Windbound looks like a Moana-meets-Breath-of-the-Wild adventure

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Windbound looks like a Moana-meets-Breath-of-the-Wild adventure

With a trailer evoking both Moana and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Deep Silver and Australia’s 5 Lives Studios announced Windbound for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. It launches Aug. 28.

In the game, a young warrior washes ashore on the mysterious Forbidden Islands, where she learns to craft, hunt, adapt, and survive. An accompanying release touted “an immersive sailing experience,” in the gameplay, as well as a procedurally generated world with a dynamic wildlife population.

SXSW 2020’s canceled film festival will now stream free on Amazon Prime Video

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SXSW 2020’s canceled film festival will now stream free on Amazon Prime Video

Due to the cancellation of the South by Southwest film festival (SXSW) earlier this year, Amazon Prime Video and SXSW are teaming up to launch a digital film festival later this month.

This new, digital event is “Prime Video presents the SXSW 2020 Film Festival Collection” and gives filmmakers an opportunity to submit their film for screening. The event is exclusive to Prime Video, but is free for all viewers — no Amazon Prime membership needed. The duo is looking to set the 10-day, one-time event for late April, although there isn’t a concrete date yet.

Call of Duty: Warzone players get free weekend in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer

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Call of Duty: Warzone players get free weekend in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer

Players of Call of Duty Warzone, the free-to-play battle royale variant that Activision launched a month ago, will get a free weekend in the main multiplayer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The free weekend begins at 10 a.m. PDT on Friday, April 3 and runs until Monday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PDT. It’s available to anyone with the Warzone client (which is itself a subset of the main game). Players will get access through the Warzone lobby in the form of the “Stocked Up/Locked Down” 24/7 playlist.

Fallout 76 free on Steam — for people who already own it on PC

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Fallout 76 free on Steam — for people who already own it on PC

Fallout 76 is launching on Steam April 14 with its big Wastelanders update. Bethesda announced that players who already own the game on Bethesda.net will get a copy for free on Steam — if they link their accounts by April 12.

“Ever since we shared details about Fallout 76’s Steam launch earlier this year, we have received feedback from PC players in the community who would like to be able to explore Appalachia on both Steam and Bethesda.net,” Bethesda said on its blog. “We want you to be able to play on your PC platform of choice.”

Apex Legends adds permanent Duos mode, map rotation in next week’s event

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Apex Legends adds permanent Duos mode, map rotation in next week’s event

On Thursday, Respawn announced a new event for Apex Legends. Focused on Bloodhound, this event features the permanent addition of the Duos mode and adds Kings Canyon to the map rotation. As part of the event, players can battle prowler enemies in a small section of the World’s Edge map for bonus loot. There are also exclusive rewards and direct purchase cosmetic items. The event runs from April 7-21.

Apex Legends fans without a concrete group of three players will be excited for this event. According to Respawn, players will have permanent access to the two-player mode, which debuted last November. The mode will be available on both Kings Canyon and World’s Edge maps. The permanent addition of the beloved Duos mode comes with no mention of the limited time solos mode from last year.

Sony delays The Last of Us Part 2 and Iron Man VR ‘until further notice’

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Sony delays The Last of Us Part 2 and Iron Man VR ‘until further notice’

Sony Interactive Entertainment has postponed the launch of The Last of Us Part 2 and Marvel’s Iron Man VR for PlayStation 4, saying that “the global crisis is preventing us from providing the launch experience our players deserve.”

Developer Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 was slated for release on May 29, and Camouflaj’s Iron Man VR was scheduled for May 15. Both titles have been delayed “until further notice.”

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ latest patch fixes the villager adoption bug and others

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ latest patch fixes the villager adoption bug and others

Animal Crossing: New Horizons got another patch Thursday morning, fixing one of the peskiest bugs in the game.

Previously, players who adopted villagers through specific means had a chance of getting their housing plots bugged. Nobody would move in, and it would just say “’s new home.” The new patch has fixed this, though any villagers that bugged out will not be moving in. The glitched housing plot will simply open up as normal plot that a new villager can move into. An in-game day may need to pass after downloading the update for the plot to fix itself.

Roguelike indie Going Under puts its dungeons in a tech startup’s basement

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Roguelike indie Going Under puts its dungeons in a tech startup’s basement

Going Under is an indie game whose premise sounds as procedurally generated as its levels: Explore, loot and fight in dungeons — which are the ruins of failed tech startups set in the future.

The debut work of of Seattle-based Aggro Crab Games, founded by Nick Kaman and Caelan Pollock, Going Under was announced last fall for Windows PC; the studio said Thursday that it’s also coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In a PlayStation Blog post, Pollock described both Going Under’s gameplay and backstory.

Deadpool is finally arriving in Fortnite

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Deadpool is finally arriving in Fortnite

When Fortnite’s new season started a few months ago, players quickly discovered a hidden Easter egg inside the menu. If you clicked on the bathroom door, you entered Deadpool’s office ... the bathroom. Players could complete a variety of challenges from there, but the mercenary himself was nowhere to be found. Now, according to Deadpool’s official Twitter account, he’s finally about to arrive.

Deadpool will make his way to Fortnite sometime on Friday, April 3. And he’s bringing a big boat, music, and tacos. But it’s not exactly clear what exactly any of that means for the game itself.

Boundary, a high-concept space FPS, headed to PS4 and PC in 2020

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Boundary, a high-concept space FPS, headed to PS4 and PC in 2020

Boundary, the space combat simulation from the Chinese indie team Surgical Scalpels, is headed to the PlayStation 4 and PC platforms in 2020. The zero-gravity first-person shooter was originally expected to launch some time last year. Sony made the announcement Thursday on Twitter, along with an accompanying blog post by the game’s producer, Yongliang “CT” Cui.

“First-person shooters are a classic genre,” CT said, “having been enjoyed by players across different environments and time periods including wars, cities… and even other planets! This got us thinking: Why can’t we set the stage in space?”