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XP2011: Photo Gallery DAY 1 and 2 Now Online



We had some minor setbacks durring the show today due to terrible WiFi and even worse 3G AT&T reception. Ended up missing out on a lot of tweets and couldnt upload photos smoothly to the Flickr gallery as promised. Well, instead of going to bed I  decided to stay up and upload the photo gallery to you guys. I promise we’ll get more tomorrow and make sure they come out clearer. Hope you enjoy..


UPDATE: Day 2 Photos now added to the photo gallery


Battlefield 2042 devs explain why they are including AI bots

News has dropped concerning why and how Battlefield 2042 will be using AI bots to help aid the multiplayer experience, let’s get into it.



Battlefield 2042 AI bots

Battlefield 2042 developers reveal the reasoning behind AI bots being included in the multiplayer experience.

The hype is real surrounding DICE’s FPS franchise as of recent, with Battlefield 2042’s gameplay reveal just last week showing players just how epic the latest installment will be.

As well as some gameplay, the devs have also discussed the map scale, vehicles, and even specialists that will be available at launch. It seems players are now getting more information on the Battlefield 2042 AI bots used in the multiplayer experience through the latest developer briefing.

Battlefield 2042 AI bots

EA posted a developer blog just last week concerning Battlefield 2042’s content. From the difference between next-gen and last-gen to the Specialist’s players will be using, the devs gave us quite a lot of information concerning the multiplayer experience.

One aspect of Battlefield 2042’s multiplayer that fans seem to have overlooked is the use of “AI Soldiers,” who will be joining online players in the fight across the variety of maps.

Battlefield 2042 AI Bots

Battlefield 2042 AI bots

Players will experience a huge scale of war in Battlefield 2042, with massive maps, player counts, and even gigantic weather systems.

With all that being said, the huge 128 play count on next-gen won’t just be online players, as the developers touched on why they will be using bots, or as they call them, AI Soldiers.

“Also new is the introduction of AI Soldiers (Artificial Intelligence) to the series. As a multiplayer-only experience, it’s important for us to let you play Battlefield 2042 when and how you want. Here is what that looks like in the All-Out Warfare experience of Conquest and Breakthrough:

  • Multiplayer – AI soldiers are used for server-filling capabilities, ensuring your matches remain full, no matter your location.
  • Co-Op – Allows you to play together with friends, against AI soldiers.
  • Solo – If you wish to perfect your skills for multiplayer, you can even play alone against AI soldiers.”

It seems the developers have implemented Battlefield 2042 AI bots to help fill servers to ensure “your matches remain full.” Cleary, the massive play count, is a problem if you’re playing on a server when there aren’t enough players.

This is a great way to keep players satisfied and prevent a feeling of emptiness in the huge Battlefield 2042 maps. Further, AI bots will also be used in Co-Op, allowing you and your friends to team up and fight against bots for fun.

The developers have even thought about those solo players who wish to play on their own, as the AI Soldiers will also be available for the solo players to “perfect” their skills and get ready for the online experience.

As well as helping to fill servers, the AI bots will serve more purposes in Battlefield 2042 to allow for a variety of ways for players to enjoy the game.

For more on Battlefield 2042, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on Warzone players begging Raven to steal an idea from Halo Infinite and Battlefield 2042.

Image Credits: DICE

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GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 shutting down officially

Rockstar Games has announced that GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 will be officially shutting down later this year, marking the end of an era of gaming.



GTA Online Xbox 360 PS3 Shutting Down

GTA Online had been on Xbox 360 and PS3 since it was first released, but Rockstar Games has confirmed that GTA Online for Xbox 360 and PS3 will be shutting down by the end of this year.

GTA Online has been one of the most popular video games globally since its release on the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles in 2013. The past years have seen the popular multiplayer mode make its way onto PC and two additional generations of consoles, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

However, the eight-year run of GTA Online on the older consoles will end in 2021, as Rockstar Games has announced that it will be shutting the service for the older consoles down this year.

GTA Online Xbox 360 PS3 shutting down

GTA Online Xbox 360 PS3 shutting down

Rockstar Games posted a Newswire blog post on June 16, 2021. They revealed to the community that “the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA Online, including website stat tracking via the Rockstar Games Social Club, will officially be shutting down on December 16, 2021.”

The developer also stated that Shark Cards for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of GTA Online would no longer be sold after September 15.

Rockstar clarified that only GTA Online will be shutting down and that this will have no effect on the player’s progress in the Grand Theft Auto V story mode.

While many players have moved on to play the popular multiplayer game on the newer generation of consoles over the years, there are still some who take part in the adrenaline-fueled action of the game on the older consoles in addition to the overall nostalgic notion of the older version of the game coming to an end after so long.

The shut down of GTA Online for these consoles is undoubtedly the end of an ear of gaming that launched what is considered to be one of the best multiplayer experiences of all time and will no doubt continue to be going forward.

For more GTA, check out how to claim free GTA Online Prime Gaming Rewards in June 2021, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Rockstar Games

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Halo Infinite Battle Pass will possess an extremely unique feature

The Halo Infinite Battle Pass will operate in a much different way compared to Battle Passes from other popular multiplayer games.



Halo Infinite Battle Pass

The Halo Infinite developers have revealed an extremely unique feature for the Battle Pass system that most other games do not allow.

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer reveal showcased a variety of features the game will have, some new and some from straight from the original.

With all the recent hype surrounding Halo’s reintroduction onto the FPS scene, the developers have revealed the way in which the Battle Pass will work, which is pretty unique.

halo infinite battle pass

Halo Infinite is set to be coming at the end of this year, with players of the original excited to see the franchise back in business.

The game has been a long time coming, and for those eager to get their hands on it, there is a Flight Test players can sign up for. For those willing to wait, you may want to know more about how the Battle Pass feature will work, so let’s get into it.

For the first time, following the footsteps of Fortnite, Call of Duty, and various other battle royale titles, Halo Infinite will feature a Battle Pass system for players to unlock new cosmetic items to use in-game.

We received more information on how this will work in the multiplayer reveal, which provided details on all the online content and showed off some exciting new gameplay.

Halo Infinite Battle Pass

In the video, the developers revealed how the Battle Pass would work, stating that it will be a one-time purchase, so once you have it, you will not need to purchase it again every season like in other games.

This is pretty unique and will definitely keep players satisfied, especially as the multiplayer is free-to-play.

Further, another unique feature is that players will be able to access items from all the season’s battle passes, meaning if a player has missed a season, they will be able to go back, activate it, and unlock the items within it.

This is great for Halo players and may impact the Battle Pass systems on other games if it is received well. Although we don’t have an official price for the Battle Pass, we can assume it will be a reasonable price considering it is a one-time purchase.

The official release date has not yet been revealed, but we know that it will be coming in 2021 unless it’s delayed. For more on Halo Infinite, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our recent post on how to unlock the Yoroi Samurai armor in Halo: Infinite.

Image Credits: Bungie Inc

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