Pokémon Go Fest 2020 announced, will be playable from home

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Pokémon Go Fest 2020 announced, will be playable from home

Pokémon Go Fest, the annual fan gathering for Pokémon Go players, is on for 2020. This year’s event will take place entirely online and will be playable from home, developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company announced Wednesday.

Pokémon Go Fest 2020 will take place on July 25 and 26, and is described as “an all-new, completely reimagined global event in a virtual format.” Traditionally, Pokémon Go Fest has been held at physical locations, primarily in Chicago, but in 2019 Niantic expanded the festival to Yokohama, Japan and Dortmund, Germany. More than 600,000 players attended the three Pokémon Go Fest events last year.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s grenade launcher is powerful, but rare — and players love it

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s grenade launcher is powerful, but rare — and players love it

A post on the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit prompted discussion around the game’s extremely powerful grenade launcher. In March, players discovered that there’s a very small chance for the MGL-32 grenade launcher to drop mid-match. But some players have barely ever seen one in hundreds of games. That might be for the best.

In a new clip, user thewolfofwestoz demonstrated just how powerful the MGL-32 can be. The short clip shows thewolfofwestoz using the grenade launcher in a few different scenarios, wiping out entire teams of players in just a few shots. They titled the post “the grenade launcher is seriously OP [overpowered] but so much fun to use!” The comments agree about just how strong the gun is, but also, nobody seems upset at how powerful it can be.

Warhammer 40K’s next tabletop edition announced, promises smaller and bigger battles

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Warhammer 40K’s next tabletop edition announced, promises smaller and bigger battles

On Saturday, Games Workshop announced the 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000, its venerable tabletop wargame. The announcement comes just three years after it released the 8th edition of the game, which keeps pace with previous new editions launched over the last decade.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader was first published in 1987. Since then, it’s grown to become a cross-media hit, including dozens of novels, comics, and video game adaptations. There’s even a live-action TV series currently in development from Big Light Productions, the same team responsible for Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. But at its core, 40K is a hobby-grade miniatures wargame that requires patience and no small amount of money to play.

BlizzCon canceled for 2020, online event planned for early next year

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BlizzCon canceled for 2020, online event planned for early next year

Blizzard Entertainment won’t hold its annual BlizzCon convention this year, BlizzCon executive producer Saralyn Smith confirmed on Tuesday, citing health and logistical concerns with holding the mass gathering. But Blizzard is considering an online event that “channel[s] the BlizzCon spirit” for early 2021.

On the BlizzCon website, Smith said “after considering our options, we’ve come to the very difficult decision to not have BlizzCon this year.” Smith said that last April, amid multiple event cancellations over concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, it was “too early to know whether BlizzCon 2020 will be feasible.”

Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head comes to Dead by Daylight

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Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head comes to Dead by Daylight

Silent Hill’s iconic monster, Pyramid Head, is coming to Dead by Daylight, the 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer horror game from Behaviour Interactive, alongside other content inspired by Konami’s psychological horror franchise. Pyramid Head, new survivor Cheryl Mason, and the Midwich Elementary School map are live now on Dead by Daylight’s public test build on Steam and will be released widely on PC and consoles on June 16.

Behaviour Interactive unveiled Dead by Daylight: Silent Hill, a new chapter of paid DLC for the horror game, on Tuesday during a livestream celebrating the game’s fourth year of content. During that stream, the developer also announced cross-play support and a major graphics overhaul for Dead by Daylight.

Watch Stephen Spielberg’s unreleased alien video game, codenamed LMNO

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Watch Stephen Spielberg’s unreleased alien video game, codenamed LMNO

A documentary about the history of Arkane Studios was released on Tuesday. Produced by the team at Noclip, it includes footage from several unreleased prototypes — including a sequel to Half-Life 2. But one of the more interesting tidbits is a glimpse at a canceled game prototype made in partnership with legendary filmmaker Stephen Spielberg.

In the early 2000s, Spielberg signed on with Electronic Arts to make several video games, only one of which was actually released. Boom Blox went on to become one of the more critically-acclaimed puzzle games for the Nintendo Wii. The other game was ... well, it wasn’t Boom Blox, that’s for sure.

Xbox Games With Gold for June 2020 includes Destroy All Humans! and more

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Xbox Games With Gold for June 2020 includes Destroy All Humans! and more

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the Games With Gold titles for June. There are four titles in all, equaling roughly $64 in value for Gold members. Top billing goes to the Xbox classic Destroy All Humans!, an action-adventure game first released in 2005. (A remake is also on the way this year.) Fans also get access to Sine Mora, an old-school shoot-’em-up that relies on a novel time-manipulation mechanic.

There’s also two more lesser-known titles. Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse is a lavishly animated game about a bellydancing genie teamed up with pirates. Coffee Talk, on the other hand, is a chilled out barista simulator. From our review:

The next phase of Star Wars universe delayed into 2021

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The next phase of Star Wars universe delayed into 2021

Star Wars: The High Republic, the ambitious cross-media collection of books and comics, has been delayed into 2021. The announcement came Tuesday at the official Star Wars website.

The High Republic is a new setting in the Star Wars universe that takes place 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The media onslaught will now begin on Jan. 5, 2021 with Charles Soule’s adult novel Star Wars: The High Republic: Light of the Jedi and Justina Ireland’s middle grade novel Star Wars: The High Republic: A Test of Courage. Then comes the young adult novel by Claudia Gray titled Star Wars: The High Republic: Into The Dark on February 2, 2021. Release dates for the comics, Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic and IDW’s Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, will be announced some time in the future.

No Man’s Sky landing on Xbox Game Pass in June

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No Man’s Sky landing on Xbox Game Pass in June

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get access to developer Hello Games’ No Man’s Sky when it lands on the service in June. Hello Games programmer Sean Murray made the announcement on the Xbox Wire blog.

No Man’s Sky was originally released on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in 2016. The game came to Xbox One in 2018. Hello Games has consistently updated the exploration game since its 2016 release date. Because of that, No Man’s Sky has maintained a dedicated community of spacefarers, who do stuff like build tiny homes all over the procedurally-generated world.

Call of Duty: WWII free on PlayStation Plus starting May 26

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Call of Duty: WWII free on PlayStation Plus starting May 26

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to Sledgehammer Games’ Call of Duty: WWII as part of their subscription, starting on May 26. It’s the only title that Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced as part of next month’s PS Plus lineup, but the company said on Twitter it will share additional details of its June lineup later this week.

Call of Duty: WWII was originally released in November 2017. Sledgehammer’s game brought the Call of Duty franchise back to the era of World War II, the setting of the original Call of Duty from 2003.