World of Warcraft sees big numbers hot off Legion launch

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World of Warcraft sees big numbers hot off Legion launch

Legion matches Cataclysm with launch week records

World of Warcraft is on the up-and-up, Blizzard Entertainment announced. When Legion launched on Aug. 30, it had sold through 3.3 million copies — an all-time high for the franchise, tying with the record set by the Cataclysm expansion in 2010.

Cataclysm was also the fastest selling Windows PC game when it launched, and Legion now joins in the ranks. Blizzard also said that the release of World of Warcraft’s latest expansion led to a surge in concurrent players during launch week, reaching numbers the company hasn’t seen since Cataclysm’s release.

Hearthstone's Arena mode receiving an overhaul, dozens of cards to be removed

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Hearthstone's Arena mode receiving an overhaul, dozens of cards to be removed

Blizzard is also looking for other ways to help balance a notoriously unbalanced game mode

Balancing a wild, weird card digital card game like Hearthstone has never been an easy task for Blizzard, but the developer has especially struggled with the game's Arena mode. In this mode, players draft a deck of 30 cards on the spot, choosing each card from a selection of three that are presented at random. The rarity of cards affects how often they show up in arena drafts, which means classes that have more powerful common cards have generally been far and away the best in arena.

In a blog post today, Hearthstone associate designer Dean Ayala explained some of the trouble the team at Blizzard has run into while trying to balance Arena mode and introduced a surprising, sweeping new plan to fix things.

Lego Harry Potter is getting remastered, but only on PlayStation 4

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Lego Harry Potter is getting remastered, but only on PlayStation 4

Accio, DualShock!

The Lego Harry Potter Collection will assemble both games in the series on one disc, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today.

The new remaster will span the entire Harry Potter book saga and be exclusive to PlayStation 4. All downloadable content from the second game, Years 5-7, will be included on the disc.

The Sexy Brutale is murder and mystery wrapped in an endlessly repeating day

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The Sexy Brutale is murder and mystery wrapped in an endlessly repeating day

Less Bill Murray charm, more killer quirk

The murder is sudden, but not unexpected. You watch as a masked guest slumps to the floor, the victim of a gunshot wound you're powerless to prevent. For now.

The Sexy Brutale, a murder mystery from Cavalier Game Studios and Rime developer Tequila Works, is about second chances. And third, fourth and ... well, it could go on endlessly, depending on how good of a detective you are. The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game, due out in 2017, includes a twist of the Groundhog Day variety; the player is stuck in the same repeating day as an elderly priest named Lafcadio Boone.

NBA 2K17 expands commentary with a bunch of new analysts

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NBA 2K17 expands commentary with a bunch of new analysts

Meet the new folks in the booth

NBA 2K’s broadcast booth is getting a lot bigger in NBA 2K17 — the game will bring in multiple new analysts to provide in-game audio commentary, publisher 2K Sports announced today.

Kevin Harlan will provide play-by-play calls, while Greg Anthony, who replaced Steve Kerr for NBA 2K16, will continue to be the lead analyst. Color commentator Clark Kellogg has been the other piece of the commentary team for many years in the NBA 2K series, but in NBA 2K17, for the first time, the third person in the booth will vary depending on the game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has two heroes — a brother and a sister

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Mass Effect: Andromeda has two heroes — a brother and a sister

The series also gets its first real daddy

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be a family affair that features not one, but two versions of its new hero, Ryder. In an interview with PlayStation Access, creative director Mac Walters revealed that the male and female versions of the character not only exist in the game world at the same time — they're siblings.

"What a lot of people don't know, little surprise here, is that these two are brother and sister," Walters said. "And they both exist in the game world at the same time. So if you're playing as the sister Ryder, female Ryder, your brother is somewhere in the universe."

PlayStation Pro won’t buy you (much of) an online advantage

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PlayStation Pro won’t buy you (much of) an online advantage

Frame rate, controller, lag won’t differ

PlayStation requires that all online multiplayer games deliver the same experience to players whether they’re using the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro, Christian Gyrling, lead developer at Naughty Dog, told Polygon during a press event last night.

Chief among that requirement is that the frame rate for an online mulitplayer game has to be the same on both systems.

Here’s how the new PlayStation 4 Pro stacks up against Xbox’s Project Scorpio

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Here’s how the new PlayStation 4 Pro stacks up against Xbox’s Project Scorpio

So many flops

At today’s PlayStation Meeting in New York City, Sony finally unveiled the hardware we all knew was coming: the PlayStation 4 Pro. Originally revealed in reporting from Kotaku in March of this year, the upgraded console’s hardware capabilities were later suggested by a report on Giant Bomb. This report indicated that the PlayStation 4 Pro, codenamed "Neo," would be approximately 2.25 times more powerful than the original PS4 model, pegging it at around 4.2 teraflops of computing power.

However, Sony’s early numbers were soundly leapfrogged by Microsoft with the announcement of Project Scorpio at this year’s E3. Microsoft told attendees at its press briefing that Scorpio would be "the most powerful console ever" with computational power measured at 6 teraflops. The question became how Sony would react.

Pokémon Go Plus launches next week

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Pokémon Go Plus launches next week

Happy hunting!

The Pokémon Go Plus, Nintendo’s wearable accessory for Niantic Labs’ phenomenally popular mobile game, will be available Sept. 16 "in most countries," Niantic announced tonight.

The device will be released later this year in "a few South American territories," according to Niantic.