Xbox Games with Gold for August 2020 includes Portal Knights and Red Faction 2

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Xbox Games with Gold for August 2020 includes Portal Knights and Red Faction 2

Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members are getting four free games in August thanks to Xbox Games with Gold.

Players can pick up the first of the month’s free games on Aug. 1 with Portal Knights, a third-person action RPG, and MX Unleashed, a classic Xbox dirt bike game with the most mid-2000s soundtrack of all time. Later on in the month, on Aug. 16, players will be able to pick up the giant robot battle game, Override: Mech City Brawl and Red Faction 2, a fantastic and underappreciated Xbox-era first-person shooter about taking down a corrupt government using really big guns.

Cuphead gets surprise launch on PS4 today

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Cuphead gets surprise launch on PS4 today

Cuphead, the stylishly animated run-and-gun shooter that debuted on Xbox One and Windows PC, is coming to PlayStation 4. Studio MDHR announced a PS4 port of Cuphead on Tuesday, with a surprise twist: It’s out today on the PlayStation Store. The PS4 version costs $19.99.

Xbox fans are also getting an update for Cuphead. The developer is adding a digital art gallery, behind-the-scenes commentary features, and a playable soundtrack to the game. The developer did not provide a release date for the update.

Red Dead Online’s long-awaited update brings a new role: the naturalist

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Red Dead Online’s long-awaited update brings a new role: the naturalist

Red Dead Online, the multiplayer component of Red Dead Redemption 2, is getting its biggest update Tuesday, which includes a new frontier pursuit: the Naturalist. The Naturalist offers two paths, letting players choose either non-lethal methods or a more aggressive, pelt-taking approach.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new Red Dead Online update, which includes a host of smaller changes and a third Outlaw Pass with exclusive rewards and cosmetics.

Animal Crossing is finally getting island save backups 

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Animal Crossing is finally getting island save backups 

Save files for Animal Crossing: New Horizons are tied to your Nintendo Switch. That sucks — especially if you lose or damage your console. All those hours spent building your perfect island ... gone. It’s been that way since New Horizons was released earlier this year, but at the end of this month, it’ll change.

Nintendo is starting up an Island Backup & Restoration Service for Nintendo Switch Online members. It’ll come with the July 30 update, which will add a second wave of summer-themed items to New Horizons. The seasonal stuff is good and all, but the chance to protect your island — all those hours — is great. Nintendo said that players who enable the service will have their island and user save data uploaded to the internet “at certain times.”

Blizzard: ‘no plans’ to bring World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to Xbox Series X

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Blizzard: ‘no plans’ to bring World of Warcraft: Shadowlands to Xbox Series X

After months of speculation around World of Warcraft: Shadowlands coming to consoles, a representative from Blizzard told Polygon that the developer has “no plans” to bring the MMO and its new expansion to console. But that doesn’t mean it will never appear.

When the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands alpha first began earlier this year, players datamined controller support. This feature originally made players wonder if the MMO would make the jump to consoles as well. Blizzard released a statement on its forums, stating the gesture was to help improve World of Warcraft’s accessibility, and let players use controllers without downloading an add-on.

Pathfinder is adding catfolk to the newest version of the RPG

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Pathfinder is adding catfolk to the newest version of the RPG

With the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game’s second edition (2e) nearing its one-year anniversary, the team at Paizo is ready to launch a new supplement aimed squarely at seasoned players. The all new Advanced Player’s Guide goes on sale July 30, complete with five new ancestries and five new heritages for any ancestry. Below you’ll find a sneak peek at the catfolk — one of the RPG’s most anticipated additions.

Catfolk were featured in the original Pathfinder, and also as an add-on outside the game’s basic rules. This supplement brings them in line with the 2e ruleset. It also aligns well with the franchise’s slightly more progressive approach to issues of race, which has been a hot topic with the popular Dungeons & Dragons franchise in recent months.

Valorant getting a new ranked system for Act 2

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Valorant getting a new ranked system for Act 2

Valorant’s big content updates are divided into Acts, for smaller additions like new Agents, and Episodes, for bigger additions like maps, and the game’s first Act is about to come to an end. Ahead of Act 2, which is likely to start around Aug. 4, Riot Games announced a few changes coming to Valorant’s ranked mode in the next Act.

The biggest new addition for the upcoming Act is what Riot is calling Act Ranks. Act Ranks are how Riot will track and display a player’s ranked progress and accomplishments once an Act ends — though these won’t exist for Act 1. Act Ranks will show up on player profiles and work like a commemorative trophy of your competitive journey.

New Warhammer 40K app removes the need for pricey books

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New Warhammer 40K app removes the need for pricey books

Games Workshop recently introduced the 9th edition of the Warhammer 40,000 ruleset. On Friday, it modernized the venerable tabletop wargame even further by launching a subscription model and a smartphone app. Warhammer 40,000: The App is available now on Android devices, and will be coming soon to iOS.

The new Warhammer app is free to download, and contains all the information available in the basic rules — which are free do download. For an additional monthly $4.99 fee, users will also gain access to every supplement needed to play the modern version of the game. That includes books like Codex: Space Marines and Codex: Necrons, both of which are required to get full use of the models included in the new Warhammer 40,000: Indomitus boxed set.

To see Halo Infinite in its ‘full fidelity,’ watch the 4K trailer, developer says

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To see Halo Infinite in its ‘full fidelity,’ watch the 4K trailer, developer says

Response to Microsoft’s Halo Infinite gameplay reveal last Thursday has been mixed. Some players think it’s a throwback to earlier games in the Halo franchise, but others are disappointed that it doesn’t look “next-gen” enough. There’s been a ton of memes being tossed around — including from 343 Industries itself.

But in reality, developer 343 Industries is responding in earnest to fans concerned about the game’s visuals. “Listen, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic,” Microsoft’s Xbox games marketing manager Aaron Greenberg told Inside Gaming on Thursday. “It’s July. We’re far from holiday [launch]. You’re seeing a work-in-progress game.”