Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 delayed again to 2021

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Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 delayed again to 2021

Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 has been delayed again. The action role-playing game, a sequel to 2004’s cult hit, will not launch in 2020, developer Hardsuit Labs announced on Tuesday morning.

“Due to the quality bar and ambitions we have set for ourselves, we have made the difficult decision that we need more time,” Hardsuit’s Andy Kipling said in a statement posted to Twitter. “That means our goal to release in 2020 is no longer possible. Moving launch is one of the changes we are making to ensure the best player experience possible.”

Patrick Star getting his own show from SpongeBob Squarepants creators

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Patrick Star getting his own show from SpongeBob Squarepants creators

A new report from Deadline says Patrick Star — SpongeBob Squarepants’ best friend and neighbor — will soon get his own animated series called The Patrick Star Show.

According to Deadline, The Patrick Star Show will be an in-universe late-night talk show hosted by Bikini Bottom’s dimmest denizen: the titular Patrick Star. Voice actors have reportedly already started recording lines, and the show’s first season will reportedly span 13 episodes — built by the same creative team as SpongeBob Squarepants.

Cyberpunk 2077 has three backstories for your player character

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Cyberpunk 2077 has three backstories for your player character

It only seems like you have to wait until 2077 for Cyberpunk 2077, thanks to a couple of delays, but CD Projekt pinkie-promises it’s coming in November, and if it’s not, then this video highlighting the three “lifepaths” available to player characters is a cruel tease.

There’s the Street Kid, Nomad, and Corpo. They’re all suitable back stories for your grimdark star of the show, V. Street Kid is your classic up-from-nothing hoodlum in Night City; born here, live here, die here, get beaten by the cops here. Street Kid’s mad as hell and not gonna take it anymore.

The Last of Us Part 2 getting permadeath, Grounded difficulty in new update

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The Last of Us Part 2 getting permadeath, Grounded difficulty in new update

On Monday, Naughty Dog updated the PlayStation Trophies for The Last of Us Part 2, revealing some new modes coming to the game: permadeath options and the return of the original game’s Grounded mode.

In The Last of Us, Naughty Dog added the hyper-difficult Grounded mode after launch. This mode triples enemy damage, removes Listen Mode (the tool that helps players track nearby enemies), removes the HUD, and offers next to no supplies strewn about the world. There are also fewer checkpoints.

The Blaseball team is taking a break

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The Blaseball team is taking a break

After its third season, Blaseball is going on an extended siesta, taking a break for a week or two before returning.

“BLASEBALL WILL BE BACK,” developer The Game Band posted on the Blaseball homepage. “We plan to bring you more exciting action every week,” it said in the announcement. “But to do that, we need some time to fix bugs, add some features, make the machines bigger, and breathe. Our team is exhausted and overworked. We need a little time to recoup so Blaseball can come back stronger than ever.”

Amazon renames Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming

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Amazon renames Twitch Prime to Prime Gaming

After four years, Twitch Prime is no more. Instead, the premium version of Twitch membership has been renamed to Prime Gaming, to better fit within the lineup of Amazon’s other Prime services.

Twitch Prime is part of the many benefits Amazon Prime members get, including Prime Music and Prime Video. But because it had a completely different name, Twitch Prime didn’t exactly fit into the company’s standard benefits list, and didn’t have the same association those other products and subscriptions have. With the new Prime Gaming name, the service should fit just right into a list of Amazon Prime benefits.

Mysterious Sonic the Hedgehog statue polished and restored

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Mysterious Sonic the Hedgehog statue polished and restored

A bizarre, completely decontextualized statue of Sonic the Hedgehog riding a snowboard up in the Japanese countryside has been fully restored, by forces just as unknown as the ones who put it there in the first place.

It’s the kind of chuckle-inducing news development perfectly suited to memes, Japanese pop culture, and Sonic the Hedgehog himself. In 2015, some motorcycling YouTubers happened across the larger-than-life statue, which is in the Mie prefecture’s hill country, about 90 minutes east of Osaka. The statue lacks any marking, plaque, or explanation for what Sonic’s doing and why he’s there. Subsequent Internet sleuthing discovered someone had found and photographed the statue as far back as 2009.

Fall Guys cheaters are using hacks to ruin the game

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Fall Guys cheaters are using hacks to ruin the game

Bubblegum battle royale Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout continues to be a massive success, with over 2 million fans enjoying it on Steam alone — but, it seems, not everyone is playing the game fairly.

Players are uploading clips where it appears that some people are using speed hacks that allow them to completely outrun the competition. In the clip below, uploaded by Julien D, we can see a cheater burst through the map in the Slime Climb mini-game, whereas the rest of the players are barely stumbling through the starting area.

Control Quentin Tarantino in Steven Spielberg’s lost PC game

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Control Quentin Tarantino in Steven Spielberg’s lost PC game

If you’ve ever wondered what a FMV game from the mind of Steven Spielberg would look like, wonder no more. Game maker Paolo Pedercini has taken the footage from the 1996 game Steven Spielberg’s Director’s Chair and turned it into a “Bandersnatch-style Choose Your Own Movie.”

The original game, released by Knowledge Adventure and Dreamworks, had Spielberg walk the player through the process of making a movie, from pre-production all the way to the film’s premiere. However, according to Pedercini, the game was a little too realistic, and ultimately didn’t allow the player to exercise much creativity in putting their movie together. But there was enough footage from the movie that serves as the game’s centerpiece — which stars Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Aniston, and Penn and Teller — for Pedercini to repurpose it.

EA Access for PC is coming soon to Steam

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EA Access for PC is coming soon to Steam

EA Access, the subscription service that offers a “vault” of more than 100 Electronic Arts titles to its members, will soon be available to PC players via Steam. It was originally pegged for a spring 2020 launch, when EA and Valve announced plans last October to reunite after nearly a decade apart.

No specific launch date was given in Monday’s announcement. It’s all part of EA’s broader return to Steam, which the publisher left when it launched its Origin storefront in 2011. Last fall, EA’s Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order launched on Steam; in June, Electronic Arts put more than 25 back-catalog games on Valve’s marketplace, among them BioWare’s Dragon Age Series and Star Wars Battlefront 2. The same month, EA launched its Command & Conquer Remastered Collection on both Steam and Origin, with mod support through the Steam Workshop.