Fortnite's Next Bonkers Update Introduces Dogfighting

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Fortnite's Next Bonkers Update Introduces Dogfighting

Biplanes return to Fortnite this week in Air Royale, a new limited-time, duos-only mode that pits players against each other in an aerial dogfighting arena. Touch the ground? Dead. Fly too high? Finished. Park your plane? Boom. Each plane has three lives, and players will respawn until their plane loses its last life.

Food fighting – well, some form of it – comes to the game in this week's update, too. Deep Fried is a limited-time mode where both teams start on either side of the map, separated by a barrier down the middle. Each team has its own restaurant with a mascot inside. The mode gives teams time to build defenses around their restaurant, and once the barrier comes down, the winner is the team that can eliminate the enemy's mascot.

You can check out all of this week's updates in the patch notes here, including the return of the egg-themed Grenade Launcher skin and a new Infantry Rifle (shown above).

Last Of Us 2 Director Teases That Final Scene Has Been Shot

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Last Of Us 2 Director Teases That Final Scene Has Been Shot

The Last of Us Part II director Neil Druckmann has teased on Twitter that the ending scene of the game has now been shot. Whether this means that all motion capture work for the actors is complete or not is unclear, but it's still exciting to hear that it's all coming together.

Just shot this scene... so...

The Switch Version Of Final Fantasy VII Has A Game-Breaking Bug

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The Switch Version Of Final Fantasy VII Has A Game-Breaking Bug

The Switch is a great little device. Most people who own it tend to agree that playing both new games and classic titles on the go to be a fantastic experience. One of those recent classics that has been ported to the system is Final Fantasy VII, one of the most renowned JRPGs of all time.

I bought the Switch version of the game to give it the old college try to see if I could come to appreciate it in spite of how many years have lapsed since its release. To my surprise, I found that I was enjoying the story and even the aesthetic to the point that I felt compelled to keep playing...right up until I hit a gamebreaking bug about three hours into the story. What's worse is that this bug was reported over a year ago in the PC version. The game is also on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and might have the same bug but we can't confirm that since I only encountered it in the Switch version.

Next Major Division 2 Update Includes Damage Buffs For Exotic Weapons and Higher Gear Score Drops In Dark Zone

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Next Major Division 2 Update Includes Damage Buffs For Exotic Weapons and Higher Gear Score Drops In Dark Zone

Ubisoft has a lot of big changes planned for the third title update for The Division 2, which includes the introduction of the first eight-player raid. Wrangling all the tweaks is taking longer than expected, so today the company announced the update is sliding from its original April 25 release into May. 

The delay may be a bummer, but the proposed changes are generally exciting and show the teams at Massive and Red Storm have their ears glued to the ground. Players have all lamented the weak punching power of most exotic weapons, so Ubi is giving them damage buffs across the board. Alongside that news, Red Storm creative director Terry Spier wanted to relay their intentions with exotics – they're not all supposed to be about world-beating damage per second (DPS), but rather an opportunity for the developers to create different styles of play. Still, knowing those weapons that take much longer to acquire have a little more power is nice. The LMG Pestilence also received a PvP buff.

Assassin's Creed Unity Temporarily Free On PC Following Notre Dame Fire

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Assassin's Creed Unity Temporarily Free On PC Following Notre Dame Fire

Days after a fire caused extensive damage to Paris' Notre Dame cathedral, Ubisoft is making an effort to commemorate the landmark and also help aid its reconstruction efforts. The company says it's donating €500,000 for restoration and, as reported earlier, the scans of the structure created during Assassin's Creed Unity's development could be a valuable reference source in the coming years. PC players who didn't get to tour the structure before the blaze (or didn't visit via Unity) have a week to do so on Ubisoft's dime, too.

Assassin's Creed Unity is free on PC for the following week. To claim your copy, just visit Ubisoft's online store here. Its DLC is also discounted, if you feel like taking a deeper dive. Otherwise, you're free to wander around Notre Dame and take in the sights of Paris. 

The game had a notoriously rocky launch, but a series of patches and updates brought it up to series standards. If its bumpy release kept you away, this is a great excuse to check Unity out.

Lucasfilm Is Exploring Possibilities For Knights Of The Old Republic

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Lucasfilm Is Exploring Possibilities For Knights Of The Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Republic is one of the most popular Star Wars video games to date, empowering players with the ability to venture down the light or dark side of the force in an era set 4,000 years before the Empire came to power. While delivering a powerful Star Wars fantasy, Knights of the Old Republic is also praised for its story, which delivered one hell of a plot twist.

Although Knights of the Old Republic received a sequel, was adapted into comic books, and it's setting was later explored in The Old Republic MMO, fans have long wanted to see it leap to the silver screen for a live-action film. At this year's Star Wars Celebration, MTV News' Josh Horowitz interviewed Lucasfilm's president Kathleen Kennedy, and asked her if Knights of the Old Republic was something they were considering for the future. "You know, we talk about that all the time," Kennedy said. "Yes, we are developing something to look at. Right now, I have no idea where things might fall, but we have to be careful that there is a cadence to Star Wars that doesn't start to feel like too much."

#Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked to us about the future of #StarWars – including a Knights of the Old Republic movie and female filmmakers taking the helm, as well as Palpatine’s surprise return in the trailer for @StarWars #EpisodeIX pic.twitter.com/HCjEhdlRv7

Surprise Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Details Joker And 3.0 Update

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Surprise Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct Details Joker And 3.0 Update

A Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct dropped today out of nowhere, showing off Joker and the Super Smash Bros 3.0 Update.

Joker arrives tomorrow on April 17 and includes Persona 3/4/5 music and themes for the Mementos stage. In his basic form, Joker has a gun, a grappling hook, and uses his knife for most of his attacks. As he takes damage, however, Joker builds up the ability to summon Arsene, the Persona he summoned in Kamoshida's castle in Persona 5. Arsene either powers up or completely changes Joker's moves.

Joker's Final Smash is the All Out Attack, which mimics Persona 5 completely. He also has the Shujin Academy uniform as his alternate costume. The pack of Joker, Mementos, and the 11 music tracks are part of the fighters pass, but can be bought for $5.99.

Obsidian's Cancelled Aliens RPG Was Aiming To Be A Horror Mass Effect

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Obsidian's Cancelled Aliens RPG Was Aiming To Be A Horror Mass Effect

Sega had a brief stint where they went crazy with external partnerships and in a few instances that really seemed to burn them. After signing deals for a number of games, and getting some pretty major flops in return, the company went on a tear of cancellations like Bayonetta 2, which was eventually brought back to life, and an Aliens RPG they planned to make with Obsidian. Now we finally get some more details about what that RPG, titled Aliens: Crucible might have been.

Talking with VG247, former Obsidian developer and industry-at-large writer Chris Avellone explained a little of what Obsidian wanted to do with the game when the ink was drying on the contract.

“Aliens: Crucible was really sad to see cancelled, but I don’t blame Sega for it,” Avellone told VG247 . “It would be like – this is going to be really rough comparison – basically Mass Effect but more terrifying."

Ninja Gaiden II Is Xbox One X Enhanced On Backwards Compatibility

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Ninja Gaiden II Is Xbox One X Enhanced On Backwards Compatibility

During Microsoft's Inside Xbox stream today, the company announced that Ninja Gaiden II will be Xbox One X enhanced as it arrives on the backwards compatibility list for Xbox One games. This means that the game will run at a higher resolution than its original 360 release.

The second 3D action Ninja Gaiden game is also famously Tomonobu Itagaki's final game with Tecmo, having quit just before the game's release. Itagaki sued Tecmo for withheld bonuses and thus tends not to respond to talk about the game. It also got a Sigma re-release on PlayStation 3 later, but replaced a lot of the game's gore and bloodspray with a purple mist.

In addition to Ninja Gaiden, Microsoft also revealed that several previously backwards compatible games will be Xbox One X enhanced as well. This includes Splinter Cell Blacklist, Splinter Cell Conviction, Splinter Cell Double Agent, and Fable 2 and 3.

Microsoft Announces All-Digital Xbox One S

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Microsoft Announces All-Digital Xbox One S

As was previously reported, Microsoft has announced an Xbox One model that features no disc drive. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition retails for a slightly lower price than a standard Xbox One S, and includes three digital games.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is designed for people who know they want to get their games digitally or rely heavily on the platform holder's Game Pass subscription. In addition to a special offer for a Game Pass subscription, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition also includes digital copies of Forza Horizon 3, Minecraft, and Sea of Thieves.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition launches on May 7 and retails for $250, $50 less than a standard Xbox One S.