PlayStation's Final State Of Play Of 2019 Promises New Game Reveals

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PlayStation's final State of Play of 2019 airs on Tuesday, December 10 at 6:00 AM PT/9:00 AM ET/2:00 PM GMT. You can watch it live on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Sony is promising around 20 minutes of new game reveals, release date announcements, new gameplay footage, and more. Just don't expect anything related to the company's next-gen plans--it says it's staying tight-lipped for now.

Artwork for a Resident Evil 3 Remake has already leaked on the PlayStation Network, so it would make sense for Capcom's latest to appear officially during next week's State of Play, perhaps with a release date attached. We already know PS4 exclusives The Last of Us Part II and Final Fantasy VII Remake are launching in 2020, but Ghost of Tsushima is less certain. Fans have been clamouring for more from Sucker Punch's samurai action game since it was revealed at E3 2018, so many will be waiting with bated breath to see if it reemerges during the final State of Play of the year.

Riot Games Announces Riot Forge, Teases Game Awards Reveal

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League of Legends developer Riot Games has announced its venture into video game publishing via a new publishing arm called Riot Forge. The goal of Riot Forge is to partner with experienced studios outside of Riot Games to create single-player, story-driven games set in League of Legends' Runeterra universe.

Greg Street, Riot's vice president of IP and entertainment, took to Twitter to celebrate the announcement, tweeting, "Riot Forge is something I am proud to have helped create. We are now an indie game publisher! The story-based games you want in the League universe are coming!"

Riot Forge will provide localization, research, marketing, voiceovers, QA, and other kinds of support to its development partners, and is currently searching for new studios to work with. The publishing arm's first game is already in development, however, as The Game Awards has confirmed that the first Riot Forge developer will be revealing its new League of Legends game at the show on December 12.

The Game Awards 2019 Start Time, Live Stream, And Where To Watch

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The 2019 edition of The Game Awards takes place next week at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The annual event will hand out plenty of awards commemorating the year's best games, content creators, and Esports personalities, alongside a host of new game reveals and surprise announcements. Show organiser Geoff Keighley has promised there will be 10 reveals during the show, saying that none of them have leaked thus far, so it's sure to be worth tuning in for.

This year's Game of the Year nominees are Control, Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and The Outer Worlds. Three of those games--Control, Death Stranding, and Sekiro--are also nominated for Best Action/Adventure Game, Art Direction, Audio Design, and Game Direction.

Death Stranding leads the way with nine total nominations--including those for Mads Mikkelsen and Norman Reedus in the Performance category. Control follows with seven nominations, while Sekiro has five, Resident Evil 2 and Apex Legends both have four, and The Outer Worlds, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Gears 5, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Outer Wilds all have three each. Other categories include Narrative, Score and Music, Ongoing Game, Games for Impact, and a plethora of Esports awards. You can see everything in the full list of awards and nominees.

Borderlands 3--Watch 13 Minutes From The New DLC Before It Launches

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Borderlands 3 is getting its first paid story DLC soon, with Moxxi's Heist of the Handsome Jackpot due to release on December 19 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It will send you into a massive casino formerly owned by Handsome Jack, the antagonist of Borderlands 2, to pull off a heist while also fending away the various patrons who have been trapped there in the years after his death seven years prior.

The official Borderlands YouTube account has uploaded a video of the first 13-odd minutes after you enter the casino, showing what to expect when your vault hunter stages their own heist later this month. It's embedded below.

The footage sees the return of Handsome Jack, albeit in talking hologram form. Naturally, there's also a whole heap of combat within moments of the DLC starting. As it turns out, you're there to snatch the casino because Jack promised to bankroll Moxxi's own den of gambling when they were an item--so this will be, on some level, a revenge narrative.

Borderlands 3 has received several free updates since it launched. This DLC is part of the game's paid season pass, and is the first of four campaign DLC packages.

No Time To Die: New Bond Film Will Be Especially Emotional, Star Says

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The first trailer for the next James Bond movie, No Time To Die, was recently released, building up the hype for Bond's return after five years away. The cast and crew have all been sworn to a level of secrecy about the project, but in a new interview with Good Morning America, embedded below, we've gotten a few slim details about what to expect.

The video features stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Léa Seydoux, and Lashana Lynch, as well as director Cary Joji Fukunaga, and contains a lot of half-answers from actors who have obviously signed NDAs.

According to Craig, who infamously said right after filming Spectre that he'd rather "slash his wrists" than play Bond again, seems more at peace with the role now, saying of the film-making process on this one that the "biggest surprise was how much (he) enjoyed it." Malek, asked about the mask his character wears in the film, says "I can tell you nothing," but gave some minor insight into his villain: "it's a very formidable, nasty human being. I can't say much."

Naughty Dog Boss Talks 25 Years Of PlayStation, And What He Thinks The PS5 Will Offer

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PlayStation recently turned 25 years old, and the industry is looking back on Sony's consoles and the legacy they have created. Some developers that have worked with PlayStation for years are also looking towards the future. In an interview with The Verge, Naughty Dog president Evan Wells has talked about his history in the industry, but has also discussed how the PlayStation 5 will be different from what has come before.

Naughty Dog's history with PlayStation stretches back to the first console, and it is responsible for series like Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter, Uncharted, and The Last of Us. Wells, who joined the studio after being impressed by the original Crash Bandicoot, reflects on how the PlayStation 2 was an "enormous leap" from the original, and how games now "require massive teams and lengthy development cycles." Talking about the distinction between the first PlayStation and the PlayStation 4, Wells says "they’re barely recognizable as the same product."

Wells goes on to talk about the PlayStation 5, and what he sees as the major change it will introduce for players. "I think it will allow us to deliver the content in a way that has no friction for the players,” he told The Verge. "They’ll never have to wait to dive back into their games." This seems to be in reference to the system's solid state drive, which will allow for much faster loading.

Apex Legends' Most Overpowered Gun Has Been Nerfed

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Apex Legends recently received a major update that increased the level cap and introduced numerous other changes to Respawn's well-liked battle royale game. But amidst these big changes, one element remained the same--the dominance of the Peacekeeper shotgun, which stayed overpowered after an earlier, light nerf. Thankfully, Respawn promised that the gun would be fixed, and after a very short wait a change has been implemented.

The Apex Legends Twitter account has explained that the latest server patch curbed the shotgun's main problem--the pellet spread and bolt hit size allowed players to score cheap kills with it. After these changes, that will be more difficult.

Earlier today, we pushed a server patch, now live on all consoles, that included the following shotgun balance changes:

Fortnite: Where To Search Hidden XP Drop In Chaos Rising Loading Screen

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Fortnite: Where To Search Hidden XP Drop In Chaos Rising Loading Screen

Fortnite Chapter 2's Week 9 challenges are now live on all platforms. As usual, if you complete eight tasks from the set, you'll unlock a special loading screen that features a subtle clue pointing you to a secret item that's hidden somewhere around the game's map.

Up to this point, that item was a different letter that ultimately spelled out "FORTNITE," but now that all the letters are available, this week's loading screen leads you to an XP drop, which is essentially like the secret Battle Stars from past seasons. If you need help tracking down the XP drop, we show you where it's located below.

As previously mentioned, the clue that'll guide you to the XP drop is hidden in the Chaos Rising loading screen, which you'll unlock after completing eight challenges from that set. The loading screen features a character gazing at different monitors. Look closely at the monitor in the middle of the image and you'll see the XP drop beneath the infamous purple cube that appeared way back in Season 5.

Beyond A Steel Sky, A Long-Awaited Sequel With Art By Dave Gibbons, Delayed Into 2020

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Beyond A Steel Sky, the long-awaited sequel to 1994's Beneath A Steel Sky, has been delayed. The game, which was first announced in 2012 and was properly revealed as an Apple Arcade game earlier this year, was due to release before the end of 2019. This will no longer happen, developer Revolution has confirmed on their website, and the game will instead release in 2020.

In the post, Beyond A Steel Sky is called Revolution's "most ambitious adventure to date," and it's said that more time is needed to "realise (their) vision" for it. The game is being made for Apple Arcade, PC, and console, and a release date will be confirmed early in 2020. The game's Steam page gives us some more details, calling the game "a dramatic, humorous, cyberpunk thriller in which engaging puzzles drive a fast-paced narrative set in a dynamic gameworld that responds to--and is subverted by--the player’s actions."

Halo: Reach Was Nearly Just Called Reach, But Microsoft Objected

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Halo: Reach has just released on PC for the first time as part of the Master Chief Collection, bringing the beloved game to the system nine years after it released for Xbox 360. The game, which was brought to Xbox One as well and is available on both systems through Xbox Game Pass, was the final Halo game made by original developer Bungie before they moved onto Destiny. Many of the folks who worked on the game are reminiscing about it on Twitter using the hashtag #reachmemory, and some interesting information has come out about the game's name.

David Candland, who designed much of the game's user interface, says that the original intention was to just call the game "Reach", without a "Halo" attached to it. Microsoft objected, insisting that the game be called Halo: Reach, for "brand recognition." As Halo was and remains a major flagship of the Xbox brand, this makes sense--but as Candland's tweet points out, they retained their simpler name on the game's title screen.

We’d been calling the game “Reach” for a while before MS insisted we call it “Halo Reach” for brand recognition. I remember discussing the title screen with @game_fabricator. We concurred, let’s call it what we want. They’ve bought the game at this point. #REACHmemory pic.twitter.com/msCKV5IIR4