Call Of Duty: WW 2 Studio Opens New Office In Poland

Infinity Ward, the famous Call of Duty studio that made the first Call of Duty game and Call of Duty: WWII most recently, has opened a new studio. The Activision-owned developer announced recently that it opened an R&D studio in Krakow, Poland. In a blog post, Activision said this team will work “closely” with the main Infinity Ward studio in the Los Angeles area.

“We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our development capabilities with the opening of Infinity Ward Poland,” Infinity Ward studio boss Dave Stohl said.

Stohl said the Infinity Ward Poland studio will be a “world-class R&D studio.” He added that Infinity Ward is hoping to “tap into the creative local game development culture and talent in Poland.” Michal Drobot, a principal rendering engineer, is heading up the new Infinity Ward Poland studio.

According to his LinkedIn page, Drobot has worked at Infinity Ward since September 2014, contributing to titles like Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: WWII. Before joining Activision, he worked at Killzone studio Guerrilla Games and Far Cry company Ubisoft Montreal. Drobot said on Twitter that Infinity Ward Poland will have a number of “exciting positions” opening up, though these do not appear to be live as of yet. It’s not immediately clear how many people Infinity Ward Poland plans to hire.

Infinity Ward’s latest game was 2016’s Infinite Warfare. Given that the Call of Duty series is on a three-year, three-studio development cycle, we can expect Infinity Ward’s next Call of Duty game to come out in 2019, following the rumoured Black Ops 4 from Treyarch next year.

The Infinity Ward of today is not what it used to be. In March 2010, Activision fired ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella for insubordination, claiming the pair were secretly planning to start their new studio with the help of Electronic Arts. Many Infinity Ward developers followed Zampella and West out of the studio and to the new company Respawn, which went on to make Titanfall. In 2014, Infinity Ward absorbed Tony Hawk developer Neversoft.

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Destiny 2 Xur Location Guide: Where Is Xur, What Is He Selling? (December 15-18)

Another week has passed, and in Destiny 2, that means Xur has arrived once again to hock his Exotic wares. Unlike his first post-Curse of Osiris appearance, however, this one is more meaningful, thanks to the release of the game’s latest patch. Here’s a walkthrough on how to find Xur this week and a look at what he’s selling.

Xur has taken up residence in a new location for him, on the Tower. That means you’ll first need to gain access to that social space in order to check out what he has for sale. In order to reach him, spawn into the Tower and head toward the northeastern part of the map, where Dead Orbit is stationed. Behind their area is a set of stairwells; start to head up those, and you’ll encounter him toward one of the lower levels.

Unlike last week, none of the gear Xur is selling is exclusive to Curse of Osiris. He’s got the usual selection of one Exotic weapon and one piece of Exotic armor for each class. More notably, he also has some new item types. This marks Xur’s first weekend since the release of Destiny 2’s 1.1.1.1 update. As a result, he now sells Three of Coins and Fated Engrams. These Three of Coins work a bit differently than those in Destiny 1, as they simply increase Exotic drop chances for four hours. Fated Engrams provide you with an Exotic item you don’t already own, but you’re limited to purchasing one per account each week. Here’s the full Xur lineup this week:

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  • DARCI (Sniper Rifle) — 29 Legendary Shards
  • Celestial Nighthawk (Hunter Helmet) — 23 Legendary Shards
  • Hallowfire Heart (Titan Chest Armor) — 23 Legendary Shards
  • Eye of Another World (Warlock Helmet) — 23 Legendary Shards
  • Three of Coins — 31 Legendary Shards

This has been a big week for Destiny 2, as the 1.1.1.1 update introduced Masterworks weapons and some other notable changes. However, the planned Faction Rally event was canceled as Bungie, in response to player outrage, makes changes to what content non-DLC owners have access to. Additionally, Bungie announced the details of Destiny 2’s The Dawning event, which launches soon to celebrate the holidays.

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Monster Hunter: World Trailer Features Its Furry Palico Companions

In a cuddly twist of fate, Monster Hunter: World‘s latest trailer shifts its eyes away from the scaly beasts of New World and onto friendlier, more familiar faces: the title’s feline companions, palicos.

Palicos are not new characters within the Monster Hunter universe, but returning ones. Aside from being the perfect monster-hunting assistants, these felines are fully customizable from the color of their coats, shape of their eyes and ears, and the clothes on their backs. These useful little guys will help you out in the wilds by carting you back after a battle gone awry, and prepare you lots of absurdly beautiful meals.

If you just can’t wait and need some MonHun right meow, a second beta is coming to PS4 on December 22. This second-wind will wrap up on December 26, and you won’t have to have PlayStation Plus to get in this time. Those who participated in the first beta won’t have to redownload the client either.

Monster Hunter: World will launch on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 26. And to make the deal a little sweeter, Capcom has already confirmed the title will be getting some free DLC from player gear to new monsters.

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WoW's Christmas Event Starts Soon And Involves Giant Snow Globes

Starting tomorrow, Azeroth is getting a makeover for the holidays. World of Warcraft‘s Christmas event begins soon, and it’ll bring a whole bunch of festive decorations and items to discover.

The highlight of the update is the Feast of Winter Veil, which brings decorations across Azeroth but centers on the major cities. Giant snow globes will appear in Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Dalaran. It’ll run from December 16-January 3.

WoW's Christmas Event Starts Soon And Involves Giant Snow Globes

In addition, if you’re hanging out in Azeroth on New Year’s Eve and Day, you can check out some in-game fireworks. According to Blizzard, from December 31-January 1, the capitals of every race will have firework shows every hour for the whole night.

Finally, as in past years, the Abominable Greench will return to WoW as part of the Feast of Winter Veil, with rewards to earn if you defeat him. There’s also a Finely Tailored Holiday Hat that can be found in Legion dungeons and raids.

The holiday events are just a couple of parts of a bigger December update; you can read all of the additions and events happening this month over at the Blizzard blog. In other news, the Battle for Azeroth expansion is in the works right now, and we recently sat down with Blizzard to talk about what’s in store.

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Overwatch Is Available For Cheap Right Now On PS4/Xbox One/PC

If you still haven’t tried out Overwatch, now you have a chance to jump in cheaply. Right in time for the holidays, Blizzard has discounted the PC version of Overwatch by 50%–bringing the price down to $20. And if you’re looking to get a bunch of cosmetic items, too, you can grab the Game of the Year Edition for $30–bringing it in line with the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

These are some of the better deals we’ve seen on the game since its release, especially $20 for the base game. If you’re just looking to jump in and don’t need a handful of skins and Loot Boxes, then this is the way to go.

However, if you do want some of the extras, the Game of the Year Edition is on sale for $30 across all platforms. Blizzard has discounted it on PC on Battle.net, while the physical console versions are available at Best Buy and Amazon. If you happen to have Gamers Club Unlocked at Best Buy, you can get an additional discount to bring the price down to $24. The digital version on PS4 is also $30 through the PlayStation Store. The Game of the Year Edition comes with the base game as well as 10 Loot Boxes, 5 Hero skins, and digital items for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Starcraft II.

In other Overwatch news, the game’s holiday update went live recently, adding a ton of winter-themed items and a new game mode. You can see all the new Overwatch Winter Wonderland skins in our gallery.

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New Far Cry 5 Gameplay Shows Familiar Insanity In A New Setting

After the mountain ranges of Kyrat and the tropical charm of the Rook Islands, Far Cry 5 could not have picked a more divergent locale than the state of Montana. Yet if you’ve never driven by a farm or don’t know zen-like serenity of fly fishing, it takes little to no time for any Far Cry fan to get acquainted with Hope County.

If you’ve retained some muscle memory from forays in Far Cry 4 or even Far Cry Primal, you should be able to make small work of many of the initial missions in Far Cry 5. As before, it’s largely about studying enemy patrol patterns, knowing how to read alert meters, and mastering stealth takedowns. But unless you’re a Far Cry stealth savant, being able to switch gears and go in guns blazing is an equally useful skill.

Your adversaries–the followers and leaders of the Eden’s Gate cult–will make sure that the further you go to retake the land from them, the stronger their fanatical pushback. Every bit of territorial takeover gets you closer to the showdown against Joseph Seed, “The Father”, and leader, of Eden’s Gate. But first, you have to take out his three siblings who control various regions of Hope County. This pathway to the final boss feels like a less ambitious version of the route to El Sueno in Ghost Recon: Wildlands. That doesn’t imply Far Cry 5 will be a lesser experience, though between the abundance of helicopters and means to infiltrate bases from the skies, it’s hard to avoid comparisons to Ubisoft’s early 2017 hit. Both games even have a helicopter shooting puzzle.

Incidentally, our most recent hands-on session shed little new light on Eden’s Gate, aside from the affirmation that their followers are some of the most rage-filled enemies in series history. Their idea of cleansing the land means poisoning the water system, even if it results in drugged out animals. It also means getting rid of Hope County’s history, right down to its gravesites. It makes for a suitable introductory bonding session between you and optional Gun-For-Hire Grace Armstrong. You can win her over by helping fend off cultists attempting to destroy graves around her church. Whether you follow Grace’s lead and snipe followers from the church tower or take the fight to ground level, there are a lot of weapon options in Far Cry 5, provided you can find or afford them.

So far, the most engrossing aspect of Ubisoft’s vision of a cult-occupied county in Montana is the illusion that its creatures and citizens live and exist independent of your involvement, for better or worse. You can emerge from a forest to find a bear and a bull in a life-and-death struggle on a farm or you can drive by a couple of cultists on the road ready to execute a pair of non-believers. Obviously, and with a quick enough draw, you can affect the outcome of these conflicts–just be aware that cultists, bears, and bulls will reciprocate your hostility. If the heart of Far Cry is the cycle of recognizing, acting upon, and creating opportunities, what we’ve played of Far Cry 5 is a promising sample of this continuing trend of rich emergent gameplay.

It remains to be seen whether there’ll be a meaningful take-away from Far Cry 5’s provoking premise of religious fanaticism. This interpretation of rural America could be inviting enough to make up for the lack of a meaningful message. Even with all the cultists roaming Hope Valley, this could be the first Far Cry worth spending time in “just to hang,” whether that means going fishing or taking a tractor for a spin. It’s even gratifying to take a plane up and discover landmarks that are impossible to see at ground level. We didn’t exactly spot Nazca Lines, but there were landmarks that could be interpreted as extra-terrestrial in nature. We’re curious to see what those mean.

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WoW's Christmas Event Starts Tomorrow; Here's What's In Store

Starting tomorrow, Azeroth is getting a makeover for the holidays. World of Warcraft‘s Christmas event begins soon, and it’ll bring a whole bunch of festive decorations and items to discover.

The highlight of the update is the Feast of Winter Veil, which brings decorations across Azeroth but centers on the major cities. Giant snow globes will appear in Ironforge, Ogrimmar, and Dalaran. It’ll run from December 16-January 3.

WoW's Christmas Event Starts Tomorrow; Here's What's In Store

In addition, if you’re hanging out in Azeroth on New Year’s Eve and Day, you can check out some in-game fireworks. According to Blizzard, from December 31-January 1, the capitals of every race will have firework shows every hour for the whole night.

Finally, as in past years, the Abominable Greench will return to WoW as part of the Feast of Winter Veil, with rewards to earn if you defeat him. There’s also a Finely Tailored Holiday Hat that can be found in Legion dungeons and raids.

The holiday events are just a couple of parts of a bigger December update; you can read all of the additions and events happening this month over at the Blizzard blog. In other news, the Battle for Azeroth expansion is in the works right now, and we recently sat down with Blizzard to talk about what’s in store.

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How To Run PUBG On PC With High FPS, Nvidia Publishes Performance Guide

The wildly popular Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (commonly called PUBG) is set to officially release on December 20 on PC, but Nvidia jumped ahead and did its own internal performance testing of the game. Based on the pre-release test server that’s said to be optimized, Nvidia ran hundreds of benchmarks on both maps to get framerate data with the goal of getting 60 FPS average.

At the resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p) and “High” graphics quality settings, a GeForce GTX 1060 is recommended. Nvidia claims to hit an average of 70 FPS while never dipping below 60 FPS. If players wish to play at “Ultra” quality settings at 1080p, a GTX 1070 is recommended.

For players that want to bump the resolution up to 2560×1440 (1440p) with “High” quality, Nvidia suggests a GTX 1070, which netted a 72 FPS average and a 61 FPS minimum. Pushing “Ultra” settings at 1440p would require a GTX 1080 to stay above 60 FPS. And the ambitious folk running 3840×2160 (4K) and “High” settings, a GTX 1080 Ti is said to do the trick; the top-tier video card ran a 60 FPS average. 4K “Ultra” quality is quite the feat, but a factory overclocked GTX 1080 Ti is best suited for the task.

PUBG continues to grow, and it’s already sold over 20 million copies on PC during its early access phase. With vaulting, new weapons, and a new map included in the final version, players are getting more features on top of performance optimizations. The Xbox One version went into an early access phase earlier this month; it’s even bundled with the Xbox One X for a limited time. However, technical performance has been unstable for the early console version.

If you’re just getting started, be sure to read through our PUBG beginner’s guide so you can win that coveted chicken dinner sooner rather than later. And for more on how the aforementioned video cards perform overall, check out our reviews of the GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 Ti.

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Two Free PC Games Are Up For Grabs Right Now [Update]

There have been a number of opportunities to pick up some free PC games recently, and that’s again the case right now. Steam and the Humble Store are each giving away a freebie right now, one of which is particularly excellent. [Update: One of the free games has now expired, but there’s still time left for the other.]

On the Humble Store, you can claim a free copy of Company of Heroes 2. Relic’s World War II strategy game is now more than four years old, but it remains one of the genre’s best. Although it did not expand on its predecessor in the way many hoped, it’s nonetheless a solid game. Even all these years later, it remains extremely satisfying to dispatch foes by destroying the ice underneath them, causing them to sink. You can grab it here until 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Saturday, December 16. As is often the case with Humble games, this will get you a key to redeem on Steam.

You have less time to grab the other new freebie. Steam itself is giving away Homefront, the first-person shooter that images a version of the United States that’s been occupied by North Korea. It’s possible that you claimed a free version of this recently, as Humble gave it away just last week. Steam’s offer runs for only one day, expiring at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Friday, December 15. Grab it here.

While both of these offers are new to their respective stores, they aren’t your only chance to claim a game completely for free. Following a promotion during the first half of the month, Ubisoft is now giving away Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for a limited time.

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A Great Overwatch Sale Is Live Now For PS4, Xbox One, And PC

If you still haven’t tried out Overwatch, now you have a chance to jump in cheaply. Right in time for the holidays, Blizzard has discounted the PC version of Overwatch by 50%–bringing the price down to $20. And if you’re looking to get a bunch of cosmetic items, too, you can grab the Game of the Year Edition for $30–bringing it in line with the PS4 and Xbox One versions.

These are some of the better deals we’ve seen on the game since its release, especially $20 for the base game. If you’re just looking to jump in and don’t need a handful of skins and Loot Boxes, then this is the way to go.

However, if you do want some of the extras, the Game of the Year Edition is on sale for $30 across all platforms. Blizzard has discounted it on PC on Battle.net, while the physical console versions are available at Best Buy and Amazon. If you happen to have Gamers Club Unlocked at Best Buy, you can get an additional discount to bring the price down to $24. The digital version on PS4 is also $30 through the PlayStation Store. The Game of the Year Edition comes with the base game as well as 10 Loot Boxes, 5 Hero skins, and digital items for Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Starcraft II.

In other Overwatch news, the game’s holiday update went live recently, adding a ton of winter-themed items and a new game mode. You can see all the new Overwatch Winter Wonderland skins in our gallery.

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