Borderlands remaster coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in April

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Borderlands remaster coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in April

Gearbox Software is bringing the original Borderlands — first released nearly a decade ago — to modern platforms. Titled Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition, the remastered release is coming to PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One on April 3.

The package will include all of Borderlands’ DLC: The Zombie Island of Doctor Ned, Mad Moxxi’s Underdome Riot, The Secret Armory of General Knoxx, and Claptrap’s New Robot Revolution.

STALKER 2 website springs to life with new art, music

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STALKER 2 website springs to life with new art, music

GSC Game World, the company behind the original STALKER game franchise, has suddenly sprung to life on social media. The company has begun a marketing campaign for STALKER 2 in earnest, and shared the first piece of art since announcing the game in May 2018.

The flurry of new content began in January, when the official STALKER Facebook page began sharing 8-year-old memories from its own timeline. In the last several days, it has posted dozens and dozens of items there, all recycled fan content and STALKER memes from across the internet. Then, today on both Facebook and Twitter, the team offered new artwork and a revised logo.

Esports organizations are betting on the untested Apex Legends

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Esports organizations are betting on the untested Apex Legends

Apex Legends has had a wildly successful launch. While it’s unquestionably a successful battle royale and a free-to-play smash for Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts, that doesn’t necessarily translate into longer-term staying power. Can Apex Legends sustain a successful esports ecosystem? That’s a big question with a uncertain answer, but organizations are already assembling teams to take to the game, even though it’s not clear what Apex Legends might look like in six months or a year.

Among the organizations getting into the game is Sentinels, the organization that owns the Overwatch League franchise Los Angeles Gladiators, and Gen.G, a Korean multi-gaming team. Gen.G also have an Overwatch presence; they own the Seoul Dynasty, as well as a League of Legends team and a Fortnite squad, and have a presence in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

Even Epic is making fun of Fortnite’s most hated players

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Even Epic is making fun of Fortnite’s most hated players

Since the asteroids came down at the end of season 3, Fortnite has had a building in Tilted Towers that is a magnet for disaster. Almost every season, the building gets destroyed by some new calamity and slowly rebuilt over the subsequent weeks. For the first time in several months, the building has been completed once again, and this time it’s got a subtle dig at the most infamous type of Fortnite player. The building’s now an insurance office. Specifically, “No Sweat Insurance.”

If you’re not quite sure what the joke is, let’s take a minute to talk about Fortnite and sweat — don’t worry, it’s not as gross as it sounds. In the Fortnite community, certain players are referred to as “sweats” or “sweaty.” These players are kind of like tryhards. They aren’t necessarily good, but they think they are — and they want to make sure you know it. These are the sorts of players who are more likely to do a fancy play poorly than a simple play that would actually work in the middle of a shootout.

Minecraft update scrubs ‘Notch’ references from game’s loading screen

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Minecraft update scrubs ‘Notch’ references from game’s loading screen

A new snapshot of Minecraft went live on March 27. The official patch notes memorialize little more than a series of minor changes, but an analysis of the code by the community reveals something unusual. Occasional references to the game’s creator, Markus “Notch” Persson, have been removed from the splash screen on PC. Persson is still mentioned in the game’s credits.

A tweet from 4J Studios, which handles the console versions of Minecraft, also mentions upcoming changes to these “splash texts,” as they’re known internally. We’ve reached out to Microsoft and 4J Studios for more information on why these changes are being made.

Warcraft and Warcraft 2 now available through GOG.com

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Warcraft and Warcraft 2 now available through GOG.com

Blizzard Entertainment’s classic real-time strategy games Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft 2 Battle.net Edition are now available for purchase through GOG.com. The release of those games comes just weeks after Blizzard and GOG teamed up to re-release the original Diablo for modern computers.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, originally released in 1994, has been “fully optimized to run out-of-the-box on today’s operating systems,” according to an announcement from GOG.com. The real-time strategy game is set in the world of Azeroth, where human and orc factions battle for supremacy. The GOG.com version costs $5.99 and is available for Mac and Windows PC.

Dragons take flight in The Elder Scrolls Online’s next chapter, Elsweyr

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Dragons take flight in The Elder Scrolls Online’s next chapter, Elsweyr

Dragons were never really supposed to be a part of the second age of Tamriel, the time in which The Elder Scrolls Online takes place. They’re more at home in the fourth age, the temporal locale of Skyrim which takes place a thousand years later. But ESO is nothing if not fluid in its lore, and so, here we are, with dragons.

They are the star attractions in Elsweyr, the new ESO chapter due to be released for PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on June 4 (May 20 for pre-purchase customers), which I played for an hour or so, at a recent media event.

Kaz Hirai to retire from Sony

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Kaz Hirai to retire from Sony

Sony Corporation chairman Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai, the former head of the company’s PlayStation business, is retiring. Hirai will step down as chairman on June 18, bringing his 35-year career at Sony to a close.

In a statement, Sony said Hirai will “continue to provide counsel as requested by Sony’s management team, acting as Senior Advisor for the Company.”

Bagon Community Day coming to Pokémon Go on April 13

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Bagon Community Day coming to Pokémon Go on April 13

The most recent Pokémon Go Community Day staring Treecko just ended, which means the new star of the upcoming day has been announced: Bagon.

The rock head Pokémon will be spawning in abundance on Saturday, April 13 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. in your local time zone. Just like any other Community Day, lures placed during this time will also last for three hours. Catch XP will also be tripled.