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Monster Hunter: World Will Receive Free Post-Launch Monster DLC

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Thanks to EA’s abuse of microtransactions and loot boxes, many gamers have become wary of AAA games and their publishers. We have become more vigilant in our search to uncover insidious ways to nickle and dime gamers to death, and many developers are taking notice. This includes Capcom, as its upcoming Monster Hunter: World will not only forego lootboxes, it will include free post-launch updates to keep the game alive.

During an interview with Famitsu (translation provided by Gematsu), producter Ryozo Tsujimoto made the following statement:

“We are thinking about free, post-launch updates for Monster Hunter: World. What I can specifically say is that we plan to new monsters and such in hopes that users play for a long time. As for what kind of monsters will be added and so on, information will be shared later on, so please look forward to it.”

This practice is not unusual for Capcom, as its Nintendo 3DS games Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate  and Monster Hunter Generations were supported well after their release dates with constant streams of DLC that continue even today. And yes, the DLC for these games is free. While some contain monsters, most include special missions and weapons/armors that reference other franchises. These include anime shows such as Yu-Gi-Oh! and Fairy Tail, the video games Okami and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, and many more, emphasis on many. The Monster Hunter x Mega Man and Monster Hunter x Horizon Zero Dawn trailers demonstrate the quality of weapon/armor DLC we should expect in Monster Hunter: World and that some DLC will be exclusive to certain versions of the game — I now expect Halo DLC for the Xbox One version and World of Warcraft DLC for the PC version. But, the question remains: what kinds of monsters is Capcom planning to release post-launch? Will they be classic monsters from previous Monster Hunter games, monsters who are making their debut in Monster Hunter: World, or a decent helping of both? We will just have to wait patiently.

Monster Hunter: World is scheduled to release January 26th for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and at a later, unspecified date for PC. I look forward to Capcom turning the game into the must-have MMO and supporting it for years to come. Perhaps some other game companies can learn a thing or two from Capcom’s practices. Hint hint Activision, hint hint

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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