Apex Legends' new hero is five-time Hyperfighting Federation champion Forge

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Apex Legends' new hero is five-time Hyperfighting Federation champion Forge

Apex Legends is almost a year old, and developer Respawn will be celebrating its free-to-play battle royale game's first birthday on 4th February by ushering in a new season. And now, in preparation for the big day, it's outlined a few of the additions coming to Season 4 - subtitled Assimilation - including a brand-new Legend by the name of Forge.

Forge, as his beefy demeanour and hefty championship belt might suggest, is a five-time Hyperfighting Federation champion, and the first Legend to have a (fictional) corporate sponsor in-game, thanks to Hammond Robotics. Respawn isn't going into much mechanical detail about Forge just yet, but hints that he's an "up close and personal" brawler with a mean left hook. As part of Forge's introduction, Respawn is teasing "big map changes" for World's Edge, similar the King's Canyon update in Season 2.

Also new to Apex Legends' fourth season is the Sentinel, a bolt-action sniper rifle that "feels really powerful". Again, Respawn is being coy about specifics, but teases that the weapon is a little different to other sniper rifles in-game, thanks to its new charge mechanic.

Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies

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Stardew Valley has sold more than 10 million copies

The peaceful, pleasant farm-life sim Stardew Valley was released on Steam in February 2016, and by April it had surpassed one million copies sold—a big benchmark of success for just about any game, and particularly for a niche indie release developed entirely by one guy. Four years later, the game is available on Mac and Linux, consoles, and mobile devices, and it's now moved past ten million.

Suspended Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung says he'd do it all over again

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Suspended Hearthstone Grandmaster Blitzchung says he'd do it all over again

One of the biggest controversies in videogames in 2019 revolved around Hearthstone grandmaster Cung "blitzchung" Ng Wai, who was suspended from pro competition for a year and stripped of his winnings after declaring "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!" during a post-match interview. That startlingly harsh punishment was eventually walked back to a six-month suspension and no forfeiture of winnings, but it was still an ugly mess that reflected far more poorly on Blizzard than it did on Blitzchung.