For the last month, digital storefronts, brick-and-mortar retailers, and developer CD Projekt Red have been processing refunds for Cyberpunk 2077’s busted console version. That includes the game’s $250 collector’s edition, which in one case CDPR refunded without making the customer in question return it, according to…
On Tuesday, I reported on game development tool Game Maker being acquired by Opera, makers of the Opera internet browser. Opera have now officially announced the acquisition, saying that Game Maker would be paired with Opera GX, their dedicated gaming browser, in forming the basis of a new division of the company called Opera Gaming.
Today Ubisoft announced that a new crossover between Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Netflix animated series Blood of Zeus, would take place.
The crossover between the two franchises based around Greek mythology begins right now apparently and only runs for one week ending on Jan. 28. So if this is something that intrigues you and you’re playing Immortals Fenyx Rising I’d hop to it.
Players will gain access to a new Blood of Zeus-themed quest called A Tribute to Family that will appear on the game map after completing the quest “Gods and Monsters.”
Here are the details of the crossover quest via Ubisoft:
The quest will first take you to the Hall of the Gods where you’ll find a lone ghost to interact with. Completing the quest will earn players the Eagle pendant and new “Blood of Zeus”-inspired customization options.
You’ll also be able to purchase a new weapon pack containing themed skins for Fenyx’s sword, axe, and bow, as well as a character pack to customize your armor, helmet, wings, mount, and Phosphor with a unique “Blood of Zeus” flair. Both the weapon and character pack can still be purchased after the conclusion of the crossover event.
So while the quest itself might only be around for a limited time, it does appear that the purchasable customization options will still be available, so there’s that at least I suppose if that’s something you’re into.
Between Immortals Fenyx Rising, Hades, Blood of Zeus, Smite still being alive in 2021, and probably other stuff I’m forgetting, Greek Mythology is so hot right now.
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Much like his fellow millennials (who may or may not also technically be over 100 years old due to Calamity-induced death sleeps), Breath of the Wild’s Link dreams of home ownership. Unlike the rest of us, he can actually achieve that goal. There’s just one problem: The house is bad. Between the initial purchase and…
While the directors are on board with EA’s proposal there are still a few other hoops that need to be jumped through before everything is official and Codemasters is formally acquired by EA as outlined by VGC.
First, the shareholders of Codemasters need to vote and agree to the terms. As VGC notes, the directors are recommending to shareholders that they do vote to move forward with the acquisition. And the after that, a court hearing will be held to approve the deal.
All the while EA still has the ability to rescind their offer or allow it to lapse without finalizing should they change their mind hypothetically for whatever reason. In other words, nothing is locked in just yet, but it is rapidly heading in the direction of acquisition.
Last year, Take-Two made a move to acquire Codemasters but EA was able to swoop in with a deal that the Codemasters board apparently found more favorable, and Take-Two’s offer lapsed as a result.
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Resident Evil Village Showcase Start TimeThe Resident Evil Showcase will take place on Thursday, January 21. It will start at 2:00 pm PT, 5:00 pm ET, and 10:00 pm GMT. If you’re watching from Australia, you can tune in on Friday morning, January 22 at 9:00 am AEDT.
Sea of Thieves' previously revealed battle pass will launch its first season of player progression and rewards next Thursday, 28th January.
The battle pass - intended to offer a "tangible sense of progress", even when engaging in shorter sessions according to Rare - will feature 100 progress levels (with associated seasonal rewards) that can be unlocked through exploration, adventuring, and combat. There's also talk of pirate trials "that celebrate...existing content and encourage you to play in new ways".
Notably, this new seasonal model also marks a shift in development strategy for the multiplayer pirate game. Instead of delivering new content on a monthly basis, as it did previously, Rare will now release new features every three months, at the start of each new season.
Another year of gaming in the books. 2020 is done and dusted. While most gamers (including us) are looking forward to 2021 and the exciting games it might bring, here at Twinfinite we did want to take one final look back at 2020.
In spite of so many potentially disruptive things that happened in 2020, such as Covid-19 impacting the safety of developers and the end of console generation, there were still a lot of great games that released in the calendar year.
If you’ve been following along with us for the last two weeks or so, you likely caught at least a few of the “Best of 2020” awards that we dished out, but before we completely move on, let’s run take one last trip down memory lane.
The latest Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account video remembers the days when it was almost Sonic the Rabbit or Sonic the Chicken.
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I have a new love, and its name is Grindstone. We spend time together every night before we go to sleep.
Fortnite Season 5 has been a wild ride thanks to its who’s who of crossover guests. The Mandalorian, Kratos, Master Chief, The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon/Michonne, and, most recently, the Predator are all running around with pickaxes and flossing (is that still a thing?) as we speak. Even after Galactus effectively ended the Marvel season, Black Panther and Captain Marvel joined the fray anyway. The fun isn’t stopping there, because now Fortnite is teasing that its next guests hail from a certain machine apocalypse.
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It's hard to believe it, but 11 years have passed since the last numbered entry in the Puzzle Quest series. The hybrid match-three/RPG adventure gimmick was an odd pairing, but the series amassed more than 30 million users since its 2007 debut. Today, publisher 505 Games has revealed that the next installment in the series is coming this year, in the form of – you guessed it – Puzzle Quest 3.
Steve Fawkner, creator of the series and CEO and creative lead at Infinity Plus Two, says he's excited to reveal more about what's ahead. "The vision for this latest project has been years in the making, and like any good Puzzle Quest game, it's a delicate balance of gameplay, story, and strategic puzzle-solving while introducing something unexpected that will appeal to both old and new fans. We can’t wait to share PQ3."
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I’ve been thinking about Bugsnax so much that it feels like I’ve eaten one of the suspiciously addicting little critters myself. It’s been a week since I’ve finished the game and I still catch myself muttering “bunger bunger bunger” as I go about my day. To satiate my hunger for more Bugsnax without actually…
Puzzle Quest is returning after a ten year absence. Puzzle Quest 3 will again combine match-3 and RPG mechanics together with the original designer Steve Fawkner at the helm, but this time it’ll be – possible uh-oh – free-to-play.
The Skywind Morrowind Skyrim remake is a fan-made mod project that I've been covering for years throughout my career, and for good reason. This ambitious project is not only approved by Bethesda, but incredibly detailed in a way that honors both Morrowind and Skyrim in the best way possible. What Skywind does is it modernizes the amazing tale that Morrowind gave players, and now it's coming to Nexus Mods.
Nexus Mods is a modding hub that we share quite a bit here for our Mod Corner segment and is an amazing tool for mostly PC players to get their creativity on with some of their favorite games on the market. In terms of bringing Skywind over into the Nexus-verse, there was a long conversation about what that would mean regarding Bethesda's stance on exchanging assets between various properties. While there are exceptions, including a few Fallout mods that have been sanctioned by the studio, the exchange between games is largely something Bethesda is leery of. Because of this, the folks over at Skywind have passionately worked to ensure that they used brand-new models, textures, audio, and more, all at the effort of a team of hundreds of volunteers and thousands of man hours.
That dedication has paid off, because the project of recreating Morrowind from scratch now has the support of Nexus Mods where it can be supported more heavily through monetization and community amplification.
Eventually, games stop surprising you. That’s just how it goes. You put enough hours into a game, and eventually you’ve seen all there is to see. I thought I had reached that point with The Division 2. Yet, after 220 hours of playing, last night I encountered a battle bot that was the leader of an enemy gang. That was…
Aegon and Duncan may finally be getting their own series
Respawn Entertainment unveiled the arrival of Fuse with a new “Tales from the Outlands” cinematic earlier this week. Fans speculate – likely because of the character’s name – that Fuse’s ability kit prioritizes explosives and all-out destruction. In the new Season 8 Mayhem trailer that dropped today, these theories were finally confirmed. The trailer starts with Fuse recounting his recent arrival to the Apex games and the large-scale celebration surrounding him. Unfortunately, Maggie, his sadistic childhood pal, shows up to ruin the festivities. You can watch the video above.
The events that follow ultimately lead to the destruction of the beloved Kings Canyon map. Respawn announced changes to the classic location alongside the original Fuse announcement, but the level of devastation that takes place during the trailer makes Kings Canyon seem like an entirely new arena. The various points of interest haven’t been shown yet, but it’s safe to say that the massive cruiser that Fuse flew in on will play a part in Season 8’s many matches.
Maybe you miss Hollow Knight, or you’re dead tired of Dead Cells. Then Skul: The Hero Slayer might appeal. It’s a side-on stabrawler roguelite that’s just left early access in which you can swap skulls to swap skills, and also lob your noggin at enemies. It’s nice, from my brief play of it, and there’s an announcement trailer below.
Valve has created some incredible games, most notably the Portal, Half-Life, Team Fortress, and Left 4 Dead franchises. With Half-Life: Alyx and Artifact heralding in a return to game dev, Valve CEO Gabe Newell confirms that the company has "several" new titles in development at this time.
Newell sat down with the folks at 1 News to talk about what's currently coming down the pipeline for the company outside of being a viable storefront for PC gamers. In the interview, Newell addressed Alyx and mentioned that the company is looking to do more single-player games in the future. He added that Alyx "created a lot of momentum inside of the company to do more of that" in terms of single-player narratives.
In true Newell fashion, there was no confirmation about a possible continuation of franchises like Portal and Half-Life. Instead, he added, “I’ve successfully not spoken about those things for a long time and I hope to continue to not talk about them until they are moot questions. Then we’ll move on to a new set of questions,” Newell said. Valve was recently rumored to be working on a title code-named “Citadel,” but Newell was quick to end that conversation when asked as well.
Former Sega, Microsoft, EA exec links up with engine maker Unity
PUBG’s latest update adds a souped-up new sports car, more improvements to test out in the lab version, and most importantly a reputation system that will try to give you a score based on how toxic you are as a player. That sounds amazing. More games should have this.
If you want to contribute to the latest Bernie photo craze before the meme plays itself out—which will probably be sometime around the end of the week—it’s not that hard to cut out Bernie-Sanders-on-a-chair and splice him into whatever image you want. However, to save you a bit of time, you can also use a version of…
A couple of days ago, fantasy-themed artwork by Naughty Dog Senior Concept artist Hyoung Taek Nam surfaced, triggering the usual charade of misleading speculation from various media outlets.
The art posted two months ago on the Artist’s official Artstation page featured a series of female characters in a fantasy setting with the mention “Inspire from new game. You know what I’m talking about…”
This was interpreted by many as some sort of tease or leak of a new game by Naughty Dog, despite the fact that it was fairly obvious that Hyoung Taek Nam meant that the art was simply inspired by a new game, which at the moment he opted not to name.
Apparently, the media hubbub prompted the artist to clarify and the text has been edited, revealing that this is indeed not art related to a new game by Naughty Dog, but inspired by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was “new” when the art was posted.
Should you wish to expand your increasingly insurmountable back catalogue still further, Epic has announced the next two freebies it'll be featuring on its store, starting with Galactic Civilizations 3 and continuing with gravity flipping platformer Dandara next week.
Galactic Civilizations 3 is developer Stardock's space-based 4X strategy game, which proved good enough to earn itself a twinkling Recommended badge when it fell under the Eurogamer review-o-matic's gaze back in 2015.
"If you've sunk hundreds of hours into GalCiv 2, it may seem early on like you're playing an HD upgrade rather than a sequel," wrote reviewer Richie Shoemaker, "but once ship production is in full swing and the fleets are massing on the borders, you start to appreciate all that is new...[it's] well deserving of the GalCiv name and offers enough in the way of traditional features and modern scalability to secure the series' place at the very top of the 4X tech tree".
While 2021 has gotten off to a relatively quiet start in the world of video games, we're finally getting a peek behind the curtain at one of the year's most anticipated titles.
Today, Capcom is putting on the Resident Evil Showcase and lifting the curtain on Resident Evil Village, its latest entry in the iconic horror series. The developer has promised an in-depth trailer showing off some of the new mysterious characters (can we please get a segment entirely dedicated to the tall vampire lady?), our first look at gameplay, and more.
But that's not all. According to the teaser trailer released last week, there will be more news from the world of Resident Evil outside of what we'll see from Village. Could we get a look at the new Netflix anime staring Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield? Will the reboot of the Resident Evil film franchise make an appearance? Will Capcom announce any other major plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series? We'll have to wait and see when the showcase kicks off later today.
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A new Puzzle Quest game is on the way. Puzzle Quest 3 will appear this year as a free-to-play multiplatform game.
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BioWare art director Matt Rhodes spent the holidays uploading some interesting concept art from Revolver, a project that never saw the light of day.