By Sherif Saed, Friday, 27 April 2018 12:05 GMT The first bits of information about Nintendo’s anticipated Switch Online subscription service will come to light in early May. As part of Nintendo’s fourth quarter earnings, where the company announced selling 17 million Switch units, Nintendo had a slide about the Switch Online service. In the earnings report [PDF], Nintendo mentioned that it plans to reveal the first details on its website in early May. There’s still a lot we do not know about the Switch Online service. Things like value-added monthly games or similar benefits are unclear, and though Nintendo confirmed the subscription prices (a lot cheaper than Plus and Gold) and a September launch date, much remains a mystery. Sadly no other information was shared in the presentation, though hopefully the next info drop will answer many of our questions. That said, it’s great that we won’t have to wait until E3 to find out more. The Switch Online … [Read more...] about Nintendo will reveal Switch Online service details early next month
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Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries have intervened in the development of a community-made mod for Halo Online, a free-to-play PC game based on Halo 3, over concerns that the project violates Microsoft’s intellectual property. The creators of the mod, known as ElDewrito, have stopped active development on the project after Microsoft contacted the team, according to posts from 343 Industries and ElDewrito’s creators. As 343 Industries says in a post on Halo Waypoint, Halo Online was developed for the Russian market in conjunction with studio Sabre Interactive. The game was put on hold, but “ended up in the wild beyond its intended audience and official scope.” Microsoft issued DMCA takedown notices in an attempt to scrub Halo Online’s unofficial spread across the internet. The recent release of the ElDewrito mod’s 0.6 update caught the attention of Microsoft — thanks to its popularity with players — and the company similarly … [Read more...] about Microsoft clamps down on Halo Online fan mod ElDewrito
Over 30 game developers, publishers and tech companies have banded together to battle toxicity in their communities. An initiative called the Fair Play Alliance has been formed by high-profile companies such as Blizzard, Epic Games, Twitch, and Xbox. The goal, according to the coalition’s mission statement, is to “encourage fair play and healthy communities,” in online gaming (thanks, GI.biz). “We envision a world where games are free of harassment, discrimination, and abuse, and where players can express themselves through play,” reads the statement. Another goal of the Fair Play Alliance is to raise awareness of player-behavior-related issues, and “share research and best practices that drive lasting change.” Over 30 gaming companies are represented, including: Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. CCPGames Corillian Discord Inc. Epic Games, Inc. Flaregames Huuuge Games Intel Corporation Kabam Kefir Ker-Chunk Games Mixer Owlchemy Labs Playrix Radial … [Read more...] about Fair Play Alliance formed by Blizzard, Epic, Twitch, Xbox to curb noxious behavior in online games
Nintendo has recently announced that its paid online service will launch in September of 2018. Originally set to launch almost a year earlier, in Fall of 2017, Nintendo’s answer to Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus was pushed back to 2018 with little explanation given as to why. Now it seems the team over at Nintendo is ready to share their new service with gamers all over the world. For those who are unaware, the new online service is set to make several important changes and additions to the way gamers play Nintendo Switch titles. The first and most obvious comes in the form of online play, which will now require players to pay a fee to experience online multiplayer in games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe or Splatoon 2. The service will also give gamers access to a full version of the Nintendo Switch Online Smartphone app with features such as voice chat, friend invites, and game lobbies. A limited free version of the app is currently available for players … [Read more...] about Nintendo Paid Online Service to Launch in September
Sony’s PS4 is the most popular console this generation, selling more than 70 million units worldwide. Although the UI has been streamlined since the PS3 and Vita days, a few of the PS4s features can be a little confusing or difficult to find. To lend a helping hand, we’ve compiled a definitive list of answers to a number of common PlayStation 4 questions: PS4 FAQ – Your Questions Answered Is PS4 backwards compatible? No, the PS4 is not backwards compatible with PS3, PS2 or original PlayStation discs. Modders have recently claimed to be able to play backed-up PS2 on PlayStation 4, but this uses backdoors that are against Sony’s terms-of-service. The only official ways to play older games on the new hardware are to buy remastered versions of games – like God of War, The Last of Us and Crash Bandicoot – from the PSN store or another retailer, purchase “PS2 Classics” like Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Ape Escape 2 from the PlayStation … [Read more...] about PS4 FAQ – Your Questions Answered: Is PlayStation 4 backwards compatible, blu ray, region free?