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Sea of Thieves sails past 10 million players

Yo ho ho, it’s a pirate’s life for *checks notes* at least 10 million people since Sea of Thieves set sail two years ago.

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Yo ho ho, it’s a pirate’s life for *checks notes* at least 10 million people since Sea of Thieves set sail two years ago.

Sea of Thieves, the plunder-em-up from Rare and Xbox Game Studios, set sail for the Indies on January 24, 2018. The game received praise for its aesthetic (especially that glorious water tech!) and its commitment to being a friendly, open community.

But one criticism levelled at Sea of Thieves at launch was that it was a little content-light. There was still plenty of fun to be had hooning around on a sloop with your friends, but there was only a finite amount of stuff to do, and some of it could be a little repetitive.

But over the past two years, Rare has added more and more content to Sea of Thieves, including new quests, new monsters, plenty of community engagement, and lots of lovely themed/seasonal content. You know, the stuff the kids are into these days. Also, pets were a winner.

And the attention they’ve given the game has clearly worked: Rare has today announced (via the official Sea of Thieves Twitter account) that the game has seen over 10 million pirates since its launch in January 2018.

https://twitter.com/SeaOfThieves/status/1214940204315926528?s=20

“Join us in a toast to the 10 million pirates who have ventured onto the Sea of Thieves looking for adventure, glory and a tall tale or two to tell their mates! Cheers to every single one of you, and thank you for joining us on this voyage!” – Official Sea of Thieves Twitter account

It’s no small achievement in a market that includes Fortnite, PUBG, Destiny 2, and all the other live service and multiplayer games on the market right now. If Sea of Thieves continues to prove popular, expect to see Rare and Microsoft supporting this voyage for a long time yet.

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Surprise! Dead by Daylight is adding Silent Hill DLC

Famously protective Konami is lending a couple of Silent Hill characters to Dead by Daylight’s patchwork quilt of horror.

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Famously protective Konami is lending a couple of Silent Hill characters to Dead by Daylight’s patchwork quilt of horror.

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical survival horror game, where a group of very average people try to escape one of horror’s most famous cinematic killers. Or rather, it is now. When it originally released, Dead by Daylight was populated by a small number of killers who were sort-of-recognisable-but-not-copyright-infringing facsimiles of famous cinematic killers.

They might have had a mask, or a melty face, or a butcher’s apron, but they absolutely were not, for legal reasons, Michael Myers, Freddie Kreuger, or Bubba “Leatherface” Sawyer. Well, they weren’t, past tense. Then a really weird thing happened: Dead by Daylight became popular, and licensing deals started to happen.

Before long, Halloween’s Michael Myers was actually in the game as a playable killer, with his counterpart, Laurie Strode, a playable survivor. They were patched into the game in DLC Chapter II: Halloween, and once that happened? All bets were off.

Soon Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kreuger and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface were lining up alongside their cheap knock-offs, while Ash from The Evil Dead and Bill Overbeck from Left 4 Dead joined the survivors’ ranks. Netflix favourite Stranger Things even got in on the act, with the Demogorgon facing off against Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington.

One thing we didn’t expect, though? Famously protective licensee Konami has lent its Silent Hill franchise to the Dead by Daylight DLC jamboree. (Especially with Dead by Daylight’s original “nurse” killer being so obviously lifted from Silent Hill’s bandage-strapped nurses.)

In a new update, coming to Dead by Daylight in June 2020, Pyramid Head – referred to as “The Executioner” here – will become a playable killer, while Cheryl Mason will be a new playable survivor. And of course, it all takes place on a new map: Midwich Elementary School, a classic Silent Hill location.


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New PUBG update adds Ranked Mode, tweaks shotguns

The latest PUBG update adds Ranked Mode and a range of other gameplay changes.

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The latest PUBG update adds Ranked Mode and a range of other gameplay changes. It’s good news for players frustrated with shotguns, that’s for sure.

We don’t write about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds very often these days. The once plucky battle-royale is now part of the video game furniture, quietly ticking along with regular updates and survivor passes.

However, update 7.2 adds a long-awaited and radical new mode, so we thought we’d mention it.

PUBG‘s new Ranked Mode is for up to 64 players and features no Red Zones. PUBG Corp says the intention is to make the best loot more readily available to the game’s best players.

Some balance adjustments have also introduced to “strengthen the characteristics of each weapon type.” The biggest change can be seen in shotguns, which now inflict more damage on the head and limbs, have a reduced accuracy penalty during movement, less damage drop at range, and better hip-firing accuracy.

Other changes ushered in by update 7.2 include tweaks to the main menu navigation bar, improved tire wear indicators, and slew of bug fixes.

You can chew over all of the new additions by reading update 7.2’s comprehensive patch notes.

The update is available now on PC, Stadia, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.


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This week’s PlayStation 4 releases (May 25-29, 2020)

Minecraft Dungeons headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 releases.

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Minecraft Dungeons headlines this week’s lineup of new PlayStation 4 releases.

Minecraft Dungeons doesn’t feature mining. And nor does it feature crafting. It does, fortunately, feature dungeons.

The newly renamed Mojang Studios has partnered with Double Eleven for the console port of this procedurally-generated dungeon crawler. The game looks beautiful, plays like a dream, and is an accessible entry point to the genre. It might lack a little depth compared to Diablo and the like, but that’s no bad thing. It’s a hack and slash experience for all the family.

The fifth game in WayForward’s long-running Shantae franchise also comes to PS4 this week. Shantae and the Seven Sirens received a warm welcome on its Apple Arcade debut last year, but we think it will feel more at home on console. Expect another enjoyable Metroidvania wrapped up in glorious visuals.

Other new games include Let’s Sing 2020, Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen, and Camel 101’s psychological horror, Those Who Remain.

Here’s the full list of new PlayStation Store releases for the PS4, PS VR, and PS Vita. We’ll add any late additions to the list throughout the week.

New PlayStation 4 releases: May 25-29, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Castle Pals
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Rune Lord
  • Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Many Faces
  • Wizards: Wand of Epicosity

Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Atomicrops
  • Bug Fables
  • Hotel R’N’R
  • Let’s Sing 2020
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens
  • Those Who Remain

Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Genetic Disaster
  • Little Misfortune
  • Pong Quest

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Sony to broadcast The Last of Us Part II gameplay deep dive

The latest episode of State of Play will feature an extended look at upcoming PS4 exclusive, The Last of Us Part II.

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This week’s episode of State of Play will feature an extended look at upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive, The Last of Us Part II.

Sony has announced that the next State of Play video will be broadcast this Wednesday and is focussed entirely on naughty Dog’s promising new action-adventure and game, The Last of Us Part II.

The game’s director, Neil Druckmann, will lead viewers on a 20-25-minute-long preview that covers the game’s story, characters, and threats. It will conclude with around eight minutes of never seen before gameplay.

The Last of Us Part II – State of Play

  • Time: May 27, 2020 – 1pm PT / 4pm ET / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST
  • Watch: Twitch / YouTube

The game itself will be out in just under a month, coming exclusively to PS4 on June 19, 2020. It’s available to pre-order now via the PlayStation Store, Amazon, and other online retailers.

You can reacquaint yourself with the game by watching the recent story trailer for The Last of Us Part II right here.

Sony also says that this week’s State of Play will not include any information on the company’s next-generation PlayStation 5 console.


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This week’s Xbox One releases (May 25-29, 2020)

Minecraft Dungeons and Shantae and the Seven Sirens headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

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Minecraft Dungeons and Shantae and the Seven Sirens headline this week’s lineup of new Xbox One releases.

Minecraft Dungeons is the week’s big new Xbox One game. The family-friendly dungeon crawler from Mojang Studios blends fast-moving hack-and-slash combat with the aesthetics of Minecraft to delicious effect. It’s not the next Torchlight, but it’s a polished co-op experience for intrepid explorers of all ages.

Another highlight is Shantae and the Seven Sirens from WayForward. The game returns to the franchise’s roots with another colourful instalment of exploration and platforming.

Other new Xbox One games include the dark fantasy adventure Little Misfortune and psychological horror, Those Who Remain. We also presume that the release of Ultimate Fishing Simulator means we’ll never need to buy another fishing game.

Each new release can be purchased from the Xbox One digital games store and Microsoft online store. Here’s the confirmed lineup.

New Xbox One releases: May 25-29, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020

  • No releases

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Minecraft Dungeons

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

  • Castle Pals
  • Many Faces: Console Edition

Thursday, May 28, 2020

  • Atomicrops
  • Shantae and the Seven Sirens
  • Those Who Remain

Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling
  • Genetic Disaster
  • Georifters
  • Indiecalypse
  • The Last Scape
  • Little Misfortune
  • Ultimate Fishing Simulator

If you’re looking for some video game bargains, read our roundup of this week’s new Xbox One sales and promotions.


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