One of Fortnite’s most popular skins is back in the shop

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One of Fortnite’s most popular skins is back in the shop

Since it was released last year, Skull Trooper has been one of Fortnite’s most iconic skins. Not because it was particularly great, but for another reason: It basically looked like a guy wearing skeleton pajamas.

The skin was available for a short time during the game’s first Halloween celebration and then it left the store forever. Or, that’s what players assumed. The skin quickly became the mark of a dedicated player who had been around since the beginning — the skin was released around a month after Battle Royale’s initial launch. Over time, the skin went from somewhat silly to a full-blown status symbol.

Fallout 76 will have a pre-beta ‘stress test’ this weekend

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Fallout 76 will have a pre-beta ‘stress test’ this weekend

Some Fallout fans will be able to get their hands on Fallout 76 later this week, thanks to a “stress test” of the game that will kick off before Bethesda’s official beta. Unlike the Fallout 76 beta (branded as the B.E.T.A.), which will be open to those who pre-order the multiplayer game, the stress test will be much more limited.

In order to participate in the Fallout 76 stress test, Xbox One owners will need to have pre-ordered the game, be an Xbox Live Gold subscriber and be an Xbox Insider member. Meeting those qualifications does not guarantee a spot in the stress test, however. Bethesda will offer the stress test to select qualifying players — and only in North America.

Star Citizen’s wacky face over IP tech is expected to enter public testing today

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Star Citizen’s wacky face over IP tech is expected to enter public testing today

The team behind Star Citizen, the ambitious collection of spacefaring games from Chris Roberts, plans to launch a new update today. Called the 3.3 update, it will add new features to the test version of the multiplayer game’s incomplete alpha build, also referred to as the “persistent test universe” or PTU. One prominent addition is the long awaited face-over-internet-protocol that will allow players to map their expressions onto their in-game avatars in real-time.

The facial animation technology, referred to as FOIP, was announced at last year’s Gamescom. Produced in partnership with Faceware Technologies, it’s the consumer version of the motion-capture technology used in games like Star Wars Battlefront 2, Injustice 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War. Players can use commercially available cameras pointed at their face to enable lip synch and a host of other features.

Study finds Fortnite scam ads, videos on YouTube contain data-theft malware

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Study finds Fortnite scam ads, videos on YouTube contain data-theft malware

Fortnite scam ads and videos targeting young viewers on YouTube have been around for a while, but a new report suggests they contain malicious files that can steal data from users.

Christopher Boyd, the lead malware intelligence analyst at anti-virus software company Malwarebytes, published a report last week examining the impact of Fortnite scam ads and videos on YouTube on those who proceeded to click through or download an app. Boyd and his team investigated a number of suspicious Fortnite videos on YouTube, many of which have generated hundreds of thousands of views. These videos focus on “‘free’ Android versions of Fortnite ... the ever-popular blast of free V-Bucks; used to purchase additional content in the game, and a lot of bogus cheats, wallhacks, and aimbots,” wrote Boyd.

3 things to know about Fortnite patch v6.02

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3 things to know about Fortnite patch v6.02

The first patch for Fortnite Season 6 has arrived, at least that’s what we originally thought.

Now that the patch is actually here, it seems that Epic Games is changing up the way it rolls out updates for Fortnite. Rather than one big update every two weeks and smaller updates on off weeks, it seems like we are now going to get medium-sized patches every week.

Meltan is Pokémon Go’s first exclusive monster, with time-limited transfers

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Meltan is Pokémon Go’s first exclusive monster, with time-limited transfers

More details about Meltan, the newest addition to the Pokédex, reveal how players will be able to capture the Pokémon once Pokémon: Let’s Go! launches next month. Two videos explain the item necessary for catching the tiny steel-type Pokémon, as well as hint at another big piece of info we have yet to learn about the mythical monster.

The second video in an ongoing series about Professor Willow (of Pokémon Go) and Professor Oak (Pokémon: Let’s Go!) follows the pair as they make another research breakthrough. Meltan, it appears, can only be transferred from Willow’s world into the Kanto region via the Mystery Box, an item that players can only unlock by connecting the mobile game to the Nintendo Switch one.

Nintendo adds more NES games to Switch Online lineup

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Nintendo adds more NES games to Switch Online lineup

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have access to three more NES games as part of their subscription: NES Open Tournament Golf, Solomon’s Key and Super Dodge Ball. That trio of classic games joins the 20-game lineup that launched in September.

Perhaps more interesting than the addition of three additional NES games is an unexpected release of “special save data” for The Legend of Zelda, a game that was part of the Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online launch lineup. That save data will let players “start their adventure with a ton of rupees and items, including the White Sword, Magical Shield, Blue Ring and Power Bracelet.” Basically, that save file will make The Legend of Zelda a much easier game to start playing for newcomers.

PSN name changes are ‘coming soon’

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PSN name changes are ‘coming soon’

Sony announced today that PlayStation users will be able to change their PlayStation Network IDs in early 2019.

A blog post about the changes established a few key points — mainly how much it will cost players to change their name once the trial period is over. Select players who have participated in system software betas previously will be allowed to change their PSN names as part of the PlayStation Preview Program. The first PSN name change will be free of charge, but “changes after that will cost $9.99 USD.” The option to change your PSN name will cost “$4.99 USD” for PlayStation Plus members.

Stardew Valley’s next home is on mobile

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Stardew Valley’s next home is on mobile

Stardew Valley is playable on nearly every current console and handheld — but not smartphones. At least, not until now: The hit farming sim is coming to iOS and Android, with the iOS version launching later this month.

“It’s the full game, not a cut down version, and plays almost identically to all other versions,” said creator Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone in a blog post. “The main difference is that it has been rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay on iOS (new UI, menu systems and controls).”