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.

Metroid Dread player discovers disgusting shortcut to killing Kraid

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Metroid Dread player discovers disgusting shortcut to killing Kraid

Metroid Dread brings back a classic villain in Kraid, the gigantic Space Pirate that Samus Aran previously battled in the original Metroid (and the Zero Mission remake) and Super Metroid. In Dread, Kraid is more unpleasant than ever, both in terms of demeanor and anatomy. And like many of the bosses in Metroid Dread, Kraid is kind of a pain in the ass! Players have already discovered a quick (and amusing) way to beat Kraid, but it involves a separate challenge to pull off.

Expert Metroid player Glaedrax showed off a trick to beating Kraid over the weekend, one that involves something many players won’t have in their arsenal when they reach this particular battle. Kraid is a relatively early boss battle in the grand scheme of Metroid Dread, and all you really need to defeat him are missiles and the Spider Magnet upgrade.

Forza Horizon 5 leans into realism, and is more drivable as a result

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Forza Horizon 5 leans into realism, and is more drivable as a result

La Gran Caldera, Forza Horizon 5’s stratovolcano, takes both the player and the game’s decadelong promise — if you can see it, you can drive to it — to new heights. And it’s not just the postcard views from the summit; the journey up either side gives a good taste of what Playground Games’ latest festival has under the hood.

From the west, you ascend La Gran Caldera along a dirt road in broad, sliding turns; from the east, you get a paved route with tighter switchbacks. It’s about 15 minutes, round trip — up one side and down the other — from the central hub world. All of that time was a seamless transition.

Marvel’s Avengers starts selling XP boosters, angering players

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Marvel’s Avengers starts selling XP boosters, angering players

Marvel’s Avengers is now selling XP boosters — paid consumable items called Hero’s Catalysts in the game’s marketplace — as part of an update to Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics’ game that rolled out Thursday. The change isn’t sitting well with Marvel’s Avengers players, who say that the developer has gone back on its pledge to only offer paid microtransactions for cosmetic items, like skins and other flourishes.

The latest patch for Marvel’s Avengers updated the in-game marketplace to add a Consumable category, which now sells Hero’s Catalysts and Fragment Extractors, two consumable items that already existed in the game. Previously, the Marketplace only sold cosmetic items, like costumes and emotes.

League of Legends’ preseason additions look wild, include new dragons

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League of Legends’ preseason additions look wild, include new dragons

League of Legends works on a seasonal model, where developer Riot Games starts off a fresh year with lots of changes to the competitive game. This upcoming preseason is no exception, and fans can expect big changes to Summoner’s Rift on PC.

On Thursday, Riot released a video called “Preseason 2022 and the State of the Game,” in which the developer discussed new champion balance — and admitted that some recent champions have had a few too many tools in their belt — as well as new mythic and legendary items, changes to the runes system, new bounties for objectives and towers, and the star of the preview: some wild new dragons.