Company of Heroes coming to iPad on Feb. 13

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Company of Heroes coming to iPad on Feb. 13

Company of Heroes has had a long and eventful life. The hit strategy game was originally released in 2006 on PC, followed by a failed free-to-play version, and a 2013 sequel that wasn’t quite as well received as the original — there was even a Company of Heroes board game. But this week, the original Company of Heroes will be released once again, this time for iPad.

The iPad version of the game — coming Feb. 13 — is a remake of the original game, featuring updated visuals, and a redesigned control scheme specific to iPad. It will feature both the original game’s campaign, and its Skirmish mode.

Need for Speed goes back to Criterion, ending Ghost Games

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Need for Speed goes back to Criterion, ending Ghost Games

Ghost Games, makers of the last three Need for Speed games for Electronic Arts, has been dissolved and the racing series is being handed back to Criterion Games.

Electronic Arts confirmed the franchise overhaul in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, acknowledging that as many as 30 positions at Ghost Games could be at risk. The remaining staff will form an engineering hub called EA Gothenburg and support development across all of the company.

Here’s how to get 1M free Rubles in Escape from Tarkov

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Here’s how to get 1M free Rubles in Escape from Tarkov

Hardcore tactical survival game Escape from Tarkov has been a hit, both with streamers and players, since December 2019. But the game’s back-end infrastructure continues to fail. Things got so bad last weekend that the team at Battlestate Games is handing everyone 1 million Rubles — the in-game currency, not real-world cash — as compensation. Players have a few days to log in and claim it.

“We are sorry that you had to deal with unstable server performance this weekend,” the developers said in a series of tweet. “We want to assure you that we are working tirelessly to improve the server situation, although it is not always up to us to fix it. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.”

E3 exhibitor list leaks, as Geoff Keighley declines to participate in show

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E3 exhibitor list leaks, as Geoff Keighley declines to participate in show

A list of E3 exhibitors leaked this morning, confirming that multiple major game companies are attending the event, including Activision, Bethesda, Epic Games, Take-Two, and Ubisoft. But Geoff Keighley, the host of E3 Coliseum, a series of panel interviews and presentations that’s been running since 2017, says he’s dropping out.

Keighley has been attending and covering E3 for the past 25 years. He is also the organizer and presenter of The Game Awards, which take place every December. He issued a statement today:

Pokémon Home is having some technical problems

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Pokémon Home is having some technical problems

Pokémon Home launched out of the blue on Tuesday night and it seems, as thousands of people rushed to download the app, a few technical problems have cropped up. A few glitches here and there aren’t too surprising for the launch of a popular app, but the fact that this one directly involves people’s Pokémon collection has some players nervous.

The problems for the app seems to start as soon as it launches, as some people are having trouble getting past the log-in screen to link their Nintendo accounts to Pokémon Home. Most players report that simply filling in their password manually, rather than using an autofill option from their phone, has cleared up the issue.

Surprise Trades are causing big problems in Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Surprise Trades are causing big problems in Pokémon Sword and Shield

The Pokémon Sword and Shield community is issuing a public service announcement for anyone playing the game right now: Be careful while using the game’s online features, as a new hack can cause crashes, and worse, affect your general online connectivity.

Surprise Trade is a multiplayer Sword and Shield feature that allows trainers to pick a monster and trade it for a random Pokémon from another player. Recently, however, reports are trickling out that some fans get an error when they attempt to complete a Surprise Trade, as you can see in the footage below:

Pokémon Home launches, introduces a new Professor Oak

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Pokémon Home launches, introduces a new Professor Oak

Pokémon Home, the cloud service app that allows trainers to store monsters for easier transfers across titles, is now live on the Nintendo Switch eShop. Beyond utility, there’s good reason to use the service — Home gifts all players a Pikachu.

The app also introduces fans to a new version of Professor Oak. This one has long hair and has funky glasses and is called Grand Oak. Previously, Game Freak included Professor Oak’s cousin in Pokémon Sun and Moon, and while they weren’t the same character, everyone referred to him as “Alolan Oak.”

Modern Warfare season 2 trailer hints at battle royale mode

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Modern Warfare season 2 trailer hints at battle royale mode

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare season 2 started on Feb. 11, kicking off a brand-new season of content for the game. But while the upcoming maps and operators may be exciting, they’re nothing compared to the hints that Infinity Ward has dropped that a battle royale mode could be on the way to the game.

Speculation about the new mode started shortly after the season began when Call of Duty YouTuber PrestigeIsKey tweeted about a changed to the Modern Warfare menu. While there used to be four options on the menu, there was now a new option that simply read “Classified.”

Star Citizen had a ‘record-breaking’ year of crowdfunding

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Star Citizen had a ‘record-breaking’ year of crowdfunding

Star Citizen shows no signs of slowing down, in terms of fundraising dollars from players. In fact, last year may have been the crowdfunded space game’s biggest year yet.

Data shared by the team behind Star Citizen appears to show that the multigame project earned around $47.7 million from crowdfunding in 2019. That’s an increase of more than 26% over the previous year. Combined with $46 million in private investment from 2018, creator Chris Roberts and his team at Roberts Space Industries (RSI) have pulled in an estimated $131.5 million over the last two years.