Red Dead Online Update Addresses Grinding Issues With Veritable Gold Rush

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Red Dead Online Update Addresses Grinding Issues With Veritable Gold Rush

Cowboys won’t have to wait much longer for the first quality-of-life improvements to hit the Wild West. Minutes ago, Rockstar announced that the first weekly update for Red Dead Online will start rolling out today, and the improvements are squarely aimed at addressing the community’s issues with the in-game economy.

Rockstar’s blog outlines several changes that should help even out the economy, including better cash and gold payouts for activities and missions, and reduced weapon prices. Rockstar says that those who have already purchased weapons at their current prices will be refunded the difference sometime in the next week. The developer also says it is rebalancing the values of animal pelts and fish, though given the fact hunting and fishing are two of the best ways to make money in Red Dead Online right now, we don't know if that means the prices will increase or decrease.

Fortnite's Season 7 Adds Planes, Angry Santa

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Fortnite's Season 7 Adds Planes, Angry Santa

Fortnite's seventh season is now live, and with it come a host of changes to the game's battle royale mode. Most notably, the world's gotten a lot colder with the advent of winter. Better yet, you can get an improved vantage point of the seasonal changes in one of the game's new planes.

Several players can hop into a plane, providing a fun way for teams to get around – and a tasty target for opponents. The update also adds ziplines, tweaks balloons, and adds weapon skins. Battle Pass owners can access the game's new creative mode today as well, a week before it goes live for everyone else.

[Source: Epic Games]

Where's Our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review?

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Where's Our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review?

Reviews for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will likely start trickling in today in advance of the game's release. Unfortunately, I'm not quite ready to offer my final thoughts on the game. Why? Well, online isn't live yet, and it won't be until when the game launches later tonight. In addition, there's a day-one update for the game that Nintendo says will address a number of things including game balance and animation. In other words, it would be irresponsible to give you a scored review at this point. I do have some preliminary thoughts on the game, however, which I'm happy to share.

I've been playing Smash Ultimate virtually nonstop since I got our review copy last week. It's a massive game, with a lot of diversions and side content to explore. I've been particularly taken with the game's World of Light mode, which is essentially the game's campaign. You take on a ton of challenges as you cruise along the path on a map, rescuing spirits that are throwbacks to old games. Matches are themed to those games, so a Dr. Mario-themed challenge might have multicolored Kirbys that are meant to evoke the viruses from the puzzle game. There are hundreds of these challenges, and it's been fun to find the surprises the developers have tucked away. It's also really long; don't expect to blow through it in a couple of hours.

Where's Our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review?

about X hours ago from
Where's Our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review?

Reviews for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will likely start trickling in today in advance of the game's release. Unfortunately, I'm not quite ready to offer my final thoughts on the game. Why? Well, online isn't live yet, and it won't be until when the game launches later tonight. In addition, there's a day-one update for the game that Nintendo says will address a number of things including game balance and animation. In other words, it would be irresponsible to give you a scored review at this point. I do have some preliminary thoughts on the game, however, which I'm happy to share.

I've been playing Smash Ultimate virtually nonstop since I got our review copy last week. It's a massive game, with a lot of diversions and side content to explore. I've been particularly taken with the game's World of Light mode, which is essentially the game's campaign. You take on a ton of challenges as you cruise along the path on a map, rescuing spirits that are throwbacks to old games. Matches are themed to those games, so a Dr. Mario-themed challenge might have multicolored Kirbys that are meant to evoke the viruses from the puzzle game. There are hundreds of these challenges, and it's been fun to find the surprises the developers have tucked away. It's also really long; don't expect to blow through it in a couple of hours.

Below Is Finally Releasing Next Week

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Below Is Finally Releasing Next Week

Below was originally announced in 2013 on Microsoft's E3 stage, and then it got delayed, and then it got delayed indefinitely, but now it is finally releasing.

It's finally time. So excited (and a little nervous) to announce that BELOW launches on Xbox One & Steam on December 14th. Check out this new trailer, and wishlist on steam here: https://t.co/Kjc7FM2UtO pic.twitter.com/2Y1O0kmPmv

Below will be available on Xbox One and PC (via Steam) on December 14. For more on the game, you can watch us play through the opening with its creative director, Kris Piotrowski, right here.

Below Is Finally Releasing Next Week

about X hours ago from
Below Is Finally Releasing Next Week

Below was originally announced in 2013 on Microsoft's E3 stage, and then it got delayed, and then it got delayed indefinitely, but now it is finally releasing.

It's finally time. So excited (and a little nervous) to announce that BELOW launches on Xbox One & Steam on December 14th. Check out this new trailer, and wishlist on steam here: https://t.co/Kjc7FM2UtO pic.twitter.com/2Y1O0kmPmv

Below will be available on Xbox One and PC (via Steam) on December 14. For more on the game, you can watch us play through the opening with its creative director, Kris Piotrowski, right here.

Epic Games Sued Over "Swipe It" Emote

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Epic Games Sued Over

Though rapper 2 Milly announced his intention to pursue legal action again Epic Games last month, his legal representation officially filed a complaint today. The rapper claims that the Fortnite creators took a dance he popularized, the Milly Rock dance, and monetized it without his permission. 

Fortnite is well known for its emotes and dances, and every season fans flock to buy new moves to bring some flair to their character. The lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California contends that the "Swipe It" emote that debuted in Fortnite's Season 5 battle pass has infringed on 2 Milly's copyrighted material and Epic has "unfairly profited" by exploiting his dance without giving him credit. 

While the emote is no longer available to purchase, since Fortnite is now just days away from Season 7, 2 Milly is seeking punitive damages and an order restraining Epic Games from using his copyright in Fortnite. 

Epic Games Sued Over "Swipe It" Emote

about X hours ago from
Epic Games Sued Over

Though rapper 2 Milly announced his intention to pursue legal action again Epic Games last month, his legal representation officially filed a complaint today. The rapper claims that the Fortnite creators took a dance he popularized, the Milly Rock dance, and monetized it without his permission. 

Fortnite is well known for its emotes and dances, and every season fans flock to buy new moves to bring some flair to their character. The lawsuit filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California contends that the "Swipe It" emote that debuted in Fortnite's Season 5 battle pass has infringed on 2 Milly's copyrighted material and Epic has "unfairly profited" by exploiting his dance without giving him credit. 

While the emote is no longer available to purchase, since Fortnite is now just days away from Season 7, 2 Milly is seeking punitive damages and an order restraining Epic Games from using his copyright in Fortnite. 

Unreal Tournament No Longer In Active Development

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Unreal Tournament No Longer In Active Development

Unreal Tournament is one of those constants you simply expect from Epic at some point while they tool around with their engines. Epic's longstanding mantra that you should not expect Unreal Engine to be done until they ship a game on it was usually said hand-in-hand with their multiplayer shooter Unreal Tournament being shown. With Unreal Engine 4, Epic announced a new Unreal Tournament game in 2014, but has more or less kept quiet during the game's beta period. Now the developer confirms that the one-time standard-bearing shooter is no longer in active development.

In an interview with Variety, Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed the game isn't being worked on.

“Unreal Tournament remains available in the store but isn’t actively developed,” Sweeney told Variety. “We’ve recently worked with GOG on making classic Epic Games titles available and we’re planning to bring more of them to the store in their original glory.”

LinkedIn Listing Suggests New Pokémon Mobile Game In Development

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LinkedIn Listing Suggests New Pokémon Mobile Game In Development

A LinkedIn listing today has revealed a new Pokémon project in the works. The Pokémon Company, the all-seeing eye of Pokémon creation, has put up a job listing for a principal game designer for an unnamed Pokémon mobile project in Washington, sparking speculation of what it could be.

The listing specifically makes mention of wanting someone with experience in Unity, which none of the other Pokémon mobile titles have used, with the exception of the tablet-only Pokémon Trading Card Game. This might refer to a port for that title to phones, hoping to compete in the burgeoning but lucrative TCG market on smaller devices.

There have already been a few Pokémon mobile titles, like the puzzle game Pokémon Shuffle and of course Pokémon Go. As Go evolves and starts bridging the gap between it and the mainline titles, including adding trainer battles in an update soon, it seems likely that mobile Pokémon games are going to veer toward spinoff territory with different kinds of game mechanics.