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  1. In a new update for League of Legends esports, Riot has added the equivalent of stadium signage to Summoner's Rift. A feature called SR Arena Banners will allow LoL esports leagues to customize how their viewers see the Rift, with the potential to display major sponsors and league details. The new feature will roll out for the Summer Split, and will only be visible to those watching on official League of Legends broadcasts. "In the future, you can expect to see leagues begin to experiment with unique approaches that will more deeply integrate our partners to engage local and regional fan bases," the blog post details. Notably, the new banners will only be visible to spectators, with players seeing the same standard Rift they are used to practicing on. "This will ensure that a new visual model won’t impact their ability to practice and compete on an identical Rift," the post adds. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. Developer 343 Industries has been remarkably thorough and transparent throughout the process of porting the Halo: Master Chief Collection to PC, often releasing in-depth blog posts about the process. This week, community manager Tyler "Postums" Davis has posted an update on how the team handles bugs, from reporting to patching, after a bug-riddled release of Halo 2 Anniversary wreaked havoc on the Master Chief Collection. While a lot of the discussion around game bugs is usually centered around the technical aspect of fixing them, Postums also goes into detail about how the community team is involved. As the first line of contact with the players, Halo's Community Team usually hear about bugs first, and often has to triage the seriousness of a newly reported issue. While this process also happens through Halo Support, the official tool for tracking and reporting bugs, players are just as likely to report bugs through forums, Discord, or in public social media posts. Once identified, there's still a big process to go through before a bug can be fixed--one that ensures resources are assigned in the most efficient way. Testers look into details of a bug, finding out how and where it can be reproduced. When bugs are logged, they require details including "an outline of area, severity, description, reproduction steps, impact, expected results, media, and an assignment." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. F1 2020 has unveiled a new track that has only recently been constructed in real life. The game will take players to Vietnam to compete on the Hanoi Street Circuit track for the first time. This route was completed in February 2020 and is expected to debut in the next F1 season (which is currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic). In the trailer below, you can see Scuderia Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc race around the digital track. It's 5.613km long (3.488 miles) and features 23 turns per lap, with a short pit lane and two long straights. The track is inspired by some other beloved F1 tracks, including Monaco and Nurburgring. In the press release sent out alongside this trailer, F1 franchise game director Lee Mather said that the track "delivers both thrills and challenges, set against the backdrop of the stunning city skyline." He also warned that the track will "punish anyone who doesn’t respect the walled sections." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. The iconic Call of Duty character Captain Price is being added to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's multiplayer and the battle royale game Warzone with its new Season 4 update. To promote the release, Activision is giving people a chance to get a video message from Price himself, or at least the closest thing to him. The actor who plays Price in the new Modern Warfare--Barry Sloane--will record a personalized video message for you on Cameo if you win a contest. You can enter the sweepstakes here for a chance to win one of 50 messages. Everyone who enters gets a free Modern Warfare calling card, so you get something even if you don't win. Activision is launching this sweepstakes following the successful run of paid-for Cameo appearances where people could pay $141--referencing Task Force 141--to get Sloane to record a message. The allotted supply ran out, and Activision is now launching the sweepstakes for 50 more. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. A release date has been announced for Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, an FPS game built within a modified version of the Quake engine. The game, which will be published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, and is developed by KillPixel Games (which is making its debut here), will launch on February 25, 2021. Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is coming to PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One, and it looks very similar to the 90s classic it's based so heavily on. The game is currently available in Steam Early Access, and a new enemy, level, and weapon have just been added to the playable build. The trailer below also introduces the game's Big Box edition, which will be limited to 500 units. It contains: Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. Halo developer 343 Industries has updated its list of known issues for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio is working to fix these issues, but the developer also cautioned that it's currently prioritizing the launch of Halo 3 on PC ahead of fixing these lingering issues. "The scope and implications of these issues vary greatly so while some may see good movement in a given month, others may not," 343 explained in a blog post. The list of known issues for Halo: MCC covers both Xbox One and PC. On Xbox, 343 acknowledged that it's aware of "performance issues" for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3, and it's working toward a fix. Additionally, the studio has acknowledged issues with the pistol spread for Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer when playing at higher frame rates on PC. A preliminary fix has already been released, but the developer continues to track down issues that are persisting. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. Summer in Mara, a beautiful-looking farming/adventure game, has announced a release date, and it's not far off. The game will arrive on PC through Steam and on the Nintendo Switch Eshop on June 16, developer Chibig has announced. Summer in Mara, which earned over ten times what it was asking for on Kickstarter, casts the player as Koa, a young girl exploring and working on a tropical island. You can build up your own farm, take to the ocean and explore by boat, and dive deep into the island's numerous secrets. Based on the trailer in the tweet below, it looks like a pretty chilled-out game. You can try the game out ahead of its launch on Steam, too--a prologue demo is available now. Summer in Mara is also scheduled to release on PS4 and Xbox One, but a release date has not been announced yet. This is just one of several farming adventures coming to Switch--there's also Harvest Moon: One World, as well as Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town, which is a remake of an earlier Harvest Moon game on Game Boy Advance (the name change is due to a complicated rights issue). View the full article
  8. The Last of Us Part II is finally almost upon us, with its June 19 release date inching ever closer. The game, which has faced delays and leaking plot details, is still tracking very well, according to Sony--and, in fact, could end up breaking sales records. According to PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, who spoke to GameSpot sister site CNET ahead of Sony's upcoming PlayStation 5 reveal, The Last Of Us Part II is likely to sell big numbers. In Europe, pre-orders are tracking ahead of Marvel's Spider-Man at the same comparative point before that game's release. That's significant, because that game broke records for Sony, selling 3.3 million copies within 3 days of release, and earning over 1 million pre-orders. It's not clear what the split is here between physical and digital preorders, although digital sales are up across the board for games--especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While Ryan only mentioned Europe, The Last of Us Part II seems set to do well in other regions too. "We hope this'll be a defining game for this generation," he told CNET. He also said that the game will run on PlayStation 5 at launch. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. NHL superstar P.K. Subban of the New Jersey Devils is starting a new YouTube series focused on EA's NHL video game series. "P.K. Subban's NHL 20 Hockey Night" is a new show where two NHL players will go head-to-head in the video game, with Subban providing commentary. In the first episode, Subban calls a game between Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators and Anthony Bitetto of the Winnipeg Jets. Subban provides some excellent commentary--he's both funny and informative, which is what makes a good broadcaster in sports. Check out the full episode below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. When a new console generation is released, usually the changes are incremental--enough to be impressive, but never truly mind-blowing. That's why sometimes you have to compare a modern console to its retro counterpart to understand how much games have really grown--sometimes literally. Redditor CorsairVI decided to run the math on this experiment, as picked up by Go Nintendo. With the Nintendo 64's signature rounded cartridges holding a maximum of 64MB each, CorsairVI worked out absolute maximum size of the Nintendo 64's international library of 388 titles to be 24.83GB. However many games were much smaller than the cartridge's max limit, meaning the full library would have been even smaller. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are set to release this year, kicking off the next generation of consoles, and our first look at what the PS5 will be capable of came from a demonstration of Unreal Engine 5. But producing such highly detailed graphics will not come cheap, and could lead to an increase in the development cost of AAA games. Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan has talked to gamesindustry.biz about the cost of creating a game that will look like the Unreal Engine 5 reveal video, "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" (below), will cost a lot. "I think, to the extent that the technology enables the graphics side of it to become more interesting and life-like, [the games] will become slightly more human intensive and capital intensive to produce," Ryan told the site, noting that there will "probably will be an increase in development budgets." However, he doesn't expect these changes to be too extreme. "We don't see it as being a massive increase," he says. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. People in Australia who bought Fallout 76 and felt misled by a refund policy can now request one from one of the largest retailers in the country. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced that EB Games--which is owned by American games retailer juggernaut GameStop--has begun to send out refunds to customers after admitting that the store "likely" misled consumers. Specifically, the ACCC's announcement states that EB Games acknowledged that it was "likely to have misled consumers about their consumer guarantee rights in relation to faults with the online video game Fallout 76." The issue here is that EB Games reportedly told consumers who asked for a refund that they were not allowed one after they experienced bugs and other issues with the always-online RPG. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch on June 5, and we're starting to get some idea of how Obsidian's RPG will run and play on Switch. Although we have not seen footage of the game running on Nintendo's console yet, we now know that it will target a frame rate of 30FPS, and a few other facts about the port. Speaking to Nintendo Everything, the game's production director Eric DeMilt spoke about the changes being made for the Switch version. To aid accessibility and the ease of playing, the developers "tuned sensitivity, exposed some inputs to users in the settings menu, tweaked and iterated aim assist values, and added support for gyro aiming, and sticky targeting." Gyro aiming has been featured in a few Switch FPS ports, including Doom, Wolfenstein II, and the recently released Borderlands games. DeMilt added that Obsidian is "very happy with how the game looks and plays". Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. The first-ever PGA Tour 2K game, PGA Tour 2K21, releases this year, and developer HB Studios has now announced some new details about what to expect. The developer answered fan questions on Reddit, and started off by confirming that there will not be cross-play support for multiplayer. However, the courses made with PGA Tour 2K21's level editor can be shared across all systems. The game is releasing on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Stadia. Additionally, PGA Tour 2K21 will allow players to import their custom courses from The Golf Club 2019 to the new game and use its new tools and assets with the new game. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has posted its latest behind-the-scenes video that shows how the audio team captured sounds for the next-generation Halo game. The team used the industrial explosives ANFO and TNT to capture sounds for the game. They planted the charges six feet underground inside of barrels that were blown to bits, leaving giant smoke plumes and pieces of the barrels launching high into the sky and crashing back down to Earth. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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