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.

Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer patch will include more than a dozen new weapons

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Destiny 2’s Season of the Splicer patch will include more than a dozen new weapons

Destiny 2’s next season, Season of the Splicer, was revealed earlier this week, and that means players have plenty of questions about what’s coming. In its last weekly update before the launch of Season of the Splicer, Bungie gave fans a few answers in a preview Destiny 2’s upcoming seasonal patch, a roadmap of what’s to come, and a glimpse at some of the new and returning weapons players can expect this season.

As part of the season preview, Bungie revealed some of the weapons and armor players can expect in Season of the Splicer. Season Pass owners will get a new Exotic sidearm on day 1, as well as a shotgun, and heavy machine gun further into the pass. Players can also earn new weapons through Umbral Engrams and Override completions, as well as 12 weapons from multiplayer, four each for Gambit, Crucible, Vanguard, and Strikes. Of course, this is just a small preview of the regular and Legendary weapons to come.

Ubisoft is bringing The Division to phones

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Ubisoft is bringing The Division to phones

Ubisoft is bringing The Division to mobile devices as part of its ongoing multimedia expansion of the Tom Clancy franchise. Alain Corre, executive director at Ubisoft, announced a mobile spin on The Division as part of a larger update on the franchise, but offered little in the way of detail.

But based on a timeline of new products and content coming for The Division, the mobile version is a ways off. Ubisoft’s Red Storm and Massive teams still have to deliver a free-to-play game, The Division Heartland, and additional content for The Division 2, respectively. Ubisoft’s grander plans include the previously announced The Division movie (starring Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal) for Netflix, and a newly announced Division novel from Aconyte, which has published titles based on Watch Dogs and Assassin’s Creed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s new patch adds CARV.2 rifle

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s new patch adds CARV.2 rifle

Call of Duty’s latest new weapon, the CARV.2, has arrived. The gun comes as part of the Thursday patch for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and players can now use the tactical rifle in either game.

The CARV.2 is a tactical rifle that fires in bursts. It’s got solid damage, good recoil control, and plenty of ammo, which should make it an excellent weapon for the mid-range fights that are frequent in Black Ops Cold War, as well as the long range fights that often dominate Warzone.

Burning Crusade Classic will tweak the original World of Warcraft expansion

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Burning Crusade Classic will tweak the original World of Warcraft expansion

In some ways, World of Warcraft Classic was as much a museum exhibit as game. Blizzard faithfully re-created the original MMO, quirks and all. The upcoming Burning Crusade Classic is a recreation of World of Warcraft’s first expansion, with all of the Outland-related content available to experience with the appropriate power levels and progression mechanics.

Burning Crusade Classic aims to be a little less faithful by design; Blizzard is actively tinkering with the experience. It’s a new approach that’s aptly called “some changes,” and it should make Burning Crusade more viable to play longterm.

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.