EA delays new Need for Speed, shifts Criterion to support Battlefield 6

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EA delays new Need for Speed, shifts Criterion to support Battlefield 6

Electronic Arts will postpone the next Need for Speed game by a year and put its studio — Criterion Games — to work supporting EA DICE on the Battlefield series, which will debut on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this fall. In an interview, EA’s top executive for studios stressed that neither franchise is in trouble, nor is Criterion being taken off its Need for Speed project.

Laura Miele, EA’s chief studios officer, told Polygon that pandemic working conditions, and the Codemasters acquisition already delivering at least one racing game for EA later this year, made reassigning Criterion a rational call.

Blaseball is finally back with more chaos and snacks

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Blaseball is finally back with more chaos and snacks

Blaseball, the surreal totally-not-baseball betting game, is back, with some shiny new features.

After being on a siesta for months, the online sports game has made a triumphant return. Fans will notice that quite a few things on the website have gotten face lifts. The weather icons ditched their 2D look and now have some beveling. The other icons, like for idols, have also gotten a bit of an update. Most importantly, there’s now a plethora of different snacks to consume.

Valorant’s newest Agent, Astra, revealed

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Valorant’s newest Agent, Astra, revealed

Valorant is getting a new agent for its upcoming Act, and her name is Astra. Riot Games revealed Astra’s ability kit on Sunday, and it’s full of cosmic powers, as well as a few familiar effects.

Astra’s kit mostly revolves around placing Stars around the map. Stars are small throwable projectiles, which Astra can use to create different effects. To place a Star, Astra has to shift into her Astral Form, with which she can place them anywhere on the map.

The Sinking City is back on Steam, but its developer says not to buy that version

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The Sinking City is back on Steam, but its developer says not to buy that version

The Sinking City, a Lovecraftian horror detective game from the Ukrainian studio Frogwares, returned to Steam on Friday after a monthslong absence. But Frogwares alleges that the game being sold on Valve’s platform isn’t actually the game it made — the latest development in an ongoing dispute between Frogwares and Nacon, the French company that published The Sinking City.

“Frogwares has not created the version of @thesinkingcity that is today on sale on @Steam,” Frogwares said in a tweet on Friday. “We do not recommend the purchase of this version. More news soon.”

Destiny 2’s biggest PvP problems are finally being addressed

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Destiny 2’s biggest PvP problems are finally being addressed

Bungie will begin to improve Destiny 2’s player-versus-player experiences later this year, assistant game director Joe Blackburn wrote in a new blog. The team plans to eliminate obnoxious practices like “three-peeking,” and will balance subclasses, increase security, and overhaul the Trials of Osiris reward structure.

First up is the removal of three-peeking. Three-peeking is a unique cheese tactic in Destiny 2 that utilizes swords and emotes. When Destiny players pull out a sword — even when they don’t have ammo — or use an in-game emote, the game switches to a third-person camera. This isn’t an issue in most activities, but in competitive multiplayer matches, it allows players to peek around corners. With Destiny being a first-person game, three-peeking provides players with a lot of additional intel about where their enemies are. Everyone can do three-peeking, but it’s viewed as a cheap or “try-hard” tactic in the community — and moreover, Bungie never intended for this tactic to exist.

Netflix is making a Terminator anime series

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Netflix is making a Terminator anime series

Netflix is developing an original anime series based on the Terminator, with famed animation studio Production I.G on board. The new animated series will “approach Terminator in a way that breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts,” according to showrunner and executive producer Mattson Tomlin.

The project will be the Terminator franchise’s first foray into animation, following six live-action films and one television series, Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Original Stitch’s Pokémon clothing line expands with Ruby and Sapphire prints

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Original Stitch’s Pokémon clothing line expands with Ruby and Sapphire prints

A new line of clothes and accessories inspired by Pokémon’s Hoenn region is available now at Original Stitch, the clothier and The Pokémon Company announced Friday. The apparel lineup in the Pokémon shop at Original Stitch includes options like a custom Pokémon shirt, mask, or bandana. There are up to 34 new patterns in all — including an array of favorites from Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire like Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip.

The collaboration comes as part of the celebrations for Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, and turns even the frumpier Pokémon like Slaking into business-casual attire appropriate to wear to the office (or at home). This clothing line is a great option if you’re interested in grabbing something that looks a little more subtle than other recent releases. Original Stitch is known for its custom-made clothing, so these shirts will cost you depending on how you customize them. They can get a little pricey, but for some, $100 for a quality Pokémon shirt might be worth it.

Star Wars: Squadrons forms up on EA Play in March

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Star Wars: Squadrons forms up on EA Play in March

Star Wars: Squadrons, the excellent space-combat sim from EA Motive, joins the EA Play lineup in March, and by extension Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will see it then, too.

The modern take on X-Wings vs. TIE Fighters launched in October, and Charlie Hall, our resident HOTAS guru, called it “the total package.” Even with a standard gamepad, players will have “a wonderful time.” Though console players do have throttle-and-stick options, they’re pretty spendy (and hard to find because of wider spread supply chain problems).

Report: PS5 internal storage upgrades coming this summer

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Report: PS5 internal storage upgrades coming this summer

The PlayStation 5 will support internal storage upgrades beginning this summer, Bloomberg reported Friday, which should come as welcome news to players coping with AAA-games’ ballooning file sizes and storage demands.

Bloomberg cited unnamed sources who had been briefed on Sony’s plans. It’s an important step, because external storage on the PS5 can only be used for PlayStation 4 games; PS5 games must go on the new console’s internal drive. About 667 GB of it is actually available to store games, apps, captures, and other content.