PS5 launch game Destruction AllStars delayed to 2021

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PS5 launch game Destruction AllStars delayed to 2021

Destruction AllStars, first announced in June, has been delayed until February 2021, Sony said on Monday. The game, developed by British studio Lucid Games, was originally slated to launch alongside the PlayStation 5 in November.

Sony will offer the game to PlayStation Plus subscribers in February for two months after release. The multiplayer game will get a new trailer next week, where the publisher will showcase more about Destruction AllStars; we haven’t seen much of anything since the initial trailer was revealed earlier this year.

Teens are using Mario Kart music to finish last-minute homework

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Teens are using Mario Kart music to finish last-minute homework

When people think about tunes meant to help you study and focus, the first thing that might come to mind are the relaxing tones of lo-fi beats. But when the clock is ticking and you’ve got an essay due in the morning that you haven’t even started, “chill” may be the last thing you want.

This might explain why, in late October, a TikTok of a woman hunched over a computer as the fast-paced tunes of Mario Kart boom overhead has gone viral, with well over a million likes on the video platform. “My stress levels went [up] but so did my word count,” the caption reads.

Overwatch pro player Geguri leaves the Shanghai Dragons

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Overwatch pro player Geguri leaves the Shanghai Dragons

The Overwatch League is currently in its off-season, which means that professional teams are shuffling up their rosters. Among these releases and re-signings comes the announcement that Se-yeon “Geguri” Kim is leaving the Shanghai Dragons.

Kim is a famous tank player, best known for being the first female pro in the Overwatch League. When she was 17, she was accused of aimbotting due to her stellar performance on the hero Zarya. Geguri gave a live performance of her skills, and was cleared by Blizzard of any charges. She was signed by the Shanghai Dragons in 2018 after playing in the South Korean APEX scene.

Tomb Raider 2 director wants to make a video game movie because Minecraft is already part of his process

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Tomb Raider 2 director wants to make a video game movie because Minecraft is already part of his process

The video game movie is entering an unlikely renaissance. Pokémon: Detective Pikachu successfully brought the pocket monsters to life. The Witcher straddled the mythic quality of the novels and the adventure roleplaying of the games. Castlevania found a footing in R-rated anime. Sonic the Hedgehog extracted the blue critter’s teeth to become one of 2020’s biggest movies. The Last of Us is gearing up for an HBO adaptation, while Resident Evil has two different Netflix shows and a live-action movie in the works. The skepticism that once kept the superhero movie from reaching its full potential seems to be dissolving on the game side.

The renewed confidence in making video game movies likely has something to do with the people making them. The new generation of filmmakers grew up with the evolution of joysticks, cartridges, and console wars. They spent 40-plus hours playing a particular title; now they want to see the movie or TV version done right.

Celeste, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and more join Xbox Game Pass

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Celeste, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and more join Xbox Game Pass

A bunch of new games will be added to Xbox Game Pass toward the end of October and in early November, Microsoft announced on Monday. These additions are on top of Double Fine Productions’ three remastered LucasArts adventure games — Grim Fandango, Day of the Tentacle, and Full Throttle that were announced for Xbox Game Pass earlier in October.

Here’s the lineup, straight from Microsoft:

Facebook’s cloud gaming strategy is surprisingly laid-back

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Facebook’s cloud gaming strategy is surprisingly laid-back

Facebook is refreshing its aging gaming ecosystem, the company announced Monday. The social media giant is getting in on the cloud gaming trend, planning to use that technology to stream AAA free-to-play experiences directly to its users in browsers and on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. In so doing, Facebook joins Google, Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, and Amazon, all of which already have cloud gaming services in development or on the market. Except Facebook’s cloud games will be free for anybody to try — so long as they have a Facebook account.

The beta launches Monday on Android devices and on the web.

How Riot created the virtual universe of the 2020 League of Legends World Championships

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How Riot created the virtual universe of the 2020 League of Legends World Championships

The 2020 League of Legends World Championship was supposed to be the biggest and expansive event that Riot had ever put on. It was going to be a true 10th anniversary blowout for the ultimate tournament in the world’s most popular esport. But this is 2020, which means things often don’t go the way we plan them.

For Riot, that meant hosting almost the entire Worlds 2020 event in one single location, with no fans in the studio because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So the Riot production crew teamed up with its creative partners at the production company Possible to bring the League of Legends universe to Shanghai for Worlds. In a recent behind-the-scenes video, Riot’s executive producer for Worlds 2020, Nick Troop, and Possible co-founder and creative director Michael Figge reveal how the team pulled off bringing the two worlds together.

Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies Onslaught mode is PS4/PS5-exclusive for one year

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Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies Onslaught mode is PS4/PS5-exclusive for one year

Following the path of other recent Call of Duty games, the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a platform-exclusive mode for the first year of the game’s release. The Zombies Onslaught mode will be available only on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 until Nov. 1, 2021, publisher Activision announced Friday on the PlayStation Blog.

Zombies Onslaught is a “fast paced” two-player survival mode in which players face “a seemingly unending” and progressively more difficult “horde of zombies” while they are forced to move through multiple locations on a given map, according to the post. The mode combines the undead enemies of Call of Duty’s traditional Zombies mode with the maps from Black Ops Cold War’s normal multiplayer component. Rewards unlocked while playing Zombies Onslaught will apply across multiplayer and Zombies play.

Here’s a fan-made 3D version of Among Us

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Here’s a fan-made 3D version of Among Us

Among Us has been in the social media spotlight for weeks now, despite being a simple 2D game with cute lil’ space bean graphics. But what if, instead, the crewmates (and deadly impostors) were running around a 3D version of the map? A VR developer named Jar has posted a video of this very thing. It’s a playable multiplayer map of The Skeld, the original Among Us level. (Two additional levels were released this year, which led to the game’s massive viral spread across Twitch.) However, the map does not require a virtual reality headset, which means anyone could partake in this game.

Jar’s short trailer shows some truly intriguing scenes that will be quite familiar to regular Among Us players, like an impostor in the vents preparing to spike, and crewmates dutifully cleaning out an oxygen filter and fixing wires. Of course, everything being in a 3D environment gives it a whole new perspective, literally and metaphorically. The realistic proportions of the crewmates are also a little alarming. Canonically, crewmates are only 3 feet, 9 inches tall, and around 90 pounds. In Jar’s map, they’re all full-grown people! It’s very silly, but also fun to watch.

Genshin Impact tries fixing game’s biggest issue, but fans say it’s not enough

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Genshin Impact tries fixing game’s biggest issue, but fans say it’s not enough

For hardcore Genshin Impact fans who are at the endgame or interested in ascending their characters, managing Resin — this gacha’s version of a stamina cap — is one of the game’s most important mechanics. As some fans tell it, Genshin Impact is stingy with its rewards, requiring people to wait real-world time in order to farm what they need to progress. Developer Mihoyo deployed a patch in late October attempting to address concerns, but the changes still aren’t making some fans happy.

In a nutshell, Genshin Impact’s Resin refers to a resource that passively replenishes at a set rate every few minutes. The catch is that the amount of Resin you can hold on to is capped, so you can’t go over a certain amount. Many of the game’s activities, such as Domains and bosses, requires that you spend some Resin. The problem, according to some devoted fans, is that it’s extremely easy to spend all the Resin they’ve accrued in mere minutes — despite Resin taking hours to accrue in the first place.