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Microsoft Flight Simulator has improved the Nordics, complete with the Lego House

Another ‘World Update’ has landed in Microsoft Flight Simulator, this time focused on improving the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Along with updating the landscape with more detail, the update brings detailed models for landmarks ranging from bridges and wind farms to stadiums and… Lego House? Is this a real thing? This is a real thing! Check out that blocky building and more in the trailer below. Read more

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Watch Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 stream here today

Today’s the second official day of E3, and Microsoft will take the stage with their large corporate son, Bethesda, at 6pm UK time (10am Pacific). What to expect? Well, games we know they have coming include Hellblade 2, Halo Infinite, Psychonauts 2, a Perfect Dark reboot, a new Forza, and State Of Decay 3. Plus presumably some games we don’t know about, possibly yet more studio acqusitions between the two of them? And maybe Bethesda will finally reveal their mysterious sci-fi game Starfield, or even invent a new system expressly to release Skyrim on it. Read more

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Xbox head Phil Spencer takes shot at Sony’s PC strategy

Phil Spencer has, in a rare occurrence, compared Xbox’s strategy with that of Sony’s.Xbox has significantly changed its approach to platform and content over the course of a few short years. Under Phil Spencer‘s leadership, Xbox went from losing to Sony’s PlayStation, to changing the game completely that this comparison no longer matters.Watch on YouTubeThis was, of course, chiefly achieved by bringing Xbox games to PC day-and-date with console, and expanding the reach of the Xbox platform to the cloud, which opens up the ecosystem to millions of players who wouldn’t, or couldn’t own an Xbox console.At a pre-E3 briefing…

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Summer Game Fest: How To Watch E3 2021’s Kickoff

E3 begins today with ubiquitous video games cheerleader Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest Kickoff event. Here’s when and where to watch. Summer Game Fest kicks off Thursday, June 10, at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET. You can watch the event on Youtube, embedded below, or on Twitch. You can also watch on Twitter, if you want to spend the whole thing squinting at a tiny box.There’s also an audio descriptive co-stream on Twitch streamer superblindman’s channel. We don’t know the entirety of what we’ll be seeing at the kickoff, though Keighley’s past events, like the Game Awards, usually have…

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Age Of Empires 4 looks like it’s got the right balance between old and new. And Elephants.

Despite being the fifth main game in its series, the only way of looking at Age Of Empires 4 is as a sequel to Age Of Empires 2. The first and third Age titles were both fine games, of course, as was their stoner cousin Age Of Mythology. But it was AoE2 that would be enshrined as one of the all-time RTS greats, and it’s the inevitable benchmark against which AoE4 will be measured, when it launches later this year. Just the twenty-year fug of strategy dad nostalgia surrounding the series would have been a significant enough headwind for AoE4…

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Sea Of Thieves season 2 starts next week and adds another sneaky emote

After switching to the seasons and Plunder Pass model earlier this year, pirate playground Sea Of Thieves has teased the start of season two coming next week. They’ve released a short teaser trailer that those of you with a good spyglass may be able to spot. I’m very afraid that stealth strats may be about to get out of hand. Do you know where every barrel on your ship is? I’d start memorizing right now if I were you. Read more

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Halo Infinite has dynamic weather, but will be missing some fan favorite functionality

By Alex Calvin, Friday, 12 March 2021 17:15 GMT You can’t play as Elites or dual-wield weapons in this upcoming title.We now know a little bit more about what to expect from Halo Infinite.Developer 343 Industries held a live-stream event yesterday to give us a bit more information about the next entry in the Halo franchise. Among other things, the studio revealed that Infinite has a dynamic weather system, which will feature wind and fog systems when the game is launched. Storms and snowstorms might be added after release. There’s also a day-night cycle, which will change how enemies act…

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Xbox apparently still has some 2021 games left to announce

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 8 March 2021 19:11 GMT Xbox’s director of program management, Jason Ronald, has said that Xbox still has some unannounced games ready to launch in 2021.Speaking on an episode of The Iron Lords podcast, Ronald was aksed what titles he’s looking foward to playing in the remaining months of 2021. He replied “not every game releasing this year has been announced yet,” which has sparked a lot of speculation that Microsoft has some more, unannounced tricks up its sleeve.As you can see on the Reddit thread where this is all being discussed, many gamers have taken this…

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Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda approved by financial regulators

While Microsoft have been on a spending spree in recent years, snapping up studios of all shapes and sizes, it’s still a little surprising that they’re buying ZeniMax. That’s Bethesda, Id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and the rest of the ZeniMax family joing Microsoft. And join they seemingly will, as financial authorities in both the US and Europe have recently approved the deal. $7.5 billion! The big bucks. Read more

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Nintendo vet Fils-Aime says leaked E3 2021 plans not “all that compelling”

Company’s former US boss hasn’t been blown away by the ESA’s vision for this year’s show.The former president of Nintendo of America Reggie Fils-Aime has given his two cents on what is apparently planned for this year’s E3.Speaking to Danny Pena on Gamertag Radio – as spotted by VGC – the Nintendo vet said that what has been laid out in leaked plans for E3 2021 doesn’t sound that exciting. A report earlier this month said that this year’s LA trade show would be a digital-only show with streams from top-level publishers, as well as influencers and media partners.Event organiser…