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Here’s what The Last of Us Part 2 would look like running at 4K60 on PS5

By Dom Peppiatt 13 April 2021 10:13 GMT Ever wanted to know what The Last of Us Part 2 would look like playing on your PlayStation 5 at 4K resolution with a 60fps framerate? Well, wonder no more!Amidst rumours that we’re getting a remake of the original The Last of Us game, a Naughty Dog fan has employed the use of editing software and AI upscaling to give us a taste of what a true 4K60 patch would do for The Last of Us Part 2.Though once we heard whispers about Naughty Dog’s blockbuster 2020 survival game getting a dedicated…

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Outriders cross-play now working as intended across Xbox, PlayStation and PC

It’s been a rocky road for Square Enix and People Can Fly, but cross-play in Outriders is finally working as intended across all platforms.Though People Can Fly pushed out the games’ latest update on Friday (April 9), the game still hasn’t quite been playing ball over the weekend.PC, PS4, and PS5 players have been able to play with each other for the last few days, but as of today (April 12), the Xbox servers are working properly, too, and cross-play is now once again fully operational.Watch on YouTube“We’re a little bit delayed on the Xbox version of this patch, but…

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Epic is losing millions on Epic Games Store exclusives – and Tim Sweeney is cool with that

By Dom Peppiatt 12 April 2021 14:00 GMT If you’ve got an Epic Games Store account, you’re probably very aware of the exclusivity deals the company has been promoting over the past 28 months.Even back in February, we heard that Epic Games plans to continue attracting game developers and publishers to its PC platform by offering them exclusive deals.This revelation followed on from statistics the company revealed that it had grown its userbase by millions over the course of 2020, but revenue had remained consistently flat. As reported by PC Gamer over the weekend, we’ve learned that a lot of the company’s…

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It looks like PlayStation wants to bring Uncharted, God of War and more to mobile

By Dom Peppiatt 11 April 2021 16:28 GMT It looks like PlayStation is eager to adapt some of its more popular IP for mobile, and the company is already working on going more mobile.Sony has posted a new job listing for a Head of Mobile at Sony Interactive Entertainment PlayStation, with the successful applicant having the leadership and talent to “lead the development and strategy of mobile gaming and help shape the future of gaming for a world-class studio”.“As Head of Mobile, you will own and develop the mobile games strategy for PlayStation Studios and help build a foundation for future…

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Nintendo wants to focus on more original IP in the future

Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa has said that the company will be focusing more on original games, as well as supporting existing IP.Despite the demonstrable success Nintendo has enjoyed by focusing on the likes of Mario, Splatoon, Zelda, Animal Crossing, and so on since the Switch launched back in 2017, it seems the company is eager to diversify its portfolio going forward.In an interview with Nikkei (thanks VGC), Furukawa has suggested that Nintendo needs to commit to creating new franchises and evolve its output in order to better challenge the growing competition in the home entertainment department from other companies like Sony and Microsoft.Watch…

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EA’s ‘Dynamic Difficulty’ system wants to predict your behaviour, keep you playing for longer

Electronic Arts has patented a dynamic difficulty system that can predict and respond to a player’s mood, and appears directed towards making your gaming sessions longer.The patent was filed in October 2020 (thanks GameSpot) and was made available for the public to see towards the end of March 2021. EA itself is calling the tech ‘Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment’ and its application in-game certainly sounds like interesting.As per the patent, the system has been built to “perform automatic granular difficulty adjustment” in such a way that difficulty spikes and dips would be “undetectable by a user.”The goal of the system, it seems, is for EA to…

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Cliff Bleszinski may be getting ready to step back into the gaming world

Veteran game developer Cliff Bleszinski is teasing a new project over on Twitter, but the Gears of War and Lawbreakers designer is being coy about just what the project is… for now.Cliff Bleszinski, who you may also know by the very-2000s monikers CliffyB or Dude Huge, achieved infamy in the games industry when he shot to fame thanks to his work as lead designer of Gears of War.Since then, he worked on a range of other projects – including the doomed Lawbreakers and Radical Heights – before taking a break from the industry in 2018. It seems the draw of…

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Cinematic survival shooter Abandoned coming to PS5 later this year

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 8 April 2021 08:58 GMT Blue Box Game Studios has announced that its first-person survival shooter, Abandoned,  will be landing on the PlayStation 5 later this year.In a new post over on the PlayStation Blog, the Dutch developer explains the premise of the photo-realistic game and outlines what players can expect from the “cinematic, first-person horror survival shooter set in a highly detailed open world environment” that runs at 60fps in 4K.“The story is centred around Jason Longfield, who wakes up in a strange forest,” writes Hasan Kahraman, game director at Blue Box Game Studios. “Abandoned and not…

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Sea of Thieves Season 2 is coming to Xbox and PC next week

By Dom Peppiatt, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 11:20 GMT Rare is about to roll out a big new update for Sea of Thieves Season 2, but what can eager sea-faring players expect from the stubbornly popular pirate simulator in the coming weeks?According to the trailer, Sea of Thieves Season 2 launches on April 15, but some of the specifics about what we can expect from Rare’s next big update are somewhat shrouded in mystery.Luckily, the developer is edging out some information about the new Season in waves (no pun intended) and the most recent trailer actually gives us some insight…

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Forza 8 closed playtest registration is now open

By Dom Peppiatt, Wednesday, 7 April 2021 10:11 GMT Turn 10 has revealed that it’ll be bringing the community in to help it test Forza 8, and that the developer will be using the feedback to help shape its next racing game.If you’re interested in trying out Forza Motorsport 8 before it officially hits the shelves, look sharp. Keen to court the community and listen to feedback from players, Turn 10 plans to host a special Forza panel designed to collect information from its players.Better yet, anyone that takes part in the panel will be given access to a closed…

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Chinese police shut down “biggest” cheat distributor in massive bust

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 1 April 2021 11:23 GMT Chinese authorities have taken down a major player in the cheat creating business.Tencent has teamed up with Chinese authorities to bust a massive cheat distributing operation called Chicken Drumstick. The cheat maker reportedly sold cheats for popular mobile and PC games, including the likes of Valorant, Overwatch, Call of Duty mobile and more.Some of those games, of course, are published by Tencent, and the giant publisher has been working with Kunshan police to track down and bust this group. According to BBC, the group made $76 million in revenue over the…

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Remedy’s next game with Epic is Alan Wake 2 – report

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 1 April 2021 10:20 GMT It looks like Remedy will be going back to Alan Wake with its next big project.A little over a year ago, Remedy announced signing a publishing deal with Epic Games to produce two games for PC and consoles.According to VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, one of those is Alan Wake 2. Grubb revealed this on his Twitch show, explaining that Remedy had been looking for a publisher to help it fund Alan Wake 2, and Epic offered the best deal. The reporter didn’t reveal any other details about the game, just that it…

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CD Projekt Red “reconsidering” Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer

We’re not getting that mysterious Cyberpunk standalone multiplayer game, at least not in the way we originally imagined.As part of Tuesday’s CD Projekt strategy update, where the developer announced its intention to work on multiple AAA games simultaneously, and delay its marketing push until closer to a given game’s actual release, the studio also shared some news about Cyberpunk 2077‘s standalone multiplayer game.That game, which we were told would be CD Projekt Red’s next project after finishing the core Cyberpunk 2077, has been “reconsidered.” President and joint-CEO Adam Kicinski shared this news in the group strategy video, explaining that the…

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Activision is starting to shrink Call of Duty Warzone file size in Season 2 Reloaded patch

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 29 March 2021 19:26 GMT As part of Call of Duty Warzone‘s Season 2 Reloaded update, Activision has managed to crunch down the file size of the famously huge title.There have been multiple stories surrounding the impressively huge file size for Call of Duty Warzone, and Activision is about to shrink it down with a new update.Season 2 Reloaded lands in the game on March 30, and alongside introducing a slew of new features to the game, the developer and publisher have somehow managed to crunch the file size down to a much smaller number.“Season Two Reloaded also…

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“There are more stories to tell with the Doom Slayer” says Doom Eternal dev

Doom Eternal has just wrapped up the rebooted series’ story, the one that kicked off with Doom in 2016, but that doesn’t mean id Software is done with the series just yet.In an interview with Polygon, Doom Eternal game director Hugo Martin has dropped some hints that the series could go on to cover more, untold stories in the future – and that the story of rebooted Doom, really, could only just be beginning.“While this is the end of the story arc that began in Doom (2016), we planted a lot of stakes in the ground with that story,” Martin…