Crossy Road coming to Apple Arcade as a 2D platformer

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Crossy Road coming to Apple Arcade as a 2D platformer

Crossy Road became a bit of a thing when it launched five years ago. The free-to-play Frogger-esque tapper featured a chicken making its way across a busy roadway. Despite the simple premise, the game became an instant success.

It’s no big surprise that a follow-up is coming, though the format of said follow-up is somewhat unexpected. Crossy Road Castle, coming to Apple Arcade later this year, is a 2D, multiplayer-centric platformer.

Destiny 2 takes a page from Fortnite, and changes are coming to the Tower

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Destiny 2 takes a page from Fortnite, and changes are coming to the Tower

With Destiny’s weekly Tuesday reset on Oct. 8 — the first since Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s launch — a new space started opening up in The Tower.

In the Bazaar of Destiny 2’s main hub location, The Tower, players discovered a new construction zone. Just behind Ikora, the Warlock Vanguard, several Tower engineers are working diligently to craft a new walkway for Guardians. But this new location didn’t appear with Destiny 2: Shadowkeep; it’s slowly building over time — a Fortnite-style trick Destiny 2 players aren’t accustomed to.

The Division 2’s next update will have players fight through the Pentagon

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The Division 2’s next update will have players fight through the Pentagon

The Division 2’s latest major patch, Title Update 6, will mark the start of Episode 2 for the Ubisoft game. The new patch will include the new Technician Specialist, and two new missions. The update is set to be released for Year 1 pass holders on Oct. 15. Everyone else will get it Oct. 22.

The new Technician Specialization will include a missile launcher Signature Weapon, which will allow players to lock onto several targets at once. The Specialization will also have a special Maxim 9 sidearm, EMP Grenades, and a skill variant, called Artificer Hive, that empowers other abilities. Technician will be instantly unlocked for all players that have the Year 1 pass. Players who don’t have the pass can unlock the Specialization by completing a series of objectives.

Destiny 2 players are bullying this raid boss off the map

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Destiny 2 players are bullying this raid boss off the map

In true Destiny fashion, players have already discovered a new strategy to defeat one of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep’s newest bosses — one where players don’t actually fight at all.

The Consecrated Mind is one of the boss fights in the Garden of Salvation raid. It’s a Vex Harpy that players follow through the first two fights of the raid, only to finally confront it in the penultimate fight.

Hearthstone caster Brian Kibler quits in protest at Blitzchung ban

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Hearthstone caster Brian Kibler quits in protest at Blitzchung ban

Popular Hearthstone professional, streamer, and tournament caster Brian Kibler today issued a statement that he “will have no involvement in Grandmasters,” unless “something changes” following Blizzard’s decision to ban Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai from the tournament circuit.

Kibler, a regular presence on the Hearthstone competitive commentariat posted a blog today, expressing concern at the “incredibly harsh” punishment meted out by Blizzard to Chung. Earlier this week, the company banned Chung for a year, and confiscated his Asia-Pacific Grandmasters earnings after he shouted “liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time,” a slogan associated with the current pro-democracy protests.

Indie game Enchanted Portals draws backlash over Cuphead similarities

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Indie game Enchanted Portals draws backlash over Cuphead similarities

Enchanted Portals is a 2D platformer currently in development by Xixo Games Studio, with a Kickstarter campaign coming soon. The game’s developers have been posting small snippets of animation and details about their game to social media since August. Xixo’s latest trailer has racked up over 28,000 views on YouTube in under a day due to a controversy about the game’s art style and inspiration — namely how closely it resembles the stylish run-and-gun shooter Cuphead.

The concept of Enchanted Portals is that two rookie magicians have lost their way through time and space, and must defeat bosses to find the pages of their spellbook and return home. The game’s trailer shows the two plucky protagonists, and their cat, getting into this pickle in the first place. It’s the gameplay portion of the trailer that has caused a stir on social media, due to its resemblance to StudioMDHR’s Cuphead, released in 2017.

‘Free Hong Kong’: Hearthstone team risks career in solidarity with banned player

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‘Free Hong Kong’: Hearthstone team risks career in solidarity with banned player

Three students from American University in Washington, D.C. stood in solidarity with banned Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai by holding a “Free Hong Kong, boycott Blizz” sign following their collegiate Hearthstone match last night.

Participating under the AU Gamers team name, 19-year old Casey Chambers, 19-year-old Corwin Dark, and a third player called TJammer — who asked Polygon to use his Battle.net tag — appeared on stream during their Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Fall 2019 match against Worcester Poly on Oct. 8. At the end of the match, which was broadcast on the Hearthstone Twitch stream, the three players pulled out the sign. The match is no longer available on the Hearthstone Twitch channel, but a mirror is available on YouTube.

Apex Legends’ locked loot vaults can now be opened

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Apex Legends’ locked loot vaults can now be opened

Apex Legends’ new map, World’s Edge, is only a week old and there are still secrets to find. The latest of these is about the game’s mysterious loot vaults which players could see when the map launched, but haven’t been able to open. Until now.

The vaults appeared when World’s Edge was first released, but they appeared to have a timer that was counting down to Wednesday afternoon. However, players started to find their way in sometime on Tuesday.

Erotic Steam game created in country with anti-porn laws gets rescued by fan

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Erotic Steam game created in country with anti-porn laws gets rescued by fan

At this point, seeing a sex game on the Steam charts isn’t particularly noteworthy — there’s clearly a huge market out there that is hungry for adult games. But Love Esquire isn’t quite like most erotic games sold on Steam.

The visual novel, which was released earlier this week following a successful Kickstarter in 2018, follows a lowly squire who is trying to lose his virginity. The game has a mixture of RPG elements, as well as management sim mechanics that scaffold a story-heavy title where the player can romance five different characters. The idea is that by raising your stats and becoming more powerful, you’ll be more attractive to the women around you — and perhaps eventually, you’ll be able to bed them.

Rockstar reveals Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC specs and new content

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Rockstar reveals Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC specs and new content

Rockstar Games is bringing Red Dead Redemption 2 to PC next month, and the Windows PC port of last year’s game will feature plenty of technical improvements, as well as brand-new game content. In a post on Rockstar Newswire, the developer revealed Red Dead Redemption 2’s visual improvements and the minimum and recommended hardware specs needed to run the game.

According to Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC will include the following new graphical features: