Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: everything we know so far

The shinobi with his lord behind him, faces off against the commander on a moonlit field

Wild theories have surrounded the three words “Shadows die twice”. My personal favourite was that From Software’s new game was a return to the Tenchu series, since they own the rights. Turns out this was partially right, but only in the sense that it’s about ninjas. As Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki’s latest project, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the company’s return to feudal Japan. It’s fast become one of the most anticipated games shown at E3 2018 and it’s different from anything FromSoftware have developed since Demon’s Souls. So here’s everything we know so far on Sekiro, including snippets from what others have seen behind closed doors and clues from the shown footage.

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If you want any Cod Blops 4 DLC maps, you’ll need to buy the whole season pass

While many big multiplayer games are stepping away from paid DLC in favour of other ways to fund new content updates, Activision are doubling down on playerbase-splitting map packs. The publishers have revealed that Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s dozen post-launch maps will only be sold in the £30 season pass, not sold in separate packs too as in previous years (and certainly not free). It’s an all-or-nothing commitment. Which sucks. Given that this year’s game is more multiplayer-focused than ever, with no typical singleplayer campaign, that doublesucks. Read the rest of this entry »

From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice hitting PC

Dark Souls developers From Software have revealed their next game, a stab ’em up named Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, seemingly set in a supernatural version of feudal Japan. The game’s not due until 2019, and details are thin for now, so let’s skip right on to the trailer. Read the rest of this entry »

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has battle royale, no campaign

Battle royale is indeed coming to CoD in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, as had been rumoured, throwing together characters, weapons, and locations from across all the Blops – including the Zombies modes – in one big last-man-standing rumble. Activision today held their big reveal-o-rama event for this year’s face-shooter, see, blabbing all sorts of details. They also confirmed the rumour that Cod Blops 4 won’t have a traditional CoD story campaign. While it does have a few missions sprinkled around, the focus is on multiplayer, and I’m quite curious about how this will turn out. One unsurprising change: this time it’ll run on Blizzard’s Battle.net, not Steam. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2: Warmind unleashes frozen Hive on Mars today

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It’s Destiny expansion day! Destiny 2: Warmind, or more accurately ‘Destiny 2: Zombies but cold and on Mars’, comes out at 7pm BST today. It’s about heading to the red planet to stop the Hive from destroying a big old supercomputer, except Mars is all icy and the computer’s broken anyway. This is Destiny, so it’s also about collecting shiny guns which you can use to duff up other alien folk, this time in the form of a new wave survival mode.

It sounds dry, but *this is Destiny* – so the gunning will likely still leave me grinning even when it’s on the unimaginative side. A trailer and more details await below.

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Warmind, Destiny 2’s next DLC, involves aggressive debugging

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Bungie have finally unveiled the second expansion for their MMO-lite FPS Destiny 2. In Warmind, players are headed to Mars to meet up with a new cutscene-featured heroine named Ana Bray (see her in the fancy trailer within), and help her get an old computer back in working order. With guns. There may also be ancient undead transdimensional insect-people involved, so pack a can of bug spray or two.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 rumours: no campaign, and a battle royale mode

With a month to go until Activision start blabbing about Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, the last annual sequel in their mega-blockbuster shooter series, the rumour mill is filling in the space. According to whispers on the wind, Cod Blops 4 won’t have a traditional story campaign, scrapped because it wasn’t going to be ready in time for the October launch, and will instead focus on multiplayer and the cooperative Zombies mode. Other whispers say that the game will have a battle royale mode too. Activision reply that they “don’t comment on rumor and speculation.” Believe as much or as little as you please. Read the rest of this entry »

Warmind is Destiny 2’s second expansion, out May 8th

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I keep saying I’ll return to Destiny 2 in posts like this one, then reneging on that. For realsies though, this time I will: Bungie have let loose the name and date for the second expansion. It’s called Warmind, and you can start shooting at it on May 8th. Those are the only details we’re getting for now, though in non-expansion related news Bungie have another development roadmap for your eyeballs. Season 3 kicks off with the expansion and adds private matches to the Crucible. Season 4 starts in September, when Bungie say they’ll start toying around with randomised weapons.

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Destiny 2 ‘Go Fast’ update speeds things up today

Bungie will today give Destiny 2 a dose of vim and vigour in update 1.1.4, nicknamed the Go Fast Update. It brings a broad spread of changes aimed at making the game faster and making players feel more powerful, including increasing movement speed, reducing respawn times, and buffing weapons. More speed, more oomph.

“We have heard the feedback of ‘My guns don’t feel powerful enough, I don’t feel powerful enough’ and so we looked at everything,” sandbox design lead Josh Hamrick said in a dev video about the update. “We looked at the way you move, the way your Supers come back, and especially the way the weapons play.” Read the rest of this entry »

Crash Bandicoot remaster coming to PC in July

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Yes, the rumour bones already told us this last month. But now it’s confirmed. The recent remaster of the Crash Bandicoot games, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, is coming to PC in July. This was announced at yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, which is a TV show on the internet for people with Splatoon tattoos. It’s coming to the Switch as well, you see. And Xbox One. So I guess we’re not very special to Crash. Well, that’s fine. Fine. He’s not very special to us either. Read the rest of this entry »

Destiny 2 update roadmap promises Rumble’s return

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Will I go back to Destiny 2? It’s a question I’ve been pondering as I wrote the rest of this post, and I reckon Bunge’s overhaul to the Crucible in March will be enough to tempt me back for a spot of PVP. It’ll take rave reviews of the next expansion for me to sign back up for the shoot n’ loot loop, mind.

Bungie have updated their development roadmap from last month with a few revised dates for when certain changes will land, plus an announcement that a popular free-for-all multiplayer mode from Destiny the first is returning to the Crucible. Get ready to “Rumble”.

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Call of Duty: WW2 blasts free multiplayer trial weekend

I don’t understand how anyone can believe any first-person shooter series is improved by removing wallrunning and jetpacks, but apparently “historical accuracy” demanded Activision do that with Call of Duty: WW2. What rot! But if you do want to try zippy face-shooting with horrifying screams and no jetpacks, you can play CoD WoWa2’s multiplayer for free this weekend. A free trial kicked off last night, giving a free days to run on floors (not walls) and jump (not jumppack) around sodden and frozen battlefields. Might be fun to try, if you can download it in time. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumour: Crash Bandicoot coming to PC in remaster

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Get your posh pink Himalayan salt ready, for you will need at least one pinch of it. Crash Bandicoot miiiiiight be coming to PC, if the loose lips of a gift shop manager are to be trusted. The marsupial mascot of the early 2000s reappeared in the remastered N.Sane Trilogy on PlayStation 4 last year. Max Arguile, a manager of GB Eye (wholesalers of officially licensed posters and other gifts for games, movies and TV shows) was interviewed by a trade magazine and he said these words:

“The new game was a huge success at retail with no marketing spend,” he said. “Next year it will be going broader (Switch and PC)…” Read the rest of this entry »

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth out this summer

You can tell Blizzard are based in California because they see summer as something to escape from, a cruel and terrible season where people need something big to occupy themselves in the air-conditioned indoors. We can tell this because Blizzard have announced plans to release the next World of Warcraft expansion, Battle for Azeroth, sometime this summer. O dreaded summer, when temperatures in Irvine, California can reach temperatures of 29C and it does not rain a t a l l. A perilous season to avoid however possible. Best to retreat to cyberspace and wage virtuawar. Read the rest of this entry »

Bungie outline 2018 plans to salve Destiny 2’s wounds

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It feels like public opinion on Destiny 2 plunged headlong off a cliff in the final two months of 2017. While fundamentally solid, the loot-heavy FPS’s brief first expansion left many dissatisfied, and controversies over XP-throttling and Bungie’s seeming obsession with pushing loot crates as the primary means of character customization left many with less-than-kind things to say about the game.

In an attempt to head the worst of the PR off at the pass, Bungie released a broad development road-map this week, detailing their plans for new content and reworking of existing systems from here until late 2018. I attempted to decipher some of it for those not already neck-deep in weird immortal space-knight lore.

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None shall stand – Transformers games removed from Steam as Hasbro/Activision deal expires

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Oh, how it pains me to say this. If you felt you could have waited an eternity to get around to playing Fall of Cybertron, War For Cybertron or Devastation, that trypticon of broadly well-received, Activision-published Transformers third-person shooters, I’ve got bad news.

Here’s a hint: they’ve been removed from Steam, plus all other digital marketplaces – as have subsequent and worse sequels. This is bad comedy.
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Call of Duty: WWII gets new maps in Resistance DLC

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You know what I love about the winter holidays? Shooting people in various 20th century European locales. If you too enjoy sending small chunks of metal through the air at high velocity towards a fellow human being’s vital organs, perhaps you will like the upcoming DLC for Call of Duty: WWII. It’s called Resistance and has three new multiplayer maps, a new mission for “war mode” and another chapter for the daft Nazi zombies mode. Inspect the liver-puncturing possibilities in the trailer below. Read the rest of this entry »

Bungie admit their “plans aren’t working” and address endgame Destiny 2 content lockout

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The Curse of Osiris expansion for Destiny 2 is a mixed bag. I enjoyed the two hour campaign and a brief waddle around the piddly new area, but it’s a meagre offering for the money you have to put down. It’s understandable that some players might want to give it a miss, which makes it all the worse that people who didn’t buy the expansion found that they no longer had access to certain endgame activities.

The devs have written a blog post where they apologise for excluding those players, and promise to fix their mistakes in a hotfix later today. Their solutions, however, aren’t likely to please everyone.

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Destiny 2’s December plans include Masterwork weapons and an economic overhaul

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It’s been a tumultuous time for Destiny 2 lately, what with the XP scaling fracas, free trial launch and more. On top of all of that, the first piece of DLC for it – Curse of Osiris – is due for release on December 5th. As the FPS-with-MMO-gubbins officially moves into its second ‘season’ of content and updates, Bungie decided to skip out on a pre-launch livestream to promote the Curse of Osiris expansion in favour of sharing a lengthy roadmap blog post, detailing their plans for the next few weeks.

In summary: Bungie giveth grind, and they taketh grind away.

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Destiny 2 gets an alien-smiting free trial today

Your annoying friend who tells jokes non-stop but is only funny 10% of the time but that's enough to encourage them to keep making jokes so they never grow as a person oh no it's me

Explosive numbers-go-up shooter Destiny 2 is getting a free demo this week, says Bungie. Starting today, the trial will let players begin the story campaign and bullet-hose other gunfolk to death in the multiplayer Crucible. I don’t know how long this will go on for, but probably long enough for you to experience one or both of the following:

a) a general sense of excitement and fun

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