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Sea of Thieves Update Preps For First FREE DLC

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As fans await the arrival of the first free expansion from Sea of Thieves, Rare has released a brand new update, version 1.07, that went live on Tuesday.

Here are the full patch notes:

Download size:

Xbox One: 400MB
Xbox One X: 400MB
Windows 10: 800MB

XBOX INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

PC INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Features

  • This Seat is Taken – Players now have two crew type options available to them, Open and Closed Crews.
    Open Crews: This option works in the same way you’re used to. For the Galleon, an open crew will match four players together while also replacing players who leave during a game. For the Sloop, two players will be matched together, with a leaving player being replaced when possible.
    Closed Crews: This option allows a single player to begin a game on either a Galleon or a Sloop, allowing friends to join in when they’re available. You can now play with any configuration of players up to the limit on each ship, which is 4 players on the Galleon and 2 players on the Sloop, as well as preventing non-friends from being able to join you. This option replaces the 3 player Galleon and Solo Sloop options in the Main Menu.
    Coming Soon: Additional functionality coming soon for Open and Closed Crews includes the ability to dynamically switch between Open and Closed while in the game, in addition to being able to make a session fully private by preventing friends joining.

Updates

  • Here, take this! – Imagine the scene, skeletons surround your crew, your crew-mate has been bitten by a snake, they have no bananas and there are no resource barrels in sight! Now you can help them CRONCH their way to full health by handing them a banana! This also works with wooden planks and cannon balls. You helpful pirate you!
    Unfortunately this feature is causing an issue and needs to be temporarily removed from Patch 1.0.7 while we investigate further.
  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible. Now you can #BeMoresneakyPirate!
  • Now in Stock! – Imperial Sovereign Blunderbuss, Pistol, Sails, Hull and Liveries are now available to purchase in the Ancient Isles. They were incorrectly listed as available in Patch 1.0.6.
  • Flintlock Pistol – New sound effects for close fire and reloading the Flintlock Pistol.
  • Icons – Within the clothing chest, the icons to unequip all or select a random outfit have been updated.
  • Health Bar UI – Deciding whether to eat that banana or keep swiping your sword? You’ll notice some changes to the health bar UI, fancy!

Progression & Economy Updates

  • Price Changes – Greedy pirates had overpriced the Castaway Bilge Rat weapons and ship liveries. These have now been reduced. Anyone who purchased items within this set pre-price adjustment will have the difference reimbursed very soon.
  • Strike Gold – As Pirates rank up with all the trading companies, the chances of finding more valuable rewards has been increased. Say good-bye to those Castaway Chests at higher ranks!

Fixed Issues

  • Players should no longer experience details of their pirate (such as hair colour / scars) looking different from their initial selection.
  • Players should no longer experience delayed achievements and commendations from in-game actions.
    During last week’s maintenance window we made improvements to our servers and services which should have resolved both of the above issues. If you are still encountering the above two issues, please log a Support Ticket so we can investigate this further.
  • Resolved issue that sometimes showed riddle landmarks as glowing rocks.
  • Resolved an issue on Old Faithful Isle which could have prevented players from completing riddle voyages.
  • Bounty Captains and Crew will no longer have their names mixed up.
  • Gunpowder Barrels will no longer cause two explosions if detonated when being held by a player.
  • Loaded cannons will no longer intermittently appear unloaded when returning to the ship.
  • Starting Merchant voyages back to back will no longer prevent the reminder to collect crates from appearing.
  • When playing on wide monitors the settings menu UI will no longer have clipping issues.
  • Being on an Order of Souls voyage no longer causes fewer ambient skeletons to spawn.
  • Cannonball, wooden plank and banana crates no longer always spawn empty.
  • Restarting the game will no longer reset the frame rate lock option.
  • Fixed a collision issue on Thieves’ Haven.
  • Equipping the Seadog Hull on a sloop will now match the preview image.
  • Muting all other crews will no longer mute your own crew.
  • The floor texture of the crows nest on the galleon now appears correctly.
  • Resolved a shader issue caused the balcony outside the Captain’s Cabin on the galleon to appear incorrectly.
  • There is no longer a gap between a characters head and the Imperial Sovereign Hat when it is equipped.
  • Restored missing 90 fps frame rate lock option.

Performance Improvements

  • Frame rates will now be more consistent during ship battles, sword fights and Kraken encounters due to visual effect optimisations.
  • Latency has been improved in multiple-ship and skeleton heavy scenarios due to server optimisations.
  • Frame rates can now be locked to 100 FPS.
  • [PC Only] Fixed GPU driver hangs/crashes on certain graphics devices.
  • [PC Only] Resolved bug which triggered Copperbeard error when alt-tabbing.
  • Multiple server crash fixes.
    Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Known Issues

  • Some players cannot see their downloadable content in game.
    Once you redeem your code, here is a Support Article that shows you where to find your items in game. If you still cannot find your items in game, please raise a support ticket to log this issue.
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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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