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  1. The Banpresto-developed Super Robot Wars series (a crossover SRPG pairing characters from a multitude of mecha-based anime) is finally making it's debut on PC. Announced by publisher Bandai Namco on Twitter this morning, Super Robot Wars V and X, initially released for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in 2017 and 2018 respectively, will be launching on Steam. Currently, only the Japanese-language version has been announced for PC. However, in the case of SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays (another Bandai-Namco published licensed SRPG), the initial Steam release only covered the Japanese version. Days later, an English release for Asian territories was announced. With this in mind, the odds are definitely in favor of PC receiving an English release. Bandai-Namco has currently provided no details on a release date or window for these titles.
  2. Respawn Entertainment, developers of Apex Legends, typically engage in weekly check-ins on the Apex Legends subreddit. These check-ins typically provide information on updates and upcoming promotions. In a recent check-in, Jay Frechette (Community Manager for Respawn), disclosed to the public how Respawn plans on tackling a recent wave of cheaters in ranked play. Of all these methods, separating known cheaters from the general player populace seems the most interesting. While it would seem more useful to just ban the cheaters outright, a match exclusively composed of hackers and cheaters would be quite a spectacle to watch.
  3. Great. Glad to see this situation was simply an error.
  4. Since inception, one of the most criticized elements of Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform is the lack of support for file modification. After many years, it seems Microsoft is finally changing their tune. In the current build of Windows 10, Reddit user Pycorax has found a folder with an interesting name in their Program Files directory, titled “Modifiable Windows Apps”. Microsoft’s official webpage provides more information, shedding light on the folder’s purpose. While modding was definitely possible (albeit difficult) on UWP applications, Microsoft finally supporting file modification will alleviate what is perhaps the most controversial issue plaguing the Universal Windows Platform.
  5. Ubisoft has released their latest fiscal report, covering the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The report revealed that their most profitable platform was PC, making up for 34% of their profit. This was followed by PlayStation 4 at 31%, Xbox One at 18%, mobile games at 7%, and the Nintendo Switch at 5%. Ubisoft attributes this success to the release of the PC-exclusive strategy title Anno 1800, as well as sales on Uplay (including games such as Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey). Seeing this development is monumental considering Ubisoft’s views of the PC platform in the past. In 2012, Yves Guillemot (CEO of Ubisoft) had stated that: This was partially used to excuse their (at the time) less-than-stellar support of the platform, such as Prince of Persia’s “Epilogue” DLC completely skipping the platform. These current numbers have clearly painted a much different picture and shows how important PC gaming is to Ubisoft.
  6. The Gears 5 Tech Test pre-load is now available for Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, as well as those who have pre-ordered Gears 5. Unlike Halo: The Master Chief Collection's recent beta testing taking place on Steam, Gears 5's testing will only be available on the Windows Store (though the game will be receiving a Steam release). For those eligible, follow this link to reach the Windows Store page for the Gears 5 Tech Test and begin the 13GB download. The Tech Test will have two playable periods, the first starting on July 19th at 10am PDT until July 22nd at 10am PDT. The second will begin on July 26th at 10am PDT until July 29th at 10 AM PDT. The Coalition has also published recommended hardware specs for the test: Furthermore, Windows 10 version 1903 will also be required. Will you be taking part in either of the tests?
  7. One of the few positively received features of the Epic Games Store is the offering of free games (in the vein of Origin’s “On The House” feature). It seems the free games are not being bound to a user’s account according to some users. Once a user uninstalls a free game from the Epic Games Store, they have no option to re-install it, leading to users losing access to the game. The latest title impacted by this “practice” is Slime Rancher, which seems to have been removed from a user's account when 'uninstalled'. Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games, has since responded to the backlash on Twitter, blaming user error: One problem is that it has been difficult to check whether free games were ever redeemed as the Epic Games Store website only ever showed 90 days of purchase history. Tim Sweeney responded: Part of the issue is that when a user claims the 'free' games. Epic Games Store did not send out email notification confirmations. Tim Sweeney has responded: The current free Epic game is Torchlight. Torchlight will be replaced with Limbo on July 18, 2019. Once Torchlight is cycled out, we will be able to confirm whether this was simply an isolated issue.
  8. Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s first Steam beta was a success, according to Tyler Davis (Community Support & Engagement Coordinator of 343 Industries). The purpose of the initial beta was to gauge the scalability of Halo: Reach’s engine. Davis also posted statistics regarding the beta’s playerbase. More interesting, is the end of the post, discussing Halo: Reach’s next flighting test, specifically stating “we’re currently targeting this milestone for later this month.” While the previous test allowed testers access to a level from Halo: Reach’s campaign, the upcoming test will give testers access to Firefight mode. Firefight is a singleplayer and multiplayer mode that tasks players with surviving against waves of enemies, with difficulty slowly increasing between rounds and sets in the form of enemy perks (such as increasing the health and shields of enemies). Those interested in taking part in the flighting program can sign up for the Halo Insider Program, which will allow users to be considered for flighting access.
  9. Sega’s Super Monkey Ball franchise is finally debuting on PC with the release of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, a remaster of 2006’s Nintendo Wii title Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. This new release will contain all of the content of the original, along with new graphics, and an additional multiplayer mode. Banana Blitz HD will be released on Steam for $39.99 USD, with a release window of Winter 2019. A concrete release date has not been revealed.
  10. Originally released in November of 2018 for PlayStation 4, Tetris Effect is finally launching for PC exclusively through the Epic Games Store. The PC release will include support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets, uncapped frame rates, and unlocked resolutions, as well as ultra-wide resolution support. Tetris Effect will have a pre-order price of $31.99 USD, with a final price of $39.99 USD, launching on July 23rd.
  11. Between Fortnite’s recent implementation, as well as the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s inclusion, cross-platform multiplayer is becoming a major trend in gaming. Today, Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, posted a tweet regarding cross-platform play in the upcoming Borderlands 3. Pitchford does not clarify what he meant by "partners" in the tweet, though one could assume partners is referring to platform holders (such as Sony and Microsoft). Considering the platform holders current adoption of cross-platform play, the odds of inclusion in Borderlands 3 is very high. Are you excited for Borderlands 3? Will having cross-platform multiplayer impact your decision to purchase it?
  12. The current chapter in the G2A fiasco (jump-started by a series of tweets from developer Mike Rose) revolves around G2A’s solution to key fraud. The latest post on G2A’s official blog, entitled “G2A proposes a key-blocking tool for developers”, explains the company’s plan to appease developers and publishers. However, there is a catch. G2A requires 100 developers to express interest, with a form available in the blog post. They defend the requirement, stating: Do you believe the Key Blocker would be effective enough to stop key fraud? And should G2A require developer input before producing their Key Blocker?
  13. Today, Retroarch, one of the most popular emulation programs, has been announced to be receiving a Steam release on July 30th. Retroarch is a modular program, essential a front-end for individual emulator programs referred to as “cores”. This allows emulation for a multitude of consoles (ranging from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Gamecube). Seeing Retroarch receive a full Steam release is unexpected, mainly due to the general perception of emulation being correlated with software piracy. Regardless, it is a welcome addition, and perhaps could lead to more legitimatizing press for emulation. The most interesting news to accompany the Steam release comes from the announcement, stating: Who knows what sort of Steamworks functionality awaits Retroarch as the release becomes more polished.
  14. I have a working Windows XP desktop currently sitting in a closet.
  15. I know that feeling. I have a 144hz monitor, and recently got burned with Final Fantasy XIV. XIV initially had an unlocked frame rate option, and a few days after I resubscribed (around the time of it's latest expansion pack release), Square-Enix implemented a 90fps cap. In general, Japanese developers are getting much better on PC, but having unlocked frame rates is something I am still longing for.