Get A New Free PC Game From Epic Games Store

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Get A New Free PC Game From Epic Games Store

Publisher Epic has pledged that, every two weeks throughout 2019, it will give away a new PC game to anyone with an Epic Games Store account. All you have to do is visit the store to collect it. The latest freebie is now available: What Remains of Edith Finch, an adventure game that has you play through a series of connected short stories about the doomed Finch family. You can download it for free between now and January 24--a good deal, considering it currently sells for $20 on Steam.

Named one of GameSpot's best games of 2017, What Remains of Edith Finch puts you in the shoes of the title character, the last living member of her family, as she explores the old Finch mansion and estate. Several generations have lived and died here, and as you explore, you play through the events that led to their untimely demises.

While that may sound bleak, the stories vary quite a bit in tone. In GameSpot's 9/10 What Remains of Edith Finch review, Justin Clark wrote, "It's not often that a game's plot slips past the bitterness of grief to finally get to the acceptance, but that's the triumph in What Remains of Edith Finch. Ultimately, if the game has any resemblance of a moral, it's that the bravest, most beautiful thing every one of us does is choose to keep going, despite knowing what's coming."

Alien Isolation Dev Is Teasing Its New IP Again, And This Time In A Very Roundabout Way

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Creative Assembly, the same developer behind Alien: Isolation, has further teased its brand-new IP. The tease came out in a very roundabout way, with Creative Assembly responding to a tweet by film director Neill Blomkamp that was probing Twitter in search of people who work for Epic Games.

A brand-new IP from Creative Assembly has long been known about--with the studio first mentioning it in a November 2017 tweet--but there still hasn't been confirmation for what it is. Rumors for the new IP first started in January 2017, when Player One reported new job listings for a lead technical artist, lead system designer, and senior meta game designer on Creative Assembly's Careers page mentioned the game.

The job listings described the new IP as "genre-defining" and said it would require a designer to create "weapons, movement, abilities, gadgets, health, and other underlying gameplay systems." It's unfortunately not much to go on, and Creative Assembly hasn't shared any more information beyond that. However, based on the studio's tweet about wanting to talking to Blomkamp about the game, it's possible the developer might be planning to reveal more information about this new IP soon.

Final Fantasy X And XII Release Date Announced For Switch And Xbox One

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Square Enix is bringing a host of classic Final Fantasy games to new consoles this year, including Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster. The publisher has now announced when the two titles will hit Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, and they're both set to arrive in April.

First, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster will release on April 16. This set contains remastered versions of both Final Fantasy X and its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, which have been touched up with high definition visuals, some additional content, and other improvements. In our original Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD review, we called the collection "a meticulous refurbishment" and awarded it an 8/10.

Shortly after the X / X-2 HD Remaster arrives, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will come to both Switch and Xbox One on April 30. This version of the classic PS2 RPG was first released on PS4 in 2017, with a Steam port following in 2018. It likewise features HD visuals and a host of gameplay improvements, including a revamped job system and the ability to increase the game's speed.

Full Punisher Season 2 Trailer Is Seriously Intense And Violent

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The second season of the Marvel show The Punisher hits Netflix on January 18, and we can finally see some footage from the show. A full trailer for Season 2 has been released, and it looks every bit as dark, action-packed, and violent as Season 1.

The trailer reveals that the new season will focus on a teenage girl named Amy (Giorgia Whigham), who is in some serious trouble with some very bad people. Inevitably Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) deals with the situation in the only way he knows how--killing people in a variety of gruesome ways--and the trailer also features the return of villainous Billy Russo (aka Jigsaw, played by Ben Barnes). Check it out below.

While there is much anticipation for The Punisher Season 2, the future of the show is unclear. In recent months, three of Netflix's roster of Marvel shows have been cancelled. While the axing of Iron Fist and Luke Cage weren't necessarily surprising, the cancelation of Daredevil within a few weeks of the acclaimed Season 3 hitting the service suggested that Netflix is looking to drop all of its Marvel shows.

Red Dead Redemption 2's PS4 Exclusives Now Available On Xbox One

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A set of PS4-exclusive items for the Red Dead Online beta in Red Dead Redemption 2 are no longer exclusive. As part of a larger update, Rockstar unlocked the items for Xbox One players to enjoy.

In a note tucked away at the end of an update about larger changes, Rockstar mentioned that Xbox One players now have access to the Red Chestnut Arabian Horse, Alligator Skin Ranch Cutter Saddle, and the High Roller Double-Action Revolver. Those were announced with a 30 day exclusivity window on PS4, which has now expired. This is regular content available to everyone, rather than special edition content.

This came alongside an update that added the new battle royale mode Gun Rush. In it, you'll have to grab weapons and ammo fast while the play area shrinks, until there's only one player remaining. It's available for up to 32 players, and can be played as free-for-all or in a team.

This Year's Oscars Hoping To Assemble Marvel Stars For Show--Report

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Earlier this week, it was reported that this year's 91st Academy Awards will not have a host, following the exit of Kevin Hart in December. Producers will reportedly enlist the help of various A-list stars to introduce the segments across the night, and a new report states that these might include big-name stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy are looking to use as many MCU actors as possible for an Avengers reunion on the night. At the 2013 awards, the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Samuel L Jackson appeared on stage together. THR states that Academy wants to include even more Marvel stars this time, which will tie in with the upcoming release of Avengers: Endgame.

In addition, the Oscars is broadcast by ABC, which, like Marvel Studios, is owned by Disney. The Academy has not commented on this story, but THR sources states that "specific details are still being hammered out about how the actors who play the popular characters will be incorporated." The ceremony takes place on February 24.

Red Dead Redemption 2's New Online Update Adds Battle Royale Mode

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Rockstar Games has detailed a new update for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it includes what is, for all intents and purposes, a battle royale mode. As detailed on Rockstar's website, Gun Rush is described as a gameplay mode that will "put your survival instincts to the test." Players are tasked with gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks.

Obviously, as the play area shrinks, participants will be pushed closer together and forced to take each other out, with one player ultimately emerging as the victorious sole survivor. Gun Rush is available for up to 32 players, and can be played in free-for-all and team variations.

The Rockstar website goes on to reveal that Red Dead Online will stay in beta form "for a few more months" as its developer has "many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience." You can read about some of the new additions on their way to Red Dead Online here.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds Battle Royale Mode

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Rockstar Games has detailed a new update for Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, and it includes what is, for all intents and purposes, a battle royale mode. As detailed on Rockstar's website, Gun Rush is described as a gameplay mode that will "put your survival instincts to the test." Players are tasked with gathering weapons and ammunition while the play area shrinks.

Obviously, as the play area shrinks, participants will be pushed closer together and forced to take each other out, with one player ultimately emerging as the victorious sole survivor. Gun Rush is available for up to 32 players, and can be played in free-for-all and team variations.

The Rockstar website goes on to reveal that Red Dead Online will stay in beta form "for a few more months" as its developer has "many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience." You can read about some of the new additions on their way to Red Dead Online here.

Red Dead 2 Online Updates Outlined, Will Remain In Beta For Now

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Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in October to much acclaim, with its multiplayer component, Red Dead Online, launching in late November. The online mode hasn't been received quite as warmly, though Rockstar did distinguish in advance that it was only a beta. That will remain the case for the foreseeable future, although the company has outlined some of the updates and new content that are on the way.

In a blog post announcing the launch of a new battle royale-style mode called Gun Rush, Rockstar stated, "Red Dead Online will stay in beta for a few more months yet as we have many more new gameplay features to add across the board as well as further changes to improve, stabilize and refine the overall experience."

You can read our impressions of Red Dead Online from just after its launch, but a common source of complaints is that there just isn't enough to do. Aside from Gun Rush, more content is on the way, including new races, Showdown modes, clothing, and emotes.