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Sunday, May 12, 2019

  

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Hint?

DSOGaming reports that Nan Ma's LinkedIn profile contained a reference to a PC edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 from his time as a physics programmer at Rockstar Games Toronto. They have an image showing "Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4, XB1, PC)" under the heading "titles worked on." They express their opinion that a PC version of the western shooter is a certainty, though it seems plausible the platform listings were just a copy/paste error from his mention of Grand Theft Auto V. On the other hand, it seems intriguing that this mention of RDR2 now seems to be removed altogether, rather than just edited.

Apex Legends Piggy-Backing Bans Planned

A post on Reddit has some information from Respawn's community manager on improvements for Apex Legends they're working on for their next patch (thanks Polygon). This outlines plans to address a few bugs, including hit registration issues, the fortified bug introduced in their last balance update, how some matches start in slow motion, audio bugs, and more. There is also a discussion of what they call "piggy-backing," where a player will be essentially carried to victory by their squad despite not actually participating in the battles. They say this behavior will now result in bans, and in extreme cases, these bans will be permanent:

Piggy-backing is when a player drafts off other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster but doesn't actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a weapon, fire a shot, don’t deal any damage, etc]

We had been seeing some feedback from players around this and have been doing some internal investigations looking at game data to understand how many of the matches being played are affected by this behavior.

After looking at the data and internal discussions, we’ve decided that in the future we’ll start instituting temp bans for players that exhibit piggy-backing behavior and extreme cases could lead to a permanent ban. This change will not be immediate but wanted to give a heads up to players so you can adjust that behavior.

RAGE 2 Roadmap

Bethesda.net offers a 2019 roadmap for RAGE 2, outlining the support we can expect from the first-person shooter sequel following its release on Tuesday (thanks Engadget via RedEye9). This kicks off with community challenges that will run throughout this month that will reward players with free skins. This will be followed by a free update in June, another big free update in July, the first major expansion in August, and a second major expansion in November. Here's the plan:

JUNE
The first big game update arrives just a month after launch, with fresh community challenges, new Cheats, and a couple of pretty major events, including one that introduces a pilotable Mech as a new vehicle type and one that adds a massive new enemy to the wild world of RAGE 2. All that for free.

JULY
July marks another big free update for the game, with another new vehicle type and enemy joining the game. We’ll continue dropping new community challenges, skins and Cheats for everyone to enjoy.

AUGUST
In addition to a mountain of new events and other goodies, August brings RAGE 2’s first major expansion: Rise of the Ghosts. The Rise of the Ghosts expansion will add a brand-new storyline and region to explore, as well as new weapons, abilities and vehicles. See what the Ghosts have been up to since you last saw them in the first RAGE in Rise of the Ghosts.

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER
There’s plenty more coming to round out 2019, including the second major expansion coming in November. We’ll have more details soon, so keep an eye on Twitter for the latest info.

World of Warcraft Going on Hiatus

A post from Blizzard announces the Recruit-A-Friend program for World of Warcraft is soon going "on hiatus" (thanks Ant. This will go into the shop for an overhaul in about a month, so in the meantime they urge players to turn up the heat on those who have resisted entering the MMORPG for 15 years now:

Recruit-A-Friend (RAF) is heading into the workshop! The longstanding RAF program is going on hiatus while we construct something new that makes it even more rewarding to introduce your friends to World of Warcraft. As of June 11, 2019, the current program will come to an end, and you’ll no longer be able to send new RAF invitations. Don’t worry though—the program will be back in its new form before you know it.

To take advantage of the current RAF program, your friend will need to link a qualifying WoW account to yours before June 11, and will have 90 days to purchase game time to trigger any rewards.* Check out the RAF web page for the details on the current program and the available rewards.

We look forward to sharing the details of the new RAF program with you in the future!

Steam Top 10

Nine games and one hardware preorder comprise this week's list of the bestselling titles on Steam:

  1. MORDHAU
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  4. Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition
  5. RAGE 2
  6. Valve Index VR Kit
  7. Risk of Rain 2
  8. Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
  9. Human: Fall Flat
  10. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sunday Crowdfunding

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy Mother's Day to all who are celebrating. Here's hoping your breakfasts in bed or other commemorations of the occasion went smoothly. And if you haven't considered this up until now, you better get moving... nothing says I love you better than flowers from the gas station.

R.I.P.: Peggy Lipton, star of 'Mod Squad' and 'Twin Peaks,' dead at 72.

Maternal Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: How You (And Your Dog) Can Avoid Snake Bites And What To Do If You Get One. Thanks RedEye9.
Science: Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe. Thanks Slashdot via RedEye9.
Gene-modified viruses rescue patient from drug-resistant 'superbug'.
Media: Flying a fighter jet: "May as well be a Starfighter."
How This Cyclist Hit 184MPH and Set the World Record.
The Side Effects of Vaccines - How High is the Risk?
The Funnies: Mudder's Day - FoxTrot.



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