New Inside the Vault details next Patch on Dec 18th

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It looks like Bethesda was able to quickly update the PC version of today's Fallout 76 patch without issues, so they have posted their next version of Inside the Vault, which outlines what to expect next week.  After squashing a ton of bugs and making major C.A.M.P. and PC upgrades in today's patch, next week will focus on behind-the-scenes process and stability improvements and community raised issued.  It will also be the last update in 2018 if everything is validated and successful upon deployment.  Below are the details from the Bethesda Post on the next update:

December 18
We’re still hoping to provide one more patch in mid-December. As mentioned previously, this patch will continue our focus on stability and other concerns raised by the community. If we do move forward with this patch, it will be the last one this year as we shift our focus toward updates we have planned for early 2019, which will include new game content, many additional bug fixes, and more changes based on your feedback. We’re still determining the status of this update and will keep you posted as this date approaches.

[UPDATED] Fallout 76 PC Maintenance has arrived with Patch Notes

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Bethesda has taken down the PC portion of Fallout 76 as of 9:00 A.M. EST to put in the previously announced Dec 111th patch.  This will be the first patch update since the revised process was announced, separating the PC from Console patches by a few days so the PC portion isn't delayed due to the additional effort needed for console updates.

Last week the patch ran long and then had some additional hiccups which seemed to be the impetus for the breaking up the PC and console updates.  Regardless, the patch notes for today's PC update, and likely for console on Thursday as well, are after the jump and they are extensive.

A couple of the highlights include:

  • 5GB console and 3GB PC update
  • Over 115 bug fixes in 12 different categories
  • 21:9 resolution support for PC
  • Major updates to the C.A.M.P.
  • Balancing for llot and encounters
  • Push-to-talk
  • Field-of-view and depth-of-view sliders for PC

 

[UPDATE: DAN]  Maintenance is complete, servers back online for PC.  Only Two hours today....

Elite Dangerous servers offline for nine hours today, patch notes released

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As mentioned yesterday, Frontier is upgrading Elite Dangerous and they warned everyone to finish their open missions because they were about to get wiped.  Although the maintenance window opened (Frontier is in UK) about 3 hours ago, but they are expecting it to be a a full Nine hours in duration, which will slide into early afternoon here in the U.S.  Keep an eye posted on their twitter feed for updates.  Once the window ends, you can probably give it a few hours before the first money exploit surfaces, then we have a new mad rush to get as much cash as possible before they patch it.  Happy Exploration!

[EDIT: DAN]  The patch notes were just released and they are significant (hence teh Nine hour maintenance window I guess).  Way to much to print here, so check them out in the Frontier Forums.

Supergiant sent Hades straight to early access same night it was announced

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One of the biggest surprises that came out of last week's The Game Awards was Hades from Supergiant Games. This is the fourth game from the fiercely small studio, with the excellent Bastion [Gaming Nexus score 9 out of 10], Transistor [9 out of 10], and Pyre [9 out of 10] formulating one of the most consistently high-rated portfolios across the entire gaming industry. The surprise within the surprise was that Hades went into early access exclusively on the newly opened Epic Store the same night it was announced.

In Hades, you're the (possibly) prodigal son of the lord of the underworld, Greek pantheon-style. Everybody wants to pay the ferryman to arrive safely in the afterlife, but it looks like this son is looking for a way to leave the nest. Can you blame him? Even though the father says he won't stop his son, it looks like every other creature in Hades does want to stop him. There's a whole lot of hacking and slashing going on in this trailer, but the folks that made Bastion, Transistor, and Pyre know how to layer on an incredible story, too, and they always manage to tell it in slightly unexpected ways—whether it's told through Bastion's gravelly voiced Wild West voice overs, Transistor's date-your-weapon love affair, or Pyre's sportscasted globe trotting tale of freedom.

Wait, Hades is another bat-out-of-hell action-RPG from Greg Kasavin's crew? Well, I'd roll my eyes harder if his entire body of work was slipping.

We return to that isometric view from above, following the son's roguelike recombinant path through the awesomely illustrated underworld. Supergiant Games has such a distinctive art style at this point that, during The Game Awards, I'd returned to my seat during the middle of this trailer and said, "Huh, this looks like a Supergiant Games game." 

Hades is $20 for Early Access, and you'll only find it in the Epic Store. The developers' exodus from Steam has begun.

Patch notes for Rocket League V1.57 released

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Rocket League has an update scheduled for later today (1:00 PM EST) that will hit all platforms.  Included will be four bug fixes that clean up car visuals, flipping issues, camera shake option not working properly and a bug with the inventory issue.

In addition, the team Psyonix team listed two known issues they are currently working on including No XP being awarded and the Most Recent filter issue with inventory.  Below is the full list form the official page:

BUG FIXES

General

  • Corrected rear wheel placement on the ‘’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34’
  • The force that flips cars into upright position will no longer accidentally trigger during dodges
  • Fixed an issue causing the Camera Shake option to not be respected in all contexts
  • Inventory window will no longer disappear when searching an item name

KNOWN ISSUES

  • The "No XP awarded. Minimum score threshold not met." notification may appear despite earning enough XP in a matchThis is only a notification error; your account is still earning the appropriate amount of XP
  • ‘Most Recent’ filter option may not sort your inventory correctly

Rockstar adding new items to the Warehouse for Red Dead Redemption 2

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Rockstar recently announced plans to open the Rockstar Warehouse as a place to sell game related items either inspired by or found in their titles.  The first game to launch since then was Red Dead Redemption 2, and the warehouse was loaded with items from the Outlaw Essentials Collection to support the game.

Today some additional items were added, including a Domino Set ($49.99), Pendleton Blanket ($199.99), Dynamite USB Charger ($29.99 - DO NOT take on a PLANE), Leather Valet Tray ($49.99), Metal Bottle Opener ($24.99), Match Box Slipcase ($19.99) and three metal 3D puzzles ($7.99-$11.99).  Some cool collectibles with a handful at a decent price, so keep an eye out here or at the Warehouse as new items continue to be added.

Vast, minimalist Vane exclusive to PS4 next month

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Stop me if you've heard this one before, adventure gamers: Child runs across vast, desert-like landscapes and can occasionally transform into a bird. The elevator pitch isn't terribly compelling, I know. But in this ruined land, your transformations will further transform the vast and (oh so) mysterious land around you.

Vane appeals to my more primitive instincts. Not primitive in a cave-painting sense—though I bet we'll get to see some cave paintings—but in a way that somehow triggers the more artful side of my survival instinct. Yes, the kind of primitive that stretches a boy's long shadow across desaturated sand dunes and tosses it up against sheer cliffs rising like a giant's causeway in the middle of a wasteland. Flat stretches of land that never seem to end except in a sandstorm. 

Also, it's still difficult to get me to take a second look at polygonal artwork. I'm okay with it in landscapes and architecture, but it's still nearly impossible to convince me that it looks good on character models. On a person, flatly polygonal shapes look unfinished rather than open to the imagination. But these puzzling interiors look great. Like a race of ancients that were building monolithic computers, with digitized angles cut right out of the sandstone. Also, I'm definitely okay with Vane's dusty sepia-toned hints towards being a 3D Inside. Or how stepping stones and ledges glitch into place like a less abstract Bound.

At first glance, I wasn't excited. But before I'd finished the trailer, there was something about Vane that proved to me it was aiming for something a bit different.

Vane is a PS4 exclusive launching in one month on January 15.

DOOM Slayers Club introduced on games 25th Anniversary

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Today marks the 25th Anniversary of DOOM impacting the lives of so many Gamer's back in 1993.  Its been kind of cool watching my twitter feed and all of the folks reminiscing the first time they played the game and where they set it up at. Having said that, Bethesda today launched a 25th Anniversary Trailer to celebrate the game and culminates it with the introduction of the DOOM Slayers Club.


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Visiting the official site, the DOOM Slayers Club doesn't have a lot of info released on it yet, but there is a present for joining (exclusive Zombie DOOM Slayer skin for DOOM Eternal) and they are selling official merchandise.  However the promise is that there will be exclusive contests, content, rewards and more for those that join and play DOOM titles per the official site:

Welcome to the Year of DOOM.
Over the next year we’re celebrating 25 years of ripping and tearing. Twenty-five years of mods, gibs, guns, and the most passionate, unwavering, and ardent fanbase this side of Phobos. Whether you cut your teeth in 1993 or if DOOM (2016) was your first trip to Hell, we’re asking all DOOM Slayers past, present, and future to unite in celebrating one of entertainment’s most iconic franchises.

Join the Slayers Club to receive an exclusive Zombie DOOM Slayer skin for DOOM Eternal when it launches. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks around how to participate in the Year of DOOM, including information on exclusive content, rewards, events, contests, and much more.

So if you plan to play DOOM Eternal, or any DOOM title, probably a good idea to join in, as the Zombie DOOM Slayer skin shown below will be able to be used in Campaign, Invasion and the unannounced Multiplayer at launch.

GameStop has Pip-Boy 2000 discounted until they are gone

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The Wand company made a pretty cool Fallout 76 Accessory in the Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI.  Apparently they didn't have any issues getting it manufactured and delivered to GameStop to sell, but with the game not performing well and a rash of negative news tied to it, it is not surprising that the accompanying toys and collectibles also have not fared well. 

Although poor reception of the game may not have a major impact on sales, The Wand Company and GameStop have discounted the Pip-Boy 2000 Mk VI Self-assembly construction kit from $149 - $99 until apparently, they are sold out.  From what I have seen, it may be a bit of a bear to put together, but once it is, is pretty cool.  So if you didn't sell out for the Power Armor edition and its canvas bag issues, maybe this is the opportunity to grab a Fallout franchise collectible and save a little money.

PSA: Frontier is about to wipe Mission progress in Elite Dangerous

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Just a friendly Public Service Announcement that with the Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter 4 update scheduled for tomorrow, all in game progress will be wiped from the server.  If you have any open missions, especially those that are high-dollar for passenger or cargo, you have less than 24 hours to complete them or lose them.  


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