JungleDrums: Ep35 – EA Shuts Down Visceral Games

    This Week on JungleDrums:

    Your JungleDrums host, AcuteJungle66, is joined by SergeantJay to delve into this week’s gaming and tech news! EA shuts down Visceral Games, prestige raid in Destiny 2 defeated in 2 hours, Activision holds a controversial patent, and more!


    • EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space. The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and moved to a different studio, EA says, although it will now be something completely different. EA was not clear about the status of longtime Uncharted director Amy Hennig, who joined Visceral to direct this Star Wars game after she left Naughty Dog in early 2014.



    • A couple of weeks ago we discussed the impending launch of the GTX 1070 Ti, and I did say I would be ‘keeping an eye out’ for any benchmarks. Well, a few days ago the AotS score of the 1070 Ti graphics card from NVIDIA leaked out and it is clear that there are cards undergoing testing right now. Unlike Ashes of the Singularity however, 3DMark’s benchmarks are much more reliable for comparison purposes and WCCFTech have both the Fire Strike Extreme and Time Spy scores.


    • Elysium, the private/pirate vanilla World of Warcraft server that took over from Nostalrius, has imploded amid allegations the people in charge were pocketing donations and creating gold and characters to sell to players for real money. It was alleged that the project’s former leader “has taken at least roughly 2000 Euros or more for personal financial reasons,” and that another senior project member was running a gold and character selling business on the side.



    • As with previous major updates, the Fall Creators Update is being rolled out gradually to users, rather than pushed out to every PC at once. You may or may not see it available through Windows Update. If you don’t see it but are anxious to jump on board, head here and click the Update now button. Gaming is not as big of a focus this time around, though Microsoft did make improvements to Mixer and Windows 10’s Game Mode, the latter of which you can now switch to inside a game.


    About JungleDrums:

    JungleDrums is a weekly news show run by Scholarly Gamers’ Content Coordinator, AcuteJungle66. Topics discussed in the show focus heavily on gaming, highlights, streams, and tech, but will typically hover around hot-button topics of the week. Joining AcuteJungle66 are a rotating selection of guests, ranging from friends and those interested in the topic at hand, fellow Scholarly Gamers, or members of raiding parties from gaming staples of his such as Destiny 2, The Division, or Rainbow Six Siege.


    AcuteJungle66 has been dabbling with tech ever since he tried improving the tape deck of his Commodore 64 back in the '80s. Tech and Gaming have both been interests of his for several decades, he holds Masters of Science in Advanced Internetwork Engineering and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Cyber Security and Networks from Glasgow Caledonian University. As a proud Military Veteran who spent much of his life on 3 different continents, he is quite content being back home in Scotland; where he enjoys a much 'quieter' life these days as a College Lecturer.


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