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Microsoft delays the fifth Flight Simulator patch by a few days due to autopilot issues
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft has announced that it will be delaying the fifth Flight Simulator patch by a few days that was slated to be made available today. The company has cited some last-minute issues with the autopilot on multiple planes, because of which it will need a few more days to iron out the problems.
Here is the complete announcement:
According to the updated Feedback Snapshot from last week, the patch is expected to bring fixes for issues with the terrain emitting light, the promised removal of the ‘Press Any Key to Start’ prompt – something was originally planned in the earlier patches, the ability to disable cockpit tooltips, and more. It is possible that the company will share an updated snapshot as part of this week’s roadmap containing more information about what it plans to address with the fifth patch.
Considering that the announcement says that the patch is delayed just by a “few days”, it will not be surprising if it is released before the end of this week. With the highest voted issue also containing autopilot issues, it is best for the firm to release an update that does not add to the problems.
As for other Flight Simulator news, the firm is closer to releasing the VR beta, with emails for the first wave of the closed beta expected to be sent out soon to users running Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
Cyberpunk 2077 hit with another delay, now releasing on December 10
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
With less than a month to go before CD Projekt RED's latest RPG Cyberpunk 2077 was set to launch, the studio has announced another delay to the game. It's not a drastic one this time, as this delay pushes the launch back by only 21 days. Instead of November 19, Cyberpunk 2077 will now launch on December 10 across all platforms.
While apologizing for this latest delay, CD Projekt RED said that preparing essentially nine versions of the game for a simultaneous launch - "Xbox One/X, compatibility on Xbox Series S|X, PS4/Pro, compatibility on PS5, PC, Stadia" - while working from home has been challenging.
"Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly," said the developer, explaining the situation. "We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make a difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do."
The studio added that while it announced Cyberpunk 2077 had 'gone gold', with all game content being ready for shipping, it had undercalculated the time it needed to make other improvements using a day 0 update.
If the latest plans hold, Cyberpunk 2077 will be releasing on December 10, 2020. An enhanced next-gen version of the game is also in development, which will be landing sometime later for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5 with free upgrades to current-gen owners.
Uplay+ to become Ubisoft+, also heading to Google Stadia and Amazon Luna
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Uplay+, the PC game subscription program Ubisoft launched last year, is going through a rebranding. Following November 10, the service will become Ubisoft+ and also take initial steps to shed its PC exclusivity. According to Ubisoft, a beta for Amazon Luna will kick off on November 10, and Google Stadia users are slated to gain access before 2021.
During the beta period for Luna, only the original $14.99 Ubisoft+ subscription will be required to gain access to the games on the service without needing an additional fee. The same offer will extend to the upcoming Stadia version, and even those with the free version of the Google service will be able to utilize their Ubisoft+ subscription to play games from the publisher. Post-beta pricing was not announced today.
The subscription's features aren't changing, with subscribers having complete access to almost the entirety of Ubisoft's catalog, both brand new and classics. On PC, this amounts to over 100 games, though on the streaming services side, it sounds like Ubisoft will be growing the library over time, with newer titles like Watch Dogs: Legion, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Immortals Fenyx Rising landing soon. Some games, like Valhalla, will also include cross-progression, so players can jump between their preferred platforms easily.
This announcement arrives soon after the recent reveal of Ubisoft Connect, a new service combining the efforts of Uplay and Ubisoft Club into one that's available across all platforms.
Ubisoft partners with Netflix for Assassin's Creed live-action and animated adaptations
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The Assassin's Creed franchise is moving beyond the gaming space again, with Ubisoft and Netflix today announcing a partnership that sees the popular series receiving multiple shows in the future. The deal includes plans for live-action, animated, and anime projects that will land on Netflix.
The live-action series will feature Ubisoft Film & Television’s Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik as executive producers. It may be a while away from materializing though, as a showrunner is still being found.
"For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise," said the head of Ubisoft Film & Television - Los Angeles, Jason Altman. "We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix, and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe."
Assassin's Creed has previously seen departures from the gaming space before, with the Michael Fassbender starring movie landing in 2016, though it featured an original story. It's not known yet whether the Netflix adaptations will tell new stories within the universe that fit in with the games or go another route.
Ubisoft is currently preparing to launch its latest Assassin's Creed entry, Valhalla, which is slated to land next month across PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Stadia.
Opera GX gets new themes and junk file cleaner
by Paul Hill
Opera has announced a new version of Opera GX that adds several new features including new colour themes, GX Cleaner to purge junk files, and Easy Files which makes it easier to attach or upload recently downloaded files or those recently added to your clipboard. Along with the update, Opera also revealed that it gamer-oriented browser now boasts 5 million active monthly users.
With this update, Opera GX comes with a selection of themes through a feature called Secondary Colors. Some of the preset themes include Rose Quartz, Ultraviolet, Hackerman, Frutti Di Mare, and more.
If you don’t like the presets you can also create your own colour scheme with loads of variations accessible through a colour wheel. The icons on the Opera sidebar will also adjust themselves to match the theme you choose.
One of the selling points of Opera GX, when it was launched, was that you’d be able to tune the performance of the browser so more resources could be used for gaming. Building on this, Opera GX adds GX Cleaner which lets you purge old and unnecessary files, freeing up computing resources.
With GX Cleaner you can delete cache, cookies, browsing history, and downloaded files but you can filter these out by date or specific browser location. These controls allow you to delete items that you want to specifically delete while preserving the rest.
Finally, Opera GX introduces Easy Files which was first introduced in the main Opera browser. With Easy Files, you can quickly attach or upload recently downloaded items or files that you have added to your clipboard.
Opera said that snaps you create with Opera’s Snapshot tool are also compatible with Easy Files making them really easy to share. Easy Files will also present you with three files that you’ve recently interacted with, it anticipates that among these is the file you want to share so saves you the time you’d have spent digging around looking for the file.
Opera GX is only available for Windows machines and is still considered early access so there could be bugs or missing features that you otherwise rely on. If you want to download it anyway head over to the Opera GX website.