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.]

Overwatch’s big new quality of life improvement lets you respawn the basketball

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Overwatch’s big new quality of life improvement lets you respawn the basketball

Overwatch 2 may be deep in development, but Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about the original Overwatch and the many ways it can be improved. On Thursday, Blizzard released an update for the game — only on the game’s public test region (PTR) servers for now — that finally let players customize their communication wheel with new voice lines. Just as important: You can now respawn the basketball in spawn rooms.

Punching the basketball in hopes of scoring a basket while waiting for the match to start has been a core feature of Overwatch since 2016 (even though Blizzard didn’t make the basketball hoop fully functional until a month after the game launched). Now we’ve got the Overwatch quality of life feature that players have been craving for years.

Fortnite’s Travis Scott event drew over 12.3 million players at its premiere

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Fortnite’s Travis Scott event drew over 12.3 million players at its premiere

Travis Scott’s in-game Fortnite tour brought a record number of players online. Epic Games announced Friday that over 12.3 million concurrent players joined Scott’s in-game concert.

The event started with a giant version of Scott performing some of his most recognizable songs, but quickly evolved into something stranger and more exciting. As Scott moved through his songs, more and more effects started to appear. There were lightning storms, back-up dancers made of fire, a gravity flip that turned players upside down, and finally what seemed like a trip through space.

Destiny 2 cheating up 50% since January, Bungie highlights Trials improvements

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Destiny 2 cheating up 50% since January, Bungie highlights Trials improvements

Destiny 2 finally revived the long-dormant Trials of Osiris this season. But the signature PvP mode has been more of a frustration point for players this season than a joyful return. In an effort to be more transparent around the problems currently facing Destiny 2, Bungie opened up about its plans to fix Trials of Osiris in the coming seasons.

One of the biggest issues facing Trials, where the goal is to win as many games as possible before losing three, is an army of cheaters. According to Destiny engineering director David Aldridge, cheating is up 50% in Destiny 2 since January, and that number only increases at higher skill levels. This increase in cheaters seems to be a mix of Trials-based incentives to win and the game’s introduction into the free-to-play market late last year.

Battlefield 5’s next big update will be its last, says DICE

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Battlefield 5’s next big update will be its last, says DICE

On Thursday, DICE announced that Battlefield 5’s next big update will come out this summer, and will be the final new-content update the game gets.

Battlefield 5’s latest update, Into the Jungle, brought players into the Pacific Theater and introduced new weapons and gear. Into the Jungle is scheduled to end on April 29 with one last update. After that DICE will release the game’s final update.

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is free until May 10

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Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is free until May 10

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is now free to give you something to do while you’re stuck at home. Bandai Namco, the game’s publisher, announced on Twitter on Friday morning that PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One players in the United States can get the game free until May 10.

Originally released in 2016, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a sequel to Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX. The franchise flips Pac-Man’s normal dot-hunting gameplay around. Rather than gobbling up as many dots and fruits as you can while hunted by ghosts, these games turn Pac-Man into a ghost hunter. Boards become more like puzzles as players are tasked with eliminating as many ghosts as possible and raking up high scores by eating ghosts in quick succession.