Hearthstone’s next solo adventure starts Sept. 17

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Hearthstone’s next solo adventure starts Sept. 17

Saviors of Uldum, the latest Hearthstone expansion, has introduced a host of new cards and mechanics to the game. On Sept. 17, the solo campaign will open, which offers a slower, more puzzling approach to the card game.

Tombs of Terror is the middle chapter in a year-long campaign, and it is a direct sequel to the earlier (and excellent) campaign The Dalaran Heist. Hearthstone’s single-player campaigns are currently one of the best parts of the free-to-play game. Instead of building decks and engaging in the meta that other players have built, I get to build a deck of cards on the fly and attempt to take down a chain of tough bosses. It has the dangerous feeling of a roguelike, but rewards persistence and clever card combinations.

Red Dead Online’s next update hits Sept. 10, brings roles to the game

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Red Dead Online’s next update hits Sept. 10, brings roles to the game

The next update to Red Dead Online is set to be a hefty one, and we finally have a release date. The next Red Dead Online patch is due to arrive on Sept. 10, and it may be the biggest change yet to the way we currently we play the game.

Rockstar is adding “Frontier Pursuits”, the new official name for our already announced professions. Players will be able to take the role of a Bounty Hunter, Collector, or Trader. Players can swap between roles as they please; they are not exclusive. Each Frontier Pursuit grants new items, skills, and cosmetics.

Cyberpunk 2077 will now be almost entirely in first person

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Cyberpunk 2077 will now be almost entirely in first person

The team behind Cyberpunk 2077 has made the decision to go “100% first person.” The decision, shared by CD Projekt Red’s global community lead Mocin Momot on Twitter, comes after several trailers released over the past few years have already showed off some third-person cutscenes in the game. Momot said the choice was made in favor of player immersion.

“Achieving full immersion in [a first-person perspective] game is extremely important,” Momot said on Twitter, “and the decision made by the team to go 100% first person in @CyberpunkGame is something that will benefit it greatly from gameplay and story-telling perspectives.

New Jojo Rabbit trailer: Taika Waititi as Hitler eating a unicorn’s head

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New Jojo Rabbit trailer: Taika Waititi as Hitler eating a unicorn’s head

The new trailer for Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit is even stranger than the film’s initial teaser — Waititi, as (an imaginary) Adolf Hitler, eats a unicorn head made out of sliced meat — but also gives us a clearer look at the “anti-hate satire.”

Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) is blindly faithful to the Hitler Youth, and his imaginary friend just so happens to be Hitler. However, when he discovers that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish woman, Elsa (Thomasin McKenzie), in their house, he finds his beliefs shaken. His resolve wavers as he begins to bond with Elsa despite the Nazi ruling that she is “the enemy,” and his imaginary friendship comes under strain. “You’re not a Nazi, Jojo,” she tells him. “You’re a ten-year-old who likes dressing up in a funny uniform and wants to be part of a club.”

Fortnite patch v10.20 brings back season 6’s floating island and the new Zapper Trap

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Fortnite patch v10.20 brings back season 6’s floating island and the new Zapper Trap

Fortnite season 10 continues to take a tour through past seasons, and this patch it’s all about season 6’s floating island, which returns as a map location. Alongside the island, this content update also adds a new trap.

The floating island is exactly what it sounds like, an island that floats around the map. Though it’s always high in the sky, players can reach it, either by landing on it, or by running below it and using its vortex to fly into the air and reach the top. What’s waiting for players at the top is slightly different this time around. Instead of the Loot Lake house, the long lost Motel now sits on top of the island. The Motel was once an unnamed point of interest on the map, but Epic removed it when it brought in The Block.

Nintendo Direct presentation coming Sept. 4

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Nintendo Direct presentation coming Sept. 4

Nintendo will stream a new Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 4, the company announced Tuesday. The Nintendo Direct livestream for September will focus on Switch games coming in 2019, with an emphasis on two titles: Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield.

The September Nintendo Direct will be broadcast on Nintendo’s YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter channels at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. Nintendo says the presentation will last roughly 40 minutes.

Madden’s free new Superstar KO mode is short and sweet

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Madden’s free new Superstar KO mode is short and sweet

A typical exhibition game in Madden, NBA 2K, MLB The Show, or another simulation sports title is probably going to take about 45-60 minutes to complete. These days, with so many entertainment options available at everyone’s fingertips, that might be asking too much.

The new Superstar KO mode for Madden NFL 20 is the latest attempt from EA Sports — and perhaps the most fun one yet — to shorten the length of an individual play session while ensuring that players still feel like they’re getting a satisfying sports experience. The mode goes live Tuesday as part of a free update on PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. And anyone on those platforms will be able to check it out through a free trial of Madden 20 this weekend, with the full game available to try from 12:01 a.m. PDT on Sept. 5 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sept. 9. (Note that on consoles, the trial requires an active PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold subscription.)

Young developers on Starbound say Chucklefish exploited their free work

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Young developers on Starbound say Chucklefish exploited their free work

Former developers who worked on Chucklefish’s 2014 indie hit Starbound say they worked on the game for free — sometimes logging hundreds of hours of labor. Some of these developer say they felt their inexperience was exploited by the company’s founder, Finn Brice.

Allegations of employee exploitation and difficult working conditions on Starbound have popped up in forums before. But the issue was highlighted recently by a widely shared tweet thread from designer Damon Reece, in which he outlined how he, starting at the age of 16, “worked hundreds of hours” on Starbound and “wasn’t paid a single cent.”

Why Control looks so much better on PC

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Why Control looks so much better on PC

We’ve already sung the praises of Control, an action game that blends existential horror, Star Wars-like forcepowers, and a sci-fi story that teeters into the realm of David Mitchell stories. We haven’t, however, spent as much time championing its technology, largely because it’s hard to find the right words. Control, particularly when played on a high-end PC, is a showpiece for the next-generation of video game visuals.

Digital Foundry has put together a thorough explainer of what makes Control’s graphics so special. The video’s premise hinges on ray tracing, which Nvidia introduced to consumer graphics-card owners with last year’s RTX GPUs. But before debating Control’s status as ray tracing’s killer app, Alex Battaglia explains the incremental steps games have made graphically over the past 12 years. Digital Foundry is one of our favorite video creators, but this video is particularly accommodating for newcomers curious about how game designers mimic reality by mixing the powers of software, hardware, and art design.

Old school NASCAR owners find excitement in their esports teams

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Old school NASCAR owners find excitement in their esports teams

One of NASCAR’s oldest sayings, “Win on Sunday, buy on Monday,” comes from a time in which the series actually raced stock automobiles. But with NASCAR’s new esports venture, Ed Martin sees its meaning kind of making a comeback, as far as what fans will be driving on their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One next week.

“A lot of the things that are invented in NASCAR have made their way down, especially in the safety area, to real consumer cars.” said Martin, formerly the president of NASCAR Heat maker 704Games and now its managing director for the eNASCAR Heat Pro League. “Well, it’s the same thing here. There is absolutely some stuff in NASCAR Heat 4 that is in there because it was driven by the Pro League.”