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Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Was A "Major Victory" For Gearbox, "Future Experiences" Already In The Works

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 01:23

The Borderlands spin-off Tiny Tina's Wonderlands was a "major victory" that exceeded sales and critical expectations, according to Gearbox's Randy Pitchford.

Speaking during studio owner Embracer's annual general meeting today, as reported by VGC, Pitchford said, "Gearbox Software achieved a major victory" with Wonderlands, which is becoming a "new franchise" for the studio. Future "experiences" for the Wonderlands brand are now in the works.

"Wonderlands shattered all of our target expectations, both critically and commercially, and I'm thrilled to report that in addition to great financial rewards from this victory that will be coming our way in the coming quarters, we have established a firm beachhead," he said. "We now clearly have a new franchise on our hands, with future experiences already under development at Gearbox."

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WWE's The Undertaker And Becky Lynch Might Be Coming To Rainbow Six Siege

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:57

If a leak is to be believed, WWE SuperStars The Undertaker and Becky Lynch might be joining Rainbow Six Siege.

As reported by VGC, a series of images shared to Telegram by Rainbow Six Siege data miner lungu_r6 shows skins that very obviously look like The Undertaker and Lynch, signifiying they might be coming to the shooter. The images don't specify which character they will be applied to, though the captions suggest that The Undertaker will be for Blackbeard, and Lynch will be for Thorn.

The Telegram images don't note when we can expect to see the skins join the game, so we'll have to wait for an official announcement from either WWE or Ubisoft. Also seen in the leaked images show a new universal weapon skin and attachment skin, which has a sort of purple, turquoise, camouflage look to it.

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Fortnite Season 3 Chapter 4 Best Landing Spots

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:53

As with any major Fortnite update, Chapter 3 Season 4 has brought along some substantial changes to the popular battle royale's map. Plenty of POIs have received complete overhauls now that the Chrome has made its presence known--and things are looking pretty shiny these days. With so many fresh spots to land, you may be wondering at which location you want to begin your games. We've got you covered here with some of the best spots you can land in Fortnite Season 3 Chapter 4.

Best landing spots in Fortnite Season 3 Chapter 4Cloudy Condos

Condo Canyon has been completely redesigned as Cloudy Condos due to the arrival of the Chrome. This popular POI has been lifted entirely into the sky and features a lot of vertical ziplines to assist you with getting up and down from the various bridges connecting all of the buildings. Due to it receiving such a drastic change this season, it's a hot spot that enjoys a lot of action, so if you're looking to get into fights early, this is a solid option for you. It helps that there's plenty of loot to go around for everyone, too.

Cloudy Condos

Cloudy Condos is also a great spot to land due to the high-security vault just outside the POI to the north. If you survive and explore a bit, there's a decent chance that you and your squad will walk out of the area with two keys that you can use to open this vault, which you'll see on a balloon-elevated platform northeast of the gas station.

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Twitch Is Changing Its Revenue Split For Its Biggest Streamers From 2023

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:51

Streaming platform Twitch has announced changes to its revenue system that will kick in starting next year, with this new update affecting some of its biggest streamers. The current Twitch model for revenue works on a 50/50 split between partnered streamers and the platform when dealing with paid subscriptions, while bigger streamers get a more generous 70/30 split.

This will change in June 2023, as streamers will get to keep 70% of the subscription revenue on the first $100,000 earned, and the share will then revert to a 50/50 split. The new threshold will have an impact on Twitch's top 10% of streamers, and one of the reasons for the policy change is due to an increased cost in video hosting according to a blog post from Twitch president Dan Clancy.

In our latest blog post, we tackle a topic that's been at the forefront of the community for some time - the rev split.
We also provide a related update around monetization for a subset of Partners.
Read here: https://t.co/zP6xcCtJAQ pic.twitter.com/KAwOMDIkmm

— Twitch (@Twitch) September 21, 2022

"Delivering high definition, low latency, always available live video to nearly every corner of the world is expensive," Clancy wrote. "Using the published rates from Amazon Web Services' Interactive Video Service (IVS)--which is essentially Twitch video--live video costs for a 100 CCU streamer who streams 200 hours a month are more than $1000 per month. We don't typically talk about this because, frankly, you shouldn't have to think about it. We'd rather you focus on doing what you do best."

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Portal With RTX Adds Ray Tracing And 4K Textures To Valve's Classic Puzzle Game

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:13

If you were looking for an excuse to replay Valve's classic first-person puzzle game, Portal with RTX might be a good one.

Portal is coming up to 15 years old now, so it will obviously show its age a bit in places. As part of yesterday's (September 20) reveal of the Nvidia RTX 40 series, Portal with RTX was announced, which is just the same game, but with some pretty impressive-looking lighting.

The reveal trailer kicks off with a theme that many a Portal fan will likely find familiar, and a ball of light to show off the newly added ray tracing you'll be able to find in this version of the game. Portal with RTX also utilizes the also-just-revealed DLSS 3, which essentially uses some AI technology to improve the game's frame rate. Though it should be noted this new version of Nvidia's DLSS technology will only work on its new GPUs.

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Horizon Forbidden West Collector's Edition Is Ridiculously Cheap Right Now

Thu, 09/22/2022 - 00:06

If you loved Horizon Forbidden West, you might want to take a look at the current deal on the Collector's Edition. Normally $200, the Horizon Forbidden West Collector's Edition is down to just $100. That's a ridiculously good deal for a pretty impressive Collector's Edition that comes with two statues and a bunch of other cool bonuses. This deal is available at multiple retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and PlayStation Direct.

Our guess is that retailers are trying to clear out their stock, which makes sense because the box is fairly large. This deal probably won't be available for very long, so hurry if you're interested. Considering that the standard edition of Horizon Forbidden West costs $70 for PS5, you're only spending an extra 30 bucks to get all of the extras. Keep in mind that the Collector's Edition comes with dual entitlement, so you can play both the PS5 and PS4 versions of the open-world game.

Horizon Forbidden West Collector's Edition

Here's what you get with the Collector's Edition:

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James Bond Bosses On Why Potential Actors Might Be Scared Off By The Role

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:51

James Bond movie series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have provided an update on the search for the next actor to play the iconic British superspy.

Speaking to Variety, the pair said it's still "early days" in the search for the next James Bond actor. Whoever gets the role will need to sign on for numerous films over a decade, Broccoli said.

"The thing is, it's going to be a couple of years off," she said. "And when we cast Bond, it's a 10-, 12-year commitment. So he's probably thinking, 'Do I really want that thing?' Not everybody wants to do that. It was hard enough getting [Daniel Craig to do it]."

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Star Citizen Crowdfunding Reaches $500 Million After A Decade

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:51

Star Citizen's crowdfunding has reached a new milestone, as Cloud Imperium Games has now raised more than $500 million for its development. The game initially began a crowdfunding effort on Kickstarter in October 2012, quickly amassing over $2 million on that platform and starting a trend that would see it regularly amass more cash over the years.

As spotted by Eurogamer, the current investment total sits at $500,121,052 from over 4 million backers, at the time of writing. What's remarkable here is that Star Citizen reached the $400 million milestone in November last year, which means that $100 million in funding was accrued in just the last 10 months.

After a decade of development, Star Citizen is in an alpha stage and a final release date for a full game launch has yet to be revealed. The alpha build contains a number of features, starships, and locations to explore, but the highly anticipated Squadron 42 single-player campaign has yet to materialize. Star Citizen's single-player adventure is one that fans have been anticipating for years now and features a number of big-name actors in the story such as Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman, and Gillian Anderson.

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Today's Wordle Answer (#459) - September 21, 2022

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:49

It might be the middle of week, but there's still no slowing down this Wordle train. We've returned to offer more help to people in need when it comes to getting the Wordle correct. This time, we're helping out with the answer on September 21. If you haven't started the Wordle just yet, then you can check out our list of recommended starting words. However, if you're already past the starting point, then you're likely looking for some hints.

Luckily, we provide just that further down in this article. We also spell out the full answer even further down, so if you don't want to be spoiled, don't read below the hints.

Today's Wordle Answer - September 21, 2022

We'll begin with two hints that directly relate to today's Wordle answer, but don't give it away immediately.

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Hunter x Hunter Manga Returns In November After Four Year Hiatus

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:43

Polygon has reported that the Hunter x Hunter manga will be returning after a four-year hiatus, with the official Shonen Jump Twitter account confirming that the next volume of Hunter x Hunter will be released in Japan on November 4. The last volume was released on October 4, 2018, as creator Yoshihiro Togashi was forced to stop producing the long-running series due to health issues.

Back in May, Togashi joined Twitter and began posting updates on his work, teasing the initial return of the series. While most of the posts were page numbers hiding what was on the actual page, he did tweet out a few more finished drawings and sketches, but nothing definite that would give away the plot.

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— 冨樫義博 (@Un4v5s8bgsVk9Xp) September 19, 2022

The premise of Hunter x Hunter takes place in a world where professional adventurers called Hunters take on out-of-this-world tasks and jobs that range from monster hunting to taking down criminals, even treasure hunting and pirating. The story centers around a young boy named Gon Freecs who takes the Hunter Exam in order to find his long-lost father, a former legendary Hunter. During the series, Gon meets Killua, the heir of an infamous assassin family, Kurapika, the sole survivor of a brutal genocide seeking vengeance, and Leorio Paradinight, who wants to be a doctor and treat the impoverished for free.

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GTA 6 Leaker May Now Be The Target Of An FBI Investigation

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:35

The hacker who allegedly breached Uber's security is under investigation by the FBI, according to Uber's blog post. This same group, named Lapsus$, was also mentioned in the post as potentially being responsible for leaking Rockstar's GTA 6 development footage. However, Uber did not independently verify this and referenced external reports.

"We are in close coordination with the FBI and US Department of Justice on this matter and will continue to support their efforts," Uber wrote. Lapsus$ also allegedly was behind the data breaches at Microsoft, Samsung, Nvidia, and other companies in 2022.

According to Uber, Lapsus$ gained access to an Uber contractor's account by purchasing the compromised password on the dark web. Lapsus$ then repeatedly attempted to login and triggered the two-factor authentication until the contractor approved one such request.

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EA's Iron Man Game Aims To Be A "100% Authentic Marvel Experience"

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:16

Out of nowhere, EA and Marvel announced a new Iron Man game this week. More details about the project have now come to light, including the fact that it's still likely very far out from release.

The game is in pre-production with only a "small team" working on it right now, according to GI.biz. The game was revealed so early to help encourage developers to join EA to work on it, Motive GM Patrick Klaus said.

"Our goal in announcing the game early is to invite developers who are just as passionate about Marvel as we are to consider joining Motive," Klaus said, adding that another angle for announcing the title so early was to help create a dialogue with fans.

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Scorn's Gross Setting Looks Incredible, But I Wish The Story Had A More Straightforward Setup

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:00

Scorn's entire intent seems to be to disgust, disturb, and unnerve the player with its terrifying imagery of fleshy hallways and unsettling biomechanical monstrosities. And to that benchmark, the game seems to very much succeed--this is a game that I and my normally fairly strong gag reflex have struggled to look at from the earliest trailer. It's a gross-looking game that delights in its grossness.

Developer Ebb Software says that it pulled from the works of Swiss artist H. R. Giger and Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor Zdzisław Beksiński when constructing its part flesh, part machine world--injecting Giger's biomechanical art style into Beksiński's dystopian surrealism. Composers Billain Aethek and Brian Williams created Scorn's soundtrack, which is really the only thing you'll be hearing throughout your runtime as Scorn has no dialogue to (not) speak of. Instead, the entire narrative is told through the game's environment.

In Scorn, you play as an unnamed person who has become isolated in an unnerving place where viscous-looking living tissue and twisted mechanical contraptions have been combined in an uncanny relationship that seems symbiotic in nature. There are some moments of first-person shooting and elements of horror in Scorn, but the game is more focused on puzzle-solving and exploration, not action or scares.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Reimagines Multiplayer Horror For Its Family Of Killers

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 23:00

The number of asymmetrical horror games has risen quickly over the last few years, with games such as Friday The 13th, Dead By Daylight, Evil Dead, and more giving players the chance to see the world through the eyes of both original monsters and licensed slashers--not to mention their hapless victims. No two of these games are the same, but Gun Interactive is one of a very small number of studios to work on a second, separate franchise within the genre. For the studio, moving from Friday The 13th's misty Camp Crystal Lake to the cruel Texas heat of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an undertaking that goes beyond setting and scenery.

While some lessons can be applied directly from one game to the other, a lot doesn't translate so easily, despite their broad strokes being similar. GameSpot recently got to go hands-on with next year's horror game and speak to the team about what it takes to bring this specific series to video games, what it's like to become a go-to team for horror adaptations, and how they ensure players will appreciate playing as more than just the series' mass-marketed monster.

Asymmetrical multiplayer and horror are like "chocolate and peanut butter," Gun Interactive CEO Wes Keltner told me, but not until Friday The 13th: The Game launched in 2017 was there a game where "all mechanics and features were built around" a licensed horror IP. Naturally, this drummed up thoughts in my mind of Dead By Daylight's way of retrofitting countless licensed monsters to its standard 4v1 setup and map layout. For Gun, to make a licensed horror game a second time demands something like a reinvention of the wheel for the team, because what worked there and then won't necessarily work here and now. "With Friday The 13th, there's one killer. With Texas Chain Saw, you're dealing with a whole family."

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2K Games Support Desk Hacked, Phishing Emails Sent To Certain Players

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 22:56

Following Rockstar's GTA 6 leaks, a fellow Take-Two brand is facing a security threat. 2K Games took to Twitter to put out a warning message: One of the company's customer support help desks was hacked and malicious links were sent to certain players.

Hey folks, please read an important message from our Customer Support team. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/yKI18eL7mY

— 2K Support (@2KSupport) September 20, 2022

"Please do not open any emails or click on any links that you receive from the 2K Games support account." 2K said. If you have already clicked on a suspicious link, 2K recommends that you reset passwords stored in web browsers, enable multi-factor authentication, run an antivirus program, and check account settings to see if any forwarding rules have been newly added.

2K additionally stated that it will never ask for your password or personal info. The support portal will remain offline until the security issue is resolved, and 2K will notify players when it will become available for use again.

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Destiny 2 PSA: Play Master Ketchcrash To Complete This Week's Tough Champion Requirement

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 22:51

Destiny 2's Season of Plunder has seen each chapter in its spacefaring story unfold rather quickly, with only a minimal amount of grinding needed to unlock a new chapter of content. This week is different, as unlocking the latest chapter in the pirate-themed season requires defeating not only some of the toughest enemies in the game but also an absurd number of them at first glance.

The good news is that you won't have to defeat 50 Champions, as Season of Plunder's activities will count each of those lethal bosses as multiple kills. In Expeditions, each Champion is worth three kills, and if you're in a big rush to see what Eido has been up to this week, you can jump into a Master Ketchcrash activity, which counts each defeated Champion as worth eight kills.

Master Ketchcrash is also full of Champions, so you'll run into them much more frequently here. Just remember, matchmaking is turned off in this particular activity, so you'll need to find a group to play with to help you quickly grind through this week's requirement. Champions are some of the most challenging foes in Destiny 2, and generally come in three forms; Overload, Unstoppable, and Barrier.

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Next Beta Requires Xbox Live Gold, But Not PS Plus

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 22:32

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's open beta for all players is set to go live on September 24 and will run through to September 26, but it seems Xbox players will need Xbox Live Gold before they can play.

While the game's next beta is set to go live this weekend, it looks like Xbox users will actually be required to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to take part in the event, despite the fact that PlayStation users don't need a Plus subscription (via charlierINTEL on Twitter).

It's unclear why this is the case, but it's been confirmed that there's a PC limitation as well.Though not costly, players with a Battle.net or Steam account will need to make sure their respective platform has a mobile number linked to gain access to the beta.

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Xbox Still Wants To Make Final Fantasy XIV Happen

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 21:44

According to Xbox boss Phil Spencer, Microsoft is still looking to bring the critically acclaimed MMO Final Fantasy XIV to Xbox.

During a recent interview with Game Watch (via VGC), Spencer was asked about whether there was still the possibility of ever seeing Square Enix's MMO on the Xbox three years after he commented on making the goal real.

"We certainly announced that (laughs). Naturally, we haven't given up yet," Spencer explained. "This is a commitment from both Microsoft and Square Enix to gamers and we will continue to coordinate our efforts."

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Cyberpunk 2077 To Get Nvidia DLSS3 And Ray Tracing: Overdrive Mode Support

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 20:27

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting another up-punch to its visuals with a future update that will incorporate Nvidia's latest features, including ray tracing: overdrive mode and Nvidia DLSS3--both only available on RTX 40 series.

As announced by Nvidia, the RTX 40 series will feature the third iteration of Deep Learning Super Sampling. DLSS3 can multiply performance up to four times as compared to normal rendering--which roughly means players get better quality graphics at higher frame rates.

Ray tracing: overdrive mode essentially increases the fidelity of reflections, lights, and shadows. According to Nvidia's blog, Ray tracing: overdrive mode in Cyberpunk 2077 will cause ray-traced lighting and reflections to bounce multiple times, creating more "immersive global illumination."

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All The New Gaming Features In The Windows 11 2022 Update

Wed, 09/21/2022 - 17:53

The Windows 11 2022 update is available now, offering a handful of new features for PC gamers. The biggest addition is a new Controller Bar update to the Xbox Game Bar, as well as optimization for windowed game modes and new options for HDR calibration.

The Controller Bar is a new update feature that makes the Xbox Game Bar more controller-friendly, giving easy access to recently played games and launchers. The new menu can be accessed by pressing the Xbox button on a connected controller.

The update also offers some graphical improvements for gamers. Windowed games running DirectX 10 and 11 will now benefit from a feature previously only available in full screen, boasting "dramatically improved display latency, Auto HDR, and variable refresh rate (VRR)."

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