H1Z1 PS4 Producer on spectacular launch, balancing and what comes next

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H1Z1 PS4 Producer on spectacular launch, balancing and what comes next

It's no secret H1Z1 hasn't had the easiest of rides. Despite being one of the first games to develop a battle royale mode, H1Z1's PC version suffered a huge dip in player numbers when competitors such as PUBG and Fortnite emerged. Meanwhile, the H1Z1 community has often complained about the lack of regular updates, and the game's current review score isn't looking particularly peachy.

Yet it seems H1Z1's fortunes on the PlayStation have been radically different to the PC version. A few weeks ago Daybreak announced over 10m people had played the game in its first month of open beta. And according to PlayStation Producer Terrence Yee, the game has continued to be popular with players since its full release earlier this month.

In an interview with Eurogamer, Yee noted the numbers response to the PS4 open beta had been "beyond [their] wildest expectations". "We didn't really know what the numbers were going to be," Yee said, "but that surpassed what any of us could have imagined".

Eurogamer Q&A: NPC abuse

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Eurogamer Q&A: NPC abuse

Wow. If there's one thing which finally reveals that Eurogamer staff are actually Very Bad People, it might be this week's EG Q&A topic. I sat down with my colleagues to discuss the eternally enjoyable gaming pastime that is bothering NPCs (Non-playable characters).

For most people, that usually just amounts to bumping into characters in GTA 5 until they fall over (which, you have to admit, is very funny), but it seems we've turned out quite a few far more troubling examples:

Johnny Chiodini, Video Team

25 years later, DICE's long-lost Mega Drive game will finally see release

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25 years later, DICE's long-lost Mega Drive game will finally see release

In the dying days of the Sega Mega Drive, future Battlefield and Mirror's Edge studio DICE made Hardcore, a 2D Metroidvania game.

But Hardcore was never released - its fate sealed in an afternoon meeting at publisher Psygnosis where all Mega Drive projects were dropped, in order to focus on newer hardware.

At the time it was canned, Hardcore had just one bug remaining before it could have been given the green light.

Buy Super Mario Party from the Nintendo Store, get a free lamp

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Buy Super Mario Party from the Nintendo Store, get a free lamp

Buy a copy of Super Mario Party from Nintendo's UK store and you'll get a Question Block lamp as well. Why, I hear you ask? Well, why not?

This £49.99 bundle is the only way to buy a physical copy of Super Mario Party directly from Nintendo UK. Want the game? You better want that lamp as well.

Other lamps available in the range include more attractive Super Mushroom, Boo and Goomba designs. These are available separately for £11.99. But it's just the Question Block that comes in the Super Mario Party bundle.

Take 15% off any purchase over £20 on eBay today

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Take 15% off any purchase over £20 on eBay today

eBay is doing the voucher thing again! As has happened numerous times before, you can take 15 per cent off any purchase over £20 when you enter the code PIGGYBANK during checkout. That means everything from consoles to TVs to home appliances.

The offer is live right now but ending at 8pm (BST) tonight, so you've only got a matter of hours to find something you feel like picking up. Once you do (and you use the PIGGYBANK code during checkout), keep in mind that this voucher is a one-time use code, meaning you can use it on a single basket spend. It's not limited to one item, however, so you could stack up your items and buy multiple things at once, getting 15 per cent off the lot.

For some inspiration, here's some of what you can get with the 15 per cent discount already applied:

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting some promising changes based on beta feedback

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is getting some promising changes based on beta feedback

Treyarch has outlined changes coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 based on feedback to the recent beta - and a lot of them sound promising.

First up we have a nerf to the controversial body armour gear item. As I've reported before, one aspect of Black Ops 4 that was universally criticised by players, many of whom wanted it pulled from the game entirely, was body armour.

The complaint revolved around Black Ops 4's "Time to Kill" being too long. Call of Duty is known for being a blisteringly lethal shooter, with just a few hits enough to kill an enemy. Black Ops 4's TTK feels longer than that of previous Call of Duty games, and with the new health recovery mechanic, players are surviving longer than ever before.

Burnout Paradise Remastered speeds onto PC next week

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Burnout Paradise Remastered speeds onto PC next week

The PC version of Burnout Paradise Remastered comes out next week, developer Criterion has announced. It launches on 21st August.

But you can play it now if you subscribe to Origin Access. The basic version of Origin Access, which costs £3.99 a month or £19.99 a year, gets you a 10-hour trial. The Premier version of Origin Access, which costs £14.99 a month or £89.99 a year, gives you access to the full game.

Christian Donlan reviewed Burnout Paradise Remastered on Xbox One X back in March and called it "driving perfection".

F1 2018 - marginal gains make for Codemasters' best F1 game to date

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F1 2018 - marginal gains make for Codemasters' best F1 game to date

Strip a modern F1 car of all of its sponsorship decals, goes the well-worn saying I've been guilty of bandying around myself, and you'd be hard pushed to tell any two models apart. So strictly defined is the modern rule-set, so homogeneous the designs, that underneath that lick of lurid paint every car is almost exactly the same - and it's an accusation you could well level at F1 2018, the 10th mainline outing of Codemasters' official take on the sport, and one of its most gently iterative outings yet.

To get a handle on what's new you'll need a cheat sheet to hand, and it hardly makes for compelling reading. The headline new feature is media interviews - something that returns from the series' first HD outing, F1 2010, before it was quietly jettisoned a little further down the line. Eight years on and it's not that much more convincing, a dead-eyed interviewer asking you some fairly banal questions with only a fairly banal selection of replies available, the results impacting gently on your standing within the team and its various departments. It's cute but comes off inconsequential - there are no really mischievous answers available, or at least I've yet to come across the chance to ask a fellow driver to suck my balls - and of all the features to focus on, it's surely low down on most players' lists.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed to November

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy delayed to November

Activision has delayed the Spyro Reignited Trilogy to 13th November 2018. It had been due out 21st September.

In a blog post, Paul Yan, co-studio head of developer Toys for Bob said the decision was made to help get the remastered trilogy right.

Here's the statement:

Diablo 3 for Nintendo Switch detailed in full

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Diablo 3 for Nintendo Switch detailed in full

Blizzard has confirmed that it is bringing Diablo 3 to Nintendo Switch, as Eurogamer reported earlier this year. The news was shared with press this week under an embargo which was broken by one outlet yesterday, though we can now reveal some additional details - and we'll be able to bring you hands-on impressions from Gamescom next week.

As per the leak, this full-featured port includes all expansion content to date, as well as several Switch-exclusive bonus items, and the release date is "tentatively fall this year", according to senior producer Pete Stilwell. Diablo 3 for Switch will be a port of the recently released Eternal Collection edition, which includes both the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansions. It has every feature of the existing console versions, which themselves are very close in feature set to the PC version of the game, although they play a little differently.

As is becoming customary, Switch owners get a little extra Nintendo fan-service, too - Legend of Zelda-flavoured, in this case. There's a cosmetic "transmog" armour set modelled on Zelda villain Ganondorf, a cucco (chicken) pet, a Triforce portrait frame and a set of wings for your characters to wear.