I’ve checked and double-checked but it is not April Fool’s Day. This week Firaxis announced a surprising new game mode for Civilization VI: Gathering Storm that’s included in the free…
PUBG Corp and Tencent Games have developer a lighter mobile version of online battle royale third-person shooter PUBG Mobile. PUBG Mobile Lite features fewer system requirements and memory, allowing more people to enjoy the mayhem. It’s available now on the Google Play store for Android phones.
PUBG Mobile Lite has a reduced download size of 490 MB, and can be played on mobile devices that have less than 2 GB RAM. To compensate for the reduction, the battle map is smaller. Player match sized has been reduced to 60, and matches last only 10 minutes.
Other changes in PUBG Mobile Lite include enhanced aim assistance, removing bullet drop, suppressing weapon recoil, and allowing for healing while moving. Building density and loot have been increased to help create faster matches. All of these features are designed to improve the online multiplayer experience when playing with a less than optimal internet connection and/or mobile device.
The original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. PUBG Mobile is available on iOS and Android mobile devices. PUBG Mobile Lite is available on Android only. All versions are rated M for Mature.
There’s only way direction to go for popular competitive video games: eSports. EA has announced the biggest eSports tournament yet for Battle Royale shooter Apex Legends with the Preseason Invitational. The tournament will be held in Krakow, Poland in September, and feature 80 3-person teams from around the world competing to win a prize pool of $500,000.
“Competition is in the DNA of Apex Legends and this competitive event will showcase the game at its highest-level,” said Chad Grenier, Design Director, Respawn Entertainment. “This Apex Legends Preseason Invitational advances our vision towards a robust competitive experience with the community at the center. We continue to explore all the entertaining ways both players and spectators can experience Apex Legends and look forward to bringing this event to life.”
The Preseason Invitational is a double elimination format. Each round will determine who stays in the winner’s bracket, and who’s bumped to the loser’s bracket or eliminated entirely. The action will last until 20 teams remain for a final 60-person match to determine the winning team.
Players and teams who think they have what it takes can apply to the tournament by emailing the unique application email address. Applications must include the users’ Origin IDs and competitors must be at least 16 years old. Accepted teams must pay a $150 registration fee. Official tournament rules can be found here.
The Apex Legends Preseason Invitational takes place in Poland, September 13-16.