News | PC Building Simulator 2 Open Beta Now Playable

A beta of PC Building Simulator 2 is now available to play for a limited time on the Epic Games Store. It will be playable until June 20.

People can download the beta from the Epic Games Store and play until June 20. The beta includes the first five levels and part of the Free Build mode with a limited number of parts. The full game won’t be out until later this year.

The original appeared on consoles and PC several years ago and was a huge success on Epic Games Store, where it was downloaded four million times for free in one day. The sequel will be released exclusively on Epic Games Store for a year.

Players can again use all kinds of video cards and cases to put together gaming PCs. There are also options for RGB lighting and cooling. The career mode should keep players entertained for about thirty hours.

News | Fortnite removed from Apple Store and Google Play Store

Apple and Google have removed the popular battle royale game Fortnite from the App Store and Google Play Store. Epic Games has since sued Apple and Google.

Fortnite received an update on iOS and Android yesterday that allows players to bypass the regular way of making in-app purchases. By using ‘Epic Direct Payment’ all earnings go directly to Epic, and no amount is donated to Apple and Google. People who choose Epic Direct Payment therefore receive a twenty percent discount on their V-Bucks.

Yesterday, Apple and later Google decided to remove Fortnite from their digital stores. After all, it is mandatory for companies to transfer thirty percent of their sales to them when they offer their game through the App Store or Google Play Store, and Epic did not do this with this new payment method.

Epic has since sued Apple for “unfair and anti-competitive actions that allow Apple to maintain its monopoly in two billion-dollar industries,” namely, “the App Store and the iOS In-App Payment Processing Market.” Epic states that it is not suing Apple to make money, but to help thousands of other publishers and developers and to break the grip that Apple has on the mobile market. In the meantime, the company would also have sued Google.

News | Epic Games Store will get an achievement system

The Epic Games Store will soon receive achievements.

Epic Games announced this in a tweet. “Certain games on the Epic Games Store may soon show achievements when you unlock them. This is just an early version of the feature and you can expect to see changes. We’ll be sharing more information about the feature in the future.”

Achievements can be unlocked in certain forms on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the Epic Games Store didn’t have them yet. It was therefore a much requested feature among users of the webshop.

It is not yet clear when the achievements will become available. Its also not known whether players will retroactively receive achievements for previously played games.

News | Telltale's The Walking Dead games are coming back to Steam

The Walking Dead games from former developer Telltale Games find their way back to Steam. These are The Walking Dead Season 1, Season 2, A New Frontier and The Final Season.

Towards the end of 2018, developer Telltale Games announced that the studio had to close its doors after the last investor had pulled the money out. However, around 25 employees were left behind to finish the last things, such as Minecraft: Story Mode. LGC Entertainment later acquired many assets from Telltale Games and then revived the name in August 2019.

When it was announced in 2018 that the studio had to close its doors, the games were removed from Steam. Skybound Games, which took over the titles, made the games available through the Epic Games Store and remained available to players who had already purchased the games through Steam. Skybound Games has now announced that the four games will return to Steam sometime this week, presumably for around 15 euros each.

The Walking Dead Season 1, Season 2, A New Frontier and The Final Season are coming to Steam sometime this week.

News | Six Batman games available for free through Epic Games Store

Six different Batman games are available for free through the Epic Games Store.

It concerns the Batman Arkham Collection and the Lego Batman Collection, each with three games in the package. The Batman Arkham Collection includes Batman: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham Knight, all three developed by Rocksteady. The open world games offer a serious look at the battle between the superhero and his various enemies.

The Lego Batman games are a lot less serious, but not less fun. Lego Batman, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham are full of content and provide quite some game hours.

The two collections can be downloaded free of charge up to and including Thursday through the Epic Games Store.