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Fallout 76 Not Coming to Steam, Beta Details Revealed

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In an update to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (Break it Early Test Application) FAQ, Bethesda conspicuously left out Steam from the list of platforms. In a reply to a follow-up reply to PC Gamer, Bethesda confirmed that Fallout 76 will not be coming to Steam on PC, instead it will be exclusive to Bethesda.net.

Fallout 76 is arriving November 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The B.E.T.A. is coming in October.

According to the FAQ, the B.E.T.A. will be a significant head start into the full game. Progress carries over when the game officially launches. Since getting into the beta requires pre-ordering, October might as well be an Early Access launch for Fallout 76.

Pre-ordering Fallout 76 will result in an email with a code for the beta “at a later date.” Codes will be provided from either the pre-order receipt or the confirmation email. The B.E.T.A. is fully open to streaming and sharing, and represents the full game that’s launching a month later.

Access to the B.E.T.A. will require a free account at Bethesda.net. Exact start times have yet to be announced, but the FAQ states that it will begin on Xbox One first.

Steam has been the premiere digital marketplace for PC games for years, but we’re finally seeing some significant push-back. It’s well known that Valve takes a 30% commission from all sales on Steam, but most companies find the widespread exposure and user base worth it. It will be interesting to see how Fallout 76 fares on PC, and if it eventually releases on Steam at a later date, as was the case with Fallout Shelter.

Fallout 76 launches on November 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The B.E.T.A. begins in October for those who pre-order.

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Race with Spongebob and Ninja Turtles in Nickelodeon Kart Racers

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The stars of classic Nickelodeon cartoons like Hey Arnold!, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Rugrats are getting their own game. Publisher GameMill has announced Nickelodeon Kart Racers, and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch on October 23.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Nickelodeon to bring all of these amazing characters into one fun, competitive video game for fans of all ages to enjoy,” said Mark Meadows, Partner of GameMill Entertainment. “Nickelodeon has created characters and stories that are loved around the world and we specialize in transforming treasured characters and stories into playable entertainment for the die-hard fans and casual gamers alike.”

The kart racer is modeled after the incredibly popular Mario Kart series. Racers can enjoy team-based co-op as well as free-for-all multiplayer and a battle mode. Nickelodeon Kart Racers will support up to four players locally.

Racers, karts, and tracks are all drawn from Nickelodeon’s many beloved cartoon series. Confirmed characters include SpongeBob and Patrick, Tommy and Angelica from Rugrats, and all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tracks will also draw inspiration from the cartoons, such as the turtles’ sewer home, Tommy Pickle’s house, and Bikini Bottom, for a total of 24 tracks.

A total of 12 different Nickelodeon series will be highlighted in the game, though only a handful have been announced so far.

Nicekelodeon Kart Racers will arrive October 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It’s rated E for Everyone.

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With No Man’s Sky NEXT, Hello Games Pledges Free, Weekly Content

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No Man’s Sky has been updated this week with its fourth major content update. Dubbed No Man’s Sky NEXT, it finally, officially adds multiplayer support, as well as the ability to play in third-person. The update is free to existing PC and PlayStation 4 owners, and No Man’s Sky is also now available on Xbox One.

With the release of No Man’s Sky NEXT, indie developer Hello Games is pledging to become more involved with the community. This will be reflected in the new website, the Galactic Atlas. More importantly, they are pledging to provide “weekly content and community events.”

Sean Murray, No Man’s Sky lead designer and co-founder at Hello Games, admitted to making mistakes when it came to communication surrounding the game’s initial launch back in 2016.

“Whilst I couldn’t be prouder of the team, I personally made mistakes,” writes Murray. “I could talk all day about things I personally would change. Certainly one regret is that the intensity and drama of launch left no room for communication with the community.”

The hype surrounding the game reached a fever pitch, even as many consumers and critics were confused about No Man’s Sky’s gameplay and features, especially multiplayer. Murray himself was harassed and sent death threats. The small indie team went radio silent following the game’s launch, leading to more confusion and drama.

Yet over the years the game has been clawing its way back. Hello Games has released three large content updates: Foundation, Pathfinder, and Atlas Rises, each adding significant features such as vehicles, base-building, and huge chunks of story content.

No Man’s Sky NEXT is the latest free content update, with real multiplayer being a hugely requested feature. Is it too little too late, or admirable that the developers continue to produce free, quality updates? No matter where you land, Hello Games has committed to supporting No Man’s Sky.

The first season of weekly content is coming soon. No Man’s Sky NEXT is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.