Anthem Increases Drop Rate For Endgame Weapons

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Anthem Increases Drop Rate For Endgame Weapons

The latest update for Anthem is now live and, thanks to the patch notes, Bioware has confirmed that they have made some changes to the game's criticized loot table to better emphasize endgame weapons when you're actually in the endgame. You might ask why it was different before this update and it seems like Bioware also agrees.

The new update is server-side, which means you don't need to actually download anything for it to take effect. On the grandmaster 2 and 3 difficulty levels, the drop rate for Masterwork & Legendary items has been increased. Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have also been increased for tougher enemies at all difficulty levels in general.

The changes come fairly soon after Bioware community manager Jesse Anderson wrote an extensive and lengthy response on the game's subreddit to player concerns. Anderson explained why Anthem differed between pre-launch and the final product, how reactive Bioware is to feedback, and strongly insisted that "Anthem is here to stay."

James Gunn Reinstated As Director Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

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James Gunn Reinstated As Director Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Last year, Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn was ousted from the upcoming third film in the series after lewd and offensive jokes from a decade prior were discovered on his Twitter feed. Disney initially stood by their decision, even as the cast and fanbase themselves stood behind Gunn. Now, according to a report from Deadline, Gunn has been reinstated as Disney has reversed their decision after nine months of saying they will not.

The Deadline report states that the decision to reinstate Gunn was made several months ago, when Disney chairman Alan Horn began meeting with Gunn several times to discuss his public apologies. Horn was convinced by Gunn's statements that the tweets represented an edgy younger self that he had long since moved past and the fact that Gunn only ever blamed himself and not Disney likely helped his perception with the higher-ups.

It likely helped that no serious director was willing to take Gunn's place and betray their colleague, with people like Thor Ragnarok director Taika Waititi publicly declining consideration.

Hello Games Announces No Man's Sky Online As An Update

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Hello Games Announces No Man's Sky Online As An Update

After a bumpy and controversial launch, No Man's Sky has steadily improved over the years, culminating with a massive expansion in the form of No Man's Sky Next last year. Now Hello Games is announcing the next step in No Man's Sky's direction with what they're calling No Man's Sky Beyond. The first part of that that is No Man's Sky Online, which is a massive push for a social online experience.

Check out a very, very short teaser for Beyond below.

In terms of No Man's Sky Online, Hello Games is eager to emphasize the ways people have been playing the game since Next.

Jump Force's DLC Roadmap Announced

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Jump Force's DLC Roadmap Announced

Bandai Namco has announced Jump Force's slate of DLC through August – featuring nine characters, including Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! – with more to come.

Kaiba and two other characters (TBA) are part of May's paid DLC component, and while three more are coming in August, it looks like the final trio won't come out until some time after that.

These fighters can be bought individually, and they are included in the game's Fighters Pass. The DLC also includes free content such as events, costumes, and a new stage: Valley of the End.

Fortnite Now Separates Crossplay Pools So Switch Only Matches With Mobile

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Fortnite Now Separates Crossplay Pools So Switch Only Matches With Mobile

In the latest patch notes for Fortnite, among a number of changes and bug fixes were added, but a rather large change was made to the way matchmaking between consoles works that might not please some players. For the first time, crossplay is being separated into different silos, with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in one group and Switch and Mobile in another.

The patch notes do not go into many details for why this split has been made, only that they "expect an on-average better per-game experience for both Mobile and Switch players." Since Epic hasn't specified why, it seems relevant to look at the differences between the versions to figure out why they would want to separate it out.

Fortnite on Switch runs on a lower framerate by about half, which is probably the major reason. Outside of some very specific high-end phones, Fortnite runs similarly on mobile. The Switch analog sticks also have significantly more deadzone than either the Xbox One or PS4 controllers and it seems the Switch as a system has this issue on system-level. This means that fine-tuning aim can be harder on the Switch, but the gyro controls likely aid that a bit.

Auto-Chess Comes To Mobile Without Dota Involvement

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Auto-Chess Comes To Mobile Without Dota Involvement

Dota Auto Chess has taken the world by storm in a way pretty much no one had ever predicted. The fan-made mode is one of the most played games on Steam, using assets from Valve's Dota 2 to create an engaging competitive title that has gotten big worldwide, especially in China. For a more thorough breakdown on what the game is and why it's blown up, check out this article Dan Tack wrote on the subject

Since the game was built on Dota 2 assets, the creators couldn't really make money off it. It was just a matter of time until the idea gets ripped off or Valve gets their own hands on Auto Chess, so it makes sense that the creators get their own game development studio to do it themselves. They're starting with Auto Chess on mobile devices, with a few small caveats.

The game will move on from the Dota 2 license, meaning that the mode's Dota heroes won't be making an appearance. Instead, they will be replaced by original heroes who bear more than a slight, if not legally deniable, resemblance to the Dota heroes they once were.

Facebook Is Giving Its Gaming Efforts More Prominent Placement On Mobile Devices

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Facebook Is Giving Its Gaming Efforts More Prominent Placement On Mobile Devices

Facebook is making a big push with is gaming efforts today by bring its gaming content to your main Facebook feed (if you want it there). Using Facebook on your mobile device, you will soon be able to add a direct and permanent link to Facebook's gaming content right at the top of the app. According to a blog post from the company, you might start seeing the Gaming tab at the top of your screen as early as today.

The tab gives you quick access to playable games, gaming streams, and connections to gaming groups within Facebook. According to Facebook, 700 million users are already using the social network to access gaming content.

Along with the new tab, Facebook is also beta testing a dedicated Facebook gaming app on Android devices.

Steam Link Can Now Be Used Long Distance

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Steam Link Can Now Be Used Long Distance

While Valve recently suggested an end to the Steam Link production by announcing how few were still in circulation, those who managed to get one will now have a renewed use for it. The Steam Link will now function over more than just a local network, as users will be able to use it away from their home PCs as long as they are connected to the internet.

Steam announced today that a new feature called Steam Anywhere is now in beta, letting players hook their Steam Link up to an internet connection and access their Steam library from anywhere, provided your Steam library is on a PC with a high upload speed. Obviously the Steam Link itself needs a pretty strong connection, too.

If you want in right now, you need to opt-in to the Steam client beta through the program's settings and make sure you've updated to the March 13 version. The feature itself is obviously still in beta so it might not work flawlessly if you've got a big trip planned and expect to take your Steam library with you.

Castle Crashers Being Teased For Switch

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Castle Crashers Being Teased For Switch

It seems like, with all the indie success the Switch is seeing these days, it makes sense for indie developers to try and get their games onto the system for a piece of that pie. If your game is multiplayer, so much the better, because the marketing copy basically writes itself at that point. This is probably the logic behind The Behemoth, developers of games like Alien Hominid and Battleblock Theater, to start teasing a Switch release of their side-scrolling beat 'em up Castle Crashers.

The tease came in the form of a tweet showing four joycons in the colors of the four default Castle Crasher playable knights.

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Bandai Namco Is Releasing A Dragon Ball Card Game

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Bandai Namco Is Releasing A Dragon Ball Card Game

Fight as or alongside Saiyan heroes and villains in the newly announced card-based fighting game, Super Dragon Ball Heroes World Mission. Touting a bulky roster of 350 combatants and over 1,000 total cards, Dragon Ball fans can build decks featuring their favorite characters. You can combine cards for defensive and offensive advantages or equip them with accessories to increase their base stats. 

Battles take place on a grid-like field where stamina points are spent to activate attacks. An energy meter builds over the course of engagements which can create opportunities to unleash powerful abilities that decimate foes. 

Additionally, multiple game modes are featured including an expansive single-player campaign, an arcade mode where players can re-experience their favorite moments from the groundbreaking anime, and competitive multiplayer.