Gearbox Is Teasing A 'Celebration Of Togetherness' For Next Week

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Gearbox Is Teasing A 'Celebration Of Togetherness' For Next Week

Gearbox has posted an open invitation for what it's calling a "Celebration of Togetherness" event for next week, which could be hinting at the announcement of crossplay.

The company posted the announcement with a wedding invitation-like image, announcing the event would be on borderlands.com at 7 a.m. Pacific Time on July 16.

Gearbox CEO also tweet another obscure teaser about the event. "We’d be honored for you to take this moment to celebrate our togetherness and we anticipate that what we have prepared for you can create a shared moment of happiness, joy and wonder," he wrote.

Bungie Explains How Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's New Finishing Moves Work

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Bungie Explains How Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's New Finishing Moves Work

One of the many features Bungie highlighted in its recent vi-doc unveiling Destiny 2's Shadowkeep expansion was finishing moves. The company didn't totally explain how these attacks would work then.

Speaking with Polygon recently, however, Destiny 2 general manager Mark Noseworthy and franchise director Luke Smith outlined how the feature will work. “When enemies get below a certain health threshold, they’re going to have an indicator that means they can be finished,” Smith told Polygon. Players will be somewhat exposed during these animations, which can be customized with cosmetic items much like emotes (though Smith notes players will only be able to equip one a time at launch, but multi-equip and a randomizer are in the works for post-launch). 

The reward for pulling these moves off (beyond scoring a quick kill and some energy towards your super ability) can change depending on which mods you have equipped on your armor; Smith cited a mod that would generate ammo for your fireteam whenever you pull off a finisher. This, Smith said, could lead to new approaches to combat as fireteams coordinate which members finish off which enemies when.

What To Watch This Weekend: Gears 5, Halo 3, And Samurai Shodown

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What To Watch This Weekend: Gears 5, Halo 3, And Samurai Shodown

It's playoff weekend baby! We have lots of leagues in that stage today and tomorrow, while fighting game tournaments (which are essentially always in playoff mode) are popping off with Evo just around the corner.

The stage-three playoffs of the Overwatch League are this weekend, and guess what? The Shanghai Dragons are playing today! We also have two more matches tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule)

Gears 5's Eleague event is here, which means hours of high-level play to remind you that oh right, this series has some fun multiplayer! (Stream and Schedule)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Features Same-Sex Romance Options

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Features Same-Sex Romance Options

Nintendo's Fire Emblem series has focused on party relationships for a long time, and romanace is an important part of the experience for many players. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses you can romance both women and men no matter your character's sex.

During a June 12 livestream, Nintendo confirmed that romantic relationships would return to Three Houses but that there would be no offspring mechanic. Some who were disaponted by that news might be interested to learn that same-sex relationships are possible for select characters in the game. However, Nintendo hasn't confirmed who those characters are. Just like real life, love is a bit of a mystery.

Be sure to watch our New Gameplay Today for everything you need to know about Fire Emblem: Three Houses before its release on July 26.

Weekend Warrior – Dragon Quest And Building

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Weekend Warrior – Dragon Quest And Building

It's been a lighter week for game releases, so our editors are taking the time to catch up on a variety of titles. Let us know what you're planning on playing in the comments!

Kyle Hilliard (@kylemhilliard)  I’ve been enjoying Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Bloodstained, so I’ll keep going on both of those. I’m also playing the new Stranger Things game. Outside of games I’ve been enjoying Dead to Me on Netflix and riding my new bike that I got for myself as a late father’s day present. I look very cool in a helmet.

Brian Shea (@brianpshea)  I’ve been traveling a bit this week, but now that I’m back home, I’m going to continue my playthrough of Dying Light. However, while I was traveling, I deepened my Mario Maker 2 obsession, so I will probably make a couple more levels over the weekend. I also bought Dragon Quest Builders 2, so I can’t wait to start that.

How To Make Backwards Level In Super Mario Maker 2

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How To Make Backwards Level In Super Mario Maker 2

There seems to be no shortage of creative ways to build levels in Super Mario Maker 2. YouTuber Ceave Gaming runs down some inventive ways to make sure that players have to run backwards while playing your Mario Makers levels, but this trick only works in the recent release. Can you think of any devious ways to put this trick to use? 

Learn why we're so charmed by Super Mario Maker 2 by reading our review, and be sure to watch us ask legendary developer Takashi Tezuka 48 rapid-fire questions at E3.

Get Age Of Wonders III For Free For A Limited Time

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Get Age Of Wonders III For Free For A Limited Time

Age of Wonders 3 isn't a flawless fantasy RTS (read our review for more), but it's hard to turn down free stuff. In celebration of Triumph Studios' upcoming Age of Wonders: Planetfall, Steam users can download Age of Wonders 3 for free. Anyone who downloads it will also have the opportunity to purchase the Planetfall Premium Edition at a 10-percent discount. This promotion runs from July 11-15, so don't wait too long.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall is a sci-fi 4X take on the franchise that releases on August 6, so stay tuned for more info there. In the meantime, be sure to grab your free game.

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The Coalition Commits To Exclude Depictions Of Smoking From Gears 5

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The Coalition Commits To Exclude Depictions Of Smoking From Gears 5

The COG soldiers of Gears of War have one less health risk to worry about now, as all depictions of characters smoking have been removed from the Gears series. Developer The Coalition has decided to not portray characters smoking in any future Gears games, a policy that actually started with Gears of War 4. 

According to Variety, Truth Initiative approached Turner, the esports broadcaster and organizer that owns the exclusive rights to broadcast Gears 5 gameplay, about the depiction of smoking in the series. In turn, Turner approached The Coalition, who agreed to work with the organization. 

"I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impact of smoking," says The Coalition studio head Rod Fergusson, "It’s always been important for me to not use smoking as a narrative device, which is why we made the conscious choice to avoid highlighting or glorifying smoking in Gears 5 and throughout the Gears of War Universe moving forward."

Streets Of Rogue's Launch Trailer Calls You A Monster For Throwing A Toilet At Someone

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Streets Of Rogue's Launch Trailer Calls You A Monster For Throwing A Toilet At Someone

We were impressed with the on-the-nose Streets of Rogue when we played it, and now you can play the full game for yourself!

The trailer doesn't beat around the bush with its influences, saying "It's like Nuclear Throne meets Deus Ex, mixed with the anarchy of GTA. Rogue-lite meets immersive sim, and goes completely insane."

We would agree, having called it "a fascinating mess, in the best way possible." Check out our New Gameplay Today video in which we cause as much mayhem as possible.

Free DLC Expansion For The Messenger Is Out Today

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Free DLC Expansion For The Messenger Is Out Today

Sabotage's side-scrolling action/platformer's long-awaited DLC is finally here, and it's free. The developers have brought three new levels to the ninja delivery service game, which all take place on a tropical island and include new bosses. The expansion still features the game's time travel mechanics, allowing players to switch between two classic video game styles: 16-bit and 8-bit.

Picnic Panic is out now for Switch and PC. For more information on The Messenger, be sure to check out Suriel's previous coverage of the DLC as well as Brian's review.