Destiny 2’s next season reworks shotguns and more

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Destiny 2’s next season reworks shotguns and more

In this week’s This Week at Bungie, Bungie’s weekly blog, the studio announced some big changes coming to Destiny 2 in Season of the Drifter. Gambit will be seeing some interesting changes, but the most impactful updates are coming to some of the game’s guns — namely shotguns.

Shotguns have been a cornerstone of players’ loadouts since the original Destiny — with a brief hiatus in Destiny 2 Year 1. On March 5, they’ll see some significant changes. In all PvE activities, shotguns will now deal double damage (except the exotic heavy shotgun, Legend of Acrius). Yet, the rate of fire — how many rounds they fire per minute, or RPM — of the most popular shotguns will decrease.

Destiny 2’s Gambit getting major changes in March

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Destiny 2’s Gambit getting major changes in March

In This Week at Bungie, Bungie’s regular blog update, the studio revealed new changes coming to Gambit with Destiny 2’s Season of the Drifter on March 5.

A third round tie-breaker will no longer occur when two teams go even in Gambit. Instead, the third round will be a “Primeval rush sudden death.” While not clear, Stevens declared this new change will speed up Gambit matches. It sounds like this final round will spawn in the Primeval at the start, letting players scramble to kill theirs first without having to go through the process of spawning it.

Fallout 76 post-launch roadmap: new quests this spring, raids this summer

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Fallout 76 post-launch roadmap: new quests this spring, raids this summer

Fallout 76’s new mode, Survival, arrives in March along with new missions, new items and more features. Bethesda Game Studios shared all the details today in a six-month development roadmap for the game, which will bring high-level raids this summer and an even larger update in the fall.

Developers have three quarterly updates planned — March 12’s Wild Appalachia (whose name and some other details had been announced earlier); the summer’s Nuclear Winter; and then Wastelanders in the fall.

Official Final Fantasy 14-themed weddings now available in Japan

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Official Final Fantasy 14-themed weddings now available in Japan

Couples who love playing Final Fantasy 14 Online together can now get married with an officially licensed wedding themed after the in-game Eternal Bonding Ceremony in Japan.

The ceremony is set up through a wedding planning company called Bridal Hearts, and cost about $31,500 for a standard plan with 70 guests. Final Fantasy 14 director and producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed that the reservations for the service should open in a few weeks. Square Enix and Bridal Hearts held the first mock Final Fantasy 14 wedding on Feb. 14, in Kobe, Japan.

Red Dead Online’s animals and NPCs are missing on Xbox One

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Red Dead Online’s animals and NPCs are missing on Xbox One

For almost a week now, Red Dead Online fans on Xbox One have been playing in ghost towns. Horses won’t spawn when called. Townsfolk who typically mill about are gone. There are no animals to track and hunt. What little can be done within Red Dead Redemption 2’s online component in this state, players say often just freezes or crashes the game.

Issues range widely among players, but on social media, many Xbox One fans say that their games are borderline unplayable in its current state. Some people can’t get their games started at all. Those who can load into Red Dead Online right now often find eerily empty maps.

Unreleased Genesis game will come bundled with the premium Mega SG clone

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Unreleased Genesis game will come bundled with the premium Mega SG clone

Hardcore was a title in development at DICE — better known today for the Battlefield series — in 1994 for Amiga, Genesis, and Sega CD, before being canceled by publisher Psygnosis, concerned about the viability of the 16-bit market with the PlayStation’s arrival. Publisher Strictly Limited announced plans to finally release the title this year on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but boutique retro hardware outfit Analogue announced today that Hardcore will come bundled with its upcoming Mega SG console, meaning the game will run on what is effectively “native” Sega Genesis hardware.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Analogue has done this. The Super NT — its excellent Super NES clone — came bundled with the previously unreleased Super Turrican Director’s Cut. Like the Super NT, the Mega SG is an FPGA-based clone, meaning the console simulates the hardware in an original Genesis, while offering upgrades like HD output and crystal-clear audio.

The Fortnite World Cup will have a $30M prize pool

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The Fortnite World Cup will have a $30M prize pool

Epic Games has announced the first details on the Fortnite World Cup, which will have its finals hosted in New York City from July 26-28.

Players who hope to compete in the World Cup will first have to fight their way in through online qualifiers. Epic will host 10 weeks of in-game online qualifiers from April 13 to June 16, each with a prize pool of $1 million a week. The top qualifiers throughout the 10 weeks will then advance to the Fortnite World Cup Finals.

Paradox Interactive brings mod support to its Xbox One games

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Paradox Interactive brings mod support to its Xbox One games

Paradox Interactive, publishers of the Crusader Kings and Hearts of Iron franchises, and the upcoming Stellaris: Console Edition, will bring modding support to the Xbox One versions of its games.

Paradox Mods, as the platform is called, will begin as a free update to Surviving Mars, the extraterrestrial city-builder that launched in March 2018. Players will have more than 30 mods tested and ready for Surviving Mars’ Xbox One version, with support for additional Paradox titles is coming later this year. The feature will be found under the “Mod Manager” tab at the bottom of the Surviving Mars title screen.