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Gears 5: Free DLC Maps, No Season Pass, No Random Loot Boxes

The upcoming Microsoft exclusive Gears 5, which got another cinematic preview at this year's E3, is right around the corner. As the September release date draws near, more details are being revealed about the third-person shooter. A recent post on the Gears 5 website informed players the game will include free DLC and the lack of a season pass.

Gears 5 Cinematic Preview



The blog post shows off a cinematic look at the new character Fahz. The developer also explains the new 3-player co-op mode, Escape. Although, the biggest reveal was how Microsoft plans on handling the additional content releasing over the course of the game's life span.

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The developer behind Gears 5, The Coalition wants to ensure they create a player first experience, which means some of the additional content will be free. Gears 5 will not have a season pass or loot boxes and will feature free DLC maps for both public and private play. Also included are microtransactions, but the post ensures that all purchases will be direct and not feature any RNG. The different types of cosmetics up for purchase include costumes, weapon skins, banners, expressions, executions, blood sprays, and marks.

Gears 5's story follows Kat Diaz as she looks into her heritage and her connection to the Locusts (bad guys of the Gears series). Xbox boss Phil Spencer is confident in Gears 5 and said that the game was looking great when he went to visit the Vancouver based studio. Gears 5 releases on September 10th on Xbox One and PC with a versus technical test scheduled for Friday, July 19th. We here at Gigamax are excited for the next game in this long-running series, so be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.

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Hunt: Showdown In Beta On Xbox One

The developer behind Crysis, Crytek, has a new game on the way. Fans who take a few extra steps can play the first person, matchmaking survival/bounty hunting title, Hunt: Showdown, on Xbox One in Beta form right now.

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Hunt: Showdown, Get The Beta

To access the Beta, players will need to log into the Xbox Insider Hub on their Xbox One. From there you'll see Hunt: Showdown. Then they will need to click the join button and the download will start.

Crytek pointed out to fans that space in the beta is limited and that spots in the game are on a first come first serve basis, so those interested in testing out this unique experience will need to act quickly.

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This play test will run until 9 AM ET on Monday, May 20th. Since it's only a beta Crytek warns that their may be bugs and other issues due to the game being unfinished. The company wants fans to report all problems they see so they can improve the experience for everybody.

"There are a lot of ways to play Hunt. You can work alone, or you can work in pairs," Crytek says. "You can take a smaller risk and grind for XP, or you can risk it all and try to take out every enemy, every Hunter, and every boss you come across. And those are just a few of the options. There are so many strategic possibilities that players have a lot of space to make the experience theirs."

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Bethesda Details Rage 2 PC Requirements

Rage 2 is the next big title from Bethesda and the developer confirmed that the game will be ready soon. The game officially releases on May 14th and to celebrate, Bethesda announced that the game has gone gold for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The company also revealed the PC specs necessary to run Rage 2.



Rage 2 Goes Gold

When a developer says a game has "gone gold" it means work on the initial version of the game is finished. Rage 2 was developed by the studio behind Just Cause, Avalanche Studios, with support from both Bethesda and id Software.

For fans that will be playing on the PC, the minimum specs for running Rage 2 will require a 64-bit OS running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10. Players will require an Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1330X or better processor, along with 8 GB of RAM. The minimum specs also mention that players will need Nvidia GTX 780 3G, AMD R9 280 3GB, or better for a graphics card. Rage 2 demands 50 GB of hard drive space. Those interested can find the full minimum and recommended settings below.

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Bethesda detailed Rage 2's resolution and frames rate across all versions of the game. The PS4 edition of the game will run at 1080p/30FPS, Xbox One clocks in at 900p/30FPS. Both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will run at 1080p/60FPS. Rage 2 will have no limit on the frame rate when played on more substantial PC's as well.

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PC Recommended Settings

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

PC Minimum Specifications

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
  • Storage: 50 GB available space

Additional Visual Features

  • FOV Slider (50 to 120 degrees)
  • Show HUD (on/off)
  • Reticle Style (default/simple/none)
  • Motion Blur (on/off)
  • Depth of Field (on/off)
  • Ultra-wide (21:9) and Super Ultra-wide (32:9) display support (PC)

Source: https://bethesda.net/en/article/6y9pozm34bp07uV7zFBJOp/rage-2-has-gone-gold

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Halo Infinite Brings Back Couch Co-Op

The developers behind the Halo series, 343 Studios recently announced a few more details for Halo Infinite. This will be the sixth entry in the long-running series and based on what was said over the course of the stream, the title is still quite a ways off. 

Halo Infinite Brings New Game Engine

Halo Infinite is utilizing a new engine 343 created specifically for the game and it could push back the release date into 2020. Fans can expect a return to four-player split-screen co-op as the developer announced that it was working on the system for the new engine right now. 343 also mentioned that the armor customization feature in Infinite will resemble the one used in Halo Reach. Additionally, players that have reached level 152 in Halo 5: Guardians will receive an additional reward in Halo Infinite when the game is released. 

Halo 5 - New Details

Some details about Halo 5 were also revealed during the stream. It was said that 343 did not have many things left to add to the shooter when it comes to armor and emblem customization. It was also implied that post launch development of the title has slowed down as members of the Halo 5 team are moved to the Halo Infinite team. 

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343 previously mentioned that Infinite will feature Master Chief's coolest design yet. Although, not much else has been revealed as the studio remains tight-lipped on details regarding the game's development. The studio hasn't even decided whether they're reaching for a Mature rating like the previous generation's Halo titles or Teen like Halo 5. 

Halo Infinite is currently being developed for the Xbox One and PC and we here at Gigamax can't wait to see what 343 has in store. Be sure to check back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest details on the title!

Source: https://mixer.com/Halo?vod=72517605

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Xbox Acquires Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment

Microsoft officially announced that it will be acquiring Obsidian Entertainment  This is the developer behind some major RPGs like Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, South Park: The Stick of Truth, and Alpha Protocol. The company made the announcement during X018, an Xbox focused fan event that took place in Mexico City.

Microsoft Sets Sights on Xbox Exclusives

"As one of the industry's premiere RPG developers, we couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to add their expertise to Microsoft Studios, while enabling the studio to preserve its unique culture and build on its talent and vision to fully realize their creative ambitions," Microsoft said in their statement.

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According to Microsoft, this is only one of two major acquisitions the company will be making, the second being inXile Entertainment, the studio responsible for Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, and The Bard's Tale IV: Barrows Deep. Microsoft pointed out that both of these developers make relatively similar games and they will continue to utilize their talents to make games for Xbox consoles.

Big Moves for Microsoft Game Development

The company also mentioned that with the acquisition of both Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is now made of 13 development teams that differ in development expertise. During this year's E3 press conference, Microsoft confirmed that they were acquiring Santa Monica-based, The Initiative, a new studio led by Darrell Gallagher, former Head of Studio for Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics.

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Microsoft recently purchased State of Decay developer Undead Labs, Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, We Happy Few developer Compulsion Games, and the developer behind Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, DmC: Devil May Cry, and Heavenly Blade, Ninja Theory.

Obviously, Microsoft needs to make up for their lack of unique console exclusives that has consistently kept Xbox behind Playstation. We'll keep a close watch on this story to see what Microsoft has planned for the future for these companies. Be sure to keep checking back here at GigamaxGames.com for all the latest updates.

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PUBG Gets Massive New Update 21 Patch

PUBG may need to compete with Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Battlefield V in the Battle Royale Space but that hasn't stopped Bluehole from staying current with their take on the genre. The most recent update adds plenty of new stuff and fixes an extensive amount of bugs. Referred to as Update 21, this patch brings a new mode, weapon, vehicle, weapon attachment, and reward system.

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Update 21 Answers Requests

Update 21 also adds a much-requested feature to the game, a training mode that allows players to practice with the collection of tools available in multiplayer matches. This training area is set on a small island based map and contains fourteen zones for practicing different situations. Some of these areas include ramps, roads with sharp turns, gun ranges, a parachute practice zone, a location for rooftop free running, and an explosives range.

Bluehole added a new gun to all three multiplayer maps called the MK47 Mutant as well. This rifle takes 7.62 ammo and has a 20 round magazine. The gun also has two firing modes which include single shot and two round burst. Almost all rifle attachments can be affixed to the rifle, except stocks.

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The jungle island based map, Sanhok, will be receiving a new three-person motorcycle known as the Tukashai. While not the fastest vehicle in the game, it handles offroad better than any other bike.

Update 21 contains an objective system that adds rewards for completing a variety of different tasks such as picking up teammates or damage dealt with a single attack. Players will now have the ability to mark points on the compass so their squad has a better idea of where callouts are located. A new laser sight has also made its way to PUBG that fits on the bottom of rifles. Like in most games, it increases accuracy, but those with it equipped risk giving up their position.

For a full look at what Update 21 changed, find the full patch notes on the Steam message board. With PUBG out on Xbox One, there's sure to be plenty more updates in the future so be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com for all the details!

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Halo Infinite Adds Co-Developer Skybox Labs

Halo Infinite Adds Co-Developer Skybox Labs

Halo Infinite will be a joint development project from 343 Industries and Skybox Labs. The Vancouver based game studio has a long history of working with 343 Industries. They were the development team behind Halo 5 Forge Mode on Windows 10 and added the Xbox One X enhancements to the title. Although, this time around it sounds like their work on Halo Infinite will be much more substantial.

Skybox and 343 Going All In

In a press release, Skybox said that it will work together with 343 on "features across the game including AI, gameplay, networking, and cutting-edge graphics features." (https://bit.ly/2LpycWh)

Halo FPS studio head, Chris Lee, mentioned in a statement that he believed Skybox is already doing great work on Halo Infinite. Meanwhile, Skybox's co-founder Steven Silvester said that their studio is energized by Halo's new art direction and engine which is being called, SlipSpace.

Skybox also clarified in their statement that most of their 100-plus developers are currently working on Halo Infinite's development. The studio has been growing over the past couple of years and that hasn't stopped the team looking for talented game developers with experience in a number of different disciplines.

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"Jim, You Said You Remembered Where We Parked"

Halo Infinite was announced at E3 2018 during Microsoft's press conference with a flashy trailer intended to show off the SlipsSpace Engine, but 343 has yet to reveal actual gameplay or story details. Although, the world does know for sure that the game's new direction is meant to be a nod to the original Halo. Microsoft has said that Halo Infinite is bringing the franchise back to its roots with an entry that is bigger and bolder than any previous game in the series.

For more news on the upcoming Halo title be sure to keep checking back with us here at GigamaxGames.com!

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Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 5 Launches in 2019

Devil May Cry 4 came out a decade ago and fans are finally getting a true sequel after 10 long years. Microsoft revealed during their E3 2018 press conference that Devil May Cry 5 will hit consoles and PC in spring of 2019. Along with the big reveal and release date announcement, the company offered fans a look into what the latest iteration of the series is all about.

As shown in the trailer above, Devil May Cry 5 plans on featuring more of the slick and stylish combat system rather than the hack and slash style that comes to mind when thinking about Devil May Cry. The director of the game, Hideaki Itsuno, walked on stage to speak about Capcom's efforts to improve both the combat and controls of the beloved series. All of the game's development is being handled internally at Capcom and as the trailer showed, Nero will be making his way back into the game with his trusty sword, Red Queen from Devil May Cry 4.

Get Ready To Be Impressed 

Capcom also stated that the studio is working around the clock to create world-class visuals that are sure to impress both long-time fans and newcomers alike. Itsuno also pointed out that Devil May Cry 5 is a true sequel to the last numbered game in the series and is the best action experience Capcom has developed yet.

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In a press release that came out after the press conference, Capcom revealed more details on the upcoming action game. "A brand-new entry in the legendary over-the-top action series comes to Xbox One in spring 2019, complete with its signature blend of high-octane stylized action and otherworldly and original characters the series is known for. Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity’s last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style. United by fate and a thirst for vengeance, these demon hunters will have to face their demons if they hope to survive. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation." (https://bit.ly/2sYj72R)

Be sure to keep checking back on GigamaxGames.com to stay up to date with all the biggest announcements from E3 2018. There was so much gaming news to break during this massive conference. What games are you most excited to play? Let the Gigamax crew know in the comments below!

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State of Decay 2 Posts Impressive Player Count in Only Two Days

State of Decay 2 Hits 1,000,000 Players

When the zombie outbreak finally starts, it will take a large group of people working together to fight off the undead horde. Luckily for State of Decay 2 players, this new Xbox exclusive title hit 1 million players in two days after it launched worldwide last Tuesday (5/22/18).

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Although, like Sea of Thieves, it is hard to gauge the number of sales State of Decay 2 received due to the game currently being available with the Xbox Games Pass, Microsoft's relatively new game streaming service. Those that belong to the service pay a monthly fee to play games while they are available on the service.

Microsoft and Undead Labs also noted a couple of other impressive facts about the recent release. According to the companies, from May 18th to May 22nd players have played a collective 6 million hours and streamed 3.5 million hours on Mixer, Twitch, and Youtube with 41,000 broadcasts.

Survive The Chaos

Gamers surviving the apocalypse have murdered over 675 million undead monsters, distracted the beasts with 6 million firecrackers and fireworks, satiated their hunger on 6 million bags of snacks, gained knowledge from 2 million textbooks, and the average survival rate is three in game days.

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Despite the impressive numbers, State of Decay 2 had a bit of a tough launch. Many reviewers scored the game on the low side due to the amount of bugs they encountered while trying to take on the zombie menace. Critics also spoke poorly about the game's lack of depth and the amount of systems that go unrealized throughout the experience.

Gigamax Games is currently playing State of Decay 2, but are too early in the game to give a proper impression. Hopefully, Undead Labs can address fans concerns surrounding the number of bugs because too many poor reviews on an exclusive for a system that has very few could really hurt Microsofts sales and the console as a whole.

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Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Sea of Thieves Closed Beta Begins

Today (1/24/18) marks the start of Microsoft's closed beta for the upcoming pirate simulator, Sea of Thieves. Eligible players for the trial can download the game now so the minute it's available, they can start playing.

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Much like the technical alpha held back in December, the closed beta is restricted to those that entered the Sea of Thieves Insider Program before December 1st or have pre-ordered the title. Xbox One players that already bought the game digitally can find the beta waiting in the 'My Games and Apps' section while those who pre-ordered on PC will find it waiting in their library. If you reserved a physical copy at your local retailer, you will need the redeem the code for the Black Dog cosmetic pack on the Microsoft or Xbox store before installing the beta. Xbox One owners should expect a file size of 7.45 GB. If you'd like to read more about the installation process, check out their official website.

When You Can Play

The Sea of Thieves closed beta will begin at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET / 12 PM GMT on January 24 and runs until 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET / 8 AM GMT on January 29. While the developer, Rare, hasn't specified what exactly players can expect from the beta, they did say it would not be a portion of the full game. Rare did assure that it would offer a taste of the pirate life.

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Sea of Thieves is set to release for both Xbox One and PC on March 20th and will be one of the few games to offer cross-play between the two platforms. It will also be the first game on the Xbox One's Games Pass program that is available on the service the same day it comes out.

Gigamax Games will be taking part in the closed beta so please don't forget to check on Youtube or below for an inside look into what Sea of Thieves has to offer!

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