Poland's Getting A Witcher Stamp

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Yep. Geralt is going to grace the face of many useful tiny squares, in Poland at least. Poland's largest postal operator, Poctza Polska is releasing a limited run of the stamp.

Damien Monnier, the lead designer on Gwent, took to Twitter to show off the stamp:

Geralt is getting his own Polish stamp O__O pic.twitter.com/EAtAUlNnmZ

Pokémon Go Plus Is Available As Of Today

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Pokémon Go Plus Is Available As Of Today

The anticipated Pokémon Go Plus is available today at several retailers. The wearable accessory, which pairs with the popular Pokémon Go iOS and Android app, will notify you about nearby PokéStops and Pokémon.

Whenever one of these is nearby, the device will flash and vibrate. It is currently purchasable for $34.99 at stores such as Amazon.

You can read more about Pokémon Go by checking out our round-up of the craziest news stories, or how the game had a huge impact on editor Andrew Reiner's life.

Star Wars Battlefront Death Star DLC Releases Next Week, Gameplay Trailer Revealed

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Star Wars Battlefront's third expansion pack, Death Star, is releasing next week for season pass owners. The DLC will have heroes such as Chewbacca and Bossk, a new mode, as well as five additional maps. Players will also be treated to new weapons and Star Cards.

The news was announced alongside the reveal of a gameplay trailer, which shows off Chewbacca and Bossk in action, along with some epic space battles. It also gives a glimpse into a mission called the Battle Station, which puts players in an X-Wing as they make their way towards the Death Star.

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Shuhei Yoshida Believes No Man's Sky's Marketing 'Wasn't A Great PR Strategy'

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Shuhei Yoshida Believes No Man's Sky's Marketing 'Wasn't A Great PR Strategy'

Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, offered criticism towards No Man's Sky's marketing campaign when he recently caught up with EuroGamer at the Tokyo Games Show. After several fans demanded refunds and expressed disappointment in No Man's Sky's final product, Yoshida told the publication that he too felt it didn't meet expectations.

Since its release in early August, disgruntled fans have complained that the final release of No Man's Sky lacked features that Hello Games' Sean Murray had said would be included, such as multiplayer and other functions. Yoshida told EuroGamer that, "I had the opportunity to play the game right before launch - and I restarted playing the game on launch day with the Day One patch - so I could see the struggle for the developers to get the game out in the state that they wanted."

Major League Hacking Hosting Watch Dogs 2-Themed Event

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Major League Hacking Hosting Watch Dogs 2-Themed Event

As Elise Favis noted in her preview of the game from E3 of this year, Watch Dogs 2 puts a bigger emphasis on hacking than its predecessor. To celebrate the world of hacking (in controlled environments, of course), student hacking league Major League Hacking is partnering with Ubisoft to host a series of hackathons based on the game for its Fall 2016 season.

Major League Hacking hosts hackathons, events that help aspiring programmers test and develop their programming skills by presenting them with challenge problems requiring creative solutions. For their Watch Dogs 2 events, the league will focus on mobile cybersecurity.  "In the spirit of Watch Dogs 2, students at MLH events will be challenged to design a project to demonstrate just how easy data privacy can be compromised on real-life smart devices," reads Major League Hacking's blog. The winning team will receive one copy of Watch Dogs 2 per member.

Major League Hacking has also created a capture-the-flag style challenge students can play on their own, and will also host a smaller event for this challenge at each hackathon, the winner of which will also receive a copy of Watch Dogs 2. Once the season is over, the person with the fastest aggregate times will win a trip to Ubisoft Montreal.

Second Evolution Fighting Game Tournament, Evo Japan, Coming In 2018

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The Evolution Champion Series is the biggest fighting tournament in the world. The event is now so popular, in fact, that a second iteration of the tournament was announced at this year's event. Now we know when the event is coming.

Evo Japan is now scheduled to happen sometime in 2018, as both the official event page and Evo head Joey Cuellar posted on Twitter.

Last week, fighting game website Shoryuken reported that "Evo Japan LLC" had been registered as legal entity in Japan. The company is a co-venture between SRKX Productions (which runs the American version of the tournament) and Japanese companies: Shochiku Broadcasting (which owns a number of television channels in Japan), Aetas (which owns Japanese gamging site 4Gamer), and Hearts United Group (which is owned by Aetas, meaning Aetas owns a majority stake). The three Japanese companies have split at $1 million stake in the company.

Big Changes Are Coming To Marvel Heroes 2016

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Big Changes Are Coming To Marvel Heroes 2016

Developer Gazillion has been continually adding to Marvel Heroes 2016 on PC with assorted characters and costumes, but the team says that the next batch of changes will be the biggest systems update in the free-to-play game's history.

In a new post on the official site, the game's lead systems designer lays out a plan for upcoming modifications. Eventually, players will see updates that modify hero powers, items, the Omega system, and personal difficulty sliders. However, today's post deals primarily with the first in that list, since every hero in the game will be receiving a design update all at once.

If you're a fan of the game and are interested in the nitty-gritty details, you should definitely check out the lengthy post. It has lots of explanations, images, and examples that are geared toward players who are very familiar with the current mechanics.

A Mystery Status Effect Is Spreading Through Destiny

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A Mystery Status Effect Is Spreading Through Destiny

If you're one of the many people playing Destiny right now in anticipation of Rise of Iron, you may have noticed something strange going on. Some players seem to be getting "infected" with status boosts that may be tied to a larger Destiny-related plan.

Here's what we know so far: Some players have received an effect that boosts XP and reputation gains. It first surfaced during a stream from Mr_Amplified (as pictured above and seen in this clip), and seems to coincide with a comment in the chat from user Owl Sector. This buff was called Splendor 2.6, but variations with different names have also been spotted. The buff appears as a glittering swarm around players' heads, and persists on the account after changing characters and even logging out.

Whatever is happening, it's clearly building up to something. An Owl Sector website appeared (as part of bungie.net, no less) with names corresponding to the status effects circulating along with other cryptic info. Is this some sort of ARG, perhaps? Only time will tell.

Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility List Grows By Three Today

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Xbox One's Backwards Compatibility List Grows By Three Today

Fans of action/RPGs, fighting games, and indie darlings can fire up their Xbox Ones and enjoy some old favorites today. Bound by Flame, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, and The Maw are now backwards compatible.

The news was announced in a tweet from Xbox's Larry Hryb (a.k.a. Major Nelson). They aren't exactly high-profile titles that will engage your fondest nostalgia, but not every addition to the backwards compatibility list can be a top-shelf blockbuster. These are still solid, and the fact that Microsoft remains committed to supporting this feature is a good sign.

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The Battlefield 1 Open Beta Was EA's Biggest To Date

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The Battlefield 1 Open Beta Was EA's Biggest To Date

If you love numbers and Battlefield, you should check out EA's latest post that breaks down some statistics about the recently completed Battlefield 1 beta.

The most impressive detail is the sheer number of players: 13.2 million over the course of the beta, making it the largest beta EA has ever conducted. DICE and EA are also sharing various stats about how different people played, including numbers of kills on horseback, number of melee kills, and the most popular classes.

That last point deserves some extra attention, since the Medic class was conspicuously underused compared to its peers. In a game focused on balanced team play, that shouldn't be the case, and indicates that DICE needs to devote some extra attention to the Medic before the game releases. But learning stuff like that is what betas are for.