Fortnite’s season 5 finale will take players on a single-player mission

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Fortnite’s season 5 finale will take players on a single-player mission

Fortnite’s massive Zero Point season is coming to an end, and Epic seems to be planning something big for the season finale. According to a new blog post from Epic, the season finale event will be called the Zero Crisis Finale and will put you in the role of Agent Jones for a special solo mission.

Throughout season 5, Agent Jones has been making contact with just about every fictional universe you can imagine, discovering characters that end up teleported to the Fortnite island. While we don’t know where this mission might take Jones, with all the different missions Jones has been on so far this season, it’s sure to be somewhere exciting, and it will probably give us a clue about what’s coming in season 6.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ new patch gives players better rewards for Mythic Plus

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ new patch gives players better rewards for Mythic Plus

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has a major new patch. It’s mostly dedicated to tuning and keeping things in check until the next raid arrives later this year, but that doesn’t mean the changes aren’t important. Patch 9.0.5 was released on Tuesday in North America, bringing players better rewards for Mythic Plus dungeons, dozens of tuning changes, and lots of other small changes.

As with any World of Warcraft balance patch, your opinion on what the biggest changes are is likely decided by which class you play. Very few classes got direct nerfs, with the notable exception of Vengeance Demon Hunters. Meanwhile, Rogues got a few massive buffs in this patch that might take them from one of the worst classes in this expansion to one of the best — or at least one of the most popular.

League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta comes to North America March 29

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League of Legends: Wild Rift open beta comes to North America March 29

League of Legends: Wild Rift, the mobile version of the popular MOBA, is finally coming to North and South America on March 29 for its first open beta. While the beta has been available in other territories since 2020, this is the first time that players in the United States will be able to check out the game.

Wild Rift should be recognizable to players of the original version of League of Legends, but it’s far from a direct port of the game. Riot Games has changed everything from items to the map to the minions, and even to many champions themselves in order to make the game play better on mobile devices.

Microsoft confirms ‘some’ future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox, PC

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Microsoft confirms ‘some’ future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox, PC

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game maker Bethesda Softworks, is official, the companies said in separate statements on Tuesday. The $7.5 billion deal, first announced in September, brings Bethesda’s Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Dishonored, as well as eight owned development studios, to Xbox Game Studios.

And while some still-unreleased Bethesda Softworks games (Deathloop, GhostWire: Tokyo) remain timed exclusives on PlayStation 5, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that “some new titles in the future” will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.

Outriders’ loot is fun to play with right away

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Outriders’ loot is fun to play with right away

Loot in video games is a tricky thing to get right. Across the many loot-based RPGs, action games, and shooters vying for players’ time, few manage to pull it off. I’ve invested thousands of hours in games that succeed at doling out good loot (Destiny 2, Diablo 3, the original Borderlands) and bounced off many that don’t (Anthem, Marvel’s Avengers). Many games don’t find their loot groove until you’ve invested far too many hours into them.

Outriders has flown pretty far under the radar, given that it’s an original property and yet another third-person looter-shooter. But where I’ve spent ages waiting to find interesting loot in other games, Outriders’ demo had me hooked within two hours. And it’s all because of how the game handles its loot.

Universal Japan’s Super Nintendo World opens next week

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Universal Japan’s Super Nintendo World opens next week

After a major delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Orlando’s Super Nintendo World opens on March 18. The grand opening of the Nintendo-themed area will also kick off Universal Japan’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. This news comes less than a week after the announcement that Universal Orlando’s version of the Super Nintendo World won’t launch until 2025.

Super Nintendo World is a unique theme park. Not only is it the first park to use Nintendo characters and settings, but it also features a special “Asobi” experience, which lets fans “play” in the park by virtually collecting coins, keys, stamps, and other items — by punching question mark blocks, naturally. The park then becomes its own kind of game, with guests comparing their scores and registering their progress to on-wrist Power-Up Bands and smartphones.

Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris postponed indefinitely

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Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris postponed indefinitely

After disabling Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris mode last weekend due to an exploit, Bungie announced Thursday in its weekly blog post that it is keeping the mode offline indefinitely as it continues to investigate the issue.

Last week, a win-trading method that’s been around for some time exploded, and Trials players around the world started win-trading their way to Flawless. Here’s how it works: Players equip certain emblems to show that they’re game to trade wins with the other team; the two Fireteam leaders roll virtual dice over chat; and the winning team rejoins the match on the characters they want to win with, while the losing team backs out of the match. Do that enough times, and the Guardians that only pop in when their Fireteam leader wins the roll get a free trip to the Lighthouse.

Hogwarts Legacy designer quits studio following YouTube controversy

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Hogwarts Legacy designer quits studio following YouTube controversy

The lead designer of Avalanche Software’s Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter adventure due to launch in 2022, has left the project. Troy Leavitt, whose YouTube channel espoused Gamergate sympathies and other far-right cultural criticisms, said Thursday evening that he had parted ways with Avalanche and would explain more in a YouTube video later.

On Twitter, Leavitt said he left Avalanche on good terms, and that he wanted to resign “for reasons that I will explain in that forthcoming video.” He said he has “nothing but good things to say about the game, the dev team, and WB Games.”