Epic Games has announced on Twitter today that a Fortnite and Avengers: Infinity War mashup will begin tomorrow and be available for a limited time in the game.

Details are sparce but EW appears to have got some exclusive details about the mashup:

The “Infinity Gauntlet Limited Time Mashup” mode for Battle Royale will feel just like a standard slugfest — with one major difference: One hundred players will descend upon the map and fight until one player is left standing, as usual, but this time you’ll do so with the Infinity Gauntlet in play.

The artifact containing all six Infinity Stones — the same one Thanos used to cripple Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on the big screen — will appear on the map. Whomsoever finds and equips it will transform into Thanos himself, wielding all the power that comes with him.

There will however be no Avengers themed outfits available in the store, this was confirmed on Reddit.

New Scanner gadget, cosmetics, bike improvements and more in this second update to Radical Heights!

The new Scanner gadget scans enemies in a large radius around the player. Enemies detected have their location at the time they were scanned revealed on the player's minimap temporarily.

Also in the update are a bunch of new cosmetics, bike improvements, ramps and a slew of tweaks to weapons and gameplay.

Check out the full patch notes on Steam or RadicalHeights.com.

PUBG disables trading

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Today the PUBG developers shot their community in the back as they announced that they are temporarily turning off "personal trades" for all PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS items. This means that items for the game currently can not be traded between users via Steam or sent to or withdrawn from third-party sites such as OPSkins.

Since no trading of PUBG items can take place we have disabled all trading features for the game here on Survivors Rest and will not provide any links to or prices from OPSkins for these items. OPSkins price history will still be available for now.

These changes are sure to have a devestating effect on the item economy for PUBG, not to mention the thousands of people who have items stored on third party sites and storage accounts. There is currently no information as to how long items will be untradable or if they will ever even re-enable trading.

If you are disappointed with this change, send a nicely written email to the PUBG team here: https://support.playbattlegrounds.com/hc/en-us/requests/new or tweet them at https://twitter.com/PUBG

Badiya Alpha 1.8

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Badiya is a Sandbox Survival RPG set in middle eastern WWI with today margking its alpha version 1.8 release.

This update includes a number of improvements to the core survival elements of the game such as hunger, thirst and stamina.

The update also introduces a new inventory system that allows you to equip items to different slots on the character, the system appers to take inspiration from that of Just Survive, whether intentional or not.

Read the full patch notes on SteamBadiya is currently available on Steam Early Access.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 4 lands tomorrow

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The teasing is almost over, Fortnite: Battle Royale's Season 4 lands tomorrow, May 1st.

The countdown to the end of Season 3 will run out at at 8:30AM BST (3:30AM Eastern Time), however the time Season 4 starts is not yet known, only "tomorrow".

The latest teaser image appears to show four unknown characters emerging from what is likely a crater. What is going to happen tomorrow? Will the meteor come crashing down and will it hit Dusty Depot or Tilted Towers like most believe? What will this meteor bring, if anything, and who are these teased super heroes?

I guess we sit tight and find out tomorrow.

 

Update:
Developer Epic Games has confirmed that Season 4 will begin at 9:00AM BST (4:00AM Eastern Time).

Has Radical Heights hit its peak?

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Has Radical Heights already hit its peak? In the two weeks since its "X-TREME" Early Access launch the player count has dropped by 84% from hitting over 12,700 concurrent players on its second day down to under 2,000 on April 29.


Chart from SteamDB.info

It's not unusual to see player counts drop after an initial release and hype but not all games in this situation bounce back. Releasing in Early Access is always a gamble and first impressions stick with people for a long time, it can be hard to convince someone to jump back into a game that didn't captivate them from the get-go.

Radical Heights is still very much in a stage of early development as evident by the vast amounts of "white boxing" throughout the map, but this is not be be unexpected in an Early Access game. It has a long way to go, and a lot can change during development, for better or for worse.

It's too early to say what the future holds for Radical Heights, opinions of the game overall are positive with some of those who initially wrote off the game before it even launched having come around to its fun setting and aesthetic. If development continues with regular content updates then it could hold its own in the volatile landscape of this new battle royale genre, or it could go the way of The Culling which was once hailed to be the "H1Z1 killer" but now is all but dead.

Radical Heights is also following in the shadow of developer Boss Key's ill-fated team arena shooter LawBreakers which failed to retain its playerbase due to its high price tag -the game was supposed to be free-to-play- and unfortunate choice of publisher. Hopefully with Boss Key self-publishing they can alleviate some bad decision making and keep Radical Heights aloft.

One thing that would be great to see from Radical Heights on Steam is item trading and Steam Community Market support, with Boss Key able to receive 10% of every Steam Community Market transaction for their game this could be a welcome additional revenue stream to support the game, and retain players by giving them a vested interest in the game.

Cliff Bleszinski also expressed an interest in bringing Radical Heights to Xbox One during a conversation between himself and various Xbox executives on Twitter yesterday.

Only time will tell if Radical Heights can survive through Steam Early Access or if it can reach new heights on Xbox One through Microsoft's Game Preview program.

15 arrested for developing and selling 'PUBG' cheats

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Hi everyone,

As you all now know, we’ve been doing everything possible to root out cheating from PUBG. The ultimate goal is to create an environment for players that’s completely safe from hackers and cheaters. 

We take cheating extremely seriously. Developing, selling, promoting, or using unauthorized hacking/cheating programs isn’t just unfair for others playing PUBG—in many places, it’s also against the law.

We’ve upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions, and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution on top of all that. In the meantime, we’ve also been continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers) and have been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice.

Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.

Here’s some translated information from the local authorities we worked with on this case:
 

"15 major suspects including “OMG”, “FL”, “火狐”, “须弥” and “炎黄” were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently the suspects have been fined approximately 30mil RNB ($5.1mil USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.

Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet includes a Huigezi Trojan horse*(Chinese backdoor) virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data, and extract information illegally.”


The longstanding rumor that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users’ PCs has been confirmed to be true. Using illegal programs not only disrupts others, but can end up with you handing over your personal information.

We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs (and their creators) until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment.

Thanks for playing,
PUBG Corp.

Source: Steam News

This comes after 120 arrests earlier this year that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Chinese publisher Tencent assisted authorities to achieve.

H1Z1 coming to PlayStation 4

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Open Beta starts May 22, 2018. H1Z1 has been reimagined and built specifically for console. New weapon power progression, faster moving gas, more airdrops and vehicles to push the action. Natural console controls and 60FPS on PS4 Pro. No building and no crafting... nothing but pure BR action.

Note the "No building and no crafting... nothing but pure BR action." They feel the need to point this out as the H1Z1 brand is still synonymous with being a zombie survival game, which H1Z1 no longer is, for that you'll want the orignal game now named Just Survive.

Auto Royale gets rocket launcher, duos, and more!

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General Updates

  • There was some logic behind the scenes that would allow players to get into games that were close to starting which caused numerous issues including those players parachuting in before others and then encountering bugs such as the inability to shoot or interact with objects in the world. This scenario should no longer occur and players will instead be put into the next available lobby.
  • Mouse cursor will no longer occasionally get stuck on screen after opening and closing UI elements such as the map.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Hosts' games per week allowance to not properly reset.
  • Black and Gray Jacket can now be skinned normally.

Auto Royale Updates (Duos)

Auto Royale is now available as a Duos mode as well! Hop in with a friend (or stranger), decide who's driving, and get into the action.

  • Weapon damage and loot distribution have been rebalanced for only having one shooter per vehicle instead of three.
    • Weapons do more damage to other vehicles and loot crates.
    • Players can equip more than one heavy weapon (e.g. Crossbow, LMG).
    • Weapon pickups supply one weapon and half the ammo.

Auto Royale Updates (Duos and Fours)

  • Added a guided rocket launcher (LG-IR) that can be found in the Rare (Purple) and Ultra-Rare (Gold) pickups. Rockets can be guided while in flight by aiming down sights, firing the weapon, and then moving your reticle (stay ADS to continue guiding the rocket). Rockets do high explosive damage and cause disruptions similar to land mines. The weapon has a long reload time and spawns with just five rockets - use them wisely!
  • Removed numerous small objects from the world that vehicles could get stuck on or have a hard time navigating through. Also removed the sapling trees that would stop vehicles.
  • Skill jump pickups now appear with a Star icon (instead of a weapon or supply icon) and give both weapon and supply loot in a single pickup.
  • Weapons tuning:
    • Decreased arming time of land mines from 2 seconds to 0.75 seconds.
    • Decreased crossbow damage by 15%.
    • Sniper rifle damage against players significantly increased (vehicle damage unchanged).
      • Headshots now 1-shot incapacitate.
      • Bodyshots now 2-shot incapacitate passengers leaning out of the vehicle and 3-shot incapacitate passengers inside the vehicle.
      • Helmets and body armor now provide less protection against sniper shots (but still offer a level of protection).
  • Added an Event Challenge through 10AM PT on Monday, March 26 - complete three games of Auto Royale and you'll receive the Red ARV skin!

Known Issues

  • When in Auto Royale Duos, using Ctrl + Number to switch seats will also use the corresponding item in your hotbar. While this isn't an issue for weapons, consumable items (such as oil slicks, landmines, and springs) will be used when doing this if they are on the corresponding spot. 

H1Z1 Skull Store items retired

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The following items have been retired from the H1Z1 Skull Store on March 15 2018.

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Patriotic Offroader
h1z1 Patriotic Offroader
H1Z1

In-game, Rare, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Yellow Graphic Offroader
h1z1 Yellow Graphic Offroader
H1Z1

In-game, Rare, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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King of the Kill Offroader
h1z1 King of the Kill Offroader
H1Z1

In-game, Uncommon, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Shallow Grave Offroader
h1z1 Shallow Grave Offroader
H1Z1

Skin, Vehicle, Uncommon, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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White Suit Jacket
h1z1 White Suit Jacket
H1Z1

Skin, Chest, Uncommon, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Green Plaid Suit Jacket
h1z1 Green Plaid Suit Jacket
H1Z1

Skin, Chest, Uncommon, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Green Striped Suit Jacket
h1z1 Green Striped Suit Jacket
H1Z1

Skin, Chest, Uncommon, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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White Slacks
h1z1 White Slacks
H1Z1

Skin, Legs, Common, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Beige Plaid Slacks
h1z1 Beige Plaid Slacks
H1Z1

Skin, Legs, Common, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details
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Green Striped Slacks
h1z1 Green Striped Slacks
H1Z1

Skin, Legs, Common, Not Tradable, Not Marketable
Details