Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Coming To Steam Later This Month

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition Coming To Steam Later This Month

During a developer livestream, Beamdog (who have been enhancing and re-releasing various CRPGs like Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate, and Icewind Dale over the last few years) announced, among other things the release date for their enhanced edition of Neverwinter Nights: March 27.

Beamdog also announced they will continue to update and patch the game, and add new content and expand the modding toolset. Finally, the company mentioned that while it doesn't have any plans to bring the game to Switch, the idea "is something that is appealing to us."

[Source: Beamdog Games]

State Of Decay 2 Will Not Have Microtransactions

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State Of Decay 2 Will Not Have Microtransactions

After revealing the game's date and price a few days ago, State of Decay developer Undead Labs has made another announcement fans should be excited to hear: The game will not have microtransactions.

The team mentioned the detail during a livestream discussing the first gameplay details shown off by IGN a few days ago. When asked about whether the game would have microtransactions, the developer said they have no plans to include them in the game. However, because the game is currently priced at $30, they did say they may have plans for paid expansions packs down the road.

While this isn't the first time the company has made the statement (Undead Labs has previously stated they wouldn't be doing microtransactions while responding to players on Reddit), the affirmation of it is good to see in light of the reduced price tag.

Fortnite Is Getting Cross-Platform Play Across Xbox One, PC, And Mobile

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Fortnite Is Getting Cross-Platform Play Across Xbox One, PC, And Mobile

After announcing its absurdly popular battle royal game with another mode, Fortnite, was heading to mobile platforms, Epic has announced that players on Xbox One, PC, Mac, iOS, will able to play with each other, with Android users joining the fun "in the next few months."

The mobile version of the battle royal mode will be exactly the same as it is on console, and will receive in updates in tandem with other versions. The company did not announce exactly when cross-platform matches would kick off, but instead pointed players to sign up for the Invite Event on iOS.

Absent from the announcement is the PS4 version, which, as you may remember, was briefly able to play nice with the Xbox One version late last year due to an error on Epic's part. Considering every other platform the game is on is part of this crossplay, signs once again point to Sony being responsible about the lack of crossplay at this point.

What To Watch This Weekend: Halo 5, Call Of Duty, And Rocket League

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What To Watch This Weekend: Halo 5, Call Of Duty, And Rocket League

Not even the time-warping power of Daylight Savings can stop these gaming events! But, you should probably keep that whole "Spring Forward" thing in mind as you pour over the schedules for this week.

Call of Duty: WWII begins its run on the CWL this weekend, so if you've been keeping up with the game over the Winter and what to see the game played at its best, this is your best shot. (Stream / Schedule)

You'll be able to catch a lot of Overwatch this weekend. Along with the usual Overwatch League (Stream / Schedule) today, you can also catch the Contenders league tomorrow, where upstarts looking to prove their worth face off against each other. (Stream / Schedule)

Reader Discussion – Do You Like Ports To A Newer Console?

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Reader Discussion – Do You Like Ports To A Newer Console?

In most modern generations, the first year or so of a console is full of cross-gen titles and games ported from the previous console to the modern one. It's an easy way to fill in a library without completely committing to the console or to give some time to let the first wave of ground-up software get enough time in development.

In the past two Nintendo Directs, Nintendo has gone fairly heavy on bringing forward Wii U games to the Switch. Reaction to this differs depending on who you ask, but some people have strong feelings about filling in a library with previously released games.

What is your general feeling on porting old games to a new console? Do you think they're an absolute good, an absolute bad, or does it depend? What would make ports okay for you and what pushes them too far? Let us know in the comments below.

Netflix Not On Switch Because Video Not A Priority, Says Netflix Exec

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Netflix Not On Switch Because Video Not A Priority, Says Netflix Exec

In the year since the Switch launched, fans of the system have been wondering to different degrees why Netflix, an app ubiquitous on any device that has or interfaces with a screen, is not on Nintendo's latest system.

While Netflix said they were exploring options with Nintendo just a few months ago, nothing has been said since. Netflix executive Scott Mirer, who is in charge of partnering with device manufacturers for Netflix apps, answered questions about it at a Silicon Valley Q&A.

“In the case of the Switch, they [Nintendo] were very focused at launch not on video-use cases, but on gaming cases, video was not a priority for them,” Mirer said. “Whether that changes over time, we have a great relationship with them and look at the possibility of the Switch. We each have opportunity cost around that, but at some point, it might happen.” 

Weekend Warrior – The Call To Smash

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Weekend Warrior – The Call To Smash

After our momentous celebration of 300 issues last weekend, this one is a time for us to unwind with a swath of activities, ranging from heading on over to the movies to testing our merit in the battle royale genre. Some of us are even drawn to Smash and Nintendo titles in general after the company's solid Direct on Thursday. But what are you up to this weekend? Let us know your plans in the comments below.

Jon Bowman (@MrGameAndWrite) – I started binging the second season of Jessica Jones last night. I had lower expectations after an incredible first season, but I’m hooked once again! I’ll finish that off this weekend. Other than that, I’m planning on showing Robbie why Fortnite is better than PUBG, watching some wrasslin’ on Sunday, and somewhere in between starting Life is Strange: Before the Storm. I wanted to wait until the bonus episode came out to make sure I fully recovered from the emotional toll of Life is Strange. I’m ready to feel all the feels again!

Super Smash Bros. Director Confirms He Is Returning For Switch Entry

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Super Smash Bros. Director Confirms He Is Returning For Switch Entry

Nintendo's newest Super Smash Bros. game was announced last night for a release in 2018. While there are a thousand big and small questions after the announcement, one thing we don't have to ponder is whether series director Masahiro Sakurai is involved.

Confirming on Twitter, Sakurai tweeted “Right now we’re just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I’ve been working on this game in silence day after day,” courtesy of a translation from SourceGaming. “Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!”

Sakurai, commonly known as the creator of Kirby, has been director of every Super Smash Bros. game since its inception on the Nintendo 64. Growing tired of creating sequels, Sakurai left HAL in 2003 and founded development studio Sora, going on to create Meteos with Q Entertainment. The late Satoru Iwata convinced Sakurai to created a third Super Smash Bros. game for the Wii and worked with Sakurai on what he wanted to do with a fourth one.

Xbox VP Teases Direct-To-Twitter Posting

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Xbox VP Teases Direct-To-Twitter Posting

Xbox vice-president Mike Ybarra tweeted out a test of the Xbox's seemingly upcoming direct-to-Twitter screencap posting today.

Ybarra posted the screenshot today, captioning it "Twitter direct!" alongside a shot of recently-released Xbox One indie game Samsara. The tweet included the hashtag #XboxShare, mirroring the #PS4Share tag appended to PlayStation 4 tweets.

As it stands, the Xbox One currently does not post directly to the social media service. When taking a screencap, the picture goes to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud-based service which can then be pulled up on a Windows 10 device with the same account or you can post a link to the OneDrive page containing the file in a tweet using the Xbox One.

GameMaker Signs Deal With Nintendo, Adds Switch Export Function

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GameMaker Signs Deal With Nintendo, Adds Switch Export Function

GameMaker Studio 2, a popular 2D game engine that powers games like Hyper Light Drifter and VA-11 HALL-A, has signed a deal with Nintendo to bring the engine to Switch in a big way.

After yesterday's announcement of Undertale on Switch, likely the best known game made in the engine, GameMaker creator YoYo Games revealed the partnership with Nintendo. GameMaker has long been a blindspot for Nintendo systems in terms of engine support, its absence being especially notable for the cancellation of Hyper Light Drifter on the Wii U.

As part of Nintendo's indie outreach, the console manufacturer has been working with YoYo on getting the engine running on the Switch, to the point where work can be exported directly to the Switch. In theory, this should open up the system for a lot of indie developers who find it unlikely or impossible to port their games to a new engine just for the Switch.