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Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 arrives on PS5 on January 28
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
Image via PlayStation Blog Free-to-play title Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 first came out exclusively on the PlayStation 4 platform back in October 2019. Developed and published by B.B. Studio and Bandai Namco, the 6v6 online shooting game will soon be making its way to the PlayStation 5.
Today, Sony took to the PlayStation blog to announce the PS5 launch date for the online multiplayer Mobile Suit Gundam title. The video game will release on January 28, 2021, on Sony's next-gen console. This variant of Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 has been optimised for the PlayStation 5.
Players will be able to experience the gameplay with the DualSense controller's haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and audio features integrated into the game. The triggers will replicate the feeling of firing bullets, players will be able to hear gunshots through the controller, and will also be able to feel the impact of bullets due to haptic feedback.
The PlayStation 5 release will have faster load times, better framerate and the ability to transfer saved game data from the PS4 over to the PS5. It will also feature a brand new map called the Military Base and new voiceovers in English for the characters Neidhardt, Tenda and Katarina.
Stadia Pro adds Journey to the Savage Planet and Enter the Gungeon in February
by João Carrasqueira
February is just around the corner, and as such, Google has revealed the new lineup of titles that's being added to the Stadia Pro subscription next month. As usual, these games can be claimed at no additional cost, and you can play them as long as you keep your subscription, even after they're no longer available to claim for other users.
In February, three new games are joining the roster. Perhaps the most notable of them is Journey to the Savage Planet: Employee of the Month Edition. It's notable because this is an expanded version of the game that was originally released on other platforms, and the developer, Typhoon Studios, was acquired by Google's Stadia Games and Entertainment division back in 2019. Presumably, this edition will remain exclusive to Google's platform. You can watch the launch trailer below.
Aside from that, critically-acclaimed procedurally-generated shooter Enter the Gungeon is also being added, an indie title published by Devolver Digital. Lastly, there's Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, developed by Crystal Dynamics.
These games will be available on February 1, but before that, you may want to claim the games that are leaving the service at the end of January. Right now, you can still get The Gardens Between, Hello Neighbor: Hide & Seek, HITMAN 2, Sniper Elite 4, Into the Breach, and Panzer Dragoon Remake at no additional cost, but only until January 31. Again, if you claim them now, you can play them as long as you have Stadia Pro.
There are also some new games available to buy this week on Stadia, including Phoenix Point (January 26), Madden NFL 21 (January 28), TOHU (January 28), and Gods Will Fall (January 29). Madden NFL 21 will also be free to play this weekend if you have Stadia Pro.
Kublai Khan heads to Civilization VI as a leader for both China and Mongolia
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Following the upcoming Vietnam civilization rundown, Firaxis today turned its attention to the other half of the upcoming Civilization VI New Frontier Pass DLC, the new leader. Kublai Khan is coming to the 4X title as an alternate leader, but unlike most others, this one can be used across two civilizations: China and Mongolia.
The last time Firaxis released a double civilization leader was in February 2019, where Eleanor landed to lead both England and France. Similar to that, Kublai Khan only undergoes some cosmetic changes when being utilized by either side, as his unique ability remains the same.
Named Gerege, this ability provides China or Mongolian players an additional Economic Policy slot for any government they choose. Moreover, a random Eureka and Inspiration is granted whenever a Trading Post gets established in another civilization's city for the first time.
The existing unique abilities of the two civilizations complement Kublai Khan's ability in different ways. China's Dynastic Cycles Eureka and Inspiration bonus is a great combo to use with this leader to pull ahead even faster, while Mongolia's Örtöö lets it create Trading Posts instantly, which combined with Gerege, makes it easier to amass wealth and technologies.
The Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack for the Civilization VI New Frontier Pass is releasing on January 28 with an $8.99 price tag across Steam and the Epic Games Store. As usual, New Frontier Pass owners will gain it as a part of the season pass.
Rare details the Sea of Thieves Seasons battle pass system
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Rare announced last month that Sea of Thieves will be going through another major overhaul soon after the new year, and that time has almost arrived. The game is moving to a seasonal content delivery system and gaining a battle pass like many other live-service titles. Today, Rare provided the first complete look at the new systems coming to the pirate adventure game later this week.
Each season will last around three months, containing an injection of new features at the start as well as events, quality of life changes, and other updates while it is active. Players will have 100 levels of Renown to climb through while a season is active, with each one offering Gold, Doubloons, and various cosmetic rewards for pirates and ships.
Simply playing the game is enough to climb levels, as almost every action - pirate or not - provides Renown. There are also special challenges named Trials that players can complete for a boost of Renown. These can include deeds such as setting skeletons on fire or simply catching a certain fish in a certain area. Pirate Legends have a few special items just for them to unlock too.
"This move to a Seasonal structure is designed to enrich the game and provide players with the freedom to enjoy Sea of Thieves their way, while making sure that a feeling of progression is present throughout a whole gameplay session," said Rare. "We know how frustrated some of you have felt when something’s gone awry and you’ve lost loot, so Seasonal play is there to let you make progress and leave satisfied every time you set sail."
Interestingly, everything mentioned above is free to achieve for all players without needing a premium pass. There is an optional paid option available named the Plunder Pass - which costs $10 in Ancient Coins - but only 11 additional premium items are given out during the first season. These items will remain exclusive to the Plunder Pass until a season is over and then arrive at the Pirate Emporium later.
Sea of Thieves Season One is slated to kick off on January 28 across PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S for players that own the game or play it via Xbox Game Pass.
Nvidia 461.40 WHQL driver carries support for RTX 30 series laptops and The Medium
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
The second graphics driver update of the year from Nvidia has landed. Unlike the previous one that only carried security updates and a few bug fixes, the WHQL-certified 461.40 Game Ready driver carries support for Nvidia's new line of GeForce RTX 30 series laptop GPUs as well as the upcoming title The Medium.
Owners of new laptops with RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 3060 series GPUs are recommended to install this driver. These new GPUs deliver massive performance increases over the RTX 20 series according to Nvidia, promising up to 50% better frame rates.
Meanwhile, Bloober Team's horror game The Medium is slated to land on January 28, and thanks to Nvidia's support, the game is coming with ray tracing and DLSS technologies.
Here are all the bug fixes listed for this release, which also includes the much-awaited SteamVR stutter fix:
The known issues are as follows:
A number of gaming monitors have received G-Sync compatibility validation as well, with the XB253Q GP, XB273GZ, and XV272S from Acer, the Asus VG279QR, the Lenovo G27Q-20 and MSI G273Q, as well as the Philips MAG251RX now gaining support.
The 461.40 WHQL Game Ready driver can be downloaded through Nvidia's GeForce Experience app or the links listed below. The release notes for this release can be seen here.
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 – Standard / DCH
Download: Windows 7, 8, 8.1 | Windows 10 - Standard / DCH