Fortnite: Battle Royale’s sixth season is now live, and the theme appears to be darkness. Thanks to the giant, purple cube melting in the lake at the end of season five, the map is now blanketed in an eerie night, which now is home to a werewolf (one of the new player skins), and other unsightly things. Changes are all over the map, including a new consumable called the shadow stone, which grants the player temporary invisibility but disables all weapons. The map now features a floating island, haunted castle, corn fields, and corrupted zones. Sounds like Epic is getting into the Halloween spirit.

The sixth season also brings something unexpected: pets. That’s right, you no longer have to go it alone in 1 v 100 matches. You can now wear a backpack that holds a dog, dragon, or lizard. Players will also find a new 100 level Battle Pass that contains 100 rewards.

The Battle Pass is once again loaded with wild skins, gliders, and dance moves. Fortnite’s oddly iconic llama is a big part of some of the skins. DJ Yonder wears a llama helmet, and in the giddy up skin you wear an inflatable llama around your waist.

Save the World is also getting new content, along with a Riot Husky enemy that wields a refrigerator door as a shield. Again, season six is available now, and if it’s anything like the other five seasons, is likely filled with secrets galore. Let us know what you find in the comments section below.

Last month, chat app Discord announced their intentions to create a game store through their program. Alongside the store announcement, Discord mentioned that they would be instituting a programmed First on Discord, which provides development support to indie games in exchange for a PC exclusivity period typically around 90 days to the Discord store.

Today, Discord revealed the launch lineup of the First on Discord program.

•    Last Year: The Nightmare (Elastic Games)
•    Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption (Another Indie)
•    Minion Masters (BetaDwarf)
•    Bad North (Raw Fury)
•    At Sundown (Versus Evil/Mild Beast)
•    Mad Machines (Hero Blocks)
•    King of the Hat (Hyroglyphik Games)

These games will launch first on Discord’s store on the PC. Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption was one of the indie games we most liked at GDC this past March. King of the Hat was also featured in the latest Nintendo Indie Direct. Discord says that they plan to launch the First on Discord program with these seven games in the Fall.

With all that is going on in any given battle of Devil May Cry, the developers might be forgiven for wanting to lower the resolution or settle on a lower framerate. Not so, it turns out, as the game will actually hit 4K and 60 frames per second on the PS4 Pro. The news comes from producer Matt Walker who was asked about it on Twitter.

While Walker almost assuredly means 4K checkerboard and not native 4K, that’s still an absolutely impressive target to hit. Walker was also asked about the Xbox One X version, but did not appear to answer, though it will presumably be similar.

Devil May Cry 5 is releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 8.

With Sony’s bombshell announcement today that they’re putting a small crack in the wall preventing crossplay from occurring between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles, people are justifiably excited over what that could mean longterm. While Fortnite is the first game to cross the streams, there theoretically be other games on the way. Unfortunately, it does not seem like Fallout 76 is one of those games.

Earlier this year, Bethesda’s Todd Howard insinuated Sony was standing in the way of crossplay for the survival spinoff, but Sony allowing Fortnite doesn’t mean Fallout 76 is happening. After applauding the news on Twitter today, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines tried to temper expectations.

Hines clarified that he’s not saying it’s impossible, just that it’s not a focus with the game so close to launch. He also isn’t saying Sony is blocking Bethesda from doing it at all, just that Fallout 76 won’t have it right now.

There have been a number of developers who have complained about Sony’s policy on this issue, including Rocket League developers Psyonix and, well, Minecraft publishers Microsoft. It is unclear from SIE president John Kodera’s wording if Fortnite is an exception to the rule or if any developer that wants to can simply enable crossplay, but it’s not going to be for every game from today onward.

There can never be enough Overwatch merch and Blizzard still hasn’t done all the original cast in figure form yet. At least now we get one step closer with the announcement that Zenyatta is getting his own posable figure courtesy of Figma.

The figure comes with a variety of accessories, such as an Orb of Destruction, Orb of Harmony, Orb of Discord and a Transcendence effect sheet. He also has an optional peace sign hand.

Enlightenment doesn’t come cheap or quickly, as the Zenyatta figure will run you $79.99 and should release before Q3 2019. You can check it out at Blizzard’s store page here.

Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk is a meaty dungeon-crawling soiree, with players forging superior gear and characters over many hours of synthesis and combination.

The final battle, accessible only after completing a lengthy secret dungeon and completing the main game with the six black pages obtained from other huge (and sometimes difficult to find) bosses, can be an extremely difficult encounter. The boss has abilities that can easily one shot even the hardiest characters, with a host of debuffs and other powerful attacks.

Watch us take on the battle above!

Forza Horizon 4 almost overwhelms with the amount of great content it offers. Complete a race, and another three appear. Travel down a new road, and you’re alerted that you still have 500 more to discover. Hop behind the wheel of a new car, and the game dangles another dozen in front of you. As you pick away at each of the game’s 26 distinct campaign threads (yes, you read that correctly), you may find yourself distracted by hidden billboards, landmarks, seek-and-find missions, and instanced events that pop up at the top of every hour. Forza Horizon 4 offers an absurd amount of things to do, most of which are fantastic, and all of it is backed up by exceptional driving mechanics. This is one of those experiences that you just can’t help but lose yourself in, and Playground Games rewards you well for almost every second you spend behind the wheel.

After tearing up the Australian outback, the Horizon Festival moves to Great Britain in this installment. From the sprawling farmlands and quaint villages along dirt roads, this area of the world may seem too peaceful for racing, but Playground quickly reveals that you won’t just be looking at these sights from afar; you’ll be racing directly through them by any means necessarily. Ripping through wheat fields, smashing through fences, and launching high into the air to land on the rooftop of a century-old church are just some of the chaotic things you’ll be pushed to do. Forza Horizon 4 turns Britain’s beauty and history into the ultimate playground for cars, complete with some of the biggest jumps you’ll see in a racing game.

Britain doesn’t just bring a different cosmetic charm to the Horizon Festival. Players also experience all four seasons that affect this region. Rather than just having certain sections of the open world be set in summer or winter, the entire play space transforms when a season rolls in. This means the open world features four distinct variations, each with varying driving conditions. During summer, a track may offer breakneck speeds on dry pavement, whereas the winter variation requires careful drifting across thick snow and treacherous ice. The weather greatly impacts the way you race, and sometimes forces you to retreat to your garage to bring out rides that are more suitable for the conditions. All four versions of the world are beautifully realized and add even more excitement to the already great racing mix.

The game begins with a lengthy three- to five-hour showcase that moves from one season to the next, but then settles into a weekly rotation for each. This brings about the problem of locking the player into the less-than-desirable conditions for a week, but players have the freedom to change seasons for specific races should they not enjoy specific weather. The dreaded Game of Thrones saying “Winter is coming” carries some weight here too, as racing is the most challenging in this season.

Players can tweak just about anything in the game, and most events allow for any vehicle to be used. Should you struggle in a specific event, it doesn’t matter where you place – the game basically says you did your best and gives you the credit needed to move on to the next race. You are constantly making progress and earning experience, which in turn unlocks more races, activities, and vehicles. Nothing you do feels like a mistake. Even finishing in last place gives you gains.

Those gains are divided up between activities. This is where the lofty number of 26 campaign threads comes into play. Individual threads are set up for each of the distinct racing types, such as road, dirt, cross country, street, drift, and drag. Subtle story elements also come into play in four of the threads. One turns you into a stunt driver recording scenes for a racing movie. Another story is structured as a top 10 list for the greatest racing games of all time, where the player experiences races that simulate classic titles like Out Run, Smuggler’s Run, Project Gotham, and more. As great as these additions are to the Horizon experience, some of other the campaign threads focus on customization and push players to spend significant amounts of time tuning cars, creating blueprints, taking photos, and even using Microsoft’s streaming service Mixer, which gives the player in-game currency bonuses. If you are a completionist, having to invest time into every aspect of the game is can be annoying and something you don’t want to spend time with.

Even if you complete every challenge in a favorite thread, you can still reenter these events to gain experience points and currency, which you need to unlock cars and homes (which are used for fast travel). Not being able to fast travel everywhere leads to some frustration in first 20 to 30 hours of play, as you’re forced to drive great distances to hit specific events. It does get better after that. The amount of distractions you find along the way also offers plenty to keep you occupied during those long trips.

Forza Horizon 4 also excels at multiplayer, allowing players to experience most of the game in cooperative or competitive ways. This means you can cruise around the open world together (and with up to 71 other players) to make progress in your own campaigns. You can also join up on the same team for racing, although it is more challenging, as it disables the rewind functionality. The hourly Forzathon events bring everyone together on the map for short but enjoyable challenges where every racer contributes points to reach a specific total for speed, jumping, and drifting. Succeed and you receive a unique type of Forzathon currency for use in a specific shop that contains even more goodies like new cars, horn sounds (of which some are based on other Microsoft games), and dance moves. Yes, Forza is jumping on the Fortnite hype train by removing the character from the car to perform a dance after achieving victory. You’ll even see characters doing the floss. All of the multiplayer options (included a game of tag with zombies as a theme) are good fun and reasons to veer off the single-player trail.

Given just how much content is in Forza Horizon 4, a good portion of it is blocked off until specific progress is made. If you’re hoping to play the game with friends, some frustration comes from this gating, as you must reach the second year of the competition to be able to take part in specific things like Team Adventures. This means you need to play roughly five hours of the game before you can take part in everything. Given how much fun this racer is, this isn’t a punishment, but it is strange that some aspects are blocked off from the outset of play with co-op being such a big hook.

Once Forza Horizon 4 opens up and the map is cluttered with points of interest, you really can’t ask for much more from a racer. It hits all of the right notes in terms of racing, exploration, rewards, and customization. Depending on your focus of play, you can turn it into a difficult game of precision that requires proper vehicle tuning, or a light arcade experience of tearing across Great Britain with no cares in the world. Forza Horizon has long been my favorite racing series, and this installment shows that there’s plenty of gas left in the tank.

Yesterday on Reddit, The Room stars Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero held an Ask Me Anything. The duo were of course asked about their favorite video games, as Reddit tends to ask in every AMA.

“Yes! Red Dead Redemption, The Last Of Us, Grand Theft Auto V,” answered Sestero, famous for his role as Mark who has great stories.

“What is the one where you eat it?” asked Wiseau.

“Pac Man,” Sestero answered. 

“PAC MAN !!!” replied Wiseau.

The 1998 film The Room is popularly known as one of the worst films ever made to the point of hilarity. The 2017 film The Disaster Artist starring James Franco portraying Tommy Wiseau tells the story of the creation of the movie.

Oculus has announced a new interactive VR series for their new standalone headset, the Oculus Quest. Taking place in the Star Wars universe, Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Story puts the viewer/player in the role of a Darth Vader subordinate as you witness the tale unfolding around him.

Catch the trailer for Vader Immortal below.

The episodic series is created by ILMxLab, which creates interactive story experiences made with real-time graphics rather than CG or other kinds of pre-recorded video. ILMxLab is also working on an untitled Marvel project in 2019. The VR experience is also being developed in collaboration with Ninja Theory, developers of DmC: Devil May Cry and Hellblade, which is now a Microsoft first-party studio.

Of course, the trailer ends with the tease of a VR lightsaber battle, so hopefully they do what everyone wants. Vader Immortal is scheduled for release in 2019.

Friday the 13th: The Game and Laser League are the highlights for next month’s PlayStation Plus free games.  Get yourself into the Halloween spirit with Friday the 13th: The Game, which Jeff Marchiafava gave a 6 for technical problems as scary as its killer showdowns. Hunt victims as the legendary Jason Voorhees or stop the slaughter as a brave camp counselor in this spooky competitive multiplayer game.

If horror is not your thing, you can also download Laser League, the competitive laser arena game of the future.  Scramble, dodge, and jump out of the path of “dangerous, chaotic, and unpredictable” lasers to emerge victorious.

Not limited to Friday the 13th and Laser League, PlayStation Plus subscribers will also get these titles for free in October:

  • Master Reboot, PS3
  • The Bridge, PS3 (Cross Buy with PS4 and PS Vita)
  • Rocketbirds 2: Evolution, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • 2064 Read Only Memories, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)

Also, subscribers can still download PlayLink and PlayStation VR bonus games. Here They Lie, a PlayStation VR title, is available until Oct 2, and the PlayLink game, Knowledge is Power, through September 6.

These games will be coming soon, so if you haven’t picked up this month’s free games – like God of War III Remastered and Destiny 2 – time is running short. 

[Source: PlayStation Blog]