Destiny 2's Upcoming 'Arc Week' Buffs Quite A Few Subclasses

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Destiny 2's Upcoming 'Arc Week' Buffs Quite A Few Subclasses

Bungie has created a new weeklong holiday in Destiny 2, and it's all about riding the lightning. And subclass buffs.

Starting April 9, "Arc Week" will implement a number of permanent buffs for several lightning-based sub-classes and branches. For Titans, The Way of the Juggernaut subclass sees a much-needed power boost to their shoot-punch-shoot loop; Hunter Arcstriders' Way of the Warrior also get some punch-based love, while the Way of the Wind will be more survivable; the Warlock Stormcallers' Attunement of Conduction should feel more powerful, while the Attunement of the Elements becomes a stronger source of support for teams.

Non-Arc subclass branches also get some buffs. The Warlock's Void Walker Nova Warp super is getting some minor buffs after being heavily nerfed in the last round of major balance changes, while the Dawnblade Everlasting Fire perk should now be far more useful. Bungie is also looking into the Spectral Blades Hunter super. "We know it’s out of bounds and are working right now on a few tweaks to bring it back in line," Designer Dan Gniady says.

PSA: Elder Scrolls Blades Officially Available To Everyone, Still In Early Access

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PSA: Elder Scrolls Blades Officially Available To Everyone, Still In Early Access

Last week, The Elder Scrolls: Blades released into early access, though that release was more like a closed beta with random invites. Yesterday, the game became available to everyone.

Bethesda's official Twitter account announced the news that now anyone who has a Bethesda account can play the game. Signing up for a Bethesda account is free, so you shouldn't have too many problems playing the game if you want to.

The news also comes with a large update for the game that fixes a few bugs. Bethesda is also looking for feedback regarding "the most difficult enemy in the game… the silver chest," referring to how silver chests are numerous, take a long time to open due to how chests are on timer, and often aren't worth the rewards inside, causing some players to want to actively avoid getting them.

What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Overwatch, And Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

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What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Overwatch, And Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

This weekend, the Overwatch League is back! Now with fewer hand signs!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's big i-League major wraps up this weekend. There are only a handful of teams left, so hopefully these last few matches don't disappoint. (Stream / Schedule)

The Overwatch League is back in full swing, which is good news! Even better news: The Shanghai Dragons are playing today! (Stream / Schedule)

Super Mario Maker Recreated Inside Little Big Planet 3

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Super Mario Maker Recreated Inside Little Big Planet 3

The test of any game-creation tool is whether you can create Super Mario Bros.' 1-1 in it, which will usually happen on the first day of any given creation software. That bar has now been raised, as someone has made the ultimate toolset for making Super Mario Bros.' 1-1 inside of Little Big Planet 3 by porting Super Mario Maker to it.

You can check it out in action below courtesy of YouTuber Ayee. The actual creator is named ClapTrap9.

It's honestly fascinating how this thing works, as it apes Super Mario Maker really accurately. I guess it makes sense since a level-builder would have to operate solely around simple logic so that users can interface with it in  a way that makes obvious sense. So making an approximation of it probably comes down to understanding that logic and recreating it, which still doesn't seem like a small task.

Game Developers Conference Talks Like God Of War, Spider-Man, And Devil May Cry 5 Now Available Online

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Game Developers Conference Talks Like God Of War, Spider-Man, And Devil May Cry 5 Now Available Online

The Game Developer's Conference took place in San Francisco just a few weeks ago, bringing together the industry's most revered, impressive, and upcoming talent to the Moscone Convention Center to give talks to other developers about their design processes and just plain tell stories about the trenches. Some of these developers are from big budget games like God of War and Spider-Man while there's mobile hits like Pokemon Go and upcoming indie titles like Afterparty with talks, as well.

You can access the GDC vault right here.

From the panels we attended, we definitely recommend A Technical Postmortem of Spider-Man with Elan Ruskin, a post-mortem of Devil May Cry 5 with Hideaki Itsuno (beware if you haven't beaten the game, Itsuno starts with the final scene and keeps going from there), Cory Barlog's fantastic God of War talk where he relates the story of the game's reveal, how Tetris Effect became the game it is, and way more than we can list here.

Rumor: Xbox Live Gold And Gamepass Will Be Sold As Monthly Bundle

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Rumor: Xbox Live Gold And Gamepass Will Be Sold As Monthly Bundle

Rumors have been swirling today from various well-connected sources saying that Microsoft is going to soon introduce a combined subscription for Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass. This combination would bundle both of the Xbox's fairly essential services into one subscription service.

The rumor comes first from known leaker hoXod on Twitter, who pegged the combined bundle at $14.99. Thurott and then later The Verge then came out to confirm that their sources have indicated the same thing. For month-to-month users, that works out to a $5 savings. For everyone else, it's not really much of a savings, but is likely more convenient for the end user.

For Microsoft, this is likely the best way to get players hesitant to subscribe to Game Pass for longterm periods to stay subscribed. While there has been a bevvy of free trials and what one might describe as Game Pass-ideal titles that have boosted numbers, maintained subscriptions have been a lot more difficult. When it is tied to online multiplayer access, people might be more willing to pony up the extra cash per month.

Fortnite Adding Respawn Vans In Next Update

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Fortnite Adding Respawn Vans In Next Update

You can say a lot about Epic and Fortnite but you can't say they're slow to react. When there's an advancement in the battle royale genre, Epic makes no bones about taking what works in those games and applying them to Fortnite. That probably explains the newest update to Fortnite, which adds Apex Legends' (and some other battle royale games') respawn mechanic to Fortnite Battle Royale.

Dubbed "the Reboot Van," the new feature has the same function as beacons from Apex Legends. When someone on your squad bites it, you can collect their reboot card alongside their loot. Cash the reboot card in at a reboot van to bring said squadmate back. But it's a van, so very different.

Epic has made some Fortnite-style tweaks, to be fair. Using the van causes the alarms to go off, alerting anyone nearby. Whoever's not nearby will see shafts of light erupt from the area, telling everyone how many people are being revived. It's a risk to use, because it's basically holding up a flashing sign telling everyone to come take you out.

Report: Next Assassin's Creed Will Center Around Vikings

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Report: Next Assassin's Creed Will Center Around Vikings

Ubisoft occasionally likes to tease upcoming projects in their released games and slowly just wait for people to figure it out. This seems to be the case with The Division 2, which featured posters of a viking since release. YouTuber JoRaptor noticed that the posters contained something a lot more identifying, however: the Apple of Eden, Assassin's Creed series-spanning maguffin with magic powers. This hints at a new Assassin's Creed game set in the cold Norse waters, but Kotaku has gone ahead to chime in with their own sources to confirm it.

A viking game makes sense with the current direction of the series, which focuses more on action RPG combat, character builds, and lots of boats. In that sense, a viking game flows well from what Assassin's Creed Odyssey established with its Grecian theme and structure last year. With the Apple of Eden playing a part in the poster, it seems likely the First Civilization treasure will have something to do with the game's story.

You Can Now Watch The For Honor Documentary, Playing Hard, On Netflix

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You Can Now Watch The For Honor Documentary, Playing Hard, On Netflix

If you’re a fan of video game documentaries, Netflix has your Friday night covered. Playing Hard is a full-length documentary that follows the years-long development of For Honor, Ubisoft’s knights-versus-vikings-versus-samurai action game. And unlike the plethora of behind-the-scenes dev diaries that studios offer fans these days, Playing Hard isn’t just a marketing ploy; the movie was made by independent film maker Jean-Simon Chartier, who had to fight with Ubisoft halfway through the game’s development to retain unfettered access to the studio. As such, the film doesn’t shy away from the production problems and clashing personalities that go into creating a triple-A video game, which you can get a hint of in the trailer below.

We were impressed by the passion and larger-than-life personality of For Honor's creative director, Jason VandenBerghe, when we spoke to him on The G.I. Show, and we're sure he has plenty of interesting things to say in the documentary as well. Playing Hard is available now to all Netflix subscribers.

Shazam Leaps From The Silver Screen To Lego DC Super-Villains

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Shazam Leaps From The Silver Screen To Lego DC Super-Villains

Captain Marvel Shazam is popping into Lego DC Super-Villains today, just in time for his film's nationwide release.

Shazam! Movie Level Pack 1 is the first of two DLC packs for the game, and it's out now for season pass holders. It adds a new level and several new characters pulled from Shazam!, including Billy Batson, Freddy Freeman, and Dr. Sivana (Boo! Hiss!) The second pack is coming April 23.

If you don't have the $14.99 season pass, you'll have to wait until April 23 to purchase the bundle separately for $5.99.