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Gaming: Call of Duty releases battle royale footage; Mega Man 11 releases demo; Monopoly goes Fortnite

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Sep 7, 2018

While there’s a bit of throwback news for one of the most beloved gaming franchises of all time, today’s gaming roundup is mostly focused on battle royale games and the various iterations they’ve appeared in (or are yet to appear as). But, first things first, let’s tackle the classic.

Mega Man 11 — yes, 11 — has released its next-gen demo for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Showcasing some of the bouncy inventiveness that keeps the franchise’s platforming in the top tier, the official Twitter account released a video of Bounce Man and his world:

The demo itself, however, lets players shoot and hop through Block Man’s world, where they can play around with a few boss powers (Impact and Fuse Man) while testing out a few of the game’s newer systems. The full version of Mega Man 11 is coming to the Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One on Oct 2.

Now on to the more modern gaming phenomenon: battle royale games. First up is Call of Duty, which released its first gameplay video of Black Ops 4’s take on the PUBG and Fortnite game mode, entitled Blackout.

Take a look:

The beta, on its way, will support up to 80 players shooting it out with each other — and also zombies, a CoD staple. Players can launch themselves off of dams wearing a flightsuit, only to land in the water for a gunfight as their teammates try to pick them up in a speedboat. The multi-map mashup (which you can view below) looks huge and full of helicopters, ATVs, and guns guns guns.

The game features an encroaching danger circle (much like its royale competitors) to make the combat even tighter and more fast-paced. Players can see for themselves when Black Ops 4 comes out on Oct. 12.

Finally, Monopoly is adding one more weirdo branded remix to its deep collection by taking players to Tomato Town with a Fortnite redesign. According to Epic Games creative director Donald Mustard’s Twitter, the game has finalized its art and board so that would-be capitalists can ironically buy up property in the free-to-play game.

Check it out:

Is this as strange as Star Wars Monopoly or, god forbid, One Direction Monopoly? Probably. Will gamers buy it anyway? You bet. Chance and Community Chest cards have been replaced with storm and treasure chest cards, but there’s still a jail... because even Battle Royale participants need to watch out for Johnny Law.

Fortnite Monopoly confuses shopping grandmothers everywhere on Oct. 1.

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