The Thursday news:
SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS
Nearly 500,000 people are playing Hogwarts Legacy on Steam before it's truly out
The years of transphobic comments made by Harry Potter creator JK Rowling have made Hogwarts Legacy one of the most controversial videogames of all time. But that hasn't stopped it from being an immediate, major hit on Steam and Twitch, where it's being played and viewed by hundreds of thousands of gamers before it's even officially launched.
Hogwarts Legacy won't officially launch until February 10, but players who pay extra for the deluxe edition were able to get started up to 72 hours early, on February 7. And they are, in serious numbers: SteamDB (via the Steam API) indicates that more than 488,000 people are currently playing the game. It doesn't appear on the Steam top 100 because it's not officially released yet, but if it did it would hold the number three spot right now, ahead of PUBG and just behind Dota 2.
>> That's a lot of Deluxe Edition copies. Oh, and here's when it releases in the different timezones.
The Epic Store is giving away Recipe For Disaster: https://store.epicgames.com/en-US/p/recipe-for-disaster.
Next week, the free game will be Warpips.
Steam has two new deals:
- Gungrave G.O.R.E gets a 25% discount until February 15th: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1630110/Gungrave_GORE/
- Not For Broadcast will be 70% off until the 15th: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1147550/Not_For_Broadcast/
Humble has a couple of new deals:
- At Humble Bundle we have the Love is in the Air Bundle, with 8 games to get during the next 13 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/love-is-in-air
- At the Humble Store there's an Asterix & Obelix Sale with up to 85% discounts during 6 days. The keys are for Steam: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/asterix-obelix-sale/
Fanatical has a new Aspyr Sale, with up to 90% discounts during the next 10 days: https://www.fanatical.com/en/publishers/aspyr.
SOFTWARE & DRIVERS
MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS
Hogwarts Legacy VR Mod already in development, first gameplay footage
Flat2VR is currently working on a VR Mod for the new Harry Potter game that will release this Friday, Hogwarts Legacy. As the title suggests, this mod will allow you to explore Hogwarts, and play the entire game, in VR. And, in order to showcase this mod in action, Flat2VR released the following gameplay video.
This VR Mod will support both first-person and third-person viewpoints. And, since it will be possible to have a first-person perspective, I expect modders to also release a first-person mode for the game’s non-VR version.
The biggest Greek gaming event, GAMEATHLON, returns on February 25th
The biggest Greek gaming event will return for the tenth year this February. And, since we are based in Greece, we felt the need to at least support the event.
Amnesia: The Bunker releases on May 16th, gets official PC requirements
Frictional Games has announced that the next part in the Amnesia series, Amnesia: The Bunker, has been delayed until May 16th. The team was originally planning to release the game in March 2023. Additionally, Frictional Games has revealed the game’s official PC system requirements.
WWE 2K23 PC version will be on par with PS5/Xbox Series X versions after all
Last month, 2K Games implied that the PC version of WWE 2K23 will be based on the old-gen console version. However, in an interview with WCCFTech, creative director Lynell Jinks stated that the PC version will be on par with the PS5/Xbox Series X versions.
Halo Infinite Season 3 Alpha Build has been leaked online
It appears that an alpha build of Halo Infinite’s Season 3 has been leaked online. This build can give us a glimpse at what Microsoft is currently preparing for its latest Halo game.
AMD Radeon RX7900XTX can be up to 40fps faster than the NVIDIA RTX4090 in Hogwarts Legacy
Hogwarts Legacy will officially release tomorrow and yesterday, NVIDIA released a new driver for its graphics. The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 528.49 WHQL adds a game profile for this new game. However, it appears that NVIDIA has a lot of work to do as AMD’s latest GPU, the Radeon RX7900XTX, can be up to 40fps faster than it at 1080p/Ultra Settings/No RT.
>> The article is wrong, the latest Nvidia driver doesn't add a profile for the game. Also, no one will buy one of those cards to play at 1080p.
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