BioWare Launches Anthem Day One Patch, Outlines Future Fixes

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BioWare Launches Anthem Day One Patch, Outlines Future Fixes

Anthem is live across all platforms today, and with the flip of the switch comes a huge day one patch meant to address many of the issues players surfaced during the early trial period. 

You can read the full breakdown of the changes here, the most notable being that all players in a group now get credit when one of them opens a chest, which should make the Tomb of the Legionnaire progress go much more quickly than it did last week. 

In addition to that batch of fixes, BioWare also outlined plans to fix many other issues players have reported. The next client-side patch hopes to restore HDR use for consoles, diminish crashes, and fix a problem where the stronghold boss in Heart of Rage wouldn't spawn if the group wiped before engaging it. Read the full list of future changes here.

Epic Outlines Fortnite World Cup Details, $100 Million Prize Pool For 2019

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Epic Outlines Fortnite World Cup Details, $100 Million Prize Pool For 2019

Epic is giving players another reason to perform those Fortnite dances that seem to make old people so upset. The company announced that Fortnite players will have a crack at a prize pool of $100 million during 2019, which includes the Fortnite World Cup.

Open qualifiers begin April 13 and run through June 16, with weekly pools of $1 million getting paid out to eligible battle-royale players. From there, the top 100 solo players and top 50 duos teams will be able to participate in the finals in New York City from July 26-28 – competing for a chunk of a $30 million prize. Everyone who makes it that far is guaranteed $50,000, with the top solo champ taking home $3 million.

In addition to the world cup, Epic says it will be hosting weekly $1 million tournaments throughout the rest of the year, with different modes and formats. 

Epic Outlines Fortnite World Cup Details, $100 Million Prize Pool For 2019

about X hours ago from
Epic Outlines Fortnite World Cup Details, $100 Million Prize Pool For 2019

Epic is giving players another reason to perform those Fortnite dances that seem to make old people so upset. The company announced that Fortnite players will have a crack at a prize pool of $100 million during 2019, which includes the Fortnite World Cup.

Open qualifiers begin April 13 and run through June 16, with weekly pools of $1 million getting paid out to eligible battle-royale players. From there, the top 100 solo players and top 50 duos teams will be able to participate in the finals in New York City from July 26-28 – competing for a chunk of a $30 million prize. Everyone who makes it that far is guaranteed $50,000, with the top solo champ taking home $3 million.

In addition to the world cup, Epic says it will be hosting weekly $1 million tournaments throughout the rest of the year, with different modes and formats. 

For Some Reason, There Is A PUBG x Tera Crossover Event

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For Some Reason, There Is A PUBG x Tera Crossover Event

Crossovers can be really fun and it's always cool to see two incredibly disparate things come together to watch their interactions. Then sometimes crossovers happen that could be amazing in a milkshake-and-fries sort of way but leave you scratching your head the entire time. It's hard to say if the upcoming crossover of MMORPG Tera and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be surprisingly amazing, but it is certainly head-scratching.

Check out a trailer of the crossover below.

The crossover brings PUBG cosmetics to Tera, rather than bringing Tera's fantasy world to PUBG, which is honestly a way more fascinating an interesting dynamic I hope they take. 

For Some Reason, There Is A PUBG x Tera Crossover Event

about X hours ago from
For Some Reason, There Is A PUBG x Tera Crossover Event

Crossovers can be really fun and it's always cool to see two incredibly disparate things come together to watch their interactions. Then sometimes crossovers happen that could be amazing in a milkshake-and-fries sort of way but leave you scratching your head the entire time. It's hard to say if the upcoming crossover of MMORPG Tera and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will be surprisingly amazing, but it is certainly head-scratching.

Check out a trailer of the crossover below.

The crossover brings PUBG cosmetics to Tera, rather than bringing Tera's fantasy world to PUBG, which is honestly a way more fascinating an interesting dynamic I hope they take. 

Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

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Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

Today, ArenaNet employees on social media came out with fears, and then confirmations, that the company is bracing for layoffs in the immediate future. While there's no strategy in place for how the layoffs will go, and who will in fact be laid off, it does seem like the MMORPG developer of the Guild Wars series will be losing a number of jobs within the next week. ArenaNet, owned by South Korean game developer NCSoft, has about 400 employees, but has not said how many are expected to lose their jobs.

According to Kotaku, which received a copy of the email sent by NCSoft CEO Songyee Yoon, the parent company is feeling a financial burden due to the simple fact that they're spending more money than they're making. As a result, ArenaNet's publishing division will get absorbed into NCSoft while jobs get lost in the process. 

Guild Wars 2, the major and currently only product in ArenaNet's modern profile, eschewed the conventions of other MMORPGs by not charging a subscription fee and instead monetizing the game through expansions. This strategy may also have caused financial issues by requiring consistent and consistently quality content for the game, which ArenaNet has struggled to provide. Guild Wars 2's last expansion released well over a year ago, meaning that both players and corporate bosses were growing frustrated with the lack of revenue-generating content.

Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

about X hours ago from
Planned Layoffs At ArenaNet Rock Guild Wars 2 Developer

Today, ArenaNet employees on social media came out with fears, and then confirmations, that the company is bracing for layoffs in the immediate future. While there's no strategy in place for how the layoffs will go, and who will in fact be laid off, it does seem like the MMORPG developer of the Guild Wars series will be losing a number of jobs within the next week. ArenaNet, owned by South Korean game developer NCSoft, has about 400 employees, but has not said how many are expected to lose their jobs.

According to Kotaku, which received a copy of the email sent by NCSoft CEO Songyee Yoon, the parent company is feeling a financial burden due to the simple fact that they're spending more money than they're making. As a result, ArenaNet's publishing division will get absorbed into NCSoft while jobs get lost in the process. 

Guild Wars 2, the major and currently only product in ArenaNet's modern profile, eschewed the conventions of other MMORPGs by not charging a subscription fee and instead monetizing the game through expansions. This strategy may also have caused financial issues by requiring consistent and consistently quality content for the game, which ArenaNet has struggled to provide. Guild Wars 2's last expansion released well over a year ago, meaning that both players and corporate bosses were growing frustrated with the lack of revenue-generating content.

Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

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Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

According to a report from outlet Direct Feed Games, an outlet that has a strong track record for rumors especially centering around Nintendo, Microsoft and Nintendo are about to get together in a big way in the near future. Not only will some Microsoft games find their way to the Switch, but it looks like the entire Game Pass library might arrive via the magic of streaming. 

The report states that Microsoft is looking into publishing some of their own catalog to the Switch in the form of actual ports. This is in no way strange for Microsoft, who has dabbled in things like lending out Rare for games on Nintendo systems and developing and publishing games on Nintendo consoles such as Minecraft. Microsoft-owned developers like Ninja Theory and Obsidian are still self-publishing their games on the Switch and other systems, as well.

The game specifically mentioned by Direct Feed is Ori and the Blind Forest, a crown jewel in Microsoft's lower key publishing initiatives.

Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

about X hours ago from
Rumor: Microsoft Bringing Game Pass And Published Titles To Switch

According to a report from outlet Direct Feed Games, an outlet that has a strong track record for rumors especially centering around Nintendo, Microsoft and Nintendo are about to get together in a big way in the near future. Not only will some Microsoft games find their way to the Switch, but it looks like the entire Game Pass library might arrive via the magic of streaming. 

The report states that Microsoft is looking into publishing some of their own catalog to the Switch in the form of actual ports. This is in no way strange for Microsoft, who has dabbled in things like lending out Rare for games on Nintendo systems and developing and publishing games on Nintendo consoles such as Minecraft. Microsoft-owned developers like Ninja Theory and Obsidian are still self-publishing their games on the Switch and other systems, as well.

The game specifically mentioned by Direct Feed is Ori and the Blind Forest, a crown jewel in Microsoft's lower key publishing initiatives.

Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

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Celebrate Kingdom Hearts III's Launch In Square Enix's Mobile Games

Square Enix’s mobile role-playing games, Final Fantasy Record Keeper and Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross], are celebrating Kingdom Hearts III’s launch with a collaboration that crosses familiar heroes and villains over to both games.

In Final Fantasy Record Keeper, the event runs from today through March 6, and features numerous dungeons inspired by locations from core Kingdom Hearts entries, such as Destiny Islands and the Keyblade Graveyard. Everyone’s favorite clown-footed hero Sora will make his debut in the game alongside allies like Riku, Axel, and Roxas. Players who complete these dungeons can acquire two five-star, Kingdom Hearts-themed accessories – the Dark Ring and Fire Bangle – as dungeon rewards.

Kingdom Hearts Union χ[Cross] will see its own crossover event that runs from February 22 to March 8. The “Defeat the Weaponmaster Campaign” lets up to six players team up in a multiplayer quest featuring the Weaponmaster – a Heartless based on Final Fantasy’s Gilgamesh. If the community can slay the Weaponmaster 100,000 times during the event, all players will receive 1,000 Jewels.