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Borderlands 3 new content starts with Halloween 'Bloody Harvest' event

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 22 mins ago

Borderlands 3 developers Gearbox Software have already announced the first batch of post-launch content for Borderlands 3. Prepare for the Bloody Harvest vault-hunters.

During the Borderlands Show stream, Game Director, Paul Sage spoke about the event and said that it would last for around 6 weeks. During those 6 weeks players can expect to collect legendary grade weapons, skins and even some brand new environments and enemies. This will also of course be topped off with an epic boss battle.

Players who would like to participate in the Bloody Harvest event will need to have explored beyond Pandora and into space. Players will then encounter Haunted enemies roaming the galaxy, these enemies can give you a new "terror" debuff that weakens your gun handling, accuracy and spread. If you can manage to kill a Haunted enemy then you will receive Hecktoplasm, this can be traded aboard Sanctuary to a new character named Maurice.

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Borderlands 3 game director shoots down the idea of 'more characters'

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 45 mins ago

Borderlands 3 is off to a big start, and with many players super happy about what they are experiencing, we can't but help to wonder if more characters to eventually be thrown into the mix.

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Unfortunately that doesn't seem to the case for Borderlands 3's future as game director Paul Sage has officially ruled out the possibility via a Q&A at the end of the Borderlands Show stream. According to Sage, Gearbox's data has indicated to them that many Borderlands 3 players prefer sticking with their originally picked character, rather than jumping across to the additional characters.

Here is what Sage had to say in response to the question of more characters being added: "Probably not. No." He continued and said "You were asking me earlier about data that we use. And one of the things we actually saw was that once people have picked their character--not everybody, there are no 'everybodys,' but a lot of people--stick with that character and want to remain. Furthermore, in Borderlands 3, we really concentrated on diversity within the characters themselves and having a lot of different builds. So that was where we put our eggs, in the basket. Now some people might want more but I don't think that's the way to go, not for Borderlands 3."

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare could come with a Battle Royale mode

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 20 mins ago

PC gamers have data mined Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and have found that the game could contain a Battle Royale mode and much more.

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The data mine leak comes from VG Sources who have posted the screenshot of the game files. While the screenshot could of definitely been much better quality, VG Sources claims that within the PC files of the beta references to a Battle Royale mode has been found. These references come in the form of a full list of locations, loot items and maps.

What also has been found in the game files is references to "Plunder" which VG Sources claim to be the cash system for the mode. With the earned cash players are assumed to be able to purchase cosmetic items within the game. There is also mention of a bank location, which could be where players store their hard earned dollars after each match. In the entirety of this article there is a listed of the maps which are said to feature Battle Royale.

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Russia and China tag-team together to safely make it back to the Moon

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 8 hours, 5 mins ago

Space agency across the world have decided its time that humans go back to Moon, not only are NASA planning lunar missions but so are Russia and China.

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For those that didn't know, Russia was the first country to achieve a successful soft landing onto the Moon's surface, that was back in 1966. China within the last decade also managed to achieve a soft landing and now both Russia and China have agreed to work together for future lunar missions.

China's Chang'e 5 will be launching next year and it is designed to be China's first sample-return mission. After Chang'e 5, Chang'e 6 will fetch a sample from the lunar south pole in 2023, Chang'e 7 will do a more in-depth exploration in that area. Russia on the other hand is on a different schedule, according to Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos Space Agency, Russia plans involve a 2024 orbiter, a 2028 sample-return mission and human flights sometime in 2029 - 2030.

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Amazon Prime members get free PUBG Mobile loot

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 11 hours, 44 mins ago

Today Amazon announced that Prime members will get access to free in-game items in specific mobile games, starting with PUBG Mobile.

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In a bid to keep rewarding subscribers and engage within billion-dollar games, Amazon has teamed up with some of mobile's hottest companies for Amazon Prime freebies. Prime subscribers now get access to an exclusive set of stylish Infiltrator skins on PUBG Mobile, which can be claimed here. These new offers are in conjunction with the existing Twitch Prime freebies and don't replace any other initiatives.

"Starting today, Prime members can take down enemies in style by claiming the exclusive stealthy Infiltrator Mask for PUBG MOBILE. Prime members will then be able to claim the Infiltrator Jacket, Infiltrator Pants, and Infiltrator Shoes to complete the Prime exclusive set, plus the brand-new Blood Oath - Karabiner 98K and Black Magma Parachute," reads a press release.

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The Switch Lite was almost cheaper than $199

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 3 mins ago

Nintendo wanted to sell the Switch Lite even cheaper than $199 in an effort to bolster hardware sales, but supplies pushed back.

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According to anew report from The Wall Street Journal, Nintendo originally had a lower price in mind for the handheld-only Switch Lite. The console could've cost possibly as as little as $150 if suppliers agreed to Nintendo's terms. Sources close to Nintendo's supply chain say the company adamantly tried to lower the price by cutting costs but ultimately wavered, which isn't surprising. Nintendo aims to sell every Switch console at a profit and it likely didn't want to eat into this margin.

Even at $199 the Switch Lite is an attractive prospect. It can't connect to an HDTV nor can it enjoy its predecessor's boosted hardware performance when docked, but it certainly gets the job done. The Switch Lite uses a new 16nm Tegra X1 refresh with improved battery life and better thermals, and also sports a smaller design optimized for on-the-go play.

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Epic paid $10.4 million for Control exclusivity on PC

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 45 mins ago

New earnings reports from 505 Games parent company Digital Bros. reveals how much Epic paid for Control's timed exclusivity on PC, and it's a lot.

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Epic Games paid 9.49 million euros (roughly $10.4 million USD) to keep Control off of Steam for a year, Digital Bros.' latest quarterly earnings report states. That's roughly a third of Remedy's total 30 million euro budget for the game, making it extremely lucrative for Digital Bros. and its wholly-owned publisher 505 Games. The document doesn't outright state these revenues are from an exclusivity deal, but the figures show as much: Control made 9.49 million euros directly from Epic Games as of June 30, over a full month before the game actually came out.

This corroborates recent reports that Epic is "paying through the nose" for exclusives, pulling many indie devs over with sign-on funding bonuses and the promise of more cash with every sale.

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Pokemon franchise made $92 billion, tops all other media franchises

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 46 mins ago

The Pokemon franchise is the best-earning media franchise of all time with over $92 billion in total revenues, most of which is from merchandise.

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Pokemon is the king of media, toppling titans like Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, and even Mario by a substantial margin. When game sales and merchandise are included, Pokemon has made the mighty sum of $92.12 billion in total media.

Merchandise like plush dolls and figures makes up the lion's share with $61.1 billion, or about 66% of total revenues. Pokemon Video games, including the massively popular handheld titles and Pokemon Go mobile game, have made $17.14 billion.

  • Merchandise - $61.1 billion
  • Games -$17.14 billion
  • Trading Cards - $10.25 billion
  • Comics and Manga -
  • $1.46 billion
  • Box Office - $1.31 billion
  • Books - $860 million

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Shenmue 3 backers may not get free Steam keys after all

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 28 mins ago

In a Kickstarter update, Ys Net says it's still uncertain if Shenmue 3 backers will get their promised free Steam keys.

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Following the switch to the Epic Games Store, Ys Net offered to give Shenmue 3 backers an extra Steam key once the game's one-year exclusivity ends. Now the devs say the Steam keys may not be sent out. Negotiations with Valve are still underway and Ys Net isn't sure if it can deliver.

"As negotiations with Valve are ongoing, we are not able to make a firm commitment at this point concerning the availability of the Steam keys," Ys Net wrote in the Kickstarter update.

"Requests for Steam keys will be accepted through the survey, however, there is the possibility that Steam keys will ultimately not be distributed depending on negotiations with Valve. An announcement will be posted in the updates with the outcome of the negotiations."

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GRID Autosport releases on Nintendo Switch with 60FPS support

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 41 mins ago

Feral Interactive has officially announced that that GRID Autosport, the triple A racing game has skidded onto the Nintendo Switch.

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GRID Autosport which was developed and published by Codemasters is a "full-on racing simulator" and according to the press release is the "first full-on racing simulator to come to Nintendo Switch." The game will be arriving on the Switch in three different optimization modes; Graphics Mode, Performance Mode and Energy Saver Mode.

Graphics Mode will bump up the games graphics quality will decreasing the amount of FPS you receive, capping it at 30FPS. Performance mode will decrease the graphics and grant the player more FPS, bringing it up to 60FPS. Energy Saver Mode will put the game at its lowest graphical quality while also dropping frames to 30FPS. GRID Autosport is currently available on the Nintendo eShop for $34.99.