Get 3 Months Of Xbox One Game Pass For $1 Starting Thursday (US)

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Get 3 Months Of Xbox One Game Pass For $1 Starting Thursday (US)

There's no better time to sign up for Xbox Game Pass--not only are six new games expected to be announced for the service tomorrow, but Amazon has been running a deal where you can buy a three-month Xbox Game Pass and get three months free. Now, an even better deal is on the horizon: starting Thursday, Microsoft will offer new and inactive subscribers three months of Xbox Game Pass for just $1.

While the deal hasn't been promoted by Microsoft yet, you can find the details buried toward the bottom of the Xbox Game Pass sign-up page under Description. The offer will go live this Thursday, April 11, at 9 PM PT / Friday, April 12 at 12 AM ET and be available until May 13 at 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET. You can't combine this offer with other promotions, and you can claim it only one time per account. After the three months are over, you'll be charged the full monthly price unless you cancel.

Xbox Game Pass generally costs $10 per month, so this is a great opportunity to get three months for over 96% off. New subscribers can already sign up and get their first month for $1, so this deal is basically an extension of that one.

Fortnite 8.30 Update And New Respawn Mechanic Coming Tomorrow

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A new update is rolling out for Fortnite very soon. Downtime for this week's 8.30 patch is scheduled to begin at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 9 AM GMT tomorrow, April 10, developer Epic Games confirmed on Twitter, and it's slated to introduce a game-changing new feature to the hit battle royale title.

Arriving as part of the 8.30 update are Reboot Vans. Much like the respawn stations found in Apex Legends, these vehicles will allow you to revive any fallen teammates during a match. Once a teammate is eliminated, they will drop a Reboot Card, which can be taken to a Reboot Van and used to bring them back into the fray.

"After a squadmate has been eliminated, grab their dropped Reboot Card and any surviving squadmates can activate it at a van," Epic Games community manager Nathan Mooney explained in a recent Dev Update video. "Once activated, you'll definitely know, as a beacon and audio cue will be set off, informing nearby players to the reboot in progress and how many players will be arriving. Your squad will appear, one by one, on top of the van--ready to jump back into the match."

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds New Mode And Cosmetic Items

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Rockstar has announced the latest update for Red Dead Online, the online multiplayer portion for Red Dead Redemption 2, is now live. Despite the several pieces of new content included in the update, Red Dead Online remains in beta.

The update adds a new Showdown mode, called Plunder. This mode sees two teams face off in a race to gather supplies from a central location to outfit their respective bases. You can also sneak into your enemy's base and steal their supplies. However, all other players can more easily spot you when you're holding supplies, so if you're going to steal from the enemy, it might be best to bring along a friend or two to watch your back.

New cosmetic items also come included in the latest update. After logging in to Red Dead Online, you'll be able to find the new Owanjila Hat, Porter Jacket, and Concho Pants being sold from outfitters. Additionally, until April 15, all rank 40 coats, holsters, boots, and gloves will become available for all players, regardless of in-game rank. The Turkoman, Missouri Fox Trotter, and Arabian horses are all being lowered to rank 40 as well, with the Volatile Dynamite, Incendiary Buckshot, Explosive Slug, Express Explosive, and Dynamite Arrow pamphlets going down to rank 60.

Destiny 2's Exotic Thunderlord Quest Is Back -- Here's How To Get The Gun

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Destiny 2's Exotic Thunderlord Quest Is Back -- Here's How To Get The Gun

Back in October and November, Destiny 2's Festival of the Lost brought back Thunderlord, a lightning-slinging machine gun of original Destiny fame. Since the timed quest to retrieve it expired, though, any players who didn't earn Thunderlord have been hoping it to earn it randomly from the pool of Exotics that sometimes drop as they play. As part of the festivities of its Arc Week event, though, the Thunderlord quest is back, and if you haven't completed it, you absolutely should.

The multi-part Exotic quest to grab Thunderlord is back with Update 2.2.1, and you've got until April 23 to grab it. Part of the experience is the chance to revisit the Cosmodrome, a location from the original Destiny that's not available in Destiny 2 in any other way. After the quest vanishes again, you'll have to get your Thunderlord from the Exotics pool, which means the chances of it dropping are extremely low.

To start the Thunderlord quest and hunt down the killer of Master Ives, the Cryptarch from Destiny's Reef area, head to Amanda Holliday in the Tower. She'll give you Master Ives' journal, which requires players to search for the missing pages from Ives' diary out in the world. Here's how to solve the mystery and get Thunderlord.

Super Mario Odyssey's Labo VR Mode Shown Off In New Screenshots

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Super Mario Odyssey's Labo VR Mode Shown Off In New Screenshots

Nintendo is launching its first virtual reality headset (of sorts) this month in the form of the new Labo VR kit. Not only do the included VR Googles allow you to experience Labo minigames in virtual reality, they will be compatible with two of Switch's biggest games, Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, following free updates for both titles later this month.

Ahead of the updates, Nintendo has revealed a few more details--as well as a handful of new screenshots--for Super Mario Odyssey's upcoming VR mode on the game's official Japanese Twitter account (via Siliconera). The VR mode will take the form of three "mini missions" set in the Cap, Seaside, and Luncheon Kingdoms, with the main objective being to collect coins and music notes.

The notes will be scattered throughout each kingdom, and when you collect enough of them, you'll obtain different musical instruments that you can then give to NPCs to assemble a band. Once all of the performers have received an instrument, you'll be able to watch a special concert in the Metro Kingdom. You can take a look at some new screenshots of the mode below.

Monsters Inc Spin-Off Show Heading To Disney's New Streaming Service

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Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+, does not yet have a launch date, but it is developing a hugely impressive list of new shows. We already know that there are Star Wars and Marvel series in the works, and it has now been reported that a show based on the Pixar hit Monsters Inc. is also on the way.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series is titled Monsters at Work. John Goodman and Billy Crystal, who played monstrous pals Sully and Mike in 2002's Monsters Inc. and its 2013 sequel Monsters University, are set to reprise their roles. Also returning are John Ratzenberger as Yeti, Jennifer Tilly as Celia, and Bob Peterson as Roz.

There are a few new names joining the cast too, including Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry, Arrested Development), Ben Feldman (Superstore), Alanna Ubach (Coco), and Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance).

The Story Behind Shazam's Massive, Super Fun Twist

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If you managed to go into Shazam totally blind without being exposed to any spoilers, congratulations! You just experienced one of the most fun twists in superhero movie history: the surprise introduction of the Shazamily. During Shazam's climactic fight, Darla, Mary, Eugene, Freddy, and Pedro all got to Shazam themselves for the first time, transforming into their super-powered, adult alter egos and helping Billy to defeat Dr. Sivana and the seven deadly sins.

It was a fun, exhilarating moment on multiple levels. For one thing, it was a payoff for things the movie had been hinting at from the start. It fulfilled the thematic promise of Billy's search for a family. And it was great to see the cleverly cast adult actors (including The OC's Adam Brody) who played the superheroic versions of the kids.

In some ways, it seems like an unlikely twist. In the current superhero movie landscape of sequels, prequels, and ever-expanding connected cinematic universes, it's easy to imagine a different version of Shazam that focused entirely on Billy Batson and saved the Shazamily for the sequel--maybe with a teaser thrown into the post-credits scenes. But for once we got to live in the best possible timeline, and Shazam really nailed this crucial twist.

Destiny 2 Update 2.2.1 Patch Notes: Arc Super Changes, Drop Rate Tweaks, And New Exotic Catalysts

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One of the events detailed on Bungie's content calendar for the Jokers Wild expansion and Season of the Drifter is Arc Week, an event that's never been in Destiny 2 before. Last week, Bungie explained what Arc Week actually is--a week dedicated to Guardians' Arc-based subclasses that sees them being amped-up, all at once. With its latest patch, Destiny 2's Arc Week is officially underway, but Update 2.2.1 also brings a host of other changes that should make life a little easier for Destiny players.

The Arc subclass changes are some of the most significant in the patch, to be sure, as Bungie's patch notes show. Each increases the effectiveness of perks, abilities, and Supers for each character class. The durations of just about every Arc ability has been lengthened, which should make all the classes a lot more fun to play with. If you haven't messed around with an Arc Super ability in a while, this week is definitely the time.