When does Call of Duty: Vanguard go live?

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When does Call of Duty: Vanguard go live?

Call of Duty: Vanguard officially launches Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. Unlike the old days of midnight events in game stores and shopping malls, many fans will be getting their copies from an online storefront. Here’s everything you need to know to jump into Sledgehammer Games’ WWII shooter day one, minute one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is for sale on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store for Xbox One and Xbox Series X, and Battle.net for Windows PC. The standard version is $69.99 ($59.99 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One). Those who pre-purchased the game digitally have been able to pre-load the full title (60 to 90 GB, depending on configuration) since Oct. 28 on consoles, and since Nov. 2 on PC.

Spider-Man comes to Marvel’s Avengers on Nov. 30

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Spider-Man comes to Marvel’s Avengers on Nov. 30

Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is coming to Marvel’s Avengers — for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players, that is — on Nov. 30. Developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix announced the long-awaited release date for Spider-Man on Thursday, more than a year after the hero was first announced as a PlayStation exclusive.

Marvel’s Avengers’ late-November update will be substantial, because it will also introduce the game’s first raid, Discordant Sound, starring the sonic villain Klaw.

8 quality-of-life additions added in Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update

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8 quality-of-life additions added in Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update

Some of the most exciting things about the new Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update — which was released early on Wednesday — are the smaller updates Nintendo that didn’t headline the Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct in October.

Yes, the new items and returning villagers are great, but dedicated New Horizons players are particularly excited about some of the quieter changes that make island life just a little more pleasant. Nintendo still hasn’t added the ability to craft things in batches, but the developer has been listening. In particular, six new, small improvements stand out as super helpful in everyday island life, including DIY recipe storage and helpful announcements from Isabelle.

League of Legends champion Jinx coming to Fortnite

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League of Legends champion Jinx coming to Fortnite

League of Legends is getting a new crossover event with Fortnite. The League champion Jinx is coming to Fortnite just in time for Riot and Netflix’s upcoming animated series, Arcane, which will feature Jinx as one of its main characters. This will be the first time that a League of Legends character has been featured in a non-Riot game.

Like so many characters from other games and movies, the Jinx skin will be purchasable from Fortnite’s in-game store. Players can also buy a bundle that includes Jinx’s Pow Pow Crusher Pickaxe, along with other Jinx-themed items, like a spray, back bling, music track, and two loading screens.

Everything fans are excited for in the new Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 update

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Everything fans are excited for in the new Animal Crossing New Horizons 2.0 update

Surprise! Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ massive 2.0 update got an early release on Wednesday evening. Originally scheduled to be released on Friday, Nov. 5, the New Horizons update went up about a day early on Nintendo Switch consoles.

Now, fans are scrambling to unearth all the treasures hidden within it, and boy, have they struck gold. While there were plenty of known additions — like the arrival of Brewster’s cafe and the return of familiar faces like Kapp’n — fans have already found even more exciting new features.

Missing Animal Crossing villagers make a surprise return in New Horizons update

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Missing Animal Crossing villagers make a surprise return in New Horizons update

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ 2.0 update dropped on Wednesday night (earlier than expected), and there are a few surprises. One of the most exciting is that a ton of Animal Crossing’s fan-favorite characters that previously weren’t available have been added to the game. If you have amiibo cards of characters like Resetti, Dr. Shrunk, and Katie, you can scan those characters into New Horizons and, once again, hang out with your besties.

The amiibos or amiibo cards for these characters now work at both Harv’s Island, where you can take photos, and also at Brewster’s The Roost café. Yes, you can sip coffee with Resetti and Blanca. (Actually, we’re unsure what Blanca would do with coffee, though she appears to welcome it.) Some of these characters, if invited to The Roost, will show up with guests in tow, too — for instance, Kapp’n will bring his whole famil.

Watch 15 minutes of new Elden Ring gameplay

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Watch 15 minutes of new Elden Ring gameplay

FromSoftware and Bandai Namco showed off all-new gameplay from Elden Ring, next year’s big, open-world action role-playing game, in a video released Thursday. The new gameplay footage comes ahead of a playable network test for Elden Ring that will run Nov. 12-14.

The 15-minute preview of Elden Ring showcases the variety of environments and gameplay that players can expect. Developer FromSoftware highlights features that are new to its brand of action-RPG, including traversing a vast map on horseback, what appear to be random encounters (with a giant dragon, no less), and an actual map interface. Viewers also get a look at multiple styles of gameplay, including hand-to-hand sword-and-shield combat, magic, stealth, and the option to summon other players (and even AI-controlled companions) in battle. The player also visits what FromSoftware is referring to as a “Legacy Dungeon” called Stormveil Castle, a challenging area that will offer multiple paths to victory and great rewards.

Revisit Tecmo’s long-forgotten Rygar in a 154-page fan book

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Revisit Tecmo’s long-forgotten Rygar in a 154-page fan book

We’re spoiled for great retro game books these days, yet those often fall into two groups. On one side, you have comprehensive catalogs, typically broken down by console or publisher. On the other, anything tied to a big franchise. Every now and then, you stumble onto something so narrow and obscure that there’s no financial reason for it to exist — just a writer who loves a subject so much they can’t help themselves.

That’s The Legend of Argus: The Complete History of Rygar, a 154-page deep dive into Tecmo’s classic shield-swinging platformer series. The book recently came out in a new extended edition with a poster, trading card, and stickers — and a deluxe version of the extended edition, which adds a wax pack of trading cards.

Battlefield 2042 offers 10-hour trial to EA Play and Game Pass subscribers

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Battlefield 2042 offers 10-hour trial to EA Play and Game Pass subscribers

EA Play and Game Pass subscribers who are not looking to shell out the money for a pre-order of Battlefield 2042 will get a chance to try out the game, thanks to an early access trial.

Subscribers to those two services will get to play a ten-hour, early access trial of Battlefield 2042 starting on Nov. 12, Electronic Arts and developer DICE said on Wednesday. Subscribers will get access to both the Open Beta and the 10-hour trial.

Marvel’s Midnight Suns delayed until late 2022

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Marvel’s Midnight Suns delayed until late 2022

Marvel’s Midnight Suns has been delayed until the second half of 2022, developer Firaxis Games announced Wednesday. The card-driven, turn-based role-playing game was originally slated for release in March.

“We decided to share that we’ve made the very tough decision to move our launch window to the second half of 2022,” Marvel’s Midnight Suns’ development team announced Wednesday via Twitter. “We know many fans were looking forward to playing the game originally next spring, and the decision did not come lightly.”