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Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:15

Ubisoft Making Profits Thanks To Ghost Recon Wildlands

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Ubisoft reported a very solid performance for the third quarter of the fiscal year.

Ubisoft’s third-quarter 2017-2018 report is out, and the company posted very strong numbers for the period. In total, the company brought in €725.0 million (about £643 million ) in sales, up 36.8% year-on-year. The company’s performance was so strong that they managed to shoot past their revised target of €700.0 million and the original target, €630.0 million.

The strong performance was fueled by Assassin’s Creed Origins and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Origins was the third best-selling game in the EMEA countries in 2017. Wildlands, meanwhile, was the seventh best-selling game in the EMEA countries and tenth in North America. Tom Clancy games in general were very successful with over 60 million unique players across all games.

Ubisoft’s early faith in the Nintendo Switch has paid off. The company is the platform’s leading third-party publisher. Critical hit Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is currently the best-selling third-party title on the platform.

“Our very strong third-quarter performance highlights two areas in which we have made major strides,” said Yves Guillemot, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “First, our games’ live operations are making steady progress. This has fueled momentum for digital and back catalogue, which both hit record highs this quarter. Second, the increasingly recurring profile of our business has had a very positive impact on our new releases. By taking additional time to develop our games, we have been able to deliver three top-quality titles since August, including the grand return of Assassin’s Creed.”

“These successes demonstrate that our differentiating strategy of combining long-term investment in our talented teams and our multi-studios collaboration model is paying off. This strategy enables us to deliver high-quality blockbusters while keeping our communities engaged through regular major updates. As a result, Ubisoft is perfectly positioned to reach its targets for fiscal 2017-18 and 2018-19.”

Ubisoft looks to finish off the fiscal year strong with the release of Far Cry 5 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered on PS4 and Xbox One. In addition to these titles, a slew of DLC is scheduled to release for Assassin’s Creed Origins, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, Rainbox Six Siege, and For Honor.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 18:57

Dead Space Free On Origin

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Dead Space, the acclaimed 2008 sci-fi horror game from the now-defunct developer Visceral Games, is now completely free on PC. It is the newest "On the House" game from publisher Electronic Arts, and you can grab it right here from Origin.

As with the previous On the House titles, once you download Dead Space it is yours to keep forever. The only catch is that EA doesn't say when On the House titles cycle out, so if you're interested, you may want to grab the game right now instead of putting it off until later.

Dead Space was already in the Origin Access free game library on PC, so if you subscribe to that service you have been able to play the game at no cost for a while now. The game was also released on Xbox 360, and it is playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility. The Xbox 360 edition is in the Xbox One EA Access library.

Dead Space was in fact the very first EA On the House freebie, kicking off the freebie campaign back in 2014. It appears to be the first title to have two runs in the On the House hopper.

In Dead Space, you play as a space engineer named Isaac Clarke who must fight all manner of ghastly creatures on a spaceship. Sequels Dead Space 2 and Dead Space 3 were released in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, who now lead Call of Duty studio Sledgehammer Games, worked on Dead Space before starting their own studio.

Dead Space 3 failed to meet EA's sales expectations. However, despite that, the publisher said in 2013 that the brand remains one that is "close to Electronic Arts' heart." However, with creator Visceral Games now shuttered, it remains to be seen if the franchise has a future at EA.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 21:43

Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend Coming UP

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Ubisoft has announced that it will be holding a free play weekend for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege, starting on Thursday February 15th.

The exact duration of Ubisoft's free weekend will, for some reason, differ depending on your platform of choice. PC players can participate via Steam or Uplay from February 15th to 18th, and the Xbox One event runs from February 15th to 19th.

PlayStation 4 owners, however, can play Rainbow Six Siege for free from February 15th to the 20th, giving the world an entirely new definition of the word 'weekend' that most people would probably be thrilled to adopt.

Everyone participating in the free Rainbow Six Siege let's-call-it-a-weekend will have access to every map, mode, and Operator currently available. Players can carry over their progress to the full game, should they decide to make a purchase once the event is done.

Those that do stick around, won't have long to wait until Rainbow Six Siege's third year of content updates begins. Season One of Year 3 is known as Operation Chimera and incorporates the new limited-time zombies-and-aliens-themed co-op mode, Outbreak.

Operation Chimera and Outbreak will release on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on March 6th. However, PC players will be able to give Operation Chimera a whirl form February 19th (and Outbreak mode from February 20th) through Rainbow Six Siege's technical test servers.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 16:57

Black Ops 4 Releasing This Year

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As always, Activision will release a new entry in the Call of Duty series this year. And, although details are scant on exactly what to expect, a new report states that it will be the latest entry in the Black Ops sub-series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Following a recent tweet from games writer Marcus Sellars saying as much, Eurogamer reports that multiple sources have confirmed Black Ops 4 is indeed this year's Call of Duty title. The game is being developed by Treyarch, which has been responsible for previous Black Ops titles. It will also reportedly have fewer sci-fi elements following the reception to 2016's futuristic Infinite Warfare.

That we're seeing another Black Ops game is little surprise. The Black Ops series has proven to be the most popular of the various recurring Call of Duty brands and has represented the bulk of developer Treyarch's output over the past eight years.

The timing also makes sense; Black Ops III was released in 2015, so the inevitable fall 2018 release would come after three years. Activision shifted to a three-year development cycle for Call of Duty games, rotating between releases from Treyarch, Sledgehammer, and Infinity Ward.

 

New Call of Duty games traditionally aren't announced until well into spring, so it could easily be two or more months before we hear anything official from Activision. The company reports its earnings for the final quarter of 2017 later this week; we'll report back with anything it has to share then.

Saturday, 03 February 2018 09:43

PUBG to Disable Steam Family Sharing

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Since its full release late last year, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has sought to boost game performance and come down hard on cheaters. With the latter in mind, an early version of a "new anti-cheat solution"—which was hinted at last week—will roll out on live servers next week. A new update explains what it's all about. 

"This solution will complement the systems that have been developed and implemented already," reads this Steam Community post, written by Dohyung Lee, the dev's head of service management and anti-cheat. "Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorised programs but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities."

In doing so, helper programmes which might alter the game's graphics or "aid gameplay in some way" will be blocked; so too could programmes that behave like cheat applications, even if they don't give users an unfair advantage.

Admittedly, I've only come across obvious cheaters on a couple of occasions—once by way of auto-aim, and another who I'm certain used a visibility-through-walls exploit—however the game's subreddit is filled with disgruntled players who claim to have suffered at the hands of those breaking the rules. 

To this end, PUBG Corp has banned upwards of 1.5 million cheaters since its Early Access arrival last year—and has even reported taking down 100,000 rule breakers in a "single wave".

The latest update suggests improvements are in-line for its in-game report function, while Steam family sharing will be deactivated in due course. 

Here's Lee on that: 

We have an announcement for those of you using family sharing on Steam. We had allowed this feature so that the account holders who own PUBG can use their character with other Steam accounts if they wanted to. However, we have decided to deactivate this feature because we have identified a number of vulnerabilities that are being exploited. Please understand that we are introducing this measure to fight abuse and ensure a fair environment. 

We would like to sincerely thank all players who have always played fair, respected other players, and enjoyed PUBG as part of a healthy community. We will do our utmost to minimize the exposure of players who play fair to those who don’t. We ask for your understanding and active feedback so that we can create an enjoyable environment for PUBG together.

Lee concludes by saying PUBG's anti-cheat solution will be upgraded "steadily" following its implementation next week, and will be evolved over time to ascertain a long-lasting "fair game environment."

Friday, 02 February 2018 18:05

Far Cry 5 Season Pass Details Revealed

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The Far Cry 5 season pass will take players to some unusual places, and I'm not talking about deep-fried testicle festivals or forbidden bovine love.  I mean it in a very literal sense. It will include three separate adventures, each with a "unique Far Cry twist," featuring time travel, zombies, and a journey to another world. 

First up is Hours of Darkness, in which players will travel back to the Vietnam War to do battle against Viet Cong soldiers. Next is Dead Living Zombies, a desperate stand against the undead hordes in a variety of b-movie situations. And finally, there's Lost on Mars, an "everyone fights, no-one quits" jam with the spiders from Mars.  

The pass also includes a trip to a completely different game, that being Far Cry 3. PS4 and Xbox One owners will actually get the single-player only Far Cry 3 Classic Edition, but for us it's the standard edition on Steam

Ubisoft also dropped a new trailer reiterating the story behind the game: A small town in Montana is taken over by a heavily armed religious cult, and it's up to you and a handful of locals (and some well-behaved animals) to sort things out. 

 Ubisoft didn't say anything about standalone season pass pricing, but the standard edition of Far Cry 5 is £40 on Steam, while the Gold Edition goes for £75, so we can probably extrapolate from there. Far Cry 5 comes out on March 27. You can check out the minimum requirements for Far Cry 5 right here

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:03

Anthem Delayed Until Next Year

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BioWare's Destiny-alike online shooter Anthem was expected to be released sometime near the end of this year, and in fact if you go to the official Anthem YouTube channel, it still lists "fall 2018" as the release date. A Kotaku report last week said that wasn't likely to happen, however. According to the site's anonymous sources that target was "never realistic," and the game wouldn't actually be available until early 2019.   

Today Electronic Arts confirmed the delay, although also insisted that it is not actually a delay at all, and that it's not the result of development issues at BioWare but simply a matter of scheduling. There's a new Battlefield coming in October, and EA CFO Blake Jorgensen told the Wall Street Journal the company decided that Anthem will "get more attention if it came out in a quieter quarter."

The Kotaku report made BioWare's situation sound troubling, but Jorgensen's statement actually fits well with EA's recent past experience. Titanfall 2, released in 2016, is an outstanding FPS but faltered badly at launch despite being multiplatform (the original wasn't released for PlayStation) and getting a big push from EA—a failure widely attributed to the inexplicable decision to cram it between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.   

There's no question that BioWare needs Anthem to be a hit, so this may well be a case of "lesson learned." Whatever the specifics, it's official: Anthem won't be out until 2019. 

The announcement of the Anthem rescheduling-that-is-not-a-delay also delivers a low-key confirmation that a new Battlefield game is coming later this year. I'd forgotten about that completely, but it's not actually a new announcement: EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in the company's Q1 2018 earnings call (via Seeking Alpha) that "we'll continue delivering for our Battlefield fans, including the next great game in the franchise," in 2018. I've reached out to EA for more information and will update if  I hear more. 

Monday, 29 January 2018 17:36

Fortnite Introduces Sniper Shootout and It's Time Limited

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Following some server issues that cropped up last week, Epic Games has once again brought something new for players to do in Fortnite. The Battle Royale portion of the game has announced a new limited-time mode for all players on PC and it's available now.

Sniper Shootout is now live, and as you can probably guess, it's a sniper rifle-centric experience. All weapons on the map have been replaced by sniper rifles, though you'll also find some revolvers to make short-range encounters less of the nightmare they'd be with snipers only. Consumables can also be found like normal, but grenades have been removed to ensure it's the aforementioned weapons (or melee attacks) that are involved in any kills.

This is the first instance of Sniper Shootout, so it remains to be seen if it'll become a regular part of the rotation. It should make the new city area introduced in the recent Fortnite map revamp an especially popular drop zone, what with all the tall buildings.

You'll have only a few days to check out the mode, as it will rotate out on Friday, February 2. There's no word on what will be next, but other limited-time modes we've seen include those that focus on suppressed weapons or explosives. Another turned the game into a 50v50 affair, which I was particularly fond of.

A new Fortnite update was released last week, but it was accompanied by extended downtime due to an issue with the game's servers. Subsequently, players again found they were unable to play or join up with friends, though Epic has since released a fix for the social/party issues. An additional, smaller Fortnite patch was also deployed over the weekend to fix some other lingering bugs.

 

 Upcoming FPS Strategy Game Freeman:Guerilla Warfare Coming to Steam Early Access February 1!

 

The upcoming FPS strategy game Freeman:Guerilla Warfare from KK Game Studio will be officially hitting Steam early access on February 1. You can add the game to your Steam wishlist to get the latest news on its release and any discounts the game might have.

Promising a fully immersive gaming experience that lets players choose between either the role of grand general or that of a foot soldier (or an admixture of both), Freeman:Guerilla Warfare is promising a level of granularity that is both deep and engaging but accessible for the average gamer.  The game is all about the player’s career as a faction leader, a person tasked with raising funds, hiring soldiers, securing territory, obtaining equipment, and all of the myriad of tasks associated with commanding an army and conquering territory.   In a combination of FPS and sandbox game, Freeman:Guerilla Warfare will really let players have a lot of freedom to choose what direction they would like to take with their game.   The variant nature of each gaming session will allow for really high replayability and the team plans on adding features over time.

Developers often look for inspirations before developing a game, and this one is clearly inspired by medieval battle fest Mount and Blade as well as the Arma series. Strategy games are always a popular source of gaming innovation, and the combination of FPS and strategy game in such a seamless way could bode well for the future innovations the team has planned.  The experience is supposed to be visceral but also tactical. The two different gaming modes will elicit different gameplay styles from the player - perhaps an aggressive, melee-prone soldier on the ground is a more thoughtful, strategic commander in general mode, for example.

Tina from KK Game Studio describes the game as, “It is more like Mount & Blade and Arma combined. In the strategy portion, the player roams on the world map, visiting various locations, trading, raising funds, upgrading equipment, accepting missions, and engaging enemy field armies or siege towns. In the FPS portion, the player enters the battlefield and lead the army to combat in first person view.”  It is also the developer’s hope that the game can take off with the streaming community. The team has specifically tailored portions of the game to be immediately understandable to a viewing audience as well as engaging and entertaining if viewed in a more passive style.   After all, nothing helps get the word out there about your brand new game quite like videogame streamers, and Freeman:Guerilla Warfare hopes to attract this fast-growing segment of the gaming population. Strategy games have always had a home on PC, especially those with complex and arcane rules. It’s expected that Freeman:Guerilla Warfare will be no different but will be so different that it stands out among the crowd.

Get ahead of everyone else by getting Freeman:Guerilla Warfare on February 1 on Steam when it is available for early access.

You can do so at the following link: http://store.steampowered.com/app/773951/Freeman_Guerrilla_Warfare/

 

 

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:59

Ultimate Gaming Rigs & Custom Paint Jobs? Must Be UKGC

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 UK Gaming Computers Offers Superior Products and Services for Gamers Seeking Bespoke Rigs

 

When you’re a serious PC gamer, you want performance that outstrips the competition and quality that lasts - or, at the very least, a reliable and robust warranty repair service to back it up. UK Gaming Computers not only offers bleeding-edge bespoke gaming products but also has a 6-year warranty on all of their customized rigs. That’s 2190 days - or more than enough time for you to get something better because, let’s face it, you only want the best and you only want top end.

 UK Gaming Computers knows this and they do not compromise on quality because of it. You can rely upon them to provide you with the best on the market at an unbeatable price but you can also walk away from your purchase with the comfort of knowing that your purchase is more than insured.

 UK Gaming Computers prides itself on being different from the competition and offering something a cut above the rest. The company’s focus on customer service really shines through from initial inquiry to final point of sale - everything is seamless, professional, efficient, and outstanding.

 They call their gaming rigs the Bugatti Veyrons of the PC industry, and this is an apt description. For those of you not familiar with high-end performance automobiles, the Bugatti Veyron is the top of the line hypercar from namesake Bugatti that is often associated with performance and superiority of engineering design.

The company was established in 2009 and grew out of the founder’s love for building rigs. Initially from an IT background, Damien Curtis who is Director at UKGC, said his love for tinkering with new hardware and putting it together far exceeded his love for “wondering why a clients routers were not authenticating with ISP’s.” Noticing a lack of quality firms providing products that catered to a high-end PC gaming enthusiast audience, UK Gaming Computers set out to become the standard in custom rigs.

 Eschewing the cheapest equipment at the highest margin approach, UK Gaming Computers has attained the highest-ratings for customer service of any custom PC rig company in the UK.

 Getting this is no easy task, and often requires that the team at UK Gaming Computers go above and beyond when providing exceptional service for their valued clients. In fact, this is a driving force behind the company, and it shows in their work.

 “Positive feedback from our customer is the forefront of what we do and is a great driving force to strive to keep up the high standards. We actually give a damn about what our customers think (even the wrong ones!) and will always look to improve our services where we can. Being the highest customer rated PC builder in the country doesn’t come from resting on our laurels,” the founder said.

 The company has a pretty impressive list of clients as well, with YouTube star PewDiePie among them. His Mini monster with a red candy spectraflair paintjob is particularly memorable according to UK PC Gaming founder Damien Curtis. But if you’re not in the market for an entirely new rig, UK PC Gaming will also upgrade your existing rig, whether or not you purchased it from them.

 It’s kind of a way to sample the amazing level of service you’ll get at UK PC Gaming, and will probably have you coming back in the future to buy an entire rig from the company. Given what you are getting, pricing is quite reasonable, starting at £549.99 and going up to £8,999.99.

 The Kraken - Watercooled Custom Gaming PC is an impressive piece of kit to be sure. The rig allows for “extensive upgrades to suit your gaming needs” and comes with a water cooled 6 Core, 12 Thread Intel Core i7 6800K Processor running at 3.4Ghz, and 3.6Ghz “when Turbo mode kicks in, on the impressive X99 chipset based Asus X99-E motherboard.” The water cooled Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB takes care of graphics while 16GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 RAM keeps it running smoothly.  With virtually every computer they build you will have a wealth of options from CPU's down to case lighting.  You want it, they build it!!

 

This is just one example of the type of rig they offer but the possibilities are somewhat endless given the complete bespoke nature of the company’s offerings. All orders over £250 qualify for financing as well - an added convenience for shoppers looking to upgrade their gaming PC.

 One happy customer on Review Centre said: “I purchased a Custom Built PC from UK Gaming Computers almost one year ago now. Not one single issue, the PC works seamlessly. I require the computer to be very powerful to support my day job and it is that and much more. I would strongly encourage anybody else thinking about buying a custom PC to go here. Any PC I require in the future I wouldn't consider anybody else. Customer service was fantastic too which is as important as the product itself. Very happy!!”

 Buying a custom gaming PC is an expensive and often stressful purchase. UK PC Gaming eliminates all of that and offers so much more than could ever be anticipated or expected. They have a variety of customisation options which you can use to build your ultimate gaming machine.  They even go as far as offering custom paint jobs for your case with options such as the "Glow in the Dark" and "Crystal Ice" paint jobs.

 Don’t go for bottom-of-the-barrel pricing or fall for gimmicks - UK PC Gaming is the real deal.

 Just to reiterate, UK PC Gaming offers the best products coupled with the best experience of anywhere on the market. They want your business whether you want an entirely new rig or to simply upgrade an existing unit - whether or not you purchased it from UK Gaming Computers!

 Behind all of this, the company offers a robust, industry-leading 6-year warranty on all of their PC rigs. For 6 years, well past the time it would be able to handle cutting-edge graphics, you have the assurance of knowing that your purchase was well worth it. Should you require repair and service, they’re there to help you.

The founder has exceeded his goal of offering the best customer service and custom PC rigs on the market and has instead become the standard in customer care and quality bespoke PC builds. There really is no other choice when it comes to who you are going to commission to build your custom PC.

You can check out UK Gaming computers and their wide variety of computers at www.ukgamingcomputers.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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