5 things to know about Fortnite patch 5.40

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5 things to know about Fortnite patch 5.40

Fortnite’s newest patch is here and it’s bringing with it the game’s biggest event ever: High Stakes.

The centerpiece of the High Stakes event is its introduction of Fortnite’s newest game mode, The Getaway, but that’s not the only thing coming to Fortnite this patch. We’re also getting a new themed weapon — the Grappler, perfect for any heist you’re waiting to pull off — as well as some new skins, including the event-themed Wildcard outfit.

Fortnite’s Getaway mode is a totally new way to play the game

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Fortnite’s Getaway mode is a totally new way to play the game

Fortnite has always been more of a platform for different ideas than a strict battle royale game, and Epic Games hasn’t been shy about trying new things out. Today’s addition of the Getaway limited-time mode to kick off the High Stakes event, however, may be one of the most radical departures from the standard game since the Thanos event.

You can watch the trailer for the new mode at the top of this post to see why.

Nintendo Direct cancelled following earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan

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Nintendo Direct cancelled following earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan

A Nintendo Direct scheduled for today, Sept. 6, has been cancelled, the company announced, out of respect for the victims of landslides that rocked northern Japan last night.

“Due to the powerful earthquake in Hokkaido, Japan, we have decided to delay this week’s planned Nintendo Direct,” the company said in a press release. “We will provide a new time and date in the near future. Thank you for your understanding.”

Year Five of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out today

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Year Five of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is out today

While the Hogwarts Express rolled into Platform 93⁄4 on Sept. 1, players of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery were still waiting for their fifth year to start. But wait no more — Year Five of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is available today in Hogwarts Mystery.

Fans of Harry Potter know that the fifth year at Hogwarts means preparation for the O.W.L. (Ordinary Wizarding Level) exams, which players will now be able to take in-game! Additionally, those who finished the prefect quest in the fourth year will receive their prefect badges and assume all responsibilities of the role (and gain access to the sweet prefect’s bathroom).

You’ll have to be even more careful in Hitman 2

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You’ll have to be even more careful in Hitman 2

Hitman 2 is IO Interactive’s upcoming follow-up for its episodic reboot of the series from 2016. Until now, the studio hasn’t provided many details on how the sequel will expand on the assassination mechanics and options that were available in Hitman, but a trailer released Wednesday shows off some key additions to the formula.

IO Interactive has spruced up the onscreen minimap a bit, but one of the main new element is a grid that shows you the exact field of view of each security camera. It looks like walking in front of certain cameras will get Agent 47 in trouble even if he’s wearing a good disguise, so you’ll have to stay on your toes. (Presumably, camera grids will appear only when you’re using Instinct Mode, which lets 47 see people through walls, but it’s unclear.)

The 20 games of fall we’re most excited to play

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The 20 games of fall we’re most excited to play

Over the weekend, I shared a spreadsheet with the Polygon team and asked everyone to initial the games coming out between now and the end of the year that they’re most excited to play.

After counting up the votes, I ended up with a list of 20 games, ranked below by how highly they’re anticipated by the team. But what we really have is as good a way as any to demonstrate the roster of games coming out at this busiest time of year, ranging from multimillion-dollar blockbusters to franchise iterations, from returning classics to independent innovations. So, here goes ...

Here’s a first look Call of Duty’s battle royale map

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Here’s a first look Call of Duty’s battle royale map

Details for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s new battle royale mode, Blackout, continue to trickle in. Developer Treyarch revealed the mode’s map in a tweet on Wednesday. The post was made as a teaser for the mode’s upcoming beta, which begins on Sept. 10 for PlayStation 4 players.

While a map doesn’t exactly give us much to go on, we can at least get an idea of what the mode’s terrain might look like. Based on that map, there are quite a few familiar-looking areas for players that have enjoyed other battle royale games in the past, or more specifically, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, with its two large landmasses divided by a river players will surely have to cross frequently.

Nintendo Direct September 2018: What to expect

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Nintendo Direct September 2018: What to expect

Nintendo’s got 35 minutes of announcements, reveals, updates and all that other good stuff coming tomorrow, Sept. 6. The first Nintendo Direct of the fall will kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, which gives us more than enough time to speculate on what could be shown off during the presentation.

Speculating is exactly what we’re doing below; read on for what we’re expecting from the September Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo Direct presentation airs Sept. 6

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Nintendo Direct presentation airs Sept. 6

A Nintendo Direct will stream on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. ET. As per the event’s landing page, Nintendo will show off games for both 3DS and Switch during the latest presentation.

The Nintendo Direct will run about 35 minutes, according to the company. That sounds like the company will have a good deal to talk about, which is always exciting for fans. (We hope, anyway.) It’s also the first time since E3 2018 that Nintendo will devote time to a number of games, not just a single title.

NBA 2K19’s developers say they heard your MyCareer complaints

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NBA 2K19’s developers say they heard your MyCareer complaints

The story of NBA 2K19’s MyCareer, the series’ long-running single-player career mode, is about an arrogant athlete who needs to learn some humility. In a way, that tale could serve as an analogy for NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts itself, as far as the game’s career mode and online play are concerned.

Last year’s NBA 2K18 won plenty of accolades, as each new entry in this perennially acclaimed franchise does. But as players spent more time with MyCareer and the Neighborhood — a revamped online hub that transformed menus into a walkable in-game space — they became frustrated with how slow everything felt.