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A new clan-orientated Call of Duty app will launch alongside the Day Zero edition of Advanced Warfare.
The Clan Wars app is said to be an "enhanced Clan Wars experience," and will focus on "unique content creation." It all starts with a pre-qualifying war, which will run from November 15 – 16. Placement during that time determines players' overall division rank for the first official Clan War set to take place November 26 to December 1.
What do successful players get for their service? Up for grabs is an exclusive gold Exo Clan Wars gear set. Alternatively, if you've participated in the final Diamond Division Clan Wars for Call of Duty: Ghosts and met specific criteria, the Exo skeleton will be waiting for you from Day Zero.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is set to get free DLC including new Epic Runes and the ability to play as the Black Hand of Sauron.
Warner Bros. has announced the Power of Shadow bundle is available now for Xbox One and will hit PS4 and PC "soon". Along with the new skin, three Runes have been included:
- One with Nature – Immunity to Poison attacks from Uruk Captains or Ghuls.
- Ascendant – Double Focus Time for slow motion ranged combat.
- Elven Grace – Increased defence which halves the damage of enemy strikes.
IGN lauded Shadow of Mordor's approach, praising everything from the unique Nemesis System to the tangential side stories that emerge from it. And although some have been drawing comparisons between the traversal of the Assassin's Creed franchise and that of Shadow of Mordor, Roberts told IGN that the game's combination of new elements sets it apart from any other experience.
The tight-knit fighting game community has launched a donations campaign for the family of Terrance Moore, the Killer Instinct pro who passed away last Thursday in the middle of a live-streamed games tournament.
Moore, known among friends and competitors as "PushaTee", was said to have fallen unconscious after his play session at a Super Arcade tournament on October 16.
His passing has rocked the fighting game community, with an outpouring of tributes published. Fighting game tournament announcer James Chen, a prominent figure within the community, wrote on Twitter: "Another warrior in our family has left us. Thoughts go out to @pushatee22's family and friends. A moment of silence for our fallen comrade."
A YouTuber by the name of "MrGrimmmz", meanwhile, has helped launch a donations campaign for Moore's family with an emotional video tribute (above).
That campaign, which has gained attention on Reddit, has already rocketed past its funding goal of $2,900. At the time of going to press, the community has raised $9,080 with 11 days of funding remaining.
Moore is survived by his wife and two children.
Microsoft has outlined numerous improvements, additions and changes coming to Xbox One via its monthly system update.
The main attraction for November is the new personalisation features, which allow users to create a customised background. The corporation adds that this was the "number one requested feature" from fans.
This comes weeks after the Xbox head, Phil Spencer, pledged to add custom theme support to Xbox One systems. Though the new update is a stepping-stone on that path, Microsoft said that "more customisation options" would arrive later. See directly below for a trio of preview images:
Gamers who have enlisted with the Xbox One preview program should be able to access the update now.
Other additions to the November update include the option to attach a "flaunt reel" to your profile. Users can display six video snippets of their gaming feats, which others can watch when browsing profiles.
Further to this, and in what could be a coup for Microsoft as it competes with Sony for relevance on social media, the Xbox One can now publish game clips directly to Twitter. In addition, Microsoft has applied a trending algorithm to its TV guide.
The system update will launch at some stage in November. A full breakdown of updates, written by Microsoft, is published below, while a video walkthrough is available in the video above.
Show Who You Are – Some of the most requested features being released this month include the ability to customize your Xbox One background and showcase and share some of your favorite achievements and game clips.
- Custom Backgrounds – The #1 fan-requested feature is making its initial debut for preview members. For the first time, each account on your Xbox One can have a customized background. You can choose a custom color or achievement art as your background on Xbox One, with more customization options coming down the road.
- Gamer Profile – You can now share your location and bio as part of your profile. You can set these options on your Xbox One console and use Xbox One SmartGlass to browse to other people’s profiles and check out their showcase items. Additionally, you can now select a set of showcase items that are displayed when other gamers look at your profile on an Xbox One console. You can use Xbox One SmartGlass or Xbox One console to add or remove up to six game clips or achievements that will be displayed in a carousel format.
- Tweet about your Favorite Game Clips – You can now share your favorite Xbox One game clips with your followers on Twitter. Use the Share button on any game clip you have created and select Twitter to compose the Tweet.
A New Way to Watch TV – With new Live TV and Twitter integration, you can discover new shows to love and see what people are saying on Twitter about shows in real-time.
- Live TV Trending – Starting today for preview members in the U.S., Canada and the UK, a new tab will be available in OneGuide that displays the top 20 most watched TV shows, with the list filtered down to the shows that are currently available to you based on your OneGuide settings. The Live TV Trending list is updated by the minute, so you can easily discover shows that are popular with other viewers. The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter - Live TV trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. You can tune to a specific show by pressing the A button.
- Twitter TV Trending – New this month in preview, you can see what Live TV is trending based on shows with the most conversations taking place on Twitter. Twitter TV Trending will initially be available to preview members in the U.S.
- Xbox TV Trending – The Trending tab in OneGuide is updated to display Twitter trending first and Xbox – Live TV Trending second. Xbox – Live TV Trending is based on the number of Xbox One owners currently watching that show in each country, pulled from anonymous data collected at a national level.
- Tweets in MiniGuide – See the actual tweets for the Live TV shows in real time and quickly find the Twitter #hashtag to join the conversation.
- Recents and Favorites in MiniGuide – MiniGuide has been updated to include your favorite TV channels in a combined Recents and Favorites area and MiniGuide can now be activated via voice by saying “Xbox Select – MiniGuide” while watching TV.
Store improvements and SmartGlass updates – We are also excited to roll out these cool features:
- Store improvements – The Store pages on Xbox One have been improved to enable you to more quickly browse and find content. The navigation buttons were moved to the far left so you can find them easier. You can also more quickly find game add-ons, perform store specific searches and recommendations are more prominently displayed. Finally, store categories have been standardized so you can easily see the top items in each query at a glance.
- Friends’ Game Activity on SmartGlass – You can now see a list of your friends that have played a given game within the Xbox One SmartGlass experience.
- Games with Gold & Deals with Gold on SmartGlass – For gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription, you can browse “Free Games with Gold” and discounted content with Gold and initiate download of the content to your Xbox One console from your mobile device.
- SmartGlass Store Improvements – We added a new section for Apps to make it easier to find and download apps for your Xbox One, as well as adding a Coming Soon filter for Games and Add Ons to make it easier to see upcoming Xbox One releases sorted by anticipated release date.
Internet Explorer updates – There are a few improvements Internet Explorer available this month:
- Snap IE – From the Address Bar in Internet Explorer, you can now easily snap from a full screen experience and move Internet Explorer into snap mode.
- Featured sites – Now, Internet Explorer will show a number when something is newly-added to featured sites. Newly-added sites will also display a badge until you launch them or seven days have passed since the site was added to the Featured list.
Microsoft has launched its digital TV Tuner for Xbox One across the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The miniature peripheral receives TV signals from a coaxial cable (the old-fashioned wires used to air free terrestrial TV) and feeds that into the Xbox One via USB connection, though the console will need to be powered on in order to watch it.The Xbox One Digital TV Tuner costs £25 in the UK
The tuner adds several key features to the traditional Freeview experience. First, Live Pause, which allows users to freeze live TV for up to thirty minutes, as well as rewind and fast-forward footage. Owners can play their games while Live Pause is activated too.
Second, the OneGuide offers a basic panel of TV listings to peruse with either the controller or Kinect (although, how effective voice commands are remains to be seen). The OneGuide is available either as a full-screen menu or an in-picture window, the latter of which allows users to browse other channels while watching one station.
Third, the peripheral uses SmartGlass to stream video from the Xbox One to connected devices on a user's home network. This can also be done while playing games on the Xbox One, with television being processed in the background. (At the time of going to press, connected devices included Windows phones and tablets, as well as iOS devices, with Android support "coming soon").
As well as this, users can watch TV via Snap Mode, which fixes a small picture in a column on the right-hand-side of the screen while something else is displayed in the main picture.
The TV Tuner arrives nearly a full year after the Xbox One's UK launch. The peripheral costs £25.
Experimental narrative saga The Stanley Parable has sold over 1 million copies.
The news comes courtesy of developer Davey Wreden on Twitter, who reveals the PC title has passed the milestone since its official release in October 2013.
Our review of The Stanley Parable found it to be witty, unusual and quietly discomfiting but, above all else, a successful experiment in first-person narration.
If you're a fan of the game and looking for a fix, you'll be pleased to know an announcer pack is now available for Valve's DOTA 2.
Send shivers down your spine with this gameplay of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody from Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved.
Fantasia is an excellent and joyful game that turns rhythm gameplay into performance art.
Get classical with Dvorak's New World Symphony from Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition players will be able to migrate their game, saves and achievements from the Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform to Steam next month, according to a post on the game's Facebook page.
For a period of time beginning “sometime in November,” GFWL users will be able to transfer Dark Souls characters, progress and Achievements to their Steam accounts, but GFWL Rankings will not be transferred to Steam. Specific migration dates and more information will be shared with users in the coming weeks.
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Indie game Paranautical Activity has been taken down from Steam following the posting of death threats addressed at Valve's Gabe Newell from developer Mike Maulbeck. As reported by Player Attack, Maulbeck's game was initially highlighted on a Steam store segment featuring Halloween-themed games. Paranautical Activity was mistakenly captioned as an Early Access title despite being completed, to which Maulbeck tweeted the following:
First they force me to delay the game because I can't release on weekends, now this. Steam is the most incompetent piece of fucking shit.— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
fucking steam is just fucking taking money out of my pocket. misinforming people that my game is in fucking early access.— Mike Murderbeck (@SpooderW) October 20, 2014
Maulbeck's tweets culminated with a threat stating that he was "going to kill gabe newell."
Paranautical Activity was removed from Steam following the posting of Maulbeck's tweets. "We have removed the game’s sales page and ceased relations with the developer after he threatened to kill one of our employees," a Valve spokeperson told Kotaku.
This would not be the first time a game has been pulled from Steam. Earlier this year Valve mysteriously pulled The Stomping Land from Steam Early Access, which received more than $100,000 through Kickstarter. Earth: Year 2066 was pulled and refunds offered following fans' concerns on the quality of the game.
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UPDATE: Developer Maulbeck told IGN that he became frustrated when Valve marked the newly released full version of Paranautical Activity as out "now on early access."
“I knew this would greatly cripple sales and confuse customers,” Maulbeck writes. “I in fact had already begun getting tweets and emails from people claiming I marked it as early access myself to try and avoid criticism of the final version.
“This being a project I spent years of my life on, I was very frustrated by this mistake valve made, so I tweeted a series of tweets calling them incompetent that eventually ended in me saying ‘I swear I'm gonna fucking kill gabe’ or something,” he writes. “A statement I obviously didn't mean, but nonetheless was totally unacceptable and driven entirely by the heat of frustration I was feeling at the time.”
The Kickstarter for ambitious and apocalyptic real-time strategy game Human Resources has been canceled by its creators at Uber Entertainment.
In an update to backers of the project on Kickstarter, Uber's John Comes expressed his gratitude to everyone who has come out to support the project, but said that every Kickstarter prediction model is "showing that we will come up woefully short" of the project's $1.4 million USD goal.
"As a small indie, we can’t continue spending time and money focusing on a project that won’t get funded," Comes said.
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If you were won over by the unique art style of Human Resources, a game just announced earlier this month, you may be in for some disappointment. The Kickstarter has been canceled by the developers citing that they anticipate coming up "woefully short" of the $1.4 million they were hoping to raise.
In a note to backers, lead designer John Comes wrote, "The time has come to shut down the Kickstarter for Human Resources. Every Kickstarter prediction model is showing that we will come up woefully short of our goal. Running a Kickstarter is a full-time job for several people. As a small indie, we can't continue spending time and money focusing on a project that won't get funded. We simply don't have the human resources. #seewhatididthere."
The project was originally slated to complete funding by November 4.
But that doesn't mean all hope is lost for the project. Comes notes that they plan to "regroup and figure out what to do next." However, he also writes, "One thing is for sure, Human Resources, as pitched in this Kickstarter, is over. But we adore the world of Human Resources and will endeavor to do what we can to bring it to life in some form."
You have a few options if you want to keep up with what developer Uber has in store next. According to Comes, you can follow updates on the developer's (Uber) website, John's Twitter, Nate's Twitter, and Uber's Twitter.
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A Lords of the Fallen developer has explained why the upcoming action RPG is not coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare PC specs are revealed, Halo hits a huge franchise milestone, and Bloodborne earns some choice graphics adjectives!
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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth releases this Friday, Oct. 24, and PC players can begin pre-loading it now.
Additionally, players can also play Civilization V free on Steam until Thursday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. PST. Players who have already pre-ordered Civilization: Beyond Earth will receive the Exoplanet Map Pack at launch, which adds six custom maps to the game's lineup.
Civilization: Beyond Earth reimagines the expansive franchise in a new sci-fi setting, complete with advanced technologies, alien creatures and exotic planets to explore and, potentially, conquer. It's a spiritual successor to the 1999 strategy game Alpha Centauri, in which players were faced with similar unknown obstacles and extraterrestrial life forms.