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Animal Crossing Switch Console In Stock Right Now

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 04:42

Update: Nintendo has officially confirmed the Animal Crossing: New Horizons edition Nintendo Switch will be restocked at some retailers in the US. It's currently in stock at GameStop, and we may see it crop up at retailers like Target and Best Buy too. Nintendo suggests checking with your local retailers for more details on availability, so you may have better luck finding it in stores than online.

That said, the Animal Crossing Switch is in stock right now at GameStop. You can also get it in a bundle with Animal Crossing: New Horizons. There's currently a virtual queue happening on GameStop's website due to PS5 preorders, so you may need to wait to get through to the Animal Crossing listing.

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How Star Wars: Squadrons Handles In-Game Rewards, Ranks, And Challenges

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 04:24

EA has revealed how in-game progression and rewards, competitive rankings, and challenges will work in Star Wars: Squadrons. In a blog post, EA reaffirmed that Squadrons "is a self-contained game, where all progression, unlocks and rewards are earned solely through play."

In Squadrons, there are a few ways to progress through the game. You can either go for the game's in-game currencies--Requisition and Glory--or rise through the ranks in Operations.

By just playing in matches, you'll unlock experience that causes you to level up. With each level you'll earn Requisition, which you can spend to unlock ship components. These components allow you to customize your eight starfighters, tweaking each ship's performance to your ideal standard.

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Does Among Us Have Crossplay?

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 04:22

Among Us has quickly become one of the most popular games of 2020 for its silly party game antics, but also because it's relatively accessible across a handful of platforms. Its crossplay functionality means that even if you're playing on one platform, you can still connect to a game with friends, family, or strangers playing on a different one, opening the game up even further. Here's how Among Us crossplay works and which platforms it's compatible with across PC and mobile.

Among Us Crossplay Platforms

Among Us supports crossplay in local and online multiplayer for the following platforms:

That means players on PC or mobile, both iOS and Android, can play in the same game together. It also doesn't matter which platform the host is on.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone's Subway Location Map Revealed Ahead Of Season 6

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 04:21

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is approaching its sixth season of content, with an earlier teaser trailer revealing its September 29 release date. Along with returning characters, Season 6 is bringing with it firefights underground which will take place in a new subway system underneath Warzone's map.

Verdansk is being updated with an entire subway network that will let you zip around its large land mass when Season 6 arrives. The map shared shows a few stops that the train will make as it circles around the map, letting you hop aboard for a quick ride. Of course, it's unlikely that you'll be the only player thinking about this, giving you another space to both hunt and avoid foes in.

Some disclaimers on the image make it sound like the subway system will be a way to circumvent the deadly gas above ground that will kill you if you find yourself outside of the encroaching circle. The train will also not stop at stations that are engulfed in gas, which narrows down your ability to escape if you've already been caught out above.

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Fortnite Coral Castle Ring Locations: Where To Find All Floating Rings (Week 5)

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:59

Fortnite's Week 5 challenges are here and players will recognize one familiar task. They will need to collect floating rings at Coral Castle. This guide will give you the exact location of all four rings so you can collect them and complete the challenge with ease. We put together a handy map that'll guide you to each ring quickly.

Where Are The Coral Castle Floating Rings Located?Fortnite Coral Castle Floating Ring Locations

Coral Castle is a named location, so it shouldn't be difficult to find. It's located in the upper right corner of the map in the B2 grid tile. The first ring is located on the lower half of the Coral Castle location. It's sitting on top of a small building that's isolated from the rest of the structures in the area. You'll need to build ramps to get to it.

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The other three rings are located in the center of the location; all in the same vicinity. There is one on top of one of the biggest castles, shown in the image below. The other two will be visible from this location. They can be seen on the neighboring ruin rooftops.

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Amazon Introduces Cloud Gaming Service, Luna

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:52

Amazon has unveiled its own cloud gaming service called Luna, which will use Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its backbone. CNET reports the service is touting the ability to play anywhere, including iPhone and iPad. You can request early access to the service starting today.

Amazon Luna Platforms

Amazon says that at launch, Luna will be playable on PC, Mac, Amazon's own Fire TV devices, as well as iPhone and iPad through web apps. An Android version is said to be coming soon as well.

This is a notable difference between Luna and the cloud gaming services from Microsoft and Google--xCloud and Stadia, respectively--which have run into Apple policies that have prevented the ability to play on iOS devices. Apple recently changed its rules, but Microsoft issued a statement maintaining that it's still a bad experience for gamers.

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New Amazon Echo Devices, Cheaper Fire Stick, And More Announced Ahead Of Prime Day

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:47

Just in time for the holiday season, Amazon has revealed its next generation of smart home devices. The lineup of products includes new versions of the Echo and Echo Dot, Echo Show, Fire TV Stick, and more. Amazon also unveiled a cloud game streaming service dubbed Luna, which will be available for $6 per month. We've rounded up the highlights from Amazon's fall event below.

Amazon's new lineup of devices are arriving at an exciting time for Amazon. Though not confirmed by Amazon, multiple sites have reported that the annual Prime Day sale will kick off on October 13. It's likely that we'll see some discounts on some of these brand-new Amazon devices during the sale.

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Amazon is entering the cloud game streaming market with Luna, a new service that is powered by Amazon's AWS servers to provide low latency game streaming. Luna will feature more than 100 games in early access, including Control, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Resident Evil 7. Amazon has partnered with Ubisoft to bring more than 50 Ubisoft titles to Luna as well. Upcoming AAA games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals Fenyx Rising will be available to play on Luna on launch day.

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Amazon Partners With Ubisoft On A Luna Game-Streaming Channel

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:13

Amazon has unveiled its cloud gaming platform, Luna. In announcing its dive into cloud gaming, Amazon also partnered with publisher Ubisoft to create a gaming channel specific to the Luna platform.

Though nameless for now, the gaming channel will be Ubisoft-specific and gives Luna subscribers access to the publisher's titles the same day they release. This includes games like Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Far Cry 6, and Immortals: Fenyx Rising. These will run in up to 4K resolution and comes with mobile gameplay, possibly meaning you can take it on the go so long as you're connected to your Amazon account. Since the channel is a subscription, per Amazon's wording, it's likely to cost something. What that cost is, though, remains to be seen as neither Amazon nor Ubisoft have specified this as of yet. The channel also isn't the only one in development for Luna.

"This is the first of multiple Luna game channels in development, where customers can play games from their favorite publishers and genres," Amazon said in describing the Ubisoft gaming channel. The company hasn't unveiled any other gaming publishers it is partnering with yet.

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Bethesda's Todd Howard Shares Ridiculous Trick That Allowed Morrowind To Work On Xbox

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 03:13

Earlier this week Microsoft announced the purchase of Bethesda, bringing all the publishers' studios under the Xbox Game Studios brand. This isn't the first time Bethesda and Microsoft have had a tight working relationship, however, with a history spanning back to the original Xbox.

During a recent podcast with Microsoft's Phil Spencer and Larry Nelson, as well as Bethesda's Pete Hines and Todd Howard, the group recalled some of the history between Xbox and Bethesda's titles. Howard, longtime designer on series such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, mentioned how The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind was a marvel to get running on the original Xbox. Turns out it featured some ridiculous tricks to do so too.

"If you're running low on memory, you can reboot the original Xbox and the user can't even tell," Howard explained. "You can throw a screen up though. When Morrowind loads sometimes you get a very long load, that's us rebooting the Xbox."

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New Nioh 2 DLC Launches Next Month

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 02:23

Developer Team Ninja has announced that Nioh 2's second expansion, Darkness in the Capital, launches on October 15 for PlayStation 4. It'll be available in the game's $20 season pass or as a standalone purchase.

Darkness in the Capital features new storylines, bosses, Yokai, Guardian Spirits, skills, Ninjutsu, Onmyo Magic, and Soul Cores. In addition to these new inclusions, the second DLC expansion will also feature new armor sets and a weapon the studio said "fans of hand-to-hand combat will surely relish." This weapon hasn't been specified.

Creative director Tom Lee briefly outlined the story players can expect to experience when Darkness in the Capital drops next month. Players will be once again whisked to the middle of the Heian Period (794-1185), where they will discover an ancient Kyoto City overrun by Yokai. To quell the ancient threat, players will team up with "the most preeminent demon slayer and the strongest sorcerer in history."

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As Epic's Apple Fight Continues, It Joins Spotify And More To Launch "Coalition For App Fairness"

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 02:21

Epic has found some allies in its fight against Apple and Google. The company has joined with Spotify, Basecamp, and a handful of other companies to launch the Coalition for App Fairness. The nonprofit says it was formed to "advocate for freedom of choice and fair competition across the app ecosystem."

For the time being the coalition's primary focus is laying out its vision, consisting of ten guidelines for ethical platforms. The first is pointedly similar to Epic's own complaints against Apple, stating: "No developer should be required to use an app store exclusively, or to use ancillary services of the app store owner, including payment systems, or to accept other supplementary obligations in order to have access to the app store."

Other parts of the vision statement cover topics like not blocking apps based on business model concerns, not using a developer's own data against the developer, the ability for app developers to interface directly with customers, and policy transparency, among many others.

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Shudder's Creepshow Gets Surprise Halloween Special From Stephen King And Joe Hill

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 02:10

The anthology series Creepshow is one of the big successes for the horror streaming service Shudder, and Season 2 is now in production. But while fans will have to wait until 2021 for the next batch of spooky stories, the service has announced that a new animated Creepshow special will be released next month.

The animated Halloween Creepshow special will feature two new stories, both written by Stephen King, who wrote the original Creepshow movie in 1982, and his son Joe Hill. The first is titled Survivor Type and features 24 star Kiefer Sutherland as a man trying to stay alive on a deserted island, while the second, Twittering from the Circus of the Dead, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth) as a teenager on a scary family roadtrip.

The special hits Shudder on October 26, and it is directed by Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero. In a press release, Nicotero said, "Halloween wouldn't be complete without Creepshow, so with the help of the father and son team of Stephen and Joe, as well as a fantastic animated format, we get to continue the tradition and spirit of Halloween."

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Nvidia Apologizes For RTX 3090 Supply Issues Before Sales Even Begin

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:52

When Nvidia launched its highly anticipated RTX 3080 earlier this month, its website was hammered so hard by traffic and bots alike that the company was forced to issue an apology on the matter. Today, ahead of the sale of the much more expensive RTX 3090, Nvidia didn't wait to do that same.

The RTX 3090, which is already sold out after having gone up for sale earlier, is no impulse purchase. It's more than double the price of the RTX 3080 at $1500, targeted more towards gamers who are also planning on doing heavy video editing work or AI research. Still, Nvidia anticipated a great demand for the card, prompting the company to preemptively apologize for expected issues on its website for customers.

"Since we built GeForce RTX 3090 for a unique group of users, like the TITAN RTX before it, we want to apologize upfront that this will be in limited supply on launch day," a blog post from Nvidia reads. "We know this is frustrating, and we're working with our partners to increase the supply in the weeks to come."

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Sega Developing Yakuza Movie Adaptation

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:48

A live-action adaptation of the popular video-game series Yakuza is currently in development, according to Variety. The production will be a collaboration between Sega, 1212 Entertainment, and Wild Sheep Content. After Sonic the Hedgehog (which is reportedly getting a sequel), this will be Sega's next big push to adapt its game franchises into films.

The Yakuza game series started on PlayStation 2 in 2005 and has grown from a somewhat obscure import rarity in the US to a full-on respected global series with many sequels and spin-offs for multiple platforms. The upcoming eighth entry in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, was released in Japan earlier this year and is currently slated for a Western release on November 13. The game will see the narrative torch passed from former main protagonist, the honor-bound Kazuma Kiryu, to Ichiban Kasuga, who Sega has described as "much more emotive and outspoken," via GamingBolt.

"Yakuza offers us a new playground in which to set compelling stories with complex characters in a unique environment that audiences have rarely seen before," a 1212 spokesperson said. "The saga of Kazuma Kiryu has a built-in cinematic appeal--a mix of kinetic action with bursts of comedy, multiple converging storylines, and a gripping journey towards redemption."

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Hulu Reveals New York Comic-Con Panels And Event Times

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:44

While the annual New York Comic-Con won't be happening at the Javits Convention Center this year, it's still happening virtually, much like Comic-Con@Home, DC FanDome, and FunimationCon. The virtual NYCC event has already announced a few high-profile panels, including Walking Dead and Netflix events. Now, Hulu has revealed the dates at times for all their panels for the October 8-11 event.

The streaming service is hitting horror hard in the upcoming year, with the streaming service's next big thing being Clive Barker's Books of Blood. Launching October 7, the anthology movie will tell three horrific stories and has been in the works for nearly a win. The panel will consist of the director of the film and the cast on Thursday, October 8.

There are two Marvel-related panels arriving during NYCC as well. There is a first look at the upcoming animated series MODOK, which features the creators and cast of the upcoming show during the Friday panel. While we're heard a lot about the series, this will be the first time anyone will get to see just what the show will look like. And right after that panel, there will be a sneak-peak at the Hulu/Marvel show Helstrom, which we just saw the first trailer for.

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New Transformers: Battlegrounds Trailer Shows Off Gameplay And Giant Robot T-Rex Grimlock

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:29

After a June reveal, the first gameplay trailer for Transformers: Battlegrounds has been revealed ahead of the game's October 23 release on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Inspired by the latest animated incarnation of the franchise, Transformers: Cyberverse, the new trailer features fan-favorite Autobots such as Bumblebee, Windblade, and Optimus Prime as they battle Megatron and his Decepticon forces.

You can see the gameplay trailer below, which features a combination of action and squad-based tactics.

Publisher Outright Games has also unveiled a deluxe edition of the game, which includes four Autobot skin packs and an exclusive arcade game mode. Called CUBE, this mode features Autobot and Decepticon forces battling for control of a cube in one of four unique arenas.

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Cadence Of Hyrule's Majora's Mask DLC Is Out Now

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:25

Cadence of Hyrule's third DLC pack, Symphony of the Mask, is now live. This DLC introduces new story content starring Skull Kid, the antagonist from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

In Symphony of the Mask, players will need to guide Skull Kid through a brand-new map that features new songs, dungeons, and more. As in Majora's Mask, masks play an important role in the DLC as well; Skull Kid's abilities will change depending on what mask he wears.

Symphony of the Mask is available as part of Cadence of Hyrule's Season Pass, which costs $15 USD. It can also be purchased separately for $10 USD.

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Nier Replicant Preorders Are Live, Including A Lavish Collector's Edition

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:11

Nier Replicant, a remastered version of the original Nier game, releases April 23, 2021 in North America. The release date was announced during the Nier Tokyo Game Show stream alongside new gameplay footage. Ahead of its release, you can preorder multiple editions of the game for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, including a pricey White Snow edition that's sure to sell out prior to launch.

Officially titled Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139, the remaster has a fairly substantial visual overhaul, including new animations that will bring it closer to the look of its successor Nier Automata. Based on the trailer, it appears that Nier Replicant will remain authentic to the original with regards to gameplay. Those who played the original Western version of Nier will experience a slightly different story this time around. Instead of playing as a father seeking a cure for his daughter's inexplicable disease, you'll play as her brother, which mirrors the premise of Nier Replicant's original release (previously only playable in Japanese).

Square Enix and Platinum Games haven't revealed any details about possible next-gen versions of Nier Replicant. We already know it will be playable on Xbox Series X/S thanks to backward-compatibility. While not officially announced, we'd expect Nier Replicant to be playable on PS5 as well.

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Steve Martin Leads Netflix's Father Of The Bride Reunion On Friday

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 01:10

Netflix has released an official trailer for Friday's surprise digital cast reunion/table read of Father of the Bride 3 (ish). Specific details about the event and movie's plot are still sparse, other than the streamed reunion will take place September 25 at 6 PM ET/3 PM PT on Netflix's YouTube and Facebook pages. The event will also benefit World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit non-governmental organization devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters. You can check out the trailer below.

Writer-director Nancy Meyer's 1991 Father of the Bride was a remake of the 1950 film with the same name. Meyer's more contemporary version starred Steve Martin (The Jerk), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Kimberly Williams (We are Marshall), Martin Short (Inherent Vice), and Kieran Culkin (Succession)--all of whom will be present and performing Friday.

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Night In The Woods, Vermintide 2

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 00:33

A handful of notable new Xbox Game Pass titles have hit the service today across PC and Xbox One. Those include Night in the Woods on both versions of the service, along with Warhammer Vermintide 2 on Xbox One and Kathy Rain: A Detective is Born on PC.

Those join some other games that hit the subscription service earlier in the week: Halo 3: ODST on PC and mobile, and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and Forsaken, on Xbox One and mobile. Those both hit on September 22. Company of Heroes 2 was added to the service last week.

This all comes amid confirmation that Doom Eternal is coming to the service on October 1. That's not surprising, as Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda means its library of games will be considered Microsoft first-party titles going forward, including upcoming games like Starfield. Bethesda has said all of its games will be on the service once the deal is finalized.

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