Rumor: New Splinter Cell, Rage 2, Gears of War 5 and more outed in retail listing

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Rumor: New Splinter Cell, Rage 2, Gears of War 5 and more outed in retail listing

A batch of retail listings from Walmart Canada may have outed a couple of E3 surprises, including unannounced games like a new Splinter Cell, Rage 2, Lego DC Villains, Gears of War 5, a new Assassin’s Creed and Just Cause 4.

Some of the placeholder listings, via Wario64 on Twitter, which include announced games like Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Last of Us 2 and Final Fantasy 7 Remake, appear legitimate. Others — “Forza Horizons 5” — look inaccurate (2016’s Forza Horizon 3 is the most recent entry in that franchise). Other listed titles, like Borderlands 3 and Destiny Comet, a frequently used codename for major expansions for Destiny games, are expected to be officially announced soon. “Dragon Quest 2” is listed, which is likely a placeholder for Dragon Quest Builders 2.

Steam summer sale starts in June, based on database leak

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Steam summer sale starts in June, based on database leak

As is often the case, the date of Steam’s next big sale has been leaked by the online storefront’s database. The Steam Database, or SteamDB, account tweeted that the annual summer sale will kick off June 21, giving us a month’s worth of lead time to get ready for the discounts.

SteamDB bills itself as a third-party application that tracks updates, developments and other info culled from Valve’s official client. The log refreshes on a regular basis, providing users even the most granular info about what’s going on in the Steam backend. As such, the tool has had success in revealing planned PC releases or game removals ahead of official announcements.

Nintendo Switch remains the only console with no free backup saves

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Nintendo Switch remains the only console with no free backup saves

Nintendo Switch owners will finally be able to upload and store their save game data to the cloud this September, when the console’s online service launches. After an 18-month wait, owners will be relieved to have a way to back up their save games ... for the low-cost of $20 a year, and only as long as keep paying that premium.

Because unlike any other console maker out there, Nintendo offers no free method of backing up your Switch data. Unlike Nintendo 3DS, Wii U and Wii before it, the Switch currently locks all of your save games to its own hardware’s memory, with no option to move it to another location.

Pinball Arcade loses rights to Bally and Williams tables

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Pinball Arcade loses rights to Bally and Williams tables

Digital pinball simulation Pinball Arcade is losing access to a major license that will have a profound impact on the game. Developer FarSight Studios said that WMS Industries, which holds the rights to Bally and Williams pinball trademarks, will not renew Farsight’s license and that dozens of tables for Pinball Arcade will no longer be available for sale as of June 30.

Pinball Arcade will lose access to some of the most popular pinball tables of all time in June, including The Addams Family, Bride of Pinbot, Medieval Madness, Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Theatre of Magic, Tales of the Arabian Nights and Red & Ted’s Road Show.

Destiny 2’s exotic buffs are more than enough to bring players to Warmind

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Destiny 2’s exotic buffs are more than enough to bring players to Warmind

Destiny 2’s Warmind expansion has only been out for a few hours, but in our initial time spent with it, it’s already better than the game’s first expansion, Curse of Osiris. This is almost entirely thanks to the host of new exotic changes brought to Destiny 2. Sure, the intro missions are interesting and have great combat encounters, but the real fun comes from playing with guns that finally live up to their exotic designation.

Destiny 2 launched with fairly mediocre exotic weapons, and Curse of Osiris added several more to the pot. Warmind breaks all of them, turning them into the machines of death that we’ve always hoped they could be.

5 things to know about Destiny 2’s season 3 patch

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5 things to know about Destiny 2’s season 3 patch

Destiny 2’s third season is finally here. After a few rough months post-Curse of Osiris, Destiny 2 has returned with new content for players to experience. Season 3 adds a few big features to Destiny 2; we have a new expansion, a complete rework of most exotic weapons, exotic masterworks, ranked Crucible and a lot more.

Here are the 5 things you need to know before playing Destiny 2 season three.

Warmind data mining reveals the nature of Destiny 2’s second raid lair

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Warmind data mining reveals the nature of Destiny 2’s second raid lair

We now have a good idea of what will happen in Destiny 2: Warmind’s Spire of Stars raid lair this Friday, May 11, thanks to some data-mined audio. Players have been speculating for some time that the Hive would be our main opponents, just as the Vex were in their highlighted expansion, Curse of Osiris. But by the sound of things, Guardians will actually be facing off against the final remnant of the Red Legion, concluding the story of Destiny 2’s campaign.

On the Destiny subreddit, user TheEcumene dropped a small file filled with audio clips from the new expansion. In one particular folder, Raid Lair, sit 56 lines of Emperor Calus dialogue. Here, we’re able to learn a few things about how the Leviathan story concludes.