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PUBG Mobile to relaunch in India with a new game, $100M investment

Enough to please the government?

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PUBG Mobile is an international sensation, and players can’t get enough of it. Unfortunately, the game was banned in India a couple of months ago due to data security concerns and an ongoing Indo-China border dispute. The game went off app stores, and dedicated players were forced to find a backdoor via VPNs.

Thankfully, this could change soon. PUBG Corporation says it plans to launch a new PUBG Mobile game in India by creating a new local subsidary. Furthermore the company added that it’ll “maximize data security and cater to local preferences.”

PUBG Corporation’s parent company Krafton recently tied up with Microsoft to store user data on Azure Cloud, which is also available in India locally. India follows a strict data localization policy, and due to this, WhatsApp Pay was stuck in bureaucracy for almost two years.

The game’s publisher was previously Chinese tech giant Tencent, but following the ban, it’s no longer allowed to use the franchise in India. PUBG is also looking at ways to engage with the gaming community in the country through various esports and community events.

Some local customization shall include green liquid replacing blood, fully clothed characters, and a disclaimer that the game is a virtual simulation and not real life. Lastly, there will also be a limit on how long a user can play the game to promote healthy gaming habits.

Making the deal even sweeter, the game’s developers will be spending US$ 100 million to cultivate a gaming culture in the country via esports, entertainment, and other events. It’ll also employ 100 hundred employees in the country.

However, the government isn’t very excited about the relaunch. A report in the Times of India cited a source saying, “Unless they address the concerns, it will be difficult to grant any relaxation.”

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Concept Nyx: Dell working on intelligent game controller

The future of gaming

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Dell Concept Nyx

Dell Technologies is working on an all-in-one intelligent game controller that shall interconnect devices and screens while providing a whole different level of gaming experience.

Called the Concept Nyx game controller, Dell’s project aims to provide easy access to gaming libraries across multiple devices and screens for effortless sessions at home.

Here’s what we know so far about Concept Nyx:

To kick things off, the design-making process took lots of turns. Developers explored adding tons of buttons, attachments, sensors, and more.

This has led to the potential final design that gives users personalized settings at their fingertips. It’s composed of the following parts:

  • Dual thumb control wheels
  • Light ring
  • Adaptive thumbstick
  • Omnipad
  • Left and right scroll bumpers
  • Fingerprint sensor in the middle
  • Left and right adaptive triggers (underneath)
  • Shift buttons (underneath)

The fingerprint reader detects who is using the controller specifically, to be able to load their games right where they left off instantly.

Dell also prioritized the device’s haptics. They come with self-adjusting variable resistance thumbsticks that can be tailored to user preferences and specific game play.

PC gaming musts have also been included in the concept. Shift buttons underneath the controller allow for more front button options, mimicking the shift combos from PC keyboards.

The innovative scroll wheels give users an easier time to navigate and select weapons, while the intelligent touchpad allows for instant access to customizable controls in-game, without having to toggle a menu screen which disrupts your real-time gaming view.

Concept Nyx dashboard

The era of tug-of-wars at home may soon be over as well. The Concept Nyx controller is being designed to accommodate simultaneous gaming.

For instance, while connected on two different headsets, two separate Concept Nyx controllers may be used to play two different games on a split screen.

Streaming to other devices and screens and wi-fi connectivity are also some of the capabilities of the controller by simply pulling the thumbstick.

All these factors have been the foundation for the development of the Concept Nyx’s intelligent edge ecosystem beyond gaming.

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Buy AMD’s Ryzen 7000 series-Star Wars Jedi: Survivor bundle

Cal Kestis’ adventure continues

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AMD Ryzen Jedi Survivor

AMD has an early offer for those anticipating the release of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Until April 1, 2023, customers may avail of the AMD Ryzen Game Bundle which includes select 7000 series processors and access to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Powered by the new Zen 4 architecture, Ryzen 7000 series desktop processors offer incredible performance for gamers — up to 15% faster than the Zen 3 generation.

When purchased, gamers will receive a redemption code and will have until May 6, 2023 to redeem their copy of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

The action adventure game is set to release on March 17 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows.

The sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order stars now Jedi Knight Cal Kestis, whose story continues with adventures that will push him further than ever as he fights to protect the galaxy from descending into darkness.

Players will discover new planets and visit familiar frontiers in the Star Wars galaxy in the game, each with unique biomes, challenges, and enemies.

Watch the Star Wars Jedi: Survivor trailer. 

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John Cena is WWE 2K23 cover: Price, editions, what’s new

The champ is here!

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WWE 2K23

WWE 2K23 has finally been announced for a March release, and no less than 16-time World Champion John Cena will grace the cover of all three editions of the video game.

Coming soon for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Steam, the WWE 2K23 Deluxe and Icon Editions will arrive on March 14 via Early Access, while the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen will be available on March 17.

Bad Bunny, one of last year’s most streamed artists globally, will also be making his WWE 2K debut with a Bad Bunny Bonus Pack.

This year’s installment of the flagship WWE video game franchise will feature several advancements, including a new take on the 2K Showcase, the introduction of WarGames, and expansions to several game modes.

The deep roster of WWE superstars and legends is headlined by the likes of Roman Reigns, Cody Rhodes, Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and more.

While waiting for its release, let’s dissect what’s new from WWE 2K23 one by one.

2K Showcase starring John Cena

In a brand-new twist on 2K Showcase, players will have the chance to step into the boots of several of Cena’s toughest competitors throughout his 20-year career – and try to beat Cena himself.

This interactive documentary within the title uses 2K’s unique slingshot tech for a seamless transition from gameplay to live-action footage, narrated by Cena himself.

WarGames makes debut

A fan-favorite, the chaotic and action-packed WarGames will make its debut on WWE 2K23.

This will offer heart-pounding 3-versus-3 and 4-versus-4 single or multiplayer mayhem inside two side-by-side rings surrounded by a double-steel cage

MyGM: Be the boss

For this year, MyGM is going to feature more GMs to choose from. Players may also create their custom GM.

There will also be additional show options, multiple seasons, expanded match cards, and more match types for up to four players.

It will all up to players to draft rosters, manage budgets, sign free agents, choose various match types, arena locations, and more, managing everything while trying to beat rival GMs in weekly battles.

MyFACTION: Online multiplayer action

This online multiplayer team-building mode will let players collect, manage, and upgrade an array of WWE superstars and legends to create their ultimate four-person factions.

Players can now take their faction online and compete for global dominance, or compete in Weekly Towers and Faction Wars.

Themed card packs and goals roll out regularly throughout the year, too.

MyRISE: Immortalize your name

In this game mode, aspiring WWE superstars shape their career as they vie for their WWE debut.

Featuring distinct men’s and women’s division storylines and the ability to import custom created superstars, players journey from Rookie all the way to WWE Legend.

Creation Suite

A signature feature of the franchise, the creation suite returns with cross-platform community creations, including the ability to design custom superstars, GMs, arenas, entrances, move sets, championships and more.

Custom arenas are now playable online, and advanced customization has been added to created entrances.

Pricing, editions, pre-order bonuses

WWE 2K23

Standard Edition (physical, digital)

  • US$ 59.99 for previous-gen consoles and PC
  • US$ 69.99 for current gen consoles

Cross-Gen Edition (digital)

  • US$ 69.99 for PlayStation, Xbox consoles
  • Includes Standard Edition across previous and current-gen platforms within same console family and same account

WWE 2K23 features four editions of the game: Standard Edition, Cross-Gen, Deluxe Edition, and Icon Edition:

Deluxe Edition (physical, digital)

  • US$ 99.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One (physical and digital), PC (digital)
  • Includes Standard Edition, Bad Bunny Bonus Pack, Season Pass to all 5 post-launch DLC content packs
  • MyRISE Mega-Boost and SuperCharger
  • Ruby John Cena MyFACTION Evo Card
  • Gold Edge MyFACTION Card
  • Emerald Bianca Belair MyFACTION Card
  • Gold Asuka MyFACTION Card
  • 3 Basic Premium Launch MyFACTION Card packs

Icon Edition

  • US$ 119.99 for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC
  • Features original cover art by Rob Schamberger
  • Includes Standard Edition and all bonus content in Deluxe Edition
  • Ruthless Aggression Pack – John Cena’s early “Prototype” character, “Leviathan” Batista, rookie versions of Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, John Cena Legacy Championship, and WrestleMania 22 Arena
  • Additional bonus content: Emerald Paul heyman MyFACTION Manager Card and 3 Deluxe Premium Launch MyFACTION Card packs

Bad Bunny Bonus Pack pre-order offer

Players who pre-ordered the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital bundles will receive the Bad Bunny Bonus Pack. It includes Bad Bunny as a playable character, as well as a Ruby tier Bad Bunny MyFACTION card.

The Bad Bunny Bonus Pack is included in the Deluxe and Icon editions at launch.

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