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  1. Good things may come in threes, but now they'll come in twos, too - as Apex Legends is adding a permanent duos mode. Along with permanent rotation between maps and a new Bloodhound-themed town takeover. There's a lot happening. From 7th to 21st April, players will be able to take part in an event called The Old Ways, focused on hunter legend Bloodhound. As a town takeover event similar to Octane's, Bloodhound is getting a themed takeover on World's Edge - and players will need to "battle ferocious prowlers for their chance at high-tier loot". I believe that's the lion-snake creature from Titanfall, by the way, not the guns. Players can scoop up goodies as a reward for venturing into this area, but I imagine it will also become a bit of a hot drop. Bringing a Bloodhound with your squad will help, apparently. As part of the event, there will be an Old Ways prize track, in which players can earn up to 1000 points per challenge set, with challenges refreshing on a daily basis. You can also just directly purchase event-exclusive legendary skins from the shop. There's also a nice digital short about Bloodhound's "path from small village to Apex Arena", should you want to deepen your understanding of Apex lore. Read more View the full article
  2. The action strategy game John Wick Hex, which first launched on PC in October 2019, is officially making its way to PlayStation 4 early next month, director Mike Bithell announced. Bithell took to the PlayStation Blog to deliver the news, confirming that John Wick Hex will hit the PS4 on May 5. He spoke a bit about designing the game in the PS4 release date announcement post, where Bithell also mentioned that the editor of the last John Wick film, 2019's Chapter 3: Parabellum, provided feedback on Hex's gameplay mechanics. You can check out John Wick Hex's PS4 trailer below. While the game is headed to PS4 and currently available on PC via the Epic Games Store, an ESRB listing claims John Wick Hex will supposedly launch at some point on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One as well. Neither Bithell nor the game's publisher, Good Shepherd Entertainment, have confirmed whether Hex will appear on other consoles. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Gamevice, the company behind a variety of controller solutions for iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices, is attempting to sue Nintendo over the Nintendo Switch for a second time. According to GoNintendo, Gamevice cites similarities between the Nintendo Switch and its own mobile controllers, many of which are also designed around the idea of split controller that connect to your phone or tablet on either side. The Switch's design is similar, and Gamevice claims it infringes on their own patents in the US. It's seeking a legal order to prevent the import of Switch consoles from Japan. This is familiar territory for Nintendo. Gamevice has previously attempted to sue the company for a similar cause, citing infringement on 19 of its patents. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board ruled in favor of Nintendo in that case (a ruling which Gamevice is still appealing), but will now need to preside over a separate case with similar circumstances. If successful, Gamevice could prevent the sale of Nintendo Switch consoles in the US. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Rare's jaunty pirate game Sea of Thieves will make its way to Steam. The game was previously available only through the Microsoft Store on PC, or through Xbox Game Pass. According to the announcement, the high seas game will feature cross-play between Xbox One and all PC users. However, there is no set release date as of yet, though the announcement says one will be announced "soon." Upon its initial release back in 2018, Sea of Thieves garnered a less-than-enthusiastic reception from critics, who questioned whether or not its laid-back atmosphere and simple gameplay were worth full-price at the till. However, since the inauguration of Xbox Game Pass, the game's community has grown substantially, augmented in no small part due to Rare's steady schedule of fresh content every month. According to Rare, it is now Microsoft's most successful IP of this console generation, with more than 10 million total players. The game's latest update added nasty firetraps and an explosive called the Blunderbomb to the game, as well as banana outfits for your ship's beloved pets. The one prior to that featured cosmetic items from the beloved Rare game Viva Pinata and very angry treasure chests that vomit lava everywhere. View the full article
  5. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 includes a lot of moments that stick in the memory, for a variety of reasons. The 2009 game's campaign features a Russian invasion of the U.S., sees your player characters killed not once, but twice, and heralds the return of fan-favorite hero Captain Price. It also puts you in a position to gun down an airport full of civilians and police in the infamous mission, "No Russian." The newly released Modern Warfare 2 Remastered campaign updates the game's visuals and sound, but the gameplay and story are identical to what was originally released. Revisiting the game demonstrates that Modern Warfare 2's intense first-person shooter moments still stand up to more recent games and remain as powerful as they were more than a decade ago. But the whole game resonates a bit differently when considered in the light of what has happened in the last 11 years. That's never more apparent than with "No Russian." I went into a replay of Modern Warfare 2 with the expectation that "No Russian" and the rest of the game's story had been misunderstood over the years. After all, if there's a subversive Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare 2 is probably it. The bad guy is an American general and the mission in which you have a hand in a massacre puts you in the role of an American CIA operative. I had come to think that Modern Warfare 2 was making a comment about United States foreign policy and militarization, rather than just being shocking for shocking's sake. Especially after years of rising mass shootings, though, "No Russian" just comes off as callous. There might be interesting underlying ideas in Modern Warfare 2, but the game either fails to commit to them, or tells its story so poorly that they don't come across. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. Bethesda has made the upcoming Steam version of Fallout 76 free to those who own the game on Bethesda's launcher. If you own Fallout 76 on Bethesda.net and you link your Steam account by 13th April, you get a Steam copy free. The promotion comes ahead of the launch of Fallout 76's long-awaited and free Wastelanders expansion, which adds NPCs and story content to the MMO. Wastelanders and Fallout 76 launch on Steam on 14th April. Read more View the full article
  7. Given it's one of gaming's biggest franchises, the news Borderlands 3 was a major success came as little surprise. Within its first five days, it sold over five million copies - making it 2K's fastest-selling game of all time. Something that probably did come as a surprise to Borderlands 3's developers, however, is that their hefty bonuses designed to make up for lower initial pay were no longer happening. That's according to a report by Kotaku, whose sources say Gearbox employees will no longer receive the royalty bonuses promised throughout development. The news was apparently broken yesterday by CEO Randy Pitchford, who said developers would now receive much smaller bonus checks than the ones expected (which in some cases were supposed to go into the tens or hundreds of thousands). The reason given was that the game had been more expensive than anticipated, combined with significant company growth and off-base sales projections. The increased expense was likely caused by a technology swap between Unreal Engine 3 and Unreal Engine 4 mid-way through development, along with a 2K deal which meant Gearbox needed to first recoup both Borderlands 3's $95m (£76.6m) budget and the $140m (£112m) DLC budget before the studio could receive royalties. Read more View the full article
  8. A new set of patch notes for Borderlands 3 makes some big adjustments to the Vault Hunter Moze, the Gunner. Gearbox said it has been observing Moze's stats for a few weeks and made these buffs to focus largely on boosting her survivability. The studio also noted that it's not done tweaking the character and other buffs to "trouble spots" will be coming in the future. In particular, the hotfix patch notes make some big changes to the Iron Bear, her mech suit, by reducing the cooldown time and increasing its fuel. The update also increases the bonus to three of her abilities: Behind the Iron Curtain, Security Bear, and Experimental Munitions. The update also makes several changes to weapon balance, including the entire suite of Hyperion weapon shields. The weapons appear to be buffed almost across the board, though the adjustment to The Lob comes at the expense of reducing its projectiles. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. This week's freebies at the Epic Games Store just went live, and they are quite the pair. From now until April 9, you can pick up Gone Home and Hob free of charge. As usual, Epic also revealed next week's freebie, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments, a seriously underappreciated adventure game starring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ubiquitous detective. Crimes and Punishments will be free starting April 9 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. You simply need a free Epic Games account to claim any Epic freebie, and it'll be yours to keep forever. Originally released in 2014, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is one of the many Sherlock games developed by Frogwares. While games that capitalize off of huge properties like Sherlock Holmes don't always inspire a ton of confidence, Crimes and Punishments is a genuinely great adventure game. Crimes and Punishments features six separate investigations that you must solve alongside your trusted sidekick Dr. Watson. One of the main gameplay mechanics is the deduction board, which lets you piece together clues from each case to come to your own conclusion. This allows for more than a handful of endings for each crime, and moral choices you can make after finding the culprit add even more layers to the story. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. Own Fallout 76 on PC already but wish you could play the game through Steam? You'll be able to do so starting on April 14, the same day that the new Wastelanders expansion launches Anyone who purchases Fallout 76 through Bethesda.net before April 13 and links their Steam and Bethesda accounts will get the game for free on Steam. Atoms and Fallout 1st memberships will not transfer between the platforms, but any items purchased through the shop will be available across both Bethesda.net and Steam. This offer only applies to the PC version. Xbox One and PS4 players will have to purchase the Steam version separately in order to access it, and the game doesn’t support cross-platform play. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. Chucklefish has made a name for itself with some high-quality releases, including Starbound and Wargroove, and is also known for having stepped in to complete publishing duties on the wildly popular Stardew Valley. The UK game studio had more recently made waves with its announcement of Witchbrook, which many observers have described as looking like a cross between Stardew Valley and the Harry Potter stories. After a good deal of enthusiasm around the initial announcement, Chucklefish has remained very quiet on the project for some months. The reason for that now seems clearer, as the game has seen a dramatic facelift, and is sporting a new isometric artstyle. To get a sense of what’s changed, look at this previously released screen, which shows off the old art style. Witchbrook, old artstyle And now, take a look at these new screenshots, just releasing today. Chucklefish describes its game as a “magical school and town life simulator.” Players control a witch-in-training as they seek to hone their abilities, go to classes, and eventually aim to graduate. At the same time, your magical avatar may also fish, grow crops (with the aid of magic!) and track down reagents like mushrooms. In short, it seems as if the game will focus on spellcasting with an equal focus to figuring out a date to the prom. Chucklefish is both developing and publishing Witchbrook, and today launched a new website for the game. No platforms have yet been announced. We also don’t have a release date yet; Chucklefish highlights that its studio is a no-crunch studio, under the belief that it results in better games and healthier developers, so we may have a wait before we can launch into our own magical school careers. Click image thumbnails to view larger version View the full article
  12. AM General, makers and owners of the Humvee vehicle, filed a lawsuit back in 2017 against Activision Blizzard for using their vehicles in their games without providing compensation for using it. The original lawsuit filed by AM General claimed Activision Blizzard was profiting off of their property without providing compensation for such usage. The company was seeking millions in lost profit thanks to Activision’s usage of the vehicle. In 2019, Activision Blizzard responded to the lawsuit claiming that it was bogus and using military vehicles is protected under the First Amendment. On Wednesday, April 1, a federal judge haas ruled in favor of Activision Blizzard in this case stating that the usage of humvee vehicles in Call of Duty is protected by an artists’ right to realistically depict warfare in their titles and is therefore protected by the First Amendment. Federal judge said Activision Blizzard cannot be sued for doing this. “If realism is an artistic goal, then the presence in modern warfare games of vehicles employed by actual militaries undoubtedly furthers that goal,” U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels said in his motion to dismiss. “The inclusions of Humvees in the foreground or background of various scenes … are integral elements of a video game because they communicate ideas through features distinctive to the medium.” Federal Judge Daniels said AM General’s lawsuit failed to meet the threshold of suing a company over artistic usage of their trademark in a video game “Defendants’ uses of Humvees in ‘Call of Duty’ games have artistic relevance. Featuring actual vehicles used by military operations around the world in video games about simulated modern warfare surely evokes a sense of realism and lifelikeness. Proceeding to the second prong of the Rogers test, defendants’ uses of Humvees in the ‘Call of Duty’ games are not explicitly misleading,” the judge said. SOURCE: Law360 The post Federal judge rules in favor of Activision Blizzard in lawsuit over usage of Humvees in Call of Duty appeared first on Charlie INTEL. View the full article
  13. Remember the zero-gravity sections from the unfairly maligned Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Boundary is a new upcoming first-person shooter that takes those bits and runs with them. Boundary, due out on PlayStation 4 and PC at some point in 2020, is about zero-gravity shootouts with high-tech weaponry in outer space. The soldiers in the game are armed astronauts called Astroperators, or AOs. You have full freedom of movement and, as you'd expect from a game set in space, you are unrestricted from gravity. As a result, you can use floating debris as cover and propel forward with the help of your grapple hook. In the trailer below, we see the solar farm map, with giant reflectors as well as a glimpse at the tactical shield and re-forged AK rifle. Expect multiple Astroperators classes, 5v5, 3v3 and 2v2 competitive multiplayer. Read more View the full article
  14. A new update for Borderlands 3 will introduce not one but two new events, as the legendary vending machine limited-time event rotates out of play. That event, which made legendary loot available in vending machines, will end and be replaced by Slot Machine Mania and Trials Take-All. According to hotfix notes, Slot Machine Mania will increase your chance to win legendaries from slot machines, but also increases the chances for grenades to spawn instead. Less valuable loot still might appear, but those odds have been greatly reduced. The other event, Trials Take-All, boosts the chances of rewards during Proving Ground trials, and bosses will always drop loot from their pools. Both events start today and will last until April 9 at 9 AM PT. This follows closely after the release of Guns, Love, and Tentacles, the second major expansion for the game. That introduces a Lovecraftian threat in the midst of a happy wedding ceremony, though it doesn't really explore some of Lovecraft's problematic aspects. The patch that introduced the DLC also raised the level cap to 57, which Gearbox says will greatly increase the end-game power level by allowing players to use two capstone skills instead of just one. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. Sea of Thieves will get a Steam release, which will include full crossplay with the game's existing Windows 10 and Xbox One versions. You can wishlist it today, Microsoft said, with a launch date to be announced "soon". The news comes as Rare's buccaneering pirate simulate passes a milestone of 10 million unique players, including those who've jumped aboard via Xbox Game Pass. Read more View the full article
  16. Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns could throw a wrench in its plans, but Microsoft is hoping to launch Xbox Series X in all regions at the same time. Speaking to IGN during an episode of Podcast Unlocked, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said his team hasn't worked out a "plan B" if the pandemic forces Microsoft to stagger the system's launch. However, he understands why launching consoles in different regions at different times no longer works in the age of social media. "I will say, having lived through the Xbox One launch, I know that significant delays in region launches hurt us," Spencer said. "It hurts us with the sentiment of the fans and every time I go to Japan I remind that we were, what was it, nine months late in launching there with Xbox One?" Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  17. Microsoft remains confident its Xbox Series X console will be ready for launch at the end of this year, but is keeping a close eye on its software side - its games and system services - many of which are now being developed remotely. Supply chains for the hardware itself are starting to pick up as factories in China re-open, but as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, Microsoft's teams working on the console's firmware and launch game line-up are having to get used to working from home. In a wide-ranging interview with IGN, Xbox boss Phil Spencer (speaking from his own home office) said these teams are being "stretched" as they work remotely - that their safety came first, and that he wouldn't hold back the console if launch line-up star Halo: Infinite slipped. Read more View the full article
  18. Microsoft has announced that its game streaming tech, Project xCloud, will be part of its plans going forward with the Xbox Series X. In a new interview, Xbox head Phil Spencer says that putting the tech to work on consoles just makes sense for discoverability, based on the data it's seen both with xCloud testing and its Game Pass service. "The xCloud scenario on a console makes a ton of sense," Spencer told IGN Unlocked. "One of the things we're seeing in xCloud today, in the preview, is we watch people sample games. We see that in Game Pass already, even on console. We call it the 'hummingbird effect.' People are just willing to try more games, but obviously you have download times. So on xCloud you definitely get people who are sampling a lot more games, and I think that's healthy for our industry. I want more different kinds of games played, more creators found, more new favorite games." He also noted that in the tech preview for xCloud, players can go from watching a trailer to streaming a game almost seamlessly--a feature idea also touted by Google when it detailed its Stadia service. Spencer said that's also a boon to discoverability. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  19. The Call of Duty series is known for its Easter eggs - but this is perhaps the best one yet. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS AHEAD. This week, Activision released Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered (as a month-long PlayStation 4 timed-exclusive, criminally), and its developers have taken the opportunity to slip in a super cool Easter egg that fixes a nine-year-old continuity error. Read more View the full article
  20. Sony has announced that it will be committing $100 million in support of COVID-19 relief around the world. The fund is called the "Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19," with the intention of providing much-needed relief to those in need during this crisis. Support will be divided into three main areas: Assistance to individuals engaged in the medical field like doctors, nurses, and first responders efforts fighting the virus on the front-lines. Implementing new forms of education for children and educators who can no longer attend school and must work from home. Support for members of the creative community within the entertainment and gaming industries impacted. Sony has pledged that $10 million of the fund will be sent to medical support, in conjunction with the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO powered by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). These foundations are devoted to assisting medical professions and workers currently assisting in the effort to prevent the further spread of the virus and contribute to the treatment of the public. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  21. Scalebound, the Xbox One console exclusive once in development at Platinum Games, was cancelled three years ago - but in the past year, rumours have persisted of a revival. One wild piece of speculation floating round the internet of late suggested it could even see a new lease of life for Nintendo Switch. And while there was never any evidence of this, Microsoft has at last set the record straight. Speaking to IGN, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said Microsoft was "not working on it" and that it was "something we've all moved past", while admitting regrets over how the game's development unfolded. Read more View the full article
  22. A judge has ruled Call of Duty can depict Humvees without a licence. In 2017, AM General LLC, the company behind the Humvee, sued Activision over the appearance of the famous military vehicle in Call of Duty. The Humvee has appeared in most of the Modern Warfare games. In one mission in the recently-remastered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you man a Humvee gunner during a drive through an Afghanistan town. Read more View the full article
  23. Sony has set up a $100m COVID-19 relief fund. The fund is designed to support those around the world affected by the coronavirus. According to the World Health Organisation, the number of infections globally will reach a million within days, and there is growing concern in several countries about supplies of protection equipment for medical workers. Read more View the full article
  24. Intel unveiled its 10th-generation Comet Lake H-series mobile processors today, unlocking a new tier of high performance parts for gaming and creation-focused laptops. These are the highest-clocked CPUs we've ever seen from Intel, with the flagship eight-core, sixteen-thread Core i9-10980HK processor turboing all the way up to 5.3GHz - a 300MHz jump over the previous generation equivalent. This frequency focus is also reflected in the rest of the new processor family too, with all three Core i7 SKUs in Comet Lake H capable of boosting to 5GHz or higher. Even the most affordable chips see a sizeable gen-on-gen clockspeed increase, with the two Core i5 models in the family hitting the same frequencies as last generation's Core i7 models. It's an interesting approach to mobile processor design, where high frequencies are normally eschewed for reasons of efficiency, but it could result in some uniquely performant gaming laptops. Before we take a closer look at what distinguishes these 10th-generation processors from their predecessors - and there are some new features to discuss - let's take a look at the full lineup: Read more View the full article
  25. MSI has revealed its upcoming slate of gaming laptops, which all come equipped with 10th-gen Intel Core processors and Nvidia RTX Super graphics cards. The new laptops include the GS66 Stealth, GE66 Raider, and Creator 17. The company states that these laptops were made with gamers and content creators in mind, with specs that can easily handle tasks like gaming and rendering high-quality video. The GS66 Stealth is available now for pre-order, while the GE66 Raider and Creator 17 laptops will launch online on April 15. Each laptop comes with a TN display with the option to switch out for an IPS-level panel, which provides brighter and better colours. GS66 Stealth gaming laptop Starting at $1,599; Available for pre-order now Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article

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