Recent tweets from prominent industry insider and leaker Tom Henderson has added more fuel to rumors that Battlefield 2021 will have a day one launch on Xbox Game Pass.
We’re supposedly only a few days off from Battlefield 6’s official reveal. A ton of unverified rumors and leaks have surrounded the title, including its setting, a possible free-to-play battle royale, and the possibility that it’ll release without a campaign.
One of the most exciting rumors is that Battlefield 6 will release on Xbox Game Pass, day one. Tom Henderson, an industry insider who has leaked a ton of information surrounding Battlefield 2021, has given a tongue-in-cheek hint that the game will arrive on Xbox Game Pass.
This rumor was first put forward following a leak that “There is a third party, Triple-A, first-person shooter that is very highly likely to be launching in Game Pass this fall.” With there only being two AAA FPS titles slated for fall, Call of Duty 2021, and Battlefield 6, Battlefield is the most likely candidate.
“So many people are going to move from CoD to Battlefield in the next 12 months,” Tom Henderson tweeted on April 28. “I’m that confident I even sold all my $ATVI stock for $EA,” he added with a laughing emoji.
He followed up the tweet with an FYI – “Selling my stock has nothing to do with premium sales of Battlefield.”
This has led fans to speculate he’s referencing Battlefield 2021 arriving on Xbox Game Pass. If Battlefield is on Game Pass day one, the player base will be much larger than premium sales indicate. Free-to-play games like Warzone and Fortnite survive through selling cosmetic items, and Battlefield 6 could follow suit.
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Henderson has weighed in on the subject before, theorizing that “the biggest reason Battlefield will come to the Xbox Game Pass on day 1 is to boost up player numbers.” With it now being confirmed that the title will only arrive on next-gen consoles and PC, Henderson believes Xbox Game Pass will boost those numbers up.
Now, however, he appears to think that Battlefield 6 will take a large portion of Call of Duty’s player base, and it not being through premium sales only further validates the Game Pass rumors.
The trailer is expected to drop in early May, which we hope will clear up all of the unanswered questions surrounding Battlefield 2021.
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Battlefield 2042 is so broken that cheat sellers are closing shop
It appears that cheaters are leaving Battlefield 2042 behind as the game is so broken that the cheats don’t work properly.
While cheaters have been plaguing top multiplayer titles such as Warzone and Halo, it appears that Battlefield 2042’s multitude of bugs and performance issues are preventing cheats from working properly, so sellers are closing shop.
Even though hype for Battlefield 2042 was at an all-time high after it was announced, cheaters were a worry niggling in players’ minds. DICE sought to reassure players by announcing their anti-cheat plans, but it appears these hackers are being deterred by something else entirely.
It has been reported that alongside the declining player base, Battlefield 2042’s performance issues are stopping these cheats from working properly, so they’re not being sold anymore.
Battlefield 2042 uses Easy Anti-Cheat – the same provider as Apex Legends and Fortnite. However, Battlefield 2042 costs around $60, so while cheaters certainly exist, it hasn’t suffered the same way these other games have.
But it appears that cheaters might be leaving Battlefield 2042 for good as the player base is too small to be worth the provider’s time, and the game is so broken that their cheats don’t even work properly.
This was first reported by industry insider Tom Henderson, who tweeted that a Battlefield 2042 cheat provider is suspending its services to the game, and “it’s not because of Anti-cheat.”
“It’s because [Battlefield 2042’s] performance makes the cheats not work properly,” he revealed, sharing a screenshot that seems to be from a cheat seller’s Discord.
In this screenshot, the cheat seller announced, “We will discontinue BF2042 from our store.”
“The reason for this decision is the ongoing performance issue of the game which affects the cheat,” they explained. “And that most people don’t use their subscription anymore since the game is dying.”
They aren’t the only ones. Couple of providers stopped support cause the userbase isn’t there to justify working on the cheat LOL— NYSL Mavriq (@MavriqGG) January 13, 2022
“They aren’t the only ones,” claimed content creator Mavriq. “Couple of providers stopped support cause the userbase isn’t there to justify working on the cheat.”
While a declining player base is never good for a game’s longevity, perhaps hardcore players will find some comfort in knowing that cheaters aren’t bothering to ruin matches of Battlefield 2042.
The devs appear committed to getting the game back on track though, with the Game Director giving a reassuringly candid response to complaints.
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Fortnite adds Battlefield 2042-style Tornadoes in January 11 hotfix: Patch notes
Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix has added Tornadoes and more to Chapter 3 of the battle royale, so here are the full patch notes.
Fortnite has added Battlefield 2042-esque dynamic weather Tornadoes and Lightning in a January 11 hotfix, so here are the full patch notes.
As of the January 11 hotfix, players can find Tornadoes and Lightning all over the Chapter 3 Island, as well as see the return of the Flare Gun.
Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s January 11 hotfix.
- Fortnite adds Tornadoes & Lightning
- Fortnite Flare Gun returns
- Fortnite Tornado Week
- Fortnite Competitive patch notes
Fortnite adds Tornadoes & Lightning
Fortnite Chapter 3’s trailer showed off some incredible weather effects, and they’ve finally arrived in the January 11 hotfix. Now, the storms can form in the Chapter 3 Island bringing both Tornadoes and Lightning.
While Tornadoes are often lethal in Battlefield 2042, they’re actually your friend in Fortnite. They’ll lift you into the air if you get near enough, and then “You’ll spin round and round ‘til you choose to glide to safety — or if you stay spinning long enough — ‘til the twister spits you out.”
And the Lightning isn’t to be feared either. While it deals a small amount of damage and sets the surrounding area on fire, Lightning will give you a temporary speed boost. You can get struck by lightning by jumping into the water below the cloud or reaching the highest land point below it.
And don’t worry about getting struck over and over again, “Lighting doesn’t strike twice back-to-back.”
Fortnite Flare Gun returns
The Flare Gun has also been unvaulted in the January 11 hotfix, where you can find it in Chests, on the ground, and from Supply Drops.
- Read more: How to get Shield Kegs in Fortnite
This fiery weapon deals 60 damage with an area of effect and will set alight anything it touches. You can now use them alongside Firefly Jars to burn down enemy structures.
Fortnite Tornado Week
Fortnite will include a Tornado Week to celebrate the weather effect’s arrival, with Tornadoes being far more common from January 11 until January 17 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT.
Fortnite Competitive patch notes
- Tornadoes and lightning are not included in competitive playlists.
- Flare Guns are currently not in competitive playlists but are subject to an evaluation period.
- During this Season, items like the Flare Gun and Shield Keg could potentially be introduced to competitive playlists after a one-to-two week evaluation period. In this Season in particular, we’re evaluating the viability of more mid-Season items introduced to competitive playlists than in recent previous Seasons.
For more Fortnite, you can check out everything we know about the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle crossover.
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Battlefield 2042 dev responds to claims that bug completely resets recoil
A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a bug that completely resets recoil, and a senior developers has issued a response.
A Battlefield 2042 player believed they found a nifty glitch that completely reset the recoil on their weapon, but a senior developer shut down the claims.
Battlefield 2042 suffered an infamously poor launch, with Steam reportedly still offering refunds to players. However, DICE have returned from their holiday break and will be looking at the major changes that need to be made.
A player claimed that an exploit that allows players to reset their recoil flew under the radar, but Lead Game Designer Florian ‘DRUNKKZ3’ Le Bihan gave an in-depth response explaining the issue.
Battlefield 2042 players were extremely disappointed in the bullet spread mechanic, which made it nearly impossible to hit enemies at range. This has since been dialed back, but there appears to be another issue that completely resets recoil.
Twitter user ‘SgtDangerCow’ tweeted out that “currently if you crouch whilst firing, you essentially ‘reset’ your vertical recoil.” In the video attached, we can see the aim point moves back to the starting position, essentially resetting the recoil.
DICE’s community manager Kevin Johnson said the issue would be passed on, and tagged Lead Game Designer Florian Le Bihan, who gave an in-depth explanation.
“There really isn’t anything wrong,” explained Le Bihan. “When you go crouch the camera translates downwards which moves the point of aim down like any FPS. Recoil pitches the camera upwards as you fire which is also expected.”
He continued, “In this case scenario you are firing at an object pretty close and it just happened that when you went crouch, the camera moved down enough to more or less move your sight close enough to where your first shot was hitting.”
Le Bihan then concluded that this strategy would likely be far less effective at a longer range. While SgtDangerCow agreed with his points, they stressed that this may cause crouch spam in lower gunfights, but Le Bihan believes crouch spam is a separate issue.
So if you’re struggling to control a weapon’s wild kick at close-range, you could potentially use this trick to ‘reset’ the recoil. But this isn’t a glitch or a bug, it’s just how the game’s physics works.
For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out how many people are playing in 2022.
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