Overwatch Update Will Nerf Sombra, Here’s How

Since an Overwatch update released in February, complaints have emerged about Sombra. Specifically, her hack has been deemed too effective following the changes made in that patch, and now Blizzard has confirmed that it plans to dial things back a bit in a future update.

Designer Geoff Goodman shared the news on Overwatch’s forums in response to a thread calling for Sombra to be nerfed. Among other things, the February patch decreased the cast time of her Hack ability and expanded the number of abilities it blocks. Goodman confirmed that the next patch to be released will address some of the complaints about how Hack now works.

The first change involves imposing a two second cooldown whenever Hack is interrupted by damage. According to Goodman, “With this change, Sombra will have to be more careful about choosing when and who to hack instead of just holding down the button and waiting for people to miss and/or reload etc.”

Blizzard’s other adjustment involves line of sight. As it stands, there is a 0.1 second period of time at the end of Hack’s cast where it can’t be canceled by abilities like Tracer’s recall or Zarya’s shields, or by Sombra losing sight of her target. The video below was shared in the initial post of the thread and shows off cases where Sombra is able to complete a Hack in situations where she seemingly shouldn’t.

Goodman explained that the 0.1 second window “exists so [Hack] doesn’t constantly get broken by very small line of sight blockers such as light posts and signs, etc.” Blizzard has decided to remove this window and instead use “multiple LOS checks to make sure the small LOS blockers are still not a problem. In addition to this, we’re speeding up the update rate of her hacking so that it is more responsive in checking for these fail conditions. The combination of these things means it should be much more reasonable to respond to a hack targeting you.”

He concluded, “The intent of all of her recent changes is still to increase her overall strength and viability. We’re keeping a close eye on her to make sure she lands in a good place.”

There’s no word on when the patch with these changes will be coming. We also don’t yet know when Overwatch’s new character, Brigitte, is due out, but she’s been available on the PC version’s Public Test Realm for some time now. As such, a full PC, PS4, and Xbox One release for her may not be far off.

New On Amazon Prime Video In April: Vikings, Friday The 13th, And More Movies And TV Shows

As spring kicks into high gear, Amazon Prime Video has plenty of new titles for you to watch in the month of April. From classic horror movies to new seasons of original programming, there are more than enough new titles for you to bring through any April showers that may keep you in the house.

When it comes to films, the new month sees classics like Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, and Carrie becoming available to stream–along with several modern horror films including Paranormal Activity, The Rage: Carrie 2 and Red State. Additionally, Escape From New York, Basic Instinct, Kickboxer, and Wayne’s World 2 will all be added on April 1.

On the Prime originals front, new seasons of Bosch and All or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys are set to debut, plus the premiere season of Little Big Awesome. Meanwhile, though it’s not an original, the latest season of History’s Vikings will become available on April 25.

You can take a look at everything being added to Amazon Prime Video in April below. In case you missed it, make sure to check out the service’s March additions, as well.

April 1

  • 30 Beats
  • 52 Pick-Up
  • A Simple Plan
  • Basic Instinct
  • Brooklyn’s Finest
  • Carrie
  • Danny Roane: First Time Director
  • Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Drugstore Cowboy
  • Escape from New York
  • Eye for An Eye
  • Flashback
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Fred 3: Camp Fred
  • Fred: Night of the Living Fred
  • Fred: The Movie
  • Friday the 13th
  • Funny About Love
  • Gamer
  • Hangman
  • Hellbenders 3D
  • Internal Affairs
  • Kickboxer
  • Ladybugs
  • Life Stinks
  • Marathon Man
  • Married to the Mob
  • Meatballs
  • Miami Blues
  • Mystery Team
  • Mystic River
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Philadelphia
  • Prancer
  • Project Nim
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Red State
  • Salsa
  • Shanghai Surprise
  • She’s Having a Baby
  • Sleepers
  • Small Soldiers
  • Snake Eyes
  • Spaceballs
  • Stand Up Guys
  • Standing in the Shadows of Motown
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Superstar
  • Tenderness
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre II
  • The Big Wedding
  • The Conspirator
  • The Dogs of War
  • The Foot Fist Way
  • The Karate Kid
  • The King of Comedy
  • The Man in the Moon
  • The Marc Pease Experience
  • The Phantom
  • The Rage: Carrie 2
  • The Replacements
  • The Thomas Crown Affair
  • The Winning Season
  • Throw Momma from the Train
  • Trading Mom
  • Troy
  • Up in Smoke
  • Uptown Girls
  • Warpath
  • Wayne’s World 2
  • Wishmaster
  • Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
  • Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell
  • Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled

April 2

  • Chavela
  • Psychopaths

April 5

  • Blame
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

April 6

  • The Florida Project

April 10

April 12

  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself
  • Saturday Church

April 13

  • Bosch Season 4 (Prime Original)

April 15

April 18

  • Aida’s Secrets

April 23

  • Red Rock Season 3

April 24

  • Vikings Season 5

April 25

  • The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

April 27

  • All or Nothing: Dallas Cowboys Season 3 (Prime Original)
  • Little Big Awesome Season 1A (Prime Original)

Toys R Us Will Close All 800 US Stores

Toys R Us, the famous American toy retailer founded some 70 years ago, will close all of its stores in the United States and the United Kingdom. The Wall Street Journal reports today that CEO David Brandon made the news official today with the filing of liquidation papers. The shutdown of the stores will result in the loss of up to 33,000 jobs in America.

According to Bloomberg, Toys R Us had hundreds of millions in debt it had to restructure this year for its US operation, but it couldn’t do that or find a buyer. It was a similar situation in the UK, where Toys R Us also failed to find a buyer. As a result, Toys R Us is closing all of its UK stores, which will affect the company’s 3,000 employees in the region, according to CNN.

Toys R Us also operates separate businesses in Canada and Asia. The company’s Asian business is reportedly the most profitable, and will continue to operate. Additionally, Toys R Us runs stores in Australia, though it remains to be seen if those stores are in jeopardy.

Toys R Us had filed for bankruptcy protection last year in the United States, so the writing was on the wall.

Brandon, the Toys R Us CEO, said sluggish holiday sales were partly to blame for the tough times. According to The Verge, Brandon said holiday says were “no short of devastating.”

The Witcher’s Geralt Is Playable In SoulCalibur 6

Geralt of Rivia will be a playable character in SoulCalibur VI, Bandai Namco and CD Projekt Red have announced. In addition, a stage based on The Witcher series, Kaer Morhen, will be available as one of the game’s arenas.

The Witcher himself will, according to a statement, keep his “signature fighting style” in his transition from open-world RPG to fighting game. He’ll be able to utilize a “combination of swordplay, ability-enhancing potions, and combat magic.” In addition to having the character, his English voice actor, and his signature stage–based on the Witchers’ training ground–there will also be the “iconic” music track from the series, Hunt or be Hunted.

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“We’ve collaborated with Bandai Namco artists to faithfully recreate Geralt, and shared original Witcher 3: Wild Hunt assets like Geralt’s model, animations, and weapons,” said CD Projekt Red community lead Marcin Momot. “I think Bandai Namco did an outstanding job of capturing all the details and introducing The Witcher to SoulCalibur in a way fans of both series will enjoy.”

Other characters coming to SoulCalibur VI include Ivy and Zasalamel. Ivy Valentine makes her comeback wielding the tricksy Ivy Blade, which has the ability to switch between a solid sword or a barbed whip. Zasalamel and his Kafziel scythe, meanwhile, looks like they’re still just as devastating at mid-to-close range.

The last SoulCalibur VI characters to be revealed recently were Kilik, Xianghua, and Nightmare–all series veterans–and Groh, a newcomer. For more, read our hands-on with SoulCalibur 6’s new characters to find out what we thought of them. A release date for the upcoming fighting game has not yet been announced; all we know is that it’s coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC this year.

Fortnite: Battle Royale – 6 Common Mistakes Beginners Make

Given the popularity of games like PUBG and H1Z1, you might be familiar with the battle royale genre. However, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a tad different from its competitors. The game takes the base premise of the genre and gives you the ability to rapidly construct fortifications, like walls and stairs, allowing you to protect yourself and create your own tactical environmental-based strategies.

Since its debut as a free-to-play mode last year, Fortnite: Battle Royale has been rapidly increasing in popularity. As a result, there’s no shortage of new players jumping into the game for the first time–you might be one yourself. To assist those looking to come out on top, we’ve detailed in the video above some of the common mistakes new players make, as well as ways to improve.

The most common mistakes we highlight in the video above include:

  1. Not Mapping Building Actions To Hotkeys
  2. Forgetting To Build Under Fire
  3. Forgetting To Knock Down Enemy Forts
  4. Landing In Hot Spots
  5. Forgetting To Share Health Items
  6. Picking The Wrong Weapon

Of course, preparation and being a team player when playing cooperatively are proper solutions to these starting behaviors, but if you want more specific details on each of these points, be sure to watch the video above.

What do you think are some of biggest mistakes new players make in Fortnite: Battle Royale? Let us know in the comments below. For more Fortnite: Battle Royale guides, check out our beginner’s tips guide and our guide on 12 essential tips you should know, but if you’re more advanced, be sure to read our advanced tips guide. You can also check out our video guide on how to build more effectively.

In recent news, the latest Fortnite: Battle Royale patch that was scheduled to launch has been delayed. Epic also announced it is bringing Fortnite: Battle Royale to mobile. Those with iOS devices can now sign up for a chance to take part in an exclusive invite event. If you’re curious to see how the game runs on mobile, you can check out the first gameplay footage of Fortnite on iOS here.

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New Fortnite Limited-Time Blitz Mode Announced, And It Starts Soon

Fortnite‘s recent Teams of 20 mode has come to an end, but players won’t have to wait long to jump into the next limited-time event for Battle Royale. Epic has revealed that the next special mode coming to the popular free-to-play game will be Blitz, and it kicks off on PS4, Xbox One, and PC early next week.

As previously detailed, Blitz mode features much shorter match times than usual, which Epic says results in “faster [and] more intense matches.” The maximum duration of a match in Blitz mode is 15 minutes, and each one begins with the storm circle already closing in.

To go along with the shortened match times, Epic has adjusted loot availability in Blitz mode. Most notably, the likelihood that treasure chests and ammo boxes will spawn during a match has been significantly increased. Likewise, the spawn interval of Supply Drops and their descent time has been decreased, while Floor Loot spawns “nearly 100% of the time.” Harvest resources have also been doubled, and resources found in loot has been increased.

Blitz mode begins in Battle Royale on March 19. Epic hasn’t announced an exact end date for the event, but limited-time modes typically run for a week. You can find more details about Blitz mode on the official Fortnite website.

Following a day-long delay, Fortnite’s 3.3 patch is now available on all platforms. It removes Smoke Grenades from Battle Royale and introduces a new weapon in their place, remote explosives, which can be detonated from a distance. The update also adds Supply Llamas, a new form of loot drops that can be found hidden in unusual locations.

Fortnite Week 4 Challenges Guide: Ice Cream Truck Locations And More

A new Fortnite update is now available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but in addition to checking out the new stuff it has to offer, Battle Royale players have some other things they can now do. Fortnite‘s week 4 challenges have rolled out for Battle Pass owners, and some of them might prove to be tricky.

The full list of challenges is outlined below; one requires you getting the right weapon and utilizing it efficiently (dealing a specific amount of damage with a sniper rifle), while another has you tracking down chests in the Flush Factory or supply drops around the map. There are two in particular that you might need some help with.

The first of these is not labeled as Hard; you’re told to visit five different ice cream trucks. These are scattered around the map–there are more than five in total, with a handful located right inside major locations like Tomato Town, Pleasant Park, and Retail Row. Others are in less obvious locations, though you can track them all down with this map shared by Reddit user imkairu.

What is labeled as Hard is the challenge that reads, “Search between a Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, and a Circle of Hedges.” That somewhat vague clue is pointing you toward a point in the southeast corner of the map, in the G9 section. It’s just on the edge of some water–you can see it in this screenshot from Reddit user __Kaneda__, or see the map they provided here.

You can check out all of the week 4 challenges below. Keep in mind that, despite being added weekly, you have the entirety of Season 3 to finish these out. That means you can also go back to complete previous weekly challenges.

Weekly challenges are only available to those who own the new Season 3 Battle Pass, which costs 950 V-Bucks. It expands the number of optional tasks you’re given in Battle Royale and allows you to unlock more items like outfits, gliders, and emotes. The Season 3 Battle Pass also includes new types of items, such as loading screens and Back Bling. Check out our gallery of Battle Pass rewards for a look at everything you can get.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Week 4 Challenges

  • Deal damage with Sniper Rifles to opponents (500) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Search Chests in Flush Factory (7) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Search Supply Drops (3) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Visit different Ice Cream Trucks (5) — 5 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Search between a Vehicle Tower, Rock Sculpture, and a Circle of Hedges (1) — 10 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Trap Eliminations (1) — 10 Battle Stars
  • Hard: Eliminate opponents in Tomato Town (3) — 10 Battle Stars

Fortnite Update Out Now, Patch Notes Detail What’s New

Following a day-long delay, Epic Games has released the newest update for Fortnite. The 3.3 patch adds new content to both Battle Royale and Save the World modes, with the former getting several new features.

First up for Battle Royale is a new weapon, remote explosives. These are pretty self-explanatory, allowing you to place a bomb and then detonate it from a distance. These appear to be ideal for dealing with player-built fortresses. They are a Rare-level rarity item and their addition has resulted in Smoke Grenades being “vaulted,” meaning those are no longer available in-game for the time being. Remote Explosives come in stacks of four, with a maximum of 10.

Remote explosives can be found in treasure chests or supply drops, as floor loot, or through Supply Llamas, another of this patch’s new features. These are essentially treasure chests found in unusual locations that will reward you with good loot.

Also notable is that a new limited-time mode, Blitz, launches on March 19; it consists of more fast-paced matches that feature a 15-minute time limit. Various bugs have also been fixed, and Epic says it’s made improvements to the visual effect when you’re hit by a bullet that should make it easier to tell which direction it came from.

For Save the World players, a new Spring It On chapter, Luck of the Storm, is now available with new rewards, including St. Patrick’s Day-themed heroes. Epic has also made some changes to stat caps and rolled back patch 3.2’s adjustments to critical chance.

Patch 3.3 is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One–maybe Drake will be diving back in to check out its new additions. You can see everything that’s changed in the full patch notes on Epic’s website.

Bond 25: Major Director Confirms He Is Involved And Working On Script

The level of speculation about the director of each new James Bond movie is almost as great as who will play the iconic superspy. We know that Daniel Craig is back for Bond 25, and there have been a number of recent reports that Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle might helm the movie. Now Boyle has spoken about whether this will happen.

In an interview with Metro US, Boyle confirmed last month’s reports that he was working on a Bond script with his regular scriptwriter John Hodge. “We are working on a script right now,” he said. “And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in six or seven weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.

“John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and John is writing it at the moment. And it all depends on how it turns out. It would be foolish of me to give any of it away.”

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While this is not confirmation that Boyle is to helm the Bond movie, it does support the earlier story about the development of the scripts for Bond 25. Last month, Deadline reported that there are two screenplays in the works, one from Hodge, the other by Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. The studio will decide which script to go with once Hodge’s is delivered; if the Hodge script is chosen, then Boyle will direct it. If not, he will step away and a new director will be hired to direct Purvis and Wade’s screenplay.

The latest two Bond movies–Skyfall and Spectre–were directed by American’s Beauty‘s Sam Mendes, but he left the franchise last year. There was also months of uncertainty as to whether Craig would return to play 007 for a fifth time, but in August he confirmed that he will be back. Bond 25 hits theaters on November 8, 2019.