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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times

Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times

Anthem's Day One patch is dropping on Friday alongside the game's release and it's expected to fix one of the game's biggest complaints: load times.

The official launch of BioWare's open world shooter is February 22, however premier subscribers to EA Origin Access were granted access on the 15th... making this "Day One" patch more of a "Day Seven" – but who's counting?

As a result, premier members have encountered a slew of bugs. The most noticeable of those being load times, which either last several minutes or in some instances result in an "infinite loading screen."

In addition to fixing load times, Anthem's Day One patch will also seek to fix issues with challenge tracking, connectivity problems, and UI feedback regarding weapon and gear mods.

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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements

Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements

Square Enix hinted at an upcoming reveal during its third quarter earnings report today.

While noting that Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 4 helped boost overall sales when compared to 2018, what was of particular interest was Square Enix's assertion that FY2020 would have record earnings.

The company didn't go into specifics, saying only that announcements are in store in the build-up to E3 2019.

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Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC

Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC

The publisher of Cities Skyline, Surviving Mars and other sim titles, Paradox Interactive has launched a modding platform for its games, that will see community mods making their way to Xbox One and PC.

Paradox Mods will allow players to upload and download mods through GoG or the Paradox game launcher. With initial support focused on Surviving Mars, the Paradox Mod site already features over two hundred mods for Surviving Mars, Stellaris and Cities: Skyline.

Anders Törlind, Product Owner for Paradox Mods, stated “Modding has been, and remains an important part of the Paradox community. As we have diversified the way we distribute our games, we want to make sure all our players can take part in the creation process,” and that the company "look forward to unlocking the world of modding for all members of our community, regardless of what system they are using to play our games.”

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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way

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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way

Red Hook Studios has announced that it is making Darkest Dungeon 2, a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon.

Speaking exclusively to PC Gamer, Red Hook studios are staying tight-lipped on the details but did confirm that the first game's combat system will be making a welcome return with "significant tune-ups" to its mechanics.

The developers stated that Darkest Dungeon 2 will see players "enduring a gruelling journey". A small team of five created the first game, but this time around the studio has been "growing staff to match scope more reliably and realistically".

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

In the words of Respawn Entertainment, "cheaters suck."

In an update on the Apex Legends subreddit, the developer noted that over 16,000 cheaters have already been banned from the game.

At the moment players still have to report cheaters through an external site, but the same reddit post describes an in-game reporting feature as "a very good idea :)" so it's likely to be in the works.

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THQ Nordic's net sales increased 700% in 2018

THQ Nordic's net sales increased 700% in 2018

THQ Nordic has reason to celebrate after releasing its 2018 financial reports.

For the year ending December 31, Nordic reported net sales of USD$447.6 million. Compared to the previous year's USD$55.1 million, that's a staggering growth of 713%. Not bad.

Much of this growth can be attributed to the acquisition of Koch Media and its publishing arm, Deep Silver.

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a stunning Anthem trailer

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Neill Blomkamp's 'Conviction' is a stunning Anthem trailer

Anthem might be a week away from total release, but that hasn't stopped EA from whipping up hype with a hot live-action trailer.

Directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie), 'Conviction' describes itself as a "live-action trailer of survival set in the world of Anthem, decades before the events of the game."

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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!

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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!

If you missed this morning's Nintendo Direct, fear not, you can catch up on all the major announcements below!

Nintendo touched on several titles we already know about, but also made several surprise announcements shining the spotlight on a handful of brand new titles and a fair share of ports.

Amongst the announcements was Super Mario Maker 2, a remake of The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening, that heavily rumoured Assassin's Creed 3 Remaster, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice and news that Dragon Quest 11 is indeed releasing this year.

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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"

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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"

Long-rumoured layoffs at Activision Blizzard were confirmed yesterday during the company's earnings call.

While CEO Bobby Kotik opened the call with a declaration that the company had seen "record results" that were "the best in our history," he noted that the Activision Blizzard's focus was "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business."

The result will be an 8% reduction off its work force, equating to around 775 staff. The layoffs will occur across Activision, Blizzard, and King.

Thursday 21 February

X-Morph: Defense Review
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X-Morph: Defense Review
Not your average tower defense game
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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements
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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements
But will try to stop announcing things too soon.
Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC
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Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC
One small step for console game mods

Wednesday 20 February

Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way
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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way
Darkerer Dungeon?
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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times
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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times
...a week after many started playing.
Mages of Mystralia Switch Review
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Mages of Mystralia Switch Review
Borealys brings its magic to the Switch!

Tuesday 19 February

Jump Force Review
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Jump Force Review
A buffet of Anime delights or a poor taste-test?
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Monday 18 February

Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
In-game reporting feature in the works?
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Thursday 14 February

Metro Exodus Review
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Metro Exodus Review
One ticket to the motherland please
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
Another big set of announcements and updates.
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
No new Blizzard titles releasing in 2019
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Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed
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Upcoming Red Dead Online update changes detailed
Making the west a little less wild
New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
What more could you ask for on Valentine's Day?
Anthem - Launch Trailer
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Anthem - Launch Trailer
Dollhouse - Story Trailer
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Dollhouse - Story Trailer

Wednesday 13 February