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Battlefield 1’s Summer Update Has Arrived

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The Battlefield 1 Summer Update has officially arrived and the game now has Xbox One X support, 4K resolutions, and HDR colors.

Also included,

Match experience

  • Improved loading times going into the soldier customization screen and reduced occurrence of disconnects when trying to join a server.
  • Fixed an issue with map vote results not being respected, if an RSP map rotation changed whilst in progress.
  • Fixed issue with squad boost sometimes counting down during pre-round phase.
  • Reinforced the result of the map vote when the game server is migrating to a different host due to maintenance.
  • Fixed an issue where players in a queue were blocked from joining a match, behind a player that was waiting for a space to open on a specific team (as a result of join on party or friend).

Maps and modes

  • Rebalanced Shock Operations on Lupkow Pass, Zeebrugge, and Prise de Tahure.

-Lupkow Pass

  • The goal is to make the first sector a little easier and to reduce the impact of the Behemoth.
  • The first sector boundary has been adjusted to:
  • Prevent Defenders from using the rocks on the edges of the boundary to snipe Attackers.
  • Prevent Defenders from using the slope at the edge of the boundary to harass Attackers.
  • Removed 1 Defender plane from Sectors 2 and 3 to prevent air superiority for Defenders during tough Attacker sectors.
  • Removed the single Defender cavalry unit from Sector 1 to prevent cavalry runs out of bounds to harass Attackers.
  • Removed the Airship L30 Behemoth from Sectors 2, 3 and 4. The Behemoth remains for the first sector, but between defender planes, AA guns, Burton LMRs and AA rocket guns, this Behemoth shouldn’t be so consistently dominant.
  • Elite kits have been offered as a comeback assist in Sectors 2, 3, and 4, repurposing some of the existing kits to be used as comeback kits for Attackers.

-Zeebrugge

  • The goal here is to help the Attackers during the first sector as much as possible.
  • Sector 1 has had its bounds adjusted to prevent Defender access to the lighthouse; the Attacker HQ now includes the lighthouse and part of the mole.
  • The Attacker Elite Infiltrator kit has been moved into the lighthouse base. A Flame Trooper has been added there as well, to allow for Attackers to more aggressively push and hold flags in the first sector.
  • The A flag capture area has been slightly adjusted to make swimming captures a little more viable.
  • Defender planes now respawn a bit slower than the Attacker planes.
  • Defenders now only get their second plane when the Attackers reach sector 3, as opposed to sector 2.
  • Defenders can no longer use boats in Sector 4 to harass Attackers.

-Prise de Tahure

  • It was found that Attackers on the final sector could steal Defender kits and Defenders could steal Attacker “comeback” kits, so that has also been addressed.

Weapons, gadgets and vehicles

  • M1903 Experimental now has an alternative fire mode.
  • Fixed an issue where vehicle laid Anti-Tank Mines would have difficulty detecting vehicles.
  • Adjusted the reload time of the C96 pistol when loading single bullets to better match its animation.

Gameplay

  • Fixed instances where players could grief teammates using shell type weaponry such as mortars and AA guns.
  • Friendly flares will now display their spotting radius to teammates, allowing for better coordination between recon players.
  • Fixed issue where damage that resulted in score < 0.5 wasn’t messaged to players. Score < 0.5 from damage is now rounded up, granting at least 1 point of score.

UI/UX

  • Added gameplay options for adjusting color and visibility of the lens sight reticle.
  • Added gameplay options to show compass bearing numbers on the mini-map and the big map.
  • Added video options for adjusting the screen safe are width and height on PC (Xbox One and PlayStation 4 already have those).
  • Moved the objective world icon names from below the world icons to above those to reduce UI clutter and obstruction of the player view over soldiers near the objectives.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the visibility of the 3D objective and soldier names separate from the icons.
  • The world icon customization gameplay options now work in spectator mode too.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the crosshair size and the hit indicator size.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the visibility of the receiving damage HUD panel.
  • Added gameplay options for adjusting the size and visibility of some HUD elements: scoring messages, kill log messages, chat log, game mode info panel, squad list panel, vehicle seat layout, vehicle passenger list panel, player info panel, misc HUD elements
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Soedesco Acquires Superlumen

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Game publisher Soedesco has officially acquired 100% of the share in Spanish studio Superlumen for a pricetag that has not been disclosed.

Sperlumen, which was founded back i 2015, specializes in virtual reality development, and is the team behind the point-and-click game Desolatium, which is set to make it’s official arrival later this year.

“We strongly believe the acquisition of Superlumen to be a great long-term strategic decision,” Soedesco Ibericá general manager Barnando Hernandez said in an official statement. “The studio has a talented and passionate development team, a strong brand identity and a lot of creative potential which we intend to leave uncompromised as we move forward. We’re looking forward to bringing new IPs and games to our audience in the coming years.”

“After 6 years of developing virtual experiences for prominent Spanish brands, we have decided to focus more on developing our own IP” Superlumen CEO Juan Cassinello commented. “We are eager to work and learn alongside our new colleagues and create the best possible video games for our audience.”

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Microsoft Accuses Sony of Paying Game Devs to Stay Off Game Pass

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Microsoft claims that Sony has been paying video game developers to keep their games off the Xbox Game Pass subscription service offering, according to VGC.

As part of a document sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) to justify its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company claimed that Sony actively attempts to “inhibit growth” of Game Pass by trying to prevent content from landing on Game Pass.

“Microsoft’s ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been obstructed by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth,” the company said in the documents. “Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

Additionally, Microsoft called Sony’s concern regarding the potential that Call of Duty could become an exclusive Xbox title “incoherent”, pointing to Sony’s own exclusivity strategies related to Playstation.

“It only reveals, once again, a fear about an innovative business model that offers high-quality content at low costs to gamers, threatening a leadership that has been forged from a device-centric and exclusivity-focused strategy over the years,” Microsoft said.

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Sales Drop 15% in Square Enix Q1 Report

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Square Enix, the team behind the classic franchise Final Fantasy, has officially released their financial earnings for the three months ended June 30th, 2022, and numbers demonstrate a drop in sales.

Square Enix’s Digital Entertainment division is comprised of HD Game, MMO, and Mobile/PC browser sub segments as well.

In summary:

  • Net sales: $553 million, down 15.5% year-on-year
  • Profit: $136 million, up 45% year-on-year
  • Digital Entertainment net sales: $397 million, down 23% year-on-year
  • Amusement segment net sales: $89 million, up 27% year-over-year
  • The HD Games subsection generated $89 million, a decrease of 52.2% from the same period last year
  • Mobile/PC Browser games saw a 17% drop year-over-year, clocking $202 million
  • MMOs clocked $104 million, a 20.7% growth year-over-year

Square Enix attributed the decline of HD Games to the lack of game releases for the quarter, while also adding that its MMO Final Fantasy XIV continued to see an increase in its monthly subscribers.

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