Life Is Strange 2’s five-episode story begins this September

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Life Is Strange 2’s five-episode story begins this September

The first episode of Life Is Strange 2, Dontnod Entertainment’s dramatic, story-heavy adventure game, will launch Sept. 27 on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Publisher Square Enix revealed the premiere date alongside a teaser trailer — not that the trailer adds any sort of context for the hotly anticipated project.

What we do know is that Life Is Strange 2 will tell a story that unfurls over the course of five episodes, much like its 2015 predecessor. Here’s hoping that subsequent episodes launch far more quickly than those of the first season; Life Is Strange’s episodes rolled out over the course of nine months.

Falsely banned PUBG players get compensation

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Falsely banned PUBG players get compensation

Players falsely banned from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in mid-June will be compensated with in-game currency, the developers at PUBG Corp. announced on Wednesday, calling it an unfortunate mistake in their efforts to police cheating in the game.

How many players were banned? Unknown. PUBG Corp. simply said “a number of players were improperly banned and were unable to access the game for a period of time.” They were banned by the game’s internal cheat detection logic.

Bethesda sues Warner Bros, calls its Westworld game ‘blatant rip-off’ of Fallout Shelter

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Bethesda sues Warner Bros, calls its Westworld game ‘blatant rip-off’ of Fallout Shelter

Bethesda Softworks is suing Warner Bros. and Fallout Shelter co-developer Behaviour Interactive over the recently released Westworld, alleging that the mobile game based on HBO’s TV series is a “blatant rip-off” of Fallout Shelter.

In a suit filed in a Maryland U.S. District Court, Bethesda alleges that Westworld — developed by Behaviour and released this week for Android and iOS — “has the same or highly similar game design, art style, animations, features and other gameplay elements” as Fallout Shelter.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Everything we know

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Everything we know

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be the latest game in the Super Smash Bros. franchise. The series has captivated fans since its first release for Nintendo 64 in 1999. Back then, the roster was made up of only 12 characters. This latest edition, the first on Nintendo Switch, will have five times as many fighters.

In addition to the robust roster, there’s a host of new features coming to Ultimate and a bunch of old ones coming back. But what exactly is new? And what’s returning from games of Smash past?

Burnout creators announce two new car destruction games

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Burnout creators announce two new car destruction games

Developer Three Fields Entertainment, the studio founded by former Burnout creators Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, are doubling down on games about cars wrecking and blowing up. The studio announced two games today — Danger Zone 2 and Dangerous Driving — both of which will deliver car crashes in excess.

Danger Zone 2 is, obviously, a sequel to last year’s Danger Zone, the virtual crash testing facility that was inspired by Burnout’s Crash Mode. Danger Zone 2 will move beyond the confines of the first game and onto real public roads.

Destiny 2’s new loadouts will be highly customizable and random

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Destiny 2’s new loadouts will be highly customizable and random

There have been a lot of questions about Destiny 2’s new loadout system coming alongside Forsaken, the game’s next expansion. While we know that shotguns, sniper rifles, and fusion rifles are coming off of the heavy slot, we weren’t exactly sure how the new weapons would slot into primary or secondary categories. Thanks to an interview that Bungie did with Twinfinite, we have a better idea of how things will work.

It appears that weapons will now drop for a specific slot — either slot one or slot two. In the interview with Bungie, project lead Scott Taylor seemed to suggest that the slot assignment will be at least partially random.

World of Warcraft is currently free to play for players with lapsed subscriptions

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World of Warcraft is currently free to play for players with lapsed subscriptions

World of Warcraft is currently playable without a subscription, thanks to a welcome back weekend Blizzard is hosting. First noticed in a Reddit thread — where players suspected it to be a bug — Blizzard announced that players can play WoW for free all weekend in addition to having a discount on account services.

WoWHead also reported that players who have yet to buy Legion or Battle for Azeroth have had their accounts upgraded to include Warlords of Draenor, expansion five for World of Warcraft. All of this to say that you may want to check your WoW account if you haven’t logged on in a while — you can check out the current state of the game without spending a dime.

Fortnite’s late game is going to see some changes

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Fortnite’s late game is going to see some changes

There may be many different strategies for the beginning and middle of each round of Fortnite, but the late game tends to boil down to the same question between the final players: Who is the better builder?

If you can control the movement of the other player with your skillful building, or just put yourself in an advantageous position, you’re likely to win the game. You’re also probably going to use shotguns or explosives to finish things off. That’s something Epic Games would like to change — it’s just not clear how the studio is going to do it.

PUBG’s Event Pass doesn’t let you keep everything you unlock

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PUBG’s Event Pass doesn’t let you keep everything you unlock

Earlier this week, PUBG Corp. announced the latest cosmetic unlock system for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: the Event Pass. The pass is designed to help commemorate the launch of Sanhok, the game’s third map, and is supposed to reward players with certain cosmetic items for completing challenges. Players will be able to purchase the pass for around $10 once Sanhok releases officially on June 22. While we don’t know exactly what the challenges are yet, we do have some idea of the rewards.

The Event Pass itself has 30 levels of unlocks and around 24 cosmetic items — the other levels grant you things like XP or extra BP — which range from jackets and pants, to prison jumpsuits and police uniforms. Of these items, 17 will be unlocked permanently for your account if you reach the required level, while seven of the items will only be unlocked temporarily. These items are cosmetics that have already been available in PUBG through previous crates, but players who unlock them will get a “temporary trial” with them, which will likely last as long as the Event Pass does.

This simple but smart Switch accessory lets you play vertical games in handheld mode

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This simple but smart Switch accessory lets you play vertical games in handheld mode

More than a dozen games for Nintendo Switch, including Treasure’s classic shoot-’em-up Ikaruga and the recently released Arcade Archives version of Donkey Kong, can be played in a vertical orientation. But playing with your Switch screen in a vertical position — otherwise known as “tate mode” — isn’t necessarily as easy or comfortable as playing games in the system’s standard horizontal orientation.

A new accessory called the Flip Grip attempts to address that by giving Switch owners a dedicated dock designed with vertical orientation in mind.