Watch today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct here

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Watch today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Direct here

Today’s Nintendo Direct will offer final details on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for Nintendo Switch in a presentation scheduled to last about 40 minutes. The Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct stream will kick off at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET, and you can watch it live on YouTube or Twitch. We’ve embedded the stream above for easy viewing.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is just weeks away — the game comes to Switch on Dec. 7 — but there are plenty of details still to be revealed. Game director Masahiro Sakurai will drop that news today, and hopefully confirm the game’s final roster and explain what the mysterious Spirits Mode is all about. We’ll likely find out if a supposed leak about a bunch of new characters is more than just a rumor.

P.T. unleashes new wave of terror after rumor that Konami has disabled it

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P.T. unleashes new wave of terror after rumor that Konami has disabled it

The legend of P.T. continues, more than four years after Kojima Productions’ playable teaser for Silent Hills arrived on PlayStation 4. Today, terrifyingly timed to Halloween, a rumor that P.T. had been disabled and rendered unplayable by Konami as part of an update to the game spread like wildfire. As with P.T. itself, figuring out what’s actually going on has proved a bit perplexing.

The source of that rumor appears to be a five-day-old post on the Silent Hill subreddit by a user who said that they can no longer access P.T., even though it was downloaded and “purchased.” That user posted a screenshot of the game’s information screen, showing that they’d most recently updated the game on Oct. 22, and that they have version 1.01 installed. The information screen notes that the software is “ineligible” to start, which typically indicates that a PS4 user needs to restore their license for the game. Other members of the subreddit responded in the original thread to say they could play the game, as they had done for the past few years.

Report: Red Dead Redemption 2’s HDR support might as well not exist

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Report: Red Dead Redemption 2’s HDR support might as well not exist

Red Dead Redemption 2 is one of the most technically impressive video games ever made. Its open world encompasses snow-capped mountains and dank swamps and wide-open plains and even a soot-covered city. The game’s designers clearly drew inspiration from 19th-century landscape painters in building a gorgeously rendered version of the American South and West at the end of that century.

But over the 30-plus hours I’ve spent playing Red Dead Redemption 2 on my HDR-enabled 4K television, something’s been nagging at me about the way it looks. It feels somewhat silly to complain about the visuals in this game, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that its HDR support didn’t make much of a difference. My suspicion of a lackluster HDR implementation was only heightened by the basic calibration tool in the game’s settings.

Undertale fans should play Deltarune before they get spoiled

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Undertale fans should play Deltarune before they get spoiled

I’m not convinced there’s a way to talk about Deltarune, the surprise Undertale follow-up released today by creator Toby Fox, without “spoiling” it.

I’m also averse to call a reveal of the premise of this lovely game demo “a spoiler” — knowing even the most bare-bones details about Deltarune’s setting, story and combat shouldn’t ruin what is a fantastic demo experience.

Castlevania renewed by Netflix for a third season

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Castlevania renewed by Netflix for a third season

Hot on the heels of Season 2’s debut, Netflix has announced that its Castlevania animated series will return for a third season.

The series, which is written by Warren Ellis, is loosely based on the Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse. It follows Trevor Belmont as he attempts to defend the village of Wallachia from Dracula’s accursed army. Castlevania has been fairly well received during its run, with reception of the second season notably more positive than the first, including particular praise for Ellis’s writing. Ellis will return to the series for its third season and continue as both a writer and executive producer.

Black Ops 4’s in-game currency, COD Points, are now live on PS4

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Black Ops 4’s in-game currency, COD Points, are now live on PS4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has been out for a few weeks now, and Treyarch is continuing to roll out the game’s cosmetic options.

Two weeks ago, that meant the addition of the Black Market, and this week it’s COD Points, the series’ microtransaction currency. These points will allow players to simply buy tiers of the Black Market if they would like, since grinding through all 200 tiers of cosmetic rewards is going to take a lot of playtime. The currency will also allow players to buy extra Nebulium Plasma in the game’s Zombies mode, which unlocks specific perks that are usable only there.

Fallout 76’s Atomic Shop opens. What does it sell?

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Fallout 76’s Atomic Shop opens. What does it sell?

Fallout 76’s Atomic Shop opened in last night’s beta test. This is the marketplace where users can redeem Atoms, a virtual currency that will one day be available for real money, for in-game items. The stuff on hand gives a good idea of what Bethesda Softworks intends to do with the shop and how it will affect the game.

Mostly, it appears to have cosmetic items. To recap, those who’ve played the Fallout 76 beta may have noticed they were awarded 10 “Atoms” for arbitrary acts — crafting a weapon or contracting a disease. Atoms aren’t spendable in the game itself. The option to acquire additional Atoms is grayed out at present.

Players report ‘speed hacking’ exploit in Fallout 76 beta

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Players report ‘speed hacking’ exploit in Fallout 76 beta

Fallout 76 may suffer from a weakness in its graphics code, one that’s present in other games in the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series. That weakness, when exploited in the multiplayer-only online game, could allow PC players to move faster than they otherwise should.

Reports of the flaw showed up recently on Reddit. A user named watto33 said that they altered the .ini files in Fallout 76, a text document used to set parameters for launching the game. Such edits are common among PC enthusiasts, and can include tweaks that allow owners to play games in windowed mode or with additional hardware resources that might not otherwise be available in-game. More often than not, these kinds of modifications are not encouraged by developers.

PlayStation Plus November games include Bulletstorm, Yakuza Kiwami

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PlayStation Plus November games include Bulletstorm, Yakuza Kiwami

November’s lineup of free PlayStation Plus games includes People Can Fly’s hyper-violent first-person shooter Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition and Sega’s criminal underworld action-adventure Yakuza Kiwami, both for PlayStation 4.

If you’re experiencing a tinge of deja vu right now, that’s because both titles were outed as November’s headlining PlayStation Plus games in a leak earlier this month.