Ubisoft Apologizes After Promising a “Real Government Shutdown” in Division 2 Beta

Earlier today, Ubisoft sent out a promotional email for the upcoming Division 2 Private Beta.

The email’s subject read “Come see what a real government shutdown looks like in the private beta.” Within an hour, Ubisoft sent out an email apology.

“A marketing email promoting Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 was sent in error today,” it read. “This was a grave breakdown in process and we apologise for this error and the offensive subject line of the email. We recognise the very real impact of the United States government shutdown on thousands of people and did not intend to make light of the situation.”

Apparently Ubisoft can’t decide whether or not it wants to make a political statement with The Division 2.

The Division 2 launches on March 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The Private Beta begins on February 7. Are you looking forward to The Division 2? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.

Latest Fallout 76 Patch Reintroduces Previously Fixed Bugs

Bethesda just can’t seem to catch a break.

Fallout 76 was easily the biggest letdown of last year. Critics hated it, and we weren’t too fond of it either, criticizing its lack of sorely needed direction as well as the technical faults under the hood.

One of many criticisms of Fallout 76 at launch was the weight of bobby pins. Bobby pins in Fallout are really handy. They unlock locked doors and safes that contain precious loot, caps, and stimpaks. Nobody’s ever upset if they search a container and find bobby pins. It helps that they’re incredibly light, too, only weighing in at 0.001 pounds. Or at least, they should weigh that much.

At launch, bobby pins originally weighed a ridiculous 0.1 pounds, which adds up when players are carrying around 50+ bobby pins. Bethesda patched the game to fix the weight of the bobby pins, among other things, a while ago, but after yesterday’s Patch 5, bobby pins are a lot heavier again. Another glitch where enemies take no damage from attacks has seemingly returned as well. Not only that, but some posts on the game’s subreddit have pointed out that item duplication has returned, and there are a bevy of new listings on Ebay for rare duplicated items. Certain perk cards like Demolition Expert were also nerfed, and some players who have invested heavily in these skills feel like they’re at a disadvantage. Overall, people aren’t too pleased with this new update.

While the weight of bobby pins isn’t exactly game-breaking, it’s a small misstep following a long series of blunders that doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon. Yes, as games get larger and more complicated, bugs are to be expected, but Fallout 76’s especially troubled development seems like some kind of cruel joke. People with higher framerates could move at super speed, power armor turned players into hulking, naked monsters, players found a developer room containing a multitude of items, and now the latest patch undid some of the fixes of the last patch.

It’s never good news with Fallout 76, is it?

What are your thoughts on the many missteps with Fallout 76? Is the game too far gone, or is there still a chance to save its reputation? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for quick and easy updates.

Metroid Prime 4 Development Starting From Scratch

After a reveal at E3 2017, Nintendo’s been pretty quiet when it came to Metroid Prime 4. Now we know why.

This morning, Nintendo uploaded a video to their YouTube channel entitled “Development update on Metroid Prime 4 for Nintendo Switch“. The video itself isn’t too long, but the message it conveys is huge: Metroid Prime 4’s development is being completely restarted.

Shinya Takahashi, Senior Managing Executive Officer at Nintendo, gave the news in a clear and succinct fashion. “We must let you know that the current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series.” said Takahashi. “We had to make a difficult decision as a development team.”

The current producer of Metroid Prime 4, Kensuke Tanabe, is now going to be working hand-in-hand with Retro Studios, the team behind the original Prime trilogy. Together they will “restart development from the beginning.”

In collaborating with Retro, Nintendo hopes to make the game live up to fans’s expectations. It’s unusual for Nintendo to pull back the curtain and be clear and honest with their fans like this, but at least now we have some news on the state of Metroid Prime 4, even if it means we’ll have to wait a little while longer for it.

Have you been waiting for Metroid Prime 4? Do you think turning to Retro for help is the right choice? Be sure to let us know down below, and follow us on Twitter for the latest gaming news.

Hitman Blood Money and Absolution Remasters Out Next Week

The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection brings two classic Hitman games to PS4 and Xbox One next week.

Developer IO Interactive announced earlier today that they’re bringing the fan-favorite Hitman: Blood Money and also Hitman: Absolution to PS4 and Xbox One, remastered with 4K visuals at 60 fps.

While IO Interactive provided ample technical details about the games, there was no word on pricing in the announcement.

The Hitman HD Enhanced Collection launches on January 11, but in the meantime, you can check out the wonderful Hitman 2, which launched back in November and isn’t getting nearly enough attention.

Ex-Blizzard Devs Working on New Marvel Game

Second Dinner, a new studio founded by former Hearthstone developers, has announced that it’s working on a new Marvel game.

The studio recently received $30 million in funding from Chinese company NetEase, allowing the team to expand beyond its five initial members and open an office in Irvine, California. NetEase operates local versions of Blizzard games in China.

Details are scarce, but job listings share a little insight into what the team’s vision for the game is. “We think there’s a huge opportunity to make deep, satisfying games that are optimized for mobile, and we’re currently working on a game that we’re really excited about.”

“We’ve been working on, I think, a sick Marvel game for about six months,” CCO Ben Brode said in an announcement video. “We’re doing a prototype and starting playtesting. I think it’s super fun.”

The future is looking bright for Marvel Games. Crystal Dynamics, developers of the Tomb Raider reboot series, is hard at work on an Avengers game. Eidos Montreal, the team behind Deus Ex, is reportedly working on a Guardians of the Galaxy game while also helping out with the Avengers Project. Also, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is being developed by Team Ninja exclusively for Nintendo Switch. There’s a lot of Marvel on the horizon, and if the recent Spider-Man game is anything to go by, there won’t be a shortage of quality superhero games anytime soon.

Xbox Game Pass Update: Life is Strange 2, Ark, and More For January

Six brand new games are being added to the Xbox Game Pass collection this month.

Before we get into the six new titles, it’s important to mention December’s late arrivals. Life is Strange’s entire first season was added to Game Pass on the 20th, and the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, was added one week later on the 27th. After you finish up both of those, which are excellent, by the way, you can appreciate one of January’s new additions a little more.

Life is Strange 2 Episode 1 hits Xbox Game Pass tomorrow, January 3, and episodes 2-5 will be added to Game Pass when they launch, making the entire Life is Strange series available on the service.

Alongside Life is Strange 2 are online multiplayer dinosaur survival game Ark: Survival Evolved and Farming Simulator 17, which is pretty self-explanatory. These arrive on January 3.

The week of January 7 brings online martial arts RPG Absolver to the service, with the explosive Just Cause 3 and brand new team-based shooter Aftercharge following on January 10.

Xbox Game Pass is currently available for $1 for your first month and features instant access to a library of over 100 games, including every Microsoft first party title, like the incredible Forza Horizon 4, Halo Master Chief Collection, and the upcoming Gears 5 and Crackdown 3.

Will you be playing anything on Game Pass this month? Be sure to let us know down below, and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for all things Xbox.

SouljaGame Console Announced, Available Now

While Sony’s PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Scarlett are still a ways off, renowned video game developer DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as SouljaBoy, has broken new ground and released the first ninth generation console. The SouljaGame Console and its accompanying handheld, the SouljaGame Handheld, were announced today and are available to purchase now.

The SoujaGame Console is a powerhouse, boasting a crisp 720p output and over 800 preinstalled games. The SouljaGame Handheld is nothing to scoff at either, featuring over 3,000 preinstalled games playable on its 3″ screen with the ability to download more. The Handheld can also be connected to a TV, similar to the Nintendo Switch.

All jokes aside, Soulja Boy’s line of gaming hardware is sadly a sham (and also a little shady). The SouljaGame Console and Handheld are actually just cheap knock off emulation boxes sold under the SouljaGame name. The devices are manufactured by Anbernic, which sells its products on AliExpress, a Chinese retail website that sells internationally. The SouljaGame Console is actually Albernic’s “retro mini video game console“, and the SouljaGame Handheld is their “2018 portable video handheld game console.”

SouljaBoy is actually selling these devices at a markup. Both retail on his website, souljawatch.com, for $199.99 each, but the console and handheld are on sale for $149.99 and $99.99 respectively. On AliExpress, they’re available for $105.99 and $72.99.

The devices come with preloaded games, none of which are listed. The SouljaGame Console reportedly supports PS1 games, GBA games, SEGA games, and more. The SouljaGame Handheld page says it supports Switch, 3DS, and Vita games. The promotional art features screenshots of everything ranging from Pokemon to Tekken to Tomb Raider. Now, while it is possible Sony, Nintendo, and SEGA all put aside their differences in the name of cranking that Soulja Boy, it’s highly unlikely they licensed their games for this console. The only thing they can probably agree on right now is a cease and desist.

SouljaBoy is a huge fan of games and seems to be genuinely proud of his products. He tweeted that his first customer “brought tears to [his] eyes. Tears of joy!” He also plans to “continue [his] tech company and evolve it in the gaming world.” 

It’s a shame this news broke today. This would’ve made a killer Game Awards announcement.

Will you be purchasing a SouljaGame Console? Are you going to trade in your Switch for a SouljaGame Handheld? Be sure to let us know down below, and stay tuned to Circle Square Games for everything SouljaGame.