SALES & DEALS
Capcom reports record high profits thanks to Monster Hunter: World
2018 was an extremely good year for Capcom. After some uneven years and even big games like Resident Evil 7 and Street Fighter 5 failing to make quite as large a splash as the publisher was hoping, it’s managed to hit its stride once again, largely thanks to the excellent Monster Hunter: World.
Capcom’s latest financial report, which covers nine months ending on December 31, showed the record high profits, with operating income leaping up by a whopping 92 percent, just under £93,784,698 or $122,495,100, and a net income of £427,152,321 or $557,557,000, up 28.3% year-over-year. Those very large numbers owe a lot to some very large monsters.
>> Good for them.
Grab Cultist Simulator, Vermintide 2 and Earth Defense Force 4.1 for $12 in latest Humble Bundle
The latest Humble Monthly Bundle has three excellent early unlocks if you stump up $12: narrative card game Cultist Simulator (one of our favourite games of last year), co-op monster slayer Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (one of the 100 best games on PC) and giant ant killing sim Earth Defense Force 4.1, described by Phil in his review as "very videogames".
Pay $12 now and you'll be able to play them all straight away, plus you'll get a handful of mystery games in March. Technically, you're subscribing to the bundle on a rolling basis when you sign up, but you can cancel (or pause) after one month.
>> And on the Humble Store, there are two new deals:
GOG's new weekly sale is Picks for the pucky, with up to 80% discounts: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190204_weekly_sale
At Steam there's no new daily deal because the Lunar Sale should start today.
And at Fanatical, there are three things to comment:
NVIDIA GeForce 418.81 WHQL driver released, adds support for DLSS in 3DMark Port Royal
NVIDIA has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce 418.81 WHQL driver is described as a reference driver that can be installed on supported NVIDIA notebook GPUs and adds support for DLSS in 3DMark Port Royal.
Furthermore, this driver adds/updates the SLI profiles for Anthem, Assetto Corsa Competizione, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2, Life is strange Season 2, NBA 2K19 and Space Hulk Tactics. It also implements performance improvements on multiple titles, such as Witcher 3. whenusing G-SYNC and SLI on Pascal and Maxwell GPUs.
>> Available from here.
Pikuniku, Dear Esther and Downwell among February's Twitch Prime games
Dear Esther, survival roguelike The Flame in the Flood and indie shoot-em-up Downwell—which was so good that the creator was promptly hired by Nintendo—are among the games that Twitch Prime subscribers can claim on their accounts this month, Twitch has announced.
Pikuniku, a delightful dystopian puzzler that came out last month, is also currently free for Twitch Prime susbcribers, and has been since last week. Like the other games, you have until the end of February to claim it here (and judging by Philippa's review, you really should).
Cemu 1.15.2 comes to everyone on February 4th, full release notes revealed
CEMU 1.15.2 has been released to Patreon backers and will be available to everyone on February 4th. According to the release notes, version 1.15.2 optimizes performance of ‘High’ GPU buffer cache accuracy setting and fixes a bug in vsync option code.
Moreover, this latest version of the WiiU emulator fixes a bug where controller settings reset when controller was not connected on launch, adds support for custom filters via graphic packs, adds two new filters (Hermite and Nearest Neighbor) and overhauls up/downscaling output filter system.
Resident Evil HD Remaster receives a new AI-enhanced Texture Pack, improves more than 1600 textures
These past few weeks have been really interesting as we’ve seen some truly amazing AI-enhanced texture packs for older games. Final Fantasy 7, Final Fantasy 8, Final Fantasy 9, Half-Life, Max Payne, Morrowind and Doom are just a few of the games that got new high-quality textures that were produced via AI Neural Networks and today, modder ‘Shiryu’ released a new AI-enhanced Texture Pack for Resident Evil HD Remaster.
According to the modder, this Texture Pack, which is more than 8GB in size, upgrades/improves more than 1600 textures and took almost a month in order to be finished. Do note though that the rooms that Capcom redid as 3D rendered rooms have not been modified. This pack covers the entire game, meaning that you can install it and enjoy the improved textures from start to finish.
>> Download this mod from its official website.
Here is how you can increase the LOD/view distance and remove Chromatic Aberration in Ace Combat 7
As we reported earlier today, Ace Combat 7 appears to be running really smoothly on the PC. However, our biggest gripe with the PC version right now is that it does not offer any extended settings for the LOD/view distance, resulting in the same pop-in issues found on the console versions. Thankfully, though, there is a workaround.
>> Check the article for the codes.
This mod for Shadow of the Tomb Raider makes Lara look similar to her Rise of the Tomb Raider version
A respectable number of players was disappointed when it discovered that Lara, in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, did not look similar to her Rise of the Tomb Raider appearance. Among them was modder ‘kotn3l’ who went ahead and released a new 4K mod that makes Lara Croft’s face look similar to the one featured in Rise of the Tomb Raider.
As the modder noted, this mod changes Lara’s face texture from the game’s 2K textures to its predecessor’s 4K textures. The specular map was completely remade to work with Shadow of The Tomb Raider (which took up days to perfect every little detail). The diffuse map has also been altered a little as the modder has removed Lara’s very visible eye shadow. Furthermore, her eyebrow’s alpha map has been added back to the game as well.
The end result is a face that is more similar to the one used in Rise of the Tomb Raider. And while this definitely sounds great, there is a big downside for using this mod. According to kotn3l, this mod only works in DX11 and this particular API in Shadow of the Tomb Raider performs noticeably worse than DX12. Not only that, but users will need Kaldaien’s Special K in order to enable this mod (and we know that some users boycott Kaldaien’s mods).
>> Check the article for the links to the mod and Special K.
This mod brings Samus from Metroid Prime to Monster Hunter World
Modder ‘TSC’ has released a new mod for Monster Hunter World that brings to it Samus from Metroid Prime. This mod basically replaces Female Dante pieces with the choice of your Samus suits from Metroid Prime, as well as Moogle palico with a Metroid.
It’s a pretty cool mod that I’m pretty sure a lot of Metroid fans will appreciate. The mod currently features three suits that you can choose from. Furthermore, all suits are re-colorable on the normally orange portion of the Varia suit.
Unfortunately, though, and contrary to the NieR Automata or Final Fantasy XV Aranea mods for Monster Hunter World, this Metroid Prime mod does not feature any of Samus weapons. Of course her weapons wouldn’t work in a game like this – and it would have taken a lot of work in order to add them – so it’s a bit understandable. Still, it could be cool if this mod featured her iconic blast weapon and allowed players to use her ball morphing ability.
>> Available from Nexus Mods
New release of standalone Thief fan game The Dark Mod is out now
The original Thief trilogy is still considered a high-water mark for stealth games by many people, and if you're one of them you probably already know about The Dark Mod. It's the place to go to get your fix of fan missions made in a new engine— specifically, the Doom 3 engine, whose lighting effects are put to good use in maps like those highlighted in our list of the best Dark Mod missions. (In addition to those I'm partial to Creeps, a spooky little horror experience.)
In spite of the name The Dark Mod's a standalone you don't need to own Doom 3 to play, and you can download it for free. It's still being updated today and the latest version is The Dark Mod 2.07. Called "the stability release", it sorts out various problems introduced by the inclusion of things like soft shadows, an uncapped framerate, and multi-core processor support in the previous update. It also sneaks in some new features like faster mantling over small objects, better AI for some very specific situations like when you flashbomb someone who is sitting down, and more you can read about over at ModDB.
Crackdown 3 single-player and multiplayer modes showcased in these latest videos
The embargo for the latest preview coverage for Crackdown 3 has been lifted any various publications have released videos, showing the game’s single-player and multiplayer modes. The multiplayer videos focus on the Wrecking Zone mode; the mode that will feature the most extensive and detailed destruction in the game via the Cloud.
This is what Resident Evil 2 Remake could have looked like with fixed camera angles
YouTube’s ‘Enveloping Sounds’ has shared two videos, showing what Resident Evil 2 Remake could have looked like with fixed camera angles. As we all know, the original Resident Evil trilogy featured fixed camera viewpoints and these videos replicate the feeling of playing the remake in its original aesthetic style.
4A Games developer: If Metro Exodus does not sell on the PC, the next Metro will not come out for it
This 4A Games developer with the nickname “scynet” admitted that it was a sudden decision to announce the timed-exclusive deal with Epic Games only one month prior to the game’s release and that it could cause some inconvenience to players. Scynet also claimed that those that decide to pirate the game would have done so, regardless of this timed-exclusive deal, and those are not the players that the developers target.
However, the developer went one step further and stated that if all PC gamers boycott Metro Exodus then the next Metro game (if there is one mind you) will not come out on the PC. Now I’m pretty sure that the developer was exaggerating here but it begs the question; how many PC sales can guarantee the continuation of the Metro franchise on the PC?
>> FloatingWaffles made a thread about this the other day. Updated with the following
Deep Silver and 4A Games issue an official statement about the recent Metro PC developer comments
A lot of PC gamers got frustrated yesterday when a 4A Games developer claimed that the next Metro game would not be coming to the PC if all PC gamers boycotted Metro Exodus. And today, Deep Silver and 4A Games issued an official statement regarding those comments.
As Deep Silver and 4A Games stated, and as we noted in our story, those comments do not reflect Deep Silver’s or 4A Games’ view on the future of the Metro franchise. The companies also re-confirmed that the decision to make Metro Exodus available exclusively on Epic’s store for a limited time was made by Koch Media / Deep Silver alone.
Respawn officially confirms Apex Legends; to be revealed on Monday at 8AM PT
Respawn has just confirmed via its official Twitter account that its rumoured game, Apex Legends, is real and will be officially revealed on Monday at 8AM PT. The team aims to reveal the game via a stream, so expect lots of gameplay videos (as well as its official first details).
>> And it will be another Battle Royale.
Control – Early Prototype versus E3 2018 Demo Comparison Video
Remedy has released a new comparison video between the early prototype version of Control and its E3 2018 build. This video showcases some of the artistic and gameplay changes that were made to the game, though we can see that Remedy knew from the start the type of game it wanted to create.
Bigben Interactive will release Bee Simulator at the end of 2019
Varsav Game Studios announced today a publishing partnership with BIGBEN. As the press release reads, and thanks to the publisher’s support, Bee Simulator will not only launch simultaneously on PC and consoles at the end of this year, but will also be available as a boxed version worldwide.