• I played some Spellbreak earlier in the year: it’s an upcoming battle royale from developer Proletariat that ditches the guns and grenades in favor of mages armed with magic spells. Spells also include electric blasts, toxic fumes, ice magic, and wind powers that let you summon tornadoes, and many of these powers can be combined with each other. We once speculated what a Marvel battle royale would be like, and Spellbreak is the next best thing. With all the powers on display, it really makes you
    Spellbreak's mage-based battle royale turns you into a magical superhero

  • Back in the multimedia age—or, less fancifully, the ‘90s—developers treated installers as the front door to their game. Age of EmpiresLike the game itself, Age of Empire’s installer strives to create a sense of industry, even as I pick a drive directory. It’s as if a nascent civilisation was travelling through the wires of my machine, clearing space for a truly important game. Would sir care to play an arcade game while his adventure game is copying files? As the files copy, each worm detonates
    The nostalgic joy of '90s style PC game installers

  • Millions of people have been staring the black hole that was once Fortnite for the better part of a day now, but the question of when the next season begins remains. In China, however, the update is allegedly already available. Fortnite: Chapter 2 is now available for download for Fortnite China. Fortnite China just announced that the new chapter starts on October 15! So far, Epic’s giving nothing away, and the black hole remains.
    Fortnite Chapter 2 is allegedly available to preload in China

  • (Image credit: HP)Are you on the hunt for a gaming PC with no limits? If so, Best Buy currently has one of HP’s high-end Omen Obelisk desktops for $1,299.99—a $100 drop from the previous price and $700 below the original MSRP. The full specifications of this build include a 6-core/12-thread Intel Core i7-8700 processor, 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM, a 256GB PCIe boot SSD, a 2TB 7200rpm hard drive for extra storage, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 graphics card. Windows 10 Home is also preinstalled. T
    This gaming PC with a Core i7 CPU and an RTX 2080 is down to $1,300

  • Football Manager 2020 is only a month away, once again combining the popular hobbies of football and looking at loads of data. My news editor predecessor, Joe Donnely, called Football Manager 2019 “the most comprehensive footie management simulation around,” giving it a whopping 90. I’ve been informed by lots of people that if I was to ever be seduced by a sporty game (at least one that’s not set in the future) it would be Football Manager. I’m all about my dense menus and fiddling around with a
    Football Manager 2020 kicks off in November

  • The Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1 trailer leaked this morning, briefly shared via the SkinTrackerCom Twitter account before being removed for unknown reasons. We’re not sure where the video was obtained either, but have reached out to SkinTrackerCom for more information. I don’t recognize any of those landmarks, and since water’s in play, a fresh start feels necessary. I’m cool with that, long as the builders aren’t compromised, and in tandem with the new (controversial) matchmaking system, maybe
    Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 1 Battle Pass trailer leaked, shows off new map, boats, fishing

  • In one swing, Postal 4 has been announced and released today with a mayhem-making trailer (below) followed by launching to Steam’s Early Access program. The Early Access version of Postal 4 so far only features the Monday list of errands to complete. The “Early Access” section of Postal 4’s Steam page is lengthy, detailing a laundry-list of features yet to come. Running With Scissors has a public roadmap via Trello that you can use to keep track of Postal 4’s development. You can find Postal 4:
    Postal 4 announced and launched on Steam Early Access today

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward is not developing a loot box or supply drop system, according to art director Joel Emslie. While the previous game, Treyarch’s Black Ops 4, locks cosmetic and functional items inside loot boxes, that’s not the plan with Modern Warfare. “There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare,” he said. Black Ops 4 wasn’t rife with microtransactions with it launched, either, but loot boxes eventually slipped in wi
    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare art director says no loot box system is in development

  • Link to license: bit.ly/1mhaR6e)The co-chief executive of ESL has told staff to avoid discussing the ongoing protests in Hong Kong. In a Slack message seen by the Hong Kong Free Press, Ralf Reichert told staff “to not actively engage in the discussion, especially on social media”. “Therefore, we would like to suggest to not actively engage in the discussion, especially on social media,” he said. A spokesperson for ESL said that Reichert’s message was a “reminder to ESL employees about the genera
    ESL chief tells staff to avoid discussing Hong Kong protests

  • Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng Wai, the Hearthstone Grandmaster who was suspended by Blizzard after calling for Hong Kong’s liberation, has responded to the statement in which Blizzard walked his suspension back from a year to six months and reinstated his winnings. He finished by answering the question a lot of his fans have been asking: Whether he’ll be returning to competitive Hearthstone. I will take this time to relax myself to decide if I am staying in competitive hearthstone scene or not.” He fini
    Suspended Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung responds to Blizzard's statement

  • Swedish developer Starbreeze had to restructure following poor sales of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, laying off staff and selling the publishing rights to games like System Shock 2 and Psychonauts 2. They’re apparently not dead yet, however, with a blog post saying cash flow is predicted to tick up, in part due to the release of the next game in the popular multiplayer bank-heist series. “The company estimates that these cash flows will be positive, based on expected new publishing agreements in
    Starbreeze expect to release Payday 3 in either 2022 or 2023

  • In honor of the USA’s just-passed National Coming Out Day on October 11, Steam has put a bunch of games by LGBTQ+ developers or about LGBTQ+ themes on sale. The sale runs until October 15, although some games will remain discounted until October 16. Oh, and Life is Strange is 80% off as well. This promotion has vanished off the front of Steam now but here’s the sale page. The LGBTQ+ sale is already showing that games which normally don’t typically receive much attention from the big old carousel
    Steam is having an LGBTQ+ games sale

  • (Image credit: Gearbox Software)Gearbox has finally stopped nerfing Borderlands 3’s robot vault hunter FL4K. In a Borderlands 3 update last week, Gearbox added a two-second cooldown to the skill because it was “returning much more ammo than intended”. Now, it has reduced the cooldown to 0.3 seconds, which might be a good middle ground. The new cooldown should “retain the promise of the ability” without making it super-powered again, it said in patch notes this week. It was creating “overwhelming
    Gearbox finally shows FL4K some love in latest Borderlands 3 patch

  • (Image credit: Respawn)If you’ve dropped into Apex Legends since the start of Season 3 then you’ll know the new Charge Rifle energy sniper is pretty damned good. Many players have complained that it’s OP, and Respawn appears to agree: the game’s future update Trello board shows that a “Charge Rifle weapon balance” is in the works. “Current Charge Rifle balance is not where it should be. That doesn’t give much away, and you could read it to say the weapon’s actually going to get more powerful. It
    Apex Legends' Charge Rifle will be nerfed soon

  • (Image credit: Daybreak)Daybreak Games has laid off multiple employees, including some that were working on battle royale Planetside Arena, which went into Early Access last month. The scale of the layoffs at the H1Z1 and Planetside 2 studio is not yet clear, but one developer who lost his job said multiple teams had been hit, while Planetside Arena’s lead designer said his team had “lost some really good people today”. In a statement to Gamasutra, Daybreak Games confirmed it had laid off “some
    Daybreak Games makes multiple layoffs, including on Planetside Arena team

  • The discovery of a new GTA: San Andreas speedrun trick that skips you forward to the game’s final mission has slashed the world record from nearly four hours to just 26 minutes. The new record holder is Powdinet, and you can see their run in the video above. “With the ability to execute any line of script code, we can warp to any mission we want,” Powdinet explains. Now, they’ve finally managed to make it work, and they expect other speedrunners to shave even more time off the record by using th
    New GTA: San Andreas speedrun trick cuts world record from 4 hours to 26 minutes

  • You play healer Princess Remedy, who must cure those affected by a huge tower that’s sprung from the ground, lifting entire towns with it and spreading diseases. You can download and keep the game at any time before Tuesday 6pm BST/10am PT: just head over to its Steam page. Princess Remedy 2 is a prequel to Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt, which has always been free-to-play. If you like the prequel, grab the original here. Developer Ludosity is known for making small, polished games such as t
    This Steam game from Ittle Dew devs Ludosity is free to keep this weekend

  • (Image credit: CD Projekt Red)We know that Cyberpunk 2077 will eventually have multiplayer—but if CD Projekt Red’s Krakow office head John Mamais gets his way, it won’t be the last time players jump into the Cyberpunk universe with their friends. He told GameSpot that the possibility of a multiplayer-focused game in the universe remains open, adding that he’s hoping to make more Cyberpunk games in future. When asked about multiplayer in Cyberpunk 2077, Mamais said CD Projekt Red now has the capa
    Multiplayer-focused Cyberpunk game a possibility, says senior CD Projekt Red developer

  • Thunderbolt 3 can now do everything USB-C can and more, and even looks like a USB-C, since they have the same port shape. But they aren’t the same—you can’t connect a USB-C cable to a Thunderbolt 3 port, or vice versa. This brief breakdown of the differences between Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C should help clear things up, so that you know what you’re getting when reading spec sheets. All around, it has greater performance when it comes to video and audio output, and data transfer, than a USB-C. But s
    Thunderbolt 3 vs USB-C: what's the difference?

  • Brack emphasized that the views expressed by Blitzchung—”Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age! “—were not a factor in determining his punishment, and that “our relationships in China had no influence on our decision.” Nonetheless, Brack acknowledged that Blitzchung had conducted himself fairly in his matches, and therefore should receive his prizing, which had been voided in the original ruling. “But playing fair also includes appropriate pre-and post-match conduct, especially when a player
    'Our relationships in China had no influence' on Blitzchung punishment, Blizzard says

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