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Shawn Layden Says Sony is “Open for Business” on Cross-platform Gameplay, Dev Denies Claim

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Shawn Layden, the head of Sony’s worldwide studios, has commented on the subject of cross-platform play and Playstation’s reluctance to work with others to make it happen.

Amid pressure from fans for Sony to follow Nintendo and Microsoft and change policy in regards to cross-platform play, Layden states that Sony is “open for business.”

“The whole concept of cross-play, or the movement behind it, whatever you want to call it, really got big in our rear-view mirror super-fast” Layden said, in an interview with Game Informer. “

There’s something back there, and things are closer than they appear, and there it was.

But I think we learned, from the feedback from our fans, that it was important. And it wasn’t just important to a vocal minority. Though, if you look at any of the numbers of the actual cross-play population? That Venn diagram isn’t too big. Even the fans who weren’t personally going to participate in a cross-play activity across different hardware pieces, just felt that it was kind of tone-deaf of PlayStation.”

Fans have seen what Sony has done in regards to Fortnite and Rocket League, and claim the company is being selective when it comes to cross-play capabilities.

“People keep saying, ‘Why doesn’t Sony allow more people to have it?’ We’re open for business on this one” Layden said.

“All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works.

“I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well.”

Layden’s comments elicited a response from the CEO of Chucklefish, who shared his own experience with Sony and their cross-platform process.

“We made many requests for crossplay (both through our account manager and directly with higher ups) all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen”, the statement read on ResetEra.

“From our side, we can literally toggle a switch and have it working. Of course policy work might be more complicated for Sony.

“Just wanted to provide some balance on the issue and say that it certainly isn’t a question of developers having not contacted their account managers or having dropped the ball. We were told no.”

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Apex Legends’ Second Patch Arrives

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The second patch for Apex Legends has officially arrived, and is now available across all platforms.

The path mainly fixes a number of bugs, but is specifically focused on addressing crashes experienced by players on Playstation 4.

PS4

  • Addresses issues we saw with GPU hangs.
  • Fixed crash when pressing button early in load process.

All platforms

  • Fixed issue where players would sometimes move slowly after revive.
  • Fixed issue with Mirage Ability causing crashes.
  • Fixed issue with Gibraltar Epic skins on Xbox One causing crashes

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Fortnite v7.40 Update Brings Driftboards, Driftin’ LTM, Catch LTM

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The pressure is on for Fortnite, who only a few short weeks ago had no true rival, especially on Twitch streams, but with the immense popularity of Apex Legends, Fortnite is losing players rapidly.

So, it will be interesting to see how Fortnite evolves moving forward as they attempt to re-take the crown.

A brand new update, v7.40 may help woo some players back to the game. Here is what is in store:

Battle Royale

Driftboard – Limited Time Item

Join the battle in style riding the Driftboard! Fire at enemies, pull off tricks, and boost towards victory using this limited time item.
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LTM: Driftin’

Gear up and grab a Driftboard from a Red Supply Drop, meet up with your team, then race to eliminate the enemies. Last team standing wins!

  • Two teams of 32 players.
  • All Chests and Ammo Boxes have been removed.
  • Red Supply Drops fall all over the map, each containing a Driftboard, weapons, and ammo.
  • Health and Shields slowly regenerate when riding on a Driftboard.

LTM: Catch!

In this mode, all guns have been removed. The only weapons are grenades and other items that can be thrown or tossed. Get in there and throw the enemies back to the lobby!

  • Available grenades/items:
  • Smoke Grenades
  • Clingers
  • Remote Explosives
  • Port-a-Forts
  • Impulse Grenades
  • Shockwave Grenades
  • Chest spawns and Floor Spawns set to 100.
  • Can only get consumables out of Chests, Floor Loot, and Supply Drops.
  • Increase Supply Drops throughout the game.
  • Faster circle times.
  • Increased drop stack counts.

Weapons and items

  • Driftboard
  • Use weapons or consumables as you ride the slopes. Boost past the competition with electrifying speed. Loot and revive downed allies. All without ever getting off the Driftboard!
  • Building is not possible while on the Driftboard.
  • Can be found scattered all around the map.

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Weapons and items

  • Driftboard
  • Use weapons or consumables as you ride the slopes. Boost past the competition with electrifying speed. Loot and revive downed allies. All without ever getting off the Driftboard!
  • Building is not possible while on the Driftboard.
  • Copy & paste with the Phone build tool while on the Driftboard
  • Can be placed through the Device tab
  • Infantry Rifle
  • Available in Common, Uncommon and Rare variants.
  • Deals 41, 43, 45 damage. 2x headshot multiplier.
  • Can be found from Floor Loot, Chests, and Vending Machines.
  • Uses Medium Ammo.
  • Fires quick-moving projectiles without damage falloff.
  • Returned Glider Redeploy to the Consumable tab in the Creative Inventory.

Save the World

Frostnite Challenge 8 – Final Frost

This week, we’ve combined some of the previous Frostnite Challenges into one… Do you have what it takes to prevail?
Missions and systems

  • Frostnite Weekly Challenge 8: Final Frost
  • Combines a bunch of Frostnite’s previous challenges!
  • Combines the following challenges: Slip Out, New Wave Holiday, Cold Chaos, Uncharted Territory, and Top It Off.
  • Available on February 20 at 7 PM Eastern Time
  • Rewards:
  • Weekly Banner 8
  • Lunar Hero Choice
  • Thunderstrike Scorch
  • Riot Control Hazard
  • Berserker Headhunter
  • Flash Eagle Eye
  • 1500 Gold

Weapons and items

  • Driftboard
  • The Driftboard is a new mobility item that can be found in most zones throughout the World.
  • Explore the world.. in style!
  • Reach new heights with increased jumping potential.
  • Ability to perform tricks while making jumps.
  • Quickly dash to the objective with the boost ability.
  • Dragonfire Shotgun is returning to the Weekly Store
  • A slow firing automatic shotgun that deals fire damage in a wide, but short range.
  • Available from February 20 at 7 PM Eastern Time until February 27 at 7 PM Eastern Time

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Bringing in Loot Boxes

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With the brand new DLC, Operation Grand Heist, not only are there a number of changes implemented, but the arrival of loot boxes is also of note.

Loot Boxes, now called Cases, comes with the arrival of the content update, and Treyarch has outlined what cases are all about.

The Black Market evolves with the return of Blackjack, the mercenary trader specializing in contraband gear. Blackjack brings a ton of awesome new gear along with three new additions to the Black Market –Cases, My Deals, and Inventory.

Here are some highlights from the new content coming to the newly revamped Black Market throughout Operation Grand Heist:

  • 100 Tiers: Preview the entire Contraband stream of Operation Grand Heist from Tiers 1-100 on day one, including all-new weapons, Specialist outfits, a new Blackout character, and more.
  • New Specialist: Outrider is available at Tier 1 of Operation Grand Heist, which unlocks her for use in Multiplayer and Blackout.
  • New Blackout Characters: Keep an eye out for iconic new Blackout Characters, including Misty from the Black Ops II Zombies crew,and Brutus, the undead warden from “Blood of the Dead”.
  • New Contraband Weapons: Expand your loadout by earning the Switchblade X9 SMG, Rampage full-auto shotgun, and the Cha-Ching! money bag melee weapon during Operation Grand Heist. More weaponry will also become available as the Operation continues through April 2019.
  • New Signature Weapons: New Signature Weapons will now be available in Blackjack’s Reserves, and will provide a bonus +25% XP boost per kill while using the Signature (“MKII”) version of any gun.
  • New Reactive Camos: Deck out some of your favorite weapons, including the Maddox RFB and VAPR-XKG, with weapon-specific Reactive Camos that change based on your actions during a match. You’ll also be able to equip these on guns that have the Gold Mastery Camo unlocked.
  • New Outfits: New Epic Outfits for multiple Specialists let you choose a side: cops or robbers? Some Outfits are available from day 1 in the Contraband stream, and others will release throughout the Operation in the Black Market.
  • New Blackout Jump Packs: All-new Jump Packs hold a matching wingsuit, parachute, and contrail effect to customize your look and let you hot drop in style.
  • Blackjack’s Reserves: New Reserve items include playable zombie Blackout characters, Vacation Hudson sporting a Hawaiian shirt and tie, Mastercrafts for the KN-57 and Outlaw, and much more. Items from Reserves in past Operations will be available in Blackjack’s Reserves, including the Mozu Replicant and SG12 Boombox Mastercrafts. Additionally, Cases containing Blackjack Reserves can be earned by playing Multiplayer or Blackout, or they can be acquired in the Black Market.

Players get more access to more content with Operation Grand Heist, with an even larger selection of Reserves to earn during this Operation. Blackjack’s Shop has also been streamlined, combining Special Orders and Item Shop into one location in addition to personalized offers for every player in the new My Deals section. Blackjack’s Shop will of course continue to refresh with new content, and players will be able to utilize the new Inventory tab to keep track of all their goods.

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