Forget the cube, Fortnite fans are now pondering a mysterious floating sphere

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Forget the cube, Fortnite fans are now pondering a mysterious floating sphere

Once upon a time, back in the halcyon days of 2018, Fortnite fans were all aflutter over the sudden appearance of a malevolent cube in Battle Royale. As you'd expected, that eventually resulted in the entire map being whisked out of space and time by a trans-dimensional butterfly - but, now Fortnite is being terrorised by new nefarious geometry, this time in the form of a sphere.

The mysterious snow orb first appeared with the advent of today's 7.2.0 update, hovering above the castle courtyard on Polar Peak - once home to Fortnite's ill-fated Infinity Blade. However, unlike Kevin the cube, which would violently repel players that got too close on its debut, the new sphere doesn't seem to be doing very much of anything right now.

Admire it from afar and you'll spot a gentle flurry of snowflakes drifting around its hulk, while an ominous thrum vibrates through the air. And that low-key sound and light show is pretty much your lot at present - building a makeshift bridge to reach its position and then smacking it with a harvesting tool merely results in an entirely unsatisfying 'doink'.

Pioneer, Ubisoft's space exploration game teased in Watch Dogs 2, is reportedly dead

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Pioneer, Ubisoft's space exploration game teased in Watch Dogs 2, is reportedly dead

Those with excellent memories may recall that, way back in 2016, Ubisoft teased a brand-new space exploration game within Watch Dogs 2, codenamed Pioneer. Well there's some bad news if you've been patiently awaiting its arrival: the game is now reportedly dead.

Pioneer first came to the attention of the internet in 2016 via a nifty little easter egg within Watch Dogs 2. During one mission, players were encouraged to hack into the servers of a fictional Ubisoft San Francisco in order to steal a confidential E3 teaser and sell it to a gaming site. Once downloaded, the teaser transpired to be footage from a mysterious, unnamed space exploration game, with a colourful palette not dissimilar to Hello Games' No Man's Sky.

Not long after, Ubisoft sources confirmed to Kotaku that the footage was from a very real, but as-yet-unannounced game with the codename Pioneer. At the time, Pioneer was said to have originally been scheduled for an official reveal the following year in 2017, but development troubles meant a delay was inevitable until it was "retooled".

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode Blackout is getting a seven-day free trial

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode Blackout is getting a seven-day free trial

Call of Duty's entertaining foray into the heady world of Battle Royale, otherwise known as Black Ops 4's Blackout mode, is having a seven-day free trial on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 starting this week, Activision has announced.

Blackout's free trial (or Free Trial, to invoke Activision's preferred capitalisation) begins this Thursday, January 17th, and comes to a close one week later on Thursday, January 24th.

Activision and Treyarch haven't shared much in the way of specifics just yet, but Blackout's free trial client will presumably be available to download on each platform's respective store closer to the start date. In the meantime, here's a promo trailer:

Arabian Nights-inspired first-person rogue-lite City of Brass is coming to Switch

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Arabian Nights-inspired first-person rogue-lite City of Brass is coming to Switch

Developer Uppercut Games has announced that City of Brass, its Arabian Nights-inspired first-person rogue-lite, is heading to Switch early next month, on February 8th.

City of Brass, which launched on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 last year after six months in early access development, sets players loose in the titular, sandblasted metropolis - a labyrinthine desert city of glistening domes, towering spires, and, almost inevitably, endless hordes of the angrily undead.

Your ultimate goal is to work, one stage at a time, toward the city's 13th layer and Innermost Chamber, where a dangerous supernatural force awaits. In game terms, that equates to a first-person romp of undead slaughter, focussing on melee combat, trap manipulation, and fluid environmental traversal via your trusty whip - which, rather handily, can either be used to swing to safety or to hoist enemies toward you for a good, old-fashioned sword pummelling.

Logitech gaming accessories reduced by over 50%

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Logitech gaming accessories reduced by over 50%

PC gamers looking to upgrade your peripherals, rejoice: we have the deals you are looking for. As part of its ongoing January sales, Amazon has reduced a raft of Logitech computer accessories by up to 53 per cent. Included among these are a top-tier gaming key-board and excellent gaming mice starting from £14.99. Stick with us to see the latest seasonal Logitech reductions.

First up, the dramatically titled Logitech 'Prodigy' gaming keyboard has been reduced by 42 per cent to £34.99 - the lowest it's ever been at the retailer, and the best price we've seen online. The exact same model will set you back £70 at Argos right now. Ideal for both performance gamers and folk who really enjoy bright colours, this keyboard boasts many advantages, such as a tactile, mechanical feel optimised to suit gaming, and an integrated rest for wrist strain. The Prodigy is also around four times faster than your average keyboard, and can be uniquely mapped with simple software.

Just Dance is being turned into a film, for some reason

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Just Dance is being turned into a film, for some reason

Remember when the Dance Dance Revolution film was announced back in October? Did you think it couldn't get any weirder? Apparently it can, as plans are now in place for a Just Dance movie adaptation. I guess Hollywood's superhero well is finally starting to dry up.

According to an article by Deadline Hollywood, the company that successfully acquired the rights after a "competitive bidding" process is Screen Gems, a subdivision of Sony. The film itself is being produced by Ubisoft Film and Television along with Olive Bridge Entertainment - the former of which produced the 2016 Assassin's Creed film. Here's the Rotten Tomatoes page for that one. Make of that what you will.

There appear to be two main reasons driving this decision. Firstly, Just Dance is a ridiculously successful music game franchise - the most successful of all time, according to Ubisoft.

Nintendo won't fire Russian boss after investigation into workplace conduct

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Nintendo has said it will not fire the head of its Russian division, Yasha Haddaji, following an extensive investigation into his workplace conduct.

The investigation was sparked last November by the resurfacing of a video which showed Haddaji stomping and swearing during a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe livestream.

Nintendo fans unhappy at the Russian division's recent business decisions (for example, ending the sale of Pokémon cards in Russia) and overall performance (struggling to get stock to retailers to fill pre-orders) pointed to the video as evidence of Haddaji's mismanagement elsewhere.

Fortnite's being sued again, this time by Orange Shirt Kid's mum

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Fortnite's being sued again, this time by Orange Shirt Kid's mum

What's more viral than a viral dance move? Word that you can sue Epic over emotes, apparently, as yet another lawsuit has been filed against the developer - this time by the mother of the Orange Shirt Kid. Yet unlike its predecessors, the plaintiff gave permission for his dance to be used in the game, making this case rather odd.

The lawsuit filings, as spotted by Variety, allege Epic is guilty of "unauthorised misappropriation" of the Orange Shirt Kid's dance (originally called "the Random"), along with his apparently well-known catchphrase "it's also a great exercise move!".

"Like selling a cheap knockoff, Defendants sold the Random dance in-game and simply renamed it to 'Orange Justice'," the lawsuit states. "Defendants did not credit Orange Shirt Kid nor seek his consent to use, display, reproduce, sell or create a derivative work based upon Orange Shirt Kid's Random dance or likeness in Fortnite."

Resident Evil 2 Remake takes Capcom's RE engine to the next level

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Resident Evil 2 Remake takes Capcom's RE engine to the next level

At the tail-end of last week, Capcom delivered a multi-platform release of the Resident Evil 2 Remake - the so-called '1-shot' demo that gives users just 30 minutes to play a very small portion of the full game. It's shaping up to be a beautiful game that sees the consoles push higher-end features of the foundation RE engine for the first time, and it also sees the developer make some fascinating technical choices for both the vanilla and enhanced consoles. Meanwhile, the PC version opens up a vast array of possible settings, but based on the experience the demo delivers, the top-end experience does require some meaty hardware.

So just how does the remake push the RE engine harder than before? All versions of the demo showcase a filmic per-object motion blur, each surface that is smooth enough receives screen-space reflections, and the game makes extensive use of volumetric lighting and a bokeh depth of field. We'll be looking at the final version more closely to fully confirm this, but the lavish volumetric effects look quite a lot like the frustum voxel aligned type we have seen in many games this generation, giving any and every light a chance to illuminate the fog.

Switch deals: Bayonetta 2, Diablo 3 and Wolfenstein 2 for under £38

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Switch deals: Bayonetta 2, Diablo 3 and Wolfenstein 2 for under £38

Welcome back to the deals depot, folks; we've got a few reductions in tow on popular Switch titles, plus those infamous bundles that'll save you a quid or two. Games range from full-on football to the wild hair-based antics of Bayonetta. Let's take a look at the best Nintendo Switch games deals we've unearthed on this fashionably dreary Tuesday.

Employing plentiful mixed martial arts and also witchcraft, madcap action game Bayonetta 2 spells all kinds of fun, whether you're riding jet planes or wrestling a demon dragon. You can nab Bayonetta 2 plus a Bayonetta digital code for £37.85 at eBay video games outlet ShopTo, nearly 25 per cent off the usual RRP and the cheapest Bayonetta Switch deal we've found thus far.

Meanwhile, fans of the old hack-and-slash with more of a swords-and-sorcery bent will enjoy Diablo 3: The Eternal Collection, available for £35.99 at Cool Shop. Unfortunately this isn't as cheap as its finest Black Friday reduction - around £28 - but it's the best online currently.