Terraria tops 20 million copies sold

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Terraria tops 20 million copies sold

Terraria developer Re-Logic has now sold more than 20 million copies of the sandbox game, the studio announced today.

Re-Logic actually hit the milestone before the end of 2016, the company said. Terraria debuted in May 2011 on Windows PC, meaning that it took about five and a half years for the game to reach the 20 million mark. According to Re-Logic, 8.5 million of those 20 million copies were sold in the 18-month period between June 2015 — the release of the version 1.3 update, a significant one — and the end of 2016.

Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay video goes in-depth on combat

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Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay video goes in-depth on combat

Mass Effect: Andromeda developer BioWare kicked off its “gameplay series” videos today with a deep dive on combat, showing off the options that the Ryder twins will have at their disposal when it comes to defending themselves.

The video offers the longest look yet at in-game footage of Andromeda, with five and a half minutes’ worth of action featuring both gunplay and special powers.

Nintendo eShop purchases will finally be tied to Nintendo Accounts

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Nintendo eShop purchases will finally be tied to Nintendo Accounts

Nintendo Account holders will finally be able to re-download purchases from the Nintendo eShop, according to fine print glimpsed in a recent Nintendo Switch unboxing video. It’s a huge step in the right direction for Nintendo, which has long tied digital purchases to consoles themselves.

FloKO’s Nintendo Switch unboxing video, uploaded by an owner of the new console who somehow received their system weeks early, reveals the major eShop improvement. It’s seen around the three-minute mark of the unboxing, which is embedded up at the top. Hidden in the fine print of the Nintendo Switch’s initialization screen is the Nintendo Account detail, so the average viewer may have missed it.

Pokémon Go players find the gen two Eeveelution trick

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Pokémon Go players find the gen two Eeveelution trick

Among Pokémon Go’s 80 new, gen two monsters are two more evolutions of Eevee, one of the most beloved first-gen Pokémon. While Eevee naturally evolves into Espeon, Umbreon or its other three forms at random in the mobile game, players have found a way to force the Pokémon to evolve into their preference of the two second-generation forms.

The method stems from the Pokémon anime, making it an Easter egg for big fans of the entire Pokémon media franchise. Naming an Eevee after the owners of an Espeon and Umbreon in the anime will result in the corresponding evolution, according to reports from big Pokémon Go communities like The Silph Road and other Reddit sites.

Vampire: The Masquerade series gets its first new title in a decade

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Vampire: The Masquerade series gets its first new title in a decade

White Wolf Publishing has released the first new game in the Vampire: The Masquerade series in a decade. Called Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood, it’s joined by a sister title, Mage The Ascension: Refuge. Both are pieces of interactive fiction, “inspired by choose your own adventure books” says a press release issued today. They are available on Android and iOS from Asmodee Digital, and on Windows PC.

“In Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood you’re a young artist who wakes up at night to find you’re no longer human,” reads a statement. “Told entirely through an innovative mobile messaging perspective, We Eat Blood is a sharp, mature, and terrifying story about your first nights as unwilling predator and prey.”

Here’s three minutes of the Switch menus, thanks to an early shipment

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Here’s three minutes of the Switch menus, thanks to an early shipment

Nintendo Switch units are currently on their way to the press, but at least one console is in the wild as well. A NeoGAF user got his hands on a system early, and he’s already posted photos and a video of the hardware.

The person, who goes by hiphoptherobot, said he was “just lucky” that a retailer shipped his pre-ordered Switch early. It arrived today, more than two weeks ahead of the console’s March 3 launch date. Hiphoptherobot is located in St. Louis, according to his NeoGAF profile, although he did not specify the retailer or connect his Switch to the internet “in fear of getting the store that shipped it early in trouble with Nintendo,” he said.

Payday 3 is in production, but could be a long way off

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Payday 3 is in production, but could be a long way off

Payday 3, the next entry in Overkill Software’s series of first-person heist shooters, is in development — and the process will take as long as necessary, parent company Starbreeze Studios announced today in its year-end financial report.

“It is with great satisfaction that we also can announce that Payday 3 production is officially initiated and at a full design stage,” said Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson Klint.

Pokémon Go players are already asking for gen three

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Pokémon Go players are already asking for gen three

The Pokémon Go community is best defined by two things: its eternal dissatisfaction with the blockbuster mobile game, and its appreciation for a good joke. Following this week’s mega update, which adds 80 new Pokémon into the mix, players have pelted the game’s developer with a humorous request that highlights that latter trait.

Although Pokémon Go is only now getting the bulk of the second Pokémon generation, players are already asking for even more new Pokémon. A common refrain on Pokémon Go’s and the series’ social media accounts is now “gen 3” — as in, add in the third generation monsters already.

Online gaming goes free on PS4 and Xbox this weekend

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Online gaming goes free on PS4 and Xbox this weekend

If you attend school or work in one — or know someone who does — you’re probably aware that most schools have next week off for their winter recess. So it’s no surprise that both Sony and Microsoft are offering free access to online gaming over the upcoming week.

Microsoft got an early start on its vacation. The company’s Multiplayer All-Access event began at 12:01 a.m. PT today, and will run until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 19. During that four-day span, online multiplayer gaming is unlocked on Xbox 360 and Xbox One — no Xbox Live Gold subscription required. In addition, all Xbox One owners can download and play two of the most popular games du jour for free during the event: NBA 2K17 and Rocket League. (It also happens to be All-Star Weekend for the NBA.)