Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

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Former Runic, Gearbox Developers Form Monster Squad Games, Working On Co-op Action Game

 Eight former developers from the likes of Runic Games (Torchlight, Hob) and Gearbox Software have spun off to form Monster Squad games, and are working on a gameplay-focused co-op game.

PC Gamer has the lowdown on the studio's announcement. According to them, the studio's Monster Squad's first project will be "a co-op game with a mixture of shooting and melee combat against AI opponents," with loot, and likely will not have a competitive aspect. Although the background of the studio's member suggests the game may be an isometric or first-person game, the studio stated the perspective would be "something new" for them, which could mean a third-person action game.

The team is also focusing heavily on gameplay, and wants to development to be a dialogue with the community, which is why the studio plans to throw the game into an early access period. "It's really motivating to make something and then put it in front of players right away,"  Monster Squad co-founder John Dunbar told PC Gamer. "You find out what works, what doesn't work, and what's missing really fast, and if you put things out right after making them then the community can be a real part of the conversation about what the game is going to be.”

Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

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Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

The next big Destiny 2: Forsaken update, 2.0.5, arrives next Tuesday, bringing with it some big quality-of-life improvements and a new questline for getting your friends to play the game.

The most important change the update makes is to how exotic weapons and armor will drop. Exotics are currently hyper-rare in Forsaken (far moreso than they were in vanilla Destiny 2), and players would often get the same exotics, often from year one, multiple times. This won't be the case come October 30, when the update hits.

While Bungie had previously announced this change, it detailed how the change would work this week. "When you’re receiving an exotic, we will take into account all exotics you’ve found, and weight them against Exotics you have yet to acquire; this lowers the chances of receiving Exotics you already own," Bungie says on its official blog. Armor pieces will be more much more common, too, since they have random rolls (making duplicates useful), and exotics received from quests are no longer in the pool of loot you can get from an exotic engram.

Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

about X hours ago from
Next Destiny 2 Update Lowers Exotic Duplicate Drops, Adds Refer-A-Friend Quest

The next big Destiny 2: Forsaken update, 2.0.5, arrives next Tuesday, bringing with it some big quality-of-life improvements and a new questline for getting your friends to play the game.

The most important change the update makes is to how exotic weapons and armor will drop. Exotics are currently hyper-rare in Forsaken (far moreso than they were in vanilla Destiny 2), and players would often get the same exotics, often from year one, multiple times. This won't be the case come October 30, when the update hits.

While Bungie had previously announced this change, it detailed how the change would work this week. "When you’re receiving an exotic, we will take into account all exotics you’ve found, and weight them against Exotics you have yet to acquire; this lowers the chances of receiving Exotics you already own," Bungie says on its official blog. Armor pieces will be more much more common, too, since they have random rolls (making duplicates useful), and exotics received from quests are no longer in the pool of loot you can get from an exotic engram.

What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

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What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

Everyone in the general gaming world may be playing/talking about Red Dead in some way or another, but esports chugs along unabated. Check out some major events for mainstays and newcomers alike this weekend.

As part of this year's Twitchcon, Games Done Quick is hosting a shorter speedrunning marathon called GDQ Express, featuring two more days of fun speedrunning action. Check out runs for Titanfall 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter major concludes this weekend, with the group stage over and only a handful of teams left in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Black Ops 4, StarCraft II, And Games Done Quick Express

Everyone in the general gaming world may be playing/talking about Red Dead in some way or another, but esports chugs along unabated. Check out some major events for mainstays and newcomers alike this weekend.

As part of this year's Twitchcon, Games Done Quick is hosting a shorter speedrunning marathon called GDQ Express, featuring two more days of fun speedrunning action. Check out runs for Titanfall 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and more. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Epicenter major concludes this weekend, with the group stage over and only a handful of teams left in the playoffs. (Stream / Schedule)

NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

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NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has announced that everyone's favorite android who kills lots of other robots but ends feeling kind of bad about it, 2B, is coming to their weapons-based fighter.

The company dropped a trailer featuring NieR: Automata's 2B (a Square Enix crossover character) as she encounters Ivy in the far-off future, then facing off against various characters. She looks to have a number of air combos and a dodge, similar to what she used in NieR:Automata. Accompanying her release will be new parts for the character creation tool, new music, and weapons. You can watch the trailer below.

Bandai Namco stated the character is "Coming Soon," and will be part of the game's Season Pass, along with Tira and two other characters.

NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

about X hours ago from
NieR: Automata's 2B Is Coming To Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has announced that everyone's favorite android who kills lots of other robots but ends feeling kind of bad about it, 2B, is coming to their weapons-based fighter.

The company dropped a trailer featuring NieR: Automata's 2B (a Square Enix crossover character) as she encounters Ivy in the far-off future, then facing off against various characters. She looks to have a number of air combos and a dodge, similar to what she used in NieR:Automata. Accompanying her release will be new parts for the character creation tool, new music, and weapons. You can watch the trailer below.

Weekend Warrior – That One With The Horses

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Weekend Warrior – That One With The Horses

Here we are again. Another week down, another weekend to look forward to. Big surprise, most of us will be playing Red Dead. If you’re doing something extraordinary like cooking for yourself, or not playing Red Dead Redemption 2, let us know in the comments below. Or if you’re playing Red Dead Redemption 2, well, we’d still like to know about it.

Brian Shea (@brianpshea) - I just wrapped up the main story of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey after 43 hours. I don’t really want to do any more side missions right now, but I feel like I have some unfinished business with a certain cult, so I’m going to be hunting the members of that organization down. After I wrap up that endeavor, it’s time to start the horse boys game.

Jeff Cork (@gijeff) - Here comes something that will blow your mind: I’m going to play Red Dead Redemption II this weekend. I’ll do my best to try out stuff in the game that other people in this roundup aren’t doing, just to make it interesting, though. And I might play a few rounds of Overwatch, too. Ta dah!

Epic Raises $1.25 Billion In Investment Capital

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Epic Raises $1.25 Billion In Investment Capital

Epic Games, the studio behind titles like Fortnite and, well, Fortnite for the foreseeable future, has announced today that they have raised $1.25 billion, with a b, in investment capital. Turns out having the biggest game in the world gets a lot of people to want to give you money in the hopes that they get money back in return.

Seven investors, KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners, have joined Epic's current investors of Tencent, Endeavor, and Disney, as minority shareholders. Epic is still controlled from within, but the company plans to introduce "unique partnerships" with their new investors. 

The cavalcade of investors comes as Epic continues to maintain a strong grip on the game's market. Fortnite numbers have not fluctuated much, indicating that Epic's highly responsive community management and iterative seasons seem to be doing well for the battle royale game. The game is also just still making a lot of money and that will continue unabated for some time.

Twitch And Harmonix Announce Collaborative Project Twitch Sings

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Twitch And Harmonix Announce Collaborative Project Twitch Sings

At TwitchCon today, the Amazon-owned streaming service announced a new karaoke initiative with music-game developers Harmonix called Twitch Sings.

The idea is as simple as you imagine, you can stream yourself singing along to music from Twitch's library of songs while an audience watches and judges you. In addition to judging you, they can pick vote to pick the next song, or let the chat control the effects going on around you. It sounds like a really cool idea and seems to limit audience interaction in ways that chat can't troll you, which is always a plus. Chat can however challenge singers to do things like singing like a surfer or holding a note for seconds.

The actual karaoke function seems to be using Rock Band's gameplay mechanics, which explains the Harmonix collaboration. Players can sing in groups or individually, but a camera and a microphone seems pretty necessary for the entire experience. Beta sign ups are going on right here and lets you choose platforms of iOS, Android (coming soon), or PC.