Month: July 2021

battlefield-2042Battlefield Portal Gives the Power to Discover, Create and Share Unexpected Battles from Battlefield 2042, and Reimagined Classics from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3

Today at EA PLAY Live, Electronic Arts and Ripple Effect Studios, the Los Angeles-based studio led by Christian Grass, revealed Battlefield™ Portal, the next exciting experience coming to Battlefield™ 2042. A first for the Battlefield franchise, Battlefield Portal is a community-driven platform designed to offer a huge variety of imaginative experiences by giving players the tools to set their own rules and build their own definitive Battlefield experience – and share them with other people. Battlefield Portal will be available at launch as one of three core Battlefield 2042 experiences. In addition to Portal, players will also have access to All-Out Warfare, which includes the next generation of fan-favorite modes Conquest and Breakthrough, and Battlefield™ Hazard Zone, the all-new, high-stakes squad-based experience set to be revealed closer to launch.

In Battlefield Portal, players will be able to use a powerful creation suite that includes Settings, custom modes and a Logic Editor. This will allow the players to not only create, but share and discover unexpected battles filled with the weapons, vehicles, equipment, and more, set in the locations from Battlefield 2042, and iconic, fan-favorite maps from Battlefield 1942, Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Battlefield 3.

Watch the Battlefield Portal Trailer HERE.

These creative tools give players the chance to go beyond what they’ve experienced in any Battlefield game previously and create unique modes, such as 1942 versus 2042 matches, knives versus defibrillators battles or even a hardcore team deathmatch showdown. The customization options available in Battlefield Portal allows players to let their imaginations run wild and put the rules of war in their hands.

Battlefield Portal is truly a love letter to our passionate and long-time fans,” says Justin Wiebe, senior design director at Ripple Effect Studios. “We’ve created a set of tools that really gives the community the chance to create their own signature Battlefield experiences, while also bringing back these iconic Battlefield classics for our veteran players to revel in and our new players to experience for the first time.

Battlefield Portal will include all content from the world of 2042, along with six additional maps from three of the franchise’s most popular titles, along with additional vehicles, weapons, gadgets, factions and classes from each respective game.

Learn more about Battlefield Portal at the official Battlefield 2042 website.

verdun-logoThe authentic WW1 FPS games Verdun and Tannenberg have released on the Epic Games store, Verdun will start off with a Free Week and Tannenberg with a 10% launch discount.

Players from the Epic Games Store can claim Verdun for free between July 22-29 and get themselves an immersive WW1 FPS experience on the Western Front! Sequel Tannenberg which focusses on the Eastern Front, will release at the same time with a 10% discount.

Watch the official Verdun – Epic Games trailer HERE.

New recruits for the Epic WW1 battlefields

Verdun and Tannenberg have both been released on the Epic Games Store, which won’t go unnoticed as Verdun will be releasing for FREE! From July 22 until the 29th Epic Game players can claim a free copy of the WW1 FPS set on the Western Front.

Verdun was the very first WW1 FPS bringing a historical take on the Great War. Epic Games players can expect WW1 action with close-quarters trench warfare and lots of realistic details, such as realistic WW1 weaponry, authentic uniforms, gore, and maps based on the real battlefields of France and Belgium.

More WW1 action

Sequel Tannenberg will release alongside Verdun, offering players tactical freedom in wide-scale maps on the Eastern Front! To fully immersive yourself in the WW1 battlefields it’s important to dive in the distinct nature of each game that the WW1 Game Series brings. The diversity in maps, soldiers, weapons and therefore tactical maneuvering offering players a different perspective of the Great War, one of the bloodiest war in history.

Tannenberg will see a 10% launch discounts at release. The third game in the WW1 Game Series called Isonzo focusing on the Alpine warfare in Northeast Italy and hasn’t been confirmed yet for the Epic Games Store. The game release is set for later this year/ beginning of next year, yet players can already wishlist the game on Steam, PlayStation 4&5 and soon Xbox One/ Xbox Series XIS.

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battlefield-1Source: Blue’s News

Amazon is now offering Battlefield 1 for free on Prime Gaming, the gaming perk that’s free for Amazon Prime subscribers. The World War I shooter is yours to keep on Origin if you claim it between now and August 4th. This fits a prediction from last week by Tom Henderson, though he didn’t mention the Prime prerequisite. EA is not done with these giveaways, as the listing says to check back on August 2nd for a Battlefield V giveaway. Here’s more on the current freebie:

Experience the dawn of all out warfare during WWI. Discover different shores, cities, and deserts in this global conflict. Turn the tide of battle by operating massive vehicles and machinery to win the Great War. Download Battlefield 1 today for PC on Origin – for Prime Members.

newhardware-iconCheck out these latest hardware announcements for today from around the web. Also included are some hardware news bits, and on some days, a few rumors tossed in for good measure. Click on the links below to read the official press release, visit the products web page, or to an independent news source.

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tom-clancys-xdefiantUbisoft has announced an upcoming free-to-play, FPS, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, blending fast-paced 6-v-6 arena combat with faction-based abilities. XDefiant will available on PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and Ubisoft Connect, Luna and Stadia, with full crossplay expected at launch.

During the past 21 years, the Tom Clancy universe has become a major part of Ubisoft’s history and a reference for tactical shooters and immersive universes. Ubisoft is proud to announce the expansion of the Tom Clancy universe with a game that will let all the fans play with – and against – some of the most recognisable maverick groups from across fan-favourite franchises.

Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco and led by seasoned FPS expert Mark Rubin (Executive Producer) and Ubisoft San Francisco veteran Jason Schroeder (Creative Director), XDefiant brings players an all-new experience to Tom Clancy games. Factions, and the characters – Defiants – that make them up, are all inspired by Tom Clancy games and beyond. Whether players are looking to play competitively or casually, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is sure to bring a thrilling experience for all. For those seeking an early look at the game, register now at playxdefiant.com for a chance to play early. The first test begins 5th August, and players are encouraged to sign up quickly for a chance to play first.*

XDefiant, a Ubisoft Original, is Ubisoft’s newest take on a competitive FPS that offers players a high-octane gameplay experience, combining fluid and visceral combat with unprecedented freedom and personalisation. XDefiant will immerse players at the forefront of the Tom Clancy universe at iconic locations in the throes of technicolor chaos, with a mix of indoor and outdoor maps, ensuring smooth gameplay and unpredictable engagements.

Watch the XDefiant Worldwide Reveal Trailer HERE.

Additional features include:

  • Personalised Playstyle: Players can personalise their Defiant to match their playstyle. Players can choose a faction, traits, abilities, and ultras, then select from an arsenal of primary and secondary weapons, attachments, and a device to complete their loadout – and even tweak it on the fly (after respawning) to adapt to an ever-changing battlefield.
  • Competitive Clashes: XDefiant offers a variety of competitive 6-v-6 arena and linear game modes, such as Domination and Escort. Combine that with a large pool of uniquely designed maps in rotation and no two matches will feel the same.
  • Diverse Factions of Defiants: XDefiant will initially feature factions such as the Wolves (Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon), the Echelon (Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell) and the Outcasts and Cleaners (Tom Clancy’s The Division) battling across iconic locations. Additional Defiants will be added as the game evolves, drawing on a range of characters and abilities from the Tom Clancy universe … and beyond.
  • Game modes: XDefiant will have a variety of game modes to match players’ unique playstyles and allow them to channel their team-based, competitive nature. Players can choose competitive modes like Team Deathmatch or Domination, as well as linear modes such as Escort.

Players can go to www.playxdefiant.com to register for upcoming news, information and game tests (the first test begins 5th August*)

* 5th August test only available for PC in the United States and Canada. Additional tests will be available later this year.

medic-pacific-warSupport the game’s Kickstarter campaign  and get the access to the early alpha demo build available for backers in August 2021, right after Kickstarter campaign end. You can also add the game to your Steam Wishlist to follow the news about its development.

Watch the Medic: Pacific War Kickstarter trailer HERE.

Look at the horrors of war from an entirely new perspective. Enter the battlefield equipped with a first aid kit instead of a rifle. Bandage, stop hemorrhages, get the wounded off the battlefield, but most of all, bring hope where there’s none and salvation to those who think their lives have come to an end.

ABOUT MEDIC: PACIFIC WAR

Medic: Pacific War is a single-player TPP action simulation game offering a unique take on the Pacific War that’s inspired by historic events, movies, and TV series such as Pearl Harbor, Hacksaw Ridge, Midway, Saving Private Ryan, and The Pacific. Become a true hero. Survive the horrors of the battlefield, dodge bullets, and bring salvation to the wounded. Be their last hope in the chaotic reality of the Pacific Front. Resuscitate, patch up, and carry soldiers to safety, all to change the course of the battle. Most importantly, be ready for the hardest choice every medic must make: decide who lives and who dies. Resources are limited, time is running out, and not everyone’s chances of survival are equal.

corsair-h170i-elite-capellixBigger, Bolder and Colder

By Garrett Carver @ Tom’s Hardware

Corsair’s history in the all-in-one liquid cooling niche goes back more than a decade and spans dozens of models, more than a few of which have graced our list of best AIO coolers. But the new H170i Elite Capellix is the company’s largest ever AIO, featuring a massive 420 radiator (3x140mm). Of course, it also sports a Corsair pump controlled by the company’s iCue system management and monitoring suite, along with a standalone Commander Core lighting and fan controller, plus a trio of ML140 RGB fans. As you might imagine by its size along the H170i Elite Capellix comes equipped to cool just about any desktop processor on the market today.

Read the Review Here

 

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nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA has released the latest version of GeForce Game Ready drivers. Version 471.41 WHQL comes with support for Windows 11, including a WDDM 3.0 compliant display driver, making it NVIDIA’s first official driver for the upcoming operating system. In addition, the drivers introduce DLSS performance enhancement on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Chernobylite. The drivers also introduce CUDA 11.4 support.

Among the issues fixed are lack of hardware acceleration on Capture One; HUD loss issues on Valorant; a game freeze noticed with DOOM Eternal; League of Legends failing to launch; mouse pointer issues with certain DSC monitors in HDR mode; blurry Ansel depth-of-field in certain games; display resolution being limited to 640×480 on some monitors after updating from older drivers; distorted HDMI audio playback on 8K displays connected via HDMi 2.1, and HDMI audio drop-outs on LG C9 OLED TVs.

You can download the GeForce 471.41 WHQL Game Ready drivers via GeForce.com.

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company-of-heroes-3Join the fight on CompanyOfHeroes.com and play the Pre-Alpha Preview today!

The legendary strategy franchise is back, combining heart-pounding combat with new layers of strategy in a breathtaking Mediterranean setting. Relic Entertainment™ and SEGA® Europe Ltd. are thrilled to reveal that Company of Heroes™ 3, the latest instalment in the critically acclaimed strategy franchise, is coming to PC in 2022! Those eager to get their hands on the game won’t have to wait until then – visit CompanyOfHeroes.com to join CoH-Development and get access to the Pre-Alpha Preview for Company of Heroes 3 via Steam right now!

Watch the announcement trailer HERE.

Watch the gameplay reveal trailer HERE.

Mediterranean Theatre & New Features

Company of Heroes 3 is bringing the series’ intimate boots-on-the-ground storytelling to a brand-new theatre of war, unlocking authentic new tactics, factions, and a wealth of untold stories from World War II. The Mediterranean is a place of immense variety, from windswept Italian mountain passes to harsh North African deserts and coastal vistas. On this new frontline, intelligence trumps speed.

In Company of Heroes 3, the critically acclaimed Company of Heroes gameplay has been enhanced with authentic new features, making for the deepest tactical experience to date – all powered by the Essence Engine 5, the latest evolution of Relic’s proprietary real-time strategy technology. On the Dynamic Campaign Map, players command ground, air and naval forces and build supply lines as they lead the Allies’ campaign to retake mainland Italy from the entrenched Axis forces. The long-term choices you make here will affect not only the battles you fight, but the story of the war itself.

In single-player modes, Full Tactical Pause gives players a new level of tactical control over the pacing on the battlefield. By freezing the action, players who choose to employ Full Tactical Pause will be able to coordinate all their actions at once, thinking through every move in detail without the pressure of doing it all in real-time.

We’re really excited for players to experience Company of Heroes 3 right from the pre-alpha stage and to receive their valuable feedback,” said Justin Dowdeswell, General Manager at Relic Entertainment. “We’ve been co-developing the game with some of our fantastic community members for years now, and they have been instrumental in providing consistent and meaningful feedback at every step of the development process. We are ready to expand that program in a massive way with our fans around the world via our CoH-Development program, which has been made possible by Amplitude Studios™’ superb Games2Gether platform.