Everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers game

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Everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers game

Marvel’s Avengers is only a few months away, but despite numerous streams and videos, it’s not immediately obvious what kind of game Marvel’s Avengers is. Is it a loot game like Destiny 2? A combo-based action game? A co-op game? Or a story-focused game? The answer to all of those questions seems to be: yes.

Here’s everything we know about Marvel’s Avengers, from the single-player story to the game’s post-launch content.

Fortnite’s Summer Splash event features Jeffery Lebowski in body armor

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Fortnite’s Summer Splash event features Jeffery Lebowski in body armor

For this year’s Fortnite summer event, Epic is putting together a collection of limited-time modes, including old favorites and new additions, that will run all season.

Among the returning modes for the Summer Splash event will be Sneaky Silencers — now called Fog of War — Close Encounters, which gave players shotguns and jetpacks, Unvaulted, which lets players use weapons and items that are no longer in the main game, and Catch!, which only gives players throwable weapons like grenades.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s latest patch nerfs the all-powerful Grau and MP5

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s latest patch nerfs the all-powerful Grau and MP5

Call of Duty: Warzone’s newest patch is here and along with its usual balance changes, it’s also going after one of the game’s best weapons. Along with the standard changes and updates, this patch nerfs the Grau 5.56 and the MP5, as well as bringing 200 player matches to battle royale.

Over the last couple months, the Grau 5.56 and the MP5 have been the undisputed kings of Warzone. The two weapons — which players would often carry together — made for a lethal duo with high fire rate, surprisingly long range, and plenty of damage.

Fortnite is out of ‘early access,’ Save the World no longer going free to play

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Fortnite is out of ‘early access,’ Save the World no longer going free to play

Fortnite is dropping its early access label, Epic Games announced on Tuesday, as part of a change to the game’s original survival mode, Save the World.

More importantly, Epic said that it’s reversing plans to make Save the World free to play, and will slow down development of the mode, which has long been overshadowed by Fortnite’s battle royale component. Save the World will also “no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but your existing library of cosmetics will continue to function in both modes.”

Nintendo president apologizes for Joy-Con drift

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Nintendo president apologizes for Joy-Con drift

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa addressed the company’s ongoing problems with Joy-Con drift during a financial Q&A posted recently. Furukawa said the company apologizes for “any trouble caused to our customers,” noting that Nintendo is “continuing to aim to improve” its products.

Of course, Nintendo is still facing a class-action lawsuit — filed in the United States in 2019 and updated later in the year — regarding the complaints about the controllers, something Furukawa noted in his statement, translated by Kotaku.

Niantic teams up with Sleep No More creators for new projects

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Niantic teams up with Sleep No More creators for new projects

Niantic, the company behind Pokémon Go, Ingress, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, is teaming up with Punchdrunk, the creators of immersive theater experience Sleep No More, for “multiple projects that will reinvent storytelling for a 21st century audience,” the companies announced Tuesday.

Those projects, Niantic said, will “further expand the horizon of interactive entertainment,” combining Niantic’s location-based and augmented reality-powered experiences with the immersive, “multi-sensory” theatrical work of Punchdrunk.

Valorant aiming for six new heroes a year, Riot says

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Valorant aiming for six new heroes a year, Riot says

Valorant’s been out for a few weeks now, but Riot isn’t wasting any time in looking toward the future. On Monday, the developer released a video update with executive producer Anna Donlon letting fans know what’s on the horizon for the tactical shooter.

While Donlon offered plenty of updates on the game, the biggest news was about Riot’s longterm plans for releasing new Agents and maps. According to Donlon, the current plan is to release a new Agent with each Act. Valorant’s Acts are a bit like seasons in other games, and will last around two months each. This means that there should be around six new Agents added to Valorant every year.

Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter, Hyper Scape, leaks online

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Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter, Hyper Scape, leaks online

Ubisoft appears ready to announce a new first-person shooter, according to tweets sent by reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau and others. Called Hyper Scape, the new title is said to be a “fast-based FPS Battle Royale.” A formal announcement could come Thursday, with a closed beta the week of July 6 and a full release as soon as July 12.

Word of Hyper Scape came on Monday in advance of any announcement by the developer and publisher. The leak was accompanied by several screenshots, which purport to show the near-final game in motion.

Call of Duty: Warzone bumps player count to 200 in limited time mode

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Call of Duty: Warzone bumps player count to 200 in limited time mode

On Monday, Activision and Infinity Ward announced a new mode coming to Call of Duty: Warzone: 200 players will be able to participate in a single Quads match. Call of Duty: Warzone was already the biggest, mainstream battle royale game in terms of player size — allowing for 150 simultaneous players since launch — but this new, limited-time mode makes every match even bigger.

On Tuesday, June 30, Warzone will see a new update called Reloaded. The update includes the 200-player Battle Royale mode, as well as a new sniper rifle, the Rytec AMR. Warzone will also get a Spotter Scope, a Juggernaut Royale mode, a Gulag weapons update, and a new Contract called Supply Run.

The next Dungeons & Dragons campaign comes in a $500 limited edition

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The next Dungeons & Dragons campaign comes in a $500 limited edition

In June, Wizards of the Coast announced its next Dungeons & Dragons campaign, Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. Along with that announcement, the publisher also teased a limited-run, Platinum Edition of the module that goes for $499. Fans won’t know exactly what’s inside until the elaborate kits arrive some time in October.

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Platinum Edition is the work of the team at Beadle & Grimm’s. There aren’t many images to go along with the announcement, since the adventure itself won’t be published until Sept. 15. Some of the contents are still secret and will likely remain that way, but so far the description says it will include the following: