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Dying Light Brings Back Left 4 Dead 2 Crossover Event With New Playable Character

Dying Light is bringing back that Left 4 Dead 2 crossover goodness for Halloween again with Bill and Chompski showing Virals who is boss. The crossover event was met with praise when it debuted last year, which means now is the perfect time for Techland to bring it back. 

The Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event in Dying Light is short, it starts today on October 27 and will run until October 29. In this event, players will see a massive increase in Virals as they battle it out through hordes of foes with each wave getting harder and harder as they come. 

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In the revival of the event, Techland offers a new playable character with William “Bill” Overbeck, a known Valve favorite, alongside the handy dandy Gnome Chompski weapon meant to shred the undead to pieces. 

“Face hordes of enraged zombies in this extremely challenging game mode, and try to survive,” says Techland about the game’s returning crossover. “To make it a bit easier, and a lot more fun, you’ll be able to use a new type of shotgun ammo that gives the infected a taste of fire and brimstone. And remember – whenever you get tired of fighting off endless zombie hordes, you can turn the Viral Rush event off in the options menu.”

The crossover event is free and is available for PC players. The DLC including the Valve nods will be available on console, though not the event itself, in a few weeks. An exact console date hasn’t been revealed at this time. 

Ready to rip and tear (wrong franchise) in Dying Light with the Left 4 Dead 2 crossover event? Sound off with that undead-killin’ love in the comment section below! 

Chris Metzen Is Back With Warchief Gaming

Chris Metzen, former senior vice president of story and franchise at Blizzard Entertainment, is back in the game development ring. Warchief Gaming was a tabletop gaming club in Orange County, CA, but now it’s going to be a development studio as well. Metzen is joined by Mike Gilmartin, former vice president of quality assurance at Blizzard, in this new adventure pursuing the development of tabletop games.

Chris Metzen

This might be one of the worst times in recent history to be pushing tabletop products given the COVID-19 crisis, but hopefully things are way better on that front by the time Metzen’s new adventure bears fruit.

Mike Gilmartin

Warchief Gaming was originally a gaming club founded in 2018, but now it’s going to be making games too. The original club intends to remain open and continue operations even as the development studio begins in earnest.

Check out the Warchief Gaming announcement video below!

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Madden NFL 21 And FIFA 21 Headed To PlayStation 5 And Xbox Series X On December 4

Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 are headed to Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 on December 4, and using the EA dual entitlement system you can upgrade your game for free from current gen consoles. How does it work? Well, there’s a big FAQ and assorted rules to read over on the official dual entitlement EA page, but the essence is that you can upgrade your game to the next gen version for free.

Certain types of progress are also slated to carry over in FIFA 21, including content in FIFA 21 Ultimate Team and VOLTA FOOTBALL. In Madden NFL 21, content from Madden NFL Ultimate Team, binder content, Madden Points, avatars, gear, and Madden Rank through The Yard all carry over. 

The offer is good for a limited time, and the respective offers expire when Madden NFL 22 and FIFA 22 come out. For more details and information about dual entitlement, check out the official EA page.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales And Learning The Ropes In New Daily Bugle Issue

It’s that time of week again, Spidey fans! A new Daily Bugle has arrived for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales and this time? We’re digging deep into what it takes to become a new hero of New York City. While the last issue touched on a rising threat, the latest Daily Bugle goes into the city bustle. 

In Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, our new Spidey will be swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper looking to fight crime and make the city a safer place for all. That doesn’t mean that swinging comes easy though, but our new hero must learn the ropes … fast … to keep the streets clear of crime in the aftermath of Kingpin’s reign. 

Miles is very much his own man, he’s not a carbon copy of Peter Parker. That’s a good thing, but it also means a new hero to master when swinging around a city filled with life and movement. Don’t expect a graceful superhero with him, Miles’ excitement shines through in every action he takes, including his Spidey moves. While he’s still learning what it means to be Spider-Man, his heart and mind are in the right place to become the ultimate hero New York needs. 

With our November magazine cover with Miles himself in the spotlight and tons of details now available, the latest Daily Bugle comes at a fantastic time! Both the physical and digital issues of the magazine have been sent out, which is great for Marvel fans itching for this game’s launch! 

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales officially makes its debut as a PlayStation 5 launch title on November 12. It will also be available for PlayStation 4 for those not quite ready to dive all in with the next generation. 

What do you think about the latest Daily Bugle and learning the ropes as Miles in Marvel’s Spider-Man? Shout out those Miles Morales thoughts in the comment section below, loud and proud! 

The Dark Harvest Has Begun In Dauntless

It’s that time of year when things get creepy and crawly in Dauntless, so arm yourselves and get out there for some Dark Harvest action. The action has already begun in earnest, but the real action with special hunts begins on Thursday, October 29. Until then, you can earn special rewards from Shrowd effigies, find mysterious portals, and scoop up limited-time cosmetics via currency earned during the event. ]

As always, you can take on the various creatures in Dauntless by yourself, with friends, or with random players. Events continuously challenge you and force you to upgrade your arsenal. Master a weapon? Grab a new one and check out a new skillset, from repeating pistols to flashy fists. The main hub town of Ramsgate has recently received a renovation that makes finding what you need and diving into progression tracks much easier.

Some of the event costumes definitely appear inspired by another game that features hunts and hunters, so if you find yourself craving some insight you can get yourself a spiffy new outfit. Halloween events are happening in a ton of games right now, check out our big list here!

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Cyberpunk 2077 Delayed To December

Despite going Gold, Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed once more though this time only by a month. The latest delay pushes the game back one month, despite it being labeled as complete, and the studio over at CD Projekt RED issued a statement alongside the news. 

With the confirmation that the Cyberpunk 2077 launch has been pushed back until December 10, the team added that they know this is going to upset many and offer their “humble apologies.” The statement reads: 

The biggest challenge for us right now is shipping the game on current-gen, next-gen, and PC at the same time,w which requires us to prepare and test nine versions of it while working from home. Since Cyberpunk 2077 evolved towards almost being a next-gen title somewhere along the way, we need to make sure everything works well and every version runs smoothly. We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do.

Some of you might also be wondering what these words mean in light of us saying we achieved gold master some time ago. Passing certification, or “going gold,” means the game is ready, can be completed, and has all content in it. But it doesn’t mean we stop working on it and raising the quality bar. On the contrary, this is the time where many improvements are being made which will then be distributed via a Day 0 patch. This is the time period we undercalculated.

While disappointing, the reasoning is sound. A good example of where this kind of decision-making would have been nice is Dragon Age Inquisition. The game itself came out multi-gen but the then-current gen of the 360 and PlayStation 3 underperformed in more  ways than just visual. The mechanics were broken, the glitches were far higher in number, and the subsequent DLC was not accessible. If CDPR is taking the time to ensure that doesn’t happen here, it is a good move for players not looking to upgrade to the next generation any time soon. 

At this time, the new release date for Cyberpunk 2077 is December 10.

Thoughts on the Cyberpunk 2077 delay news? Are you excited for the title, or looking to play something else? Sound off in the comment section below and tell us what you think! 

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Vidoc Reveals New Roadmap And Season Of The Hunt Plot Twist

After several teases this month, Bungie has released its extensive Destiny 2: Beyond Light vidoc that dives deep into the past, present, and future of the space shooter. With the latest expansion coming up soon with Beyond Light and several more confirmed post-that, there is a lot on the way for fans of this franchise and we’ve got our first look thanks to the newly revealed roadmap and the latest video. 

With Beyond Light comes Season of the Hunt, which kicks off on November 10. Claim your artifact, rank up, and enjoy the new stories and powers that come with it. There is also a new Season story mission in addition to a new Wrathborn Hunts activity, which is set to go live on November 17. 

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The above video is a deep dive with the devs diving into the future of Destiny 2. That being said, this is talking about what is on the way, which means there are some spoilers in the doc. Nothing super major, but that is something to mind while watching what Bungie has to say. 

For the most part, the above video dives into what has already been revealed but in greater detail, like the Exotics and more on Stasis and Europa. Additionally, we’ve got a closer look at some of the locations previously shown, including new enemies and more on the new subclass. 

We’ve also got a full roadmap revealed as well, as seen below: 

The above roadmap reveals what will be included with Beyond Light and what will be free for all players, especially with Destiny 2 now being on Xbox Game Pass. With new additions also comes confirmations of returning features like The Dawning, Trials, and Iron Banner. 

Season of the Hunt (Spoilers)

With Season of the Hunt, we’re off to help Osiris once more in the Cosmodrome in order to uncover something odd afoot. While that’s all exciting, a quick look shows the return of Uldren, which confirms a big fan theory (a theory very well supported by the events of the game) that the killer of Cayde-6 will be back and as a Guardian. This is something that has been heavily talked about since the Forsaken DLC dropped and it looks like those theories were correct. 

The Awoke Prince is the latest Guardian to be pulled into Osiris’ network of help while kicking Hive butt and taking names. 

Bungie also revealed a brand new activity called Empire Hunts with Wraithborn Hunts taking place in the Cosmodrome. Beyond the upcoming expansion, there are at least two more story expansions confirmed over the next several years in lieu of a Destiny 3. It will be interesting to see where this game goes, especially since it is so different from what the sequel was like at launch. 

So what do you think, Guardians? Are you excited for the future of Destiny 2 with Beyond Light? Sound off with your thoughts, excitement, and theories in the comment section below! 

New Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness Shots Revealed By Netflix

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Netflix is on a roll with video game adaptations. With the success of both Castlevania and The Witcher, and the newly announced Assassin’s Creed live-action series, it looks like that gaming fun is just getting started. While we’ve known about the upcoming Resident Evil series for awhile now from the folks over at Netflix, including a full synopsis leak, the company just shared a new look at what fans of the iconic horror franchise can expect. 

“When biohazards run wild, only a pair of veteran zombie slayers can get the job done,” reads the social media caption alongside the still reveal. Netflix also states that this will be set within the canon of Capcom’s universe and that it will be arriving sometime next year. 

The above stills show off a baby-faced Leon, which is not an unwelcome sight. The younger characters offer a more present-day narrative, which is an interesting pivot from Netflix’s live-action Resident Evil series, which is also in the works. 

According to the show’s official synopsis for the live-action take (while we await more information about Infinite Darkness): 

Building on one of the most popular, best selling survival horror video games of all time, Resident Evil will tell a brand new story across two timelines:

In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker are moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured, corporate town, forced on them right as adolescence is in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they come to realize that the town is more than it seems and their father may be concealing dark secrets. Secrets that could destroy the world. 

Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: there are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters — people and animals infected with the T-virus. Jade, now thirty, struggles to survive in this New World, while the secrets from her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her.

Netflix revealed our first official look at the new animated Resident Evil show earlier this month with a trailer that can be seen at the top of the article. While enticing, the trailer didn’t really give out a lot of info, which makes sense given that it is a teaser. Still, the “horror series with a sci-fi twist” looks appealing. Animated also seems to be the way to go with an adaptation such as this, but only time will tell how this show fares when paired up against Netflix’s many other projects. 

What do you think about Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness and its reveal? Are you excited to see Claire and Leon back once more, or do you think it’s time for a new narrative? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Netflix Reveals Live-Action Assassin’s Creed Series

Just ahead of the launch of Valhalla, Netflix announced a new Assassin’s Creed live-action series is making its way over onto the streaming platform. The Ubisoft adaptation just received a brief teaser with the iconic AC symbol, and while we don’t know much quite yet, we’ve got our first taste of what’s to come. 

The upcoming live-action adaptation will be helmed by Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik as executive producers. 

“For more than 10 years, millions of fans around the world have helped shape the Assassin’s Creed brand into an iconic franchise,” said Jason Altman, Head of Ubisoft Film & Television, in a recent press statement. “We’re thrilled to create an Assassin’s Creed series with Netflix and we look forward to developing the next saga in the Assassin’s Creed universe.”

“We’re excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin’s Creed is beloved for,” continued Peter Friedlander, Vice President, Original Series, “From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy.”

It will be interesting to see the creative direction that Netflix takes the Assassin’s Creed series, especially given the poor reception the live-action film received back in 2016, a film that starred Michael Fassbender in a very loose adaptation. 

We don’t have any release date information at this time, but we do at least have Assassin’s Creed Valhalla to look forward to in the meantime, because the latest game in the franchises launches on November 10. 

What do you think about a live-action Assassin’s Creed series from Netflix? What do you hope they do with the show narrative? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

You Can Take Your God Of War Save From PS4 To PS5

2018’s God of War is one of the best exclusives of the PlayStation 4 era, and now it’s been confirmed that you will be able to take your save file to the PlayStation 5 without an issue.

If you’re just halfway through the game or post-game Valkyrie hunting, your save game file is ready to roll over to the new console whenever you feel like heading to the next generation of consoles. Sony Santa Monica confirmed this compatibility today in a tweet which you can see right here!

The “favor performance” option also allows players to hit up to 60 fps, which is always nice when you want to land the hottest axes and tear up were-creatures to shreds. We expect to hear about tweaks, fixes, and other small changes like this for other titles heading from the PS4 to PS5, and we’ll keep you posted about details as they come in. Oh, and just in case you wanted to transfer your God of War III Remastered save to PS5, you can do that too!

You can check out our God of War review right here.

Ubisoft Shares Next Gen Features For Watch Dogs Legion, Far Cry 6, And More

The next generation of gaming is less than a month away and Ubisoft is the latest company to detail how they are optimizing some of their new games on the horizon. Whether gamers are scooping up an Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5, here are some of the ways that Ubisoft’s lineup will appeal to those looking forward to a new generation of tech. 

Let’s break it down by game: 

Watch Dogs: Legion

You can’t take down an entire government regime without some cool next-gen features. For Xbox fans, players will be able to utilize accelerated raytracing technology for stunning visuals in the city of London, real-time reflections in the watery surfaces, and smoother in-game traversal thanks the Xbox Direct Storage. Everything is meant to be faster, crisper, and more realistic, which is something PlayStation fans have to look forward to as well.

On the PlayStation 5, raytracing will offer a similar experience to that of the Xbox Series X/S in addition to the Tempest 3D Audio engine that is meant to enhance the game’s auditory immersion to unreal levels. Faster loading times, quicker fast-travel, and adaptive triggers put the journey of revolution right into you as the player’s hands. 

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 

Xbox players can expect a 4K, 60 FPS experience when fighting through the latest Assassin’s Creed tale as a Viking. The Xbox Velocity Architecture and DirectStorage API on both Series systems also allow for faster loading times, which makes for a smoother time from start to finish. 

PlayStation 5 players can expect that 4K, 60 FPS pull as well in addition to the Tempest Audio technology coming into play once more for more immersive sounds that make Valhalla feel more realistic than ever before. 

Far Cry 6

While there are some conspiracy theories about Far Cy 6’s settings with the child looking very much like a younger Vaas, what we do know is that the latest in the franchise will benefit greatly from a next-gen boost. For both Xbox and PlayStation, players can expect 60 FPS at 4K, though it doesn’t look like the PS5 Tempest Audio tech will be too much of an influence for this title. 

Immortals Fenyx Rising 

Formally known as Gods and Monsters, Immortals Fenyx Rising is a really enjoyable game that basically feels like a fusion between Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Assassin’S creed. While less realistic than other games on this list, that doesn’t mean it’s not without its own upgrades going into the next generation. 

For Xbox players, the now-standard 4K 60FPS experience is to be expected with Hight Dynamic Range technology meant to enrich the colors and art style of the game in question. Fenyx Rising’s sounds are also getting a boost on Xbox thanks to Dolby Atmos and updated spatial audio technology. Oh, and faster load times.

PlayStation players will get the same 4K 60FPS treatment with audio enhancements thanks to the Tempest 3D Audio engine. Faster loading times are a perk her as well thanks to the ultra-high-speed SSD. 

Just Dance 2021, For Honor, Rainbow Six Siege, and Riders Republic are also getting similar next-gen features to make the gameplay even better than expected. It’s always exciting going into a new generation of videogames and with so many anticipated titles launching soon, it’s going to be one heck of a ride seeing where we go next. 

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Hasbro’s Mando Mondays Kicks Off With New The Mandalorian Figures

Mando Mondays – an event that debuts products inspired by The Mandalorian – kicks off today! We informed you about some awesome pre-orders a little while back, but today Hasbro unveiled a bevy of new figurines for all you Star Wars-loving collectors out there. 

There are two new 6-inch Black Series figurines, three new 3.75-inch Vintage Collection figurines, and one 3.75-inch Retro Collection figurine for you to peruse and eventually purchase. The Black series models include The Mandalorian and the Child Build-Up Pack for $35 as well as the Speeder Bike Scout Trooper for $45. The Vintage Collection models are as follows: a smaller Mandalorian and the Child Build-Up Pack for $18, The Armorer for $13, and Moff Gideon for $13. Finally, the Retro Collection figure assortment for $10 will also be available. (We’ll paste any missing figurine links as soon as they become available!)

You can see all the collectibles in the gallery below. 

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Microsoft Is Releasing An Official Mandalorian Controller

Releasing on December 31, the Mandalorian wireless Xbox One controller is coupled with a charging stand and retails for $160. It’s not made of beskar steel, but it looks like it is, and carries many of the signature armor designs of the famed bounty hunter. If you flip the controller over, you’ll see an image of “The Child,” who is wanted and on the run with the Mandalorian. Most people call him Baby Yoda, but Lucasfilm has gone with “The Child” as his official title until his name is officially revealed.

Given the timing of release in December, it’s a shame this controller doesn’t have the share button or the new directional pad of the Xbox Series X/S, but it is compatible with these systems. Along with the unique artistic design, this controller has textured grips and charges through a magnetic contact system.

Interestingly, if you run out of battery during play, you can connect the controller to the stand, and, as Microsoft puts it in the official description, engage in “one-handed play while you charge.” We don’t know how this one-handed functionality is formatted, but the option is there if you need to use it.

The controller and stand are priced much higher than we’d like to see (the standard wireless controller is $60 and the stand is $40). It’s even higher priced than the previous Star Wars controller and stand bundle for Jedi: Fallen Order, which retailed for $140, but is now out of stock.

The Mandalorian is hot right now, with the first episode of the second season hitting Disney+ this week, but we shouldn’t have to pay so much more than the original asking prices just to be reminded of this show when we game. It’s a cool collectible though. The gallery below gives you a good look at the controller, it’s back, and the charging stand that comes with it.

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Star Wars: Squadrons Is Adding Free ‘The Mandalorian’ Loot To Game

The Mandalorian was a hit when season one dropped earlier this year on Disney+ and now that a new season is here, the team over at Motive is celebrating the hit show with exclusive themed content for Star Wars: Squadrons. Despite saying no additional gear would be dropping, the studio is adding The Mandalorian loot to Star Wars: Squadrons. Don’t worry, there are no surprise loot box moves here, everything announced is completely earnable. 

Kicking off on October 28, Star Wars: Squadrons players will be able to earn eight new (and completely free) cosmetic items to make those Starfighters even more badass thanks to The Mandalorian. New cockpit cosmetics are included in the new drop, one for each faction. This includes one new hologram, a new decal, dashboard flair, and a hanging flair; one set for both the New Republic and the Imperial fleet. 

The “Mysterious Creature” is also getting some love. According to Motive, “Paying homage to the iconic character, we’ve made sure to create this wonderful new dashboard decoration based on a “Mysterious Creature.” This figure can adorn any dashboard across the New Republic’s starfighters, meaning the fan-favorite Tuggtar bobblehead now has a rival! Both factions will receive one hologram, one decal, one dashboard flair, and one hanging flair, meaning eight new cosmetics in total for you to unlock.”

While Motive and EA previously mentioend that there would be no new post-launch content for Star Wars: Squadrons because they didn’t want players to have to pay more than what the base game costs, it’s nice to see free surprises like this pop out of nowhere. Given The Mandolorian’s popularity, we’re going to go out on a limb and assume fans of the show are going to be excited for the new drop. We are! 

As for season 2 of The Mandalorian on Disney+, the new episodes arrive on October 30th! Are you excited for a new season of the hit show? What about the freebie drops for Star Wars: Squadrons? Sound off in the comment section below! 

Why Microsoft Changed Its Stance On Xbox Games On Nintendo Switch, According To Phil Spencer

The team over at Microsoft has expressed interest in the past regarding Xbox games on the Nintendo Switch platform, but it looks like that interest may have evolved since those initial comments. Xbox boss Phil Spencer recently sat down to talk about acquisitions, renewed first-party focus, and more, but he also opened up on why the company’s stance has changed despite its positive working relationship with the Big N. 

In a recent interview with GameReactor, Spencer went into more detail about where the company is currently at regarding their titles on Nintendo Switch platforms. While we’ve already seen some bleed-over between systems, it was assumed that there would be a bigger presence than there is now. 

When talking about Xbox and Nintendo’s partnership, Spencer began reiterating his philosophy that games should be played without limits, “If I start at the highest level, I believe great games should be able to be played by as many people as possible. I believe that in my core. I love this art form of video games, the interactivity, and the community around it. Both the social discussions, the camaraderie that you and I might feel as we are doing a Destiny strike together, and so on. I love the fact that games can bridge political lines, geographical lines, socioeconomic lines, and religious lines. Online I’m just P3 playing on Xbox Live, you might be whatever you are, and I think that is an awesome, awesome thing about gaming. That is not an Xbox thing, that is true of our industry. So, when I think about games, I want games to be played by as many people as possible, that is part of our strategy at Xbox.”

That being said, what does that mean for Xbox specifically? He added: 

The question that we get then is sometimes, what about this specific closed platform? And that I really mean there is we’re either kind of all in or not all in on one of these closed platforms. I don’t think its healthy where for every first-party game that comes out I have to get the question, is that coming to Switch or is that coming to Switch, and it not because, I love Nintendo and our relationship with what we are doing, that want us to be all in or not, and there is this expectation from customers like there is now on PC, where people don’t really question – there might be some timing things, on when certain things happen – but if we are shipping a first-party game it’s coming to PC.

If we are shipping a first-party game on PC it’s coming to Steam and our own store. Like we built an expectation from our customers. That’s my goal, and then there will be, as you said, maybe little anomalies every so often and because of relationships and certain developers that want to do certain things, but my goal is: make games as playable by as many people as possible so that this art form continues to grow. And I wanna be all in on the places where Xbox is, so a customer of those platforms can have an expectation that I’m gonna get to go play. And I feel good about the games that we are building, and I feel good about that on PC. You know if I rewind five years ago, I would say over and over, that we are committed to PC and then get a bunch of eye rolls, and rightfully so for we weren’t doing much. But I think now when you look at what our standing is on Steam and Game Pass on PC, we have shown that our commitment over time has paid off. PC customers may or may not love what we do, but they know that when we are shipping things, we’re gonna do our best effort on PC as well as on Xbox.

PlayStation and Xbox have two very wildly different strategies going into next gen, something we broke down extensively a few weeks ago. While Microsoft is less concerned about hardware sales than Sony and is more focused on gaming services, that doesn’t mean that they don’t care about their own systems and its evolving ecosystem. The Xbox brand is on the precipice of change, a much needed transformation following the disastrous launch that was the early Xbox One era. The company has been making phenomenal leaps into that change, despite it being a lengthy and – at times – a slow moving process. 

Thoughts on how the Xbox brand has evolved under Spencer’s leadership? Sound off in the comment section below!

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Even More Games To Console, PC, And Mobile

Xbox Game Pass continues to evolve with games leaving and joining the library for a constantly rotating lineup of adventures to dive right into. Each game is free to play outside of the membership cost itself, including day one first-party launch titles, DLC, and even demos. October itself saw a ton of new additions and it looks like November will be continuing on that gaming dump.

With new additions to console, PC, and Android devices, here is what Xbox Game Pass members can expect to get their hands on for the tailend of this month going into November (so far): 

Xbox Game Pass new additions

  • Carto, console & PC – October 27
  • Day of the Tentacle, console & PC – October 29
  • Five Nights at Freddy’s, Android, console & PC – October 29
  • Full Throttle Remastered, console & PC – October 29
  • Grim Fandango Remastered, console & PC – October 29
  • PUBG, Android – October 29
  • ScourgeBringer, Android – October 29
  • Unruly Heroes, Android, console & PC – October 29
  • Celeste, Android, console & PC – November 5
  • Comanche, PC – November 5
  • Deep Rock Galactic, Android, console & PC – November 5
  • Eastshade, Android, console & PC – November 5
  • Knights and Bikes, consoles & PC – November 5
  • Ark: Survival Evolved: Explorer’s Edition, Android, console & PC – November 17

Other titles that you may have missed earlier this month

  • Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, PC – October 15
  • Heave Ho, PC ID@Xbox – October 15
  • Katana Zero, Android, console & PC ID@Xbox – October 15
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, console & PC – October 15
  • The Swords of Ditto: Mormo’s Curse, PC – October 15
  • ScourgeBringer, console ID@Xbox – October 21
  • Cricket 19, console – October 22
  • Supraland, console ID@Xbox – October 22
  • Grounded Game Preview Update

DLC / Game updates: 

  • Black Desert Succession Update, console
  • Destiny 2: Festival of the Lost 2020 – Until November 3
  • Doom Eternal Halloween 2020 – Until October 29
  • Overcooked! 2: Moon Harvest Festival – Free Update Out Now
  • State of Decay 2 Update 21 & Open Range Pack

For those that don’t have the Xbox Game Pass already, there are a few things you should know. There are two options to choose from with the Xbox Game Pass and the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Both offer Xbox fans a chance to play over 100 titles at no additional cost, including day one launches of first party titles. With the acquisition of Bethesda, means even more appeal for that aspect, with major franchises getting first dibs.EA Play is also joining its library with the Xbox Game Pass on November 10, adding even more AAA and indie titles to the library for members to enjoy.

Xbox Game Pass is $9.99 a month, whereas Xbox Game Pass Ultimate comes in at $14.99 and includes Xbox Live Gold. It’s a pretty good deal, especially for those that are picky with their games. 

What do you think about the latest additions to the Xbox Game Pass lineup? Any games you wish Microsoft would add to the service? Sound off with your thoughts in the comment section below! 

Don’t Delete Facebook If You Want To Keep Your Oculus Games

Facebook, like other social media platforms, can often feel like some intangible, antagonistic force. And, because of this, people may choose to go off the social media grid and deactivate their account temporarily. In more extreme cases, one might even decide to completely delete their Facebook account if they have no intention of returning. Be warned: if you’ve purchased an Oculus Quest 2 – and some VR titles to go along with it – you will lose all of your games if you permanently delete your Facebook account.

When you first purchase an Oculus Quest 2, it requires you to link your VR account to Facebook. If your Facebook account has been suspended, this will definitely restrict your access. If you deactivate your Facebook account, simply reactivate it if you want to be able to play VR games again. However, if you outright delete your Facebook account, say goodbye to Half-Life: Alyx and any other VR titles you might have purchased. If you make a new account, you’ll have to buy your favorite VR games all over again.

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For now, these issues are only tied to the Oculus Quest 2 headset. But in 2023, all Oculus headsets must be linked to active Facebook accounts if you want to play in VR. So if you’re exhausted from the stresses of social media interaction while also being a fan VR gaming, consider just deleting the Facebook app from your myriad devices instead. 

If you haven’t deleted your Facebook account and you’re enjoying the VR experience, check out our list of Best VR Games For Your Oculus Quest 2.

[Source: GameSpot]

Facebook Reveals Its Cloud Gaming Service With Naughty Dog Co-Founder As VP Of Play

Breaking away from the Facebook Oculus Quest 2 news for a bit, the social media giant is stepping into a different area of the community: Cloud-based gaming. Both Google and Amazon have individual Cloud services, so what does Facebook hope to achieve? Well, the leg-up starts with its already existing space and app alongside Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin leading the charge. 

“We’re doing free-to-play games, we’re doing games that are latency-tolerant, at least to start,” says Jason Rubin, Facebook’s VP of Play. “We’re not promising 4K, 60fps, so you pay us $6.99 per month. We’re not trying to get you to buy a piece of hardware, like a controller.”

Unlike Google Stadia, Rubin alleges that Facebook will be tackling many games in addition to complex titles to make their service worth it. Within the Facebook social media app, FB users can not only play the usual browser-based games that have been available for years, but also fully integrated videogames as well. 

Rubin adds that this new initiative will allow for over 300 million players to jump right into the adventures they love while also having the chance to explore “more complex games as well.” 

The Facebook Cloud Gaming venture will begin in the United States in certain areas before eventually spreading outwards. This service will be available both on the mobile app and on PC as well, though – not unlike other services out there – Facebook is still trying to contend with Apple to get this experience on iOS devices; a problem Microsoft especially knows well

So what makes it different from Google Stadia? 

For starters, Facebook knows this isn’t necessarily a new technology, so they aren’t going into the marketing with that approach; an approach that was one of the contributing factors to Stadia’s decline. It’s not something new, it’s something additional. Everyone and their mothers uses Facebook, this is simply an extension off of that. 

Rubin went into more detail with his statement, saying: “We’re not trying to lock people in. We don’t need to because we’re not charging a fee to try these games and you’re on Facebook already. An exclusive in the classic sense — i.e. you can only play this game on the platform — probably doesn’t make sense for us.”

He adds, “What I think is going to happen, is once the platform has a large userbase, some of these developers are going to go ‘I think we should add some features that take advantage of these capabilities we never had before.’ We’ll see those games do really well on the platform, and other developers will say ‘That was an idea, we should follow along with that.’ And then somewhere along the line, some game company will say ‘We should build a game that can’t exist anywhere else.’”

It will be interesting to see how this service evolves and if it can overthrow the similar services out there. With the Oculus Quest 2’s VR release, the hardware itself is impressive but the Facebook account restrictions regarding deleted purchases and non-control over property  has people even more leery of the company. To see how that awareness bleeds into the Cloud Gaming space will be intriguing. 

[Source: The Verge]

Gears 5 Next-Gen Update Let’s Players Recast Marcus Fenix As Batista

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The Coalition announced a slew of big changes coming to Gears 5 when it arrives on Xbox Series X. On top of performance enhancements and new modes, the campaign gets a lot more animalistic with the inclusion of ex-WWE world champ and guardian of the galaxy, Dave Bautista.

After appearing as a multiplayer skin in the original version, players can now swap Marcus Fenix with Big Dave for the entire campaign. More than just a palette swap, Bautista even recorded new dialogue for the story. It should be stressed again that Bautista is not replacing Marcus Fenix in the campaign permanently. The switch is 100% optional. 

The news should serve as a fun treat to Dave’s fanbase, as well as the big guy himself. The actor lobbied hard on social media last summer to portray Marcus Fenix in a Gears of War film, garnering a groundswell of support. That didn’t pan out (unfortunately) but this is arguably better. At least he gets to be Fenix in the medium the character originated from. 

A new Game + brings new difficulty modes, character/weapon skins, additional achievements. For next-gen versions, look forward to 60 fps cutscenes and a 120 fps Versus mode. That’s on top of the 4K HDR, faster load times, and instant resume perks highlighted in earlier announcements. Combine all of this with an upcoming story expansion slated for fall, and Gears 5 has a busy holiday season ahead.

For more on Gears 5, check out Andrew Reiner’s positive review of the base game. Now that Xbox Series X is around the corner why not read our recent hands-on impressions to get ready? 

Are you excited to replay Gears 5 as Drax the Destroyer himself? Tell us what you think in the comments!

[Source: IGN]

Gears 5 Update Will Let You Play the Campaign as Batista

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The Coalition announced a slew of big changes coming to Gears 5 when it arrives on Xbox Series X. On top of performance enhancements and new modes, the campaign gets a lot more animalistic with the inclusion of ex-WWE world champ and guardian of the galaxy, Dave Bautista.

After appearing as a multiplayer skin in the original version, players can now swap Marcus Fenix with Big Dave for the entire campaign. More than just a palette swap, Bautista even recorded new dialogue for the story. It should be stressed again that Bautista is not replacing Marcus Fenix in the campaign permanently. The switch is 100% optional. 

The news should serve as a fun treat to Dave’s fanbase, as well as the big guy himself. The actor lobbied hard on social media last summer to portray Marcus Fenix in a Gears of War film, garnering a groundswell of support. That didn’t pan out (unfortunately) but this is arguably better. At least he gets to be Fenix in the medium the character originated from. 

A new Game + brings new difficulty modes, character/weapon skins, additional achievements. For next-gen versions, look forward to 60 fps cutscenes and a 120 fps Versus mode. That’s on top of the 4K HDR, faster load times, and instant resume perks highlighted in earlier announcements. Combine all of this with an upcoming story expansion slated for fall, and Gears 5 has a busy holiday season ahead.

For more on Gears 5, check out Andrew Reiner’s positive review of the base game. Now that Xbox Series X is around the corner why not read our recent hands-on impressions to get ready? 

Are you excited to replay Gears 5 as Drax the Destroyer himself? Tell us what you think in the comments!

[Source: IGN]

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