Blizzard teases new Overwatch skins, maps and more

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Blizzard teases new Overwatch skins, maps and more

Blizzard Entertainment will celebrate Overwatch’s first birthday next week with an in-game event that adds new maps, cosmetic items and more. Blizzard announced Overwatch’s Anniversary event earlier this week, but didn’t offer much in the way of specifics. Since then, the developer has been steadily teasing some of the new additions on its various social media channels.

Perhaps the most enticing new additions to the game are Overwatch’s Anniversary skins. On Overwatch’s Chinese-language Facebook page, the developer teased new skins for characters Bastion, Pharah, Soldier: 76 and Zarya.

What's up with Blizzard using the Battle.net name again?

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What's up with Blizzard using the Battle.net name again?

It was only a few months ago that we said farewell to the name Battle.net, but it looks like we spoke too soon. During yesterday’s Destiny 2 gameplay premiere stream, Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime stopped by to announce that the game’s PC version would be available exclusively on the company’s online gaming service, which he called ... Battle.net.

Morhaime didn’t misspeak — considering this was a pre-taped portion of a scripted event, he definitely said Battle.net on purpose. We reached out to a Blizzard representative, who told us that the company “made an exception” to use the launcher’s old name again for the Destiny event.

Destiny 2’s PC version won’t have dedicated servers

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Destiny 2’s PC version won’t have dedicated servers

Destiny is coming to PC for the first time with Destiny 2, and there already appear to be growing pains. Not only is the PC release likely launching after the console versions, but PC project lead David Shaw said that the version’s multiplayer won’t run on its own servers.

“It is a complicated typology,” Shaw told PC Gamer in an interview following Destiny 2’s live gameplay reveal yesterday. “We do not have dedicated servers for Destiny 2 on PC.”

I played Destiny 2 on PC, and now I don’t want to go back

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I played Destiny 2 on PC, and now I don’t want to go back

During yesterday’s Destiny 2 reveal event, Bungie introduced the game’s first strike, a cooperative mission called The Inverted Spire. I was able to play it twice back-to-back, initially on PlayStation 4 Pro and later on a high-end gaming PC. After a solid, 25-minute round on each platform, I’m not sure I want to go back to the console version ever again.

The Inverted Spire strike takes place on Nessus, one of the new worlds in Destiny 2. Guardians drop into the map and quickly make their way towards a Vex dig site, leaping huge distances with the help of portal-like canons that launch them across the map. Eventually, they reach the outskirts of a dig site, where Vex robots are fighting against the planet’s native species. Finally, they enter a huge crater where a multi-tiered boring machine is drilling into the ground. Inside that crater are caves, and inside those caves the boss monster — a massive robot called the Protheon Modular Mind.

Destiny 2 on PC might trail behind the console versions

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Destiny 2 on PC might trail behind the console versions

The Windows PC version of Destiny 2 will support resolutions up to 4K and ship with an unlocked framerate, according to publisher Activision. But it’s starting to sound like Destiny 2 might not hit PC the same day that Bungie’s shooter is scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

In a fact sheet released by Activision today, the publisher said the Windows PC version of Destiny 2 is being developed with full keyboard and mouse support, with custom key mapping; adjustable field of view settings; 21:9 monitor support; and resolution up to 3820x2160.

Overwatch director wants more story for Symmetra and Pharah

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Overwatch director wants more story for Symmetra and Pharah

In the Overwatch world, especially in its lore, there are stars, and there are characters who need more time in the spotlight.

Tracer and Winston, for example, have been essential pieces to lore building in the game, and according to game director Jeff Kaplan, they aren’t going anywhere for the game’s second year.

Destiny 2 brings you to Earth and three new worlds

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Destiny 2 brings you to Earth and three new worlds

Destiny 2 features four new locations for Guardians to visit, explore and fight across, developer Bungie announced today: Earth, Titan, Io and Nessus.

Destiny veterans will appreciate one of the biggest changes Bungie is making for Destiny 2: It will be possible to travel from planet to planet without ever going to orbit.

Thumper heats up Nintendo Switch eShop this week

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Thumper heats up Nintendo Switch eShop this week

The Nintendo Switch eShop updated with a cult favorite today: Thumper is now available to purchase. The intense, visceral rhythm game experience is the clear highlight of this week’s otherwise light eShop update.

Thumper became known last fall for its unique combination of rhythm-based gameplay and aesthetic-heavy action. The game stars a space beetle attempting to break out of a high-speed, extremely dangerous void. As developer Drool puts it: “To reach synthestic bliss, you must survive rhythm hell.”

Watch Destiny 2’s new cinematic trailers (update)

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Watch Destiny 2’s new cinematic trailers (update)

Bungie debuted two new trailers for Destiny 2, shown during a livestream reveal of its first gameplay footage.

The cinematic trailer above reintroduces us to the world of Destiny. It’s a new, gorgeous look at the hotly anticipated sequel, which Bungie finally announced at the end of March. The focus this time around is on Commander Zavala, who plays an important role in Destiny 2’s storyline.

Destiny 2 is coming to Blizzard’s Battle.net

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Destiny 2 is coming to Blizzard’s Battle.net

Destiny 2’s PC version will come to Blizzard Entertainment’s Battle.net, the platform that serves as the “central nervous system for Blizzard games,” Bungie, Activision and Blizzard revealed today.

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision, and Mike Morhaime, president of Blizzard Entertainment, announced during a livestream today that Destiny 2 will be available “exclusively” via Battle.net on Windows PC.