Massively Multiplayer Genre RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Massively Multiplayer on GameSkinny https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Atlus Unveils Persona 5: The Royal, With More Info Teased for April 24 https://www.gameskinny.com/5fomb/atlus-unveils-persona-5-the-royal-with-more-info-teased-for-april-24 https://www.gameskinny.com/5fomb/atlus-unveils-persona-5-the-royal-with-more-info-teased-for-april-24 Sat, 23 Mar 2019 12:35:28 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

As promised, Atlus officially revealed Persona 5: The Royal, a brand-new Persona 5 RPG set to release for PlayStation 4. The announcement came today after the anime special Persona 5: The Stars and Ours.

While not much is revealed in the trailer, which you can see above, there are some noteworthy points of interest.

The trailer shows Shibuya Square, an important location in P5, with crowds of people looking up at the display screens in a downpour. The trailer then provides a few shots of a young, red-haired female standing alone in the crowd without an umbrella, before highlighting a few key aspects about her.

Naturally, the trailer is in Japanese, but the folks at Gematsu translated the  dialogue.

As the trailer opens, a voice asks "What do you think of the Phantom Thieves?” 

The female character responds:

I think helping people is a wonderful thing, but if I had to say, I don’t like them. I don’t think the Phantom Thieves’ methods will make the world a better place or help anyone. In the end, I feel like you can only solve that yourself.

The trailer offers nothing else, except announcing that more information will be revealed on April 24, the date of the Persona Super Live Concert.

While some aspects of the announcement might still be nebulous, one thing is certain: the "Royal" in the title isn't designating this as a fighting game or battle royale. The official P5R site has been updated saying P5: The Royal is an RPG.

Atlus is known for releasing expanded remakes of modern Persona games shortly after the original games release. Persona 3 received two: Persona 3 FES for PlayStation 2 and Persona 3 Portable for PlayStation Portable.

FES added a substantial endgame scenario that, while underwhelming from a gameplay perspective, greatly enhanced the story and characters. P3P included a female protagonist which was more than just a gender swap. It provided a new perspective on the story and characters, including new Social Links and a different take on established characters.

Persona 4 received a combination of the two approaches with Persona 4: Golden. It offered new Social Links; a new character, Marie, who was used to develop the game's foundational themes to a greater extent; and some new post-game scenarios and dungeons.

Despite initial appearances, what with the PlayStation 4 logo displaying at the trailer's beginning, it's also uncertain whether Persona 5, in any form, will make its way to the Nintendo Switch.

Toward the end of February, Twitter user DrHyperCake posted some information mined from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's update files related to Persona 5's Joker and his upcoming appearance in the game. There's the well-known file with code referencing Joker himself, with Atlus' naming convention for protagonists, Jack.

However, there are also strings referring to a "Jane" with a ponytail. Whether this means the female character will actually be a new protagonist or simply a skin for Joker in Smash, or The Royal or Persona 5 will be on the Switch, fans will just have to wait until April 24 to find out.

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Blizzard Restricts WoW Classic Loot Trading Of Soulbound Items To Raids https://www.gameskinny.com/gy965/blizzard-restricts-wow-classic-loot-trading-of-soulbound-items-to-raids https://www.gameskinny.com/gy965/blizzard-restricts-wow-classic-loot-trading-of-soulbound-items-to-raids Sat, 23 Mar 2019 14:14:47 -0400 QuintLyn

Since first revealing World of Warcraft Classic at last year's BlizzCon, Blizzard has made a few adjustments to some of its plans for the game. Recently, the company announced that while it woud add loot trading for Soulbound gear to WoW Classic, it would be limited to raids.

Loot trading was not a feature in Vanilla WoW. In fact, the functionality was added in Wrath of the Lich King to address to make things easier for both players and the game's support team. Before implementing loot trading, both parties were often require to jump through a series of hoops when the wrong member of a party accidentally ended up with loot intended for someone else.

Prior to the addition of loot trading, the only way to fix this issue would be for players to contact Blizzard support and ask them to transfer the item to the proper player or party.

The process was immediate. Hence the implementation of the system, which cut out the middle man and the wait. 

However, players voiced concerns with the system. Mostly, they were worried that players who plugged into a group of players who knew each other might end up shafted by the other members in their party who could conspire to keep them from getting loot.

The concern was primarily addressed for five-member parties. Raiders, on the other hand, accepted that it was the nature of large group play. So, to address the issue, Blizzard has decided that the trading of Soulbound loot can only occur in raids. Any Soulbound loot that drops in five-man content will remain untradeable.

That said, even the trading of Soulbound loot in raids has its limits. Those who end up with items they want to trade will only be able to do it for up to two hours after the item is obtained. After that, they're stuck with it.

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GameSkinny Weekend Download: Stadia, The Division 2, Vampire The Masquerade, and More https://www.gameskinny.com/eta3q/gameskinny-weekend-download-stadia-the-division-2-vampire-the-masquerade-and-more https://www.gameskinny.com/eta3q/gameskinny-weekend-download-stadia-the-division-2-vampire-the-masquerade-and-more Sat, 23 Mar 2019 09:45:58 -0400 GS_Staff

We know you're busy AF and don't have time to read everything we publish. We also know that like most of us, you probably like having things delivered straight to your digital doorstep. 

Here's most of everything we published this week in one easy to digest roundup, including all things Stadia, The Division 2, and Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2.

We've added links in case you find a headline that tickles your fancy and want to read more. We've also broken things down by category to make it as easy  to find what you're looking for. And finally, we've left out posts that are now meaningless because the event or sale has already ended. 

Sit back. Relax. Enjoy.  

News

  • Devil May Cry 5 is Getting a Brand-New (Free) Survival Mode on April 1
    Capcom said the new mode, dubbed Bloody Palace, is not an April Fool's joke, and players can look forward to timed arena battles facing off against hordes of enemies and bosses. Read more

  • The Division 2 Tops UK Charts, But Sells Just 20% of Division 1's Initial Figures
    Ubisoft's latest game gets off to a rocky start, with some strong figures in the sales charts that fall far short of expectations. Read more

  • Ubisoft Fixes The Division 2 Skill Bug, But Problems Remain
    The Division 2's skill-busting bug gets a fix, but Ubisoft says it's still investigating the cause of the problem and why Extra and Overlap talents seem to be creating glitches. Read more

  • Division 2 World Tier Glitch Still Affecting Players After Patch
    The Division 2's World Tier bug keeps players from progressing through the endgame content, and has defied Ubisoft's attempts to fix the problem. Read more

  • The New 8-Bit Heroes Introduces NESmaker, Software That Lets You Create NES Games
    NESmaker requires no programming knowledge and lets you make NES games from scratch for emulation or on physical cartridges. Read more

  • Microsoft's "Halo Insider Program" Gives Fans A New Way To Offer Input On Games
    Halo fans can now sign up for the Halo insider Program and participate in special early testing for upcoming games, products, and services. Read more

  • Generation Zero Takes Players To Alternate 1980s Sweden Filled With Hostile Robots
    THQ Nordic's Generation Zero is set to release later this month. Here's a look at what players can expect from the open-world co-op FPS. Read more

  • Splatoon 2 Getting Special Demo, Free Trial, and Digital Discount
    One of Nintendo's hottest evergreen titles is getting a special timed demo that lets you experience some of the game's most popular modes and offers a 20% discount on the game's digital version as well. Read more

  • Roguelite Sparklite Gets Shiny New Teaser Trailer
    A brand-new indie roguelite adventure is making its way to consoles and PC this fall, with action, exploration, retro graphics, and plenty of gadgets. Read more

  • Get Your First Look At SHODAN In The New System Shock 3 Teaser
    Get your first look at the upcoming installment of the System Shock series in the teaser trailer dropped at GDC. Read more

  • Google Announces Cross-Platform Gaming Service Stadia at GDC 2019
    At its GDC 2019 keynote, Google announced Stadia, a game streaming service set to release later this year. Here's what we know about it so far. Read more

  • Stadia's Wi-Fi Controller Looks Familiar, But Features Google Assistant
    In addition to its cloud gaming service Stadia, Google also announced a controller for the platform, with features created around YouTube and the Google search engine. Read more

  • Former Ubisoft And EA Exec To Head Up Google's Stadia Games Division
    Former EA and Ubisoft exec joins Google to head up the Stadia Games and Entertainment Division. Read more

  • Just Like We All Thought, Stadia Will Require High Speed Internet
    As expected, you can't run Stadia well on just any old internet connection. Here's what Google said you'll need for 1080p and 4K. Read more

  • Google Stadia Will Support the Xbox Adaptive Controller
    There's some good news for players looking for accessibility options when using Google's Stadia. The Xbox Adaptive Controller is compatible with the service, at least on PC. Read more

  • Xaviant's The Culling Closing Online Components
    The early battle royale/survival mashup had a history of stops and starts, but lack of interest and funding means it's finally time to say goodbye. But is it? Read more

  • Konami Whips Up Hardcore Classic Collections for 50th Anniversary
    Including some of the company's most iconic games and franchises, three new collections from Konami will bring the nostalgia in 2019. Read more.
     
  • Apex Legends Season 1 Introduces Battle Pass, New Legend, More
    The long-awaited Wild Frontier update is here at last. We detail all the Apex Legends Season 1 rewards, battle pass pricing, new Legends, and more. Read more

  • Anthem Ranks as February's Best Selling Game
    It comes in as BioWare's second biggest-selling game in its first month sales, despite encountering a range of problems and poor reviews in that month. Read more

  • Indie Studio Brace Yourself Games Making Legend of Zelda Title, Cadence of Hyrule
    Cadence of Hyrule — Crypt of the Necrodancer featuring The Legend of Zelda combines Zelda tunes with Crypt of the Necrodancer gameplay. Read more

  • Epic Steals More Titles Out From Under Steam in The Outer Worlds, More
    Epic Games has a few more notches to add to its, "we got this game before Steam," belt, snagging The Outer Worlds and two other games. Read more

  • Tripwire Announces Killing Floor Double Feature For PlayStation 4
    A special Killing Floor bundle is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR in May. Read more

  • Cuphead is Coming to the Nintendo Switch This Spring
    Cuphead and Mugman are bringing the Dark Souls of Platformers to the Switch very soon. Read more

  • Oddworld Soulstorm, a Brand-New Oddworld Game, Gets Cinematic Teaser
    The long-awaited Oddworld Soulstorm finally gets a new teaser trailer, complete with an accompanying graphics breakdown video. Read more

  • Playcrafting Announces Speakers For 3rd Annual Women In Games Night
    Playcrafting will end its celebration of women in gaming with a special panel at the Microsoft Flagship Store on March 28. Read more

  • Metro: Exodus Outsells Its Predecessor on the Epic Store
    Deep Silver's Metro: Exodus saw a strong first month in sales, despite the controversy surrounding its change to the Epic Games Store. Read more

  • Check Out The Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer Before Closed Beta Starts
    Mortal Kombat 11 enters closed beta in less than a week. Before that, check out the latest character reveal trailer. Read more

  • Paradox Announces Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2
    The wait is over. Vampire: The Masquerade: Bloodlines fans are finally getting the sequel they've been waiting for. Read more

  • Georgia Esports League PantherLAN Event Hosts 11-College Tournament
    Watch college teams from all over the South compete in the Georgia Esports League PantherLAN event at Georgia State University on April 6. Read more

  • PlayStation Hosting State of Play Livestream Presentation on March 25
    It's Sony's first Nintendo Direct-style presentation, and it promises to deliver information about upcoming PlayStation 4 and PSVR software. Read more

  • Cyberpunk 2077 On Track To Release By 2021
    Cyberpunk 2077 fans will get their hands on the game by 2021, according to information released by CD Projekt Red. Read more

Reviews

  • The Division 2 Review: The Best Looter Shooter in Years
    The Division 2 is an improvement on the first game in almost every way, and it's both a fun game and a satisfying investment. Read more

  • Ape Out Review: Crushing Guns Set to Crashing Drums
    An Ape on the run looking for a way out is fierce to face, and fun to play as. Guide your ape to freedom, smashing any gun-wielding captors who get in your way! Read more

Culture

  • Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is Already a Steam Top-Seller
    The ascension of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 to the top of Steam's top-sellers list further proves the community is thirsty for a new bloodsucking RPG. Read more

  • Epic Games Wants to Police Its Content Better Than Steam
    The Epic Games Store won't feature as many games as Steam, partially because it refuses to allow any game that doesn't meet its quality standards. Read more

  • Olympus Has Fallen: How Ubisoft Made The Division 2’s Washington Siege, Weapon Sounds Realistic
    Game Director Mathias Karlson talks about the lengths to which Ubisoft went to make The Division 2 as realistic as possible. Read more. 

  • Early Impressions: Outlaws of the Old West Brings Survival (And Bugs Galore) To The American Plains
    If you ever wished Ark was set in the wild west, you've found your perfect survival game as long as you can look past a laundry list of bugs in early access. Read more

  • The Gaming Community Is Pensive About Google Stadia for Good Reason
    People are unsure about Google Stadia's capabilities, but does it even matter to core gamers anyway? Read more

  • Final Fantasy XV Proves Even Flawed Games Can Be a Great Time
    FFXV isn't the game the community wanted, but in its current state, it's still a greatly enjoyable experience. Read more

  • 8 Games and Franchises with the Biggest Translation Gaffes
    Video games are made or broken by the text that tells their stories. This is the story of 8 different games and franchises with some serious translation problems and how those errors came to be. Read more

  • 11 Best Weapons in The Division 2
    Not every gun in The Division 2 is created equal. This list shows you the best of the best, sans exotics. Read more

Guides

  • The Division 2 Guide: How to Upgrade the Crafting Bench
    Need to know how to bring your crafting in The Division 2 to the highest level? Then check out this full guide on how to upgrade the crafting bench. Learn more

  • The Division 2 Guide: Leveling and End Game Preparation
    Check this guide out for everything you need to know about leveling and getting ready for end game in The Division 2. Learn more.

  • How to Share Items, Gear, Loot in The Division 2
    Learn how to share items, gear, and loot with your teammates in this guide for The Division 2. Learn more

  • How to Get WW2 Uniform in The Division 2
    Follow this step-by-step guide to complete the Navy Hill mission and unlock a secret WW2 uniform in The Division 2. Learn more

  • How to Get the Chatterbox SMG in The Division 2
    The Chatterbox SMG is one of the most powerful exotic weapons players can get in The Division 2, but it involves some cache raiding in specific places. Learn more

  • The Division 2 Hyena Key and Chest Locations
    Faction keys are your ticket to rare and powerful loot, and this guide tells where to find Hyena keys, while also touching on Hyena chest locations. Learn more

  • Jaws.io Guide To Winning Every Match
    This guide shows you exactly how to use the map to your advantage in Jaws.io, as well as how to get the killshot as the hunter, and how to unlock skins. Learn more.

Check back next Saturday morning for more. 

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is Already a Steam Top-Seller https://www.gameskinny.com/jnv8c/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-is-already-a-steam-top-seller https://www.gameskinny.com/jnv8c/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-is-already-a-steam-top-seller Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:00:29 -0400 Jonathan Moore

In other unsurprising news, the just-announced Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is already a top-seller on Steam, coming in just behind Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Out of the Park Baseball 20

While it's true that Steam's top-sellers often fluctuate as often as the wind changes direction, Vampire ascending so quickly is news indeed. A game that won't launch before March 2020 pushing its way above recent releases such as Far Cry New Dawn and Devil May Cry 5 on the digital platform is evidence that series fans are thirsty for a new installment, and the Vampire's power still endures all these years later. 

First unveiled at GDC 2019 just last night, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to the 2004 darling, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. From what we know so far, the game will take place in Seattle during what developer's have said is the "Mass Embrace", a time when "countless fledgling vampires were created."

Pre-orders for the game are currently live on a handful of digital storefronts. 

Although the original game received mixed reviews when it released because of its seemingly unfinished state and technical issues, it has gone on to become an enduring classic within the horror genre. Because of its writing, exploration elements, and role-playing elements, Vampire continues to make "Best of" horror lists year after year. 

According to SteamCharts, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines still has a following on the platform, if small, bringing in around 62 players a month on average. Not too bad for a 15-year-old vampire RPG. 

In 2015, Paradox Interactive purchased White Wolf Publishing, the company responsible for creating the Vampire tabletop games, as well as other horror-centric analog RPGs, from CCP Games.

Following news of the acquisition, many thought a new Bloodlines announcement was imminent. However, Paradox remained mum on the subject until recently. 

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The Division 2 Hyena Key and Chest Locations https://www.gameskinny.com/m1cjd/the-division-2-hyena-key-and-chest-locations https://www.gameskinny.com/m1cjd/the-division-2-hyena-key-and-chest-locations Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:33:12 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 includes a wide range of postgame content, much of which revolves around taking on high-difficulty challenges. To successfully tackle these obstacles, you'll need some stronger gear and weapons.

To obtain those, you first need to find special faction chests, also called faction caches. These come in three types: Hyena chests, True Sons chests, and Outcast chests.

But there's a catch. Finding the chests doesn't let you open them automatically. Instead, you must also find a special key corresponding to the chest type. These keys are typically not found near the same areas their corresponding chests are, so you have to look elsewhere.

The Division 2 Hyena Key Locations

Unfortunately, the exact whereabouts of Hyena Keys and the other Faction Keys is a bit of a random thing. There are specific key cabinets you can check, but there's no guarantee looting said areas will give you what you're looking for.

The type of key in the cabinet depends on what faction is currently controlling the area you're in.

If it's the Hyena Faction, you stand a better chance of finding a Hyena Key in the cabinet. If you aren't in a faction-controlled area, then there's no influence on the type of key.

The most likely places for success are the various underground tunnels dotted around D.C., including the sewers.

As such, the game gives you plenty of areas you can potentially use for Hyena Key farming, and Faction Key farming in general.

For example, right behind where you start your first mission in D.C., at the south end of the White House lawn, you'll find an entrance to the underground.

As you can see from the image, the map displays a down-arrow in spots where you can descend underground.

Another place where you can enter the sewers and find Faction Keys includes Roosevelt Island.

There's another underground entrance west of the Safe House in West Potomac Park.

Just north of that location is another sewer, where you can find two key cabinets, then another one near the ladder at the end.

The Dark Recon Mission marker is near several sewer entrances as well.

The sewer to the west houses two keys, one to the right of the entrance and the other near a large door you encounter as you travel through.

North of the Dark Recon marker is yet another sewer with keys. Enter the sewer and go left, and then enter the room on the right. Near the Nitrogen Cannister is a key cabinet. The other is in the room with the red light. Follow the path around the computer room, and the cabinet is on the wall.

The Division 2 Hyena Chest Locations

The next logical step after amassing your horde of Hyena Keys is to find the corresponding chests, which have some of the game's best loot and weapons. 

Hyena Chests are fairly easy to find, though their contents are random. Nevertheless, they respawn following three criteria: after you leave the area or complete another mission — or after 24 hours, whichever comes first. If you don't get what you want the first time, you aren't completely out of luck.

Our guide for finding and assembling the Chatterbox SMG contains several Hyena chest locations, but there are some additional Hyena chests out there, ones that could contain exotic items unrelated to the Chatterbox.

Judiciary Square Hyena Chest

The area's second Hyena chest — not the one at the bottom of the elevator shaft — is at the area's eastern edge. Go in the alley next to the red brick building from the east until you reach a ladder.

Climb the ladder, enter a room and climb another ladder, and you'll emerge on the rooftop near the Hyena chest.

Federal Triangle Hyena Chests

Our Chatterbox guide mentions the Jefferson Trade Center Hyena chest location, but there are two more in the Federal Triangle area.

The first one is in a building to the northeast of the safe house. Head into the building's atrium, turn right to find a ladder, climb up the scaffolding, and shuffle along facing the left wall to find the Hyena chest

The second Federal Triangle Hyena chest is in the area's northeastern sector. If you stroll down the main street, you'll notice a multistory building whose bottom portion is yellow. Go down the alley there, climb up the ladder, and you'll find the Hyena chest on the roof.

District Union Arena Hyena Chest

There's one Hyena chest in the District Union Arena, and you can find it during a mission. Before going into the garage during the Eliminate the Hyena Council objective, head into the mall's ground floor. Across the hall from the stairs is  a room, and the chest is in there, near some ATM machines

Downtown East Hyena Chests

The Downtown East area has two chests very close to each other, near the Meret store. Go to the corner of H St NW and 9th St NW, and look for an entryway with green paint above it. Follow the corridor to emerge in front of the Meret store, and the first chest is inside, in the left corner.

Back outside, you'll see a rope that takes you back up to the street. Climb the rope, enter the cafe on the roof, and the Hyena chest is behind the bar.

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All of this is sure to keep you busy for a while, but if you're looking for some other tips and tricks to improve your time in D.C., check out our The Division 2 guides portal.

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PlayStation Hosting State of Play Livestream Presentation on March 25 https://www.gameskinny.com/j8j4h/playstation-hosting-state-of-play-livestream-presentation-on-march-25 https://www.gameskinny.com/j8j4h/playstation-hosting-state-of-play-livestream-presentation-on-march-25 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:15:54 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The past few months have made it evident that the games industry is changing rapidly. Steam isn't the biggest contender in the digital market anymore; Google is planning its own video game streaming service; and Microsoft and Nintendo might be teaming up for future partnerships and crossovers.

Sony's latest announcement further adds to the year's shakeups. In a first for the company, it announced a livestream presentation called State of Play, a presentation that strongly resembles Nintendo's much-loved — and successful — Nintendo Direct presentations.

Sony's State of Play is set to begin broadcast at 2 p.m. PDT/5p.m. EDT on March 25. Those that are interested can tune in for the broadcast via YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, or Facebook.

It's more than just a one-off too.

Sid Shuman, Sony's social media director, said Monday's presentation is the first episode of a new video showcase effort Sony plans to continue throughout the year.

This first episode will present upcoming PlayStation 4 and PSVR software, which presumably means games already announced, such as new trailers, new game announcements, and new gameplay footage.

What these games will be is a mystery to many. As of now, Sony only has a handful of exclusives announced for the rest of the year: The Last of Us 2, Death Stranding, Dreams, and Ghosts of Tsushima.

Shuman made no comment about how long the episode is expected to be. It could be these games receive all gameplay footage time, or perhaps Sony will take a further leaf from Nintendo's book and include non-exclusive or non-Sony games as well.

It's nothing but speculation at this point. 

Either way, it appears the State of Play is here to stay. In many ways, it's a rather overdue move on Sony's part, since the hallmark of good marketing and advertisement is making a personal connection with audiences, something Nintendo has excelled at for years since it started eschewing traditional means of announcements and advertisements.

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Pre-Order Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/hp2wv/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-pre-order-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/hp2wv/vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2-pre-order-guide Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:20:44 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Paradox Entertainment gave a surprise announcement recently that has fans eagerly waiting for 2020's first quarter: Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 is coming. The long-awaited sequel will arrive on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at an unspecified time during the first quarter of 2020, but PC pre-orders are already open.

There are three editions players can choose from: Standard Edition; Deluxe Edition: Unsanctioned; and Premium Edition: Blood Moon. Each comes with its own set of special bonuses.

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Standard Edition

The standard edition for PC comes with a digital copy of the game. However, pre-ordering the standard edition also gives players the First Blood pack, which includes some bonuses:

  • Digital Official Soundtrack
  • Retro Hunter Outfit
  • Civil War Saber Weapon Skin
  • Engraved Pistol Weapon Skin

The standard edition of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 can be pre-ordered for $59.99 from:

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Deluxe Edition: Unsanctioned

The Unsanctioned Edition includes the game, +24-hour early access, the First Blood Pack, and the expansive Unsanctioned Blood Pack:

  • In-Game art book
  • In-Game dev commentary featuring Brian Mitsoda
  • Smiling Jack outfit
  • Jeanette outfit
  • Severed Arm weapon skin
  • Sarcophagus Table
  • Damsel's Beret
  • Voerman Family Portrait
  • Stop Sign item

You can pre-order the Deluxe Edition: Unsanctioned for $69.99 from the following sites:

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Premium Edition: Blood Moon

Bloodlines 2's premium version, the Blood Moon edition, includes the First Blood Pack, the Unsanctioned Blood Pack, +24 hour early access, and the Season of the Wolf season pass. That season pass includes:

  • Story Pack 1
  • Story Pack 2
  • Expansion

Paradox hasn't provided any information yet about what these packs and expansions will consist of, but there seems to be a fair bit of content planned beyond the main game.

The Premium Blood Moon edition can be pre-ordered for $89.99 from:

The Paradox site currently states that pre-orders for the console versions will open at a later date, so check back for more information about Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 versions and pre-orders as it comes available.

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Cyberpunk 2077 On Track To Release By 2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/pi0k7/cyberpunk-2077-on-track-to-release-by-2021 https://www.gameskinny.com/pi0k7/cyberpunk-2077-on-track-to-release-by-2021 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:57:49 -0400 QuintLyn

Players won't have to wait five more years for Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red has confirmed the game will release by 2021, although a firm release window was not provided. 

The news comes via a post on the CDPR forums, which was later translated on Resetera, where CD Projekt mentions a second AAA game will be released around the same time as Cyberpunk 2077

As far as the strategy of the CD PROJEKT Capital Group for 2016-2021 is concerned, its plans to release the second AAA game by 2021 remain unchanged. We are currently focusing on the production and promotion of Cyberpunk, so we do not want to comment on further projects.

For anyone paying attention, it's no surprise players have been waiting with great anticipation for CD Projekt Red's next big project. That much is obvious considering how excited the internet became when the game's Twitter account went "beep" after about five years of silence, and then how 48 minutes of gameplay took over the world not long after. 

With Cyberpunk finally getting a (slightly) firmer release window, it's worth noting that the game won't be exclusive to any one storefront; most notably, the game won't be an Epic Games exclusive like Metro Exodus or The Division 2

CD Projekt Red has addressed exclusivity before, stating the company wants 2077 to be available to everyone. That's not considering CD Project also owns Good Old Games (GoG); if the game were to be exclusive anywhere, it would be exclusive there. 

That said, the company confirmed its stance yesterday after a fan inquired on Twitter if 2077 would be an Epic Games Store exclusive.

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How to Get the Chatterbox SMG in The Division 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/9eum5/how-to-get-the-chatterbox-smg-in-the-division-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/9eum5/how-to-get-the-chatterbox-smg-in-the-division-2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:06:25 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Tom Clancy's The Division 2 goes a long way in fixing the endgame errors of its predecessor by adding a wealth of postgame content players can enjoy. One particularly useful component of this content is finding powerful exotic weapons for raids and World Tier challenges — once the World Tier gets fixed, that is.

The Chatterbox SMG is, without a doubt, one of the best weapons in The Division 2 and among the most powerful exotic weapons, thanks to its three specific effects:

  • Incessant Chatter — each landed shot grants a 1% rate of fire increase, up to a total increase of 60%, which resets upon reloading
  • Box Mag — Each kill with the Chatterbox SMG refills your magazine by 20% and grants a 10-second buff. Each landed shot expands the magazine's capacity by 1, and the buff is capped at 60. All kills that take place during the buff will refill the expanded magazine as well.
  • Blabbermouth — If the Chatterbox SMG is holstered, reloading a gun within 5 seconds of a kill grants a 20% rate of fire increase for 10 seconds.

However, the question isn't how great it is, it's "How do you get the Chatterbox SMG?" 

Chatterbox SMG Parts

Like all exotic weapons in The Division 2, the Chatterbox SMG must be assembled from specific parts found in Hyena faction caches.

  • SMG: Loaded Canister
  • SMG: Creative Magazine
  • SMG: Modified Mods
  • The Lost Chatterbox Blueprint

You need Hyena keys to unlock faction caches, and if you don't know how to obtain those, check out our Hyena Key guide. But not just any cache will grant you these pieces for the Chatterbox SMG.

However, it's important to note there's no guarantee you'll land what you're looking for the first time you raid one of these caches. It might involve coming back a few times or playing in Freeplay mode.

There are a lot of Hyena chests around D.C., but we've narrowed down the Hyena chest locations that have a chance of dropping the Chatterbox SMG parts.

Because your chances of obtaining rare or exotic items from these caches increases with your crafting level, you might want to increase your Crafting Table to World Tier 4 level to cut down on the time it takes to get the necessary components.

Where to Find SMG: Loaded Cannister

The Loaded Cannister is found in Hyena caches in the Grand Washington Hotel mission.

One cache is in the toilet area under the sink, and another is on the roof to the right of the door.

 

Where to Find SMG: Creative Magazine

You'll find the Creative Magazine in the Jefferson Trade Center mission.

One Hyena cache is in the underground parking lot, specifically, the loading bay area at the back.

This is an area you can access in Freeplay mode as well. Hyena caches reset after you leave the area and should respawn upon your return.

 

Where to Find SMG: Modified Mods

You'll find Hyena caches with a chance to give you the Modified Mods in Judiciary Square.

One is in behind the mounted turret in the parking lot.

To get there, head to the police station, through the courtyard, and to the point where there are two doorways on your right. Take the elevator shaft to the bottom, and you'll be at the parking lot.

There are other caches in the same area, so if that one doesn't give you what you want, the others may. And like with the Jefferson Trade Center area, you can access Judiciary Square in Freeplay without starting a regular mission.

 

Where to Find the Lost Chatterbox Blueprint

The last component you need to assemble the Chatterbox SMG is the Lost Chatterbox Blueprint, and you'll find it in the Bank Headquarters Campus Settlement mission.

You'll be looking for the room with the large windows and multiple computer desks. On the left in that room is a small, hidden safe near the partition. Because it's hidden, you can't see it until the prompt to investigate appears.

Go to the wall and just shuffle along until the prompt pops up.

You'll find the RFID card that's used later in the same mission, but carry on until you reach the Vault, and go left after you enter it. Open the golden gate using the key card, and the Hyena cache will be there.

 

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While you might not get the most out of your new toy until Ubisoft fixes the World Tier glitch completely, you'll certainly be set for any challenge that comes your way, including the game's upcoming raids.

Be sure to check out our The Division 2 guides portal for more tips and tricks to help you reach the top of your game.

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How to Get WW2 Uniform in The Division 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/esb2a/how-to-get-ww2-uniform-in-the-division-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/esb2a/how-to-get-ww2-uniform-in-the-division-2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:34:00 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are a couple of secret missions in The Division 2, one of which lets you unlock a very rare WW2 uniform for your character. Unfortunately, this uniform doesn't give you any special protection perks. But for those with a fashion sense, it does look unique.

To get the uniform, you need to complete the hidden Navy Hill side quest that can be accessed at the part of the map shown below.

Here's what you need to do. 

Step 1: Talk to Jane Applegate

Before starting your secret mission, you need to talk to Jane Applegate, who will provide you with all of the necessary instructions.

To find Jane, travel to Foggy Bottom, which can be found in the south-western part of Washington (see the map above for exact location).

After you've arrived at the location, here's what you need to do:

  1. Follow the road to the west from the safe house.
  2. Find the point of interest indicated by an icon on your map.
  3. Go up the road and find the entrance to the room.
  4. Find the ladder that leads down into the sewers.
  5. Meet Jane in one of the underground rooms.

Talk to her, and she will send you to the old naval observatory on Navy Hill, where you will have to find the source of the strange signal.

Step 2: Complete the Navy Hill Mission

After you've finshed talking to Jane Applegate, a new marker will appear on your map. Follow it to the observatory building and search it.

Here is what you need to do once you're inside the building:

  1. Go up the stairs and remove the portrait from the wall.
  2. Press the button behind the portrait, which will open the secret door.
  3. Go up the hallway and enter the secret room.
  4. Enter the bunker at the end of the room.
  5. Collect the map behind the desk.
  6. Leave the room through the backdoor.

As soon as you leave the building your mission will be complete. As a reward for completing the mission, you will get a WW2 uniform.

For other The Division 2 guides at GameSkinny, be sure to check out the articles below:

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Paradox Announces Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8o1/paradox-announces-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/3g8o1/paradox-announces-vampire-the-masquerade-bloodlines-2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:57:44 -0400 QuintLyn

Working with Seattle based developer Hardsuit Labs, Paradox Interactive has announced the long-awaited sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, aptly titled Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2.

For a while now, Paradox has been teasing a game using an ARG built around the dating app Tender. And over the past week, activity on the company's Twitter account has increased, promising an announcement of some sort.

Since many were aware that Paradox purchased the rights to the World of Darkness games from CCP games in 2015, it was suspected the announcement would be something related to Vampire: The Masquerade games. That was further reinforced by images shared on social media.

Now we know. Bloodlines 2 is a direct sequel to the original game, although it takes place in a different city: Seattle. Based on what's been shown, Bloodlines 2 will, understandably, be a bit different than its 15-year-old predecessor simply by proxy of the evolution of technology.

That said, Hardsuit Labs has brought on the lead story writer from the first game to work on the new project, Brian Mitsoda. Mitsoda confirms the game will feel like a Bloodlines game.

As far as what will be different in Bloodlines 2, it seems the game will have a larger scope and offer players more in the way of choice. Everything from who the player was before becoming a vampire to the faction and clan they choose to be part of and choices made during gameplay will affect the story. New mechanics have also been added and combat has been improved.

Bloodlines 2 isn't due to release until the first quarter of 2020, but players can pre-order the game now via the game's official website, as well as on Good Old GamesSteam, the Epic Games Store, and the Paradox store.

The game will also be available on the PS4 and Xbox One. Console pre-orders are not yet live. 

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How to Share Items, Gear, Loot in The Division 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/w4eje/how-to-share-items-gear-loot-in-the-division-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/w4eje/how-to-share-items-gear-loot-in-the-division-2 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:12:12 -0400 John Schutt

When progressing through The Division 2, co-op is your best friend, whether you're matchmaking with random people from across the internet or with a group of friends.

But then someone gets a great drop, and it's exactly what you're looking for to create that insane build. Even better, they don't want it and you do. But how do they share items and loot with you?

Unlike games like Destiny 2 or Anthem, in The Division 2, Agents can share gear. This guide explains how. It's the simplest thing.

How to Share Items

Step 1: Open your inventory and select the menu of the gear type you want to drop.

Step 2: Go down to the item you want to drop and ensure it has a double arrow symbol next to it. See below image for what I'm talking about.

Step 3: Share the item. It will fall the ground and your teammates, or any agent in your instance if you're in the Dark Zone, will be able to grab it off the ground.

Note 1: Items are bound to a player's level until you've beaten the campaign, so if you give a teammate an item below their current level, they will be unable to use it until they've reached the proper level.

Note 2: Only new items can be shared. Items you've had in your inventory for more than an hour are locked to your character and can only be equipped, dismantled, and sold.

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And there you go. Easy sharing of items you have but don't need. If you're looking for more tips and strategies for The Division 2, make sure to head over to our Division 2 guides portal for tips on leveling and end-game progression, our tips for sharpshooters, how to upgrade at the crafting bench, and more. 

See you in the field, Agent.

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Georgia Esports League PantherLAN Event Hosts 11-College Tournament https://www.gameskinny.com/9mun9/georgia-esports-league-pantherlan-event-hosts-11-college-tournament https://www.gameskinny.com/9mun9/georgia-esports-league-pantherlan-event-hosts-11-college-tournament Fri, 22 Mar 2019 10:33:04 -0400 QuintLyn

Eleven colleges and universities from around Georgia and several other southern states will come together on April 6 to compete in the Georgia Esports League (GEL) PantherLAN event at Georgia State University's Sports Arena in Atlanta, Ga. The gathering is the organization's fourth annual championship event featuring teams from all over the Southeastern United States.

Among the schools participating this year are:

  • Georgia State University
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Jascksonville State University
  • Lee University
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Savannah College of Art at Design
  • University of North Georgia
  • University of Tennessee at Martin
  • Univeristy of West Georgia.

The winners of GEL's championship won't just win bragging rights, though. They'll also receive scholarships sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP.

The event is free and open to the public; doors open at 9:00 a.m. EDT time, with the tournament kicking off at 10:00 a.m. EDT. For those who can't make it to Georgia State University to attend in person, the tournament will be streamed live on the Georgia State University and Georgia Game Developers Association Twitch channels.

The decision to hold the event at GSU is partially based on the exponential growth of the gaming industry in the state of Georgia, specifically Atlanta. Among the myriad video game development companies that call the city home, Hi-Rez Studios, developer of SMITE and Paladins, and Blue Mammoth Games, developer of Brawlhalla are two of the more well-known esports players. 

Said Andrew Greenberg, GEL commissioner and executive director of the GGDA:

Georgia has become one of the most prominent esports locations in the world. Schools know that the desire to make games is what drives many students to want to learn about technology in the first place. An esports team helps them attract even more good students.

For those interested in learning about a career in esports, both Hi-Rez Studios and Blue Mammoth Games will be represented at the GEL event presenting workshops on esports skills, including shoutcasting, livestreaming, and information on how to become a professional esports competitor. 

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Division 2 World Tier Glitch Still Affecting Players After Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/xms4q/division-2-world-tier-glitch-still-affecting-players-after-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/xms4q/division-2-world-tier-glitch-still-affecting-players-after-patch Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:04:56 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Editor's note 3/22/19: Ubisoft says it is currently looking into the matter. The original story follows. 

When Tom Clancy's The Division first launched, players loved everything about it — until they finished the main campaign. Prior to Ubisoft releasing DLC, there was nothing to do once everything was all wrapped up.

In an effort to avoid repeating the same mistake again, Ubisoft included a sizeable postgame for The Division 2 with the World Tier system. It's a series of challenges designed to test players' mettle, offer high-quality gear as rewards, and greatly extend the game's play time.

Except there's been a bit of a problem with the World Tier system, and it continues to plague the game even after being patched.

Originally, players were encountering a glitch that would toss them out of the World Tier they progressed to and prevent them from accessing it again.

Ubisoft implemented a patch on March 16 meant to solve the problem, but five days later, The Division 2 is still blocking some players' postgame progression.

It could be an undiscovered bug causing the trouble, as there's some confusion what actually triggers the glitch. In Ubisoft's patch notes on March 16, the cause was noted as being related to Gear Score.

Gear Scores are awarded in the World Tier challenges, and players must reach a certain score to progress to the next Tier. Ubisoft believed the problem happened when players reached a Tier without having the proper Gear Score, and that was what the patch tried to fix.

Reddit users had a different view, though. Multiple users said they could no longer access the Tier they unlocked and had been playing in after they went to a lower Tier to aid friends or play in co-op.

Users on Twitter are also voicing concerns following the patch. 

Other players have voiced their concerns in the official Division 2 forums as well, some of which have reported the bug affecting them no more than a day ago. 

So far, Ubisoft hasn't addressed that particular concern. However, Massive Entertainment, the game's developer, said it is putting the Tier 5 DLC on hold for a while, so the team can focus on uncovering the cause of these bugs and implementing a permanent fix. No time frame was given for when players can expect both the bug fix and World Tier 5.

We've reached out to Ubisoft for further comment. 

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Playcrafting Announces Speakers For 3rd Annual Women In Games Night https://www.gameskinny.com/rsolr/playcrafting-announces-speakers-for-3rd-annual-women-in-games-night https://www.gameskinny.com/rsolr/playcrafting-announces-speakers-for-3rd-annual-women-in-games-night Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:39:52 -0400 QuintLyn

As Women's History Month comes to a close, Playcrafting — an organization that aids aspiring game developers by offering educational events, networking opportunities, and classes — is preparing for its third annual Women in Games night next week.

The event will feature an all-women panel of developers presenting their games as well as a second group of professional developers offering insight into the industry.

Following the panel, attendees will be given a chance to play each of the presenter's games and speak with the panelists.

The list of featured speakers includes:

It will be moderated by Kati Nawrocki, the Studio Art Director at Dots.

As for the games featured at the event, they include a VR Action game in which players take on the role of an alien barber titled Bizarre Barber, developed by Maria Mishurenko. Using large scissors, the alien barber must provide amazing haircuts while dealing with their clients moving erratically around the world.

There's also a point-and-click adventure inspired by grandmothers titled My Granny Lala and Me. This game is the brainchild of Beatriz Olcina and Pilar Aranda and is intended to offer a look at the problems elder people have to deal with.

For those interested in less digital games, a card game inspired by traditional fighting games. Titled, appropriately enough, Table Fighter, the card game is being presented by Nicole Stahl. It's designed to be easy for players to learn but difficult for them to master. Similar to the games it's inspired by, it rewards players for playing skillfully rather than randomly.

Finally, there's a second VR game. Inspired by the classic fairy tale and intended to be family-friendly, Cinderella VR allows players to jump into the story and play interactive mini-games, including things like cooking puzzles, catching things in butterfly nets, and more.

The event will take place at the Microsoft Flagship Store in New York City on March 28 from 6-9 p.m EDT.

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Oddworld Soulstorm, a Brand-New Oddworld Game, Gets Cinematic Teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/n6k0e/oddworld-soulstorm-a-brand-new-oddworld-game-gets-cinematic-teaser https://www.gameskinny.com/n6k0e/oddworld-soulstorm-a-brand-new-oddworld-game-gets-cinematic-teaser Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:11:43 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

It's been a while since the gaming world saw a new entry in Lorne Lanning's Oddworld franchise — even longer since the last (actually) new entry was released. 2014's Oddworld: New N' Tasty was a remake, and the lack of new entries even led some to classify Lanning and his team among the forgotten developers of gaming.

That streak was ended two years ago in a press release that announced Oddworld Soulstorm, a sequel to New N' Tasty developed as part of a collaboration between Frima Studio, Fat Kraken Studios, and Sabotage.

Now, fans can get a taste of what to expect from Oddworld Soulstorm in a new cinematic teaser trailer. Specific details about the game itself are still scant. However, the trailer does show off the game's graphics and use of textures, along with giving a slight tease about the game's plot.

Lanning and his team also released a breakdown trailer of the trailer, showcasing new effects and techniques used to make the game look the way it does. You can find that here.

The Oddworld games are known for being, well, odd. But they also appeal to players by mixing quirkiness and the grotesque with brutal commentary on the modern world, particularly the evils of industrialism and rampant capitalism.

Soulstorm is positioned in an interesting place in the Oddworld timeline. Technically, it's the second game in the mainline series. New N' Tasty was a remake of the first game, Abe's Oddysee, and Soulstorm is said to be a sequel to that, but no word was given yet about how it might relate to other games in the Oddworld universe.

There also wasn't any word on what platforms fans can expect the game to be on.

Lanning made headlines in 2017 for his volatile and inappropriate reaction when his games weren't initially on the Nintendo eShop, though he quickly presented a different face in 2018 after announcing Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath would be ported to the Switch.

Whether the Switch could handle Soulstorm's graphics acceptably is another matter, so we'll just have to wait and see.

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Check Out The Latest Mortal Kombat 11 Trailer Before Closed Beta Starts https://www.gameskinny.com/xyzhw/check-out-the-latest-mortal-kombat-11-trailer-before-closed-beta-starts https://www.gameskinny.com/xyzhw/check-out-the-latest-mortal-kombat-11-trailer-before-closed-beta-starts Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:52:49 -0400 QuintLyn

In less than a week, Mortal Kombat 11 will hit yet another milestone in its development process: closed beta.

The testing period will kick off in North America on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 a.m. PDT and run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Players who preordered the game on console at select retailers will be granted access to the closed beta.

Note that players wanting to participate in online multiplayer matches during the beta will need either an Xbox Live Gold membership or PlayStation Plus subscription to do so.

Since this will be a beta, not all of the game's characters will be available during the testing period; players will be limited to five choices: Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion.

Modes will also be limited during the closed beta phase; players will have access to online multiplayer matches and the single-player mode, Towers of Time.

Testers will, however, be able to experience MK 11's new Custom Character Variation System, which offers players almost infinite customization of their characters using skins, gear, cinematics, taunts, and more.

On top of the closed beta announcement, NetherRealm Studios also dropped a teaser trailer for Kotal Kahn yesterday. 

An Osh-Tekk warrior and Emperor of the Outerworld, Kotal Kahn is responsible for having saved the empire years ago and taking the throne. Unfortunately, peace rarely lasts, so now Kotal Kahn is forced to deal with issues plaguing his empire from within and without. 

To deal with these issues, he summons the power of the sun to strengthen his abilities, much as he did in Mortal Kombat X.

Mortal Kombat 11 is set to release on April 23 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. So far, 19 characters have been revealed for the fighter, and although fans petitioned, Shaggy is not currently one of them.

For more on Mortal Komabt 11 ahead of the closed beta, check out the story trailer here.

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Is Apex Legends on Mobile? https://www.gameskinny.com/krph3/is-apex-legends-on-mobile https://www.gameskinny.com/krph3/is-apex-legends-on-mobile Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:12:19 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Respawn's Apex Legends had a surprise launch on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One only a month ago.

Its rise to fame, helped along by the recent Season 1 update, has been astronomical, surpassing even Fortnite in many regards, to say nothing of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG).

One area its rivals control that Apex Legends has yet to dominate, though, is mobile. EA and Respawn have both mentioned the desire to move Apex Legends to mobile shortly after launch. However, as of now, the answer to the oft-asked question "Is Apex Legends on mobile yet?" is no — but it will be at some point.

Since Apex Legends launched, there have been several fake Apex Legends mobile apps for download on iOS and Android, but these are just phishing attempts. Don't download them. 

Don't be fooled. Not only is everything in Apex Legends handled via the in-game store  so there's no need to download an app — but when there's an update on Apex Legends' progress to mobile, it will be announced via EA and other legitimate sources.

Until then, don't download any Apex Legends apps you come across.

There are a few reasons why Apex Legends isn't on mobile, but will be soon. The first is because of how the game was developed.

When development started, cross-play was still a relatively new thing. Respawn prioritized getting a complete, bug-free game out before adding new, extra features, so it ended up putting cross-play on the back-burner. Because it would likely run on a different build with different FPS rates, creating cross-play for a mobile version would require a fair bit of work.

But EA knows Apex Legends mobile would be a huge hit, especially in APAC markets. It told investors during February's investment meeting that that fact alone is one reason why mobile development for the game would be prioritized in the coming months.

It's certainly not impossible, either. Call of Duty Mobile, not the one developed by the Candy Crush developers, is set to debut this summer and feature a mashup of the franchise's most popular multiplayer modes. If Call of Duty can end up on mobile, then Apex Legends certainly can.

Check back for more details as they break, and if you find yourself struggling with survival, head over to our Apex Legends guide portal to get yourself back in the game

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Metro: Exodus Outsells Its Predecessor on the Epic Store https://www.gameskinny.com/ai25x/metro-exodus-outsells-its-predecessor-on-the-epic-store https://www.gameskinny.com/ai25x/metro-exodus-outsells-its-predecessor-on-the-epic-store Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:43:36 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Deep Silver's Metro: Exodus launched last month to generally high praise from critics. And the game was a new step for the developer in a variety of ways.

Not only was Metro: Exodus a bigger, grander effort than the original Metro games, but it also marked Deep Silver's move to the Epic Games Store from Steam. It was a move fraught with controversy, angering fans and eliciting a statement from Valve

However, none of that harmed Metro: Exodus's first month sales. Its total number of sales is already more than twice that of Metro: Last Light, and it made the number 8 spot on marketing research firm the NPD group's February sales.

What's particularly noteworthy in this data is that the Epic sales are digital only, while NPD only tracks physical sales, meaning Metro: Exodus has done very well for itself indeed.

Another point worthy of mentioning is that the sudden shift to the Epic Store, despite a long pre-sale period on Steam and the controversy it caused, didn't harm Deep Silver's sales overall.

However, Epic's Steve Allison believes the game's home on the Internet doesn't affect sales, saying "it's really about the games, not the store you sell on."

GamesIndustry.biz's Christopher Dring says it could mean Steam's user base isn't as significant as some might initially believe. Of course, it's impossible to say whether the game would have sold even more on Steam, but at the very least, it didn't prohibit Deep Silver's success.

That fact, plus Epic offers a better deal for developers than Valve — a 12% revenue cut versus Valve's 30% — means it's likely more developers will look to the Epic Store to host their games in the future, including studios like Obsidian Entertainment

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The Division 2 Sharpshooter Guide: Best Skills and Talents https://www.gameskinny.com/2o6m0/the-division-2-sharpshooter-guide-best-skills-and-talents https://www.gameskinny.com/2o6m0/the-division-2-sharpshooter-guide-best-skills-and-talents Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:47:28 -0400 Sergey_3847

There are three main specializations in The Division 2: Survivalist, Demolitionist, and Sharpshooter. Each specialization has its own separate skill tree, which can be modified to every player's liking.

If you like to shoot in close range and get right into the thick of the battle, then the Survivalist would be the best choice for you. But if you wish to take care of your enemies from afar, and weild a heavy but precise sniper rifle, then Sharpshooter specialization is made for you.

This guide will cover all the best skills and talents for a perfect Sharpshooter build. So if you're looking to become the best sniper in the game, then keep on reading.

Best Sharpshooter Skills

There are 19 skills in Sharpshooter specialization skill tree. You don't need to open every single one of them to become an excellent sniper. So here are the best of them that will make your way through the hordes of enemies so much easier.

One in the Head

This skill adds 25% damage to your headshots for more precise kills. It works not only on your sniper rifle, but also on all other weapons in your arsenal, which is something you don't want to miss.

Obviously, as a sniper you want to target heads first and foremost, and that is why this one should be your most valuable skill of all.

Deft Hands

Sniper rifles usually have very small magazines, so you will have to reload your main weapon constantly. That is why you need this skill to increase your reload speed by 30%.

This is My Rifle

When you have your accuracy and reload speed managed, you need to take care of your rifle's damage.

Here is the skill that increases the damage of your rifle by 15%. It doesn't seem much, but often your headshots will lack just a tad for one-shot kills, and that is why this skill is so useful.

These three skills are essential for any Sharpshooter in The Division 2. Now let's take a look at another three skills that are passive, which can significantly boost your gameplay.

Sharpshooter Tactical Link

This is a passive skill that doesn't require you to do anything, but if your allies get closer to the enemies than yourself, they will get 10% boost to their headshots.

Basically it allows you to stay in the back and not only cover up for your teammates, but also give them a small damage boost.

My Home is My Castle

Here's a skill that gives you additional points of armor when sitting behind the cover.

As a sniper you will find yourself sitting behind a cover many, many times during your gaming sessions. So why not use this time with efficiency.

Round After Round

Lastly, an excellent companion skill to the previous one, which generates free ammo whenever you sit in the cover for 20s or more.

Best Sharpshooter Talents

In addition to your skillset you can utilize various weapon talents, which will allow you to polish your build to perfection. So here are some of the best Sharpshooter talents you can use in The Division 2.

Rifleman

Headshot is without a doubt the fastest and most effective way to kill enemies. That is why making your headshots as powerful as possible is your number one aim.

The Rifleman talent allows you to not only increase your headshot damage by 10%, but you can also stack up to five of these for a total of 50% increased headshot damage. That is a lot!

Fast Hands

The overall reload speed increase that this talent gives is only 3%. But it's the stack that counts, which currently stands at 20x. This means that you can ideally increase your reload speed by 60%, which is unbelievable.

This talent synergizes extremely well with Deft Hands skill.

Extra

This talent is more like a simple perk that increases your magazine capacity by 20%.

It's another must-have perk for any Sharpshooter using sniper rifles with 5-10 bullets max.

Accurate

Simple perks are the best and this one does only one thing - it increases your accuracy by 15%.

It's always a good idea to have this perk, especially when your whole build revolves around headshots and precision kills.

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You can now use this build to create an ultimate Sharpshooter specialist, and for more The Division 2 guides at GameSkinny, check out the list below:

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