No Man’s Sky Patch Incoming, Hello Games Hires Large QA Team

No Man’s Sky has captured the minds and gaming time of a huge swath of the gaming public. It isn’t a bug-free experience though, with crashes and strange incident occurring for many players.

In order to get things fixed up, Hello Games has hired a new QA team that is larger than the entirety of the current studio staff. Additionally, the developer is moving to a ticketed support system, with a dedicated manager starting on Monday, August 15.

Hello Games has also offered workarounds for some of the bigger issues facing players on PS4 right now. For those that find themselves at the bottom of a chasm, the studio says that you can use infinite jetpack when pushed against a surface. You can also revert to one of two previous saves if you find yourself in a bind.

There has also been chatter about a bug related to the pre-order bonus ship. That vessel comes with a hyperdrive installed (something other players need to discover and craft). 

However, if you purchase a new ship, the craft likely won’t have one, and you’ve not been directed to complete the steps required to secure the blueprint and build one. Provided you don’t buy a new ship too early in the game, you’ll be directed to an NPC that will provide you with what you need to get one. 

According to Hello Games, of the 135 emails it has received about this, 107 people (79.3 percent) were able to continue on. If you find yourself in that situation, try to reboot your console and re-enter the game, as that might trigger the NPC alert.

This will be fixed in a patch so that all players who have the pre-order ship can continue on. The update will also include repairs for the frequent crashes.

“The number of people players, and length of average play session, has been far more than our small team could have anticipated,” writes company founder Sean Murray. “That said, we’re working quickly to adapt. We sincerely apologise to anyone affected in the meantime.”

Timing for the patch has not been announced. Murray says it should be along in the “near future.”

[Source: Hello Games]

 

Our Take
While it’s great that Hello Games has brought on a new, large QA team, I have to wonder why that didn’t happen before launch. Especially as the studio is trying to the PC version out today, having a separate team to make sure that everything is working as intended seems like it would have been a good idea before August 9.

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THQ Lives Again As Nordic Games Rebrands Itself THQ Nordic

Out of the ashes of THQ’s second bankruptcy auction, a dark horse emerged to snap up much of the company’s back catalog. Darksiders, MX vs. ATV, Red Faction, Destroy All Humans, and more ended up with the little-known Nordic Games.

Everything comes full circle as the company has now fully reincorporated as THQ Nordic. Founder and owner Lars Wingefors will lead the new company as he did Nordic Games before it. This isn’t a simple rebranding and aligns with the publisher’s significant growth over the past eight years, though prior to this Nordic did announce its plans to publish under the THQ name.

During that time, THQ Nordic has grown from two employees to eighty-four, with studios in Phoenix, Arizona (Rainbow Studios), and Munich, Germany (Grimlore Games). When we first spoke to Nordic after its acquisition of dozens of THQ properties, the company shied away from in-house development.

That has clearly changed, with the owned studios, but THQ Nordic is also continuing to work with development partners. Currently, the company has 23 games in development, 13 of these haven’t been announced. 

THQ Nordic will make its debut at Gamescom. There, the company is showing off Battle Chasers: Nightwar, ELEX, Spellforce 3, Darksiders Warmastered Edition, The Dwarves, Warhammer: Vermintide, Aquanox, and We Sing.

 

Our Take
I expressed my surprise and concern when Nordic picked up much of THQ’s library. However, the company has grown since then, and has partnered with studios to deliver high quality collector’s editions (including the Quantum Break PC edition announced this week). THQ’s fall was tragic, and I’m hopeful Nordic is up to the challenge of redeeming its name.

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Watch The New Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer

A new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was unveiled tonight during the Olympics, and you can watch by clicking right here.

Yesterday, we were treated to a 10 second preview of the trailer, which gave a glimpse of the new ship the U-Wing, but now you can watch the full teaser below.

Rogue One will be in theaters on December 16.

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Making Of Video Shows Off Robinson: The Journey's Dinosaur-Filled Planet

In a new making of video, Crytek finally pulls back the curtain and shows off its upcoming PlayStation VR title, Robinson: The Journey. The exploration-driven game, which plops you on an alien planet filled with dinosaurs, was first shown at Paris Games Week last year.

In the video, Crytek’s team of developers discuss the ups and downs of virtual reality development, as well as showcase a few snippets of pre-alpha gameplay and beautiful concept art. Robinson: The Journey tells the story of a boy who was part of an exploration team. While being sent to colonize a planet, something goes wrong with his ship, and it crash lands on this dangerous planet where dinosaurs roam freely. You’ll follow a hovering robot who guides you through this hostile land.

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Read our initial coverage of Robinson: The Journey when it was announced, along with its first trailer, here.

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Square Enix Montreal's Deus Ex Go Releases August 18

Get ready to infiltrate your way through Deus Ex Go by solving turn-based puzzles and using futuristic augmentations. Square Enix’s mobile title, the newest of the Go series following titles based on Tomb Raider and Hitman, is releasing this month in a week’s time.

Taking on the role of Adam Jensen, you progress through a series of levels that are filled with puzzles that can be overcome with either your augmentations at your disposal such as cloaking, or through the use of hacking. You’ll be able to hack and manipulate terminals, turrets, and more, but timing which move to do when will be an important tactic to succeed, as guards can interrupt your hacking process. Check out the trailer below.

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 Unlike past Go games, you’ll now be able to create your own levels and share them with friends. Deus Ex Go releases August 18 for tablets and phones.

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Klei Entertainment's Shank 2 Joins Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

The side-scrolling, bloody platformer Shank 2 will now be playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility. This action-packed title from Klei Entertainment released back in 2012, following the original which came out two years earlier.

Several Xbox 360 titles have been shifting over to Xbox One via backwards compatibility, such as the recent addition of the JRPG Blue Dragon. Back in May, multi-disk support was added to backwards compatibility with the addition of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.

You can check out the growing list of Xbox One backwards compatible titles, which now includes over 200 games, on Major Nelson’s blog. Read our review of Shank 2 here.

 

Our Take
Microsoft has been steadily adding more and more titles through backwards compatibility, which is great, though I’m personally I’m still patiently waiting for Mass Effect 2 and 3 to join this list. 

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NPD: The Xbox One Was The Top-Selling Console In July

Although official NPD numbers for July have not yet been released to the public, Microsoft has already released a statement saying the Xbox One was the highest-selling console in July in the United States (the only retail region the NPD reports cover).

This is the first time in several months that the Xbox One has outperformed the PlayStation 4 in sales. It’s important to note that this lead was not caused by the Xbox One S, the 2TB launch edition of which launched on August 2. The full public report will be released next week, with a week offset to account of the new inclusion of digital sales.

The 500GB and 1TB versions of the Xbox One S will launch on August 23. You can read Andrew Reiner’s review of the Xbox One S here.

 

Our Take
I would have expected sales to have dipped in the month of July in anticipation of a console refresh, not increased enough to surpass the competition. This bodes well for Microsoft going into August and the fall sales season. 

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GI Show – No Man's Sky, Prey, Deus Ex Game Club Finale

It’s a new week at Game Informer, and time to introduce you to a new staff member. This week on the podcast, we’re introducing our new associate editor Suriel Vazquez, and he’s been playing a lot of the exciting and controversial fan-remake of Metroid II. First off though, we have Andrew Reiner and Matt Kato around to talk about the final release of the absurdly-awaited No Man’s Sky and why Abzu deserves your attention. We also ask Reiner a million questions about his experience at QuakeCon this year and what he thought of the gameplay demos he saw of Arkane’s Prey and Quake Champions. The back half of this week’s show is the final installment of our GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It’s been a pleasure, but it’s time to say goodbye to Adam Jensen… until Deus Ex: Mankind Divided comes out in a couple of weeks.

You can watch the video at the bottom of the page, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 311 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

:20 – Introducing Suriel Vazquez, Game Informer’s new editor
5:57 – No Man’s Sky
28:55 – Abzu
37:42 – Prey gameplay impressions
46:25 – Quake Champions impressions
48:30 – Overcooked
52:17 – Another Metroid 2 Remake
59:20 – DOTA 2’s International Tournament
1:02:08 – Community emails
1:33:10 – The finale GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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You Don’t Need To Understand Dota 2 To Appreciate Last Night’s Incredible Match

Last night, Twitter lost its mind over a match of Dota 2 between American mainstay Evil Geniuses and Chinese powerhouse EHOME. The International (the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament) is this week, so it had a good reason to. The two weeks of the tournament are the best time for people who love Dota but don’t have much of a reason to talk about it regularly to geek out and discuss matches. If nothing else, people are less likely to roll their eyes at you.

If you were on the sidelines, it’s probably difficult to understand why the match was so such a good watch. Heck, you probably wouldn’t know what’s happening on-screen if you tried to watch when everyone was losing their mind. That’s not really your fault; to the casual observer, Dota looks like a clash of special effects, life bars, and cartoon characters.

But behind all of these obfuscating lights and sounds, there are several intertwining narratives that make matches like the one between EG and EHOME so enthralling no matter who the viewer is.

First, we have the most prominent narrative in any sport, physical or electronic: nationality. The International takes place in Seattle and EG is an American team, so the crowd was clearly on EG’s side. The crowd had a fairly large Chinese contingency (big enough to hear their chants on the tournament’s livestream, anyway), but the chants of “U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!” would quickly drown it out.

Even though EG won last year’s International and had a relatively strong year (barring a few flops after some roster changes), an American crowd will not only still root for them, but see them as an underdog after years of Chinese and European dominance in the Dota scene. So even though the team has a Pakistani and Swedish player, national stakes are always at play in any EG match.

Second, this match quickly became “One of Those Games.” Most Dota 2 matches average between 20-30 minutes, especially after a series of patches attempted to speed up the flow of the game. But this particular match went on for almost an hour and half — the length of a full game in most other sports.

When matches go on that long, the game transforms into something else. Instead of a series of fights that slowly swing the tide in one team’s favor, any match that goes on for more than an hour can hinge on a single fight between the two teams. This ratchets up the tension as fans of both sides wait to see if the last fight in the match was the one that closed the game.

Third, regardless of who you were rooting for, after winning this match EG now have the greatest comeback in professional Dota under their belt. Without getting too stuck in the weeds, EHOME had EG on their last legs. The Chinese team decimated them early in the match, and at around 40 minutes, it looked like a sure victory. EG had no defenses left in their base, and it took everything the team had to push back wave after wave of monsters wailing on their base. But through a series of incredible fights and one-in-a-million plays, they overcame a disadvantage that no one has ever come back from at an International tournament. Fans often hope swings like this happen, even though they almost never do. But this match is why viewers never completely lose hope.

All of these story threads played out at once, giving fans several reasons to clench their muscles, hold their breath, and mouth words of encouragement the teams would never hear. It was a perfect storm of Dota 2 not just because it was an incredible display of technical skill, but because the basic stories it told were so universally appealing. Even non-fans should be able to latch onto that.

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Trailer For The King of Fighters XIV Welcomes Team Another World

Another weekly team trailer for The King of Fighters XIV has been released, this time highlighting the dangerous trio of Team Another World.

Nakoruru, Mui Mui, and Love Heart have traveled across dimensions to join the roster of The King of Fighters XIV and bring their unique fighting abilities to the table. A new trailer (seen below) highlights some of their moves.

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Love Heart is the main character from an SNK Pachinko game series titled Sky Love. As the Captain of the Peace Sky Pirates she sports a pirate hat and excels in hand to hand combat, but can whip out her illuminating sword to deal serious damage.

Next is Mui Mui. Like Love Heart, she is the main character of her own Pachinko game, Dragon Gal. Her dragon blood gives her immense strength while using Kung Fu fighting tactics. 

Finally there is Nakoruru, the Maiden of Light from the Samurai Shodown series. Utilizing the Shikanna-Kamui
style she uses her sword to cut through enemies, but has an even more dangerous weapon perched on her shoulder. Her pet hawk 
Mamahaha can not only dive bomb enemies, but carry Nakoruru up in the air to confuse them as well. 

Along with the new trailer comes news that on August 19, four popular fighting game players Justin
Wong, OGAWA, GO1, and sako will be competing in a The King of Fighters XIV exhibition. You can tune in on Twitch here on that day at 5 AM CT to watch the ensuing battles. Previous team trailers for The King of Fighters XIV include Team Japan, Team Yagami, Team Fatal Fury, Team Art of Fighting, Team Kim, Team Psycho Soldier, and more. The King of Fighters XIV comes exclusively to PlayStation 4 on August 23.      

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