Report: New Characters Coming To Apex Legends Leaked

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Report: New Characters Coming To Apex Legends Leaked

Apex Legends has had a charmed release, but already players want more - and based on the digging of some dataminers, new characters are not far away. We know that the battlepass is scheduled to hit next month, and these new legends could be part of a larger rollout.

There's a longer list of names and other fare to dig through from the mining, but the two characters in question are Octane and Wattson. Octane apparently has some sort of stimpack ability with potential performance enhancing effects, while Wattson has a Tesla Trap, fitting with the character's "electric" name.

While datamining isn't an exact science in terms of what makes it into the final game, these seem like fairly reasonable discoveries. Until then, keep dropping into those hotspots and check out our review here!

New Characters Coming To Apex Legends Leaked

about X hours ago from
New Characters Coming To Apex Legends Leaked

Apex Legends has had a charmed release, but already players want more - and based on the digging of some dataminers, new characters are not far away. We know that the battlepass is scheduled to hit next month, and these new legends could be part of a larger rollout.

There's a longer list of names and other fare to dig through from the mining, but the two characters in question are Octane and Wattson. Octane apparently has some sort of stimpack ability with potential performance enhancing effects, while Wattson has a Tesla Trap, fitting with the character's "electric" name.

While datamining isn't an exact science in terms of what makes it into the final game, these seem like fairly reasonable discoveries. Until then, keep dropping into those hotspots and check out our review here!

VR Game Apex Construct Gets Sales Boost From People Mistaking It For Apex Legends

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VR Game Apex Construct Gets Sales Boost From People Mistaking It For Apex Legends

In a bizarre yet bountiful case of mistaken identity, developer Fast Travel games revealed that its VR title Apex Construct has received a big boost in sales...because people keep mistaking it for Apex Legends. Yikes.

Fast Travel's communications manager Andreas Juliusson took to the Construct's subreddit to talk about the situation. Juliussion implies the studio is amused by the mixup but also mentions that Apex Construct has been bombed with negative reviews because of it. Here's the full statement:

Hi all, Andreas from VR games developer Fast Travel Games here!

Anthem's Quickplay Option Loading Under-Leveled Players Into The Final Mission

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Anthem's Quickplay Option Loading Under-Leveled Players Into The Final Mission

Anthem, Bioware's first live service game, has had its fair share of problems since the VIP demo back in January with players experiencing glitches, unable to load the game, and various other problems. Those issues were mostly solved with the second demo. However, Origins Premier PC players who are getting their hands on the full version of Anthem before everyone else are experiencing new issues.

Several players are reporting a particularly nasty surprise where choosing quickplay will load under-leveled players into the final mission of the game. One streamer, Brandon Larned, recorded a video that supposedly shows a level 3 player entering the mission. We can't see the players' levels or comment on whether or not what's seen here is part of the final mission but given the multiple reports and the genuine surprise in everyone's voices in this clip, it's likely this issue is real. You can watch the video below if you don't mind spoilers:

Don't use quickplay if you're new to Anthem. It can backfill you into the final mission of the story and spoil. This level 3 got in my mission. He ended up leaving, but a lvl 2 backfilled 5~ mins later and didn't.
(no spoilers in clip)https://t.co/2vBL2qT6qU

McFarlane Toys Has Figures For Doom, Fortnite, Mortal Kombat, And More On The Way

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McFarlane Toys Has Figures For Doom, Fortnite, Mortal Kombat, And More On The Way

The 2019 Toy Fair is under way in New York today and per usual, that means some video game-related figures are being revealed. This year, it's quite a number of them and they're all on the way from McFarlane Toys.

The manufacturer revealed today that figurines from Doom, Fortnite, Mortal Kombat, Elder Scrolls, Call of Duty, and more were in production and slated for release in 2019 or 2020. Here are the most notable ones:

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Ubisoft Lays Out All The Big Changes Coming To Rainbow Six Siege This Year

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Ubisoft Lays Out All The Big Changes Coming To Rainbow Six Siege This Year

We recently called Rainbow Six Siege "the king of the comeback" in our list of games improved the most by free updates and boy has that game earned the title thanks to consistent updates and constant communication with its community. Year four of Ubisoft's support looms on the horizon for Siege and the publisher's put out a video detailing all the changes coming as well as the philosophy behind them.

To learn more about the operator changes, events, and fixes to address toxicity coming to Siege, give this a watch:

For more on Rainbow Six Siege, check out our video on how Pro Rules breathe new life into the game.

Reader Discussion – When Is A Silent Protagonist A Good Idea?

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Reader Discussion – When Is A Silent Protagonist A Good Idea?

The debate has gone on for years, and yet it never seems like the industry can decide on whether your player character should have an active role in the story they're a part of, or keep to themselves like the good player avatar they are. As more games trend toward having their main characters speak for themselves but others remain steadfast on keeping players curiously mum, we want to know: is it ever a good idea to have a silent protagonist?

Link is the first silent protagonist who comes to mind, and I can't help but feel his is the best case you can make. I think if there were ever a game where Link were a fully-voiced character, he'd be kind of annoying. Not "excuuuuse me, princess" annoying, but I think a large part of his character comes from how we imbue him with traits that we like in lieu of having a clear personality to cling to. As a general rule, though, I find myself rolling my eyes whenever characters speak to me like I'm Lassie.

Do you prefer silent protagonists? Do you think there's a general rule for when a silent player is the best kind of player? Let us know in the comments.

AFL-CIO Treasurer Urges Game Developers To Unionize

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AFL-CIO Treasurer Urges Game Developers To Unionize

As companies like Activision continue to make record profits as they lay off large portions of their staff, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations is calling for game developers to unionize.

AFL-CIO treasurer Liz Shuler has written a letter, published on Kotaku, detailing an argument for why an industry facing overworked conditions, sudden joblessness, and the emergence of groups favoring the notion should work to unionize. 

Shuler writes that the game industry, which she cites as one of the most lucrative "commodities" the U.S. produces, is built off the back of workers who passionately work tireless hours to produce works of art that bring joy to millions of players. "There’s nothing more powerful than throwing yourself into your craft, putting in day after day of passionate, hard work," she says.

SNK Heroines Heads To Steam Next Week

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SNK Heroines Heads To Steam Next Week

Tag-team fighter/dress-up game most of its characters look uncomfortable to be a part of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will be heading to Steam next week.

The game will head to the PC platform on February 21, SNK announced the news at this year's Evo Japan. Though no trailer for the game is officially available online as of this writing, a fan attending the event was able to capture off-screen footage of a trailer playing at Evo Japan making the announcement. We expect a full announcement with more details to come at a later date.

SNK Heroines features several women from across the SNK catalog of games, as well as Terry Bogard and Skullolady.