Marvel’s Avengers leaks suggest Wakanda Raid, new heroes, and ‘echo fighters’

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Marvel’s Avengers leaks suggest Wakanda Raid, new heroes, and ‘echo fighters’

Marvel’s Avengers is only a day away from its early-access launch, which hits three days before its standard launch on Sept. 4. But in recent few weeks, players have data-mined numerous (unconfirmed) secrets from the Marvel’s Avengers’ Windows PC and console beta, including new heroes and a location for an upcoming raid. With some recent confirmations around Crystal Dynamics’ post-launch plans, the leaks are looking more likely than before.

[Spoiler warning: This post contains partial spoilers for the Marvel’s Avengers campaign and post-launch plans]

Heroes of the Storm adds Death Knight Mei, all random mode, and more

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Heroes of the Storm adds Death Knight Mei, all random mode, and more

Heroes of the Storm continues to quietly update its existing roster of champions, as well as adding new ones to the mix. There are also events, which give the cast an array of skins. This time, Blizzard is rolling out CraftWars, a series of skins that mash up iconic characters from the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises. Ever wonder what Anduin would look like as a Terran Emperor? Or what the baby of Lich King Arthas and Queen of Blades Kerrigan would look like?

Blizzard’s various settings have always had some creative overlap, and Heroes of the Storm takes the opportunity to poke fun at this fairly often. Many heroes have skins from other franchises, and some of them even have special in-game interactions. For instance, Sylvanas and Kerrigan, two tortured femme fatales, will insult the other in game. D.Va, a huge StarCraft fan, gushes over Kerrigan and coos over Raynor. It also lets the developers joke about fan memes, like the theory that Mei is secretly evil. Here, she’s a Death Knight, ready to consume souls and freeze innocents.

PS5 won’t be backward compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1, Ubisoft says

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PS5 won’t be backward compatible with PS3, PS2, or PS1, Ubisoft says

Sony’s next-gen PlayStation will feature some level of backward compatibility with PlayStation 4 games, but PlayStation 5 owners may not get the full 25 years of backward compatibility they may be dreaming of. According to a support FAQ on Ubisoft’s website, the PS5 will not be backward compatible with original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, or PlayStation 3 games.

Sony had never promised backward compatibility for PlayStation, PS2, and PS3 games on PS5. But reports from July speculated about the possibility of wide-ranging backward compatibility on PS5, playable from a cloud-based game library. Those reports were based on patent filings in Japan, not something that Sony announced.

GTA Online cheaters rage after Rockstar wipes characters

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GTA Online cheaters rage after Rockstar wipes characters

The streets of Los Santos might seem a little cleaner lately, thanks in large part to a recent disciplinary wave that has hit GTA Online in late August. Rockstar took aim at cheaters who abused a glitch that allowed them to amass huge riches without much effort.

The exploit, which was known by the community as the “apartment garage glitch,” allowed players to purchase properties only to then use a variety of menus to trick the game into gifting you millions of in-game dollars within minutes. The method was effective enough that videos showcasing how to pull it off were met with copyright strikes on YouTube from Take Two Interactive, the game’s publisher. Players who already used the apartment garage glitch, meanwhile, might have logged on recently only to be met with a warning that their accounts were completely reset — meaning that not only did these cheaters lose the money they gamed, they lost everything else in the process, too.

This is what Halo Infinite’s weapon skins will look like

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This is what Halo Infinite’s weapon skins will look like

Halo Infinite was delayed until next year, but that’s not stopping the marketing partnerships. A partnership between Monster Energy and Halo Infinite will start its marketing rollout on Tuesday and continue through December. This means when you buy a Halo Infinite branded can of Monster Energy during that period, you can get an exclusive in-game item, although the stuff you earn won’t be available until the game comes out.

Part of that rollout is a first look at weapon skins in Halo Infinite — naturally, the ones shown are Monster Energy-themed, but it’ll give eager players a look at what sort of designs could come later. These skins, of course, have a very Monster Energy vibe, which turns the weapons green and black — a subtle vibe, but a vibe nonetheless.

Dragon Ball FighterZ threatens to permanently ban players who rage-quit

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Dragon Ball FighterZ threatens to permanently ban players who rage-quit

An update for Bandai Namco fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ is threatening players who disconnect from matches — or rage-quit — with extensive bans. In some cases, players who disconnect from matches may find themselves permanently banned from online play.

According to an in-game message posted on Monday, Bandai Namco and developer Arc System Works “will now be imposing restrictions on players who deliberately disconnect during online matches.” Those restrictions include being banned from entering online lobbies for “about one week.” Banned players can still play the game offline.

Call of Duty Warzone cheat maker apologizes, closes after legal threats

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Call of Duty Warzone cheat maker apologizes, closes after legal threats

Legal threats from Activision have apparently caused a cheat maker for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on PC to pull its wares and apologize to the CoD community.

As spied by Reddit and reported by Eurogamer this weekend, CxCheat.net notified its users, who paid up to $60 for cheats, that it was removing all Call of Duty “products or services sold through the site.” Development of and support for these cheats was also terminated, per an agreement with Activision.

Netflix’s Hill House sequel Haunting of Bly Manor gets a creepy trailer

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Netflix’s Hill House sequel Haunting of Bly Manor gets a creepy trailer

On Monday, Netflix released a teaser trailer for its upcoming horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor. The show, which hits the streaming service on Oct. 9, is a follow-up to The Haunting of Hill House, from creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy.

Set in 1980s England, The Haunting of Bly Manor has all the horrific house trappings: haunted dolls, creepy wells, grand architecture, and strange children. Here’s the synopsis, straight from Netflix:

Marvel actors and Kevin Feige pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman

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Marvel actors and Kevin Feige pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman

Late on Friday night, Chadwick Boseman’s family confirmed in a deeply felt letter that the Black Panther actor had passed away at the age of 43 after a four-year fight with colon cancer. Messages of grief, shock, and love poured in immediately, turning Boseman’s family’s tribute into one of the most retweeted messages in history. Everyone seemed to agree: The world had lost a creative force and one of the great performers of his generation. He was more than T’Challa, but he also was T’Challa to a generation who needed a hero. His passion and thoughtfulness were at the heart of the cultural phenomenon that was Black Panther, and by all accounts, his joy beamed far beyond the screen.

League of Legends’ newest champion, Samira, revealed

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League of Legends’ newest champion, Samira, revealed

In a surprise reveal, Riot has debuted a brand new League of Legends champion named Samira. While most League champions get some kind of fanfare just before their release, Samira only had some vague rose imagery appearing, before showing up out of the blue on League’s Public Beta Environment, where Riot tests the game’s newest champions and changes.

Samira’s kit makes her a kind of hybrid character who can deal damage with ranged attacks or up close with separate melee attacks. Her Q ability even has separate effects for a ranged version and a melee version.