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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds opens application process for new partners!

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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has certainly been one of the hottest games this year.  PUBG, as it’s known in the gaming world, has sold 4 million copies in just three months according to Player Unknown himself. The game has been an absolute juggernaut since stomping it’s way onto the scene in March. The community of PUBG is one of the strongest in recent years, with its current partners devoted to streaming the game almost full-time. So the company has decided to bring on new partners. A tweet sent out on June 30th from the @PUBGpartners twitter, states the application process starts today July 1st and runs through July 7th until 12 am KST, which is July 6th at 11 am EDT. Time zones are rough, I know.

Some of the current partners include Sacriel, JoshOG from Twitch, and Magnetron on Mixer. While the team has primarily been focused on Twitch, given the size and viewership of the platform, It’s also looking to include partners from the hot-new live streaming platform from Microsoft called Mixer.  The application includes areas for not only Twitch streamers but Mixer streamers as well. Which, I may be a bit biased in this area, but it’s great to see the community team with the game is open to including the streamers from Mixer.

From the actual Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds website, benefits of becoming a partner include early access to new features, priority placement, priority support, exclusive swag & in-game items, personalized partner banner, and promotion on official social media channels. 

From a personal perspective, the entire PUBG team has done a spectacular job at listening and including the community. The community team on social media has done a fantastic job at responding to most tweets and retweeting clips. The developer side listens to the community and rolls out bug fixes as quickly as possible. Remember, the game is still currently in Early-Access on Steam for $29.99. While that may seem kind of expensive for an Early-Access game, in my opinion, it’s totally worth the price.

This game is easily headed to being one of the greatest games of all-time. I know, strong words, but actually, give this game a shot. It’s fun with friends whether running with a squad of four, rolling with a partner in duos, or lone-wolfing it in solos. The detail and unique feel to this game put it at the top of the list for me.

Fight against 99 other players to be the last one standing.

Fight against 99 other players to be the last one standing.

Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds is a battle royale type game. You drop in from an airplane with 99 other players. Search to find guns and accessories to improve your chances of survival. Be the last one to survive and grab that illustrious chicken dinner. If you’d like to find out more about the partnership application you can visit the official @PUBGpartners twitter status here  and if you’d like to find out more about the game you can visit https://www.playbattlegrounds.com/

 

Hello, everyone! My name is Josh aka DrnkOnShdws(Drunk on Shadows). I'm a partner with Microsoft's live streaming service called Mixer. I'm a straight up geek. I love video game, comics, movies, and tv. Superhero stuff, Sci-fi stuff, I love it all. Thanks for being here!

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Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years

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Activision has recently announced the establishment of a new studio, Elsewhere Entertainment, located in Warsaw. The studio has been entrusted with the exciting challenge of creating a groundbreaking AAA franchise that will captivate players with its immersive storytelling and innovative gameplay. A significant number of employees were let go by the large corporation after the completion of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard King earlier this year.

According to IGN, Activision made the announcement in a blog post, sharing that the team will be based in Poland with additional resources in the US. The studio has assembled a team of highly skilled individuals who have worked on acclaimed titles such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, The Witcher, Destiny, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s The Division.

Activision’s response to IGN’s request for a studio logo or official artwork was rather unconventional. Instead of providing the requested materials, they sent over the Cambridge University dictionary definition of the word “elsewhere.”. However, with a discerning eye, one may catch a glimpse of something lurking in the background. The publication acknowledges that, whatever it may be, it has no connection to Call of Duty. Elsewhere Entertainment has been granted full access to Activision’s extensive resources and cutting-edge tools, enabling them to further enhance their production and development capabilities. We may have to wait a while before we find out what they have in store for us.

Curious about Activision’s latest venture, Elsewhere Entertainment? Opening a new studio after numerous layoffs—is it a tasteless move or simply another harsh reality of the video game industry? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Rockstar Co-Founder Dan Houser is currently working on the development of an exciting new ‘Open World Action-Adventure’ game

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Last year, we reported that Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser had launched a new studio called Absurd Ventures, with the aim of developing original IP for all platforms and formats. The new outfit has recently started development on a game that boasts top-notch combat and third-person action in a variety of game modes.

This information is available, as Eurogamer discovered, from a recent job listing on the developer’s website. The company is looking for more people to join their team and contribute to an “open-world action-adventure game.”. According to Eurogamer, it seems that the project they are working on is still in its early stages. They are currently in the process of hiring for important positions like lead designer, lead gameplay designer, art director, and technical director.

Absurd Venture is dedicated to crafting immersive narrative experiences across a wide range of mediums, such as games, animation, books, graphic novels, live-action, and scripted podcasts. Their mission is to create captivating worlds, compelling characters, and engaging stories that span diverse genres. The former vice president of writing at Rockstar, who co-wrote both Red Dead Redemption games, has recently joined the studio. Additionally, Lazlow Jones, a former writer and producer at Rockstar, has also come on board.

Are you eagerly anticipating what Absurd Ventures has in store for us in the coming years? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Assassin’s Creed Shadows, the physical version, requires an online connection for installation

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Players who choose to go with a physical copy of the recently announced Assassin’s Creed Shadows will need an Internet connection in order to finish the installation. This is unlikely to pose a problem for most Ubisoft fans, but it does align with a trend that is worth mentioning. It follows a requirement that was initially introduced in 2023’s Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and will also be the case with the upcoming Star Wars Outlaws.

As reported by VGC, pre-orders for the game are now available, and a notice on the front box art at retailers such as Best Buy and GameStop states: “Internet connection is necessary for game installation.” For Avatar, players had to install a day-one patch before being able to start the game. However, both Shadows and Outlaws come with a warning prominently displayed on the front of the box.

The lack of a clear explanation for this requirement raises concerns about the long-term preservation of the game, particularly if the servers are eventually shut down. In December, Ubisoft made the decision to delist the original The Crew, effectively ending its run. This unfortunate event may not be the last time we see a game meet a similar fate.

What are your thoughts on Ubisoft’s requirement of an online connection for the installation of its flagship games? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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