Epic will hold off on releasing game-changing Fortnite updates before big tournaments

It’s been less than a year since Epic Games kicked off the competitive circuit for Fortnite, but the company says it’s learned enough to make a substantial change to how it balances the consumer version of the game with the one played by pros at big tournaments. In an announcement on its website, the developer says it will now leave a window of time, somewhere between a few days and one week, for players to acclimate to a new update, one that could include game-changing new items, vehicles, weapons, or environmental changes to the map. “We value the ability of players to adapt to the game changing over time. We also believe these changes keep Fortnite fresh for everyone including players, competitors and spectators. However, we want to… Read the full article…

Nintendo’s Switch Online is slowly turning into an amazing classic games service

Nintendo is terrible when it comes to the internet, and in a lot of ways, the Switch Online subscription service is no different. There are annoying restrictions around cloud saves, for instance, and voice chat is relegated to a mobile app. It can feel archaic, especially compared to Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus. But there’s one aspect of the service that has become an indispensable part of how I use my Switch: the free retro games. The best part of Switch Online is the included NES app, which gets you access to a handful of 8-bit classics as part of the price of your subscription. It’s sort of like Netflix for NES games, and while it started out with a fairly slim selection, it now features an increasingly robust library. Yesterday saw… Read the full article…

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Review

How long has it been since we’ve had a chance to jump into a cool fighter jet, get into an intense dogfight, and just blow up stuff up without having to memorize a thick flight manual? Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown brings the welcome return of a series – and a genre – that’s been long absent from gaming’s mainstream. The exciting, arcadey flying and dogfighting gameplay that kept Ace Combat going from 1995 to 2014 is still present and a lot of fun. You’ll blow up bombers, chase down ace enemy pilots, and dismantle enemy bases one missile at a time across a wide array of scenarios and landscapes. And even though this is by no means a hardcore flight sim, there’s a fair bit of strategy in planning your attack — your plane is constantly moving, so you need to know what you want to hit and when Read the full article…

Heads Up: Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition Preorders Are Live

If you buy something through this post, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use. Mortal Kombat 11 was officially revealed during the 2018 Game Awards with a gore-filled trailer, followed by a gameplay reveal January 17. The release date for Mortal Kombat 11 is April 23, 2019, so there’s plenty of time for NetherRealm Studios to tease more characters, more editions, and other Mortal Kombat 11 extras and surprises. There’s also plenty of time to get your Mortal Kombat 11 preorder in, for a lovely launch day of kombat and to ensure beta access at the end of March. Preordering Mortal Kombat 11 gets you access to Shao Kahn, as well as the Mortal Kombat 11 beta on March 28. During the live gameplay reveal, NetherRealm Studios also announced the Mortal Kombat 11 Kollector’s Edition. Read the full article…

Fortnite bugs put accounts at risk of takeover

With one click, any semi-skilled hacker could have silently taken over a Fortnite account, according to a cybersecurity firm that says the bug is now fixed. Researchers at Check Point say the three vulnerabilities chained together could have affected any of its 200 million players. The flaws, if exploited, would have stolen the account access token set on the gamer’s device once they entered their password. Once stolen, that token could be used to impersonate the gamer and log in as if they were the account holder, without needing their password. The researchers say that the flaw lies in how Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, handles login requests. Researchers said they could send any user a crafted link that appears to come from Epic Games’ own domain and steal an access token needed to break into an account. Check Point’s Oded Vanunu explains how the bug works. (Image: supplied) “It’s Read the full article…

Protect your cores portably: ‘Defense Grid 2’ is coming to Nintendo Switch next month

(Official Hidden Path image) Hidden Path Entertainment, headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., announced on Wednesday that it will release a remastered edition of Defense Grid 2 on the Nintendo Switch on February 7th. Defense Grid 2 is a “tower defense” game, where players must protect vulnerable assets from enemy attack by setting up layers of fortifications, obstacles, and automated weapon systems. You rarely if ever take direct offensive action. Instead, you build up a potentially elaborate series of defenses that slow, stop, redirect, or destroy the enemy’s onslaught. In DG2 in particular, your goal is to keep hordes of invading aliens away from your outposts. You can set up systems that shoot down, reroute, block, or slowly whittle away at the advancing aliens before they’re able to reach, grab, and escape with the floating cores that power your defenses. The game features “couch co-op” on the Switch, with each player using Read the full article…

SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is $84 today at Amazon

SanDisk’s 400GB microSD card is $83.98 on Amazon today, which is just a few dollars over its lowest price ($80) that popped up around Black Friday a few months ago. If you are thinking about buying some extra storage for your smartphone, or Nintendo Switch, this is a good opportunity to buy a high-capacity card that will take you a long while to fill up. Storage is one of the many tech products that you should avoid buying at full price. Seeing as how this 400GB microSD card started at $249 when it debuted, buying now is wise. We expect to see it fall even more, especially as models with even larger capacities hit the market. Lexar, for example, will soon launch a 1TB SD card for $399, though it’s currently far cheaper to buy two 512GB… Read the full article…

Fortnite vulnerability let hackers take over player accounts

A Fortnite security bug let attackers access user accounts after they clicked a suspicious link that was sent to them. Researchers at Check Point Research found the bug and notified Epic Games in November, which then patched the vulnerability within a few weeks. Epic Games told The Verge in a statement: “We were made aware of the vulnerabilities and they were soon addressed. We thank Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others.” After the takeover, attackers could potentially use the accounts to purchase and gift the in-game currency V-Bucks. Since Fortnite doesn’t allow… Read the full article…

Fortnite made an estimated $2.4 billion last year

In 2018, Fortnite became a full-fledged pop culture phenomenon, one that has turned out to be incredibly lucrative. According to analyst firm SuperData, Fortnite was the top-grossing free-to-play game in the world last year, raking in an estimated $2.4 billion over 12 months. While much of Fortnite’s revenue comes from selling character skins and emotes, SuperData says that 34 percent of all US players also purchased a seasonal “battle pass,” a feature that has since made its way to other online games like PUBG and Rocket League. For comparison, according to SuperData’s findings, Fortnite made significantly more than established free-to-play games like Tencent’s Honour of Kings, known as Arena of Valor in the West ($1.3 billion), League… Read the full article…

New GT Sport Update Includes Returning Track from GT5, GT6

The latest free update for Gran Turismo Sport features eight new vehicles and, for the first time, the return of an existing original GT track from a previous instalment of the series: Special Stage Route X. Special Stage Route X began life as DLC for GT5, and later appeared in GT6. Its pedigree doesn’t trace back as far as the likes of classic original circuits like Grand Valley or Trial Mountain but its unique layout has made it popular with fans looking to hit absolute top speed. Special Stage Route X is an enormous, 18-mile oval – two huge banked corners connected by a pair of seven-mile straights – so it’s been a useful place to benchmark a variety of performance metrics. Read the full article…