Fortnite’s next big tournament will be held at IEM Katowice, one of esports’ biggest events

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Fortnite’s next big tournament will be held at IEM Katowice, one of esports’ biggest events

So far, most of Fortnite’s competitive events have been limited to first-party competitions hosted directly by Epic. However, starting next month, Fortnite will join forces with ESL, one of the largest esports tournament organizers, for a new event.

The tournament will be part of ESL Katowice, a popular esports tournament and event that will run over the course of several weekends. Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice is one of the premier tournaments for games like Starcraft 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Red Dead Online offers another gold bonus, updates to fix Gun Rush

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Red Dead Online offers another gold bonus, updates to fix Gun Rush

Rockstar is preparing to launch another series of changes to Red Dead Online’s beta, including bounties, easier access to posse feuds, daily challenges, and more. But those aren’t coming until the next big patch. But the company does have some minor improvements arriving in today’s smaller patch. The focus is on touching up Gun Rush, the new, bite-sized battle royale mode.

Rockstar is ensuring that Gun Rush lobbies now fill up properly. As the game works now, players can often enter Gun Rush matches with only 15 or 20 players instead of the full 32. Even full lobbies tend to lose players over time, meaning that successive Gun Rushes end up with a player pool of only six or eight players at a time. As Rockstar mentions in the patch notes, Gun Rush is designed around a full 32-person lobby. The improvements should make the game mode more enjoyable.

Anthem VIP Demo down, servers at max capacity 

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Anthem VIP Demo down, servers at max capacity 

Anthem’s VIP Demo, which is available to players that have pre-ordered the game or are subscribers to EA or Origin Access, went live Friday morning and apparently was in high demand since it immediately ran into server problems. As soon as players attempted to log into the demo when it went live at noon ET, most were greeted with a message stating, “We’re sorry, but that EA servers have reached max capacity. Please try again later.” The error is visible on multiple platforms at present.

The demo is the first chance that most players will have to get their hands on Anthem, but it isn’t the game’s first ever test. Anthem also had an alpha test, which was only available to a very limited number of players, back in early December.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey nominated for GLAAD award, despite controversial DLC

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey nominated for GLAAD award, despite controversial DLC

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has been nominated for the first-ever GLAAD Media Award for video games, one week after a controversial new story chapter unwound some players’ same-sex romance choices in the main game.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey required a 350-word sidebar from GLAAD explaining why the accolade was due, despite the “Shadow Heritage” DLC that launched a week ago and the blowback that quickly followed. GLAAD acknowledged that the nomination “will surely raise eyebrows.”

PlanetSide Arena delayed two months to improve ‘crucial features’

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PlanetSide Arena delayed two months to improve ‘crucial features’

PlanetSide Arena, the multiplayer shooter for Windows PC that Daybreak Game Company announced at the end of 2018, has been delayed two months to March. Daybreak announced the setback Thursday, saying that work still needs to be done on “crucial feature enhancements and core systems improvements.”

PlanetSide Arena’s new launch date is March 26. (The original date was for next week, Jan. 29.) A closed beta will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Those who have pre-ordered the game will now be included in something called the Founders Season, which begins Feb. 20 and will feature exclusive items that can only be earned in this monthlong preview. “It’s our way of thanking all of you for hanging in there while we prime the Arena for launch,” Daybreak wrote.

Nintendo eShop update gives smaller games the spotlight

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Nintendo eShop update gives smaller games the spotlight

It’s the quietest week of the year thus far on Nintendo Switch eShop, with a handful of tinier games leading the pack of new releases. Not that there aren’t things to look forward to on the list: There are plenty of games that puzzle fans, goat lovers, and nostalgic grown-ups might want to check out.

Pikuniku is an adorable puzzle-platformer starring a red oval with legs, who explores an adorably strange world to ... start a revolution against a dystopian government? It’s a very bizarre pairing — puzzles and cuteness and conspiracy plots — and I am very here for it.

World of Tanks: Mercenaries is adding mechs for a limited time on PS4 and Xbox One

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World of Tanks: Mercenaries is adding mechs for a limited time on PS4 and Xbox One

World of Tanks: Mercenaries is adding giant fighting robots for a limited time. Starting Jan. 29, fans of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the classic free-to-play tank game will be able to pilot two big, stompy mechs into battle. It’s all part of the new Core Breach mode, and will only be available until Feb. 4.

World of Tanks developer Wargaming first announced a console version of the classic free-to-play PC game in 2013. It properly launched on the Xbox 360 in 2015 and was later ported over to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Last summer, Wargaming rebranded the entire console side of the house to World of Tanks: Mercenaries. That move added a new faction to the game, one that could draw from exotic machines from multiple nations. Mercenaries now features more story-driven content than ever before, alongside more traditional multiplayer fare.

Nintendo delays Metroid Prime 4, taps Retro Studios to restart project

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Nintendo delays Metroid Prime 4, taps Retro Studios to restart project

Nintendo has delayed Metroid Prime 4. Nintendo is rebooting the project and shifting development to Retro Studios, the Metroid Prime series’ original developer, according to a statement from Shinya Takahashi, senior managing executive officer at Nintendo.

“The current development progress has not reached the standards we seek in a sequel to the Metroid Prime series,” Takahashi said in a development update video posted to YouTube. “Nintendo always strives for the highest quality in our games; and in the development phase, we challenge ourselves and confront whether the game is living up to that quality on a daily basis.”

Report: Resident Evil TV series happening at Netflix

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Report: Resident Evil TV series happening at Netflix

Here we are, on the eve of the release of the long-anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake and it appears that the entire world if collectively agreeing: Resident Evil is good again! To wit, Deadline is reporting that Netflix is “developing a scripted series based on the hit action horror franchise” with Constantin Film — the outfit behind the long-running movie franchise — leading the charge.

The Resident Evil film franchise debuted in 2002 and, over the course of six films, created a surprisingly durable action-horror property. The last installment was 2016’s Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, leaving Constantin open to the possibility of a reboot. At one point, James Wan — of Saw and Aquaman fame — was attached to produce the reboot, though Wan later said, “That has been dropped.” Just last month, 47 Meters Down director Johannes Roberts was reportedly hired to write and direct the reboot effort.