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Arena Shooter Sky Noon Swings Out of Early Access

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Sky Noon is a first-person shooter that eschews typical shooter violence in favor of knocking players off of the floating cloud arena in this alternate Western world. After several months in Early Access it’s moving to an official 1.0 launch on December 18.

In Sky Noon, players don’t have health bars. In order for players to eliminate each other, they need to blast them off of the arena, not unlike Super Smash Bros. The gunslingers are equipped with air-powered weaponry and gadgets , including steam-powered jet boots, lassos, and grappling hooks to help maneuver around the floating arena. It’s an interesting way to turn a first-person shooter into a more non-violent format while still using guns.

The new 1.0 update adds a new Ice Spires duel map, new unlockable weapons, and an all new free-for-all game mode. The new game mode is called Money Bags. Players are tasked with collecting and stealing coins by quickly traversing around the map and eliminating the competition.

Sky Noon is developed by New Zealand-based indie developer Lunar Rooster and is currently available via Steam Early Access. Online multiplayer supports up to 6 players. The official 1.0 launch will update on December 18.

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Bungie Promises Better Communication Amidst Destiny 2 Controversy

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Destiny 2 developer Bungie has been in full damage control-mode following a recent controversy regarding hidden XP scaling. In a lengthy blog post developers Luke Smith and Chris Barrett pledged to do better with communicating any future fixes and changes.

“Our team has been reading feedback and working on updates to improve the game. We’ve also been reading some tough criticism about our lack of communication, and we agree we need to be more open,” states the blog post. “We know it’s frustrating when there isn’t enough of a dialog with the development team. You have our commitment that we’re going to do a better job going forward.”

December will see many new improvements and fixes coming to Destiny 2, along with release of the first DLC pack Curse of Osiris, and the beginning of season two.

The blog post specifically addresses the XP controversy: “Last weekend, we disabled a scaling mechanism that adjusted XP gains up and down without reflecting those adjustments in the UI […] the silent nature of the mechanic betrayed the expectation of transparency that you have for Destiny 2.”

This XP scaling has since been disabled, but Bungie is currently looking at ways to re-balance XP, and they admit leveling is too slow for some activities.

In related Destiny 2 news, you can now play a limited version of the game for free in the Free Trial. It’s available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The first expansion, Curse of Osiris, is arriving December 5.

 

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Call of Duty: WWII Makes $500 Million in First Three Days

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Activision has announced that Call of Duty: WWII, which launched last Friday, has made more than $500 million in sell-through units worldwide over the first three days of its release. That’s more than the opening weekends for big Hollywood film releases Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok combined, in case you were still wondering if video games were a big deal.

“We challenged our players to get their squads back together and they answered the call with the highest number of players we’ve ever seen on current gen consoles and PC,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision. “Call of Duty: WWII returns the franchise to its roots and the results are incredible, selling twice as many units in its opening weekend as last year and setting the day one record for full-game downloads on PlayStation 4. And we’re committed to supporting the community with continuous improvements and new content.”

Call of Duty is one of the biggest, if not the biggest annual releases of the year. Call of Duty: WWII returns the series back to its original setting of World War 2, featuring both online multiplayer and a single-player campaign. The popular cooperative zombies mode also returns with a new campaign. Call of Duty: WWII has been getting mostly favorable reviews and is currently sitting at an 80% aggregate score on Metacritic.

Activision obtained the sales figures from both retail and digital sell-through (meaning actual units sold, not just those put on the shelves) and compared them to reported movie sales.

Call of Duty: WWII is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A Digital Deluxe Edition is available, and includes the Season Pass for future DLC. It’s rated M for Mature.