The Epic Games Store Has Changed Its Refund Policy To Match Steam’s

The Epic Games Store has announced a change in its refund policy. Epic Games director of publishing strategy Sergey Galyonkin revealed the change on Twitter, writing that people will be able to refund a game provided it is “within 14 days of purchase and under 2 hours played.” You will also now have unlimited refunds through Epic, giving the game store the same policy as Steam.

According to Variety, to previously refund a game on Epic, you had to submit a ticket. From there, you’d get a verification request where you’d need to fill out several fields of information, including your public IP address, the date your Epic Games account was created, an invoice ID, your location, your account’s display name, the final four numbers of the debit or credit card connected to your account, and the date of your last login. Only then would your ticket be reviewed.

Now, provided you ask within the 14 days and two hours played guidelines, you only need to submit a ticket through player support to get the refund. “The team is working on the self-service solution, but for now, you’ll have to go through player support,” Galyonkin said.

Over the past few months, Epic has been making moves to undercut its largest PC game store competitor, Steam. When Epic announced its new store, the company offered game developers a better deal than they’d get on Steam by taking less of the profits and promising to aid creators who used Unreal Engine. Epic has also secured several exclusives, such as Hades and the PC version of Journey, and even taken the PC version of games expected to launch on Steam, like the latter half of The Walking Dead: The Final Season and The Division 2.

God Of War, Spider-Man Lead DICE Awards; Here’s All The Nominees

The 22nd annual D.I.C.E. Awards have announced the full list of nominees for this year, and Sony’s God of War leads the way with 12 total nominations, including a nod for overall Game of the Year. The other Game of the Year nominees are Red Dead Redemption 2, Into the Breach, Spider-Man, and Return of the Obra Dinn.

God of War already won the Game of the Year award at The Game Awards back in December. It is also nominated for a top writing award at the Writers Guild Awards.

Fifty-six games in all received nominations this year. As mentioned, God of War led the way with 12 nominations, while Spider-Man picked up 11. Red Dead Redemption 2 grabbed eight nominations, while Return of the Obra Dinn picked up six.

The winners will be announced during the awards ceremony in Las Vegas on February 13, starting at 8 PM PT / 11 PM ET. Also during the event, Halo boss Bonnie Ross will be honoured as this year’s Hall of Fame recipient.

Last year, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild took home the overall Game of the Year award at the D.I.C.E. Awards. The event has nothing to do with DICE, the developer of the Battlefield and Star Wars: Battlefront franchises. D.I.C.E. stands for Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain.

2018 D.I.C.E. Awards Nominees

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • GRIS
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Outstanding Achievement in Character

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Kassandra)
  • God of War (Atreus)
  • God of War (Kratos)
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man (Peter Parker/Spider-Man)
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 (Arthur Morgan)

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Forgotton Anne
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Tetris Effect

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

  • Battlefield V
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Moss

Outstanding Achievement in Story

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Outstanding Technical Achievement

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Battlefield V
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2

Action Game of the Year

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
  • Celeste
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Far Cry 5
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Adventure Game of the Year

  • Detroit: Become Human
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Family Game of the Year

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Kirby Star Allies
  • Lego DC Super-Villains
  • Starlink: Battle for Atlas
  • Unravel Two

Fighting Game of the Year

  • BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ
  • SoulCalibur VI
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Racing Game of the Year

  • Forza Horizon 4
  • F1 2018
  • Wreckfest

Role-Playing Game of the Year

  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire

Sports Game of the Year

  • FIFA 19
  • Mario Tennis Aces
  • MLB The Show 18

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

  • Bad North
  • Frostpunk
  • Into the Breach
  • Northgard
  • RimWorld

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Dr. Grordbort’s Invaders
  • Tónandi
  • Torn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

  • Astro Bot Rescue Mission
  • Beat Saber
  • Moss
  • Sprint Vector
  • Transference

Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game

  • Celeste
  • Florence
  • Into the Breach
  • Minit
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Portable Game of the Year

  • Dandara
  • Donut County
  • Dragalia Lost
  • Florence
  • Oddmar

Online Game of the Year

  • Fortnite
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken
  • Laser League
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Sea of Thieves

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Return of the Obra Dinn
  • Subnautica

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

  • Florence
  • God of War
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Game of the Year

  • God of War
  • Into the Breach
  • Marvel’s Spider-Man
  • Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Return of the Obra Dinn

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Talks About AMD Partnership For “Future Platforms” At CES 2019

During AMD’s CES 2019 keynote, Xbox boss Phil Spencer went on stage to talk about the continued partnership between the two companies. Most notable is his mention of “future platforms” which teases AMD’s technology will be used in the CPU for Microsoft’s next console, much like Xbox One.

“As a company, we look at the opportunity in gaming and one of the things I want to say is when we think who our partners are, we think about great companies that do great work, but also do it in the right way,” Spencer said. “As we look forward to future platforms that we’re building and work that we’re doing, the partnership and the innovations that we’ve seen in the past have led to what we’ve been able to do today, I think they’re going to be critically important to our future endeavors. I’m really looking forward to showing those to people more in the future.”

In December 2018, Microsoft insider Brad Sams reported that the next Xbox would release in 2020 and use AMD’s next-generation GPU and a Zen 2 processor. Spencer’s speech at CES is the closest we’ve come to a confirmation that any of that information is true.

Spencer has been dropping hints about the next Xbox since E3 2018, which many have taken as a sign that an announcement is coming soon. The Xbox boss has already confirmed that multiple consoles are in development, but there hasn’t been an announcement detailing whether they’re all for next-generation or if one is a final upgrade for Xbox One–like the One S and One X consoles. Even when they weren’t expressly about new consoles, Xbox made moves in 2018 that hinted towards a promising future for the next generation, such as acquiring seven game developers.

Other announcements for AMD’s new technology came out during the CES keynote, which can be found in the coverage done by GameSpot’s sister site CNET. Most notable are AMD’s new Radeon VII, which is the world’s first 7nm gaming GPU and company’s most powerful one to date, and third generation Ryzen CPU, which can outperform an Intel i9-9900K on a Cinebench multicore test.

Free PlanetSide Arena: Legendary Edition Codes Giveaway

We’re giving away 100 free PC Steam codes for PlanetSide Arena: Legendary Edition to one hundred (100) lucky fans! (Scroll down to enter below).

PlanetSide: Arena is a new massive-scale multiplayer sci-fi shooter that brings the franchise’s signature epic-scale, all-out FPS action to new massive arena game modes capable of supporting up to 1,000 players per match. PlanetSide Arena initially launches with three major game modes: Massive Clash, an epic 500-player Group vs. Group experience, along with Solo and Team Battle Royale modes. Anyone who pre-orders (or wins a key) will get access to the Closed Beta which is expected to start later this month.

This is not an instant win. No purchase necessary. Competition ends at 12:00 PM PT on January 22, 2019, in which 100 winners will be chosen at random and emailed a code for the full game (MSRP: $40).

Enter below:

PlanetSide Arena: Legendary Edition Giveaway Official Sweepstakes Rules

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Limit of one hundred and twelve (112) entries per person during the Promotion Period.

4. Promotion Period. The Sweepstakes begins on January 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PT and ends at 12:00 p.m. PT on January 22, 2019 (the “Promotion Period”).

5. Prize. The Sweepstakes will award one hundred (100) prizes (“Prize(s)”). Each Prize consists of one (1) PlanetSide Arena: Legendary Edition Game code for PC; Each Prize has an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of Forty Dollars (US$40.00). The total ARV of all Prizes to be awarded is Four Thousand Dollars (US$4000.00).

6. Prize Restrictions. No assignment, transfer, conversion to cash or cash redemption or substitution of a Prize is permitted, except Administrator reserves the right to substitute a Prize with a prize of comparable or greater value, should a Prize or part of a Prize become unavailable. Prize is solely for personal use and may not be used in conjunction with any other promotion. All Prize details are at the sole discretion of the Sweepstakes Entities.

7. Odds/Drawings/Winner Notification. Odds of winning a Prize depends on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period. On or about January 22, 2019, after the conclusion of the Promotion Period, the Prize drawings will be conducted at random by Administrator, whose decisions are final and binding in all respects. The potential Winners (the “Winners”) will be notified by email. Potential Winners will be asked to provide their personal information, such as their name, physical address, date of birth and phone number in order to confirm eligibility and compliance with these Official Rules. Administrator will select up to two (2) alternate Winners per Prize. If no contact has been made with the alternates after a reasonable effort has been made during three (3) business days from the first notification attempt to the last alternate, such Prize shall not be awarded.8. Prize Taxes. All federal, state, local and other tax liabilities arising from this Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, winning a Prize, will be the sole responsibility of each Winner.

9. Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release and Publicity Release. Winner may be required to complete, execute and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and where lawful, a Publicity Release (collectively, the “Release Forms”), as well as a W-9 tax within five (5) days of notification of winning. Failure to return Release Forms timely, or if Prize notification or a Prize is returned as non-deliverable, or if a Winner is found not to be eligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, may result in disqualification with an alternate Winner selected in accordance with these Official Rules.

10. Publicity Release Terms. Except where prohibited by law, a Winner’s acceptance of a Prize constitutes permission for the Sweepstakes Entities to use Winner’s name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and address (city and state) worldwide and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation.

11. Improper Conduct. Administrator, in its sole discretion, may disqualify any entrant from participation in or use of any or all portions of this Sweepstakes, and refuse to award a Prize, if a Winner engages in any conduct Administrator deems to be improper, unfair or otherwise adverse to the operation of the Sweepstakes or detrimental to other entrants of the Sweepstakes. Such improper conduct includes, without limitation, falsifying personal information required during entrant registration or Prize claim, violating any term or condition stated herein, accumulating entries through methods such as automated computer scripts or any other programming techniques, allowing others to use entrant’s personal information for the purpose of accumulating entries, or intentionally trying to defraud, reverse engineer, disassemble or otherwise tamper with the computer programs in connection with this Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Administrator may void a Prize or any part of the Prize that a Winner may have won and/or require the return of a Prize or any part of a Prize that a Winner may have won as a result of such improper conduct. Winners further acknowledge that any forfeiture of a Prize and/or return of a Prize shall in no way prevent Administrator from pursuing other avenues of recourse, such as criminal or civil proceedings in connection with such conduct. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, EACH OF THE SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHER REMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR SUCH ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

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21. Binding Arbitration. The parties waive all rights to trial in any action or proceeding instituted in connection with these Official Rules and/or this Sweepstakes. Any controversy or claim, arising out of, or relating to, these Official Rules and/or this Sweepstakes shall be settled by binding arbitration in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules of the American Arbitration Association. Any such controversy or claim shall be arbitrated on an individual basis and shall not be consolidated in any arbitration with any claim or controversy of any other party. The arbitration shall be conducted in the State of New York, in the City of New York and judgment on the arbitration award may be entered into any court having jurisdiction thereof.

22. Governing Law and Jurisdiction. This promotion is governed by U.S. law and is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of entrant and Administrator in connection with this Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York, U.S.A., without giving effect to the conflict of laws rules thereof, and any matters or proceedings which are not subject to arbitration, as set forth in Section 21 of these Official Rules and/or for entering any judgment on an arbitration award, shall take place in the State of New York, in the City of New York.

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Spider-Man PS4 Is Adding Something “Fantastic” Soon

After Marvel Games changed its social handle to “Marvel G4mes,” the company has now further teased a Fantastic Four-related announcement for one of its games.

During a livestream today, Marvel boss Ryan Penagos teased that “something fantastic” is coming to Insomniac’s Spider-Man game for PS4. “I can’t tell you anything more right now…but you’ll want to keep an eye out for this. It’s going to be amazing and fantastic,” he said, according to IGN. Developer Insomniac playfully teased the announcement with the eyes emoji, so it looks like an announcement may be coming soon.

So what is this all about? Nothing is certain at this stage, but one possibility is that Insomniac is adding a new suit to Spider-Man on PS4. Spider-Man was a member of the Fantastic Four, sort of, as part of the spin-off group Future Foundation.

Some of the previously released Spider-Man PS4 DLC outfits have included the Spider-Clan outfit from Marvel’s Mangaverse, Spider-UK from Edge of Spider-Verse, and his look from the Sam Raimi movies.

In other Spider-Man PS4 news, Sony just recently announced that the game reached 9 million in sales as of November 25.

We’ll report back with more details on the new Spider-Man PS4 Fantastic Four news as soon as it’s announced. What are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments below!

All Elite Wrestling Roster Adds Former WWE Superstars And More Major Names

It’s finally happening. Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks officially announced they were launching their own wrestling company–All Elite Wrestling–on January 1. Now, after an AEW rally held in Jacksonville, Florida, those involved with the new company have shared many more details, including several names that will make up the roster of the show.

The biggest announcement was the signing of four-time WWE World Champion Chris Jericho, who proclaimed he’s “all in on All Elite Wrestling.” Jericho, who most recently appeared at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4, was last seen on WWE programming in April 2018 during the Greatest Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

Joining Jericho on the AEW is another former WWE superstar, Pac, who wrestled for the company as Neville. The two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion interrupted “Hangman” Adam Page during the rally, leading to the two arguing over who will be the first All Elite Wrestling World Champion. Pac was with WWE between 2012 and 2017.

The rest of the roster is made up of some of the biggest names in independent wrestling. Beyond Cody, Page, and the Young Bucks, All Elite has signed “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela, Penelope Ford, Frankie Kazarian, Scorpio Sky, Christopher Daniels, Dr. Britt Baker DMD, and Maxwell Jacob Friedman. Interestingly, it was announced that not only would AEW have a women’s division when it launched, but that female talent would be paid on a scale equal to what male talent is paid.

At this point, there’s no word on whether Kenny Omega will join his friends in The Elite as part of AEW. He and “The Villain” Marty Scurll are the only two members of The Elite that, as of now, are not officially tied to the new company.

As for the AEW’s first show, it was announced by Cody and The Bucks that the sequel to their All In event–Double or Nothing–will take place on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That particular venue has a history of hosting professional wrestling as the home of WCW’s Halloween Havoc pay-per-view between 1996 and 2000, as well as many episodes of WCW Monday Nitro.

The arrival of AW comes at a very interesting time for professional wrestling. While WWE remains the undeniable leader in sports entertainment, independent wrestling is perhaps more popular than it’s ever been, with many indie wrestlers stating that it’s now possible to make a good living without signing to WWE–something that was unthinkable at one point. Now with Ring of Honor and NJPW running a show together at Madison Square Garden, the longtime “home arena” of WWE, and AEW heading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the wrestling landscape is definitely changing.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: Everything New Coming To The Game In January

There will be no new mainline Assassin’s Creed game coming out in 2019, and as such, Ubisoft is supporting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey with heaps of extra content to keep players busy and coming back. Now, Ubisoft has revealed what’s coming to the game in January–and it’s a lot.

Starting off, the second episode of the Legacy of the First Blade DLC, Shadow Heritage, will launch on January 15. In this new expansion, players will “investigate a blockade initiated by the Order of the Ancients around the port city in Achaia.”

The description goes on: “You’ll discover a group of stranded citizens whose lives are being threatened by a fierce naval commander, the Tempest, who is in charge of the blockade. Steal the Tempest’s top secret weapon, help the citizens escape, and destroy the blockade once and for all…with your ship! An epic maritime battle awaits you at the Aegean Sea.”

To play Shadow Heritage, you need to finish the first episode, Hunted, complete the Naxos questline from chapter 7 of the main story, and hit level 28 or higher.

The Legacy of the First Blade DLC is paid, but Odyssey’s Lost Tales of Greece DLC is free, and it continues in January with the Daughters of Lalaia expansion. In the Daughters of Lalai content, you’ll travel to a village left defenseless after all the men left for battle. Players will train the townspeople to prepare them for “incoming danger.”

The other new Lost Tales of Greece content is called Poet’s Legacy, and it introduces players to Greece’s “most scandalous poet.”

“During this questline you’ll learn that she isn’t quite what she seems as you become increasingly involved in her risqué performances,” Ubisoft said.

Additionally, Odyssey is adding a new mythical creature, a cyclops named Bright One. Players who defeat the beast will get his weapon, the Hammer of Hephaistos. You can find the Bright One on Arges; this is a challenging quest, so Ubisoft recommends that you’re at least level 50 before facing off.

The new Athena gear
The new Athena gear

Additionally, Ubisoft Club members can bring Aya from Assassin’s Creed Origins to their ship in January, while a bunch of new items are coming to the game as well. The Dionysos Character Pack adds a new gear set, a big cow mount, and a “legendary dagger.” The Athena Pack is also on the way, and it adds some snazzy new gear; you can see it in the image embedded above.

In addition to all the new content, Ubisoft said it continues to work on more title updates for Odyssey that add new features. One of these is new Mercenary tiers–two more are coming to the game, and they should be extra challenging. Defeat them and you’ll earn “new benefits worthy of a demigod,” Ubisoft said. Additionally, a new vendor is coming to Odyssey that will allow players to view and purchase new engravings, upgrade them, and also perform the engravings themselves on gear you already own. The new shop, Hephaistos’s Workshop, is located int he Myson Cave in the Malis region.

Finally, Ubisoft is addressing enemy scaling. With the new title update on January 10, players can select an enemy-scaling system that suits their playstyle. The options (which aren’t available when in Nightmare difficulty mode) include:

  • Heavy – All enemies remain at your level.
  • Normal – No change in the difficulty settings.
  • Light – Content is around two levels below your level.
  • Very Light – Content is around four levels below your level.

In other news about Odyssey, the game is nominated for outstanding achievement in writing at the Writers Guild Awards.

Dead Or Alive 6 Delayed, But Thankfully Not Very Long

Fighting game Dead or Alive 6 won’t launch on time. Developer Team Ninja and publisher Koei Tecmo announced today that the title has been delayed to March 1, 2019. It was previously scheduled to be released on February 15, so the delay is only a couple of weeks.

Producer and director Yohei Shimbori said in a statement that the team needed more time to focus on polishing “balance, gameplay, and expressivity.”

“The title’s development is already near complete; however, we would like to take more time to further polish its balance, gameplay, and expressivity,” Shimbori said. “In return for your patience, we commit to bringing you the best Dead or Alive gaming experience.

“I am truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the release delay of Dead or Alive 6.”

Dead or Alive 6 will launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In other news, a tweet from the game’s channel might be teasing that a demo for Dead or Alive 6 is in the works. The message states, “Perhaps the time has come to give our fighters a chance to TEST their skills.” The mention of “test” might be in reference to a demo, but no official announcements have been made at this stage.

PS4 Sales Reach New Heights; Spider-Man Up To 9 Million Sold

Sony provided a new sales update for the PlayStation 4 today, and things are going quite well, it seems. The console has sold 91.6 million units worldwide as of December 31, which includes 5.6 million units sold during the holiday season (November 19-December 31).

Additionally, Sony announced that Spider-Man for PS4 has sold 9 million copies physically and digitally as of November 25. The Insomniac-developed PS4 exclusive launched in September, selling 3.3 million copies in its first three days to set a new sales record.

Another big number was 50.7 million, which is the number of PS4 games (physical and digital) that were sold during the holiday season. This boosts the total number of PS4 games sold globally since the console launched in 2013 up to 876 million across physical and digital as of December 31.

Sony also announced that the PlayStation Network had 90 million monthly “active” users as of the end of November 2018.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our passionate community around the globe, and our partners, for helping us achieve these milestones,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodera said in a statement.

“This year, we will bring more enhanced experiences to our fans along with a highly anticipated lineup of games that are only possible on PS4. As we look toward the next PS4 milestone, SIE will continue to evolve, and we will further expand the platform to deliver the best interactive entertainment experiences to the world.”

The PS4 is doing extremely well in the market, but it still has a lot of work to do to match the sales of the PlayStation 2. That console sold more than 150 million units.

Back in May 2018, Sony said the PlayStation 4 was entering the end of its lifecycle. In October, the company for the first time acknowledged it might make a PlayStation 5.

There are a number of exciting PlayStation 4-exclusive games in the works, including Death Stranding from Hideo Kojima and The Last of Us: Part II from Naughty Dog.