Destiny 2’s most patient Guardians got a special Halloween surprise

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Destiny 2’s most patient Guardians got a special Halloween surprise

Last year’s Festival of the Lost event in Destiny 2 — the in-universe version of Halloween — bestowed upon players a seemingly useless gift: the Ascendant Lens. With no obvious use, many Guardians removed the item from their inventory, as players only have so much space to hold items like that. But a full year later, Bungie is offering a handsome reward of goodies for fans that held onto their Ascendant Lens through all of 2021.

Back in 2020, when Guardians were still running the often-reused Haunted Forest activity, they could stumble upon a secret quest. After opening 45 chests with the event’s special currency, Spider would suddenly have a new quest. But talking to the NPC on the Tangled Shore didn’t send players on any kind of goose chase. No, Spider simply offered players the Ascendant Lens. And it was utterly useless for a full year.

Scorpion’s iconic Mortal Kombat move was a goofy last-minute addition

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Scorpion’s iconic Mortal Kombat move was a goofy last-minute addition

On October 8, 2022, Mortal Kombat will be 30 years old, no longer interested in staying out past nine and wondering if it has been lactose intolerant the whole time. This means, as co-creator Ed Boone wrote on Twitter, it is currently 30 years since the team at Midway began working on Mortal Kombat and making video game history — like Scorpion’s signature “Get over here!” chain-yank. A move that, it turns out, was made up on the fly.

In a video Boone posted Tuesday, Boon and fellow Mortal Kombat designer John Tobias are directing a performance capture session with a very patient Scorpion actor.

Neopets players are finally united: ‘No Neopets NFTs’

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Neopets players are finally united: ‘No Neopets NFTs’

The Neopets community is rallying in protest of the Neopets Metaverse, an NFT project that inserts a cryptocurrency scheme into the beloved pet creation website. Neopets’ small but dedicated playerbase is nearly united in its message: Get your NFTs out of my childhood nostalgia.

Neopets owner JumpStart announced the Neopets Metaverse NFT project in September to some confusion. The Neopets Metaverse Twitter account launched, seemingly, without the core Neopets team knowing about it: A Neopets representative told a fan via Twitter DM that the project wasn’t real. A day later, the Neopets team published a Q&A on the site’s Neoboards to clarify that it is a legitimate, official collaboration.

Neopets players took to internal message boards, social media, and unofficial Facebook groups to denounce the initiative. One Neopets player told Polygon that the community has never been more united in something. “It would be lovely to see if it weren’t so awful to see,” the player said via Twitter DM.

D&D playtest could hint at a Spelljammer reboot

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D&D playtest could hint at a Spelljammer reboot

On Friday, Wizards of the Coast released new playtest materials for Dungeons & Dragons’ fifth edition. Titled Unearthed Arcana: Travelers of the Multiverse, it details six new playable races for D&D. Four of those races are closely associated with the beloved Spelljammer setting. The release could be the first big hint that the long-awaited Spelljammer reboot is on the way in 2022.

Spelljammer was originally released for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (also known as AD&D or second edition D&D) in 1989 by its original publisher, TSR. It effectively connects the many worlds of D&D, including Toril (The Forgotten Realms) and Krynn (Dragonlance), with a well-traveled network of interstellar trade routes. It allowed players to navigate space for the first time in D&D with exotic, open-decked starships reminiscent of the Age of Sail. Spelljammer also introduced a number of unique races, among them the autognome, giff, hadozee, and plasmoid. All four were included in Travelers of the Multiverse as playable races alongside the astral elf and the insectoid thri-kreen.

Destiny’s Halloween event returns to make your Guardian go ‘boo!’

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Destiny’s Halloween event returns to make your Guardian go ‘boo!’

Continuing what’s become a proud video game tradition of celebrating real made-up holidays with fake ones, Destiny 2’s annual Halloween event, the Festival of the Lost, returns Tuesday. Like most seasonal events in Destiny, the occasion is marked with a bevy of themed cosmetic and gameplay content divorced from any real-life Hallows or Weens and therefore enjoyable by all. Even players who don’t have a season pass.

This year’s Festival looks to be a pretty substantial one. Goofy masks and bags of candy return — the latter is used to purchase the former — and three “Haunted Sectors” can be found in-game, each themed after a spooky tale. One, for example, is about a headless creature stalking the caverns of the Moon (a place that, as fans know, is already quite haunted). A new “Jurassic Green” pulse rifle is off haunting the loot pool for those brave enough to chase it, and spooky vibes abound in the Tower as holiday decorations spruce the place up.

Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event returns for 2021 with spooky new skins

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Overwatch’s Halloween Terror event returns for 2021 with spooky new skins

Overwatch’s annual spooky season celebration, the three-week Halloween Terror event, returns to the game on Tuesday, Oct. 12. This year’s edition of Halloween Terror will see the return of the Junkenstein’s Revenge co-op mode and the requisite new batch of spooky skins.

Blizzard has whipped up five new Legendary skins for Halloween Terror 2021: Draugr Reinhardt, Satyr Lucio, Vampire Bat Echo, Coffin Bastion, and Vampire Hunter Brigitte. Players can also unlock three new Epic skins (Skeleton Genji, Einherjar Zarya, and Clown Roadhog) by winning games across Overwatch’s game modes each week. Details on how to unlock those Epic skins and other cosmetics are below.

League of Legends’ next patch won’t let you chat with the enemy team

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League of Legends’ next patch won’t let you chat with the enemy team

League of Legends is losing cross-team chat, at least temporarily. Riot is removing the popular all chat feature (also called /all chat) in League’s next patch in hopes of combatting toxicity, the developer announced on Tuesday. The feature will remain disabled for a few patches while Riot tests player responses to its removal.

The League of Legends developer said that all chat is a vehicle for toxic behavior and that it hopes disabling it completely will result in less bad behavior, according to the Riot’s blog post on the change. All chat is turned off by default in League of Legends already, but the new change turns it off for all players — even ones who originally opted in.

Fortnite now has a new skins return policy

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Fortnite now has a new skins return policy

When your skins don’t fit in Fortnite, you can now return them to the Fortnite depot within 30 days from purchase. Epic Games has updated its return policy for players that demand their V-Bucks back, it announced Tuesday.

Players previously had a lifetime limit on their return requests; if you use them all, that was that. Now, players can make three return requests per year. If you decide that — oops! — this cosmetic item doesn’t quite fit your vibe, you get 30 days to submit a return request. Each request “slot” becomes available again 365 days after it was last used. Basically, there’s a maximum of three return requests to be stacked at once, and once you’ve started using them, one will be refreshed per year.

An official Critical Role campaign is on the way from the publishers of D&D

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An official Critical Role campaign is on the way from the publishers of D&D

Critical Role’s first full-length Dungeons & Dragons campaign book will be published by Wizards of the Coast on March 15, 2022. Co-designed by series creator Matthew Mercer, Critical Role: Call of the Netherdeep will be set in the world of Exandria and include story elements that tie into previous Critical Role campaigns. It will also feature new mechanics that have never been attempted in the actual play series before. The announcement was made on Tuesday.

According to the official description, Call of the Netherdeep will begin at level three in Ank’Harel, a “glimmering oasis-city” on the continent of Marquet (also the setting for the troupe’s third full campaign, premiering on Oct. 21). From there it will transition to the Netherdeep, described as “a terrifying cross between the Far Realm and the deep ocean.”

Fortnite’s Impostors mode inspired by Among Us, Epic Games acknowledges

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Fortnite’s Impostors mode inspired by Among Us, Epic Games acknowledges

Epic Games said Tuesday that its Fortnite Impostors mode — which is essentially a stylized Among Us remake — is, unsurprisingly, inspired by developer Innersloth’s social deception game.

The message is just a quick reference to Among Us as Impostors’ inspiration, coming in a blog about Fortnite’s latest patch notes. But it is important, because Epic Games was sharply criticized by Innersloth developers and fans on social media for not originally crediting Impostors’ inspiration. Also, the mode’s name is a direct reference to Among Us’ alien infiltrators, which are called impostors in-game.