Ever since the launch of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it has been plagued with performance issues that have irked players. In a recent Steam post, PUBG Corp outlines upcoming performance fixes and how it has “fallen short” in the past.

The development team’s three biggest priorities are “performance, server-side optimization, and cheating.” Altering lighting effects so they can be better processed and changing how vehicles maneuver on different surfaces are two of the ways the team believes the game can reach better performance.

Player movement, animations, and character models will also receive adjustments in order to boost framerate. Sever-side optimization, reducing network latency, and tweaking item spawns are other fixes the team has planned. You can read the massive list of changes by heading here.

To read our review of PUBG, head here.

[Source: Steam]

Feudal Alloy, an upcoming Metroidvania action RPG, centers around a bizarre concept. You play through a medieval era as a robot powered by a goldfish, who is on a quest to defeat bandits that burned down their home.

You’re not the only goldfish piloting the robot. In this strange world, all enemies you go head-to-head with are similarly powered by fish. Feudal Alloy features hand-drawn 2D art, giving it a storybook vibe. Developer Attu Games describes the gameplay as discovering a “huge interconnected world, filled with wide range of enemies, bosses, skills, equipments and side quests.”

Check out the trailer below.

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Feudal Alloy is expected to launch on PC later this year, though no specific release has been announced.

Sleep Tight is a shooter that reminds you of the fears you had as a kid at bedtime. It’s about the monsters that lurk in your closet and under your bed, but this time, you have the power to stop them.

This twin-stick shooter blends base-building with intense combat. You craft fortresses out of bedsheets and furniture while fighting waves of monsters. Your goal is to survive as many nights as you can.

With 12 unlockable characters, you can switch between them to try out varying difficulties and playstyles. Check out the trailer below.

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Sleep Tight arrives on Nintendo Switch and PC on July 26.

Sea of Thieves is receiving its first free DLC expansion in a couple days, bringing a slew of new content to the pirate adventure. The Hungering Deep hits on May 29th, and will be followed by two other expansions called Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores at later dates.

The Hungering Deep features new items, a story campaign, flags, exclusive cosmetics, and more. 

The time-limited story campaign centers around Merrick the bard, who is Sea of Thieves’ first established character. Players will attempt to find Merrick in the world, and if successful, they can go against his nemesis to reap substantial rewards.

New cosmetics include tattoos and scars that can be added to your customized pirate. As for items, you can now use drums and a speaking trumpet which allows you to be heard from a distance. New flags for your ship will give you some new ways off signaling your intentions to other ships during your voyage.

To learn more about The Hungering Deep, watch the trailer below.

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Rare teases that new weekly events are to come to the game soon. Sea of Thieves is out on Xbox One. Read our review here.

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After remastering The Silver Case and its sequel 25 Ward on modern platforms, Grasshopper Manufacture has set its sights on bringing its cult hit Killer7 to Steam.

Announced during a panel discussing the company’s history at this year’s Momocon, the remaster arrives this Fall.

The Steam release won’t be a remake but a graphical refresh. Grasshopper has told Game Informer the game’s simple models and colors scale nicely to modern resolutions. Additionally, mouse-and-keyboard aficionados will be happy to know they’ll be able to use their mouse to aim at the many weakpoints on the Heaven’s Smiles.

The Steam version is a collaboration between Grasshopper and Engine Software. NIS America will publisher the title with Capcom’s blessing. The remaster has not been announced for consoles.

If you’re curious about what has made Killer7 a cult hit over the years, check out our Super Replay.

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Our Take
I’m very curious to see what Killer7’s art style looks like in modern resolutions, and to see how mouse controls might work. Hopefully, this port will catch on and let Grasshopper continue remastering its games – Flower, Sun, and Rain and No More Heroes could use some love!

One of the major aspects of games that separate them from other mediums is the way players can express themselves by making choices. Many of those are mechanical (“should I upgrade my health or defense?”) but many of them are narrative.

While many of these choices are black and white (“should you save or kill the Little Sisters in BioShock?”), but some of them can be layered and interesting, causing us to think twice, sometimes pausing the game for a bit.

So which choices in games gave you the most pause? Did you have sleep on the repercussions of the Genophage in Mass Effect when making the final choice? Did the Witcher 2’s big choice between Roche and Iorveth in The Witcher 2 make you think twice? Let us know in the comments.

Not content with creating unconventional gaming devices like a multi-platform boombox or a Wii U gaming coat, Youtuber My Mate Vince has a found a slightly more useful contraption: A way to pump an Xbox One X signal through the airwaves so TV antennas can pick it up.

Making such a weird thing possible requires a few converters and some technical know-how, but the result is really cool: Basically, Vince’s house was broadcasting a TV signal of Fortnite throughout a small area, which any device tuned into its signal could pick up.

Part of the contraption involves a signal booster, and Vince even warns those who might want to replicate the invention at home not to boost the signal too much, lest they accidentally create a pirate TV station.

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Next week Destiny 2 fans can expect some major changes to some of their favorite pieces of rare gear, but matchmaking for the new Escalation Protocol activity is still up in the air.

With the release of the Warmind expansion came a number of changes to exotic weapons, and many new weapons became a lot more fun (and useful) to wield. Exotic armor pieces remained untouched, however. That’s changing in next week’s update on May 29, according to Sandbox designer Victor Anderson.

Each Destiny 2 class is getting two pieces of exotic armor changed up: Titans will get a more consistent punch out of Synthoceps and have more maneuverable air superiority with Lion Rampant, Hunters can expect more utility out of Dragon’s Shadow and more kick out of sidearms when switching to them while wearing the Mechaneer’s Tricksleeves, and Warlocks will have an easier-to-use Lunafaction Boots and more powerful solar abilities with Sunbracers.

In other news, designer Jacob Benton also addressed feedback from players on Warmind’s new activity, Escalation Protocol. After realizing the mode was extremely difficult when played while below max power, players began creating workarounds to play the three-person mode with nine people. This then lead to widespread desire for dedicated, nine-player matchmaking for the mode.

Benton responded to this notion by saying the mode was designed for three players who are all at maximum power (with the aid of whoever happens to be out in the world when that team initiates the activity), but the team at Bungie is looking into it. “We’re going to continue to monitor as more players progress up to max Power and are able to attempt Escalation Protocol at the difficulty it was designed for and we’ll determine what, if any action, is necessary,” Benton said. “We also hear players are really enjoying large groups of players fighting against enemies, so we’ll use that feedback to inform our future plans.”

[Source: Bungie Official Blog]

 

Our Take
Having been in one of those nine-player groups earlier this week, I much preferred the chaos of nine swords banging around Mars than the few times I’ve attempted it with three people. Hopefully Benton’s right in that playing the mode at max power actually makes it manageable, but I’m doubtful it’ll be more effective than the nine-person trick. Maybe we’ll get a nine-player co-op mode in the near future as a result of the feedback?

Video game pioneer and Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has passed away at age 80.

The news comes from close friend Leonard Herman.

Dabney was instrumental in the early history of Atari and video games, but is often left unsung. Originally one of the people behind Syzygy back in 1971, he helped create much of the company’s early hardware, including Pong, one of the biggest games in the world. He eventually left the company under disputed circumstances, with Dabney claiming he was forced out by Bushnell and the board of directors.

For an in-depth account of Dabney’s role at Atari and his many contributions to the company, you can read this interview excerpt from an episode of the RoundUp podcast.

Dabney was diagnosed with esophageal cancer late last year.

Game Informer would like to offer Dabney’s friends and family our condolences.

It’s a bit of light week in terms of number of events, but the events that are going on this week are pretty killer. Combo Breaker is a huge fighting game and I’d love to attend some day, if for no other reason than to watch some live Darkstalkers action again, and Dota 2’s major this week is one of the most exciting I’ve caught all year.

Combo Breaker is one of the biggest fighting game events of the year, running tons of tournaments for major games like Dragon Ball FighterZStreet Fighter V, and Tekken 7, as well as more obscure titles, like Darkstalkers, Skullgirls, and of course, the traditional mystery game tournament. (Streams and Schedule)

The saga of the Shanghai Dragons’ quest for their first win in the Overwatch League continues. This week they face the best team in the league, the New York Excelsior. Can they do it? (Stream / Schedule)

Brawlhalla is hosting a bit two-on-two tournament for its North American and European regions, so if you’ve gotten into the 2D multiplayer brawler lately, check out what it looks like when high-level players get a hold of it. (NA Stream and Schedule / EU Stream and Schedule)

ESL Birmingham is this week’s Dota 2 major, and we’ve already seen the Brazilian team, Pain Gaming, take down some giants on their underdog run. Will VP stop them, or is this a new legend in the making? (Stream / Schedule)

That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments.