Daily Archives January 7, 2017

Gears of War 4 Patch Notes Cover Quitting Penalties, New Maps, and More

A new patch for Gears of War 4 is coming out tomorrow, January 10, Microsoft has announced. As detailed in this forum post from developer The Coalition, the patch is slated to arrive tomorrow at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. There may be some “disruption” starting at 9 AM PT as the patch rolls out.

Gears of War 4 Patch Notes Cover Quitting Penalties, New Maps, and More

As for what the patch adds, players can expect two new maps (there was no mention of which ones are coming), as well as the Gear Pack Season 2 content. This comes with “hundreds” of new cards. One important note is that the new Series 2 content will be available to craft starting at 10 AM PT tomorrow, but won’t be in Gear Packs until “a few hours” after the update comes out...

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XCOM 2's Long War 2 Adds This New Weapon Type

Following its recent announcement, we’re now beginning to learn what the upcoming Long War 2 mod for XCOM 2 will bring to the game.

Today, 2K and Pavonis Interactive revealed a new type of weapon players will have access to in Long War 2. Coilguns are a tier of weapon that sit between Mag and Beam weapons. That makes them the second most powerful in the game (behind Beam weapons).

XCOM 2's Long War 2 Adds This New Weapon Type
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Although they’re coming as part of a mod, they aren’t something that will just be handed to you. As with the original XCOM’s Long War mod, which was thoughtfully designed and balanced, you’ll need to earn them in a way that makes sense. In this case, given their power, a “considerable investment” will be needed before you’re able to begin equipping your soldiers with them.

Further details weren’t shared, but w...

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New Mass Effect: Andromeda Screenshot Revealed in Wake of James Gunn's Positive Comments

BioWare has released a new Mass Effect: Andromeda screenshot in the wake of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn speaking out to praise the franchise overall.

Below is the new screenshot, as shared by BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn on Twitter. He said he wanted to share the screenshot as a thank you to Gunn for his “kind words and excitement” about Andromeda.

New Mass Effect: Andromeda Screenshot Revealed in Wake of James Gunn's Positive Comments

Earlier this week, Gunn said on Twitter that he is trying to clear out his schedule after Guardians of the Galaxy 2 comes out in May so he can play Andromeda. He is a big fan of the series, saying in another tweet that he played every entry in the original trilogy “to the end.”

In yet another tweet, Gunn said that, besides the Guardians of the Galaxy comics, Mass Effect was among his biggest inspirations for the Guardians of the Gala...

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Blizzard Explains Overwatch's Recent D.Va Nerf

An update released on Overwatch‘s public test realm adjusted a handful of characters last week, including D.Va, who was nerfed to some degree. Blizzard has now provided some new insight into why D.Va’s tweaks were made.

Last week’s update did two things to D.Va: stripped her of some armor (but gave her more health) and lowered the damage of her weapons (but made the damage more consistent). Principal designer Geoff Goodman explained the rationale behind this in a new forum post.

“Keep in mind her spread didn’t actually change, but her shots ‘fill in’ her spread more evenly now, meaning her damage per shot is generally more consistent,” he said. “For example, in the video provided [here] from the live game, if you take that same shot multiple times you’ll see a greater diversity in damage ...

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Support HDR on Xbox One, PS4, PC

BioWare has confirmed another detail about Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Studio GM Aaryn Flynn announced on Twitter (via DualShockers) that the spacefaring RPG will support high dynamic range (HDR) on both Xbox One S and PlayStation 4/PlayStation 4 Pro. HDR will also be supported on PC, he said.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Support HDR on Xbox One, PS4, PC

HDR can deliver more vibrant and luminous games; in essence, it aims to make content look more realistic. You may need a 4K TV to see the benefits.

Flynn has kept busy answering questions about Andromeda. In the past week, he also confirmed that the game will not have a Season Pass, won’t be available in Arabic, and teased that the PC requirements will be announced in February.

Last week, BioWare announced Andromeda’s release date, confirming it will launch on March 21 in North America...

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Wonder Woman's Villain Revealed, New Images Released

Wonder Woman will be the first of 2017′s DC superhero movies, and some new behind-the-scenes images have been released. In addition, the identity of the movie’s villain has been revealed. Check out the pictures below, via French movie magazine Studio Ciné Live:

Wonder Woman's Villain Revealed, New Images Released
Wonder Woman's Villain Revealed, New Images ReleasedWonder Woman's Villain Revealed, New Images ReleasedWonder Woman's Villain Revealed, New Images Released

The magazine also states that Wonder Woman‘s main bad guy will be Ares, the God of War. The article has been translated by film site Les Toiles Héroïques, and reads: “Behind these scientific formulas, there is a deadly gas that could well annihilate humanity. It turns out that it might interest Ares, the God of War. He is jealous of humanity, which is a creation of his father, the deceased Zeus.”

Ares had been rumored to be the villain since the first trailer for Wonder Woman was released...

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Destiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking Rewards

Destiny‘s limited-time multiplayer event, Iron Banner, will return next week, developer Bungie has announced. In a blog post, Bungie confirmed that the first Iron Banner of 2017 will begin Tuesday, January 17, starting at 10 AM PT. It runs for a week, ending on Tuesday, January 24, at 1 AM PT.

This time, the game type is Clash, which is Destiny’s version of Team Deathmatch. “A good, old-fashioned shooting match should appeal to anyone with a favorite exotic weapon,” Bungie said.

Destiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking Rewards
Destiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking RewardsDestiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking RewardsDestiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking RewardsDestiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking RewardsDestiny's Iron Banner Returns Next Week With These Awesome-Looking Rewards

Like usual, there are gear rewards you can earn for competing. For this latest iteration of Iron Banner, Bungie is offering up Hunter, Warlock, and Titan armor, as well as special sidearms and rocket launchers. Click through the gallery above to see all the new gear rewards.

In other Destiny news, Bungie announ...

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Scalebound Cancellation Is "Better for Xbox Gamers," Says Xbox Boss

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has commented on the cancellation of Scalebound, the Xbox One and PC-exclusive action title developed by Platinum Games.

Posting on Twitter, Spencer said the decision was “difficult” but added he believes it’s better for Xbox fans in the long run. Continuing, he expressed confidence in the games Microsoft has lined up for 2017.

@TiC_Podcast Difficult decision, we believe result is better 4 Xbox gamers, still disappointing. Im confident in 17 lineup thats our focus

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 9, 2017

Microsoft officially announced Scalebound’s cancellation on January 9 and released a statement similar to Spencer’s comments.

“After careful deliberation, Microsoft Studios has come to the decision to end production for Scalebound,” a spokesperson said...

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Halo 5 Mythic Warzone Firefight Returns With Higher RP Bonuses

Looking to play Halo 5 this weekend? Microsoft has announced that the game’s Mythic Warzone Firefight mode is back right now–and there’s a good reason to play.

In a tweet, Microsoft said Mythic Warzone Firefight will offer up “even higher RP rewards.” The game is played on the Escape from A.R.C. map. You can learn more about each round and its unique, round-specific challenges here on Reddit.

Mythic Warzone Firefight has returned with even higher RP rewards! Do you think you’re ready for Escape from A.R.C. with skulls on? pic.twitter.com/qjPhIGNvrr

— Halo (@Halo) January 6, 2017

In other Halo news, developer 343 Industries has suggested that it could still fix Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s lingering issues...

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Won't Have a Season Pass

BioWare’s highly anticipated RPG Mass Effect: Andromeda will not have a Season Pass for DLC.

BioWare GM Aaryn Flynn confirmed this and more on Twitter today (via DualShockers). Asked directly if Andromeda would have a Season Pass, Flynn succinctly stated, “Nope.”

Mass Effect: Andromeda Won't Have a Season Pass

Pressed for more details, like whether there will be story DLC, if it will be free, or if Andromeda’s DLC will be limited to multiplayer, Flynn said, “We’ll talk more about that later :)

EA’s Titanfall 2 also does not have a Season Pass.

Also today, Flynn confirmed on Twitter that Andromeda will not be available in Arabic, at least not at launch. Additionally, Mass Effect’s Twitter account confirmed that, like most other EA games, EA Access members will get to play Andromeda early.

@nazihfares Just heard that we will not su...

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