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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind – here’s your first look at gameplay and the new Warden class

22 Feb

Here it is: the first gameplay trailer for The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind.

Announced in January, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind takes players to the island of Vvardenfell. Here, they will encounter new monsters, and will collected new weapons, and armor.

In the video, you also get a look at the new Warden class and some of the environments.

Out June 6, the Morrowind expansion not only contains the large new zone and player class, but over 30 hours of main story content, a new Trial, and a new three-team, 4v4v4 PvP mode.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood – Samurai job, new areas, dungeons more announced at Fan Fest

18 Feb

Final Fantasy 14 Fan Fest 2017 is taking place this weekend in Frankfurt, and this morning, Square Enix announced more details on the Stormblood expansion.

In the video above, Arekkz provides a recap of the announcements for Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood which was announced back in October.

The expansion will come with a new job, the Samurai, which is a DPS class along with the Red Mage job, which was announced alongside the expansion. You can see the video of the job’s introduction below, which also features clips from the Stormblood announcement video.

The Samurai starts out at level 50 and uses the katana as its main weapon. By using various sword techniques along with three forces of nature (flower, moon and snow), the Samurai is capable of dealing heavy damage using stored energy.

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Another Beast Tribe will also join the previously announced Ananta. Called the Kojin, the tribe is made up of traders which reside beside the Ruby Sea. Another new Primal, Susano, was also announced and is dubbed the Lord of the Revel.

Players are also getting a new housing and player hud in the areas Shirogane and Kugane, respectively.

Along with the previously announced dungeon The Bend of Time – Omega, the Azim Steppe and Yanxia were revealed today.

If more on Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood comes out of Fab Fest this weekend, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Stormblood will be released on PC and PlayStation 4 and PC June 30.

US PS Store Flash Sale features discounts on GTA 5, Bloodborne, Dark Souls 2, more

18 Feb

The North American end of the PlayStation Store is hosting a Flash Sale this weekend on action titles.

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Games on sale include but aren’t limited to GTA 5, Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle, Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes, and while actually an MMORPG, The Elder Scrolls Online is also on sale.

Titles are up to 80% off from now through Monday, February 20, 8am PT/11am ET.

We’ve posted the PS4 titles below along with the sale price. The original price is listed on the US PS Blog.

If you head over to site you can also look over the list of PS3 and Vita offerings. A rather large selection of movies are also discounted.

  • A Bastard’s Tale – $1.99
  • Action Henk – $3.74
  • Adam’s Venture: Origins – Deluxe Edition – $19.60
  • Adr1ft (vr – Patch) – $4.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! – $3.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Collector’s Pack – $17.99
  • Awesomenauts Assemble! Ultimate Overdrive Pack – $7.99
  • Banner Saga 1 – $4.99
  • Big Buck Hunter Arcade – $7.99
  • Bloodborne Complete Edition Bundle – $24.99
  • Broken Age (cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Cabela’s African Adventures – $9.59
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare – $7.79
  • Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Ultimate Edition – $9.89
  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin – $11.99
  • Dmc Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition – $11.99
  • Dmc4se Demon Hunter Bundle – $10.79
  • Dogos – $4.79
  • Don’t Starve: Console Edition (cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Godzilla – $17.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 – $29.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Great White Shark Cash Card Bundle – $37.99
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle – $61.19
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Whale Shark Card Bundle – $44.54
  • Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Infamous Second Son (standard Edition) – $7.99
  • King’s Quest Complete Collection – $11.99
  • Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris & Season Pass Pack (deluxe Ed) – $7.24
  • Lichtspeer – $3.99
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance – $17.59
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 – $17.59
  • Mercenary Kings – $5.99
  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes – $4.99
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – Game of the Year Edition – $7.99
  • Mighty No. 9 (one Way Cross-buy) – $7.99
  • Monster Jam: Crush It! – $7.99
  • Oddworld: New N Tasty (3-way Cross-buy) – $4.99
  • Paranautical Activity (cross-buy) – $2.99
  • Retro City Rampage Dx (4 Way Cross-buy) – $2.49
  • Roundabout – $2.99
  • Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – Director’s Cutxx – $2.99
  • Sky Force Anniversary (3-way Cross-buy) – $3.99
  • Sniper Elite 3 – $10.49
  • Stealth Inc Ultimate Edition – $4.49
  • Submerged – $7.99
  • Super Time Force Ultra (cross-buy) – $5.99
  • Tembo the Badass Elephant – $5.99
  • The Bit Trip (cross-buy) – $1.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition – $29.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Gold Edition Premium Bundle – $39.99
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited – $17.99
  • The Little Acre – $5.19
  • The Sun and Moon (cross-buy) – $2.37
  • The Swapper (3 Way Cross-buy) – $3.74
  • Thief Town – $3.19
  • Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition (cross-buy) – $1.49
  • Toy Soldiers War Chest Hall of Fame Edition – $11.99
  • Transformers Devastation – $14.79
  • Zombie Vikings – $4.79

Latest Conan Exiles patch contains some nice fixes, but it broke waterskins

16 Feb

If you have been on a short break from Conan Exiles, you should know a patch was issued yesterday. It fixed quite a few things, but also broke a rather important item: the waterskin.

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The patch notes on Steam main mention of various fixes being applied to the loading screens and server performance, and NPCs in Conan Exiles should also be “less jittery” when rotating.

However, along with those welcome fixes, some known issues have occurred with the update in the process.

One is the aforementioned waterskin which can no longer be filled at a nearby river once the patch is applied.

It can still be filled from a well, so hopefully you aren’t far from one. Funcom said it currently investigating the issue.

Other issues include inventory issues which can be solved upon relogging, and it seems issues are also being reported with explosive jars and jump “boosting”. Also, foundations and placeables no longer have a a visible preview when in single player/local mode. Dedicated multiplayer servers aren’t experiencing this issue, it seems.

Here’s more known issues currently being addressed:

  • Looting several bags with “Loot All” causes items to disappear.
  • Dropping multiple items into a bag causes items to be invisible.
  • Dismantling crafting stations with items in them will sometimes not drop a loot bag. Other times, a small lootbag will drop, which grows in size once players interact with it.

Now that the known issues are out of the way, you can look over the latest patch notes below.

Performance and Tech fixes

  • Fixes to loading screens
  • Server performance fixes
  • NPCs should be less jittery when rotating
  • Fix for connecting to servers via the Steam server browser and when using Steamconnect
  • Buildings should now load in much faster
  • Placeables placed on foundations and ceiling tiles are now saved correctly
  • Several improvements to how rocks behave when they are harvested

General Bug Fixes and Improvements

  • Small Placeables no longer claim land
  • NPC camps now have their own land claim zone to prevent people from building so close to them that they stop spawning NPCs
  • You should no longer get phantom duplicates in the wheel of pain
  • T2 Altars should no longer disappear after a server crash
  • Surrender should no longer break early when using fists
  • Removed invisible collision that was blocking a certain chest in the world
  • Arrows no longer shoot in “Random crazy directions”
  • Ranged weapons should now always fire correctly
  • Rhinos should no longer try to walk through players
  • Palisades now correctly deal damage on contact
  • Palisades should now be easier to place
  • Fixed a case where players were able to destroy rocks with their fists. Sorry, but this privilege is reserved only for Conan himself.
  • Fixed an issue where interactable objects would spam “Press E to interact” on the GUI
  • Added a directional arrow to many Placeables to help players orient them correctly
  • The Offering of Mitra recipe now correctly requires 1 human heart and 1 unblemished meat
  • Fixed an issue with stair placement detection
  • Gongs and Horns are now audible over greater distances
  • Added new emotes that can be learned by tracking down Story NPCs and getting them to teach you

Balance and Gameplay Fixes

  • Some skill requirements have been simplified or removed. For example, it is now possible to learn Journeyman Craftsman as soon as you hit level 10. Due to the impact of this change all players have gotten a free skill respec.
  • Ansel now respects collision, preventing people from moving through walls and other structures
  • Non Admins are restricted to 2 meters of movement when using Ansel
  • We have done an overhaul on what monsters can damage which tier of buildings. If you haven’t upgraded from sandstone you might want to think about doing that.
  • Increased crafting XP across the board with greater increases for crafting more complex (higher tier) items
  • Inverted Wooden Roof Wedge and Stonebrick Frame now require Journeyman Craftsman instead of Master Craftsman
  • Black rocks in the starting desert are now harvestable
  • Higher grade tools now yields greater amounts of secondary resources (Bark/branches)
  • Resetting your Knowledge Points no longer causes you to lose your selected religion
  • Removed Corruption sources from starting area caves
  • Removed the Regen component from Purified Meat. This perk is reserved to Mitra’s Ambrosia and Healing Potions. Purified Meat is still an extremely good food source
  • Player corpses can only be harvested for religious purposes once every 30 minutes
  • Balance pass on the amount of materials requires for basic chemistry potions
  • Armor drops removed from chests
  • Emus now give less XP

Balance pass on Bows

  • Simple Bow range has been increased
  • Hyrkanian Bow range has been dramatically increased
  • Crossbow range has been reduced but they now shoot much faster

Visual Improvements

  • The Dogs of the Desert finally got their uniform shipment and are now donning their new outfits
  • Visual adjustment to the Medium Tasset to reduce clipping issues
  • Visual adjustments to the Setite Choker and Shendyt to reduce clipping issues
  • Updated Cutlass and Falcata icons
  • Visual flair added to several hairstyles
  • Visual improvements to female heads

Conan Exiles is in development for PC,PS4 and Xbox One.

It will also be made available as an Xbox One Game Preview title in the spring , with PlayStation 4 planned for a later date.

Destiny update containing changes to shotguns and rifles is live – here’s the patch notes

14 Feb

Bungie has released a patch for Destiny, which as previously reported, makes some changes to shotguns and rifles.

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The update to Destiny also adjusts various attacks and counter attacks in the Crucible. You’ll notice some changes to Elimination Gametypes along with Special Ammo in that section.

We’ve posted the notes for hotfix 2.5.0.2 below to save you a bit of clicking.

Destiny Hotfix 2.5.0.2

Crucible

Special Ammo

  • Adjusted Special ammo economy in all gametypes
  • Players start Crucible matches with Special ammo
  • Special ammo is now lost upon death – Sidearms are not affected by this change
  • Special ammo crates now appear every 60 seconds (initial spawn and respawn)
  • Special ammo crates are shared with allies within 75m (down from 100m)
  • Special ammo timing in Mayhem is unchanged

Elimination Gametypes

  • Round time limit has been reduced to 90 seconds (down from 2 minutes)
  • Players only start with Special ammo for Round 1 in Elimination gametypes
  • Special ammo timing is 30s initial, then 45s respawns
  • Special ammo is wiped at the beginning of subsequent rounds

Weapons

Hand Cannons

  • Significantly increased initial accuracy (returns to Launch / Year 1)
  • Reduced base range to 35m from 40m
  • Reduced Aim Assist and Magnetism at longer ranges
  • Reduced minimum damage after falloff from 50% to 33%

Auto Rifles

  • Increased Precision Damage modifier to 1.3x (up from 1.25x)
  • Increased base damage of low rate of fire Auto Rifles by 2.5%
  • Increased in air accuracy

Pulse Rifles

  • Reduced rate of fire for very high rate of fire Pulse Rifles by 7.7%
  • Increased rate of fire for low rate of fire Pulse Rifles by 5.3%
  • Reduced Magazine Size of Clever Dragon and Grasp of Malok by 6
  • Reduced the effect of High Caliber Rounds for Pulse Rifles
  • Increased in air accuracy

Scout Rifles: Increased in air accuracy

Shotguns

  • Shotguns no longer deal precision damage
  • The Chaperone and Universal Remote are unaffected by this change
  • Note: Universal Remote only deals precision damage when ADS
  • Shotguns now have significantly less magnetism when fired from the hip
  • Shotguns now have significantly less in air accuracy
  • Shotguns no longer have a movement penalty
  • Shotguns now deal 20% more damage to combatants
  • Rangefinder on Shotguns now increases ADS time by 25%
  • Reduced Universal Remote’s Magazine Size to 3 from 5
  • Universal Remote now takes longer to reload

Exotics

  • Young Wolf’s Howl – Reduced “Howling Flames” ammo cost from 10 to 5
  • Truth – Reduced Magazine size from 3 to 1

Classes

General

  • Reduced Health of Guardians with Armor values above 10
  • Increased damage of Flux Grenade, Magnetic Grenade and Shoulder Charge to ensure effectiveness across all Armor values
  • Blink now disables your Radar and HUD for a short time after activation

Hunter

  • Throwing Knife now deals Solar Damage on impact Bladedancer’s Quick Draw Perk no longer readies your weapons instantly, but now grants a large increase to weapon handling speed

Hungering Blade

  • Immediately starts Health regen
  • Restores more Health per kill
  • Gives a flat amount of Health/Shield per activation
  • Does not immediately start regenerating Shields

Warlock

  • Viper Totemic on Ophidian Aspect no longer readies your weapon instantly, but now grants a large increase to weapon handling speed
  • Stormcaller’s Thunderstrike melee range reduced to be consistent with other Warlock Subclasses
  • Amplitude will continue to grant small range boost to new base range
  • Landfall now reduces the total time in Stormtrance

Titan – Juggernaut is now disabled after being in the air for a short time and cannot be activated while in mid air

General

  • Outbreak Prime no longer triggers The Corruption Spreads by shooting at Ward of Dawn
  • Shinobu’s Vow no longer adds an additional seeker to Skip Grenades
  • Removed intrinsic Perks Kneepads and Icarus on some Talent grids
  • Fixed an issue where High Caliber Rounds were not functioning properly on Hand Cannons, Scout Rifles, Machine Guns and Sniper Rifles

Hungering Blade changes were also “inadvertently applied to the following Perks –  for more information check this post:

  • Transfusion (Striker Titan)
  • Cauterize (Sunbreaker Titan)
  • Lifesteal (Voidwalker Warlock)
  • Red Death Perk
  • Suros Legacy Perk (Suros Regime)
  • No Backup Plans
  • Ward of Dawn cast
  • The Ram
  • Apotheosis Veil
  • Embrace the Void (Voidwalker Warlock)

Xbox Live deals: Final Fantasy 15, Mafia 3, GTA 5, Overwatch, Rocket League, more

14 Feb

This week’s Xbox One Deals with Gold include a 2K Games publisher sale, Spotlight discounts on Final Fantasy 15, LEGO titles and plenty more.

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Deals with Gold standouts include GTA 5 and Shark Card bundles, Rocket League, Overwatch and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

2K Games on sale include Mafia 3 XCOM 2: Digital Deluxe Edition, Battleborn, BioShock: The Collection and NBA 2K17.

Usually when a publisher’s sale is live on one platform, it’s also available for others. Be sure to check the PlayStation Store and Steam if you aren’t an Xbox household.

Below, you will find the entire list of Deals with Gold. As always, more information is available through Major Nelson.

Xbox One Deals with Gold

  • Battle Island: Commanders – Bonus Supply Pack – Add-On 85% off
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Digital Deluxe Edition – 67% off
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – 67% off
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Great White Shark Cash Card – 50% off
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Megalodon Shark Cash Card Bundle – 60% off
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 & Whale Shark Cash Card Bundle – 60% off
  • Grand Theft Auto 5 – 50% off
  • Jotun: Valhalla Edition – 40% off
  • Overwatch: Origins Edition – 17% off
  • Pinball FX2 – Aliens vs. Pinball – Add-On – 50% off
  • Pinball FX2 – Balls of Glory – Add-On – 50% off
  • Pinball FX2 – Marvel’s Women of Power – Add-On – 50% off
  • Rocket League – 25% off
  • Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO – 75% off
  • The Final Station – 50% off
  • Wheels of Aurelia – 40% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – Spotlight Sale

  • DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE – 60% off
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass – 60% off
  • FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 HD – 50% off
  • FINAL FANTASY 15 – 35% off
  • FINAL FANTASY 15 Digital Premium Edition – 25% off
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham – 50% off
  • LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Deluxe Edition – 60% off
  • LEGO Jurassic World – 50% off
  • LEGO STAR WARS: The Force Awakens – 40% off
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition – 45% off
  • NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 – 50% off
  • NARUTO STORM 4 – Season Pass – Add-On – 25% off

Xbox One Deals with Gold – 2K Games Sale

  • Battleborn – 75% off
  • Battleborn Digital Deluxe – 75% off
  • BioShock: The Collection – 35% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsom Collection – 67% off
  • Mafia 3 – 50% off
  • Mafia 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 – 35% off
  • NBA 2K17 200,000 Virtual Currency – Add-On – 20% off
  • NBA 2K17 450,000 Virtual Currency – Add-On – 30% off
  • NBA 2K17 All-Time College Bundle – Add-On – 50% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition – 40% off
  • NBA 2K17 Kobe Bryant Legend Edition Gold – 45% off
  • WWE 2K17 – 50% off
  • WWE 2K17 Digital Deluxe Xbox One Game – 50% off
  • XCOM 2 Xbox One Game – 50% off
  • XCOM 2 Digital Deluxe Edition – 50% off

The discounts above are valid through February 20.

Obsidian hands Armored Warfare development off to My.Com, content plans unchanged

13 Feb

Armored Warfare development is going in-house, but nothing is supposed to change for users.

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Armored Warfare development has been transferred to an in-house team at publisher My.com, a subsidiary of Mail.ru also responsible for Warface and Skyforge.

According to a statement published on My.com’s Armored Warfare website, “the restructured Armored Warfare development team will be delivering on all of the new features and content previously announced”, so players shouldn’t see any significant changes in the short to medium term at least.

“We are grateful for all contributions made by everyone on the Armored Warfare development teams, past and present,” My.com publishing director Yuri Maslikov wrote.

“The restructured Armored Warfare development team is continuing the current development and update plans and will be dedicated to deliver content to our worldwide players in the most consistent manner.”

Despite this reassurance that not much will change, the Armored Warfare community seems pretty disgusted by it, as typified by a widely-circulated Reddit post from a longterm and heavily invested early access player. Some commenters on the thread say they’ve been banned from the official Armored Warfare forum simply for linking the Reddit post, which claims to draw on Obsidian and My.com staff complaints and paints an unflattering picture of Mail.ru’s intent with the project.

Obsidian and its staff don’t seem to have made any official comment besides the statement from CEO Feargus Urquhart posted with the announcement:

“At Obsidian, we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work on Armored Warfare over the last four years. We are happy to hand off Armored Warfare to the talented developers at My.com who, we know, will deliver incredible updates and content to Armored Warfare fans across the world,” Urquhart wrote.

“Our focus at Obsidian will turn to currently announced games such as Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, Tyranny, and Pathfinder: Adventures along with other unannounced projects. We are proud of everything we did on Armored Warfare and want to thank all of our dedicated fans for their involvement and support.”

It’s not clear whether there has been any impact on Obsidian’s staff as a result of the hand off. We’ve written off requesting more information.

Conan Exiles sold 320,000 copies its first week, servers coming back, mod tools go live

10 Feb

That’s quite a bit of Conan Exiles news in one headline, isn’t it?

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Funcom announced the sales figures for Conan Exiles this morning, along with the release of modding tools and news on the return of official servers.

During its first week, the open-world, multiplayer survival game sold 320,000 copies, and has also dominated the Steam’s Global Top Seller List. It went into early access on the service January 30.

“We are deeply humbled and very grateful for the initial success of Conan Exiles,” said Funcom CEO Rui Casais in the press release. “Funcom has gone through some challenging times in recent years and seeing the game we have poured so much time and effort into gain this amount of traction so quickly is very invigorating for everyone who works here.

“This is just the start of the Early Access adventure and we will do whatever it takes to make sure Conan Exiles turns into a fully-fledged game that has something to offer new and old fans of both Conan and survival games.”

Get your modding on

Back in January, the studio announced it would release the custom Conan Exiles Dev Kit, which would allow folks to create mods for the game.

Modders will need to download the Epic Games launcher, and once created, the mods can be uploaded to the Steam Workshop. To get the launcher, head over to the Unreal Engine website, click the button that says “Get Unreal”, and under the “Get Unreal Engine” hit the download button.

According to Funcom, the kit will allow creators to make “small changes and quality of life improvements,” total conversion mods, add additional creatures, characters, and worlds.

Official servers going back online

Due to issues with lag and server crashes, last week, the developer took the official multiplayer servers offline for Conan Exiles.

Because of the influx of players and the “overwhelming demand,” PingPerfect’s hardware was unable to handle the load, so Funcom dissolved the partnership. The firm started searching for a hosting company which could deliver “the level of quality and service” required.

It seems a new partner has been found, because new official servers are now coming online. Alternatively, players can still log into one of the 12,000 privately run servers if preferred.

The team has been working since launch to iron out the teething issues, resulting in the game being patched many times over the past two weeks.

Going forward, the Conan Exiles team will be divided into two groups: one will focus on fixing issues and optimizing performance, and the other will work on adding new content and features.

Conan Exiles is in development for PC,PS4 and Xbox One.

It will also be made available as an Xbox One Game Preview title in the spring , with PlayStation 4 planned for a later date.

You can now become a homeowner in The Elder Scrolls Online

7 Feb

The Elder Scrolls Online has just updated to version 2.7.5, which includes the new free ‘Homestead’ update.

The new changes are outlined in full in the game’s tremendously long patch notes. It might not be as extensive as the upcoming Morrowind expansion, but this update is pretty substantial. There will be 39 new homes added to the game, with the first one being made available to players for free after a short initial quest.

All other homes in the game will need to be purchased with gold or crowns, and all homes will be shared across all characters on your account.

There are six different tiers of housing available:

  • Inn Rooms: 3 total, 1 for each alliance
  • Apartments: 3 total, 1 for each alliance
  • Small Homes: 10 total, 1 for each of the 10 playable races
  • Medium Homes: 10 total, 1 for each of the 10 playable races
  • Large Homes: 10 total, 1 for each of the 10 playable races
  • Manors: 3 total, 1 for each alliance

There are several other changes and additions promised in the patch notes as well, but being able to buy and furnish homes is definitely the most exciting part of the update. The patch comes in at 3.36GB.

The Elder Scrolls Online is available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

You can now grind for Overwatch loot boxes in World of Warcraft, sort of

7 Feb

World of Warcraft is now just another way to fuel your quest for that one elusive D.Va skin.

The World of Warcraft economy has been shaken by a sudden change to WoW Tokens, a system whereby players can buy and sell game time.

Previously, players could spend real money for a WoW Token in the World of Warcraft shop, then sell it for in-game gold in the Auction House. Players in need of game time would supply the gold, by purchasing the WoW Token in the Auction House. But now there’s another option: rather than cash the WoW Token in for game time, it can be exchanged for $15 or regional equivalent of Battle.net credit. Find all the details on Battle.net.

So what? You may ask. So: this credit can then be used in a number of current Blizzard games, not just World of Warcraft. You can take that money over to StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and, yes, Overwatch, and spend it on whatever you please.

Theoretically, if you have a huge stack of gold sitting around in your World of Warcraft vaults, you could take it out and swap it for Overwatch loot boxes, for example, rather than buying those loot boxes with real currency.

In practice, WoW Tokens are now almost impossible to find in the Auction House, having sold out immediately, and those who have them are keenly awaiting higher demand so they can make an absolute bundle on them. So it goes.

Official Conan Exiles servers temporarily shuttered while Funcom searches for service with “ideal hardware”

4 Feb

Those experiencing lag playing early access title Conan Exiles will be pleased to know more is being done to fix the issue, which will hopefully ease frustrations a bit. Unfortunately, this means the official multiplayer servers have had to be temporarily taken offline.

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When Conan Exiles released through Steam Early Access earlier this week, Funcom limited the online game to 100 public servers. The number was upped to 200 in order to help ease server strain, but it didn’t seem to help matters.

Due to the issues, the partnership between Funcom and PingPerfect, which hosted the official multiplayer servers, has been dissolved.

“Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming demand for servers and our needs for administrating them, our official partner has been unable to deliver the level of quality and service we require,” said Funcom on Steam. “Because of this, we have mutually agreed to end the partnership.

“We are in the process of finding new partners with the ideal hardware we can move the existing game databases to. However, due to the high demand for Conan Exiles servers, many hosting companies are simply out of the hardware that we need and as such this process might take a few days.”

In other words, the official servers have been taken offline, and players will need to continue playing on one of the 7,500 privately run servers available. These can be found when looking over the Options menus and clicking on Server Settings GUI.

“We sincerely apologize to everyone who has played and made progress on the official servers, but we think it is better to deal with this problem now rather than later.”

Funcom said it’s keeping the game databases from the old servers and plan to re-implement them when the new servers roll out. This includes characters, buildings, progression and more.

The teams has already released several patches, and the next update is in the works. The current focus is on the most pressing issues such as rubberbanding, disconnects, and other server related issues. Once that is “under control,” the team will start “looking closer at gameplay improvements” as well as new content and features.

Conan Exiles is currently without a release date, and upon being finished, it’s slated to arrive on Xbox One and PS4.

This spring, it will be released through the Xbox One Game Preview program.

Morrowind announced as the next expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online – out in June

31 Jan

One of us here at VG247 just about fell out of their desk chair in excitement when ZeniMax Online announced Morrowind content was coming to The Elder Scrolls Online.

As announced in today’s livestream, the next chapter in the MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, will take players back to the legendary island of Vvardenfell, or for those who never played Morrowind, they will be graced with opportunity.

You gotta hand it to data miners. They were spot on.

Along with the large new zone, the Morrowind content includes a new player class, over 30 hours of main story content, a new Trial, and a new three-team, 4v4v4 PvP mode.

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Here’s more details straight from Bethesda:

  • Synopsis: Morrowind is in dire peril and it’s up to player heroes to help Vivec, the legendary warrior-poet and Guardian of Vvardenfell, solve the mystery of his mysterious illness, regain his strength – and save the world from ultimate destruction.
  • New Players: New players can jump into The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind and start a new character without having to complete any previous ESO content. Since the original ESO game is included with The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, new players will have instant access to hundreds of hours of additional adventures throughout Tamriel.
  • Existing Players: ESO players will be able to upgrade and immediately journey to Vvardenfell. Existing players will find level-appropriate content from the moment they step onto the island of Vvardenfell, regardless of level. Existing players can also choose to create a new character and begin anew.
  • Returning Players: Jump back in with your existing characters, or with a completely new one. ESO has no required subscription, so just reinstall the game, log in, and start playing again.
  • Vvardenfell: The largest zone added to The Elder Scrolls Online since launch and utilizes the same geographic footprint as The Elder Scrolls 3, including all key points of interest from the classic game. Players will embark on a journey through legendary locales in Vvardenfell, 700 years before the events of The Elder Scrolls 3. This includes the docks of Seyda Neen, the volcanic Ashlands, the mushroom-filled forests, and Vivec City, still under construction in this time period.
  • New Class – The Warden: Harness nature-based magic to master the powerful new character class. The Warden is the first new class since launch and the player will have the freedom to select from a number of abilities that enable a variety of play styles. The Warden also introduces a new combat ally – the War Bear – a ferocious fighter will stay by the Warden’s side through the most intense battles.
  • New PvP Mode – Battlegrounds: Intense 4v4v4 battles in arena-like environments. Players take the battle to the Ashlands to claim their place among the fiercest and most accomplished combat veterans in Tamriel.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind is available for pre-order now in various editions:

Standard Edition (£39.99/€59.99): Includes The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind as well as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Upgrade Edition (£29.99/€39.99): Existing players can upgrade their current game to unlock the new Morrowind content.

Digital Collector’s Edition (£64.99/€79.99): A special collection of in-game bonuses which includes the following:

  • Collector’s Edition Grey Bear – An exclusive grey War Bear for use while playing as the Warden.
  • Armored War Horse – Players can charge into battle atop this steed clad in armor fashioned with ancient Dwarven plate.
  • Dwarven Spider Pet – A personal Dwarven Spider is ready for adventure through Vvardenfell.
  • Morag Tong Converter – Players can flaunt their commitment to the assassins by customizing their gear with the distinct style of the Morag Tong.
  • Character Emotes – Celebrate victory in the battlegrounds with this bundle of exclusive emotes.
  • Includes all in-game rewards contained in the Pre-Order Bonus “Discovery Pack.”
  • Includes The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Digital Collector’s Upgrade (£49.99/€69.99): Existing players who only need an upgrade can grab all the digital goodies from the Digital Collector’s Edition with the Digital Collector’s Upgrade.

Collector’s Edition (£89.99/€99.99):Contains everything included in the Digital Collector’s Edition, as well as:

  • Dwarven Colossus Statue – Recreated with the help of sacred Dwarven texts, this 12” tall replica of the Colossus that starred in the announcement trailer stands ready to defend treasures.
  • Naryu’s Journal – A full-color, large-format book chronicling Morag Tong assassin Naryu’s pursuit of a conspiracy across Tamriel. Illustrated with a broad array of concept art.
  • Map of Morrowind – Players can chart adventures throughout Vvardenfell with this handy map at their side.
  • Exclusive Game Case – A limited edition metallic case bearing the marks of Vivec and the Tribunal.
  • Includes all in-game rewards contained in the Pre-Order Bonus “Discovery Pack.”
  • Includes The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

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Pre-Order Bonus: The Discovery Pack: Those who pre-order will be given a collection of exclusive in-game bonuses, including:

  • Exclusive Warden Costume – An exclusive costume available for all classes that matches the Warden’s outfit as seen in the announcement trailer.
  • Dwarven War Dog Pet – A unique armored non-combat in-game pet.
  • Treasure Maps – Maps detailing the location of Vvardenfell’s greatest rewards.
  • Dwarven Crown Crate – A special Crown Crate with a chance to contain Dwarven-themed mounts, pets, costumes, and more.
  • Experience Scrolls – Advance through Vvardenfell gaining 50% more experience points for two hours.
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The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind will be released globally on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 6 – just in time for the Morrowind’s 15th anniversary on Xbox.

Morrowind was released for PC and Mac in May 2002, and on the original Xbox in Europe the following November.

Is The Elder Scrolls Online Twitter account teasing something Morrowind related? Watch the livestream and find out

31 Jan

ZeniMax Online is teasing the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, and going by the game’s twitter account, it seems like a big deal.

Watch live video from Bethesda on www.twitch.tv

If you look over the Twitter account for The Elder Scrolls Online, you’ll notice the livestream embedded about has been mentioned no fewer than ten times when you count the header image.

And then, there’s this teaser which was posted on Sunday:

That tweet along with the images has the hamster in our head flying so fast he’s about to die of a heart attack. Because it looks like an aerial image of Morrowind’s Red Mountain. But, as everyone who visits this site knows, I’m 3/100 on predictions.

But if you recall, earlier this month dataminers dug up what appears to be Vvardenfell content for the MMORPG.

Since the Red Mountain has yet to completely destroy Vvardenfell and Morrowind during the second era which Elder Scrolls Online takes place, it’s plausible. The original eruption took place in the First era, and again during the 4th era, in which Skyrim takes place. By that time, Vvardenfell was covered in lava, and the island of Solstheim’s southern half was nothing more than a barren land of ash and fire. This is where many of Morrowind’s refugees reside during the Skyrim timeframe.

That’s all neither here nor there, though, because ZeniMax Online could be teasing something else entirely. We’ll just have to watch the livestream to find out for sure. Despite this, I’m putting $5 across the board on Vvardenfell.

Here are the PC specs you’ll need to have if you want to play Conan Exiles

30 Jan

Ahead of tomorrow’s launch, find out if your PC can handle Conan Exiles.

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Conan Exiles, the open-world survival game that’s due to hit Steam Early Access tomorrow, requires a relatively modern PC to run well.

Funcom released the game’s minimum and recommended specs recently, and they appear to be below what many modern games usually ask for. You can check out the full requirements below:

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 7 64 Bit/ Windows 8 64 Bit/ Windows 10 64 Bit
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5 or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 4GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 (2GB) or AMD equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 35GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7 64 bit / Windows 8 64 bit / Windows 10 64 bit
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i5/i7 3.3 GHz or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970/780Ti (High) / GTX 1070 (Ultra) or AMD equivalent
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband internet connection
  • Storage: 35GB available space

In other Conan Exiles news, the developers recently confirmed that the game supports single-player and multiplayer, in addition private and public servers.

Conan Exiles goes live in just a few hours on PC, and is due for release on Xbox Game Game Preview sometime this spring.

Overwatch, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, more down for maintenance tomorrow

30 Jan

All of Blizzard’s games will be offline for three hours tomorrow.

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Blizzard has announced a long maintenance window for all of its games, scheduled to take place tomorrow. Battle.net will also be sharing the downtime with the rest of Blizzard’s titles.

Servers for World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, Overwatch, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, and Heroes of the Storm will all be going down at the same time for each region.

7am to 10am PDT is when all games will be inaccessible in the North American region. As for Europe, maintenance will start at 2am CET and end at 5am.

Both slots take place in a very non-busy time for these games, and many would likely be asleep or at work, but it’s worth keeping in mind anyway.

You can pre-order the Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood expansion right now

25 Jan

You can now pre-order the second expansion for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn.

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Stormblood is the second expansion for Final Fantasy 14 that was announced in October last year.

Stormblood will be exclusive to PS4 and PC players only, so any PS3 players out there will have to switch platforms if they want to give it a whirl.

The DLC isn’t out until the Summer, but Square Enix shared a press release yesterday reminding players that they can pre-order now, as per their announcement at the beginning of the month.

You can opt to pre-order a physical or digital copy, and choose from a standard and collector’s edition.

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The collector’s edition, pictured above, includes a Zenos yae Galvus Figure and some in-game content:

  • Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood
  • Stormblood Special Art Box
  • Expertly Crafted Zenos yae Galvus Figure
  • Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood Art Book
  • Cloth Map of Eorzea
  • Stormblood Logo Sticker
  • Exclusive In-game Items
  • Syldra Mount
  • Wind-up Bartz Minion
  • Chicken Knife

Meanwhile, pre-ordering either edition, physical or digital, will net you these exclusives:

  • Early Access to Stormblood scheduled to begin on June 16, 2017
  • A Wind-up Red Mage Minion
  • A pair of Ala Mhigan Earrings
  • Exclusive Theme and Avatar (PlayStation® Network purchases only)

And there’ll be a digital upgrade option for those who want the in-game bonus items associated with the collector’s edition but don’t want the physical goodies.

If you’re completely new to the game, you can opt to nab the complete edition bundle that includes Final Fantasy 14 and both the Heavensward and Stormblood expansions that also drops in June, although there won’t be any pre-order bonuses with this option.

Stormblood “will continue the story of the Warrior of Light as they join the resistance and set forth to the vast land of Ala Mhigo, challenging new threats across Eorzea and embarking on numerous new quests.”

You can look forward to a bunch of new features, including:

  • A new level cap increase (60 -> 70)
  • Multiple new jobs, including the recently announced red mage
  • Exploration of underwater environments with swimming and diving
  • Battle system updates
  • New beast tribes and primals
  • New dungeons
  • High-level raid: “The Bend of Time – Omega”
  • New alliance raid: “Return to Ivalice”
  • The Forbidden Land of Eureka
  • New gear and crafting recipes
  • A fourth residential district
  • Expanded item inventory and more!

The physical collector’s edition will set you back $199.99 while the digital version is $59.99. The standard edition is priced at $39.99.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood is out for PC and PS4 on June 20.

You can pre-order the Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood expansion right now

25 Jan

You can now pre-order the second expansion for Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn.

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Stormblood is the second expansion for Final Fantasy 14 that was announced in October last year.

Stormblood will be exclusive to PS4 and PC players only, so any PS3 players out there will have to switch platforms if they want to give it a whirl.

The DLC isn’t out until the Summer, but Square Enix shared a press release yesterday reminding players that they can pre-order now, as per their announcement at the beginning of the month.

You can opt to pre-order a physical or digital copy, and choose from a standard and collector’s edition.

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The collector’s edition, pictured above, includes a Zenos yae Galvus Figure and some in-game content:

  • Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood
  • Stormblood Special Art Box
  • Expertly Crafted Zenos yae Galvus Figure
  • Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood Art Book
  • Cloth Map of Eorzea
  • Stormblood Logo Sticker
  • Exclusive In-game Items
  • Syldra Mount
  • Wind-up Bartz Minion
  • Chicken Knife

Meanwhile, pre-ordering either edition, physical or digital, will net you these exclusives:

  • Early Access to Stormblood scheduled to begin on June 16, 2017
  • A Wind-up Red Mage Minion
  • A pair of Ala Mhigan Earrings
  • Exclusive Theme and Avatar (PlayStation® Network purchases only)

And there’ll be a digital upgrade option for those who want the in-game bonus items associated with the collector’s edition but don’t want the physical goodies.

If you’re completely new to the game, you can opt to nab the complete edition bundle that includes Final Fantasy 14 and both the Heavensward and Stormblood expansions that also drops in June, although there won’t be any pre-order bonuses with this option.

Stormblood “will continue the story of the Warrior of Light as they join the resistance and set forth to the vast land of Ala Mhigo, challenging new threats across Eorzea and embarking on numerous new quests.”

You can look forward to a bunch of new features, including:

  • A new level cap increase (60 -> 70)
  • Multiple new jobs, including the recently announced red mage
  • Exploration of underwater environments with swimming and diving
  • Battle system updates
  • New beast tribes and primals
  • New dungeons
  • High-level raid: “The Bend of Time – Omega”
  • New alliance raid: “Return to Ivalice”
  • The Forbidden Land of Eureka
  • New gear and crafting recipes
  • A fourth residential district
  • Expanded item inventory and more!

The physical collector’s edition will set you back $199.99 while the digital version is $59.99. The standard edition is priced at $39.99.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood is out for PC and PS4 on June 20.

Conan Exiles players can control towering gods, use them to destroy cities and crush enemies

21 Jan

Conan Exile will go into Early Access on Steam in less than two weeks, and Funcom has provided a new trailer and some new information on the game ahead of time.

In the game, players will start off as a condemned exile who is being crucified in the desert. The venerable Conan himself cuts you down, but you cannot join him on his journey. Instead, you will need to try and survive in the Exiled Lands.

A serpent bracelet adorns the player’s wrist, and will kill them if trying to cross the magical, Cursewall barrier surrounding the Exiled Lands. The player will also be in the dark regarding who placed the bracelet on them and the reason why they were exiled. Hopefully, the player will be able to unravel the mystery at some point.

As the player explores, they will find many other exiles in the land which have formed factions. Here is where survival of the fittest takes over, and players will need to form alliances or dominate others in order to survive.

In the newest video for Conan Exiles posted above, you’ll get a look at how players will dominate through war and brutality. What else would one expect from a game based on the Conan the Barbarian universe? For example: the fatality system allows players to “slice each other in half” and even see their own head “rolling away from them.” Awesome.

While residing in the Exiled Lands, players will be tasked with building cities and fortresses to claim land, and to help defend their settlements, they will need to capture thralls defend their settlements and act as fodder for enemies who try to claim the territory for themselves.

Players can also create special weapons and armor, build altars to their god and bring them sacrifices to appease them. Should they earn the blessings of their god, the player will be able to summon and take direct control of “huge, towering avatars” of the gods. These can roam the world and crush buildings and unfortunate souls under their weight.

Several countermeasures against avatars will be available, and players can also choose to run and play on servers without avatars if they wish.

Speaking of servers, the system allows players to join other on private and public servers in either multiplayer or local single-player. That’s pretty great.

The system allows users to host a local game, play online through an official server hosted by Funcom, play online through a server hosted by someone else, set up dedicated servers or rent one through Funcom’s official server partner PingPerfect.

To find a server which fits a preferred playstyle, a Community Filter option is available to players when they first start the game, featuring categories such as hardcore, role-play, casual, and other.

A server control system is available to those who choose to run their own, and allows then to alter aspects such as toggling PvP, turning off avatars, disabling sandstorms, control the day/night cycle, resource yield, and tons more. These settings can be made on the fly by the server admin, and many won’t require a server restart.

Also, Conan Exiles will feature full mod support on PC and the plan is to make mods available at the start of Early Access.

Mods can be created through the available custom Unreal Engine editor, and will allow modders to create new monsters and items, change the gameplay and more. The mod management tool also connects to the Steam Workshop.

You can find out more on server settings and mod support through a developer blog.

Conan Exiles will enter Early Access on PC on January 31. It will be available as an Xbox One Game Preview title in the spring with PlayStation 4 planned for a later date.

The Division: here’s what’s new and what’s changing in the 1.6 update

20 Jan

The Division players have more to look forward to than just Last Stand.

Ubisoft Massive announced details for Last Stand, the third expansion to The Division, yesterday, and promised more information would be made available today on the 1.6 update. They made good on that promise, and the information provided is rather extensive.

According to the developers, update 1.6 will includes normal regular balancing tweaks and changes. These include some that could be major game changers for some players, and along with the changes comes an expanded game map, new special events, a revamp for Named gear, Dark Zone leaderboards and a new difficulty level.

The developers have promised both Update 1.6 and Last Stand would be made available on the Public Test Server soon, so just be aware the balancing and systems are subject to change. There might be additional changes based on feedback from the Elite Task Force event which was held at Red Storm Studios on January 11-13.

Also, 1.6 won’t include a new World Tier, so there’s no need to go through older content to increase Gear Scores. The update will also include bug fixes not covered above, and will be listed when the patch notes are made available.

All of the bullet points noted below are explained in more detail in Arekkz’s video above, in case you aren’t keen on reading another wall of text.

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The Division Update 1.6 – The Northern Front

  • The Dark Zone has been expanded with three new areas, Dark Zones 7-9, north of Dark Zone 6 and Midtown East
  • New Landmarks feature waves of enemies, roaming NPCs
  • Landmarks award you with additional loot placed directly into your inventory
  • Fast travel between Dark Zone checkpoints has become available
  • More opportunities for PvE

The Division Update 1.6 – Containment Events

  • New Contamination Events have been added to the Dark Zone.
  • Roughly every hour, elite Cleaners will spawn in the Dark Zone underground.
  • Contamination in those areas will reach lethal levels – the virus filter will not be able to resist it.

The Division Update 1.6 – Dark Zone Leaderboards

  • Dark Zone leaderboards will allow players to compare themselves with others across various weekly and a monthly activities which are tracked and divided between PvP and PvE.
  • For PvP, the tracked activities include Rogues killed, Manhunts survived and Extractions hijacked. For PvE, NPC enemies killed, locked chests looted and items extracted will be tracked.
  • All activities tracked will be added to a total score, divided into three tiers. The higher the score compared other Dark Zone players, the better the reward upon reset.

The Division Update 1.6 – Legendary Difficulty

  • Legendary difficulty mode has been added to Times Square, WarrenGate Power Plant and Napalm Production Site and features new, powerful and smart Last Man Battalion (LMB) enemies.
  • LMB enemies will react to the player’s skills, status effects and constantly try to flank. The will be hard to hit.
  • Legendary difficulty is the most challenging content in the game and is intended for organized groups. Will scale similar to Challenge Mode if trying solo.
  • Named enemies feature their own set of behaviors, roles and skills.
  • All enemies will be a mix of normal, veteran and elite enemies.
  • Rewards player with unique vanity items not available elsewhere in the game, on top of the regular rewards.
  • There are plans to expand Legendary mode to additional missions in the future.

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The Division Update 1.6 – Exotics and New Gear Set

  • Named gear pieces and weapons are now called Exotics and have been given their own color in your inventory.
  • Exotic weapons all have their own unique talent. This change is retroactive.
  • Exotic weapon sets have been introduced. Players will need to have two specific Exotic weapons equipped to unlock the talent.
  • Exotic Caches will guarantee an Exotic item, are available as a weekly reward from Legendary difficulty missions.
  • Each Exotic weapon has its own talent. The other two talents will be rolled as usual.
  • These talents will not work with the Alphabridge 4-piece bonus

For example: Hungry Hog now comes with the Glutton talent. When an enemy is killed, damage dealt to targets is then increased by 20% until the weapon stops firing.

The Division Update 1.6 – Gear Set Changes

  • Alphabridge 4-piece bonus now shares the free talent from your weapons instead of all three.
  • Frontline’s 4-piece no longer removes the critical hit chance, instead it removes the effect of any mods you have applied to the shield.
  • The Reclaimer set focuses on the Support Station. Its 4-piece bonus activates all Support Station mods simultaneously.
  • It no longer has an effect on consumables.
  • Tactician’s Authority’s buff only disappears after you use a skill.
  • SEEKR 4-piece gear set has been added and specializes in body shots. Provides a guaranteed critical hit after landing two consecutive shots to the body.

The Division Update 1.6 – Armor and Resistances

  • Armor has been removed as a major bonus and replaced with Health. Gear still comes with base armor and some talents will still give bonus armor.
  • Health and stamina are your primary means of toughness.
  • Current Health rolls have been turned into the new stat Resist All.
  • Players who have already rolled quite a bit of Armor will find bonus Health instead when they log in after Update 1.6.
  • Resistances have become analogue instead of binary.
  • Diminishing returns have been added to status effects.
  • Other parts of the game have been re-balanced as a result, to make sure Time to Kill and Time to be Killed stay balanced.
  • All changes are retroactive.

The Division Update 1.6 – Changes to Skills and Skill Power

  • Skill Power has been moved to a system similar to armor, where each new World Tier reached will demand more Skill Power to reach the same effectiveness of player skills.
  • Bigger difference in skill efficiency between low and high Skill Power builds.
  • Changes have been made to Sticky Bomb, First Aid (longer cool down) and Shock Turret.
  • Re-balanced Signature Skills to make it impossible to trigger a Signature Skill when you’re already suffering from its immunity debuff.
  • Tactical link’s damage bonus has been lowered in PvP.

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The Division Update 1.6 – PvP Balancing

  • Adrenaline no longer gives an overheal from medkits, instead it will give a heal over time.
  • Hip fire stability while moving has been decreased and a new hip fire camera has been added.
  • Medkits can now be used at full health and remove certain status effects.
  • Survivability talents like On the Move, Battle Buddy and Critical Save have seen some balancing changes
  • The Rejuvenated talent has been changed to give additional resistance to status effects.
  • The damage gap between body damage and headshots has been lowered.
  • When combat rolling, there’s now a one second delay before you can roll again.
  • You can no longer reload your weapon while sprinting.
  • Your enemy’s health bar will flash whenever they use a medkit.

The Division Update 1.6 – Changes to the Economy

  • Unlimited re-calibration has been introduced. The price increases each time, capping out at five re-calibrations.
  • Helping civilians reward Intel.
  • High End pistols in Survival no longer costs Division Tech.
  • Scavenger Box now scales with World Tier.
  • Some item prices for Gear Sets and Exotic Weapons have been tweaked.

The Division Update 1.6 – More Changes

  • All activities – open world, Underground, Survival and Last Stand – now reward their own separate experience points and award their own caches. This occurs every time the player fills the experience bar after reaching max rank,].
  • In Survival, solo players can no longer end up in games with players queuing as a group.
  • Grouping up while in a PvP Survival game has been disabled.
  • Reviving a downed player in Survival always costs a medkit in both PvE and PvP – grouped or not.
  • There will no longer be any overlap of experience points in Underground. Only Underground XP and caches will be awarded.

The Division Update 1.6 – In-game Store

With 1.6, the in-game store is being revamped. A new currency is being added and the range of items available for purchase at a special vendor is being extended. This includes new emotes, weapon skins and other vanity items.

The Boxing emote is shown below.

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More updates to the game will be made available moving forward once Update 1.6 and Last Stand are released. Massive promises more information on that end soon.

All of the information in this post is broken down in much greater detail by the developers on The Division website. If you are a player, you really need to give it a read.

Update 1.6 is free, and will be released alongside Last Stand and the Land Stand game mode simultaneously on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

A release date has not been provided.

The Division: Last Stand is 8v8 objective-based PvP, Gear Score won’t be increased

19 Jan

Last Stand is the next expansion coming to The Division, and according to the developers, it focuses on organized PvP inside Dark Zones 7-8.

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Before we dive into Last Stand information, here’s two important things to get out of the way real quick: there won’t be a Gear Score increase with this content; and a new Incursion is also coming.

That’s about all that was said on that end.

Players in The Division will join up in two, four-team attack squads. When a group of four is created, it will be matched with another group of four. If a player can’t get a group together, they can go into the queue solos and get matched up.

In Last Stand, there will be three, large tactical locations, each of which feature objectives. Each objective needs to be completed in order to earn a score. Once a team of eight owns all zones, they are the victors. A score read out will be provided to the player once the match ends, ranks will be earned, along with bonuses.

The horrible screencap of the map above shows the three tactical areas located in new Dark Zones 7 and 8.

According to the developers, there are some similarities to Domination Mode, but it’s not technically Domination Mode.

Along with PvP, Last Stand will also include Dark Zone 9, and while a PTS isn’t ready just yet, the team will announce when it will be available, soon.

There is PvE included in 1.6 and Last Stand, so that should please those who aren’t interested in PvP. And more PvE is also in the works. We won’t know more about the latter until tomorrow, according to the stream.

A dedicated PvP area is also under consideration, but no further discussion took place regarding such content.

A release window for The Division: Last Stand was not provided, but it’s expected to release sometime before the end of winter 2017. It won’t be a timed console exclusive. Some were worried it would be, despite the original announcement of a simultaneous release on all platforms.

Once the stream ends, a more concise rundown of the content will be released twenty minutes later. We’ll update this post with the added information. Also, expect a rundown of today’s stream to be posted in here soon from Arekkz. He will be able to explain things much better than I could even attempt.

Another informative post from the developers will be provided tomorrow as well.

More information was discussed on Survival, and we’ll provide more information on that in another post, if applicable.