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Immortals Fenyx Rising Adds Blood of Zeus Bonus Quest via Limited Time Crossover

1 hour 50 minutes ago

Today Ubisoft announced that a new crossover between Immortals Fenyx Rising, and Netflix animated series Blood of Zeus, would take place.

The crossover between the two franchises based around Greek mythology begins right now apparently and only runs for one week ending on Jan. 28. So if this is something that intrigues you and you’re playing Immortals Fenyx Rising I’d hop to it.

Players will gain access to a new Blood of Zeus-themed quest called A Tribute to Family that will appear on the game map after completing the quest “Gods and Monsters.”

Here are the details of the crossover quest via Ubisoft:

The quest will first take you to the Hall of the Gods where you’ll find a lone ghost to interact with. Completing the quest will earn players the Eagle pendant and new “Blood of Zeus”-inspired customization options.

You’ll also be able to purchase a new weapon pack containing themed skins for Fenyx’s sword, axe, and bow, as well as a character pack to customize your armor, helmet, wings, mount, and Phosphor with a unique “Blood of Zeus” flair. Both the weapon and character pack can still be purchased after the conclusion of the crossover event.

So while the quest itself might only be around for a limited time, it does appear that the purchasable customization options will still be available, so there’s that at least I suppose if that’s something you’re into.

Between Immortals Fenyx Rising, Hades, Blood of Zeus, Smite still being alive in 2021, and probably other stuff I’m forgetting, Greek Mythology is so hot right now.

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Ed McGlone

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Codemasters’ Board of Directors Agree to Terms of EA Takeover; Acquisition Inches Closer

2 hours ago

The board of directors of Codemasters, the developers behind popular racing game franchises such as F1 and Dirt, have voted in favor of accepting EA’s proposed acquisition terms.

While the directors are on board with EA’s proposal there are still a few other hoops that need to be jumped through before everything is official and Codemasters is formally acquired by EA as outlined by VGC.

First, the shareholders of Codemasters need to vote and agree to the terms. As VGC notes, the directors are recommending to shareholders that they do vote to move forward with the acquisition. And the after that, a court hearing will be held to approve the deal.

All the while EA still has the ability to rescind their offer or allow it to lapse without finalizing should they change their mind hypothetically for whatever reason. In other words, nothing is locked in just yet, but it is rapidly heading in the direction of acquisition.

Last year, Take-Two made a move to acquire Codemasters but EA was able to swoop in with a deal that the Codemasters board apparently found more favorable, and Take-Two’s offer lapsed as a result.

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Ed McGlone

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Here Are All of Our Best of 2020 in Video Games Award Winners

2 hours 25 minutes ago

Another year of gaming in the books. 2020 is done and dusted. While most gamers (including us) are looking forward to 2021 and the exciting games it might bring, here at Twinfinite we did want to take one final look back at 2020.

In spite of so many potentially disruptive things that happened in 2020, such as Covid-19 impacting the safety of developers and the end of console generation, there were still a lot of great games that released in the calendar year.

If you’ve been following along with us for the last two weeks or so, you likely caught at least a few of the “Best of 2020” awards that we dished out, but before we completely move on, let’s run take one last trip down memory lane.

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Ed McGlone

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Naughty Dog Artist Debunks False Speculation About Unannounced Fantasy Game

4 hours 5 minutes ago

A couple of days ago, fantasy-themed artwork by Naughty Dog Senior Concept artist Hyoung Taek Nam surfaced, triggering the usual charade of misleading speculation from various media outlets.

The art posted two months ago on the Artist’s official Artstation page featured a series of female characters in a fantasy setting with the mention “Inspire from new game. You know what I’m talking about…”

This was interpreted by many as some sort of tease or leak of a new game by Naughty Dog, despite the fact that it was fairly obvious that Hyoung Taek Nam meant that the art was simply inspired by a new game, which at the moment he opted not to name.

Apparently, the media hubbub prompted the artist to clarify and the text has been edited, revealing that this is indeed not art related to a new game by Naughty Dog, but inspired by Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was “new” when the art was posted.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Microsoft Flight Simulator Singapore Changi Airport Released by Cloudsurf Asia

4 hours 54 minutes ago

Today third-party add-on developer Cloudsurf Asia Simulations released a brand new airport for Microsoft Flight Simulator, and it’s a big one.

The new hub is Singapore Changi Airport (WSSS), rated in the real world as the best airport in the world and one of the most active airliner hotspots in all of Asia.

It can be found on SimMarket for roughly $15 plus VAT.

Below you can find a gallery of image and an official description and feature list.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Doman Mahjong Appears in Spin-Off of Popular Manga “Saki”

5 hours 12 minutes ago

Today Square Enix announced that a rather specific feature of Final Fantasy XIV will be featured in the spin-off of a popular manga.

The Doman Mahjong minigame will appear in a side story of “Saki” by Ritz Kobayashi, usually serialized in Young Gangan.

The manga, which unsurprisingly focuses on Mahjong, is very popular in Japan. Not only it has been serialized for fifteen years since 2006 but it has spawned several anime series, TV dramas, and even live-action movies. It has sold over 10 million volumes over the course of its serialization.

The new spin-off will begin tomorrow (Jan. 22) on the Manga UP! app. It will actually be Saki’s 8th spin-off.

Below you can check out a scene from the manga featuring Final Fantasy XIV’s Doman Mahjong minigame.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Destruction AllStars Introduces Characters in Action-Packed Trailer

5 hours 12 minutes ago

Destruction AllStars was initially supposed to launch in November 2020, but like many other games that year, its release was delayed. Its release is now right around the corner, so a new Destruction AllStars trailer has just been released introducing the game’s characters.

The car combat game is now launching on PS Plus in February, as stated in a PlayStation Blog post last October. It’s a PS5 exclusive that could possibly scratch that Twisted Metal itch that longtime PlayStation fans have had for years now.

Today’s trailer showcases the characters that players will be able to use as they tear up the arena in Destruction AllStars’ automotive mayhem. Each driver is presented with a title card alongside their respective vehicles, followed by some footage of their gameplay style.

The video also shows us each driver’s personality in small ways, from unique animations, to little quirks and car colors.

Check out the trailer below to see all of the Destruction AllStars characters for yourself in-game:

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Ethan Anderson

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New Conor McGregor Update Coming to UFC 4 Ahead of This Weekend’s Big Rematch

5 hours 14 minutes ago

UFC fighter Conor McGregor is grabbing all the headlines ahead of his anticipated rematch with top lightweight contender Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, including, now, the games industry as EA prepares to launch its next UFC 4 update focused on the former double champion.

In a trailer today called “Local Lad,” a new in-game skin for McGregor is showcased within a montage that recaps his career. The new skin changes his look to the very same appearance as when he and Poirier faced off back in 2014.

McGregor was, at the time, an up and coming featherweight who was quickly capturing the world’s attention with his larger-than-life personality and impressive knockout victories. During his bout with Poirier, he donned white tudo shorts and had his hair braided in a ponytail.

The update also includes the addition UFC light heavyweight Jiri Prochazka also makes his way into the Octagon as a new playable fighter. He is set to face-off with former title-contender Dominic Reyes later this year, which perhaps explains his inclusion.

Elsewhere, Andre Bishop and Isaac Frost, have also been unlocked for immediate play. Both have been added to the heavyweight roster.

Also, world heavyweight boxing champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as free fighters until Feb. 8 via Microsoft and Sony digital stores.

Finally, new Fight Week challenges will also be implemented within the update and the below-limited edition content will be available during that time:

  • 2x McGregor kits (shirts and shorts) that reflect legendary Conor quotes
  • Custom profile banners and vanity

Here’s the Local Lad trailer:

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Alex Gibson

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Playdead’s Next Game Is Third Person & Open-World, New Job Listing & Concept Art Reveals

5 hours 40 minutes ago

Playdead’s anticipated next game will feature a markedly different design from the critically acclaimed puzzle-platformers it’s best known for. This is according to a job listing over on the developer’s website, which was spotlighted today by enthusiast video game analyst @mauroNL.

The page lists several different full-time opportunities, from programming opportunities to technical director and systems administrator positions. But it’s actually the updated blurb that is the most interesting takeaway, which now reads in part

“Our current project is a 3rd-person science fiction adventure set in a remote corner of the universe.”

While we’ve long known that Playdead’s next project was a science fiction game following some tidbits from an older version of this particular job listing page and a brief teaser, it’s only now that we’ve discovered its design.

Speaking of concept art, there’s more on that front today, too, with two new and interesting images:

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Alex Gibson

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First Borderlands 3 Arms Race Mini-Event Starts Today & Other Changes

6 hours 27 minutes ago

That’s right folks, today kicks off the Clear Skies event for Arms Race in Borderlands 3. Clear Skies will last until January 28. Today’s changes to the game are in an actual update, so you will need to do some downloading as opposed to the usual wait at the main menu for the hotfixes to apply.

For those unfamiliar with Arms Race, it is a game mode new to the Borderlands series that drops the player into a large map with zero gear or player skills and they must work within the confines of the encroaching Murdercane (pretty much the same way circles work in every Battle Royale). The player must scrounge up enough loot to guarantee survival (shields are required) while working to collect the best loot they can to then beat the mode’s boss and win.

The first mini-event, Clear Skies, begins with today’s hotfixes. During the Clear Skies mini-event, all enemies will have a chance to drop better loot and the Murdercane’s circle will take longer to close in so you have precious extra time to scavenge and explore.

The list of changes to the game are:

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Cameron Waldrop

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Microsoft Flight Simulator – Greater Moncton Airport Review (Aerosoft)

6 hours 36 minutes ago

Aerosoft just released Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport (CYQM) for Microsoft Flight Simulator, developed by Stairport Sceneries.

As the busiest airport in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, CYQM offers a great mix of activities for flight simulation enthusiasts.

It hosts airliner traffic, a lot of cargo hauling. and one of the most well-known flight schools in the country for general aviation, the Moncton Flight College.

Available on Aerosoft’s own store for about €18 including VAT, it comes with its own installer as is the publisher’s standard, which means that installation is relatively painless. The package even includes a complement of relevant charts.

If you’d like to see what the airport looks like in detail in Microsoft Flight Simulator, you can check out the in-depth flyover video below, showing the airfield from every angle, every weather condition, and at night.

On the other hand, the second video below showcases an ILS approach to runway 29.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Civilization VI Video Is All About Vietnam and Its Leader Bà Triệu

6 hours 39 minutes ago

Today Firaxis and 2K Games revealed a new video of the upcoming DLC package for Sid Meier’s Civilization VI.

We get to take a deeper look at the new civilization, Vietnam, and its leader, fiery 3rd-century national heroine Bà Triệu.

You can check the video out below.

We also hear about Vietnam’s features, its Voi Chién unique unit, and its unique district, the Thàn, and Bà Triệu’s own ability “Drive Out The Aggressors.”

More information about the DLC can also be found in yesterday’s video.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Apex Legends Season 8 Launch Trailer Teases New King’s Canyon in Explosive Cinematic

7 hours 9 minutes ago

A Stories From the Outlands video was released earlier this week to introduce Fuse — the newest Legend that’ll be joining the Apex Games on Feb. 2. Today’s launch trailer teases his abilities while giving a quick preview of what to expect in Apex Legends Season 8, Mayhem.

Walter “Fuse” Fitzroy makes his cinematic debut in front of the other Legends in this trailer when everything goes wrong. The ship he descends on starts to fire cannon in every direction, threatening the surrounding spectators.

Thanks to some quick thinking, Fuse is able to bring it down with the help of his golden grenade from his Story From the Outlands, which seemed to have an EMP effect.

Soon after, multiple sections of King’s Canyon start to literally explode, changing the terrain in preparation for Season 8 of Apex Legends.

Check out the chaotic Season 8 launch trailer below for yourself below to get a quick look at what’s to come next month:

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Ethan Anderson

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Gets New Screenshots Revealing God of Destruction Toppo DLC

7 hours 18 minutes ago

Today Bandai Namco revealed a new gallery of screenshots showcasing the upcoming Legendary Pack 1 DLC.

We get to see another new character included in the DLC on top of Paikuhan/Pikkon, and it’s God of Destruction Toppo.

At the same time as the DLC (which is now slated for a Spring 2021 release), a free update will bring Janemba’s CC mascot and five new Hero Colosseum figurines as follows:

  • Toppo (God of Destruction)
  • Pikkon
  • Janemba
  • Gogeta (Super Saiyan 1)
  • Vegeta (SSGSS)

You can find the screenshots below. Incidentally yes, the DLC is titled “Legendary Pack 1” which likely means that it’s not the last. That’s pretty impressive for a game that is over four years old.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. If you want to read more about the game, you can check out our review.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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February 2021 Xbox Games with Gold Free Games Predictions

9 hours 30 minutes ago

The Bigger Game – Metal Gear Survive

Xbox Games with Gold Predictions

For the current month of January, Microsoft has offered four games for free on Games with Gold including Little Nightmares, Dead Rising, The King of Fighters XIII, and Breakdown. While the offical list for the upcoming month of February 2021 has yet to be released, we have some Xbox Games with Gold predictions in the meantime to tide us over.

Usually a larger AAA title headlines the list, and for next month we suspect Metal Gear Survive would be a perfect choice.

Metal Gear Survive didn’t sell the best when it first released back in 2018, with 2013’s Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance reporting selling twice the rate when it first released. Survive also was placed only 65th in the player count data on Steam in the first few months that it came out.

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Haley MacLean

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Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Gets New Trailer Featuring Story and Its Wacky Characters

17 hours 15 minutes ago

Today Nippon Ichi Software released a new trailer of its upcoming tactical JRPG Makai Senki Disgaea 6, also known as Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny.

The trailer begins with a look at the story and its wacky cast. After all, it’s Disgaea, so you can expect everyone to be rather… out there.

A demo of the game has also been released in Japan.

You can watch it below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Re:ZERO for PS4, Switch, & PC Gets New Trailer Featuring Opening Cutscene

18 hours 2 minutes ago

Today Spike Chunsoft released a trailer for the upcoming Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne.

The trailer features the opening cutscene of the game, including the theme song “Reline” by Mayu Maeshima, whom you may know for the theme song of the second season of the anime.

We also get to take a look at the cast, including the new characters created especially for this game.

You can watch the video below and see if it excites you for the game.

Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne, releases on Jan. 29, 2021, in North America and Feb. 5 in Europe for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

If you’re unfamiliar with the game, below you can read how Spike Chunsoft describes it.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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February 2021 PS Plus Free Games Predictions

18 hours 4 minutes ago

The Bigger Game – Marvel’s Avengers

PS Plus Free Games Predictions

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Last month for PS Plus, Sony gave subscribers three free games including Maneater, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Greedfall. While the offical list for February 2021 has yet to be revealed by Sony, we have some PS Plus predictions as to what those free games might be in the meantime.

Usually a larger game headlines the list, and for next month we suspect Marvel’s Avengers could be a likely inclusion.

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Haley MacLean

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New to Anime? Take this Quiz to Find Out Which Series Is Best to Start With

18 hours 6 minutes ago

The anime world can be extremely daunting, especially if you’re new to it. There are just way too many shows and while you’ve almost certainly heard of a few popular ones being thrown around, it’s hard to figure out if it’s for you and if you’d like it.

With that said, we’ve put together a shortlist of anime series that we feel would be good picks for someone’s first watch, and they cover quite a few genres as well so there’s going to be something for you, based on your own interests and preferences.

Take the quiz below and find out which series you should watch first as a beginner in the anime world.

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Zhiqing Wan

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The Medium PC Requirements Revealed, and They’re Not Too Bad

20 hours 1 minute ago

The Medium will be released on PC and Xbox next week, and if you’ve seen any of the trailers and gameplay footage, you’ll know that this is a visually impressive game that will probably require you to have a decent PC to run it. Bloober Team has just revealed the PC requirements for the game at its various settings, and while it is a demanding game, they’re not quite as bad as you might think.

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From the looks of it, most PCs should be able to run the game at the recommended settings and hit 1080p at 30 frames per second. However, if you want your game to look a little prettier at the high settings, Bloober Team recommends the RTX 2080 Super or the AMD 5700 XT.

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Zhiqing Wan

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New Pokemon Snap Download Size Revealed, Will Have Online Functionality

21 hours 9 minutes ago

Nintendo and Bandai Namco revealed that New Pokemon Snap would be getting released for the Switch in April, and more details about the game have surfaced on the official eShop listing. More specifically, we now know the download size for the game for players planning on getting it digitally.

First off, the download size will be 6.8 GB, which isn’t exactly terribly big for a Switch game. Players still using the Switch’s built-in internal memory will be able to download it comfortably, and it shouldn’t be too much of an issue for those who have adopted micro SD cards.

In addition to that, the listing also states that the game will support cloud saves, as well as online play. We haven’t really heard any details about online functionality for the game just yet, so it’s not clear what this will entail. It’s likely that there will be some sort of social sharing function, where players can upload their snaps and share it with the community, but that remains to be seen.

New Pokemon Snap is set to be released for the Switch on April 30.

The post New Pokemon Snap Download Size Revealed, Will Have Online Functionality appeared first on Twinfinite.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Dead Cells to Get Free Trial for Switch Online Subscribers Next Week, Alongside Fatal Falls DLC Launch

21 hours 30 minutes ago

It’s been a couple of years since the full release of Dead Cells, and developing studio Motion Twin has certainly been keeping up with consistent updates and support for the game. Next week, on Jan. 26, the new Fatal Falls DLC will be launching for the game. It brings about brand new weapons, enemies, and bosses for players to check out, providing a whole slew of new content for those who have already beaten the game multiple times.

Not only that, for new players who might be wondering if this game is for them, there’s going to be a free trial available on the Switch next week.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Among Us Dev Reveals What’s Next For Game, Development Challenges

23 hours 54 minutes ago

Among Us studio InnerSloth announced what is coming to the online multiplayer social deduction game in 2021 alongside some details about development itself.

The developer said it would be making a public roadmap for the game for 2021, but not contain dates unless the team knows they can make the deadline.

An account system is currently in the works with a report system planned as the first feature for it. The studio said a friends list, recorded stats, and other requested features will come later.

The Airship map, announced at the 2020 Game Awards, is still scheduled to launch as a free update in “early 2021.”

InnerSloth revealed that updates for the game have been taking long because the studio had to restructure itself after exploding in popularity in 2020, and even canceled its sequel to work on the original game.

“We had to spend 2 months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board,” the studio said. “Originally it was just 3 friends working together (and now I’m here to make 4, hi), but if we wanted this to work long term and hire up, we needed to streamline things.”

The studio also said that hiring takes time and does not make development go faster when it takes for “hiring, training, onboarding, possible interpersonal disputes, artistic differences, code legibility, legal/privacy concerns, and an infinite number of other problems can arise.”

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Tom Meyer

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Pokemon Gets Even More “Poke-Lid” Manholes in Japan Starring Entei, Growlithe, Bellsprout, & More

1 day 1 hour ago

The Poke-Lid mania in Japan is stronger than ever, as more and more towns decorate their streets with unique Pokemon-themed manholes.

This time around it’s Ikaruga town in historical Nara prefecture to install a new batch of Poke-lids, but it’s unique even compared to the rest of this trend.

Usually, cities install manholes portraying the same Pokemon, that is also associated with the city itself. Ikaruga brought forth a team of nine different critters.

In the pictures below coming straight from the press release we see Bronzong with Simisear, Growlithe with Bellsprout, Chimecho with Magby, Deerling with Flechinder, and Entei on its own.

Interestingly, the Poke-lids will mark locations for PokeStops compatible with Pokemon GO.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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HuniePop 2: Double Date Finally Gets a Release Date

1 day 2 hours ago

Fans of the puzzle dating simulator HuniePop have been waiting for its sequel for a long time, but now HuniePop 2: Double Date has a release date, no pun intended.

According to the announcement just made on Twitter, the game will launch for PC and Mac on Steam, GOG, Humble, and more on February 8.

If you’re unfamiliar with the HuniePop franchise, the first game released on Steam back in 2015 as a hybrid between a puzzle game, a visual novel, and a dating sim. Despite its rather alluring nature, it turned many heads for its solid puzzle mechanics and beautiful artwork.

As a result, it still has “overwhelmingly positive” user reviews on Steam.

If you’re unfamiliar with what the sequel offers, you can watch the latest gameplay trailer and read an official features list below.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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Valve Considering Hosting Esports Tournaments in New Zealand, Says Gabe Newell

1 day 3 hours ago

Valve co-founder Gabe Newell has this week spoken with New Zealand’s national media outlet TVNZ about his new life in the country since temporarily moving there to escape COVID-19.

A combination of New Zealand’s decisive policies in handling the pandemic and its geographically isolated location has made for a safe-haven in which life now continues as normal while the rest of the world struggles on.

It’s allowed Newell to enjoy his work and hobbies to the extent that his co-workers are apparently now desperate to follow suit.

“But there’s strong interest — after talking to these people who’ve literally been locked in their houses except to go out for groceries for the last nine months — and I’m like, ‘Oh look, here I am at a motorsports race, or here I am at Starship, at the hospital talking to doctors or reviewing optic nerve damage from Covid-19 patients because of my interest in neuroscience,’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m still at home — can we come to New Zealand now?'”

Apparently, there has actually been some discussion about the possibility of moving staff over to a new HQ in New Zealand, but it’s far from set in stone. What is being considered more seriously, however, is hosting Valve’s prestigious esports events in the country.

Newell called it “a realistic possibility” that is getting more realistic all the time as there’s just nowhere else in the world where live sports events can take place safely.

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Alex Gibson

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Readers’ Choice Most Anticipated Game of 2021

1 day 5 hours ago

2020 was a great year for games, and 2021 looks to be potentially even more promising. As part of Twinfinite’s Game of the Year awards, you voted for your Readers’ Choice Most Anticipated Game of 2021, and below you can find all the results.

Readers’ Choice Most Anticipated Game of 2021

5. Elden Ring

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FromSoftware’s collaboration with George R. R. Martin has been rather elusive since its reveal, with the developer basically dropping under the radar.

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Giuseppe Nelva

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New Valorant Patch Brings Major Changes to Split, & a Minor Tweak to Jett

1 day 7 hours ago

It’s only been a week since Valorant’s Episode 2 introduced a brand new Agent, battle pass season, and a bunch more content, but developer Riot Games is already rolling out a new patch. Patch 2.1 is a pretty substantial one, too, completely overhauling one of the game’s most defender-heavy maps.

Split is known for its tight hallways and sharp corners, which makes it a tricky map to control as an attacking team. That’s prompted Riot to redesign several different areas in the hope of rebalancing its dynamic to reduce the defending advantage.

Riot explains:

“This Split update is focused around improving attacker options on the map, as well as reducing 50/50 checks, the depth of certain corners, and opening specific areas on the map by increasing chokepoint widths.”

Here’s a slide-show highlighting all the new changes:

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Alex Gibson

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Devolver Digital Derails Fall Guys Coming to Game Pass

1 day 8 hours ago

Fall Guys isn’t coming to Xbox Game Pass despite the service’s official Instagram page recently suggesting it would be. That’s according to publisher Devolver Digital, who shut down speculation in a Twitter thread earlier today.

The Verge’s Tom Warren was the first to spotlight Game Pass’s Instagram reply, which in turn prompted Devolver Digital’s response.

The publisher replied a short time later, then clarified explicitly that there was absolutely no plan in the works to bring Fall Guys to Microsoft’s subscription service.

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Alex Gibson

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Fantasy Network Puts a Fresh Social Media Spin on Classic Metroidvania

1 day 9 hours ago

Raven Travel Studios has this week announced its new project Fantasy Network, a whimsical 2D side-scrolling Metroidvania about winning talent shows to become the president of a colorful world called Holua.

The game’s very first trailer teases its unusual premise, which looks both interesting from a design perspective but also as a catalyst to deliver some interesting social commentary. Studio owner and lead developer Paolo Cattaneo explains:

“I’ve been a game developer for 20 years and dreamed about making Fantasy Network from the beginning. I left my job as a software developer to make this dream a reality, creating a whimsical game which offers my thoughts on the media-centric world we live in.”

In Fantasy Network, players battle monsters across an eye-catching open-world either side of gossiping with locals and piecing together a story which ultimately hides themes darker than its vibrant aesthetic would at first lead you to believe.

Key features beyond the scope of its main story include character customization, a myriad of side quests, and the option to hang out and play mini-games in Holua’s local arcade.

A Kickstarter campaign is planned for the first quarter of 2021 to help fund the last stage of development and the porting of the PC version to consoles.

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Alex Gibson

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Check Out the Making of Genshin Impact’s Beautiful Dragonspine Region

1 day 11 hours ago

Genshin Impact’s Dragonspine update is its largest yet, not only adding new quest content but an entirely new region to the world of Tevyat. The terrain of this snowy, mountainous area is in stark contrast to what we’ve seen before, which makes exploring its freezing wilderness all the more compelling.

Today, in a mini-documentary called Snow-Covered Path, developer miHoYo has shed some light on the development processes behind Dragonspine’s creation. It’s fascinating to hear just how much research and effort goes into forging these spectacular environments.

It’s explained that the Dragonspine is based on the Matterhorn mountain in Europe, which captured the imagination of the team for its striking conical shape. Also, that its relatively small size compared to the rest of the open-world meant that miHoYo spent a substantial amount of time crafting interior cave sections to maximize the explorable area.

There are a bunch more interesting takeaways, too, but I’ll let you watch for yourselves — you’ll need to pop on closed captions for the translation, but do make sure you have your sound on as the music is excellent.

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Alex Gibson

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Fortnite 15.21 Update Adds Predator Boss to Map, Cloaking Device Mythic Item & More

1 day 13 hours ago

Fortnite’s servers are currently undergoing maintenance while the 15.21 update is being applied. The patch has been confirmed to bring a new boss character, a new Mythic item, a Jungle Hunter quest, and more.

The news comes from a number of leakers over on Twitter, who have already managed to detail exactly what awaits in the patch.

As you might have expected, the new boss character is the Jungle Hunter itself, Predator. Dubbed ‘the demon who makes trophies of men,’ players should now be able to find the hostile creature somewhere on the map. Defeating Predator will now unlock the skin. Thanks to HYPEX for showcasing the Predator NPC we’ll be fighting it out with on the Battle Royale map.

The new Mythic item is Predator’s Cloaking Device, allowing players to become ‘nearly invisible for a short time.’ The effect is removed by swapping weapons, or when swimming. Thanks to Fortnite dataminer HYPEX again for sharing the find.

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Chris Jecks

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Final PC Patch Fixes Most of the Port’s Crashing & Stuttering Issues

1 day 19 hours ago

Horizon Zero Dawn: Complete Edition was released on PC last year, which was a pretty big deal, especially considering that the open-world RPG from Guerilla Games was originally launched as a PS4 exclusive title. The bad news is, the PC port wasn’t exactly very well-optimized.

While we didn’t run into any major, noticeable issues during our own playthrough, it’s clear that many other players did, and were experiencing crashing and frame rate stutters. Since the PC release, Guerilla Games has been pushing out patches and fixes to help to stabilize the port.

Now, patch 1.10 is finally available, and this is going to be the last patch that the PC port gets as Guerilla Games turns their focus towards developing Horizon Forbidden West, the highly anticipated follow-up to Aloy’s initial adventure.

“As our team continues development on our upcoming title Horizon Forbidden West, we are shifting to less frequent updates for Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition for PC after this patch. Please note that we will continue to monitor our community spaces as always!
We want to thank you all for your continued support and for sending in your crash reports over the past months. The information we received through your reports was invaluable to further investigate and help fix some of the trickier issues that we fixed in Patch 1.10.”

Guerilla Games

The developers state that updates will be “less frequent,” which likely means that unless any other major game-breaking bugs pop up, this is probably the last patch we’ll get on PC.

Horizon Zero Dawn is now available on PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Zhiqing Wan

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Cris Tales Collector’s Edition Up for Pre-Order; Comes With Plushie & Enamel Pin Set

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Cris Tales is one of the most eagerly anticipated indie video game releases of 2021. Following a string of delays, it looks like the game might actually launch this year, which should be exciting for anyone who’s been looking for another RPG inspired by elements of the classics like Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana.

Over at the official Maximum Games site, the collector’s edition for Cris Tales is now available for pre-order, and it’ll cost you $99. It should be noted that it only ships within the US, though shipping is free. The collector’s edition comes with the following items:

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Zhiqing Wan

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Mega Ampharos Out Now in Pokemon Go; Mareep Incense Day Coming Soon

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Earlier today, Niantic revealed that Mega Ampharos is coming to Mega raids today at 10 AM local time. This is the second new Mega added to Pokemon GO since the Season of Celebration began back in December 2020 (the first being Mega Abomasnow). Niantic also revealed that Mareep Incense Day is coming this Sunday.

And as we’re currently past 10 AM local time everywhere in the world, that means Mega Ampharos can be found in Mega raids. This Electric/Dragon type is the first Pokemon with those two types to have Electric as the primary one. Zekrom is currently the other with these two types but Dragon is its primary.

If you’re clamoring to get your hands on a Mega Ampharos, then you’ll have plenty of chances to get a stellar one this Sunday, Jan. 24 from 11 AM to 5 PM local time. During that window, Mareep will be the focus of another Incense Day event.

During Mareep Incense Day, you’ll encounter tons of the Wool Pokemon when you activate an incense. And only the luckiest trainers will be able to find a shiny Mareep.

Once you stock up on those Mareep, you’ll want to evolve them into Flaaffy. And then if you evolve the Flaffy into Ampharos, it’ll learn the event-exclusive move, Dragon Pulse.

Other Pokemon attracted to the Incense will vary each hour based on types. The table below breaks down when Dragon-types and Electric-types will be attracted to Incense.

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Omar Banat

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ColourPop to Launch Animal Crossing Themed Makeup Collection Next Week

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For all the Animal Crossing lovers and makeup enthusiasts out there, you’ll be glad to know that popular cosmetics brand ColourPop is collaborating with Nintendo to launch an Animal Crossing themed makeup collection next week.

Announced on the official ColourPop Twitter account, it looks like this collection will include eyeshadow palettes, glitter, lip tints, blush, and a few highlighters. All in a beautiful watercolor pastel aesthetic to match the theme of the game of course.

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Zhiqing Wan

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