PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds wants you to celebrate its second anniversary with this free in-game item

This weekend sees PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ second anniversary and to celebrate, the team at PUBG Corp. has shared a video update from CEO and executive producer, CH Kim, as well as detail a little freebie for all players across console and PC. “On March 23, PUBG celebrates its two-year anniversary since releasing to the public, and what an amazing two years it has been!” states a blog post on the official website (thanks, VG24/7). “We’ve witnessed a gaming revolution with the birth of the Battle Royale genre, grew and learned together through beta and early access, and watched our game rise…

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One more character will drop before the end of Apex Legends' first battle pass season

Apex Legends’ next Legend will drop before the end of the battle royale’s first battle season period.While we’ve only recently been introduced to new adrenaline junkie Octane, it seems he won’t be the only addition to the roster during the Wild Frontier season, Apex Legends’ inaugural battle pass. According to the Sony PS Store (thanks Apex Legends Insider, via PCGN), there’ll be one more released over the course of the next 12 weeks, too. “Two new characters will launch over the course of the season but in the meantime, look out for a new weapon set to launch as the…

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Is The Division 2 sending secret messages via flashing lights and Morse code?

Players believe a room hidden within The Division 2 is communicating secrets by way of lights flashing Morse code.While we’ve not intentionally included any plot or story information in this story, there may be accidental spoilers here, so if you’ve yet to play or would prefer to uncover this for yourself, please click away now.According to a Reddit thread (thanks, Joe Parlock), players believe the lights may be intimating clues about a hidden – or possibly upcoming – mission concerning the Washington Court Hotel. Read more

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Uncanny games with hidden rooms

This piece contains spoilers for Sea of Thieves. For a while, a university friend of mine rented a bedsit in which one of the walls came with the clear ghost of an old door on it. You could run your hand over the plaster and feel the bumps and ridges where a doorway had been filled in. The weird thing is that there was a room-shaped gap on the other side of the wall, and no clear way of getting into it. It wasn’t like the owner had decided to move the entrance to the bathroom, say. Instead, there was…

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Why can't video games get shoulders right?

When we talk about the uncanny valley, the focus is usually on the eyes or the mouth – on something that’s ever so slightly awry with the face. But what about the shoulders? We’ve been accustomed to seeing shoulders centred on our screens ever since the up-close viewpoint of Resident Evil 4. But there’s always been something about video game shoulders that’s been a bit off, and I can’t quite put my finger on what it is. Is it just stiff animation, or is it something else?To better grapple with the subject, I sought advice from some people who know…

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Microsoft announces its own take on Nindie Directs

Hot on the heels of Sony’s announcement of a Nintendo Direct-style show set to debut on Monday, Microsoft has announced a take on the “Nindie Directs” – and it debuts on Tuesday.ID@Xbox Game Pass is a stream designed to highlight indie games coming to Xbox Game Pass. The first is set for 4pm UK time on Tuesday, 26th March and you can watch it on the Xbox YouTube channel.In a blog post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft said to expect new reveals as well as gameplay highlights and conversations with developers.Read more

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The big interview: Tim Sweeney on why players should embrace Epic Games' store

Last December Epic released its own digital games store, and now over three months later it boasts some 85 million players. Fortnite has helped, of course, as has its offering of a free game every two weeks, but most controversially it’s been through its acquisition of exclusives – such as 4A Games’ Metro Exodus – that it’s gained most notoriety. In the wake of the announcement of Google Stadia, and at Epic’s own keynote at GDC where it announced a $100,000,000 fund for developers, we caught up with Epic founder Tim Sweeney to talk though the current state of play.Obviously…

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Does Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice improve over Dark Souls' performance issues?

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a spiritual follow-up to the Souls series with a very different visual style and a range of new gameplay ideas. It’s a fast-paced, tough-as-nails action game and it’s every bit as good as I had hoped – but when it comes to the technology powering its games, From Software doesn’t exactly have the best track record. Games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 are gorgeous to behold with complex geometry and remarkable art direction but on consoles, performance leaves a lot to be desired, while historically, loading times have been problematic. Sekiro manages to address…

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Here's everything you need to know about Firestorm, Battlefield 5's thrilling take on battle royale

It’s pretty safe to say that Battlefield 5 performed below expectations, even though its reviews were mostly positive. With physical sales in launch week down more than half on Battlefield 1, it seemed like fans were tiring of the churn and many of them were deserting the series for the greener pastures of the ever expanding battle royale genre.Even I, a seasoned Battlefield player who has enjoyed every other game in the series, decided to skip this one after finding it underwhelming at a Gamescom preview event. However, after going hands on with Firestorm, Battlefield 5’s take on the battle…

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