PS5’s ‘Queued for Download’ error causing major problems

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PS5’s ‘Queued for Download’ error causing major problems

The PlayStation 5 is finally out in the world, but one major issue has cropped up that is causing a lot of people headaches on launch day: the so-called Queued for Download error.

The error occurs when you try to download a certain game that you already own, but the download simply won’t start. In our example, pictured above, we tried to download the PS5 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but found ourselves stuck on this screen. Hopping over to the download queue on PS5 shows that there is indeed no download in progress, nor are any errors listed.

Elite Dangerous free on Epic Games Store, to get ready for next year’s expansion

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Elite Dangerous free on Epic Games Store, to get ready for next year’s expansion

In 2021, Elite Dangerous, the spaceflight sim from Frontier Developments, will see its first premium expansion in more than five years, and players on PC can take a head start getting ready for it when the Epic Games Store makes Elite Dangerous free beginning next week.

The game, which has expanded several times following its launch in 2014, gives Epic Games Store members the game with its 2015 Horizons season of content — which allowed players to take their adventures to the surface of (atmosphere-less) planets and explore them in wheeled rovers. Horizons was made into a free update to the base Elite Dangerous game on all platforms at the end of October.

EA’s ‘FIFA Playtime’ to help users set limits on Ultimate Team spending

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EA’s ‘FIFA Playtime’ to help users set limits on Ultimate Team spending

FIFA 21 will introduce a tool called FIFA Playtime that allows players to monitor and control the amounts of time and money they spend in the game.

Players, or their parents, can set limits on how much premium currency they can buy or how many matches they can play. They will even be able to limit the number of card packs they can open in FIFA Ultimate Team, the game’s very popular card-collection game.

How Fallout 76 handles the Brotherhood of Steel

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How Fallout 76 handles the Brotherhood of Steel

Arriving at the Atlas Observatory in Fallout 76’s public test server was odd. The Brotherhood of Steel, a highly militarized group, has set up shop there … and moments after encountering them, it became clear that I was already on their shitlist. The Brotherhood members I initially spoke to were dismissive and rude. What’s worse is that they’ve pissed everyone else off in Appalachia, and they don’t really care. It’s a pickle, and the new expansion Steel Dawn is about tackling new problems in the wasteland and joining the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood has been in Fallout 76 since launch; a small expedition traveled to Appalachia. That expedition died, and the expansion will show another group trailing behind them to investigate what happened. “They assume that [the original group] is dead because they haven’t heard from them. So they want to know what happened to the folks out there,” says Mark Tucker, design director, in a call with Polygon. The Brotherhood soon find Appalachia to be a stable region with lots of resources, and they put down roots.

Half-Life Alyx updated with three hours of dev commentary

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Half-Life Alyx updated with three hours of dev commentary

Half-Life Alyx is a hugely ambitious virtual reality title that Polygon called “the best that VR has to offer.” But what if you could find out more about Alyx and how the game was created? If you’re at all curious, the game’s new, free update looks to be a treat. There are three hours of developer commentary, which are subtitled in over 10 languages.

This is similar to the Half-Life 2 and Portal developer commentary modes, but in Alyx, the player can trigger the audio by taking an in-game headset and putting it on their head.

Not even YouTube wants to remember 2020

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Not even YouTube wants to remember 2020

YouTube has published YouTube Rewind, a look back at the previous 365 days of each year, since 2010. But in 2020, it’s decided to opt out. That’s because 2020, plainly, sucked. No one wants to remember this year, not even YouTube.

“Since 2010, we’ve ended the year with Rewind: a look back at the year’s most impactful creators, videos, and trends,” a YouTube representative wrote from the YouTube Twitter account. “Whether you love it — or only remember 2018 — Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you.”

Deathloop, the time loop shooter, now has a release date

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Deathloop, the time loop shooter, now has a release date

Deathloop, the retro-inspired time looping shooter where two rival assassins hunt each other down, now has a release date. The game’s planned release date is now May 21, 2021 for both PC and the PlayStation 5.

The game was originally revealed at E3 in 2019, and was planned for a release the next year. However, due to coronavirus concerns and work-from-home policies at Arkane Studios, the game was delayed until spring 2021.

Paradox brings Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop game development back in-house

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Paradox brings Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop game development back in-house

Paradox Interactive is bringing the development of the Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing game in-house, the company announced Thursday. The news was accompanied by a video introducing the team. The move follows the tumultuous launch of the game’s 5th edition in 2018, which culminated with the dissolution of the game’s old development team.

Paradox purchased White Wolf Publishing in 2015, and with it rights to Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, and other settings in the World of Darkness universe. Several years later, in 2018, Vampire v5 launched. But, even before the game came out, its development team — which operated as an independent entity apart from the larger Paradox organization — was courting multiple controversies, including links to neo-Nazism.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has patch notes before the game is even out

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has patch notes before the game is even out

Plenty of players have had the chance to play Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War thanks to the game’s numerous betas. However, when the game drops on Nov. 13, quite a few things will have changed. Thankfully, Treyarch has released some patch notes that let players know everything that’s been tweaked from the beta to release.

Some of the biggest additions in these patch notes are the new weapons that weren’t in the beta. According to the notes, the FFAR 1 will be added as a new assault rifle, along with the Bullfrog SMG, the M60 LMG, the DMR 14 tactical rifle, the M79 special launcher, and more additions that aren’t listed in the notes.