Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily look at the top gaming headlines.
Dark Souls 2’s weapon durability bug finally being fixed
From Software and Namco Bandai are fixing a year-old Dark Souls 2 bug that caused weapons to degrade at a fast rate. Since the Windows version of the game ran at 60 frames per second, double that of the game’s console counterparts, weapon durability decreased at twice the normal rate.
The recently released PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game, which were released alongside a DirectX 11 version for PC, also had the bug. An upcoming Dark Souls 2 patch will address this issue.
“Fixed issue whereby weapon durability was decreased drastically when used on enemy corpses, friendly characters, etc.”
– Bandai Namco, on its Tumblr on an update due to come in the coming weeks
The update is coming to the PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One versions of Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.
Halo 3: ODST coming to The Master Chief Collection next month
Halo developer 343 Industries has announced the next title update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One would bring more than fixes and stability updates for the game, according to a post on the Halo Waypoint blog.
Both Relic and Halo 3: ODST will be available free to players who purchased and played the Master Chief Collection between November 11 and December 19th, 2014. The free content is part of 343’s continued efforts to make good after the game’s disastrous launch, which saw a near-complete failure of multiplayer matchmaking and various bugs and issues for weeks after its release.
The latest MCC update is available now, with a number of tweaks, fixes and stability improvements.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysse dev giving PS3, Vita versions to PS Plus downloaders
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n Tasty’s creators have reversed course, announcing that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions will be free to PlayStation Plus subscribers who downloaded the free PlayStation 4 version.
Last August, the creators announced that the game will support Sony’s cross-buy program, where purchasing the side-scrolling puzzle platformer on one PlayStation device would unlock it on others.
In March, the PS4 version of New ‘n Tasty appeared as a free title for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Its creators intended that “only the PS4 version of the game would form part of the PS Plus system,” because the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita versions were still in costly development.
“Numerous factors have prompted us to change our stance on this particular matter. So, if you downloaded New ‘n’ Tasty for PS4 during the PS Plus period, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game will be free for download for you on release.”
– Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee New ‘n Tasty’s creators, in a blog post
The game is available now on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Linux, Mac and Windows PC, with hopes to come to the Vita and Wii U.
Star Wars Battlefront reveals more maps
Reddit user DICE_TheBikingViking has confirmed that Star Wars Battlefront will have more maps that haven’t been announced at this time.
“We have more than eight maps. How many have not been announced yet, but it’s more than eight.”
– DICE_TheBikingViking, in a Reddit thread
Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC lets you upgrade old gear
Destiny’s upcoming DLC, House of Wolves, will allow players to boost their older legendary exotic weapons and armor to be viable for max level content, so long as they collect a new resource called Etheric Light.
Bungie developers explained the process during a livestream presentation Wednesday. House of Wolves owners can upgrade any legendary or exotic piece of equipment in the game to its highest level. For weapons, that means increasing their max damage to the game’s new 365 limit, up from 331.
Ascending weapons will not reset progress for the unlocked perks on each weapon.
Legendary equipment will require resources, Glimmer and one Etheric Light to upgrade. Etheric Light is a new resource that will drop in House of Wolves’ new endgame content, the arena-like Prison of Elders, and the PvP Trials of Osiris. Etheric Light will also occasionally drop during Nightfall runs, and during the Iron Banner event, meaning players won’t need to own House of Wolves to reach the new Level 34 cap, though collecting required upgrade materials will take longer.
Exotic gear won’t require Etheric Light to ascend, and instead will burn one Exotic Shard – among other common resources. Xur, the game’s weekend vendor, will now longer offer that service, as players will be able to upgrade their exotics without his help.
Obtaining needed materials for upgrades will be easier thanks to new stock at The Speaker, a NPC in The Tower social area, who will allow you to purchase Shards for Motes of Light, or exchange Ascendant Shards and Radiant Shards for their respective Energies – and vice versa.
Bungie attempted to keep upgrade paths for gear “as simple as possible,” according to Bungie Creative Director Christopher Barrett.
First details revealed on Destiny: House of Wolves’ Reef social space, Queen’s Bay
With House of Wolves, Bungie is also adding an all-new social space, Queen’s Bay in the Reef, for players to hang out, pick up new bounties and missions, and purchase new gear. The new space will serve as a key location for House of Wolves’ story.
Petra Venj is one of Queen’s Bay’s main non-player characters, as a story agent that serves the Queen. Players will be able to rank up in her Queen’s Wrath faction by completing bounties that focus on hunting down members of the House of Wolves group of Fallen that rebelled against the Queen.
Venj will offer new bounties and give players access to new armor shaders, emblems and ships, as players gain Queen’s Wrath reputation.
Fallen vendor Variks will also be encountered in Queen’s Bay. He’s a member of the House of Judgment, “an old house of the Fallen.” Variks is tied to the new Prison of Elders cooperative battle arena mode coming in House of Wolves, and players will be able to acquire new gear from him through playing the new mode.
Bungie also introduced Brother Vance, an emissary for House of Wolves’ new Trials of Osiris mode.
The mode is a weekly competitive special event that runs Friday-Tuesday, according to Bungie, allowing players will be able to acquire new rewards, supplies and passage from Vance.
The Bounty Tracker Bot, whom players encounter in the Tower, also makes an appearance in the Reef social space. He hands out Vanguard and Crucible bounties in Queen’s Bay.
Players will still need to visit the Tower for outfitting themselves and purchasing new gear.
Destiny: House of Wolves lets you exchange materials
House of Wolves will also allow Guardians to exchange materials.
The Speaker, who is in the Tower North, will offer House of Wolves material exchanges. Each exchange is a one-for-one deal, so you can hand in a Radiant Shared to get one Radiant Energy, with the Speaker charging a 50 Glimmer fee for the trade.
If you’re got more shards than you know what to do with, you’ll also be able to trade them for other items. The Speaker will hand you 250 Glimmer for one Ascendant or Radiant Shard, or a Mote of Light for two shards.
“You can just play the shell game with everything in your inventory.”
– David “Deej” Dague, Bungie community manager
Destiny: House of Wolves is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on May 19.
Patrice Desilets’ next game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed series creator Patrice Desilets’ next game is Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, a third-person, episodic action-adventure survival game. The short, episodic AAA experience will be produced by his new studio, Panache Digital Games.
The title was announced at the Reboot Develop conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia with a teaser.
Killing Floor 2’s EULA can ban you for being a jerk
Killing Floor 2’s user agreement asserts the right to ban you for being a jerk, but you’d have to be a large one for things to get to that point, according to maker Tripwire Interactive.
“I think we’ve done this only once or twice.”
– Alan Wilson, Tripwire Interactive vice president
Under the EULA, someone being disruptive can be banned from Killing Floor 2’s multiplayer and have their game activation key revoked.
“We have no interest in getting involved in political debates about this stuff. We make games, we don’t make policy, we just want people to have fun playing our games without garbage going on around them.
“We believe we should be upfront about everything, so that’s why our EULA is up there for everyone to see. It’s not like, by installing our game, you secretly join some club you’ve never heard of.”
– Alan Wilson
D&D comes to Steam with dice, Dungeon Master
Virtual tabletop platform Fantasy Grounds now includes officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. Available through Steam, the software allows players to virtually create the fifth-edition D&D tabletop experience with dice rolling, 2D maps, and a play experience controlled by a dungeon master.
The officially licensed D&D modules available for download include add-on classes and monster collections, and entire campaigns.
The first set of products, including the D&D Complete Core Class Pack, D&D Complete Core Monster Pack, and The Lost Mine of Phandelver went on sale last week. Fantasy Ground’s modules also include annotated maps hotlinked to spawn enemies onto the grid, ready to roll initiative.
“We have a queue that we’re working through right now. We just finished up the preliminary work on the Hoard of the Dragon Queen adventure module, and so that’s currently in review right now. We’ve already conducted our internal reviews, and now it’s out in the hands of a few folks at Wizard of the Coast. So depending on how much needs to be changed during that process, I think you’re looking at a matter of maybe weeks before that’s available.”
– Doug Davidson, Fantasy Grounds President and Owner
Other campaigns like Rise of Tiamat and the recently released Princes of the Apocalypse are coming to Fantasy Grounds, according to Wizard Communications Manager Greg Tito.
Bloodborne patch makes loading faster, less annoying, more informative
Bloodborne version 1.03 is out, which strikes a blow to the notably long load times in From Software’s action role-playing game.
The update improves loading times, game performance and fixes some unspecified bugs, according to the PS4 patch notes. The patch decreases load times by “approximately 5-15 seconds” depending on the circumstance, according to PlayStation’s Japanese Bloodborne page.
Bloodborne players will need to install the patch before resuming their online play.
The patch also updated the loading screen’s content, making the wait more interesting for players. Instead of a black screen with the game’s name and a blinking symbol in the upper right, Bloodborne now displays a series of item descriptions, echoing From Software’s Dark Souls RPG series.