Miramar has finally been released for PUBG on Xbox One

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Miramar has finally been released for PUBG on Xbox One

Six months after its initial release — and after almost a month on the Xbox One test server — Miramar, the second map for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, has finally been released for the Xbox One version of the game.

The map arrived today as a part of PUBG’s spring update. The update also included all of the game’s Miramar-specific weapons and a variety of improvements to the Xbox One version’s load times, stability and optimization. The largest of these improvements should help to improve issues of buildings not fully loading when players land, and instability that led to the game crashing.

I just can’t get enough of this trailer for a neon ’80s synth platformer

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I just can’t get enough of this trailer for a neon ’80s synth platformer

Rifter’s soundtrack alone is enough to drop you headlong into a kickass ’80s movie training sequence. Or, if you’re of a certain age, back to the golden age of synth-pop, when bands like Japan, Depeche Mode and Visage lit up the school disco strobes.

This speedy, acrobatic platform game comes from solo indie developer Maximilian Csuk (aka IMakeGames,) who cites ’80s-themed top-down shooter Hotline Miami as a major inspiration, at least in terms of visual style.

PUBG’s new event mode is all about ghillie suits and crossbows

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PUBG’s new event mode is all about ghillie suits and crossbows

It’s time for another event mode in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and this time, the game is asking players to be a little stealthier than normal with the Ghillie Crossing mode.

Ghillie Crossing takes all guns and vehicles out of PUBG entirely, and replaces them with crossbows and melee weapons only. Alongside these weapons are regular items like grenades, health items and attachments, as well as ghillie suits, which, for the first time, will be a regular loot item in this mode.

Astro Bot is another example of how great platformers can be in VR

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Astro Bot is another example of how great platformers can be in VR

Astro Bot: Rescue Mission for PlayStation VR takes the adorable robots of augmented reality game The Playroom and its virtual reality sequel, and gives them a full-fledged, stand-alone VR platformer. The action and premise are simple — rescue your fellow ’bots in a series of platforming levels — but Astro Bot is another great example of how much fun 3D platformers can be in virtual reality.

Developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Japan Studio, Astro Bot puts you in control of Astro, a robot tasked with finding his missing buddies over the course of 20 levels. Astro can punch enemies and jump over obstacles, using a jetpacklike device to hover (which is immensely helpful in landing jumps in a 3D VR space). There are coins and special “space chameleon” challenges to collect as your run and jump through each level.

Dark Souls: Remastered is out early

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Dark Souls: Remastered is out early

Dark Souls: Remastered was scheduled for a May 25 release, but the game has launched a day early on Steam. If you’re interested in a rebuilt and improved version of the modern classic, you can jump right in today.

The game is not currently available on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, so it seems as if the release date is holding for those two platforms. Dark Souls: Remastered is also coming to Nintendo Switch, sometime this summer.

Battlefield 5 will not have loot boxes, will sell cosmetic items

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Battlefield 5 will not have loot boxes, will sell cosmetic items

Battlefield 5 was revealed today during a special livestreamed event by developer EA DICE and publisher Electronic Arts. But one controversial subject was not mentioned, and that’s loot boxes.

Asked for comment, an EA spokesperson told Polygon that there will not be loot boxes in Battlefield 5. That’s consistent with themes shared during the reveal event and at a pre-briefing delivered to the press earlier this week. Battlefield 5 will completely divorce gameplay progression from cosmetic unlocks. Gameplay unlocks will only be available to be earned through play, while cosmetic items will have no gameplay effects.

A look at World of Warcraft’s $500 mount

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A look at World of Warcraft’s $500 mount

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is getting a new vendor mount. The Reigns of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur is a giant brontosaurus with a portable auction house on its back — a first for World of Warcraft. But this new mount will cost players a cool five million gold, which has a real-world value of $475.

The on-demand auction house is a huge plus for most players, as a faction’s capital city —Stormwind for the Alliance and Orgrimmar for the Horde — is one of the only locations where players can buy and sell goods. Having one of these player markets available on-demand could be a total game-changer for the gold-makers of WoW.

Six ways Battlefield 5 will change the series’ traditional gameplay

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Six ways Battlefield 5 will change the series’ traditional gameplay

Developer EA DICE unveiled Battlefield 5 today during a lavish livestreamed event. Earlier this week, Polygon was invited to a private, in-depth presentation on how the game will improve on the series’ classic formula. There was a lot to take in, but I’ve broken it down into five easily digestible categories.

In Battlefield 5, every player will be able to outfit and customize a number of different soldiers in their stable, referred to as the Company. Every soldier will be fully customizable, including characteristics such as gender, race, facial features and hair. Each character will have a designated class, pulled from the four traditional Battlefield roles of assault, engineer/pilot, support and medic. As characters accumulate experience, they will be able to unlock different subclasses, referred to as Archetypes. That will allow players to specialize down a certain path, such as an anti-tank role for a particular class, although DICE’s presentation was light on details.

Battlefield 5’s new multiplayer modes, explained

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Battlefield 5’s new multiplayer modes, explained

Battlefield 5 is a return to World War II, but developer EA DICE isn’t interested in making its next game a throwback. Instead, the team has created two brand-new modes to supplement its signature lineup of large-scale battles.

Here’s everything you need to know about Combined Arms and Grand Operations.

Players can customize every aspect of their characters in Battlefield 5

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Players can customize every aspect of their characters in Battlefield 5

Battlefield 5 will offer players a new character customization system called The Company, EA DICE announced today during the game’s live reveal. The characters in every player’s Company will be different, unique in their own ways and built by each player’s own hands. The customization will offer all manner of options, including race, gender, face, face paint, jackets, pants, helmets and hats.

A player’s Company will span across all game modes. Each character inside a Company will also be able to have each battlefield tool customized differently. Weapons are now broken up into five or more components, such as bayonets, sights and stocks.