Bayonetta and Vanquish 4K console remasters revealed via Microsoft Store

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Bayonetta and Vanquish 4K console remasters revealed via Microsoft Store

PlatinumGames’ Bayonetta and Vanquish are getting remastered, according to a series of game listings from Microsoft. The two action games, originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, will be re-released for Xbox One (and presumably PlayStation 4) with support for 4K resolution and 60 frames per second visuals.

The two games will also arrive in a 10th Anniversary Bundle, according to Microsoft’s website. Both remasters and the Bayonetta & Vanquish 10th Anniversary Bundle will be released on Feb. 18, 2020, store listings say.

Star Fox 2, Super Punch-Out!! coming to Nintendo Switch Online in December

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Star Fox 2, Super Punch-Out!! coming to Nintendo Switch Online in December

Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will get six more classic games from the NES and Super NES era next week, including Star Fox 2, the canceled Star Fox sequel that made its official debut on the Super NES Classic Edition in 2017.

Also coming to Nintendo Switch Online are SNES games Super Punch-Out!!, Breath of Fire 2, and Kirby Super Star; as well as NES games Chrystalis and Journey to Silius.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 gets a permadeath mode next week and ... snowballs?

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Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 gets a permadeath mode next week and ... snowballs?

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is getting a permadeath hardcore mode with its next update on Dec. 10. It’s also getting a holiday-themed weapon and apparel items, so players can run around in Santa hats and lob snow projectiles at one another.

“Situation: Snowball” is the name for the in-game event, beginning Dec. 10. “Some of Washington D.C.’s most elusive enemies are taking a special pride in celebrating, wearing a bright red Santa Hat and taunting you about it,” says a promotional email from Ubi. “Taking these enemies down will drop a new, exclusive weapon that shoots … snowballs.” Well alrighty then!

Disney’s Star Wars land hotel opens in 2021, here’s how it works

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Disney’s Star Wars land hotel opens in 2021, here’s how it works

Disney’s high-concept Star Wars hotel finally has an opening day. According to the official blog, Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser will open at Walt Disney World some time in 2021 with a two-day cruise-like itinerary. Cabins for five start at $3,300.

Galactic Starcruiser is being built literally across the street from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the new 14-acre land in Orlando, Florida. Not only will Galactic Starcruiser be a singular facility, it will also be a first-of-its-kind experience. Guests should expect a “24/7” storytelling experience with more in common with Westworld than a traditional hotel stay.

Pokémon Go is getting an evolution-themed event, featuring Shiny Burmy

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Pokémon Go is getting an evolution-themed event, featuring Shiny Burmy

Pokémon Go will have its first Evolution Event starting on Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. ET.

The event will feature Pokémon like Onix, Eevee, Roselia, and Burmy spawning more frequently in the wild and in raids. Pokémon with “unique evolutions” like Lickitung, Scyther, Togetic, and Ralts will also join raids. Tyrogue, Feebas, Burmy, and Happiny will also hatch out of two kilometer eggs more often.

Halo: Reach, The Division, and PES 2020 highlight Xbox Game Pass in December

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Halo: Reach, The Division, and PES 2020 highlight Xbox Game Pass in December

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get the current edition of eFootball PES 2020 this month, as well as the return of Tom Clancy’s The Division next week. And, oh yeah, Halo: Reach on consoles and PCs, too.

The Division, which dropped out of Xbox Game Pass in March to make way for Ubisoft Montreal’s sequel, launched in 2016. It’s joined by Konami’s soccer title, which arrived in September and gives Electronic Arts’ FIFA 20 a solid run for its money, in our view anyway. At any rate, current-year sports video games are a rarity in the libraries of premium services like Games With Gold, PlayStation Plus, Game Pass, and PlayStation Now.

The Witcher card game is shutting down on PS4, Xbox One

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The Witcher card game is shutting down on PS4, Xbox One

On Dec. 9, developer CD Projekt Red is shutting off support for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There will be no more updates, expansions, real-money purchases, or matchmaking support beginning on Dec. 9; an update will “freeze Gwent in its current state.” CD Projekt Red said both console versions will remain “operational” with limited functionality until June 9.

CD Projekt Red said it will continue to support the PC and mobile versions of Gwent — the most popular platforms for the game, according to the developer. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can copy their account progress over during a six month period — from Dec. 9 to June 9 — if they want to transfer accounts over to another platform.

Bungie reveals Destiny 2 Season of Dawn roadmap with new events, Exotic quests

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Bungie reveals Destiny 2 Season of Dawn roadmap with new events, Exotic quests

As part of Bungie’s new developer stream for Destiny 2’s upcoming Season of Dawn, the studio revealed the next three months of Destiny content. From Dec. 10 to early March, players can participate in two different holidays, unlock two Exotic weapons, and more.

Starting on Dec. 10, season pass holders can tackle the new Sundial mode, taking down the Niruul boss. All players can start their seasonal journey with the Lantern of Osiris artifact, Solar subclass upgrades, the return of the Elimination PvP mode, a returning PvP map, and two mysterious Obelisks on Mars and the Tangled Shore.

Rocket League’s latest patch finally removes loot boxes

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Rocket League’s latest patch finally removes loot boxes

Rocket League’s loot boxes are finally gone. The game’s latest patch removes the Crates, which once gave random loot to players that paid to unlock them, and replaces them with Blueprints, which will now give specific loot.

Developer Psyonix first added Crates to Rocket League back in 2016, around the height of the loot box boom in games. Despite the decline in favor that this particular form of micro-transactions has endured over the last several years, the item has remained in Rocket League. However, in August, Psyonix announced that it would be removing Crates in favor of a system that gave players a better idea of the loot they were paying for.

EA Sports kicks legendary player out of FIFA 20 over Nazi joke

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EA Sports kicks legendary player out of FIFA 20 over Nazi joke

EA Sports has taken the extraordinary step of informing players, with an in-game message, that it has removed Dutch football great Marco van Basten from its FIFA Ultimate Team mode in FIFA 20.

The ban comes following an appearance on the Netherlands’ top sports broadcast network, in which van Basten, off camera, says “Sieg Heil” as a German football manager leaves an interview. Van Basten says he was mocking the German accent of the pitch reporter in the clip. Fox Sports suspended van Basten for one week.