Ion Maiden Has A New Name And Release Date

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Ion Maiden Has A New Name And Release Date

We had a lot of fun with Ion Maiden when 3D Realms revealed it last year. Since then the game has gone on quite a journey, entering Early Access and becoming embroiled in a lawsuit with the popular band Iron Maiden. The band sued 3D Realms over trademark infringement.

Today, 3D Realms revealed that Ion Maiden is being changed to Ion Fury to "avoid legal issues" and that the game will be leaving early access for full PC release on August 15. The PS4, Xbox One, and Switch versions will be released later at an unspecified date.

For more on Ion Maiden Fury, check out our interview with 3D Realms about the game here.

Psychonauts 2 Delayed To 2020

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Psychonauts 2 Delayed To 2020

At E3 this year, Psychonauts made its first big splash in some time by coming out with a gameplay demo and trailer at Microsoft's press conference. Developer Double Fine also announced that the studio is joining Microsoft's umbrella as one of their first party developers. While this doesn't affect where Psychonauts 2 is releasing, when Psychonauts 2 is releasing has seemingly changed, as Double Fine has announced a delay to next year.

The news comes in the form of a backer update through Fig, which Psychonauts 2 was crowdfunded and Double Fine head Tim Schafer is part-owner. After mentioning that the game is confirmed to still come to every platform it was promised for, the post mentions a delay for Rasputin's next adventure.

"There really shouldn’t be too many other noticeable changes for you at all, at least not for a while...with one notable exception: We’re now targeting next year for release," the post reads. "We know it’s always disappointing when you have to wait a bit longer, but we also know that you are an amazing, supportive bunch, who - just like us - want the game to be as good as possible. So we’re hopeful you’ll understand!

No Nintendo Switch XL Coming This Year

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No Nintendo Switch XL Coming This Year

Earlier today, Nintendo revealed the Switch Lite, a portable-only iteration of the company's successful console. This streamlined version of the Switch seems to verify half of the rumor from earlier this year: That Nintendo is working on two new revisions of its console – one simplified, and one upgraded.

However, don't expect to see the other half of that rumor anytime soon. Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has reportedly confirmed that the Switch Lite is currently the only revision on the way, with no Switch XL coming yet. According to CNET, "[Switch Lite will] also be the only new Nintendo Switch hardware this holiday, as Bowser says the larger Switch won't get an upgrade right now."

While you wait for official info about the Switch XL (or whatever it is eventually called), you can read our parody article from Game Infarcer 2017 to see what the unit almost certainly won't be like.

CD Projekt Red Is Not Working On Multiple Cyberpunk Games

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CD Projekt Red Is Not Working On Multiple Cyberpunk Games

Despite an earlier translation indicating CD Projekt Red was working on multiple Cyberpunk games, this is not the case. The statement behidn the confusion was mistranslated; what they really have going on is three teams working on the game, rather than sequels or spin-offs.

"We currently have a total of five teams working on a number of projects, with three focusing on the development of Cyberpunk 2077," a CDPR rep said in a statement to PC Gamer. "These include CD Projekt Red Warsaw and Kraków, who are handling the main game, as well as the Wrocław studio, where around 40 industry specialists are engaged in technology R&D."

While the three teams work on Cyberpunk, the other two out of the five are working on Gwent and an unannounced mobile title. With Cyberpunk 2077 still nearly a year out with a release date of April 16, 2020, it makes sense they'd stick to the one title at the moment.

Mordhau Developer Says Race And Gender Toggle Options 'Out Of The Question'

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Mordhau Developer Says Race And Gender Toggle Options 'Out Of The Question'

After statements from members of the Mordhau development team implied players would be able avoid seeing player characters of another ethnicity or gender, Triternion is saying that particular option was never officially on the table and will not be coming to the game.

In a recent interview with PC Gamer regarding how developers can deal with toxic players, Triternion artist Mike Desroisiers mentioned that, with Mordhau getting the option to characters who aren't white and/or male in the future, there could be an option for players to only see white male characters, saying it'd be similar to having online chat filters. "Whatever stance we take officially, some group of people are going to be upset with us," Desroisiers told PC Gamer. "And so, ideally we’d put the power in the players’ hands, and give them the option to enable and disable different things."

This prompted a sea of controversy online, as people debated whether such a toggle would curb and enable more toxicity. Today, however, Triternion posted on the company's official forums, stating the comments made to PC Gamer were not based on a misunderstanding, and that such a toggle was never going to be an option.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite's First Event Begins Today

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite's First Event Begins Today

At 11 a.m. PT today, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is introducing its first week-long quest. The game calls it the "Brilliant Event: Fantastic Flora and Fauna." This multi-part quest is structured similarly to Professor Willow's research assignments in Pokémon Go, and pushes players to complete a number of small feats to earn rewards.

These assignments range from capturing a buckbeak to brewing five potions. The image below shows you what players will need to catch to complete the event's Forbidden Forest sticker page. The creatures of note should be spawning everywhere during the event week. We'll have to wait to see if the reward at the end of the quest is worth the effort. If you want to learn more about Wizard's Unite, check out my review.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Lightsaber Has Been Updated Following E3 Feedback

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Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order's Lightsaber Has Been Updated Following E3 Feedback

Capping off our month of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order coverage, game director Stig Asmussen called into The Game Informer Show podcast to answer lingering questions from the community. One of the show's viewers asked about protagonist Cal Kestis' lightsaber, stating that the blade didn't deliver as much vibrancy as we usually see from these weapons.

More specifically, the blade apparently lacked the bright white light in its center. "We made a mistake on that one, and since then have fixed it," Asmussen said during the interview. "That was fair feedback and criticism. We've tweaked [the light], and also tweaked the shape of the lightsaber blade a little. You can see the difference right away."

You can check out that specific discussion in the timestamped video below.

Hasbro Unveils New Overwatch Ultimates Action Figures

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Hasbro Unveils New Overwatch Ultimates Action Figures

McCree, Junkrat, and Zarya are joining Hasbro's new (and popular) Overwatch Ultimates action figure line. The first of this six-inch series kicked off in a big way a couple of months ago, giving fans the chance to add Mercy, Reinhardt, Reaper, Lucio, Sombra, Pharah, Ana, and Soldier 76 to their collecting shelves. The second series, which will make its official debut at this year's San Diego Comic Con (running from July 18 to 21), introduces the heroes of note, and the series' first variation.

If you are in attendance at this show, and don't mind standing in lines for extended periods of time, you can purchase an exclusive version of Reinhardt at Hasbro's booth. This version isn't just a repaint. This sculpt gives Reinhardt a new head as well as his Bundeswehr skin and a gold hammer. No release date has been given for series two's figures yet, but you can take a look at all of them below.

Hunt: Showdown Leaves Early Access This August

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Hunt: Showdown Leaves Early Access This August

Crytek's horror multiplayer shooter Hunt: Showdown is exiting Early Access soon for a full release.

It was in Steam Early Access since last year, and in Xbox Game Preview earlier this year. Now, it's launching in full on both PC and Xbox One as of August 27. PlayStation 4 owners can get their hands on the game at an undisclosed time in the fall.

Hunt: Showdown casts players as bounty hunters who must slay a beast that haunts rural Louisiana, then bring back its head. You can watch us play a portion of it here as well as read our impressions from the early access PC build here