Microsoft's Biggest Game, Minecraft, Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass

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As part of March 12's Inside Xbox broadcast, Microsoft announced the next Xbox Game Pass title--and it is a very big one. Microsoft's open-ended sandbox game, Minecraft, will be added into the Xbox Game Pass library on Xbox One starting on April 4.

The game has 91 million monthly players, making it bigger than Fortnite, and one of Microsoft's biggest games ever. Launching on Xbox Game Pass means Minecraft will reach even more people, as anyone with an Xbox Game Pass subscription can play at no extra cost. Microsoft also mentioned that Minecraft's release into the Xbox Game Pass catalog expands the lineup of family-friendly games further.

Microsoft acquired the Minecraft franchise and developer Mojang in 2014 for $2.5 billion. The game is available on Microsoft's console and mobile platforms, as well as systems from competing companies like PlayStation and Nintendo.

Devil May Cry 5 V Guide: Tips To Get SSS Rank As This Ranged Fighter

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Devil May Cry 5 V Guide: Tips To Get SSS Rank As This Ranged Fighter

There's nothing quite like executing a combo that gets you into the SSS ranking in Devil May Cry 5. However, being able to do so requires a little more finesse than mindlessly mashing on buttons or even executing simple combos. As an action game, DMC5 is packed with complex mechanics that take practice and patience to fully master. It presents you with tons of options, and you'll often need to decide how best to take advantage of the tools the game presents you.

As series newcomer V, you fight foes from a range, commanding his pet demons to execute all sorts of dizzying combos. In this guide, we give you the basics of how to play him, as well as offer some tips on how to achieve an SSS rank. For visual reference, jump to the 11:45 mark in the video above to see how SSS rank V combat looks in action. Otherwise, you can watch the video below.

If you want more info about Devil May Cry 5, be sure to check out the full review along with our guides on how to find all the Secret Missions, and how to unlock the game's special ending.

Fortnite Makes Important Cross-Play Changes In New Patch

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Fortnite's 8.10 update is now live on all platforms. Along with introducing the new Baller vehicle, this week's patch makes some pretty notable changes to the game below its surface, particularly with regard to cross-play.

Following the 8.10 update, PS4 and Xbox One players will now by default be grouped in the same matchmaking pool in Battle Royale. Nintendo Switch players, who were previously part of the same matchmaking pool as those on other consoles, will now be grouped with mobile players to ensure an "on-average better per-game experience."

When Sony first enabled cross-play between the PS4 version of Fortnite and other consoles last fall, players had to manually opt-in to the feature. That is still the case after this week's patch, but players who choose to opt out will be limited to Fortnite's Creative and Playgrounds modes, meaning cross-play between these two sets of platforms is now the default option for the game's standard modes.

Fortnite: PS4 And Xbox One Cross-Play Now Default Option Following New Patch

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Fortnite's 8.10 update is now live on all platforms. Along with introducing the new Baller vehicle, this week's patch makes some pretty notable changes to the game below its surface, particularly with regard to cross-play.

Following the 8.10 update, PS4 and Xbox One players will now by default be grouped in the same matchmaking pool in Battle Royale. Nintendo Switch players, who were previously part of the same matchmaking pool as those on other consoles, will now be grouped with mobile players to ensure an "on-average better per-game experience."

When Sony first enabled cross-play between the PS4 version of Fortnite and other consoles last fall, players had to manually opt-in to the feature. That is still the case after this week's patch, but players who choose to opt out will be limited to Fortnite's Creative and Playgrounds modes, meaning cross-play between these two sets of platforms is now the default option for the game's standard modes.

The Best Xbox Live Game Deals For Xbox One This Week (US, UK)

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Between Xbox Live's monthly Games with Gold and the Microsoft Store's weekly game deals, there are plenty of freebies and discounts available to Xbox owners at any given time. March's Games with Gold are still going strong, but Xbox Live's weekly deals just rolled over again, with a new batch of discounted games available now.

The newest game deals this week are part of the new publisher sale from Deep Silver, the team behind games like Metro Exodus, Dead Island, and Pathfinder: Kingmaker. Many of Deep Silver's games are marked down this week, including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, an open-world RPG set during the Holy Roman Empire, which is $30 (50% off). Critic Brett Todd scored the game an 8/10 in GameSpot's Kingdom Come: Deliverance review. "It's an impressive and unflinching look at the medieval era that transports you inside the compelling story of a real person caught in the middle of a civil war," he wrote.

Another notable deal: This War of Mine: The Little Ones is just $5 (75% off) this week and puts players in the shoes of civilians during war time, forcing them to make life or death decisions to survive. In GameSpot's This War of Mine review, Justin Clark gave the game an 8/10 and called it "a game anyone with a beating heart should play" for its gripping storytelling and important message.

Apex Legends Battle Pass: Respawn Addresses Leaks And Datamining

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Apex Legends has been available since early February, but it's only sometime this month that Season 1 will officially begin with the release of the game's first battle pass. That will consist of, among other things, a new character, and the first Battle Pass legend leaked thanks to a mistaken update on the Origin store. Developer Respawn Entertainment is now acknowledging that the mistake happened, but also warning fans not to put too much stock in datamines and leaks that purport to reveal other new characters and content.

In an update on Reddit, community manager Jay Frechette said there was an "unintentional update about Season 1 on Origin today." That confirms that the leak was legitimate. But Frechette also said the team wanted to clarify and set expectations given both that leak and earlier datamining efforts. For one, the battle pass isn't coming today (Tuesday, March 12).

Apex Legends Battle Pass: Respawn Talks Leaks And Datamining

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Apex Legends recently appeared to have its first Battle Pass character leaked thanks to a mistaken update on the Origin store. Respawn is now acknowledging that the mistake happened, but also warning fans not to put too much stock in datamines and leaks.

In an update on Reddit, community manager Jay Frechette said there was an "unintentional update about Season 1 on Origin today." That confirms that the leak was legitimate. But Frechette also said the team wanted to clarify and set expectations given both that leak and earlier datamining efforts. For one, the battle pass isn't coming today (Tuesday, March 12).

"There's lots of stuff that has been datamined from Apex since launch and is swirling around the Internet," Frechette said. "We know this stuff is fun to dig up and speculate about, but you should not treat any of that info as a source of truth. There's stuff in there that is very old, or things we've tried in the past and cut--remember our design process is to prototype and play lots of ideas--and some of it may be things we're still building for Apex Legends. Finding this stuff by no means confirms that it'll ever come out. At best you should treat any posts about this as a rumor and the real info will come from us when we’re ready to show off what’s coming next."