Epic will not reinstate Fortnite's Playground mode until next week

Fortnite’s time-limited Playground mode, which was added this week and then promptly removed because of matchmaking errors, will not return until next week, Epic Games has announced.  The mode was introduced on Wednesday, and features hour-long matches that players can muck about in, build as much as they want, and kill their teammates with friendly […]

Steam had 13.5 million 'new first-time purchasers' between January and May

Valve’s business development head Jan-Peter Ewert says Steam had 13.5 million "new first-time purchasers" in the first few months of 2018.  Speaking at the Business Conference for Games Industry event in Russia this week, Ewert tied this figure—around 3.375 million new buyers per month between January 1 and April 30—to Steam’s recent increase in supported […]

Cyberpunk 2077 frame by frame trailer series explores political side of Night City

CD Projekt Red has added to its frame by frame breakdown of Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 trailer. The ongoing blog series’ latest entries explore Night City’s sociopolitical divide, and how technology influences its civilians. Compare the trailer above to the details below.  First up, the shadowy high-rise housing scene that features 28 seconds in. "In Night […]

Shenmue 3 system requirements confirmed

The latest Shenmue 3 Kickstarter update covers backer surveys, reward tiers, an approaching $7 million stretch goal courtesy of the Slacker Backer campaign, and some ruminations on plans for "AI Battling," a control system designed to make the game more accessible for players who aren’t accustomed to fighting games or want "a full immersion battle […]