Battlefield 5 trailer takes the series to World War II

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Battlefield 5 trailer takes the series to World War II

Battlefield 5’s debut trailer, which publisher Electronic Arts premiered during a livestreamed reveal event today, confirms that the military first-person shooter franchise is heading back to World War II.

Developer EA DICE is focusing on “the unseen locations” of the Second World War, senior producer Andreas Morell said during the stream. Battlefield 5 will take players to theaters of the war that players may be less familiar with, such as Norway north of the Arctic Circle and the ruins of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Battlefield 5 ditches the premium pass

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Battlefield 5 ditches the premium pass

Battlefield 5 won’t offer the premium pass that was sold alongside Battlefield 1, as EA and DICE want to keep the community unified by playing the same content.

The game will launch alongside a living service called Tides of War, which will give every player the new maps, modes and expansion content as soon as it’s released, without any of the content being sold separately after launch.

Battlefield 5’s big reveal is today. Watch it here.

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Battlefield 5’s big reveal is today. Watch it here.

Battlefield 5, teased in an elaborate Easter egg in Battlefield 1 and confirmed a week ago, will get its showcase reveal this afternoon at 4 p.m. ET via Twitch, YouTube and Mixer. You can watch it all live right here.

There isn’t much known yet about Battlefield 5. A teaser video from last week seemed to suggest the series was going to World War II. The last time Battlefield went there was the multiplayer-only, downloadable Battlefield 1943, which launched in 2009. So the time and place seems ripe for a revisit.

Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

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Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

Sea of Thieves fans have been aching for content, and the upcoming Hungering Deep expansion promises to deliver the first of three announced DLC packs. The Hungering Deep will hit on May 29th, and it will be followed by Cursed Sails, Forsaken Shores and weekly events. All content updates will be available for no additional cost, and we know that they bring new PVE mechanics that require cooperation but, other than that, we’re still largely in the dark

With less than a week to go until the expansion hits, the developers have revealed some more information. Executive Producer Joe Neate returned to the most recent Developer Update to share quality of life updates, information on delayed features, and confirmed that there will be a pioneer program to test new features before they hit live.

The next PlayStation is at least three years away

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The next PlayStation is at least three years away

The next PlayStation console isn’t close to release, according to PlayStation CEO John Kodera.

“We will use the next three years to prepare the next step, to crouch down so that we can jump higher in the future,” Kodera said, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Kodera’s comments came in an interview with the press today, following a presentation to investors yesterday in which he said that the PlayStation 4 is heading into the end of its life cycle.

RuneScape Classic is shutting down after 17 years

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RuneScape Classic is shutting down after 17 years

RuneScape Classic, the original version of the game released by developer Jagex in 2001, is shutting down.

RuneScape Classic is the name of Jagex’s classic fantasy MMORPG that many people cite as their first foray into online gaming. A sequel to the game was released in 2004, and that’s when Jagex made the decision to rename RuneScape into RuneScape Classic. The Classic version isn’t as popular anymore — for a number of reasons including Jagex making it impossible for new players to join — but is still cherished.

Nintendo releases cheaper Switch bundle in Japan without dock, power supply

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Nintendo releases cheaper Switch bundle in Japan without dock, power supply

The Nintendo Switch continues to sell very well, and there’s no indication that the hardware will get a price drop anytime soon. But a new bundle released in Japan seems to be aimed at houses that already own one Switch, and could also be attractive for people who only want a portable system and don’t care about hooking it up to a television.

This new version of the hardware costs 24,980 yen, which translates to about $227, and excludes the dock, the Joy-Con grip, the HDMI cable and even the AC adaptor. So you’ll need to either buy extra hardware to use the system on your television, use the hardware from another Switch you may have bought or just use the system purely as a portable by charging it with a standard USB-C cable.

Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

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Here’s what we know about The Hungering Deep, the first Sea of Thieves expansion

Sea of Thieves fans have been aching for content, and the upcoming Hungering Deep expansion promises to deliver the first of three announced DLC packs. The Hungering Deep will hit on May 29th, and it will be followed by Cursed Sails, Forsaken Shores and weekly events. All content updates will be available for no additional cost, and we know that they bring new PVE mechanics that require cooperation but, other than that, we’re still largely in the dark

With less than a week to go until the expansion hits, the developers have revealed some more information. Executive Producer Joe Neate returned to the most recent Developer Update to share quality of life updates, information on delayed features, and confirmed that there will be a pioneer program to test new features before they hit live.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will still make you unlock flying

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth will still make you unlock flying

Flying in World of Warcraft has been a controversial addition since it showed up in the game’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade. Since the fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, flying has been locked behind a set of time-consuming achievements, and not officially implemented until months after the expansion’s debut. In Battle for Azeroth, the MMO’s upcoming seventh expansion, it looks as if flying will be unlocked in a very similar way.

Thanks to WoWHead’s data mining, we can see the requirements for unlocking Battle for Azeroth’s “Pathfinder, Part One” achievement (a naming convention similar to that of the flying unlocks in past expansions).

Adult game studios begin to move toward other software distributors

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Adult game studios begin to move toward other software distributors

Following the takedown notices that adult visual novel studios received from Valve last week, MangaGamer has announced that the visual novel company is bringing its games to GOG.com.

The company announced on its blog that two titles have launched on GOG, Higurashi When They Cry and eden*. More titles, like Kindred Spirits on the Roof and A Kiss for the Petals ~Maidens of Michael~, would be coming soon.