Need For Speed Payback Takes On Fortune Valley

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Need For Speed Payback Takes On Fortune Valley

Developer Ghost Games rebooted Need for Speed in 2015, but the underwhelming results left the series with more work to do. Today EA and the studio announced a name and date for that endeavor – Need for Speed Payback, which is out on November 10 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Payback takes place in Fortune Valley, a locale whose name reveals its cutthroat underbelly. The city is run by The House – a cartel that controls everything from the cops to the casinos. Your crew consists of three playable characters trying to take down The House: Tyler, Mac, and Jess, and the cars you race have five classes – race, drift, off-road, drag, and runner. Fortune Valley presents a variety of events and challenges through its mountain, canyon, desert, and city environments, not to mention the cops who'll chase you through the streets with more muscle than in the last game. Ghost Games also wants to inject some extra adrenaline into the story through daring heists, set pieces, and themes of betrayal and revenge. Unlike some past NFS games, Payback's scenes won't use live-action actors, but are rendered using the Frostbite engine.

Nintendo Outlines New Details And Launch Window For Switch's Online Service

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Nintendo Outlines New Details And Launch Window For Switch's Online Service

Nintendo has released new details about its upcoming service for the Nintendo Switch. This newly released information includes price plans as well as a newly updated release date for the service.

As we reported earlier this year, Nintendo was planning to have the service go live in Fall 2017, meaning that Switch owners could play games like Arms and the upcoming Splatoon for free until then. Nintendo has moved its paid online service period to 2018, meaning that you don't have to pay for the service until next year.

The publisher also outlined pricing plans for the service, which more or less resemble the same monthly membership plans for Xbox and Playstation (but cheaper!). Here are your options:

Reader Discussion – What Are Your E3 2017 Predictions?

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Reader Discussion – What Are Your E3 2017 Predictions?

Think we'll learn more about BioWare's new project? Expect to see more about EA's second Star Wars project? Hoping to see a new Metroid? Tell us what you think is going to happen this year at E3.

Earlier today we shared some of our predictions for this year's E3 convention (stay tuned for more), but what do you think is going to happen at this year's show? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Splatoon 2 Headset Illustrates Switch's Strange Chat Solution

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Splatoon 2 Headset Illustrates Switch's Strange Chat Solution

Splatoon 2 is coming out on July 21 on Nintendo Switch, and today peripheral manufacturer Hori revealed a new headset for use with the game. The problem? The setup showcases the Switch's problematic approach to voice chat.

【2017年7月21日発売予定】「ステレオヘッドセット エンペラフックHDP for Nintendo Switch」がSplatoon2と同時発売予定です!ゲーム内のギアを再現したヘッドセットで、ゲーム音とボイスチャットをミックスさせて聞くことができます!(税抜¥3480) pic.twitter.com/q1T4Oy3Sr3

If you can't read Japanese, that's okay. The Splatoon 2 aesthetic is cute, but the primary takeaway is the image at the top of this page, demonstrating that players need to plug their headset, Switch, and a smartphone into a (squid-shaped) junction in order to make voice chat function. This allows both chat audio and game audio to come through the headset.

2017 Video Game Release Schedule

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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates. 

Battle Chasers Video Game Adaptation Gets Fall Release Date

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Battle Chasers Video Game Adaptation Gets Fall Release Date

Publisher THQ Nordic has announced that its turn-based RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar will be released October 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Based on the Image Comics fantasy title that ran from 1998-2001, Nightwar picks up where the nine-issue comic book series left off. Battle Chasers writer Joe Madureira (whose old studio, Vigil Games, created Darksiders) is developing Nightwar with his new studio, Airship Syndicate.

Check out the trailer below for a look at Nightwar's colorful gameplay and anime-esque cutscenes.

Report: Prey's Latest Patch Adds Framerate Issues On PS4

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Report: Prey's Latest Patch Adds Framerate Issues On PS4

Prey released almost a month ago, and the team at Arkane has been updating the game to smooth out its rough spots. However, it appears that the latest patch (version 1.04) carries a major problem alongside the minor fixes for PlayStation 4 owners.

According to Digital Foundry's analysis, the new update introduces some severe issues with the framerate on both the original PS4 model and the PS4 Pro (which just received unique support with this patch). The added stuttering and tearing affects the gameplay on a moment to moment basis, which makes it harder to appreciate the small improvements that are also present in the update. You can read the full patch notes here.

Considering that this has the potential to make your experience with Prey worse, you may want to avoid this update altogether until the issue is addressed.

Ubisoft Reveals E3 Lineup Teaser

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Ubisoft Reveals E3 Lineup Teaser

The E3 season is upon us, and has Ubisoft released a teaser for its lineup to help everyone get in the spirit.

The teaser features South Park: The Fractured But Whole and Far Cry 5 clips, along with a plethora of never-before-seen (and humorously redacted) footage. As for the hosting duties, Ubisoft is apparently switching it up this year, putting developers in the spotlight rather than usual host Aisha Tyler.

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