Free Weekend, DLC Coming To Ghost Recon Wildlands

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Free Weekend, DLC Coming To Ghost Recon Wildlands

Ghost Recon Wildlands players will soon be able to access some new missions, as well as a free weekend that should make it easier to convince their friends to group up. The free Operation Oracle update includes two new missions, set around a hostage situation.

Operation Oracle also introduces a new Ghost Team leader, Cole D. Walker, who bears a striking resemblance to actor Jon Bernthal (Punisher, The Walking Dead). The update is coming May 2.

Ghost Recon Wildlands' free weekend will run from May 2 through May 5. During that period, players will be able to access everything from the game's standard edition at no cost, including the campaign, PVP mode, and missions that feature cameos from Sam Fisher and the Predator. If you like what you played during the promotional period, your progress will carry over if you decide to pick up a copy of the game.

Hitman 2's Miami Pack Out Today, Sean Bean Coming Back Soon

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Hitman 2's Miami Pack Out Today, Sean Bean Coming Back Soon

IO Interactive is giving prospective assassins a chance to get their feet wet before fully committing to the life. The standalone Hitman 2 Miami Pack gives new players complete access to the tutorial area and Miami location (and its Finish Line mission), along with Ghost Mode: Miami and the Sniper Assassin Mode: Himmelstein. 

Elusive target Sean Bean is back, too, reprising his role as former MI5 agent Mark Faba (appropriately nicknamed "The Undying"). You have from May 3 until June 3 to take him out, but the catch is that you only get one attempt. Check out Leo's video of your previous confrontation with the Bean below to get a sense of what you're up against.

The Hitman 2 Miami Pack is out today for $14.99. 

Media Molecule Is Looking Into Non-Motion Controls For Dreams

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Media Molecule Is Looking Into Non-Motion Controls For Dreams

One of Media Molecule's most notable endeavors with Dreams is taking complex game creation tools and making them accessible for a wide audience. The game has been largely successful on that front, letting those without any professional experience in game design create surprisingly complex prototypes and impressive games. However, a sticking point for the community so far has been the use of motion controllers (either the Dualshock 4's sensors or PlayStation move) to manipulate Dreams' cursor. 

Motion control movement in Dreams can often be unwieldy or annoying, forcing you to recenter your cursor. Moreover, motion controls also prove to be an obstacle for those with certain physical disabilities.

Media Molecule says it's aware of that feedback and the company is working on non-motion alternatives, with mouse and keyboard controls being a (distant) possibility for the future. Jon Beech, a senior designer on Dreams, says:

Dreams' First Update Is Out Next Month

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Dreams' First Update Is Out Next Month

The early access version Dreams has been out for half a month and both creators and players are embracing the strange, fantastical wonders of the Dreamiverse. During a recent talk with Media Molecule, the developer revealed that Dreams' first big post-launch update is on the way and it adds quite a bit of things for experienced creators and newcomers to play with.

Media Molecule hopes to release the patch in May. Here's what it includes:

For more on Dreams, check out my journal of my time with the game as well as our tips guide for the creation suite.

New Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Trailer Out

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New Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Trailer Out

Now that everyone is done talking about Avengers: Endgame and the last Game of Thrones episode, the deck is clear for what we're all really here for: the Sonic the Hedgehog official trailer.

The movie starts James Marsden as Sonic's best friend and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, and is out this November.

You Can Get A Bunch Of Great Digital Board Games On Humble Bundle Right Now

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You Can Get A Bunch Of Great Digital Board Games On Humble Bundle Right Now

Digital board games have exploded in popularity in recent years, and Humble Bundle is well aware. The website has offered numerous digital board game bundles in the past, mostly for Android. Its latest collection is all about Steam games, and contains some sizable juggernauts.

For $1 or more, you can get Ticket to Ride: First Journey, a kid-friendly version of Alan R. Moon’s classic set collection game, Gloom, Love Letter, and Twilight Struggle, one of the highest-ranked board games of all time.

If you beat the average donation (currently $8.85), you can also pick up Steam versions of Pandemic, Carassonne, Ascension, and Mysterium.

Here’s Your First Look At Jim Carrey As Dr. Robotnik

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Here’s Your First Look At Jim Carrey As Dr. Robotnik

Sonic fans have been following a drip-feed of rumors about the upcoming live-action Sonic movie, from first possible glimpses of the hedgehog himself, to Jim Carrey discussing the film’s edgy tone. The latest leak is more substantial: an image of Carrey himself decked out as Sonic’s nefarious nemesis, Dr. Robotnik.

As Twitter user Segabits mentions, the image started as a rumor, but has since been confirmed by people who saw exclusive trailers for the movie at CinemaCon. Seeing as how Segabits was right about the image, interested fans will probably want to keep an eye out for an official trailer release tomorrow.

Sonic The Hedgehog is set to launch on November 8. So what say you, Sonic fans: Yea or Nay to Carrey’s take on the bad doctor?

Minecraft Creator Won’t Be At Minecraft Anniversary Event

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Minecraft Creator Won’t Be At Minecraft Anniversary Event

Despite being the original creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson won’t be included in any of Microsoft’s anniversary plans, the company has told Variety. A Microsoft spokesperson told the outlet that “[Persson’s] comments and opinions do not reflect those of Microsoft or Mojang and are not representative of Minecraft.”

Persson sold both Minecraft and his development studio Mojang to Microsoft for $2.5 billion back in 2014, and the spokesperson reiterated to Variety that Persson hasn’t had any involvement with the game since then. Microsoft's attempts to distance its mega-popular, family-friendly franchise from Persson were underscored last month when the company removed incidental mentions of him from the game.

Minecraft's 10-year anniversary event will take place on May 17 at Mojang’s offices in Stockholm, Sweden.

You Can Nab Loot From Streamers In Borderlands 3

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You Can Nab Loot From Streamers In Borderlands 3

A new Twitch extension will offer some surprisingly deep interactivity between Borderlands 3 streamers and viewers.

The newly announced Echocast extension will allow Twitch users watching a Borderlands 3 stream to rifle through the streamer’s loadout, inventory, and skill trees via an interactive overlay menu. Selecting a weapon or item will display all the same stats and characteristics you would normally see when hovering over an item in the game, so streamers theoretically won’t have to endlessly answer questions about what loadout they’re using.

The Echocast extension also allows viewers to interact with special chests – when the streamer finds one, viewers are given a short amount of time to opt into the event. One participant will then be selected at random, and can choose a piece of loot contained in the chest, which they will then receive a copy of in their game (scaled to their character’s level). For more info, watch the explainer video below, narrated by Claptrap.

Shovel Knight Was Developed In 3D

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Shovel Knight Was Developed In 3D

Would you believe us if we told you that the 2D side-scrolling game Shovel Knight was built in a 3D engine? Developer Yacht Club Games recently teamed up with YouTuber Boundary Break to show its fascinating development.

Boundary Break is a YouTube show that looks beyond the limitations of an in-game camera. It's a great way to show off secrets and development tricks that are hidden to the player.

In the 12-minute video, we see several instances where the camera is shifted, showing the many layers and planes of Shovel Knight's environments. With the camera turned, Shovel Knight looks like an eye-popping diorama.