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Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'


Unity has had a real interesting seven days. Last week, SpatialOS from developer Improbable was apparently barred from being used within Unity development. SpatialOS is a robust tool that many Unity developers use to add multiplayer to their games. For a time, Unity's new Terms, which went live in early December but were only clarified to Improbable last week, actually affected games that were already released. This led to some quick back and forths between Improbable and Unity through their respective sites. It all seemed to quiet down when Improbable and Epic Games formed a joint $25...
 

EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)


A headline like "EA Cancels Another Star Wars Game" feels like they're a dime a dozen these days. I think EA may have cancelled as many Star Wars games as they have closed studios at this point. Here we are again and here EA is with another cancelled EA game on their hands. This time, the development studio has decided to cancel its open-world Star Wars game that EA Vancouver had been working on. Prior to EA Vancouver working on this title, it was in development from Visceral Games. Of course, EA shut down Visceral Games back in 2017. In fact, when Visceral was working on the game it wasn't an open-world title but rather a more linear action-adventure game that was being directed by...
 

Review: Last Year: The Nightmare (PC)


A solid asymmetrical survival-horror game that's light on content.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games have been going steady for the past few years now. Some of the biggest games in that particular genre include the long departed Evolve, the still ongoing Dead by Daylight, and even Friday the 13th if you're into that sort of thing. You can now add in Last Year: The Nightmare to the mix as it combines 5 versus 1 multiplayer with elements of survival-horror. As with those other titles, Last Year places one player in the shoes of a bloodthirsty murderer while the rest of the players play as one of five teenagers trying to survive and escape. What it delivers is a well-crafted gameplay experience that ultimately comes up short on content. Last Year: The Nightmare relies on a number of tried and true horror movie clich├ęs. The group of teenagers include the nerdy kid, the popular girl, a stereotypical jock, and m...
 

Jump Force Open Beta Begins January 18


Come January 18th, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will get to try out Jump Force in what Bandai Namco is calling an "open beta weekend." Be it a true beta or a "demo" is besides the point because what really matters is that you will finally get to test drive the fighting game that we have been passing along news about now for months.

Here's how it's going to go down. First off, there will be four separate three-hour long sessions:



Secondly? Well, that's kind of it. Just make sure you download the demo and you can play during...
 

Bungie Ditches Activision, Acquires Rights to Destiny


Moving forward, all future Destiny titles will be self-published by Bungie. I guess even Activision had to tap out after the latest Destiny 2 puzzle, eh?

After eight years, Bungie and Activision are parting ways and with it so does Activision's control over the Destiny franchise. Bungie announced today that they are acquiring publishing rights to their popular shooter.

Mere moments ago, Bungie made the announcement on their website in an aptly named news entry called "Our Destiny."



Bungie continues on to say that they will...
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Free Trial is Now Live on All Platforms

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Free Trial is Now Live on All Platforms


    From today (January 17) through to January 23, players on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One can download and play the Blackout game type from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. As a quick reminder, Blackout is the battle royale mode that was introduced this year to the Call of Duty franchise.



    This free trial coincides with the release of the 1.11 update for the PC version of Black Ops 4. The 1.11 update came out just a couple of days ago for the console versions of the game. The PS4 version of the game now also has the new "Down But Not Out" limited-time...
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  • Operation Absolute Zero Live for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4

    Operation Absolute Zero Live for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4

    PlayStation 4 owners with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can now download and play Operation Absolute Zero. This is, so far, the biggest content drop for Black Ops 4 since the game was released. Xbox One and PC players will have to wait until December 18 to play this new content because timed exclusives are stupid but it is what it is.

    Charlie INTEL has a very nice rundown of the changes included in today's big updates.
    Multiplayer:

    • An all new Specialist, Zero, is now live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 MP. Players can use this new specialist with the disruptor equipment and hack enemy kill streaks.
    • The brand new Operation Absolute Zero Contraband Stream is live in the Black Market!
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Sales Surpasses $500 Million in Three Days

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Sales Surpasses $500 Million in Three Days

    The lack of a single player campaign sure as hell doesn't seem to matter to most of the gaming world, as evident by the fact that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has pulled in over $500 million (USD) in worldwide sales just over its launch weekend.

    To put it perspective, that is about the same amount that Call of Duty: WWII pulled in last year. However, it is down ever so slightly from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 that pulled in over $550 million in its first three days.
    "Black Ops 4 is off to a blockbuster start," said Activision executive vice president and Call of Duty GM Rob Kostich. "Our player counts and hours played are up year
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  • Blackout Bumps Player Count in Duos from 88 to 100

    Blackout Bumps Player Count in Duos from 88 to 100

    Yesterday's update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 includes some changes to the Blackout battle royale mode. Those playing Duos will notice that the player count has now hit 100 players, while those playing in Quads are up to 88 players.

    PC players can specifically thank Beenox for fixing a number of crashes, improving stability, and just generally tweaking the hell out of the gameplay for the better. You can see the full list of changes below courtesy of Reddit.
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Breaks Sales Records for Activision

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Breaks Sales Records for Activision

    Activision announced today that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was set a new launch day sales record. According to the publisher, Black Ops 4 is the "biggest one day digital release" in their history.

    This naturally broke the previous record set by 2017's Call of Duty: WWII. Black Ops 4 also set records on the PlayStation for most day one digital full game sales through the PlayStation Store. It was also the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one. Though this was the first year for the Call of Duty franchise to appear solely on Battle.net, sales of the PC version were more than double when compared to last year's...
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  • Treyarch Details Upcoming Black Ops 4 Update

    Treyarch Details Upcoming Black Ops 4 Update

    Via a Reddit post, Treyarch provided some details on what the team is working on for an upcoming update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The update is being worked on and is based off of a number of user reports. In addition to the upcoming update in the week upcoming, Treyarch also details an update that came out for the game yesterday.

    First up, a look at the most recent update. Following that is a look at the update coming this week.

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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Released Today

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Released Today

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released today. It has a variety of multiplayer modes that may or may not appeal to you. There are competitive multiplayer modes, a battle royale mode called Blackout, and some Zombies campaigns. There is no single player campaign in this year's release.
    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 features three distinct modes of play: Multiplayer, Zombies and Blackout. Multiplayer features gritty, grounded combat in the most tactical, team-based experience in the Black Ops series to date. It features the return of the iconic Pick 10 system, along with a series of innovations in weapon controls, combat flow, health regeneration, and player movement. Black Ops 4 also
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  • Secret Maps Showed Off Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Trailer

    Secret Maps Showed Off Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Launch Trailer

    The launch trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 came out today. I mean, the game is out on October 12, 2018 so having a launch trailer now isn't exactly out of the ordinary.

    It's a launch trailer. It shows off some scenes of action, it has some voice over work, and the like. Since Black Ops 4 doesn't have a single player campaign, you really don't have to worry about seeing any spoilers here, so that's a plus, right?

    However, there are still some secrets hidden in the trailer. Charlie INTEL notes that the launch trailer gives you a little look at two previously unannounced multiplayer maps.
    In the trailer, starting at the 0:36
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  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC is Timed Exclusive to PS4 Again

    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC is Timed Exclusive to PS4 Again

    As if there were any doubt in your mind, today's news confirms that the post-release DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be timed exclusive on the PlayStation 4 first. Today's news is accompanied by first details on the post-release content that is coming for Black Ops 4.
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  • Blackout Battle Royale Gameplay Showcased in New Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trailer

    Activision and Treyarch released a new gameplay focused trailer today for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Specifically, this video focuses on the Blackout battle royale coming with the game.

    As you may recall, yesterday we saw what the full Blackout map looks like. It seems as though this is all leading up nicely to the Blackout beta that begins on Monday, September 10 on the PS4. The PC and Xbox One will get to hop into the beta starting on Friday, September 14.

    More information on the beta and Blackout can always be found at the Black Ops 4 website.

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  • This is the Full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Map

    This is the Full Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 'Blackout' Map

    Charlie INTEL has pieced together the full battle royale map that will be used for the Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

    I say "pieced together" because Activision and Treyarch were sending out direct messages to a number of Call of Duty communities with small sections of the overall map. Those communities then shared the media they were sent with the world, typically through Twitter posts. It took a bit of time, but it looks like all of the pieces finally fell into place.

    This map comes just a day after we learned some key details about Blackout from Game Informer....
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