Overwatch’s Lunar New Year starts today, with all-new skins

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Overwatch’s Lunar New Year starts today, with all-new skins

Overwatch’s annual Lunar New Year event kicks off today, Jan. 16, with a batch of fresh skins and a semi-new game mode called Capture the Flag Blitz available in the game’s arcade. Lunar New Year will run through Feb. 6 in Overwatch.

Players will get access to seven new skins during Overwatch Lunar New Year. Three of those are of the epic variety, and can be earned by playing the game and winning nine games each week. In addition to sprays and other cosmetics, players can unlock the following skins simply by winning games:

Devil May Cry 3’s Switch debut includes a new seamless style switching feature

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Devil May Cry 3’s Switch debut includes a new seamless style switching feature

Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition comes to Switch for the first time on Feb. 20 — nine months after the original Devil May Cry hit the system. But the new Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition also brings a huge quality of life improvement to the 2005 action game: the ability to seamlessly swap your weapon style on the go.

In Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5, and DMC, you can switch up which weapons you’re using pretty quickly. Sometimes it’s a hit of a single button, or you have a specific weapon assigned to a button. In the original Devil May Cry 3, things were a bit more complicated.

Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September

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Cyberpunk 2077 delayed to September

Cyberpunk 2077, the highly anticipated new role-playing game from the team behind The Witcher series, is being delayed. The game was previously expected on April 15. Now it won’t launch until Sept. 17. The announcement was made today on Twitter.

“We are currently at a stage where the game is complete and playable,” said CD Projekt in today’s statement, “but there’s still work to be done. Night City is massive — full of stories, content and places to visit, but due to the sheer scale and complexity of it all, we need more time to finish playtesting, fixing and polishing. We want Cyberpunk 2077 to be our crowning achievement for this generation and postponing launch will give us the precious months we need to make the game perfect.”

Xbox Game Pass for PC adding three indie games this month

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Xbox Game Pass for PC adding three indie games this month

Gris, A Plague Tale: Innocence, and Children of Morta will join the Xbox Game Pass for PC library in the coming weeks, bringing that collection to a total of 180. Microsoft is also, again, offering a $1 promotion for first-time subscribers, with a single buck giving them the first three months.

Xbox Game Pass for PC, still in beta, launched during E3 2019. Access to its lineup of PC titles is included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a new subscription also announced at E3 2019 (and which also bundles in Xbox Live Gold). Ordinarily, Xbox Game Pass for PC is $4.99 a month; Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is $14.99 a month.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses gets a secret fourth house in DLC

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses gets a secret fourth house in DLC

Today has been thick with Fire Emblem: Three Houses news, starting with the addition of Byleth to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. But the hits keep coming, as Nintendo has dropped news of the fourth wave of DLC content coming to Three Houses on Feb. 12, and it sounds like it’s going to be meaty.

Thus far the Fire Emblem: Three Houses expansion pass has added a small handful of costumes, items, and playable characters, but the fourth content release will feature a new side story called Cindered Shadows. The story introduces a secret fourth house, Ashen Wolves, made up of outcasts from famed military school Garreg Mach. The house has apparently existed below Garreg Mach, in the sewers, operating without anyone’s knowledge.

The Joker brings a bag of deadly surprises to Mortal Kombat 11

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The Joker brings a bag of deadly surprises to Mortal Kombat 11

The Joker and his deadly bag of tricks get a madcap close-up in the latest Mortal Kombat 11 trailer. The Clown Prince of Crime, fresh off picking up 11 Oscar nominations, arrives in a couple of weeks, the fifth of six fighters in the Kombat Pack’s rollout.

Joker packs all kinds of jack-in-the-box, cuckoo-clock toys that stun, juggle, and bludgeon his foes. The extend-o boxing gloves are a given, but the best/funniest has to be the Batman hand puppet with a gun in its mouth. Joker speaks for him, like an imaginary friend, in a voice mocking Christian Bale’s gruff take on the Caped Crusader. The Joker is voiced by Richard Epcar, not Mark Hamill, though Epcar supplies a virtuoso performance that had me checking just to be sure.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will get six more fighters as DLC

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will get six more fighters as DLC

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster will continue to grow through 2021. Game director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that a second batch of add-on fighters will be released for the Nintendo Switch game, six in total, in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.

That means Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s second Fighters Pass will include one more fighter than the first pass. All six will be released for Ultimate by by Dec. 31, 2021, Sakurai said.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next character is Byleth from Fire Emblem

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s next character is Byleth from Fire Emblem

A new challenger is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Game director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed the fifth add-on fighter during a special video presentation today, the final fighter to be included in the game’s Fighters Pass.

Byleth will be released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Jan. 28. In addition to a new character, the downloadable content will also include a new stage and new music from Fire Emblem: Three Houses.