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Is GTA Online shutting down?

Is GTA Online shutting down? We have the latest on the current state of the popular multiplayer game on all platforms and its future.

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GTA Online has been one of the most popular video games in the world following its release. Still, the long-standing nature of the game’s life so far, recent developments from Rockstar Games, and the anticipation for GTA 6 have many players wondering if GTA Online is shutting down at some point.

There is no denying that GTA Online holds the title for being one of the most successful video games in history, as the multiplayer portion of GTA V has been around for multiple years and continues to add new things for players to enjoy. Thanks to consistent updates.

However, with players extremely excited for GTA 6, even though it is reported not to be arriving for a couple of more years and the transition to the newest generation of consoles, players sometimes wonder if GTA Online is shutting down or will ever be gone from the gaming world.

With this in mind, we have gathered the latest information about GTA Online shutting down together so that you know the latest on the status of the fan-favorite game.

Is GTA Online shutting down

Is GTA Online shutting down?

The answer to this question is a partial yes, as Rockstar Games did announce that it would be ending support for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game, which were the consoles it first launched on back in 2013.

However, the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game are not going anywhere for the foreseeable future, and there will also be new versions of the game coming to Xbox Series X/S and PS5.

Not to mention that GTA Online is not shutting down on PC, as it continues to be one of the most popular games on the platform, especially thanks to the increase of popularity for role-playing.

It is not unheard of players being curious about a game possibly getting shut down after it has been around for a while or after news like the ending of support for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions.

While GTA Online is shutting down on Xbox 360 and PS3, Rockstar Games is making sure it is not going anywhere for the current and last generation of consoles and PCs.

For more GTA, check out a recent leak for GTA 6 that shows off a possible first look at the game’s Vice City map, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Rockstar Games

Fortnite

Fortnite 18.30 update patch notes: Mountain Base POI, new weapons, Cube Queen Secret Skin

Fortnite’s 18.30 update is live, so here are the full patch notes detailing all of the content, including a new POI, and bug fixes.

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Fortnite The Convergence POI

Epic Games are keeping the Fortnite updates coming thick and fast during Fornitemares, with the 18.30 update now live. Here are the full patch notes, including the new Mountain Base POI, Cube Queen skin, weapons, and more.

We’ve now entered the third and final week of Fortnitemares, which had brought both the 18.20 and 18.21 updates. These updates made significant changes to the battle royale, such as adding donation boards, more Return Requests, and the new Cube Town POI.

The latest update, v18.30, is now live. It’s brought a new Mountain Base POI, new weapons, and the secret Battle Pass skin.

Here are the full patch notes for Fortnite’s 18.30 update.

Fortnite Season 8 Fortnitemares

Fortnite 18.30 update release date & server downtime

Fortnite’s 18.30 update is live, with the downtime now over so players can start dropping in and experiencing the new content.

New Fortnite Mountain Base POI

Fortnite season 8 mountain base POI

The 18.30 update has introduced a brand-new POI to the game, with the Catty Corner bunker door opening up to form the Mountain Base.

Since Fortnite moved to the Chapter 2 island, players have been wondering what’s behind the huge door next to Catty Corner. These doors have now opened up with 18.30, but Epic warns that you need to prepare “to fend against Doctor Slone and her guards.”

New Fortnite weapons

The 18.30 update has brought two new weapons, the Icy Grappler and Combat Pistol.

The Icy Grappler acts much the same as the regular Grappler but turns your feet icy for much more mobility. It can be purchased from Fabio Sparklemane for 400 Bars.

And the Combat Pistol comes in every rarity, ranging from 23 damage (Common) to 28 damage (Legendary). The in-game description says it “benefits greatly from aiming down sights.”

Combat Shotgun vs Boogie Bomb

Fortnite boogie bomb vs combat shotgun vote

The Donation Boards return again in the 18.30 update, this time pitting Boogie Bombs and the Combat Shotgun against each other.

Boogie Bombs force your opponents to dance, leaving them defenseless for a few seconds. And the Combat Shotgun is a powerful semi-auto shotgun that has great range.

Players need to donate Gold Bars towards one of the weapons, and the first to hit 100% will arrive in Season 8.

Cube Queen Secret Skin comes to Season 8 Battle Pass

Fortnite Season 8 Cube Queen outfit

The Secret Battle Pass Skin, the Cube Queen, will be available from 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM BST, where players can unlock her Outfit and the Long Live the Queen Set.

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Quests that release later on October 26.

Fortnite Cube Town Pyramid

The Convergence has moved to its next phase with the 18.30 update, and leaks have suggested this will soon form a pyramid.

Epic has teased that “with v18.30, the next phase of The Convergence is now built. Head to the Island’s center to see the Cubes’ ominous progress…”

Well-known leaker HYPEX has discovered that “there’s a string in the Cube Queen’s effects that refers to her as the ‘Pyramid Tip.’

The Cube Town Pyramid seems to be confirmed, with data miners discovering a new challenge where players must “Visit The Pyramid.” And the challenge description says “Ooh, purple! Show me purple! I’m getting the sense that they’re not supposed to be doing that.”

HYPEX now believes that “The Cubes are 100% turning into a pyramid.”

Fortnite Power Leveling weekend

Power leveling in Fortnite

From October 29 at 7 PM ET to November 1 at 7 AM ET, Fortnite players will be treated to bonus XP as part of a Power Leveling weekend.

This will allow players to level up even faster by unlocking a “bonus pool of Supercharged XP.”

Fortnite The Batman Who Laughs skin arrives

The Batman Who Laughs in Fortnite Season 8

Fortnite is continuing its collaboration with DC Comics, bringing villain The Batman Who Laughs to the game. The skin will hit the Item Shop at 5 PM PT on October 25, the same day as the 18.30 update.

The Batman Who Laughs bundle comes with The Batman Who Laughs skin, Robin’s Perch Backbling, and Dark Multiverse Set Pickaxe and Glider.

Fortnite 18.30 update major bug fixes

Here are the confirmed major bug fixes for the 18.30 update, which deal with a couple of game-breaking issues.

  • Fixed an issue involving the Sideways Scythe’s “Smash Attack” ability resulting in fall damage if players used it from a high point.
  • Fixed an issue involving the red dot indicator no longer showing on the compass when enemies were firing.

And that’s everything we know about Fortnite’s 18.30 update!

For more Fortnite, you can check out how to complete all of Season 8’s Punchcard Quests.

Image Credit: Epic Games

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Apex Legends dev responds to concerns about Storm Point loot pool

Apex Legends’ Principle Level Designer has responded to fan concerns that there won’t be enough loot on Season 11’s new Storm Point map.

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Spider in Apex Legends Storm Point map

Apex Legends Season 11 will bring a brand new map to the game called Storm Point, and one developer has responded to fan concerns about the loot pool in this location.

Respawn have a plethora of exciting content planned for Apex Legends Season 11, including the new Legend Ash and C.A.R. SMG. There will also be a new map called Storm Point that players can battle on.

This new area is a tropical climate with beaches, blue waters, wildlife, and a variety of plants too. However, players are concerned that there won’t be enough loot on the map at launch.

Now, one Apex Legends developer has responded to these concerns.

Prowler in Apex Legends

Respawn’s lead game designer Rodney Reece previously worked on the World’s Edge map in Apex Legends and is now the lead designer on Storm Point. He responded to fan queries on Twitter about the loot pool in this new map.

Players complained that there wasn’t enough loot on World’s Edge when it first came out, but the dev insisted that the issue was just that players weren’t used to the map yet. He then reassured fans that they’ll find no shortage of loot on Storm Point.

“When World’s Edge launched, people thought there wasn’t enough loot, when in fact, there were 1k more than KC,” tweeted Reece. “The loot didn’t adjust until Harvester. I expect the same earlier feedback for Storm Point at launch. Trust me, there is plenty of loot on SP.”

When you first drop into a match of Apex Legends, you’ll immediately need to search for some high-tier loot so that you can improve your chances of securing victory. So, it’s reassuring to know that there will be plenty available when Storm Point arrives.

We got a closer look at the new tropical map in the Apex Legends Season 11 gameplay trailer. It’s even bigger than World’s Edge and contains plenty of wildlife nests that you can clear for rewards.


For more Apex Legends, check out our guide on the best PC settings for Apex Legends Season 10.

Image credits: Respawn Entertainment

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FIFA 22

How to claim free FIFA 22 Ultimate Team Twitch Prime Gaming pack

FIFA 22 Ultimate Team players can grab a free Twitch Prime Gaming pack right now, here’s how you can claim yours.

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Any FIFA 22 Ultimate Team player who happens to have a Twitch and Amazon Prime account can claim free Prime Gaming packs in FUT this year. Here’s an easy step-by-step guide on how to claim yours.

Packs are the lifeblood of FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, and it’s the constant lure of pulling one of the game’s top-rated superstars that keeps millions of fans coming back every day.

Usually, earning packs requires plenty of effort from the player, whether it’s grinding out wins on Division Rivals or taking on Squad Battles offline.

With the Twitch Prime Gaming pack, fans have the chance to earn rewards for absolutely free, and here’s how you can do it.

What are FIFA 22 Twitch Prime Gaming packs?

Kylian Mbappe in FIFA 22

Twitch Prime Gaming packs are free rewards offered to any FIFA 22 Ultimate Team player with a Twitch account and a valid Amazon Prime membership.

Players who have subscribed to Amazon Prime automatically have access to Prime Gaming, meaning they qualify for Twitch Prime Gaming packs.

EA has teamed up with the two giant companies to offer players rewards throughout the year, in the form of free packs, containing untradeable cards and player picks.

The rewards are dropped monthly throughout the season, so be sure to keep an eye on EA’s social media for the latest releases.

How to claim FIFA 22 Twich Prime Gaming packs

Prime Gaming logo

In order to claim your free Twitch Prime Gaming pack, you must link all three of your accounts together.

It’s worth noting that if you have an Amazon Prime membership but no Twitch account, you can create one for the purpose of these rewards.

You can find our guide on how to do this below:

  1. Head over to the Prime Gaming website and link your Twitch account to your Prime Gaming account
  2. Follow the prompts to also link your EA and Twitch accounts
  3. Make sure the EA account you link is the one attached to your FIFA 22 Ultimate Team on your main platform
  4. Head over to Twitch and click on the crown in the top righthand corner of the screen
  5. From this screen you can claim your Twitch Prime Gaming pack
  6. Load into FIFA 22 Ultimate Team and find your rewards on the store

What’s included in Twitch Prime Gaming Pack #1

Twitch Prime Gaming pack rewards

Among the untradeable rewards, there are a handful of rare gold players, player picks, and a loan Kylian Mbappe.

The first of the Prime Gaming packs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team dropped on October 25, 2021, here is the full list of its contents.

  • 7 gold rare Player cards
  • Kylian Mbappe (five-game loan)
  • 2 81+ rare Gold Player picks
  • 12 Rare Consumables

That was how you can claim your Twitch Prime Gaming packs in FIFA 22 Ultimate Team.

For more on FIFA 22 Ultimate Team, check out our predictions for the next Team of the Week, as well our calendar for every promotion in this year’s game.

Image credits: EA / Twitch / Prime Gaming

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