Xbox acquires Bethesda and exclusive rights to eight major franchises

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Yes, you did read that right. In an industry defining move earlier today Microsoft announced it is acquiring ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Game Studios. This move sees eight major Bethesda game franchises fall under the ownership of Microsoft. Furthermore, they could all become Xbox exclusives depending on how the American technology giant approaches development.

The eight notable franchises Xbox has gained ownership of are DOOM, Dishonored, Fallout, PREY, The Elder Scrolls, The Evil Within, Starfield, and Wolfenstein. Many of these series have active games in development, with the biggest by far being The Elder Scrolls VI. It was teased a couple of years back, but we’ve seen no new information since then. It’ll be interesting to see if it ends up being an Xbox exclusive or not.

The acquisition of Bethesda

Elder Scrolls bethesdaMicrosoft’s acquisition of the popular American games publisher alongside ZeniMax is rumored to have cost $7.5 billion. To put that colossal number into context, that’s three times what it paid to acquire Minecraft developer Mojang.

In a post written by Bethesda PR vice president Pete Hines, the developer states this opportunity allows it to make “even better games going forward.” Also, Hines believes Microsoft can provide “access to resources that will make us a better publisher and developer.”

Given the rough patch Bethesda is going through, a change in direction was probably needed. The disaster that was and is Fallout 76 has been difficult to overcome for the developer, but this switch up of approach could help. Hopefully, with the backing and funding of Xbox Bethesda can get back to developing industry defining RPGs.

What do you think about this bold move by Microsoft? Are they justified in doing this or is the acquisition of Bethesda a bad move for industry competition? Let us know in the comments what you think and if this will pay off long-term.

DOOM and DOOM II update brings the classic FPS into the 21st century

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The original DOOM first made its MS-DOS debut way back in 1993. Since then it has seen ports onto a wide range of platforms including SNES, Xbox 360, and Switch. Its most recent update announced earlier today looks to modernize several versions of both DOOM and DOOM II.

The only requirement to be eligible for this free update is to own either The Ultimate DOOM or DOOM II: Hell on Earth on Steam. If you purchase either produce now you’ll also get the upgrade for free. Both Ultimate DOOM and its sequel will set you back £3.99 each.

What’s in the DOOM update

DOOM II GAMEPLAYThis update aims to bring both classic FPS titles into the modern age with a ton of quality of life improvements. For instance, both games will now support widescreen rendering. This means playing on a 16:9 monitor will no longer result in either black side bars or a stretched screen.

Also, official support for both DeHackEd and Deathmatch 3.0 have been added. The former is a very popular fan patch many DOOM players use to add more content to their game. This includes new weapons and diverse enemy behaviour patterns.

The introduction of Deathmatch 3.0 will allow players to go head to head with their friends via local co-op. This was already a popular mode within the community but was never officially recognized by the developers. This change means that Bethesda will now offer full support for the fan favorite game mode.

Finally, Bethesda has used this opportunity to optimise this game experience on mobile. The iOS version of this game now features advanced touch controls, native controller support, and a custom FPS limiter. The latter is a nice addition for those who own mobile devices with higher refresh rates than the industry standard 60hz.

If you enjoyed this article consider dropping a comment below giving your thoughts on the big DOOM update.

Doom’s Soundtrack Is Phenomenal, And So Are These Dev Diaries

I am a sucker for developer diaries. They offer an unprecedented look into how our favourite games become what they are while offering insight into how game development, as unique as it is, functions as an art form.

Doom, with its incredible soundtrack, left me wondering how exactly it came to be. So it is lucky then, that Doom composer Mick Gordon has released two videos that go behind the scenes to see exactly how he achieved such an angry, evil sound with the game.

Check them out!

I think my favourite thing about the soundtrack beyond it’s otherworldly, hellish soundscapes and atmospheric droning and pulsing, is that Mick utilizes modern metal to help craft such a unique sound. From Djent to 9-string guitars to Russian synthesizers, he holds nothing back and it definitely shows.

I certainly hope this isn’t the last look at Doom and its development.

Please check out these 2 trailers and let us know what you think in the comments box below.

Doom 2016 Cheats, God Mode Code

Now that we’ve already fixed all the Doom 2016 crashes and problems and we can fully focus on enjoying this amazing game, some gamers might want an easy go through it and would like to get some cheats as they are, when it comes to games at least, the best way to make life easier. And that’s exactly what we have to share with you in this article: all the Doom 2016 cheats and codes – including the infamous god mode.

We’ll start with the Doom cheat codes:

First, you will have to activate the console by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Tilde key on your keyboard (~). Then, write any of the commands below to get the indicated effect (note that these won’t work on Nightmare mode):

iddqd – enables GOD Mode (but you still get damage from hazards)
ida – gives you all suit mod slots and the suit mods themselves
idkfa – fully upgrades Health, Armor, Weapon Mods and Ammo Capacity, gives all Weapons and Suit Slots & Mods
idfa – fully upgrades Armor, Health, and Ammo Capacity
idka – gives you all Weapon Mods, Weapons, and also fully upgrades Weapon Mods
iddt – reveals all unexplored areas and items
idgk – enemies become immune to all normal weapons, and you can only kill demons with Glory Kills

This would be it in terms of Doom 2016 cheats, but I am sure that it’s more than enough to make your progress through the game a lot easier. Just remember that these codes won’t work in the Nightmare mode.

How to Fix Doom 2016 Crashes, Freezes, Performance Issues and Other Problems

The fourth Doom has been launched and it seems that this is the game that fans of the original shooter were waiting for: it’s bloody, it’s difficult, it’s absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, not all the people who bought it are able to fully enjoy the game as they are faced with some Doom crashes, freezes and other problems that make the game unplayable or difficult to play. And we’re here to try and help you out by sharing some ideas on how to fix Doom 2016 crashes, freezes and other problems you might encounter, including performance issues and even skipping the intro videos.

So if you’re having any kind of problem with the game, read on and hopefully you’ll find a solution to your Doom problems and crashes.

First of all, even though it sounds like a “is your computer plugged in?” type of solution, we have to go through this first: make sure that your system meets the minimum requirements for playing the game. If it’s right at the bottom, don’t try running the game with all the bells and whistles – and if it’s not there yet, then you know why you’re having problems! If your computer is able to run the game, but you’re still having problems, it’s time to read on and try some of the more advanced fixes. Just to keep things easy, here are the minimum system requirements:

OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
Storage: 55GB available space

If your game crashes and has performance issues, the first thing you should do is to install the recently launched drivers optimized for running the game. nVidia video card owners click here and AMD card owners click here to download the latest drivers. Make sure you have them to save yourself from a lot of trouble!

How to fix Doom Crashes

There are various reports regarding crashes in different stages or after syncing, logo and so on. Here is what you can do to try and fix that (updating the drivers as recommended above is one of the potential fixes!):

– Verify the integrity of your game files. Right click the game in your Steam library, then select Properties – Local Files – Verify Integrity of Game Cache. Sometimes, some corrupted files or files missing completely can cause the problems.

– Try shutting all the background apps that you are running, including antivirus (or at least manually add the game as an exception to make sure that it can connect to the servers).

– If you are getting the [press none to continue] Error, reset the keybindings to default in order to fix the problem.

How to fix Doom performance issues, stuttering, lag

Most of the users playing the game are reporting terrible lag during the splash screen and intro videos. Fortunately, this usually disappears after first running the game, but you can disable them completely. In order to do so, right click the game in your Steam Library and select Properties – Launch Options. “-NoLauncher -NoStartupMovies +com_skipIntroVideo 1”

Disable vSync and Triple buffering in the game’s settings in order to lighten the load on your system and improve performance.

If you are using the Evolve application, make sure you turn it off when you play the game: it has been reported by many as the current culprit for performance issues and even game crashes. It is also apparently responsible for a strange red screen problem.

These are, for now, our recommended fixes for potential Doom crashes and performance problems. If you have any other problem with the game or, even better, a solution to these problems, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section below!

A Return To Form In This Doom Gameplay Reveal

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What made the original Doom an amazing experience? Was it the fast movement? The big guns? the demons that you’d make your personal target dummy? The music? The intensely polished visuals?

id Software believes it’s all of the above. At E3’s 2015 Bethesda press conference, they dropped the first ever gameplay reveal of the new reboot.

Here’s the trailer, I suggest a second pair of pants.

Well, that was quite the ride. With gorgeous visuals, visceral gunplay,  and a clear focus on frenetic action, I am absolutely stoked to jump back into the world of Doom. I didn’t pay much attention to the series growing up, but I can tell you that if there was ever a game in the franchise to convince me I need it in my life, it is definitely DOOM. 

And in case you didn’t get enough from that measly minute, here is the raw gameplay captured from the conference for your viewing pleasure, but be warned, it gets pixelated.

I think my favourite thing about the soundtrack beyond it’s otherworldly, hellish soundscapes and atmospheric droning and pulsing, is that Mick utilizes modern metal to help craft such a unique sound. From Djent to 9-string guitars to Russian synthesizers, he holds nothing back and it definitely shows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVaWl1GtDHU

https://youtu.be/AXhpg9Qx6l0

You can expect DOOM to drop spring 2016 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.