In the latest news regarding the legal battle between Apple and Fortnite maker Epic, Microsoft has decided to publicly announce its support for the video game developer. This announcement comes less than a week after the the tech giant decided to revoke Epic’s permissions to develop tools for iOS and Mac which most notably would impact every game that uses Epic’s Unreal Engine game creation tools. Epic has since filed a motion to stop Apple from revoking their permissions and now Microsoft is backing them in the court battle, claiming that denial of access to Unreal Engine on Mac and iOS “will harm game creators and gamers.”
“Denying Epic access to Apple’s SDK (software development kit) and other development tools will prevent Epic from supporting Unreal Engine on iOS and macOS, and will place Unreal Engine and those game creators that have built, are building, and may build games on it at a substantial disadvantage,” said Kevin Gammill, general manager for gaming developer experiences at Microsoft, in a filing shared Sunday by Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
A recent report claiming to offer some inside information regarding the development of Halo Infinite kicked the rumor mill into high gear. More specifically, there is a rumor stemming from this report that due to some of the issues going on behind the scenes, Microsoft was considering the idea of splitting up Halo Infinite’s campaign and multiplayer components and releasing them separately.
Halo’s community director, Brian Jarrard, took to Reddit to address this rumor:
“[The] unsubstantiated ‘report’ in late July was 100% false and no such plan or discussion had ever happened. Campaign was never going to ship without MP, period,” Jarrard said. “More recently, as it became clear that the project needed more time, part of that assessment did entail trying to see if perhaps just MP could launch as planned but was deemed a non-starter. So even if that would’ve been the outcome, it’s the opposite of what was reported in late July.”
Jarrard said he doesn’t normally comment on rumors, but since he was being “personally implicated” he decided to weigh in.
“People can, and will, make up whatever stories they want but I have to draw the line at being personally implicated as being dishonest with the community,” Jarrard said. “I may not always be allowed to say what I want to say (for example I’m probably not allowed to really get into a point by point response to this article), but I will always speak the truth.”
Halo Infinite is set to release on an unspecified date in 2021 for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC with the multiplayer portion of the game being free-to-play.
With less than 24 hours to go until the release of PGA TOUR 2K21, the hype is at its peak and the latest trailer for the online multiplayer certainly keeps the momentum with a star-studded cast. The trailer includes four celebrities in the comfort of their own homes going at each other with some trash talk over a few holes in the new PGA Tour 2K21.
The four celebrities included in the commercial are Professional Golfer Justin Thomas, WWE Star The Miz, Rapper Schoolboy Q, and the most infamous golf villain in history, Shooter McGavin from the hit film Happy Gilmore — portrayed by actor Chris McDonald. Interestingly enough, the commercial seems to portray Shooter as he would have naturally aged since the original release date of the movie. Nonetheless, this short cameo gives fans enough to enjoy.
You can watch the teaser trailer for PGA Tour 2K21 below:
PGA Tour 2K21 releases tomorrow, August 21st, on Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC via Steam.
Today, Oculus announced some important updates to how people log into Oculus devices, while still keeping their VR profile. Starting in October 2020, everyone using an Oculus device for the first time will need to log in with a Facebook account.
All existing users who already have an Oculus account will have the option to log in with Facebook and merge their Oculus and Facebook accounts. All existing users who choose not to merge their accounts will have the option to continue using their Oculus account for two years.
After January 1, 2023, support will end for all Oculus accounts. Those who choose not to merge their accounts at that time will be allowed to continue using their device, but full functionality will require a Facebook account.
According to Oculus — “Giving people a single way to log into Oculus—using their Facebook account and password— will make it easier to find, connect, and play with friends in VR.”
Visit ocul.us/updates to learn more.
Following Fortnite developer Epic Games move last Thursday to break Apple’s policy by allowing players on iOS to directly purchase items in-game and bypass a 30% cut taken by Apple, the developer announced on Monday that it is seeking a temporary restraining order to prevent the tech giant from removing the game from its App Store.
Respawn Entertainment has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated Apex Legends Season 6 called Boosted. The new season is set to introduce a flurry of new content and changes into the popular battle royale and will kick off on Tuesday, August 18th at 1AM ET (August 17th at 10PM PT) along with a massive update that will also introduce some major changes to the game.
It looks like golf video games may finally be making their return to the heights they once knew. A genre once dominated by EA for more than two decades with triple-A games including the Tiger Woods series, the company decided to vacate the category following a luke warm reception to the 2015 release of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour. In their absence, HB Studios has slowly grown a new series known as a The Golf Club, with the latest game in series finally achieving a deal for officially licensed courses from the PGA Tour and accordingly reclaiming the series namesake.
A recent announcement from 2K claims that 15 PGA TOUR courses and 14 PGA Tournaments will be available when PGA TOUR 2K21 hits the market on August 21st. It will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and Windows.
The latest update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on Xbox One requires a whopping 66GB download, far larger than the required download sizes of its PlayStation 4 and PC counterparts.
The update, which applies several general fixes, including the removal of some maps from certain game modes, requires only a 1.2GB download on PlayStation 4 and 1.83GB download on PC. Infinity Ward blames “an unforeseen bug” with Microsoft’s patch delivery process for the excessive download size on Xbox One.
Infinity Ward assures Xbox One players that the 66GB download will not affect the overall install size of Modern Warfare or the free-to-play battle royale counterpart, Warzone, which will take up to 183GB and 99.5GB, respectively, after completing the update. This issue is a result of Xbox One players being required to re-download certain files, not add more files to their console’s hard drive.