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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Jun 05, 2020 - 7:04 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

I'm glad the weekend is here. The weather in my area has been hot, humid, and strong thunder storms at night. The town next door to me had baseball size hail.

Time to pop a top, and listen to some music.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
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EA goes Crawling back to Steam
Jun 05, 2020 - 3:31 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Electronic Arts Launches 25+ Games on Steam Starting Today

Today, Electronic Arts launched the first wave of 25+ EA games on Steam, with more on the way. Starting today, players can explore BioWare’s award-winning Role-Playing Games - Dragon Age: Inquisition and Dragon Age II, experience high-speed, white-knuckle driving action in Need for Speed Heat, Need for Speed: Rivals and Need for Speed (2016) and battle it out in the wacky, fun and over-the-top shooter, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. A selection of the bold and innovative games from EA’s indie development partners like Unravel, Unravel II, Fe and Sea of Solitude will also become available. Additionally, these games and many others will be available as part of an EA Access subscription on Steam that will launch to players later this summer.

“We want to make it easy to play the games you love, wherever you want to play. Delivering games to the Steam community is an important step in achieving this goal,” said Mike Blank, SVP, Strategic Growth. “Not only are we excited to have our games on Steam, but we look forward to bringing them even more value when our subscription becomes available in the Summer.”

New EA games developed for PC will also launch on Steam alongside other platforms, including the Command & Conquer Remastered Collection which launches tomorrow, providing mod support with the Steam Workshop as this game is one of the first major RTS franchises to open source their source code under the GPL. The compilation, which was made for and with the help of the community, is comprised of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, Command & Conquer: Red Alert and their three expansion packs - Covert Ops, Counterstrike and The Aftermath.

EA Access gives members access to a broad portfolio of EA games, valuable member benefits and discounts on full EA game purchases, expansions and in-game items. EA has been offering subscription services since 2014, and currently reaches players on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin platforms. For more information on EA’s subscription services, please visit ea.com/subscribe. More information on games bound for Steam coming soon.
I guess this means that Origin is pretty much a dead platform.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Jun 05, 2020 - 10:12 AM - by Jetherik

Summer is almost officially here since it is June. This means that school is out (well, officially out) and more times for games! What are you playing this weekend?
7 Replies | 237 Views
Top 5 Underrated Consoles of All-Time!
Jun 05, 2020 - 7:46 AM - by Metal Jesus


Top 5 Underrated Consoles by popular vote (plus Honorable Mentions by me)
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Announcement Leaked, Coming August 11th
Jun 04, 2020 - 5:49 PM - by Evil Avatar

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About Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

The hit RPG returns! From the minds of the bestselling author R.A. Salvatore, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion lead designer Ken Rolston, comes Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Uncover the secrets of Amalur, from the vibrant city of Rathir to the vast region of Dalentarth to the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns. Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.

Key Features

• Build the ideal character for the most intense combat, choosing from a countless combinations of skills, abilities, weapons and pieces of armor.

• The revolutionary Destiny system allows you to continuously evolve your character class to your style of play.

• Seamlessly integrate magical and melee attacks as you take on scores of enemies in grand fight sequences and finish them off with brutal Fateshift kills.

• Extend your experience in Amalur with all downloadable content from the original release, from “Teeth of Naros” to “Legend of Dead Kel” and more!

• Hundreds of hours of RPG play await! Travel from the vibrant city of Rathir, to the vast region of Dalentarth, and the grim dungeons of the Brigand Hall Caverns as you uncover the secrets of Amalur!

• Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore.

• Rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war and control the keys to immortality as the first warrior ever to be resurrected from the grips of death.

• Explore a sprawling game world hailed as having “more content than any single-player game deserves!”

• Enjoy countless side quests rich in political intrigue, romance, sinister magic, and even whimsy – all central to the primary mission.

• Improved graphical fidelity in Re-Reckoning.
Microsoft Store Listing.

I might have to upgrade to Xbox Games Pass for this one!
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Project CARS 3 Announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC ~ Out This Summer
Jun 04, 2020 - 5:14 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Get ready for Your Ultimate Driver Journey. Own, upgrade and customize hundreds of elite-brand road and race cars. Personalize your racing hero persona. And then race your way up from weekend warrior to racing legend in stunning global locations. Project CARS 3. Summer 2020. PS4, Xbox One, PC.
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Sega's BIG Announcement is a Game Gear Micro
Jun 03, 2020 - 5:50 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Game Gear Micro Revealed, Set to Release in Four Color Variants in Japan on October 6, 2020

Sega has officially announced the Game Gear Micro as a miniature console based on the Sega Game Gear.

The Game Gear Micro measures 80mm in width, 43mm in height, and 20mm depth to make it less than 40% the size of the original Game Gear. It comes in four color variants of Black, Blue, Yellow, and Red. Each of Game Gear Micro color has its own set of four games that consist of action, puzzle, RPG, and more titles. The mini handheld console will be available for 4,980 yen when it releases this October in Japan.
Siliconera.
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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey DLC Announced
Jun 03, 2020 - 10:28 AM - by Kreigmstr


Frontier Developments made a surprise announcement for a new Expansion/DLC for Elite Dangerous today. Coming early next year they will be adding atmospheric planetary landings and FPS elements to Elite Dangerous.

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Disembark, Commander, and leave your mark on the galaxy in Elite Dangerous: Odyssey. Explore distant worlds on foot and expand the frontier of known space. Be the first to step out onto countless unique planets as you discover land untouched since time began. Elite Dangerous: Odyssey invites you to become a true pioneer.
https://www.elitedangerous.com/odyssey/
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Cyberpunk 2077 'Night City Wire' Presentation Postponed to June 25th
Jun 02, 2020 - 5:36 PM - by Evil Avatar

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We decided to move Night City Wire to Jun 25th. We still look forward to sharing new information about CP’77, but more important discussions are happening right now and we want them to be heard. We wholeheartedly stand against racism, intolerance and violence. Black Lives Matter.
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Games We LOVED as Kids but DISLIKE as ADULTS
Jun 02, 2020 - 8:25 AM - by Metal Jesus


What Video Games do you remember loving, but you played them as an adult and you were let down?
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Game and Movie Releases for the Week of May 31st to June 6th
Jun 01, 2020 - 5:50 PM - by Evil Avatar

Game and Movie Releases for the Week of May 31 - June 6, 2020.

Retail Games
None.

Movies & TV
Jaws 4K
Parasite
Watchmen: An HBO Limited Series
Robert the Bruce
Star Trek: Short Treks
Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season
Tokyo Godfathers
Demon Lord, Retry!: The Complete Series
Hensuki: Are You Willing to Fall in Love with a Pervert, as Long as Long as She's a Cutie?
Sound! Euphonium: The Movie - Our Promise: A Brand New Day
Tamako Market Love Story Collection: TV Series + Movie
Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom - The Complete Series
Robotics;Notes: The Complete Series
Strike Witches: 501st Joint Fighter Wing Take Off! - The Complete Series
One Cut of the Dead

Box Office
None.

Watchmen was amazing until Dr. Manhattan shows up, then it just totally goes to complete shit. Not a bad series overall.
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You Have to be F'ing Kidding
Jun 01, 2020 - 5:14 PM - by Evil Avatar
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PS5: The Future of Gaming ~ June 4th
May 29, 2020 - 6:09 PM - by Evil Avatar

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You’re Invited: A Look at the Future of Gaming on PlayStation 5

With each generation, from the first PlayStation to PlayStation 4, we aim higher and we push the boundaries further, to try and deliver better experiences for our community. This has been the mission of the PlayStation brand for more than 25 years. A mission I have been a part of nearly since the beginning.

There are few things as exciting as the launch of a new console. While this road to launch has been a bit…different, we are as thrilled as ever to bring you with us on this journey to redefine the future of videogames.

We’ve shared technical specifications and shown you the new DualSense wireless controller. But what is a launch without games?

That’s why I’m excited to share that we will soon give you a first look at the games you’ll be playing after PlayStation 5 launches this holiday. The games coming to PS5 represent the best in the industry from innovative studios that span the globe. Studios, both larger and smaller, those newer and those more established, all have been hard at work developing games that will showcase the potential of the hardware.

This digital showcase will run for a bit more than an hour and, for the first time, we will all be together virtually experiencing the excitement together. A lack of physical events has given us an amazing opportunity to think differently and bring you on this journey with us, and hopefully, closer than ever before. This is part of our series of PS5 updates and, rest assured, after next week’s showcase, we will still have much to share with you.

Please join us on Twitch or YouTube on June 4 at 1pm PDT / 9pm BST / 10pm CEST to see what’s in store for the next generation of games. I hope we can make you proud.
PlayStation Blog.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
May 29, 2020 - 1:23 PM - by Jetherik

Congratulations to all who are graduating! It is a big moment and a great way to celebrate is to play games. What are you playing this weekend?
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
May 29, 2020 - 9:46 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

It's looking to be a beautiful weekend where I live, and with the nice weather comes more yard work. I'll be strapping on some headphones, and rockin' out while I hit the honey do list.

It's the weekend. What are you listing to?
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Xbox Series X Backward Compatible with "Thousands of Games" at Launch
May 28, 2020 - 6:07 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Preserving Your Gaming Legacy

As gamers, we also know how important it is to preserve and respect our gaming legacies. Your favorite games and franchises, your progression and achievements, and the friendships and communities you create through gaming should all move with you across generations. Not only that, your favorite gaming accessories and peripherals should also move forward with you as well.

Our goal has always been to empower gamers to play the best versions of games from across four generations of Xbox at the launch of Xbox Series X. These principles were key to us from Day 1 and influenced many of our design decisions as we started on our journey to create our most powerful and compatible console ever.

Compatibility Journey

Our compatibility journey began with the announcement of Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility coming to Xbox One at E3 2015. I clearly remember that first magical experience of jumping into one of my favorite Xbox 360 games, Final Fantasy XIII, and instantly resuming where I had left off years before as if no time had passed at all. I was instantly transported back to that special time and all the great memories and personal connections I have made through gaming. The energy and passion from the community continues to motivate us to this day.

Through a tremendous amount of hard work, technical innovation, and partnership with the industry’s leading creators we were not only able to bring more than 500 Xbox 360 games to Xbox One, we were able to go back even further into the archives and resurrect some of your favorite franchises from the original Xbox. The very same team who created new innovative ways to preserve and enhance your existing catalog of games on Xbox One is the same team pushing the envelope again with Xbox Series X.

Maintaining compatibility presents a massive technical challenge as fundamental system and chip architectures advance across generations. Developers highly optimize their games to the unique capabilities and performance of a console to provide the best experience for their players. To make the Xbox Series X our most compatible console ever required both significant innovation in the design of the custom processor as well as the unique design of the Xbox operating system and hypervisor at the heart of our next generation platform.

With more than 100,000 hours of play testing already completed, thousands of games are already playable on Xbox Series X today, from the biggest blockbusters to cult classics and fan favorites. Many of us in Team Xbox play on the Xbox Series X daily as our primary console and switching between generations is seamless. By the time we launch this holiday, the team will have spent well over 200,000 hours ensuring your game library is ready for you to jump in immediately.
Xbox Wire.

I can't help but look at this and feel like this will be the second generation where Microsoft tries to make up for lack of new content with old 360 games.
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PlayStation Plus Free Games for June 2020 Announced
May 28, 2020 - 6:03 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Star Wars Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII are your PS Plus games for June

PS Plus members face a tough question this month: do you prefer your action to be down-to-earth, or in a galaxy far, far away?

If the former, Sledgehammer Games invites you back to the dramatic backdrop of World War II as the Call of Duty series returns to its roots. If the latter, join huge Star Wars battles across three eras, and rebel against the Empire, or crush the Resistance in Star Wars Battlefront II. Whether you want to be the hero, villain, or an elite trooper, there’s a Star Wars battle fantasy for everyone.

Regardless of what choice you make, buckle up: both boast explosive story-driven campaigns and thrilling multiplayer modes to lose yourself in.

Star Wars Battlefront II

Meet your destiny as Luke Skywalker on Death Star II. Get boots on the ground in massive Clone Wars conflicts. Lead the First Order to dominance as Kylo Ren. Rebel against the Empire. Crush the Resistance.

Join the action and enjoy more than 25 free game updates since launch – including online Co-Op, massive offline battles against AI foes in Instant Action, and the non-linear, multiplayer tug-of-war between planetary surfaces and capital ships in Capital Supremacy. Be the hero in the ultimate Star Wars battle fantasy.

Star Wars Battlefront II will be available from Tuesday, June 2.

Call of Duty: WWII

It’s a return to the past in more ways than one as Call of Duty once more reimagines the theater of war that first inspired the blockbuster franchise. In the game’s riveting campaign, play a vital, frontline role across Europe in multiple missions directly inspired by key moments from the real world conflict. Switch over to multiplayer to battle it out alongside — and against — other players.

Eager to play? Good news – Call of Duty: WWII is already available for download!

Both games will be available until Monday, July 6.
PlayStation Blog.
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Sega About To Make A Big Announcement?!?
May 28, 2020 - 11:16 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Via Express

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SEGA are rumoured to have a huge, "revolutionary" announcement in the works that will be dropping next week. The major scoop is set to be revealed in the next issue of iconic Japanese video gaming magazine Famitsu. The SEGA reveal will coincide with the company's 60th anniversary and is said be an announcement on par with Sony confirming the first official details of the PS5.

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According to a post by Gematsu, Nishikawa-san said: "My column in next week’s issue of Famitsu is crazy. I got a huge scoop…it’s a world premiere article.
"It’s a scoop from a game company that everyone loves. An insane scoop. Last year, Wired got the exclusive story on PlayStation 5, right?

"Other media didn’t. It’s that level of a scoop. I interviewed a certain company’s executive and technical staff, it’s really revolutionary…really, it’s a revolution.

"It’ll be in Famitsu next Thursday. I already sent in my manuscript, so the proofs are being made now.
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Call of Duty: WW2 free via PlayStation Plus
May 27, 2020 - 6:17 PM - by Evil Avatar

PS Plus members: Call of Duty: WWII is part of the monthly games lineup for June, and will be available for download starting May 26.
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The Last of Us Part II - State of Play
May 27, 2020 - 6:09 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Over the course of this nearly 25 minute episode, Neil Druckmann, Director of The Last of Us Part II, will provide an extensive look at the gameplay, threats, and world of the game ahead of its release on 19th June on PS4. To cap it all off, he’ll introduce a never-before-seen extended gameplay sequence to close out the show.

There won’t be any PS5 news or updates in this episode, just a deep dive into the world of The Last of Us Part II.
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BlizzCon Canceled for 2020, Online Event Planned for Early Next Year
May 27, 2020 - 6:09 PM - by Evil Avatar

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An Update on BlizzCon

Hello Blizzard community,

Several weeks ago, I shared an update about our uncertainty around holding BlizzCon this year. Since then, a lot has changed . . . and a lot also hasn’t changed. During this time, we’ve had many discussions about what holding a convention could look like in light of all the health and safety considerations we’d want to make. We’ve also talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national and local health guidelines in the months ahead. Ultimately, after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.

We’re feeling deeply disappointed about this decision, and imagine many of you will feel the same. I truly love BlizzCon, and I know that’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Blizzard. We will sorely miss connecting with so many of you at the convention and “recharging our geek batteries” this fall.

But we will meet again!

We’re talking about how we might be able to channel the BlizzCon spirit and connect with you in some way online, far less impacted by the state of health and safety protocols for mass in-person gatherings. We’d want to do this as soon as we could, but given that this is new-ish territory and the different factors involved, it will most likely be sometime early next year. BlizzCon is also a stage for big esports events in Blizzard games each year, so we’re also looking into alternatives for supporting some of the high-level competition that would normally take place at the show.

We’ll tell you more about our plans as they develop—but in the meantime, we hope to see you exploring the Shadowlands, hanging out in the Tavern, pushing the payload (do it!), and wherever else in the Blizzard universes you may roam.

Stay safe and stay well.

Saralyn Smith - Whirlwind Barbarian, Executive Producer of BlizzCon
blizzcon.com.

Canceled is the new normal.
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June 2020 Games with Gold Revealed
May 26, 2020 - 5:57 PM - by Evil Avatar

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New Games with Gold for June 2020

Get ready to enjoy some great Games with Gold in June! On Xbox One, rescue Sequin Land once more in the ridiculously fun platformer Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse and fix your customers a drink in the engaging Coffee Talk. On the Xbox 360, and Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, invade the Earth in the sci-fi madcap adventure Destroy All Humans! and challenge your reflexes in the fast-paced shooter Sine Mora.

Xbox Live Gold members will have exclusive access to these games for a limited time as part of Games with Gold. With Xbox Live Gold, you get the most advanced multiplayer service, free games, and exclusive member discounts on games in the Microsoft Store — get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action or join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which includes all these fantastic benefits plus access to over 100 great games with Xbox Game Pass.

Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse ($19.99): Available June 1 to 30 on Xbox One

Coffee Talk ($13.99): Available June 16 to July 15 on Xbox One

Destroy All Humans! ($19.99): Available June 1 to 15 on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Sine Mora ($9.99): Available June 16 to 30 on Xbox One & Xbox 360
Xbox Wire.
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Wednesday's State of Play Looks at Last of Us 2
May 25, 2020 - 6:05 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Hi all – we’re putting the finishing touches on a new episode of State of Play that will air this Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00pm Pacific Time / 4:00pm Eastern Time on Twitch and YouTube.

Naughty Dog Vice President and The Last of Us Part II Director Neil Druckmann will give you a special preview of The Last of Us Part II, coming to PS4 June 19. Neil will walk you through details of the gameplay experience and story.

The current cut is clocking in a little more than 20 minutes, ending with an extended sequence showing off about eight minutes of never-before-seen gameplay.

And no, there won’t be any PS5 news or updates in this episode, just a deep dive into the world of The Last of Us Part II.

Don’t miss the Twitch and YouTube broadcast this Wednesday. We hope you can join us!
PlayStation Blog.
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Warhammer 40,000 The New Edition Cinematic Trailer
May 25, 2020 - 5:39 PM - by Evil Avatar


Something big is about to happen in the grim darkness of the far future… https://bit.ly/2zq4POW
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
May 22, 2020 - 2:06 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Spring is in full swing, and a 3 day weekend to boot. I've put a lot of miles on this week, and I've been listening to a bunch of music from my youth.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
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Top 10 Games EVERYONE should PLAY at least once!
May 22, 2020 - 11:30 AM - by Metal Jesus

Top 10 Games I think EVERYONE should PLAY at least once! Did I include your favorite? What did I miss?
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
May 22, 2020 - 10:08 AM - by Jetherik

Another weekend and another chance to enjoy all the game specials that are coming out. Lots of companies are doing free games. I've seen GTAV out there as well as Civ VI. Lots of great deals as well. What are you going to play this weekend?
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Valorant will launch for free worldwide on June 2nd
May 21, 2020 - 11:32 AM - by Evil Avatar

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After being in a closed beta state for two months, Riot Games' hero shooter Valorant will make its official PC debut on June 2. The tactical FPS, which shares a lot of DNA with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, will be free-to-play in "a majority of the regions worldwide," including North America and Europe.

With Valorant officially dropping in early June, Riot confirmed that the game's closed beta will end on Thursday, May 28. This will give the studio the opportunity to reset player accounts and patch in new content. When the game hits on June 2, current Valorant players will have to start at the same place as those coming to the tactical FPS for the first time.

Shortly after Valorant's official launch, Riot will deliver a bunch of new content. This includes additional game modes, characters, maps, and more. In addition to this, Riot will deploy more servers to meet the game's demands. These new servers--located in Atlanta, Dallas, London, Madrid, and Warsaw--will help lower Valorant's latency so that the player experience is as smooth as possible.
Gamespot.
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Crucible Launch Trailer
May 20, 2020 - 2:23 PM - by Kreigmstr

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Crucible is a free-to-play team-based action shooter driven by the choices you make. Choose from a diverse roster of aliens and humans and then work with teammates to hunt opponents, take down hostile creatures, and harvest Essence.
Amazon Games.
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Justice League's Snyder Cut coming to HBO Max
May 20, 2020 - 12:01 PM - by Evil Avatar

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So here, the morning after, was their agent saying that Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures, was acknowledging the movement, and more importantly, was willing to accede. "This is real. People out there want it. Would you guys ever consider doing something?" was what Emmerich was asking, Zack Snyder recalls.

The answer to Emmerich's question, a whispered-about secret for months, was revealed Wednesday when Zack Snyder confirmed, at the end of an online screening of his 2013 movie, Man of Steel, that his version of Justice League was indeed real. And that it will be coming to HBO Max, the WarnerMedia digital streaming service launching May 27, and is expected to debut in 2021.

It is currently unclear what form Snyder’s Justice League will take. Whether it will be released as an almost four-hour director’s cut or split into six "chapters" has yet to be decided, but the Snyders are now in the midst of reassembling much of their original postproduction crew to score, cut, add new and finish old visual effects, and, yes, maybe bring back many of the actors to record additional dialogue.

Also unclear is the cost of the endeavor. One source has pegged the effort in the $20 million range, although another source says that figure could be closer to $30 million. The parties involved had no comment.

"It will be an entirely new thing, and, especially talking to those who have seen the released movie, a new experience apart from that movie," Zack Snyder tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that, to this day, he has not watched the version released in theaters.
THR.
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The Last of Us Part II Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle Announced
May 19, 2020 - 5:47 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Celebrating The Last of Us Part II With a Limited Edition PS4 Pro Bundle and More

We’re all counting down the days till we rejoin Ellie in her journey next month, and today, we are thrilled to announce the Limited Edition The Last of Us Part II PlayStation 4 Pro bundle, which will launch alongside the game on June 19, 2020. This special bundle features a fully customized matte finish PS4 Pro console engraved with Ellie’s tattoo design, a Limited Edition DualShock 4 Wireless Controller, a physical copy of The Last of Us Part II game, as well as a code to redeem digital content such as The Last of Us Part II PS4 dynamic theme, avatars, and more. This limited edition bundle will be available across the U.S. and Canada for $399.99 USD (MSRP) / $499.99 CAD (MSRP).

The Limited Edition DualShock 4 Wireless Controller also will be available as a standalone for $64.99 USD (MSRP) / $74.99 CAD (MSRP). Presented in a Steel Black matte finish with white detailing and PlayStation shapes, this Limited Edition wireless controller features Ellie’s iconic fern tattoo engraved on the lower right hand side and The Last of Us Part II logo on the touchpad.

John Sweeney, Art Director at Naughty Dog, shared some background and inspiration behind the design:

When we first revealed The Last of Us Part II, we had no idea how quickly fans would embrace Ellie’s tattoo. Within a day, we started seeing real-life versions showing up on social media and fans have been sharing photos of their new tattoos with us week after week ever since.

When the opportunity arose to create a custom PS4 Pro for The Last of Us Part II, I worked with our graphic designer at the time, Angel Garcia, and we considered a few different ideas, but we kept coming back to Ellie’s tattoo. By that point, it had become a symbol of the game and for the community–much like the Firefly logo in the first game. It was the clear choice, but we wondered: what if it could be engraved? It hadn’t been done before, so we weren’t sure it was even possible, but thanks to the incredible efforts of the teams at PlayStation, we found a way.

The result is something we feel is really special–a design that honors the passion of our incredible fans and that we ourselves would be proud to own.

We can’t wait for you to see it in person and for you to experience The Last of Us Part II for yourselves!

Furthermore, we’re also launching a Limited Edition Gold Wireless Headset presented in a Steel Black matte finish with contrasting, crimson inner ear cups – this stylish wireless headset features Ellie’s fern tattoo and the game logo. The headset will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $119.99 CAD (MSRP).

Lastly, we’re partnering with Seagate to introduce the Limited Edition The Last of Us Part II Officially Licensed Seagate 2TB Game Drive. The officially licensed Game Drive features a laser-etched design of Ellie’s tattoo, and offers an external hard drive upgrade for PS4 systems (software version 4.50 or higher), with the capacity to install 50+ games. The Game Drive will be available for $89.99 USD (MSRP) / $114.99 CAD (MSRP).

Products will be available at participating retailers, while supplies last.
PlayStation Blog.

It should have had a rainbow golf club on the side.
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Songbirds & Snakes Releasing Tonight
May 18, 2020 - 6:12 PM - by Evil Avatar

Suzanne Collins Hunger Games Sequel, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, releases tonight at Midnight.

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It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He's been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute . . . and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.
I'm looking forward to this one, even if the movies were pretty much crap after the first one. Right now I'm reading Pete Dexter's Deadwood. It's amazing!
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Mojang is now Mojang Studios
May 18, 2020 - 5:56 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Meet Mojang Studios - We have a new name, a new logo, and a new trailer!

TOOOT! Sound the annoyingly loud birthday alarm, because it’s Minecraft’s 11th birthday! To celebrate, we thought about eating a lot of block-shaped cake, like last year.

Then we figured, why not unveil a new name, a new logo, and the secret sauce that makes the entire machine run instead? While also eating a lot of cake? Much better! Let’s do that.

But why would we need a new name and logo in the first place? Well, why not? Humans like to reinvent themselves from time to time, so it’s only right that we extend the same courtesy to a company that’s been around for over a decade. I mean, would you still wear the outfit that perfectly defined your style in 2009?

Also, so much has happened since then! From our humble beginnings in Stockholm, we are entering the 20’s as a multi-title, multi-location company. Following Minecraft Earth and Minecraft Dungeons, we’re planning a feature film, preparing an epic live show, and playing with ideas for brand new games.

There are also several studios around the world, all part of Mojang. Which, in a stroke of genius, inspired our new name... *drumroll and birthday alarm blare*... Mojang Studios. Now, without further preamble, here’s the new logo:

While we grew very attached to the dragon/apple/candle/sewing machine sitting next to our name during our first decade of existence, the new logo is a perfect match for the next one. But we’re not here to tell you exactly what it is, or what it means. Just as with Minecraft, that’s up to you.

We will say this: play is at the heart of Mojang Studios. It’s the blocky backbone of our games, the core of our development philosophy, and even entangled in our name (which roughly translates to “gadget” in lovely, old-timey Swedish). And now, finally, it’s squarely planted in our new, modular logo.

But we have yet to reveal our biggest little secrets. They are hiding in plain sight – in this very blog post – as part of the new logo. Introducing: the Mojangs! These mysterious little gizmos are powered by play. They test and tinker, endlessly explore, and help us discover new corners of the Minecraft universe.

Not entirely sure you understand what the Mojangs are? No worries! We created this entirely straightforward and scientifically sound trailer to explain their origin, especially for you:

How about that machine? In goes a squishy pig and some fika, out comes a bunch of newly minted Mojangs teeming with creativity! If only they knew how to code, too...

On that note, a quick word of gratitude and reassurance: as we celebrate Minecraft’s 11th birthday, we’re reminded that none of this would have been possible without you, our amazing community. When we talk about developing new games, and find (or invent!) entirely new avenues for creativity, know that Minecraft and its community will always be at the center of our universe. How could it not? Just consider this: a programmer who recently joined Mojang Studios learned to code using Minecraft, and is now helping us inspire a new generation of players, creators, and developers.

That’s an ecosystem of play we couldn’t have imagined over a decade ago. Thank you for making it possible, and please join us as we continue this epic adventure!

Now, if you’ll excuse us, this quintuple-layer Creeper cake won’t eat itself.
minecraft.net.
3 Replies | 839 Views
Umbrella Academy Season 2 Announced
May 18, 2020 - 8:34 AM - by Kreigmstr


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“The Umbrella Academy” season 2 release date has been set for Netflix this summer, with the cast of the comic-based superhero franchise appearing in a quarantine videoconference teaser to pitch the show’s upcoming return.
Variety.
10 Replies | 1,148 Views
Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
May 15, 2020 - 6:21 PM - by Jetherik

With everything opening up, I think I will stay home and play games! What are you going to play?
13 Replies | 1,541 Views
Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
May 15, 2020 - 2:37 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

It's been a long time sense I've been able to just sit down and listen to a full album. I got to today, and I chose Tom Petty's Wildflowers. It was awesome. I forgot how much I love this album.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
9 Replies | 894 Views
Ghost of Tsushima - State of Play
May 15, 2020 - 7:05 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Tune in for an extended look at Ghost of Tsushima, coming to PS4 17th July.
Featuring around 18 minutes of new gameplay footage, including exploration, combat and more.

There won’t be any PS5 news or updates in this episode, just a big, beautiful look at Sucker Punch’s PS4 open-world epic.
5 Replies | 1,131 Views
Unreal Engine 5 Running on the PlayStation 5
May 14, 2020 - 7:59 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Unreal Engine 5 empowers artists to achieve unprecedented levels of detail and interactivity, and brings these capabilities within practical reach of teams of all sizes through highly productive tools and content libraries.

Join Technical Director of Graphics Brian Karis and Special Projects Art Director Jerome Platteaux (filmed in March 2020) for an in-depth look at "Lumen in the Land of Nanite" - a real-time demonstration running live on PlayStation 5 showcasing two new core technologies that will debut in UE5: Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry, which frees artists to create as much geometric detail as the eye can see, and Lumen, a fully dynamic global illumination solution that immediately reacts to scene and light changes.

Also present in the demo are next-gen features already available in Unreal Engine 4.25, such as Niagara VFX improvements, Chaos physics and destruction, animation system enhancements, and audio advancements. Unreal Engine 4.25 also includes support for next-gen consoles.
Tim Sweeney also brags up the custom SSD in the PlayStation 5:

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In an interview with The Verge, Sweeney explained that the PS5 and its custom SSD solution will inform the future of PCs, and that no commercially available products can replicate the speed Sony has achieved yet.

"The storage architecture on the PS5 is far ahead of anything you can buy on anything on PC for any amount of money right now," said Sweeney. "It's going to help drive future PCs. [The PC market is] going to see this thing ship and say, 'Oh wow, SSDs are going to need to catch up with this.'"
GameSpot.
41 Replies | 2,921 Views
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath - Official Gameplay Trailer
May 13, 2020 - 6:04 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Dive into the fighting styles of new kombatants Fujin, Sheeva, and Robocop in the official gameplay trailer for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath! Each with their own unique play styles, they eagerly await their day in kombat. On May 26th, the epic saga continues!
19 Replies | 1,682 Views
Mafia Trilogy Announced for PS4, Xbox One and PC
May 13, 2020 - 5:46 PM - by Evil Avatar

Live the life of a gangster across three distinct eras of organized crime in America. Discover the #MafiaTrilogy Tuesday, May 19 at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm BST at MafiaGame.com.
6 Replies | 1,186 Views
Ex-Respawn Devs Establish New Studio: Gravity Well
May 12, 2020 - 6:08 PM - by Evil Avatar

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A Studio for the Long Haul (Drew McCoy)

Hi! I’m Drew, and I’m stoked to start a new studio here in LA with Slothy. We’ve been making games together for a long time and have learned a ton about ways to lead teams and ship games. We believe the time is right to shake things up in AAA game dev.

We are starting a studio because of how we want to make games. We want time to iterate on everything and get ideas and feedback from the whole team. We’re building this studio to last for decades, and that doesn’t happen without putting the team first.

We take team health as an absolute top priority. That means we are anti-crunch. That means good compensation. That means everyone at Gravity Well has creative freedom, because when someone else makes all of the decisions, work isn’t fun and the end product isn’t as good.

We prefer to cut and focus down so we only ship what we love.

If this sounds like an adventure that you want to join we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

A Smaller AAA Team (Jon “Slothy” Shiring)

Okay, Slothy here. I just pried the keyboard away from Drew.

Ask around, and you’ll get the same answer from devs—once your team size crosses 100 people, everything changes. It’s nobody’s fault – big organizations just move slowly. You need meetings just to make decisions. Choices get siloed and brilliant creatives become less creative. So let’s just not do that. We’re going to build a team that is 80 to 85 people at peak.

We aren’t satisfied with the low level of creative risk that gets project funding these days. We want to explore bold new ideas exclusively for next-gen hardware and PCs.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re starting the studio for remote work from the very start. Since one of the core values of Gravity Well is increased diversity, we’re excited about not being hamstrung by relocation or work visa issues. We want to hire the best talent in the industry, regardless of where you live.

We’re excited to build this new team and we hope that you’re interested, too. If now isn’t the right time, reach out anyway and we can just have a nice conversation. If you work in games, we’d love to hear from you.
Respawn sold out to EA and now both the studio heads work somewhere else. Gee, where have I heard that story before???
7 Replies | 1,307 Views
State of Play’s next episode is dedicated to Ghost of Tsushima
May 12, 2020 - 6:04 PM - by Evil Avatar

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The episode will be focused entirely on Ghost of Tsushima, coming to PS4 July 17. You’ll get an extended look at new gameplay footage, including exploration, combat and more. The current cut is clocking in around 18 minutes, give or take.

And just to be clear — there won’t be any PS5 news or updates in this episode, just a big, beautiful look at Sucker Punch’s PS4 open-world epic.

Don’t miss the Twitch and broadcast this Thursday. See you then!
PlayStation Blog.
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Ubisoft Announces "E3-Style" Digital Showcase Event Ubisoft Forward for July
May 12, 2020 - 5:59 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Save the Date: Ubisoft Forward Announced for July 12

With physical gaming shows around the world postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ubisoft will be hosting its first digital conference, called Ubisoft Forward, on July 12 at 12PM PDT/9PM CEST. Get ready for an E3-style showcase with plenty of exclusive game news, exciting reveals, and much more.
Ubisoft News.
0 Replies | 824 Views
Zombie Army 4: Dead War – Blood Count DLC Trailer
May 12, 2020 - 5:56 PM - by Evil Avatar

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Transylvanian undead? SS Cultists? These are the LEAST of your problems in this brand-new campaign mission for Zombie Army 4. Break into an abandoned castle, unravel the mysteries of the occult and drill deep into the crypt’s darkest secrets…

Blood Count is the second mission in Hell Cult, a new hair-raising three-part Zombie Army 4: Dead War campaign!

Explore a brand-new location in this terrifying mission for 1-4 players, complete with new enemies, collectibles, achievements and more! The Führer may be gone, but the Dead War rages on!

In addition, also available separately or as part of the season pass are:
• Campaign Mission “Blood Count”
• Renegade German Soldier
• Gas Mask Bundle
• Mortar Shotgun Bundle
• Bloodsoaked Weapon Skins
4 Replies | 1,008 Views
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Remaster - Announce Trailer
May 12, 2020 - 5:53 PM - by Evil Avatar


Skate like a legend. Show off your wild skateboard tricks in the fully remastered Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 collection, coming to PS4 on September 4th 2020.
9 Replies | 1,154 Views
DOOM Eternal Campaign DLC Shots
May 11, 2020 - 8:10 AM - by Evil Avatar


Sneak peak screenshots from our first upcoming campaign DLC.
3 Replies | 1,131 Views
Assassin's Creed Valhalla Getting Beowulf DLC
May 11, 2020 - 8:04 AM - by Evil Avatar
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We're still yet to see proper Assassin's Creed Valhalla gameplay, but there's already word on the game's season pass via Ubisoft's German store listing.

Specifically, the season pass will unlock a mission surrounding the legendary Beowulf - in which Valhalla main character Eivor will "discover the cruel truth behind the legend".

The story of Beowulf, of course, is told in the Old English epic poem of the same name (and also in a terrible CGI film with Angelina Jolie). Beowulf is the hero, who goes to slay a monster but then cops it a few years later trying to defeat a dragon. (At more than 3000 lines, the poem's words drag on also.)

It'll be interesting to see the Assassin's Creed take on all that.

This is the second exclusive mission for the game, following the vague mention of a quest named "The Way of the Beserker", which you get if you pre-order.
EuroGamer.

I liked the CGI film.
2 Replies | 915 Views
Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
May 08, 2020 - 12:02 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

Thank God the week is almost over. In a handful of hours, I'll get to pop a top, spin a record, and play some games.

It's the weekend. What are you listening to?
17 Replies | 1,476 Views
Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
May 08, 2020 - 11:11 AM - by Jetherik

When you are home all the time, it is always Friday. Or Saturday. Maybe Tuesday. It seems that without your normal routine, the day is hard to define. At least we have our games. What are you playing?
17 Replies | 1,469 Views
Disintegration - Story Trailer
May 07, 2020 - 6:30 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Lead a crew of Outlaws as you, Romer Shoal, pilot the fight to Reboot Humanity against Black Shuck and the domineering Rayonne forces bent on eliminating human society. Disintegration is coming to PlayStation 4 on June 16, 2020.
7 Replies | 1,436 Views
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath Brings New Story, RoboCop, and Friendships
May 06, 2020 - 8:06 AM - by Evil Avatar

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On May 26th the epic saga continues with Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath! This new entry expands the critically acclaimed story campaign of Mortal Kombat 11 with an all-new cinematic narrative centered around trust and deceit. Joining the fight will be Mortal Kombat alumni, Fujin and Sheeva, and guest character, RoboCop, making his series debut!

All Mortal Kombat 11 players will also have access to a free content update featuring new Stages, Stage Fatalities, and Friendships!
PlayStation Blog.
9 Replies | 1,528 Views
EA Play will be live on June 11th at 4 PM PST
May 05, 2020 - 11:30 AM - by Evil Avatar

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EA Play Live will begin on June 11 at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / June 12 at midnight BST, the publisher has announced.

While previous EA Play events have been a combination of stage shows and in-person demo sessions for attendees, this year the event will be entirely digital. You can still expect EA to roll out "world premieres, news, and more" throughout EA Play Live.
3 Replies | 961 Views
Mortal Kombat 11 May 6th Teaser
May 05, 2020 - 11:26 AM - by Evil Avatar

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developer NetherRealms Studios have released a 40-second trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 titled “The Epic Saga Continues,” which teases a reveal for May 6th.
3 Replies | 1,086 Views
Amazon's Online Shooter Crucible Launching May12th
May 05, 2020 - 11:22 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Crucible comes out on PC via Steam on 20th May 2020, Amazon has announced.

The free-to-play hero shooter is Amazon's first big video game launch, and comes ahead of the release of its MMO New World, and its video game streaming service Project Tempo.

Crucible is developed by Relentless Studios, the Seattle-based development team of Amazon Games. Relentless, which is run by Westwood Studios co-founder Louis Castle, was meant to release Crucible in March but Amazon's plans were delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Crucible has a lineup of 10 playable characters, each with unique weapons and abilities, as well as three game modes: Heart of the Hives, Harvester Command, and Alpha Hunters. Heart of the Hives sees two four-player teams fight bosses that spawn on the map. Each boss has a heart, and it's the first team to capture three hearts that wins the match. Harvester Command is two teams of eight capturing and holding harvesters. In Alpha Hunters, eight teams of two fight to be the final team standing. In each match you collect a resource called Essence, which is used to level up the characters.
EuroGamer.

This looks like the worst kind of corporate-driven money-grubbing soulless trash.
20 Replies | 2,060 Views
Xbox Series X News Planned for Every Month of 2020
May 05, 2020 - 11:17 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Xbox 20/20: Join Us as We Look into the Future of Xbox

What was already going to be a once-in-a-generation year for gaming – a new generation of consoles, a wave of new next-generation games, and the launch of new ways to play with game streaming – 2020 has become the year that challenged us all and tested every commitment we’ve made in the face of COVID-19. Difficult tests tend to reveal your true priorities, and for us they are the health and safety of our employees, our fans and partners. We also want to be transparent in letting our players know what we are doing and what we are thinking during such a crucial time.

Clearly, this year has challenged us to rethink the way we come together to celebrate the important milestones in gaming, and that means working with the knowledge that we may not be able to come together in the same place. Having seen firsthand the resolve of Xbox players, families and friends coming together, doing the right thing and staying home to help flatten the curve, we’ve all felt energized to rethink our approach. How can we share that feeling of excitement and anticipation we all get in gaming’s biggest moments? How could we capture and distribute that feeling I got when I joined Team Xbox – that moment when I got to see what happens next.

So, what is in store for 2020?

This is a momentous year for Xbox, with our next-gen console paving the way for all our games and services to come together in even better ways. Here’s what 2020 looks like, just to start:

• Our goal remains to launch Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite this Holiday

• All 15 Xbox Game Studios teams are hard at work on next-generation games for Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass

• The best development teams around the world are working hard to have their games ready to play on Xbox Series X this holiday

• For PC players, we plan to support the community by making all our major releases at launch available with Xbox Game Pass for PC, including Halo Infinite, Wasteland 3, Minecraft Dungeons and of course, Microsoft Flight Simulator.

• We have new updates and titles lined up for Xbox Game Pass for console and PC

• We’re expanding Project xCloud into new countries and on new devices—and later this year Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass will come together, enabling you and your friends to play together in more ways.

It’s a lot – and that’s saying something in 2020, a year which could be summed up as “a lot.” With all this in mind, we set out to create new touchpoints to celebrate gaming and share what’s next with our global community.
Xbox Wire.
2 Replies | 1,087 Views
Halo 2: Anniversary Releases on PC May 12th
May 05, 2020 - 11:15 AM - by Evil Avatar


Halo 2: Anniversary arrives on PC as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on May 12! http://xbox.com/Halo
47 Replies | 2,817 Views
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