Steam Community Features Apparently Banned In China

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Steam Community Features Apparently Banned In China

Steam's community features, like forums, guides, chats, badges, groups, etc., have apparently gone dark in China, according to Steam community news site ValveTime.

The store has been left open, but everything else has seemingly been removed from public access in China. Some users on reddit are reporting that the chat and friend list features still work for them, but it is unknown if that is only temporary. 

It is unclear why China has decided to ban Steam community features all of a sudden, but it is not particularly unexpected, either. China recently reportedly banned all South Korean-made games as a political statement and tends to exert control over foreign services such as Steam.

Taito Teasing Steam-Related Space Invaders Announcement

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Taito Teasing Steam-Related Space Invaders Announcement

Taito, the company behind Space Invaders, has thrown up simple website teasing that "The invasion is coming to Steam."

2018 marks the 40th anniversary for the series, which could offer a hint as to what the announcement could be. Currently, there are no Taito-published games on the PC storefront, let alone Space Invaders games. Whether this is announcement is a new game or simply all the older games (including Extreme, Infinity Gene, and Groove Coaster) making their way to the platform is unclear.

[Source: Taito teaser website]

Bungie Clarifies Bugged 'Three Of Coins' Item, Promises Fix Next Year

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Bungie Clarifies Bugged 'Three Of Coins' Item, Promises Fix Next Year

Bungie says it will address an issue with the newly-implemented "Three of Coins" item in Destiny with a patch coming early next year.

As part of its major patch released a week after the launch of the Curse of Osiris expansion, Three Of Coins increased a player's chances of earning exotic gear. Players weren't sure how much higher their chances were, however, because of a vague item description.

In a forum post, Bungie has clarified what the item does. It increases the chances a player will earn an Exotic engram after completing any PvP or PvE activity by 50 percent. However, because the chances of gaining an exotic are very low, a 50 percent increases still doesn't make it incredibly likely.

Bungie Clarifies Bugged 'Three Of Coins' Item, Promises Fix Next Year

about X hours ago from
Bungie Clarifies Bugged 'Three Of Coins' Item, Promises Fix Next Year

Bungie says it will address an issue with the newly-implemented "Three of Coins" item in Destiny with a patch coming early next year.

As part of its major patch released a week after the launch of the Curse of Osiris expansion, Three Of Coins increased a player's chances of earning exotic gear. Players weren't sure how much higher their chances were, however, because of a vague item description.

In a forum post, Bungie has clarified what the item does. It increases the chances a player will earn an Exotic engram after completing any PvP or PvE activity by 50 percent. However, because the chances of gaining an exotic are very low, a 50 percent increases still doesn't make it incredibly likely.

First Major Patch For PUBG On Xbox One Includes Performance Upgrade

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First Major Patch For PUBG On Xbox One Includes Performance Upgrade

The Xbox One version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has some issues. Among the most prominent issue right now is the framerate, which dips frequently into rough territory frequently. Thankfully, the PUBG Development and Community Team hopes to rectify that today.

The team has released the first patch for the Xbox One version version of the game. Among a slew of UI improvements and bug fixes are the much-awaited "visual and performance improvements," as well as slightly improved anti-aliasing on non-X versions of the console. Players can now use gas while on a bike or sidecar, which should let them refuel while driving. The player icon on the map is now more visible, too, which should help players figure out which way they want to head in to make it inside the circle. Keyboards have also been disabled, meaning everyone now must play on a controller.

To see the full list of notes, head here. For a quick overview of what the pre-patch version of PUBG on Xbox One was like, you watch us discuss the game below.

First Major Patch For PUBG On Xbox One Includes Performance Upgrade

about X hours ago from
First Major Patch For PUBG On Xbox One Includes Performance Upgrade

The Xbox One version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has some issues. Among the most prominent issue right now is the framerate, which dips frequently into rough territory frequently. Thankfully, the PUBG Development and Community Team hopes to rectify that today.

The team has released the first patch for the Xbox One version version of the game. Among a slew of UI improvements and bug fixes are the much-awaited "visual and performance improvements," as well as slightly improved anti-aliasing on non-X versions of the console. Players can now use gas while on a bike or sidecar, which should let them refuel while driving. The player icon on the map is now more visible, too, which should help players figure out which way they want to head in to make it inside the circle. Keyboards have also been disabled, meaning everyone now must play on a controller.

To see the full list of notes, head here. For a quick overview of what the pre-patch version of PUBG on Xbox One was like, you watch us discuss the game below.

Catherine Remake On The Way For PS4, Vita

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Catherine Remake On The Way For PS4, Vita

Atlus has announced that its 2011 game Catherine is being remade for the PlayStation 4 and Vita in an enhanced version called Catherine: Full Body. According to details in Weekly Famitsu, the update includes a third love interest, new endings, and more.

The game is being developed by Studio Zero, which teased that some kind of new Catherine-related content might be on the way during an October livestream

More details will be shown during a new Japanese livestream, which is being broadcast starting 4:30 a.m. on December 22. It starts with a 30-minute live-drawing presentation, which is then followed by the main program. 

Catherine Remake On The Way For PS4, Vita

about X hours ago from
Catherine Remake On The Way For PS4, Vita

Atlus has announced that its 2011 game Catherine is being remade for the PlayStation 4 and Vita in an enhanced version called Catherine: Full Body. According to details in Weekly Famitsu, the update includes a third love interest, new endings, and more.

The game is being developed by Studio Zero, which teased that some kind of new Catherine-related content might be on the way during an October livestream

More details will be shown during a new Japanese livestream, which is being broadcast starting 4:30 a.m. on December 22. It starts with a 30-minute live-drawing presentation, which is then followed by the main program. 

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Coming To Consoles

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Coming To Consoles

Developer Fatshark has announced that it is bringing Warhammer: Vermintide 2 to Xbox One and PS4 in the future.

Pre-orders start in 2018 for the first-person co-op title, as does a beta for both systems (click here for PS4, and here for Xbox One) in March or April. There is no announced release date for the console versions, although the title is coming to PC in early 2018.

Our Take Given that Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide supports Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, Vermintide 2 will likely do it as well.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Coming To Consoles

about X hours ago from
Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Coming To Consoles

Developer Fatshark has announced that it is bringing Warhammer: Vermintide 2 to Xbox One and PS4 in the future.

Pre-orders start in 2018 for the first-person co-op title, as does a beta for both systems (click here for PS4, and here for Xbox One) in March or April. There is no announced release date for the console versions, although the title is coming to PC in early 2018.

Our Take Given that Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide supports Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, Vermintide 2 will likely do it as well.