New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Brings Our Boy Variks Back Once More

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New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Story Trailer Brings Our Boy Variks Back Once More

Another Destiny 2: Beyond Light trailer is here from Bungie and this story-focused video brings back our boy Variks in addition to a new look at Stasis Barons.

In the below trailer, we see Eramis bestowing the new power of Stasis throughout her house as a continuing gift from the Darkness. As a story trailer, fans can get a glimpse at what drives Eramis' actions in relation to the rift spurning off of the Traveler's turned back on the Fallen. 

Just like in a previous video, Variks is also back, though the last time was just as a narrator. Now no longer a voice, Variks has been captured and is in need of rescue from Eramis, which is where our returning (and beloved) Exo Stranger comes into play. 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Senior Narrative Designer Leaves Game

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Senior Narrative Designer Leaves Game

A few big names have left the Vampire: Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 project, including lead writer Brian Mitsoada and creative director Ka'ai Cluney back in August, now a new name has been added to that list with senior narrative designer Cara Ellison. 

When the first two leads left Hardsuit Labs, the details were missing but it was heavily implied by the departing devs that the parting wasn't sweet sorrow. Upon publisher Paradox Interactive's confirmation that Ellison was also no longer a part of the upcoming Masquerade game, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that she was swift in removing all mention of the game from her online presence. 

"We can confirm that Cara Ellison has decided to leave Hardsuit Labs and is no longer working on Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2," a Paradox spokesperson said in a statement to PC Gamer. "Cara brought fresh ideas to the project and many of her contributions will be present in the game launching next year. We thank her for her work on Bloodlines 2 and wish her the best in all of her future endeavors."

Starfield Utilizes A Completely Overhauled Animation System For Bethesda

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Starfield Utilizes A Completely Overhauled Animation System For Bethesda

Starfield is an enigma wrapped in a mystery revealed by Bethesda and while what we know of the upcoming space adventure is very little, we do know now that it will feature a completely overhauled animation system from the studio. The latest revelation comes on the heels of the confirmation that the company is seeing its largest engine overhaul yet, and it looks like Starfield will be seeing the fruits of many changes in the years ahead. 

The confirmation of the overhauled animation system comes by way of ResetEra after one LinkedIn user spotted a post by Bethesda developer Eric Braun. Braun, who is an animator for the studio, is a Senior Programmer and on the professional network platform, he boasted that he "rewrote the animation system for Starfrield from scratch." 

It looks like this portion of his online post on LinkedIn has since been removed, but the internet is forever and screenshots were quickly captured with the two below: 

Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 Event Details, What You Need To Know To Catch 'Em All

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Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 Event Details, What You Need To Know To Catch 'Em All

The Pokemon GO Halloween 2020 event is on the horizon and brings with it new spooky-inspired incentives to play. With the new event kicking off later this week, here's what you need to know about catching 'em all while staying Halloween-loyal. 

The upcoming event starts on October 23 at 6:00 PM PDT and will run until November 3 at the same time. This is a limited-time-only seasonal event, much like years in the past, so if you want any of the items detailed, you're going to want to make sure you participate during that time duration. 

Players will be tasked with catching a variety of Ghost-type Pokemon while also getting an exclusive costumed Gengar and Sableye. The spawn rate of ghost types will increase exponentially for this specific event.

Call Of Duty: Haunting Of Verdansk Event Adds Saw's Jigsaw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre Skins

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Call Of Duty: Haunting Of Verdansk Event Adds Saw's Jigsaw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre Skins

Darkness falls on the map of Verdansk as the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone Halloween event kicks off. With the new update comes two iconic horror characters by way of new skins, including movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Saw. 

Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface arrives as well as Jigsaw from the Saw franchise. From new weapons to new moves — even vampire bats — there is a lot to enjoy in the latest Call of Duty for those celebrating Halloween safely from their homes. 

“As Halloween draws near, a squad of operators drops in for what seems to be a normal infiltration into Verdansk, though there’s been back-channel chatter about some unexplained and odd occurrences across the remote areas of the map," reads the latest blog post about the seasonal event. "Operators have been briefed about reports concerning a serial killer who wears his victim’s faces on his own. There’s scattered intel about strange sounds emanating from various locations within the warzone; and not least the piercing, creepy laugher of a ventriloquist doll.

PS5 Fan Will Use Software Updates To Continuously Improve Performance Using Game Data

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PS5 Fan Will Use Software Updates To Continuously Improve Performance Using Game Data

The cooling fan has been a focal point when talking about Sony's next gen console with the PlayStation 5, and not just because its size is what makes this platform so bulky. But this piece of hardware isn't just a simple addition, it will be supported by software to continue evolving it in a way that benefits PS5 players. 

In a recent interview, Sony's Yasuhiro Ootori opened up about how the fan will utilize game updates to pull data from in order to improve performance over time. Ootori is the mechanical design chief that has led the charge in ensuring that next gen technology is something truly special. He was also the person in the now-viral video of the PS5 system being torn apart and seeing how massive it is in comparison to him as a person. 

In the interview, Ootori revealed that the PS5 fan is controlled by the new system's APU, its Accelerated Processing Unit, and its combined AMD CPU/GPU chip for additional power. The performance seen at launch isn't the end-all-be-all status, it will continuously evolve by collecting data from games that will aim to optimize the fan itself and its interaction with the PS5 as a whole. 

Xbox And Nintendo Have A "Very Good Relationship," But Don't Expect A Ton Of Xbox Ports

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In the latter half of this gen, Microsoft has expanded its horizons immensely in preparation for the new generation ahead. With more studio acquisitions and lowering the boundaries between platforms, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has been leading a productive charge that aims to make up for the lackluster Xbox One's launch. Regarding Microsoft's relationship with Nintendo, Spencer reiterates that this relationship is "very good," but that doesn't mean expect a total Nintendo/Xbox hybrid. 

In a recent interview, the Xbox boss opened up about their previous talk about adding Xbox titles to the Nintendo library. While this is still something Microsoft is interested in, it's by far not a focus. While more games could be making their way over onto the Switch library, it won't be to a massive number that some may have been hoping for. 

"We have a very good relationship," said Spencer. "I think we see our work very synergistically, in terms of trying to grow the market. And it just makes it easy. Every conversation we have with them has really been easy."

Where Cards Fall Is Coming To Switch And PC Early 2021

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Where Cards Fall Is Coming To Switch And PC Early 2021

Where Cards Fall, the narrative puzzler from developer The Game Band, most recently known for its viral hit Blaseball, is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC in early 2021, publisher Snowman and The Game Band tell Game Informer in an exclusive interview. The game was originally released exclusively on Apple Arcade back in September 2019.

Upon release, Where Cards Fall was met with warm reception from critics, and also won Best Mobile Game from the 2019 Unity Awards and an Apple Design Award in 2020. In it, players assume the role of a nameless protagonist, navigating them through the highs and lows of growing up, graduating high school, and attending college. The hook of Where Cards Fall is its central puzzle mechanic, which requires the player to construct houses of cards throughout each level in order to navigate its terrain and overcome obstacles. 

Neither Snowman nor The Game Band will divulge specifics around their deal with Apple for Where Cards Fall – nor will they talk how many times the game was downloaded on the service – so we weren't able to learn specifically how their exclusivity deal was structured. In March 2019, however, the game was re-announced as "exclusively" for Apple Arcade (in 2017 it was announced for PC and iOS), but both Snowman and The Game Band agree that a safer way to look at the deal is that it was actually a timed exclusive.

NBA 2K21 Adds Unskippable Ads In-Game, 2K Once More In Hot Seat With Fans

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NBA 2K21 Adds Unskippable Ads In-Game, 2K Once More In Hot Seat With Fans

2K is once again in the hot seat after adding unskippable ads in NBA 2K21, a game that retails at full price for $60. The newest addition has been added one month post-lauch during the pre-game loading screen, and many feel this is an inappropriate move given that it is a full price title. 

As reported by Stevivor, the unskippable ads are available across all platforms, which is usually a mechanic added in free-to-play titles as a form of monetization. Given that the monetization from this game comes from its $60 price tag, there is a lot of confusion regarding this addition and why it was added now. 

In the video above, Stevivor shows off an Oculus Quest 2 advertisement while the match is loading, which means players also can't update, or make changes to, their team team until the ad is done. 

Rainbow Six Sieges Joins Xbox Game Pass Later This Month

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Rainbow Six Sieges Joins Xbox Game Pass Later This Month

Xbox Game Pass is getting a whole bunch of new additions this month, but Microsoft is sneaking in one more title to that list before October is through. Rainbow Six Siege is officially the latest title to join the Xbox Game Pass lineup, and it's dropping later this month. 

Rainbow Six Siege first launched back in 2015 and since then, has seen numerous updates, new operators, and a ton of content to keep players entertained. This tactical shooter also has a flourishing esports team as well, which makes the Xbox Game Pass addition even better; more ways for curious new players to see if this is the right game for them. 

The latest game to join the lineup arrives on October 22. As noted in our previous coverage, here are a few of the other titles making their way over onto the subscription service: