Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s ‘new immersive mode’ delayed to spring

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s ‘new immersive mode’ delayed to spring

Fans of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft’s open-world tactical shooter, have been waiting for a new update for some time. On Monday, the developer said they’d have to wait a little longer; the new “immersive mode” won’t be out next week as promised. Instead, fans will have to wait until later in the spring.

“The complexity of integrating this new mode has proven to be a challenge and we want to ensure that the experience will be a great one when it releases,” Ubisoft said in a news release. “The immersive mode will still release this Spring, we’ll share more firm timing as soon as we are able.”

Devotion, removed from Steam, to find new home at Harvard library

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Devotion, removed from Steam, to find new home at Harvard library

Taiwanese studio Red Candle Games’ Devotion was removed from Steam last year after players found an in-game item that likened Chinese president Xi Jinping to Winnie the Pooh. Devotion’s remained inaccessible since then. A majority of players still don’t have access to the game, and likely won’t — but not all is lost. Devotion and Red Candle Games’ earlier release, Detention, will be preserved in the Harvard-Yenching Library, according to the studio.

Detention and Devotion will be the first two games added to the prestigious library’s Chinese collection, Harvard-Yenching librarian Ma Xiao-he told Polygon.

Cyberpunk 2077 details revealed by Grimes in livestream

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Cyberpunk 2077 details revealed by Grimes in livestream

Claire “Grimes” Boucher has a new album titled Miss Anthropocene which came out in February. To celebrate, the singer went on YouTube for a brief livestream with her fans. Now it appears that video has been made private, possibly because she let slip some details about her appearance in Cyberpunk 2077. Incidentally, those details line up with a bit of atmospheric text included in the first gameplay videos at E3 in 2018.

[Warning: This post may spoil a potential plot point for Cyberpunk 2077, while also referencing suicide.]

Xbox Games with Gold for March announced

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Xbox Games with Gold for March announced

Xbox Live Gold subscribers and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get four free games in March as part of the Xbox Games with Gold program. March games will roll out on March 1 with Batman: The Enemy Within — The Complete Season for Xbox One. Next, on March 16, Microsoft will give out Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Xbox 360 players will have access to Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Sonic Generations. (These are available to Xbox One users via backward compatibility, too.)

Hatsune Miku is coming to the new Space Channel 5

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Hatsune Miku is coming to the new Space Channel 5

Space reporter Ulala is in danger of being overshadowed by another virtual idol on the day of her long-awaited return. The developer of Space Channel 5: Kinda Funky News Flash! has announced that Hatsune Miku is coming to the game as downloadable content.

Players will be able to dance with the popular vocaloid and former Domino’s Pizza spokesidol in future DLC, according to a news release from Grounding. Details are forthcoming, but it sounds like Miku will join the lineup of dancers who fight the alien menace known as the Morolians through the power of choreography. The DLC does not have a release date.

After 14 years, the Valve-approved Half-Life remake is nearly finished

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After 14 years, the Valve-approved Half-Life remake is nearly finished

Black Mesa, a video game that started out as a fan-made mod of the original Half-Life, finally has a release date. The game leaves early access on March 5, fully after 14 years after the team at The Crowbar Collective began the project. The announcement was made on Steam, where the team at Crowbar Collective is selling the game with the blessings of franchise creators at Valve.

The original Half-Life was released for PC in 1998. The game was a smash hit, critically acclaimed for its cohesive narrative, which took players on a journey through the bowels of the high-security research laboratory known as Black Mesa. Players inhabited MIT-trained particle physicist Gordon Freeman, a role that would be reprised with Half-Life 2 in 2004. That game helped to launch Steam, and jumpstarted the modern era of digital distribution.

Etika’s face is now a Pokémon Go stop, thanks to a YouTuber and his fans

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Etika’s face is now a Pokémon Go stop, thanks to a YouTuber and his fans

In Desmond “Etika” Amofah’s short time on earth, the hype YouTuber touched countless number of lives — and nowhere is that more apparent than a recent push to memorialize him in one of his favorite games. As of last night, a mural of Amofah is now an official Pokéstop in Pokémon Go.

The mural, which is located in the Bushwick neighborhood of New York City, was finished in late 2019. Spanning 40 feet, the gorgeous artwork was commissioned by YouTuber Double A and web designer Abe Hunter to commemorate Amofah’s legacy as an entertainer.

The Wolfenstein board game finally pits players against Adolf and Mecha-Hitler

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The Wolfenstein board game finally pits players against Adolf and Mecha-Hitler

Upstart Archon Studio is ready to reveal its newest product, Wolfenstein The Board Game, based on the video games by Bethesda Softworks and Machinegames. Heading to Kickstarter later this year and retail store shelves later on, the base game comes with more than 50 plastic miniatures and includes 10 missions with plenty of replayability. The tabletop game also promises fans the ultimate battle, pitting them against the hulking Mecha-Hitler first seen in the original Wolfenstein 3D way back in the early 1990s.

What separates Wolfenstein The Board Game from others in the boutique, hobby board gaming space is the quality of the miniatures. Archon tells Polygon that its in-house sculptors and product engineers have worked hard to create pieces that are not only great for painting, but also well-designed functional objects. Each one will be manufactured on site at Archon’s massive new production line based in Poland, which is capable of pushing out more than 63,000 miniatures in a single day.

Overwatch’s new experimental mode will shake up role queue

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Overwatch’s new experimental mode will shake up role queue

Blizzard is rolling out a new game mode for Overwatch that will allow the developer to tweak the game and test out big changes. Experimental mode — previously known as the Experimental card — will be an Arcade card that changes over time. The first big experiment is three damage, two support, one tank.

In a developer update, game director Jeff Kaplan stressed that these changes were not permanent and would not be rolling out in any standard game modes for the time being. In July 2019, Blizzard made a big meta change, enforcing a two-damage, two-support, and two-tank role queue system. This new queue was a way for the developers to counter the unpopular GOATS metagame, which used damage dealers very sparingly, if at all.