Overwatch’s Hanzo is coming to Heroes of the Storm

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Overwatch’s Hanzo is coming to Heroes of the Storm

Hanzo from Overwatch will soon be playable in another one of Blizzard Entertainment’s games: Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard announced that Hanzo is joining the roster of its free-to-play online battle arena during the opening ceremony of BilzzCon 2017.

Blizzard introduced Hanzo to the world of Heroes of the Storm with an animated short, showing the archer taking down Alextrasza, who can transform into a dragon when her health is low, from World of WarCraft. She’s also coming to the MOBA as a ranged support character.

StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

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StarCraft 2 is going free-to-play

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty, one of Blizzard Entertainment’s most popular games, is becoming a free-to-play game. Company CEO Mike Morhaime announced the news during BlizzCon 2017’s opening ceremony, which streamed live from Anaheim, California today.

On Nov. 14, players will be able to play the entire Wings of Liberty campaign at no cost. If you already own that content, you will receive Heart of the Swarm at no additional cost.

Super Mario Odyssey players are using Cappy as the best shortcut ever

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Super Mario Odyssey players are using Cappy as the best shortcut ever

Super Mario Odyssey players continue to astound me every day. The latest magical trick they’ve come up with? Bypassing obvious puzzle solutions to come up with their own hilarious, brilliant workarounds.

Twitter user Maddju5t1n shared one of the best examples of this trend. In a special room hidden in the Lake Kingdom, there’s a frog hanging around for Mario to ostensibly capture. That should get him across the raging poisonous waters that fill the entire space with relative ease, right? Well, this player had zero interest in completing the puzzle the easy way: He wanted to do it the rad-as-hell way instead.

Razer’s new Overwatch-inspired D.Va headset looks perfect

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Razer’s new Overwatch-inspired D.Va headset looks perfect

Razer has a new line of PC accessories inspired by Overwatchs beloved hero, D.Va, but it’s the vibrant, multi-colored headphones that deserve a special shoutout.

The wired headset, called the Razer MEKA headset, combines black, yellow, pink and green colors, which can also be found on D.Va’s own headset in the game. In Overwatch, D.Va is a 19-year-old former professional StarCraft player. The headset is a big part of her identity and costume.

EA Sports UFC 3 announced for Xbox One, PS4

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EA Sports UFC 3 announced for Xbox One, PS4

The EA Sports UFC series will return for a third edition on Feb. 2, 2018, with EA Sports UFC 3 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the publisher announced today. The game will offer a career mode that enhances an out-of-the-octagon experience to allow players to promote individual bouts, create heated rivalries and push their fighters into the spotlight of mixed martial arts.

EA Sports UFC 3 will deliver the “G.O.A.T. Career Mode,” where player choices can build hype and followership for their fighters and land them lucrative fight contracts. A news release from EA Sports said players can use a “new in-game social media system” to stew rivalries with other fighters and flesh out the persona of their created star.

Fan-made Rick and Morty game, Piccled Ricc, removed from Steam

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Fan-made Rick and Morty game, Piccled Ricc, removed from Steam

A fan-made Rick and Morty PC game, Piccled Ricc, was pulled from the Steam store today following a copyright strike from Adult Swim the developer is currently fighting against.

The game came into prominence earlier this week after major YouTubers in the gaming scene, including PewDiePie and Jim Sterling, uploaded playthroughs of the game. In the game, players take control of Pickle Rick (a character who came into prominence during the most recent Rick and Morty season), fight giant rats and explore various environments.

Watch the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony livestream here

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Watch the BlizzCon 2017 opening ceremony livestream here

Blizzard Entertainment’s annual fan convention, BlizzCon, kicks off today in Anaheim, California, where the company is expected to announce new details for games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.

You can watch BlizzCon 2017's opening ceremonies streamed live, right here, starting at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET via YouTube and Twitch. The opening ceremony is expected to last about an hour.

Gaming’s biggest trade body throws support behind Republican tax reform

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Gaming’s biggest trade body throws support behind Republican tax reform

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) came out in favor of the House of Representatives’ proposed tax reform bill, which it first detailed earlier today. The trade association, which runs the Electronic Entertainment Expo and serves the interests of U.S.-based game publishers, gave a thumbs up to what it sees as a system that could potentially stimulate the gaming job market.

“Igniting greater economic opportunity and innovation, today’s tax reform proposal promises to boost the US tech sector,” the trade body said in a press release. “For the 2,600 US-based video game companies competing in the $100 billion worldwide video game market, a competitive, pro-growth tax system that encourages IP development and investment in US jobs is imperative. We commend Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Ryan, Chairman Hatch, Chairman Brady, Secretary Mnuchin, and Director Cohn for their diligence in crafting this proposal and look forward to working with all policymakers as the effort to enact tax reform moves forward.”

Please enjoy Monster Hunter: World’s cutest moment

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Please enjoy Monster Hunter: World’s cutest moment

Monster Hunter: World has a cast of characters that is often far more memorable than those of other massive role-playing games. But none can compete with its feline cast of companions. The Palicos serve as more than just support; they’re also some of the game’s main comic relief elements.

There’s another very important thing they serve up: your dinner. The Palico chefs that handle your pre-hunt meals not only keep you filled up on purr-otien (these are the game’s puns, not mine!), but also possibly the best food-and-cat related cut scene in video game history.

Pokémon Go datamine uncovers new, unreleased Pokémon assets

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Pokémon Go datamine uncovers new, unreleased Pokémon assets

A Pokémon Go dataminer has found models of unreleased Pokémon inside the game’s latest update. These assets belong to two of players’ most anticipated monsters — leading some to speculate that Niantic will soon make them obtainable.

ZeChrales, a member of the Pokémon Go community who regularly dumps assets on their GitHub page, worked through the game’s latest version and hit on fully-rendered models of Ho-Oh and Celebi. These are two of the remaining second-gen Pokémon as of yet unobtainable in the mobile title, and the only legendary monsters from that generation that players can’t yet capture.