Electronic Arts has confirmed that the console versions of The Sims 4 are inbound – the game is coming out for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 17, 2017. EA Access subscribers (XONE) will be able to play it a week earlier, on November 9, and those who pre-order the game will get the Perfect Patio Stuff pack. The console versions will include all the updates and free content that PC players have received so far, including ghost and pools, new careers, half-walls, the extra world of Newcrest as well as playable toddlers, with more DLC coming after the launch.
Some fans of the Grand Theft Auto franchise may have been afraid that with Grand Theft Auto Online being so popular the next core installment in the series is not coming so soon. If you shared that worry, you will be happy to hear that Rockstar is apparently already working on the next big GTA. That revelation comes from Tim Neff’s resume, where the actor states he took part in motion capture sessions for both Red Dead Redemption 2 and… Grand Theft Auto VI!
Today Techland is releasing the first out of 10 free DLC packs for Dying Light, as promised at this year’s E3. Content Drop #0 is already available for PC, while the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions will be updated in September 2017. It includes new heavy-armed enemies, unique military outfit, as well as a new type of zombie. Using that opportunity, Techland has also announced Gemly, a new digital distribution platform, offering titles created or published by Techland and its partners. Using it will also get you some exclusive free content for Techland’s games.
The official minimum PC requirements for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds are not so high – in theory, you just need Intel Core i3-4340 / AMD FX-6300, 6 GB RAM, and GeForce GTX 660 2GB / Radeon HD 7850 2GB to run the program. However, if you want to play the game comfortably at 60 FPS (which really is a must for an online competitive Battle Royale type of game), that configuration won’t be enough. An analysis by PC Gamer reveals what hardware you really need for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
Bluehole has announced Gamescom Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Invitational – the first Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds e-sport offline competition, organized together with ESL Gaming Network. The tournament will be taking place at this year’s gamescom, and will run through August 23-26. The total prize pool for Gamescom Invitational is $350,000, which is going to come from selling cosmetic items for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players. That, however, has sparkled some negative reactions from fans, who consider it breaking the promise that the game would not feature microtransactions until it's out of Early Access.
For the next couple of days PC players are able to fill in the shoes of Rico Rodrigues in Just Cause 3 at no cost. This action-packed sandbox game by Avalanche Studios can be played for free on Steam until July 28 at 12:00 P.M. PDT. This is also a perfect opportunity to try out the newly released Multiplayer Mod, which is available for free on Steam. At the same time, Just Cause 3 is currently on sale – you can buy the game at a 75% discount until Friday.
Harmony Gold, owner of the Robotech anime in the US, filed a lawsuit over copyright infringement against both Harebrained Schemes (BattleTech) and Piranha Games (MechWarrior Online). This is actually yet another chapter in a story that goes back to 1990s, when Harmony Gold first went to court with the franchise’s original creators, FASA Corporation. Back then, the claim was that the visual design of the original line of BattleMechs was stolen from Macross and other anime owned by Harmony Gold. As a result, FASA stopped using images owned by other parties and called the BattleMechs taken from other sources the Unseen.
A fan has spent three years on recreating the entire Chernarus map from Arma II and DayZ in Minecraft. The map size is 229.86 square kilometers, which is roughly a 1:1 scale compared with the original. Although the most aesthetic structures and some rock formations were neglected, all actual buildings are there and can be entered. The Replica of Chernorus map will be available for download for free later this year. For now, you can try it out by logging on the server at: play.mcraft.com.
The next installment in the bestselling Car Mechanic Simulator series from Polish company PlayWay is launching on Steam on July 25, 2017. The game was supposed to be out last Friday, but the publisher decided to delay it just an hour before the release. Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 lets you find classic, unique automobiles abandoned in barns and junkyards, and then restore them to full glory. When compared with the previous edition, Car Mechanic Simulator 2015, this next game brings along a list of new features, such as new car parts and tools, Barn Find module, better physics, progression system, and more.
If you haven’t yet, now is the perfect moment to grab The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project, as the mod has received the biggest update so far. This fan-made project really makes a differenece for the looks of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The high-quality textures pack adds incredible detail and depth to the game and makes it look much like the famous Sword of Destiny E3 2014 trailer. The best part is that the mod has little to no impact on the game’s performance.
PlayStation team is inviting players to the closed beta tests of the next PlayStation 4 software update, numbered 5.0. This is going to be a good opportunity to have an early look at all new features coming to the console and share some feedback with the producer. More details on what changes the 5.0 software version offers will be shared closer to the start of the beta, which launches in early August.
Telltale Games prepared a bunch of announcements to many of its fans' surprise. The first one is Batman: The Enemy Within, the sequel to Batman: The Telltale Series, whose first episode is coming out very soon – on August 8, 2017. Other two games that fans can already look forward to are The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 2, both planned for the second half of 2018. All three titles will first come out for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Meet Doomfist, another playable hero to join the characters roster in Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch. Right now he is only to be found in Public Test Realm on PC, but the character will be made available across all platforms on July 27, 2017. As you might have guessed by the name, Doomfist is an offensive, melee-focused warrior, equipped with a huge mechanical hand. Apart from punching people in the face, Doomfist is able to use a short-range cannon and crash down to the ground with a powerful force hurting everyone around.
Observer, first-person psychological horror game from Layers of Fear creators, Poland-based studio Bloober Team, has got a release date. The title is going to launch on August 15, 2017 for PC (Windows, Linux), Mac, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Before that happens, Bloober Team will show a playable version of the game at Comic Con in San Diego, which starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend (July 20-23, 2017).
Total War: Warhammer II is offering a peculiar pre-order bonus. At first glance, everything seems pretty normal – pre-ordering the game grants you an extra playable race. However, the add-on is not for this game, but for its predecessor, Total War: Warhammer. Creative Assembly doesn’t reveal what faction that is, but it says it’s more like Bretonnia in scale than Chaos Warriors. More details are to come this week, while the faction itself will become available before Total War: Warhammer II launches on September 28, 2017.
PlayerUnknown has beaten Grand Theft Auto V and become the fourth most played game on Steam on Sunday with the peak of 382,561 concurrent players. Right now, the game is even higher on the list – Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is currently the third game when it comes to peak players count on Steam, right behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
The swastika, the official symbol of the Third Reich, still raises much controversy, especially when it comes to video games. While German players are used to getting censored versions of World War II-related games, not all countries have clearly specified laws on the matter. That is the case in Poland. While that country will get the unaltered international version of the incoming Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Bethesda chose to remove swastikas from any promo materials released in Poland, including the local version of the game’s website.
Insomniac Games has prepared a behind-the-scenes video, in which the developers are talking about the incoming Spider-Man game, mainly in terms of the story. In this game Peter Parker is a bit older than when we first met him – he’s 23 and thus more experienced. At the same time, the challenge Spider-Man will face this time is greater than ever before, as his enemies have learned his ways too. Some of the villains confirmed to appear in the game are Fisk and Mr Negative.
Players visiting EB Games retailer have spotted the bonuses that will be added to Need for Speed: Payback pre-orders, one of which caught the attention of the community the most. If you pre-order the next installment of the popular racing games series you will be able to stand out from the crowd with... exclusive blue tire smoke. To give Electronic Arts due honor, that is not the only thing they have in store. Another one is The Platinum Car Pack, which includes five hot rides.
If you are one of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players who complain about others “cheating” by using TPP camera for revealing enemy’s location without sticking out their heads from cover, you will be happy to know your cries have been heard. PlayerUnknown himself took it to Twitter to announce that FPP-only servers are coming to the game in the next monthly update, which is most probably going to arrive at the end of July.