The ICA Facility, not Paris.
By Matt Porter
If you haven’t played Hitman yet, newly independent developer Io-Interactive has a treat for you, as it has made the first section of the game completely free.
The ICA Facility location has two story missions, two escalation contracts, over 40 challenges, 17 achievements, and you’ll also be able to see all the associated cut-scenes. If you decide to buy the game after playing, all your progress will remain.
Plus, there’ll be a 60 percent price drop on the whole first season running for one week, in case you needed more incentives to play.
“I’m proud to announce that our first hello as an independent studio is to invite all gamers to play the beginning of Hitman for free. There is a lot of love out there for Hitman and with this offering we hope that many more will fall in love with the game. We believe that this is Hitman at its best. So jump in and give a try.” said Hakan Abrak, CEO of Io.
Square Enix decided to part ways with Io back in May, and the studio went fully independent and gained full rights to the Hitman IP last week.
Matt Porter is a freelance writer based in London. Make sure to visit what he thinks is the best website in the world, but is actually just his Twitter page.
By Joe Skrebels
New leaks suggest that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered – previously only available with certain Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare special editions – will be released as a standalone, boxed game.
According to CharlieIntel, retailers have already begun receiving boxed editions of the game (you can see an image below).
Various reports suggest the game will be receiving a surprise release either today (June 20) or next week, on June 27. US retailer Target has also apparently listed the game at $39.99 in-store.
IGN has contacted Activision for comment, but received no response at time of writing.
Activision’s decision to re-release the much-loved game exclusively as a bonus for Infinite Warfare drew much criticism. It has provided updates since release, from returning modes to classic maps and new personalisation options.
We awarded the remaster an 8.5 last year, saying “it’s not outdated, it’s classic, and the considerable effort that has gone into improving the models, textures, and effects have enhanced it enough that playing through the campaign again was rewarding.”
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he is All Ghillied Up right now, just in case. Follow him on Twitter.
By Joe Skrebels
The Nintendo Switch has received its first substantial system update since launch, version 3.0.0.
The update adds a raft of features designed to streamline or improve the experience of using the console and its menus (although many are features already included on other consoles).
The update should automatically download, but if it doesn’t, just head to Settings > System > System Update.
Among other things, you can now add friends who were previously on your 3DS and Wii U Friends List, receive notifications when friends come online and, in a lovely touch, make detached Joy-Con vibrate to help you find where you lost them.
The update should also alleviate the problem where certain TVs constantly received notifications that the Switch had been plugged in via HDMI.
The details were perhaps a little too dry to be included as a part of Nintendo’s brilliant E3 showing.
You can see a full list of new features and fixes below:
- Register a channel to receive News for specific games
- Add friends from your Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Friend Lists
- Receive notifications when your Friends go online
- Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature
- Change the user icon order on the Home Menu
- Select from 6 new Splatoon 2 characters for user icon
- Change the system volume from the Quick Settings
- Lower the maximum volume for headphone or speakers connected to the audio jack
- Change display colors to Invert Colors or Grayscale
- Connect a USB keyboard to the dock to type whenever the keyboard is on the screen
- Use the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller via wired communication by connecting the USB charging cable
- Update connected controllers
- Added a feature that suggests deletion of software data if there is insufficient space when downloading other software
General system stability improvements to enhance the user’s experience, including:
- Resolved an issue that caused game software updates to fail and prevented the software from starting
- Improvements to prevent unintended HDMI input change with certain TVs while the console is docked in Sleep Mode
Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he’s going to hide his Joy-Con in people’s desks and frighten them until he is fired. Follow him on Twitter.