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Best Buy reportedly kills Gamers Club Unlocked

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

After years of service, Best Buy may be shuttering its Gamer's Club Unlocked initiative, pushing consumers to other retailers like Amazon for savings.

 

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Reports broke out yesterday that big box retailer Best Buy is canning its penny-saving Gamer's Club Unlocked program for "a variety of reasons." An internal memo obtained by Twitter user Wario64 states that effective immediately GCU cannot be renewed by existing members or purchased by non-members. Current members will still have discount benefits until their subscription expires. The service offered perks like 20% off all new games, 10% off used games, and bonus trade-in credit for the low cost of $30 for 2 years.

 

"For a variety of reasons, we have decided that our Gamers Club programs will not be accepting new members. This includes both the free Gamers Club membership and Gamers Club Unlocked (GCU). Current members will continue to receive their benefits and we encourage everyone else to use our 'My Best Buy' membership to receive perks, including receiving a $10 reward certificate when pre-ordering hot games," the memo states.

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Ubisoft to reveal new IP at E3 2018

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 22 hours ago

Ubisoft will unveil and release new IP this fiscal year. What could it be?

 

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We've known for a while that Ubisoft is making a new IP to release this fiscal year. The company's Fiscal Year 2019 slate, which is from March 2018 through April 2019, will include three major AAA releases: The Division 2, The Crew 2, and something brand new...something that's been in the works for quite some time.

 

"This fiscal year we are looking to launch very strong titles that will benefit from extended development time that should support their overall performance. The release slate will be made of The Division 2, The Crew 2, and one unannounced franchise that we can't wait to reveal at E3," the company said in its earnings call. "These three games are the result of a huge amount of work and passion of our teams over many years."

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Fortnite coming to Android this summer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 3 days, 23 hours ago

If all goes to plan, Fortnite's massively popular and lucrative mobile version will come to Android this year.

 

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In a recent blog post Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite on Android should drop in summer 2018, which could mean the battle royale flavor is just months away. "Fortnite is coming to Android. We are targeting this summer for the release. We know many of you are excited for this release, and we promise that when we have more information to share, you'll hear it from us first," the post reads.

 

Apart from absolutely smashing sales revenue marks on both PC and consoles, and attracting millions of viewers via eSports tournaments and streams, Fortnite's mobile port has done tremendously well. The iOS version managed to rake in $1 million in-game purchases in just three days, lending strong credence to Newzoo's projections that mobile gaming will pull in 51% of the global games market with $70.3 billion.

 

Once Fortnite drops on Android I expect that we'll see even more impressive figures roll out.

Black Ops 4 campaign may simply be delayed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days ago

Black Ops 4 will ship without a traditional campaign mode, but this could just be temporary.

 

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As we reported yesterday this year's big new Call of Duty game will be missing a big piece of the content pie: a fully-fledged story-driven campaign mode. I posited that this move was tactical on Activision's part as it allowed the publisher to cater to the strong multiplayer market with a huge engagement strategy. In lieu of campaign, Activision and Treyarch are infusing key narrative elements into the online modes like zombies and Blackout, the battle royale gametype. At the same time, however, it appears Treyarch might release Black Ops 4's campaign later down the road.

 

Since the rumors surrounding battle royale and the lack of a campaign mode have been true, perhaps the further rumors that Black Ops 4's troubled singleplayer are also true. A recent interview with Treyarch's senior producer Yale Miller strongly suggests this is the case, and that Black Ops 4 could get singleplayer campaign content after the game ships.

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Stunlock Studios reveals Battlerite Royale map concept art

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 11 hours ago

It was recently announced that the 4 million players playing Battlerite would be receiving their very own battle royale gamemode, now the concept artwork for the map has been revealed by Stunlock Studios.

 

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Stunlock Studios took to their developers blog to announced their progress. The title of the island has been deemed Talon Island and many screenshots and images have been provided to shine some light on the islands features for players.

 

According to the blog post the "map is 30 times larger than the standard arena mode map" and will also be divided into several different areas "the town of Anvilfall, the Glimmering Woods, the Starlight Oasis, and the Ancient Tomb." Not only is Stunlock Studios concentrating on providing players with a unqiue map experience but they are also taking some time to make sure the lore of the title is very relative as well. "The lore has always been important to the team when creating new champions and creating the world of Battlerite and we are now working with talented lore writer Christopher Harrow to improve our universe building."

 

If you are interested in viewing the full blog post visit the official Battlerite website here.

Rare teases Sea of Thieves fans with The Hungering Deep

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 12 hours ago

Rare has released a new short video on their YouTube channel, the video teases Sea of Thieves fans about the coming Hungering Deep content update.

 

 

The video begins with the scaly-wag Merrick hinting at what is to come for players, he does this in the form of a short story. Merrick begins by saying that ancient tribes used to worship "great terrors from the deep" and to sail the seas undisturbed they would "offer a sacrifice."

 

The video also showcases what seems to be a Megladon (prehistoric Great White shark) that topples the size of a normal shark. This clue is also reinforced by that tattoo that is seen on Merricks chest, it appears that the jaw tattoo we can see is very similar to that of a fossil found of the Megladon. The Hungering Deep content update is planned for release on May 29th.

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No Man's Sky will FINALLY get multiplayer/content in July

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

No Man's Sky initially sold itself out with false promises before its release back in 2016, since then the developers Hello Games have been trying to implement what they advertised to fans and now the title will finally be receiving multiplayer support.

 

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According to Sean Murray, the founder of Hello Games, No Man's Sky will be gifted with fully fledged PVP support that include dogfights, shared base building, races, team-based multiplayer and random encounters with other players.

 

Murray announced this news throughout a 'Inside Xbox' stream, he also announced that No Man's Sky will be debuting to the Xbox One at the exact same time as this update goes live. No Man's Sky will be arriving on the Xbox One on July 24 and the multiplayer content update titled 'Next' will be also debut on this date.

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THQ Nordic tease new in-engine trailer for Shenmue 3

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

THQ Nordic recently held there financial presentation and during their conference Shenmue 3 had its in-engine trailer showcased, teasing the games updated graphics engine.

 

 

Shenmue 3 is being developed by Yu Suzuki's independent company, Ys Net which is located in Tokyo, Japan. The team developing the third installment into the franchise is comprised of many original Shenmue team members from the early games.

 

The trailer is featured at about 2 minutes and displays the current updated graphics engine, keep in mind that this trailer is also pre-alpha footage which leads to suggest that the title will be much better looking when it is fully released. Shenmue 3 was recently delayed until 2019, this decision was made my THQ Nordic and Deep Silver as they both believed that the developers should have some more time to polish the game that so many fans are dying to get their hands-on.

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NBA Playgrounds 2's May 22nd release date rejected back

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

The arcade basketball game NBA Playgrounds 2 was originally announced for release on May 22nd, but according to the developers Saber Interactive the title will not be arriving then.

 

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We saw the first NBA Playgrounds 2 gameplay trailer about a week ago now and since then the title has been creeping towards its release date. Now the developer, Saber Interactive has taken to their Facebook page to release the bad news for fans, the post reads as follows "We've got some news to share, but we want to start by saying 'good things come to those who wait.' There are exciting things brewing with the NBA Playgrounds franchise that we think will take arcade basketball to new levels."

 

The post continues by saying that players need to be patient with development process as the plans that are in the pipeline for NBA Playgrounds 2 are striving to make the game better than ever."We can't tell you everything now, but we can tell you that this means our launch date of May 22nd will be moved out. Please be patient with us, we promise that NBA Playgrounds 2 will be better than ever. We'll have more details to share soon."

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Samsung launching 31.5-inch 4K 120Hz gaming displays in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

Samsung is going to dominate the monitor market once again this year, with a brief tease of a new 49-inch 5120x1440 display with a refresh rate of 120Hz... but what about 4K?

 

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We're already expecting both ASUS and Acer to release 4K 120Hz gaming displays in the coming months, but from what we've seen and heard so far they'll be relatively small at just 27 inches. Samsung's purported 4K 120Hz gaming display is a much larger 31.5-inch panel, which is suited to 3840x2160 much better than can-you-even-see-it 27 inches at 4K.

 

Samsung won't be the first with a 4K 120Hz monitor, as that will go to Wasabi Mango and the UHD430 which is a gloriously huge 43-inch 4K 120Hz monitor that currently sells on eBay for $1399. I'd expect Samsung's 31.5-inch 4K 120Hz monitor to be more expensive, but we won't know exact pricing until next month where I'm sure the company will show it off during Computex 2018 with an expected July 2018 release.

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