BlizzCon virtual ticket comes with a demo for World of Warcraft: Classic

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BlizzCon virtual ticket comes with a demo for World of Warcraft: Classic

The BlizzCon virtual ticket, which can be purchased now for $49.99, is going to come with a bonus to the normal goodies this year. Blizzard will be including a demo for the highly anticipated World of Warcraft: Classic for all virtual ticket buyers. Now players can play the same demo that BlizzCon 2018 attendees can from their own home computers.

The demo will include one early Horde zone and one early Alliance zone. Players will be able to have a limited questing experience as they jump around these classic, re-created areas. According to Blizzard, home players will be able to play from Nov. 2 — just after the opening ceremony to BlizzCon — until Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. PST.

PS4-locked Fortnite accounts now freed for Switch and Xbox One, merged accounts coming

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PS4-locked Fortnite accounts now freed for Switch and Xbox One, merged accounts coming

Sony has announced that cross-platform play is coming to PlayStation 4, starting with Fortnite. But cross-platform play wasn’t the real reason people were upset about how Sony was handling Fortnite accounts. The anger came from the launch of Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch during E3 this year, when players found out that any account that had been played on the PlayStation 4 couldn’t be used on the Nintendo Switch.

Not being able to play with your friends on other consoles was one thing, but being blocked from playing with your account at all on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One because you used it on PS4 is another. It felt like we should have been warned never to play Fortnite on PlayStation 4 if we wanted to play on Switch at a later date.

Fortnite dances as performed by BTS, the world’s most popular boy band

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Fortnite dances as performed by BTS, the world’s most popular boy band

Fortnite is the biggest game in the world, so it would be silly to think it’s escaped the attention of the biggest boy band in the world.

On the latest episode of The Tonight Show, South Korean boy band BTS was challenged to perform some of the dances popularized by Fortnite (a category which is rife with controversy, as many of the dances were actually created by black entertainers and used without their involvement).

Total War: Rome 2 dev says it won’t remove female generals from the game

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Total War: Rome 2 dev says it won’t remove female generals from the game

Total War: Rome 2 developer Creative Assembly issued a statement on Twitter responding to complaints from some players stemming from the game’s inclusion of female generals, saying it has no plans to change the feature.

Creative Assembly’s response comes a month after complaints were lodged at a community manager in Steam forum discussions, and six months after the game’s initial update that included playable female characters went live. A reactionary portion of the game’s audience recently argued that Creative Assembly is forcing players to use female generals as playable characters, which the developer states is false. The reports gained traction thanks to one particular screenshot posted to Total War: Rome 2’s Steam community hub, seen above.

Super Mario Bros. speedrunner sets ‘impossible’ new world record

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Super Mario Bros. speedrunner sets ‘impossible’ new world record

Super Mario Bros. has found its new speedrunning champion, and he may hold that title for the foreseeable future.

Kosmic, a streamer who specializes in speedrunning various Mario games, did what many players thought impossible earlier this week. After tying with the previous Any% world record of 4:56.245, Kosmic kept going — and managed to best it, shocking fans as he became the first person to set a record under the 4:56 mark.

PlayStation Plus October games include Friday the 13th, Laser League

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PlayStation Plus October games include Friday the 13th, Laser League

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to two very different competitive multiplayer games in October: horror game Friday the 13th and retro-futuristic combat sport Laser League, both of which will be available on PlayStation 4.

Sony announced next month’s PlayStation Plus game lineup in a post on the PlayStation Blog today, leading with Friday the 13th: The Game and Laser League. But that’s not all that PS4 owners will get access to in October, thanks to a number of PS Plus titles with Cross Buy support.

Nintendo Switch Cloud Saves will have a buffer period

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Nintendo Switch Cloud Saves will have a buffer period

When Nintendo Switch Online launched last week, users were quick to spot a potentially concerning detail: it wasn’t clear whether Save Data Cloud files would be able to be restored if an account lapsed.

Most other console online services offer a buffer period to renew online subscriptions, if not offering a fully free cloud save service. But the original wording of the Nintendo Switch Online FAQ made it unclear whether this was going to be the case.

Fortnite Season 6’s final hint brings us a werewolf

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Fortnite Season 6’s final hint brings us a werewolf

Fortnite, season six launches in the early morning on Thursday, Sept. 27, and Epic Games has released the third and possibly final tease about what we can expect from the new Battle Pass and tone of the upcoming content. The theme that runs through all the images is ... weird stuff? Honestly, we have no clue.

You can check out the latest tweet below, complete with a look at what appears to be a werewolf skin:

Old-school Doom does battle royale with a new mod

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Old-school Doom does battle royale with a new mod

A team of modders has ginned up a way to play Doom 2 as a battle royale-style multiplayer game. While the mod, called Doom Royale (With Cheese) is still in development, the eventual goal is to have 64 players competing to be the last marine standing.

The mod is the brainchild of Retrodex Gaming. It leverages the original, 1994 PC version of Doom 2 and loads in as an alternate WAD, the bundle of files used to hold the original game’s levels. The mod is currently in testing, played mainly against bots.

Cross-platform play coming to PS4, starting with Fortnite

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Cross-platform play coming to PS4, starting with Fortnite

Sony has finally stopped fighting the future: A beta for cross-platform play, including support for Fortnite, launches today.

“The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems,” PlayStation president and global CEO John Kodera wrote on the PlayStation Blog. “We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.”