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This is speculation in the extreme, but my inner fanboy couldn’t resist when I noticed Crystal Dynamics’ Twitter account began actively tweeting about its cult Legacy of Kane series throughout the week. Be still my beating heart.
Statistics published by Superdata Research have revealed Twitch and YouTube game streaming is now bigger than the entire audiences for HBO, Spotify, Netflix, ESPN and Hulu combined.
Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update has made all sorts of changes (including adding anti-cheat software), but one of the biggest behind the scenes tweaks seems to be in regards to gaming performance - Forza Motorsport 7’s stuttering has now been fixed, providing smoother performance.
The second episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm came out yesterday, and in a bit of a surprise it looks as if the update has also removed its Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
Microsoft has smuggled in an anti-cheat measure into its latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Going by the name TruePlay, this anti-cheat software is a tool usable from an OS level that can detect and ban cheats and cheat users from their games.
Destiny 2 is out this coming Tuesday, October 24th, on PC, and it would be reasonable to say the hype has died a little following the console launch - the daily Destiny 2 population has dropped 78% since launch. While the game met with a solid reception, the player count for Destiny 2 has been dropping off after fans have exhausted the available content. With Destiny 2 coming to PC late though, PC players have some catching up to do.
The thorny issue of loot boxes in games could be taken all the way to parliament here in the UK, with Labour MP David Zeichner submitting two questions to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in regards to whether loot crates should be considered gambling.
Ahh, the blissful iron of EA publishing a Star Wars Battlefront 2 Single Player Trailer the day after it ignominiously shut down Visceral Games for working on a single-player Star Wars game. Still, we must use the cards we’ve been dealt, and if Battlefront 2’s campaign is the only single-player Star Wars action we’re getting for the foreseeable future, at least it looks damn good.
The first benchmarks have leaked for Nvidia’s imminent GeForce GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, and it’s just about level with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56. The benchmarks themselves have been performed using 3DMark, running through both DirectX 12 and 4K performance tests for the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti.
This one seems to have given us the slip since it was announced, but a number of ex-Eve Online developers have banded together to create Starborne, an extremely ambitious massively multiplayer online 4X strategy game. Starborne is basically Eve Online’s epic star battling formula whittled down to, er, six-month-long rounds.
Square Enix has confirmed Star Ocean 4: The Last Hope Remaster (or to give it its full, painfully elongated name, STAR OCEAN™ - THE LAST HOPE -™ 4K & Full HD Remaster) will be coming to both PC and PlayStation 4, and will launch worldwide on November 28th.