How Capybara Games made Grindstone feel as good on the Switch

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How Capybara Games made Grindstone feel as good on the Switch

Grindstone feels incredible to play. Without being told, you know how to begin — just drag your finger across your phone’s screen, connecting creeps of the same color. Tap again, and watch Jorj (Grindstone’s burly protagonist) slash his way through. The game’s animation has a real weight to it, mimicking the friction of your finger swiping across glass. Grindstone’s world fits vertically into your hand, contained within the few inches of screen.

Developed by Capybara Games, Grindstone was originally released in September 2019, alongside the full rollout of Apple’s subscription gaming program, Apple Arcade. Grindstone illustrated the promise of Apple Arcade: a simple, clean mobile designed without the need for microtransactions. Now that Grindstone’s Apple Arcade exclusivity period is ending, the game’s coming to Nintendo Switch, but will that change how it feels? It shouldn’t, according to Capybara. After all, the developer always intended the game to be on the Switch at some point, Capybara game director Dan Vader told Polygon.

Spelunky and Spelunky 2 headed to Nintendo Switch in 2021

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Spelunky and Spelunky 2 headed to Nintendo Switch in 2021

Spelunky and Spelunky 2 are headed to Nintendo Switch. The announcement was made on Tuesday during the Nintendo Indie World Showcase.

Originally launched as a retail product in 2012, Spelunky began its life as a freeware game in 2008. Since then it’s developed a dedicated following, as well as critical acclaim from across the industry. Polygon named it among the most important games of the decade in 2019.

Cyberpunk 2077 publisher says it took the ‘wrong approach’ with PS4, Xbox One versions

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Cyberpunk 2077 publisher says it took the ‘wrong approach’ with PS4, Xbox One versions

Top executives at Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red spoke to investors Tuesday to address the game’s recent rocky release. CD Projekt co-CEO Adam Kiciński told the group that the company’s management board was “too focused on releasing the game” and underestimated the scale of Cyberpunk 2077’s problems, according to a transcript of the call.

“We ignored signals about the need for additional time to refine the game on the base last-gen consoles,” Kiciński said. “It was the wrong approach and against our business philosophy.”

How to watch Nintendo’s new Indie World stream

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How to watch Nintendo’s new Indie World stream

Before 2020 comes to a close, Nintendo Switch owners will get one more update from Nintendo, thanks to a new Indie World livestream that promises “roughly 15 minutes of updates and new announcements” about indie games coming to Switch.

Tuesday’s Indie World stream will kick off at 12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST. You can stream the latest episode via YouTube above.

Warhammer 40,000 rules go digital, somehow make things more complicated

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Warhammer 40,000 rules go digital, somehow make things more complicated

The 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000 arrived over the summer, and with it the promise of a modern digital implementation of the game’s voluminous ruleset. Now one of the system’s most important features — datasheets for fielding individual units — is available in an app, along with a tool for building out your armies. Trouble is that finding the app is a bit of a pain, and understanding it is even more so.

Job one is actually locating the application on the Apple and Google storefronts. That’s complicated by the fact that there are literally dozens of licensed games across both platforms that use common search terms like “warhammer,” “40,000,” and others. You can find the iOS version at Apple’s App Store, and the Android version at Google Play. Or simply search for it by its specific name — Warhammer 40,000: The App — and make sure you grab the one published by Games Workshop.

Destiny 2’s new ice powers will evolve in Year 4

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Destiny 2’s new ice powers will evolve in Year 4

Destiny 2’s new Stasis subclass is the star of the show for Beyond Light, the franchise’s 2020 expansion. Stasis is the first of the game’s new Darkness classes — with more likely coming in the upcoming expansions, Witch Queen and Lightfall. According to Bungie, more changes are coming to Stasis in Year 4.

Being of the Darkness, Stasis works a little bit differently than the Solar, Arc, and Void subclasses players have known since Bungie launched the first Destiny game in 2014. One of the ways that difference manifests is in the customization system for Stasis. It’s different from the “Light” supers, which are all binary choices, asking players to select one of three branches on each Super tree. Stasis is completely modular, letting players pick and choose various powers to go along with their Darkness subclass.

Fortnite gets new ‘performance mode’ for low-end computers

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Fortnite gets new ‘performance mode’ for low-end computers

Fortnite is already on almost every platform you can imagine (except iOS). But just because a computer can run Fortnite doesn’t mean that it runs the game well. Fortunately, Epic Games is trying to fix that with a new feature called Performance Mode, which should help computers that just meet the game’s minimum specifications run Fortnite a little better.

Performance Mode will prioritize frame rate and stability by sacrificing visual quality. According to Epic, this mode will also put significantly less stress on computers’ CPU and GPU, which should also help things run a little smoother. Players with lower-end specs will be prompted with the option to enter Performance Mode when they first launch the game after the mode’s launch.

Cyberpunk 2077 drivers are showing their butts to all of Night City

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Cyberpunk 2077 drivers are showing their butts to all of Night City

Who would have guessed that I would have to write a sequel to last week’s Cyberpunk 2077 glitch post, about characters who can’t get their penises to stop poking through their pants? Yes, the dick glitch stuck out, but players are facing another modesty problem with their Cyberpunk 2077 characters. They won’t keep their pants on, in particular, while driving.

Are you wondering how we know this? If you’re driving from third-person view, you can’t see your character in the car. You can’t see the legs! Well, that’s where the T-pose comes in. Players are finding their characters T-posing while driving. And you can see the butt. This bug is happening for players on motorcycles, too — including one where the player’s character became fully nude while on the bike.

Fall Guys season 3 introduces a new final stage and crown ranks for winners

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Fall Guys season 3 introduces a new final stage and crown ranks for winners

Now that the holidays are approaching, it makes sense that Fall Guys is adapting to the season. Developer Mediatonic is adding a winter theme to the new season. The update launches on Dec. 15, and it will include seven new stages, new cozy costumes, and new mechanics to torment innocent beans trying to grab a crown.

The new levels include stages like Tundra Run and Ski Fall, and they add new winter-themed obstacles and goals. One stage has players chase down pegwins — cute little penguin buddies — and hold onto them for points. Another has the titular Guys slide down a giant ice slide and dive through rings at the same time, which seems like no easy feat.

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony pledge to make gaming ‘safer’ together

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Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony pledge to make gaming ‘safer’ together

The video gaming industry’s top three console makers — Microsoft, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Nintendo — are pledging together to make gaming “safer,” according to a news release published Monday.

The three companies released a statement, published on Microsoft’s Xbox Wire, outlining the new initiative to protect their “youngest and most vulnerable players.” The pledge lacks specific steps toward this goal; instead, is focusing on the “principles” that guide the program.