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Microsoft Reveals Halo: Infinite Competitive Multiplayer Plans

2020 is a big year for Halo, as Microsoft is launching Halo Infinite this year for Xbox Series X (and Xbox One and PC). One major pillar of the game is multiplayer, and this includes a significant esports component. Microsoft made a big announcement about this today, confirming that it has partnered with Esports Engine for Halo Infinite’s esports initiatives.

“It is our mission to deliver the best esports program that Halo has ever seen in its 18 year history and we couldn’t think of a better partner to work with than the long time Halo fans and esports veterans at Esports Engine,” Microsoft said in a statement.

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Esports Engine is a comprehensive competitive gaming company that organizes the planning, design, and broadcast of esports. CEO Adam Apicella said in a statement he’s excited to build the “best program for players, fans, teams, and tournament operators around the world.”

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Here’s When Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 2 Downtime Begins

Epic is preparing to launch Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 (C2S2) on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile. As always this will mean a period of downtime as the company prepares the big update, and according to the studio its proceeding patches will be bigger than usual. Server downtime will begin on February 20 at 4 AM ET / 1 AM PT.

Epic announced the downtime via the Fortnite Status Twitter account. In a follow-up, the account also noted that patch sizes will be larger than normal with the start of the new season.

Very little is known about the new season, other than some teasers that have accompanied an ARG with globe-trotting clues. Those all seem to indicate spycraft is the theme for this next season, although some teasers we’ve seen have referenced cats, bombs attached to rats, and other odd shenanigans. Just what it all means will be made clear tomorrow, when the new season launches at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT.

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Wolcen Update Nerfs Massively Overpowered Bane Of Tyranny

After leaving Early Access and getting marred by some technical issues, Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem will receive a brand-new patch that makes some significant nerfs to a few of the game’s abilities.

One particular nerf hits the minor passive ability Bane of Tyranny. The ability is part of the Siege Breaker branch of passive skills, and when unlocked it granted a ridiculous damage multiplier of +50. But developer Wolcen Studio has scaled that back, bringing Bane of Tyranny to a more modest 0.5 multiplier instead.

The Secure Parry minor passive ability was nerfed as well, going from 10% health regeneration per Inexorable point down to 0.1%. Additionally, Wolcen Studio increased the Acute Tracking node to hold a maximum of 10 Cold Blooded points instead of the five maximum previously.

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GTA 4 Is Back On Steam, But Has Lost A Big Feature

When Grand Theft Auto 4 first came out in 2008, its multiplayer was a game-changer, allowing players to hang out together in the game’s immaculate Liberty City together for the first time in franchise history. Well, if you were hoping to relive those glory days on the PC, we’ve got some bad news: the multiplayer portion of the game has been permanently disabled due to lingering issues with the now-defunct Games for Windows Live platform.

While this is a massive loss, considering how important those multiplayer modes were to the game’s success, it’s still an improvement on the current situation. Since January, GTA 4 has been unavailable for purchase on Steam due to the fact that Rockstar has run out of keys for the Games for Windows Live. Since the service is now dead, Microsoft has declined to provide any more, which has led to this situation. The single-player portion of the game will be playable starting March 19.

If you’re unlucky enough to have bought a physical edition of GTA 4, you’ll have to either use your physical key to update to the new Complete Edition, or connect your Rockstar Social Club account in place of Games for Windows Live. It’s a throwback to the days of “CD keys,” but, hey, that’s what happens when you want to play a retro game like GTA 4. Feel old yet?

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Sony Cancels PAX East Showcase Over Coronavirus Concerns, Cuts Last Of Us 2 Demos

Sony won’t be attending E3 this year, and now it has confirmed that it will not make a scheduled appearance at this month’s PAX East event. On the PlayStation Blog, the company cited the coronavirus epidemic as the cause for the sudden cancellation.

SIE content communications manager Justin Massongill said that avoiding the event was the “safest option” in the face of the erratic nature of the coronavirus (officially called COVID-19). The virus has affected more than 75,000 people and the death toll has risen above a reported 2,000 cases.

“Update: Today, Sony Interactive Entertainment made the decision to cancel its participation at PAX East in Boston this year due to increasing concerns related to COVID-19 (also known as ‘novel coronavirus’),” Massongill said. “We felt this was the safest option as the situation is changing daily. We are disappointed to cancel our participation in this event, but the health and safety of our global workforce is our highest concern.”

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Next Tournament Focuses On Characters From The 90s

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have a special 90s-themed tournament this weekend that will limit the range of fighters available to those who debuted in the 90s. The available stages will also be pulled from 90s games.

This will disqualify plenty of fighters and stages who were first introduced before or after the 90s, but you’ll be able to use Sonic, Pikachu, Cloud, King K. Rool, Mewtwo, Sheik, Ridley, and many others. A full list has not been made available, but long-time Nintendo fans can look forward to representing their favorite games of the era.

Players will be able to unlock Spirits, depending on their performance in the tournament. It begins on February 21 (in Japan, at least–start time will vary depending on your timezone), and will run for three days.

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Lack Of Shooters On Switch Could Benefit Warface, Dev Says

The free-to-play FPS Warface launched on Nintendo Switch earlier this week with little fanfare and no pre-announcements. It came as a total surprise, as the Switch is not known best as a platform for online shooters. Developer My.Games has now explained why it wanted to bring Warface to Switch.

Head of global publishing Alexey Izotov told GI.biz that the lack of many online shooters for Switch provides the opportunity for Warface to stand out.

“The lack of online shooters on Switch is a strong advantage for us,” he said. “We know this market really well, so we saw an opportunity to bring our experience in the FPS genre to this growing platform. We are also one of the very few players on the market with continuously successful F2P games on consoles.”

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Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Shows Off Dungeon-Crawling Gameplay In New Trailer

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX has a new trailer, showing off some of the dungeon-crawling gameplay from the new Switch remake of the 2006 Game Boy Advance/Nintendo DS title. The first announcement of the game gave us some idea of what to expect, but this new trailer gives us a better look at how it actually plays.

For those unfamiliar with the game, which has spawned four sequels (one exclusive to Japan), it casts you as a human who gets turned into a Pokemon and is made to team up with a partner to tackle dungeons. It’s got grid-based dungeon-crawling gameplay that’s quite different from what fans of the mainline Pokemon series are used to.

The new art style is looking good, too, in the footage below.

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Red Dead Online Bonuses–Get Extra XP In Bounty Hunts And Showdown Mode Right Now

Red Dead Online, the online component of Red Dead Redemption 2, is currently offering XP bonuses on certain activities. To really help you earn that extra XP, there are also discounts running on certain in-game products. Rockstar has announced bonuses that will be in effect until February 24.

First up, all Bounty Missions, including the ten Legendary Bounties that are available and Bounty Hunter Free Roam Events that pop up, will now give an extra 50% Role XP. This means that you can level up a bit faster while hunting down bounties across the game world.

Similarly, if you compete in Showdown Mode during this period, you’ll also receive a 50% XP boost. This week’s featured series is Gun Rush: Teams, which is Red Dead Online’s sort-of battle royale mode. Races have also received the same XP boost, if you want to test your mettle on horseback.

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New Nintendo Switch Lite Coral Is Now Available To Pre-Order

The handheld-only Nintendo Switch Lite launched last year in three different colours, but if Grey, Blue, and Yellow weren’t doing it for you, then Nintendo has a brand new option for you to consider. The company announced a new Coral Nintendo Switch Lite. It releases on April 3–just a couple weeks after Animal Crossing: New Horizons‘ March 20 release date–and is available for pre-order right now.

Like previous models, the Coral Nintendo Switch Lite is $200 USD. Best Buy, Target, and GameStop are the first retailers to open pre-orders for the new Switch Lite, but we’ll update this article as more listings go live.

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Nintendo Switch Lite – Coral

$200

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