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Epic Games Launcher Allegedly Scrapes Local Steam Data Prior to Granting Consent, Epic Responds

Earlier today, Reddit user PhoenixPoint and ResetEra member Madjoki found out that the Epic Games Launcher may be collecting your Steam history at startup. As part of their investigation, they found that at startup, the Epic Games Launcher searches your local computer for a Steam install. If it finds that Steam is installed, it then apparently proceeds to pull a list of files typically stored in your Steam Cloud. This data includes game saves for all users that have logged in to Steam on your computer.

Madjoki also found that it pulls a list of your Steam friends and their name history....
 

Battlefield 5 'Firestorm' Battle Royale Reveal Trailer and First Details


The upcoming battle royale mode for Battlefield 5 was finally revealed today thanks to an all-new trailer. The trailer doesn't show actual gameplay, but it does offer an "in-engine" look at some of the antics you and your crew will get up to.

I suppose I should preface this by saying Firestorm is the name of this new mode. It's slated to be added to Battlefield 5, free of charge to everyone that owns the game, on March 25.

Firestorm finds 64 players battling it out to be the last one standing in a match. The map size is said to be "ten times larger...
 

Google Teases Their New Gaming Console in GDC 2019 Promo Video


It's no secret that Google has been working on a gaming console. They've had a patent filed since late 2018 showing off the potential design for the new console's controller. It's kind of the typical console controller design that most of us have already come to know and probably love.

It's currently unclear as to what Google has planned for this device. Multiple sources have said that it will be a console that focuses on streaming. However, some rumors have suggested that the hardware included will make it more powerful than an Xbox One X. And while a lot of great hardware...
 

Stela is a New 'Cinematic Platformer' from SkyBox Labs


SkyBox Labs, a development studio that is helping to co-develop Halo Infinite with 343 Industries, just announced a new title today. Their new game is called Stela and it's being billed as a "cinematic platformer." It's looking for a 2019 release on the Xbox One and PC and will make its debut at GDC 2019 as part of Microsoft's ID@Xbox Developer Showcase.

Players will have to overcome challenges and alter the terrain in order to solve puzzles and make their way past various enemies. The first trailer for the game was shown off today. More information will eventually...
 

Judgment to Ship with Two Sets of English Subtitles


Building off of yesterday's news of a June 25th release date for Judgment in the West, comes word today that the game will ship with two different English subtitles to choose from. This was revealed as part of today's new media release for Judgment on the PlayStation Blog.

The Yakuza localization team already does an absolutely tremendous job, but it looks like they're trying to up the ante with Judgment. The idea to have two separate English subtitles ties in to the fact that Judgment will have English audio in addition to the original Japanese audio. Those who played the...
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  • These Are the Maps Shipping with Battlefield V

    These Are the Maps Shipping with Battlefield V

    A trailer showing off the maps launching with Battlefield V was released today courtesy of DICE and EA.

    Battlefield V is still slated to be released on November 20, November 15 for the Deluxe Edition or November 9 for Access subscribers.

    You can get more details about each map by clicking any of the map names below.

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  • The Quiet Man is Out Now, Voices Coming Later

    The Quiet Man is Out Now, Voices Coming Later

    Square Enix stealthily released The Quiet Man today for the PC and PlayStation 4.

    The Quiet Man typically goes for $14.99 (USD) but it looks like both versions have a 10% discount for the game's launch. This discount will last until November 15. The PlayStation 4 release includes a dynamic theme and eight PSN avatars. The Steam release comes with seven desktop and mobile wallpapers.
    THE QUIET MAN brings an adrenaline-fueled, cinematic gameplay experience from an all-star development team, including Human Head Studios (Lost Within, Prey, Rune), action director Tatsuro Koike (Yakuza series), renowned comic book writer
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  • Crashlands Brings Co-op RPG Adventures to Switch

    Crashlands Brings Co-op RPG Adventures to Switch

    Developer Butterscotch Shenanigans, aside from being a great name, is ready to bring Crashlands to the Nintendo Switch. Crashlands combines elements of crafting, adventuring, RPG mechanics, and co-op to the Switch on November 8.
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  • Valve Readies Artifact for Launch

    Valve Readies Artifact for Launch

    Valve passed along word today that Artifact is getting geared up for its release on November 28. The final stretch of preparation begins right now with the launch of the official Artifact website.
    A collaboration between legendary card game designer Richard Garfield and Valve, Artifact is a digital card game that combines deeply-strategic, competitive gameplay with the rich setting of Dota 2. Artifact is an immersive and visually-stunning trading card game unlike any other.
    The website includes a general overview of the Dota themed card battling game. It also includes the first in a set of video blogs from the ga...
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  • Bethesda Teases Fallout 76 Lore with New Tales from the West Virginia Hills

    Bethesda Teases Fallout 76 Lore with New Tales from the West Virginia Hills

    Bethesda passed along some nifty snippets of lore that expand upon the world of Fallout 76. These "Tales from the West Virginia Hills" provides you with a little insight on some of Fallout 76's more troublesome foes that you may encounter on your journey.
    Curse of the Wendigo!
    It has been said that money is the root of all evil. So when greed knows no bounds and avarice goes unchecked, what other appetites might take hold? Curse of the Wendigo! chews over this very question.
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  • 10 Million Users for Black Desert Online Means Special Rewards for You

    10 Million Users for Black Desert Online Means Special Rewards for You

    Pearl Abyss announced that their popular MMORPG Black Desert Online has just hit the milestone of 10 million registered users. That's not saying there are 10 million people actively playing the game but it's still a pretty impressive stat to have accomplished.

    To celebrate this milestone, they are going to hold a number of in-game events and giveaways that will reward players with various bonuses.
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  • Fallout 76 Walk Speed Reportedly Tied to Framerate, No FOV Slider

    Fallout 76 Walk Speed Reportedly Tied to Framerate, No FOV Slider

    It sounds as though the Fallout 76 beta is an absolute mess, at least on the PC. It all started when the BethesdaNet client just straight up deleted players' pre-loads for a time last night.

    Since then, some additional issues have started to circulate on the Internet.

    DSO Gaming reports that the Fallout 76 beta does not include an FOV slider, nor does it include support for 16:10 or 21:9 monitors.

    On top of that, it seems as though player movement speed is tied to the framerate of your client. This means that PC players can unlock their framerate via an INI tweak, stare at the ground to increase their framerate, and outrun pretty much anything in the game.

    A video from Twitter user @teajayylmao shows this off nicely.

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  • Deltarune Released from Undertale Developer

    Deltarune Released from Undertale Developer

    Following up on a series of cryptic, yet hopeful, tweets made yesterday from the Undertale Twitter account, a new game has emerged. It's called Deltarune and aside from being a clever anagram of Undertale, it seems to share a lot of similarities to its predecessor.

    But you don't have to take my word for it. No, sir. You can try out Deltarune for yourself right now by visiting the Deltarune website.

    SUPER IMPORTANT WARNING: It seems as though the uninstaller for Deltarune just straight up deletes the entire directory that the installer is in. So yeah, maybe don't use the uninstaller. You may...
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  • Bethesda Warns Fallout 76 Players Not to Touch Anything as It Could Delete Your Game

    I cannot even wrap my mind around how something of this magnitude happens. But apparently, if you pre-loaded the Fallout 76 beta, you run the very real risk of having your entire pre-load be deleted if you touch literally any button on the game client.

    According to Variety, Bethesda noticed login issues that were affecting the BethesdaNet client. Bethesda Support issued a warning not to touch any button on the client. Those who never saw the warning or chose to ignore it had their pre-loads deleted. Those who were actively downloading the beta or those with a "visible progress bar" should still be okay. Tonight's beta, assum...
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  • Old School RuneScape Out Today on Android and iOS

    Old School RuneScape Out Today on Android and iOS

    Old School RuneScape is the "first mainstream PC MMORPG to launch in full on iOS and Android." This release comes to us via Jagex and allows for cross-platform play between those on the PC and those on mobile.
    Old School RuneScape joins other popular
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  • Command & Conquer: Rivals Coming to Mobile Devices on December 4

    Command & Conquer: Rivals Coming to Mobile Devices on December 4

    Hey, there's a new Command & Conquer game coming. It's a mobile game.

    Command & Conquer: Rivals will hit Android and iOS devices come December 4. It promises to deliver a "fast-paced, RTS action game" built for mobile users. I am confident this will make fans of the older games absolutely thrilled. However, given EA's apparent commitment to seeing this game succeed in a competitive sense, they may actually find something to like here.
    Command & Conquer: Rivals will become the next official EA competitive gaming franchise to roll out a complete competitive program, including community tournaments and a championship pro scene. In Command
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