If you want a battle royale-like experience but want something more family-friendly than Call of Duty or Fortnite, you won’t have to wait much longer. Mediatonic and Devolver have announced that Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout will be available on PS4 and Steam on August 4th. It’s not quite as ambitious as originally intended, with ‘only’ 60 players per round instead of 100, but it still appears every bit as frantic.
The title revolves around a collection of mini-games where only one player can emerge victorious, such as obstacle courses with falling fruit. While it’s relatively non-violent (unless you count being smacked by fruit as violent), much of the tension of a battle royale game remains — you’re still fighting to be the last one standing. In that sense, this might be viable for anyone who wants a large-scale party game but still has a vicious competitive streak.
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Razer has announced its new Blade 15 Studio Edition, a high-powered, high-priced laptop for creative professionals. Razer calls it “a mobile workstation tailored to meet the needs of every type of creator from audio engineer to VFX artist.”
There are a couple of spec bumps to note, but the feature that I’m most excited about is the updated keyboard layout.
A source of grief for some Blade owners over the past year has been Razer’s keyboard layouts. Specifically, Blades have been notorious for squeezing the up directional key to the left of the shift key. This may sound like a small design choice, but Verge reviewer Cameron Faulkner found himself accidentally hitting the arrow when he meant to hit shift or question mark all the time when testing last year’s Blade Pro 17.
Fortunately, Razer has heard our prayers and is bringing a new layout to some Blade releases this year. The Blade 15 Studio is one recipient; it includes an extended shift key with all four arrow keys below. You can see how much better it looks in the render below.
The Blade also has a new chip that might excite power users: the eight-core Core i7-10875H. That’s the same processor that’s in the creator-focused Gigabyte Aero 15 I tested a few weeks ago. That machine got excellent results in both gaming and productivity work.
Like last year’s iteration, the new Blade also includes Nvidia’s Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition graphics card with 16GB of RAM (GDDR6). Also borrowed from last year’s model is a 15.6-inch 4K OLED touch display with a response time of just 1ms, which Razer says covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space. And it’s a nice-looking machine, with slim 4.99mm bezels and a compact aluminum chassis that’s just 0.7 inches thick.
You can purchase configurations now starting at $4,299.