July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Three months after Warner Bros. announced that all it would remove all microtransactions from Middle Earth: Shadow of War, it seems to have done just that. New patch notes released today on Steam say that the “Market is removed from the game, replaced with an updated Garrison menu that allows access to your Garrison Orcs, Chests, Training Orders and Boosts.” While the ability to purchase in-game gold was removed in May, players could still use existing gold in the Market until now. The feature’s removal marks the last vestige of microtransactions in the game. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Hello Games has provided new details and a trailer for its No Man’s Sky NEXT update, which will include full multiplayer, character customisation, and a visual overhaul among other features. While we knew multiplayer was coming in the free July 24 update, there will be a lot more included than previously mentioned. Many of these elements – particularly character customisation and a third-person viewpoint option – have been requested since the game’s release. A new trailer has also been released, showing some of the new features in-game: Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Overwatch boss, Jeff Kaplan, has revealed that toxicity in Overwatch is down by over a quarter in the Americas, and over 15 percent in Korea. Jeff Kaplan has shared an update on the progress of the Overwatch team’s efforts at reducing toxicity in the game, and the amount of “abusive chat” in competitive matches is down by 26.4 percent in the Americas, while the percentage of daily players being abusive is down by 28.8 percent. Instances of competitive matches with abusive chat is down 16.4 percent in Korea, and daily players being abusive is down 21.6 percent. Last month, the…

July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

McFarlane Toys is giving a first look at its upcoming Cuphead construction sets at San Diego Comic Con this week. The officially licensed Cuphead sets are slated to release in 2019, but McFarlane Toys is showing off prototype versions of the construction sets at its SDCC booth. The sets “range from around 100 to 300 pieces” and recreate locations in and around Cuphead’s Inkwell Island setting. The sets “focus on Cuphead, Mugman and the game’s iconic bosses,” and maintain the “hand-drawn 1930s art style” of the game. McFarlane construction sets have previously focused on licensed animated properties such as Rick…

July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Fortnite is getting an SMG in Content Update V5.0, and it looks like a gifting system is also on the way. Following Fortnite’s patch 5.0, Epic has confirmed Content Update V5.0 rolls out later today and Fortnite Intel reports that it will include a new SMG “with a fast rate of fire and improved mobility.” The update is set to drop today at 8AM ET / 1PM BST. Last month, Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks found what looked like an impending update that will allow players to gift items to one another, which may cost players V-bucks to do – and more…

July 17, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Nolan North has taken over the role of everyone’s favourite Exo for Destiny 2’s third expansion, The Forsaken. Nathan Fillion has not reprised the role of Hunter Vanguard, Cayde-6, in the upcoming Destiny 2 expansion, The Forsaken, saying he was “unavailable” to provide the voice of the doomed Exo. Nolan North has stepped in to fill the role, making this the second time he has taken over for an actor in the series. Back in 2015, North took over the role of Ghost in Destiny, re-recording Peter Dinklage’s lines. The Game of Thrones actor’s performance had received its share of…

July 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

“Steal from the best, but admit you did it.” As a veteran designer for both tabletop and digital games, this is the advice that Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith offered new game designers during a recent interview with IGN. He expounded, saying that “You’re not going to invent it all yourself – you’re going to learn from other people.” While this is certainly excellent advice for newcomers to the world of game development (or just running their own tabletop RPG session), the idea also bolsters my faith in CD Projekt Red’s upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, and reminds me of how important it…

July 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Crackdown 3 is infamous for its repeated delays, but its most recent one may be the last. A new report from Eurogamer claims anonymous sources have reported this is “the final time” Microsoft is willing to delay it. Announced during E3 2014, Crackdown 3’s first release window was 2016, but it was pushed back to November 2017 for a planned launch alongside the Xbox One X. But following lukewarm receptions at E3 and Gamescom 2017, Crackdown 3 was again delayed to 2018. But that wasn’t to be either. Last month, Microsoft officially pushed the game back to February 22, 2019….

July 16, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/ThinkstockIf you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications…