‘The Division’ finally adds to its open-world game map

After spending much of the past year upgrading The Division’s core gameplay and its player-versus-player content, Ubisoft is ready to turn its attention to fresh player-versus-environment material — and that finally includes a new area to pla…

Nintendo ordered to pay $10 million in Wii patent lawsuit

Today, a Dallas jury awarded iLife Technologies $10 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Nintendo of America. The suit, which was brought forth in 2013, alleged that Nintendo used iLife’s technology when creating its motion-sensi…

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update may arrive on October 17th

We’ve known that Microsoft planned to release a large Windows 10 update this fall, but the company has been mum on the exact date. The Fall Creators Update is slated to feature some big changes, too, including built-in AI to fight malware, new…

Razer’s Blade Pro gaming laptop can now be had for $1,700 less

When Razer redesigned its Blade Pro laptop late last year, it finally had a flagship notebook that lived up to its name. The 17-inch Blade Pro had a gorgeous 4K display, a screaming fast processor, top of the line NVIDIA graphics and even some…

‘No More Heroes’ sequel hits Nintendo Switch next year

Suda51 and the snarky, over-the-top, ultra violent titles he makes — like the Wii’s No More Heroes and the more recent free-to-play experiment on the PS4, Let It Die — are some of the best gaming experiences around. During Nintendo’s live st…

‘Super Meat Boy Forever’ lands on Nintendo Switch next year

Super Meat Boy Forever, the sequel to successful twitch platformer Super Meat Boy, will hit Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS and Android with a squishy, bloody splat in 2018.
Super Meat Boy Forever features all of the r…

‘Overwatch’ deathmatch modes are live

For over a year since it launched in May 2016, Blizzard’s Overwatch only let teams of players compete against each other in completing objectives — none of that kill-more-than-the-other-team hogwash. Then the studio about-faced early this month when it announced that those Deathmatch modes would really be coming to the hero shooter. Today, both team-based and free-for-all modes go live — along with a few balance tweaks to some heroes.

Survival means victory.
Deathmatch has arrived.

Play it now in the Arcade! 👉 https://t.co/FY88PqhqGX pic.twitter.com/5VEj2H0qz3

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) August 29, 2017

The two deathmatch modes will show up in the Arcade area for alternative modes. Free-For-All pits one player against seven others and the first to 20 kills wins (placing in the top four will count as a win for weekly loot box rewards). Team Deathmatch is 6v6 with the first to 30 kills winning, though Mercy resurrections will take a score away from the enemy team.

Maps have been modified to accommodate deathmatch play — namely, objectives like capture points and payloads have been removed. But there’s even a brand-new map dedicated to the mode: Château Guillard. In the game’s lore, this is where the character Amelie LaCroix (née Guillard) resided before she was brainwashed and transformed into the Talon operative Widowmaker.

Overwatch team lead Jeff Kaplan explained their reasoning for bringing the classic first-person-shooter mode to the game in a developer update (below).

In short — don’t claim that Blizzard never listens, as it’s clearly bowed to fan demand. Obviously, it’s way too early to see if deathmatch starts entering professional competition, but the mode is slotted in the Arcade area for a reason. Another long-requested mode, Capture The Flag, was added to the game back in February and that hasn’t filtered into competitive rotation. It’s unlikely that Blizzard will consider deathmatch for their Overwatch League they’re still getting off the ground, but with the studio’s change of heart adding the traditional FPS mode to the game at all, anything’s possible.

Source: Overwatch (Twitter), Overwatch (Patch Notes)

‘Until Dawn’ studio has two PSVR games for this year

Thank goodness Sony has finally started to bundle required cameras and controllers with its PlayStation VR hardware, but the system still needs more games to compete with the likes the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Games like Sparc and Arizona Suns…

‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ knocks ‘Dota 2’ off its Steam throne

It’s no secret that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is selling well even in its Early Access form, but it just crossed an important (if symbolic) milestone. On the morning of August 27th, the battle royale shooter overtook Dota 2 as the game wi…