Greetings NAGilluns, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming. In the news this week are rumours of a massive security leak, Pokemon GO does more Pokemon things, an unlikely hit racks up huge sales numbers, the best remaster of 2016 gets re-released, Blizzard changes their algorithms to get you better loot, Rockstar responds again to GTA V mod outrage and Sony takes the crown back from Nintendo. All that, some videos and highlights from the week, after the jump.
Rumours of massive Windows 10 leak circulating the internet
This is all a bit of a mess, and may quite honestly be a load of crap. According to The Register, a 32TB leak of Windows 10 builds was posted online on BetaArchive.com, including source code.
The Register stated that this leak included the Microsoft Shared Source Kit, which could be bad news for Windows users as it’s a potential playground for hackers to find working exploits to the system.
While Microsoft is yet to comment, BetaArchive.com posted a response on their forums, stating that the Shared Source Kit was on their FTP, but has been removed. They also, however, claim that the size was 1.2GB, a far cry from the claimed 32TB. They further add that the size is way too small to cover “core source code”.
I’m not smart enough about these things to comment intelligently, so hopefully Microsoft will say something official next week.
Pokemon GO raid battles launch, no noobs allowed (for now)
Initially launching at a requirement of level 35 or higher, that has since dropped to level 25 and above. This was done in increments, so we may see further drops as time goes on. The game’s Twitter account had this to say when raid battles launched:
“Over the next few days, we’ll invite more players to participate in raid battles at even more gyms around the world. Stay tuned for updates!”
It seems they’re trying to trickle it in slowly, which seems wise for reasons unknown to me. If you’re wondering how you’ve made it this far without me telling you what the hell a raid battle is, apologies. How it works is a team of trainers (read: people flicking their phone screens at cartoon animals) group up to take on a Raid Boss, a big-ass Pokemon with a bad attitude.
This will also be the way to get those sweet, sweet Legendary pokemans.
Battlegrounds continues to rack up sales
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came out of nowhere and took over Twitch and the online gaming community in a hurry.
Releasing at the end of March this year, the game has managed to make over $100 million in as little as 13 weeks. Not bad for a game that has none of the big marketing budget of AAA studios, and has essentially operated on the internet equivalent of word of mouth – Twitch streaming.
Boasting concurrent viewers in the same realms as big players like DotA 2 and Counter-Strike, the game has grown exponentially and continues to do so.
It helps that it has an incredibly active development team as well, with patches being released constantly that fix bugs, add new content and improve the player experience.
If you haven’t yet caught on to this one yet, there’s no better time to jump in.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered standalone officially confirmed
Everybody knows the best part of the last Call of Duty was the Modern Warfare remaster, and now you can have it without having to shell out for all that annoying shotguns-in-space stuff.
Releasing on June 27 for the PS4 (and presumably a little after that for the PC), the game will reportedly cost $40 , something I would describe succinctly as “super worth it”.
If the multiplayer for this can take off, I am so in.
Overwatch decreasing duplicate loot (and so is Hearthstone)
Both of Blizzard’s two biggest games right now make use of random loot, and it can be a frustrating experience when you open up a load of garbage or things you already have.
Well Blizzard has been listening, and have implemented changes that will “drastically reduce the rate of duplicates”. As Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan puts it, “We think this will be immediately evident and extremely significant for all of our players and we think it’s going to feel fantastic.”
Hearthstone is doing a similar thing, whereby every time you get a Legendary card it’s guaranteed to not be a duplicate. You’ll also always get at least one within the first ten packs of a new set.
Rockstar releases a new statement on GTA V mods
Fans were all kinds of pissed off last week when a cease and desist was issued to the creators of one of the most popular GTA V mods, OpenIV.
Mods greatly extend the longevity of a game, and both makers and users can get pretty damn passionate about them, as was evidenced in the fallout from last week.
A new update for the mod has now been released, and Rockstar seems to be endorsing it. It would appear that there were some words exchanged with parent company Take-Two, and an agreement has been reached. In a post on their website, Rockstar had this to say:
“Rockstar Games believes in reasonable fan creativity, and, in particular, wants creators to showcase their passion for our games. After discussions with Take-Two, Take-Two has agreed that it generally will not take legal action against third-party projects involving Rockstar’s PC games that are single-player, non-commercial, and respect the intellectual property (IP) rights of third parties.”
It’s not exactly clear what was changed in the update to the mod that’s more in line with what is and isn’t allowed, if anything.
PS4 takes back top sales spot in May
After getting blitzed by the Switch in April, PS4 has taken back its spot as top-selling console last month. This according to the NPD numbers, the go-to figures for sales and buying trends.
The NPD also stated that “the combined installed base of Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One beats the combined base of the previous generation by 29 percent.”
As for games, May’s best seller was Injustice 2, followed by Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. The most interesting spot on the list however was number 3, which was held by GTA V. Not bad for a game that was released in 2013.
Beyond Good and Evil 2 gets it’s first in-engine demo, and it’s looking goooood.
Monster Hunter World gets some gameplay shown off too – 24 minutes of it.
The Xbox One X has some pretty significant spec upgrades, but what does it mean for real-life gaming? Well, here are 8 titles that will be looking better immediately if you buy in.
I haven’t put up one of these in a while, so here’s that idiot making video game recipes again. Gotta love it.
Best of NAG
Cryptocurrency is all the rage these days, with every idiot with some money and an internet connection thinking they can get rich quick with some digital mining. The most hilarious side-effect of this is a nationwide GPU shortage.
Earlier this week I took a look back on E3, specifically the six trailers I’m most excited about.
Neo Sibeko has been doing some excellent Computex 2017 coverage, and you can find all of it right over here.
Finally, as always, soothe those tired eyes with the NAG Online podcast.