The next PUBG mobile game is futuristic

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The next PUBG mobile game is futuristic

A new PUBG battle royale is heading to mobile platforms. PUBG: New State is a new PUBG game developed by PUBG Studios. The developer announced the new game with a short trailer on Thursday morning.

The trailer includes some of the things PUBG players might be used to like furious gun fights, vehicular chases, and a bit of silliness mixed in along the way. One thing the trailer makes clear right away is that this is definitely not the same setting PUBG Mobile players are used to right now. While the environment’s still a little grimy there’s shiny new technology everywhere and everything looks to be a little more futuristic than the current game.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 2 update fixes the game’s most annoying maps

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Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War season 2 update fixes the game’s most annoying maps

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s latest season is almost here and the update patch will bring changes all over both games. The biggest changes are almost all map related, but there are also new weapons for both games, and a whole new Zombies mode called Outbreak, that will be the biggest Zombies mode ever.

The change players are likely to notice as soon as they fire up any of Call of Duty’s season 2 modes are the map changes. While the map changes for Verdansk remain a mystery, the new arrival of the Vodianoy ship is certain to change a few things around the map, and maybe even introduce a new threat. Meanwhile in mutliplayer, Treyarch has used the new season to bring a few updates to maps like Crossroads, Cartel, and Moscow, which each received a few revisions.

Upcoming Harry Potter game keeps brewing trouble

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Upcoming Harry Potter game keeps brewing trouble

Hogwarts Legacy, the upcoming open-world Harry Potter video game set in the wizarding world of the 19th century, won’t be released until 2022 — but the game keeps getting mired in controversy. Last year, publisher Warner Bros. had to clarify that Harry Potter creator J.K. wasn’t directly involved in the making of the game following a string of transphobic comments from the author. And now, the political views of one of the game’s developers has caught the public eye, leading one major community to eschew promotional coverage of the title.

The game’s latest controversy began when journalist Liam Roberston posted a Twitter thread highlighting that Hogwarts Legacy lead designer Troy Leavitt once kept a YouTube channel full of far-right content. Videos by Leavitt included a defense of men who were accused of sexual harassment, a defense of cultural appropriation, and discussions on whether or not “thought crimes” are a real thing. Some videos were also sympathetic of the Gamergate movement, which harasses women and marginalized groups in the video game industry under the guise of journalism ethics.

Minecraft Dungeons update lets you do more after beating the game

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Minecraft Dungeons update lets you do more after beating the game

Mojang Studio’s Diablo-esque take on its classic blocky franchise, Minecraft Dungeons, got a hefty update today alongside new DLC. The update — live now — includes a slew of optimization features for the Xbox Series X version, new missions, and as well additional items to smash your way through creepers and enderman.

The biggest addition in the update is a feature called the Ancient Hunts. With this, players will be able to take on procedurally generated mission after they complete the game. If that’s not enough, you can pay an extra $5.99 and unlock the “Flames of Nether” DLC where you conquer the classic hell-like lava land from the original Minecraft game.

Niantic ‘punished’ millions of Pokémon Go players for cheating

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Niantic ‘punished’ millions of Pokémon Go players for cheating

Pokémon Go creator Niantic won a $5 million settlement against Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite hack creators in 2020 — the culmination of a lawsuit that was filed in 2019. But it wasn’t only going after the cheat creators. Niantic announced Tuesday that it has issued “punishments” more than 5 million players across the three games since 2020.

More than 20% of those punishments, Niantic said, were “permanent bans.” Cheating in Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite largely means using hacked programs, like the ones named in the lawsuit, which allow players to access modified versions of the game that allow for GPS spoofing and “auto-walk” functionality. These allow players to play Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter Wizards Unite without going outside or actually moving to a certain location.

Anthem redesign canceled at BioWare

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Anthem redesign canceled at BioWare

BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts are giving up on Anthem. The planned overhaul of the 2019 game — referred to as Anthem Next or Anthem 2.0 — is coming to an end, BioWare said in an update on the status of Anthem.

“In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey said in a post on the BioWare blog. “We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”

Disney announces release dates for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Loki, Monsters at Work, and more

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Disney announces release dates for Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Loki, Monsters at Work, and more

Today at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Disney announced premiere dates for some of the biggest upcoming shows on Disney Plus, including the MCU spinoff series Loki, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and the Monsters, Inc. spinoff series Monsters at Work.

Notably, the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch will arrive May 4 (aka “Star Wars day”) filling the void that’ll be left behind once March’s The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers conclude, and leading into a steady stream of new series like Loki, which premiers on June 11.

Fortnite’s next team-up is with Aliens

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Fortnite’s next team-up is with Aliens

We’re going to assume this rather hamfisted piece of expository dialogue references a chestburster and not, say, that gross thing from Ice Pirates. It appears that an Alien or Aliens will be the next crossover in Fortnite’s Zero Point mishmash of continuities.

We don’t yet know what an Alien collab will bring, but if this is referencing a warrant officer, then Ellen Ripley would be a solid bet. Xenomorphs are also good, terrifying fun (and their good buddy Predator stopped by back in January).

Jet Set Radio-inspired Bomb Rush Cyberfunk coming in 2022

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Jet Set Radio-inspired Bomb Rush Cyberfunk coming in 2022

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, the stylish, Jet Set Radio-influenced action-graffiti game from developer Team Reptile, is coming in 2022 to “all relevant platforms.” (That definitely includes Steam.) A new trailer for Bomb Rush Cyberfunk released Wednesday shows that people with access to relevant platforms should be excited, especially if they have a fondness for Dreamcast-era visuals.

Team Reptile describes its new game as offering “1 second per second of highly advanced funkstyle.” Players will create a custom cypher composed of chunky, colorful polygons and will “dance, paint, trick, face off with the cops and stake your claim to the extrusions and cavities of a sprawling metropolis in an alternate future.”