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George R. R. Martin’s work on Elden Ring was finished “years ago”

It sounds like George R. R. Martin isn’t as involved in Elden Ring’s development as you might think.Had it not leaked ahead of time, the news that George R. R. Martin is working with FromSoftware on its next project would have been one of the all-time best surprises in games. But since Elden Ring was officially revealed, and we learned what role he played in its development, we haven’t really heard anything from the author about his work on the game.Watch on YouTubeMartin recently spoke to local news station WTTW during a trip to receive an honorary doctorate from his…

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A Plague Tale: Innocence is getting optimized for Xbox Series X/S

By Stephany Nunneley 17 June 2021 21:02 GMT A Plague Tale: Innocence is getting enhanced for Xbox Series X/S and the optimization will be available in July.Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive have announced that A Plague Tale: Innocence will come to Xbox Series X/S on July 6. Watch on YouTubeThis enhanced version will feature 4K UHD (only on Xbox Series X), 60 FPS, and 3D audio support. The upgrade is free for Xbox One owners of the game. The enhanced PS5 version is also expected in July. A cloud version of the game is also coming to Nintendo Switch.A…

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Sea of Thieves new gameplay trailer shows off Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in

By Stephany Nunneley 17 June 2021 19:41 GMT Here’s another look at the Pirate’s Life update for Sea of Thieves which features Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow.You can watch the new Sea of Thieves gameplay trailer below.Watch on YouTubeFree to all players as part of the Season Three update arriving later this month, A Pirate’s Life takes place over five Tall Tales charting a new threat in the game.“We’ve worked closely with the Walt Disney Games team throughout this whole process, crafting an original story which brings out the best elements of both Sea of Thieves and their beloved…

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Halo Infinite multiplayer looks like everything I want – I couldn’t be more excited

The delay of Halo Infinite might have been painful last year, but from the multiplayer showing at E3, it’ll have been worth the extra wait – regardless of how the campaign shakes out.Watch on YouTubeAs always after the madness of E3, I’ve taken some time over the last few days to reflect on what I saw this E3 – and the more I think about the show, the more I’m left absolutely desperate to get my hands on one particular game – the Halo Infinite multiplayer.I, like many, was a Halo multiplayer obsessive in the 2000s. I remember hooking my…

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E3 2021 Wrap-up: The best games and the biggest disappointments

By Tom Orry 16 June 2021 19:05 GMT We gather to discuss the highs and lows of E3 2021, including the re-reveal of Breath of the Wild 2, plus the Xbox Showcase.E3 2021 is over, yet you might be wondering if it even began, what with most publishers barely showing up and Sony not taking part at all. This year’s “event” has felt rather weak when compared to previous years, but we’ve still had a number of great-looking games get announced.Watch on YouTubeIn the video above you can listen to me, Alex, Dorrani, and Sherif pick our best games of…

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Todd Howard on Starfield exclusivity: focusing on two platforms will make for a better product

By Sherif Saed 16 June 2021 13:44 GMT Starfield will not be coming to PlayStation, and Todd Howard doesn’t necessarily see that as a bad thing.At the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Microsoft made sure to let everyone know that Starfield, the highly-anticipated next game from Bethesda Game Studios is exclusive to PC and Xbox.Watch on YouTubeThis confirmation wasn’t entirely unexpected; Microsoft hinted at this being the case shortly after it acquired Bethesda for $7.5 billion, but many fans who don’t own an Xbox console or a capable PC were no doubt disappointed by this news.“You don’t ever want to leave…

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Former Xbox exclusive The Medium is coming to PS5 in September

The Medium, the apparently timed Xbox console exclusive from Bloober Team that launched earlier this year, is coming to PS5 on September 3, 2021.This isn’t a complete surprise, though: the Entertainment Software Rating Board listed The Medium on PS5 back at the start of the month. Bloober Team’s third-person psychological horror title was first announced for PC, Xbox Series X/S, and was a day-one release through Xbox Game Pass. At no point had it previously been mentioned that it would end up on PS5.The PS5 version of The Medium will feature “full DualSense controller support,” according to a press release, so there’s some specific…

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Elex 2 officially announced, set years after the events of the first game

By Sherif Saed 15 June 2021 13:01 GMT Piranha Bytes has returned with a sequel to Elex.Elex 2 was announced today, after a few teasers from developer Piranha Bytes. The sequel to the 2017 sci-fi action RPG returns to the world of Magalan, though not without expanding the fiction and implementing new gameplay tweaks.Watch on YouTubeElex 2 takes place following the conclusion of the original game’s story. The defeat of the Hybrid gave life to new factions, and The Berserkers have made good on their promise to terraform the planet. After a period of peace, protagonist Jax returns to warn…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is 30fps on Xbox Series X/S

By Sherif Saed 15 June 2021 10:01 GMT Asobo has clarified a few details about Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox.Microsoft Flight Simulator was only just announced for Xbox Series X/S, but developer Asobo is already talking about a few specifics.Watch on YouTubeThe studio confirmed, via the game’s official Twitter account, that Microsoft Flight Simulator is a 30fps game on Xbox Series X/S. This isn’t particularly surprising, either, as it’s one of the most demanding games on PC, where many setups struggle to maintain 60fps.What’s interesting, however, is that the Tweet also confirms that players whose TVs support VRR (Variable Refresh…

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A Plague Tale: Requiem cloud version coming to Switch

By Stephany Nunneley 14 June 2021 21:44 GMT Looks like A Plague Tale: Requiem is coming to a platform other than PC and Xbox Series X/S.According to the game’s Twitter account, A Plague Tale: Requiem is also coming to Switch via the cloud.Watch on YouTubeThe cloud version of the game will join Control and Hitman 3, both of which take advantage of the tech.Announced yesterday during the Xbox + Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, in the game, you will follow Amicia and her brother Hugo on a new quest, as they try to survive an uncaring world as a terrifying curse…

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The Season of Sloth kicks off in Hitman 3 tomorrow

By Stephany Nunneley 14 June 2021 18:56 GMT The Season of Sloth in Hitman 3 starts on June 15 with Act 3 of the Seven Deadly Sins. Hitman 3 players will be able to participate in the Sloth Depletion Escalation and go deep into the mind of Agent 47. Watch on YouTubeThere will be a new take on the Dartmoor location, and new sin-themed items and suits.The current season, Pride, ends today and includes a new Escalation in Chongqing called The Pride Profusion.Act 1, Greed, ran from March 20 to May 10.The Seven Deadly Sins features new gameplay opportunities, distinct…

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Forza Horizon 5 has 60fps performance modes on Xbox Series X/S

By Sherif Saed 14 June 2021 13:14 GMT Forza Horizon 5 will let you play it in 60fps on any Xbox Series console.Following the big Forza Horizon 5 reveal at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase, Playground Games has offered a few more details about what we can expect from the game.Watch on YouTubeIn a wide-ranging FAQ posted on the Forza support website, it was confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 offers two different modes on both Xbox Series X and Series S. By default, the game runs at 4K 30fps on Series X, and 1080p 30fps on Series S. The game…

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Xbox Games Showcase: Extended coming Thursday, promises conversation with Hellblade dev and more

By Sherif Saed 14 June 2021 09:47 GMT Xbox is hosting another showcase this week.Microsoft has announced that its E3 2021 events are not yet done. On Thursday, June 17, the platform holder will be hosting the Xbox Games Showcase: Extended, a special showcase featuring developer interviews and a deeper look at some of their projects.Watch on YouTubeThe event takes place 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK. So far, Microsoft confirmed attendance of Hellblade maker Ninja Theory, Psychonauts’ Double Fine, Sea of Thieves creator Rare, as well as The Outer Worlds/Avowed developer Obsidian. More partners will also be part of…

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Marvel’s Avengers expansion Black Panther: War for Wakanda coming in August

By Stephany Nunneley 13 June 2021 20:53 GMT The Black Panther: War for Wakanda expansion is coming to Marvel’s Avengers in August.The date for the Marvel’s Avengers expansion was announced during Square Enix Presents today.Watch on YouTubeBlack Panther: War for Wakanda will add Black Panther as a playable character, who must defend Wakanda from Klaw who seeks to steal Vibranium. You can expect the content to include the Wakandan Jungle Biome, new Klaw faction enemies, and much more. Alongside the expansion this summer, you can expect new hero outfits, a power level cap increase, and a new outpost.Also in the…

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Starfield comes to Xbox and PC in November 2022, watch the new trailer here

By Stephany Nunneley 13 June 2021 18:13 GMT Today during Microsoft and Bethesda’s E3 2021 presentation, it was announced that Starfield will launch on November 2022, and will come to Xbox and PC only.Bethesda’s Starfield was on show today during its joint conference with Microsoft where it was shown off with a brand new trailer that demoed in-game footage, demonstrating what Bethesdda’s overhauled engine can do.The story, set hundred of years in the future, is about hope – and what humanity can do once it breaks free of the confines of earth.Watch on YouTube“Starfield is the first new universe in…