Overwatch: Jeff Kaplan Explains Why a Battle Royale Mode Would Be Tricky

Jeff Kaplan has responded to fan requests for an Overwatch equivalent of the increasingly ever-present Battle Royale mode, saying that the dev team has considered it for the game, but that shoehorning it in isn’t as straightforward as some players seem to think.

Speaking to Kotaku, the Overwatch game director said: “A lot of times when I hear some of our fans pitch it, they’re like ‘Oh, just put a card in the Arcade one day that’s a battle royale mode,’ and I’m like ‘F**k, that would be awesome.’ But there’s a lot of design and tech work to get us to that place and not just feel like a me-too game.”

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L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files Released for Oculus Rift

Rockstar has announced that L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files finally has Oculus Rift support, and is now available with the update implemented on Steam, and in the Oculus store,

The VR version of the game released in December with HTC Vive compatibility, after being pushed back from its original November release date. The VR game is a scaled-down experience of the original title, centring around seven cases that have been built from the ground up specifically for VR.

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All the Differences Between Dark Souls and Dark Souls Remastered

The differences between the original Dark Souls and its upcoming remaster across PC, PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch have been revealed.

Along with technical improvements, the list reveals a strong focus on better matchmaking, and little fixes that address some common complaints throughout the years (hello, button configuration!) The list also clarifies graphics on the Switch: it will run at 1080p resolution at 30fps on Nintendo’s console when docked, and 720p resolution at 30fps when in handheld mode. Full differences are below.

  • Dark Souls Remastered will have a 4K resolution with a compatible TV/monitor at 60fps on the Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and PC. It will display upscaled 4K resolution on PS4 Pro and Xbox One, while the PC version will be native 4K.
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Niantic to Pay Out $1.6 Million in Pokemon Go Fest Lawsuit

Last year’s Pokemon Go Fest was something of a disaster for Niantic, and the company has settled a class action suit that was filed as a result for almost $1.6 million.

The event was plagued with problems from the outset, with the game crashing frequently, and leaving most players unable to use the app, including IGN’s Andrew Goldfarb, who was in attendance.

In the wake of the underwhelming festivities, Niantic issued full refunds to the Fest’s attendees, $100 worth of in-game PokeCoins, and issued an apology, with a spokesperson saying the staff were “horrified” by the situation.

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A History of Marvel’s Infinity Comics

The word “infinity” carries a lot of weight in the Marvel Universe. When that word pops up in a new crossover, fans can expect plenty of cosmic spectacle and drama as heroes join forces to battle for the fate of the entire universe. That’s true for the MCU, as well. Avengers: Infinity War pays off on ten years’ worth of movies, as Thanos comes to Earth seeking to complete the Infinity Gauntlet and gain total dominion over the universe.

Now’s a great time to brush up on all things Infinity at Marvel. From the original Infinity Gauntlet to the current Infinity Countdown, check out this slideshow breaking down each one of these cosmic epics.

For more on what’s to come for Marvel’s ongoing Infinity saga, here’s what we know about Infinity Wars, Marvel’s big crossover event for summer 2018.

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HTC Vive Pro Review

The biggest problem with the HTC Vive Pro is that there just isn’t that much to say about it beyond the fact that it has the highest resolution available for VR right now. Don’t get me wrong: boosted resolution is definitely nice. But for the sky-high price, the vast majority of people are going to be better off waiting for the real second-generation VR headsets.

Outwardly, the Vive Pro is significantly nicer than the original Vive (read the review) thanks to its extremely comfortable headstrap and removable high-quality headphones. It’s similar to the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, which is a $100 upgrade to the original Vive, and it does an excellent job of distributing the weight of the headset. The cable and breakout box have also been refined, simplifying the bundle of three cables into one combined plug, and there’s now a power button on the breakout box, making it easier to turn the entire headset on and off.

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The Big Halo: MCC Testing Program Is Now Sending Out Invites

As part of its big effort to continue to improve Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Microsoft is inviting community members to test new updates in a “flighting” program. Invitations are now going out for the Halo Community Feedback Program, and specifically the MCC Insider Program.

Plenty of people signed up for the program, apparently, as developer 343 said in a blog post that it has been “thrilled to see so much interest and excitement” for the program. The first wave of invitations were sent out last week. If you signed up already and don’t see your invite, be sure to check your junk and spam folders. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late–you can do so here.

This process begins with a survey that should take around 5 minutes to complete. Note that this survey, and the testing program, is subject to Microsoft’s confidentiality agreement, so you can’t talk about it. If you’re invited to join, you will also need to be a member of the Xbox Insider Program to test updates on Xbox One–you can find out how to sign up here. Eventually, 343 will push out updates to Halo: MCC to Insider Program members.

Some other things to bear in mind is that even if you do get into the MCC Insider Program, you might not get access to every update. 343 cautions that “the participation audience will be intentionally small” at the start before expanding to more players later down the track. You should also expect some “hiccups and bumps,” but that is to be expected given that it’s the whole purpose of this.

“We look forward to your participation and feedback but we also ask for your understanding and appropriate expectations as we share work-in-progress builds directly with you,” 343 said.

Back in October, Microsoft spoke frankly about why Halo: MCC struggled and laid out a bold and ambitious plan to address its lingering bugs and improve it on the whole. Because this effort came across as sounding like a serious and time-consuming effort, some believed it would impact the development of the next mainline Halo game. However, 343 later explained that its efforts to improve Halo: MCC won’t impact the development of the next Halo FPS.

While the next Halo FPS has not been officially announced, we definitely know it is coming. And thankfully, it’s going to have split-screen support. As for when Microsoft may finally announce it, that could happen at E3 in June, but we don’t know anything for sure yet.

Gaming Deals: Get 3 Months Of Xbox Live For $10 If You’re A New Subscriber

In addition to the big new Spring sale happening on Xbox Live, Microsoft is offering a pretty sweet deal on Xbox Live Gold. If you’re a new subscriber, you can get 3 months of Gold for only $10.

That’s a pretty nice deal, considering 3 months of Xbox Live Gold normally goes for $25. You need Xbox Live Gold to play Xbox One games online (for the most part) and to take advantage of other subscriber-only benefits such as deeper discounts on deals. You can sign up on Xbox.com right here (via Slickdeals). Again, this deal is only available for new subscribers to Xbox Live Gold.

With Xbox Live Gold, you also get free games every month on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The first of April’s free Xbox One games is The Witness, from Braid creator Jonathan Blow–here’s how to get it now.

As for the Xbox Live Spring sale, a lot of big games are on sale, including Call of Duty: WWII, Star Wars: Battlefront II, Destiny 2, FIFA 18, and Assassin’s Creed: Origins, among others. Check out GameSpot’s roundup of all the big deals here.