Another Game Goes Cross-Play On Consoles/PC, But (Once Again) Not On PS4

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Hi-Rez has announced that Paladins: Champions of the Realm will support cross-platform play. The update is now live in the game with the 2.02 patch.

Currently, the update does not add cross-platform play to PS4, and only implements support for cross-play on PC, Xbox One, and Switch. If you play on both PC and Xbox One, your progression will be saved across platforms as well, allowing you to jump back and forth between the two systems. There are currently no announced plans for also implementing cross-progression on Switch, but Hi-Rez did write in the update's patch notes that support for other platforms is already ready to go if the opportunity were to suddenly arise.

If you don't want to face off against people on other systems, there is an option to turn cross-play matchmaking off. However, Hi-Rez writes that "you will find higher quality matches more quickly with cross-play matchmaking enabled." Patch 2.02 also takes advantage of Xbox One's November 2018 update, and adds keyboard and mouse support for Paladins to the console.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Director Is Reconsidering Simultaneous Worldwide Releases After The Game Leaked

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Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura has announced that he's reconsidering whether or not to do simultaneous worldwide releases for his future games. This decision comes as a result of Kingdom Hearts III leaking outside Japan, an incident that Nomura does not wish to see happen again with other titles.

In an interview with Famitsu, which was translated by Siliconera, Nomura confirms that only four copies of Kingdom Hearts III leaked prior to the game's official release. "That being said," he continued, "the only thing that really disappointed me about everything is that it brought sad thoughts to people who were looking forward to Kingdom Hearts III. The risk is higher with simultaneous worldwide releases, and because of this incident I can't help but reconsider what I'll do for my next games, including simultaneous worldwide releases of physical copies at the very least."

Fallout 76's New Survival PvP Mode And Next Patch Detailed

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Bethesda has a number of new features in the works for Fallout 76 this year, including a more competitive type of PvP mode. The developer has shared some new details about this mode in its latest blog post, along with an early glimpse at what's coming in its next update for the online RPG.

Dubbed Survival, the new mode was devised to offer players a much more challenging PvP experience. "Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda wrote. "With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76."

When Survival launches in beta later this year, players will be able to choose between it or Adventure mode--the standard Fallout 76 experience--when they boot up the game. Both modes will feature the same quests, events, and story, but Survival eschews the restrictions that previously governed PvP encounters. All players outside of your teammates will automatically be flagged as hostile, and you won't need to retaliate against another player to initiate a battle.

Fallout 76's New Survival PvP Mode, Next Patch Detailed

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Bethesda has a number of new features in the works for Fallout 76 this year, including a more competitive type of PvP mode. The developer has shared some new details about this mode in its latest blog post, along with an early glimpse at what's coming in the game's next update.

Dubbed Survival, the new mode was devised to offer players a much more challenging PvP experience. "Since the launch of Fallout 76, we've received lots of feedback from some of our more competitive players who requested greater challenge, fewer restrictions, and more incentives when it comes to PVP combat," Bethesda wrote. "With this in mind, we began developing Survival mode, which will bring a new way for you to engage in even more demanding, high-stakes, and deadly adventures in Fallout 76."

When Survival launches in beta later this year, players will be able to choose between it or Adventure mode--the standard Fallout 76 experience--when they boot up the game. Both modes will feature the same quests, events, and story, but Survival eschews the restrictions that previously governed PvP encounters. All players outside of your teammates will automatically be flagged as hostile, and you won't need to retaliate against another player to initiate a battle.

Overwatch Lunar New Year 2019 Update Outlines New Buffs And Nerfs

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Overwatch has kicked off its Lunar New Year 2019 event, marking the Year of the Pig. It brought the usual spate of nifty new skins and the return of a favorite game mode, while at the same time introducing a set of balance changes. As detailed in the latest patch notes, these mark some significant changes to particular characters.

First, though not tied to any changes, armor will now reduce damage to 3 instead of 5, capping at half. Blizzard notes that this will mostly impact heroes who fire in bursts. As an example the studio cites Soldier 76's Heavy Pulse Rifle, which will do 16 damage per shot instead of 14. It says that armor was just "a bit too strong overall, especially when heroes were being healed quickly and often."

Meanwhile, two characters have had their abilities slightly tweaked to nerf them. The armor from Brigitte's Rally has been capped at a maximum duration of 30 seconds. D. Va's Defense Matrix cooldown has been increased from 1 second to 2 seconds. In both cases, the change is aimed at giving opponents a chance to respond around the triggering of the abilities.

Overwatch Lunar New Year 2019 Update Outline New Buffs And Nerfs

about X hours ago from

Overwatch has kicked off its Lunar New Year 2019 event, marking the Year of the Pig. It brought the usual spate of nifty new skins and the return of a favorite game mode, while at the same time introducing a set of balance changes. As detailed in the latest patch notes, these mark some significant changes to particular characters.

First, though not tied to any changes, armor will now reduce damage to 3 instead of 5, capping at half. Blizzard notes that this will mostly impact heroes who fire in bursts. As an example the studio cites Soldier 76's Heavy Pulse Rifle, which will do 16 damage per shot instead of 14. It says that armor was just "a bit too strong overall, especially when heroes were being healed quickly and often."

Meanwhile, two characters have had their abilities slightly tweaked to nerf them. The armor from Brigitte's Rally has been capped at a maximum duration of 30 seconds. D. Va's Defense Matrix cooldown has been increased from 1 second to 2 seconds. In both cases, the change is aimed at giving opponents a chance to respond around the triggering of the abilities.

Fortnite Week 8 Secret Banner Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

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Fortnite Week 8 Secret Banner Location Guide (Season 7 Snowfall Challenge)

Season 7 of Fortnite may be winding down, but a lot has been happening in the lead up to Season 8 of Epic's popular battle royale game. On top of the ongoing Ice Storm event, which introduced its own set of daily tasks to complete, Epic has now rolled out Week 8's challenges across all platforms, the trickiest of which has players searching between a hatch, giant rocky lady, and a precarious flatbed. Per usual, completing these tasks will reward you with Battle Stars, which in turn will level your Battle Pass up and unlock Season 7 cosmetics and rewards.

Getting your hands on this season's new items is a good incentive to complete as many challenges as you can, but if you manage to finish all of the tasks from a given week, you'll also complete a Snowfall Challenge. Doing so will unlock another bonus: a special loading screen that features a subtle clue pointing you to a free Battle Star or Banner--depending on how many weekly sets of challenges you've completed--hiding somewhere around the island.

Survive The Horrifying Black Death In A Plague Tale: Innocence, Coming This Year

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Asobo Studio has released the first video in a web series to promote its upcoming game, A Plague Tale: Innocence. At the end of the video, Asobo announces that A Plague Tale will release on May 14.

The video also details the backstories for its protagonists, as well as how their journey will change them. As the name of the game implies, the core theme of A Plague Tale is innocence, and the game's young heroes will face the loss of theirs as they overcome numerous hardships, such as the act of needing to kill other people. In order to make this theme come through the game, Asobo made sure to recruit actors that closely matched the age of the characters they voiced, and tried to incorporate phrases and words that a teenager and child might use as opposed to an adult.

A Plague Tale is a puzzle survival game that has you control Amicia, a teenage noblewoman, as she and her younger brother, Hugo, try to survive 14th century France--a time when the Black Death was sweeping across Europe. How far Amicia is willing to go to both survive and protect Hugo is up to you, with the noble girl able to use her trusty sling to knock out enemies or kill them in gruesome ways. One of the more horrifying means of dispatching enemies is using fire to redirect plague rats at them, as the hungry mass of rodents will eat anything, whether it's alive or dead.