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This Week’s PlayStation Event Won’t Include God Of War Or Horizon

During last month’s E3/Summer Game Fest announcement bonanza, Sony was one of the many conspicuously absent companies. However, if you were expecting big, E3-style announcements out of the PlayStation maker’s July showcase, prepare to be disappointed. In a blog post today, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior director of content communications Sid Shuman said that the much-anticipated July 8 “State of Play” event will mostly focus on Deathloop and other third-party games.“In this extended gameplay sequence, we’ll see Cole use his abilities to stealthily skulk across rooftops…or go in guns blazing to create a whole lot of mayhem,” Shuman wrote of Deathloop….

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More Dragon Age 4 concept art shows off stylish assassins the Antivan Crows

Alas, BioWare aren’t attending EA play this month, which means no major look at Dragon Age 4 is in the cards. Instead, they’ve shown off more concept art for another of the series’ familiar organisations. It’s the stealthy and stylish Antivan Crows this time around—the assassin faction that we’ve yet to see all that much of in previous games. It’s a tiny scrap of information, but hey, I think the Crows are cool as heck and I’m pretty psyched that they could be getting some time at center stage. Read more

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Ex-BioWare GM Casey Hudson starts a new studio to work on a new IP

By Sherif Saed 30 June 2021 11:04 GMT Casey Hudson is back in the games industry.Casey Hudson, BioWare’s most recognisable face, and longtime studio GM, left the studio in December last year to try something different. The veteran developer luckily won’t be be leaving games behind, however.Hudson announced his return to the world of game development under a new banner: Humanoid Studios, his new venture, which is going to be working on a new IP. Humanoid is based in Canada, with offices in British Columbia, and Alberta.The team already has a few members, and it’s hiring for a number of…

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A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been uncovered on the PlayStation Store

By Dom Peppiatt 23 June 2021 12:36 GMT A Dragon Age 4 alpha file has been discovered on the PlayStation Store thanks to the efforts of a dataminer combing through Sony’s database.Twitter user PlayStation Game Size – an account usually dedicated to cataloging game updates and file sizes – managed to uncover the mysterious file on the PlayStation Store, and its existence points to something happening at the EA Play Live event that’s cracking off in July (thanks, GamesRadar).The tweet, embedded below, suggests that the store may be updated with something in July – whether that’s some sort of vertical slice demo, a trailer or…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has reminded me of the pain of glitched achievements

Is there anything worse than a glitched achievement? As I replay the trilogy in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, I’m doing something I haven’t really done in earnest for a long time: achievement hunting. Watch on YouTubeBack in the Xbox 360 era, I was more serious about this whole activity. I would regularly pick up 1000 Gamerscore in games I only liked a little bit – I was an achievement completionist. Sometimes, I’d seek out totally crap games with the sole aim of picking up their achievements. I’m pretty sure I even have that infamous Avatar game that shamefully lets you…

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You can use console commands in the Mass Effect remaster now

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition has been out for nearly two weeks now, and modders are already making some handy changes to the remastered version of BioWare’s space RPG trilogy. Someone has made a mod that lets players bring up the in-game console in the ME1 and ME2 remaster, allowing them to give themselves a cheeky XP or Paragon/Renegade points boost, clip out of bounds, and even add in items and powers. Read more

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Why do you all want to hump Garrus so much?

For those unaware, Garrus Vakarian is a kind of space-cop who joins your squad in the Mass Effect series. He’s a Turian, a race of aliens who look like spindly mummified cats made of pummice. The recent Mass Effect Legendary Edition means you can play the first Mass Effect and look at the mandibles on his face in higher definition. He’s also a potential love interest for a girl protagonist from Mass Effect 2 onwards. And Garrus appears to be a popular choice vis. alien smooching, much like how everyone just knows who is objectively the best Hollywood Chris. But…

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Mass Effect actors and writers partied up for a super sweet reunion chat

In celebration of the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition release, a big group of the trilogy’s voice actors, writers, and producers got together to answer questions from fans and tell old stories over the weekend. Spearheaded by femshep voice Jennifer Hale herself, you can also hear the voices of dudeshep, Tali, Liara, Joker, Samantha and more all together in the same nostalgia-ridden video call. There’s talk of the developers’ kids now playing the games for the first time, actors hugging lots of fans, and getting a little emotional in the recording booth. It was honestly just swell to hear the team…

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition already has some handy FOV and utility mods

The snazzy new packaged up and fancied up version of the original Mass Effect trilogy is now out, so I imagine there are plenty of you who clocked double digit hours into it over the weekend. As they do, modders spent the weekend remastering the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition even further. There are a good handful of mods available for the new edition already, utilities and reshade presets and all. Read more

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Mass Effect 3 remaster swaps out Tali’s stock photo face

Striking up a romantic relationship with a character in Mass Effect 3 will earn you a lovely picture of their face that sits on the desk in Commander Shepard’s quarters. It’s a nice touch, but for Tali romancers it’s particularly special, because it means you actually get to see her face without her helmet on. Unfortunately, in the old ME3, that picture of Tali was a stock photo of a model edited to look a bit alien. But now in the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, BioWare have swapped it out for a much more “realistic” pic. Read more

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Mass Effect & Dragon Age’s cast members on how BioWare builds dynamics

“Dragon Age was basically one of my favourite video games, even before I got cast,” Allegra Clark, the voice of Josephine in Dragon Age: Inquisition tells me. “It was a big, very fun deal for me. I’ve played the games to death. I still am replaying Inquisition to this day. And I am so stoked to actually get to revisit the Mass Effect trilogy, because I knew the rumours have been floating around, but I didn’t know for sure that they were making it. I’m gonna stream the hell out of it. I’m so excited.”Watch on YouTubeClark’s enthusiasm for BioWare…

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Look, we all already know if we’re getting the Mass Effect Legendary Edition

I love Mass Effect. I am the BioWare liker. Give me an RPG with a weird setting and some non-humans to be friends with and possibly smooch, and I’ll have a hell of a time. When people ask “what is your favourite game?” (which used to genuinely be on the interview set questions for Gamestation when I worked there) I usually say “Mass Effect 2, but with the context of having first played Mass Effect.” As such, I am the consumer who is targeted by the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. All three spaceventure ME games in one remastered package? Sign…

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition’s Mako has been improved, but you can disable the new handling

Even though upgrades have been made to the Mako in Mass Effect Legendary Edition, you can revert back to the old handling if you wish.This is according to BioWare which recently spoke with PC Gamer about the Mako in Mass Effect Legendary Edition.Watch on YouTubeAs you know, the M-35 Mako has been updated to handle better than before, and it will feel less light and bouncy. With the update, the vehicle feels weightier and slides around less.But, if you prefer the way the old Mako handled, you can turn the improvements off, according to project director Mac Walters and environment…

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Xbox Series X is the only console that will run Mass Effect Legendary Edition at 120fps

By Sherif Saed 6 May 2021 11:03 GMT Mass Effect Legendary Edition seems like it’s going to scale well across all consoles.BioWare has detailed the framerate and resolution targets for Mass Effect Legendary Edition across all consoles. For starters, the game will offer two modes: one priorities visual quality and the other framerate.Watch on YouTubeThe two modes will be available on PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Xbox One X, as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X/S – though with varying targets. One thing worth highlighting is that Xbox Series X is currently the only console with support for up…

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Dragon Age 4 concept art teases the Grey Wardens

By Stephany Nunneley 1 May 2021 19:58 GMT Bioware has teased Dragon Age 4 again with some more concept art.This time around, the concept art for Dragon Age 4 depicts a Grey Warden.Watch on YouTubeThe Grey Wardens are an Order of warriors dedicated to fighting darkspawn and have been “instrumental” in defeating each Blight making them very important to the world’s survival.In development for a few years, and after initially being teased at The Game Awards back in 2018, the game was revealed properly during Gamescom Opening Night Live 2020.Pieces of concept art were also shown in the artbook BioWare: Stores and Secrets…