"Tom Clancy's The Division" is bringing its first update for the newly released game and the good news is that it is for free. Come April 12, players who have spent many hours in the game have something new to look forward to – and they are called "Incursions." According to a GameSpot report, incursions are "The Division's" take on raids, which were popularized by "Destiny."
The April update of the game will introduce the game's first Incursion which is called Falcon Lost. An incursion is described as an "end-game mission" which is "a high-end task that will challenge players and require a good deal of teamwork in order to complete." Players can start off with assembling their team through matchmaking. As soon as a team is ready to take on the incursion, there will be no checkpoints, meaning if your team does not survive the mission, starting from the very beginning is the only option.
According to the GameSpot report, players need to have achieved level 31 gear in order to participate in the incursion. Aside from this, a higher difficulty mode is also available for players who will be successful in getting the new gear sets this coming update will provide. This is so because the new sets will unlock specific talents, according to the report, and this can only be done when paired with matching gear sets. The update will bring four sets, namely Sentry's Call (precision-focused), Striker's Battle Gear (assault-oriented), Technician's Authority (for supporting a team with healing) and Path of the Nomad (earned in the Dark Zone.) more >>
Online shooter game "Destiny" is getting its biggest update since its last DLC, "The Taken King" and the good thing about this update is that it is totally free. According to a report in Tech Times, developer Bungie shared the details of the upcoming update through a Twitch livestream. The update arrives on April 12.
Players however need to have installed "The Taken King" DLC in order for them to get the update which is called Patch 2.2.0. The update is bringing many new things to the game, including new events, more loot, a new end-game activity, new sets of armor, and the comeback of some of Year One's legendary weapons. A report in VG 24/7 detailed what is in store for "Destiny" gamers.
According to the report, new challenges are waiting for players. There will be two new strikes, the Blighted Chalice strike and the Winters Run strike which will have the players go up against Taken-themed bosses such as a hulk called a Malok and an Archon Priest. The new end-game activity that will be introduced is the Challenge of the Elders, which is said to be the one of the ways players can achieve the new Light cap of 335. more >>
The much-awaited action role-playing game "Mass Effect Andromeda" is not arriving until early 2017, after it has been delayed from its original holiday 2016 release schedule. Fans of the game series "Mass Effect" are naturally looking for any information about the fourth instalment in the series. According to an IGN report, gameplay footage of the upcoming may have been leaked, something which has caused excitement among gamers online.
The report cited that the video came from a developer who was said to be working on the game. Another NeoGAF forum user also cited that the footage was two years old, from a 2014 version of the game, meaning that the game may not look like what is shown in the footage anymore.
According to another report in TechnoBuffalo, the short video shows a commander who does not look like Commander Sheppard in a fight with a group of Krogans. One of his enemies throws the commander some kind of pollen which sent the commander coughing violently. Then the footage shows the use of a jetpack, with a character jumping from one ship to another. The video then ends with an explosion of a meteorite. The report however doubted the authenticity of the video, stating that it was admittedly a video from sometime in 2014. It also noted that the gameplay in the video does not seem to show any real improvements to the game despite its new Frostbite 3 game engine. more >>
The makers of Oculus Rift which is a unit of Facebook Inc., prided itself as the first manufacturer to release the first-ever virtual reality headset. Preorders were accepted as early as January 2016, with targeted shipping dates in March. Come March, units were indeed being received by some early adopters but later on, shipping started to slow down. According to a Wall Street Journal report, Oculus admitted that an "unexpected component shortage" was causing the delays. The report said that CEO Brandon Iribe tweeted last Saturday that the "First set of Rifts are going out slower than we [originally] estimated, so we're giving free shipping for all preorders, including international."
Another report in The Verge also mentioned that the company sent out an email to its customers about the situation, saying that they will get more detailed information about updated shipping dates on April 12. The company however noted that not all customers have been affected as some have already received their headsets.
As Sony detailed what was in store for PlayStation Plus subscribers for the month of April, a report in Polygon called the line-up as "one of the weaker months in recent memory." The line-up of six free games, one for each platform, is not as impressive as the free games and according to the report it looks as if Microsoft may have outdone its competitor this time around.
Every month, subscribers of PlayStation Plus get up to six games for free to be downloaded. It usually includes two PS3 games, two PS4 games and two PS Vita games. This month, starting April 5, a new line-up of games can be downloaded for free.
According to the report and the PlayStation blog, the PS3 games up for grabs this month are Ubisoft's "I Am Alive" and Fluffymoon's "Savage Moon." "I Am Alive" is the survival video game that was made by Ubisoft's Shanghai studios which debuted on the PlayStation Network in 2012. "Savage Moon" is a 2009 release, originally for both the PS3 and the PSP. It is a tower defense strategy game wherein players need to defend a remote mining facility. more >>
With Apple leading the recent trend of going small without sacrificing power, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is also rumored to be following the trend. According to a report in Tech Times, HTC is said to be working on a smaller version of its upcoming flagship, the HTC 10. The device, dubbed the HTC 10 Mini, is reported to be released sometime in September.
The original report came from an Austrian news site, who claimed to have received insider information about the device. According to another report in TechnoBuffalo, the HTC 10 mini will be smaller in terms of its display size, which will be at 4.7 inches. Under the hood, however, the phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, paired with 4 GB of RAM. These are said to be the same specs as that of the upcoming HTC 10. The Snapdragon 823 is rumored to be a better version of the Snapdragon 820, because of its faster clock speed, according to the report. This however has not been confirmed by Qualcomm. According to another report in Digital Trends, the clock speed of the Snapdragon 823 is rumored to be 2.8 GHz.
HTC is set to unveil the HTC 10 on April 12 but this does not keep the rumor mill from running as other smartphone manufacturers are also introducing mini versions of their flagships. Samsung, according to Tech Times, is planning to introduce the Samsung Galaxy S7 Mini which has a 4.6-inch screen. more >>