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Epic Acquires Harmonix to Make Musical Gameplay for Fortnite

Epic has added another studio to its growing stable of acquisitions. This time it’s Rock Band and Fuser developer Harmonix, which laid out what the acquisition means for the company moving forward in a convenient FAQ format on its website. According to the write-up, a lot of Harmonix’s current plans and game support…

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Epic vs. Apple: An Explainer

This week, Fortnite developer Epic Games went to court against tech giant Apple over what Epic alleges are unfair business practices. If you are confused about what lead to this point, we’re here to offer a handy-dandy explainer that will get updated as the trial proceeds. How It Started Fortnite, which is…

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Epic Games Picks Up Fall Guys Developer Tonic Games

Epic Games and Tonic Games Group, the owner of Fall Guys-developer Mediatonic, have announced that the North Carolina-based company behind games like Fortnite will be purchasing the British developer in an official blog post today. Fall Guys, which became a smash hit when it was released last year, is an obstacle-course…

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Valve Politely Asks To Be Left Alone After Apple Subpoena

It’s been about six months since Epic Games and Apple began their legal dispute about Apple taking a cut of in-game purchases on iOS devices after Fortnite was pulled from the storefront. Since then, Apple has revoked Epic Games’ access to iOS development tools. Epic also hosted has hosted an in-game…

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Epic Games Acquires Company Behind PlayStation 5 Data Compression Tech

Epic Games has acquired RAD Game Tools, the video game software development company behind Oodle. Oodle Texture is a compression technology that Sony has licensed for the PlayStation 5 which charges the console’s Input/Output (IO) system. As a result of being optimized for compressing GPU textures, Oodle Texture is a…

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The Epic Games Store Summer Sale – A Guide to the Best Games to Buy

Just when you thought you’d financially recover from the Steam Summer Sale, Epic Games releases their own. Announced and subsequently sent live earlier this morning, the Epic Games Store Summer Sale has officially begun. Boasting games up to 85% off, there’s a nice mix of Triple-A titles and indie games…

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The Epic Games Store Mega Sale – A Guide to the Best Games to Buy

Prepare your bank accounts because the Epic Games Store is having a huge sale on a variety of popular and independent titles. Running from May 14 until June 11, the “Epic Mega Sale” features several dozen games ranging from recent successes like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to smaller, lesser-known…

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Fanbyte Morning News May 13, 2020

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Tim Sweeney Says More About the PS5 Than Sony’s Said in Almost Two Months

Earlier today, Epic showcased Unreal Engine 5 with a tech demo running on PlayStation 5 during a presentation for the Summer Game Fest. The demo, called “Lumen in the Land of Nanite,” ran about nine minutes long and while the majority of the discussion about it between host Geoff Keighley,…

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Fanbyte Morning News March 26, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this morning’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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Epic Games Enters Partnership with Three Pretty Major Developers

Epic Games has announced it will be publishing the next games from three studios: GenDESIGN, Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment. The deal between the Fortnite developer’s publishing arm and these studios will be for multiplatform games, meaning they will not be exclusive to the Epic Game Store, and will come to consoles…

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Microsoft, Epic, and Unity Latest to Bounce on Ever-Shrinking GDC 2020

Microsoft, Epic Games (and its Unreal Engine division), and fellow engine maker Unity Technologies all separately announced today that they are pulling out of this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, amid growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. This brings the total number of high-profile absences up…

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Epic Games Is Continuing Free Games In 2020, Because Free Games!

Free games? Free games. Epic Games Store did a great job of tempting us all onto its platform with free games (if you weren’t already on for Fortnite). After all, it’s gotta sell you its exclusives somehow. Now, it seems it’s a good enough program that it’ll continue into 2020,…

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Epic is Suing a Tester Who Leaked Fortnite Chapter 2 Details

Epic Games is suing the streamer that leaked Fortnite: Chapter 2 ahead of its…let’s call it theatrical unveiling. For those not in the know, two weeks ago Fortnite as we knew it went into a black hole and all of the game’s social media went dark for about two days.…

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Montreal Law Firm Looks to Sue Epic For Making Fortnite Addictive

A legal firm in Montreal is looking into suing Epic Games for Fortnite: Battle Royale’s apparently addictive qualities, even comparing the game to cocaine at one point in its 38-page request. According to a CBC report, Calex Légal is representing the parents of two minors, a 10-year-old and 15-year-old, who claim their children…

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Batman Comes to Fortnite to Use the One Weapon He Condemns

A new Batman-themed promotion is launching on Fortnite today, confirming leaks from earlier this week. The Fortnite X Batman event includes skins of both Batman and Catwoman, along with weapons based on the two’s arsenals. In addition to the skins, an area of the game’s map has been updated to…

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Rocket League Dev Psyonix is Joining Epic Games

In a blog post released today, Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced it is joining Epic Games. The full nature of the relationship is not clear from the text itself. However, the post script of the blog mentions “customary closing conditions” and the word “acquisition,” which clears things up a bit.…

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Epic Games Store Free Games List – Updated for December 2021

Unlike PlayStation Plus, Xbox Live Gold, or just about any other subscription service out there, Epic Games is giving away games for free — period. There’s no purchase required; no subscription necessary. Every week, Epic just gives away at least one game for free. This is in large part due…

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Conservation, Control, & Trans Rights: An Extra Credits/Fanbyte Collaboration

This piece is in collaboration with the folks at Extra Credits! Check out their good good YouTube channel and surrounding content. They provided the video and the prompt about Tim Sweeney. Thanks! The games industry has never had a longer reach than it does now, both in its audience and…

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Epic on what it’s like to rebalance Paragon, their in-dev MOBA

How one alteration to travel mechanics can change an entire game

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