PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Is Now The Most-Played Game Of All Time On Steam

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Is Now The Most-Played Game Of All Time On Steam

When we last checked in on the tale of PlayerUnknown's Battegrounds slowly becoming the most popular game in the world, it had topped Dota 2 as the most played-game on Steam for a time. But it hadn't beaten the latter's all-time record of 1,291,328 concurrent players, which Dota 2 had reached in March of last year. Well, it has now.

Battlegrounds today peaked at 1,349,584 players as of this writing - the highest any game has ever had on Steam. This is also higher than many popular games outside Steam, including Destiny 2, and yet another impressive milestone for the game's popularity, and the game still has room to grow, as it's still in Early Access. Next up on Battlegrounds' hit list: Overwatch.

In other news, Steam also crossed the 15-million concurrent user threshold for the first time. This means Battlegrounds currently accounts for a little over 11 percent of Steam's entire playerbase right now. 

Reader Discussion: Which Game's Beta Did You Play Most?

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Reader Discussion: Which Game's Beta Did You Play Most?

Although the line between a game that's done and one that's released get blurrier every year, playing a Beta for a game I'm interested in (or am curious about) is always a unique kind of fun. Although few betas are truly the point at which a developer is seeking feedback beyond how to prepare its servers for launch, I like the idea of playing a game that might change in the future. Of course, getting a sneak peek at a game that isn't out yet is also fun.

Case in point: I spent more time in the Call of Duty: World at War beta than I have with full-fledged multiplayer titles. This was coming hot on the tail of the first Modern Warfare, a game I played religiously for months. Although it didn't make too many alterations that game's formula, World at War's beta had enough twists on the concept of killstreaks and upgrades to make it worthwhile, and the "War" mode was a ton of fun, and I'm sad it ended up not being part of the series' regular rotation. Anyway, it was a blast, and in retrospect I'm surprised I spent this much time on a game I ultimately don't remember as being incredible or anything.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Tien and Yamcha To Its Roster, Reveals New Story Mode Character Android 21

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Tien and Yamcha To Its Roster, Reveals New Story Mode Character Android 21

The latest issue of Japanese magazine V-Jump has revealed three new characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ, including a new character designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama.

According to scans of the magazine by Shonen Games, Tien and Yamcha are the two latest playable fighters in the game. Yamcha will have access to his famous Spirit Ball and Neo Wolf Fang Fist attacks as super, while Tien Shinhan will have his Tri-Beam attack. Tien will also sport Chiaotzu as a character he can call in for certain attacks.

Finally, the magazine revealed Android 21, new character exclusive to FighterZ. According to translations from Siliconera, Android 21 will play a large role in the game's story mode, and has an intellect similar to Dr. Gero (the creator of the Androids). The magazine does not say whether Android 21 will be playable or just a part of the story mode, however.

What To Watch This Weekend: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Smite, And Hearthstone

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What To Watch This Weekend: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Smite, And Hearthstone

This week, as several ongoing major esports tournaments vye for our attention, we bid farewell to one of the greatest competitive games in recent history.

Though Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite is just days away, we still have at least one major Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 tournament this weekend: The Curleh Finale. Throughout the year several tournaments have acted as qualifiers for this event, meaning everyone here is among the best of the best. This should make for a fantastic send-off to one the longest-running competitive fighting games of the modern age. (Stream and Schedule)

This week's big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament is the ESL One New York, which will have teams facing off in the Big Apples for their share of $250,000. (Stream / Schedule)

Weekend Warrior: Saturday Returns Edition

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Weekend Warrior: Saturday Returns Edition

This weekend marks the release of the first traditional Metroid game since Metroid: Other M in 2010 (or Metroid Prime 3 in 2007 if you don't want to count that, or Metroid: Zero Mission in 2004 if you don't want to count that). You can read Ben's review of the game here and compare it to the other versions of Metroid II right here. This is also the weekend for the first Destiny 2 raid, plus some other Dragon Ball-related things happening. Can Samus capture attention over Goku's golden locks?

Let's check out what the Game Informer staff is spending their weekend doing and playing.

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) - This weekend I have no clue what I’ll be playing. Maybe some board games, probably some Jackbox. Some friends are in town and there’s a wedding lined up, so maybe I can still squeeze in a little time for Destiny 2 here and there. Have a good weekend!

Marvel Is Remixing 30 Years Of X-Men History In New Comic 'Grand Design'

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Marvel Is Remixing 30 Years Of X-Men History In New Comic 'Grand Design'

Marvel Comics announced today that that cartoonist Ed Piskor is taking on the entire history of the X-Men in the new comic, Grand Design.

Piskor, who is best known for 2013's Hip-Hop Family Tree, is teaming up with Marvel to remix X-Men's long history over six issues of forty pages each. That's thirty years, 280 issues, and over 8000 pages retold in Ed Piskor's vision.

The comic will run over three years with differing names for the arcs - Grand Design, Grand Design Second Genesis, and Grand Design X-tinction. All six issues will be written, inked, and colored by Piskor himself. The debut issue will release on December 9, with a collection of the first two issues being compiled and released on April 17, 2018.

Ana And Junkrat Join Heroes Of The Storm, Alongside New Battleground Volskaya Foundry

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Ana And Junkrat Join Heroes Of The Storm, Alongside New Battleground Volskaya Foundry

Both Ana and Junkrat are joining Blizzard's all-star cast MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. The two Overwatch characters are coming alongside the Overwatch stage, Assault on Volskaya Foundry.

Blizzard put up a page for the update here, showing off the new stage, new characters, and new skins coming soon.

Ana and Junkrat join D.Va, Lucio, Zarya, Tracer, and Genji in Heroes of the Storm as part of the Overwatch universe. They're made to resemble their Overwatch versions, with Ana wielding her sniper rifle and Junkrat focusing on explosives.

NBA 2K18 On Switch Requires A MicroSD Card And A Hefty Extra Download

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NBA 2K18 On Switch Requires A MicroSD Card And A Hefty Extra Download

NBA 2K18 on the Switch looks amazing and surprisingly close to higher-end systems for a handheld system, but that comes at a pretty big storage cost that the cartridges are having a hard time handling.

Nintendo updated its support site for NBA 2K18 today, outright saying that a MicroSD card is required for the game, whether or not you have a physical cartridge. From Nintendo's support site:

"Below are the storage space requirements:
Initial software download after purchase – 6.8 GB
Additional software update – 16.1 GB
Save file – 5 GB system memory per save file"

Metroid: Samus Returns Developer MercurySteam Launches Open Beta For New Game

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Metroid: Samus Returns Developer MercurySteam Launches Open Beta For New Game

MercurySteam, the developers behind Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and today's release of Metroid: Samus Returns, announced that Raiders of the Broken Planet is starting its open beta on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC today.

The beta, which starts today and ends on Monday September 18 ahead of the full launch on September 22. It also serves as a demo for the single-player and multiplayer portions of the shooter, allowing players to experience the prologue's two missions.

Raiders of the Broken Planet is releasing on September 22 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Check out a Gamescom trailer below to see the general tone of the game.