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Micro Machines World Series is gearing up for a launch in June, yet Rockstar is attempting to throw the toys in the trash with the announcement of its Tiny Racers online expansion for Grand Theft Auto V. Grand Theft Auto Online - Tiny Racers is all the twee top-down racing you expect from a Micro Machines, fused with the physics based destruction of GTA V, and the carnage of its Cunning Stunts races.
Having forked out $60 for Total Warhammer last year, plus mountains of DLC, fans have no doubt been wondering what Creative Assembly has done to deserve their hard-earned cash with a sequel. The latest behind the scenes tries to answer that, explaining the concept behind Total War: Warhammer 2’s central conceit - the Great Vortex.
Meatloaf would famously do anything for love, but Nier Automata’s director Yoko Taro has far simpler life goals. He would do anything for money. Including, it turns out, a total remake of the original Nier, which could well be greenlit after Nier Automata sold like gangbusters in the weeks since its launch.
In a major case of sticking two fingers up to legitimate users, Valve is making major changes to DOTA 2. From May 4th, all players hoping to play in Ranked will have to register a unique phone number with their account. It’s being rolled into a matchmaking update which is designed to prevent cheaters and banned players from creating limitless additional accounts.
There’s been an overwhelming number of leaks lately seeming to confirm Call of Duty: WW2 is very much a thing, as Activision looks to take the series back to its historical roots. I would hazard a guess Activision threw more than a passing glance over Battlefield 1’s way, hitting the reset button on its bestselling shooter franchise that had kind of reached its theoretical limit when we were fighting on one of Jupiter’s moons. We should know for sure soon though, with the official Call of Duty: WWII reveal expected to take place at some point this very weekend.
If you’ve been using an older operating system then you’re probably all too aware there is no official driver support for either AMD Ryzen or Intel Kaby Lake outside of Windows 10. Intel confirmed as much back in September, while AMD admitted in February that Windows 10 was a must for Ryzen users. The driving force behind this move is that Microsoft is enforcing it in order to better ensure “maximum reliability.” If you were planning to get Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen, the message was simple - you will need Windows 10 in order to receive security updates. Not so anymore though, as the community has found a way to circumvent Microsoft’s lock and allow Windows Updates to operate as per normal in both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Just a brief one for you now, because I know we all love freebies. There are currently two games available to download right now free of charge and add to your GOG and Origin libraries. The first is Saints Row 2 but you’re going to have to act fast - there’s less than a day left of it being free to download through GOG.
Ubisoft has just expanded, opening up two brand new studios. One is in Berlin, Germany, while the other is based in Bordeaux, France. The Berlin outfit will be Ubisoft’s third German studio, while the Ubisoft Bordeaux will be the fifth in Ubisoft’s homeland.
Patrice Desilets took to the stage at Reboot Develop 2017 yesterday to reveal another look at his promising studio’s promising prehistoric adventure - Ancestors: A Humankind Odyssey.
Microsoft has made a big deal about the capabilities of Project Scorpio and just how easy it is to develop for. However, we weren’t prepared to hear that just a single person from Microsoft’s Xbox Direct 3D team handled porting Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Matt Lee was the man responsible, and he got Forza 6 running on Scorpio at 4K, 60 frames per second in just two days.
2Dark has become the fifth ever game to have Denuvo subsequently removed after launch. Gloomywood’s 2Dark is a fairly innocuous little game, however it’s gained attention in the months since its launch due to its previously unbreakable implementation of Denuvo. Last week an infamous cracking team managed it though, cracking the X86 version of Denuvo for the first time. This now means its use in 2Dark is basically pointless, so Gloomywood has patched the game and removed any Denuvo integration.