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PUBG PC Patch 22 Arrives

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has released Patch 22 on the PC after two weeks in testing and is highlighted by a new rank system that borrows many elements from PUBG Mobile, along with adding a number of requested features to the game.

Check out the change log below:

Ranks, progression, regions

  • Server/region will now be decided automatically depending on the player’s local region
  • If you group with a player from another region, matchmaking will automatically decide the best region to play on
  • New rank system has eight total ranks
  • Rank will be assigned based on Rank Points earned
  • To earn your first rank, you will need to play 10 provisional matches
  • Rank promotion / demotion will be decided by total rank points
  • Improved the UI of the Career and Leaderboard screens
  • Improved UI to show rank, KDA, Avg. damage, etc. more clearly.
  • Leaderboard will display up to 100 ranks

Map select

  • You can select Quick Join or select maps individually
  • Quick join function puts you in the first available game, regardless of map

Skin trading

  • You can now trade in items for those of a higher tier
  • You can trade up multiple same-tier items and BP into one next-tier skin item
  • Trade up requires ten items, and the maximum tier you can get is up to rare(blue) while the system is in testing. We’ll look to open up the system further once we’re satisfied with the balance of the system but please note that any BP costs associated with this system may change.
  • The required BP amount is different depending on the tier of items being traded up. You will not be able to initiate the trade without all required items

UI/UX

  • Added a wheel menu for quick access to healing and throwable items
  • Emote activation hotkey was changed from ` to F4
  • You can cancel the wheel by clicking the right mouse button
  • Added an option to hide the nicknames of players in the killfeed who downed/killed you or your teammates
  • Added alert icons to the network statistics function
  • Three new icons represent High latency, Latency variation, Packet loss
  • High latency: Alerts you if your ping/latency is getting too high
  • Latency variation: Alerts you if your latency variation changes are too high
  • Packet loss: Alerts you if your ratio of packet loss is too high
  • Added an icon to check teammate’s log out / disconnected status
  • Player order between the lobby and in-game is now consistent so that players will have fixed numbers and colors based on lobby order when they enter a game.
  • Added an option to manage the maximum ratio of minimap zooming
  • Added auto-reload option
  • When enabled, you will reload weapons automatically when you try to fire while your magazine is empty
  • By default, this is set to “Off” but can be changed in the Gameplay menu

Performance

  • Improved the client performance by optimising the creation of character materials

Custom match

  • Improved the calculation of participants in the session waiting room
  • Players in Observer or Unassigned status will not be calculated in playable participants

Bug fixes

  • Fixed the issue where players could sometimes climb stairs much faster while moving diagonally next to the wall.
  • Fixed the issue where a downed players’ character model would sometimes penetrate walls.
  • Fixed the issue where players could hold weapons while moving close to rocks while underwater.
  • Fixed the issue where characters would look like they were sliding while standing up if they took out a weapon and stood up at the same time.
  • Fixed the issue where a player appeared to slide when standing up or moving while going prone before landing from a certain height.
  • Fixed the issue where Flashbang and Molotov stun and on fire animations could be cancelled when repeatedly crouching/standing up/prone/or equipping a weapon.
  • Fixed an issue where the player UI sometimes disappeared in the observer’s view.
  • Fixed the issue where ADS worked unreliably when ADSing right after equipping a weapon.
  • Fixed the issue where a player sometimes received collision damage from a motorcycle when another player picked up the motorcycle.
  • Fixed an issue where a character would sometimes rotate even though its feet are fixed when the screen is rotated more than 180 degrees left or right.
  • Fixed the issue where a player’s motion was sometimes shown as scoping when taking steps next to a wall.
  • Fixed the issue where characters could vault over other characters when positioned at certain heights.
  • Fixed the issue where a player would sometimes clip through the floor of a building when disembarking a motorcycle.
  • Fixed the issue where a player could be reported multiple times by playing the replay over and over.
  • Fixed the issue where a character’s HP bar was sometimes shown in the lobby after exiting the server replay.
  • Fixed the issue where a character’s animation would pop upward when getting close to the wheels of a buggy.
  • Fixed the issue of where a character’s animation would pop upward when crouching and standing up near a vehicle.
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Microsoft Bringing Four Games to Rival Consoles

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Microsoft has responded to recent reports that there will be changes to it’s first-party strategy and has confirmed that four game titles will be released on rival consoles.

More specifically, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that ‘Starfield’ and ‘Indiana Jones’ will not be among the four titles heading to other platforms. Both games had a number of candidate platforms, per reports, adding that this is “not a change to our fundamental exclusive strategy.”

“We don’t damage Xbox and we can grow our business using what other platforms have to help us with that,” Spencer said, according to GamesIndustry.biz.  “Looking forward, I think there is an interesting story for us of introducing Xbox franchises to players on other platforms to get them more interested in Xbox. We think there’s a good brand value for Xbox there.”

Xbox president Sarah Bond announced that Activision Blizzard games would begin to be added into Game Pass offerings, starting with Diablo 4, which will be added on March 28th.

Additionally, Bond said that Microsoft is still working on hardware for the future and that their focus regarding the future is “delivering the largest technical leap you will ever have seen in a hardware generation.”

 

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Sega’s Revenue See Rise to $27 Billion

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Sega Sammy has released its financial report for the nine-month period that officially concluded on December 31st, 2023, and that report that demonstrated a rise in overall sales and profit despite a decrease in sales for Sega’s new titles.

That decline was offset by growth in pachislot and pachinko machines, however Sega had lowered its sales forecasts for the full financial year.

Here is a breakdown, courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz.

  • Net sales: ¥349.9 billion ($2.3 billion, up 28.7% year-on-year)
  • Operating income: ¥54.4 billion ($364 million, up 42.4% year-on-year)
  • Ordinary income: ¥57.2 billion ($383 million, up 42.7% year-on-year)
  • Net sales were up 130.3% to ¥120.2 billion ($805 million) in this segment
  • Ordinary income increased by 521.3% at ¥45.7 billion ($306 million).
  • Entertainment Contents segment, which includes video games, net sales were up 4.2% at ¥219.3 billion
  • Profit decreased by 52.5% to ¥19.7 billion ($131.8 million) as a result of weak game sales

You can read a breakdown of the entire report at GamesIndustry.biz here.

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CVC Capital Partners, Haveli Investments Acquire Jagex

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CVC Capital Partners and Haveli Investments have reached an agreement to acquire RuneScape developer Jagex from Carlyle Group, according to Sky News.

While financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed publicly, the Sky News report indicates that CVC was planning to spend £900 million on the purchase of Jagex.

Luxembourg-based CVC Capital Partners is one of the world’s largest private equity firms and Austin-based Haveli Investments is an established games investor.

CVC Capital Partners has previously backed Dead by Daylight creator Behaviour Interactive, London-based Predecessor developer Omeda Studios, and Tel Aviv-based Match Masters studio Candivore.

Jagex has more than 700 staff worldwide, and is best known for its RuneScape franchise and is currently working on the PC and console launch of Scum by Gamepires sometimes in 2024.

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