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Helicopters are coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator in 2022

By Sherif Saed 19 July 2021 10:18 GMT It looks like helicopters will finally arrive in Microsoft Flight Simulator next year.Microsoft Flight Simulator developer Asobo has, in the latest development update, shared a detailed roadmap of everything coming to the game over the course of the summer.Watch on YouTubeThe developer also offered a rare look at all the features the community has been asking for, and what stage of development, if any, they’re in. The most requested, by far, is the addition of helicopters, which has garnered over 1,500 votes. In the development schedule, helicopters were marked as ‘Planned’, with…

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LinkedIn page suggests Gears of War studio The Coalition is working on a new IP

By Dom Peppiatt 18 July 2021 13:28 GMT The Coalition, the Xbox Games Studio known for developing the modern Gears of War titles, appears to be working on a new IP, a LinkedIn page has suggested.The LinkedIn profile of one of the studio’s level designers seems to reveal that the company has been working on an unannounced “new IP” for the last six months. The page was later edited and the listing removed.The LinkedIn page was initially spotted by Klobrille, who has a good track record at picking game development stories up and posting them to Twitter.We already know that…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer still sees a future for story-driven games

By Jeremy Signor 13 July 2021 13:12 GMT Risky projects like narrative-focused games are not being left behind in Xbox’s strategy.It’s no secret that live service games are the big money makers right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more traditional story-driven games, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the head of Xbox laid out how narrative single-player games are part of the platform’s strategy going forward.Watch on YouTube“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer told The Guardian, emphasising…

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The next Minecraft Dungeons DLC and Ultimate Edition launch July 28

After touring through jungles, oceans, mountains, winter itself, and the Nether, Minecraft Dungeons is at last heading to The End. The next DLC for Mojang’s Diablo-like Minecraft spinoff is taking players to the final dimension this month alongside another free update. They’ve also revealed an Ultimate Edition of the game which will be available the same day, bundling the game with all six of its DLCs. Read more

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Minecraft is now an R-rated game in South Korea

By Dom Peppiatt 8 July 2021 10:42 GMT Minecraft has become an adult-only title in South Korea, thanks to Xbox Live accounts in the region only being available to people over the age of 19.As reported by The Korea Herald (via GamesIndustry), Minecraft will soon be classified as an R-rated game in South Korea thanks to Microsoft informing players in the region that they will need an Xbox Live account in order to play the game.This harkens back to a law that was introduced in the country back in 2011 that prohibits minors from playing games between midnight and 6am.Rather than…

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Gears of War dev The Coalition to show Unreal Engine 5 tech demo at GDC later this month

By Sherif Saed 2 July 2021 13:30 GMT The Coalition’s next project may be a couple of years away, but we’ll be seeing something from the team soon.Gears of War studio, The Coalition, has revealed that it’s going to be bringing something special to this year’s GDC. The team has created an Unreal Engine 5 demo called Alpha Point, which it will be showing to attendees at the development conference.Watch on YouTubeThe Unreal Engine 5 demo was created so the developer can “evaluate” the engine, and it will be running on Xbox Series X. In particular, the Alpha Point demo…

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The Elder Scrolls 6 still in design phase, will require additions to Creation Engine 2

By Stephany Nunneley 29 June 2021 20:55 GMT While we already know it’s going to be a while before The Elder Scrolls 6 is released, it appears it may be a bit longer than we have hoped.According to Bethesda Games Studios director Todd Howard, The Elder Scrolls 6 is still currently in the “design” stage and it will build on the Creation Engine 2, which is being used to develop Starfield.Watch on YouTubeThe next TES game will also “have some additions” on the engine.“The technology, Creation Engine 2, is sort of built for both [games],” Howard told The Telegraph. “It’s…

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Forza Horizon 4 content updates to stop as Playground shifts focus to Forza Horizon 5

By Sherif Saed 29 June 2021 13:11 GMT Playground Games is almost ready to wrap up its work on Forza Horizon 4.As Playground Games diverts its attention to the upcoming Forza Horizon 5, the developer has announced that it will soon stop releasing new content for 2018’s Forza Horizon 4.Watch on YouTubePlayground revealed this in last night’s Forza Monthly livestream, in which the team dished on Horizon 5’s lighting and skybox tech. The Series 37 update – due out today – will be Forza Horizon 4’s last content patch for the time being. Although the game will continue receiving updates,…

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Another id Software game has been rated

By Dom Peppiatt 29 June 2021 10:45 GMT Another new id Software title has been rated in Australia, and this time the classification documents refer to Project 2021B – but what could it be?Earlier this year, we saw Doom Eternal VR revealed early by the Australian ratings board when a game called ‘Project 2021A’ was classified under the “virtual reality” category. Two months after the classification was spotted, the studio announced it was for Doom 3: VR Edition.Now, the ratings board is at it again (via Gematsu). This time, we’ve seen a slight progression in the naming convention and the feature of the game…

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Sea of Thieves: Trident of Dark Tides | Can you sell the Trident?

The Trident of Dark Tides is a special weapon in Sea of Thieves, introduced with the recent 2.2.0 update supporting the launch of the game’s third season.Watch on YouTubeThe Trident has some unique uses, but also carries with it some restrictions. Can you sell the Trident of Dark Tides in Sea of Thieves? Where to find the Trident of Dark Tides in Sea of Thieves How to use the Trident of Dark Tides in Sea of Thieves Can you sell the Trident of Dark Tides in Sea of Thieves?To put it simply: no, you cannot sell the Trident of Dark…

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Upcoming Halo TV series loses its showrunner after one season

By Dom Peppiatt 27 June 2021 12:08 GMT We may be getting very close to taking a first proper look at the Halo TV series, but the latest news from the upcoming season isn’t particularly positive.After a leak in early June showed off an early look at the upcoming Halo TV series ahead of time, Variety reports that Steven Kane – showrunner on the Paramount-produced series – will not be returning to the show for its second season.The show has largely been filmed in Budapest (following a lot of other TV production during the Covid-19 pandemic) and now, after two years…

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Halo Infinite’s first Season will be called ‘Heroes of Reach’

343 Industries has explained a little bit more about how Halo Infinite‘s free-to-play multiplayer will work and announced some Reach-themed content is coming to the game.Earlier this month, Microsoft and 343 Industries finally lifted the lid on Halo Infinite’s free-to-player multiplayer, and detailed how the shooter’s always-accessible battle passes will work.Now as players around the world chomp at the bit waiting for new information, head of creative Joseph Staten has taken to Halo Waypoint to dish out some more information.“At the center of our plans is a goal to deeply root your multiplayer character in the larger Halo universe and give them a…

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Halo Infinite’s battle passes will be permanent so you’ll never miss out

With Halo Infinite‘s still non-specific “holiday 2021” release window creeping closer, 343 Industries are continuing to put out their big chat blogs on what to expect from the newest Halo adventure. This time they sat down to talk about their planned seasonal model and battle passes that so many online games come equipped with now. The big difference is that 343 say their battle pass reward tracks won’t actually be limited time. You’ll be able to play them forever, which sounds pretty stellar to me. Read more

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If your PC says it can’t upgrade to Windows 11, check your BIOS

Microsoft unveiled Windows 11 this evening, and people can already download their PC Health Check up to see if their PC meets the new OS’ minimum hardware requirements to qualify for its free ugprade. However, a lot of users with relatively new PCs (myself incldued) are coming up with big angry red crosses when running the app, saying, “Nope, sorry pal, your 10th Gen Intel CPU, Z590 motherboard and RTX 3070 Ti just aren’t good enough.” Which is bonkers, obviously. Turns out, it’s probably not a problem with your hardware at all. It’s because of your motherboard’s BIOS settings. Read…

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Sea of Thieves: The Sunken Pearl | How to complete the Statue Puzzles in Siren Spire

The Sunken Pearl is a Tall Tale introduced in the third season of Sea of Thieves — which, as most fans are already well aware, features a major crossover with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean.Watch on YouTubeThis is the second of five Tall Tales that make up the season’s story campaign A Pirate’s Life. After you’ve completed the campaign’s titular first quest, you’ll need to head off in search of Captain Jack Sparrow’s ship the Black Pearl… the only wrinkle is, it’s currently in the Sunken Kingdom which, as the name suggests, is at the bottom of the ocean.To get…