World of Warcraft Reveals Ardenweald

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World of Warcraft Reveals Ardenweald

We're all expecting World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to arrive sometime this year, and possibly sooner rather than later. Blizzard has decided to give players a taste of what's to come in the Azerothian afterlife by revealing some details from one of the 4 major zones players will be leveling up and exploring in as they make their way to level 60.

At cap, players determine a Shadowlands faction to side up with. Selecting a faction gives you access to a special covenant hall, mount, transmog armor abilities, and much much more - your covenant identity plays a huge role in Shadowlands at both the functional and flavor levels. Right now, they're giving us an early peek at Ardenweald, the realm of the Night Fae. If you're into druids and the Emerald Dream, spirit animals, and all that kind of thing with a touch of winter instead of summer, this is going to be the covenant for you.

Like the other major afterlife zones, Ardenweald comes with its own special inhabitants and environments that set it apart. You can get a full rundown of all the curious creatures you can meet on the World of Warcraft site here.

The Kingdoms Of Amalur Re-Reckoning Comes

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The Kingdoms Of Amalur Re-Reckoning Comes

Update: THQ has confirmed the not-so-subtle rumors, adding that the game will also include all of the released DLC.

The rumours are true! Prepare for a Re-Reckoning, because Kingdoms of Amalur is coming back.
Remastered with stunning visuals and refined gameplay, it's soon time to experience an epic RPG journey and all its DLCs like never before.#KingdomsOfAmalur #ReReckoning pic.twitter.com/MlpSCTrjPe

[Source: THQ Nordic]

Destiny 2 Teases Next Steps

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Destiny 2 Teases Next Steps

Bungie has been very quiet about the newest season of Destiny 2, scheduled to begin next week. Previous seasons have had clear names discussed weeks or months in advance, but this summer’s season has consistently been titled Season of the [Redacted]. In addition, the developers have been gradually teasing a number of separate story threads for some time, including the impending arrival of the pyramid ships hinted at in earlier installments of the game, the Drifter’s complicated allegiances, and the current threat of a giant Cabal ship hurtling toward humanity’s last city.

While we don’t know yet if all those (and other) threads are finally coming to a head, we do now know that Bungie plans to hold back announcements until the very day of the new season. Season of the [REDACTED] is scheduled to launch on June 9, and a new teaser, first surfacing on the game’s official Twitter, suggests that the future of Destiny 2 will be revealed on the morning of June 9, at 9am Pacific.

Check out the brief trailer on Destiny's official Twitter feed, which seems to show the Drifter piloting toward a particularly icy moon.

Pressing Pause

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Pressing Pause

In the name of letting more important voices be heard, Game Informer is choosing to let much of our regular video and podcast content fall silent for the time being. Thank you for understanding. 

Sega Releasing Game Gear Micro In Japan

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Sega Releasing Game Gear Micro In Japan

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Sega is releasing four Game Gear Micro retro handhelds in Japan on October 6.

Each handheld comes in its own color and contains four built-in games from the original handheld running via emulation. Each Micro retails for 4.980 yen (approximately $46). A Collection package featuring all four handhelds and other items will also be available for 27,255 yen (~$250).

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Check Out Path of Exile's Upcoming Expansion - Harvest

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Check Out Path of Exile's Upcoming Expansion - Harvest

Coming this month on June 19, Path of Exile's latest expansion is all about growth. Literally! Players can build up gardens that grow monsters, and then harvest them for all kinds of powerful loot.

Like other leagues, players find the critical league mechanic to interact with the instanced garden in each area and/or map, seed caches that allow them to travel to their own Sacred Grove, complete with pipes that route color-coded energy to plants. Check out the trailer below for a solid high-level look at what's coming.

Players have plenty of seeds to pick from, both big and small, common and rare, and can handcraft deadly monsters by selecting the right seeds. Seeds grow over time, and as you visit your garden from area to area, you can watch your little buds turn into potential loot caches - but be careful, these blooms bite back!

Pokémon Sword & Shield The Isle Of Armor Expansion Hits June 17

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Pokémon Sword & Shield The Isle Of Armor Expansion Hits June 17

When the Pokémon Sword Expansion Pass and Pokémon Shield Expansion Pass were revealed earlier this year, Game Freak promised to inject two story-based adventures in new areas of the Pokémon world, as well as new and returning Pokémon, into Sword & Shield. While we haven't received much news since, today, we got a new trailer that gives us a refreshed look at the two expansions that are due this year. 

The Isle of Armor sees you venturing to an island to study at a prestigious Pokémon trainer school under the apprenticeship of former Galar-region champion Mustard. The Crown Tundra casts your trainer in the role of expedition leader as you venture through the snowy landscape and delve deep into a Pokémon Dens to battle myriad Legendary Pokémon from past games, including Galarian forms of the Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. 

In addition to seeing several returning Pokémon roaming the green pastures and desert expanses of the Isle of Armor, we also got a look at Galarian Slowbro and many of the new characters we'll be encountering, including Klara, Avery, and Mustard. The trailer below also gives us glimpses of Gigantamax Venusaur and Blastoise, as well as new Legendary Pokémon like Kubfu (and its evolved Urshifu forms) and Calyrex.

Total War Saga: Troy Will Be Free On The Day Of Its Release

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Total War Saga: Troy Will Be Free On The Day Of Its Release

Creative Assembly's Total War strategy series is almost always consistently good. However, there have been so many Total War games over the years that it is hard to know where to start. How about with this year's Total War Saga: Troy, which lets players assume the roles of Achilles, Hector, and many other legendary heroes from the Greek Trojan War. 

When Troy releases exclusively on the Epic Games Store on August 13, it will be free for the first 24 hours, so you have one less excuse to give this prolific series a shot. Mark your calendars now. 

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Our Support For The Family Of George Floyd, Our City, And Nation

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Our Support For The Family Of George Floyd, Our City, And Nation

As a Twin Cities company, Game Informer is devastated by the events of the last week. We are reeling from the gruesome and unjust death of George Floyd. We offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of George Floyd, and support to the countless other members of the Black community around the country whose pain and loss goes undocumented or unresolved.  

Gaming can often act as an escape from the troubles of real life, but for many families, there is no escape from persecution, harassment, and the threat of death. Systemic racism has no place in gaming or in our society.

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