The Division's Servers Will Be Down For Scheduled Maintenance Tonight

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The Division's Servers Will Be Down For Scheduled Maintenance Tonight

The Division's servers will be offline for about two hours tonight in order to keep things running smoothly.

The announcement of server down time comes form Ubisoft's The Division forums. You can find full details of the down time below, or by heading to the forums here.

Agents,The servers will shut down for a scheduled maintenance on Thursday, March 10 at 07:00 AM CET, 01:00 AM EST, (Wednesday, March 9) 10:00 PM PST.
Estimated downtime is approximately 2 hours. Please follow this thread for any updates as the maintenance progresses.

Thanks for your patience during this downtime.
The Division Team

Nintendo Explains Why SNES Games Will Only Run On New 3DS

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Nintendo Explains Why SNES Games Will Only Run On New 3DS

Last week, we reported on Nintendo’s announcement that some Super NES games were finally coming to the 3DS, and further discussed our disappointment that older units aren’t in line to receive the new feature. We reached out to Nintendo regarding the decision to only include the New 3DS in the SNES experience, and today Nintendo provided us additional details.

“As previously announced, New Nintendo 3DS has an improved CPU, which enables Super NES games to run on the system with quality results,” Game Informer was told by a Nintendo representative. “The Super NES games also include Perfect-Pixel mode, which allows players to see their games in their original TV resolution and aspect resolution.”

The clarification indicates that older 3DS units aren’t up to the task of rendering Super NES games at an appropriate quality level for Nintendo’s standards. That clarification is still likely to trouble the millions of players who don’t own one of the newer units, but hunger to play older games like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Metroid.

Oculus Introduces New Social Features To GearVR

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When we spoke with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey about virtual reality's social potential for our January issue, he told us that no one really had a cohesive vision for what the metaverse (VR’s social interactions layer) would look like. Today, Oculus has announced a new foray into social experiences in VR.

If you have a Gear VR, you’ll be able to create an Oculus profile and search for friends by real name or username.  You’ll be able to rate those you play with and against, so you have an idea of who you’re gaming with. 

The profiles will be used to link up for different experiences, including a game called Social Trivia. A multiplayer version of Herobound, a game we enjoyed and covered in our January issue, is currently available and will support the new friends feature as well as voice chat.

The Division Now Holds Ubisoft's First-Day Sales Record

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The Division Now Holds Ubisoft's First-Day Sales Record

Ubisoft isn’t saying how many copies The Division sold, but the game is setting company records. It has beaten out every other game in the publisher’s history with regard to first-day sales.

The Division trails only Destiny and joins Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed at the top of the new franchise launch sales list. Ubisoft’s latest also set digital full-game sales records for the company.

For more on The Division, check out the archive of our extended livestream. Our review is in progress and will be live in the coming days.

Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Upgrade Will Cost You A Fiver

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Ori And The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Upgrade Will Cost You A Fiver

If you’re ready to dive into more of Moon Studios’ Ori and the Blind Forest, you won’t need to wait long… on Xbox One. The PC version has been delayed a bit with no committed release date at this time.

This Friday marks the launch of the game’s definitive edition. This brings new areas, music, skills, and story. 

For those jumping in for the first time, the updated version costs $19.99. If you already own the original release, it’s another $4.99.

XCOM 2’s First DLC Pack Brings Mad Max-Style Customization Options

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The first XCOM 2 DLC pack arrives next week, giving you new ways to differentiate your resistance soldiers from one another. The new options are a bit radical though, taking a page from wasteland settings seen in Mad Max and Fallout.

The Anarchy’s Children pack adds more than 100 customization choices. These span categories and include hair styles, helmets, props, face paint, and decals.

The pack drops on March 17 and is part of the $20 Reinforcement Pack along with two other upcoming add-ons. For those looking to buy it separately, it’s priced at $4.99.

See The Fan-Made Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake Pre-Alpha In Action

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See The Fan-Made Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Remake Pre-Alpha In Action

A few weeks back, we wrote about Apeiron, Poem Studios' unofficial remake of BioWare's classic action-RPG Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. A YouTuber got a chance to mess around with the game in its pre-alpha state, and you can see how it's shaping up in his four-minute video.

MrMattyPlays wanders around several of the game's environments, including Tatooine, showing off the sights. As he points out, the footage shows the game from a first-person perspective instead of the original game's third-person view. The default setting will be in the game, but players who are more used to seeing in-game worlds through their own virtual eyes will have that option. 

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Watch YouTubers Bungle Their Way Through ‘Real Life Hitman’

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Watch YouTubers Bungle Their Way Through ‘Real Life Hitman’

With Hitman due out this Friday, Realm Pictures and IO Interactive have teamed up to create a real life version of the game. A number of YouTubers were tasked with being Agent 47’s handler, guiding him through a mission. The results? Mixed.

Hitman players know that high-level play is about getting in, eliminating the target, and getting out without leaving a trace. The guest handlers (including actor Jane Perry, the voice of Hitman's Diana Burnwood) often opted for a more aggressive approach, with one so bloodthirsty that he suggests Agent 47 kill someone for fun.

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Star Wars Battlefront Will Soon Have Something Called ‘Hutt Contracts’

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Star Wars Battlefront Will Soon Have Something Called ‘Hutt Contracts’

One of the maps coming in the first paid Star Wars Battlefront brings the conflict to Jabba’s Palace. It seems the infamous Hutt will be featured soon, and what he brings appears to be free for all players.

A brief trailer that popped up today mentions something called “Hutt Contracts.” There’s no explanation yet, but we suspect you'll have to do some work for Jabba to get access to the rewards.

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