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Assassin's Creed: Origins Expansions Detailed, First Coming January 23

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 17:31

The new Assassin's Creed: Origins expansion titled The Hidden Ones is arriving on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 23.

Ubisoft updated the game earlier this month to coordinate better with the expansion, including a quest that introduces the new area and the Roman threat within. The early days of the assassins are examined in new regions Sinai and Valley of the Kings and the accompanying update raises Bayek's level cap up.

The publisher also clarified that Discovery mode, the non-combat educational exploration mode will release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on February 20. The update is free to Origins owners on every platform, but can also be purchased as a standalone mode on the PC.

A less educational expansion, The Curse of the Pharaohs, launches on March 6. This expansion takes Bayek to Thebes, where he fights mythical monsters in order to solve the mystery of why long-dead pharaohs have come back to life. This expansion raises Bayek's level cap to 55, which might be the final ceiling for everyone's favorite Medjay.

Assassin's Creed: Origins is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Sony Announces Monster Hunter And White PlayStation 4 Pros Are Coming West

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:16

It's always nice to have options and Sony is providing them with new PlayStation 4 Pros coming to America and Canada. The two new colors, White and a Monster Hunter-themed black with a logo and colored controller, are available in the coming weeks

The white PlayStation 4 Pro was originally included solely in a Destiny 2 bundle, marking the first time a color other than Jet Black was made available for the Pro. Fans who already own Destiny 2 or didn't want to purchase the bundle can now buy the system itself separately for $399.99.

The Monster Hunter bundle features an until-now Japanese-exclusive PlayStation 4 Pro bearing a special Monster Hunter design of a Rathalos, a unique red controller, and Monster Hunter World for $449.99. Officially named The Rathalos Edition, the console will be available on January 26 in very limited quantities, the same day as the game itself.

Both consoles are exclusive to Gamestop and come equipped with 1TB harddrives.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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Final Fantasy Dissidia Spin-Off Opera Omina Coming West

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:21

Another entry into the Square-Enix contest of title mouthfuls, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omina is coming out in English for Final Fantasy fans to enjoy on Android and iOS.

Originally released in January in Japan, the free-to-play mobile title functioned as a companion piece to the then-arcade Dissidia title now coming to PlayStation 4. Opera Omina functions more like a traditional Final Fantasy game than the PS4 fighter and even has a few more characters than the main Dissidia game.

Opera Omina was created as a rest world for heroes between their recurrent battles in Dissidia, but it too eventually starts crumbling. The heroes are tasked with finding enough light to help restore the world with graphics that resemble the PlayStation 1-era Final Fantasy games. You can also join together both heroes and villains, so putting Kefka and Sephiroth with Aerith is perfectly reasonable, if not super weird for her.

The game is coming "soon" but will be released on both Android and iOS. You can check out the trailer for the game below.

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is releasing on PlayStation 4 on January 26.

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Night In The Woods Arriving On Switch January 18 (Update: February 1)

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:29

UPDATE: The developers have confirmed that the listing is real, but the date is incorrect. Night in the Woods will be launching on February 1, not January 18.

The original story is as follows:

Night in the Woods, the coming-of-age adventure-platformer by developers Infinite Fall, is coming to the Switch on January 18.

The news comes from a listing on the eShop which both confirmed the port and the release date, things that were not explicitly known until today. In October of last year, when other console ports fort he game were announced, it was strongly suggested by the game's Twitter account that a Switch version was on the way, but nothing had been said since.

The listing also confirms that the game will sell for the standard price of $19.99 and will take up 6.2GB on your Switch.

You can read our review of Night in the Woods here and check out a trailer for the game below.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Update Adds Iden Versio's TIE Fighter, Balance Tweaks

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:29

EA and DICE have released the year's first Battlefront II update, which adds Iden Versio's custom TIE Fighter into multiplayer matches, puts the Crait map into the Blast game mode, and tweaks a variety of weapons and characters.

The biggest addition is Versio's ship. It comes equipped with an afterburner, laser barrage, dual proton torpedoes, and her innate inferno leader ability, which marks all enemies within her range for allies and makes those targets more vulnerable to all damage. In addition, the Crait map has been added to the Blast game mode.

Take a look at the complete update notes below, with text from EA:

New Content:

Blast on Crait

We’re expanding the ways you can play on Crait by bringing this map to the Blast Game Mode! Battle in the mines among the machinery and crystals leftover from the previous occupants.

Iden Versio’s TIE/In fighter

  • Now available as a new Hero Starfighter in multiplayer matches! Iden Versio leads by example from her personal TIE/ln fighter. Custom-built for Inferno Squad, this modified TIE has seen heroic service in the name of the Emperor.
  • Iden Versio’s TIE/In fighter Abilities:
    • Afterburner – Gives the starfighter a temporary speed boost and breaks enemy missile lock. The Afterburner can be cancelled after a short time
    • Laser Barrage – Charges up a rapid fire barrage which deals high damage
    • Dual Proton Torpedoes – Fires two proton torpedoes which track the locked target and deal high damage
    • Inferno Leader – For the duration of Inferno Leader, all enemies within a radius are revealed to allied players. These enemies receive increased damage from all sources

TIE/In fighter Star Cards:

  • Engine Heat Dissipator – Decreases the Afterburner cooldown
  • Advanced Torpedoes – Increases Dual Proton Torpedo damage
  • Vengeful Barrage – Increases the damage of Laser Barrage
  • Flight Commander – Increases the duration of Inferno Leader
  • Reinforced Hull – Increases the total health of the starfighter
  • Tuned Lasers – Increases primary weapon damage
  • Advanced Capacitors – Improves the primary weapons resistance to overheating
  • Repair Systems – Reduces the delay before health regeneration begins
  • Elite Pilot – Increases the turn rate of the starfighter
  • Engine Upgrade – Increases the top speed and how quickly the starfighter can accelerate and decelerate

Iden Versio’s TIE/In fighter Milestones:

  • Rapid Assault – Used Iden Versio's TIE/LN fighter Afterburner ability 25 times
  • Precision Strike – Achieve 25 Dual Proton Torpedo kills with Iden Versio's TIE/LN Fighter
  • Hope Cannot Save Them – Achieve 25 Laser Barrage kills with Iden Versio's TIE/LN Fighter
  • Avenge Our Emperor – Use Iden Versio's TIE/LN Fighter Inferno Leader ability 25 times



  • Reduced base damage of his EL-16 from 65 to 45
  • Reduced the time before heat cooldown kicks in from 3.5 to 1.5 seconds
  • Reduced damage of each Deadeye shot from 40 to 30


  • Reduced the heat generated per shot of her F-11D


  • Fixed a bug where Maximized Efficiency was not properly granting cooldown reduction

Boba Fett

  • Reduced the damage per rocket of Rocket Barrage from 90 to 78
  • Reduced the inner damage radius for each rocket of Rocket Barrage from 2 to 1.5 meters
  • Reduced the outer damage radius for each rocket of Rocket Barrage from 4 to 3 meters

Classes & Special Units

Wookiee Warrior

  • Reduced Bowcaster center projectile damage multiplier from 1.3 to 1
  • Lowered Bowcaster fall off distance at the start from 20 to 10 meters & at the end from 30 to 25 meters
  • Reshuffled Bowcaster explosion damage and projectile damage to make falloff have higher effect
  • Increased Bowcaster heat per shot


  • Reduce size of scope glint
  • Added scope glint to the following long range weapons: EL-16HFE, A-280, Pulse Rifle, and Captain Phasma’s F-11D
  • Reduced heat per shot for the following long range weapons: Valken-38X, E-5S, DLT-20A, DLT-19x, A180, and DLT-19D
  • Increased the bursts per minute of all Infiltration variants from 100 to 130


  • Reduced the AOE of Supercharged and Explosive sentry
  • Increased heat per shot for Supercharged Sentry from 0.015 to 0.017


  • Reduced explosion damage when turret is destroyed by blaster fire from 150 to 25



  • Lowered start damage from 17 to 16
  • Lowered end damage from 9 to 8
  • Reduced damage falloff end distance from 40 to 30 meters


  • Reduced inner blast radius from 3.5 to 2 meters
  • Increased outer blast radius from 5 to 6 meters
  • Increased explosion damage from 55 to 100


  • Reduced falloff start distance from 20 to 15 meters
  • Reduced start damage of Explosive Shot from 29 to 26
  • Reduced end damage of Explosive Shot from 10 to 8
  • Reduced inner blast radius of Explosive Shot from 0.8 to 0.7 meters
  • Reduced outer blast radius of Explosive Shot from 2 to 1.8 meters
  • Reduced accuracy of the final shots when Burst Mod is equipped

Trip Mine

  • Increased the number of mines that can be deployed at the same time from 1 to 2
  • Raised the time until the mines disappeared after death from 5 to 15 seconds


  • Fixed a bug where both the Officer’s Recharge Command and Finn’s Big Deal abilities were not affecting Heroes or Special Units properly
  • Fixed an issue where each sector on the minimap would not light up properly the first time an enemy fired
  • Reduced fade in time for a minimap sector from 0.3 to 0.1 seconds
  • Stability improvements
  • Misc. bug fixing


[Source: EA]

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Scribblenauts Showdown Announced For Switch, PlayStation 4, And Xbox One

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:27

A new game in the Scribblenauts series has been announced for Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on March 6, focusing primarily on a multiplayer party mode, but the very familiar Scribblenauts gameplay.

Sribblenauts Showdown leverages the word-based gameplay of the much-loved series for 25 unique minigames that run the gamut from slower and more cerebral puzzles to action-oriented speedy games, all of which take advantage of Scribblenauts' 35,000 word library. It is up to players to be creative to play against their friends and family and emerge victorious.

The game also allows players to not just use the regular main character, but design their own Scribblenaut to really make the victory personal. You can check out the trailer below. 

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Scribblenauts first debuted on the Nintendo DS in September 2009 and has since seen releases on PC, iOS, and licensed versions with DC comics.

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A Gameplay Overview Of The Civilization VI: Rise And Fall Expansion

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:54

Firaxis has released a features overview video for the Civilization VI: Rise and Fall expansion, and there's a lot to take in, including the transition between ages, governors, emergencies, and much more.

The video below also covers a plethora of concerns as you move through time such as alliances, and you can read more in our deep dive detailing the expansion's seven big changes

Rise and Fall comes out on February 8.

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Final Fantasy XV Royal & PC Editions Dated For March

Game informer - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:20

Square Enix has announced two new editions for Final Fantasy XV on March 6, both of which contain all of the game's DLC as well as new additions such as a first-person camera mode.

The Royal Edition appears on the PS4 and Xbox One while the Windows Edition covers Windows 10, Steam, and Origin (click here for the PC pre-order bonuses and specs). Both are $49.99, and if you already own the game on PS4 or Xbox One you can purchase the Royal Pack for $19.99 via the systems' digital stores for the new content alone.

Here's what both editions contain along with the base game (text from Square Enix):

  • Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – All-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players will also take on the Rulers of Yore.
  • A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fishes and dishes.
  • A new accessory that can activate the new action "Armiger Unleashed" – Players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
  • A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis' perspective.
  • More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins, and item sets
  • All season pass content including Episode Gladiolus, Episode Prompto, Multiplayer Expansion: Comrades, and Episode Ignis.
  • Archive – Players can review the "Cosmogony" stories scattered throughout the Final Fantasy XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations, allowing players to obtain more information about the world.
  • Quest to obtain and Strengthen Regalia Type-D
  • New Trophies
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Rumor: Latest South Park Title Coming To Nintendo Switch

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:50

According to a retailer listing, Ubisoft's newest South Park title, The Fractured But Hole, might be coming to the Nintendo Switch fairly soon.

The listing comes from Australian retailer Sanity, which put up mention of the game in their "Coming Soon" section with a March 13 release date. The date is a Tuesday, but there's a two-in-seven chance for dates to fall on traditional game release days, so it does not necessarily confirm anything.

Retail listings as a whole tend not to confirm anything, but Ubisoft has a history of ports and remasters leaking early. South Park: The Fractured But Whole, unlike the previous game, runs on Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine, which was ported to the Switch with Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, so there should not be a ton of work getting the game to run.

You can find our review of South Park: The Fractured But Whole here. If the listing and date are accurate, we should probably find out fairly soon. Though, if it is real, it is odd that the game was not in the latest Nintendo Direct. South Park: The Fractured But Whole was released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in October 2017.

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More Bloodborne Cut Content Shown In Video

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:29

Bloodborne's cut content is a treasure trove of interesting material. While a model viewer got us close to a lot of these NPCs and enemies, Youtuber Lance McDonald has actually placed a lot of the content in-world and is able to fight or otherwise interact with the missing models.

The video shows off cut content that may have been removed for time reasons or changes in the story. Interestingly, a few of the things shown off in this video appear to be from the Bloodborne DLC, or things brought up in the DLC were planned for the main game. There's also a nearly complete King of Skeletons and a previously seen Lesser Demon, suggesting either the game was used as a testbed for Dark Souls 3 development or that the game may have taken a hard left turn lore-wise at some point.

You can catch the video below. What do you think about the cut content? Does it have any interesting implications for you about where Bloodborne might have gone?

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Our Take
The Slug Princess is fascinating, because of how much she resembled the Kos worshipers but is still clearly a little different and designed. I wonder if at some point she was meant to be more of a Gwynevere kind of NPC, where killing her changed up the locale and made the worshipers attack you. I also think the living doll is really interesting because of how it relates to Gehrman's doll.

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Freedom Planet Developers Tease Possible Switch Support

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:29

GalaxyTrail, developers of the indie Sonic-influenced Freedom Planet, are teasing support for the sequel on the developer's Facebook page.

Freedom Planet is a 2D sidescroller with more than a little Sonic mentality, with the first game seeing success and critical favor when it released on PC and console, including the Wii U. After the sequel, Freedom Planet 2, was announced, fans have spent the last year asking GalaxyTrail to bring the game to Switch, as well. After the pictured tease, the developer explained it was just a fun joke.

"We're currently exploring all of our options to offer you the game and the sequel on the Switch," the Facebook account wrote. "The best we could give you so far was a silly pun, though. On the subject, there is nothing to announce at this time, but we'll definitely let everyone known as soon as there is."

You can see a trailer for Freedom Planet 2 below, which is scheduled to release on PC at a date to be determined. Sonic Mania developer Christian Whitehead has announced he will be contributing to the game.

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Our Take
I feel like the developers would not start teasing until or unless they were pretty sure the series was coming to Switch. Hopefully they have something to announce soon.

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Watch This Speedrunner Play Two Punch-Out Games At Once Using One Controller

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:05

Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 set new records for charitable donations, but this run of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out and Super Punch-Out might be the most memorable thing that happened over the weekend.

In this run, which was a donation incentive to encourage people to give more in order to see it, speedrunner Zallard1 used a specially-modified controller that sends inputs to the SNES and NES at the same time. Basically, whenever he presses a button on the controller, both Mike Tyson's Punch-Out and Super Punch-Out receive it as if there's nothing weird about it.

Zallard1 then proceeds to speedrun both games simultaneously, occasionally needing to pause in one game to super-punch in the other, but rarely keeping focus on just one title. It's a hell of an interesting thing to watch. You can find the video below and check out Zallard1's twitch channel here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Coming In 2020

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:48

Marvel is on the cusp of ending this major phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the first half of Avengers: Infinity War coming this May and the second part in 2019. Until now, no movie past Infinity War has been scheduled aside from the next Spider-Man film, but James Gunn has confirmed that 2020 will be the year for the next Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The news comes from director James Gunn's twitter, which replied to a fan question about when the third movie would be arriving. Gunn replied "Coming in 2020."

Gunn confirmed he would be directing the third Marvel movie about space-faring heroes last April. A little while later in a Facebook Q&A, Gunn hinted that the third movie might incorporate Nova into the story. "Nova comes up occasionally as someone we might use," Gunn said. "We're going to be setting up new characters. It's going to really expand the cosmic universe [and] will be the last movie of this version of Guardians of the Galaxy."

The Guardians are also in Avengers: Infinity Wars, which you find the trailer for below.

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Sega Bringing Back House Of The Dead For Japanese Arcades

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:48

Sega has announced a new House of the Dead game more in line with the previous games in the series than the 2009 Wii title Overkill.

The new game, simply titled House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn, is set to be released in Club Sega, the publisher's own arcade in Tokyo with a whole whopping single cabinet. It is, however, two player and features some gimmicks like an air cannon and moving seats within the cabinet. That makes it sound too expensive to end up in any smaller arcades.

House of the Dead: Scarlet Dawn next week at Club Sega, so if you're nearby, you can try it out. There is no word on whether the game might ever come to consoles, but here's hoping.


Our Take
I ended up really liking Overkill, but it's nice to have a return to a less Grindhouse of the dead. Hopefully Sega brings this to consoles or, at the very least, has a stripped down cabinet for smaller arcades in the west.

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Netflix Doesn't Appear To Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Anytime Soon

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:21

Last year, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that the company was in talks with streaming-video providers including Netflix and Hulu about getting their apps on the Nintendo Switch. Hulu made its way over to the console in November, but Netflix is still nowhere in sight. If a recent tweet from a Netflix customer service agent is any indication, that situation isn't about to change anytime soon.

This Twitter exchange just about says it all:

@Netflixhelps @netflix is there any word on when Netflix may be launching on the Nintendo Switch? The demand is high! We are eagerly awaiting its launch!

— Nintendo Screens (@NintendoScreenz) January 13, 2018


Hey there! There are currently no plans for Netflix on Nintendo Switch. We appreciate your feedback on it! *JF

— Netflix CS (@Netflixhelps) January 14, 2018


[Source: Twitter via US Gamer]


Our Take
While it's certainly possible that the agent in command of Netflix's Twitter account isn't privy to top-secret conversations behind the scenes, we'll have to take it at face value at this point. It's certainly possible that the companies have plans for a bigger reveal at some undisclosed time, but let's be real here: It's Netflix, a service that's available on just about everything else that has a screen. It would be nice to have it on Switch, too, but we're not exactly lacking for alternatives.

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Fortnite Continues Its Steep And Steady Growth

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:08

Epic Games' Fortnite continues to pick up players – reports that the game has added another 10 million players, bringing its total to around 40 million.

Furthermore, the game's peak concurrent users has hit as high as two million. This exceeds the 1.3 million mark hit in December.

In other Fortnite news, recently Epic outlined its first update for the year.



Our Take 
The game's rise thanks to its Battle Royale mode is exceptional, and I'm curious how its concurrent-numbers mark stacks up to any benchmarks separating phenomenons from the truly world class. 

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Sony Begins Testing For Next Major PS4 System Update

Game informer - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:51

Sony has begun beta testing for the next "major" PS4 system update, and you can also sign up for a chance to get an exclusive PSN avatar.

There are no details as to what the update includes.

Click here to sign up for the beta.

[Source: Sony]

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Reader Discussion – If You Could Change One Thing About Your Favorite Game, What Would It Be?

Game informer - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 19:48

I love Mass Effect 2, but it's far from flawless. Our favorite games are dear to us, but there's always room for improvement. If you could change one thing about your favorite game, what would it be?

If Mass Effect 2 could be remade with the third entry's combat, I'd probably love it even more. How about you? Is there a game that you love, but there's one thing that could make it better? This could include visuals, gameplay, story – anything.

Let us know in the comments below!

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Did You Know Gaming Looks At Donkey Kong Country's Development

Game informer - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 16:19

Did You Know Gaming, a video game trivia channel on YouTube, has its latest video taking a close look at the development of Donkey Kong Country. This classic platformer debuted on the Super Nintendo in 1994, and is Rare's bestselling game to date.

The video talks about the game's development, including scrapped ideas such as an opening cutscene and more animal companions. Some animals that never made it to the final product include a flying pig, a mole, and an owl. It also discusses some of the difficulties the team faced when remaking the series for Game Boy Advance. You can watch the video below.

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Did You Know Gaming recently did a segment specifically on Diddy Kong. You can watch it by heading here. Earlier this week, it was announced that Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will make its way to the Nintendo Switch on May 4.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Currently Experiencing Network Issues, Bandai Namco May Extend Beta

Game informer - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:30

The Dragon Ball FighterZ beta taking place this weekend is facing some unexpected hurdles. Currently, the beta is having network issues, though Bandai Namco says it is hard at work to fix the problem.

Bandai Namco wrote on Twitter that because some of these problems might require more time to solve, the open beta could be extended. You can view the tweet below.

FighterZ, the DRAGON BALL FighterZ Open Beta is experiencing network issues that cannot be addressed quickly. We'll keep the Open Beta online but you might experience problems during gameplay. We may extend the Open Beta, more info here: #DBFighterzBETA

— Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS) January 14, 2018

Bandai Namco also released a statement on Facebook, which reads:


Thank you for playing the Open Beta of Dragon Ball FighterZ and your invaluable feedback. Our team is working hard on optimizing the Open Beta but ran into some issues that cannot be addressed in a short amount of time, so we are asking for your patience until the next server update. The current Open Beta will remain online and available so that the players who can log in and play it, can keep doing so.

Please note, that if we cannot address the issues within a decent amount of time, we will consider extending the Open Beta of Dragon Ball FighterZ. Thank you for your support and patience as we work towards an optimal gameplay experience.

We'll update this article should Namco confirm an extension for the beta, or if the problems are fixed sooner than expected. The open beta is supposed to run from today until January 16 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. 

For more, watch the latest trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ by heading here.

[Source: Twitter]

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