The Crew 2 – Closed Beta Servers Open Tonight!

The highly anticipated closed beta for the upcoming open world racer from Ivory Tower opens its servers early tomorrow morning at 4:00 A.M. Eastern time. Players from around the world will jump at the opportunity to get a sneak peek at what is to come with the eventual release of the full game.

 

This closed beta also provides an opportunity for players to decide which version of the game is best fitted for them. The entire environment will be open for players to drive around and find the secrets of MotorNation. The closed beta is dedicated to help test the key features prior to the official release of the game on June 29th, 2018.

 

Players are already hyped for the closed beta as the game’s reddit page is filled with excitement and speculation as the hours tick towards the grand opening for the servers. It is expected to be one of the most highly anticipated betas for any game in the entire year, and speculation is already building as players talk about the possibility of The Crew 2 winning a game of the year award in the racing genre.

 

The sigh of relief comes from fans who expected the launch of the game to come in March, however Ubisoft announced the delay of the release after discussing publicly that they needed more time to perfect some of the features and polish game mechanics. Online players that participate in the closed beta will receive an in-game costume that will unlock on the first day of the actual game’s release.

 

The closed beta will run for a total of five days and will end on June 4th, although often times developers choose to extend the beta for further testing purposes, or to allow more players to have the opportunity to participate. This will likely become an audible decision that the development team will have to make at some point over the course of the weekend.

Gamers Will Get To Test Out “Kingdom Hearts III” At E3 2018

Japanese video game developer Square Enix announced on their US Twitter feed that Kingdom Hearts III will be playable at this year’s E3 Expo.

 

In Square Enix’s tweet, the company first thanked gamers who visited the Kingdom Hearts III Premiere Event and then revealed that the game will be playable at Square Enix’s official E3 booth. Square Enix has yet to confirm, however, which levels fans will get to test out.

 

Over the past few months, Square Enix has been ramping up their advertisements for this long-awaited game. Video game analysts believe these new ads indicate Square Enix will hold true to its promise to release Kingdom Hearts III in 2018.

 

Although a great deal is still unknown about this Disney-themed RPG, many new worlds have been confirmed. For example, Kingdom Hearts III will definitely feature levels inspired by Disney films such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., and Big Hero 6. It’s also been hinted that there might be worlds based off of Disney’s Jungle Book and/or Frozen.

 

As in Kingdom Hearts I and II, gamers will play from the perspective of Sora and tag along with Donald Duck and Goofy. A few new gameplay features gamers can expect in this new title include stronger enemy AI, teams of five characters, and the ability to summon iconic rides from Walt Disney Company’s theme parks.

 

Of course, not everything will be new about Kingdom Hearts III. A few features that were carried over from the original titles include the Gummi Ship rides, Disney character summons, and worlds like Mount Olympus.

 

Square Enix will hold at least one press conference on Kingdom Hearts III before the E3 Expo opens. Although it’s not certain what they’ll discuss, Kingdom Hearts III’s director Tetsuya Nomura hinted that Square Enix will announce an official release date at this event.

 

In addition to a release date, many fans are curious whether Kingdom Hearts III will feature worlds from Lucasfilm or Marvel. Fans would also like to know which Final Fantasy characters will appear in the new Kingdom Hearts title.

 

The 2018 E3 Expo will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center between June 12th and 14th.

‘Mega Man 11’ to release in October with new Double Gear system

It has been announced that the Mega Man 11 game will be officially released this coming October. The news coincides with the 30th anniversary of the franchise and follows up the Mega Man Legacy Collections title released for the Nintendo Switch. The newest installment in the series will also feature a new addition with the Double Gear system.

 

As Forbes reported on Wednesday morning, the Double Gear system allows players to switch between Speed and Power gear. Speed gear will slow down time and Power gear will help to give more power when performing attacks.

 

It’s being said that Mega Man 11 has a more modern look to it than its predecessor Mega Man 10. The tenth title in the series had more of the 8-bit graphics look that previous titles had. The newest title looks like it will retain the 2D style of how the gameplay operates.

 

The Mega Man franchise has been going strong since 1987 with the release of the original title on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). Since then, it has spawned ten installments, the Mega Man & Bass spin-off, and versions of the game for Game Boy, Sega Genesis, and the Sega Game Gear consoles. In August 2017, the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 was released. There have also been six Mega Man Mobile titles all release last year.

 

Mega Man 10 was released back in 2010 and was known as “Threat from Other Space” based on its Japanese title’s translation. The game was first released as a download for various game consoles before it was made available via physical copies. The game received mostly good scores from reviews sites including an 8.5 out of 10 from IGN and an 8 out of 10 from the GameSpot website.

 

The official release date for Mega Man 11 will be on Tuesday, October 2nd. The newest title in the popular series will be made available on Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch, and on personal computers.

Rocket League unveils new ‘Salty Shores’ update for game

Rocket League has officially unveiled their newest summer-themed update called “Salty Shores.” The popular vehicular soccer game has added a brand new arena with a beach theme as well as new music, new season reward colors, a new import Battle car, and a number of fixes along with Competitive Season 8, according to Forbes.

 

As the Forbes report mentioned, the new arena has a sandy floor to it along with sunny blue skies and spectators wearing sunglasses. It also features a roller coaster in action, as well as a scenic boardwalk and beach that players will get to see from up above. In addition to all of that, the game has unveiled some new season reward colors.

 

The “Champion” rewards have reportedly switched from a purple to a gold color. There are also new “Striker” goal explosions available for the Bronze through Grand Champion ranks. Each rank or level results in a player getting a banner. The goal explosions are shown in Bronze and Silver, Gold and Platinum, and Diamond through Grand Champion as complements to player banners.

 

In addition to the new beach theme and color schemes for the rewards or banners, there’s also a new car and some new music to enjoy. The brand new import Battle-Car added to the game called “Twinzer” is available as a limited-drop in the new Impact Crate. The new soundtrack, “Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3,” will feature a new variety of selections for players to absorb as they compete within the updated arena.

 

By the way, it’s also been mentioned that players will need to participate in 10 placement matches for the new season as part of a “soft reset.” However, based on the official Psyonix news release for the latest update, players can land close to their Season 7 rankings by “winning half” of their placement matches.

 

The ComicBook website released a full report of all of the newly updated aspects of the game. This includes a good number of bug fixes such as restoration of the FX on Draco Wheels as well as tread glow on ‘Season 3 – Star’ Wheels, a fixed crash/performance issues on the Xbox One, and a fix allowing for the correct display of a player’s Rank on the post-match screen.

 

Of course, all of this also means Competitive Season 8 is now officially underway, so players will be looking to play those 10 placement matches as quick as possible to get their ranks intact for competition.

‘Fortnite: Battle Royale’ schedules downtime in anticipation of Week 5 challenges & new updates

The popular online game, Fortnite: Battle Royale reportedly scheduled some downtime for Wednesday, May 30th. It was announced by Forbes and other sites that the game would be offline around 4 a.m. Eastern Time with a speculated downtime lasting for an hour or two. The latest news comes as the game is preparing to add some new updates as well as the Week 5 challenges.

 

The report via Forbes said that the newest challenges were scheduled to arrive this Thursday after the server was down. In the past, new challenges came right after the server was restored for players to get back into the Fortnite world and compete. However, it also looks like the new update is going to bring one of the first-ever vehicles for the game as well.

 

It’s been reported that shopping carts will be that first vehicle, after a general lack of any vehicles in the Fortnite game. So far, very little is known about how the shopping carts are going to operate on the island in terms of movement. However, it seems like it could bring an interesting new aspect of gameplay.

 

Another update that is on the way at some point will involve a “playroom” mode which allows teams of players to practice building, shooting, and mastering the game controls. The mode will involve “friendly fire” to practice taking aim with weapons at friends, as well as give teams the ability to work on strategies and generally getting comfortable with how to play the game. So far, it’s only been hinted at as a “test run” and there will be a “more extensive creative mode” at some point down the line.

 

The free-to-play game Fortnite: Battle Royale was a response to PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds, also knowns as PUBG. Fortnite has been available on multiple platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS, and Windows since September 2017, with a mobile version released for iOS. There are also plans for a game release on Android devices. While the game is free to download and play, many players benefit from using the “microns transactions” system in which they purchase new skins, weapons, or special items to give them a competitive advantage.

 

The newest Fortnite: Battle Royale update released for May 30th will be version 4.3 for the game. In addition to the shopping carts, upcoming Week 5 challenges, and other potential updates, this newest version should include bug fixes and other improvements to the gameplay.

PUBG Is Suing Epic Games For Plagiarism

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is suing Fortnight for copying elements of its game. The legal action taken in Korea was just released, but the lawsuit happened back in January. Bluehole’s PubG, the creator of PubG claims that Epic Games the creators of Fortnight have plagiarized 11 concepts of their game. The items in question include weapons, map relay system, and health system. The lawsuit is only in Korea, but what happens here could affect the game around the world.

 

 

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds or Pubg is a multiplayer battle royal game that released on March 23, 2017. In this game, people parachute to an island where they search for weapons and supplies while killing each other. The game inspired by Japan’s Battle Royale a film about a group of students who the government forces to fight each other. The game was a hit when at its release selling over 3 million by the end of 2017. It’s success lead to it moving to other platforms including Xbox One and mobile.

 

 

Fortnight is a co-op sandbox survival game released in July 2017. In Fortnight a mysterious storm appears wiping out part of the population and causing zombies to appear. The game is a cross between Minecraft and Left 4 Dead. In September 2017 they added a battle royale mode. The game also starts off with people parachuting to an island where they search for weapons. In Fortnight the players can also gather supplies to build defenses. The Battle Royale Mod is free to play while the story cost money. Battle Royale is what most players play. Fortnight was also a hit when released selling more than 500,000 copies in 2017. It has moved to other platforms as well including Xbox one, ps4, and mobile.

 

Fortnight has become a sensation becoming the most streamed game on Twitch. They surpassed PubGs recorded on mid-January 2018. Fortnight has also beat PubG on another record. Fortnight reached 3.4 million concurrent players beating PubGs current record of 3.2 million. Fortnight’s numbers are still on the rise, while Playerunknown’s have been slowly declining.

Fortnite Update – Week 3 Content and Rubber Duckies

Week three of season four in Fortnite has arrived, with new weekly challenges, features, and even rubber duckies finding their way into the game. Every week on Fortnite offers a great opportunity for Battle Pass holders to earn the game’s popular in game currency known as “V Bucks”. This currency allows you to buy character skins, emotions, stickers, and other fun utilities.

One of week three’s premier challenges is to find ten different rubber yellow duckies that are hidden around the Fortnite map. There is also a treasure challenge that features a scavenger hunt at the “race track” field near the eastern coast of the world.

As for the rest of the week three challenges, players should have no trouble completing all of their objectives during the week. There are many exciting items to unlock and rewards to receive for completing these tasks.

Fortnite has been riding a wave of popularity since the end of 2017, with more players enjoying the game, streaming, uploading videos, and participating in community events. It’s hard to imagine Fortnite going anywhere anytime soon, as the developers continue to work hard to supply game updates and brand new content at one of the fastest rates that players have ever seen.

This week marks the quarter mark of season four. Players are already counting down to the end of the season, which usually marks as a significant milestone in the game’s lifespan. In addition, it has become a marking point for huge updates and changes to be added to the game at the end of each season. With each season having its own style and theme, players are curious and already speculating on what may find its way into season five.

Epic Games also announced that one of the features to the Battle Royale game mode will be released during week three. The ‘Match Replay’ feature will allow players to rewind time and witness their game highlights and exciting moments. This feature will be added in Version 4.2 on May 16th at 4:00 A.M. Eastern Time.

Aside from the popular Battle Royale game mode, players are still waiting for the promised “Save The World” cooperative mode to be released for free at some point in 2018. This game mode is currently locked to players who have not payed for it, which currently costs $40 USD.

SNES Classic to be available on Nintendo Switch, thanks to a hacker

Despite all of the recent innovations in the video game world, some gamers still long to play games on the game systems of previous generations. Among those systems is the SNES Classic which many people were hoping Nintendo might find a way to make available on the newer Switch device. Unfortunately, they haven’t and seem to have no plans to do so. However, there was at least one ambitious hacker out there who decided to make the classic platform virtually available on the newer one.

As Forbes reported, a hacker named Sam Breadman was able to use LovePotion in order to port the SNES Classic library onto a Switch. LovePotion was a tool first made for the Nintendo 3DS system. However, it was ported to the Nintendo Switch to help bring dreams to reality, or to a virtual gaming reality, sort of.

Breadman released a sort of teaser video on YouTube that shows off his skills. In the video which was originally discovered by Nintendo Life, the SNES Classic interface is shown on a Nintendo Switch. It also presents a few menus with Mega Man X, Donkey Kong Country, and Final Fantasy III among the playable games. Unfortunately, no gameplay is shown in the video. That’s because Breadman says it’s still in the early stages of being developed and isn’t giving the best gameplay performance. So, some fine tuning will be necessary.

The reason that a hacker could even do such a thing is due to a boot exploit within the Nintendo Switch devices. That exploit allows anyone with a 3D Printer and the right experience to hack the device. Some have even made a working Linux tablet out of the Switch using the boot exploit.

It’s said that Nintendo can fix the problem, but that will involve releasing new versions of the console with Nvidia Tegra chips that are free of the issue. So far there haven’t been any reports floating around that Nintendo plans to do this and that could be good for those people who wanted a virtual SNES Classic on their newer device.

So will this concept be available for other people? The comments on the YouTube video are already numerous with people asking if it’s available yet and wanting their own virtual SNES Classic for the Switch. If enough people get behind it with a good bit of funding, the “Classic” dream could eventually become a reality and make it to the Switch.

A New Monster Hunter Movie Series

After selling 7.9 million units, Capcom’s Monster Hunter: World is taking the Monster Hunter story beyond the video game space. Constantin Film has secured the rights to put the video game story on the silver screen.

The video game adaptation will be budgeted at $60 million and will begin production in September. The German-based film company has tied Milla Jovovich to star in the film in an unnamed role. Milla’s husband, Paul W.S. Anderson, has also been linked to the Monster Hunter movie as the film’s writer and director. Jeremy Bolt is slated to produce.

Paul W.S. Anderson and Milla Jovovich have been working together for years on other video game based movies. The couple has been working together on the Resident Evil franchise since 2002. They have recently completed Resident Evil: the Final Chapter in 2016. The movie was filmed in South Africa which is where they will be shooting the Monster Hunter project. South Africa has been a place of comfort for Anderson and Jovovich

While not much is known about what the story will look like, Anderson states that Monster Hunter will be the start of a new film series. Anderson will be implementing his unique style in the movie and will be sure to showcase Monster Hunter’s video game roots.

While Capcom will receive the credit for creating the Monster Hunter games, Constantin Film will be the only production company tied to the production of the movie. Mr. X, the Canadian-based visual effects company will also be working on the feature film after working with Anderson on his Resident Evil pictures.

Paul W.S. Anderson has started pre-production, but there is no information on a release date for the film just yet. Just like the title of the game, Monster Hunter has always been about the player capturing and slaying monsters. Although the games have never featured one individual character, it will be exciting to see what Anderson has in store for us when the movie is finally released.

Major Map Update Coming to Fortnite

To commemorate the Season 4 update to the hit online battle royale game Fortnite, Epic Games has just announced they’ll be doing things a bit differently from before.

Leading up to this patch, players have been able to find small meteors crashing to the ground during play for the last few days. Now, however, word has come in that these were merely a precursor to a major astronomical event. With the roll out of Season 4’s update, a massive meteor will land in the area of the game known as Dusty Depot.

Taking the place of one of the three warehouses that previously identified the area of the map, the meteor and its resulting crater will now be a permanent fixture in the map. Additionally, this location will be renamed Dusty Divot in recognition of the event, with military barricades surrounding the meteor seemingly to study it.

Changes to the map aren’t all this event has to offer, though. Fragments of the meteor itself, called Hop Rocks in the game, will be strewn about the play area. When picked up and crushed by a player, they temporarily give them the power to defy gravity, letting them jump higher than before at a slower pace (essentially, as if they were on the moon).

Another new area of the map has opened up in Season 4, as well. First seen in the new season trailer, a drive-in movie theater called Risky Reels has been made available for players. Other existing parts of the map have been given small updates, too, with small meteors and Hop Rocks scattered throughout.

For a full list of changes, check out the Fortnite 4.0 patch notes found on the Epic Games’ website. Bug fixes, gameplay tweaks, and Vaulting the crossbow are some of the major changes, as are the 100 new tiers of rewards players can now work on earning. Needless to say, the next few months of Fortnite will be quite exciting, with tons of new things to experience on all platforms.