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Rumor: Fallout 76 Potentially Gearing Up To Go Free-To-Play

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It’s only been a couple of months since Bethesda’s latest release, Fallout 76, and already we’ve seen the game reach incredible discounts up to 50% off the retails price. However, it seems a recent rumor regarding multiple EB Games stores in Australia have been pulling new copies of the game off shelves; leaving some to think Bethesda is gearing up for a free-to-play model for the multiplayer Fallout title.

In a video from popular Youtube channel, The Quartering, the curious action of removing the game from the shelves is highlighted and leaves many interested in the future of Fallout 76. While it’s only been a couple of mouths breathing this rumor about the popular video game store chain shedding its Fallout 76 copies, other online marketplaces have also mysteriously found themselves running low on stock.

Fallout 76 is the series’ first endeavor into the online multiplayer world, allowing players the chance to jump into the largest map ever created in a Fallout game. The expansive world of West Virginia in Fallout 76 didn’t release to the same positive attention as the other titles in the franchise, as many critics diced the game for broken gameplay, lack of single player direction, boring and repetitive objectives, and a world that seemed lifeless, albeit, a little tiresome in the middle of the post-apocalyptic playground.

Bethesda has acknowledged many of the issues with the game early on and consistently provides free updates to the game’s ongoing structure problem. Could going free-to-play fix the lack of player base that plagues the game, or will it just create more problems for Bethesda by peeving off the thousands of players who paid for the game only two short months ago.

Whatever may be the case, the idea of Fallout 76 going free-to-play should be taken with a grain of salt as no reputable sources have yet to come forward with any more information. If you were considering picking up Fallout 76, however, it might be worth it to hold off a little bit longer to see how this all plays out.

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Sony is reportedly engaged in discussions to form a partnership for a potential bid on Paramount

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There hasn’t been much buzz lately about any new acquisitions in the world of video game intellectual property. According to a recent report, Sony is currently engaged in discussions with a well-funded partner to potentially acquire the renowned film studio Paramount, along with all the exciting possibilities that come with such a merger.

As reported in the New York Times (thanks, ResetEra), Sony Picture Entertainment is reportedly in discussions with Apollo Global Management, an investment firm, as per two sources familiar with the matter. In the past, Apollo had made an offer to acquire Paramount for a minimum of $26 billion, but their bid was ultimately turned down.

The terms of the joint bid are currently under discussion, and there is a chance that the two parties may decide against making a formal offer. Unnamed sources have revealed that Paramount is currently in exclusive discussions with Skydance, preventing any official offer from being made at this time. Investor opposition to the recent deal that Skydance brought seems to have been significant.

The potential impact of such an acquisition is immense. First and foremost, it would introduce adaptations of Sonic and Halo into the expanding media empire of the PlayStation platform holder. Following the announcement, Paramount’s stock experienced a significant 11% surge in after-hours trading.

What are your thoughts on the news? Is there a possibility of Sony acquiring Paramount? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Helldivers 2 Players Face Overwhelming Hordes of Factory Striders

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In the ongoing conflict against the Automaton invasion fleet, the Helldivers 2 players have successfully halted their advance. However, the situation has now reached a tiresome stalemate. Yet again, the machines refuse to take a break from their relentless pursuit of progress, with reports emerging of the Factory Striders being deployed in record-breaking quantities.

There have been reports of alleged machines that were supposedly encountered during Operation Swift Disassembly, which was just the beginning of a larger campaign. However, these accounts should be taken with a grain of salt, as they are unverified and seem to be more on the imaginative side. Factory Striders have gained a reputation as formidable weapons platforms that can produce more Automatons while enduring significant damage. If the machines are able to withstand such a relentless assault, it will be necessary to develop innovative strategies.

Have you come across groups of Factory Striders in Helldivers 2? Which strategies are proving to be the most effective in taking down these armored brutes? The Orbital Railcannon Strike will prove to be a valuable asset in the comments section below.

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Todd Howard affirms that the timeline of the Fallout series is coherent and well-constructed

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The recent release of Amazon’s adaptation of Fallout has ignited a renewed interest in the series and brought attention to the captivating alternate history that forms its foundation. Fans have expressed concern that the TV show’s events might be at odds with the plot of the Obsidian Entertainment video game New Vegas. Warning: Spoilers ahead for New Vegas and Amazon’s show!

Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard and Fallout TV executive producer Jonathan Nolan recently sat down with IGN to discuss the timeline. Howard was taken aback when showrunners Graham Wagner and Geneva Robertson-Dworet presented him with the surprising concept of obliterating Shady Sands, the bustling capital of the New California Republic, in the aftermath of the events in New Vegas. Howard eventually warmed up to the idea: “After discussing it, we realized that this could be a significant story moment that many things hinge upon.”

It seems that they had to make some tough decisions to ensure everything fell into place, but Howard emphasizes the importance of preserving the integrity of the Fallout timeline: “We take great care with the timeline. There seems to be some confusion in certain areas. However, all the events from the previous games, including New Vegas, did occur. We take great caution in that matter. We’re really pushing the limits here, but the explosions occur right after the events of New Vegas.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it up to par? Even though it may not have a significant impact on the overall quality of the games or show, it is comforting to know that those in charge are paying attention. We value your feedback and would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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