Official Humankind mod and map make history a little more sci-fi

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Official Humankind mod and map make history a little more sci-fi

If you've been enjoying Amplitude Studios' 4X strategy game Humankind but have a hankering for something a little more alternative in your historical timeline, you might like to cast your gaze in the direction of the developer's newly released official Endless mod.

As its name suggests, Humankind's Endless mod takes its cue from Amplitude's long-running series of Endless games, which to date include Dungeon of the Endless, Endless Space and its sequel, and Endless Legends - not to mention a huge number of expansions for each.

Dying Light 2 getting free PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades

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Dying Light 2 getting free PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades

With Dying Light 2 just weeks away now, developer Techland has revealed those purchasing the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of the game will be entitled to free PS5 and Xbox Series X/S upgrades respectively, should they require them at a later date.

Techland is yet to detail the precise enhancements PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S owners can expect when Dying Light 2 launches early next month, but it has now referenced them in more general terms in two new "Modes Presentation" trailers, outlining the three different visual modes selectable on new-gen platforms.

QA testers at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software announce intent to unionise

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Quality assurance testers at Activision Blizzard's Raven Software studio - who have been involved in ongoing strike action since December, following the firing of 12 members of the developer's QA team - have announced their intention to form a worker's union.

The instigating incident - which came amid an already troublesome time for Activision Blizzard management, who had been repeatedly criticised following the California state lawsuit calling the organisation a "breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women - took place in December when around a third of the QA team was laid off. The firings, which came after a five-week period of overtime and anticipated end-of-year crunch, occurred despite Activision allegedly promising the team it was working on a pay restructure to increase wages.

The Nintendo Switch OLED is on sale at Amazon

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The Nintendo Switch OLED is on sale at Amazon

If you recently missed out on The Game Collection's Switch OLED deal for £299.95, you'll be pleased to know you can find a similar deal over at Amazon right now. The online retail giant has reduced the price of the white Nintendo Switch OLED to £300.44. We're not sure exactly what the stock levels are like but it has sold out in the past- and the Neon Switch OLED is currently sold out at Amazon.

While £9.55 is only a small 3 per cent discount, this is the cheapest we've seen the console at Amazon, and it's the cheapest Switch OLED console right now.

Original plan for Assassin's Creed series was for it all to end on a spaceship

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Original plan for Assassin's Creed series was for it all to end on a spaceship

The original plan for Assassin's Creed - back when the whole franchise was planned as a trilogy - would have seen series hero Desmond blasting off on a spaceship.

Details of the idea, originally dreamed up by Assassin's Creed co-creator Patrice Désilets, have been published by Lars de Wildt, a researcher of conspiracy theories, religion and other beliefs in digital media culture at Belgian research university KU Leuven.

My Friend Peppa Pig gets the next-gen upgrade it deserves

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My Friend Peppa Pig gets the next-gen upgrade it deserves

Forget Call of Duty: Warzone and Bloodborne - the next-gen upgrade we really want is here.

My Friend Peppa Pig's PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X and S upgrades are now available for free, and they make last year's family-friendly hit game really pop.

Windjammers 2 review - tasteful revival of a cult classic

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Tinkering with the classics is always asking for trouble. There's the legion of fans to satiate, the details you daren't deviate from, the difficulty in making meaningful additions. Tinker with a cult classic and you're really asking for trouble, those details sacrosanct as scripture to its dedicated followers while any changes are subject to intense scrutiny - so it's with some delight I can report that Windjammers 2, the follow-up to Data East's dearly beloved Neo Geo action sports classic, pulls the trick off handsomely.

Firstly, though, it's worth briefly exploring what made the 1994 original so beloved, as that's the firm foundation for this fantastic follow-up. Coming just as the 3D graphics revolution was pushing the Neo Geo's brand of muscular 2D action out of the limelight, Windjammers has always felt like the apex of that particular artform. The bold pinks and yellows of its graphics combined with the wraparound chrome shades of its athletes give it the mid-90s tang of a lunch of cheesestrings washed down with Capri-Sun, that aesthetic providing the perfect front for a deliciously immediate hybrid of fighting and sports games.