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.

Digital Service Kartridge Partners With Indie Megabooth To Spotlight Games

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Digital Service Kartridge Partners With Indie Megabooth To Spotlight Games

Kartridge, the digital service lead by publisher Kongregate, has entered into a deal with Indie Megabooth to better surface and curate indie titles on the service. Indie Megabooth gathers indie titles and developers for major fan and industry shows to give indies that otherwise wouldn't get marketing attention some much-needed exposure. It appears they'll be doing roughly the same thing for Kartridge.

Indie Megabooth has a running list of alumni in their databases, indie developers that have worked with the organization before. Using this list, the company is working with Kongregate to spotlight those games for their service to show games people might otherwise not see.

"It’s no secret that I’m a firm believer in the power and importance of thoughtful curation," says Indie Megabooth CEO Kelly Wallick. "Not only is it important to address discoverability issues for indie devs, but diverse curation creates a welcoming environment for new fans to discover creatively accessible games and experiences."

Pokémon Go's Trainer Versus Trainer Combat Is Now Live

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Pokémon Go's Trainer Versus Trainer Combat Is Now Live

The long-promised feature of being able to fight against other trainers is now officially integrated into Pokémon Go.

#GOBattle ALERT: Trainers level 10 and up can now start their first Trainer Battles! pic.twitter.com/QnpDinKWM8

Niantic started rolling out the feature last night gating it based on player levels, but now it is fully integrated. You just have to have achieved at least level 10 to fight your fellow trainer.

NieR: Automata's 2B Joining Soulcalibur VI Soon

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NieR: Automata's 2B Joining Soulcalibur VI Soon

Bandai Namco has announced that killer android 2B from Square Enix's NieR: Automata is joining the Soulcalibur VI roster on December 18.

Not only is she another dangerous character for the fighter, but she's also bringing with her new parts for the character creation tool and new weapons and music.

2B is part of the game's season pass as well as a standalone add-on.

Spider-Man's Final DLC Coming Next Week

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Spider-Man's Final DLC Coming Next Week

Spider-Man's final chapter of The City That Never Sleeps DLC, entitled Silver Lining, comes out on December 21. Silver Sable is back to get her stolen tech from Hammerhead, and Spider-Man's in the middle.

The DLC also includes three new suits – Into the Spider-Verse (after the movie, naturally), Cyborg, and Aaron Aikman Spider-Armor. Silver Lining is going for $9.99 unless you already have the DLC bundle which costs $24.99.

For more on the game, check out Reiner's review as well as our impressions of the previous DLC chapters: The Heist and Turf Wars.