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Web Developer by day, massive geeky gamer by night. I've been playing games for as long as I can remember... You can see me stream most weekday evenings on Twitch as KooKatchu!

Bungie announce Destiny 2.2.0 update

In their weekly briefing, This Week at Bungie, it was announced that a much needed content update is coming to Destiny on April 12, 2016.

Featuring new PvE content, an increase to the maximum light level, new gear, Crucible changes, and more, the update comes at a time where many Destiny fans are growing weary over the current lack of content.

As what has become a tradition for Bungie, there will be a short series of three special broadcasts from their newly minted Twitch studio the next three Wednesdays, all of which can be viewed at twitch.tv/bungie. Each of the three streams will focus on a particular feature of the update, and will be broadcast as follows:

  • April Update Preview: New Things to Do
    Wednesday, March 23rd – 11AM PST/6PM GMT
  • April Update Preview: New Things to Earn
    Wednesday, March 30th – 11AM PST/7PM GMT
  • April Update Preview: Sandbox and Crucible Updates
    Wednesday, April 6th – 11AM PST/7PM GMT

There is already speculation that the update will feature a similar activity to that of the Prison of Elders, the end-game activity which was introduced with the release of House of Wolves. However, nothing can be confirmed until further details are released by Bungie.

If you have Destiny: The Taken King, the April Update is included with your purchase. When the time comes, download the update and you’ll be good to go. – David “DeeJ” Dague, Community Manager.

Will this satiate the Destiny fans until a larger update arrives? We will have to wait and see…

New multiplayer trailer released for Trackmania Turbo

Ubisoft have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming arcade racer, Trackmania Turbo, introducing players to the multiplayer option which will be available.

One of the multiplayer modes which has been announced is the innovative Double Driver mode where two players control a single car to try and achieve the fastest time possible.

Trackmania Turbo is set to release on Xbox One and PC on March 25, 2016.

 

The Turing Test announced for Xbox One

Bulkhead Interactive have announced that their latest puzzler, The Turing Test, is set to release on Xbox One and Steam in August 2016.

From the developers of the highly acclaimed Pneuma: Breath of Life, The Turing Test explores the the phenomena of consciousness, and challenges the meaning of human intuition.

Taking control of Ava Turing, an engineer for the International Space Agency, players will be uncovering the hidden mysteries of Europa, whilst being led through a story of introspection and morality.

Players must take on human interaction puzzles, arming themselves with logical and methodical thinking, solving puzzles in ways that only humans can. An evolving story around mankind’s need to explore, protect, and survive, delving into the depths of Europa, you will be investigating the truth behind the ISA research base.

The Turing Test is set to launch on Xbox One and Steam in August, 2016.

Post-launch details released for Tom Clancy’s The Division

With the imminent release of The Division, many players have been asking what will come after launch? Up to now, Ubisoft and Massive have been keeping tight lipped about any future content, until now.

Following launch, players will be able to take on new tasks and challenges with special daily and weekly missions, within the main storyline, end-game, and the Dark Zone.

Along with these events, two free updates are expected which will add new features and some much asked for functionality. Incursions will arrive in April, and will introduce a new end-game activity developed specifically for squads. Teams can expect to have their skills tested, as they face seemingly unstoppable enemies, in the quest for high-levelled weapons and equipment. This update will also add one of the most-wanted features, loot trading, allowing players in the same group to trade loot during co-op sessions. In May, players can expect the second update, which will bring new features to the Dark Zone, and add a new incursion in the iconic Columbus Circle.

But that’s not all they confirmed…

Three paid expansions have also been announced, which will be released over the next year, and shall be available to those who pick up the Season Pass, the Gold Edition, and the Sleeper Agent collector’s edition of The Division. Each expansion will build on the original content, continuing the player’s journey, and shall introduce new gear and gameplay.

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The first expansion, titled Underground, will release in June and will let players explore the uncharted underworld of New York City. Players will take on deadly enemies with their squad, as they make their way through an endless maze of tunnels and subways.

The second expansion, Survival, which is due this summer, will challenge players to survive as long as possible whilst collecting essential supplies in a hostile environment.

Last Stand is the third confirmed expansion, due next winter, a new threat rises as players and their squad prepares to defend against a relentless foe.

Tom Clancy’s The Division is set to release on Tuesday March 8 on Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4.

Reclaim the Last Maharaja’s Throne in new Assassin’s Creed Syndicate content

Ubisoft have announced that a new add-on is now available for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate.

Jacob and Evie Frye join Duleep Singh as he fights to reclaim his birthright to the last Maharaja in an entirely new story; with the help of the Frye twins, Duleep, will battle the Templars  whilst testing his friendship with the queen.

Available as part the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate season pass, The Last Maharaja is available to download now, for Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4.

Cheaters do prosper in Screencheat, released today

Samurai Punk and Surprise Attack Games have announced that their chaotic party split-screen shooter, Screencheat, is now available to download.

Inspired by classic shooters such as Halo and Goldeneye, Screencheat encourages you to peek at your opponents screen, as everyone is invisible. With up to eight player’s screens visible at all times, even with a mix of online and local multiplayer, you will have to juggle both your view and someone else’s to win.

Featuring an off-the-wall arsenal of one-hit kill weapons, including a hobby horse, a car engine that shoots bouncing balls of plasma, a teddy bear loaded with explosives, or the classic Blunderbuss, you should have everything you need to succeed.

With its simply designed maps, numerous landmarks, and colour-coded areas, you shouldn’t have any problems hunting down your adversaries.

Screencheat is now available to download for Xbox One for £11.99, from the online store.

Minecraft Trial Version now available on Xbox One

Mojang have released a long awaited Trial Version for the incredible popular Minecraft: Xbox One Edition.

Making the announcement via twitter, gamers who are not sure whether they are ready to take the plunge into the rabbit hole that is Minecraft, are now able to download the trial to see if it’s really for them.

Windows 10 universal apps coming ‘soon’ to Xbox One

Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has reportedly confirmed that universal Windows applications (UWA) are coming soon to the Xbox One.

He confirmed whilst responding to questions at the Madrid dotNet conference, where thousands of developers are attending.

With the update to the New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) last year, the Xbox One was given the capability to run UWA, and briefly offered a glimpse of Cortana integration, as well as the addition of the new Avatars app.

Beyond favourite third-party Windows 10 applications, such as Reddit, Tweetium, Baconit, and others, this could offer up the possibility of running Office Mobile, and other light computing apps on the Xbox One.

There’s no set date as to when we can expect to see these UWA, or what we shall be seeing, but this creates multiple possibilities for the future of the Xbox One.

Ubisoft release The Division: Collapse browser-based game

If the two week wait for the release of Ubisoft and Massive’s new open-world RPG shooter is too long for you, Ubisoft has released a cool little browser-based mini game.

Collapse asks you to input your postcode and from there will simulate the collapse of humanity, with the spread of a deadly smallpox virus. You go through the simulation, responding to prompts such as where would you go if you had a fever, which local shop would you visit to pick up supplies, and so on. Each decision you make changes how the infection spreads, and how long humanity survives.

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Using local landmarks, such as hospitals, supermarkets, pharmacy’s, etc, Collapse really makes you think about what you would do in a situation like The Division.

How long will you survive? Check out the Collapse website.

Ubisoft also released the Cash Contagion browser-based mini game, which would “scan” your currency to see what substances could be sitting on your fiver.