Major Changes Coming To Overwatch PTR With Hanzo, Sombra, And More

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Major Changes Coming To Overwatch PTR With Hanzo, Sombra, And More

In the Lunar Year event patch that brought along changes to Doomfist and Reaper, subtle ones intended for Overwatch's public test realm made their way into the update that brought significant tweaks to Sombra, as principal designer Geoff Goodman broached in the official forums. He also discussed Blizzard's recent experimentation with new abilities and alterations to Hanzo's kit. With revelations like these, vice president Jeff Kaplan has taken to an official developer update to disclose what's in the works for several heroes.

For Honor Surpasses 7.5 Million Players, 1 Million Unique Players Monthly

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For Honor Surpasses 7.5 Million Players, 1 Million Unique Players Monthly

For Honor continues to grow its player base. Ubisoft recently revealed that this medieval-themed, close-combat title has amassed more than 7.5 million players in total, along with 1 million unique players each month.

It's also For Honor's anniversary today, having released exactly a year ago. In a recent Ubisoft earnings call, the publisher brought attention to For Honor's success, stating that it is the fifth most viewed 'new' game on Twitch.

Drink To Your Heart's Content In Gwent's New Draft-Based Mode

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Drink To Your Heart's Content In Gwent's New Draft-Based Mode

CD Projekt Red has announced via a recent Twitch livestream that its card-based game, Gwent, will grant players the opportunity to face off against Gaunter O'Dimm, The Man of Glass in a fresh Arena mode. While entering into a match with the intimidating opponent will cost 150 ore ($1.99) each time, players are guaranteed to receive a Keg by the end regardless of whether they complete nine contracts or exhaust all three of their lives during the run. A Keg contains five cards, four of which are randomized and the last being rare or better. Should you make it further in the run, you have a chance to gain a random legendary card. The mode is still in development and is subject to change, so a release date has not been unveiled.

In addition, a new faction challenge will be running until February 20 at 11 am EST. You can choose between the Skellige and Scoia-tael groups and play on either's behalf to earn faction-specific rewards, which you can read more about by clicking here.

[Source: PC Gamer via IGN]

Third Edition Launching BioShock Book Tomorrow

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Third Edition Launching BioShock Book Tomorrow

The next book from Third Editions focuses on BioShock and releases tomorrow.

Through 192 pages, the central focus of BioShock: From Rapture to Columbia pores over the various processes each game went through in development. It details how elements such as the design, themes, music, influences, and stories came together, as well as "revealing anecdotes," Third Editions says.

The hardcover collector's edition of the book comes with a variant cover and limited edition dust jacket for $34.90. It can be ordered here. Third Editions has also published books on Metal Gear Solid, The Legend of Zelda, Dark Souls, and Final Fantasy.

Devil May Cry HD Available For Free Later This Month

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Devil May Cry HD Available For Free Later This Month

On February 27, PC players looking to hack and slash and shoot their way through Dante's first adventure can do so for free with either a Twitch or Amazon prime account. According to a Capcom blog post, players will need to login via the Twitch Desktop app to claim the free game. Capcom has not stated how long this offer will be available.

Devil May Cry HD Collection, which contains Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, is set to release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 13. Perhaps this HD collection will prepare us for whatever Hideaki Itsuno's next project will be.

THQ Nordic Acquires Metro Exodus, Saints Row Parent Company

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THQ Nordic Acquires Metro Exodus, Saints Row Parent Company

THQ Nordic has acquired Koch Media, the company that owns Saints Row, Dead Island, and Metro Exodus publisher Deep Silver, bringing back former THQ franchises under the same roof.

In the deal, THQ Nordic gets all of Koch/Deep Silver's titles as well as studios Volition (Saints Row/Agents of Mayhem) and Dambuster Studio (Homefront: The Revolution). Koch also owns a European physical games publisher/distributor and a film distributor/co-producer.

The acquisition completes the circle for former THQ titles. When THQ closed and sold off its properties in 2013, Nordic Games not only picked up almost $5 million in THQ games, but also the trademark (changing its name to THQ Nordic in 2016). At the time, Deep Silver bought other THQ IP such as Saints Row (and its developer Volition) and Metro. Now with the purchase of Koch/Deep Silver, THQ Nordic brings all the old THQ properties back together.

The Evil Within 2 Adding Free First-Person Mode

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The Evil Within 2 Adding Free First-Person Mode

The first-person vantage point is an effective way to convey horror, reducing the literal and figurative distance between the player and character. The Evil Within 2 is letting players pick which way they want to experience the game with an optional first-person camera via a free update.

"I think exploring Union in first-person makes the scale feel even bigger than it does when you're in third-person," says Tango Gameworks' producer, Shinsaku Ohara. "Also, being able to see our environments and enemies up close allows players to get an even better look at how much effort went into their designs."

Players can switch between the first- and third-person cameras at any time in the game menu, and you can see how it works in action with the game's free trial. Progress in the trial, which contains the game's opening chapters, can be taken over into the main game if you purchase it and continue.

Overwatch League Is Making Its First Trades

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Overwatch League Is Making Its First Trades

Overwatch League is still young, so it's exciting to see what will surely be common practices in the future happen for the first time.

To that point, Overwatch is experiencing its first trades and acquisitions. According to ESPN, Chan-hyung "Fissure" Baek is in the process of being traded from the London Spitfire to the Los Angeles Gladiators. Kotaku is also reporting that the Dallas Fuel is working to trade Kim “Rascal” Dong-jun from the London Spitfire. New players are joining, as well, with the Dallas Fuel picking up Dylan “aKm” Bignet from a French team called Rogue and Florida Mayhem is picking up Ha “Sayaplayer” Jung Woo and Kim “aWesomeGuy” Sung Hoon, both of whom played for the Korean team Meta Athena.

We've been interviewing an assortment of Overwatch League players as during its first years. You can read our most recent interview with Andrej "Babybay" Francisty right here.

Mass Effect: Andromeda's Multiplayer Gets A Balance Patch

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Mass Effect: Andromeda's Multiplayer Gets A Balance Patch

There is no denying that Mass Effect: Andromeda was a negative experience for most players, but BioWare is doing its best to keep the multiplayer mode up to date.

You can find the full list of updates here, but they're mostly minor, adjusting things like number of bullets in a clip or damage output.

To read our review of Mass Effect: Andromeda, head here.

Rumor: Spyro The Dragon Remaster Collection Coming To PlayStation 4 This Year

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Rumor: Spyro The Dragon Remaster Collection Coming To PlayStation 4 This Year

Reports have surfaced today that a collection remastering the first three Spyro the Dragon games is coming this year.

Kotaku is reporting the rumor writing that "multiple sources familiar with the project" are saying that the remaster collection will be comparable to the recent Crash Bandictoot N. Sane Trilogy. The collection will cover the first three games, Spyro the Dragon, Ripto's Rage!, and Year of the Dragon, and will feature a huge visual overhaul and improvements to the game's original save system. Vicarious Visions, the developer behind the N. Sane Trilogy, is working on the remaster

Kotaku also reports that the game will be announced next month for PlayStation 4 and release this year for Sony's console. The game will then make its way to other platforms in 2019. We have reached out to Sony and Insomniac for comment and will update this story if and when we hear a response.