Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Brings Night And Day Changes To Magic: The Gathering

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Innistrad: Midnight Hunt Brings Night And Day Changes To Magic: The Gathering

Wizards of the Coast has begun the grand unveiling of the first of two fall sets for Magic: the Gathering, ushering a return to the gothic horror-inspired Innistrad. With Innistrad: Midnight Hunt, the plane's denizens are welcoming the Harvesttide Festival, a central event to the set with card art depicting rituals of the festival. Our prior visit to the plane left the day and night cycle in disarray. Now, as the days pass and the Harvest Festival approaches, the nights have been growing abnormally longer, perfect for the horrors that go bump in the night to stir again. 

Midnight Hunt is back to being full of werewolves, vampires, zombies, and other terrifying creatures, instead of the Eldrazi threats from the last visit. A few mechanics have been revived (some with a new spin!), and the graveyard is a focus again in this morbid setting. Here's a look at what to expect in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt:

Flashback is making a big return in Midnight Hunt. The mechanic remains the same – players can cast an instant or sorcery from their hand for its regular mana cost and cast it from the graveyard for its Flashback cost and exiling the card. However, this set introduces the first multicolored Flashback cards, greatly expanding the possible effects we can see. 

New PlayStation Showcase 2021 Broadcast Confirmed For Next Week

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New PlayStation Showcase 2021 Broadcast Confirmed For Next Week

Sony has confirmed its new PlayStation Showcase 2021 broadcast, scheduled for next week while offering small insight into what fans should (and should not) expect to see. The latest PlayStation event will be going down on September 9, 2021, at 1 p.m. PDT. 

Teasing a new look "into the future of PS5," the latest showcase promises to be around 40 minutes long and will provide players with updates on PlayStation Studios, a few updates from beloved developer teams, and what the holiday period is shaping up to look like. Then, post-show, Sony confirmed that there will be deeper dives into some of the things shown with the studios themselves. 

One aspect of the showcase that PlayStation fans should not count on seeing is anything to do with Virtual Reality. Sony promises that the future of PlayStation VR, PSVR 2, will not be featured in next week's event, but that there are "plenty of great PS5 games" to talk about instead. 

See What It's Like To Control IG-88 In Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge

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See What It's Like To Control IG-88 In Star Wars: Tales From The Galaxy's Edge

On September 15, ILMxLAB is releasing the final episode of Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge for Oculus Quest. Titled Last Call, this episode explores a variety of stories, giving players a deeper look at the inner workings of Batuu, the chance to see Ady'Sun Zee grow into a Jedi Knight, and a bounty to settle through the mechanical eyes of IG-88.

This feared bounty hunter is voiced by Rhys Darby, known for his work on Yes Man, Flight of the Concords, and as the pilot in the Jumanji movies. He also brought Russell to life in Half-Life: Alyx. You can see IG-88 in action in the trailer above. As you can see, this droid can quickly lock onto targets and packs quite the arsenal. IG-88 is tasked to explore the moon of Nar Shaddaa and track down his target, Boggs Triff.

The trailer also shows off what you can expect from the other stories. If you are exploring Batuu, Dok-Ondar requests your help in tracking down a lost artifact from Sardeevem Chasm. This place is crawling with threats, and you'll also be asked to complete environmental puzzles to reach the artifact. One of the threats Is a hidden First Order facility. You won't be exploring it alone, however. R2-D2, C-3PO, and Hondo will lend their support when they can.

Marvel's Midnight Suns' Gameplay Trailer Shows Flashy Deck-Building Combat

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Marvel's Midnight Suns' Gameplay Trailer Shows Flashy Deck-Building Combat

Marvel’s Midnight Suns was first announced during Gamescom 2021 – it's also the latest game on the cover of Game Informer Magazine. Developer Firaxis Games is known for its tactical turn-based XCOM series, and Midnight Suns’ combat loop will follow suit, albeit with a few surprises. A new gameplay trailer delved into the loop that players can expect when the game launches. You’ll utilize decks of cards to defeat adversaries with flashy hero abilities.

The Hunter, the first customizable original hero in the Marvel Universe, has awoken from a centuries-long slumber. Alongside a bevy of recognizable heroes from the X-Men, Avengers, and Runaways, the Hunter will lead the Midnight Suns against their own parent, Lilith, Mother of Demons. According to an emailed press release, you’ll begin each day in Midnight Suns in the Abbey, a haven of sorts beyond Lilith’s demonic reach. The Abbey is navigated in third-person perspective; greet your fellow companions and build relationships with them before you set out to complete missions. Increasing your friendship by conversing, gift-giving, or simply hanging out with your favorite heroes. Bond-based benefits are reflected on the battlefield; allies unlock new skills every time you increase your friendship tier. 

Project Magnum Is Final Fantasy Meets Destiny

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Project Magnum Is Final Fantasy Meets Destiny

A new looter shooter has entered the stage. Korean developer Nat Games released some footage yesterday that showcases jaw-dropping visuals and explosive cooperative combat. There are even some obvious sci-fi and fantasy inspirations throughout. Project Magnum (working title) might not have a release date. Still, based on its first official trailer, the RPG/third-person shooter combines visual and mechanical aspects of prevalent titles like Final Fantasy and Destiny.

Story details about Project Magnum are still scarce, but the trailer above chronicles human gunslingers warring with an extraterrestrial invader. A large sphere entity reminiscent of the traveler in the Destiny series floats down to the surface of an Earth-like planet. We cut to burning, ravaged cities and a lone hero standing amidst the fiery destruction. The odds appear to be against the humanoid race, and, of course, as the player, you’ll be expected to deal with the alien threat. You’ll take down hulking, four-legged tanks, armored grunts, squid-like machines that look like miniature versions of the machines in The Matrix franchise, and much more. Extra mechanics include a hook that can attach to enemies for aerial advantages. There will also probably be a good number of boss battles to partake in. 

Lost Ark Western Launch Delayed To Early 2022

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Lost Ark Western Launch Delayed To Early 2022

Korean MMORPG Lost Ark won’t be launching stateside later this year, as announced during E3 2021. Smilegate and Amazon Games are pushing the release into early 2022 to allow ample time to address gameplay and performance feedback from the technical alpha held in June. Doing so gives the teams breathing room to get the game where it needs to be without overworking the designers. 

A lengthy statement posted on the game’s official Twitter account revealed that while the full launch is pushed back, a closed beta will take place November 4 through 9, giving players another chance to dive into the world of Arkesia. Those who purchased the game’s founder's pack will have access to the beta. Everyone else will have to sign up on the game’s website. Check out the initial announcement trailer to see the game in action. Just ignore the parts that say it's coming "this fall." 

In an effort to better keep players in the loop, Smilegate also promises monthly updates and will launch a discord channel and forums in October.  The idea is to have an active community of testers and influencers for the developers to interact with and absorb feedback once the closed beta rolls around. 

The Injustice Animated Film Launches On October 19

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The Injustice Animated Film Launches On October 19

What would happen if Superman turned evil? This is the frightening scenario that Injustice explores. We first played through this dark story in NetherRealm's fighting game series and then read an expanded version of it in DC's limited comic book run. On October 19, you'll be able to watch heroes try to stop the Kryptonian god through the release of the Injustice animated film on UHD, Blu-ray, and through various digital streaming portals.

A few days prior to release, DC is debuting footage at this year's DC FanDome livestream event, which will also give us deeper looks at the forthcoming Gotham Knights and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League games – both are just as dark in tone as Injustice.

This animated film is directed by Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) with a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush). The story unfolds through a vast cast of characters, many of which may not see another day.

PS Plus Free Games For September 2021

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PS Plus Free Games For September 2021

Microsoft revealed its freebies for the month of September earlier this week, now it's Sony's turn to show off which games it is giving away for free. Every month, PlayStation Plus members get a small selection of free titles to download, and they're yours to keep as long as the PS Plus membership remains active. Whether you're looking for a run-and-gun-type adventure or something a little lighter, here is the free PS Plus September 2021 free games lineup. 

The new batch of freebies arrives on September 7, though I would be amiss if I didn't suggest Overcooked. It may sound silly, but this game is ridiculously fun and surprisingly competitive. With its whimsical aesthetic and high-stakes gameplay, there is more to Overcooked than what meets the sunny-side up eye. 

For those that haven't scooped up the current month's lineup, it is not too late to grab August's free games, which you can find here. Just remember that an active PS Plus membership is required for all of the aforementioned titles. Sony's online services membership includes free games each month, exclusive sales on select titles, and more. The free games downloaded due to the PS Plus service remain yours to keep unless you cancel your membership. 

Tokyo Game Show 2021 Schedule And Line-Up

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Tokyo Game Show 2021 Schedule And Line-Up

The 2021 Tokyo Game Show kicks off on Thursday, September 30. Like many in-person conventions have done over the last year and a half, the event will be an entirely digital affair and will feature 44 programs livestreamed over the course of four days. 

Presentations from Xbox, Square Enix, Ubisoft, Capcom, Konami, miHoYo, and more will livestreamed nearly every hour. You can visit the event’s website for full descriptions of each event, but here’s the rundown of what will be shown and when. Companies that haven’t yet revealed the nature of their presentation are labeled as “undecided”. Keep in mind that the times listed are Japan local, kicking off in the morning and running into the evening. 

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No Man’s Sky Adds NPC Settlements With Citizen Disputes And Much More

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No Man’s Sky Adds NPC Settlements With Citizen Disputes And Much More

No Man’s Sky is a great example of a game not living up to the launch-day hype but with gradual content rollouts, finding notable success regardless. No Man’s Sky got a new lease on life with literally game-changing mechanics like base-building. In a similar vein, the sci-fi open-world(s) title is getting more features, like Star Wars-like settlements laden with NPC townsfolk. You’ll help settle citizen disputes, utilize hundreds of new base parts to build your own establishments, and explore a graphically updated universe. All of this launches today!

Sean Murray, the founder of Hello Games, took to the official PlayStation Blog to announce the aforementioned additions to No Man’s Sky’s loop. Procedurally generated communes give the lonely vastness of space a much-needed lived-in quality. These towns can be discovered on every inhabited planet. You can submit management credentials to become a settlement overseer, giving you access to town planning, treasury management, policy decisions, and conflict resolution. “Ungoverned settlements start small and modest, with a sparse population and only a few buildings scattered around their town center,” Sean writes. “Provide resources to construct new buildings and transform your ramshackle collection of dwellings into a flourishing town!”