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Elden Ring’s First Big Patch Adds More Secrets, Quests and People To An Already Massive Game

by Luke Plunkett, Kotaku Elden Ring was just updated to v1.03, and while that humble number may not suggest anything noteworthy, the game has actually quietly added (and fixed) some pretty important stuff. First up, and perhaps most unexpectedly, is the list of content that has been introduced to the game. Like the ability to record the name and location of an NPC straight onto the map, removing one of the biggest frustrations players have had with the game, which previously kept no record of your encounters with NPCs (and especially quest-giving NPCs) at all. The update also adds a new NPC (Jar-Bairn), adds “some summonable NPCs in multiple situations,” and even new quest phases for missions involving Diallos, Nepheli Loux, Kenneth […]

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The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ are out now

by Kris Holt, Engadget The long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Cyberpunk 2077 are out now. CD Projekt Red previously planned to release the new versions last year, but delayed them until early 2022. Those who own the game on PS4 and Xbox One will get a free upgrade to the respective current-gen version. Players can expect faster loading, dynamic scaling and other visual and technical upgrades. The PS5 version takes advantage of the DualSense controller’s haptic feedback, built-in speaker and adaptive trigger functions, as well as activity cards and 3D audio. There are performance and ray-tracing modes on PS5 and Xbox Series X. In performance mode, the game will run in 4K at 60 frames per second with expected rare, small framerate […]

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Naughty Dog and PlayStation Reportedly Developing ‘The Last of Us Part II: Director’s Cut’

Months after rumors of the game receiving a multiplayer battle royale mode by Sophie Caraan, HYPEBEAST A director’s cut of Naughty Dog and PlayStation‘s award-winning game The Last of Us Part II is reportedly in development. According to video game industry insider Tom Henderson, multiple reports are stating that the remake of The Last of Us is almost complete and could release in the second half of this year. He added that he has also heard rumors of The Last of Us Part II: Director’s Cut, but he could not pinpoint a tentative release. “Them all releasing together could be a good compromise if [God of War Ragnarok] got delayed to Q1 2023 – But that’s just speculation on my end for the moment,” he continued. In August […]

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‘The Witcher 3’ to Receive Netflix Series-Inspired DLC Along With Next-Gen Update

by Jeff Yeung, HYPEBEAST Fans of CD Projekt Red‘s The Witcher 3 will be delighted to learn that the game’s next-gen update is finally coming soon, along with completely new DLC. Announcing the news over on Twitter, the official The Witcher account revealed that the critically acclaimed title’s long-awaited next-gen update for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC will finally be arriving sometime this year. While no specific date has been provided, it’s still fantastic news for fans of the developer, which has been through a pretty turbulent time following the botched release of Cyberpunk 2077. To accompany its next-gen update, CD Projekt Red has also teased new, free DLC that’s inspired by Netflix‘s live-action adaptation of The Witcher, although no other details have been revealed for the time being, so you’ll […]

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Dying Light 2’s 500-hour completion time draws backlash

by Stephen Totilo, Axios A weekend promotional announcement that the upcoming zombie game Dying Light 2 will take 500 hours to complete drew a lot of negative replies. Why it matters: Big-name games keep getting longer, squeezing out other games and frustrating some players. Driving the news: “To fully complete Dying Light 2: Stay Human, you’ll need at least 500 hours,” Polish studio Techland tweeted Saturday afternoon. Some players responded enthusiastically, saying they were eager to dive into the first-person open-world adventure, in which players explore and fight their way through a city infested with zombies. But negative reactions were abundant: “That’s not ideal. Less is more,” someone tweeted. Another: “I loved your previous games but that is a huge turn off. As a father […]

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‘Artemis’ Is An “Earth-Sized” Open-World Game From ‘PUBG’ Creator

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible We’re starting to reach a point with open-world games where bigger doesn’t always necessarily mean better. Take, for example, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. That’s a damn good game, but I’m not sure it would have lost anything if Ubisoft had made its sprawling recreation of Greece even half the size it ended up being. Basically, just because developers can make a huge open-world game these days doesn’t mean that they should. With that in mind, join me as we take a look at Artemis; a brand new in-development game that promises an open-world roughly the same size as Earth. Artemis is the ambitious new project from Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, the creator of PUBG. You may recall […]

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Don’t Use Quick Resume With Halo Infinite, Devs Warn

by Ian Walker, Kotaku 343 Industries is telling Halo Infinite players not to use Quick Resume, a key feature of the Xbox Series X/S, for fear of missing out on special multiplayer cosmetics. During the Halo Infinite campaign, hidden caches known as Mjolnir Armories can be found that unlock customization options for the game’s online multiplayer modes. These include several armor, weapon, and vehicle coatings as well as trinkets like dogtag charms and a pre-match, back-turned stance. That said, if you’re offline or disconnected from the Halo Infinite servers—which often happens when the game is suspended with Quick Resume—they won’t be added to your game. “The team is aware and we will eventually have a retroactive fix (you will get the cosmetics you’ve earned),” 343 Industries […]

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“Diablo” developers speak on game and company issues

by Stephen Totilo, Axios The creators of “Diablo II: Resurrected” say people should “do what they feel is right,” when considering whether to buy next week’s big release from Activision Blizzard. Why it matters: “Resurrected” is the first game from Activision Blizzard since California filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company, largely over sexism, harassment and other workplace problems at Blizzard, where the “Diablo” series was created. “It was definitely very troubling to hear these types of things,” “Resurrected” design director Rob Gallerani tells Axios, referring to the misconduct allegations. “And we really wanted to support our colleagues and our co-workers.” Between the lines: The remake is primarily being made by Vicarious Visions, a studio in upstate New York that has long worked on non-Blizzard games and was not […]

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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ PS4 buyers will get a free PS5 upgrade after all

by Jon Fingas, Engadget Sony won’t make you pay to upgrade Horizon Forbidden West after all. The company’s Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan announced that Forbidden West PS4 players will get to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, as Sony promised last September. The tech giant “missed the mark” and will stand by its original pledge, Ryan said. The change of heart comes after Sony and Guerilla told customers they’d be limited to the version of the game they bought. If you started on PS4, in other words, you’d have to buy another copy to take advantage of PS5 features. Don’t expect a similar concession for other PS4-to-PS5 upgrades. Ryan made clear that all first-party cross-generation exclusives “moving forward” would include a $10 upgrade option for the PS5 edition. […]

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Grand Theft Auto 6 Release Date, Evolving Map Leaks Backed Up By Insiders

Reliable sources back up the latest Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks, hinting at the long-awaited game’s release date and its evolving Vice City map. by Dalton Cooper, Game Rant Tom Henderson has made a name for himself as being a reliable leaker when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty games, but recently he leaked information on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 as well. According to Henderson, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be set in Vice City, the release date won’t be until sometime in 2024 or 2025, and it will have an “evolving map.” While these kinds of claims should always be taken with a grain of salt, they have since been backed up by more legitimate sources. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier recently chimed in on […]

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Halo Infinite Release Date Narrowed Down To ‘A Few Weeks,’ Phil Spencer Says

by Ian Walker, Kotaku Although a firm Halo Infinite release date has yet to be set, internal talks at Microsoft surrounding when to launch the game have narrowed from the months-long holiday 2021 release window to a handful of weeks, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained during a recent appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast. “We’ll have better clarity over the summer, but this isn’t a months thing, this is just down to a few weeks,” Spencer said. “Instead of picking this day and having to move it by a week, which at this point would feel like a fail, we don’t want to do that, so let’s wait until we’re really solid on what the date is.” Spencer also said that Microsoft is looking […]

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CoD 2021 Geared for Next-Gen Consoles

By Peter “Synister” Jeffery, Gamer’s Outpost LLC The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots-on-the-ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years. From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD […]

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The Witcher 3 director leaves CD Projekt Red after workplace bullying investigation

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz was cleared by the investigation but still resigned, apologizing “for all the bad blood” he caused. by Wes Fenlon, PC Gamer Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, who served as director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and as second director and head of production on Cyberpunk 2077, has left CD Projekt Red. Bloomberg reports that Tomaszkiewicz was the subject of a lengthy internal investigation based on accusations of bullying. While a commission formed for the investigation found him not guilty, Tomaszkiewicz still chose to resign from his job. Tomaszkiewicz wrote in an email to CD Projekt Red’s staff that despite being cleared, “a lot of people are feeling fear, stress, or discomfort when working with me.” He left with an apology “for all the bad […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 Has Now Spent Over Four Months Missing from PS Store

Unprecedented event by Sammy Barker, Push Square Cyberpunk 2077’s big March update was supposed to be the one that fixed the title’s major performance issues, but while it does undoubtedly crash less and run better – even on a PlayStation 4 Pro – it’s still nowhere near the standard expected of a major AAA title. And as a result, it still remains unavailable on the PlayStation Store – more than four months since Sony made the unprecedented decision to remove it. Polish developer CD Projekt RED recently said that the sci-fi RPG is “closer” to returning to the storefront, but still hasn’t attached a date to exactly when it expects it to be available. “The final decision, you have to understand, belongs to Sony,” boss […]

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Here’s What Percent Of ‘Destiny 2’ Players Are Hunters, Titans Or Warlocks

by Paul Tassi, Forbes In case you haven’t heard the blaring trumpets surrounding the launch of the event, Guardian Games is live in Destiny 2 at reset today, the class-based competition where this time, Bungie is actually forcing you to commit to one class and one class only for the duration. Most people do this already, as juggling three classes and characters is a full time job (trust me, I know), but no more playing the field for people like me. It’s time to pick a main. I thought it would be relevant to revisit the breakdown of the player population in Destiny by class. It has been about a year since we got official numbers from Bungie, but I would […]

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The Last of Us PS5 Remake Report Met With Backlash

by Logan Moore, ComicBook.com A new report emerged earlier today stating that Naughty Dog is currently in the process of working on a remake of the original The Last of Us game for PlayStation 5. Although the project was one that was initially worked on by a team outside of Naughty Dog, it has since been passed off to the studio that creating the original game. And despite how much many fans might love that title, it seems that almost no one believes a remake of The Last of Us is something that needs to happen. A quick perusal through social media today has shown that virtually all fans of The Last of Us believe that the original game still holds up perfectly fine until this day and doesn’t need to […]