D&D’s Stream Of Annihilation To Introduce Next Storyline

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D&D’s Stream Of Annihilation To Introduce Next Storyline

Wizards of the Coast is looking to highlight the dramatic growth of live-streamed Dungeons & Dragons that has entertained so many in recent years; the company is hosting a two-day event where the new D&D storyline will be revealed, and then previewed with the help of a variety of D&D streamers, including groups like Critical Role; Dice, Camera, Action; Maze Arcana; and Misscliks. In addition, the D&D team is promising that other partners will be in attendance to discuss how the new storyline will interact with connected D&D properties, so expect folks from the Neverwinter video game team, the Gale Force Nine tabletop publisher, and more.

The event is set to unfold over two days, each with a 12-hour online stream. The festivities get under way beginning at 12 p.m. Central/10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, June 2. A second stream follows at the same times on Saturday, June 3. 

Early concept art for the new storyline hints at an urban settlement where dinosaurs appear to be domesticated, but Wizards of the Coast is remaining pretty quiet about the details until Friday morning.  

Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Delayed To October

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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Delayed To October

The sequel to the acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was originally scheduled to release this summer, on August 22. However, an announcement on the official site breaks some potentially disappointing news to fans: The wait is going to be a bit longer.

Now slated for October 10, no specific reason was given for Middle-earth: Shadow of War's delay, apart from developer Monolith's desire to deliver the "highest quality experience."

For more on Shadow of War, read a discussion about the game's potential, or watch a trailer about its open world.

Square Enix & Bulletstorm Developer Teaming Up For New IP

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Square Enix & Bulletstorm Developer Teaming Up For New IP

Bulletstorm (the game's Full Clip edition shown above) and Gears of War: Judgment co-developer People Can Fly are working with publisher Square Enix on an unnamed triple-A original title.

The project doesn't have a name or release timeframe yet, but it will be for both console and PC.

Square Enix has confirmed that the title will not be at E3 in a few weeks.

Elex Gets October Release Date

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Elex Gets October Release Date

THQ Nordic and Elex developer Piranha Bytes have announced the game's October 17 release date (PS4, Xbox One, PC) with a new cinematic trailer and details on the Collector's Edition.

Elex is an action/RPG/post-apocalyptic sci-fi title, and the title's jumble of influences translates to players navigating an open world with swords, guns, and magic at their disposal.

Here's the contents of the Collector's Edition (click to enlarge):

Please Welcome NBA 2K18's Other Cover Star

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Please Welcome NBA 2K18's Other Cover Star

2K and developer Visual Concepts have revealed NBA 2K18's second cover athlete, this time for the regular edition of the game – Cavaliers' point guard Kyrie Irving.

Shaq has already been announced as the cover star for the game's Legend Editions.

Pre-order the standard edition and you can play the title early on September 15, and all gamers who pickup the standard edition also get: 5,000 VC, 10 weekly MyTeam packs, a Kyrie outfit pack, and other in-game content.

YouTuber Drops Their Switch From 1000 Feet With A Drone To See If It Will Survive

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YouTuber Drops Their Switch From 1000 Feet With A Drone To See If It Will Survive

Nintendo hardware, especially its handhelds, are known to be tough. Game Boys have survived bombings, and the original model DS was designed from the start to survive a fall from chest height (Nintendo assumed people would drop their DS while placing the handheld in their breast pocket). YouTube channel UnlockRiver.com decided to take things a little further, or more appropriately, a lot further, by flying their Switch 1000 feet into the air and dropping it. I won't spoil the ending, but it's worth seeing what happens.

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At the beginning of the video, the host expresses fear at dropping his Switch from the sky as he has put some time into Zelda. You know what would alleviate that fear? The ability to transfer or back up save files!

Overwatch Tweaking McCree, Reaper, And Roadhog, Adding Heroes Of The Storm Skins To Loot Boxes

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Overwatch Tweaking McCree, Reaper, And Roadhog, Adding Heroes Of The Storm Skins To Loot Boxes

Overwatch's new Horizon Lunar Colony assault map is now live on the game's test servers, but that's not the only new thing that's coming to the game. Blizzard has announced a host of new tweaks to McCree, Reaper, and Roadhog, which are bound to please some players while making others gnash their teeth.

McCree is getting a buff to his deadeye ultimate, which will allow him to lock onto targets after 0.2 seconds as opposed to its current 0.8. The damage is also getting increased from 20 to 80 over the first second. Reaper players won't have to scour the battlefield for health orbs. Instead of picking up the healing items from dead enemies, he'll now regain 20 percent of damage done as health. The hitbox around Roadhog's head is getting reduced by 20 percent, a move similar to what happened to Winston a few months ago. His scrap gun is getting a 33-percent damage reduction, though its fire rate is getting increased by 30 percent and its clip size is getting increased to five, from four. Blizzard says that move is being made to reduce the power of his hook/scrap gun combo, without significantly reducing his overall DPS.

Get Your First Look At New Overwatch Assault Map Horizon Lunar Colony

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Get Your First Look At New Overwatch Assault Map Horizon Lunar Colony

Yesterday, Blizzard started teasing something related to Overwatch's Horizon Lunar Colony. Today, it confirms this is all in relation to a new assault map, which is now available on the Public Test Realm. 

According to the latest press release, the map is set in a scientific base on the moon, where, "the colony's goal was to examine the effects of prolonged extraterrestrial habitation  – on human and ape alike."  Apparently, there's some mystery to the base, as research was going well until all contact was suddenly lost. Years later, it's up to you and your team to return to the moon and battle for control over the colony's facilities – only then will you be able to piece together what really happened to the previous inhabitants.

For more information, especially if you're into Overwatch's lore, Winston narrates a video below explaining more about Horizon Lunar Colony. 

June's PlayStation Plus Games Include Killing Floor 2, Life Is Strange

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June's PlayStation Plus Games Include Killing Floor 2, Life Is Strange

This month's PlayStation Plus titles have been revealed on the PlayStation Blog. Killing Floor 2 and Life is Strange will be available on PlayStation 4 starting June 1.

Killing Floor 2 is a co-op horde first-person shooter. Assemble a team of friends to take on wave after wave of mutants, upgrading your gear as you progress. Life is Strange is an episodic choice-based game about a time-manipulating teen named Max and her personal journey to discover the mysteries of the town of Arcadia Bay.

Along with those PS4 titles, PlayStation Plus members can also enjoy these games on Sony's other platforms:

Ubisoft Unveils New Swirl Logo

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Ubisoft Unveils New Swirl Logo

Ubisoft has a new logo. Say goodbye to the familiar swirl, and get ready to meet... a slightly different swirl.

"The new swirl is an evolution of our existing logo that marks a new era for Ubisoft, one with an increased focus on live and digital games as well as a player-centric approach to creating immersive worlds," the company wrote on a blog post.

The logo maintains a similar shape of the original swirl, which was introduced in 2013, but it's a bit chunkier.