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Earn Double XP and Get a Free Battle Pass in Fortnite

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Perhaps due to Apex Legends’ huge popularity, genre juggernaut Fortnite is hosting back-to-back double XP weekends, and the chance to earn a free battle pass for season eight. The Valenine’s Surprise event closes out the Share the Love event of February, and season seven overall, which ends Feb. 28

The big surprise is that anyone who completes 13 overtime challenges by Feb. 27 will receive season eight’s battle pass for free. The seasonal battle passes normally cost about $10 in V-Bucks.

You can earn season seven skins by completing five, 10, and 15 challenges. Unlocking five challenges will also reward the Valentine Wrap and Vines Contrail rewards. The first three overtime challenges are:

  • Collection 15 Coins in Featured Creative Islands
  • Search loot boxes at a motel or RV park (7 times)
  • Place Top 15 in Duos with a friend (3 times)

More overtime challenges will become available on Saturday, Tuesday, and next Friday. As further incentive, Epic Games is hosting two double XP weekends. Earn twice the XP when playing between Feb. 15-17 and again during the weekend of Feb. 22-24.

Fortnite is in the midst of the Share the Love event for February. Players can still earn a Culled Hearts Wrap skin by supporting a creator through the Support-A-Creator program, until Feb 22. It’s essentially an affiliate program. When earning or purchasing V-Bucks, your chosen creator will receive a share. To support a creator, enter their Epic game tag in the creator section of the item shop.

Fortnite is available for free on PC (Epic Games store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile devices. It’s rated T for Teen.

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Apex Legends Hits 10 Million Players

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Last week EA and Respawn Entertainment surprised everyone by announcing, and immediately releasing, a fully-formed battle royale-style multiplayer shooter based on the Titanfall series.

In the week since, Apex Legends has become a smash hit. After only 72 hours, Respawn Entertainment declared that over 10 million players had played the game, including 1 million players logged in at the same time.

“This has been a truly incredible journey. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too,” says Vince Zampella, co-founder, Respawn Entertainment.  “From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey.”

The elephant in the room is comparing Apex Legends’ explosive success to Fortnite’s currently huge popularity in the genre. In fact, it took Fortnite about two weeks to hit the same number of players.

EA and Respawn utilized a modern approach to marketing: live streams and influencers. This strategy paid off with a genre that lives and dies by its popularity. Some of the most popular streamers, such as Ninja and Dr. Disrespect, have completely switched from Fortnite to Apex Legends. And it helps that the game is quite good.

Interestingly, Apex Legends has gained popularity with Twitch audiences, yet Fortnite’s have not decreased. This suggests that Apex Legends may be bringing more newcomers into the genre instead of poaching Fortnite fans.

Apex Legends still has a long way to go before it can challenge Fortnite’s 200 million-strong players for king of the battle royale genre.

Apex Legends is available for free, with optional in-game purchases, on PC (Origin), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen for Blood and Violence.

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LEGO Marvel Collection Assembles Three Marvel LEGO Games

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, along with The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment, have announced the LEGO Marvel Collection. This new compilation combines three Marvel LEGO video games in one package: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013), LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (2016), and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017), as well as all their DLC.

LEGO Marvel Collection will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 12.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the bestselling LEGO game, and that’s really saying something. It released on both last gen and current gen consoles in 2013 and featured over 150 characters from all over the Marvel universe. The story centered on the world-destroying Galactus coming to Earth, prompting heroes and villains to team up and work together.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is also notable for including the full Marvel comics roster, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four. More recent Marvel games tend to focus squarely on the Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers was a more focused game that directly retold the events of the first two Avengers movies and many MCU films, starring the heroes and villains from those films.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a middle-ground between the two others, offering an expanded roster but still neglecting many characters outside of Marvel’s cinematic cope (like the X-Men and Fantastic Four). The gameplay is top notch, featuring an exciting hub world that includes multiple worlds, eras, and dimensions thanks to an invasion by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror. The lengthy campaign is written by comic scribe Kurt Busiek.

The sequel also received a constant stream of movie and TV tie-in DLC, including Black Panther, Runaways, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The LEGO Marvel Collection will launch on March 12 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All three games are rated E10+.