Samurai Gunn 2 will let you slash bros this summer

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Samurai Gunn 2 will let you slash bros this summer

Samurai Gunn 2 was announced way back in 2018 as a Nintendo Switch game, but developer Beau Blyth and associates have been relatively quiet about the platform fighter since. On Wednesday, we finally got an update: Samurai Gunn 2 is coming to Steam Early Access this summer and it’s bringing some new friends with it.

Those friends include the guy from Minit and Ana from Spelunky 2 — both playable characters. You can see the duo in a new trailer for Samurai Gunn 2, the follow-up to the original 2013 guns-and-katanas brawler.

Vermintide 2’s new update takes players to the Chaos Wastes

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Vermintide 2’s new update takes players to the Chaos Wastes

On April 20, developer Fatshark released a new content pack for Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on the PC. After some early queue troubles and a hotfix, the mode is now playable for anyone with the game, either with other players or bot-controlled allies.

The Chaos Wastes expansion is fairly meaty for a free update. There’s a new game mode, with new maps and environments to explore. Making matters worse, Chaos is the primary antagonist here, so expect things to be inherently unpredictable.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s big event has a very mysterious official schedule

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s big event has a very mysterious official schedule

Something big is happening in Call of Duty: Warzone on Wednesday, and while we still don’t know what exactly it will be, at least we know when it’s going to happen. Call of Duty’s Twitter account has helpfully tweeted a full two-day schedule of events so you know when you should check in with Warzone this week.

The event itself is still a mystery, but we have a pretty good idea that it will bring this season’s zombie outbreak to a conclusion, and quite possibly involve a nuclear launch as a way of ushering in the game’s third season.

You can pet the dog in the new trailer for 40K shooter Necromunda: Hired Gun

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You can pet the dog in the new trailer for 40K shooter Necromunda: Hired Gun

A new trailer is out for single-player Warhammer 40K shooter Necromunda: Hired Gun proving that yes, you can pet the dog. Or, rather, you can pet the cybermastiff whose ceramite teeth will be used by your good, good boy to rip out the throats of your enemies.

Set in the seedy underbelly of one of the Imperium of Mankind’s massive manufacturing worlds, Necromunda: Hired Gun is a single-player first-person shooter set in the grim darkness of the far future. Wednesday’s trailer enumerates the many different factions that players will interact with in the game, including the enforcers (Judge Dredd-style hive police), mutants, gang members, and the mysterious and powerful Imperial Inquisition.

Microsoft announces some free-to-play games, including Fortnite and Warzone, now playable without Xbox Live Gold

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Microsoft announces some free-to-play games, including Fortnite and Warzone, now playable without Xbox Live Gold

Many free-to-play games on Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X and Xbox One consoles will no longer require an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

The change was made official after Microsoft started lifting the restriction in its Xbox Insiders beta testing program. Furthermore, a system update this month will open up the Looking for Group option to all users, and party chat used while playing free-to-play games will also no longer require an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Life is Strange: True Colors finally has tech to match its writing

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Life is Strange: True Colors finally has tech to match its writing

Everything about the next Life is Strange game feels momentous. There’s Alex Chen, an Asian American protagonist who is taking center stage at the same time that the United States is reckoning with its violent (and ongoing) bigotry against Asian Americans. The representation goes beyond the leading lady, though. Lead writer Felice Kuan is penning the story at Deck Nine Games, and voice actor Erika Mori — along with Alex’s singing voice, depicted by singer songwriter mxmtoon — will help bring that vision to life.

The Asian American visibility at this specific moment in time is not lost on Kuan. In a brief interview with Polygon, the developer noted that while the timing is a coincidence, she knows what the game will mean to people in 2021.

Capcom’s Great Ace Attorney series is coming West this summer

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Capcom’s Great Ace Attorney series is coming West this summer

Capcom is re-releasing the Great Ace Attorney games, a pair of legal-detective adventures set in Victorian London and Meiji-era Japan, worldwide this summer. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles will include the original Nintendo 3DS games (The Great Ace Attorney: The Adventure of Ryunosuke Naruhodo and The Great Ace Attorney 2: The Resolve of Ryunosuke Naruhodo) and will be released July 27 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC via Steam.

The Great Ace Attorney games have previously only been released in Japan, and star Ryunosuke Naruhodo, the ancestor of another Ace Attorney hero, Phoenix Wright.

Even Tamagotchi has a camera now

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Even Tamagotchi has a camera now

Bandai Namco announced Wednesday that its new Tamagotchi device will have a built-in camera. Yes, users will still be able to do basic Tamagotchi things, like feeding their pets and cleaning up their poops, but also use the camera feature to bring the world to a Tamagotchi.

Four colors will be available — pink, purple, blue, and green — for $59.99 per device. Bandai Namco senior director for brand strategy Tara Badie tells Polygon that there’s also a built-in social feed where players can share and store photos of their Tamagotchi and the friends its met out in the world. (There are 100 Tamagotchi friends in the real world, which can be found by taking pictures out there.) The device doesn’t need an internet connection to use the device and its feature, but it can do stuff online.

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

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Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan leaves Blizzard

Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan is leaving Blizzard Entertainment. The company announced the personnel change on the game’s official website Tuesday, naming Aaron Keller, Overwatch assistant game director, as Kaplan’s replacement in the role.

Kaplan was frequently the public face of Overwatch, appearing front and center in developer update videos, at BlizzCon, and at Overwatch League events. Blizzard did not specify why Kaplan was leaving, nor did Kaplan himself in a statement released on the Overwatch website.