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July 2017

Gaming News

Dragon Quest XI Officially Coming West

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Get ready to do combat with those pesky yet adorable slimes once again, because today Square-Enix has officially announced that the latest entry in the beloved Japanese RPG series Dragon Quest is getting localized for a western release.

More specifically, series creator himself Yuji Horii delivered the message himself in a short little video. Watch the announcement video below – it’s just too cute to miss out on. There’s a particular bit near the end that adds a lot of charm to this announcement.

This is a peculiar case, however. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is an interesting game because it was released in Japan on both the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation 4. While the stories and characters are the same, the game plays out slightly different. Both versions feature the classic turn-based combat the series is known for is back with some slight real-time additions thrown in. The PS4 version of the game plays out like a full HD adventure, while the 3DS version does something rather clever.

You can play the 3DS adventure like normal, featuring the beautiful and colorful graphics of any 3D Dragon Quest game. However, if you want, you can actually switch the game to have a retro look. That’s right – you can make the ENTIRE game look like a classic Dragon Quest game, pixels and all! It’s quite a neat effect!

And that’s not even mentioning the Switch version, which seems to be a port of the PS4 version. Our question is which of these versions is getting localized? Or will all three versions be localized? We hope that’s the case, so that many people can experience the joys of a new Dragon Quest game. The game is coming 2018, but Square-Enix said that more details will be revealed later this year. Sit tight Dragon Quest fans!

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Bungie Releases Details about Destiny 2’s Upcoming PC Beta

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The Destiny 2 beta has come and gone on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it was as big as you could imagine. Bungie themselves have said that this was the biggest beta test they have ever done before, and they’re already putting the data they’ve collected to good use.

That means its the PC community’s turn! The Destiny 2 PC Beta will open for Early Access players on August 28. The day after on August 29, the beta will open to everyone to try, and it will continue until August 31. And here come the important details: specs requirements! Is your PC up to date to run Destiny 2? Here are the recommend specs from Bungie themselves.

CPU
Intel – Core i5-2400
AMD – Ryzen R5 1600X

GPU
Nvidia – GeForce GTX 970
AMD – Radeon R9 390

RAM
8GB

These are really specific specs, so don’t worry if you don’t have the exact CPU or GPU they’ve listed. If you’ve got a fairly recent card or processor, you should be okay! Here are the minimum specs:

CPU
Intel – Core i3-3250
AMD – FX-4350

GPU
Nvidia – GeForce GTX 660 2GB
AMD – Radeon HD 7850 2GB

RAM
6GB

As always, these specs are subject to change before the game’s final release on October 24. In the following weeks, Bungie will release more info on the beta – things like pre-load times, additional testing times, and so forth. Keep in mind that Destiny 2 on PC will only be available through the Blizzard app. If you’ve pre-ordered the game and received an Early Access Pre-order code, head on over to the Destiny companion site to log in with your Blizzard info.

Keep an eye on the site to know more details about downloading the client. In the mean time, sit tight – Destiny 2‘s long-await PC debut is just a couple months away!

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PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS Implementing Loot Crates After Exiting Early Access

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In this PUBG Steam community news update, Unknown has announced that on August 3, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS will be receiving an update patch. This patch will finally include the long awaited first-person view option for Solo & Duo modes. The news that has thrown off the community however is the fact that the game will begin to feature loot crates. The full system won’t be implemented until the game leaves early access, but a “trial run” of sorts will be held.

On August 3, three loot crates will be added to the game. The first two crates are the Wanderer Crate and the Survivor Crate, and these will include themed clothing sets based off of the Japanese film/novel Battle Royale. You’ll have to buy these crates with battle points that you earn from completing matches in the game, but you can open them for free once they’re yours.

The third crate is the Gamescom Invitational Crate, which has the contents of the first two crates plus a whole lot more. Like the other two crates, you’ll need to buy this crate with your battle points, but in addition to that you’ll need to buy a $2.50 key to unlock the crate, something akin to Team Fortress 2’s Mann Co. crates and keys. All proceeds will go towards the first offline Invitational that’s being held during Gamescom this year, where the best BATTLEGROUNDS content creators will compete to see who’s the last man standing!

The Gamescom Invitational Crate itself will be removed from the game when the event is over on August 27, but you’ll still be able to purchase keys if you so wish – all three crates will be tradable on the Steam Community Market. The game will then return to the free-to-open system, but whether or not that means that paid crates will be a thing in the future remains to be seen.

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Fortnite’s Early Access Season Officially Starts

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After over five years of development, Epic Games’ third-person shooter tower defense hybrid Fortnite is very close to seeing the light of day. The game has officially entered its paid early access season, meaning you can get a head start in the wacky zombie shooter. The early access season has started on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and you purchase your access directly on the website.

The Standard Edition ($39.99) will net you early access and seven pinata packs. Pinata packs are essentially this game’s loot boxes. Six of the pinata packs will be regular packs, while one will be an exclusive Founder’s loot pack, containing super rare items. You’ll also get four banner icons to use in-game to show off your early access support.

The Deluxe Edition ($59.99) will get you all of the above. You’ll get 33 pinata packs instead of seven, and you’ll get a lot of paid goodies like XP boosts, a weapon starter pack that includes an exclusive founder’s pistol with a special skin, but most importantly you’ll have eight heroes unlocked automatically. You get both the male and female heroes from the four starting classes.

The Super Deluxe Edition ($89.99) will net you the goodies in the above packs with some more boosts and what not, but above all you will also get another copy of the standard edition of the game to give to a friend! Nice!

Last but definitely not least is the Limited Edition ($149.99) which of course gets you everything listed above plus two exclusive legendary heroes. You get to pick what class you want them to be, and then you’ll also receive a legendary weapon for them. You’ll get a grand total of 99 pinata packs, 200 extra vault inventory slots, and 10 extra backpack slots. You’ll get two copies of the standard edition to give to buddies.

Epic Games’ seems to be really banking on this, but it’s important to remember that Fortnite will eventually open up as a free-to-play game. The early access season will end at some point, as Epic Games’ has announced that the game will officially be free-to-play sometime in 2018. If you’re not dying to play you can just wait for to try it out.

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Noita Puts a Rogue-lite Spin on Physics Simulation Games

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Do you remember those old java physics games we used to mess with in our browsers ages ago? You know, games like Dan-Ball’s Powder Game and Elemental Box? Well, imagine if you took the physics engines of those games, took a 2D action game like Terraria or Spleunky, and blended it all together. You’d end up with the pixely goodness that is Noita. Nolla Games, the studio behind Crayon Physics Deluxe, The Swapper, and Environmental Station Alpha have officially revealed their new game as Noita.

Noita is a 2D action rogue-lite where “every single pixel is simulated”. So what does that mean, exactly? You’ll be able to utilize the environment to take out your enemies in creative ways. Use powerful magic to melt platforms to drop enemies to their doom or ignite a combustible gas to give them a fiery end. Watch the trailer for a good demonstration!

Magic will prove to be useful outside of combat, too! There’s a part in the trailer that shows the player character using water magic on a pool of lava. The water and lava immediately forms into rock you can safely cross. It’s an interesting preview at some possibly cool environmental puzzles you’ll need to think out of the box to solve.

According to the official website, the game will feature perma-death true to the rogue-lite genre. Your adventure will be different every time, so you can take what you’ve learned and apply it to your next run. You’ll also be able to create your own magic spells, and as you’ve probably seen from the trailer these spells can become absolutely devastating. The player character is shown using a blackhole type of spell several times, so we’re hoping that the spell creation system lets you make super powerful spells like that.

The game is powered by Nolla Games’ own aptly-named “Falling Everything Engine,” which of course features the pixel simulation as the main attraction. We’re already liking what we see, so stay tuned for more news on Noita.

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Planet Coaster Gets Its First Set of Paid DLC Packs

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The spiritual successor to the famous Roller Coaster Tycoon series is getting its own set of paid DLC today. If you’ve been enjoying Planet Coaster spin of go-karting, we’re happy to tell you that these new DLC packs are focused on just that.

The first of the three packs is the long-awaited Back to the Future pack. In this pack, you’ll get the iconic DeLorean Time Machine kart for your go-kart tracks. You’ll also get various themed background objects and track pieces, letting you create an awesome Back to the Future track. There’s a big, backlit sign of the Back to the Future logo, and there’s even a special 88MPH flame trail special effect.

The second pack is based off of the 80’s hit TV show Knight Rider. This pack will give your park visitors the opportunity to drive the legendary AI-controlled vehicle K.I.T.T. K.A.R.R, the evil autonomous version of K.I.T.T is included as well, so you can recreate some crazy battles on the track! Well, as crazy as a go-kart track can get.

The third pack takes us way back in time, specifically the 60’s. Remember The Munsters? I certainly didn’t, but that was way before my time. The Munsters was an American sitcom that featured a family of monsters that, aside from their obvious monsterly apperance, acted like a normal everyday family. The family car was known as the Munster Koach, and now it’s yours to drive for your go-kart tracks.

Each DLC pack will run you £1.99 / $2.99 / €2.99, and they are available on the Steam store page today! Do note if you do not own the respective DLC packs, you won’t be able to implement Steam Workshop items that feature them into your park. You’ll be able to subscribe to them if you’d like, but you’ll need the pack to actually use it. We hope that Planet Coaster will get some cool new licensed DLC in the future!

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Mobile News

Nintendo’s Voice Chat App Launches with Disastrous Results

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Nintendo announced earlier this year in a somewhat odd move that they’re regulating voice chat supported games on the Switch to a mobile phone app. With Splatoon 2 right around the corner, the Nintendo Switch Online app has officially launched on both the iOS App Store and the Google Play Store. The reception to the app has been… well, less than stellar, to say the least.

The main problem with the app is of course the voice chat. In order to voice chat with your friends in a game of Splatoon 2, you’ll need to invite them into a lobby using the app. While this is already clunky, the app doesn’t have the same flexibility as other voice chat apps like Skype or Discord. The Switch Online app needs to be opened and actively running for your voice chat to work – if you lock your phone or exit the app to look at something else, your session will abruptly stop.

This problem was further compounded by players wishing to also hear game audio. Console accessory maker company HORI will be releasing a Splatoon themed audio-splitter that will remedy this but the whole thing is just, well, take a look for yourself.

To enjoy a voice-chat enabled session of Splatoon 2 with your friends, you’re going to have to strap in with wires aplenty. It all looks pretty cumbersome which is ironic for a system that’s designed to be enjoyed easily on the go.

Not all is lost, though. Nintendo fans all over are always sending loads and loads of feedback about the app, so hopefully Nintendo will get the message and fix this mess. Also, the app itself isn’t too bad of an idea, voice-chat exclusivity not withstanding. Nintendo pitched the app as a sort of central hub where you can catch up on your friends activity and the sort, much like PSN and Xbox Live. Splatoon 2 even has its own unique SplatNet, which lets you check up on the current rotation of maps in the game, and you can even look at new gear.

Splatoon 2 launches July 21, so here’s hoping Nintendo can make something positive out of this.

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