No Man’s Sky Gets a Second Chance on Xbox

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Our Xbox crew discusses No Man’s Sky’s upcoming Xbox release and how it might be received. Plus: Shadow of War looks to rehabilitate its image, Red Faction returns, more original Xbox games are on the way to backwards compatibility, and more!

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NVC LIVE Exclusively on IGN.com Thursday at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET!

Hey! Listen! NVC will be live streaming IGN’s weekly Nintendo Podcast this Thursday exclusively on ign.com!

Join Filip, Peer, Brian, and Zach this Thursday at 3:00 PM PT/6:00 PM ET as they discuss the latest Nintendo releases and chat with the community LIVE! Don’t worry, you can still catch the full episode on Friday as usual on YouTube.com/NintendoVoiceChat and your favorite podcast listening services.

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Spider-Man PS4 Gameplay, Story Details Revealed

Insomniac Games’ Marvel’s Spider-Man officially has a release date, and with that reveal has come plenty of new information on the webslinger’s next adventure.

Game Informer’s cover story and supplementary interview with Creative Director Bryan Intihar dives deep into the opening of the game, while also offering plenty of new story details. If you’ve already read up the newest updates regarding the game’s unlockable costumes and lack of microtransactions, check out what else GI’s story has revealed.

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Overwatch Comic Likely Teases PvE Mode Starring Reaper

A new Overwatch comic starring Reaper, in conjunction with a tease during a Developer Update video, makes it seem likely that we’ll soon get a new PvE mode called Retribution staring Reaper, Genji, McCree, and Moira.

On Monday, Blizzard revealed that not only would last year’s Uprising event return, but they would be exploring more stories from Overwatch’s past in a similar way with what they call the Overwatch Archives. Game Director Jeff Kaplan said more details would be coming in a video during the Overwatch League tonight, but signed off by saying “we hope that you’re ready for the retribution.”

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What the Welsh Offer in Thrones of Britannia: Total War Saga

We got a look at the Irish last time we saw Thrones of Britannia, the Total War Saga spin-off, and this time around the Welsh kingdom of Gwined and the viking realm of Northymbre were in the spotlight. The Welsh are led by King Anararaut, and start with a highly defensible position on the island of Ynis Mon – modern day Anglesey. Anaraut’s father, Rhodri the Great, was a great king who brought the Welsh together, but after his death, his sons have somewhat predictably fallen to infighting. As is often the case in Total War, you’ll have to unify your neck of the woods to establish a stable base for going after enemies further afield. Luckily, the rugged terrain of Wales will make it just a bit easier to hold off outside invaders until the civil war is wrapped up.

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Sea of Thieves New Patch Aims to Fix Respawn ‘Griefing’

Sea of Thieves’ patch 1.0.2 goes live today, and with it, Rare is looking to fix one of the biggest issues players are having in the shared-world pirate game – having to fend off an endless number of respawning enemy ships.

In a patch notes post on the Sea of Thieves forums, the developer has listed a number of fixes and changes being introduced in the patch, but first and foremost is the ship respawn distance.

“When a ship sinks, we have significantly increased the distance at which the crews new ship will respawn. Ships will now respawn outside of visible view of the ship that sank them. This is in response to lots of player feedback which highlighted that the previous spawn distance was resulting in “griefing” behaviour and stalemates at the forts!”

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Spyro the Dragon Return Possibly Teased by Mysterious Package

Update #2: A new tweet from the Falcon McBob, which the official Crash Bandicoot account followed yesterday, could be offering yet another clue of Spyro’s return, or a well-placed troll.

“Good times,” @SpyrotheDragon has tweeted at the official Crash account, with a close-up photo of Crash’s face, seemingly from a Bandicoot costume used in some of that character’s live-action commercials.

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Vive Pro Responds to Pricing Complaints with New Starter Bundle

Today the Vive team announced it would begin offering the Vive Pro Starter Kit tomorrow, April 5, which is also the two-year anniversary of the Vive’s launch.

The bundle will include the Vive Pro headset, two Vive 1.0 controllers, and two 1.0 base stations for a cost of $1,100. The controllers and base stations are required to use the Vive, and don’t come included with the Pro’s regular $800 price tag.

This Starter Kit comes as a direct response to complaints about the price of buying these accessories separately. As Dan Mentioned in his Vive Pro review, the cost of buying sensors and controllers on their own comes out to a total of $530 – that’s more expensive than buying the base Vive itself, which includes those things alongside a headset.

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Far Cry 5 Is Fastest-Selling Game in Franchise History

Far Cry 5 has hit a major sales milestone, becoming the fastest-selling game in the franchise’s history.

As detailed by Ubisoft, the latest entry in the series has more than doubled Far Cry 4’s first week sales, with digital distribution accounting for more than half of those sales.

Far Cry 5 is also now the second biggest launch ever for a Ubisoft title. It trails only behind Tom Clancy’s The Division, with $310 million USD in consumer spending over its first week.

Additionally, players have streamed more than 55,000 hours of Far Cry 5 on Twitch, and YouTube videos featuring the game have garnered over 117 million views. Both are records for a Ubisoft game in the first week after launch.

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Fortnite Devs Slow Down Patch Schedule to Improve Bug Fixing

Epic Games has announced that they’ll be slowing down their Fortnite patch schedule to once every two weeks to improve bug fixing.

The fortnightly patch schedule will alternate with the new Content Updates, confirmed a PR spokesperson, and won’t affect the weekly content for the game. Players will still get new features every week without the need for an update.

“Starting this week, we are doing things a little differently. Every other week we will drop new content without the need for an update,” Epic explained. “These will be called Content Updates. This new cadence allows us to iron out more complex bugs, while continuing to provide fun content every week.”

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