AMD ‘ramping up production’ to address graphics card shortages

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AMD ‘ramping up production’ to address graphics card shortages

AMD is well aware that its Radeon graphics cards are in short supply, and the company said today that it is working on that problem by manufacturing more units when possible.

Both AMD and its chief competitor, Nvidia, have dealt with incredibly high demand for GPUs over the past year — demand driven by customers looking to use graphics cards to mine for cryptocurrency such as Ethereum. AMD launched its new RX Vega series of GPUs last August, and the two graphics cards in that line (Vega 56 and Vega 64) have essentially been sold out since then. Even for custom models that use those GPUs, TechSpot reported today, “Getting your hands on any one of them is next to impossible.”

World of Warcraft servers struggling under Battle for Azeroth pre-order demands

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World of Warcraft servers struggling under Battle for Azeroth pre-order demands

World of Warcraft players eager to purchase Battle for Azeroth, the game’s seventh expansion, have been hit with a multitude of server issues when logging in. Players have reported issues where they’re greeted with a black screen upon logging in as well pre-purchase problems on the game’s subreddit and Twitter, which Polygon was able to replicate.

Players were experiencing issues when trying to purchase the expansion itself, which would give them access to new Allied Races and a 110 level character boost. Blizzard quickly reacted by pushing a statement to the Battle.net client.

Griefers in Elite: Dangerous are picking on a cancer patient

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Griefers in Elite: Dangerous are picking on a cancer patient

A player-led expedition to the fringes of the galaxy in Elite: Dangerous is in trouble. Griefers have sabotaged a critical location, meaning that a joyride through the galaxy meant as a tribute to a terminal cancer patient is suddenly at risk of not reaching its goal.

The Enigma Expedition set out on Jan. 12 headed to Colonia, one of the most distant star systems in Elite’s strikingly realistic depiction of our Milky Way galaxy. The trip is meant as a tribute to Commander DoveEnigma13, whose real name is Brandon Keith. According to the original post, Keith has been battling cancer for at least three years and his outlook is terminal. This may be his last chance to make the trip. Travelling with him and enjoying the ride in real life is his five year-old daughter.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales miss targets, EA blames loot crate controversy

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 sales miss targets, EA blames loot crate controversy

Sales of Star Wars Battlefront 2 fell short of Electronic Arts’ expectations, and the publisher is citing the furor over the game’s microtransactions as the primary explanation, reports the Wall Street Journal.

EA sold about 9 million copies of Battlefront 2 during the three-month period from October-December 2017, the third quarter of EA’s 2018 fiscal year. (The game launched almost exactly halfway through the quarter, on Nov. 17, 2017.) That was about 1 million fewer than the 10 million copies that EA had expected to sell.

BioWare’s Anthem delayed to 2019, EA confirms

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BioWare’s Anthem delayed to 2019, EA confirms

While denying an earlier report that development is behind schedule, Electronic Arts told The Wall Street Journal that Anthem, the open-world, multiplayer action game coming from BioWare, will launch in 2019 and not 2018, the window originally given for the game at E3 2017.

Instead, EA will launch a new Battlefield game. Blake Jorgensen, Electronic Arts’ chief financial officer, told the Journal that the publisher figured Anthem would do better if it launched in a quieter period than the traditional end-of-the-year crush of big titles.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-purchase is live

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth pre-purchase is live

Blizzard announced today that the pre-purchase for World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is live. While we don’t have an exact date on when the expansion will launch on live servers, the pre-order itself comes with some exciting perks.

Purchasing Battle for Azeroth will grant players a character boost that can be used on any character and will instantly level them up to 110, the current maximum level pre-Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard has been offering these instant boosts since Warlords of Draenor, the game’s fifth expansion, was available for pre-purchase back in 2014.

Dragon Ball FighterZ’s multiplayer lobbies bum out users on all platforms

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Dragon Ball FighterZ’s multiplayer lobbies bum out users on all platforms

Dragon Ball FighterZ may delight players with action brimming with fan service and crackling anime visuals, but just getting into a match in its multiplayer experience is bumming many of them out. And it’s not just those in the PC community, either.

Windows PC users on Twitter, Reddit and forums seem to be the most affected by overcrowded multiplayer lobbies, but players on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One also report aggravations with them. Console users are also expressing problems with the way Dragon Ball FighterZ brings them into lobbies, how it doesn’t have an easy way to invite friends and misfires when they try to create a Ring Match, which is a private bout.

Octopath Traveler demo players celebrate sweeping updates based on their feedback

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Octopath Traveler demo players celebrate sweeping updates based on their feedback

Square Enix’s upcoming Nintendo Switch role-playing game Project Octopath Traveler remains a work in progress, which is good news for both the studio and players of its recent demo. After assessing 45,500 feedback surveys, the development team shared a video about recent updates and tweaks it has made to the game — almost all of which come in direct response to players’ complaints, to their appreciation.

Square Enix released the demo for Project Octopath Traveler, a 2.5D, turn-based RPG featuring branching story paths, on the Switch eShop in September 2017. While it met with acclaim from traditional Japanese RPG fans, the game also received criticism for elements that felt a little too similar to much older, slower Square Enix games.

Destiny 2 servers back online, major patch released (update)

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Destiny 2 servers back online, major patch released (update)

Destiny 2’s servers are currently offline for a few hours, with a big new patch set to go live later today.

Bungie is conducting maintenance on the servers and preparing for Destiny 2’s first major patch of 2018, which will bring the game to version 1.1.2. Downtime began at 11 a.m. ET and is expected to last until 3 p.m. ET; at noon ET, anybody who’s still playing will be kicked out to the title screen.

The studios that could help Microsoft solve its exclusive game problem

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The studios that could help Microsoft solve its exclusive game problem

Yesterday, we ran an analysis piece on Microsoft’s exclusives problem on Xbox One, laying out the reasons why a big acquisition makes sense for the company. We mentioned some of the rumors doing the rounds, including Electronic Arts, Valve and PUBG Corp. Today, we’ll address those rumors individually and hear from leading analysts, while also investigating other companies that might help Microsoft games chief Phil Spencer address his console platform’s shortfall against rival Sony.

Larger independent developers are always on the radar of acquisitive companies, the largest and most successful currently being the likes of Double Fine Productions, CCP, Klei Entertainment, Telltale Games and IO Interactive, all of which have development heft and good brands. But those markers of success are often driven by independent leaders and a strong internal culture. Most of these are unlikely to want to sell. Individually, they wouldn’t make a big difference anyway in Microsoft’s exclusives shortfall against Sony.