Fortnite Freebie Is Coming For Some After 14 Days Event Mix-Up

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The recent 14 Days of Fortnite event has wrapped up a bit sooner than some players expected. Epic has acknowledged that it shared an inaccurate date for when the challenges would expire, and it's giving out one of its special rewards to make up for it.

"We apologize for communicating the wrong end date for 14 Days of Fortnite on social channels," Epic wrote on its Twitter account. The company had indicated that players would have time after all 14 days of challenges were offered to complete them all. That turned out not to be the case, much to the chagrin of players who were counting on that extra time to knock out the challenges.

As an apology, Epic will hand out the 14th reward--the Equalizer glider--to anyone who completed at least one of the event's challenges. Those who qualify for the freebie will get the item in the "near future," but an exact time table wasn't shared.

Here's What's Hitting Xbox Game Pass In January

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Here's What's Hitting Xbox Game Pass In January

The holidays may be over, but Xbox Game Pass members will be getting new Xbox One games to play at no additional charge in January. Six new games are landing on the service between January 3-10. That's in addition to two late December arrivals Microsoft introduced after the announcement of December's lineup.

December's late additions include Life is Strange Complete Season, which contains all five episodes of the time-manipulating adventure game's first season. A week later, all three episodes of the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, hit the service. Next, on January 3, subscribers will get access to the first episode of Life is Strange 2 (with the rest of the episodes arriving on the service as they're released).

Also coming to Xbox Game Pass on January 3 are the futuristic dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved and the aptly titled Farming Simulator 17, which has you tend crops and livestock while you manage a farm. January 7 sees the addition of the online combat game Absolver, followed on January 10 by Just Cause 3 and the brand-new 3v3 combat game Aftercharge.

Fallout 76 Bug Temporarily Disabled Nukes

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One of Fallout 76's most explosive features was temporarily out-of-service recently. A bug rendered players unable to launch nuclear weapons, before Bethesda issued a statement that it was aware and issued a hotfix.

Usually the nuclear launch codes are reset on a weekly basis, every Monday evening, and players have to battle their way through enemies to find the new ones. Codes in hand, they can go to a nuclear silo and launch them at spots on the map to punish other players, or simply give a fresh dose of radiation to a spot and create mutated high-level enemies there.

This week, however, the old codes were still in place, and no longer worked. The changeover took place on New Year's Day. In a statement on Twitter, the company said it's aware of the issue and looking into it. Then, on January 2, the game went down for maintenance and came back up just over an hour later.

PS4 Holiday Sale Week 4 Drops Prices On Even More Games And DLC (1,600+)

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PS4 Holiday Sale Week 4 Drops Prices On Even More Games And DLC (1,600+)

Sony isn't messing around with its holiday sale this year. Between now and January 15, you can save up to 70% on nearly 1,700 games, expansions, and digital items for some of the biggest titles of 2018 and beyond. And if you're a PS Plus member, you'll get an even bigger discount on many of the on-sale items. We've already highlighted some of the best PS4 games on sale, and a selection of the best titles available for $5 or less. But now that we've arrived at Week 4 of the sale, a new batch of games has been added, making now a good time to see if anything you want is on discount.

If you're in the market for a big-budget shooter, you can grab Battlefield V for $36. It received high marks in our Battlefield V review and is set to get a decent amount of added content in the coming months--including a battle royale mode. Speaking of add-on content, Prey, one of last year's more overlooked titles, got an expansion called Mooncrash that turns the game into a roguelike experience, complete with randomized loot and procedurally generated enironments. You can get the base game and all of the DLC for just $20 right now in Prey: Digital Deluxe Edition.

A New Game Console Is On The Way To Compete With Xbox And PlayStation

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Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell has revealed the company is developing a standalone console. Exact hardware and software specs haven't been announced yet, but Bell has provided a few details.

The first mention of the console came via Twitter, when Bell tweeted, "The Mad Box is coming." Bell told Variety that the Mad Box will probably release in about three years and support up to 120 frames-per-second for virtual reality play. "It will support most major VR headsets and those upcoming and the specs will be equivalent to a very fast PC two years from now," Bell wrote. "We're in early talks with manufacturers of components so we can't say much more right now other than we have the designs specced out in detail."

When it comes to games on the console, Bell wrote, "We think exclusives are 'exclusionary' but given that we'll be shipping a cross platform engine to all developers it will be their choice. As of now we have no plans to pay developers 'incentives' to exclude other hardware vendors." He further explained that Slightly Mad Studios thinks "the industry is a little too much of a monopoly or a micro oligopoly," and The Mad Box aims to bring some healthy competition to the console race, which for years has pretty much exclusively been a three-way battle between Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation, and Nintendo's hardware.

Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Spirits Event Features Retro Characters

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Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Spirits Event Features Retro Characters

A new in-game event is set to kick off in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon. This week's Spirit Board event is titled Classics, and as its name suggests, it revolves around old-school video game characters.

Throughout the weekend, characters from the NES, Famicom, and the Famicom Disk System--such as the Balloon Fighter and Donkey Kong Jr.--will appear much more frequently on the Spirit Board. You'll also have a chance to get a handful of Legend-class Spirits during the event, including Donkey Kong & Lady, Sukapon, and the NES incarnation of Link.

On top of that, defeating retro characters during the Classics event will net you even more Snacks than usual, which you can use to further level up your Spirits. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 PM PT on January 3 (1 AM ET / 6 AM GMT / 5 PM AEDT on January 4) and will run until the same time on January 6.

New On Amazon Prime Video In January 2019: Movies, TV Shows, Originals, And More

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What better way to ring in the new year than with a bunch of new TV shows and movies to binge? Amazon Prime Video is adding a bunch of new titles to its library to kick off 2019, including some very exciting films.

Among the movies coming to Prime this month is 2006's Alpha Dog, Escobar: Paradise Lost, and Fahrenheit 11/9. Additionally, Golden Globe nominee Eighth Grade, which was released in 2018, will arrive on the service on January 13. The most exciting new addition just might be the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, though, which was added to Prime on January 1.

As for new TV show additions, the most notable arrivals are of Amazon Prime Video originals. New seasons of Informer and The Grand Tour arrive in January, plus a brand-new series called Four More Shots Please. Additionally, the Prime Video original film Beautiful Boy arrived on January 4.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Event Features Classic Characters

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Next Event Features Classic Characters

A new in-game event is set to kick off in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate soon. This week's Spirit Board event is titled Classics, and as its name suggests, it revolves around old-school video game characters.

Throughout the weekend, characters from the NES, Famicom, and the Famicom Disk System--such as the Balloon Fighter and Donkey Kong Jr.--will appear much more frequently on the Spirit Board. You'll also have a chance to get a handful of Legend-class Spirits during the event, including Donkey Kong & Lady, Sukapon, and the NES incarnation of Link.

On top of that, defeating retro characters during the Classics event will net you even more Snacks than usual, which you can use to further level up your Spirits. The event is scheduled to begin at 10 PM PT on January 3 (1 AM ET / 6 AM GMT / 5 PM AEDT on January 4) and will run until the same time on January 6.

Spawn Reboot Will Have 'No Joy' Says Todd McFarlane

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Don't expect the upcoming reboot of Spawn, Todd McFarlane's Hellspawn antihero, to have much in the way of levity. McFarlane said in a recent interview that the movie is "just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours' worth of movie."

Speaking with Nerdist, McFarlane explained that Spawn isn't going to feel like the lighter (although still serious) fare of superhero movies that have come out of Marvel Studios and the like in recent years. The Spawn reboot is being written and directed by McFarlane and produced by Blumhouse Productions, which is best known for horror movies like its Conjuring series. McFarlane has likened the movie he wants to make to a horror film, and his latest comments double down on just how dark Spawn will be.

"There's no joy," McFarlane told Nerdist. "There's gonna be no fun lines in it, and it's just gonna be this dark, ugly two hours' worth of movie, which is essentially what a lot of supernatural/horror movies are anyway. There's not a lot of funny in them. And that seems to be a weird hurdle for a lot of people in this city to get over because they sort of go into a superhero/Avengers default all the time."