Overwatch Celebrates The Summer Games With Olympic DLC Event

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Overwatch Celebrates The Summer Games With Olympic DLC Event

The Olympics are making their way into Overwatch, as over the next three weeks new cosmetic content is accessible in seasonal loot boxes in celebration of the summer Olympics.

There are over 100 new cosmetic items including themed sprays, emotes, victory poses, highlight intros, player icons, and skins. The Olympic themed content cannot be purchased with in-game credits, only by opening the seasonal loot-boxes that are either purchased with real currency or collected whenever a player gains a level. However, each seasonal loot box is guaranteed to have at least one item from the Summer Games 2016 collection. 

Each new character skin is colored based on the country of origin for the character, like McCree representing the US or Torbjörn for Sweden. In some new screenshots seen below, unique sprays depict every character playing their own summer games sport. Examples include Tracer as a track runner, Reinhardt as a wrestler, Junkrat playing tennis, and McCree as an equestrian. Once you unlock an item it will stay in your inventory forever, but after this event all themed items will no longer be accessible to unlock or purchase. 

New Hunter For Evolve Stage 2 Announced, Coming Tomorrow

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New Hunter For Evolve Stage 2 Announced, Coming Tomorrow

A new hunter will be coming tomorrow to Evolve Stage 2 – the recently relaunched, free-to-play of the 2015 isometric multiplayer game. The character, named Quantum Caira, is a variant on the medic Caira and is classified as a medic hunter.Announced by Gamepedia, Cosmic Caira can stack multiple "proton fields" that deal damage to enemies, as well as heal fellow hunters by releasing her Regeneration Field. As explained by Gamepedia, the key to Cosmic Caira is pairing her up with the right team members, making her one of the most powerful medics in the game. For example, when paired with Trappers, Caira's regeneration zones are given extra time to build up. 

Quantum Caira is the second new character to come to Evolve Stage 2, the trapper Electro Griffin was released last month. Evolve recently went completely free-to-play on PC with numerous gameplay changes

[Source: Gamepedia]

PlayStation Now Adds Eternal Sonata, Disgaea, And More RPGs To Its Lineup

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PlayStation Now Adds Eternal Sonata, Disgaea, And More RPGs To Its Lineup

Sony has added 15 new RPGs to its PlayStation Now lineup, which includes everything from the popular Disgaea series to more obscure Mars: War Logs. Notably absent RPGs include Final Fantasy and the Tales series, which are still not a part of PlayStation Now. The complete list as as follows:

The Awakened Fate UltimatumBattle Princess of ArcadiasChild of Light
Dragon Fin Soup
Eternal Sonata
Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice
Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten
Faery: Legends of Avalon
The Guided Fate Paradox
Legasista
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 
Mars: War Logs
Rise of the Argonauts
Wizardry: Labyrinth of Lost Souls

PlayStation Now subscribers can stream the games to their PlayStation 3, Vita, PlayStation TV, or certain brands of Sony TVs and Blu-ray players. A PlayStation Now subscription is $19.99 for one month or $44.99 for three months.

The Dota 2 International Tournament Kicks Off Today

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Valve’s biggest tournament for Dota 2, The International, begins this week. Today, four teams (Ehome, Execration, Escape Gaming, and Complexity Gaming) will play Wild Card matches to determine which two teams will be the last to join the sixteen-team roster. From August 3 to 5, the sixteen remaining teams will be split into two groups and play best-of-two sets against every team in their group.

The main event begins August 8, when the top four teams from each group will begin the double-elimination playoff tournament in the upper bracket, while the bottom four will be placed in the lower bracket, where they risk elimination after a single loss.

The prize pool for the tournament currently sits at around $19.5 million and is funded by in-game “compendium” purchases players can make. The winning team takes home $8.5 million, while the other 15 will earn somewhere between $3 million and $100,000, depending on placement. Defending champions Evil Geniuses will be defending their title from the top teams like OG, Newbee, and Team Liquid.

You Can Buy A Final Fantasy XV Season Pass, But You Have To Guess What’s Inside

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Square Enix has been dancing around the concept of Final Fantasy XV DLC for a while now. We’ve had hints before that some of it will be paid content, but today we know for sure that there is a chunk of it on the way.

Final Fantasy XV will have a season pass. Those that purchase the $85 digital premium edition will get it included. There’s also an upgrade, though the price is hidden unless you’ve already pre-ordered the standard edition. It would make sense that it is $25, to bring you up to the premium version.

The most descriptive language we can find is on the upgrade store page. "The Season Pass allows you to download additional content," it reads. "This Upgrade is a special deal for customers who have already preordered the Final Fantasy XV digital edition."

The Destiny: Rise Of Iron Digital Issue Is Now Live

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The Destiny: Rise Of Iron Digital Issue Is Now Live

If you subscribe to the computer or tablet edition of Game Informer magazine, you're now able to read new and exclusive details about Destiny's newest expansion, Rise of Iron. Following today's cover reveal, our digital issue is now live on web browsers and will be coming to iPadAndroid, and Google Play throughout the day. You can download the apps to view the issue by following this link. All four of these digital options are included in a standard subscription.

The issue launches tomorrow on our third-party subscription apps including ZinioKindle, and Nook.

Not a digital subscriber yet? Convert your existing print subscription here or start a new subscription here.

Bungie Reveals Destiny Plans After Rise Of Iron

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Bungie Reveals Destiny Plans After Rise Of Iron

We just announced our cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron, and this month’s magazine is the place to look to get the full scoop on the new expansion. However, in addition to extensive details about the latest expansion, we also spoke with Bungie about its plans for Destiny beyond September, and they shared some of what players can expect.

Fans of last year’s Halloween-themed event will be happy to hear that the Festival of the Lost is returning in October, along with new masks to chase and some other surprises. 

Following that, Bungie has also revealed that we’ll see the return of the Sparrow Racing League in December, including tweaks to existing tracks along with new tracks inspired by Rise of Iron’s environments. But beyond the racing experience, Bungie is eager to expand the winter event into something larger. “When we talk about SRL coming back, it’ll probably be wrapped in a different style, not just focused around SRL,” says live team director Jerry Hook. “Because some of the stuff that we learned from our players around the Sparrow Racing League is that some people didn’t like racing. So, can you do something with the event that helps support those players a little bit differently? Absolutely.”

New Progression Details Emerge For Destiny: Rise Of Iron

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New Progression Details Emerge For Destiny: Rise Of Iron

We dedicated 16 pages of our most recent issue of Game Informer to an in-depth look at Destiny: Rise of Iron. Tons of new details are there to uncover from our three days of interviews, demos, and most importantly, our playtime with Rise of Iron. But if you’re a player who is just trying to figure out the nuts and bolts of how your guardian can progress beginning on September 20, we’ve got you covered right here.

Character level is staying at 40, but light values are now jumping from the current cap of 335 up to 385. That cap will be further increased to 400 when the hard mode version of the raid launches some weeks after Rise of Iron’s launch. New rare (blue), legendary (purple), and exotic (gold) gear help players ascend through those new tiers, and the system as we observed it for item drops appears to be very similar to what has been in the game for some time now. 

A new Rise of Iron Record Book now tracks your progress through the entirety of the expansion, echoing similar systems that were used for last year’s SRL event, or the more recent Moments of Triumph for Year 2. This record book has discrete tasks to be completed throughout the Rise of Iron content, and completing any task adds to your overall percentage completion of the record book. Reach designated percentage completion points, and you gain new armor, emblems, and more. 

Destiny Artifacts To Receive Dramatic Overhaul

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Destiny Artifacts To Receive Dramatic Overhaul

During our recent visit to Bungie for our cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron, the development team shared a number of new additions to the game. While the focus for this expansion is on new content rather than reinventing game systems, one particular new feature really stood out. Artifacts are getting a major retrofit.

While players can still use and infuse older artifacts, Rise of Iron introduces eight brand new artifacts that are class agnostic, and able to be freely used with any class and subclass. Each of the new artifacts connects to a particular member of the deceased Iron Lords, such as Felwinter, Jolder, or Skorri. 

A new character named Tyra Karn is the centerpiece for Guardians looking to acquire the new Iron Lord artifacts. She sends players out into the Plaguelands to commit mighty deeds in memory of the Iron Lords – a task that should be pretty straightforward for anyone who engages with the new content. Upon completing that task, you gain an item called the Iron Lords’ Legacy, which in turn can be used to acquire one of three artifacts Tyra has on offer in any given week. Over the course of eight weeks or more of play, you should be able to acquire all eight new artifacts. 

PVZ Garden Warfare 2 Gets 10-Hour Trial, 50 Percent Discount This Summer

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PVZ Garden Warfare 2 Gets 10-Hour Trial, 50 Percent Discount This Summer

You may be sitting on the white picket fence pondering a purchase of Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2. If so, this summer brings a chance to give the game an extended look at no cost.

EA and PopCap have announced a ten-hour demo on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you decide to purchase, you can do so at 50 percent off ($34.99). 

The console offer starts today. PC players can take advantage of the trial and discount starting on August 16.