As if you needed more convincing about Ghostrunner, it's getting free next-gen upgrades

20 hours 29 minutes ago

There are two highly-anticipated cyberpunk games launching within the next month, one of them much much much much muuuuuccccchhhhh more highly-anticipated than the other. While everyone in the world is waiting for Cyberpunk 2077, a lot of people will pass the time with Ghostrunner.

If you need a refresher, Ghostrunner is the futuristic, first-person, parkour-oriented, one-hit-kill melee action game. There was a demo earlier this year, and it was absolutely electric. Ghostrunner was one of the many entrants in the Digital Dragons Indie Celebration showcase that I was a judge for. It ended up winning the top prize.

If you haven't been swayed yet, here's a little more in Ghostrunner's favor. It's getting free next-gen upgrades in 2021. On Xbox, Ghostrunner will be part of Microsoft's Smart Delivery program, meaning players on Xbox Series S/X will automatically get that version on their new consoles. (Here's the up-to-date full list of Smart Delivery games.) PlayStation doesn't have a similar program, so anyone who buys the game on PS4 will just be able to download the enhanced version on PS5 for free.

Anyway, if you're a little skittish on Ghostrunner simply because we're so close to next-gen, know that it's moving into the future with you. That's, uh, super fitting, I guess.

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Brett Makedonski

Hearthstone Gets a New Game Mode and The Old Gods Return!

20 hours 35 minutes ago
A raft of updates were announced for Hearthstone today, including a brand new mode, a brand new expansion, and a complete overhaul of the game’s progression system. Let’s go through them.

Hearthstone Duels

First up, the new mode is called Hearthstone Duels and it takes the build-as-you-go deckbuilding gameplay that has been so popular across many of Hearthstone’s Solo Adventures of recent years and lets you take on other players. If you’ve played Dungeon Run, Monster Hunt, Rumble Run, The Dalaran Heist or Tombs of Terror, you’d have some idea of the format, but a key difference here is that Duels is structured like Arena, so players are striving for 12 wins, while three losses ends the run. At the start of a run, players choose a hero, each of which has a bespoke hero power, and then builds their own starter deck of 15 cards to take into the run. These cards can be anything from the current legal pool for the mode, but instead of the usual limit of one copy of each legendary and two copies of each card of other rarities, Duels only allows one copy of each card, regardless of rarity. With each win, players can choose between different options to add cards to their decks, and – as anyone who has played the Solo Adventures would expect – powerful treasures will also be a fixture of the mode, allowing players to make truly over-the-top plays. With each season, the heroes, hero powers, treasures and card pool will change. The debut season’s theme is Wizard Duels, so the ten heroes are pulled from the Scholomance Academy expansion. And in terms of the cards players can use, Season 1 will include the Basic and Classic sets, as well as Scholomance Academy, Curse of Naxxramas and One Night in Karazhan. Duels will be a free game mode, although there will also be a Heroic Duels option for 150 gold or a Tavern ticket, with rewards based on how well you perform.
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Ghostrunner Coming to PS5 and Xbox Series in 2021, With Free Upgrade

20 hours 36 minutes ago
Ghostrunner is running onto next-gen consoles in 2021. The official Ghostrunner Twitter account announced today that owners of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will receive a free upgrade to next-gen versions of the game. Those upgrades will come in 2021 when the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game are released.
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Wesley LeBlanc

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Guilty Gear Strive PS4 To PS5 Free Upgrade And Cross-Play Features Confirmed

20 hours 37 minutes ago

Guilty Gear Strive will support cross-play between PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 when it launches in 2021. If you're planning to purchase the game on PS4 and can only upgrade to a PS5 console at some other point in the future, there's more good news, as you'll be able to receive the PS5 version for free.

This applies to the PlayStation Store digital version as well, but the retail physical edition won't receive a free upgrade on the PS5 Digital Edition console due to the obvious lack of a disc drive on that console.

Developer Arc System Works also had several other answers to provide in its latest FAQ. For the upgrade from PS4 to PS5, the developer said that the game content would remain the same but that load times and resolution will be improved on the newer Sony console. The PS4 version of Guilty Gear Strive will also be playable through backwards compatibility on PS5, albeit with a resolution capped to 1080p.

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Hearthstone's Revamped Rewards System Introduces Battle Pass

20 hours 44 minutes ago

Blizzard has announced a new Hearthstone expansion and game mode--Madness at the Darkmoon Faire and Duels, respectively--but another big change is coming to the game alongside both of those: a completely revamped progression system. The new rewards system follows a model familiar from other free-to-play games with battle passes. Players will earn rewards along a progression track, with an additional tier of rewards available by purchasing a seasonal Tavern Pass.

Once the new reward system is implemented, players will complete the standard Daily Quests along with new Weekly Quests, and earn new Achievements for completing in-game accomplishments. Future expansions and big updates will add new Achievements to the pool.

All of that will help you earn experience to progress you down a Reward Track. The 50-level track will grant gold, card packs, and cosmetic items, and you'll be able to net bonus rewards with an optional Tavern Pass.

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Hearthstone Brings Back The Old Gods In "Madness At The Darkmoon Faire"

20 hours 44 minutes ago

Hearthstone's next expansion will bring back a fan-favorite foursome of larger-than-life cards, alongside a new keyword and a new game mode. The Madness at the Darkmoon Faire expansion is themed around a creepy carnival, and to match the occasion, the set will mark the return of the Old Gods--albeit with different effects than we saw in the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion.

As before, the Old Gods are powerful 10-Mana Legendary minions with game-changing effects that encourage you to build a deck around their central mechanics. C'Thun, N'Zoth, Yogg-Saron, and Y'Shaarj are all neutral minions, so you'll be able to fit them into any type of deck. New Old God Artifact cards will also bring back the flavor of the original Old Gods.

A new Corrupt mechanic is coming into play in the Darkmoon Faire as well. Cards with the new keyword get a powerful upgrade if you play a higher-cost card while they're in your hand.

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Inside Hearthstone's Darkmoon Faire, New Duels Mode, And Revamped Rewards

20 hours 44 minutes ago

Though Blizzard has long supported Hearthstone with regular expansions, new game modes, and quality-of-life improvements, the coming weeks will bring all three at once. The new expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire, brings back the fan-favorite Old Gods--huge minions with wild game-changing effects. A new game mode, called Duels, brings the popular Dungeon Run mechanics into multiplayer. And these big new additions are coming alongside a completely revamped progression system, which will let you earn seasonal rewards across all the different modes. We've also seen the first batch of new cards coming to Darkmoon Faire, so check out our gallery of all the Darkmoon Faire cards we've seen so far.

I played an early session of the new Duels mode, which like Dungeon Run makes you feel severely OP. I also spoke with game director Ben Lee, Darkmoon Faire set lead John McIntyre, designer Liv Breeden, and engineer Sarah Chen about Hearthstone's most ambitious game update in years.

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Steve Watts

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Hearthstone's New Game Mode Is A Mash-Up Of Dungeon Run And Arena

20 hours 44 minutes ago

Hearthstone is getting another new mode, starting today. The Duels mode takes the popular Dungeon Run solo adventures and takes it into multiplayer, including a prize structure similar to the Arena mode. The new mode officially launches in November alongside the upcoming expansion, Madness at the Darkmoon Faire. But if you preorder the expansion, you can start playing Duels today.

Duels will feature ten heroes to select, representing the ten standard Hearthstone classes. But like in Dungeon Run, these heroes will have upgraded powers that would easily be considered overpowered in standard play. When you start a Duels run, you'll build a deck of 15 cards from your own collection, and then add more cards from buckets that are offered between matches. You'll also sometimes earn a Treasure which, like the Hero Powers themselves, are well past the normal Hearthstone power level.

The card pool for Duels will alternate between seasons, featuring a collection of previous and recent expansions. The first is themed after a mage competition at Scholomance Academy, so it will feature the card pools from Scholomance, Curse of Naxxramas, One Night in Karazhan, and the Classic and Basic sets.

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Steve Watts

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The first Fire Emblem game is coming to the west… for four months

20 hours 52 minutes ago

If you hopped on the Fire Emblem train with the release of Three Houses last year, then you may well be wondering: how did this all start out? Where did the blue-haired sword boys all come from? The very first game in the series, Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, was initially made by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo as an internal project and was never intended for commercial release. Eventually, of course, it did see an official release (and achieved unexpected commercial success) in 1990, but the title was never released outside Japan.

Until now, that is, as a western release has been announced for this December - but there's a catch.

As detailed by Nintendo, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is set to release digitally on 4th December, and is currently listed at £5.39. It promises classic gameplay and characters from the original NES version "in their 8-bit glory" to mark 30 years since the game's original release.

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The Medium for Xbox Series X & PC Gets New Videos Featuring Dual Reality System & Marianne’s Theme

20 hours 54 minutes ago

Bloober Team released two videos of its upcoming third-person psychological horror game The Medium.

The first video focuses on the game’s rather unique dual reality system, that lets you play across the real world and the spirit world. We also get to see gameplay which never hurts.

The second video doesn’t show any gameplay, but features the eerie track Marianne’s Theme, composed by Arkadiusz Reikowski.

Incidentally, if you’re interested in the music, you can watch a previous video featuring the collaboration with Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.

You can check both out below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Best JAK-12 loadout in Warzone: plus in-depth JAK-12 stats

20 hours 54 minutes ago

JAK-12 shotgun in Call of Duty WarzoneCall of Duty: Warzone

just received a brand new shotgun, with Infinity Ward patching it in with little fanfare to speak of. That doesn’t mean you should ignore the JAK however, as it’s a real beast when set up correctly. There are a few different builds to run with, given that slugs, frags and dragon breath are all an option here. In this in-depth best JAK-12 Warzone guide I’ve highlighted the best all-round option for running the JAK-12 when playing Warzone. You’ll find info on what attachments to use and why, as well as some stats for the new shotgun.


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Jake Green

Podcast episode 114: the autumnal games special

20 hours 59 minutes ago

I won’t lie to you listener, the ratio of games to not-games chat on this week’s episode of the Electronic Wireless Show is pretty… it’s pretty low. This may be the least amount of games chat we’ve ever done. Nevertheless: here is a podcast. This time it is about autumnal games – not games about the season, but games that are cosy, that are good to play when the evenings are drawing in and wish you had a log fire to sit in front of.

Although perhaps not, because on one of many tangents Nate describes how one time a pigeon wrapped in a binbag fell down the chimney in his childhood home. So. Other topics not related to games include hyperforeignism, and what member of a family is, psychologically and emotionally speaking, representative of the concept of autumn. There is also a very tense Cavern Of Lies, where Matthew does impressions of Baldur’s Gate characters (only slightly undercutting the tension). Reminder: Matthew is, incredibly, not a professional voice actor.

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Alice Bell

Silent Hill Comes to Dead by Daylight Mobile Just in Time For Halloween

20 hours 59 minutes ago

Developer Behaviour Interactive has today announced that the Silent Hill crossover that was previously only available on PC and console will also be coming to the game’s mobile version later this month, Oct. 26.

Two new characters will join The Entity: Survivor Cheryl Mason, previously known as Heather, who, having freed herself from the religious cult that had pursued her since birth, now must fight an eternal battle in the Entity’s realms. 

The new Killer is Pyramid Head, known here as The Executioner, a merciless killer fixated on dispensing punishment through pain. Never without his hulking blade in tow, Pyramid Head will step into the fog to live out his nefarious duty.   

Senior product manager Alexandre Rogaume said in a statement:

“We are so thrilled to have the legendary Silent Hill join the ranks of Dead by Daylight Mobile. We are huge fans of the franchise and to know that mobile players can survive and kill as these iconic characters is a huge milestone for us, one that we are very proud of.” 

You can check out a teaser of the upcoming content below.

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Alex Gibson

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PlayStation Store's web redesign looks pretty but it feels like a big step back

20 hours 59 minutes ago

Sony has been rolling out the redesigned PlayStation Store for web browsers this week on a regional basis, and earlier today, the changeover happened in the United States. So far, it's a vastly different-looking site – and the functionality we've gotten used to over many years hasn't carried over beat for beat. The new storefront is an upgrade in some ways and an undeniable downgrade in others.

This is going to be a big adjustment, that's for sure. Nothing is quite where you want it to be.

Whether you're looking at your PlayStation library and remotely queuing PS4 downloads, checking your trophy progress, or scanning for deals, everything is flashier (and sometimes faster) but not necessarily more functional from a usability standpoint. That's to say nothing of growing pains like a lack of search filters and wishlists, and the complete removal of legacy listings for PS3, PSP, and PS Vita games.

My biggest hangup so far? Not having individual game titles written out with plain text.

Say you want to find a specific DLC pack for a game with tons of add-ons – or hell, say you're simply looking at any video game in any sale, period. In either case, all you're going to see for each listing is game artwork that may or may not clue you in with a clear, easily discernible logo. It's a UX mess.

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Jordan Devore

Civilization VI has gone all Sid Meier's Pirates with a swashbuckling new mode

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Frankly, it’s about time someone took the expansionist nations of Sid Meier’s Civilization VI down a peg. This month’s free update for the hegaxonal society generator adds the Pirates multiplayer scenario, daring you to wear in those sea legs by becoming the most feared fleet commander on the high seas. Plunder trade routes, inspire fear, flee the forces of burgeoning imperial powers… hang on, Sid, haven’t we been here before?

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Natalie Clayton

First Look At Tom Holland As Nathan Drake In Uncharted Movie, Nolan North-Approved

21 hours 3 minutes ago

The Uncharted movie featuring a much younger Nathan Drake as played by Tom Holland has been a whirlwind of a deal. From going through numerous directors to a few delays, production has finally hit a smooth spot and it looks like Drake himself approves after voice actor Nolan North posted about his set visit. Holland also shared our first look at him as Drake. 

North, who plays many roles in the gaming world, but especially that of Nathan Drake, took to Twitter to share our first onset image of the Uncharted movie. "Like looking into a mirror," North captions. "Proud to have Tom Holland continuing the Drake legacy! Absolutely smashing it!" 

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Liana Ruppert

Uncharted Movie Photo Of Tom Holland's Nathan Drake Revealed

21 hours 4 minutes ago

Uncharted star Tom Holland has just shared a first look at his portrayal of treasure-hunter Nathan Drake via Instagram--check out the image below. His pose is very similar to the cover of Uncharted 3. Hardcore film buffs and PlayStation fans will probably instantly notice that in his portrayal, at least based on this photo, Nathan shirt still doesn't have its iconic French tuck look. Otherwise, his outfit is essentially what we saw from the games, though he does look noticeably younger than he did in even the prequel Uncharted: Golden Abyss.

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David Wolinsky

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Ghostrunner Announced for PS5 & Xbox Series X; Free Upgrades Available

21 hours 4 minutes ago

If you’re interested in Ghostrunner, you’ll be happy to know that the game is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

The announcement was made today by 505 Games and All In! Games via press release, specifying that the release on next-gen consoles will be in 2021.

That being said, you can safely purchase the PS4 and Xbox One versions because they’ll grant you a free upgrade when the next-gen versions releases. The Xbox Series X/S version will come via Microsoft’s Smart Delivery.

Pre-ordering now will grant the following bonuses.

  • 1 special katana with all pre-orders
  • 1 additional exclusive katana per store/platform
  • 20% discount for PS+ pre-orders
  • 20% discount for all PC pre-orders
  • 10% discount for all Xbox One pre-orders

The game will launch on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 27.

If you’re unfamiliar with Ghostrunner, below you can read an official description.

“Ghostrunner is a hardcore FPP slasher packed with lightning-fast action, set in a grim, cyberpunk megastructure. Climb Dharma Tower, humanity’s last shelter, after a world-ending cataclysm. Make your way up from the bottom to the top, confront the tyrannical Keymaster, and take your revenge.

The streets of this tower city are full of violence. Mara the Keymaster rules with an iron fist and little regard for human life.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Initial Slate of Day 1 PS5 Entertainment Apps Revealed

21 hours 14 minutes ago

Today on the PS Blog, Sony unveiled which entertainments apps would be ready to go for the PS5 at launch.

While it’s not as exciting as games, these days many people spend just as much time in their apps as they do their games, so knowing which ones will be available right away is helpful. Here’s the full list:

  • Apple TV
  • Disney+
  • Netflix
  • Spotify
  • Twitch
  • YouTube
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • MyCanal
  • Hulu
  • Peacock
  • “and more”

Just about every heavy hitter I can think of made the cut and nothing major appears to be missing. I had to look up MyCanal though, it’s apparently a French streaming service, just in case those of you in the ‘States like myself are wondering.

While it may seem like a guarantee that apps like Hulu and Twitch will be there, there’s still no word if the Nintendo Switch will get Netflix any time, well, ever. This is in spite of the fact that the 3DS of all things had a Netflix app.

The blog post also reminds us that there will be a dedicated space in the new PS5 UI dedicated for media apps like the ones above which is designed to make it quicker to switch around.

Considering how sluggish the PS4 UI is at this point, I’ll take anything that makes the process of jumping between apps faster.

Finally, they also shared a picture of the new PS5 media remote. Enjoy, it’s sleek:

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Genshin Impact Introduces Jean With New Trailer Featuring Story & Gameplay

21 hours 18 minutes ago

You may have noticed over the past few days that Genshin Impact developer MiHoYo really, really loves trailers.

Today they released another one, this time featuring Jean, another of the game’s most popular characters.

We get a few glimpses into her backstory and a deep dive into her gameplay, showing off her flashy moves.

You can check her out below and see if Jean is the right character for you (assuming you can get her).

Here’s how MiHoYo describes Jean.

“As the Acting Grand Master of the Knights, Jean has always been devoted to her duties and maintaining peace in Mondstadt.

She had taken precautions long before the onset of Stormterror’s assault, and she will guard Mondstadt with her life as always.”

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Giuseppe Nelva

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PS5 Will Have Apple TV, Netflix, Disney+, YouTube, Twitch, And More Available On Launch Day

21 hours 24 minutes ago

While there be launch games for both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, the lineup is still pretty paltry (which wasn't unexpected). That being said, launch games, backwards compatibility, and entertainment apps work together to make sure that new console owners have something to enjoy, and that includes apps like Apple TV being available on launch day on the PS5. 

Sony's Head of Global Partner Development and Relations Phil Rosenberg took to the official PlayStation Blog to discuss which entertainment apps would be available on launch day. In addition to the below apps, he also confirmed that Amazon Prime Video, MyCanal, Peacock, Hulu, and others would be joining the lineup at a different date: 

Apple TV

  • Enjoy Apple TV+, Apple TV channels, new and popular movies, and personalized, curated recommendations on the Apple TV app. That means users can enjoy Apple Originals like Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Ted Lasso, and The Morning Show through Apple TV+, subscribe to premium channels, and buy or rent movies and TV shows and access past purchases from Apple. The Apple TV app will also be available on PS4.

Disney+

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Liana Ruppert

MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio review

21 hours 29 minutes ago

A photo of the MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio graphics card.

The [cms-block] continues to be sold out almost everywhere, but when it does finally come back in stock, is it worth spending that little bit extra on one of the more expensive versions of Nvidia’s new flagship GPU? I’ve been testing the enormous MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio to find out.

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Katharine Castle

Ten Xbox Game Pass games get dedicated touch controls on Android

21 hours 29 minutes ago

As long as Project xCloud has existed, we've always assumed a singular vision for Microsoft's game streaming: Run Xbox-quality games powered by the cloud, played with an Xbox controller on Android devices.

Actually, in an effort to make the mobile platform feel more natural, Microsoft has been working with developers to create native touch controls for some of those games. As a first pass, Microsoft has 10 games on Xbox Game Pass that now have dedicated touch controls on Android. They are:

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Brett Makedonski

It's Rambo versus Terminator in Mortal Kombat 11

21 hours 41 minutes ago

NetherRealm has shown off Rambo in Mortal Kombat 11.

The video below shows off the 80s action movie character fighting against a raft of the fighting game's cast, including The Terminator.

Rambo, voiced by Sylvester Stallone, uses many of his iconic weapons from the films, including his survival knife and compound bow. He utilises explosives as well as traps. One of Rambo's moves sees him crawl along the ground, avoiding enemy attacks as he inches his way towards his opponent. He also gets to use his M60 in a special move as well as in his victory cutscene.

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GTFO’s New Rundown “Contact” Launches Today; Adds Matchmaking, Difficulty System, & More

21 hours 46 minutes ago

Developer 10 Chambers has this week launched Rundown #4, “Contact,” a content update for its popular co-operative shooter GTFO. The update is the game’s biggest yet, adding a new environment, enemy type, a layered difficulty system, and a long-anticipated matchmaking feature.

Indeed, matchmaking has been a long-awaited feature for new players to quickly find others to join them down in the Complex. Up until now, it’s been entirely through the game’s Discord server.

Moving forward, the new match-making feature will be in alpha in the new Rundown to give 10 Chambers a chance to work out the kinks before launching it in full.

Ulf Andersson, Creative Director of GTFO said in a statement today:

“This Rundown is easily our biggest update yet. We’re adding core features such as matchmaking, and introducing a new system we call “layered difficulty”.

Depending on what route you choose throughout some of the expeditions, you will find it either very hard – or extremely hard. This will make it easier – or should I say less hard – for new players to take on GTFO, but at the same time giving our more seasoned community members a hardcore challenge right from the first expedition.”

Simon Viklund, composer and game designer of GTFO, also weighed in:

“As GTFO requires a lot of communication and teamwork, we haven’t wanted to use a basic match-making system, as it could generate poor matches and risk giving new players the wrong experience. When we’re adding it now, we will need our community’s help to refine it.

We’re starting off with it in alpha mode and will continue to develop it iteratively as we go on to see how it works with the volume of players we have”, says

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light Coming to Nintendo Switch

21 hours 46 minutes ago
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light - the first Fire Emblem game from 1990 - will be released on the Nintendo Switch on December 4, 2020, and will be fully localized for the first time. This Fire Emblem game, that was released only in Japan on the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom), told a story that featured the "heroic exploits of Prince Marth," and began a franchise that has spawned 20 games, spin-offs, and remakes, most recently with Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the Nintendo Switch. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light will be available on the Nintendo eShop for $5.99 and will only be available to purchase until the end of the franchise's 30th anniversary on March 31, 2021. Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Super Mario Bros.
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