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Goat Simulator Studio Launches Satisfactory Early Access

Coffee Stain Studios, the original team behind Goat Simulator and Sanctum just released Satisfactory for PC on Epic Games Store for early access. Satisfactory is a gorgeous first-person factory builder sim, with a dash of No Man’s Sky and a splash of mystery. The game has been in closed alpha since October 2018 but Coffee Stain Studios thinks Satisfactory is ready for a larger scale test. Along with the announcement of its early access release, the studio also posted a development roadmap so fans can know what to expect over the next couple months.

Satisfactory Early Access Launch Trailer



In the short two minute early access launch trailer, a massive amount of content can be seen. An expansive “handcrafted” world awaits the employees of FICSIT Inc., measuring in at 30km2 or just under 20 square miles. Players are enterprising space Pioneers tasked with charting and exploring a strange alien world. They will build and automate monstrous factories for an unknown reason. FICSIT Inc. employees are not the typical 9-5 workers. These individuals need to fight off hostile alien beasts, research new tech, automate vehicles and continue improving their area of operation.

Multiplayer, Vehicles, and Wacky Aliens!

Satisfactory early access launches with multiplayer (1-4 players), vehicles with automation capabilities, and six tiers of milestones that each unlock new machines, resources, and equipment. The game releases on early access with an impressive amount of content but the studio ensures this is only the beginning.

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“Satisfactory offers immense creative freedom for players. Working with the community during the alpha and seeing their amazing and bizarre factories has been an awesome and constantly surprising experience,” said Oscar Julsen, Game Director at Coffee Stain Studios. “The game is far from perfect but we have huge plans moving forward and we’re excited to invite players to exploit this beautiful alien planet with us and shape the future of irresponsible space construction!”

Those on PC can purchase a copy today for $29.95 and the company warned that this price could increase when a full version of the game is released. Satisfactory can be found right now exclusively on the Epic Games Store.

Coffee Stain Studios is incredibly transparent about the development process and relays that they are unsure how long early access will last. They did state that the game will be in early access for at least a year but it could be longer. No word yet on when fans can expect to pick up a 1.0 version. Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com for the latest updates on Satisfactory, gameplay videos, and the latest video game updates!

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Creator of Left 4 Dead Announces New Zombie Survival Title Back 4 Blood

The developer behind Left 4 Dead and Evolve, Turtle Rock Studios, has announced a new zombie co-op shooter that's set to be published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Back 4 Blood is said to be a premium Triple A title that utilizes the studios talent at making similar titles while also leveraging new tech to create a better experience on current gen systems.

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Have Questions About Back 4 Blood?

Turtle Rock released a faqs page that has some extra details about the game. Although, it never mentions post-launch content or microtransactions, and reinforces that Back 4 Blood is a brand new IP that has nothing to do with Left 4 Dead. It also states that the game will contain a campaign and PVP, but points out that it is not a Battle Royale title.

Some information can be gathered from the way key individuals are talking about the project. The Creative Direct, Phil Robb, said the studio is adding talent to the team and is using knowledge from previous titles on Back 4 Blood. While the Design Director, Chris Ashton, explained that this project has been on the team's mind for quite some time.

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"It's hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is," Ashton said. "We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over 10 years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains. We also have some of the best teammates in the business at WBIE, who understand our development process and are equally committed to our player-first mentality. We love being able to announce, so we can start working with the community right away."

After making Left 4 Dead, Turtle Rock made Evolve which borrowed ideas from the aforementioned title but added a fifth player that took the role of a monster trying to murder their human counterparts. Recently the studio was allegedly working on a new fantasy game for Perfect World, but according to the faqs page that project has stopped development.

Be sure to stick around Gigamax Games as more details become available!

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Borderlands 3 Could Become a Reality

Borderlands 3, is that you?

Borderlands fans have been asking for Borderlands 3 since 2012, immediately after the second game released. The open world action RPG achieved a level of entertainment value well above similar shared-world shooter games released toward the latter end of the decade. Now, 7 years after the release of Borderlands 2, Gearbox is reving up fans by teasing a possible release of Borderlands 3.

Gearbox announced their appearance at the PAX East mainstage by sharing the image below on Twitter. Look carefully at the top right of the image. “Exit 3” can be seen poking out, partially cropped out of the image. Along with the Exit 3 hint, the Tweet was sent out exactly at 3:00pm.

Borderlands 3 - Hint, Hint

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Gearbox will take the main theater stage at PAX East on March 28th. The studio’s event takes place on the first day of PAX East so fans won’t have to wait long to see if Gearbox is ready to drop Borderlands 3. A description accompanied the Gearbox event which reads, “This is your opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing, along with the latest news and updates from the makers of Borderlands, Battleborn, Brothers in Arms, and more! We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises, so don’t miss out!”

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As mentioned at the beginning of this article, Borderlands was massively successful at creating a cooperative first-person shooter that puts major titles like Destiny, Fallout 76, and most recently Anthem to shame. Gearbox was able to create a single-player world that transitions to cooperative play seamlessly. It has a massive amount of content and most importantly, released as a complete game. However, Borderlands 2 did release in 2012, well before this new “Games as a Service” model was first introduced. If Gearbox does announce Borderlands 3 and they stay true to what their fans know and love, it will have a massive chance at overshaddowing Anthem or the upcoming shared-world-shooter, The Division 2.

It’s not confirmed Borderlands 3 is the announcement Gearbox Software has planned for their main stage presentation at PAX East 2019. Even with the multiple references to “3”, Gearbox is infamous for trolling fans, but in a good way. For all the gamers that want to get their hands on Borderlands 3, it would be a crushing blow to watch Gearbox come and go from that main theater without official word on the third Borderlands.

Be sure to check back with GigamaxGames.com on March 28th after Gearbox takes to the PAX East stage for even more updates.

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The Division 2 Has Massive Day One Update

Fans are only a few days out from getting their hands on The Division 2, Ubisoft's latest shared world shooter. Much like the recently released game Anthem, Ubisoft is offering a number of different release dates depending on which tier of the game you buy/pre-order. However, before anyone gets to play the game they will first need to download a sizable day one update.

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The Division 2 Day One Download

As detailed on Ubisoft's support website, they are releasing a patch that will fix a variety of bugs and make other improvements to the game. Players on Xbox and PC will need to have 48-52 GB (depending on region and language choice) of free space while, PS4 players will need between 88-92 GB.

Ubisoft will also be launching their Title Update 1.5 starting March 11th. Thankfully, this patch will not be as taxing, weighing in at around 2 GB depending on region and language. This patch is intended to fix issues surrounding audio cutting out that some experienced during the beta.

The Division 2

Just like the first Division, Ubisoft is set to support The Division 2 with a variety of post launch updates. The developer recently revealed their plan for the game's first year, which included two new episodes releasing in the summer and fall respectively with one more planned for the winter. Ubisoft also has a Year One Pass for those interested that gives early access to new cosmetics and perks.

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Video Leaks Battlefield V’s Battle Royale Mode

Firestorm, the battle royale mode that's coming to Battlefield V, has leaked before its official release this month. The leak comes in the form of the mode's tutorial video, which recently appeared in multiple places online.

Battlefield V Firestorm Get's Leaked



As fans will be able to see in the video, the mode contains a solo, duo, and squad mode. Players drop into the map from above then compete to find weapons and items littered around the map and fight until there's one person left standing. Firestorm will also have three tiers of weapons: common, rare, and epic.

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The new mode will also allow for downed players to fire their sidearm while they are waiting for players to pick them back up. Unlike the recently released Apex Legends, players will not be able to truly resurrect their squad members.


Firestorm's development was not handled by the main Battlefield V team but instead by an EA owned studio named Criterion. The mode will contain a total of 64 players fighting to win with not only Battlefield V's guns, but vehicles like tanks and other troop transports.

EA responded to the leak with a cryptic tweet that seems to confirm its validity. The tweet reads "*Checks Reddit* More to come" then contains a video of a ring of fire closing in on a squad of soldiers. It seems like DICE is preparing to reveal more on Firestorm very soon. Fore more on Battlefield V and its new mode be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Nintendo Japan Reveals Typical Employee Salary

Nintendo, a company that has become increasingly transparent with fans over the past couple years, recently offered an inside look into its Japanese workforce. Spotted by industry analyst Daniel Ahmad, the Nintendo of Japan recruitment page delivers some interesting statistics about their employees including average age, salary, length of employment, and more.

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Closer Look at Nintendo Japan

Nintendo of Japan employs more than 2,000 people, and the average age of the staff is 38.6. The typical employee of Nintendo makes $80,000 per year, and has worked for the company an average of 13.5 years. Another interesting statistic is that a typical work day for an Nintendo employee is 7 hours and 45 minutes.


As mentioned above, this information only relates to Nintendo of Japan. The famous company behind Mario, Zelda, and Metroid has subsidiaries around the world including Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe.

It's always interesting to get an inside look at the inner workings of a company, especially for those that are interested in a career working for a major video game developer. Although, it is important to remember that these numbers are simply averages and of course there will be some outliers.

For more news relating to the corporate side of the video game industry, be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Hero 30, Overwatch Welcomes Baptiste

Baptiste makes his debut on the Overwatch PTR shortly after the characters full reveal. Blizzard released a detailed origin story trailer which hinted at his abilities and what drives the latest Overwatch character.

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Baptiste is a combat medic, ready to fill its role on the support side of the character select screen. Both capable in dishing out damage and keeping teammates alive, hero 30 is ready shake up the meta.

Blizzard Official Baptiste Story Trailer



From a turbulent time in the Overwatch lore, Baptiste chose a path that he would soon regret. This incredible origin story builds a complex layer beneath what is already an exciting new character. Blizzard has the spectacular ability to offer gamers so much more than just a new character to their first-person shooter. Each belongs in the Overwatch world for one reason or another. Baptiste is no exception.

The video below is the developer update, hosted by Jeff Kaplan where he reviews Baptiste origin story and offers insight into each of his abilities.

Jeff Kaplan Speaks About Hero 30 | Baptiste Breakdown



Baptiste includes some impressive abilities that are sure to change how teams approach situations. Come take a closer look at each:

  • Primary Weapon: The Biotic Launcher is a medium range, three-round burst rifle. It has a secondary fire mode that launches a grenade that heals through splash damage. It cannot heal Baptiste himself but can heal as many teammates that are standing in its blast radius.
  • Exo Boots: Baptiste uses his Exo Boots to charge up a jump meter while crouched. When crouching and a player hits the jump button, depending on how much Baptiste’s jump meter has been charged, he will leap high into the air.
  • Regenerative Burst: This is a heal-over-time ability that affects everyone, including Baptiste, in the immediate area around the new combat medic.
  • Immortality Field: When this high-tech device is deployed, it creates a cylinder around the device. Teammates that are within this field can still be damaged but cannot drop below 20% health. The UI will even alert the enemy team that those players within the Immortality Field are immune to damage. The device itself can be destroyed which puts an end to this powerful shield ability.
  • Baptiste’s Ultimate, the Amplification Matrix: To help his team deal massive amounts of damage, Baptiste’s Ultimate ability spawns a wall that his teammates can shoot through. The ability will “significantly” increase all damage dealing abilities as well as any healing effects that pass through the Amplification Matrix.

Blizzard is doing a great service to all Overwatch healers by adding to the support options. Adding Baptiste and all of his unique abilities is sure to galvanize the game for both casual and competitive Overwatch gamers. As stated above, Baptiste is available now on the PTR but no word on when hero 30 will make his way onto PS4, Xbox One, or regular PC servers. Be sure to check back on GigamaxGames.com for more gaming news every week and stay up-to-date with the latest Overwatch has to offer.

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BioWare Lays Out 3 Month Plan For Anthem

BioWare launched their new shared world shooter last week and although the game received mixed reviews on release the developer isn't giving up on the title. This has been made clear with BioWare's reveal of what changes and events players can expect over the next 90 days.

In a post that BioWare on their blog, Chad Robertson, Head of Live Service on Anthem, shared his vision for the first couple months of the game with a look at the 90-Day Roadmap of what the live-service team has planned.

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Anthem in 90 Days

Below is a list of the activities in order of the month that they will be deployed. None of these updates have been given proper release dates, just timeframes. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any official word from BioWare on a hard release date.

Anthem – February 2019:

  • New Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"
  • New Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
  • New Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge

Anthem Live Services – March 2019:

  • New Cosmetics: "Elysian Stronghold Caches"
  • Rewards: New Items
  • New Missions: Legendary Missions - Phase 1
  • New Freeplay Event: TBA (To Be Announced)
  • Freeplay Event: "There Be Giants"
  • Freeplay Event: "Outlaw Outrage"

Anthem Live Services – April 2019:

  • Expanded Progression: Mastery System
  • Rewards: New Items
  • Multiple Freeplay Events: TBA
  • Freeplay Event: Shaper Surge
  • New Missions: Legendary Missions – Phase 2
  • New Stronghold: "The Sunken"
  • Social Play: Weekly Stronghold Challenge
  • Social Play: Leaderboards
  • Social Play: Guilds

Anthem Live Services – May 2019:

  • Freeplay Events: TBA
  • New Missions: TBA
  • Rewards: New Items

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Anthem fans have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. While post launch content has been a bit of a struggle for other shared world shooters, it seems BioWare is trying to get ahead of the issue by being clear with players on what gamers can expect.

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Pokemon Go Adds Team Changing Medallion

It may have taken two years, but Pokemon Go is finally adding the ability to switch teams. The new item that will allow this is called the Team Medallion, which Niantic says will go on sale in the game's store starting February 26th and will allow players to switch teams once.

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The Team Medallion does not come cheap though, with each one costing 1,000 PokeCoins. For comparison, a bundle of 1,200 PokeCoins costs $10 USD. There is also other stipulations for those that decide they'd like to change their allegiance. A Team Medallion can only be purchased once every 365 days, which means once you switch your team you're stuck like that for a year.

Pokemon GO - Choose Your Team Carefully

Once players start their Pokemon Go adventure they are asked to choose a team they'd like to represent: Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct. Until the latest update this decision was permanent, so players that wanted to switch will finally get the opportunity to do so.

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The Team Medallion is not the only new feature being incorporated into Pokemon Go; Niantic recently added Go Snapshot AR Photo Mode. The new mode allows players to take photos of any Pokemon they have in their storage and send them to friends.

It's an exciting time to be a Pokemon Go fan. Niantic certainly hasn't held back their support for the game. With a special raid weekend around the corner, there is plenty of reasons to open this app up. For more information on Pokemon Go be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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Ubisoft Reveals New Support Strategy For Rainbow Six Siege

Ubisoft is getting ready to launch year four of Rainbow Six Siege with Operation: Burnt Horizon. Along with the new season, the developer plans on ramping up their support for the popular first person shooter title with a few changes to how they handle updates.

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Rainbow Six Siege: Update Strategy

Their first change is splitting the development team into separate sections that will cover each of the major parts of the game: events, balance, maps, and operators. Ubisoft will also create a special team that will focus on improving toxicity and player behavior to ensure every game is a pleasant experience. One change that will be implemented shortly is reflecting friendly fire damage back at trolls that are purposely team killing.

Rainbow Six Siege fans can still expect the usual release of eight new operators per season, but the Ubisoft is going to put a larger focus on maps. The team already announced one new map and three reworks for year four of the game. The reworks will cosmetically change some features on the maps and move cover to create new chokepoints.

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The company stated that they will now have to shift focus to cater to new players and those that have invested their time since Siege launched in 2015. This means that server queues will be altered to help new players get their footing and ensure that veterans have the same competitive experience they've come to expect.

Ubisoft wants to place a greater focus on new events that introduce new themes and limited time activities to the game. The development team wants to test new twists on gameplay with these events and will use community feedback to see what works and what doesn't. Rainbow Six Siege continues to expand and grow, to keep up to date with the latest news, be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com.

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