Dota 2's International Delayed, Likely Until 2021

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Dota 2's International Delayed, Likely Until 2021

Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason, Valve has delayed this years International global tournament event, likely until sometime next year.

The event was slated to take place in Stockholm, Sweden. With teams coming in and competing from all over the globe for enormous prize pools to stadiums packed full of fans, it's not hard to see why an event of this nature could present a risk given current conditions. 

Full details are available on the official Dota 2 blog.

Check Out Apex Legends' Legacy of a Thief Trailer

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Check Out Apex Legends' Legacy of a Thief Trailer

While full details for Apex Legends' upcoming Season 5 are not yet known, today we got a taste. Beginning May 12, Apex Legends will roll out a new game mode - Quests. Quests have different treasures, mysteries, and explorations to explore each season, with big rewards for those that complete them. The update rolls out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

In addition teasing that new mode, Apex Legends has a spiffy new trailer showcasing Season 5 - Fortune's Favor. Check out the Legacy of a Thief trailer below!

GDC Transitions Delayed Summer Conference Into All-Digital Event

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GDC Transitions Delayed Summer Conference Into All-Digital Event

Earlier this year, the annual Game Developers Conference was the first major video game industry conference to alter its plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled to take place March 16 to 20 in San Francisco, Calif., organizer Informa postponed the conference to August in hopes that the late-summer public-health situation would allow for safe large gatherings. Unfortunately, that does not appear as though it will be the case, and the organizers announced that the renamed GDC Summer will take place as an all-digital event.

The organizers released a statement, which you can see in its entirety below.

The Outsiders Halts Development On Darkborn

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The Outsiders Halts Development On Darkborn

Developer The Outsiders, a Stockholm-based indie studio founded by former Payday 2 and Battlefield talent, has announced it is halting development on Darkborn, the dark fantasy title it initially announced as Project Wight. Just over a year ago, the studio shared gameplay footage where you play as a Grendel-like monster capable of brutalizing those who would hunt you. The footage was promising and exciting, but unfortunately the game does not look like it will come to fruition.

Dear Outsider friends and monster- lovers: pic.twitter.com/NRTwNUHxSp

The good news is the statement released by the studio says it is working on "something new. Something awesome. Something we really love." While we will likely have to wait a while to see what that "something new" is, you can learn more about what Darkborn was planned to be, or watch the gameplay trailer for what could have been below.

Microsoft Showing Off Xbox Series X Games Next Week

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Microsoft Showing Off Xbox Series X Games Next Week

Microsoft has announced an Inside Xbox presentation featuring Xbox Series X games on May 7 at 8 a.m. Pacific for the upcoming holiday console.

The teaser doesn't list any specific titles, but already confirmed games such as the recently announced Assassin's Creed Valhalla, as well as Cyberpunk 2077 are easy candidates.

Aaron Greenberg from Xbox Games marketing, added that Microsoft's first-party devs are "hard at work on some big summer plans."

The Voice Of Solid Snake Joins Phantom: Covert Ops VR Game

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The Voice Of Solid Snake Joins Phantom: Covert Ops VR Game

If you have a VR headset then Phantom: Covert Ops should be on your radar. This stealthy VR game places you into a kayak and then asks you to complete a number of black op assassinations. It sounds a bit like Metal Gear in a boat, so it's fitting that the original voice of Solid Snake – David Hayter – is joining the cast. Hayter plays the part of a disgraced ex-Soviet named General Zhurov, who hopes to rewrite history and change the outcome of the cold war. 

"He's very different [than Snake]," Hayter told us. "General Zhurov was a ranking Soviet officer in the '80s who fought in various conflicts and was a huge believer in the Soviet Union, but he was defeated by these stealth Phantom Ops people and they left him for dead.

"When the Soviet Union crumbled, he never let that go. He's also never let go of his hatred and lust for vengeance against the Phantom Ops guys, so he's on his way to insane. He's obsessive and he's out of control, but he has a plan to take over the world, and he's not gonna let you and your kayak stop him."

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Announced

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Announced

Throughout the day, Ubisoft has been exhibiting a livestream of artist BossLogic as he creates a digital piece that shows off the next setting for the Assassin’s Creed game. With the piece now complete, it’s clear that the next installment of the long-running series will transport players back to some variation of the Viking world. As the stream came to an end, we also got an official name: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

Details remain scarce about the new game, but the first piece of key art offers some clear suggestions of what we can expect, including Viking longboats, medieval forts, and of course, fierce melee combat.

We’ll be following the game closely over the coming days and months. Stay tuned for Valhalla's world premier trailer tomorrow, April 30 at 8 AM Pacific time.

May's PlayStation Plus Games Are For The Creators

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May's PlayStation Plus Games Are For The Creators

City planning and farming aren't for everyone, but in the video game space the building aspects of Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19 speak to a niche life that has already captured the imagination of millions of gamers. Paid subscribers to PlayStation Plus can embrace their inner creator by picking up these games for free in May.

This console version of Cities: Skyline does a good job of adapting the original PC controls as well as including a variety of city-building features, and Farming Simulator 19 includes riding and tending to animals as well as growing crops.

You can start downloading and playing these titles on May 5 until June 1. April's titles – Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Dirt Rally 2.0 are available until then.

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Launches May 28

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Dungeon Defenders: Awakened Launches May 28

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is leaving the Steam early access program and launching into full release on May 28. With official launch comes a ton of new content, including game modes, bosses, stages, and gear. Players can face off against the Ancient Dragon and Goblin Mech for the first time, select new difficulty levels, and collect new rewards. 

Dungeon Defenders: Awakened is planned to head to other platforms after the Steam release, including Nintendo Switch in Q3 and PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Q4.

Check out the release trailer below!

Dying Light Receiving Hellraid DLC This Summer

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Dying Light Receiving Hellraid DLC This Summer

Techland has announced new paid DLC for its 2015 zombie game Dying Light. When Dying Light initially released, Techland was also working on another title featuring first-person combat: a dark fantasy title known as Hellraid. While we liked what we saw at Gamescom 2014, Techland announced it was suspending development on Hellraid shortly after the launch of Dying Light, saying Hellraid was not up to the studio's standards and that it would instead focus on expanding Dying Light. This new Dying Light DLC allows players to access an all-new game mode set in that dark fantasy world that never was.

Despite this news surrounding Hellraid, Techland insists development for that game is still suspended and there are currently no plans to resume Hellraid development. Instead, Techland hopes Dying Light: Hellraid will give fans a chance to explore the fantasy world it crafted for Hellraid with Dying Light gameplay. Since Hellraid was suspended, Techland has expanded the Dying Light universe through an expansion called The Following, a short-lived free-to-play battle royale title called Dying Light: Bad Blood, and the upcoming sequel, Dying Light 2