Age Of Empires 4 Will Let You Command A War Elephant

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Age of Empires might not be one of Microsoft's biggest series, but fans have been enjoying the history-filled real-time strategy and massive battles for a very long time. Age of Empires 4, developed by Relic Entertainment, will we the long-awaited next game, and a preview event has given us some new information on playable civilizations and improvements--including powerful war elephants.

The Delhi Sultanate will be a playable civilization in Age of Empires 4, and they have access to the massive War Elephant unit, similar to the second game, for causing massive chaos during attacks on fortresses. Sending a few of those through a group of enemy soldiers should be enough to disrupt their lines and let you push deeper into an area.

One of four campaigns available in the game, the Norman campaign begins at the Battle of Hastings in England and follows Duke William and descendants Robert, William II, and Henry I as they fight for control of the nation. This means it will take place over about 100 years, but shouldn't be confused with the Hundred Years' War that followed a few centuries later.

Typing Of The Dead Mod Preserves Yahoo Answers' Greatest Moments

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Yahoo Answers, the legendary user-based answering service, is shutting down permanently on May 4. That seemed to mean that many of its best answers would be lost to time, but a modder has chosen to keep Yahoo Answers' greatest hits alive in an unexpected place: The Typing of the Dead.

ok so i collected a 500 question highlight reel of our tweets and made a custom dictionary for Typing of the Dead, get it because yahoo answers is dead hahahahahhttps://t.co/tjAlUEl0Dm pic.twitter.com/kDnyfrnv5n

Twitter user YahooAnswersTXT, who compiles the best Yahoo Answers questions and posts them on their account, collected 500 of the very greatest and used them in a custom dictionary for Typing of the Dead: Overkill. We have no idea why some of these questions were asked, but here are some of the very best:

Epic Games Is Losing An Absurd Amount Of Money On Exclusive Games

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Epic Games seems to understand that, given Steam's massive user-base, the only way it can be a viable competitor is to have games that aren't available on Valve's service. Exclusivity deals with third-party companies cost money, and it looks like Epic Games is losing a huge amount of money to make those exclusives happen.

As spotted by PC Gamer, despite paying approximately $444 million for "minimum guarantees" on third-party games for the Epic Games Store in 2020, sales of all third-party games for the year amounted to about $265 million. Apple said that Epic Games lost about $181 million on the Epic Games Store in 2019, putting the total losses thus far at more than $300 million, should these figures be correct. Big games like Metro Exodus and Control were released first on EGS before coming to Steam later.

Apple used these figures in a statement as part of its lawsuit against Epic Games, pointing out that the service is unprofitable and is missing security features that Apple's App Store includes. It pointed out that most of Epic Games' Fortnite revenue is generated on platforms other than iOS, as well, which would seemingly mitigate the effect of the game not being available there anymore.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Has Gone Gold Ahead Of May 14 Launch

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition is set to release in just over a month, and the remastered trilogy's project director Mac Walters has announced that it has gone gold. That means there is very little chance it's going to get bumped from its May 14 release date.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition has gone GOLD! It's been quite a journey - time to celebrate briefly. Maybe even dance a little... if that's you're thing. #MassEffect #Legendary pic.twitter.com/cvDmGjFrSi

Walters celebrated the occasion with a clip of several Mass Effect characters dancing, including meme legend Garrus Vakarian.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Goes Gold Ahead Of May 14 Launch

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition is set to release in just over a month, and the remastered trilogy's project director Mac Walters has announced that it has gone gold. That means there is very little chance it's going to get bumped from its May 14 release date.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition has gone GOLD! It's been quite a journey - time to celebrate briefly. Maybe even dance a little... if that's you're thing. #MassEffect #Legendary pic.twitter.com/cvDmGjFrSi

Walters celebrated the occasion with a clip of several Mass Effect characters dancing, including meme legend Garrus Vakarian.

Fortnite Adds New Shop Section For Previously Vaulted Items

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Fortnite Adds New Shop Section For Previously Vaulted Items

Fortnite has introduced thousands of characters, Back Blings, Emotes, and other cosmetics over the years, so it's understandable that some items haven't resurfaced in some time, especially when Epic is so often partnering with licensed properties like Marvel, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead. A new Shop section is now available and features previously vaulted items exclusively.

Each long-absent item in this new Fortnite Shop section has been unavailable for at least a year, and some of the deepest cuts go back to the earliest seasons of Chapter 1. Currently, the Vaulted A Year Or More section, as it's called, includes the Mega Man-like Astro Assassin, masked heroes Taro and Nara, medics Triage Trooper and Field Surgeon, and more, alongside a range of corresponding accessories for several of them.

Even though this is something fans have long clamored for, Epic hasn't said anything about the releases. Instead, these ultra-rare items all just arrived with the daily Shop update last night with little fanfare outside of the game's community forums. Each item features the same timer revealing the cosmetics are scheduled to disappear with tonight's shop update at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET. Whether they'll be replaced with more rare cosmetics is not yet known.

Under Its Meme-Inspired Humor, Soup Pot Is About Living Through A Pandemic

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First shown off during the March ID@Xbox showcase, Soup Pot is the debut title of Manila developer Chikon Club. The adorable-looking cooking game captured my attention with the reveal that it possesses no fail states (a rarity for cooking games), so I caught up with Chikon Club's Trina Pagtakhan and Gwendelyn Foster to talk about how the game grades the player without failing them.

Eventually, our conversation turned to other aspects of Soup Pot, such as the game's connection to real-world events. Soup Pot sees you play as someone stuck indoors during a pandemic, teaching yourself how to cook in order to pass the time and have something to eat. Your only human interaction are the chat rooms for your livestreams that document your efforts and conversations with the people delivering ingredients to your door. You also fill your downtime by scrolling through a fictional cooking-based social media site called Cookbook, where you'll remain apprised of what's going on in the world. So even though Soup Pot is a cute, humor-focused exploration of Filipino and Southeast Asian cuisine, there's a meaningful underlying narrative thread to the game too.

My conversation with Pagtakhan and Foster is transcribed below. Edits have been made to aid in readability. Soup Pot is scheduled to launch for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in August.

Zack Snyder Unveils Army Of The Dead Poster Ahead Of New Trailer

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Sometimes you just gotta get that money. And sometimes, there are zombies in between you and that money. That's what Zack Snyder's upcoming film, Army of the Dead, is all about. The director released a new poster today, ahead of a new trailer set to drop on Tuesday, April 13.

Mission accomplished, team! You've cracked the code. Get ready for the trailer drop on Tuesday. #ArmyOfTheDead pic.twitter.com/BRMC7Icghw

The tweet and poster both come on the heels of a special preview event Snyder and publisher Netflix put together to promote the film. The movie tells the story of a group of mercenaries raiding a casino in a zombie-infested Las Vegas. The event has since ended, but you can still catch the VOD over on the Netflix Twitch channel. Viewers were asked to crack a code to register for the Tuesday event. The video goes on for about an hour and features security cameras overlooking different parts of a casino--presumably the one that mercenaries are breaking into in the film. The video itself isn't terribly eventful. Zombies wander around, and occasionally a dumb human in a hazmat suit or with a camera wanders in and gets eaten.

Turns Out Diablo 2 Is Still Really Good (Resurrected Alpha Impressions)

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Please don't be mad at me, I haven't played Diablo 2 since middle school. And at that time, my friends (who were also high-level StarCraft and Warcraft players) basically carried me through most of the experience and the Lord of Destruction expansion. However, Diablo 2 showed me the satisfaction you can get out of a good hack-and-slash RPG, tearing through mobs (often with friends), using different classes and builds, and being smart about how to handle the tougher encounters.

After spending some time with the technical alpha, I now see how Diablo 2 Resurrected delivers that exact experience all over again. It really is Diablo 2 with a fresh coat of HD paint, running without a hitch on modern systems. It plays identically to the original game and preserves that experience one-to-one, but with a few quality-of-life improvements and some major visual enhancements that don't affect the core gameplay systems. This is essentially what Blizzard did with StarCraft Remastered back in 2017--the same iconic game looking real fresh.

Stay On Target With The Wearable Star Wars Black Series Wedge Antilles Helmet from Hasbro Pulse

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When watching Star Wars for the first time, it's easy to imagine yourself in so many roles--Jedi, smuggler, bounty hunter, fighter pilot, princess--but tough to pick just one. Hasbro is making it easier than ever to pick with their newest Black Series helmet, the Star Wars: The Black Series Wedge Antilles Battle Simulation Helmet.

Wedge Antilles is one of the few characters from the original trilogy that lived through the whole series, participating in some of the biggest battles and piloting iconic ships. He went on to star in a long-running series of Star Wars books published under what is now the Star Wars Legends banner, and continues to pop up in the new canon Star Wars novels as well, like the Aftermath trilogy.

The Wedge Antilles Battle Simulation Helmet is modeled after the legendary pilot's from the films. The wearable helmet offers interior padding, electronic lights, and sound effects. There are three speakers inside the helmet to create, according to the official press release, an "immersive surround battle simulation experience while synchronized LED lights inside the visor simulate blaster fire from enemy vehicles."