Summer Game Fest announced as a season-long E3 replacement

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Summer Game Fest announced as a season-long E3 replacement

In the absence of the annual E3 gaming convention, publishers and developers are filling the void with digital events of their own. On Friday, The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley announced his E3 2020 replacement, Summer Game Fest, described as a blend of “breaking news, in-game events, and free playable content.”

Summer Game Fest will run from May to August, and has buy-in from a long list of developers and publishers, including 2K, Activision, Bandai Namco, Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Private Division, Riot Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Square Enix, Valve, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Those companies will host digital events of their own under the Summer Game Fest brand, and will be broadcast on Facebook, Mixer, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube, and publishers’ own channels. The extent of their participation was not detailed.

Guild Wars 2 won’t have voice acting in its next update due to COVID-19

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Guild Wars 2 won’t have voice acting in its next update due to COVID-19

Guild Wars 2’s next update, episode 3 of MMO’s Icebrood Saga, will not have voice acting, ArenaNet announced on Thursday, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Because of the social distancing and shelter-in-place guidelines, ArenaNet’s staff are all working remotely, including the people who work in the recording studio and the actors themselves. While certain other productions have opted to send equipment out to their actors in hopes of helping them create an in-home studio, Arena has opted instead to release episode 3 without the voice acting.

Dota 2’s The International delayed indefinitely, likely to 2021

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Dota 2’s The International delayed indefinitely, likely to 2021

Valve has canceled its major Dota 2 event, The International, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The International 2020 was scheduled to be held at the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm this summer. A new date has not been announced, but Valve expects the event to be delayed until 2021.

“Given the highly volatile landscape for local gathering restrictions, virus trajectory, and global travel policies, we don’t expect to have enough confidence to communicate firm dates in the near future,” Valve said in a blog post. “In the meantime, we are working on restructuring the DPC season for the fall, and will be providing more information as soon as we have it.”

Escape From Tarkov will let you dress up like Boba Fett

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Escape From Tarkov will let you dress up like Boba Fett

On Thursday the team behind Escape From Tarkov began teasing some new equipment. The first-person shooter will soon be adding a new helmet that looks heavily inspired by Disney’s The Mandalorian. No word on when it will be available. The first images of the unnamed body armor showed up on both Instagram and Facebook with no accompanying explanation, but it’s unlikely that Lucasfilm was involved.

Tarkov rose to prominence over the New Year with a well-timed Twitch promotion, sitting among the top three games on the platform for several months. It’s since fallen well down the rankings. But that hasn’t stopped a dedicated group of fans who regularly launch into the session-based multiplayer game for some high-stakes looting and tactical shooting.

The Legends of Runeterra launch trailer brings the card game to life

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The Legends of Runeterra launch trailer brings the card game to life

Riot’s new card game, Legends of Runeterra, officially launched on Thursday. With the new release comes a fancy new trailer — featuring two of League of Legends’ most popular champions: Darius and Zed. But because it’s about a card game, the trailer shows more than just two familiar heroes. It brings the game to life with a deck army of cards characters leaping to fight beside their champions.

The video starts following Darius, a League of Legends champion known for his giant axe and spiky armor. On a lone battlefield, he’s chasing down another champion, the shadow ninja, Zed. Zed has a small army of ninjas around him, who Darius cuts through easily. Upon reaching Zed, the video transitions to another fight between the heroes — both of whom are actually villains in League’s story.

Almost 100 Animal Crossing players visited my island and I’m feeling a lot less lonely

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Almost 100 Animal Crossing players visited my island and I’m feeling a lot less lonely

I’ve heard the horror stories of opening your Animal Crossing: New Horizons gates up to the masses. I’ve seen turnip bouncers, long lines, and trampled flowers. I hadn’t considered posting a Dodo Code publicly before, but my turnip prices have always been shit since the game’s launch. But on Wednesday, everything changed. My turnip tracker predicted a potential spike on Wednesday afternoon, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it: Timmy and Tommy were buying turnips at 539 a pop.

I had to share the wealth. (But I must admit, I was allured by the promise of turnip tips.) I opened my gates to my Vox Media colleagues and to strangers.

Fortnite World Cup canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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Fortnite World Cup canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Fortnite developer Epic Games announced Thursday that it’s canceling the Fortnite World Cup in 2020. Large gatherings have been prohibited around the world due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. Many esports events have moved online, but the global nature of the Fortnite World Cup makes that a challenge — some players would likely have better connections than others, making the event unfair.

“For the rest of 2020, all Fortnite competitions will be held online,” Epic Games wrote in a tweet from the Fortnite Competitive Twitter account. “Due to the limitations of cross region online competition, there will not be a Fortnite World Cup in 2020.”

In adding a new bounty, Call of Duty: Warzone removed others, and players are mad

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In adding a new bounty, Call of Duty: Warzone removed others, and players are mad

On April 29, Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare got significant updates. In Modern Warfare, players got a new way to customize their weapons, and Warzone players saw some playlist changes. The major Warzone change came with the new Most Wanted bounty. But instead of just adding a new bounty, Infinity Ward removed others.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s contract system lets you give yourself optional objectives for money and loot. Instead of just wandering around the map until you can find some enemies, these contracts offer rewards for putting your team in dangerous places. The non-combat contracts are still in the game, but bounties on other players died with the latest update.

Apex Legends’ newest hero is Loba, an expert thief with a tragic past

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Apex Legends’ newest hero is Loba, an expert thief with a tragic past

Apex Legends is getting a new hero: Loba Andrade. In a new teaser trailer released on Thursday, we get a look at Loba’s work as a world-class thief, and learn that she has a history with one of Apex Legends’ other characters.

Loba’s reveal trailer starts out with her childhood, where at least one of her parents was killed and she was sent into the foster care system. From there, she grew up to be a thief.