Remnant: From the Ashes gets free PS5, Xbox Series X upgrade

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Remnant: From the Ashes gets free PS5, Xbox Series X upgrade

Remnant: From the Ashes, Gunfire Games’ survival/action shooter from 2019, gets a free patch next week that upgrades the game’s resolution and frame rate on the newest consoles.

The title update coming May 13 means PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X owners can play Remnant: From the Ashes at 4K resolution and 30 frames per second, or 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Xbox Series S owners get only the 1080p/60fps option.

Fortnite’s ‘swole cat’ is back as Toon Meowscles

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Fortnite’s ‘swole cat’ is back as Toon Meowscles

Epic Games is leaning into whatever its bit is with Meowscles — “one swole cat” who debuted a year ago in Chapter 2: Season 2 of Fortnite. Now he’s got an old-timey style in-game appearance, and a cartoon short to go with it.

Ordinary Meowscles looks like one of those action-figure frankensteins bored middle-schoolers would re-animate on a Saturday afternoon. Basically, he’s a disproportionately small Hello Kitty-type head stuck on an alabaster He-Man torso, wearing a pair of desk-sergeant trousers and twin-holstered Dirty Harry firearms.

Yakuza sequels will be turn-based while Judgment focuses on action, Sega says

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Yakuza sequels will be turn-based while Judgment focuses on action, Sega says

Sega’s Yakuza games will continue on as turn-based role-playing games, as established by last year’s entry, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, while the franchise’s Judgment spinoff games will focus on street-brawling real-time action. Developer Ryu Ga Gotoku’s executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi confirmed the split direction for the Yakuza franchise during a livestream on Friday, saying that his studio plans to further refine what makes each series great.

“For Yakuza: Like A Dragon, we changed the game’s battle system from action into a turn-based RPG,” Nagoshi said during a Q&A session after the announcement of Lost Judgment, a new game in the larger Yakuza franchise. “This was a huge challenge for us, but it was well-received which we were thrilled to hear. We did discuss the possibility of developing the battle system further for our next title, and while we may pursue the turn-based system even outside the Yakuza series, the conclusion we ended up at was that because this is a different series, the best approach would be to keep them separate and refine what makes each series great.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s new patch fixes Verdansk ’84 exploits, nerfs rifles

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s new patch fixes Verdansk ’84 exploits, nerfs rifles

With Call of Duty: Warzone’s new patch, developer Raven Software hopes to keep players from glitching their way out of the new Verdansk ’84 map. The patch fixes some of the exploits players were using to reach out-of-bounds areas, but also brings a few weapon balance changes, including nerfs to some assault rifles.

Warzone’s maps, particularly Verdnask, have had problems with bugs and exploits since the game was first released last year. However, after 12 months of work, most of the original map’s most glaring bugs had been ironed out. With the new map, it seems that many of these problems had reappeared. But after two full rounds of patches, Raven has hopefully eliminated the most obvious exploits.

Oh, good, Mass Effect Legendary Edition still supports the Mako’s old, horrible controls

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Oh, good, Mass Effect Legendary Edition still supports the Mako’s old, horrible controls

The Mako’s shitty handling was enough to put Polygon’s Nicole Carpenter off Mass Effect — forever, all games in the series, full stop. But for those masochists who prefer it, or simply want to experience the remastered games with the Mako’s potato-quality power steering, BioWare will let you have at it.

PC Gamer reports that Mass Effect Legendary Edition will have an option to drive the Mako with its original, floaty controls, which were akin to steering an aircraft carrier with a polite suggestion or two. Lots of planning ahead was necessary, in other words.

Long-suffering Pokémon Go fans finally get their Gible Community Day

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Long-suffering Pokémon Go fans finally get their Gible Community Day

Pokémon Go players are finally getting the Community Day event they won’t shut up about. Developer Niantic announced Friday on Twitter that Gible will be the featured Pokémon for June’s Community Day, a surprise revelation that will hopefully sate the Gible-hungry masses.

Gible Community Day is coming Sunday, June 6, but beyond that, Niantic didn’t offer further details. Traditionally, Pokémon Go Community Days offer a major boost in the number of spawns, so expect to see hundreds of Gible in the wild. The event will also likely let players evolve Gabite into Garchomp to learn a rare, Community Day-exclusive move. It’s also likely that Shiny Gible spawn rates will be boosted.

Your first look at the Dungeons & Dragons Magic: The Gathering crossover set

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Your first look at the Dungeons & Dragons Magic: The Gathering crossover set

Wizards of the Coast revealed the first few cards for Magic: The Gathering Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, the crossover set that brings the Dungeons & Dragons universe into the collectible card game for the very first time. The set comes out in July, with cards arriving first in digital formats like Magic: The Gathering Arena on July 8.

Announced in September, Adventures in the Forgotten Realms is among the most ambitious card sets ever announced for Magic. It will feature tons of different products, including both the new set boosters and collector boosters. There will be themed boosters, including one for each color, plus a sixth type of themed booster that’s not being discussed yet. There are also four new Commander decks on the way: Aura of Courage, Dungeons of Death, Draconic Rage, and Planar Portal.

Yakuza team announces Judgment sequel Lost Judgment

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Yakuza team announces Judgment sequel Lost Judgment

Sega’s Yakuza team announced a sequel to Judgment, the 2019 action-thriller starring Takayuki Yagami as a disgraced lawyer turned detective, during a “Judgment Day” livestream on Friday. The next game in the series is called Lost Judgment, and once again features Yagami on a mission of mystery surrounding a gruesome murder.

Lost Judgment, Yakuza series executive director Toshihiro Nagoshi said, will expand on Yagami’s story as he deals with the fallout from a guilty verdict handed down in Japanese court. According to Yagami’s Japanese voice actor, Takuya Kimura, not only will the game’s main character contend with a grim murder, he’ll also have to go undercover at a local high school, which will allow for a variety of storytelling elements, including comedy.

Magic: The Gathering will allow in-store play again starting this month

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Magic: The Gathering will allow in-store play again starting this month

Magic: The Gathering publisher Wizards of the Coast will allow in-store play in the United States starting May 28, noting that “exactly when and how will vary store by store per local guidelines.” Events like Friday Night Magic, Tuesday drafting, and card set prerelease events have taken place largely online since March 2020. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release.

Friendly local game stores form the core of the Magic community around the U.S. and, just like many other small businesses, were forced to suspend operations in early 2020. In March of that year Wizards transitioned some events online, making use of the Magic: The Gathering Arena online platform instead. Retailers were still involved, but their ability to benefit financially was limited. Later in the year additional options evolved, including platforms like SpellTable, to allow for remote play with physical cards.

Watch Yuffie cry in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade’s new trailer

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Watch Yuffie cry in Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade’s new trailer

Square Enix released a new trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade on Friday, revealing previously unknown details on the upcoming PlayStation 5 version of the game. The footage showed us a glimpse of a new strategy minigame, a new Materia Summon (Ramuh), a boss fight with a machine from Scarlet, and an encounter with the dark, brooding masked character Nero.

The new Intergrade DLC follows Yuffie Kisaragi and her partner Sonon Kusakabe on their untold story in Midgar. The original Final Fantasy 7 game didn’t catch up with the two until after Cloud leaves Midgar. The remake’s expanded story will shed some light on what Yuffie and Sonon were up to before meeting up with Cloud and the gang.