Death Stranding: Director’s Cut coming to PS5

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Death Stranding: Director’s Cut coming to PS5

Death Stranding: Director’s Cut, an upgrade of the 2019 game for PlayStation 5, is coming soon, Kojima Productions announced on Thursday.

The studio announced the new mastering with a lengthy teaser showing the game’s hero, Sam Bridges, figuring out how to equip a box, Metal Gear-style, somewhere in a subterranean level with gun-toting baddies on patrol.

Borderlands gets a fantasy spinoff with Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

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Borderlands gets a fantasy spinoff with Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

Borderlands’ Tiny Tina is getting her own spinoff game, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, Gearbox announced at the Summer Games Fest Kickoff livestream. Gearbox and 2K will launch the fantasy-based shooter in early 2022 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

In Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, players will build, customize, and control their own characters, and each character can fit into multiple classes. The game will feature the familiar Borderlands gunplay and weaponry with a fantasy setting, letting players blow up dragons with rocket launchers.

Mother Lands is a tabletop role-playing game free of slavery and colonialism

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Mother Lands is a tabletop role-playing game free of slavery and colonialism

Tanya DePass, founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, a not-for-profit advocacy organization, has brought together a talented group of creatives to launch a new tabletop role-playing game. Mother Lands posits a world far from our Earth that has never known slavery or colonialism. What began as an actual play series on Twitch and YouTube has spawned a new crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The ultimate goal is to produce Into The Mother Lands, a sourcebook that will explain the setting and define the game’s rules.

Polygon sat down with DePass, the creator of the new setting, and lead designer B. Dave Walters to learn more. They explained that the germ of the idea originated in the historical record.

Valheim dev walks back roadmap after breakout launch

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Valheim dev walks back roadmap after breakout launch

Valheim has been a smash success since it launched in February, and developer Iron Gate has been forced to change its approach after racking up millions of sales. The developer originally planned for four updates in 2021, but are now walking that back. Iron Gate does have some good news, though. The building focused Hearth and Home update is in the works for Q3 2021, and we can see some of the new items for building.

“We weren’t prepared for such a large influx of players, and this highlighted a thousand new problems and bugs that needed to be fixed urgently,” the developer wrote on the game’s official Steam page. “Our priority has been to make the current experience as stable as possible and this has meant new content has taken a backseat. To put it clearly; we haven’t been able to focus all of our resources on Hearth and Home until May.”

Run to your computer, Control is free on the Epic Games Store

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Run to your computer, Control is free on the Epic Games Store

Control is free on the Epic Games Store for the next week. Those who have a free Epic Games Store account can claim the acclaimed 2019 action-adventure by Remedy Entertainment until June 17, 2021.

The free offer headlines Epic Games Store’s Mega Sale event, which likewise runs until June 17. The storefront is also touting Genshin Impact, but the action RPG is already a free-to-play game. It launched on the Epic Games Store on June 8.

Battlestar Galactica’s beloved board game is back, but in Arkham Horror form

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Battlestar Galactica’s beloved board game is back, but in Arkham Horror form

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, the classic hidden-role game first published in 2008, is being reskinned for the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired Arkham Horror Files universe. Publisher Fantasy Flight Games announced the project, a new game called Unfathomable, on Thursday in a blog post.

“It has finally been announced!” said Corey Konieczka, who designed the original Battlestar Galactica, on Twitter. “This is the answer to the question I get asked most often. BSG is back baby!”

The Sims 4’s Cottage Living pack adds farming, llamas

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The Sims 4’s Cottage Living pack adds farming, llamas

The Sims 4 is getting a new expansion pack, set in a charming countryside town called Henford-on-Bagley. Developer Maxis announced the expansion, called Cottage Living, on YouTube Thursday.

There’s a lot going on in the trailer — and judging from the fan response on YouTube, players are excited. Cottage Living will add farming — finally!!! and barnyard animals, like llamas, chickens, and cows. There are also bunnies and foxes, too — plus cross-stitching, milking cows, picnics, and farm stands. We also spotted a multi-color cow. It’s coming on July 22 to Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s coolest gun weaponizes PlayStation cameos

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Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart’s coolest gun weaponizes PlayStation cameos

In the very first Ratchet & Clank game, players are able to get their hands on the RYNO, which stands for “Rip You a New One” — you must understand, it was the early 2000s. The RYNO is the ultimate weapon, and costs an exorbitant amount of Bolts, the games’ currency, to acquire. As the series went on, developer Insomniac Games added new RYNOs with new effects.

The RYNOs of games past have always been big guns that pack a serious punch, but the RYNO 8 in Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is something else entirely.

Microsoft to bring ‘at least one’ first-party game to Game Pass every quarter

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Microsoft to bring ‘at least one’ first-party game to Game Pass every quarter

Microsoft announced a deluge of Xbox, xCloud, and Xbox Game Pass news Thursday, including that it’s working on new stand-alone game streaming devices and bringing Game Pass to TVs. The Xbox maker also reaffirmed its first-party commitment to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, pledging to bring “at least one new, first party game into Game Pass every quarter.”

The company says its ever-expanding stable of Xbox Game Studios (and the recent addition of Bethesda Softworks to Microsoft) will make that release cadence possible.

Xbox is ‘accelerating’ work on new consoles and stand-alone streaming devices

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Xbox is ‘accelerating’ work on new consoles and stand-alone streaming devices

Xbox Series X won’t be Microsoft's final traditional console. Xbox corporate VP of gaming experiences and platforms Liz Hamren revealed Thursday that the company is hard at work on both the next round of traditional gaming hardware and stand-alone streaming devices.

“Cloud is key to our hardware and Game Pass roadmaps,” said Hamren in Microsoft's pre-recorded E3 2021 panel. “But no one should think we’re slowing down on our core console engineering. In fact, we’re accelerating it. We’re already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won’t come to light for years. [...] We’re working with global TV manufacturers to embed the Game Pass experience directly into internet-connected TVs, so all you’ll need to play is a controller. Beyond that, we’re also developing stand-alone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor, so if you have a strong internet connection you can stream your Xbox experience.”