Ubisoft announces new free-to-play game, The Division Heartland

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Ubisoft announces new free-to-play game, The Division Heartland

Ubisoft has announced a new, free-to-play game set in The Division universe: Tom Clancy’s The Division Heartland. Heartland is in development at Ubisoft’s Red Storm studio, the publisher said Thursday, and is expected out in 2021 or 2022.

Details on the new game are slim; Ubisoft called Heartland a “standalone game that doesn’t require previous experience with the series,” but said the game “will provide an all new perspective on the universe in a new setting.” It’s coming to consoles, Windows PC, and the cloud, Ubisoft said.

Here are the games nominated for the first Tribeca Games Award

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Here are the games nominated for the first Tribeca Games Award

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its official selections for the inaugural Tribeca Games Award on Thursday. The lineup includes a handful of anticipated games and a few lesser known ones as well: Sable, Kena: Bridge of Spirits, Harold Halibut, Lost in Random, NORCO, Signalis, The Big Con, and Twelve Minutes.

The festival, which is slated for June 9-20, 2021 in New York City, marks a decade since Rockstar Games’ L.A. Noire became the first video game ever to be honored as an official selection at the 2011 Festival. Now, these titles will be in competition for the first Tribeca Games Award, which “honors an unreleased game for its potential for excellence in art and storytelling through design, artistic mastery and highly immersive worlds,” a release shared.

Nintendo Switch sales went gangbusters in a pandemic year

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Nintendo Switch sales went gangbusters in a pandemic year

Nintendo sold almost 30 million Nintendo Switch consoles in the company’s most recent fiscal year, which ended in March, a 37% increase over the 21 million sold the year before and the sign of another pandemic-gaming windfall boosting a company’s bottom line.

The 28.83 million Switches sold for Nintendo’s fiscal year beat a sales forecast that was already raised two times since the beginning of 2021. In its lifetime, the Nintendo Switch has now sold 84.59 million units worldwide. By comparison, the Wii sold 101.63 million units over its 13-year lifespan.

The original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is getting a 4K re-release

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The original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is getting a 4K re-release

The original Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, widely regarded as a hack-and-slash action classic for PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox, is getting a modern 4K re-release. The game’s comeback was outed by new listings on the PlayStation Store, and officially revealed in a new YouTube trailer released Thursday.

According to that trailer, Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance is bound for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. It will be released on Friday, May 7.

Sony sued over PlayStation’s digital store ‘monopoly’

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Sony sued over PlayStation’s digital store ‘monopoly’

A PlayStation user is seeking class-action status for a new lawsuit that alleges Sony has an illegal monopoly over digital game purchases on its platform. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday night in a California court. Lawyers claim that Sony’s 2019 decision to stop PlayStation users from buying third-party download codes is violating antitrust and unfair competition laws.

Bloomberg first reported the lawsuit on Thursday morning.

Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, and more sign on for E3 2021

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Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco, and more sign on for E3 2021

E3 2021 just got bigger, with game publishers and developers Square Enix, Sega, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Xseed Games, and Gearbox Entertainment confirming their attendance. Those companies will join previously announced exhibitors Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Games, and Koch Media at this year’s “re-imagined, all-virtual” E3.

The Entertainment Software Association confirmed those attendees in a news release Thursday. The ESA also added Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon, and Binge.com to the list of companies “preparing to bring major announcements and reveals to fans throughout E3.” (With the addition of Bandai Namco, that surely means we’ll get an update on Elden Ring at E3 2021. Right?)

Nintendo’s next Switch game will let you develop your own games

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Nintendo’s next Switch game will let you develop your own games

Nintendo will release Game Builder Garage, a new game that will let players make their own games, for Nintendo Switch on June 11, the company announced Wednesday. Like WarioWare DIY, Super Mario Maker, and Nintendo Labo before it, Nintendo’s next foray into do-it-yourself game development will give amateur game makers a colorful, easy-to-understand set of visual tools to program their own software.

Game Builder Garage will teach players how to create their own game through “fun, guided lessons that cover the basics of visual game programming,” Nintendo said in a news release — “no prior experience is necessary.” Players will interact with creatures called Nodon to build their games, examples of which can be seen in the trailer above.

Returnal patch pulled following game-breaking save error

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Returnal patch pulled following game-breaking save error

A new Returnal patch launched on Wednesday afternoon and was pulled two hours later after players encountered a game-breaking error with save files. Developer Housemarque apologized to players on Twitter, noting that a new patch would be available “in a few hours.” The studio reverted the game back to version 1.3.1 — but anyone who has been affected by the game-breaking save error in Returnal’s original Wednesday update, patch 1.3.3, will have to “re-download the game,” Housemarque said.

Players began reporting issues shortly after the patch launched at around 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Numerous players posted on Twitter — replying to the original tweet announcing the update’s release — and on Reddit describing a major bug: a pop-up saying that “something went wrong,” with system error code CE-100028-1. Some players reported that this message showed up repeatedly, with each button input.

Japanese board game developer Oink Games bringing its catalog to Nintendo Switch

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Japanese board game developer Oink Games bringing its catalog to Nintendo Switch

Oink Games, makers of charming little board games, is bringing its unique catalog to Nintendo Switch. The announcement was made Friday on Twitter.

I hadn’t really head of Oink myself until just a few years back, when our Clayton Ashley returned from Japan with A Fake Artist Goes to New York. It’s a terrific little mashup of Pictionary and a hidden role game, like Werewolf or Secret Hitler. The folks on Polygon’s Overboard team certainly enjoyed themselves, as did Polygon’s YouTube audience. The session racked up more than a million views on YouTube. Since then I’ve also had the chance to play Oink’s Nine Tiles Panic, which is a fun little objective-based puzzle game with a strong art style.

Here’s how Mass Effect Legendary Edition will run on your platform of choice

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Here’s how Mass Effect Legendary Edition will run on your platform of choice

Mass Effect Legendary Edition supports a frame rate of up to 120 frames per second on Xbox Series X, and 60 fps at 4K resolution on that console and PlayStation 5, BioWare and Electronic Arts announced Wednesday.

The companies published a matrix of frame rate and resolution support for the game, which comprises remastered versions of the original trilogy of Mass Effect games released from 2007 to 2012.