Genshin Impact to add reputation system, characters, more

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Genshin Impact to add reputation system, characters, more

Genshin Impact’s big 1.1 update drops Nov. 11, and with it comes a number of new additions that will expand the roster, storyline, and gameplay mechanics. Four new characters will be added to the mix, including Childe and Zhongli, both of which will be 5-star rank.

Childe is a Hydro archer who can switch between melee and ranged modes, while Zhongli makes use of a Geo pole arm, focuses on strong area of of effect, and is more defense-based. Two 4-star rank characters will also be added: Xinyan and Diona, though no information was shared on what to expect from them.

Let’s talk about The Mandalorian season 2 premiere’s big moments

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Let’s talk about The Mandalorian season 2 premiere’s big moments

The Mandalorian season 2, episode 1, “The Marshal,” takes a page out of Frank Herbert’s Dune playbook, with acid-spewing megafauna that only a fremen could love. Much like the first season, the premiere is bursting with spectacle, built around a classic Star Wars sensibility (and a few known entities).

By the end of its 55-minute run time, “The Marshal” also gives credence to a fan theory about the original Star Wars trilogy’s most legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett, rumored to have made a shadowy appearance in the first season.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first Warzone season will begin in December

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s first Warzone season will begin in December

During its third quarter earnings call on Thursday, Activision revealed upcoming plans for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. More specifically, it shared how the game will work together with Call of Duty: Warzone, the series’ battle royale spinoff.

While Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be released on Nov. 13, the game’s first official multiplayer season won’t begin until December. (The exact date hasn’t been announced.) The start of the game’s first season will also be the first time it will have a significant influence in Warzone, according to Activision.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War needs 50 to 250 GB of storage at launch

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War needs 50 to 250 GB of storage at launch

If you were hoping for this year’s Call of Duty to eat up less hard drive space than the voluminous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare did last year, you’re out of luck. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will need just as much storage, if not more, when it launches on Nov. 13.

Activision and Treyarch released Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s minimum and recommended hardware specifications on Thursday, showing that if you want to experience the totality of this year’s COD, you’ll need at least 175 GB of storage space. If you just came here for multiplayer, however, you’ll need far less: 50 GB. The 175 GB number is for all of Black Ops Cold War’s modes.

Anthem dev updates with plans for new, meaty mech combat

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Anthem dev updates with plans for new, meaty mech combat

If you remember Anthem, you may be curious about current status of the troubled mech game’s promised revamp. On Wednesday, studio director Christian Dailey shared an update to mech combat, which was considered one of the stronger aspects of the game.

The player now has a Loadout screen, where they can equip and change gear at their leisure. They now have Artifacts and Mod slots as well, allowing them to buff up their 11 equipment slots. Dailey provides an example of how these Artifacts work.

Gearbox shows off Arms Race, the new Borderlands 3 battle royale

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Gearbox shows off Arms Race, the new Borderlands 3 battle royale

Borderlands 3 has a big, expansive setting compared to the other two games, and it’s about to get a little bigger. Gearbox announced Arms Race, which is “the galaxy’s premier reality murder show!” Arms Race takes place on a new map. Much like other battle royale games, players will drop onto the map with no gear, abilities, or tools. Then, they’ll search the map to find power-ups and race towards the final section of the map.

Arms Race is primed to take advantage of some of the best parts of Borderlands, which is promising. In our review of Borderlands 3, Polygon praised the gunplay.

World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion coming Nov. 23

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World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion coming Nov. 23

Blizzard’s next expansion for World of Warcraft is Shadowlands, a new journey that takes players to the realms of the dead to investigate why the machinery of souls is broken. The game was originally intended for an October release, but was delayed. The new date is now Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. PST/Nov. 24 at 12 a.m. CET.

The developers did release a pre-patch though, which allowed players to re-customize their characters with new options, and experience the Chromie Time leveling system. Now, we get to wait for the new Shadowlands zones and content.

Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine delayed into Ubisoft’s 2021 fiscal year

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Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine delayed into Ubisoft’s 2021 fiscal year

Due to COVID-19, Ubisoft has pushed back two of its upcoming titles: Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine.

According to Ubisoft’s earning call for the first half of 2020-2021, the studio has run into some snags due to the pandemic. The news release nonchalantly mentions that Ubisoft will now release Far Cry 6 and Rainbow Six Quarantine in its next fiscal year, which runs from 2021 into 2022. While we don’t have a concrete release date for either game, we know we won’t see them prior to April 2021.

Breath of the Wild’s prequel has time travel, here’s why it matters

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Breath of the Wild’s prequel has time travel, here’s why it matters

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity has a new eShop demo available for download, which gives players a taste of the upcoming hack-and-slash game. While much of the demo has you fighting through droves of Bokoblins, the opening of the demo teases some tantalizing possibilities for the entirety of the game.

In the initial cutscene, Age of Calamity starts up in the future, when Zelda stops Ganon from continuing his rampage on Hyrule. This is notable because technically, Age of Calamity is supposed to be a prequel.

Xbox Games With Gold offers Aragami, Lego Indiana Jones in November

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Xbox Games With Gold offers Aragami, Lego Indiana Jones in November

Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in November as part of the Xbox Games With Gold program. Next month’s games will roll out on Nov. 1 with third-person stealth game Aragami: Shadow Edition for Xbox One and original Xbox game Full Spectrum Warrior.

Coming later in November are multiplayer underwater shooter Swimsanity! for Xbox One and Lego Indiana Jones for Xbox 360. All four games will be backward-compatible on Xbox Series X when the next-gen console launches on Nov. 10.