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News Wrapup: 12/5/17

Rainbow Six Siege getting fixed up, Dungeons 2 is free, new VR headsets and Minecraft comes to the Switch.

Dungeons 2 is currently free on the Humble Store.

Dungeons 2 is developed by Realmforge Studios and is a spiritual successor to the Dungeon Keeper series. For the next day it will be free on the Humble Store as long as you have a Humble account.

Opinion: Can’t argue with the price tag here. Probably a bit of a niche game but worth a look for fans who were disappointed by the handling of the Dungeon Keeper franchise. Personally not for me though.

Minecraft releasing on the Nintendo Switch today.

Minecraft will be making its way onto the Nintendo Switch today. This will mark the 16th different platform that the game has been available on. Owners Microsoft will obviously try and push this game as hard as possible to attempt to make as much money as possible out of their $2.5billion USD acquisition.

Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Season 2 detailed; three month focus on improving the game.

Ubisoft have made the interesting move in announcing that the next three months of the year will be dedicated to improving the Rainbow Six Siege experience with an initiative called “Operation Health”. They will be pushing back their plans to accommodate this. Improvements will include new matchmaking, faster servers, new technology to release updates and addressing bugs in smaller lots to increase their speed.

Opinion: This is a really interesting move to see on behalf of Ubisoft. They are making a focused effort to increase the quality of their product in order to improve the game and the competitive scene of the day. I can’t say that I expected this as the Steam players of this game peaked at just over 31000 today. I think the rise of esports might be behind this push on Ubisoft’s behalf as for the most part they make single-player experiences. Rainbow Six and For Honor are the only multiplayer games that they have that could be played competitively. I feel like this is good news for Siege players even if it means new content is being pushed back.

Acer releasing $399USD VR headset in time for Christmas.

Acer will be releasing a VR headset as part of Microsoft’s new “Windows Mixed Reality” campaign. This headset will use in built cameras to track motion as opposed to external sensors like with the HTC Vive. It will be bundled with Microsoft’s recently announced motion controllers in time for the Christmas season priced at $399USD.

Opinion: I am still not convinced by the viability of purchasing a VR headset at this point. While this is a more attractive price than the higher power Vive and Oculus headsets, there are still yet to be any killer applications that really sell the VR concept. The best use I’ve currently seen is for driving games but similar setups can be created with multiple monitors. Until the games are there VR will just remain a novelty.

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