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Battlefield V Beta to Open in September

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Battlefield V is heading back to its roots.

DICE announced that the Battlefield V Open Beta will begin on September 4 for early access and September 6 for all players on Origin for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The Open Beta will showcase the soon-to-be-iconic Rotterdam map on Conquest mode as well as the Arctic Fjord map on both Conquest and Grand Operations. The Rotterdam map will immerse players in a battle fought throughout the streets of Holland where the game’s dynamic physicality and destruction will be on full display. The game will also feature the new Grand Operations mode, a multiplayer experience across multiple maps and modes that takes players through a powerful narrative journey inspired by historical events.

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In a partnership with NVIDIA, Battlefield V is one of the first games to be developed on the NVIDIA RTX platform. The game will feature real-time ray tracing as a rendering technique using NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 20 series GPUs. Previously used to pre-render lifelike worlds in movies, ray tracing with the NVIDIA RTX platform brings real-time, cinematic-quality rendering to video games. In Battlefield V, NVIDIA RTX allows DICE to imitate the way light is reflected in the real world enhancing the fidelity of reflective surfaces in every level, map, and locale in the game. This technology is prepared to help the gameplay feel more lifelike and dynamic, leading to a more immersive experience that makes players feel like the battle is unfolding in a full 360-degrees around them.

“It’s always been important to us as a studio to stay one step ahead as we look to increase the graphical fidelity in games. With this new NVIDIA RTX platform, more detail than ever before can now be seen on the battlefield, from recognizing the flash of a muzzle being reflected off a car to spotting the detailed reflection of a devastated facade in a splash of water on the ground. Things in the environment will feel more lifelike and real and all-out war will never look the same.” – Christian Holmquist, Technical Director, DICE

Battlefield V will offer NVIDIA Highlights to automatically capture and record achievements during gameplay. DICE has also integrated the NVIDIA Ansel feature to capture in-game photography. Players will be able to compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high-fidelity formats, and share their screenshots in the game.

Despite the new features, analysts are predicting that Battlefield V sales may be disappointing in a new report to CNBC. The Cowen Group’s initial report shows that pre-orders for the game are below other games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and Red Dead Redemption 2. There’s no word if the NVIDIA technology will help boost sales for the game in October.

Battlefield V will be available on October 19th on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. Players who pre-order the Battlefield V Deluxe Edition will have access to the game on October 16th across any platform. Origin Access Premier members will be able to play the full game on October 11th. Origin Access Basic members on PC and EA Access members on Xbox One will also be able to jump into the Play First Trial on October 11th. Players that pre-order any edition of the game with the Battlefield V Enlister Offer will get early access to the Open Beta and other in-game benefits including soldier customization options, access to Special Assignments starting at launch week and immediate access to five weapons to use in Battlefield 1.

Check out the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX Battlefield V trailer below.

Are you a Battlefield fan? Will you check out the new beta in September? Tell us what you think!

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More Than 40 NES Games Now Available to Play on Nintendo Switch Online

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On May 15, classic NES games Donkey Kong Jr.Clu Clu Land and VS. Excitebike are coming to the NES Nintendo Switch Online collection, bringing its total number of games to more than 40.

  • Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Konggame. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.

  • VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.

  • Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

These three games join classics like Super Mario Bros. 3Donkey KongThe Legend of Zelda and many others, all of which have been enhanced with online features.

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EA Access Now Avaliable on PS4

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Electronic Arts announced that it is bringing EA Access to the PlayStation4 system. Starting this July, players can sign-up for a monthly subscription, or an annual subscription through PlayStation Store. With the addition of the PlayStation 4 console to the already existing membership services on Xbox One and PC via Origin, EA now offers its subscription services on more platforms than any other publisher.

“As we continue to invest in digital and subscription services, bringing great games to even more players across more platforms is an exciting opportunity for everyone,” said Matt Bilbey, Executive VP of Strategic Growth. “Our goal is to give players more choice to try and play our games wherever and however they choose, and we’re happy to bring EA Access to PlayStation 4.”

Membership in EA Access lets players experience Play First Trials, where they can play up to 10 hours of most new EA games. Subscribers also enjoy a 10% discount on full game purchases, expansions, in-game items and more. Additionally, players can jump into a growing library of EA games, including the best of EA with franchises like Battlefield, EA SPORTS FIFA, Star Wars Battlefront and more.

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