Fan-made Breath of the Wild map aims to be the game’s own Google Street View

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Fan-made Breath of the Wild map aims to be the game’s own Google Street View

The Legend of Zelda fans are coming together to make Breath of the Wild’s gigantic open world a bit easier to navigate. An impressive, high-resolution map for the new game is now in alpha, and its creators are asking for other players to jump in and collaborate on the massive undertaking.

Fan site Zelda Universe developed the collaborative Breath of the Wild map, as its owner explained in a Reddit thread about the project.

Dean Hall’s mysterious Ion game is no longer in development

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Dean Hall’s mysterious Ion game is no longer in development

Ion, the mysterious space exploration game from Dean Hall, creator of DayZ, is no longer in active development and may be dead, reports Eurogamer.

First unveiled during the Microsoft press conference at E3 2015, Ion was an ambitious space exploration game. At the time, Hall said it would be developed by his New Zealand-based RocketWerkz studio in partnership with Improbable, creators of the SpatialOS game engine.

Quake Champions beta sign-ups are now open

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Quake Champions beta sign-ups are now open

Quake Champions, the new arena shooter unveiled during the Bethesda press conference at last year’s E3, is now taking sign-ups for its closed beta. A press release issued today says it will begin “in the coming weeks.”

The latest in id Software’s long-running series, it’s the first title since 2007’s Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. A new website went up today, allowing players to sign up for the closed beta. Neither Bethesda or id have mentioned when the game will officially release, or how much the Windows PC game will cost. The game will be playable this weekend at PAX East in Boston.

No Man’s Sky’s next update is imminent, adds a planetary vehicle

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No Man’s Sky’s next update is imminent, adds a planetary vehicle

The next content update for No Man's Sky, the Path Finder Update, will be released this week, developer Hello Games announced today.

“It introduces a new vehicle that will aid home planet exploration, building on the Foundation Update to hint at a path ahead for the future,” Hello Games said of Path Finder. No Man’s Sky’s previous content update included files that hinted at an upcoming ground vehicle.

Fire Emblem Heroes update spotlights what makes the game so good

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Fire Emblem Heroes update spotlights what makes the game so good

A new Fire Emblem Heroes event kicked off today, and it’s focused on what’s most endearing about the game: its characters, and especially the most popular ones. For the next week, a voting gauntlet is live in the mobile game, encouraging players to throw their support behind some of the best known Fire Emblem heroes.

The campaign runs until March 13, with special attention paid toward some of Fire Emblem’s most memorable princes and princesses. In the new voting gauntlet feature of Heroes, players can choose a male and female hero to rally behind as they make their way across a bracket.

Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons work on PCs and Androids, too

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons work on PCs and Androids, too

The Nintendo Switch’s controllers work on a variety of other platforms, including Macs, Windows and even mobile phones. That includes not just the more conventional Pro controller, but the tiny Joy-Con controllers as well.

All it takes to hook up the Joy-Cons is an active Bluetooth connection on a compatible device. After unhooking one of the two controllers from the Switch, one need only press the sync button on the top of the Joy-Con to get the controller looking for a new home.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best feature may be its wide open spaces

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s best feature may be its wide open spaces

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild presents you with an incredibly large area to explore, and gives you very little idea of where to go and what to do. The game’s story even goes to great pains to put you in the same situation as Link: He knows just as little about this land as you do. You’re learning as he does.

The video above by Writing on Games does a great job of talking about why the vast areas of “nothing” on the map are so important to the story of Breath of the Wild. Your map isn’t littered with secondary objectives or waypoints, nor are you often told exactly what you need to do next. Exploration becomes part of the game itself rather than a decision you have to make by ignoring the waypoints and objectives of each mission.

Riot Games accuses Arizona man of trafficking stolen League of Legends accounts

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Riot Games accuses Arizona man of trafficking stolen League of Legends accounts

Riot Games, makers of League of Legends, is again suing in federal court to shut down users who are trafficking items and services that violate the game's agreements. This time, they're going after someone who allegedly selling stolen user accounts.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Zachary Kaufman of Peoria, Ariz. of operating a website called "DivineSmurfs," and selling stolen League of Legends accounts through it. "Defendants pretend, through the unauthorized use of Riot's intellectual property, to run a legitimate business instead of a fraudulent enterprise," says Riot’s complaint.

Wargaming CEO accepts blame, vows renewed focus on World of Tanks

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Wargaming CEO accepts blame, vows renewed focus on World of Tanks

Wargaming’s chief executive office, Victor Kislyi, was in a mood to spill his guts last week. During an interview with Polygon in San Francisco, he was candid about his recent mistakes and vowed a renewed focus on his company’s flagship title, World of Tanks.

“We were a little arrogant, let's say, three years ago,” Kislyi told Polygon. “We were thinking we know everything that our players need without talking intensively to them ourselves. It turned into — I wouldn't call it a disaster, but we hit the wall at some point.”

Nintendo Switch Joy-Con issue may be caused by controller’s design

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Nintendo Switch Joy-Con issue may be caused by controller’s design

Nintendo Switch owners are dealing with a variety of hardware issues ranging from minor nuisances to system failures requiring a replacement, but the problem that’s getting the most attention — and is likely the most widespread concern — is the issue of the left Joy-Con controller desyncing. On the Switch’s launch day last Friday, Nintendo suggested in a page on its support site that the Joy-Con problem could be caused by wireless interference. But from a new teardown of the controller, it appears that the true culprit is the design of the device.

Teardown aficionado Jon Downey, who goes by Spawn Wave Media on YouTube, took apart both Joy-Con controllers in a video he posted yesterday. Aside from the known differences between the two units — the right Joy-Con has two extra internal components, an NFC chip and an infrared camera — Downey was expecting the controllers to be relatively similar inside. But he found that while the right Joy-Con included a dedicated, stand-alone antenna component for its Bluetooth radio, that particular piece doesn’t exist inside the left Joy-Con.