Don’t ignore Metal Gear Survive

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Don’t ignore Metal Gear Survive

It’s understandable why some Metal Gear fans are writing off Metal Gear Survive. The game reuses a lot of assets from Kojima Productions’ Metal Gear Solid 5 games and is being developed without the input of series creator Hideo Kojima.

But Metal Gear Survive is an intriguing, entertaining survival-focused spinoff of the franchise that builds on The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes’ strengths; specifically that it’s still weird and plays very well, based on a few hours with the game’s single-player campaign.

Fortnite’s explosive success leads Epic Games to reevaluate Paragon

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Fortnite’s explosive success leads Epic Games to reevaluate Paragon

Epic Games has moved some employees off of its Paragon MOBA in order to assist on Fortnite, according to a statement made on Reddit. In an unusually candid letter to its community, a representative from Epic said that the future of Paragon was uncertain at this time.

“Our efforts have always been focused on growing the game,” Epic said. “While each of [Paragon’s] incarnations has been beloved by a core community, none has been large enough to achieve mainstream success. This, combined with the humbling success of Fortnite has caused us to question if we have a good path to grow Paragon and make it thrive.”

Nintendo Labo: Everything we know

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Nintendo Labo: Everything we know

Nintendo has revealed a unique new accessory line for Switch: Nintendo Labo, a cardboard-based line of kits that allow console owners to create and play with a variety of handmade accessories.

Nintendo Labo is a line of do-it-yourself kits for Switch. It uses cardboard pieces to create different, custom-made accessories for the console, from RC cars to robots.

Nintendo reveals Labo, a DIY ‘build-and-play experience’ for Switch

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Nintendo reveals Labo, a DIY ‘build-and-play experience’ for Switch

Nintendo unveiled what it calls a “new interactive experience” for Nintendo Switch today that’s unlike anything else on the console. Called Nintendo Labo, it’s a “new line of interactive build-and-play experiences that combine DIY creations with the magic of Nintendo Switch,” according to Nintendo.

Labo will let Nintendo Switch owners build cardboard versions of real-world items like a piano, fishing rod or motorbike. Nintendo calls those cardboard creations Toy-Cons. And, by inserting Joy-Con controllers into those Toy-Cons, players will be able to play games themed to the cardboard creations.

Watch Nintendo’s ‘new Switch experience’ reveal here

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Watch Nintendo’s ‘new Switch experience’ reveal here

Nintendo is showing off a “new interactive experience” for Switch today at 5 p.m. ET. The company hasn’t given us much to go off of in terms of what to expect. We’ve got some theories, sure — but we won’t know for sure what the deal is until Nintendo shows us.

Tune in above to watch the full reveal of whatever Nintendo is teasing for the Switch. We’ll have full details and more on the “new interactive experience,” which the company teases is designed for all of those “kids and those who are kids at heart” following the presentation’s conclusion.

Fortnite’s newest update expands its Battle Royale map

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Fortnite’s newest update expands its Battle Royale map

Fortnite’s next update, arriving Thursday, Jan. 18, will expand the game’s Battle Royale map, introducing three new areas to explore along its western border as well as biomes to enhance the environment and give areas a distinctive look. The update is for all platforms — PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One.

Version 2.2.0 will also extend voice chat to Fortnite’s pre-game lobby. In gameplay, friendly fire in Battle Royale has been deactivated. “This is exploratory and subject to change,” Epic Games wrote in the patch notes. “We will be closely evaluating this and want your feedback!” Friendly fire in Battle Royale has been somewhat controversial, as less scrupulous team members could deliberately kill off teammates in a game type where the object is to be the last one standing.

Here’s how you buy cards in Magic: The Gathering Arena

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Here’s how you buy cards in Magic: The Gathering Arena

Magic: The Gathering, the game that gave birth to the collectible card game genre, is launching a new digital version of the game. Called Magic: The Gathering Arena, it will allow players to purchase and collect cards just like the tabletop game. In a blog post today, developers at Wizar ds of The Coast revealed for the first time how you’ll be able to purchase those cards.

The announcement comes at an unusual time in the games industry, one where loot crates are receiving increased scrutiny. Many consider the Magic model of sealed packs of random cards as the inspiration for the modern loot crate, so all eyes will be on WoTC as they stretch out once more into the digital world.

The Last of Us Part 2 director will speak at DICE

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The Last of Us Part 2 director will speak at DICE

DICE is one of the smaller events in the gaming calendar. But its intimate atmosphere and reliably strong roster of speakers make it a valuable alternative to E3, PAX and the increasingly frenetic Game Developer Conference.

Organized by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, this year’s DICE will be keynoted by Microsoft games chief Phil Spencer. Today, the AIAS announced some appetizing new speakers.

Fox is working on a new Alien shooter

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Fox is working on a new Alien shooter

FoxNext Games, the video game division of Fox that was formed in 2017, has acquired Bay Area game developer Cold Iron Studios, which will work on a new game based on the Alien franchise. The studio’s new Alien game will be a shooter for consoles and PC.

FoxNext called the acquisition representative of its “commitment to deliver new AAA offerings across numerous fan favorite properties and original games,” the company said in a press release.