Ubisoft examining tweaks for The Division 2 raid

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Ubisoft examining tweaks for The Division 2 raid

Developers of The Division 2 say they will honor each platform’s teams — not just the first — to beat the game’s new raid. Originally, the world’s first eight-player unit would get a team photo inside the White House.

The news yesterday is also Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment’s official confirmation of who were the first to finish the raid, which launched on Thursday. Consoles, somewhat notoriously, lagged behind PCs in completing the Dark Hours raid. A community manager, who goes by Ubi-Johan on Reddit, acknowledged the raid’s steep difficulty and said it’s possible it could be adjusted, but did not commit to anything specific.

The Ghostbusters coming to Planet Coaster in bizarre DLC crossover

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The Ghostbusters coming to Planet Coaster in bizarre DLC crossover

The Ghostbusters are coming to Planet Coaster, the theme park simulator from Frontier Developments. New downloadable content will include the voice talents of Dan Aykroyd as Ray Stantz. Also returning is William Atherton, who reprises his role as the villain Walter Peck.

According to a news release, the DLC will include a full story-driven campaign voiced by Aykroyd. New content includes two new interactive in-game rides: The Ghostbusters Experience and a kid-friendly ride called RollerGhoster. Other franchise staples making an appearance include Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, the ECTO-1 ambulance, and even the 1984 film’s original theme song by Ray Parker Jr.

Fortnite patch v9.10 introduces Hot Spots for highly aggressive players

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Fortnite patch v9.10 introduces Hot Spots for highly aggressive players

The first full patch for Fortnite season 9 has arrived, and it has brought a pretty monumental gameplay addition with it: Hot Spots.

Hot Spots are locations specifically marked on the map at the beginning of each game that will have more loot than normal. These locations (and they’re always named locations) are shown in gold text on the map. There’s one guaranteed Hot Spot in every match along with a chance for two or even three. The Hot Spots have normal loot as well as Loot Carriers that can drop weapons of Rare or higher quality and stacks of ammo. Hot Spots will have between 12 and 16 Loot Carriers, depending on the size of the location.

The writers of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 on reinvigorating a cult classic

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The writers of Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 on reinvigorating a cult classic

The original Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines could not have been released at a worse time. In 2004, the ambitious but buggy role-playing game went toe to toe with the likes of Gordon Freeman, Master Chief, and Solid Snake only to lose badly. Lackluster sales caused developer Troika Games to limp away from the project more or less broken.

What has kept the game relevant over the years is its writing. Rooted in White Wolf’s sprawling World of Darkness pen-and-paper universe, Bloodlines is a deeply narrative video game. It allows players to chart their own course through a grim and morally ambiguous version of early 2000s Los Angeles. Its storyline is so highly regarded that it played a major role in Paradox Interactive’s decision to purchase White Wolf in 2015.

Air Jordans come to Fortnite in Nike partnership

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Air Jordans come to Fortnite in Nike partnership

Jumpman has arrived in Fortnite. Epic has partnered with Nike’s Jordan brand to deliver branded content to the game. As part of the collaboration a new specially themed game mode has been added as well as some Jordan cosmetic gear.

The in-game gear comes as part of the new Hang Time Bundle and includes two outfits featuring Jordan gear. The outfits, called Grind and Clutch, both feature a red and black color scheme with the Jumpman logo. Of course, the centerpiece of any good Jordan skin would be the sneakers. Both come with Air Jordan Is that can be be changed to a variety of alternate color styles. The skins also have an exclusive challenge pack associated with them, used to unlock new color variants.

Valve’s making its own Auto Chess for Dota 2

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Valve’s making its own Auto Chess for Dota 2

Dota Auto Chess, the popular custom game mod for Dota 2, has racked up more than 8.5 million players and more than 1 billion games since its release earlier this year. Now, Valve is making its own in-house developed version of Auto Chess, with the original creators’ blessing.

On the official Dota 2 website, Valve said that it reached out to Dota Auto Chess creators Drodo to “collaborate directly with us.” But the two parties “came to the conclusion that Valve and Drodo could not work directly with each other for a variety of reasons.”

Xbox Game Pass adding Void Bastards, Outer Wilds, and Dead by Daylight in May

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Xbox Game Pass adding Void Bastards, Outer Wilds, and Dead by Daylight in May

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get access to eight new games in the end of May and the beginning of June. Among the games coming to the service are Void Bastards and Outer Wilds, two of the year’s most anticipated indie releases.

On May 23, Game Pass subscribers will gain access to two new games: survival stealth game Metal Gear Survive and Stoic Studio’s tactical turn-based role-playing game, The Banner Saga.

The Ventrue clan returns for Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2

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The Ventrue clan returns for Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 will include members of the Ventrue clan as playable characters. The announcement comes today via Paradox, which confirms the return of the “the clan of kings” with a new trailer.

Bloodlines 2 is the sequel to the 2004 cult classic from Troika Games. Set for a 2020 release, it’s in development by Hardsuit Labs, which includes that game’s original lead writer. Below, you’ll also find a detailed, 40-minute discussion of the Ventrue clan’s history and in-game powers led by senior product manager Florian Schwarzer.

Overwatch Anniversary 2019 event goes live, here are all the skins

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Overwatch Anniversary 2019 event goes live, here are all the skins

There’s a lot going on in Tuesday’s Overwatch update with the kickoff of the game’s seasonal Anniversary event. The new event, which runs May 21 to June 11, brings with it a bunch of new skins and other cosmetics, as well as the return of all other seasonal event Arcade modes.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan recently said that Blizzard would soon add a new D.Va skin that would “break the internet.” Apparently, that’s D.Va’s new Academy skin, which gives her what appears to be a private school uniform. D.Va gets a second skin as part of Overwatch Anniversary 2019: an Epic-tier color scheme, Midnight.

Hearthstone rolls out Rise of the Mechs, starting June 3

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Hearthstone rolls out Rise of the Mechs, starting June 3

Hearthstone has kicked off its new single-player campaign, and the Rise of Shadows expansion has settled. Blizzard is rolling out a new event, Rise of the Mechs, starting June 3. The event will include a new legendary mech card called SN1P-SN4P, buffs to cards across the board, and a new arena draft rotation.

A golden version of SN1P-SN4P will be obtainable for anyone who logs in between June 3 and July 1. Anyone who misses the event will be able to craft SN1P SN4P for the standard price of 1.600 Arcane Dust. (Sorry, you can’t get a golden crab boy.) For the purposes of rotations, SN1P-SN4P will be part of The Boomsday Project expansion, but he won’t drop from Boomsday Project packs.