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People Just Love Battle Royale Games

If you can’t find joy in landing on a gigantic island with 99 other people and scrambling to kill one another, then I don’t know what your problem is. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds recently became the first ever video game to pass 2 million concurrent players on Steam, but aspiring copycats, namely Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode, are also doing well, having reached an impressive milestone of their own. Find out what it is!

Mass Effect Andromeda Goes Free On EA’s Subscription Service

Are you an EA super-fan that for one reason or another decided to avoid playing Mass Effect: Andromeda? Wow, that’s kinda weird. But you’re in luck, because the publisher have thrown the latest instalment of the epic space opera RPG up onto their PC and Xbox One subscription services, EA and Origin Access. Also, they fixed the character faces so that probably means everything is better than it was at launch, probably. You tell me.

New Virtual Reality Developments

Do you love the idea of virtual reality but hate the idea of hooking it up to an expensive PC or PS4 to use it? Well Facebook today announced a bunch of stuff at their Oculus Connect event, including two brand new Oculus VR headsets: one of which doesn’t require a PC or smartphone to function.

Also, Remember the criminally under-appreciated FPS, Titanfall? Developers Respawn Entertainment also announced today that they’re working on a super secret VR project coming in 2019, although they clarified that it has nothing to do with Titanfall or Star Wars. Color me interested! And green. Because it will probably make me feel sick no matter what it is.

GameSpot News returns tomorrow with even more video game news wrap-ups, so see you then!

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Star Wars Battlefront 2: Are The Weapons Different This Time?

We recently had a chance to play the Star Wars Battlefront II beta, which means we got our hands on all the weapons. Check them out in the video above.

The first Battlefront had bland weapons with very little personality. Developer DICE has stated that it wants to add a lot more depth to Battlefront 2, and this montage shows how that extends to the gunplay–and how they behave differently this time around.

The video above features several guns per class: a Clone weapon, a Droid weapon, and a shared unlockable weapon. There is also a special weapon that the class shares.

Star Wars Battlefront II launches on November 17 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Though much of the actual game was overshadowed by the glaring microtransaction issues in the beta, we were impressed with some of what we played.

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Two New Oculus VR Headsets Revealed, Including Cheap Version That Doesn’t Require A Phone Or PC

Today at the Oculus Connect 4 event, Facebook detailed two new virtual reality headsets. First, it revealed a standalone VR headset called Oculus Go. It doesn’t require a PC or smartphone to work since hardware is built into the headset itself. On top of cutting the cord and and hardware requirement, the Oculus Go will carry a $200 price tag. Development kits will be sent out in November, but Oculus Go is said to release in early 2018.

Oculus Go shares many of the same functionalities as the Samsung Gear VR, which is also developed by Oculus. Gear VR apps will be compatible with Oculus Go from day one and uses the same controller.

As for hardware specs, the details are currently a little sparse, but it uses improved lenses. It features WQHD fast-switch displays with reduced glare and the same field of view as Rift. Spatial audio is also built into the Oculus Go headset; there’s no requirement for headphones.

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The second reveal was an update to Project Santa Cruz, which is a wireless Oculus VR headset with built-in cameras for positional tracking, eliminating the need for external sensors. Along with the new Santa Cruz controllers–which look very similar to the Touch controllers–the new headset will feature full six-degrees of freedom movement. Development kits are said to be available within a year.

Additionally, the current Oculus Rift headset received a permanent price cut. It’s now available for $400 USD.

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Ed Boon Talks About Bringing Injustice 2 And NetherRealm Games To Nintendo Switch

If you have a Nintendo Switch, odds are that you want a version of every game to come to the platform. We’ve already seen some traditional 2D fighting games released for it, but those have primarily come in the form of older titles like Street Fighter II and Neo Geo classics. We spoke with NetherRealm Studios creative director Ed Boon at the Brazil Game Show, and he was enthusiastic about the prospect of bringing Injustice 2 or future games to the system.

According to Boon, it would be possible to get Injustice 2 running on the system–though he suggested that there could be some shortcomings (presumably in terms of fidelity). “Yeah, I think at the end of the day you can make almost any game… there are inevitable compromises, but you know, you can make some version of Injustice on the Atari 2600,” he told GameSpot. “It’s not going to be great, but I bet you can make something.”

Speaking more generally about the idea of developing games for Switch, Boon seemed optimistic. That said, the technical challenges could see NetherRealm turn to an outside studio to handle the process.

“Yeah, actually, I do,” he said when asked if he has interest in exploring Switch games. “It is a pretty different hardware architecture; it’s not like you can go from a PlayStation 4 to a Switch really easily. So I think we would need to set up something in terms of an external team. I know on the art team, we have enough people to do three console SKUs, and that would be something we’d need to work out.

“From the game player’s perspective, would it be fun to play Injustice on [Switch]? I do think it would,” he said. “You could have tournaments, everyone comes over with their own system and you can have whole structured tournaments and parallel gameplay and all that.”

Earlier this year, Boon seemingly teased the possibility of a Switch version of Injustice 2. On Twitter, he posted a poll asking whether fans would rather see a Switch or Vita version, with the Nintendo console winning out. No official announcements have been made, but with support for the game continuing, it’s not hard to imagine seeing a port eventually–perhaps that includes all of the DLC characters.

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