Apple threatens to cut off Epic Games from iOS, Mac dev tools

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Apple threatens to cut off Epic Games from iOS, Mac dev tools

Apple is threatening to terminate Epic Games’ access to develop for iOS, MacOS, and other Apple platforms, according to a new court filing from the Fortnite and Unreal Engine developer.

Epic calls the action a retaliatory move by Apple that “will reverberate well beyond video games” that “will affect developers who use the Unreal Engine on Apple products in many fields.” Apple contends that Epic violated its Developer Program License Agreement when it released an update to Fortnite that bypassed the App Store’s payment processing system, and is giving Epic until Aug. 28 to address those violations.

A bunch of Switch games — including Animal Crossing — are on sale at Walmart

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A bunch of Switch games — including Animal Crossing — are on sale at Walmart

Lots of big Nintendo Switch titles, like Animal Crossing: New Horizons and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, are on sale at Walmart.

Down to $49.94 from $59.99, Switch fans can grab a bunch of games for $10 off. Nintendo Switch games hardly ever get put on sale — especially when it comes to big franchise titles. If you’re missing any of these games and want to play them, now’s your chance.

Ghost of Tsushima gets online multiplayer later this year

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Ghost of Tsushima gets online multiplayer later this year

Ghost of Tsushima will get a new cooperative multiplayer mode later this year, one that expands the lore of the PlayStation 4 action-adventure set in feudal Japan.

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends, as the mode is called, will be a free download for all who have the game. “It’s a separate mode that doesn’t follow Jin or the companions from his journey,” said Darren Bridges, a designer with Sucker Punch Productions, “but instead focuses on four warriors who have been built up as legends in stories told by the people of Tsushima.”

Golf Story sequel Sports Story delayed 

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Golf Story sequel Sports Story delayed 

Sports Story, the sequel to Golf Story, has been delayed indefinitely.

“We must sadly announce a delay,” developer Sidebar Games said on Twitter. “We want to take some more time to work on Sports Story and ensure that everything makes it into the game. The game has become rather ambitious and we are excited about how it could turn out. But the price is currently being paid as we try to make our plans into reality. We are eager to reveal the results of these past 2 years so please look forward to future updates.”

New Apex Legends character Rampart bringing shields and turrets to the Apex Games

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New Apex Legends character Rampart bringing shields and turrets to the Apex Games

Apex Legends’ newest character was revealed last week and we finally know what she does. On Sunday, Respawn revealed Rampart’s full kit and all her abilities.

Rampart is an underground modder in the world of Apex Legends, which means she’s also got the tech expertise to give herself a few impressive advantages. Rampart’s Passive ability allows her to have faster reload time and increased ammo capacity in any LMG she’s carrying — or her own mini gun.

Respawn shows off Apex Legends’ season 6 map changes

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Respawn shows off Apex Legends’ season 6 map changes

Respawn keeps doling out the previews for Apex Legends season 6 at a slow and steady pace. On Friday morning, it was the gameplay trailer, and now Respawn is giving players a preview of some of the World’s Edge map changes that the trailer teased.

In a new post on the Apex Legends website, Respawn offers players an in-depth look at some of the locations that are getting updated on the World’s Edge map for season 6. Some of the biggest changes are coming to the lava section of the map, which is getting a few new points of interest, like Launch Site, a new area west of The Dome — which adds some new and much-needed cover, and should make it a slightly more interesting area to play in.

Can Epic Games actually take on Apple and Google? Experts weigh in

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Can Epic Games actually take on Apple and Google? Experts weigh in

Fortnite developer Epic Games seems to have a way with breaking the rules. In the face of Fortnite’s success, companies have ended up changing long-standing policies — like Sony, which abandoned its fight against cross-platform play in 2018 after Epic Games forced the issue, eventually leading to cross-play in other games, too.

Fortnite’s size and popularity gave Epic Games the power to bend Sony and Nintendo’s rules, but will the tactic work with the monoliths of Apple and Google? Well, the North Carolina-based company is trying. On Thursday morning, Epic Games updated Fortnite with a new option for payment processing, providing a discounted price for players who choose to process payments through Epic, not Apple or Google. Epic thus circumvented the Apple storefront’s 30% cut on purchases by giving players a 20% discount on V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency. In response, both Apple and Google removed Fortnite from the App Store and the Google Play Store, respectively, citing policy violations.

Fortnite vs. Apple: Fortnite players react to lawsuit, App Store removal

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Fortnite vs. Apple: Fortnite players react to lawsuit, App Store removal

After a wild day of unexpected updates, discounted V-Bucks, app store removals, parody video shorts, and legal action, the dust has settled — and Fortnite remains missing from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

While takes are still flying in now, and aren’t likely to stop, since the game appears to be gone for the foreseeable future, we took a look back at some of the community and pro reactions that were happening in real time.

Florida’s Stonehenge is suing Epic Games over Coral Castle

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Florida’s Stonehenge is suing Epic Games over Coral Castle

The company that owns Florida’s Stonehenge — also known as Coral Castle — is suing Fortnite developer Epic Games for using the name in its new season.

Located in Florida, Coral Castle is a rock sculpture garden said to be built by a man named Leedskalnin from 1923 to 1951. It’s run as a museum now, located on the South Dixie Highway in Miami, where patrons can tour the coral rock garden. According to the museum, it’s often known as “Florida’s Stonehenge.” The museum is currently closed, according to its website, but tickets typically cost between $8 to $18.

EA Access is now called EA Play

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EA Access is now called EA Play

Fresh from announcing that its subscription service is coming to Steam, Electronic Arts is changing the service’s name, too. EA Access on PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One, and Origin Access on PC, will be known as EA Play beginning Tuesday, Aug. 18.

OK. Why? “EA Play puts you at the center of the experience,” the company said in a blog post Friday. “Moving all the benefits to a single brand is an important step in streamlining our services to ensure that being an EA Play member is the best way to play.”