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New Take-Two company plans could hint at GTA Trilogy remasters

Take-Two plans to release new iterations of previously released titles, so fans have speculated that a GTA Trilogy Remastered is on the way.

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With the recent news that Take-Two plans to release nine new iterations of previously released titles, fans have speculated that Rockstar Games have a GTA Trilogy Remaster on the way.

Grand Theft Auto V is confirmed to be receiving a next-gen upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on November 11, and fans await any news on GTA 6 with bated breath. However, the community’s interest has also been piqued by rumors circulating about remasters of GTA 3, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas.

These were the first GTA games to ditch the top-down view of the first two games and created the formula that we all now expect from a GTA game. After Take-Two boss, Strauss Zelnick wouldn’t deny that a Remastered Trilogy in development, many believe it’s on the way, and new Take-Two company plans have only further fuelled these rumors.

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On May 18, Take-Two disclosed their best-selling franchises, with GTA coming out well on top, selling over 345 million units, 145 of which are GTA V. They also revealed that they plan on releasing 62 titles in the next three years, nine of which are “new iterations of previously released titles.”

This caused notable leaker Tez2 to speculate about a GTA 3 remaster, saying that “Things are getting interesting.” They referred to the “fun surprises” that Rockstar has in store for the 20th anniversary of GTA 3.

A fan asked Tez2, “Do you think it’ll be GTA 3 remastered?” and they replied saying, “Maybe the whole trilogy too.”

This is, of course, only speculation, but currently, all signs are pointing towards a GTA Trilogy Remastered in the works. In 2020, Take-Two also released a 4K upgrade for the first two Mafia games, with Mafia: Definitive Edition, so it’s well within the realms of possibility.

Take-Two could also be developing remasters for their other massive franchises, such as the expected Red Dead Redemption remaster, the Max Payne franchise, or perhaps another remaster of the critically-acclaimed Bioshock trilogy.

Strauss Zelnick confirmed that Rockstar Games would handle any updates regarding their release schedule regarding remasters.

Be sure to stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for any updates regarding a GTA Trilogy remaster.

Image Credit: Rockstar Games

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Is Fortnite dying? 2021 player count

How many people play Fortnite? There are different marks we can look at to give a view of the Fortnite player count in the year of 2021.

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Is Fortnite dying

Fortnite has been one of the most popular video games ever, but is Fortnite dying? We’ve got all the statistics you need, including the 2021 Fortnite player count.

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched in September 2018, few could have imagined that it would dominate pop culture in the manner it has since then. From musicians like Marshmello and Ariana Grande to athletes like LeBron James, Epic Game’s free-to-play title has dominated gaming for almost three years.

Of course, it’s not just the stars that have flocked to Fortnite. The game’s free-to-play status meant that anyone could download, jump in, and play with their friends, and millions of gamers around the world have done just that over the years.

How many people have played Fortnite, though, and how many are actively playing in 2021. We’ve got all the information you need to know what the Fortnite player count is and if Fortnite is dying or not.

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Is Fortnite dying?

Unfortunately, Epic Games don’t keep track of how many players are actively playing the game at any one moment. Thankfully, there are some statistics that we can use to estimate the current Fortnite player count.

Using PlayerCounter, we can see that anywhere from 6 – 12 million people are playing Fortnite daily. This number increases on special occasions, like in-game events or new seasons, driving the number closer to 15 million players.

With this information, it is tough to say that Fortnite is dying, as it still has a considerable playerbase who enjoy everything the game offers.

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Fortnite player count

Now, Epic Games does not regularly provide live updates regarding how many people have played or are currently playing. Still, there are some benchmarks that the game has reached since 2018 that give the community an idea of how large the Fortnite player count is present.

August of 2018 saw a Fortnite player count of 78,000,000, which is not surprising, as this was during the height of popularity during the game’s rise into stardom.

2019 saw a concurrent player count of 12,500,000 in the game, and 2020 saw a record-high number of people playing when 15,300,000 came together to experience the Galactus event.

2020 also saw Epic Games report that Fortnite had 350 million registered accounts. However, one player can create multiple accounts, so registered accounts do not exactly mean 350,000,000 players. A year later, that number has likely increased and could even be close to 400 million total accounts and would mean Fortnite is far from dying anytime soon.

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Are XP Coins still in Fortnite?

One of the best ways to level up in Fortnite is by collecting XP Coins, but are they still in Fortnite? And will they ever return?

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Where to find XP coins in Fortnite Season 5, Week 7

XP Coins have been absent in Fortnite for the past two seasons, but they could be making a return soon. Here’s everything we know about Fortnite XP Coins.

The main goal for many players at the start of a Fortnite Season is to reach Battle Pass tier 100 as quickly as possible. This requires tons of XP and can be a bit grindy. However, Epic Games has introduced several ways to gain XP over the seasons.

XP Coins are one method of leveling up that have been in and out of Fortnite. Some seasons they will be implemented from the beginning. Other seasons they won’t be present at all. And sometimes, they will only appear for half a season.

However, XP Coins aren’t currently in Fortnite. They haven’t been in Fortnite in a couple of Seasons. And with players recently expressing their disappointment in Fortnite Season 8’s XP, some fans may want these tokens to return.

XP coins in Fortnite

When were XP Coins in Fortnite last?

We are currently in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8, and we haven’t seen or heard anything regarding XP Coins since Chapter 2, Season 5. Even then, XP Coins were absent for the first seven weeks of Season 5.

While dataminers did discover XP Coins in the files for Chapter 2, Season 6, they never made their appearance. When Season 7 started, dataminers didn’t find XP Coins in the files at all. However, that doesn’t mean they were gone for good.

When will they return?

While XP Coins aren’t currently a part of the game, that doesn’t mean they are gone for good. In fact, with the way Epic Games handles Fortnite’s assets, XP Coins could return at any point in time.

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We could even see XP Coins return during Season 8. With the number of complaints regarding how this season’s XP works, Epic Games has stated it will be making changes. Those changes could be the addition of XP Coins.

That being said, we won’t know when or if they will return until there’s an official word from Epic. However, Epic Games will be announcing the changes to Season 8’s XP system on September 28, 2021.

For more Fortnite, check out every weapon in Season 8 ranked, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Battlefield 2042 game modes: All-Out Warfare, Hazard Zone & more

Here is a breakdown of the confirmed game modes included in the highly-anticipated Battlefield 2042 and will dish out plenty of action.

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Battlefield 2042 will feature a wide variety of multiplayer game modes on launch, adding more later. Here’s a breakdown of every confirmed game mode in Battlefield 2042.

There is a ton of anticipation for the release of Battlefield 2042. After being delayed, the game is now on the slate for a November 19 release, and we’ve seen many of the weapons and new Specialists in the game.

There will also be some fun game modes available for players to try out at launch, and the developers will add even more later on. This guide will go over every game mode in Battlefield 2042.

Battlefield 2042 game modes list

Battlefield 2042 tank and players

The developers have clarified that multiplayer will be the focus of Battlefield 2042, with three modes launching with the game in October and more content to be added down the line.

Each of these will be unique and will offer players variety in terms of gameplay and locations. DICE confirmed that none of these upcoming modes is a battle royale.

Let’s break down all the content that has been confirmed for these upcoming game modes.

All-Out Warfare

All-Out Warfare in Battlefield 2042

All Out Warfare will focus on two fan-favorite Battlefield modes. The first one is the iconic Conquest sandbox mode which will support up to 128 players and has gone through a few changes since its last appearance in the series.

The maps have been altered to suit the increased scale, with action divided into “clusters” of various kinds. Rather than focusing on individual control points, players will head to sectors consisting of several flags.

We’ll also see the return of Breakthrough, which will see two teams duke it out over larger-scale sectors. This will require Attackers to push to capture the final objective, and Defenders will have to protect themselves against their opponents.

Hazard Zone

Hazard Zone promo in Battlefield 2042

Hazard Zone is another squad-based game mode that will be available at launch. The official description on the website labels it as “a modern take on the multiplayer experience.”

While we don’t have too much information about this, the developers have confirmed that it will be “very different from the modes of All-Out Warfare.”

Leaks have indicated that it will be a mix of Hunt Showdown and Escape from Tarkov and could be free to play. Hazard Zone may also possess an aspect of PVE, where players have to survive and keep their stash game after game.

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To keep your stash, you must extract loot at extraction sites and survive. Some more leaks revealed that successfully doing this will grant you an “extraction streak,” providing you with bonuses and perks.

Some of these bonuses may include:

  • More XP at the end of rounds
  • Percentage discount of equipment prices
  • Currency: DMC (Dark Market Coins)

These streaks will also include tactical upgrades or perks such as:

  • Starting armor
  • Loadout Insurance
  • Faster healing

Battlefield 2042 Portal mode

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The ambitious Battlefield Portal mode will serve as a combination of previous Battlefield games, bringing back classic maps, weapons, gadgets, and more from earlier titles like Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3.

You can play either the ‘Official Experiences’ crafted by Ripple Effect or take advantage of ‘Community Experiences,’ where you’ll have rein to build whatever game mode you want.

Six Classic Maps coming to Battlefield Portal

This game mode will feature various fan-favorite Battlefield maps that have been “optimized for next-gen quality and graphics.” You’ll even have the option to add destruction that wasn’t there originally.

Not only will these classic maps feature in Battlefield Portal, but all seven of Battlefield 2042’s launch maps will also be there, as well as upcoming DLC maps. Players have also requested a few more maps to add to this game mode

Pc and next-gen console users will get to play with a maximum of 128 players on these classic maps. However, those on PS4/Xbox One will be limited to 64 players.

Portal character holding a M1 Garand

While playing these classic maps, you’ll have access to over 40 weapons and 30 gadgets from previous games, as well as all of 2042’s content. 

These weapons have been rebalanced to ensure that they’re “normalized around the 2042 values.” We’ll also see the return of 40 classic vehicles will also be coming to Battlefield Portal. 

One of the most exciting aspects of Battlefield Portal will be the custom mode creation feature. You can use Ripple Effect’s mode builder to create various unique and competitive game modes. 

You’ll be able to create Gun Game, Infected, and even pit teams from various titles against each other. This feature will include a casual builder along with complex visual scripting for “advanced builders.” 

Battlefield character with tank

That covers all the game modes that have been confirmed for Battlefield 2042. DICE has ensured that the game will have plenty of variety in content when it finally releases.

If you want to get a taste of the gameplay ahead of the official release date, then you can check out our guide on how to play the Battlefield 2042 Open Beta.

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