We all know who Ninja is -- the most famous game streamer who left Twitch in a huge way for Mixer, and now singer/actress mega-star Lady Gaga is wanting to know who he is. Lady Gaga recently took to Twitter simply asking "@Ninja, who are you".
Tyler "Ninja" Blevins replied from his own Twitter, saying "Ask @Drake" -- referencing the time he set records for Twitch streams playing Fortnite with Drake back in 2018. It gets worse though, as Lady Gaga tweeted the day before "What's fortnight". Really... all that money, all those people around her, all that brain power and influence and she hears about "Fortnight" without Googling what it is?
Now sure, Lady Gaga -- or as she's known by her real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, could be genuinely wanting to know about Fortnite. But, do you come onto the internet and then on Twitter where she has just shy of freaking 80 million followers and ask 'What's fortnight' without doing a quick Google search?
Sony has recently joined the fun world of cross-play between consoles and PC, with the worlds of Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and the PC all merging in some, but not all ways.
One of the largest games to support cross-play is coming very soon with Activision's big reelase in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but there are a bunch of games that support cross-play between the Xbox, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and of course... the PC. It's not all fun and games (heh) but there are full cross-platform supporting games that I will list, and partial cross-platform support in games.
The folks over at DigitalTrends made a great list of all games supporting cross-platform, and split them into platforms. It's a big list, and it'll continue to grow. But for now... this is what you can expect -- with a note that some of them aren't out yet, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launching on October 25.
What if Dino Crisis got the same remake treatment as Resident Evil 2? Capcom hints that it's possible.
Capcom's new 2019 Annual Report outlines the company's future, including its plans for new games, business models, and platforms. The most exciting tidbit is Capcom's promise to resurrect dormant IPs with new releases, likely remastered or even remade in the potent RE Engine. Capcom likes re-releases and remasters (all companies do), and the company talks about bringing back old IPs every fiscal year. Now Dino Crisis fans have a new sliver of hope for a new game: Without a new release for nearly two decades, it doesn't get more dormant than Dino Crisis.
"Our initiatives are to (1) strengthen digital sales, (2) bolster our title lineup through the full-scale execution of our 60-month and 52-week maps and (3) awaken dormant intellectual properties," Capcom said in the report. "We will revive dormant intellectual properties for which we have not recently released new titles by increasing the number of our developers."
Capcom promises not to infuse its games with tons of microtransactions, lootboxes, or gacha-style purchases.
Capcom has been hitting out of the park lately with its big singleplayer games. But even as it pivots towards live gaming with Monster Hunter World, the company won't suddenly turn into EA, Ubisoft, or Activision with aggressive monetization. Capcom wants you to actually enjoy the games you play and not feel pressured to buy a ton of extra content, making them an outlier in today's industry alongside devs like CD Projekt RED.
While scouring Capcom's recent 2019 Annual Report, I uncovered Capcom's thoughts about microtransactions. They're quite refreshing in today's spend, spend, spend gaming landscape. "As a creator of entertainment culture, Capcom believes that games should be enjoyed for the entertainment value they provide with gameplay, not for thrills associated with winning a lottery," the company said in the report.
"We do not want to see games that are supposed to make people happy having the opposite effect as a result of excessive charges."
The Nintendo Switch line has sold 15 million units to date in North America, Nintendo today announced.
Nintendo's console is already a huge global success that routinely makes over $1 billion for Nintendo every quarter. Now with the Switch Lite in the picture, sales are set to rise--in fact they already are. Total Switch and Switch Lite sales have reached 15 million in North America, and hardware purchases are up 20% YoY in Q2, likely thanks to the cheaper $199 Switch Lite.
At 15 million sales in North America, the Switch has now eclipsed the Wii U's total lifetime sales by 1.44 million (the Wii U sold 13.56 million units total). These numbers also show North America comprises 40% of the total 36.87 million Switch units that've been sold to date.
Activision has pivoted hard away from lootboxes, confirming Modern Warfare won't have randomized microtransactions.
Activision is turning a new leaf. Today it promised the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot won't ever be monetized with lootboxes or supply drops. Instead, Infinity Ward is rolling out cosmetic skins on an in-game store as well as a new battle pass scheme borrowed from games like Fortnite.
Modern Warfare will have multiple battle passes that span seasonal content updates and playlists. There's two battle passes: A free version available to everyone, and a premium version that rewards you for COD Points as you play and lets you unlock special themed skins. All weapons and attachments can be unlocked for free by playing the game, even if you don't buy the battle pass.
What if the Nintendo Switch played old-school Game Boy games? Then you'd have something like the new Analogue Pocket handheld.
Retro company Analogue recently announced the Analogue Pocket, a new handheld that plays classic carts from Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Neo Geo Pocket, Game Gear, and even Atari Lynx. The handheld sports a small 3.5-inch LCD panel with a mighty 1600x1440p resolution, expandable memory via MicroSD, a headphone jack, and USB Type-C for quick recharges. It's not an emulation machine and won't play ROMs, but instead focuses on FPGA and allows developers tons of control over the device's architecture.
The Analogue Pocket can be docked for play on an HDTV, making it a transforming handheld-console hybrid like the Nintendo Switch. Wireless controllers like 8Bitdo's awesome lineup can be connected to the dock via Bluetooth or gamers can hook peripherals right into the dock's USB ports.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolute technical marvel on PC, completely blowing consoles out of the water (and rightly so).
Rockstar's dramatic Western is probably the best-looking console game to date. So it's only natural for it to be immaculate on PC, but it somehow looks better than my expectations. Today Rockstar dropped a trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2 running at 4K 60FPS, showing what visual masterpieces should look like.
Everything from the reflections, the atmospheric lighting, draw distances, silky-smooth frames, god-rays...you name a graphical or environmental effect and it looks amazing in the footage. Rockstar promises to harness the power and flexibility of PC with tons of platform-specific optimizations like:
- Uncapped FPS
- 4K (and 8K) resolution support
- UltraWide, multi-monitor support
- HDR confirmed
- Increased draw distances for better navigation
- Higher quality global illumination and ambient occlusion for improved day and night lighting
- Higher quality snow trails, improved reflections and deeper, higher resolution shadows at all distances
- Tessellated tree textures and improved grass and fur textures for added realism in every plant and animal
Fallout 76's ambitious new Wastelanders update has been delayed to Q1 2020, Bethesda today announced.
Fallout 76 is still trucking along thanks to big new free expansions and updates, but the biggest one to date has been pushed back. Dubbed Wastelanders, the update will add human NPCs to the world and transform it into an actual Fallout game. Wastelanders brings a bunch of new characters that offer quests, fight alongside you, and even break up into factions that you can ally with or clash against.
"We've been working on our biggest update yet. It's called Wastelanders, and it'll fundamentally change the game. This is a long term story we're telling. Year One was about the Vault doors opening and all of you settling the wasteland."
"Year Two is about people coming back to reclaim it. Like previous Fallout games, these characters have their own stories and goals. It's up to you to choose how to interact with them and live with those consequences," co-studio director Tom Mustaine said at E3 2019.
Season 5 for PUBG has been detailed by developer PUBG Corp, and from the released details players can expect some new awesome teammate mechanics.
From above trailer we are shown a bunch of new mechanics that PUBG Corp will be introducing into the live game when Season 5 is released. Players will be able to lay down spike traps to pop the tires of vehicles, throw certain requested items to teammates at a press of a button, and throwing some melee weapons at enemies for that little bit of extra awesome glory.
PUBG Corp will also be adding vending machines in Season 5 where players will be dispense painkillers and energy drinks. These vending machines will be available in Miramar and Camp Jackal. If the above trailer isn't enough to get your hyped for the new season head on over to the official PUBG website where you will find the rest of the details there. A link can be found here.