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Roblox Achieves 90 Million Active Monthly Users

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Fortnite, Minecraft, and most recently, Apex Legends are getting a lot of buzz surrounding their popularity. Meanwhile Roblox is quietly becoming one of the most actively played games on the market. This week the Roblox Corporation has announced that Roblox has surpassed 90 million active monthly users.

This is a major increase from the 70 million reported users as of September 2018. The company cites the addition of French and German language support and expansion into European markets.

“Roblox is where anyone can unleash their creativity and have fun with their friends, no matter where they live,” said Chris Misner, President, Roblox International. “By bringing top games and resources to French and German audiences, we’re uniting the next generation through a truly global platform for play.”

“Roblox’s commitment to supporting multiple languages helps us connect with new markets and expand our business,” said BlockfaceSteve, founder of Blockface Evolution Studio and creator of popular Roblox game Heists 2. “Supporting everyone, everywhere continues to get easier and provides us a great opportunity to become truly global providers of world-class gameplay experiences.”

As one of the most popular games for young kids and teens, Roblox is committed to online safety and parental resources. The company recently hired Elisabeth Secker from the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body in Germany as part of their Trust and Safety Advisory Board.

“We are excited to welcome Roblox as a new member to the USK and I’m honored to join the company’s Trust & Safety Advisory Board,” said Elisabeth Secker, Managing Director of the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK). “We are happy to support Roblox in their efforts to make their platform not only safe, but also to empower kids, teens, and parents with the skills they need to create positive online experiences.”

Roblox is available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon, Xbox One, and VR (Oculus Rift and HTC Vive).

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Ubisoft Shuts Down Starlink Toy Production Due to Poor Sales

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It’s been a long time since we’ve heard any good news regarding the toys-to-life genre. Unfortunately more bad news has hit this week. Ubisoft announced they are ending production of the physical toys for Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

“Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations,” read the official statement. “Consequently, we recently made the decision to not release any additional physical toys for the Spring update and in the future.”

It’s important to note that unlike previous toys-to-life games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, the physical toys for Starlink are entirely optional. In fact, the digital version is a far a better deal, as it includes four ships and several weapons, far more than the physical starter set.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas released in October 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. The starter packs included a physical ship and several attachable weapons. The Switch version includes a special Star Fox crossover, including Fox McCloud and his Arwing spaceship.

At launch Ubisoft released six starship packs ($24.99), four weapon packs ($9.99), and four pilot packs ($7.99). These packs can also be purchased digitally at about 50% reduced prices.

Despite the physical toy shutdown, the game itself is still going to receive updates. As per the most recent Nintendo Direct, Starlink is receiving new content later this month. The Switch version is getting even more Star Fox content, including exclusive Star Fox missions. All the versions are getting more missions and challenges, including starship racing. Additionally, the Starlink team is currently working on the “biggest update to the game so far,” which will include new ships, pilots, and weapons, all digital.

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Apex Legends Battle Pass Revealed, Season 1 Starts Tomorrow

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Respawn Entertainment has officially unveiled the first Battle Pass for battle royale shooter, Apex Legends. The first competitive season, called Wild Frontier, will start tomorrow, March 19 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern.

If you’re familiar with Fortnite, Apex Legends’ Battle Pass is largely the same. You can purchase a Battle Pass in game for 950 Apex Coins, which translates to about $10 of real money. The Battle Pass includes 100 cosmetic items that you can then earn through regular play by gaining experience and leveling up.

Note that you’ll work towards unlocking the battle pass goodies whether you purchase the pass or not, but you’ll obviously need to purchase it to gain the rewards. If you purchase the Battle Pass later during the season, your progress will carry over and you’ll earn all the applicable rewards.

Unlockable rewards include weapon skins, character skins, banners, badges, epic and legendary loot boxes, and 1,000 in Apex Coins. The last unlock in the Battle Pass is also the first evolving Legendary weapon skin for the Havoc, which has three stages. The Season 1 Battle Pass is purposefully designed to feature all Legends and provide a variety of unlocks for newcomers.

“In terms of rewards, we’ve tried to create a Battle Pass where first-time spenders can get a strong base of weapon and character cosmetics to fill out their initial collection at a deep discount,” writes Lee Horn, Lead Product Manger, Respawn Entertainment.

If you’ve got the cash and want to skip ahead, Apex Legends is offering a Battle Pass Bundle. The Battle Pass Bundle costs 2,800 Apex Coins and grants the Battle Pass as well as instantly unlocking 25 levels of rewards.

Everyone who plays during Season 1, which will last about three months, can earn one Wild Frontier Legend skin, five Apex Packs, and 18 Wild Frontier Stat Trackers. Purchasing the Battle Pass will grant access to three new Wild Frontier skins for Lifeline, Wraith, and Mirage.

Also arriving in Season 1 is the first post-launch Legend, Octane. Look for Octane’s official reveal soon. Respawn has stated that every season of Apex Legends will add a new Legend.

Battle Pass rewards are exclusive to that season. Once earned you keep them forever, but they can never be earned again.

Apex Legends is available on PC (Origin), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen.