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Meet The Team Behind Civilization VI

Developer Firaxis Games has released a new video giving an inside look at some of the team working on the upcoming Civilization VI.

The video, hosted by Kinda Funny's Greg Miller, takes a look at what's new in the game, what's being tweaked, and what is staying the same. The video also explores the new inclusion of districts within cities, something developer Dennis Shirk refers to as the "core tenet of the game." Check out the video below.

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Civilization VI is expected to launch for PC on October 21. For more on the game, read our recent hands-on preview

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EA Sports To Patch FIFA Ultimate Team Glitch

FIFA publisher and creator EA Sports has acknowledged the problems with chemistry and fitness in some FIFA Ultimate Team players, and is working on a forthcoming patch to hopefully clear it up once and for all.

As detailed earlier this week, the glitches involved how the chemistry and fitness attributes were applied inconsistently to FUT cards that shipped with the game and those that were released by EA post-launch.

EA Sports says the patch will be released "as soon as possible" via a title update.

Here's the statement in full from the company:

Our development teams have continued to investigate the reports of potential chemistry and fitness inconsistencies within FIFA Ultimate Team in FIFA 16, and we want to provide you with an update.

Our work has shown that there appear to be some differences in how fitness and chemistry apply to some FUT items. The differences appear to be the same for all FUT fans, but only applying to some FUT items, so we're making some changes to ensure the attributes are being applied consistently across all items in the game.

To do that, we're working on a title update for FIFA 16 on PC, Xbox and PlayStation platforms, and will be deploying it as soon as possible. We'll continue to keep you updated on timing.

We appreciate the help from the FUT community and ongoing dialogue across channels like YouTube, the forums, and r/FIFA. We hear you and your interest in better understanding how FUT works, and as we move towards the launch of FIFA 17, we will be sharing more about the deeper mechanics of Ultimate Team.

We'll be in touch again when we know the target date for the upcoming FIFA 16 update. Thank you.

[Source: FIFA Official Forums]

 

Our Take
Given that these glitches involved the cards that players spent game time and real-life money acquiring, it's good to see that EA is trying to address the situation promptly. It will be interesting to see how the patch performs once it goes under the assured heavy scrutiny of the community.

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Square Enix and CNN Team Up To Host Human Augmentation Conference

Square Enix, the publisher behind the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, is teaming up with CNN's new branded-content branch, Courageous, to host a conference on human augmentation. The conference, called Human By Design and presented by the upcoming game, is taking place at The Paley Center for Media in New York City on August 3.

The one day event takes influence from the themes of Mankind Divided, with experts in the field of Christian ethics, science, non-profits, and mechanical engineering speaking on topics such as the ethics of human augmentation and how it can be made accessible to everyone and what advancements made in the medical field now may yield in 10 years. The entire event will be streamed on Twitch.

More on the conference can be found at Human By Design's website.

In similar news, Konami recently selected a participant for The Phantom Limb Project, to give a young man a prosthetic arm based on the art style of Metal Gear Solid: V The Phantom Pain.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is expected to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on August 23. For more on the game, check out our cover features at the hub below.

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EA Sports Comments On FIFA Ultimate Team Chem Glitch

A user has found and demonstrated a glitch in FIFA 16's Ultimate Team mode that throws into question the performance – and therefore value – of some cards in the popular, monetized fantasy mode.

User RighteousOnix posted a video on YouTube recently demonstrated the ineffectiveness of chemistry style boosts on cards that are not day-one FIFA Ultimate Team (FUT) cards. Thus, cards that have come out since release – EA has released a variety of these player cards for transfers, position changes, man of the match and in-form designations, etc – do not perform better than the day-one FUT cards.

In the video RighteousOnix explains and demonstrates this using various FUT cards, using those players' ability or inability to perform a special dribble move that can only be performed by players with a dribble rating of 86 or higher. Another video posted by the user also calls into question the functionality of FUT cards' individual chemistry rating.

A fitness glitch involving day-one and non-day-one cards has also been found which EA is investigating.

Here is EA's official comment on the matter:

Thanks to the FUT community for raising awareness of a potential fitness and chemistry inconsistency in some FUT items. After hearing this, our teams were in over the weekend and continue to thoroughly investigate the information. We will keep you informed with updates from the investigation. Our commitment to a fun, fair and secure experience in FIFA is ongoing, and as a community your feedback helps us achieve that goal. A special thanks for your continuous efforts across all channels. 

While EA does not outright admit that RighteousOnix's findings are true, the fact that it brought in its developers over the weekend to look at the situation shows that this is indeed a serious situation.

If this glitch is real, this would mean that the cards that users have been earning and paying real money for aren't as advertised. Ultimate Team is a big revenue source for the company and a major part of its monetization strategy.

We'll update you with more as we get it.

[Source: RighteousOnix YouTube, NepentheZ YouTube]

 

Our Take
User RightousOnix seems to demonstrate that this is real problem for the cards. Of course, whether this was intentional or an accident on EA's part is something we'll probably never know. However, I expect to see a class-action lawsuit pop up quickly on this matter. If EA can patch it quickly and avoid this is something for the lawyers to work out. 

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Get To Know Your Team In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The crew aboard your capital starship Retribution is diverse and varied, hailing from many different nations and backgrounds. You interact with these personalities from mission to mission after completing a main story task or side-mission, and see the world change around you.  As Captain Reyes, you also have a much closer bond with some of your immediate squadmates. Here are some of the major players that you get to know as you attempt to push back the looming threat of the Settlement Defense Front.

Lt. Reyes

You play as Lt. Reyes during the campaign, so you view the events unfolding from his perspective. As a lieutenant in Special Combat Air Recon (SCARS), you are quickly moved into a position of leadership as the captain of the Retribution. As a leader, you are forced to make decisions for the good of the mission and not necessarily the same choices you would have made as a soldier. Your role as captain differs from the traditional distant command role from the flight deck or headquarters, as the importance of the missions at hand call for every ounce of your skill to be used on the ground and in space alongside the rest of your specialized team. In this Call of Duty, you’re not just a grunt following orders or listening to the bellowing commands of your squad leader – you are the one issuing them.

Admiral Raines

Raines is the mentor of our protagonist Lt. Reyes. No stranger to hard choices in the position of command, Raines again provides some valuable insight and advice to Reyes during his swift transition to the ranks of command. Raines isn’t often seen on the battlefield with a weapon in hand, that all goes out the window when Raines – and many other senior commanders from around the world – are shoved into combat when the Settlement Defense Front attacks the annual Fleet Week parade in Geneva, Switzerland. Raines is no stranger to the tough choices that Reyes will face as the leader of the Retribution.

Sgt. Omar

Sgt. Omar leads the Marines aboard the Retribution and is a grizzled combat veteran. His no-nonsense hard demeanor is a bit of a cliché, but he’s all about getting the job done and getting it done right, with whatever tools are available. Omar butts heads with Reyes as they don't always see eye-to-eye in every situation, but there’s no one else that you’d want having your back. Tough as nails and pragmatic, Omar gets things done. In addition to being a hardheaded soldier, Omar has a personal vendetta against the SDF – his family has suffered at their hands.

Lt. Salter

As a Lt. alongside Reyes in SCARS, Salter and Reyes have an unbreakable bond. Salter has some trouble adjusting to Reyes’ new command position, as they’ve often plodded on through whatever mission was in front of them as equals. That tension doesn’t change their relationship, but it does add a bit of a challenge as they interact throughout the game. Salter is an action-first, fill-out-the-paperwork later soldier, and can make risky or off-script choices if she thinks that’s the right way – or the only way – to get things done.

ETH.3n

ETH.3n, or Enhanced Tactical Humanoid 3rd Revision, is built to be the perfect soldier and is a one-of-a-kind item. ETH.3n stronger, faster, and tougher than any human and he comes with programs that allow him to emulate human empathy. A mix of humor and intelligence allows ETH.3n to attempt to bond with human soldiers much like real troops would on the battlefield, and although he initially finds himself an outcast, especially among Omar’s hard-nosed Marines, ETH.3n’s value to the squad is almost unquestionable.

Our exclusive coverage on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will continue all throughout June, so keep checking the hub for deep dives into the weapons, characters, and interviews as we journey to the stars with Infinity Ward's new take on the longstanding series.

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Blog: The difference between Team Fortress 2 and Overwatch’s classes and heroes

Brazilian game programmer Arthur Canzi Zeferino offers an analysis of how Team Fortress 2 classes and Overwatch heroes relate to each other. …


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Get To Know Your Team In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The crew aboard your capital starship Retribution is diverse and varied, hailing from many different nations and backgrounds. You interact with these personalities from mission to mission after completing a main story task or side-mission, and see the world change around you.  As Captain Reyes, you also have a much closer bond with some of your immediate squadmates. Here are some of the major players that you get to know as you attempt to push back the looming threat of the Settlement Defense Front.

Lt. Reyes

You play as Lt. Reyes during the campaign, so you view the events unfolding from his perspective. As a lieutenant in Special Combat Air Recon (SCARS), you are quickly moved into a position of leadership as the captain of the Retribution. As a leader, you are forced to make decisions for the good of the mission and not necessarily the same choices you would have made as a soldier. Your role as captain differs from the traditional distant command role from the flight deck or headquarters, as the importance of the missions at hand call for every ounce of your skill to be used on the ground and in space alongside the rest of your specialized team. In this Call of Duty, you’re not just a grunt following orders or listening to the bellowing commands of your squad leader – you are the one issuing them.

Admiral Raines

Raines is the mentor of our protagonist Lt. Reyes. No stranger to hard choices in the position of command, Raines again provides some valuable insight and advice to Reyes during his swift transition to the ranks of command. Raines isn’t often seen on the battlefield with a weapon in hand, that all goes out the window when Raines – and many other senior commanders from around the world – are shoved into combat when the Settlement Defense Front attacks the annual Fleet Week parade in Geneva, Switzerland. Raines is no stranger to the tough choices that Reyes will face as the leader of the Retribution.

Sgt. Omar

Sgt. Omar leads the Marines aboard the Retribution and is a grizzled combat veteran. His no-nonsense hard demeanor is a bit of a cliché, but he’s all about getting the job done and getting it done right, with whatever tools are available. Omar butts heads with Reyes as they don't always see eye-to-eye in every situation, but there’s no one else that you’d want having your back. Tough as nails and pragmatic, Omar gets things done. In addition to being a hardheaded soldier, Omar has a personal vendetta against the SDF – his family has suffered at their hands.

Lt. Salter

As a Lt. alongside Reyes in SCARS, Salter and Reyes have an unbreakable bond. Salter has some trouble adjusting to Reyes’ new command position, as they’ve often plodded on through whatever mission was in front of them as equals. That tension doesn’t change their relationship, but it does add a bit of a challenge as they interact throughout the game. Salter is an action-first, fill-out-the-paperwork later soldier, and can make risky or off-script choices if she thinks that’s the right way – or the only way – to get things done.

ETH.3n

ETH.3n, or Enhanced Tactical Humanoid 3rd Revision, is built to be the perfect soldier and is a one-of-a-kind item. ETH.3n stronger, faster, and tougher than any human and he comes with programs that allow him to emulate human empathy. A mix of humor and intelligence allows ETH.3n to attempt to bond with human soldiers much like real troops would on the battlefield, and although he initially finds himself an outcast, especially among Omar’s hard-nosed Marines, ETH.3n’s value to the squad is almost unquestionable.

Our exclusive coverage on Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will continue all throughout June, so keep checking the hub for deep dives into the weapons, characters, and interviews as we journey to the stars with Infinity Ward's new take on the longstanding series.

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Sonic Team Is Hard At Work On New Sonic Game

Along with the celebration of Sonic’s 25 years of gaming service, a recent interview with Famitsu (translated by Soah City) suggested that Sonic Team is in the midst of development on a new Sonic game. We reached out to Sega for further details, and learned that not only is the new Sonic Team-crafted game in the works, but we should get more details about the project at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Check out our review for 2014’s Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric to find out why Sonic Team has an uphill battle in its quest to reinvigorate the franchise. 

[Source: Famitsu via Soah City]

 

Our Take
Sonic has had a shaky history in recent years, but it’s heartening to hear that the core creative team is hoping to right the ship with a new entry. 

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Magic Leap and Lucasfilm team up to open mixed reality research lab

The mysterious but exceedingly well-funded Floridian startup Magic Leap has forged a partnership with Lucasfilm that will see the pair opening a joint research lab for “experiential storytelling.” …


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Beyond the pitch: Getting your team engaged and excited about a game dev project

Game industry professionals weigh in on specific ways you can lead your team to success, in this continuation of the Games Outcomes Project. …


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