Baldur’s Gate 3 reveals the races and classes available for its early access launch

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Baldur’s Gate 3 reveals the races and classes available for its early access launch

Baldur’s Gate 3 is finally heading to early access on Oct. 6. On Friday, developer Larian Studios detailed the classes and races that will be available at launch.

According to a post from Larian, the early access version of the game will come with 16 playable races and subraces. That’s quite a few, actually. When you compare it to the Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition Player’s Handbook, which only includes nine races. Additionally, character building appears to hew toward the original implementation of race and class, and not the optional revised systems available in Tasha’s Cauldron of Everything — due out on Nov. 17.

Fall Guys season 2 starts next week

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Fall Guys season 2 starts next week

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout season 2 will begin on Oct. 8, developer Mediatonic announced on Twitter on Friday.

The first details on Fall Guys’ new season were announced back in August during Gamescom 2020. According to Mediatonic, the theme for the battle pass this time around will be medieval with knights, dragons, princesses, and everything else in between. The new season will also include new ways to customize your unfortunate falling bean like flags and nicknames.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s new gun shoots through any wall you can find

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s new gun shoots through any wall you can find

Call of Duty: Warzone season 6 started earlier this week and players are already noticing a few quirks with one of the season’s new guns. The AS VAL, a rifle with a built-in suppressor, seems a little too strong at the moment — mostly because it’s killing people through walls.

Now, Call of Duty has long had bullet penetration as a feature. This means in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone you’re supposed to be able to shoot other players through fairly thin walls. However, there’s also supposed to be a limit to how many walls your bullets can penetrate, and bullets that pass through other surfaces are supposed to do less damage when they hit. The AS VAL is doing neither of those things — at least when it’s equipped with its SPP rounds attachment.

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s VR beta could get started in October

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s VR beta could get started in October

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s virtual reality beta could begin this month, the game’s head of development said in a developer Q&A on Twitch this week. The testing will begin on Windows Mixed Reality before moving to other VR platforms.

Microsoft’s Jorg Neumann said the closed beta is looking at a late October or early November start. Players who want to get in on it will need to sign up for Microsoft’s Insider program (it’s the same thing as the Xbox Insider program). An FAQ has more detailed instructions and requirements for enlisting.

Animal Crossing: Creative (and creepy) Halloween costumes to wear in-game

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Animal Crossing: Creative (and creepy) Halloween costumes to wear in-game

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Halloween update added a bunch more customization options, including face paint and new eye colors, which opened up a whole new world of possibility for weird and wacky outfits.

New Horizons players have always been creative with their clothes, thanks in part to the ease of designing custom options. But with the new update, players are going even harder on the Halloween theme, with costumes that range from sweet and cute to gross and horrifying. And they’re all very good.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit looks like a magical mixed-reality trick

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit looks like a magical mixed-reality trick

The next Mario Kart will be playable on your Nintendo Switch and the floor of your living room. Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, a new mixed-reality game coming to Switch on Nov. 16, blends a physical race kart that features a built-in camera with a digital game. It looks like a magical experience, letting you turn the floors of your home into custom racetracks that you can design yourself, or with family and friends, and race on them, Mario Kart-style.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit also looks like an expensive alternative to the incredibly robust Mario Kart 8 Deluxe that’s already available on Switch, and seems like it will require a lengthy setup to enjoy for short periods of time.

Nexus Mods bans political content in the lead-up to the November election

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Nexus Mods bans political content in the lead-up to the November election

On Wednesday, the team behind Nexus Mods, the popular repository for all things related to modifying games on PC, took a stance against overly political content. It is issuing a blanket ban on all mods featuring “sociopolitical issues in the United States.” The ban is retroactive to Sept. 28.

Nexus counts some 23 million registered users and over 113,000 mod authors among its community, according to stats on its front page. Its most popular titles include The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, Fallout 4, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Stardew Valley. Users can either download the mods directly from the site and install them on their own, or use its proprietary Vortex mod manager to mix and match. The site has been in operation since 2001.

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is delayed

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World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is delayed

World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, has been delayed from Oct. 27 to “later this year.” An exact date is not yet known. In a post on the official Blizzard website, executive producer John Hight wrote the following:

Over the past several months of testing, we’ve made significant progress iterating on and polishing the core features and gameplay of Shadowlands. We’re at a point where the zones, the campaign, the level-up questing experience, and the story we have to tell are essentially ready to share. [...]

Deerling and Shiny Vulpix join Pokémon Go for fall

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Deerling and Shiny Vulpix join Pokémon Go for fall

Pokémon Go is getting a fall-themed event now that things are cooling down, as announced by Niantic on Thursday.

From Oct. 9 until Oct. 12, berries will be more powerful. Any berries you feed to your buddy will be twice as effective, and using Pinap Berries on wild Pokémon will reward even more candy than usual. Pokémon like Oddish, Vulpix, Bayleef, Pineco, and other autumn-like Pokémon will also be spawning in the wild more frequently.

Hyper Scape starts season 2, while developers vow to ‘take action’

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Hyper Scape starts season 2, while developers vow to ‘take action’

Ubisoft’s futuristic battle royale Hyper Scape is beginning season 2 on Oct. 6. This update is called The Aftermath, and it is meant to improve on the base experience while adding some quality of life features, new modes, and more.

There’s a new ranking system that will allow players to ascend from Bronze through to Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, and Champion in the game’s standard battle royale squad mode. A solo queue will also be included in this season, with a modifier called “second chance,” so players who die once aren’t necessarily out of the running. There’s also a new district, a new sticky bomb shooting gun, and a hack that allows players to make platforms for extra maneuverability.