Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 4 roadmap is full of new weapons

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Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 4 roadmap is full of new weapons

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are getting a new season in just a few days and Treyarch has finally given fans a preview of what they can expect. According to the new roadmap, season 4 will have a new round-based Zombies map, new weapons, new maps, and another update to Verdansk — just not quite as big as the last one.

The new addition to Verdansk will be a new location centered around a crashed satellite — the focus of the season’s reveal trailer, which debuted during Summer Games Fest last week. It seems that the crash will take out some existing structures, but is also big enough for players to fight in and around. Meanwhile, Verdansk’s season 3 Reloaded addition of the Nakatomi building will be renamed to Downtown Tower, but will stay in the game for the time being.

Bethesda’s Starfield trailer may contain a clue about The Elder Scrolls 6

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Bethesda’s Starfield trailer may contain a clue about The Elder Scrolls 6

Bethesda Softworks formally unveiled Starfield, its highly anticipated new role-playing game, on Sunday during the Xbox showcase. And in a surprise twist, eagle-eyed fans on Reddit have found what they think could be a teaser for Bethesda Game Studios’ next new game: The Elder Scrolls 6. We’ve seen the evidence, and ... yeah. There could definitely be a big, fat Easter egg hidden in plain sight.

[Warning: This story could contain spoilers for the next game in The Elder Scrolls series of single-player RPGs.]

Babylon’s Fall could be good, actually

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Babylon’s Fall could be good, actually

On Sunday, Square Enix showed off new gameplay from Babylon’s Fall, the PlatinumGames-developed hack-and-slash that was first announced way back in 2018. It looked drastically different from the early gameplay preview we saw in late 2019, which made Babylon’s Fall look like a fairly traditional PlatinumGames release.

It also, frankly, looked a little ... off. What I (and others) perceived as heavily compressed streaming video artifacts obscuring the game’s graphics is actually Babylon’s Fall’s intentional art style. PlatinumGames says it’s going for a “visual style is based on classical European oil paintings” that it calls “brushwork style.” To wit, taking a closer look at direct-feed screenshots of Babylon’s Fall reveals that the graphics are being treated with a canvas-like texture and what appear to be actual brushstrokes.

Halo Infinite’s guns rain from the sky, and all players start on equal footing

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Halo Infinite’s guns rain from the sky, and all players start on equal footing

Players got some new details around Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer during 343 Industries and Microsoft’s Halo multiplayer livestream on Monday. The livestream showed off a little more than 10 minutes of new gameplay and developer interviews. It gave 343 Industries an opportunity to deliver its philosophy for Halo Infinite's multiplayer: old school.

Early in the stream, 343 Industries developers made it clear that players will start on equal footing with “fair and balanced starts,” and that they wanted to go back to the old-school Halo style of hunting for power weapons once you spawn. However, it’s not currently clear if Halo Infinite will have loadouts.

Halo Infinite’s battle passes will never expire

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Halo Infinite’s battle passes will never expire

343 Industries is totally reshaping Halo’s multiplayer customization in Halo Infinite by adding a few hallmarks of popular free-to-play games. The studio released a multiplayer overview on Monday, where it revealed what players could expect for all the game’s cosmetics when it comes out later this year.

Because Infinite is the first Halo game to feature free-to-play multiplayer, it’s no surprise that the team at 343 is ramping up cosmetics and customization. Not only does it give the developer more items to sell, but Infinite is inviting players to spend hundreds of hours in the Halo arena, and with time investment like that it’s always more fun to look exactly how you want.

Halo Infinite will add a practice range with AI bots

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Halo Infinite will add a practice range with AI bots

The Academy is a new practice range coming to Halo Infinite, where new and old players alike can run drills and “practice on your own terms,” developer 343 Industries said during its multiplayer reveal stream Monday.

Academy is built into Halo Infinite’s multiplayer experience — “a great place for newer players who are still picking up the controls,” Academy designer Sara Stern said in the video. It’s a place for people to warm-up their skills ahead of matchmaking, with weapon drills, training modes, and a tutorial for players new to Halo.

Two Point Campus takes the Two Point Hospital formula to school

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Two Point Campus takes the Two Point Hospital formula to school

Two Point Campus’ training grounds look more like its preparing students for Medieval Times, rather than a career in the “real world.” That’s because Two Point Campus is not your typical college experience; on this campus, players can enroll in “Knight School” — where they teach jousting — or earn degrees in Gastronomy, cooking pizzas the size of Buicks.

Your students won’t learn math or language skills. But who needs that when you’ve got armor and a sword?

Watch Capcom’s press conference at E3 2021

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Watch Capcom’s press conference at E3 2021

Capcom is striking out on its own for the first time in E3 history. Instead of its games appearing in Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft press conferences, the Japanese publisher will devote 25 minutes on the official E3 2021 stream to its own games.

What can viewers expect? When Capcom announced its E3 stream last week, it promised to show updates on Nintendo Switch title Monster Hunter Risewhich Capcom plans to support for a while after launch. It will also share information on freshly localized The Great Ace Attorney, out July 27; along with Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, which is out July 9. It also promised updates on Resident Evil Village, which has dominated the discourse since its May 7 release. Hopefully there will be some other surprises as well.

How to watch the Halo Infinite multiplayer reveal stream

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How to watch the Halo Infinite multiplayer reveal stream

Microsoft and 343 Industries will host a Halo Infinite multiplayer stream on Monday, at 11 a.m. EDT. The livestream will provide even more details around Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer. The stream description officially calls out the game’s “sandbox”, Academy bots, customization, and what the team is working on ahead of launch.

During its 2021 E3 livestream, Microsoft revealed a new story trailer for Halo Infinite and an initial multiplayer reveal. The company confirmed that Halo Infinite will launch this holiday after Microsoft delayed it out of the Xbox Series X launch window last year. While Xbox head Phil Spencer originally suggested that the Halo team might launch the Halo Infinite campaign and multiplayer modes separately, 343 Industries confirmed that the entire package will launch together in 2021.

Pokémon Go creator Niantic is taking on Transformers next

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Pokémon Go creator Niantic is taking on Transformers next

Niantic, known best for its work on augmented reality games Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is tackling the Transformers next. A new AR game called Transformers: Heavy Metal is coming to mobile devices later this year, Niantic and developer Very Very Spaceship announced Monday.

In Transformers: Heavy Metal, players will join a group known as the Guardian Network and team up with the Autobots to challenge the Decepticons. Players will uncover hidden regions across Earth to find resources and battle Decepticons in turn-based battles, Niantic said in a news release.