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Fallout 76 beta coming to Xbox One first

Bethesda has announced that the beta for its upcoming multiplayer action-RPG, Fallout 76, will be heading to Xbox One first.

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Bethesda has announced that the beta for its upcoming multiplayer action-RPG, Fallout 76, will be heading to Xbox One first.

In an updated FAQ on the official site, Bethesda stated that the Xbox One version of the beta will begin first. This will then be followed by the other platforms, though it doesn’t state when exactly.

You will have to pre-order Fallout 76 to get access to the beta, which you can do digitally or in shops – where a code will be provided.

The blurb for the beta reads:

“Do you have nerves of steel? An ironclad will? Average hygiene and an affinity for pre-packaged goods? Then Vault-Tec WANTS you! If you think you have what it takes to be a B.E.T.A. tester – and enjoy prolonged confinement without sunlight – then you’re in luck! Join the proud ranks of Vault 76 today.”

There is also an amusing disclaimer:

“Vault-Tec is not liable for any damages, injuries, or mental anguish inflicted during or after the B.E.T.A. Always consult your Vault Overseer for guidance on appropriate B.E.T.A. usage.”

Perhaps “mental anguish” refers to the inevitable first wave of bugs? We’ll see.

Fallout 76 is due out on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One on November 14.


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A fifth of the 1TB Xbox Series X storage is for the OS

An almighty 198GB of Xbox Series X is earmarked away from your game storage purposes.

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An almighty 198GB of Xbox Series X is earmarked away from your game storage purposes.

If there was ever a doubt in your mind that new consoles are PCs at heart, then look at the storage space reserved for the operating system and system files on the Xbox Series X in IGN’s preview.

Whilst you expect a Windows 10 storage requirement of around 32 GB at most, expect the Xbox Series X to reserve a positively eye-watering 198GB. This is an increase on the Xbox One’s sizeable consumption by its OS of 138GB. This encapsulates the OS, first-party apps, and space for updates, but why in the name of Phil Spencer is it so much?

It’s for the best, then, that director of project management for the console, Jason Ronald, stated in an IGN interview that they were going to keep Xbox Series X game file sizes “as small as possible”. We’ll have to see if this becomes a differentiating factor between the consoles, since it was recently revealed that PS5 install sizes were going to be sizeable.

Many players might need an expanded storage solution, then. You can currently buy a Storage Expansion Card for the Xbox Series X that offers an additional 1 TB of external memory whilst promising no decrease in “peak speed and performance” compared to the internal SSD. The price of that speed-boosting shared Velocity architecture is a hefty £220 in the UK.

Alternatively, VentureBeat ran some transfer speed tests and found that transferring Assassin’s Creed: Origins from a much cheaper (and larger) external USB 3.0 HDD to the internal SSD took 7:46.03 minutes and seconds compared to  2:18.53 for an external SSD. As an infamous install juggler myself, this seems to be a good compromise. Certainly better than outright redownloading games.

It’s rumoured that within those 200GB is the lost city of Atlantis, the holy grail, and the meaning of life. At least, that’s the only justification I can see for its size.


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Pokémon Sword and Shield’s Crown Tundra DLC dated

The Pokémon Company reveals more details – and a release date – for the second part of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

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The Pokémon Company reveals more details – and a release date – for the second part of the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass.

In a video broadcast released today, Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara confirmed that the second part of Sword and Shield’s Expansion Pass will be released on October 22, 2020.

The Crown Tundra takes players to a new area of the Galar region and introduces a new character, Peony, who will guide players as they explore its wind-swept wastes and snow-capped peaks. The story will also include a trip to a mysterious Pokémon Den, previously only seen in the game’s Max Raid Battles.

Even more exciting for fans than the new story content is the announcement that every Legendary Pokémon from past mainline games is included in the DLC. The Legendaries will be obtainable by embarking on the new Dynamax Adventures raids. The expansion also adds the Galarian Star Tournament, in which players can buddy together and take on the Galar region’s cast of elite trainers.

Watch today’s presentation right here.

In other news, Pokémon Home will be updated before the end of the year to allow Pokémon from Pokémon Go to be transferred into Pokémon Sword or Shield. Finally, new retail editions of Sword and Shield that include all expansion pass content will come to the Nintendo Switch on November 6, 2020.


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Save up to 90% on Xbox One games in three new sales

Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

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Are you looking for a new game to play on Xbox One? Here’s a quick roundup of the latest Deals with Gold and Spotlight sales.

Highlights from this week’s Deals with Gold lineup include the breezy retro racer Horizon Chase Turbo, isometric RPG Pathfinder: Kingmaker, and strategy hit Sid Meier’s Civilization VI. If you’re excited for the upcoming Watch Dogs Legion, you can catch up with the series so far with big discounts on its first two games.

Our picks from a new sale of games themed around the ocean are Subnautica, The Flame in the Flood, and Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition. Spotlight sale highlights include future racer Redout and Tom Clancy’s The Division 2.

This week’s Xbox One deals are available until October 5, 2020. Here’s a quick rundown of the best deals. Each game is available from the Xbox digital games store and Microsoft web store.

Xbox One Deals with Gold Highlights

  • Aery – Broken Memories – 33% off
  • Book of Demons – 50% off
  • Borderlands 3 Deluxe Edition – 50% off
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – 75% off
  • Deployment – 70% off
  • Desert Child – 50% off
  • Disintegration – 50% off
  • Edgar – Bokbok in Boulzac – 50% off
  • Faery: Legends of Avalon – 80% off
  • Horizon Chase Turbo – 70% off
  • Lumini – 50% off
  • NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 – 75% off
  • Pathfinder: Kingmaker – Definitive Edition – 20% off
  • Rebel Cops – 25% off
  • Relicta – 20% off
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization VI – 45% off
  • The Division 2 – Warlords of New York Edition – 67% off
  • Tower Of Time – 33% off
  • Waking – 30% off
  • War Tech Fighters – 50% off
  • Watch Dogs 2 – 80% off
  • Watch_Dogs – 65% off
  • WRC 8 FIA World Rally Championship – 75% off
  • Wreckfest – 30% off

Xbox One Spotlight Highlights

  • 1971 Project Helios – 30% off
  • 8-Bit Armies – 90% off
  • A Knight’s Quest – 50% off
  • Aborigenus – 35% off
  • Battle Worlds: Kronos – 67% off
  • Bleed – 70% off
  • Castle Of No Escape – 20% off
  • Color Symphony 2 – 80% off
  • Doug Hates His Job – 40% off
  • Earth Atlantis – 60% off
  • Element Space – 40% off
  • Outbreak: The Nightmare Chronicles – 50% off
  • Redout – Lightspeed Edition – 50% off
  • Rogue Stormers & Giana Sisters Bundle – 75% off
  • Sine Mora EX – 75% off
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 – 67% off
  • We Are The Dwarves – 70% off

Deep Sea Sale Highlights

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – 90% off
  • Aqua Moto Racing Utopia – 50% off
  • Beyond Blue – 20% off
  • Black Desert: Conqueror Edition – 50% off
  • Captain Cat – 50% off
  • Chaos On Deponia – 65% off
  • Close To The Sun – 33% off
  • Death In The Water – 50% off
  • Deep Ones – 60% off
  • Deponia Collection – 55% off
  • Depth of Extinction – 33% off
  • Dovetail Games Euro Fishing – 67% off
  • Dread Nautical – 50% off
  • Euro Fishing: Ultimate Edition – 60% off
  • The Flame in the Flood – 75% off
  • Fishing: Barents Sea Complete Edition – 33% off
  • Freediving Hunter: Spearfishing The World – 20% off
  • Hydrophobia – 80% off
  • Legend of the Skyfish – 40% off
  • Maneater – 35% off
  • Nightmares from the Deep 3: Davy Jones – 80% off
  • Outbuddies DX – 50% off
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire – Ultimate Edition – 35% off
  • Purple Chicken Spaceman – 70% off
  • Radio Squid – 40% off
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens – 20% off
  • Stranded Deep – 25% off
  • Submerged – 90% off
  • Subnautica – 30% off
  • Sunless Sea: Zubmariner Edition – 67% off
  • Super Volley Blast – 50% off
  • Surf World Series – 40% off
  • Swim Out – 30% off
  • Swimsanity! – 30% off
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator – 30% off

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Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon western release date revealed

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up gets a release date in the West.

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Japan got the latest in the epic street-brawling Yakuza series in January, but we haven’t long to wait for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon’s turn-based switch-up. 

Sega today announced a simultaneous release in the West for Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon on Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows 10, and Steam on November 10, 2020. This comes after Japan saw its usual head start on the series with a release in January.

If you’re wondering about a particular next-gen omission in that list, Sega’s playing a longer game with the PlayStation 5. The PS5 release has been pushed to March 2 2021. As with the Xbox consoles’ “Smart Delivery” upgrade path, PS4 owners will get a free upgrade to the PS5 version upon release. As usual, a digital PS4 purchase permits a digital upgrade only.

Yakuza 7: Like A Dragon is a departure from other games in the series, featuring an entirely new turn-based RPG combat system. It’s been out in the wild for a while now given its delay in reaching our shores, so we already know it’s ace. Japanese review site Famitsu gave the game an excellent combined score of 38/40 and over 400,000 copies have already been sold in Japan and across Asia.

If that’s not enough Yakuza for you, it has also been announced that Sega has joined forces with 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content so as to realise a live-action Yakuza film. It will feature the series’ popular original protagonist Kazuma Kiryu.

Whilst I hope a Yakuza film will also be forty hours long and mainly consist of mini-games and side-distractions, I suspect I’ll be disappointed.


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Release date revealed for Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…

The remaster of the prequel to Nier: Automata is the Japanese version unseen in the West.

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The remaster of the prequel to Nier: Automata is the Japanese version unseen in the West. (And yes, that is its full title.)

2017’s wildly popular and critically lauded Nier: Automata is getting its prequel remastered for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on April 23, 2021. No word on next-gen consoles for the moment.

Complete with a risible subtitle, Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is the “modern re-telling” of one of the Japanese versions of Nier, which originally released on the PlayStation 3 in 2010 and was never released in the West.

You might be more familiar with Nier, which was the Xbox 360 version of Nier in Japan – called Nier Gestalt – and featured entirely different protagonists. Nier is itself a spin-off and sequel of the Drakengard series. Confused yet?

Whilst Nier Gestalt featured a father in his 40s and his daughter, Yonah, Replicant has Yonah repositioned as the sister to a teenage Nier. Apparently, despite some dialogue accommodations, the versions were more or less entirely the same. A baffling example of game localisation and console platform distinctions for sure.

Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139… is due to be a significant overhaul with visuals and designs from Nier: Automata character designer, Akihiko Yoshida, gameplay, and even the plot due a remaster treatment. Or as the studio itself refers to it, “more than a remaster,” but not quite a remake. More of a “version up,” apparently.

You can also expect a newly recorded soundtrack from the original composer, Keiichi Okabe. It fits my definition of a remake.

Although the action perfectionist studio PlatinumGames – known for the Bayonetta series, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Astral Chain among others – isn’t fully involved this time, a senior game designer at Platinum will be “overseeing the action sequences,” at least.

Square Enix also confirmed Nier Reincarnation, a mobile game for both Android and Apple iOS devices, is coming to North America and Europe. No release date has been announced yet.

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If you’re mad for everything Nier, you can also invest in the White Snow Edition, which sells for a mighty £149.99. Along with a pin set, two-disc collection of the soundtrack, steelbook case and a collectors box, you also get seven books of the complete spoken script of the game complete with cover art. That might just clinch it for you, eh?


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