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Rockstar apologises for rocky Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release

Rockstar apologises for rocky Red Dead Redemption 2 PC release

The recent release of Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC unfortunately marred by several critical issues. Gameplanet reviewer Chris Brown has also been unable to play the game properly, leading to a delay in our review. Thankfully the developers seem to have narrowed down the issues and are pushing an update out right away, which should see the game in a much more stable state. Read below for the full statement from Rockstar.

"Over the past week, we have been working as quickly as possible to address issues that have impacted the launch of the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2. As a result, we have already identified and resolved a number of these issues by deploying fixes to the Rockstar Games Launcher and some to the game itself."

"However, we are aware that a small number of Red Dead Redemption 2 PC players are still experiencing some ongoing problems with the game stuttering. We believe this is due to unforeseen issues related to specific combinations of Nvidia graphics drivers, Nvidia GPU cards and certain CPU’s."

"We will be rolling out an update to the game today which will address the stuttering issue alongside a host of other fixes. However, we are still currently working together with Nvidia to completely resolve the stuttering issue in a future update, and it may take us up to a few days to properly test everything and ensure the next update completely solves the problem."

"We sincerely apologize for this temporary inconvenience and will update you as soon as we have more information to share – we want everyone to be able to experience Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC as we intended as soon as possible. If you are experiencing any issues that are impacting your experience with Red Dead Redemption 2 for any reason, please start by first visiting the troubleshooting page on our Support site for assistance."

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Path of Exiles' first convention kicks off this weekend

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Path of Exiles' first convention kicks off this weekend

New Zealand's own Path of Exile opens its first convention tomorrow with ExileCon.

Held at Auckland's Aotea Centre, the event kicks off at 10am NZDT with a keynote address from from Grinding Gear Games' founder Chris Wilson and technical director Jonathan Rogers.

One notable panel on Sunday will feature Blizzard North, the studio behind the original Diablo. Founders David Brevik, Max Shaefer, and Erich Schaefer will take part in a Q&A at 2pm NZDT.

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Rune 2 developer closes, reforms under Bethesda

Rune 2 developer closes, reforms under Bethesda

Work has finished for Rune II, with Human Head Studios releasing the game to storefronts this week – however the developer has just announced that the game will be the studio's last.

In an update to its community blog, Human Head confirmed that the studio will be closing down.

"After 22 great years of making games as an independent studio, economic realities have forced us to make the decision to wind down the company and close its doors," said Human Head community manager Katherine Stull.

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Netflix renews The Witcher for Season 2

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Netflix renews The Witcher for Season 2

While The Witcher is yet to debut on Netflix, the streaming service has already renewed the series for a second season.

"I’m so thrilled that before fans have even seen our first season, we are able to confirm that we’ll be returning to The Continent again to continue telling the stories of Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri," said showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.

"I could not be more proud of what the amazing cast and crew of The Witcher have accomplished, and can’t wait for the world to dig in and enjoy these stories with us."

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EA Access won't offer head start for Jedi: Fallen Order

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EA Access won't offer head start for Jedi: Fallen Order

While EA Access members typically get 10 hours of early access to new titles from the publisher, that won't be the case for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

While Access members will still receive a ten percent discount on their purchase of Fallen Order, the Play First Trial will not be available in an attempt to avoid spoilers.

As a consolation prize, members will instead receive in-game cosmetic items, including a ship model and skin for BD-1.

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Sonic the Hedgehog is back and looks far less creepy

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Sonic the Hedgehog is back and looks far less creepy

Paramount Pictures just dropped the updated for Sonic the Hedgehog, now featuring a hero that wasn't spawned from the depths of uncanny valley.

The new trailer comes after director Jeff Fowler promised to redesign the titular hedgehog, responding to fan outcry over a truly distorted version of Sonic that featured human teeth, beady eyes, and strange proportions.

The updated version is far more familiar, with larger eyes and ears, as well as a distinct lack of human teeth.

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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?

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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?

When it comes to game criticism, the most important thing is being able to spend time playing the game you're reviewing. Which is why there is no Red Dead Redemption 2 review on Gameplanet for you at this time.

My experience with the PC port of Rockstar Games' western epic has been fraught with a litany of recurring stability and performance issues. At this point despite updates to the game, and even upgrading my PC to an 8 Core i7 I am literally unable to play the game. This is despite spending a fair amount of time in the game every day since release. Currently, I am still stuck in the first location, unable to proceed.

The first major hurdle I have had to contend with is that the game would freeze for 2-6 seconds at random intervals, but I was never able to get more than 3 minutes of play before the game locked up. Most often though was that I would experience this issue at least twice a minute. This was reduced with the CPU upgrade, but not eliminated. I am now dealing with crashes happening regularly every five to thirty minutes, which is unpleasant and reason enough alone to not play the game (in its current state), but has the additional frustration of sending me back to a previous checkpoint due to how game saves are handled in the opening section of the game.

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Blizzard to merge Overwatch and its sequel eventually

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Blizzard to merge Overwatch and its sequel eventually

While Overwatch 2 may feel more like an expansion instead of a sequel, that may have been by design – as Blizzard has plans in the future of merging the two clients into a single entity.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explained the idea in an interview with Kotaku.

"We think this is important, especially as a competitive experience," he said. "The whole idea is to avoid fragmenting the player base and giving anybody a competitive advantage."

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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios

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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios

Sony has announced that Guerilla Games co-founder and managing director Hermen Hulst is now Head of Worldwide Studios (WWS).

In his new role Hulst will manage and lead game development across the 14 developers that make up WWS.

Guerilla Games is best known for the Killzone franchise that has been on PlayStation consoles since 2004, and more recently the celebrated Horizon Zero Dawn.

Friday 15 November

Path of Exiles' first convention kicks off this weekend
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Path of Exiles' first convention kicks off this weekend
Blizzard North to attend for Q&A
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Thursday 14 November

Rune 2 developer closes, reforms under Bethesda
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Rune 2 developer closes, reforms under Bethesda
Cut off one head...
Netflix renews The Witcher for Season 2
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Netflix renews The Witcher for Season 2
A show of good faith
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Wednesday 13 November

Tuesday 12 November

Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?
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Where is our Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Review?
We're experiencing major technical difficulties.
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Need for Speed: Heat Review
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Need for Speed: Heat Review
Can Ghost Games steer the series back on track, or is it time for it to be written-off?
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Monday 11 November

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review
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Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Review
A Hedgehog and a Plumber walk into a bar...
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Friday 8 November

Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios
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Hermen Hulst is the new head of Worldwide Studios
Infiltration of Helghast in full effect.
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Thursday 7 November

IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game
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IO Interactive confirm more of the team move on to next Hitman game
November marks the "final major patch" for Hitman 2.
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Tuesday 5 November

Disco Elysium Review
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Disco Elysium Review
Boogie on down for a weird and wonderful adventure!
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Kojima Productions to make films in the future
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Kojima Productions to make films in the future
As if they don't already...
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Monday 4 November

Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon
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Overwatch 2 officially announced at BlizzCon
Sleight of hand at its best...
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Review
Enlist today, meet interesting people all over the world, and then kill them...
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Blizzard confirms Diablo IV for PC and consoles
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Blizzard confirms Diablo IV for PC and consoles
Inspires new line of blood-infused capes.
WoW's next expansion is heading to the afterlife
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WoW's next expansion is heading to the afterlife
This is why Sylvanas can't have nice things.
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Friday 1 November

Death Stranding Review
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Death Stranding Review
Can Kojima Productions deliver on the hype or does this journey fall short?
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Netflix's The Witcher drops new trailer and release date
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Netflix's The Witcher drops new trailer and release date
As well as a steamy scene.

Thursday 31 October

MediEvil HD Remastered Review
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MediEvil HD Remastered Review
Sir Daniel returns just in time for the spookiest night of the year!
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PlayStation 4 has now outsold the Wii and PS One
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PlayStation 4 has now outsold the Wii and PS One
Although console sales are slowing
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NZ government commits $10m for local games industry
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NZ government commits $10m for local games industry
Aims for a billion dollar industry
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Wednesday 30 October

Tuesday 29 October

The Outer Worlds Review
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The Outer Worlds Review
Obsidian provide a masterclass in how to do an RPG the right way!
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Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020
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Death Stranding is coming to PC in 2020
Stranded no longer.
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