The Update for week ending 3rd April 2016

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD and and we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, Top 5, new releases and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Final Fantasy XI console servers shut down

Square Enix shut down the servers for on PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 this week. Those who still play the 16-year-old multiplayer online game must now switch to the Windows PC version in order to continue, according to its website.

The shift to the PC version is free and will allow players to continue using their current characters. In an update about the server termination, Square Enix detailed how to make the transfer from one of the previous platforms to Windows.

Just over a year ago, the company announced it would terminate Final Fantasy 11’s servers on consoles at the end of March 2016. As a last hurrah for devotees still logging in on the older hardware, Square Enix wrapped up its storyline over the course of three updates. It released the last of these in November, which doubled as the final addition to the game overall.

The first online title in Square Enix’s role-playing game series, Final Fantasy 11 launched on PS2 and PC in Japan in May 2002. The PC version arrived stateside in 2003, before hitting PS2 the following spring and Xbox 360 in 2006. The game, which offered cross-console play and had more than 500,000 players at its peak, received five expansion packs and several add-ons over the years. It maintains a devout fanbase even after the more recent — and, at this point, more popular — MMO Final Fantasy 14 launched in 2013.

Square Enix continues to support the game, despite closing down the console servers and finishing out its plot: A mobile client, co-developed by Nexon, is scheduled to launch worldwide this year.

2) The Division’s first free DLC arrives April 12th

The first free expansion for Tom Clancy’s The Division will hit PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One on April 12, Ubisoft confirmed. The downloadable content will add the first of two announced free Incursions, endgame activities designed with squad play in mind, and new features like loot-trading.

The Division’s first Incursion is titled “Falcon Lost” and will send players to a new location: an underground water-treatment facility that serves as a stronghold for a faction known as The Last Man Battalion.

Here’s a little more detail on the Incursion, from Ubisoft’s blog:

Falcon Lost has two difficulties: Hard mode, which is recommended for players whose gear score is equivalent to level 31; and challenge mode, which is even tougher. Also, there aren’t any checkpoints in Falcon Lost; if your team goes down, you’ll have to restart from the beginning. Additionally, you can replay Falcon Lost and other upcoming Incursions as many times as you want and still be rewarded with new loot.

The update will include four new gear sets — Sentry’s Call, Striker’s Battle Gear, Path of the Nomad and Technician’s Authority — which are designed for specific play styles, Ubisoft says. Complete a set, and that new gear will unlock a new talent for your character. New gear will also push your agent’s abilities beyond the current level cap of 30.

The update will feature a few gameplay changes, including the ability to swap loot with your squadmates and the option to camera-follow them if your agent dies. Enemies will also be able to deploy drones in battle.

Falcon Lost will be followed by another free Incursion, titled “Conflict.” After that, Ubisoft has three paid DLC expansions planned: Underground, Survival and Last Stand.

1)Final Fantasy XV coming this September, new playable demo avaliable

Square Enix will release Final Fantasy 15 on Sept. 30, 2016, Square Enix revealed this week.

Square Enix revealed the date of it’s latest sequel at it’s own Final Fantasy 15 Uncovered event in Los Angeles.

But Final Fantasy fans who don’t want to wait until September to get their hands on Final Fantasy 15 can download a new demo for the role-playing game right now. Square Enix released the new “Platinum Demo” for Final Fantasy 15, and it’s available now from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store.

The free download lets players take control of Final Fantasy 15 protagonist Noctis when he was just a child. The dream-like demo offers a unique storyline; Square Enix says the demo’s content won’t be in the final version of the game.

Final Fantasy 15’s Platinum Demo lets RPG fans control Noctis “as he masters various weapons, magic skills and driving,” Square Enix said in a release. They’ll get help from Carbuncle, a recurring summon in the Final Fantasy series, who serves as young Noctis’ “magical guide.”

Players who complete the demo will get exclusive access to Carbuncle in the final version of the game when it launches.

Final Fantasy 15 is bound for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

UK GAME CHARTS

Tom Clancy’s The Division holds on to No1 for a fourth consecutive week, becoming Ubisoft’s longest unbroken run at the top of the Chart. Far Cry Primal continues to claw its way back up the chart, climbing one place to No2, giving Ubisoft the top two games this week. It is a quiet week for new releases with no new titles breaking in to the Top 40. The only titles in the Top 10 to benefit from sales jumps are Grand Theft Auto V up from No6 to No4 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6: Siege also up two place, rising from No10 to No8.

Still at No.5:                              CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III

Up 2 to No.4:                             GRAND THEFT AUTO V

Up 1 to No.3:                               FIFA 16

Up 1 to No.2:                               FAR CRY PRIMAL

Still at No.1:                                TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 5TH APRIL

Quantum Break (XO/PC)
DiRT Rally (XO/PS4)
Enter The Gungeon (PS4/PC) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 6TH APRIL

Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games (3DS)
MXGP2: The Official Motocross Videogame (XO/PS4/PC)
Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel (PS4)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. We return next Monday with the Update.

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