PUBG developer reinvents the battle royale circle to stop campers

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PUBG developer reinvents the battle royale circle to stop campers

From Dec. 5 to 8, the PUBG Corporation tested a new mode for the uber popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. It’s called Bluehole mode, and it’s designed to stop players from camping in the middle of the safe zone.

Typically in battle royale games, a large circle condenses the map over the course of the game, forcing groups of players into a claustrophobic arena. This can create problems for players toward the edge of the safe zones. As they inch their way into safety, they run into players who’ve been setting up the safe zone for ambush over several minutes. It’s a frustrating way to lose a game. But Bluehole Mode may be the solution.

Fortnite publisher files complaint against Dancing Pumpkin Man after he threatened to sue

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Fortnite publisher files complaint against Dancing Pumpkin Man after he threatened to sue

Epic Games’ Fortnite dance lawsuits continue, but this time, Epic is striking first. On Oct. 30, Matthew Geiler — better known as “Dancing Pumpkin Man” — and his creative consulting company, Sick Picnic Media, drafted a cease-and-desist letter to the Fortnite creator, threatening a lawsuit regarding the game’s Pump It Up emote.

Epic responded to the cease-and-desist and then filed a preemptive complaint seeking a judge’s ruling on the matter, as first reported by The Verge. On Dec. 9, Epic filed its complaint against Geiler and Sick Picnic Media, claiming that Dancing Pumpkin Man isn’t a trademarked character, so Geiler can’t enforce a cease-and-desist.

Oculus Quest gets hand tracking this week

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Oculus Quest gets hand tracking this week

Owners of the Oculus Quest virtual reality headset — the stand-alone hardware that we called “the best value in VR currently on the market” — are getting hand-tracking support this week, Oculus announced on Monday. Hand tracking will let Quest owners navigate and control apps using only their hands, without the need for controllers, and the initial rollout will be limited.

Oculus calls hand-tracking support on Quest “an early consumer feature” that will be rolled out to developers next week.

The Louis Vuitton x League of Legends hoodie costs $2,420

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The Louis Vuitton x League of Legends hoodie costs $2,420

The Louis Vuitton and League of Legends collection has finally dropped, and as expected, nothing comes cheap.

The apparel seems to be loosely based off of the True Damage Qiyana Prestige Edition skin, with the champion herself appearing on t-shirts and dresses. Pulling from Louis Vuitton branding, all of the items for sale have the iconic flower and star pattern. They also all have a tiger stripe pattern overlaying it on several items. While we’re not entirely sure what the colored stripes have to do with League of Legends, it’s a pretty dope look.

Minecraft on PS4 is finally getting cross-platform play

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Minecraft on PS4 is finally getting cross-platform play

Beginning on Dec. 10, the PlayStation 4 version of Minecraft will allow for cross-platform play. That means players across every major gaming platform — Nintendo Switch, Windows, Xbox One, iOS and Android, as well as Gear VR devices — will now be able to play together in the same online world.

After generations of exclusivity, default cross-platform play in modern video games is a relatively new concept. It began in earnest in late 2018 when Epic Games’ Fortnite helped convince the major console manufacturers to play nice. Throughout 2019, more and more titles have piled on, including Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Now Minecraft joins the fray, but there’s a twist.

A bug may have revealed Modern Warfare’s battle royale mode

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A bug may have revealed Modern Warfare’s battle royale mode

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may be getting a battle royale mode, which is obviously not a first. The first inklings of the mode leaked through data miners last month, but now a strange new glitch (in a game that has a few of them) appears to confirm everything those leaks suggested.

In November, data miners posted information about a series of files that they found in the PC version of Modern Warfare that referenced something called “BR.” The files contained a description for a mode called “Battle Royale,” a player count of up to 200, and even a top down view of the map the mode supposedly takes place on.

The next BioShock game is in development at new 2K studio

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The next BioShock game is in development at new 2K studio

A new studio from 2K Games, Cloud Chamber, is working on the next game in the BioShock franchise, the publisher announced today.

Cloud Chamber has two offices: one in 2K’s San Francisco Bay Area offices in Novato, Calif., and another in Montréal, Québec, with Kelley Gilmore at the studio’s helm. The team’s begun work on the next BioShock game, but it’s still “several years” away.

Tekken 7’s next DLC fighter is muay thai champ Fahkumram

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Tekken 7’s next DLC fighter is muay thai champ Fahkumram

The newest character in Tekken 7 is Fahkumram, and he briefly caused Sagat from Street Fighter to trend on Twitter because of their, hrm, close resemblance and muay thai origins.

Fahkumram (his name means “roaring sky,” or “thunder”) is also a giant like Sagat (7-foot-5, canonically). In the trailer Bandai Namco published today, he towers over poor Marduk after an over-the-top entrance that looks like Airwolf delivering a carbonite-frozen Han Solo.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends has been shut down

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends has been shut down

The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Bethesda Softworks’ foray into the card-battler genre, is effectively closed. The game’s community manager told players yesterday on Legends’ official subreddit that development has ended, which cancels the console launch that Bethesda announced for Legends at E3 2018.

Bethesda’s Christian Van Hoose characterized the decision as a mothballing of sorts, with “any new development or release [put] on hold” indefinitely. That also means the card set promised in The Elder Scrolls: Legends’ April development roadmap has been canceled, too. Legends’ online and single-player modes are still playable and Bethesda will support online play with monthly rewards and in-game events, Van Hoose said.