K-pop superstars BTS collaborating with MapleStory

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K-pop superstars BTS collaborating with MapleStory

The classic 2D MMORPG, MapleStory, is getting a collaboration with K-pop superstars BTS.

While Nexon has not detailed what the collaboration will entail, there will be content for both the original game on PC and the mobile game, MapleStory M. Leading up to the collaboration, there will be a behind-the-scenes video uploaded once a week for three weeks starting Nov. 25, showing the group working on the collab.

Here are your Xbox Games With Gold titles for December

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Here are your Xbox Games With Gold titles for December

Microsoft is closing out the hellscape that was 2020 by going straight to the underworld with Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell as part of the Xbox Games With Gold lineup for December, the company announced Tuesday.

Volition’s stand-alone Saints Row 4 expansion, which debuted in January 2015 on Xbox 360 (and a variety of other platforms), will be available free to Xbox Live Gold subscribers from Dec. 1-15. The free Xbox 360 title for the second half of the month will be Stacking, the 2011 puzzle adventure game from Double Fine Productions (which Microsoft acquired in 2019) featuring matryoshka dolls — y’know, those Russian stacking dolls.

Xbox head Phil Spencer says Xbox app could come to TVs next year

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Xbox head Phil Spencer says Xbox app could come to TVs next year

Playing Xbox games on your TV may not require an Xbox at all soon. Xbox head Phil Spencer tells The Verge that we may see a dedicated Xbox app for smart TVs by next year, one that could stream console games directly to screens using Microsoft’s Project xCloud service.

Speaking with The Verge, Spencer said, “I think you’re going to see [an Xbox app for smart TVs] in the next 12 months. I don’t think anything is going to stop us from doing that. ... What we used to call a TV was a CRT that’s just throwing an image on the back of a piece of glass that I’m looking at. Now, as you said, a TV is really more of a game console stuffed behind a screen that has an app platform and a Bluetooth stack and a streaming capability. Is it really a TV anymore, or is it just the form and function of the devices that we used to have around our TV, consolidated into the one big screen that I’m looking at?”

YouTube doesn’t support HDR on PS5 or Xbox Series X yet

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YouTube doesn’t support HDR on PS5 or Xbox Series X yet

If you’ve tried to watch an HDR video on YouTube via your fancy new PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, or Xbox Series S and wondered why it isn’t playing in HDR, the answer is, sadly, that the YouTube apps on the new consoles do not currently support HDR playback.

We tested this by playing a 4K HDR clip from the Will Smith film Gemini Man on both PS5 and Xbox Series X. YouTube makes it easy to verify HDR playback: Just pull up the “Stats for nerds” overlay while watching an HDR video on a device where the YouTube app supports HDR. If the video in question is encoded with HDR color and is playing in HDR, the Color line of the stats window will say “bt2020” rather than “bt709.” (A simplified explanation of those codes is that they refer to international standards for 4K/8K video and HD video, respectively, and in this specific case, to their associated color gamuts — HDR and SDR.)

Here’s what’s new in FIFA 21 on PS5, Xbox Series X

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Here’s what’s new in FIFA 21 on PS5, Xbox Series X

Fans of the FIFA series’ loading screen training games, we’ve got bad news: Load times on the PlayStation 5 pretty much render them obsolete.

Of course, the game on the newest generation of consoles — and the PlayStation 5 in particular — does so much more than that, but for more than a decade, EA Sports’ soccer sim has had the best time-killing mode in sports gaming. That’s out the window, writes EA’s Gabe Zaro on the PlayStation Blog, with it taking fewer than two seconds to get from a pregame menu into a Kick-Off (play now) match.

Fortnite getting a subscription service, Fortnite Crew

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Fortnite getting a subscription service, Fortnite Crew

Epic Games is adding a new subscription service to Fortnite, the company announced on Tuesday. The service will be called Fortnite Crew, and it will be a one-stop shop for players to get all kinds of cosmetics every month.

Fortnite Crew will cost players $11.99 a month, and will include the full battle pass for whatever the current season is, which usually costs $9.50 on its own. The subscription service will also grant players 1,000 V-Bucks every month, a $10 value, as well as an exclusive monthly cosmetics bundle. These items will remain exclusive to the subscription — Epic said it will never sell or give them away to non-Crew members.

Exclusive cover art from Dune: Adventures in the Imperium tabletop role-playing game

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Exclusive cover art from Dune: Adventures in the Imperium tabletop role-playing game

Dune: Adventures in the Imperium, the highly anticipated new tabletop role-playing games, goes up for pre-order on Dec. 7. Polygon has new details about the scope and scale of the ambitious RPG, plus an exclusive reveal of the cover art.

Based on the 1965 novel by Frank Herbert, the Dune RPG joins a cavalcade of other gaming and media projects — including a fantastic new board game — timed around the release of the major motion picture by Denis Villeneuve. Developed and published by Modiphius, the RPG’s core rulebook is expected in 2021, along with custom dice and other gaming aids.

Crusader Kings 3 now lets you make your own terrible kings

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Crusader Kings 3 now lets you make your own terrible kings

Crusader Kings 3 is a fantastic game because, despite the big map and zoomed-out perspective, it’s about people. Paradox Interactive created a strategy role-playing game that hews a little closer to The Sims than Civilization.

The most interesting upcoming feature coming to Crusader Kings 3 is the Ruler Designer, which allows players to create a new head of state instead of assuming an existing role. Ruler Designer was in Crusader Kings 2, but was not in the third game at launch. Now, it’ll be released with the upcoming patch 1.2.

Hogger, a World of Warcraft goofy legend, smashes into Heroes of the Storm

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Hogger, a World of Warcraft goofy legend, smashes into Heroes of the Storm

The next Heroes of the Storm hero is Hogger, the low-level boss who made his name in the forests of World of Warcraft. Hogger dates all the way back to Classic World of Warcraft, where he was one of the first tough enemies players fought in the world. He ended up slaughtering groups of low-level players, which made him a beloved meme in the community. He even returned in Cataclysm as one of the fearsome bosses in the Stormwind Stockade

Hogger is meant to be in the thick of a fight, doing lots of damage in an area. He can create his own terrain to set up advantages, which makes him a chaotic brawler. However, teams with sustained healing and knockback abilities can force him off an objective and prevent him from whittling their front line down.

Dragon Age creator joins new studio, already working on new game

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Dragon Age creator joins new studio, already working on new game

Mike Laidlaw, best known as the creative director of the Dragon Age franchise, has started a studio with three other designers who have worked on some of AAA video gaming’s biggest series over the past decade.

Laidlaw will join Ubisoft veterans Thomas Giroux (The Crew), Jeff Skalski, and Frederic St.-Laurent B. (both Assassin’s Creed Syndicate) in founding Yellow Brick Games, “an independent studio dedicated to making original, new games of high quality,” the studio said in a news release. Yellow Brick Games will be based in Quebec City.