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Black Ops 4 Breaks Activision, PlayStation Store First-Day Digital Sales Records

Along with some pretty high praise from critics (including Game Informer's own Dan Tack), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has also gained some pretty high sales numbers from customers, breaking a few sales records on the digital sales front.

Activision has announced Black Ops 4 has sold more digital copies in its first day than any other game in Activision history, beating out Call of Duty: WWII's previous record and becoming the most popular Activision title on the Xbox One storefront. It's also broken the first-day record for any full game release on the PlayStation Store. Black Ops 4 also sold twice as much as WWII on PC, likely owing to this being the first game in the series to release on Battle.net instead of Steam. The company did not release specific overall or platform-specific sales, however.

For more on Black Ops 4, check out our recent New Gameplay Today Live using the game's split-screen feature, as well as our coverage hub for the game below.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 12:01 pm

Check Out Some Behind-The-Cameras Secrets From Throughout The Resident Evil Series

After taking a look at what's going on in individual games outside the purview of the cameras, Youtuber Shesez has encompassed a series' worth of strange secrets in the latest episode of Boundary Break, which covers a few Resident Evil games.

Watch for some strange tidbits from throughout the series, which include neck textures only the women in Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles have, what happens to the Licker in Resident Evil 2 when it's not crawling on windows, and how some of the series' most iconic scenes are choreographed.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 11:34 am

Epic Games Suing Popular Fortnite Youtuber For Promoting And Selling Cheats

Epic Games is apparently looking to "disgorge" popular Fortnite Youtuber Brandon "Golden Modz" Lucas and occasional partner Colton "Excentric" Conter of profits the two have made from promoting the use of cheats on their Youtube channel, then selling the mods they use to cheat.

Engadget reports that Epic alleges that Lucas, one of the most popular Fortnite Youtube personalities with over 1.7 million subscribers, broke the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by posting videos of himself (and occasionally Contor) cheating at Fortnite using illegal mods, then hawking them to viewers. Epic had asked Lucas to pull the videos down, but Lucas refused, saying he didn't see the issue with what he was doing, and citing that others were doing the same thing.

As creator of perhaps the most popular game in the world right now, Epic has every incentive to keep the game cheat-free. The company went as far as acquiring an entire anti-cheat company, the Finland-based Kamu, for that purpose. And with crossplay currently in open beta and coming soon to PS4, the stakes to curb cheaters is at all-time high.

[Source: Engadget]

 

I don't think the "everybody else is doing it" excuse is going to get Lucas out of this one. He's one of the most popular people selling cheats, and the guy has to know what he's doing is sleazy, especially since one many players (especially young ones) start looking for cheats, they're likely to come upon malicious websites claiming to offer them.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 11:21 am

Learn More About The Origins Of Assassin's Creed Odyssey In Did You Know Gaming's Latest Video

Assassin's Creed Odyssey further refines the formula set about by its predecessor, Origins, creating a larger, seafaring world and emphasizing dialogue trees and choice. Game Informer reviewer Joe Juba has taken the the game's improvements, and it seems players have too, as Odyssey has a set a sales record for the series. If you're one of those many buyers, you might be interested to learn more about it from Did You Know Gaming's latest video.

The video covers a number of facts about the game, including how the game was developed in tandem with Origins, how its dialogue system was inspired by Plato's original back-and-forth dialogues, how Ubisoft Quebec researched the locations in the game, and how the team had one of the voice actors develop the standard Greek accent they used across most characters in the game.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 9:12 am

PS4 Players Are Allegedly Having Their Consoles Crashed By Malicious Messages

PlayStation 4 players are seemingly having their consoles made useless by messages from malicious users while online, but there's a quick way to avoid the issue entirely.

The most popular thread on the PS4 Reddit contains a warning to users to set their messages to private after they received a message from someone they were playing Rainbow Six Siege with. "A player from the other team used a dummy account to send the message and crashed my entire team," says Reddit user huntstark. "We all have had to factory reset. Only one of our guys wasn't affected and he has his messages private."

The problem seems to arise from an exploit in the PS4 software code that lets malicious players use a specific character or characters the PS4's code doesn't recognize (which all default to a question mark inside of a box, which looks like this: ⍰) to crash another player's console. Because it has to do with characters being displayed on screen, simply receiving the message notification, or having the message on your console is enough to cause it crash and require a reset to fix. This is likely what is causing the issue, which multiple players in the Reddit thread have reported happening to them while playing various games. "Happened to me in [Rocket League] too," reports user iamnotacrazyperson. "Exactly the same thing - got a message, controller stopped working and audio cut out. Full reset hasn't fixed it - whenever I try and log into my PSN it crashes again."

The easiest solution to this issue, if you haven't already been hit by a message, is to remove the ability for random users to send you a message, like so:

It should also without saying not to accept friend requests from people you don't know for the time being, or really, ever. Some users are reporting that they've received friend request messages with the special characters in them as well.

If you've already been affected by a message, it may be possible to fix the issue by downloading the official PlayStation App on iOS/Android, viewing the message that crashed your console there (look for the ⍰ symbol), then deleting it. However, some users have reported this fix didn't work for them, so your mileage may vary.

We've reached out to Sony about whether it is aware of the issue and if it plans to take action against users who used the text exploit and will update this article should they reply.

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 7:13 am

Red Dead Redemption II Is A 90GB Download On Xbox One

A few weeks ago we learned PS4 players would have to clear out 105GB of data on their hard drive to make way for Red Dead Redemption II. Now Xbox One players have an idea of how much space to accommodate on their console of choice.

The Microsoft Store page currently lists the game's "Approximate Size" as being 88.57GB. While that may be smaller than PS4's listed size, there could be a reasons for this. For one, it's not clear if "Approximate Size" is listing the download size (the size of all the files users download from the servers, which are often compressed) or the install size (the files as they actually are, after the installer has uncompressed them). A size difference of about 16GB would be in line with the average difference between download and install sizes.

If the listed size is the install size, it could be that the promised month-long exclusive content on PS4 could make up the difference, though that seems unlikely. Either way, players looking to hop back into Rockstar's second take on the Western should start budgeting their streaming and data caps now before the end of the month.

[Source: Microsoft Store via Reddit]

Posted on 15 October 2018 | 5:00 am

Classic RPG Designer Greg Stafford Passes Away At Age 70

Greg Stafford, designer of classic role-playing games like Pendragon and RuneQuest, has passed away at age 70.

In the early '70s, Stafford created the world of Glorantha, in which many of his works would be set. Over the years, he created many roleplaying and board games set in Glorantha, including White Bear and Red Moon, Nomad Gods, RuneQuest, and HeroQuest, as well as a few fantasy novels. To publish his own work, Stafford created the company Chaosium in 1975, and would later go on to found Issaries, Inc after leaving the Chaosium, then returned to the latter in 2015 as a chair of the board. Stafford also helped publish The King of Dragon Pass, a classic role-playing video game also set in Glorantha, developed and published by A Sharp and first released on PC and Mac in 1999 re-released in 2012 and later ported to iOS and Android to acclaim.

A practicing Shaman, Stafford passed away Thursday at his home in Arcata, California. Our condolences go out to Stafford's family and friends.

[Source: Chaosium Inc.]

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 12:27 pm

Limited $1,350 Game Boy Jordans Are More For Admiring Than Buying

Limited edition shoes are absurdly popular, and gaming has had its brushes with the trend. Early this year saw the release of the PlayStation-themed sneakers, which proved to be a hot commodity. Now a Nintendo-themed competitor is sure to be much more sought after but way, way less available.

Custom sneaker shop Freaker Sneaks has unleashed its Game Boy-themed Air Jordans, a follow-up to last year's NES themed shoes. The Game Boy edition features different designs for each shoe: The right shoe features the box art for Super Mario Land on the front, and the B and A buttons on the back, while the left shoe features a screenshot from Super Mario Land on the front and the d-pad on the back. Both share a similar color scheme, however, it looks incredibly good.

Unfortunately, Freaker Sneaks is only making 10 pairs, and each of them costs $1,350, making their release performance art as much as it is commercial strategy. Still, they're nice to look at. You can find out more about them (but probably not buy them) over at Freaker Sneaks' official website.

 

[Source: Freaker Sneaks via Kotaku

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 11:15 am

XSEED Removing Intimacy Mode From PS4 Version Of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal

When it launches sometime this fall, the PS4 and PC versions of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal, a remake of the original Senran Kagura game, will have at least one major difference, as the PS4 version will lack the series' "Intimacy Mode."

The mode, which has players dressing characters up in various outfits (including bathing suits and other intimate attire) and using their hands and other objects to massage or caress the game's young (and frequently underage) characters, seems to have crossed a line for Sony. Publisher XSEED games announced the removal of the mode from the PS4 version with the following statement:

The release of Senran Kagura Burst Re:Newal will be slightly delayed as we remaster to remove the interactive "Intimacy Mode" from the PS4 version. The Steam version will release with that mode intact and will launch simultaneously with PS4. We are looking forward to sharing the release date shortly and appreciate your patience.

In a follow-up tweet, the company quickly alluded to this being Sony's decision. "We respect the wishes of the platform holder," it tweeted.

Intimacy mode was part of previous Senran Kagura releases, including last year's Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Blast, which released on PS4 intact. When asked why previous titles were able to include the mode but not Re:Newal, XSEED localization producer Tom Lipschultz stated it's "because this is a brand new policy."

Earlier this year, Sony blocked the release of Omega Labyrinth Z from in the West, likely due to the game taking place in a high school setting and placing its underage characters in risque situations. It also pulled the release of seduction game Super Seducer back in March.

Curiously, the official twitter account for ToeJam and Earl replied to XSEED's original statement.

https://twitter.com/toejamandearl/status/1050920459485605888

It's likely they're joking, however.

[Source: XSEED on Twitter]

 

While I can definitely see fans being miffed about Re:Newal having to drop the mode, I'm not against Sony taking more of an active role to control what games appear on their platform and blocking games it deems too explicit for whatever reason. It's their platform after all. But as with the Steam debacle over a similar issue earlier this year, I hope Sony has at least made what it will and won't allow clear to its developers, so they know ahead of time what they can and can't on Sony's ecosystem.

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 9:27 am

For Honor Celebrates 15 Million Players, Teases 2019's 'Year Of The Harbinger'

Since its launch early last year, For Honor has steadily increased its playerbase with frequent content, technical, and balance updates. With its major Marching Fire expansion hitting next week, the team behind the game has decided to celebrate a huge milestone, while also teasing the next year of For Honor content.

Earlier this week, the game celebrated hitting the 15 million-player milestone, continuing Ubisoft's streak of multiplayer games growing over the course of their lifespan (Rainbow Six Siege hit the 35 million-player mark earlier this year).

This bodes well for the game going into Marching Fire, the upcoming release of which prompted Ubisoft to host a livestream. Towards the end of the that stream, however, it offered players a tease at was coming to For Honor after Marching Fire: The Year of the Harbinger. The image (above) shows a war hammer planted on firm ground. While thoughts of Mjolnir come to mind, the ornamentation doesn't quite match Nordic designs (especially with the lizard/dragon on the hilt). It could be teasing a new faction, hero, or more.

Brand director Luc Duchaine and community developer Eric Pope didn't offer too many details, but briefly discussed their plans Year of the Harbinger. It's unclear whether this the title of the next Marching Fire-sized expansion, or a plan to drop several updates throughout 2019, but Duchaine was quick to point to their ongoing support for For Honor, and reaffirmed the company's commitment to keeping the game going. "We've always been serious [about updating the game] since we launched it, even when people were betting against us, the team did an amazing job putting this game back on track, and we are not done."

[Source: Ubisoft]

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 7:05 am

What To Watch This Weekend: League Of Legends, Gwent, And PUBG

Wow! There's so many major events this weekend I can't even count them all (there's eight)! Worlds continues, Gwent comes back into the spotlight, and Dota 2 has a new patch! What more could you want, besides more events and money and world peace or whatever?

Worlds continues as League of Legends fans watch the biggest event of their year unfold. This weekend we're smack-dab in the middle of the group stages to determine who winds up where in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

Card game fans! This is your weekend. First up, Hearthstone's big Fall Championship is here, offering the world's best players the chance to take their share of the $250,000 prize pool, as well as a spot in the World Championship. (Stream and Schedule)

Second, if you want to watch some pro-level Gwent before the standalone Thronebreaker expansion releases later this month, now's your chance! CD Projekt Red is having its seventh open tournament for the game, so expect major players from across europe to compete. The action starts at 9am central (that means it's already underway as your read this!) both Saturday and Sunday. (Stream)

Rainbow Six Siege heads to Tokyo, Japan for the finale of its APAC tournament, which will lead into the Siege Pro League finals! (Stream)

Of course, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is having a premier tournament, as the handful of teams left in the bracket square off at the StarSeries i-League tournament for their share of the $300,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule)

Not to be left out of the competitive scene, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is in Bucharest for its PGL Invitational tournament, in which 16 teams including the likes of the well-named "Four Angry Men" And "Oh My God" face off for their share of $100,000. (Stream / Schedule)

The FGC is in Singapore this weekend and is bringing with its usual array of competitive games for the SouthEast Asia Major. Catch Street Fighter VTekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more. (Streams and Schedule)

Patch 7.19d has hit some of Dota 2's competitive heavy-hitters with nerfs, and this weekend's World Showdown of Esports tournament is the first time we'll get to see those changes in action at a LAN event. Which heroes will take over the meta? I hope it's Techies! (Stream)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments!

Posted on 14 October 2018 | 5:00 am

Weekend Warrior – Taking Little Bites Out Of The Great Grecian Apple

This weekend most of us are getting lost in the massive open world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey or popping off shots in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Mega Man 11, Maple Story 2, and Forza Horizon 4 are also in the mix. Otherwise we’re just chillin’.  Per usual, let us know what you’re doing this weekend in the comments section below.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) - My video game time will be split between Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey on Google's streaming platform, which is pretty decent! Call of Duty has a setting where you can turn off the gore and make the zombies look cartoonish. I don't know if that will be enough to make me feel comfortable playing it around the kid, but I really appreciate that it's an option. Otherwise it will be a lot of relaxing after last weekend's (and most of the week's) birthday party extravaganza.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) - This weekend, I have the good problem of having too many awesome games to play. I’m back from a vacation, so I’m planning on enjoying the consoles I was away from last weekend. I’m about 15 hours into Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and I’m loving it, but I’m always tempted to go play Forza Horizon 4. I like both games a lot, so it’s hard to choose between them when I sit on my couch. Add to that Black Ops 4 and Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and I’m absolutely drowning. No way I’ll get to all of them this weekend, but I’ll do my best!

Jill Grodt (@Finruin) - This is my weekend for Assassin's Creed: Odyssey! The bits of stolen time I’ve put into that game have barely made a dent and Red Dead Redemption II is looming on the horizon. But I may not be progressing in the story because I spend about half my time looking at the walls and pottery; musing on the game’s choices in the nerdiest way possible. Also, Halloween is coming up quick and I’m thinking I should start looking at costumes before everything is sold out.

Leo Vader (@leovader) - I’ve been playing through Sleeping Dogs again and damn that game holds up. I’ve also been playing Maple Story 2 with some friends for pretty much no reason. So I look forward to those this weekend! Best time to be a gamer… ?

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) - This weekend I’m planning on relaxing and sitting back with even more Forza Horizon 4. There’s always the lingering juggernaut of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode, so I’m sure plenty of folks will want to play that and I’ll go along for the ride. I love battle royale games and have had a blast with this thing so far. Also, I beat Wandersong last weekend and think you all should take a look at it if you like Night in the Woods or even something like Paper Mario. It’s a damn delight. Have a good weekend!

Suriel Vasquez (@SurielVazquez) - Thinking about changing my PSN handle to "WHERESCASSANDRAIBNEI" and raiding Dr. Wily's lab with my fireteam.

Imran Khan (@imranzomg) - I’m stuck on Wily 2 in Mega Man 11 because I refuse to use items. I am going to be spending every waking second of the weekend trying to do it.

Javy Gwaltney - [Gritty Voice] BLACKOUT.

JP Gemborys (@JPGemborys) – This weekend I’m thinking of maybe trying some Scandinavian food while I’m in Minneapolis or checking out this barcade that everyone’s been telling me about. Other than that, I’m going to try and do some writing, then get sucked down the YouTube wormhole and possibly finish the Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 12:00 pm

11-11: Memories Retold To Receive DLC In Support Of The War Child Charity

11-11: Memories Retold is an upcoming game from some of the minds behind Valiant Hearts and the animation studio, Aardman, that explores relationships forged during World War I.

Today publisher Bandai Namco announced plans to release DLC for the game and a portion of its sales will go towards the charity War Child, which helps children affected by war. You can learn more about the charity here, or by listening to Elijah Wood (who plays the game's protagonist, Harry) explain it in the video below.

In terms of the DLC's content, it will follow the story of Jack and Eva, two young children affected by the violence of World War I. The DLC's story is apparently, "directly inspired by real life stories from the children supported by War Child."

Both 11-11: Memories Retold and its War Child DLC release November 9 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more on the game, you can read our E3 interview with the game's director right here.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 10:30 am

Injustice 2 Artist Shares Unused Concept Art For Krypto The Superdog, Mr. Freeze, And More

Injustice 2 had a large cast out of the gate and even more were added post-release, but the well of DC characters (and even non-DC characters) is deep, so there were plenty of characters that were conceived that didn't make the cut.

Concept artist Justin Murray, who worked on the game, recently shared art for some of those unused characters as well as art for other aspects of the game. You can find all the art on Murray's portfolio website right here to see images of Kryto the Superdog, Mr. Freeze, Constantine, Blue Bird, Etrigan, Detective Chimp, and assorted Darkseid monsters for an idea of what those characters would have looked like had they made an appearance.

For more on Injustice 2, you can read our review right here.

[Source: artstation.com/justinmurray, via Reset Era]

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 9:32 am

Update: Blizzard Downplays Plans To Bring Bring Crossplay To Diablo 3

Update: Earlier today an article in Business Insider announced that the publication had learned during a demo session with the Switch version of Diablo III that Blizzard is planning to bring the crossplay to the title. We reached out to Blizzard for confirmation and the company is downplaying plans, saying outright it has no current plans.

Here's the statement in full:

While we love the idea of bringing our players together across platforms, we do not have any plans to implement cross-platform gameplay for Diablo at this time.

Bummer!

Original Story (October 12 at 9:57 AM Central): During a recent hands-on demo with the Switch version of Diablo III, Business Insider received a nice little nugget of information. Blizzard told the publication that it's working to make crossplay between PS4/Xbox One/Switch versions a reality.

Though Blizzard has nothing official to announce yet, the company told Business Insider that it's in talks with Sony and Microsoft and that "it's a matter of when, not if." We've reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment and will update the article if the company gets back to us.

For more on Diablo III: Eternal Collection, check out Imran's hands-on preview of the game here.

[Source: Business Insider]

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 9:15 am

Guardians Get Ready For Festival of The Lost In Destiny 2: Forsaken

Bungie has begun to outline all the new masks and goodies guardians can expect for this year’s Festival of the Lost. 

Hosted by the shipwright Amanda Holliday, this year’s Festival of the Lost will begin on October 16 and will include new masks and rewards, as well as new bounties. Principal among them, for a limited time, players will be able to venture into the Haunted Forest to cleanse it of as many ghouls and demons as they can in under 15 minutes. But be warned – the farther players delve, the more challenging enemies become. Players will have access to the Haunted Forest when the festival begins, and can take it on solo, with a fireteam or via matchmaking.

In addition to the Haunted Forest, guardians will be called upon to solve the mystery and avenge the death of the fallen Master Ives who’s been murdered by some unknown killers. The new questline will add “an additional powerful reward for you to earn each week.” The search for Master Ives' killers begins October 30.  

Along with the festival, Bungie has announced that effective October 16, players who’ve purchased Destiny 2: Forsaken will have access to the two expansions included in the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass. Players who purchased Destiny 2: Forsaken before October 16 will receive an exclusive bundle, which includes exotic emotes, a unique shader, and unique emblem. Players will receive this bundle sometime in early December.

The Iron Banner also returns alongside the festival on October 16. With the new patch 2.0.4, Bungie has addressed some fan feedback and has made it easier to complete bounty objectives and gain rewards from the Crucible event. With each bounty completion, players will unlock an item in Lord Saladin’s inventory for direct purchase. Valor gains will also be doubled from October 16 to 19 and tripled from October 19 to 23.

All of these updates are coming October 16, so if you haven't played Destiny 2: Forsaken in a while, or at all, now is a great time to jump into the fray. 

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 9:00 am

Watch 37 Minutes Of Gameplay From Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales started out as the single-player campaign for Gwent: The Card Game, but has since morphed into its own stand-alone title. Gwent, the surprisingly popular competitive card game designed for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, pits two players representing rival political factions against each other. The game began as a side activity for players taking a break from monster hunting, but, due to overwhelming fan interest, Gwent soon took on a life of its own.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales will include a detailed story supported by the competitive card game's mechanics. Not sure what a narrative-driven game built around Gwent looks like? You can check out a whole bunch of gameplay below.

 Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales releases October 24 for PC and the console launch will come later on December 4. You can read up on our coverage of the game's initial release announcement here.

[Source: Youtube]

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 8:10 am

Rockstar Breaks Down Weapons And Combat System Details For Red Dead Redemption II In New Reveal

Another day, another Red Dead Redemption II breakdown. This time it's all about the way of the gun. 

Rockstar released a new page of images, descriptions, and video clips relating to weapons in Red Dead Redemption II. The developer says there are over 50 weapons in the game. However, the biggest reveal is old favorites from Red Dead Redemption are returning: the Volcanic Pistol, the Cattleman Revolver, sawed-off shotgun, the Springfield Rifle, and the carbine repeater.

 

Rockstar also got a little bit more specific in terms of what you can upgrade when it comes to weapons:

With a myriad of customization options ranging from visual upgrades like new metals, woods, varnishes and engravings to performance upgrades like new barrels, grips, sights and scopes, you can design an entirely unique weapon that looks and handles exactly the way you want it to. Every weapon’s performance varies in terms of damage, range, fire rate, accuracy and reload speed so it’s important to pick wisely depending on the situation.

To see the full breakdown, including videos, head to Rockstar's page here. For more on Red Dead Redemption II, check out our hands-on preview.

 

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 4:39 am

Call Of Duty Commercial Director's Live-Action Aladdin Movie Receives A Teaser Trailer

Disney's live-action Aladdin movie received a teaser trailer last night which you can see below. It doesn't show much, but you get a small peak at Iago the parrot, the Cave of Wonders, and tiny peak at the titular character and the iconic lamp.

The movie is directed by Guy Ritchie who made the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes films and Snatch, but in terms of his relation to the video game industry, we all know him as the director of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 commercial that Robert Downey Jr. was in for some reason.

Hey! Speaking of Call of Duty: Black Ops, the latest entry in that sub-franchise released today. You can read our review right here.

Posted on 13 October 2018 | 3:41 am

Bethesda And West Virginia Partner For Tourism Campaign

The state of West Virginia has announced a partnership for an upcoming tourism campaign, and it's not exactly the company you'd expect: publisher Bethesda Softworks. With its the upcoming Fallout 76 taking place in "Almost Heaven," West Virginia saw it as a ripe opportunity to expand to a new audience.

“It’s finally time the rest of the world sees what a gem West Virginia is,” said West Virginia governor Jim Justice. “For years, I’ve been saying we have it all: beautiful scenery, the best people you could ask for and more. And now, we get to share a piece of that with people all over the world through the unique lens of this video game.”

While there's not a lot of detail yet about what will make up the campaign, the WV Tourism Office will be working with Bethesda to create both informational campaigns and invitations to visit the state.  For more information on the campaign, visit the state's tourism website.

No news on whether or not the state of West Virginia has the nuclear arsenal seen in Fallout 76 trailers.

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 11:33 am

Ryan Coogler Will Write And Direct The Next Black Panther Movie

Gage Skidmore

It sounds like, Ryan Coogler, Black Panther's director, will once again stand at the helm for its highly anticipated sequel. Because of the film's success – even in a superhero saturated market it brought in 1.3 billion dollars – many suspected Coogler would continue on with the franchise, but until recently all information was being kept under wraps. Lucky for us, sources at The Hollywood Reporter indicate Coogler has settled on a deal for the next Black Panther film and production planning can get underway. 

Black Panther tells the story of an African superhero on his path to becoming king of Wakanda, a super advanced and super secret realm. The movie gained both critical and popular success for its thrilling action and clever writing - deftly weaving together themes of family, gender, nationality, and race.  The movie ends with T'Challa, now king and Black Panther, revealing his country to the world; leaving the door wide open for a Black Panther 2.

With any luck, we can expect writing and production for the Black Panther sequel to begin next year. 

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 11:12 am

NBA 2K19 MyTeam Unlimited $250,000 Tournament Starts This Weekend

Now that you've had some time to practice your skills in NBA 2K19, you can see if you can compete with the best for some serious cash.

This weekend the MyTeam Unlimited $250,000 tournament commences. The new mode embraces the NBA-style gameplay, putting you in 5-on-5 games and allowing you to earn rewards based on your record. For the tournament, you can select any 13 cards in your collection, letting you use players from around the league based on the packs you open. Best to put your best cards forward for the intense competition and chance for the big prize.

Participants must be 18 years or older. For a list of the rules, click here.

The full schedule is as follows:

 

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 9:13 am

EA Looking For Feedback On Command & Conquer Remaster And The Series' Future On PC

When Command & Conquer: Rivals was announced, fans were excited to see the real-time strategy series make a return. However, much disappointment came when it was revealed as a mobile game. Since then, EA has heard the criticism and desire to see the franchise return to PC. In a post on Reddit today, producer Jim Vessella confirmed that the team is working on ways to do just that.

"Following the reveal of Rivals, we heard you loud and clear: the Command & Conquer community also wants to see the franchise return to PC," he wrote. "And as a fan of C&C for over 20 years, I couldn’t agree more. With that in mind we’ve been exploring some exciting ideas regarding remastering the classic PC games, and already have the ball rolling on our first effort to celebrate the upcoming 25th Year Anniversary."

The post expresses that EA is looking into ways to remaster the classic PC games, but doesn't give any specifics. He did, however, open up the forum for fans to be a part of deciding exactly what the future will hold for Command & Conquer. "We are eager to hear your feedback to help influence our current thoughts for PC and what comes next," he expressed. "Over the next few weeks we’ll be talking to fans in a variety of ways. In the meantime, please share your thoughts here on the subreddit."

If this is the chance you've been waiting for, you can read his full message and share your thoughts on the subreddit here. 

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 8:36 am

New Trailer For Glass Pits Bruce Against The Beast

The latest trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Glass, which stars Samuel L. Jackson as the eponymous Mr. Glass, just launched and it reveals a bit more of what to expect from the director's twisted take on the superhero genre.

For those who haven’t seen Shyamalan’s critically well-received 2016 film, Split, spoilers: the new film features James McAvoy as a young man afflicted with multiple personalities who also has one final personality that is imbued with superhuman abilities, known as the Beast. At the end of Split, it is revealed that the film also takes place within the same universe as Shyamalan’s underappreciated film from 2000, Unbreakable which first introduced Samuel L. Jackson as the villainous mastermind Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis as the super-powered David Dunn.

Based on the new trailer, it seems the film will center on these three extraordinary individuals locked in an institution by a doctor (played by Sarah Paulson) who believes they are deluded in the belief that they have superpowers. With the mad genius he possesses, it seems Mr. Glass will forge an alliance with the Beast to escape, and then fight Willis’s David Dunn to prove to the world that supers do, in fact, exist. But you don't have to take my word for it, you can see the trailer below for yourself.

Shyamalan’s twist on the superhero genre comes to theatres January 18.

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:56 am

October Xbox One Update Brings Back Avatars

Microsoft has revealed the contents of its October Xbox update today, and the news brings answers to a years-old mystery: Whatever happened to Microsoft’s cartoony Avatars, anyway?

The biggest addition of the October Xbox update is the return of Avatars, the customizable personas that players can create to represent them on their system. Based on the video, it appears Avatars have gotten a decent graphical makeover, and Microsoft says there are now more customization options to fine-tune your look. This includes a new Avatar Store, which will be updated monthly with new clothes and props that you can buy. Old-school Avatar fans (if they exist) can also opt to stick with their original creation from the Xbox 360 days.

Avatars will show up in a variety of places on your dashboard, friends lists, and leaderboards, but will remain completely optional. You can check them out for yourself in the video below.

The October update is also introducing Alexa and Cortana voice support for Xbox One. Players who own one of the A.I.-enabled devices will be able to turn on/off their console, launch games, capture screenshots, and more using simple voice commands. Dolby Vision streaming and additional Narrator language support round out the month’s new features; learn all about them in Microsoft’s announcement post.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Avatars served as the butt of many jokes last generation, but they were still a neat idea in concept. Hopefully, Microsoft has come up with more interesting uses for them this generation, and isn't focusing all of its efforts on the real-money Avatar store.

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:30 am

Two Post-Launch DLC Confirmed For Darksiders III

THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games released tantalizing new details on the game's post-launch content today. The Crucible and Keepers of the Void are two separate adventures that will introduce new playable areas, challenges, puzzles, items, and enemies to Darksiders III once you finish the game.

After six years, players finally return to Gunfire Games' hack and slash action-adventure as Fury, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She quests to restore the balance between good and evil and prove that she is the fiercest of the four horseman by hunting down the seven deadly sins. 

In The Crucible, Fury is summoned by an unknown entity to battle endless hordes of enemies to prove her skills. Successfully complete the challenges to receive new rewards and items

Keepers of the Void sets Fury off on a quest from Vulgrim into the Serpent Holes to investigate rumors of a deadly ancient threat. Triumph over a myriad of puzzles and enemies to unlock weapons from the Hollows and the ultimate prize: The Abyssal Armor.

Darksiders III launches on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC November 27.  THQ Nordic and Gunfire Games haven't confirmed the release date for the DLC but if you are interested in learning more about the game, watch us play through a section of it and get the scoop on which previous protagonists will make an appearance. 

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 7:25 am

Fortnite's Android Beta Is Live

Fortnite first jumped into the mobile scene back in April, but Epic Games' crazy popular battle royale game alluded Android owners, until now. No need for an invitation, you can grab the Android beta from Fortnite.com/android. Fortnite's official twitter encourages players to "squad up" and download the beta today.

https://twitter.com/FortniteGame/status/1050403746499452928

Not sure your phone is up to the task? Here are Fortnite's recommended specs on Android:

This announcement comes right on the heels of news that Epic Games purchased Helsinki-based Kamu. This start-up is best know for its Easy Anti-Cheat software with which Epic promises to cut down on Fortnite cheaters. 

Android players joining now can also look forward to Fortnite's rumored upcoming Halloween skins. Some of the highly anticipated seasonal goodies were recently leaked and have players amped for the spookiest time of the year. If scary isn't your style, Epic also teased a limited-time Disco Domination event. Not much is known about the new mode, but who wouldn't be excited to parachute into a dance battle royale?

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 5:58 am

Ubisoft Quebec Earns Best Franchise Launch Week With Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey had a big launch week, so much so it set a new record for the franchise's opening sales for this current console generation.

While Ubisoft didn't provide specific numbers, the publisher did release a press release, confirming the new milestone.  "We are incredibly proud of what the team accomplished with Assassin's Creed Odyssey and humbled by the amazing reception from critics and players," says senior vice president of sales and marketing Geoffroy Sardin. "Based on the quality of the game and the very encouraging reactions from players, we expect  Odyssey to be one of the top performing Assassin's Creed games of all-time."

This is extremely encouraging for the studio, as its last Assassin's Creed efforts didn't have as promising numbers. Ubisoft Quebec previously worked on Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which was a solid entry, but suffered from following Assassin's Creed Unity's troubled launch. Syndicate's sales didn't hit the high bar expected, but picked up some pace in subsequent weeks. The following release, Assassin's Creed Origins, introduced some much-needed changes for the juggernaut franchise, giving it new lifeblood with more RPG and story-focused elements. It doubled the sales of Syndicate. Odyssey is continuing to capitalize on that success alongside providing an enticing new setting with Ancient Greece.

Sardin also took the time to assure fans that more Odyssey is on the way with "robust content plans." So far Ubisoft is using an episodic structure to deepen the storytelling. Season pass owners can access two major storylines, Legacy of the First Blade and The Fate of Atlantic. Each features three episodes and free story missions

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more, you can read our review here, or check out these tips for getting started

Posted on 12 October 2018 | 5:51 am

Get A First Look At Surreal Adventure Game Creaks In Debut Trailer

Amanita Design has revealed a trailer and a few details about its upcoming adventure game, Creaks. Creaks seems to follow in the trail of the studio's previous work, with a whimsical art style and puzzle-focused gameplay. But, if the trailer can be interpreted, this game explores the idea of what lies behind those creaky walls in an old house.

Amanita Design has won praise for its previous games, including Machinarium and Botanicula.

Creaks is targeting release on PC and consoles in 2019.  

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 11:28 am

Lego Brick Bastion Available At Blizzard Gear Store For A Limited Time

In anticipation of the full launch of Lego Overwatch building sets, fans of the hero shooter can now purchase a limited edition Omnic Crisis-skinned Bastion build at the Blizzard gear store for $25.

Standing over four inches tall, the Blizzard-exclusive features a Lego brick display plate, swiveling waist, movable arms and a machine gun right arm all in Omnic Crisis orange. Fans will also be happy to see Bastion’s cardinal companion, Ganymede, able to perch upon his right shoulder in matching Omnic skin.  

If fans miss their chance at the gear store, they can also purchase the brick version of their favorite robotic sentry onsite at BlizzCon 2018, which takes place November 2 and 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 8:59 am

Destiny 2: Festival Of The Lost 2018 Detailed

Bungie today offered details about what Guardians can expect to discover in this year’s Festival of the Lost, which is set to run from October 16 to November 6. While the event has yet to begin, the initial announcement suggests that the event is significantly more robust and feature-rich than some players have come to expect.

In addition to an engram-themed redecoration of the Tower, there are several discrete activities and collectibles to pursue as well. The character Eva Levante used to be the centerpiece character of the Festival, but she has been missing since the events of Destiny 2’s core game. Instead, Shipwright Amanda Holliday will step up as the main vendor for this year’s event. She will offer daily bounties that reward fragmented souls – this new currency, in turn, can be used to purchase new masks, as well as a new legendary auto rifle called Horror Story.

A new activity area is also opening up called the Haunted Forest. Inside, players attack enemies and see how deep into the area they can reach in 15 minutes, with the challenges becoming more difficult the further in you go. Bungie doesn’t offer a lot of additional detail about this new locale and activity, so we don’t know if the Haunted Forest will come along with any specific loot. The Haunted Forest is available to play solo, with a premade team, or with matchmaking – a fact that will come as welcome news to many players frustrated by the absence of matchmaking for modes like Escalation Protocol and Blind Well.

Festival of the Lost will also serve as the launching ground for a multi-week murder mystery, beginning on October 30. Master Ives, the Cryptarch of the Vestian Outpost from the original Destiny, has been killed, and players must figure out who did the deed. The connected quest line includes a new powerful engram to be earned each week, so it’s one more way to level up. We clarified with Bungie, and while the Festival of the Lost will only run until November 6, the new powerful engram and its weekly reward will continue on past that conclusion date for a few additional weeks.

As players level up throughout the Festival of the Lost, you’ll also gain a new Eververse Ephemeral Engram with each level passed, along with the standard Steadfast Engram you always get. The Ephemeral Engram seems to feature a number of new rewards, including ships, Ghost shells, and emotes. This new engram type can also be purchased using real money. Tess will also sell a selection of specific items from the event for direct purchase using Bright Dust.

Festival of the Lost will be available to all Destiny 2 players (regardless of expansions owned), and on all its platforms - PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: Bungie]

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 8:34 am

Netflix’s The Witcher Has Found Its Ciri

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, showrunner of Netflix’s upcoming The Witcher revealed the casting for two of the series’ most important female leads. Joining Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Ciri will be played by Freya Allan from The War of the Worlds, and Yennefer of Vengerberg will be played by Anya Chalotra from The ABC Murders.

This announcement comes a few months after Hissrich left Twitter following an online backlash over a casting call that purportedly was looking for non-white actresses to play Ciri. Hissrich has since returned to social media. 

A princess with mystical powers, Ciri is a central character in CD Projekt Red’s critically-acclaimed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and a major character in the books that inspired the games, penned by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Yennefer, meanwhile, is a powerful sorceress and maternal figure to Ciri, and is the primary love interest of protagonist Geralt.

Filling out the remaining cast is Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe and Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as Eist, her husband and the king of Cintra. Adam Levy will play the druid, Mousesack; MyAnna Buring will play Tissia, the head of the magical academy at Aretuza; Mimi Ndiweni and Therica Wilson-Read will both play novice sorcerers; and Millie Brady will play the role of the outcast Princess Renfri.

In her interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Hissrich discussed using the books as her main influence and trying to steer away from the video games as the “sole representation" of the Witcher universe. 

As of yet, no release date has been announced, but Hissrich in her interview with the Hollywood Reporter did confirm that production is starting soon.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 8:13 am

Return Of The Obra Dinn Gets Release Date

Lucas Pope, developer of the eerie insurance mystery game Return Of The Obra Dinn, took to Twitter to announce the game's impending release next Thursday. 

https://twitter.com/dukope/status/1050076169800839169

Though he had previously stated the game would be launching in Fall this year, his abrupt text this morning is the first official word on Obra Dinn's release date.

In many ways, the unusual announcement suits the game in which you play as an insurance agent for the East India Company confronted with a vessel that suddenly reappeared without its crew. The game's unsettling aura is enhanced with its low-tech graphics; a new variation of the technique Pope also exploited in his last game Papers, Please.

The Return of the Obra Dinn will release on PC and Mac October 18. Check out our preview of the game and Game Informer's impressions of an early version if you're interested in diving into The Return of the Obra Dinn next week. 

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 7:50 am

Fallout 76 Stress Test Begins This Weekend On Xbox One

If you preordered Fallout 76 (digitally or physically), are a part of Xbox Insider, and live in North America, you have a chance to play Fallout 76 this weekend. This surprise play session will help Bethesda prepare for the larger Break It Early Test Application beta, which hits at the end of October and runs up until the game's launch.

Bethesda says this stress test is not the beta, and progress made within it will not carry over to the final game. Even if you match all of the criteria above, not everyone will get into the test. Bethesda says "you may be selected."

You'll know you are in the test by going into the Xbox Insider App and looking under content for the "Fallout 76 Stress Test." If it's there, you're on your way to West Virginia.

For more details on Fallout 76, check out my impressions piece which contains roughly three hours of footage of the game in action.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 7:32 am

New Trailer Details For Honor's Upcoming Marching Fire Expansion

For Honor is launching its latest expansion, Marching Fire, on October 16. This coincides with a huge free update. Without buying the new expansion, For Honor players will have access to breach mode, revamped graphics, an updated user interface, and a new dialogue system. After an initial early access period, players without Marching Fire can also unlock the four new Wu Lin faction fighters with Steel, For Honor's in-game currency. They can also be invited to join in arcade mode by a friend who owns the expansion. 

According to Ubisoft, Marching Fire is For Honor's largest update since it launched in 2017. Marching Fire introduces several new elements to the game including its new faction. Joining knights, vikings, and samurai in the battle for domination are the Wu Lin heroes. In a direction shift for the game, these deadly warriors are traveling west from China and will all have detailed backstories to add to the game's lore. 

Breach mode, available to everyone who owns For Honor, is a 4v4 PvP mode that challenges teams to either attack or defend a fortress. The castle doors can be assaulted with a massive battering ram, siege weapons, and an army of minions, pikemen, and archers.

You can take on For Honor's new PvE events in arcade mode solo or with a friend. The randomly generated combat will increase your gear score and reputation level, all of which will transfer over to multiplayer. 

The Marching Fire expansion and free update will release on October 16. Check out our For Honor review and some Marching Fire gameplay if you're interested in learning more about the game.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 7:04 am

Exclusive Card Reveal: Seven Cards From Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sun & Moon – Lost Thunder

Pokémon continues to roll out multiple new expansions to its Trading Card Game every year. With the latest, Sun & Moon – Lost Thunder, on the horizon, fans are naturally eager to learn about the new cards.

In advance of the new expansion's release, I got a sneak peek at seven new cards coming to Pokémon TCG. These cards range from a standard evolved monster to Trainer cards, but the headliners are certainly the beautiful Pokémon-GX cards. Check out the cards below. 

The new expansion claims to fuse "the new with the traditional." When Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Lost Thunder launches, it will bring with it more than 210 new cards, making it the most robust expansion of the year so far. The expansion also features seven Prism Star cards for Pokémon like Ditto and Celebi, and 13 Pokémon-GX cards for creatures like Lugia and Zeraora. Four Ultra Beasts will also be featured in the expansion, and players can collect more than 20 trainer cards.

If you want to try out the Lost Thunder expansion early, Pokémon TCG is holding several pre-release tournaments from October 20 - 28. You can find an event near you by heading here.

For most new Pokémon TCG expansions, we crack open a ton of booster packs and show off the coolest cards we pulled. Check out our galleries from past expansions below, and look forward to our gallery of Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon – Lost Thunder when it hits stores on November 2.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 6:55 am

Two Million Players Raced Through Forza Horizon 4 In The First Week

This morning, Playground Games studio director Gavin Raeburn published a post on Xbox Wire celebrating the serious traction Forza Horizon 4 has gained. Two million players are already racing around virtual Britain.

The post announced that Forza Horizon 4 is now the “highest-rated Xbox exclusive of this generation" and maintains the series’ lead as “best-selling racing franchise of this console generation.” Other stats from the post include 4.6 million hours of gameplay watched over Mixer, Twitch, YouTube and Facebook as of October 9; as well as 822.7 million miles logged, 74.4 million cars owned, and over 377.7 million roads discovered.

In addition to the numbers, an Inside Xbox interview with Playground Games creative director Ralph Fulton in September revealed that fans will have the highly-requested Route Creator feature to look forward to on October 25.

Forza Horizon 4 is available now on Xbox One and PC. Fans with a need for speed, and a need to keep their wallets intact, can play the standard edition for free with Xbox Games Pass. For more exclusive news and info take a pit stop at our Forza Horizon 4 news hub. Or check out our review where we discuss how this racing simulator stacks up against the competition. 

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 6:30 am

Cargo Runs Sail Their Way Into Sea Of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is in the process of fleshing out its gameplay experience, which is welcome news for the pirate game, since its launch was cited as relatively shallow by many players. The Forsaken Shores expansion has been rolling out new content, and today sees the arrival of a brand new mission type: Cargo Runs.

Cargo Runs help you gain reputation with the Merchant Alliance. By taking on a Cargo Run, you head to an Outpost or Seapost to pick up your cargo, and there you’ll get info on where to deliver it. This new mission type is distinct from previous (and similar) styles of missions because you’re provided with the items to transport without having to scavenge for them, and these Cargo Runs can be tackled alongside other active voyages, allowing you to stack objectives.

Cargo Runs are available in-game as of today.

You can learn more about Cargo Runs in the previously released video explaining the new mission type.

[Source: Sea Of Thieves Official Blog]

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 6:22 am

Overwatch League's Second Season Begins In 2019

The second season of Overwatch League begins on February 14, 2019. While many of you may have Valentine's Day obligations then, the second season brings a number of interesting developments you may want to sneak off to check out. The biggest is the addition of eight new teams, which brings the league's total up to twenty eight. Half of these teams – Paris, Washington D.C, Atlanta, and Toronto – fall into the Atlantic Division, and the other half – Vancouver, Chengdu, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou – enter the Pacific Division.

Each team will play 28 matches in Los Angeles' Blizzard Arena over four five-week stages. Overwatch League is adopting a seeded play off bracket for the stage finals. The division winners advance, as do the next four teams with the best records. Division winners take the number one and two seeds.

The post season uses a similar format, but adds two additional teams which are selected from a play-in tournament at the end of Stage 4 that sees the seventh through twelfth place teams in lose-or-go-home battles.

The All-Star game is now held between stages two and three, opposed to after the season concludes. Teams will also get longer breaks to rest players, meaning they may not play a match for a full week.

Let us know your thoughts on Overwatch League in the comments section below. Did you tune in for the competitions or just to get the unique Overwatch skins?

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 4:07 am

The Mystery Of Meltan, The Newest Pokémon, Continues To Grow

The official Pokémon YouTube channel shared a new video that focuses on Meltan, the odd hex-nut creature that began showing up in Pokémon Go unexpectedly in September. The video, which doesn't include any in-game footage, provides research data on this new species. We learn its body is made of liquid metal, and it can absorb other metals it comes in contact with. We then see a number of Meltan gathered closely together. The screen flashes white, we hear a deeper Meltan voice, and then see a shadow of what appears to be an evolved form of this odd creature.

Meltan can still be caught in Pokémon Go, but is not listed in the Pokédex yet. It appears the true mystery of this creature will unfold when Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee, and Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu hit Nintendo Switch on November 16.


Posted on 11 October 2018 | 3:42 am

Nintendo Switch Online Subscribers Receive Access To An Easier Version Of The Original The Legend Of Zelda

Nintendo followed through with its earlier announcement of NES titles like Solomon's Key and Super Dodge Ball coming to the catalog for Nintendo Switch Online users. However, a surprise game was also included in that bunch. Well, a surprise remix anyway.

The Legend of Zelda – Living the Life of Luxury is essentially an easier version of the original The Legend Of Zelda, giving the player access to items like The White Sword and The Magical Shield as well as "a lot of rupees." Beating this version of the game opens access to another, harder version called "Second Quest."

The title is available now free for subscribers to the service. 

For more on Nintendo Switch Online and its catalog of NES games, head here.

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 3:16 am

Gamers Can Change Their PSN Online ID In Early 2019

Sony has officially announced the news that many PlayStation fans have been waiting for: Users will be able to change their PSN Online ID starting in early 2019.

The first change is free, and subsequent changes will cost $4.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers and $9.99 for non-members. The change can be made through the settings menu or your profile page on your PS4.

The company will start testing the feature soon in a beta through the PlayStation Preview Program and can be tested by select users who have previously participated in PS4 system software betas.

Some other details regarding the feature:

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 11 October 2018 | 2:42 am

Scientists Use Fortnite To Talk About Climate Change

Fortnite feels like the biggest thing on the planet right now, so it makes sense that some clever Twitch streamers have started using it as a platform to teach viewers about this crazy planet. According to Wired, ClimateFortnite is a channel full of climate scientists who discuss global warming while playing Epic's popular battle royal game.

"It builds a community where people can ask the hard questions directly to an expert," ClimateFortnite host Henri Drake told Wired. "For a topic like climate change that is steeped in misinformation, direct access to experts is crucial."

ClimateFortnite has a megar following, but this is an inventive use of Epic's game and the Twich streaming service, and we're interested to see if other scientists follow suit. The Wired article is full of even more details on ClimateFortnite and climate change, so check it out if you have a chance. 

[Source: Wired]

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 12:22 pm

James Gunn Hired To Write (And Possibly Direct) The Next Suicide Squad

James Gunn, former director of the popular Guardian’s of the Galaxy franchise, has been hired on to write DC's next Suicide Squad film. Gunn is also being looked at to possibly direct.

This news comes months after Disney’s controversial decision to fire Gunn from directing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after some unsavory tweets made by Gunn a decade ago were unearthed. Following his departure, it is significant that Gunn has chosen Marvel's rival, DC Entertainment for his next project. The filmmaker is also currently working on a horror film titled BrightBurn, which is set to release next May. 

For the next Suicide Squad, Gunn says he'll take a new approach, so this may or may not be a sequel to the David Ayer-directed film in 2016. With a solid track record directing successful films about a motley cast of anti-heroes, Gunn makes a ton of sense here, and could be just what the DC cinematic universe needs right now.

So far, the new Suicide Squad film does not have a release date.

[Source: Deadline]

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 11:28 am

Indie Farming Simulator Stardew Valley Is Coming To Mobile

The indie farming simulation Starew Valley was a delight. If you missed out on the original release, you'll have even more reasons to check it out because the Harvest Moon-inspired title is now coming to mobile. Stardew Valley releases for iOS on October 24.

🌾 Surprise! 🌾 #StardewValley by @ConcernedApe is coming to Mobile!

Coming first to the iOS App Store on October 24th! Pre-Orders available from today. Check out the launch trailer:

🎥 Trailer: https://t.co/RlDSEabyV8
📝 Blog: https://t.co/QnlmvDw75e pic.twitter.com/EcuEEXlKBo

— Chucklefish Games (@ChucklefishLTD) October 9, 2018

For more on the game, watch our interview with developer Eric Barone where he talks about its long development.

 

This is a surprise. I devoted nearly 100 hours of my life to building a farm in Stardew Valley on PC, so it will be nice to have it on the go. Hopefully this opens the market to a whole new audience.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 10:33 am

Epic Acquires Easy Anti-Cheat Company For Fortnite

Epic Games is strongly against cheating in Fortnite, the company's immensely popular battle royale game, and now the studio is putting its money where its mouth is. Epic has acquired Kamu, a start-up company based in Finland best known for Easy Anti-Cheat software. Epic is already using this product, but Kamu promises this move will better support "the live management of player satisfaction, community building, and game integrity." 

Kamu's software is currently serving more than 80 games and is installed by over 100 million PC players globally. For now, it looks like that will continue. However, with Epic now at the helm, it remains to be seen how that could change. 

This acquisition also puts Epic's foot in the Finland market. In their press release, Kamu explains "Epic’s new presence in Helsinki will serve as a base for recruiting technology, engine, and online service developers." For now, you can play Fortnite knowing the battle against cheaters wages on. 

Fortnite just kicked off its darkly themed sixth season, you can read all about the new additions here. Also, Epic recently released a bundle for the Nintendo Switch to entice fans, both new and old. 

[Source: TechCrunch]

 

It's great that Epic is taking a clear step to curb cheating in Fortnite. There's nothing more frustrating than knowing my win was stolen, and nothing makes me rage quit faster.  But really, I'm interested in seeing what non-Fortnite details come out of this. Is Epic Games recruiting in Finland? Will Fortnite force other games to dump their anti-cheating software or raise the price? It will be interesting to see what happens.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 10:00 am

Stories Untold Developer Reveals New Game Observation

No Code, award winning creators of Stories Untold, and Devolver Digital are jumping back into the horror genre with Observation. In this sci-fi thriller, something has gone terribly wrong with your space station and the crew has vanished. However, you won’t solve this mystery as a human protagonist, but rather as the station AI, S.A.M. In the game, players operate the station’s control systems, cameras, and tools to help one survivor uncover the truth.

No stranger to interactive suspense, No Code’s Stories Untold bagged an 8.25 from Game Informer back in 2017. Javy praised its impressive atmosphere and nuanced thrills. For their third full release, No Code is “scaling up considerably” to craft Observation, and the team is pulling inspiration from its current staff, some of whom worked on Alien: Isolation.

Observation will release on PlayStation 4 and PC next Spring.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 8:30 am

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Recieves A Physical Release

This morning, Microsoft and 505 revealed that, this holiday season, the critically-praised Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will be available on store shelves for the first time ever.

Developed by Ninja Theory, the developer behind titles like Heavenly Sword and Devil May Cry, Hellblade follows the story of a Celtic warrior battling her inner demons as she ventures into hell to save the soul of her deceased lover. Created with the help of neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, the game aimed to offer a realistic portrayal of mental illness.

A critical and commercial success, the game sold over one million digital copies and won five 2018 BAFTA Games Awards and three 2017 Games Awards. Hellblade has been praised for its excellent audio design and the motion capture performance given by Melina Juergens, who played Senua.

Micosoft will publish Hellblade on Xbox One while 505 will be handling the PS4 edition. Both versions will hit store shelves on December 4 for $29.99. If you still haven't played the game, be sure to check out our Hellblade news hub for behind-the-scenes stories and interviews. Also, read our review where we go more in-depth on Senua's nightmarish journey.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 7:33 am

Report: Microsoft Could Buy Pillars Of Eternity Creators Obsidian

Kotaku recently reported and Microsoft is close to inking a deal to purchase the independent developer Obsidian Entertainment. According to the report, the deal is “90%” finished.

Obsidian is best known for its work on RPG series like Knights of the Old Republic II, and Fallout: New Vegas, and most recently the Pillars of Eternity series. Obsidian is currently in a contract to make a new RPG with Private Division, a label within Take-Two Interactive. Fallout creators Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarksy are helming this new project, but It remains to be seen how a Microsoft buyout could effect the game.

Neither Microsoft or Obsidian have confirmed the rumor, but we've reach out to both companies for a comment. A Microsoft spokesperson said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation.”

[Source: Kotaku]

 

This is still a rumor, but it does have some merit. At E3, Microsoft announced the acquisition of several companies, such as Ninja Theory, Playground Games, and Compulsion. Recently, Microsoft has been on the move to renew it's push into the games marekt, so if this is true, it could mean good things for Xbox owners in the coming years.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 6:38 am

Gen 4 Pokémon Coming Soon To Pokémon Go

Get ready to explore that tall grass. Pokémon from Diamond and Pearl will soon be populating the world of Pokémon Go. Niantic recently announced that, in addition to the new critters from the Sinnoh Region, the developer will be adding a few added tweaks to the game, such as:

Niantic hasn't provided an exact date for these updates, or if the Gen-4 Pokémon will be dished out in waves like Gen 3 was, but the developer said to expect these new Pokémon "soon." In the meantime make sure you make the most of your time with Pokémon Go by reading our Summer Guide.

[Source: Pokémon]

 

This is exciting for Pokémon Go fans, who are always on the lookout for new creatures to add to their collection. It's hard to believe that Pokémon Go is more than two years old at this point. Impressivly, Niantic has maintained a high degree of popularity since its explosive launch, and has made impressive strides in improving the game for its community over the years.

Posted on 10 October 2018 | 5:33 am