New Pokémon Legends: Arceus teaser looks like found-footage horror

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New Pokémon Legends: Arceus teaser looks like found-footage horror

Ahead of Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Jan. 28, 2022 release date, The Pokémon Company has released ... a creepy found-footage horror video.

The Pokémon Company has a tendency for wrapping its cute creatures up in darkness — see Basculegion — but the new Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer drops the cute and is just straight horror. Who’s that Pokémon? The researcher asking that question is now dead. Yikes! The Pokémon Company is asking eager Arceus players to “examine this footage” for clues about the upcoming game, as written in the YouTube description.

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a free Game of the Year update in November

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Microsoft Flight Simulator gets a free Game of the Year update in November

A major update is coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator on Windows PC and Xbox Series X, one that will add five new aircraft (including the game’s first military jet, the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet), eight new airports, and other new community-requested features. Microsoft and developer Asobo Studio are calling the update Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition and it will be a free release for existing owners on Nov. 18.

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition will also be available through Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.

Xbox Game Pass gives players Outriders, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Age of Empires 4 in October

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Xbox Game Pass gives players Outriders, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and Age of Empires 4 in October

Xbox Game Pass is offering subscribers quite a few games in the back half of October. Dragon Ball FighterZ, Outriders, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Age of Empires 4, The Forgotten City, Into the Pit, Echo Generation, Backbone, Everspace 2, Bassmaster Fish 2022, and Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition will all be available for players by the end of this month.

Among these games, most will be available to play on any of Xbox Game Pass’ three platforms. Into the Pit, Echo Generation, Bassmasters Fishing 2022, Nongun: Doppelganger Edition, and The Forgotten City will all be playable on console, cloud, and PC.

Steam Deck rating system tells you which games work on it

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Steam Deck rating system tells you which games work on it

Valve is introducing a rating system that will let players know which of Steam’s 50,000 games are compatible with the Steam Deck, the handheld gaming PC due to launch by the end of the year.

Steam Deck Verified, as the metric is called, will peg a game as fully compatible, partially compatible, or incompatible with the Steam Deck. Officially, these categories are verified, playable, unsupported, and unknown.

Forget Game of Thrones, let me play this dragon simulator 

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Forget Game of Thrones, let me play this dragon simulator 

Sometimes the most striking concepts come when tinkering throughout development. Such is the case with Fouad Torriss’ Wyvern Simulator. The idea started as a simple exercise to create a working controller for a non-human character, but then ended up being a stunning example of a simulator where you run around as a dragon. It was so popular that Torriss ended up releasing a demo after so many people expressed interest.

We have terrifying dragons and more in Cool WIP, Polygon’s weekly roundup of eye-catching clips, and screenshots of works in progress. Each week, the Polygon staff scours the internet for the most interesting games still under construction, to give you a sampler of the coolest up-and-coming projects.

Scream and Donnie Darko come to Call of Duty for Halloween

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Scream and Donnie Darko come to Call of Duty for Halloween

Call of Duty’s annual Halloween event, The Haunting, returns this week in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone, bringing Ghostface from Screamthere’s a new one coming out — and Frank the Rabbit from Donnie Darko to the battlefield. And, yes, it appears that Frank can indeed drop a jet engine on his enemies with a new Donnie Darko-inspired finishing move.

There’s a lot of spooky content coming to Call of Duty’s The Haunting event, which runs from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2. In addition to the Ghostface operator and Frank the Rabbit skin for Baker, there are new cosmetics: the Necro Queen operator skin for Portnova, Disciple of Mayhem skin for Weaver, and Lumens skin for Maxis.

Netflix will let Twitch users co-stream the League of Legends anime

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Netflix will let Twitch users co-stream the League of Legends anime

The first episode of Arcane, the League of Legends animated series from Riot Games and Netflix, will be co-streamable exclusively on Twitch, the companies announced on Monday.

The show, which premieres at 7 p.m. PDT on Nov. 6, will be accompanied by a “Global Premiere Event” to be broadcast by streamers in more than 30 countries, and is free to co-stream for all fans. The premiere event will include a red carpet pre-show from Riot Games headquarters in Los Angeles.

Apex Legends’ newest character is Ash, a familiar face from Titanfall 2

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Apex Legends’ newest character is Ash, a familiar face from Titanfall 2

Ash is finally joining the Apex Games. The Titanfall 2 character is the next Legend Respawn Entertainment is adding to Apex Legends.

Ash is a Simulacrum Pilot, or a robot with a human’s mind. In this case that human is Dr. Ashleigh Reid, the former partner and apprentice of Horizon — who she reunites with in Apex’s new “Stories from the Outlands” video. After Ashleigh betrayed Horizon and was eventually left for dead, she was turned into the Simulacrum Ash, who plays a key role as an antagonist in Titanfall 2. After her role in Titanfall, Ash made her way to Apex Legends and has been in charge of the Arena mode, but it’s finally time for her to join the action as a playable Legend.

Fortnite-Dune crossover gives us Zendaya and Ornithopters

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Fortnite-Dune crossover gives us Zendaya and Ornithopters

To no one’s surprise, Dune is the next big crossover with Fortnite. Insider HYPEX leaked nine themed items early Monday morning, and the film’s leading man, Timothée Chalamet, hit Instagram with a story showing his character, Paul Atreides, kitted out inside the battle royale.

The items include skins for both Paul and Chani, back bling for both (neither look that different, tbh), a “Sand Walk” emote, the Twinblades as a harvesting tool, and a hilarious loading screen. Probably the most apropos items, however, are the Ornithopter glider (but of course), and the Maker Hooks harvesting tools. Either would be center square on anyone’s crossover bingo card.

The GTA Trilogy will get GTA 5-like aiming, according to a recent data mine

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The GTA Trilogy will get GTA 5-like aiming, according to a recent data mine

The Grand Theft Auto Trilogy will be out by the end of the year, but Rockstar is still staying tight-lipped on all the details. However, fans are now hunting down some bonus facts about the upcoming collection and posting them around the internet, specifically in the GTA forums.

Prolific GTA data miner alloc8or — who recently data-mined the upcoming game’s achievements — has discovered some hidden text on Rockstar’s website that indicates some major improvements coming to Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.