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Insomniac Pledges $50,000 To Abortion Rights Group, Sony To Match Contribution - Report

11 hours 2 minutes ago

Following widespread criticism of PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan's email last week urging employees to "respect differences of opinion" around abortion rights before writing at length about his cat's birthdays, Insomniac Games has reportedly decided to donate $50,000 to the Women’s Reproductive Rights Assistance Project, a pro-choice organization.

According to The Washington Post, Insomniac shared the news in an internal email sent May 13. In it, Insomniac CEO Ted Price also confirmed that parent company Sony has agreed to match the studio's donation, a marked departure from Ryan's "middle-of-the-road" stance last week. Furthermore, Sony has also pledged to match all donations made from individual Insomniac employees as long as they make them via the company’s PlayStation Cares program.

The Ratchet and Clank and Marvel's Spider-Man developer then revealed it is currently working with Sony to "formulate an initiative to provide financial assistance to employees who might have to travel to different states to receive reproductive care." However, both companies have stated their intentions to remain quiet about the donations, and have forbidden employees from explicitly mentioning Insomniac or Sony "should they decide to retweet any announcements the WRRAP might make."

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Jessica Howard

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Kerbal Space Program 2 Delayed To 2023 On PC, Console Version Coming Even Later

11 hours 29 minutes ago

Developer Intercept Games and publisher Private Division have announced that Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed to an early 2023 release window on PC. The PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S versions will launch after the initial release on PC.

"We’re creating a game of immense technological complexity. And we’ve assembled a team of passionate, talented people to achieve that goal. But we’ve also set ourselves a very high bar of quality," explains Private Division creative director Nate Simpson in a video update. "The game has to be performant across a wide range of machines. The graphics have to be peerless. The universe has to be rich and interesting to explore."

He continues, saying, "We’ve set ourselves a goal internally of creating an experience that is both original and breathtaking. And as I’ve mentioned before we’ve augmented our team with the developers of the original Kerbal Space Program, and together, we’re creating something of which we are all very very proud."

Kerbal Space Program 2 was announced at Gamescom 2019 with an original release window of early 2020. However, the game's launch was delayed to Fall 2021 due to development complications surrounding COVID, and then pushed back once again to 2022. This marks Kerbal Space Program 2's third--and hopefully final--delay.

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George Yang

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Apex Legends Mobile Season 1 Patch Notes Details New Legend, Fade

11 hours 57 minutes ago

Respawn has released the patch notes for Season 1 of Apex Legends Mobile ahead of the game's mobile release on May 17. The notes include details about new legend Fade's abilities, as well as changes to both the game and shop

The patch notes details the abilities of Fade, a new legend only in Apex Legends Mobile. Fade's passive, Slipstream, gives him a speed boost at the end of a slide. His tactical is called Flashback, and lets him recall to his previous location. His ultimate ability is Phase Chamber, which sets off an explosion causing everyone around Fade to phase, making them temporarily unable to deal or receive damage.

The patch notes also detail the Apex Legends Mobile Season 1 Battle Pass, which includes Fade at level 25 in the free track. The store also sorts items differently from Apex Legends, labeling the items rarity as D-S rank, instead of the classic rarity tiers.

Apex Legends Mobile is a mobile version of the popular free-to-play battle royale shooter that functions independently of the PC and console version of the game. Apex Legends Mobile doesn't includes the full roster of Legends from Apex Legends and has its own exclusive Legend, Fade. It also includes exclusive game modes, like team death match, that aren't in the normal game. You can read the full Apex Legends Mobile patch notes on the game's official site or below:

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James Carr

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GTA 5 Passes 165 Million Sold, As Red Dead Redemption 2 Reaches 44 Million

12 hours ago

Grand Theft Auto V continues to soar. The open-world action game has now passed 165 million copies sold as of March 31, 2022, which is up by 5 million copies since Take-Two last disclosed a sales figure in February 2022.

The entire GTA series has now sold more than 375 million copies, Take-Two announced. GTA V's newest version was released in March for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Take-Two did not disclose a sales number for this new-generation version specifically, however. Another GTA game, GTA: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, launched for Nintendo Switch in February, but Take-Two didn't share a sales number.

Another notable GTA release in the past quarter was GTA Online's new standalone edition for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, as well as the subscription program, GTA+.

Take-Two also revealed a new sales number for Red Dead Redemption II; it has now sold 44 million copies, which is up from 43 million back in February. The series has sold 67 million copies, which means 2010's Red Dead Redemption 1 shifted around 23 million copies.

Both GTA V and Red Dead Redemption 2 make even more money from microtransaction sales within their online modes. And if Take-Two makes more money from microtransactions, CEO Strauss Zelnick stands to make a bigger bonus.

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Eddie Makuch

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Pokemon Unite: New Unit Espeon, A Ranged Attacker, Is Now Available

12 hours 15 minutes ago

Pokemon Unite, a MOBA featuring Pokemon on Switch and mobile, has released a new addition to the roster: Espeon. It can be obtained by either earning mission points, or if you want Espeon immediately, by spending real money.

Espeon occupies the Ranged Attacker role and has great offensive abilities and some support abilities. It ranks lower in Endurance, Mobility, and Scoring. Many of Espeon's attacks can reduce an opponent's movement speed and thereby create openings for other team members to score or go in for the kill.

But Espeon doesn't move very fast and has lower endurance--which means it can get knocked out more easily--so if Espeon finds itself alone, it's a unit that can get ganked easily. Careful positioning and teamwork will be important if players are planning on using Espeon. Any real evaluation of Espeon needs to be tested in-game though, so it remains to be seen just how effective it may or may not be

You'll need to earn 2000 mission points to get Espeon for free. Your max daily mission points are 220, and weekly mission points give you 700. So if you log in and do the daily mission every day, you should be able to get Espeon in around a week.

Read on for a look at Espeon's abilities, as described in the game.

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Jenny Zheng

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PlayStation Has Created A "Gamer Dictionary" And It's Actually Incredibly Useful

13 hours 29 minutes ago

Sony has released PlayStation's ultimate list of popular, gaming-related terms, and while that might conjure up images of someone twice your age explaining what "pwning some noobs" means, it turns out it's actually incredible useful.

Published as a part of Sony's "This Month On PlayStation" blog, the list contains well over 100 words and phrases that are all regularly used in gaming spaces. While it does contain more than a few dated phrases (see: "git gud" and "noob-tube"), the list delves into plenty of useful terms as well.

For example, the list might be helpful to those trying to understand certain game design elements or genres, as it explains things such as what it means for a game to be procedurally generated as well as the differences between RPGs, ARPGs, JRPGS, and CPRGs. It also covers quite a few more technical and hardware-driven terms, including haptic feedback, ray-tracing, resolution, frame rate, and more. For those new to certain genres or online gaming, it also explains concepts like "farming," "min-maxing," "camping," and "juggling." Not sure what it means when your teammates tell you to "pull aggro" or ask you about your loadout? Sony's dictionary covers that too.

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Jessica Howard

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Today's Wordle Answer (#331) - May 16, 2022

13 hours 43 minutes ago

Welcome back to yet another week of Wordle. Today is May 16 and today's answer threw me for several loops so it's a good thing I'm here to help you all! I don't even know where to begin with how irregular today's word is except to say that it is.

Have you tried today's Wordle yet? It is difficult in almost every conceivable way a Wordle answer could. The vowel placement is fine, but the vowels that go there will probably trip you up. It's a word that we kind of use these days, but I wouldn't say it's fairly typical. The word's ending is an odd one too, but if you get it then you've mostly solved the word as there's very little that could fit there. I'd focus on trying to get that down if I were you all.

If you're looking for more solid help, we've got a great collection of tips, as well as a list of starting words that could potentially help you solve today's answer in a pinch, so be sure to use it!

Today's Wordle Answer - May 16, 2022

The answer will be waiting for you right at the bottom as always, but you should try today's puzzle if only to potentially get it and say that you solved a doozy. Of course, I also have hints that you could use to get there, so there's even more incentive for you to give it a try.

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Moises Taveras

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Final Fantasy 35th Anniversary Uniqlo Merch Now Available, XIV Shirt Already Sold Out

13 hours 50 minutes ago

Final Fantasy's Uniqlo collection celebrating the franchise's 35th anniversary was released today--and a lot of products are already sold out. The collection features a limited-edition graphic tee for every game in the FF series, from FFI to the unreleased FFXVI. Each shirt retails for $20.

As of writing this, FFI, FFII, FFIII, FFIV, FFXIV, and FXII are currently sold out online in the US. However, it appears Uniqlo is restocking in limited sizes periodically, so make sure to check those shirts later if you really want one.

Here are the in-stock T-shirts and what sizes they're currently available in:

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Jenny Zheng

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Evil Dead: Level, XP, And Spirit Points Guide

14 hours 8 minutes ago

One of the issues that seems to plague horror-based asymmetrical games is balancing. This is evident at both a basic level--concerning the strength of survivors vs. a boss-like character--and progression. Evil Dead: The Game, though not without its faults, mitigates some of this by using multiple leveling systems.

Evil Dead: The Game’s different leveling systems aren’t revolutionary in scope. The difference comes in how each system is utilized. In this guide below, we explain how each of these systems work and how they’re used in conjunction with one another to keep things balanced.

Character progression

Evil Dead’s main leveling system is progression-based, allowing characters to be upgraded using experience points earned during matches. Want to unlock the Army of Darkness Ash’s best perks? Play as him in matches and win or lose, you’ll eventually unlock all of his passive abilities.

The Collections menu is where the upgrades are done.

To unlock these passives, you’d first have to gain enough XP to unlock skill points. Then from the main screen, head into the Collections menu and click on a given character. Once there, you’ll be able to place points into different skills. As you continue to level up and place points, more branches on the skill tree will open up. The same thing goes for the boss characters/Kandarian Demons.

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Kenneth Seward Jr.

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Call Of Duty: Vanguard Patch Notes Detail Combat Pacing Changes, Improved Map Rotation

14 hours 12 minutes ago

The latest update has arrived to Call of Duty: Vanguard, and the May 16 patch notes detail changes to multiplayer's combat pacing in order to improve the map rotation.

Previously, Vanguard offered three types of combat pacing: Assault, Tactical, and Blitz. However, Sledgehammer Games has removed the Assault pacing option with the new update, and the minimum and maximum player counts for Tactical and Blitz combat pacings have been updated.

Tactical pacing now features 6v6 matches on most of Vanguard's map pool, but it excludes the game's largest three maps: Castle, Red Star, and Sub Pens. Blitz pacing now features 10v10 and 14v14 matches on most maps, but it excludes the three smallest maps: Shipment, Das Haus, and Mayhem.

According to Sledgehammer Games, Assault combat pacing was the choice for just 5% of Vanguard's players. By removing this pacing option, Sledgehammer aims to increase the variety of map rotation across all Quick Play playlists.

The update also includes a few adjustments to the camo challenges for Season 3's Nikita AVT assault rifle and the M1916 marksman rifle. This includes changes to the amount of eliminations, headshots, multikills, and Bloodthirsty medals needed to unlock the camos for the Nikita AVT, while the M1916 received changes to the eliminations, multikill, prone kills, and holding breath kill challenges.

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S.E. Doster

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GTA Exec Will Make Even More Money If People Keep Buying Microtransactions

14 hours 27 minutes ago

Take-Two, the parent company of GTA developer Rockstar Games, has announced it has extended CEO Strauss Zelnick's contract through 2029. Under the terms of his new deal, Zelnick could earn more in bonuses if the company can continue to grow its microtransaction business.

The fact that an executive's pay is tied to a performance-based metric is not uncommon in the technology space. For example, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's contract has a clause that lets him earn more money when more people sign up for Xbox Game Pass. These types of performance-based incentives are offered to executives in an attempt to motivate them to maximize returns for shareholders (and enrich themselves, too, in the process).

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission says Zelnick could earn an additional "performance award" of more stock units if Take-Two can reach a certain "operational performance metric" pertaining to recurrent consumer spending (RCS).

RCS is Take-Two's terminology for "ongoing consumer engagement," which covers revenue from virtual currency, add-on content, and in-game purchases. In essence, Zelnick stands to potentially earn more money if microtransaction sales in games like GTA Online and NBA 2K continue to climb.

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Eddie Makuch

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Diablo 3 Dev Dishes On Cut Features, Lack Of PvP, And Creation Of Whimsyshire For Game's 10th Anniversary

14 hours 45 minutes ago

Diablo III recently turned 10 years old, and to celebrate a decade of demon-slaying, former Diablo III developer and current Diablo Immortal game director Wyatt Cheng took to Twitter to answer fan questions about the game's development, initial launch, and features that didn't make the final cut.

Cheng's responses dive deep into Blizzard's approach for Diablo III, and how that approach quickly changed after launch. The game's difficulty, for example, was originally inspired by World of Warcraft's raids. The game's controversial real-money auction house was a major point of contention at launch, with many players feeling like the game's steep challenge at higher difficulty levels and low-item drop rates were intended to push players towards buying better gear on the auction house. Cheng says that was never the goal, but was instead implemented in order for players to more easily trade and exchange items without having to use third-party websites.

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Cameron Koch

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Apex Legends Mobile Launch Trailer Shows Off New Modes, A New Legend, And More

14 hours 52 minutes ago

In the weeks since Respawn announced that Apex Legends Mobile would launch this month (and released a thrilling launch trailer), players have been waiting with bated breath to see what else Apex Mobile has in store. Their wishes were granted with the release of today's Apex Legends Mobile gameplay trailer, which is jam-packed with just as much unique content as one would expect from any new season of Apex--but there are a few twists. Keep reading for a closer look at what to expect from Season 1 of Apex Legends Mobile.

New game modes

In a move that is certain to leave console and PC players seething with jealousy, Apex Legends Mobile will be launching with four game modes:

  • Classic Battle Royale
  • 3v3, which is essentially a mobile version of Arenas
  • Quick Battle, a faster-paced version of battle royale
  • Team Deathmatch

Apex players have been begging for a team deathmatch mode to be added to the game since day one, and they will soon get their wish--though there's no telling when (or if) Team Deathmatch and Quick Battle will make their way to the PC/console version of Apex.

A smaller squad

Despite the season launch trailer depicting legends like Crypto, Loba and Wattson, the gameplay trailer only confirms that Mirage, Wraith, Pathfinder, Gibraltar, Octane, Bloodhound, Lifeline, Caustic, Bangalore, and a new legend will be playable upon launch, with more characters to be added later.

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Claire Lewis

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Multiple Silent Hill Projects Are Rumored To Be In Development

15 hours 4 minutes ago

Silent Hill rumors continue to swirl. Following last week's leaked Silent Hill art, journalist Jeff Grub and leaker NateTheHate2 took to Twitter to comment on two pieces of information they've heard from sources.

The first is that Konami is likely working on multiple Silent Hill Games--including a mainline title and side "stories." The second allegedly confirms Bloober Team's involvement in a Silent Hill title--Silent Hill 2 Remake. The remake will receive reworked puzzles, new endings, and could possibly be a timed PlayStation exclusive.

VGC also says that its sources support such claims.

Bloober Team has long been rumored to be working on some sort of Silent Hill project. In 2021, Konami and Bloober Team announced a partnership, a deal that allows the two companies to "produce games from existing and new IPs."

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Jenny Zheng

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Fall Guys Is Headed To Switch And Xbox In June, And The Game Is Going Free

15 hours 6 minutes ago

Fall Guys is finally heading to Xbox and Nintendo Switch and the game is adopting a free-to-play business model. Following a delay, developer Mediatonic has announced that the whimsical battle royale game will arrive on the new platforms June 21, which is also when the game goes free.

There will be full cross-play and cross-progression supported (across Xbox and Switch, as well as PS4 and PS5, which is also adopting a free business model in June), thanks to the game using Epic's Online Services functionality--Epic owns Mediatonic and the Fall Guys property.

A new Fall Guys season is also launching on June 21, and it promises to be the "most jam-packed and blunderful season yet," Mediatonic said. Players can expect "stacks of new challenges and rewards," as well as "major updates" to the game's progression systems. What's more, Mediatonic is launching a new in-game currency called Show-Bucks with the new season launch.

Additionally, Mediatonic announced that existing Fall Guys players will be gifted the Legacy Pack that includes "spangly cosmetic items" and everything in the game's first season pass for free.

The new season pass is described as a "supercharged" version of Fall Guys' existing free progression path. This new pass, however, is a paid offering that people can buy with the new Show-Bucks currency. The existing free progression path, including the original currency, Kudos, will remain available.

Mediatonic was acquired by Fortnite studio Epic Games in 2021 as part of the company's effort to create a metaverse.

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Eddie Makuch

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What Happens In Elden Ring? The Game's Story, Part. 5: Leyndell, Royal Capital

3 days 7 hours ago

At the center of the Lands Between is Leyndell, the home of the Erdtree, and the most important place in all of Elden Ring. At the base of the massive tree, Marika built the seat of her power. Of all the places in the Lands Between, Leyndell probably remains in the best shape, with its walls still standing and knights waiting within. Once you have a few Great Runes, your journey inevitably takes you to Leyndell as you attempt to claim the Elden Ring and become Elden Lord. But there are other powers who still stand in your way--others who still wish to take the throne.

Your trip into Leyndell puts you closer to your goal than you've ever been, but there are also a few major revelations to be found here, as well. As we delve into the Erdtree capital, as always, there are spoilers within, although these are probably the biggest yet, with the greatest and weirdest lore implications for the overall story of the game. Here's what's happening as you explore Leyndell and try to lay claim on the title of Elden Lord.

More deep dives into Elden Ring's story

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Phil Hornshaw

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Fortnite Robocop Skin Has Arrived To Protect And Serve The Island

3 days 8 hours ago

The Imagined Order versus Resistance war has required a call for backup, and the Fortnite Robocop skin has answered that call with its arrival in the item shop. The '80s movie hero enters the battle royale with cosmetics themed around one of its most fearsome enemies, the ED-209. He uses the severed leg of the bipedal machine as an interchangeable back bling and pickaxe, and he can also ride on a mini version as an emote.

The full Fortnite Robocop skin bundle.

The full list of items in the Robocop bundle is as follows:

  • LEG-209 pickaxe
  • LEG-209 back bling
    • If purchased together, the item can be used interchangeably in a match
  • Lil' ED-209 emote

Robocop joins Sarah Conner, the Terminator, Ripley, and the Xenomorph as some of the '80s-era action icons that have become Fortnite skins over the years. The Predator also has a skin in the game, however that one was a special battle pass skin during Chapter 2, Season 5 and won't be sold in the item shop…although it should be.

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Jason Fanelli

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Evil Dead: The Game Tips For Survivors And Kandarian Demons

3 days 9 hours ago

Evil Dead: The Game is finally here. Filled to the brim with demon slaying action, this PvP/PvE asymmetrical experience delivers all of the thrills the franchise is known for. Players will certainly need to work together if they hope to survive the night. Unless of course, they’ve chosen to take up the spirits of Evil Dead’s demonic entities. Then it’s all human possession and mean-spirited trees. Groovy!

Like most games of this ilk, the goal of the survivors is to best their overpowered rival. They’ll need to hunt down pages of the Necronomicon--the Book of the Dead--and use it to find a magical dagger needed to defeat the Dark Ones. This is easier said than done given how Evil Dead’s large maps are swarming with enemies, the most dangerous being those who are player-controlled. They’ll do everything in their power to stop the survivors at every turn.

No matter which side of the battle you’re on, Evil Dead: The Game has a ton of tools to help you achieve your goals. Knowing how and when to use them is key. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during your first several hours playing Evil Dead: The Game.

Survivors

Manage your fear

Evil Dead: The Game utilizes several horror-based mechanics/systems that need to be managed during play. This main one, when playing as a survivor, is the fear gauge. Located on the bottom left of the screen (right under your life bar) is a meter that slowly fills up over the course of a match. Certain stimuli and/or compromising situations--getting attacked by deadites, tripping a scare trap, being alone or in darkness--contributes to your rising fear.

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Kenneth Seward Jr.

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Is Collbarating With Its Own Spinoff, War Of The Visions

3 days 9 hours ago

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a mobile game released in 2016 (2015 in Japan) where players collect Final Fantasy characters by playing a simplified turn-based RPG. War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius is a different mobile game that spun off from Brave Exvius that released in 2020 (2019 in Japan) that plays closer to Final Fantasy Tactics, but also allows players to collect Final Fantasy characters. Recalling an ouroboros situation, the two games are now collaborating. War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius characters are now collectible in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.

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The event is happening now and along with the new units and summons, there are also new login bonuses and new daily summons rewards that will be available until May 25. The main rewards for participating in the event are King of Leonis Mont and Vinera Fennes from War of Visions, and the Vision Card, Proof of Resolution and Resolve. The steps to unlock these rewards are complicated outside the context of the game, and involve moving through a series of steps with Summon Coins and NV Exchange Tickets. Luckily, Square Enix has outlined the process in more detail on this website.

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Kyle Hilliard

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Hot Drop: Apex Legends' The Broken Ghost Quest Has Found A Potential Successor In IMC Armories

3 days 10 hours ago

Hot Drop is GameSpot's weekly Apex Legends column, in which Jordan Ramée takes a closer look at Respawn's battle royale to provide additional insight into the game's evolution, as well as dive deeper into its episodic storytelling and characters.


We are now two years out from the best thing to happen to Apex Legends: the introduction of Quest. The new story-focused mode kicked off in May 2020 with Season 5: Fortune's Favor. Its first storyline was called The Broken Ghost, and it was fantastic. Even two years later, no questline has been quite as compelling, and Respawn hasn't found a suitable successor for it in the seasons since.

That is, until Season 13: Saviors. This new season adds IMC Armories to Storm Point--these armories provide a way for squads to engage in PvE combat against Spectres in order to earn better loot. For now, they are strictly a way of finally adding PvE combat to a PvP battle royale without it feeling unnecessary or annoying, but I think they can be a lot more than that. The IMC Armories present the potential for reintroducing something like The Broken Ghost to Apex Legends.

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Jordan Ramée

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Activision Blizzard Announces Tool That Measures Characters' Diversity

3 days 10 hours ago

The gaming industry has long had a problem with diversity, and there have been initiatives by different studios over the years to rectify the issue. But not all efforts, while well-intentioned, are good. In a blog post, Activision Blizzard detailed a decision to use a "character diversity tool that quantifies ethnicity, beauty, cognitive ability, and other things that indicate "you're different," is one such measure that feels particularly bizarre if not offensive.

Developed by King and MIT Game Labs, this diversity tool was meant to "create and monitor guidelines for character conception and creation." King globalization project manager Jacqueline Chomatas further explained the tool's mission, saying, "The Diversity Space Tool is a measurement device, to help identify how diverse a set of character traits are and in turn how diverse that character and cast are when compared to the 'norm.'"

As you can see from the image below, categories like culture, socioeconomic background, cognitive ability, facial features/beauty, and more are all assigned a value depending on how far they are from the norm of "typical character traits." This tool can then "weigh new character designs against [the established baseline] to measure their diversity."

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Jenny Zheng

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Call Of Duty: Warzone 2 – Here Are All The Details And Rumors So Far

3 days 11 hours ago

Riding off the success of Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision has already revealed a sequel is in development for the battle royale. While details remain scarce, here are all the facts and rumors surrounding the upcoming Warzone 2 title.

Warzone 2 developer, release date, and platform details

Activision has revealed a Warzone sequel is in development alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, with both titles being "designed together from the ground up" by Infinity Ward, but a release date has not been provided.

Modern Warfare 2 is projected to release sometime in fall of 2022, but it's very likely that Warzone 2 won't release until the following year. According to Jason Schreier of Bloomberg, who made a report back in January, Warzone 2 is apparently on track for a 2023 release. A later release also falls in line with Warzone's initial launch, which arrived several months after 2019's Modern Warfare.

Warzone currently supports both old-gen and new-gen consoles, but it's uncertain if Warzone 2 will continue to support old-gen hardware. Journalist and industry insider Tom Henderson believes that Warzone 2 is being designed as a "completely new game for the better hardware," meaning current generation consoles and PC only.

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S.E. Doster

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Lag Is Actually To Blame For Once As League Of Legends Matches Will Be Replayed

3 days 12 hours ago

Riot Games' esports division has released a statement confirming a latency discrepancy between the Busan venue and RNG Team's remote venue during the League of Legends' Mid-Season Invitational competition.

"We discovered following day three that there was a discrepancy in the latency being reported in game logs for all matches versus what was being experienced in the Busan venue," the press release stated.

That means teams playing in Busan were playing at a higher ping, while the RNG Team--which is competing remotely in China--was playing at a lower ping. Because this put RNG at an advantage, RNG will now have to replay three matches. RNG previously won three out of three matches, but those results will now be void.

RNG is competing remotely in China this year due to Covid restrictions in Shanghai. RNG's head coach Ken Zhu (Zhu Kai) took to Weibo to write a very long statement commenting on the matter. "My first reaction was that I didn't understand [the decision]. During my 10-year career, I've never encountered a situation like this. The players and management are confused as well," he says.

It's clear Zhu isn't very happy with the situation. He makes it clear that the team and him will respect the competition's decision and will cooperate with MSI's rules. But he also adds, "If the latency issue was discovered on the competition's first day, I'd totally understand. But the fact that the competition went on for three days until the latency issue was discovered and additionally asking us to replay our matches, isn't that inexcusable? But that's the reality of the situation, and the only thing we can do is to accept and cooperate."

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Jenny Zheng

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Horizon Zero Dawn Demake Video Takes Us Back To The PS1 Era

3 days 12 hours ago

Horizon Zero Dawn and its sequel Horizon Forbidden West are both incredibly detailed games, with Guerrilla Games' Decima engine offering graphics that seem almost impossible on modern consoles. But would Horizon be just as good with PS1-era visuals that barely even qualify as 3D? Luckily, now we know.

YouTube creator ZeoNyph wondered that, as well, and created a pseudo-demo for a Horizon Zero Dawn demake using Blender. Blender is a 3D graphics program that lets users animate their own content, and though it can be used for advanced visuals, that's not what ZeoNyph had in mind.

As you can see in the video above, Horizon Zero Dawn was reimagined as a PS1 game from 1996, complete with the classic PlayStation splash screen and blurry 320x420 resolution. The game's own title screen even includes a selection option for the Frozen Wilds expansion, and the audio has a nostalgic crackly tone and lack of fidelity that anyone with a PS1 should recognize. There's something soothing about a game that seems like it's being held together with duct tape and paper clips.

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Gabe Gurwin

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The Long-Lost Developer Of Wabbit, An Early Groundbreaking Video Game, Has Been Found

3 days 12 hours ago

The Video Game History Foundation has finally found the developer of Wabbit, which is believed to be the first console game to feature a playable human girl as the lead.

In 2021, Polygon ran an article about the Video Game History Foundation's search for Wabbit's developer in conjunction with Kevin Bunch, a video game historian who maintains the Atari Archive, and A Critical Hit's Kate Willaert. However, all that they had on the developer at the time was that she was a Vietnamese woman named "Ban Tran," which turned out to be a fairly common name in Texas, where she developed Wabbit and another unreleased game. As Bunch put it when talking to Polygon, soon after working on these projects, Tran became "something of a ghost," making her particularly difficult to track down.

It turns out that they were one letter off and that her actual first name was Van. Van Mai (as she now goes by a married name) was found when a member of the search effort's Discord decided to look through the bankruptcy records at the National Archive in Texas. Since most of her colleagues at Apollo, where she made Wabbit, had to file for royalty checks following the studio's bankruptcy and closure, it was assumed that records of her could be found there, and they were correct. Following Mai's discovery, the Video Game History Foundation was able to catch up with her and speak about her time in the games industry.

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Moises Taveras

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Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Is Coming To Nintendo Switch Online Later This Month

3 days 13 hours ago

Nintendo announced that it will be adding Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to the Nintendo Switch Online Service + Expansion Pack. It will arrive on May 20.

This game follows Kirby as he journeys to reassemble a sacred crystal that was shattered by his arch-nemesis, Dark Matter. Nintendo released a trailer for the game showing off Kirby's various powers. The multiplayer minigames can also be played locally or online. The game joins several other Nintendo 64 titles that are included in the Expansion Pack, such as Mario Kart 64, Star Fox 64, and Super Mario 64.

In GameSpot's Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards review, we said, "While some might be initially put off by the youthful nature of Kirby 64, the depth of the power combo system really brings a lot to what would otherwise be an average platformer. Nintendo 64 owners should definitely give this one a look."

Kirby 64 is the first game in the series to feature 3D computer graphics. Coincidentally, the pink puff's latest adventure, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, is the first game in the series with fully explorable 3D areas and is now available on Nintendo Switch. In GameSpot's Kirby and the Forgotten Land review, we said, "Kirby and the Forgotten Land is one of those games that's hard to play without constantly having a silly smile on your face."

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WoW Classic Character Cloning Service Is Shutting Down July 26

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Blizzard is shutting down World of Warcraft Classic's character clone service on July 26, after a little over a year of availability.

The paid service allows players to make a copy of a WoW Classic character of their choice based on a "snapshot" of that character as they were on May 18, 2021. All players were given the option on a per-character basis prior to the release of Burning Crusade Classic last summer of whether or not to keep that character on what Blizzard now calls "Classic Era" realms or to progress to Burning Crusade. For players who couldn't choose, character cloning let them do both for a small fee.

Blizzard didn't give a specific reason for why the service is shutting down in its official blog, but character cloning will be on sale for $5 (66% off) until July 26. For players who haven't made a choice for each of their character on whether to progress to Burning Crusade Classic or stay on a Classic Era realm by July 26, Blizzard says all characters will be moved forward into Burning Crusade Classic, with the Classic Era version of those characters being deleted.

When Blizzard first announced the character clone service last year, it found itself in hot water over what many players felt was a steep asking price for the service, as it was originally planned to be $35. After listening to player feedback, Blizzard cut the price of the service by more than half to $15.

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Cameron Koch

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Square Enix Wants To Establish New Game Studios, Despite Just Selling Three Of Them

3 days 15 hours ago

Square Enix has released its earnings report for the last fiscal year, and nestled amidst the sea of sales figures and numbers are a few interesting pieces of information, including the fact that Square Enix wants to establish new game studios.

Normally a publisher wanting to build or acquire more game studios would make perfect sense. But this news comes shortly after Square Enix announced it was selling three major studios--Crystal Dynamics, Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal--to the Embracer Group to the tune of $300 million. Square Enix moving forward also wants to "cultivate robust IP" after it just sold off major IPs like Tomb Raider and Deus Ex along with its aforementioned studios.

Analysts have theorized the sale of some of its major Western studios and IP are part of an effort on the Japan-based Square Enix's part to "refocus" on its Japanese studios. If that is the case, then Square Enix is likely looking at acquiring or spinning up new studios in Japan, rather than in other parts of the world.

One of the core reasons behind Square Enix's divestiture of some of its overseas studios and IP is to use that money to "accelerate launch and monetization of new businesses by moving forward in focus fields" which include the blockchain, AI, and the cloud.

In other words, Square Enix is doubling down on NFTs and blockchain technology. Part of Square Enix's "medium-term business strategy" is a newfound focus on "blockchain entertainment" which includes a desire to issue exclusive NFTs and create a "new NFT brand and IP."

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Cameron Koch

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Castlevania: Grimoire Of Souls' Story Concludes With Latest Update

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Castlevania's recent relevance has been strange. The beloved Dracula-hunting series has primarily existed as an excellent animated TV show on Netflix, but as a video game series it has been relatively quiet, save for compilation releases of previous games . Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls is the first truly new Castlevania game since Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2 in 2014, and it's only available as part of Apple Arcade.

Grimoire of Souls actually released and then was pulled offline and was then re-released without much fanfare for Apple Arcade. It has existed mostly unnoticed, but it is a canonical Castlevania game and for its 1.4.0 update, the story has concluded and in an unexpected twist, it promises to include revelations about the 1990 NES game, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse. Along with the story conclusion, you can find the list of additional updates below.

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Where Is Xur Today? (May 13-17) - Destiny 2 Xur Location And Exotic Items Guide

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Xur has returned for his weekly visit in Destiny 2, giving players another opportunity to add some new Exotics to their collections or get their hands on better versions of ones they already own. You'll be able to find Xur on the EDZ from now until the weekly reset on May 17. Read on for a full rundown on all of the Exotic and Legendary weapons and armor he has for sale, how to find Xur's location, and more.

Head to the Winding Cove area of the EDZ to find Xur this week. For his weapon, Xur is offering Cerberus+1. Hunters can pick up the Graviton Forfeit helmet; Titans can grab the Synthoceps gauntlets; and for Warlocks, Xur has the Nezarec's Sin helmet. Legacy Exotics are also on offer, with Hawkmoon offering the Killing Wind perk and Dead Man's Tale sporting Moving Target.

Xur arrives in the Solar system with Friday's daily reset at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET and will hang around until the weekly reset at the same time the following Tuesday, so you have until May 17 to pay him a visit and buy anything you're interested in.

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Darryn Bonthuys

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Blizzard Hires First Head Of Culture To Help Improve Diversity And Inclusivity

1 week 4 days ago

Blizzard Entertainment has hired its first ever Vice President, Head of Culture to help make the Overwatch and Diablo company have a more "diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture."

Jessica Martinez has joined Blizzard to help lead the effort to empower workers to feel they can "learn, grow, and bring their most creative selves to their work," Blizzard said in a news post.

Martinez previously worked at The Walt Disney Company for more than 14 years as its Chief of Staff and strategic advisor in the Parks & Resorts division.

"Jessica and the Blizzard leadership team will be responsible for growing and implementing our culture strategy, ensuring alignment across all teams and functions, and revamping learning and talent development programs," the company said in a statement.

Jessica Martinez

Martinez said in her own statement, "When you create a people-first environment where teams feel safe, valued, and work together toward a shared purpose, everyone thrives–the employees, the players, and the business."

Martinez will work with Blizzard's communications, events, and the leaders of the company's franchise teams. "Making the values of our connections show up in what we do is how we bring humanity back to business," Martinez said.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War Is Getting Jungle Map On May 6

1 week 4 days ago

As previously announced by Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is getting the Jungle map originally from 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops. The developer tweeted an update to reveal Jungle would be added to Black Ops Cold War on May 6.

To celebrate the arrival of the classic map, Jungle will arrive with a 24/7 playlist of mixed game modes. This throwback map follow's Treyarch's previously released WMD map and Vargo 52 assault rifle for Black Ops Cold War's first chunk of Year 2 content.

While the tweet only mentions Jungle is coming this week, Treyarch announced back in April that two new weapons were also coming to Black Ops Cold War. They're said to be one ranged weapon and one melee weapon that players can unlock for use in multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone. Treyarch's Year 2 content seems to be trickling in, so it's possible both weapons could arrive at later dates.

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How To Watch Summer Game Fest Live 2022

1 week 4 days ago

E3 2022 is canceled, but the games industry is moving forward with its usual cadence of summer gaming events. One of the biggest is Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest, which he created as his own virtual show--first as an alternative to the scuttled E3 in 2020, then alongside its virtual version in 2021. The centerpiece of this is Summer Game Fest Live 2022, a special event to kick off all of the game coverage under its umbrella.

Keighley is best known for hosting and producing The Game Awards every December, and he also heads up Gamescom's Opening Night Live. So he's no stranger to big stage shows, and Summer Game Fest is meant to be a celebration of all games, which differentiates it from the platform and publisher showcases that we also expect to see.

When Is The Summer Game Fest Live 2022 Showcase

The Summer Game Fest Live 2022 takes place Thursday, June 9. It begins at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, and you can see more regional times below.

Thursday, June 9

  • 11 AM PT
  • 1 PM CT
  • 2 PM ET
  • 6 PM GMT
  • 3 AM JST (Friday, June 10)
  • 4 AM AEST (Friday, June 10)

How To Watch Summer Game Fest Live 2022

The Summer Game Fest Live 2022 presentation will air across the usual streaming platforms like YouTube and Twitch. This year, the presentation will also be broadcast in select IMAX theaters. Ticket sales for the live event will begin on May 12. Keighley has also teased that the IMAX partnership will continue for The Game Awards later this year.

What To Expect At The Summer Game Fest Live 2022

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Newcastle's Abilities Are On Display In Apex Legends Season 13 Trailer

1 week 4 days ago

As is customary during the week before a new Apex Legends season launch, Respawn Entertainment has released the introductory trailer for Season 13's newest legend. The trailer unveils Newcastle (AKA Jackson "Jackie" Williams, Bangalore's brother) in all his armored glory, and gives the typical abilities rundown that fans have come to expect from these trailers--but this time, there's a twist.

The first thing that will jump out at most fans is the absence of the female Apex announcer who has served as the narrator for every "Meet [Legend]" trailer since the game's launch in 2019. But this time around, the newest legend to hit the Games is being introduced by the person who knows him best, instead of the perky female announcer fans are used to. While it might be embarrassing to be introduced by his little sister, Newcastle definitely had it coming, after faking his death and leading said sister to believe he was gone for good.

Bangalore's frustration with her brother is palpable in the trailer's voiceover, though it certainly seems like she's pleased to have the opportunity to take said frustration out on him in the ring. She even slips up and nearly calls Newcastle by his real name instead of his Apex Games moniker while detailing his abilities.

Newcastle

Passive: Retrieve the Wounded

Newcastle can use his knockdown shield while reviving and can drag a teammate over a short distance.

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Trek To Yomi Tips for Beginners

1 week 4 days ago

Trek to Yomi doesn’t have your standard side-scroller combat. You neither hop-and-bop nor hack-and-slash. Instead, combat is more akin to something from Assassin’s Creed or Ghost of Tsushima, where you need to read your opponent’s attacks and react appropriately. It can take some getting used to, but here’s how you can get started on the right foot.

Search for upgrades

While Trek to Yomi will often tell you time is of the essence, you shouldn’t neglect probing the margins of its environments. Many times, going off the beaten path rewards you with upgrades to your health, stamina, and ammunition and will even provide you with new combos. While one unit of health may not seem like much in the immediate, having a healthy stockpile can mean the difference between life and a sudden death.

Parrying gives health

Health is always restored to full when you reach one of Trek to Yomi’s checkpoint shrines, however, you may sometimes find some are just not near enough. Keep your health topped up by parrying. Watch for the glint on your opponent’s blade before jamming the counter button, and not only will you open them up for an attack, you’ll get some precious life back.

Finishing moves give even more health

Once you’ve become all grown up and have access to a few more combos, you’ll find some will stun enemies upon their completion. When an enemy is standing there in a daze, they’re open to a finishing move. Not only does this kill off whatever health they had left, but it also crams some life back into your samurai body. While this won’t work against bosses, it is a great way to keep some fuel in your tank between shrines.

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Zoey Handley

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How To Watch The Xbox & Bethesda Summer Games Showcase And What To Expect

1 week 4 days ago

While E3 2022 is canceled, there are a handful of big-time gaming events coming up this summer, one of which is the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase. While the event is still some time off, it's never too early to get ready, and here in this post we're rounding up how to watch the showcase and what to expect.

For anyone catching up, Microsoft owns Bethesda following its purchase of the gaming giant in 2020, and that's why the companies are hosting their showcase together in this manner.

When Is The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase takes place Sunday, June 12. It begins at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET, and you can see more regional times below.

Sunday, June 12

  • 10 AM PT
  • 12 PM CT
  • 1 PM ET
  • 6 PM GMT
  • 2 AM JST (Monday, June 13)
  • 3 AM AEST (Monday, June 13)

How Long Is The Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase

Microsoft has not yet officially announced how long the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, but marketing boss Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter that it should be in the area of 90 minutes. "We don't have a final show run time yet. But yes typically we end up close to that 90 mins mark," Greenberg said.

For comparison, 2021's Xbox & Bethesda event ran for 1 hour and 25 minutes.

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Eddie Makuch

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Call Of Duty Mobile Is Getting A Tournament Mode With Season 4

1 week 4 days ago

Call of Duty Mobile’s Season 4: Wild Dogs launched on April 27, and Activision has detailed the new Tournament Mode feature coming to Season 4 on May 6.

Season 4's new Tournament Mode is separate to Call of Duty Mobile’s Ranked Play. While Ranked Play is for larger squads and determines qualification for the Call of Duty Mobile's World Championship, Activision says Tournament Mode is meant for duos or solo competitors who want to prove their individual skill. It also gives players another outlet to practice in a competitive environment before climbing the Ranked Play ladder.

Players will be able to access Tournament Mode from the main Multiplayer lobby. It will have its own hub, which features a mode selection, leaderboards, and will show the player's wins and losses during a tournament round.

Each tournament round will consist of four matches. These matches can be played on the following modes:

  • Gunfight
  • Gunfight Team Deathmatch
  • 2v2 Team Deathmatch
  • 2v2 Kill Confirmed
  • Free For All

Winning matches will earn players Crowns, which is a tournament-exclusive currency for rewards. Those who win three matches will have a chance to earn double crowns, a dynamic Calling Card, and a special Tournament Crate for winning a fourth match. Players can play as many tournament rounds as they want to win that week's rewards. Additionally, players will be able to choose to spend CoD Points for additional matches within a round.

However, Activision says the additional match purchases won't affect the leaderboards. The publisher says a player’s leaderboard position is solely based on the number of wins, rewarding those who consistently win rounds regardless of extra match purchases.

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S.E. Doster

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TennoCon 2022 Coming July 16 With "Jaw-Dropping" Announcements

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The annual Warframe fan event, TennoCon, is returning in 2022 to celebrate the popular free-to-play shooter series. This seventh annual conference takes place on July 16, and Digital Extremes is promising "exclusive news and reveals, contests, in-game activities, giveaways, developer panels," and more.

This is a digital event that will be streamed free for everyone. Digital Extremes COO Sheldon Carter said fans can expect a "jaw-dropping lineup of announcements and reveals." Additionally, there will be interactive in-game experiences happening at the same time of the event inside Warframe.

TennoCon will also feature an art and cosplay contest. Fans can submit Warframe-themed art and cosplay for a chance to be featured during the TennoCon broadcast. You can see the full rules and details in the Community Art Show submission form.

The TennoCon Dojo showcase is also returning for the 2022 event. Similar to previous years, players can sync up with others in Clans and create and customize their own Dojos for a chance to have them featured during TennoCon. Submissions for the art/cosplay and Dojo contests close on June 16.

Last year's TennoCon included the reveal of Warframe's The New War expansion, which was revealed inside Warframe. More than 700,000 people logged into the game at the same time for this event, breaking Warframe concurrent player records.

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Eddie Makuch

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WoW: Burning Crusade Classic's Fury Of The Sunwell Update Arrives May 10

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World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic's final content patch, the Fury of the Sunwell update, will arrive May 10, with the expansion's final raid unlocking on May 12.

Come Tuesday, Burning Crusade Classic players will be able to travel to the Isle of Quel'Danas and battle the forces of Kael'thas and the Burning Legion that have taken control of the Blood Elves cherished Sunwell. As detailed by Blizzard, this new zone introduces a new faction to earn repudiation with, the Shattered Sun Offensive, as well as new daily quests.

The expansion's ultimate raid, Sunwell Plateau, will be accessible a few days later. Widely regarded as one of the most challenging raids in the early days of WoW, Sunwell Plateau will see players confront the fallen Blood Elf prince Kael'thas once more, who seeks to summon one of the Burning Legion's most powerful commanders, Kil'jaeden. Unlike many other Burning Crusade raids, there is no lengthy attunement process to enter Sunwell Plateau, and in a major difference from the game's original release, all six of the raid's bosses will be available on launch day.

Fury of the Sunwell's release will also usher in a new PvP Arena season. Dedicated players who climb the ranks will be able to earn the unique Brutal Gladiator title as well as the Brutal Nether Drake mount. Some new pieces of PvP gear will require a certain Arena rating to purchase, while gear from previous Arena seasons will no longer have rating requirements and can be purchased normally.

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Cameron Koch

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OlliOlli World's Void Riders DLC Is "As Weird As It Looks" (Exclusive)

1 week 4 days ago

OlliOlli World is already something of a strange, cartoony game, taking place in a world built for skateboarding. It's also one populated by humans, frog businessmen, fortune-telling fish, and skate gods, whose main teachings include grinding and kick-flipping. With its upcoming DLC expansion, Void Riders, the side-scrolling skateboarding platformer is taking things a step further with a cosmic theme and the addition of a whole bunch of aliens.

Though developer Roll7 hasn't revealed much in the way of details about what players can expect for the first story expansion for OlliOlli World, GameSpot got an exclusive look at the DLC's key art, which gives a few clues.

"Yes, it's as weird as it looks," said John Ribbins, Roll7's chief creative officer and co-founder, in an interview with GameSpot. "DLC is an opportunity to, as developers, have fun--we already know how to make the game now. And it's like, what cool twists can we put on it, and stuff like that?"

The twists in Void Riders primarily seem to concern visits by extraterrestrials, whose ships can be seen in the art sucking up objects, characters, and cows, thereby altering OlliOlli World's skatable landscape. Aliens previously made a few cameos in OlliOlli World's Burntrock levels, mostly hanging around in the background as a sort of running Area 51 joke. They're a big part of the foreground in Void Riders, composing a skate crew of their own that you'll interact with, much like those located throughout the different levels of OlliOlli World.

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Phil Hornshaw

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