Valorant

Riot considering doing less Valorant updates after patch 1.11 disaster

Published: 5/Nov/2020 18:25

by Lauren Bergin

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While Valorant has become one of the most popular FPS on the planet, players were left irritated by the state of patch 1.11, which was subsequently rolled back. As a result, Riot are rethinking their update “cadence.”

The shambolic release of patch 1.11 in Valorant has been wholly accepted by Riot. It was quickly rolled back after launch, as a number of game-breaking bugs were taking hold.

Players complained about the badly implemented patch, which saw some stuck in left-hand mode amid a mountain of other chaotic glitches.

Riot Games, however, have used their weekly ‘Ask VALORANT’ column to address the patch 1.11 situation, hoping to provide fans some insight into why the patch was so faulty.

Valorant weapons and items Act III
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The new patch was supposed to include new agent Skye, but she wasn’t on Future Earth for very long.

“Patch stability has been really bad”

Responding to a question regarding Riot’s recent string of poor patch performances, Senior Producer Arnar Gylfason starts off by saying “oof, yeah, this one stings”.

Citing a series of reasons for the patch’s abysmal performance such as requirements for “internal process improvements,” “philosophical changes” and “investment in tooling and infrastructure,” it seems that Riot has had a lot on their plate.

With Gylfason promising a “thorough investigation” into what went wrong, Valorant players can only cross their fingers that this doesn’t happen again.

Icebox in Valorant
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The new map Icebox has also received a frosty response from the Valorant community.

Less Valorant Updates?

As a result, Riot says one of the options they’re considering is “maybe slowing down a bit.”

“We’ve been rigorously keeping to the two-week patch cadence since even before we started our Closed Beta,” Gylfason explains. “Even with the logistical challenges of working from home, the team has been—and continues being—incredibly passionate to get content and features out as quickly as possible, including moving up our maps release schedule.

“But it’s time to take a breath and take stock of what we need to do internally to make sure that our efforts are sustainable and hitting the quality bar you, our players, deserve.” This certainly sounds like Riot will considering moving away from their two-week update schedule, at least while the team is working from home.

How does the new patch affect First Strike?

One of the other main topics of this week’s Ask VALORANT is the discussion around how patches will be scheduled around the game’s new esports sector. Riley Yurk, manager of Valorant’s Esports strategy, explained that this hadn’t quite worked out as planned due to the time differences in different regions.

The main issue was with the NA qualifier schedule being so drawn out, with Yurk explaining that the NA events clashed with the developer’s intentions to bring out patch 1.12 midway through First Strike when the qualifiers are largely over. To rectify the situation “the remaining 16 teams will conclude the tournament on patch 1.10” to ensure competitive integrity.

However, Yurk goes on to highlight the importance of patch 1.11 to the future of Valorant esports, especially because the introduction of the new map Icebox allows for a “true Best-of-Five experience” for the main First Strike event. Polarising as the map is, it’s going to be a key part of First Strike whether fans like it or not.

While the issues with the patch were clearly infuriating to a lot of players, it seems that Riot are doing their best to ensure that it never happens again. With Gylfason wishing players a solemn for their “patience, understanding, and support,” all we can do is hope that we never have a repeat of patch 1.11.

FIFA

How to upgrade FIFA 21 to next-gen on PS5 & Xbox Series X|S

Published: 3/Dec/2020 10:01

by David Purcell

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EA SPORTS have finally allowed players to upgrade FIFA 21 to its next-gen version for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and if you’re wondering how to do it you’ve come to the right place. 

The game’s been an interesting installment to the series by all accounts since its October 6 release date. Though, if you were expecting just a soft transition to the next generation of gaming, think again.

EA have confirmed over 700 new animations, thrilling new last minute goal celebrations, and a brand new TV cinematic camera has been added to change the way we play.

While the new Dual Entitlement feature gives players a free upgrade from their PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, not everybody appears to know how to get started. That’s what we’re here for, to give you a hand.

How to upgrade FIFA 21 on PS5

FIFA 21 next-gen
EA SPORTS
Here’s how Liverpool’s Anfield stadium looks on next-gen.
  1. Visit the PlayStation 5 store.
  2. Hit PS5 games.
  3. Scroll down to FIFA 21 and hit the PS4 version.
  4. Click the dotted option button, and hit view product.
  5. Select the David Beckham Edition of FIFA 21 in the dropdown menu.
  6. Hit download and you’re away!

How to upgrade FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X|S

FIFA 21 next gen stadium psg
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PSG’s ground looks impressive with next-gen graphics.
  1. Hit the Xbox button on the controller.
  2. Head over to My Games & Apps, and See All.
  3. Select Full Library.
  4. Click All Owned Games.
  5. Scroll to FIFA 21 next-gen, which differs from the original with a new Xbox Series X|S logo.
  6. Launch it up or start the update by selecting it with the A button.

FIFA 21 next-gen graphics screenshots

If you’re wondering how the game shapes up in the upgraded version, check out official screenshots and community reactions.

As seen below, a number of changes have been made to textures, hair movements, animations, and more.

Now that you know what you know, you’ll be able to get that download started and have it ready for when all of your mates jump online. Or, you’ll be that unfortunate one that’s waiting for a bit while they play in the background. That’s just the way it goes.