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  2. Staff at Epic Games are working in a state of constant crunch in order to maintain Fortnite and its games-as-a-service structure, according to a new report. A lengthy feature from Polygon, based on interviews with several sources from within the company, explains how all departments - from production to customer service - have been trapped in a seemingly endless work cycle since the battle royale become the world’s most popular game. “I work an average 70 hours a week,” one source revealed. “There’s probably at least 50 or even 100 other people at Epic working those hours. I know people who pull 100-hour weeks.” Continue reading… View the full article
  3. On the eve of Hearthstone’s World Championship – and a mere two weeks after the release of Rise of Shadows and the Standard rotation – I caught up with Lead Final Designer Dean Ayala to chat about how the current meta looks from Team 5’s perspective, the discussion around Elysiana, the rise of Nomi Priest and whether Darkest Hour is a problem in Wild. IGN: Let’s start off focusing on Standard. How has the launch been from your perspective? Are things as expected? How’s the meta looking? Dean Ayala: In terms of the decks that people are playing, I’d say that we’re very happy. I mean, rotation always carries with it a lot of change; there are very few decks that aren’t affected by three expansions going away and another one coming in. So there’s very few decks that didn’t change very much. Hunter has a deck that’s maybe the closest to what it was, but even that, there’s ten cards missing. Continue reading… View the full article
  4. Everything you need to know about classes in Dragon's Dogma on the Nintendo Switch. View the full article
  5. @dazzo0007 I need to postpone this game for a while. My family is taking a long overdue vacation out of town. That said, I may have to travel out of town next week for work, but I'm not certain of the itinerary as of yet. When I have more details I will let you know. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
  6. Minecraft's biggest update, Village & Pillage, is now available and brings with it Pillagers and their Beasts, over 10 new Villagers, and even a Crossbow. Available on PC, Xbox One, iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch with the Bedrock Edition and on PC with the Java Edition, the list of additions is substantial and includes everything from a new Wandering Trader to Raids with these new Pillagers to to Villager Trading to bug fixes and so much more. Another bit of exciting news for those playing the Java Edition is that Pandas are finally available after being only available on the Bedrock Edition since last December. Continue reading… View the full article
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  8. NOTICE: Effective in the new season... Rule IV modified from 4th and inches to 4th and 2 (or less) 1x per game. IV. Punt the ball on 4th down (unless you are kicking a FG, inside your opponents 40 yard line or behind in the 4th quarter). Note: One time per game; each team can go for it outside of the posted rules - but only in a 4th and 2 (or less) situation.
  9. Last month's NPD (National Purchase Diary) report was released today, highlighting the top-selling games of March 2019 and the year so far. Topping the charts this past March was Tom Clancy's The Division 2 as the best-selling game across all platforms, and the sixth largest launch month for a Ubisoft release. The runner-up for the top spot went to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, with MLB '19: The Show and Devil May Cry 5 trailing behind it in third and fourth place. Continue reading… View the full article
  10. If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Super Mario Maker 2 is heading to Nintendo Switch on an undisclosed date in June 2019. We don't have a ton of information about this follow-up to the Wii U original, but it doesn't look like a major departure for the series. It lets you create, upload, and download side-scrolling levels made in the art style of games like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo hasn't announced many new features, but the trailer includes new things like a night theme, the moving sun enemy from Super Mario Bros. 3, and the ability to create slopes. Continue reading… View the full article
  11. Our Xbox crew gives our impressions of the just-released Mortal Kombat 11, discusses Respawn's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and why we're optimistic about it, speculates on the motive behind the return of a Call of Duty co-creator after a six-year retirement, and more! Plus: how much next-gen will Microsoft talk at E3? Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or click here to grab an MP3 download of this week's episode. For more awesome content, check out this month's episode of IGN Unfiltered, featuring a rare, in-depth interview with Ubisoft CEO and co-founder Yves Guillemot as he discusses the company's past, present, and next-gen future (yes, including Splinter Cell and its Xbox-centric history!). Continue reading… View the full article
  12. Yesterday, Epic teased a new crossover event between Fortnite and Avengers: Endgame. We got another hint today featuring Thor's Stormbreaker axe, indicating that we'll likely be getting weapon and gear packs that are based on famous items from the MCU. While that in and of itself sounds like a cool addition, it got us thinking about what else we might want to see in Fortnite's next Avengers invasion. The Infinity Snap A hero-based squad mode where each player selects one MCU superhero and they either become that hero or gain that hero's power(s) and abilities to use during the game. The first half of the match would be more of a scavenger hunt, as the Infinity Guantlet is hidden somewhere on the map - when equipped, the player who found it can snap to kill half of the players, greatly reducing the number of enemy combatants. But it's got to be an even half, meaning two players from each team - including their own. Continue reading… View the full article
  13. Bloodborne: The Board Game, which is based on the PlayStation 4 title by FromSoftware, has reached its Kickstarter goal of $200,000 in less than 20 minutes. As of this writing, the Kickstarter is currently sitting at $588,317 with 21 days to go in its campaign. Considering it is already successfully funded - in 17 minutes to be exact - those who back this project can expect to receive the game around May 2020. Designed by Michael Shinall and Eric M. Lang, Bloodborne: The Board Game will allow one to four Hunters (players) the chance to explore Yharnam in a whole new way, although still with the same terrors, beasts, monsters, and more of the PS4 title, including the Cleric Beast, Vicar Amelia, Father Gascoigne and the Blood-Starved Beast. Continue reading… View the full article
  14. Independent developer Chameleon Games, filled with veterans from Rare’s "golden era" of game development, is announcing Tamarin, a third-person, action-adventure game featuring an agile monkey set in Nordic scenery. Tamarin is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PC this summer, and “channels the energy of 3D platformer classics and explorative Metroidvania shooters.” The game revolves around pollution and destruction from ever-expanding insects that forces the monkey to fight for his family’s survival. Described as an interconnected 3D world with primate platforming and bug-splattering shooter action, Tamarin lets players journey into northern wilderness through forests, fjords and mountains. Players will encounter mysterious electrical fireflies, a secret underground world of dancing ants, innocent birds that need rescuing and more in an attempt to restore the tamarins’ once idyllic natural habitat. Continue reading… View the full article
  15. If you listed out everything that Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls series is best known for, you’d probably include things like an open world, freeform character development, hundreds of NPCs with interesting backstories, and the freedom to go anywhere and do anything at any time. The Elder Scrolls: Blades unfortunately has none of those things. It’s a decent mobile RPG, but not a very good Elder Scrolls game, and it’s loaded with obtrusive microtransactions. Blades feels like a collection of typical mobile game mechanics with a shallow coating of Elder Scrolls paint. It’s got the signature beauty in its world design and at first glance could be mistaken for sections in Oblivion or even Skyrim, but it lacks any of the depth that made those games so special. Continue reading… View the full article
  16. Red Dead Online will offer 25% off weapons at all fences this week, along with the discount on horse care items and all saddles. View the full article
  17. Looking to spare or humiliate your opponent in Mortal Kombat 11? See how to perform a Mercy and keep the fight going. View the full article
  18. Following complaints of the "super hard Towers of Time" and "rewards/economy" issues of the Krypt in Mortal Kombat 11, Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios have reassured its fans that fixes will be arriving in the near future. Ed Boon took to Twitter with a "MK11 PSA" to let fans of Mortal Kombat 11 know that NetherRealm has heard their complaints regarding the Krypt and Towers of Time and is "hoping/expecting" that fixes to these game modes will be arriving in a time frame that is "more like HOURS than days." In our review of Mortal Kombat 11, we praised the game but said that the Towers of Time are where MK11's "biggest problems lie," with some fights being "actively un-fun to play" due to certain modifiers that make challenges more frustrating than fun. Continue reading… View the full article
  19. In the opening sequence of Marvel’s Spider-Man for PlayStation 4, Insomniac Games had to come up with some creative solutions to make the inside of Fiske Tower bigger on the inside than it was on the outside. Revealed during Insomniac’s GDC 2019 tech postmortem and subsequently posted on Twitter, Insomniac senior engine programmer Elan Ruskin shared a video showing how the developer managed to fit a larger interior inside of a smaller exterior while keeping all of Manhattan intact. As it turns out, they didn’t. Also from our #GDC19 tech postmortem: the transition into Fisk Tower in #SpiderManPS4's intro mission. The interior space is much larger than the exterior envelope, and too big to hold in memory at the same time as Manhattan. So we use some careful camerawork to hide the swap! Continue reading… View the full article
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  21. Anthem Update 1.1.0 is now live, bringing with it the ability to change gear mid-mission, select contracts from the start of an expedition screen and more. Revealed through official BioWare patch notes, Anthem players can now access the Forge during missions, strongholds and freeplay, meaning you no longer have to return to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay to change gear. Additionally, players no longer need to return to Fort Tarsis or the Launch Bay to select contracts or launch a new mission: these can now be done from the start and end of the expedition screen, respectively. The Sunken Cell stronghold is now available to all players who have completed the main story, and three new universal masterwork components have been added: the extended sniper magazine for additional specialized storage for enhanced sniper rifle ammunition, rapid hollow points for additional specialized ammo storage for machine pistols and autocannons, and the extended special arms magazine adds specialized ammo storage for heavy pistols and grenade launchers. All of these increase damage by 30 percent. Continue reading… View the full article
  22. Square Enix has announced its plans for E3 2019 and has revealed that it will be hosting a "special broadcast" on Monday, June 10 at 6pm PT/9pm ET to showcase an "exciting line up of titles." Square Enix took to Twitter to share the news of how they will be kicking off E3 2019 this year, but didn't give any indication of what exactly they would be showing. An interesting note, however, is that it is taking the time slot that has been previously held by PlayStation, which follows the news that Sony would not be appearing at E3 this year. Continue reading… View the full article
  23. April continues to charge forward, which means we’ve got another exclusive look at Rage 2 as part of this month’s IGN First! This time, I sat down with id Software Studio Director Tim Willits as he goes deep into how its skill trees and upgrade systems work. Watch the video above for a first look at all the customization it offers. If you’re hungry for even more, we’ve got loads of coverage from this month, including 11 minutes of Rage 2 gameplay, a breakdown of the enemy factions you’ll be fighting, and a look at how Rage has evolved since the original. We’ve also got a full Rage 2 preview after spending a few hours in its wasteland that you can watch below. Continue reading… View the full article
  24. Despite being full of cards, SteamWorld Quest doesn’t feel like a card game. As the first RPG in the SteamWorld series (the excellent SteamWorld Dig 2 being the previous entry), it bears far more resemblance to a game like Final Fantasy than Hearthstone or Gwent. Instead of letting its deck-building mechanics take over entirely, they instead give SteamWorld Quest one of the most flexible and fun turn-based RPG combat systems I’ve played with in a long time. Steam World Quest tells the charming tale of a group of ragtag fantasy robots out to save the world from an evil army, rising to the threat before them despite their inexperience. It’s not exactly a unique premise (except for the robot part, I suppose), but the twists and turns it takes along the way make it stand out in interesting ways, and the big bad behind it all is a compelling one to fight. The story digs into larger themes about heroism and growing up with some nicely written dialogue that’s never long enough to drag the action down, and can even be genuinely funny or touching at times. Continue reading… View the full article
  25. Don't spend your hard-earned Koins, Hearts, and Soul Fragments without learning how the Krypt works in Mortal Kombat 11. View the full article
  26. See our list of all the Fatalities you can perform in Mortal Kombat 11 to score maximum carnage. View the full article
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