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Valve To Unveil Half-Life: Alyx For VR On Thursday

Half-Life fans have long waited for a conclusion to Half-Life 2, and Valve may finally be coming around on the idea of returning to this beloved story. Valve announced on Twitter that it will unveil Half-Life: Alyx on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT, describing it as a flagship VR game.

Outside of knowing Alyx Vance is likely returning, we don't know anything else about this project. Is it the sequel fans have been waiting for? A prequel? Something different entirely? We'll have to until until Thursday to find out. Regardless of what it is, I think we can all agree it's great to see Valve making a new Half-Life game again. It's been too long!

Posted on 18 November 2019 | 11:56 pm

Path of Exile 2 Announced At Exilecon

Today at Exilecon, Grinding Gear Games announced Path of Exile 2. It will feature a new campaign alongside Path of Exile and will feature a conjoined endgame with Path of Exile players, and all of your previous purchases like stash tabs and cosmetics will carry over, along with many of the Path of Exile existing league mechanics that have made their way into the game over the years, like delve.

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This announcement comes with a deluge of huge changes to skills and more (essentially a complete overhaul of all existing systems) - you can watch Exilecon for full details as it continues at https://www.twitch.tv/pathofexile

Posted on 15 November 2019 | 9:19 pm

Halo Reach Set To Drop Into The Master Chief Collection In December

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Halo fans got good news today as 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard announced the long-awaited Halo Reach will launch on Xbox One and PC starting December 3.

Bungie's last foray into the Halo series takes place before the events of the first game and follows a group of Spartans attempting to stave off the Covenant's forces and, subsequently, the planet's ruin.

Upgraded with 4K visuals, Halo Reach's release marks the completion of the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Unfortunately though, PC fans will have to wait a bit longer to have every Halo game in their Steam libraries. Starting with Halo Reach, each game in the Master Chief Collection will eventually make its way to PC before the end of 2020.

Want more X019 news? Be sure to check out all the new games announced today including Grounded, Everwild, Tell Me Why and all the other games coming to Game Pass.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 10:00 pm

Final Fantasy And Yakuza Games Are Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Today at X019, Microsoft announced over 50 games that will be added to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service starting today and moving into 2020. The biggest additions are most of the numbered Final Fantasy games, three Yakuza titles (which will also be sold separately for people without Game Pass), and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Here's everything that is getting added and subtracted:

Games available today
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition (PC)
Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Xbox One, coming soon to PC)
Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet Edition (PC)
Lego: The Ninjago Movie (Xbox One)
Rage 2 (Xbox One, coming soon to PC)
Remnant: From the Ashes (Xbox One)
The Talos Principle (Xbox One, PC)
Tracks: The Train Set Game (Xbox One, PC)

Games coming soon and in 2020
Bleeding Edge (Xbox One, PC)
Carrion (Xbox One, PC)
Cris Tales (Xbox One, PC)
Cyber Shadow (Xbox One, PC)
Darksiders III (Xbox One, PC)
Double Kick Heroes (Xbox One, PC)
Edge of Eternity (Xbox One, PC)
The Escapists 2 (Xbox One)
Final Fantasy VII (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy VIII: Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy IX (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy X: HD Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy X-2: HD Remastered (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy XIII-2 (Xbox One, PC)
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (Xbox One, PC)
Final Fantasy XV (Xbox One, PC)
Forager (Xbox One, PC)
Grounded (Xbox One, PC)
Haven (Xbox One, PC)
It Lurks Below (Xbox One, PC)
Levelhead (Xbox One, PC)
Life is Strange 2: Episodes 4 & 5 (Xbox One)
Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)
Minecraft Dungeons (Xbox One, PC)
My Friend Pedro (Xbox One, PC)
Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox One, PC)
PHOGS (Xbox One, PC)
The Red Lantern (Xbox One)
The Red Strings Club (PC)
Scourge Bringer (Xbox One, PC)
She Dreams Elsewhere (Xbox One, PC)
SkateBIRD (Xbox One, PC)
Streets of Rage 4 (Xbox One, PC)
Supraland (Xbox One)
Tekken 7 (Xbox One)
Tell Me Why (Xbox One, PC)
Touhou Luna Nights (Xbox One, PC)
Vambrace: Cold Soul (Xbox One, PC)
Wasteland 3 (Xbox One, PC)
West of Dead (Xbox One, PC)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Xbox One)
Yakuza Zero (Xbox One, PC)
Yakuza Kiwami (Xbox One, PC)
Yakuza Kiwami 2 (Xbox One, PC)

Games Leaving Xbox Game Pass On November 30
Abzu (Xbox One, PC)
Below (Xbox One)
Football Manager 2019 (PC)
GRID 2 (Xbox One)
Kingdom Two Crowns (Xbox One)
Strange Brigade (Xbox One)

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 9:26 pm

Frontier Announces Jurassic World Evolution: Return To Jurassic Park

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During today's X019 Inside Xbox stream, Frontier Developments debuted a trailer for a new expansion for Jurassic World Evolution. The trailer for Return to Jurassic Park gives us all kinds of nostalgic feelings, and makes us want to rewatch the first two Jurassic Park movies.

Frontier didn't divulge too much about the upcoming expansion in the announcement trailer, but it did give us a release date. Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park releases on PS4, Xbox One, and PC on December 10. If you want to learn more about Return to Jurassic Park, come back on November 26 for hands-on impressions!

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Posted on 14 November 2019 | 9:00 pm

Dontnod’s New Game, Tell Me Why, Promotes Transgender Equality

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Today at X019, Xbox Games Studios announced a brand-new IP from French developer Dontnod, the makers of Life is Strange. Tell Me Why focuses on the close bond between two twins: Tyler and Alyson Ronan. A “true-to-life story” determined by player choice, Tell Me Why will entrust players with the emotionally challenging childhood of its protagonists as they come to grips with their past and grow into adulthood in Alaska.

“The core mechanic of the game is the special bond Tyler and Alyson share and is also a theme strongly anchored into the Dontnod storytelling approach,” says game director Florent Guillaume. “Over the course of the story, players will explore the identical twins’ different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the choices players make determine the strength of the twins’ bond – and the future course of their lives.”

Aside from the already inventive narrative approach, Tell Me Why pushes for inclusiveness as one of the twins, Tyler, is a transgender man.

“Microsoft and Dontnod have approached Tyler with a real commitment to authenticity,” explained Nick Adams, Director of Transgender Representation at GLAAD. “Tyler is a fully-realized, endearing character, whose story is not reduced to simplistic trans tropes. Creating a playable lead trans character –and taking such care to get it right –raises the bar for future LGBTQ inclusion in gaming.”

The entirety of Tell Me Why will release in Summer 2020, despite being an episodic adventure broken into three parts. The game will be free to those with Xbox Game Pass and available for purchase on Xbox One, Windows PC, and Steam.

If you’d like to know more about Dontnod’s prior releases be sure to check out our reviews of Remember Me, Vampyr, Life is Strange, and Life is Strange 2.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:55 pm

Rare Works Its Whimsical Magic In The New World Of Everwild

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During today's X019 presentation, Executive Producer Louise O'Connor at Rare announced the studio is currently in production on its newest IP, titled Everwild.

The game's first trailer reveals the journey of three characters as they interact with a mythical world where strange beasts roam an unfamiliar place. In classic Rare fashion, the game was designed with a gorgeous array of colors and striking character designs. Outside of the few shots of the different biomes, the trailer did not reveal combat or what players can expect gameplay-wise when Everwild eventually releases.

In a press release, studio head Craig Duncan also stressed that the game is in the early stages of production and did not give fans a release date for Rare's first new title since Sea of Thieves.

For more on today's major Xbox announcements, be sure to check out Obsidian's new game Grounded and how Dontnod's newest title, Tell Me Why, will promote transgener equality.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:30 pm

Obsidian Announces Microscale Survival Game, Grounded

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Hot off the heels of the successful RPG The Outer Worlds, Obsidian Entertainment has announced another offbeat project: a survival game where players explore a microcosm of our world. 

Grounded is a co-op survival friendly survival game where up to four players are shrunken to the size of an ant and then tasked with gathering supplies to build a camp while fending off threats from the local insect population.

“Grounded offers our unique take on survival games, creating an unforgettable experience," says game director Adam Brennecke. “It's a perfect setting to flex our creative muscles. We want to create a versatile sandbox where players can create their own memorable experiences.”

Stay tuned for more on this special project which is set for early access this Spring on Xbox One and PC through Microsoft's Game Preview and with Xbox Game Pass programs. Read our recent preview here

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 8:15 pm

Watch Microsoft's X019 Celebration Livestream Here

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X019 is Microsoft's annual Xbox celebration, and the publisher is set to make a few exciting announcements in the coming hours. A special Inside Xbox stream is set for 2pm CST, and you can watch it right here, so don't go anywhere.

Could we get some new details on Project Scarlett? Will we get another peek at the next Halo game? Could we see some unannounced projects? We don't have long to find out. What are you hoping to see? Put it in the comments section below.

You can also watch the stream at Xbox.comMixerTwitchFacebook, and Twitter. Keep your eye on Game Informer for all the big announcements.

Posted on 14 November 2019 | 7:00 pm

Mercy's Recall Challenge Hits Overwatch, Read The New Short Story

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Overwatch's latest limited-time event comes with a short story about Mercy that players can read online. The story is called Valkyrie, and it's penned by Overwatch lead writer Michael Chu. The event pushes players to win nine matches to earn the new legendary Dr. Ziegler skin for the beloved healer. At three wins players earn a new icon, six wins gives them two new sprays, and the final three wins gets them the gold.

The event runs from today through December 2. If you watch matches on Twitch for two, four, or six hours, you'll earn additional sprays.

Posted on 12 November 2019 | 10:37 pm

Paramount Pictures Releases Sonic Redesign Alongside New Trailer

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Following a vow to fix Sonic’s controversial appearance, and the resulting delay, Paramount has released a new trailer for the upcoming Sonic The Hedgehog. Sonic looks decidedly more cartoonish this time around. The film releases February 14.

What do you think of the redesign? Feel free to let us know below.  

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Posted on 12 November 2019 | 9:57 pm

Guerrilla Games' Hermen Hulst Named Head Of Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios

Following the departure of chairman Shawn Layden, Sony has named Hermen Hulst, Guerrilla Games' director and co-founder, as the new head of Worldwide Studios and will be tasked to oversee software development across Sony's 14 internal game studios. Guerrilla promoted three people as co-studio directors: Michiel van der Leeuw, who was the technical director, Angie Smets, executive producer, and Jan-Bart van Beek, studio art director.

Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who has long been an influential voice for Sony on social media, is leaving the position to shepherd smaller independent studios.

In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, PlayStation CEO and president Jim Ryan calls Hulst one of the most well-respected leaders in video games. "He is a passionate advocate for the teams he leads and understands how to empower creative talent to build great experiences," he said. "I have no doubt Hermen can lead our teams to deliver compelling and diverse experiences at a steady cadence."

[Via GamesIndustry.biz]

Posted on 7 November 2019 | 3:33 pm

Terry Bogard Is Now Available In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Terry Bogard, the baseball cap-loving combatant from SNK's Fatal Frame and King of Fighters series, is now available as a DLC fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo also released update 6.0.0., which brings hero balance tweaks, item adjustments, and new spirits in the Vault.

Battle Arena also received a number of new features, including an Elite Online arena type, and the ability to send set messages while inside the arena. Here's the complete rundown of changes, and click here to see the hero balance tweaks:

Posted on 6 November 2019 | 4:07 pm

The Blizzard Issue Is Now Available Digitally

Digital subscribers to Game Informer can now learn all about Blizzard's new slate of games announced at this year's BlizzCon! Following last week's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live to subscribers on web browsersiPad/iPhone and Android devices. Individual issues will be available for purchase later today. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches later this week on our third-party subscription apps including Google PlayKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Click on the banner below to reach our hub for The Blizzard Issue, which we will updating throughout the month.

Posted on 5 November 2019 | 6:51 pm

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Descent of Dragons And New Battlegrounds Game Mode

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During the opening ceremonies of BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard announced both a new game mode and expansion for Hearthstone, its premiere strategy card game.

Focusing on the fierce winged beasts, Descent of Dragons will feature dragons from Azeroth's storied history. The newest expansion features 135 new cards for players to experiment with, along with a new Hero Card featuring Galakrond. Utilizing the new Invoke cards, players can level up the dragon multiple times for Galakrond to reach his final form.

Descent of Dragons will be available for players starting December 10.

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On top of the new expansion, Blizzard also announced a new game mode called Battlegrounds. Featuring eight-player matches, Hearthstone fans will assemble boards and duel opponents until only one is left standing. 

Fans who pre-purchase Descent of Dragons, attend BlizzCon 2019, or buy the Virtual Ticket will have access to the new mode starting November 5, while everyone else will have to wait until the game enters open beta.

With BlizzCon 2019 in full swing, the company has lifted the curtain on its core franchises, including Diablo IV, World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and Overwatch 2.

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 7:50 pm

Blizzard Officially Unveils Overwatch 2, Details New PvP And PvE Modes

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Overwatch's game director Jeff Kaplan closed out BlizzCon's opening ceremony with a lengthy look at Overwatch 2, the sequel that has both been long been rumored and, more recently, the subject of numerous leaks. Overwatch 2 is a full sequel that offers new PvP modes AND a new PvE component that is divided into two sections: Story Experience and Hero Missions.

Our first look at Overwatch 2 came from a new short film called "Zero Hour (see above)," in which we see Winston, Mei, Tracer, and Echo (who isn't a known playable hero yet) reassemble the Overwatch team to take down a new threat by Null Sector. The war begins in Paris, and then, after the film ends, transitions to Rio de Janeiro, the location for the first mission of Overwatch 2's new Story Experience. Yes, Overwatch 2 now has a dedicated PvE story mode. Hero Missions are another PvE avenue of play that gives players the chance to power up heroes with new abilities. The heroes themselves have been slightly redesigned and look a bit sleeker than before. Kaplan confirmed Sojourn is a new playable hero. She first appeared in an Archives mission in Overwatch 1, but little else is known about her.

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Since Blizzard didn't want to leave any of its players behind, all of the new PvP content in Overwatch 2 can be played in Overwatch 1. That's right, you don't need Overwatch 2 to play Overwatch 2's PvP content, you just need Overwatch 1. Conversely, if you played the living hell out of Overwatch 1 and are worried you'll lose all of your skins, sprays, and cosmetics, all of that stuff carries over into Overwatch 2.

Overwatch 2's PvP mode features a new core game mode called Push, which will be featured in Quick Play, Competitive Play, and will also be played in Overwatch League matches. Push tasks the warring teams to escort a robot down a path. The team that pushes it the furthest wins.

For more on Overwatch 2, check out over cover story, which features hands-on impressions, and teases unannounced heroes and maps.

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 7:35 pm

World of Warcraft Enters The Afterlife With Shadowlands Expansion

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While celebrating the 15-year anniversary of World of Warcraft today at BlizzCon 2019, the company also unveiled World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, an expansion coming in 2020 (the game can be pre-purchased now).

Dead souls are no longer going to their appropriate resting place in the Shadowlands, but are instead being fed into The Maw thanks to Sylvanas Windrunner, who has breached the veil separating Azeroth and the realm.

The Shadowlands features five zones: Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw. The first four are overseen by Covenants corresponding to specific kinds of souls. The Kyrian (Bastian) watch over souls from the mortal realm. The Night Fae (Ardenweald) defend nature spirits. The Venthyr are gothic masters. The Necrolords forge undead warriors for the Shadowlands. Players will create a bond with one of the Covenants, completing their campaign and getting class-specific abilities and more.

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The Shadowlands' Maw also features the Tower of the Damned – an otherwordly prison where the "wickedest souls in the universe" are kept, and which contains trials for extraordinary treasure.

The expansion also includes a new leveling system (up to 60), new appearance options, the return of legends such as Uther the Lightbringer and Kael'thas, and the ability for pandaren and all allied races to become Death Knights.

For a quick overview of Shadowlands, be sure to check out the video above.

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 7:30 pm

December Cover Revealed – The Blizzard Issue

For this issue, Game Informer is going big with four different covers. This year marks possibly the biggest BlizzCon in Blizzard’s history, showing off a multitude of high-profile projects. As a result, we’ve got an issue packed with exclusive deep dives and information on not one, but four different games. We visited the developer’s Irvine, CA studio to check out these projects, interview their creative teams, and explore content that won’t be on the show floor.

Join us for a look at Diablo IV. Through over an hour of hands-on time, we explore what it means to be an open-world Diablo experience as the druid, sorceress, and barbarian. Crashing through dungeons and collecting loot with new mechanics are just some of the highlights of our journey.

Next, explore the afterlife with us in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. We explore the angelic trappings of the new Bastion zone – then get far more grim on an exclusive tour of Revendreth, a gigantic gothic-castle zone where sinners find their redemption via torture, a place inhabited by the mysterious and vampiric Venthyr. We also explore the lethal endgame zone The Maw and an ever-changing roguelike dungeon crawl in the Jailer's Tower.

What can you expect from Hearthstone? We take a look at a bold new expansion that has players siding on either end of the king of all Warcraft dragons, Galakrond. This is just the start for what you can expect from Blizzard’s digital card game, as it also tackles the autobattler genre with a brand new mode known as Battlegrounds.

To round out our look at Blizzard’s upcoming lineup, we go hands on with Overwatch 2's new PvP and PvE experiences, and chat at length with game creator Jeff Kaplan about the sequel’s ambitious modes. He also gave us teases of several unannounced heroes and maps.

You can view all four Blizzard covers below:

And that's not all for this issue. We offer an exciting exclusive look at Corner Wolves – the first project from developer Brass Lion, which features creators from the Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Sleeping Dogs series. Brass Lion's focus is to tell new stories from a different perspective. If you're looking for holiday gifts, we assembled a complete buyer's guide with the best in tech, toys, and more. We also offer deep-dive previews for The Last of Us Part II and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

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Print subscribers can expect their issues to begin arriving in the coming weeks. The digital edition of this issue launches November 5 for PC/MaciOSAndroid. You can also get the latest issue through third-party apps on NookKindle, and and Google Play on November 5. To switch your print subscription to digital, click here, or to create a new subscription to the digital edition, click here.

Click on the banner below to reach our hub for The Blizzard Issue, which we will updating throughout the month:

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 7:28 pm

Warcraft III: Reforged Beta Goes Live In Early November

Warcraft III: Reforged's beta goes live this Tuesday. It’ll be available to all attendees of BlizzCon and those with a virtual ticket. Over the next couple weeks, the beta will become more widely available: Fans who pre-ordered the Spoils of War edition will receive invitations first, followed by those who pre-ordered the standard edition.

The beta of the remastered strategy classic contains “access to the orc and human races within 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking. The undead and night elf races, and more game modes will be added in the weeks ahead.”

Blizzard also announced that an official release date is not far off, saying that it will be revealed “soon.” Be sure to keep your eyes on Game Informer as we turn out more BlizzCon coverage.  

[Source: Blizzard, BlizzCon]

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 6:55 pm

Blizzard Reveals Diablo IV In Gruesome Cinematic, Lengthy Gameplay Clip

Blizzard kicked off BlizzCon 2019 with a bang, or possibly more accurately the stone-on-stone grinding of an ancient door opening. The company started its presentation, revealing something we've long since suspected was coming: Diablo IV. In addition to the teaser cinematic, game director Luis Barriga showed off a gameplay trailer that squashes rumors that the game would be scrapping the traditional isometric action.

The cinematic shows several adventurers who have been lured to their doom by a mysterious priest. The goal? Bringing back one of Diablo lore's most influential figures: Lilith. The creator of Sanctuary, the world that Diablo takes place in, has long been exiled, and her return is bound to have major consequences.

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This is all in service to the actual game. Barriga introduced three of the classes, which are all returning from various entries. So far, we know about the barbarian, sorceress, and druid – the latter of which inspired a big cheer from the attendees. After seeing the shapeshifting hero in action in the clip below, we can understand the enthusiasm. There's a lot to parse in the clip, including the introduction of mounts, but overall it looks like the series is getting back to its darker roots. That's something fans have been clamoring for.

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Diablo IV is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 6:44 pm

Blizzard President J. Allen Brack Opens BlizzCon With Statement About Blitzchung Controversy

To kick off today's BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack addressed the recent controversy surrounding the company's actions toward Hearthstone player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung earlier this month.

Blitzchung received a yearlong ban from competition and had his winnings withheld after a post-match interview where he delivered a "Liberate Hong Kong" message. Following community backlash, Blizzard dialed back the suspension to six months and restored Blitzchung's earnings. In an October 12 statement from Brack, he said the punitive actions had nothing to do with the publisher's business ventures in China, but rather it was more about keeping the focus on the games and competitions instead of politics. However, Brack's statements did little to douse the flames of controversy, as players, fans, and even some members of the United States Congress have continued to express concerns about the company's actions.

In his opening remarks for BlizzCon 2019, Brack was more apologetic in his approach. You can see J. Allen Brack's message to BlizzCon 2019 attendees below:

Blizzard had the opportunity to bring the world together in a tough Hearthstone esports moment about a month ago, and we did not. We moved too quickly in our decision making, and then, to make matters worse, we were too slow to talk with all of you. When I think about what I'm most unhappy about, it's really two things: The first is we didn't live up to the high standards that we really set for ourselves, and the second is we failed in our purpose, and for that, I am sorry, and I accept accountability.

So what exactly is our purpose? BlizzCon is demonstrating it even as we speak: We aspire to bring the world together in epic entertainment, and I truly believe in the positive power of video games. When we get it right, we create a common ground where the community comes together to compete, connect, and play irrespective of the things that divide us. As an example, BlizzCon has people from 59 countries all around the show here at the show today. That is amazing! And that is the positive power of video games: to transcend divisions that surround us in so many of our places today.

We will do better going forward, but our actions are going to matter more than any of these words. As you walk around this weekend, I hope it's clear how committed we are to everyone's right to express themselves in all kinds of ways, in all kinds of places. I've actually seen and heard many of you expressing yourself this morning! You use your vacation and your family time to be here in Anaheim with us, and we are so grateful that you're here this weekend.

While Brack mentioned Blizzard's actions, he did not specify any particular actions the company would take, or any changes that would be made. Stay here at GameInformer.com for continued coverage of the BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony.

Posted on 1 November 2019 | 6:34 pm

Netflix Announces The Witcher Release Date Alongside New Trailer

On December 20, the long-awaited Netflix adaptation, starring Man of Steel’s Henry Cavil, finally arrives. Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s influential novels, The Witcher will cover material prior to the beloved CD Projekt Red games – meaning both fans of the games and newcomers will have something fresh to look forward to. Check out the enticing trailer below.     

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If you cannot get enough Witcher, be sure to check out our reviews of the classic series: Witcher 2, Witcher 3

[Source: Netflix]

Posted on 31 October 2019 | 6:30 pm

Ubisoft Reveals Five Games Are In Development For PlayStation 5 And Xbox Scarlett

Following Ubisoft's earnings call yesterday, co-founder and chief executive officer Yves Guillemot answered a few questions for investors and reporters, and revealed that the recently delayed Watch Dogs Legion, Gods & Monsters, and Rainbow Six: Quarantine would be cross generational, meaning they'll appear on both the current machines (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) as well as their successors (Xbox Scarlett and PlayStation 5). He also said two other unannounced games would follow the same release plan.

"The five titles, yes, they will be on this generation and the next generation, and they will take full advantage all the new features that are coming with the machines, which are actually going to be extremely interesting for players," Guillemot said. "You will be able to download new content a lot faster, players will experience better framerates there are lots of very good elements that will come with these new machines."

Sony and Microsoft have both targeted holiday 2020 for the launch of their respective machines. Ubisoft hasn't stated when Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six: Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters are delayed to exactly, but don't be surprised if one or all of them fall in line with the releases of Sony and Microsoft's new hardware.

Posted on 31 October 2019 | 2:51 pm

November’s Free Games: PS Plus And Games With Gold

Sony and Microsoft, via their respective blogs, announced November’s free games for their premium users.

PlayStation Plus

Nioh

Nioh, a combo-filled action RPG from the makers of Ninja Gaiden, casts you as a samurai in mystical 17th century Japan. In our review we said, “Endless optimization and customization, engaging encounters, and unparalleled combat by yourself or with a friend make Nioh an excellent choice for your next dark action/RPG.” This arrives just in time for the Nioh 2 beta which runs from November 1 to 10. If the original piques your interest be sure to check out our Tokyo Game Show coverage on the upcoming sequel

Outlast 2

“An intense ride that makes you question your sanity,” this release is a scary treat for those craving more Halloween fun. Play as an investigative journalist uncovering nefarious cults in the Arizona desert.

Xbox Live Games With Gold

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter

Play as the beloved Victorian detective, Sherlock Holmes, as he uncovers the disturbing past of his adoptive daughter. 

Final Station

Part side-scrolling shooter, part train simulator, Final Station is a unique take on the popular zombie apocalypse where you transport survivors seeking safety.  

Joy Ride Turbo

This is “a solid arcade racing experience” for anyone looking for a kart racer on the Xbox.

Star Wars Jedi Star Fighter

Play as a Jedi pilot in this original Xbox classic as you explore the Karthakk System, decimate enemy ships, and unravel the Trade Federation’s evil machinations. 

[Source: XboxPlaystation Blog]

Posted on 30 October 2019 | 7:17 pm

EA Partners With Valve To Bring EA Games And EA Access To Steam

EA and Valve are partnering up to put both games and EA Access (EA's subscription service) on Steam. 

The first big drop for this initiative is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on Steam, launching on November 15. A glance at the title's Steam page seems to indicate that users opting in on Steam will still need to have Origin installed, similar to how games like Division 2 direct you through Uplay to play.

UPDATE 10/29/2019: A Reddit post by someone identified as a Respawn Dev on the Apex Legends subreddit has stated that "your games will launch directly with Steam without running Origin."

Other big titles like Apex Legends and Battlefield V will hit Steam next year. Still want to play on Origin? No problem, you'll be able to play with Steam users.

You can read more at the official post here.

Posted on 29 October 2019 | 3:49 pm

Check Out The New Trailer For The Mandalorian

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We've come a long way since the Ewok movies were shown on TV. In this new The Mandalorian trailer, Disney's first live-action Star Wars series is looking every bit as good as the films, and it's filled with creatures, robots, and vehicles galore. If you look closely, you may even see super battle droids lurking in the background in a scene or two.

The first episode of The Mandalorian kicks off on Disney+ on November 12. This is a big week for Star Wars, as Respawn's game Jedi: Fallen Order hits just three days later on November 15.

It's a good time to be a Star Wars fan. Enjoy the trailer.

Posted on 29 October 2019 | 1:30 am

Death Stranding Coming To PC Next Summer

Death Stranding developer Kojima Productions has announced that the title is coming to PC some time next summer, and it'll be published by 505 Games.

Kojima Productions made the announcement via twitter, and currently there are no other details regarding any possible additional content or enhancements for the PC version.

We'll have our review of the PS4 version of the game later this week, so stay tuned!

Thanks to all of you who have been supporting #DEATHSTRANDING!
DEATH STRANDING release on PS4 is November 8, 2019!!
Furthermore, KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS is happy to announce that DEATH STRANDING will be coming to PC in early summer of 2020!!#kojimaproductions #deathstrandingpc pic.twitter.com/Sk4clWWY1X

— Kojima Productions (@KojiPro2015_EN) October 28, 2019

[Source: Kojima Productions, 505 Games via Gematsu]

Posted on 28 October 2019 | 2:20 pm

Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, And Watch Dogs: Legion Delayed

During Ubisoft's financial earnings call, the publisher announced that it will be delaying Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch Dogs: Legion to the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

Ubisoft's CEO and Co-Founder Yves Guillemot stated that the reason for the delays was to give each developer more time to craft its vision of each game. 

While not explicitly stated, the delays may stem from the company's recent troubles with Ghost Recon Breakpoint. According to the call, Breakpoint has failed to meet sales expectations and the company largely blames not giving the game enough time to differentiate itself from previous entries.

"It is harder to generate interest for a sequel to a live multiplayer game, when prior iterations benefited from years of optimization," Guillemot said. "Consequently, we need to make sure there is more time between each iteration of live games."

Gods & Monsters and Watch Dogs: Legion both had release dates for February and March of next year, and the company did not give the titles new release dates. However, Guillemot did mention that the three delayed games would be a part of a year with five total AAA titles.

The three Ubisoft games aren't the only ones to receive a delay, as Sony also announced that The Last of Us Part II won't be available until May 29. To see what's still coming early next year, be sure to check out our 2020 Video Game Release Schedule.

[Source: MarketScreener]

Posted on 24 October 2019 | 4:55 pm

The Last Of Us Part II Delayed Until May

Neil Druckmann has confirmed that The Last of Us Part II will not meet its original February 21 release. In a post on the PlayStation blog, Druckmann announced the game’s new release date: May 29. 

Despite the “blowout” announcement during last month’s State of Play, The Last of Us Part II may not be as finished as Naughty Dog originally hoped. In his post, Druckmann states, “We realized we simply didn’t have enough time to bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.”

This may disappointment many fans but there’s consolation in knowing the final game won’t cut any corners. For more on The Last of Us Part II check out our recent written preview of the game, listen to us talk about our gameplay impressions on the GI Show podcast, and watch the most recent story trailer

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

Posted on 24 October 2019 | 4:50 pm

Conan O'Brien Wants To Turn You Into An Otter In Death Stranding

"What the hell is going on?" Thoughts like this creep into my mind whenever I watch new Death Stranding trailers and gameplay videos. Don't take that as a bad thing, per se. Hideo Kojima delivering wild ideas is nothing new, and he usually knocks them out of the park. That said, I am worried about playing the role of a science-fiction Fed Ex delivery person. We'll have to see how that idea plays out.

The latest head-scratching Death Stranding content comes from Kojima's Twitter feed, where he debuts a new character named The Wandering MC, who just happens to be played by famed talk show host Conan O'Brien. After a brief conversation with O'Brien, Sam is gifted an otter hat that allows him to swim like an otter. Check out the video below to see this madness for yourself, and let us know your thoughts on Death Stranding, which releases on PlayStation 4 on November 8.

Conan O'Brien appears as a prepper “The Wondering MC” in DS. You get “Sea Otter Suit” when you get connected with him. With this suit, you’ll be able to swim easily in the river, you won’t be drifted away! BB would be happy as well. 👍🌈🦀☔️🐟🐋🐬💀👶✋🤩😍 pic.twitter.com/nIsw5JS5t0

— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) October 24, 2019

 

Posted on 24 October 2019 | 2:59 pm

Fallout 76 Players Can Now Spend $100 On A Yearly Subscription For Exclusive In-Game Content

Hot on the heels of Bethesda delaying Fallout 76's NPC-focused Wastlanders update until next year, the company is now giving players something unexpected, and it costs money. Bethesda is inviting people to join Fallout 1st, a premium monthly membership that gives players access to private worlds, unlimited storage for crafting components in a new Scrapbox, a monthly allowance of $1,650 Atoms, and more.

The membership costs $13 a month, or you can get a hefty discount if you sign up for a full year for $100.

In the private worlds, players can invite up to seven friends to join the adventure, and only the player that created the world needs to have the Fallout 1st sub. The private world offers expanded building areas, and increased C.A.M.P. budgets. Fallout 1st members also get an exclusive survival tent that acts as a secondary fast-travel point, complete with a sleeping bag, scrapbox, and cooking station. Bethesda is also giving members exclusive ranger armor, icons, and emotes.

Let me know what you think of Bethesda's decision to add a subscription service to Fallout 76 in the comments section below. I know I'm just reporting the news here, but I have a thought to share: This is a strange decision on Bethesda's part, especially since the game isn't free to play, and a lot of this content seems like it would make the base game better. Why close that off from players?

Posted on 23 October 2019 | 5:39 pm

See The Final Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Trailer Right Here

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set to conclude the long-running Skywalker Saga this December, but we still have a lot to learn about the finale. While many of us would prefer to go in as blind as possible, that's not the rule everyone abides by, nor is it the way the entertainment industry works. As such, we have one last trailer for Episode IX in Star Wars' defining saga.

You can see the trailer below.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters December 20 (though most theaters have showings on December 19).

Posted on 22 October 2019 | 2:00 am

Get Ready For A Bloody Harvest In Upcoming Borderlands 3 Event

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Gearbox hosted a Halloween-themed Bloody Harvest event for Borderlands 2, and the the company has revealed that this celebrations is returning in Borderlands 3. The event takes place from October 24 through December 5.

During Bloody Harvest, players discover a new crew member named Maurice. Players can also travel to a new location, called Heck, where they can take on new challenges and acquire new seasonal loot. The event is free, so get ready to trick or treat. Mostly trick.

For more on Borderlands 3, read our review of here, or read this journal about some of the game's best guns.

Posted on 21 October 2019 | 3:09 pm

Insomniac's Spider-Man Is Now A $1,100 Statue

Sideshow and PCS Collectibles have created the ultimate item for fans of the game. Standing in at 24-inches in height, the Spider-Man Advanced Suit statue can be yours for just $1,100. Sideshow is creating two different versions: an "exclusive" one that comes with a flexible web, and the "standard" edition that doesn't have it.

Spider-Man is the focus, but the base he is leaping from holds the demonic imagery of Mister Negative, one of the foes he squared off against in the game. The Advanced Suit was created by Insomniac and has become one of the more popular looks for this iconic character, appearing on numerous comic book covers and collectibles since the game's launch.

Sideshow estimates the statue will ship between January and March of 2021.

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Posted on 18 October 2019 | 5:09 pm

Red Dead Redemption 2's PC Trailer Shows Off Stunning Visual Upgrades

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Red Dead Redemption 2 arrives on PC on November 5, and you can now get a taste of just how beautiful it is going to look for people who have the hardware to run it in 4K. The first shot of this short minute-long trailer shows off the increased draw distant and general improvements to the world – from the lighting to the grass. I'll repeat this sentiment: It looks absolutely stunning. The PC version will also deliver new Bounty Hunting missions and gang hideouts for players to unearth.

With the release just around the corner, are PC players eager to play it for the first time? Also, what about console players that have already gone through it: Do the visual upgrades make you want to purchase it again?

Posted on 17 October 2019 | 2:47 pm

Relive Handheld Glories With The Analogue Pocket

Analogue, the company behind the Super Nt and the Mega Sg premium retro consoles, has announced the Analogue Pocket. This new handheld device follows in the footsteps of the Super Nt and Mega Sg systems in that it allows you to play retro games you already own natively, with no emulation required, but it also adds several new features to help make this a more unique product.

The Analogue Pocket works out of the box with nearly 3,000 cartridges from the libraries of Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. Additionally, you can purchase cartridge adapters to allow it to work with games from other handheld system libraries like Game Gear, Neo Geo Pocket, and Atari Lynx.

The Analogue Pocket features a 3.5-inch, 615 ppi LCD screen with 10 times the resolution of the original Game Boy. The team behind it claims it to be the most advanced screen to ever appear on a video game system. On top of that, all buttons on the system are mappable and the sound comes through stereo speakers or a 3.5mm set of headphones. The system also has a microSD slot, an original-style link plug, and a rechargeable battery that uses USB-C.

If you'd rather play your games up on the big screen, Analogue will also be releasing the Analogue Dock, which lets you output directly to a monitor via HDMI. You can use the dock to sync directly with wireless Bluetooth controllers or connect up to two controllers directly via USB cable.

While the Analogue Pocket's core functionality is playing retro games from various handheld devices of the past, the system has something for creative types as well. The Analogue Pocket is designed for FPGA development, with a second dedicated FPGA included specifically for developers to create and port using Analogue's proprietary hardware and scalers.

The system also features a built-in digital audio workstation called Nanoloop, which includes a synthesizer and sequencer. This is designed for music creation and live performance, so you can even try your hand at composing and playing live using the Analogue Pocket.

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The Analogue Pocket is set to hit sometime in 2020 and will cost $200. The price and release information for the dock has not yet been announced.

Posted on 16 October 2019 | 3:00 pm

Riot Games Announces Several Titles Set In The League Of Legends Universe

In celebration of League of Legends' 10-year anniversary, developer Riot Games has revealed a huge slate of new games set in the League of Legends universe. In addition, a new animated series and documentary are on the way, and the popular autobattler Teamfight Tactics is coming to mobile.

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The first all-new game announced by Riot is Legends of Runeterra. This free-to-play strategy card game features cards based on the characters of League of Legends. Each character has their own style and strategic advantage. Legends of Runeterra features alternating combat that forces players to use creativity and cunning to emerge victorious. Players will have multiple options to acquire cards including "robust free-to-play options," as well as the ability to use real money or earned currency to purchase any card. Legends of Runeterra, which you can learn more about in the trailer above, is set to launch on PC and mobile in 2020. You can pre-register for the game here.

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Riot Games also unveiled an new MOBA for consoles and mobile called League of Legends: Wild Rift. This 5v5 MOBA features similar gameplay as the PC MOBA that took the world by storm over the last decade, but adapted for new platforms. While the genre is the same as the original League of Legends, Riot says this is built from the ground up. Wild Rift uses a twin-stick control scheme and mechanics redesigned for matches to last between 15 and 18 minutes. League of Legends: Wild Rift hits mobile in 2020, with console seemingly to come later. You can pre-register for Wild Rift here.

Following those two 2020 titles, Riot Games revealed early-development details for three as-of-yet unnamed projects. The first one, codenamed Project A, is a competitive, character-based shooter for PC. Set in the near-future Earth, Project A has a diverse cast of characters with unique abilities, and is one of the only games announced not set in the League of Legends universe. While we don't have a release date for this game, Riot says more details will be revealed in 2020.

For years now, a fighting game has been rumored to be in development at Riot Games. The studio has finally pulled back the curtain on the project... kind of. Currently known as Project L, no additional details are available right now, but Riot has confirmed it's a fighting game set in the League of Legends universe.

Nothing is known about Project F at this time other than it's a game very early in development that "explores the possibilities of traversing the world of Runeterra with your friends." No timetable is given for release or additional details.

The final game Riot announced tonight is League of Legends Esports Manager, which tasks you with running your very own esports team, signing players to contracts and managing the day-to-day operations. The game features real esports competitors from the League of Legends Pro League, but hopes to expand into other regional leagues in the future. Money generated from League of Legends Esports Manager will be shared with the teams featured in the game.

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For fans of the MOBA, Riot also announced a new champion named Senna. A fan favorite since her introduction in Lucian's story, Senna is the newest support to join the roster. She is set to hit the Public Beta Environment on October 29 and the live servers on November 10.

Posted on 16 October 2019 | 4:42 am

Google Stadia Launches November 19

Google announced today that its bold entry into console-less gaming will arrive on November 19.

With servers launching at 12 p.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific, fans will either have to preorder the Founder's Edition or subscribe to the Stadia Pro plan. At $9.99 a month, The Pro subscription gives players access to 4K resolution, better sound, and access to a growing library of free titles, starting with Destiny 2: The Collection.

The Founder's Edition of Stadia comes with a three-month subscription of the Pro plan, a Chromecast Ultra, an exclusive controller, a buddy pass to share with a friend, and first crack at a unique username for the service, for $129.

Fans wanting to test out the service without paying for the Founder's Edition or Pro subscription will have to wait a bit longer, though. Google has stated that Stadia's base plan won't be available until next year and won't have access to perks such as 4K gaming or the free games the company will provide with the service. 

Over the last year, Google has garnered support from major developers such as CD Projekt Red, Gearbox, and Bungie, but time will tell if it can overcome the technical limitations of today's digital landscape.

[Source: Google]

Posted on 15 October 2019 | 7:29 pm

You Can Play As Sonic In Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD

In a new trailer, Sega has announced that the revitalization of the Super Monkey Ball series, an HD remake of Banana Blitz, will feature a hidden character for players to unlock. That character is none other than Sega's own Sonic the Hedgehog.

While details are scarce at the moment, Sonic appears to play similar to how the monkey cast of the series has traditionally played, so you probably shouldn't expect any wild reinventions of the formula thanks to the Blue Blur's inclusion. However, if you'd like to see Sonic in action in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, you can do so through the trailer below.

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Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD comes to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch on October 29.

Posted on 15 October 2019 | 4:13 pm

More Pokémon Sword And Shield Info Coming Tomorrow Morning

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With just one month to go before the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield, Game Freak is readying another reveal for the highly anticipated Gen VIII debut. While we don't know what will come of the tease, the official Pokémon Twitter account says there will be an announcement tomorrow morning.

The reveal is set to happen at 9 a.m. Eastern/6 a.m. Pacific.

https://twitter.com/pokemon/status/1184093563908440064

For more on Pokémon Sword and Shield, be sure to visit our ongoing exclusive coverage hub by clicking the banner below. Pokémon Sword and Shield launch on Switch November 15.

Posted on 15 October 2019 | 3:59 pm

Fortnite Emerges From The Black Hole With Chapter 2

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Fewer than 48 hours after Fortnite's map blew up and the game was sucked into a black hole and taken offline over the weekend, the battle-royale phenomenon is back. Billed as Fortnite Chapter 2, the new update brings an all-new island to duke it out on, but it doesn't stop there.

In addition to 13 new locations to drop in, explore, and fight over, Chapter 2 adds new water-based gameplay, including swimming, fishing, motorboats, and more. You can also heal your team with the Bandage Bazooka or carry your teammates to safety. You can also hide in haystacks, blow up environmental explosives, and upgrade a streamlined arsenal of weapons. On top of that, Epic Games has implemented an all-new XP system including medals you earn in matches.

You can get a taste of some of the new locales below.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Posted on 15 October 2019 | 3:43 pm

Fortnite's Map Blows Up And Entire Game Gets Sucked Into A Black Hole

Epic Games is no stranger to using viral events to promote the next season of its popular game Fortnite, but the newest way of hinting at what's next puts the strange purple cube from last year to shame. 

This morning, rockets flew through the map, then converged with a meteor to destroy the game's world. The event sent every player skyward, then a black hole appeared, consuming the entire game. Now, when you attempt to play Fortnite, you cannot access Save the World or Creative, but when you select Battle Royale from the menu, it tells you a technical error has occurred before the menu is sucked into the same black hole that consumed players earlier today.

You can check out what happened just before the emergence of the black hole through a clip from popular streamer Dr. Lupo.

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Once at the black hole screen, you have one option: exit. However, many players have opted to watch the black hole for clues. Every once in a while, the lighting of the screen changes to reveal numbers, but not much else is happening. If you get bored while watching, you can enter the Konami code to unlock an elementary top-down space shooter arcade minigame.

In addition to taking the game offline for now, the Fortnite Twitter account has also deleted all of its tweets aside from its most recent, which is just a livestream of the current game state. As of this writing, the official Fortnite account has over 100,000 viewers as the community attempts to find out what's next. Additionally, throughout the day, Fortnite has been a top trending topic on Twitter.

You can monitor the current state of Fortnite by checking out its Twitch account below.

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Posted on 13 October 2019 | 9:27 pm

The Division 2's Largest Content Update Is Set To Launch October 15

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Washington D.C. is still under siege, and fans of The Division 2 are getting a huge content update sooner rather than later. Ubisoft announced today that the next wave of paid downloadable content for The Division 2 will be launching next week, October 15, for players who’ve purchased the Year 1 Pass.

Title Update 6 includes two new story and Classified Assignments missions, a new character specialization, a player-versus-player mode and multiplayer map, along with other cosmetics and in-game fixes.

The Division 2’s story mission, Pentagon: The Last Castle, centers around the agents' mission to take back the iconic building from Black Tusk terrorists and stop them from further spreading the lethal outbreak. On top of the story missions, pass holders can also delve into the exclusive Classified Assignments side missions to thwart the attempts of the Outcasts from gaining a greater foothold in the United States Capitol.

Each piece of new content provides the perfect playground for players to test out the new Technician Specialization, which comes fully equipped with EMP Grenades, a new skill variant, the Maxim 9 sidearm, and the P-017 Launcher, which targets up to six enemies before blowing them away with a devastating missile barrage.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news for Division 2 fans, as it was also announced that the game’s second raid would be delayed, giving developers more time to polish the endgame event. As of now, Ubisoft has yet to announce when the raid will become available other than to say it's coming in 2020.

If players are interested in the new content but don’t have the Year 1 Pass, fear not, as each piece of content will become available to everyone (outside of the Classified Assignments) a week later on October 22. And for players who haven’t yet picked up the game, Ubisoft also announced that it is hosting a free-to-play weekend across all platforms later this month, along with a sale of the game.

[Source: Ubisoft]

Posted on 9 October 2019 | 2:00 pm

Doom Eternal Delayed To March 2020

On the official Doom twitter account today, id Software announced a delay to the upcoming Doom Eternal. The game is now expected to launch on March 20, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The Switch version is slated for a future release with no specific date and time given.

An update on DOOM Eternal: pic.twitter.com/2LWrfh6e4Z

— DOOM (@DOOM) October 8, 2019

In addition to the delay news, the account stated that Invasion mode is going to be a free update shortly after launch. Invasion mode lets players hop into other people's games as a demon, so that should be interesting!

Posted on 8 October 2019 | 3:43 pm

PlayStation 5 Officially Named, Launching Holiday 2020, Changes Coming To Controller

Updated October 8, 9:10 AM

Today on PlayStation Blog, Sony provided an update for its next-generation console, which is now officially called PlayStation 5 and is releasing during 2020's holiday season.

Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment's president and CEO also outlined changes to the PlayStation 5's controller. "There are two key innovations with the PlayStation 5’s new controller," he wrote. "First, we’re adopting haptic feedback to replace the 'rumble' technology found in controllers since the 5th generation of consoles. With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field. You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud."

The second feature is what Sony is calling "adaptive triggers," which allows developers to determine the resistance of the L2 and R2 buttons. Ryan gave the example of drawing a bow as a way a developer can make the button a little harder to push. He also noted that developers have early versions of the controller.

Elsewhere, Wired has also dropped some information on the upcoming system, specifically the console's main U.I. It's being expanded so that players can see what's happening in a game without having to boot it up. So from the main PS5 menu you can see which multiplayer matches are available in real-time or what single-player missions and/or rewards can be tackled.

To no surprise whatsoever, PlayStation 5 is now officially slated to go against Xbox's yet-to-be-named Project Scarlett next-generation machine in holiday 2020. It's unlikely we'll get full reveals of these machines until the 2019 holiday season is behind us, but it's nice to see Sony providing an early update on what is coming next.

[Source: Official PlayStation Blog, Wired]

Posted on 8 October 2019 | 1:11 pm

Facebook Integration Is No Longer Available On PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 users will no longer be able to use Facebook integration to share content or connect with friends, according to Sony's support website.

As of October 7, the video game publisher has yet to give a reason for the split from the social media giant, but it assured fans that the console's share feature will remain unchanged. However, severing ties with Facebook eliminates an entire network of people to share content with.

"PlayStation 4's share features will remain the same, except Facebook will no longer be offered as a destination to share screenshots, video, music, trophy details, or links to gameplay broadcasts," reads Sony's support page.

Those who relied on the console's Facebook integration to connect with friends will have to readjust. Players can no longer connect with their Facebook friends on PlayStation 4 and will have to find a new profile picture for their online PlayStation accounts. 

If you're having issues with your PlayStation account, be sure to check Sony's support page for how to update your profile and how to share content without the use of Facebook.

We have reached out to Sony for a comment.

[Source: PlayStation via Kotaku]

Posted on 7 October 2019 | 9:06 pm

Iron Man VR Hits PSVR In February

Iron Man VR was announced in March and has looked promising ever since. However, while we've gotten our hands on a small demo for the game, we've been eagerly anticipating playing the full release. During today's Marvel Games panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel revealed we'll finally have that opportunity on February 28.

IGN reports the panel, which is not being streamed, also including the game's first story trailer. We'll update this story once that trailer hits the internet. Iron Man VR launches on PSVR February 28, 2020.

Update: PlayStation has shared the story trailer, which you can see below.

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[Source: IGN]

Posted on 4 October 2019 | 7:56 pm

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Welcomes Resident Evil's Leon And Claire To The Hunt

Monster Hunter World is the gift that just keeps on giving. Yesterday, some details trickled out on what's ahead in the October 10 update, which includes a new volcanic area and the option to invite friends to your room. Today, Capcom upped the ante with a cool trailer to reveal that Leon and Claire, in their Resident Evil 2 form, are joining the hunt.

Leon and Claire have faced their fair share of monsters in the Resident Evil series, but now they're getting a taste of the Monster Hunter life. The trailer shows Leon and Claire facing off against zombies dressed in Monster Hunter attire as they swarm areas like the Coral Highlands. They later take on popular monsters such as Tigrex and Vaal Hazak. Seeing Claire slice and dice with a longsword is something else, and Leon is equipped with a flashy gun that packs some power. Then Mr. X shows up, taking on the role the handler usually does. We're guessing he's a skin for the handler.

This all hits in November, but no exact date was listed. Watch the trailer below to see for yourself.

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Posted on 4 October 2019 | 4:06 pm

Austin Wintory Is The Composer Behind John Wick Hex

Gamers know composer Austin Wintory for his acclaimed scores to titles like Journey (which was nominated for a Grammy) and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Next week, with the release of John Wick Hex, we'll hear even more of his work.

Wintory is the mind behind the music of John Wick Hex, as revealed in the exclusive video below from Lionsgate and developer Bithell Games. Check it out to hear some of Wintory's score and see his collaborators (Tom Strahle and MB Gordy) in action:

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With this reveal out in the open, Wintory will also be joining game director Mike Bithell and voice actor Troy Baker for their John Wick Hex New York Comic Con panel on Saturday, October 5 (a.k.a. tomorrow). 

For more insight into Wintory's work, you can listen to the Journey soundtrack accompanied by his commentary. For more on John Wick Hex, read our impressions from E3. 

John Wick Hex releases on October 8 on PC and Mac.

Posted on 4 October 2019 | 3:59 pm

Red Dead Redemption II Coming To PC In November

Rockstar Games has announced that Red Dead Redemption II is hitting the PC platform on November 5. For a limited time it's also giving away games if you pre-purchase Red Dead II through the new Rockstar launcher.

The PC version features both graphical and technical upgrades, new bounty-hunting missions, hideouts, weapons, and other additions.

Players interested in Red Dead II's online portion will find a more fleshed-out experience thanks to the recent addition of the Frontier Pursuits update for Red Dead Online. The free update adds the bounty hunter, trader, and collector specialist roles which you can rank up through experience earned performing tasks related to your profession.

If you pre-purchase the game via the Rockstar Launcher October 9 through October 22, you can pick two free PC titles, from the following list: Grand Theft Auto III, GTA: Vice City, GTA: San Andreas, Bully (Scholarship edition), L.A. Noire (Complete Edition), and Max Payne 3 (Complete Edition).

Pre-purchasing the game through the launcher also earns you other bonuses, including cash, a treasure map, and a war horse for the game's story mode.

The Rockstar launcher isn't the only place you can pre-order this PC version of the game, as it hits the Epic Games Store and other digital storefronts for pre-order on October 23 (with a pre-order bonus of 25 gold bars for Red Dead Online). The game is available on Steam in December. For more pre-release details, click the source link below.

[Source: Rockstar Games]

Posted on 4 October 2019 | 3:05 pm