Battle passes in FIFA Ultimate Team? Not exactly — but it’s still a good thing

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Battle passes in FIFA Ultimate Team? Not exactly — but it’s still a good thing

I groaned when I saw FIFA 20 had launched a new mode with yet another in-game currency, the third that can be spent in the game. So-called “Volta Coins” are for use in FIFA 20’s futsal/street soccer career only, and they only buy cosmetics, thank God. But on closer inspection, they pick up rewards that can help make modes under the pervasive influence — if not necessity — of microtransactions a little more palatable.

FIFA 20’s Volta Soccer mode is offering its cosmetics on a timed basis, somewhat like the “battle pass” model people have gotten accustomed to in other non-sports live-service offerings. So players have two weeks to grab up a couple of kits, some shoes and a manbun hairdo, before the stock rotates.

Batman’s Fortnite crossover is official, underway now

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Batman’s Fortnite crossover is official, underway now

Well, the Batman crossover event for Fortnite Battle Royale is now official. That means Tilted Town is now Gotham City and a “Caped Crusader Pack” of cosmetics and weapons will be available until Oct. 6.

The Catwoman Comic Book Outfit is available through the Item Shop, and the Caped Crusader Pack can be obtained from the in-game store. There are other free rewards and challenges, until Oct. 1; one of those rewards is the Catwing Glider.

Borderlands 3 rolls out Halloween-y Bloody Harvest event next month

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Borderlands 3 rolls out Halloween-y Bloody Harvest event next month

Borderlands 3 launched just last week and already Gearbox Software is talking up its plans for themed events. That’ll be “Bloody Harvest,” next month’s spoopy Halloween homage.

The developer discussed Bloody Harvest during the Borderlands Show livestream, a regular series that kicked off today. It will be the first of several free limited-time events, and will offer new enemies, a new location and, naturally, new loot. The Bloody Harvest map will be available to players who have, in the main game, departed Pandora and started exploring space aboard the Sanctuary 3. Outside Pandora, they’ll bump into “Haunted” enemies, and after you kill them their astral selves rise up and come after you.

Magic: The Gathering Arena contest will award every Standard-legal Magic card

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Magic: The Gathering Arena contest will award every Standard-legal Magic card

Magic: The Gathering Arena entered open beta nearly one year ago, and on Sept. 26 the free-to-play game goes live. To celebrate, developer and publisher Wizards of the Coast is giving players access to hundreds of collectible cards to mess around with for a limited time. Then, in the first week of October, players will compete for the chance to add all of those cards to their digital collections permanently.

Arena is a one-to-one PC recreation of the physical card game. However, unlike the physical game, individual cards aren’t available to trade with other players or to purchase on the secondary market. The only way to get those cards is from Wizards, generally through blind booster packs.

GLOW renewed for a fourth and final season on Netflix

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GLOW renewed for a fourth and final season on Netflix

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling will return to Netflix for one final match.

Inspired by the short-lived women’s wrestling series of the same name, GLOW explores a fictionalized version of the real-life wrestling series. Struggling actress Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) joins the wrestlers and finds herself facing an old best friend Debbie Egan (Betty Gilpin). With a standout ensemble cast, tons of glitter, tulle, and spandex, GLOW has charmed viewers and snagged three Emmy awards.

Party outta hell when Afterparty launches in October

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Party outta hell when Afterparty launches in October

Anticipated indie game Afterparty will be released on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Mac on the Epic Games Store, and Xbox One on Oct. 29. Details about a Nintendo Switch launch are expected “in the next few months.”

Developer Night School Studio announced on Friday that Afterparty will cost $19.99 on all platforms, but will also be available through Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s game subscription service. In Afterparty, players will control Lola and Milo — two dead pals — as they attempt to get outta hell by out-drinking Satan. Yep, now that sounds like a good way to spend Halloween.

Remnant: From the Ashes adds a new dungeon and belly flops

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Remnant: From the Ashes adds a new dungeon and belly flops

Remnant: From the Ashes has a new dungeon. The latest patch, which came out Thursday afternoon, added the Leto’s Lab dungeon to the game, as well as making a few balance, and quality of life changes.

Leto’s Lab will bring a slightly different challenge to players than Remnant’s other dungeons by bringing players a new “unique puzzle.” The dungeon will also reveal new story information about how the World Stone was created and what exactly went wrong.

Minecraft has a built-in character creator now

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Minecraft has a built-in character creator now

Minecraft’s latest update has added a character creator to the game. After years of only using skins over the same model, players can finally change body types, add hairstyles, and even wear accessories.

The notes for patch 1.13.0.15 announce that the character creator is now available for beta testers. This update actually lets players change their character beyond their model. Hat bills will stick out. The backpack you’re wearing will actually be a backpack and not just a texture on your flat back. Your character can have a mermaid tail. You can finally change the height of your character. Unfortunately, it seems that a bulk of the accessories need to be purchased, but the option’s existence is still cool.

Borderlands 3 update slashes Mayhem Mode loot drops

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Borderlands 3 update slashes Mayhem Mode loot drops

Borderlands 3 has been out for almost a week and Gearbox Software is taking steps to keep the game balanced. As part of that, the developer released a hotfix on Thursday afternoon to address a few issues. The update reduces the amount of loot dropped in Mayhem Mode (the high risk, high reward mode with amped-up difficulty), reduces the damage on certain guns, and removed a few fan-favorite spawn spots.

The most controversial of these updates is likely to be the reduced loot. While some people felt that the game was a little too generous with its loot, others are likely to miss the frequent rewards. The reduced drop rate only applies to Mayhem Mode, and Gearbox didn’t give exact drop rates in the notes, but this patch reduced the loot from certain encounters as well. The Chupacabratch boss, who was once one of the go-to spots for farming, no longer drops as much loot as he once did, and the areas of Eden-6 that once frequently spawned Loot Tink enemies no longer spawn them quite so often.