Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game loses its publisher and the rights to the franchise

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Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game loses its publisher and the rights to the franchise

Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game has lost its publisher, and with it the rights to the Konami video game franchise on which it was based. According to a forum post by designer Emerson Matsuuchi, IDW Games is no longer moving forward with the project. They claim that the decision was made in December.

It’s unclear what that means for the several thousand people who appear to have pre-ordered the game, which was to cost $125 at retail. Polygon has reached out to IDW and Konami for more information.

Xbox Game Pass serves up seven more games for February, including Superhot

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Xbox Game Pass serves up seven more games for February, including Superhot

Xbox Game Pass’s lineup coming in the second half of February has quite a few additions. The coming week gives subscribers Obsidian Entertainment’s role-playing game Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire — Ultimate Edition and Bugbear’s demolition derby sim Wreckfest. The week after brings Elite Dangerous, Dirt 5 and Superhot: Mind Control Delete.

It starts on Thursday, Feb. 18 with Code Vein (available on PC; console subscribers got it back in December), a 2019 action RPG inspired by the Dark Souls franchise. Pillars of Eternity 2 (console) and Wreckfest (cloud and console) are available the same day.

Microsoft announces Xbox Wireless Headset coming in March

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Microsoft announces Xbox Wireless Headset coming in March

Microsoft is getting into the high-quality gaming headset market with the Xbox Wireless Headset, an official accessory that will be released March 16 “in most worldwide Xbox markets” for $99.99, the company announced Tuesday in an Xbox Wire post.

The Xbox Wireless Headset is natively compatible with the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One, as well as Windows 10 PCs. It connects to consoles via Microsoft’s proprietary wireless protocol, so it shows up like an Xbox controller. The headset also supports Bluetooth, through which it can connect to mobile devices. In fact, you can simultaneously pair the headset to a phone and an Xbox, allowing you to “dial in to a conference call on your phone and play on your console at the same time,” according to Microsoft.

Nintendo announces 50-minute Direct coming this week

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Nintendo announces 50-minute Direct coming this week

Nintendo announced Tuesday morning that it’ll hold a 50-minute Nintendo Direct presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. PT/5 p.m. ET. Last year, Nintendo opted for shorter, more focused Nintendo Direct presentations — lots of Mini Directs. It’s the longest Nintendo Direct presentation we’ve seen in quite some time.

On Twitter, Nintendo said it will share news on “available games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” as well as upcoming games to be released in the “first half of 2021.”

Six Days in Fallujah ‘not trying to make a political commentary,’ creator says

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Six Days in Fallujah ‘not trying to make a political commentary,’ creator says

Those looking for a critical perspective on the Iraq War should steer clear of Six Days in Fallujah. The controversial first-person shooter seeks to portray one of the bloodiest battles in American history, one that cost the lives of United States and allied forces as well as thousands of Iraqi citizens in 2004. Originally announced in 2009, the game was dropped by publisher Konami due to the objections of the families of service members killed during the Iraq War. In the 12 years since, public opinion has demonstrably shifted against that war.

That makes the job of Peter Tamte, head of Six Days in Fallujah publisher Victura, perhaps harder today than it was more than a decade ago. In an interview with Polygon on Thursday, after the game was announced for a second time, he was insistent that developer Highwire Games will not grapple with the political machinations that led to the titular conflict. Instead, their first-person shooter will try to engender empathy for American troops in the field, for their work destroying the insurgents that dug in throughout Fallujah, and for the civilians trapped in between.

Fall Guys knows what you want for Valentine’s Day: a red panda

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Fall Guys knows what you want for Valentine’s Day: a red panda

Fans of Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout are in for a sweet treat this Valentine’s Day. Starting Feb. 14, the Red Panda costume will be available for players to download. If you want it, you better grab it while you can — it will only be available until Feb. 16.

Fall Guys developer Mediatonic announced the new skin with a brief 30-second video. It reminds us what a Fall Guys character would look like in real life, and its size is still somewhat ... astonishing. (Seriously, the bean is ridiculously large — definitely wider, girth-wise, than a Teletubby. It’s kind of terrifying?)

Twitch voters elect lizard as new PogChamp

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Twitch voters elect lizard as new PogChamp

Twitch viewers have elected a new PogChamp. On Friday, KomodoHype, a meme-worthy Komodo dragon, became the new face of the PogChamp emote after a monthlong tryout period. The streaming company announced the results of the election on Twitter.

Twitch got rid of the original PogChamp emote after the face of it, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, used his social media accounts to encourage civil unrest during the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Twitch dropped Gootecks’ emote and since then, there hasn’t been a standard PogChamp emote for the website.

If you took a break from Magic: The Gathering, new Challenger Decks can help

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If you took a break from Magic: The Gathering, new Challenger Decks can help

One of Magic: The Gathering’s most popular formats, Standard play, is also among the most challenging to collect. Successful strategies come in and out of fashion with every new release. That churn is what makes the cards fun to collect, but for Magic newcomers or lapsed players, it can also present a huge impediment. That’s why Wizards of the Coast publishes Challenger Decks, and four new ones are set to arrive on March 26.

Over the last few years, pre-constructed Magic: The Gathering decks have traditionally centered around a given planeswalker, a powerful character from the fiction of that universe. Planeswalker Decks often tell a story, or work in a new stunt or mechanic unique to a given set of cards. But rarely do they become mainstays of the competitive play circuit. The newest set of cards, Kaldheim launched on Feb. 5 without Planeswalker Decks, offering up pre-constructed Commander decks instead.

Bungie cancels plans to expand Destiny 2’s Cosmodrome this season

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Bungie cancels plans to expand Destiny 2’s Cosmodrome this season

Destiny 2’s planned Cosmodrome expansion won’t be happening, the studio told fans Thursday in its weekly blog post. Instead, Bungie will focus on new projects.

Last year, Bungie said that Destiny 2’s new Season of the Chosen would bring back two old Strikes from the original Destiny and expand the Cosmodrome location to “roughly Destiny 1 Year 1 parity.” But when players logged on Tuesday morning for the new season, they found Old Russia unchanged.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s new patch should fix its disappearing hit markers

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s new patch should fix its disappearing hit markers

Call of Duty: Warzone has had quite a few bugs in the last couple of weeks, from invisible players to the return of the infinite stim glitch. While those issues may have been game-breaking, a smaller annoyance has plagued players as well: disappearing hit markers. Thankfully, Raven Software has released a patch that should fix the problem.

Call of Duty games, including Warzone, usually include a small indicator near each players’ crosshair that appears when their shots hit an enemy player. However, over the last couple of patches, the icon that’s supposed to appear has been showing up inconsistently. Warzone players might fire at someone, hit them, but have no idea that their shots landed, leading to plenty of frustration.