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PUBG Mobile adds Miramar map and new season of content

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile update 0.5.0 is now out in the wild, bringing with it the battle royale title’s desert-themed Miramar map.

This latest patch kicks off PUBG Mobile’s second season of content, presumably ushering in new cosmetic items and a stat reset. One thing to look out for are Progress Missions, which are weekly tasks that unlock rewards.

Interestingly, the mobile version of PUBG has nabbed the Miramar map before the Xbox One version of the every-man-for-himself-shooter, while PC users have been duking it out on the map for a while now.

Elsewhere, PUBG Mobile also has a shop doing the rounds, which allows players to fork out for cosmetic goodies and something called ‘Secret Stash,’ which dishes out various special items on the cheap. 

There’s also some general gameplay improvements to soak up, so have a gander at the official patch notes to find out more.

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FIFA 19 The Journey: Champions Trailer, Screenshots and Details

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In FIFA 19, fans can jump into the distinctive stories of all three heroes in The Journey: Champions, the story driven mode that comes to a finale in this year’s game. Take Alex Hunter, Danny Williams, and Kim Hunter through their respective journeys as they reach some of the most significant moments of their careers. Additionally, as their stories intertwine and play out simultaneously, switch between all three characters at any time to change up your experience. Fans can also cross paths with some of the world’s most famous footballers, including Neymar Jr., Alex Morgan, Paulo Dybala, Kevin De Bruyne, and more.

All three heroes have already seen successes across their careers, with new challenges arising as they play at the highest levels in football:

  • As the original star of The Journey, Alex Hunter has already had a rollercoaster of a career in the first two instalments of The Journey. After signing for the Premier League club of his choice, Alex has gone on loan to the English Championship, spent half a season in Major League Soccer, and moved back to Europe to play for one of the continent’s biggest clubs. But in The Journey: Champions, Alex has finally secured his dream move: to Spanish footballing giants Real Madrid.
  • Alex first met Danny Williams during the National Football Academy exit trials, where they didn’t really get along. The former rivals bonded as teammates while plying their trade in the second division and eventually become close friends. When Alex leaves for L.A., Danny joins his old club to pick up the slack in Alex’s absence. After a brief scare midway through The Journey: Hunter Returns, Danny fights for his place at the club after a string of solid performances.
  • Kim Hunter is a young American soccer player with dreams of playing at the highest level of the women’s game—and she’s also Alex’s half-sister. Alex and Kim meet for the first time after Alex joins the LA Galaxy at his father’s suggestion. Not long after, Kim gets her first cap for the United States Women’s National Team. Now she’s ready to take her career to the next level in The Journey: Champions with a call-up for the Women’s World Cup.

To learn more about The Journey: Champions, you can check out an interview with Matt Prior, Creative Director on FIFA 19 here. Also, watch the trailer and view the new FIFA 19 The Journey: Champions screenshots below.

FIFA 19 The Journey: Champions Trailer, Screenshots and Details

FIFA 19 The Journey: Champions Trailer, Screenshots and DetailsFIFA 19 The Journey: Champions Trailer, Screenshots and Details FIFA 19 The Journey: Champions Trailer, Screenshots and Details

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Steam gets built-in tools to let you run Windows games on Linux – now available in beta

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August 22, 2018 Steam’s Linux compatibility tools are confirmed – and now in beta.

Steam Play – Valve’s name for its cross-platform initiative – is getting a major update, with built-in tools allowing you to run Windows games on Linux. We saw the first hints of the feature last week, and today Valve has confirmed it. It’s available right now in beta, so if you want to test the compatibility features on your own Linux install you don’t have to wait.

The new tools run on Proton, which is custom distribution of the widely-used Wine compatibility tool. In the most practical terms, this means you can now download and install Windows games directly from the Steam client without any further fuss. Valve is currently checking “the entire Steam catalog” and whitelisting games that run without issue, but you can turn off those guidelines and install whatever you want, too.

Proton should provide enhanced performance over Wine in many cases, according to Valve. DirectX 11 and 12 implementations are now based on Vulkan, and performance in multi-threaded games “has been greatly improved compared to vanilla Wine.” You’ll also see better fullscreen and controller support with Proton. It’s also fully open source, and available on GitHub.

You can opt-in to the beta under the account tab in your Steam settings menu. Hit ‘change’ and jump into the Steam Beta Update, then restart the client and you’re golden. If you want to go beyond the official list of supported games – visible in the full announcement – you can do so via your Steam Play options. This is a Linux-only option for the foreseeable future, as Valve says there are no current plans to support the feature on Mac.

In theory, this should eventually allow nearly the entire Steam catalogue to run on Linux, though it’s possible certain types of DRM and anti-cheat measures could keep that compatibility from happening. To that end, Valve says it’s “a good idea to avoid any invasive third-party DRM middleware.” For developers wanting to make extra certain they’re Steam Play compliant, Valve recommends targeting the Vulkan API natively in those games.

Valve’s own SteamOS is built on Linux, and as we speculated when hints of this update surface last week, this could be part of a renewed push for the platform. There are rumblings around the internet about SteamOS 3.0 being on the way, even after Valve removed Steam Machines from the Steam store. At the same time, Valve reiterated its support of Linux and Vulkan for PC gaming – and this update marks a major confirmation of that support.

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Trials Rising Gamescom Beta Trailer

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I’ve been a fan of Redlynx’s Trials series since it was a browser game, and I remain resolutely rubbish at them. Devious precision platformers cunningly disguised as motorsport, the next game in the series – Trials Rising – looks to keep up the facade. Rising is due for release on February 12th next year but players with a taste for pain and the ability to stomach a few thousand repetitions until you nail a jump just right can sign up for a closed beta next month, running from September 13th to 16th. Below, a gleefully painful new trailer from Gamescom.

While the addition of a co-op mode where you attempt to balance a tandem motorcycle together looks like a fun time, it looks like Trials Rising is mostly going the ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ route. While I greatly enjoyed Trials Fusion once all the expansions were out and cross-platform level sharing was patched in, I know some people didn’t like its initially clean sci-fi aesthetic. Rising rolls back the clock, and has players leaping chasms and shattering their skeletons across the modern world. It’s just not Trials unless every track ends with a crash, either.

Rather than split its DLC up into a swarm of smaller packs (although Fusion’s eventually added up to a hefty chunk of game), Trials Rising is planned to have two expansions released after launch, which will be included in the Gold edition of the game. There will also be some cosmetic packs, letting you dress up your rider in a variety of silly costumes and decorate your bike in similar style. Personally, I’m going to be shooting for whatever the best is that can be earned through play, for bragging rights. I’ll never get any of it, but I’ll try, dammit.

While Ubisoft have said that there’ll be a sponsorship and challenge system in Trials Rising to earn extra rewards, I hope it doesn’t stray too far from Fusion’s excellent bonus objectives. Every track had three extra goals. Some were clever (find a portal to a secret level), some were silly (complete the entire track while on fire), and some were nigh impossible (complete a very hard track without leaning), but they were always interesting, and the tracks were packed with optional, hidden details, including a visual novel at one point. More of that, please.

Trials Rising will be out on February 12th, and you can find it on both Steam and Ubisoft’s official site here. Those who want to suffer early can sign up for September’s closed beta on the 13th here. You’ll need a Ubisoft account to log in.

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