League of Legends’ newest champion can chain together one kill after another

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League of Legends’ newest champion can chain together one kill after another

It’s been a while since League of Legends had a new Yordle, but with its latest champion, Riot is finally bringing Runeterra’s tiny residents back to the roster. League of Legends’ newest champion is Vex, and she’s a Yordle mage with an attitude.

Vex is an emo Yordle, whose too-big sweater has too-long sleeves for her to drag as she walks. She’s adorable, and her emo nature makes her the perfect antidote to the rest of the overly friendly Yordle population. Part of her general gloom seems to be caused by her Shadow, a sentient force that’s always following her and does her bidding. Think of the shadow a little bit like Venom (from Spider-Man, that is).

Tripwire CEO out after tweeting support for Texas abortion ban

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Tripwire CEO out after tweeting support for Texas abortion ban

John Gibson, the CEO of Tripwire Interactive, developer of Maneater and the Killing Floor games, has stepped down from his role following a tweet in support of a Texas anti-abortion law that went into effect in September. The law, which “effectively bans abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy,” Vox reported, violates earlier rulings that protect a person’s right to choose to have an abortion.

Gibson tweeted on Sept. 4 in support of the anti-abortion measures.

Alan Wake Remastered coming this fall to PC, Xbox, and (finally) PlayStation

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Alan Wake Remastered coming this fall to PC, Xbox, and (finally) PlayStation

Alan Wake, the acclaimed 2010 supernatural mystery by Remedy Entertainment, will be remastered and published this fall for present-day platforms, promising 4K resolutions, the original game’s two expansions, and director’s commentary. Alan Wake Remastered also means the game will be available on PlayStation platforms for the first time.

Alan Wake Remastered is being published by Epic Games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC via the Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. This version includes the main game, originally launched in May 2010, and the DLC episodes “The Signal” and “The Writer,” which arrived in July and October of that year.

Horizon Forbidden West will get free PS4-to-PS5 upgrade after customer blowback

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Horizon Forbidden West will get free PS4-to-PS5 upgrade after customer blowback

Customers who purchase Horizon Forbidden West on PlayStation 4 will also get the PlayStation 5 version for free, regardless of the version they buy, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced Saturday. That’s a change from the plan Sony and developer Guerrilla Games announced Thursday, which only offered dual-platform entitlements for Horizon Forbidden West (for PS4 and PS5) if customers bought the $79.99 Digital Deluxe edition or a more expensive edition of the game. There was no upgrade path from PS4 to PS5 at the time.

SIE president and CEO Jim Ryan announced the change in an update posted to Sony’s PlayStation Blog, saying “it’s abundantly clear that the offerings we confirmed in our pre-order kickoff missed the mark.”

Destiny 2’s Exotic-only weapon types could evolve into Legendaries, says Bungie

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Destiny 2’s Exotic-only weapon types could evolve into Legendaries, says Bungie

A little more than a week after the Destiny Showcase, we know a lot more about The Witch Queen expansion and Year 5 of Destiny 2 than we did before. And in talking to game director Joe Blackburn and general manager Justin Truman last week, we’ve gotten new information on weapon crafting and glaives, raids, Hive Guardians, and the subclass reworks. But to round out our series of interviews, it’s time to talk about the lifeblood of Destiny: weapons.

We spoke to the developer duo about if unique, Exotic-only weapons will stay Exotic forever, the limitations of Exotic Catalysts, and the return of Gjallarhorn.

Classic Final Fantasy games are coming to PlayStation Now

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Classic Final Fantasy games are coming to PlayStation Now

A collection of Final Fantasy games are on the way to PlayStation Now, which allow players to stream the titles on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, or PC. The first game will be Final Fantasy 7the original version, which is still worth a spin, not the recent remake. Final Fantasy 7 will arrive on PlayStation Now on Sept. 7, and it’ll be followed by one new Final Fantasy game a month until some of the series’ best games are available to play.

The second game will be Final Fantasy 8 Remastered on Oct. 5, which is a turn-based tale of sweeping romance and worldwide war. Squall, Rinoa, and the rest of the SeeD gang are part of one of the most underrated Final Fantasies, and it’s nice to see more players having access to that tale.

Bungie’s plan to keep Destiny 2 raids fresh is a mix of old and new

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Bungie’s plan to keep Destiny 2 raids fresh is a mix of old and new

In addition to revealing that Destiny 2 players will get a new raid or dungeon every three months starting this December, Bungie recently announced that the legacy raid rotation will return. During its Destiny Showcase last week, the studio talked about the importance of that aspirational, pinnacle content for players. Convincing Destiny’s hardcore players to get together each week is a major priority, according to game director Joe Blackburn and general manager Justin Truman. Those incentives will take the form of the legacy raid rotation and yet another remastered raid from the original Destiny.

“We’re trying to create a situation where our back catalogue of raids and experiences that people love and want to play feel like they get their time in the sun,” said Blackburn. “[But we don’t want it to] feel like, ‘hey, every raid and every dungeon is always on all the time.’ And then your Destiny chore list when you log in for your three characters is ‘Oh my god, how many? How many pinnacle [gear] sources are there for me to grind every week?”

Horizon Forbidden West has no upgrade option from PS4 to PS5

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Horizon Forbidden West has no upgrade option from PS4 to PS5

Horizon Forbidden West isn’t exactly an upgradeable game from PlayStation 4 to PS5. In a post outlining all of the pre-purchase options for Guerrilla Games’ action-adventure, Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed that buyers get versions for both consoles with one of three special editions starting at $79.99. The $69.99 standard version for PlayStation 4 can’t be patched to a PS5 version if its buyer picks up the newer console later.

The PlayStation 4 version is still playable on PS5, of course, but it will lack any of the features exclusive to the newer console.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone get Judge Dredd and beer bullets in season 5

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone get Judge Dredd and beer bullets in season 5

The next season for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Warzone begins Tuesday, Sept. 7. Season 5 “Reloaded” brings all-new content to Call of Duty multiplayer and Zombies mode, including an event called The Numbers — which harkens back to a classic Black Ops narrative theme — and an appearance from comic book supercop Judge Dredd.

Also, your bullets can look like beer, because Oktoberfest is coming to Call of Duty.

Pokémon Go in-person Safari Zone events will return

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Pokémon Go in-person Safari Zone events will return

Pokémon Go’s Safari Zone events will return later this year, Niantic announced Thursday. Three dates have been announced for events in Liverpool, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, signaling a return to in-person events for the mobile game, which has focused on virtual events over the past 15 months. Those same Safari Zone events were postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anyone who has a ticket will be able to participate in the respective event, even if they’re not physically at the Safari Zone. Here are the dates, and details from Niantic on each location: