Halo Infinite campaign co-op launches in public testing

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Halo Infinite campaign co-op launches in public testing

Halo Infinite’s campaign co-op and mission replay features are out for their test run on Friday, developer 343 Industries announced. The test period will run from July 15 to Aug. 1.

Campaign co-op has been delayed repeatedly since — and well before — Halo Infinite’s launch last year. Without the highly desired mode, Halo Infinite players were unable to play the campaign with friends, as they have in all other Halo titles; instead, it’s been a single-player-only game outside of the competitive multiplayer matches. That changes Friday with the Halo Infinite campaign test, but there are some caveats. Because this is the test flight for Halo Infinite’s campaign co-op, players won’t be able to access their existing saves, and progress made there won’t transfer back to the retail version.

Sims can now be asexual or aromantic

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Sims can now be asexual or aromantic

The Sims 4 publisher Electronic Arts continues to update the game’s gender and sexuality options with its High School Years expansion coming later in July. During a press preview Wednesday, The Sims 4 developers detailed new options for sexual orientation in the Create-A-Sim menu — players can choose who their Sim is romantically or sexually interested in.

The limitation there is that the options are limited to a binary: Men or Women. The Sims 4 lead designer Jessica Croft explained that the High School Years free update is a first version of the intended feature — the team recognizes that the language here does not reflect the addition of nonbinary pronouns for Sims that came in May. The system was built to be expandable to include nonbinary Sims in the future.

Have crushes and pull pranks in Sims 4’s High School Years expansion

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Have crushes and pull pranks in Sims 4’s High School Years expansion

It’s time to relive those best (or worst) four years of your life. The Sims 4’s High School Years expansion pack is full of relatable content for teens and people who used to be teens, ranging from special posters and room decorations to promposals and a graduation ceremony. But alongside the triumphs and defeats, the epic highs and lows of high school classes, clubs, and football, there’s an exciting set of customizations and changes to agency that will affect Sims of all ages and life stages.

The High School Years expansion pack adds in the highly customizable Copperdale High, and any teenage Sim can attend for an education. The pack is similar to the game’s well-received Discover University expansion — and high school grades will dictate where Sims get into college, with an option for Sims to study online for their GED.

Fall Guys players report rampant accidental microtransaction purchases

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Fall Guys players report rampant accidental microtransaction purchases

Some Fall Guys players say they’re getting hit with numerous unintended purchases while browsing the free-to-play battle royale game’s shop, and that Mediatonic won’t refund those purchases.

Reddit user hold_my_cocoa has created a massive thread on the Fall Guys subreddit, collecting a list of players who’ve lost Show Bucks (the in-game premium currency) or had accidental purchases in the game’s cosmetic store.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight drops gendered language from character creator

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World of Warcraft: Dragonflight drops gendered language from character creator

The alpha for World of Warcraft: DragonflightWoW’s ninth expansion — is here, and players are already testing out the new content. While not all of the expansion’s new content is available for testing, Blizzard has included an important update to its character creation menus in this first build: non-gendered language. World of Warcraft news and data-mining site Wowhead reported Thursday that voice and pronoun options may be coming in a later build as well.

The change currently implemented in the alpha renames the male and female body options in the character creator to Body 1 and Body 2. Characters created using the Body 1 option will use what used to be the male character customizations — notably, this is where facial hair options live. Body 2 uses the existing female customization options — these characters have breasts, changing the shape of most outfits. Players can change body types when creating their character or at an in-game barber shop in town.

Sega’s new mini Mega Drive gets some great game additions (and cool curiosities)

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Sega’s new mini Mega Drive gets some great game additions (and cool curiosities)

Days after Sega announced that its Mega Drive Mini 2 retro console is headed to North America, where it will be known as the Sega Genesis Mini 2, the company confirmed a batch of new games that will be packed into the Japanese version of the device. That includes new Sega CD titles like Capcom’s Final Fight CD and Game Arts’ Lunar: The Silver Star and Lunar: Eternal Blue. It also includes a few curiosities, like the Japan-only arcade game Sanrin San-chan (aka Mr. Tricycle, aka Spatter) that will make its console debut.

Sega also confirmed a handful of fighting games for the 16-bit console: Capcom’s Super Street Fighter 2, SNK’s Fatal Fury 2, and Sega’s own sumo game Aa Harimanada, based on the manga of the same name, and a title that seems highly unlikely to come to the Genesis Mini 2. Sorry, sumo fans.

The Boys’ college spinoff series is called, cleverly, Gen V

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The Boys’ college spinoff series is called, cleverly, Gen V

Amazon Studios’ new live-action spinoff of The Boys, a series set at an American college for young-adult superheroes, is titled Gen V, named after the series’ Supe serum, the streamer revealed Friday. The college-aged cast of Gen V made the announcement on social media.

Gen V is an “irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test,” according to Amazon. No doubt romantic relationships and rivalries will factor into the show’s conflicts as much as its wannabe superheroes competing for Vought International-backed contracts. Gen V was previously discussed under the name The Boys Presents: Varsity.

God of War Ragnarok’s deluxe editions go on sale, including $259.99 Jotnar Edition

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God of War Ragnarok’s deluxe editions go on sale, including $259.99 Jotnar Edition

Whosoever holds God of War Ragnarok collector’s editions, if they have at least $199.99, shall possess the power of Thor’s mighty hammer.

The 16-inch replica of Mjolnir was revealed last week when PlayStation Blog announced the super deluxe God of War Ragnarok Jotnar Edition, which was listed for $259.99 on Friday morning. Other items include a cloth map of Yggdrasil and the Nine Realms of the Norse universe; a set of Brok’s Dice; the Draupnir Ring (a replica, not, like, Odin’s real one); a vinyl soundtrack, and a pin set.

Pokémon Unite’s first anniversary brings freebie characters and Glaceon

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Pokémon Unite’s first anniversary brings freebie characters and Glaceon

Pokémon Unite, the fashionable Pokémon multiplayer online battle arena game for mobile and Nintendo Switch, is celebrating its first anniversary this month. On Friday, developer Timi Studio Group and The Pokémon Company International announced a special in-game event to commemorate the milestone. Players will be able to unlock a new Pokémon, Glaceon, and take advantage of login bonuses that will gift players characters and Holowear.

The event starts July 21 and will run until Oct. 12. Players will be able to receive Pokémon Unite licenses and Holowear for up to five days for logging in, the announcement said. If someone happens to own either the Pokémon or Holowear already, then they’ll be compensated 100 Aeos coins for each item they own already.