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Monday, Mar 06, 2017

  

LawBreakers Closed Beta This Month

This video from Boss Key Productions features Cliff Bleszinski and Rohan Rivas with "a 2017 studio update," though they probably don't mean to imply it will be a year between updates. This post accompanies the video, explaining they are showing off LawBreakers at PAX East and discussing it during a panel at the show. They also offer signups for closed beta testing they say will run from March 16th though March 19th. Here's word:

Don’t live in Boston and/or your mechanized flight suit is in the shop? Don't worry, you'll have a chance to play too. Closed Beta starts on Steam the Thursday after PAX ends and runs 24 hours a day through Sunday.

Closed Beta #1 Begins
Thursday March 16th
9am PT/ Noon ET / 4pm UTC

Closed Beta #1 Ends
Sunday March 19th
9pm PT / Midnight ET / 4am UTC

Don’t have a Beta key? Sign up on this page (look in the upper right corner for the subtle “Sign Up For Beta” button) and we’ll hook you up a couple days before the tests begin through email.

Already have a key from Alpha? You’re all set. Just wait for our email on when you can download the Closed Beta build in advance of the 16th so you can be ready to play when the servers open up.

Conan Exiles Sales Success; Future Plans Outlined

Funcom announces they've sold almost a half-million copies of Conan Exiles during early access to their survival game. They also restate their previously announced commitment to increase their investment in the game. They say they will put another $5 million to $10 million in the game, a show of Icelandic financial precision from the Norwegian developer. Here's word:

Funcom is excited to reveal the future of Conan Exiles, the studio's open world survival game which entered into Early Access on January 31st this year. The game sold nearly half a million copies the first month and grossed a whopping 1 million USD the first sixty minutes after it went live on Steam. The entire development budget was recouped in less than one week. Today Funcom is thrilled to share with the community what the future has in store for Conan Exiles. Funcom is fully committed to making sure Conan Exiles has a successful Early Access period, and will be investing another 5 to 10 million USD into the development before final launch.

This investment will give players six major content updates, a Game Preview release on Xbox One in Q3 2017 and full launch on Playstation 4, PC, and Xbox One in Q1 2018.

New AMD Crimson ReLive Drivers

AMD Support now offers new version 17.3.1 Crimson ReLive drivers for AMD graphics cards. These offer support for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands and address some issues along the way. Here's a portion of the release notes:

Support For

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Wildlands
    • Up to 6% performance improvement measured on Radeon RX 480 when compared to Radeon Software Crimson ReLive edition 17.2.1(1)

New Multi GPU Profile for:

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Wildlands (DirectX® 11)

Fixed Issues

  • Battlefield™ 1 may experience flickering textures or terrain when returning to game after performing a task switch.
  • For Honor™ may experience flickering or corruption on character models when highlighting them in menus.
  • For Honor™ may experience texture flickering in Multi GPU enabled system configurations.
  • Radeon Settings may fail to install the latest graphics driver on systems with user accounts that contain spaces.
  • Mouse cursor corruption may be experienced on some Radeon RX 480 series graphics products.
  • Custom fan settings in Radeon WattMan are sometimes not retained after the system enters sleep or hibernate.
  • Adjusting Radeon WattMan settings on some Radeon R9 380 series products may cause display flickering or application hangs.
  • System may fail to reboot when "Restart Now" is selected during a custom Radeon Software install.
  • Borderless Fullscreen mode and AMD FreeSync™ technology may experience stuttering or flickering on some multi display system configurations.
  • Radeon ReLive is not functional when Hyper-V is enabled on Windows®.
  • Counter-Strike™: Global Offensive may experience stuttering when using Radeon Chill.
  • DOTA™ 2 may experience stuttering on some system configurations with Radeon ReLive enabled.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

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Into the Black

Dawn of War III in April

SEGA and Relic announce April 27th is the official release date for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III, the next installment in the real-time strategy series. They mark the occasion with this trailer showing off a Masters of War skin pack they will give you if you preorder. Here's the news:

Relic Entertainment and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced the official release date for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. The long-awaited third instalment of the critically acclaimed real-time strategy franchise will be released on April 27th, 2017, and is available to pre-order now at www.dawnofwar.com and selected retailers worldwide.

Dawn of War III is available in three formats: Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, and Standard Edition. The Collector’s Edition will include a premium disc book, a lenticular art card, the official soundtrack, a replica of the Godsplitter Daemon Hammer, three mounted cloth faction banners and the Masters of War Skin Pack. The Limited Edition will include the premium disc book, the lenticular art card and the official soundtrack.

All editions pre-ordered before the game’s release will include the Masters of War Skin Pack, a collection of three cosmetic skins for Dawn of War III’s Super Walker Elites – the Dark Queen skin for Lady Solaria (Imperial Knight), the Ghost Seer skin for Farseer Taldeer (Wraithknight) and the Big Kustom skin for Beauty (Morkanaut). Players who do not pre-order will still be able to deploy the three Super Walkers in their original forms.

“We’re thrilled to tell fans know that they don’t have to wait much longer to return to battle,” said Philippe Boulle, Game Director of Dawn of War III. “The whole team can’t wait to bring back Dawn of War, bigger and better than ever. April can’t come soon enough!”

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 Delayed

CI Games announces the latest delay for Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, saying the sharpshooting game will need a few weeks of additional travel time before striking the target on April 25th. The game was announced for release in 2016, but it was then delayed until this past January, then delayed again until April 4th. The announcement offers the expected sort of reasons for such news:

CI Games, creators of the Sniper Ghost Warrior and Lords of the Fallen series of games, has announced that Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 will be delayed until Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

After some internal discussion with the development team, a decision was made to delay the release three more weeks to complete some final implementations based on feedback CI Games received during the beta.

“We’ve worked tirelessly creating a whole new Sniper Ghost Warrior experience set in an ambitiously crafted open world new to the series,” said said Marek Tyminski, CEO of CI Games. “While it’s an unfortunate decision to delay the game one last time, we believe these final changes will result in a better experience for players worldwide on day one. Thank you for your patience – we know the wait will be worth it.”

Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 tells the story of brotherhood, faith and betrayal in the most complete sniper experience ever. Take the role of an American sniper named Jonathan North, who is dropped into enemy territory in northern Georgia, nearby Russian borders. Explore large open-world maps with dynamic weather and a day and night cycle that actually impacts play and decisions. Customize weapon equipment, accessories, vehicles and a drone, and utilize the three pillars of gameplay to your liking: Sniper, Ghost and Warrior.

U.K. Sales Charts

The Sims 4 keeps the number on spot on the GFK Chart-Track chart of the 30 bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending March 4th. The top new entry on this chart is Torment: Tides of Numenera, which debuts at number seven. There's lots of action on the all platforms chart, where Horizon: Zero Dawn enters at number one, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild starts off at number two, 1-2 Switch debuts at number four, and Super Bomberman VR checks in at number seven. Here's what they have to say on the topic:

A bumper week for gaming is led by ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ which tops the chart as Sony’s biggest ever PS4 launch of a new IP (ahead of No Man’s Sky).

Released on Wednesday ‘Horizon Zero Dawn’ is also the biggest launch of the year so far and Sony’s biggest launch since ‘Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End’. Ubisoft’s ‘For Honor’ (-45%) falls from No1 to No5, having to make way for both Horizon Zero Dawn and new Nintendo Switch titles. Released on Friday, Nintendo Switch brings with it ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild’, which debuts at No2 for both Switch and Wii U. 78% of sales were for the Switch version with 22% for Wii U. The Switch version becomes the 3rd biggest ever launch of a Zelda title, behind ‘Wind Waker’ on Gamecube and ‘Twilight Princess’ on Wii. There were 5 new Switch games at launch, 3 of which enter the Top 10 including ‘1-2 Switch’ new at No4 and Konami’s ‘Super Bomberman R’ debuting at No7. The Switch version of ‘Just Dance 2017’ helps Ubisoft’s game re-enter the Top 40 at No24 (+68%), while the Switch version of ‘Skylanders Imaginators’ fails to lift the title back in to the chart. The only other new game to make the Top 40 this week is Telltale’s ‘The Walking Dead: The New Frontier’ which begins life at No19.

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Out of the Blue

Over the weekend I finally got to see what all the fuss was about by binge-watching American Crime Story: The People v. O. J. Simpson. Holy cow did they ever do an impressive job in telling that story. There were some tremendous performances, and the casting was remarkable, though they sort of whiffed on O.J. That's too bad, as that's obviously of the most important parts in the production, though his unique appearance and demeanor were an extreme challenge to recreate.

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