Animal Crossing Player Adds Witcher Music To Their Town

In a cross-over that was bound to happen at some point, The Witcher has finally invaded the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. The famous song, “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher,” has been recreated in New Horizons by one talented player, and it’s absolutely incredible. Plus — since they were kind enough to post the video on Twitter — everyone else can recreate the song and enjoy it at the top of the hour.

Another user was quick to chime in with their own rendition, meaning the world now has TWO different versions of “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” available in New Horizons. People who lack musical skills will probably want to steal one of these for their own town. While creating your own melody can be fun, it’s also a pain for those of us who are less musically inclined.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons hasn’t even been on the market for a month and we’ve already seen players do some incredible stuff. They’ve held graduations in the game, created obstacle courses, and now “Toss A Coin” can finally grace our villagers’ ears.

We can only hope that Nintendo announces an official DLC pack featuring The Witcher, so Geralt can visit our island slay the monstrosity that is Zipper T Bunny. In the meantime, chill out with some “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” and try not to think about Bunny Day.

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Smash Bros. Ultimate Adds New Animal Crossing: New Horizons Spirits

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s latest Spirit Board event is themed around Animal Crossing, Nintendo has announced. The event is underway now and adds four new Spirits from the recently released Animal Crossing: New Horizons to the game.

Spirits based on the major new characters introduced in New Horizons–Flick, CJ, Daisy Mae, and Orville & Wilbur–will appear on the Spirit Board at certain times during the event. On top of that, all of Smash Bros. Ultimate’s previous Animal Crossing Spirits will also be featured periodically throughout the event, giving you a much better chance of encountering them.

The Animal Crossing Spirit Board event runs until 11 PM PT on April 7. You can learn more about the event on Nintendo’s website.

In other Smash Bros. news, Nintendo confirmed during its recent Direct Mini presentation that the game’s next DLC character–and the first to be added as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2–will be from Arms. The character is slated to be revealed and released this June, but Nintendo noted at the start of the Direct Mini that release dates could be affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the game’s first seasonal event, Bunny Day, is underway now until April 12. During that time, you’ll be able to find different kinds of eggs around your island and use those to craft special Bunny Day items. If you need help tracking them down, we’ve put together a guide on how to get eggs as well as a roundup of all the Bunny Day DIY recipes we’ve found so far.

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League of Legends Adds New Champion Pingu As April Fools’ Prank

This April Fools’, Riot Games has announced its newest League of Legends champion, Pingu. For their prank this year Riot published a champion update on their website, detailing fake information on Pingu, a cuddly but deadly penguin champion that has been trapped in the Freljord ice for thousands of years.

The Pingu update is surprisingly complete, with a full set of abilities and even a theme song. There’s even a set of (poorly drawn) ability breakdown videos, made up of paper puppets and voiced over in a monotone. He can stun enemies with how cute he is, teleport around the map, and throw icebergs at enemies while Celine Dion plays.

Pingu is a cute little bird, but don’t be fooled. His tantrums have leveled villages, and his immense powers have caused many former enemies to join together to find a way to defeat him. No one knows how to stop him, but some of the brightest minds are working on doing so before it is too late. Still, it’s impossible to stay mad at him; he’s just so darn cute.

Pingu won’t be releasing any time soon, or ever, since he’s just an April Fools joke. Still, he’s earned a place in our hearts.

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Riot adds Fiddlesticks jump scare Easter egg to League games

Make sure you don’t flash.

If you were dreading the upcoming release of Fiddlesticks, then you might want to be on the lookout. Riot Games has added a new spooky Easter egg to random normal League of Legends games that might just scare you out of your seat—and take your flash too.

The once-wacky scarecrow is now being reworked into one of the scariest champions to hit Summoner’s Rift, and if you walk into your jungle, you might actually get to see the Ancient Fear for a few moments at the beginning of the game.

In the clip, Xin Zhao runs over to his red buff like normal, when Fiddlesticks appears to charge out of the bush at the player. He walks from one bush to the other before turning into dust at the champion’s feet. It was an Easter egg that many people claim they’ve flashed away from already.

The greatest part about this teaser is that it comes complete with all of Fiddlesticks’ audio and visual effects. The Ancient Fear’s unnerving screeches are clear as day and make him look like an enemy champion that has come to invade the jungle.

If you aren’t comfortable with having Fiddlesticks pop up in your normal League matches, you can probably turn off this effect by disabling “eye candy” in the game’s settings. This turns off everything that isn’t essential to the game, like seasonal or event map accents, or unwanted jump scares.

Fiddlesticks should be hitting live servers when Patch 10.7 releases.

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Halo: Combat Evolved Adds A Mode It's Never Had Before In The Master Chief Collection

Microsoft continues to update and support Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and the newest change brings a multiplayer mode to Halo: Combat Evolved that it’s never had before.

The latest playlist update brings the mode Team SWAT and FFA SWAT to Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. This might not sound like a big deal, but this is the first time that SWAT has been available in original Halo game. It’s been featured in most of the Halo sequels, but never the first game.

You can now find out for yourself how SWAT plays in the original Halo. The matchmaking gametype is currently available for both PC and Xbox One in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The Team SWAT playlist features the Battle Creek, Damnation, Prisoner, Hang ‘Em High, Chill Out, Derelict, and Wizard maps, while the FFA SWAT playlist has all those maps except Wizard.

SWAT is a brutal and punishing game mode that can be immensely frustrating or highly satisfying depending on how good you are and the skill level of the opponents you’re playing against. In SWAT, you have no shield or motion-tracker, and you spawn with a precision weapon. This means you can kill opponents with just a single, well-placed shot. The lack of a motion-tracker means you never know where your enemies are, making SWAT a very intense game mode that rewards skill and precision.

In addition to ongoing support for MCC, developer 343 Industries has another internal team focused on Halo: Infinite. The studio recently sent its employees home due to COVID-19. While the team is continuing to work remotely on Halo: Infinite, which is set to be a launch title for Xbox Series X this year, the studio has warned that the global pandemic may get worse before it gets better.

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Adds Four New Weapons, A New Map, And A New Operator

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting a new map for its multiplayer mode, as well as new weapons for Warzone and a brand new operator.

What could make Warzone a better battle royale game? Maybe opening up the stadium so you can have a gunfight on a football pitch? Or how about removing the vehicles so that players have an easier time setting ambushes?

Or how about just adding in more guns? We love guns, right?

Activision announced yesterday that there are going to be four guns added to Warzone. If you’re a Modern Warfare player, these guns will probably be familiar to you as they’re already available in the game’s regular multiplayer mode, but they’re all welcome additions to Warzone.

First up: The MK2 Carbine, a lever-action marksman rifle with some incredible range and stopping power. You can get one-shot-kills to the body with this thing at the cost of a relatively slow rate of fire. Accuracy is your friend with the MK2.

Next, we have the 725, a break-action shotgun with twin barrels for two shots in quick succession. Deadly at far longer range than you’d think for a shotgun, the 725 is not to be underestimated.

On the smaller end of the new additions is the .50 GS pistol. A Desert Eagle replica, this pistol packs a punch and has a great time-to-kill, although it can be difficult to handle.

And finally, the EBR-14. EBR stands for Enhanced Battle Rifle, and it’s based on the Mk-14 rifle that was the main weapon of the US Army after World War 2. It’s semi-automatic, so you don’t have to worry quite as much if you miss a shot or two.

All these weapons are going to be common or uncommon drops in Verdansk, so you’re likely to see them pop up in your next game.

Along with the new weapons comes a new operator named Talon. He joins the Coalition with his trusty sidekick Indiana, who is a dog. Not sure if the dog will play a role in anything but the game’s lore, but Talon will be available in both Warzone and regular multiplayer this week.

Speaking of multiplayer, the new map Khandor Hideout is expected to arrive later this week as well. A 6v6, medium-sized map, Khandor Hideout is expected to provide a diversity of combat ranges, from close-quarters combat in a large central warehouse to long-range sniping along Knahdor’s city streets.

Talon and the new map were supposed to arrive yesterday but have since been delayed until later this week. We’ll be sure to report when both are available.

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Flamengo Esports adds Redragon as peripherals partner

Simplicity Esports and Gaming Company has announced gaming peripherals maker Redragon as the latest sponsor for its Flamengo Esports brand.

Redragon, which makes devices such as headsets, keyboards, and mice, joins other Flamengo Esports sponsors such as Adidas and Twitch.

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Roman Franklin, President of Simplicity Esports, commented in a release: “I am excited to announce the signing of another corporate sponsor for our Flamengo Esports team. Redragon is a well known global brand that sells its products in 30 countries on four continents. We value all of our official partners and sponsors, and their financial commitments that contribute to the success of Flamengo Esports. This will be a mutually beneficial sponsorship arrangement that prominently displays the Redragon brand on our Flamengo Esports jersey sleeve.”

Flamengo Esports, established in 2017, is the official esports team of Brazilian esports team Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. In January, Simplicity Esports announced that it had reached an agreement to take over management of Flamengo Esports, which competes in Riot Games’ Campeonato Brasileiro de League of Legends (CBLoL) league and participated in last year’s League of Legends World Championship.

RELATED: Simplicity Esports secures new franchise territories

Simplicity Esports also operates esports gaming centers. Last week, the company announced that it had secured a $500,000 (£425,080) investment from Triton Funds, and in February the company announced that it had sold three additional gaming centre franchise territories in the United States.

Esports Insider says: Simplicity Esports has already amassed some big-name partners in Twitch and Adidas, and this latest agreement with Redragon should prove beneficial to both parties.

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Plague Inc. Adds New Game Mode Where Players Try To Save The World

Plague Inc. is all about coming up with a deadly virus and spreading it all over the world in an attempt to kill every single person. However, given the current worldwide pandemic regarding the Coronavirus, some might say that Plague Inc. is a bit too realistic; it’s like the mobile game came to life and someone is in charge. As such, the developers have decided to turn the tables and introduce a game mode where players do the opposite – save the world from a virus.

Interestingly enough, requests for the new game mode came from the players themselves. According to the development studio, they were”repeatedly asked if we could make a game which let the player work to stop an outbreak,” and a result of that, have decided to create such game mode. Ultimately, instead of creating viruses to kill people, players will have to find ways to stop the spread of the viruses, as well as ways to help those infected. Considering the popularity of the mobile game and the spread of the Coronavirus, having more players work on saving the world instead of killing it can be seen as a positive change for the game itself.

As for what kind of gameplay elements players can expect to see, the development studio has stated that the game mode will be very similar to the current situation. Players will have to manage disease progression, boost healthcare systems, and control real-world actions like social distancing, quarantining, triaging, and closing of public gatherings and public services in an attempt to control the virus itself. Additionally, the new game mode is being developed with the help of experts from the World Health Organization, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, and other health organizations.

As for the real life worldwide pandemic, Plague Inc.‘s creators have donated $250k with the money being split between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The goal is to increase efforts in creating tests, vaccines, and treatment for the Coronavirus. On top of the donation, anyone can also contribute to the cause by donating as well.

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Minecraft Marketplace adds Education section with free material

The world is stuck at home as part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. This has led to a huge jump in gaming activity across multiple platforms. Sony has even agreed to throttle its network to save bandwidth for more crucial data. But just because people are spending more time with games doesn’t mean kids can’t still learn. And Microsoft plans to help with that by launching free educational content in its popular brick-building game Minecraft.

You can open the Minecraft Marketplace right now to find a new Education category. This section includes lessons that Microsoft originally included in Minecraft: Education Edition. They enable students to explore the International Space Station, the inner workings of the human eye, and more. All of the material in the Education category is available for free through June 30.

“With hundreds of millions of kids at home due to coronavirus-related school closures more kids are going online to spend time with their friends, explore online worlds, and learn through play,” Xbox boss Phil Spencer writes in a blog post. “Families are trying to navigate the need to help their children with distance learning and balance that with taking time to have fun.  That’s why we announced today that we are adding a new Education category to the Minecraft Marketplace with free educational content players and parents can download.”

Educators have used Minecraft to get kids excited about learning for years. Since 2013, you could find dozens of Minecraft coding camps. And then developer Mojang embraced that concept with Minecraft: Education Edition in 2016. That version features tools like chalkboards and easy controls for parents.

Minecraft is available as part of Xbox Game Pass, or you can get it for $20 on console and PC, or $6 on mobile devices.

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Crisis VRigade adds co-op via SideQuest, seeks community support

After two rejections from Facebook and procuring nearly 80,000 downloads for Oculus Quest anyway, the developers of Time Crisis-inspired Crisis VRigade are seeking community support as they launch a co-op mode.

The new pay-as-you-want Itchio store page for the free SideQuest game coincides with the launch of a cooperative mode. You and a couple partners can take on Crisis VRigade’s three challenging levels together. The developers say it includes full co-op across all platforms, so players on PSVR (once the co-op update is approved by Sony) or PC VR could partner up with a player on Quest.

Check out gameplay from the first level in co-op mode below. I played on my Oculus Quest in California with our writer Harry Baker on his Quest in Australia. Taking cover together behind walls, police vehicles, desks and more, we found it to be one of the best things we’ve played from SideQuest and a true joy in co-op. We used Quest’s party chat to communicate but barely spoke because of the intense gameplay. We also moved so much we ended up drawing our Guardian walls to the absolute maximum of available space in our homes.

This week I also interviewed in our virtual studio Spain-based Sumalab developer Diego Martín about the rejections from Facebook, how it affected them, and how community support via the Itchio page for the title could affect their plans going forward. Right now, they’re planning a sequel that’ll take the work they’ve done with the first Crisis VRigade and build on it with a focus on Steam and PSVR first. That said, how much support they see from the VR community to their Itchio page for the original game on SideQuest could affect their plans for the sequel.

If you’re in social isolation due to the Coronavirus, then, Sumalab just released a pretty entertaining way to take out some bad guys with friends on all popular VR headsets, and it side-stepped approval from Facebook in the process. PC VR players can find it on Steam here.

You can download Crisis VRigade on SideQuest for free here and, if you’re unfamiliar with the process, we also have instructions for sideloading content onto Oculus Quest.

This story originally appeared on Copyright 2020

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