Fortnite Earned $2.4 Billion Last Year, 'The Most Annual Revenue Of Any Game In History'

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Fortnite Earned $2.4 Billion Last Year, 'The Most Annual Revenue Of Any Game In History'

Fortnite has been an incredible, record-breaking success with its free-to-play battle royale formula. According to a recent report from SuperData, not only was Fortnite the top grossing free game of 2018, it also brought in "the most annual revenue of any game in history" with $2.4 billion thanks to its skins, emotes, and season passes.

The report says that free-to-play games earned a whopping $87.7 billion last year as a whole. This accounts for 80% of 2018's $109.8 billion in digital games revenue.

Although free-to-play games have become a popular business model, premium games are still hugely successful, especially in the West. Premium games brought in $17.8 billion total revenue in 2018. Some of the biggest grossing paid games that released last year include FIFA 18 ($790 million), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($612 million), and Red Dead Redemption 2 ($516 million). 

Ambush Is A New Mode Coming To Call Of Duty Black Ops 4's Blackout

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Ambush Is A New Mode Coming To Call Of Duty Black Ops 4's Blackout

Treyarch recently confirmed in a Reddit thread that a new mode called Ambush is coming to Blackout, after the news leaked through the companion app.

Ambush, according to the news site CharlieIntel, is a limited-time mode that restricts your arsenal to only sniper rifles and melee weapons, making perks like Skulker and Dead Silence more valuable.

You can read Treyarch's full reply from Reddit below:

Ambush Is A New Mode Coming To Call Of Duty Black Ops 4's Blackout

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Ambush Is A New Mode Coming To Call Of Duty Black Ops 4's Blackout

Treyarch recently confirmed in a Reddit thread that a new mode called Ambush is coming to Blackout, after the news leaked through the companion app.

Ambush, according to the news site CharlieIntel, is a limited-time mode that restricts your arsenal to only sniper rifles and melee weapons, making perks like Skulker and Dead Silence more valuable.

You can read Treyarch's full reply from Reddit below:

Overkill's The Walking Dead Delayed On Consoles

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Overkill's The Walking Dead Delayed On Consoles

Publisher Starbreeze has announced that Overkill's The Walking Dead's console release has been delayed indefinitely. The cooperative shooter was slated to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as of February 6.

Starbreeze says that it will eventually reveal information about a later release date, but it doesn't give any specifics outside of that. 

Overkill's The Walking Dead released on PC late last year, but received mostly negative reviews, garnering a 52% metacritic score. Our reviewer Matt Miller gave it a 4.5, saying that, "In the case of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, major technical problems and connection issues, baffling gameplay systems and controls, tedious combat and stealth, and poorly structured missions all contrive to halt the fun." 

Overkill's The Walking Dead Delayed On Consoles

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Overkill's The Walking Dead Delayed On Consoles

Publisher Starbreeze has announced that Overkill's The Walking Dead's console release has been delayed indefinitely. The cooperative shooter was slated to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as of February 6.

Starbreeze says that it will eventually reveal information about a later release date, but it doesn't give any specifics outside of that. 

Overkill's The Walking Dead released on PC late last year, but received mostly negative reviews, garnering a 52% metacritic score. Our reviewer Matt Miller gave it a 4.5, saying that, "In the case of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, major technical problems and connection issues, baffling gameplay systems and controls, tedious combat and stealth, and poorly structured missions all contrive to halt the fun." 

Play Metro And Override For Free This Weekend

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Play Metro And Override For Free This Weekend

Up until January 20, you can try Metro: Last Light Redux, Metro 2033 Redux, and Override: Mech City Brawl for free on Xbox One if you have an Xbox Live Gold Subscription.

This is part of Microsoft's Free Play Days promotion, which devotes a couple days towards offering free trials for games. You have full access to the games until tomorrow.

Both Metro games in this promotion are the definitive Redux versions, which have upgraded graphics and all DLC. As for Override: Mech City Brawl, it's also free to try on Steam this weekend. The Steam promotion ends tomorrow as well.

Machinima's YouTube Video Library Completely Erased

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Machinima's YouTube Video Library Completely Erased

Machinima, a long-time and multi-channel network of video game content, has surprised viewers by wiping all of its videos without prior warning. The mass deletion comes just days after the company's merge with Ellation, a division of AT&T owned by Otter Media.

Following news of the merge, which was announced last year, content creators were told by Machinima that they would be moved to another network called Fullscreen, while others found their contracts suddenly ending or that they were dropped by Fullscreen. It was clear that Machinima was going through an extensive change, but seeing the entire video library wiped clean is an abrupt and saddening decision that caught even its own creators off-guard.

While heralded as a well-known content creation network, Machinima has been under fire in recent years for locking content creators into predatory contracts and creating a deceiving marketing campaign towards Xbox One consumers that led the Federal Trade Commission to pursue action. 

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dota 2, And Overwatch

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dota 2, And Overwatch

It's cold outside. You know this, I know this, everyone in the Northern Hemisphere knows this. Therefore, it's a good time to sit back, relax, and watch people compete at video games.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets its first big tournament of the year, as Katowice, Poland is the site of the Europe Minor Championship. (Stream / Schedule)

With its qualifiers fully wrapped, today marks the start of the year's first Dota 2 major, based on Chongqing, China. The event lasts for a little over a week. (Stream / Schedule)

You Can Now Pre-Order This Amazing Cloud Strife Statue

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You Can Now Pre-Order This Amazing Cloud Strife Statue

This cool Cloud Strife statue, complete with his buster sword, is now available for pre-order on Square Enix's website. Kingdom Hearts fans are sure to recognize this version as it's his look designed by Tetsuya Nomura for the series. Created by Bring Arts, the description said he's wandered into "another world," a coy way to reference Kingdom Hearts, but still have the statue marketed as a Final Fantasy property. 

Cloud looks ready to put on display and show off his flashy moves. The statue doesn't release until July, but you can secure your order at Square Enix's website. Psst! Currently, it's at a 10 percent discount.

Game Freak's Giga Wrecker Announced For Consoles

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Game Freak's Giga Wrecker Announced For Consoles

Pokémon developer Game Freak and Rising Star Games announced plans for a console port of 2D puzzle/platformer Giga Wrecker, which was previously released on PC in 2017. Up against an army of robots, you play as a girl with a special ability to manipulate debris, destroying and reconstructing her surroundings.

The game will come to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch as Giga Wrecker Alt with new content, such as twenty new campaign puzzles, a new hardcore "Iron Man" mode, and a second non-playable character that offers hints when a player takes too long to find a solution. The original localization is also getting an overhaul to provide a better experience for players.

Right now, Giga Wrecker Alt is scheduled to hit sometime in 2019 for consoles. The game is launching digitally, but Limited Run Games is releasing physical copies for the PS4 and Switch versions.