Nvidia’s GeForce Now loses Bethesda Softworks games

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Nvidia’s GeForce Now loses Bethesda Softworks games

A week after losing all its Activision Blizzard games, Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service has lost “most Bethesda Softworks titles,” Nvidia said in an announcement Friday afternoon.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood will remain available for all users, Nvidia said. An Nvidia representative later told Polygon that Youngblood will be the only Bethesda title to stay on the service. Other Bethesda games leaving GeForce Now include the remainder of the Wolfenstein series; Fallout 3, 76, and New Vegas; The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (and its Special Edition); Doom (2016); Dishonored and Dishonored 2; and The Evil Within 2.

Crytek, Star Citizen makers say they’ve settled their lawsuit

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Crytek, Star Citizen makers say they’ve settled their lawsuit

Cloud Imperium Games, the developer and publisher of Star Citizen, and Crytek told a judge this week they’ve settled a 2-year-old lawsuit over the game’s use of CryEngine 3.

The notice, filed on Thursday, doesn’t mention terms of the settlement and isn’t required to. Crytek and CIG likewise have made no announcements about the suit. Polygon reached out to representatives of both companies for comment, but the messages were not returned as of publication time.

Magic: The Gathering introduces a new format with its own 20-card booster packs

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Magic: The Gathering introduces a new format with its own 20-card booster packs

Magic: The Gathering introduced a brand-new format on Thursday called Jumpstart. The pick-up-and-play system uses existing cards, plus a smattering of new ones, for a collectible deck experience that’s aimed squarely at competitors like KeyForge.

Traditionally, fans of Magic fuel their hobby by purchasing prebuilt 60-card Planeswalker decks and 15-card blind booster packs. Jumpstart is being sold 20 cards at a time, but there’s a catch: All the cards inside each pack align with a specific theme.

PUBG players on Xbox One and PS4 can party up now

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PUBG players on Xbox One and PS4 can party up now

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players on PlayStation 4 can now test out cross-party play with friends on Xbox One — that is, they can invite one another into a single party across the platforms.

The feature is part of the forthcoming update 6.2, and is now available on PUBG’s public test server, which is free to anyone who owns a copy of the game. Cross-party support follows cross-platform play (between Xbox One and PS4), which came to the game this fall.

Final Fantasy 14 team cancels PAX plans over coronavirus concerns

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Final Fantasy 14 team cancels PAX plans over coronavirus concerns

Square Enix is reducing its presence at PAX East, specifically around Final Fantasy 14-related events, citing health concerns over the novel coronavirus.

“As the community may be aware, COVID-19 (also known as ‘novel coronavirus’) is spreading within the East Asia region,” the company said on the official Final Fantasy 14 website. “Taking into consideration the current situation within the region, sadly Square Enix has decided to cancel the PAX East attendance of staff who would be travelling from the Japan offices. This difficult decision was based on our desire to prevent any potential spread of the virus and to prioritize the health and safety of our team and our fans.”

Animal Crossing ‘froggy chair’ fever captures everything that’s great about fandom

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Animal Crossing ‘froggy chair’ fever captures everything that’s great about fandom

If you tuned into February’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons Nintendo Direct, then you might have noticed that everyone in viewer chat was fixated on one thing. Every so often, you’d see a current of frog emoji blitzing through the livestream. Or, folks would just say two words over and over again: froggy chair.

As fans know, the froggy chair is a part of a furniture set within Animal Crossing, which also includes something called a lily-pad table. It’s a humble ensemble which, while included in the release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, may not have graced many households with its presence. But now, everyone is dying to know if froggy chair will make an appearance in the Nintendo Switch installment, myself included.

The Witcher season 2 starts filming, new cast and characters announced

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The Witcher season 2 starts filming, new cast and characters announced

Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy saga, is getting another season at the streaming service, and filming is now underway for season 2. Netflix has not announced an official release date for season 2 of The Witcher, but the show will return sometime in 2021 and run eight episodes.

Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Geralt of Rivia, as will Anya Chalotra as Yennefer, Freya Allan as Ciri, and Joey Batey as Jaskier.

PlayStation, Oculus, and Facebook Gaming pull out of GDC over coronavirus concerns

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PlayStation, Oculus, and Facebook Gaming pull out of GDC over coronavirus concerns

Sony’s PlayStation team and Facebook, including Oculus VR, have withdrawn from this year’s Game Developers Conference, citing health concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, our dev partners, and the GDC community, Facebook will not be attending this year’s Game Developer Conference due to the evolving public health risks related to COVID-19,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement emailed to Polygon. “We still plan to share the exciting announcements we had planned for the show through videos, online Q&As, and more, and will plan to host GDC partner meetings remotely in the coming weeks.”

Apex Legends is bringing back Kings Canyon

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Apex Legends is bringing back Kings Canyon

Apex Legends’ original map, Kings Canyon, is making a return, but only for a very limited time. Respawn Entertainment will make Kings Canyon playable as part of a separate playlist in Apex Legends from Friday, Feb. 21, through Monday, Feb. 24.

Kings Canyon changed over the course of Apex Legends’ existence, but it appears that Respawn is bringing back the original, season 1 experience for players. Kings Canyon was altered for season 2 of Apex Legends, and players have been battling it out on a new map — World’s Edge — since October 2019 with the arrival of season 3.