Black Ops 4's New Blackout Alcatraz Map Now Live On PS4; Xbox One/PC To Follow

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The new Blackout map in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, titled Alcatraz, has launched on PS4. Alcatraz is expected to release on Xbox One and PC at a later date.

"Alcatraz is a small island, and that means super fast-paced, frenetically fun fighting," Treyarch studio design director David Vonderhaar said in a video describing the new map--which can be watched in the tweet linked below. Treyarch producer Miles Leslie added, "And our Zombies players might recognize this, but we've handcrafted Alcatraz for the Blackout experience."

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Sekiro Endings Guide: How To Get Them All

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Sekiro Endings Guide: How To Get Them All

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is full of sidequests and paths that aren't strictly necessary to complete the game. Follow those paths and complete those quests, however, and you can unlock different endings for the game. Some come down to a simple choice at a key moment, while others require several extra steps in order to complete them.

Unlocking each of Sekiro's endings is worth the effort, though. They don't just show you a different possible conclusion for the game--they also give you more insights into its overall story and lore, suggesting things about who's behind the attack on Ashina, what the deal is with the Sculptor, and how things got to be the way they are in the country. Plus, one ending lets you get some payback on that giant white snake.

Unfortunately, the ending requirements in Sekiro aren't always super obvious. The two that are toughest to get (and could be called the "best" endings) are full of unlockable conversations and events that require you to visit people several times. It's very easy to miss a step or go too far in the story and lock yourself out of an ending.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds New Showdown Mode

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds New Showdown Mode

Rockstar has rolled out another content update for Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer component, Red Dead Online. This week, the developer has introduced a new Showdown mode called Up in Smoke, as well as a limited-time bonus on Ability Cards and an assortment of new clothing options to buy.

As its name suggests, the object of Up in Smoke is to blow up the opposing team's camp. Each player will begin the match with an explosive package that they'll need to deliver to the enemy's base. Every time the explosives are successfully delivered, a portion of the camp will be destroyed until one team's base has been completely razed.

In addition to the new Showdown mode, Rockstar is giving players a 30% XP boost on all Ability Cards this week in Red Dead Online, allowing you to level the cards up to a new tier faster. A new selection of clothing has also been added to the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue. Starting this week, players will be able to purchase the following:

BioWare Responds To Report Detailing Anthem’s Troubled Development

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BioWare has issued a statement regarding the development of Anthem, in response to an article that explored development troubles that may have contributed to its rocky launch. The response explains its rationale for not participating in the story, addresses some of the criticisms, and rebukes what it suggests is some team members "tearing down one another."

The spark behind the response was an expose published on Kotaku. It spoke with several developers that either worked on the game or are familiar with the conditions around its development. Their stories included first-hand accounts of stress and burnout, as well as troubles adapting the Frostbite engine and purported warnings to management that went unheeded. BioWare itself chose not to engage with the article, but the statement makes very clear that the expose is what prompted the response.

MLB The Show 19 Review - Play Ball!

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MLB The Show 19 Review - Play Ball!

MLB The Show 19 begins with an ode to spring: the opening cutscene waxes lyrical about the world blooming into color with bright blue skies and beaming sun rays amid the chirping of birds, before moving onto the hope, optimism, and excitement that accompanies a new season of Major League Baseball. America's favorite pastime is synonymous with the transition from winter's gloomy doldrums to the warmer weather of spring, and Sony San Diego's long-running baseball series has become a complementary part of that equation. This is due in no small part to the high level of quality The Show has maintained throughout its lifespan, and MLB 19 is no different, implementing smart new tweaks and significant refinements to its on-field action, while introducing entertaining new modes to its authentic flavor of baseball excellence.

Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 1 Location (April 2-9): Where To Go And What To Do Guide

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Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 1 Location (April 2-9): Where To Go And What To Do Guide

The Iron Banner might have ended in Destiny 2, but there's still a lot of stuff to chase in the Jokers Wild expansion. With pinnacle weapons to chase, the allegiance mission to complete, Gambit Prime competitions to win, and the upcoming Revelry spring event, there are plenty of reasons to keep climbing toward the Power level cap. As always, a new weekly Ascendant Challenge can help you do that.

As players have come to expect, the Ascendant Challenge starts out with acquiring the corresponding bounty from Petra in the Dreaming City. You'll also need a Tincture of Queensfoil, a consumable item you can earn by taking part in certain activities in the Dreaming City (or you can outright buy one). Once you have both the bounty and a Tincture, you'll head to a Lost Sector, Aphelion's Rest, which is located in The Strand, just beneath the area where Petra is sometimes found. Using a Tincture will grant you a buff, Ascendance, that allows you to see a Taken portal. This one is located partway through the Lost Sector, atop a hill--it's hard to miss if you've used your Tincture.

The Best PS4 Game Deals To Check Out This Week (US)

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It's been a busy few weeks in the PlayStation Store, but now that the Great Indoors Sale has come to an end, the deal selection is slimming down quite a bit this week. That said, we're still here to fill you in on the game deals worth considering. Some of these discounts will be even greater if you're a PS Plus member.

While the Elder Scrolls 25th Anniversary Sale ended this morning, The Elder Scrolls Online is still marked down for another week--you can grab it for just $10 instead of $20. That purchase includes the base game and the Morrowind Chapter.

Battlefield V is 50% off for exactly one more day--you can get it for just $30 until tomorrow, April 3 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET. Battlefield V's free battle royale mode, Firestorm, released last week, so there's really no better time to pick up the game and see how Firestorm measures up against existing competitors in the battle royale scene.

DC's Joker Movie Gets First Poster, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

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What a wild 24 hours for the Clown Prince of Crime. Less than a day after Gotham revealed its final Joker look for the Fox show's upcoming series finale, the first poster for the upcoming Joker standalone film has arrived. Joaquin Phoenix plays the titular madman in Joker, from The Hangover director Todd Phillips.

The poster doesn't give away too much, other than a slight look at Phoenix in this movie's take on the iconic Joker makeup and a fair amount of blood smeared in, as he looks to the sky. In the film, Phoenix plays Arthur Fleck, a man that essentially dons the white paint and maniacal smile to become the Joker. We don't know much in the way of plot details yet, but a previous photo released by Phillips suggests Fleck may actually be a circus clown.

Teaser trailer tomorrow. #JokerMovie