No, the revised PS5 isn’t any worse than the launch model

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No, the revised PS5 isn’t any worse than the launch model

Sony has replaced the launch model of the PlayStation 5 — the CFI-1000, for those keeping score — with a revised model, even as a lot of folks are still having trouble getting their hands on any model. So, what gives with the newer CFI-1100? Is this a better console to re-trigger fans’ FOMO?

No, says Digital Foundry. Nor is it any worse. “The differences between PlayStation 5s old and new are minimal to say the least,” writes Richard Leadbetter. The unit is lighter (about 12 ounces), owing to a redesign of the cooling assembly and its smaller heat sink. It still has the same large-adult-son chassis. It’s also easier to screw in the stand that the unit uses, somewhat counterintuitively, in the horizontal position.

Sea of Thieves’ next season sends pirates under the sea

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Sea of Thieves’ next season sends pirates under the sea

A new Sea of Thieves season is about to begin, which means pirates will be granted new in-game challenges and a Plunder Pass full of rewards. Season 4 is due to start on Sept. 23, and Rare has posted a very short teaser showcasing what the new season will have to offer. It looks as though pirates are going to have to delve beneath the waves, which is a notoriously dangerous place.

Season 3 was based around the Pirates of the Caribbean crossover with Captain Jack Sparrow. A Pirate’s Life was meant to be cinematic and story based, but it looks like season 4 will return to the Sea of Thieves-specific lore and expand on the existing world. We haven’t spent that much time under the sea, but there are tons of threats down there to defeat — and treasure to obtain.

Dragonlance creators detail a new D&D-compatible setting, Skyraiders of Abarax

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Dragonlance creators detail a new D&D-compatible setting, Skyraiders of Abarax

Husband-and-wife team Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman have brought some of Dungeons & Dragons’ most beloved worlds to life. That includes Barovia and its iconic ruler, Strahd von Zarovich, and the world of Krynn, the setting for Dragonlance. Now the Hickmans have a new project called Skyraiders of Abarax, a unique setting with a ruleset based on 5th edition D&D. The project comes to Kickstarter on Oct. 12, and Polygon can exclusively reveal some of the first details.

At the core of the setting is a single massive island called Abarax (pronounced AH-buh-rox). More than 200 years ago, Abarax was a penal colony, but mysterious circumstances freed its prisoners. The Hickmans compare it to a kind of post-post-apocalyptic Australia, but geographically, it’s a lot smaller.

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries free update will finally give you more control over friendly AI

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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries free update will finally give you more control over friendly AI

When MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries launched in 2019, it was a deeply flawed game — and to a large extent, it still is. But the developers at Piranha Games have been relentless in applying new updates to improve the situation. The next attempt, announced Thursday, is a free update coming on Sept. 23 that could allow players to bypass one of the game’s biggest flaws.

MechWarrior 5 focuses on the lance, a formation of four heavily armed righting robots called Mechs. In multiplayer, you can get other humans to be your three lancemates, but in single player the rest of your team is controlled by the AI. At launch, that AI was dangerously stupid. As in, “protecting the people living in an apartment building by charging through said apartment building” stupid. The situation has improved somewhat, but the system for giving in-game orders still lacks quite a bit of nuance.

New Wipeout game is for mobile phones, not PlayStation

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New Wipeout game is for mobile phones, not PlayStation

A new game in the Wipeout series is coming, not to PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5, but to mobile phones. Wipeout Rush, a new take on the futuristic hovercraft racing series, will be released for Android and iOS devices in 2022, developer Rogue Games announced Thursday.

Wipeout Rush will feature “unique card-based racing” and a “new comic book-inspired narrative,” according to the game’s debut trailer and a statement to IGN from Rogue CEO Matt Casamassina. The game’s official website describes Wipeout Rush as a “marriage of merge, idle, and card collection to influence races.” Combined with the hands-off racing shown in the debut trailer, it doesn’t appear that players will be white-knuckle racing at hundreds of kilometers per hour, but rather managing a team and upgrading ships to win races.

Deltarune Chapter 2 gets surprise release in two days

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Deltarune Chapter 2 gets surprise release in two days

Deltarune Chapter 2, the next installment of the sequel to beloved indie darling Undertale, will be released Friday evening. The game will be coming first to Windows PC and Mac OS, according to its announcement trailer. Creator Toby Fox announced the game as part of a livestream celebrating the sixth anniversary of Undertale.

No word on when the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 versions will be released, but if you played on a console and want to play on a computer this weekend, you’ll still be able to. Players with no save data will be able to start right at Chapter 2 once it’s released at 8 p.m. EDT on Sept. 17. “As long as you generally remember what happened story-wise, you’ll be fine,” the developers said in an FAQ.

A board gaming accessory that you actually need

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A board gaming accessory that you actually need

We’ve written about a lot of fun board game accessories here at Polygon dot com. Dice vaults? We got ‘em. Novel little rolling trays? For sure. Bizarre pizza lifters? Why not. But I’m going to be honest: You don’t need those. What you need is some Lax Rax, and you need ‘em right the hell now.

It’s a bit of a meme in board gaming circles, but the fact is that there’s only one good shelving unit at Ikea that fits most modern board games. It’s called a Kallax, and ... well, it’s not perfect.

FIFA 22’s HyperMotion is ‘the beginning of machine learning taking over animation’

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FIFA 22’s HyperMotion is ‘the beginning of machine learning taking over animation’

As Sam Rivera explained it to me, the success of FIFA 22’s new animation technology will be seen in what wasn’t recorded during a groundbreaking motion-capture session — involving 22 players all playing a start-to-finish game of soccer — earlier this year.

“We started working on an algorithm about three years ago,” explained Rivera, FIFA 22’s lead gameplay producer at EA Vancouver. “What that algorithm is doing is learning from all the data for that motion capture shoot — how the players approach the ball, how many steps do they do to get to the ball, is it three long steps and one short step; what is the proper angle, with the proper cadence, to properly hit that ball?”

Nendoroid toymaker sued by former execs over ‘over-sexualized anime figures’

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Nendoroid toymaker sued by former execs over ‘over-sexualized anime figures’

Japanese toymaker Good Smile Company, which has business in the United States, is being sued by two former executives in a lawsuit that alleges the company engaged in tax evasion, discrimination, and selling “over-sexualized anime figures depicting minors,” which they said may violate United States’ obscenity laws. The former employees, Guy Brand and James Young-sik Kim, filed a cross-complaint in a California court after Good Smile sued the two former executives in 2020 for an alleged “brazen instance of corporate misconduct” that included breach of contract and unfair competition.

Brand and Kim, in their cross-complaint, also alleged that Good Smile profits from controversial website 4chan — and that the site has an office in its Tokyo headquarters.