Bungie reveals Solstice of Heroes, Destiny 2’s summer holiday event

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Bungie reveals Solstice of Heroes, Destiny 2’s summer holiday event

Solstice of Heroes, which will start on July 31, is Destiny 2’s new summer holiday event. It’s also the only way to get 400-power armor before the Forsaken expansion releases on Sept. 4. The Solstice of Heroes represents a memorial and a celebration of the past year.

The event centers around the destruction of the previous tower and rebirth of the Golden Age. Essentially, it asks players to remember the events of Destiny 2’s base campaign. This is done in a few ways, namely the replaying of old story missions.

World of Warcraft no longer requires a game purchase, just a subscription

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World of Warcraft no longer requires a game purchase, just a subscription

All of World of Warcraft’s available content — aside from the soon to be released Battle for Azeroth expansion — is now included in the game’s $14.99 monthly subscription fee. The Battle Chest — which used to include the base game and all previous expansions — is no longer available for purchase in Blizzard’s online shop. This change appears to be permanent.

Players, new and old, can now sign up for a subscription and play all the way through Legion, World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion. This change comes shortly after the pre-patch for Battle for Azeroth, World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion, which is scheduled to be released on Aug. 14.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies shows off undead tigers and Titanic gun battles

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Zombies shows off undead tigers and Titanic gun battles

We’ve known for a while that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have a traditional single-player campaign. What it will have is an expanded Zombies game mode, one that developer Treyarch is clearly putting a lot of energy into. Today it released a new trailer for Zombies, and it looks completely over the top.

It all begins with a monologue by a single character, a woman named Scarlett. She’s joined by Bruno, Diego and Shaw to round out the four-player cooperative mode, but judging from this new trailer the story seems to revolve around her. The action starts on the Titanic, and includes a massive gunfight across multiple decks — including the Grand Staircase which featured prominently in the 1997 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Mario Tennis Aces update will nerf Bowser Jr.

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Mario Tennis Aces update will nerf Bowser Jr.

If you’ve been playing Mario Tennis Aces since its late-June launch on Nintendo Switch, you know two things: one, that this game is fun as heck; and two, that playing a match against Bowser Jr. is a nightmare.

The game’s next content update will change that, however. In the patch notes for Mario Tennis Aces version 1.1.2, out July 19, Nintendo said that it’s slowing down Bowser Jr. and softening his nasty return shot. The Koopa Kid’s been considered overpowered to the point of being unfair.

Trogdor co-op board game, based on beloved Homestar Runner dragon, fulfills Kickstarter goal

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Trogdor co-op board game, based on beloved Homestar Runner dragon, fulfills Kickstarter goal

First he was a man. Then he was ... a dragon man. Then he was ... just a dragon. Now he’s a Kickstarter success.

Trogdor, a dragon from the long-running Flash series Homestar Runner, stars in the official Trogdor!! The Board Game that launched its Kickstarter today. The campaign combines the recent popularity of board games with the appeal of Homestar Runner, Trogdor and Strong Bad, the character who created the iconic dragon.

Five things to know about Destiny 2’s July update

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Five things to know about Destiny 2’s July update

Destiny 2’s final patch before Forsaken arrives is finally here. Patch 1.2.3 brings updates to exotic armor, strikes and Crucible. It also (finally) adds bounties and prestige-difficulty raid lairs into Destiny 2, giving longtime players new activities to tackle.

All of this comes just two weeks ahead of the Solstice of Heroes event, which will begin on July 31 and will give players a chance to earn new cosmetics and 400-power armor before Forsaken launches.

Octopath Traveler’s extreme Middle English is stumping players

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Octopath Traveler’s extreme Middle English is stumping players

Fans seem to really dig the classic-style JRPG Octopath Traveler thus far, but the Nintendo Switch exclusive is not without its faults. One of the most perplexing is the game’s English localization, which gives one character a manner of speaking so absurd, players worldwide are having trouble making sense of it.

The huntress H’aanit is one of Octopath Traveler’s eight playable characters, any of whom you can choose to check out in the beginning of the game. (You can unlock the other seven later on.) H’aanit seems like a good choice if you’re a fan of bow-and-arrow combat. But if you couldn’t make it through a single Shakespeare play in school, you might find parsing the dialogue in H’aanit’s storyline a big challenge. She speaks in an extreme version of Middle English that reads almost as parody.

No Man’s Sky Next trailer shows off multiplayer, space fleets and more

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No Man’s Sky Next trailer shows off multiplayer, space fleets and more

Hello Games will release a major update for No Man’s Sky next week that it calls No Man’s Sky “Next.” The Next iteration of the game will add a host of new features, including a “full multiplayer experience” that lets players team up with friends and interact with random space travelers; the option to play in first- or third-person view; and the ability to command fleets of ships as you explore the universe.

A new trailer for No Man’s Sky Next shows off those new features and more, including a massive boost to the game’s visual presentation. Compared to the No Man’s Sky’s debut trailer — today’s Next trailer is a nearly shot-by-shot recreation our first look at the game from 2013 — the game’s worlds and space settings look far more rich and detailed.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War dumps loot crates, adds gameplay improvements

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War dumps loot crates, adds gameplay improvements

A free update for Middle-earth: Shadow of War removes controversial real-money microtransactions from that game. Today’s update, which was announced in April, also adds a significant number of additional improvements to gameplay.

Shadow of War’s real-money marketplace allowed players to purchase high-level Orc followers via War Chests. Those followers could improve the capabilities of a player’s army as a whole. In our review, Polygon criticized the feature as an unwelcome distraction from Shadow of War’s end-game content. The title was one of many swept up in a wave of consumer outrage over loot boxes in full-priced video games last year.

Pokémon Go Fest 2018 ran without a hitch, unlike last year

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 ran without a hitch, unlike last year

It’s fair to call 2017’s Pokémon Go Fest a total failure. The inaugural,outdoor event was plagued by connection errors, bad weather, angry fans, and a whole lot of nothing — and it was all streamed live around the world.

It was a learning experience for developer Niantic, clearly. This year’s Pokémon Go Fest showed that the developer has not only done major work to improve the game over the last year, but it’s learned a lot about how to put on an event, too. Pokémon Go Fest 2018 wasn’t without its own faults, but it was a heck of a lot more fun than any of us survivors from last year expected.