July 5th 2017
Believe it or not the last time I sat down to write one of these was back in April now, hence why not catch up on some news around HQ this week to return the WU back to the top of the newsfeed. Since April there's been plenty of news spilled over E3 – Bungie's Destiny 2, Bioware's new IP titled "Anthem", EA and DICE's second instalment into the Battlefront series – as well as much more over the gaming web, including Mass Effect: Andromeda's troubled development period and Titanfall 2's ongoing support for multiplayer DLC.
DLC – To be, or not to be?
One of the many criticisms of Mass Effect: Andromeda lately, among the many it received from the get go, has been the lack of information from developer Bioware regarding singleplayer DLC. As hinted during the ending of Andromeda – SPOILER ALERT (YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED) – the arrival of the Quarian Ark to Andromeda had been delayed due to unknown issues surrounding its 600 year journey across dark space. After completing the main story quests in the base game, Ryder is able to talk to a communications technician who uncovered a transmission from the Ark and hinted strongly towards it being introduced into the game later in DLC.
So... where exactly are both?
When repeatedly asked through various sources, EA has stated they "have no news at this point in time" regarding DLC for Andromeda. This doesn't come unexpected following the company putting the Mass Effect franchise as a whole "on ice" and reports that Bioware has indefinitely "shelved" any sequel plans for the game. As broken down by JV2017gameplay, there is however one string – and a very thin one at that – that fans of the series can hold onto. Back in the day of Mass Effect 3, it took 8 months before the Leviathan DLC was made available to the public. His argument was essentially that Bioware could be planning to follow a similar pattern with Andromeda, however given the game's mixed performance in reviews I wouldn't be surprised if any chances of DLC soon fall completely through.
Patch v1.08 Released
No doubt the Andromeda game tile has been sitting collecting cobwebs in most people's games and apps library, but none the less patch 1.08 has been released. Jaal has also been made a romanceable option for male Ryder, although if I'm honest I'm still waiting on Lexi to be thrown into that mix. Below are the patch notes for those interested:
DUS Halo Tournament
Just a quick reminder to all that there is still time to get in on the DUS Halo Tournament. On Haze's suggestion we've opened this up to people outside of DUS to participate in as well. So far it's a 2v2v2 game of HCS multi-team...
Xbox Game Sale
With the Xbox Game Sale currently underway and open for another five days, these are the discounts you can get on Halo-related store items:
War Games DLC
The frontier continues to be pushed in Titanfall 2's latest War Games DLC. All features can be found below:
MISC BUG FIXES
|DUS Clip of the Week:|
Haze goes on a frenzy with the G2 in Titanfall 2:
We've also got Gothic nailing one pesky plane giving him grief in Battlefield 1 – it's all in the timing:
Elite 2.3 Update:
Huge thanks to DUS Shino for putting together this next section about new features for Elite: Dangerous in the Commanders update. This was mentioned during the last update, seeing as though it was a while back however people might have missed it:
First off a big one, SHIP NAMES!!! so when you get scanned other players will see the name of your ship and you can see theirs. If your in to cosmetics you can buy name plates to go on the hull and show off your name. Continuing with the theme of customization is the character creator this will make the a hologram representation of yourself, pretty tame stuff for a game were you fly around by yourself right? Wrong the Holo me's you create will be your representation on other CMDR's ships in the new MULTI CREW!! thats right now you can join your mates as their wing man either in a fighter covering or leading their assault, or as the gunner taking over all the turreted weapons on their ship. All of this plus the revamp of the bounty pay outs so all ships in a wing get the same pay out mean even more reasons to wing up with the squadron! and these are just the headlines additions there are dozens of small and medium size new features that will be adding a ton of new content regardless of your play style, from the new mega ships that and asteroid bases to a brand new passenger class ship, and a new camera suit with a bunch of new features for streamers or people looking to make video or screen shots in the game.
Love your work Shino, excellent to have more and more members starting to participate in these updates or add some flair in the comments. Keep it up!
Call to Members for Other Games:
Like above with Elite: Dangerous I reckon it's time we get some more games into these updates, so if anyone from the Battlefield, Gears of War and whatnot want to get some features in here I'd be more than happy to include them. Even if they're just clips for a bit of a showcase.
New Logo Voting:
The poll isn't up quite yet but be sure to keep a keen eye out for it. For those that might have missed any of the ideas being thrown around regarding the new logo I suggest you head over to this thread and do some reading or critiquing. There's been tons of thought and effort going into this by all, so props to everyone so far!
Previous Editions of the Weekly Update:
Miss an update? Want to revisit something? Not a problem. Each week I'll be updating this list so members can quickly navigate back to an earlier update for reference or catchup. As always, I'd love to hear from members in terms of new features for each week to keep things fresh and interesting. Feel free to flick me a PM on the website or over XBL throughout the week and we'll work to incorporate it into the update. Hope everyone's had a swell week - here's to the next one!