Vault of Glass will get a facelift for Destiny 2, not a rework

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Vault of Glass will get a facelift for Destiny 2, not a rework

With Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s November launch, the looter-shooter sequel is officially in Year 4. One of the most exciting features coming down the pipeline in this coming year — at least, of the features that players know about — is the return of Vault of Glass, the franchise’s original raid. But after game director Luke Smith posited that newer enemy types like Champions could make their way into the old raid, players have wondered how much the beloved raid will be “modernized” in Destiny 2.

We spoke to assistant game director Joe Blackburn to understand what a modern Vault of Glass looks like.

CD Projekt has blown years’ worth of goodwill in a week

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CD Projekt has blown years’ worth of goodwill in a week

It’s been a bad week for GOG owner and Cyberpunk 2077 publisher CD Projekt — but it’s mostly of the company’s own doing.

The publisher and its game development arm, CD Projekt Red, faced criticism all week for Cyberpunk 2077, a highly anticipated game with eight years of built-up expectations and bold promises. But the game’s release has been soured by a messy launch, with significant console performance issues and unmet promises of refunds. That is, until Sony announced on Thursday night that it would honor refunds for PlayStation 4 players — and pull the game from the PlayStation Store.

Cyberpunk 2077’s refund fiasco

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Cyberpunk 2077’s refund fiasco

CD Projekt’s rush to guarantee refunds for Cyberpunk 2077, which launched with numerous glitches and performance problems, seems to have made a bad situation, between the studio and its players, into an even worse one, between the company and its corporate partners.

Vice on Wednesday reported GameStop’s instructions to sales associates not to provide direct refunds of Cyberpunk 2077, and instead to refer customers to CD Projekt itself. This follows earlier conflicts customers found with the PlayStation Store’s strict policy on refunds for digital purchases, the day CD Projekt directed them to request their money back from PlayStation first. (CD Projekt also suggested that Xbox customers seek a refund directly from Microsoft.)

Diablo Immortal won’t have Diablo 3-style seasons

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Diablo Immortal won’t have Diablo 3-style seasons

On Thursday, Blizzard revealed a host of new details around Diablo Immortal — its mobile Diablo game — and even launched an alpha test in Australia. Diablo Immortal is similar in many ways to Diablo 3, but in a preview event on Monday, Blizzard told us its mobile game is more about a single-character experience than the current Diablo game for console and PC. That means one major feature will be absent for Diablo Immortal at launch: Seasons.

Diablo 3’s Seasons have kept the game going for years now. If you’re unfamiliar, every few months, Blizzard launches a new Season in Diablo 3. Each new Season asks players to start a fresh character and gear them up from scratch. Players then push that one character — engaging with unique seasonal effects — for a few months, trying to see how far they can get. Then, Blizzard launches a new season and they do it all over again.

Sephiroth comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Dec. 22

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Sephiroth comes to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Dec. 22

Final Fantasy 7’s big handsome bad guy, Sephiroth, is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as paid downloadable content on Dec. 22. That’s his official release date, but there’s a way to get access to Sephiroth starting today, Dec. 17, thanks to a limited-time event in Ultimate.

Nintendo Switch owners who pre-order the Sephiroth DLC — either individually or as part of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 — will get access to a new in-game challenge: a boss battle known as the Sephiroth Challenge. Players who complete that challenge on any difficulty setting (easy, normal, or very hard) will unlock Sephiroth as a playable fighter. They’ll also unlock Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new stage, Northern Cave, and additional Final Fantasy music tracks — nine new tracks in all.

Diablo Immortal will have a player marketplace, but not an ‘auction house’

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Diablo Immortal will have a player marketplace, but not an ‘auction house’

Diablo Immortal, Blizzard’s mobile Diablo game, is rolling out in an alpha test phase, with Australians getting the first crack at slaying demons on the go. On Thursday, Blizzard released a horde of details about itemization, progression, and more on its blog. The company also revealed that an unexpected feature is making its return in Diablo Immortal: a player-run marketplace called The Market.

If you were around in the early days of Diablo 3s existence, you may remember the real-money auction house that plagued the game, where buying your gear was far more efficient than earning it in-game. The Diablo Immortal market won’t follow that model, Blizzard said in a blog post and in a preview event attended by Polygon earlier this week.

Diablo Immortal is a real Diablo game, and its alpha starts today

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Diablo Immortal is a real Diablo game, and its alpha starts today

On Thursday, Blizzard announced plans to launch Diablo Immortal’s “technical alpha” test in certain areas of the world — namely Australia, at first. This announcement comes two years after Blizzard debuted Immortal, the Diablo game for phones, at BlizzCon 2018. With its imminent release, Blizzard published a series of blog posts about the game and how it works.

Based on the blogs and a preview event with Blizzard on Monday, Diablo Immortal looks to be a mix between Diablo 3 and a free-to-play massive multiplayer online game. It’s still all about killing monsters, upgrading skills, and equipping the best loot you can.

Smash Bros. Ultimate makes Geno a Mii Fighter, ending the dream

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Smash Bros. Ultimate makes Geno a Mii Fighter, ending the dream

Geno from Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but probably not in the way that fans have long hoped for. During a livestream on Thursday, Smash Bros. game director Masahiro Sakurai revealed that Geno is coming to the party fighting game as downloadable content, but only in the form of a Mii Fighter costume.

Sakurai revealed Geno for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of a larger deep dive into Sephiroth, the game’s next DLC fighter. Other Final Fantasy 7 characters will also get representation in Ultimate, including Barrett, Tifa, and Aerith, but also as Mii Fighter costumes for the Gunner, Brawler, and Swordfighter, respectively. A Chocobo hat is also coming to Ultimate as part of Mii Fighter Round 8 costumes.