One of Final Fantasy 14’s data centers is now completely full

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One of Final Fantasy 14’s data centers is now completely full

Final Fantasy 14 has been experiencing a massive surge in players this summer, and now one of its North American data centers is closed to new character creation until further notice, Square Enix announced Tuesday.

In a notice put out by Final Fantasy 14 producer Naoki Yoshida, he said that all the worlds on the Aether data center will be labeled as “congested” until further notice. This means that no new characters can be created on this data center. Notably, Aether is the data center that a bulk of streamers, like Asmongold, have been playing on, though streamers are not the sole reason for the congestion.

EA opens up Apex Legends’ pings and other accessibility patents

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EA opens up Apex Legends’ pings and other accessibility patents

Electronic Arts is granting developers access to five of its patents relating to accessibility, including Apex Legends’ very good ping system. This allows other publishers and developers to freely use these systems in their own games, which is a win for gamers with disabilities. Electronic Arts will also continue to release patents under this patent pledge, as well as updating ones that have already been released.

Three of the patents being released are already used in Electronic Arts’ sports franchises, including Madden NFL and FIFA. These technologies “automatically detect and modify the colors, brightness and contrast in a game to improve the visibility of objects with similar luminosities.”

Destiny’s Gjallarhorn finally comes to Destiny 2 this December

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Destiny’s Gjallarhorn finally comes to Destiny 2 this December

Bungie will celebrate its 30th anniversary by adding a host of classic weapons to Destiny 2 later this year. Most notably, Gjallarhorn, Destiny’s famous rocket launcher, will finally come to Destiny 2.

Tuesday's Destiny Showcase gave players their first real look at The Witch Queen expansion, Season of the Lost, and a host of other exciting changes coming to Destiny 2 over the next year. Players expected those announcements, as they’re similar to what Bungie showed off during its 2020 livestream. But Bungie’s 30th anniversary event likely came as a surprise to those who haven’t been paying attention to Destiny rumors over the past few months.

Destiny 2: Season of the Lost starts today

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Destiny 2: Season of the Lost starts today

Destiny 2’s latest season, Season of the Lost, starts today. And it runs until Feb. 22, 2022, the same day Bungie will release the game’s next expansion, The Witch Queen.

Bungie revealed a host of new changes coming to its looter-shooter MMO on Tuesday, including details for The Witch Queen, the expansion coming early next year. As a part of this Destiny Showcase, Bungie also showed off the game’s latest season, Season of the Lost. As players have come to expect with the developer’s seasonal approach, Season of the Lost will include a new season pass, Exotics, activities, and story.

Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion launches Feb. 22

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Destiny 2’s The Witch Queen expansion launches Feb. 22

Destiny 2’s fourth major expansion, The Witch Queen, is coming on Feb. 22, 2022. Bungie announced the expansion’s release date — as well as new features, story, and destinations — at its Destiny Showcase event on Tuesday.

The Witch Queen’s story will follow Guardians as they interact with Savathun, the expansion’s titular character. Outside of being the sister of Oryx — the villain of the original Destiny’s The Taken King expansion — and the aunt of Crota, Savathun is largely a mystery. She’s played key roles behind the scenes in Destiny for years, but her trickster nature keeps her out of the limelight. The Witch Queen will change that, although it’s unclear if she’ll have the same antagonistic relationship with Guardians that her brother and nephew had.

All the reveals in 2021’s Destiny Showcase for Witch Queen and Destiny 2: Season of the Lost

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All the reveals in 2021’s Destiny Showcase for Witch Queen and Destiny 2: Season of the Lost

Bungie is hosting its Destiny 2 Showcase event on Tuesday, Aug. 24. The studio will reveal concrete details on next year’s The Witch Queen expansion as well as Season of the Lost — which also launches on Tuesday.

Ahead of the reveal, players know very little about both content drops. The Witch Queen will center around Savathun, the trickster sister of Oryx from Destiny’s The Taken King expansion. And Season of the Lost will follow Mara Sov and Osiris in a new adventure in the Dreaming City.

How to watch Xbox’s Gamescom 2021 stream

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How to watch Xbox’s Gamescom 2021 stream

Microsoft is (virtually) heading to Germany’s Gamescom gaming expo with a digital showcase on Tuesday, Aug. 24 to discuss all things Xbox. The Gamescom 2021 Xbox Stream will kick off at 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT, and will run approximately 90 minutes. You can watch it live right here via YouTube, or on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

Viewers can expect updates on games coming to Xbox and Game Pass — particularly “game updates coming this year,” according to general manager of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg. Don’t expect major new reveals or big surprises, but a “fun stream,” Greenberg said.

Watch the new Destiny Showcase livestream

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Watch the new Destiny Showcase livestream

Bungie will stream its Destiny Showcase on Tuesday, showing off Destiny 2’s new imminent Season of the Lost, next year’s The Witch Queen expansion, and potentially more.

This year’s Destiny Showcase will stream on the official Bungie Twitch channel. The showcase kicks off at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT on Aug. 24. There will be a pre-show an hour before the showcase, starting at 11 p.m. EDT/8 a.m. PDT, although it’s unclear what Bungie will show at that time. The studio hasn’t revealed the length of the Destiny Showcase.

Apex Legends’ new patch nerfs Seer, but he still won’t let you heal

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Apex Legends’ new patch nerfs Seer, but he still won’t let you heal

Apex Legends’ latest update got players’ hopes up with news of a nerf to the shooter’s newest character, Seer, but the changes don’t go far enough on the newest Legend’s most disruptive ability.

The nerf takes out both the damage and the half-second, screen-blinding flash that opponents suffer when they’re hit with Seer’s “Focus of Attention” Tactical ability. But it still interrupts enemies who are healing themselves or reviving teammates. So Seer can continue playing havoc with opponents’ last-ditch defensive moves, much as the character has done since being introduced three weeks ago.

Minecraft Dungeons comes swinging to Steam in September

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Minecraft Dungeons comes swinging to Steam in September

Minecraft Dungeons, the dungeon crawler inspired by Mojang’s classic survival game, is coming to Steam on Sept. 22.

The base game will be available for purchase for $19.99 and the Ultimate Edition, which includes the base game along with all six DLCs, will cost $39.99. Currently, the Windows PC version game is available for purchase on the Microsoft Store.