Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode leave PUBG’s Steam player base unscathed

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Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode leave PUBG’s Steam player base unscathed

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds fends off Call of Duty’s battle royale mode over launch weekend.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launched at the end of last week, along with the new battle royale mode Blackout. Rather unexpectedly, the release has left PUBG’s Steam player count relatively untouched.

GitHyp reports that PUBG only saw a 4% drop in players over Black Ops 4’s launch weekend, which was less than in previous weeks.

Rumour: World of Warcraft subscriber count may have leaked

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Rumour: World of Warcraft subscriber count may have leaked

The subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft have remained undisclosed for a few years, but it seems that the figures may have leaked.

According to Weak Auras, a popular WoW add-on, the leak came from Blizzard’s new API and included data on player subscriptions and end dates, although it goes on to tweet that the original source has been deleted, so it’s worth taking the news with a pinch of salt, and then some.

Blizzard stopped sharing Wow sub data back in 2015, opting to share details of the game’s revenue instead. If the numbers are accurate, active subscribers went from 3.2 million at the launch of the Battle for Azeroth expansion to the current figure of 1.7 million.

LEGO Worlds free DLC is locked behind online membership on Switch

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LEGO Worlds free DLC is locked behind online membership on Switch

The free DLC for LEGO Worlds is currently unavailable on Switch without the paid online membership.

LEGO Worlds’ free content is locked behind Nintendo Switch Online’s paid membership right now. Bricks to Life contributor, Paul Haan, discovered the issue last month, which doesn’t allow for the free mega DLC Showcase Collection Pack to be downloaded without a paid membership to Nintendo’s online services.

Following it up with WB Games support, Haan was told that “after further investigation…it appears to be due to the recent policy changes per Nintendo requiring an Online account” to access the content.

Red Dead Redemption 2 development saw studio employees saddled with 100-hour work weeks

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Red Dead Redemption 2 development saw studio employees saddled with 100-hour work weeks

The crunch kicked in at Rockstar San Diego as the studio geared up to finish Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 promises to be a doozy of a game, with 300,000 animations and 500,000 lines of dialogue squeezed into around 60 hours of content. Rockstar studio founder Dan Houser has revealed that it hasn’t all been sunshine and rainbows, with employees “working 100-hour weeks” over the course of the year.

Devs often go into crunch mode as release dates creep closer, but it’s something the industry has been trying to address for some time now. In the past, studios have received a backlash for this as their employees work gruelling hours with no overtime pay.

Alan Wake and Max Payne’s voice actors are going to appear in Remedy’s next game, Control

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The voice actors for two of Remedy’s most popular protagonists, Max Payne and Alan Wake, are going to star in Control, their next game.

The two voice actors aren’t reprising their previous roles unfortunately, as James McCaffrey, the voice actor for Max Payne, will be playing former director of the Federal Bureau of Control Zachariah Trench, while Matthew Porretta, Alan Wake’s voice actor, will play the head of research, Dr. Casper Darling.

This was all confirmed in a new developer diary for Control which Eurogamer picked up on, titled Directors Old and New. It features interviews with Sam Lake, creative director at Remedy, James McCaffrey, and others, all discussing the two characters and how they interact with the protagonist, Jesse Faden.

Jesse Faden’s actor had already been confirmed as Courtney Hope, who is also a Remedy veteran, having played Beth in Quantum Break. Faden is the new director at the Federal Bureau of Control, taking over from Trench.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – how to unlock Blackout characters

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There are a bunch of playable characters in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode, but you’ll need to unlock them by completing a very specific set of criteria.

You’ll find 29 characters in Blackout in total, pulled in from previous Call of Duty games, Zombies and Multiplayer modes.

To unlock the majority of them, your first objective is to find the challenge which appears as an item. You’ll need to keep hold of this item throughout the match, as well as complete the challenge requirements and finish in the specified position.

Some of them are really tough, and with the added pressure of competing in Blackout, will take some work to unlock. There’s also a random element as a lot of the items are hard to find. And also keep in mind that some skins just aren’t currently available to unlock as this time.

Black Ops 4: Blackout Challenges, tiers, echelons and how to earn merits

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Black Ops 4: Blackout Challenges, tiers, echelons and how to earn merits


Challenges in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 award you with XP and merits, depending on your play mode. For Blackout mode the rewards are merits, which help you level up. Here’s how they work and a list of all the Challenges you should be working towards if you want to reach the highest level of play.

Blackout Challenges are split into two sets of two. Career Challenges include Professional Challenges and Survivalist Challenges. Operations Challenges are split into Heroics and Vehicular. There are also Dark Ops Challenges – these are classified and are revealed as you play. We’ll come back to those further down the page.

The majority of these challenges have three tiers to complete, with each tier handing out extra Merits once completed. For example, the Winner Winner Challenge hands you 50 Merits for winning a match in solo. Complete that Challenge 10 times and you’ll also Complete Tier 1, which hands you a bonus 100 Merits.

Fortnite pro Simon Miller takes on COD: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode

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Having left behind Fortnite, “an idiot’s game for children”, Simon Miller wanted to try his luck at the latest battle royale sensation: Blackout.

Blackout, with its 18 age rating, is clearly a game for adults. It doesn’t feature building, and it lets you run around punching walls. That’s right up Simon’s knuckle-dented alleyway.

So, how does he fare? Have a watch of the video below to find out:

A Diablo 3 Switch bundle featuring a special edition console is coming next month

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For those who are picking up a Switch alongside Diablo 3’s release on the console, a special Diablo 3 Switch bundle will be released on November 2.

Including the Switch itself, a download code for the game and all of the DLC content (so that’s both the Reaper of Souls expansion and the Necromancer class), and a special carrying case for the console itself, the bundle will be coming out the same day as Diablo 3 on the Switch.

The console and dock are both Diablo 3 themed, too, with art printed on the two, and the full game download includes the special Switch-only Ganondorf armour set too.

In the United States, the bundle will be exclusive to GameStop, according to Polygon, and will cost $359.99. That price is as expected, meaning you’re not saving money, but instead receiving the swish carry case and the special Switch version with the Diablo 3 art printed on.

A full Shenmue remake was in the works before Sega cancelled it for the HD re-releases

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Sega’s cancelled Shenmue remaster looks so much better than the HD re-releases.

Shenmue 1 & 2 got an HD re-release earlier this year, and while we thought it was a strong port, it turns out we almost had something a whole lot better.

Digital Foundry has gotten its hands on gameplay footage from the full Shenmue remake that was cancelled some time last year, and while budgets constraints seems to be the most likely cause, the actual reason remains unknown.