Bungie details ability changes for Destiny 2’s ‘biggest balance patch ever’

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Bungie details ability changes for Destiny 2’s ‘biggest balance patch ever’

Bungie’s 30th Anniversary event, which comes with a host of new content, is fast approaching Destiny 2 with its Dec. 7 release date. Alongside the paid content, players will also get a major balance pack — so major that sandbox discipline lead Kevin Yanes said he’s “fairly convinced” that the upcoming update will be the “biggest balance patch ever.”

While Bungie detailed major weapon changes in its Nov. 11 blog, the Nov. 18 post focuses entirely on abilities. Here are the highlights:

WWE 2K22 will have new game modes for aspiring managers and stars

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WWE 2K22 will have new game modes for aspiring managers and stars

Publisher 2K Games has released a new post revealing some of the new game modes and additions planned for WWE 2K22, a wrestling title designed by developer Visual Concepts. The blog, released on Thursday, gives players a look at what’s coming to the next entry in the franchise, which is currently set to be released in March.

Some of these promises seem pretty standard — a new engine, graphics, and better gameplay controls are the sort of things you might expect to show up in a new iteration on an old formula. But some of the game modes on display look intriguing.

More than 700 Activision Blizzard workers sign petition to drop CEO Bobby Kotick

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More than 700 Activision Blizzard workers sign petition to drop CEO Bobby Kotick

After walking out of work on Tuesday, Activision Blizzard workers are rallying together to call for CEO Bobby Kotick’s resignation. More than 700 employees, from both the production and development sides of the company, have signed the petition. The number of signees continues to grow as the petition circulates.

“We, the undersigned, no longer have confidence in the leadership of Bobby Kotick as the CEO of Activision Blizzard,” the employees said Thursday.

Minecraft’s new update is coming soon, along with a new season for Dungeons

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Minecraft’s new update is coming soon, along with a new season for Dungeons

It’s a big time for Minecraft fans, as big updates are coming to both the Bedrock Edition of the voxel builder game and the spinoff dungeon crawler Minecraft Dungeons.

The first update is Minecraft’s Cliffs & Caves: Part 2, which is also known as Patch 1.18. It adds new biomes, including snowy slopes and mountain meadows, as well as a major overhaul to cave systems beneath the Earth. Players will encounter giant caverns much bigger than what currently exist in the game, and mountains will reach much higher into the sky.

Whatever Pragmata is, it’s delayed to 2023

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Whatever Pragmata is, it’s delayed to 2023

Pragmata, Capcom’s high-concept sci-fi adventure for PlayStation 5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X, will now launch in 2023, the publisher announced on Wednesday. No one is yet sure what in the heck this is all about, but we’ll find out after next year.

On the surface, Pragmata stars a barefoot girl who wears a blue puffy parka and lives on the moon. You’d be forgiven for thinking this is a Hideo Kojima joint, but Capcom announced Pragmata in June 2020 and originally gave it a 2022 launch window.

Battlefield 2042’s first patch isn’t enough to make the game worth playing yet

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Battlefield 2042’s first patch isn’t enough to make the game worth playing yet

Battlefield 2042 will get its first patch on Thursday, a day before its early access period ends and Electronic Arts officially launches the futuristic shooter. The patch contains a number of fixes for issues discovered during the game’s early-access period, which started Nov. 12. But Battlefield 2042 patch 0.2.1 — or Update #1, as the patch notes call it — isn’t enough to address the primary issues the community or our reviewer has with the game.

The patch will include a minor upgrade to the servers to help stability, as well as stuttering. Allies’ names will now correctly display when looking at them. EA and developer DICE will rename the offensive “Little Green Man” skin to “Gator.” The rest of the patch consists of fixes for bugs, XP issues, or consistency problems.

New fighter MultiVersus is Smash Bros. but with Bugs Bunny, Batman, and Game of Thrones

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New fighter MultiVersus is Smash Bros. but with Bugs Bunny, Batman, and Game of Thrones

Batman, Superman, Bugs Bunny, Arya Stark, Tom and Jerry, and other characters from the Warner Bros. stable will battle it out in a new Super Smash Bros.-inspired platform fighter called MultiVersus, Warner Bros. Games announced Thursday. And yes, the game will include the meme-born Ultra Instinct Shaggy from Scooby-Doo when MultiVersus launches next year.

Warner Bros. Games and developer Player First Games hope to distinguish MultiVersus from similar games, like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, by releasing the game as free to play, with a team-based 2v2 format. The companies also promise full cross-play support — MultiVersus is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X — and “dedicated server-based rollback netcode and content-filled seasons.”

Halo Infinite’s battle pass is already getting a fix for its slow progression

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Halo Infinite’s battle pass is already getting a fix for its slow progression

Halo Infinite’s battle pass has been a source of frustration for many players since the game’s multiplayer component launched on Monday, but developer 343 Industries is already trying to fix the problem. On Wednesday, the studio announced that it will make several changes to the battle pass to help players gain XP more consistently.

The first change is new “Play 1 Game” challenges, which should address the frequent complaint that players don’t receive automatic XP for their battle pass after every match — instead, the system only rewards experience when players complete specific challenges.

Streamlabs drops ‘OBS’ from company name in response to recent contraversy

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Streamlabs drops ‘OBS’ from company name in response to recent contraversy

Streamlabs OBS, a leading company for live-streaming software, is removing the phrase “OBS” from its name after facing criticism from multiple sources, including popular streamers and other companies. Starting today, the company will be known as “Streamlabs.”

On Tuesday, the company also faced allegations that it had copied its website descriptions and design from a competitor called Lightstream. Streamlabs responded to this claim from Lightstream in a public Tweet: “Text on the landing page was placeholder text that went into production by error. This is our fault. We removed the text as soon as we found out. Our intended version is now live. Lightstream team is great and we’ve reached out directly to them to apologize.”

Naturo Fortnite skins allow Sasuke to dab, get sniped by Sakura

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Naturo Fortnite skins allow Sasuke to dab, get sniped by Sakura

The arrival of Naruto and Team 7 in Fortnite has managed to make an already cartoonish game even more absurd somehow.

Since the release of the Naruto Shippuden skins on Tuesday, which brought Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi to the battle royale game, Fortnite players have been posting silly clips of Sasuke and other characters dancing, as well as making memes about it. For the first time, we’re able to see all these characters dab, do the popular TikTok dance for “Savage,” and just act out-of-character in general.