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  1. Microsoft threw down the gauntlet for next generation recently with their purchase of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, and in the wake of the deal there's been a lot of speculation about what it all means for the Xbox Series X. Microsoft has said that this isn't just about exclusives, and there could be some truth to this--not only with Microsoft benefit from having Bethesda's games on Game Pass, but they didn't just pick up games in this sale. Windows Central has noted that Microsoft's purchase gives them access to Orion, the streaming tech Bethesda announced at E3 2019. The technology was touted as "a game- and platform-agnostic technology that optimizes game engines for streaming," but the technology might be less platform-agnostic following this sale. Orion's stated goal is to stream games at low bandwidth with high-settings--making accessible the sort of game experiences that are often reserved only for people with powerful PC set-ups. The technology aims to cut latency down and deliver an excellent streaming experience. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  2. EA Sports has announced more details around the Madden NFL 21 Championship Series competitive gaming tournament, but this wasn't the usual info dump about players, teams, or the league format. Instead, EA specifically announced all of the new and returning sponsors for this year's event, and they are all over the place. The Madden NFL Championship Series will have the most sponsors in the league's history, with almost double the number of ad-buyers compared to last year's event, EA said in a news release. One of the new sponsors this year is Oakley, which is launching a new gaming glasses line this year called Prizm. These are Oakley's first glasses--or optical solution, as Oakley calls it--that were designed specifically for gaming. NFL player Derwin James, who can't compete on the field this year due to an injury, is participating in a special tournament called Derwin James vs. The World, and he'll use the new Prizm glasses during his matches. You can watch last week's event in the video above. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons has received many updates since its launch back in March, with seasonal updates adding new items, mechanics, and challenges to the game. Now, as northern hemisphere players experience fall (while spring has sprung for the southern hemisphere), Nintendo has promised that the next seasonal update is approaching. A post on Nintendo Canada's website about upcoming free updates for Switch games, picked up on by Animal Crossing World, has revealed that a fall update is coming soon. "There's another free update around the corner," the post reads. "Be prepared for seasonal in-game events and activities, plus some spook-tacular tricks and treats," it continues. This makes it pretty clear that the next update will be Halloween-themed. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  4. Rockstar Games has announced what's new in Red Dead Online this week, and it includes new legendary bears to hunt down, along with a variety of sales and other events. But we're mainly here to talk about bears. Two new legendary bears, the Owiza and Ridgeback Spirit bears are now part of the wildlife in Red Dead Redemption 2's online mode. The Owiza bear can be found near the Dakota River, and Rockstar warns it is easily aggravated, so be careful. Also of note is that this bear is more active at night, and even more so during heavy rain. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  5. Super Mario 3D All-Stars, the recently released Switch compilation of 3D Mario platformers, has been a big sales success in the UK. 3D All-Stars has had one of the year's best launches in the country, and ranks fairly high in Nintendo's all-time list, too. According to Gamesindustry.biz, 3D All-Stars was the best-selling physical game in the UK last week, tracking ahead of Marvel's Avengers (which saw a sales decrease of 46% compared to the previous week). It was the third biggest opening for any game this year in the country, behind only The Last of Us: Part II and Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Nintendo's bundle featuring HD ports of Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy for Switch is the third biggest game launch of the year in the UK, after Sony's The Last of Us: Part II and another Nintendo staple, Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  6. One of the new features in NHL 21 is Hut Rush, which is a faster-paced version of the standard Hockey Ultimate Team (HUT). EA Sports has now published a new gameplay video for it and shared some additional details about what to expect. HUT Rush has a "Style Scoring" system which, as its name suggests, rewards players for scoring goals with style moves. There is a multiplier system so you can chain moves together to score the highest possible amount of points. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  7. Right on schedule, the fourth title update for Madden NFL 21 is now available, and it's a big one. The September 22 patch introduces a series of new player abilities, makes fixes and tuning changes for several issues, and addresses bugs with Franchise, Madden Ultimate Team, and The Yard. One of the most notable fixes in this patch is for the bug that could cause the kick meter to "hitch" during field goal tries. Many complained about the kick meter bugging out, causing frustration and missed extra points in some scenarios. In GameSpot's Madden NFL 21 review, we said there was "fairly extreme lag" that could cause kicks to go array. In terms of the new abilities, these include Run Committed and Pass Committed, which help defenders break up plays. Another new ability is called Deflator, and this causes increased fatigue-related penalties when using an aggressive tackle on a ball-carrier. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  8. Assassin's Creed Valhalla is releasing later this year, and the Assassin's Creed UK Twitter account posted a video looking back at the history of the series' most iconic weapon, the Hidden Blade, to celebrate. However, fans were quick to note something off about the video--it only featured men. While the Assassin's Creed series has predominantly featured male protagonists, there have been several major women across the franchise, several of them playable. Most notable was the absence of Aveline de Grandpré, star of Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, the first playable woman in the Assassin's Creed series. The tweet has since been followed up on and a new video has been posted, featuring Aveline and several other women from the series. You can watch it below. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  9. Destiny 2 has just expanded greatly for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The game's two major expansions, Forsaken and Shadowkeep, are both available now for subscribers, making the entire Destiny 2 experience a part of Game Pass. The two expansions add new story missions, planets, weapons, and much more to Destiny 2, and let you level up your guardians to a much higher Light level. If you've only dabbled in Destiny 2, these expansions will let you dive deep. Destiny 2 went free-to-play some time ago, but these expansions have cost money since they launched. The next expansion, Beyond Light, will also be available on Game Pass on the day of its release, November 10. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  10. September 22 was a big day for Xbox, with preorders for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles opening up worldwide. Similar to the preorder situation with the PlayStation 5, it was something of a fiasco for the new Microsoft consoles. Despite that, Microsoft's next-gen consoles got off to a hot start, it seems. "We are humbled by the record-breaking demand for the Xbox Series X and S," Microsoft said on Twitter. "Huge thanks to everyone for the excitement.". For those who didn't get an Xbox on the first preorder day, Microsoft advised people to speak with their preferred retailer for updates on preorder availability. The company also mentioned that it will have additional stock of the new consoles available for launch on November 10. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  11. While Halo Infinite might be delayed until 2021, the Halo engine keeps on chugging with a big new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. First and foremost, Halo 3: ODST is out now on PC--you can grab it on Steam, the Microsoft Store, or Xbox Game Pass for PC. It's the fifth game in the package to come to PC, following Halo: Reach, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3. The sixth game in the package, Halo 4, will be released at some point later in 2020. ODST was already available for MCC on Xbox One, but the big update introduces ODST Firefight on console. Some of the notable updates for ODST Firefight, which is available for PC and Xbox One, are new weapons in the form of the Halo 3 battle rifle and ODST's assault rifle, as well as the Hornet and Anti-Air Wraith vehicles, among other things. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  12. With its $7.5 billion purchase of ZeniMax, Microsoft now has a whopping 23 first-party game development studios, but the company might not stop there. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told GameSpot sister site CNET that Microsoft will consider snapping up more game developers in the future if it makes sense. "We'll always look for places where there is that commonality of purpose, mission, and culture," Nadella said. "We will always look to grow inorganically where it makes sense." Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  13. Destiny 2's September 22 weekly reset came with a small hotfix, as well as another new addition: a tribute to Vicarious Visions developer Matt Helsom, who worked on Destiny 2 during the years it was being published by Activision. Helsom died in 2019, and a short new mission commemorates his contribution by writing him into Destiny lore as a Golden Age figure. Fire up Destiny 2 starting today and you'll see a screen that directs you to Mars to investigate a signal. You won't see this mission in your quest log or receive any markers to track it, thanks to the fact that this isn't your usual Destiny 2 excursion. To find the tribute, head to the Braytech Futurescape area of Mars and head north into the building, past Ana Bray, toward the Mindlab: Rasputin area. The spot you're looking for is right along the path toward Rasputin--you'll know you're in the right place when you crouch to get through a tunnel that takes you out of the building and onto a catwalk. As soon as you exit the tunnel, turn right to find a slightly opened door with a workstation inside. Interact with the device on the desk to advance the quest. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  14. Microsoft's announcement that its next generation would be called Xbox Series X and Series S got some amount of ribbing--what if people confuse it with the current-gen Xbox One X and One S? Now as the console preorders go live, there's at least some indication that the naming scheme is leading to mistaken purchases. According to Amazon's "Movers & Shakers" chart in the video games category, Xbox One X sales are up 431% as of the time of writing. These kinds of percentage-based charts can be misleading, but that kind of sudden surge at least suggests that some consumers may be buying the system by mistake, intending to preorder the next-gen console. This is speculation, however, so we can't make definitive conclusions. There is no similar surge for Xbox One S on the charts. If product confusion were at issue it seems that may be happening too, as customers mistake the One S for the similarly named Series S. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
  15. The news that Microsoft purchased Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion is shaking the video games industry, because it seems like a sea change for the release of the next generation of consoles. Suddenly, Microsoft owns not just Bethesda Game Studios, the maker of the hugely popular Elder Scrolls and Fallout franchises, but a number of other studios--like Dishonored developer Arkane Studios, Doom developer id Software, and Wolfenstein developer MachineGames. That's a heavy lineup of game-makers that, one assumes, will suddenly only be making games for future Xbox machines. That's the traditional way of thinking, anyway, and the strategy that has defined various iterations of "console wars" for the last three decades. We're rapidly hitting the end of a generation greatly defined by exclusive games, or the lack thereof. It's accepted at this point that Sony came out on top in the eighth generation, at least in competition with Microsoft, in large part because of major PS4 exclusive games such as Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Marvel's Spider-Man, and The Last of Us Part 2. Meanwhile, Microsoft had exclusives of its own, mostly first-party games like Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4. But there always seemed to be fewer of them, receiving less acclaim, and with a longer drought between their releases. So snagging the maker of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, as well as a bunch of other popular games, makes a lot of sense you were looking to build a stable of next-gen exclusives. But the way Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been talking lately, that might not necessarily be the play here. If we take Spencer's word for it, the ZeniMax acquisition seems more like Microsoft building on a strategy that goes beyond locking players into a specific platform, in order to get them where they live--to sell them on a subscription service and to create bigger cross-platform player bases, instead of just relying on getting customers to commit to a console. Continue Reading at GameSpotView the full article
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