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Outer Wilds becomes another Epic Games Store PC exclusive and some backers are not happy

Mobius’ crowdfunded space exploration game Outer Wilds is the latest title to have been snapped up by Epic for an exclusivity period with the Epic Games Store.In an update (thanks, ResetEra) to backers and investors who supported the game via Fig, the statement said that the team “welcomed helpful partnerships with Annapurna Interactive, XBox, and Epic” in order to “keep our small studio running long enough to ship the game…

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Xbox Game Pass Quests are now available in six additional countries

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Quests feature has rolled out to six more countries: Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and Mexico.Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb made the announcement via his Twitter account, inviting players from the newly-added countries to “browse quests, track your progress, and discover your next favorite game with the Xbox Game Pass mobile app”.Up until now, the feature – which rewards players with Microsoft points for a…

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Wolfenstein: Youngblood will have "open-ended" levels like Dishonored

Wolfenstein: Youngblood executive producer Jerk Gustafsson has confirmed the upcoming game will have “open-ended” levels that players can complete in a variety of ways.Gustafsson said that collaborating with Dishonored and Prey developer Arkane Studios has given MachineGames the opportunity to explore “open-ended structure” in a way that’s “quite different from what [it has] done before”. While the campaign will be “lighter” in both tone and length, the play-your-way mechanics means…

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Respawn will ban persistent "piggyback" cheats in Apex Legends

Respawn has revealed plans to ban Apex Legends players who intentionally don’t participate in matches, but instead “piggyback” onto the efforts of their teammates just to farm rewards and XP.Updating players on Reddit, Respawn community manager “Jayfresh_Respawn” detailed what progress the team has made so far on the Update to Apex Legends blog post EA shared last month. Amongst the bugs and gitch information, Jayfresh noted Respawn had received feedback…

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Ninja Gaiden 2: a fighting classic gets a new lease of life on Xbox One X

Team Ninja’s 2004 Xbox hit, Ninja Gaiden, wasn’t just a franchise reboot for the 3D era – it helped to define the template for the melee combat games to come across two further console generations. You can play that seminal release locked to 60fps at extreme resolution via Xbox One X enhanced backwards compatibility – and now its sequel has received the same treatment to spectacular effect. Ninja Gaiden 2…

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Giga Wrecker Alt is a colourful slice of anime action that leaves a little to be desired

Last year, Game Freak took one of its semi-regular breaks from its beloved little pocket monsters in order to bless us with a futuristic, sci-fi adventure, side-scrolling 2D platformer in the form of Giga Wrecker Alt. And now it’s just released on console. It’s as inventive and eccentric as the likes of Drill Dozer and Tembo in its own way, with you following the colourful endeavours of a cyborg called…

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint brings more survival and neck-stabbing to the Wildlands formula

Following the leak earlier today, Ubisoft has officially revealed Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the forthcoming follow-up to 2017’s massively popular, somewhat generic open world shooter Wildlands. I played Wildlands for a short while back when it launched in 2017, and it was fine – a step away from the tactical action I loved in the older Ghost Recon games, sure, but a perfectly enjoyable romp if played with friends, if entirely…

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With two words, Fortnite Season 9 ends a glorious era of aviation

Season 9 will be great, I am sure. The new Tilted looks like it’s taken inspiration from Sunset Overdrive, which is always money in the bank, and it’s just nice to see shiny buildings rising out of the volcano-ravaged earth. But with two words, the patch notes for the new season have broken my heart and ended a glorious era of aviation – or rather a glorious era of aviation…

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Immortal kombat: does Mortal Kombat have the edge over Endgame?

Never mind Thanos – who would be foolish enough to take on Avengers: Endgame? The blockbuster has felt like global culture’s ultimate end-of-level boss, dominating the online conversation while raking in over two billion dollars in less than two weeks. Yet one other franchise went toe-to-toe with Endgame last month, attempting to make an artistic and commercial dent in the same release window. Was that brave? Foolish? Or simply an…

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