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Darwin Project Coming to Xbox and PC Early Access Next Week

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Scavengers Studio has announced the Early Access release date for Darwin Project: March 9. It will be available via Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview. The price was also revealed: $14.99.

March 9 will be the first time Darwin Project will be playable on the Xbox One. All the familiar features present in the PC betas will be available to Xbox players, including all the latest changes and updates that arrived in the most recent open beta.

Spectator Interactions were a big hit during the beta last weekend. They allow for viewers on Twitch and Mixer to vote on choices and influence the Show Director. The Show Director ultimately decides whom to bestow buffs upon and which zones to nuke, creating a dynamic Battle Royale battlefield.

In addition to the Show Interactions, the latest 1.7 patch added a rating system for Show Directors, private matches, map fixes, and general gameplay improvements.

For insight into recent developer progress and beta feedback, check out the Darwin Project Reddit AMA thread.

Darwin Project will be available via Steam Early Access and Xbox Games Preview on March 9. It has not yet been rated but should fall somewhere around T for Teen, not including the colorful interactions provided by online multiplayer.


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Play Side-scrolling MOBA Hyper Universe Free This Weekend

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Side-scrolling, 2D MOBA Hyper Universe is gearing up to leave Early Access by hosting a its final free weekend event on Steam, starting today. The free weekend event ends December 20. The official release date has not yet been announced.

“We were excited to offer our passionate community the opportunity to join Hyper Universe’s Early Access period, allowing them to test the game and provide their valuable feedback,” said Jungsoo Lee, General Manager of Nexon America. “The development team has made great strides since beginning the process and remain committed to supporting Hyper Universe through launch and beyond. We’re looking forward to getting the final game into the hands of our loyal fans and new players soon after gathering feedback from this important test period.”

Hyper Universe is also currently on sale. Until January 4, 2018, you can grab the Founder’s Pack for $7.99, 50% off. The Founder’s Pack grants access to all 24 characters, called Hypers. When the game officially launches it will be free-to-play, but you’ll have to purchase (or earn) each Hyper.

A patch released today adds a new Bruiser Hyper, Hongdukei, as well as the new Ranked mode. Players must be level 5 and own at least 12 Hypers to access Ranked, which only be available until December 21. On December 21, a new update will add holiday-themed maps and skins.

Given the timing of this free weekend, Hyper Universe will most likely launch in early 2018. If you want to purchase all the heroes, now would be the time to do it. Otherwise wait until release and play the game for free, earning Hypers along the way.

The Hyper Universe free weekend begins today, and ends December 20.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG on Fortnite’s Battle Royale: “We Don’t Feel That It’s Right”

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Shots fired by Bluehole, Inc, developers of the incredibly popular online Battle Royale game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Today the VP for Bluehole, Chang Han Kim, released a firm statement regarding Fortnite’s newly introduced game mode, Fortnite Battle Royale.

“We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of Unreal Engine 4, the engine we licensed for the game,” said Kim. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”

Seems that PUBG fans were miffed at seeing another game use the exact same concept so quickly, and the company is inclined to agree.

“We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”

Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite launched in July under the Early Access banner, with plans to launch as a free-to-play title with microtransactions next year. The main game features cooperative base-building, exploration, crafting, and tower defense. You can read our Early Access preview here.

Fortnite Battle Royale was recently added as a free update earlier this month. It indeed cribs all of its structure and gameplay from PUBG’s, including parachuting over a large island, gathering weapons and items, and surviving while a shrinking circular zone dictates where you can go.

During the Fortnite Battle Royale announcement trailer, Epic Games Creative Director Donald Mustard specifically referenced PUBG: “We’re huge fans of the Battle Royale genre, and games like PUBG and H1Z1. We thought Fortnite was the perfect world to build one in.”

It was recently announced that Fortnite Battle Royale will be opening up to everyone for free starting September 26.

Conversely PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds released on Steam Early Access in March. Up to 100 players drop onto an island full of weapons and vehicles, and survive to the last person standing. To date it has sold an astonishing 10 million copies, and is firmly entrenched at the top of the Steam sales and player charts. It’s still in Early Access and coming to Xbox One later this year.

Chang Han Kim closed with the following statement, teasing possible legal action: “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”


Fortnite Early Access Preview

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Available On: PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

Fortnite exists in that odd space between a public beta test and a full release. Epic Games’ online tower-defense, third-person action hybrid can be purchased right now; but it’s actually launching as a free-to-play title next year. The closest equivalent is a Steam Early Access game. An Early Access purchase grants access to the live game right now, as well as some extra loot.

Fortnite’s laborious focus on grinding and digging through random loot mars an otherwise fun experience of scavenging, leveling, shooting, building, and defending with friends.
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