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Overwatch’s Controls On Consoles Are Getting Fixed… Again


A new patch is coming to Overwatch on PS4 and Xbox One to address the thumbstick acceleration problem that a lot of pad-based players have been complaining about lately.

This comes after the game had its aim-assist features fixed up recently, too.

If you’ve gotten used to the way the sticks work at the moment, though, don’t worry: Blizzard is keeping the option to maintain all the old settings. But the developers are also deploying another option for the controls, too, in an attempt to appease those players that have expressed an issue with the current setup.

The new default mode will be called ‘Dual Zone’ and is designed specifically to prevent thumbstick acceleration. It can get a bit complicated to explain what that is and how the new patch is combatting the issues, but if you want a super in-depth walkthrough of the issue, you can check out the Blizzard post here that explains it.

If you want a kind-of TL;DR, though, Blizzard states:

“The vast majority of the thumbstick’s range moves with reduced sensitivity and relatively high acceleration. However, when the thumbstick crosses to the outer 10 per cent of its range, it will move with high sensitivity and relatively low acceleration.

“This mode will allow for more precise aiming, while still allowing players to turn around quickly.

“As the thumbstick moves toward the outside of its range, the sensitivity is ramped up exponentially. The acceleration remains relatively high throughout.”

There’s no date for the patch yet, but it’s already active over in the PC version of the game’s Public Test Realm, so we should expect to see it soon.

Shadow Warrior 2 Is Getting A Vinyl EP, Featuring Music From Stan Bush


Flying Wild Hog and Devolver Digital have teamed up with Laced Records and Stan Bush to announce ‘The Warrior’ EP – a limited edition four-track Vinyl record that’ll feature music inspired-by and featured in the upcoming Shadow Warrior 2 game.

The limited edition gold vinyl and standard vinyl are available to pre-order now for $60 / €54 / £46 from Laced Records and includes a downloadable Steam code for Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe delivered on the game’s October 13th launch day.
The Warrior EP contains: Warrior, an original track for Shadow Warrior 2 by Stan Bush, alongside classic rock anthems The Touch, Never Surrender, and The Touch (Lo Wang Hijack), a remastered duet between Stan Bush and the protagonist of Shadow Warrior, Lo Wang – you know, that fictional character that fronts the games.
You can sample one of the tracks here:

The limited edition set comes with a Steam code to download Shadow Warrior 2 Deluxe that includes the game, the digital soundtrack, the Razorback katana, and the Solid Gold DLC pack. The Warrior EP is printed on luscious 180-gram vinyl with a special screen-printed reverse and presented inside a premium card sleeve designed by noted Polish comic artist Michal Sledzinski. So it might not be too viable for console players… unless you’re a massive fan of the game.
Take a look at the vinyl package below:

Rich played the game at E3 – you can check out his glowing impressions here.

The game is due to launch on console early 2017

Minecraft On Consoles Is Getting Free & Paid DLC Updates In October


Minecraft on console is getting a set of new skins and content in a free update dropping in October, we can reveal today.

The game is also receiving the Chinese Mythology Mash-Up pack on October 4th that will add 41 new skins, 13 new tracks of music and a new level for the Battle Mini Game. The pack will also introduce a pre-built ancient Chinese city for players to explore (or destroy…) at their discretion. You can check out the trailer below:

In a free update dropping on the same day, Minecraft is introducing arctic biomes – which means certain parts of the game will now randomly generate snowy environments featuring the likes of igloos, underground fossils and even polar bears! The new update also introduces new blocks players can use to their advantage: the End Bricks, Red Nether Bricks, Nether Wart Blocks, Bone Blocks and Frosted Ice tiles will be available to everyone, for free, from October 4th.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s New Trailer Offers an Overview of Multiplayer


Activision and Infinity Ward have released another new Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare trailer today, this time offering an overview of multiplayer; the “most customisable Call of Duty MP yet”, apparently.

This one will include Combat Rig Suits like the Merc or Warfighter, all-new high-tech equipment and gadgets, as well as the ability to craft “hundreds” of Prototype Weapons. As ever, you can also expect loads of weapon skins, attachments and other customisation options too.

For a rundown of what to expect in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s multiplayer when it launches on 4th November 2016 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, give the new trailer a look below. Kit Harington and Conor McGregor are in the game!

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2’s TGS Trailer Shows Off New Story Mode Details


The newest Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 trailer shows off some fresh story mode footage, and gives us a closer look at what we can expect from the game when it launches in late October.

The trailer – which looks wonderful in 60FPS – also gives us a quick glimpse at the character customisation the game will feature, and shows off some hectic multi-character combat, too.

If you watch closely, you’ll also see some of the cutscene cinematics the game will include, and they really do look quite pretty.

Take a look at the trailer below:

The game will launch an open beta across both PlayStation and Xbox platforms on the 14th October (two weeks before the games’ launch) in case you wanted to try out the newest Dragon Ball Xenoverse experience before it comes out properly.

The game launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC next month on the 28th October.

Dishonored 2’s Latest Trailer Shows Off Emily & Corvo’s Most Creative Kills


Bethesda has launched the newest trailer for Dishonored 2, featuring a slew of brutal, creative kills from both protagonists – that’s Emily and Corvo.

The trailer shows off how each character plays differently, and how you’ll have the chance to take down your enemies in a multitude of different ways. The game – of course – can be played more stealthily than this, but by all accounts, you can be as openly violent as you like, too.

The trailer shows off how you can combine your various abilities with a selection of weapons to take down enemies at a distance or from close range.

Check out the brand new trailer below:

Here’s the blurb Bethesda put out with the trailer, which offers a bit more information about the world and setting of Dishonored 2:

Delilah, a mad witch armed with powerful black magic, has seized the throne from Empress Emily Kaldwin, leaving the fate of the Isles hanging in the balance. As either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano, travel beyond the legendary streets of Dunwall to Karnaca – a once-dazzling coastal city that holds the key to restoring Emily to power. Armed with the mark of the Outsider and powerful new supernatural abilities, hunt down your enemies and forever alter the fate of the Empire.

Will you choose to play as Empress Emily Kaldwin or her father, the royal protector Corvo Attano? Will you make your way through the game unseen, make full use of its brutal combat system, or use a blend of both? How will you combine your character’s unique set of powers, weapons and gadgets to eliminate your enemies?

Arkane Studios’ Dishonored 2 is set to launch worldwide on November 11th, 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Criterion Is Still Hard At Work On Making Burnout Paradise Backwards Compatible


Burnout Paradise developer Criterion is still actively working on making the game backwards compatible on the Xbox One, a tweet has confirmed today.

We knew that Criterion was looking into the project after the studio announced their intentions on Twitter roughly a year ago, but updates haven’t exactly been forthcoming since the initial announcement.

That changed today, however, when the company put out a tweet confirming the project is still very much alive, and that the developer hopes they have news to share with fans ‘soon’.

The game was originally launched for the PS3 and 360 way back in 2008 – a crazy eight years ago now. Is this a game you’ll be interested in playing on your Xbox One?

[via Videogamer]

Forza Horizon 3’s Launch Trailer is Here And It’s Gorgeous


Forza Horizon 3 will be hitting the road next week, so that means it’s launch trailer time! Anyone who’s pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game will also be granted early access on 23rd September; four days ahead of the proper launch date.

The third Horizon title puts you in charge of the Horizon Festival that you can expand to unlock new events, including Bucket Lists, Barn Finds and Showcases. You’ll travel across a vast expanse of Australia, exploring the rocky canyons of the Outback to lush rainforest, pristine, sandy beaches and the glittering skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise.

Check out the new trailer below for a tantalising glimpse at Forza Horizon 3 before it launches for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on 27th September.

Gears of War 4 Has Gone Gold


Microsoft has announced that Gears of War 4 has gone gold, meaning the game is finished and ready, and the gold master disc has been shipped off to be put into mass production. The Coaltion’s first Gears of War title as a newly named studio, Gears 4 will also be the first Play Anywhere title in the series, with cross-play on Xbox One and Windows 10. It also sees Gears alumni Rod Fergusson returning to the fold as head of the studio.

“This has been a real homecoming for me,” said Fergusson, whose previous work included stints at Xbox before joining Epic Games for the first three Gears titles. “Coming back to Xbox to lead a studio of talented people from around the world, all focused on Gears of War, and doing so in my home country of Canada in one of the best cities in the world for technology and entertainment has been a dream come true.”

Gears of War 4 will be coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC on 11th October, starting a whole new saga featuring JD Fenix and his buddies Kait and Del.

[Via Xbox News Wire]