Darkest Dungeon 2 will launch in early access on Epic Games Store next year

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Darkest Dungeon 2 will launch in early access on Epic Games Store next year

Darkest Dungeons follow-up Darkest Dungeon 2 will be released into early access via the Epic Games Store in 2021, developer Red Hook Studios announced Wednesday. The developer dropped a teaser trailer on YouTube called “A Glimmer of Hope.”

“It’s time to face the failures of the past,” Red Hook Studios wrote in the YouTube description. “Lash your gear to the stagecoach, fix your eyes on the horizon, and prepare to roll into Early Access on the Epic Games Store in 2021!”

AOC’s record-breaking Twitch stream is the future of politics

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AOC’s record-breaking Twitch stream is the future of politics

On Tuesday night, noted gamer and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez streamed hit game Among Us to over 430,000 viewers — nearly a million if we take into account the streams from her Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook gaming co-stars, such as Pokimane and Valkyrae. AOC’s Among Us stream now holds the distinction of having the third-largest number of concurrent viewers on a single person’s Twitch stream.

To put it in context, an enormous Bernie Sanders rally in New York City in 2019 drew a crowd of 26,000 people. Such attendance rates, along with a palpable enthusiasm online with young voters, made the recent Sanders campaign feel like a movement.

Fortnite’s latest update made the game’s PC file size a whole lot smaller

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Fortnite’s latest update made the game’s PC file size a whole lot smaller

Games keep getting bigger and bigger, but a few developers have finally seemed to realize that storage space on a PC is a finite resource. Last week, Infinity Ward let players uninstall certain parts of Call of Duty: Warzone to make it smaller, and now Epic is getting into the space-saving game with Fortnite as well.

Fortnite’s latest update has reduced the file size of the game on PC by over 60 GB, bringing it down to somewhere around 25-30 GB in total — it’s now 26.8 GB for me. Epic also announced on Twitter the day before the patch that this update will help reduce the download size of future patches as well. Epic noted that this new version of the game should help increase loading times as well, thanks to its more efficient storage.

AOC streamed Among Us on Twitch to 435K viewers

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AOC streamed Among Us on Twitch to 435K viewers

On Monday, U.S. House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted about streaming the hit game Among Us, asking her followers if anyone wanted to play it with her. By Tuesday night, she’d wrangled a group of high-profile streamers and amassed streaming equipment so she could broadcast it all live on Twitch from her own Twitch channel. The goal? To encourage people to vote in the 2020 election, specifically calling out the DNC’s voter participation site iwillvote.com.

Playing alongside Ocasio-Cortez were U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and popular streamers like Imane “Pokimane” Anys, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, and Hasan “HasanAbi” Piker. The stream quickly racked up viewers, reaching a peak concurrent viewer count of 435,000, a Twitch spokesperson confirmed to Polygon. Ocasio-Cortez’s debut Among Us stream is now within the top 5 most viewed individual streams in Twitch’s history. For reference, the top spot is held by Canadian musician Drake and Fortnite streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, whose stream hit a record 635,000 viewers.

Fortnite’s Halloween event is back for Fortnitemares 2020

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Fortnite’s Halloween event is back for Fortnitemares 2020

Fortnite’s annual spooky celebration is back for another Halloween season. This year’s event will be called Fortnitemares 2020: Midas’ Revenge and will bring the spirits of the dead back to haunt the Fortnite island.

The event will follow the arrival of Shadow Midas who has taken over The Authority and reawakened his Henchmen as part of his plot to turn players into Shadows. During the event, every time you’re eliminated you’ll turn into a Shadow and return to haunt the Fortnite island and the players who are still alive. Shadows will have special powers, including the ability to possess vehicles, in order to help them eliminate living players.

Twitch issued tons of DMCA takedown notices today

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Twitch issued tons of DMCA takedown notices today

Twitch has informed streamers across its platform that it has deleted content violating music copyright laws after receiving “a sudden influx of DMCA takedown requestsin June. The company sent the notice to streamers on Tuesday. In it, the company said it would resume “the normal processing of DMCA takedown notifications” on Friday. It had paused processing requests after the summer influx.

DMCA, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, controls how copyrighted material is used online, and there are provisions that protect platforms from litigation should the platform remove the offending material once notified about the infringement. Twitch uses a three-strike policy for its users — if you get three strikes, you’re banned.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will stream Among Us on Twitch to encourage voting

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will stream Among Us on Twitch to encourage voting

Among Us has quickly become one of the biggest games of the year, and its latest player is none other than U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Tonight at 9 p.m. EST, Ocasio-Cortez will stream the game on her Twitch channel as part of an effort to get more people to vote. She will be joined on the stream by streamers like Pokimane, Hasan Piker, and others.

Ocasio-Cortez first floated the idea of a stream on Oct. 19, tweeting that she’d never played the game but might play it as a way to “get out the vote.” After that, she put out a call for people to play with her, recruiting Pokimane and Piker in the process.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light story trailer shows off Variks, a talking Guardian, and the big bad

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light story trailer shows off Variks, a talking Guardian, and the big bad

With three weeks to go until Destiny 2: Beyond Light, Bungie finally launched a trailer detailing the expansion’s story.

The trailer focuses on the Fallen, specifically on Eramis, the big bad of Beyond Light. Eramis is an old-school Fallen Captain that players haven’t seen before, and she’s sick of the Fallen’s lack of discipline. Instead of following after the “Great Machine” (what we know as the Traveler), Eramis has sold her faction to the Darkness. And like Guardians will do in Beyond Light, she and her lieutenants have obtained the power of Stasis.

Fallout New Vegas remake modders chugging along on 10th anniversary

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Fallout New Vegas remake modders chugging along on 10th anniversary

Yesterday was Fallout: New Vegas’ 10th birthday! I know. They grow up so fast. In New Vegas’ case, it didn’t take long to ascend to instant classic-hood, and the next rung up is to be canonized in the series’ latest engine. Let’s check in on how Fallout 4 New Vegas is doing, shall we?

Team F4NV, a collection of Fallout modders and enthusiast developers, has been working on Fallout 4 New Vegas since 2017. It’s essentially a total conversion mod, bringing Obsidian’s 2010 game forward into the Fallout 4 Creation Engine on PC. This reel of their work takes you from Goodsprings to the Strip and all familiar parts in between — like good ol’ godforsaken Nipton. Jesus. Lottery tickets still make me shudder IRL ....

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla season pass includes Beowulf quest, two full expansions

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla season pass includes Beowulf quest, two full expansions

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s post-launch content will let players “uncover the monstrous truth behind the legend of Beowulf,” and send them to Ireland and Paris, Ubisoft announced Tuesday. Valhalla’s paid season pass will include two major expansions, but all players will get free seasonal content and a “conflict-free” Discovery Tour coming in 2021.

Fans who purchase the Gold, Ultimate, or Collector editions of the game — or who opt for the $39.99 season pass — will receive The Legend of Beowulf quest when the game launches in November, plus two additional expansions in 2021. In the spring, Wrath of the Druids will take players to Ireland where they must “unravel the mysteries of an ancient and mysterious druidic cult” through “haunted forests and dazzling landscapes.” Then, in the summer, The Siege of Paris will have them tangling with “key historical figures of war-torn Frankia” while they “infiltrate the fortified city of Paris and the River Seine.”