Apex Legends Players Are Hunting For Stuffed Dinosaurs

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Apex Legends Players Are Hunting For Stuffed Dinosaurs

Apex Legends players have solved a mystery that brings a new visitor to the battlefield. All they need to do is locate 10 stuffed dinosaurs that are hidden on the map. When one of these tiny toys is shot, the message "A Nessy Appears..." pops up in the kill feed. When all of them are shot during a match, a towering Loch Ness Monster appears in the water.

Reddit user Fazdaspaz listed all of the dinosaur locations on a handy map, and YouTuber Miguel Lozada gives us a look at the beast in the video below. Here's hoping developer Respawn has more secrets and events like this in mind for Apex Legends' future.

Free Weekend & New Editions Precede Year Four Of Rainbow Six Siege

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Free Weekend & New Editions Precede Year Four Of Rainbow Six Siege

While players wait for the official kickoff of Rainbow Six Siege's Year Four and its new content, Ubisoft has announced a free weekend for the game (February 14-17 on PC, and to the 18th on PS4 and Xbox One) as well as new editions.

First off, there is no more PC Starter edition of the game, it is being replaced with the Standard Edition on PC for $19.99. If you already own the Starter edition, you will be upgraded for free and your progress transfers over. Moreover, unlocking operators is being switched to the current base game rate, which is quicker.

The premium editions are being upgraded. The new Deluxe Edition ($29.99 on PC/$39.99 on PS4 and Xbox One) features the base game and the Year One operators. The Gold Edition ($59.99 on PC/$69.99 on PS4 and Xbox One) includes the Deluxe Edition as well as the Year Four pass. Finally, the Ultimate Edition ($99.99 on PC/$109.00 on PS4 and Xbox One) gives you all the operators from the previous years as well as the Year Four Pass. For complete details on all the editions, click here.

Sow Divisions With Your Friends In Division 2's Open Beta

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Sow Divisions With Your Friends In Division 2's Open Beta

For any Division fans or anyone curious about the highly-anticipated follow-up, Ubisoft has set the dates for The Division 2's open beta. Set aside a few days at the beginning of March, because from March 1-4 the beta will be available for anyone on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

While you wait for March you can watch us play through a chunk of the game in an episode of New Gameplay Today, see our big takeaways from the game's open world, or see what the creative director had to say about changes to this new game. The Division 2 will launch shortly after the beta closes on March 15.

Hasbro Teases New Overwatch Action Figures

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Hasbro Teases New Overwatch Action Figures

At last year's BlizzCon, Hasbro announced a new line of Overwatch action figures called "Ultimates." These figures stands in at six-inches in height, and are said to be highly articulated. Unfortunately, the only figure shown at the time was Mercy, even though she will be released in a two-pack with another figure.

If Hasbro's recent Instagram post says what we think it says, we'll get our first look at the entire first series of Overwatch Ultimates on February 16, which just happens to be during New York Toy Fair. The Instagram post gives us a silhouetted tease of another familiar hero: Tracer.

We'll bring you more news on these figures over the weekend.

New Pokémon Go AR Snapshot Feature Coming Soon

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New Pokémon Go AR Snapshot Feature Coming Soon

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has announced that soon it is releasing Go Snapshot – a way to use the game's Augmented Reality (AR) feature to take pictures of your Pokémon situated in real-life environments.

Players can even get their Pokémon's attention and situate and pose them so they can take the kinds of photos they're looking for before saving their creations and blasting them to social media.

[Source: Niantic]

New Nintendo Direct Arrives Wednesday

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New Nintendo Direct Arrives Wednesday

Nintendo has revealed that another Direct is coming our way and soon. The company even revealed at least a snippet of what to expect too.

The Direct will be online Wednesday February 13 at 2 PM PT and will include details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. According to Nintendo, the video will run roughly 35 minutes.

The link isn't up yet but the video will go live on Nintendo's Youtube page. You can watch the last Nintendo Direct here.

Starbreeze Sells Back System Shock 3 Publishing Rights

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Starbreeze Sells Back System Shock 3 Publishing Rights

Alongside a remastered System Shock, developer OtherSide Entertainment also announced a new System Shock game in 2015 as part of their reveal that they are holding the venerated license. Starbreeze, the Stockholm-based game developer and sometimes publisher, quickly picked up publishing rights to the game to get behind OtherSide's System Shock 3. Now it appears Starbreeze and OtherSide are parting ways, leaving more questions than answers.

The announcement came from Starbreeze today in a surprisingly short-and-to-the-point release. Stating that the decision to split was mutual, Starbreeze also points out that OtherSide will be repaying all the money that the publisher invested into the game at some point. It is unclear exactly how much that is, but GamaSutra reports the number as $12 million dollars.

"I believe this is the best solution for us, although it is sad that we cannot complete the project with OtherSide," writes Starbreeze CEO Mikael Nermark. "System Shock 3 is a fantastic title developed in cooperation with the industry legend Warren Spector and I am looking forward to seeing the game released."

Apex Legends Revitalizes Titanfall 2 Player Count

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Apex Legends Revitalizes Titanfall 2 Player Count

When Apex Legends released suddenly last week, some fans of Titanfall 2 were disappointed at how the game lacked certain aspects of Titanfall's multiplayer that made it unique. For example, there weren't any titans to be seen, and the mobility aspects were limited compared to the series that spawned it. If you're a Titanfall player for whom these aspects are dealbreakers, you might have worried Apex Legends would siphon off the remaining players from Titanfall 2, which isn't quite the case. In fact, it seems the opposite is happening.

As discovered this past weekend on Reddit and video game forum Resetera, it looks like Titanfall 2's numbers got a huge jump over the weekend. Whether it's players new to the series wanting to check out the old game or fans remembering why they liked it in the first place, multiplayer appears to be hopping in a way it previously was not prior to Apex Legends' release.

Numbers for the game on PC increased from an average of 700 to 1600 to over double that at 3500 at its peak. On PlayStation 4, you could find around 4000 players over the weekend, possibly owing to the numerous sales Titanfall 2 has regularly. Fans should enjoy that multiplayer as much as they can, though, as Respawn has confirmed they are not currently developing Titanfall 3. There is, however, another Titanfall project in the works for later this year.

Sonic Mania Developers Form New Studio Called Evening Star

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Sonic Mania Developers Form New Studio Called Evening Star

Sonic Mania, and its follow up re-release Sonic Mania Plus, are considered the high-water marks of the Sonic the Hedgehog series in the last few years. The classic formula was brought back to life by members of the Sonic community who had tinkered with the formula for years on their own before becoming professional developers and it seems that the ad-hoc team has started their own studio to work on what's next.

Called Evening Star, the new studio is based in Los Angeles with presence in Melbourne and London, features a number of talented names from Sonic Mania's development. Executive producer Dave Padilla serves as Evening Star's CEO, Christian Whitehead is the creative director and lead engine architect, Tom Fry is the art director, Hunter Bridges is the technical and audio director, and Brad Flick is the design director.

The description on the studio's website indicates that they plan to develop in a more freeform manner and letting people work on what they're most interested in doing and seeing where it leads.

Some Developers Disagree With Claims That PlayStation Cross-Play Is Open To Everyone

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Some Developers Disagree With Claims That PlayStation Cross-Play Is Open To Everyone

After months of insisting cross-play was not a necessity for the PlayStation 4, Sony eventually reconsidered their policies against it and allowed Epic's Fortnite to lead the way with cross-platform play between competitor consoles. While this marked a major policy shift for Sony, the sneaking suspicion that only major hit titles like Fortnite would be allowed in permeated the developer community. After some time, Rocket League was also announced to support cross-play, but major titles like EA's recent Apex Legends don't, leading to assumptions that Sony was the obstacle in the way.

Not so, says Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment's worldwide studios. In an interview with Game Informer published yesterday, Layden tried to clear the air on what titles can be approved for cross-play. According to the PlayStation chief, everything is on the table, all developers have to do is ask.

"We’re open for business on this one," explained Layden. "All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works. I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well."