Hitman 3 will use Google Stadia’s new save-sharing feature

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Hitman 3 will use Google Stadia’s new save-sharing feature

One of the most intriguing elements of Google Stadia was the State Share feature, which was shown during the platform’s initial announcement. While State Share was absent throughout 2020, it will be showing up in Hitman 3 on Jan. 20.

State Share allows players to share save points via the cloud, but with all scene’s pieces in place. It’s essentially a way to pick up the controller during another player’s key moment, and give the scenario a shot yourself to see how it might play out otherwise. These moments can be shared with features.

Eve Online is getting crushed by its own success

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Eve Online is getting crushed by its own success

Alex “The Mittani” Gianturco is usually energetic when I chat with him, but today he sounds downright manic. Eve Online’s most famous warlord has been pressed up against the edge of the in-game map for nearly seven months now, his Imperium faction the target of a massive and well-funded coalition of his enemies, called PAPI. A little more than a week ago, the Imperium won a controversial victory in the spacefaring MMO, one that broke the back of the largest in-game fleet ever assembled. So you can excuse him for still being a little jazzed about that.

There’s just one problem. Turns out that the enemy fleet wasn’t actually destroyed. The reason that Gianturco won the Battle of M2 (as it’s being called) is that so many people showed up for the climax that Eve Online literally broke down.

Servers turned off for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Servers turned off for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

WB Games announced on Thursday that it had quietly disabled online services for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor just two days prior. That means the 2014 game’s Nemesis Forge and Vendetta missions are no longer available to players.

The Nemesis Forge feature was added to Shadow of Mordor shortly before the 2017 sequel Middle-earth: Shadow of War. With it, players could play in a sandbox environment, with all skills unlocked, against the biggest orc enemies they had built up over their main playthrough. This also ends the ability to import one’s Nemesis or Follower from Shadow of Mordor into Shadow of War, although Shadow of War’s online support is not affected.

Rocket Punch, a PS4 camera game that makes you look like an idiot, finally launches

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Rocket Punch, a PS4 camera game that makes you look like an idiot, finally launches

After six and a half years of development, at long last “idiot gaming” innovator Chris Bulch has launched his doofus opus: Rocket Punch, for the practically obsolete configuration of PlayStation Camera-enabled PS4s.

“I have no idea how I managed to sneak this past [the PlayStation Store],” said Bulch, the founder (and lone employee) of Shame, Intercontinental. “Like, someone wasn’t looking at it properly on the day it was submitted, or something. I guess it was close to Christmas or something.”

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is bringing back the series’ classic map, Express

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is bringing back the series’ classic map, Express

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first season has been out for a few weeks now and Treyarch is already adding content. Along with some additions like a new Zombies map and new weapons, Treyarch is using the midseason point to add Express, a Black Ops fan-favorite map, to multiplayer.

Express is set in a high-tech train station with teams facing off on opposites sides of the station. The map features a luggage area, two wide-open train tracks that are dangerous to cross, and some fantastic choke points for firefights. The map was originally part of the multiplayer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and quickly grew to be one of the community’s favorite maps from the game.

Blizzard’s Battle.net gets a new update for better browsing

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Blizzard’s Battle.net gets a new update for better browsing

Blizzard’s game launcher, Battle.net, is getting a big update, which should make browsing through your library a little easier. Blizzard has been testing Battle.net’s 2.0 changes on its beta server. Now the changes are official, and rolling out for everyone.

There are five big changes meant to improve day-to-day use of the launcher, according to the news release:

Breath of the Wild players are racing to bake bread

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Breath of the Wild players are racing to bake bread

Beating The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as quickly as possible? Boring — we’ve seen that speedrun before. Nowadays, the speedy Gonzales’ competing within BOTW are attempting more obscure and strange runs, like the one where you see how fast you can go home and die, or the one where you race to a wedding. But the hottest speedrun of late has to be bread%, a silly category that has seen a handful of new submissions for its leaderboard in mid-January.

The goal is simple: Get the ingredients to make a loaf of bread, and cook them. As is customary in any type of BOTW speedrun, accomplishing this feat involves clipping through portions of the map, using the whistling mechanic to move faster, and of course, a shirtless Link. The current high score clocks in at 19:44:700, a time held by speedrunner Xeryph. In the video above, you can watch as Link shield surfs over frosty plains to gather the necessary powers to leave the initial Great Plateau area. There are plenty of “bullet time bounces,” which Link uses to gain massive air via Bokoblins, along with the trick of pulling out weapons while falling to dampen damage.

Community fans pay homage to the show with a fun paintball shooter

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Community fans pay homage to the show with a fun paintball shooter

There’s a Community-themed paintball shooter that’s getting attention on Steam: 6 Seasons and a Game. The description reads: “This is a completely free, volunteer made, multiplayer, satirical parody of common thematic elements found in American broadcast television serieses (yes that’s actually a word.)”

The arena for these paintball matches is Colarado’s Greendale Community College, the setting of the sitcom Community. The name is a homage to a line from the show that was eventually turned into a hashtag and rallying cry Community fans adopted when the show was at risk of cancellation.

Rainbow Six Siege operators join Ghost Recon Breakpoint in new event

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Rainbow Six Siege operators join Ghost Recon Breakpoint in new event

The Ghost Recon franchise has a history of tagging in the protagonists of other Ubisoft titles, like the ability for players to play as an Assassin with a Creed in Wildlands. Now, it’s doing that again by adding Rainbow Six Siege operators to Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

On Jan. 19, Ubisoft Paris is releasing a patch for Title Update 3.10 for Breakpoint, which will be free for all players. Alongside Title Update 3.10 is Operation Amber Sky, an event that begins on Jan. 21.

Ubisoft delays Riders Republic, its massively multiplayer extreme sports game

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Ubisoft delays Riders Republic, its massively multiplayer extreme sports game

Ubisoft’s massively multiplayer racing game that combines mountain biking, snowboarding, wingsuiting, and other outdoor extreme sports has been delayed. Riders Republic was previously scheduled for release on Feb. 25, but Ubisoft delayed the game indefinitely on Thursday to allow for more development time.

“We want to let you know that we have made the decision to move our release to later this year,” Ubisoft said in a statement posted on the Riders Republic Twitter account. “This additional time will allow our passionate team to deliver the best fun fueled experience to our players.