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Valheim Update: Dedicated Server Upgrades And Wolves Are Less Likely To Make Babies

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 06:03

A new patch is available now for the hit Norse multiplayer game Valheim. Among a handful of smaller changes, it makes a big change for dedicated servers and also tweaks the game balance so wolves are less horny.

Starting with the dedicated servers, this new update makes it so dedicated servers now always use direct connections instead of using the Steam Datagram Relay (SDR) system.

"This should result in much lower latency for most players," developer Iron Gate said. "I really hope this patch solves a lot of connection issues introduced in last weeks patches (due to switching socket backend)," the studio said.

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Peacock Orders New Bill Nye Series, The End Is Nye

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 05:46

Peacock has ordered the science series The End is Nye, hosted and co-executive produced by pre-eminent science guy, Bill Nye. According to a release, each episode will dive into the mystery and reality of both natural and unnatural threats, "from viruses to volcanoes, asteroids to authoritarianism, and climate change to chemical warfare."

The show, the release promises, is intended to explore "worldwide catastrophes" and their ability to provide both "thrills, but also hope and a way forward… The End is Nye offers a scientific blueprint for surviving anything that comes our way." No release date has yet been announced, nor has it been disclosed how many episodes of the new series will be in the works. Previously, Nye's Bill Nye Saves the World ran for three seasons on Netflix.

Brannon Braga (Cosmos: Possible Worlds, Star Trek) will serve as showrunner, director, and co-executive producer of all episodes. Fuzzy Door Production's Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and president Eric Huggins will round out the co-executive production duties. The series is coming about via Fuzzy Door's current overall deal with NBCUniversal.

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Microsoft Mesh Revealed As The Next Step In The Future Of Mixed Reality

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 05:38

Microsoft has revealed a brand-new platform for its future of augmented and mixed reality development named Mesh. Microsoft Mesh will enable users to truly experience shared virtual spaces with holograms.

At Microsoft Ignite, the company unveiled its vision of the future for HoloLens 2 and the devices that succeed it, where users will be able to occupy shared virtual spaces and interact with holograms that are persistent between users. This means being able to toss a key, for example, from your hand to that of another participant, something which was demonstrated by guest James Cameron (director of Avatar) and Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberté.

Introducing Microsoft Mesh.
It enables presence and shared experiences from anywhere – across devices – through mixed reality applications. #MSIgnite

— Microsoft (@Microsoft) March 2, 2021

Mesh looks like an extension of the work Microsoft has done with HoloLens 2, seeking to expand its collaborative possibilities that have already been useful in numerous enterprise applications. For games, however, it still seems rooted in proof of concept. Much like the old Minecraft HoloLens demo from E3, Microsoft only briefly touched on gaming with a demo of Pokémon Go. The game wasn't running natively on HoloLens or Mesh but presented the idea of being able to walk in a park, feed a Pikachu, and engage in trainer battles within a shared virtual environment.

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Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Theme Coming To Tetris 99 This Week

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 05:37

Nintendo is holding another event in Tetris 99 event this week. The online puzzler's 20th Maximus Cup kicks off at 11 PM PT on March 4, and it gives players a chance to unlock a new theme based on Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, complete with Fury Bowser's awesome theme music.

Like previous Tetris 99 events, this week's Maximus Cup is a point competition. You'll receive a number of points depending on how well you place each round, with the Mario 3D World theme unlocking once you've amassed at least 100 points. Nintendo shared a preview of the theme in action below.

The #Tetris99 20th MAXIMUS CUP event runs from 11pm PT, 3/4 - 10:59pm PT, 3/8! Once you’ve accumulated a total of 100 event points, a new theme will unlock, featuring art, music and Tetrimino designs inspired by the #SuperMario3DWorld + #BowsersFury! @Tetris_Official

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) March 2, 2021

The Maximus Cup event runs until 10:59 PM PT on March 8 (1:59 AM ET on March 9), so you'll have until then to earn enough points and unlock the Mario 3D World theme.

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Slasher Classic Silent Night Deadly Night Is Getting A Reboot

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:55

The classic '80s horror movie Silent Night Deadly Night is being rebooted. It's been announced that a new version of the controversial seasonal slasher will be released in 2022.

The Silent Night Deadly Night reboot will be produced by the original film's producers, Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead, with Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios. There's no word yet on a director or cast, and while the release date hasn't been confirmed, it's safe to assume that it will arrive in November or December next year.

In a statement, co-producer Anthony Masi said, "We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace."

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More Pokemon Sword And Shield Freebies Available For A Limited Time

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:40

Pokemon Sword and Shield players can claim another free item bundle for a limited time. As a reward for defeating a ton of Gigantamax Pikachu during the games' recent Max Raid event, The Pokemon Company is giving away a bundle of free Armorite and Dynite Ore, which are normally hard to get in the games.

The overarching goal of the event was to defeat 1 million Pikachu. If players could collectively hit that total, The Pokemon Company promised to give away 100 Armorite Ore and 100 Dynite Ore. Unfortunately, players fell a little short; only 874,808 Pikachu were ultimately defeated during the event. Although the goal wasn't met, The Pokemon Company is still distributing 87 of each ore to all players as a reward.

To claim the free items, simply open the Mystery Gift menu and select the Receive via Internet option. The free ore will be available until 11:59 PM UTC on March 14, so you'll need to claim it before then. Armorite and Dynite Ore can be used as currency for certain items and services in the Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra, respectively.

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New PC Sale Discounts Steam Games And More All Month Long

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:38

Green Man Gaming has kicked off a new sale that runs throughout March, discounting hundreds of PC games from major publishers. Each day, a new batch of deals will go live and will be available for 72 hours. The sale started on March 1 with Take-Two Interactive games, such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and The Outer Worlds. Square Enix deals just went live today and include steep discounts on a wide variety of AAA games, including Marvel's Avengers and the Tomb Raider franchise. While most of the games featured in the sale can be redeemed on Steam, some of the discounts only apply to Epic Games Store keys and others have publisher-specific launchers.

Green Man Gaming's "Best Ever" sale also features a few notable giveaways. For every purchase you make, you'll receive a free mystery game. You'll also get to spin the Wheel of Mystery to potentially snag notable games, like No Man's Sky or This War of Mine, for free.

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Take-Two Interactive's publisher sale includes big discounts on a handful of Rockstar's games. Red Dead Redemption 2 is down to $35.37, Grand Theft Auto 5 is $12.74, and L.A. Noire's Complete edition is only $7.65. Private Division's The Outer Worlds is slashed to $25.50, while Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is $13.60.

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Netflix Releases Trailer For Outrageous Eric Andre Prank Comedy Bad Trip

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:35

Netflix has released a trailer for Bad Trip, an upcoming "hidden camera prank comedy [where] two best friends bond on a wild road trip to New York as they pull real people into their raunchy, raucous antics." That might not sound like an incredibly enticing synopsis, except for the fact that the film's cast of Eric Andre, Lil Rey Howery, Tiffany Haddish, and Michaela Conlin means that the hidden camera comedy will go to some pretty outrageous places.

In the film, Chris Carey (Andre) and Bud Malone (Howery) steal the latter's sister's car for a road trip. Sister Trina Malone (Haddish), who is in prison, hears about this and escapes to hunt the pair down. It, like the Borat films before it, are a loose skeleton for a ton of set-piece stunts where the comedy is derived from getting unsuspecting onlookers involved in some absurd situations. Check out the trailer below for a sense of what to expect.

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Destiny 2 Update Fixes Presage, Buffs Penumbral Blast; Read The Full Patch Notes

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:34

A new hotfix has hit Destiny 2 to fix a number of bugs, including incorrect rewards dropping from the Presage Exotic mission. Update also undoes a previous nerf to Warlocks' Penumbral Blast and fixes a few issues with rewards from the Battlegrounds seasonal activity.

Bungie shared the complete patch notes for Update on its blog, which mostly fix a lot of minor irritations. Players who dove into the Harbinger Exotic mission last season have been annoyed that several Triumphs associated with it were bugged, but this hotfix knocks out those issues--so you can now get Triumphs like "The Lightbringer" for finding all of a week's Penumbral Feathers in the mission, and "Birds of a Feather" for completing the mission with a fireteam of players using Hawkmoon.

Other fixed problems include players launching the Presage mission without its associated quests, which hampered their ability to make progress on them, and rewards not dropping from the mission when it was completed. Bungie also caught some problems with armor ornaments for various Exotic armor and weapons, and fixed the Ticuu's Divination Exotic catalyst, which wasn't progressing properly for some players.

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Xbox Hires Former New York Times Video Game Critic

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:21

Xbox has picked up a new hire: a former journalist at the New York Times. Seth Schiesel, the video game critic for the newspaper's Culture section, is leaving his post there and at the new media company Protocol to join Xbox as the company's director of executive communications.

Schiesel had been a contributing New York Times writer for almost two decades, first joining the paper in 1996 as a business reporter. He transitioned to the Culture department in 2005, where he primarily wrote critiques and commentary about video games and their culture. He more recently was a contributing editor for Protocol, where he focused again on video games and their related industries. But before all of this, Schiesel wrote for The Boston Globe.

He now joins Xbox as its director of executive communications, believing "gamers are a force for good." On Twitter, where Schiesel announced the news, he said that he will "continue to extend the joy and community of gaming to people everywhere" in his new position at Xbox.

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New Hunting Game Mixes In Survival Elements And Bear Attacks

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:09

Death Stranding's PC publisher 505 Games has announced a new arcade-style hunting game that adds in some survival elements for a new twist on the genre.

Open Country is in development at Funlabs, the Romanian studio that has been making hunting video games under the Cabela's license for 20 years.

Open Country puts you in the shoes of a "corporate worker drone" who wants to escape their mundane life and head out for a journey into the ... open country. Together with your dog, you trek into the wilderness and must hunt for food, and also use your weapons to defend yourself from the likes of bears and wolves.

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How The Creator Of Final Fantasy Is Evolving The Classic RPG With Fantasian

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:00

Hironobu Sakaguchi told me that three years ago, he had the chance to replay Final Fantasy VI with some of his peers who worked on the game with him. He was the lead producer on that 27-year-old classic, which is often regarded as the best entry in the storied series. "It really brought me back and reminded me why I love the RPG genre so much," he said, thus, inspiring his latest project, Fantasian.

It's been almost two decades since Sakaguchi had been involved with Final Fantasy, but as the creator of the illustrious franchise, he's still trying to capture the spirit. "I went back to my roots into the pixel art era of RPGs and paid a lot of attention to that nostalgia element in the game's overall construction," Sakaguchi said when I asked him about how the past work of his development studio Mistwalker influenced Fantasian. However, he and the team aren't simply resting on the laurels and relying on our love of old-school RPGs.

When Fantasian was first revealed during the Apple Arcade premiere in March 2019, Sakaguchi was shown working with handmade dioramas--this is how in-game environments are made for Fantasian. The game boasts over 150 dioramas used for scenes, backdrops, interiors, and overworlds to explore, and even the objects and props in these environments were physically created.

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Hyper Scape Season 3 Trailer Reveals New Map Changes

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 04:00

Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Hyper Scape, its free-to-play battle royale. The trailer showcases how the game's map will evolve for Season 3, which begins March 11.

At the start of Season 3, in-game map Neo Arcadia will transform into Neo Arcadia 2.0. This expands the overall size of certain landmarks and implements new types of traversal spaces, such as boats anchored in a river that allow you to bunny hop from one shore to the other and tunnels carved into rocky terrain that add brand-new chokepoints.

The corruption at the center of the map will also erupt to infect the immediate area, twisting the environment in unnatural ways. This will likely add a bit more of a challenge to navigating the most central zones of Neo Arcadia 2.0. In the trailer, you can see how areas of the train tracks have been destroyed, as have certain buildings.

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Fortnite Leaks Reveal Tantalizing Details Of Zero Point Season 5 Finale

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:56

Fortnite is one of the biggest games in the world, and it appears that the game's Season 5 is set to end explosively. Leakers have uncovered evidence that suggests that Fortnite's Zero Point is about to go kaput.

In the below tweet, Fortnite leaker Mang0e says that it appears that the Zero Point will send out waves of destabilization over the next few weeks, as part of the buildup to Season 6. Apparently, the Zero Point will also disrupt in-game voice chat with strange sound effects, and it's possible that NPCs might even be teleported by the flickering Zero Point.

It appears the Zero Point will send out 4 "waves" of destabilization over the course of the following weeks for Season 6 build up. I expect these to act as "mini-events".

— Mang0e | Fortnite Dataminer (@Mang0e_) March 2, 2021

Some new "cues" were added for teleporting NPC effects, potentially being teleported to wacky places by the zero point.
This should happen when interacting with them.

— Mang0e | Fortnite Dataminer (@Mang0e_) March 2, 2021

Fellow Fortnite leaker Hypex posted a sound clip on Twitter that appears to be the sound that will play when the Zero Point sends out these waves of destabilization. The Zero Point is described as the "center of reality in the Universe" by the Fortnite wiki, and it appears to be strongly connected to the time loop that characters in the Fortnite universe have been trapped in since Season 1.

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MLB The Show 21 Is 4K/60FPS On Next-Gen, Includes Stadium Creator

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:48

PlayStation Studios has shared some new details on MLB The Show 21, confirming that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X editions are capable of running at 4K/60fps and that they will have a new mode in the form of a stadium-creator.

These details were confirmed as part of the latest in PlayStation's bizarre Muppets-style video series featuring a puppet version of cover star Fernando Tatis Jr. and the "Coach."

The video also confirms that MLB The Show 21 will feature 3D audio and support for the DualSense controller's unique capabilities on PS5. It also states that to experience MLB The Show 21 at 60fps you will need a next-gen console.

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Thor Love And Thunder: Melissa McCarthy Spotted On Set In Hela Costume

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:46

Thor: Love and Thunder is currently filming in Australia, and once again as in early February, photos from the set have leaked. The photos, which were posted online by Daily Mail, reveal some upcoming surprise celebrity cameos in the Marvel film, as Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters) and husband, Ben Falcone (The Happytime Murders, The Boss) are both seen--in grainy pics--on set.

In the photos, McCarthy can be seen laughing maniacally in a green Hela headpiece, alongside Matt Damon as Loki and Luke Hemsworth as Thor. The latter pair previously portrayed these roles in Thor: Ragnarok for an Asgardian play that depicted Loki's death in Thor: The Dark World--likely suggesting (and we'll have to wait until the movie's out to know for sure) that the Asgardian actors from Ragnarok are still acting. It's unclear from the photos alone what role Falcone is portraying.

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Roblox: Is Safe Voice Chat Coming To The Game?

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:23

Roblox Corporation, the company behind the popular game Roblox, has announced plans to introduce a voice chat feature. But given the game's relatively young audience, the company also emphasized it will keep the feature "safe" for pre-teens, which make up more than half of the game's daily active userbase.

PC Games N reports that the announcement came during its investor day presentation. The studio acknowledged that most communication in Roblox right now is text-based, but it will be implementing voice in a future update.

"Text chat is the core of Roblox communication today," said VP of engineering Adam Miller. "In the future, we expect to open up communication through safe voice chat."

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Arby's And Shovel Knight Team Up In New DLC Promotion

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:22

Fast food promotions for popular games are nothing new, but it's relatively rare to see an indie game get the Happy Meal treatment. Fans of Shovel Knight may want to stop over at their local Arby's to check out the seven themed "launcher tokens" that will come with kids meals. The promotion will last from now until May 31.

As the above trailer shows, each token comes with its own DLC code, which works on both Steam and Switch. It's not necessarily clear what these codes do, but it appears to replace existing elements of the games into fast food, as well as adding some Arby's-themed costumes to the mix.

Oh it’s happening! Collect all Seven Shovel Knight Launcher Tokens, now available in Arby’s Kids Meals, for a limited-time only.

— Arby's (@Arbys) February 26, 2021

Perceptive Shovel Knight fans will notice that the franchise's bomb-throwing alchemist Plague Knight is referred to as "Doctor Knight" in the above tweet. Given the current conditions we live under, this isn't exactly a surprising move. Then again, he does wear a doctor's outfit of a sort, so it at least makes thematic sense. Let's hope that he can go by his old title relatively soon. McDonald's recently announced Pokemon Happy Meals, so if you really are on that fast food kick, check it out.

Outriders' Many Cutscenes Screens Are Required For Its Co-Op

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:14

If you've been playing the Outriders demo ahead of the shooter's launch you might have noticed its reliance on using cutscenes to transition between areas. According to its developer, People Can Fly, these are required for the game's multiplayer to function seamlessly.

Eurogamer reached out to People Can Fly after noticing that the demo featured numerous instances of cutscenes for small transitions that would otherwise be an in-game animation. People Can Fly's creative director Bartek Kmita explained that the decision was made to use cutscenes so that other players in your party have context for what transition is taking place.

"It started quite pragmatic, because we needed a system that would help us teleport the players and stream some other content to start to load the other arena," Kmita explained. "A good example is opening the door. That was only because people in playtests said, 'Oh, where am I? Why was I teleported?' So, we needed to have these cutscenes. We couldn't have done it so manually you can go through the doors, because we have a multiplayer game that opens different problems for us."

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Red Dead Online Update: What's New This Week And How To Earn Extra XP And Cash

Wed, 03/03/2021 - 03:12

The newest update for Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer mode has landed, bringing with it a variety of opportunities to earn extra XP and save big on a variety of items. Rockstar ran down all the details in a blog post and we're rounding up the key details here.

Featured Series

This week's Featured Series event is the Most Wanted multiplayer mode with a "hardcore" twist. Most Wanted simple kill or be killed mode, but the twist is that the more kills you get, the bigger the target on your back. The idea, then, becomes to target the high-value players to earn the most points. No matter how you finish, everyone gets double RDO$ and XP in Most Wanted through March 8.

Special Bonuses And Extras

Also new in Red Dead Online this week are special bonuses for players who discover any collectible in Free Roam mode, except for the condor egg. You'll get double the normal XP for finding these, while the Collector Free Roam events are paying an extra 50% RDO$.

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