Breakthrough is Destiny 2: Forsaken’s new PvP mode

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Breakthrough is Destiny 2: Forsaken’s new PvP mode

Destiny 2’s PvP offerings have remained static since the game launched last year. But Game Informer reports that Destiny 2: Forsaken will introduce a new Crucible gametype called Breakthrough, a competitive-only mode that tasks players with capturing points.

When the match starts, two teams of four will be vying to capture the same point, called the Breaker. Once the Breaker has been captured, the mode will shift from a neutral game to attackers versus defenders. Those who won the Breaker will begin assaulting a new point, the enemy team’s Vault. The losers will need to defend their Vault from the attackers.

Epic Games taking smaller cut from Unreal asset makers, saying Fortnite’s success is why

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Epic Games taking smaller cut from Unreal asset makers, saying Fortnite’s success is why

Fortnite’s landmark success has given Epic Games leeway to give developers a larger cut of the profits from its Unreal Engine Marketplace, the publisher announced this week. Those who sell products on the marketplace will now keep 88 percent, with Epic getting a 12 percent cut.

Moreover, Epic Games said it will be retroactively compensating developers. The Unreal Marketplace sells assets created by others for use in games building on the Unreal 4 engine. All of those products, going back to the store’s 2014 launch, will have the 88-12 split applied, meaning developers will be getting some cash back.

Valve brings back Steam trading for Dutch players, blocks them from opening CS:GO loot crates

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Valve brings back Steam trading for Dutch players, blocks them from opening CS:GO loot crates

Valve released an update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week that blocks players in Belgium and the Netherlands from opening containers, the team-based shooter’s version of loot boxes that contain cosmetic items like stickers and weapon skins. The update also re-enables the ability for players in the Netherlands to trade and buy items via Steam.

In June, Valve attempted to comply with Dutch law — which determined that a handful of video games with loot boxes were in violation of the country’s gambling rules — by disabling trading and Steam Marketplace transfers in two of its games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2.

Nintendo eShop fills up on Toads and travelers this week

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Nintendo eShop fills up on Toads and travelers this week

Some people think that the summer is bone-dry for new games. This week’s Nintendo eShop proves us wrong, yet again, with at least two titles that you should be excited about. For JRPG fans, Square Enix has arrived; if you’re a puzzle-platformer gal, Nintendo says hi.

Octopath Traveler is a Nintendo Switch exclusive courtesy of Square Enix, and its vaguely Final Fantasy 6-style vibes have caught our attention since it was announced in 2016. It’s not quite the same as that interweaving RPG classic, but Octopath Traveler does star eight characters with their own stories and abilities. While the connections between them may be more limited than old-school Square Enix fans would like, there is no shortage of style here. The biggest sell, though, is that the summertime is the best time for a nice, long RPG, and we haven’t had one this buzzy on Switch in a while.

Fortnite’s season 5 map has some big changes

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Fortnite’s season 5 map has some big changes

Fortnite’s new map has no shortage of changes and surprises, like the addition of Paradise Palms. Moisty Mire has finally been drained, leaving this desert area and resort in its place. Among the houses and tourist traps, there is a full go-kart track that can be used to race against other players. Although unnamed, there are also lots of nearby attractions, like a ’50s diner, a junkyard and a pueblo-style village.

Anarchy Acres has been straightened out to form the new Lazy Links luxury golf course. The broad greens are easily traversed in season 5’s new vehicle, the All Terrain Kart. These four-person rides can do jumps and power-drifts, and are roomy enough to seat an entire squad.

Pokémon’s Kanto region now has the stunning map it deserves

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Pokémon’s Kanto region now has the stunning map it deserves

Pokémon: Let’s Go! is a beautiful, modern twist on Pokémon Yellow and the rest of the first-generation games. That means it takes us way back to the Kanto region, where the series began. We’ve visited Kanto so many times now that many of us can navigate it with our eyes closed. Now, The Pokémon Company is helping series newcomers get acclimated with the beloved area before the Nintendo Switch games launch this November with a mesmerizing, gorgeous illustration.

Alongside a bunch of other new screenshots and assets for the upcoming Let’s Go! games, the Pokémon publisher released the full Kanto map, seen below, which has a lot to pore over. Each town and city that players must travel to is subtly demarcated by their associated Pokémon. If you wanna go to Viridian City, look for its notorious bug Pokémon on the map; there’s your spot.

Old School RuneScape pulled offline for making every player a billionaire by mistake

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Old School RuneScape pulled offline for making every player a billionaire by mistake

You know how it is. You’ve been playing the same massively multiplayer online game — perhaps one like Old School RuneScape, a reimplementation of the original 2007 massively multiplayer online game — for over a decade. Tonight, you’re out wandering the world with your friends, taking on some good, old-fashioned player-versus-player action.

It’s not about the loot, you tell yourself. It’s about the competition. The camaraderie.

Fallout: New Vegas fan beats the game in about the hardest way imaginable

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Fallout: New Vegas fan beats the game in about the hardest way imaginable

A Fallout: New Vegas fan recently completed a run that can best be described as taking the path of most resistance. YouTuber Rheteam beat the game, beat the game on its highest difficulty, beat the game with a hardcore survival conditions mod enabled, beat the game with permadeath (so he couldn’t die), beat it without killing anyone and beat it without firing a gun. Oh, and no companions, either.

It took him since March over a span of 19 episodes (about one hour each). Here is the finale (spied by PC Gamer), which wrapped up two days ago:

Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass, skin upgrades and hidden challenges

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Fortnite Season 5 Battle Pass, skin upgrades and hidden challenges

Fortnite’s newest Battle Pass is here, and while we have seen everything you can unlock from leveling it up, it seems it still has a few more surprises in store.

Much like last year, the Season 5 Battle Pass has a few hidden challenge categories to complete before you really unlock everything. The first two relate to the first and last skins that players can unlock in the Battle Pass (just like Season 4’s Carbide and Omega). The Drift and Ragnarok skins will both have special pieces of armor and clothing that unlock and can be equipped optionally. After unlocking four pieces of armor, these challenges will also reward players with a custom themed axe that matches the skin they are attached to.

Mech fighting game Override looks ridiculously fun

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Mech fighting game Override looks ridiculously fun

Override: Mech City Brawl, a new fighting game that looks like a blend of giant monster battlers like War of the Monsters and Virtual On, is coming to consoles and PC later this year. The game’s debut trailer shows a ton of promise; Override will let players take control of giant robots and duke it out across cityscapes in one-on-one and four-player brawls.

There’s also a story mode and four-player co-op ... as a single mech. As shown in the above trailer, one player controls the mech’s legs, while two others control the arms and the fourth player acts as the pilot.