After the game's closed alpha, its publisher Electronic Arts announced that it will be bringing the game to an open beta soon. Recently, EA revealed that the much-awaited first-person shooter game "Star Wars: Battlefront" will be available for an open beta on October 8. The beta, which will be open to the public, will run for four days, until October 12.
According to a report in Den of Geek, the beta will be open for the PC and current generation consoles, the PS4 and the Xbox One. It will reportedly feature three maps, one for each of the planets found in the game: Hoth, Tatooine and Sullust. Three modes will be available for beta testers and these are the Walker Assault, Survival Mission and Drop Zone modes.
As indicated in the game's blog, the beta test will give gamers a chance to test out the game and possibly identify any bugs. EA also said that any feedback from beta testers will feed into finalizing the game before its release on November 20. more >>
The competition among smartphone brands is heating up once again. With Apple releasing its latest flagships, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, to record sales, rumors have started circulating that Samsung may be releasing its next flagship earlier than usual. According to a report in BGR, some reports are coming from South Korea that a Galaxy S7 may already be in the works and may be arriving in early 2016.
The report cited its source as an analyst at SK Securities, which also controls SK Telecom. The analyst said that the Korean company will be ready to reveal the Galaxy S7 in early January 2016, after which it will release the phone in the market within the same month.
The report also speculated that given Samsung's penchant for changing its launch schedules for its flagship devices as evidenced by this year's line-up of devices like the Galaxy S6 series and the new Galaxy Note 5, announcing the Galaxy S7 earlier may just be a possibility. The Galaxy S6 series was introduced earlier to compete with the iPhone 6, while the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was unveiled earlier, before the iPhone 6S hit the market. more >>
Ubisoft's first-person shooter game, "Rainbow Six Siege," has been in closed beta since September 23. The game's closed beta however has been hounded with complaints from gamers who have not been able to get the beta access codes because the game's website encountered numerous technical issues. Ubisoft has announced that they are working on resolving these issues, while at the same time saying that they are extending the beta to October 1 to accommodate those gamers who have yet to get their access codes.
According to a report in Tech Times, the publisher said that they have already sent out "a large number of guaranteed access codes" and will be ready to share more of these codes to whoever is interested in participating in the beta.
Interested gamers, according to the report, can head on to the game's website. In order to access it, gamers need to click on the button "CLAIM YOUR CODE NOW!" in the middle of the website after checking on "I'm not a robot." Once verification has been made, the site will generate an alphanumeric code which will then be used as the access code for the Closed Beta. more >>
Ahead of Google's September 29 event, details about the company's new Nexus phones have come out confirming that two phones will be introduced this year. This is a first for Google, as it usually introduces only one new flagship every year. According to a report in The Verge, the names of the two phones have been revealed and these are the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P.
Google is collaborating with two different companies this time instead of just one. The Nexus 5X is said to be an improved version of the Nexus 5, which was released in 2013 in collaboration with LG. Details about the new phone have all been rumors so far without any confirmation from Google. The report brings all of these details together to provide a list of improved features that will likely be seen in the Nexus 5X.
A larger display is expected, this time at 5.2-inches, compared to the smaller 4.95-inch display of the Nexus 5. The new phone will also sport a fingerprint sensor, according to some photo leaks. In terms of the phone's cameras, the rear-facing camera is expected to be a 13-megapixel one while the front-facing one will be a 5-megapixel camera, good enough for a selfie. more >>
HTC has a launch event today, September 29, and among the devices it is rumored to unveil during said event is the HTC One A9, also called Aero. The company has yet to confirm whether they are indeed introducing said device, but rumors have been circulating about the phone's specifications. According to a report in Tech Radar, the most recent leak shows that the device has mid-range specifications and not high-end as earlier thought.
Another report in Tech Times cited another recent photo leak which confirmed that the device will have a 5-inch full HD AMOLED display. Other reports are saying that the display can still possibly be bumped up to full HD with Gorilla Glass 4 as protection. Design-wise, the new phone will have a physical home button which will reportedly be the fingerprint scanner as well. Power and volume control are located on the side.
Under the hood, it will reportedly have an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, an Adreno 405 graphic processing unit and 2 GB of RAM. Internal storage will only be available at 16 GB. Its main rear-facing camera may be a 13-megapixel one with a Sony sensor, while its selfie camera may only be 4 megapixels. Battery capacity is said to be at 2,150 mAh. It will likely come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. more >>
Fans of the first-person shooter game "Wolfenstein" will be happy to hear this piece of news. According to a report in Digital Trends, this was revealed by one of the game's voice actors during an interview with a Polish TV network. The reveal may have been unintentional as the game's developer has yet to make an official announcement that a sequel is indeed in development.
The report cited voice actor Alicja Bachleda-Curus, who voiced a major character in the 2014 "Wolfenstein: The New Order," revealed during a TV interview that they are now "working on the second one," when asked about what other commitments she had in the pipeline. Bachleda-Curus played Anya Oliwa, a wounded nurse that the main protagonist BJ Blazkowicz encounters in the 2014 game. She also hinted that the game is still in the early stages of development and is estimated to arrive sometime in 2017.
Although she does not directly mention the name of the video game, the report cited that the only video game in the voice actor's previous projects is "Wolfenstein: The New Order." more >>