Titan Quest and Jagged Alliance are free to keep right now

21 hours 14 minutes ago

THQ Nordic are celebrating their 10th anniversary by giving away free games via Steam. Surprisingly enduring action RPG Titan Quest is currently free-to-keep, and so is the ancient turn-based tactics of Jagged Alliance.

Then, if you want something a little more modern, the real-time tactical stealth of Desperados 3 is free-to-try for the next three days.

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Graham Smith

The Last Campfire, From the Creators of No Man's Sky, Has a Steam Release Date

21 hours 15 minutes ago

Hello Games, the creators of No Man's Sky, has revealed that The Last Campfire is coming to Steam next month.

More specifically, the cozy puzzle game will hit Steam on October 7. If you're unsure if The Last Campfire is for you, Hello Games is releasing a playable demo for the game on October 1 as part of the Steam Next Fest.

"The Last Campfire was a labour of love for a small team at the studio," a press release about the announcement reads. "We've been lucky to have really lovely reviews across the board, and a bunch of awards and nominations. It seems to have struck an emotional chord with people as well. Now, we're finally bringing it to Steam."

The Last Campfire is already available on Switch, Apple Arcade, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Epic Games Store and it's been available on those platforms since last year. With it having been released on the Epic Games Store last year, this Steam release isn't the first time PC players will get a chance to play the game.

It is the first chance for those who prefer to use Steam when playing PC games, however. The Last Campfire is better than it's ever been, too, thanks to a new update in April that brought a ton of new things with it. For starters, it added 20% more puzzles to the game as well as the ability to replay any puzzle at any time.

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Wesley LeBlanc

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Why Players Are Excited For Today's Magic: The Gathering Arena Standard Rotation

21 hours 26 minutes ago

Today finally ushers in the official Standard 2022 rotation in Magic: The Gathering Arena. Rotation comes once a year with the release of Magic’s fall premiere set. This year Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the first of two full sets on the horror plane scheduled for this fall, brings with it a revitalized constructed format. What exactly does rotation mean for players of the game, and why are people excited about this one in particular?

What Is Standard Rotation?

Once every year, Wizards of the Coast changes which Magic: The Gathering expansion sets are legal for the game’s Standard constructed format. This determines which pool of cards players can choose from when building 60-card decks for competitive play. Upon the release of Magic’s fall set (like Midnight Hunt’s release this year), a year’s worth of sets rotates out of legality to make room for the upcoming year of releases.

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John Carson

Star Citizen Gets New Video About Radical Inventory Changes as Crowdfunding Passes $385 Million

22 hours 8 minutes ago

Today Cloud Imperium Games released a new video about its growing space simulator Star Citizen, showcasing a rather radical upcoming change.

Until now, the game had a non-final global inventory in which players were able to access everything they owned from everywhere.

From the upcoming alpha 3.15 onward, the inventory will become localized, prompting players to have to pick and choose what they want to bring along when they set out on space.

We get to see the new UI and to hear from the developers how it’ll work.

In other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total has passed $385 million and it’s currently sitting on $385,126,982.

The number of registered accounts has recently passed 3.2 million, and it’s at 3,248,600 at the moment of this writing.

As usual, you should keep in mind that it’s known that not all of them are paying players. The number includes free accounts created for a variety of reasons, including Free Fly events like the one that recently ended.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Ticket to Ride: Europe 15th Anniversary Edition Review

22 hours 12 minutes ago

The original Ticket to Ride famously helped usher in the board game renaissance of the early 2000s -- a glorious and fruitful period that's still going strong. (Trust me, kids, there was a time when board game options were limited to ancient standbys like Monopoly and Life; those years were boring).

Ticket to Ride: Europe was an early followup that shifted the setting overseas and introduced a few smart tweaks to the gameplay. Now that this standalone offshoot is turning 15 years old, publisher Days of Wonder has released Ticket to Ride: Europe 15th Anniversary Edition, a complete, oversized, and utterly gorgeous new version of the game. And you know what? Turns out this strategy game is still as fun and satisfying as it ever was.

While there's nothing new here in terms of content, Ticket to Ride: Europe 15th Anniversary Edition represents the definitive version of this game. It includes everything that came with the original, plus all of the expansions. But each physical piece -- the board, cards, train pieces, etc. -- has gotten a thoughtful, high-quality upgrade. This edition is a sight to behold.

The board itself is huge -- it's basically the size of a bath towel. It measures 38 by 25.5 inches, and it takes up the lion's share of my kitchen table. It looks phenomenal. While the routes remain the same as the original version, the art is all new, with vibrant colors and much more topographical detail. The board itself is made of thick, high-quality material. I have no worries about accidentally ripping as I fold or unfold it.

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Chris Reed

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New PS5 Has No Performance Difference With Launch Model

22 hours 17 minutes ago

There's a new model of the PlayStation 5 in production, but reports say the revised model doesn't have better performance than the launch version.

According to Digital Foundry, who has had a chance to test the machine, the new CFI-1100 model has no meaningful differences with the CFI-1000, which was the launch edition.

Sony made some changes to the cooling system in the new PS5, which had some people concerned that the new system might overheat. But in Digital Foundry's tests, the new system leads to cooler temperatures in some cases, and hotter in others, but it's always only a few degrees different. And, in all of the tests running software on the two versions of the PS5, the systems performed basically identically.

From a hardware perspective, the system is about 300 grams lighter than the launch model, with the same dimensions. It also makes a small improvement to the stand, making it easier to attach by hand without the need for a screwdriver or coin to screw it in.

So, in the most basic of terms, if you're worried the new PS5 has already made your launch model obsolete, or you're concerned the changes to the heatsink make the new PS5 worse, there appears to be no need to worry. The biggest concern with PS5 hardware is still managing to get your hands on it at all.

Elsewhere, the PS5 just got a major software update, allowing users to finally expand their console's internal storage.

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Logan Plant

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Top 10 RPGs To Play Right Now

23 hours 1 minute ago

If you’re playing an RPG, you’re in it for the long haul and want an experience that’s going to immerse you and keep you entertained the whole way through. A genre that is both familiar and constantly evolving, RPGs are often tasked with having the total package. The best ones contain all the key ingredients, masterfully combining exciting combat, memorable characters, larger-than-life bosses, and a gripping storyline. 

If you’re looking for RPGs that excel in those aspects, look no further than this list. The following games all share common elements but carve out their own unique path in the genre and promise a narrative-focused adventure full of thrilling encounters around every bend. Listed in no particular order, here are 10 stellar RPGs worth the time and effort. 

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Game Informer Staff

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One gets November release date on PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC

23 hours 12 minutes ago

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, the latest entry in developer Frogwares' well-regarded deduction-based adventure series, now has a release date and will be coming to Xbox Series X/S, PS5, an PC on 16th November, with a PS4 and Xbox One release to follow.

Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, as its name suggests, serves as a prequel to Frogwares' previous Sherlock Holmes titles, taking players back to the detective's days as a fresh-faced 21-year-old and the events that would lead to his life of sleuthing. It begins as Sherlock, with best friend Jon in tow, arrives on the sunny, Mediterranean-inspired island of Cordona - a significant aesthetic departure to the fog-shrouded London streets and rural corners of Frogwares' previous adventure - on the tenth anniversary of his mother's death.

Frogwares has already shared some of the new and returning mechanics players can expect in this latest third-person, open-world investigation adventure, but the developer has now offered some additional information in a new 7-minute gameplay "deep dive" trailer.

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Matt Wales

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Iconic Video Game Merchants That We Love to Buy From

23 hours 37 minutes ago

From horror to JRPGs, the need to buy and sell items to a merchant is usually present in most video games. Sometimes they’re a great way to make some extra cash by selling some things you don’t need and other times using their services is necessary to proceed into the game.

Some of these iconic characters are memorable for being helpful, funny, mysterious, or just being integral to the plot. Nevertheless, these video game merchants made such an impact on us that they become an integral part of the game they appear in or even the franchise they’re from.

Here are some video game merchants that we love to buy from.

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Sterling Silver

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The New PS5 Model Isn't Worse Even With Its Smaller Cooler, Reports Say

23 hours 56 minutes ago

Sony's new version of the PS5, which comes with a new screw for its stand and weighs about two-thirds of a pound lighter, isn't actually worse than its launch version, according to extensive testing done by Digital Foundry and Gamer's Nexus. That's in spite of claims from YouTuber Austin Evans, who showed that the weight shed off in the new PS5 model came almost entirely from the console's cooling element.

Naturally, the result of reducing the overall size of a console's cooling element will cause it to run a bit hotter, and for what it's worth, the new version of the PS5 does, albeit just slightly. The difference, which amounts to a couple of degrees Celsius, is the same that a PC enthusiast would see switching from one CPU cooler to another. In the tech world, this kind of change in temperature for consumer electronics is called negligible.

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Otto Kratky

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard Has Some Nasty Graphical Bugs On Xbox Right Now

23 hours 58 minutes ago

The Call of Duty: Vanguard multiplayer beta's second weekend has begun, but it's not going over so well for some Xbox players. People have reported serious-looking graphical bugs on Xbox that are so severe they are impacting gameplay.

Sledgehammer Games is aware of the problem and is currently "investigating this issue." You can see some examples of the graphical bugs below; as you'll see, they can be very extreme in nature.

Vanguard Beta Graphical Bugs On Xbox

The Modern Warzone account posted a video of a horrible graphics bug that pretty much completely overwhelms the screen and renders the game unplayable. A video from user Unleashion showcases a less extreme but still nasty graphical bug that interrupts gameplay in a meaningful way. Videos from other uses show off similarly problematic graphical bugs. You can see some examples below.

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Eddie Makuch

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Why Deathloop Is A Game Of The Year Contender – GI Show (Feat. James Willems)

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Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down Blake Hester's Deathloop review impressions and why Arkane Studios has a Game of the Year contender on its hands. We also discuss Dying Light 2 delay news and Eastward, a charming pixel art game. On top of that, we're joined by the one and only James Willems, Co-Founder of Funhaus, to talk about his journey through the video game industry and hear more about his recent voice acting role in Psychonauts 2 and what it was like working with Double Fine. 

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Alex Van Aken

Alan Wake Remastered Preorders Are Live

1 day ago

Remedy Entertainment showed off gameplay footage of the upcoming remaster of its cult classic Alan Wake during the latest PlayStation Showcase. Alan Wake Remastered releases on October 5 for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, and preorders are live now.

Alan Wake Remastered has a free upgrade from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S. The remaster only includes the base game, not the post-launch spin-off Alan Wake's American Nightmare. The remaster will, however, have the two story expansions: The Signal and The Writer. Also, the remaster only costs $30.

It's worth noting that Alan Wake Remastered won't have the advertisements for real-life brands like Energizer and Verizon seen in the original. The random product placements will be replaced with fictional branding.

Alan Wake Remastered preorder bonuses

No preorder bonuses are available for Alan Wake Remastered.

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Steven Petite

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Wipeout Rush Is Racing To Mobile Devices Next Year

1 day ago

Wipeout Rush has been announced for iOS and Android. The first original Wipeout title since 2012’s Wipeout 2048, Rush is a full-fledged entry that combines the series’ classic hyper-speed racing with card-based mechanics.

As shown briefly in the trailer, players will collect and merge power-up cards for their anti-grave vehicles. According to IGN, Rush features a complete single-player campaign (told in comic book-style panels), and 12 championship cups. Rush also has five levels, and races perform at 60 frames-per-second on capable devices. 

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The game is being published by Rogue Games. Its CEO, Matt Casamassina, gave a statement to IGN, saying in part “We hope fans will come to it with an open mind because—although different—we’re proud to bring the wipEout franchise back into focus with a fresh take on the formula.”

According to the trailer, Wipeout Rush is coming “soon”, though IGN reports an early 2022 launch. While it’s not coming to consoles like many fans would probably prefer, it’s nice to see the series have some kind of pulse. 

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Marcus Stewart

Here Are The Changes In Call Of Duty: Vanguard's Second Beta

1 day ago

Call of Duty: Vanguard's second multiplayer beta weekend is now live, bringing PlayStation, Xbox, and PC users together for a weekend of crossplay. In today's blog post, developer Sledgehammer Games revealed some changes made with this second multiplayer beta test.

Fixes For Weekend 2

Last weekend's Vanguard beta let players get a taste of some of the guns, maps, and modes set to be featured in Call of Duty's return to World War II, but there were some concerns of visibility and audio issues. Today, Sledgehammer Games announced one of the visibility issues has been temporarily addressed, which is the distortion that affects the line of sight when players fire their weapons.

Sledgehammer explains, "Distortion has been turned off globally to improve visibility when Aiming Down Sights. Since we've disabled distortion globally, this will also affect the appearance of fire and explosions throughout the Beta and reduce overall visual fidelity. This change is a temporary solve to mitigate visibility issues so players can focus on gameplay."

In terms of audio issues, Sledgehammer says the audio team is aware of volume and mixing issues and bugs thanks to player feedback. It is working to have everything balanced for launch.

A change was also made to the Armor Field Upgrade to keep it from being such an overpowered option. The recharge rate was increased from a fast to slow recharge. The armor health was drastically reduced from 150HP to 50HP.

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S.E. Doster

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Sea of Thieves teases a "forgotten world of adventure" beneath the waves for Season 4

1 day ago

Following its majestic, Pirates of the Caribbean infused third season, Sea of Thieves will be embarking on a new adventure next Thursday, 23rd September, with the arrival of Season 4.

As to what's in store this time around (beyond the inevitable fresh 100 levels of seasonal progression and rewards), Rare remains in a teasing mood, albeit dropping some major hints in Season 4's newly revealed announcement trailer.

It appears the malevolant sirens - which got a long-awaited and wonderfully orchestrated introduction during Season 3's A Pirate's Life campaign - are poised to play an even bigger role. Last season's spectacular Sunken Pearl Tall Tale took pirates down into the depths to visit the gorgeous coral-hewn home of the Siren Queen, and it seems we'll be visiting more areas of the sirens' long-lost kingdom once Season 4 gets underway.

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Matt Wales

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Gran Turismo 7's Kazunori Yamauchi Explains the Always Online Connection That Has Riled Fans

1 day ago

Gran Turismo series creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, has detailed why Gran Turismo 7 will require an always-online connection. While this has fans riled up, Yamauchi says the connection is necessary for save data and livery data.

In a new interview with Eurogamer, Yamauchi was asked about PlayStation's recent announcement that GT Cafe will always require an online connection.

Yamauchi explained that the online requirement isn't specific to just GT Cafe, but every aspect of the game except for its Arcade mode. He also touched on why such a requirement is even necessary in the first place.

"The requirement for the online connection isn't specific to the Cafe per se — it's just to prevent cheating overall from people trying to modify the save data, so that's the reason for the online connection," Yamauchi said. "The only part of the game that doesn't require an online connection is the Arcade mode, because that has no effect on the save data, so that's possible."

He continued and said if a part of the game deals with save data, it will require an always-online connection.

In a separate interview with gtplanet, Yamauchi further touched on the always-online debacle, adding that "another aspect is for the liveries."

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Wesley LeBlanc

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New Overwatch 2 Details Coming As Part Of The Overwatch League Grand Finals

1 day ago

New details on Overwatch 2 are on the horizon, with the game set to make a special appearance during the Overwatch League Grand Finals on September 25. There will be looks at reworked heroes as well as a special Overwatch 2 exhibition match.

As part of the Overwatch League Grand Finals preshow and halftime event, Blizzard will put a spotlight on hero reworks for Bastion and Sombra, while also breaking down Bastion's new look and how it fits into the developer's philosophy behind designing the sequel.

The first-ever Overwatch 2 exhibition match will feature various pro Overwatch League players taking the game for a spin, and should give fans their best look yet at the game in action. The finals and exhibition match will be livestreamed via YouTube.

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Cameron Koch

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Deduce As A Young Detective In Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One This November

1 day ago

Sherlock Holmes is a mainstay in books, movies, TV shows, and even games. Stories about the legendary Consulting Detective are told and retold in different mediums with new twists and turns added to keep the narratives fresh in modern eras. Irish Studio Frogwares has been churning out Holmes games for years, as well as the Lovecraftian The Sinking City from 2019. The developer’s newest game turns back the clock in Sherlock's life to explore his youth before he became a notorious sleuth.

A new post on the PlayStation blog is dedicated to Frogware’s newest mystery-solver, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One. As a 21-year-old Holmes, you explore an open world on the Mediterranean island of Cordona with your best friend Jon at your side. Sherlock is there in remembrance of the tenth anniversary of the passing of his mother, though he’ll no doubt be captured within a web of whodunits that the observant youth will have to solve.

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John Carson

God of War Ragnarok Director Details Why Norse Storyline is Ending

1 day ago

Today, it was revealed that God of War Ragnarok will spell the end of the Norse mythology storyline that the series is currently following, despite it only being the second installment in the story. This news came by way of an interview with YouTube channel Kaptain Kuba, which you can see for yourself below.

In the interview, the YouTuber asked God of War’s directors Cory Barlog and Eric Williams about the future of the series. In a somewhat unexpected answer, Barlog revealed that reasoning for ending the Norse storyline, which you can see in the quote below.

I think one of the most important reasons is the first game took five years, the second game, I don’t know how long it’s going to take but I’m just going to throw out that it’s going to take close to a similar time to do this, right, and then if you think, wow a third one in that same [amount of time], we’re talking like a span of close to 15 years of a single story and I feel like that’s just too stretched out.

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Andrew McMahon

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Pokemon Masters EX Adds Red & Snorlax and Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl

1 day ago

Developer DeNa is preparing to launch a new content update to its popular Pokemon Masters EX, which adds Kanto region Pokemon sync pairs Red and Snorlax, as well as Blue and Aerodactyl.

Red & Snorlax are a Normal and Fighting-type sync pair that can Dynamax, which is the ability for a Pokémon to drastically increase its size during battle and receive a boost to their power. Red & Snorlax can unleash one of two max moves: G-Max Replenish provides supporting effects while Max Knuckle deals major damage to a single opponent. Red & Snorlax can be added to players’ teams via the Red Poké Fair Scout, available from now until Oct. 29 at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time.  

Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl are a Rock-type sync pair that has the power to mega-evolve into Mega Aerodactyl after using their sync move. This sync pair’s moves and passive skills change after mega-evolving, allowing them to use the powerful attack Double-Edge without taking any recoil damage. Blue (Classic) & Aerodactyl will be available to add to players’ teams via the Blue Poké Fair Scout, available from Sept. 17 at 11:00 p.m. Pacific Time until Oct. 29 at 10:59 p.m. Pacific Time. 

A new trailer offers a first glimpse at the sync pairs in action, as well as alluding to future story beats making their way to the game moving forward:

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Alex Gibson

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Most Of Gran Turismo 7 Is Online-Only

1 day 1 hour ago

Gran Turismo 7's new campaign mode, and most of the game in general, will require an internet connection to play.

The news comes from a new interview with Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi via Eurogamer, in which Yamauchi clarified that the majority of Gran Turismo 7's modes, including campaign and the new GT Cafe mode, will be online-only.

"The requirement for the online connection isn't specific to the Cafe per se," Yamauchi said. "It's just to prevent cheating overall from people trying to modify the save data, so that's the reason for the online connection."

Yamauchi goes on to clarify that the online connection requirement for campaign will function similarly to that of Gran Turismo Sport, and that the only mode that will not require an online connection will be the game's arcade mode, as it doesn't use save data.

Other details revealed by Yamauchi in the interview include the fact that the game's weather will be running in real time and will affect everything from the humidity in the air to road surface temperatures. Damage models for vehicles will be similar to that of Gran Turismo Sport (but improved) and that when it comes to PlayStation VR support, the team is "not at a state where we can talk about it yet."

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Cameron Koch

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FIFA 22 Has Loot Boxes Again, But This Time You Can Preview What's In Them

1 day 1 hour ago

FIFA 22 will once again feature loot boxes, but Electronic Arts is making a change to how they work so people have better insight into the odds of unlocking a particular card. The game's Ultimate Team mode will use "preview packs," which the developer tested in FIFA 21. As reported by Eurogamer, the preview packs allows players to get a glimpse at what's in a particular pack before spending real money or in-game currency.

A post on EA's website explains how this works. "Preview Packs are a pack type that allow you to see all the specific Items contained within. Once you have seen what is in the pack, you can choose to buy the pack, with either FUT Coins or FIFA Points," EA said.

Here is what will be available at launch:

  • The Premium Gold Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.
  • The Premium Silver Pack will be available for Preview on a 24 hour refresh timer alongside the non-Preview version.

EA makes a gigantic amount of money from the Ultimate Team modes in its sports games, and FIFA is a particularly large success story for the company in this respect. Commenting on the preview pack trials for FIFA 21, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said this actually led to an increase in engagement and revenue.

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Eddie Makuch

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War September 16 Patch Notes Detail Fixes For Zombies

1 day 1 hour ago

The weekly update has arrived to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and the September 16 patch notes include some stability fixes for Zombies, but it's a pretty quiet update for multiplayer as Season 5 starts to wind down.

MP Weekly Playlists

Black Ops Cold War's featured playlists for multiplayer will include Nuketown 12v12, which is a moshpit of respawn modes with the chaos of double the players. Last week's Zoo 24/7 and Demolition playlists remain for another week.

Gunfight Blueprints is also in rotation this week, and Double Agent has replaced One in the Chamber as the newest mode in the Party Game playlist.

Zombies

Today's update for Zombies brings stability fixes related to Trials, joining matches in progress, the Black Chest world event in Outbreak, and enemies using projectiles on vehicles. The item rarity of the LT53 Kazimir equipment has been changed from rare to epic, which is going to help let players better identify the equipment, as previously it was hard to distinguish the LT53 Kazimir from frag grenades and decoys.

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S.E. Doster

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Death’s Gambit: Afterlife Releases This Month For Switch & PC

1 day ago

Fans of 2D Metroidvania have a major treat to look forward to at the end of this month as developer White Rabbit’s acclaimed title Death’s Gambit is set for a re-release that includes an enormous update. First announced back in June, it’s called Afterlife, and it’s locked in for both PC and Nintendo Switch for Sept. 30, while a PS4 version will come later this year.

For those not aware, Afterlife is a major expansion that revamps the game from the ground up, including system tweaks, quality of life changes, new levels, bosses, weapons, and more. It is free for current owners of the game.

You can check out a full overview trailer of all the new features below, and below that is a brand new trailer that celebrates the announcement of its release date.

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Alex Gibson

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