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Quibi risks mobile video platform launch amid quarantine and economic turbulence

Quibi’s founders like to say their mobile video streaming platform is not a typical startup. So perhaps it’s only fitting that the company is launching in the midst of an unprecedented global event that has introduced even more variables it can’t control.

As the April 6 launch date arrives, even the team building the service has no idea whether their timing is auspicious or catastrophic. Amid expanding coronavirus lockdowns, video streaming has been booming. But Quibi is introducing a product designed to be consumed while people are on the go at a moment when most people are going nowhere.

These and a host of other factors have created an unpredictable atmosphere ahead of the release. After weeks of last-minute scrambling to finish the product, the company has to trust that the hunger for more entertainment will allow it to overcome the current social and economic turmoil.

“We’re really in uncharted territory as an industry with Quibi,” said Dan Rayburn, a streaming media analyst at research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. “It’s a new type of service trying to fill a different type of segment of the market.”

Quibi arrives amid a frenzy of streaming platform launches. For years, pioneers like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube dominated this sector. But last fall saw the launch of Apple Plus and Disney Plus. And NBC Universal’s Peacock and HBO MAX are coming soon.

That would be an extraordinary market dynamic on its own. But starting last month, the COVID-19 pandemic caused governments around the world to issue stay-at-home orders, bringing the global economy to a grinding halt. At the same time, video streaming rose 20% in late March, potentially accelerating a shift to on-demand viewing.

Certainly, Quibi is hoping to ride that wave by targeting a younger, mobile-first generation. Its name is an amalgam of “quick bites,” and the platform is built to deliver videos of under 10 minutes to smartphones. The app will launch with nearly 50 shows and aims to have 8,500 episodes across 175 shows within a year. Quibi costs $4.99 per month with ads and has an ad-free premium layer for $7.99 per month.

All the content on Quibi is exclusive, and the company touts plenty of top-tier talent and high production values. Content includes titles like Most Dangerous Game, starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz; Survive, starring Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner; and Flipped, starring Will Forte. The categories of content include what Quibi calls Movies in Chapters, Unscripted and Docs, and Daily Essentials. The latter includes daily news shows by the BBC and NBC that were made specifically for Quibi.

While all major streaming services have some kind of mobile application, Quibi will be the only one designed specifically for smartphones. The company is not even developing versions of the apps optimized for tablets.

“As a first mover in this area, it is a great opportunity for Quibi, but the challenge is of course that this is untested territory,” said Tony Gunnarsson, a video streaming research analyst at Ovum. “Focusing on younger demographics makes sense. But will they be prepared to pay for the service? I mean, $4.99 per month (and you still get adverts) isn’t particularly expensive, but I think it’ll be borderline for many younger people.”

Tech and creativity

The platform is the brainchild of Meg Whitman, former CEO of HP and eBay, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the former Disney executive who founded Dreamworks Studio. Quibi says its founders’ backgrounds are reflected in the way it melds the technological and creative aspects throughout every step of the content creation process.

“What we’re building here is the result of a totally unique collaboration between creators and technologists,” said Rob Post, Quibi’s chief technology officer. “We’ve been having these integrated technology and creative conversations every day. This is what’s driving the innovations in both our stories and our technology.”

The best example of this is Quibi’s “turnstyle” technology. In thinking mobile first, the company wanted to address people’s natural instinct to hold their smartphone vertically when moving and then switch to horizontal views when resting or sitting.

All phones and streaming apps have some kind of auto-rotate features, but Quibi takes this one step further by having content creators shoot all video with cameras optimized for both viewing positions. These two video streams are then stitched together with the audio and sent as a single stream to the smartphone. Ideally, that means no lag when the phone rotates, as well as an image that always fills the whole screen.

However, the tradeoff for customers is that bandwidth use will be higher. Post said Quibi has been discussing this issue with carriers, particularly one of its main partners, T-Mobile.

“This does require a little bit of extra bandwidth in order to deliver the experience onto the phone,” Post said. “But we’ve been tuning it for quite some time, and we’ve been working with the mobile carriers, and we’ve been working with the device manufacturers as well. Our compression technology benefits from the fact that a lot of these shots and scenes are very similar. Ultimately, we think that we’ve struck the right balance for the user on requiring a little bit of extra bandwidth at the same time we’re creating this beautiful rendering and playback experience.”

Content frenzy

What makes Quibi such an audacious bet is the decision to commission all new content that is specifically conceived for its platform. While Disney Plus is all original, much of that content is first released in theaters or cable stations and is supplemented by the company’s merchandising, theme parks, and cruises. Apple Plus is all original content, but the company is building its catalog slowly and Apple can subsidize it with huge profits from its hardware business.

Quibi’s success is wholly dependent on a new slate of titles presented in a unique format.

“There’s no denying that Quibi is an odd sort of startup,” Post said. “On the one hand, like any new venture, our team has come together in a little more than a year and then built the entire business and product from scratch. On the other hand, our ambitions to create an entirely new medium means that we’re investing hundreds of millions of dollars in content production. Trust me, it’s as obvious to me as it is to you that this makes us a unique startup.”

The app is designed to make it easy for people to navigate this host of new titles. There are just four tabs: For You, Browse, Following, and Downloads. The first is a news feed powered by Quibi’s algorithms to match a viewer’s interests. It’s designed like a series of cards that viewers can flip through. The Browse section has a search bar, as well as categories like New Releases. Viewers can select shows they want to follow to get notifications about new episodes. And they can download as many as they want to watch offline.

But there will be some restrictions when it comes to viewing that content. For instance, accounts can’t be shared between family members.

Seeding the app with sufficient content has meant not only ramping up production but also attending to countless details that might typically be handled separately by studios. Quibi’s team has to design all the art metadata for its 50 launch shows. This involved creating 5,000 pieces of artwork, including the title treatments, posters, and descriptions.

On a positive note, the company said it has sold out all of its advertising inventory for the entire first year. That includes major sponsors such as Progressive, Discover, General Mills, Procter & Gamble, AB InBev, Taco Bell, Pepsi, T-Mobile, Google, and Walmart. However, Rayburn notes that it’s not entirely clear what this means since Quibi can run as many or as few ads during a show as it wants.

The massive content investment has placed additional pressure on the technology side. The company has developed a set of best practices for content partners to help them shoot their video in formats that won’t become obsolete as the shapes and sizes of smartphone screens evolve. Given the high quality of the video production, the platform’s performance also needs to be flawless.

“One side effect of that content investment is that there’s no room to deliver a so-called minimal viable product,” Post said. “The product has to deliver a mature offering from the get-go.”

COVID-19 curveball 

In the months leading up to the launch, Quibi has been spending millions on an advertising blitz across television, newspapers, and digital. Customer acquisition is typically one of the major expenses for any video streaming service so delaying the launch now, after hyping the start date for months, would be extremely costly.

But sticking to the date has also presented challenges. Like everything else, this huge undertaking has had to adapt over the past month to the coronavirus pandemic, which has meant last-minute work on the technical side.

“We all started working from home about three weeks ago,” said Tom Conrad, Quibi’s chief product officer. “As with the rest of the world, this is not something that we anticipated. But it’s been really kind of incredible the way the team has come together to continue to push forward to get this product out into the world.”

On the content side, the company has been scrambling to adapt to a pandemic that has shut down most types of film and TV production. Conrad said there are enough shows that are either completely finished or in final postproduction to allow Quibi to maintain its planned release cadence through the end of the year.

But part of the content strategy has been built around the Daily Essentials category, with new episodes every day that are intended to keep people coming back to the app. Those were supposed to be produced in studios in New York and Los Angeles. Now, like many other late-night and talk shows, they are being produced from people’s homes.

“We feel confident about our ability to deliver on our ambition of new content daily,” Conrad said.

The lockdown poses another dilemma in terms of the fundamental use case for Quibi. Executives have talked about the app being a great way to consume content when a viewer is on the go or during various in-between moments throughout their day. With millions quarantined and stuck at home with their big-screen TVs and cable and several other streaming services, will there still be that same niche for Quibi to fill?

“That’s a great question,” Post said. “I find that with my workday, I’m trying to remind myself to take a small break, stand up, walk around, go outside. I think our use case [comes down to] these in-between moments, whether you’re on the go or not. I think now more than ever, the use case still persists.”

The decision to move ahead with the launch is also driven, in part, by the desire to finally start gathering real data on usage. “One of the things that we’ve been anticipating for some time now is starting to collect some data on how users are really interacting with our app,” Post said. “We’ll definitely find out the day we launch what users like and don’t like.”

Rayburn said that Quibi faced a large number of hurdles even before COVID-19. In contrast to a service like Apple or Disney, Quibi doesn’t have an ecosystem of products and services to draw in new viewers. And limiting itself to one type of screen with untested content while having very little real knowledge about consumer preferences is a big risk. He agrees that launching is a necessary step because the company urgently needs that data to start learning and adapting things like episode lengths.

“They’re actually trying to do something really large, which is change the way consumers in the U.S. consume video on mobile,” Rayburn said. “I think that’s quite a big undertaking, and trying to do it all at once through all these different avenues at the same time with restrictions is a little too much, frankly.”

Because Quibi is offering a free 90-day trial period, it will still be several months before it’s clear whether people who sign up are sticking with the service. But with the curtain finally lifting, Post said he’s confident Quibi is ready for its big premiere.

“It’s always been our ambition to bring a little bit of entertainment, inspiration, and information into the world,” Post said. “And that charge feels more urgent today than ever before.”

The company has raised $1.75 billion in venture capital ahead of the launch.

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PS Plus April 2020 vs Games with Gold: PS4 free games smash Xbox One… AGAIN

The PS Plus and Games with Gold free game releases are finally here for PS4 and Xbox One.

The April 2020 free PS4 games will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers from midday on April 7.

And PS Plus members are in for a treat in April, because the new games include Uncharted 4 and Dirt Rally 2.0.

The new PlayStation Plus games will replace the existing line-up of Shadow of the Colossus and Sonic Forces.

The first wave of Xbox Games with Gold releases are already available, as Project Cars 2 joins Xbox One, and Fable Anniversary comes to Xbox 360.

Games with Gold subscribers will be able to download two more titles on April 16, when the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle comes to Xbox One, and Toybox Turbos joins Xbox 360.

Now that the April 2020 free games have been announced and are ready to go, now seems like a good time to pit Xbox Games with Gold against PS Plus in a battle to death.

And spoiler alert, it’s already looking like another victory for Sony PlayStation Plus.

The PS Plus highlight is obviously Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, which has a Metacritic score of 93%.

“Thrown back into the dangerous underworld he’d tried to leave behind, Nathan Drake must decide what he’s willing to sacrifice to save the ones he loves,” reads the official description.

“Join Drake, Sam, Elena and Sully on an epic adventure around the globe, through jungle isles, bustling cities and snow-capped peaks in search of a lost fortune.”

Dirt Rally 2.0 fares almost as well, scoring an impressive 84% on Metacritic.

“DiRT Rally 2.0 dares you to carve your way through a selection of iconic rally locations from across the globe, in the most powerful off-road vehicles ever made, knowing that the smallest mistake could end your stage,” reads the official description.

The Xbox Games with Gold releases aren’t quite as impressive, although it’s not a complete disaster.

Project Cars 2, for example, has a Metacritic score of 84%, which is the same as Dirt Rally 2.0.

“Over 180 elite vehicles are available for your choosing to compete on a variety of track surfaces including ice, dirt, and mud,” reads the Project Cars 2 description.

“Featuring dynamic weather physics on 140 tracks, true-to-life handling, and multiple game modes, the ultimate driver journey begins at the wave of the checkered flag.”

Containing the original game and its sequel, Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle is a little harder to judge.

“In this collection of the award-winning game and its sequel, inhabit a world of chivalry, class warfare, and semi-appropriate cultural references — while complaining loudly to the Game Master,” reads a Microsoft description. “It’s all the fun of pen and paper RPGs and none of the lost dice!”

On the one hand, the iOS version of the original game has a Metacritic score of 83%, while the PC sequel has a score of 67%.

However you choose to judge the Knights of Pen and Paper Bundle, it’s clear that it’s not up to the same standard as Uncharted 4.

Indeed, it would have to be a pretty special month for anything to beat Uncharted 4, which is one of the highest rated games ever on PlayStation Plus.

Dirt Rally 2.0 and Project Cars 2 are both excellent racing games, and Xbox One owners do have the advantage of being able to play Xbox 360 games via backwards compatibility.

So there you have it. In the battle between Xbox Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus, both services have stepped up their game for April 2020.

While there can only be one winner – which is PS Plus – it’s a good month for fans of both consoles.

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Nintendo Switch fans dealt good and bad news about 2020 games release list

Nintendo Switch games fans hoping for some big releases in 2020 have been dealt some good and bad news. There is plenty of mystery surrounding the Nintendo Switch games line-up for the year with large blanks in the second half of 2020. Rumours have been sparked that some of these release gaps could be filled with remasters of classic Super Mario titles.

Which would undoubtedly be a huge hit with Nintendo Switch gamers but there are still plenty of question marks surrounding other upcoming games.

One of the titles that Switch fans may have been hoping would get a release in 2020 is Bayonetta 3.

The latest entry in Platinum Games’ hit series was announced back in 2017 during the Switch’s first year on sale.

But since then we haven’t really heard a peep about Bayonetta 3, nor have we seen any in-game screenshots or footage of the game running.

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It had been hoped that Platinum Games were going to drop details on the new Bayonetta game soon.

The Osaka-based firm this year have been posting announcements on their Platinum 4 website, including news on a Wonderful 101 Switch port.

It had been thought that the final announcement for the Platinum 4 website would be news on Bayonetta 3.

However, the bad news for Switch fans is that this fourth announcement ended up being an April Fool’s gag – with the reveal of a fake arcade machine.

While this will come as a blow to Nintendo Switch gamers hoping for Bayonetta 3 news there is a silver lining.

Platinum Games has announced that there is one more ‘bonus stage’ reveal coming soon.

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The @PlatinumGames Twitter posted: “The #Platinum4 isn’t over! Bonus Stage coming soon”.

It remains to be seen when this announcement does drop, but Bayonetta fans will surely be hoping news on the third game could be coming soon.

If the bonus Platinum Games announcement isn’t about Bayonetta 3 then we may have to wait till the next Nintendo Direct.

It’s unclear when the next Direct could be, whether there will be one in April or if the next one will be the typical June broadcast.

That Direct airs around the time of E3, but even though the expo has been cancelled doesn’t mean there won’t be a June Direct.

Nintendo could use that Direct to announce more about their Q3 and Q4 release schedule for the Switch.

There has been plenty of speculation surrounding what could be the major Switch releases for the latter half of 2020.

Zelda Breath of the Wild 2 was initially pegged for a holiday 2020 release but now it is thought it will be coming out in 2021.

A new Mario Kart, Pikmin 4, Metroid Prime 4 or a new Paper Mario are rumoured contenders for Switch holiday releases.

While Mario is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros first hitting the Famicom (the Japanese NES) this September.

Which could be when we see the rumoured Mario remasters launch.

It is believed remasters of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy are coming to the Switch this year.

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Resident Evil 3 safe code: Every safe and locker code for the RE3 Remake

Resident Evil 3 is out now, with the PS1 classic getting a full-on HD remake for the PS4, Xbox One and PCs. Resident Evil 3 is set alongside the events of RE2 and sees Jill Valentine return to Raccoon City amid the T-Virus outbreak. The Umbrella disaster has caused zombies and mutated monstrosities to swarm through the city.

But Jill is aided in her fight for survival by safe and lockers spread throughout the game hiding crucial items.

These safe and lockers need to be unlocked using codes which can be a bit tricky to figure out.

But if you’re having trouble with the safe and code lockers in RE3 then don’t worry, you can find out all you need below.

In this article you will find details on all the safe and lockers codes you need in the Resident Evil 3 Remake.

The Resident Evil 3 safe and locker codes information come via a post from GameSpot.

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RESIDENT EVIL 3 SAFE AND LOCKER CODES

Downtown

Art storage room: Safe code: left 9, right 1, left 8. Reward: Handgun Red Dot Site upgrade.

Raccoon City Police Department

West Office: Safe code: left 9, right 15, left 7. Reward: Hip Pouch.

Spencer Memorial Hospital

Nurses’ Station: Safe code: left 9, right 3. Reward: Assault Rifle Dual Mag upgrade.

NOTE: This is above safe has to be opened as with Carlos, if you wait till you return as Jill the contents of the safe will have been emptied.

Raccoon City Police Department – Locker dial locks

• Third floor locker: Code: DCM. Reward: Assault Rifle ammo.

• Shower room locker: Code: CAP. Reward: Flash grenade.

The Resident Evil 3 Remake was released on Friday April 3 2020 on the PS4, Xbox One and PCs.

The PS4 version currently boasts an 80 per cent Metacritic rating and if you wanna try before you buy a free demo is available to download right now.

Here are more details on the Resident Evil 3 Remake taken from the game’s official blurb…

RESIDENT EVIL 3 REMAKE

Jill Valentine is one of the last remaining people in Raccoon City to witness the atrocities Umbrella performed.

To stop her, Umbrella unleashes their ultimate secret weapon;Nemesis!

Also includes Resident Evil Resistance, a new 1 vs 4 online multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe where four survivors face-off against a sinister Mastermind.

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Video Game Release Dates Of 2020: Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PS5, PS4, Switch, PC

The shadow of next-generation consoles looms over us all this year, but don’t let the blistering cries of your soon to be empty bank account distract you from the many current-generation games coming in 2020–though your wallet is likely to cry about those too. While the coronavirus pandemic has created some inconveniences for purchasing games, you can rest easy that they can all be downloaded digitally via each platform’s digital marketplaces. Regardless, the year is shaping up to be quite an exciting time for games, so if you’re looking to better plan your monthly haul of the latest games, then you’re in the right place. We’ve pinpointed the release dates for 2020’s biggest games in tables below for your reference!

You’ll also notice at the very bottom is a table containing other massive games that are without release dates, which includes a slew of the Xbox Series X and PS5 games we know about so far, like Godfall, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, and more. We’ll likely hear more details about when these are launching in the months ahead, so be sure to check back often as we update this feature with the latest confirmed dates.

January

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
January 9 Monster Hunter World: Iceborne PC Steam
January 17 Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon, Steam
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Switch Amazon
January 23 Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD Switch Eshop
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners PC Steam
January 28 Journey to the Savage Planet PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon, Epic Store
Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC PlayStation Store, Eshop, Steam
Warcraft III: Reforged PC Blizzard Shop

February

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
February 4 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Eshop, Steam
Zombie Army 4: Dead War PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon
February 11 Yakuza 5 PS4 Amazon
February 13 Daemon X Machina PC Steam
February 14 Darksiders Genesis PS4, Xbox One, Switch Amazon
Dreams PS4 Amazon
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition PS4, PC Amazon
February 18 Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle PS4, Xbox One Amazon
February 20 Devil May Cry 3: Special Edition Switch N/A
Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r] PS4, Switch Amazon
February 25 Dota Underlords PC, iOS, Android Steam
Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection PS4, Xbox One, Switch PC Amazon
Samurai Shodown Switch Eshop
Two Point Hospital PS4, Xbox One, Switch Amazon
February 28 Metro Redux Switch Amazon
One-Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon

March

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
March 3 Granblue Fantasy Versus PS4 N/A
March 5 Murder by Numbers Switch Eshop
March 6 Murder by Numbers PC Steam
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon DX Switch Amazon
March 10 Langrisser I & II PS4, Switch, PC Amazon
March 11 Ori and the Will of the Wisps Xbox One, PC Xbox Marketplace
March 13 My Hero: One’s Justice 2 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Amazon
Nioh 2 PS4 Amazon
March 17 MLB The Show 20 PS4 PlayStation Store
March 20 Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch Amazon
Doom 64* PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Eshop
Doom Eternal PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon
March 23 Half-Life: Alyx PC Steam
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PC Amazon
March 24 Bleeding Edge Xbox One, PC Xbox Marketplace, Steam
March 27 One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Amazon
Saints Row IV: Re-Elected Switch Eshop
March 31 Persona 5 Royal PS4 Amazon

*Doom 64 is only available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC as a Doom Eternal pre-order bonus.

April

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
April 3 Resident Evil 3 Remake PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon
April 7 Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories PS4, Switch, PC Amazon, Steam
April 10 Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 Amazon
April 23 Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack PS4 N/A
April 24 Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – Road to Boruto Switch Eshop
Predator: Hunting Grounds PS4, PC Amazon
Trials of Mana PS4, Switch, PC Amazon
April 28 Gears Tactics Xbox One, PC Xbox Marketplace
April TBA Minecraft: Dungeons Xbox One, PC N/A

May

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
May 15 Marvel’s Iron Man VR PSVR Amazon
May 19 Wasteland 3 PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon
The Wonderful 101: Remastered PS4, Switch, PC N/A
May 22 Maneater PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC Amazon
May 26 New World PC N/A

June

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
June 2 Death Stranding PC Steam
Little Town Hero PS4 N/A
June 26 Fairy Tail PS4, Switch, PC Amazon
Ghost of Tsushima PS4 PlayStation Store
June TBA Pokemon Sword / Shield: The Isle of Armor Expansion Switch Eshop

September

Release Date Game Platforms Pre-Order
September 4 Marvel’s Avengers PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon
September 17 Cyberpunk 2077 PS4, Xbox One, PC Amazon

Big Games Confirmed for 2020

Below you can find a list of the biggest games that don’t have explicit release dates but are confirmed to release sometime in 2020. We’ll be moving each of these games into the release date sections above as soon as official dates are announced.

Game Platforms
12 Minutes Xbox One, PC
Bravely Default II Switch
Crossfire X Xbox One, PC
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope PS4, Xbox One, PC
Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing In Disguise Switch
Death Stranding PC
Destroy All Humans! (Remaster) PS4, Xbox One, PC
Digimon Survive PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Disintegration PS4, Xbox One, PC
Doom Eternal Switch
Empire of Sin PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Evil Genius 2: World Domination PC
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Remastered Edition PS4, Switch
Godfall (Holiday 2020) PS5
Gods & Monsters PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Ghost of Tsushima (Summer 2020) PS4
Griftlands PC
Halo Infinite (Q4 2020) Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
Humankind PC
Kerbal Space Program 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Little Nightmares II PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Microsoft Flight Simulator Xbox One, PC
Minecraft Dungeons PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Naraka Bladepoint PC
No More Heroes III Switch
No Straight Roads PS4, PC
Oddworld: Soulstorm PS4, Xbox One, PC
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Outriders (Holiday 2020) PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X Xbox One, PC
Pokemon Sword / Shield: The Crown Tundra Expansion (Fall 2020) Switch
Predator: Hunting Grounds PS4
Psychonauts 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC
Roller Champions PC
Rune Factory 5 Switch
Salaam iOS, Android
Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II (Q4) Xbox Series X
Session Xbox One, PC
Skatebird (Late 2020) Switch, PC
Skull & Bones PS4, Xbox One, PC
Spiritfarer PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Streets of Rage 4 PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
The Survivalists PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
System Shock Remake PS4, Xbox One, PC
Tales of Arise PS4, Xbox One, PC
Tell Me Why (Mid-2020) Xbox One, PC
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine PS4, Xbox One, PC
Twin Mirror PS4, Xbox One, PC
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 PS4, Xbox One, PC
Watch Dogs: Legion PS4, Xbox One, PC
Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood PS4, Xbox One, PC
Windjammers 2 Switch, PC
Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch
Yakuza: Like a Dragon PS4

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Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges: Phone booth, portapotty map locations

Fortnite enter a phone booth or portapotty to become the super-est of superheroes is one of the week 7 Deadpool challenges. The Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges are unlocking this week, and with it the secret Deadpool skin will at last become available. Leaks have revealed Fortnite fans who have completed Deadpool challenges on a weekly basis will need to finish one of the week 7 tasks to get the skin.

One of the upcoming Fortnite Deadpool challenges tasks players with finding a Fortnite phone booth or portapotty and entering it.

And, seeing as the Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges leaked early, it gave fans plenty of time to figure out solutions.

One of those was YouTuber gattu who in a post online revealed how to solve the Fortnite Deadpool week 7 challenges.

Gattu explained that there is an easy way to complete the challenge in a step-by-step guide.

First off Fortnite players need to land near The Grotto which is on the east side of the Battle Royale map just north of Retail Row.

From there Fortnite players should be able to spot a dumpster next to a big metal communication tower.

This, in fact, is a secret passage which leads to an underground tunnel with a phone booth.

Simply head into the phone booth to change into a henchman disguise.

If you want to then head to a portapotty then jump back into the trash can you came out of and then jump into the big, circular vent in the ground.

This will send you flying up into the air, and while airborne you should be able to spot a nearby lake.

Jump into a boat there and simply head northbound where after not too long you will be able to land on a grassy area near the water’s edge.

Near some trees, which is not too far from the green bridge, you will find a portapotty.

If you’re still struggling then you can find in this article a map showing the exact location of the portapotty which gattu highlighted.

This portapotty is west of Dirty Docks and south east of Frenzy Farm.

While the Fortnite Deadpool skin is unlocking this week, that won’t be it for the Fortnite Deadpool challenges.

Leaks have revealed there will also be Fortnite Deadpool week 8 challenges.

The reward for completing one of these challenges next week is a new style for the Deadpool skin which shows Wade Wilson unmasked.

In case you’re wondering, then here are the leaked week 7 and week 8 challenges for the Fortnite Deadpool skin…

FORTNITE DEADPOOL CHALLENGES WEEK 7

• Find Deadpool’s 2 pistols

• Enter a Phone Booth or Portapotty to become the Super-est of Superheroes

FORTNITE DEADPOOL CHALLENGES WEEK 8

• Find Deadpool’s pool floaty

• Dance at Deadpool’s Yacht Party

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Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month — April 2020

It’s crazy to think that we’re already a quarter of the way through 2020, and the new month has another batch of video games to feast on. April brings us some sizzling hot remakes: the survival horror outing Resident Evil 3, the sword-slashing tale of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and the reimagined retro RPG Trials of Mana. Movie fans can also get a taste of nostalgia with Predator: Hunting Grounds, and the Gears of War crowd gets a new strategy-heavy campaign with Gears Tactics.

Resident Evil 3 — April 3

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Resident Evil 3 is getting the same treatment as 2019’s Resident Evil 2 remake, which is appropriate since the two games overlap. RE 3 sees Jill Valentine exploring a zombie-filled Raccoon City, where she and other S.T.A.R.S. agents are being hunted down by the nasty Nemesis. That’s just the single-player component–this remake also includes Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical multiplayer mode. Four players control survivors, while a fifth mastermind tries to take them out with zombies, Lickers, Tyrants, and all sorts of tricks and traps.

More Coverage:

  • Resident Evil 3 Remake Jill Valentine Trailer Shows How Teamwork Pays Off
  • Resident Evil 3 Remake Doesn’t Let Nemesis Break Into Safe Rooms After All

Final Fantasy VII Remake — April 10

Available on: PS4

Final Fantasy 7’s remake is also coming this month–well, part of it. This particular release only tells Cloud’s story through the Midgar story arc, but Square Enix says the side quests and other content still makes the game size comparable to that of other mainline Final Fantasy titles. Combat in the remake has also been reimagined. It plays out in real time, but when your ATB gauge fills, you can pause the action to select items, cast magic, and pull off special attacks.

More Coverage:

  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Is A “Very Faithful” Recreation Of The Original Game
  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake–Developers Confirm Size, Endgame Content

Predator: Hunting Grounds — April 24

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Resident Evil 3 isn’t the only asymmetrical experience coming this month. Hunting Grounds pits four player-controlled soldiers against a lone Predator player. They can choose to hunt the fireteam as a Scout, Hunter, or Berserker Predator, each with their own abilities and alien weapons. The soldiers also have their own classes and loadouts, which they’ll need if they hope to complete their objectives and survive in the jungle.

More Coverage:

  • Predator: Hunting Grounds Is Most Fun When Playing As The Predator
  • Predator: Hunting Grounds – Ultimate Adversary Trailer

Trials of Mana — April 24

Available on: PS4, PC, Switch

The original Trials of Mana first launched in 1995, but it never came to the West until recently. While the action-RPG has been fully recreated in 3D, you’ll still carry out battles in real time in the field. Trials features six characters, each with their own stories that weave together. You form a party of three at the start, so you’ll have to replay the adventure to see all parts of the story.

More Coverage:

  • Trials Of Mana – 30 Mins Of Gameplay And Boss Fight
  • Trials Of Mana – Official Final Trailer

Gears Tactics — April 28

Available on: PC

Gears Tactics turns the Gears of War shooter formula into a tactics game, giving you a squad of customizable COGs who will carry out your orders against the Locust. It’s not just cannon fodder they’ll be facing, though: expect to encounter big Brumaks and Corpsers during the campaign too. Tactics is coming Game Pass for PC on launch day, but the Xbox One version will launch sometime later.

More Coverage:

  • What You Need To Know About Gears Tactics, The New PC Strategy Game
  • Gears Tactics Will Be Single-Player Only And Won’t Have Microtransactions

This episode of New Releases looks at April overall, but next time we’ll take a closer look at some weekly releases. The next episode will dive into some upcoming releases that shouldn’t slip under your radar, like Disaster Report 4: Summer Memories and the console release of Convoy: A Tactical Roguelike.

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Xbox One games UPDATE: Microsoft has good news and bad news for fans

Xbox One fans have been treated to some good news and bad news this week, as Microsoft posts two new game updates.

The good news is that multiplayer pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves is coming to Steam.

“Anchor up, sails down and full @Steam ahead!” reads the official Microsoft announcement. “While we don’t have a date to share just yet, we’re thrilled to announce that Sea of Thieves is coming to Steam soon!

“You can wishlist it now so that you’re ready to add it to your hoard as soon as possible.”

There’s no word on the price or release date, but the fact that it’s already listed on Steam suggests that the launch isn’t far away.

Of course, it’s not all good news for Xbox One gaming fans, as Microsoft’s Phil Spencer gives an update on a previously cancelled game.

Sadly, despite recent rumours to the contrary, Platinum’s Scalebound has not been resurrected.

Indeed, according to Spencer, Microsoft has completely moved past the game.

“We’re not working on it,” Spencer told the Unlocked podcast. “I’m not at Platinum today, but I’m almost positive they’re not working on it. It’s something we all moved past.

“It’s not a moment that I see as a high point for me in my role, having to cancel a game that we had talked about for years.

“But yeah, for the people out there who are kind of thinking that maybe there’s something still in the works, there’s not.”

Before it was cancelled, Scalebound was shaping up to be one of the more interesting Xbox One exclusives.

As for Sea of Thieves, the shared world adventure game has become one of the most popular releases on Xbox One.

“Sea of Thieves offers the essential pirate experience, packed to the seams with sailing and exploring, fighting and plundering, riddle-solving and treasure-hunting – everything you need to live the pirate life you’ve always dreamed about,” Microsoft explains.

“With no set roles, you have complete freedom to approach the world, and other players, however you choose.

“This shared-world experience allows you to play solo or form a crew, meeting other players on the seas and choosing to be friends or foes.

“Will you form a grand alliance, or plunder treasure from the unwary? Play your own way and create a legend to be remembered.”

If you can’t wait for the Steam version, you can grab the Xbox One Anniversary Edition for £34.99 from the Xbox Store.

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Animal Crossing stock alert: New Horizons physical Switch stock at Amazon and Currys

Animal Crossing New Horizons has become available to buy once again, with physical copies of the Nintendo Switch hit at Amazon and Currys. At the time of writing, both Amazon and Currys have physical versions of Animal Crossing Switch for £44.99 with free shipping. Amazon also have a version of Animal Crossing New Horizons which is bundled with a themed AC New Horizons microfibre cloth.

This is priced at £44.99 also and is available to pre-order, with stock landing on Friday April 3.

Click here to go to the Currys listing for Animal Crossing New Horizons while clicking here will direct you to the Amazon page.

Animal Crossing New Horizons launched on Friday March 20 and has been selling like hot cakes.

Prior to today Animal Crossing New Horizons has been sold out at all UK retailers for quite awhile.

In Blighty Animal Crossing New Horizons enjoyed the second best Nintendo Switch launch ever.

While in Japan Animal Crossing New Horizons has been a huge hit, becoming the best Switch launch ever.

In the space of two weeks Animal Crossing New Horizons has sold around 2.6million physical units.

This is just 230,000 copies off the lifetime sales of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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Video game companies help fight coronavirus as Sony donate £80 million

As major companies like Sony and Microsoft help with coronavirus, publishers such as Rockstar and CD Projekt are also doing their part.

Sony has set up a ‘Global Relief Fund for Covid-19’, worth the equivalent of £80 million, to help people around the world affected by the pandemic.

The money is meant for three main areas: helping those engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts, support for children and educators working remotely, and support for employees in the entertainment industry at large.

The move is by Sony as whole, not just its PlayStation division, but is just one of the ways that many games and game-related companies have been helping out during the crisis.

Microsoft has been donating cash, products, and services directly in China since the earliest days of the crisis, as well as organising data projects such as a confirmed case tracker and a supercomputing collaboration with company ImmunityBio to map the spike protein of the virus itself.

In terms of games-only companies, Rockstar has committed to donating 5% of revenues from GTA Online and Red Dead Online to fight to the pandemic – a figure that could run to around £1.6 million in just one month.

Meanwhile, Nintendo donated 9,500 face masks to the state of Washington, which is one of the hardest hit in the US and houses Nintendo’s main North American packaging and distribution centre; the masks were then distributed to ordinary people by local Fire & Rescue teams.

As well as giving away free games to those stuck at home, Ubisoft has donated £120,000 to the WHO’s Covid-19 relief fund, following a Twitch Stream Aid event.

The Witcher and Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt donated the equivalent of £767,000 to the Polish healthcare system, half of which came from the board of directors and major shareholders.

Meanwhile, League Of Legends publisher Riot Games has donated £1.2 million to relief efforts in the L.A. area, with almost half coming from company founders Brandon Beck and Marc Merill.

Influencer Ninja donated £120,000 to food bank charity Feeding America, while Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations has donated £213,000 to help the WHO and the CEPI find a cure for the virus.

Finally, there’s a new Humble Bundle called Conquer Covid-19 that includes multiple DRM-free games from various publishers, including Darksiders 1 and 2, Sniper Elite 3, Psychonauts, and indie classics Undertale, Into The Breach, and Hollow Knight.

In total it has over £860 worth of games and yet the minimum donation is just £25. 100% of the proceeds go to charity and so far over £2.3 million has been raised – although the bundle will only be around for a week.

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