Overwatch Beta Patch Introduces Competitive Play

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Overwatch Beta Patch Introduces Competitive Play

A patch released today for the Overwatch Closed Beta introduces a new play mode into the team-based arena shooter. Competitive Play allows players to compete and rank up through a series of divisions and tiers across monthly seasons.

Any player at level 25 or above can queue for Competitive Play, either solo or in a group of any size. Overwatch’s matchmaking system will then pair that player or group of players against other solo players or similarly sized groups. 

For the beta, Competitive Play will not feature any rewards. When rewards are added in the full game, game director Jeff Kaplan promises they'll be purely cosmetic. 

Sci-Fi Sim Consortium: The Tower Heads To Fig For Crowdfunding

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Sci-Fi Sim Consortium: The Tower Heads To Fig For Crowdfunding

Interdimensional Games has kicked off a $300,000 funding campaign on Fig for sci-fi simulation game Consortium: The Tower, the sequel to 2014's Consortium. Consortium: The Tower is a single-player, first-person sci-fi sim that places the player in situations where they need to determine if they should fight, talk, or hide their way out of trouble.

Things take place in 2042 with a unique and new array of problems facing the human race as many of the current challenges facing humanity today have been conquered. There's a focus on the player determining the right solution for the right situation, whether that's through exploration, diplomacy, stealth, or combat.

"Our goal is nothing less than to push the boundaries of what is possible with player directed narrative," says Gregory MacMartin, CEO, Interdimensional Games. "Fig is key to accomplishing that goal, providing many ways of supporting us to build our budget and make this passion project possible."

Shadow Moses Fan Project Developers Shift Gears To Metal Gear VR Museum

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After suddenly shutting down development in March, the fan developers of Metal Gear Solid remake Shadow Moses are back. This time, they are attempting to create a “museum” for the series.

The group, iRam Gamer, describes The Fan Legacy: Metal Gear Solid as an “unofficial, non-profit” endeavor. Though, there is no evidence that the group meets the legal definition of “non-profit,” a tax status bestowed by the United States federal government.

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Blizzcon Returns November 4 And 5, Tickets On Sale Soon

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Blizzcon Returns November 4 And 5, Tickets On Sale Soon

Blizzcon is on for 2016. Blizzard has announced the dates and ticket information for this years celebration of all things Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, OverWatch, and Heroes of the Storm.

The event returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 4 and 5. Tickets will be on sale in two batches.

The first group goes up on on April 20 at 7 p.m. Pacific / 10 p.m. Eastern. The second batch goes live at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern on April 23. Tickets are priced at $199.

Star Wars Fan Builds Life-Size AT-ST In Backyard

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Star Wars Fan Builds Life-Size AT-ST In Backyard

A particularly crafty Star Wars aficionado has built a life-size replica of the Empire’s All Terrain Scout Transport seen in Return of the Jedi. Standing at just over 27 feet tall, the walker seats two passengers and is outfitted with moving “laser cannons” and functional eye shutters.  

Photos of the AT-ST first showed up on Imgur around eight months ago, when a user called Mr. Kernish noticed something strange on the horizon and decided to snap a few pictures. Soon after, Kernish asked the owner for a tour, and that’s when he captured the following video.  

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Outland And Gunstar Heroes Now Available As Xbox One Backward Compatible Games

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Outland And Gunstar Heroes Now Available As Xbox One Backward Compatible Games

Microsoft has added two more to the backward compatibility roster. A pair of digital-only games can now be brought into the current generation.

First up is the color-bending Outland (our review). The 2D platformer requires players to change colors to pass through red and blue obstacles and projectiles. A cooperative mode adds challenges and depth.

Also available today is Gunstar Heroes, which began its life as a Sega Genesis title. Developed by Treasure, this is a side-scrolling run-n-gun.

Minecraft: Story Mode Skins Available Now, Free For First Week

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Minecraft: Story Mode Skins Available Now, Free For First Week

Minecraft and its Telltale-developed spinoff, Minecraft: Story Mode, are united at last. Microsoft has announced that a pack of skins based on the episodic series are now available on a number of platforms.

The skin pack is available for the Windows 10 beta, the Pocket Edition for iOS, Google Play, and Windows phone, and the console edition on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and Playstation 3. It’s free for the first week. After that, it’s $2.99.

If you miss the window, you’ll still be able to play with six different versions of Jesse for free. There’s also a free Story Mode-themed arena map.

Microsoft Teases Upcoming Halo 5 Infection Mode

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Microsoft Teases Upcoming Halo 5 Infection Mode

Halo 5: Guardians is getting its own dose of zombie love. Infection mode has been teased for a return in a future update.

The trailer below was shown off during a livestream for the new Ghosts of Meridian DLC. In previous series installments, Infection starts some players as the zombies with the others trying to stay alive as long as possible.

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Forge Enables Free Livestreaming To YouTube & Twitch

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Forge Enables Free Livestreaming To YouTube & Twitch

Forge, a free PC gaming capture app, has announced livestreaming integration with YouTube and Twitch.

The app (available to download for free at forge.gg) already allows you to capture gaming footage on your PC and share it to Twitter or Facebook like the PS4 and Xbox One do. Now gamers can add livestreaming to their Forge arsenal (which can also be done to a user's Forge profile as well), and today's addition also includes the ability to alert your Twitter followers when you're live.

For more on Forge, check out Mike's hands-on impressions with the app during its beta.

Doom Open Beta Coming April 15, DLC Plans Announced

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Doom Open Beta Coming April 15, DLC Plans Announced

Did you miss out on the Doom closed beta because you didn’t have a code? You can still get your demon on in next weekend’s open test.

The open beta kicks off on Friday, April 15, and runs through Sunday, April 17. Additionally, Bethesda has laid out plans for post-launch support.

The publisher and developer id Software will be rolling out free updates for Snapmap (the map creation tool) and multiplayer modes. There will also be three paid add-ons.