November 2019

Fortnite's holding a fishing tournament this weekend

Fortnite's slowing down the pace a bit this week, and giving players a reason to holster weapons and pick up rods, all in the name of its inaugural fishing tournament.

Epic is calling its newly revealed event Triggerfish presents: Fortnite Fishing Frenzy (Triggerfish being the name of the accompanying premium skin, because of course), and things get underway tomorrow, 22nd November at 1pm.

The rules are simple enough: just grab a rod and start fishing - catches acquired using the Harpoon Gun, Epic warns, will not qualify. The tournament will take place on a regional basis, and players can duke it out (in a non-violent, fish-based fashion, obviously) to be crowned the winner in one of four categories.

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Xbox Black Friday sale slashes 50% off some of 2019's best games

Microsoft's Black Friday sale has begun, which means massive savings for all you Xbox One owners out there. While you can head to our Xbox Black Friday deals hub for a giant list of great Xbox One deals, we also wanted to highlight the aptly titled Black Friday Game Deals sale.

There are currently lots of great discounts on the Xbox marketplace, but be aware that you have to be an Xbox Live Gold member to avail yourself of the offers right now. The deals will be made available to everyone else on 24th November, and the sale runs right up to Monday 2nd December.

We've had a poke around Phil Spencer's digital storefront and found some of 2019's best video games have been discounted by up to 50 per cent. Not too bad, eh?

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Rocket League details new premium store ahead of loot-box-ditching monetisation overhaul

It's all change for Rocket League this December. After four years of monetisation built around randomised loot boxes and DLC, developer Psyonix will soon be jettisoning both.

Rocket League's loot box replacements have already been well-documented, of course. When Psyonix rolls out its new monetisation overhaul some time in December, blind randomised Crates (ie. loot boxes) with pay-to-unlock key mechanics will be replaced by Blueprints. These are rewarded through regular play and, crucially, show players the exact item that will be crafted should they wish to spend premium currency to do so.

Blueprints, however, are only one half of Psyonix's new monetisation plan; December's update will also introduce a premium store where players can, also using the new premium Credits currency, purchase specific items directly.

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First look at Valve's Half-Life: Alyx

Valve has now officially announced its next Half-Life game, titled Half-Life: Alyx.

As we heard earlier this week, Alyx will be set between Half-Life and Half-Life 2. You'll play as the latter's Alyx Vance as she and her father mount a secret resistance to the alien Combine.

Alyx is set to launch on Steam in March 2020 and be compatible with all PC-based VR headsets.

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