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GameSpot News / GSN - Inaros Prime Comes To Warframe Soon
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Inaros Prime Comes To Warframe Soon

Warframe developer Digital Extremes has announced Inaros Prime will be available from July 14 in all regions and on every platform. The new Prime Gear will include saw launcher Panthera Prime and heavy blade Karyst Prime.

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Inaros Prime boasts "altered mod polarities for greater customization," Panthera Prime has been upgraded with "a larger mag, faster fire and a radial, slashing ricochet," while Karys Prime is described as "the heavier, oversized and far more lethal version of the signature weapon of an extinct order of Tenno assassins." Inaros Prime's accessories include the Mittahk Prime Armor, Kahtuss Prime Syandana, and 90-Day Credit and Affinity boosters.

In-universe, Prime refers to "technology as it was during the height of the Orokin Era," as opposed to the non-Prime copies of that technology used by the Tenno.

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Source: Inaros Prime Comes To Warframe Soon

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Nolan North Says Chris Pine Would Have Made A Good Nathan Drake In An Uncharted Movie

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland has been cast as Nathan Drake for the upcoming Uncharted movie that won't follow any of the previous game's stories but instead tell a new one focusing on a young Drake.

Had Sony Pictures went with a 1:1 adaptation of the games, actor Nolan North--who plays Drake in the game series--believes Chris Pine would have been a top choice for the role. North had a small role in Star Trek: Into Darkness, and working with Pine on some scenes, he saw that Pine would have made a very fitting Drake.

"I got to watch Chris Pine work, and [I] sat with him at lunch. One time in the makeup trailer I said, 'If a script called Uncharted ever comes across your agent's desk you should take a good hard look at it. Because I think you'd be perfect for it,'" North told Fandom.

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Source: Nolan North Says Chris Pine Would Have Made A Good Nathan Drake In An Uncharted Movie

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Xbox Reportedly Tells Developers That Next-Gen Upgrades Should Be Free

The report suggests that Microsoft is currently encouraging developers and publishers to offer next-gen upgrades at no extra cost.
Source: Xbox Reportedly Tells Developers That Next-Gen Upgrades Should Be Free

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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Coming West in 2021

The voxel-based Earth Defense Force spin-off is officially coming west  to PS4 and Switch in early 2021.
Source: Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Coming West in 2021

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Watch Dogs: Legion Images Leak Ahead Of Ubisoft Event

A series of leaked screens from the game appear to have arrived from recent media previews.
Source: Watch Dogs: Legion Images Leak Ahead Of Ubisoft Event

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Rocket League Has Been Played By 75 Million People, And Other Amazing Stats Revealed

Rocket League is currently celebrating its fifth anniversary with an in-game event, as the game was released on July 7, 2015. Developer Psyonix has plenty of reason to celebrate, as they've also announced some astonishing figures showing just how many people have played the game.

An infograph released to the game's site has revealed that since launch, 75 million different people have played the game. That's a huge figure, higher than the total sales figures of the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One.

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Source: Rocket League Has Been Played By 75 Million People, And Other Amazing Stats Revealed

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Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Is Coming To PS5 And Xbox Series X, Gameplay Trailer Reveals

Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood has debuted gameplay footage during a Nacon Connect stream, and revealed that the game is coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X alongside current systems and PC (via the Epic Games Store). The game will launch on February 4, 2021.

The game will cast players as Cahal, a werewolf who is on a quest home to protect family and friends from the corporation Endron. It'll be up to you to take this corporation down by using your werewolf powers to batter any and all enemies you encounter.

The trailer, below, shows Cahal in human, wolf, and werewolf forms. It looks like gameplay will differ depending on your form, and you'll only be able to truly unleash on enemies in werewolf mode.

This single-player action game was originally announced as a 2020 release, but it has since been delayed.

A few other games were shown off or revealed during the Nacon Connect stream, and you can check them out below.

GameSpot has officially kicked off Play For All--a celebration of all things gaming. Join us as we bring you the summer's hottest news, previews, interviews, features, and videos, as well as raise money for COVID-19 relief efforts and Black Lives Matter with the help of our friends from around the gaming world. Check out the Play For All schedule for more.


Source: Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood Is Coming To PS5 And Xbox Series X, Gameplay Trailer Reveals

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Wreckfest Season 1 Ends With New Free Tracks And Tournament Season

Wreckfest has wrapped up Season 1 of DLC with the Banger Racing Car Pack, which includes three new cars, alongside some new free content on all platforms. Publisher THQ Nordic is also teasing a Season 2 of DLC, so the game will likely continue to receive new cars and cosmetics going forward.

Here's the three cars included in this last wave of Season 1 DLC, as per the press release:

  • Sweeper: This midsize racer is a perfect blend of agility, speed and toughness - a great all-rounder for every type of race.
  • Hearse: This banger racing classic excels at derbies since it can both give and take serious punishment.
  • Stock Car: A versatile little rocket that feels right at home on every oval and Figure 8 track.

The game's free update is promising a new Tournament Season, called the Banger Bash, as well as two new tracks. Kingston Raceway is a figure-8 circuit track, while Mudford Motorpark is a derby arena with a concave center point. Banger Bash will run through July, and you can earn another new car by competing.

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Source: Wreckfest Season 1 Ends With New Free Tracks And Tournament Season

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Donkey Kong Country And Two Other Classics Coming To Switch This Month In New NES/SNES Update

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers have three new games coming to them this month, including one of the SNES' best classic platformers. Donkey Kong Country is joining the console's SNES line-up, alongside SNES wrestling game Natsume Championship Wrestling and the EA-published NES title The Immortal.

These titles will join the current line-up on July 15.

Donkey Kong Country, a Rareware classic, is the highlight here--a SNES title with (for the time) jaw-dropping graphics that eventually begat the excellent Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Switch. It's a great platformer, although it was also included on the SNES Classic Edition, so if you own one of those you already have access to it. We're holding out hope that Donkey Kong Country 2 will eventually make its way to the Switch.

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Source: Donkey Kong Country And Two Other Classics Coming To Switch This Month In New NES/SNES Update

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Walmart Is Launching An Amazon Prime Competitor, Report Says

Watch out Amazon--Walmart is preparing to announce a new membership program of its own that will compete with Amazon Prime. This is according to a report from Recode, which states that Walmart's subscription--Walmart+--will cost $98 USD/year and include a lot of perks.

These include same-day delivery and discounts on gas at Walmart's fueling stations. Subscribers will also get early access to deals, sources told the site, along with some kind of "video entertainment." Walmart sold its streaming service, Vudu, in April 2020.

Walmart+ will formally launch later this month, according to the report. The retailer originally planned to announce it in late March or April, but the company pushed its unveiling back due to the COVID-19 crisis, the report said.

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Source: Walmart Is Launching An Amazon Prime Competitor, Report Says

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PUBG Mobile Has Added Its First Exclusive Battle Royale Map With Update 0.19.0

PUBG Mobile, the iOS/Android version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has launched its first-ever exclusive map. The new battle royale arena is called Livik, and its designed with quick matches in mind. Livik arrives as part of the 0.19.0 patch, which introduces many new elements to the game.

The update is available now, and will take up about 1.84 GB on Android and 2.13 GB on iOS, so set some space aside. The update, detailed on Reddit, introduces many changes and additions, but the map is the highlight.

Livik is a Nordic-style map that measures just 2km by 2km. 52 players can dive in, and matches are guaranteed to end within 15 minutes, so expect a lot of early bloodshed. The map is still in its beta stage, so it's not quite feature complete yet, but you can play it now.

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Source: PUBG Mobile Has Added Its First Exclusive Battle Royale Map With Update 0.19.0

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Huge The Crew 2 Update Lands Tomorrow With New Cars, Items, And More

Two years after launch, Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew 2 continues to receive updates. The latest one is pretty substantial and arrives on July 8 for PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One. The full patch notes have been outlined below.

Summer in Hollywood is The Crew 2's sixth free update. It packages tons of stuff in it, including new cars, modes, vanity items, and more. For the next five weeks, Summer in Hollywood will also introduce some special themed events and live summits that will change up the overall look of The Crew 2. You can check out the announcement trailer below.

Some of the events that will be introduced include sci-fi-themed races and vehicles drenched in neon, '70s-tinged overlays with music and vehicles to match, and more. Ubisoft shared a roadmap of what Summer in Hollywood's next five weeks will bring to The Crew 2, which you can view below.

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Source: Huge The Crew 2 Update Lands Tomorrow With New Cars, Items, And More

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare And Warzone Playlist Update: Here's What's New For July 7

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone are mixing things up when it comes to multiplayer playlists. A series of new playlists are now in rotation for players to check out across both games, and they include new and returning playlists and modes.

For Modern Warfare, the new playlists include Gunfight Tournaments, Dirty Old Houseboat, Realism Gun Game, and Bomb Objective Mosh Pit. In Warzone, players can now try out Plunder: Blood Money Quads. With this new playlist update, developer Infinity Ward also removed the limited-time Juggernaut Royale mode.

The other existing Warzone modes--Solos, Duos, Trios, and 200-player Quads--are still available as well.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare And Warzone Playlist Update: Here's What's New For July 7

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Destiny 2 Ruinous Effigy Exotic Quest Guide: How To Get The Exotic Trace Rifle Fast

The story of the Season of Arrivals in Destiny 2 is also one of departures. With the release of the Beyond Light expansion this fall, several of the game's current destinations--Titan, Io, Mercury, and Mars--will be removed from the game, at least for the time being. So as you venture through this season's activities, you'll be learning about and visiting those spots. A new Exotic quest in the game this week, dubbed "Growth," has you visiting those locations and uncovering their secrets.

The quest has you hunting for Ruinous Effigy, a new Exotic trace rifle. To get it, you'll need to engage with the Darkness, complete seasonal events, and trek across the solar system hunting hidden objects. We're building a complete guide to getting you Ruinous Effigy as quickly as possible. Here's what you need to do and where you need to go.

Step 1: Compete "Interference"

To get started on the Growth quest, head to the Prismatic , which will dispense the quest. You'll then need to convene with Eris Morn by completing the weekly Interference quest at the center of this season's events. To do that, knock out the weekly Prismatic Recaster bounty, "Means to an End," as normal.

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Source: Destiny 2 Ruinous Effigy Exotic Quest Guide: How To Get The Exotic Trace Rifle Fast

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Xbox Series X Games Showcase Predictions

Plus: should next-gen games go up to $70? Will Microsoft buy Mortal Kombat?
Source: Xbox Series X Games Showcase Predictions

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Donkey Kong Country Leads July 2020's Nintendo Switch Online Games

Super Nintendo's Donkey Kong Country and Natsume Championship Wrestling, and NES' The Immortal are July 2020's Nintendo Switch Online games.
Source: Donkey Kong Country Leads July 2020's Nintendo Switch Online Games

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The Last of Us 2 Cheats and Secrets

Spot and dispatch sneaky enemies, unlock new items, and spot secret easter eggs and more in The Last of Us Part Two.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Cheats and Secrets

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Why $70 PS5 and Xbox Series X Games Make Sense...but the Timing Couldn't Be Worse

OPINION: Production values have all gone up, so it’s understandable if prices do too. But it’s not that simple.
Source: Why $70 PS5 and Xbox Series X Games Make Sense...but the Timing Couldn't Be Worse

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The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 1: Jackson

This section of our The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough includes all the subsections for Chapter 1: Jackson. Each of these has directions, combat tips, every collectible location, and callouts regarding hidden trophies.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 1: Jackson

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The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 2: Seattle Day 1

This section of our The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough includes all the subsections for Chapter 2: Seattle Day 1. Each of these has directions, combat tips, every collectible location, and callouts regarding hidden trophies.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 2: Seattle Day 1

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The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 3: Seattle Day 2

This section of our The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough includes all the subsections for Chapter 3: Seattle Day 2. Each of these has directions, combat tips, every collectible location, and callouts regarding hidden trophies.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 3: Seattle Day 2

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The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 4: Seattle Day 3

This section of our The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough includes all the subsections for Chapter 4: Seattle Day 3. Each of these has directions, combat tips, every collectible location, and callouts regarding hidden trophies.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Walkthrough Chapter 4: Seattle Day 3

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Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Headphones And Adapters For 2020

When it comes to listening to music or movies on your mobile devices, there's no better option than a great pair of Bluetooth headphones. They're wireless, convenient, and provide great audio quality for every activity. However, the handheld Nintendo Switch doesn't natively support Bluetooth headphones, which can be frustrating since pretty much every other modern device does. Thankfully, there are a number of headphones and accessories that make wireless listening possible with the Switch--and they're pretty great, too.

To help combat this annoying quirk, we've rounded up the best Bluetooth headphones and adapters that will work with the Nintendo Switch straight out of the box. They don't require any extra fiddling or setup: Simply plug them in, and you're off to the races. Of course, some of these transmitters require a pair of Bluetooth headphones to connect to, so we've also provided a number of quality pairs that are definitely worth buying.

For more of the best Nintendo Switch accessories to buy in 2020, see our guides to the best Switch carrying cases, screen protectors, and grips that make handheld play easier. Plus, check out more of the best gaming headsets we've tested.

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Source: Best Nintendo Switch Bluetooth Headphones And Adapters For 2020

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Destiny 2 Gets Moments Of Triumph, New Exotic Quest On Bungie Day

Destiny 2's Moments of Triumph are here for the Year Three, giving players a new way to show off their dedication to destroying aliens and taking on other Guardians across the solar system. The yearly pile of Triumphs sends players out to conquer a little piece of all that Destiny 2 has to offer, and this year, it's pushing players to complete the five raid activities that will be disappearing with the release of the Beyond Light expansion.

July 7, or 7/7, is considered "Bungie Day" among fans of the developer thanks to Bungie's proclivity for the number 7. To celebrate, a whole bunch of new things are now available in Destiny 2. In addition to the Moments of Triumph goals and rewards, there's also a new Exotic quest, Growth, that will unlock the new Ruinous Effigy trace rifle. There's also new story content pushing players to help prep the evacuation of Titan, Io, Mercury, and Mars before the Darkness takes them.

The Moments of Triumph are probably what will keep players busiest, though. The activity presents players with a new Triumph Seal they can earn, provided they're willing to play a whole bunch of the game. It also dishes out additional rewards, though--including a new Sparrow, new emblems, and a new Ghost shell. And if you complete enough Triumphs, you'll also unlock special, real-world merchandise in the Bungie store. You still have to purchase it, of course, but only players who earn the right to do so will have access.

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Source: Destiny 2 Gets Moments Of Triumph, New Exotic Quest On Bungie Day

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Fortnite: How To Dance In Front Of A Camera At Sweaty Sands

An interesting item in Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 3's list of Week 4 challenges tasks you with dancing in front of a camera for 10 seconds at Sweaty Sands. This guide will help you locate a camera in Sweaty Sands and protect yourself while you boogie down to complete the challenge.

Remember that these challenges won't be live in Fortnite until July 9, so you'll need to wait until then to try it for yourself.

Where Is The Camera In Sweaty Sands?

Sweaty Sands is one of the main locations on Fortnite's Season 3 map so you should have little trouble finding it. The camera is located on the northern end of the beach near the entrance to the pier. You'll find a light up dance floor and a camera. Here's a map with the exact location of the camera:

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Source: Fortnite: How To Dance In Front Of A Camera At Sweaty Sands

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Fortnite: Complete A Lap At Motorboat Mayhem Guide

The latest set of challenges for Fortnite: Chapter 2 Season 3 is arriving this week, with one unique challenge that requires a motorboat and some boat-driving skills. The challenge is to complete a lap at Motorboat Mayhem. This guide will show you where to find a motorboat, how to find Motorboat Mayhem, and what to do once you get there.

This challenge isn't live just yet—check back later this week on Thursday, July 9 to try it yourself when Epic's weekly update hits Fortnite.

Where is Motorboat Mayhem?

Motorboat Mayhem is an unnamed location on the Fortnite Season 3 map. It's located outside of Lazy Lake near the Hydro 16 dam. The location has bleachers for an audience, flags, and other features you'd see at a race track. Check out the exact location on the map below.

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Source: Fortnite: Complete A Lap At Motorboat Mayhem Guide

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Xbox Tells Devs Not To Offer Series X Versions As Paid DLC - Report

Microsoft has reportedly warned Xbox Series X developers against charging for DLC upgrades from the current generation to the next one. The move appears aimed at disincentivizing publishers from charging for a service that Microsoft is trying to make a major pillar of its platform with Smart Delivery.

VGC reports that the company is encouraging publishers to instead adopt a no-cost upgrade model, like either Smart Delivery or EA's Dual Entitlement. The report doesn't state definitively whether Microsoft has made a formal rule the practice of charging for upgrades on its platform.

Despite that, the company is said to be leaving the door open to other mechanisms of allowing upgrades. Aside from free digital upgrades like the ones above, it hasn't ruled out schemes like selling a next-gen version at a discount, or selling "cross-gen bundles" that include two versions of the game. We've already seen that in action this week with the announcement of NBA 2K21's Kobe Bryant edition, which will sell both versions for $100. The regular edition on both platforms will cost $60 on current-gen and $70 on next-gen--which may become the new normal.

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Source: Xbox Tells Devs Not To Offer Series X Versions As Paid DLC - Report

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New Apex Legends Update Fixes Loba Bug, Permanently Adds Mobile Respawn Beacons

With the conclusion of the Apex Legends Lost Treasures limited-time event, Respawn has released a new update for the battle royale game. Loba fans, rejoice! The update finally fixes the annoying problem with her tactical ability on World's Edge.

For those who don't main Loba, she's had an issue with her tactical ability, Burglar's Best Friend, on World's Edge since the start of Lost Treasures. Loba's tactical ability cancels out if you throw it out-of-bounds or off a ledge--which is helpful, as it prevents you from teleporting to your death. However, on World's Edge, a bug was causing Loba's tactical ability to detect normal areas as out-of-bounds, cancelling out Burglar's Best Friend in places where it shouldn't.

In a Twitter thread, Apex Legends design director Jason McCord explained how the bug came to be and assured players that a fix was already ready--it just needed to go through some testing first. That fix is now live, though Respawn adds that there "are still some known cases [the team is] continuing to work on."

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Source: New Apex Legends Update Fixes Loba Bug, Permanently Adds Mobile Respawn Beacons

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Destiny 2 Growth Exotic Quest Guide: How To Get Ruinous Effigy Fast

The story of the Season of Arrivals in Destiny 2 is also one of departures. With the release of the Beyond Light expansion this fall, several of the game's current destinations--Titan, Io, Mercury, and Mars--will be removed from the game, at least for the time being. So as you venture through this season's activities, you'll be learning about and visiting those spots. A new Exotic quest in the game this week, dubbed "Growth," has you visiting those locations and uncovering their secrets.

The quest has you hunting for Ruinous Effigy, a new Exotic trace rifle. To get it, you'll need to engage with the Darkness, complete seasonal events, and trek across the solar system hunting hidden objects. We're building a complete guide to getting you Ruinous Effigy as quickly as possible. Here's what you need to do and where you need to go.

Step 1: Compete "Interference"

To get started on the Growth quest, head to the Prismatic , which will dispense the quest. You'll then need to convene with Eris Morn by completing the weekly Interference quest at the center of this season's events. To do that, knock out the weekly Prismatic Recaster bounty, "Means to an End," as normal.

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Source: Destiny 2 Growth Exotic Quest Guide: How To Get Ruinous Effigy Fast

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Pokemon Go Anniversary Art Teases Gen 6 Pokemon And Mega Evolutions

Pokemon Go's fourth anniversary event is underway until July 8. To commemorate the occasion, Niantic has released a new piece of anniversary art for the game, and as usual, it teases a few new Pokemon that will be making their debut soon.

Hidden among the various monsters in the picture are Chespin, Fennekin, and Froakie--the three starters from Pokemon X and Y, the series' first sixth-generation installments. This suggests that Gen 6 Pokemon are on the way to the game in the near future, although Niantic has not confirmed when they'll begin appearing.

This certainly isn't the first time Niantic has teased the arrival of new Pokemon this way. Each year, the studio releases a new piece of anniversary art that features upcoming Pokemon; last September, we got a glimpse of a few Gen 5 monsters before they officially debuted that fall.

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Source: Pokemon Go Anniversary Art Teases Gen 6 Pokemon And Mega Evolutions

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Rocket League Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary With In-Game Event

In celebrating five years since its launch, developer Psyonix is hosting an anniversary event inside Rocket League. The event brings some limited-time modes and unique items for you to participate in and earn on Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The Fifth Anniversary Event started on June 30, which means one mode--Spike Rush--has already come and gone. However, the anniversary lasts for a full two weeks, meaning there are still two other LTMs you can play on all platforms. This includes the 2v2 Heatseeker mode, which runs until July 13, and the Redemption period (which allows you to earn any items you may have missed) that picks up immediately after and concludes on July 16.

In addition to the LTMs, you can head over to Rocket League's Event Store to spend balloons that you accrue from online matches to purchase unique items such as antennas, toppers, wheels, and more. Golden Eggs, collectible items that contain unknown goodies, are back and now give you the chance to get items from the game's Champions Series. You can check the images below to see the various earnable in-game items.

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Source: Rocket League Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary With In-Game Event

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How To Get Watch Dogs 2 Free On PC During Ubisoft's Upcoming Livestream

Ubisoft Forward is set for this coming Sunday, July 12, at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. The publisher event promises a look at upcoming titles like Watch Dogs Legion and Assassin's Creed Valhalla along with "a few other surprises," but you'll also have an opportunity to claim a free game, Watch Dogs 2, during the event.

To claim Watch Dogs 2 for free on July 12, you'll need to log into your Uplay account, which is free to create if you don't have one yet. Ahead of the event that day, Ubisoft team members will kick off their pre-show by streaming Trackmania at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, and Watch Dogs 2 will be free to claim right after the Trackmania playthrough. You'll have until the end of the main show, which begins at noon PT / 3 PM ET and should last around 45 minutes, to claim your free copy. That's a window of less than two hours, so you'll want to be ready to claim the game that day.

If you're interested in Watch Dogs Legion but have never played any Watch Dogs games, Watch Dogs 2 offers a great introduction to the stealth action-adventure series. Playing the first game isn't necessary as Watch Dogs 2 stands on its own, although there are references and connections to the original. Before heading to post-Brexit London in Legion, you'll be able to explore the San Francisco Bay Area in Watch Dogs 2, a large open-world setting you can traverse on foot or by using vehicles like cars, buses, and motorcycles. You'll play as a young hacker named Marcus Holloway who has joined hacking group DedSec and is working to expose corruption and crimes committed by a technology company. The game also features both a co-op mode and competitive multiplayer modes such as Hacking Invasion, Bounty Hunter, and more.

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Source: How To Get Watch Dogs 2 Free On PC During Ubisoft's Upcoming Livestream

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GameSpot News / GSN - Destiny 2 Patch Notes Open Up Raid Rewards
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:16:43 PM »
Destiny 2 Patch Notes Open Up Raid Rewards

The newest things to come to Destiny 2 are a new Exotic quest for Ruinous Effigy and the Moments of Triumph, the game's yearly opportunity for players to show off their biggest achievements in the game and earn some flashy rewards. This year's Moments comes with some major upcoming changes to the game, though--the removal of several destinations and their activities, which is set to happen with the Beyond Light expansion this fall. Since that includes a bunch of raid activities, the update makes them all much more rewarding.

Bungie detailed the changes in Update 2.9.1 on its blog, complete with full patch notes. It primarily sets the stage for Moments by altering how rewards get dished out in several raid activities. Usually, you can only run a raid one time per week on a given character and expect to get the best rewards. If you're hunting the Exotic grenade launcher Anarchy in the Scourge of the Past raid, for instance, you would only have one shot at it each week on your Titan. You can increase your chances to three a week if you run the raid on all three characters, but once you've got those three completions, you're stuck waiting for Destiny 2's weekly reset on Tuesdays to try again.

That changes with the latest patch. Now you can "farm" those activities for their rewards as much as you want--meaning you can keep beating the Scourge of the Past until you finally get Anarchy, or any other reward you're missing. The change applies to Scourge, which will leave Destiny 2 in the fall, and to all the raid activities that take place on the Leviathan location: the Leviathan raid itself, the Crown of Sorrows raid, and the two smaller raid lairs, Eater of Worlds and Spire of Stars.

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Source: Destiny 2 Patch Notes Open Up Raid Rewards

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown Announced From WRC Devs

Over 9 years after the release of Test Drive Unlimited 2, a third game in the sub-series has been revealed. Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown was revealed during the Nacon Connect stream, showing us a brief glimpse of some updated car models.

Details are thin in the trailer, which does not reveal which systems the game is coming to or show any in-game footage, but a press release sent to GameSpot reveals a few more details. The game is being developed by KT Racing, the studio behind the WRC series (WRC 8 being one of July's Games With Gold freebies). Racing specialist Alain Jarniou is heading the team.

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Source: Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown Announced From WRC Devs

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Warhammer: Chaosbane Confirmed For PS5 And Xbox Series X

Warhammer: Chaosbane has been confirmed for next-gen systems, and will mark the debut of the Warhammer franchise on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game, developed by Eko Software, previously released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

The game, an action-RPG with hack-and-slash gameplay, will likely be available at or near launch for both consoles, although we're not yet sure when either system is releasing. Both are relatively slated to hit the market later this year.

If you haven't played it, Chaosbane is a Diablo-style game, and it's not clear yet what changes or improvements might be coming for the next-gen versions. No footage has been released, and the teaser within the Nacon Direct stream was extremely brief. Hopefully some more concrete details about these versions will be revealed soon.

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Source: Warhammer: Chaosbane Confirmed For PS5 And Xbox Series X

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Greedfall Dev Reveals Steelrising, Which Reimagines The French Revolution With Robots

Spiders, the developer behind Greedfall and The Technomancer, has revealed its next title during the Nacon Direct stream. The game is called Steelrising, and it's yet another original IP. While no gameplay was shown, a press release sent to GameSpot referred to the game as an action RPG, which is what the studio is known for.

The game will be set during the French Revolution, in an alternate universe where King Louis XVI has an army of robots by his side, which he is using to terrorize the population. Players are cast as Aegis, who will be fighting against these armies over the course of the game.

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Source: Greedfall Dev Reveals Steelrising, Which Reimagines The French Revolution With Robots

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong Is Releasing On Everything From Switch To PS5/Xbox Series X

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong has been shown off in a new trailer during Nacon Connect, and while the trailer doesn't show any gameplay it has revealed an interesting tidbit about the game's release strategy. Swansong, which is described as a "narrative RPG" by developers Big Bad Wolf (The Council), will release for every current and upcoming major system.

This means that Swansong is releasing for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch. Considering the power difference between the Switch and next-gen systems, it will be interesting to see how the game scales.

Some screenshots for the game were also released alongside the trailer, and we've included them below. They are not gameplay shots, however.

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Source: Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong Is Releasing On Everything From Switch To PS5/Xbox Series X

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World War I FPS Tannenberg Coming to Xbox One July 24

We’re excited to let all of you know that the sequel of Verdun, Tannenberg, is coming to Xbox One on July 24! Tannenberg is the second game in the WWI Game Series that we’re releasing. We remastered our WWI FPS Verdun last December doing all the work in-house and focusing on making the player’s experience […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2007.200706-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200706-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200706-0000)

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Atlas – The Maelstrom Map Now Available on Xbox One

For over nine months now, Atlas has been thrilling players on Xbox One with a deep survival experience in a world of pirate fantasy. Players begin with nothing and struggle to survive against the elements, hunger, hostile creatures, and the apex predator — other players. Crafting weapons and defenses, they carve out their niche and […]
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Start Crafting Bait for the ACNH Fishing Tournament Saturday

ACNH Fishing Tournament is this Saturday, July 11, 2020. So start crafting your bait and prepare with these tips and tricks.
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Roguebook Is a New Roguelike Deck-Builder From Magic Creator

Richard Garfield, creator of Magic: The Gathering, is helping design a new roguelike deck-builder called Roguebook.
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GameSpot News / GSN - Monster Hunter Movie Gets New Info And Photo
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:50:54 PM »
Monster Hunter Movie Gets New Info And Photo

British film magazine Empire has published a new photo and some information offering more of a peek into the upcoming film adaptation of Monster Hunter. The movie, written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson (who has worked on other game adaptation movies like 1995's Mortal Kombat and 2002's Resident Evil), is due out on September 4 and is said to be a thriller featuring "massive monsters in lush natural landscapes with a variety of ridiculously over-sized weapons."

The film stars Milla Jovovich, Tony Jaa, and Ron Perlman, though many other major elements have yet to be announced or disclosed. The Empire piece explains that Jovovich and her husband Anderson are both "huge" fans of the Capcom series, and that her character, Artemis, isn't canon but is meant to be a "grounded, relatable real-world character who is fresh to the world of Monster Hunter" to help create a way into the game's world and lore for newcomers.

Speaking about Jovovich and her film character, Anderson explains that, "Although Milla’s character's not specifically in the game, she chose the same armor and weapons she uses in the game, so there were aspects of her game character that got folded into the movie representation."

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Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Releases In The West In Early 2021

Earth Defense Force: World Brothers, the latest title in the save-the-world-from-giant-bugs series, is coming to the West on Nintendo Switch and PS4 early next year, GameSpot can exclusively reveal. It features a voxel art style that's a big departure from the series' usual bleak and foreboding visuals.

D3 Publisher, which co-develops and publishes the series with Sandlot, XSEED Games, and several other studios, said that the change in style is meant to help their developers create a "fun and casual EDF to enjoy while [fans] wait for the next series title." You can check out a new trailer below.

"We will continue to do our best to make this series constantly evolve for players," said Earth Defense Force: World Brothers producer Nobuyuki Okajima. "However, doing so gives our dev teams tremendous pressure, leading us to longer development cycles for each title."

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Source: Earth Defense Force: World Brothers Releases In The West In Early 2021

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CoD: Modern Warfare OK Gesture Removed For Links To White Supremacy

Infinity Ward, developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, has removed an in-game gesture that has been culturally associated to white supremacy.

The OK gesture has been replaced with a new one called Crush during the game's latest mid-season patch. Although not specifically mentioned in the patch notes, players quickly discovered the change (spotted by Eurogamer) given that the gesture has been widely used for humiliating opponents unfortunate enough to be the final kills in multiplayer matches.

The gesture was originally co-opted in an attempt to fool the public over its importance as a hate symbol. Since then, however, the gesture has had its meaning warped, so much so that the Anti-Defamation League now recognizes it as an "expression of white supremacy."

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Ys Origin Coming To Nintendo Switch Later This Year

Ys Origin, the classic action-RPG, is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year. Publisher Dotemu announced that the game would be available on the Nintendo eshop and physically through Limited Run Games.

Ys Origin follows knight Yunica Tovah and mage Hugo Fact searching for the goddesses that abandoned them. The game features combo-focused, arcade-paced combat with platforming and puzzle-solving.

It was recently announced that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox would be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021, as well as PS4 and PC.

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Hyper Scape Patch Notes Outlined: Hacks And Weapons Nerfed Slightly

Ubisoft has released a new PC update for its sci-fi battle royale shooter Hyper Scape that makes several changes to some hacks and guns, particularly the Hexfire minigun and Armor hack ability. The full patch notes have been outlined below.

The update is primarily a gameplay balancing patch that adjusts the damage and fire rate of a few weapons. This includes the Hexfire minigun, the electromagnetic firearm Skybreaker, the sidearm D-Tap, and more. More specifically, Ubisoft has noticed that some weapons--like the Hexfire--are producing too much damage too quickly. The studio has altered the outputs of these weapons while retaining their core behavior. Ubisoft said it will continue to monitor the weapon's performance accordingly.

In addition to tweaking weapons, the Hyper Scape update looks into hacks. As the name suggests, hacks are lootable abilities scattered throughout the map that provide a variety of bonuses ranging from area-of-effect attacks to short teleportations. Two hacks in particular, Armor and Mines, have had their duration time lowered but will not have their core behaviors altered.

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Source: Hyper Scape Patch Notes Outlined: Hacks And Weapons Nerfed Slightly

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An Infamous Wrestling Promo Sneaks Into Valorant's Patch Notes

Game developers have to put out patches in order to fix bugs, and with patches, come patch notes. This string of descriptions updates the user on what has been fixed, and while there may be exciting fixes for gamers, patch notes can be a bit dull.

Recently, Valorant released a new patch, and in its notes was a wrestling reference. No, it wasn't a straight-up sentence saying, "Hulkamania is coming for you, brother!" Most casual wrestling fans may even miss this entirely.

"You can also surrender sooner now, for when it feels like your opponent has a 141 2/3% chance of winning," the patch notes state. If you thought it was annoying when people talk about giving it 110%, how do you feel about 31 2/3% more added to that?

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Source: An Infamous Wrestling Promo Sneaks Into Valorant's Patch Notes

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New PS Now Games For July Include Watch Dogs 2, Street Fighter V

Sony adds new games to its PlayStation Now streaming service every month, and July is no different. This time, we have only three new games--compared to as much as 11 in previous months--but three of them are relatively big names.

First, we have Watch Dogs 2, the highly-regarded hack-'em-up that lets you manipulate traffic lights and pilot RC cars all over San Francisco. Second, there's Street Fighter V, the latest entry in the genre-defining fighting game series. Third is Hello Neighbor, a stealth-horror game about sneaking into your strange neighbor's house.

Sony has been expanding its PS Now offerings in recent months, as Microsoft's similar Xbox Game Service continues to grow. PS Now is a similar subscription model that allows you to stream or download games, which makes the games also playable on PC. It comes in at $10 a month. PS Now is not to be confused with PlayStation Plus, a monthly subscription that allows players to utilize online multiplayer, which also comes with several free games per month. The free PS Plus games for July are Rise of the Tomb Raider, NBA 2K20, and the acclaimed narrative game Erica.

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Valorant 1.03 Patch Notes: Guardian Changes, New Skins Teased

Valorant just introduced competitive play back into the game with their 1.02 patch last week, and Riot has already rolled out a new update for the game. Patch 1.03 takes particular aim at the Guardian rifle, reducing its fire rate to be less useful in close-range situations, but increasing its penetration power to make it more viable as a long-range weapon. Its price was also decreased to 2500 credits from 2700.

The other changes to the game are relatively minor, but worth noting. Players will now be able to surrender during unranked matches with only 80% of their team (i.e. four out of five) voting yes. Competitive surrenders still require a unanimous vote, however. The patch also adds a new orb to the popular Spike Rush mode, which releases two wolves to track down your nearest enemies.

Valorant's Twitter account seemed to tease a new set of skins today. While it's impossible to know for sure, given this image's dragon-esque appearance, it may correspond to the Dragon Collection, which was revealed in name only as part of a substantial leak of new skins several months ago.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Mafia: Definitive Edition Remaster Delayed
« on: July 07, 2020, 01:50:53 PM »
Mafia: Definitive Edition Remaster Delayed

2K Games has announced a delay to the upcoming Mafia: Definitive Edition remaster, shifting its release date by almost a month. Rather than the previously announced August 28, the game will now come on September 25.

Developer Hangar 13 also announced that it will show off an extended gameplay session on July 22, to help whet your whistle while you wait the extra month.

The statement from 2K and Hangar 13 cites the ongoing coronavirus, though it doesn't specify if the pandemic has impacted development due to remote work, distribution, or both. It does say that "finalizing everything in time for [the August] launch date has become increasingly challenging due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, and the last thing we want to do is compromise the quality of the experience."

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This Tiny Astro City Arcade Cabinet Is Sega's Next Mini Console

After announcing a palm-sized Game Gear earlier this year, Sega has revealed another miniature console set to launch in Japan, this time with over 30 arcade games.

The Astro City Mini Arcade cabinet is exactly what the name suggests. You'll get a lovely green and white arcade cabinet that can fit on a shelf, equipped with a single joystick and six buttons. The console also features a display, but you'll still need to power it via micro USB (there's no internal battery for portable play). You can also connect it to a larger display via HDMI, with two more USB ports for additional controllers that will be sold separately.

The Astro City will come pre-loaded with 36 Sega arcade games, including Golden Axe, Virtua Fighter, and Altered Beast. You can find the currently announced games below:

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Top New Video Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 5-11, 2020

New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week. This episode is bringing some dark and mysterious sequels, with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. There's also a double dose of racing thanks to F1 2020 and NASCAR Heat 5. Finally, console gamers can get their hands on CrossCode.

CrossCode -- July 9

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch

CrossCode got its PC release some time ago, but now console gamers can try out this 16-bit action-RPG. It's got more than 120 enemies to battle, 30-plus bosses to beat, seven unique dungeons to explore, and over 100 quests to complete. What's more, Xbox Game Pass members can jump in on day one.

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Source: Top New Video Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 5-11, 2020

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Sci-Fi MMO Dual Universe Gets PC Beta This August

GameSpot can exclusively reveal that Novaquark's sci-fi MMO Dual Universe will release a beta on August 27. You can head over to the game's official website to sign-up for the beta; it's worth pointing out that right now, Dual Universe is alpha testing, with players able to join simply by purchasing a key for $60, $120, or $180. Once players enter the beta, Dual Universe will begin the next phase of its development, using a new subscription model once it goes live.

Starting at a monthly subscription of $6.99, the beta will have a range of different pricing models. The three month subscription is set at $20.97, six months will be $36.44, and 12 months will be $69.90. CEO of Novaquark Jean-Christoph Baillie stated the following.

“We’ve been working on Dual Universe for over four years, and after completing the foundation for all main gameplay pillars, we’re presenting a solid idea of what this unique game offers to players, and a fully playable game for Beta.” said Baillie. “This is a huge milestone for us, as it is the culmination of so much hard work from the developers and a direct result of the community’s commitment to improve the game. I’m incredibly proud of everyone involved.”

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New Video Series Shows Us How To Survive The Apocalypse With Technology

When the apocalypse comes, it may be due to zombies, demons and ghosts attacking New York City, or alien invaders that can be hacked by Jeff Goldblum's Mac computer: any one of those three scenarios. However, we're all going to have to learn how to survive in the futuristic wasteland, and GameSpot's sister site CNET has a new series diving into the world of post-humanity survival.

Hacking the Apocalypse is a six-episode series that has debuted on CNET's YouTube, and three episodes are already available to watch. Below, you'll find the second episode for the series where CNET's Claire Reilly checks out a super-fancy underground bunker, complete with a classroom, library, and ridiculously large pool.

So $1.5 million is a pretty steep price if you want to live in an underground bunker, but there are other ways you can smarten-up to prepare yourself for the end of civilization. Below, you find the topics and release dates for upcoming episodes--and it's pretty wild that the first episode was about pandemics, with much of the episode filmed just months before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Source: New Video Series Shows Us How To Survive The Apocalypse With Technology

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Biomutant Collector's Edition Is Mysteriously Cheap Right Now For PS4 (Update: Sold Out)

Update: Biomutant's Collector's edition for PS4 is sold out following its 50% discount this morning, but we'll update this article if it comes back in stock for $60.

Experiment 101's upcoming action-RPG Biomutant doesn't have a release date yet, but we recently learned that it's nearing completion. If you're looking forward to the post-apocalyptic game filled with kung fu adept cats, Amazon has an enticing pre-order offer for PS4. Biomutant's $120 Collector's edition is currently slashed to $60 on PS4, which is the same price as the standard edition.

Biomutant Collector's edition for PS4 is $60 right now

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Source: Biomutant Collector's Edition Is Mysteriously Cheap Right Now For PS4 (Update: Sold Out)

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Watch Dogs Legion PS4 Pre-Orders Are $40 For Some Reason (Update: Sold Out)

Update: Watch Dogs Legion's PS4 version is now sold out following its $20 price drop this morning. We'll update this article if the discount returns.

Ahead of Ubisoft Forward this coming Sunday, Watch Dogs Legion PS4 pre-orders have received a startling discount at Amazon. Normally priced at $60, Watch Dogs Legion is currently on sale for $40 at Amazon; unfortunately, the discount is only available for the PS4 version of the game, and Xbox One copies are still $60. Amazon doesn't charge you for a pre-order until the item actually ships, so if you're interested in owning the game on PlayStation, we'd recommend grabbing it at this price ASAP. You'll be able to cancel at any time until right before the item ships.

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Source: Watch Dogs Legion PS4 Pre-Orders Are $40 For Some Reason (Update: Sold Out)

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Red Dead Online: Claim Triple XP in Land of Opportunity Missions, Free Barber Services, and More

This week, claim XP bonuses in A Land of Opportunities and Free Roam Missions, discounts on clothing, and more.
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Mafia: Definitive Edition Delayed By a Month

Mafia has slipped from August to September because of problems caused by working amid COVID-19.
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Sega Announces a Miniature Arcade Cabinet With 36 Games Included

Sega has announced the Astro City Mini, a miniature cabinet that will feature 36 classic Sega arcade titles.
Source: Sega Announces a Miniature Arcade Cabinet With 36 Games Included

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning: Slight Delay, New DLC Expansion Announced

Along with a short delay, we've learned Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning will get a new DLC expansion almost a decade after its first release.
Source: Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning: Slight Delay, New DLC Expansion Announced

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Ubisoft Forward: Games Line-up, Free Copy of Watch Dogs 2 Announced

Here's what we know will be at Ubisoft's summer conference - and how to grab a copy of Watch Dogs 2 just for watching.
Source: Ubisoft Forward: Games Line-up, Free Copy of Watch Dogs 2 Announced

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Biomutant: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

Some great-looking special editions are coming for Biomutant; check them out in our preorder guide.
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Retro Digital Timex x Pac-Man Watches Now Available

The watch was introduced last year at ComplexCon in Long Beach, and you can wrap your wrist in retro goodness beginning next week, if you manage to order one in time.
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GameSpot News / GSN - Paragon, Killed By Fortnite, Lives On
« on: July 07, 2020, 07:08:56 AM »
Paragon, Killed By Fortnite, Lives On

Epic Games' free-to-play MOBA Paragon never quite found the stability it needed to become successful, shutting its doors in early 2018 after being live for less than two years. Meanwhile, another Epic title, Fortnite, was flourishing--and its huge success ultimately meant that the company had little reason to keep Paragon alive. Shortly after the game shut down, Epic announced it would be releasing millions of dollars worth of Paragon assets to Unreal Engine 4 developers, and now that generosity is coming to fruition.

At least four new MOBAs are now being developed with Paragon's official assets, PC Gamer has reported. The games include OverPrime, CORE, Predecessor and Fault, with many of them nearing a soft launch in beta or alpha phases.

Despite the overall decline of the MOBA genre, each of the new games is looking to bring something different into the mix--even while using the same game's assets. You can see what the different games have done with the same asset sets in the trailers below.

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Watch Blink 182's Mark Hoppus Cover "Dammit" In The Last Of Us 2

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II features a neat, and fairly sophisticated, mini-game of sorts that lets you play music on an acoustic guitar. Numerous different chords and strumming patterns are possible, and this has led to some wonderful videos of covers of famous songs popping up online.

Now, Blink 182's own Mark Hoppus has gotten involved. During a recent Twitch livestream on his account, Hoppus covered his own song, "Dammit," using the Last of Us 2's in-game guitar. It's a four-chord song, so it translates quite well in the game as an acoustic version of one of the band's most famous tunes. It's a delight to watch Hoppus in this video, even if he forgets the words at one point.

You can buy a replica of the guitar from The Last of Us 2, but at $2,300 it's not cheap. Sony partnered with guitar company Taylor for the custom acoustic guitar based on Ellie's guitar from the game.

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Ex-Bungie Exec Says Activision Deal Was 'Bad From the Start', Destiny Nearly Went to Microsoft

Halo composer Marty O'Donnell has provided his reasoning for Bungie's partnership with and ultimate separation from publisher Activision.
Source: Ex-Bungie Exec Says Activision Deal Was 'Bad From the Start', Destiny Nearly Went to Microsoft

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Blink 182's Mark Hoppus Plays His Own Song In The Last Of Us 2

Hoppus used the simulated in-game guitar to play (and sing along to) one of his old tunes.
Source: Blink 182's Mark Hoppus Plays His Own Song In The Last Of Us 2

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Bungie Vet Says Destiny Deal With Activision Was "Bad From The Start"; Microsoft Almost Signed The Game

Video game industry veteran Martin O'Donnell, who composed the music for Halo and was on Bungie's board of directors, has spoken very openly about the deal Bungie made with Activision and how it all fell apart. The long and short of it is that O'Donnell had a bad feeling about the deal for the Destiny series from the very beginning, but the whole story is like something out of a movie.

Speaking to

, O'Donnell first clarified that it was Bungie's seven members of the board of directors that collectively made the decision to work with Activision. O'Donnell was a member, so he acknowledged his part in the decision. O'Donnell also continues to hold stock in Bungie.

Discussing the origins of the deal, O'Donnell said he has misgivings right away. "We knew it was a risk right from the get-go," he said. "It turned out to be exactly as bad as we thought it was going to be. Everybody who no longer works for Bungie is going to say, 'Yeah, it was bad from the start.'"

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Source: Bungie Vet Says Destiny Deal With Activision Was "Bad From The Start"; Microsoft Almost Signed The Game

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Shovel Knight Dev Is Hiring For A 3D Project Right Now

Yacht Club Games, the developer behind the Shovel Knight series, is working on some unannounced games, and new listings for hires suggest that at least one game in production will be a 3D title. This is significant, as not only is the developer known for their 2D retro-style games, but they also have three new 2D games confirmed to be in the works.

Known 2D projects currently on the slate at Yacht Club Games include Shovel Knight Dig, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, and Cyber Shadow. Now, in a listing on Gamasutra, the developer is seeking a mid-senior gameplay programmer to work on a new, 3D-focused team.

"Yacht Club Games is working on a new 3D project and is building out our 3D team (and custom engine) to complement our existing 2D team," the listing reads. The candidate must be experienced with C and C++ programming languages for 2D and 3D development, and must possess "strong 3D maths skills."

The job page does not give any further insights into the specifics of what the game will be about, how it will play, or what genre it will fit into.

Shovel Knight has previously appeared as a 3D model in Yooka-Laylee as a cameo, and in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an assist trophy. It's likely that Shovel Knight will return for a sequel one day, but that's not necessarily what this is.

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Source: Shovel Knight Dev Is Hiring For A 3D Project Right Now

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Call Of Duty Mobile Adds A Fan-Favorite Modern Warfare 2 Map This Week

Activision has announced what's coming to Call of Duty: Mobile this week, and it includes a classic map, a new charity DLC offering, and more.

First, the map Highrise is headed to the mobile game this week. If that name sounds familiar, it's because Highrise was originally featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The map is set on top of a skyscraper, and you need to watch where you walk, as you can fall to your death.

The fan-favorite Highrise map is headed to CoD: Mobile

Also new in Call of Duty: Mobile this week is the latest Call of Duty Endowment pack. The "Freedom Pack," as it's called, comes with a series of red, white, and blue items, including a parachute and wingsuit. It also includes a blueprint for the M16 weapon with a red, white, and blue color scheme. As usual, 100 percent of proceeds will go to the Call of Duty Endowment, which helps military veterans find new careers in their civilian lives.

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Source: Call Of Duty Mobile Adds A Fan-Favorite Modern Warfare 2 Map This Week

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MX Vs ATV All Out Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon

The long-running MX vs ATV series, which started with 2005's MX vs ATV Unleashed, is coming to Switch for the first time. MX vs ATV All Out has been announced for Switch, with a release date set for September 1.

The game, which released for PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018, features supercross, overcross, waypoint, and freestyle competition modes. You can race on bikes, ATVs, and UTVs acrosss multiple events, and customize both your rider and your vehicle.

The game will feature both 8-player online races and 2-player split-screen.

Unfortunately, MX vs ATV All Out did not review particularly well on release--whether this Switch version will be an improvement remains to be seen. This will be only the third game in the series to release on a Nintendo console; MX vs ATV Untamed released on Nintendo DS and Wii, while MX vs ATV Reflect made its way to DS too.

The Switch recently received another major racing port with Burnout Paradise Remastered, which marked the game's debut on a Nintendo console.

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Source: MX Vs ATV All Out Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Soon

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Stardew Valley Update 1.5 Update Will Add New End-Game Content

Stardew Valley's 1.5 update will add a "significant new piece of end-game content" plus other new additions as well. In a tweet, developer Eric Barone, also known as ConcernedApe, teased the update that was previously announced when the 1.4 update was released. The tease shows Willy's shack with a new back door, that wasn't previously there.

Where the door leads and if it's connected to the end-game content is unknown, but Barone said he has hit some good milestones on the update, but no release window has been given. Like previous updates, the new content will be free for all players. Update 1.5 might also include bananas, which will be added as a new growable fruit after winning a Twitter poll.

Barone has previously said he is working on other projects, but doesn't want anyone getting too excited just yet. The Stardew developer said that he wants to explore projects that allow him to be creative and isn't trying to make the next indie smash hit. Stardew Valley has sold over 10 million copies as of January, 2020.

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What's New In Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare And Warzone This Week?

It's a new week, and that means Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone are being updated once more with new playlists and more microtransaction bundles.

Activision provided an overview of the week's new updates in a blog post, and we're highlighting the most notable parts in this post.

New Modes And Playlists

Starting with the new modes, Gunfight Tournaments makes its way back into rotation this week. In this mode, teams of two players each try to win four games before losing one to claim victory. Even if you're knocked out, you'll still earn XP and other rewards. The Realism Gun Game mode is also set to return this week.

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Source: What's New In Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare And Warzone This Week?

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How to Get Pearls in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You'll need pearls for the mermaid DIY recipes.
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IGN Nominated for 3 L.A. Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards

IGN is pleased to announce that three of its writers are among the nominees for the L.A. Press Club's 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.
Source: IGN Nominated for 3 L.A. Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards

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Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for $49.94

Everything you need to know to preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.
Source: Preorder LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga for $49.94

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Gullivarrr Guide And All Pirate Items

Part one of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' summer update has arrived, and it's brought a brand-new special visitor: Gullivarrr! Although it's just Gulliver doing pirate cosplay, he offers a different set of prizes than when he visits as regular Gulliver--and while Gullivarrr also requires your help getting back to his (pirate) ship, helping him works differently, too. It's less confusing than it sounds!

Gullivarrr is a separate visitor from Gulliver, and according to dataminer Ninji, you can get both of them in the same week--just not on consecutive days. Gullivarrr's appearance is random, but you do need to have purchased a wet suit (from Nook's Cranny or via Nook Shopping) before he'll visit.

Drink good soda responsibly, I guess.

When And Where Does Gullivarrr Show Up?

Gullivarrr is one of the random visitors in New Horizons, which means he can show up on any given weekday. You can see our Animal Crossing special visitors guide for more details about visiting NPCs and their prerequisites.

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Pokemon Go Kyurem Guide: Raid Hours And Best Counters And Weaknesses

Another new Legendary Pokemon is making its debut in Pokemon Go very soon. Kyurem, the Legendary Dragon/Ice type from Pokemon Black and White, arrives in Raid Battles starting July 7, making this your first chance to catch it in Niantic's Pokemon mobile game. If you're looking to add one to your collection, we've rounded up some tips and other details you need to know to help you battle and catch Kyurem.

Kyurem Raid Hours

Kyurem will appear in Gyms around the world as a five-star Raid boss beginning at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET on July 7. As usual, Kyurem Raids won't follow a set schedule, so they can happen at any time, but you'll receive a notification in the game when one is about to begin nearby.

For a guaranteed chance to face the new Legendary, Niantic will host a Kyurem Raid Hour event every Wednesday evening while the Pokemon is in the game. During these Raid Hours, nearly every Gym in your vicinity will host a Kyurem Raid from 6 to 7 PM local time, all but ensuring you'll be able to challenge the Legendary Pokemon. The first Kyurem Raid Hour will take place on Wednesday, July 8, and we'll update this guide with the rest of the Raid Hour schedule when Niantic confirms other dates.

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Source: Pokemon Go Kyurem Guide: Raid Hours And Best Counters And Weaknesses

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Amazon Price-Matching GameStop's Latest Sale: Mario Bros., Yakuza, MK11: Aftermath, And More

GameStop has been having back-to-back sales recently, including a massive Game Days sale that launched this Sunday just as its Fourth of July sale ended. The Game Days sale is one of the best ones we've seen at GameStop all year, offering steep discounts on first-party Switch games along with PS4 and Xbox One games. But if you prefer to shop at Amazon, you can take advantage of some of the same deals there, as the mega-retailer is price-matching some of GameStop's best game deals.

The sale includes the recent 2K Switch ports that launched on Switch this May. Normally $50 each, you can already save $10 each on physical Switch copies of BioShock: The Collection, XCOM 2 Collection, and Borderlands: Legendary Collection, now $40 a copy. You'll also find Mortal Kombat 11's Aftermath Kollection for $40 (PS4 and Switch) and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order for $30 on Xbox One.

Amazon was price-matching GameStop's $40 offer on first-party Switch games, but unsurprisingly, this offer has been popular and is mostly sold out. Splatoon 2 sold out as I was writing this up, shortly followed by Super Mario Maker 2, but you can still grab New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe for $40 at Amazon as of our last update. First-party Switch games don't get much cheaper than this, so it's worth grabbing at this price while you can. While the other Switch deals have sold out or returned to full price at Amazon, you can still find Super Mario Maker 2, Splatoon 2, Mario Tennis Aces, and Yoshi's Crafted World for $40 each at GameStop.

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Source: Amazon Price-Matching GameStop's Latest Sale: Mario Bros., Yakuza, MK11: Aftermath, And More

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Microsoft Interested In Buying Batman, Mortal Kombat Dev WB Games - Report

Last month, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's (WB Games) parent company, AT&T, announced intentions to sell off WarnerMedia's gaming division. A new report suggests that Microsoft has expressed interest in purchasing WB Games, though a sale has yet to be confirmed.

According to business news publication The Information, "two people familiar with the situation" said Microsoft might be looking to scoop up WB Games, the studio responsible for publishing games like Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Mortal Kombat 11, and others. A sale isn't imminent, according to the people, as AT&T is still weighing how to handle its $154 billion in debt. This debt comes from the 2018 acquisition of Time Warner, now known as WarnerMedia, which includes companies like Crunchyroll, DC Comics, HBO, WB Games, and a host of other subsidies.

Microsoft isn't the only company that finds buying WB Games an enticing proposition; Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, and Take-Two Interactive have also seemingly expressed their interest in the company. Though it's unclear how serious AT&T is about selling WB Games, the sale could fetch a hefty $4 billion price tag.

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Source: Microsoft Interested In Buying Batman, Mortal Kombat Dev WB Games - Report

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Captain Marvel's Brie Larson Has An Unexpected Favorite Super Mario Game

It's no secret that Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson loves Nintendo, and her Nintendo Switch. But if you had to ask her which of the many Mario games are her favorite, the answer might surprise you.

As a guest on

, Larson was asked about the time she proclaimed Super Mario 3D World was "one of the greatest achievements in Nintendo history." Larson laughed before breaking down the sense of wonder the Wii U platformer gave her.

"Man, that game blew my mind when it came out because I had such a deep love for it in its two-dimensional form," Larson explained. "I would've said that same quote when Paper Mario came out...I love illusions, I love optical illusions, I love magic. Games that use that, that use the idea that there's other worlds, other ways of looking at the world--which I think Paper Mario and Mario 3D World did--yeah. Nintendo continues to top itself."

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Source: Captain Marvel's Brie Larson Has An Unexpected Favorite Super Mario Game

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Adds New Seasonal Item

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' first summer content update is now live, and it's added swimming, mermaid furniture, and sea creatures to the game. That's not all that's new right now, however; Nintendo has also added another limited-time seasonal item, Bamboo grass.

The item is listed in the Seasonal tab of the Nook Shopping catalog and ties into the Japanese festival of Tanabata, which takes place on July 7. Like previous seasonal items, the Bamboo grass will only be available for a limited time--until July 31--and costs 3,080 Bells to order.

Beyond the new seasonal item, another event is happening in Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week--the Fishing Tourney. The event takes place this Saturday, July 11 and will give you another chance to earn fish-themed furniture and other items. Because the Fishing Tourney will be happening Saturday, K.K. Slider will show up for his weekly concert on Friday this week, so make sure you don't miss him.

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Source: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Adds New Seasonal Item

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Fortnite's Fog Of War Limited Time Mode Is Back For Summer Splash

The limited-time Fog of War mode is returning to Fortnite as a part of the games Summer Splash series of events. It fills the map with a thick smoke and replaces all guns and loot in the game with suppressed weapons and stealth items for quiet and tense matches.

The Summer Splash series of events is bringing a number of previous limited-time modes back to Fortnite. Other events like One Shot Duos, where players jump around in low gravity with nothing but snipers, have also returned. Available limited time modes change every other day.

Fog of War is the same as the previous limited time mode, sneaky silencers, with a few minimal changes. New additions include siphoning, where you gain health for eliminating other players, and the ability to mark opponents by shooting at them.

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Fans Hate The Sims 4's New "Sperm" Eyeliner, So Modders Removed It

The Sims 4 recently got a large update prior to the release of its Eco Lifestyle expansion, but fans aren't happy with all of the new additions. In particular, the new Mac makeup for Create-A-Sim has garnered a particularly strong reaction from players, with several referring to it as "sperm eyeliner," for obvious reasons.

While fans could just avoid using the eyeliner on their Sims, the unfortunate reality is that the game uses all clothing options when it creates random "townies" to populate its different areas. Because of this, modders have already introduced ways to remove the makeup from the game entirely, including one that removes it for random Sims, and another that replaces it with a less suggestive alternative.

Eco Lifestyle is the latest expansion pack for The Sims 4, having released in early June. The expansion allows players to grow their own food in a new vertical garden. You can also dumpster dive for new furniture. The expansion costs $40, and in its wake, developer Maxis had to patch out an odd bug that caused Sims to urinate fire. Earlier this year, EA announced that The Sims franchise had passed $5 billion in lifetime sales. There's been no word yet on how many Simoleons that converts to, but it's probably quite a lot.


Source: Fans Hate The Sims 4's New "Sperm" Eyeliner, So Modders Removed It

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Cyberpunk 2077 Gaming Headset Gets Discounted On Amazon

If you're looking for a new gaming headset that will work on multiple devices, then you're in luck: The wonderful SteelSeries Arctis 1 headset is now discounted on Amazon, including a cool-looking Cyberpunk 2077-themed version. You can snag the Cyberpunk 2077 Arctis 1 gaming headset for $98.90, though if you're okay without the branding, then you can snag the regular Arctis 1 headset for $80. It comes with free two-day Prime shipping.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 gaming headset is one of my new favourites, as it has the ability to work on multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch in handheld mode. Thanks to its USB-C dongle, all you have to do is plug it into the bottom of your Switch, and you're all set. Unfortunately, the versions that are discounted do not work on the Xbox One--the recently released Arctis 1 gaming headset for Xbox costs $100 and works on PS4, Switch, PC, Android devices, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

The Arctis 1 also comes with a detachable mic, making it great for listening to music or when you need to focus on a single-player game. And while it isn't as high-end as some of SteelSeries' more expensive models, I actually prefer the Arctis 1 to the high-end Arctis 7 thanks to the platform flexibility and adjustable headband. They're not quite as comfortable, but as someone with a big head, the adjustable headband allows it to fit a little better.

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Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Gaming Headset Gets Discounted On Amazon

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Ubisoft Forward: Date, Stream Start Time, Free Watch Dogs 2 Offer, And More

The Ubisoft Forward livestream is set to go live on July 12 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET. There will be a 30-minute pre-show before the main event, tons of reveals for titles like Assassin's Creed Valhalla and Watch Dogs: Legion, free giveaways during the presentation, and more. Here's what else you can expect from Ubisoft Forward this Sunday.

Game Reveals, Announcements, And "Other Surprises"

According to a blog post, the main showcase will be packed with announcements concerning the studio's highly anticipated titles. This includes Assassin's Creed Valhalla, the recently revealed Hyper Scape, Watch Dogs: Legion, and more. A line-up reveal confirms the livestream will feature several other games in Ubisoft's catalog as well, such as The Crew and Trackmania.

Among the games that will be discussed during Ubisoft Forward, the studio confirmed that some very specific news will be revealed. The long-awaited AI Squadmates update for Ghost Recon: Breakpoint will finally be talked about, as well as a deep-dive into The Division 2 easter eggs, additional Just Dance 2020 news, and more. Currently, it's unclear if previously-announced titles--Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, Roller Champions, and others--will appear. However, Ubisoft did say "a few other surprises" will be unveiled.

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Source: Ubisoft Forward: Date, Stream Start Time, Free Watch Dogs 2 Offer, And More

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Xbox Is Interested in Acquiring Mortal Kombat, Batman Developers

Xbox is interested in acquiring WB Interactive if AT&T decides to sell its game development unit.
Source: Xbox Is Interested in Acquiring Mortal Kombat, Batman Developers

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Voice Actors Say They've Finished Their Work [Update]

Update: The initial report appears to be incorrect.
Source: Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Voice Actors Say They've Finished Their Work [Update]

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Title Update 4 Patch Notes Add Alatreon, Frostfang Barioth

Fans have been waiting a while for the latest update for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, and it's almost here. Title Update 4 was delayed due to the onset of the coronavirus crisis, but it will make its way to PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on July 8 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET. It adds the fearsome black dragon Alatreon to the game, which can change its elements at a whim.

As a dev diary video notes, the update also includes a new variant to the ice wyvern, dubbed Frostfang Barioth. This rugged monster has the ability to inflict the frostbind ailment, which makes it much more difficult to avoid its onslaught of attacks. As always, both of these new monsters have exclusive armor for players to craft from their loot.

The patch includes several more general changes to the game, such as the ability to meld special tracks that will allow players to hunt specific monsters in the Guiding Lands. It also prepares the game for some upcoming seasonal events, including the Sizzling Spice Fest, which runs from July 22 to August 6.

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Source: Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Title Update 4 Patch Notes Add Alatreon, Frostfang Barioth

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Leaks Ahead Of Ubisoft Forward

Ahead of Ubisoft Forward this weekend, nearly 30 minutes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay from an early build has found its way online.

The footage, which is being bounced between hosts as Ubisoft attempts to scrub it from the internet, gives us our first real look at the female version of Eivor, after only the male version was featured in the game's two recent trailers. The footage covers a lot of ground, showing off some of the game's open-world, naval gameplay, lots of melee combat, and an assault on the real-life Burgh Castle in East Anglia.

The footage is grainy and there are aspects that look like they will be polished before being shown off officially, but as a small slice of what to expect for Valhalla it's a comprehensive leak. Valhalla looks to be retaining many of the structural elements from Assassin's Creed Odyssey, including dialogue choices and role-playing aspects that might affect the narrative. Specifically, Eivor is given the choice to kill or spare the occupants of the castle she invades, which may or may not tie into quests later.

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Source: Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gameplay Leaks Ahead Of Ubisoft Forward

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Pokemon Go Fest 2020 Gets A Commercial From Star Wars Director Rian Johnson

Niantic has a number of events lined up for Pokemon Go in July, but the biggest is Pokemon Go Fest 2020. The annual event returns later this month as a digital experience, and ahead of the festivities, Niantic has shared a new Pokemon Go Fest 2020 commercial directed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.

The commercial, titled "Look Closer," follows a handful of Pokemon Go players who peel back parts of their surroundings to reveal Pokemon hiding in everyday places. Niantic says the commercial was shot in New Zealand and directed by Johnson remotely from Los Angeles.

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Source: Pokemon Go Fest 2020 Gets A Commercial From Star Wars Director Rian Johnson

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We Regret To Inform You That JK Rowling Is Tweeting Again

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling has become known for creating controversy around her thoughts on gender and transsexuality. In a weekend tweetstorm, the author once again stepped into a contentious topic by signal-boosting and then defending a tweet criticizing hormone treatments and the "pure laziness" of the medical professionals who prescribe them.

This time it began when Rowling liked a tweet criticizing hormone treatments as "the new antidepressants" (via The AV Club) and saying they're overprescribed. A backlash started to surface online, and Rowling replied in a lengthy tweet thread.

"I've ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I've ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I've ignored death and rape threats. I'm not going to ignore this," she began. Her replies took exception to people suggesting that the original tweet had criticized the patients themselves as lazy when instead that criticism was pointed at doctors, but she went on to share her more general thoughts about the purported risks of overprescribing hormone treatments and surgery.

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Source: We Regret To Inform You That JK Rowling Is Tweeting Again

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Dormant Battletoads Reboot Might Be Nearing Release

Games enthusiasts of a certain age still bear the scars from the infamous speeder bike levels of the original Battletoads, and you might be able to test your skills again soon. The Battletoads reboot that was first announced back at E3 2018 is finally showing signs of life, with Gematsu noting that the game recently appeared on Brazil's state-run rating board. Typically, games don't receive ratings from such agencies unless they're relatively close to launch.

Originally slated for a 2019 release, the Battletoads reboot is under development by Dlala Studios, under the supervision of Rare. It would be the first entry in the series since the Battletoads arcade game from 1994, which never made its way to consoles of the day. The new game was first teased when the three Battletoads--Rash, Zitz, and Pimple--were added to the indie sensation Shovel Knight in 2015.

Like previous games in the series, the new Battletoads belongs to the beat 'em up or brawler genre, and there have been several other attempts to bring back the glory of that arcade era in recent years. The retro-sequel to Sega's beloved Streets of Rage series garnered positive reviews from critics and fans alike, with our critic Heidi Kemps rating it an 8/10 in GameSpot's Streets of Rage 4 review.


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Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 5-11, 2020

New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week. This episode is bringing some dark and mysterious sequels, with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. There's also a double dose of racing thanks to F1 2020 and NASCAR Heat 5. Finally, console gamers can get their hands on CrossCode.

CrossCode -- July 9

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch

CrossCode got its PC release some time ago, but now console gamers can try out this 16-bit action-RPG. It's got more than 120 enemies to battle, 30-plus bosses to beat, seven unique dungeons to explore, and over 100 quests to complete. What's more, Xbox Game Pass members can jump in on day one.

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Source: Top New Video Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 5-11, 2020

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Shadow Warrior 3 Is Coming In 2021, And The First Trailer Shows Off Lo Wang's New Grappling Hook

Lo Wang is coming back for Shadow Warrior 3, the newly revealed third entry in the rebooted Shadow Warrior series. The Shadow Warrior Twitter account has been teasing a reveal over the past week, and now we know that it's a sequel--and this time, you'll have a grappling hook to compliment the game's free-running movement system.

The teaser trailer, below, shows that developer Flying Wild Hog has returned for this entry, and that the series' brand of irreverent humor will return for this entry. The game is set to release in 2021. This time, Wang and his sidekick Orochi Zilla will be on a quest to capture a dragon on the loose, and it's up to you to track it down and recapture it while taking on enemies with a mix of swords, guns, and magic.

The teaser trailer does not show off any direct gameplay footage, although it definitely indicates that the character models are being rendered in-engine with Wang's opening dialog. We won't have to wait long to see how the game plays, however, as a gameplay reveal will take place during the Devolver Direct presentation on July 11 at 12 PM PT.

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Source: Shadow Warrior 3 Is Coming In 2021, And The First Trailer Shows Off Lo Wang's New Grappling Hook

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New 8BitDo Controller Designed For Project xCloud Is Available To Pre-Order Now

8BitDo has created a controller specifically for Microsoft's xCloud streaming service. The SN30 Pro for Xbox takes the excellent design of the original SN30 Pro and adds a clip for your smartphone along with an appropriate Xbox controller look. The SN30 Pro for Xbox is available to pre-order at Amazon for $45 ahead of its September 21 release date. Alternatively, you can pre-order the smartphone clip separately for $15 and use a regular Xbox One controller with xCloud.

SN30 Pro for Xbox | $45

SN30 Pro for Xbox is designed for xCloud on Android

The SN30 Pro for Xbox is compatible with all Android devices, smartphones and tablets. However, the clip only expands to 86mm, which means you can't attach the controller to a large tablet (big smartphones are fine, though). The SN30 Pro Bluetooth gamepad matches the black Xbox One wireless controller and is complete with the Xbox logo power button, menu and view buttons, and A/B/X/Y face buttons. Despite being compact, it still has dual triggers on each side, a pair of aligned joysticks, and a D-pad, which means it will work with all Xbox games played via xCloud.

Additionally, 8BitDo's included software lets you re-map every button as well as adjust trigger and joystick sensitivity. You can create custom profiles that can be cycled through on the fly with the press of a button. The SN30 Pro for Xbox is charged via USB-C and can run for 18 hours on a full charge.

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Source: New 8BitDo Controller Designed For Project xCloud Is Available To Pre-Order Now

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GameSpot Play For All Week 6 - What To Expect This Week

GameSpot's Play For All is still going strong. The summer gaming celebration has spent more than a month bringing you exclusive interviews and charity livestreams to benefit Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts. As we approach the end we still have surprises and streams galore to enjoy.

This week GameSpot welcomes our friends from around the industry to help us raise money for charity. The schedule includes partnerships with Elyse and James Willems, RKG, and more. We'll also be throwing down in some Warframe, taking a fond look at some of the absolute best Skyrim mods, and debuting some exclusive trailers, developer interviews, and gameplay footage.

Meanwhile, this week has some big industry events to look forward to. From the Shadowlands stream for World of Warcraft to this year's press events from Devolver Digital and Ubisoft, we'll be covering all the breaking news as it happens.

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Source: GameSpot Play For All Week 6 - What To Expect This Week

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Save 30% On The Last Of Us 2 When You Pre-Order An Upcoming PS4 Or Xbox One Game

We're past the halfway point of 2020, but there are still plenty of exciting games on the horizon this year, including the soon-to-be-released Ghost of Tsushima, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Madden NFL 21. For those looking to secure a pre-order for any of those games or others ahead of their releases, Target's latest video game promotion may be of interest. Pre-orders for select PS4 and Xbox One games come with 30% off on hundreds of new games, including The Last of Us Part II, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and MLB The Show 20.

While there are tons of PS4 and Xbox One games in the promotion, many of them don't make a ton of sense to purchase with this offer. Ideally, you'd want to pick up a game that released in recent months. For instance, you can get The Last of Us Part II or Final Fantasy VII Remake on PS4 for $42. Alternatively, you could grab MLB The Show 20, the latest entry in Sony's baseball sim series, for just $28, since it's already on sale for $40. Dragon Ball fans can get Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot for $28 on PS4 or Xbox One, which is the lowest price we've seen.

Of course, in order to get these great discounts, you need to pre-order an upcoming game. Thankfully, a nice variety of titles are included in the promotion, though Target doesn't make them extremely easy to find. Here are some of the highlights we found that work with the promotion, most of which have pre-order bonuses that make pre-ordering worthwhile even without the promotion.

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Source: Save 30% On The Last Of Us 2 When You Pre-Order An Upcoming PS4 Or Xbox One Game

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EA Sports UFC 4 Reveal Will Finally Happen Very Soon After Many Leaks

EA Sports is now just days away from announcing the long-rumored EA Sports UFC 4. A promotional poster for the upcoming UFC 251 fight states that the upcoming fight will host the reveal of the game on July 11.

You can see in the poster below that the "official reveal" of EA Sports UFC 4 will take place alongside the event. We'll report back with more details as they're announced.

The existence of EA Sports UFC 4 was hinted at in June when a website for the unannounced game's unannounced beta showed up.

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Source: EA Sports UFC 4 Reveal Will Finally Happen Very Soon After Many Leaks

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Listen To The Cyberpunk 2077 Theme As Performed By A Beatbox Champion

Even though we're still some months out from Cyberpunk 2077's recently delayed release date, everyone's getting hyped about the upcoming game. Now musical covers from fans are popping up, such as Russian beatboxer Improver's take on the Cyberpunk theme, as picked up by VG24/7.

Improver took out the top spot at last year's Russian Beatbox Championships and since then has added a bunch of beatbox covers to his YouTube channel. Known for his skill with techno-style music involving synths, tackling the Cyberpunk theme was likely a no-brainer for Improver.

While Cyberpunk 2077 is still almost four months out from release, we're learning more about the game every day from CD Projekt Red. The first Night City Wire presentation went live last month, with a second episode set to air in the next few weeks.

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Source: Listen To The Cyberpunk 2077 Theme As Performed By A Beatbox Champion

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla: 30 Minutes of Gameplay Footage Leak

30 minutes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay have made their way onto the internet, before Ubisoft has shown any gameplay itself.
Source: Assassin's Creed Valhalla: 30 Minutes of Gameplay Footage Leak

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Shadow Warrior 3 Announced
« on: July 06, 2020, 01:14:38 PM »
Shadow Warrior 3 Announced

The shooting/slashing/swearing reboot is back for a third outing, with gameplay to be shown next week.
Source: Shadow Warrior 3 Announced

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Xbox Series X First-Party Games Showcase Coming on July 23

We'll be getting a look at Halo Infinite, as well as games from Double Fine, Ninja Theory, and Obsidian during the livestream.
Source: Xbox Series X First-Party Games Showcase Coming on July 23

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IGN Partners With Gamescom 2020

IGN is partnering with gamescom 2020 for the all-digital event, with daily shows, an awards ceremony, and more.
Source: IGN Partners With Gamescom 2020

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Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Back Down to $49.94

Everything you need to know to preorder Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Cyberpunk 2077 Preorders Back Down to $49.94

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Voice Actors Say They've Finished Their Work

Spanish voice actors on Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 say they've finished their work on the game, perhaps indicating that the project is a substantial way through development.
Source: Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Voice Actors Say They've Finished Their Work

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Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2: Development Affected By COVID-19, But Shouldn't Have 'Big Impact'

The follow-up to the first part of Final Fantasy 7 Remake is being developed from home, but it shouldn't have a long-term impact.
Source: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2: Development Affected By COVID-19, But Shouldn't Have 'Big Impact'

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Nintendo Switch Eshop Releases This Week: Catherine: Full Body, Superliminal, And More

While the mid-year period is generally pretty quiet as far as big releases go, the Switch is still getting plenty of new games including some unique indies and the Switch port of Catherine: Full Body.

Nintendo's Paper Mario: The Origami King won't be out for almost two weeks still, meaning there's still time for Switch fanatics to get stuck into Catherine: Full Body, the upgraded remake of Catherine that still lives up to the original's messed up concept.

Other highlights in this week's eShop include Superliminal, a first-person puzzle game focusing on optical illusions, and Vigor, a free to play loot shooter arriving near the end of the week.

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Source: Nintendo Switch Eshop Releases This Week: Catherine: Full Body, Superliminal, And More

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Team Fortress 2 Classic Mod Is Available In Full Now

If you often find yourself yearning for a simpler era of online multiplayer games, before Overwatch, or Fortnite, or any kind of battle royale, Team Fortress 2 Classic may be for you. As picked up by VG24/7, the Death and Taxes update on the classic mod is now live, marking TF2 Classic's official release.

Although Valve still supports and occasionally updates Team Fortress 2 over a decade after it was originally released, many players feel the live game doesn't reflect the version they played in its heyday in the years after release.

"Team Fortress 2 Classic is a re-imagining of the 2008-2009 era of the original Team Fortress 2, [which we] consider the "Classic Era", featuring old features that were scrapped and worked upon, or new content such as new weapons and gamemodes," the mod's website explains. Despite being a huge undertaking, the TF2 Classic mod is entirely fan-made by team Eminoma.

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Source: Team Fortress 2 Classic Mod Is Available In Full Now

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Left 4 Dead Creators Reveal Concept Art for New Zombie Game, Back 4 Blood

Turtle Rock Studios has shown off a glimpse of its "next-gen cooperative FPS", perhaps offering a hint at how it'll differ from Left 4 Dead.
Source: Left 4 Dead Creators Reveal Concept Art for New Zombie Game, Back 4 Blood

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La Noire VR Developer Is Working With Rockstar on an Open World VR Game

The developer of LA Noire: The VR Case Files is working with Rockstar on a new "AAA open world" VR game.
Source: La Noire VR Developer Is Working With Rockstar on an Open World VR Game

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - F1 2020 Review
« on: July 06, 2020, 07:26:18 AM »
F1 2020 Review

Simultaneously the deepest yet most accessible Codemasters Formula One experience to date.
Source: F1 2020 Review

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EA Sports UFC 4 Reveal Will Finally Happen Very Soon After Many Leaks

EA Sports is now just days away from announcing the long-rumored EA Sports UFC 4. A promotional poster for the upcoming UFC 251 fight states that the upcoming fight will host the reveal of the game on July 11.

You can see in the poster below that the "official reveal" of EA Sports UFC 4 will take place alongside the event. We'll report back with more details as they're announced.

The existence of EA Sports UFC 4 was hinted at in June when a website for the unannounced game's unannounced beta showed up.

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Source: EA Sports UFC 4 Reveal Will Finally Happen Very Soon After Many Leaks

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Listen To The Cyberpunk 2077 Theme As Performed By A Beatbox Champion

Even though we're still some months out from Cyberpunk 2077's recently delayed release date, everyone's getting hyped about the upcoming game. Now musical covers from fans are popping up, such as Russian beatboxer Improver's take on the Cyberpunk theme, as picked up by VG24/7.

Improver took out the top spot at last year's Russian Beatbox Championships and since then has added a bunch of beatbox covers to his YouTube channel. Known for his skill with techno-style music involving synths, tackling the Cyberpunk theme was likely a no-brainer for Improver.

While Cyberpunk 2077 is still almost four months out from release, we're learning more about the game every day from CD Projekt Red. The first Night City Wire presentation went live last month, with a second episode set to air in the next few weeks.

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Source: Listen To The Cyberpunk 2077 Theme As Performed By A Beatbox Champion

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Sony Uses Many Robots To Make A New PS4 Every 30 Seconds

A new report from Nikkei's Asian Review offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sony's PlayStation manufacturing plant in Japan. One of the most notable takeaways is that the process of making a PlayStation console is now largely automated--that's right, robots are building game consoles.

The report says this advanced automation allows the PlayStation manufacturing plant in Kisarazu to assemble one PlayStation 4 console every 30 seconds.

There are humans involved in the process in a limited capacity--two humans put bare motherboards on the assembly line, and two others package the final consoles once they're made.

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Source: Sony Uses Many Robots To Make A New PS4 Every 30 Seconds

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Doom Eternal Devs Promise A Switch Release Date Soon And A Polished Port

Doom Eternal launched earlier this year on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, but the promised Switch port has not yet come out. Considering the quality of the first game's Switch port, expectations are high for the sequel, but a release date still hasn't been announced. According to the game's producers, that's set to change soon.

In an interview with Gamereactor, picked up on by Nintendo Everything, Id Software's Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin have promised that more news on the port, which is being handled by Switch port specialists Panic Button, will be revealed before too long. "We’ll be talking about the release date pretty soon," Stratton said. "We haven’t announced that yet – I can’t do that now. It’s really made great progress."

Stratton, who calls the other console versions of the game a "feather in the cap" of Id Software's tech team, believes that the Switch version will be similarly impressive on Nintendo's scaled-down hardware. "I think it’ll be every bit as good as Doom 2016 was, and I’m super excited for people to get it," he says.

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BioShock Creator's New Game Has "Some Weird Sh**" In It

Take-Two is reviving the BioShock franchise, but series creator, designer, and writer Ken Levine is not working on it. He's instead working on a different, more experimental project within Take-Two. The project has been in the works for years, but it remains unannounced and largely a mystery.

Speaking at the

, Levine shared a few further teases about his new game, while he also offered a wider outlook on his thoughts on game design and production.

"I can't really talk about the new game, but there's some weird sh** in that game," he said.

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PUBG Mobile Passes $3 Billion In Revenue From Microtransactions

The mobile version of the free-to-play battle royale game PUBG has crossed a new sales milestone. Research firm Sensor Tower reports that the Tencent-developed battle royale game has passed $3 billion in lifetime revenue.

PUBG Mobile has brought in an estimated $1.3 billion so far in 2020--March 2020 was the highest month on record with $270 million alone. This uptick in microtransaction sales is thought to be fueled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is keeping people at home playing more games.

The $3 billion in lifetime microtransaction revenue for PUBG Mobile includes the western game, which is called PUBG Mobile, and the Chinese edition that is called Game For Peace.

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Animal Crossing: Keep Track of All Sea Creatures With This Checklist

Take a look at when you can get certain creatures along with their sell price.
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The Last of Us 2's Laura Bailey and Neil Druckmann Respond to Online Threats

The Last of Us Part 2's Naughty Dog, as well as Abby's voice actor Laura Bailey and director Neil Druckmann, have responded to the online harassment they have received since the game's launch.
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How to Get the Mark Charm in Pokemon Sword and Shield's Isle of Armor

Plus other how-to guides for the Pokemon Sword and Shield DLC.
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Professor Layton 3, Which Is Maybe The Best One, Coming To Mobile Soon

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (known as Professor Layton and the Lost Future in some territories) has been announced for mobile devices, bringing the now 10-year-old puzzle game to a wider audience. The game, which originally launched on the Nintendo DS, will be updated with HD visuals for mobile devices.

The Professor Layton Twitter account announced the game's impending release, and it's not far off at all. It's due to release on July 13, and the game's name will depend on your region. It's coming to both iOS and mobile, and a new site details the game's improved graphics and beloved story.

The game follows Professor Layton and Luke in a time-travelling adventure, in which the two team up with an older Luke from the future to prevent something terrible from occurring. It was well-received at launch, and is regarded by many as the best game in the series.

The first two Layton games are available on mobile, as well as Layton's Mystery Journey, starring Professor Layton's daughter Katrielle Layton. That game debuted on mobile before making its way to the 3DS and Switch. Spin-off Layton Brothers Mystery Room, meanwhile, remains a mobile exclusive.

A price has not been announced, but previous games in the series have generally launched at $16 on the App Store.

GameSpot gave the game an 8.5/10 on DS back in 2010. "Whether you fancy obliterating the many brainteasers or just getting by with the minimum, one truth will remain clear: The gentleman's sport of solving a puzzle will never go out of style," wrote reviewer Bethany Massimilla--and that certainly remains the case.


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Call Of Duty League Championship Will Be Held Online

Activision has announced that the upcoming Call of Duty League post-season schedule--including the Championship--will be held as a virtual tournament, not an in-person LAN event as has been the case in the past. The announcement is not a big surprise, as the regular season took place online due to the COVID-19 crisis. With the pandemic still gripping the USA and other parts of the world, this year's event has moved to an online-only setup.

"Due to continuing health risks associated with COVID-19 and our collective priority focus on protecting the safety of our teams, players, league staff, and partner personnel, the remainder of the season will be held online," Activision said in a news release. "This decision was made with great care, communication, and consideration over the course of many discussions."

To support this change, the League is giving all competitors a "universal camera setup" that will be switched on for the entirety of matches. This will give League officials the ability to ensure players are not keeping things above the line. "The cameras will provide visibility for league officials to view and check each competitor's console, controller, and monitor as needed," Activision said. "Once a match reaches an official ready check status, players will need to be seated and on camera."

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Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Week -- July 5-11, 2020

New Releases highlights some of the hottest video games launching each week. This episode is bringing some dark and mysterious sequels, with Deadly Premonition 2: A Blessing in Disguise and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2. There's also a double dose of racing thanks to F1 2020 and NASCAR Heat 5. Finally, console gamers can get their hands on CrossCode.

CrossCode -- July 9

Available on: PS4, Xbox One, Switch

CrossCode got its PC release some time ago, but now console gamers can try out this 16-bit action-RPG. It's got more than 120 enemies to battle, 30-plus bosses to beat, seven unique dungeons to explore, and over 100 quests to complete. What's more, Xbox Game Pass members can jump in on day one.

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Where To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pascal isn't a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series, but he did make his first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after wave one of its summer update went live this week. The red sea otter loves scallops and will trade you DIY recipes in exchange for them. He can also gift you pearls, a rare crafting item requires for certain recipes, including the new mermaid set.

How To Find Pascal On Your Island

You can find Pascal while swimming and diving in your island's oceans. If you don't know how to do either yet, check out our Animal Crossing swimming guide for instructions on where to get a wet suit and how to swim.

He waits...

Once you're in the water and start diving for sea creatures, Pascal will eventually appear, but only when you find a scallop. He won't appear every time you catch a scallop or even the first time--it's random, and we're not quite sure what the rate is, but it seems to only be once a day. It does seem like he can appear on your island alongside other special visitors, however. Leif was in my island's town square on the same day I met Pascal.

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Source: Where To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Mortal Shell Beta Is Live For Everyone On Epic Games Store

Souls-like action game Mortal Shell was designed to punish players with its deliberate and challenging combat, and if you can't wait to play the full game, you can try out a slice with the beta on Epic Games Store right now. If you're skilled, you can get through it in an hour, but Cold Symmetry and publisher Playstack warn that it can take much longer for everyone else.

The big hook in Mortal Shell are the titular shells, which are bodies you can possess in order to gain their powers and arsenal. The beta contains two shells called Harros and Tiel, giving you a chance to shake up the combat to best serve your situation. We also discovered two shells during our time previewing the game.

The beta is spoiler-free and you can only access a small portion of the Fallgrim area in order to stop you from getting too far off-track. The deliberate and brutal battles should keep you plenty busy anyway, and if you're struggling, you'll want to carefully learn enemies' attacks in order to create your own strategy. You can also use a "harden" ability mid-fight in order to take a non-damaging attack.

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First-Party Nintendo Switch Games Get Rare Discounts In New GameStop Sale

GameStop has been hosting a bunch of sales over the past couple of months, but most of them have centered on PS4 and Xbox One games. That changes with the Game Days Sale, a week-long event running through July 11 that features rare discounts on Nintendo Switch exclusives, including Super Mario Maker 2 and Yoshi's Crafted World. PS4 and Xbox One games are prominently featured as well, though, making Game Days one of the most comprehensive GameStop sales of the year so far.

On Nintendo Switch, five first-party exclusives that normally go for $60 are discounted to $40: Super Mario Maker 2, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Yoshi's Crafted World, Splatoon 2, and Mario Tennis Aces.

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Pokemon Go July 2020 Field Research Tasks And Research Breakthrough Reward

July is here, and it's shaping up to be another busy month for Pokemon Go. On top of all the in-game events Niantic has lined up over the next few weeks, a new batch of Field Research tasks is now live, and if you complete enough of them, you'll earn a new Research Breakthrough reward: Larvitar.

Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in July, your reward will be an encounter with Larvitar, the base form of the powerful Tyranitar. There's also a chance that the Larvitar you encounter will be Shiny, so there's a good incentive to complete as much Field Research as you can this month.

As a refresher, Field Research tasks are distributed via Poke Stops. The first one you complete each day will net you a stamp, and collecting seven stamps will lead to a Research Breakthrough. You can see the full list of July's Field Research tasks, as compiled by The Silph Road, below.

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Source: Pokemon Go July 2020 Field Research Tasks And Research Breakthrough Reward

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Diablo III Season 21 Is Live Now: Rewards, Theme, And Class Sets

Diablo III's Season 21 content is now live for all regions and platforms, bringing with it new class sets, item and skill changes, and season journey rewards. You'll be able to get cosmetic rewards previously available from Season 9 as part of the content update, but there are a couple of new additions, as well.

Season 21's theme is Trials of Tempests, and during the season your character will occasionally channel an elemental power that you can utilize for a short time. You can crush enemies with snowballs, breathe lightning, rain meteors, conjure a flame wall, or even cast tornadoes.

Those who complete the season's journey in the Trial of Tempests will get the Stupendous Contraption pet and the Industrial Portrait frame. This is in addition to the Season 9 items that are also available for completing it.

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Ubisoft Executive Leaves Company Following Abuse And Assault Allegations

Ubisoft executive Maxime Beland has resigned from his position on the company's editorial team following accusations of assault and sexual harassment. Beland had previously been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and the investigation is continuing despite his departure.

Ubisoft confirmed Beland's resignation in a statement to GameSpot, adding that VP of editorial and creative services Tommy François has been placed on disciplinary leave as a second investigation is conducted and one employee from Ubisoft Toronto had been fired outright.

Watch Dogs product and brand marketer Andrien Gbinigie, who was accused of sexual assault in June, worked out of the Ubisoft Toronto location. However, Ubisoft did not confirm if he was the employee in question.

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Here's How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons just launched wave one of its summer update, which means you can now swim and dive in the ocean around your island. But you can't just dive right in without preparing. In this guide, we'll explain where to get a wet suit, how to swim and dive, and what to do with sea creatures and other rare finds. It adds a whole new layer to Nintendo's game, so you won't want to miss out. As a bonus, there are plenty of extra puns, too!

How To Get A Wet Suit

  • Requires: 3,000 bells

You can't swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons without a wet suit. To buy a wet suit, head over to Nook's Cranny. The wet suit will be available to purchase in the cabinet where you usually buy tools, seeds, and wallpaper/flooring.

The wet suit costs 3,000 bells. You can also purchase a wet suit from your Nook Stop terminal for 3,000 bells. They come in new designs daily, so you can keep checking back if you don't like what you end up with. Your Nook Stop also offers a Nook Inc. wet suit for 800 miles.

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Source: Here's How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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PS5 vs Xbox Series X Comparison Chart

See how the two upcoming consoles - the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 - stack up so far.
Source: PS5 vs Xbox Series X Comparison Chart

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GameSpot News / GSN - Pokemon Go July 2020 Field Research Tasks
« on: July 04, 2020, 08:51:40 PM »
Pokemon Go July 2020 Field Research Tasks

July is here, and it's shaping up to be another busy month for Pokemon Go. On top of all the in-game events Niantic has lined up over the next few weeks, a new batch of Field Research tasks is now live, and if you complete enough of them, you'll earn a new Research Breakthrough reward: Larvitar.

Each time you achieve a Research Breakthrough in July, your reward will be an encounter with Larvitar, the base form of the powerful Tyranitar. There's also a chance that the Larvitar you encounter will be Shiny, so there's a good incentive to complete as much Field Research as you can this month.

As a refresher, Field Research tasks are distributed via Poke Stops. The first one you complete each day will net you a stamp, and collecting seven stamps will lead to a Research Breakthrough. You can see the full list of July's Field Research tasks, as compiled by The Silph Road, below.

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Source: Pokemon Go July 2020 Field Research Tasks

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Ubisoft Executive Resigns Following Abuse And Assault Allegations

Ubisoft executive Maxime Beland has resigned from his position on the company's editorial team following accusations of assault and sexual harassment. Beland had previously been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and the investigation is continuing despite his departure.

Ubisoft confirmed Beland's resignation in a statement to GameSpot, adding that VP of editorial and creative services Tommy François has been placed on disciplinary leave as a second investigation is conducted and one employee from Ubisoft Toronto had been fired outright.

Watch Dogs product and brand marketer Andrien Gbinigie, who was accused of sexual assault in June, worked out of the Ubisoft Toronto location. However, Ubisoft did not confirm if he was the employee in question.

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Source: Ubisoft Executive Resigns Following Abuse And Assault Allegations

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Here's How To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pascal isn't a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series, but he did make his first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after wave one of its summer update went live this week. The red sea otter loves scallops and will trade you DIY recipes in exchange for them. He can also gift you pearls, a rare crafting item requires for certain recipes, including the new mermaid set.

How To Find Pascal On Your Island

You can find Pascal while swimming and diving in your island's oceans. If you don't know how to do either yet, check out our Animal Crossing swimming guide for instructions on where to get a wet suit and how to swim.

He waits...

Once you're in the water and start diving for sea creatures, Pascal will eventually appear, but only when you find a scallop. He won't appear every time you catch a scallop or even the first time--it's random, and we're not quite sure what the rate is, but it seems to only be once a day. It does seem like he can appear on your island alongside other special visitors, however. Leif was in my island's town square on the same day I met Pascal.

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Source: Here's How To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Souls-Like Mortal Shell's Beta Is Now Open to Everyone

Mortal Shell, the action-RPG souls-like by Cold Symmetry, is now in open beta following unexpectedly high demand for its closed beta.
Source: Souls-Like Mortal Shell's Beta Is Now Open to Everyone

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The Last of Us 2 Collectible Guide

This The Last of Us 2 Collectibles Guide is your roadmap to getting the platinum with locations for every artifact, trading card, coin, journal entry, workbench, and safe.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Collectible Guide

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Doom Eternal's Switch Release Date to be Revealed 'Pretty Soon'

Those waiting for news for Doom Eternal on Nintendo Switch will be happy to know a release date announcement is coming "pretty soon."
Source: Doom Eternal's Switch Release Date to be Revealed 'Pretty Soon'

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Animal Crossing: How to Find Pascal

The latest ACNH update added a new visitor.
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The World Ends with You: The Animation Gets Its First Teaser Trailer

The World Ends with You: The Animation will be released in 2021 and it just received its first teaser trailer.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - The Last of Us 2 Trophy Guide
« on: July 04, 2020, 08:51:38 PM »
The Last of Us 2 Trophy Guide

The Last of Us 2 Trophy Guide and List for getting all 26 trophies and earning the platinum.
Source: The Last of Us 2 Trophy Guide

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Diablo III Season 21 Is Live: Rewards, Theme, And Class Sets

Diablo III's Season 21 content is now live for all regions and platforms, bringing with it new class sets, item and skill changes, and season journey rewards. You'll be able to get cosmetic rewards previously available from Season 9 as part of the content update, but there are a couple of new additions, as well.

Season 21's theme is Trials of Tempests, and during the season your character will occasionally channel an elemental power that you can utilize for a short time. You can crush enemies with snowballs, breathe lightning, rain meteors, conjure a flame wall, or even cast tornadoes.

Those who complete the season's journey in the Trial of Tempests will get the Stupendous Contraption pet and the Industrial Portrait frame. This is in addition to the Season 9 items that are also available for completing it.

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Source: Diablo III Season 21 Is Live: Rewards, Theme, And Class Sets

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Ubisoft Executive Resigns Following Abuse Allegations

Ubisoft executive Maxime Beland has resigned from his position on the company's editorial team following accusations of assault and sexual harassment. Beland had previously been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, and the investigation is continuing despite his departure.

Ubisoft confirmed Beland's resignation in a statement to GameSpot, adding that VP of editorial and creative services Tommy François has been played on disciplinary leave as a second investigation is conducted and one employee from Ubisoft Toronto had been fired outright.

Watch Dogs product and brand marketer Andrien Gbinigie, who was accused of sexual assault in June, worked out of the Ubisoft Toronto location. However, Ubisoft did not confirm if he was the employee in question.

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Source: Ubisoft Executive Resigns Following Abuse Allegations

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Every The Last of Us 2 Safe Code and Safe Location

This The Last of Us 2 Safe Codes guides includes a full list of every safe location and safe code and combination in TLOU 2.
Source: Every The Last of Us 2 Safe Code and Safe Location

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All Mermaid DIYs And Clothing Items In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' summer update has arrived, bringing with it a new visitor, Pascal. In exchange for a scallop--one of the 40 new sea creatures you can catch while diving--Pascal will give you a mermaid-themed DIY or clothing item. There are 14 mermaid DIYs to collect in all, and there are four different items of mermaid clothing.

Below is a complete list of all the mermaid DIYs. To craft these mermaid items, you'll need pearls, a new material you can find while swimming, and often regular seashells as well. None of the mermaid items are customizable. We also have a list of the new mermaid clothing items. Credit for these lists goes to Nookazon as we work to verify the items through regular play.

Make sure you have plenty of seashells ready.

All Mermaid DIY Recipes

  • Mermaid bed
  • Mermaid rug
  • Mermaid lamp
  • Mermaid sofa
  • Mermaid wall
  • Mermaid chair
  • Mermaid shelf
  • Mermaid table
  • Mermaid closet
  • Mermaid screen
  • Mermaid vanity
  • Mermaid dresser
  • Mermaid flooring
  • Mermaid wall clock

Mermaid Clothing

  • Mermaid tiara
  • Mermaid fishy dress (two colors)
  • Mermaid princess dress (two colors)
  • Mermaid shoes (two colors)


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What's New In Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Summer Update

July 3 marks the first wave of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' summer update, and with it comes a whole bunch of new features, including swimming and diving, a new category of critter to find, new visitor interactions, and a new DIY recipe set. Here's everything new to Animal Crossing this week and how to dive in.

Swimming And Diving

You need the wetsuit to start swimming.

The biggest new feature from the update is the ability to swim and dive in the ocean around your island. We have a full guide on how to get a wetsuit and swim, so check it out to get started.

Catching New Sea Creatures

Start filling your Critterpedia with new sea creatures, like the sea anemone or moon jellyfish.

Swimming and diving on your island opens up a new world of wildlife to find and collect. There are 40 sea creatures you can catch, all categorized in their own "sea creature" label in your Critterpedia. You can also donate them to Blathers at the museum.

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How To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Pascal isn't a newcomer to the Animal Crossing series, but he did make his first appearance in Animal Crossing: New Horizons after wave one of its summer update went live this week. The red sea otter loves scallops and will trade you DIY recipes in exchange for them. He can also gift you pearls, a rare crafting item requires for certain recipes, including the new mermaid set.

How To Find Pascal On Your Island

You can find Pascal while swimming and diving in your island's oceans. If you don't know how to do either yet, check out our Animal Crossing swimming guide for instructions on where to get a wet suit and how to swim.

He waits...

Once you're in the water and start diving for sea creatures, Pascal will eventually appear, but only when you find a scallop. He won't appear every time you catch a scallop or even the first time--it's random, and we're not quite sure what the rate is, but it seems to only be once a day. It does seem like he can appear on your island alongside other special visitors, however. Leif was in my island's town square on the same day I met Pascal.

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Source: How To Find Pascal In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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GameSpot News / GSN - Check On Your Black Gamer Friends
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:20:08 PM »
Check On Your Black Gamer Friends

For many of us, playing video games is a much-needed break from all the trials and responsibilities of everyday life. When COVID-19 forced the globe into quarantine, gamers shared how playing games like Animal Crossing was an important part of both having fun and maintaining mental health while in isolation.

Despite elements of randomness that are pervasive in many games, video games often feel like a level playing field. Unlike life away from our controllers, the rules of video games are explained, the parameters and limitations made clear. Whether it is Mario jumping over pipes or fighting a boss in Final Fantasy, the avatar is an extension of you. Getting your Pokémon to Level 99 is a reflection of the time and effort (and money) you invest in the game. Though scholars like Christopher Paul warn us about the toxicity that can arise from seeing video games as pure meritocracies, it isn't inherently wrong to see video games as one of the few places where (to the greatest extent possible) you get out exactly what you put in. Everything that happens is a function of your input, no matter what demographic you come from.

Lately, I've been playing games like FIFA, Smash Bros., and River City Girls with my girlfriend. Spending time with her while doing something we both enjoy has been a silver lining in the pandemic quarantine, but there aren't enough Switch games in the world to drown out all news stories and videos of unarmed black suspects and bystanders being killed in just about every context imaginable.

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New Sea Creatures Guide -- Animal Crossing: New Horizons

The biggest addition to part one of Animal Crossing: New Horizons' summer update is the ability to swim and dive in the ocean around your island, which means new creatures to catch. In fact, wave one of the summer update added an entirely new category in your Critterpedia, titled "Sea Creatures," and Blathers is accepting donations of new finds at the museum as well. There are 40 total new sea creatures to catch.

Here we'll go over every new type of sea creature you can find while diving. If you don't know how to dive yet, check out our guide on how to swim in Animal Crossing for info on where to get a wet suit and how to get into the water for the first time.

How To Find Sea Creatures In Animal Crossing

Sea creatures can only be found while diving underwater in the ocean. You'll know you're near one when you see a column of bubbles floating to the surface, or when you're already underwater and spot a dark shadow beneath the waves. Just dive under and swim over to the shadow to automatically collect the creature. Sometimes the shadow might be moving, so you will have to follow or chase it.

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Source: New Sea Creatures Guide -- Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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GameSpot News / GSN - How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:20:08 PM »
How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons just launched wave one of its summer update, which means you can now swim and dive in the ocean around your island. But you can't just dive right in without preparing. In this guide, we'll explain where to get a wet suit, how to swim and dive, and what to do with sea creatures and other rare finds.

How To Get A Wet Suit

  • Requires: 3,000 bells

You can't swim in Animal Crossing: New Horizons without a wet suit. To buy a wet suit, head over to Nook's Cranny. The wet suit will be available to purchase in the cabinet where you usually buy tools, seeds, and wallpaper/flooring.

The wet suit costs 3,000 bells. You can also purchase a wet suit from your Nook Stop terminal for 3,000 bells. They come in new designs daily, so you can keep checking back if you don't like what you end up with. Your Nook Stop also offers a Nook Inc. wet suit for 800 miles.

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Source: How To Swim In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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GameSpot News / GSN - Minecraft Cereal Creeping Onto Store Shelves
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:20:07 PM »
Minecraft Cereal Creeping Onto Store Shelves

For too long, Minecraft players have frantically smacked Creepers before exploding, only to think to themselves: "I wonder what that thing tastes like?" Wonder no more, because Kellogg's has announced a cereal that finally gives a flavor profile to the exploding slime monster.

Minecraft Creeper Crunch cereal is a cinnamon breakfast snack littered with green "Creeper Bit" marshmallows. It's coming to US store shelves this August, and you can pick up an 8oz box for $4 or a 12oz box for $6.

Does the promise of crunchy cinnamon candies and green marshmallows not tempt your palette? Then you may also be interested to know that each box will include a code to unlock one of 10 clothing items like jackets and cloaks. These don't appear to be exclusive cosmetics, but every time you don your snazzy pants you can think to yourself: "I obtained this by devouring a tie-in food product that turned my milk a sort of brownish-green."

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The Internet Declares War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel

The military has long had a foot in gaming, most notably as a recruitment tool with efforts like the early 2000s' America's Army series. The army's gaming arm came back into the public eye this week, after the U.S. Army's esports account tweeted "UwU" in response to a tweet by chat app Discord.

The tweet went viral, with many criticizing the army's use of the esports initiative as a recruitment tool to target young people. Naturally, hilarity ensued. The team was not in on the joke.

Soon, a new speedrun challenge spawned on Twitter where users competed to get banned from the US Army esports Discord server the fastest, Polygon reported. The server was flooded with users posting in an effort to try and get banned--while some posted classic "copypasta" text, others simply linked to the Wikipedia page for "United States war crimes."

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Source: The Internet Declares War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - This Week on Xbox: July 3, 2020
« on: July 03, 2020, 08:20:07 PM »
This Week on Xbox: July 3, 2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you […]
Source: This Week on Xbox: July 3, 2020

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Game of the Year Watch 2020 Continues

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show.? We're…
Source: Game of the Year Watch 2020 Continues

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The Last of Us 2 Safe Combinations and Codes

This The Last of Us 2 Safe Codes guides includes a full list of every safe location and safe code and combination in TLOU 2.
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Fortnite to Show We The People in Party Royale This Weekend

Fortnite will be showing We The People, a discussion on "how to change systemic racism in media, culture, and entertainment," in Party Royale on Saturday, July 4.
Source: Fortnite to Show We The People in Party Royale This Weekend

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Every Game Confirmed for the PS5

Worms Rumble, Recompile, Heavenly Bodies, and more join the increasing list of games coming to the PlayStation 5.
Source: Every Game Confirmed for the PS5

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Drake Hollow, The Next Game From The Flame In The Flood Devs, Has Been Delayed

Drake Hollow, the next game from The Flame in the Flood developer The Molasses Flood, has been delayed indefinitely just a few days before its previous July release date.

A short message from studio director Forrest Dowling explains that the delay is down to technical issues that can't be delved into due to NDA restrictions. "Unfortunately, due to the nature of the delay we don't have a new date yet, but will let everyone know as soon as we do," Dowling concluded.

Drake Hollow is a cooperative mix between survival and wave-based defense mechanics. You and three friends can build settlements and raise drakes--sentient plants that you'll need to feed, shelter, and, most importantly, keep entertained. The drakes will help you defend your base by manning weapons you build or suppling energy to automated defenses with treadmills. But if you don't hold their interest, they literally die.

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Source: Drake Hollow, The Next Game From The Flame In The Flood Devs, Has Been Delayed

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Zero-Gravity Space Puzzler Heavenly Bodies Headed To PS4 And PS5

As part of PlayStation's Indie Initiative, developer 2pt Interactive has revealed that its upcoming space exploration puzzler Heavenly Bodies will launch on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 in 2021.

In a blog post, studio director Alexander Perrin detailed some of the features players can expect while soaring through Heavenly Bodies' zero-gravity environment. These include using the analog sticks, triggers, and bumpers to control the character's arms and legs, how the lack of gravity will impact navigation and the role it plays in solving various in-game puzzles, local cooperative play to discover new and inventive ways to complete tasks, and more. You can check out the announcement trailer below.

In addition to these features, Perrin confirmed 2pt is baking in further tactile enhancements that will make use of the PS5's DualSense controller. Alongside the haptic feedback that will provide a sense of immersion when something like a bay door is unexpectedly opened, the DualSense controller will communicate other sensations like objects slipping from your character's fingertips, the density of in-game items, the feeling of levers snapping and the ship rattling, and more.

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Source: Zero-Gravity Space Puzzler Heavenly Bodies Headed To PS4 And PS5

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Nier Creator Yoko Taro Has Stubborn Demands, And A New RPG Called SinoAlice

"You're designing Final Fantasy XIV raids and remaking the original Nier now. What's changed for you since Nier: Automata?" That's a question I sent over to Yoko Taro via email through a PR rep and translator, hoping to get some insight on how his career has evolved since directing one of 2017's best games. And provide insight he did.

"I've always been stubborn, but once Automata became a hit, everyone began to say yes to my stubborn demands. Everyone may think that I became arrogant because I made a hit and got carried away--I'm upset because I've always been arrogant!"

For those unfamiliar, Yoko Taro kind of doesn't give a damn about professional norms in how he presents himself. You'll never catch him in the public eye without his Emil helmet on and you'll recognize his wild but inoffensive eccentricity as distinct from pretty much any other developer in the industry. In many ways, it's an attitude that's spilled into games he's worked on, typically designed with unconventional storytelling, melodrama, and sometimes crude irreverence. And if you're hyped up for the next thing from the creator of the Nier and Drakengard series, well, it actually just launched this week in the West.

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Source: Nier Creator Yoko Taro Has Stubborn Demands, And A New RPG Called SinoAlice

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Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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Source: Top New Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

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Horizon Zero Dawn Launches On PC In August With Many Enhancements

Sony announced earlier this year that its Guerrilla-developed exclusive, Horizon Zero Dawn, would be coming to PC, and a new trailer has confirmed it will launch on August 7.

The port is coming to both Steam and the Epic Games Store with numerous graphical enhancements and features for you to customize the open-world adventure to your liking. At launch, Horizon Zero Dawn will support ultra-wide monitors, an unlocked frame rate, improved foliage physics, and improved reflection details. That's on top of a suite of graphical options for optimization, controller remapping, and an in-game benchmarking tool.

The Complete Edition includes Horizon Zero Dawn's expansion, The Frozen Wilds, as well as a digital art book and instant access to numerous weapons, outfits, and gear. These include:

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Source: Horizon Zero Dawn Launches On PC In August With Many Enhancements

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Gets Patriotic Flyovers For July 4

Call of Duty: Warzone has gotten a new update with some patriotic flair for Independence Day. While you're waiting on the Warzone lobby, you can watch the skies for a jet flyover with colored smoke trails like you'd see in an air show.

The fansite CharlieIntel tweeted a look at the jet flyover with red and white stripes. The sky is also littered with fireworks which may be difficult to find this year in real life due to events being canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Call of Duty stories often focus on the American military, in part as a coalition with militaries from allies like the UK. Activision has also closely tied the series with American military veterans with moves like its Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit that helps veterans find civilian jobs after ending their service.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone Gets Patriotic Flyovers For July 4

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Fortnite Dataminers Claim To Have Leaked New Ruins Area

It's not unusual for Fortnite's battle royale map to change and evolve throughout a season, but the end of Chapter 2, Season 3's water-themed event may see the map go through bigger changes than usual. As reported by Polygon, dataminers claim to have identified a new area filled with ruins that will be revealed as the water recedes. As of right now, we cannot see any of it, with the game's recent The Device event flooding a huge portion of the map. This came in preparation for Aquaman's challenges.

A map posted on Reddit shows the potential upcoming state of the map according to datamined images, with a new location in the top left corner of the map called "The Ruins." Some have speculated that this area may have something to do with Aquaman, as the DC hero was introduced in the new Battle Pass. Our guide to all the currently available Aquaman challenges can be found here.

Since the start of July, the high water levels introduced at the start of Season 3 have started receding to allow full access to formerly flooded locations. The leaks suggest that the new ruins area will also be revealed as the water levels continue to recede throughout the season.

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Source: Fortnite Dataminers Claim To Have Leaked New Ruins Area

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GameSpot News / GSN - EVO 2020 Online Has Been Cancelled
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:16:48 PM »
EVO 2020 Online Has Been Cancelled

This article references accusations of sexual assault.

EVO 2020, which was to be an online tournament in 2020, has been cancelled. Earlier, it was reported that EVO CEO Joey Cuellar was being placed on administrative leave following several accusations of sexual misconduct. Following these events, several game brands announced they were no longer going to participate in the event, including Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. Now, the event will no longer go ahead, and Cuellar will no longer be involved with EVO.

In a statement released to Twitter, it has been announced that Tony Cannon is taking over as CEO, and that he is "prioritizing greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events."

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Source: EVO 2020 Online Has Been Cancelled

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XBOX Wire RSS Feed / XBOX - Next Week on Xbox: July 7 to 10
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:16:48 PM »
Next Week on Xbox: July 7 to 10

Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox, read on below and […]
Source: Next Week on Xbox: July 7 to 10

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Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC on August 7

Horizon Zero Dawn has an August release date for Steam and Epic Games Store, and a trailer show off the improvements.
Source: Horizon Zero Dawn Coming to PC on August 7

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Star Wars: Squadrons: HUD, Customisation and Advanced Mechanics All Optional

Star Wars Squadrons will let you choose how authentic a Star Wars dogfighting experience you want in a few different ways.
Source: Star Wars: Squadrons: HUD, Customisation and Advanced Mechanics All Optional

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IGN UK Podcast #546: Iron Man and His Bouncy Balls

Can Ubisoft's Hyper Scape stand out on the crowded battle royale landscape?
Source: IGN UK Podcast #546: Iron Man and His Bouncy Balls

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Other Publishers May Be Considering Raising Prices on PS5 and Xbox Series X

According to research firm IDG Consulting, other game publishers are considering raising the prices of their games following NBA 2K21's decision to cost $10 more on PlayStation 4 and Xbox Series X.
Source: Other Publishers May Be Considering Raising Prices on PS5 and Xbox Series X

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The Internet Has Declared War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel

The military has long had a foot in gaming, most notably as a recruitment tool with efforts like the early 2000s' America's Army series. The army's gaming arm came back into the public eye this week, after the U.S. Army's esports account tweeted "UwU" in response to a tweet by chat app Discord.

The tweet went viral, with many criticizing the army's use of the esports initiative as a recruitment tool to target young people.

Soon, a new speedrun challenge spawned on Twitter where users competed to get banned from the US Army esports Discord server the fastest, Polygon reported. The server was flooded with users posting in an effort to try and get banned--while some posted classic "copypasta" text, others simply linked to the Wikipedia page for "United States war crimes."

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Source: The Internet Has Declared War On The U.S. Army Esports Discord Channel

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Fortnite Dataminers Claim To Have Found New Ruin-Themed Area

It's not unusual for Fortnite's battle royale map to change and evolve throughout a season, but the end of Chapter 2, Season 3's water-themed event may see the map go through bigger changes than usual. As reported by Polygon, dataminers claim to have identified a new area filled with ruins that will be revealed as the water recedes.

A map posted on Reddit shows the potential upcoming state of the map according to datamined images, with a new location in the top left corner of the map called "The Ruins." Some have speculated that this area may have something to do with Aquaman, as the DC hero was introduced in the new Battle Pass. Our guide to all the currently available Aquaman challenges can be found here.

Since the start of July, the high water levels introduced at the start of Season 3 have started receding to allow full access to formerly flooded locations. The leaks suggest that the new ruins area will also be revealed as the water levels continue to recede throughout the season.

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Source: Fortnite Dataminers Claim To Have Found New Ruin-Themed Area

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GameSpot News / GSN - EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled
« on: July 03, 2020, 07:46:28 AM »
EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled

This article references accusations of sexual assault.

EVO 2020, which was to be an online tournament in 2020, has been cancelled. Earlier, it was reported that EVO CEO Joey Cuellar was being placed on administrative leave following several accusations of sexual misconduct. Now, the event will no longer go ahead, and Cuellar will no longer be involved with EVO.

In a statement released to Twitter, it has been announced that Tony Cannon is taking over as CEO, and that he is "prioritizing greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events."

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Source: EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled

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World of Warcraft Sees Huge In-Game Memorials Following Death of Streamer

Players have been mourning the loss of Byron "Reckful" Bernstein in multiple World of Warcraft servers.
Source: World of Warcraft Sees Huge In-Game Memorials Following Death of Streamer

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How to Get a Wet Suit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

You'll need a wet suit to access swimming and diving.
Source: How to Get a Wet Suit in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'N' Fun Is Getting Free Songs From Other Games To Celebrate 1 Million Sales

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun launched on the Nintendo Switch in 2018, and since then it has enjoyed considerable success. The game has now sold 1 million copies worldwide, as announced on Twitter, and all players will receive free DLC to celebrate.

The new songs, as reported by Gematsu, are all from other Namco Bandai titles. 10 songs will be added on July 9 in Japan; it's not clear when an international release will happen. The pack, called the "I Love Games Pack," contains the following songs:

  • Boku no → Chikyuu Bokura no Chikyuu (Mr. Driller DrillLand)
  • Moji Pittan Medley (Kotoba no Puzzle: Moji Pittan)
  • Katamari On the Rocks Main Theme (Katamari Damacy)
  • No Way Back (God Eater)
  • The Arrow Was Shot (Tales of the Abyss)
  • In the Zone (Ace Combat X2: Joint Assault)
  • Brave Sword, Braver Soul  (Soulcalibur II)
  • Karma (Tatsujin Mix) (Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion)
  • Namcot Medley
  • Tanoshii Taiko Dojo

An "Esports Tournament" mode is also coming to the game, and it will add an eight-player bracketed tournament mode for serious players.

Whether the PS4 equivalent, Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum Session, will receive a similar DLC pack is unknown.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum 'n' Fun received a 7/10 in GameSpot's review. Reviewer Heidi Kemps wrote that it was "a solid rhythm game package that's easy to get into and rewarding the more you play it."



Source: Taiko No Tatsujin: Drum 'N' Fun Is Getting Free Songs From Other Games To Celebrate 1 Million Sales

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Roblox Accounts Are Being Hacked To Share Trump Propaganda

As the November election approaches, a number of Roblox accounts have been hacked to share pro-Trump propaganda, the BBC has reported. The online game also functions as a social platform, with Roblox reporting that half of all American children between the ages of nine and 12 used its platform.

Posts from Roblox players on social media show a number of accounts where avatars have been changed to wear a shirt with an American flag and eagle, along with a red cap with white lettering that resembles Trump's signature Make America Great Again, or MAGA hat. Each of the hacked accounts also now displays a profile message saying "Ask your parents to vote for Trump this year! #MAGA2020".

Users have also reported receiving messages from hacked friends with the same "ask your parents" call to action that was posted on their profiles. One Twitter user claimed that the hacker accepted all their outstanding friend requests in order to send the message to more people.

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Source: Roblox Accounts Are Being Hacked To Share Trump Propaganda

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Layers Of Fear Devs Explain Why Their Next Game Is Skipping Current-Gen For Xbox Series X

Whereas many of the games releasing at the end of 2020 will come to current- and next-generation consoles, Bloober Team's The Medium is skipping the older systems and only coming to Xbox Series X and PC.

Jacek Zięba, a producer at Bloober Team, said in a new interview with Xbox that bypassing the current-generation consoles is in the best interest of The Medium. "We don't have any porting plans for current-gen consoles, so the Xbox Series X will offer the experience we always meant for the game," he said.

Zięba said Bloober could have released The Medium on Xbox One, but this would have come at a cost. "Of course, theoretically, you could rescope any game idea, but in our case it would mean completely changing the core game features," he said. "Thanks to the power of Xbox Series X, we can develop the game the way we have always envisioned it."

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Source: Layers Of Fear Devs Explain Why Their Next Game Is Skipping Current-Gen For Xbox Series X

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UK Government Committee Calls For Loot Boxes To Be Immediately Reclassified As Gambling

Less than a month after the UK government launched a call for evidence into loot boxes to decide whether they should be further regulated, a House of Lords Select Committee on gambling has called for loot boxes to be immediately re-classified as gambling, GamesIndustry.biz has reported.

The original inquiry into loot boxes led the government to establish an open call for evidence, with the results to be considered alongside the review of the UK's Gambling Act 2005. Now the latter report is in, and it condemns loot boxes in no uncertain terms.

"The liberalization of gambling by the Gambling Act 2005, the universal adoption of smart phones, and the exploitation of soft-touch regulation by gambling operators has created a perfect storm of addictive 24/7 gambling," the Lords report reads.

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Source: UK Government Committee Calls For Loot Boxes To Be Immediately Reclassified As Gambling

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Recompile, A 3D Metroidvania With Hacking Mechanics, Is Coming To PS5 And Xbox Series X

Recompile, a 3D Metroidvania game with a unique sense of style, is the latest title to be confirmed for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. The game is not coming to PS4 or Xbox One, which makes it a rare next-gen exclusive indie title.

The game, which mixes combat and 3D platforming with physics-based hacking (and you can apparently hack and change just about anything you encounter), will feature multiple endings depending on how you place. Players will control, according to the press release, "a rogue piece of semi-sentient code, trapped in The Mainframe--a sprawling digital wasteland dead-set on deleting trespassers."

Publisher Dear Villagers also released a new trailer to celebrate the announcement and show off how the game will look on next-gen systems, below.  It features the Aoife O'Donovan song Jupiter.

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Source: Recompile, A 3D Metroidvania With Hacking Mechanics, Is Coming To PS5 And Xbox Series X

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Beyond A Steel Sky Releasing On PC This Month After A 26-Year Wait

Beyond A Steel Sky, which recently released on Apple Arcade, is finally nearly here for PC fans. The sequel to Revolution's incredible 1994 point-and-click adventure game Beneath A Steel Sky releases for Steam on July 16.

The game returns players to the world of the original game, and once again has you playing as Robert Foster. Like the original, it features art from Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons, and it's set in a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk Australian city. The game is a direct sequel, with many Easter eggs for returning fans.

The Apple Arcade version features gorgeous visuals and relatively intuitive controls, but many longtime series fans are no doubt excited to play the game on PC.

The game is yet again developed by Revolution Software, best known for the Broken Sword series. A sequel to Beneath A Steel Sky was initially promised as a stretch goal in the Kickstarter for Broken Sword 5, and although the game's pledges did not reach the goal, Revolution decided to make the game anyway.

GameSpot will have a review of Beyond A Steel Sky live closer to the game's PC release.


Source: Beyond A Steel Sky Releasing On PC This Month After A 26-Year Wait

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Halo Developer 343 Industries Shares Images Of Their Pets, And They Are So Cute

A lot of people are now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being at home means more time to spend with your pets, and the same is true for the developers of Halo.

A new blog post from 343 Industries showcases many fine furry friends that belong to the developers of Halo Infinite and The Master Chief Collection. There are many adorable cats and dogs, along with a couple of horses, birds, and lizards. Some of the developers also own chickens and a pig.

You can see all of the adorable creatures here on 343's website. Two pugs, Buddy and Gyoza, are actually contributing to Halo Infinite, as 343's audio team recorded their sounds for use in the game.

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Source: Halo Developer 343 Industries Shares Images Of Their Pets, And They Are So Cute

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GameSpot News / GSN - EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:33:36 AM »
EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled

This article references accusations of sexual assault.

EVO 2020, which was to be an online tournament in 2020, has been cancelled. Earlier, it was reported that EVO CEO Joey Cuellar was being placed on administrative leave following several accusations of sexual misconduct. Now, the event will no longer go ahead, and Cuellar will no longer be involved with EVO.

In a statement released to Twitter, it has been announced that Tony Cannon is taking over as CEO, and that he is "prioritizing greater accountability across Evo, both internally and at our events."

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Source: EVO 2020 Has Been Cancelled

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Animal Crossing's First Summer Update Is Available Now

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received the first part of its free summer content update on July 3, including the ability to swim and hunt for new marine life. You'll now be able to explore more of the world and see new creatures in this update. It isn't even the only summer update coming to the game, as the "Wave 2" update will arrive further down the road.

Wave 1 of the Summer Update lets you dive into the ocean from any edge of your island, swimming around in search of new marine life that you can donate to museum curator Blathers. This includes star fish (or sea stars), anemone, and garden eels, as seen in the trailer below. Blathers will have plenty of facts to tell you about your new finds, in addition to simply having new items to donate.

The updatealso introduces the mermaid crafting set, which can be obtained through interactions with Pascal. You'll be able to get new DIY recipes from Pascal--a red sea otter that would appear weekly in previous Animal Crossing entries--by trading scallops with him, but it's unclear if he'll be around as sparsely as Redd (who was introduced in an earlier update). There's also a new encounter with Gulliver, although exactly what that results in isn't made clear.

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Source: Animal Crossing's First Summer Update Is Available Now

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GameSpot News / GSN - Greedfall Devs Will Reveal A New Game Next Week
« on: July 03, 2020, 01:33:36 AM »
Greedfall Devs Will Reveal A New Game Next Week

Spiders, the team behind Greedfall and The Technomancer, is set to unveil a new game next week on July 7. All we have to go on so far is a single screenshot and a sizzle reel, both of which pose more questions than they answer.

The game will be revealed during Nacon Connect, a streaming event hosted by publisher Nacon (formerly Bigben Interactive). In the tweet below, Nacon shows off a screen from the game, although we're not entirely sure what it shows. It looks like armor, but there's not much to go on.

And here's the sizzle reel, which shows off a few of Nacon's other titles. We also get brief peeks here of what looks like previously announced titles, Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Earthblood, Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong, and a Test Drive Unlimited sequel.

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Source: Greedfall Devs Will Reveal A New Game Next Week

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Documentary Will Release Digitally In August

Pretending I'm A Superman - The Tony Hawk Story, a long-awaited documentary film about the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game series, will finally be available next month. The film, which premiered at the Mammoth Film Festival in May 2020, has been acquired by Wood Entertainment and will be released digitally on August 18.

The film, directed by Ludvig Gür, explores how the series revived mainstream skater culture and earned $1.4 billion worldwide. The film is named after the iconic Goldfinger song from the first game's soundtrack.

The film features interviews with the game's developers, as well as the skaters who were a part of the experience. It includes skaters Steve Caballero, Rodney Mullen, Chad Muska, Jamie Thomas, and Tony Hawk himself. Hawk agreed to be a part of the film almost immediately when the idea was originally brought to him.

The film's poster has also been released, and you can check it out below.

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Source: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Documentary Will Release Digitally In August

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Fortnite Adds Captain America Skin Just In Time For 4th Of July

Epic's hugely popular battle royale game Fortnite has added its latest celebrity skin--and this one is for none other than Marvel's Captain America. The Captain America's Super Soldier skin is now available to buy in the game, just in time for the 4th of July holiday.

This is just the latest America-themed update for Fortnite, as fireworks have begun to appear around Lazy Lake. They seem to be tied to a Captain America-themed challenge that will go live soon.

Fortnite is so popular that it's uniting Marvel and DC. Before this, Epic announced that a Jason Momoa Aquaman skin is coming to the game later this season--here's how to unlock the outfit. In a previous season, Fortnite welcomed a different Marvel character, Deadpool.

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Source: Fortnite Adds Captain America Skin Just In Time For 4th Of July

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Evo Online Canceled Following Allegations [Update: Nintendo Statement]

Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat 11 will no longer be a part of Evo 2020 after misconduct allegations brought up against Evo organizer.
Source: Evo Online Canceled Following Allegations [Update: Nintendo Statement]

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Read Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Update 1.3.0 Patch Notes

Diving is here!
Source: Read Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Update 1.3.0 Patch Notes

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Madden NFL 21 Dev On Franchise Mode Criticisms -- "We Understand Your Frustration"

EA Sports was widely criticized earlier this week when it announced the first details on Madden NFL 21's Franchise modes. The Franchise mode from previous games will now be called "Classic Franchise," and this year's changes amount to what could be considered basic patch notes from last year's game.

EA has now released a new video in which Madden NFL 21 producer Seann Graddy acknowledged the negative feedback and promised that EA will be looking to "bolster" the mode with this year's game and beyond.

"We see your 'fix Madden Franchise' tweets and we understand your frustration," Graddy said. "The Franchise community is critically important to us, and we appreciate your passion for Madden NFL. We're reading your feedback and we clearly understand that you want more. We've seen requests for details around what the Franchise community can expect moving forward. And while I don't have a lot of details I can share with you right now, I can tell you that today, our team is actively working on bolstering plans to support Franchise in Madden NFL 21 and beyond."

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Source: Madden NFL 21 Dev On Franchise Mode Criticisms -- "We Understand Your Frustration"

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Madden NFL 21's Closed Beta Begins Tonight, Here's How To (Maybe) Get A Code

The Madden NFL 21 closed beta is about to begin. EA Sports has confirmed that the beta test runs this 4th of July holiday weekend--from July 2 at 8:30 PM ET through Sunday, July 5 at 11:59 PM ET.

This beta will be double the audience size of the Madden NFL 20 beta last year, EA said in a blog post. To get in, you needed to have signed up for the Good Morning Madden link in June. Additionally, almost everyone who earned points from the Madden Championship Series will get a code sent to their email. On top of that, if you finished in the top 10,000 players in Madden NFL 20's Ultimate Team and Franchise modes, based on play time, you will receive an invitation.

If you don't fit any of those criteria, you can follow Madden NFL 21's social media accounts and watch for a giveaway there. Additionally, the game's developers, along with influencers, creators, athletes, and NFL teams, will give away codes. Note that the beta is only available in the US and Canada. EA did not announce a list of platforms for the Madden NFL 21 beta, but the game is confirmed to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC in August before coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X later in the year.

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Source: Madden NFL 21's Closed Beta Begins Tonight, Here's How To (Maybe) Get A Code

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Tencent Opening New AAA Studio Led By Former Rockstar Leader

Tencent Games is opening a new AAA studio in Orange County headed up by Rockstar veteran Steve Martin. The studio's first project will be an open-world game for Xbox Series X and Playstation 5. This is Tencent's second studio located in LA, the other being TiMi Studio's LA studio.

Originally reported by GamesIndustry.Biz, the new developer falls under one of Tencent's existing subsidiaries--LightSpeed and Quantum--one of four studios the company currently has. Steve Martin will serve as both studio head and executive producer of development at LightSpeed LA, after leadership roles working on both Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption 2.

"We're ushering a new era of game culture by combining world-class development with a stress-free work environment," Martin said. "From day one, our teams will be focused on building the highest caliber games while promoting integrity, proactivity, collaboration, and creativity."

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Source: Tencent Opening New AAA Studio Led By Former Rockstar Leader

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GameSpot News / GSN - No, Halo MCC Is Not Adding Microtransactions
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:13:04 PM »
No, Halo MCC Is Not Adding Microtransactions

343 Industries recently published a blog post that stated a new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection would allow players to "purchase" items in the game's battle pass-style progression system. The line has since been removed, and now the studio has re-affirmed that The Master Chief Collection is not adding microtransactions.

"There was one line in the interview where we were talking about using the season points to purchase unlocks. The word purchase was misunderstood to mean money," 343's Tyler Davis said on Twitter. "We updated the wording to remove the word 'purchase' to 'unlock' in the blog."

The Master Chief Collection is a rare example of a big game that does not feature any microtransactions. Halo 5: Guardians features microtransactions with the Req system, and Halo Infinite is expected to feature the business practice as well.

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Source: No, Halo MCC Is Not Adding Microtransactions

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Season 5 Rumored To Make Significant Map Changes

Call of Duty: Warzone's Season 5 update releases in August, and it's is rumored to make significant map changes to make it more in-line with this year's Call of Duty. Originally reported by Video Games Chronicle, the revamps will include an open interior of the football stadium and the addition of a loot-filled train that circles the map, according to people involved with its development.

The rumored Cold War-themed Call of Duty has already been teased in the battle royale for over a month, with a number of hints found by players related to the mysterious Warzone bunkers, including a spy plane found by glitching through walls. Other secrets that have been found include a war room, number countdown, and nuclear warhead, which is rumored to be used to trigger a map revamp, similar to Fortnite's black hole transition to Chapter 2.

The new Call of Duty will reportedly have its own campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies modes but will also incorporate Warzone in a similar fashion to Modern Warfare. Warzone will continue to use Modern Warfare's engine, with Raven Software--which also worked on Black Ops 4's Blackout mode--leading development, according to sources.

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Ubisoft CEO Announces "Structural Shift" Following Recent Allegations

Ubisoft's co-founder and CEO, Yves Guillemot, has detailed a series of steps he intends to implement at the company to combat problems of discrimination and mistreatment. This includes restructuring the editorial department, improving human resources processes, and ensuring all managers are held accountable on these subjects.

In a lengthy blog post, Guillemot said fundamental changes need to occur at all levels of Ubisoft. "We are not looking for a quick fix, but rather a structural shift at Ubisoft that fully aligns with our values--values that do not tolerate toxic behaviors and where everyone feels safe to speak out," Guillemot said. "We must do everything we can to ensure no one is in these situations ever again."

The first of these changes is the appointment of a "Head of Workplace Culture." Lidwine Sauer, who serves as Ubisoft's projects director in the Strategic Innovation Lab, has taken on the role and will be in charge of examining all aspects of Ubisoft's culture, as well as suggesting changes that will be beneficial to the company. She will also form an "international and diverse multidisciplinary working group" to support these efforts.

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Fortnite Floating Ring Locations: Where To Collect Rings At Lazy Lake

Week 3 of Fortnite Season 3 is here, which means there's a new batch of challenges to complete in the battle royale game. While most of the challenges are fairly straightforward, one that may give you a bit of trouble is to collect floating rings at Lazy Lake. To help you out, we've put together this map and guide detailing where to find the floating rings and how to complete the challenge.

Where Are The Floating Rings Locations?

As the challenge states, the floating rings are all located around Lazy Lake in grid square F6. You'll find them in various places around the area, but if you're having trouble tracking them down, we've marked the locations of all the rings we've found on the map below.

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All Of Valve's Classic Games Are Incredibly Cheap Right Now

Valve has had quite the video game history, having developed and published a bunch of incredible games. With the latest Steam Summer Sale underway, many of Valve's games are hugely discounted in the Valve Complete Bundle. While this bundle doesn't actually feature every Valve game, it boasts most of the company's catalogue, from Half-Life and Team Fortress Classic to Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal 2--Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 are included on the bundle page, but both of those games are already free-to-play.

The Valve Complete bundle currently costs $13.14, down from its full regular price of $145.82. Even better, the bundle gets even cheaper if you already own some of the games. As someone who already owns most of these games, my price drops to below $5 for the last six games I need to complete Valve's library.

There are a ton of games discounted in this year's Steam Summer Sale, but since there are so many, it can be hard to know which ones you should spend your money on. We've put together a list of some of the best Steam games out there, including the best Steam exclusives, the best games under $10, and our editors' personal favourite titles.

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Reckful, Former WoW Pro And Twitch Streamer, Dies At 31

Byron Bernstein, the popular Hearthstone and World of Warcraft streamer who was better known by his gamer tag "Reckful," has passed away, according to multiple sources. He was 31 years old.

A cause of death remains unconfirmed but a software engineer and friend of Bernstein's, Blue, confirmed his death early Tuesday morning. Esports consultant Rod Breslau corroborated the report. Multiple memorials are now being held within WoW across multiple servers and locations to honor Bernstein's legacy.

Bernstein rose to prominence in 2009 for being a top WoW player, where he claimed the highest-ranked spot in PvP for six consecutive seasons. He also won Major League Gaming's WoW tournament in 2010, cementing both his talent and his career as a professional gamer. Following this, Bernstein transitioned to competitive Hearthstone play, participating in and casting professional matches for several years.

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Apex Legends Dev Explains Issue With Loba's Teleport

An Apex Legends developer gave a thorough explanation of what's causing an issue with Loba's tactical on the World's End map with the Lost Treasures' patch. Loba's tactical ability is a teleport that lets her throw her bracelet and travel to it once it lands.

Jason McCord, design director at Respawn, explained in a series of tweets why Loba's ability is failing more frequently on World's End than it should be. The game has triggers around cliffs on both maps to stop players from staying up there, which is why an out-of-bounds warning occurs when you land up there. Loba's bracelet is designed to fail when thrown into these zones to stop her from going up there.

The issue on World's End stems from a slight difference in coding from Kings Canyon, with the triggers being grouped more on World's End than on Kings Canyon. McCord explained that Loba's tactical is failing when passing through the grouped triggers instead of only when landing in them.

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GTA Online Offers Independence Day Discounts, Special Items

GTA Online is celebrating Independence Day with tons of red, white, and blue cosmetics, sales on some popular in-game items, and benefits for PlayStation Plus and Twitch Prime members. The sales will last through next Wednesday, July 8.

During the celebration period, you can get special rewards like the Statue of Happiness T-shirt and Supa Wet Beer Hat by taking part in Business Battles. The Missle Base Series will also reward you with double GTA$ and RP, so you can stock up on currency. Plus you can try the casino's Lucky Wheel for a chance at a Western Sovereign with a new custom livery.

If you need something to spend your newfound riches on, several Independence Day sales are going too. You can take half-off items like the Liberator Monster Truck, Firework Launcher, Yachts, some vehicles, and Arcade Properties; 60% off Mammoth Avengers and customizations; and 70% off Bunkers, Hangars, and Facilities. You can check out the full sale list below.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Pokemon Go July 2020 Community Day Detailed
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:13:04 PM »
Pokemon Go July 2020 Community Day Detailed

Niantic has a ton of events lined up for Pokemon Go this month. Ahead of Pokemon Go Fest 2020, the studio will host another Community Day on Sunday, July 19, and it has now shared some more details about the event.

Much like the last few Community Days, July's event will run for six hours instead of the traditional three, from 11 AM to 5 PM local time. As previously revealed, this month's featured Pokemon will be Gastly. Throughout the Community Day, the Ghost Pokemon will appear in the wild much more frequently than usual, and you'll have a chance to catch a Shiny Gastly.

Niantic also reiterated that this month's Community Day move will be Shadow Punch. If you can evolve Haunter--Gastly's evolved form--into Gengar by 7 PM local time (two hours after the Community Day ends), it'll automatically know Shadow Punch, which it normally cannot learn in Pokemon Go.

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Best Fourth Of July Sales 2020: Games, Cheap Monitors, 4K TVs, And More

For Americans, Fourth of July weekend is nearly upon us, and while this holiday certainly won't look like years past--everyone should still be social distancing, after all--we can still enjoy the barrage of online deals that are cropping up from retailers. From GameStop to Best Buy, July 4th sales are now in full swing, offering some remarkably good prices on gaming, tech, and more.

Quick look: The best Fourth of July deals

If you've been on the hunt of a new gaming laptop, 4K TV, or gaming mouse, this is a great weekend to pick one up, as we're seeing discounts on some of the top options from brands like Razer, Samsung, Apple, and Lenovo.

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Hyper Scape Impressions: Is Ubisoft's Battle Royale Worth Playing?

Ubisoft has entered the battle royale arena with the official reveal and technical test for Hyper Scape, and I know what you're probably thinking: another battle royale? In recent years we've seen so many come and go, with a handful that've stuck around with healthy player bases and ongoing support. It can be hard to imagine space for another one, but to its credit, Hyper Scape--which Ubisoft has been cooking up for two years--is trying plenty of new things to make it stand out.

I was able to spend about three hours playing Hyper Scape alongside many other media folks prior to the game's announcement, experiencing full matches and coming to grips with the unique mechanics. And for all that it's doing differently--the revive system, scouting as a dead player, the oddball-style endgame, and overall pacing--it's clear that Hyper Scape is leaning heavily into faster, more aggressive play.

In the heat of combat, I'm reminded of playing an arena shooter. My skill sets from the days of Unreal Tournament and Quake came through, because weapons like the Komodo rocket launcher, Salvo grenade launcher, and Skybreaker shock rifle aren't deadly one-hit shots. Instead, you're predicting movement patterns for splash damage and landing multiple hits before enemies are taken down. With everyone double jumping, launching off of jump pads, and hopping across rooftops, the action of Hyper Scape isn't necessarily about pulling up on unsuspecting opponents but beating them in high-flying head-to-head shootouts.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Amazon Prime Day Reportedly Delayed To October
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:13:04 PM »
Amazon Prime Day Reportedly Delayed To October

Amazon Prime Day is usually the biggest sales event of the summer, but this year's Prime Day won't happen until this fall. The sale has been delayed for the third time this year and is now planned for October, according to Business Insider. In an email sent to third-party sellers, Amazon indicated October 5 is now the "placeholder" day for the event, while a later email said this date change would be the final one.

Concerns over whether Amazon would have enough stock for Prime Day arose earlier this year, according to a New York Times report, as factories in China were shutting down. Since then, we've seen Amazon Prime Day delayed first to August, then September. The company's logistical operations have been complicated by COVID-19, and the retailer is seeing increased demand once again as coronavirus cases across the US continue to rise, Business Insider reports.

With the ever-changing situation around the coronavirus pandemic, it's probably safe to assume the October date is subject to change, but in any case, Prime Day (which would normally be kicking off in a couple of weeks) is still months away. The October 5 date puts it less than two months before Black Friday, meaning this fall is going to be a busy time for deals ahead of the holiday season.

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Celebrate Five Years of Rocket League with the Fifth Anniversary Event

It’s hard to believe we’re approaching Rocket League’s Fifth Anniversary! It feels like just yesterday that we were hitting the pitch for the first time, and learning the basics. Now we’re dishing assists and scoring goals with (relative) ease! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’re throwing a two-week in-game event featuring all-new items and Limited […]
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The Never-Ending Design Changes in Neversong, Coming to Xbox One July 16

In 2009 I made a web game called Coma. I was 18 years old, and had no idea what could happen after you release a game. The game blew up with over 8 million plays, and sent me on a decade long journey of creating bizarre and beautiful indie adventure games. Now, I’m almost 30, […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200701-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes […]
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Rewind Time in the Remastered Warframe Update The Deadlock Protocol

Available today on Xbox One, The Deadlock Protocol is Warframe’s first traditional update of 2020. Unlike the space battle updates Empyrean and Operation Scarlet Spear, The Deadlock Protocol delves into Warframe’s earliest content. Working from home during this trying time, the Digital Extremes development team took on the bold task of re-thinking the game’s first […]
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The Last of Us Part 2: Neil Druckmann, Halley Gross Interview

On a special episode of IGN's PlayStation show, Podcast Beyond!,…
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Hunting Simulator 2 Review
« on: July 02, 2020, 08:13:03 PM »
Hunting Simulator 2 Review

Slow-paced with a wide selection of animals, weapons, gear and locations, Hunting Simulator 2 is a good way to spend some time in the virtual great-outdoors.
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Min Min Impressions and Ranking the Smash DLC Characters - NVC 515

Nintendo Voice Chat for the week of July 2, 2020.
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Horizon Forbidden West Release Date, Gameplay, and Everything Else We Know

Everything we know so far about Horizon Forbidden West, the sequel to Horizon Zero Dawn, including release date, gameplay details, story details, and new creatures you'll discover.
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Hyper Scape, a New FPS Battle Royale, Announced by Ubisoft

Ubisoft has announced a new battle royale, Hyper Scape, which can be played now as part of a short technical test ahead of the main launch.
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Hyper Scape: Hands On With Ubisoft's Urban-Only Battle Royale

Hands-on with Hyper Scape, Ubisoft Montreal's new battle royale set on an highly vertical, urban-only map.
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GTA Online: Claim Independence Day-Themed Item Discounts, Rewards, and More

This week in Grand Theft Auto Online, claim Independence Day-themed bonus rewards in Business Battles, discounts on holiday items, and much more.
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My Friend Pedro TV Series from John Wick Creator Confirmed

My Friend Pedro was inspired by shoot 'em-up action movies and will now be adapted into a TV series from the creator of John Wick.
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Fallout TV Show In the Works at Amazon From Westworld Creators

A Fallout series has been announced at Amazon Studios from the creators of Westworld.
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Fortnite Fireworks Locations: Where To Light Fireworks For Captain America Challenge

It's the third week of Fortnite: Chapter 2, Season 3, which means there's a new set of challenges to complete in the game. With the Fourth of July just around the corner, fireworks have also begun appearing in certain places around Lazy Lake, and it seems they're tied to a separate Captain America challenge. While that task is not actually live yet, here's where the fireworks are located and what you need to do to complete the challenge once it becomes available.

Where Are The Fireworks Locations?

There are at least six different sets of fireworks around the island, and they're all located around Lazy Lake in grid square F6. You can see the locations of all the fireworks we've found on the map below.

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Fable Trademark Renewed Ahead Of Xbox Series X First-Party Showcase

Ahead of its next Xbox Series X stream reportedly taking place later this month, it's been discovered that Microsoft has renewed its trademark for RPG series Fable with the "intent to use".

Trademark renewals aren't always indicators that a publisher intends to continue a series. In most cases it's simply just to retain the rights to the property in question. With an Intent to Use filing though, the requirements for the renewal change. Microsoft has to prove that it has the intention to use the mark in commerce within the next six months, or file for an extension.

Under the rules of the filing, Microsoft can request an extension up to five times, which means this latest filing could be stretched over the next three years. The filing was made on June 26 (spotted by IGN) and is still pending, but its timing could not be more coincidental with the next Xbox 20/20 stream just around the corner. Microsoft has confirmed that the event will showcase first-party exclusives for the Xbox Series X, with Halo Infinite headlining the show.

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Source: Fable Trademark Renewed Ahead Of Xbox Series X First-Party Showcase

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Ubisoft's Hyper Scape Battle Royale Playable Now, Twitch Drops Provide Access

Hyper Scape has been officially revealed and is playable now--it's a free-to-play battle royale first-person shooter from developer and publisher Ubisoft. The game takes on a futuristic sci-fi aesthetic where up to 100 players in squads of three jump onto an urban-style map called Neo-Arcadia to fight it out.

The technical test for Hyper Scape is now live and a number of Twitch streamers are playing. Currently, upwards of 450K viewers are tuning into Hyper Scape streams, and keys will be given through Twitch drops for viewers to gain access to the tech test. The game's official Twitter account made the announcement earlier:

We'll have in-depth coverage such as gameplay, video breakdowns, and impressions of Hyper Scape later today, so stay tuned for that.


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Top New Games Out On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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$70 Games May Finally Become The Norm With PS5 And Xbox Series X

Despite the many factors that might have led to an increase in the prices of games, $60 has remained the standard retail price in the United States for well over a decade. Inflation, increasing development costs--it's arguably been a surprise that prices have remained static for so long, even if there's a case to be made that lower prices could lead to increased overall sales.

That's finally set to change with the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X, at least in the case of one game series. 2K has announced that NBA 2K21 will cost $60 on current-gen consoles as usual, while the next-gen versions will cost $70. That's the first instance we've seen of a publisher attaching a higher price tag to a game as we enter this console transition. 2K is also seemingly eschewing Microsoft's Smart Delivery and won't even match EA's comparatively generous upgrade offer on its sports games. There won't be any free next-gen upgrade for buyers of 2K21 on current-gen consoles; instead, they can opt for the Kobe Bryant-starring Mamba Forever edition, which costs $100 and provides dual access within a console family.

Until now, we hadn't seen any indication that PS5 and Xbox Series X games would cost more to purchase than what we've become accustomed to for so many years. This doesn't necessarily mean that all of 2K or parent company Take-Two's games will adopt the higher pricing, nor does it mean that other publishers will follow suit. But it's hard to imagine companies turning down the additional revenue if 2K finds success with the $70 price point.

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Resident Evil Village Isn't Resident Evil 8, Capcom Insists

Since its reveal, it hasn't been exactly clear whether to include numerals in Resident Evil Village's title. In a recent interview, developer Capcom said it omitted the number entirely from the title to focus in on the game's setting.

Speaking with Famitsu (translated by Kotaku), Resident Evil Village producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Peter Fabiano were asked why the game's title omits the roman numeral for eight that was featured in the trailer.

"You could call the actual Village another character in the game, and we did that because we would like players to understand that", the pair answered, before expressing their hope for players to abbreviate the game with "Village" and not "RE8".

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Mortal Shell Hands-On Preview: Hardened By Dark Souls

One of the first things I did in Mortal Shell, after getting walloped in the tutorial by a huge guy with a sword and stealing the corpse of an unnamed knight, was watch two guys sit by a campfire while one played a lute.

Given that this is a video game, the two goblin-looking locals turned hostile as I approached them, with the musician trading his lute for a hatchet before stalking my way. I cut through them with my huge two-handed claymore, then picked up the lute and spent the next five or so minutes learning to play it.

Hitting the "use" button on the lute about 10 times, I gained enough "familiarity" with it that my character could provide a performance of his own. I still have no idea what the lute is for, why I could pick it up and add it to my inventory, or what use repeatedly telling my character to pick away at its strings might bear in the future. That's kind of my general impression of Mortal Shell, as well--there's a lot about the game I don't understand. But like the Souls games from which it draws obvious inspiration, it seems like there's a lot to uncover and master in Mortal Shell.

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Halo Infinite May Have Been Spoiled By Mega Bloks

Halo Infinite has been teased by Microsoft for quite a while, but the game's story may have been spoiled by an unlikely source: building toys. A Mega Bloks construction set includes a figure that could reveal plot details.

Potential Halo Infinite spoilers follow.

Fans on the Gaming Rumors subreddit (via IGN) found an image from an upcoming Mega Bloks set that could spell doom for an existing character. A Brute enemy appears to be carrying the helmet of Jameson Locke, one of the heroes from Halo 5: Guardians. The Brute appears to be named Hyperious, and he could be a new Banished antagonist.

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GameSpot News / GSN - NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Pre-Orders Start At $70
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:49:16 PM »
NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Pre-Orders Start At $70

2K Sports has announced that NBA 2K21 will release September 4 on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We also now know that the standard edition of NBA 2K21 will cost $70 on next-gen consoles, making it the first game for PS5 and Xbox One X to cost more than the usual $60 price for new games. Additionally, you won't be able to upgrade NBA 2K21 from current generation consoles to next-gen consoles for free unless you purchase the just-announced Mamba Forever edition for $100. Pre-orders are starting to go live for all platforms.

The Mamba Forever edition commemorates the late Kobe Bryant and rounds out the trio of cover athletes for NBA 2K21. We learned earlier this week that Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard would be the cover athlete for current generation consoles, while young phenom Zion Williamson will fittingly be on the cover of the PS5 and Xbox One X standard edition.

While other next-gen crossover games such as Madden NFL 21 and Assassin's Creed Valhalla have announced free upgrades from current to next-gen, NBA 2K21 is incentivizing purchasing the expensive Mamba Forever edition instead. If you plan on wanting the game at its initial launch and on your new PS5 or Xbox One X, you'll save $30 by grabbing the Mamba Forever edition as opposed to purchasing the standard edition twice. It's worth noting that the upgrade to next-gen is the standard edition of the game, so you won't double-up on the digital goodies that come with the Mamba Forever edition.

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Source: NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Pre-Orders Start At $70

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PlayStation Removes All Advertising From Facebook And Instagram

Following numerous other companies, including Starbucks, Ford, and Coca-Cola, Sony is pulling all PlayStation advertising from Facebook and Instagram until at least the end of July.

The move will see the removal of all advertising on the social media platforms, both paid and unpaid. Facebook has come under fire recently for continuing to allow hateful content and misinformation to exist on its platform unchallenged, while other platforms have acted against such content. Twitter has started being more aggressive with flagging problematic tweets, especially from politicians, while Twitch has suspended numerous channels and streamers, including Dr. Disrespect and Donald Trump.

In a statement (provided to GamesIndustry.biz), Sony makes it clear that they support the growing #StopHateForProfit campaign. "In support of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, we have globally suspended our Facebook and Instagram activity, including advertising and non-paid content, until the end of July. We stand for working (and playing) together for good."

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Gets Juggernaut Royale Trios Update

Following the release of the big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update, Infinity Ward has made a few other small changes.

First, a playlist update for Modern Warfare makes a changes to what's available to play. The Shoot the Ship playlist has been removed, while Shipment (5v5) and Shoot House (8v8) have now been separated into individual playlists.

Additionally, Modern Warfare has received a "small patch" across PS4, Xbox One, and PC that fixes two issues in particular. The Realism Moshpit was, in some cases, failing to rotate modes as it should have--but that is fixed now. Second, the CDL playlist was "not functioning as intended," which has also been fixed.

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta, Delta and Omega (2007.200630-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta, Delta and Omega ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta, Delta and Omega (2007.200630-0000)

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World of Tanks: Valor Salutes Independence Day with Epic Events

World of Tanks: Valor is thrilled to commemorate Independence Day with an array of in-game events, rewards, and epic patriotic sales on American steel! In the past, World of Tanks: Valor players have been able to earn free legendary premium vehicles through in-game missions. To keep the momentum going, Lady Liberty is ready to kick […]
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Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: The Medium

When it launches this holiday, Xbox Series X will be the most powerful console the world has ever seen. One of the biggest benefits of all that power is giving developers the ability to make games that are Xbox Series X Optimized. This means that they’ve taken full advantage of the unique capabilities of Xbox […]
Source: Inside Xbox Series X Optimized: The Medium

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Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito Will Star in a Mystery Game Project

Giancarlo Esposito is to be featured in a big upcoming video game but he can't reveal anything else about it just yet.
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Mortal Shell Hands-On Preview: Finding Its Own Souls-Like Voice

Mortal Shell has the look and atmosphere of Dark Souls, but more importantly, it separates itself from its inspirations with interesting new mechanics.
Source: Mortal Shell Hands-On Preview: Finding Its Own Souls-Like Voice

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NBA 2K21 Current-Gen Release Date Revealed, Next-Gen Version $10 More Expensive

NBA 2K21 will be released on current-generation platforms on September 4, 2020, and it will arrive on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in Holiday 2020 for $10 more. In addition, there will be a Kobe Bryant special Mamba Forever Edition that will allow players to upgrade to the next-gen versions at no extra cost.
Source: NBA 2K21 Current-Gen Release Date Revealed, Next-Gen Version $10 More Expensive

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Maid of Sker's Terrifying Welsh Survival Horror Releases This Month

A new survival horror based on Welsh folklore is arriving this month in the form of Maid of Sker.
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Halo Fans Think Mega Bloks Toys May Have Spoiled a Halo Infinite Plot Point

The Mega Bloks sets have revealed the game's enemy, new vehicles and an important detail that may pertain to Infinite's narrative.
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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Marvel’s Iron Man VR Review
« on: July 02, 2020, 01:49:14 PM »
Marvel’s Iron Man VR Review

The latest Marvel PS4 exclusive isn't on the level of Spider-Man, but flying around as Iron Man is still a lot of fun.
Source: Marvel’s Iron Man VR Review

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A Plague Tale: Innocence Has Hit A Major Sales Milestone

A Plague Tale: Innocence has been a major success for developer Asobo Studio, critically and commercially, and has now racked up a huge sales number. The game's official Twitter account has now announced that the game has sold over 1 million copies since it released in May 2019.

The game, an action-adventure that involves dodging rats and being stealthy, was one of GameSpot's best games of 2019.

In the tweet, A Plague Tale's developers thank the game's community of players, stating that "this wouldn't have been possible without our community and we'd like to thank every one of you for supporting the game."

The game is also available through Xbox Game Pass--which, believe it or not, can actually lead to increased sales.

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Source: A Plague Tale: Innocence Has Hit A Major Sales Milestone

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Death Stranding On PC Can Achieve 100+ FPS Thanks To DLSS 2.0

Death Stranding is releasing for PC on July 14, giving PC players a chance to experience Hideo Kojima's strange opus. We've already seen the minimum and recommended specs for the game, but now publisher 505 Games has revealed some more details about what to expect if you load the game up on a powerful rig.

Death Stranding on PC will feature Nvidia DLSS 2.0 technology, as long as you have a GeForce RTX GPU installed. This means that the game can run with a frame rate over 100fps at 1440p, or at over 60fps with a 4K image.

The press release sent to GameSpot includes a quote from Kojima Productions' Akio Sakamoto, praising the game's PC release with NVIDIA tech. "The extra performance Nvidia DLSS 2.0 delivers in Death Stranding allows gamers to unlock the vast graphical potential of the PC platform by increasing the graphics settings and resolution, delivering on the vision we have for the game," Sakamoto says.

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Source: Death Stranding On PC Can Achieve 100+ FPS Thanks To DLSS 2.0

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Halo TV Show: 343's Kiki Wolfkill Shares The Latest News

In addition to Halo Infinite and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the team at 343 Industries is working on a Halo TV show with Showtime and starring Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief. The production was shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's unclear when it may start back up again. While we wait for that, Halo's transmedia boss Kiki Wolfkill has shared some new insight on the show and what it's trying to do

Appearing on Star Wars writer

, Wolfkill said it has been a "mind-bending challenge" to translate the video game series to TV.

Instead of directly adapting a previous Halo game or book, the TV show is seemingly going to tell an entirely new story. Wolfkill's team has been working with Showtime--which is GameSpot's sister company--on finding the best way to retain the essence of Halo and bring it to a new medium. This has been hard work, both on this Halo TV show and in the past. Fans will no doubt recall how Peter Jackson's Halo movie famously fell apart.

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Microsoft Renews Fable Trademark Amid Sequel Rumours

The renewed trademark from Microsoft suggests that the studio has an "intent to use" the IP.
Source: Microsoft Renews Fable Trademark Amid Sequel Rumours

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Free Switch Game Jump Rope Challenge Adds New Nintendo-Themed Costumes, Including Arcade Bunny

Jump Rope Challenge, the free Nintendo Switch fitness game that released in June, has just received a free update that adds several new costumes to the game's rabbit protagonist. They're mostly the usual suspects, but there's one surprise.

Here's the complete list of character costumes included in the update.

  • Mario
  • Luigi
  • Peach
  • Toad
  • Bowser
  • Wario
  • Link
  • Samus
  • Isabelle
  • Squid Kid (girl)
  • Squid Kid (boy)
  • Arcade Bunny

The most interesting addition here is Arcade Bunny, a character who has only ever featured in one other Nintendo game--Nintendo Badge Arcade, a 3DS title that handed out badges that could be attached to the system's home screen. Arcade Bunny was a fully fleshed-out character, and since the 3DS title stopped receiving updates many fans have missed them.

New backgrounds have been added to the game too, as well as a new ability--you can now double-under by swinging your Joy-Cons very quickly.

Jump Rope Challenge will remain free to download on Nintendo Switch until September 30, 2020.


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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Gets Playlist Update And Small Patch

Following the release of the big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update, Infinity Ward has made a few other small changes.

First, a playlist update for Modern Warfare makes a changes to what's available to play. The Shoot the Ship playlist has been removed, while Shipment (5v5) and Shoot House (8v8) have now been separated into individual playlists.

Additionally, Modern Warfare has received a "small patch" across PS4, Xbox One, and PC that fixes two issues in particular. The Realism Moshpit was, in some cases, failing to rotate modes as it should have--but that is fixed now. Second, the CDL playlist was "not functioning as intended," which has also been fixed.

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Kongregate Has Put A Freeze On Game Submissions And Is Closing Forums Amid Layoffs

Kongregate, the online flash game portal and game publisher, has been hit with layoffs amid a restructure that will bring major changes to the site. This news, announced via the Kongregate forums and picked up on by Gamesindustry.biz, indicates that the site will no longer take new game submissions going forward, and that the site's forums will close.

"We will be rolling out several changes to the website over the coming days and months, the first of which is that we will no longer be accepting new titles on Kongregate.com as of today," the forum post reads. "We also will not be adding any more badges to games. You will still be able to play our existing library of over 128,000 amazing games and developers will be able to update their games as normal."

The site will also be disabling social features over time, including closing all but 20 chat rooms and moving forums to a read-only state.

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Source: Kongregate Has Put A Freeze On Game Submissions And Is Closing Forums Amid Layoffs

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Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Stresses That Streaming Won't Take Over For A Long Time

In addition to launching the Xbox Series X console this year, Microsoft is rolling out its xCloud streaming service with Game Pass to help reach a bigger audience. The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, wants to assure people that Microsoft remains committed to the physical console, which really should be no surprise given that Microsoft has plans to make another Xbox console after the Series X.

Speaking during a GameLab fireside chat, Spencer stressed that cloud gaming will not take over and replace consoles anytime soon. The xCloud service is merely another option for people who want it.

"I've never tried to position xCloud as a replacement for your gaming PC or for a console," he said. "I like to sit down in front of the big screen and play on a console. I'm sitting here at my PC rig right now and I like to play here. But I'm not always in front of those two devices and I want to be able to play where I want to go play on the device that I choose."

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Source: Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Stresses That Streaming Won't Take Over For A Long Time

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Maquette Will Bring Mind-Bendingly Clever Recursive Puzzles To PS5, PS4, And PC This Year

Publisher Annapurna Interactive has unveiled a new first-person puzzle game, and it looks incredible. Maquette is the debut game of studio Graceful Decay, and it's focused on recursive, nested environments. We were confused by that description at first, but the trailer below clears up everything.

The environments within Maquette seem to be matching concentric areas that scale down. In a simple example in the trailer, an area might contain a block that is too large to move--but if you head into one of the buildings there you'll find a smaller version of that same building, and moving the block there moves the bigger block, too.

It looks like many of the puzzles will involve manipulating the size of objects and moving smaller versions of large items. The trailer below shows off a few examples, and make the game look very clever.

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Xbox Boss Talks About Importance Of First-Party Games, And Why Xbox Won't Copy PlayStation's Approach

Microsoft's Xbox team has in the past been criticized for a perceived lack of first-party exclusives compared to PlayStation and other competing platforms. But going forward, Xbox boss Phil Spencer doesn't believe that will be an issue. After acquiring studios like Obsidian, Double Fine, and Ninja Theory, and starting a new studio with the writer of Red Dead Redemption, Microsoft now has 15 Xbox Games Studios teams, all of which are developing content exclusively for Xbox and PC.

These studio acquisitions and formations came at no small expense, of course, and Spencer recently spoke about how this was made possible thanks to the leadership from Microsoft higher-ups believing in Spencer's vision.

"First-party content is really important to where we're going," Spencer said during a recent GameLab event. "It's important to our hardware platforms, it's important to things like Game Pass and our overall gaming strategy at Microsoft. As we got in place the new leadership team a few years ago, we started building our strategy and articulating our strategy internally to the company, it was really encouraging to see the support that we were getting from the board and the senior leadership team at the company to go and grow our first-party."

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Mafia: Definitive Edition: Here's How And Why They Recast Tommy Angelo For The Remake

Mafia: Definitive Edition will feature an all-new cast when it releases on August 28 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. In English language territories, Tommy will be played by Italian-Australian actor Andrew Bongiorno, who also serves as the likeness for the character and performed motion capture for the role.

In a new post on the Mafia website, developer Hanger 13 has discussed the casting process for this remake. The remake is extensive enough that they did not want to reuse the original audio from the 2002 Mafia, and according to Hanger 13 president Haden Blackman, they wanted to ensure that they made use of new technologies for this release. "Since our cinematics rely heavily on motion capture data, it was essential that we have both voice and physical performances," he says. "We looked for actors who not only sounded the part, but also looked the part and could perform on both the motion capture stage and in the VO booth."

While producer Nicole Sandoval initially looked into whether they could reuse the original actors, it ultimately was not viable. "No one's voice stays the same, especially after such a long period of time," she says. The team decided that building up an ensemble cast would be important, especially since a major theme of Mafia--and most mob media--is the concept of family.

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All the New July Bugs and Fish in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

July offers plenty of new critters.
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Worms Rumble Announced, Featuring Real-Time Combat And A Battle Royale Mode

Team 17 has announced a new Worms game to celebrate the series' 25th anniversary, and it's unlike anything we've seen before from the series. The game, Worms Rumble, is a real-time combat game for up to 32 players, with cross-play enabled. It will release for PC, PS5, and PS4.

Each player will control a single worm in either Team Deathmatch or Battle Royale (both solo and squad) combat, and will battle it out over huge, semi-destructable environments. The game will receive regular content updates to add new levels and worm customizations, and there's a rank system to unlock cosmetics.

Weapons available at launch include the iconic Bazooka, Hand Cannon, Baseball Bat, Assault Rifle, and Shotgun. The trailer below also shows the Holy Hand Grenade making an appearance.

There will be seasonable events and challenges to take part in, too. You can register now to try the game's closed beta, which will run from July 15 at 4 AM PT until July 20 at midnight PT, if you're curious about how Worms will work in real-time.

In a statement sent to press, lead designer Adam Findlay called Worms Rumble "a significant rethink around the Worms experience," and said that he hopes that the cross-play 32-player experience will "unite the community and newcomers to the series in wonderfully Worms-tastic mayhem."

There is no mention of a potential Xbox or Nintendo Switch release, so console players will need a PlayStation 4 or 5 to jump in.

The last game in the Worms series was Worms: W.M.D., which was a more traditional turn-based Worms combat game. It received an 8/10 in GameSpot's review, and reviewer Jason D'Aprile called it "easily the best game in the Worms series in several years."


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Final Fantasy 14's Delayed 5.3 Patch Has A New Release Date

Final Fantasy XIV's delayed 5.3 patch will now arrive in August, Square Enix has announced. The update was originally scheduled to release on June 16 but had to be pushed back due to production difficulties that arose from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I would like to apologize again to all of our players for the delay of Patch 5.3--Reflections in Crystal, which was originally scheduled to release on June 16th," game producer and director Naoki Yoshida wrote on FFXIV's official forums. "Although our development and operations teams, as well as QA testing, have experienced a number of setbacks due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), I am pleased to inform you that development production is back on course, and we've settled on a new patch release schedule."

Yoshida went on to announce that Patch 5.3 is now scheduled to launch on August 11. "We did everything we could to try and release this update at some point in mid-July, but in the end, we determined more time was needed to thoroughly test and debug the next alliance raid of YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse and the new large-scale encounters of the resistance weapons content," Yoshida said.

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Source: Final Fantasy 14's Delayed 5.3 Patch Has A New Release Date

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Resident Evil Village Will Conclude Resident Evil 7's Story

Resident Evil Village details were recently divulged in a Famitsu interview with producers Tsuyoshi Kanda and Pete Fabiano. The interview was translated and shared on Twitter by Resident Evil historian Alex Aniel. There were a few interesting tidbits revealed about the upcoming game, including how Village will conclude Ethan's story, which started in Resident Evil 7: biohazard.

According to the translated interview, Resident Evil Village is about 60% complete and has been in development for about 3.5 years. It also serves as the conclusion to Ethan Winter's story that started in Resident Evil 7: biohazard; however, the developer didn't make it clear which of the two mid-game choices is canon. In Resident Evil 7, you're asked to choose who to save between your wife and another character, which results in some striking differences. They also said that the title emphasizes the village because it is "another protagonist" in the game.

Village also brings back two staples of the RE franchise--inventory management and puzzle solving--but no specifics were given. They also said that making the game exclusively for next-gen allowed them to make loading times nearly nonexistent, giving the game a deeper level of immersion. Unfortunately, they didn't expand on what they meant by this.

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Source: Resident Evil Village Will Conclude Resident Evil 7's Story

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You Can Win Switch Eshop Credit In Nintendo's Next Splatoon 2 Tournament

Nintendo is hosting another competition in its colorful Switch shooter Splatoon 2 later this month. The Turf War July 2020 tournament kicks off on Saturday, July 18, and the prize is $25 USD in My Nintendo Gold points.

Every member of the winning team will take home 2,500 My Nintendo Gold points, which can either be redeemed for rewards on the My Nintendo website or used as credit toward select games and DLC on the Switch Eshop. The tournament is open to players in North America, and each match will be contested in Turf War.

Registration is open now until July 18, 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. To enter, you and your teammates will need to create an account on Battlefy. You can read the full rules for the Turf War July 2020 tournament here.

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Source: You Can Win Switch Eshop Credit In Nintendo's Next Splatoon 2 Tournament

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Pokemon Home Switch Update Fixes An Isle Of Armor Pokedex Bug

A new update is now live for the Switch version of Pokemon Home. This patch brings the cloud service up to version 1.1.1 and resolves an issue that should make it much easier to complete the Isle of Armor Pokedex.

According to the patch notes on Nintendo's website, the new update fixes a bug that prevented Pokemon imported from Home from being registered in the Isle of Armor Pokedex. Once you've installed the update, open Pokemon Home, connect it to your copy of Sword or Shield, and save; this will cause any Pokemon that weren't properly registered to be counted in your Isle of Armor Pokedex.

The Isle of Armor is the setting of Sword and Shield's first expansion, and it's home to more than 100 returning Pokemon not available in mainland Galar. Although these monsters can only be found in the wild in the Isle of Armor, there are ways to get them without owning the DLC, such as by transferring them from previous games through Home.

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Source: Pokemon Home Switch Update Fixes An Isle Of Armor Pokedex Bug

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FIST, An Action-Platformer Starring A Rabbit With A Giant Metal Fist, Announced For PS4 And PC

FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch, a dieselpunk action-platformer starring an anthropomorphic rabbit with a massive metal fist, has been announced for PlayStation 4. Detailed in a PlayStation Blog post, the game takes place on a planet inhabited by animals that must battle an invading race of machine-like creatures.

The main character Rayton is a battle-hardened rabbit with a massive third arm made of metal attached to his back. Rayton must battle and traverse through an industrialized city to rescue a friend captured by the machines.

The rabbit warrior has other weapons--a drill and a whip--at his disposal, allowing for a variety of combos and the chance for players to adapt their play style to different enemy types. The game features 2D combat and traversal with 3D characters and environments.

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Source: FIST, An Action-Platformer Starring A Rabbit With A Giant Metal Fist, Announced For PS4 And PC

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Atari VCS Pre-Order Guide: New Release Date, Editions, And More

The Atari VCS didn't make its original launch date of March 2020, but thankfully, the console has a new release window. The Indiegogo-funded system will ship out to backers this fall, which is also when it'll be available at retailers. The classic-inspired console is still available for pre-order at many locations, so if you haven't snagged one yet, you still have time.

VCS stands for Video Computer System, a nod to Atari's 1977 console bearing the same name. Revealed in 2017, it's styled to look like the original Atari consoles and features both modern and older games. One of its launch titles is a reimagining of the Atari classic, Missile Command. Missile Command: Recharged is already available on a number of platforms and will launch alongside the Atari VCS this fall. The VCS also supports the ability to download, stream, and play games through a Linux-based operating system.

As for its specs, it's unclear exactly what hardware the Atari VCS is packing. It's powered by an AMD Raven Ridge 2 processor and Ryzen GPU, but other than that, we don't know many details. The VCS comes in two different models, the 400 and 800, which boast 4GB DDR4 RAM and 8GB DDR4 RAM respectively.

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Twitch Sets New Viewership Records, 5 Billion Hours Watched Last Quarter

During the first quarter of this year, Twitch broke 3 billion total hours watched for the first time. The momentum has continued from April through June as it surpassed 5 billion total hours watched for a single three-month span.

A new report from Streamlabs showcases just how popular Twitch has gotten during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it previously averaged 2.7 billion hours watched last year. None of its competitors came close to matching its viewership as YouTube Gaming hit 1.5 billion hours and Facebook Gaming maxed out at 822 million, which is triple the amount it had last year. Microsoft's now-defunct Mixer service came in fourth with only 106 million hours watched during the second quarter. Prominent streamers such as Shroud and Ninja, who reportedly made over $20 million to move to Mixer, could be switching back to Twitch and help boost it further. Twitch led in other key analytics, as well. Nearly 10 million unique channels streamed 192 million hours of content, which is more than double the previous quarter.

The most-watched game was Valorant, which set a single-day viewership record back on April 8. Riot Games' competitive shooter is still going strong as it had 534 million hours watched, which was more than PUBG Mobile's 237 million. Fortnite came in third with 174 million views.

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Source: Twitch Sets New Viewership Records, 5 Billion Hours Watched Last Quarter

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Fortnite: Landing A Choppa Inside Steamy Stacks Guide

The third week of Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 3 is nearly here with a number of new challenges that will have you clicking heads all over the map. A particularly tough challenge will take you to Steamy Stacks, the flooded factory located in the upper corner of the map. You'll need to land a choppa at the bottom of Steamy Stacks. This guide will show you how to get to Steamy Stacks with a helicopter and help you land it right in one of those stacks. After you do that, you can take on other Season 3 challenges and get ready for Aquaman.

This challenge leaked early so check back on July 2nd to try it for yourself within Fortnite.

Where is Steamy Stacks?

Steamy Stacks is located in the top right corner of the map. It's flooded after The Device event so you can no longer explore most of it. There are still some upper floors as well as rooms in both stacks that contain weapons. It's separated from the rest of the map by water.

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Source: Fortnite: Landing A Choppa Inside Steamy Stacks Guide

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New Dead Cells "Update Of Plenty" Changes Crossbows, Adds Backpacks

Developer Evil Empire has released a new update for Dead Cells. Called the Update of Plenty, it implements notable changes to weapons, items, and the in-game economy. The full list of changes are detailed in the official patch notes.

In terms of weapons, Update of Plenty makes all crossbows into two-handed weapons. To increase a player's willingness to try two-handed weapons, Update of Plenty also adds backpacks that allow you to hold onto an extra one-handed weapon that you can switch to in situations where your two-handed weapon might put you at a disadvantage.

When it comes to the in-game economy, Update of Plenty increases the amount of gold you can find and adjusts the pricing of gear at merchants so that you'll be able to switch gear loadouts midway through a run without spending nearly all your money. This should be most helpful for late-game levels, as holding onto a bit of your money early on should make it easier to buy healing items in the endgame without scrounging for gold.

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PSN Launches New PS4 Sale On Multiplayer Games Ahead Of Fourth Of July Weekend

As usual, the PlayStation Store has multiple sales running right now, including the bargain-focused Games Under $20 sale and Mid-Year Deals. While both of those are still live for another week, a new sale kicked off today. Multiplayer Days is, you guessed it, a sale focused on games you can play with friends and family such as Overcooked 2, A Way Out, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and several Lego games. The Multiplayer Days sale runs until July 16, so you have two weeks to browse for your next family game night activity.

The sale is particularly good for family-friendly games. You can nab the chaotic cooking simulator Overcooked 2 for $15 or get a bundle with Overcooked 2 and the original for $21. Overcooked's spiritual successor Moving Out, which released earlier this year, is on sale for $17.49, too. Meanwhile, Lego games offer great local co-op for youngsters and parents, and you can snag Lego Marvel Collection for $18, a great price for a compilation featuring three games, and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens for $8.

For genuine party games, it's hard to compete with Jackbox. The Jackbox Party Pack is down to $12.49, and Jackbox Party Pack 5 is discounted to $18. There are also more traditional digital board and card games on sale, including Uno for $5, Monopoly Family Fun Pack for $6, and Ticket to Ride for $6.

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Source: PSN Launches New PS4 Sale On Multiplayer Games Ahead Of Fourth Of July Weekend

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Devolver Direct 2020 Coming Very Soon--Expect New Game Reveals

The Devolver Direct date that the publisher has been teasing has now been revealed. The Devolver Direct 2020 is going to stream on Twitch, Steam, and elsewhere on July 11 at 12 PM PT.

The press release sent announcing this news contains the sardonic humor you'd expect from the publisher, promising that "the seventh best indie game label will step up to the plate once more and whiff real hard with a live pre-recorded presentation."

The presentation will contain some reveals of new games, alongside new gameplay footage, release dates, and special guest presenters. Demos of Carrion, Disc Room, and "an unannounced game" have also been promised, and the footage we see from games will be "nearly all gameplay."

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Source: Devolver Direct 2020 Coming Very Soon--Expect New Game Reveals

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Community Created Maps are Coming to Skater XL on Xbox One

What is up, Xbox fans! We are now less than a month away from launching Skater XL on Xbox One and we couldn’t be more excited! Today we are stoked to announce that community created content will be available in the full launch of Skater XL on July 28. Three new maps created by Skater […]
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Prepare to Hack into Xbox Series X with Recompile

Today, I’m super excited to announce that Recompile, our 3D metroidvania-inspired hacking adventure game will be coming to Xbox Series X! You can watch our brand-new trailer above, featuring the song “Jupiter” by the amazing Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. Recompile takes place within the sprawling digital world of The Mainframe. Combining traditional metroidvania mechanics […]
Source: Prepare to Hack into Xbox Series X with Recompile

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2007.200630-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2007.200630-0000)

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200629-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200629-0000)

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Breaking Down TLoU 2's Accessibility Features

More Last of Us 2 discussion, plus an interview with the devs behind the upcoming PS5 game Bugsnax!
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Student Arrested for Allegedly Making Bomb Threats to Konami

A Japanese student was arrested by Tokyo police for allegedly making threats against Konami headquarters.
Source: Student Arrested for Allegedly Making Bomb Threats to Konami

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Iron Man VR: The Marvel Comics That Inspired the Game

We spoke with the director and writer of Iron Man VR to learn how the game draws inspiration from classic Marvel stories as well as games like Halo and Resident Evil 7.
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PlayStation Indies Initiative Revealed, 9 Games Announced

New games for PS4 and PS5 revealed  as Sony kicks off an Indies initiative to spotlight games from smaller developers.
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Updated: 4 Games Added to the PS5 Games List

Worms Rumble, Recompile, Heavenly Bodies, and more join the increasing list of games coming to the PlayStation 5.
Source: Updated: 4 Games Added to the PS5 Games List

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IGN's Summer of Gaming Award Winners

IGN's Summer of Gaming Awards winners announced including Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales, PS5, and more.
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The New Trackmania Is Out Today, Here's Some Details On Its Complex Subscription Model

The newest entry in the Trackmania series is officially out today on PC at the Epic Games Store and the Ubisoft Store. The game was previously delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus. As a remake of the highly-regarded free Trackmania Nations, fan interest is running high for this new game, titled simply Trackmania. However, some in the community are expressing concerns and confusion about its three-tiered subscription model.

As shown by the rather complex diagram below, the three tiers of the new Trackmania are Starter Access, Standard Access, and Club Access. Standard Access and Club Access are each a subscription of $10 and $30 a year respectively, while Starter Access is free. Essentially, Starter Access allows players to sample 25 of the game's pre-made tracks, while Standard Access unlocks daily competitions, the Track of the Day, player creation servers, and the track editor. Club Access grants players the ability to create their own custom servers, participate in online rooms, and compete in the official Trackmania leagues.

Given that previous Trackmania games revolved so heavily around user-created content, it would appear that the Club Access is key to enjoying the game to its fullest, especially if you plan on hosting your own server with your friends. However, if you're just trying to sample what Trackmania has to offer, both the Starter and Standard Access might help you get your bearings.

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Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event Takes Place in Late July

The Xbox Summer Games Fest Demo Event will run from July 21 to July 27, Microsoft has announced. The event will feature more than 60 demos for unreleased games, all accessible through the Xbox One dashboard.

The demos will be different from the kind that normally appear on the Xbox store, which are usually polished slices of released or soon-upcoming games. The demos featured will be more akin to "showroom floor" demos, the type that appear at conventions to show off games still in development.

The demos will be available through the Xbox One dashboard during the event and will be removed once the event ends. The event will have between 75 and 100 game demos and the demos may be added back to the Xbox store on a later date.

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Source: Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event Takes Place in Late July

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Atari VCS Launches This Fall, Pre-Orders Now Open

Atari has been building a new home console designed to play both classic and modern games for over three years now, and it's finally coming to store shelves later this year. Renamed from the Ataribox to the Atari VCS back in 2018--and not to be confused with the Atari 2600, which was also known as the VCS-the VCS is now available for pre-order. Orders will be filled this fall.

This new console will include a reimagining of Missile Command as a launch title called Missile Command: Recharged. Per the announcement, more games for the console will be announced soon. The system costs $300, with a $400 bundle that includes the classic joystick and modern controller. GameStop appears to have slightly different prices listed, however, with the "all-in" edition coming in at $10 cheaper.

This new VCS has been haunted by delays and issues since its announcement in 2017. The VCS was originally scheduled for release in 2019, but it was pushed back due to hardware revisions. In late 2019, the console's lead architect left the project, saying that Atari had failed to pay him what he was owed. That architect, Rob Wyatt, later filed a lawsuit against Atari.

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Source: Atari VCS Launches This Fall, Pre-Orders Now Open

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Devolver Direct 2020 Air Date Announced--Expect New Game Reveals

The Devolver Direct date that the publisher has been teasing has now been revealed. The Devolver Direct 2020 is going to stream on Twitch, Steam, and elsewhere on July 11 at 12 PM PT.

The press release sent announcing this news contains the sardonic humor you'd expect from the publisher, promising that "the seventh best indie game label will step up to the plate once more and whiff real hard with a live pre-recorded presentation."

The presentation will contain some reveals of new games, alongside new gameplay footage, release dates, and special guest presenters. Demos of Carrion, Disc Room, and "an unannounced game" have also been promised, and the footage we see from games will be "nearly all gameplay."

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Death Stranding PC Hands-On: The Once PS4 Exclusive Runs Like A Dream

Like it or not, Death Stranding is a tremendously bold game. We recognized it as one of the best of 2019 and reviewer Kallie Plagge spoke to its qualities in the full review from last year. But why talk about the game in 2020? For one, it's quite, uh, timely with its theme of being an essential worker during a catastrophic event that leads to nationwide quarantine. It's also one of the few PS4 exclusives getting a proper PC port. I have been playing the PC version ahead of its July 14 launch day and I'm here to report that so far in the early hours, it remains a superb game enhanced by the fact that it looks and runs much better than it did on PS4 Pro, if you have the right PC specs.

For those living under a rock (and not to avoid Timefall), here's the short of it: Death Stranding is Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima's latest. You're a delivery man played by actor Norman Reedus amid a deadly paranormal phenomenon called the death stranding that forces the surviving population to seek refuge in underground bunkers. While the game has a fair share of third-person stealth and action, it's also quite literally a walking-hiking simulator where balancing your cargo and traversing harsh terrain are core elements. It's all wrapped around a heavily cinematic and somewhat bizarre story about human connection.

As part of the Half-Life crossover content, you'll see Striders! (They'd make great delivery mechanisms to be honest.)

I know, playing courier with the occasional action sequence may not sound enticing, but trust me and my friends when we said last year that it's a stunning experience, if you have the time and patience. Its broader message of human connection is made manifest in the asynchronous multiplayer component in which the actions of others--such as laying down ladders, bridges, and roads--will affect your own game world. Everyone's just helping each other make their deliveries, stay alive on a hostile surface, and chug their oddly placed Monster energy drinks to keep on keeping on. Even though you never see your fellow players, giving them a few "likes" for their work, and getting a few in return, is sort of uplifting.

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Top New Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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An Hour Before Its Reveal, Crysis Remastered And Its Trailer Delayed

Crysis Remastered was supposed to debut its gameplay reveal trailer today. Instead, Crytek announced that the remaster has been delayed by "a few weeks" from its original July 23 date after

resulted in some upset fans. Several YouTube commenters joked that Crytek had remastered "the console version" of the famously taxing PC game.

"The features you're looking forward to are already set, but we want to take the time on polishing the game," a portion of the statement reads. "You might be aware of the leak yesterday, and we want you to know: we've seen all the reactions - the good and the bad - and we're listening!"

A previous store description for the game stated that it would have "remastered graphics optimized for a new generation of hardware." What exactly that means remains to be seen, as it's unclear what hardware the leaked trailer was running on. However, Crysis Remastered does represent the first time that the Crysis series has come to the Nintendo Switch.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Nier Creator's New Game SinoAlice Is Out Now
« on: July 01, 2020, 01:46:52 PM »
Nier Creator's New Game SinoAlice Is Out Now

Drakengard and Nier director Yoko Taro's new game is finally out. No, the next Nier hasn't had a surprise launch, but the fantasy mobile RPG SinoAlice is available on mobile. Combining Taro's dark world-building with classic fantasy characters, SinoAlice arrives worldwide after releasing three years ago in Japan.

SinoAlice is playable solo or cooperatively and features hundreds of different weapons and characters, including Alice from Lewis Carroll's classic stories as well as Red Riding Hood and even Princess Kaguya. The role-playing game uses an intense combat system and is backed with music from frequent Taro collaborator Keiichi Okabe, who also did the music for both Nier and Nier: Automata.

Prior to release, more than two million players pre-registered for SinoAlice across Google Play and the App Store. Those who pre-registered get several rewards, including special weapons, currency, and upgrade items. There are also daily login rewards that will be distributed for the first 10 days after launch.

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GameStop's Fourth Of July Sale Is Live Now For PowerUp Rewards Pro Members

Fresh off of another Pro Day sale, GameStop has kicked off its Independence Day Sale early for PowerUp Rewards Pro members. Active members can start shopping today (July 1) before the sale opens up to everyone tomorrow. The sale isn't huge, but it does have a pretty enticing promotion: buy two, get one free on all pre-owned PS4 and Xbox One games (sorry, Nintendo Switch owners). GameStop's Independence Day Sale runs through July 4, so you have a few days to make your picks. As a reminder, if you're shopping today, you need to be logged into your rewards account.

For some strange reason, the sale flyer shows old games like NBA 2K19 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. While older titles are included in the B2G1 free promotion, the sale is especially good if you're looking for more recent, higher-priced games. Since every pre-owned PS4 and Xbox One game is up for grabs, it's a matter of searching for what you want and seeing if it's in stock. For instance, you're not going to find pre-owned copies of The Last of Us 2, but you will find other big-name titles like Final Fantasy VII Remake, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Persona 5 Royal. As always, the cheapest of the three games you pick will be free, so make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck.

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Ooblets, The Game We All Need Right Now, Enters Early Access This Month

Ooblets, the cheerful indie game about creatures on a tiny island community, is finally preparing for release. The official Twitter account announced that it will enter early access on PC through the Epic Game Store and Xbox One on July 15.

In addition, it will be 20% off for the first week on both platforms. That will knock the usual $25 price down to $20, until July 22.

In Ooblets, you enter a small island community of Badgetown and harvest small living crops called (obviously) ooblets. Then you raise them and battle with other creatures in dance-combat to earn their seeds and raise even more. You'll also expand and decorate your house as you progress, and befriend the quirky townspeople. Imagine a mixture of elements from Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, and Pokemon.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Sony Debuting New PS5 Games Today
« on: July 01, 2020, 01:46:52 PM »
Sony Debuting New PS5 Games Today

Sony is putting the focus on independent games with a new PlayStation Indies initiative, headed up by Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida. To kick off the initiative, the company will be debuting several indie games today, July 1.

In a note on the PlayStation Blog, Yoshida said that a new indie game will be joining PlayStation Now each month, starting with Hello Neighbor in July. He also name-checked the heavily-memed game Bugsnax that debuted at the PS5 reveal stream. The company is also planning to debut nine indie games coming to PS4 and PS5, which will be rounded up once all the reveals have completed. The first one, FIST: Forged in Shadow Torch, has been revealed in a separate PlayStation Blog post.

"The indie community is increasingly important for the future of the video game industry, as AAA game development has grown so financially demanding that big companies are finding it harder to take risks to invest in new concepts that may or may not work," Yoshida wrote. "We trust indie developers with strong vision will continue to bring ideas that have never been tried before, creating whole new genres of games and advancing the art and meaning of video games. PlayStation has always embraced games with completely new concepts, like PaRappa the Rapper, Katamari Damacy, LittleBigPlanet, and Journey, and we look forward to seeing what surprising new ideas will come next!"

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Persona 5 Royal Steelbook Edition On Sale For Best Price Yet, Includes Free Funko Pop

One of the best games released so far this year is featured in GameStop's Deals of the Day. Persona 5 Royal is down to $35, and GameStop is also throwing in a free Fox Funko Pop. It also happens to be the steelbook launch edition, so you'll get a cool case, too. While the deal is technically available until 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET tonight, it seems likely it'll sell out before the day is over. If interested, you should probably act fast.

Persona 5 Royal, which acts as the definitive version of Atlus' heralded 2017 RPG, released at the end of March. Multiple retailers have had it discounted to $40 in recent weeks, but $35 is the best price we've seen. Plus, the Fox Funko Pop has a $12 value and is exclusive to GameStop.

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Xbox Series X First-Party Showcase Coming July 23 - Report

Despite launching Xbox 20/20 as a monthly event leading up to the launch of the Xbox Series X, Microsoft chose not to host a stream in June. Instead, its redirected efforts towards its July showing, which is reportedly taking place on July 23.

VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb first mentioned the date before Video Game Chronicle corroborated his report with its own sources. The event, while still subject to having its date changed, will showcase first looks at numerous first-party titles in development for the Xbox Series X, with Halo Infinite leading the charge. Games from Forza Horizon developer Playground Games and new studio The Initiative are also expected to be shown.

What isn't known is exactly what many of Microsoft's first-party studios have been working on, with the exclusion of Halo developer 343 Industries. It's been rumored that Playground Games is handling a revival of Fable, a series formerly spearheaded by the now-defunct Lionhead Studios. The Initiative, which has yet to debut a game, impressed Phil Spencer earlier this year, with the Xbox boss saying the studio is challenging itself to "do new things and old things." Rumors have suggested The Initiative could be working on a new Perfect Dark entry, although Xbox's Aaron Greenberg recently downplayed the existence of a Twitter account presumed to be associated with the game.

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Xbox Game Pass Adding Four More Games In Early July

Microsoft has announced a new slate of Xbox Game Pass titles coming to the subscription service over the first few weeks of July. Those include a trip into the nuclear wastelands, the latest in a storied fighter franchise, and more.

Starting on July 1, Xbox One subscribers will be able to play the weapon-based fighting game Soulcalibur VI, and PC subscribers will get a simulator of America's pastime, Out of the Park Baseball 21. Then on July 9, Xbox One players can dive into the Secret of Mana-inspired action-RPG CrossCode, while both PC and Xbox One subscribers will get access to Fallout 76 with the new Wastelanders expansion.

The blog post announcing the new additions also noted that some of the games on the service are also getting significant content updates soon. Those include Minecraft Dungeons with its Jungle Awakens DLC and Sea of Thieves with "The Greatest Tales Never Told."

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Tactical PC RPG The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos Releases This August

Developer Artefacts Studio and publisher Dear Villagers told GameSpot that upcoming tactical RPG The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos will release for PC on August 27 via Steam, the Epic Games Store, and GOG.

The Amulet of Chaos is a video game adaptation of an audio comedy series set in the fictional Naheulbeuk universe, which was created by author John Lang. As seen in the trailer embedded below, The Amulet of Chaos will see you explore several different dungeons in your journey to stop the villainous Zangdar.

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The game features seven different playable characters that range from the roguish Thief to the spell-focused Magician. Each one utilizes unique skills, which you use in tactical, turn-based battles. Certain characters can support each other in combat as well, opening up new strategies. By winning fights, you earn skill points that you can then invest in individual characters' skill trees in order to unlock additional abilities, allowing you to shape the characters in your party to fit your ideal team composition.

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Fuser Takes the Stage on Xbox One This Fall

Hello, Xbox players! It seems like it was just yesterday that we revealed Fuser at PAX East. I loved seeing folks jump into the demo to make their very first mix! Today, we’re excited to announce that preorders are live on the Microsoft Store for Xbox One. Here is a quick overview on what players […]
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Summer Game Fest Demo Event Coming July 21 to an Xbox One Near You

If you’ve been lucky enough to attend E3, PAX, gamescom or another show in the past you know that above-and-beyond the spectacle of these shows, one of the great joys of attending a marquee gaming event is being able to get your hands on games – lots of games. Getting to try them out early […]
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Minecraft Dungeons Jungle Awakens DLC Out Now


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Xbox Game Bar Update: New Widget Store, Features, and Widgets

PC gaming is all about choice and customization, over the past year we’ve rolled out Xbox Game Bar updates focused on that. We’re working to give PC gamers greater control of their gaming experience from within Game Bar, delivering player-requested features like customizable UI, and widgets such as the FPS counter, Xbox chat, Audio Controls, […]
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Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC: Fallout 76, Soulcalibur VI, and More

Welcome back friends, we have more games, more DLC, and now some tips for playing. No matter how you play, make sure your wireless gaming mouse is fully charged, controller 2 is at hand if someone wants to get in a round, and your phone is nearby to remote download the next game (using our […]
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Summer Game Fest Demo Event to Bring Over 60 Games to Xbox One This Month

Xbox and Geoff Keighly have announced the Summer Game Fest Demo Event that will bring over 60 games to Xbox One this month, including Cris Tales, Destroy All Humans!, Haven, and more.
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Devolver Direct to Be Broadcast on July 11

Tune in at 12pm Pacific on July 11 for what will almost certainly be a mixture of game reveals and gore.
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Crysis Remastered Delayed After Mixed Reactions to Leaked Footage

Following mixed reactions to the leaked footage, Crytek is delaying the release date and trailer premiere of Crysis Remastered by " a few weeks."
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PlayStation Indies Initiative Revealed, 9 Games to Be Announced Today

New games for PS4 and PS5 are being revealed today as Sony kicks off an Indies initiative to spotlight games from smaller developers.
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Fallout 76 and Soulcalibur VI Lead July 2020's New Xbox Game Pass Games

Fallout 76, Soulcalibur VI, CrossCode, and Out of the Park Baseball 21 are all headed to Xbox Game Pass in July 2020.
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Bandai Namco Announces Play Anime Live Stream, Featuring Anime Games

Bandai Namco has announced a new event for anime fans, and it'll focus on their upcoming slate of games that are anime focused. The event, called Play Anime Live, hasn't announced the games it will focus on yet.

The stream will begin on July 22 at 4 PM PT--that's a Wednesday. It's not yet clear how long the event will run for.

Bandai Namco publishes many anime games, including games based on Dragon Ball and Naruto. It's been a while since we've seen a new Naruto game, and the Dragon Ball FighterZ Fighters Pass 3 currently has several unannounced fighters, so we could see news about these series (although nothing has been confirmed).

It also seems likely that we'll see something from Scarlet Nexus, an upcoming RPG that's coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X, along with current-gen systems. Other upcoming anime-themed games coming from Namco Bandai include Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions, One Piece: Grand Cruise, Tales of Arise, and Digimon Survive.

You can sign up for the event now, which will put you in the running to win a "VIP box" prize containing $75 worth of anime-themed swag.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Latest Known Issues Detailed Ahead Of Halo 3 PC Release

Halo: The Master Chief Collection keeps chugging along with expansive new updates and added features, and also some lingering issues. Developer 343 Industries has updated its list of Known Issues for the game to let people know what what the studio is working on and what to expect in terms of when fixes may be delivered.

First and foremost, however, 343 mentioned that its current No. 1 priority currently is working to get Halo 3 (and the rest of the games) out the door on PC through The Master Chief Collection. That being said, 343 is concurrently working on fixing various issues and responding to feedback.

The items on the Known Issues list aren't being treated at the same rate due to scope. Some issues might be addressed with speed, while others might take longer. With those caveats out of the way, the current list of Known Issue for MCC as of June 30 includes things like general performance on Xbox One and issues with the pistol bullet spread for Halo: Combat Evolved.

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Google Stadia Now Finally Lets You Use The Wireless Controller With Android Devices

Stadia continues to roll out new features, and an important one has just been added that will benefit players who are using an Android mobile for their gaming. In the latest update on the Google Stadia community blog, it's been announced that the wireless Stadia controller now works with Android devices.

The latest Stadia update, which is availabble now, allows you to connect the controller as long as your device and controller are connected on the game Wi-Fi network. Follow the pairing instructions on your screen and you'll be good to go.

You'll also be able to experience audio through your headset once it's connected. This will be a feature that many players have been waiting on for a long time, so it's good that it has finally arrived.

Four new games have been added to Stadia Pro as well, as of July 1. Those games are Crayta (which is premiering on Stadia), Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom, SteamWorld Dig, and West of Loathing. You'll be able to play them on your Android phone with a controller, too.

Stadia recently dropped the price of the Premiere Edition, which is designed for people who want to play their games on a television.


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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Just Keeps Getting Bigger, And Fans Aren't Happy About It

Even before Warzone added a whole second game to Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare's files, the size of the game's patch downloads and disk footprint were a problem the developers had to address. The file size ballooned after Warzone's release, and now some players' game sizes have broken 200 GB according to a Reddit thread picked up by US Gamer.

Reddit user kiwi_lad_1982 posted a screenshot of the combined Modern Warfare and Warzone package taking up 209 GB after the game's most recent patch, though another user in the replies said theirs was 222 GB. GameSpot's Mat Paget verified that his PC copy of the game was only at 196 GB, however.

Console players have the option to reduce their Modern Warfare file size by deleting files for parts of the game they don’t use--a necessity as the file size approaches half the size of an average console hard drive. PC players don't have access to this feature, however, though many have complained that they've played their fill of the campaign and would rather delete it to free up space.

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Skater XL Will Launch With Three Community-Created Maps Included

When Skater XL launches on PC, PS4, and Xbox One on July 28, it will contain three maps created by the game's modding community during the game's Early Access period on Steam. The maps will be a part of the game for all players.

The three maps are Streets (by Jean-Olive), Hűdland Training Facility (by Pactole), and Grant Skate Park (by Theo). A trailer and screenshots for these maps have been released, showcasing the work of the game's community. Theo joined the development team after creating Grant Skate Park, which will debut in the game's 1.0 release.

In a statement released to press, developer Easy Days Studio co-founder Dain Hedgpeth praised the game's modding community, which consists of 84,000 people who "have created thousands of amazing maps, fake skate brands and gear" in the game. states Dain Hedgpeth, Co-founder of Easy Day Studios. “Their creativity and passion have not only inspired us, but has become an integral part of the Skater XL experience," he says, "and we want to pay homage to this by including some of their work at launch."

Hedgpeth notes that this is "just the beginning" of the studio's plans to highlight community-created content.

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Lord Of The Rings Online Celebrates Aragorn And Arwen's Wedding With Special Quests And Gifts

Originally released in 2007, The Lord of the Rings Online continues to receive new update some 13 years later. The latest one invites players to attend the wedding of Middle-earth heroes Aragorn and Arwen. Just like in the book, Aragorn and Arwen will celebrate their marriage in Minas Tirith, and you can attend this joyous event and earn special bonuses for doing so.

The new event is called Epic Volume V, Book 1: A Time of Celebration, and it runs through July 20. Players will automatically receive a quest that provides a map to Minas Tirith. Once you get there, you'll receive another quest that kicks off the Midsummer Festival. This is mean to celebrate Midsummer's Day, which is when Aragon and Arwen got married in the year TA 3019.

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There are a variety of Midsummer-themed quests, and you can visit Thorin's Hall, Duillond, Bree-town, and the Party Tree to find them. Going forward, the Midsummer Event will be an annual event.

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Cyberpunk 2077's Wall-Running Mechanic Removed 'Due To Design Reasons'

The cut feature was present in the 48-minute gameplay demo from 2018, but has been removed for "design reasons".
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Amazon's Crucible Is Headed Back To Closed Beta a Month After Release

Just a month after release, Crucible is headed back into closed beta development to "focus on providing the best possible experience".
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International Game Developers Association Releases A Statement On Abuse In The Games Industry

Recently, many people within the games industry have come forward and spoken, openly and bravely, about their experience with abusers. The sharing of these experiences, which have often involved high-level game producers and developers, as well as streamers and journalists, has brought to light how the industry has sheltered many abusers, and has led to some action.

Two Ubisoft executives have been suspended over abuse allegations, and the developer is reworking how it deals with employee complaints as it becomes clear that employees were not being adequately protected. Companies that were previously working with Chris Avellone have distanced themselves after multiple women have come forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment. Twitch has suspended multiple streamers accused of abuse.

But this is all part of a wider, systemic cultural issue, and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) has released a statement calling for the industry to "recognize the failures that led to these situations." It includes links to resources for victims of harassment, and outlines some of the ways in which the games industry has failed to keep people safe from harassment and abuse.

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Devolver Digital Will Reveal Details For Their Next Direct Showcase Very Soon

Devolver Digital, the publisher that first tweeted about E3 being cancelled before the announcement was official, is gearing up for its annual Devolver Direct showcase. The event, which was promised in May and then was more recently suggested to be arriving in mid-July, will seemingly be dated--and possibly detailed--very soon.

In a tweet on the official Devolver Digital account, the publisher has promised "Devolver Direct news tomorrow," and that it will be good news. This means that we're likely to see a date for the event made official on July 1.

Devolver Directs (also known as the Big Fancy Press Conference) are generally a mix of new game announcements, new details on previously announced or released titles, and the ongoing saga of chief synergy officer Nina Struthers, who always finds herself in some degree of violent, horrifying mischief. In 2019, Devolver Bootleg surprise-launched during the presentation.

Current Devolver games we're aware of in development include Disc Room, Carrion, Fall Guys, and Serious Sam 4. It's likely they we will learn more about one or all of these titles soon.

Keep an eye on GameSpot for new details on Devolver Direct 2020 when they become available to us.

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Dreams Is Getting Its Free PSVR Update Very Soon

Dreams, the PlayStation 4 exclusive game-and-art creation tool from Media Molecule, will receive a huge update soon that will make the game compatible with PlayStation VR. The update, which will arrive for free on July 22, will add new tools allowing users to create VR experiences.

As detailed on the PlayStation Blog, the update will include new tutorials and kits for VR creation, helping to familiarize you with the controls involved in VR crafting. You'll be able to both create and play in VR, and the developer has tested these options extensively with users.

The trailer below shows off some of the types of experiences you'll be able to craft and play.

Sculpting in VR will be "a very one-to-one experience" if you are using PlayStation Move controllers, the developer promises. You'll also be able to create games that can be played in VR even if you don't own the headset yourself, as new gadgets will be added to Create Mode. Creators will be able to tag if their game is playable in VR or not.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077 Cuts Wall-Running Feature
« on: June 30, 2020, 10:02:57 PM »
Cyberpunk 2077 Cuts Wall-Running Feature

Game development is an iterative process. Features are often added and removed regularly during the development process as the team discovers what works best. For Cyberpunk 2077, developer CD Projekt Red worked on a wall-running feature, but it won't make it into the final game.

Level designer Max Pears told GameReactor that while wall-running has been cut for design reasons, the game will offer players "a lot of flexibility" with how they move through the world.

"Ah, the wall-running" Pears said. "That is something that we removed due to design reasons, but there's still going to be a lot of flexibility in how you move, that's for sure."

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Metroid Prime 4 Studio Hires Long-Time Call Of Duty: Black Ops Dev

Retro Studios, the team behind Metroid Prime and the two Donkey Kong Country Returns games, has made a big hire as it works on Metroid Prime 4. VGC has announced that the studio has brought on Bharathwaj Nandakumar, a long-time Activision veteran who has worked on the Call of Duty: Black Ops series.

According to VGC, Nandakumar was most recently credited as lead engineer on Black Ops 4. Across the past decade, he has worked on the whole series. He was reportedly brought into the Nintendo-owned studio back in April, but it's only being reported on now.

Retro Studios is working on Metroid Prime 4, but this was not always the case. In fact, the game was being worked on by another team until early 2019, when development was restarted with the original trilogy developer at the helm.

Since then, it's been reported that about half the Metroid Prime 3 team is still at the studio, and that the director of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze was also working there again after a stint at Super Lucky's Tale developer Playful Corp.

It is not actually clear whether Nandakumar is working on Metroid Prime 4, as we're not sure if Retro Studios is working on another game. The new Metroid Prime was announced at E3 2017, but no gameplay footage has been shown from any iteration of the game as of yet.

Hopefully we'll see something of the game soon--the last Metroid Prime game was the underwhelming Metroid Prime: Federation Force for the 3DS in 2016.



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Halo: CE Is Getting Weapon And Vehicle Skins For The First Time In 19 Years

While one team inside 343 Industries plugs away on Halo Infinite, another continues to work on Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The studio has continually introduced impressive updates for the game over the years, and this continues with a major update coming to Halo: CE in particular.

The game is getting a brand-new customization system for multiplayer. These include visors, weapon skins, and vehicle skins. You can see some work-in-progress images of the new system below.

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In a blog post, design director Max Szlagor explained why 343 is adding these new visor, weapon, and vehicle skins to Halo: CE and not the other titles in the collection.

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Source: Halo: CE Is Getting Weapon And Vehicle Skins For The First Time In 19 Years

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Halo: MCC Is Changing Its Progression System For Season 2 [Update]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is changing its progression system for the upcoming Season 2 update. Developer 343 Industries announced that it will soon begin to allow people to purchase "seasonal items." [Update: following the publication of this story, Microsoft removed the word "purchase" from its blog post, so it seems microtransactions may not be coming to MCC]

MCC currently has a battle pass-style progression system that players grind through gameplay to unlock new stuff.

Vehicle skins are coming to Halo: CE

"We also heard feedback that players want more choice in the order they unlock items, so we are adding the ability to purchase seasonal items in a given tier in any order that players want," design director Max Szlagor said on the Halo website.

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Source: Halo: MCC Is Changing Its Progression System For Season 2 [Update]

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Pokemon Go July Events: Kyurem, New Research Breakthrough Reward, And More

July is just around the corner, and Pokemon Go developer Niantic has outlined a number of events it has lined up for the popular mobile game over the next few weeks. In addition to the weekly challenges being held in the lead up to Pokemon Go Fest 2020, July will bring a new Legendary Pokemon, Kyurem, to the game, as well as a new Research Breakthrough reward encounter and more.

July Research Breakthrough Reward

On top of a new batch of Field Research tasks to complete, there will be a new Research Breakthrough reward in July. Each time players collect enough stamps to achieve a Research Breakthrough next month, they'll earn an encounter with the Rock Pokemon Larvitar, and there's a chance it may even be Shiny.

Kyurem

Once Zekrom leaves Raids on July 7, the Legendary Ice/Dragon Pokemon Kyurem will make its debut in Pokemon Go. Kyurem will be available as a five-star Raid boss for several weeks, and there will be a Kyurem Raid Hour every Wednesday evening from 6-7 PM local time, giving you plenty of chances to catch it.

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Source: Pokemon Go July Events: Kyurem, New Research Breakthrough Reward, And More

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Paper Mario: The Origami King Will Feature A Seamless Open-World

Paper Mario: The Origami King won't be divided into chapters like previous entries in the series and will instead feature a seamless open-world. In an interview with Game Informer, the development team talked about the open-world setup for the game.

Players are able to see the five streamers holding Princess Peach's castle hostage and use them as hints to where Mario's adventure will take him next. Each location features a large map that Mario can traverse across.

"One major feature that makes the world where this adventure takes place special is that there are huge maps to explore at every turn," says Masahiko Magaya, director at Intelligent Systems. "Because the game is laid out this way, we were careful during the design phase to make sure there is always something in the player's field of vision to catch their attention."

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July Fish And Bugs To Catch In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

A new month has come and (almost) gone in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. July is right around the corner and that means a new set of fish and bugs to catch on your island. In this guide, we'll outline each new seasonal bug and fish arrival for the new month in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres. The new month also marks the arrival of New Horizons' summer update, hitting July 3, which adds the ability to swim and dive in your island's ocean.

For a more comprehensive list of every creature in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, we have a full list of all 80 fish to catch, including shadow sizes, and a list of all 80 bugs to catch, with tips on tracking down the handful of rare ones.

July Fish And Bugs In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here are all the new fish and bugs you can catch in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in July. We've sorted by bells so you know what to focus on if you're waiting for Flick or C.J. to visit, but if you're a completionist, you'll want to catch them all!

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Source: July Fish And Bugs To Catch In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Crash Bandicoot 4 Will Not Have Microtransactions

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time will not have microtransactions, developer Toys For Bob clarified in a tweet. This comes after speculation that the game might have them because the Microsoft Store listing for the game states it "offers in-app purchases." This label may have been caused by the Totally Tubular Skins, which are included with the game but listed as a separate item on the store.

Crash Bandicoot 4 picks up after the end of Crash Bandicoot: Warped as Neo Cortex, Dr. N. Tropy, and Uka Uka make another attempt at multiverse domination. In an interview with GameSpot, producer Lou Studdert spoke about the game's new art style, the new reality bending Quantum masks, and the new playable characters.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time releases on PS4 and Xbox One on October 2, 2020. You can learn about the game and its pre-order bonuses in our Crash Bandicoot 4 pre-order guide.

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Nintendo Reveals How Swimming Will Work In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons's first free summer content update arrives on July 3. Not only will the update bring back another returning character, Pascal, it will also introduce the ability to swim, and Nintendo has revealed a bit more about how that will work.

Much like in Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you'll need to have a wetsuit to swim in New Horizons. Following the summer update, you'll find wetsuits for sale in Nook's Cranny alongside the other tools. After you purchase one, simply put it on and you'll be able to take a dip in the ocean around your island.

While swimming, you'll also be able to dive underwater and catch new sea creatures like sea stars and garden eels, which you can then donate to Blathers to display in the museum. If you find a scallop while diving, the aforementioned Pascal will pop up, and you can trade it to him for a new mermaid DIY recipe (and a kernel of otter wisdom).

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Source: Nintendo Reveals How Swimming Will Work In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Apple Cancels Arcade Game Projects As It Seeks Greater Engagement - Report

Apple is reportedly shifting its Apple Arcade subscription strategy, attempting to lean in on games that will retain its subscriber base.

Bloomberg reports that the company has scrapped some development contracts with game studios. Developers involved say they were told their games didn't have a level of "engagement" that the company is looking for, as it seeks to keep users subscribed over a longer period of time. Developers also noted that Apple specifically cited Grindstone as an example of the type of game it wants to see more on the service.

In a statement, Apple said it has always planned to make changes to its lineup based on feedback. The company has not shared metrics for Apple Arcade performance publicly, but developers have said the moves could signal that subscriber growth has been slow and those who sign up for the free trial aren't retaining their subscriptions.

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Source: Apple Cancels Arcade Game Projects As It Seeks Greater Engagement - Report

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Despite Being Released Already, Amazon's Crucible Is Going Back Into Closed Beta

In a bizarre move, despite having been released in May, Amazon's Crucible is shifting back into a closed beta beginning on July 1. The move comes after a quiet launch, which marked the first release from Amazon's internal game studios.

Crucible will continue to be accessible for players 24/7, but the development team will be scheduling out time to play with the community and solicit feedback. The game will also still be accessible through Steam for current players. Anyone that wants access to the beta should download the game prior to 9 AM PDT tomorrow July 1, after which you will need to sign up through the game's website for the beta.

There is no set date for when the game will exit beta and release again, with the post saying "it will be based on your feedback and the metrics that we see in-game." Players will keep all progress and customization items, plus the battle pass and in-game store will remain.

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Source: Despite Being Released Already, Amazon's Crucible Is Going Back Into Closed Beta

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New Apex Legends Patch Addresses Lost Treasures Bugs

Respawn has pushed a hotfix update for Apex Legends which addresses several noticeable bugs that popped up in the battle royale game with the release of the Lost Treasures update. The full patch notes for this latest hotfix update are listed below.

Of note, the hotfix addresses the Mobile Respawn Beacon that spawned in the now-open bunker near Water Treatment. Currently, Mobile Respawn Beacons are exclusive to the limited-time Armed & Dangerous mode, but they're set to release into the standard modes when Lost Treasures ends. Some players--myself included--believed the beacon that spawned in the bunker was a hidden secret that teased what was to come, but apparently not! It was a bug.

The hotfix update also addresses notable issues with Wraith and Octane. In Lost Treasures, Wraith got a new legendary skin called The Marble Goddess. Equipping the skin caused a bug that prevented Wraith from taking headshot damage when hit in the head--instead, the game mistakenly assigned the less severe body damage to a headshot. That issue has now been fixed, alongside a bug that allowed Octane to use healing items while using Stim.

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Source: New Apex Legends Patch Addresses Lost Treasures Bugs

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Explore DC’s Wonder Woman Experience on Roblox

Wonder Woman, DC’s champion of truth and warrior for peace, has arrived in an all-new, immersive, comic book-inspired experience on Roblox for Xbox One! Journey to the mythical birthplace of one of DC’s most iconic superheroes and unlock an epic collection of avatar items featuring some of Diana’s most quintessential gear, outfits, accessories, and more. […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta, Delta and Omega (2007.200626-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Beta, Delta and Omega rings. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the […]
Source: Xbox Insider Release Notes – Beta, Delta and Omega (2007.200626-0000)

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Summer Splash: Dive in and Play Fortnite LTM Events Today on Xbox One

With Fortnite Chapter 2 – Season 3 in full swing, we’re bringing LTM game modes back to the Island’s summer season and Battle Royale rotation. We’re calling it Summer Splash! Starting with this week’s 13.20 game update, we’re starting the party with the return of popular LTMs from past seasons. Sneaky Silencers is coming back […]
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200 Player Warzone and More Arrives in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Season Four Reloaded on Xbox One

Captain Price needs you in Verdansk now for Season Four Reloaded. A new update in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, including Warzone, is now live on Xbox One. With the Armistice alliance all but broken with infighting between Allegiance and Coalition forces, here is your emergency briefing: 200 Player Warzone Comes with New Contract and […]
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Xbox Series S, Fable, and Perfect Dark Rumors Heat Up

We are less than one month away from seeing Halo, people!
Source: Xbox Series S, Fable, and Perfect Dark Rumors Heat Up

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IGN's Summer of Gaming Award Winners

IGN's Summer of Gaming Awards winners announced including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, PS5, and more.
Source: IGN's Summer of Gaming Award Winners

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Kena: Bridge of Spirits Developers Share New Gameplay Details

Kena: Bridge of Spirits developers Ember Labs shared more details about the world and gameplay of the upcoming PS5 action-adventure game.
Source: Kena: Bridge of Spirits Developers Share New Gameplay Details

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Dreams Will be Playable in VR Next Month

Dreams will be PS VR compatible in July with a free, new update.
Source: Dreams Will be Playable in VR Next Month

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The Best Xbox Deals Happening Right Now

A slow summer and the looming release of the next-gen have made deals, and consoles, hard to come by.
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Paper Mario: The Origami King Is Up for Preorder

The next entry in the Mario RPG series is now available to preorder.
Source: Paper Mario: The Origami King Is Up for Preorder

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Crash Bandicoot 4 Has No Microtransactions, Devs Say

For those concerned Crash Bandicoot 4 would include microtransactions, developer Toys for Bob has cleared the air about what players can expect.
Source: Crash Bandicoot 4 Has No Microtransactions, Devs Say

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Fortnite Summer Splash Events Adds Loads Of New Skins And LTMs

Season 3 of Fortnite: Chapter 2 may have only recently begun, but a lot has already changed in the hit battle royale game. Tying into the new season's water theme, developer Epic has announced the Fortnite Summer Splash, which will bring a slew of new and returning modes, skins, and more over the next few weeks.

From now until the end of Season 3, Epic will be bringing back "refreshed classic" limited-time modes to the game, such as Fog of War (formerly known as Sneaky Silencers), Close Encounters, and Unvaulted. Epic says these LTMs will all get "some Summer Splash refreshment with some new features."

In addition to the returning LTMs, Epic will also introduce new modes throughout the season. On top of a "new take" on Operation: Knockout, the studio teases "a reel 'em in royale" and a "game of elimination-powered upgrades."

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Source: Fortnite Summer Splash Events Adds Loads Of New Skins And LTMs

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Xbox Series X Was Originally Meant To Launch In August - Report

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, plans concerning next-generation consoles have shifted. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X have been confirmed for launch during the holiday season, but according to a report it seems Microsoft might have wanted to go a lot sooner.

Brad Sams, reporting for Thurrott, has stated in a new report that Microsoft's original plans were to launch the Xbox Series X at the end of August, with the as-of-yet unannounced Xbox Lockhart following in mid-October. Those plans have clearly changed; Lockhart is now expected to only be announced in August, while the Series X has been committed to an unannounced release date later in the year.

The change in plans is just further evidence of how Microsoft has had to adapt over the course of this year. Without E3, the company shifted towards monthly Xbox streams to showcase its new hardware, which kicked off in May. The company shied away from a similar event in June, but will return in July with a first-party showing before reportedly revealing its second next-gen Xbox in August. This was all reportedly meant to happen in June previously.

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Source: Xbox Series X Was Originally Meant To Launch In August - Report

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Fallout 76 Patch Notes: First Season Launches Today, Adds Public Teams

Bethesda has been promoting the launch of Fallout 76's free seasons for weeks now, and it's finally happening. This large patch--around 11 GB on PS4 and Xbox One and 4 GB on PC--kicks off the game's first season, titled The Legendary Run. In it, players can complete challenges to earn S.C.O.R.E., which unlocks new cosmetic items in the manner of a traditional battle pass.

This update adds Public Team functionality to the game, which allows similarly-minded players to group up to achieve goals, such as exploring the environment or completing public events. The goal set by the team leader will give every member of the team a small buff, such as +1 to Charisma for a roleplay focus, or +1 to Intelligence for building a settlement.

The addition of Public Teams necessitated some adjustments to how team PvP works in Fallout 76. Now, teammates each have to engage another player in combat to initiate PvP, rather than just one member of a team. This change should prevent team members from being forced to fight other players based on the actions of a single member. The update also adds a massive amount of bug fixes, as usual.

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Source: Fallout 76 Patch Notes: First Season Launches Today, Adds Public Teams

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Stop Running Out Of Storage On PS4, Xbox One, Or Switch With Amazon's Deal Of The Day

Whether you're gaming on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, or PC, you can never really have too much storage space. In fact, given file sizes of modern AAA games (and massive updates), you may be one of the many who often find themselves needing to delete games to make room for new ones. Amazon's Deal of the Day is aimed at this problem by offering nice discounts on external hard drives and microSD cards from SanDisk and Western Digital. There are also some flash drives on sale, and it's always useful to have a portable storage device handy. Check out the best deals below, which are only available until 12 AM PT / 3 AM ET tonight.


SanDisk Ultra 400GB MicroSDXC | $48 ($63)

SanDisk 400GB microSD

Admittedly, Nintendo Switch games tend to take up much less space than PS4 and Xbox One titles. However, the Switch's onboard storage still runs out rather quickly, which means a microSD card is a must. To ensure you never run out of space, this 400GB SanDisk Ultra card will do the trick. It's on sale for $48, which is a solid deal for a high-capacity microSD. If you don't think you'll ever need that much storage space for your Switch, the 256GB model is discounted to $32.


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Source: Stop Running Out Of Storage On PS4, Xbox One, Or Switch With Amazon's Deal Of The Day

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New Pokemon Sword And Shield Max Raid Event Now Live

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Gigantamax event has ended, but a new Max Raid event is now underway in the games. This one runs until July 31 and features a handful of Rock- and Steel-type Pokemon, including the Gigantamax forms of Coalossal and Copperajah.

Throughout the event, you'll have a chance to encounter the following Pokemon in Max Raid dens around the Wild Area in both Sword and Shield. You'll also earn a variety of helpful items for completing the Raids, including Nuggets, Star Pieces, and some rare berries.

  • Onix
  • Steelix
  • Galarian Meowth
  • Perrserker
  • Rhyhorn
  • Rhydon
  • Rhyperior
  • Rolycoly
  • Carkol
  • Coalossal (Gigantamax)
  • Cufant
  • Copperajah (Gigantamax)

Before you can participate in the event, you'll first need to refresh your Raid dens. You can do this either by connecting the Y-Comm online or going into Mystery Gift and selecting Get the Wild Area news.

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Source: New Pokemon Sword And Shield Max Raid Event Now Live

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Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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Source: Top New Video Games Releasing On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

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Nintendo President Apologizes For Joy-Con Drift Issue

Nintendo's president has apologized to Nintendo Switch owners impacted by faulty Joy-Con controllers. During a financial Q&A, Shuntaro Furukawa offered a brief statement about the drift issue, but declined to comment further, citing a pending class-action suit.

During the Q&A (via Kotaku), one questioner raised the issue of the class-action suit and asked what Nintendo is doing to improve Joy-Con reliability.

"Regarding the Joy-Con, we apologize for any trouble caused to our customers," said Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa. "We are continuing to aim to improve our products, but as the Joy-Con is the subject of a class-action lawsuit in the United States and this is still a pending issue, we would it like to refrain from responding about any specific actions."

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Source: Nintendo President Apologizes For Joy-Con Drift Issue

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Microsoft's Cheaper Next-Gen Xbox's CPU Is More Powerful Than PS5 - Report

Microsoft is reportedly poised to finally reveal its cheaper, less-powerful new Xbox in August. The project, codenamed Lockhart, has been detailed in numerous leaks previously, but the latest suggests that despite its lacking graphical prowess it's not cutting any other corners.

Tom Warren, reporting for The Verge, has revealed that the Xbox Lockhart will feature the exact same CPU speeds as the much more powerful Xbox Series X, according to a document detailing its specifications. This means Lockhart will have a faster CPU than Sony's PS5, which tails Microsoft's consoles by 100 MHz in a best-case scenario.

Lockhart will also use the same SSD and Velocity Architecture for storage, meaning games developed for both it and the Series X can make use of the speedier storage in the same way. The biggest difference is graphical power, with Lockhart reportedly targeting just 4 teraflops of GPU performance (lower than the Xbox One X), while the Series X targets 12 teraflops. Lockhart will also have less RAM, with only 7.5GB useable for games as opposed to 13.5GB in the Series X.

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Source: Microsoft's Cheaper Next-Gen Xbox's CPU Is More Powerful Than PS5 - Report

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Fortnite Is Leaving Early Access But Save The World Won't Be Free

Fans have been waiting for Fortnite: Save The World to become free-to-play like its battle royale counterpart for years. Epic Games has said that it would come soon at multiple points, but now we know it's not happening as all Fortnite modes finally exit Early Access.

"Today we’re bringing Save the World out of Early Access and have decided that it will remain a premium experience rather than going free-to-play," Epic Games said in a post on their official site. "Development of new content will slow down after this official release, but the adventure doesn’t end here for Save the World."

Epic Games went on to say that the Early Access label will be removed from the battle royale and creative game modes in Fortnite as well. Save the World, Fortnite's horde mode that came before the incredibly popular battle royale, will no longer support new cosmetics from the battle royale mode starting sometime in the "coming months" according to Epic.

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Source: Fortnite Is Leaving Early Access But Save The World Won't Be Free

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Rainbow Six Siege Y5S2.1 Patch Notes Introduce Match Cancellation

A big update for Rainbow Six Siege is going live this week, bringing a new feature that will smooth out unbalanced teams so you won't have to suffer through a full match a teammate drops. Match Cancellation will be live in the Year 5 Season 2.1 (Y5S2.1) update.

As detailed in Ubisoft's patch notes, match cancellation lets players vote to end the current Ranked match if team sizes are unbalanced due to some issue that other players couldn't help--for example, players on one team disconnecting in the first round. During the prep phase, the incomplete team will get to vote and a majority opinion will cancel the match. When a match is canceled in this way, it won't impact your rank.

Ubisoft does caution, though, that you'll still get an abandon penalty for leaving an ongoing Ranked match, and the more you do it, the worse penalties will get. That will also apply if you leave in the middle of a Match Cancellation vote, so make sure you wait until the vote is complete and the game registers as canceled.

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Source: Rainbow Six Siege Y5S2.1 Patch Notes Introduce Match Cancellation

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NBA 2K21 Cover Star Is Blazers' Damian Lillard--But Not On Next-Gen

Although the details involving NBA 2K21 largely remain a mystery, one piece of information has now been revealed. NBA 2K21's cover star will be Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, but only for current-gen versions of the game.

The news was shared by NBA reporter Shams Charania as part of an interview with Lillard himself. You can check out the cover, as revealed by Charania, below, along with the interview.

It looks as though Lillard will be on the cover of the standard edition of the game, but we know 2K21 will have three cover stars. In recent years, alternate players would be placed on the covers of the game's special edition and international-themed editions. This year will see a different player put on the cover of the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions.

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Source: NBA 2K21 Cover Star Is Blazers' Damian Lillard--But Not On Next-Gen

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Gran Turismo Partners With Getty Images For Licensed Photos Inside The Game

Following the announcement of Gran Turismo 7 during the PlayStation 5 showcase in June, Sony has announced a unique and interesting promotion surrounding an earlier entry in the racing franchise.

Developer Polyphony Digital has agreed to a partnership with Getty Images that will see Getty's motorsport photographers take in-game photos of Gran Turismo Sport's online events.

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Source: Gran Turismo Partners With Getty Images For Licensed Photos Inside The Game

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GameSpot News / GSN - Ghost Of Tsushima: Here's When Reviews Go Live
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:09:24 PM »
Ghost Of Tsushima: Here's When Reviews Go Live

With July just around the corner now, less than a month remains until Ghost of Tsushima hits PS4. The highly anticipated exclusive launches on Friday, July 17, and now we know exactly when reviews for the game will go live.

The review embargo for Ghost of Tsushima is Tuesday, July 14 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET / 3 PM BST. That means that in two weeks you'll begin seeing outlets--including GameSpot--publishing their reviews of the game ahead of its release.

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world action game developed by Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Sly Cooper and Infamous franchises. The title features only one playable character, Jin Sakai, who is fighting to reclaim his home island from the invading Mongols. Throughout the story, players will have the choice to face their foes as an honorable samurai or become the "Ghost" and use stealth and other deceitful tactics.

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Source: Ghost Of Tsushima: Here's When Reviews Go Live

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Xbox One's Best Deals This Week: Horror Games, Expansions, And More

If you like your games to be filled with monsters, this week's deals on the Xbox Store are for you. A new sale dubbed Shocktober in Summer offers 75% off horror and action games for Xbox One, including Telltale's The Walking Dead, Dead Rising, and Devil May Cry. There's also a sale on add-ons for popular games such as The Division 2 and Grand Theft Auto V. Like usual, Xbox Live Gold subscribers get exclusive deals, and this week's Deals With Gold games are definitely worth checking out. The Xbox Store's current batch of deals are live through July 6.

While last year's Devil May Cry 5 isn't featured in the sale, every other game in Capcom's stylish action franchise is steeply discounted. You can grab the Devil May Cry HD Collection--containing the first three games--for $18 and Devil May Cry 4's Special edition for $7.49. Alternatively, you can purchase all four games together for $22.49 and save a few bucks. Ninja Theory's excellent DmC: Devil May Cry is also on sale for just $9.89.

Capcom's survival horror franchise Dead Rising is available for super cheap. You can grab Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 for $6 each, Dead Rising 3's Apocalypse edition for $9, and Dead Rising 4 for only $6. Speaking of zombies, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series is 50% off at $22.49. The massive bundle includes all four mainline seasons, 400 Days, and Michonne.

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Source: Xbox One's Best Deals This Week: Horror Games, Expansions, And More

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Fuser Is A Music Mashup Game That Makes You Feel Like A Creative Prodigy

It's been about a decade since rhythm games had any major spotlight, but they never really went away. Beat Saber was probably the closest we go to having another resurgence--the VR space now has a bunch of great rhythm-focussed titles if you're willing to splurge on the expensive hardware (a familiar feeling for genre fans, no doubt). Elsewhere, Japan and Korea still exist, and as a result, so do insane beat-matching games for the inhuman among us.

I've noticed a little trend of rhythm games coming out this year that lean on the idea of being a DJ. DJMAX Respect V from Korea got a PC release, which subscribes heavily to the school of Konami's Beatmania series in which DJs are just folks who are really good at smashing out house tunes on a piano. We also have the wonderful Spin Rhythm from Australia, a game that focuses on recreating the analog joys of spinning and scratching a turntable.

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But if you think about the idea of a contemporary performing DJ, you think of a person on stage, sitting behind some turntables playing records, and if they're really good, queuing up a great mix of songs, matching beats to create delightful transitions, and maybe even mashing tunes up in surprising ways to get the crowd invested and moving.

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Source: Fuser Is A Music Mashup Game That Makes You Feel Like A Creative Prodigy

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These Upcoming Timex Pac-Man Watches are Double the Retro

The watch was introduced last year at ComplexCon in Long Beach, and you can wrap your wrist in retro goodness beginning next week, if you manage to order one in time.
Source: These Upcoming Timex Pac-Man Watches are Double the Retro

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Avengers Character Breakdown: 6 Heroes, Plenty of Possibilities

Crystal Dynamics’ Vince Napoli shines a light on how each character will play.
Source: Avengers Character Breakdown: 6 Heroes, Plenty of Possibilities

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Destroy All Humans! Remake - The Final Preview

We played several hours of the upcoming Destroy All Humans! remake - here's how it tries to update and improve the original.
Source: Destroy All Humans! Remake - The Final Preview

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RDO: Claim Triple RDO$ in Showdown Modes, Free Resupplies, and More

This week in Red Dead Online, claim free resupplies for Moonshiners and Traders, triple payouts in Showdown Modes (including Gun Rush), and more.
Source: RDO: Claim Triple RDO$ in Showdown Modes, Free Resupplies, and More

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Nintendo Formally Apologizes For Joy-Con Drift

Nintendo has offered a formal apology for Joy-Con drift issues in a Q&A.
Source: Nintendo Formally Apologizes For Joy-Con Drift

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IGN News, Reviews, and Updates / IGN - Trackmania Review
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:09:23 PM »
Trackmania Review

Trackmania modernizes the series’ signature speedy time trials, but its odd subscription model may limit the creative energy that fuels its best moments.
Source: Trackmania Review

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Pokemon Go Creator Niantic and Immersive Theater Company Punchdrunk Form Partnership

We don't know specifics, but it seems like we may be seeing an AR app that places theatrical performances in the real world.
Source: Pokemon Go Creator Niantic and Immersive Theater Company Punchdrunk Form Partnership

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Fuser Is the ‘Next Big Step Forward in Music Games’

Can lightning strike thrice for the studio that created Guitar Hero and Rock Band?
Source: Fuser Is the ‘Next Big Step Forward in Music Games’

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Fortnite Ditches Early Access Label, Slows Development Of PvE Mode

Fortnite has finally exited early access, but the PVE mode will endure as a premium experience, with a new Ventures mode offering seasonal excursion.
Source: Fortnite Ditches Early Access Label, Slows Development Of PvE Mode

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Season 4 Reloaded Patch Goes Live

It's a big day for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and the battle royale game Warzone, as Infinity Ward has released the Season 4 Reloaded update. The patch is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

It's another gigantic update weighing in at 22-36 GB depending on your platform for those who own the full version of Modern Warfare. Console players must download this patch, in addition to a second update of around 3.5 GB. Free-to-play Warzone players will see a 22-30 GB update.

While you wait for the download to complete, you can check out the full Season 4 Reloaded patch notes. The big-ticket item is a new limited-time Warzone mode that supports up to 200 players. The update also introduces a new Juggernaut Royale mode, and a series of weapon balance changes.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Season 4 Reloaded Patch Goes Live

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No Straight Roads Gets A New Release Date And Trailer

The stylish music-action game No Straight Roads was originally intended to release on June 30, but had to be delayed due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, Malaysian studio Metronomics has announced that the game will be released on August 25 on PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

Headed by Wan Hazmer, lead game designer on Final Fantasy XV, and Street Fighter V concept artist Daim Dziauddin, No Straight Roads is an action-adventure game in a world where EDM is being used to control the masses, inspiring the protagonists to spearhead a rock revolution.

The rhythm-inspired gameplay includes a bunch of epic boss battle 'concerts,' in between exploring the world of Vinyl City. The player characters can be upgraded by progressing through the world and building a fan base to gain more power.


From today, PC players can access a playable demo from the Epic Games Store, while a mini-OST has also been released on all the usual music streaming and download platforms.


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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Patch Notes For June 29 Update Announced

The big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update is scheduled for 11 PM PT on June 29, but developer Infinity Ward has posted the patch notes ahead of time. [Update: the big Season 4 Reloaded patch is out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC].

The update includes a new limited-time mode with 200-player Warzone Quads, while it also introduces new Supply Run Contracts. There is also a new Spotter Scope item that will help snipers move through the map without flashing the familiar "glint" that exposes their location.

This big new Modern Warfare/Warzone update also makes a series of weapon balance changes. The AX-50 sniper rifle now has an increased damage range, while the HDR sniper now delivers a guaranteed one-hit kill when you land a shot to the lower torso from any range. The Dragunov sniper rifle now has faster aim-down-sight (ADS) speed, while it fires faster as well.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Patch Notes For June 29 Update Announced

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PSVR Patent Filed For Advertisements Displayed Within The Headset

A Sony patent details software that displays advertisements in the corners of your vision in PSVR when playing certain games or watching media.
Source: PSVR Patent Filed For Advertisements Displayed Within The Headset

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Crysis Remastered Launch Details And Trailer Leaked

Crysis Remastered's launch date and trailer have leaked ahead of the game's official reveal on July 1.
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Mixer's Collapse Due To Overspending And Toxic Work Conditions, Report Suggests

The June 25 announcement that Microsoft's game streaming platform Mixer would be shuttered came as a surprise to most, though company insiders have revealed that Mixer has struggled for some time both with internal culture and service issues. A new report by Business Insider features interviews with former Mixer employees, including the company's co-founder Matt Salsamendi, to find out what happened.

Mixer began its life in 2016 as a small start-up called Beam, created by Matt Salsamendi and James Boehm, which was soon. As a competitor to the already-established Twitch, the new service focused on low-latency streaming, allowing better interaction between streamer and audience. While the concepts behind Mixer had promise, it always struggled to compete with Twitch's overwhelming market share.

One of the biggest problems pegged by insiders that led to Mixer's demand was one the platform is publicly infamous for--spending alleged tens of millions of dollars to attract Twitch's top talent. One former employee said that in 2017 the company hosted a lecture called "Why not just hire PewDiePie?" which argued the value of boosting smaller streamers on Mixer rather than trying to poach big names from other platforms.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate--Here's Every Character Nerf And Buff In Update 8.0

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has released its 8.0 patch, bringing Arms character Min Min to the game alongside several new features and Mii Fighter costumes. Alongside these big changes, though, there's also been a raft of changes to the characters you know and love.

There are numerous buffs and nerfs being introduced in Update 8.0, introducing changes to many of the game's characters. Some characters have gotten reworked harder than others--Captain Falcon has seen changes to five of his attacks, for instance, while other characters like Mario and Sonic have just seen their Final Smash attacks tweaked.

Don't expect any major reworks here, but it's possible that your main has changed a bit, and that some of their attacks will be more or less powerful than before.

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Source: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate--Here's Every Character Nerf And Buff In Update 8.0

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Last Of Us, Uncharted Dev Talks About Moving On To PlayStation 5

Naughty Dog just released The Last of Us Part II on PlayStation 4, and it could be the developer's final game for the console. The team will presumably shift to the PlayStation 5 for its next game, whether that be The Last of Us Part II, a new IP, or something else entirely. Naughty Dog VP Neil Druckmann has now spoken about the PS5 and what it will allow the developer to achieve.

In an appearance on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime's new podcast, Druckmann said the PS5's new SSD will help cut down on load times, which will in turn open new doors for Naughty Dog's developers.

Druckmann pointed out that Naughty Dog already works hard to minimize loading zones in its games, but this is only possible due to technical wizardry happening behind the scenes that the player never sees. With the PS5, developers won't need to be as crafty, Druckmann teased.

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Source: Last Of Us, Uncharted Dev Talks About Moving On To PlayStation 5

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GameSpot News / GSN - Last Of Us 2 Director Responds To Internet Hate
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:38:15 AM »
Last Of Us 2 Director Responds To Internet Hate

Seven years after the release of the original, The Last of Us Part II is finally out now on PlayStation 4. Even before release, writer-director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that some fans of the first game would dislike the sequel, and now that the game is out, he's responded to more of the internet hate.

Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime's podcast, Druckmann said it's worthless to fight against people when they share their opinions about a game--whether it be good or bad. However, Druckmann said he can't understand how people get so worked up and upset about fictional characters.

"I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we're proud of this game, now it's out there and it's like whatever reaction people have--whether they like it or not--that's fair," Druckmann said. "That's their reaction and you don't fight that. The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that's a little harder. It's especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game."

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GameSpot News / GSN - Cyberpunk 2077 Lets You Pet The Cat
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:38:15 AM »
Cyberpunk 2077 Lets You Pet The Cat

First impressions of Cyberpunk 2077 have started rolling in after a number of journalists spent time with a demo of the upcoming CD Projekt game. However only IGN's preview seems to have unearthed a very important feature of the game: that you can, in fact, pet the cat.

The preview unfortunately didn't go into too much detail on whether there is just a single, pettable cat to be found, or whether multiple are dispersed throughout the game, but it's still a big improvement on The Witcher 3's disappointingly Witcher-averse cats. Whether dogs are present or pettable in Cyberpunk 2077 still has yet to be seen.

While "can you pet the dog?" has long been an important question in video game criticism, inspired by the Twitter account of the same name, cats are only just starting to get the same kind of recognition in virtual petting.

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Crysis Remastered Release Date, Screenshots, And Trailer Leak Online

More details about Crysis Remastered have leaked ahead of a bigger reveal on July 1.

A listing on Xbox Live reveals the game's supposed release date, July 23, while the page also contains the game's first screenshots and its debut trailer. The trailer is available below, as spotted by Wario64 on Twitter. You can see the first three screenshots further down the page.

The description for Crysis Remastered states that the game will have "remastered graphics optimized for a new generation of hardware." It will be about 7 GB, according to the listing. The leaked trailer shows that Crysis Remastered was co-developed by Saber Interactive and original creator Crytek.

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Source: Crysis Remastered Release Date, Screenshots, And Trailer Leak Online

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Destroy All Humans Remake Shows Off Its Take On Classic Level Santa Modesta

The remake of Destroy All Humans is due to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on July 26, and ahead of its launch publisher THQ Nordic has released a new trailer showing off one of the game's locations. The level in question is Santa Modesta, which is the game's third level, if it follows the exact same structure as the 2005 original.

The trailer shows protagonist Crypto running through town, attacking humans with various alien rays, blowing up cars, and piloting a spacecraft to exact further havoc on the townsfolk.

The game's environmental destruction is also showcased, as you'll see entire buildings exploding in the trailer below. It certainly looks more technically impressive than the original game.

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The Confederate Flag Is Now Banned From Forza Games

Turn 10 Studios, the stewards of the Forza racing series, have updated their enforcement guidelines to include a ban on "notorious iconography" including the Confederate flag.

The Forza games allow players to create custom content, but going forward, the developers will be more strict in their enforcement of what is allowed. The list of "notorious iconography" that is not allowed has been updated to include the Confederate flag, as well as the Swastika, SS-runes, Wolfsangel, Black Sun, Arrow Cross, Iron Cross (with contextual clues), and the Rising Sun.

Additionally, the studio will take action against user-generated content that uses phrases like "ACAB," "FTP," and "CIP." Players are also advised against creating stuff that depicts "certain notorious individuals, organizations, or events."

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The Last Of Us Part 2 Sound Designer Explains How They Made Breaking Glass Sound So Good

The Last of Us Part II is out now for PS4, and players who have been eager to dive into the continuing story of Joel and Ellie for years now are digging deep into every aspect of the game. The sequel, which has sold over 4 million copies, has impressed players with its technical achievements, one of which has now been detailed at length by one of the game's designers.

Jesse James Garcia, a sound designer at developer Naughty Dog, has detailed how they made the sound of breaking glass in The Last of Us Part II. In a Twitter thread spanning 23 different tweets, Garcia dives deep into why the shattering, tinkling noise of glass being destroyed in the game is so satisfying.

The tweet below is the beginning of the thread, which breaks down as many details as possible.

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Source: The Last Of Us Part 2 Sound Designer Explains How They Made Breaking Glass Sound So Good

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All The Games Coming Out In July 2020 On Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC

While July is known historically as a slower period for game releases, that doesn't mean there isn't anything noteworthy coming out. Quite a few exciting games are launching this month that you should keep on your radar.

Sony is continuing to hit summer hard with its latest first-party developed game, Ghost of Tsushima, while last year's limited-time PS4-exclusive Death Stranding will finally be arriving to PC. On the other hand, Nintendo is releasing a couple of Switch-exclusives, which includes the sequel to the cult-classic Deadly Premonition and a new entry in the Paper Mario series. There's even some notable remasters re-releases on the horizon with the Switch port of Catherine: Fully Body and THQ Nordic's remaster of PS2-era sandbox favorite, Destroy All Humans!

To give you a look at what's ahead for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, we've rounded up all the biggest games of July 2020 below. For a wider look at the titles still to come this year, be sure to check out our list of game release dates in 2020. Otherwise, be sure to check this article often for the latest during this month, as we'll be sure to update it with more new release dates that get announced.

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Source: All The Games Coming Out In July 2020 On Xbox, PS4, Switch, PC

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Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Patch Notes For June 29 Update Announced

The big Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update is scheduled for 11 PM PT on June 29, but developer Infinity Ward has posted the patch notes ahead of time.

The update includes a new limited-time mode with 200-player Warzone Quads, while it also introduces new Supply Run Contracts. There is also a new Spotter Scope item that will help snipers move through the map without flashing the familiar "glint" that exposes their location.

This big new Modern Warfare/Warzone update also makes a series of weapon balance changes. The AX-50 sniper rifle now has an increased damage range, while the HDR sniper now delivers a guaranteed one-hit kill when you land a shot to the lower torso from any range. The Dragunov sniper rifle now has faster aim-down-sight (ADS) speed, while it fires faster as well.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare/Warzone Patch Notes For June 29 Update Announced

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GameSpot News / GSN - Xbox Live Boss Leaves Microsoft After 15 Years
« on: June 30, 2020, 01:38:14 AM »
Xbox Live Boss Leaves Microsoft After 15 Years

Dan McCulloch, a 15-year Microsoft veteran who most recently worked at Xbox as the leader of Xbox Live, has left the company. McCulloch announced the news on Twitter, saying he "truly had a blast" during his run at Xbox.

He didn't reveal what's next, but McCulloch said he's "extremely excited" about the next chapter of career and he looks forward to sharing details "very soon." He might be staying in gaming, as he told his followers, "You will all be pumped" about what he's doing next.

According to his LinkedIn page, McCulloch started at Microsoft in 2005 as a program manager on non-gaming projects. He moved to the Xbox team in 2007 when he became lead producer on Forza Motorsport 3 and 4.

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This Indie Game Will Be On Xbox Game Pass For "A Long Time" Because It's Been Great For Sales

Descenders joined Xbox Game Pass in May 2019, and since then, according to Mike Rose (head of publisher No More Robots), the indie cycling game has seen greatly increased sales on Xbox. Although conventional wisdom would suggest that a game that was available at no additional cost on a popular subscription service might see lower direct sales, Rose says that, in fact, the opposite has been true.

Rose took to Twitter to explain why Xbox Game Pass has been so good for the game, saying that it has "elevated the game to heights we couldn't have imagined." Descenders, which is available in both the Xbox and PC catalogs of the subscription service, is currently the eighth most popular game on the service.

Rose said that a new deal has recently been struck to keep the game on Game Pass for "a looong time to come," as since joining the service it is selling "around five times as many units each week" as it did previously.

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PGA Tour 2K21 Will Make Fun Of You When You Hit A Bad Shot

The first-ever PGA Tour 2K game launches in August, and among its new features is a beefed up broadcast package that includes Luke Elvy and Rich Beem calling the action.

Elvy has the most experience in the broadcast booth, as he has been featured over the years on Fox Sports and GameSpot sister company CBS Sports. Beem is a former player who has won three times on the PGA Tour, including a Major championship at the 2002 PGA Championship. He is also a commentator for Sky Sports.

A new trailer for PGA Tour 2K21 featuring Elvy and Beem as been released. They speak about bringing their unique expert insights to the game, and it seems the commentary in PGA Tour 2K21 won't be very traditional. Elvy and Beem say some of their outtakes and bloopers from recording sessions will actually make it into the game, and this includes Beem describing an eagle as a "Super Chicken."

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Source: PGA Tour 2K21 Will Make Fun Of You When You Hit A Bad Shot

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Jet Set Radio Designer Explains Why A Sequel Hasn't Happened Yet, And Who Could Make One

Dreamcast classic Jet Set Radio and its Xbox sequel Jet Set Radio Future are beloved for their style and unique gameplay, but to this day there's never been a third game in the series. The original game (initially called Jet Grind Radio in the US) released 20 years ago, and in a retrospective published by USGamer, the team behind the game has reflected on its legacy--and why there hasn't been a follow-up.

Lead designer Kazuki Hosokawa, who still works at Sega, reflects on how the original Jet Set Radio was created by a young team, recalling how "non-photorealistic expressions began to garner more attention" at the time, which his team was able to leverage.

With this in mind, Hosokawa says that a new Jet Set Radio would need to come from a young, new team as well. He says that "more than 10 years ago," the game's producer told the team that they were "too old and experienced" to make a new game in the series, and he agrees. "I've gained enough experience that I can identify what works and how to present things... I can see the path to the end goal, whether I like it or not," he says.

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Source: Jet Set Radio Designer Explains Why A Sequel Hasn't Happened Yet, And Who Could Make One

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Madden 21 Offers First Look At Cam Newton In A Patriots Jersey

In one of the year's bigger NFL offseason moves, the New England Patriots have signed former Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton to fill the void after Tom Brady left for the Buccaneers.

We've yet to see Newton in a real Patriots jersey, so EA Sports has stepped in to show the athlete in his new jersey in Madden NFL 21. It's shocking to see someone other than Tom Brady leading the Patriots, but change is the only constant, and a new era of football in New England is about to begin.

As it happens, Newton isn't technically confirmed to be the new Patriots QB for this year. He needs to beat out Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, the Patriots QBs who are currently leading the team during practices. Newton is expected to be the starting QB on opening day--after all, the Patriots are paying him $7.5 million USD for just one year.

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Source: Madden 21 Offers First Look At Cam Newton In A Patriots Jersey

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Norton's New Antivirus For Gamers Available Now At A Huge Discount

Norton's antivirus software has been the standard for quite some time, and now the company has released a special edition of its Norton 360 program specifically for gamers. Norton 360 for Gamers is $50 for a year of protection for a limited time. It offers the same service the company is known for, with some special features optimized specifically for playing games. This includes turning off notifications while playing in full-screen mode, monitoring the web for your gamer tags through its identity theft protection, and much more. The best part is that it's currently discounted, so you can get protection at a good price.

Norton 360 for Gamers gets you protection on up to three devices, which can range from PCs and Macs to iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, which you can use to get a refund if you're not satisfied with the software's performance.

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Source: Norton's New Antivirus For Gamers Available Now At A Huge Discount

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Scuf's New PS4 Controllers Feature Slick Call Of Duty League Designs

The PS4 doesn't have its own official Elite-style controller, but that doesn't mean you can't get a great one from a third-party manufacturer. Scuf Gaming makes some of the best PS4 controllers out there, offering a wide range of customization, and now the company has revealed the latest designs for its PS4 pads. 13 new designs are now available for the company's Infinity 4PS Pro and Impact controllers.

The Scuf Infinity 4PS Pro starts at $160, while the Scuf Impact starts at $170. This gets you the controller and its included paddles. However, if you want to remap them with the electromagnetic remapping key, you'll need to spend an extra $10. Triggers with stops or digital switches cost extra as does military-grade or high-performance grip.

Scuf Infinity 4PS Pro

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Source: Scuf's New PS4 Controllers Feature Slick Call Of Duty League Designs

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Ubisoft Is Reworking How It Deals With Employee Complaints After Multiple Allegations

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot sent a memo to employees detailing how the company plans to rework its "solutions and tools [that] detect, report, and resolve any incident or serious problem" after numerous allegations against Ubisoft workers have come to light.

"I have gathered all of my direct reports to address this subject and your feedback," Guillemot wrote in a memo originally reported on by Business Insider. "I would like us to thoroughly review all of our systems so that these types of situations cannot happen again."

Guillemot didn't specifically mention sexual harassment in the memo despite Ubisoft being at the center of many allegations over the last week. The company suspended vice presidents Tommy François and Maxime Béland after an internal investigation into several claims of misconduct according to a Bloomberg report. The two were responsible for overseeing worldwide development of the studio's games.

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Source: Ubisoft Is Reworking How It Deals With Employee Complaints After Multiple Allegations

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World Of Warcraft Classic Gates Of Ahn'Qiraj Coming Next Month

World of Warcraft Classic is bringing back another old-school event next month. The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj will unlock on July 28 when the weekly raid reset occurs, opening a new quest chain.

The date comes from a community mangaer on the Blizzard forums. The note said that version 1.13.5 will go live in July, which will unlock a quest to craft the Scepter of Shifting Sands. Players will also be able to contribute resources to the Ahn'Qiraj war, and once both activities have been completed on a realm, it will open the gates.

The original event took place in 2006, and opened raids in the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. It also consisted of elite quest chains and a lengthy war sequence. The gates were permanently opened in a subsequent update in 2009, but then the quests were closed in the Cataclysm expansion.

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Source: World Of Warcraft Classic Gates Of Ahn'Qiraj Coming Next Month

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The Last Of Us 2: Here's What The New Game Plus Menu Screen Means

Warning! We're going to be talking about some late-game developments in The Last of Us Part 2, as well as an element that's only revealed once you've finished the game. Read on at your own risk!

Throughout your time in The Last of Us Part 2, one haunting image is always present: a boat, drifting lightly across low waves, immersed in fog. You'll have to work through the entire game to find out the meaning of that image, and as you might expect, it's tied in with The Last of Us 2's dark tale of revenge and its themes of violence, trauma, and redemption.

When you finally finish the game and the meaning of the boat becomes clear, something changes. Save a completed game file so you can start a New Game Plus playthrough or use the chapter selection menu, and you'll find a new image adorning the main menu screen. This one doesn't show the boat shrouded in fog; instead, it shows the same boat on a brighter beach, with sunlight breaking through stormclouds dissipating in the distance.

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Source: The Last Of Us 2: Here's What The New Game Plus Menu Screen Means

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Smash Bros. Ultimate's Min Min DLC And 8.0 Update Arrive Today

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC fighter, Min Min from Arms, is almost here. The new character arrives later today, June 29, alongside the game's 8.0 update, which adds a handful of new Mii Fighter costumes and a new feature for Spirits mode.

Like previous DLC characters, Min Min will come with her own unique stage, Spring Stadium, as well as 18 music tracks taken from Arms, Nintendo's 2017 stretchy-arm fighting game. Fittingly, Min Min excels at long-range battling, using her retractable arms to attack opponents from a distance, and she can swap between three different Arms on the fly with her down special.

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Source: Smash Bros. Ultimate's Min Min DLC And 8.0 Update Arrive Today

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Nintendo Releases Strange "Can You Guess The Game" Video, Prompting Speculation

Nintendo fans are always eagerly anticipating the next Nintendo Direct, but the YouTube account of the Japanese company delivered something offbeat today: a minute-long video challenging fans to "guess the game." The games are introduced with blurry footage that slowly resolves to reveal a first-party Nintendo game.

Needless to say, some fans have expressed their confusion over this video, with many of the YouTube comments speculating that new content might be revealed soon for one or more of these games. The games listed were (spoiler warning) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

As most Nintendo fans know, a sequel to Breath of the Wild was first teased in June 2019 at that year's E3. Since that reveal trailer, we haven't heard anything about it, which would seem to suggest a 2021 release at the earliest. We also haven't heard anything about a hypothetical Mario Kart 9 or a sequel to Three Houses, though the latter did get new DLC this February. The

introduced the newest fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Arms character Min Min.


Source: Nintendo Releases Strange "Can You Guess The Game" Video, Prompting Speculation

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Crysis Remastered Will Debut Gameplay This Week, Watch It Here

Crysis Remastered was officially revealed with a teaser a few weeks ago, but this week we'll finally get to see exactly what the nearly 13-year-old game will look like with some improved graphical features.

The gameplay debut for Crysis Remastered is set for July 1 and will go live at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT / 6 PM CEST. Although no details about what will be shown have been shared, Crytek did reveal in its initial announcement that the remaster will introduce a "hardware and API-agnostic ray tracing solution," which will allow the graphical enhancement to run on current-generation consoles.

Crysis Remastered is expected to just include the first game, which was originally developed by Crytek in 2007. It was set on an island that featured wide combat areas, letting you experiment with how you used a variety of suit powers to dispatch enemies. Both Crysis 2 and Crysis 3 converted this formula into a more traditional linear shooter, while also streamlining some of your suit powers, making some fans yearn for the return of the original.

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Source: Crysis Remastered Will Debut Gameplay This Week, Watch It Here

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Discounted In Time For New Summer Update

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken the world by storm since its March release on the Nintendo Switch, with everyone from celebrities and NFL teams playing and interacting with fans through Nintendo's latest game. New Horizons certainly is popular, and with its free summer update coming July 3, there's no better time to jump in. Thankfully, Ebay has it for a great price; you can currently snag Animal Crossing: New Horizons for $51.49. It also comes with free shipping and can arrive as early as July 6 depending on your location.

GameSpot's Animal Crossing: New Horizons review scored it a 9/10, praising the new Nook Miles system, character customization, and expressive villages. However, reviews editor Kallie Plagge was disappointed by the slow progression, which can be frustrating at times.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

$51.49 ($60)

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Source: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Discounted In Time For New Summer Update

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Twitch Bans President Trump Temporarily For "Hateful Conduct"

Streaming service Twitch has temporarily suspended the account of President Donald Trump. Unlike some of the other recent bans it's handed out, it offered more specific reasoning for this move, perhaps due to the high-profile nature of the action. The company pointed to its policy on hateful conduct and even cited specific violations from past streams, which both involved the broadcast of Trump campaign rallies.

In a statement shared with GameSpot, a Twitch spokesperson said, "Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch. In line with our policies, President Trump’s channel has been issued a temporary suspension from Twitch for comments made on stream, and the offending content has been removed." The length of the ban was not shared.

It also referred to its hateful conduct rules and provided the transcript for comments from the channel's streams that violate these rules. They are as follows:

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Source: Twitch Bans President Trump Temporarily For "Hateful Conduct"

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Call Of Duty: Warzone Adding 200-Player Mode In Big Modern Warfare Update

Call of Duty: Warzone is about to get a lot bigger. The official Call of Duty Twitter account teased an increase to 200 players, a major increase from its current 150 player maximum, as part of the "Season 4 Reloaded" update.

The update will be available at 11 PM PT on June 29. The new limited-time 200-player battle royale was detailed in a new season roadmap. The update will be 22GB-30GB for Warzone standalone players, and 22-36GB for Modern Warfare players. Once the update is installed, it will "minimally increase" the total footprint of Modern Warfare, and slightly decrease the total footprint of standalone Warzone.

200-Player Quads

The update adds 200-player Quads in the Warzone battle royale, which means 50 teams of four battling for survival. It's a limited-time mode, but no announcement has been made regarding when we should expect it to end.

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Source: Call Of Duty: Warzone Adding 200-Player Mode In Big Modern Warfare Update

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Cheaper Xbox Series X "Lockhart" Model To Be Announced In August, Report Says

It's been reported for some time that Microsoft is planning to launch not just its next-gen Xbox Series X console, but also a cheaper, lower-powered model as well. The company has alluded to the possibility with its naming convention for the new line of consoles--which is known simply as "Xbox"-- but made no specific announcement regarding any models besides the Series X. That will change in August, according to a report by Eurogamer, which said that Microsoft had originally planned to announce the secondary console, codenamed Lockhart, as part of its Xbox E3 press conference during June. When that was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its reveal plans also changed.

Microsoft announced that it would be doing monthly events leading up to the release of the console, named Xbox 20/20, starting in May. It is unknown when exactly the decision was made to move the reveal from June to August, but June will end without an Xbox 20/20 event. June instead had a series of Xbox Wire posts detailing how some next-gen titles would be taking advantage of the Xbox Series X and the announcement that Mixer is shutting down in July.

The rumored Xbox Series S reportedly has the same CPU as the high-end Xbox Series X, with a different GPU and less usable RAM. The console is also rumored to not have a disc drive and be cheaper than the Series X.

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Source: Cheaper Xbox Series X "Lockhart" Model To Be Announced In August, Report Says

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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha (2007.200626-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to […]
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Xbox Insider Release Notes – Alpha Skip-Ahead (2008.200626-0000)

Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Alpha Skip-Ahead ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One. We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes […]
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The Romeros Reflect on RPGs and FPS Games Over 20 Years

Brenda and John Romero talk the FPS & RPG in 2020, Doom Eternal, crunch, & blockbuster video games.
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Quantum League Is the Most Unique Shooter I've Played in Years

This time looping shooter is extremely exciting, but there's a problem - how do you even explain it?
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XIII Remastered: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

Everything you need to know to preorder XIII, including preorder bonus and what comes in each edition.
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Free Steam Keys: Quantum League Early Access

IGN Prime has partnered with Nimble Giant Entertainment to bring you early access to Quantum League.
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The Last of Us Part 2 Was Once More Open World in Development

The Last of Us Part 2's director explains how the world design and character focus shifted through the development of the sequel. Spoilers ahead!
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Every Alolan Diglett Location in the Pokemon Isle of Armor DLC

There are 151 Alolan Diglett to find across the Isle of Armor.
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Call of Duty: Warzone Update to Add Limited Time 200-Player Matches

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Season Four Reloaded update will add a limited time 200 player mode to Warzone, a new Juggernaut mode, and much more.
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Crash Bandicoot 4: New Gameplay Shows New Tricks, Returning Moves

We dive deep into some new Crash Bandicoot 4 gameplay, which showcases some of Crash's new moves and returning franchise staples.
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The Best Nintendo Switch Grip Now Comes In Animal Crossing-Inspired Colors

There's a lot to love about the Nintendo Switch--its portability, its exclusives, its relatively affordable price tag--but for a console that's designed to also be used as a handheld, there's a major drawback: Portable mode is just uncomfortable. The flat Switch and Joy-Cons offer very little to grab onto when you're trying to play in bed, on the couch, or elsewhere, and because of the button placement, it's easy for your hands to start feeling a little cramped. It's a little surprising Nintendo hasn't come out with an official accessory of its own to address this issue, but fortunately, several third-party accessories brands have.

Nintendo Switch grips attach onto the console and give you a much more ergonomic grip when playing handheld, and one of the best Nintendo Switch grips just became even more appealing, as it's now available in two new shades that are clearly inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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Satisfye's popular Switch and Switch Lite grips have previously only been available in black or white, but the brand has clearly taken notice of the hype around Animal Crossing: New Horizons, as its two newest shades conveniently match up with the pale green and blue colors seen on the (now sold-out) limited-edition Animal Crossing Switch and most of the game's other merch. The new grip shades are available in Palm Green and Sky Blue, and they're available to pre-order now for 15% off, with orders shipping on July 6. Normally $33, you can buy either color for $28 right now, which is about what Satisfye's grips usually go for on Amazon. The two new shades are only available directly from Satisfye at this time, however.

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GameSpot News / GSN - Call Of Duty: Warzone Teases 200-Player Mode
« on: June 29, 2020, 01:28:10 PM »
Call Of Duty: Warzone Teases 200-Player Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone is about to get a lot bigger. The official Call of Duty Twitter account teased an increase to 200 players, a major increase from its current 150 player maximum.

A follow-up specified that the limited-time 200-player battle royale mode is available in Quads with the "Season Four Reloaded" update, which will be available at 11 PM PT on June 29. That includes a new season roadmap, along with new gear like the Spotter Scope. The update will be 22GB-30GB. 

Season 4 also added a 50v50 Warzone Rumble mode, alongside the usual spate of new cosmetics, balance changes, and other additions. Activision and Infinity Ward have been regularly updating Warzone with new modes, which sometimes cycle in with the new seasons and other times drop as mid-season surprises.

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New Ghost Of Tsushima Trailer Gets You Ready For War

With The Last of Us Part II out, Sony's focus is now shifting towards Ghost of Tsushima. The Sucker Punch-developed open-world game is out on July 17, and a new trailer reminds you of the imminent threat you'll have to face.

The pre-rendered trailer helps set the tone for protagonist Jin and his journey, showing you the island of Tsushima before war washed up on its shores. The contrast between the colorful and serene scenes with those of smoke-covered horizons and the sparks of clashing swords is effective at showing just how engrossing this setting can be. Check it out below.

If you're looking for a better representation of what it'll be like to play Ghost of Tsushima, Sony recently revealed a lot of footage from the game during its latest State of Play stream. It includes a look at how you'll get around the world, the differences between its melee and stealth combat, and a variety of filters that can help you make the game resemble some of your favorite classic samurai films.

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Rumored Cheaper Xbox Series X Model To Be Announced In August, Report Says

Microsoft will reportedly announce its lower-powered next-gen console in August after a quiet June. According to a report by Eurogamer, Microsoft had originally planned to announce the console, codenamed Lockhart, as part of its Xbox E3 press conference during June, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft announced that it would be doing monthly events leading up to the release of the console, named Xbox 20/20, starting in May. It is unknown when exactly the decision was made to move the reveal from June to August, but June will end without an Xbox 20/20 event. June instead had a series of Xbox Wire posts detailing how some next-gen titles would be taking advantage of the Xbox Series X and the announcement that Mixer is shutting down in July.

The rumored Xbox Series S reportedly has the same CPU as the high-end Xbox Series X, with a different GPU and less usable RAM. The console is also rumored to not have a disc drive and be cheaper than the Series X.

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Pokemon Sword And Shield: How To Claim Free Shiny Zeraora

Pokemon Sword and Shield players can grab another free Pokemon for a limited time. Because more than one million trainers defeated the Mythical Pokemon Zeraora in Max Raids this month, all players will be able to receive a free Shiny Zeraora starting today, June 29, at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET. Here's how to claim it.

Once the distribution period begins, the free Mythical Pokemon will be given away via the mobile version of Pokemon Home. Everyone who has transferred a Pokemon from Sword or Shield into Home, or vice versa, between June 17 and July 6 will be able to claim it, even if you haven't participated in a Zeraora Raid.

Once you've met that requirement, follow these steps to receive your Shiny Zeraora:

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Let's Overreact To What Hideo Kojima Has On His Desk

Hideo Kojima has never been shy about messing with his fans, and a recent tweet is no exception. In it, Kojima reveals the contents of his desk-top, which includes a BB from his last game, Death Stranding. There's been no word on a sequel to his divisive take on the "walking simulator" as of yet, and some fans are hoping this tweet indicates a tease of sorts.

The photo also includes a sketch of what appears to be a Star Destroyer, which is a spacecraft from Star Wars. If somehow Hideo Kojima manages to make an official Star Wars game, our lives would never be the same, but that possibility seems rather dubious for now.

Sorry, Sam Porter-Bridge fans: Kojima has previously indicated that if he did make another game in the Death Stranding universe, it wouldn't be a direct follow-up. He still would like to work with Norman Reedus in some capacity, however. Death Stranding will finally come to PC in a few weeks on July 14. Kojima has also indicated that he would like to start making movies sometime soon.


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Ubisoft Teases Hyper Scape, Reportedly A New Battle Royale Game

Update: Not long after word of the game first surfaced, Ubisoft's teaser site has gone live, confirming the Hyper Scape name. The website itself doesn't offer a lot of information about the game, instead focusing on some of the lore surrounding it, and in particular, a company names Prisma Dimensions. More importantly, it points to a specific date--Hyper Scape will apparently be revealed on July 2, or we'll at least be learning more about it then. Some additional art has also surfaced online, as seen in the tweet below.

Original story: The biggest publishers in gaming have each taken their shot with successful triple-A battle royale games like Apex Legends and Call of Duty: Warzone, and it looks like Ubisoft is about to try its hand at it. According to esports reporter Rod Breslau, the publisher will tease a new game called Hyper Scape this week, which is a battle royale game set in a virtual world.

As with Apex Legends and Valorant before it, Breslau says that Ubisoft has invited many streamers, YouTubers, and other gaming influencers to see the game for themselves ahead of a closed beta next week. He further claims that Hyper Scape offers an unprecedented "a level of integration" with Twitch, with Twitch chat able to directly impact play with events and the like. He offered an example in a follow-up tweet: viewers will be able to vote for either speed or health boost items, and they will earn progress by watching games. Streamers will also garner revenue for bit purchases.

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Top New Video Game Releases On Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC This Month -- July 2020

If this episode of New Releases is any indication, you won't run out of new video games to play anytime soon. We're taking a look at the month of July, which kicks off with Marvel's Iron Man VR. You can also take to the skies in Rocket Arena just over a week after that. July is also time to protect your land, whether it's an occupied island in Ghost of Tsushima or the Mushroom Kingdom in Paper Mario: The Origami King. Finally, the month wraps up with the Destroy All Humans remake.

Marvel's Iron Man VR -- July 3

Available on: PS4

After a few delays, Iron Man VR is finally giving us a chance to step into Tony Stark's suit. As you'd expect, the HUD inside the PSVR headset resembles Stark's FRIDAY technology, and you can use the Move Controllers to aim and fire your various weapons. Expect to see other Marvel staples like Nick Fury in the story too.

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Diablo 2 Anniversary Celebration Gifts Diablo 3 Item

Today, June 29 marks the 20th anniversary of Diablo 2, the dungeon-crawling game that's still seen by many to be a genre-defining experience. Blizzard is marking the anniversary with some retrospectives, special merch, and a free in-game item in Diablo 3.

In a post on the Blizzard blog, the company outlines some of the ways you can celebrate the classic loot-hunting game today. Those include an animated short (below), a detailed retrospective, and a speedrun from MrLlamaSC. The company also unveiled a new Lord of Terror bust, which goes for $140.

But if you just want to celebrate one classic dungeon crawler by playing another, you can log in to Diablo 3 anytime after June 29 to claim a pair of Prime Evil Wings. "Baal--as we saw in him in Diablo 2--did not have wings, but try to imagine what they would’ve looked like if he did, and if you could've fastened them to your hero's shoulders," says Blizzard.

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Amazon's New Fire HD 8 Tablets Are Already $30 Off Today Only

Amazon tends to be generous with deals on its own hardware during blowout sales like Prime Day and Black Friday, so if you're interested in any of Amazon's tablet or smart devices, that's usually the best time of year to shop. However, you can get a great tablet for a steep discount in today's Deal of the Day, where the new 2020 edition of Amazon's Fire HD 8 tablet (32GB) is down to $60. That's $30 off its usual price of $90, but you've got less than 24 hours to claim it (and it may sell out before the day is over). For wireless charging and slighter better performance, you can also opt for the Fire HD 8 Plus (32GB), which is also $30 off at $80.

The Fire HD 8 tablet comes with an 8-inch HD display and is available with 32GB or 64GB of storage. The 2020 model holds up to 12 hours of battery life, features a brand-new 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, and comes with USB-C for easier, faster charging (the HD 8 Plus charges even faster). Of course, the tablet also comes with Amazon's friendly AI, Alexa, which allows you to use the tablet hands-free and can play media, answer questions, and much more.

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Harry Potter Open-World Game Coming In 2021, Including On Xbox Series X And PS5 - Report

A rumored Harry Potter game is said to be planned for a formal reveal sometime after August this year, even as the developers look to distance themselves from the property's controversial creator.

Bloomberg reports that the project is in development at Avalanche Software, known for its work on Disney Infinity before becoming acquired by WB. The game is planned for release in 2021 on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. You can play as a wizard and roam around the grounds of an open-world Hogwarts and other iconic locales from the popular series.

Sources within the studio also said that some developers were made uncomfortable by the game's association to JK Rowling, given recent comments criticized as transphobic. Those caught enough attention to prompt a response from actor Daniel Radcliffe and Universal Parks, but the studio management reportedly hasn't addressed them widely with team members. Rowling herself is said to have very little direct involvement with the game.

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Source: Harry Potter Open-World Game Coming In 2021, Including On Xbox Series X And PS5 - Report

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Flash Sale On PS4, Xbox One Games Lets You Stock Up For Cheap

It's become commonplace for GameStop to have great flash sales on pre-owned games. Pretty much every week, we see a new limited-time promotion that lets you bargain hunt for PS4 and Xbox One games. Through tomorrow, June 30, pre-owned PS4 and Xbox One games priced $15 or less are buy two, get two free, which means you can snag four games for under $30.

More than 700 PS4 and Xbox One games are eligible for the promotion. PS4 users can grab a handful of exclusives, including Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ratchet & Clank, and Knack 2, which is actually pretty darn good. Meanwhile, Xbox One users can pick up exclusives like Forza Horizon 2, Gears of War: Ultimate edition, Quantum Break, and Gears of War 4.

Of course, there are a ton of third-party multi-platform games up for grabs in the promotion. Great games from years past such as Rainbow Six Siege, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Fallout 4, Resident Evil 7, and Watch Dogs 2 are just some of the many pre-owned games available for $15 or less.

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PlayStation Plus Games For July 2020: Sony Marks 10 Years With Three Freebies

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of PlayStation Plus on PS3, ushering in paid multiplayer services and monthly downloadable games for subscribers. To celebrate, July 2020's offerings are as strong as last month, with NBA 2K20 and Rise of the Tomb Raider headlining.

Rise of the Tomb Raider initially launched as a timed-exclusive on Xbox One, but came to PS4 a year afterward as the 20th Anniversary Celebration with additional content. It's the second in Crystal Dynamic's reboot trilogy, picking up with Lara Croft as she becomes more comfortable with her tomb-raiding adventures. Taking place in a snowy Siberia, the game manages to still look striking today, and is fondly remembered as the strongest of the three in the series.

In our 8/10 Rise of the Tomb Raider review, critic Mike Mahardy wrote, "Even now, playing through it one year after I originally beat it, it's hard to put down. The Siberian wilderness is just as detailed and gorgeous as it is on Xbox One, and I didn't notice many differences in the character nuances, either."

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GameSpot Play For All Week 5 - What To Expect This Week

Week 5 of GameSpot Play For All is upon us! The summer gaming celebration has spent the last month bringing you exclusive interviews and charity livestreams to benefit Black Lives Matter and COVID-19 relief efforts. We're heading into July this week, but we're not slowing down.

This week GameSpot is going to get by with a little help from our friends, so the schedule is packed with charity streams featuring guests from around the games industry. We'll be teaming up with Kinda Funny, What's Good Games, Mary Kish, Super Eyepatch Wolf, and People Make Games.

As always those streams will be complemented with developer interviews and exclusive gameplay footage. And of course, we'll be on-deck to chat about any big industry news that comes along as studios announce summer surprises.

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Xbox Series S Will Reportedly Be Revealed in August

A new report claims that Xbox Series S (aka Lockhart) will get a reveal event in August.
Source: Xbox Series S Will Reportedly Be Revealed in August

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The Last of Us Part 2: Director on the Sequel's Ambitious Story

Naughty Dog's Neil Druckmann speaks with us about how the sequel expanded on the ideas of the original in dramatic ways. Spoilers ahead!
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Super Nintendo World Theme Park Opening Delayed Indefinitely

Super Nintendo World's opening at Universal Studios Japan has been indefinitely delayed.
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Ghost of Tsushima: Here's What Comes in Each Edition

Here's what comes in the special and collector's editions of Ghost of Tsushima.
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Harry Potter RPG Reportedly Due in Late 2021

A new report states that the much-anticipated Harry Potter RPG from Warner Bros. is set to be released on platforms including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X in late 2021.
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Ubisoft CEO Promises to 'Personally Follow' Misconduct Reports, Two Execs Reportedly Placed on Leave

Vice-presidents Tommy François and Maxime Béland have allegedly been placed on leave during investigations into their conduct.
Source: Ubisoft CEO Promises to 'Personally Follow' Misconduct Reports, Two Execs Reportedly Placed on Leave

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PlayStation Plus Games Announced for July 2020

Sony has revealed that NBA 2K20, Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration, and Erica are July 2020's free PlayStation Plus Games. In addition, Sony is celebrating PlayStation Plus' 10th anniversary today, June 29!
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Rocket League Streamer Shocked By Lightning Strike During Stream

The lightning strike hit the house adjacent to where Karma was streaming, causing her controller to spark.
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Iron Man VR Devs Reveal Game Length, Locations, And Tony Stark's Abilities

Iron Man VR is due to release on July 3, following a brief delay, and as that date approaches we've learned more about what to expect. Director Ryan Payton, who led work on the game at Camouflaj, has delved into the game on the PlayStation Blog, revealing some new details.

Payton shows off some of the game's locations, which are a mix of real-world locales and Marvel hotspots. The S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, for instance, can be explored at length, as well as a decommissioned Stark Facility. You can also fly around Shanghai, dodging between buildings. You can also visit Tony's armory in VR, investigating the Iron Man suit from outside of it.

Various combat and movement abilities are outlined, including the speed boost for faster movement, the rocket punch for melee damage, and the Unibeam, which charges up and can do huge damage. Iron Man can also do a ground pound, which is always a fun video game mechanic.

Payton says that Iron Man VR is a "deeply meaningful Tony Stark story," and that the game is longer than they initially planned for. "We initially thought the campaign would span 4-5 hours, but based on recent playtest data, we’re pleasantly surprised that average playtimes are now roughly double that," he says.

Several other Marvel characters will appear, including Nick Fury, Pepper Potts, Friday, and "a host of other characters we have yet to reveal," Payton writes.

Iron Man is not the only major Marvel hero with a PlayStation game to look forward to in 2020--Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is also coming to PS5.


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The World Ends With You Is Getting An Anime Adaptation

The World Ends With You is getting an anime adaptation, which will bring the game's style to animation. Not much has been unveiled about the anime yet, but that's set to change very soon.

A website for The World Ends With You anime is currently counting down to a reveal, which will take place as part of Anime Expo Lite. The event will run as a free livestream across July 3 and 4. The reveal will happen on July 3 at 6 PM PT.

The game's official Twitter account is currently counting down, too. Further details have not been revealed, though, so we're going to have to wait to find out anything about this anime, including whether it will be a series or a movie.

The game, which was beloved on DS and fairly well-received on Switch, is an RPG with fantasy elements set in Shibuya with touch screen combat elements. It's unclear as of yet what the anime will entail, or whether it will adapt the same story as the game.

Check back with GameSpot next week for more details on The World Ends With You anime.



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Tales Of Monkey Island By Telltale Has Returned To Digital Stores With A Discount

Tales of Monkey Island, the episodic Monkey Island series from Telltale Games, has been unavailable since the developer and publisher closed, along with many other Telltale series. But now, the game has returned to digital storefronts, and it's currently discounted by 50% until July 10.

The game is available again on both Steam and GOG, and is currently discounted from $20 to $10. This is the complete collection, so it contains all five episodes, originally released in 2009. The game was released on the Wii and PS3 as well, along with mobile. For now, it only seems to be available on PC.

The developer is listed as LCG Entertainment, and the publisher as Athlon Games. LCG Entertainment handles the parts of Telltale's back catalog that have been re-released.

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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps Devs Talk About Whether The Game Will Come To Switch

Ori and the Will of the Wisps released early this year on Xbox One and PC via Xbox Game Pass, and has since been played by 2 million people. The game is a sequel to Ori and the Blind Forest, which was released for Switch in 2019 despite being published by Microsoft Game Studios. The Switch port of the first game was well-received, and a member of developer Moon Studios has now opened up about whether the sequel is likely to receive similar treatment.

In a Reddit AMA, developer Moon Studios lead engineer Gennadiy Korol answered a question about the sequel coming to Switch. He says that while the team "loves" Nintendo's console, they are not currently working on a port. "Right now we don't have anything to share when it comes to Ori and the Will of the Wisps port," he says. "If it were to ever happen though I can tell you that it would be (an) extremely difficult port to make run at 60fps."

Ori and the Will of the Wisps faced frame rate difficulties on Xbox One, and a Switch port would likely prove difficult.

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How Xbox Series X Game Call Of The Sea Uses The Console's Power

The Xbox Series X is Microsoft's most powerful console ever. Developers large and small are supporting the system with new games that take advantage of the increased horsepower, and this includes developer Out of the Blue which is releasing Call of the Sea on Series X later this year.

Programmer Manuel Fernandez recently spoke about how Call of the Sea is optimized for the Xbox Series X. Starting off, Fernandez told Xbox Wire that a non-hardware element of the Series X