New Nintendo Switch Lite color coming in May

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New Nintendo Switch Lite color coming in May

A new Nintendo Switch Lite color will debut in May — a cool blue hue. Nintendo announced Tuesday that the new color will be released on May 21 for $199.99. It’s the fifth color in the Nintendo Switch Lite lineup, which already includes turquoise, yellow, coral, and gray.

“By expanding the existing range of color options for the system, [...] the blue Nintendo Switch Lite gives you more options to express your personal gaming style wherever you choose to play,” Nintendo said in a news release.

First PS5 update adds USB system storage for games, new social features

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First PS5 update adds USB system storage for games, new social features

The first major system update for PlayStation 5 arrives Wednesday, April 14, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Tuesday. That update will add new features, including external USB storage support for PS5 games and new social features that enable cross-generation Share Play between PS5 and PlayStation 4.

The biggest new feature coming in Wednesday’s software update is support for external USB drives for PS5 game storage. The option will let PS5 owners move installed games from the internal SSD to a compatible USB drive, and vice versa. The update will not enable the option to play PS5 games directly from external USB storage, nor will it enable the ability to upgrade the PS5’s internal SSD storage.

Quantic Dream wins appeal tossing out lawsuit alleging toxic workplace

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Quantic Dream wins appeal tossing out lawsuit alleging toxic workplace

A French appellate court has overturned a judgment against Quantic Dream, the maker of Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human, and other prestige titles, which found itself and founder David Cage accused of tolerating workplace racism, sexism, and harassment in a series of press reports in early 2018.

The successful appeal overturned a July 2018 ruling in favor of a former employee who sued Quantic Dream, alleging a toxic workplace had driven them from their job. Cage and other studio executives vehemently denied the claims, and the accounts given to France’s Le Monde, Mediapart, and Canard PC in January of that year.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting 2 new maps, eventually

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting 2 new maps, eventually

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may be approaching its second anniversary, but Infinity Ward isn’t quite done releasing new maps for its latest Call of Duty entry. On Monday, the developer announced that it’s currently working on two more maps for the game, but it isn’t sure yet when they’ll be released.

The two new maps are Drainage and Al-Raab Airbase. Drainage takes place in a massive sewer runoff area, complete with dozens of concrete barricades and giant pipes that make up the map’s cover. Al-Raab Airbase is a bigger map that takes place on an airbase with several buildings that can be entered and lots of tight alleyways for fights.

Doja Cat is bringing Twitch even further into the mainstream

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Doja Cat is bringing Twitch even further into the mainstream

Doja Cat is on a roll. The pop musician, famous for hits like “Say So” and “Boss Bitch,” has an unparalleled ability to spin chart-toppers into TikTok sensations. Nearly every single she’s released has become a heavily used audio clip on the video platform. But music isn’t her only flex. Lately, the star has been streaming video games on Twitch. And her latest music video, “Kiss Me More,” doesn’t just have an extended bit about the PlayStation 5 — it also reflects just how mainstream livestreaming video games has become.

On the surface, “Kiss Me More” doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with video games. In the video, an astronaut (played by Alex Landi) explores a bubble-gum-pink alien world that is equal parts sensual and playful.

WWE 2K22 announced during WrestleMania

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WWE 2K22 announced during WrestleMania

During WrestleMania 37 this past weekend, WWE and 2K announced WWE 2K22. The announcement trailer features about 30 seconds of logo treatment and a very good looking wrestler. WWE 2K22 is the first numbered WWE game since 2K20.

The announcement trailer for WWE 2K22 — shown above — heavily features Rey Mysterio putting on his famous mask. The first 20 seconds cuts between what looks like the real-life Rey Mysterio and his digital doppelganger: the new model for 2K22. The final 10 seconds of the 30-second trailer features a very short look at gameplay, with Rey Mysterio beating on fellow wrestler Cesaro.

Knockout City is perfect for supporting players, since everyone’s new to the game

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Knockout City is perfect for supporting players, since everyone’s new to the game

Messing around in a single-player sports title, sure, I’m the superstar all the time. Multiplayer, when my skills, or lack thereof, are out there in real time with no do-overs, I drop back into a support role. You’d be surprised what kind of a teammate grade you can rack up in NBA 2K21 just by rebounding and setting picks. And I don’t do such things grudgingly; I’m grateful they’re there to give me a job.

This is why I’m fired up for Knockout City’s launch next month. Velan Studios’ dodgeball derby — the schoolyard staple as sport-of-the-future — seems to have been made with support-minded folks in mind. There’s always something I can be doing to help my squad, even if I’m not holding a ball, and none are spawning within sight.

A new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Build-A-Bear plush is coming this summer

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A new Animal Crossing: New Horizons Build-A-Bear plush is coming this summer

Build-A-Bear will release a third Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed stuffed animal this summer, the toymaker said on Twitter Wednesday. Another run of its Isabelle and Tom Nook stuffed animals will also return “soon.”

The New Horizons line of stuffed animals was released on April 6 after Build-A-Bear surprised fans with an announcement on Monday. The company didn’t share what toys it’d have on sale until a preview went live shortly before the collection’s launch. The Isabelle and Tom Nook Build-A-Bear stuffed animals come in their summer outfits — Isabelle is a pink leaf-patterned shirt, Nook in his signature blue-green — and cost $51 a piece.

Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning adds Shadow Items and a new set of units

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Teamfight Tactics: Reckoning adds Shadow Items and a new set of units

Teamfight Tactics’ upcoming Reckoning update will bring a major new feature to the game, Shadow Items, alongside a new set of units, a new mode, and other elements. In an early play test, Polygon got the chance to check out all of Reckoning’s new updates.

The biggest new addition to Reckoning is Shadow Items. These are new versions of the familiar TFT component items like B.F. Sword and Chain Vest that have been infused with the Black Mist.

Age of Empires 4 will have 4 new campaigns and 8 playable civilizations at launch

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Age of Empires 4 will have 4 new campaigns and 8 playable civilizations at launch

It’s been over 15 years since the last numbered Age of Empires game, but we finally know a few more details about the series’ impending return. During a fan event livestream on Saturday, developer Relic Entertainment revealed a few new things about its upcoming sequel, Age of Empires 4, including a look at one of the game’s campaigns and its new and updated civilizations.

Campaigns that place players in the middle of historical events have always been a standout focus of the Age of Empires series, and Relic is taking that idea even further in Age of Empires 4. The game will feature four full-length campaigns, including one focused on the Norman Conquest, which Relic previewed during the stream.