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Monday news, part two:

Fortnite Save the World's loot boxes will let you see what's inside them before you buy
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-save-the-worlds-loot-boxes-will-let-you-see-whats-inside-them-before-you-buy/
Llamas, for some reason, are the loot boxes of the Fortnite world—technically llama pinatas, so you don't have to feel bad about smashing them open to get the goodies out. Today, Epic Games announced that it's changing Llamas purchased with V-Bucks in Fortnite Save the World to "X-Ray Llamas" that will enable players to see what's inside before opting to buy them.

A Plague Tale: Innocence video tells a tale of orphans in the time of the Black Death
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-plague-tale-innocence-video-tells-a-tale-of-orphans-in-the-time-of-the-black-plague/
A Plague Tale: Innocence is a game about two children in 14th-century France struggling to escape the soldiers of the Inquisition in a world overrun by deadly swarms of plague-ridden rats. It was unveiled at E3 2017 with a trailer that creeped Joe out pretty thoroughly, and earlier this week publisher Focus Home Interactive announced that it will be out on May 14 and released the first of a series of videos going behind the scenes of the game's development.

Subnautica: Below Zero early access release set for January 30
https://www.pcgamer.com/subnautica-below-zero-early-access-release-set-for-january-30/
Subnautica: Below Zero is a followup to last year's outstanding underwater sci-fi survival game, set in a different region of the same planet after the events of Subnautica. I won't get into that too much in order to avoid spoilers, but it means that Below Zero could be a good bit different from its predecessor in some ways.

PlanetSide Arena delayed until March, closed beta launches next week
https://www.pcgamer.com/planetside-arena-delayed-until-march-closed-beta-launches-next-week/
Multiplayer FPS PlanetSide Arena, which was due to launch next week, has been delayed until March 26, developer Daybreak Games has announced.
The shooter is set to launch with a 150-player battle royale mode and a 250v250 team fight, and while Daybreak has made "significant strides" towards getting it where it needs to be, there are still "crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements we can make that will lift PlanetSide Arena to the level it deserves", it said in a blog post.

Ubisoft targets Rainbow Six Siege's 'crouch and lean spam' for future fix
https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-targets-rainbow-six-sieges-crouch-and-lean-spam-for-future-fix/
If you've recently seen Rainbow Six Siege players moving in peculiar ways, they may well be "crouch and lean spamming"—basically, mashing those commands to make their characters jerk in unnatural ways, making them difficult to hit. Ubisoft is aware that the problem is on the rise and is "actively working on how we want to approach [it] and planning our next steps", it said in a Reddit post.

Wargroove will have cross-play between PC, Switch and Xbox One at launch
https://www.pcgamer.com/wargroove-will-have-cross-play-between-pc-switch-and-xbox-one-at-launch/
Chucklefish's strategy game Wargroove will have cross-play between PC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One when it launches next week, the developer has announced.
The strategy game, which is out on February 1, will have a campaign as well as PvP multiplayer battles (including asynchronous play) and co-op. You can play with up to three other players, so the announcement is good news if you have friends that plan to play on console.

Peter 'Durante' Thoman opens his own studio for PC ports
https://www.pcgamer.com/peter-durante-thoman-opens-his-own-studio-for-pc-ports/
Peter 'Durante' Thoman, known for his famous PC Dark Souls fix as well as for porting games such as The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel to PC, has launched his own studio called PH3 games.
On the Metacouncil forum, Durante said PH3 has been around in an unofficial capacity since September last year, but that "we just very recently got the final bureaucratic IDs required to consider it fully complete".

Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion gets a release date, and it's next week
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-rts-re-legion-gets-a-release-date-and-its-next-week/
Cyberpunk RTS Re-Legion, in which you start your own cult, will be out on Thursday, January 31, developer Ice Code Games has announced.
It was initially due to release last year, but was delayed in October to give Ice Code more time to polish it. The original plan was to release it with both singleplayer and multiplayer modes, but the release version will only contain the singleplayer campaign, with multiplayer to follow at a later date.

Sequel to Anodyne, the excellent Zelda-a-like RPG, gets May release date
https://www.pcgamer.com/sequel-to-anodyne-the-excellent-zelda-a-like-rpg-gets-may-release-date/
The sequel to dream-like 2D RPG Anodyne, which Tom scored a hearty 84/100 in his 2013 review, will be out in May, the development team has announced.
Anodyne 2: Return to Dust is very different—you'll still be crawling through dungeons from a 2D perspective, Zelda-style, but it also switches out to 3D view during some sections, giving you a clear look at some wonderfully strange surroundings.

Stories Untold dev will make Pekken, a pigeon fighting game, if it gets 10,000 retweets
https://www.pcgamer.com/stories-untold-dev-will-make-pekken-a-pigeon-fighting-game-if-it-gets-10000-retweets/
Sometimes as a game developer you’ve just got to wing-it, stop trying to feather the nest for a while and let your imagination soar. That’s what Stories Untold dev NoCode has been up to lately, prototyping a fighting game called Pekken.

Resident Evil 2 Remake is three times more popular than Resident Evil 7 on Steam
https://www.pcgamer.com/resident-evil-2-remake-is-three-times-more-popular-than-resident-evil-7-on-steam/
Capcom’s remake of Resident Evil 2 appears to be doing well for itself on PC, already boasting more than three times the number of players of the previous mainline entry in the series, Resident Evil 7.

Try Europa Universalis IV’s expansion Mandate of Heaven free for a week
https://www.pcgamer.com/try-europa-universalis-ivs-expansion-mandate-of-heaven-free-for-a-week/
Paradox is offering existing Europa Universalis IV owners the chance to try the Mandate of Heaven expansion for free for a week, the publisher has revealed.
The trial runs from right now until 13:00 CET on the 4th of February. Anyone who owns EU IV can download Mandate of Heaven from the DLC tab in their Paradox Account launcher. Once the trial week is over, Mandate of Heaven will be deactivated once again.

One Overkill’s The Walking Dead developer says they 'knew it was going to tank'
https://www.pcgamer.com/one-overkills-the-walking-dead-developer-says-they-knew-it-was-going-to-tank/
Overkill’s The Walking Dead was one of 2018’s flops, selling just a few hundred thousand copies when it was expected to sell millions, a failure that forced its publisher Starbreeze into effective administration. Now, Eurogamer has published an in-depth feature that says some designers on the project were fully aware of the game’s problems well before release, but were not given appropriate time to fix them.



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Metro Exodus is now an Epic store exclusive. Steam pre-orders will still be honored.



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Metro Exodus is now an Epic store exclusive. Steam pre-orders will still be honored.

Well, between that and the higher than usual system req., I don't see this game doing well on PC. They're betting it all on the console versions.



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Well, guess I'm not buying Metro Exodus at all from this point on. I'm not pre-ordering the game just to obtain it on Steam. That reeks of desperation and rewarding them for pulling this stunt in the first place, nor will I purchase it a year later at the same price either.

Devs seemingly want to actively kill their sales on PC, and this is looking like a surefire way to bow out of that side of the industry. I hope it backfires for them severely.



                                       

Yeah, fuck that.

I also disagree with Perm's statement that the RTX 2060 is a mid range card. It's over 400 mm2 and retails for $350 or more. GPUs with similar features have always been like 10% of Steam Survey's userbase for instance. If your "mid" is 90% of the way through, then... that doesn't seem right, does it?



 

 

 

 

 

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haxxiy said:

Yeah, fuck that.

I also disagree with Perm's statement that the RTX 2060 is a mid range card. It's over 400 mm2 and retails for $350 or more. GPUs with similar features have always been like 10% of Steam Survey's userbase for instance. If your "mid" is 90% of the way through, then... that doesn't seem right, does it?

It's definitely mid-range.

There was a Geforce GTX 960 built for the OEM markets that was 400mm2.
The Geforce GTX 560Ti was a whopping 520mm2.
The Geforce GTX 260 was 576mm2.

Mid Range cards that are 400mm2 or larger is an occurrence that has happened a fair few times. - As a process matures, then the larger you can make your chips... Which is why at the end of 28nm/16nm/14nm die sizes can be larger than the first generation of chips.

And on the odd occasion a mid-range part is a die-harvested higher end part, the chip doesn't shrink, just parts of the chip are deactivated... (And sometimes can be re-activated like the Radeon 6950 into the 6970.)

As for the pricing argument, nVidia has higher prices, it's just that simple... Because AMD cannot compete with them in the high-end... And nVidia is able to push exclusive features like Ray Tracing... They can push a higher price, it's capitalism/competition at work... Intel did the *exact* same thing before Ryzen burst onto the scene.

And of course... Above the Geforce RTX 2060 you have the Geforce RTX 2070 as the mid-high end part, Geforce RTX 2080 as the high-end part, Geforce RTX 2080 Ti as the ultra high-end part and the Geforce RTX Titan as the Enthusiast/Pro-sumer/Professional part... So it even sits in the middle of nVidia's product stack once lower end parts roll out.



It's a pricing problem IMO - mid range cards were in $150-$200 bracket (that's were 1060 is now, but launched at $299), 2060 goes for at least $350...that's what lack of proper competition does to market I guess.



Between Nvidia's dominance of the market and what happened during the mining craze, when cards were still sold to consumers even if they had ridiculous prices, Nvidia has become even more greedy than they were, and cards like the 2060 prove that.

At least the market seems to react in the positive direction: https://wccftech.com/nvidia-stock-plummets-14-after-warning-of-500-million-revenue-shortfall/ (Gaming and Datacenter revenue below the company’s expectations)

We'll have to see how that affect their pricing scheme and how the 1660Ti and 1660 perform and at what price points (rumored $280)



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So sad, felt forced to have to pre order Metro Exodus, it's one of my most anticipated games ever but I refuse to use Epic Store.



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Bisa said:
So sad, felt forced to have to pre order Metro Exodus, it's one of my most anticipated games ever but I refuse to use Epic Store.

It is, indeed, a bad situation. At least this kind of movements tell us a lot about how those publishers are (since most of them will always talk about hjow they care about their consumers), something to keep in mind for their future games.

By the way, given the specs on your sig, you'll have to play the game on min settings. You know that, right?



Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.