Fortnite pulled from Apple’s App Store

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Fortnite pulled from Apple’s App Store

On Thursday, Apple removed Fortnite from its App Store. This move appears to be in response to Epic’s recent decision to let players directly purchase V-Bucks in Fortnite, circumventing Apple’s own payment processing and its 30% cut.

Epic recently announced a new pricing plan for V-Bucks, Fortnite’s real-money currency. The studio reduced the price of all V-Bucks on all platforms by 20%, with mobile players only getting the discount if they select the new “Epic direct purchase” option at checkout. Epic said the new price plan is permanent.

Dead by Daylight gets cross-console play and friends lists

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Dead by Daylight gets cross-console play and friends lists

On Thursday, Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive introduced cross-console features, including multiplayer matchmaking and a cross-platform friends list. The game’s developer boasts a player base of more than 25 million, so this should significantly expand matchmaking opportunities for console users.

Cross-play now encompasses PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, where the survival horror game launched in 2017, 2017, and 2019, respectively. “Players on console and PC will now face trials together which will surely bring new metas to Dead by Daylight,” Behaviour Interactive said in a statement.

Injustice 2 and NASCAR Heat 5 free for the weekend

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Injustice 2 and NASCAR Heat 5 free for the weekend

Xbox Live Gold members can play Injustice 2 and NASCAR Heat 5 for free this weekend as part of Microsoft’s Free Play Days promotion. Both games will be available to download and play from Aug. 13 until Aug. 16. Once the free promotional period if over, though, you’ll have to buy the game to keep playing.

The good news is, Microsoft is offering Injustice 2 and NASCAR Heat 5 for discounted prices during the promotion: Injustice 2 for $9.99 (Standard Edition). The Ultimate Pack upgrade is $7.99. Nascar Heat 5 is $39.99 for the Standard Edition and $55.99 for the Gold Edition.

Xbox boss talks about the decision to delay Halo Infinite

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Xbox boss talks about the decision to delay Halo Infinite

Xbox chief Phil Spencer appeared on Gary Whitta’s Animal Talking talk show on Wednesday night following the announcement of Halo Infinite’s delay. He spoke a bit about the decision to delay the game on the show, which he said was “his call to make.”

Halo Infinite will no longer be released in November alongside Microsoft’s next-generation console, the Xbox Series X. A new release date was not immediately given — only that it’s now coming in 2021. He said the decision won’t impact other launch plans, however.

Fortnite’s V-Bucks are getting cheaper

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Fortnite’s V-Bucks are getting cheaper

In its ongoing war against Google and Apple, Fortnite maker Epic Games has thrown its biggest punch yet: a new direct-purchase option on mobile devices that circumvents payments through Apple’s and Google’s app stores.

Epic announced Thursday a price drop for all V-Bucks, Fortnite’s real-money currency. The company calls this change the Fortnite Mega Drop, and the new prices — which are a permanent price cut, not a limited-time sale — are currently available on Mac, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. The discount is also available on Android and iOS, with a catch.

Madden’s ‘The Yard’ keeps up with the neighbors, but still offers a unique game of football

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Madden’s ‘The Yard’ keeps up with the neighbors, but still offers a unique game of football

One of the plays I grilled up in Madden NFL 21’s new “The Yard” mode reminded me of hockey players cycling the puck before a slap shot. Another, a double pass in the backfield before I bombed the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey on a seam route, resembled an old-fashioned ball reversal from basketball. When my created player snapped the ball — standing sideways over it — then hauled in a short pass and lateraled to an AI teammate trailing the play, it seemed vaguely rugby-ish.

This would cost me $3 to say, if I were saying it in J.P. Kellams’ office.

Rockstar is rolling back Red Dead Online’s disastrous patch

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Rockstar is rolling back Red Dead Online’s disastrous patch

It’s been a tough week for anyone loading up Red Dead Online on consoles recently, thanks to a patch that seemingly destabilized every part of the game. Rockstar has now decided to undo the patch entirely, rolling back the MMO to its previous state.

Prior to Thursday, Red Dead Online players had to download an update that made all NPCs and animals disappear, made horses go haywire, made it impossible to shoot, and bizarrely, introduced an invincible bald man that followed you around. The patch was live for long enough that social media sites like Reddit were full of videos of absurd and entertaining glitches that were plaguing the game and ultimately making it impossible to enjoy any part of the experience. The patch was meant to fix some issues with the recent Naturalist update.

Fall Guys is rewarding fans for dealing with launch issues

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Fall Guys is rewarding fans for dealing with launch issues

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout exploded upon release, with seemingly everyone in the gaming world playing or talking about it. That’s a feel-good story if I’ve ever seen one, except for the fact its popularity meant the game’s servers buckled under the pressure. Server issues continued through launch week, but now that things have settled, developer Mediatonic is thanking players for weathering the storm.

On Twitter, the official Fall Guys account announced that anyone who opened up the game before midnight on Aug. 13 would get 5,000 kudos — Fall Guys’ in-game currency — along with a special cactus-themed skin. The skin, Mediatonic says, is a variant on a different costume created by the winner of a contest held in February. Each month, a new, fan-developed skin will be introduced to the game.

Try out NBA 2K21’s new gameplay controls with its demo in two weeks

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Try out NBA 2K21’s new gameplay controls with its demo in two weeks

NBA 2K21 will get a free demo Aug. 24 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and with it, players can try out the overhauled “Pro Stick,” the right thumbstick commands that for the past decade have done everything from take shots to juke, fake, and add razzle dazzle to one’s dribble moves.

Mike Wang, Visual Concepts’ gameplay director for the NBA 2K series, dug into the Pro Stick changes in a blog post Thursday morning that announced the demo’s availability. Taking a shot with the Pro Stick (a button command also initiates a shot) is now done by holding the right stick down, only. In past versions of the game, one could hold the stick in any direction, and it would cue up a context-appropriate shot attempt. That still holds true for starting layups and dunks.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is changing an iconic trick’s name to honor its creator

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is changing an iconic trick’s name to honor its creator

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will be updating the name of the “mute grab” to honor the creator of the move, Chris Weddle.

Tony Hawk took to Instagram to explain the reasons for the change, citing the inventor of the move. When the grab was originally named in 1981, it was debuted by Weddle, who is deaf. The trick was thusly named after the skater in a roundabout and ultimately mistaken way. The community at the time “referred to him as the ‘quiet, mute guy,’” Hawk explained in a recent social media post.