A Fortnite fan performs a dance at the Gamescom gaming industry event in August. A Fortnite fan performs a dance at the Gamescom gaming industry event in August. For roughly 36 hours, players who logged into Fortnite, the wildly popular online battle royal video game, were greeted by a black hole that shut down the game itself. But on Tuesday morning, it returned as Fortnite Chapter 2, giving its fans a new map and tweaking how they play the game. The black hole marked the end of Fortnite's first chapter, which was split into 10 distinct seasons.
The stereotype of the greasy gamer just got a boost, thanks to a competition offering Xbox players the chance to win a takeaway-resistant controllers. Players who don't have time to put down their pads while they're chowing down on fried chicken now have a solution in the form of the limited edition'greaseproof' controller. Only five of the custom-built Microsoft gadgets have been made and competition winners will have to wow a panel of judges with tales of their gaming exploits. The stereotype of the greasy gamer just got a boost, thanks to a competition offering Xbox players the chance to win a a takeaway resistant controllers. It coincides with the official launch of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, an online multiplayer battle royale game The competition to win one of the grey and yellow urethane-coated controllers was announced by Microsoft on its Xbox ANZ Facebook page, which is aimed at players in Australia and New Zealand.
Alongside the Halo Infinite release date, Microsoft made a couple of other Halo-related announcements at Gamescom's Opening Night Live event. To mark the 20th anniversary of the series, the company is releasing a limited-edition Xbox Series X and Elite Series 2 Controller decked out in Halo-themed looks. The console features dark metallic paneling with iridium gold accents, as well as a star pattern. The bundled-in controller has an iridium gold 20-year mark on the rear. Best of all, you'll hear custom Halo-themed sounds when you switch the console on and off.
Nearly three years ago, Brendan Greene was living on welfare in his home country of Ireland. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a title few non-video game diehards have ever heard of. That's partly because Greene and game developer Bluehole Studio have not marketed the game. Instead, a combination of viral buzz through streaming services like Twitch and a novel spin on the shooter genre propelled PUBG (pronounced "pub-gee") to popularity on par with Call of Duty, with massive production and advertising budgets. This week, having thrived on PC, PUBG will enjoy a new wave of players by making its debut on Microsoft's Xbox One.