Melbourne Esports Open and IEM pushed into 2021

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Melbourne Esports Open and IEM pushed into 2021

The Melbourne Esports Open will no longer take place in August 2020, joining a growing list of game events affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is positive news, though: a 2021 replacement has already been confirmed to take place on the weekend of August 21-22.

Cate Blanchett may play Lilith in the Borderlands movie

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Cate Blanchett may play Lilith in the Borderlands movie

Lionsgate declined to comment on Variety's report that Cate Blanchett may star in the company's Borderlands movie adaptation, but Gearbox itself boosted the rumor on Twitter, suggesting it's solid info. If those talks result in a deal, Blanchett will play Lilith, a recurring character in the series and one of the playable vault hunters from the first game. 

Blizzard president says World of Warcraft is still as social 'as the day we launched'

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Blizzard president says World of Warcraft is still as social 'as the day we launched'

Last week, Blizzard co-founder and former president and CEO Mike Morhaime said he thought that increased accessibility in World of Warcraft had the unintended side effect of making the game less social. Not accessibility in the sense of assistive devices and settings that open games to more players, to be clear, but through an easing of the learning curve and need to grind: "The reasons why you needed to play with the same group of people over and over," as he put it.

EA still plans to release 14 games over the next 11 months

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EA still plans to release 14 games over the next 11 months

Earlier this year, EA announced that it had 14 games coming in its 2021 fiscal year, which started last month (it's confusing, but yes, it's currently 2021 as far as EA's financials are concerned). During today's investors call, EA restated that figure. Despite many of its employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the publisher still plans to release 14 games before this fiscal year ends next April.

A new Call of Duty and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands are still on track for this year

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A new Call of Duty and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands are still on track for this year

Like other game companies, employees at Activision's various studios have been forced to work remotely over the past several weeks by the COVID-19 outbreak. During a post-earnings financial call today, company executives said that the transition has been challenging, but major releases including the next Call of Duty game and World of Warcraft: Shadowlands remain on track to come out this year.

Valve is releasing the music of Half-Life: Alyx in an 'episodic' soundtrack starting today

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Valve is releasing the music of Half-Life: Alyx in an 'episodic' soundtrack starting today

Valve released the official Half-Life: Alyx soundtrack today on Steam, and you might think this is a joke, but's I assure you it's not: the soundtrack is episodic. Chapter 1, entitled Entanglement, features nine tracks in 320K MP3 and FLAC formats, and will (hopefully) be followed by ten more, featuring "industrial, electronic, experimental and orchestral cinematic pieces, alternating between abstract environmental, emotional soundscapes and direct action oriented cues."