Fatalis comes to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in its final, free update

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Fatalis comes to Monster Hunter World: Iceborne in its final, free update

On Oct. 1, Capcom will launch Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s final title update. But Capcom saved the best for last, as its final update brings fan-favorite Fatalis back to Castle Schrade.

For those who never faced Fatalis in the original Monster Hunter — or many of the other games it’s appeared in — it’s a giant, black dragon. Unlike some of Monster Hunter’s other dragons, Fatalis is a traditional, Arthurian beast, with dark scales, big wings, and fire spewing from its gullet.

Square Enix details vendors, cosmetics, and the battle pass system in Marvel’s Avengers

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Square Enix details vendors, cosmetics, and the battle pass system in Marvel’s Avengers

In a new blog for Marvel’s Avengers, Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics revealed how cosmetics, vendors, and its battle pass system — called Hero Challenge Cards — work in the full game.

In Marvel’s Avengers, all the new, in-game content is free post-launch. That means Hawkeye, new villains, regions, and missions are playable by everyone who owns Marvel’s Avengers. Spider-Man will also be free for PlayStation players — to the frustration of Windows and Xbox players.

Big Mouth will replace Jenny Slate with Ayo Edebiri as Missy

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Big Mouth will replace Jenny Slate with Ayo Edebiri as Missy

Ayo Edebiri has joined the cast of Big Mouth, replacing Jenny Slate and taking over the role of Missy.

Slate has voiced Missy since the first season of the Netflix animated comedy, but left the role a few weeks ago. Slate, who is white, explained that her reason for leaving was that she felt the character of Missy, a Black girl, should be voiced by a Black actor. This decision came amid an on-going conversation in Hollywood about representation and whitewashing, but with a special focus on animation, where white actors often voice characters of color.

Scarlet Nexus’ spine-chilling monsters feed on human brains

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Scarlet Nexus’ spine-chilling monsters feed on human brains

There are a lot of mind-bending creatures in Scarlet Nexus, Bandai Namco’s upcoming character action game announced in May. Enormous beetles with pieces of metal scaffolding for legs, and clay masks where their heads should be. Goats and rams with twisting tubing shooting from their bodies. A corset, bursting with flowers where a head should be, propelled on two high-heeled bird legs with a exposed spine tail it uses for whip.

These monsters, known as the Others, helped the game stand out in my mind every time I see more of its drip-feed of trailers. During a virtual preview presentation held by Bandai Namco, the Scarlet Nexus team shared more about their design and motives.

TSM signed one of the biggest chess streamers on Twitch

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TSM signed one of the biggest chess streamers on Twitch

TSM is quickly growing to be one of the biggest streaming teams on Twitch. Alongside its dozens of esports pro players, TSM also has plenty of talent that it sponsors just for streams, and the newest member of the team is chess grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura.

While picking up a chess streamer may sound like a surprise to fans who are mostly used to watching Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone on Twitch, it’s actually been one of Twitch’s fastest growing categories over the last several months. As Insider pointed out in July, chess has gained a major following during the COVID-19 pandemic with higher than usual YouTube views and frequent trips into the top 20 most streamed games on Twitch.

NBA 2K21’s player creation will include women, but not until next generation

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NBA 2K21’s player creation will include women, but not until next generation

NBA 2K21 will, for the first time, include playable, user-created female avatars in its MyPlayer suite of offerings, but the feature won’t join the game until the next-generation edition launches for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

Visual Concepts, the 2K-owned studio that makes the game, won’t say more about the next generation version of NBA 2K21 until after the current edition launches next week. But it’s another step in bringing the WNBA and women’s players to full parity in the NBA 2K series’ modes and offerings. Last year, NBA 2K20 added the WNBA to its MyLeague mode, allowing players the multi-season control, management, and development of a women’s basketball team for the first time.

Breaking down Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s Revenant, Behemoth, and Shadebinder subclasses

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Breaking down Destiny 2: Beyond Light’s Revenant, Behemoth, and Shadebinder subclasses

At Gamescom’s Opening Night Light, Bungie unveiled another look at Stasis, the upcoming new powers in Destiny 2: Beyond Light. The new trailer gave us a look at a few new abilities, as well as the names for the new subclasses. But a recent update on Bungie’s website previews more of the new features, and reveal dates for each Stasis subclass.

There’s a new Stasis Field ability, which looks to come from a grenade. The Stasis Field is a giant winter storm consuming an area. Based on the trailer, targets inside the field appear to freeze over time, and potentially take damage. When enemies freeze, they seem completely unable to move. Damaging enemies with certain moves seems to “shatter” them, dealing extra damage and causing an explosion in the area.

Left 4 Dead 2 is getting an update, The Last Stand, made by the community

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Left 4 Dead 2 is getting an update, The Last Stand, made by the community

Left 4 Dead 2 — the cooperative zombie-themed first-person shooter from Valve Software — came out in 2009. Now, more than a decade later, it’s getting a fan-made update. It’s the first piece of new content added to the game since 2012. More noteworthy is the fact that the team behind it appears to have the blessing of the Seattle-based creators. The announcement was made on Wednesday on the now ancient Left 4 Dead website.

“It has been many years since the infection first hit,” reads the blog post. “Radio silence, no sign of life, nothing but lingering hopes... CEDA is not going to save us. But there is hope! A few brave souls have continued the fight against all odds, and soon we can all benefit from their resilience.”

Destiny 2: Beyond Light trailer reveals more about Stasis subclasses

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light trailer reveals more about Stasis subclasses

At Gamescom’s Opening Night Live event, Bungie premiered a new trailer for Destiny 2: Beyond Light. The reveal gave Guardians a better glimpse at Stasis, the first new power set in Destiny history.

The new preview video gives a great look at each individual class, and finally gives us a name for each of the new subclasses. Warlocks wield an ice staff in the new Shadebinder subclass. Hunters wield ice axes with the Revenant subclass. Titans can use the new Behemoth subclass to smash enemies with an ice gauntlet.

Watch Call of Duty esports for a shot at Black Ops Cold War beta keys

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Watch Call of Duty esports for a shot at Black Ops Cold War beta keys

The Call of Duty League will host its first championship weekend from Aug. 29-30. Players can dive in to watch the esports action unfold live, and walk away with some Call of Duty rewards — namely, a beta code for the recently revealed Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

On Saturday, players can tune into games to earn several rewards — including four different calling cards, each featuring the final four teams in competition: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, and London. Players who watch the finals on Sunday can also pick up a new Call of Duty League knife blueprint for Modern Warfare and Warzone.