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Over 2 Million People Played Forza Horizon 4 in First Week

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Playground Games’ latest entry to the Forza Horizon series has now seen more than two million players driving around Britain.

According to the NPD, GroupForza Horizon 4 is now the highest-rated Xbox exclusive of the current generation and the best-selling racing franchise in the console generation.

The game continues to break records after seeing more than 4.6 million hours of Forza Horizon 4 gameplay watched across Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook as of October 9th.

The players have also logged in more than 822.7 million times, purchased more than 4.1 million properties, and owned more than 74.4 million cars.

Playground Games isn’t planning on just setting on its laurels and waiting for the next game to be released to make improvements. The company is also launching a new Route Creator feature on October 25th.

The new route creator is a fan requested feature that allows players to create new courses using real landscapes inside of the Forza Horizon 4 game.

The new feature allows players to draw lines for the route using the player controlled car, dropping checkpoints, exploring anywhere across the Forza landscape, and creating new and exciting racing experiences.

Forza Horizon 4 is now available with Xbox Game Pass and globally on Xbox One and Windows 10. Xbox Game Pass members can start playing Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition on Xbox One and Windows 10 as part of their monthly membership.

Are you excited by the upcoming developments and current achievements of Forza Horizon 4? Let us know in the comments!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Success Shatters Franchise Record

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Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 the new Fortnite?

The game has now sold more than $500 million in sell-through worldwide in its first three days of release as the total number of players climbed from last year. Through its first three days of release, Black Ops 4 set a new Call of Duty franchise record for most combined players, average hours per player and total number of hours played, on current generation consoles. The combined number of Black Ops 4 players across its three modes of play during those first three days tops both last year’s Call of Duty: WWII, as well as Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (single player, multiplayer and zombies), respectively, for the same period of time.

The first Call of Duty release on Blizzard Battle.net, Black Ops 4 on PC continues to be significantly above last year, as the number of players is more than double year over year through its first three days.

Additionally, based on minutes watched, the title delivered the highest level of viewership through launch weekend on Twitch in franchise history.

Black Ops 4 is off to a blockbuster start. Our player counts and hours played are up year over year, our viewership on Twitch has set new standards and is showing just how fun Blackout is to play and to watch, and the weekend results yet again put Call of Duty at that highest tier of entertainment. Our digital sales results have been record-breaking across all platforms, and the overall performance strong. We’re really excited about Black Ops 4’s momentum. There’s much more to come, we’re just getting started.” – Rob Kostich, EVP and GM, Call of Duty

Following its launch last Friday, Black Ops 4 already established a new day one record on PlayStation for digital full game sales on PlayStation Store, globally; and also became the best-selling Activision Xbox One digital game on day one, globally. Through its first three days, PC digital sales and active players are up significantly from last year.

Sell-through sales figures include Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 retail and digital unit sales, including Black Ops 4 season pass sales, for the opening three-days following initial launch. Sales figures based on retail customer sell-through information, Gfk Chart-Track data, and internal Activision estimates. Total players, hours per player, total hours played, and Twitch viewership based on Activision data.

Have you played Black Ops 4 yet? Do you think it’s the best game from the Call of Duty franchise? Tell us in the comments!

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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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