Netflix has already renewed The Witcher for season 2

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Netflix has already renewed The Witcher for season 2

Netlix has already ordered a second season of The Witcher. The first season of the show, starring Henvil Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, hasn’t even aired yet.

Announced in 2017, The Witcher is based on the original novels by Andrzej Sapkowski and will include nods to the critically-acclaimed role-playing games by CD Projekt Red. The cast includes Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Bluebird) as Ciri, and Anya Chalotra (Wanderlust, The ABC Murders) as Yennefer. The series premieres on Dec. 18.

Hearthstone’s new auto battler mode is now available for everyone

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Hearthstone’s new auto battler mode is now available for everyone

The new Battlegrounds mode in Hearthstone is now available for everyone. The open beta starts this week, as promised. There’s no formal announcement as to when it will end.

Players can access the open beta right away. All you need to do it log in, and you’ll be presented with an option to give it a try under the Modes menu. There are also challenges linked to playing the mode.

Here’s when you can play Pokémon Sword and Shield

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Here’s when you can play Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, developer Game Freak’s first new game for Nintendo’s latest console, will be released on Nov. 15 for Nintendo Switch. There’s a lot of anticipationand controversy — ahead of its release date. Sword and Shield largely follow tradition as a Pokémon franchise game, but add new elements that make it fresh and open.

We’ve known for some time that it’s out on Nov. 15, but a Nintendo spokesperson told Polygon the game will go online right at midnight “in all local time zones.” No matter where you’re located, Sword and Shield will be available right when the clock strikes midnight in your area.

Prey developer Human Head shuts down, is acquired by Bethesda

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Prey developer Human Head shuts down, is acquired by Bethesda

The developer of the original Prey, Rune, and The Quiet Man, Human Head Studios, has closed its doors. But the employees of that studio have joined Fallout and The Elder Scrolls publisher Bethesda Softworks as part of a new developer called Roundhouse Studios.

Madison, Wisconsin-based Roundhouse Studios “will immediately begin work on unannounced projects at Bethesda,” according to an announcement from Bethesda.

One of the decade’s best wargames finally gets a sequel

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One of the decade’s best wargames finally gets a sequel

Unity of Command 2, the sequel to the hit 2011 wargame, is out today on Steam. Full price is $29.99, with a discount of 10% during its launch window.

The original Unity of Command was an operational-level wargame set in World War II. Players moved around massive formations of infantry and armor along the Eastern Front, and keeping unit cohesion and lines of supply was integral to winning the war. Unity of Command picks up where that game left off, while adding plenty of additional depth. According to its Steam page, the game now includes dynamic campaigns set on the Western Front.

Modern Warfare’s infamous shotgun gets another nerf

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Modern Warfare’s infamous shotgun gets another nerf

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s 725 shotgun has plagued players since release. What should be a high damage short-range weapon is instead killing people from across the map, even after Infinity Ward tried to fix it. In the game’s latest patch, the developer is back at it with another nerf to the 725, along with a few other changes.

This time around Infinity Ward is trying to slow the 725 down by once again reducing its range. Hopefully this time the change will be enough to keep the gun out of literally every players’ hands. In other weapon news, the M4 is getting a toned down, with a greater hip fire spread and less headshot damage. Meanwhile the FAL will now aim down sights faster and have a little bit less recoil.

Mercy’s Recall Challenge begins today in Overwatch, awarding Dr. Ziegler skin

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Mercy’s Recall Challenge begins today in Overwatch, awarding Dr. Ziegler skin

On Monday, Overwatch developer Blizzard Entertainment released a short story called Valkyrie, a 24-page story about Mercy. Now, the company’s celebrating the Swiss healer with a new event, “Mercy’s Recall Challenge.”

Overwatch players can participate in Mercy’s Recall Challenge from Nov. 12 to Dec. 2, where they can earn eight sprays, a player icon, and the Legendary Dr. Ziegler skin shown off in yesterday’s short story. Here’s how to earn the rewards:

This NES mouse is 10 years in the making

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This NES mouse is 10 years in the making

8BitDo, the company behind a long list of smart wireless and retro video game controllers, is making a mouse. This one is inspired by the original Nintendo Entertainment System, featuring a d-pad and two NES gamepad-style buttons for something that looks aesthetically tremendous and not terribly uncomfortable to use.

It’s also a decade-old design that’s finally becoming reality.

These outrageous D&D dice cost $300

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These outrageous D&D dice cost $300

Dungeons & Dragons turns 45 this year, and its best-selling fifth edition turns five. To celebrate, publisher Wizards of the Coast is offering a wild set of dice. The $300 set of polyhedrals are made of bright aluminum, and the d20 includes a lab-grown sapphire. Only 1,974 sets will be ever be made. Manufactured by Level Up Dice, they go on sale Nov. 21.

“When the D&D team realized the sapphire is the traditional anniversary stone for both five years and forty-five years, and that adding a laboratory-created sapphire to a twenty-sided die wouldn’t jeopardize the integrity of a roll, we couldn’t pass up the chance to make something really cool to celebrate the milestones” said Nathan Stewart, the vice president in charge of the D&D franchise.

Binding of Isaac developers’ next game, The Legend of Bum-Bo, is out now

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Binding of Isaac developers’ next game, The Legend of Bum-Bo, is out now

Edmund McMillen, the man behind The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy, is back with a new game. It’s called The Legend of Bum-Bo and it’s unlike any of his previous games. The “deckbuilding roguelike” is turn-based, and looks like it’s made out of paper. We’ve embedded the trailer above, but you can also watch it on YouTube.

Developed by McMillen and James Interactive, Bum-Bo allows players to take on the role of different variants of Bum-Bo, each with different powers. The item system uses cards, which can be collected, upgraded, and used to create combos to battle the game’s 30 different enemies. The payoff comes in battles against 10 “ugly, yet cute bosses.”