Valve removing review bombs from score, Epic roadmap, more

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How is it going everybody, Adrian Simple here from The Gaming Observer, and this is your Daily Gaming Update for March 16th, 2019. Head over to thegamingobserver.com for links and a transcript of today’s report.

Valve removing review bombs from Steam score

Valve has announced new measures to tackle what is known as review bombing on Steam. Essentially, they have taken a stance against groups of people who will review a game in droves after something unrelated to the game has happened. For example, Metro 2033 was recently bombed with negative reviews because people were unhappy with Deep Silver putting Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store. So now what Valve is saying is “hey, this isn’t cool, it has nothing to do with Metro 2033.” They want the average gamer to see a review score for a game and have it be accurate to the game, not events which have happened outside of it. So now what they are doing is they will be excluding off-topic review bombs from the overall Steam review score. Note that they aren’t removing the reviews themselves, but when they identify that the event has occurred, they will not be altering the score from “Positive” to “Mixed” or “Negative.” They put up a whole FAQ in a blog post that answer a ton of questions if you’re concerned with it, but perhaps the most important thing is that you will be able to disable this in some settings. So go ahead and check that out, there’s a lot more info there.

Epic Games Store reveals roadmap for Store features

Epic Games has just put out a Trello roadmap that is open to the public about which features they plan on releasing under what timeframes. Within the next 1-3 months, we will see things like an improved search function, a store page redesign, and cloud saves. In 4-6 months will be user reviews, wishlists, additional payment methods, and mod support. It’ll take longer than 6 months for achievements, a shopping cart, and a social overhaul. They’ve got dozens more features on the Trello site so check out the link for yourself, but it gives a good idea of what’s to come with the storefront in the next 6 months.

No Man’s Sky “Beyond” announced

No Man’s Sky has revealed their next major update, which they are calling “Beyond”. It will be introducing quote “a radical new social and multiplayer experience” endquote. While they brought multiplayer to the game in their last update, this will be expanding on it with quote “many recognizable online elements” and it quote “won’t require a subscription, won’t contain microtransactions, and will be free for all existing players.” endquote. People are speculating about what this might mean, but they have emphasized that they don’t consider it to be an MMO. Regardless, this might be one of the strongest efforts I’ve seen from a developer to recoup from a loss.

That is the news. I would like to give a big thank you to Nii, that’s “N.I.I”, and an anonymous user both for leaving me 5-star reviews on Amazon. If you’d like to reach me directly, you are also welcome to send me an email, info@thegamingobserver.com. As always, this update was produced in part by Brandon, who funds the show through Patreon. Thank you very much, have a beautiful day, and Happy Gaming everyone!

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