Hitman's next episode heads for Morocco next week

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Hitman's next episode heads for Morocco next week

Agent 47 takes an assassination mission in Africa for the first time

Hitman's next mission takes place in Africa, a first for the series, Square Enix and developer Io Interactive announced this morning. The episode launches on May 31.

In this episode, Agent 47 is in the ancient Moroccan city of Marrakesh, tracking a rogue general who is plotting a coup, and a private financier holed up in the Swedish embassy. In all of his world travels over the 16-year history of the Hitman franchise, this marks 47's first trip to Africa.

E3 2016 for Nintendo: Facts, rumors and speculation

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E3 2016 for Nintendo: Facts, rumors and speculation

It's going to be a quiet one

For E3 2016, Nintendo has one thing on the brain: The Legend of Zelda. The developer is forgoing the chance to show off other upcoming titles or even its next console, known only as NX, to focus exclusively on this one title.

In other words, great news for The Legend of Zelda fans. For others, not so much.

The Division's latest update is kind of a disaster

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The Division's latest update is kind of a disaster

It may be best just to wait this one out

Tom Clancy's The Division launched its second high-profile update just yesterday, unleashing a plague of game breaking bugs across multiple platforms. Some users are even reporting missing characters.

The big release — called update 1.2 or Conflict — contains new player-versus-player and player-versus-environment content, as well as a second centerpiece raid called Clear Sky. Many users, including Polygon staff, are experiencing persistent issues with stability and matchmaking in multiple game modes.

Battleborn cuts price and rolls out a new character as Overwatch launches

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Battleborn cuts price and rolls out a new character as Overwatch launches

This will be an interesting rivalry

Battleborn introduced a new character and cut its price by $20, perhaps not coincidentally on the same day rival Overwatch launched.

Both are colorful first-person shooters with several distinctive characters; Battleborn is the one that launched three weeks before Overwatch. The latest member of Battleborn's roster is Alani, described as a "water-bending warrior monk." Her introductory video is below.

Rumor: Titanfall 2 adds grappling hooks, larger multiplayer maps

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Rumor: Titanfall 2 adds grappling hooks, larger multiplayer maps

Also introducing "Mango Heat" Mountain Dew Game Fuel

Titanfall 2 will give players a new way to traverse the game's environments and engage others in combat, thanks to the addition of a grappling hook, according to a post on the Titanfall subreddit. A user claiming to have knowledge of Respawn Entertainment's next game posted that gameplay detail alongside a piece of legitimate-looking artwork to back up their claim.

That grappling hook, the Reddit user said, is used for "getting into your Titan, aiding free-running, or tactical plays such as pulling enemies while they're midair." Titanfall 2 will also apparently feature larger multiplayer maps.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst has a launch trailer, and it's boring in a great way

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Mirror's Edge Catalyst has a launch trailer, and it's boring in a great way

This is a reboot, after all

The launch trailer for EA's upcoming Mirror's Edge Catalyst is a bit on the boring side, but I don't think that's a problem.

Mirror's Edge has such a distinct visual language and color palette that it's impossible to mistake the game for anything else. That's already a nice advantage over the majority of first-person titles, which often seem to bleed together. There's also the pleasant sensation that the trailer is showing me everything I wanted to see — those lovely colors and the convincing sense of speed and height — and completely avoids the one thing I feared to see: Faith holding a gun.

Amy Hennig to be honored by BAFTA next month

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Amy Hennig to be honored by BAFTA next month

In recognition for her two-plus decades in games

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, or BAFTA, will recognize game director and writer Amy Hennig with a Special Award next month, the organization announced in a press release. At a special event on June 12 in Los Angeles, Hennig will receive honors for her "outstanding contribution" to the game industry.

That contribution comes from her work as both a writer and creative director on series like Legacy of Kain and Uncharted. Hennig scripted and directed the first three Uncharted games, winning accolades from the Writers Guild of America along with BAFTA.

Valkyria Chronicles successor getting overhaul after demo complaints

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Valkyria Chronicles successor getting overhaul after demo complaints

The action game to become more of an RPG

Following a recent demo, the team behind Valkyria: Azure Revolution, the upcoming Valkyria Chronicles game on PlayStation 4, will be making several major changes to its battle system and other features. That's because, according to an interview in Famitsu, Japanese players who tried out the game's first demo weren't shy about offering their criticisms.

Players offered feedback on the Valkyria: Azure Revolution battle demo — three times more than director Takeshi Ozawa expected, he told the publication. Many of their comments focused on the action-focused battle system, which Ozawa said will become "more RPG-ish."

PlayStation Store sale discounts games up to 80 percent this week

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PlayStation Store sale discounts games up to 80 percent this week

Gotta love a good sale

Following last weekend's flash sale, the PlayStation Store is extending the deals. From now until 11 a.m. ET on May 30, PlayStation owners can check out the Extended Play Sale, which offers price cuts of up to 80 percent on recent and popular releases like Star Wars Battlefront, Life is Strange and Grand Theft Auto 5.

Also included with certain discounted titles are season passes or downloadable content, adding to the savings. Check out our round-up below, and note prices for PlayStation Plus subscribers are in parentheses.

Sony expects to sell 20 million more PS4s by April 2017

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Sony expects to sell 20 million more PS4s by April 2017

That would put the total at around 60 million

Sony is banking on a big year for the PlayStation 4 — the company is anticipating PS4 sales of 20 million units worldwide in its current fiscal year, according to the corporate forecast that Sony released today.

Sony's 2016 fiscal year runs from April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. The company said today that it sold 17.7 million PS4 consoles in its 2015 fiscal year, so the forecast represents a 13 percent year-over-year increase. Last year's figure came in 19.6 percent above the 14.8 million PS4 systems that Sony sold during its 2014 fiscal year, the first full year of the console's life cycle.