Bethesda Has No Plans For Battle Royale, Pete Hines Says

Battle royale is big, and E3 2018 had its share of battle royale announcements. During EA's press conference, DICE revealed a battle royale mode for Battlefield V, and Nintendo revealed Fortnite on Switch without its original Save the World mode. Bethesda, on the other hand, did not mention anything about battle royale modes for any games during its E3 2018 press conference.

Bethesda did announce DLC for last year's Prey that introduces a new multiplayer mode. Called Typhon Hunter, it pits five Mimic players against one human player. In the spirit of new modes coming to existing Bethesda games, we asked Bethesda Global Senior Vice President Pete Hines whether the publisher had any battle royale plans up its sleeve. Short answer: no.

"We definitely have nothing battle royale-related," Hines said. "We tend never to want to follow anybody else into a space; we didn't go chasing after Facebook gaming when that was the big trend. Just because battle royale is popular doesn't mean it's a good fit for us or our studios."

He continued, "If somebody comes up with a thing that's battle royale or battle royale-esque that they think is unique or different or cool, it's probably something we'd consider, but we tend not to go chasing after trends. We want to be pushing ourselves to offer different experiences and do new things."

That means the upcoming Rage 2, which releases Spring 2019, won't be getting a battle royale mode any time soon (if ever). For the full interview, watch the video above, and for more on Bethesda, see our roundup of all the news out of Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:39 pm

PUBG Gives Out Free BP After Banning Players By Mistake

With cheating still an ongoing concern in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, developer PUBG Corp. has regularly implemented new measures in an effort to curb the practice. While the studio says this has helped winnow cheaters and bots from the game, it has also inadvertently resulted in some innocent players being temporarily banned.

"As you know, one of our highest priorities is working towards eliminating hackers and cheaters from PUBG," PUBG Corp. wrote in a post on Steam. "We've made great strides in this area recently, but unfortunately sometimes we get it wrong, which was the case recently when a number of players were improperly banned and were unable to access the game for a period of time. While we will continually work to improve these cheat detection methods, we ask for your patience on the hopefully few occasions where a false ban happens."

As a way to compensate players who have been wrongly banned from the game, PUBG Corp. is offering 20,000 BP--PUBG's in-game currency--to affected users. The developer says the BP should already appear in your account if you're one of those who have been inadvertently banned. Those unsure if they qualify to receive the compensation will need to meet the following criteria:

A new update for PUBG is rolling out later this week, on June 22. Along with an assortment of UI and sound improvements, it introduces the tropical Sanhok map to the live game, as well as a Sanhok-exclusive weapon: the QBZ95.

Alongside the update, PUBG Corp. is releasing the Event Pass--PUBG's equivalent of Fortnite's Battle Pass. As with the Battle Pass, the Event Pass allows players to complete daily and weekly challenges, which will level the pass up and unlock exclusive rewards. The Event Pass is available to try out now on PUBG's test server.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:26 pm

PUBG's New Fortnite-Like Event Pass Launches Alongside Next Update This Week

A new patch is around the corner for the PC version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Coinciding with the update, developer PUBG Corp. is introducing a new type of progression system called the Event Pass, which gives players a new avenue for earning items in the game.

Much like the Battle Pass offered each season in Fortnite, the Event Pass allows players to earn rewards while playing PUBG. Event Pass holders will have a variety of daily, weekly, and map-specific missions to undertake; completing these challenges will level the pass up and in turn unlock exclusive rewards.

In contrast to Fortnite's Battle Pass, the Event Pass can only be purchased with real-world money, and it lasts for four weeks, rather than the span of the entire season. Regardless of whether or not they purchase the pass, players will still be able to complete missions and "temporarily" unlock rewards (as well as earn one "special item" permanently). Those who decide to buy the Event Pass at a later date will earn rewards for any missions they've already completed.

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PUBG's first Event Pass will be offered on the same day Sanhok arrives in the live game, on June 22. "This first Event Pass is all about celebrating the launch of Sanhok, so it includes an item set that fits the map Sanhok thematically," PUBG Corp. wrote on Steam. The developer hasn't provided any further details about what the Sanhok-specific missions will entail, but the Event Pass is currently available on the game's test server, giving players a chance to try it out before it is implemented in the live game.

In addition to Sanhok and Event Pass, Update #15 introduces a new weapon to PUBG: the QBZ95, an AR found exclusively on the new tropical map. The patch also makes a handful of sound and UI improvements to the game, particularly to the inventory, map, and results screen. You can read the full patch notes for Update #15 on Steam.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:26 pm

New PUBG Map Sanhok Coming To PC This Week; Patch Notes Released

A new update is on the way soon for the PC version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Patch #15 is scheduled to arrive this Friday, June 22, and will introduce an assortment of UI and sound improvements to the game, as well as the tropical map, Sanhok.

Following several weeks of testing on PUBG's Experimental Server, Sanhok will officially roll out for the live game with Patch 15. The map's most distinctive feature is its size; unlike Erangel or Miramar, Sanhok is 4km x 4km, making it one-fourth as large as PUBG's previous two maps. Despite its smaller scale, it still hosts 100 players, meaning matches are much quicker and more intense when contested on Sanhok.

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Developer PUBG Corp. is also introducing the QBZ95, a new weapon slated to arrive alongside Sanhok in Patch 15. The QBZ95 is an AR that uses 5.56mm rounds. It holds 30 rounds per magazine, although PUBG Corp. notes that can be extended to 40 rounds. The QBZ95 can be found exclusively on the new tropical map, replacing the SCAR-L in Sanhok’s item spawn pool.

In addition to the new map and item, Patch 15 introduces a slate of interface improvements to the game. In particular, PUBG Corp. has tweaked the UI of the Leaderboard, Replay function, and friends list. Many in-game UI elements, such as the inventory, map, and results screen, have likewise been visually improved, while the mini-map can now be expanded and dynamically zooms in or out depending on your movement speed.

Patch 15 also addresses a handful of bugs and other technical issues in the game. Among them, PUBG Corp. has removed some objects from Erangel and Miramar that previously obstructed movement, and an issue that would cause characters to occasionally get stuck in the aforementioned maps has also been fixed. The full list of changes are outlined in the patch notes on Steam.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:24 pm

Why Bethesda Turned Its Skyrim Very Special Edition Joke Into A Real Thing

During Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference, Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard announced yet another version of Skyrim. The port was presented as a joke, complete with a skit starring Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, but it's actually a real thing you can get on the Alexa store. It's called Skyrim Very Special Edition and it's for Amazon Alexa--it works sort of like a text-based adventure.

Skyrim Very Special Edition took a lot of people by surprise, including us, but this version of Skyrim is definitely playable. We asked Bethesda Senior Vice President Pete Hines about the multilayered joke, and he explained how it came to be.

It all starts with the sea of jokes about Skyrim being on everything, which picked up steam after Bethesda announced both Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and Skyrim on PSVR last year. "We know we get a lot of flak [like] 'What else are you gonna put Skyrim on,' so we're like, 'Well, we're just gonna own it and have fun with that and make fun of ourselves and make fun of everybody else," Hines said.

"This, by the way, was entirely Todd [Howard]'s idea from the beginning, but it just started off as a joke and then it evolved into, 'Actually, we could make the game that we're joking about and then just troll [you] one layer deeper where [you] think [it's] really funny…and then you find out that it's a real thing, and we got you twice."

It certainly got us--we had to update our original story once we realized Skyrim Very Special Edition was real--and it also seems to be somewhat of a hit among fans, with 85% five-star ratings on the store page as of this writing.

"It started out simple," Hines said. "But like a lot of Todd things, it turned out to be way crazier and more complicated and awesome as a result."

In addition to Skyrim Very Special Edition, Bethesda also announced mobile game Elder Scrolls Blades as well as the long-awaited Elder Scrolls VI. To catch up on anything you missed, be sure to check our roundup of all the news from Bethesda's E3 2018 conference.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:24 pm

PUBG Mobile Update Out Now, Adds First-Person Mode And More

PUBG Corp. and Tencent have released a new update for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The update is available to download now for both iOS and Android devices, and it introduces a handful of new features to the game, including an additional mode, emotes, and other content.

Among other things, update 0.6.0 adds the ability to play Classic Mode in PUBG Mobile in first-person. It also introduces a chaotic new Arcade mode called Mini-Zone. In this mode, players are dropped onto a smaller map that contains three times as many weapons as usual, making for more intense and much shorter matches.

Beyond that, the update adds a Royale Pass, a new type of progression system that's similar to the upcoming Event Pass for the PC version of PUBG. The Royale Pass features an assortment of daily and weekly missions to undertake. By completing the challenges, players will increase their rank and earn crates.

In addition to unlocking items, Tencent says the player who has the highest Royale Pass level will be able to choose the starting plane's finish before parachuting out at the beginning of the match. The developer has also introduced a number of new weapon finishes to earn and customize their characters with in PUBG Mobile.

Rounding out the update are various new emotes and items. Players can also now see a weapon's stats and how it compares with other weapons when browsing the Armory. You can read the full list of changes in update 0.6.0 in the patch notes--as taken from the App Store--below.

PUBG Mobile Update 0.6.0 Patch Notes

Royale Pass

First-Person Perspective (FPP)

Mini-Zone

Weapon Finishes

Airplane Finishes

Armory

Pistols

Melee Weapons

Voice System

Results

Tier Protection

Characters

Social Network Link

Room Cards

Shop

Miscellaneous

Fixes/Improvements

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:13 pm

Some All-Time Low Prices At GameStop This Week: PS4, Xbox One, Switch Deals In The US

GameStop may be in buyout talks this week, but that hasn't stopped the retailer from refreshing its weekly sale, bringing a new set of deals for the week of June 20-26. So whether you're in the market for PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch games, you're likely to find something you want for a discounted price. You can find all of this week's deals here, but we've hand-picked some of the best of the bunch below.

There's little in the way of gaming hardware sales this week, but there is a deal on other physical items. Seeing as the hot new Nintendo Switch game this week is Mario Tennis Aces, if you buy a copy at GameStop, you'll get 20% off one toy, apparel, trading card item, or other collectible (only good June 22-24).

The rest of the week's best deals are on games, and many of the prices are quite appealing. If you're one of the few people who hasn't purchased Grand Theft Auto V yet, you can get it this week for $20--the lowest price we've seen yet. Another all-time low price is Destiny 2, which is available for $10 (though you'll still have to buy the expansions separately if you want them). Middle-earth: Shadow of War has also gotten a deep discount, down to $20.

Meanwhile, The Witcher 3: Complete Edition is on sale for $25, while the relatively new Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is down to $50 this week. And if you haven't picked up the turn-based strategy game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Switch yet, you can get it for $30.

You'll find more of our picks for the best deals at GameStop this week below, but check out the retailer's weekly ad for the full rundown.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 10:05 pm

Directors Of Back To The Future And The Shape Of Water Team Up For The Witches Adaptation

Robert Zemeckis, celebrated director of Forrest Gump and Back to the Future, is in the final round of talks with Warner Bros. to direct a film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches. Variety reports that originally Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth) was tapped to be the director, but he's since moved over to the producer's chair along with Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron. Now, Zemeckis is all but confirmed to be directing and writing the upcoming film.

Zemeckis has won several Academy Awards for his work on Forrest Gump along with other accolades for Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Some have theorized that this will be Zemeckis' move back into the family-friendly genre, after directing films with more adult themes like Flight and Allied.

Roald Dahl's 1973 children's book The Witches follows the story of a young boy who encounters the witches his grandmother always told him stories about. This is not the first time Warner Bros. has taken on this project; it made another adaptation of it in 1990 starring Anjelica Huston that was a pretty loose interpretation of the story. The new version will supposedly stay more faithful to the original plot.

There is no release date for the adaptation of The Witches yet, but it will be really interesting to see what a Zemeckis/Del Toro collaboration will look like, since the directors have historically had pretty different styles.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:53 pm

Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Credits Scene -- What It Means

Avengers: Infinity War has arrived and is still in theaters as it continues to increase its box office totals. The arrival of “destiny” as promised by Thanos, after ten long years of waiting and 18 movies, the moment we’ve been waiting for has come. It brought with it a whole bunch of questions, most importantly: what do we do now? With the movie's post-credits scene, that becomes just a tiny bit more clear.

The end of Infinity War is very literally an end--the actual, genuine annihilation of half the universe at the hands of Thanos, armed with a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet. Not exactly the feel good, heroic, triumphant superhero vibe of Avengers past. Thanos has won, and from where we're sitting, it looks like his victory is absolute.

But all hope isn't lost. Though Infinity War deviates from Marvel's post-credits formula slightly by including only one stinger, rather than what's become the customary two, the movie's final moments give us the briefest glimpse of what's on the horizon.

Here's the scene: Nick Fury and Maria Hill speed through a New York City that is slowly descending into chaos. As Fury notes that something big is happening in Wakanda, he tells Hill to get in touch with someone named Klein, likely this guy from Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron--which may point to more progress in Fury's somewhat forgotten efforts to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D in the wake of its official Hydra-fueled destruction.

But the effects of Thanos's finger-snap are reverberating across the galaxy and, one by one, people are disappearing at random. This means literally anyone--pilots, drivers, pedestrians--vanishing into thin air, no matter what they may have been in the middle of. So naturally, as more and more people crumble, helicopters are crashing, cars are veering off the road--you get the idea. The world is not in a great place, and Fury and Hill are left trying to puzzle through what's happening.

Unfortunately, even their time is limited. As they scramble out of their car, Hill begins to crumble and abruptly vanishes, leaving Fury on his own. He pulls out a device--something that looks almost like a beeper--and dials out just as he himself begins to disintegrate.

This guy might turn out important?
This guy might turn out important?

As Fury blows away in the wind, the device he was holding clatters to the ground and we're left staring at what we can only assume is the transmission of a distress signal. Though there is no text on the screen to give an official destination, a symbol or logo soon appears--the blue, red and gold emblem associated with none other than Captain Marvel.

We've known for some time that a Captain Marvel movie is coming--set photos of Brie Larson in costume have been filtering in since filming kicked off--but her role in the still unnamed Avengers 4 remains shrouded in mystery, just like the rest of the film. We do know, however, that her solo movie will be released in March of next year (two months prior to the next Avengers, due in May) and be set in the '90s, which leaves her in an interesting position considering Infinity War's very present day ending.

Just how long has Fury known about Captain Marvel? Where has she been all this time? Is the distress signal actually going to Carol Danvers or is it going to someone like, say, her mentor Captain Mar-Vell instead?

Perhaps more importantly: what exactly can Captain Marvel do in the face of a fully powered Infinity Gauntlet?

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Carol Danvers traditionally gets her powers from her Kree heritage, making her similar to what we might expect from an Asgardian in the MCU, with a few twists. In the books she has enhanced durability, strength and speed, as well as the ability to fly and shoot energy projectiles from her hands. She also has an abundance of military and tactical training both on Earth and with the Kree army, making her a formidable force both in the heat of battle and in any war room--so it's not that she's incapable, by any means.

But all the training and superpowers in the universe seem dwarfed by the force of the Infinity Stones, even with the Infinity Gauntlet in the damaged state that the movie leaves it in, so it's unlikely that she'll be able to show up on Earth without some sort of back up and expect to make a difference. Luckily, there are a few other cosmic Marvel heroes who have been alluded to in the past who just might be able to lend a hand. We saw the Nova Corps in Guardians of the Galaxy, which paves the way for Nova to get involved, especially if Thanos destroyed the entire Corps when he nabbed the Power Stone from them, which would fit with Nova's origin in the comics. And don't forget Adam Warlock, who was referenced in the Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 post-credits scene.

While you're here, Read our spoiler-free Infinity War review, find out the best order to catch up on the MCU if you haven't already.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:41 pm

Last Chance: Free Pokemon Legendary Available For Ultra Sun And Moon

We're well into June, and the start of a month means another free Legendary Pokemon is now available for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. The Pokemon Company is continuing its Year of Legendary Pokemon giveaway with another limited-time freebie for all seventh-gen Pokemon games, and this time it's another Legendary from the Kalos region: Zygarde. [Update: This promotion doesn't run for the entire month; it expires on June 24, giving you only a little more time to secure a code for your freebie.]

Unlike all of the past distributions this year, which offered a different Pokemon depending on which version you're playing, all players will receive the same Legendary this time around. What makes this Zygarde special, however, is that it's a Shiny, which is very difficult to obtain through normal play.

Once again, the download code will be available in the US through a specific retailer. This time, players will be able to pick one up at participating GameStop stores from June 1-24. Those in Europe and Australia, meanwhile, will be able to receive the Legendary via Mystery Gift over the Nintendo Network.

While the Legendary you can receive this month remains consistent across games, it'll come equipped with a rare Gold Bottle Cap if you redeem it in either Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon. Similarly, Zygarde will come at a different level and know a different moveset in the newer titles. You can see its attacks in each version below.

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Pokemon Sun / Moon

To redeem your download code, select Mystery Gift from the games' main menu and choose the option to receive your gift via code/password. Input your code and the Pokemon will be downloaded into your game. (Players in Europe and Australia will simply choose the option to receive your gift via internet instead.) You can then pick the Legendary up from the deliveryman waiting inside any Pokemon Center.

Zygarde is only the latest free Legendary players could get this year, as The Pokemon Company has been giving away a different Pokemon every month in 2018. Next month, players will be able to get either Tornadus or Thundurus from Pokemon Black and White. Until then, you can see all of the free Pokemon available for Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon right now.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:40 pm

New To Watch On Netflix: More TV Shows, Movies, And Originals This Week

It's a new week, which means there are new movies and shows to watch on Netflix right now. The streaming service has a slew of fresh titles arriving, including a highly anticipated new season of a Marvel favorite. Of course, that's not the only Netflix original to be on the lookout for.

Naturally, the biggest new arrival of the week is the new season of Marvel's Luke Cage. The second season follows the titular superhero in the aftermath of Defenders, as he grapples with his fame, while also coming up against a new threat in Bushmaster. If that's not enough of a Marvel fix for you, the fifth season of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD also arrives on Netflix this week.

As for other originals, the competitive cooking show Cooking on High debuts this week. The unique spin on this particular food show is all of the recipes include cannabis as an ingredient. The original movie Brain on Fire also arrives on June 22, along with Season 2 of Heavy Rescue: 401. Lastly, don't forget to revisit Disney's Tarzan when it begins streaming on June 23.

You can take a look at everything arriving on Netflix this week below. Then make sure to check out all that is coming and going from the service in June.

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Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:38 pm

Fortnite: Pleasant Park Treasure Map, Goal On Pitches Locations (Season 4, Week 7 Challenges)

More Fortnite challenges are now live, with Week 7 presenting players with another batch of seven different things to do while playing. A number of them are fairly routine, while one is essentially a tie-in to coincide with the start of the World Cup, and another has you dealing with a treasure map. Here's how to complete them all.

With the challenges debuting in-game on the same day the World Cup begins, one challenge asks you to score a goal on different pitches. You'll need to do this one five times, and it involves heading to one of the soccer fields scattered around the match and knocking the soccer ball into the goal. You don't have to do all five in a single round of Battle Royale, and there are more than five total to come across. Among those are ones located in Pleasant Park, Risky Reels, Fatal Fields, and Flush Factory, as well as one southeast of Junk Junction.

Another challenge you might need some direction with asks you to follow the treasure map found in Pleasant Park. You can go there and secure the map, or, if you know where it leads, you can simply head right to the end point. This one takes you to the eastern edge of Tilted Towers. There's a small mountain with a pair of trees on top; try to land there at the start of a match (or build your way up) and you'll be able to collect the Battle Star icon.

The only other challenge that isn't completely straightforward tells you to consume hop rocks, apples, or mushrooms. These are consumable items that are used immediately on pick-up that have been added during Season 4. They can be found in a variety of locations, but your best is to head to Dusty Divot, where you'll find numerous hop rocks littered around the impact site, outside the fenced-in area.

As for the rest of Week 7's challenges, they involve using the right weapons or being in the right place. Searching chests in Risky Reels is as simple as landing there repeatedly and grinding your way to the seven you need. To eliminate opponents in Shifty Shafts, you'll want to do the same thing, starting out the match there and trying to beat other players to weapons. If it's an assault rifle, all the better, as you can complete your assault rifle eliminations that way. For both of those, you'll want to attempt this in a solo playlist, where you don't have to deal with downing players and then having to finish them off. On the other hand, for the final challenge--deal 250 damage with a pickaxe to opponents--your easiest path is to play a team game, down an enemy, and then swing away.

Fortnite Week 7 Challenges

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:37 pm

Free New Pokemon Game For Switch, Pokemon Quest, Now Available

Update: The mobile release date for Pokemon Quest has been announced. The game is coming to iOS and Android on June 27. Data from the Switch version does not transfer to mobile and vice versa. The original story follows.

Original story: The Pokemon Company has announced a new game for Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Quest, and it's out now. The spin-off game, which is free to start, features a blocky art style and top-down, real-time action-RPG gameplay in which "face off against wild Pokemon and embark on many exciting expeditions," according to the company. You can download it for free right now on the Eshop.

Pokemon Quest is set in a new area called Tumblecube Island and includes first-generation Pokemon. In addition to building a party of Pokemon and venturing out into a blocky world, the game lets you decorate and customize a headquarters area, not unlike Secret Bases in Ruby and Sapphire.

The new Pokemon game is developed by main series developer Game Freak, which does not typically work on spin-off Pokemon games. Following the game's launch on Switch, Pokemon Quest will launch on mobile in late June.

This announcement comes alongside other Pokemon news, including the reveal of new RPGs for Switch: Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee. Those games, which are based on Pokemon Yellow and are compatible with Pokemon Go, are launching in November. The Pokemon Company also confirmed that the core Pokemon RPG announced during Nintendo's E3 2017 presentation is separate from the Let's Go games and set for a late 2019 release.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:32 pm

Pokemon Quest iOS, Android Release Date Revealed

Pokemon spin-off game Pokemon Quest now has a mobile release date. The "free-to-start" action-RPG originally launched on Nintendo Switch on May 30, the same day it was announced, with the promise of a mobile release down the line. It will release on iOS and Android on June 27.

In Pokemon Quest, you build parties of three Pokemon to take on mostly automated missions where they fight other Pokemon and collect resources. You then use the loot to attract more Pokemon to your base camp, where you can befriend them, power them up, and swap them into your team. On Switch, the game utilizes touchscreen controls, which means it should play very similarly on mobile. However, data from one version does not transfer to the other.

Pokemon Quest features a blocky art style and includes only first-generation Pokemon. It is the first Pokemon spin-off made by main series developer Game Freak. According to the game's official site, pre-registration is now available, though there are currently no details about how that works.

In other Pokemon news, Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Let's Go Eevee were recently announced. Those games, which are based on Pokemon Yellow and are compatible with Pokemon Go, are launching in November. We recently had a chance to play Let's Go Pikachu at E3 2018; for all the details, see our roundup of everything we know about Let's Go so far.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:30 pm

Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu And Eevee Release Date, Pre-Order Guide For The US

The Pokemon invasion of your Nintendo Switch has begun. The "free to start" RPG Pokemon Quest is already available, and a new core Pokemon game is heading our way in late 2019. But the lovable critters aren't done with Switch yet. Coming November 16, 2018 are Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokemon Let's Go Eevee, a pair of games designed for newcomers to the franchise and for players who got their start with the mobile game Pokemon Go.

Developed by Game Freak, the makers of the core Pokemon titles, these Let's Go games share some DNA with Pokemon Go. Instead of battling the monsters to catch them, you'll collect them by tossing Poke Balls at them. You can even transfer Pokemon from Go to Let's Go via Bluetooth. We also know that the first 150 Pokemon as well as their Alolan forms from Sun and Moon would appear in the Let's Go titles.

We have a lot more information about these games in our article Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu And Eevee: Everything We Know So Far, so check that out to satisfy your curiosity. But if you're ready to lock in your pre-order for one (or both) of these games, you'll probably want to know where to find them, how much they'll cost, and what--if any--extra goodies you can expect to come with them. We have you covered below.

Pre-Order Bonus

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Currently, there's only one pre-order bonus available for Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee, and it's retailer-specific. If you buy the game from Pokemon Center (while supplies last), you'll get a plush keychain featuring the corresponding Pokemon.

Pokemon Let's Go Pikachu!

Pokemon Let's Go Eevee!

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:25 pm

Death Stranding PS4 Pre-Order Guide (For The US)

Game director Hideo Kojima might be done with the Metal Gear series, but that doesn't mean he's done with video games. After parting ways with Konami in 2015, Kojima opened a new studio with the help of Sony. The company's first project is the PS4 exclusive Death Stranding, a mysterious game that somehow becomes even more cryptic with the release of each new trailer.

But maybe Kojima's illustrious track record is enough to sell you on anything his company might make. That's understandable--the Metal Gear series is one of the most respected in the history of gaming. If you're ready to pre-order Death Stranding, you'll probably want to know what your options are. We're here to help. Read on for everything you need to know to pre-order Death Stranding right now.

No pre-order bonus

Death Stranding still doesn't have a release date, and it's only available to pre-order at a handful of retailers. So it's not that surprising we don't know what, if any, pre-order bonuses will come with the game. When and if Sony announces a pre-order bonus for Death Stranding, we'll update this article.

Where to pre-order Death Stranding

Despite not knowing when the game will release, a number of retailers are already offering Death Stranding for pre-order. Note that, unless you already have a Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked membership, the cheapest place to pre-order Death Stranding is Newegg, where it's available at a $10 discount.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:24 pm

Just Cause 4 Pre-Order And Release Date Guide (US)

Just Cause 4 was just revealed at the Xbox E3 2018 press conference, and the series is back with more explosions and absurdity. This time around, we'll be spending some time with returning protagonist Rico Rodriguez in the thick of the jungle.

Familiar gadgets such as grappling hook, wingsuit, and parachutes will return, as will vehicles such as jets and boats. Just Cause 4 will launch December 4 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

We've got all the details about reserving your copy down below, and there are two versions available: Standard and Gold. What's included in the Gold Edition has not yet been announced, but we'll update here when we get more information. When the pre-order bonuses are revealed, we'll also have them listed out here too.

Just Cause 4 Pre-Order Bonuses

Best Buy pre-orders will include $10 reward certificates. No items or digital content has been announced yet.

Just Cause 4 Standard Edition

Just Cause 4 Gold Edition

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:23 pm

Forza Horizon 4 Pre-Order And Release Date Guide

Playground's latest open-world racing title Forza Horizon 4 was revealed at E3 2018's Xbox briefing. This time around the game will be set in Britain. This one will have a shared open-world, and dynamic seasons. Forza Horizon 4 will release on October 2 for Xbox One and PC.

Looking to reserve your copy? There are three versions--Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Right now, physical listings for the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions are not yet available. We've got all the links to where you can reserve yours below. When more details on pre-order bonuses come out, we'll have them here too.

Forza Horizon 4 Pre-Order Bonuses

GameStop pre-orders will include the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 and crew neck t-shirt.

Forza Horizon 4 Standard Edition

Forza Horizon 4 Deluxe Edition

Forza Horizon 4 Ultimate Edition

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:23 pm

The Last Of Us Part 2 Pre-Order Guide For The US

The 2013 game The Last of Us is widely considered one of the best games of the PS3 generation. It was impeccably crafted, with cinematic style, satisfying game mechanics, and a story that cut right to the bone. All of which is to say, if you're excited for The Last of Us Part 2, you're far from alone. While we don't have a release date for this PS4 exclusive, you can already lock in your pre-order.

We got a better look at The Last of Us Part 2's gameplay and story, which will follow Ellie several years after the first game, at E3 2018. Ellie is LGBTQ, and after she shares a tender moment with another woman in the trailer she instantaneously shifts into the brutality of their world. The remainder of the trailer shows off the title's stealthy and visceral combat, with more emphasis on the gritty violence than ever before. Naughty Dog has also confirmed that The Last of Us Part 2 will have multiplayer.

If you're ready to secure your copy of The Last of Us Part 2, you'll probably want to know what kind of pre-order bonuses to expect and what comes in the various editions. We have you covered below.

The Last of Us Part 2 Pre-Order Bonuses

No pre-order bonuses have been announced at this time.

The Last of Us Part 2 Standard Edition

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:23 pm

Hitman 2 Release Date / Pre-Order Guide (For The US)

It's official: Hitman 2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 13, 2018. Developed by IO Interactive and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Hitman 2 follows the further bloody adventures of everyone's favorite bald, barcoded assassin, Agent 47.

This time around, the game will not be episodic like the previous entry. Instead, the full game will be available at launch, though two additional locations will be added as post-launch DLC. As before, the globetrotting murderer will land in exciting locations, including a rainforest and a Miami motorsport track during a big race. Your job will be to take out your targets in any way you see fit.

If you're ready to secure yourself a copy of Hitman 2, you'll probably want to know what comes in the various editions, where you can buy it, and how much it costs. Read on for all the information you need to pre-order Hitman 2.

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Hitman 2 Pre-Order Bonuses

Pre-order any version of Hitman 2, and you'll receive instant access to Hitman: Sniper Assassin Mode. This new mode lets go solo or play with a friend to pull off sniper assassinations.

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Standard Edition

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Pre-ordering the standard edition of Hitman 2 gets you the game, plus the bonus above. Here's where you can pre-order it now.

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Silver Edition

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The Silver Edition is digital only. It comes with the Executive Pack, which includes an additional pistol and briefcase, plus Expansion 1, which brings a new location, with new missions, sniper map, outfit, and weapons.

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Gold Edition

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The Gold Edition comes with everything in the Silver Edition, plus four days of early access to the game (November 9), as well as Expansion 2, which will add a new location, with new missions, outfits, weapons, and a sniper map.

Pre-Order Hitman 2 Collector's Edition

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The Collector's Edition comes with everything in the Gold Edition, plus the Collector's Pack, which contains a concussive rubber duck and a new suit. It also includes physical goodies like a replica Agent 47 gun case, a bullet keyring, a rubber duck, and a signature coin.

Posted on 20 June 2018 | 9:22 pm