Here’s everything we know about Fortnitemares, the 2018 Fortnite Halloween event

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Here’s everything we know about Fortnitemares, the 2018 Fortnite Halloween event

[Ed. note: Fortnitemares was temporarily disabled by Epic Games just a few hours after it went live, thanks to some matchmaking issues that it may have been causing. According to a tweet from Epic, it’s working on a fix and the event should be back as soon as it’s ready. And when it is, here’s everything we know about it.]

Ever since last year’s infamous Skull Trooper skin was released, Halloween has been a special time for Fortnite, and this time around Epic is going all out to celebrate.

Fortnite patch v6.20 change list: Halloween event and more

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Fortnite patch v6.20 change list: Halloween event and more

The new Fortnite patch has a massive amount of content to explore. While some of the patches so far this season haven’t been so big, patch v6.20 makes up for all of them with one of the biggest patches the game has ever seen.

The biggest addition in this patch comes via the game’s Halloween event: Fortnitemares. Instead of a normal limited-time mode, this is going to be a limited-time event, which completely changes every single game across all of the different Battle Royale queues. Fortnitemares is adding new AI enemies to the game, as the Cube has come back to haunt players and is sending its minions after everyone. Killing these enemies will give players loot, but it looks like they do present some danger.

SpongeBob SquarePants’ next movie tells his origin story

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SpongeBob SquarePants’ next movie tells his origin story

We’ve known that SpongeBob SquarePants would be headed back to the big screen since early 2015, but only now have we received our first real details of what he’ll be up to in his third feature film.

During her talk at the VIEW Conference in Turin, Italy, Paramount Animation president Mireilla Soria gave fans a brief description of the movie, according to Cartoon Brew. Soria said that the movie, which will be called The SpongeBob Movie: It’s a Wonderful Sponge, is going to explore the character’s history, taking Bikini Bottom’s favorite sponge back to his roots at Camp Coral, where he first met all his undersea friends. The film will also, based on its title, bear a heavy influence from Frank Capra’s 1949 Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Life is Strange sequel comic illustrates fans’ dream reunion

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Life is Strange sequel comic illustrates fans’ dream reunion

This November, the first season of Life is Strange continues on in the form of a comic. Max and Chloe, the fan-favorite heroes from the first game in the series, return in what will be a unique take following the season’s conclusion. A look at the debut issue’s various covers suggests that there’s a lot of love at the heart of Life is Strange’s print follow-up — which is good news for anyone who misses the co-stars.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the end of Life is Strange’s first season.]

GOG’s Twitter account posts transphobic ‘pun’ then deletes it

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GOG’s Twitter account posts transphobic ‘pun’ then deletes it

GOG.com, the online game retailer known for its stance against digital rights management (DRM), is embroiled in yet another cultural debate on Twitter. This week a representative elected to use a hashtag promoting unity among transgender people to instead promote its own storefront. The tweet was later deleted. While no apology was issued, GOG.com took the opportunity to recommit itself to refocusing its messaging solely about the games it sells.

The hashtag in question, #WontBeErased, spread widely yesterday on Twitter amid news of a memo leaked from inside the Trump administration. That memo, shared with and authenticated by the New York Times, indicated that the Department of Health and Human Services would seek to narrow the definition of “sex” under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, a move that could limit protections for transgender people under federal law.

These are Agent 47’s new destinations in Hitman 2

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These are Agent 47’s new destinations in Hitman 2

A major element of the Hitman series’ appeal is the setting of each mission — Agent 47 is a globe-trotting assassin who travels to exotic places and blends in with the local population so he can pull off hits without anyone ever knowing he was there. Hitman 2 developer IO Interactive previously announced Miami and the Colombian rainforest as locations that are playable in the game, and on Tuesday the company revealed the other five settings.

In addition to southern Florida and Santa Fortuna, Colombia, Agent 47 will head to Mumbai; the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand; Whittleton Creek in the U.S.; and the Isle of Sgàil somewhere in the North Atlantic Ocean. Hitman 2’s story missions take place in those six settings, whereas the Sniper Assassin game mode is set in Himmelstein, Austria. The latter three locations are completely fictional, although as usual, they’re likely inspired by real places. (For what it’s worth, “sgàil” means “shadow” in Irish Gaelic.)

Pokémon Go’s Halloween event introduces Sinnoh legendary

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Pokémon Go’s Halloween event introduces Sinnoh legendary

This year’s Pokémon Go Halloween event will highlight the freshly released generation-four Pokémon. No, it’s not just Bidoof getting the spotlight: Starting on Oct. 23 and continuing until Nov. 1, ghost- and dark-type Pokémon from Sinnoh — such as Drifloon and Stunky, which will make their first appearances — will pop up more frequently. Trainers will also earn double candy for every Pokémon caught.

There’s also some special research tasks from Professor Willow, focusing on a mystery Pokeémon roaming around Professor Willow’s lab after he found a strange stone. The tasks will highlight all the spooky-scary dark- and ghost-type Pokémon that roam the world.

Uniqlo takes on Pokémon for its annual design contest

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Uniqlo takes on Pokémon for its annual design contest

Japanese fashion retailer Uniqlo is teaming up with Nintendo once again, choosing Pokémon as theme of its annual T-shirt design contest. Pokémon Company president Tsunekazu Ishihara, Pokémon game designer Ken Sugimori and Japanese fashion designer Nigo will judge the designs.

From now until Dec. 8, artists can submit Pokémon T-shirt designs for a chance to win big. The grand prize winner receives $10,000; second place gets $2000; and third gets $1000. All three will be invited to an award ceremony in Japan, and to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships in Washington, D.C. The winning designs will be released in summer 2019.

Pokémon as a horror movie is an upsetting reimagining

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Pokémon as a horror movie is an upsetting reimagining

For as long as Pokémon has been around, there’s always been some pretty dark takes on what really goes on in its universe: What do the people of the Pokémon world eat if “normal” animals don’t exist? Do our lovable pocket monsters actually hate their existence? And now, YouTuber Ryan Higa (known as nigahiga) has decided to reimagine Pokémon based on these horrifying questions, as a straight-up horror movie told by one young Pikachu.

The Pikachu, played by Higa himself in a Pikachu onesie, comes home one day to find his Pikachu mother on the floor as a trainer stands over her limp body. The trainer then chases after him, trapping him inside the small, enclosed Poké Ball. The Pikachu is forced to battle a Charizard as a crowd of humans cheers them on. He’s nearly beaten to death, but wakes up to find Nurse Joy smiling over him.

Giant Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘thank you’ note is Rockstar’s latest step toward goodwill

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Giant Red Dead Redemption 2 ‘thank you’ note is Rockstar’s latest step toward goodwill

Since the backlash stemming from an aside about its staff’s “100-hour workweeks” in a lengthy Vulture feature, Rockstar Games has been on something of an image-reconstruction tour. The studio has taken steps to appeal to dismayed critics and fans, with its latest being a massive “thank you” note to the thousands who worked on Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 has been a massive project spanning many years and multiple teams, and we are extremely proud of the work of the entire company in bringing this game to the world,” Rockstar Games wrote in a public letter on the Red Dead Redemption 2 site.