Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning remaster leaks online, studio says ‘oopsy daisy’

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning remaster leaks online, studio says ‘oopsy daisy’

A remastered version of the first — and only — role-playing game by 38 Studios, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, is coming to consoles and PC this summer. A listing for the remaster, dubbed Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning, appeared Wednesday on the Microsoft Store.

The product page says the remaster will offer improved visuals and “refined gameplay.” It initially offered a release date of Aug. 11, but it has now been adjusted to Aug. 18. We’ve included multiple screenshots from the page below. Frankfurt, Germany-based Kaiko is listed as the developer of the remaster; the studio previously worked with THQ Nordic on Darksiders Warmastered Edition and Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition.

Infinity Ward says Call of Duty will get better at flagging racist usernames

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Infinity Ward says Call of Duty will get better at flagging racist usernames

Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward has announced that the company will be issuing more bans for racist usernames, as well as taking more steps to monitor racist content in game in the future.

“There is no place for racist content in our game. This is an effort we began with launch and we need to do a better job. We’re issuing thousands of daily bans of racist and hate-oriented names,” Infinity Ward said in a tweet.

Fortnite season 3 postponed again

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Fortnite season 3 postponed again

Epic Games announced on Wednesday that Fortnite Chapter 2 season 3 has been delayed once again. The season is scheduled to start on June 17, for now.

This is season 3’s third delay. It was first delayed back in April, then it was delayed for another week on May 28. Fortnite also had an event that was previously scheduled for Saturday, May 6, that has now been pushed back to Monday, June 15. Previous delays had been to make sure that the season was ready for launch.

Hackers say classic Pokémon games spawn fewer monsters on tragic anniversaries

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Hackers say classic Pokémon games spawn fewer monsters on tragic anniversaries

2020 has been the year of big Pokémon source code leaks, and the latest classic pair added to the list are none other than the fourth generation of games, Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. And according to fans who have perused the code, the 2006 pocket monster games pay special attention to what day it is.

Twitter user @shinyhunter_map — a Pokémon speedrunner and shiny hunter — recently made a discovery that Pokémon Diamond and Pearl behave slightly differently on certain in-game days. On Pokémon developer Junichi Masuda’s birthday, which lands on Jan. 12, for instance, any eggs you try to hatch will grow 10% quicker than they usually would. The egg detail has been corroborated by Mr.Cheeze, another well-known Pokemon tinkerer. It’s also worth noting that Masuda himself has coyly encouraged players to turn on the game on that date, promising that “something different” will happen.

Paradox Interactive to sign collective bargaining agreement with 200 union members

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Paradox Interactive to sign collective bargaining agreement with 200 union members

Video game publisher and developer Paradox Interactive is expected to sign a collective bargaining agreement with two Swedish labor unions, the company announced Wednesday. The agreement, which will give employees influence over pay, benefits, and workplace culture, is expected to be finalized “within the quarter,” according to a news release.

Paradox Development Studio programmer and union rep Magne Skjæran told Polygon that negotiations took “a few tries,” spread over approximately 10 hours of formal negotiations, but that Paradox had been interested in signing since February.

Destiny 2 Year 4 reveal officially coming June 9

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Destiny 2 Year 4 reveal officially coming June 9

Bungie tweeted a new teaser from Destiny’s Twitter account, featuring The Drifter and officially announcing the reveal date of Destiny 2’s next expansion as June 9 at noon EDT.

This event is only an hour before Bungie will release Destiny 2’s unannounced season 11. It’s currently unclear if Bungie will announce the expansion in its usual, video documentary format, as the studio has been working from home due to COVID-19.

PlayStation’s Days of Play sales starts today with deals on PS4 classics

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PlayStation’s Days of Play sales starts today with deals on PS4 classics

PlayStation’s annual Days of Play sale is back with deals on everything from new games, to PS4 classics, to controllers and headsets. The sale even includes a few deals on PlayStation Plus subscriptions as well as PlayStation Now.

The Days of Play sale’s game selection is pretty impressive with up to 50% off on certain titles. Newer games like MLB The Show 20 and the Samurai Action-RPG, Nioh 2 are $39.99, down from the regular $60. Meanwhile, one of last year’s best games, Death Stranding is just $29.99. Dreams and Predator: Hunter Grounds are also $29.99 during the sale.

Pay what you want for this Cities: Skylines bundle

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Pay what you want for this Cities: Skylines bundle

The latest offering from Humble Bundle is the fantastic city-building game, Cities: Skylines. As with most Humble Bundles, the Cities: Skylines deal lets you name your own price for the game, with some of the money from each purchase going towards charity.

Cities: Skylines was released in 2015, where it quickly developed a large following. The original game let players construct their own city and turn it into a sprawling metropolis. In the years since its initial release, Cities has also received a number of expansions that add details like new weather effects, natural disasters, complex mass transit systems, and industrial manufacturing.

Sega announces Game Gear Micro, the strangest retro mini game device yet

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Sega announces Game Gear Micro, the strangest retro mini game device yet

Sega is reviving its 1990 handheld, the Game Gear, as a mini retro-console for the company’s 60th anniversary. The Sega Game Gear Micro will be released in Japan this October, and it may be the strangest retro device yet: The system comes in four different colors, and each colorway comes with four Game Gear games built-in. Each Game Gear Micro costs 4,980 yen (about $46) and will be released in Japan on Oct. 6.

The Sega Game Gear Micro is tiny indeed; it’s 80 mm wide (about 3.15 inches) and 43 mm tall (about 1.7 inches). The screen measures just 1.15 inches diagonally, about a third the size of the original Game Gear’s LCD screen and much tinier than the two-inch screen on the Game Boy Micro.

Path of Exile: Harvest adds city building to the action RPG

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Path of Exile: Harvest adds city building to the action RPG

On Tuesday, Grinding Gear Games revealed Path of Exile’s summer expansion: Harvest. Harvest offers players a chance to create their own gardens, and build a complex network of irrigation machines inside the Sacred Grove. But being an action RPG, the plant seeds come alive when players go to harvest.

Path of Exile: Harvest will launch on PC June 19, and the week of June 22 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.