GameSentral Rewind 168: Xbox & Nintendo unite for cross-play

This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.

Minecraft trailer highlights Nintendo, Xbox cross-play amid continued PlayStation backlash

Nintendo has released a new trailer that focuses on cross-play between the Switch and the Xbox One, with PlayStation notably absent.

This continues a streak of widespread backlash towards PlayStation for refusing to support cross-play in Rocket League, Fortnite, and other titles.

Killing Floor 2 free to play this weekend

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Killing Floor 2 is available to try free until June 25 on PlayStation 4 on Xbox One. The game is a co-op shooter that takes place in a zombie-infested version of Europe that’s seen civilization collapse. Despite the downfall of governments and the general unrest, a group of survivors is trying to eradicate the “zeds” and rebuild society.

The free play weekend coincides with the game’s Summer Slideshow: Treacherous Skies update that brings a bunch of new content to the game, including weapons, features, Summer Zeds, maps, and more.

If you like what you play enough to purchase, you can get it on sale on both platforms. It’s $15 for PS Plus members ($30 without), and $20 on Xbox One.

World of Warcraft currently free to play for players with lasped subscriptions

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World of Warcraft is playable without a subscription right now thanks to a welcome back weekend hosted by Blizzard.

You can play the game as much as you want on any of your characters regardless of level until June 24. From then on, a subscription to continue as usual.

Fortnite’s late game has changes in the works

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Epic Games is planning to change the late game of Fortnite matches to make it less dependent on skillful building or double pumping a shotgun for the win.

“It’s important to support a variety of late game strategies, that don’t boil down to ‘just build lol.’ We strongly believe that the evolution of Fortnite supports a wide range of play styles and counterplay. Currently, the superiority of shotguns, rockets, and uncapped building are such a dominant play style in the final circle that most other strategies are being drowned out.”

The Fortnite team, in a blog post

The team is also floating the possibility of resource caps and other changes to impact the final minutes of each round.

“You should be able to find Victory Royales through multiple strategies. Shotguns should be strong, but other weapons have room to grow. Not every encounter should have to end in a build-off. We want to empower you to showcase your skill, strategy, and tactics in all variety of ways.”

The Fortnite team

Steam Summer Sale offers discounts on Fallout, Sonic, & more

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Steam’s Summer Sale is on, dubbed the Intergalactic Summer Sale, through July 5. Tons of games are available between 20 and 85 percent off their regular price, including titles from the Fallout franchise, Ni No Kuni II, and Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.

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