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Sunday, Feb 11, 2018


Fortnite Battle Royale Plans

A Fortnite Battle Royale State of Development update has the latest goings on in the free-to-play mode for Epic's survival shooter. Topics include Battle Pass season 3, audio changes, limited time modes, social improvements, new items and consumables, new cosmetics, matchmaking improvements, and more. This trailer offers a brief look at cosmetic tweaks coming to the Party Animal pickaxe. Here's a bit from the update discussing server stability and other optimizations:

We were not able to stay ahead of our continued growth and multiple of our backend services have been struggling under load the last several weeks (e.g. friends functionality and general login service). And we also shipped v2.3.0 with significant bugs.

We don’t consider either acceptable. We have changed our release plans & processes to help improve quality of client builds, and scrambled people to make traction on backend scalability by any means possible.

When you play some Battle Royale, we want the time from when you’re in the lobby to when you’re in the action to be as short as possible. We’re continuing to work on load time improvements to help with that. You want a smoother in-game experience, and we agree!

We are testing and bug fixing improvements that will deliver better level streaming with less hitches. We’re getting close to being able to test a significant optimization to our networking code that should get us closer to running the server at a solid 20 Hz even in the beginning of the match.

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Steam top 10

Valve reports the following as the bestselling titles on Steam for last week. Remember, this list is for entertainment purposes only. Please, no wagering:

  2. Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI: Rise and Fall
  3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
  4. Subnautica
  5. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  6. Dying Light Enhanced Edition
  7. DRAGON BALL FighterZ
  8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  9. Slay the Spire

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It is one nasty, cold, rainy day out there today. Thankfully, I am well prepared, as yesterday I picked up some meat to make some chili, so we can chill while avoiding the chill. One of the best things about switching to a different chili recipe for me is that it requires so much less time and effort that I actually follow through on making it every time I decide to. Using my old cook overnight method, I probably only made a batch about half as often as the impulse struck.

R.I.P.: Arrival composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died at the age of 48.

Impulsive Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Cargo Drive.
Science: Raw milk is trending for some reason—so are nasty, drug-resistant infections. We keep unlearning things.
Media: Best pirate I've ever seen.
High-tech drones steal the show at the Winter Olympics.
Test firing a custom 4 gauge shotgun.

Saturday, Feb 10, 2018

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Beta Plans

The Beamblog recaps a livestream Beamdog held yesterday to discuss progress on Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition. Word is they are getting set to resume beta testing on Steam, but that this test will run concurrently with the Head Start edition currently being played by preorder customers. Here's word on the next phase of testing for the RPG remake:

  • Throughout the coming week, we will be rolling out early invitations to the NWN:EE beta on Steam. If you hop over to our special Discord channel you will be able to request a Steam key. Invitations will be limited on a day-to-day basis. On Feb 16, we plan to email all Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Head Start owners beta keys.
  • Activating a Steam key doesn’t disable your Beamdog version. When the beta is over, beta Steam keys will deactivate and Head Start owners will be supplied full NWN:EE steam keys for all NWN:EE content purchased.
  • The NWN:EE beta on Steam will support the Steam Friends List. It’s as easy to use as you could think: on your Steam overlay you choose the Friends List and invite a buddy into your game, without any port-forwarding on your router.

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