In a less than stellar omen for a game set to be released in merely 6 days, Rainbow Six Siege's open beta, slated to have been available as of now, has been delayed so that Ubisoft can fix the matchmaking issues currently keeping people from playing.
According to many people who played the previous closed beta for the game, the matchmaking wasn't up to snuff then either. It's a little disheartening to see that so close to release, the matchmaking still isn't working as it should be.
But, never fear! Ubisoft's community manager broke everything down on Ubisoft's forums, assuring everyone that they had already found the issue and that it should be fixed within a few hours. Most importantly, Ubisoft also promised that the issue would not affect the game's official launch on December 1st.
If for some reason the beta still isn't working soon, check here for updates on the status of the maintenance.
Far Cry Primal, the next entry in the Far Cry series will take players back to prehistoric times. Anyone who has played the past couple of entries in the series immediately understood what an incredible idea it is for the series' open world gameplay, infused with a bit of survival and stealth. However, it also seems like it could be an incredibly risky move, which in a way is a part of the brilliance of the thing.
Ubisoft will show the gameplay for the first time at The Game Awards, which take place next Thursday, December 3rd at 9 P.M. Eastern, according to Geoff Keighley on Twitter.
If you can't wait until then, read our other article about some behind the scenes footage from last month.
A little earlier than usual, Microsoft announced what games will be available for Xbox Live Gold subscribers next month. This month there are five games instead of the normal four, laid out as such:
Castlestorm - December 1-15
Sacred 3 - December 16-31
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - December 16-31
The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - December 1-January 1
Thief - December 16-January 15
Thief was previously available on the Xbox 360, and Castlestorm was previously available on the Xbox One, so if you are just dying to revisit them on a different console now is your chance to do it for free again.
SMITE is getting a new patch soon and brings with it tons of new skins and some balance changes going into the SMITE World Championship.
First up we have the "Demon Soul" and "Ebonsoul" Serqet. The Ebonsoul skin is only available via a bundle that will include both skins. The bundle is limited and will only last until December 15th. After that, the Ebonsoul skin will never be available again.
Next up we have Lady Gaga "Diva" Aphrodite and there will be MANY Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and references to other pop stars.
The newest Odyssey item as also been revealed and will be "Steel Scarab" Khepri. A new skin that could be added to the mech family like "Metal Carnage" Fenrir and "G.E.B. 1" Geb
Isis will also be getting a rework of her mastery skins to bring them more in line like the newer Gold, Legendary and Diamond skins like Bellona's and Anubis's.
Finally we have "Father Time" Chronos. Chronos is now and old man and if you have never picked up the Chronos voice pack, now is the time to do so as it's hilarious. When he rewinds, he turns into a baby during the rewind. Seriously it's amazing. This skin is available via the "New Year's" chest, meaning it will be going away once the chest expires.
As for the rest of the changes, there were some balance updates going into the SMITE World Championships including some surprising buffs and nerfs to gods that are usually not seen in this section. Anhur got a buff and Hel and Xbalanque will be suffering some nerfs.
For the full patch notes, be sure to check out SMITE's official website.
Major changes are coming for Europa Universalis IV players! Project Lead Martin Anward goes through the improvements that have been made to diplomacy, culture, domestic politics, nomadic steppe nations and more in the latest dev video.
Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks will be available on digital storefronts, including the Paradox Store, on December 1, 2015.
Check out this this six minute video that will get you up to speed on the latest on Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks!
Corsair has announced that it's hosting a Black Friday sale on their online storefront titled the Super Sale with deals on products for over 60% off. Deals range from gaming keyboards and mice to PC cases and components. The sale prices are valid through November 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT. and of course while supplies last. View all the products on sale.
Steam has launched the Exploration Sale, which marks their annual event around Black Friday and Cyber Monday that offers a wide variety of digital gaming deals. Deal highlights for today include some of my favorites from this year including Life is Strange, Cities: Skylines, and the Company of Heroes franchise.
One change from past sales is that Valve has moved away from flash deals, but from the current offering it doesn't seem there is any shortage of deals. Either buying a gift for a friend or a holiday treat for yourself, this is the perfect time to stock up on those digital game deals. The sale ends on December 1 at 10 a.m. PST. View all the deals on Steam.
This just in: Having Suarez, Messi, and Neymar it essentially a cheat code in world football. FC Barcelona have won their previous two fixtures by a combined 10-1, including a 4-0 thrashing of arch-rival Real Madrid. Because of this, Barcelona landed a couple of their stars in this week's Ultimate Team Team of the Week. Iniesta, who has looked like a man among boys this week, cracks into the squad with a boost to 89 overall. Be sure to enjoy that 89 passing and 92 dribbling, because that's wonderful to have in a midfielder. Luis Suarez gets a boost up to 92 overall, including 91 shooting and dribbling. There are plenty of good cards available this week, such as Kruse, Kane, Javi Martinez, Mandanda, and others. The full list can be seen below:
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Developer Techland has announced that beginning on December 8 that the Dying Light season pass price will increase from $20 to $30. The reason behind the price increase comes as a result from the development of The Following, which is an upcoming expansion that's included in the season pass. The developers describe the price increase as a result from the expanded scale of the expansion pack in regards to all the content that is now included.
Most noteworthy about Techland's decision to up the season pass price is them providing a couple of weeks for those on the fence to jump on the cheaper price now. It's much better than a stealth price increase or say raising the price to $50 like other games have done with their season passes.
I recently picked up Dying Light when it was half off during a Steam sale and am loving the parkour infused zombie survival gameplay. Dying Light is available now on Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Sony has a new sale on, the Co-Op Sale, and is offering discounts of around 50% across a decent lineup of games. But that's not all, in addition to the discounts, there is a one-time use code floating about that will get you an additional 10% off at checkout. That code:
But wait, there's more! Spend $100 between now and Dec 2nd and get a $15 voucher for a future purchase. Is there even more than that?? Well, the blog post announcing the sale includes this tidbit: "including any Black Friday deals that may or may not be coming your way *wink, wink" so there should be more deals at the end of the week.
SO the strategy is pretty simple. This Co-Op sale runs through next Monday, the 10% is a one-time code. So wait two days, keep these deals in mind, and when the Black Friday deals go live spend in excess of $110, on already heavily discounted games, use the one-time code to stack an additional 10% off and bank the $15 for next time. Sweet.