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Warzone chat is not working for Call of Duty gamers on Xbox One, here’s why

Call of Duty gamers are flagging problems with Warzone Chat services not working while in groups.

The problems started earlier yesterday evening and continue to be a problem in the early hours of July 3.

So what’s the problem with Call of Duty services tonight and how long might it last?

WARZONE CHAT IS AN XBOX LIVE ISSUE

From what has been shared online, most of tonight’s problems are connected to COD fans playing on Xbox One.

And if you are trying to connect with your friends tonight and can’t, it probably down to Xbox Live.

Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Live services connected to Party and Chat features are not working properly.

The latest from the support team suggests that Microsoft engineers are looking into the issue.

The only problem is until that issue is fixed, you probably won’t be able to chat together on Xbox One.

The good news is that progress is being made, with the latest message from Microsoft explaining: “We are seeing indications that we are on the path to recovery with this feature, and we expect to be back up and running shortly.”

Until this issue is resolved, players will need to do their best using the Warzone Ping system.

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FIFA 20 down: EA server status latest as maintenance begins

While outages have grown more frequent from leading online games in recent months, today’s FIFA 20 server outage is part of planned maintenance schedule.

EA servers are currently offline for FIFA 20 gamers, and downtime is expected to continue over the coming hours.

According to the latest news on the subject, FIFA 20 servers will only be down for a total of four hours today, July 1, 2020.

This will affect FIFA 20 Ultimate Team, which will be unplayable during the current maintenance period across all platforms.

The good news is that FIFA downtime is only expected to last until 11am BST, meaning at least another three hours of maintenance.

This outage in Ultimate Team and other core online services is set to affect both FIFA 20 and FIFA 19 games on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

A message from the EA Sports support team explains: “We have scheduled maintenance coming up on July 1st, from 7 AM to 11 AM BST. FUT match creation will be disabled 30 minutes prior to maintenance.

“During this time, you may be disconnected or unable to connect to EA servers on all platforms. Impacted titles: FIFA 19 and 20.”

EA Sports has not explained what is being done during the maintenance but a new update was recently released for the AAA game.

This has yet to arrive on consoles but the PC patch notes confirm the following changes:

FUT:

Made the following change:

  • Added the Special Quality Filter, a new feature that will be activated through a server release at a later date and time, and this activation will be announced on the @EAFIFADIRECT Twitter account.
  • The Special Quality Filter enables players to search for the exact Player Item rarity.
  • The Special Quality Filter is available in the Transfer Market, and in the Club tab of the Squad screen.
  • The Special Quality Filter can be accessed by hovering over the Quality tile when performing a search, followed by pressing your controller’s confirmation button.
  • Known Issue: The Special Quality Filter incorrectly displays an option to search for Silver FUT Champions Items, an Item rarity that is not present in-game.

Addressed the following issue:

  • When selecting one of the first 7 Player Items in the search results, the Compare Price function on the Transfer Market was only displaying 1 page of Player Items.

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Minecraft Dungeons update today before Jungle Awakens DLC release date

A big Minecraft Dungeons update has arrived today and it appears that some players may have gotten early access to new content. Developers Mojang confirmed last week that they would be adding new content on July 1 through the new Jungle Awakens DLC. They also confirmed that a free Minecraft Dungeons update would also be going live, bringing the Lower Temple dungeon, some new items, and a few game balancing changes.

Some players are reporting they have access to this new Minecraft update, along with new content today.

However, others are reporting only receiving the update, without any other changes noted.

“When I click it (Ender Pearl), it takes me to another map,” one Minecraft gamer reports.

“This new map has two DLCs, the Winter one and the Jungle one. The Winter one is still not out yet. But Jungle Awakens is playable for me. I’m on PC.”

Another adds: “I mean I am already playing it and it’s out. Update your game and it’ll show you news on the main screen saying the DLC is available to play.”

It’s unclear if this is some kind of glitch or part of Mojang’s plans to launch the latest free and paid content into Minecraft Dungeons.

The official Minecraft Dungeons Jungle Awakens DLC release date has been set for Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

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But anyone who has been waiting for the new Minecraft Dungeons expansion may want to check and see if anything has changed on their chosen platform.

Everyone who owns the game will get access to the Lost Temple Dungeon, while those who own the Hero Editions, or Pass, will get automatic access to the new DLC content.

A message from Mojang adds: “For those of you who already bought the Hero Edition, all of this is included! Don’t worry, you can always upgrade your standard game with the Hero Pass.

“Jungle Awakens will be released on July 1, so get ready to battle new mobs such as the Leapleaf and Whisperer before ultimately saving the day by defeating the Jungle Abomination.”

And commenting on the free update, Mojang provided an early teaser, telling fans this week:

“One thing they did add was more shrubbery, vines, and humidity. Foliage as far as the eye can see.

“Oh, and a bunch of new weapons, armors, artifacts, and mobs. And three new story missions! Aaaand a free update, which includes the Lost Temple dungeon, some new items, and a few game balancing changes. Phew! I’m out of breath and I haven’t even gotten to the pandas yet.”

According to Microsoft, there are two DLC expansions planned for Minecraft Dungeons, following the game’s successful release earlier this year.

Minecraft Dungeons is also playable through the Xbox Game Pass, which provides a library of games that you can download and play.

Unlike Project xCloud, which is a new streaming service in beta, the Xbox Game Pass allows you to install the titles you want, rather than having to use a constant internet connection.

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Call of Duty Warzone patch notes 1.23 and Modern Warfare Data Pack DLC update

While today’s Call of Duty Warzone 1.23 update might not include all the improvement wanted by fans for COD Battle Royale, it does looks set to offer some much-wanted changes.

A big bonus from this week’s new patch is the 200-player Warzone mode, which will be available to play as soon as you have installed the chunky download.

Expect the new Modern Warfare update to require between 20GB and 40GB, which luckily won’t increase the install size by that much.

And while the June 30 update includes some eye-catching stuff – the Cheshire Park multiplayer map and new sniper rifle – it also includes some other much-needed tweaks.

This included the downgrading of the Grau, which has been reigning supreme across Verdransk these past few weeks.

Deadly when running into other players, and also very deadly from afar, the Grau has needed to be tamed for some time.

And today is the day things may change in Call of Duty Warzone across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

As confirmed in the official Call of Duty Warzone patch notes from developers Infinity Ward, the Grau’s damage range has been reduced while frequency recoil has also been increased.

It’s unclear if this will be enough to make things a little more varied on the ground but it’s a step in the right direction.

It will be up to gamers to playtest the changes this week and that means downloading the game’s new data pack.

Activision has warned that it will be a big one, telling fans this week: “Please note that the Season Four Reloaded update will have a download size of approximately 22-36 GB for owners of the full version of Modern Warfare.

“Console owners must install a secondary download of approximately 3.5GB, then reboot the game to access Multiplayer, if desired.

“A reminder, console players can choose also to uninstall/remove other data packs (e.g. Special Operations), if no longer needed for a smaller overall file size.

“Once the Season Four Reloaded update is fully completed, it should minimally increase the overall digital footprint of the full version of Modern Warfare.

“Existing free-to-play Warzone players will have a download size of approximately 22GB-30GB, once finished there will be a reduction to the overall footprint on their machines.”

Here’s how you can delete older data packs to make Modern Warfare small on your console:

  • 1. Launch Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
  • 2. When you reach the main menu, select Options.
  • 3. Navigate to the General tab.
  • 4. Scroll to the bottom and select Game Installs.
  • 5. Highlight any content you wish to uninstall.
  • 6. Select Uninstall, then select Confirm.

Full patch notes from today’s Call of Duty Warzone update can be found below:

200 Player Warzone

  • Verdansk will now be able to hold up to 200 players. Jump into Battle Royale Quads with 200 players!

Supply Run Contracts

  • Upon activation, you and your squad (if applicable) will be directed to a nearby Buy Station. Reach it within the time limit to get a discount on Buy Station purchases.

Spotter Scope

  • Think of this as a high-powered scope without the glint; this re-usable scope allows you to scan the environment around you and mark enemies without being detected. Perfect for scouting ahead, the Spotter Scope is a great tool for Operators who want to plan their next move while keeping a low profile.

Warzone

  • New Gulag weapons! Semi auto rifles, snipers, along with one “just fists and a throwing knife” loadout!

  • BR Quads 200

  • BR Trios

  • BR Duos

  • BR Solos

  • Plunder: Blood Money

GENERAL FIXES

  • Fix for an issue where players could modify weapons with attachments from other weapons while using a mouse

  • Fixed the wording in the Daily Challenge “Deploy the Manual Turret Killstreak 5 Times” to say “Shield Turret”

  • Multiplayer and Warzone win/losses now track as intended per mode

  • Improved stability for PC players

  • Fix for Kreuger’s eyes coming out of his character model while performing the Brassed Off execution

  • Fix for some Completionist camos not applying to the Witching Hour (AX-50 variant)

  • Fixed an exploit on Krovnik Farmland while playing Reinfected Ground War

  • Fixed a bug where the MIL-SIM CTSFO viewmodel gloves didn’t match the in-game world model

  • Fix for a section of Hardhat that had invisible collision

  • Fix for a bug where Demolition matches would not end as intended in overtime

  • Added the Kali Sticks to modes like All or Nothing, Gun Game, Infected, and Gunfight

  • Longshots now display the distance in the point feed

  • Fixed a bug where the Juggernaut HUD elements would remain on the screen if the player was crushed by a crate

  • Fixed an issue where the player could get stuck in place when throwing a grenade and trying to use a Shield Turret at the same time

  • If a player throws a Molotov at a severely damaged Deployable Cover, the Deployable Cover will break and the Molotov fire will disappear, but damage for the fire remains present for a duration of ~20 seconds. This has been fixed

  • Recon Drones can now be destroyed with Throwing Knives

  • Hipfire reticles are now visible in Spectate and in the Killcam. This will make it easier to tell if a player is using Stopping Power rounds or Slug rounds

WARZONE

  • Fix for an exploit in Boneyard where players could climb into the destroyed portion of a plane

  • Gas Mask now cracks when you’re taking damage near or in the circle

  • ‘Team Wiped’ message now appears in the Killfeed for your whole squad to see

  • Fix for an issue where players could spawn under the map after winning their Gulag match

  • Fixed a bug where players using Charly’s Tactical Human skin or Mara’s Valkryie skin would notice their character models missing from the exfil epilogue in the helicopter

  • The audio for the Supply Choppers is too loud, preventing players from hearing most other sounds and communicating with their squad. This has been adjusted

  • During the Supply Chopper event the supply choppers may spawn from under the map, killing players positioned on top of these locations as they raised through the map. This has been fixed

  • Fix for the final circle being too close over areas that players cannot access such as the middle of Stadium

  • The After Action Report now shows Cash Earned and Placement

  • Fix for a rare bug where a player spawned out of bounds after dying out of bounds

  • Fix for a minor issue where the radio operator dialog and subtitles for called in Killstreaks could incorrectly play the wrong faction

  • Now allow up to three Precision Airstrikes to be called in at once but within a distance restriction

WEAPONS:

  • The M4 will perform an AR magazine reload when attempting to reload the underbarrel launcher while you have the 50 Round Mag attachment equipped. This has been fixed

  • Stopping Power is now applied to headshots. Only certain weapons can go from a 2-shot to a 1-shot head shot, like the FAL and Oden. This fixes a few cases where headshots could sometimes do less damage than body shots when using Stopping Power

  • Start Ammo and Max Ammo Adjustments:

    • Increased Max Ammo: M4 .458 SOCOM Rounds

    • Increased Max Ammo and Start Ammo:

      • CR-56 AMAX M67 Rounds

      • SKS 10 Round Mags

      • Striker 45 Hollowpoint Rounds

      • SCAR Default Mags

      • Oden Default Mags

    • Increased Start Ammo:

      • SCAR 25 Round Mags

      • Oden 25 Round Mags

    • AX-50: Increased damage range

    • HDR: Guaranteed one-hit to lower torso at any range

    • Kar98k:

      • Increased ADS speed

      • Small decrease to hip spread

      • Increased damage range

    • MK2 Carbine:

      • Faster movement speed

      • Increased damage range

    • Dragonuv:

      • Increased ADS speed

      • 2 hit kill min

      • Gun recoil returns to the center more

      • Faster rate of fire

    • FAL: Added a close range damage shelf with one-hit headshot potential

    • AK-47: Increased ADS speed

    • CR-56 AMAX: Decreased damage range

    • MP5:

      • Decreased damage range

      • Decreased 10MM damage range

      • Reduced long range damage to 10MM ammo

      • Slight recoil increase to 10MM ammo

    • Grau 5.56

      • Damage range reduction

      • Slight increase to high frequency recoil

      • Reduced recoil compensation and decreased range on Tempus 26.4” Archangel and FSS 20.8” Nexus barrels

    • Shotgun Slugs:

      • Increased projectile velocity

      • Reduced ads spread

      • Added dynamic hip spread

      • Increased damage ranges

      • Increased lower torso damage

    • No stock attachment:

      • Increased weapon recoil

      • Decreased ADS aiming steadiness

      SPECIAL OPERATIONS:

      • Improved the effectiveness of the Decoy Grenade against most types of enemy soldiers

      • Added new Mission ‘Hard Boiled’ – Demonstrate your proficiency in Co-Op operations with these tricky challenges!

      • Operation Harbinger – Fixed issue where some of the white trucks would appear without any enemies inside of them

      SPECIAL OPERATIONS: SURVIVAL:

      • At the Weapons Store the weapons with purchased Gunsmith attachments are now displayed clearly

      • The Buy Phase timer now pulses red when about to run out to help remind players of the upcoming wave

      • Fixed issue where the text chat was overlapping some Buy Phase store elements

      • Fixed issue where players could purchase weapons from the store as they are being downed

      • Fixed issue where if players voted to ‘Retry’ after failing beyond wave 55 they would start each Buy Phase with reduced time

      • Fixed a rare issue where players could use Munitions / Killstreaks in while downed.

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Fortnite downtime: Epic Games Fortnite servers shutting down for update 13.20

We’re just hours away from one of the first major Fortnite updates of Season 3 being released across PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mobile and PC.

A new patch is launching today, June 30, that’s set to add “new flare” to the game, which sounds like a fresh piece of arsenal to try out on the map.

Epic Games has also confirmed they will be shutting down servers, meaning the game will be unplayable for a short period.

As mentioned above, this will be one of the first major updates since Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 began earlier this month.

For now, the map remains flooded in many areas, making for one of the biggest shake-ups since it replaced the old one.

Data miners believe that further changes are coming, with hints founds in the game files suggesting that water levels will eventually fall.

This would make for a neat way to show off new locations, however, it remains just a rumour for now.

If this does start happening, the first drop in water levels could happen today, following the release of Fortnite update 13.20.

The start of a new Season usually heralds some big changes, be it through new ways to travel across the map, or POI to explore.

A message from the beginning of Season 3 adds: “The Island has flooded, there are new areas to explore, Marauders to take on and… sharks to ride?

“Survive more than just the Storm. Adapt to the new flooded way of life on the Island.

“Watch your back! Defend yourself from new Marauders as they crash down onto the island and challenge your survival.”

So it will be interesting to see what has been planned for Fortnite Season 3.

The only downside with today’s update is that it means the game servers will be unavailable for several hours.

The good news is that we know what time Fortnite downtime will be starting, and they have also given a rough outline for how long it might last.

WHEN ARE FORTNITE SERVERS GOING DOWN?

According to Epic Games, Fortnite servers are scheduled to go offline on Tuesday, June 30, on PS4, Xbox, PC, Switch and Mobile.

This means that Battle Royale and Save the World modes will be unplayable for the duration.

Epic estimates downtime could last up to three hours, however, it’s more likely that everything will be completed much sooner.

Recent updates have only taken around an hour or two to deploy but it will all depend on how many fixes are included.

Epic Games has confirmed that Fortnite server downtime and maintenance will begin at 7am, GMT.

This means that Fortnite will be unavailable in the United States from 2am ET onward, for however long maintenance lasts.

An update will be shared on Twitter when Fortnite servers are going offline, and another will be posted for when they are back online.

The latest message from the team confirms that they are closing down servers this morning, with new content a good possibility.

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GTA 6 release date: Bad news for Grand Theft Auto fans not planning upgrade

Analysts and game journalists are predicting a new GTA 6 release date, and it’s not all good news for fans. While there have been increasing hopes of something being announced soon, these have been repeatedly dashed by current events. The latest was Rockstar Games’ reveal of an enhanced and expanded version of GTA 5 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X. This is launching in 2021 and almost certainly rules out a new Grand Theft Auto game for that year. And now industry experts are predicting a GTA 6 release date being set for late 2022, or 2023.

This would make it the longest wait ever for a new Grand Theft Auto game and would also rule out PS4 and Xbox One ports.

Not only that, but it would also mean that no true GTA game was ever developed for the two consoles, which have been on the market since 2013.

It could prove a bitter blow for those gamers who aren’t preparing to upgrade their Grand Theft Auto experience this year.

The latest information on the subject has been shared by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, who is well-known for his sources.

Speaking on the Triple Click Podcast, via Daily Star, Schreier shared his take on the current situation surrounding Rockstar Games and GTA 6.

“I will say that I know a lot of people out there, especially a lot of avid GTA fans, probably skewing younger have been upset because I said that GTA 6 was in kinda early development and won’t be out for a few years.

“I think GTA 5 coming out next year to PS5 is evidence of that, [and if that isn’t evidence of a later GTA 6 release] then I don’t know what else is.

“Because GTA 6 is a ways away. Like, I wouldn’t expect that game until maybe the end of 2022, 2023. I think [that’s more realistic] for a game like that.”

If GTA 6 does arrive in 2022, gamers fans will be expecting a huge upgrade from what they have been enjoying on PS4 and Xbox One.

The good news for current-gen console owners is that GTA Online will be getting new content over the coming years, extending the life of the platform significantly.

Not only will a new version of GTA 5 be released on PS5 and Xbox Series X, but a standalone version of GTA Online is also in the works.

Rockstar Games have never put a time limit on the highly profitable multiplayer mode, and moving to a standalone version certainly suggests longevity.

This means that even if we do see GTA Online eventually leave the PS4 and Xbox One versions behind due to hardware limitations, there should still be plenty of free compatible updates being planned over the next year.

Here’s the latest information from Rockstar Games on the situation involving GTA 5 coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X:

“As recently revealed at Sony’s PlayStation 5 digital event, the adventures of Michael, Franklin and Trevor are coming to a new generation of consoles, including PlayStation 5, in the second half of 2021.

“The new generation versions of GTAV will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.

“And for the massive and vibrant community of Grand Theft Auto Online players worldwide, the journey through the ever-evolving, shared world of GTA Online will continue on to the new generation with more new updates including additional GTA Online content exclusive to the new consoles and PC.”

The new announcement regarding GTA 5 coming to PS5 was revealed by Sony during a big PlayStation reveal event.

And according to a recent report, Grand Theft Auto V’s appearance was one of the most popular unveilings.

The port was revealed alongside news regarding Horizon Forbidden West, and Spider-Man Miles Morales.

And according to a report from TechRadar, chat-based research consultants, Reach3 Insights, found that fans were most excited about the GTA 5.

The stats include 25% of fans saying it was the PS5 game they’re most excited for, with the new Spider-Man entry another popular announcement.

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Minecraft Dungeons DLC release date confirmed with Jungle Awakens news

Microsoft and developers Mojang have revealed its plans for the first Minecraft Dungeons release coming to all platforms. But even if you aren’t planning to snap up the new content, the development team has also confirmed that a new Dungeon is being released as part of a free update. From what has been shared so far, the next major Minecraft Dungeons update will be a big one, adding new locations, weapons and mobs to the game. The free update will add the Lost Temple dungeon and new items to the game, while the Minecraft Jungle Awakens paid-DLC will offer weapons, armour and new story missions.

WHAT IS THE MINECRAFT DUNGEONS DLC RELEASE DATE?

According to Mojang, the new Minecraft Dungeons DLC release date for Jungle Awakens has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 1.

That means gamers have less than a week to wait until the new content arrives on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Everyone who owns the game will get access to the Lost Temple Dungeon, while those who own the Hero Editions of the game will get automatic access to the new DLC content.

A message from Mojang adds: “For those of you who already bought the Hero Edition, all of this is included! Don’t worry, you can always upgrade your standard game with the Hero Pass.

“Jungle Awakens will be released on July 1, so get ready to battle new mobs such as the Leapleaf and Whisperer before ultimately saving the day by defeating the Jungle Abomination.”

And commenting on the free update, Mojang provided an early teaser, telling fans this week:

“One thing they did add was more shrubbery, vines, and humidity. Foliage as far as the eye can see.

“Oh, and a bunch of new weapons, armors, artifacts, and mobs. And three new story missions! Aaaand a free update, which includes the Lost Temple dungeon, some new items, and a few game balancing changes. Phew! I’m out of breath and I haven’t even gotten to the pandas yet.”

According to Microsoft, there are two DLC expansions planned for Minecraft Dungeons, following the game’s successful release earlier this year.

Next week’s Dungeons is also expected to bring a number of other changes separate from new content.

Mojang has been busy patching the game throughout June and this isn’t expected to stop in July.

Next week’s free update will come with more fixes and balance changes to help to keep the game fun for everyone to play.

And you can expect with such a large content update there could be few more bugs needing to be squashed in the weeks to come.

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PS Plus July 2020 free games lineup could be a unique one for PlayStation, here’s why

First introduced on the PlayStation 3, the official PS Plus July lineup could be treated a little differently due to it being the Tenth Anniversary of the subscription’s launch next week.

Sony hasn’t said anything about celebrating the milestone, but there is never much talk ahead of a PlayStation Plus reveal.

Fans aren’t so sure that anything big will be happening to commemorate the PlayStation Plus service, but there is always the hope that Sony could choose to do things in style.

We already had plenty of high-profile first-party games released for free as part of the membership scheme, and it would make for a cracking way to ring its tenth anniversary.

Titles like God of War and Days Gone could always be chosen, with plenty of other games to choose from.

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While we don’t know if any extra free games or bonuses will be available in July to mark the milestone, we do know about a few other things planned.

PS Plus subscribers will be able to take advantage of a huge Sony and Rockstar giveaway on PS4.

Rockstar recently announced plans to bring an expanded version of GTA 5 to next-gen consoles in 2021.

The PS5 version of Grand Theft Auto 5 will feature improved visuals and performance, as well as some new content.

Meanwhile, to celebrate the announcement of GTA 5 on PlayStation 5, PS Plus subscribers will receive GTA$1,000,000 to spend in GTA Online.

Far from being a one-time only deal, PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive the same amount each month until the launch on GTA Online on PS5.

With GTA 5 launching in the second half of 2021, that’s potentially 18 months of free money for Grand Theft Auto fans.

The official announcement adds: “The new generation versions of GTAV will feature a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the latest hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever,” the post reads.

“Additionally, all PlayStation Plus members on PlayStation 4 will get GTA$1,000,000 (deposited into their in-game Maze Bank account within 72 hours of log-in) each month they play GTA Online until the launch of GTA Online on PlayStation 5.”

The reveal of the next PS Plus free games lineup might take a little longer than usual, due to the way the dates fall and affect the PlayStation Store refresh.

The next batch of PlayStation Plus releases should be available to download on July 7, which means they won’t be revealed until July 1.

There’s a chance the dates could change, especially after Sony ripped up the script for the June 2020 reveal.

The best thing to do will be to keep an eye on Sony’s official PlayStation social media accounts heading into the final week of June.

Until the big switch happens, gamers can add Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Call of Duty WWII to their PSN accounts.

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Animal Crossing New Horizons July update: Big Summer plans on Nintendo Switch

Nintendo is bringing brand new features to Animal Crossing New Horizons, starting with a big update in July. The gaming giant has confirmed that one of its hit titles from 2020 will continue to receive new content throughout the Summer. This will come in waves, with a new patch scheduled to arrive as early as next week, kicking off July in style.

ANIMAL CROSSING NEW HORIZONS SUMMER UPDATES

The first Animal Crossing New Horizons Summer update is scheduled to release on July 3, 2020.

No launch time has been set for the big patch, although most new content for the game has been arriving very early in the morning.

This should mean that Animal Crossing fans will have very early access to the new Summer update features on Friday, July 3, 2020.

As ever, Nintendo may choose to do things a little differently with its next update, so Animal Crossing fans should keep an eye on the game’s official social media feeds for the latest.

The latest information from Nintendo confirms that they are bringing new features to Animal Crossing on Nintendo Switch in July.

This includes adding the ability to swim around your island, as well as being able to interact with new characters.

A message from the team adds: “Cool off this summer by diving into the Animal Crossing: New Horizons free Summer Update – Wave 1, arriving 7/3!

“Put on your wet suit to dive & swim in the ocean, and even meet new characters!

“But that’s not all! Another summer update is planned to be released in early August, so stay tuned for further details to come.”

ANIMAL CROSSING NEW HORIZONS SUMMER FEATURES CONFIRMED:

Swimming and DivingGrab a wet suit and get aquatically acquainted with your island marine life when swimming and diving arrive to Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Swim in the inviting waters off the coast of your island and dive to discover and scoop up sea creatures that inhabit your island’s ecosystem.

Keep your eyes peeled for any prospective additions to the museum, and make sure to listen for fun facts from Blathers when you donate your new discoveries.

Pascal Brings Rewarding RecipesWhile swimming, you might meet someone new! The friendly visitor Pascal seems to love scallops, and if you discover one while diving, he may ask you if he can have it. As a thank you, he’ll share some of his mermaid-themed DIY recipes.

Gulliver?  After downloading the free update, a familiar face will occasionally wash up on shore, but sporting slightly different, pirate-like clothing. Offer him a helping hand and he’ll send a special reward to show his gratitude.

Animal Crossing New Horizons a big hit with Switch gamers, with the Daily Express Online giving it 5/5.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons will truly capture the hearts, minds, and lives of long-time Animal Crossing players.

“While the game only introduces a handful of new mechanics, it doubles down and improves on so many of the older aspects. So much so that fans will be absolutely giddy by the end of the first day.

“Despite some of the new terraforming and crafting tools being a little stiff, their inclusion is quite literally groundbreaking for the game.

“Fans and newcomers will fall head-over-heels in love with this island getaway, and just when they need it most. Indeed, a game that lets you escape to a tropical paradise is THE perfect release for the coronavirus lockdown, and a must-have for all Nintendo Switch owners.”

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GTA 5 DOWN: GTA Online servers offline alongside Red Dead Online

Red Dead Online and GTA 5 Online servers are down tonight, according to thousands of new reports.

Down detector sites are confirming an outage of Rockstar servers, which started within the last hour and appears to be affecting both games across multiple platforms.

It’s unclear what has caused the multiplayer problems with GTA Online and Red Dead Online, or how long it might last.

Players are speculating over what might be the cause, although it appears this outage is not worldwide.

“Servers are temporary Down right now, Rockstar might be experiencing a DDoS attack against their servers, it that why they haven’t acknowledged that their servers are down?” one user writes.

Another adds: “Restart your device then delete GTA 5. next: unplug your device and throw it out the window. problem solved.”

While this latest outage will prove frustrating for gamers stuck in the clouds, the good news is that there is no reason to believe this problem can’t be fixed quickly.

If issues continue, Rockstar Games is expected to share a statement online regarding GTA 5 and Red Dead Online.

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