Microsoft confirms ‘some’ future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox, PC

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Microsoft confirms ‘some’ future Bethesda games will be exclusive to Xbox, PC

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game maker Bethesda Softworks, is official, the companies said in separate statements on Tuesday. The $7.5 billion deal, first announced in September, brings Bethesda’s Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Dishonored, as well as eight owned development studios, to Xbox Game Studios.

And while some still-unreleased Bethesda Softworks games (Deathloop, GhostWire: Tokyo) remain timed exclusives on PlayStation 5, Microsoft confirmed Tuesday that “some new titles in the future” will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.

Outriders’ loot is fun to play with right away

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Outriders’ loot is fun to play with right away

Loot in video games is a tricky thing to get right. Across the many loot-based RPGs, action games, and shooters vying for players’ time, few manage to pull it off. I’ve invested thousands of hours in games that succeed at doling out good loot (Destiny 2, Diablo 3, the original Borderlands) and bounced off many that don’t (Anthem, Marvel’s Avengers). Many games don’t find their loot groove until you’ve invested far too many hours into them.

Outriders has flown pretty far under the radar, given that it’s an original property and yet another third-person looter-shooter. But where I’ve spent ages waiting to find interesting loot in other games, Outriders’ demo had me hooked within two hours. And it’s all because of how the game handles its loot.

Universal Japan’s Super Nintendo World opens next week

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Universal Japan’s Super Nintendo World opens next week

After a major delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Universal Orlando’s Super Nintendo World opens on March 18. The grand opening of the Nintendo-themed area will also kick off Universal Japan’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. This news comes less than a week after the announcement that Universal Orlando’s version of the Super Nintendo World won’t launch until 2025.

Super Nintendo World is a unique theme park. Not only is it the first park to use Nintendo characters and settings, but it also features a special “Asobi” experience, which lets fans “play” in the park by virtually collecting coins, keys, stamps, and other items — by punching question mark blocks, naturally. The park then becomes its own kind of game, with guests comparing their scores and registering their progress to on-wrist Power-Up Bands and smartphones.

Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris postponed indefinitely

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Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris postponed indefinitely

After disabling Destiny 2’s Trials of Osiris mode last weekend due to an exploit, Bungie announced Thursday in its weekly blog post that it is keeping the mode offline indefinitely as it continues to investigate the issue.

Last week, a win-trading method that’s been around for some time exploded, and Trials players around the world started win-trading their way to Flawless. Here’s how it works: Players equip certain emblems to show that they’re game to trade wins with the other team; the two Fireteam leaders roll virtual dice over chat; and the winning team rejoins the match on the characters they want to win with, while the losing team backs out of the match. Do that enough times, and the Guardians that only pop in when their Fireteam leader wins the roll get a free trip to the Lighthouse.

Hogwarts Legacy designer quits studio following YouTube controversy

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Hogwarts Legacy designer quits studio following YouTube controversy

The lead designer of Avalanche Software’s Hogwarts Legacy, an open-world Harry Potter adventure due to launch in 2022, has left the project. Troy Leavitt, whose YouTube channel espoused Gamergate sympathies and other far-right cultural criticisms, said Thursday evening that he had parted ways with Avalanche and would explain more in a YouTube video later.

On Twitter, Leavitt said he left Avalanche on good terms, and that he wanted to resign “for reasons that I will explain in that forthcoming video.” He said he has “nothing but good things to say about the game, the dev team, and WB Games.”

Valve cancels Artifact 2.0, makes existing versions free

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Valve cancels Artifact 2.0, makes existing versions free

Valve has stopped development on Artifact 2.0, a refreshed version of its Dota card game, the company announced Thursday. Artifact originally launched in November 2018, where the initial potential was hampered by a complex economy that tied into Artifact’s mechanics. Valve restarted the project in March 2020, and began testing Artifact 2.0.

In a post published on Artifact’s Steam community page, Valve wrote:

Warframe’s next updates are focused on improving the game’s big spaceship

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Warframe’s next updates are focused on improving the game’s big spaceship

Digital Extremes has unveiled a roadmap for the spring of 2021, and it looks like the spaceship mode Railjack will see some major overhauls. During a developer Q&A stream, players learned about some of the next changes coming to the fast-paced looter shooter.

The first big update will be Railjack 3.0. The Railjack system launched in an incomplete state, and the developer has been addressing major balance changes since. Railjack 3.0 will include the Corpus enemy faction as well as the Command Intrinsic, which allows players to staff their ship with helpful NPC crew mates and go solo.

Apex Legends’ season 8 has a new solo queue option

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Apex Legends’ season 8 has a new solo queue option

Apex Legends’ new queue is made for the heartiest of players — or just those looking to get in and out of a match with minimum fuss. Season 8 of Apex Legends is chock full of new additions, from balance changes to a deathtrap full of toxic Caustic mines. The most interesting feature might just be the new queue system, No-Fill Matchmaking, which lets players abandon their teammates and enter the game completely solo.

When players are in the lobby, they’ll see a checkbox called “Fill Matchmaking.” This is the standard way of play; if you queue up alone, you’ll be paired with a squad for Duos or Trios. However, daredevils can uncheck the box, which means they’ll be a team of one.