Take a tour of Gears of War 4’s new multiplayer maps

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Take a tour of Gears of War 4’s new multiplayer maps

Two new multiplayer maps will be added to Gears of War 4 this month, with walkthrough videos released today.

Speyer (above) is a pretty neighborhood of old buildings, creating close-combat opportunities as well as open spaces for more long-range engagements. Glory (below) features multiple military monuments as well as a large artillery emplacement that will draw the focus of players seeking big gun suppression.

Study: PS4 tops Black Friday store sales, Xbox One grabbed most online sales

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Study: PS4 tops Black Friday store sales, Xbox One grabbed most online sales

The retail hoopla surrounding Black Friday tends to move a lot of game consoles in a very short period of time and this year was no different.

But unlike last year’s sales results, a majority of which were made up of Xbox sales, according to data sales tracking site InfoScout, both Microsoft’s and Sony’s platforms seemed to do equally well. This year, the company decided not to track Wii U or 3DS sales.

Heartstone’s Mean Streets of Gadgetzan bug is producing too many duplicate cards

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Heartstone’s Mean Streets of Gadgetzan bug is producing too many duplicate cards

When Blizzard Entertainment announced their new expansion for Hearthstone, “Mean Streets of Gadgetzan,” it introduced a brand new mechanic: tri-class cards. As exciting as they are, this new card type is also at the center of a bug that is disappointing fans excited to unpack cards for the new expansion.

As their name implies, tri-class cards are meant to be used by three specific classes. By making cards unique to three classes, they open up the door to adding unique mechanics to multiple classes, instead of one.

Almost two-fifths of Steam’s entire library was released in 2016

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Almost two-fifths of Steam’s entire library was released in 2016

If it seems like Steam’s list of new releases has been getting more and more cluttered lately, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. More than 4,200 games have been released on Valve’s digital distribution service so far in 2016, according to Steam Spy — a figure that represents a whopping 38 percent of the service’s entire gaming library.

Yesterday, Steam Spy tweeted a pie chart of Steam games organized by their year of release. Today is the first day of December, so the exact number of 2016 titles listed in the chart — 4,207 — doesn’t even include the last month of the year. We just checked Steam’s list of new releases, and as of this writing, 33 games arrived on the service today.

How to get six free Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs

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How to get six free Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs

Hearthstone’s latest expansion pack, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, is officially live on North American servers today. While Blizzard ran its traditional pre-order deal for the expansion — $49.99 for 50 packs — the developer has also, as usual, slipped in a method for getting a few packs for free.

Here’s how it works: When you first log in following the expansion’s launch, you’ll get a notification of the expansion and a new quest titled “Join the Goons.” Don Han’Cho, the ogre leader of the game’s Grimy Goons faction, will pop up and provide some flavor text describing the gang while providing you the goal of your quest: to win three games as a hunter, paladin or warrior, the three classes that can use Grimy Goons decks.

What will we see at The Game Awards 2016?

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What will we see at The Game Awards 2016?

The Game Awards are back for their third edition tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Host Geoff Keighley has already teased some big reveals, but what’s always more exciting is the stuff we don’t know about in advance. It’s hard to predict these sorts of announcements, but we’ve come up with the reasons we expect — and hope — will make this year’s show worth watching.

Nintendo is bringing a gameplay trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to The Game Awards. We’re pretty stoked, although Nintendo has been known to let us down at past award shows. (Remember Cranky Kong? Yeah. Sorry.)

Keep an eye out for Final Fantasy 15’s cutest photobomber

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Keep an eye out for Final Fantasy 15’s cutest photobomber

Final Fantasy 15’s photography feature is one of the game’s most entertaining elements — at least, that’s how it seems on the surface. It turns out that players are discovering a spooky background character hidden in their photos, and it’s freaking them out.

When scrolling through party member (and best pal) Prompto’s camera roll at the end of a mission, players will get a chance to see their battles and most memorable moments from another perspective. These pics are typically lighthearted and instantly recognizable, but some are finding that there’s a creature tucked calmly away in a corner, one they were pretty sure wasn’t actually on the scene when those shots were taken.

Annapurna Pictures jumps into video game publishing business

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Annapurna Pictures jumps into video game publishing business

Movie production company Annapurna Pictures — the Los Angeles-based company behind films such as Her, Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Sausage Party — is getting into the video game business. The company is launching Annapurna Interactive, a division that will produce and publish “personal, emotional, and original games that push the boundaries of interactive content and encourage artists to bring new visions to the medium,” according to an announcement.

Annapurna Interactive will publish its first pair of games in the spring: Jason Roberts’ illustrated, inventive puzzle game Gorogoa and Giant Sparrow’s anthology adventure What Remains of Edith Finch.

Assassin’s Creed VR experience coming to a theater near you

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Assassin’s Creed VR experience coming to a theater near you

The upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie will soon have a virtual reality experience to help promote the film.

The experience, which drops viewers into the Spanish Inquisition to watch assassins battling guards along the battlements and walkways of a Malta castle, will premiere during tonight’s Game Awards in the show’s private “Red Room.” It goes public on Dec. 2, rolling out to AMC theaters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin and New York City, where viewers can strap into an Oculus Rift at a demo kiosk and check it out themselves until Jan. 1.

Sonic the Hedgehog makes his very huggable Build-A-Bear debut

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Sonic the Hedgehog makes his very huggable Build-A-Bear debut

Sonic the Hedeghog’s 25th birthday celebrations continue with help from Build-A-Bear Workshop. Now available on the make-your-own-stuffed-animal retailer’s website is a very, very lovable Sonic the Hedgehog plush, on sale for $35.

An online-exclusive, limited-stock bundle includes more than just everyone’s favorite electric blue rodent. Along with the 17-inch Sonic comes a trademark gold ring accessory, as well as an exclusive print created by Sonic Team.