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Borderlands 3 may still be a ways off

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 40 mins ago

Gearbox has yet to fill a writer position that's been open for almost a year--could Borderlands 3 be a longer ways off than we thought?

 

 

Borderlands 3 has been in development for quite a while. Gearbox's Randy Pitchford confirmed the sequel back in 2016. Despite its long dev cycle the game won't be released any time soon. 2K Games parent company Take-Two Interactive delayed the title to its next fiscal year, which runs from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. But an unfilled job listing may indicate a longer delay for the game.

 

Back in October 2017 we reported that Gearbox is hiring a writer for its new "unannounced FPS/RPG hybrid" (aka Borderlands 3) to help flesh out the story arc and characters. As of now Gearbox has yet to fill the position, which could mean a few things: the game might be longer out than we expected, possibly beyond the targeted FY2020 timeline; the team didn't fill the position because they don't necessarily need the writer; or the game is still on track for its launch window and this unfilled job won't affect anything.

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Intel Core i9-9900K rumor: 8C/16T at a huge 5.5GHz on Aug 1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 13 hours, 23 mins ago

The latest rumor for Intel is that the company is preparing to launch its new 9th generation CPUs with a new Coffee Lake refresh that would be led by the flagship Core i9-9900K.

 

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Intel is expected to launch the new Coffee Lake refresh on August 1 with the actual launch taking place in the weeks and months after, with multiple new Coffee Lake refresh CPUs filling out the 9th-gen family. The Coffee Lake refresh will see Intel fighting hard against AMD with its Ryzen 7 2700X, which is an 8C/16T design. Intel has no consumer 8C/16T processor on the market, so this would be a first for the company with the purported Core i9-9900K.

 

According to the new rumors, we should expect:

 

  • Core i9: 8C/16T
  • Core i7: 6C/12T
  • Core i5: 6C/6T
  • Core i3: 4C/4T

 

There's also a rumored 4C/4T chip rumored for the Coffee Lake refresh, but we'll have to wait and see if these hot-and-heavy rumors turn out to be true. If we see a 4-core CPU that hits 5GHz when overclocked, Intel could really do some damage if the price is right on the Core i3 offering. I can see the Core i9-9900K being expensive, but it'll be damn good if it can hit 5.5GHz, that's for sure.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole DLC release date unveil

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 52 mins ago

In a recent Twitter post by Ubisoft, the developer has unveiled the release date for South Park: The Fractured But Whole's coming DLC titled 'Bring the Crunch.'

 

 

'Bring the Crunch' will adding a brand new story campaign that will be based around your character saving the Lake Tardicaca summer camp, as the counselors have mysteriously gone missing. A new class will also be added in this expansion, it's called 'Final Girl' but sadly there is no information regarding the powers or abilities it harbours. Players will also be introduced to a brand new character called Mint-Berry Crunch who will be tagging along with you on the way.

 

South Park Fractured But Whole 'Bring the Crunch' DLC has been scheduled for release on July 31st, it will be coming in at just $11.99 but will be completely free to those who have already purchased the season pass. South Park: The Fractured But Whole is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. For further information regarding the title, visit the official South Park: The Fractured But Whole website here.

1 hour of gameplay footage released for Forza Horizon 4

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 52 mins ago

As we move closer to the release of Forza Horizon 4, the developers of the title, Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games have released some gameplay footage showcasing the Autumn season.

 

 

The video goes for around an hour and Ralph Fulton the Creative Director of Playground Games, and Benjamin Penrose the Art Director give all the details on what players should be expecting from Autumn. Forza Horizon 4 will feature dynamic day and night cycles and seasonal changes, the developers have said that these changes will provide a predominant factor to how a car handles. This feature will force players into an adaptive gameplay style that will change based on what conditions the car is in, and what car is being driven.

 

Forza Horizon 4 also features a shared open world, this means that any drivers that you see around the world will infact be other players. Drivers that don't want to be bothered with interacting with other players will have the luxury of disabling/enabling this feature seamlessly, a simple one-click menu choice has been provided. Forza Horizon 4 will be launching with over 450 cars and will also be supporting cross-platofrm play between Windows 10 and Xbox One. The title is planned for release on October 2nd, for further information please visit the official Forza Horizon website here.

VirtualLink: next-gen VR over a single USB Type-C cable

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 15 hours, 40 mins ago

The VR market just got a whole lot more interesting over the last 24 hours, with a new consortium that involves NVIDIA, AMD, Valve, Oculus, and Microsoft introducing the new VirtualLink specification.

 

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VirtualLink is a new open standard for the next generation of VR headsets that will see the entire VR experience powered by a single USB Type-C connector, removing the current need of HDMI and multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports for the HMD, cameras, sensors, and power.

 

VirtualLink uses a single USB Type-C connector that provide four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, something that is future-proof for next-gen VR headsets. There's USB 3.1 data for high-res cameras and sensors, and a huge 27W of power on tap with the new VirtualLink specification.

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World of Warcraft expansions, now only a $15 subscription

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 52 mins ago

Blizzard have decided to modernize the granddaddy of MMO-RPG's, players will now be glad to know that they will have the entirety of World of Warcraft at their fingertips for just a $15 subscription.

 

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Before this decision by Blizzard, players would have to pay for the base game of World of Warcraft, then again for the expansions, and finally another reoccurring subscription payment per month. Blizzard have now abolished this payment system and have introduced a simple subscription fee of $15, which will grant players access to all of the previous expansions besides the coming one, Battle for Azeroth.

 

Battle for Azeroth will still be costing players a pretty penny, coming in at $50 the Horde vs Alliance focussed expansion will be giving players the end game they have been dreaming of, completely manic battles against rivalling forces. Battle for Azeroth is planned for release on August 14th, for further information about the coming expansion or World of Warcraft in general, check out the official World of Warcraft website here.

Dauntless passes 2 million players, new expansion next month

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 16 hours, 52 mins ago

Phoenix Labs, the developer and publisher for the newly released Dauntless, have announced that they are celebrating their title hitting a massive milestone, Dauntless has reached 2 million players.

 

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Back in May we saw that Dauntless moved onto it's open beta phase, since then the title has taken off with the action-RPG now clocking in a massive 2 million players since its release. Phoenix Labs are celebrating this milestone by announcing that Dauntless will be receiving its first ever expansion next month on August 9, it is titled 'The Coming Storm.'

 

'The Coming Storm' will be bringing players much more content, new weapons, a new behemoth, location changes and much more. According to Jesse Houston, the CEO and Co-founder of Phoenix Labs, this new expansion has been a combined effort of the developers and the community. The expansion has had the community opinions taken on board and the future of Dauntless has also be considered throughout development. Here is what he had to say "The Dauntless community is one of the most vocal and passionate groups of people in gaming, and they've helped us shape Dauntless into what it is today, and what it will become in the future."

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COD: Black Ops 4 Zombie trailer, undead tigers/time travel

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 17 hours, 49 mins ago

Activision have released a brand new story trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 zombies, the new trailer showcases new enemies, abilities and even time travel.

 

 

Yesterday, we saw the teaser Treyarch released onto their Twitter page, the mystery of the glowing red eyes can now be laid to rest. The story trailer reveals the new enemy and it appears gamers will now be going up against undead tigers after being sprinkled with some time travel.

 

Players will be starting the zombie storyline off completely fresh, as the four new characters Bruno, Diego, Shaw, and Charlotte take on hoards of zombies in completely different periods of time. Players will have access to three different chapters of time.'Voyage of Despair' will take players to the Titanic, where their goal is to steal an artifact. IX will throw players back in time to the Roman era, forcing gamers to take the main stage as Gladiators in the Roman Colosseum. Judging from the trailer, here is where you will be facing off against the undead tigers.

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GIVEAWAY: ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Pro Gaming i9 XE boards

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: 1 day ago

Global entry! We have teamed up with ASRock to give away two awesome Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE motherboards to two lucky winners!

 

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  • Gaming Armor: Power / Memory / VGA / Internet / Cooling / Audio
  • Supports Intel® Core™ X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
  • 13 Power Phase Design, Dr. MOS
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink & Heat pipe Design
  • Supports DDR4 4400+(OC)
  • 4 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • NVIDIA® 3-Way SLI™, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
  • Supports Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3
  • 10 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Front Header, 1 Type-A + 1 Type-C), 8 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 4 Rear)
  • AQUANTIA® 10 Gigabit LAN, Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • Intel® 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • BIOS Flashback
  • Hyper BCLK Engine III

 

 

How to Win

 

Step 1 - Like our Facebook Fan Page.

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Step 3 - Like this post at Facebook. You can share it if you wish, but we are NOT asking you to share it.

Step 4 - Make a comment on the same post at Facebook. Only tag your friends if you deem it totally necessary - tagging friends is NOT a requirement.

Step 5 - Sit back and hope you are a winner - good luck! Do note, all the above items will be confirmed to make sure you followed the requests, if you get selected as the winner.

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Battle royale revenue to grow 600% in 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

The battle royale market is expected to rise astronomically throughout 2018 as major publishers like EA and Activision jump into the craze.

 

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Back when PUBG saw its huge meteoric shift in sales I predicted that the game would eventually be knocked off its earnings mantle by billion-dollar publishers once they entered the battle royale arena. Interestingly enough, Epic Games has taken the throne with its free-to-play BR game Fortnite, which has earned a massive $1 billion in revenues across all platforms in less than a year. Now another major shift is on the horizon as the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises ready their respective premium salvos.

 

According to analyst firm SuperData, revenues gleaned from battle royale games will spike by over six-fold this year to a tremendous $12.6 billion. The firm predicts both Battlefield V's and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's new battle royale modes will cause segment earnings to jump by over 600% year-over-year.

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