Evolve’s servers are closing in September; here’s what will be left after then.

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Evolve’s servers are closing in September; here’s what will be left after then.

Evolve, the 4-on-1 monster-hunting shooter Turtle Rock and 2K Games launched in 2015, is closing down several features this September, 2K Games announced on Friday.

The closures effectively spell the end of the game, though it will remain playable over peer-to-peer connection (Evolve is multiplayer-only) through Legacy Evolve, which was set up after Turtle Rock ended support for the title in October 2016.

Bethesda at E3 2018: What to expect

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Bethesda at E3 2018: What to expect

This is the fourth year in a row that Bethesda Softworks has scheduled its own press conference in advance of E3. This time around, we know quite a bit about what’s expected to be in that presentation. But there’s certainly plenty of room leftover for surprises.

The festivities kick off Sunday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to follow along here at Polygon, but also through Bethesda’s official social media channels on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Bethesda.net.

Astro teams with Nintendo for gorgeous Breath of the Wild headset

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Astro teams with Nintendo for gorgeous Breath of the Wild headset

Astro Gaming, the headset makers, have shown off their first unit developed in partnership with Nintendo — an A10 headset for Nintendo Switch whose design is taken from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Here’s a closer look:

Unfortunately for Zelda fans, this will not be available until the holidays. But it presages other Nintendo-themed peripherals that Astro says are on the way, including more headsets, speaker tags and other accessories. The two announced a multi-year partnership back in April.

Pro Evolution Soccer abruptly loses another big name

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Pro Evolution Soccer abruptly loses another big name

Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer has been hailed by critics and fans as a better-playing series than EA Sports’ behemoth FIFA. But licensing — real clubs, real leagues — is important to sim-quality sports titles, and Pro Evolution has much less than its rival. And Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 abruptly lost its only German club with a surprise announcement yesterday.

Borussia Dortmund’s agreement with Konami “was prematurely terminated” by the club, Konami said in a statement. The license had been expected to run through 2020. Konami didn’t list the reason why Borussia Dortmund spiked the deal. It posted the statement to advise fans that although the team had appeared in marketing shots of the game so far (above), it won’t be in the final product when that launches at the end of August.

Bethesda switches developers for The Elder Scrolls: Legends

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Bethesda switches developers for The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Roughly a year after its launch, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has been handed to a new studio. Original developer Dire Wolf Digital has been taken off the project and replaced.

That’s according to IGN, which shared a statement from publisher Bethesda Softworks on the transition on Thursday. Pete Hines, the Bethesda spokesman, told IGN the publisher wasn’t unhappy with Dire Wolf’s performance, but it does see a game “with a lot of untapped potential.”

Square Enix’s mobile ‘Go’ series is over, studio confirms

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Square Enix’s mobile ‘Go’ series is over, studio confirms

Square Enix’s popular and acclaimed Go line of mobile titles has come to an end, the boss of Square Enix Montreal confirmed for PC Games Insider yesterday.

Patrick Naud told PC Games Insider that the game’s price point factored into the decision to mothball the series, which hasn’t seen a new entry since Deus Ex Go in August 2016.

Gigantic Fallout: New Vegas mod — ‘Fallout: New California’ — launches in October

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Gigantic Fallout: New Vegas mod — ‘Fallout: New California’ — launches in October

After more than five years in development, Fallout: New California, a total conversion mod for Fallout: New Vegas, will launch on Oct. 23 (for Windows PC, of course), the mod’s makers announced yesterday.

New California’s development team observed the project’s fifth anniversary on June 1 (though some work had begun before then) with a new trailer yesterday. Their mod is a prequel story to Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas from 2010. The player character begins in Vault 18 inside ruined Los Angeles, as an adopted resident there.

A horror game that preys on every driver’s biggest fear

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A horror game that preys on every driver’s biggest fear

Nearly every driver who has ever driven late at night has experienced this: You’re the only one on the road, when suddenly, another car appears behind you. Your mind begins to irrationally fearing what would happen if that car wasn’t just going the same direction, but it was chasing you.

The demo for Beware, an in-development PC game by Ondrej Svadlena that was previously known as Driving Survival, shows you exactly what happens when that fear becomes reality. The demo is still in its very early stages, but it captures so much of the tense, ’70s movie-style car chase scenes that it draws inspiration from.

Bungie gets $100M from Chinese gaming company to grow to ‘multi-franchise’ studio

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Bungie gets $100M from Chinese gaming company to grow to ‘multi-franchise’ studio

Bungie, the studio behind the Halo and Destiny franchises, announced that it’s received investment from NetEase, a massive Chinese online gaming company. The partnership opens up China to Bungie’s games, including Destiny 2, for the first time.

Additionally, the investment will “accelerate Bungie’s vision of becoming a global, multi-franchise entertainment company,” according to an announcement from NetEase.

Madden NFL turns 30: an appreciation

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Madden NFL turns 30: an appreciation

Thirty years ago today, on the shelves of your local computer store, catalog showroom or the Babbage’s in the mall, John Madden Football made its debut. Madden NFL is more than just the longest-tenured sports video game series today. It remade expectations of the genre on the whole, and gave fans a new way to relate to the players and sports they enjoy. And it made a coach’s name synonymous with his sport, which is a hell of a legacy.

The first Madden didn’t suggest it would amount to such a cultural or even marketplace impact. It sold all right, but the fact it had 11 players on both sides — a first for a football video game, as Tecmo Bowl on the NES only had nine — overwhelmed most computers of the day. And the game, though working with real plays and pro football strategies, was still so complex that many fans found it inaccessible.