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  1. Niantic announced that Pokemon Go players were able to complete the Global Challenge for Pokemon Go Berlin. Players earned Ultra Unlock bonuses for the Anniversary Event, which runs until July 12, and for the Battle Weekend, which runs until July 10. Players will also receive new Pokemon, the Unown E*, which will appear in raids. In addition to the Unown E*, Pansear will also appear in raids and the wild. Below is a list of first partner Pokemon that'll know previously featured attacks when evolved during the event: Frenzy Plant (Charged Attack): Bulbasaur, Chikorita, Treecko, Turtwig, SnivyBlast Burn (Charged Attack): Charmander, Cyndaquil, Torchic, Chimchar, TepigHydro Cannon (Charged Attack): Squirtle, Totodile, Mudkip, Piplup, OshawottDragon Breath (Fast Attack): Charmander.Below you'll find everything updated in The Battle Weekend event bonuses: Team Go Rocket balloons will appear every two hoursEnjoy up to 20 Go Battle League sets each dayEarn 5× Stardust from Go Battle League RewardsEnjoy one extra Raid Pass per dayEarn 50% extra XP from Raid BattlesEarn 2 Mysterious Components from defeating Team Go Rocket GruntsEarn 50% extra Stardust from defeating Team Go Rocket Grunts.Encounter Legendary Pokémon in Go Battle League reward encounters at Rank 16 and up.Pokemon is a free-to-play game. You can download it on the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more Pokemon Go news, check out these stories: Pokemon Go's Expanded Social Tool App, Campfire, To Roll Out To Players Over The SummerNew Party Hat Pokemon To Appear For Pokemon Go's Sixth Anniversary EventPokemon Go Dev Cancels Transformers Game And Three Others, Lays Off As Many As 90 - ReportNiantic Addresses Pokemon Go Community Concerns And Offers More Go Fest 2022 DetailsView the full article
  2. Despite loud criticism of its in-game microtransactions, Diablo Immortal has reportedly earned developer Blizzard nearly $50 million in the first month since the free-to-play mobile game's release. The new sales data comes from MobileGamer.biz using information pulled from Appmagic, which tracks mobile game earnings. MobileGamer.biz notes that the $48.9 million earned by Blizzard is after Apple and Google have taken their 30% cut from sales made on the App Store or Google Play, which means overall spending for Diablo Immortal is even higher than $50 million. MobileGamer.biz's report suggests Diablo Immortal spending peaked 10 days after launch on June 11, when Blizzard earned $2.4 million in a single day. In its first week, Blizzard earned nearly $12 million from Diablo Immortal. In fact, there wasn't a single day in the game's first month of availability that in-game spending dipped below $1 million. More than 10 million players have downloaded Diablo Immortal so far, with most of those downloads coming within the first week. It's important to note that Diablo Immortal is not yet available worldwide. Its release in certain parts of Asia was delayed to July 7, and it has been delayed indefinitely in China, which is likely to be the mobile RPG's biggest market. While the game is available in most of Europe, it is banned in the Netherlands and Belgium thanks to local laws regulating gambling and loot boxes. Though the game appears to be doing well for Blizzard financially, Diablo Immortal (which is also available on PC) is by far the worst-received game in the franchise's history. In addition to a poor critical reception, the game's PC version earned the distinction of lowest user score rating in Metacritic history. Many of the complaints longtime Diablo fans have with Diablo Immortal stems from how the game is monetized and the fact that it is pay-to-win, with players who spend more money able to become more powerful than those that don't. While there are no paywalls to access in-game content, the fact that much of Diablo Immortal's endgame revolves around PvP means players who don't spend money may quickly feel as if they are being left behind. Blizzard recently clarified that while the upcoming Diablo IV will include microtransactions and an in-game shop, players will not be able to buy power with real money. View the full article
  3. A new version of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is now available on mobile. While the original Phoenix Wright games have already been on mobile devices, this re-release puts the mobile versions on-par with the vastly improved PC and console versions released in 2019. Those enhancements include improved image and audio quality, plus other quality-of-life improvements. You'll have access to an expanded ten save slots, and there are more language options, including English, Japanese, French, German, Korean, Chinese, and Simplified Chinese. The trilogy includes Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright: Justice For All, and Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations. Those three are the original Phoenix Wright games released on Nintendo DS that introduced western audiences to the series. The previous mobile releases were discontinued in June in preparation for this re-release. The new and improved version of the trilogy can now be purchased for $25. Like all the Phoenix Wright games, these games have you solve mysteries while defending hapless clients falsely accused of crimes. It was followed by several several sequels and spin-offs, including games following Phoenix's protoge Apollo Justice, another starring the prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, a prequel duology set 100 years before Wright's time, and even a crossover with fellow puzzle series Professor Layton. Few of these have been released for mobile devices. View the full article
  4. Square Enix has released new content for its RPG mobile game Echoes Of Mana. The new content will include the "Ice and Fire" scenario event where ice and fire harvest players can summon beloved characters such as Angela, Julius, and others. Players participating in the 31st Anniversary Campaign celebration can obtain an anniversary celebration gift, a special Mana series login bonus, and more. The new "Ice and Fire" scenario event will include an original story with familiar characters in the series. Players who complete event-limited bingo missions can receive a three-star ally Mousseline (Que Sera Sera Ver.) and a three-star memory gem, "Twofold Flame." In addition, players will also earn EP when finishing event quests and using it to trade for unleash material exclusive to Mousseline (Que Sera Sera Ver.) and other items. As a part of the Mana Series 31st-anniversary campaign, all players will be gifted a four-star memory gem illustrated by the popular series artist, Haccan by logging in and collecting the gift from the Missions screen. Other login bonuses will include the following: Mana Series 31st Anniversary Login Bonus – Players can get up to 3,100 Spirit Crystals for logging in for seven days during this login bonus campaign period. The Spirit Crystals will also amount to up to 11 summons for free.Final Fantasy Adventure Anniversary Log-in Bonus – Players can get an exclusive sticker of Marcy from Final Fantasy Adventure that you can use in-game just for logging in.There'll also be new allies featured in the Ice and Fire summons. Such as a new four-star ally Angela (Shining Magic Power Ver.) and four-star ally Julius (Tactical Mage of Manipulation Ver.). A new four-star memory gem, "Book of Curing," will also be included, and the first ten summons will also be available for half the cost. Echoes Of Mana is a free-to-play mobile game. You can download it on the App Store and Google Play. For more Echoes Of Mana news, check out these stories: Legend Of Mana's Elazul And Lady Blackpearl Coming To Echoes Of ManaSquare Enix's Mana Series Is Getting Two New Games And An Anime SeriesView the full article
  5. If you’re in the market for a highly affordable laptop that can handle all your daily tasks, this refurbished HP Business Chromebook is up to the challenge. Not only does it include a 9.5-hour battery life and 16GB hard disk, but it’s on sale for just $40, making this a great option for anyone seeking a budget laptop for use with basic web browsing and productivity thanks to Google's suite of apps. Rounding out the HP Business Chromebook is a 2.58GHz Celeron processor, 2GB RAM, and 1600 Hz memory speed. Each purchase also comes with a wall adapter and power cord. Units are expected to start shipping next week and come with a 30-day return policy. If you need something a bit more robust, consider checking out our best cheap gaming laptop list. We’ve also pulled together a bunch of early Prime Day laptop deals, which includes MacBooks, gaming laptops, and productivity powerhouses. View the full article
  6. Ubisoft has announced two more presentations for the year, which will begin with a Skull And Bones showcase on July 7 at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET and a Ubisoft Forward event in September. For the Skull And Bones spotlight, Ubisoft explained on its blog that it will provide an in-depth look at the upcoming open-world multiplayer pirate game on its YouTube or Twitch. Set during the Golden Age of Piracy, it hasn't been smooth sailing for Skull And Bones since it was first announced at E3 2017 and underwent numerous changes over the years. In April, a lengthy gameplay video emerged from a Skull And Bones technical test and the game has recently been rated by the ESRB, with one leaker claiming that it'll be released in November. For the September 10 event that kicks off at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET, Ubisoft says that fans can expect multiple game announcements. The company didn't reveal more than that, but several of its in-development games are already public knowledge. The latest Nintendo Direct revealed more details on the next Mario + Rabbids game, a Splinter Cell remake is in the works, and it's possible that the constantly delayed Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake could also make an appearance. Then there are Ubisoft's other big franchises, such as Far Cry, Just Dance, and its Avatar tie-in game. After these Ubisoft Forward events there's also an Assassin's Creed spotlight to look forward to later in September. A celebration of the 15th anniversary of the franchise, it could shed more light on the live service Assassin's Creed Infinity (codename) project and the rumored smaller-scale Assassin's Creed Valhalla spin-off. View the full article
  7. Apex Legends Mobile's latest Arsenal Drop is now available in the portable battle royale's in-game store. The Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop features a collection of 20 cosmetic items, from stat trackers to Legendary skins. The cosmetics are unlocked at random, and each reward has a different probability of being unlocked. But Arsenal Drops are far from simple, often utilizing complicated purchase methods that can be a little confusing (and involve a lot of math). Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of the Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop--including exactly how much cash you'll need to shell out to snag all 20 cosmetics. Getting startedWhen you open the Apex Legends Mobile App, a splash screen advertising the Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop will appear. Select "Go!" to be taken directly to the event screen. If you've already closed the window, however, you can find the new Arsenal Drop by selecting the store tab on the main lobby screen, then navigating to the Emporium page, where you will find a link to the event. With patience, you can also find the event page by waiting for the event's banner ad to appear on the right side of the lobby. Loot box pricesThe Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop does not allow cosmetics to be directly purchased. Instead, players can pay to open a loot box with Syndicate Gold. Once payment is made, one of the event's 20 cosmetic items will be randomly unlocked. There are no duplicate items, so once you unlock a prize, it is removed from the loot pool. But the cost of opening a box increases with each round. While the first box is only 45 Syndicate Gold (roughly $0.50 USD), the next box costs 65 Syndicate Gold. Here's a round-by-round breakdown of the cost of each loot box: Box #1: 45 SGBox #2: 65 SGBox #3: 100 SGBox #4: 120 SGBox #5: 150 SGBox #6: 250 SGBox #7: 350 SGBox #8: 450 SGBox #9: 550 SGBox #10: 650 SGBox #11: 750 SGBox #12: 850 SGBox #13: 950 SGBox #14: 1,050 SGBox #15: 1,150 SGBox #16: 1,250 SGBox #17: 1,400 SGBox #18: 1,600 SGBox #19: 1,800 SGBox #20: 2,300 SGIf your goal is to unlock the entire collection, you will need a total of 15,830 Syndicate Gold--equivalent to about $159 USD. But because Syndicate Gold can only be purchased in bundles from the in-game shop, it will actually cost you roughly $175 USD to obtain the complete cosmetic collection. The Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop page, featuring Fade's Phase Engineer skinOdds and prizesThe event's cosmetics are separated into six tiers, each of which have a specific probability listed next to them on the event screen. These are the odds of unlocking a cosmetic from each tier, along with the cosmetics included in each tier. Tier six: 50% Winning Kills Gibraltar stat trackerKills as kill leader Gibraltar stat trackerWins Gibraltar stat trackerLet's Do This Gibraltar emoji (Epic)Hey There Lifeline emoji (Epic)Tier five: 33% Do Not Cross Bangalore Skin (Rare)Lifeline Pack Lifeline banner frame (Epic)Endless Black Hole Fade banner frame (Epic)Intergalactic avatar frame (Epic)Tier four: 10% Stainless RE45 skin (Epic)Support Steel Sentinel skin (Epic)Haka Gibraltar emote (Legendary)Helping Hand Lifeline holospray (Epic)Tier three: 5% Phase Engineer Fade skin (Epic)Destruction Boss Caustic skin (Epic)Energy Shield Gibraltar banner frame (Legendary)Tier two: 1.5% Machine Surgeon Lifeline skin (Legendary)The Demolisher Peacekeeper skin (Legendary)Tier one: 0.5% Earth Mover Gibraltar skin (Legendary)Pressure Point Hemlock skin (Legendary)Curiously, a look at the in-game event description lists different odds for each tier. This appears to be a mistake on the part of the developers. It is not clear which set of odds is correct, but we've reached out to EA for more details and will update this story if we receive a reply. The odds listed in the event description are as follows: Tier six: 50%Tier five: 31%Tier four: 10%Tier three: 5%Tier two: 3%Tier one: 1%Apex Legends Mobile does not currently have any Heirloom weapons, so unlocking at 20 cosmetics won't grant you a special reward. Once you unlock all of the cosmetics you've had your eye on, there is no reason to continue opening loot boxes. The Demolition Crew Arsenal Drop will be live in the in-game store for the next 12 days, so players have plenty of time to save up Syndicate Gold and decide which cosmetics they want to unlock. But if the Demolition Crew cosmetics don't catch your eye, you may wish to try out the Frontline Battalion Phase Heist, another random-roll event with slightly different rules. Apex Legends Mobile is available for download on iOS and Android. View the full article
  8. A revamped version of the popular co-op mode for Skyrim, entitled Skyrim Together Reborn, will release on July 8 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET. One of the developers announced the release on Reddit, also stating that support for previous versions of the mods is over. The mod supports 2-8 players. NPCs, quests, and items/equipment are fully synced between players. Upon death in the wild, players spawn nearby, and they spawn at the entrance of a dungeon if death occurs there. You can even play with mods, though it is recommended that everyone play with the same mods in the same load order. Upcoming features include weather syncing, shared map markers, and a scripting API to allow more customizable servers and better mod compatibility. Understandably, changing a massive single-player game into a co-op experience is extremely difficult. The project is run by students in their free time. It goes without saying that there will be unforeseen bugs and issues. However, the team promises that it will be a massive improvement over previous versions of the mod. If you are interested in playing Skyrim Together, you should check out the specific instructions on how to download and install it. However, you should also keep in mind that the mod is designed for Skyrim Special Edition version 1.6 on Steam. The devs recommend playing without the Anniversary paid mod pack. The mod is not playable with VR, console, Legendary, and Game Pass editions of the game or with any version of Skyrim before the 1.6 Anniversary update. Many of the same developers were also working on a Fallout Together mod for Fallout 4. This is currently on hiatus, as making even one of these mods is a tremendous effort. View the full article
  9. Cuphead: The Delicious Last Course is a beautiful slice of illustrative chaos. Studio MDHR's take on DLC invites players to Inkwell Isle IV as Cuphead and Mugman are summoned to a far away place to find ingredients for a Wondertart and bring their ghost friend Legendary Chalice back to life. There are new bosses, gauntlets, and tiny minions to rage at, and the new playable character, Ms. Chalice, has six new weapons and charms to assist her through secret puzzle fights, time trials, and S-Rank runs on the way to a full 100% playthrough. The new weapons (Converge, Crackshot, Twist Up) and charms (Astral Cookie, Broken Rellic, Heart Ring) can be obtained by progressing the main storyline and getting all 16 coins on Inkwell Isle IV. So find a Mausoleum, take a trip to Porkrind's Emporium, and dive into the DLC with our guide. For more, here's How To Start The DLC and How To Get All Coins on Inkwell Isle IV. ConvergeConverge makes anteaters a little less terrifying.Converge is your best friend on Inkwell Isle IV. The new weapon art is a full screen piercing three-way shot that fires three charged electricity bolts and passes through any enemies its hits. Its spread can be narrowed by holding the lock button (R1/RB) and its directional use makes it a necessity for well defended targets and DLC boss fights that constantly chuck smaller minions at you (Glumstone The Giant, The Moonshine Mob). It's a brilliant add-on for crowd control and creating space, and its own EX Move, the Electro Bolt, fires a much wider horizontal electric beam across the screen that pierces through nearby targets and will convince anyone to live out their Inkwell mecha fantasies. CrackshotEven Crackshot won't save you from gnome memes.As a home-brewed hybrid of Chaser and Spread, Crackshot fires a rhombus-shaped projectile that will eventually break apart and aim straight for the closest hitbox possible. The pink crystals aren't deadly accurate but they do deal more base damage in close-quarters and come with the P. Turret super--a pink(er) Saturn-like planet that acts as a turret and can be parried into bosses or used for an edge in movement. It's not as effective as Converge, but Crackshot's versatility automatically shines in chaotic fights and brief hot flashes of hyper-precise platforming that almost never feels real. Twist UpMugman and Twist Up are a match made in heaven.Twist Up is a weapon art for the Mega Man 2 diehards. The unofficial tribute to Air Man is the new Lobber and Roundabout as it fires three mini tornado projectiles in an upwards trajectory and can charge up a Cyclone Spiral that will hit enemies up to six times before spinning off the screen. The super is a bit more reliable than the rapid-fire shot against larger mobs, but timing the weapon's arch can turn intimidating fights (Graveyard Boss, The Howling Aces) into an afternoon warmup. Astral CookieMs. Chalice is a menace that won't be stopped.The Astral Cookie is an all-in-one charm (of sorts) that's given by Chef Saltbaker at the beginning of The Delicious Last Course as it allows players to take control of Ms. Chalice in place of Cuphead and Mugman. It adds one extra health pip and grants access to a different moveset as Ms. Chalice has a double jump, a parry dash, and a slightly OP invincible dodge roll--three mechanics that can be used in tandem to get more vertical height and to parry pink objects through traffic. The recipe can make the traditional controls a lot more confusing, but the Astral Cookie is an added bonus for Cuphead completionists and anyone who needs an excuse to 1v1 ol' Goopy Le Grande one more time. Broken RelicEverything at Porkrind's is going, going, gone.The Broken Relic is a charm that can be purchased from Porkrind's Emporium for one coin. It doesn't have any effects but it can be activated via a series of puzzles, secret boss fights, and cursed artifacts that will make you re-evaluate your Cuphead skills. For more on the DLC secret, check out our guide on "How To Solve The Graveyard Puzzle With The Broken Relic". Heart RingHeart Rings come with nice things and no strings.There's parkour and then there's equipping the Heart Ring in The Delicious Last Course. The charm is a must for parry nerds and P. Sugar/Whetstone abusers as it restores one HP to the player for their first, third, and sixth successful parries. It sounds simple, but like the Heart and Twin Heart charms, the Heart Ring doesn't affect damage and is more useful for extensive boss fights and parry-focused challenges like The King's Champions and The King's Gauntlet. It can't be used with Ms. Chalice due to the lack of dual charms, but it can be equipped to finish up a 100% run of Inkwell Isles I to III. View the full article
  10. Pokemon Legends: Arceus brought a bold new approach to the long-running Pokemon franchise, tasking you with building the Sinnoh region’s first Pokedex. If you held out on picking up this wonderful series-altering entry, your patience has paid off--today you can snag a used copy for just $35 at GameFly. Buy at GameFlyGameFly is only running the deal for used versions of Pokemon Legends: Arceus. However, free shipping is included with your purchase and most locations will see their game arrive within two business days. Used copies of GameFly games come with the original case and any inserts that come with new copies. Since this is a Switch cartridge, you don't have to worry about scratches like you would a preowned disc-based physical game. This is the best price we've seen for Arceus, and we wouldn't be surprised if it sold out fast. You don't need to be a paying GameFly member to take advantage of the savings, although a free 30-day trial is also available for interested customers. Pokemon Legends: Arceus marks the first big change for the series in years. Instead of roaming around challenging gym leaders, you’re set free in a sprawling world filled with Pokemon--many of which you can catch without entering combat. You can also discover a handful of mountable Pokemon that make it easy to get around the striking landscapes of Sinnoh. Our Pokemon Legends: Arceus review gave it an 8/10, praising it for taking risks that help breathe new life into the long-running series. “Though it's a spin-off, Pokemon Legends: Arceus isn't lending the Pokemon trappings to an entirely different set of mechanics like the Mystery Dungeon or Stadium series," wrote critic Steve Watts. “Instead, this game reimagines Pokemon's core mechanics--finding and catching Pokemon and battling with them--within the new context of exploring vast 3D open spaces. The result is sometimes messy and doesn't always work, but its distinct qualities set it apart from the core series and ultimately elevate it.” View the full article
  11. If you missed out on Horizon Forbidden West when it launched earlier this year, consider picking up a PS5 or PS4 version today for only $35. The deal at GameFly isn’t likely to last long--so be sure to swing by and cash in on the savings while you can. Deals on Horizon Forbidden West have been rare since launch, and we've never seen it discounted anywhere close to this price. Buy at GameFly (PS5)Buy at GameFly (PS4) GameFly is offering the used version of Horizon Forbidden West for just $35 for either PlayStation platform. Preowned games purchased from GameFly come in the original case and include any inserts that were included with new copies. We've purchased numerous used games from GameFly and received near-mint discs each time. You don’t need to be a subscribing member to take advantage of the discount, although you will need to create a free account prior to checkout. Free shipping is included and select locations will receive the game within two days of their purchase. Horizon Forbidden West is a fantastic game that was somewhat overshadowed by the February launch of Elden Ring--which you can grab for $40 at GameFly. Forbidden West continues Aloy’s journey to save the world, this time taking her westward to a sprawling region filled with new threats, tribes, quests, and a whole lot of new weapons. Our Horizon Forbidden West review gave it an 8/10, calling it a “delightful open-world experience.” "Horizon Forbidden West does a lot more right than it does wrong,” wrote critic Phil Hornshaw. “It might be jam-packed with stuff to see, do, know, and remember, but when its many systems come together, it can be a beautiful, exciting, and delightful open-world experience. There's a huge amount to do and see in Horizon Forbidden West, and the great majority of it is worth doing and seeing thanks to strong writing, great visuals, and some marked improvements to the series' underlying ideas.” For more deals, make sure to check out our Amazon Prime Day 2022 hub, which houses all of our roundups of early discounts ahead of the sales event on July 12-13. View the full article
  12. The European Commission has announced that Amazon will have to make the process of canceling Prime in Europe easier. The news, announced via a press release from the European Commission on July 1, means consumers from the European Union and European Economic Area will be able to cancel their subscription all within two clicks. While the UK is no longer a member of the EU, subscribers in the territory will also benefit from this change. Amazon Prime's old (left) vs new (right) cancelation page.It's noted that there will be a "prominent and clear 'cancel button'". The change comes due to Amazon needing to comply with EU rules on consumer protection, and with the unfair commercial practices directive. Speaking to The Verge, an Amazon spokesperson reportedly wouldn't answer if similar changes would come to the US, saying it has "no changes to announce at this time." Also speaking to The Verge, spokesperson Bradley Mattinger said "Customer transparency and trust are top priorities for us. By design we make it clear and simple for customers to both sign up for or cancel their Prime membership. We continually listen to feedback and look for ways to improve the customer experience, and have no changes to announce at this time." These changes are a result of a complaint from the European Consumer Organization, the Norwegian Consumer Council, and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue. The Commission completed a report on the cancelation practices, noting "a large number of hurdles to unsubscribe" including "skewed wording" and "confusing choices." The change will be implemented across all of Amazon's EU websites, as well as on all devices, including desktop, mobile, and tablet. Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders said in a statement, "Consumers must be able to exercise their rights without any pressure from platforms. One thing is clear: manipulative design or “dark patterns” must be banned. I welcome Amazon's commitment to simplify their practices to allow consumers to unsubscribe freely and easily." If you're not planning on canceling your subscription any time soon, you can check out GameSpot's Amazon Prime Day 2022 hub for all the best deals. View the full article
  13. A new EA studio helmed by the co-creator of Halo is looking for a design director to help build a single-player campaign featuring "rich, exciting stories with memorable characters in the Battlefield universe," according to a job listing. The listing seems to confirm that the new Battlefield Seattle Studio helmed by Marcus Lehto of ex-Bungie fame will indeed be working on campaign experiences for Battlefield, which was hinted at late last year when EA announced it would be creating a "Battlefield universe" that would span multiple games from various EA studios. According to the job listing, the game's design director will work to "design the vision of a new Battlefield campaign," and will "orchestrate the mission design, narrative, game mechanics, and systems to create the highest quality experience possible." The position also states the design director will need to "embrace the core tenets of the Battlefield franchise and make sure they are woven through all layers of a masterfully designed single-player campaign." While Battlefield as a franchise is typically associated with large-scale multiplayer mayhem, most entries in the series have traditionally included campaign modes. However, Battlefield 2042, the most recent entry in the franchise that released last year to middling reviews, does not. Battlefield 2042 recently received its first season of new content, with developer DICE having used the time since the game's November 2021 launch to bring improvements to nearly every aspect of the game, ranging from gunplay to map design. The game's poor reception led to rumors that EA and DICE plan to only do the bare minimum when it comes to supporting Battlefield 2042 post-launch, rumors EA has dismissed as being untrue. DICE recently confirmed it would be "winding down" the game's Hazard Zone mode, a squad-based, battle royale-esque mode that alongside All-Out-Warfare and Battlefield Portal made up one of the game's three core pillars. New DICE general manager Rebecka Coutaz recently tried to explain what happened with Battlefield 2042's rocky launch, saying that "everybody was disappointed." EA in an earnings report earlier this year stated Battlefield 2042 did not meet the company's internal expectations, but did not cite specific sales numbers. View the full article
  14. Welcome back to another, slightly shorter, week of Wordle. Today is July 5 and I hope everyone had a safe holiday! Today's word, perhaps aware of how much a long weekend can take folks out of it, is a relative breeze that everyone should be able to get. Plus, you've all got me to help too, so let's get into it. Have you tried today's Wordle yet? It's a pretty straightforward word, both in terms of its construction and definition. After some of the words we were being served last week (whom amongst us has ever heard the word "egret" used literally ever?), today's answer is a genuine breath of fresh, relaxed air. If you're looking for an even easier time with today's Wordle, why don't you use our handy list of the best starting words in the game? You're bound to find a word or two that'll get you most of the way there. Plus, there's a handful of great tips players can use in their everyday Wordle-ing! Today's Wordle Answer - July 5, 2022As always, your answer is waiting at the very bottom, but until then, here's a handful of tips from yours truly that should give a pretty good idea of today's word. Hint 1: Today's Wordle is part of the title of one of the most popular multiplayer FPS series of all time, although it has unfortunately had a downturn the last few years thanks to some recent releases.Hint 2: Today's answer is also part of a term in gaming that relates to how much of the world you can see at any given point. It's frequently an adjustable setting in games and originally appeared almost exclusively on PC, though many console games come with this feature now too.Have you gotten today's Wordle? I've got your back so don't sweat it. Today's Wordle is…field. Unfortunately, I was talking about Battlefield, which has been my favorite multiplayer FPS series for about a decade. While I fell off the games in order to make room for other things, it was great seeing it reach the heights it did, especially with Battlefield 1, which has made the current state of Battlefield 2042 a huge bummer. Battlefield was actually also how I learned about field of view, a setting which has changed the way I enjoy games as a primarily console player. The second I can, I crank that bad boy up way too high. There's just so much power in being able to see so much more than usual and it almost feels like it speeds the game up, even if I know it logically doesn't. That's all for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow for more Wordle. In the meantime, let's all go to an actual field and touch some grass! View the full article
  15. Call of Duty's upcoming DMZ mode is not a free-to-play Warzone offering, and is instead included with Modern Warfare 2, according to a new report. Unnamed sources in a report from Try Hard Guides express frustration with the lack of clarity and emphasize that expectations should be tempered. One source describes DMZ as “just another mode.” It was also reported that DMZ will launch with Modern Warfare 2 and steadily evolve over time, rather than release with feature-parity with a long-established game like Escape From Tarkov. Past leaks have suggested that DMZ is an Escape from Tarkov-inspired mode, based around extraction and lasting consequences for death. Exact details of the mode, and its relationship to features in Escape from Tarkov, remain scarce. Leaks have also suggested that it will use the same map as free-to-play Warzone 2, slated to launch at the same time as Modern Warfare 2. These details, combined with the knowledge that Call of Duty will not have any major releases in 2023, led to conclusions that DMZ would act as a free-to-play stopgap between paid releases. Activision Blizzard is still embroiled in controversy after lawsuits and widespread accusations of workplace abuse and harassment. Recently, Microsoft started the process to acquire the massive company and formally agreed to recognize a union. Workers at Raven Software QA recently organized a union and have entered into negotiations with Activision Blizzard. View the full article
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