Report: Apple Considering Game Publishing, Subscription Service

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Report: Apple Considering Game Publishing, Subscription Service

Despite being one of the leading voices when it comes to technology in the world, Apple has historically chosen to distance itself from gaming. The company will happily host games on their app stores, but rumors of consoles or development studios have always fallen flat in reality. According to a new report, however, Apple might have finally decided to dip more than their toes in the water in the form of a subscription gaming service and possibly even publishing deals.

According to a report from tech site Cheddar, five sources have indicated that Apple has been approaching developers about the idea of a subscription plan for games. The idea is to have something similar to Netflix but for games on Apple devices, where you have access to the titles as long as you stay subscribed. Apple has always paid some lip service to games on their platform, even enthusiastically having Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto on stage at one of their conferences, but this would indicate they want to emphasize it as a selling point for their hardware.

Analysts suggest that Apple may be eyeing a subscription service based on the success of things like EA Access, PlayStation Plus, and Microsoft's Game Pass as proven models. 

Bioware Discusses Feedback From The Anthem Demo And Current Fixes

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Bioware Discusses Feedback From The Anthem Demo And Current Fixes

If you got into Anthem's exclusive access demo this past weekend, congratulations! Servers were incredibly difficult to get into on the first day, but slowly calmed down over the weekend. People who did get in still had quite a bit of feedback for EA and Bioware's new flight-oriented action-shooter, however, and Bioware has put up a blog post detailing what can and will be done in the future.

In the post written by Bioware's head of live service Chad Robertson, the rocky launch was acknowledged right off the bat. From there, Robertson talked a bit about what will be fixed for the final game and has been fixed already.

"We’ve also been preparing for many weeks for our full launch. That version of the game already has a long list of things that are already fixed that won’t make the public demo weekend. That list includes:

Modder Durante Who Famously Fixed Dark Souls Founds PC Porting Studio

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Modder Durante Who Famously Fixed Dark Souls Founds PC Porting Studio

Years ago, when Dark Souls was first ported to PC, the port left a lot to be desired. The game was in every way a strict port from consoles, maxing out at a low resolution for PCs, capping the framerate, and just generally not being up to modern standards for the platform. A fan who had been looking forward to the game who went by the username Durante managed to fix a lot of the port in a fairly short amount of time.

Since then, Peter "Durante" Thoman has been well known for his work on fixing under-par PC ports and has been called in for consultation on ports ahead of their release. His knowledge and skill set are acclaimed in the PC porting space, so it only makes sense for him to open up his own porting studio.

Called PH3, the studio specializes in porting games to PC. While it has technically been in operation since September, Thoman explains on a forum message board that they just got all the necessary papers filed and IDs received for it go ahead. In the same thread, he also mentions that the studio is already working with a few developers, but wouldn't divulge any further information.

Retail Listing Suggests Assassin's Creed III Is Coming To Switch

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Retail Listing Suggests Assassin's Creed III Is Coming To Switch

It has been some time since Ubisoft put an Assassin's Creed title on a Nintendo system in a non-cloud form. The French company made a stab at mature-rated titles in that ecosystem with Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed IV on the Wii U, but pretty quickly pulled out anything above a T-rating shortly after the sales data came in. Since then, Ubisoft has kept to more family-friendly titles on Nintendo consoles, including the Switch, but a retail listing suggests that might soon be changing.

As discovered by the Nintendo Switch subreddit, some Czech retailers have put up a store page for a collection of Assassin's Creed III and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, the Vita follow-up that later got remastered for consoles. This follows up a listing in Germany's MediaMarkt store chain that suggested an "Assassin's Creed Compilation" would be coming to Switch in the near-future.

Both games have been confirmed to be remastered for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as well as part of Assassin's Creed Odyssey's season pass, though they will be available for sale separately from the new game. Assassin's Creed III is even undergoing some improvements to its design in the remastering process, though Ubisoft has not detailed what those will be. It makes sense that Ubisoft would want to port the newly redesigned version to Switch, as well.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Gets Free "Ghost Survivors" Mode In February

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Resident Evil 2 Remake Gets Free

The Resident Evil 2 remake has been extremely well received, with our own Ben Reeves giving the game a 9.5 out of 10. Capcom hopes to build on this momentum with free expanded content in the coming month.

On February 15, players can download the Ghost Survivors mode, which includes three "what if" short stories about people who failed to make it out of Raccoon City following the outbreak. "No Time To Mourn" follows the story of gun shop owner Robert Kendo. "Runaway" follows the mayor's daughter as she tries to escape. As its name implies, "Forgotten Soldier" follows a soldier caught up in the madness. 

Here's a gallery of the three characters facing long odds:

Metro Exodus Leaves Steam For The Epic Games Store

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Metro Exodus Leaves Steam For The Epic Games Store

The Metro Exodus story is all about leaving the familiar behind and seeking fortune elsewhere. This theme extends to the franchise's approach to the digital marketplace as well. Today Deep Silver and Epic Games announced a partnership that makes the Epic Games Store the sole digital distributor of the PC version of the game moving forward. 

“Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. “We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88% revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.”

When Epic Games announced the 88/12 revenue split, we expected to see many publishers reconsider their relationship with Steam, where Valve keeps 30 percent of the profit unless a game hits a $50 million threshold, whereafter the split transitions to 80/20. Metro is now the second high-profile title to defect, following Ubisoft's The Division 2

Battlefield V Update Adds New Tank, Tweaks Panzerstorm Map

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Battlefield V Update Adds New Tank, Tweaks Panzerstorm Map

Continuing the second chapter of Battlefield V's Tides of War live service, today DICE announced the addition of a new Axis tank to unlock, as well as some changes to improve the recently released Panzerstorm map. 

The new tank is the Sturmgeschutz IV, which was seen previously in a teaser trailer for Chapter 2. The German tank was used in the later stages of World War II, becoming an effective tank killer on the Eastern Front. You can unlock the tank by completing the weekly challenge. 

The other major change coming via this update is a reworking of the tank-focused Panzerstorm map. To bolster defense at the F point in conquest, DICE added buildings to make it four times bigger. They also added an alley of trees between G and D to give infantry more cover moving between the locations. To further help out the infantry stuck moving in wide open areas, DICE added ditches and mounds long the edges of fields. Pilots will also appreciate the raised flight ceiling, giving them more vertical space to maneuver.  

Spider-Man Receives Free New Suit DLC Today

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Spider-Man Receives Free New Suit DLC Today

Insomniac is showing no signs of stopping its flux of content for Spider-Man. The company revealed today that two new suits are coming to the PS4 game today.

The first is the Bombastic Bag Man, from Amazing Spider-Man #258, an issue that had spidey team up with The Fantastic Four. There's also another Fantastic Four crossover suit called The Future Foundation suit that looks real slick. Here are both of them in all their glory.

You can head here for more information about the suits' origins. For more on Spider-Man, check out our impressions of the last DLC.

Dragon Ball Project Z Is A New Dragon Ball RPG Coming This Year

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Dragon Ball Project Z Is A New Dragon Ball RPG Coming This Year

Announced right before the conclusion of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour finals event, Dragon Ball Project Z is an RPG set in the world of Dragon Ball. Unlike Dragon Ball Xenoverse, which focuses on telling a new story set in that universe, Project Z returns to the series' roots, retelling the classic story of Dragon Ball Z from the beginning. 

The trailer showed off several scenes from in a 3D cel-shaded style. We only saw a brief glimpse of gameplay, showing Goku walking around places like West City and the Kame House. The game is set to release sometime this year.

You can watch the full trailer announcing the game below.

Update: Dragon Ball Project Z Is A New Dragon Ball RPG Coming This Year

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Update: Dragon Ball Project Z Is A New Dragon Ball RPG Coming This Year

Announced right before the conclusion of the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour finals event, Dragon Ball Project Z is an RPG set in the world of Dragon Ball. Unlike Dragon Ball Xenoverse, which focuses on telling a new story set in that universe, Project Z returns to the series' roots, retelling the classic story of Dragon Ball Z from the beginning. 

The trailer showed off several scenes from in a 3D cel-shaded style. We only saw a brief glimpse of gameplay, showing Goku walking around places like West City and the Kame House and doesn't offer many clues for how, exactly, the game will play.

A press release for the game, however, has offered some additional details that weren't clear in the trailer. The game will be an action-rpg, and you will play as Goku. It is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and It is being developed by CyberConnect2 (known predominantly for the Naruto Shippuden series). And finally, Dragon Ball Project Z is only a code name and its official name will be revealed soon.