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WWE 2K Battlegrounds' next slate of DLC characters revealed

The Ninth Wonder of the World, The World's Strongest Man, and more!

2K has revealed the next lineup of Superstars heading to WWE 2K Battlegrounds, and it includes both current roster members and legends. Check out the schedule of wrestlers below.

Wednesday, January 27:

- Chyna;
- Mark Henry;
- Tyler Breeze (unlocked);
- Hell in a Cell Arena.

Wednesday, February 3:

- Christian;
- Otis;
- Dana Brooke (unlocked)

Finally, those who watch the Royal Rumble this weekend will spot a bonus locker code redeemable for 500 Golden Bucks.

Civilization VI "First Look: Kublai Khan" feature and soundtrack sample

Taking the lead

Today's video for Civlization VI goes into detail on Kublai Khan, a new alternate leader for China and Mongolia. As revealed earlier, Civilization VI's "Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack" launches on Jan. 28th, 2021. Check out what he has to offer above.

Along with that, a new soundtrack sample from the upcoming DLC has been released. Give a listen to that in the clip above.

Civilization VI "First Look: Vietnam" feature

A closer look at the upcoming DLC

As revealed earlier in the week, Civilization VI's "Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack" launches on Jan. 28th, 2021. That pack includes the Vietnam civilization, along with its leader Bà Triệu. In today's video, you can get a look at both.

NBA 2K21 Player Ratings Updated

Player rater

The player ratings in NBA 2K21 have been updated for the second time, and there's quite a few changes. Check out complete details on what's been tweaked below.

With the NBA season well and truly underway we have another player ratings update for NBA 2K21. With strong recent play, Jerami Grant (+4), Mikal Bridges (+4) and Bradley Beal (+3) are among the biggest risers.

After becoming the youngest player to ever record a triple double, LaMelo Ball jumps up three points to an overall 81 rating, while another impressive rookie, Tyrese Haliburton also jumps up three points to an 80. Check out the full list below.

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Civilization VI's "Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack" launches on Jan. 28th, 2021

All yours for $9

As promised, the developers behind Civilization VI has revealed the next DLC pack for the game. The 5th round of DLC content is the Vietnam and Kublai Khan pack, and it's set to launch Jan. 28th, 2021 for $9. This pack adds in Vietnam, and the existing civilizations China and Mongolia will be able to use Kublai Khan. This pack also includes a new game mode that focuses on economic power, which is called Monopolies and Corporations.

Civilization VI's next round of DLC to be revealed on Jan. 19th, 2021

A whole new world

Civilization VI packs in a ton of content with the base game, but a load of extra content has been added through DLC. It seems 2K isn't done yet though, as another round of DLC is on the way. We'll get to see what it includes on Jan. 19th, 2021, as 2K is going to release another video showcase focused on that DLC. We'll make sure to bring you full details on the DLC once the presentation airs.

NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Season 4 Launches Today

Ballin'

The next season of NBA 2K21 is live starting today. New challenges, new prizes, and more have been added to the title. Check out the full details below.

2K today announced that NBA 2K is releasing the next season of MyTEAM for NBA® 2K21 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC, continuing the debut season structure in the franchise’s history. Season 4 - The Return - brings additional prizes, challenges and more tied with the NBA season.

MyTEAM Season 4 brings a variety of new content for ballers to enjoy including:

A new level 40 prize: Galaxy Opal Kawhi Leonard
New NBA Weekly and Moments Challenges and Agendas tied with the return of the NBA Season
New ‘Kareem Signature Challenge’
New Domination Tier: Heat Check Teams
Earn 3 stars against all 33 Heat Check teams to earn Galaxy Opal Antawn Jamison. Each Heat Check team’s form depends on their actual performance in the NBA (IRL)
New ‘Throwback Moments’ packs every Tuesday, each player included is tied to a specific iconic moment in their career.
New Galaxy Opal Russell Westbrook reward for earning all 6 rings in Limited and Galaxy Opal Kevin McHale for going 12-0 in Galaxy Opal League of MyTEAM Unlimited
Galaxy Opal Damian Lillard will also now be available to any players who have collected 2000 cards
IDOLS Series II starts in Season 4, players who completed Series I in the previous Seasons will have earned themselves Galaxy Opal Chris Webber.

Virtuos talks about the biggest hurdles in bringing XCOM 2 Collection and BioShock: The Collection Switch

Port problems

Virtous has handled a lot of Switch ports, including the high-profile releases of XCOM 2 Collection and BioShock: The Collection. In an interview with Automaton Media, Virtous' Zhang Chengwei talks about the biggest challenges the team faced with each game. You can see his answer below, courtesy of a translation via NintendoEverything.

Our biggest challenge with XCOM 2 Collection was memory optimization. The PC version uses over 7GB of memory, while the Nintendo Switch is limited to using only 3.2GB of memory. We had to continuously profile the game, make decisions, implement and test them, then profile again. We spent nearly six months optimizing just the memory. We tried many different methods using more efficient file formats, getting rid of unnecessary memory usage, and ultimately changing the original console’s memory system. The process was like wringing water out of a sponge: the more water we’d wring out, the more difficult and complex the process would become.

The challenges we face when porting a game are totally different from those on a typical development project. Firstly, we need to confirm whether or not we have all the original source code and data. With BioShock: The Collection, we recognized during the initial stages that some data had been lost, which took time to resolve. Secondly, the engines and middleware used in the original games are most often very old – especially middleware that was originally closed source. For example, BioShock and BioShock 2 use an extremely old version of Havok; it took us months just to contact and sort things out with the vendor. Lastly, players have very high expectations of a ported game’s quality. There’s almost always videos uploaded to YouTube comparing things like frame-rate, visual quality, load times, and so on. The way we ensure the quality of our games is also a huge challenge for us. Most often, it’s tied closely to the timeline and the cost of the project.

While there was a ton of work involved in each port, they didn't take a lot of time overall. Chengwei says that each project took roughly 10 months to complete.

PGA Tour 2K21 dev says the game is "doing really well"

Greener pastures

PGA Tour 2K21 marks the return of big-name golf games to consoles. While EA seems to be done with golf games for the time being, 2K has now started up what appears to be a yearly franchise. That franchise is developed by HB Studios, who has quite the history with indie golf games, so things are definitely in good hands.

In an interview with GamesBeat, HB Studios senior producer Shaun West talked a bit about how this new yearly franchise was received by players around the world.

There’s definitely been a benefit to it. The game’s been doing really well. There’s a lot of comments on social media and through our forums as well. There’s a lot of activity. We’ve definitely seen the benefit from what the team here has been able to do as far as 2K bringing it to market. They’ve given us a great opportunity here, and people seem to love what we’ve put out there.

WWE Superstar Gaming Series debuts Dec. 29th, 2020 with Among Us and WWE 2K Battlegrounds segments

A WWE gaming throwdown!

WWE has been growing its gaming presence slowly but surely. They may have had video games for years, but the company has been working to provide more gaming-related content to its fans. Their latest effort is no doubt their biggest as well, and it kicks off Dec. 29th, 2020.

WWE has announced the WWE Superstar Gaming Series, which will see some of its greatest current and former roster compete in all sorts of games. You can watch the fun on the free version of the WWE Network, as well as on WWE's social media channels. Get ready for some Among Us action, as well as a WWK 2K Battlegrounds tournament.

As far as specifics on players goes, Ronda Rousey, The Miz, Liv Morgan, Adam Cole, Tyler Breeze, Shayna Baszler and Jessamyn Duke will represent WWE, while celebs like FaZe Adapt, Nick Eh 30, Lele Pons, Wale and others will be dropping by as well.

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