Video games

  • The Fortnite Battle Bus Drops Into Rocket League's Very First Free-To-Play Event Later This Week
    on September 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Let's get this party started.We're so close to the release of the free-to-play version of Rocket League that the ball is almost over the goal line. In preparation, Psyonix has made a new minor patch available (version 1.82).Once free-to-play has officially launched on 23rd September (8 a.m. PDT / 3 p.m. UTC), later this week on 26th September, a brand new Fortnite event will be dropping into the arena.Read the full article on

  • Feature: Jankenteam On Reviving Alex Kidd For A Whole New Generation Of Players
    on September 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    "He's my little son".The first new Alex Kidd title since 1990's Alex Kidd in Shinobi World is coming to the Switch in 2021, and it's a fresh coat of paint for a franchise-defining Sega classic, in the form of Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX.Remaking a game as widely-played and beloved as Miracle World raises all manner of challenges; how will it retain the quirky gameplay that makes the original so memorable, while also polishing up the experience to appeal to contemporary gamers?Read the full article on

  • Poll: What's The Best 3D Sonic Game?
    on September 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Rate every 3D Sonic platformer on Nintendo systems.The latter half of Nintendo's 2020 calendar may have focused on another video gaming titan's birthday, but Sonic the Hedgehog's 30th anniversary is fast approaching. SEGA celebrates its 60th anniversary this year — as well as the Game Gear's 30th — and has big plans in the works for next year to commemorate three decades of the blue hedgehog's running, spin-dashing and generally being a thorn in Robotnik's ample sides.With that in mind, we thought it was about time to give the hedgehog a little of 2020's spotlight. Sonic has an inarguably patchier 3D back catalogue compared to Super Mario, he's still managed to score plenty of hits over the years, with some real 3D gems to his name.Read the full article on

  • In An Unusual Twist, Remothered: Broken Porcelain Will Now Launch Earlier Than Planned
    on September 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Well, that makes a nice change.In an industry where delays have almost become the expected thing for new releases, indie publisher Modus Games has revealed that Remothered: Broken Porcelain will be doing the opposite, launching earlier than originally planned. Ah, that feels better.The game's original release date of 20th October has been scrapped, with the team now heading for a 13th October launch. Shane Bierwith, EVP of global marketing at Modus, explains that a busy month ahead is to blame.Read the full article on

  • Prepare To Get Comfy With These New Animal Crossing Cushions
    on September 22, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Bums on seats.Animal Crossing fans will be delighted to hear that the Nintendo UK Store will soon be launching the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pastel Collection which will be arriving later this year. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then you can register your interest here.While we wait to find out more about this collection, we can let you know that the range of exclusive NUK Store Animal Crossing cushions are now back in stock for pre-order, as well as some new faces.Joining Isabelle, Timmy and Tommy, K.K. Slider and Tom Nook are 8 brand new designs, featuring some of your favourite characters from the series:Read the full article on

  • Microsoft Acquires Bethesda, A Different Perspective
    by Alex Stadnik on September 22, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    Click here to watch embedded media In what is one of the biggest acquisitions in the recent history of video games, Microsoft has spent 7.5 billion (that’s right, a B) dollars in a move to acquire Bethesda Game Studios, the little publishing company responsible for the likes of Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and more. The move comes after months of speculation as to who one of the biggest game makers in the world would target to add to its growing stable of studios. It also acts as an olive branch to those who have been spurned by the Xbox One’s lack of exclusive titles and are looking for a reason to come back into the Microsoft ecosystem. As is commonplace with a move this massive, gamers are a flutter trying to wrap their minds around the details of the deal. Does this acquisition signal the end of Bethesda games making an appearance on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5? Or is this a move by a Microsoft hungry to bolster its Game Pass library while also continuing to strengthen its revenue stream by selling its games on every single console? While Phil Spencer was quoted as saying that games such as Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo would still be PlayStation 5 timed exclusives, the head of Xbox also added that they’d release titles on platforms other than Xbox on a case by case basis. There’s still a lot we don’t know about how the future will shake out but we have a few people who think they know a thing or two about the industry. Allow Liana Ruppert and I to answer all of your burning questions and more as we unpack the details of the deal, discuss how Microsoft’s purchase can actually be a good thing for gamers craving more accessibility, and what studio Xbox could target next if the gaming giant wants to turn its one-time purchase into a full-blown spending spree. If you enjoyed this video, be sure to also check out some of our written work, including what we want from the Microsoft and Bethesda partnership and how Xbox now has an even greater line-up of RPGs than it did before.

  • Xbox One X Sales Skyrocket As Preorders For Xbox Series X Go Live
    by Liana Ruppert on September 22, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    September 22 marks the day that Xbox Series X preorders went live. It also marks the day that Xbox One X sales saw a dramatic increase. Coincidence? Maybe, or it could all be a hilariously unfortunate misunderstanding.  A post from Andrew Alerts has gone viral on Twitter, an industry insider with a specialty tracking seller trends and founder of Nintendeal. In his tweet, he cited a drastic spike in Amazon Xbox One X system sales with the associated tagline asking "how many people bought an Xbox One X instead of an Xbox Series X." Microsoft got themselves in a weird spot with the Xbox naming situation Xbox Xbox 360 Xbox One Xbox One X Then what do you do? You can't go Xbox 2/Two because Sony has PlayStation 5 and 2 is less than 5. That matters a lot when non-gamer parents are buying consoles for kids. — Andrew Alerts (@AndrewAlerts) September 22, 2020 The system names are undeniably similar and there are a few possible reasons for why this sales spike happened. The first reason could be a simple error in the two names. A lot of parents were attempting to buy these consoles for their kids, a lot of frantic quick-buys also happened to beat that taunting "sold out" message, or it could simply be that a lot of people want the next best thing before next gen arrives.  We don't know know for certain what the reason behind the recent sales increase is, but a 747 percent markup doesn't seem like a simple coincidence being on the same day as next gen preorders. Still, if people mistakingly purchased the Xbox One X over the Series X due to the similar names, there are going to be quite a few upset people over the next week or so.  One thing we do know is that the theory that people purchased the One X thinking it was the Series X is the biggest social media take right now, speculation that has produced some pretty hilarious reactions over in the Twittersphere:  People buying xbox one X right now. — Agustorm (@Agustorm2) September 22, 2020 PlayStation, PS 2, 3, 4, 5. Boring as hell, but it works. Xbox and Xbox 360, ok, but now they are confusing as hell... they need to go full Nintendo and start giving the Xbox real names. Xbox Gamebox, Xbox Ultimate, Xbox Infinite, Xbox 4000, Xbox Meat, Xbox Rig, Xbox Tower, etc. — Abba (@Adam_B888) September 22, 2020 You made me double check. — Berdo (@BerdoRules) September 22, 2020 Another possibility too revolves around bots. Bots purchasing up hot demand items are frustratingly common and often used by those that intend to resale supply at a much higher price. It's possible that bots may have gotten the code confused, a point that was made in response to journalist Patrick Klepek's recent tweet about the sales increase. It's important to keep in mind that next gen arrivals always boost current gen sales, oftentimes because of heavy discounts or simply the desire to 'get in on the hype' at a lower price point. Whether the spike is sales is a happy coincidence or a mistake remains to be seen, but we wouldn't be surprised to see if a large chunk of that number ended up being due to the latter.  What do you think, Game Informer readers? A Bob Ross style "happy mistake" or massive coindence that the internet is blowing out of proportion? Sound off in the comment section below and hit us with those hot takes! 

  • Activision Addresses Massive Call Of Duty Account Hack Report, "Not Accurate"
    by Liana Ruppert on September 22, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    A massive report began circulating yesterday regarding an alleged Call of Duty hack that left over 500,000 Activision accounts exposed. Activision responded initially saying how people can protect their account if they are worried, but they are saying the initial reports were "not accurate." Activision took to Twitter to address player concerns over account vulnerabilities. "Reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty accounts have been compromised are not accurate," reads the publicly posted statement. "We investigate all privacy concerns. As always, we recommend that players take precautions to protect their Activision accounts, as well as any online accounts, at all times." It continued saying that any changes or updates made to accounts would be reflected in a confirming email. For anyone that may have received an email of change with no changes actually made, it is recommended to make the appropriate changes to established account information, including a change of password.  We here at Game Informer saw the reports yesterday and did not receive word back from Activision before the company's statement went live. It was because of that, and the missing trail of proof, that we opted not to cover this story when it first went viral. Now with official acknowledgment from Activision, players can make the appropriate steps needed moving forward.  If you found that your account has been tampered with, please feel free to drop a comment in the section below and don't forget to change your information ASAP if you haven't already.  [Source: Twitter]

  • Arkane Studios, Developer Of Dishonored Franchise, Is Hiring For An Unannounced Game
    by Jason Guisao on September 22, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    As reported by GameSpot, Arkane Studios is looking for new personnel to work on an unannounced game. The list of the various roles range from tools programmer to graphics engineer. The acclaimed developers behind Prey, Dishonored, and Deathloop were recently acquired by Microsoft in a massive business move that could potentially provide Xbox's next-gen gamers with a plethora of rpg experiences. While we all wait for more news about this mysterious AAA project, be sure to check out our Answers To Deathloop's Biggest Questions.  [Source: GameSpot]

  • New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Trailer Makes Us Mad At Variks All Over Again
    by Liana Ruppert on September 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Click to watch embedded media A new Destiny 2 trailer is here ahead of the Beyond Light expansion dropping this November. The latest look at the Bungie shooter gives us new insight into Europa while also reminding us how much of a little punk Variks is.  For those that didn't play the first Destiny, Variks is a Fallen Vandal that was the sole survivor of the House of Judgement. He's got an interesting history, but his loyalty to Queen Mara Sov was unshakable. That being said, he was responsible for the prison break in Destiny 2: Forsaken, which ended up getting my homie Cayde-6 killed so to say I have a lot of salt over him is a massive understatement.  The now leader of the House of Judgement acts as one of the narrators for the latest video, seen at the top of the article. The video also puts Exo Stranger back front and center, a returning favorite from the first game that was confirmed with the reveal trailer for the upcoming expansion.  Between the new Stasis power and a new area to explore, Beyond Light is going to continue Destiny 2's winning streak in terms of DLC, a streak that really hit its stride with Forsaken and Shadowkeep.  We'll be able to check out everything Destiny 2: Beyond Light has to offer when it drops on November 10th.