XCOM: Chimera Squad is crucial to XCOM’s confusing canon

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XCOM: Chimera Squad is crucial to XCOM’s confusing canon

The original X-COM: UFO Defense, which came out in 1994, has a pretty straightforward narrative: Aliens drop in from orbit and begin terrorizing the planet. It’s up to you and your little team of soldiers to kill them or die trying.

The modern incarnation of the XCOM franchise from Firaxis Games, on the other hand, is more complicated. Over the years there’s been multiple pieces of downloadable content, several expansion packs, and even a full-fledged remake of a previous game. The release of XCOM: Chimera Squad, a stand-alone title with a budget price, only makes things more confusing.

Legends of Runeterra launches this week, adds new set of cards

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Legends of Runeterra launches this week, adds new set of cards

After three months in open beta, Legends of Runeterra officially launches later this week. Riot Games’ strategy card game based on League of Legends will leave beta on Thursday, April 30. A new patch on Tuesday, April 28, brings with it a new set of cards and Bilgewater, a pirate-themed region. Mobile versions of the card game launch sometime between Tuesday and Thursday.

The new card set, labeled Rising Tides, adds new cards to existing regions as well as adding Bilgewater as its own region. The expansion adds 11 Champions, six keywords, one new cosmetic board, two new cosmetic guardians, one new region, updated region roads for existing regions, new card backs, new emotes, and over 120 new cards.

Pokémon Go’s remote raids now live for some players

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Pokémon Go’s remote raids now live for some players

Pokémon Go’s promised Remote Raid feature, which will let players staying at home attend in-game raids far away from the game’s gyms, is now live. Remote Raid Passes are now available in Pokémon Go’s in-game shop, and the feature to compete in raids remotely is accessible to players who have reached level 40.

As previously announced, Remote Raid Passes will be available at a steep discount: A pack of three is available for one PokéCoin from the shop. Extra Remote Raid Passes are available for 100 PokéCoins each and in a bundle of three for 250 PokéCoins.

Apex Legends’ Battle Armor Event will let players start games with armor and a gun

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Apex Legends’ Battle Armor Event will let players start games with armor and a gun

Earlier this year, Respawn Entertainment introduced a new type of armor to Apex Legends called Evo armor. Evo armor gets stronger the more kills you get, and it was popular enough to help spawn a brand new event for the game. This new event is called the Battle Armor Event and it will be live in Apex Legends from April 28 to May 12 to close out the game’s fourth season.

The Battle Armor Event will change up the way that Apex Legends games begin, and the kind of loot that players can find. In every Battle Armor Event match players will start with armor and a P2020 pistol. But there will be no armor on the island for players to pick up. There will still be shield cells and batteries for players to refill their armor, though. The quality of the armor that players start with will change throughout the event.

Gearbox announces Brothers in Arms TV series in development

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Gearbox announces Brothers in Arms TV series in development

Gearbox Software’s Brothers in Arms series hasn’t seen a mainline entry since 2008’s Brother in Arms: Hell’s Highway. But on Monday, the studio announced the World War II franchise is in development to become a live-action TV show, thanks to a partnership with Marla Studios, a production company specializing in transitioning video games to film and TV.

The series first season will focus on the biggest scandal of World War II, although the press release doesn’t specify exactly what the scandal is. The Brothers in Arms are based on true events around secret missions in World War II, and it sounds like the television show will continue that tradition.

Apparent Pokémon leak turns ‘Beta Wooper’ into a sensation

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Apparent Pokémon leak turns ‘Beta Wooper’ into a sensation

The drip of early scrapped pocket monsters content continues thanks to recent posts on 4chan purporting to hold the Spaceworld 1999 demo version of Pokémon Gold and Silver. The archive is massive, allegedly containing not only code, but also sprites and email exchanges at Game Freak, the developers behind the popular franchise. Among this pile of historical riches, however, one star has emerged.

The files appear to show early scrapped versions of various monsters, including an unused take on Wooper, a water/ground-type Pokémon. The blue boy is cute and stout, a verifiable chonk if you will, which might explain why the Pokémon fandom has immediately become obsessed with this scrapped design. Many consider this beefy child, which was first a normal/flying type, to be a better take than the final Wooper that actually appears in the games. Unsurprisingly, there is now a cavalcade of fan art celebrating “beta Wooper,” allowing the monster to outshine all the other early sprites purportedly contained within the leak.

The Last of Us Part 2 coming June 19, Ghost of Tsushima delayed

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The Last of Us Part 2 coming June 19, Ghost of Tsushima delayed

Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Part 2 will be released on PlayStation 4 on June 19, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed on Monday. The game was previously scheduled for release on May 29, but was delayed indefinitely earlier this month due to production complications resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Last of Us Part 2’s new release date means a delay for another PS4 game, Sucker Punch’s samurai action-adventure Ghost of Tsushima. That game is now slated for release on July 17, nearly a monthlong delay from its previous date.

Bethesda Softworks donates $1 million to coronavirus relief

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Bethesda Softworks donates $1 million to coronavirus relief

Bethesda Softworks will be donating $1 million to multiple groups to help coronavirus relief efforts.

The company is giving $500,000 to Direct Relief, a charity that provides protective equipment to the health care workers who are combating coronavirus. Bethesda will donate $250,000 to Unicef, which will help children on a more global scale. Another $250,000 will go to local coronavirus relief closer to where the studios are based, both at “individual studios and international offices,” Bethesda said in the news release. These charities will be picked by the offices around the world.

2K confirms no WWE 2K21, announces WWE 2K Battlegrounds for fall 2020

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2K confirms no WWE 2K21, announces WWE 2K Battlegrounds for fall 2020

2K Games won’t publish its annual WWE 2K wrestling simulation this year, the company confirmed in a statement on Monday. But 2K will publish a licensed WWE wrestling game this fall called WWE 2K Battlegrounds, which the company described as an “arcade-style action” game with “over-the-top Superstar designs, environments and moves.”

WWE 2K Battlegrounds is being developed by Saber Interactive, the studio behind 2K’s NBA Playgrounds games, and will focus on “social pick-up-and-play fun, but with plenty of depth for those who want to get way into it,” according to 2K. Like the NBA Playgrounds games, WWE 2K Battlegrounds will feature a roster of real-world personalities, such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin, but with a slightly cartoonish look.

The Last of Us Part 2 leak seems to show massive spoilers

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The Last of Us Part 2 leak seems to show massive spoilers

Over the weekend in late April, a series of YouTube videos were uploaded that contained what appeared to be clips of Naughty Dog’s highly-anticipated sequel, The Last of Us Part 2. While the original videos have since been taken down, various gaming forums and social media re-uploads have survived, alleging to show the gruesome action game’s story in full.

[Warning: The rest of this article contains potential spoilers for The Last of Us Part 2.]