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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile Celebrates 10 Million Daily Players

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One of the most popular games to play online is celebrating a big milestone. Tencent and PUBG Corp are officially confirming that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile has reached over 10 million daily active users around the world.

The mobile version, also known as PUBG Mobile, was released on iOS and Android on March 19. In less than a week it reached the top downloaded spot in more than 100 countries. It’s available to download for free with in-app purchases.

Recently PUBG Mobile added the new second map, Miramar. Miramar features a desert setting with several large cities. The mobile game has been nominated for Best Breakthrough Hit and Best Community Building Game at the 2018 Google Play Awards.

PUBG Mobile is the successful mobile version of the incredibly popular Battle Royale survival-shooter, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. PUBG drops 100 players on an island in a massive free-for-all deathmatch. Everyone has only a single life, and must scrounge the area for supplies, weapons, and vehicles.

A fun selection of stats has been released. Apparently the average survival time is only about 14 minutes.

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PUBG originally released via Steam Early Access last year. It’s also available via Xbox Games Preview on Xbox One.

Despite stiff competition from Fortnite’s equally popular Battle Royale mode, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds remains the most played game on Steam, with around 1-1.5 million players at any given time.

PUBG Mobile is available on iOS and Android. It’s rated T for Teen with Violence and Blood.

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Nintendo Reveals Pricing Details for Online Membership

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One of the big question marks regarding the Nintendo Switch last year was how Nintendo would incorporate its subscription-based online service. This week Nintendo has finally revealed its pricing and features for playing games online. The Nintendo Switch Online service goes live in September.

The online service will be called Nintendo Switch Online. You’ll need it to continue playing games like Splatoon 2 online. It’s available in four different packages:

  • 1 Month: $3.99
  • 3 Months: $7.99
  • 12 Months: $19.99
  • Family Membership (12 months): $34.99

The Family Membership allows for up to eight Nintendo Account holders to use the Online service, including on multiple systems.

These prices make Nintendo Switch Online a far cheaper option than Sony or Microsoft’s online memberships, which begin at $9.99 per month, or $59.99 for the year.

PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live include monthly free games and exclusive discounts. Nintendo is offering an exclusive library of NES titles, many of which they’ll be able to play online. The initial collection will include 20 games, such as Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, with 10 more games coming in the future. These NES games will support voice chat via Nintendo’s smartphone app.

Kotaku is reporting that despite featuring these NES games as part of Nintendo Switch Online, the Virtual Console will not be returning to Nintendo Switch. The Virtual Console has been a mainstay on Nintendo consoles since the Wii, offering a one-stop digital store for classic titles.

“There are a variety of ways in which classic games from Nintendo and other publishers are made available on Nintendo Switch, such as through Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online, Nintendo eShop or as packaged collections,” the Nintendo spokesperson told Kotaku. “Nintendo Entertainment System – Nintendo Switch Online will provide a fun new way to experience classic NES games that will be different from the Virtual Console service, thanks to enhancements such as added online play, voice chat via the Nintendo Switch Online app and the various play modes of Nintendo Switch.”

Nintendo Switch Online membership will also feature cloud backup for save games.

Until now online play has been in an extended free trial mode since the Switch first launched. The Nintendo Switch Online service will launch in September.

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Save on Star Wars Games During May 4th Sales

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Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth may be one of the punniest ‘holidays’ of the year, but it also brings deep discounts on Star Wars games for PC and consoles. Sadly it’s also a reminder that despite the recent resurgence in the Star Wars brand thanks to the new trilogy, there aren’t many recent Star Wars games to get excited about.

Steam

If you’re looking for older Star Wars (like 10-20 years ago), the Star Wars Complete Collection has just about everything you need. It includes over 20 games, from beloved BioWare RPG Knights of the Old Republic to the classic flight sim TIE Fighter and co-op LEGO action games. The bundle has been discounted by 72%, bringing it down to $76.16. Or you could pick and choose your favorites. Each game is individually discounted by 66%.

One of the few Star Wars games not included in the Complete Collection is the more recently released LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Oddly the Deluxe Edition (75% off), which includes the Season Pass, is cheaper than the base game (66% off).

GOG

As always GOG is your destination for DRM-free PC gaming. Their Star Wars sale is pretty much the exact same as Steam’s, though they do have one recent arrival: Star Wars: Episode 1 Racer from 1999. It just arrived a few days ago and as a new game on GOG it is discounted by 15%.

GOG is also hosting a weekend sale to celebrate Interplay’s 35th anniversary, which ironically includes a bunch of Star Trek games.

Origin

Since EA has the exclusive rights to the Star Wars license, you’ll find more modern Star Wars PC games on Origin. That consists of the much-maligned Star Wars Battlefront II, which launched last fall amidst controversy surrounding its loot boxes and microtransactions. You can pick it up now for 60% off.

PlayStation

With the exception of Battlefront II and LEGO Force Awakens it’s mostly older Star Wars games and FX Pinball tables on the PSN May the 4th Sale. Notably you can actually purchase play the old SNES Star Wars platformers on PS Vita, which are also part of the sale.

Xbox

Microsoft’s store includes May 4th sales on both XBox One and Xbox 360 Star Wars games: Battlefront 2, The Force Unleashed, LEGO Force Awakens, and Star Wars Pinball.

Mobile

Various ongoing free-to-play Star Wars games have deals on in-app purchases, including Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes and Star Wars: Commander. You can also snag Star Wars Pinball 6 for Free, and the mobile version of Knights of the Old Republic for 50% off on both iOS and Android.