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PSA: Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, Players Unable To Access Digitally Purchased Content

Xbox Live is currently suffering from some unspecified issues at the moment, which include preventing players from accessing games they've bought from the network digitally.

Xbox's official support twitter has tweeted that it is aware of the issue:

Microsoft hasn't explained what the issue is or when it will be resolved, only that you can keep an eye on the status of Xbox Live here.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update if we hear back.

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PSA: Xbox Live Experiencing Issues, Players Unable To Access Digitally Purchased Content

Xbox Live is currently suffering from some unspecified issues at the moment, which include preventing players from accessing games they've bought from the network digitally.

Xbox's official support twitter has tweeted that it is aware of the issue:

Microsoft hasn't explained what the issue is or when it will be resolved, only that you can keep an eye on the status of Xbox Live here.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment and will update if we hear back.

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Chat with the developer of Early Access hit Northgard today at 3PM EDT

If you want to know how a strategy game can shoot up the Steam best-selling list while still in Early Access, you should join us as we chat with the developers of Northgard today at 3PM EDT. …


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Solo Players Can Check Out One Of Mass Effect Andromeda’s Planets In EA Access

Mass Effect Andromeda is coming in a few short weeks, but EA Access members will be able to get their hands on it a little earlier. A BioWare producer has provided some additional info on what players can expect from the timed tease.

Starting March 16, members of EA Access can play the game on Xbox One and PC for 10 hours. That time is shared between the single-player and multiplayer aspects of the game. As with other EA Access early looks, such as Battlefield 1, you're not exactly getting the full game. In this case, you can check out a couple of story missions on a planet and continue to explore on your own. Producer Fernando Melo explained this point on Twitter in response to a question.

Players can also check out the multiplayer during the demo as well. Take a look at our hands-on impressions for a glimpse at what you can expect.

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Conan Exiles Sells 320,000 In First Week Of Early Access, Development Costs Recouped

Funcom's Conan Exiles has taken the number-one 1 spot on Steam's global top-sellers list in its first week in the wild, selling more than 320,000 copies. The survival title is still in early access, but players are flocking in droves to experience the gritty world of Conan in one of PC's most popular, community-oriented genres.

“We are deeply humbled and very grateful for the
initial success of Conan Exiles,” says Funcom CEO Rui Casais. “Funcom has gone
through some challenging times in recent years and seeing the game we have
poured so much time and effort into gain this amount of traction so quickly is
very invigorating for everyone who works here." 

Funcom released a Conan Exiles mod kit today that allows players and creators to craft mods and upload them to the Steam Workshop.

Conan Exiles will be featured at GDC and PAX East this year.

 

Our Take
Conan Exile's early success can likely be attributed to not only being a solid survival experience, but also the sheer spectacle of the "dong slider" making waves on streaming communities like Twitch. The game has been prominently featured on major channels as players experience the game and show off the whole package. Whether or not the game will have legs after the giggles wear off and the title moves from early access into a full-fledged survival game with many competitors on Steam remains to be seen, but for now, fending off crocodiles in the nude is making a significant splash.

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Battlecrew Space Pirates Pulls Ashore For Early Access

Dontnod Eleven's fast-paced PC title launched today on Steam Early Access. Battlecrew Space Pirates currently features four playable buccaneers, a central hub for players to track stats and leaderboards, and the Gold Rush game mode. This 4v4 competitive game type, which pits space pirate crews against each other to steal the most treasure, is shown prominently in the game's Early Access trailer.

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Battlecrew Space Pirates will be available for 30-percent off until February 7, with Dontnod Eleven promising more maps, characters, and a 2v2 Deathmatch game type as development continues during Early Access.  

Check out Jeff Cork's initial preview of the title here.

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How should Valve improve Early Access, if at all? Devs weigh in

“I don’t want to see any regulation of Early Access,” Introversion’s Mark Morris tells PC Gamer in a recent roundtable feature. “There will always be thieves & shysters who try to defraud the system.” …


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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Warriors Clash In Early Access Launch Trailer For Conan Exiles

The Early Access launch for Funcom's take on Conan: The Barbarian arrives today and to commemorate the occasion is a trailer filled with sand, swords, and giant serpents. You can watch the whole thing right here:

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Conan Exiles will also be available on Xbox One in the Spring.

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Conan Exiles Reveals Early Access Special Edition

Conan Exiles' Early Access period on Steam starts in the U.S. on January 30th at 9 p.m. Pacific. In anticipation of the survival title's journey toward a full release, developer Funcom has detailed a Barbarian edition for Early Access.

The regular Early Access for the title is $ 29.99, while the Barbarian Edition is $ 59.99 [Note: As Steam itself makes clear, Early Access titles are not final releases, aren't full featured, and may never make it to a final release – ed.].

The game is also scheduled for the Xbox One preview program in the spring, and PS4 at a "later date." 

Here's the current listing from Funcom (text from Funcom, all items except the T-shirt are digital)

  • Custom Conan Exiles digital comic book
  • Exclusive Conan Exiles t-shirt
  • Six digital Conan the Avenger comic books from Dark Horse Comics
  • 368-page, full-color, digital Conan Pen & Paper RPG Core Book from the hugely successful Kickstarter by Modiphius
  • "The Coming of Conan" eBook, 496 pages with illustrations and original Conan stories
  • The award-winning soundtracks from Age of Conan and Rise of the Godslayer, plus the brand new Conan Exiles soundtracks
  • In-game items for the Age of Conan MMO including a Savage Rhino mount
  • "The Art of Conan Exiles" digital artbook
  • And more 

[Source: Conan Exiles]

 

Our Take
With the game in Early Access, selling a special edition for a title that's not in a finished state and has no guarantee of a final release seems a little odd to me. Add on the fact that the currently listed contents don't include any in-game items – although "more" could entail some good stuff, and it feels like the Special Edition is more a cleaning out of Funcom's digital swag closet than celebration of the game itself.

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