Fortnite Is Adding New Hamster Ball Vehicles

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Fortnite Is Adding New Hamster Ball Vehicles

Fortnite's latest tomfoolery is the addition of vehicular hamster balls – because, Fortnite.

The single-occupancy vehicle, which looks pretty similar to the gyroscopes in Jurassic World, is called The Baller, and it's armed with a plunger that we're suspicious might function as a grappling hook.

"Roll through the competition with the newest vehicle, The Baller!" says a message in Fortnite's in-game news feed, via Lucas7yoshi_.

Hunt: Showdown Coming To Xbox Game Preview This Spring

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Hunt: Showdown Coming To Xbox Game Preview This Spring

Last fall Crytek announced that its Steam Early Access game was moving over to Microsoft's similar pre-release campaign, Xbox Game Preview. Now the developer/publisher has delivered a timeframe for the game, announcing that it'll be in the Game Preview program this spring.

Hunt: Showdown drops players in Louisiana, tasking them with picking up bounties for monsters terrorizing the countryside. Of course, things aren't so straightforward, because once you defeat your target, you become one yourself as other hunters try and steal your prize.

To see the game in action, check out this episode of New Gameplay Today.

Remedy's Control Releases This Summer

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Remedy's Control Releases This Summer

During our cover story trip to find out everything about Remedy's next action title, Control, we were told that the supernatural thriller is releasing this summer, though no specific release date was given.

In Control, you play as a young woman named Jesse Faden (Courtney Hope) as you attempt to find answers to supernatural happenings that have occurred your whole life. With impressive, dimension-bending abilities at your disposal, you take down an otherworldly threat as you explore an ever-shifting environment.

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Watch A Shinobi Take On A Raging Bull In New Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Trailer

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Watch A Shinobi Take On A Raging Bull In New Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Trailer

From Software's ninja-focused title, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, is sneaking up on its March 22 release date. To celebrate the occasion, From and Activision just released a trailer showcasing new footage from the game intercut with some story beats about what our hero will be up against in his journey to recover his lost lord.

You can watch the whole thing here:

For more on Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, head here to check out our exclusive gameplay impressions from our cover trip.

Captain Marvel Shatters Records With Biggest Opening Weekend For Female-Led Film

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Captain Marvel Shatters Records With Biggest Opening Weekend For Female-Led Film

Captain Marvel came to theaters this past Friday, and it's already breaking records with its instant success. The film's box office debut soared to $455 million worldwide this weekend in ticket sales, including $153 in North America.

The global launch's success is the biggest in history, surpassing Beauty and the Beast ($357 million) and is the second-largest for a comic book adaptation coming in behind Avengers: Infinity War ($640.5 million). It is also impressively the sixth-biggest worldwide opening, and beats Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281 million) with a $302 million international opening.

DC's Wonder Woman made history with $103 million on its first weekend, but now Captain Marvel surpasses that too. 

Patent Shows Possible Design Of Unannounced Google Controller

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Patent Shows Possible Design Of Unannounced Google Controller

Late last year, Google revealed that it is working on a video game streaming technology called Project Stream, and used Assassin's Creed Odyssey to show off its prowess. Now, a patent from Google has been circulating online that shows off what could be the controller for the streaming service.

The design looks pretty standard, with two joysticks, a d-pad, and both shoulder and trigger buttons in the back. It also hints that there could be voice assistant compatibility as well with a microphone button situated near the bottom. You can view the images below, or check out the complete patent here.

The copyright registration, according to the filing, was made in October of last year and was continued from a previous filing in 2014.

Crackdown 2 Is Now Free On Xbox One

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Crackdown 2 Is Now Free On Xbox One

Microsoft announced that Crackdown 2 is now available on Xbox One through backward compatibility. This lines up nicely with the recent release of Crackdown 3, so if you haven't played the predecessor, this is a good chance to check it out.

Crackdown 2 is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today and will be available for free https://t.co/qPMRNs2ZLo pic.twitter.com/axJmb2Swa3

To make things even better, the game is free, too, so you can download it at no extra cost. Editor Ben Reeves gave Crackdown 2 a 7.25, saying that "What hurts the most about Crackdown 2 is that I would have been content with a simple, by-the-numbers sequel with a few token improvements." While Reeves mostly enjoyed the game, Crackdown 2 didn't offer the same innovations of its predecessor.

Respawn Has Banned Over 355,000 PC Apex Legends Cheaters Since Launch

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Respawn Has Banned Over 355,000 PC Apex Legends Cheaters Since Launch

When a game is as enormously popular as Apex Legends currently is, there's bound to be a lot of cheaters in the ranks looking to get one over on legit players. Thankfully, developer Respawn Entertainment has come out strong against those who'd sully their victories, and plans to make things even harder on them soon.

In a post on the game's subreddit, Respawn announced they have banned over 355,000 players on PC (where cheating is most prominent due to ease of access to cheats) using third-party service Easy Anti-Cheat. The company isn't stopping there, however. "We are working on improvements to combat cheaters and we’re going to have to be pretty secretive about our plans," the company said. "Cheaters are crafty and we don’t want them to see us coming."

To that end, Respawn is working with experts within and outside of EA to improve their methods, will be expanding their anti-cheat team, and adding a report feature in-game that will notify Easy Anti-Cheat directly. Respawn is also looking into "cases of players spamming during character select and the drop and then disconnecting shortly after," as well as working with AMD to improve game stability on PCs using their architecture.

This Twitter Account Catalogs Which Video Game Dogs You Can And Cannot Pet

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This Twitter Account Catalogs Which Video Game Dogs You Can And Cannot Pet

There are lots of dogs in video games to love. Unfortunately, video games are not yet at the point where they're universally available for petting. It can be tough to keep track of which games contain the crucial ability to do so, but now there's a Twitter account that's keeping track.

Can You Pet The Dog? is a Twitter feed with a simple mission: Letting you know which games with dogs let you pet them, and which games have left the feature out. There are two types of posts from the account: One which tells you that you can pet the dogs, like the one below confirming you can do so in Metal Gear Solid V:

And those lamenting the lack of dog-petting the game of choice, like this one letting us know Sif the Great Grey Wolf may never know how good of a boy he is.

Marvel Strike Force Adding Captain Marvel Later This Month To Celebrate First Anniversary

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Marvel Strike Force Adding Captain Marvel Later This Month To Celebrate First Anniversary

Marvel Strike Force publisher FoxNext Games has announced the game has raked in over $150 million in revenue in its first year, which means the title probably isn't going anywhere soon.

As VentureBeat reports, the free-to-play title, which has received several updates, characters, and overall support since its release, has maintained a steady stream of dedicated players. "The game has hundreds of thousands of people playing every day and millions playing every month," head of FoxNext Aaron Loeb told VentureBeat.

To celebrate the game's one-year anniversary, the company is planning a major update with two highlights: The first is the Alliance War mode, which players equip SHIELD helicarriers with squads of superheroes (and villains) and raid other players' helicarriers. Second, FoxNext is adding Captain Marvel to the game as a reward for the player "Widowmaker," who was the first to complete the elaborate and difficult Dark Dimension questline long before the developers thought it could be done.