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Xbox’s Phil Spencer, Fortnite Team Want Fortnite PS4 And Xbox One Cross-Play

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The pressure is heating up for Sony to come to the table to talk about cross-play opportunities.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer and the development team behind the popular Fortnite want to see a cross-play option between Xbox One and Playstation 4 players, after both brands have developed cross-play relationships with PC and mobile.

Microsoft has been open to the idea for a few years and now has developers backing up their push to get a resistant Sony to discuss options.

Up to this point, Sony has not been interested in as Playstation executive Jim Ryan explained back in 2017 while speaking to Eurogamer.

“It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this” Ryan said while also stating that Sony is “always” interested in discussing these ideas with companies.

But an Xbox relationship?

“Unfortunately, it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance.”

Ryan then pointed to the concern about allowing it’s own players, which include children, to connect to a network outside of theirs.

“We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft–the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young,” he said. “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

While there is an openness to discuss options, it doesn’t seem like Sony is in any rush to do so.

However, with some momentum behind the pleas of gamers and companies to look into making this idea a reality, things could progress a bit quicker.

 

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Fresh Prince’s Alfonso Ribeiro Suing Fortnite for use of Carlton Dance

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Fortnite continues to bite creative/intellectual property from others and using it in dance emotes in it’s game and this time Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton in the popular Fresh Prince of Bel-Air television series, is taking Epic Games to court for it.

Ribeiro is suing Epic Games for using his famous dance, the Carlton dance, without permission or compensation, much like rapper 2 Milly has done in the past.

According to TMZ, Ribeiro is in the process of claiming copyright for the dance, which is interesting as it is hard to obtain a copyright for a dance, and could be challenging to achieve.

Still, with Epic cracking down on leakers recently, it’s kind of hypocritical to act in the manner that they have in regards to their dance emotes, with their blatant disregard for those responsible for creating it, and not compensating those behind it’s creation.

“Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property,” said Ribeiro’s attorney, David Hecht.

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Fortnite Patch v7.10 Nerfs X-4 Stormwing Plane

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With the rollout of Fortnite’s new patch, patch v7.10, which has been delayed, there will be a nerf going down!

The nerf is for the X-4 Stormwing plane, which has an explosive damage was set at 25, but it is believed that it will be doubled with the upcoming update.

Here are some more details:

  • Stormwings now take 50% more damage from hitting objects.
  • Boosting now reduces the damage taken from impacts by 50%, previously boosting prevented all impact damage.
  • Damage done to players that are in a Stormwing when it’s shot down has been increased from 25 to 50
  • Damage is dealt directly to health.
  • Stormwings will now take more damage from destroying structures by running through them.
  • Fixed some performance issues with the Stormwing which could lead to reduced frame rate and movement corrections.

Additionally, Driftboard will no longer be included in the update, which is still scheduled to drop today.

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DICE Comments on Controversy Over Battlefield 5 TTK

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DICE has officially responded to the backlash over recent TTK changes in Battlefield 5.

DICE recently made a change to the time to kill (TTK) in Battlefield 5, which dropped the damage output for the majority of the weapons in game, striving to prolong gunfights and provide players more time to react to a given situation, and/or battle.

“We’ve seen [TTK has] been a big talking point and causing a divide in the community, which was never our intention” DICE said via an official statement.

“We have been listening closely to what you’ve all been saying

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