Apex Legends Update Tweaks Gibraltar And Caustic Balance, Introduces Bonus XP Event

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The latest patch for Apex Legends has added some often requested armor to two characters, introduced a limited-time bonus XP event, and ushered in various other weapon tweaks and adjustments. It's live now so you can already start tinkering with all the new toys.

According to the patch notes posted on the Apex Legends subreddit, one of the most significant changes came to Gibraltar and Caustic. Community manager Jay Frechette explained that those two, along with Pathfinder, were all getting punished in match data for their hitbox size. Readjusting the hitboxes worked to fix Pathfinder, but the other two were still at a disadvantage. As a result, this patch adds a new passive ability for them both: Fortified, which reduces damage by 10%. Each has a handful of other minor tweaks as well to make them more competitive.

In addition to those changes, you can get some bonus Battle Pass XP to level up faster. Your first Top 5 of the day will grant you a full Battle Pass level (29,500 BPP), and you can repeat that every day until the bonus period ends on 4/18.

New Limited-Time GTA Online Event Adds In-Game Cash Bonuses

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For a limited time, GTA Online is offering extra opportunities to earn in-game cash. From now until next week, the online component of Grand Theft Auto V is offering double GTA$ and RP rewards in certain missions.

Until April 24, you can earn double GTA$ and RP from completing Contact missions, the Doomsday Scenario Finale, Occupy, Hardest Target, or Juggernaut. Logging into GTA Online this week (April 18-24) will unlock a free Skulls Livery for the Mammoth Avenger and TM-02 Khanjali. If you're a biker clubhouse owner, then April 25 through May 1, you'll receive GTA$250K for free. In prep for this second bonus, the Great Chaparral Clubhouse is being temporarily lowered to GTA$50K--a 75 percent discount.

"If you've got GTA$20K and the poise to take on seven other racers for the shot at a podium finish payday, you can join Premium Races either through the Quick Job App on your in-game phone or via the yellow corona at Legion Square," Rockstar wrote in a press release. "First place takes a grand prize of GTA$100K, while second and third place finishers will receive GTA$30K and GTA$20K respectively."

Ninja Gaiden 2 Joins Xbox One Backwards Compatible Library

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Another classic Xbox 360 game is joining Xbox One's backwards compatible library. During the latest Inside Xbox livestream, Microsoft announced the brutal action game Ninja Gaiden II is now playable on the company's current-gen console, and it--along with a handful of other existing BC games--has been enhanced for Xbox One X.

Ninja Gaiden II originally released for Xbox 360 in 2008. The game featured numerous improvements over its predecessor, including an enhanced combat system that allowed players to dismember enemies. We awarded it an 8/10 in our original Ninja Gaiden II review, writing, "It's flashier and it's bloodier, and when those enhancements are in full force, the game offers the best action available on the platform."

If you still own a physical copy of Ninja Gaiden II, you can now pop the disc into your Xbox One and begin playing. As previously mentioned, the game is also enhanced on Xbox One X. Microsoft says the game runs at a higher resolution and features nine times the pixel count when played on the more powerful console.

New PUBG Mobile Update Adds A Second Zombie Mode

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The latest update for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds adds a new zombie mode. The update also revamps PUBG Mobile's existing zombie mode, Survive Till Dawn.

The new mode, Darkest Night, sees you or your team facing off against waves of zombie hordes and emerging poison gas. In Darkest Night, you spawn in a random spot on the map. Every player is given a passive ability to help them and others survive, and you choose whether to work together or operate solo. There is no final victor in Darkest Night. Anyone still alive at the end of every wave is a winner.

Survive Till Dawn 2 remakes the PUBG Mobile and Resident Evil 2 crossover event from last year. New enemy types and weapons have been introduced, tweaking the strategies you'll need to survive the changing day and night cycle. The full changes are outlined below.

Gears 5 Multiplayer Reveal Coming In June

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Gears 5 is expected to be one of Microsoft's biggest new releases for 2019, and the game's multiplayer mode will be revealed in June during an all-new eSports TV show. Microsoft has announced a partnership with Eleague for the Eleague Gears Summer Series: The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood. A six-part "event series" that also features live tournament gameplay, the show will focus on professional Gears players.

The show debuts Friday, June 14 at 11 PM ET on TBS. It'll serve as the world premiere of Gears 5 versus multiplayer, and people will compete up until the final, called The Invitational. Eight players from around the world will compete for the title. The final will be streamed live on Twitch and through the B/R streaming service on July 13 and 14.

"The Bonds and Betrayals of Brotherhood will provide an unprecedented look into the uniquely passionate world of Gears Esports through the lens of six of the most well-known professional players. Over the six episodes, the series will explore each player's intense connection to the game as they navigate the transition between Gears of War 4 and Gears 5, balancing the untapped potential of new opportunities with the fallout from past decisions," Microsoft said.

Digital Xbox One With No Disc Drive Confirmed With Release Date, Specs, Price, And More

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Digital Xbox One With No Disc Drive Confirmed With Release Date, Specs, Price, And More

Confirming earlier reports and leaks, Microsoft has officially announced an all-digital Xbox One console that has no disc drive. The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, as it's called, launches on May 7 and it's priced at $250 USD.

According to Xbox executive Jeff Gattis, the consumer demand for digital content is "stronger today than ever before," and the new, all-digital Xbox One is a response to that.

"Gaming and technology have changed quite a bit since the first Xbox debuted in 2001. During this time, we've seen a digital transformation across gaming, music, TV, and movies," Gattis said. "The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition was created for those who prefer to find and play their games digitally and are looking for the most affordable way to play Xbox games."

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch Is Unlikely, Respawn Says

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Apex Legends developer Respawn is aware of the interest among fans in a Nintendo Switch version of the battle royale game, but it might not happen--or it might. Respawn isn't ready to say just yet. Project lead Drew McCoy told Wired that the studio is working on "a lot of things" right now, but there is nothing to announce yet about a Switch edition.

"If Switch was coming, we would tell you, and we would blast it across the world. We are hearing all the Switch players who say they want the game," he said. "I can't make any promises right now. We have a lot of things that we're working on, so stay tuned for anything in the future. But currently we don't have anything to announce."

McCoy's wording is interesting. He never outright says it won't happen, or even that there are no plans. He's saying that Respawn has nothing to announce right now. This is very far from a confirmation that Apex Legends is coming to Switch, however.