Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Coming This Friday

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Niantic's Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Coming This Friday

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the latest game from Niantic Labs, is coming to mobile devices this Friday. As it did before with Pokémon Go, Niantic's AR game puts a layer of gameplay over real-world locations – only this time, it's all about magic instead of pocket-sized monsters.

IP aside, another key difference between Wizards Unite and its Pokémon predecessor is its inclusion of a narrative. We don't know how deep it runs at this point, but it appears to be more involved than engaging in the treadmill of catching them all.

You'll be able to download Harry Potter: Wizards Unite on iOS and Android devices in North America starting June 21. For more info on the game, take a look at Imran's hands-on preview.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's Release Trailer Features Shovel Knight, Teases Child Of Light Crossover

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's Release Trailer Features Shovel Knight, Teases Child Of Light Crossover

With today's launch of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, 505 Games released a new trailer showing off the game, along with some more details and hints on the game's DLC.

The trailer boasts robust crafting and character customization options and retro-styled challenges, along with 13 upcoming pieces of DLC, all of which will be free. Among these features are a classic mode, new game +, boss-rush mode, a roguelike dungeon, speedrun mode, three new characters, co-op, versus mode, online play, a "nightmare" difficulty, plus more.

The trailer goes on to show an uncomfortably beefed-up Shovel Knight mode in the game, using his signature shovel to metaphorically dig his enemies' graves.

Destiny 2's Stadia Playerbase Is Separate From PC, Bungie Confirms

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Destiny 2's Stadia Playerbase Is Separate From PC, Bungie Confirms

Update: Destiny 2 general manager Mark Noseworthy has tweeted an update on the topic of cross-play. While there's no "policy or technological barrier" preventing them from merging the two platforms' playerbases (and including every other Destiny 2 platform while they're at it) according to Noseworthy, Bungie is focused on implementing cross-save for now, but would love to add cross-play in the future.

Original Story: In its latest "This Week at Bungie" blog post, the Destiny 2 developer posted a short FAQ answering a number of questions players had about the game's move from Battle.net to Steam, the game coming to Stadia, and the new cross-save feature, clarifying some key points about what players can expect on September 17 when these features hit alongside the newly-announced Shadowkeep expansion.

Overwatch's Limited-Time Baptiste Event Starts Today

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Overwatch's Limited-Time Baptiste Event Starts Today

Overwatch players recently got a chance to learn more about Baptiste through a short story, and today the company has revealed that we'll be able to earn a host of in-game goodies for the combat medic through a limited-time Baptiste Reunion Challenge. From today through July 1, players can earn a player icon, epic Battle Medic Baptiste skin, and a slew of sprays by winning matches in quick play, competitive, or arcade. 

In addition to the goods you can unlock by playing, you can earn more sprays by watching participating Twitch streamers in two-hour increments, topping off at six total hours.

If you're not into Baptiste (or even if you are, really), today also marks the release of Overwatch's new Replays feature on all platforms. Here, you can watch previous matches from a variety of different perspectives. It's a great way to gloat or critique your own performance, depending on how well you fared in any given game.

The Division 2 Adds The 'Gunner' Specialization In Today's Update

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The Division 2 Adds The 'Gunner' Specialization In Today's Update

In today's update for Tom Clancy's The Division 2, players can gain access to the new "gunner" specialization, which comes with the new rapid-fire minigun, the "banshee" skill, and the riot-foam grenade.

The minigun gives players a temporary boost in defense when in use, while raining down bullets upon targets for a short period of time. The "banshee" signature skill causes confusion for enemies – even when under cover – and the riot-foam grenade temporarily immobilizes opponents, leaving them open to attacks.

The specialization is free, but those without the year one pass will need to complete five in-game challenges to unlock it. Those with the pass will have instant access to the specialization, but can still complete the challenges for additional cosmetic items.

Jurassic World Evolution: Claire's Sanctuary Story DLC Is Available Now

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Jurassic World Evolution: Claire's Sanctuary Story DLC Is Available Now

Ever wonder what life could have been like if humans were there to save the dinosaurs from extinction? Well, we probably wouldn't have been very effective at it back then, due to the lack of technology and all. But Frontier is here to help us save the day with their new DLC Claire's Sanctuary.

Currently available for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One, you get the chance to save these glorious creatures. Those of us that went to E3 this year became extremely hyped for the new Planet Zoo game coming out and playing this is more than we could have asked for during our wait.

The DLC will feature new dinosaurs, gameplay mechanics, missions, and a full story featuring the voice acting of Bryce Dallas Howard herself. The game has grown so much with all the DLC released for it, and the developers don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Beta Coming To PS4 On Friday

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Beta Coming To PS4 On Friday

June 21 marks the official start of summer, but it also offers PlayStation 4 owners something significantly cooler. Starting this Friday, Capcom is releasing a limited-time beta for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. Hunters who are able to successfully complete its three quests can unlock special item packs when the expansion is officially released.

The beta is available to PlayStation Plus subscribers starting at 3 a.m. on June 21 through Monday at 3 a.m. Pacific. Another beta is available to all PS4 owners a week later, from June 28 through July 1. The beta includes hunts against Great Jagras, the all-new Banbaro, and returning monster Tigrex.

For more on Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, check out our New Gameplay Today.

Red Dead Online Rolls Out The Discounts

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Red Dead Online Rolls Out The Discounts

It's showdown time if you want to pick up Red Dead Online rank bonuses for ranks 10 and 20. Players have until June 24 to reach these milestones in order to pick up the requisite rank care packages that include everything from fire arrows to Jolly Jack's chewing tobacco and assorted big-game meat (see below).

Elsewhere in Red Dead online, Rockstar has set up new additions for the Wheeler, Rawson and Co. Catalogue (Lightfoot Pants, Austin Boots, Charro Jacket, and more), and a 30-percent XP and RDO$ boosts for playing an Elimination series playlist, with 60x high-velocity ammo for all the gun classes if you win a match.

Finally, the discounts continue with all tonics at 25 percent off this week.

Dr. Mario World, Nintendo's Newest Mobile Title, Releases Next Month

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Dr. Mario World, Nintendo's Newest Mobile Title, Releases Next Month

Nintendo has revealed that Dr. Mario World, their latest mobile game that they offhandedly announced a few months ago, will be releasing next month on July 10 on both iOS and Android. Nintendo has already released a surprisingly explanatory video about the game, which you can watch below.

The game works similarly to the Dr. Mario you might already know, with putting viruses next to pills of the right color and that familiar Fever & Chill coming out of your phone. However, there are also multiple characters and even items to play with to put a spin on things. The characters include Dr. Luigi, Dr. Peach, Dr. Yoshi, Dr. Toad, and Dr. Bowser.

There's also some explanation of the different kinds of mobile trappings you'll see in the game, like stamina meters and purchasable items.

The Fallout 76 Canvas Bags Are Starting To Go Out

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The Fallout 76 Canvas Bags Are Starting To Go Out

At E3, Bethesda's Todd Howard got up on stage and admitted they made mistakes with Fallout 76, the embattled online Fallout game. While he did not detail these mistakes, in the eyes of consumer confidence, the power armor edition version of the game coming with a nylon bag instead of the promised canvas version was probably at the top of that list. On its face, maybe it doesn't seem like a huge deal, but it became emblematic of every bit of disappointment fans had for the games.

The backlash, to which Bethesda initially sought to soothe with a 500 atom infusion to those with proof of purchase, eventually became too big for Bethesda to fix that quickly. The publisher promised to actually manufacture the canvas bags that they initially said were too expensive to make. 

Now, seven months after the controversy, those bags have begun shipping out. Reported on Reddit and in various tweets from fans, the owners of the Power Armor edition showed a comparison between the two bags. An example below: