New Pokémon anime season will premiere in the US on Netflix

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New Pokémon anime season will premiere in the US on Netflix

Netflix is adding the latest season of the Pokémon anime, known outside Japan as Pokémon Journeys: The Series, to its lineup in June thanks to a collaboration with The Pokémon Co. International. The series will debut in the U.S. on Netflix on June 12, when the first 12 episodes will arrive on the platform.

Episodes after the initial dozen will be added quarterly for the rest of the season, Netflix said Thursday in a news release. The company also revealed the first international trailer on Thursday. You can watch it embedded above.

Epic Games Store’s free games next week: Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Crashlands

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Epic Games Store’s free games next week: Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Crashlands

The Epic Games Store has revealed its free games for next week, Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Crashlands. Both games will be available from April 30 until May 7.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a critically acclaimed horror game developed by Frictional Games that was first released in 2010. The game puts players in control of a man stranded in a dark and desolate castle, full of horrifying creatures. With little to no means of fighting back, players are forced to stay out of sight of the castle’s monsters in order to survive.

Animal Crossing fans welcome Redd with special secret beaches

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Animal Crossing fans welcome Redd with special secret beaches

April’s big Animal Crossing: New Horizons patch is live, meaning that for some folks booting up the game this morning, there’s a sketchy new presence wandering the island grounds. Yes, it’s jolly old Redd, the fox scammer known for selling fake paintings and statues. Isabelle even warns you about this shadowy fellow and everything!

Redd might be here to pull a fast one on us, but Animal Crossing fans are still welcoming the trickster with open arms. It’s not that anyone wants to be scammed per se, but more that Redd is a familiar face from older games — and it’s nice to see him again, even if he’s here to screw us.

Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to Xbox Game Pass in May

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Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to Xbox Game Pass in May

Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2 will be added to Xbox Game Pass for Console in May, Microsoft announced Thursday. Rockstar’s 2018 release will replace an older Rockstar game, Grand Theft Auto 5, when Red Dead Redemption 2 hits the program on May 7.

Microsoft said players can preload Red Dead Redemption 2 by using the Xbox Game Pass mobile app now. While you wait, you might as well boot up Rockstar’s GTA 5 while you’ve got the chance — despite being more than 6 years old, it’s still wildly popular. Xbox Game Pass members can also purchase GTA 5 “for up to 20% off” while it’s still part of the Xbox Game Pass program, Microsoft said in the news release.

Super Mega Baseball 3 gets mid-May release date

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Super Mega Baseball 3 gets mid-May release date

Super Mega Baseball fans will have to wait a bit longer for the next entry in the beloved sports series: Super Mega Baseball 3 is now scheduled to be released May 13, developer Metalhead Software announced Thursday.

That’s not too far beyond the game’s initial launch window — Metalhead revealed Super Mega Baseball 3 with a surprise announcement in March, and said at the time that it was on track for an April release. However, the Canadian indie studio warned fans earlier this month that logistical issues caused by “industry-wide changes due to COVID-19” might force the company to push back the launch, and now a delay has come to pass.

New Animal Crossing patch tries fixing the broken bell economy

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New Animal Crossing patch tries fixing the broken bell economy

Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ big Earth Day update went live a little earlier than expected, and in addition to bringing in new vendors like Leif the sloth, the patch also tries putting a band-aid on the game’s hyper-inflated economy.

When you log in, your mailbox should contain a new letter from the Bank of Nook which informs you that from now on, the interest rate earned on stored bells will go down. The letter is apologetic, offering players a gift in exchange for the “inconvenience.” It’s ... a giant bell bag rug! No specific numbers are shared, but basically, you should expect to get fewer bells from the bank from now on.

Valve source code for CS:GO and TF2 leaks, raising security concerns with players

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Valve source code for CS:GO and TF2 leaks, raising security concerns with players

A reported source code leak from Valve’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2 went widely public on Wednesday, leading to serious concerns from players that those games would be vulnerable to cheats and exploits. The Team Fortress 2 community worried of more serious security risks, leading players to recommend that others not play the game at all online due to the risk of spreading viruses or malware.

Community creators shut down servers amid fear of remote code execution exploits, and moderators on the TF2 subreddit warned of possible vulnerabilities to players’ in-game items.

Super Mario Maker 2’s new minigames are full of old-school Nintendo history 

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Super Mario Maker 2’s new minigames are full of old-school Nintendo history 

Nintendo released a new update for Super Mario Maker 2 — the Nintendo Switch game’s “final major update” — on Wednesday that adds a new World Maker feature, allowing players to make their own Super Mario World-style playlist maps. The update also added a new Super Mario Bros. 2 mushroom, the Koopalings, and much more.

But one new feature for the World Maker portion of Super Mario Maker 2 deserves some attention. There are three Toad House minigames where players can earn 1-Up mushrooms. One is familiar: Match & Win! is the slots-style game from Super Mario Bros. 3 in which players have to match three panel pieces to earn extra lives. The other two appear totally new.

Sea of Thieves gives players new goals — and pirates more tempting targets

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Sea of Thieves gives players new goals — and pirates more tempting targets

April 22 marks a new Sea of Thieves expansion, Ships of Fortune, an update that focuses entirely on the player. Previous expansions have been all about big, external enemies: skeleton lords, treachery, exploding volcanos, or megalodons — but now, man is the real monster. Rare is opening up a new opt-in system that allows players to unlock new cosmetics and make more money. The catch? A new faction rewards players for putting on the ol’ skull and bones and hunting their peers down.

Ships of Fortune returns to the most simple building block of the Sea of Thieves gameplay: pick up a voyage from one of the NPC factions, go on quest, finish quest, sell loot. This is how nearly every voyage starts, and the fun comes when you see a new objective on the horizon, get attacked by a tough enemy, decide to rob another player, or otherwise start to stop and smell the roses. Ships of Fortune returns to that foundation and adds a reinforcing layer of rewards and incentives.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is getting controller support

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is getting controller support

After over 15 years as a mouse and keyboard MMO, it looks like World of Warcraft is finally getting controller support in its next expansion. Word of the controller support comes from the Blizzard forums where community manager Randy “Kaivax” Jordan discussed the issue.

According to Jordan, Blizzard has been thinking about adding controller support to World of Warcraft for a while, particularly because of the popularity of third-party controller solutions. But with the Shadowlands expansion the developer finally decided it was time to make the leap and include first-party controller support, rather than making players download add-ons.