Destiny 2’s Valentine’s Day event returns, more generous than ever

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Destiny 2’s Valentine’s Day event returns, more generous than ever

Bungie is bringing back Crimson Days, Destiny’s Valentine’s Day-themed seasonal event, next week. Destiny 2’s version of Crimson Days will see the return of two-on-two Clash mode in competitive multiplayer and the return of a beloved Crucible map, the Burning Shrine (now known as The Burnout). Naturally, there will also be plenty of fresh cosmetic loot to acquire.

Destiny 2’s Crimson Days event starts Feb. 13, and it looks like Bungie has learned to be much more generous with its loot in response to negative player feedback from last year’s The Dawning event. Bungie says it’s not capping the number of Crimson Engrams — the drops that hold event-specific loot — that players can earn during Crimson Days, and promises that players won’t receive duplicate items until they’ve earned all of the new event gear.

Wattam is the latest in a strong year for in-game puking

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Wattam is the latest in a strong year for in-game puking

Veteran designer Keita Takahashi — of Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy fame — has been teasing his next project, Wattam, for several years now. With a promise that the wacky friendship-making game will launch sometime this year, Takahashi’s adorable social media promos of late are looking a bit chunkier.

Unfortunately for those of you of weak constitutions, I mean “chunkier” in two very different ways. Wattam’s signature weirdness, according to the creator’s latest tweets, challenges players to maneuver around all kinds of physical and emotional reactions. And that includes vomiting.

Ex-STALKER developers reveal new battle royale game, Fear the Wolves

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Ex-STALKER developers reveal new battle royale game, Fear the Wolves

Vostok Games, the team of ex-STALKER developers behind Survarium, are bringing their post-apocalyptic style to the battle royale genre with a new first-person shooter called Fear the Wolves. Set in “radiation-ravaged Chernobyl,” Fear the Wolves will send 100 fighters into a battleground with the goal of being the last player standing.

Publisher Focus Home Interactive said Vostok’s take on the genre will have a few twists. In Fear the Wolves, players will have to worry about more than just other survivors; “deadly anomalies and dynamically-changing weather,” as well as a day-night cycle will require players to adapt to survive. Players can also find and equip protective gear that will let them survive in “dangerous off-limit zones.”

The Surge 2 is coming in 2019

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The Surge 2 is coming in 2019

The Surge, a Dark Souls-inspired science fiction brawler, is getting a sequel. Publisher Focus Home Interactive and developer Deck13 announced the renewal of their partnership, as well as a release window of 2019.

The team behind Lords of the Fallen, a dark fantasy action role-playing game, surprised many when it announced The Surge, in which players do battle against robotic and human enemies with futuristic exoskeletons. But the game proved very popular among fans, and even received critical praise. Polygon’s review called it “the biggest surprise of 2017.”

Check out the Ninja Turtles in action in Injustice 2

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Check out the Ninja Turtles in action in Injustice 2

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are coming to DC fighting game Injustice 2 as downloadable characters next week, Warner Bros. Interactive and DC Entertainment announced today. They also gave Injustice 2 fans their first look at Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo in action with a new gameplay trailer.

Our heroes in a half-shell will play as four distinct characters, thanks to Injustice 2’s gear customization system, according to a release from Warner Bros. Here’s how that will work:

Fe’s mysteries unravel as you become one with nature

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Fe’s mysteries unravel as you become one with nature

A streak of light flashes across the sky. Soon Fe, a black, fox-like creature with spikes lands on Earth — or what we assume is Earth. You have to play as this creature, but you’re not sure what to do or even what you can do. All you can do is move forward through the dark trees and toward the light.

But what happens next? In the next 10 minutes, a lot.

Jurassic Park comes to Zen Pinball with three tables in February

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Jurassic Park comes to Zen Pinball with three tables in February

The world of Jurassic Park and its dinosaurs are the next three tables coming to Pinball FX3, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the summer sci-fi blockbuster series — which gets a big sequel in June — and bringing the romping, stomping terror of giant lizards to the virtual pinball suite for the first time.

Launching Feb. 20 on every current console, PC and mobile, the trilogy comprises Jurassic Park Pinball, an adaptation of the 1993 original; Jurassic World Pinball, an homage to the 2015 flick that grossed $1 billion worldwide (fourth most all time); and Jurassic Park Pinball Mayhem, a wildcard table not attached to any movie that expands on the lore of the whole franchise.

Kerbal Space Program’s first expansion has a release date

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Kerbal Space Program’s first expansion has a release date

Kerbal Space Program, the unlikely success success story from Squad, a Mexican marketing agency turned game studio, will launch its first expansion on March 13. Called Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion, it’s the first add-on for the PC version of the game since it entered Steam Early Access in 2013.

Kerbal Space Program (or KSP) has been in development since 2010 and left Early Access in 2015. Since then it’s also come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In May of 2017 it was acquired by Take-Two Interactive, and in March 2017, Squad announced the Making History Expansion.

Evo 2018 lineup includes Street Fighter 5, Melee and Dragon Ball

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Evo 2018 lineup includes Street Fighter 5, Melee and Dragon Ball

This year’s Evo fighting game tournament will feature eight games as part of its official lineup, including fan favorites Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Melee, organizers announced today. Tournament co-founder Joey “MrWizard” Cuellar confirmed the Evo 2018 lineup during a Twitch stream hosted by Mark “MarkMan” Julio this evening.

The Evo 2018 lineup includes many returning favorites, as well as new games, including Arc System Works’ BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and Dragon Ball FighterZ. Interestingly, the newest BlazBlue won’t be released until June in North America, which doesn’t leave players much time to practice for Evo. Also notable is that a major fighting game released in 2017, Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, will not be featured.