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Monday news, part two:

The next Call of Duty will be revealed before the end of June
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-next-call-of-duty-will-be-revealed-before-the-end-of-june/
The next Call of Duty will be announced before June 30, Activision confirmed in a conference call with investors. We don't have a name yet, but rumours point to it being Modern Warfare 4.

Respawn has banned 770K Apex Legends cheaters: 'We’re attacking this from every angle'
https://www.pcgamer.com/respawn-has-banned-770k-apex-legends-cheaters-were-attacking-this-from-every-angle/
Competitive multiplayer games wage a neverending shadow war against cheaters, a network of profiteers who make and sell aim-assists, speed boosts, x-ray vision, and other illicit, performance-enhancing mods.
When Respawn added its widely-requested reporting tool to Apex Legends in the March 19 Season One update, almost half a million players had already been banned for using such cheats. 44 days later, the studio now says that a total 770,000 players have been banned, partly off the back of this new reporting system.

Microsoft Solitaire bounces into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
https://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-solitaire-bounces-into-the-world-video-game-hall-of-fame/
It's always been there for us, during dull meetings, at working lunches, and as a way to assassinate countless long, slow afternoons. And now it's finally being properly recognized as the historic time-passing keystone of gaming it truly is. Microsoft Solitaire has been inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame.
>> I, too, have spend lots of boring times playing it. Next one: minesweeper.

Claptrap has a new voice actor in Borderlands 3 and this is why
https://www.pcgamer.com/claptrap-has-a-new-voice-actor-in-borderlands-3-and-this-is-why/
When Borderlands 3 arrives in September, there will be a different voice behind its most iconic character, the monocular mono-wheel machine known as Claptrap. David Eddings, who voiced the robot in all the previous games (including Telltale's Tales From the Borderlands) has been replaced by voice actor Jim Foronda over what appears to be a pay dispute.

PlatinumGames is 'designing something that has never been done before'
https://www.pcgamer.com/platinumgames-is-designing-something-that-has-never-been-done-before/
Bayonetta and Nier: Automata developer PlatinumGames has said it's working on a secret project that is "unlike anything done before".
In an interview with VGC, studio head Atsushi Inaba intimated that 2019 will be "an incredibly important year" for the studio. While he wouldn't be drawn on what or how many games it has in development, he did reveal "it’s going to be a year of some major new approaches, new challenges and new methods for us"—and at least two of the projects will be "new independent IPs owned entirely by the studio".
>> It still remains to be seen if it will come to PC, tho.

Activision Blizzard has 'very large ambitions for the Overwatch universe'
https://www.pcgamer.com/activision-blizzard-has-very-large-ambitions-for-the-overwatch-universe/
Activision Blizzard is looking for ways to further develop the Overwatch franchise, according to Blizzard boss J Allen Brack.
“Last quarter I talked about how we have very large ambitions for the Overwatch universe and how it can develop over time,” Brack told investors during the company's most recent earnings call (SeekingAlpha, via PCGN) earlier this week.

F1 2019 will include new F2 career mode when it's released—two months early—in June
https://www.pcgamer.com/f1-2019-will-include-new-f2-career-mode-when-its-releasedtwo-months-earlyin-june/
Codemasters has made two big announcements about its flagship F1 franchise. Not only is the studio bringing the release date of its annual F1 title forward by two months from August to June, but is it also adding the Formula 2 Championship to the series for the very first time.

There will soon be more PC gamers in China than the total population of the United States
https://www.pcgamer.com/China-PC-online-game-market-report-2019/
By 2023, there will be an estimated 354 million PC gamers playing online games in China—more than the entire population of the United States. That overwhelming number of players will be responsible for making China's enormous games industry an estimated $16 billion USD by that same year—and keep in mind that mobile games is an even bigger market in China.

EA adds 12 Star Wars games to Origin Access, including original Battlefront 2
https://www.pcgamer.com/ea-adds-12-star-wars-games-to-origin-access-including-original-battlefront-2/
The 12 Star Wars games that EA has just added to Origin Access—its subscription service that lets you play a "Vault" of more than 200 games for a monthly fee—reads like a greatest hits of games from the franchise. If you're a paid up member, you can now play the likes of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy, the original Battlefront 2 and FPS Dark Forces.

Fortnite's Tilted Towers and Retail Row destroyed, drum gun returns
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnites-tilted-towers-and-retail-row-destroyed-drum-gun-returns/
Right on schedule, Fortnite's vault opened. Inside, a six vaulted items embedded within glassy columns lined the path before a massive ball of swirling energy. Just before the ball was a desk with a strange mask on top.

Epic gives away free Fortnite glider as apology for glitched Unvaulting event
https://www.pcgamer.com/epic-gives-away-free-fortnite-glider-as-apology-for-glitched-unvaulting-event/
Epic Games is giving away a pricey Fortnite glider as an apology to players that weren't able to view yesterday's in-game Unvaulting event. During the event, fans voted to bring the all-powerful drum gun back into the item pool from the vault, where it was placed last year.

Indie hit Forager outlines plans for new game modes, mod support and multiplayer
https://www.pcgamer.com/indie-sensation-forager-outlines-plans-for-new-game-modes-mod-support-and-multiplayer/
2D indie game Forager—which mixes elements of adventure, survival and idle games—has been a huge hit since landing on Steam last month, and nearly 90% of its 2,000+ reviews are positive. Lone developer Mariano Cavallero, known as HopFrog, has now released a roadmap for 2019 outlining how the game will grow, and it includes plans for new game modes, mod support and multiplayer.

Spleen is a watercolor RPG about childhood nostalgia, now on Kickstarter
https://www.pcgamer.com/spleen-is-a-watercolour-rpg-about-childhood-nostalgia-now-on-kickstarter/
Spleen is part-life-sim, part-2D RPG, part-commentary on the mundanity of adult life, and it's now on Kickstarter, looking for CA$90,000 by the end of the month.
The "PC-first" game, from Montreal-based studio Pamplemousse Games, certainly looks the part: its backgrounds are wonderful watercolor creations, and the main character Johann drags a giant yellow sword behind him, much like the protagonist in Supergiant's Transistor. Combat looks flashy and acrobatic, a mixture of dashes, wall jumps and quick combos.

Plants vs. Zombies turns 10, creator shows original designs
https://www.pcgamer.com/plants-vs-zombies-turns-10-creator-shows-original-designs/
George Fan created Plants vs. Zombies 10 years ago. To celebrate that anniversary, he's been showing off his original design documents and sketches on Twitter. As you can see from his notes, originally the enemies were supposed to be aliens rather than zombies—specifically the aliens from his previous game, Insaniquarium, which he was planning to make a sequel to. Once he drew his first zombie he changed his mind, and that original sketch bears a strong resemblance to the undead who eventually made it into the game.

New video of The Sinking City has investigation, murder, and an ape man
https://www.pcgamer.com/new-video-of-the-sinking-city-has-investigation-murder-and-an-ape-man/
H.P. Lovecraft/Sherlock Holmes hybrid The Sinking City has been delayed until next month, but to tide eager fans over, Frogwares has published a new video that shows off one of the game’s early investigations. Private detective Charles Reed, who looks as though he hasn’t slept in a solid week, is brought on to look into the disappearance of a morally casual art dealer.

EVE Online celebrates 16-year anniversary with a host of free gifts and rewards
https://www.pcgamer.com/eve-online-celebrates-16-year-anniversary-with-a-host-of-free-gifts-and-rewards/
While it's May 4th and everybody's celebrating a certain sci-fi franchise, EVE Online is also celebrating. From now until May 20, 2019, you'll find a host of in-game goodies—one available for every day of the 16-day celebration—in honour of the game's sixteenth anniversary.

The Triglavians will invade EVE Online later this month
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-triglavians-will-invade-eve-online-later-this-month/
The universe of EVE: Online is set to get a major shake-up this month. EVE Online: Invasion launches May 28, bringing the hostile race known as the Triglavians into New Eden.
Developer CCP says it’s a literal invasion, and on a scale never before seen in the game. The Triglavians can currently be encountered in Abyssal Deadspace, the instanced PvE environment that was introduced with the Into the Abyss expansion last year. It seems they’ve gotten tired of waiting for daring pilots to wander into their front yards and are taking the fight to EVE’s more familiar systems, where CCP says they’ll be moving to the “forefront of the game.”

Hitman 2’s new Miami Pack offers the game’s first ‘real’ level, plus Sean Bean
https://www.pcgamer.com/hitman-2s-new-miami-pack-offers-the-games-first-real-level-plus-sean-bean/
Hitman fans may have different preferred approaches to the business of unobtrusive assassination, but they all agree on one thing: more people should play Hitman 2. IO Interactive has a new entry-level Hitman 2 package that may help entice more players into Hitman 2’s “world of assassinations.”

A Plague Tale: Innocence is full of human monsters
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-plague-tale-innocence-is-full-of-human-monsters/
Rats have gotten top billing in a lot of the preview footage of A Plague Tale: Innocence, but it’s human beings who are the game’s real monsters. That fact is highlighted in a new trailer, appropriately titled “Monsters.”

Kerbal Space Program's Breaking Ground DLC adds robotics and more experiments
https://www.pcgamer.com/kerbal-space-programs-next-dlc-adds-robotics-and-more-experiments-embargoed/
Kerbal Space Program, one of the best space games on PC, is thankfully not yet done with its exploration of the cosmos. The team's been tinkering away on the second expansion, Breaking Ground, which will focus on the noble pursuit of scientific knowledge (and sticking robotic components to ships). And you won't need to wait long for launch; it's due out on May 30.



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Tuesday news:

SALES & DEALS

Mordhau has sold almost 500K copies in its first week
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/mordhau-has-sold-almost-500k-copies-in-its-first-week/
Triternion has announced that its first-person melee game, Mordhau, has sold almost 500K copies in its first week. In Mordhau, players enter a hectic battlefield of up to 64 players as a mercenary in a fictional, but realistic world, where they get to experience the brutal and satisfying melee combat.
According to the developers, the game’s launch wasn’t smooth as it was plagued with severe server performance issues. Thankfully, most of its reported issues have already been resolved and the team is currently addressing some of the more frequent and critical issues, like the “Ghost Bug” among others, as well as some map exploits.

Resident Evil 2 Remake exceeded Capcom’s expectations, Devil May Cry 5 also performed strongly
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/resident-evil-2-remake-exceeded-capcoms-expectations-devil-may-cry-5-also-performed-strongly/
Capcom has released the Fiscal Report for the Forth and Final Quarter of the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 that ended March 2019. During that final quarter, Resident Evil 2 Remake saw a great success and Devil May Cry 5 also performed well. Furthermore, Monster Hunter: World, which shook up the market last year, broke 12 million cumulative units shipped following the additional release of the PC version, marking a record high for any single title in the Company’s history.
As the press release reads, the popularity of major title Resident Evil 2 exceeded expectations, driving the Company’s business performance. Devil May Cry 5 targeted overseas markets and also performed strongly, backed by consistent demand. Additionally, the Monster Hunter series contributed significantly to improving profits: flagship title Monster Hunter: World, which was a phenomenal success in the previous fiscal year, maintained popularity through the expansion of its user base, while the Steam version for PC also performed solidly, boosting profits.
In addition, Mega Man 11 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection performed well, and high-margin cataloge titles, including Resident Evil 7 biohazard, increased sales through their enduring popularity.

Point-and-click adventure Kathy Rain is free on Steam
https://www.pcgamer.com/point-and-click-adventure-kathy-rain-is-free-on-steam/
If point-and-click adventures are your thing, or even if you're not sure but think that maybe they might be when you're in the proper mood, then you should probably pop over to Steam and pick up Kathy Rain, from the makers of the recent Whispers of a Machine, for free.
Kathy Rain tells the story of a hard-living journalist in the 1990s whose investigation into the mysterious circumstances surrounding her grandfather's death forces her to come to terms with her own troubled past.

There's a new sale at GOG, with publisher Active Gaming Media / Playism celebrating its 8th anniversary with a sale that brings up to 75% discounts during the next 6 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190506_agm_playism

At Steam, there's two fake daily deals as well as the weeklong deals:

At Fanatical, there are 4 new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

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MODS/EMULATORS

New Reshade mod aims to bring ray tracing Global Illumination to DX9, DX10 and DX11 games
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-reshade-aims-to-bring-ray-tracing-global-illumination-to-dx9-dx10-and-dx11-games/
Pascal Gilcher is currently working on a ray traced Global Illumination method for ReShade. What this ultimately means is that PC gamers will be able to enable this ray tracing Global Illumination technique in all DX9, DX10 and DX11 (something that will obviously give a visual boost to a lot of older games).
This ray tracing Global Illumination method is currently in a beta phase and Gilcher aims to make it beta-worthy for its Patreon members soon, and release it afterwards to the general public.
According to Gilcher, the major constraint at this point is performance, meaning that this technique will increase the overall GPU requirements for older titles. Still, we believe that this is something that a lot of PC gamers will at least try once.

GAMING NEWS

New Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon game to be announced on May 9th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-tom-clancys-ghost-recon-game-to-be-announced-on-may-9th/
Ubisoft has announced that a new Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon project will be announced on May 9th. Ubisoft has also released a teaser trailer (which does not really show much about this new Ghost Recon game).

A playable demo for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be available this October at PDXCON 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/a-playable-demo-for-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-will-be-available-this-october-at-pdxcon-2019/
Hardsuit Labs has confirmed that a playable demo for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will be available this October at PDXCON 2019. This demo will be available to the public, meaning that attendees will be able to get their hands on it and play it before everyone else.

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Tuesday news, part two:

Fortnite Season 9 kicks off this week
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-season-9-kicks-off-this-week/
With the Unvaulting behind us, it’s time to get ready for a brand new season of Fortnite. Season 9 will begin this week, and Epic Games has tweeted a teaser image along with the date: May 9.

The Swords of Ditto has a massive free update that removes permadeath
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-swords-of-ditto-has-a-massive-free-update-that-removes-permadeath/
You may remember The Swords of Ditto, the Zelda-like action RPG with the utterly charming art style from a year ago. While we quite liked the game, there were complaints about its punishing permadeath system. Developer onebitbeyond has released a big new update for The Swords of Ditto, and permadeath is now a thing of the past.

NetherRealm is 'actively' investigating workplace complaints
https://www.pcgamer.com/netherrealm-studios-is-actively-investigating-workplace-complaints/
Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios has told Variety that it is investigating a recent spate of complaints by former employees and contractors about working conditions at the studio. The allegations came to attention last month when James Longstreet, a former software engineer at NetherRealm, posted a Twitter thread saying that working on Mortal Kombat 9 at the studio "nearly killed" him.

Riot Games employees stage walkout over forced arbitration
https://www.pcgamer.com/riot-games-employees-are-expected-to-walk-out-today/
Kotaku reports that employees at League of Legends developer Riot Games are preparing for a walkout this afternoon to protest the company's practice of forcing employee lawsuits into private arbitration, as well as what they consider an insufficient response to the problems which led to those lawsuits. The lawsuits came in the wake of last year's in-depth Kotaku report which exposed pervasive sexism at the studio.
Update: Upcomer has posted a trio of photos taken at the walkout on Twitter.

Ferret Scoundrels, the game about pirates who are ferrets, comes to Early Access this week
https://www.pcgamer.com/ferret-scoundrels-the-game-about-pirates-who-are-ferrets-comes-to-early-access-this-week/
Ferret Scoundrels, the game about adorable little weasel-type creatures who ply the seas in search of plunder, will launch into Steam Early Access on May 9. Developer Cryogenic Entertainment said the demo it released in April "was a great success," and it is now working on fixing bugs and adding new features.

GOG rejected Heaven's Vault, but is now having second thoughts
https://www.pcgamer.com/gog-rejected-heavens-vault-but-is-now-having-second-thoughts/
Heaven's Vault is a really good archaeological adventure game that "does a beautiful job of letting you unlock a language, and thus a dialogue of sorts, with the past, via a wonderfully engaging protagonist," as we said in our recent 88% review. It's available on Steam but not GOG, which in itself is not all that unusual: Lots of games are available on some storefronts and not others. Inkle's previous releases, the outstanding 80 Days, is on GOG, for instance, but the one before that, the also-excellent Sorcery!, is not.

Latest Borderlands 3 controversy involves an alleged physical assault against former Claptrap voice actor (Updated)
https://www.pcgamer.com/latest-borderlands-3-controversy-involves-an-alleged-physical-assault-against-former-claptrap-voice-actor/
Former Claptrap voice actor David Eddings has accused Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford of physical assault, following a week of controversy regarding his absence in the forthcoming Borderlands 3.
Update: Gearbox has responded to our request for comment. It continues to refrain from commenting on the $12 million accusation, a reference to a lawsuit from January, which is an 'ongoing investigation'. It has responded to the physical assault allegation with this statement: "Gearbox takes any and all claims of this nature very seriously and we will abstain from commenting on the allegations Dave is making because it is a personnel matter. We appreciate David’s contributions to the Borderlands franchise and have continued to assert we would welcome him back into the mix as the voice of Claptrap and other future opportunities."

Anthem’s patch 1.1.1 goes live today, and Elysian caches are out
https://www.pcgamer.com/anthems-patch-111-goes-live-today-and-elysian-caches-are-out/
Anthem is getting a new patch that addresses a few relatively minor issues, and Elysian Caches are going away today, meaning players who still have keys left will want to use them now.



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

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Once more, the news:

SALES & DEALS

Electronic Arts has ended its fiscal year with strong growth thanks to its live services business
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/electronic-arts-has-ended-its-fiscal-year-with-strong-growth-thanks-to-its-live-services-business/
It’s no secret that a lot of players hate microtransactions and the “live services” that more and more games are currently implementing. However, it appears that these services are really profitable for publishers as EA has just announced that it saw a strong growth in its Forth and Final Quarter of the Fiscal Year 2018/2019 thanks to them.
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EA also noted that its digital net bookings for the trailing twelve months was $3.722 billion were up 5% year-over-year, representing 75% of total net bookings. Furthermore, in FY19, more than 45 million unique players engaged in FIFA 19 and FIFA 18 on console and PC and the active players in The Sims 4 have increased by 35% year-over-year.
>> The Sims 4 won't die, will it? In any case, this article is a bit misleading as things aren't as rosy.

Anthem did not meet EA’s expectations, Battlefield 5 Firestorm battle royale is biggest BF live service event
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/anthem-did-not-meet-eas-expectations-battlefield-5-firestorm-battle-royale-is-biggest-bf-live-service-event/
During its conference call for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2019, Electronic Arts revealed that Anthem’s launch did not meet its expectations. This shouldn’t obviously surprise us, however this is the first time the publisher comments on the game’s sales.
According to EA, players have spent over 150 million hours in Anthem since launch and its development team is currently focused on content /fixes for it.
On the other hand, Battlefield 5’s battle royale mode was a success and the publisher declared it as biggest Battlefield live service event ever.

Kholat, exploration first-person horror game, has now more than 3.5 million users
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/kholat-exploration-first-person-horror-game-has-now-more-than-3-5-million-users/
IMGN.PRO has announced that its exploration first-person horror game, Kholat, has been played by 3.5 million users so far. Narrated by one of the most popular British actors, Sean Bean, Kholat is an exploration adventure game with elements of horror, inspired by a true event known as the Dyatlov Pass incident.
In case you weren’t aware of, Dyatlov Pass incident was a real story that happened in winter of 1959. Nine skilled alpinists went for a trip to the northern part of Ural Mountains, which ended fatally. Bodies of expedition’s crew were found scattered on slope of Kholat Syakhl.

GOG's new midweek sale features games from Beamdog as well as other classic (and modern classic) RPGs, with up to 75% discounts for the next 3 days: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190508_midweek_sale

At Steam, there's a new weekly sale and 4 Midweek Madness deals:

And at Fanatical, there are three new sales:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

CRYENGINE Neon Noir real-time ray tracing demo runs at 1080p/30fps on AMD Vega 56, full 4K on the RTX GPUs
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/cryengine-neon-noir-real-time-ray-tracing-demo-runs-at-1080p-30fps-on-amd-vega-56-full-4k-on-the-rtx-gpus/
Back in March 2019, we informed about a new real-time ray tracing CRYENGINE demo, called Neon Noir. This ray tracing tech demo was running on an AMD Radeon Vega 56, and yesterday Crytek revealed some additional details about it.
According to the team, this tech demo runs at 1080p with 30 fps on that particular AMD graphics card with reflections and refractions being calculated at full screen resolution. At half screen resolution, Crytek is able to run this tech demo at 1440p with 40+ fps.
These CRYENGINE real-time ray tracing effects do not currently benefit from any additional performance that modern APIs like Vulkan or DX12 or dedicated hardware. However, the team aims to add support for RTX in the near future. The benefits of RTX will be higher performance and the presence of more dynamic elements in the scene.

MODS/EMULATORS

New graphics overhaul mod, featuring 4K/2K textures, released for open-world survival FPS, 7 Days To Die
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-graphics-overhaul-mod-featuring-4k-2k-textures-released-for-open-world-survival-fps-7-days-to-die/
DUST2DEATH has released brand new mod for the open-world game that is a combination of first person shooter, survival horror, tower defense, and role-playing games, 7 Days To Die. This new mod is called “HDHQ Overhaul – Textures – Lighting – Environment – Vehicles” and adds new 4K/2K terrain textures, as well as new and improved grass/water textures.
Furthermore, this mod makes some lighting changes to the game. The world is now much more vibrant, saturated, contrasted, and the reflections also get a boost from the new lighting. The differences between Reflections on and off have been minimised and there is Biomes seamless transition between each other as you move through the world.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.

GAMING NEWS

Fallout 76 Patch 9 available for download, introduces Backpacks, Personal Vending Machines & Pioneer Scouts
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fallout-76-patch-9-available-for-download-introduces-backpacks-personal-vending-machines-pioneer-scouts/
Bethesda has released a brand new update for Fallout 76. According to the release notes, patch 9 introduces backpacks that players can equip to increase their Carry Weight, and adds Pioneer Scouts to the game, allowing players to join the Order of the Tadpole.

Doom Eternal will be playable at Quakecon Europe 2019 this July
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/doom-eternal-will-be-playable-at-quakecon-europe-2019-this-july/
Bethesda has announced that it will host ‘QUAKECON Europe’ at Printworks, London, across 26-27 July. Not only that, but there will be a public playable demo for all those that attend this event, allowing them to get their hands on this highly anticipated shooter.

Funcom announces Steam Free Weekend for Conan Exiles, starts later today
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/funcom-announces-steam-free-weekend-for-conan-exiles-starts-later-today/
Funcom has announced that Conan Exiles will be free to play on Steam later today on Steam and until May 12th. This prolonged Steam Free Weekend was made to pay tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s breakthrough role in the anniversary-DLC for Conan Exiles.



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Part two of the news:

There is now an XCOM satellite in orbit around our planet
https://www.pcgamer.com/there-is-now-an-xcom-satellite-in-orbit-around-our-planet/
Not to alarm anyone, but it seems that the XCOM program has officially launched into Earth orbit. We’re sure this is just fine, and that it does not necessarily indicate our certain doom at the hands of hostile alien entities.
Actually, the XCOM that lifted off from Kennedy Space Center May 4 was part of a suite of experiments destined for the International Space Station. This version stands for X-ray Communication, and it’s meant to demonstrate NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory’s ability to use the X-ray band for signal transmission.

Unbound: Worlds Apart is a pretty puzzle platformer, and you can try a demo today
https://www.pcgamer.com/unbound-worlds-apart-is-a-pretty-puzzle-platformer-and-you-can-try-a-demo-today/
Unbound: Worlds Apart is a 2D fantasy puzzle-platformer about a wee wizard named Soli who can open magical portals that enable him to travel through different realities. His abilities are put to the test when his own world is destroyed by a conjuring catastrophe, and it falls to him to figure out what happened and why—and maybe set things right.
>> Get it from Steam, itch.io or the game's website.

Battlefield 5 is getting rental servers later this year
https://www.pcgamer.com/battlefield-5-is-getting-rental-servers-later-this-year/
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Today EA finally confirmed that rental servers are on the way, and fact they're not just arriving, they're evolving, from the Rented Server Program as it was originally known, to an updated system called Private Games that will offer "base level" access for free.

Overwatch's Havana map is now live
https://www.pcgamer.com/overwatchs-havana-map-is-now-live/
Overwatch patch 1.35.1.1 is now live and that means we're going to Havana, the capital city of Cuba and also the location of the game's newest Escort map, which is now off the PTR and into full rotation.

How to start Destiny 2's secret quest for the Outbreak Perfected exotic weapon
https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2-outbreak-perfected-exotic-guide/
Another day, another byzantine Destiny 2 exotic quest. This time, it's pulse rifle we're after, and it takes as many mysterious steps as you'd imagine to obtain. Don't worry, we'll make it easy on you. To kick off the secret scavenger hunt leading to the Outbreak Perfected exotic weapon (which we'll refrain from detailing here while it's still a fresh mystery) head to Titan first.
>> And it brings back one of the weapons of the first game.

Downhill biking game Descenders adds multiplayer as it exits Early Access
https://www.pcgamer.com/downhill-biking-game-descenders-adds-multiplayer-as-it-exits-early-access/
Descenders is a downhill freeriding game where the worlds and trails are procedurally generated so you'll never quite know what to expect. It just left Early Access today and got a big feature update: Multiplayer. While you're challenging yourself with terrifying speeds down narrow, winding paths and hurtling through dizzying jumps upside-down, you'll now find yourself racing alongside other players.

Minecraft Classic brings the original 2009 version to web browsers, for free
https://www.pcgamer.com/minecraft-classic-brings-the-original-2009-version-to-web-browsers-for-free/
It's been ten years since the first public version of Minecraft released on the TIGSource forums, and a lot has happened since then: Microsoft owns it, 74 million people play it monthly, and there's even a film adaptation in the offing. It's original creator, Markus "Notch" Persson, has been scrubbed from its credits.
Unlike say, World of Warcraft, Minecraft has received ongoing additions and improvements rather than huge fundamental changes, so it's hard to feel nostalgic for its past. But in case you do, the very first public build of Minecraft is now available to play. Best of all it's free, and you can do it right now in your web browser.

Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 introduces the blood magic of the Tremere Clan
https://www.pcgamer.com/vampire-the-masqueradebloodlines-2-introduces-the-blood-magic-of-the-tremere-clan/
The Tremere, a powerful group of warlocks, are the next vampire clan revealed for Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2. They’ll join the Brujah in the rain- and blood-streaked streets of Seattle when Bloodlines II launches next year.
VentureBeat has the full details on the Tremere clan and its unique powers.

Goat of Duty is Call of Duty but with goats
https://www.pcgamer.com/goat-of-duty-is-call-of-duty-but-with-goats/
Sure, goats are great and the internet loves them, but if you’ve ever met one you’ve probably glimpsed the malice in its eyes. Soon you’ll be able to harness that pent-up rage and use it in battle, in Goat of Duty. It’s like Call of Duty, but with goats.

Tencent kills off PUBG Mobile in China, replaces it with a patriotic version
https://www.pcgamer.com/tencent-kills-off-pubg-mobile-in-china-replaces-it-with-a-patriotic-version/
After more than a year of waiting for approval from Chinese regulators to monetize the mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, publisher Tencent has shut down the test version of the game, updating it to a more patriotic version called 'Game for Peace.'

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Been revisiting Borderlands 1. I'm not having as much fun with it as in the past but that's probably because this is like my 7th playthrough. The enhanced version has huge issues keeping a stable framerate. It jumps seemingly randomly from 140 to as low as 40 for no apparent reason.

I'm planning to play through all of the Boderlands games including the Telltale one before BL3 is released.



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vivster said:
Been revisiting Borderlands 1. I'm not having as much fun with it as in the past but that's probably because this is like my 7th playthrough. The enhanced version has huge issues keeping a stable framerate. It jumps seemingly randomly from 140 to as low as 40 for no apparent reason.

I'm planning to play through all of the Boderlands games including the Telltale one before BL3 is released.

I'm also thinking about re-playing it, but first I'd like to give Borderlands 2 a second chance. Maybe this time I'll like it.

As for Borderlands 3, well, I'm not in a hurry to get it as I won't think about it until the GOTY edition launches.



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JEMC said:
vivster said:
Been revisiting Borderlands 1. I'm not having as much fun with it as in the past but that's probably because this is like my 7th playthrough. The enhanced version has huge issues keeping a stable framerate. It jumps seemingly randomly from 140 to as low as 40 for no apparent reason.

I'm planning to play through all of the Boderlands games including the Telltale one before BL3 is released.

I'm also thinking about re-playing it, but first I'd like to give Borderlands 2 a second chance. Maybe this time I'll like it.

As for Borderlands 3, well, I'm not in a hurry to get it as I won't think about it until the GOTY edition launches.

No idea how one cannot like BL2. It's just like the first one, only better in every single way. I played a lot of Borderlands in my life but I never went far enough to actually play all the DLC. I need to rectify that this time.



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Thursday news:

SALES & DEALS

Steam has only one daily deal, Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition, 40% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/435150/Divinity_Original_Sin_2__Definitive_Edition/

At Fanatical, there are 2 deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

CRYENGINE 5.7 will support DirectX 12, Vulkan and Ray Tracing, to be available in Spring 2020
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/cryengine-5-7-will-support-directx-12-vulkan-and-ray-tracing-to-be-available-in-spring-2020/
Crytek has updated its CRYENGINE roadmap, revealing that version 5.7 will add full support for DirectX 12, Vulkan and the Ray Tracing effects that the team showcased via its Neon Noir tech demo at GDC 2019.
CRYENGINE 5.7 targets a Spring 2020 release and will also come with support for the Oculus Quest, Area Lights Implementation, Improved Multiple View Rendering (Sandbox), Opaque Particles that use Deferred Lighting, as well as Optimized Dynamic Instancing.
In Summer 2019, Crytek will release CRYENGINE 5.6 features Mesh and Opaque Particles casting Shadows, Tessellated Particle Ribbons, Renderer Optimization Pass, Opaque Particles Z-Buffer, Memory Footprint Reduction and Various CPU Optimizations.

MODS/EMULATORS

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GAMING NEWS

Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Update 5.0 now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/pillars-of-eternity-2-deadfire-update-5-0-now-available-for-download/
Obsidian Entertainment and Versus Evil today announced that update 5.0 for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire is available for download. As the press release reads, on the one year anniversary of its launch Obsidian continues to refine the player experience for Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and introduces a whole host of new content, balances, and fixes with update 5.0, including the full release of turn-based mode.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint is the new Ghost Recon game, releases in October 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-breakpoint-is-the-new-ghost-recon-releases-in-october-2019/
It appears that the next Ghost Recon game has been leaked via its Deluxe Edition, and will be called Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint. Ghost Recon Breakpoint will be a story-driven 4 player experience against Cole D. Walker and is planned for an October 4th release.

RAGE 2 – BFG weapon to be locked behind Deluxe and Collector’s Editions at launch
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/rage-2-bfg-weapon-to-be-locked-behind-deluxe-and-collectors-editions-at-launch/
RAGE 2 releases next week and it has been confirmed that the BFG weapon will be locked behind the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions at launch. This basically means that those who will not purchase these overpriced editions will not have access to this specific weapon.

The Black Masses has been delayed until Summer 2019, free demo coming soon
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-black-masses-has-been-delayed-until-summer-2019-free-demo-coming-soon/
Brilliant Game Studios has announced that its open world first-person fantasy co-op RPG, The Black Masses, has been delayed until Summer 2019. The Black Masses features the next generation of crowd rendering technology rebuilt from Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator, and promises to feature a lot of enemies on screen.

John Wick Hex is the first game inspired by the hit action movie, to be timed-exclusive on Epic Games Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/john-wick-hex-is-the-first-game-inspired-by-the-hit-action-movie-to-be-timed-exclusive-on-epic-games-store/
Good Shepherd Entertainment, in partnership with global content leader Lionsgate, has announced John Wick Hex, the upcoming video game from acclaimed Game Director, Mike Bithell (Volume, Thomas Was Alone, Subsurface Circular). John Wick Hex is a fast-paced, action-oriented strategy game that makes you think and strike like John Wick, and you can find its debut trailer below.
>> The game appears to be very unique in its style.

SEGA has acquired the developers of Two Point Hospital, Two Point Studios
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/sega-has-acquired-the-developers-of-two-point-hospital-two-point-studios/
SEGA announced today the acquisition of Two Point Studios, the Farnham-based developer behind the award-winning Two Point Hospital. Two Point Studios had been working with SEGA Europe in a publishing partnership capacity since January 2017 as part of SEGA Europe’s Searchlight programme. The Searchlight team look for exciting new development talent, working on new IP, with franchise potential, and this acquisition is the first of its kind of as a direct result of this internal initiative.
>> dx11332sega has made a thread about it.

Fortnite Season 9 Update is available for download, full patch release notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fortnite-season-9-update-is-available-for-download-full-patch-release-notes-revealed/
Epic Games has released a brand new update for Fortnite. According to the release notes, the Season 9 patch comes with some weapon and item changes (for example it adds Combat Shotgun and adjusts Tactical Shotgun damage), as well as some gameplay tweaks and enhancements.

Monster Hunter World x The Witcher 3 is now available on the PC as a free update
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/monster-hunter-world-x-the-witcher-3-is-now-available-on-the-pc-as-a-free-update/
Capcom has announced that the sixth update for its monster hunting game, Monster Hunter World, has been released on the PC, featuring various bug fixes as well as a special collaboration with “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt”.
>> By the way, CD Projekt RED has launched an online store for its merchandise.

Official launch trailer released for RAGE 2
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/official-launch-trailer-released-for-rage-2/
Bethesda has released the official launch trailer for RAGE 2. The game is being developed by by id Software and Avalanche Studios and promises to feature insane action, open-world environments with no loadings, vehicular combat, upgradable weapons, and like its predecessor will be using a first-person perspective.



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