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Tom Clancy’s XDefiant revealed, closed beta kicks off in August

Tom Clancy’s XDefiant is a newly announced free-to-play, fast-paced arena first-person shooter coming from Ubisoft San Francisco.After teasing the game for the past 24 hours, Ubisoft has finally announced the latest game in the Tom Clancy series: Tom Clancy’s XDefiant.Various Tom Clancy properties collide in the game, the arena shooter will take characters from series like The Division, Splinter Cell, and Ghost Recon to provide a hectic, competitive environment. XDefiant is planned to be a live service game, and Ubisoft has committed to supporting the game after launch and providing more content as time goes by.The game, from what we can discern from…

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Apex Legends is getting a new character, Seer, soon

By Dom Peppiatt 19 July 2021 16:38 GMT EA and Respawn Entertainment have pushed out a surprise new trailer showing off the upcoming playable legend, Seer, ahead of his in-game arrival in August.Today, publisher EA and developer Respawn released a new Lore trailer featuring the next Legend to enter the Apex Games, Seer. The character bears a moth motif and seems to have some mysterious connection to the world of the Apex.Watch on YouTube“A bad omen cast a shadow over Obi’s birth: will his light survive and emerge from the darkness?” reads the blurb. How foreboding.You can check out the new…

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Helicopters are coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator in 2022

By Sherif Saed 19 July 2021 10:18 GMT It looks like helicopters will finally arrive in Microsoft Flight Simulator next year.Microsoft Flight Simulator developer Asobo has, in the latest development update, shared a detailed roadmap of everything coming to the game over the course of the summer.Watch on YouTubeThe developer also offered a rare look at all the features the community has been asking for, and what stage of development, if any, they’re in. The most requested, by far, is the addition of helicopters, which has garnered over 1,500 votes. In the development schedule, helicopters were marked as ‘Planned’, with…

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LinkedIn page suggests Gears of War studio The Coalition is working on a new IP

By Dom Peppiatt 18 July 2021 13:28 GMT The Coalition, the Xbox Games Studio known for developing the modern Gears of War titles, appears to be working on a new IP, a LinkedIn page has suggested.The LinkedIn profile of one of the studio’s level designers seems to reveal that the company has been working on an unannounced “new IP” for the last six months. The page was later edited and the listing removed.The LinkedIn page was initially spotted by Klobrille, who has a good track record at picking game development stories up and posting them to Twitter.We already know that…

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Warframe will get cross-play and cross-save later this year

By Dom Peppiatt 18 July 2021 11:35 GMT Digital Extremes has announced that Warframe will be getting cross-play and cross-save at some point later this year.This weekend we saw Digital Extremes’ Warframe fan event, TennoCon 2021, take place, and the developer has confirmed that Warframe players will be able to cross-play and cross-save later this year.There’s no concrete release date set for cross-play and cross-save yet, but the studio reckons that players will be able to play with other Warframe users across PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One before the end of 2021.Watch on YouTube“Community is incredibly important to us,” Sheldon Carter, chief…

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For Honor’s first new hero this year is a Samurai who fights with a Shikomizue

By Sherif Saed 16 July 2021 13:21 GMT For Honor is getting a new hero in Season 2.The next update in For Honor will introduce a new hero to the game, as promised. On Thursday, Ubisoft revealed their identity for the first time, and sharing more details about them.Watch on YouTubeThe Kyoshin arrive in For Honor on July 22 with title update 2.0, which is essentially a mid-season update for Year 5 Season 2. The Kyoshin – joining the Samurai faction – are mystical warriors who fight with a concealed Shikomizue blade and its scabbard. There’s a bit of supernatural…

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This week’s Black Ops Cold War update added PS5 DualSense Controller support for PC

By Stephany Nunneley 15 July 2021 21:17 GMT Those who own a PS5 DulSense should know Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now supports the controller on PC.The Season 4 Reloaded update for Black Ops Cold War stealthily added DualSense support on PC today, though the feature wasn’t included in the patch notes, apparently.Watch on YouTubeWith the controller, the game now also supports haptics, but, should you not be interested in trigger haptics, you can turn them off in the game’s setting under the “Controller” tab (thanks, reddit [1] [2]).Today’s update also includes the 6v6 map Rush, new weapons, new multiplayer…

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EGX: Rezzed – Join us this evening for a Martha is Dead developer walkthrough

By Stephany Nunneley 15 July 2021 20:12 GMT EGX Rezzed is going on right now, and VG247 is hosting a panel this evening with Martha is Dead developer LKA.Join us this evening at 2pm PT, 5pm ET, 10pm UK for a walkthrough of Martha is Dead where we will be joined by the game’s developer LKA.Watch on YouTubeThe first-person psychological thriller is slated to be released this year on PC, PlayStation 5, and the Xbox family of devices.Developed by the folks that brought you The Town of Light, the game takes place in the Italian countryside where Allied and Axis…

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Resident Evil Village crack significantly improves performance, and Capcom is promising a fix

By Sherif Saed 15 July 2021 12:41 GMT Resident Evil Village does indeed run better when you crack it.Earlier this week, it came to light that Resident Evil Village‘s implementation of the anti-piracy DRM Denuvo (as well as Capcom’s own DRM layer) are the main reasons behind the game’s constant stuttering on PC.Watch on YouTubePirates said that using a crack eliminates all of these problems, and they have been proven right. Digital Foundry put these claims to the test, and found that DRM is indeed the cause of Village’s troubles on PC. The tech outlet’s latest video, seen above, demonstrates…

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Massive weapon damage nerfs hit Warzone in an effort to increase overall time-to-kill

Raven is rolling out some major changes to the Warzone meta for Season 4 Reloaded, part of a plan to increase the game’s time-to-kill.Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded arrives today, and Raven is introducing some fairly drastic changes to the game to celebrate the occasion.Many assault rifles have been hit with quite severe nerfs to torso and headshot multipliers, meaning it’s going to take players longer to kill with those weapons on average.LMGs, meanwhile, are a more mixed bag; some will see headshot damage multipliers increased whereas others will see similar nerfs to the…

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Dirt 5 players can expect some new content next week

Dirt 5 players can expect some new content coming next week on July 20.Additional cars, tracks, events, and more Playgrounds options are coming to Dirt 5. Watch on YouTubeIt’s all part of the Super Size Content Pack, Update 5.00, and the Parts Unknown Playgrounds Update.The first of the new free circuits to be added to the game will be Sao Conrado and Rio Seafront, Brazil. Both have slightly different layouts perfect for off-road machines. These tracks, and their reverse variants, are available in Arcade mode with all customizable weather conditions. Both are used for multiple events in the new Career…

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Diablo 2: Resurrected to get a bigger stash and much more thanks to feedback

By Dom Peppiatt 14 July 2021 10:19 GMT Blizzard Entertainment will be making some substantial changes to Diablo 2: Resurrected following feedback it received during the game’s technical alpha.If you played the Diablo 2: Resurrected alpha back when it kicked off in April and gave Blizzard some feedback on your experiences, chances are you’ve shaped a better final product.Blizzard has posted a very in-depth look at the various player reactions to the technical alpha and has detailed what changes it will make to the game before it hits PC and consoles in September. One of the most notable updates is the…

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Xbox’s Phil Spencer still sees a future for story-driven games

By Jeremy Signor 13 July 2021 13:12 GMT Risky projects like narrative-focused games are not being left behind in Xbox’s strategy.It’s no secret that live service games are the big money makers right now, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for more traditional story-driven games, according to Microsoft’s Phil Spencer. In a recent interview with The Guardian, the head of Xbox laid out how narrative single-player games are part of the platform’s strategy going forward.Watch on YouTube“I think we’re probably building more of those now than we’ve been in the history of Xbox,” Spencer told The Guardian, emphasising…

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Here’s your first look at the Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded roadmap

Mauer Der Toten, the next Zombies map for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, as well as a wealth of new Warzone content, is coming to the game on July 15.Call of Duty fans, there’s a lot to look forward to in the coming weeks of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. A classic Multiplayer map and new modes are coming to Black Ops Cold War, while Warzone is getting its own new objective mode with Payload  – as well as other meta-changing updates.For this update, there will be a download size of approximately 11.4GB to 21.3GB for those who…

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Only the Ultimate Edition of FIFA 22 will come with a next-gen upgrade

By Dom Peppiatt 12 July 2021 17:09 GMT If you buy the Standard Edition of FIFA 22 on PS4 or Xbox One, you will not be able to upgrade to the next-gen versions for free – that privilege is locked behind the more expensive version.Unlike last year’s FIFA 21, where you could upgrade your game for free if you purchased it on the last generation of hardware, only FIFA 22’s Ultimate Edition ($99.99 / £89.99) will come with Dual Entitlement, making it more expensive for players that plan to upgrade their hardware in the coming year to get started with…