Bethesda Announces Open Beta For The Elder Scrolls Legends

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Bethesda Announces Open Beta For The Elder Scrolls Legends

As part of its Quakcon 2016, Bethesda announced that it's rolling out an open beta for Elder Scrolls: Legends, the free-to-play card game based on the long-running RPG series.

This is Bethesda's second foray into the free-to-play market, the first being Fallout Shelter. It also shares a few elements with Blizzard's Hearthstone, albeit with a few tweaks (such as a two-lane setup). Interested players can download the beta through the Bethesda.net launcher and read up on basic and advanced strategies for the game via the official site. Check out our Test Chamber featuring Dan Tack, Ben Reeves, and Wade Wojcik below.

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New Pokémon Go Bug Affects Throw Accuracy And Odds Of Escape

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New Pokémon Go Bug Affects Throw Accuracy And Odds Of Escape

Niantic revealed today that a new bug is causing several problems with the gameplay of Pokémon Go. It is currently working to resolve the issue.

The new bug was announced via the Pokémon Go Twitter account (shown below), explaining it increases a pokémon's chance of escape and excludes the XP bonus. This news comes just days after a new update added its own set of new problems

Trainers, a new bug affecting throw accuracy increases the odds of escape and omits the XP bonus. We are working on a fix, stay tuned...

Rock Band 4 Continues To Hang Around Mad Catz’s Neck In Red Ink Heavy First Quarter

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Rock Band 4 Continues To Hang Around Mad Catz’s Neck In Red Ink Heavy First Quarter

Rock Band 4 continues to take a toll on peripheral manufacturer Mad Catz. The company’s sales slumped once more, with net loss growing year-over-year.

Sales decreased 17 percent to $10.8 million as losses grew 21 percent. The company finds itself in the red $4.8 million.

This quarter sees another $2.7 million in charges related to the failed deal with Harmonix that saw the ouster of top executives in February. The two companies continue to dispute the performance of the hardware at retail.

XCOM 2 Console Editions Delayed Three Weeks

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XCOM 2 Console Editions Delayed Three Weeks

The alien invasion is still heading to consoles, but resistance groups will have to wait a bit before making their retaliatory strike.

During its Q! 2017 earnings call, Take-Two announced the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of XCOM 2 need a few more weeks before they are ready for primetime. Originally slated to release September 6, the game is now expected to launch on September 27.

You can read our PC review of the standout strategy title here

Take-Two Closes First Quarter With Improved Revenue, But Net Loss

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Take-Two Closes First Quarter With Improved Revenue, But Net Loss

Take-Two improved its net loss situation over last year’s first quarter thanks to improved revenue. The company’s sales increased 13.2 percent to $311.6 million for the quarter.

Despite the growth, Take-Two showed a $38.6 million net loss on the quarter. Even though the bottom line is in the red for the start of the year, this is a significant improvement from the $67 million that kicked off last fiscal year.

Digital continues to be an important part of Take-Two’s business, with more than 55 percent of revenues attributed to full-game and add-on downloads. This is slightly down proportionally from last year’s first quarter digital revenue of 56 percent.

Activision Boasts Over 15 Millions Players In Overwatch Across The Globe

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Activision Boasts Over 15 Millions Players In Overwatch Across The Globe

Activision posted its 2016 second quarter financial results today, and had some impressive numbers to share for Overwatch.

the game has more than 15 million players across the world with that number accounting for boxed and digital sales of the game, internet game room players, and multi-user console households. The game also broke a record in China, previously held by Diablo III, as the fastest-selling PC game in the market’s history. Overwatch also holds the number one position in Korean Internet Game Rooms with over 30% share of play time. Activision also shared that players have already spent 500 million hours playing the game. It didn't offer any concrete details, but Blizzard also reiterated its ongoing promise for additional content updates ahead.

For our 10/10 review for Overwatch, head here.

Activision Digital Revenue Tops $1 Billion In Record Quarter

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Activision Digital Revenue Tops $1 Billion In Record Quarter

Activision continues to capitalize on its tentpole franchises, with its second quarter of the current fiscal year setting company records. Sales jumped more than 50 percent year-over-year to $1.57 billion.

Activision’s digital full-game and add-on revenue for the quarter was $1.14 billion, or 72.6 percent. This is up 101 percent year-over-year.

Part of the digital growth comes from the recent acquisition of King, maker of mobile powerhouse Candy Crush. The company has also seen growth in core game add-ons thanks to Hearthstone’s continued popularity, Heroes of the Storm characters and cosmetics, and Overwatch’s loot boxes.

PSA: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III And Mordheim Free This Weekend On Steam

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PSA: Call Of Duty: Black Ops III And Mordheim Free This Weekend On Steam

It’s a double free weekend on Steam, so clear some hard drive space. Up for (temporary) grabs are Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Mordheim: City of the Damned.

In addition to the free weekend, you’ll be able to save 50 percent on Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The digital deluxe edition is marked down 25 percent, and the season pass is discounted 20 percent.

Mordheim: City of the Damned, a Warhammer Fantasy tactical strategy game based on the tabletop of the same name, is also discounted. You can save 60 percent on the base game and up to 33 percent on DLC.

Evolve Stage 2 Goes Into Open Development With Bug And Update Tracking Tools

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Evolve Stage 2 Goes Into Open Development With Bug And Update Tracking Tools

Often, patch notes are our window into development, letting us know what’s already been changed. Turtle Rock is taking a different approach, cracking its process wide open and letting fans know exactly what’s being worked on for Evolve Stage 2. 

The team uses a project management tool called Trello to track progress on updates and fixes. Usually, this is an internal mechanism that isn’t often public-facing.

Turtle Rock has made its Trello board open to the public, allowing fans to see what new balances, bug fixes, perks, and adaptations are on the way. This is also a great way for the community to confirm if perceived bugs are actual problems.

Sneaky Zebra's Prop Wars Brings All Your Favorite Franchises Together

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Sneaky Zebra's Prop Wars Brings All Your Favorite Franchises Together

Sometimes you don't have to go to the movies to watch larger-than-life characters fight each other in an impressive special-effects spectacle. YouTube channel Sneaky Zebra has just uploaded Prop Wars: Prop Harder, a short film that uses the weapons of tons of beloved movies and television shows.

The comedic duo of Nick Acott and Gary Scullion have made a name for themselves by traveling to numerous conventions and highlighting the best cosplayers in their short films. Prop Wars was a video first released in 2013, and the new sequel ups the geek-culture ante in every way imaginable. It features a great deal of replicas from well-known series, complete with music cues and sound effects. Check out Prop Wars: Prop Harder for yourself below.

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