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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ free January update will get you in the carnival spirit

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 26 January 2021 14:51 GMT A free update is coming to Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week, and soon, Dancer Pave will arrive on your island for some carnival fun.The free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons will arrive on January 28. The free update contains plenty to get you in the carnival spirit and features new seasonal items.This new update includes a “feather-filled” Festivale event, new Reactions, and new items to purchase.Starting this week, the update will add the following features to the game: Festivale Event – Feel the heat with the colorful Festivale event filled with dancing…

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Dragon Age 4 setting revealed in BioWare art book

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 25 January 2021 19:32 GMT It looks like Dragon Age 4 will be taking BioWare’s esteemed RPG series to Tevinter, a location in the world of Thedas the studio has never explored.A few key details about BioWare’s upcoming sequel have been revealed in BioWare: Stores and Secrets from 25 Years of Game Development, a new art book that takes readers on a tour of BioWare’s colorful history.Eurogamer managed to get its hands on the book, and clocked one key Dragon Age entry within its pages that confirms “the long-awaited follow-up to Dragon Age: Inquisition […] will…

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Tekken director keen to make another Pokemon fighting game with Pokken sequel

Tekken veteran and Bandai Namco producer Katsuhiro Harada would like to work with Nintendo and The Pokemon Company on a Pokken sequel.Pokken Tournament is one of many Pokemon spin-off games, and it ended up being quite popular amongst fighting game aficionados for its creative, 3D-fighter take on the Pokemon brand.The game, which was first introduced to the world in Japanese arcades back in 2015, ended up being ported to Wii U and Nintendo Switch and has attracted a loyal fanbase over the past few years. We have a good relationship with Nintendo and Pokemon Co., Ltd., and POKKÉN has had…

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Dying Light 2 Collector’s Edition may have leaked via European retailer

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 24 January 2021 11:23 GMT It looks like what appears to be a Dying Light 2 Collecter’s Edition has leaked via a European retailer, suggesting the game may be coming soon after all.Dying Light 2 developer Techland had promised, very recently, that it will share some “exciting news” on the game “soon.” But a listing that was uploaded by a retailer in the Czech Republic (image below), we may have seen more than we were supposed to at this stage of the game’s marketing campaign.The supposed Collector’s Edition of the game (thanks, Resetera) comes with a variety of extras…

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Nintendo now facing Switch Joy-Con drift lawsuit in Canada

By Alex Calvin, Saturday, 23 January 2021 14:03 GMT This is on top of the legal action the company is facing in the US and Europe.Japanese platform holder, Nintendo, is now facing a Switch Joy-Con lawsuit in Canada.As spotted by IGN, Quebec-based law firm Lambert Avocat has started recruiting for a class-action lawsuit against Nintendo over the infamous issue with the Switch controllers as of January 15. The organisation says that Joy-Con Drift “constitutes an important, serious and hidden defect.”“Hence, Nintendo failed to mention an important fact in a representation made to a consumer: the quality of its products, which…

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Microsoft announces price increase for Xbox Live Gold

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 22 January 2021 15:03 GMT Microsoft has announced a price increase for Xbox Live Gold.The company has said it will be making price adjustments for Xbox Live Gold in select markets.According to the new pricing structure, existing 12-month or six-month Xbox Live Gold members won’t see a price increase until they decide to renew.Once renewed, or started, the price of one-month Gold membership is increasing $1 and the price of a three-month membership is increasing $5, or your regional equivalent.For those who want to upgrade to their Gold membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the remaining…

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Borderlands 3 players can participate in Arms Race mini-events

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 21 January 2021 20:48 GMT Borderlands 3 is hosting three weeks’ worth of Arms Race Mini-Events.It’s Arms Race time in Borderlands 3, and you can participate in three consecutive week-long mini-events starting today, January 21.Arms Race is a roguelike experience that features randomized elements. In it, you are stripped of all your gear, passive abilities, and Actions Skills and dropped into a zone where you’ll have to get loot or die trying.The action takes place in the Stormblind Complex which is a decommissioned DAHL military base. As soon as you are dropped onto the island, you…

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European Commission fines Valve, Bethesda, Capcom and others €7.8 million over geo-blocking

Companies found to be in violation of anti-trust law.The European Commission has fined six publishing giants over the geo-blocking of Steam keys.In a post on its website, the EC said that it was fining Valve, as well as Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax €7.8 million following an investigation into whether they had breached European anti-trust rules.In short, the European Commission took issue with the fact that publishers could set keys for Steam to only be activated in certain countries. This goes against the concept of the European Digital Single Market.Of the publishers fined, Valve was the…

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Bloober Team releases a new trailer for The Medium and updated PC specs

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 19 January 2021 18:22 GMT Bloober Team has released a new trailer for The Medium, exploring what a medium actually does.The new video for The Medium is the second in Bloober Team’s premonition video series, which shines a light on how the psychological horror title plays.The latest video entitled What Does A Medium Do? explains what it means to be a medium like Marianne, and shows off some of the unique psychic abilities she is able to use to navigate the spirit world and unravel its mysteries.The Medium will release on Xbox Series X/S and PC…

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Balan Wonderworld demo coming to all platforms next week

Square Enix has announced a free demo will be released next week for Balan Wonderworld.The Balan Wonderworld demo will be available to play from January 28, allowing players to experience two hours of gameplay ahead of its release on March 26.It can be played with friends and family in local co-op mode or in single-player mode and will be available on each platform that the full game will be released on.This means you will be able to play it on Steam for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.Two players can explore the game as the stars…

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GTA 6 could feature smarter NPCs thanks to newly uncovered Rockstar patent

A new Take-Two patent has been discovered that appears based on improving the intelligence and navigation capabilities of AI.The patent, which registers a “system and method for virtual navigation in a gaming environment” has been posted on Reddit in the last few days, though the actual document was originally filed by Rockstar’s parent company, Take-Two, back in October 2020.In the simplest terms possible, the patent is geared at making non-player characters’ (that’s NPCs, for short) artificial intelligence a little smarter and more organic, in an attempt to move away from current AI solutions that are starting to feel a little out-dated.The…

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PlatinumGames hopes to share Bayonetta 3 update at some point in 2021

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 17 January 2021 10:24 GMT Bayonetta 3 has been in development for a while now, but we’ve heard very little about the game since it was announced back in 2017.But fans eager for an update on the Switch-exclusive title could be in for some good news later this year, though.In an interview on Hamster’s Arcade Archives streams, Platinum’s infamously frosty lead developer, Hideki Kamiya, was asked about how progress is going on the highly-anticipated action game.“We’ve been working on new stuff like Bayonetta 3, not that I can say too much… but I hope we can…

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STALKER 2 devs provide some background on in-engine gameplay teaser

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 16 January 2021 15:10 GMT GSC Gameworld has released some additional information on the STALKER 2 in-engine gameplay teaser it released a couple of weeks back.According to the developer, the character you will play in STALKER 2 is Skif, and his actions will shape the new chapter in the history of the Zone.The short scene you saw takes place in the ruined school on the outskirts of the dead town of Pripyat. It’s an extremely dangerous place, and doesn’t seem to be quite abandoned. Skif is in a hurry though, as if something is following him…

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Here’s your first look at Scorpion and Sub-Zero in the new Mortal Kombat film

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 15 January 2021 17:01 GMT Has the transition from game to film been a fatality?We’ve finally had our first look at the upcoming Mortal Kombat film reboot.Entertainment Weekly, has published a number of stills showing off what some beloved characters from the bloody brawler look like on the big screen this time around.This includes Hanzo Hasashi aka Scorpion aka the Yellow Ninja, who is being played by Logan star Hiroyuki Sanada, as well as Joe Taslim’s portrayal of Bi-Han aka Sub-Zero – well, one of the Sub-Zeroes – aka the Blue Ninja.The film apparently kicks off…

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies map Firebase Z out next month

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 14 January 2021 20:33 GMT Treyarch has announced a new map for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War players will be able to try out a new Zombies map next month on February 4 called Firebase Z.Treyarch teased the map earlier this week before announcing it today. As the blurb reads, with the destruction of the Projekt Endstation site, Requiem is now focused on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25 which is also known as Firebase Z.The developer is celebrating 115 Day tomorrow on…