Plus: Hellblade Switch Release Date and Civilization 6 PC to Switch Cross Saving…
The Steam servers went offline last night causing problems for thousands. Plus, Hellblade gets a Nintendo Switch release date and Civilization 6 multi platform saving goes live.
Newscast – 03/04/2019
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- Steam Servers Go Down Causing Problems for Thousands
- Hellblade Release Date Given for Nintendo Switch
- Civilization 6 Now Supports PC and Switch Cross Saving
Steam Servers Go Down Causing Problems for Thousands
The servers for online gaming service Steam apparently went down last night, affecting thousands of gamers.
Gamers of the service were prevented from logging in and using their usual games and applications tied to the system while others were reporting issues with their games if they could log in.
Multiple reporting sources, including Down Detector, registered over 11 thousand reports of system down. The issue also affected Steam’s website as well as the game client.
The issue has now been resolved and Steam has resumed normal service.
Hellblade Release Date Given for Nintendo Switch
Critically acclaimed action adventure game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has been given an official release date for Nintendo Switch.
The game, developed by Ninja Theory, now owned by Microsoft, had been announced for the Switch earlier this year.
Released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in August 2017, Hellblade explores a woman’s descent into madness as she adventures into the Nordic wilderness to find her husband.
The game won multiple awards, including numerous BAFTA Game Awards, not least for it’s delicate handling of mental illness, from which the main playable character in the game suffers.
As well as astonishing visuals, excellent game play and a controversial theme, the game was also praised for it’s use of audio technology, being the first fully binaural game, using audio techniques to place sounds in 3D space when used with stereo headphones.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is to be released for Nintendo Switch on April 11th 2019.
Civilization 6 Now Supports PC and Switch Cross Saving
The latest update for Civ 6 has added a great new feature to the game.
Cross platform saving between PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch has now been enabled.
This is handy for players who have both versions of the game as they can now play at home on PC and then have access to their save through their mobile version on Nintendo Switch.
To enable this feature, you will need to have a registered 2K account available from 2K’s official website at accounts.2k.com/signup. You then need to link your accounts for each platform and then enable multi platform cloud saving via the options.
Civilization is among the best strategy game series’ ever devised and the game’s creator, Sid Meier is a games industry legend.
The series is known for it’s great gameplay, however it’s also praised for it’s excellent use of real world history, ancient and modern, that is included as your game progresses. The game mechanics are highly detailed as you will need to balance running your empire over a 3 thousand year period between peace, war and industrial development.
In later games such as Civilization 5 and 6, religion has now also been introduced to the series, adding another rich layer to the game. Also, in Civilization 6’s latest expansion pack Gathering Storm, some of the world’s more recent problems, such as population growth and global warming have also been addressed.
Civilization 6 is available now for PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Linux.
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