Destiny 2's Next Season Will Make Clans More Rewarding

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Destiny 2's Next Season Will Make Clans More Rewarding

In the next season of Destiny 2, which starts in March, players should expect a reworked and improved clan experience, Bungie says.

On its official blog, the company states that in a effort to help "smaller, less hardcore" clas, which saw their progress in building up clan experience (which offers benefits to all members of a given clan), the game will be returning to the original clan experience system from the launch of Destiny 2. "Go play activities in the game and you will earn clan XP and level up your clan," the company says. As a result, daily clan bounties are gone, replaced with only three weekly clan bounties that have you playing with clanmates to earn extra clan experience and legendary gear.

Clan level benefits are also getting a bonus. Level-three clans earn mod components when completing clan bounties, level-four clans earn enhancement cores as well, level-five clans have a higher chance of earning catalysts for exotic weapons when completing strikes and crucible matches, (with some year-one catalysts coming back into the pool), and level-six clans earn a fourth clan bounty they can complete for more of the first two rewards.

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gears of War 4, And StarCraft II

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What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gears of War 4, And StarCraft II

Genesis 6 is one of the biggest Super Smash Bros. tournaments of the year, and this year features singles and doubles events for Smash 64Melee, and Ultimate, as we alls other games like Rivals of Aether, Splatoon 2, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Pro Circuit for Gears of War 4 is back in Mexico City this week, as all kinds of competitors converge on the nation's capital to play in both team and two-on-two events. (Stream / Schedule)

The League of Legends North American circuit continues, with matches between the scene's biggest teams going on both today and tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic

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Mortal Kombat 11's Gear Will Only Be Cosmetic

If you've ever played casual games in Injustice 2, you know that the game's armor system can be a bit of a pain online. There are some very broken combinations that means anyone looking for a casual but fair match can really get the fuzzy end of the lollipop in a match. On a more base level, you also might have to end up wearing things that you don't like for the stats. This experience set off some alarm bells for players when Mortal Kombat 11 was announced to also be using gear. Thankfully, it appears that the gear in MK11 will not carry stats with it.

In an interview with Xbox Wire, Netherrealm's Trevor Traub explained that the gear itself isn't going to be a repeat of Injustice 2's system.

"One of the major differences for Mortal Kombat 11 is that the gear itself has no stats. It's cosmetic-only," Traub said. While there are ways to customize characters with augments, the gear itself doesn't do that. You can make yourself look however you want and it won't affect your stats, so you aren't stuck with a costume you dislike for viability's sake.

Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

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Weekend Warrior – In The Groove

As we all start to thaw out after the polar vortex made a long stop in Minneapolis, we have plenty to choose from this weekend. There are finally a good grouping of games out as we enter February, and we'll be splitting our time between Resident Evil 2, Wargroove, Kingdom Hearts III, and... Contra 3.

That's what we're doing, but what will you be doing this weekend? Are you ignoring games this weekend to watch some football? Let us know in the comments.

Javy Gwaltney – I just can’t put down Resident Evil 2 despite playing both runs. I’ll probably make time for some more Wargroove as well.

Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

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Musician Marshmello Holding Concert Inside Fortnite This Weekend

Fortnite is no stranger to in-game events. Developer Epic seems to rather enjoy making a spectacle within the game with time-limited content that gathers people together. The newest event, however, looks like it might be strange even for Fortnite, with musician Marshmello hinting that he will be performing a concert inside the game on Saturday.

It started with Marshmello, whose real name is Christopher Comstock, tweeting on Thursday that fans should keep their eyes on Fortnite's Pleasant Park for a set.

Drop into Pleasant Park in @FortniteGame this Saturday for a special set

The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

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The Anthem Open Demo Is Now Live

Anthem's demo is now open to all users, as opposed to the VIP-only demo last weekend. While the new demo does not have any of the fixes they've taken from the feedback yet, it is an opportunity to give more feedback to the game so they can take a look at it post-release.

The Anthem demo gives players a small look at the full game, but without eight weeks of fixes and plopped into the middle of the story. Among other fixes, Bioware says they will allow running in Fort Tarsis, fix a few thousand small things, add a social hub, and more.

Hopefully the open demo does not suffer from the server issues that plagued the first day of the last demo. If you're looking to make the most of your time with Anthem this weekend, check out our guide outlining how to do so here.

Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

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Super Mario Movie Aiming For 2022

As part of Nintendo's financial briefing, the company's president Shuntaro Furukawa talked a little but the upcoming Super Mario movie, being shepherded by Nintendo and made by Minions studio Illumination. While the two groups only announced the movie last year, it will still be a little while before we'll see anything from Nintendo's first major motion picture in decades.

Furukawa said that the movie is "moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022." He also reconfirmed that Mario creator and Nintendo creative fellow Shigeru Miyamoto is producing the film to make sure it is under the watchful eye of Nintendo.

This is actually the second Mario movie to ever exist. In 1993, when Mario had more social cache than even Mickey Mouse, Nintendo gleefully licensed the IP out for a Super Mario Bros. movie starring Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, and Anthony Hopkins. It was a historic critical and commercial failure, convincing Nintendo to back off from movies for the next 20 years. Before the late president Satoru Iwata passed away, he made cross-media deals to begin the process of making a Mario movie once again.

Ubisoft Celebrates Lunar New Year With Free Game

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Ubisoft Celebrates Lunar New Year With Free Game

Ubisoft is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a massive sale – and a free game.

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China is free for PC players until February 4. It’s a sidescroller that puts you in the boots of Shao Jun, the last assassin in the Chinese brotherhood who sneaks and stabs her way to revenge across 16th century China.

We enjoyed devising elaborate routes through its enemy-riddled, ink-and-watercolor levels, but felt the gameplay lost steam about halfway through our review playthrough.

God Of War's Combat Designer Walks Through The Game's Toughest Challenge

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God Of War's Combat Designer Walks Through The Game's Toughest Challenge

Last year’s God of War reboot took Kratos and his son, Atreus, on a more down-to-Earth (Midgard?) quest, but it wasn’t just the more fatherly disposition that had players searching for every last secret. The combat was also redone and offered just as stiff a challenge as ever with nine optional boss fights against the legendary Valkryies from Norse mythology.

The PlayStation Blog today released a breakdown of the combat in each of those nine fights from the God of War’s senior staff combat designer, Denny Yeh. It’s an exhaustive examination of what made each of those fights unique and also how each played into each other to culminate in one final challenge. He equates the game to “one long class,” so if you’re paying attention, you’ll be ready for the whatever the game throws at you.

He offers plenty of fun tidbits about the philosophy behind a good combat boss versus a more spectacle-oriented fight, like a particularly brutal one early on. For instance, for anyone who has made it past all nine of those Valkyries, they know that the final fight requires perfect focus against a seemingly endless array of attacks, but at one point that boss had so many attacks that the A.I. was unable to properly handle them all.

Nintendo Looking Into Bolstering Switch Online

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Nintendo Looking Into Bolstering Switch Online

The somewhat bare bones Nintendo Switch Online service could be getting some much needed updates in the future, according to a statement by Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa.

During the company's Q3 financial briefing to investors, Furukawa revealed that the Switch Online service has eight million subscribers right now, a surprisingly high number for such a nascent service. The number doesn't include free trials, but does include entire family memberships. Cryptically, Furukawa also added that they are working to expand the Switch's online offerings, though didn't detail what these would be.

Nintendo launched their Switch Online service this past September after over a year's delay in getting it implemented. The pay-for-online service was announced at the Switch reveal event in January 2017 and was meant to launch a little bit into the Switch's life, but the company seemingly had difficulty in getting it up and running. While cheaper than competing services, the Switch's online features leave a lot to be desired, like better friends lists, system-level voice chat, etc.