Titanfall 2's Live Fire 6v6 Mode To Release Tomorrow

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Titanfall 2's Live Fire 6v6 Mode To Release Tomorrow

Titanfall 2's highly anticipated Live Fire free update is finally going live tomorrow, adding a new 6v6 multiplayer mode, two maps specifically designed for it, as well as a complete overhaul of the matchmaking system.

The new Live Fire Mode throws 12 players together onto a map in a pilots-only match with no respawns, and only a minute to eliminate the opposing team or hold onto a neutral flag as time expires. There will also be two new maps for the mode: Meadow, which reintroduces zip lines, and Stacks, a highly vertical map that encourages attacks from above.

The other big feature is what developer Respawn has dubbed Mixtape matchmaking, which eliminates the old way of joining a match in favor of creating a list of your favorite modes.

Overwatch's Next Hero Is Efi, Game Director Confirms

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Overwatch's Next Hero Is Efi, Game Director Confirms

The speculation about Overwatch's next hero has run wild after yesterday's faux interview with child robotics and AI genius Efi Oladele. Would the hero be an 11-year-old or would it be a new Omnic she might create. According to Gabe Director Jeff Kaplan, it is the former, but we likely have not gotten the full story.

Kaplan gave an Overwatch talk at DICE, showing various slides of art. In one, a huge four-legged mech was prominent, but he quickly warned speculative Reddit users that "the hero in the center is not the hero that you think it is,” which was similar to his comment on the official forums earlier in the week about character Doomfist.

However, after the talk, he confirmed to Polygon that Efi was the next hero, with more info coming "over the next week."

Shack's Arcade Corner: Primal Rage

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Shack's Arcade Corner: Primal Rage

Welcome to another edition of Shack’s Arcade Corner, where Greg Burke makes it his business to parade around like a huge monster and fight off any takers. That’s why in this episode of Shack’s Arcade Corner, he’s tackling Primal Rage.

Greg checks out this versus fighter from Atari Games released in 1994 and discovers exactly what makes these brawlers so primal in the first place. The Virtuous and Destructive Beasts are ready to duke it out with red T-Rexes, ape-beasts, stegosauruses and more. It’s a throwback to the Stone Age here at Shacknews as Greg risks life and limb to bring us one of the best arcade fighters ever — at least, to some of us.

Check out our look at Primal Rage below!

Come Watch Us Play Sentinels of the Multiverse On Twitch At 4 PM ET

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Come Watch Us Play Sentinels of the Multiverse On Twitch At 4 PM ET

If you’ve got a free afternoon (and even if you don’t) you should take in some Sentinels of the Multiverse with us! Tune into our Shacknews Twitch channel at 4 PM ET/1 PM PT to check out Asif Khan, Jason Faulkner, RaqibMarvelous, and tehMorag as they engage in card combat with the colorful card game.

Watch it all go down via the stream below or head on over to our Twitch page to hang out with all the other viewers in chat. Make sure to subscribe to our Twitch channel for more awesome streams and content as well!

Overwatch Pro Player Destroys Hacker Impersonating Him in Game

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Overwatch Pro Player Destroys Hacker Impersonating Him in Game

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, unless of course you are a cheater. An pro Overwatch player ran into someone in a match using his account name and aim-botting at the same time. In the end, justice prevailed.

Overwatch expert Kephrii, aka Brian St. James, is the highest ranked Widowmaker player in the world. So when he saw another Kephrii playing Widowmaker in a match against him and his team, it became personal (via Engadget). The real Kephrii kills the imposter several times, and he even becomes a but agitated when he realizes the guy is cheating as well. "Guys, he's cheating," St. James tells his team between rounds. "I told you this; that Kephrii is cheating, he's aim-botting." 

In the end the real Kephrii is rewarded with play of the game. In posting his video on YouTube, St. James is matter-of-fact: " I was playing with LG Superplouk and we got matched against a Hacker who named his account Kephrii after me. It's kind of flattering that he thought to name his aimbot account after me, but he's still a dick for hacking."

Mass Effect Expansion Comes to Cards Against Humanity

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Mass Effect Expansion Comes to Cards Against Humanity

BioWare has teamed up with Cards Against Humanity to create a Mass Effect expansion for the popular game. But don't expect anything family friendly. The cards are all about sex with aliens and boning metal women. We doubt these are the "meaningful" side quests that Mass Effect> Andromeda was aiming for. 

The limited-edition 14-card pack is now on sale for only $1, and the site jokes that the pack was created in the hope that "they would let us play the new Mass Effect game early. That did not happen, but here we are anyway." 

In actuality, the expansion actually sprung from a meeting a few years ago at the San Diego ComicCon between the CAH team and the developer. The two sides were so excited about the prospect that work began on the cards later that same evening. More than 700 cards were created, but only 14 made the final cut. 

World of Tanks Player Dies During 24-Hour Charity Twitch Stream

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World of Tanks Player Dies During 24-Hour Charity Twitch Stream

A Twitch gamer running a 24-hour charity stream for the Make-A-Wish Foundation has died off-camera during the marathon.

Brian “PoShYbRiD” Vigneault, a 35-year-old World of Tanks player from Virginia Beach, Va., had stepped out around 3:30 a.m. CST for a smoke break, but did not return. Fans following the stream became concerned, thinking that maybe he had fallen asleep. When a friend saw him online in a Discord chat channel, he reached out, but apparently the person responding was a member of the Virginia Beach police department. The detective later confirmed that Vigneault had died. No official cause of death has been released.

According to his Twitch profile page, Vigneault was active in doing charity streams, giving 100% of the proceeds to various organizations. "So far this stream has raised over $10,917.20 for various veterans and children's charity organizations," he said on the page.

Nintendo Switch will be available at GameStop for walk-ins on launch day

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Nintendo Switch will be available at GameStop for walk-ins on launch day

Pre-orders for the upcoming Nintendo Switch came and went pretty quickly, so it’s understandable that many weren’t able to secure one for launch day. If you were one of those people, there’s still hope. Gamestop announced today that there will be a limited supply of consoles set aside for walk-in customers on launch day. 

In a press release, GameStop encouraged those unable to snag a console early to attend their “midnight launch events.” Be aware that fans will show up in large numbers to try and get in on that walk-in deal; so your chances of being able to purchase a Switch on launch day without a pre-order are slim, but still worth a shot.

Gamestop also revealed that they will have two different Nintendo Switch bundles available for purchase on their website. As of now it’s unknown as to when these offers will go live. Bundle 1 will get you a Switch console, a Switch pro controller, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for $429.99. Bundle 2 will get you everything included in bundle 1, along with Piggyback’s official guide to Zelda: BOTW for $454.99.

Dead Rising 4 Coming to Steam Next Month

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Dead Rising 4 Coming to Steam Next Month

Dead Rising 4 is a fun little romp through hordes of zombies, but it had previously been confined to Xbox One and Windows 10. Now users of other PC OSes can rejoice as the game is coming to Steam on March 14.

Capcom released a rather over the top trailer for the announcement (seen below), which is saying a lot since Dead Rising 4 is pretty over the top to begin with, but if it doesn't make you smile, you are probably as dead inside as the zombies that Frank West is trying to eliminate.

Steam is already running a pre-order deal for the game, offering 20 percent off the regular price at $47.99. The Deluxe Edition is $67.98, or 15% off. 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gets Unboxed by Aonuma

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gets Unboxed by Aonuma

If you were one of the lucky ones to get a copy of a Limited Edition of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch, congratulations. If not, then take a few minutes to enjoy the unboxing of the set by Producer Eiji Aonuma.

The joy on his face as he pulls the items out of the box is reminiscent of a kid on Christmas. He pulls out the game disk box - which is for Europe only - pointing out that Link is "looking back over his shoulder, almost like he's calling out to us." He also reaches in to pull out the biggest piece of the edition, a copy of the Master Sword of Resurrection, planted in the ground next to a flower called the Silent Princess. Aonuma said the sword looks a bit worn with age, but if you want to know why it looks like that and why the flower is there, "you'll just have to play the game to find out."

The Limited Edition is a European variation of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Special and Master Editions available in the United States.