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Apex Legends Steam launch slated for November 4, Switch version pushed back
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment announced additional versions of Apex Legends earlier this year during EA Play, with the popular free-to-play battle royale game heading to Steam and the Nintendo Switch in 2020. Today, an update was shared regarding these two upcoming versions, and it's not great news for Nintendo fans.
Apex Legends will finally hit Steam on November 4, giving PC users another avenue to jump into the game over just Origin. However, the Nintendo Switch version has been pushed back to 2021.
"We’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time," said Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier, explaining the situation. "This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out."
The studio also said in a separate Steam Community update that the Steam version of Apex Legends will support cross-progression with Origin, letting users jump back and forth between the two versions. Moreover, exclusive Portal and Half-Life inspired gun charms, seen above, will be available for those jumping into the game through Steam during the next season.
Cross-play arrived as a massive feature to the battle royale earlier this month, combining the playerbases of all consoles - even the upcoming Switch version - into a single entity. PC users are separated from this bunch, but as expected, Origin and Steam players will be playing in the same servers.
Ubisoft Connect unveiled, a multi-platform service replacing Uplay and Ubisoft Club
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Ubisoft today announced Ubisoft Connect, a brand new service that will be available across its games as the "new universal home for all Ubisoft in-game services, activities, and communities on all platforms." The new service will go online on October 29, replacing the Uplay and Ubisoft Club resources that the company has been offering for many years now.
Ubisoft Connect arrives as a free platform that will be integrated into all currently supported games by the company as well as upcoming releases going forward across PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, mobile, and Stadia. According to Ubisoft, this will enable it to allow cross-play and cross-platform progression in its new games.
Through this system, which is a brand new overlay, players will receive personalized tips depending on their gameplay stats and playstyle, while also gaining easy access to social features like cross-platform friends lists and activity feeds, among others.
Meanwhile, on PC, Uplay is being taken over by the Ubisoft Connect for PC app, a rebranding similar to what EA is attempting with its Origin to EA Desktop app transition.
Features from Ubisoft Club are being integrated into Ubisoft Connect too, offering players in-game challenges to complete that provide rewards as well as Ubisoft Store discounts. However, since there's a new system in town aimed at newer games, over 1,000 rewards for older Ubisoft titles have now been made completely free.
A handy FAQ regarding Ubisoft Connect can be found here. As previously mentioned, the multi-platform service is going live on October 29. Once the service goes live, the PC and mobile version download links can be found through here.
Halo 4 Insider testing is now live across PC and Xbox One, brings cross-play support
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
343 Industries planned to kick off the first Insider test of Halo 4 last weekend but was pushed back at the last minute. In a surprise opening and without waiting for the next weekend, the developer has now kicked off the highly-anticipated flight. If previous plans hold true, everyone who has signed up to be a Halo Insider will receive an invite this time, meaning both PC (across Steam and Microsoft Store) and Xbox One users are eligible.
According to 343 Industries community manager John Junyshek, the invites are still going out in waves, so keep an eye out for an email with instructions or head to HaloWaypoint and check for notifications there.
From Halo 4, this flight contains Requiem, Forerunner, Reclaimer, Shutdown, and Composer campaign missions, 11 multiplayer maps across Social and Competitive playlists, and Spartan Ops content, among other enhancements such as Forge improvements, advanced graphics options, and an FOV slider.
Aside from those, 343 Industries is finally preparing to bring cross-play across PC and Xbox One versions as well as input-based matchmaking and server region selection capabilities to the Master Chief Collection. The testing of these features is also happening in this build.
In other Halo news, it was announced earlier today that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be receiving Xbox Series X|S enhancements on November 17, bringing many enhancements that have been made to the new PC version over to the next-gen console version.
The Outer Worlds is getting a Steam release on October 23, shedding Epic exclusivity
by Pulasthi Ariyasinghe
Obsidian Entertainment's most recent RPG, The Outer Worlds, released in October last year across PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. However, the PC version skipped Steam due to an exclusivity deal by the publisher Private Division with Epic Games, though Xbox Game Pass received the game on day one on PC without any trouble.
After a year-long wait, today it was revealed that the game will finally be arriving to Steam on October 23. The highly-rated science-fiction RPG's story takes place in Halcyon, a colony set in the "furthest edge of the galaxy". The player character is a newly unfrozen colonist that travels around the star system gathering crew members, fighting alien monsters, and solving mysteries while trying to get to the bottom of a corporate conspiracy.
The title also received its first piece of DLC last month named Peril on Gorgon, which delivers a brand new questline with new locations, characters, and weapons. The second and final DLC delivery to the game, Murder on Eridanos, is happening in 2021.
Aside from finishing up The Outer Worlds content, Obsidian is also working on its miniaturized survival title Grounded and its next grand RPG Avowed, both for Xbox platforms.
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