Windjammers 2 Open Beta Kicks Off Tomorrow

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Windjammers 2 Open Beta Kicks Off Tomorrow

Windjammers 2 has been coming along for a good while now, and although it still doesn’t have a release window, developer Dotemu suddenly announced it’s getting an open beta beginning tomorrow. The team also confirmed that the game is coming to PlayStation consoles after previously being listed for Switch, PC, and Stadia.

If you’re cocking your head sideways, wondering what the heck a Windjammers is, the original game hit arcades in 1994 and is essentially air hockey but with a frisbee-like disc. Two players face off in one-on-one bouts using colorful characters sporting individual strengths and weaknesses to try and lob the disc into the other’s goal. Its fast-paced action made it a cult favorite, and an enhanced port of the game came to PS4, Vita, and Switch. Meanwhile, the sequel was announced in 2018, so needless to say, it’s been quite a long time coming for today’s announcement. For an additional refresher on how the game works, a new trailer helps bring players up to speed.

GTA 5 On PS5 Will Run At 4K And 60 FPS

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GTA 5 On PS5 Will Run At 4K And 60 FPS

Rockstar Games already told Grand Theft Auto fans earlier this Summer about its next-gen upgrades planned for GTA V, but it looks like PlayStation Germany had just one more thing to add. According to a recent blog post from the German arm of PlayStation, GTA 5 on PS5 will run at a 4K and 60 FPS setting. 

The expanded GTA 5 experience on PS5 aims to make buying this game for the 100th time just a little more reasonable, including making significant tweaks to the way it looks and plays. This includes a "smooth 60 FPS" experience, according to PlayStation Germany, as well as a "crisp 4K resolution." The automatic Google translate option on Chrome struggled with the translation just a little bit, making the enhancements almost hilariously sound like a threat: "You've never seen the criminal metropolis Los Santos so beautiful when the skyline shines thanks to a bold graphic update in crisp 4K, and you make the city extremely smooth and unsafe thanks to a smooth 60 FPS." Because everything in this world should be "smooth and unsafe," to be perfectly honest. 

MLB The Show 21 Players Can Play On The Field Of Dreams Tomorrow

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MLB The Show 21 Players Can Play On The Field Of Dreams Tomorrow

If you’re a baseball fanatic, odds are you’ve seen the classic sports fantasy drama Field of Dreams and probably think it’s the bee’s knees. Being the enthusiast that you are, you probably playing enjoy MLB The Show as well, perhaps even its most recent entry. Well now that we’ve cleared all that up, what if I told you that MLB The Show 21 players will soon have a chance to play ball on the iconic field from the 1989 hit? Well, they built it, so now you’ll come.

Tomorrow, August 10, MLB The Show 21 players will be able to hit homers from the famous Iowa cornfield seen in the film. The reason is that the real-life MLB will host a special game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees on a specially-constructed field adjacent to the actual Field of Dreams in Dyersville, Iowa this week (August 12 to be exact). The in-game stadium is based on this new field and the team worked closely with the venue’s architects to help bring it to life. You can read more about how the developer painstakingly recreated the playing field by reading their PlayStation Blog post

This is a free content update for players on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles. But if you’re a PlayStation owner that hasn’t picked up the game, the PS4 version is currently 33% off ($40.19) while the more expensive PS5 version is discounted at 29% ($49.69).

No Man's Sky Frontiers Update Announced In Celebration Of Its 5th Anniversary

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No Man's Sky Frontiers Update Announced In Celebration Of Its 5th Anniversary

No Man’s Sky is five years old today, and it's hard to believe that much time has passed since the astral-hopping adventures began. Hello Games is celebrating the occasion with a trailer chronicling the 16 free updates released for No Man’s Sky that helped the studio live up to its ambitious goals. The trailer looks at the past and gives a small glimpse at the future by announcing a new expansion called Frontiers. No content is shown of this new update, but the trailer concludes by saying Frontiers is "coming soon."

You can check out the anniversary trailer below, which cycles through the different iterations of No Man’s Sky and includes footage of Sean Murray and the Hello Games team doing press for the game leading up to release and fan reactions to one of the largest updates to the game, No Man’s Sky Next.

Game Informer Magazine Content Director Matt Miller reviewed the original version of No Man’s Sky back in 2016; while there are things he liked about the experience, this quote of his closing paragraph points out what he felt needed to be addressed in the original product:

There's An Official Witcher School Modeled After The Hit Novels And Games

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There's An Official Witcher School Modeled After The Hit Novels And Games

Think you got what it takes to best Geralt of Rivia himself? Test your might at an official Witcher school. 5 Zywiolow (5 Elements) in Poland is a company offering to make those Witcher dreams come true with a plethora of events that will feature actual lessons in real Polish castles. While it's no Kaer Morhen, these castles will offer a realistic backdrop for training schools designed to make those Witcher goals an impressive reality. This is the official LARPing experience for Witcher lovers that is so much more than just mimicking such a beloved universe. 

I first learned about this school in a modding discord that focuses on The Witcher franchise, and it looks incredibly immersive. "Become a Witcher and live an adventure of a lifetime," boasts the school alongside a calendar of events that are being offered to give fans an authentic experience. At the time of writing this, there are four events in total coming soon. There is one "Polish Edition" and three "International Editions" with the below dates: 

Hellblade's Xbox Series X/S Update Adds Ray Tracing And Other Improvements

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Hellblade's Xbox Series X/S Update Adds Ray Tracing And Other Improvements

As we patiently wait for the next chapter in the Hellblade saga, the first game, Senua’s Sacrifice, just got a big optimization update for Xbox Series X/S. The 2017 action game, which already looked pretty sharp, runs better than ever thanks to tweaks that improve resolution, performance, and even adds a quality-of-life feature. 

Developer Ninja Theory, which is one of the third-party studios owned by Microsoft, announced on Twitter that as of today, Hellblade features ray tracing, 4K resolution, and 120hz refresh rate on both Series X and S. The team also dove in and spruced up some in-game details and particle effects. In terms of convenience, the game now has a nifty chapter select option as well. Here’s a trailer showing off the improvements in action.

Hellblade is currently available on Xbox Game Pass, so if you’re a subscriber that owns a Series X or S, this sounds like the perfect time to give it a shot. As for the upcoming sequel, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II, it still doesn’t have a release window unfortnately. We also still don't know much about it other than that it’s being built in Unreal Engine 5, is set in 9th century Iceland, and still stars Melina Juergens as Senua. 

The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Is Expensive And Looks Awesome

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The Mandalorian Pinball Machine Is Expensive And Looks Awesome

Stern Pinball’s latest table explores the first two seasons of The Mandalorian and pushes the player to smack a Beskar ball across the galaxy to protect Grogu. This beautifully designed table features a giant Grogu statue, exclusive speech from actor Carl Weathers (in character as Greef Karga), and the show’s theme song with music from composer Ludwig Göransson. If you want to add it to your game room, it’s available now in three models: Pro (for $6,199), Premium ($7,799), and Limited Edition ($9,199).

The three models look different and offer several distinct features when the silver ball is in play. The Premium and Limited-Edition models feature a gravity-changing rotation Encounter. Stern’s announcement calls this feature an “innovative, motorized rotating playfield” that features six stand-up targets, lights, and two full-size flippers.” These models also offer a dynamic inner-loop shot that activates a horseshoe scoop ramp that Stern says delivers “fast, repeatable precision shooting.”

Stern is only making 750 units of the Limited Edition, decked out with a frame inspired by Beskar armor, exclusive inside art blades, an enhanced audio system, anti-reflection playfield glass, and a numbered plaque.

Netflix's The Witcher Anime, Nightmare Of The Wolf, Drops New Trailer And Keyart

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Netflix's The Witcher Anime, Nightmare Of The Wolf, Drops New Trailer And Keyart

Netflix's The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is a self-proclaimed anime that serves as a prequel to the Witcher tales we know and love. Move over, Geralt of Rivia; it's Vesemir's time to shine and shine he does with the newest trailer to drop alongside a brand new poster. 

First up is the latest trailer where we see Vesemir approach a building that fans of this fantasy franchise will recognize: 

Shortly after the trailer was released, Netflix also showcased a new poster with Vesemir front and center: 

Elden Ring Steam Page Is Live, Assuaging Worries Of Epic Games Exclusivity

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Elden Ring Steam Page Is Live, Assuaging Worries Of Epic Games Exclusivity

Elden Ring is coming to both PC and consoles, but there have been rumors and worries since its reveal that this would be another big title exclusive to Epic Games. There is good news for those in the pro Steam camp: the Elden Ring Steam page is officially live and states that a planned release on the platform is slated for January 20, 2022. 

Despite the official Elden Ring trailer showing off a Steam logo, that didn't stop the rumor mill from claiming Epic Games Store exclusivity. Now that the Steam listing is officially live, the debate can finally end. While we have seen switches in the past where a title would suddenly become an Epic Games exclusive or lose said exclusivity, as seen with Death Stranding, the current status of Elden Ring is that it will have a Steam release. 

At the time this article was written, Elden Ring on PC is slated to launch on January 20, 2022, though the global release is set for January 21, 2022. For those curious, here are the reported PC specs for the highly anticipated FromSoftware title: 

Full Trailer For Canceled Duke Nukem Prequel From Gearbox Surfaces

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Full Trailer For Canceled Duke Nukem Prequel From Gearbox Surfaces

A trailer has surfaced for the canceled Duke Nukem prequel from Gearbox, a title that never saw the light of day over legal disputes surrounding the character himself. Though the Duke Nukem game was canned, that hasn't stopped it from sprouting up a few times over the years. This time, however, is a full trailer that shows off what could have been. 

The video at the top of the article shows what the setup would have looked like for Nukem's prequel story. Called Duke Nukem Begins, the origin story was meant to flesh out what we knew about the Duke himself, but unfortunately, it couldn't climb its way out of development hell. The trailer for the canceled game, directed by Gregor Punchats, shows off a full story proposal for the prequel. He has shared tidbits of this very same video in the past, most recently in 2019, but now he has decided to share it in its entirety with the world. 

"In 2008, when I was working for the good folks at Janimation in Dallas Tx, we were hired by Gearbox to create a vertical slice (an animated version of what the game will look like) for the game Duke Nukem Begins, a Duke origin story," reads the trailer's official description from Punchatz.