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How to get Red Dead Online standalone

Rockstar has announced that Red Dead Online will be a standalone game. Here’s how to get your copy.

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New players can purchase Red Dead Online as a standalone game separately from Red Dead Redemption 2 following Rockstar’s announcement. You can get the full multiplayer experience at a low initial price.

Red Dead Online’s world is always changing, allowing players to saddle-up and pursue new adventures in the American frontier. The multiplayer aspect of the game allows you to meet other outlaws that you can challenge or work with to accomplish missions.

Rockstar Games has announced that Red Dead Online will no longer just be part of the multiplayer for RDR2. You will be able to purchase it as a standalone game starting December 1.

The game can be purchased from the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Rockstar Games Launcher, Epic Games Store, and Steam for just $4.99. This 75% discount stands until February 15, 2021; then, the game cost will increase to $20. This is quite a bargain and one that’s sure to draw in new players.

You will need to be able to connect to the online multiplayer so make sure your console has a PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription. You can also unlock the Red Dead Redemption 2 campaign separately for an additional cost.

Playing Red Dead Online’s standalone edition will take up about 123GB of disk space. The world of Red Dead has become open to new players that will be able to take part in all upcoming events and play whichever Specialist roles they want.

Rockstar has also confirmed a Bounty Hunters Role Expansion within the coming weeks. This will add new criminals, gear, and skills for both new and old players to unlock. In addition to 10 more Bounty Hunter ranks, players will also face new Legendary Bounties and a 100 Rank Outlaw Pass.

For added incentive, all Bounty Hunter missions in Red Dead Online are will award double XP throughout the week, so be sure to spring for them!

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How to collect Fortnite access card from IO Guards in Season 7

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Legendary Quest that has you collect an access card from IO Guards in Fortnite.

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Fortnite Season 7 has brand-new Quests for you to complete in Week 8, and here’s how you can quickly complete the Legendary Quest that has you collect an access card from IO Guards.

Each new week of Fortnite brings a ton of Legendary and Epic Quests that you can complete to earn some neat XP and Battle Stars as you progress through the Season 7 Battle Pass.

With the arrival of the 17.21 update, we’re now in Week 8, and one of the new Legendary Quests tasks you with collecting an access card from IO Guards. We’ll make this challenge a bit easier.

Where to get a Fortnite access card from IO Guards

Fortnite IO Guard Access Card

The IO is an organization that first appeared in Fortnite Season 5 but was then removed for Season 6. Now, Season 7 has brought these enemies back, and you’ll need to kill one to get the card.

There are a total of 10 different IO Guards spawn points around the map, and you can check all these locations in our IO Guards locations guide. However, we recommend visiting Corny Complex to get the Fortnite access card.

There are various IO Guards in the house, barn, and underground bunker. You can also loot some weapons and shield potions from the surrounding area.

Fortnite IO guards access card location

If you want to access the underground bunker, you can either use the stairs in the barn or use the porta-potty located inside the house. You can then take on the IO Guard in combat to get a Fortnite access card.

Once you’ve killed one, they will drop a Fortnite access card for you to collect. You can pick it up to complete the Legendary Quest and earn a whopping 45,000 XP.

For more Fortnite guides, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and be sure to check out where to plant wiretaps at key locations for Fortnite Week 8 Quests.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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Battlefield 2042 dev explains why there will not be Ranked or esports modes at launch

A Battlefield 2042 developer explains why there won’t be any Ranked or esports game modes for the game when it launches later this year.

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Battlefield 2042 portal gameplay

Although competitive gaming is only getting more popular, a Battlefield 2042 dev confirmed that the game will not feature esports or Ranked modes at launch. However, it could come later if Portal creates an appetite for it.

Almost every popular FPS game features a competitive mode nowadays. Cold War has League Play, Fortnite has Arena, and Apex Legends has Ranked Leagues, to name but a few. Battlefield 2042 is set to be the next big thing, so naturally, players will be looking for a place to test their skills in a competitive environment.

Although Battlefield has never been known for its competitive scene, there has been some buzz around the competitive modes that players could create in Portal. However, a developer has confirmed that there will be no official esports or Ranked modes in Battlefield 2042 at launch, but they could come later.

Battlefield 2042 Portal Valparaiso map

Battlefield Portal will allow fans to create all sorts of weird and wonderful modes. Of course, esports and the competitive nature of gaming continue to grow, so Battlefield players will want to build their own competitive modes in Battlefield 2042. And with Portal, they can.

However, a senior Ripple Effect dev has confirmed that there will be no official competitive modes at launch, but they could come later if there’s demand.

YouTube channel Battlefield Nation got the chance to speak to Justin Wiebe, the Senior Design Director at Ripple Effect Studios. Battlefield Nation asked, “Thanks to the builder, the community will be able to create esport settings and environments. Is this something that you (DICE / EA) are planning to support?”

“There’s no plan to have any kind of Ranked or esport mode at launch,” explained Wiebe. “This is something that, obviously, we want to hear more about from the community. Again, I’m using this phrase a lot, but if that’s something that’s important to the community, we’d like to hear about it. And we’ll kind of see what happens after that.”

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So while there are no official plans to create a competitive mode in Battlefield 2042 or Portal, it’s not impossible we’ll see it down the line. While the community could, and most certainly will, create some truly creative competitive modes, there won’t be any sort of ranking system in place.

However, speaking to Dexerto, Thomas ‘Tompen’ Andersson, a Game Developer at Ripple Effect, revealed that players would be able to create their own competitions. Portal servers can be password protected, so “only the players that are supposed to be there, are there.” They said that after launch, they want the Battlefield community to feel that they are being listened to and the tools they need are being built.

Of course, Battlefield isn’t known for its competitive or esports presence. DICE attempted to create a competitive BF mode with ‘Battlefield 1 Incursions,’ a separate BF1 experience that focused on tight squad play and introduced some more hardcore mechanics. Unfortunately, the mode never really left the ground, and many of the additions made their way into BFV instead.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, check out how to play in the Open Beta in September.

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Fortnite August’s Crew skin pack: Summer Skye skin, Battle Pass, prices

Epic Games have unveiled the August Fortnite Crew pack start date, rewards, and prices to fans. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Being part of Fortnite Crew grants you access to brand new exclusive content such as skins and V-Bucks for a set price. Here are all the membership benefits for August, including the Summer Skye skin.

Being part of Fortnite Crew grants you access to some exclusive rewards that aren’t available in the Item Shop. These include new skins, V-Bucks, and various other cool new items.

Following Fortnite’s 17.21 update, there’s a new Crew Pack in August, and all you need is a monthly subscription to reap its benefits, including the exclusive Season 7 Summer Skye skin.

Fortnite Crew membership start date and prices

Fortnite Crew Pack in August

Epic Games have confirmed that Fortnite Crew membership is set to launch on July 31, 2021, at 5 PM PT | 8 PM ET | 1 AM BST (August 1, 2021). The next one will most likely be released a month later, at the end of August.

If the price is a major factor in your decision to purchase this membership, then we’ve made things easier by listing it below in different currencies:

  • $11.99
  • €11.99
  • £9.99

What will be in the August pack?

The main attraction in the August Fortnite Crew pack is the Summer Skye skin, which was designed by artist NolloBandz as a new variant of the classic Skye skin. It comes in two styles: the base style and the Stormy Skye style.

Here are all the rewards included in the August edition of Fortnite Crew:

  • Access to the Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 Battle Pass
  • 1,000 V-Bucks
  • Summer Skye Skin
  • Cursed Eagleshield Back Bling
  • Epic Sword of Might Pickaxe
  • Pspspsps! (Meowscles) Wrap
  • Cattitude (Shadow Meowscles) Wrap
  • Afternoon Quest Loading Screen

How to join Fortnite Crew

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If you want to get your hands on these fabulous prizes, then here’s how you can sign up for the Map Fortnite Crew:

  1. Launch Fortnite and head to the Battle Pass menu screen.
  2. Click the Fortnite Crew signup icon.
  3. Enter the required details to complete the sign-up

After you’ve signed up, you can log into your PC or console each monthly subscription period to get these prizes. You’ll receive V-Bucks and Battle Pass, along with other rewards that vary from month to month.

All previous skins

The skin pack will contain different rewards each month, and Epic said in an official statement: “Monthly Crew Packs always contain a new Outfit along with at least one accessory. All items are exclusive to Fortnite Crew members.”

Here’s every skin offered to Crew members since it first launched:

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Fortnite Crew
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Fortnite Crew

Is Fortnite Crew cross platform?

Epic Games have confirmed that your Crew account will not be cross-platform. So, if you’ve made an account on your PlayStation 5, then you won’t be able to redeem your V-Bucks on the Xbox Series X|S.

“Your Subscription is associated with the platform on which you purchased it (your ‘Primary Platform’) until it is canceled and is not transferable,” they explained. “Be sure to choose the platform (e.g., Xbox, PlayStation, Switch) you purchase your Subscription on carefully.”

We’ll keep you posted about all the new monthly Fortnite Crew rewards and their prices, continuing in May, as they’re announced, so be sure to check back with us soon.

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