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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Team Teases New Desert Map

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If you’re getting a bit sick of getting shot in Pochinki, don’t worry. There’ll soon be another new place for you to get shot in. PlayerUnknown himself has revealed a WIP screenshot of a new desert map being developed for the wildly popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

At his keynote speech during the Gamescom 2017 event, Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene revealed the aerial shot below, showing a dense urban map. Based in South America, Peru to be exact, this new image shows buildings that are at least eight stories high, dwarfing any of the buildings that are used in the current map of Erangel.

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This level of verticality and tight close-quarters combat will be something of a new experience in a game that often revolves around people hiding behind trees and shooting each other at distance (not that I’m complaining or anything). From what it looks like, this new urban map will feature much more opportunity for frantic indoor battles, multi-tiered building to building combat and no doubt people falling from roofs by accident.

Whether or not each and every building is accessible is (player)unknown, although the fire escapes and roof access doors on some of the buildings suggest the majority are.

Two teams are currently working on the new map, which should have little to no impact on the upcoming updates that have already been teased.

With this desert map being teased and Greene confirming that a map based in the Adriatic is currently in the works, players who are finding Erangel to be getting stale should be pleased that Bluehole Studio and PlayerUnknown are going to be shaking things up soon.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still hurtling towards its full release, which is slated for sometime ‘late 2017’. Having already passed eight millions players and counting, it’s good to see that the team isn’t sitting around counting their money.

In the meantime, I’ll be mentally preparing for the first time me and another unlucky individual are stuck in the circle on different floors of an eight-tier building.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is set for a full release on PC in late 2017, following a recently announced ‘console launch exclusive’ release on Xbox One and the enhanced Xbox One X.

 

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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