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Gaming: Minecraft swings into the Spider-Verse, Destiny 2 DLC goodies, God of War creator eyes VR, more

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Oct 15, 2018, 5:53 PM EDT

Spidey’s always been endearingly square — but now he’s about to get positively cubic, thanks to a series of new competitive Minecraft events themed around the web slinger’s New York City haunts.

Variety reports that Super League Gaming, an amateur esports company, is launching a lineup of timed challenges focusing on the friendly neighborhood for its Minecraft followers, in commemoration of Sony’s Dec. 14 premiere of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

Starting Oct. 27 in select movie theaters, the Minecraft City Champs tournament will unfold over four weekends, each devoted to a “Spider-Verse: Domination” mini-game that pits teams against each other for a tower defense-style battle at key locations in the Big Apple. 

In November, Super League will add “The Battle for NY” to the mix, with an at-home competition each Sunday that takes players through a series of Spider-Verse-inspired mini-games. 

Then in December, players can do what Minecraft’s best known for: building. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 9, Super League will stage a build-off for any member of their Minecraft community to recreate their best Spider-Verse version of New York, as well as specific landmarks in and around the city.

The Minecraft City Champs competition requires a team registration and $49.99 participation fee. You can learn more about all three events at Super League Gaming’s landing page.

Destiny 2 is getting in on the Halloween season with a timed event that commemorates the fall of Cayde-6 while welcoming a little spacey horror into the mix. 

From Oct. 16 to Nov. 6, the game’s Festival of the Lost event will offer players the chance to don masks and trek through an all-new game map called, appropriately enough, The Haunted Forest. Up for grabs are a new Horror Story Auto Rifle, alongside an assortment of themed rewards including Masks, Sparrows, and Emotes. 

Here’s a new event trailer to help you get your feet wet.  

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With fresh DLC content set to arrive to enlarge last month’s major Destiny 2: Forsaken expansion, Bungie also is offering players the chance to score last year’s Curse of Osiris and Warmind DLC add-ons in the bargain. The new offer goes into effect on Oct. 16, with Bungie even folding those who’ve already bought Osiris or Warmind into the deal. 

Current DLC owners who buy a new Forsaken expansion may already have the extra content, but the studio’s offering those players a special bundle including a black shader, two exotic emotes, and a trove of consumable items instead. There’s no word on how long the deal will last. 

The creator of one of Sony’s most successful and enduring franchises has his sights set on a VR horror game.

God of War creator David Jaffe recently said in a livestream video that he’d “want to do a supernatural version of Jaws” set in a virtual post-Katrina New Orleans.

“I have a game about, sort of like, when the levees broke in Katrina,” he said. “I’d like to do a horror game based around [how] they had all the coffins floating down the street. …I love the idea of doing a horror game that’s like scuba diving and you’re on a boat and it’s constantly raining, kind of like a supernatural version of Jaws set in this sort of flooded New Orleans town.”

While that’s nothing close to an official announcement, it’s among the coolest of the VR gaming ideas we’ve heard. Jaffe updates his YouTube channel with new segments regularly, so we’re hoping this isn’t the last we’ll be hearing about his voodoo-spooky-sounding VR dream.

Finally, Activision is boasting that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is off to a super-hot start, at least on the digital frontier. 

Without disclosing hard numbers, the publisher of Trearch’s hugely-anticipated fourth installment in the main COD franchise told multiple media outlets that Black Ops 4 had set a launch-day record, topping last year’s Call of Duty: WWII and all other titles in the company’s entire library for day-one digital download sales. 

Activision also said Black Ops 4 had broken the PlayStation Store’s single-day download record for full game sales, but did not offer a download count. With or without the numbers, COD: Black Ops 4 is a milestone for the publisher, refreshing one of the longest-running and most successful first-person shooters in a genre it helped define. One thing’s for sure: the game’s definitely not hanging out near the discount bin anytime soon.