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Does The Division 2 Work As A Single-Player Game?

Like many games in this genre, The Division 2 plays best with a well-coordinated squad of friends covering each other and using unique abilities to fend off mobs with tactical efficiency. Even a squad of random players simply taking down enemies together is sufficient enough to get through most of the game's missions. But sometimes I just want play as a lone wolf and go at my own pace without the pressure of keeping up with others. And I often ask with these types of games, how viable is it go solo? own.

Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Location And Exotic Weapons Guide (March 15-19)

Xur has returned to Destiny 2 once again, and for the second time in as many weeks, the weekend Exotic vendor has new things to offer. Not only does he have another Forsaken Exotic for Warlocks looking to complete their collections, but he's offering the first Invitation of the Nine, a special bounty that gives new information about Xur's enigmatic masters.

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You'll find Xur on Titan this week, hanging out in a small shed on The Rig. Head north from the spawn point and check in a small building toward the edge of the platform. There you can purchase Crimson, a phenomenal Exotic hand cannon that fires a burst of three shots at a time. Kills with Crimson heal you, and precision kills refill the magazine, making it a pretty devastating weapon, especially in Crucible. Crimson is a great hand cannon to take with you on the lengthy Crucible grind if you're working on the quest to get the new Exotic hand cannon Thorn--check out our guide for some handy tips, including where to find the start of the Thorn quest.

Apex Legends Battle Pass: Octane, Release Window, And Everything We Know

Respawn surprise-launched Apex Legends, which quickly rocketed to higher player counts than many competitors in the battle royale genre. From the start, though, the studio acknowledged it was planning to produce regular seasons with an optional battle pass, and now that launch is about to arrive. The studio has released some details, and accidentally leaked others, giving us an altogether pretty clear idea of what to expect. And as of March 15, it even seems to be teasing one of its major additions--the new character Octane--in the game.

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Apex Legends Scholarship Offered By Massachusetts College

Apex Legends is doing very well for itself as the newest contender in the battle royale space, and now you can parlay those battlefield skills into a college education. Becker College has announced a scholarship program tied to an upcoming esports event, which will allow top-performing players to receive $5,000 for schooling.

Becker has partnered with Team Genji and Helix Esports for the program. Helix is hosting an Apex Legends amateur tournament in New Jersey in early April, and Team Genji will be on-site to perform analytics. Those who score among the top players at the tournament can claim the one-time scholarship at Becker, if they apply and are admitted to the college. Eligible finalists will be invited to apply, so there will be no ambiguity whether or not you made the cut.

Dominate At Apex Legends, Win A College Scholarship

Apex Legends is doing very well for itself as the newest contender in the battle royale space, and now you can parlay those battlefield skills into a college education. Becker College has announced a scholarship program tied to an upcoming esports event, which will allow top-performing players to receive $5,000 for schooling.

Becker has partnered with Team Genji and Helix Esports for the program. Helix is hosting an Apex Legends amateur tournament in New Jersey in early April, and Team Genji will be on-site to perform analytics. Those who score among the top players at the tournament can claim the one-time scholarship at Becker, if they apply and are admitted to the college. Eligible finalists will be invited to apply, so there will be no ambiguity whether or not you made the cut.

Scholarship recipients will also be given a try-out for Becker's own Apex Legends team, which will begin competing in Fall 2019. You can read more details and sign up through the official site.

Respawn is planning to launch the first Apex Legends battle pass in March, though it hasn't given a release date yet. We did get an apparent sneak peek at what it will consist of, though, given an accidental update to the Origin site. That showed a new hero named Octane, and suggested the battle pass will be priced at 950 Apex Coins (roughly $10). Respawn acknowledged that the leak was legitimate, but warned against putting too much stock in information gleaned from data mining.

Meanwhile, the studio banned hundreds of thousands of cheaters, and said it has no plans for a reconnect feature--in part because of its potential for abuse by cheaters.

Z1BR Game Update March 13th: Gamers Outreach Charity Event and more!

Today's patch marks one week since the Season 3 update and the rebrand to Z1 Battle Royale. It has been a crazy week and we are ecstatic to see you all in game and having fun with the new season. The feedback and love shown from all of you in the community has since the patch has been nothing short of heart warming. It has been great seeing all the new and returning players having fun in game and on stream. We have also noticed through the feedback and streams where we can make fixes/improvements/ With the patch came the introduction of many new bugs. Today's patch is targeted at those issues, which you will see as you read through today's notes in the Misc. Updates and Bug Fix categories below. Alongside the bug fixes we also have a world update reintroducing sun reflections to the roads, a new in game item for St Paddy's Day, and a brand new Gamers Outreach Charity Hoodie supporting http://GamerOutreach.organd their mission.

  

One last rambling before for those that haven't skipped ahead to the notes. We would like to say thank you to everyone who has taken time out of their day at any point to report bugs and issues they have come across to us. The videos, pictures, and steps to reproduce the issues are extremely helpful. They allow us to reproduce the issues much quicker, which in turn allows us to fix them much sooner. For anyone looking to make a bug report in the future drop those reportshere[forums.z1.live](there is also a great guide to the perfect bug report pinned at the top of the forum).

  

PUBG Player Care Package Test

A while back, we launched the Player Care Package as a way to distribute rewards for completing missions and logging in during special events. Unfortunately, the system had some issues that led to its temporary removal. 

We've been hard at work updating it and we're now ready to run a stability test with the latest version. Starting March 14, players who login to the game will receive temporary items through the Player Care Package to stress test the updated system. Please see below for full specifics.

Thank you in advance and as always, your testing and feedback will be valuable in helping us make necessary improvements for the future return of this feature.

Test Schedule:

  • Start: Mar 14 3am PDT / Mar 14 11am CET / Mar 14 7pm KST
  • End: Mar 15 3am PDT / Mar 15 11am CET / Mar 15 7pm KST

Z1BR Client Hotfix March 7th, 2019

We have just pushed a hotfix with the following list of changes:

  • UI: The in game HUD should now match the HUD from Solos in Duos and Fives.
  • UI: The Killfeed will no longer start rotating the feed into itself as it gets longer.
  • UI: The Arcade Challenge is no longer available. This should not have been showing up since there is no active Arcade Mode running at this time.
  • UI: The Hotshot Crate confirmation will no longer refer to it as “Premium3 crate”.
  • Weapons: Fixed mismatched M9 refire timing. PS3 timings on the M9 had the ADS fire rate set to a faster refire than hipfire. These timings now match up to PS3 values.
  • Animation: There was an issue occurring with the shoulder animation when firing the AR-15 in ADS. It was skipping the animation on many shots. This issue has been lessened and we will continue to tweak this if the issue continues.
  • UI: When exiting a match in 5s, the camera on the front end menu was focusing on the user’s position rather than the group as a whole. 
  • UI: If a player accepts a group invite on the press any key screen, they will no longer receive an erroneous ping lock message
  • UI: Fixed an issue when a player accepts a group invite on the character select screen they will be seen standing in place by other group members.
  • Animation: Ensure empty hand sprint animations are properly playing.
  • UI: The recycle shoes and boots match challenge description was inaccurate.
  • UI: Fixed 3 white backgrounds that were showing up in the front end menu.

Z1BR Season 3: The Return of the King (March 6th Patch Notes)



A foreword from our General Manager, Anthony Castoro.

"Today's patch is huge, not just because it contains tons of content, or that it's the start of the first new Season since early November, or even that the game now has a new name. It's also huge because it represents the first big delivery on the promise that the new NantG team made when it took over development last September: Bring back the game that so many of you fell in love with in the classic "King of the Kill" era around Preseason 3 at the end of 2016 and in early 2017.

Since September, the NantG team has been as transparent as possible about our goals and plans and many of you have stuck with us through the challenges of starting a new company, transferring the development and operations of a live game and releasing updates on an almost weekly basis. We want to take this opportunity to thank so many of you for sticking with us and to welcome those of you who are returning, or even just discovering the game for the first time.

We're not done! We still plan to address old weapon models, classic in-game UI elements and more. So if you want to keep up with the latest plans go tohttps://www.z1roadmap.comor join us in the official forums athttps://forums.z1.live!"

Thank you Anthony. Today's patch is absolutely one of epic proportions as you will all soon see in the massive patch notes below. It has been a crazy ride since making the transition from player to Community Manager and I am ecstatic for you all to get to play this first giant step in the development of Z1 Battle Royale.

On behalf of the team I would just like to say "Welcome Home!"

Everything You Need To Know About PUBG Europe League

For PUBG esports fans, PUBG Europe League (PEL) is shaping up to be one of the marquee competitions of 2019. Before the first phase kicks off on March 21st, here’s everything you need to know about PEL.


PUBG Update #26 - Now Live!


PUBG's latest content release, Update #26, is now available on live servers.


You can take a look at some of what Update #26 has to offer in the Patch Report Video below. For full patch notes,check out this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0U9KlKp7nE

This update features two new vehicles for Vikendi, the Zima and Snowbike, improved Replay Editor functionality, and of course - the long awaited return of the Flare Gun, which will now spawn on all maps as rare loot.


There's also a number of smaller system and UI updates, rich presence support for Steam and Discord, along with a handful of bug fixes.

Survivor Pass: Vikendi has now come to a close, but you've still got two weeks to claim any unclaimed rewards earned during the pass!

Jump in, try all the new changes and please share your feedback.

- The PUBG Team

PUBG A Letter from the Anti-Cheat Team



As part of our commitment to keep you posted on our anti-cheat solutions, we wanted to give you a quick update on what we've been doing the last few months. There’s a lot in the works on the anti-cheat front and while we can’t get into specifics on everything, as doing so could actually harm progress, we wanted to go over a few categories to show where we’re at and where we intend to go.

  • Reinforcement of Technical Measures
  • Improvement of Anti-cheat Solutions
  • Unauthorized Program Detection Improvements
  • Addressing Vulnerabilities in the Steam System
  • Increased Legal Action

Z1BR Patch Coming March 6th, 2019

Over the past few months NantG has taken over development of H1Z1 Battle Royale and has been re-branding it to Z1 Battle Royale, the team has been working feverishly to recapture what made the game so special. The return of classic King of the Kill gameplay that everyone fell in love with, the classic movement, gun mechanics, the look and feel of the world/environment, the works. It's all getting overhauled, and we are bringing it back to the glory days. The team has touched just about every existing system the game has, while also bringing in some brand new systems to give players more to do and interact with. This is our biggest update yet, and the kickoff of what the team here at NantG believes the game should have been all along. In just under two weeks on March 6th we will be dropping our Season 3 patch.


A small preview of what is coming w/ Season 3:

  • Major Overhaul/Restoration of Movement and Animations
  • Updated/Restored Combat and Gun Mechanics
  • Restored Vehicle Mechanics
  • Restored PS3 Era Map, Environment, and Lighting.
  • New: In Match Missions
  • New: Fragments/Collection System
  • New: Seasonal Play and Ranked Playlist
  • Announcement of New Showdown Tournament
  • All New Rewards
  • And One or Two Surprises
  • Full patch notes to be listed the day of the update

This is a patch you won't want to miss. See you all March 6th.

For even more info please check out our public trello at z1roadmap.comFor updates as they happen you can keep up with us on twitter.com/Z1BattleRoyale

PUBG FPS Affecting Rate of Fire

Recently, the community has raised an issue where, in several games including PUBG, the firing rate of weapons was being affected by the frames per second of a player’s PC. Today, we wanted to take a moment to talk about the cause of this issue and what we’re doing to help alleviate it in PUBG.

The current implementation of shooting in burst or full-auto mode relies on the use of timers, or triggers if you will. A timer executes a function after a certain, preset time has passed. On the current live server, this fixed delay is taken directly from rate of fire. After the time set in this timer has passed, it is executed on the next possible frame, as it cannot occur between frames. Should the weapon continue to fire, a new trigger is set automatically with the same fixed delay.

As such, there could sometimes be errors and discrepancies between expected time of fire vs the timer’s execution. This error can be anywhere between 0 and the total frame time (DeltaSeconds). The less FPS you have, the longer the frame time and thus the bigger possible error. Additionally, PUBG does not allow for more than one bullet per frame. During full-auto bursts, those errors can accumulate over time increasing the scope of the problem. Logically, fast firing weapons tend to be more affected by this than the slow firing weapons.

PUBG Update #26 - Patch Notes

This update features two new vehicles for Vikendi, improved Replay Editor functionality, and the long awaited return of the Flare Gun, which will now spawn on all maps as rare loot.

There's also a number of smaller system and UI updates, rich presence support for Steam and Discord, along with a handful of bug fixes.

Read on for all the details of what Update #26 has to offer!

New Vehicle: Zima


Added a new Vikendi exclusive vehicle, Zima.

  • The Zima replaces UAZs on Vikendi.
  • It won't have perfect control on Vikendi's snowy plains, however the 4x4 Zima is much easier to maneuver compared to other vehicles.
  • While the Zima is relatively slow, it has high durability making it ideal for combat situations.

New Vehicle: Snowbike


Added a new Vikendi exclusive vehicle, Snowbike.

  • The Snowbike replaces motorbikes on Vikendi.
  • What the Snowbike lacks in durability, it makes up for with high speed and great maneuverability.

New Item: Flare Gun


Added a new item, Flare Gun.

  • Flare Guns are now available in public matches and can be found as a rare item spawning in the world.
    • If you're lucky enough to find a Flare Gun, fire it directly into the air after the initial blue zone has closed to call in a special care package. 
    • When firing the Flare Gun inside the current safe zone, you'll call in a special care package with lots of loot, or an armored UAZ when fired while outside the current safe zone.
  • Based on your feedback through our public Flare Gun tests, we've made changes to improve the gameplay experience with this item.
    • Flare Guns used in the early phase of the game often give a great advantage with little risk, therefore, the Flare Gun will only deliver a care package when used after the first blue zone phase.
    • A message will be shown on the UI when a nearby player successfully calls in a special care package with the Flare Gun and an icon indicating the location of the drop will be displayed on the map.
      • Calling in an armored UAZ will not display a message on the UI, or be indicated on the map.
    • The Flare Gun spawn rate is different on each map.

Please let us know your feedback and how the Flare Gun spices up the mid-game!

Survivor Pass: Vikendi

  • Survivor Pass: Vikendi will end at 26 Feb 18:00 PST.
    • The sale of level-up items (5Lv, 20Lv, 50Lv) will end.
  • There will be a grace period to claim any unclaimed rewards once the Survivor Pass ends, up until the live server maintenance on March 12.

  • Enter the Survivor Pass menu to check out the result screen showing your progress from Survivor Pass: Vikendi.
    • Item rewards and missions completed during the Survivor Pass can be claimed during the grace period. Click "Claim All" on the result screen to claim all applicable rewards.
    • The coupon store will expire once the grace period ends, so make sure to use them before then!
    • Check out all rewards earned in the rewards tab.
    • View all completed missions in the missions tab. 

PUBG Update #25 - Now Live!


PUBG's latest content release, Update #25, is now available on live servers.


You can take a look at some of what Update #25 has to offer in the Patch Preview Video below. For full patch notes,check out this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHPIQ3AkgQA

This update brings a loot rebalance to Vikendi, increasing AR spawn rates while reducing SMG spawns, Level 3 helmets, and Level 3 Vests.

In addition, a brand new SMG, the Bizon, will now spawn on Vikendi and Erangel, and players can now experience PUBG's wintry map under the colorful Aurora Borealis with the "Moonlight" weather setting for Vikendi.

Update #25 also features a number of quality of life improvements including the ability to pre-set the firing mode of any firearm you pick up.

Unfortunately, the Snowbike will not be making its appearance this update due to some gameplay issues that need to be fixed. This new Vikendi exclusive vehicle will become available in a future update once the issues have been resolved.

We hope you enjoy Update #25 and as always, remember to share your feedback!

- The PUBG Team

PUBG Update #25 Patch Notes

We’re already a month into the launch of Vikendi and we’ve been poring over the data and community feedback about our latest map. On top of loot balance changes, we’re introducing some great new content to Vikendi as well including a new weapon, vehicle, attachment, and the long-awaited Moonlight weather setting for Vikendi. There are also some great quality of life updates and bug fixes, so dig in below to check out all the changes!

Thank you for all of your bug reports and feedback while this update was on the test server. With your help, we identified and resolved many bugs to improve the rollout and overall experience of Update #25.

 * Due to critical issues negatively impacting gameplay, we've made the difficult decision of removing the Snowbike from Update #25. The Snowbike won't be added to live servers until these issues are resolved.

New Weapon: Bizon


Added new SMG weapon- the Bizon

  • Bizon is an SMG exclusive to Vikendi and Erangel
  • Uses 9mm ammunition and holds 53 rounds by default
  • Can only take muzzle and sight attachments
    • Does not take grips or magazines

New Attachment: Canted Sight


  • Added Canted Sight as a new attachment
    • Canted sight is a new scope for weapons with a secondary scope slot
    • ALT + Right click toggles between equipped sights
    • Canted sight can be used with
      • AR - Beryl M762, AKM, AUG, M416, Mutant, QBZ, SCAR-L, G36C
      • DMR - SLR, Mini14, Mk14, QBU, SKS
      • SR - AWM, M24, Kar98k
      • SMG - UMP, Vector, Bizon
      • Shotgun - S12K
      • LMG - M249
    • The main scope you see when you aim will be different depending on which slot you attach the canted sight and scope
      • If you equip Canted Sight only, your primary sight will be the Canted Sight.
      • If you equip Canted Sight after scope, your primary sight will be your scope. 
      • If you equip scope after canted sight, your primary sight will be the Canted Sight.
  • With the Canted Sight update, the weapon's position and view of angle might feel slightly different than before while in ADS. However, any features which might affect gunplay, such as scope's position in ADS, FOV, and recoil, were not changed.
  • Players using ‘Hold to ADS’ will be unable to switch to the Canted Sight while ADS due to conflicting keybindings (Alt + RMB). If you’re using ‘Hold to ADS’, we recommend changing the key binding for the Canted Sight hotkey

New Vehicle: Snowbike

Due to critical issues negatively impacting gameplay, we've made the difficult decision of removing the Snowbike from Update #25.

The Snowbike won't be added to live servers until these issues are resolved. We apologize for any disappointment caused.

World


  • Added new weather setting on Vikendi
    • Moonlight: Although the setting is at night, the big glowing super moon and bright aurora borealis will help you to detect enemies
    • Added 'secret location` to Vikendi

PUBG Dev Letter: Vikendi Item Spawn Rebalance

It's already been a month since we released our snow-themed map, Vikendi. First of all, we'd like to thank you for all the feedback on the new map. We’ve seen a lot of praise for Vikendi, from the visuals, to the map layout, to the tracking aspect and we’re thrilled that so many of you are enjoying what we consider to be our best map to date. During this time, we’ve also been collecting your bits of feedback, analyzing in-game data, and making our plan for the best way to address it all. Now that the snow dust has settled, it’s time for us to unveil our findings and plan for Vikendi.

Adjusting balance is a critical task that can greatly impact the game, so thorough review and detailed analysis of feedback in crucial, especially with such new content. Even though changes aren’t always made immediately, the dev team continuously reviews possible improvements based on your feedback.

As a result of these analyses and reviews, we’re deploying a rework to the item spawn balance on Vikendi based on your feedback and our internal data. In this dev letter, we'd like to share more details about our initial design intentions as well as information on the adjusted loot spawn rate that is planned to deploy to the test server later today.


Fortnite v8.10 Patch Notes

Patch Notes for v8.10 have been released...

WHAT’S NEW?

The Baller
Keep the good times rolling! Combine your boost and grapple to perform unbelievable feats with the newest vehicle addition to Battle Royale!

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Vending Machines
These convenient machines now dispense things free of charge but only provide one item/weapon before disappearing.

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WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Baller
    • This single seat vehicle is found at Expedition Outposts and around pirate camp loot stashes
    • Use the attached Grappler and Boost functionality to pull yourself up cliffs or swing through the trees
    • The driver is protected from damage, but The Baller is vulnerable to enemy weapon fire.
    • 300 Health
  • Infantry Rifle
    • Removed Common rarity
    • Increased the size of the Infantry Rifle’s projectile slightly
      • This should result in hitting shots being slightly easier
  • Heavy Assault Rifle
    • Adjusted rarity from Rare/Epic/Legendary to Common/Uncommon/Rare
    • Base damage scaling for Common/Uncommon/Rare 36/38/40
  • Clingers
    • Reduced max stack size from 10 to 6.
  • Vending Machines
    • Removed the material cost.
    • Each Vending Machine will be destroyed after claiming an item.
    • Common and Uncommon Vending Machines have been removed.
    • Removed Mounted Turret from Legendary Vending Machine
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from floor loot .53% to .27%.
  • Reduced availability of Treasure Maps from chest loot 3.25% to 1.65%.


Bug Fixes

  • Fixed rocket smoke trails disappearing instantly on explosion.
  • Fixed an issue where the popping audio for Balloons would continue to play after using Balloons to get to max build height while using a vehicle.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure would not auto pickup when the Auto Pickup Weapons setting was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where Buried Treasure chests could be placed on the Starting Island.
  • Fixed an issue where using an Impulse Grenade or a Shockwave Grenade while jumping on a Driftboard causes the player to rapidly rotate.

Replay Editor Guide

Update 24 brought brand new ways to play PUBG with Vikendi, a new vehicle, and a new weapon, but it also brought a better way to share those experiences with the world. The new PUBG Replay Editor is now live and gives players the tools they need to turn the automatically saved replays of their games into dynamic video clips that let you show off the action of your matches in a way simply recording the screen never could. Adjust camera angles, apply special effects, and export your creations for easy sharing. Just how much can you adjust? Well, the new Replay Editor was used to capture the footage for our Official Vikendi In-game trailer, linked below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfjazBN0DwA

In this article, we’re going to show you how to use the new editor functions as well as some of the quick keys that make navigating much easier.