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Control: First 15 Mins Of Alan Wake Expansion Shown, And A Big Free Update Is Coming

4 hours 12 min ago

Control is getting its second expansion, AWE, on August 27, and it'll draw a direct connection between the game and Remedy's Xbox 360 hit Alan Wake. To celebrate, Remedy hosted a stream to show off the expansion's opening, and during it they shared some information about a major patch coming to the base game alongside AWE.

The expansion gameplay starts at about the 18 minute mark of the video below, which is taken from the PS4 version. The game's developers give some commentary over the footage, and the first Alan Wake reference comes basically right away.

During the demo, the free update is discussed, and it's going to make the game a bit easier to move through. Your Launch ability will now be able to pick up three objects, for instance, which gives Jesse a bit more power. There will be more Control Points added near bosses and other big fights to cut back on walking, as well as more "soft checkpoints"--meaning that if you die, you won't need to face certain combat encounters again.

You'll also be able to use "assist mode" to make the game much easier to play--it essentially gives you a high degree of customization on the difficulty, so that everyone has a chance to play through the full game and finish it.

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Scott Pilgrim Writer Says Ubisoft Has Contacted Him Amid Growing Campaign To Bring Game Back

4 hours 18 min ago

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game was delisted from the Xbox 360 and PS3 digital stores at the end of 2014, and since then there's been a lot of call to bring the fan-favorite game back. In May, tweets from writer Bryan O'Malley, film director Edgar Wright, and Ubisoft seemed to hint at the possibility, but we're yet to hear anything firm. But there's some reason for hope of the game's return.

Now, as the campaign continues to grow, there's been a hint of actual discussion taking place about the game's return. After Kotaku posted an article about the game being unavailable, which was shared on Twitter by Anamanaguchi (the band behind the game's iconic soundtrack), a new wave of discussion started. This has been further exacerbated by the fact that August 13 (today) is the 10 year anniversary of Edgar Wright's film adaptation of Bryan O'Malley's original book.

On Twitter, O'Malley has given us some hope with a short, sharp tweet, indicating that Ubisoft has reached out to him to discuss the game. Although the author's Twitter account is fairly new, a high portion of his tweets have been about the game, and the fact that Ubisoft had, up until now, not spoken to him about it.

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Ozark Season 4: Jason Bateman Shares New Info During Panel

4 hours 47 min ago

Netflix's Ozark is one of the most addictive shows on the streaming platform, and fans are eagerly awaiting the family crime drama's fourth and final season, especially after Season 3 ended with a bang (literally, you'll know if you're caught up) earlier this year.

We still don't know when Ozark Season 4 will come out--like everything else right now, it's been upended by COVID-19--but thanks to a new panel in Variety's Streaming Room, we now know a little bit more about Season 4.

Warning: Ozark Season 3 spoilers ahead.

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Can You Still Play Fortnite On iOS And Android?

6 hours 11 min ago

Fortnite has been removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play, but that doesn't mean you can't play it on mobile devices at all. If you're a mobile gamer wondering if you can still play Fortnite on your iOS or Android device, here's everything you need to know.

Can You Still Play Fortnite on iOS/iPhone/iPad?

The short answer is: Yes. If you already have Fortnite installed on your iOS device, like your iPhone or iPad, you can continue to play it. However, you will be limited to the latest version you have on your phone. The most recent version is update 13.40 from Chapter 2, Season 3. Once Chapter 2, Season 4 goes live, you will not be able to access any new content, including the new Battle Pass. You will be able to continue playing the older version, however.

If you have never downloaded Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad, there is no way to do a fresh install of Fortnite on iOS at this time.

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Why Was Fortnite Removed From The App Store And Google Play?

7 hours 32 min ago

Epic Games and Apple are feuding over a move the Fortnite developer made without Apple's approval, which resulted in the removal of Fortnite from the App Store. If you've seen #FreeFortnite trending on social media or caught that Nineteen Eighty-Fortnite video Epic posted, you're probably wondering what happened. Here's a quick breakdown.

What Did Fortnite Do To Make Apple Mad?

On Thursday, August 13, Epic Games introduced its own direct, in-app payment system for Fortnite across all platforms. Called the Fortnite Mega Drop, the new system implemented permanent discounts of up to 20% on V-bucks, Fortnite's in-game currency. On PC and console, this isn't a problem, but on mobile devices, things get a little more controversial.

Fortnite's new direct payment method on iOS devices, prior to App Store removal.

Both Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store collect a 30% fee from in-game purchases on their platforms. The new payment system gives players a choice between processing their in-app purchase through Apple (on iOS) or Google (on Android), thus paying a few dollars more and allowing Apple or Google to take their usual cut, or bypassing this step altogether and paying a lower price directly to Epic. By introducing a direct payment system that sidesteps Apple's fee, Epic Games has violated the App Store guidelines.

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Wonder Woman 1984: Cheetah's Final Look May Have Been Revealed By A Toy

8 hours 49 min ago

In comic lore, Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman's greatest adversaries. In most versions of the character, she's a rich heiress with a victim complex and a selfish streak, who gains supernatural felinic powers through bad means. Her strength is otherworldly--enough to draw blood from Superman and best Wonder Woman in a physical fight.

Cheetah will be one of the villains in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984. And although we've seen plenty of Wonder Woman's signature Golden Armor, we still haven't seen a photo or video of a full-blown Cheetah. This is by design. According to an interview that comedian and actress Kristen Wiig did with InStyle, even Wiig wasn't allowed to take any photos.

"This was [a] lockdown," Wiig said. "They have it somewhere, and you will see it. But there are different evolutions to my character. I will leave you with that."

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Final Fantasy 14's Next Event Is A Yo-Kai Watch Crossover

9 hours 15 min ago

Final Fantasy XIV's Moonfire Faire is now underway, but that's not the only event players will be able to take part in this month. Square Enix has announced that FFXIV's Yo-kai Watch collaboration is also returning soon, and it will feature new weapons, mounts, and more exclusive rewards to earn.

To begin the Yo-kai Watch quest, you'll need to speak to the poor-heeled youth at the Steps of Nald in Ul'dah. You'll need to have a character that's at least level 15 to accept the mission and have completed one of the three following main story quests:

  • The Gridanian Envoy
  • The Lominsan Envoy
  • The Ul'dahn Envoy

Upon completing the Yo-kai Watch quest, you'll receive the Yo-kai Watch itself as well as the Yo-kai Medallium, which will allow you to collect different Yo-kai Medals. Turn these medals over to the wandering executive at the Gold Saucer and you'll be able to befriend their respective Yo-kai and summon them as minions.

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Hitman 3's PSVR Mode Creates A More Immersive And Distracting Experience, Devs Say

9 hours 30 min ago

Hitman III developer IO Interactive surprised fans when it announced last week that the entire trilogy of stealth titles will be compatible with PlayStation VR when it releases in January 2021 on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The developer released a four-minute video that gives fans a better look at what to expect when stepping into Agent 47's virtual shoes. This includes a look at the additional freedom players will have when using the contracted killer's weaponry and how going first-person impacts the gameplay.

Lead game designer Sidsel Marie Hermansen says playing Hitman in virtual reality feels like an entirely new experience. The immersive nature of VR is aided by the existing level of detail, and the studio making sure that each location feels like a lived-in world with characters that have their own routines. The developer describes the experience as being more "powerful" and that it's easy to get distracted by side conversations that take place.

"Every little thing wants to take center stage," senior game designer Eskil Mohl explains. "Before in the third-person game, maybe you got a little distracted from something else but now you can't escape them anymore. They're right in your face. I found myself traversing the levels slower and just taking everything in because it's so dense with detail."

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Get Frostpunk On Steam For $10 Ahead Of New 'On The Edge' Expansion

9 hours 50 min ago

Frostpunk is one of the best strategy games to come out in years, and it's received some great support in the form of expansions. The third and final expansion, On The Edge, is slated for release on August 20, and if you want to get into the post-apocalyptic strategy game ahead of its launch, then you can snag the Steam version at a great price. Frostpunk is only $10 (was $30) on Fanatical with promo code GAMESPOT. This deal is only valid until August 17 at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

This promo code stacks with the game's current discount, bringing its $12 sale price down to $10. All you have to do to claim this extra deal is add Frostpunk to your cart, apply promo code GAMESPOT, and then checkout. Once your order is complete, you can then redeem your Frostpunk code on Steam and start playing. Frostpunk's season pass and Game of the Year edition are also discounted. The latter includes both the base game and season pass.

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GameSpot's Frostpunk review scored the game a 9/10 for its great aesthetic that helps reinforce the themes of its frozen-wasteland dystopia. Frostpunk features gut-wrenching decisions, and challenging gameplay that forces you to balance your short-term goals and overall long-term plan.

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Fortnite 1984 Short Sees Epic Games Attack Apple With #FreeFortnite Campaign

9 hours 51 min ago

Epic Games premiered a short less than a minute long saying that it had "defied the App Store Monopoly." The video was showcased in Fortnite's Party Royale mode shortly after Epic Games sued Apple, which followed the company's removal of Fortnite from the iOS App Store.

"In retaliation Apple is blocking Fortnite from a billion devices," the screen read during the short. "Join the fight to stop 2020 from becoming '1984.'" Viewers were then encourage to use a #FreeFortnite hashtag on social media.

The commercial appears to be a play on Apple's Macintosh commercial that aired in 1984. That commercial introduced the Apple Macintosh personal to the world and claimed that it would help people realize why "1984 won't be like '1984,'" referencing the famous Goerge Orwell novel. Epic Games is clearly mocking Apple for their policies on the App store.

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Dive Deeper Into Control's Mind-Trippy World With This Cool Tome Of Developer Secrets

10 hours 48 min ago

Remedy Entertainment's Control was one of our favorite games of 2019. If its world captivated you as well, there's a new companion book on the horizon that dives into the creation of the game. The limited-edition version of The Art and Making of Control is available to pre-order now at Amazon for $60, and we expect a standard (cheaper) edition will pop up soon, too.

The Art and Making of Control - Limited edition $60

The Art and Making of Control will feature concept art, sketches, and renders chronicling the stages of development. Additionally, it'll provide commentary about the game design, story, costume design, and visual effects--one of Control's standout features.

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It's unclear exactly when the book will launch, but it's expected to arrive this holiday. The hardcover coffee table book comes in at 384 pages and will be published by Future Press. While we can't tell exactly what extras come with the book's limited edition, it's safe to assume that the sleek slipcase and multiple inserts with supplemental material are two of the bonuses.

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Final Fantasy 7 Is Now On Xbox Game Pass For Xbox One And PC

11 hours 32 min ago

The 1997 version of Final Fantasy VII, which was first exclusive to the PlayStation before being ported to a myriad of other consoles, is now available on Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC subscribers.

Anyone who subscribes to Xbox Game Pass--whether it's the console-specific tier, the PC-specific tier (for Windows 10 PCs), or the all-encompassing Ultimate tier--can add the classic JRPG to their backlog. The game can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

There are some new features that come with this Xbox Game Pass version, including a 3x speed mode, the ability to turn battle encounters off, and a battle enhancement mode. These extra features, while not exclusive to PC or Xbox One, are added for free.

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Agents Of SHIELD Series Finale Delivered An Avengers: Endgame Connection

11 hours 35 min ago

Wednesday night, ABC's Agents of SHIELD, aired its series finale, bringing a run of 136 episodes and seven seasons that kicked off in 2013 to a close. It was a stretch of time and programming so long that many viewers may have missed how the series has impressively shifted, adapted, and worked to complement the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has been unfolding in parallel in theaters. The finale, spreading across two episodes ("The End Is at Hand" and "What We're Fighting For"), cleanly lays out something the series has done some legwork to avoid directly addressing: The show takes place in a timeline distinct from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even though it also has had direct connections to specific movies, including 2019's Avengers: Endgame.

In the finale, Leo Fitz, an agent of SHIELD. who specializes in engineering and weapons technology, surfaces after a mysterious season-long disappearance. An eagle-eared writer at The Wrap noticed some interesting language Fitz used when reuniting with the other agents: His emphasizing or using certain phrases like "our world" and "multiple dimensions" to explain how the events of SHIELD's timeline fit into a bigger scheme of things. The final season repeatedly touched on the idea of multiple dimensions, and critics at The Wrap and elsewhere are taking this to be a confirmation that the show's timeline is distinct from the MCU.

Uproxx further connected dots between the ABC show and Endgame by highlighting Fitz's traveling between timelines through Quantum Realms." Uproxx explains: "The Quantum Realm is the show's most direct connection to Avengers: Endgame, as well as Ant-Man and the Wasp, as it was used by the Avengers to undo Thanos' universe-upsetting Snap."

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Dead By Daylight Cross-Play Is Now Live

11 hours 38 min ago

Dead by Daylight has now introduced cross-play, letting you survive the horror game with friends across PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. This follows Behavior linking up the Steam and Windows 10 communities with cross-play.

According to the announcement, this also came alongside cross-friends functionality, letting you keep one unified friends list. The studio had previously mentioned cross-progression on Stadia in September. Cross-play or progression doesn't appear to be in the cards for the mobile version.

Behavior Interactive says Dead by Daylight has reached more than 25 million players across all platforms, with about 1 million players daily. With most of those communities now able to play together, the share of players who can all join together is much bigger.

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WWE's Failed Casino, Secrets Of Refereeing With ROH's Todd Sinclair, And More | Wrestle Buddies Episode 15

11 hours 55 min ago

On this week's episode of Wrestle Buddies, GameSpot's professional wrestling podcast, Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner are joined by Ring of Honor's senior official Todd Sinclair, who tells us all about the life of a referee and the ridiculously important role they play--and how weird that role can get.

Additionally, the Wrestle Buddies dive into the world of mysteries within wrestling, and our first unsolved wrestling mystery looks back at the time WWE blew up Vince McMahon for two weeks. That's right, Vince McMahon once got into a limousine and it exploded on television.

Photo credit: RING OF HONOR/Robert Bellamy

Finally, we take a lot at WWE's plans to develop its own hotel and casino in Las Vegas during the '90s. Do you remember that? Probably not since it never got past the developmental phase. However, WWE had some huge plans. Additionally, we answer a few of your questions.

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We Still Don't Know PS5 And Xbox Series X's Prices, But It's Not As Weird As You Think

12 hours 3 min ago

Next-generation consoles are nearly upon us. Both Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are coming before the end of the year--the new Xbox is now confirmed for November--meaning we're no more than three months away from having new consoles in our hands. Despite that, we still don't know exactly when they're coming and, more notably, how much they'll cost. But you don't have to look that far back to see the wait for this information isn't unprecedented.

Nintendo Switch launched on March 3, 2017, but it wasn't until January 12--less than two months earlier--that Nintendo shared a price or release date. That's 50 days before launch! It's wild to think that news came so late in the game, but that didn't stop the Switch from selling out when pre-orders went live just hours after the date and price were announced (though there were some available at launch). Likewise, Xbox 360's price wasn't announced until mid-August, just three months before launch.

I've seen people continue to express astonishment that such critical details about PS5 or Xbox remain unknown at this late stage. And I get it: Who can forget PS3's "five-hundred and ninety-nine US dollars" at E3 2006, five months before release? We heard about pricing for PS4 and Xbox One back to back during E3 in June 2013, again, five months before they hit store shelves. While this year may not have seen an E3, we have already gotten events from both Sony and Microsoft that effectively served as substitutes for their usual E3 press conferences, and yet these details remain unknown as of mid-August.

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Mortal Shell Physical Editions Announced For PS4, Xbox One, And PC

12 hours 9 min ago

The Dark Souls-like action-RPG, Mortal Shell, releases digitally for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 18, but if you're looking to snag a physical edition of the dark-fantasy romp, then you're in luck. Publisher Playstack announced physical editions for both consoles and PC are coming on October 2 for $30 each. The physical editions will launch in North America and Europe and are expected to be available through major retailers--however, no listings have gone live as of yet.

Mortal Shell's physical release comes with a few bonuses, including a fold-out poster and softcover artbook that features concept and character art. While the PS4 and Xbox One versions will include discs, the PC version's physical release will only have an Epic Games Store code in the box. Mortal Shell is exclusive to Epic's storefront, with a Steam release coming in 2021.

Mortal Shell physical edition


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Madden NFL 21 Details Backyard Football Mode "The Yard"

12 hours 25 min ago

After teasing the mode last week, EA has now given more details and a proper trailer for its Madden NFL 21 backyard football mode, The Yard. The mode looks to be a more casual style of football, with features like alternative plays and custom jerseys.

According to the official site, The Yard will feature new trick play animations never before seen in Madden. It will feature its own career with your customized avatar, letting you collect Rep to build rank and Cred to unlock gear. That gear includes jerseys with rarity statuses ranging from Common to Legendary, growing more ornate as they go. And the games themselves will take place on a range of non-stadium locations like Miami Port and Brandenberg Football Festival in Germany.

The company also revealed a new trailer for The Yard, showing off some of the locations and uniforms alongside football icons helping mo-cap the moves.

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Apex Legends: Season 6 Gameplay Trailer Drops Tomorrow

12 hours 30 min ago

Developer Respawn Entertainment has already shared the announcement trailer for Apex Legends Season 6, and the studio will show some gameplay of Boosted tomorrow at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET.

The Season 6: Boosted gameplay trailer will be uploaded to the official Apex Legends YouTube channel. It's unclear what will be shown, but we should get a detailed look at Rampart and her gatling turret Sheila. We should also learn what's up with the vandalized construction signs popping up in World's Edge and the myriad other hints Respawn has been dropping both in-game and on Twitter.

There are numerous teases as to what's coming when Boosted starts, which could possibly be on August 18. In addition to a new Battle Pass that features legendary skins and the brand-new Holo-Sprays, Season 6: Boosted introduces a crafting mechanic, the Volt SMG, and a brand new ranked season.

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This Fantastic Nintendo Switch Game Just Got A Major Price Drop

12 hours 49 min ago

We've reached a bit of a lull in the year in terms of Nintendo Switch releases, but while we don't yet know what major first-party games Nintendo may have planned for this fall, there are still plenty of gems on the platform just waiting to be discovered. One such game is AI: The Somnium Files, a mystery-driven adventure game that released late last year. Normally $60, this excellent game has seen its first permanent price drop at one retailer, and it's a big one--Best Buy just slashed the price on AI: The Somnium Files to $30.

This permanent discount matches the lowest price we've ever seen for the game; recently, it was $30 in an eShop sale (that has since ended). So far, Best Buy is the only retailer that's currently offering this price, and all the digital stores (the Eshop, Steam, PSN) still have it listed at $60, so this is a fantastic deal worth taking advantage of.

AI: The Somnium Files $30 (was $60)

Released in September 2019, AI: The Somnium Files is discounted to $30 for Nintendo Switch at Best Buy. It's also available on PS4 and PC for full price.

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AI: The Somnium Files comes from the creators of Danganronpa and Zero Escape, and it takes those dark, puzzle-oriented themes in a new direction. The game follows detective Kaname Date, who leads a team that investigates murder cases. Date uses an artificial intelligence named Aiba that allows him to investigate crime scenes at a detailed level, including X-ray vision and zooming. Date can also enter the memories of suspects or witnesses to find more clues and additional info--but these dreamscapes collapse after six minutes, and certain interactions will cause you to lose a chunk of time, so careful calculation is needed to find the info you need.

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