Elite: Dangerous patch 1.1 has been released, it adds new features such as city lights on the dark side of planets, community goals, an updated trade route planner, and more. It also has many optimizations, bug fixes, and quality-of-life updates that the community has been asking for, fixing many of the problems. Also, the next major update is scheduled to launch in the 2nd week of March. It will be adding support for flight groups and a layer of co-operative missions, along with a communications overhaul and many other updates. The full patch notes for 1.1 can be found below.
Here's a new trailer for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. This version is a compilation of the original game as well as a free update for existing versions. This special edition of Dark Souls 2 includes all the DLC campaigns which were added including Crown of the Sunken King, Crown of the Old Iron King and Crown of the Ivory King are included. The Xbox One, PS4 and PC versions of Scholar of the First Sin feature improved visuals / performance, better audio, and an increase in the maximum amount of people that can be in a single online session. All the versions will also include additional NPCs, improved gameplay balance, expanded item descriptions and improved matchmaking. The existing versions of Dark Souls 2 will also receive a patch with these and many other improvements, although those without the DLC will still need to purchase it separately as they are not included in the free update. A list of improvements and gameplay enhancements in the upcoming free update is included at the bottom.
The first Guild Wars 2 expansion has been announced. From what we've seen, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will see Mursaat and Rytlock returning, (Possibility of a new class), more focus on difficult group content, new guild features, new masteries providing new ways to customize your profession, and three different biomes for maps (jungle, roots and canopy). Below is the official announcement trailer. Also a note to anyone currently interested in Guild Wars 2, it is currently 75% off over at the official site.
Bethesda Softworks has announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be dropping its subscription starting March 17, and will be renamed to "The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited". The MMO still won't be free-to-play though, you will still have to purchase the game, but once you do, you will have unlimited time to explore the content without having to pay a monthly fee. You will also get full access to all previously-released updates and added content. Those who already own The Elder Scrolls Online will simply have their accounts updated to the new version. There will also be "ESO Plus" memberships available in 30, 90 and 180-day durations which grant access to all future DLC, which will consist of game packs with "optional adventure content".
2K has announced Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. The game is a remake of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in HD for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The collection includes Borderlands 2 and the Pre-Sequel, along with a new four-player local split screen mode. The game will allow you to transfer your saves from the old-gen versions to the new-gen ones in the same console family and is scheduled to launch March 27. Check out the trailer below.
IGN has revealed that Battlefield Hardline will include a highly-competitive mode called Crosshair. It's a 5 vs 5 VIP extraction mode with a 3-minute round limit. Below is a hands-on video from Westie that explains everything currently known about the mode.
Driveclub has received a new update featuring five new Japanese tracks, gameplay enhancements, AI improvements, new features, a new multiplayer game mode and more. The full patch notes can be found below.
Sid Meier, the creator of the Civilization, has revealed a new game. 2K and Firaxis have announced Sid Meier's Starships, an interstellar strategy game and the next chapter of Civilization in space. The turn-based game is scheduled to arrive early 2015 to PC, Mac and iPad. In the game, you control a fleet of starships as you journey through the galaxy to complete various missions from protecting planets and their inhabitants, to building a planetary federation. You can expand your federation's influence and reach as you explore the stars and take part in "dynamically generated tactical combat".
Here is a 7 minute tutorial video of Bloodborne, the latest release from the creator of Dark Souls. Despite featuring similar action RPG elements to the Dark Souls games, the game has faster paced combat, and requires a more offensive approach in order to overcome denser hordes of enemies. Bloodborne is scheduled to launch worldwide March 2015.
Elite Dangerous is a space adventure, trading and combat simulator set in a galaxy based on the real Milky Way. Players can explore any star system in the Milky Way, furthering themselves through trade, bounty-hunting, asteroid mining and other missions and interact with other players in a massively multiplayer persistent world, as well as a single player online-only mode. The first major update for the game is on the way in early February, with the full release expected a week later. Update 1.1 will "introduce a new way to collaborate with other players in the galaxy in preparation for 1.2's major Wings update".
Evolution Studios has released a new Driveclub video showing a Jaguar CX-75 racing on the new Takahagi Hills track. The video also showcases Driveclub's amazing AI, which unlike a lot of other racing games, takes less than the optimal racing line to try and overtake the player. They also have the ability to screw up by driving aggressively, making the AI very unpredictable. The release dates for the new content have also been announced along with the video. Five new tracks will be available for free starting January 19, and the Apex expansion pack will arrive between January 27 and January 29.