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Shacknews Recent Articles http://www.shacknews.com/rss?recent_articles=1 en-us Gears of War 4's Halloween event adds pumpkin balls and gear http://www.shacknews.com/article/97420/gears-of-war-4s-halloween-event-adds-pumpkin-balls-and-gear http://www.shacknews.com/article/97420/gears-of-war-4s-halloween-event-adds-pumpkin-balls-and-gear <p>Microsoft and Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition <a href="https://gearsofwar.com/en-us/community/halloween-event-16">revealed details</a> for the game's Halloween event, a special rule set called Pumpkin Ball.</p> <p>"Pumpkin Ball is a remix of Dodgeball that introduces 1 second respawn times and reduced respawn protection, resulting in a faster paced Dodgeball experience where the dead don't stay dead for long," per the description on the official <a href="https://gearsofwar.com/en-us/community/halloween-event-16">Gears of War 4 website</a>.</p> <p>You can partake by joining in a Pumpkin Ball playlist featuring five of the "darker" maps from Gears 4: Fallout, Forge, Lift, Impact, and Harbor.</p> <p>Moreover, players will sport <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97389/gears-of-war-4-teases-the-return-of-pumpkin-head-for-halloween-weekend">pumpkin heads</a> and bonus XP rewards exclusive to Pumpkin Ball. It's available now in the Versus menu under the Events heading.</p> <p>Halloween festivities continue tomorrow, Thursday the 27th, when the Halloween Elite Pack hits the Gears 4 store. "This special purchasable pack is a variant on the Elite Gear Pack, with one card in each guaranteed to be Epic or Legendary quality. Legendary Cards from this pack are exclusively from the Day of the Dead Legendary Collection. The Halloween Elite Pack is available until November 1st."</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:13:00 PDT David Craddock PlayStation VR is selling briskly at GameStop http://www.shacknews.com/article/97418/playstation-vr-is-selling-briskly-at-gamestop http://www.shacknews.com/article/97418/playstation-vr-is-selling-briskly-at-gamestop <p>In a press release, GameStop announced that Sony's PlayStation VR headset is proving more popular than anticipated (via <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/playstation-vr-exceeding-expectations-at-gamestop-/1100-6444830/">GameSpot</a>).</p> <p>"PS VR is off to a great start at GameStop, having already exceeded our early expectations," per senior VP of merchandising Bob Puzon. "Due to the popularity of the system with our customers, we have received additional units for holiday."</p> <p>This past summer, GameStop hedged its bets by ordering a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95616/playstation-vr-available-for-pre-order-in-limited-quantities-beginning-thursday-630">limited quantity</a> of PSVR bundles. Part of the headset's appeal might have to do with the demo kiosks available for use at many of its brick-and-mortal locations.</p> <p>Shacknews editor-in-chief <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97190/playstation-vr-review-comfort-and-compromises">reviewed</a> PlayStation VR earlier this month. While he came away impressed by Sony's tech, he advised casual players to wait for the hardware's library to grow before pulling the trigger.</p> <p>"The headset is nicely designed and easy to use, despite its sheer mass of wires," he wrote. "What's holding it back right now is the launch library, which is middling-to-fair. It certainly has engaging experiences, but none stand out as a must-play that should convince players to drop hundreds of dollars. Hopefully we see more incoming, thus boosting adoption rates and helping lead to more development."</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:01:00 PDT David Craddock Watch the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare eSports stream here http://www.shacknews.com/article/97415/watch-the-call-of-duty-infinite-warfare-esports-stream-here http://www.shacknews.com/article/97415/watch-the-call-of-duty-infinite-warfare-esports-stream-here <p>Later this afternoon, Infinity Ward will hold a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare stream on Twitch to discuss its plans for eSports.</p> <p>The stream begins at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific, and you can watch it right here.</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="378" src="https://player.twitch.tv/?channel=callofduty" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe><a href="https://www.twitch.tv/callofduty?tt_medium=live_embed&amp;tt_content=text_link" style="padding: 2px 0px 4px; display: block; width: 345px; font-weight: normal; font-size: 10px; text-decoration: underline;">Watch live video from Call of Duty on www.twitch.tv</a></p> <p>Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is one of this year's biggest games, and is only a week and change away. The game launches on Xbox One, PS4, and PC next Friday, November 4. Premium editions of the game include Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, a gussied-up version of 2007's Call of Duty 4.</p> <p>You'll need to keep your Infinite Warfare disc&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96831/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-remastered-may-get-a-standalone-version-after-all-update" target="_blank">in your console</a> to play Modern Warfare Remastered if you opt for a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97011/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-remastered-requires-infinite-warfare-disc-to-play" target="_blank">physical version</a>, and buying a premium edition of Infinite Warfare is the only way to get MW Remastered, at least&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96831/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-remastered-may-get-a-standalone-version-after-all-update" target="_blank">for now</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:12:00 PDT David Craddock Square Enix will share Final Fantasy 15 news tomorrow morning http://www.shacknews.com/article/97413/square-enix-will-share-final-fantasy-15-news-tomorrow-morning http://www.shacknews.com/article/97413/square-enix-will-share-final-fantasy-15-news-tomorrow-morning <p>Square Enix's official Final Fantasy 15 <a href="https://twitter.com/FFXVEN/status/791278220381478913">Twitter</a> account altered fans to an "Omen" coming tomorrow morning at 10:00am Eastern / 7:00 am Pacific.</p> <p>The image shows a character, Noctis, cruising through an urban landscape. More importantly, it includes a link to the FF15 <a href="https://www.youtube.com/finalfantasyxv">YouTube</a> page. Whatever this "Omen" ends up being, Square will convey it via video.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Final Fantasy 15_omen1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="700" /></div> <p>Final Fantasy 15 is due for release on November 29. It was originally slated for September, but Square held the game back to ensure it was ready for prime time. The game's director has been candid in admitting that the FF series <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94115/final-fantasy-15-director-feared-the-brand-had-already-peaked">peaked</a> with 1997's Final Fantasy 7, widely cited as one of the best and most influential games ever made.</p> <p>He's not the only one who thinks so. After years of re-releasing the original game, Square formally announced a Final Fantasy 7 remake at <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/90039/e3-2015-final-fantasy-7-remake-announced-update-trailer-added">E3 2015</a>.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:53:00 PDT David Craddock King of Fighters, Metal Slug, and other Neo Geo classics will make their way to PS4 this year http://www.shacknews.com/article/97412/king-of-fighters-metal-slug-and-other-neo-geo-classics-will-make-their-way-to-ps4-this-year http://www.shacknews.com/article/97412/king-of-fighters-metal-slug-and-other-neo-geo-classics-will-make-their-way-to-ps4-this-year <p>Hamster Corporation announced that classic Neo Geo games including Metal Slug and King of Fighters will arrive on PS4 later this year (via <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ps4-adding-classic-neo-geo-games-like-metal-slug-a/1100-6444821/">GameSpot</a>).</p> <p>Games will launch under the "Arcade Archive Neo Geo" label. The King of Fighters '94 will lead the charge when it arrives tomorrow, Thursday, October 27. Other classics slated for 2016 include Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, Alpha Mission II, and World Heroes.</p> <p>NAM-1975 and Neo Turf Masters will be released in 2017.</p> <p>Hamster has built a reputation as a purveyor of classic arcade game ports on PS4. Some of its previous releases include Rygar and Contra.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:36:00 PDT David Craddock Exclusive Interview with the Elephant in the Room at Oculus Connect 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97410/exclusive-interview-with-the-elephant-in-the-room-at-oculus-connect-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97410/exclusive-interview-with-the-elephant-in-the-room-at-oculus-connect-3 <p>Shacknews did not interview any Oculus executives at Oculus Connect 3. As the company has grown to be a part of Facebook &nbsp;it has become increasingly difficult to secure interviews with <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95642/e3-2016-oculus-interview-with-nate-mitchell" target="_blank">Nate Mitchell</a>, VP of Product, as well as&nbsp;Oculus CEO <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsuktCHKWEI" target="_blank">Brendan Iribe</a>. They are usually busy giving interviews to much larger companies who don't even focus on gaming and for the most part think virtual reality is a fad that is dead on arrival. This trend continued at the subdued Oculus Connect 3 event earlier this month in San Jose, CA.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Slack for iOS Upload-6.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="525" /></div> <p>To our credit, Shacknews secured interviews with almost every developer at the event. Sadly, I felt like I did not do enough for Shacknews. There was something missing. There was clearly an elephant in the room at Oculus Connect 3. Palmer Luckey was not in attendance. As the show came to a close and it became abundantly clear that I would not be able to secure an interview with any of the key personnel at the company, I decided to set my sights on the 24 year old multimillionaire founder of Oculus VR who has been off the grid since <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96927/oculus-devs-dropping-support-palmer-luckey-issues-statement-updated" target="_blank">publicly apologizing</a>&nbsp;on Facebook for his investment in Nimble America. I had to find him. I had to do it for Shacknews.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Slack for iOS Upload-7.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="525" /></div> <p>I began to pound the pavement all throughout&nbsp;Silicon Valley. I engaged in the most intense investigative games journalism in the history of my 15 year career. An anonymous source let me know that the Oculus founder was in exile in his native Orange County, California. I hopped on a plane and headed to Irvine, California. After hitting up multiple PokeStops around the University California Irvine, and a quick bite at In-N-Out Burger, I was given another lead by a Pokemaster who said he saw Palmer battling people there earlier that day. Apparently, he was holed up in an ocean view villa in Newport Coast. Finally, the break that i needed! After repeatedly direct messaging "Palmer" on social media, he agreed to sit down and chat with me about his absense from Oculus Connect 3, the Nimble America scandal, and his collection of dank memes.</p> <p>Please take a look.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oqlC3_8bp3U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span>For more great videos, be sure to subscribe to&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLR08NT874M_Mpgg9vtkv-g" target="_blank">Shacknews</a><span>&nbsp;on&nbsp;YouTube.</span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:20:00 PDT Asif Khan PlayStation 4 gets pro controllers from Razer and Nacon for Holiday 2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97409/playstation-4-gets-pro-controllers-from-razer-and-nacon-for-holiday-2016 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97409/playstation-4-gets-pro-controllers-from-razer-and-nacon-for-holiday-2016 <p><span>Sony has announced two officially licensed controllers geared towards professional gamers: the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution.</span></p> <p><span><span>Sony invited both Razer and Nacon to use their knowledge and expertise in developing a wide variety of eSports peripherals in order to design two unique pro controllers for the PlayStation 4. Through these partnerships, Sony was able to incorporate innovative DualShock 4 controls, which it hopes its customers can enjoy a plug &amp; play experience when used with any model of the PS4.</span></span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 640px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/30545770326_875c25a4ee_z.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="319" style="undefined" /></div> <p></p> <p><span>First up is the Razer Raiju, which if you squint hard enough, kind of looks like what the DualShock 4 would look like if it merged <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/89997/e3-2015-xbox-one-elite-controller-gives-power-to-the-player-this-fall-for-150">with the Xbox One Elite Controller</a>. The Raiju features advanced controller customization and ergonomics, which includes two additional bumpers, two extra detachable triggers, a built-in control panel, custom profiles that can be switched on the fly, a 3.5mm headphone jack with dedicated headset volume and mic mute controls, and detachable analog stick rubber caps.</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 640px"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/30465290722_0376346543_z.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="343" style="undefined" /></div> <p>The Necon Revolution is certainly more unique looking as it features 46&deg; amplitude dual analog sticks, four extra shortcut buttons, an eight-way directional pad, four custom profiles, two internal compartments with six additional weights to help tailor the balance and feel to the player&rsquo;s specifications.</p> <p>Both the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution are expected to release this holiday season, although no pricing for either controller was given at the time of publication.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:20:00 PDT Daniel Perez Miyamoto's Project Giant Robot is still on Nintendo's game lists http://www.shacknews.com/article/97408/miyamotos-project-giant-robot-is-still-on-nintendos-game-lists http://www.shacknews.com/article/97408/miyamotos-project-giant-robot-is-still-on-nintendos-game-lists <p>Nintendo <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97397/nintendo-cuts-revenue-and-operating-profit-guidance-increases-year-end-dividend">reported its financials yesterday</a>, and lowered its revenue and profit&nbsp;expectations. Despite all the numbers on display, one entry in the report seemd to slip by relatively unnoticed: Shigeru Miyamoto's Giant Robot game is still listed as coming to the United States some time in the future.</p> <p>The working title was <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/84984/miyamotos-new-games-played-at-e3-2014">originally unveiled at E3 2014</a>, and while the other project revealed alongside it eventually came out as <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93582/starfox-zero-and-starfox-guard-coming-to-shelves-april-22">Star Fox Guard</a>&nbsp;earlier this year, Project Giant Robot has stayed out of the spotlight. Little has been said about it, other than <a href="http://time.com/4245215/starfox-wii-u/">Miyamoto-san's comments to Time in&nbsp;March</a>&nbsp;that &nbsp;<span>"Project Giant Robot was something we started as a second project, and unfortunately we haven&rsquo;t yet decided to turn that into a full game."</span></p> <p>The entry in the financials lists the release as TBD and acknowledges that Project GIant Robot is a temporary title, but it is there nonetheless. The game was being created for the Wii U, and with the recent announcement of the Sitch, Nintendo could shift gears and develop for that platform as well, although the possibility of touch and motion controls for the console-handheld hybrid have not been discussed.</p> <p>Either way, it is interesting to see that Nintendo still considers the project one worth presenting to investors. Of course, anything Miyamoto is working on is likely to give investors and increased degree of confidence.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/project-giant-robot-nintendo.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="233" /></div> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:11:00 PDT John Keefer Everybody's Gone to the Rapture heads PlayStation Plus games for November http://www.shacknews.com/article/97407/everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture-heads-playstation-plus-games-for-november http://www.shacknews.com/article/97407/everybodys-gone-to-the-rapture-heads-playstation-plus-games-for-november <p>Sony has released the list of its <a href="http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/10/26/ps-plus-free-games-for-november-2016/">PlayStation Plus offerings for November</a>&nbsp;and Dear Esther fans will be happy to see Everbody's Gone to the Rapture on the PS4 list.</p> <p>The spiritual successor from The Chinese Room is joined by&nbsp;other PS4 offering The Deadly Tower of Monsters, a campy sci-fi B-movie game that has a decent following. As for the PS3 offerings, Costume Quest 2 and Dirt 3 are available, with&nbsp;<span>Letter Quest Remastered and Pumped BMX+ as the Vita titles. The handheld games are cross-buy&nbsp;with PS4.</span></p> <p><span>As a reminder, your <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96968/resident-evil-makes-octobers-list-of-playstation-plus-games">PlayStation Plus games from October</a>&nbsp;will be leaving the Instant Game Collection on October 31 to make way for the new games on November 1. So if you haven't played them yet, you have less than a week to try them.</span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:32:00 PDT John Keefer Nintendo CEO expects Switch to ship two million units by the end of March 2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97406/nintendo-ceo-expects-switch-to-ship-two-million-units-by-the-end-of-march-2017 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97406/nintendo-ceo-expects-switch-to-ship-two-million-units-by-the-end-of-march-2017 <p><span><span>Nintendo lowered its full year sales and profit forecast <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97397/nintendo-cuts-revenue-and-operating-profit-guidance-increases-year-end-dividend">earlier today</a>, which has lead Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima to expect two million units of the Nintendo Switch will be shipped by the end of this fiscal year, or by March 31, 2017.</span></span></p> <p></p> <p><span>Wall Street Journal&rsquo;s Takashi Mochizuki <a href="https://twitter.com/mochi_wsj/status/791181158159482880">reports</a> the information comes straight from Nintendo during its financial results briefing, and certainly paints a picture of a more cautious company this time around, and with good reason.</span></p> <p><span>When the Wii U launched, <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/77630/nintendo-revises-wii-u-sales-expectations-downwards">Nintendo shipped 3.06 million units</a> while it expected to sell 4 million units by the end of March 2013. Considering how poorly the Wii U sold for Nintendo, we can&rsquo;t blame it for being more caution with the production of its Nintendo Switch, especially since there&rsquo;s still <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97330/9-burning-questions-we-have-about-the-nintendo-switch">much we don&rsquo;t know</a> about the product <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97314/nintendo-switch-is-the-new-name-for-nintendos-nx">after its brief introduction</a> earlier this month. Hopefully it&rsquo;ll be the mobile pioneer <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97344/with-the-switch-nintendo-may-be-the-new-mobile-king">we know it could be</a> or else Nintendo could once again have a flop on its hands.</span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:25:00 PDT Daniel Perez XCOM 2 DLC Shen's Last Gift out for PS4 and Xbox One http://www.shacknews.com/article/97404/xcom-2-dlc-shens-last-gift-out-for-ps4-and-xbox-one http://www.shacknews.com/article/97404/xcom-2-dlc-shens-last-gift-out-for-ps4-and-xbox-one <p>XCOM 2 <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/96959/psa-xcom-2-formerly-exclusive-to-pc-is-out-now-on-xbox-one-and-ps4">just launched last month</a>&nbsp;on PS4 and Xbox One after being out for PC since February, and now <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/92458/xcom-2-deluxe-edition-announced-post-launch-dlc-outlined">the DLC</a>&nbsp;for the consoles is catching up. The final DLC for the game has been released on those platforms, with a launch trailer to show you what you will be getting.&nbsp;</p> <p>Shen's Last Gift introduces senient robots to the arsenal of weapons Earth can throw at its alien invaders. They act as hero units, offering beefier stats and firepower than the traditional soldier.</p> <p>The DLC sells for $10 and is the last DLC in the season pass, which also included <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/93648/xcom-2s-first-dlc-offers-tons-of-soldier-customization-options-new-patch-coming-soon">Anarchy's Children</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/94471/xcom-2-alien-hunters-dlc-releasing-next-week-with-new-ruler-aliens-story-based-mission-and-more">Alien Hunters</a>. The PC version of Shen's Last Gift came out in June.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="394" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4zUjbQMCSOw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:34:00 PDT John Keefer Microsoft announces Surface Studio All-in-One desktop computer http://www.shacknews.com/article/97405/microsoft-announces-surface-studio-all-in-one-desktop-computer http://www.shacknews.com/article/97405/microsoft-announces-surface-studio-all-in-one-desktop-computer <p><span>Microsoft has announced a new device within its Surface family of products, called the Surface Studio.</span></p> <p><span><span>The Surface Studio is Microsoft&rsquo;s entry into the All-in-One market which it has geared towards creators. The device was designed to &ldquo;pull&rdquo; the user in with its 28-inch display, which is presented within a 3:2 aspect ratio using Microsoft&rsquo;s PixelSense Technology.</span></span></p> <p><span>Other specs include a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 32GB DDR4 Memory, a 2TB Rapid Hybrid Drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU. Ports include an audio port, Mini DP port, Ethernet jack, an SD card slot, and four USB 3.0 ports.</span></p> <p><em>Developing...</em></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:33:00 PDT Daniel Perez Windows 10 and Xbox One getting native broadcasting, custom tournaments, and more http://www.shacknews.com/article/97403/windows-10-and-xbox-one-getting-native-broadcasting-custom-tournaments-and-more http://www.shacknews.com/article/97403/windows-10-and-xbox-one-getting-native-broadcasting-custom-tournaments-and-more <p><span>During today&rsquo;s Microsoft &ldquo;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97398/heres-how-to-watch-microsofts-october-2016-imagine-what-youll-do-event">Imagine What You&rsquo;ll Do</a>&rdquo; event, the company has announced some major improvements are coming to both Windows 10 and Xbox One.</span></p> <p><span><span>One of the first features Microsoft will be adding to Windows 10 is native game broadcasting. When the Windows 10 Creators Update <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97399/microsoft-announces-windows-10-creators-update-for-spring-2017-release">releases in Spring 2017</a>, it will feature native support for Beam, which means anyone can start streaming their gameplay experience without having to install any third-party software.</span></span></p> <p></p> <p>The next feature Microsoft is making available to both Windows 10 and Xbox One is the ability to create custom tournaments through the use of Arena on Xbox Live. The tournament organizer can customize it in a number of ways after the game has been selected. Customization options include platform preference, who can participate, tournament name, game mode, and tournament style. Once all of the options have been selected, the tournament creator can sit back and allow Arena to do the work for them.</p> <p>The final update Microsoft announced for its &ldquo;gaming&rdquo; section of its event was the fact that bitstream audio passthrough, which will include Dolby Atmos support, will be available for Blu-ray discs when the Creators Update rolls out to the Xbox One.</p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:10:00 PDT Daniel Perez HoloLens, Oculus and id Software vets form new VR studio http://www.shacknews.com/article/97402/hololens-oculus-and-id-software-vets-form-new-vr-studio http://www.shacknews.com/article/97402/hololens-oculus-and-id-software-vets-form-new-vr-studio <p>VR continues to be the big thing in games right now, with more and more companies announcing their versions of hardware that will immerse players in a virtual world. The games continue to roll out as well, and there doesn't appear to be a lull in sight. So there must be room for a new VR developer run by some experienced industry veterans, right?</p> <p>Drifter Entertainment <a href="http://www.driftervr.com/">has launched</a>, helmed by three developers with hands-on work with HoloLens and Oculus, as well as creating such games as Doom 3 and Halo 4. The founders include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Ray Davis:</strong> Worked on Gears of War 1 and 2 and the VR title Bullet Train as well as the Unreal Engine at Epic, but has also worked at Microsoft on HoloLens and Kinect.</li> <li><strong>Kenneth Scott:</strong> Most recently worked at Oculus on launch content for the device, but also worked at id as lead artist on&nbsp;Quake 3, Doom 3 and Rage, as well as at Microsoft as art director on Halo 4.</li> <li><strong>Brian Murphy:</strong> Most recently a creative director at Microsoft, he has worked on HoloLens, Xbox One and Kinect development, and helped ship the VR title HoloTour for HoloLens.</li> </ul> <p>The company plans on creating virtual content for the competitive and social scenes.</p> <p><span>"We're passionate about the opportunity to finally bring our vision to life," Davis said in a press release. "Virtual reality represents a rare opportunity to build an entirely new generation of game experiences to completely immerse yourself in. We're combining our expertise in crafting incredibly polished games along with our early expertise with VR to build some truly amazing (and fun!) games for these emerging platforms."</span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:04:00 PDT John Keefer VR Headsets From HP, Dell and More Coming Soon http://www.shacknews.com/article/97401/vr-headsets-from-hp-dell-and-more-coming-soon http://www.shacknews.com/article/97401/vr-headsets-from-hp-dell-and-more-coming-soon <p>If you're interested in joining the VR space, you've got a lot more options coming down the pipeline. Announced during today's Microsoft Windows 10 event, the giant decided to let the news drop that it's partnering with companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS and ACER to bring new VR headsets starting at $299 in 2017.</p> <p>This is pretty big news since it will vastly expand the virtual reality equipment available out there. Not only will there be more options, but having more creators involved will mean more variety as well. This is absolutely a boon for anyone interested in the everchanging landscape of VR.</p> <p><em>Developing...</em></p> <div class="articleImage left" style="width: 794px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Cvs4eKoUMAALYBc.jpg" alt="" width="794" height="446" /></div> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:43:00 PDT Brittany Vincent Pokemon Go's latest update breaks Go Plus connection http://www.shacknews.com/article/97400/pokemon-gos-latest-update-breaks-go-plus-connection http://www.shacknews.com/article/97400/pokemon-gos-latest-update-breaks-go-plus-connection <p>Pokemon Go may be dropping in popularity, but there are still millions of folks who play. Right now, however, the people with Pokemon Go Plus are a bit miffed that the most recent patch for the game seems to have borked the pairing of the game with the accessory.</p> <p>"<span>Trainers may experience issues with Pok&eacute;mon GO Plus. We're aware and are working on a fix. Stand by for an update," developer Niantic has <a href="https://support.pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/hc/en-us">posted on its support page</a>. The release yesterday of 1.13.3 for iOS and 0.43.3 for Android has made the game and the Go Plus device so they cannot communicate, even though a message says the two are connected. Even unpairing the two or rebooting your phone does not solve the problem.</span></p> <p><span>Niantic <a href="https://twitter.com/PokemonGoApp/status/791154684568408064">tweeted</a>&nbsp;that the iOS 1.13.4 and Android 0.43.4 updates will fix minor bugs, without mentioning Go Plus specifically. Hopefully the patch will fix the issue, as it is unlikely that fans who dropped $70 for the accessory see this issue as a minor bug.</span></p> <p><span>The game, which has <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97373/pokemon-go-earned-600-million-in-revenue-faster-than-any-other-mobile-game">earned more than $600 million</a>&nbsp;faster than any other mobile game, is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97353/pokemon-go-halloween-in-game-event-rewards-trainers-with-more-candy-and-spooky-monsters">in the middle of a Halloween event</a>, which runs through November 1.</span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:37:00 PDT John Keefer Microsoft announces Windows 10 Creators Update for Spring 2017 release http://www.shacknews.com/article/97399/microsoft-announces-windows-10-creators-update-for-spring-2017-release http://www.shacknews.com/article/97399/microsoft-announces-windows-10-creators-update-for-spring-2017-release <p><span>Microsoft has announced it will be releasing an update to its Windows 10 operating system in Spring 2017, which it calls Windows 10 Creators Update.</span></p> <p><span><span>The three pillars Microsoft will be focusing on for its Creators Update are to expand its vision for mixed reality, to help gamers experience 4K gaming and in-game broadcasting, and offer a faster way for its users to connect and share with the people that matter most to them.</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>One of the first applications the company announced it would be launching with its Creators Update is a new version of Microsoft Paint, called Paint 3D. Users will be able to use the program to create a 3D image right from their desktop, which can be a combination of real-world images and in-app ones.&nbsp;<span>Additional applications are expected to receive some 3D-related updates, such as Microsoft&rsquo;s PowerPoint.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><em>Developing...</em></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:17:00 PDT Daniel Perez 11 Games With Spooky Halloween Updates and Events http://www.shacknews.com/article/97396/11-games-with-spooky-halloween-updates-and-events http://www.shacknews.com/article/97396/11-games-with-spooky-halloween-updates-and-events <p><span>Halloween is nearly upon us, and as is customary for many community-driven games, many developers have started rolling out in-game events complete with creepy themes and content. To help you keep track of everything, here&rsquo;s a rundown of the games with the biggest updates and add-on content to get you into the spirit of the holiday.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Destiny</strong> (10/25-11/8)</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 626px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/destiny.jpg" alt="" width="626" height="352" /></div> <p><span>Destiny&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97372/bungie-shares-more-details-on-destinys-festival-of-the-lost-event" target="_blank">Festival of the Lost</a>&nbsp;kicks off on the 25th and will feature new items like masks, shaders, and emotes. Additionally, a <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97378/how-to-get-the-lost-broom-sparrow-in-destiny-festival-of-the-lost" target="_blank">broom-themed Sparrow</a>&nbsp;is up for grabs for those who have been wanting a new ride.</span></p> <p><span>The Tower, Reef, and Iron Temple will also be decorated in celebration, and a new quest will be available in the Iron Temple. Get in there, Guardians!</span></p> <p><strong>Dead by Daylight</strong></p> <p><span>A new <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97377/dead-by-daylights-halloween-update-welcomes-michael-myers-to-kill-again-today" target="_blank">crossover Halloween DLC pack</a>&nbsp;featuring playable forms of both Michael Meyers and Laurie Strode is now available to download for $7.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Overwatch</strong> (Now - 11/1)</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/3145267-10.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><span>Overwatch is throwing a seasonal event complete with an all-new cooperative Brawl mode called Junkenstein&rsquo;s Revenge, and a swath of themed Loot Boxes including new themed skins, emotes, victory poses, sprays, and more.</span></p> <p><strong>Rocket League </strong>(Now - 11/1)</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/3142854-rl3.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><span>Rocket League has a handful of fun holiday-themed items available, including a handful of themed trails spraying skulls and candy corn. As an added bonus, you can decorate your car with the little ghost guy in the picture above.</span></p> <p><span><strong>World of Warcraft</strong> (Now -&nbsp;11/1)</span></p> <p><span>Hallow&rsquo;s End returns this year, and with it comes the chance for players to earn goodies and money to purchase items in the game through trick-or-treating in Azeroth, Nothrent, Pandaria, Outland, Draenor, and the Broken Isles. There's also a Headless Horseman boss to fight and other items to accumulate in the spirit of the season.</span></p> <p><strong>Pokemon Go </strong>(10/26 - 11/1)</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/pokemon_go_halloween_event_extra_candy-700x394.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><span>Expect to see more creepy Pokemon while you&rsquo;re out catching &lsquo;em all in <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97353/pokemon-go-halloween-in-game-event-rewards-trainers-with-more-candy-and-spooky-monsters" target="_blank">Pokemon Go&rsquo;s Halloween update</a>. Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar will be among the creatures you&rsquo;ll encounter most frequently, and you&rsquo;ll see a boost in candy obtained when catching Pokemon or transferring them.</span></p> <p><strong>Gears of War 4</strong></p> <p><span>A teaser image <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97389/gears-of-war-4-teases-the-return-of-pumpkin-head-for-halloween-weekend" target="_blank">released on Twitter today</a>&nbsp;suggests the return of Pumpkinhead in Gears of War 4&rsquo;s multiplayer modes.</span></p> <p><strong>The Elder Scrolls Online </strong>(Now - 11/1)</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/eso.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="342" /></div> <p><span>Celebrate Halloween in Tamriel by obtaining the free Crow Caller from the Crown Store, which will launch a special themed quest known as The Witchmother&rsquo;s Bargain. Finish this quest, and you&rsquo;ll get a fancy new cauldron capable of turning you and your friends into Undead for up to two hours. While in this form, defeating bosse will up your chance of obtaining loot from Plunder Skulls, giving you access to themed rewards like masks, recipes, etc. Jump in if you want to use this cauldron; after the event, you can still hold onto it, but it will no longer transform anyone into Undead.</span></p> <p><strong>Final Fantasy XIV </strong>(Now - 11/1)</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/fxiv.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="376" /></div> <p><span>All Saints&rsquo; Wake is underway in Final Fantasy XIV, and those who participate in the event&rsquo;s new quests (open to at least level 15 and up) can unlock a special minion and other items appropriately fitting a creepy Halloween theme.</span></p> <p><span><strong>Grand Theft Auto 5</strong> (10/28-11/7)</span></p> <p><span><a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97382/grand-theft-auto-onlines-halloween-event-includes-special-adversary-mode-and-more" target="_blank">Jump online this Halloween</a>&nbsp;and you&rsquo;ll be able to fight devils vs angels in a new Lost vs. Damned mode. In this mode, a quick, 60-second day/night cycle gives devils a buff during the night and angels a buff during the day. Additionally, themed items from last year will join an array of new themed vehicles.</span></p> <p><strong>Street Fighter 5 </strong>(Now - 11/29)</p> <p><span id="gmail-docs-internal-guid-f1b8c21e-ffce-e3fb-32d3-f981bbfb4aeb"><span>Celebrate Halloween in a festively decorated Russia with seven new skins for key Street Fighter characters like Necalli, Vega, and Alex. </span></span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 PDT Cassidee Moser Here's How To Watch Microsoft's October 2016 'Imagine What You'll Do' Event http://www.shacknews.com/article/97398/heres-how-to-watch-microsofts-october-2016-imagine-what-youll-do-event http://www.shacknews.com/article/97398/heres-how-to-watch-microsofts-october-2016-imagine-what-youll-do-event <p><span>Microsoft has scheduled its &ldquo;Imagine What You&rsquo;ll Do&rdquo; event today in New York City where the company will focus on its Windows OS while also possibly revealing some new hardware.</span></p> <p><span><span>One such new piece of hardware Microsoft is expected to announce is a new Surface, which has so far been referred to as &ldquo;Cardinal.&rdquo; The rumored Surface may resemble an All-in-One as it&rsquo;s been rumored to come in a variety of screen sizes, which if it turns out to be true, could certainly be an interesting approach from Microsoft as it.</span></span></p> <p></p> <p><span>Given the Surface Pro 4 was announced <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/91621/microsoft-surface-pro-4-announced-available-on-oct-26-for-899">around this time last year</a>, we think that&rsquo;s enough time for Microsoft to announce a new product within its Surface line. While we were hoping for a new tablet, it appears Microsoft&rsquo;s possible jump into the All-in-One market could very well mean it can&rsquo;t make much progress with its tablet within a single year. <i>At least</i> this means we can expect deep discounts on the Surface Pro 4 this holiday season, especially if Cardinal is introduced today.</span></p> <h2><span>How To Watch</span></h2> <p><span><span>Microsoft&rsquo;s &ldquo;Imagine What You&rsquo;ll Do&rdquo; event kicks off today at 10am ET / 7am PT, which should give you more than enough time to conduct any business you have at the office, to then lock yourself away for an important &ldquo;meeting.&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Unfortunately, Microsoft doesn&rsquo;t have an embed for its livestream, so the only way it can be accessed <a href="http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-event-2016/#webcast">is by visiting the following link</a>. Be sure to open that link in a new tab so you can interact with our Chatty as we all watch what Microsoft has in store for us this holiday season.</span></span></span></p> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 06:38:00 PDT Daniel Perez Nintendo cuts revenue and operating profit guidance, increases year end dividend http://www.shacknews.com/article/97397/nintendo-cuts-revenue-and-operating-profit-guidance-increases-year-end-dividend http://www.shacknews.com/article/97397/nintendo-cuts-revenue-and-operating-profit-guidance-increases-year-end-dividend <p>Nintendo's stock is <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/NTO:GR" target="_blank">currently trading</a>&nbsp;down 5% in Germany on the news that they lowered their full year sales and profit forecast&nbsp;for the fiscal year ending in March, 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please take a look at the <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/161026_3e.pdf" target="_blank">revised guidance</a>.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 4.36.48 AM.png" alt="" width="700" height="247" /></div> <p>Nintendo lowered their full year revenue guidance by 30 billion yen to 470 billion yen, a 6% cut from their previous forecast. Nintendo also expects operating income to be 15 billion yen less than their prior&nbsp;guidance, a 33% decrease. The real shocking slash was to the company's operating income expectations. Nintendo now expects to generate only 10 billion yen of operating income versus a previous forecast of 45 billion yen. That 77.8% decrease in the forecast has spooked a lot of investors.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/Screen Shot 2016-10-26 at 4.53.03 AM.png" alt="" width="700" height="275" /></div> <p>It's not all that bad, fellow shareholders. Nintendo <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/160822e.pdf" target="_blank">sold part of their stake</a>&nbsp;in the Seattle Mariners earlier this year for $661 million. That one time gain has actually caused the company to forecast net income of 416.22 yen per share for the&nbsp;full fiscal year. Net income grew 234% year over year in the first 6 months of the fiscal year in spite of all of the cross currents the company currently faces. Nintendo&nbsp;forecasts full year over year growth in net income of 203%, largely driven by the sale of the Mariners with some help from <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/97373/pokemon-go-earned-600-million-in-revenue-faster-than-any-other-mobile-game" target="_blank">Pokemon GO</a>. Revenues dropped to 136.812 billion yen, down 33% year over year for the first half of Nintendo's fiscal year. That tremendous sales shortfall has pushed Nintendo back into an operating loss of 5.947 billion yen for the first half of the fiscal year. The board of directors also announced that there would be no dividend for the mid year due to the company operating at a loss. It isn't all bad for shareholders that are willing to hold on until the launch of the Nintendo Switch as the board also announced a 40% increase to the full year dividend payout to 210 yen per share from 150 yen per share in the prior year. The stock's dividend yield is approaching 1%, which probably doesn't feel too great considering shares are down over 10% since the Switch reveal.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/DS1889.png" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p>Nintendo addressed the cuts to their forecast:&nbsp;</p> <div class="page"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p><em>"The Company modifies its financial forecast in consideration of a stronger-than-expected yen in foreign currency exchanges, sales performance for the six months ended September 30, 2016, the revision of sales prospects after the second quarter, and gain on sales of investment securities totaling 62.7 billion yen recorded as extraordinary income for the quarter since the Company's wholly-owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., has sold a part of its ownership in the company that manages the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team."</em></p> <p>Nintendo assumed&nbsp;exchange rates after the second quarter and at the end of the fiscal year have been revised from 110 yen to 100 yen per U.S. dollar and from 125 yen to 115 yen per euro. The refrain of a strong yen headwind is nothing new to NIntendo shareholders, but the drop in sales is due to scarcity and weakness in the overall software offerings this year at the company as well as a reduced expectation of hardware sales leading up to the launch of Nintendo Switch.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/pokemon_go_logo.png" alt="" width="700" height="426" /></div> <p>What about Pokemon GO? Well Nintendo's <a href="https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ir/pdf/2016/161026_4e.pdf" target="_blank">share of profit</a>&nbsp;from the mobile phone app amounted to 12 billion yen. Before all the doomsayers rain on shareholders' parade, it is important to note that Nintendo is only expecting to generated 10 billion yen for the whole fiscal year from operations. Pokemon GO has generated more profit for them in one quarter than the company will generate from operations this fiscal&nbsp;year. This highlights the power of Nintendo's entrance into the mobile space and lays the groundwork for Super Mario Run to add yet another source of income to&nbsp;a company that is clearly at a crossroads.</p> <p><iframe width="700" height="369" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/f5uik5fgIaI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p><span>Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-26/nintendo-cuts-full-year-sales-operating-profit-forecasts" target="_blank">said the company</a>&nbsp;expects to sell 2 million units of Switch in its first month after it goes on sale in March of 2017. This is accounted for in today's revised guidance. Many analysts panned Nintendo's Switch trailer and have already declared the device&nbsp;DOA. The company has stated that they didn't tell us everything about the system, so I will reserve my judgement until I have all of the facts. Many of the rumors have proven to be true.&nbsp;</span>The system has detachable controllers and is a tablet with a dock. Another rumor was that Nintendo new controllers may also support mobile phones&nbsp;such as iPhone or Android devices. It remains to be seen if there is some haptic technology on the touchscreen of the Switch as well. There are too many unknowns for any reasonable person to make a definitive statement on the viability of Nintendo's new hybrid console in a rapidly changing marketplace. I also&nbsp;don't think it is a coincidence that <a href="https://twitter.com/tim_cook/status/786379589832601600" target="_blank">Tim Cook</a>, CEO of Apple Inc.,&nbsp;happened to visit NIntendo Headquarters in Kyoto, Japan a week before the Switch was revealed.&nbsp;</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/timcooking.png" alt="" width="700" height="668" /></div> <p>Nintendo has a lot of new streams of revenue and profit that are going to come online in the next year and beyond. Their&nbsp;continued efforts&nbsp;in the mobile space, upcoming amusement park, and video content offerings are frequently overlooked&nbsp;by many analysts. The future of the company casts a much wider net than Nintendo Switch by itself. It is that "Blue Ocean" strategy that has kept this company going since 1889. Their ability to pivot may prove to be their greatest asset.</p> <p><em>Full Disclosure:</em></p> <p><em>Asif Khan, his company Virtue LLC, and/or his family members had the following positions at the time of this article:</em></p> <p><em>Long Apple via shares and options</em></p> <p><em>Long NTDOY shares</em></p> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:30:00 PDT Asif Khan Turtle Rock Studios drops support for Evolve http://www.shacknews.com/article/97395/turtle-rock-studios-drops-support-for-evolve http://www.shacknews.com/article/97395/turtle-rock-studios-drops-support-for-evolve <p>Sad news from Turtle Rock Studios as they have announced on their official forum that they are dropping support for Evolve. This game was highly anticipated and hyped, but never delivered the numbers that Take Two Interactive had projected. The studio attempted to pump life into its struggling game earlier this year with the decision to <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95723/evolve-launches-free-version-on-pc-today" target="_blank">go free-to-play</a>, but it is no longer up to them. 2K will be handling all legacy support for Evolve and Turtle Rock Studios has to get back to the drawing board while continuing to support their new <a href="https://www.turtlerockstudios.com/2016/10/turtle-rock-studios-brings-two-immersive-vr-experiences-to-oculus-gear-vr/" target="_blank">Gear VR titles</a>. I am reminded of this quote from Steve Jobs that is on the wall outside of the auditorium at Apple Inc. Headquarters Building 4 on Infinite Loop in Cupertino.</p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/stovejorbs.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="332" /></div> <p>Shacknews&nbsp;wishes the best to Turtle Rock Studios in figuring out what to do next. Here is their <a href="https://talk.turtlerockstudios.com/t/our-final-message-to-our-evolve-community/106117?u=takran" target="_blank">final message</a>&nbsp;to the Evolve community:</p> <p><em>Seems like the greater things you aspire to, the more time it takes. We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn&rsquo;t feel like enough - we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.</em></p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left4Dead was no different and now it&rsquo;s Evolve&rsquo;s turn. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our past projects. No matter what happens with Evolve in the future, we&rsquo;ll know it was born in this studio and developed by this team alongside this beautiful community.</em></p> <p><em>This is the life of AAA game developers who aren&rsquo;t self-funded and don&rsquo;t own their own IP. We don&rsquo;t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.</em></p> <p><em>The last five and a half years represents so much. We are so proud of Evolve, the Turtle Rock team and the Evolve community. Getting on the forums, Reddit, Facebook and Twitch and talking directly to you has been a highlight of many of our careers. On no other project have we ever been able to interact so directly. The Evolve community is the best we could have hoped for and we hope you come with us and become a part of the Turtle Rock community.</em></p> <p><em>We want to thank all the people at THQ who initially believed in us when we were that tiny studio in a little converted warehouse with a dream of making something truly different. Thanks to 2K for picking up the mantle out of THQ&rsquo;s bankruptcy and making Evolve one of the most anticipated games of 2015. Additional big thanks to 2K for reaching outside their comfort zone and funding Evolve: Stage 2 by taking a AAA game free to play, which was a first for all of us.</em></p> <p><em>Most of all, we want to thank you, our players, for supporting Evolve and Evolve: Stage 2, many of you from the very beginning. You embraced our vision and fell in love with it just as we did. We have learned so much from you. Thank you all for your feedback, your support and your dedication.</em></p> <p><em>We love this community and don&rsquo;t want to say goodbye via a letter on a website, so we&rsquo;ll be hosting one final Evolve-themed Livestream on Thursday, October 27 at twitch.tv/evolvegame starting at 12 PM Pacific Time. We&rsquo;ll be there talking about our experience on the project and answering as many of your questions as we can.</em></p> <p><em>There&rsquo;s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that&rsquo;s just not meant to be.</em></p> <p><em>Those of you who&rsquo;ve followed Turtle Rock Studios, this is not goodbye. We have lots of stuff in the works that we hope you&rsquo;ll enjoy but we are departing on the Laurie-Anne for the last time and must bid a farewell to the planet Shear.</em><br /><em>We&rsquo;ll see you all again, another time on another world&hellip;.</em></p> <p>So long, Shear. It&rsquo;s been an adventure.</p> <p>Phil &amp; Chris</p> <p></p> <p>Here is a <a href="https://talk.turtlerockstudios.com/t/the-trs-forums-are-here-to-stay/106170?u=takran" target="_blank">message</a>&nbsp;from Shane K Meyer, their community manager, regarding the future of the Turtle Rock Studios forum:</p> <p><em>Dear TRS Forums Community and TRS Devs,</em></p> <p><em>It's been a crazy day!</em></p> <p><em>We got a beautiful icy beast with awesome power and damn good looks! -- we also got the news of Evolve being transitioned into 2K's hands for further decision making.</em></p> <p><em>I want to start by thanking each and every one of you for your support from the moment these forums were created -- to the Alpha of Evolve -- to now.</em></p> <p><em>I came from the community and I couldn't be more proud of not only the relationships we've built, but the game we built together.</em></p> <p><em>It's not everything we had dreamed of as our production was cut short -- but it definitely wouldn't have come as far as it has without you.</em></p> <p><em>That being said. This is our forums. Turtle Rock Studios.</em></p> <p><em>This is our community. This is our people.</em></p> <p><em>I promise you no matter what choice you make: whether it is to leave or stay, you were always a part of something special -- and you are always welcome back.</em></p> <p><em>I will not only continue running the forums as we have in the past, but new content will be showing up consistently as we are currently working on new projects!</em></p> <p><em>Although we will no longer be able to offer patch information, process hack/bug information, or take Evolve suggestions, we will be here offering you a community, new projects, and full transparency.</em></p> <p><em>We've built much more than a community, we've built a family. All Evolve discussion, shared stories, and created content are always welcome here. This also includes L4D and all the new projects we have in store for you.</em></p> <p><em>Thank you again for making this part of my life the absolute best.</em></p> <p><em>I love you all and I look forward to continuing the legacy of TRS with you.</em></p> <p><em>Kindest regards,</em></p> <p><em>Shane K Meyer</em></p> <p>Evolve players must&nbsp;now go to <a href="http://support.2k.com/hc/en-us" target="_blank">2K Support</a>&nbsp;for any future issues with the game.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:00:00 PDT Asif Khan Civilization 6 Troubleshooting Guide - How to Fix Crashing and Other Issues With the Latest Patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/97386/civilization-6-troubleshooting-guide---how-to-fix-crashing-and-other-issues-with-the-latest-patch http://www.shacknews.com/article/97386/civilization-6-troubleshooting-guide---how-to-fix-crashing-and-other-issues-with-the-latest-patch <p>The latest installment of the Civilization series has been out for quite a few days now, and fans everywhere have been enjoying the game as they try to conquer their enemies and rule the world through the various ages of man. Now, however, something terrible has happened, and the latest patch for the game has introduced a nasty bug that has left many players struggling to even load into their saved games. We&rsquo;re going to teach you how to fix this problem, that way you can go back to enjoying your daily dose of Civilization 6.</p> <h2>How to Stop Civilization 6 from Crashing</h2> <p>For some reason, complete unbeknownst to anyone, the latest patch for Civilization 6 introduced a nasty bug that causes it to not place nice with Windows built in Antivirus software, Windows Defender. There are a few ways to fix this issue.</p> <p><strong>Disable Windows Defender</strong></p> <p>This is the nuclear option as far as things go, because it leaves your computer without any kind of malware or anti-virus protection, unless of course you have a third-party application installed alongside Windows Defender. That&rsquo;s a bit overkill, though, even for our grandparents, so let&rsquo;s just assume that this isn&rsquo;t the best way to go, but it is still an option. To disable Windows Defender follow the steps below.</p> <p>Hit the Start Menu &gt; Settings &gt; Update and Security &gt; Windows Defender &gt; Real-Time Protection (tick it off)</p> <p>Following the steps above will completely disable Windows Defender, so make sure that&rsquo;s what you want to do before you do it.</p> <p><strong>Add an Exclusion in Windows Defender</strong></p> <p>If you want to fix the issue, and not have to go nuclear, then this is the best way to get things running smoothly again. The steps are pretty similar to what we outlined above, so just follow along and you shouldn&rsquo;t run into any issues.</p> <p>Open the Start Menu &gt; Settings &gt; Update and Security &gt; Windows Defender &gt; Add an Exclusion (underneath Exclusions when you scroll down) &gt; Exclude a Folder &gt; Find the Civ 6 folder location and choose it</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the most basic way to add an exclusion to the system. Now, if you&rsquo;re having problems with Windows Defender completely blocking out your entire Steam application (we have heard reports of this happening), then you&rsquo;ll want to choose your Steam folder as the one to exclude from Windows Defender&rsquo;s watchful gaze.</p> <p><strong>Allow Civilization 6 Through the Windows Firewall</strong></p> <p>You might also want to make sure that Civilization 6 has been allowed through the Windows Firewall. The Firewall is a secondary point of defense for your computer, and many times it will block online access for applications to ensure the safety of your system and information. Allowing the game through your Firewall is easy, however. Just follow the steps below to finish up.</p> <p>Type Windows Firewall in your Search Bar &gt; Click &lsquo;Allow an app through Windows Firewall&rsquo; &gt; Scroll down and select Civilization 6</p> <p>Those are the most basic ways to fix the issues presented with the latest patch, and we&rsquo;ve heard multiple reports of these solutions working for many players, in fact, two of our editors had the issue themselves, and were able to easily fix it and play Civilization 6 for several more hours without any interruptions by following the steps above. Civilization 6 is out now on Mac and PC, so be sure to pick it up and get drawn into the deep and complex &lsquo;one more turn&rsquo; lifestyle that is overtaking the world.</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 22:00:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Don't expect Xbox Scorpio news at tomorrow's Microsoft event http://www.shacknews.com/article/97394/dont-expect-xbox-scorpio-news-at-tomorrows-microsoft-event http://www.shacknews.com/article/97394/dont-expect-xbox-scorpio-news-at-tomorrows-microsoft-event <p>Xbox fans hoping for a glimpse of any and all things related to Scorpio at tomorrow's event are in for disappointment.</p> <p>"We won't be talking about Scorpio at that event," <a href="https://twitter.com/XboxP3/status/790984048613089280">tweeted</a> Xbox boss Phil Spencer in response to a question from a fan (via <a href="http://www.gamespot.com/articles/no-xbox-scorpio-news-at-microsoft-event-tomorrow/1100-6444798/">GameSpot</a>). Microsoft's <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/octoberevent">October event</a>, scheduled for tomorrow, October 26, at 10:00am Eastern / 7:00am Pacific, will focus on the future of Windows 10.</p> <p>That doesn't mean the event will be entirely devoid of gaming-related news. Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb <a href="https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/790935922405584896">is in New York</a> for the conference, though he hasn't divulged what business brought him there. Given that the November 2015 update for Xbox One integrated Windows 10 into the console, Hryb could be on hand to announce information related to gaming on Microsoft's current OS.</p> <p>Microsoft revealed Scorpio, its updated Xbox One hardware due out sometime next year, at E3 <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95244/e3-2016-microsoft-reveals-new-xbox-one-project-scorpio">back in June</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:39:00 PDT David Craddock Battlefield 1 Review - Finding The Series' Identity Again http://www.shacknews.com/article/97306/battlefield-1-review---finding-the-series-identity-again http://www.shacknews.com/article/97306/battlefield-1-review---finding-the-series-identity-again <p><span><span>Sometimes it can be hard to nail down the things that make a game special. For me, the Battlefield series has always been my go</span></span><span><span>-</span></span><span><span>to FPS</span></span><span><span>, and while&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>the franchise hasn&rsquo;t&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>quite felt like the Battlefield that I know and love over the past few releases</span></span><span><span>, that hasn&rsquo;t stopped me from hoping that one day I&rsquo;d find myself enjoying it all again. For the past few years the Battlefield series has struggled with its own identity, unsure of what it truly was supposed to be. With Battlefield 1 it almost feels like DICE took a hard look at the past couple of releases, and the lightbulb above their heads finally dinged on, bringing them to the realization of the one thing that every Battlefield fan doesn&rsquo;t want out of the series &ndash; just another Call of Duty game.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span>That isn&rsquo;t to say that Battlefield 1 is perfect</span></span><span><span>.&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>There are still a lot of issues that need to be ironed out</span></span><span><span>. I&rsquo;ve spawned into games multiple times to find myself unable to drive tanks, planes, or even turn a turret. I&rsquo;ve been revived from death&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>to find my gas mask bugged, and my character constantly reloading his weapon.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span>But, deep down, in the core of the game itself, Battlefield 1 does what it is supposed to do. It feels like a Battlefield game, it works like a Battlefield game, and that alone is one of the most beautiful things that any fan could have asked for out of the series.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/bf1-review-image-1.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <h2><span><span>Short, Sweet, and to the Emotional Point</span></span></h2> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><span><span>The Battlefield series has never been known for its compelling characters and&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>storylines. For many the series was at its best&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>in Bad Company 2, when the characters and story&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>didn&rsquo;t feel too serious. The campaigns for Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, and even Battlefield Hardline all struggled to make their points, driving players through the same typical FPS campaign of one man taking on a legion. It&rsquo;s an overplayed trope that we still see plaguing games and other media</span></span><span><span>, and it</span></span><span><span>'s</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>sad when a developer loses the chance to tell a truly meaningful story</span></span><span><span>.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span>Battlefield 1 isn&rsquo;t like that.&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>I wouldn&rsquo;t exactly call it a campaign, as the stories are broken up across six different campaigns. Each story follows a different character, giving players a glimpse into the various parts that made up the war machine in World War I. It&rsquo;s a great way of&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>putting you on the front lines of the Great War</span></span><span><span>, as it allows players&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>long enough to get emotionally attached to the characters, but&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>no character</span></span><span><span>s</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>stick</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;around long enough&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>to overstay their welcome</span></span><span><span>.&nbsp;</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h2><span><span>Bring on the Big Guns</span></span></h2> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><span><span>S</span></span><span><span>ingle</span></span><span><span>-</span></span><span><span>player campaigns aren&rsquo;t what drive most the player base to Battlefield games.&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>W</span></span><span><span>ide-open combat&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>pushes&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>multiplayer&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>modes to the top of the food chain.&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>Battlefield 1&rsquo;s multiplayer&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>is a solid experience, with the new game modes and maps&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>tweaked to be both interesting and engaging.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span><span>The new Operations mode, which&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>combines</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>Rush and Conquest, feels good</span></span><span><span>, and while the odds are usually&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>weighted toward defense</span></span><span><span>, the&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>diversity of&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>maps&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>means that conflicts can</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;go either way, depending on your squad play. The biggest complaint that I have for&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>Operations</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;is that many times players don&rsquo;t realize just how much access the enemy has to their spawn area. The safe spawns of Battlefield 3 and 4 aren&rsquo;t a thing anymore, and flanking&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>often play</span></span><span><span>s</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;a</span></span><span><span>n</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>important role in taking down your enemy&rsquo;s forces. I can&rsquo;t tell you how many times my squad and I have sneaked behind enemy lines and come up from behind, allowing us to surprise them and take&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>them down without much of a fight. It&rsquo;s a wonderfully made&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>mode that needs just a few tweaks to make it amazing.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <div class="articleImage full" style="width: 700px;"><img src="https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/shacknews/assets/editorial/2016/10/bf1-review-image-2.jpg" alt="" width="700" height="394" /></div> <p><span><span>The other game modes are straightforward Battlefield game modes, aside from War Pigeon, which is a mix of Team Deathmatch and Battlefield 4&rsquo;s Obliteration</span></span><span><span>. Players must capture a Messenger Pigeon, which they must then hold&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>until they complete a written message. Once the message is written the pigeon is released into the air. If it isn&rsquo;t shot down, an artillery strike will be called in</span></span><span><span>, taking out any enemy forces it hits. It&rsquo;s an interesting&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>mode that gives players a nice frantic way to experiment with new options, but it doesn&rsquo;t feel like something that will continue to be a staple item for Battlefield 1 players.</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <h2><span><span>Great War</span></span></h2> <p><span>&nbsp;</span><span><span>Battlefield 1 might not be the best Battlefield game, or the best FPS game&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>I've</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;ever&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>played</span></span><span><span>, but it succeeds at doing what it needs to do. It feels like Battlefield, it works like Battlefield, and it has plenty of opportunities for amazing things to happen that have only ever happened in&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>a&nbsp;</span></span><span><span>Battlefield</span></span><span><span>&nbsp;game</span></span><span><span>. It&rsquo;s nice to see DICE returning to the roots of what makes this series so amazing, and I&rsquo;m happy that, for the first time in years, a new Battlefield game doesn&rsquo;t feel like it is in the middle of an identity crisis.&nbsp;</span></span><span>&nbsp;</span></p> <hr /> <p><em>This review is based on a review code provided by the publisher. Battlefield 1 will be available October 21 for $59.99 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game&nbsp;is rated M.</em></p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:15:00 PDT Josh Hawkins Blizzard's making changes to competitive play in Overwatch Season 3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97393/blizzards-making-changes-to-competitive-play-in-overwatch-season-3 http://www.shacknews.com/article/97393/blizzards-making-changes-to-competitive-play-in-overwatch-season-3 <p>Overwatch designer Scott Mercer published a <a href="http://us.battle.net/forums/en/overwatch/topic/20749698219#post-1" target="_blank">lengthy forum post</a>&nbsp;detailing changes coming to the game's third season of competitive play.</p> <p>Most changes have to do with off-season duration and skills. Season 2 will end on November 24 and make way for Season 3 one week later on December 1. Developers will implement a timer into Overwatch so you'll be able to count down minutes and seconds until the off-season ends.</p> <p>Mercer proceed to outline changes to skill ratings and tiers, but not before setting the stage by explaining Overwatch's broader goals as they relate to matchmaking for <a href="http://www.shacknews.com/article/95382/overwatch-competitive-play-details-revealed" target="_blank">competitive play</a>. While Blizzard wants to even the playing field to make every match-up fair, they also want to wipe the slate clean every season.</p> <p>"These two goals end up being somewhat contradictory. If we completely reset everyone&rsquo;s Skill Rating (SR) at the start of a new season, then players of all skill levels would end up playing against each other and having poor quality matches until the system could reevaluate each player&rsquo;s skill."</p> <p>The development team ended up deciding to carry over your SR from the previous season in order to more evenly match up players.</p> <p>Blizzard also reevaluated how Overwatch sorted players into skill tiers for Season 2, in the hopes of a more even divide for Season 3. At the beginning of the season, more players wound up ranked Gold and Platinum, and fewer got sorted into Bronze and Silver&mdash;all the result of the algorithm responsible for calculating SRs. The problem was that below-average players got sorted into higher tiers, resulting in precipitous drops to their SR when they went up against players who belonged in the upper echelon.</p> <p>"We&rsquo;re leaning more towards trying to keep things fair rather than giving everyone a fresh start. We&rsquo;re also going to initially tune your SR to be slightly lower to start. In turn, fewer players should start the season having their Skill Rating drastically drop despite having close to even wins and losses."</p> <p>As a result, some players will start in a different tier when Season 3 kicks off than where they started for Season 2. Additionally, SR gains from winning will be higher than usual for a short time. "After you play enough matches, however, your SR gains and losses will go back to normal."</p> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:31:00 PDT David Craddock
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