You Can Now Buy Gold Bars With Real Money In Red Dead Redemption Online

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You Can Now Buy Gold Bars With Real Money In Red Dead Redemption Online

Rockstar's latest blog post covering Red Dead Online outlines a few ambiguous changes to the game, and details how players can get free gold.

You can read the blog post here. In it, Rockstar thanks players for playing the beta and says that everyone who participated will get 15 gold bars. Rockstar writes, "The awards will begin rolling out today and if you haven’t experienced the Red Dead Online Beta yet, play by Thursday, December 20th for eligibility. All gold bar gifts should be delivered by Monday, December 24th. Keep an eye out for an alert screen when entering the Red Dead Online Beta to confirm the gift." So if you haven't started playing Red Dead Online, now is a good time to start.

Rockstar also wants to thank pre-order players by handing out some RDO$. If you pre-ordered any version of the game, you will get RDO$100. If you pre-ordered the special edition of the game you will get an additional RDO$100 and if you per-ordered the ultimate edition you will get an additional RDO$1,000.

A Kingdom Hearts-Themed PlayStation 4 Pro Is Coming To North America

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A Kingdom Hearts-Themed PlayStation 4 Pro Is Coming To North America

Sony announced this morning a special Kingdom Hearts-themed PlayStation 4 Pro console will be available when Kingdom Hearts III launches in January.

You can check out some photos of the system below. It has all kinds of Kingdom Hearts aesthetic touches on both the system and the controller and it will include a 1 TB HDD and a copy of Kingdom Hearts III, which means it will also include access to the game's PS4-exclusive digital content.

Earlier this year, it was announced Japan would be getting a Kingdom Hearts PS4, which you can see right here. The designs of the two systems are distinct, but both have been created to celebrate the release of Kingdom Hearts III. The system will be $399.99 and will be available on January 29 exclusively at GameStop.

Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Live, Makes Online Improvements

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Live, Makes Online Improvements

The new update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate has gone live, indicating a number of new improvements, including updates to online as well as some character balancing.

For online, the game now highly prioritizes your preferred match types when matchmaking. A common complaint about online was that you could set your parameters to 1 vs. 1 with no items and end up in a four-player free-for-all with items set to high. Now the game will work harder to match you up with your preferred style, though the patch notes warn that it may take more time to find a match now.

There have also been general changes to increase the stability of synchronous connections in online. Hopefully this means improved netcode.

Blizzard Pumps The Brakes On Heroes Of The Storm

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Blizzard Pumps The Brakes On Heroes Of The Storm

Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's crossover MOBA featuring their well-known characters, by all appearances seemed to be doing well. At this past Blizzcon, the company even introduced the first original character for the title. Now, however, it seems that Blizzard is looking to slowly move on from the game, which has seemingly not been doing as well as we thought.

In a new blog post, Blizzard announced that they're moving talent away from Heroes of the Storm to other projects within the company.

"Over the past several years, the work of evaluating our development processes and making hard decisions has led to new games and other products that we’re proud of," write CEO J. Allen Brack and chief development officer Ray Gresko. "We now have more live games and unannounced projects than at any point in the company’s history. We’re also at a point where we need to take some of our talented developers and bring their skills to other projects. As a result, we’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from Heroes of the Storm to other teams, and we’re excited to see the passion, knowledge, and experience that they’ll bring to those projects. This isn’t the first time we’ve had to make tough choices like this. Games like Diablo II, World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Overwatch, and more would not exist had we not made similar decisions in the past."

DayZ Leaves Early Access And Gains Free Weekend

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DayZ Leaves Early Access And Gains Free Weekend

Zombie survival game DayZ has finally left Early Access, the pre-release state where the game is on sale but has yet to hit its 1.0 version. It has been nearly five years to the day when the game first appeared on Steam's Early Access program, originally launching on December 16, 2013.

Check out the 1.0 launch trailer below.

To celebrate, developers Bohemia Interactive is making the game's multiplayer free until December 17, which is also when the pricing will leave Early Access and go up 15 percent. So you can try the game before you commit and then buy it for cheaper than it will be as of next week.

Hypixel And Riot Games Introduce Minecraft-Like Hytale

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Hypixel And Riot Games Introduce Minecraft-Like Hytale

If you are big into Minecraft, at some point you've heard the name Hypixel. The developers are behind one of the world's biggest Minecraft servers and some of the most famous Minecraft maps. No one outside of Mojang knows Minecraft quite like they do and it seems Hypixel is ready to bear that out with the help of Riot Games.

Hypixel has split off to create Hypixel Studios which has itself unveiled Hytale, a Minecraft-like that has both a creation mode and an adventure mode. Check out the trailer below.

The adventure mode is a full narrative with designed dungeons and bosses to fight and complete, promising a single-player campaign for those who felt it was missing from other games in the genre.

Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

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Fortnite Creative Mode Now Available For Everyone

Fortnite's Creative mode, the new third pillar of Fortnite focused on letting players create what they want with their own islands, is now available to everyone. When the mode was announced, it went up early for Battle Pass users on December 6, but can now be played by anyone with a Fortnite account (i.e. everyone).

In Creative mode, you create your island, invite friends over to check it out, and set it up for battle arenas. The actual creation part lets you fly around and copy and paste as you see fit, so you're not just relying on regular Fortnite gameplay to build your ideal island.

During The Game Awards last week, Epic revealed The Block, a space within Fortnite Battle Royale where the designers and community members choose the best Creative Mode island to place in the game. Your island could end up being played by millions of people if it's chosen for placement.

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

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Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Is Coming To Mortal Kombat 11

Spawn, the supernatural superhero who was more demonic than super and also maybe not quite a hero, might be making an appearance in Mortal Kombat 11. The fighting game hasn't had a lot of details so far, but outside of the game's reveal trailer showing Raiden and two Scorpions, it appears we might be able to add comic book star Spawn to the list as well.

The news comes from a Reddit AMA with Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, who was quickly asked if the antihero would end up in the newly announced Mortal Kombat title.

"I believe he's on his way..." McFarlane answered, both cryptically and directly. He might not have realized it wasn't announced or simply doesn't care about the weird secrecy that video games envelop themselves in on a regular basis.

Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early

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Metro Exodus Launching One Week Early

Developer 4A Games announced today Metro Exodus has gone gold. But even more interesting is the news that the game will now be launching on February 15, one week earlier than originally planned.

The studio did not provide a specific reason for the change; according to the calendar, both dates put Metro up against competition. February 22 is Anthem's launch date, but February 15 has titles like Crackdown 3, Dead or Alive 6, and Far Cry New Dawn

To get an idea for what you'll see when you start Metro Exodus, watch the title sequence below (which 4A Games also revealed today).

Amazon Adds Sega App On Fire TV For Genesis Games

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Amazon Adds Sega App On Fire TV For Genesis Games

Amazon and Sega have announced today that the Fire TV, their streaming HDMI-connected box, will support Genesis games through an app. The app, simply titled Sega Classics, allows Amazon Fire TV to play through 25 Genesis games with just the hardware and the magic of the internet.

Fire TV owners purchase a Sega Classics bundle and get all 25 games to play on the Fire TV. While you don't need a controller and can just use the box's included remote, you can also sync a bluetooth controller of your choice to play, which probably sounds like the better option.

Check out the full games list below.