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. 

The Avengers Do Whatever It Takes In New Endgame Trailer

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The Avengers Do Whatever It Takes In New Endgame Trailer

Avengers: Endgame is rapidly approaching its April 26 release and Captain Marvel is already a success, which means it's time to shift our attention toward the long-awaited finale. Marvel has released a new trailer for the film that shows the newly slimmed-down team donning some snazzy white suits (teased in these Lego sets last week) to figure out how to bring back who was lost.

We get to see the newly christened Captain Marvel making an appearance and Ant-Man learning what happened while he was away. With just a little over a month to go, this will surely only whet your appetite, but we'll take what we can get.

You can click here to watch the original trailer for the movie released in December.

Free Wild Appalachia Update Adds New Content To Fallout 76

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Free Wild Appalachia Update Adds New Content To Fallout 76

Fallout 76 received its first major content update recently and it adds all kinds of new stuff. You can increase your inventory with new backpacks, there are expanded photo options, you can make trades with a legendary vendor, there are new decorations and player vending, a new survival mode, expanded leaderboards with affiliated rewards, brewing ad distilling options, expanded C.A.M.P. options, new seasonal events, new underground locations, and more. You can read about all the content on Bethesda's blog.

For our review of Fallout 76, you can head here.

[Source: Bethesda.net]

Photographs From The Creator Of 1000000 And You Must Build A Boat Releases In April

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Photographs From The Creator Of 1000000 And You Must Build A Boat Releases In April

The next game from Luca Redwood, the creator of 10000000 and You Must Build a Boat, has a release date. Photographs is coming to mobile devices and PC on April 3.

Photographs is a narrative driven puzzle game that features a handful of tragic short stories that each has a distinct puzzle mechanic attached to it. For more on Photographs, you can read about why we're excited for it right here.

Bloody Palace Is Coming To Devil May Cry 5 As A Free Update

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Bloody Palace Is Coming To Devil May Cry 5 As A Free Update

Bloody Palace is a survival mode that has been in every Devil May Cry game, except for the first one, and it is coming to Devil May Cry 5 as a free update very soon. The mode will be available on April 1, and Capcom insists it's not an April Fool's Day joke. Here are some more details directly from the press release announcing the update.

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For more on Devil May Cry 5, you can read our review here.