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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Patch Out, Bugs Addressed

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A new patch for Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is out and the bug is intending to fix a lot of bugs with the game.

Developer Ninja Theory posted a blog about the fixes stating that the patch’s goal is to address “a range of issues reported since launch.”

The patch fixes “collision issues” that can result in players “unintentionally exit the game world.”

It also addresses a menu load issue on PC.

Here is the posted breakdown of the patch.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice 1.01 Patch Notes:

  • Fixed a crash that could happen if two Keep Guard enemies are standing close to each other and one dies.
  • Russian subtitles for the Hellblade feature have been added.
  • Fixed an issue where the audio would be out of sync with the Hellblade feature if it has been paused for an extended period of time.
  • Fixed an issue where the Baldr Masks in the Tower Shard level are white on the inside.
  • Fixed scenarios resulting in unlit geometry after reloading from checkpoint.
  • Fixed a potential progression stopping bug in the Fenrir Cave by the ‘M’ rune door puzzle.
  • Fixed potential progression stopping bug in Fenrir Cave due to check pointing after skipping a lit region.
  • Fixed potential progression stopping bug in Fenrir Cave if player fails to collect floor rune after combat and subsequently dies.
  • Fixed collision issues that could allow players to unintentionally exit the game world.
  • Fixed audio cut-out issues.
  • Added audio cues for hidden faces.
  • Fixed audio hard cut at the end of various cut scenes.
  • Fixes for audio lip sync issues.
  • Audio balancing fixes.
  • Various subtitle localisation fixes across a number of languages.
  • Combat tweaks:
    • Global
      • Adjusted automatic difficulty enemy health scaling and Senua’s damage taken/given modifiers.
    • Senua
      • Increased damage value of certain combo finisher attacks.
      • Adjusted rate of combat focus resource build-up in Hard difficulty mode or higher.
      • Fixed issue with stinger animated cameras popping if the same attack was repeated.
    • Warrior Enemy
      • Warriors now have an increased chance of evading certain heavy attacks.
      • Fixed missing sound effects on certain reactions.
    • Protector Enemy
      • Health values have been lowered.
      • Will now remain vulnerable for longer after his shield guard has been broken.
    • Keep Guard Enemy
      • Fixed a potential crash bug if Keep Guard enemies are standing close together and one of them dies.
      • Tweaked rotation rate during certain attack windups.
      • Fixed missing sound effects on certain attacks.
    • Surtr
      • Fixed an issue where Surtr was able to throw Senua outside of the arena.
    • Valravn
      • Fixed an issue where Valravn could not be damaged while in Focus for certain combos.
      • Parried projectiles will now remove shadow state on hit.
    • Fenrir
      • Health values have been adjusted.
      • Fixed issue where certain attack were not dealing damage correctly to Fenrir.
    • Revenant Enemy
      • Adjusted slide properties for certain attacks.
      • Adjusted cooldown for parry and evade defensive actions.
      • Parried projectiles will now remove shadow state on hit.
    • Photo Mode
      • Fixed an issue where motion blur is applied to object incorrectly during Photo Mode.
      • Removed the second slider that did nothing when cycling through the Effects tab.

PC-Specific Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where altering master volume would cause no audio to be played during the intro.
  • Fixed the lack of vibration with the Steam Controller for the Blindness level
  • Fixed an issue where key bindings and run toggle were not being saved between game sessions
  • Fixed an issue where looking around with the mouse during the boat intro was not working.
  • Fixed an issue where Focus was not able to be assigned to another key.
  • Fixed an issue where tabbing out during cut scenes would cause audio to go out of sync.
  • Fixed an issue where the menu would not load on start up.

 

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Blaze Entertainment Says Evercade Units Stolen in Robbery

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Blaze Entertainment says that they were the victims of a robbery back on December 6th that saw a lorry carrying limited edition units of the Evercade EXP was the subject of a suspected “targeted, possible organized attack”, according to Eurogamer.

Per the report,  over £500,000 worth of hardware was taken, as the units were en route to a Funstock warehouse in the United Kingdom where the limited edition Evercade consoles were being sold.

“We at Blaze are hugely frustrated and angry that this has occurred, and with these products so close to release the timing could not be worse,” Andrew Byatt, CEO of Blaze Entertainment said in an official statement. “We have shared all the information, including evidence of theft, with the UK Police and we await news of their investigations.”

Byatt said that the company is “hopeful of recovering the stock” and said that the company had already started production on replacements to be sent out as soon as possible.

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GameStop Continues Troubling Trend in Q3

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GameStop continues to see a dip in sales and Q3 data shows that the company is not showing that it can climb out of the troubling spot it has been in for the last few years, according to the company’s financial report.

The numbers demonstrate the financials for the three month period that ended on October 29th, 2022.

The numbers:

  • Net sales: $1.2 billion, down 8% year-over-year
  • Net loss: $94.7 million, down 10% year-on-year
  • Hardware and accessories: $627 million, down 6% year-over-year
  • Software: $352 million, down 19% year-over-year
  • GameStop’s net loss was down 10% compared to the same period last year, but still hit $94.7 million
  • Sales decreased across the board

In an earnings call (as transcribed via Seeking Alpha), Gamestop CEO Matt Furlong stated that the company would not provide “formal guidance at this time.”

“It is worth reiterating, however, that our goal is to achieve profitability in the near term,” he said.

“I want to finish by reiterating what we’ve said in the past. We’re attempting to accomplish something unprecedented in the retail sector. We’re seeking to transform a legacy brick-and-mortar business that was on the brink of bankruptcy into a retailer that meets customers’ needs through our stores, e-commerce properties and emerging sales channels. This path carries risk and is taking time, but it is the path we are on. With that said, GameStop is a stronger business today than at any time in the recent past.”

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Embracer Approved to Trade on Nasdaq Stockholm

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Embracer Group has officially been approved to trade on Nasdaq Stockholm, which is the main market for Nordic companies, and the company’s first day of trading on the market will happen on December 22nd.

Embracer was previously trading on Nasdaq First North Growth Market, where they have been listed since November 2016 under the name THQ Nordic AB, and its last day there will be December 21.

“The rationale for the listing in 2016, and the related capital raise was, among other things, to finance growth, facilitate the possibility of using the company’s shares as a means of payment in acquisitions, and strengthen the company’s profile and brand among investors, customers and within the sector in general,” the company said in an official announcement.

“The listing of the company’s class B shares on Nasdaq Stockholm is an important step in [its] continued development and has been a long-standing ambition of the company’s board of directors and management,” it continued.

“In addition to the fact that the listing on Nasdaq Stockholm provides a quality stamp for the company, the listing is also expected to make the company’s class B shares even more attractive as a means of payment, which may facilitate future acquisition discussions. Furthermore, the listing on Nasdaq Stockholm is expected to better reflect the maturity of the company from a capital market perspective and enable more institutional investors to invest in the Company’s class B shares.”

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