Rage 2 Is Coming To Download Festival In Australia Next Month

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Rage 2 Is Coming To Download Festival In Australia Next Month

Rage 2 is coming out in May for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, but before that, publisher Bethesda is planning a big promotional event for the game in Australia. The publisher is installing a "Goonfest Marquee" at the metal-themed Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne in March.

According to a press release, those in attendance can visit the Rage 2 installation to get (temporary??) tattoos and makeup, and have their hair done with a punk flair. "Join the squad at the 'Goonfest' Marquee so you too can experience the ultimate chaos of dystopian characters, contortionists and firebreathers!" reads a line from Bethesda's press release.

Download Festival comes to Sydney on March 9 and Melbourne on March 11. The bill includes heavy metal juggernauts such as Slayer and Judas Priest, as well as Alice in Chains, Rise Against, Sum 41, Anthrax, Pennywise, Halestorm, and Australia's own Airbourne, among others. Ozzy Osbourne was set to play at the main headliner, but he dropped out recently due to health issues.

Overwatch's Baptiste Gets Origin Story Trailer

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Blizzard recently began teasing another Overwatch story, seeming to focus on a new character named Baptiste. The company has now released a lengthy story trailer focusing on his background, and confirming that he'll be the next playable hero.

As detailed in the story trailer, Baptiste was one of millions orphaned during the Omnic Crisis. In an apparent act of desperation, he joined the villainous group Talon. But he came to regret his decision and abandoned them. As detailed in the initial teaser, the group subsequently sent operatives to silence him, and they went missing themselves. Now he roams the world trying to help people, whether they need a band-aid or a bullet.

The first teaser was a letter signed by a Captain Cuerva, as part of one of the Talon ops to capture or kill Baptiste. Cuerva said not to underestimate Baptiste, and that he personally oversaw his Talon training. Cuerva's mission went awry and several agents went missing. At the time, it wasn't clear if Baptiste was the new hero or Cuerva.

Apex Legends Dev Looking Into Hitbox Complaints

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Apex Legends, the new battle royale game from Titanfall developer Respawn, is doing very well less than a month after release, but it hasn't been entirely smooth sailing for the free-to-play title. One recurring complaint from fans is about the game's hitboxes. Specifically, people are upset that the hitboxes--that is, the invisible area on a character that registers shots--appear to vary by character.

A Respawn community manager said on Reddit (via PC Gamer) that the studio is "definitely aware of" these concerns. "We were actually discussing it today. I can't say anything more for now but we hear you guys."

A YouTube video from SookieSpy shows that Apex Legends' hitboxes are generally very good; in some cases, you're able to shoot between legs and through Bloodhound's feathers without registering a hit. However, the robot Legend, Pathfinder, registers hits that appear to be outside of what would be reasonably considered the hitbox. In essence, he's much easier to hit, which is seemingly a problem that Respawn may look to address in a future update.

Microsoft Considered Ending The Halo Series After Bungie Split Off

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After Bungie split off of Microsoft, the Halo series was at something of a crossroads. Veteran Microsoft developer Bonnie Ross recalls in a fascinating new interview that at this time, some at Microsoft questioned whether or not the series would live on.

"When we spun Bungie out, the future of Halo was uncertain," Ross said in an interview with IGN. "We weren't actually sure [if] Halo 3 was going to be the last game."

As fans may recall, Halo 3's story ended in ambiguous fashion. Master Chief could have been dead. He wasn't of course, and his story would go on to be continued in Halo 4 and Halo 5. Those games were developed by 343 Industries, Microsoft's internal Halo development studio that Ross founded.

Pokemon Go's Pokemon Day 2019 Event Features Shiny Pidgey And Rattata

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The Pokemon series is celebrating its 23rd anniversary on February 27, and Niantic is commemorating the occasion with a special event in Pokemon Go. The annual Pokemon Day celebration returns at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on February 26, and it'll feature a lot of Pokemon from the original Red and Blue versions.

Throughout the event, Pokemon that appear early on in the Gen 1 games will spawn much more frequently in the wild. Moreover, players will have a chance of finding Shiny versions of Pidgey and Rattata, and Kanto Pokemon will also be featured in Raid Battles.

On top of that, players will have a chance of encountering special versions of Pikachu and Eevee during the Pokemon Day event. These variants will be wearing festive flower crowns, and they can be found either in the wild or through special Field Research tasks.

Acclaimed Horror Game, Devotion, Removed From Steam Amidst Winnie The Pooh Controversy

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Red Candle Games has removed its game, Devotion, from Steam. The removal occurs after a weekend of bad PR for Devotion, which saw heavy review bombing after being caught in controversy.

According to PC Gamer, Devotion launched to positive reviews. However, the Taiwanese first-person horror game came under fire when a piece of in-game art that seems to mock Chinese president Xi Jinping was discovered. The art compares the president to Winnie the Pooh, a comparison the Chinese government frequently objects to. Red Candle Games issued an initial apology--which implied the image was simply a placeholder--but after Devotion came under heavy review bombing, the developer followed up with a longer, more comprehensive apology.

"When the art material was made, each teammate was busy working on one's own tasks while chasing the deadline," Red Candle Games wrote in the second apology. "None of the other colleagues were aware of this. It was until we received a private report made by a player on February 21 that we realized what was exactly written on that art material. Upon learning of this, we immediately replaced the art material within an hour."

What's New On Netflix This Week? Movies, TV, And Originals (US)

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If you're looking for something to watch on Netflix, then you're in luck, as the month of March starts this week, and that means a whole slew of new content is coming to the streaming service. From movies to TV series to Netflix originals, there is plenty for you to binge in your free time.

While February is coming to a close, there are still a few more releases to keep your eye on. On February 27, the 2018 A&E series Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie hits Netflix. The 10 episode season is a true crime series that recounted the murder investigations of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Then on February 28, a new collection of Jeopardy episodes hits the service, and you and your friends can watch the game show and discuss Alex Trebek's mustache, which we all greatly miss.

Friday, March 1, is when Netflix drops a ton of new content. There are eight Netflix originals and series dropping, but nothing with a lot of hype behind it. However, there are a few movies you'll want to check out. Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange hits the service, where you can get your fill of ultra-violence. Additionally, Wet Hot American Summer comes to Netflix as well, which is a bit confusing, as the service has an original series spin-off of this movie. When did Wet Hot American Summer leave Netflix to begin with?