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The Division – Enemy Factions trailer

February 9, 2016
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  1. February 9, 2016 7:51 pm

    The Open Beta will start on Thurs., Feb. 18th (24-hour exclusive XB1 access) and end on Sun., Feb. 21st. If you did not delete your closed beta file, you will be able to use them on the open beta. There will be a small update to make the files compatible. Also, there will be a new mission that was previously unavailable on the alpha & closed beta. It will be one of the additional wings in your Base of Operations: Security or Tech. Since IGN First already featured the Security Wing’s Lincoln Tunnel Mission, that has the highest probability as the additional mission in the open beta. In addition, Ubisoft is handing out yet another goodie/unlockable for all participants of the open beta.

    • February 9, 2016 8:48 pm

      Thanks for the 411. Now I am hopin’ I didn’t delete the Beta the other day. I can’t remember.

    • February 10, 2016 12:01 am

      I had Cornie check. It is still there! Amazing considering what I deleted. I opened that HD back up to 30% free the other day!

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 10, 2016 12:39 am

      Pssst, time to invest in an external HDD, especially since you guys are going full digital this generation.

    • RoBBins permalink*
      February 10, 2016 12:54 am

      I agree with Blank on this, Suns. External HDD’s are a nice backup in case you desperately need some space for more games. Here’s the one I have. It was $68 when I originally bought it (thanks to Major Nelson linking the sale on Twitter). Now its around $85 I believe. Still not too shabby for 2 TB.

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FRHTSK4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00

    • February 10, 2016 1:15 am

      LOL I am sure it will happen one day, and there was a time when I had a bunch of pretty big drives and they crapped out on me losing GBs of files. I kind of got HD shy. Thanks for the link on that drive, RoBBins.

    • February 10, 2016 1:20 am

      Nah. No need. If you have a fast internet and you only play a handful of games, Hard Drives are not necessary. Take it from someone who has used 50% of a 4TB and 500mb xbox one hard drive.

      All those games are just wasted space if you are not using them. I could get by with Ark (25gb), Far Cry Primal (11gb for now), AC Syndicate (40gb), and some Destiny just because (35.5). That lineup doesn’t even get to 250gb.

      The rest of the space could be for the flavor of the month, which I can download and delete everything including Halo 5 or GTA V (both over 60gb) in just a couple of hours.

      I seriously doubt anyone actively uses anything more than 500mb.

    • February 10, 2016 1:29 am

      Well, that is how I have managed so far.

      Hey, did you get Primal? How is it? When that thing hits a certain price point, I will be scooping it up! It looks great!

      (And I will let Cornie know about that Ark breeding info in the other thread. Thanks, Frenik!)

    • February 10, 2016 11:36 am

      not yet. I pre-downloaded Primal, it should be out in two weeks. I am giving The Division the Blankman’s “You are dead to me” treatment (like he is doing with Ark,lol) so I have plenty of $$$ by dodging the $100 edition, plus Primal and DLC doesn’t bother me (just $65).

      Ark is giving free updates and primal will have story. Everything is good.

  2. February 9, 2016 9:26 pm

  3. RoBBins permalink*
    February 10, 2016 12:18 am

    So since I uninstalled the beta and just re-installed it, will that work for the open beta? Or do I have to just download the new open beta once it drops?

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 10, 2016 12:37 am

      Yep, it’ll work. They’re going to release a very small update to bring the closed beta up to speed with the open beta.

  4. RoBBins permalink*
    February 10, 2016 1:13 am

    It seems that The Division Blog twitter is getting all the info possible for this open beta. I wont list everything, but the one thing I’m really excited about is the fact that the new skill that is unlocked for the open beta is the deployable turret!

    http://charlieintel.com/2016/02/10/the-division-open-beta/

    • February 10, 2016 1:27 am

      RoBBins, with your cyborg-like aiming skills you don’t even need a turret. Me, on the other hand, BRING IT ON!!! (thanks for the link, lots of good info there.)

    • RoBBins permalink*
      February 10, 2016 10:49 am

      Haha you’re too kind, Suns. Cyborg-like isn’t what I’d compare it to nowadays. Once The Division and the Gears 4 beta eventually drop, I hope to get that aim back. For now, my aim remains to be somewhat lackluster. At least in my opinion… 😥

  5. Herandar permalink
    February 10, 2016 10:26 am

    Do I get a bonus for still having the Alpha on my Hard Drive? I played it more than the Beta, and have better gear on my Alpha character.

  6. RoBBins permalink*
    February 10, 2016 5:19 pm

    Speaking of beta’s, instead of letting this Homefront code go to waste, I’ll just post it here for anyone to take. At least someone will get use out of it. I already used mine. Starts tomorrow!

    GH692-DTK2H-6QC69-CFT6Q-K9W7Z

  7. Herandar permalink
    February 10, 2016 8:40 pm

    I played Homefront: The Revolution Beta last week. It is still pretty wonky (watch one of the other players running for a laugh) but there a few rather neat mechanics in the game. The story is that you are guerillas in Philadelphia against the ruling North Korean regime. The Norks have a massive military presence, while everything you have is scavenged or hacked together. You can modify your gun on the fly, and craft bombs from supplies you pick up.

    Also, Philly looks like Philly. I saw Independence Hall, and the skate park under I95. I’m not sure how accurate the map is to real life, but it definitely feels right. Not a draw for everyone, but it is for me.

    • February 10, 2016 9:33 pm

      I’m excited to try it out!

    • Blankman permalink*
      February 12, 2016 9:44 pm

      Man, the Homefront beta is bad! Talk about a train wreck! It’s uninspired, clunky, and the graphics look last-gen. When a beta succeeds in convincing potential buyers to cancel their pre-orders and/or remove the game off of their radar, that’s a marketing blunder. Didn’t they run focus groups with this game? I can see why this game was mired in development Hell at Crytek.

      When I saw the CryEngine splash screen, I thought that it would have decent graphics like Ryse or Evolve, but those expectations were dashed. The Homefront beta is getting skewered on the Xbox One subreddit. It’s currently sitting at 775+ comments and it’s not looking good. Scratch this one off your HDD, guys. It’s not worth the storage space or your time. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

  8. Blankman permalink*
    February 10, 2016 11:04 pm

    According to the latest TD Open Beta change log, the improvements are:

    New Mission Available to play- Subway Morgue

    Encounter a new faction: The Cleaners
    -Explore a Mass Grave while trying to restore power to the city.
    -Rescue the missing engineer, Paul Rhodes
    -Unlock an additional wing in the Base of Operations: Tech Wing
    -A new Tech skill can now be unlocked: The deployable turret

    Numerous Dark Zone updates and improvements:
    -New High End weapons available in the Dark Zone
    -Refresh rate on Dark Zone chests has been greatly reduced
    -NPC enemies in the Dark Zone have been significantly increased in number
    -NPC enemies in the Dark Zone have been buffed slightly
    -The Manhunt Timer now pauses instead of refreshing while in combat as a level 5 Rogue
    -The reward for surviving as a Rogue Agent has been increased to 1.5x the kill bounty
    The Health Bar for Agents in the Dark Zone now only turns red when they actually become Rogue This is what many had suggested on the closed beta to prevent the fog of war.
    A new warning icon has been added to indicate an Agent who has shot another player, but has not done enough damage to go Rogue This will help players prevent getting baited into going Rogue
    -Dark Zone experience leveling curve has been adjusted slightly
    -Disabled the option to transfer Dark Zone brackets as a Rogue (This prevents players using Bracket Transfer as a means to escape after becoming Rogue)
    -Removed some ropes that allowed players to reach areas that gave them an unfair advantage

    Other changes:
    -New Ubisoft Club Action available for participating in the Open Beta unlocking an exclusive reward in-game
    -New and improved Tutorial Video
    -Tutorial video is now available to view from the Character Select Screen
    Fixed two bugs that allowed players to become invisible to other players
    Fixed an exploit with Ballistic Shield Skill that allowed players to become invincible
    -Cheat Detection and Prevention additions and updates
    -Fixed mismatch of stats that occured occasionally between Vendor Inventory and Player Inventory when item purchased
    -Adjusted player movement speed while running with a grenade in hand
    -Fixed a bug that sometimes caused other player’s name and health bar to not be visible in the Dark Zone
    -Fixed some Weapon Mods that resulted in incorrect stat values when equipped
    -Fixed some weapons that didn’t appear as Contaminated when obtained in the Dark Zone
    -Fixed a bug with the Reward Claims Vendor that caused stacks of consumables to be decreased under specific circumstances
    -Fixed a bug with stats display not updating when browing Vendor Inventories
    -Fixed a bug that caused contiuous vibration under very specific conditions
    -Fixed a very rare bug that prevented players from being able to fire or switch their weapons
    -Added mission Dialogue lines in Missing Persons: Heather Lau Side Mission
    -Several environment fixes to prevent falling through world issues in specific places
    -Multiple stability fixes (23 unique crashes fixed)
    -Server optimizations and improvements (players will receive less connection errors now)
    -Multiple localization fixes and improvements
    -Additional polish & bug fixes too numerous to mention

    • RoBBins permalink*
      February 11, 2016 1:02 pm

      I tried to save you the trouble of posting all that with my link above, Kenny ;D

    • February 11, 2016 7:33 pm

      Darn it, RoBBins! I know some of us can’t access certain game sites due to filters on servers at work like my school district, so I placed it here for all to peruse at their leisure. Oh well, at least it’s bulleted. Haha!

    • RoBBins permalink*
      February 12, 2016 1:18 am

      I hear ya. Took me a few minutes myself to get the link to work while I was in class. We’ve got all ends covered for info now!

  9. February 11, 2016 1:59 pm

    So OT:

    Quantum Break on Xbox One will come with a license for the PC (win10) digital version.

    It also comes with Alan Wake and all DLC for that game.

    When asked about other games, Phil Spencer indicated this is their plan going forward for Xbox games that are also on Windows 10 (the key is Win10, not PC in general). This is a huge benefit for PC gamers who also have an Xbox. And to promote harmony between Win/Xbox.

    Microsoft has their Xbox/Win10 event in a week or so… should be interesting to see if they expand on this. If you recall, this was another “why haven’t they done this” features we wanted at XB1 launch. It is surprising how many of these features have actually delivered (even the unexpected backwards compat program).

    I think one of their biggest areas where they are lacking is PC/Console cross platform play. Admittedly, it isn’t very good for a lot of games, but it is just another reason a consumer would want to buy a PS4. This new Win10 strategy could explain why Microsoft hasn’t joined on the PC/Console party already. It may be that Xbox will require Win10 for cross play.

    Quantum break on PC even uses the same Xbox Live services as the Xbox One version.

    • February 11, 2016 5:17 pm

      Thanks for the heads-up, Adam. I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but it does sound an awful lot like Games for Windows.

      When are we going to start reaping the benefits of Direct X 12 on the One?

      And here is the latest trailer for QL

    • February 11, 2016 5:29 pm

      In terms of licensing or in terms of cross play? I don’t think GFW ever offered PC licenses with xbox one game purchases. Cross play is definitely something they mentioned in the past, but I think the problem was that GFW was a absolute shit show on PC.

      The fact that they are essentially blending Xbox on Windows10 as the same services/features as Xbox on console, i think that this is much easier for developers to adapt too. From what I recall, most developers didn’t have the resources to properly develop a GFW cross plat game. And any other method was blocked due to Microsoft policy.

      Also, apparently cross-buy is also for 3rd party games:

      http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/02/11/xbox-one-and-windows-10-cross-buy-a-platform-feature?abthid=56bd05e51f300a9014000025

      In terms of DX12, who knows. Crackdown 3 would be the big one I can think of. Also, apparently Quantum Break is DX12 only on PC, so Xbox likely utilizes the same (it is definitely pretty).

      Even if cross platform play never makes it to XB1 (Fable is at least confirmed), this cross-buy feature is pretty great. Especially if you are wanting to appeal to the PC gaming market who hasn’t bought a console yet. I would rather have that from a value standpoint alone than cross play (which arguable doesn’t work well in most games (shooters especially).

      The question is whether or not you can sell your PC license. I don’t see this being an option, but who knows.

    • February 11, 2016 5:41 pm

      http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-hold-windows-10-and-xbox-gaming-press-event-feb-25

      In terms of their event. I am predicting that they will announce GOW Ultimate Edition and Killer Instinct are both free for anyone who purchased the game digitally on XB1 (one can hope).

      They will prob be going over Win10 mobile, and hopefully the unified development platform.

    • February 11, 2016 8:15 pm

      Thanks, Zos.

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