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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 Live Now

Season 5 goes live with Shadow Company, multiplayer maps, weapons and more for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone.

A week ago, developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision started teasing Season 5 of post-launch content update for first-person shooter title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and free-to-play battle royale experience Call of Duty: Warzone.

Season 5 is unloading tons of new content including 100 tiers of Battle Pass system, modes, four multiplayer maps, operators, free weapons and other unlockable goodies for players of Modern Warfare and Warzone, starting today.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 Live Now


Latest official trailer offers a first-look at Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 gameplay overview.




Armistice alliance gets damaged after recent events at Verdansk and a new elite group known as The Shadow Company emerges and even though they are here to strengthen the Allegiance, these guys apparently play by their own rules.

Season 5 kicks in by expanding upon Warzone map by opening up Stadium doors and interiors of Train Station with a moving freight train. Moreover, there will be a new Ground War mode, Gunfight map and 6v6 maps for more action.

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Verdansk Opens Up


Shadow Company is arriving at Verdansk stadium for both Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone. Given a new premise for combat, you need to rethink your drop plans and come up with an improved strategy to secure victory.

Work alongside your fellow operators to secure the hulking locomotive to get some protection or use it for serious takedown. Mini Royale is a newly introduced, squeezed down version of main Battle Royale mode that never slows down.

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Train Station Now Open


You can get your hands onto 100 tiers of new content in newest Battle Pass for Season 5 by simply playing through. Earn up to 1,300 CoD Points and unlock new blueprints, Shadow Company operator, skins and much more.

New operator Marcus Ortega AKA Lerch is Shadow Company leader and is available in "Behemoth" skin. He becomes more tactical with his "Colossus" and "Gargantua" variants, earned upon completion of his operator's mission.

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Season 5 Battle Pass Contents


Keeping up with themes of Shadow Company, expect to see many Battle Pass items to have a dark and gritty makeover. On vehicle customization menu, look up for "Night Ranger" SUV, "Siege Tower" cargo truck and "Tarrasch" ATV vehicle skins.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 is currently live on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Those who own a copy of MW can get four new content and maps to challenge yourself playing Gunfight and Ground War modes.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Marvel's Avengers to Add Spider-Man as PlayStation-Exclusive Hero

A friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will join Earth's Mightiest Heroes in 2021, exclusively on PlayStation.

An accidental leaked listing from online retailer site Base.com has revealed earlier that your friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man will be joining upcoming superhero action-adventure game Marvel's Avengers, exclusively for PlayStation.

As soon as rumor mill started rolling, that product description was removed and associate art director Jeff Adams of developer Crystal Dynamics officially confirmed that Spidey is coming to Marvel's Avengers at some point next year.

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Marvel's Avengers to Add Spider-Man as PlayStation-Exclusive Hero

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A launch, Spider-Man will only become available to players on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 as an exclusive playable hero. Official sources have yet to announce if everyone's favorite web-slinger will be permanent or timed exclusive.

Given how Marvel's Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales are exclusive to PlayStation consoles, there is little possibility of Spider-Man ever arriving for Google Stadia, Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions of the game.

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According to recent blog post, Spider-Man will join Earth's Mightiest Heroes in early 2021 and will make his debut via an in-game event. There will be unique challenges for him to take on and show off his incredible acrobatic abilities.

Just like other heroes within its roster, Marvel's Avengers to feature several suits and gameplay style to forge your own version of Spidey. Crystal Dynamics heavily focuses on overall fluidity of transition between combat and his movement.

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Though inspiration for Marvel's Avengers version of Spider-Man came from works of artists John Romita, Sr. and Steve Ditko, fans can expect to choose from a wide variety of choices alongside his early iteration with webbed underarms.

Marvel's Avengers will begin its pre-order beta on August 7, 2020 and you can pre-load a day earlier. On second War Table stream, Crystal Dynamics reveals to add Hawkeye to base game as a post-launch hero for no additional cost at all.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Marvel's Avengers Will Reportedly Add Spider-Man as PS4 Exclusive

An online leaked listing suggests Spider-Man will join Marvel's Avengers as a PS4-exclusive character.

In recent War Table livestream, upcoming superhero action-adventure game Marvel's Avengers have revealed dates for beta and post-launch hero ahead of September 4, 2020 global release on Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

For some time, there has been speculation of friendly-neighborhood web-slinger joining Earth's Mightiest Heroes at some point. One recent unofficial Reddit leak does claim that Spider-Man will show up swinging, for PlayStation consoles.

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Marvel's Avengers Will Reportedly Add Spider-Man as PS4 Exclusive

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According to a now-deleted listing from online retailer site Base.com, PS4 version of Marvel's Avengers will let you play as Spidey himself. Before an eventual removal, product description clearly had stated "exclusively on PS4" to no surprise.

Whether or not their marketing copy was provided by official sources is yet to be confirmed. Base.com also has a listed release date of May 15, 2020, which is inaccurate at this point and has been rescheduled to Q4 2020 long ago.

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Reddit user FNaF_walrusman noticed a leaked listing that hints at Spider-Man to be a playable character.

Online retailer says Spider-Man will be exclusively playable in the PS4 version of Marvel's Avengers from r/GamingLeaksAndRumours


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In a prior announcement, publisher Square Enix revealed to have made a deal with PlayStation and promised to deliver surprise for PS4 players. Parent company Sony currently holds movie rights for Spider-Man and made a successful game.

PS4-exclusive title Marvel's Spider-Man has sold over 13 million copies worldwide to become best-selling super hero video game of all time. A spin-off sequel, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales is set to launch later this year for PlayStation 5.

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By end of this year, developer Crystal Dynamics plans to release next-gen console version of Marvel's Avengers, in association with Eidos Montréal and Square Enix for all owner of the game on current-gen without any additional charge.

A major Marvel character like Amazing Spider-Man being a PlayStation-exclusive hero for Marvel's Avengers will not really motivate players on PC or Xbox platforms much to pick a copy at launch even if these rumors are even true after all.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

343 Industries plans to add cross-play, custom game browser and more to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

While anticipating release of upcoming first-person shooter Halo Infinite for holiday 2020, developer 343 Industries and publisher Xbox Game Studios are still committed to include new games to Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

In a recent update, Halo 3 joined Master Chief Collection and 343 Industries plans to introduce cross-play, custom game browser, input-based matchmaking, keyboard and mouse support and server region selection by end of 2020.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection to Add Cross-Play

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Cross-play support will enable players on Windows PC and Xbox consoles to jump together into adventure. You are most likely to get paired with a player with same input device such as controller or keyboard, in input-based matchmaking.

Aside from their key-features to include in roadmap for 2020, dev team has also planned for double keybinds for all games, in-game frame rate cap adjustments, PC file share, quality of life improvements, Steam account linking and more.

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Despite having a rocky launch back in 2014, Master Chief Collection has improved over time and 343 seems to be more than willing to update its multiplayer experience just for the price of base game or an Xbox Game Pass membership.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection was originally launched by 343 Industries and Microsoft with Halo: Reach back in 2019. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3 have been added to Halo: MCC and Halo 3: ODST is expected to join next.

Anthem Getting Loot Changes in 2.0 Update

BioWare will be introducing major loot changes for new version of Anthem in upcoming update 2.0.

Ever since launch, online multiplayer action role-playing game Anthem failed to live up to fan-expectation for its somewhat grindy campaign, lack of enemy variety, lackluster endgame activity and a shallow loot distribution system.

To salvage their precious work and bring players back to the game, developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts started working on a major overhaul via 2.0 update, which would attempt to create a rewarding loot experience for all.

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Anthem Getting Loot Changes in 2.0 Update

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Due to lack of content, player community abandoned Anthem within months and Bioware had to cancel their planned roadmap for a full revamp and ever since, there have been only a few minor updates of what they are working on.

In a latest official blog, lead developer and studio director Christian Dailey talks about essential loot changes for Anthem 2.0, including failing short at providing a good player experience and trying to reflect on their mistakes in future.

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Anthem had a huge issue with guns where newly acquired weapons don't feel that special from what players already have. Whether it is your starter gun or some legendary pickup from endgame, amount of damage doesn't seem to vary at all.

Not only there will be plenty of loot in Anthem 2.0 but you will have good reasons to equip guns achieved from campaign. If you come across a particular gun that you really like, you can level that item up or modify it for future usage.

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All the weaponry of your arsenal is getting some visual changes to make firearms from different factions more distinguishable. Whenever you shoot a specific enemy that carries loot, they will drop useful items that you can equip right away.

Although loot system upgrade may not be something revolutionary for ARPG players, Anthem is desperately in need for it. Even though many believed the game to be a lost cause, there is a chance for BioWare to bring it back to life after all.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Destiny 2 Fixes Beaver Network Errors

Bungie dev team and Valve fixes "Beaver" network errors that plagued Destiny 2 players since launch of Shadowkeep.

Last month, developer/publisher Bungie announced upcoming Year 4 Season 2 content for free-to-play online multiplayer shooter title Destiny 2 and its next major expansion Beyond Light is currently set to release on November 10, 2020.

Ever since Windows PC version of Destiny 2 has moved from Battle.net to Steam last year, players are facing connection errors regularly. Bungie recently took actions to fix these errors codenamed "Beaver" and make D2 more stable.

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Destiny 2 Fixes Beaver Network Errors

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Bungie has found reasons behind recent network issues that have been causing disruption to all in-game activities. Last week, Destiny dev team alongside Valve has identified hardware issues in data center of certain locations worldwide.

Bungie recently reveals that primary errors have originated from Steam data centers and Valve already did their part. After rolling out a fix, errors on PC are lessened significantly and D2 will become much more stable in near future.

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Ever since D2 servers were moved to Steam at launch of Shadowkeep expansion, players were having a hard time connoting to friends. Things get worse sometime and they get kicked off in the middle of activities like Dungeons or Raids.

However, Guardians can still come across "Beaver" errors due to poor internet connection on their end. Otherwise, Destiny 2 players with a better network would only face such problem during ongoing scheduled maintenance period.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Stasis Gameplay Trailer

Bungie offers first look of Stasis powers in newest Destiny 2: Beyond Light gameplay trailer at Xbox Games Showcase.

On November 10, developer/publisher Bungie will start off a new chapter in free-to-play online multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny 2 with release of its upcoming major expansion Beyond Light DLC for all available platforms and next-gen.

During announcement of Beyond Light earlier in June 2020, players only got a brief sneak peak at new elemental power. Today, Bungie offered a better look via new gameplay trailer focused on Stasis at Xbox Games Showcase digital event.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light Stasis Gameplay Trailer

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Ahead of Beyond Light DLC release within months, Bungie reveals new D2 trailer featuring Stasis gameplay.




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At long last, Guardians are about to make contact with Darkness in Beyond Light and wield Stasis elemental powers. Latest trailer sheds light on new gameplay aspects, super abilities, and inclusion of Stasis sub-classes for Destiny 2.

Players will be creating huge pillars of ice on the go using Stasis grenades for insane level of terrain manipulation. They can also use general attack abilities to encase them in ice or to slow down enemies before shattering them to shards.

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Guardians have been working for Traveler since the beginning and using its power of Light to fight off Darkness. For most part in Destiny lore, Darkness has remained mysterious force but is recently making its presence known to all.

Players also encountered a few pyramid ships during Season of Arrivals that will block access to several locations in Beyond Light expansion, which is a part of Bungie's strategy of introducing a vault, to temporarily remove certain content.

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Bungie had to delay release of Beyond Light DLC from September 22 to November 10 under working restrictions of COVID-19 pandemic. An optimized version for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will arrive for next-gen at launch as well.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light will kicks off Year 4 Season 2 content through a trilogy of expansions including The Witch Queen and Lightfall. Later this year, Xbox Game Pass will add D2 and allow members access to all of its current expansions.

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC Announced

Obsidian announces first DLC expansion for The Outer Worlds, titled Peril on Gorgon at Xbox Games Showcase.

An unexpected gem of 2019, sci-fi action role-playing game The Outer Worlds from developer Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Private Division received critical-acclaim and amazing sales milestone shortly after its anticipated release.

In response to an incredible player reception, Obsidian promised to release a narrative-focused DLC last year. TOW first expansion pack, Peril on Gorgon is announced today at Xbox Games Showcase and set to arrive on September 9, 2020.

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The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC Announced

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Peril on Gorgon gets a brand-new trailer from Obsidian, teasing its story premise and upcoming content.




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Players will return back to Halcyon star system to take a new assignment that takes them to Gorgon asteroid. A bizarre adventure will ensue in deep space as you are tasked to investigate Spacer's Choice facility and face its perils.

You will be trying to uncover the mystery of a substance known as Adrena-Time stimulant, which is similar to bullet-time effect. Aside from new playable map, Peril on Gorgon DLC will add armors, weapons and raise level cap to 33.

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During your time at Spacer's Choice, you will come across new NPCs and discover reasons behind shutdown of Gorgon Project. There will be new enemies to encounter and three new science weapons to wield for self-defense.

Players require reaching colonized moon of Monarch to get access to newly revealed open-world sections. At Gorgon, you will get to explore unseen corners of Halcyon colony that involves large outdoors and narrow interior.

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Obsidian is currently planning to include nearly 6-8 hours long gameplay for latest expansion of The Outer Worlds, tied to main campaign. On a later date, Peril on Gorgon DLC will be released on Nintendo Switch handheld consoles as well.

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC will be available to purchase on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $14.99 only. Or you can buy TOW Expansion Pass for $24.99 to receive Murder on Eridanos on launch.

State of Decay 3 Announced

Undead Labs announces State of Decay 3 today at Xbox Games Showcase, releasing on PC and Xbox Series X.

Following two consecutive releases in last two console generation, developer Undead Labs hinted for a return to zombie survival franchise State of Decay for a third game a month after launching State of Decay 2 back in 2018.

In a surprise revelation today, Undead Labs has officially announced State of Decay 3, an inevitable third installment of SoD series at Xbox Games Showcase, which is currently under active development for PC and Xbox Series X.

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State of Decay 3 Announced

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Undead Labs offers a brief look into horrors that will unleash on upcoming title in a latest trailer.




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A female survivor was sitting beside a nearby campfire inside the woods, sharpening a wooden shaft for her crossbow. She realizes something is stalking her from afar and she then attempts to scare it away by screaming loudly at it.

Next morning, she goes out exploring deep into the uninhabited forest and notices a long blood trail. She picks up her scope to take a better look and aim, only to discover in horror that an infected deer is feeding off a wolf carcass.

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State of Decay lets you play as a survivor by base-building, scavenging and often fight zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. Infected people are usually referred as Zeds instead of zombies but introduction of plagued animal is a first.

State of Decay 3 will also arrive on Xbox Game Pass on launch day alongside Microsoft Store and Steam. Undead Labs revealed plans to make a sequel to SoD2 larger than first two games, with inclusion of online multiplayer mode.

Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Revealed

343 Industries offers a first-look at campaign gameplay of Halo Infinite during Xbox Games Showcase today.

A year ago, a cinematic trailer titled "Discover Hope" offered first glimpse at story premise for upcoming first-person shooter title Halo Infinite by developer 343 Industries and SkyBox Labs, in association with publisher Xbox Game Studios.

Since E3 2020 has now been cancelled due to a global pandemic of Coronavirus outbreak, 343 Industries and Microsoft announced in March to reveal long-anticipated gameplay footage in a demo trailer at Xbox Games Showcase digital event.

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Halo Infinite Campaign Gameplay Revealed

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Take a first look at Halo Infinite official gameplay video in real-time from early hours of story campaign.




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After a Pelican pilot finds Master Chief floating in space, he reaches out and revives him earlier. As they are forced to crash land on the ring when they are shot at with anti-aircraft guns, Chief decides to go out and take care of business.

Halo Infinite delves into its classic gameplay mechanic from very beginning and players will be wielding a variety of weapons. To engage enemies in combat, Chief will be using MA40 assault rifle to VK78 Commando and even plasma grenade.

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Driving a Warthog into battle, he comes across several members of the alien race known as Banished and their War Chief Escharum. John-117 can traverse through locations using a world map or simply running and gunning towards levels.

Infinite is said to be several times larger than last two series releases, powered by Slipspace Engine. One of the most amazing feats of display was latest inclusion of grappling hook for traversal into map and return of shield technology.

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One missing aspect was exclusion of online multiplayer mode, which is an essential experience for any games of Halo series. Microsoft Studios hosting a major reveal event without giving a peek at multiplayer gameplay seems quite odd.

Xbox has announced recently that there will be another digital showcase in coming months to reveal Xbox Series X launch date and hopefully, they will treat fans with a much-awaited look at Halo Infinite multiplayer mode at a later date.

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A brief cinematic trailer teases an expansive Halo Infinite campaign with MJOLNIR armor assembling.




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Infinite is a launch title for Microsoft's next-gen console and a "spiritual reboot" to Halo military shooter franchise. However, gameplay demo didn't look much like next-gen compared to any of its very impressive looking cut-scenes so far.

Though a release date is yet to be revealed, Halo Infinite is set to arrive this holiday season for Windows PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles via Microsoft Store and Steam, while also simultaneously launching on Xbox Game Pass.

Next Up Hero and Tacoma Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games is giving away PC version of Next Up Hero and Tacoma for this week on Epic Games Store.

As a brilliant marketing strategy to grow their customer base, Epic Games started a trend of giving out at least one free game every week for PC platform on Epic Games Store and intends to keep up their promise throughout 2020.

Epic Store is currently giving away 2018 action game Next Up Hero and 2017 adventure title Tacoma this week that you can claim with a free account to add to your online library anytime before July 30, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Next Up Hero and Tacoma Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Inviting players into a new type of dungeon crawler, Next Up Hero from Digital Continue and Aspyr Media features hand-drawn characters that you can pick to go on quests though hack and slash action until you reach out max stats.

Explore an abandoned, seemingly-empty space station in Tacoma by developer/publisher Fullbright as main character Amy, who is aided by an AI companion to solve mysteries about an unknown crisis its crew-members have faced.

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Although one of the draft from today's freebie lineup has a pending rating on EGS and can be blocked out by Parental Controls feature. So, a second title was added to balance that out for everyone out there, including minor audiences.

Epic Games Store will be offering three lesser known titles for giveaway next week; 20XX, Barony and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery from three different indie developer studios, which will become available on July 30, 2020.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

World War Z: Dronemaster Update Live Now

Dronemaster update for World War Z adds cross-play on all platforms, new missions and weapon skins.

Even after a year of release, co-op zombie shooter title World War Z from developer Saber Interactive and publisher Mad Dog Games continues to grow its community on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Saber Interactive has been very frequent and pretty generous with their post-launch free DLC updates for WWZ since launch. Most recently, dev team has added new weapons, missions and more in Dronemaster update for Season 2.

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World War Z: Dronemaster Update Live Now

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A preview of Dronemaster update showcasing its titular player class and notable features is released lately.




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One of the most notable aspects of Dronemaster update is a new playable character class that is equipped with an upgradable drone. This aerial device is designed to aid you in battle and will stun any enemy in close proximity with taser.

Players can customize their personal drone using an expansive perk tree to increase firepower, add a different weapon, use for building defense, to buff allies or you can also charge a suicidal kamikaze attack at an enemy horde from afar.

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Among many other things, WWZ recently introduces full cross-play support across all available platforms. Up until now, cross-play feature was only limited between PC and Xbox One since Sony was hesitant to join a larger community.

Armory of survivors has seen new inclusion of ACW-20, semi-automatic grenade launcher of short-caliber. This one a rare weapon pick-up within World War Z arsenal to clear up massive swarm of zombies but be aware of its friendly fire.

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Combat-Ready Quadrocopter

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A set of in-game characters themed weapon variants are bundled into Signature Weapons Pack DLC, included in GOTY edition or Season Pass. There are essential fixes, perk rebalances, new upgrades and quality of life improvements as well.

World War Z unites survivor community comes together to outlive the dead via cross-play and a new playable class with a personal quadrocopter drone will only improve your collective chance of survival against waves of undead swarms.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Only Had Kassandra as Protagonist

Ubisoft originally planned for Kassandra to be the only female protagonist in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Despite belonging to stealth-adventure based Assassin's Creed series delved into action role-playing genre with Assassin's Creed Odyssey, where players would have a choice between two playable characters; Alexios and Kassandra.

According to a recent article by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schrier, developer/publisher Ubisoft didn't allow any female characters in lead role of Assassin's Creed games for a while due to an internal mandate that says "Women Don't Sell".

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey Only Had Kassandra as Protagonist

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In past few months, French video game company Ubisoft has been slammed by widespread workplace abuse. While an investigation is currently ongoing, many employees within Ubisoft have reported of an abusive workplace.

Several team members believe such atmosphere has even affected production of Assassin's Creed games in past. Ubisoft had a long-held belief that female protagonists in general doesn't help sell games like traditional male ones.

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Back in 2014, trouble begin with Assassin's Creed Unity when a creative director of Ubisoft was against inclusion of any female characters because "it was really a lot of extra production work" to add animations and clothing for women.

Their next game, Assassin's Creed Syndicate had a script that allowed siblings Jacob and Evie Fyre to have equal screen time. However, changes were made to favor male protagonist Jacob who became the main character of Syndicate.

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Similarly in Assassin's Creed Origins, original plan for Bayek was to be killed off at an early point to focus on his wife Aya. That plan was eventually flipped and Bayek lived to serve as lead playable character for rest of the adventure.

In all instances mentioned above, Ubisoft chief creative officer Serge Hascoët or marketing team has intervened before final release to force developers change story direction to reduce role of female characters or protagonists.

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When working on Assassin's Creed Odyssey, its creative team wanted Kassandra to be only playable character in lead role. Odyssey ended up adding her male sibling Alexios, to allow players a choice to pick between these two.

Ubisoft employees claimed that they often had to distract Hascoët with major compromises to add features that he didn't like to sway his influence from making changes for worse as he was not a fan of cut-scenes or linear storytelling.

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In wake of Serge Hascoët leaving company, Jason Schrier reveals his latest expose on industry practices.


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Serge Hascoët is arguably responsible for cancellation of more than a few promising projects with such meddling. However, his authority within company starts lessening lately after a series of lackluster releases over past few years.

Even though Alexios was forced into Assassin's Creed Odyssey, he actually fits nicely in ancient Greece setting. Ubisoft will also let you choose a male and female version of lead character, Eivor in upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Sea of Thieves Crosses 15 Million Players

Rare Studio announces Sea of Thieves to have crossed 15 million players mark since launch back in March 2018.

A few months ago, open-world online action-adventure game Sea of Thieves from developer Rare Studio and publisher Xbox Game Studios celebrated its two years anniversary of release on Windows PC, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox One.

Amassing 5 million players within only six months from back in January 2020, Sea of Thieves has officially crossed 15 million players since two years of its original launch back in 2018 following its recent debut on PC gaming platform Steam.

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Sea of Thieves Crosses 15 Million Players

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Over 3.3M active players have joined to sail the high seas in June 2020, making it one of the biggest month for SoT since launch. Rare Studio and Xbox Game Studios saw record number of player growth over the years following release.

Sea of Thieves has been showing up on most played and top-selling games list on Steam every now and then. Partial credit for this amazing success goes to player community of Steam for purchasing more than 1 million copies so far.

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During its launch week, Sea of Thieves faced major server issues and was heavily criticized for being repetitive. Rare Studio dev team frequently rolled out content and limited time events to keep everyone busy and turned things around.

New players on Sea of Thieves can begin their high-seas adventure with narrative-driven tutorial Maiden Voyage. Or try out your luck at Adventure and Arena modes while getting on broad each month for free content updates.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

No Man's Sky: Desolation Update Live Now

Hello Games lunches fourth major free update Desolation for No Man's Sky, adding derelict freighters and improvements.

In a running cycle, developer/publisher Hello Games is adding more new content to multiplayer action-adventure survival title No Man's Sky frequently to improve overall experience for entire player community via monthly free updates.

New gameplay features are added to NMS this year with release of Cross-Play, Exo Mech and Living Ship free patch. In a surprise announcement, Hello Games revealed launching Desolation update today for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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No Man's Sky: Desolation Update Live Now

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A recently released mysterious new trailer for No Man's Sky: Desolation update hints at dark story content.




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Latest free update Desolation introduces a number of improvements for combat and space exploration. Discover semi-deactivated derelict freighters with broken security systems and damaged AI drones running rampant all around.

There are large areas inside that are filled with danger with nothing but dim glow emergency lights to navigate through. You are advised to take a crew as rumor has it that you may come across some hostile extraterrestrial creatures.

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Abandoned Derelict Freighters

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Much like No Man's Sky universe, these freighters are all procedurally generated with unique interiors and stories to explore. Travelers may end up discovering or taking out pieces that can later be used as upgrades for their capital ship.

Desolation update has made some changes to enemies and weapon balances for an engaging, fast-paced combat. Such gameplay effects and tweaks are not limited to these abandoned freighters but are available across full game as well.

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Dynamic Combat Experience

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Desolation is the fourth major free update for NMS this year and Hello Games has plans to release more in near future. Other new adjustments include freighter customization, lens flare effects, multiplayer missions and much more.

No Man's Sky has arrived on Xbox Game Pass last month, garnering more than a million new players and with newest addition of cross-play feature has assembled all-time biggest number of players together from different platforms.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC Expansion Delayed

Previous release date for Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion has been delayed because of COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier in June, developer/publisher Bungie revealed plans to add a new trilogy of expansions in Year 4 Season 2 content for free-to-play online multiplayer shooter Destiny 2 to start a new era and first one among them was Beyond Light.

Bungie originally planned to launch Beyond Light DLC expansion on September 22 and reveal more features very soon, which is now been delayed to November 10, 2020 due to working restrictions during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light DLC Expansion Delayed

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Even though Bungie is one of the best studios to work remotely under current circumstances, they had to push back next chapter of Destiny 2 by a few more weeks just to meet certain quality standards because of recent challenges.

Beyond Light plans to include new gears, location, missions, raid, weaponry and everything that players expect from its next expansion, which will form the major upcoming D2 story arc alongside its follow-up The Witch Queen and Lightfall.

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For a brief time, Destiny 2 is temporarily removing several activities and locations from game while taking away weekly reward cap on raids for rest of the season, allowing players to grind for best exotic loots as long as they are available.

Recent actions of Bungie are disappointing to some fans but are taken for a better future of D2 players in long run. Previous plans for rumored development of Destiny 3 have been scrapped and are replaced with new content update strategy.

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Beyond Light is coming at a time when majority of D2 player community were longing for a new update after Shadowkeep that would rejuvenate Destiny 2 once again like The Taken King did for original Destiny and there is only months to go.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light will be first DLC expansion to release on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Progress will be shared within two console generation with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One version receiving free upgrade to next-gen.

Torchlight 2 Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store is giving away PC version of action RPG dungeon crawler Torchlight II for free in this week's giveaway.

Being pretty generous than usual, Epic Games has offered three free games for PC platform on their digital distribution platform Epic Games Store last week and thus, keeping up a promise of rolling out freebie titles throughout this year.

Ahead of this week, Epic Store announced to giveaway action role-playing dungeon crawler game Torchlight II by developer Runic Games and publisher Perfect World Entertainment for free until July 23, 8:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Torchlight 2 Free on Epic Games Store Now

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Approximately a year ago, Epic Games Store has given away free copies of original Torchlight game and those of you who have thoroughly enjoyed the ride will surely love its award-winning worthy successor that was released in 2012.

Taking heavy inspiration form games like Diablo, gameplay of Torchlight II lets you choose from four playable classes depending on your playstyle and allows you to customize them before you start exploring its open-world solo or in co-op.

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Runic Games did a nice job improving upon its predecessor title and refining overall experience. Even after eight years of its initial launch, sequel to original Torchlight is considered as one of the best top-down action RPGs on PC.

Epic Store has revealed their upcoming giveaway list that includes action dungeon crawler title Next Up Hero from Digital Continue and exploration game Tacoma from Fullbright, which will become available to claim from July 23, 2020.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Watch Dogs: Legion Gets Called Out for Holocaust Quote Misuse

Ubisoft gets called out for reusing a famous Holocaust quote to promote upcoming Watch Dogs: Legion.

After postponing a number of anticipated titles last year, developer/publisher Ubisoft returned with a gameplay overview of upcoming open-world hacking adventure game Watch Dogs: Legion this year at Ubisoft Forward event earlier.

Shortly after premiering a short film for WD: Legion titled "Tipping Point" at UbiForward event, Ubisoft starts getting called out and receiving heavy criticism from fans for using a modified version of Holocaust quote in the cinematic trailer.

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Watch Dogs: Legion Gets Called Out for Holocaust Quote Misuse

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Fans watching the livestream were left in shock and awe when they witnessed Ubisoft slightly altered Holocaust quote in a short cinematic directed by Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse art director Alberto Mielgo to promote WD: Legion.

Original quote of "First they came…" was written by a German citizen and Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, who was a supporter of Third Reich at first but came to regret his decision in later years and even started opposed Nazi beliefs.

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Niemöller wrote a post-war confession acknowledging cowardice of German intellectuals back then, including him. A tailored version of the poem that fits modern-day premise was recently used in a short-film based on Watch Dogs: Legion.

Since no themes of Holocaust or Nazi occupation of any sorts is adapted into Legion, it was an uncalled move for Ubisoft to include these elements into marketing materials for a product even if their sole intention was to pay homage.

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Have a look back at Watch Dogs: Legion short film "Tipping Point" by Emmy award winner Alberto Mielgo.




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Ubisoft is already dealing with a number of allegations over sexual misconduct by some high-profile executives and while struggling with an abusive workplace culture, they need to pay more attention to how they market their games.

Watch Dogs: Legion sets on a premise of dystopian London authorities misusing power but given ties of Holocaust quote to darkest hour of human history, Ubisoft should've skipped using Niemöller's work to promote their big-budget game.