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Official Site: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
Studio: Bluehole
Launch Date: N/A
Genre: Stealth shooter battle royale
Business Model: B2P with microtrans
Platform: PC

Monster Hunter World topples PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Xbox One

You cannot play Monster Hunter World on your desktop computer (for a while, anyhow). You cannot play PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on your PlayStation 4. But you can play both titles on Xbox One, and when you put them head-to-head it turns out that MHW comes out on top. Yes, it’s toppled the free-for-all battle royale game from the top spot on the Xbox One for the first time in a while, which you could take to mean that it won the battle or that it successfully slew the beast.

You know, depending on your preferred game for the metaphor. It fits both.

The game is only winning out on the US sales charts at the moment, as UK charts show PUBG still on top, but it’s still a notable sales bump that speaks to the new title’s popularity. This is especially notable considering that Xbox One wasn’t involved in the game’s beta testing, indicating that it had a big popularity surge even without pre-launch pushing. Let’s see how long it can hold on to the top spot.

Source: VG24/7

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PUBG’s Reshade-blocking patch lands tonight as Bluehole bans 1M cheaters in January

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has an extreme cheating problem, and it’s not going away. Anti-cheat tool BattlEye announced today that it helped Bluehole ban over a million cheat accounts from the game in January alone. “Unfortunately, things continue to escalate,” the anti-cheat company tweeted.

That brings us to tonight’s patch, which as we’ve previously reported bars the Reshade applications from use by players, whether you were using it for a visual advantage or just for eyecandy. You won’t be able to boot up the game if you’ve got it installed. NVidia’s ShadowPlay, multiple vidcap tools, and apparently Steam family sharing are also subject to at least temporary blocks while the studio works out the kinks.

Bluehole told Steam players this weekend that it’s still working to block cheaters and in fact has a “dedicated team” on the problem.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds blocks players from using Reshade with its latest patch

The latest patch for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is supposedly focused around improving Miramar with more cover and more stuff to discover, making it a more engaging experience to shoot at people there. That’s all well and good, but the more salient change is another form of anti-cheat software being rolled out that completely blocks the popular Reshade application.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it, Reshade is a program meant to add additional specialized shaders to a game’s engine in the hopes of providing a better graphical experience. Some players argue that using it already gives you an edge by making it easier to see other players, others point out that it can be used as a piggybacking platform for cheating tools, and still others argue that it’s seriously just a program to improve the game’s graphics. You won’t get banned for using it, so that’s good, but that’s a bit of an academic point since it’s being blocked altogether.

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PUBG: PC’s anti-cheat measures, Xbox One damage tweaks, and Microsoft acquisition rumors

Patchy patch patch! It’s patch day for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ test server. On PC, Bluehole says it’s still working on the ongoing anti-cheat measures it’s been promising (yes, Steam’s comments are still filled with demands to region-block China from western servers). The Miramar map has also been buffed out with new stuff, including new buildings and cover “to improve the engagement experience,” more off-road routes, and better spawned loot too.

On Xbox One, this week’s patch tweaks vehicle damage; players will see more damage to vehicle bodies (especially the wheels) with gunfire and grenades, more damage to passengers in crashes, and less damage to players when being rammed by vehicles.

“We’re now serving up chicken dinners to over 4 million players on Xbox,” Bluehole says. “Thank you for your continued support! ”

Meanwhile, Polygon has a report out this week speculating on bizarre but apparently well-sourced rumors that Microsoft is gearing up for a major acquisition. PUBG Corp is indeed on the list of possibilities, along with Electronic Arts and Valve.

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The MOP Up: Aion makes a date with the Divine Fortress (January 28, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

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SuperData December 2017: Fortnite and PUBG kick butt, while Destiny 2 slumps

SuperData’s December 2017 global revenue chart is out, and it’s good news for the industry on the whole, as holiday spending was up by almost a fifth over 2016.

On the PC side, we’re seeing quite a shakeup over the last couple of months. Dungeon Fighter Online has surged back into the #2 spot behind League of Legends after tumbling last fall thanks to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which itself has fallen several slots on the PC side (though faring better on console). Fortnite is now on the top 10 list right behind PUBG; World of Warcraft and Roblox are hanging in there; and Overwatch has even returned to the PC list at #10.

What’s not on the PC list at all? Destiny 2. It’s in the middle of the pack on the console top list right now, but it’s been overshadowed on PC. Why? “Destiny 2’s new DLC release, Curse of Osiris, failed to make a significant impact on the game,” SuperData declares. “[Monthly active users] and digital revenue were generally flat month-over-month.”

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PUBG: Cheaters, China, charity, ping-locks, and running the biggest game in the world without a roadmap

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t giving up on performance optimization and cheater crackdowns, you’ll be glad to know. In its most recent Steam post, Bluehole says it’s helped performance by introducing “multiple areas where players gather before the match start” so that everyone’s not swarming together at the spawn point. Likewise, the studio says it’s “testing a new security (anti-cheat) measure that is still under development.”

Of course, if you scroll down the Steam page there, you’ll see a zillion people begging for PUBG to just region-lock China, as western gamers believe loverseas players using VPNs jack up the game – never mind the argument that Chinese players use hacks with impunity. As we’ve previously reported, PUBG is still in early access in China while partner Tencent sanitizes it for its government-approved release.

Players are currently reporting that the test server, at least, is now subject to a ping lock, which is blocking at least some players from joining servers if their ping is over a set limit, which appears to be around 175ms. It is not clear whether this is a tweak that will migrate to the live game.

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Trademarks, copyrights, and patents: What they mean for you and for video games

Has the pace of news moved so quickly that we’ve already forgotten about Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene’s statement that video games lack any IP copyright protection? Because that was really ridiculous. Especially since what he was referring to was not actually even remotely related to copyright, but covered something that would be handled via patent. And even that wouldn’t have worked!

Of course, you can’t really blame him. By which I mean you can totally blame him, but it’s a common misconception that turns up time and again. People talk about copyright, trademark, and patent issues in the same general melange of “this company owns this,” and the thing is that they’re related terms and concepts that nevertheless mean very, very different things.

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The MOP Up: Battlerite’s magnificent magician (January 21, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

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Darwin Project lets players and hosts explore their inner griefer

So you probably expected a bunch of battle royale games to pop up on Steam this year, given the remarkably popularity of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds around the globe, and here’s another one: It’s called Darwin Project, and it’s probably going to remind you of S.O.S. because it plays like a gameshow. In the future, all games will be Running Man, apparently.

Darwin Project takes place in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape in the Northern Canadian Rockies. As preparation for an impending Ice Age, a new project, half science experiment half live-entertainment, is launched. […] It challenges 10 participants to survive the cold and fight to the death in a treacherous arena.”

The idea is that one person is the “show director” who messes with the contestants with “nuclear bombs, zone closures, gravity storms, and the power of their voice.” Viewers can apparently place bets on the winner and encourage hassling specific players. Finally, a video game tailored for griefers, right?

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Perfect Ten: The MMOs with the most uncertain futures in 2018

This is, bar none, the column I hate doing most on a regular basis. None of the games I highlight in here is something that I actually like pointing to; they’re games that people like, games that may very well be someone’s absolute favorites, and yet they’re also games where the future looks difficult if not outright bad. A cloudy future is never a good thing, and this particular column does not make it all right.

But we’re still here in the early days of 2018, and that means it’s still the right time to look at the games we might not see around next year. For various reasons, these are the games that already look like they’re in trouble, instead of absolute face-shattering surprises like a couple of the shutdowns last year.

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Tencent helps Chinese law enforcement arrest 120 people linked to PUBG cheats

If you thought Epic Games was being too rough on cheaters in Fortnite by smacking kids with personal lawsuits, wait until you hear what Tencent is up to. The Chinese gaming giant is preparing to (officially) launch PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds there (yes, it’s already playable there via Steam, but in early access). And ahead of that, it’s going after cheaters, specifically the cheat vendors – hard.

Bloomberg reports that the company has worked with Chinese police to arrest 120 people as part of 30 different cases involving cheat programs for the game. According to the publication, the company is trying to crack down on the hacking that pervades its games, specifically PUBG; those convicted under Chinese law could be sentenced to several years in prison, in addition to fines (and yeah, it’s happened before). So maybe don’t be a hacker targeting a megacorp’s video game in China.

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The MOP Up: Monster Hunter World merch (January 14, 2018)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

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