Red Dead Redemption 2, Battlefront II Could Help Scorpio Upon Launch

Rumors suggest that Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are two of the first third-party titles to be unveiled in 4K on Project Scorpio.

The first games to run modified versions on Project Scorpio are expected to be demonstrated soon, based on marketing materials acquired by Windows Central. Several first-party titles are proposed to be part of the hardware’s demonstration line-up including Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, and State of Decay 2, but third-party titles Red Dead Redemption 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II are also mentioned to be shown off in true 4K, along with titles from other popular series like Call of Duty and Madden.

The report further claims that the Project Scorpio’s 4K–compatible library will be larger than just the games that launch with the support. The system’s “change resilience” will reportedly allow games that run at 900p or 1080p on Xbox One to scale up to 4K on Scorpio. Of course, fans wanted to hear what Xbox’s Phil Spencer had to say about the Project Scorpio 4K rumors. Spencer played it coy as usual, although he did verify that he was happy with what both first and third-party developers had in store for us.

Spencer has teased that we may learn more about Project Scorpio prior to this year’s E3, and this 4K support reveal could be what he was referring to. Neither Red Dead Redemption 2 nor Star Wars Battlefront II have official release dates, but recent leaks may have revealed when Red Dead Redemption 2 will launch. Star Wars Battlefront II is also dropping this fall, with its first official reveal coming later this month.

Virtual Reality Coming To Xbox One

Microsoft has finally confirmed that virtual reality gaming is coming for the games platform.

Microsoft is playing catch up to rival Sony in the VR stakes. The company’s VR headset has already sold around a million units. Redmond software giant announced last year of plans to launch VR headsets capable of mixed reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update. An Acer headset was revealed at the San Francisco gaming conference, which is available to developers this month for $299. while the prospect of PC-powered headsets is exciting, it’s not as exciting as the news that VR is coming to the Xbox.

Microsoft’s Alex Kipman said in a blog post announcing the Acer headset:

“We’re also excited to share that Windows Mixed Reality experiences will light up on other devices over time, beyond desktop and Microsoft HoloLens. Our plan is to bring mixed reality content to the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio, in 2018.”

Microsoft is keen to use the phrase “mixed reality” for some reason rather than describing the headset as AR or VR. I’m guessing just to separate themselves from the competition. ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo, and 3Glasses are all working on their Windows Mixed Reality devices. The headsets are expected to be publicly available later in 2017.

 

For Honor Beta Is Now Live.

The For Honor closed beta is officially live worldwide for the PC, Xbox One and PS4.

Emails when out to anyone who received a beta key saying that the For Honor beta will start at 3pm CET / 2pm GMT / 6am PST today, January 26, ending in the early hours of Jan 30. Here’s the full details for each major time zone:

  • 2pm GMT, Jan 26 – 1am GMT, Jan 30
  • 3pm CET, Jan 26 – 2am CET, Jan 30
  • 9am EST, Jan 26 – 8pm EST, Jan 29
  • 6am PST, Jan 26 – 5pm PST, Jan 29
  • 1am AEDT, Jan 27 – 12pm AEDT, Jan 30

Basically, you’ve got Friday, Saturday and Sunday to enjoy it in whatever time zone you’re in.

Here’s what you’ll get to play in the beta:

  • Three game modes:
    • Dominion – 4vs4 and the main game mode of For Honor.
    • Brawl – 2vs2, a quicker, more fight-orientated mode.
    • Duel – 1vs1 in a tiny arena which is as deadly as your opponents.
  • Six maps:
    • As far as we can tell, these are split across the game modes.
    • For example, there is at least one duel map, a couple of dominion ones, etc, not six maps playable in every mode.
  • Nine heroes:
    1. These are evenly split across the three factions, fulfilling streotypes for each.
    2. Samurai:
      • Orochi – Defensively minded and prime for counter-attacking.
      • Kensei – Long-ranged (for a man with a sword) and adaptable to fighting different kinds of opponents.
      • Nobushi – The longest attack range in the game on the end of a large polearm offers great zone control.
    3. Vikings:
      • Raider – They’ve got a massive two-handed axe and like to disarm people with it. Do huge damage.
      • Berserker – Dual-wielded hand axes make for a quick fighting style.
      • Warlord – Short range and wielding a shield, Warlords are as defensive as Vikings get.
    4. Knights:
      • Conqueror – With a shield and mace, able to hold a great defensive position.
      • Warden – Subscribe to the ‘hit them with a big sword’ style of thinking, making them adaptable but unspecialised.
  • Peacekeeper – Quick, assasin-style characters with two swords.

Good luck to anyone enjoying the beta and good luck to anyone trying to get access!

Story trailer drops for Injustice 2.

Bane, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Darkseid (as the pre-order come-on) all cameo in the latest story trailer for Injustice 2. 

There will be a new character revealed next week (Jan. 24). All of the heroes and villains seen in this trailer have been confirmed so far. Injustice 2 is coming May 16 to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It looks as though the story picks up right after 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, in with Superman and Batman fighting (shocking) over who gets to be Earth’s numero uno hero.

The trailer shows some allies of the heroes at odds against one another. Supergirl seems to be having family issues with her cousin and Robin (Damian Wayne in this series) is sick of daddy’s sh*t. It also seems as if Batman is talking to some old foes to form a team against the son of Krypton. 

Here’s the trailer. What do you think? 

Gears OF War 4 Brings Back Familiar Faces, Places In Series 2 Update

This afternoon, The fine people at The Coalition will be releasing the Series 2 cards with some familiar faces and two classic fan favorite multiplayer maps and of course, new weapon skins along with updates to the community features that you’ve all asked for to help boost your online experience for Gears Of War 4.

This will be the biggest addition to the game since it’s release in September with 280 new cards to collect. There’s new weapon skins, 13 new playable characters including Armored Anya and Armored Sam, that show the deadly divas in their prime, dressed in the Gears 3 armor. Zombie Minh makes his debut sporting the giant hole from General RAAM’s sword right in his chest and according to The Coalition, there is a surprise Legacy character coming soon that can only be acquired through collecting scrap. Could it finally be the return of RAAM or Skorge!? Let’s hope so.

260 of the 280 new cards will be weapon skins across 13 full weapon skin sets. The animated lightning skin looks to be a popular one or acquire the Chillin weapon set to show how cool you can be in the middle of battle. These skins offer more unique ways to show what kind of soldier you really are and are sure to make you stand out in the battlefield. All Series 2 cards are available to everyone and are craftable using scrap.

Season pass owners new and old will be receiving the Series 2 Airdrop that is loaded 20 gears packs that have 60 random cards that will give you a head start on your collection of new content. The airdrop will be awarded to season pass holders January 13th. In addition to the airdrop, season pass owners will now be able to log in every Friday and be awarded a bonus bounty gear pack! That’s pretty killer! (See what I did there?)

Two fan favorite maps return to gears multiplayer as Blood Drive and Clocktower are now available. Blood Drive was a center focused map that spawned your team at the top a flight of stairs and head to the city streets to take control of the longshot or overkill to see who the better team really is. Clocktower, a personal favorite of mine, brings back memories of the first Gears Of War that I know an love. Its a close quarters map that is sure to bring intense one on one battles up top and lancer heavy fire down in the streets.

Quit penalties are now enforced for the first time in GOW4. You will have matchmaking timeout if you leave the game early, but there is a Join In Progress feature now so if you were kicked from the game for whatever reason, you can rejoin the match with no penalty. Spectator mode has improved now so that the action is kept front and center. Series 2 seems to deliver but you can never truly know until you play it yourself! Tell us what you think!