Loki brings his shenanigans to Fortnite for the July Crew Pack

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Loki brings his shenanigans to Fortnite for the July Crew Pack

Loki, the self-proclaimed god of mischief, will be bringing his tricks and pranks to Fortnite. Marvel’s anti-hero is the headliner for July 2021 Crew Pack, which features his iconic green outfit — complete with cape and “back bling” — as well as his Scepter Pickaxe (“the glow stick of destiny”), the Chitauri Chariot Glider, and a new welcoming loading screen.

Loki’s bundle is available through Fortnite Crew, Fortnite’s monthly subscription offering. A Crew subscription costs $11.99 a month; that includes 1,000 free V-bucks, the current season’s battle pass — which features Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty this time around — and whatever the current skin offering is each month.

Star Wars: The Old Republic’s next expansion is all about mixing things up

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Star Wars: The Old Republic’s next expansion is all about mixing things up

Star Wars: The Old Republic is turning ten, and a new expansion to the story-based MMO is on the way. On Thursday, BioWare announced a new expansion called Legacy of the Sith, which comes with tons of story and mechanical upgrades to the game.

Players get to hunt down the renegade Sith Darth Malgus on the aquatic planet of Manaan. Malgus has been a threat in the game since the very beginning, and the conflict with him has been building throughout various quests and campaigns.

Pokémon Go Fest 2021 will have in-person events in US, Europe

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Pokémon Go Fest 2021 will have in-person events in US, Europe

This year’s Pokémon Go Fest will be virtual, but developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company are also hosting a series of real-world, in-person celebrations on July 17 — the first day of Go Fest — in more than 20 cities around the globe. Players in the United States, parts of Europe, and New Zealand will be able to take part.

In an announcement posted Thursday, Niantic assured players that the Pokémon Go Fest in-game experience will be the same for everyone around the world, regardless of whether they attend a city-based event or not. Players who do attend an outdoor, socially distanced Go Fest event can look forward to photo ops and a chance to mingle with other players. An in-person gathering has the obvious benefit of being able to trade Pokémon with others nearby, but don’t expect a major event on par with previous Pokémon Go Fest or Safari Zone celebrations.

EA talking Battlefield, Madden, and more in pre-EA Play Live livestreams

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EA talking Battlefield, Madden, and more in pre-EA Play Live livestreams

Electronic Arts’ midsummer showcase, EA Play Live, begins July 22, and it will be preceded by a livestream series called EA Play Spotlight, running from July 8 to July 20, the company announced Thursday.

EA Sports figures prominently in the broadcast schedule, with shows on Monday, July 19, and Tuesday, July 20. Madden NFL 22 takes the Monday slot with a discussion of “How the Community Shaping Madden NFL 22.” The newest version of the game, launching at the end of August, will feature several improvements and systems changes in its Franchise mode, directly answering criticisms and requests from longtime players.

Hearthstone’s next expansion takes us back to the spires of Stormwind

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Hearthstone’s next expansion takes us back to the spires of Stormwind

The last Hearthstone expansion, Forged in the Barrens, took us to a predominantly Horde zone to see how Kalimdor was faring. The follow-up expansion, United in Stormwind, was revealed today, and it looks the Alliance equivalent. The expansion has 135 new cards and some new mechanics that should add an intriguing twist to the digital card game.

As always, there’s a new keyword with this expansion, and it’s Tradable. Tradable cards can be played normally, or you can put them back into your deck for one mana and draw another card that might work better. Of course, it might not; it’s a bit of a gamble.

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut announced for PS5, PS4

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Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut announced for PS5, PS4

Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cutouted by an ESRB rating earlier this week — will launch Aug. 20 on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, developer Sucker Punch Productions announced Thursday. The re-release will add a new area and gameplay chapter to the open-world adventure, as well as several PlayStation 5-exclusive features.

Iki Island is the game’s new region. Ghost of Tsushima is based on events from Japan’s feudal period more than 700 years ago, and neighboring Iki Island, like the island of Tsushima, was invaded by the Mongols. Jin Sakai, the protagonist, will travel to Iki to investigate, and instead will get “caught up in events with deeply personal stakes that will force him to relive some traumatic moments from his past,” according to Sucker Punch.

It’s Bidoof Day: Here’s what to expect

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It’s Bidoof Day: Here’s what to expect

It’s Bidoof Day. The Pokémon Company is giving the Plump Mouse Pokémon its moment in the sun on July 1, a celebration of all things Bidoof and Bidoofery. So what can Bidoof stans expect from Thursday’s observance of the Sinnoh region’s beloved Normal-type Pokémon? We’ve compiled a list of today’s big Bidoof events for all who celebrate.

Obviously, the big news here is that The Pokémon Company just Bidoof-rolled everyone with a Bidoof-themed cover of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” You can experience that in the video above.

Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Easter egg is a treasure chest of fan service

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Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Easter egg is a treasure chest of fan service

There’s a hell of an Easter egg crossover awaiting Sea of Thieves players at the end of the new expansion, A Pirate’s Life, which launched on June 22. In fact, it’s so good, pretty much even the slyest mention of its adjacent connection to A Pirate’s Life — a crossover with Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — would probably give it away. Therefore:

[Warning: The remainder of this post will spoil the surprise at the end of Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life.]

Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes event adds new armor and a shotgun

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Destiny 2’s Solstice of Heroes event adds new armor and a shotgun

Solstice of Heroes, Destiny 2’s summer celebration event, will return this year on July 6. Bungie announced the holiday’s return in a post on its website. The event will run until Aug. 3, and players will be able to earn some new goodies to celebrate summer in the Last City. This comes after after the final Season of the Splicer mission, which Bungie launched on June 29. It’s notable that, in the screenshot above, the Tower is shown in the day time, whereas it has been mired in darkness since early May.

As usual, the Solstice of Heroes event revolves around acquiring and upgrading special armor sets. Players will get low-ranking armor at the start of the event and slowly improve it by performing various tasks throughout the Destiny world. The daily rotating element is back this year — asking players to use a certain subclass for combat benefits — meaning players can charge up Stasis for the first time.

Streets of Rage 4 gets a lightsaber and Survival Mode on July 15

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Streets of Rage 4 gets a lightsaber and Survival Mode on July 15

The Mr. X Nightmare add-on for Streets of Rage 4 arrives July 15, publisher Dotemu announced Thursday, bringing with it three newly playable characters: Estel Aguirre, Max Thunder, and Shiva. But wait, there’s more, including a new Survival Mode and all manner of new weapons.

And yes, that includes a lightsaber that you can throw like a Jedi. (But since this isn’t Star Wars, Streets of Rage 4 will likely refer to the weapon as a laser sword or beam blade.)