Xbox Game Pass didn’t stop Gears 5 from outselling Gears of War 4

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Xbox Game Pass didn’t stop Gears 5 from outselling Gears of War 4

Gears 5’s inclusion on the Xbox Game Pass service didn’t stop it from outselling Gears of War 4, said Microsoft Executive Vice President of Gaming Phil Spencer at the XO19 event this week. In a wide-ranging interview with Eurogamer Spencer said that “Gears 5 sold well for us. It sold better than Gears 4. And we feel good about it.” Specifically, Spencer indicated that having the title available at launch on both Game Pass and standalone didn’t detract from Microsoft’s view of the title’s success. It’s a notable data point for those who want games to stay available as standalone releases rather than be pushed into exclusive subscription service models—showing that the demand for standalone is very much there. 

Warhammer Fantasy’s Old World is coming back

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Warhammer Fantasy’s Old World is coming back

 Games Workshop has announced that they will return to the iconic Warhammer Fantasy setting, the Old World, in the coming years. The Old World has not been the primary setting of any tabletop games since 2015 when Warhammer: The Game of Fantasy Battles was replaced by Warhammer: Age of Sigmar after an in-universe apocalypse called The End Times. However, the Old World is quite popular as the setting of the biggest Warhammer Fantasy video games—such as Total War: Warhammer 2 and Warhammer: Vermintide 2. The studio’s announcement is little more than a teaser announcement and a logo. More, says the post, is “a long way off. Years. More than two. Like three or more.” 

The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

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The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

Last week, Red Dead Redemption 2 finally released on PC, and you can read James' review here. The short of it is that it's excellent, if hampered by technical issues which are being patched out (one patch has already helped with stuttering). If you're waiting for the Steam release in December, hopefully it's in its best shape by then. 

BioWare is reportedly working on a complete overhaul of Anthem

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BioWare is reportedly working on a complete overhaul of Anthem

By all appearances, Anthem is a game in serious trouble. The launch was a mess, big plans have been abandoned, it's lost some high-profile personnel including the lead producer and head of live service, and the big seasonal event announced earlier this month didn't exactly make a huge splash. Electronic Arts has committed to sticking with it, but you can understand why fans might have doubts.

Nvidia declares RTX a ‘home run’ as gaming revenue picks up

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Nvidia declares RTX a ‘home run’ as gaming revenue picks up

In case you are wondering, "RTX is doing fantastic," according to Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang. He made the comments during an earnings call with investors, in which he and others at Nvidia talked about the state of PC gaming and the company's recent revenue figures.