News Category RSS Feed | News RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Pair PS4 Controllers To The PS Classic With These Special Adapters Mon, 10 Dec 2018 17:13:43 -0500 QuintLyn

For gamers, the trend of releasing mini-retro consoles loaded with classic games is a pretty sweet thing. But, let's admit it, not everything about old-school gaming is still awesome -- like literally being tied to the console by your controller cables.

Instead, most of us would much rather sit on our couches a reasonable distance away from the behemoths that our TVs have become. So, of course, the controller complete with a five-foot cord that comes with the PlayStation Classic isn't exactly ideal.

The good news is, there's a solution for that.

8BitDo, a third-party company specializing in controllers and adapters, has created a wireless USB adapter that plugs into the PS Classic and works with any controller via BlueTooth -- meaning you can use your PlayStation 4 controller just fine. 

Other controllers that work with it are the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller and anything 8BitDo makes.

The adapter also works with multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch,  PC, and Mac. Those looking for a similar solution for their SNES and NES Classic console systems can find separate adapters for those on the 8BitDo site as well.

Just because you're playing old-school games doesn't mean you have to play them old-school. 

Monster Hunter: World's First Major Expansion Revealed Mon, 10 Dec 2018 14:46:22 -0500 William R. Parks

Since its release in January, Monster Hunter: World has kept fans engaged with new monsters, frequent crossovers, and seasonal events. Now, Capcom has revealed its plan to continue to keep players slaying monsters and crafting gear: a "massive expansion" called Iceborne.

Announced through a trailer at this morning's Special Developer Update, the events of Monster Hunter: World: Iceborne will take place just after those that transpired in the base game. Additionally, the expansion will include new quests, monsters, locations, equipment, and more, and the trailer also confirms that Monster Hunter: World will be required in order to play Iceborne.

While the news of a significant content update is likely to be exciting for many players, Iceborne is still a ways off. The trailer indicates that release is currently scheduled for autumn 2019, though Capcom has promised more details on the expansion, including its price tag, in the spring. 

Little more than what has been outlined can be gleaned from today's trailer, which primarily depicts Rathlos flying out across a vast body of water. That said, the title of the expansion certainly suggests that a frigid biome is in the future for monster hunters the world over.

Capcom is no stranger to post-launch support for its Monster Hunter titles. As stated, they have continually added new, free content to Monster Hunter: World, and the previous entries in the franchise all have enhanced and expanded releases.

These "Ultimate" versions often include many of the features that are to come with Monster Hunter: World: Iceborne, however, there is one common component that is not directly addressed in today's trailer: "G Rank."

When a Monster Hunter title is released, there are often two difficulty settings for each monster, Low Rank and High Rank. G Rank is typically a post-launch addition, and it gives players a third, and more difficult, version of the game's beasts. In G Rank, monsters may hit harder, have more HP, and have more attacks in their arsenal (which they will execute more frequently).

Now that players have throughly explored what Monster Hunter: World has to offer, and others are getting a chance to try the game for free, the addition of G Rank has been a frequent topic of conversation amongst the community. It is possible that fans may still see G Rank come with Icebore, however, it does seem that Capcom may be currently focused on supporting Monster Hunter: World with new content, rather than reworking the game's older monster.

Monster Hunter: World Welcomes The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:08:36 -0500 William R. Parks

At last week's Game Awards, Monster Hunter: World Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto teased some forthcoming news that he indicated would "make everyone happy." This morning, in a Special Developer Update, fans had this statement clarified as a slew of Monster Hunter: World-related announcements were revealed.

These included a crossover event that will bring The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia to Capcom's action RPG and news that the game will be free to play on PS4 until December 17.

Monster Hunter: World The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is scheduled for release in early 2019, and it was announced at the Developer Update with a brief trailer.

In the teaser, fans got a glimpse at Geralt walking through Monster Hunter: World's landscapes and standing against some of its beasts, including Diablos, Paolumu, and Teostra.

Additionally, the trailer establishes how Geralt has found himself in this strange world of giant monsters, showing him dropping in through a portal. "And folk wonder why I hate 'em," the Witcher says with his characteristic nonchalance.

Fans of The Witcher series are certain to recall Geralt's disdain for these magical gateways, as well as their ability to transport those that pass through them to different realms.

While little more concrete information can be gleaned from the trailer, Capcom has indicated that this crossover will give players an opportunity to use the White Wolf's monster hunting prowess to "take on a unique quest line in Monster Hunter: World."

In the past, these types of collaborations have often been, more or less, the addition of a collectible cosmetic that can be acquired by slaying monsters and farming materials. For example, players have had the opportunity to transform their characters into Horizon: Zero Dawn's Aloy and Dante from Devil May Cry by completing limited time events.

However, it seems that Capcom has a bit more planned with this one. There is currently no indication that Monster Hunter: World The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will bring new monsters to the game, however, a quest line that offers a new dimension to the game is certain to be an exciting prospect for many fans.

To suggest that this is the announcement Tsujimoto was referencing at The Game Awards may be a bit of a stretch. That said, it is just one from this morning's Developer Update. While many players are likely to have their eyes on the newly announced "Iceborne" expansion, pitting Geralt against some of Monster Hunter: World's meanest monsters may help keep them occupied until it comes.

Pokemon GO Trainer Battles To Be Rolled Out In Stages Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:24:25 -0500 QuintLyn

Pokemon GO players have been anxiously waiting for the release of a PvP system -- which Niantic recently promised in the form of Trainer Battles.

Based on what we've been told about the new system so far, it will definitely provide an extra bit of depth to the popular mobile game. But some players are going to have to wait longer than others to experience it.

Today, the Pokemon GO team announced plans to roll the feature out "in stages". The announcement went out over the game's official Twitter account and noted that it's to assure Trainer Battles run correctly before offering the mode to everyone.

The feature will first release to Trainers that have hit level 40. Once the devs are certain it's working correctly, they'll roll it out to more players. Essentially, this is a beta for high-level players. 

Although we don't know exactly when this mode will release into beta, hopefully, its release isn't too far off. 

Monster Hunter: World Running Free Trial From Dec. 11 to Dec. 17 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:13:34 -0500 Ashley Shankle

If you've got a PlayStation 4 and haven't dipped your feet into the Monster Hunter: World pool, you've got a cost-free opportunity starting tomorrow, December 11.

That's when Monster Hunter: World will start a six-day free trial for PlayStation 4 owners. All you'll have to do is roll into the PlayStation Store and download the free trial to get started, and now's a great time to give it a go! The Winter Star Fest event is still going strong, and it will be running until the end of the free trial on December 17.

Those who take part in the free trial and decide to buy the game can carry their progress over from the trial to their full copy Monster Hunter: World -- which happens to 50% off on the PlayStation Store right now until tomorrow morning.

So what are you waiting for? World is the next step in evolution for the Monster Hunter series and is a game that has to be played to be believed for both series veterans and total freshers.

There's no harm to giving the free trial a run, except the risk of addiction. 

It was also announced that Geralt of Witcher fame would also be coming to the game in a special crossover event

Anthem Demo Dates Announced Sat, 08 Dec 2018 11:09:22 -0500 William R. Parks

Following a new trailer at Thursday's Game Awards, Anthem is starting to step into the spotlight prior to its February launch. This is further established by the beginning of the game's closed alpha, set for this weekend, and while not everyone will be able to participate in this testing phase, a newly announced demo will give players an opportunity to tryout the game before its release.

Anthem's demo will be made available in two stages, first to "VIPs" on January 25 and then to all players on February 1. The VIP Demo will be for players that pre-order the new multiplayer RPG as well as EA Access and Origin Access subscribers.

This is a different approach than the one EA has taken with the closed alpha, where preference is not given to pre-orderers and subscribers, however, the rest of the potential player base will not be far behind with the Open Demo. That said, VIPs will receive an "in-game item celebrating their trailblazing spirit." 

"It's time for the fans to get their hands on Anthem and experience it for themselves," Lead Producer Mike Gamble states in the demo announcement. "We truly hope they enjoy this taste of flying and fighting in this brand-new world our team has been crafting for many years."

Since the game's official announcement at E3 2017, BioWare has focused first on familiarizing fans with Anthem's gameplay. This is indeed a logical approach, as Director Jonathan Warner has indicated that the studio is taking a gameplay-first approach to developing this one.

However, with the trailer showcased at The Game Awards, it is clear that BioWare is also committed to offering an elaborate story and expansive world in Anthem. This will feature factions and NPCs to engage with and a powerful force capable of tearing the universe asunder.

While it remains to be seen how gameplay and narrative will coalesce in the game, it seems that fans of BioWare's previous releases need not worry that they have gone in an entirely new direction here. Fortunately, with this newly announced demo, everyone is going to have the opportunity to experience the game before buying it.

Mortal Kombat 11 Release Date Announced at The Game Awards Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:32:45 -0500 William R. Parks

As promised, last night's Game Awards not only focused on celebrating a year of great games, but it also looked forward to what the future of gaming holds, showcasing a slew of new game trailers and announcements. Amongst these reveals was one that is likely to have stood out to fighting game fans the world over: Mortal Kombat 11 is on its way.

Mortal Kombat 11 is set for release on April 23, 2019, and it is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. This reveal was accompanied by an extravagantly violent trailer featuring Raiden and (apparently) two Scorpions locked in a brutal battle. While the meaning of these multiple manifestations of the undead ninja is open for speculation, there are further concrete details for fans to latch on to.

One such piece of information is that those that pre-order Mortal Kombat 11 will not only get access to Shao Kahn as a playable character, but they will also be invited to the fighter's closed beta. Pre-orders open on December 7, and the beta is scheduled for March, though it is important to note that only PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to participate.

Furthermore, Mortal Kombat 11 will give players "unprecedented control to customize the fighters" with its new Custom Character Variations, and it includes a cinematic story mode. Additionally, it has been confirmed that the fighter utilizes a more powerful graphics engine than its predecessor.

While all of this information is a healthy start to getting fan excitement going, a Community Reveal Event is scheduled for January 17, and many further details are likely to be presented then. This may include elaboration on the "new and returning Klassic Fighters" that are said to comprise the game's roster.

Last weekend, an alleged Mortal Kombat 11 QA tester took to 4chan, leaking many details about the new fighter, including that it would emphasize customization and be revealed at The Game Awards. While these two statements are now proven, it is not a guarantee that the leaks are valid in full.

However, for those that do not wish to wait for new details at the Community Reveal Event, these assertions are still available on 4chan.

Western Release of Yo-Kai Watch 3 Confirmed as the Definitive Version Fri, 07 Dec 2018 16:19:16 -0500 Erroll Maas

Level-5 has confirmed via the Yo-Kai Watch official Twitter that the western version of Yo-Kai Watch 3 combines the three Japanese versions of the game into one.

Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sushi and Yo-Kai Watch 3: Tempura originally launched for Nintendo 3DS in Japan on July 16, 2016, while the updated version, Yo-Kai Watch 3: Sukiyaki, launched on December 15, 2016.

While Yo-Kai from all three versions will be available in the western release, the developers still encourage players to trade Yo-Kai.

Yo-Kai Watch 3 launched on December 7, 2018 in Europe and will launch on December 8 in Australia, and will launch for North America on February 8, 2019. The next entry in the series, Yo-Kai Watch 4, is set to launch on Nintendo Switch in Japan some time in Spring 2019, after being delayed from its original launch window of Winter 2018.

Epic Games Store: What Titles Are Available? Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:35:40 -0500 William R. Parks

Earlier this week, Epic announced a new digital distribution platform, the Epic Games Store, focused on giving developers a larger revenue percentage than what is offered by other gaming marketplaces (namely, Steam). Now, the Epic Games Store has gone live, and it features a small selection of games with more on the horizon.

Currently, only three games can be purchased through Epic's new platform:

  • Ashen, a just-released action RPG that takes inspiration from Dark Souls and Journey. Developed by A44 and published by Annapurna Interactive.

  • Hades, an early-access dungeon crawler that was revealed at last night's Game Awards. Developed by Supergiant Games.

  • Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek, a direct prequel to the 2017 survival horror game, Hello Neighbor. Published by tinyBuild.

While this preliminary selection is quite limited, players can expect to see Darksiders 3 on the Epic Games Store beginning December 14, and some new information has come to light that is certain to turn some heads: every two weeks, a new title will be freely available through the platform.

This begins with Subnautica, an underwater survival adventure game, which can downloaded, for free, from December 14 to 27. From there, the 2010 platforming sensation Super Meat Boy will act as the Epic Game Store's next free offering, and it will be available from December 28 to January 10.

This is not all players have to look forward to, as Epic has given a glimpse of some forthcoming titles coming to the marketplace. Notable amongst these is Journey, a stunning adventure game from 2012 that will be making its PC debut via the Epic Games Store. Other forthcoming titles include:

  • Genesis Alpha One
  • Maneater
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Pathless
  • Rebel Galaxy Outlaw
  • Satisfactory
  • Super Meat Boy Forever
  • World War Z

No official date for the addition of these titles to the Epic Games Store has been given.

Launching only days after its announcement, Epic once again demonstrates that they are a company committed to fast action with the now live Epic Games Store.

While the scope of the initial selection is certainly modest, confirming that it will indeed be a long process for this new platform to be operating in a realm anywhere near competitors like Steam, the promise of free titles will undoubtedly begin bringing players into Epic's digital storefront.

'Tis the Season to Be Gaming: A Guide to 2018's Winter Gaming Events Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:14:21 -0500 Victoria B.


This month will be filled with all sorts of new content for you to enjoy, so be sure to celebrate the season by playing with your friends this month while these additions are available.


We'll be keeping an eye out for more announcements from developers as new holiday events arise, so check back for further updates.


Killing Floor 2 -- Twisted Christmas: Season's Beatings 


Killing Floor has tons of new content for its players this season with Season’s Beatings.


Play as killer Santa Clause as you slice through zeds and take on Krampus to reclaim your workshop on the new map Santa’s Workshop.


You can also fight the crowds of Black Friday zeds in the new map Shopping Spree. On top of that, use an arsenal of new weapons which include Krampus Battle Axe, M32 Grenade Launcher, Fire Axe, and the Road Redeemer.


Oh, and did we mention that the one and only Gary Busey voices Badass Santa? That alone is worth checking out. 


Rocket League -- Frosty Fest


No official announcements have been made regarding Rocket League’s Frosty Fest. However, last year’s event ran from December 11 to January 2, and it brought all sorts of antennas, toppers, wheels, rocket boosts, and decals.


Playing various matches, including hockey, rewards players with snowflakes, used to obtain new holiday content.


While we wait for the Frosty Fest to return, we can still look forward to the recent Rocket Pass 2 announcement, which will be available starting December 10. Buying a premium upgrade for this pass ($9.99) will include the new Artemis Battle-Car.


Fortnite -- Winter Royale: Season 7


Winter Royale will officially dropped on December 6 and the seventh season has brought all sorts of holiday-themed themed content. Remember, however, this content comes at a price. You must purchase the battle pass for exclusive tier content, primarily skins.


Some of these new skins include:

  • Srg. Winter -- A ripped and battle worn version of santa
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  • Yetti -- A blue skinned monster with white fur and crossed eyes.
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  • Pajama -- A burger onesie complete with slippers and a googly eyed hood.
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  • Lynx -- A legendary sleek cat suit.
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  • The Ice King -- Another legendary skin of a cloaked man with glowing blue eyes and icy boots.
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Once jumping from the bus with your new skin and gear, you’ll find the map coated in snow and ice to fit the season.


Destiny 2 -- Dawning 


Destiny 2’s Dawning event will be returning once again this year, but at a later time that it’s previous release.


The official start date will be December 11, but no end date is currently in sight. You’ll find the farm and tower decorated, Dawning engrams, game modes, and quests.


Though there are few announcements on what to anticipate in this year’s Dawning event, there may be returning game modes and content. Be sure you check into the Crucible once the event is released because the developers may bring back last year’s Mayhem PvP mode, which lowered cooldowns for intense and fast-paced matches.


Another added feature were snowball fights. It is likely you will be able to pummel your friends and enemies with snowballs both inside and outside matches.


New quests and milestones usually come with the winter updates, and though there are no official announcements on what they could entail (outside of confirmed powerful gear drops), rumors suggest it could be centered around Eva Levante.


Rewards and engrams for the crucible, strike, and quests are bound to contain themed armor, weapons, shaders, and more.


Overwatch -- Winter Wonderland


It’s round three for Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland event, so here’s what you should expect as far as game modes, skins, loot boxes, and environmental map changes.


This update will be active December 11 to January 2, but for those of you who have added new game modes to your wish list, you may be disappointed.


The Overwatch team has expressed that they will not be adding new game modes for events this year and will instead bring back recurring seasonal game modes while focusing on new heroes and balancing current ones.


This means we will most likely be seeing “Mei’s Snowball Offensive” on Ecopoint: Antarctica and 2017’s “Yetti Hunter” on Nepal return to the arcade for the winter season.


However, some of the maps will be adjusted to fit the holidays. The locations that will be festive and decorated with snow, lights, and trees this year include Blizzard World and King’s Row.


Along with these game modes and environment changes, be prepared for new legendary and epic skins, one of which Overwatch has already announced as Zarya’s Snowboarder Legendary skin, equipped with furry bear hat and tail.


This year’s previous Halloween Terror event brought with it nine new skins, so players can expect a similar turnout for 2018’s Winter Wonderland. Loot boxes are also bound to contain seasonally themed sprays, emotes, highlights, and voice lines.


Monster Hunter World -- Winter Star Fest


Capcom is joining the festivities this year with their latest update for Monster Hunter: World, the Winter Star Fest. Log in each day between November 30 and December 17 for rewards, consumables, quests, costumes, emotes, and festivities.


Celebrate the season at the The Celestial Pursuit, which is decked with cascading lights and ornaments. NPC characters also don winter wear to match the holiday spirit.


Along with changes to the environment, you will find new gear for your hunter. Every day that you jump into the game, you will be gifted with Winter Star tickets. Gathering star tickets will allow you the craft the new Orion winter gear for your journey, along with adorable snowcat costumes for your paleco and sweaters for your pig, Poogie

If you missed special event quests throughout the year, you will now be able to seek them out again since the star fest is bringing back old and new quests for players. Be sure to keep up with the winter schedule here to avoid missing opportunities. 


Sleigh bells ring in the distance. Gamer’s rage, but we won’t listen. It’s a beautiful site. We’re happy tonight. Season events are coming 'round again.


December is here -- and you know what that means. Holiday events are back on our PC’s and consoles this month with new winter and Christmas updates. It’s time to dive back into those games we love and spend these cold days wrapped in a warm blanket with a steamy cup of coffee.


Let's warm up, boot up, and level up. 

The Game Awards: BioWare Teases New Dragon Age Game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 01:01:26 -0500 QuintLyn

Anthem wasn't the only game BioWare brought to The Game Awards this year. The developer also teased a "new" game they've been working on -- one that should have long-time fans of the company pretty excited.

That's right, a new Dragon Age game is in the works.

According to reports, the new project has been under way for a while -- although not long enough for the company to offer more than a super-teasy teaser (think Elder Scrolls 6 teasy).

The game's title wasn't in the spot and not much was said about the game. Even the short blog post on the BioWare site doesn't offer much information as to what players can expect from the game.

What the post does do, however, is outline exactly who is working on this project. The staff includes veterans of the Dragon Age games, and those Executive Producer Mark Darrah has worked with over the years -- including developers that worked on Jade Empire and even Baldur's Gate.

Oh yes, and there's a hashtag: #TheDreadWolfRises

The first Dragon Age title released for the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac OS. Since then, two mainline games have been released, 2011's Dragon Age 2 and 2014's Dragon Age: Inquisition


The Game Awards: Persona 5's Joker Is Coming To Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:58:41 -0500 QuintLyn

During tonight's Game Awards show, Nintendo surprised everyone with a stealth announcement for the first DLC character to come to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Keep in mind that at the time of the the DLC announcement, the game still wasn't out yet.

Of course, the big news isn't just that a DLC character has already been announced for the popular brawler, but who that character is -- and what series they're from.

As it turns out, Nintendo is going all-in with this one and adding Joker from Persona 5 to the game's roster.

Players won't just be getting the character when they purchase the DLC, either. The pack -- which will cost $5.99 -- will also include music from Persona and a themed stage. 

Note that all Super Smash Bros. Ultimate packs will cost the same amount, so if you're planning on picking up most of the game's DLC, it might be worth looking into the "Fighters Pass" which costs $24.99. You'll get five packs and it will save you about $5.

No official date has been given on the Persona pack release, but considering it was announced tonight, it seems unlikely that it will take too long before players can purchase it.

The Game Awards: Pre-Show World Premieres Include Switch Rhythm Game Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:50:34 -0500 QuintLyn

Prior to the official kick-off of the annual video game celebration The Game Awards, fans and attendees got first-looks at several new games and a surprise announcement.

Sayonara Wild Hearts

The evening kicked off with the reveal trailer for a new Nintendo Switch Rhythm game from Simogo titled Sayonara Wild Hearts. The trailer gave a brief look at some of the characters but didn't offer any other information about the game other than that it should be available sometime in 2019.

Journey to the Savage Planet

The second early announcement was for a game from a brand new studio. Canadian company Typhoon Studios, along with 505 Games, Epic Games, and the Makers Fund, revealed their sci-fi adventure game Journey to the Savage Planet.

While the devs don't plan to show much in the way of gameplay until next year, they did explicitly state it is not a battle royale or survivial game.

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Possibly one of the biggest surprises among the announcements at The Game Awards was from the developer of The Stanley Parable. Five years after the game originally launched on PC, it is now coming to consoles.

It won't be a direct port, however. Instead, it will be an Ultra Deluxe version containing new endings and content along with the base game.

Among Trees

Another unexpected reveal was from self-described micro-studio FJRD Interactive. Their first game, Among Trees, is a survival adventure game slated to come to early access on Steam next year.

Not a lot is known about the gameplay, but the graphics are definitely eye-catching.

For more things Game Awards, head over to our Game Awards hub.

The Game Awards: The Outer Worlds Trailer Out-Fallouts Fallout Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:45:35 -0500 QuintLyn

Tonight, at The Video Game Awards, Obsidian, the developers of Fallout: New Vegas, premiered the trailer for their upcoming sci-fi game, The Outer Worlds -- a single-player, first-person sci-fi RPG.

The trailer starts with the player's character waking up from stasis in an unfamiliar place. It's filled with quirky characters living in a vibrant world (or worlds since we're talking about a galaxy here).

The player will find themselves caught up in a huge conspiracy that threatens the galaxy, and they must deal with various factions fighting for control. The story's still a little hazy, but the game essentially looks like Fallout in space. 

The Outer Worlds is built upon the player choice, with each decision made affecting how the story plays out.

Already, YouTube commenters are looking at this as not only a spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas, but some have declared it the game that will "rescue us" from Fallout 76. Others are noting it's as if Fallout had a baby with Borderlands.

Even without comparing the game to anything else, it looks stunning. I know I can't wait to get my grubby hands on it.

The Outer Worlds does not currently have a release date, but it will be coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Obsidian was recently acquired by Microsoft. 

The Game Awards: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 Announced As Nintendo Switch Exclusive Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:28:20 -0500 QuintLyn

A decade after the last game in the Marvel Ultimate Alliance series was released, the next installment has finally been announced.

During tonight's Game Awards ceremony, Marvel Entertainment announced Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order with a world premiere trailer, which you can see above.

The game boasts a massive cast of Marvel characters, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the X-Men -- and it's coming exclusively to the Nintendo Switch.

The game's story focuses on Thanos and The Black Order's search for the Infinity Stones. Super heroes and villains must unite to stop them. 

The Black Order can be played online or offline via wireless. It also features a four-player co-op mode on the same console.

It should be noted that those wishing to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order online will need a Nintendo Switch Online membership as well as a Nintendo account.

The game is being developed by Team Ninja, which has developed the Dead or Alive series, Ninja Gaiden, Metroid: Other M, Nioh, and Fire Emblem Warriors

The Game Awards: BioWare Highlights Story In Anthem Trailer Fri, 07 Dec 2018 00:14:57 -0500 QuintLyn

If the world premiere trailer at The Game Awards 2018 is any indication, BioWare isn't skimping on story when it comes to Anthem. The game has been on the radar of most gamers since it was first announced, with many looking at it as a direct competitor to Bungie's Destiny series. However, there's still a lot we don't know about the game.

With the game being a BioWare title, many hope it will have the kind of story they've come to expect from the developer after games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age.

Tonight's trailer offered players a look at the game world, including several NPCs players will interact with, various locations, and the game's main big bad, the Monitor.

While the trailer doesn't offer any new info on gameplay, it does go some way to indicate players might be getting what they expect from BioWare when it comes to narrative.

Anthem will reportedly have two demos ahead of its 2019 release. The first demo will be only available to those who pre-order the game. It will run for two days, beginning January 25 and ending January 27. Anthem's second pre-release demo will run from February 1 to February 3. 

You can see more trailers, as well as Anthem gameplay, over at the game's official YouTube channel

The Game Awards: Far Cry: New Dawn Is A Post-Apocalyptic Montana Romp Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:54:03 -0500 QuintLyn

Over the past week, The Game Awards and Ubisoft have been busy hyping up the reveal of the next title in the Far Cry franchise.  Of course -- as is the case with such highly anticipated games -- there was a bit in the way of leaks cluing people in to what the focus of the game might be.

Well, now we know for sure.

Far Cry: New Dawn's official trailer was aired about halfway into the award show, giving fans their first true look at the game's post-apocalyptic universe.

New Dawn in a standalone sequel to Far Cry 5. It takes place in Hope County, Montana, 17 years after a planet-wide nuclear apocalypse. Interestingly, the game doesn't appear to take on the dark and gritty look and tone that most people associate with the apocalypse.

The trailer features two tough-as-nails ladies that seem to be right at home in their new world. They also appear to be people you probably don't want to mess with.

Aside from giving viewers and over-all feel for the upcoming game, the trailer did offer one other bit of information. Players can expect to play Far Cry: New Dawn in February 2019.

Fortnite's X-4 Stormwing Plane Locations and Stunts Guide Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:49:50 -0500 William R. Parks

Today marks the beginning of Fortnite's seventh season, and it has brought a bevy of changes and content, including a wintery biome, new challenges, and the game's first ariel vehicle, the X-4 Stormwing Plane.

While this new vehicle may have a lot of fans excited, some may be wondering where to find one and what they can do with it once located.

The X-4 Stormwing Plane can seat up to five players, a pilot and four passengers, and it spawns in specific locations throughout the battle royale's map. While an X-4 will not always appear at every one of these locations, and there are likely to be more possible spawn points, this map (compiled from confirmed locations provided by Heavy and Eurogamer) can act as a guide for those that are looking to make their first Fortnite flight.

  • D3: On the mountain northeast of Pleasant Park
  • F3: By the river south of Lazy Links
  • B5: In the mountains north of Viking Village
  • F5: On the mountain west of Dusty Divot
  • I5: On the mountain by Loney Lodge
  • A8: In the hangers at Frosty Flights
  • B8: In a camp east of Frosty Flights
  • E8: On the mountain north of Happy Hamlet
  • H8: On a hill between Fatal Fields and Paradise Palms

As some players might expect, the new iceberg biome (at the bottom-left of the map) appears to have a high density of new planes, though there are opportunities to nab one throughout the map.

Once an X-4 has been acquired, and the basic controls have been understood, players can move on to performing stunts in their new plane. This includes flying the vessel upside down, by pressing the roll right and roll left inputs simultaneously, as well as the ability to perform an evasive maneuver by quickly pressing a roll button twice.

With the ability to locate an X-4, and some tips on trick flying, players should now be ready to hop in a plane and conquer their next Battle Royale match. Just remember, for those that are manning the plane's machine gun, this mounted weapon can overheat, and prolonged firing should be avoided when possible.

CS: GO Gets a Battle Royale Mode, Goes Free-to-Play Thu, 06 Dec 2018 21:36:42 -0500 William R. Parks

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been available for over six years, and, despite the myriad of multiplayer shooters that have come since its release, it is still one of the most popular shooters ever made. That said, it seems that Valve is still looking to get more players into the fray, as the company has just announced that the game is now fully free-to-play and includes a new battle royale mode called Danger Zone.

Danger Zone is a lightning-quick battle royale experience, with a full match lasting around 10 minutes, that is "built on CS:GO's tactical gameplay." It features traits that will be familiar to many fans of the genre, including airdropped equipment, caches to loot, and a shrinking play-area, however, the new game mode has unique aspects that some players may find intriguing.

Specifically, Danger Zone's map contains special missions that can be completed, granting those that participate additional rewards. Throughout the course of a match, players may find themselves escorting hostages to a rescue zone or eliminating a high-value target in service of bettering their load-outs. 

Danger Zone can be played solo or as a duo/trio, with players entering alone joining 16-player matches while those that join as a squad will enter 18-player matches.

Furthermore, anyone that would like to try out Danger Zone can do so at no cost, as CS:GO is now officially free-to-play. This is down from a $15 price tag, and players that paid full retail for the title previously will be given a "commemorative Loyalty Bade they can display on their profile."

Additionally, these paying players will be upgraded to Prime Status, which gives them access to the Souvenir MP5-SD submachine gun as well as the Danger Zone Case, which features "17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Horizon knives as rare special items." New players can also pay $15 if they wish to be granted Prime Status.

With CS:GO's addition of Danger Zone, the battle royale genre continues to grow ever more ubiquitous. Fortnite shows no signs of slowing down, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 shirked a single-player campaign for its battle royale mode, and even Rockstar is getting in on the act with Red Dead Online.

While it remains to be seen if CS:GO's new game mode will be able to pull any players away from these established titles, its free-to-play status is certainly a valiant attempt.

Was the Official Name of Far Cry 6, Box Art Revealed in Twitter Leak? Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:46:27 -0500 Jonathan Moore

As we quickly approach tonight's The Game Awards and the highly anticipated reveal of the new Far Cry game/spin-off/something, it appears that the game's box art and title have potentially been leaked on Twitter. 

Shared by Wario 64 and reported by IGN, the alleged leak purports that the next installment of the Far Cry series will be called Far Cry: New Dawn

As of this writing, the veracity of the alleged Xbox One X box art has not been confirmed, either by Ubisoft or anyone else for that matter. However, we only have a few more hours before we know if the leak is true or not. 

Yesterday, we reported on the surprising teaser trailer that seemingly tied the game to the events of Far Cry 5. Although those threads are tenuous in regards to story, it is believed that the game will take place in some type of post-apocalyptic setting perhaps brought on by the nuclear fallout caused by Eden's Gate at the end of FC5

Whether Far Cry 6 ends up being set after the events of the previous game or not, or if it's actually called New Dawn or something entirely different, we do know that it is currently in development for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. 

You can tune into The Game Awards tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT to find out. The awards show will be broadcast on Twitch, YouTube, Xbox Live, and PlayStation Network, as well as a handful of other services such as Mixer and Caffeine.  

Avalanche Recognizes Just Cause 4 Issues, Outlines Planned PS4, Xbox One, and PC Updates Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:07:05 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Just Cause 4 released only two days ago, but the game already has a "mostly negative" rating on Steam from more than 1,400 reviews. Scrolling through the reviews and looking at the comments reveals that many players are primarily dissatisfied with the state of the game's graphics, as well as its overall performance. 

As laid out in our PC evaluation of the game, Just Cause 4 does suffer from some rather unfortunate graphic miscues, including severe pop-in, inconsistent rendering, and "potato-tier" cutscenes, the latter of which should have been fixed at launch but still remain two days on.

However, as we've found out from various colleagues and other players, those graphics issues are also found in the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game as well. 

On top of those issues, and perhaps much more distressing, is that Just Cause 4 also has numerous stability issues, making the game difficult to play. 

In response to player feedback, Avalanche Studios New York has issued a statement regarding the release state of the game: 

Hello Everyone,

Firstly, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported Just Cause 4 to date. We’re a small but very passionate team here at Avalanche Studios New York, and each and every one of us has put our hearts into this project for the past three years.

Due to the complexity of Just Cause 4’s vast open world and advanced physics systems we understand that a number of you are experiencing various technical issues. Even though the game has now launched, this is just the start of our continued support on Just Cause 4. We are actively monitoring your feedback very closely and have a team of engineers at Avalanche Studios working hard on updating and improving the game. Once these fixes have been through internal and first party tests then we’ll be rolling them out ASAP.

In good news, we are already planning to release the first wave of improvements and aiming to have these available to everyone in the next couple of weeks. 

Although we currently don't have a solid release date for Just Cause 4's upcoming patches outside of "the next couple of weeks", we do know that they will focus on the game's graphics, specifically lighting, texture mapping, motion blur, vegetation rendering, and transitions. 

For PC players in particular, Avalanche will work to fix problems with menu navigation for mouse and keyboard, movement key remapping, and various vehicle issues. 

Just Cause 4 is the latest release in the Just Cause franchise and features a brand-new Apex engine. It is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

Typhoon Hunter Brings 5v1 Mode To Prey Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:49:02 -0500 QuintLyn

Typhoon Hunter, the next -- and final -- update for Prey adds a new multiplayer mode and a new VR experience to the game.

The multiplayer, which bears the update's name, is a 5v1 hide-and-seek mode. One player takes on the role of Moran Yu while the others play as Mimics hiding in plain sight, disguised as everyday household objects.

In order to win, the player in the role of Yu must track down and destroy all five Mimics before time runs out.

The Typhoon Hunter multiplayer mode will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on December 11. Players can expect a VR version for both PC and PlayStation VR early next year.

Speaking of VR, while Typhoon Hunter VR won't be available just yet, players can look forward to TranStar VR, a single player escape-room campaign. Available for both PC and PlayStation VR at the same time as Typhoon Hunter Multiplayer, TranStar VR casts players in the role of a TranStar employee on Talos I just days before the events in Prey. In order to escape, they'll need to solve puzzles and complete various objectives.

Prey: Typhoon Hunter is available for free as part of the Prey: Digital Deluxe and Prey: Mooncrash packs. The Digital Deluxe can be purchased for $39.99 by those who haven't bought the game yet. Or, if you already own the base Prey game, pick up Mooncrash for $19.99.

Multiplayer Battles Arrive In Teen Titans GO Figure! Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:45:13 -0500 QuintLyn

Cartoon Network has released the latest update for its popular mobile game Teen Titans GO Figure! today. The update, titled "Legion of Doom" introduces multiplayer battles to the game, allowing players to compete against each other using "Teeny Titans figures", including DC fan favorites like Lex Luthor and The Riddler.

The new mode features competitive ranking, and those who climb the highest will be rewarded -- with exclusive Teeny Titans figures.

As the title indicates, this particular Teen Titans GO Figure! update also includes content tied directly to the villainous organization known as the Legion of Doom. Players can now visit the famous Hall of Doom.

Other features included in this update are new tournaments, figure repaints, and missions for players to enjoy.

If you're unfamiliar with Teen Titans GO Figure!, the mobile game is a take on the original Teeny Titans game that features the Justice League. It's described as a Pokemon-esque RPG offering a completely digital version of the Amiibo or Skylanders experience.

Teen Titans GO Figure! is avaialble on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets via the App Store, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore.

MapleStory 2 Skybound Expansion Phase 1 Patch Launches Thu, 06 Dec 2018 13:00:01 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Editor's Note: GameSkinny is hosting a giveaway right now until 5.p.m. EDT Dec. 7 over on our Twitter page, where we're giving away 30 MapleStory 2 Founder's Pack Explorer codes. A tweet with more information is pinned to the top of our Twitter profile. 

MapleStory 2
's chugging along with updates in its first few months, and I think every Mapler with their ear to the ground is pleasantly surprised by Nexon's communication, particularly Jungsoo Lee's openness on Twitter and the company's overall attention to the community on Reddit and elsewhere.

Today marks the launch of Skybound Expansion Phase 1, the long-awaited patch bringing the Soul Binder class, the new Sky Fortress area with factions to grind up reputation for unique items, Normal Chaos Raids, and finally the PvP Maple Arena.

There is so much to this patch that it's really faster to just read the patch notes. The guild system has been updated, the Maple Arena focuses on 1v1 battles and has a ladder, Fairfight has been adjusted, Daily Missions have been revamped... Really, just read the patch notes. It's worth it.

To celebrate, MapleStory 2 is also having a Skybound Celebration event granting players a slew of useful items including a one-use level-up potion to instantly boost a character to 50 (provided one character has reached 60).

An "Experimental" Event to collect Toad's Toolkits from Hard dungeons will also be running until January 10, which will aid in enchanting gear higher than +10. The enchanting system is currently the community's biggest complaint, so this is more than welcome.

As if this were not enough, there are even more special happenings in Maple World than this. Merry Village and special seasonal events are also going to be going on starting with Skybound Expansion Phase 1.

Head on over and read those patch notes, Maplers! And get ready for a very busy December in MapleStory 2.

New Red Dead Online Update Addresses Economy Concerns Thu, 06 Dec 2018 12:59:37 -0500 William R. Parks

Since the launch of Red Dead Online's beta, the game's economy has been a hot topic of conversation amongst the community, with some players voicing serious worries about its balance.

Today, Rockstar begins to address these concerns with Red Dead Online's first update.

To begin, today's update offers an overall increase to the cash and gold rewards players can expect from a myriad of activities, including Free Roam missions, Free Roam events, replays of "Land of Opportunities" missions, and the Showdown Series playlist. Additionally, the new update "balances" the value of certain pelts, animal skins, and fish, which may assist players as they attempt to build their bank accounts.

The compliment to these increased rewards are a general reduction to the cost of weapons that players can purchase from the Wheeler, Rawson & Co. Catalogue, as well as from Gunsmiths. Outlaws that have already purchased weapons through these means should not worry that they have overspent on their artillery, as Rockstar will be reimbursing the cost difference directly starting today.

The company has further indicated that it may take until December 10 for all eligible players to receive these reimbursements.

Furthermore, this update will offer a gift to all players that have participated in Red Dead Online's beta. Specifically, all players that have logged into the game prior to 3 a.m. EDST on December 6 will receive $250 in-game currency as well as 15 gold bars. Some players will begin receiving this gift today, and it will reach all eligible players by Friday, December 14.

In the announcement of the update, Rockstar further assures that it has every intention to continue improving and balancing Red Dead Online. This includes fixes for "persistent bugs that are causing some players to be kicked from sessions," and players can expect these tweaks to come next week.

As players begin to sink their teeth into Rockstar's newest multiplayer sandbox, reception has been varied. While our writers have praised Red Dead Online for its stability and the amount of content it contains, others have criticized it for issues with griefing and the requirements that must be met in order to obtain the game's many high-priced items.

It remains to be seen if today's update will pose an acceptable solution to the latter concern, but, at least, it does suggest that Rockstar is indeed listening to the voices of the community.

Fortnite: How to Complete All the Season 7, Week 1 Challenges Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:44:21 -0500 William R. Parks

Fortnite's seventh season is now live, and with it comes a slew of new content for fans to sink their teeth into, including snowy peaks, an ariel vehicle, and a brand new creative mode. As always, a new season also means new challenges, and the Season 7, Week 1 challenges are now available.

For players that do not own a Battle Pass, there are three free challenges:

  1. Pickup an item of each rarity [5]
  2. Dance in different forbidden locations [7]
  3. Play matches with at least one elimination (HARD) [5]

The first and third challenges should be easily completed after playing a few matches, however, dancing in the seven forbidden locations will take a bit more work. This type of challenge was first introduced in Fortnite's third season, and it requires that players bust-a-move in front of signs depicting a crossed out dancer. Forbes has shared this handy map to help players find these locations:

While this is the full extent of this week's free challenges, Battle Pass owners will have access to four additional challenges (two of which consist of multiple parts):

  1. Stage 1: Dance on top of a crown of RV's; Stage 2: Dance on top of a Metal Turtle; Stage 3: Dance on top of a Submarine
  2. Deal Headshot Damage to opponents [500]
  3. Stage 1: Search Ammo Boxes in a single match (HARD) [5]; Stage 2: Search Chests in a single match [3]; Stage 3: Search Supply Drops in a single match [1]
  4. Eliminate opponents in different Named Locations (HARD) [5]

Challenges two, three, and four are easy enough, and should be completed through standard play, but the remaining multi-part challenge will require some additoinal effort.

In this challenge, players will need to find the three specified locations (in the order listed) and dance in them. An easy task, but players may be lost attempting to find these locations. Once again, Forbes has shared maps with them indicated:

There is a lot to explore and experience with today's Fortnite update, and plenty of players are certain to be excited about the newly introduced cosmetics. Completing these first week challenges is a great opportunity to get a jump-start on acquiring them.

Celebrate Christmas Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Style Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:30:59 -0500 QuintLyn

Today, mobile game developer Jam City and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the launch of the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery holiday event. Now player can celebrate Christmas the way only those in the Wizarding World can, by making sure Hogwarts is appropriately festive.

Starting today, players logging into the game will find a themed tree in each of their respective houses: red for Gryffindor, green for Slytherin, blue for Ravenclaw, and Yellow for Hufflepuff. Players can then help add to the decorations by voting on their favorite tree ornament via the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts before December 12.

On December 13, the winning ornament will be announced and appear on each of the House Christmas trees. But that's not all. A video demonstrating how to make a real world version of the ornament will also be posted for wizards and Muggles alike. The video will also highlight Hogwarts' holiday decor, and tease a time-limited sidequest featuring the Weasleys.

Quake Champions' Next Update Changes How Players Get Rewards Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:18:33 -0500 William R. Parks

At E3 2018, Bethesda announced that players that signed up for a free trial of Quake Champions would be able to continue playing the game, for free, following its official launch. In August, the company extended this offer to all players, making the game fully free-to-play, and now Bethesda is back with some economy and gameplay changes that may bring more eyes to id's first-person shooter.

Quake Champions' December update will mark the end of Backpacks and Chests, the game's take on loot boxes, and the beginning of a new rewards system centered around a purchasable Battle Pass. Under this new system, players will gain XP, used to unlock rewards, simply by playing Quake Champions and completing Daily and Weekly Challenges.

While this can be pursued at no cost, Battle Pass owners will have the opportunity to earn rewards even faster, as they will have access to additional Challenges. A seasonal Battle Pass can be purchased for 1,000 Platinum, a virtual currency that can be acquired for real-world money, and it will be good for a three month period.

Furthermore, Champion progression is also undergoing some changes. Completing the aforementioned Challenges will reward players with Shards, which can be exchanged for Champion-specific items. "This system will allow players to earn even more rewards," Bethesda's announcement states, "and -- more importantly -- to choose the Champion that their rewards are applied to."

And finally, the December update will bring a classic game mode to the new shooter, as players will now be able to participate in rounds of Capture the Flag. This new way to play will be housed in a new map, called Citadel, and fans may recognize that it has taken inspiration from Quake Live's Stonekeep map from 2010.

Describing Quake Champions, our writers have said that it "feels more like a weekend diversion" than a game that will become the go-to first-person shooter for many. However, with its free-to-play status, and this active attempt to get players engaged, perhaps some life can be breathed into it yet.

An official release date for the December update has not yet been revealed, but players can get more details at the Quake website.

Fortnite's New Creative Mode Launches Tomorrow Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:12:57 -0500 William R. Parks

While fans have had their eyes on a snowstorm that is making its way to Fortnite, Epic has been hard at work preparing another big addition to launch with Season 7. Beginning tomorrow, Battle Pass owners will have access to Fortnite's newest game mode: Fortnite Creative.

Announced this morning, Fortnite Creative is a sandbox-style experience, a la Minecraft, where players can design and build their own private islands. How exactly players will utilize their constructions is up to them, as Fortnite Creative can function as a map creator, allowing friends to do battle across their custom-built islands, as well as an opportunity to design custom game modes, races, and obstacle courses.

For players that want full building control, Fortnite Creative provides a material gallery that will allow them to build whatever they desire from scratch. However, players that are more interested in quickly building large-scale battlefields and game mode scenarios can simply access Fortnite Creative's prefabricated options to promptly erect full buildings and more.

Everything built in Fortnite Creative will be saved and accessible from session to session, and while the initial features available seem quite robust, Epic has indicated that this is just the beginning:

Fortnite Creative is new and exciting, but not final. We'll be adding many new features and improvements over the next few updates. Like Battle Royale and Save the World, we're committed to making this bigger and better over time.

As mentioned, this new game mode will be available to Battle Pass owners beginning tomorrow, though Epic's announcement indicates that its launch will "be rough." All players will get access to their own private islands on Thursday, December 13.

Only a day after the announcement of Epic's new digital distribution platform, the Epic Games Store, the reveal of Fortnite Creative continues to establish the company as one of the most prolific developers in the industry. With this constant slew of updates and new content, it is understandable that the battle royale juggernaut now has over 200 million registered players, and Epic is showing no signs of slowing down.

For players that are interested to see more of Fortnite Creative prior to launch, Epic has given a number of content creators early access. Videos from these content creators can be found on the company's website.

Rumor: The Metroid Prime Series Is Headed To Nintendo Switch Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:07:27 -0500 QuintLyn

Unless you hate the Nintendo Switch for some reason, you might very well be able to get your hands on the Metroid Prime Trilogy in the near future. That's right, the series is rumored to be headed to Nintendo's current console.

The news was originally posted as a rumor on My Nintendo News yesterday after a listing for a Nintendo Switch version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy was discovered on the website belonging to Swedish retailer Inet.

According to an update on the original post, the product was even just a rumor for the retailer, but they felt confident enough that it will be announced at The Game Awards on December 6 to go ahead and list it.

Today, My Nintendo News reported that Liam Robertson, a writer for several sites including Nintendo Life, effectively confirmed a Metroid Prime Trilogy for the Switch on his Twitter account. Robertson, who is considered a reliable source on such matters, noted that the listing isn't necessarily legitimate.

The Game Awards will air on Thursday, December 6, at 8:30 p.m. EDT. Those interested can watch it live, so we'll find out for certain then whether or not the rumor is true.

New Fallout 76 Patch Brings Undocumented Changes, Nerfs Wed, 05 Dec 2018 12:47:54 -0500 William R. Parks

Yesterday's Fallout 76 patch marked Bethesda's latest attempt to address the myriad of issues that plague their new multiplayer RPG. For many, the most notable tweak was a much needed increase to stash storage sizes, however,  players are now finding many other changes that were not included in Bethesda's patch notes.

Since the release of the update, players have taken to Reddit to compile a list of perceived undocumented changes. Without official verification from Bethesda, it is difficult to have a full picture of the extent and accuracy of the changes players are experiencing in the updated Fallout 76, but an overall sentiment indicates that character power levels have been decreased in general.

Some of these nerfs appear to primarily target characters that are level 50 and beyond, and some players have suggested that these high level Vault Dwellers are dealing reduced damage in both PvP and PvE. Furthermore, it has been specifically noted that end-game melee damage seems to have been decreased.

Other players are posing another possibility, indicating that some enemies appear to have been granted additional health or damage reduction abilities. Thus, the weakened states that players are finding their high level characters in may be the product of an overall buff to enemies rather than a reduction in character power levels.

This theory seems to be further substantiated by additional power-ups that this update appears to have brought to enemies. For example, prior to the patch, non-legendary enemies that had been damaged would stay at their reduced health even if temporarily disengaged. Now, players are reporting that these enemies will immediately regain health if the player allows them to move from a designated "aggro zone."

Beyond these combat-specific alterations, players are noting other perceived changes that suggest that Bethesda wants to curve the speed at which players are preceding through the game. This includes what appears to be a reduction in the spawn of legendary enemies, decreasing the opportunity for players to acquire Fallout 76's powerful legendary gear. Additionally, crafting plans and mods appear to be more scarce, and Power Armor Fusion Cores are draining more quickly.

Again, the validity of many of these perceived changes is debatable, due to the lack of transparency provided by Bethesda's patch notes. However, it is clear that some undocumented changes have come to Fallout 76, and, after all of the controversy that has surrounded the game's launch, it is surprising that the company would not be more straightforward with those that are still continuing to play the game.

The current list of undocumented changes can be found on Reddit.

Discord's Hosting HUGE Snowsgiving Giveaway Event Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:24:53 -0500 QuintLyn

'Tis the season for giving, and the Discord team is in the spirit. 

The company announced a special "Snowsgiving" event today, featuring giveaways for game codes and hardware. It also includes in-store game discounts, Discord merchandise, and even a Minion Masters tournament with cash prizes.

The event will run December 7 through December 16, during which timed stuff will be given away every day. The Discord team suggests following them on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to avoid missing all the action.

With the launch of Snowsgiving on December 7, Mild Beast Games and Versus Evil's At Sundown will be made available for free. You'll need to hurry, though, because that particular giveaway will end on December 9.

And that's just the first of many giveaways.

As for the tournament, fans of the RTS Minion Masters -- which is currently available for free in the Discord Store -- can try for one of 128 spots in a special tournament featuring hardware and over $8,000 in cash prizes.

Gamers can also pick up over a dozen different games via the Discord store at discounts ranging from 15% to 67% off. And, if that weren't enough, there are fan art and music contests to take part in.

Full information on how to enter the giveaways and take part in the tournament and contests is available on the Discord site.

Fortnite Developer's Epic Games Store Challenges Steam's Revenue Split Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:23:15 -0500 William R. Parks

At the end of last week, Valve announced revisions to how profits are shared with developers that sell their games on Steam, the company's massive digital distribution platform. This has lead to an ongoing conversation about profit sharing, and Epic Games, the developers behind Fortnite, have chimed in (maybe unintentionally) by announcing the Epic Games Store.

The Epic Games Store is a new distribution platform for game developers, and it will launch with a group of games selected by Epic. It has been indicated that some of these launch games will be announced at Thursday's The Game Awards, and more details on the Epic Games Store are likely to come as well. From there, the platform will open up to include more titles in 2019.

Prior to Valve's aforementioned revisions, the company received 30%of all revenue generated from Steam sales. Now, Valve has given incentive for the most successful games to stay on its platform by cutting the take to 25% when a game reaches $10 million in sales and to 20% when it reaches $50 million. This is a potential response to the ever-growing options for digital distribution, though it does not help the small indie developers that are likely to need it the most.

Epic, however, has taken another approach, and the company will receive only 12% of the revenue generated by games sold through the Epic Games Store. As per a statement from Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney:

As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players. Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers."

Furthermore, games that are sold through the Epic Games Store that have been built using Epic's Unreal Engine will not be subject to the 5% fee the company collects when these games are sold on platforms like Steam. This does not preclude games built with Unity from being distributed on Epic's platform, but it does give developers that are using Unreal an additional incentive.

While it may be a while before Epic's new platform comes anywhere near rivaling the juggernaut that is Steam, the company's focus on increased revenue for developers is certain to turn some heads. At the very least, the Epic Games Store will stand against Valve's platform as some much-needed competition, and, hopefully, it will make it increasingly possible for developers to work on smaller-scale, indie projects.

Subnautica Surfaces on PS4 and Xbox One Today Tue, 04 Dec 2018 16:07:09 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Fresh off being named PC Game of the Year at 2018's Golden Joystick awards, Subnautica, a survival game about actual survival, has finally released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is available in both physical and digital formats. 

Subnautica's console release marks a major milestone in a long journey that began in 2014 when it originally released into Steam Early Access. Since then, the game has gone through a bevy of iterations and received numerous accolades. It currently holds a positive rating on Metacritic, garnering an aggregate 87 from critics and an 8.3 from users

In Subnautica, players are stranded on a water-covered alien planet code named 4546-B. While the ultimate objective is to get off-planet, players will first need to survive 4546-B's harsh seas full of both peaceful and aggressive flora and fauna. Hunger, thirst, and oxygen play major roles in Subnautica, while building is an essential part of survival. 

However, unlike many other survival games on console, Subnautica is all about man vs. nature; there are no NPCs in Subnautica, and the game doesn't yet feature any multiplayer elements. 

Aside from today's console release, Unknown Worlds, the developer behind Subnautica, is steady at work on the game's next expansion, Below Zero. Currently, there is no firm date on when this arctic-themed expansion will release, or if it will release on consoles alongside the PC version. 

You can follow the game's ongoing development in real-time over at Unknown Worlds' development Trello board

Fortnite Gets Its First Snowflakes Tue, 04 Dec 2018 14:54:17 -0500 William R. Parks

Over the last month, Fortnite players have been noticing some strange environmental occurrences, and it has lead to much speculation about what the future may hold for the battle royale's map. Specifically, the rumor mill has been turning with the idea that a snowstorm is on its way its way to Fortnite, and today, that speculation has been given legs.

Players that begin a match and load into spawn island, Fortnite's pre-match holding ground, will notice a light snowfall has begun. While it is just a few flakes now, this has the potential to grow into a storm that will overtake the game's map in full — Season 7 is set to begin this Thursday, and more snow is likely to come with it.

This snow-centric speculation began when players discovered what appeared to be a cloud looming south of Flush Factory. Since, it has become apparent that this phenomenon is not, in fact, a cloud, but rather an iceberg floating toward Fortnite's map. On top of the iceberg sits a castle.

What exactly will occur when this mysterious iceberg and castle arrive at the game's main landmass is unknown, however, it appears that it will coincide with the arrival of this brewing snowstorm. It seems that players indeed have a lot to look forward to in Fortnite's next season.

Those that have been playing Epic's shooter sensation for some time will not be strangers to its evolving map. In Season 4, a meteor crashed into the island, leaving craters throughout, and the recent "Fortnitemares" event brought some Halloween-inspired spookiness.

However, the suggestion that a new play area may be added when the iceberg arrives, coupled with the potential for a map-encompassing snowstorm, indicates that Season 7 may bring some of the biggest changes yet.

While players wait for these changes, there is still time to play the recently added Wild West Limited Time Mode. This may not be as exciting as a snow-covered Pleasant Park or Tilted Towers, however, there is still plenty to keep fans engaged until Fortnite is painted white.

Battlefield 5's First Major Content Update Delayed [UPDATE: Live Now] Tue, 04 Dec 2018 13:02:13 -0500 William R. Parks

[UPDATE 12/5/18: Battlefield 5's "Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture" update is now available. DICE has taken to Twitter to offer its "sincerest apologies for the delay."]

At the end of last week, DICE outlined the changes that would be coming to Battlefield 5 in its first post-launch content update, "Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture." However, it seems that players will need to wait a bit longer for today's scheduled update, as DICE has confirmed that "Chapter 1: Overture" is delayed until further notice.

"The team has discovered an issue with the #Battlefield Chapter 1: Overture update," the company stated on Twitter. "Rather than create issues in the game, we're holding the update for the time being."

Fortunately for fans of the new first-person shooter, it does not seem that the delay will be long, and DICE has indicated that there should be more news available today.

"Chapter 1: Overture" is the first of three post-launch updates that were outlined for Battlefield 5 in October. It is set to include a new tank-centric map called Panzerstorm, additions to the single-player campaign, a practice game mode, and vehicle skins.

Furthermore, the update is to come with a number of changes, including weapon rebalancing. Chief amongst these weapon tweaks is an overall buff to Medic load-outs, which are intended to improve their weapons at-range, and players should specifically notice increased performance from SMGs.

While some players may be disappointed by the delay of this Battlefield 5 update, especially considering how close the delay announcement comes to its scheduled release, it does seem that DICE is committed to making sure it launches bug-free in the near future. 

In the interim, DICE has taken to Reddit to give fans a full recap of the upcoming Battlefield 5 announcements, communications, and live streams. This includes an "Ask Me Anything" with DICE set to occur tomorrow, December 5, on Reddit, as well as an EA UK Community Team live stream scheduled for Thursday.

While these items may not feel like suitable replacements for the now delayed release of "Chapter 1: Overture," fans will at least have some ways to engage with DICE's new shooter while they wait for it.

A full recap of these upcoming events can be found on Reddit.

Niantic Offers More Details On Pokemon GO's Trainer Battle System Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:56:54 -0500 QuintLyn

Recently, the Pokemon GO team announced via Twitter that players could look forward to a new PvP system "soon". At the time, it was only revealed that the system was on the way, leaving details on what players could expect from it for later.

As it turns out, today is later.

According to a post on, the PvP system features three different leagues: Great League, Ultra League, and Master League. Each has its own limits on the CP of the Pokemon playing in it. It will include changes to the game's existing battle system. While it will keep the "tap" system, players will now be able to use Stardust and Candy to unlock a second Charged Attack. 

In addition, the system is replacing the ability to dodge with a "Protect Shield" that players can use on their Pokemon. These shields are limited, however, so players will need to be well-versed of when to use them.

The system will provide players with a few options for initiating battle, ranging from challenging nearby players to challenging Ultra and Best Friends long distance. Players participating in battles will earn rewards and even eventually earn an Ace Trainer medal.

Earth Defense Force 5 Is Out Next Week -- EDF! EDF! Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:24:27 -0500 Ashley Shankle

I don't know if you've had the pleasure of blowing up a bunch of giant bugs and their alien handlers in Earth Defense Force before, but if you want to experience the life of an EDF hero, you've only got a week left to wait.

Earth Defense Force 5 releases on December 11, bringing its stable of more than 100 missions and some insight into the first assaults from the alien menace. Don't expect those insights to be too deep, though -- you're in the EDF to shoot, not to think!

If you've never played Earth Defense Force, here's the gist: Imagine if those old cheesy sci-fi movies with giant nonsensical monsters had a baby with PlayStation 2-era Armored Core, with loads of environmental destruction and waves upon waves of massive, murderous insects. That's EDF.

The series hasn't changed much from its PlayStation 2 roots, but this newest entry has upgraded from Earth Defense Force 2025 on the PS3 and the enhanced 4.1 re-release on the PlayStation 4 where it matters most: weapon and enemy variety, enemy dismemberment, better AI, and improved visuals with less slowdown when things get real crazy.

Check out my review for this baby on Friday, and get ready to toss some money over at D3 Publisher and Sandlot come next Tuesday if this all sounds good to you.

It sounds great to me, especially the couch co-op. Delicious bug-crunching couch co-op. Mmm.

Cookie Jam Blast Celebrates National Cookie Day with Season of Cookies Tue, 04 Dec 2018 08:00:02 -0500 William R. Parks

'Tis the season of uncomfortably cold weather, presents, and, of course, cookies, and today, sweet-toothed individuals across the United States will celebrate with National Cookie Day. So too, fans of Cookie Jam Blast can now join in on the festivities, as the first annual "Season of Cookies" comes to the mobile puzzler.

Cookie Jam Blast is a free-to-play, match-3 puzzle game available for iOS and Android, and the "Season of Cookies" will be an opportunity for a select few to share their favorite recipes with the player base. That is, for the entirety of December, five Cookie Jam Blast players will have their favorite cookies "reimagined" and added as game pieces.

These special game pieces will be introduced every Thursday, and players will be able to access the recipes and learn more about the bakers through Cookie Jam Blast's Facebook page. The first seasonal game piece is a peanut butter cookie from New York-based player, Cindy Dutton. 

"I'm so excited to share my family's favorite cookie featured in my go-to game, for all my fellow players to enjoy," Dutton said about her participation in Cookie Jam Blast's first "Season of Cookies."

National Cookie Day was created by the Blue Chip Cookie Company's Matt Nader in 1987, and, considering that seven billion chocolate chip cookies are eaten every year in the United States, there are certain to be many bakers and cookie eaters celebrating today. Cookie Jam Blast's "Season of Cookies" will make sure that the sugar-fueled jubilation need not end before December is through.

Cookie Jam Blast can be downloaded via the iOS App Store and Google Play.

Final Fantasy 15 Director Announces New Studio Mon, 03 Dec 2018 14:54:17 -0500 William R. Parks

In November, Hajime Tabata, the director behind Final Fantasy 15, announced that he would be parting ways with Square Enix to pursue another project. Today, Tabata confirmed exactly what that project is: a new game studio called JP Games.

"Right now, we are preparing for a target January 2019 launch," Tabata said in his Facebook announcement. No further details were made available, but he did implore fans to offer their "ongoing support."

Final Fantasy 15's development was notoriously fraught with problems. Taking nearly ten years to complete, the game was initially announced as PlayStation 3-exclusive Final Fantasy Versus 13, and it was to be helmed by Kingdom Hearts' Director Tetsuya Nomura. After a slow start, and an increase in the game's scale, it was rebranded in 2012 as an entirely new Final Fantasy entry for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Thereafter, a Tabata-lead production team was brought on to assist with development, and, eventually, Tabata would replace Nomura as Final Fantasy 15's director. However, the transition to this new generation of hardware created many development issues and required significant staff changes as well as the participation of a number of studios in various aspects of the game.

Finally, the game was released at the end of 2016, though reception of Final Fantasy 15 was mixed at its launch. While our writers praised it for its "polished and exciting" battle system, other critics and fans took issue with its character development and narrative holes.

Some of these issues began to be addressed with the numerous post-release DLCs that expanded on the game's story and introduced a multi-player mode. However, the planned DLC was stopped short when the remaining entries were unceremoniously cancelled in November.

These cancellations coincided with Tabata's announced departure, and, after the obvious challenges presented by Final Fantasy 15, his decision to move on may not come as a surprise to many. While very little is known about his new venture, JP Games, it seems unlikely that their first release will come with as much developmental baggage as the latest Final Fantasy entry.

Tabata's announcement can be seen on his Facebook page.

Turtle Beach Debuts High-Performance Ear Buds For Roaming Gamers Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:35:56 -0500 QuintLyn

Gamers on the go now have a new, more convenient  way to take quality gaming audio with them. Today, Turtle Beach announced Battle Buds -- a high-performance earbud and mic set designed with gaming in mind.

The Battle Buds feature a removable boom microphone for in-game chat -- or taking calls. They also have 10mm speakers for a full range of sound and a standard 3.5mm connection. This means they're compatible with almost all mobile devices as well as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and desktops.

To provide users with the best control over their Battle Buds, they include an inline controller. This means volume controls including mic muting and a multifunction button (for devices that support it) are easily accessible.

At launch, Battle Buds come in two color combinations: white with teal accents and black with silver accents.

Battle Buds are available exclusively at Target or via the Turtle Beach site today. They run $29.95 and are available just in time for the holidays.

No Cyberpunk 2077 Details to Be Released at The Game Awards Mon, 03 Dec 2018 12:35:30 -0500 William R. Parks

It has been three months since CD Projekt Red shared an extensive gameplay demo of its upcoming RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, and fans the world over have been champing at the bit for more details ever since. Unfortunately, they will need to wait a bit longer, as Community Lead Marcin Momot has confirmed that there will be no Cyberpunk 2077 announcement at this week's The Game Awards.

The Game Awards, scheduled for Thursday, December 6, will not only be an opportunity to celebrate some of 2018's best games, but it is also shaping up to be a big night for announcements. With confirmation that more than 10 games will be revealed at the show, some fans may have been excitedly speculating on if Cyberpunk 2077 might make an appearance. Momot's Tweet sufficiently squashes any chance of that:

In Cyberpunk 2077, players will assume the role of a mercenary named V as they traverse the dystopian Night City. Based on a 1988 tabletop RPG, many fans have high hopes for CD Projekt Red's next title. These expectations are likely fueled, in no small part, by the company's last RPG-sensation, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

A game that our writers have called a "massive, stunning, immersive action RPG," 2015's The Witcher 3 set a new standard for open-world gaming, offering players exceptional writing, rich lore, and meaningful decisions. Since, CD Projekt has supported Gwent, a stand-alone card game culled from The Witcher series itself, however, Cyberpunk 2077 is the company's next chance to showcase how their RPG chops have developed in the intervening years.

In a recent call with brokerage house Vestor DM, Adam Kicinski, CD Projekt CEO, indicated that the company "strives to publish games which are as refined as Red Dead Redemption 2." Rockstar's recent Western has been met with nearly universal critical acclaim, and this statement clearly suggests that CD Projekt is aware of the expectations fans hold for Cyberpunk 2077. However, it seems that they will get no further information on one of the most anticipated upcoming tiles this week.

Dark Souls 3 Discarded Bonfire and Ceremony Systems Discovered Sat, 01 Dec 2018 17:57:21 -0500 William R. Parks

Over the years, FromSoftware's Soulsborne games have fostered a particularly dedicated fan base — one filled with players that are committed to scouring their favorites games for every piece of available lore. Some, like YouTuber Lance McDonald, have taken this a step further, tapping into game files and old builds to be certain that no stone has been left unturned, and he has recently uncovered more from Dark Souls 3.

In his latest video, McDonald showcases a "Cult Death" system (from an alpha version of the game), which was not included in Dark Souls 3's retail release. Under this system, some enemies would trigger a "Cult Death" upon being slain, which would have allowed players to drag the corpse throughout the map.

Further, if the player had joined a "Cult," another mechanic excised before the game's release, they would be able to perform a ceremony and create a "Cult Bonfire" within the corpse. Seemingly, "Cult Bonfires" were to have a similar functionality to the Bonfires fans of the series are familiar with, but the ability to place them at locations of a player's choosing is not like anything featured in any of the "Soulsborne" games.

This is not all that McDonald has unearthed, however, as his video outlines a completely new type of player-built Bonfire with a unique functionality. Using a "Ceremony Sword," players could invite Player vs. Player invasions by "eclipsing the sun" in another corpse-based ceremony. A complimentary ceremony would have allowed players to actually perform the invasion.

Again, PvP invasions are commonplace across "Soulsborne" games, but none feature an implementation quite like this one.

Interestingly, in June 2015, The Know leaked a bevy of information and gameplay details for Dark Souls 3, and all of these elements (the corpse dragging, the invasion ceremonies) were amongst them. Additionally, it is now clear that the Dark Souls 3 display at E3 2015 was, in fact, the Ashen One performing an eclipse ceremony.

While Dark Souls 3 was released to critical acclaim, some players voiced dissatisfaction with its lack of innovation compared to other "Soulsborne" entries. It is, of course, not guaranteed that these ceremony systems would have resolved this complaint. However, they are certainly a unique approach, and it is fortunate that players like McDonald are willing to share them with us.

The aforementioned Dark Souls 3 leaks can be found in-full on The Know's YouTube page.

PUBG Lands On PS4 December 7 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 17:19:28 -0500 QuintLyn

PlayStation 4 fans only have a week left to wait before they'll be able to log into Bluehole's popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds -- or PUBG. The game is set to release on the system Friday December 7.

Bluehole announced the console launch earlier, along with several game package options for those wishing to purchase it. These include Disk and Looter's Editions that include the base game and pre-order bonuses for $29.99 USD, a Survivor's Edition for $59.99 USD and a Champion's Edition for $89.99 USD.

The latter two editions include the following in addition to the game and pre-order bonuses.

  • Survivor’s Edition
    • Survivor Pass: Vikendi
    • 2,300 G-Coin Pack
    • 20,000 BP
  • Champion’s Edition
    • Survivor Pass: Vikendi
    • 6,000 G-Coin Pack
    • 20,000 BP

The pre-order bonuses include a Nathan Drake Desert Outfit from the Uncharted series, and Ellie's Backpack from The Last of Us. There will also be a PUBG avatar and theme to use on the PS4.

Anyone hoping to pick up these goodies will want to head over to the PUBG site to pre-order. Just remember, you'll need to do it before the game releases on the PS4.

Players Get One Final Chance To Capture Certain Legendaries In Pokemon GO Fri, 30 Nov 2018 15:36:48 -0500 QuintLyn

Players who have yet to capture all of the previously available Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon GO will have another opportunity to do so in December.

Today, Niantic announced that players wishing to capture Articuno, Entei, Moltres, Raikou, Suicune, and Zapdos will be able to earn them as rewards when they earn Research Breakthroughs in December. In order to earn Research Breakthroughs, players will be required to complete Field Research tasks.

This is great news for players who missed picking up any of these Pokemon via Research Breakthroughs and raids earlier in the year. For players living in areas with smaller populations, the raids aren't as easily completed, and of course, timing is everything.

For those that have already caught these Pokemon, this likely isn't as big of a deal.  But at least it gives everyone a chance to start out even in the new year. 

Speaking of getting everyone caught up, the devs also announced a "Community Day" event for this weekend. During the entire weekend, players will be able to grab any Community Day Pokemon they might have missed throughout the year.

On another note, the Pokemon GO Twitter account has also been teasing Trainer Battles today, with the final tweet stating that they are "coming soon".

Battlefield 5's Time to Kill Changes Clarified, Upcoming Tweaks Outlined Fri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:22 -0500 William R. Parks

Last week, Battlefield 5 Core Gameplay Designer, Florian Le Bihan, took to Twitter, indicating that changes to Time to Kill (TTK) and Time to Death (TTD) values are coming to DICE's new first-person shooter.

Now, in a post on Reddit, DICE has clarified on their intentions and given an overview of the tweaks that coincide with Battlefield 5's first major post-launch update, "Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture," which is set for release on December 4.

TTK and TTD values are critical aspects of all first-person shooters. While a vocal portion of Battlefield 5's player base suggests that TTD (how long it takes to be killed from the perspective of the victim) has latency-based issues that need to be addressed, they indicate that TTK (how long it takes to kill an opponent) is in just the right place.

In response, DICE has stated that no TTK or TTD changes are coming in "Chapter 1: Overture." However, the company still has tweaks to these values in their plans:

We're seeing players die too often/too quickly and get frustrated because of it. So, we're looking at how we can improve the experience for new players and veterans alike. This may lead to a perceived slower TTK.

DICE continued by suggesting that they want the community to be involved in testing these changes, and a quote from Le Bihan paints a picture of how that testing may materialize. Specifically, he outlines a scenario where TTK changes would be widely implemented, while a new playlist would allow players to continue battling with the current TTK in-tact.

That said, the first chapter in "Tides of War" does contain many weapon changes that will impact their power level. Notably, DICE is focusing on "changes that will help most of the Medic weapons to perform better at-range." This materializes as SMGs are receiving a number of improvements in an attempt to bring them in balance with Assault Rifles and Light Machine Guns.

Further, the update addresses an animation issue that will "virtually" increase the speed of revivals as well as UI-based improvements and new Spectator Mode features.

Of course, all of these fixes and changes are just one part of the "Tides of War" update, as "Chapter 1: Overture" features a new tank-based map (Panzerstorm), a new entry in the single-player campaign, a practice game mode, and vehicle skins. Significant additions, though they will need to keep players occupied until "Chapter 2: Lightning Storm" comes to Battlefield 5 at the beginning of 2019.

This information from DICE comes only days after a server-side update that addressed server stability and team balance issues. It is clear that the company is committed to keeping players engaged with new updates and changes, however, the reception of the upcoming TTK changes will be an important indicator of the future of Battlefield 5.

DICE's full outline of the December 4 update can be found on Reddit.

Monster Hunter World Launches Its First Ever Holiday Celebration Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:32:47 -0500 QuintLyn

The holidays are upon us and games everywhere are kicking off their annual winter events. Joining in on the holiday fun for the first time this year is Monster Hunter: World with it's "Winter Star Fest". The event kicked off today (November 30), and features decorations, challenge quests, and some awesome holiday rewards.

Upon logging in, players will discover the Celestial Pursuit in Astera has been decked out with holiday flair -- icicles, sparkles, and fireworks. They'll also be able to access several previous event and challenge quests, allowing them to pick up anything they may have missed over the last year.

During the event -- which lasts until December 17 -- players will be able to collect Winter Star Tickets and create special holiday-themed armor. Winter Star Tickets can even be used to create a Snow Set for Palicos.

They can also attempt the "Timberland Troublemakers" event quests and earn Bristly Crake Tickets which are needed to craft and upgrade the Bristly Pincushion hammer.

And, as expected, there are costume sets available as well -- for both players and their Poogies.

Those interested in the event can check out the video above, or hit up the Monster Hunter World website.

Former Battlefield Devs Announce Action Strategy Game BATALJ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:31:23 -0500 QuintLyn

Fall Damage, an independent game company founded by former DICE employees -- including one of the original DICE founders -- today announced its first game, BATALJ ("Combat" in Swedish). A turn-based action strategy game for the PC, BATALJ pits players against each other in one-on-one battles using custom-built squads.

BATALJ features three factions: Rusters, Re-linked, and Splicers. The first faction is a nomadic race, collecting anything that can be repaired and used in battle. The Re-linked are a cyborg-type race, having replaced their bodies with machines. They operate on logic and reason. The third faction, Splicers, use genetic manipulation to make themselves more powerful.

In creating BATALJ, the developers decided to make it easily accessible to players while still offering them plenty of squad customization options. The game introduces new mechanics to the genre, allowing players and their opponents to plan their actions simultaneously and throwing them into the action phase immediately.

BATALJ is already in closed beta on the PC. Those who wish to find out more about the game can find information on its official site, or by checking out the Steam page.



Anthem Closed Alpha Details Revealed Fri, 30 Nov 2018 11:16:58 -0500 William R. Parks

While Anthem, BioWare's next foray into the world of online multiplayer gaming, is not scheduled for release until 2019, a select few will have a chance to try out the RPG shooter very soon. As recently announced by EA, the Anthem Closed Alpha will take place December 8-9.

The Anthem Closed Alpha is a series of Community Playtests that will take place over these two days, and invitees will have the option to participate in as many of the sessions as they desire. These invitees will be selected from players that sign-up through EA's Community Playtesting site. It is important to note that this is a limited affair, hence "closed," and signing-up is far from a guaranteed invite.

However, EA indicates that those that are not initially accepted into the alpha will be put on a waitlist, and the company advises that waitlisted players should watch their emails throughout the playtests. Further, EA has confirmed that this sign-up process cannot be skirted — Origin Access, EA Access, or an Anthem pre-order will not give players access to the alpha.

It is important to note that not everyone is eligible to sign-up for the Closed Alpha. Players must be 18 or older and an internet connection is required to play. Additionally, PlayStation 4 owners will need a PlayStation Plus membership, and Xbox One owners will need an Xbox Live Gold membership. English will be the only available language during the Closed Alpha.

As is expected with an alpha phase, the build players will have access to "does not represent the final version of the game." Many players will be excited to have an early look at Anthem, but this is a testing event primarily focused around data collection, not a pre-launch demo. As such, participants in the Closed Alpha will need to adhere to EA's non-disclosure policies:

Everything in the Anthem Closed Alpha is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. This means no posting or sharing on social media or anywhere else.

In a time when pre-orders increasingly offer early access to new games, incentivizing players to pay for products that they may not have full details on, it is refreshing to see EA take this approach. While players that are excluded from the Closed Alpha may be disappointed, at least they will know their exclusion is not due to an unwillingness to invest in a game that is not even finished.

That said, Anthem is one of our writers' most anticipated games of 2019, and we will be crossing our fingers as we eagerly watch our emails for an invite.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Camos and Map Changes Coming to Blackout Thu, 29 Nov 2018 23:06:02 -0500 William R. Parks

In a recent update, new unlockable characters and a bowie knife were introduced in "Blackout," Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle-royale game mode. While these additions may have fans currently occupied, a series of Tweets from David Vonderhaar, Treyarch's Studio Design Director, suggest that there is more on the horizon, confirming that weapon camouflages and map changes are on the way to "Blackout".

Weapon camouflages, or camos, are achievement-based cosmetics that players can use to give their weapons distinct appearances. In Black Ops 4, weapon-specific challenges, like landing headshot kills with a gun, must be completed in order to unlock camos. This allows these cosmetics to function as collectibles, and those that are tied to the most difficult of the game's challenges are prestige items to be flaunted.

To this point, camos have not been available in "Blackout," which may be a result of the way that weapons are acquired in this new game mode. Rather than selecting a load-out, players pickup weapons scattered throughout the battle royale's map as they play. This means that cosmetic changes would need to occur on-the-fly, a potential technical hurdle for Treyarch to overcome.

Vonderhaar did not provide any further details on the introduction of camos in "Blackout," and the question remains if they will be new, "Blackout"-specific cosmetics or if players will simply have access to the camos they have unlocked in other game modes.

Further, a second Tweet indicates that a tweaked "Blackout" map may not be far off:

What these changes might be can only be speculated on at this point. However, alterations to the map are a common conversation in the community, and this simple acknowledgment is certain to get many players excited.

While Black Ops 4 was reported to have broken Activision's day-one digital sales records, a poor showing for physical sales suggests that it might not be the success that the publisher expected. This may be a product of choosing to cast-off a single-player campaign for the entry, giving preference instead to this new battle royale game mode.

If that is indeed the case, it is critical that Treyarch cater to the fans that bought Black Ops 4 because of "Blackout" if they hope to keep player counts up, and Vonderhaar's Tweets suggest that they are going to do just that.

Nintendo Finally Does Away With Creators Program Thu, 29 Nov 2018 14:29:53 -0500 QuintLyn

Things just got a whole lot easier for content creators looking to create projects based around Nintendo properties. Today, the gaming giant announced the end of its Creators Program.

The program launched three years ago and has been a source of frustration with creators who were forced to submit their work to Nintendo in order to avoid losing all their revenue to copyright claims by the company. Instead, creators could elect to submit their videos or entire channel to the program in order to receive a percentage of the profit.

During its run, the program was subject to a variety of complaints ranging from the percentage of revenue received to restrictions on livestreaming. Some even saw early on that the program was doomed to fail.

As of today, these restrictions are lifted -- so long as creators follow guidelines put forth by Nintendo.

Effectively, content creators are allowed to stream and create videos and images, so long as the content contains their own creative input. Creators who upload raw gameplay or unedited images will still be subject to copyright claims.

Nintendo's new guidelines can be found on the company site.

Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition Owners Offered Compensation Thu, 29 Nov 2018 13:47:32 -0500 William R. Parks

Following the release of Fallout 76, Bethesda has been under frequent fire for the subpar state of the game, as well as the massive price reductions that have come less than two weeks after its launch. Now, purchasers of the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition are the ones up in arms, and the company has announced that they will be offering them compensation.

The Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition is a $200 version of Bethesda's new multiplayer RPG, and it features several collectibles, including a wearable Power Armor helmet and figurines. The initial marketing also indicated that it would come with a canvas duffle bag; however, as players began to receive their copies, they found that this had been replaced with a cheaper nylon version.

Understandably, purchasers were upset, and one took to Reddit to share a correspondence with Bethesda Gear Store Support. In this correspondence, a representative indicated that the material change was due to the high cost of the canvas bag's production, and nothing would be done in the way of compensation. This post caught the attention of many, gaining 127,000 upvotes in one day, with some users providing further corroboration of Bethesda's position.

Since, the company has backtracked on this stance, and a Tweet from the official Fallout Twitter account offers an apology and provides information on how owners of the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition can claim compensation of 500 Atoms:

Atoms are Fallout 76's approach to microtransactions. While they can be earned by completing in-game tasks, they can also be bought with real-world money, at approximately $1 per 100 Atoms, and are used to purchase in-game cosmetic items. To be clear, this means that the compensation currently being offered to owners of the Fallout 76: Power Armor Edition is around $5 in virtual items.

Further, this about-face from Bethesda has left some players confused about the responses they were receiving from Bethesda Gear Store Support. The company has answered with another Tweet:

While it is unclear if players will consider this level of compensation acceptable, it is certainly an improvement upon the position taken by Bethesda Gear Store Support. The company has recently promised to be more communicative about the gameplay improvements they have planned for Fallout 76, but these updates may be for naught if they continue to alienate their customers at the cash register.

The initial conversation surrounding the bag controversy can be found on Reddit.

Fallout: New Vegas Developer Obsidian Entertainment To Announce New Title At The Game Awards Thu, 29 Nov 2018 11:27:33 -0500 QuintLyn

A week from now, on December 6, gamers, developers, and the rest of the games industry will gather to celebrate all things gaming at The Game Awards. During that celebration, fans can look forward to new trailers and game reveals.

One such reveal has already been teased on The Game Awards Twitter account: Obsidian Entertainment, the company responsible for Fallout: New Vegas, will be announcing a new RPG. 

Obsidian itself is busy teasing the game via Twitter and its website. As part of the campaign, ads for fictional companies pop up on the Obsidian site when it's accessed. One such ad posted on is for a company named Auntie Cleo's, which appears to sell health products and... bread?

On my visit to the website, I got this:

Followed by:

Based on those images, we can probably assume that the game is sci-fi related -- or something with "punk" tacked on to the end. 

As a test, I got someone else to look and see if they got anything other than Spacer's Choice and Auntie Cleo's for ads. So far, it looks like these two are it. Perhaps more will roll out over the next week, offering more clues as to what the game will be.

In the mean time, we know that Obsidian is developing the game, and Take-Two Interactive's Private Division will be responsible for publishing it.

The Game Awards is being streamed live on more than 45 platforms starting at 9 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. PDT on Thursday, December 6. More information on the event can be found on the official site.

Federal Trade Commission Commits to Loot Box Investigation Wed, 28 Nov 2018 22:13:47 -0500 William R. Parks

At a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing that took place Tuesday, New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan put a question to Federal Trade Commission chairman Joseph Simons. Would he commit the FTC to investigating video game loot boxes

Simons'response was simple: "Yes."

Video game loot boxes are virtual items that cost real-world money and provide random virtual rewards, an in-game weapon or cosmetic, as two examples, and Hassan's inquiry was preceded by some startling statistics about the frequency with which children are purchasing them. One such citation was pulled from a report by Great Britain's Gambling Commission, which indicated that 30% of children had paid for loot boxes at some point in their lives.

This statistic appears central to Hassan's concern, as she continued by suggesting that an investigation into loot boxes would serve to "ensure that children are being adequately protected" from them. For many, loot boxes appear to be little more than slot machines, where players insert their money and hope that a desired or high-value item is spit back out, and the lack of oversight means that children can become easy targets.

Of course, companies that include loot boxes in their games refuse the idea that they are simply a veiled form of gambling. EA, for example, distinguished their loot boxes by stating that "players always receive a specified number of items" from them. This stance puts loot boxes in closer company with opening a pack of collectible cards, as there is no potential of losing everything in the way that one can in a traditional casino game.

While video game loot boxes date back to 2004's MapleStory, the controversy surrounding them has reached a fever pitch in recent years. Games like last year's Star Wars Battlefront 2 have caused public outcry due to what players have perceived as predatory microtransaction systems, and European countries like Belgium and the Netherlands have responded by banning some game's loot boxes outright.

How this new commitment from the FTC will impact loot boxes in the United States remains to be seen. While an additional stated goal of Hassan's requested investigation is to educate parents on loot boxes, some may feel that, without oversight, they are powerless in the face of the companies that provide them to their children. This investigation may mark the beginning of some form of regulation and an end to loot boxes being made freely available to minors.

The relevant portion of Tuesday's hearing is available on YouTube.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Update Features Safeguard, Map Variants, and More Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:35:29 -0500 William R. Parks

Aside from the post-launch addition of the Nuketown map and the implementation of the Black Market, things have been relatively quiet since the October launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. However, a new update has brought several goodies to Treyarch's new first-person shooter, including the return of a game mode, two map variants, and more.

Originally appearing in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Safeguard is a multiplayer game mode that is now available exclusively on PlayStation 4. Describing Safeguard, a Reddit post from Treyarch states that players are to "escort the robot into enemy territory and keep the opposing team from doing the same to secure the win."

An exact date for Safeguard's debut on the PC and Xbox One versions of Black Ops 4 was not revealed, however, three new playlists were added to the Featured category on all platforms. Hopefully, this will give these players some respite while they wait for the new game mode.

Additionally, players on all platforms now have access to two new map variants: Seaside Sunset and Firing Range Night. These variants "bring a nighttime flair" to two of the the game's launch maps, and these free additions will be available indefinitely.

Blackout, Black Ops 4's battle-royale game mode, is also receiving some new content. PS4 players can now unlock Dempsey, Nikolai, Takeo, and Richtofen, characters from a map introduced in Black Ops 2, and participate in the returning and retuned Blightfather event. Further, the Bowie Knife, which was released on PS4 last week, is now available to players on PC and Xbox One as well.

This update also comes with a batch of bug and exploit fixes and an overall stability increase for the Zombies game mode.

Black Ops 4 is our preferred multiplayer shooter from this Fall, and it is an experience that our writers have called "one of the most complete FPS packages the series has ever known." 

While players on PS4 are obviously reaping the benefits of this update most immediately, many fans on other platforms will be happy to know that there is new content on the horizon. However, a fix to a bug with the "Prestigious Award" achievement that is preventing players from achieving Platinum may meet more applause at this point.

Full patch notes are available via Treyarch's post on Reddit.

ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League 2018 Kicks Off November 30 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:48:40 -0500 QuintLyn

Rocket League esports fans only have two days to wait before being able to watch eight of the best teams compete for their share of a $150,000 prize. On November 30 at 2 p.m. EDT, the ELEAGUE Cup: Rocket League 2018 will hit the ground spinning, and fans can watch it all on Twitch and

This is the second annual Rocket League tournament under the ELEAGUE banner and will feature well-known teams like Cloud 9, NRG, Dignitas, Evil Geniuses, PSG, FlipSid3, The Chiefs, and We Dem Girlz.

For the first part of the event, the teams will be split into two four-team groups and play through a double elimination bracket. Following that, the top four teams will take part in a single elimination playoff. The winning team will walk away with a good chunk of the $150,000 prize.

Following the live-stream of the tournament online, a series of four episodes featuring the most exciting plays from the games, as well as the teams' stories, will be aired on TBS. The first episode will air on Friday, December 7 at 11 p.m. EDT/PDT, with the other three following every Friday after.

For more news on epsorts and ELEAGUE events, stay tuned to GameSkinny.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's First DLC, New Level System on the Way Wed, 28 Nov 2018 13:46:09 -0500 William R. Parks

It has been more than a month since Assassin's Creed Odyssey was released to critical acclaim, and fans may now be looking for more reasons to continue their journeys as Kassandra or Alexios. Fortunately for them, Ubisoft has just given them one, sharing a launch trailer for "Hunted," the first episode in the game's "Legacy of the First Blade" DLC.

"Hunted" is set for release on December 4, and it will focus around Darius, the assassin responsible for the death of King Xerxes and the first wielder of the franchise's iconic Hidden Blades.

The rest of Assassin's Creed Odyssey's "Legacy of the First Blade" arc will be released over two additional episodes. The second episode, "Shadow Heritage," is scheduled for release six weeks after "Hunted," and the final act, "Bloodline," is set for six weeks after that.

Upon the conclusion of "Legacy of the First Blade," Ubisoft will release a second episodic DLC. Titled "The Fate of Atlantis," this will feature three more episodes, with a similar release structure, that will ask players to "confront godly creatures and uncover the secrets of the legendary sunken city."

A Season Pass is currently the only way to gain access to these DLCs. Owners of the game's Gold, Ultimate, Spartan, and Pantheon Editions will already have a Pass, and it can be purchased separately for $40.

Separately, Ubisoft has also outlined a new Mastery Levels System, which will release in tomorrow's update 1.1.1. Preceding the release of "Hunted," this system is "a new way to upgrade your character once you reach Level 50."

Mastery Levels will allow players to spend Ability Points to gain Statistical Perks that will increase their damage, health, resistance, and much more. There are 72 Mastery Levels to pick from, and each can be upgraded 20 times at the expense of one Ability Point per upgrade.

This new approach to late-game character upgrades, combined with the beginning of the game's elaborate post-launch DLC, is a surefire way to keep players engaged. And with the myriad of other AAA titles currently vying for player's attention, this continued investment may just keep Assassin's Creed Odyssey in the running as people cast their ballots for Game of the Year this Winter.

Full details on the Mastery Level System can be found on the Assassin's Creed Odyssey website.

Bungie To Do Away With Destiny 2 DLC, Opts For Weekly Seasonal Content Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:45:57 -0500 QuintLyn

Bungie is making serious changes to how it delivers new content to players of Destiny 2: Forsaken. Rather than continuing to dole out content in DLC packs, the developer has decided to switch to a seasonal content schedule that will deliver content in seasons -- with three coming per year. To achieve this, the company will be rolling out content changes every Tuesday after the weekly reset.

Bungie has broken the year up into three different seasons, beginning with the Season of the Forge. Each season will include free updates, as well as content that's only available to those who purchase an Annual Pass. Based on the Destiny 2 gameplay calendar, the annual pass provides players with six additional pieces of content a season. But even those without it will still have access to a good deal of content.

The other two seasons, Season of the Drifter and Season of the ...,  will continue what's started with the Season of the Forge, creating -- as one of the devs put it -- "a little advent calendar (of content), where you're unwrapping the little gifts underneath the tree, not knowing exactly what's in them."

Of course, this means the Destiny 2 team just plans to roll out the new content each week without much information on what players can expect. This might be bad news for those who like to prepare, but for those that enjoy surprises, it could be fantastic.

The plan is to try to make gameplay match the way players engage with the game, rather than making the players match watch what the game does. The seasons won't only provide new content -- including holiday event stuff -- but will specifically add more value to the end-game.

The annual pass will add an extra layer for those who are willing to pay for it.

Overall, it seems like an good move. Hopefully, it gives Destiny 2 players more of what they keep coming back for.

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Not Planned for Nintendo Switch Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:41:18 -0500 William R. Parks

Over the weekend, attendees of The Legend of Zelda: Concert 2018 in Osaka, Japan were given indication that a Nintendo Switch port of 2011's The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword may be in the works — a prospect that has since set the imagination of many alight. However, in a brief statement, Nintendo has since dashed the hopes of these excited fans, telling Eurogamer that they currently have "no plans to release The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on Nintendo Switch."

Speaking to a sold-out Oryx Theater at the concert, it is reported that series producer Eiji Aonuma said, "I know what you're waiting for. Skyward Sword for Switch, right?" The implications of the statement seemed clear enough, and the statement began to circulate through social media and various news outlets.

Now, what specifically Aonuma was referencing is further obscured, but Nintendo's formal denial, at least, seems to definitively rule-out a Switch port of the Wii-released action-adventure.

The prospect of bringing an updated version of Skyward Sword to Nintendo's newest console is an exciting one indeed, and it is unsurprising that Aonuma's words spread quickly. The Wind Waker HDOcarina of Time 3D, and Majora's Mask 3D have been excellent opportunities for players to access modernized remakes of Zelda entries they may have missed, and Skyward Sword for Switch would be very likely to follow suit.

Further, while our writers loved Skyward Sword's required motion controls, writing that they added "a new level of gameplay" to the franchise, some critics and fans considered them one of the weakest aspects of the entry. While it is hard to imagine a version of Skyward Sword that does not adhere to compulsory motion controls, a Switch update could provide Nintendo the opportunity to improve and modernize them. 

While fans can no longer look forward to an imminent port of Skyward Sword, another recent Zelda tease may be enough to keep their excitement up. In the last episode of The Game Informer Show, senior editor Imran Khan indicated that "the next Zelda will probably be sooner than we think."

It seems unlikely that Khan is referring to a direct sequel to the exceptional Breath of the Wild, considering it was released less than two years ago, but even a small-scale Zelda adventure would certainly be welcomed by many.

The full conversation from The Game Informer Show can be found on YouTube. And Nintendo's response can be found on Eurogamer's website.

Fallout 76 Updates Are Imminent, Bethesda Responds to Fan Outrage Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:35:19 -0500 William R. Parks

It is common knowledge that Fallout 76 has had a less than stellar launch. Bugs, performance and stability issues, and ill-conceived mechanics have not only left players disgruntled but have prevented some from being able to play the game entirely. In response to the subsequent outcry, Bethesda has made a substantial post on Reddit, and their message is loud and clear: they are listening, and fixes are on the way.

"We know you're frustrated and angry at the state of things right now," the post begins, "and we will work to make a better bridge between you and the dev team at Bethesda Game Studios."

The post continues by materializing this bridge, providing expanded information on the improvements that have previously been outlined for Fallout 76, as well as details on a myriad of other imminent changes.

The first cycle of changes is scheduled for next Tuesday, December 4, and with them come an increase to stash sizes. The limitations that have been imposed on players by the game's meager stashes have been one of the community's most hotly discussed issues, and some players have resorted to using glitches to remove their carry weight limitations in order to combat these restrictions.

Additionally, the December 4 update comes with increased loot for bosses, as well as some bug squashing, including a fix to an issue that was preventing players from exiting their Power Armor. While the stash size increase, from 400 to 600, may not be as significant as some players had hoped, this update certainly appears to be a good starting point.

Thereafter, the post outlines an update coming on December 11, which also contains a feature that has been heavily requested by the community: a fix to C.A.M.P. placement.

C.A.M.P.'s are Fallout 76's player-built bases, and, currently, if a player logs into a server where a C.A.M.P. is already occupying the location they had built their base on, it will be dismantled, and, sometimes, lost. With this update, players will receive a notification that their C.A.M.P. location is taken upon logging into a server, and they can choose to move their base or find a new server where the space is free.

Further, the December 11 update will bring a tool that will let players remove obstructions like rocks and trees when building their C.A.M.P., the ability for players to reallocate character stats after Level 50, and the Push-to-Talk voice feature, 21:9 resolution support, and Field of Vision slider PC players have been clamoring for.

This detailed announcement is exactly the type of communication Bethesda needs to be offering fans if they hope to save Fallout 76 from the metacritic review bombing, critical panning, and fan aggression that has been directed toward it since its release. The fixes themselves are close to, if not exactly, what fans have been asking for, and they indicate that the company is indeed dedicated to improvement.

If Bethesda can stick to their promise of increased communication and continue to offer quick and quality updates, there may be hope for Fallout 76 yet.

Bethesda's full post is available on Reddit.

Warner Bros. Interactive Announces The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:36:21 -0500 QuintLyn

When The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part releases next year, it will be accompanied by a new video game and LEGO building sets. The new game, titled The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame, will be based on the events of the movie.

Players will take on the role of Emmet and Lucy following an alien invasion that destroys Bricksburg. In order to save their friends, they'll have to travel outside their own world into the Systar System and rescue them from the aliens.

While traveling in the Systar System, players will need to explore everywhere, looking for items, materials, and tools needed to help them travel across the LEGO universe. They'll be able to explore a vast variety of environments, obtain different vehicles, and discover previously unknown space creatures.

If you've played a LEGO game before, you know what you're in for as The LEGO Movie 2 Videogame puts a lot of emphasis on puzzle solving and building, and, of course, it will be completely family friendly. 

Expect the game to launch sometime around the movie's release in February 2019, when it will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and the Nintendo Switch.

Battlefield 5 Receives Fixes in Recent Server-Side Update Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:19:02 -0500 William R. Parks

Battlefield 5 is set to receive a significant update on December 4, coinciding with the release of "Tides of War Chapter 1: Overture," the first part of the post-launch plan outlined for the first-person shooter. However, DICE is not waiting to start releasing fixes, and they have just addressed a few issues with a server-side update.

Following the patch, players should find that server stability has increased, and disconnects when joining a server are less frequent. Additionally, team balance has been improved in an attempt to minimize the number of dramatically uneven matches, and a bug that prevented weapons from properly unlocking has been fixed.

While this update is small, it is clear that DICE is committed to addressing Battlefield 5's issues in a timely manner. Perhaps this is due to the lack of fanfare that has surrounded its launch.

It is hard to say if this phenomenon is a product of the lukewarm responses that followed the game's beta, the myriad of release versions that left some players confused about when they would actually have access to the game, or the absence of a battle royale mode at launch. Whatever the reason, reports suggest that Battlefield 5's physical sales are down significantly when compared to the last entry in the franchise, and DICE most certainly will want to respond quickly.

Our writers have called Battlefield 5 "a solid entry in the storied franchise," but one that "lacks a certain flair present in previous titles." While this update does not make major inroads to address this sentiment, it does suggest that the developers are paying attention. Perhaps this knowledge will be enough to satisfy fans as they gear up for a more meaty update next week.

Fortnite's Patch 6.31 Brings High Rarity Pump Shotguns and More Tue, 27 Nov 2018 12:05:51 -0500 William R. Parks

As Fortnite's popularity continues to sky-rocket, and with recent reports putting the player-base at over 200 million, Epic Games is keeping fans invested through frequent updates packed with new weapons and ways to play. Today's patch is no exception, and v6.31 brings Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns and a new Limited Time Mode to the battle-royale sensation.

As one might expect, Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns are upgraded variants of their Uncommon and Rare counterparts. Both have the potential to perform one-shot kills, and the Legendary Pump Shotgun is capable of such a feat against a fully shielded opponent. They are available from floor loot, chests, Supply Drops, and Vending Machines.

However, these higher rarity variants are not the only things for lovers of Fortnite's close-range gunplay to be excited about in this update. As per the patch notes, Uncommon and Rare Pump Shotguns have also received an increase to their maximum damage, and all shotguns will now apply three pellets worth of damage even if only one or two connect.

Additionally, this new update introduces a new Limited Time Mode, pitting teams against one another to see who is the first to rack up 100 kills. It also features new content for Save the World, Fortnite's PvE mode, and a slew of other small gameplay changes and bug fixes.

Shotguns have long been a divisive topic in the Fortnite community. At release, many players felt they were simply too powerful until a patch in June decreased shotgun damage output significantly. With this new update, it is clear that Epic is still not satisfied with where the high-power close-range weapon sits relative to the other artillery available.

While it seems unlikely that many hope that today's patch will return shotguns to their launch power levels, weapon changes always provide exciting opportunities for players to rediscover and reconsider their battle-royale tactics. The success that has befallen Fortnite is due, in no small part, to Epic's willingness to continually make these types of adjustments. Update 6.31 is just another such example.

Full patch notes for today's update are available at Epic Game's website.

Red Dead Online Battle Royale, Multiplayer Modes Leaked Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:24:20 -0500 QuintLyn

Rockstar Games launched the long-anticipated multiplayer beta for its popular Western epic, Red Dead Redemption 2, today, and it took no time for testers to start sharing details on what their fellow players can expect in Red Dead Redemption Online.

According to reports, the multiplayer will offer players six different modes to choose from -- including the obligatory battle royale mode.

Titled "Make It Count", Red Dead Redemption 2's take on the battle royale genre pits 32 players against each other in a map with a shrinking circle. There are three maps pulled from the base game: Strawberry, Stillwater Creek, and Tall Trees, and players will be able to fight with weapons like bows and arrows and throwing knives. (Though not mentioned, it's probably safe to assume that shotguns and rifles are available, or will become available, as well.)

Other multiplayer modes include "Most Wanted", "Name Your Weapon", "Team Shootout", "Hostile Territory", and "Races". The first is a leaderboard style PvP event where players fight for the most kills, the trick being that all that killing will earn a player an increasing bounty on their head, making them the primary target of other players.

In "Name Your Weapon" players will use a pre-determined set of weapons to fight each other with. Depending on the weapon used, and the difficulty in using them, players can earn even more points.

"Races" is exactly what it sounds like. Players compete in one of three types of races: point to point, open, and laps. All take place on different maps throughout the game.

As for "Team Shootout" and "Hostile Territory", these are your standard team deathmatch, and a capture the zone PvP mode, respectively.

Red Dead Redemption Online will also feature single-player story missions, much like GTA Online. 

Stay tuned for our impressions on Red Dead Redemption Online in the coming days, as well as guides on the mode's activities and missions. If you're looking for tips on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our RDR 2 game hub

Red Dead Redemption Online Has Single-Player Story Missions Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:44:27 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Much like GTA OnlineRed Dead Online will have what appears to be an overarching narrative running through the mode's various missions and activities. 

While we've reached out to Rockstar for more information as we don't yet know if the story missions in RDRO will connect in any way to the game's mainline story, we do have the names and descriptions of several missions via illogical Mods as originally reported by VG24/7

  • Highly Illegal and Highly Immoral: Marshall Davies asked you to meet him near Van Horn. He is on the trail of Alfredo Montez and he wants to finish things.

  • Honor Among Horse Thieves: Horley suggested you go to see Clay Davies, a horse thief, to learn the ins and outs of the horse-rustling trade.

  • If the Hat Fits…: Horley directed you towards the Blackwater police chief in Pike’s Basin. A conman and outlaw is on the loose. Whether or not justice will be done depends on your Honor.

  • Kerosene, Tar, and Greed: Horley thought you should offer your services to Samson Finch near Dewberry Creek. Industry is in his crosshairs. He has a job to do and a score to settle.

  • Kill Them, Each and Every One: You were told to meet Horley and Mrs. LeClerk south of Armadillo. The man who killed her husband may be holed up nearby.

  • Love and Honor: Horley told you to call on the Tumbleweed Sheriff. A young woman has been taken by a gang of outlaws and her husband is concerned. A moral decision will be required.

Throughout these missions, you'll be working for -- or at least receiving your objectives -- from a man named Horley. You'll also find yourself riding all over the Red Dead Redemption 2 map, from Van Horn to Valentine and beyond. 

Morality also appears to be an important factor in these missions, as many will require you to make specific choices that will impact your Honor. And although it hasn't been confirmed, your Honor rank should impact how NPCs react to you in Online's world, as well as what items and buffs you're able to obtain, just like it does in RDR 2.

The leaks from illogical Mods also outlined the various multiplayer modes found in RDRO

Stay tuned for our impressions on Red Dead Redemption Online in the coming days, as well as guides on the mode's activities and missions. If you're looking for tips on Red Dead Redemption 2, be sure to head over to our RDR 2 game hub

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Rides Out This Week Mon, 26 Nov 2018 12:32:07 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on 11/26/18 @ 2:50 p.m. following a Rockstar press release for Red Dead Online. 

The much anticipated online component for Red Dead Redemption 2 will enter beta starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 27, as reported by multiple outlets.  

However, the beta will not be immediately available to everyone. Here's how Rockstar will be rolling things out per Polygon

  • Tuesday, November 27: Red Dead Redemption Online will be available to all players who purchased the ultimate edition of Red Dead Redemption 2

  • Wednesday, November 28: Anyone who played RDR 2 on October 26  will gain access to the beta. 

  • Thursday, November 29: Anyone who played RDR 2 from October 26 to October 29. 

  • Friday, November 30: Everyone else who has purchased any other edition of Red Dead Redemption 2 and played after the above dates. 

The beta will begin at 8:30 a.m. EDT on November 27, although it is currently not clear at what times players will gain access to the beta on November 28 and November 30. After logging in, players will see the option for RDR Online in the top right-hand corner of the screen. 

While we don't currently know exactly what to expect with Red Dead Redemption Online, we do know that it will take cues from GTA Online, that there will be heists, and, per some vulture-eyed sleuthing by UltraGamerz, the beginning of the mode will potentially feature some type of breakout scenario. 

We also know that players will be able to create their own characters and live out their Wild West fantasies in the vibrant world RDR 2 created in its base game. As with any online, multiplayer game, players will be able to ride solo or create posses -- and they can be attacked, robbed, and murdered by other players at any given moment, even if they aren't causing a ruckus. 

Per Rockstar, we will learn more about the mode tomorrow. 

Be sure to head over to our Red Dead Redemption 2 game hub for our review of the game, as well as a bevy of helpful tips and tricks guides while you wait. 

And check back over the coming days and weeks for our impressions of RDR 2's online component and more guide content on the mode. 

Save Up To 60% On Nintendo eShop Games During The Cyber Deals Sale Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:44:18 -0500 QuintLyn

The season of holiday sales is here and Nintendo is ready. For a limited time -- until November 28 -- fans can save up to 50% on select games on Nintendo Switch and 3DS games on the eShop.

More than 70 game are included in the sale, including FIFA 19, DOOM, DRAGON BALL Fighter Z, FINAL FANTASY XV POCKET EDITION HD, and Undertale on the Nintendo Switch.  Nintendo 3DS players can look forward to deals on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of time 3D, Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survior 2: Record Breaker, Tetris Ultimate, and Gravity Falls - Legend of the Gnome Gemulets.

Deals on the Nintendo Switch range from 11% to 60% off. (Both of the 60% off deals are on Mario + Rabbids games.) Nintendo 3DS players can look forward to 33% or 50% off their games, with most of the games being 50% off.

All of the games can be bough through the Nintendo eShop or via a special holiday deal page on the Nintendo website.

In addition, those looking for something a bit more physical, Nintendo also has a selection of Black Friday deals, including a Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $299.99. A yellow-and-red Nintendo 2DS system with Super Mario Maker is also available for $79.99.

GOG Kicks Off Its Black Friday Sale With Deals Of Up to 90% Off Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:43:48 -0500 QuintLyn

GOG, the video game distribution platform that specializes in DRM-free games, kicked off a massive Black Friday sale today, featuring thirteen pages of discounts ranging from 10% to 90% off. The sale includes everything from AAA titles like The Witcher III: Wild Hunt: Game of the Year Edition with a 60% markdown to indie titles such as Frost Punk -- currently 33% off.

The GOG Black Friday sale has someone for everyone, including fans of RPGs, survival games, sims, shooters, adventure games, puzzle games, and more. There's also plenty of DLC available for those just looking to complete their collections.

The sale is already under way and as of now and runs until November 27. All 500+ games included in the sale are DRM free, meaning they're yours to keep no matter what happens down the line. As an added plus, games on GOG also feature a 30-day money back guarantee.

No Man's Sky's New Free Update Breathes Life into its Planets Thu, 22 Nov 2018 11:43:24 -0500 William R. Parks

Beginning with July's major NEXT update, it has been a very impressive year for No Man's Sky, and Hello Games is showing no signs of slowing down.

Last month, they took explorers to the depths of the game's vast oceans with "The Abyss," a revamp to the established underwater systems. Now, they are turning their eyes back to land as they work to make the worlds of No Man's Sky "more alien, vibrant, and exciting to explore."

This goal has materialized as "Visions," yet another free update to No Man's Sky that is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

As per the press release:

No Man's Sky's "Visions" update greatly improves the variety and diversity of planet surfaces with millions of previously dead planets now bursting with life.

An exciting prospect indeed, and it begins with the introduction of new planetary biomes rendered in a "reimagined colour palette." New shades of grass look to make planets feel more dynamic, and improvements to the game's atmospherics allow for more striking skies, including rainbows.

Additionally, these revitalized worlds are populated by new hazardous flora, such as carnivorous trap plants, and strange creatures. Do not be surprised to find yourself chasing down what appeared to be an inert vein of minerals in this new update.

Along with the planetary revamp itself, "Visions" offers more reasons to explore. Players can now discover mysterious artifacts, alien skeletons, fallen satellites, and valuable treasures as they traverse No Man's Sky's galaxy, and each of these items comes with its own distinct use and purpose.

And for those that are looking to collaborate, a new Community Research mission lets players work together as they explore "Visions," rewarding them with the new Eye of Korvak helmet, emotes, building parts, and fireworks.

In a time where it seems increasingly common for games to ship before they are truly finished, it is wonderful to see a developer work so diligently to address issues and deliver on fan expectations. Despite a rocky launch, Hello Games' frequent updates and continual communication has really turned things around for No Man's Sky. Hopefully, a certain major developer is taking notes as they work to fix their newest AAA release.

More details on "Visions," and full patch notes for the release, are available on the No Man's Sky website.

Open Those Wallets: The Steam Autumn Sale Has Begun! Wed, 21 Nov 2018 14:51:16 -0500 Ashley Shankle

We all know Steam sales come at certain times of year, but we're never prepared. Never. Here we are at yet another Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and again our wallets and bank accounts must suffer in the name of cheap gaming. 

Okay, not really. My bank account is ready for the Steam Autumn Sale onslaught, and I hope yours is, too. We won't be getting another one for a month!

From now until November 27 (that's only six days, folks), Steam's got some deep discounts on AAA and indie titles alike.

Recent indies like Graveyard Keeper (down to $13.99) and Wizard of Legend (down to $11.99) sit alongside larger releases like Civilization 6 (down to $17.99) and Fallout 4 (down to $23.99) in this annual sale that'll make your wallet weep and significant other harp on you for spending too much money on games you won't play, just like they do every Steam sale.

What are you waiting for? Go spend some money before the Black Friday sales can get to you first.

Check the sale out on the Steam storefront

Pillars of Eternity 2's Final DLC Gets A Release Date Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:42:18 -0500 William R. Parks

Obsidian Entertainment has announced that The Forgotten Sanctum, the last of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire's three-part DLC, is set for release on December 13.

In The Forgotten Sanctum, players will venture to the Black Isle, at the behest of the powerful wizards of Eora, in pursuit of Maura. This archmage is bent on awakening an entity long dormant in the cRPGs newest dungeon, and it appears that this will not be your typical dungeon-crawl.

"Traverse an expansive dungeon built into the flesh of a sleeping god." the announcement reads, promising "the highest-level challenges yet faced by the Watcher and their companions."

Additionally, new features will coincide with The Forgotten Sanctum's release, including an additional sub-class per class, respawning ships on the world map, and new challenges and bosses. For those interested, we have included further details on the update below via the released patch notes.

As with Deadfire's previous two expansions (Beast of Winter and Seeker, Slayer, Survivor), The Forgotten Sanctum will be available on Steam for $9.99. All three DLCs can be purchased for $24.99 as part of the Season Pass.

Earlier this month, one of Deadfire's investors tweeted figures suggesting that sales were well below Obsidian's expectations. However, we absolutely love the game here at GameSkinny and cannot wait to dive back in with this final DLC.

It is also worth noting that this may be the last time we see an isometric cRPG quite like this one from Obsidian, as Microsoft has recently announced their acquisition of the studio. We'll be sure to most thoroughly immerse ourselves in our last new adventure in Deadfire just in case.


Patch 4.0
  • One additional sub-class per class -- Every class in Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire will be getting one extra sub-class, including the oft-requested Priest of Woedica and Steel Garrote sub-classes.

  • Respawning ships on the world map -- The ships of the Deadfire will no longer be gone forever once defeated. They'll now respawn, giving you the ability to attack, loot, and take down again.
  • New Magran's Fire Challenges:
    • Ondra's Challenge
      • Storms are larger, faster, and more frequent in the Deadfire now.
      • Enemy Captains are increased in rank and travel faster when chasing the Watcher
    • Wael's Challenge
      • All numbers become ??? with the exception being item count, party character Attributes, Skill, and Level.
    • Woedica's Challenge
      • All Per-Encounter and Class resources become Per Rest.
      • Party Health no longer regenerates outside of combat.
      • While camping, only "Prepared Meals" will recover Injuries and Resources.
  • Two new Mega Bosses
    • The Wizard Savant
    • The Infernal Construct
Civilization 6's Second Expansion Focuses on the Natural World Tue, 20 Nov 2018 17:25:32 -0500 William R. Parks

Just four days after Civilization 6's release on Switch put the strategy game in the hands of a new group of players, 2K Games is back with an announcement that is sure to garner excitement from the game's long-time fans.

Gathering Storm, the game's second expansion, is set for a PC release on February 14, 2019.

As the title of the expansion suggests, the focal point of Gathering Storm is bringing a more active natural world to Civilization.

As per the developers:

Our story of human history was missing something without the impact that a changing planet has had on our settlements, and the imprints that we have left behind on Earth. This was the primary theme that we wanted to explore with Civilization 6: Gathering Storm.

In this expansion, this theme manifests as "natural events" -- floods and volcanoes that will bring a new level of risk and reward to the game. For example, while the magma from an erupting volcano will threaten damage to anything in its path, the soil left behind will be enriched, bringing higher yields to intrepid players that dare to build so close to the destructive force.

Additionally, a weather system will be implemented to make Civilization's world feel increasingly alive. Droughts, hurricanes, and blizzards are just a few new elements players can expect to encounter in Gathering Storm. As with floods and volcanoes, the weather system brings the potential for both great destruction and great reward.

However, the natural world does not act completely independently of the civilizations that inhabit it, and, in Gathering Storm, player activity has a direct impact. Burning fuels will lead to temperature increases, which, in turn, will cause topographical changes and increased floods and storms. Alternatively, wind and solar power can be utilized to avoid these environmental alterations.

If implemented correctly, there is the potential for a beautiful symbiosis between nature and mankind to emerge in Gathering Storm.

Beyond a focus on the natural world, Gathering Storm introduces a host of features to be excited about. "Civilization 6: Gathering Storm is the largest expansion Firaxis Games has ever created for a Civilization game," 2K's announcement reads, and it certainly seems like it.

Dams, canals, mountain tunnels, and railroads will introduce new options for altering and navigating Civilization's map, and "speculative technologies" will find their way into the Technology and Civic trees.

Further, Diplomatic Victory and a World Congress will ask players to proceed cautiously in their conquests, and a bevy of new leaders, civilizations, scenarios, and much more will round out the expansion.

If you would like to read a full summary of Gathering Storm's offerings, we have included them below. And if you are diving into Civilization 6 for the first time on Switch, be sure to check out our extensive guides page.


  • ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS: Volcanoes, storms (blizzards, sand storms, tornadoes, hurricanes), climate change, floods, and droughts.
  • POWER AND CONSUMABLE RESOURCES: Strategic resources play an additional role in Gathering Storm. These resources are now consumed in power plants to generate electricity for your cities. Initially you'll be powering your most advanced buildings by burning carbon-based resources like Coal and Oil, but renewable energy sources also unlock as you progress to current-day technologies. Your choices about resource usage will directly affect the world's temperature and can cause melting ice caps and rising sea levels.
  • ENGINEERING PROJECTS: Shape the world around your empire to overcome unfavorable land conditions by making improvements like canals, dams, tunnels and railroads. When settling cities, consider the flood risk to coastal lowland areas, but keep in mind that in the late-game, new technologies like Flood Barriers can be used to protect these tiles.
  • WORLD CONGRESS: Make your voice heard among the other leaders of the world. Earn Diplomatic Favor through Alliances, influencing city-states, competing in World Games, and more. Use Diplomatic Favor to extract promises from other leaders, vote on Resolutions, call a Special Session to address an emergency, and increase the weight of your votes in your quest to achieve the new Diplomatic Victory.
  • 21st CENTURY TECHNOLOGIES & CIVICS: A new era has been added to the Technology and Civics trees. Combat new environmental effects with speculative ideas such as relocating your population out to seasteads and developing technologies to recapture carbon emissions.
  • NEW LEADERS AND CIVS: Nine new leaders from eight new civilizations are introduced. Each brings unique bonuses and gameplay, as well as a total of nine unique units, four unique buildings, three unique improvements, two unique districts and one unique governor.
    • The Black Death: The Black Death ravaged Europe and western Asia in the mid-14th century, killing a greater share of the population than any other event in world history. The pandemic killed millions, ruined economies, upended political dynasties and transformed the face of the Western world. Your task is to lead your nation through the calamity: keep your population alive, your economy strong, and your faith unshaken amidst a world of terror and desperation.
    • War Machine: At the outset of WWI, the German Imperial Army had a daring plan: invade neutral Belgium and then rush the French heartland before they could mobilize to resist. If successful, the German forces would capture Paris within a month and end their resistance forever. In counter, the French command prepared Plan 17, an all-out onslaught designed to meet and stop a German offensive. When war was declared, both armies swung into motion and set up one of the most incredible and shocking military campaigns in world history. In this scenario, players take the side of one of these two great powers at this same precipice. As Germany, your task is to capture Paris. As France, your task is to prevent its capture. The clock is ticking, and the enemy is moving. Advance!
  • MORE NEW CONTENT: Seven new world wonders, seven natural wonders, 18 new units, 15 new improvements, 9 new buildings, 5 new districts, 2 new city sets, 9 new techs and 10 new civics have been added.
  • IMPROVED GAMEPLAY SYSTEMS: The Espionage system has been enhanced with new options, the Culture and Science Victories have been updated, new Historic Moments have been added, and additional improvements have been made to other existing systems.

Are you excited for this upcoming Civilization 6 expansion? Let us know in the comments below!

Grab All Those Gifts For The Blizz Fan In Your Life During Their Black Friday Sale Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:59:47 -0500 QuintLyn

It's that time of year again. Black Friday is three short days away and gaming companies are rolling out the deals. Today, Blizzard kicked off its sales on both the Shop and the Blizzard Gear Store.

From now, until November 26, players can save up to 66% on games in the store -- as well as select in-game content and StarCraft 2 announcer packs. If you still haven't picked up Overwatch, that's where the biggest savings are at. The standard edition has dropped in price from $40 to $15, while the Legendary edition is $20 instead of $60. This is also the only game for which the sale is extended a few days -- until November 28.

For those looking for goodies they can stick under the tree, the Blizzard Gear shop has everything from leggings to the Blizzcon 2018 goodie back on sale until November 30. There are over 200 items listed at 75% off. Other items featured have  30% and 50% discounts.

As an added bonus, Blizzard has also decided to offer gamers a chance to try out Overwatch for free. The free trial kicks off today and runs through November 26.

SNK Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary With A Black Friday NeoGeo Mini Sale Tue, 20 Nov 2018 16:57:05 -0500 QuintLyn

Japanese game company SNK has decided to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special Black Friday deal for fans. Beginning November 23 -- and running through the 26th -- players who purchase the NEOGEO Mini via Amazon will get an additional gamepad for free.

The NEOGEO mini is a tiny arcade cabinet packed with a more than 40 classic games, including the King of Fighters series, Samurai Showdown, and Fatal Fury. It features a 3.5" screen and an HDMI output for those who might want to play on a bigger screen. Players can  even invite their friends to play using up to two gamepads.

The NEOGEMO mini is currently $109.89 on Amazon. Gamepads and other peripherals are sold separately. The gamepads run $25-$30, so this is a pretty sweet deal.

SNK Corporation is the successor to the Shin Nihon Kikaku which was founded on July 22, 1978.  So, this promotion might be a few months late, but is still a pretty nice deal for NEOGEO fans.

The Wild West Comes to Fortnite in New Update, Dynamite Already Disabled Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:36:04 -0500 William R. Parks

A new Limited Time Mode has just been added to Epic Games' colossal battle royale, Fortnite, and it is transporting players back to the Wild West.

"Use weapons from frontier times in this Limited Time Mode to earn a Victory Royale!" Epic's patch notes state.

This restricted set of "frontier" weaponry includes hunting rifles, pump shotguns, double barrel, shotguns, six shooters, and miniguns. Additionally, supply drops can contain epic six shooters as well as legendary double barrel shotguns and miniguns.

Also with this Limited Time Mode comes an exciting new weapon, dynamite. Details are as follows:

  • Uncommon rarity, found in stacks of 3.
  • Available from floor loot, chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.
  • 70 damage to players and 800 damage to structures.
  • Explosion is in the shape of a flat cylinder (1600 units in diameter and 384 units in height.)
  • Initiating a throw will start a 5-second fuse that can't be canceled.
  • Throw range is shorter than standard Grenades.

However, within an hour of the new weapon's release, reported client crashes have forced Epic to disable dynamite for the time being.

"We'll update you once we have more information," a Tweet from the official Fortnite account reads.

Additionally, Content Update 6.30 brings a new weapon to "Save the World," Fortnite's PvE mode.

Available via the Weekly Store (from Wednesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. EDT to Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m. EDT) the Ghost Pistol is a "slow firing pistol that shoots ghostly projectiles that pass through walls and enemies."

Limited Time Modes are a great way to give fans a new way to play their favorite shooter, and this event's thematic approach is a wonderful implementation. Here's hoping that Epic can resolve the dynamite issue and get these desperadoes and outlaws back to blowing each other to smithereens in short order.

For full details on today's update, patch notes are available on Epic Games' website.

PC Gaming Handheld SMACH Z Scheduled To Enter Production Early Next Year Tue, 20 Nov 2018 10:04:37 -0500 QuintLyn

If there's one true downside of PC gaming, it's that taking your games with you is difficult at best. The good news is, someone's working to fix that. Soon, SMACH Z, a handheld console, will allow PC gamers to take their games with them on the go.

After two years of development, the SMACH Z team is ready to take their device to production, beginning in early 2019. Anyone who backed the project doesn't have much longer to wait to get their hands on one. (Everyone else will have to wait a bit longer.)

The SMASH Z is a Windows or Linux machine and will connect to any game distribution platform -- including Steam, GOG, and Origin. It even allows users to use basic PC programs like Excel.

The device features a 6-inch high-definition touch screen, AMD Radeon Vega 8 graphics, and hardware based on AMD Ryzen Embedded. There's a solid amount of storage for a portable device, as well as RAM.

There are two versions of the SMACH Z. The first runs $699, and offers a smaller amount of RAM and hard drive space. The second -- known as the SMACH Z Pro -- costs $899 and includes a 5 MPx camera in addition to the larger memory and storage.

More information on the device and how to obtain one of your very own is available on the SMACH Z site.

Watching Ring of Elysium Streams Now Grants Rewards on Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:59:40 -0500 William R. Parks

Following a recent announcement by Tencent Games, fans of Ring of Elysium can now earn rewards by watching the battle royale streamed on, an eSports-focused platform that features live-streamed content 24-hours a day.

Ring of Elysium's new channel will showcase streamers from FaZe Clan, Method, and NRG as they tackle the battle royale's snowy terrain, and viewers will collect coins as they watch.

Watching Ring of Elysium currently nets viewers three-times as many coins as other channels, and these coins can be used to make predictions on the outcome of the stream being viewed (for example, "Who will win this match?").

Correct predictions grant tickets to viewers, and these tickets act as entries into a randomized drawing for prizes, including exclusive Ring of Elysium items and skins.

Additionally, correct predictions are one way to earn Theta Tokens on These tokens can be used at the website's store, which contains skins and other items for Ring of Elysium, Overwatch, Fortnite, and other game's featured on the platform.

While may stand tall as the site for streaming, other platforms are finding ways to draw viewers and keep them engaged -- blockchain technology is one such method. To find out more about earning rewards on, a full guide is available on their website.

Ring of Elysium is Tencent Games' newest free-to-play online arena shooter, featuring a dynamically changing world and goal-oriented gameplay that offers a slight twist on the genre. If you are looking for some tips before you jump in and do battle, be sure to check out our Ring of Elysium guides.

Fallout 76's New Patch Promises Performance Improvements, Bug Fixes Tue, 20 Nov 2018 09:53:02 -0500 William R. Parks

Less than a week after Fallout 76's release, Bethesda has already pushed a big patch out to players -- one that clocks in at 47 GBs for those playing on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and at 15 GBs for PC.

The primary focus of the patch is "performance and stability improvements," leaving the patch notes looking a bit sparse for an update of this size. That said, it is critical that Bethesda establish a more solid foundation for 76 before implementing the new features and content they have planned.

My time with 76 has been riddled with frame rate and other performance issues (ranging from minor to severe). While I am looking forward to Bethesda fulfilling their promise of increased stash limits and additional content, smoothing out how the game runs is extremely pressing.

It will take some time and exploration to understand the full ramifications of today's update on performance, but the quick update suggests that Bethesda is committed to rectifying 76's very rocky launch.

Additionally, the patch comes with numerous bug fixes. These include fixes to player-vs-player combat, enemy behavior, blueprints, and the "Bureau of Tourism" quest line that has been broken since the game's B.E.T.A. I am personally looking forward to finally clearing that one from my quest log.

This is just the beginning of the work that needs to be done to right 76, as players continue to encounter serious bugs like getting stuck in their Power Armor, dysfunctional repair perks, and more. However, this update hopefully marks the beginning of a path to something great and Bethesda continues to release improvements so swiftly.

Next time though, perhaps the update file could be a bit smaller?

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news, guides, and our review of Fallout 76. And see below for yesterday's full patch notes.

  • Performance: Several issues have been addressed to resolve hitches during gameplay and other performance issues.
  • Stability: The Fallout 76 game client and servers have received additional stability improvements.
  • Xbox: Fixed an issue that could lead to instability on certain menus.

Bug Fixes

Art and Graphics
  • Ambient Occlusion: Placed items no longer leave behind shadow outlines after being picked up.
  • Camera: The game camera now pans more smoothly when the player enters furniture.
  • Graphics: The cover of Tesla Science magazine Issue 9 no longer appears solid red on pickup, or when inspected.
  • General: Fixed an issue in which some enemies could chase the player farther than intended.
  • Loot: Ghoul and Scorched Officers now correctly drop nuke code pieces upon being killed by a player.
C.A.M.P., Workshops, and Crafting
  • Blueprints: Fixed an issue that could cause Blueprints to break into smaller parts after logging out and back in to Fallout 76.
  • Plans: Paints applied to Power Armor during the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. will now appear correctly on the items that were painted, and those paints can now correctly be applied to additional sets of Power Armor.
  • Repair: Fixed an issue that could cause an item to return to a broken state after being repaired.
  • Bureau of Tourism: The Prickett's Fort Token Dispenser can now be repaired, and players can no longer walk through it
  • Pacifist Mode: Players with Pacifist Mode enabled who engage in PVP by contesting a Workshop owned by another player will now correctly deal full damage to that player as long as they remain hostile.
  • Respawn: Choosing the "Respawn" option after dying during PVP combat will now correctly clear any active hostile status toward other players.
  • Seek Revenge: Cap rewards will now display correctly when choosing the "Seek Revenge" respawn option after being killed by another player.
  • Seek Revenge: When targeted by another player who is seeking revenge, the reward amount will now display the correct number of Caps that can be earned by killing that player.
User Interface
  • Languages: Korean fonts will now be displayed correctly in-game menus.
  • Hotkeys: The "Take Photo" hotkey can no longer be rebound and is now tied to the space bar on PC and the A button on controllers.
  • Hotkeys: Fixed an issue that could cause the "Take Snapshot" button in Photo mode to display an incorrect hotkey.
  • Social: Fixed an issue that could cause players to disappear from each other's social menus if two players each sent a friend invite to one another.
  • Social: Fixed an issue that prevented newly equipped Player Icons from displaying to other players in the Social Menu.
Toynk Toys Announces 52 Collectible Fallout Figures Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:24:22 -0500 William R. Parks

Looking for a gift for the Fallout fanatic in your life? Wanting to bring some of the Wasteland to your office or game room?

Toynk Toys has just announced EMCE TOY's Fallout Nanoforce Series 1 Army Builder Collection Line. Consisting of 52 collectible figures, this new toy line features Vault Boy "perks", artifacts, weapons, and NPCs digitally sculpted in hard plastic.

Harking back to the classic army men of yore, this first series features bagged and boxed sets containing 48 two-inch figures and 4 four-inch figures from the world of Fallout.

Staying true to the classic tone of these figures, bagged sets will come in carded bags that will transport many back to their first time buying a set of plastic soldiers. Additionally, boxed sets boast a "Play or Display" design, which allows figures to be returned to their packaging after opening.

While all of the smaller figures can be obtained by purchasing the three bagged sets, you will need to spring for the boxed volumes if you want to add the larger figures to your collection.

The Series 1 Collection is being released in phases into 2019. If you are in the market for a stocking stuffer, Bagged Set 1, which includes 12 two-inch figures, will be available beginning November 30 for $11.99.

The four boxed volumes and remaining bagged sets will be available in the first three months of 2019. All are currently available for pre-order on Toynk Toy's website, and they have been officially licensed by Bethesda.

While last week's release of Fallout 76 has certainly been divisive, there is no question that many fans, new and old, have the Wasteland top-of-mind. If you are looking to bring a Vault Dweller back to the real world, perhaps these toys will do the trick.

DreamHack/Hi-Rez Expo: SMITE World Championship 2018 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 12:27:08 -0500 Wizard of Warsaw

For the second year in a row, North America and Europe have come to face off. Rival has returned, aiming to claim first place this year, while Splyce has come to keep the title in North America. 

In one of the most anticipated fights in SMITE history, two teams, undefeated in their quarter and semi-finals, fought head to head for the title of SMITE World Champions. With such powerful players, on both sides, it was impossible to guess how these games would go.  

Similar styles of play from Splyce and Rival forced them into difficult games revolving around maintaining control of the pacing of the game. Ultimately, Splyce came out on top and the title of World Champions remains in North America.

Game 1 

Winner: Rival 

Splyce: Erlang Shen, Artio, Vulcan, Jing Wei, Kuzenbo 

Rival: Raijin, Xbalanque, Ares, Ravana, Amaterasu

Rival started the game strong, picking up three free kills and gaining an early gold lead. Rival took their lead and ran with it, working to keep the enemy laners down. Rival’s aggression received some punishment in the solo lane as a tower dive led to Splyce picking up their first two kills.  

Splyce worked at evening out the score, but Rival’s attack didn’t let up. With each kill Rival grabbed, the gold difference increased. Rival successfully managed to grab the Pyromancer buff before twenty minutes, forcing Splyce to go on the defensive.  

Rival kept up their advantages, grabbing a few more kills and towers before securing the Fire Giant buff.  With Fire Giant and an aggressive fight, Rival was able to push down a Pheonix, forcing Splyce to focus on defending their Titan. 

Splyce held on, aiming to equalize in the late game, and the late stage turned into a tug of war. After a few minutes, Rival landed some good kills, opening the way to the Titan and giving Splyce their first loss at HRX.



Game 2

Winner: Splyce 

Splyce: Freya, Ne Zha, Geb, Agni, Artio 

Rival: Odin, Xbalanque, Pele, Zhong Kui, Cu Chulainn 

Game two kicked off with both teams trading kills for a while, until Rival gained an upper-hand and two extra kills in the jungle. Rival kept up their pressure and started invading Splyce’s jungle, leading to a few more brutal encounters where Rival took a heavy lead in kills and gold. 

Despite the score differences, Splyce refocused and secured a few kills, pushing hard to equalize the game. After grabbing kills and Gold Fury, Splyce had firmly placed themselves back in the game. A series of difficult team fights quickly led to an early win for Splyce. Rival was unable to hold up against the constant attack and Splyce was able to crush the Titan, earning themselves a victory. 


Game 3

Winner: Splyce 

Splyce: Xbalanque, Ne Zha, Fenrir, Terra, Raijin 

Rival: Au Puch, Odin, Ravana, Cupid, Fafnir 

With both teams tied at one win, game three started off a little slower than the last. Neither side made overly aggressive moves, but there was a tension as every lane looked for an opening. It was almost ten minutes before Rival and Splyce finally collided, with both teams picking up two kills before settling back into a tense standoff. 

The game continued in a slow and calculated manner, while the teams skirmished over objectives. Splyce finally gained some purchase as they found opportunities to collapse on (and kill) enemies in the jungle. Splyce took their kill advantage straight to Fire Giant, where they secured the buff and used it to begin pushing the lanes.  

With Splyce already ahead, paired with the Fire Giant buff, they were able to push all the way into Rival’s base, forcing them to focus on defending their Titan. Rival was able to keep their base safe for a while, but Splyce managed to pick up another Fire Giant buff, allowing them to pick up a second Pheonix soon after.  

Splyce kept the pressure on, pushing Rival into their base and finishing off the Titan at just over thirty minutes.


Game 4

Winner: Rival 

Splyce: Xbalanque, Fenrir, Au Puch, Ratatoskr, Kumbhakarna 

Rival: Ne Zha, Terra, Riajin, Artio, Jing Wei  

Both teams started game four aggressively. While Rival aimed to make it to a fifth game and Splyce hoping to secure the title, both teams were grasping at every advantage they could get. By ten minutes, Splyce held a slight lead in gold while they traded kill for kill, but each advantage gained seemed to grant the enemy their own benefits. 

Almost twenty minutes in, Rival found an opening and turned a fight around, picking up five kills for themselves in additions to Fire Giant. The buff helped them to secure a tower and Gold Fury, and giving them a firm foothold in the game. 

Soon after, a second fight around Fire Giant led to Rival picking up some more kills and gaining objective control across the board. With their second Fire Giant, Rival snowballed through another tower, picked up Gold Fury, and found some time to siege a Pheonix. 

A third Fire Giant buff saw Rival taking down another Pheonix and Gold Fury, before Splyce found a chance to effectively defend their base. Splyce gained a few minutes of breathing room, but having missed the past series of jungle objectives, they found themselves stuck in their base, defending.  

Splyce held up an impressive defense, but after Rivals sixth Fire Giant, the siege was finished. Rival pulled out a win, equalizing the score and bringing the World Championship into a fifth and final game.


Game 5

Winner: Splyce 

Splyce: Freya, Terra, Au Puch, Fenrir, Mercury 

Rival: Artio, Xbalanque, Raijin, Ratatoskr, Nike 

In the final game of the Championship, both teams aimed for a slower start, trading kills and securing jungle objectives. For almost twenty minutes, both teams focused on a tense game of trying to outmaneuver the other. 

In an unexpected flurry of activity, Splyce managed to pick up a few kills in the jungle. They took this moment to quickly grab Fire Giant and push down a Pheonix, all before the twenty-one-minute mark. Splyce continued their assault, sieging a second Pheonix and being swiftly repelled by Rival. 

Another Fire Giant, gives Splyce the momentum they need to move into rival’s base and take down a second Pheonix. Seeing an opening, Splyce dives in to finish off the Titan, winning them the World Championship.


After five intense games and over four hours of play, the SMITE World Championship has come to a close. Our new champions stand tall, enjoying their victory, but season six is coming soon. There is no telling what changes are in store, which begs the question: How long will they hold onto their title?

Fallout 76 Getting Stash Limit Increase, FOV Slider, and More in Upcoming Patches Fri, 16 Nov 2018 23:44:07 -0500 Ashley Shankle

If chatter across the Fallout 76 community is any indication, it's a game that needs some love to reach its true potential. Bethesda seems to have their ear to the ground and are hearing some of the rumblings from the playerbase, as the game will be receiving its first patch on November 19.

Bethesda laid out the contents of the first patch in a post on the official Fallout 76 website and a thread on Reddit. Both are worth a read if you're interested in the future of the game.

The first patch will primarily focus on optimization and bug fixes, but the posts do go over a few future planned features and changes as well.

Among the announced features in patches coming in the near future are:

  • Increased stash limit - The post states this will be coming sometime in the coming weeks, with its current low cap existing for technical reasons
  • Push-to-talk (PTT) - If you're sick of hearing a bunch of background noise you do not want to hear, this is great news
  • Field of view slider - If you wanted a FoV slider, you're getting it
  • Hunger bar bug fix - The Reddit post specifically mentions the bug where players' hunger wouldn't replenish and that it will be fixed in a near update
  • Random gunshots/sounds - The bug where players occasionally get barraged with loud ambient sounds will be fixed in an upcoming update
  • Ultra-wide support - For those with 21:9 displays
  • Exploit fixes - These are inevitable for any online game, really

We'll will have to wait until November 19 to find out what the general quality of life patch will bring, but this is all great news for those who have already bought Fallout 76 or are waiting to see how it fleshes out with updates before picking it up (good choice).

Stick with us for more Fallout 76 news, and check out some of our community guides for the game like this perks guide and this holotape locations list

Everything Announced During Today's Hi-Rez Expo Keynote Fri, 16 Nov 2018 22:49:36 -0500 William R. Parks

Today marks the beginning of Hi-Rez Expo at DreamHack Atlanta, and the studio is starting things off with a bang, sharing exciting news for fans of SMITE, Paladins, and Realm Royale.

First among these announcements is that cross-play and cross-progression will be coming to all three titles. Arriving in January 2019 for Paladins and SMITE, and at the official release of Realm Royale, Hi-Rez Studios has provided an extensive FAQ outlining all of the details about cross-play and progression.

Additionally, each of the developers have given details on some of the things fans can expect from these three properties in 2019. Here is a summary of everything that has been revealed thus far:


  • Imani, the Last Warder, Paladins' 40th Champion, is coming with Update 2.01 in January. Imani is a damage Champion who can harness the powers of fire and ice and summon a massive dragon. 

  • Evil Mojo is implementing The Hunt, a commitment to improving the overall quality of Paladins through expanded development teams, more time scheduled for polish, and longer testing phases for patches on the PTS. This will begin as Update 2.01 hits the PTS on December 17.

  • Fans can expect a slew of new content and features, including:
    • Major monthly content updates
    • In-game tournaments
    • Post-game commendations
    • Six new champions
    • Six new maps (including three siege maps)
    • A new battle pass every two months
    • The first ultimate skin
    • New game modes
    • A revamped in-game item store
  • A player advocacy group called the Assembly of Champions is coming to Paladins. With the Assembly of Champions, players will elect year-long representatives that will act as direct lines of communication to the developers. Registration is now open at Paladins' website.

  • In celebration of Hi-Rez Expo, current Steam and PC players have free access to the game's four newest Champions, as well as a skin and voice pack for each. This offer can be downloaded on Steam as The Paladins Starter Pack DLC, and it will automatically unlock for PC players that login from November 16 to December 15.

Realm Royale

  • Heroic Leap is continuing to invite players to the Xbox One closed beta, and a closed beta is coming to PlayStation 4 "soon."

  • Cross-play between Xbox One and PC will be active during the closed beta.

  • "World creatures" are set to come to the game. The first is the Loot Goblin, making its debut this weekend, which will appear randomly throughout the map and will drop treasure when it has been slain.

  • Players that log in over the next month will receive a free Cluckomorph skin and 100 crowns.


  • Titan Forge revealed the game's 99th and 100th Gods: King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. Arthur is currently in the play-testing phase while Merlin is in the stage of early prototypes.

  • Season 6 will also feature several other new Gods, including Horus, Set, the World Dragon, and Gods of the underworld. It will conclude with "a being so powerful it will threaten the existence of all other Gods."

  • Quality of Life changes are coming. Titan Forge highlighted the ability to role queue for Conquest, which they indicate will let players have their favorite roles more often (further assisted by the introduction of cross-play).

  • A new arena is available now, and it features an updated art style, "improved gameplay clarity," and the Minotaur.

  • A limited-time free Arena Bundle is currently available, which unlocks seven Gods and eight skins.

  • A player advocacy group called the The Olympians is coming to SMITE. With The Olympians, players will elect year-long representatives that will act as direct lines of communication to the developers. Registration is now open at SMITE's website.

  • SMITE is launching on Nintendo Switch. It will run at 60 FPS and include cross-play multiplayer. Early access begins on January 24, and players can guarantee access to this closed beta by purchasing the Founder's Pack through the Nintendo eShop. The Founder's Pack can be pre-purchased beginning today.

Further, Skillshot Media, the esports division of Hi-Rez studios, had some news to share about competitive play. This includes the beginning of competitive SMITE at the high-school level (more details are available at the PlayVS website). Additionally, Skillshot announced that all SMITE and Paladin Pro Leagues will be played live on LAN in 2019.

Hi-Rez Expo will continue throughout this weekend, and, along with the SMITE and Paladins World Championships, we may get some more exciting reveals.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for developing news as these communities come together to celebrate their favorite games, as well as coverage on the SMITE and Paladins PC finals. 

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Update Adds Remastered Maps From Red Orchestra 2 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:08:42 -0500 QuintLyn

Atlanta-based publisher Tripwire Interactive and developer Antimatter Games have released the latest update for their tactical first-person shooter Rising Storm 2: Vietnam. Titled Rearmed and Remastered, the update makes a variety of changes designed to improve players' quality-of-life and address certain things they've requested, such as audio occlusion improvements.

The update also introduces new weapons and adds remastered versions of fan-favorite maps from Red Orchestra 2: "Mekong" and "Dong Ha".

The new weapons include everything from pistols to rocket launchers and number in excess of 50. Some of the more notable additions are the MP40 for the NLF, a 200-round belt-fed RPD, and a Fougasse mine trap for the North Vietnamese.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is the sequel to 2013's Rising Storm. In addition to being set in the Vietnam war, the game offers 64-player battles between military and guerrilla forces using authentic vehicles and weapons.

The game is currently available on Steam at a hefty 67% discount. You can also play the game for free until Wednesday, November 21 at 1 p.m. EDT. 

Devil May Cry Animated Series in Works so 'Hollywood Doesn't $*&% It Up' Fri, 16 Nov 2018 16:40:02 -0500 Jonathan Moore

IGN has confirmed that Castlevania executive producer, Adi Shankar, will be adapting Devil May Cry for the small screen. The animated series will be part of what Shankar has described as a shared, "bootleg universe."

It is not yet clear if the two franchises will actually crossover, putting Dante in future seasons of Castlevania or Castlevania characters in the Devil May Cry series. Although we're not entirely sure how that would work, we can suspend our disbelief for a shared universe considering how fantastic Castlevania has been over two seasons and how rich the Devil May Cry universe is. 

Of course, Shankar did not expand on what the series might be called (perhaps just Devil May Cry) or share any specific story details. The series does not currently have a release date, either.

We also don't know if the series will be coming to Netflix or another platform, but all bets are on the former. 

Season 1 and Season 2 of Castlevania are currently on Netflix. The series was recently renewed for a third season. 

Header image via: Adi Shankar Twitter

For The First Time Ever, Sony Won't be Hosting A Panel At E3 2019 Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:29:59 -0500 QuintLyn

E3 2019 is still more than half a year away, but we already know that one big name company is breaking with tradition and electing not to host a press conference this year. Sony Interactive Entertainment -- one of the biggest names in gaming -- has decided to forgo the pomp and circumstance of the annual event, for the first time in 24 years.

Sony has not initially made an announcement regarding this decision. Instead, astute readers discovered Sony's absence from the Entertainment Software Association's announcement of attendees. Microsoft and Nintendo were present.

However, the company later spoke with Game Informer stating they've been looking for "inventive opportunities to engage the community", that they "always want to innovate, think differently and experiment with new ways to delight gamers." Because of this they've decided to abstain from participation in E3 in June.

Sony did not say what their plans are for fan interaction, instead saying: "We are exploring new and familiar ways to engage our community in 2019 and can't wait to share our plans with you."

Interestingly, this isn't the first event Sony has elected not to host this year. Earlier this fall, the company announced it wouldn't be holding its annual PlayStation Experience. According to the company's chairman Shawn Layden, the decision was made based on the fact that they simply don't have much to show.

As variety reports, the company is looking forward "to games like Dreams and Days Gone," but they wouldn't have enough to show to make it worth gathering fans and press in one place.

Current consensus seems to be that Sony will simply not have much to show fans, even in June. It's also possible the company has decided the cost of a showing at E3 just doesn't balance out based on what they get out of it.

That said, Sony does appear to have something in the works. We'll just have to wait and see what it is.

Play Overwatch For Free Next Week Thu, 15 Nov 2018 16:55:30 -0500 William R. Parks

If you have spent the last two years avoiding Overwatch due to its price tag, Blizzard has you covered. As per today's announcement, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One owners will have a chance to play the acclaimed multiplayer shooter (for free) from November 20 at 2pm EST to November 27 at 2:59am EST.

This announcement comes only two days after the release of the game's newest hero, Ashe, and the Overwatch Free Trial will give players the full game experience -- 29 playable characters (including Ashe), 19 maps, a variety of game modes, and as many Loot Boxes as you can acquire (or purchase).

Additionally, if you fall in love during the trial, all of the progress you make can be carried over to a purchased copy of Overwatch Legendary Edition on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, or Overwatch on PC.

The Overwatch free trial will be available in all regions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and in Blizzard's Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions (excluding Korea) on PC. If you are planning to play on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will need an active PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold account.

Blizzard has also outlined how to setup the Free Trial on the various platforms:

(November 20):

  • Step 1: Download and install the Blizzard desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.
  • Step 2: Create a free Blizzard account, or log in with an existing account.
  • Step 3: Click the Overwatch icon, located on the left-hand side of the Blizzard desktop app.
  • Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click "Install" to begin the installation process.
  • Step 5: Once installed, click "Play" to begin!

The Overwatch Free Trial will be available for download from November 20--27.

(Requires PlayStation Plus membership; pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PST on November 15th):

  • Step 1: Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user.
  • Step 2: Go to PlayStation Store and select "Search" from the top menu.
  • Step 3: In the search field, type in Overwatch.
  • Step 4: Select "Overwatch Free Trial" from the search results and then click "Download."
  • Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Start" to begin!

The Overwatch Free Trial will be available for download from November 15--26 for PlayStation® 4.

(Requires Xbox Live Gold membership; pre-download starting at 11:00 AM PST on November 15th):

  • Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.
  • Step 2: Go to the Xbox One Store, then select "Search."
  • Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
  • Step 4: Select "Overwatch: Origins Edition" from the search results and then click "Free Trial."
  • Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Launch" to begin!

The Overwatch Free Trial will be available for download from November 15--26 for Xbox One.

Finally, Blizzard is offering limited-time loot to players during the free trial -- three Ashe-themed sprays will be available to those that watch at least two hours of Overwatch streams on Twitch (assuming their Blizzard and Twitch accounts are linked).

Years after its release, Overwatch remains extremely popular due to Blizzard's continual updates and tweaks. If you have never played before, this is the perfect opportunity to jump on a team and give it a spin. And, if you would like to prepare yourself before going into battle, be sure to check out our Overwatch guides for more details.

Killer7 PC Remaster Released on Steam Today Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:37:49 -0500 Greyson Ditzler

The remastered PC port of Grasshopper Manufacture's cult classic shooter Killer 7 was released on Steam today with surprisingly little fanfare. The port was announced earlier this year and was developed by NIS America.

Although the release date for the game was nebulous, the bizarre, arthouse GameCube/PS2 game from auteur game designer Suda51 is now on Steam for $20. There is also a 10% discount for a limited time.

Killer7 was the first game from Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture to make its way to North America, and it is still the only game that Suda51 had complete creative control over.

In the years since its release, the game has become a cult classic because of its hybrid gameplay, unique presentation, and highly unconventional, intentionally vague story loaded with mature and disturbing subject matter. 

In the game, players assume various roles within Killer 7, a group of mysterious shapeshifting assassins who are the United States' only line of defense against a deadly terrorist cell called the Heaven Smile. In a world where nuclear weapons and international airport travel have been completely decommissioned, global conflict has slowed to a crawl. However, intrigue between Japan and the U.S. could lead to enormous nuclear devastation.

The game kickstarted Suda51's career in the West and solidified his and Grasshopper's initial fanbase.

ASTRO Gaming Introduces Slick New Modular C40 TR Controller For PS4 And PC Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:20:24 -0500 QuintLyn

ASTRO Gaming, the company most commonly known for its range of headsets and other peripherals for gamers on PS4 and PC, revealed a new item in its lineup today. The ASTRO C40 TR Controller is the first controller in the company's catalog, and like its other products is modular and very customizable.

It's the latest in ASTRO's "Tournament Ready" series, joining the ASTRO A40 TR headset and the Mixamp Pro TR. Its modular design allows competitive players to create the most comfortable controller for their playstyle, while allegedly allowing them to adapt quickly to their play environment.

The controller features ergonomic comfort and is built to withstand the most hard-core environments. All of the control options can easily be swapped out or relocated, allowing players to swap between analog sticks and d-pads. Players can even choose the length of the stick tops.

To provide even more customization options, ASTRO has made the rear buttons programmable, while providing software that allows players to adjust stick and trigger sensitivity, create custom profiles, and more.

The CR40 TR controller is set to hit shelves in March of 2019. Until then, those looking to pick up the controller can pre-order it via the ASTRO Gaming site, for $199.99.

Cartoon Network Releases Ben 10 Focused Follow-Up To Super Slime Blitz Thu, 15 Nov 2018 14:16:31 -0500 QuintLyn

Today, Cartoon Network announced the release of Ben 10: Super Slime Ben, the follow up to the Amazing World of Gumball-themed Super Slime Blitz. The new game -- developed by Crystal Fish --  is available on the iOS App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App store and promises bigger and better challenges than the previous offering.

In Super Slime Ben, players can play as all 10 of Ben's alien alter-egos, using their powers to climb as high as they can while avoiding all the traps and pitfalls along the way. And yes, there are coins that need grabbing on your way up the game's various climbing levels.

Throughout the game, players will find Omni-enhancements and costumes. They'll also be able to unlock hats and creatures with abilities that will help them climb even higher.

Ben 10: Super Slime Ben is rated E by the ESRB, so parents should feel safe letting their kids play. Do keep in mind, however, that since it's a free app, there will likely be ads and offers -- particularly from Cartoon Network.

Mobile Developer Jam City Signs Multi-Year Deal To Make Disney/Pixar Games Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:30:53 -0500 QuintLyn

A whole new roster of games based on Disney and Pixar movies are on the way thanks to a deal signed between the media giant and mobile game developer Jam City. The new, multi-year partnership not only grants Jam City the rights to make new games based on popular movie franchises but also tasks them with taking over development on the popular mobile title Disney Emoji Blitz in conjunction with Disney's Glendale Games Studio.

Among the many new projects based on Disney/Pixar franchises will be a new game inspired by Disney's Frozen sequel.

According to Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President of Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney, this partnership "represents a significant long-term opportunity for [Disney's] games business and for the future slate of Disney and Pixar games.

"We can’t wait to see how Jam City and the incredibly talented team behind Disney Emoji Blitz will grow the already successful game and franchise, and how Jam City will bring their global reach and expertise in developing successful, enduring mobile games to the upcoming titles."

For their part, Jam City co-founder and CEO Chris DeWolfe states the company is "proud to be teaming with Disney," adding that "Jam City's leadership in mobile entertainment based on iconic entertainment IP, make [the] company an ideal partner to develop a lineup of new mobile games with Disney's most popular franchises."

Disney Emoji Blitz is available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Gets New Trailer, Brings Wizarding World to Life Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:30:25 -0500 Jonathan Moore

If any IP could take advantage of the unique gameplay capabilities augmented reality provides, it's the wizarding world of Harry Potter

Today, fans of the series got a taste of what that might look like in a brand-new trailer for the augmented mobile game, Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite. Co-developed and co-published by WB Games and Niantic, which best known for the wildly popular Pokemon Go, the game will see players exploring "real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way."

Announced earlier this month, the game was originally slated to release this year. However, the game has now been pushed back to sometime in 2019. A firm release date was not provided. 

You can pre-register for the game on the official website

While the official teaser trailer provides few details on actual gameplay aside from the immobilization spell shown, we can expect that players' mobile devices will act as wands for spellcasting. Players' "wands" which will be used in various quests, such as keeping magic away from Muggles. Players will also be able to leave signs for other witches and wizards using them.

There is no word on if Harry Potter: Wizard's Unite will have a PvP element like last year's Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. However, with "unite" in the name, one would guess that PvP might not be an option. 

It will be interesting to see how Wizards Unite uses augmented to reality to bring the wizarding world into the real one. And it will also be interesting to see what systems, if any outside of the obvious, migrate from Pokemon Go and Ingress Prime to the new HP IP. 

For more on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, stay tuned to GameSkinny. 

Mutant: Year Zero: Indie Studio CEO Talks Tabletop Roots, Art Design, and Tactical Stealth Action Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:02:18 -0500 Tim White

Turn-based strategy games were everywhere in the '90s and 2000s, but they're almost more of a niche genre these days. Creating a TBS game that draws heavy inspiration from an equally niche hobby -- post-apocalyptic tabletop RPGs -- is a bold move in an era dominated by MOBAs and twitch shooters. If the pre-release demo of Mutant: Year Zero is anything to go by, that bold decision just might pay off when the full game releases next month.

Haraldur Thormundsson, CEO of The Bearded Ladies, the small but passionate indie team behind Mutant: Year Zero, briefly chatted with me and had some tantalizing tidbits to share about the game.

"Mutant is a tabletop RPG that was popular in the 80s and 90s here in Sweden," Thormundsson explained. "We wanted to make a turn-based game set in the Mutant universe and felt that Year Zero [in its timeline] was a good setting to explore... we felt that [a video game] RPG could never do the original tabletop game justice."

The world of Mutant is a blasted and ruined landscape created by a convergence of various cataclysms. Regular humans are fairly rare; most survivors are mutants, and there's a lot of variety in how their genetic abnormalities manifest.

Dux and Bormin, the first two party members players will meet, are far more animal than human. The characters are visually striking -- weird, but totally straight-faced. It works.

Thormundsson reminisced about the dev team's longstanding love for the original tabletop game when talking about Mutant's character design: "When we started looking at creating the characters, we got inspired by a number of things, including the characters some of the dev team members were playing back in the early days of the pen-and-paper RPG."

Post-apocalypse settings obviously invite dark and depressing stories, but there’s also an opportunity to say something about hope or to take a more optimistic view of humanity. Dux, Bormin, and a handful of other Stalkers recruited later in the game are on some sort of journey to preserve one of the last remaining cities -- an admirable goal -- but Thormundsson was tight-lipped about Mutant's ultimate narrative tone. He described its world as "gloomy and beautiful at the same time."

Still, humor plays a major role in offsetting some of the game's darker undertones.

"I hope the game will also make you laugh, because you'll see the world through the eyes of the mutants, who are interpreting artifacts from the past -- sometimes incorrectly." Thormundsson is undoubtedly referring to scenes like one in which the protagonists discover an '80s-era boombox and confidently identify it as a bomb -- it's got "boom" right in the name, after all.

Mutant's more amusing scenes serve as welcome breaks from the world's bleak past and unforgiving environment, which are reflected and reinforced in the gameplay. Mutant offers players a variety of tactical options and upgrade paths for the party, but stealth and caution are always essential to survival.

"You can play the game Rambo-style in the very beginning, but if you don't start scouting and using tactics to thin out big groups of enemies, the game will get a lot harder," Thormundsson noted.

He went on to offer a word of caution about grinding, clarifying that success in Mutant: Year Zero hinges on much more than your stats. 

"Thorough players who explore the map and do lots of side quests will be able to learn most skills for most of the party, but they'll never be superheroes. Enemies get stronger as you do. The biggest advantage of gaining more mutations is that they open up new tactical options; players still need to learn how to plan and use abilities effectively."

On normal difficulty, Mutant is challenging enough, but there are ways for players to make things even harder on themselves, including a permadeath Iron Man mode. Many side quests are high-risk/high-reward, offering tantalizing loot if you can fight through heavy resistance to get to it.

There's at least a little room for character customization throughout the main campaign's 20-ish hours. Each party member does have certain specializations and weaknesses, but players have some freedom to build the team differently.

"Each mutant can become especially good at certain things, but it is up to the player to pick mutations, weapons, and armor for each of the characters that change what they're able to do," Thormundsson said.

Buying skills and dividing gear between the party often comes down to a choice between shoring up a character's weaknesses or making them even better at their core skills. Both approaches have their pros and cons and will lead to very different scenarios in combat.


Bormin and his crew are set to venture into totally unknown lands, and with the full game still a few weeks away, we don't know much more about what they'll find than they do. The demo asks far more questions than it answers, teasing a dark and intriguing adventure story with tons of potential. If the story is half as solid as the gameplay, Mutant: Year Zero will surely be a can't-miss title for strategy fans.

Mutant: Year Zero releases for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on December 4. Keep an eye on our hub page for more news, previews, guides, and gameplay videos as we get closer to launch.

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is Coming to Xbox Game Pass Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:55:17 -0500 William R. Parks

Fans of turn-based tactics delight -- Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, a tactical adventure game that our writers have described as a cross between Fallout and X-COM, is coming to Xbox Game Pass on December 4.

Mutant Year Zero is based on a Swedish tabletop RPG that goes back to 1984. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where nature has reclaimed the Earth, players will assume the role of mutants (who have supplanted humans as the dominate biped). "A duck with an attitude problem" or "a boar with anger issues," Mutant Year Zero will offer players the chance to meet a cast of off-kilter characters as they explore this new world -- one filled with the ruins of human civilization.

At the center of Mutant Year Zero is a "tactical combat system inspired by the X-COM games." However, this game has its own unique approach, allowing players to explore (and use stealth) in real-time. This real-time aspect shirks the traditions established by most tactics games of the past and will hopefully serve to give Mutant Year Zero some added depth of play.

While we have been expecting a December 4 release of Mutant Year Zero on PC, Xbox One, and PS4, the addition of the game to Xbox Game Pass is an exciting new development. Last month, Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption was released through Game Pass, and Mutant Year Zero looks to be another promising indie for subscribers to be excited about.

Along with this announcement, the game's publisher has also shared a new video that showcases the game's stealth and tactical combat systems in a never-before-seen area.

We are looking forward to Mutant Year Zero here at GameSkinny, and the developers are keeping us excited with these new details. If you are also in the market for mutant-helmed tactics, pre-orders of the PC version grant access to the game three days before release, and those that spring for the Deluxe Edition will get immediate access to a Beta version featuring the first hours of the game.

Stay tuned for more news on Mutant Year Zero as it develops.

Interactive Entertainment Network Ripcord.TV Launched Today Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:23:54 -0500 QuintLyn

Today, a new venture headed by esports experts AlphaDraft and producers from Sony and Disney announced the launch of Interactive Mobile TV Network

Designed to create a more interactive experience for viewers, combines the social experiences found on most livestreaming sites with the professional production found in more traditional media.

The new network features a team made up of television professionals and esporst industry veterans to create an interactive media experience  where the viewers can be part of the show. Viewers can interact with live game show and their hosts during their regularly scheduled times.

The network's current lineup includes five shows: Fast Facts, The Hunt, In or Out, Raise the Bar, and Word Up. During any of these shows, viewers can compete for bragging rights and cash prizes.

The app is available via both the Apple App Store and Google Play. More information on the platform can be found on the official site.


Spider-Man's Next DLC Features A New Story Mission, 3 More Suits Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:38:46 -0500 William R. Parks

While there is no dearth of new titles to keep players occupied this fall, content continues to find its way to Insomniac Games' exceptional Spider-Man for PlayStation 4.

With the game's first DLC in the books, it is now time for the second chapter in the action-adventure game's three-part DLC (The City That Never Sleeps), and Insomniac has just given us a peek at what we can expect from Turf Wars, releasing next Tuesday, November 20.

As with October's DLC release, Turf Wars features a brand-new story mission. This time around, players will square-off against Hammerhead, a classic villain with a surgically reinforced skull, after he has let loose chaos on the streets of New York. You will not be alone, however, as Yuri Watanabe is along for the ride.

Additionally, Turf Wars will bring new bases, crimes, challenges, and trophies to Spider-Man, and, perhaps most importantly, three new suits as well.

Fans can now compliment the game's updated Iron Spider Armor with the classic version and complete their MK set with the Spider-Armor MK I.

Additionally, the Spider-Clan Suit is a manga-inspired take on Spidey's costume, pulled from the Marvel Mangaverse comic books. The Illustrated-style of this suit is in good company with the game's Vintage Comic Book Suit, and it is sure to be striking amidst Spider-Man's more realistic aesthetic.

As mentioned, Turf Wars will be available on November 20 for $9.99.

If you are interested in all three DLCs (Turf Wars, the previously released The Heist, and the upcoming Silver Lining), The City That Never Sleeps bundle is available for $24.99.

Will Turf Wars be enough to pull you away from Red Dead Redemption 2, Hitman 2, Fallout 76, or any of the other new games you may be playing?

Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to check out our review of Spider-Man and The Heist.

Marvel Visionary, Stan Lee, Passes Away at 95 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:52:29 -0500 Jonathan Moore

Stan Lee, the brilliant mind that turned Marvel Comics into a household name and forever changed the pop culture landscape, has passed away at 95. 

He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday. His death has been confirmed by family representatives Dawn Miller and Kirk Schenck. 

The cause of death was not released. 

Lee, a plucky writer and fastidious editor, took the Marvel Comics brand to new heights in the early 1960s by infusing his superheroes with relatable human foibles. Eschewing the infallible, archetypal luminaries that dominated the 1940s and 1950s, Lee set about to create heroes that inspired generations through complex emotion and gripping personality. 

Actor Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm in 2007's Fantastic Four and has played Captain America since 2011, said on Twitter following news of Lee's death: 

There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!

Alongside legendary artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee created a tableau of characters that would redefine not just comic books, but pop culture as a whole. Through his work and under his leadership and guidance, Marvel would go from humble publisher to multi-media powerhouse, one that would see the brand grow into movies, television, and video games. 

Across social media, fans, friends, and colleagues remembered Lee for his unfading contributions to entertainment, as well as his extraordinary character and kindness.






Lee made dozens of appearances in various Marvel media properties over the years, most notably in many of the Marvel films dating back to the 1989 T.V. movie, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk

Later in his career, Lee also worked with DC Comics, contributing to re-imaginings of several high-profile DC characters, such as Batman, The Flash, and Wonder Woman. 

Lee will live on not only in the characters he created and co-created, but also the millions of fans who found solace and companionship in his words. 

Excelsior, Stan. Excelsior! 

Amazon Reveals Release Date for Sunset Overdrive on PC Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:24:49 -0500 William R. Parks

While Microsoft has remained quiet about a PC version of 2014's Sunset Overdrive, a SteamDB listing and an ESRB rating for a PC release have fueled fan excitement over the last weeks.

Now, Amazon has further confirmed Sunset Overdrive's desktop arrival, launching a pre-order page that gives the game a November 16 release date.

Amazon indicates that the release will include both of the game's DLCs, Mystery of Mooil Rig and Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machine, as well as the post-release Weapon Pack that added four new guns to the game.

All of this will be available for $19.99.

Overdrive is an action-packed third-person shooter focused on keeping the player moving. Do not expect a quiet stroll through the park here -- if you plan on surviving, you will need to hit top speeds as you zip line, parkour, and grind your way through Sunset City.

Developed by Insomniac Games, fans of their recent Spider-Man will find a lot to love in the high-speed thrills Overdrive has to offer. And, if you have been waiting for something to take you back to the classic Jet Set Radio, this may be the perfect game for you.

Now, if only Microsoft would get behind Insomniac's desire to put out a sequel, we would have something to really be excited about.

New Game Releases: Week of November 11, 2018 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:59:27 -0500 William R. Parks

Following a relatively quiet week for new AAA releases, studios are coming out swinging with some major titles this week.

On Tuesday, IO Interactive is back with Hitman 2 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, the seventh title in the series and a direct sequel to 2016's Hitman.

For those unfamiliar with the franchise (and who cannot glean the premise from the game's vague title), Hitman 2 puts players in the shoes of Agent 47, a killer-for-hire. As with Hitman, the sequel functions as a sandbox game, setting players loose in six unique (and massive) locales as they decide how they will reach and execute their targets.

If you have been hankering for more stealth murder, Hitman 2 promises an updated and expanded Hitman experience. And if you have never dipped your toes into the series, this new releases looks to be an excellent entry point.

On Wednesday, Bethesda's multiplayer RPG Fallout 76 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Set in a fictionalized West Virginia, 76 is an online-only open-world entry, and it boasts a map four times larger than Fallout 4. While many aspect of the game may prove familiar to fans of the franchise, the emphasis on multiplayer, the absence of NPCs, and alterations to the series' notable SPECIAL and VATS systems means this going to be a title not quite like any other from the series.

While reactions to 76's B.E.T.A. appear mixed, it is difficult to have a full understanding of exactly how the game will function until the general public is let loose on its servers. I am certainly curious to see how things will unfold.

And on Friday, Pokemon comes to Nintendo's newest console with Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee! for Switch.

Let's Go is an updated version of 1998's Pokemon Yellow with modernized gameplay. For instance, Pokemon will now be visible on the game's map, allowing players to approach them directly rather than engage them through random encounters.

Additionally, Let's Go has integration with Pokemon Go, allowing trainers to transfer first gen Pokemon from the mobile game to their Switch. While this integration is optional, if you are looking to catch Meltan, a new mythic, in Let's Go, you will need to transfer at least one Pokemon from Go first.

What are you looking at for this week? Let us know in the comments below, and here is a more complete list of this week's releases.

Tuesday, November 13
  • Hitman 2 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • The Room 3 (PC)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider - The Forge DLC (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection (Switch)
  • Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PS4, Xbox One)
Wednesday, November 14
  • Fallout 76 (PC, PS4, Xbox One)
Thursday, November 15
  • Underworld Ascendant (PC)
Friday, November 16
  • Civilization 6 (Switch)
  • Pokemon: Let's Go, Pikachu! & Let's Go, Eevee! (Switch)
Splatoon 2's November Splatfest Announced Fri, 09 Nov 2018 22:33:16 -0500 William R. Parks

It has been a big week for Inklings the world over.

On Tuesday, Update 4.2.0 brought new weapons and a slew of gameplay changes to Nintendo's hit third-person shooter, Splatoon 2.

Now, with the announcement of November's Splatfest, fans will be asked to do battle to decide which is the better dip, salsa or guacamole.

The November Splatfest is set to begin at 11pm EST on Friday, November 16 and will last for 24 hours.

While this Splatfest is exclusive to North America, it comes hot on the heels of Japan's November Splatfest, where they are deciding between regular Pocky and thin Pocky.

Splatfests are monthly events where players engage in Turf War to debate hot-button issues like mayonnaise vs. ketchup and fork vs. spoon, and November's promises to be a divisive one.

For fans that may be on the fence and rather that their preferred Inkopolis News anchor decide for them, Pearl is pro-salsa while Marina has an affinity for guac.

Where do you stand? #TeamSalsa or #TeamGuacamole? Let us know why your answer is salsa in the comments below.

Prima Games Shutting Down in Spring 2019 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 13:41:13 -0500 Joseph Ocasio

Prima Games, best known for making numerous strategy guides for the most popular video games, is shutting it's doors after 28 years in the business. Founded in 1990, the popular guide series helped gamers of all ages and skill level to progress through millions of titles through out the years.

DK, the publishing company behind Prima, announced that the studio would be shutting down in weeks. According to EGM Now, It's California office will close down in mid-November of this year and its Indianapolis offices in March of 2019. It's unknown when it's New York office will close. 

DK CEO, Ian Hudson, had this to say:

“During a year-long extensive review, many new ways were explored to diversify Prima Games publishing. However, the dynamics for us of this fast-paced landscape have continued to prove difficult."

“This enormously dedicated team has made every effort to turn the business around, but challenging market conditions have unfortunately worked against them." 

We here at GameSkinny wish all it's employee's the best of luck in finding work, inside or outside, in the gaming industry.