After two decades inside a browser, RuneScape is heading to Steam this October

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After two decades inside a browser, RuneScape is heading to Steam this October

RuneScape, the famous browser-based massively multiplayer game, has just turned 20. To celebrate, developers Jagex are now moving both versions of the game to Steam.

On Thursday, the developers posted the announcement on their official site. Originally, players were only able to play RuneScape via the game’s official website in a browser. Recently, Jagex have been making efforts to expand the game’s reach, including a mobile release. RuneScape will release on Steam on Oct. 14. The classic version of the game, Old School RuneScape, will release on Steam in early 2021.

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s first major update focuses on Japan

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s first major update focuses on Japan

Less than two months after the launch of the game itself, the team behind Microsoft Flight Simulator has unveiled a major free update. The first in a series of staggered free and for-pay upgrades, this World Update focuses on Japan and will be released Sept. 29, Microsoft announced Thursday during Tokyo Game Show Online 2020.

Flight Simulator uses satellite, photographic, and other publicly and privately available data sets to recreate the entire planet for players to fly over. Prior to the game’s launch on Aug. 18, developers at Asobo Studio and Xbox Game Studios explained their post-launch roadmap to the press in a private briefing. They said that after the game’s virtual reality systems were buttoned up, the next step would be to release World Update 1. These updates, they said, would allow the developers to revisit a discrete portion of the globe and spruce the place up a bit. But at the time, it was not clear at what scale or how regularly those updates would be made.

Amazon announces new cloud gaming service Luna

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Amazon announces new cloud gaming service Luna

Amazon is throwing its hat into the cloud gaming ring with Luna, a new game streaming technology that’s coming to PCs, mobile devices, and Amazon’s own Fire TV hardware. Starting today, customers in the U.S. can request an invitation for early access to Luna, Amazon announced at its devices event on Thursday.

Luna will be playable on Fire TV, Mac, and Windows PC, and on Android and iOS mobile devices. Amazon specifies that iOS platforms will access Luna “through web apps,” seemingly the company’s solution to Apple’s prohibitive rules for cloud-based game streaming the App Store.

Doom Eternal is coming to Xbox Game Pass

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Doom Eternal is coming to Xbox Game Pass

Doom Eternal is heading to the Xbox Game Pass, which makes a very good shooter available for a fairly low fee. Microsoft made the announcement on its official blog Thursday. Doom Eternal will be included in the subscription for consoles starting Oct. 1, and additionally become available on the Game Pass for PC before the end of 2020.

A follow-up to the 2006 relaunch of Doom, Doom Eternal brings back the Slayer with all of his heavy armor and powerful weapons. Players have to start killing demons again, which is what the Slayer does best, and the campaign goes to Earth, Mars, and Hell in the pursuit of finding demons and then — you guessed it — slaying them.

Marvel’s Avengers’ latest patch fixes Captain America’s biggest issue

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Marvel’s Avengers’ latest patch fixes Captain America’s biggest issue

With Marvel’s Avengers’ latest patch, Captain America is no longer a “puny Avenger,” and can use his considerable strength to break some doors.

Last week, Crystal Dynamics published the 1.3 patch, which fixed “over 1,000 bugs.” On Thursday, the studio published a follow up patch, 1.3.1, which included a few bug fixes, a reward for dealing with previous bugs, and a major quality of life upgrade for Captain Steve Rogers.

Yakuza movie in development with Sega, 1212, and Wild Sheep

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Yakuza movie in development with Sega, 1212, and Wild Sheep

On Thursday, Variety revealed that Sega, alongside 1212 Entertainment and Wild Sheep Content, is currently developing a movie based on the Yakuza franchise. The studios are now also looking for someone to pen the script. Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande, and Joshua Long plan to produce the adaptation.

The Yakuza games typically follow Kazuma Kiryu, a lifelong member of the Japanese Mafia. Kiryu and a variety of wild characters participate in various minigames around Japan and work to solve some central mystery affecting the Yakuza. The series, which started in the PS2 era, has followed Kiryu from his young adult life through to his middle age.

How does Hades run on Nintendo Switch?

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How does Hades run on Nintendo Switch?

The Nintendo Switch sees a steady stream of games that are ported from other, more powerful, platforms like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

But the Switch lacks the graphical horsepower of those other platforms, so concessions must frequently be made to get the game running. Because of these concessions, a great game on one platform might be an absolute disaster on the Switch. Or, in the best-case scenarios, the core strengths of the game are able to transfer over, despite the graphical or performance hit.

The Nier mobile game is coming to the West

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The Nier mobile game is coming to the West

Square Enix’s original mobile game based on Nier, Nier Reincarnation, is coming to North America and Europe, the developer confirmed in a livestream on Thursday. Nier Reincarnation does not yet have a release date.

During a Nier-centric livestream titled “We Have a Decent Amount of New Info,” Nier Reincarnation director Daichi Matsukawa of developer Applibot explained more about the game’s structure.

Here’s how Baldur’s Gate 3 deals with relationships and sex

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Here’s how Baldur’s Gate 3 deals with relationships and sex

On Wednesday, Larian Studios released one of its final community updates for Baldur’s Gate 3 ahead of the role-playing game’s early access release. In the YouTube video, the team discusses how relationships and romance function as game mechanics. They also covered the topic of in-game sex.

Kicking off the presentation was Sarah Baylus, lead writer on Baldur’s Gate 3 (and also Divinity: Original Sin and its sequel). While the game will play very much like a more traditional isometric role-playing game, character interactions will be far more cinematic. Fans got to see several such interactions during the course of the video, each with multiple camera angles, elaborate animations, full voiceover, and lip sync. That same attention is being paid to the game’s romantic sequences as well.

Regular-ass flight sim Airplane Mode launching in October

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Regular-ass flight sim Airplane Mode launching in October

AMC Games’ Airplane Mode — the Microsoft Flight Simulator for the rest of us — is coming to Mac and Windows PC on Oct. 15. When AMC Games says this is “the most realistic flight simulator ever created,” the company means it. Who does Microsoft think we are, anyway? Skilled airline pilots? Not a chance! Airplane Mode understands that we’re all just adult children who need a flight attendant to tell us where our seat’s electrical outlet is. Every time we fly.

From developer Bacronym Games, Airplane Mode lets the player delight in a two- or six-hour flight, from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to either Halifax, Nova Scotia, in Canada, or Reykjavik, Iceland. AMC Games released a live-action trailer on Thursday that you can watch above.