Blizzard Is Making World Of Warcraft Free This Weekend For People With Inactive Accounts

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If you've let your World of Warcraft subscription go inactive, Blizzard really wants you to come back this weekend. To encourage players with inactive accounts to return, the publisher is upgrading those accounts with all expansion packs through Legion and offering a three-hour trial of the latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth. World of Warcraft is free to play now through Sunday, March 24.

To take advantage of the limited-time offer, all you have to do is re-download the Battle.net desktop app, log into your account, click on the World of Warcraft tab, install or update the game, and hit Play.

If you haven't been keeping up with all the expansions, there's a lot of new content to check out, such as new worlds, classes, races, and mechanics, and you likely won't have time to dive into all of it this weekend. As another incentive to bring old players back, Blizzard is offering $20 off on both the Battle for Azeroth expansion and the World of Warcraft: Complete Collection through March 31. Select game services are also marked down by 30%: character transfer, faction change, and race change.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm Battle Royale Mode Detailed In New Trailer

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Battlefield 5 is getting the long-awaited arrival of its battle royale mode Firestorm next week, and DICE has released a new trailer (above) along with a ton of details on the mode. The 64-player mode has some recognizable battle royale elements, but with a distinct Battlefield flavor.

A ring of fire around the map slowly closes in and destroys all in its path. The map is called Halvoy, and DICE boasts that it's ten times bigger than Battlefield 5's largest map, Hamada. In addition to the standard battle royale scrounging for resources and survival, you'll also be aiming to secure Re-supply Points and Vehicle Lockups. Some of those lockups will contain combat vehicles like choppers and tanks, which are very powerful but can be brought down with anti-vehicle weaponry. The mode will launch with 17 vehicles.

You'll also be able to call in reinforcements like artillery strikes or supply drops. And as a Battlefield game, the buildings are destructible, letting you smoke out enemies hiding in houses as long as you have the weaponry to do some demolition.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm Battle Royale Gameplay Detailed In New Trailer

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Battlefield 5 is getting the long-awaited arrival of its battle royale mode Firestorm next week, and DICE has released a new trailer (above) along with a ton of details on the mode. The 64-player mode has some recognizable battle royale elements, but with a distinct Battlefield flavor.

As detailed in a series of extensive blog posts from DICE, a ring of fire around the map slowly closes in and destroys all in its path. The map is called Halvoy, and DICE boasts that it's ten times bigger than Battlefield 5's largest map, Hamada. In addition to the standard battle royale scrounging for resources and survival, you'll also be aiming to secure Re-supply Points and Vehicle Lockups. Some of those lockups will contain combat vehicles like choppers and tanks, which are very powerful but can be brought down with anti-vehicle weaponry. The mode will launch with 17 vehicles, which could be a major point of differentiation between Firestorm and competing battle royale games.

You'll also be able to call in reinforcements like artillery strikes or supply drops. And as a Battlefield game, the buildings are destructible, letting you smoke out enemies hiding in houses as long as you have the weaponry to do some demolition.

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Time, Characters, And Modes Detailed

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NetherRealm has detailed the upcoming beta for Mortal Kombat 11, including when it's coming and how much meat will be on its proverbial bones. The beta will begin on Wednesday, March 27 at 8 AM PT, and run through Sunday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT. It will be open to anyone who pre-ordered a copy of the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

The beta will include five playable characters: Baraka, Jade, Kabal, Scarlet, and Scorpion. That's just a taste of the much more expansive character roster, some of which has yet to be officially announced. Most recently the studio confirmed Kotal Kahn.

The beta will include online multiplayer matches and the single-player Towers of Time mode, along with an exclusive preview of the Custom Character Variation System. That system will let you choose from various cosmetic options for your character, including their skins, gear, special abilities, taunts, brutalities, and intro and victory cinematics. You'll need a Gold or PS Plus membership to play online, but you can play with the Towers of Time or Character Variation offline.

Xbox One's Critically Acclaimed Game Sale Includes Red Dead 2, Celeste (US, UK)

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It's a great week for Xbox One deals--in addition to discounted Square Enix games and wireless controllers, Xbox Live just launched yet another sale you won't want to miss. The Critically Acclaimed Sale went live today and includes some of the best game titles released in recent years, including Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Celeste, Dead Cells, and more. This batch of game deals has markdowns up to 75% off, and you can claim them for the next week.

Every one of these games is worth picking up (depending on your interests), but let's take a quick look at the most notable deals. Mountain-climbing platformer Celeste, which was one of the best games of last year, is marked down 50%; you can grab it for $10 right now. Red Dead Redemption 2 has been going on sale frequently, but if you've been waiting to get it on Xbox One, you can pick up its standard edition for only $40.19. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been out for nearly four years but is still considered an RPG masterpiece--so if you don't own it, consider picking up the standard edition on sale for $12 (or the Complete edition for just $15). Rogue-inspired metroidvania game Dead Cells is also marked down to $17.49.

Dora The Explorer Live-Action Movie Now Has A Title And Poster

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Dora The Explorer Live-Action Movie Now Has A Title And Poster

It's been many months since there was any news about the live-action movie based on the hugely popular animated Nickelodeon show Dora the Explorer--but now we have a title and first poster. The movie is titled Dora and the Lost City of Gold, and it's set to hit theaters in August.

The poster shows star Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last Knight) as Dora, looking out at a great ancient jungle city--with her monkey pal Boots on her back. According to the poster, "Explorer is her middle name," which might come as news to those who thought it was "The." Anyway, check the poster out below:

This poster follows the first image of Moner as Dora, which was released last summer when the movie started production. Dora and the Lost City of Gold is directed by James Bobin, who is best known for movies such as The Muppets and Alice Through The Looking Glass, plus the musical TV comedy Flight of the Conchords.

Apex Legends' Battle Pass Can Pay For Itself

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The first-ever Apex Legends battle pass, this one for Season 1--Wild Frontier--released earlier this week. It clearly takes some inspiration from the battle passes popularized by Fortnite, and much like the ones offered by Epic, EA and Respawn have designed Apex's so that it can pay for itself, provided you play enough.

The Season 1 battle pass costs 950 Apex Coins. You can also buy a bundle for 2,800 Apex Coins that includes the battle pass and gives you a head start by advancing you through 25 levels of battle pass progression (and unlocking the corresponding rewards). The pass itself includes a variety of rewards--such as skins, stat trackers, Legend voice lines, and Apex Coin and XP drops--with rewards unlocked by earning XP.

More importantly, you can actually earn 1,000 Apex Coins in total through the battle pass, which, EA notes in a blog post, can be "put towards unlocking the next Battle Pass." Alternatively, you could put it toward unlocking a character, such as the new Legend, Octane. Whatever the case, if you level up the battle pass enough, you can make back the Apex Coins it costs to buy it in the first place.

Epic Store Gets A New Exclusive With Online Action Game The Cycle

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Epic Store Gets A New Exclusive With Online Action Game The Cycle

With the Epic Store growing in influence, we're seeing a number of games--including Hades and the PC releases for Metro Exodus and The Division 2--release as exclusives on the new online marketplace. Another game launching as an Epic Store exclusive is The Cycle, coming from Yager Entertainment--the same developers behind Spec Ops: The Line and 2018's multiplayer combat-sim Dreadnought. With the full rollout planned later this year, The Cycle will be Yager's first self-published game, it blends PvE gameplay with the pace of an online shooter.

The developers explained why they felt the game was such a good fit for the Epic Store, crediting the success of Fortnite and flexibility of the Unreal Engine for online games. As a live game, Yager has plans to work on The Cycle for the long-term, adding in new content and features over its lifetime.

"We wanted to have a different type of relationship with the community than what we'd had before on Dreadnought," said Jonathan Lindsay, Executive Producer at Yager Entertainment. "There's been a lot of lessons learned from that, on a technical level, and also, we've gotten a lot of benefit out of the lessons we've learned from Epic on Fortnite, since they've worked on the Unreal Engine. The engine itself is really great for a live game and it supports that format really well."