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Riot announces new tactical FPS, fighting game & more

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Riot announces new tactical FPS, fighting game & more

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of League of Legends, developer Riot Games announced a bevvy of new games, as well as an animated series.

While the studio made its name in the MOBA genre, it will now be delving into the worlds of fighting games, tactical first person shooters, and strategy card games.

Project A is a character-based tactical shooter in the same vein as Overwatch, with characters having specific loadouts and abilities.

The shooter will be set apart from the Leage of Legends world, with a setting based in a near-future Earth.

No release date has been confirmed, but Riot is planning a beta event for early next year and a full release later in 2020.

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Modern Warfare will have a Battle Pass, not Loot Boxes

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Modern Warfare will have a Battle Pass, not Loot Boxes

While many scoffed at claims that Modern Warfare wouldn't include loot boxes, Activision has today confirmed this would be the case while also announcing a new Battle Pass system.

"We’ve set our sights on not only creating the best game possible this year, but also on breaking down walls and bringing the community together," reads a statement on the Activision Blog.

While not available at launch, the Battle Pass will release later this year and offer both free and premium streams. Tiers will be unlocked through COD Points which can be earned simply by playing the game.

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Google Stadia has a release date... for some

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Google Stadia has a release date... for some

Google's new gaming console now has a release date for those that pre-ordered the Founder's Edition – November 19.

The Founder's Edition includes a three-month subscription to Stadia Pro, a limited edition night blue controller, a Chromecast Ultra, and a three-month Buddy Pass to Stadia Pro for a friend.

Stadia Pro is promised to deliver 4K/60fps with 5.1 surround sound, while the Stadia Base service only offers 1080/60fps.

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CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain

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CD Projekt Red doubles-down on microtransaction disdain

CD Projekt Red, the incredible studio behind The Witcher 3(which we just reviewed on the Nintendo Switch) and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 have not been shy about speaking out against the industry's egregious monetisation practices in the past.

During a recent interview at PAX Australia with the folks at Gamespot, CD Projekt Red studio head John Mamais discussed Cyberpunk 2077 and reaffirmed the studios' position against the use of microtransactions. Mamais hit the nail on the head, stating "I think it's a bad idea to do microtransactions after you release a game. It seems like it's very profitable, though. It's probably a hard decision for the guy that runs the business to decide if we should do it or not. But if everyone hates it, why would we do something like that and lose the goodwill of our customers?"

If you've played any game in the last five years, you've likely encountered more than your fair share of shady money-grabbing systems. More and more games are at the mercy of people in suits and shareholders, who push developers to include ways to further squeeze hard-earned dollars from its player base. While plenty of outlets and gamers are rallying against these morally-defunct practices, the fact that companies are still raking in cash from microtransactions.

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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event

Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event

Following the massive black hole event that saw the game world disappear, a trailer has leaked showing what players can expect from Fortnite when it inevitably returns.

Currently, anyone who attempts to log in is greeted by a black hole and is unable to do anything. Rumours have been rife, alluding to the game coming back as Fortnite: Chapter 2. Thanks to the recently leaked video, it looks like the rumours were spot-on. Check out the leaked trailer below.

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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

After a number of leaks regarding loot boxes and microtransactions for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, an Infinity Ward dev has come out to set the record straight.

Joel Emslie, the game's art director took to Reddit in order to put these rumours to bed.

"Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," Emslie wrote. "What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system."

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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

Blizzard Entertainment's president, J. Allen Brack has responded to outcry over a Hearthstone Grandmaster's banning and confiscation of winnings after they voiced support for the protests in Hong Kong.

In a lengthy letter posted on the publisher's site, Brack stated that Blitzchung would now receive his winnings, and that his ban would be reduced from one year to six months.

"We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better," Brack wrote. "In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly."

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

Blizzard's reaction to an on-air call for the liberation of Hong Kong by a Hearthstone Grandmaster has resulted in a backlash that has put the company between a rock and hard place.

During an Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast, Hearthstone Grandmaster, Chung 'blitzchung Ng Wai appeared wearing a gas mask, and declared "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!"

Blizzard has since issued a 12 month ban and revoked his winnings, citing a rule violation that prohibits players from "engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image."

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IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive, the talented studio behind the Hitman series has announced the extension of their deal with publishing giant Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a new game coming to PC and console.

IOI CEO Hakan Abrak stated that the upcoming title would be set in a "new universe", so it's highly likely that the recently opened studio in Sweden is taking the lead.

Abrak further went on to say "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship. IO Interactive has a proud history of creating compelling characters and universes for our players to enjoy--it's in our DNA."

Friday 18 October

Modern Warfare will have a Battle Pass, not Loot Boxes
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Modern Warfare will have a Battle Pass, not Loot Boxes
Call of Duty, not Call of Loot...y
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Thursday 17 October

Riot announces new tactical FPS, fighting game & more
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Riot announces new tactical FPS, fighting game & more
Pay no heed to the toxicity behind the curtain...
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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review
Review
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review
How does an expansion fare from a newly-independent Bungie?

Wednesday 16 October

Google Stadia has a release date... for some
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Google Stadia has a release date... for some
Founder's Edition releases November 19
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Tuesday 15 October

Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event
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Fortnite Chapter 2 trailer leaks following black hole event
It's ok, it'll be back really soon...
CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
Setting the record straight
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Nintendo Switch Review
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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition Nintendo Switch Review
Can CD Projekt Red deliver a technical miracle?
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Monday 14 October

Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
"Our relationships in China had no influence on our decision"
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Sunday 13 October

Grid Review
Review
Grid Review
Do Codemasters deliver a worthy reboot or does it stall at the startline?

Friday 11 October

Thursday 10 October

Win an Awesome Concrete Genie Prize Pack! Update: Comp now closed
Competition
Win an Awesome Concrete Genie Prize Pack! Update: Comp now closed
Be in to win a Digital Game Code, T-Shirt, Plush and Stickers!
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Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters
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Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters
Probably got the know how.
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Wednesday 9 October

PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020
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PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020
Surprise, surprise.
Doom Eternal pushed back to next year
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Doom Eternal pushed back to next year
What do we say when the devil comes knocking? Come back in March!
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Tuesday 8 October

Concrete Genie Review
Review
Concrete Genie Review
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
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Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Review
Review
Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince Review
Fourth trine's the charm or trine too hard?
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Monday 7 October

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Review
Review
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered Review
We'll take any excuse to jump back into this beautiful world!
Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers
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Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers
Oh my, what big hands you have!
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Review
Review
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint Review
Does Ubisoft's latest stand out in the pack or camouflage itself a little too well?
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Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia
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Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia
Coming to the real wild west.

Tuesday 1 October

Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025
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Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025
Looking beyond its Destiny.
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch Review
Review
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch Review
Can Larian continue their amazing winning streak?
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Monday 30 September

The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer
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The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer
But something is in the works for later
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The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Review
Review
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Review
Dear Nintendo, please make more remakes like this!
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World of Warcraft: Classic Review
Review
World of Warcraft: Classic Review
World of Yore-craft

Friday 27 September

Death Stranding has officially gone gold!
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Death Stranding has officially gone gold!
It is actually happening!
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