recoil to 0.765 (was 0.68) when using the Light Bolt Specialization. With the increased rate of fire, the Zk-383 was a bit too accurate compared to the M1928A1 considering the flexibility from being able to use the bipod.

-Bayonet

  • Removed damage reduction during bayonet charge, and added a 1.3 sprint speed multiplier.

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PUBG Patch 4.2 Rolls Out

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PUBG has rolled out a new patch, patch 4.2, and with it comes a number of small features that have been on the wishlists of many of their dedicated players for a long time.

You can find the full patch notes below, courtesy of their official post.

PUBG PATCH 4.2 NOTES

GAMEPLAY

Vehicle Handling Improvements

  • Improved vehicle handling of the Scooter, Snowmobile, Snowbike and Motorcycle with Sidecar, thus improving overall driving stability.

Motorcycle with Sidecar off-road driving control and stability has been greatly improved.

Altered Blue Zone Edge Visual Effect

  • To improve the gameplay experience, the rolling shimmer effect seen while at the edge of the Blue Zone will no-longer be seen at the center of the screen where the player is aiming.

Improved Visibility of Reticles Against Bright Backgrounds

  • Visibility of all sight and scope reticles against bright backgrounds (such as Vikendi snowfields) has been slightly improved.

Throwables Friction Adjustment

Adjusted the friction force of throwables to make rolling movement more consistent and predictable.

Friction force has been increased to slow rolling speed and cause them to roll a shorter distance after impacting surfaces.

  • Stun Grenades & Frag Grenades

Friction force has been decreased to speed up the rolling speed and increase distance they can travel after impacting surfaces.

Vehicle Engine Toggle

  • Vehicle engines can now be turned off/on by pressing ‘Z’.

The engine can be turned off while driving, after gaining momentum and can be used for quiet, tactical maneuvers.

Once the engine is off, pressing ‘W’ to accelerate or ‘Z’ will start the engine again.

Vehicle engines will automatically be turned off if the vehicle stays at a standstill for 8 seconds, or 2 seconds after the driver disembarks.

Sound QoL Improvements

  • Added master volume preview
  • The master volume can now be previewed while in the menu, to better allow users to set their preferred maximum volume level.

This can be founder under Settings – Audio – Sound – Master volume and by clicking on the ‘play’ button.

  • Added Instant Volume Reducer

This new feature temporary decreases the volume of games sound effects to facilitate more clear communication with teammates.

Use ‘F7’ to reduce game master volume, while maintaining the volume of voice chat.

Use ‘F7’ key again to return to the original volume


WORLD

Overcast Weather added to Erangel

  • When a match starts with overcast weather on Erangel, the weather will change dynamically over the course of the match between overcast, windy, hail, light rain, heavy rain (rain with lightning and thunder), and fog.

Destructible Objects on Erangel

  • Additional destructible pylons and barricades have been added to Erangel. They can be destroyed by vehicles, weapons and explosions, but do provide a limited amount of cover until they are destroyed.

Some existing objects which were previously indestructible are now destructible, such as the traffic cones in Mylta.

Vikendi Ambient Noise Adjustment

  • Volume of Vikendi’s ambient wind noise has been reduced.

Removal of PUBG Esports Signage

  • As MET Asia Series and PUBG Nations Cup have now concluded, in-game signage across various maps and the starting plane has been removed.

UI/UX

In-game HUD Improvements

  • Helmet and vest health is now better visualized on the UI, along with Backpack capacity.
  • Weapon firing mode is now represented visually by icons, instead of text.
  • To reduce unnecessary clutter, certain HUD and UI elements are no-longer displayed when waiting to start a match.
  • Game version number, server identifier and other information is now located beneath the minimap, instead of the HP bar.

Store UI Improvement

  • BP purchasable items are now marked with a BP icon in Store to better differentiate BP and cash items.

PERFORMANCE

  • Made performance improvements to mitigate client hitching/stuttering in certain situations.

CUSTOM MATCH

  • Added Erangel Visual Update option to Custom Matches

Erangel Visual Update will be called “Erangel” and the previous version will be called “Erangel Classic”.

All game modes will be playable on both Erangel variants.

  • Team leaderboard UI seen in observer mode has been changed to allow 4 character team tags (previously 3).

REPLAY

  • The replay system has been updated. Replay files from previous updates are now unavailable for use.

SKINS & ITEMS

New skins are available at in-game Store once PC Update 4.2 hits live servers.

  • New BP purchasable items

Vector & SLR BattleStat skins

2 Madsy Shoes

  • Twitch Broadcaster Royale Group 9 skins

More information will be released via an official announcement for Group 9 of Twitch Broadcaster Royale skins will be released after Update #4.2 arrives on live servers

  • Added Regional Esports Baseball Bat skins in celebration of 2019 Phase 3 of PUBG Esports.
  • Added Rabbit Season Set items, which can be found in the Featured Page of the in-game Store.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue where other players would appear to enter the ground temporarily when the network environment is poor.
  • Fixed an issue in which throwables appear to shake or display incorrectly when the network environment is poor.
  • Fixed an issue where throwables would roll a longer than intended distance on slopes.
  • Fixed an issue when walking backwards against the corner of objects, you couldn’t hear your own footsteps, although they were audible by other players.
  • Fixed an issue where the item use sound was not audible when using an Adrenaline Syringe or Med kit with the -KoreanRating launch option.
  • Fixed an issue where First aid kit, Adrenaline Syringe and Energy drink could sometimes not be heard from while in spectator view.
  • Fixed an issue where Aqua Rail’s speed while reversing was almost same as when moving forward.
  • Fixed an issue where constant collision noises could be heard when a vehicle was stationary against an object or terrain.
  • Fixed an issue where vehicles can jitter and start rolling slowly while parked on an angled slope.
  • Fixed an issue where weapon scope zoom was reset after performing specific actions.
  • Fixed an issue where character animations are skewed when using an emote while affected by a Molotov.
  • Fixed an issue where dropping weapons could only be heard by the player dropping the weapon.
  • Fixed an issue where a faintly cross-shaped line was visible when the Holographic Sight reticle is set to max brightness.
  • Fixed an issue where the BRDM-2 can sometimes sink if landing in water from the parachute.
  • Fixed an issue where an active boost gauge would display when the UI was disabled.
  • Fixed an issue where a placed marker’s location would change on the compass in some cases after opening the map and inventory in sequence.
  • Fixed an issue where the Canted Sight binding would reset if set to alt + mouse wheel.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect player name would display when spectating a disconnected player.
  • Fixed an issue where raindrops could pass through certain vehicle roofs.
  • Fixed an issue where character head models are not shown in replay or spectator when players enter the motorbike sidecar seat.
  • Fixed an issue where footsteps could in some situations be heard intermittently from dead players.
  • Fixed an issue where the key guide text was shown when spectating after dying in a squad match
  • Fixed an issue where throwables couldn’t be directly picked up and equipped in the item slot when the backpack was full.
  • Fixed an issue where the healing amount while using multiple bandages with the auto-bandage feature was less than if using them individually.
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Bubble Bobble Sequel Adds Four-Player Co-Op to Nintendo Switch

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A brand new entry into the classic Bubble Bobble franchise is on it’s way when Bubble Bobble 4 Friends officially launches in Europe on November 19th.

If you’re based in North America, the game will arrive within the first three months of 2020, and the game is entirely exclusive to Nintendo Switch.

Take a look at the official trailer for the new game:

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Take A Look at Doom Eternal’s 2v1 Battlemode

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Doom Eternal’s new Battlemode is the highly anticipated 2v1 multiplayer mode that will give you 6 arenas to choose from, along with five different demons to play.

Doom Eternal officially arrives on November 22nd for PC, Xbox One, Switch and Playstation, and you can take a glimpse into Battlemode via the video below.

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