Red Dead Online has animals again, and they’re murdering everyone

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Red Dead Online has animals again, and they’re murdering everyone

Red Dead Online has been updated with a new role, after a long period of silence from Rockstar Games. This should be a time of great merriment, and some players are having a blast with the new Naturalist role. But there’s one drawback that no one expected: This patch has turned the western frontier from an idyllic place to ride a nice horse into a murder zone where cougars and bears will find you and promptly rip you apart.

A pain point in Red Dead Online over the past year has been animal spawns. The wilderness is meant to be full of deer, elk, bears, foxes, beavers, and other animals that the player can hunt and skin. This is one of the core gameplay loops, and an important part of the Trader profession. Hunting animals is also a good way for the player to make a tidy profit. But despite all these benefits, the game would often glitch and spawn far fewer animals than necessary. It would be common to summon the trader’s hunting wagon, and then ride around fruitlessly, desperately looking for any kind of prey.

Microsoft Flight Simulator pulls off an amazing trick, mostly

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Microsoft Flight Simulator pulls off an amazing trick, mostly

Inside an early version of Microsoft Flight Simulator, my tiny bush plane is perched at the far end of an airstrip that the locals call Lukla Airport. As a native of the flatlands of Illinois, it’s one of the most terrifying places I’ve ever been inside a video game. At the end of the runway is a nearly vertical drop of some 9,000 feet into the river below. There’s a nasty storm creeping up from the next valley, so it’s now or never.

I push the throttle to maximum, ease off the toe brakes, and begin rolling forward. The runway immediately dives down on a 12% gradient. Walls and buildings seem to crowd in on every side as the other end of the valley rises up to fill the windscreen. My eyes are glued to the centerline. With the tail rising, my feet are desperately working the rudder to keep the tiny little Savage Cub on two wheels. In my peripheral vision, I’m waiting for the airspeed indicator to go somewhere north of the plane’s 58 kph stall speed. Once it does, I rotate back on the stick, lifting the little yellow plane gingerly into the air. It’s only with an aggressive roll to the right and a little extra rudder that I can keep from dragging a wingtip on the ground.

Microsoft Flight Simulator will support VR this fall

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Microsoft Flight Simulator will support VR this fall

Microsoft Flight Simulator will be compatible with virtual reality. The functionality will be added to the game for free later this year. The first compatible device will be manufactured by HP, with other leading VR products to follow. The announcement was made on July 15, during a joint press briefing hosted by the developers at Asobo Studio and Microsoft.

The first headset to support the game will be the HP Reverb G2, which is due out this fall. The device boasts a monstrous 4320-by-2160 pixel resolution, which is 2.5 times the number of pixels found in the Oculus Rift S. Microsoft says the highly anticipated new flight simulation game will be a launch title for the Reverb G2, which has been developed in partnership with Valve to integrate unique optical and audio technology.

Animal Crossing’s camera glitch is patched back in — as a feature

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Animal Crossing’s camera glitch is patched back in — as a feature

Animal Crossing: New Horizons second summer update was released on Wednesday night, bringing new seasonal items and fireworks to the game. Another long-awaited feature, the ability to backup save data in case of an emergency, was added, too. But that’s not all: Players that booted up the game were surprised and excited to find that Nintendo added back in a feature that was once patched out.

In early July, Nintendo patched out a glitch that let players turn off the New Horizons HUD while using the camera app in-game. Players were upset: The feature was widely used by content creators and others to take professional, clear video — something necessary in creating realistic Animal Crossing genre trailers. However, now, the glitch is a feature.

Riot Games ends Saudi Arabia’s Neom partnership following controversy

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Riot Games ends Saudi Arabia’s Neom partnership following controversy

League of Legends developer Riot Games has ended its partnership with proposed $500 billion Saudi Arabian city Neom just a day after its announcement. On Tuesday evening, Riot announced a partnership between the futuristic city and the League of Legends European Championship (LEC). The city was expected to be the “main partner” on the LEC’s Summer Season, which is currently ongoing.

Following criticism of the partnership online — from community members, casters, and Riot Games employees citing Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations — Riot announced the partnership’s end. Alberto Guerrero, director of esports in the European, Middle East, and African regions, issued a statement on the Riot website.

League of Legends’ Saudi Arabian partnership criticized by Riot community

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League of Legends’ Saudi Arabian partnership criticized by Riot community

On Tuesday, Riot Games announced that its League of Legends European Championship (LEC) tournament is bringing on a new partner: the Saudi Arabian city Neom. The city will sign on as the “main partner” for the LEC’s Summer Season, which is currently ongoing. But some members of the esports community, including Riot Games staffers and casters, are angry and disappointed the company would make a deal like this.

Riot Games and Neom positioned this announcement as a benefit for the league: “to help future-proof the LEC stage.” On Tuesday, the city also announced a partnership with esports tournament organizers Blast Premier. Riot Games’ LEC news release accompanied the announcement, stating: “[Neom] will be championing the development of esports across the world.”

The Marvel’s Avengers beta will give Fortnite players Hulk Hands

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The Marvel’s Avengers beta will give Fortnite players Hulk Hands

In Crystal Dynamics’ July 29 War Table for Marvel’s Avengers, the studio announced a tie-in event with Fortnite. The studio also revealed Hawkeye as Marvel’s Avengers’ first post-launch hero.

Starting Aug. 7, players can jump into Marvel’s Avengers’ beta on PlayStation 4, with other versions coming later in the month. By completing the beta and some in-game challenges, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can earn the Hulk Smasher Pickaxe — including an Iron Man Hulkbuster-style version of the pickaxe — for Fortnite. It appears PC players aren’t able to earn these new items, although Epic will add both pickaxes in the in-game store at a later date.

Hawkeye is Marvel’s Avengers’ first post-launch hero

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Hawkeye is Marvel’s Avengers’ first post-launch hero

On July 29, Crystal Dynamics hosted its second War Table stream for Marvel’s Avengers. The studio previewed the game’s upcoming beta and gave players a look at Hawkeye, the game’s first post-launch hero.

The Marvel’s Avengers version of Hawkeye is Clint Barton, the same character Jeremy Renner plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This announcement comes after Crystal Dynamics teased Hawkeye on Twitter months ago.

Sea of Thieves adds fiery bosses and a flamethrower in the newest update

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Sea of Thieves adds fiery bosses and a flamethrower in the newest update

The Sea of Thieves is getting hotter, thanks to the July 29 update Ashen Winds. This free update adds a new event to the world: the Ashen Lords, fiery skeleton bosses who can appear on any island and interrupt any voyage with their powerful, flame-based abilities.

Ashen Lords are powerful, and can summon ash and flame tornados that blind players. Their offensive abilities can also incinerate any pirates who aren’t careful. These fights are quite tough, but they give a great reward if you’re successful: the Ashen Winds Skull.

Microsoft Flight Simulator adds challenges at the most dangerous airports in the world

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Microsoft Flight Simulator adds challenges at the most dangerous airports in the world

Microsoft Flight Simulator is entering the home stretch of testing and updates before release on Aug. 18. On Tuesday the game entered a closed beta period, with developers adding nine new aircraft and nearly two dozen landing challenges. The announcement was made on the game’s official website.

Among the new planes available for beta testers is the Icon A5, a petite sport plane that’s able to make water landings. The plane — which will be available in all three versions of the game, including the Xbox Game Pass version — allows players to land on any body of water in the world.