Warhammer 40K Necromunda is getting a proper first-person shooter

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Warhammer 40K Necromunda is getting a proper first-person shooter

Necromunda: Hired Gun, a first-person shooter set in the world of Warhammer 40,000, appears to have leaked on the Microsoft online storefront. Developed by the same team behind Space Hulk: Deathwing, the game puts players in the role of a mercenary hunting criminals and mutants on the mean streets the Imperium’s most famous hive world. The listing mentions that it will be available for both Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles.

Launched as a tabletop miniatures game in 1995, the Necromunda universe focuses on the violent battles between working-class gangs in a massive, industrial spire city in the 41st millennium. The game pits small forces — usually about six miniatures — against each other on a highly three-dimensional game board. Its universe is known for its bloody violence, but also its sense of humor.

Where does Doom go next?

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Where does Doom go next?

The Doom Slayer’s saga will come to an end when id Software and Bethesda Softworks release The Ancient Gods — Part Two, the second expansion for Doom Eternal, on March 18. While that story has already provided some pretty wild twists and turns across two games and the downloadable content, the biggest question will soon be what comes next, and how closely it’s tied to this version of Doom’s universe.

In an interview with Polygon, Doom Eternal game director Hugo Martin likened it to different directors taking on adaptations of comic book characters. There were the original Doom games, then the horror-heavy Doom 3, followed by the return to a more action-oriented take on the series in Doom (2016), and now Doom Eternal and its two story-driven add-ons. If each of those eras in Doom’s history was like Batman under the care of Tim Burton, Christopher Nolan, or Zack Snyder, the next game id Software releases in the franchise will likely continue under the same umbrella as this current series.

Kingdom Hearts lore book Character Files gets first English translation

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Kingdom Hearts lore book Character Files gets first English translation

Kingdom Hearts fans will get a chance to read Square Enix’s deep dive into the characters and lore of the role-playing series this fall with Kingdom Hearts: Character Files, an oversized hardcover book that will be released in English for the first time.

Originally released in Japan in February 2020, Kingdom Hearts: Character Files is getting an English-language localization courtesy of Dark Horse. It’s coming to book stores and comic shops on Oct. 19, for $39.99.

Another major tabletop gaming convention cancels its 2021 in-person event

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Another major tabletop gaming convention cancels its 2021 in-person event

Organizers behind another major tabletop gaming convention announced the cancellation of their 2021 event on Monday. The Nova Open, a staple in the miniatures wargaming circuit, won’t be happening this year. It was set to take place Sept. 1-5 in Arlington, VA. Organizers cited the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After months of careful planning, consideration of available data, and communication with our partners and attendees,” the organization said in a newsletter, “including the hundreds of individuals that contributed to our surveys over the last few months, the Executive Board has made the difficult decision to cancel NOVA Open 2021.”

Riot Games clears CEO of harassment, discrimination allegations

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Riot Games clears CEO of harassment, discrimination allegations

Riot Games’ investigation of chief executive Nicolo Laurent, following a workplace discrimination lawsuit filed against the League of Legends company in January, was “unable to find any evidence that would justify a sanction of any kind,” a committee of the company’s board of directors said on Tuesday.

A special committee of the board said it “concluded that there was no evidence that Laurent harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against” Sharon O’Donnell, a former executive assistant whose civil suit alleges Laurent did do such things. The committee, formed from Riot board members who are not company co-founders, hired an outside law firm to investigate the matter. That firm and the committee reported the results in the statement posted to the company website.

Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated Clone Wars series finally coming to Disney Plus

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s animated Clone Wars series finally coming to Disney Plus

One of the best Star Wars projects ever is finally coming to Disney Plus for easy streaming. Star Wars: Clone Wars, an animated series created by legendary animator Genndy Tartakovsky, is coming to the streaming service on April 2. The series will be joined by a variety of other off-the-beaten-path Star Wars projects including Ewoks, and The Story of the Faithful Wookiee, the first appearance of Boba Fett in the series.

Not to be confused with Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars series originally aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s. The series was incredibly popular and very well received, and it led to the creation of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The series originally aired as a series of shorts; it was later collected in two volumes for a DVD release, which is how it will be divided when it arrives on Disney Plus.

Assassin’s Creed co-creator Jade Raymond starts new studio with PlayStation

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Assassin’s Creed co-creator Jade Raymond starts new studio with PlayStation

Jade Raymond was one of countless developers who found themselves jobless last month when Google abruptly shut down its internal Stadia game development studios after a buzzy launch just two years earlier. Now, the former Ubisoft executive who was instrumental in the creation of the Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs franchises is starting a new studio of her own, with Sony and PlayStation backing her up.

Raymond has named her new independent shop Haven Studios. The Montreal-based studio has no other announced personnel, but in her announcement post on the PlayStation Blog, Raymond writes that “many of the talented game developers I have worked with for years (and love dearly!) are coming together to do what we are most passionate about,” which hopefully means Haven will be a landing pad for Stadia talent left out in the cold following the sudden closure of Stadia Games and Entertainment.

GTA Online player fixes the game’s terrible load times, gets $10k

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GTA Online player fixes the game’s terrible load times, gets $10k

Today’s GTA Online update is short, sweet, and contains a “thank you” to a player named t0st. Rockstar is also awarding t0st with $10,000. The reason for this reward? After logging in to try the newest heists, t0st became so frustrated by the load times that he proceeded to hunt down a solution to one of the game’s most enduring problems.

The full patch notes can be found on Rockstar’s support site, along with past updates.

Crusader Kings 3’s new updates add Norse lords and winter battles

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Crusader Kings 3’s new updates add Norse lords and winter battles

Crusader Kings 3 is experiencing a flurry of activity with a double update today. First, there’s the free 1.3 patch, which adds some goodies to the political strategy game. The map now has a winter mode where players can choose to duel enemies to the death or first blood. Lovers and lords can now also write randomly generated poetry to one another.

The second, larger update is the Northern Lords flavor pack, which adds Norse-themed content to the game. Northern Lords is not as beefy as a new expansion, so it’s being sold for $6.99. The flavor pack adds new art for Norse characters — including hairstyles, clothes, and beards that can be used during the character creation mode — and new map models for units. There’s new music, and random Norse-inspired events will pop up among the usual rotation of schemes, betrayals, and murders.

Fortnite season 6 takes the game back in time and brings back the pump shotgun

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Fortnite season 6 takes the game back in time and brings back the pump shotgun

Fortnite’s newest season is here and, after helping Agent Jones disrupt the Zero Point, some parts of the Fortnite island have gone back in time. The trip back in time brings plenty of changes to the game, including new upgradable weapons, animals on the island, and new areas on the map. Season 6 also brings the pump shotgun back to the game, which should make most Fortnite fans happy.

After the Zero Point exploded in this season’s opening mission, a giant spire formed in the middle of the Fortnite island. Spreading out from the spire is a new biome called Primal. This area of the island, at least for now, has been transported back in time. The biome now has ancient buildings, prehistoric animals, and strange new “Makeshift” weapons, which are like ancient version of the Fortnite guns we’re all familiar with.