Bungie’s overhauling Destiny 2 seasons, adding optional $10 battle pass

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Bungie’s overhauling Destiny 2 seasons, adding optional $10 battle pass

In a new blog post from Destiny franchise director Luke Smith, Bungie revealed how seasons will work in Destiny 2’s third year; including Shadowkeep and New Light this fall.

Each season has a free or paid version (“10 bucks” each, according to Smith), similar to battle passes in games like Fortnite or Dauntless. The first season of Year 3, Season of the Undying, comes bundled with Shadowkeep (players can purchase it separately as well).

Hitman, Tekken Tag Tournament are free on Xbox Games With Gold in September

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Hitman, Tekken Tag Tournament are free on Xbox Games With Gold in September

Xbox Live Gold subscribers get access to Hitman: The Full First Season in September’s Games With Gold Lineup. Io Interactive’s 2016 reboot will be available from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 for Xbox One, Microsoft announced Thursday.

The episodic action-stealth series will be joined by We Were Here on Xbox One from Sept. 16 to Oct. 15. September’s Xbox 360 backward-compatible titles are Earth Defense Force 2025 from Sept. 1 to Sept. 15, and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 from Sept. 16 to Sept. 30.

Telltale Games employees speak out about the studio’s controversial revival

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Telltale Games employees speak out about the studio’s controversial revival

Telltale Games is being revived, but news of its return has been met with a blend of joy, confusion, and bitterness.

A company called LCG Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the Telltale Games name as well as some of its back catalog, and a parcel of its intellectual properties. It announced plans to make use of the studio’s signature adventure game design tools; to pursue some of Telltale’s former third-party licenses; and to hire former Telltale staff, initially on a contract basis.

Overland, a turn-based tactics game with very good dogs, launches in September

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Overland, a turn-based tactics game with very good dogs, launches in September

Overland, the slick turn-based tactics game from the team at Finji, finally has a proper launch date. Fans can play the finished game on Sept. 19, when it will be available for Linux, Mac, and Windows PC as well as Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. A launch trailer is now available on YouTube, and embedded above.

In Overland, players begin with a single survivor, a friendly dog, and a broken down beater of a car. The goal is to navigate a post-apocalyptic world beset by bug-like, otherworldly creatures. Individual levels are small, but connected to an overworld map with multiple biomes. Finji has said inspirations include franchises like X-com and The Banner Saga, but also board games like Plaid Hat’s Dead of Winter.

Astral Chain headlines this week’s Nintendo eShop releases

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Astral Chain headlines this week’s Nintendo eShop releases

We may have found Astral Chain’s premise exhausting to describe, but PlatinumGames and Nintendo clearly have a winner here. It leads the roundup of the Nintendo eShop’s Labor Day weekend offerings.

In Astral Chain, you’re a … cop who is fighting a … an extradimensional invasion using … um, “viral data demons” that fight Pokémon style against the … bad guys. It’s out there, but PlatinumGames’ well balanced design and the studio’s penchant for big set pieces make it accessible and enjoyable, according to our review.

Spelunky-esque Noita, filled with physics shenanigans, has a release date

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Spelunky-esque Noita, filled with physics shenanigans, has a release date

Noita made a bit of splash at this year’s Independent Game Festival, being nominated in multiple categories, including the grand prize. And now the unique, particle physics-driven roguelike has a release date: Sept. 24 on Steam, as revealed in a new trailer.

In Noita, players must delve deep into a series of mines, battling increasingly-threatening terrors along the way. A single death sends them back to the very start. While the premise sounds decidedly similar to the always-relevant Spelunky, Noita sets itself apart with its rough art style and outrageous physics systems.

Fortnite’s unpopular Turbo Build changes have been reverted

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Fortnite’s unpopular Turbo Build changes have been reverted

Just one day after the controversial changes were introduced, Epic Games has reverted Fortnite patch v10.20’s Turbo Build nerf.

The original changes increased the time between placing structures with Turbo Build — a game setting that allows players to hold down their build button and automatically place structures — from .05 seconds, to .15 seconds. This may not sound like a big change, but to pro players and fast builders, tripling the time made a huge difference. As soon as patch v10.20 went live, players began complaining about the changes, and trying to figure out why Epic made it in the first place.

Night in the Woods studio cuts ties with designer after abuse allegations

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Night in the Woods studio cuts ties with designer after abuse allegations

Night in the Woods designer and Infinite Ammo co-founder Alec Holowka has been accused of abuse and sexual assault by independent game developer, author, and comics writer Zoë Quinn. Quinn said in a Twitter post on late Monday night that Holowka isolated them for a month in Winnipeg, Canada, where he sexually assaulted and used abusive language against Quinn.

On Wednesday, the other developers behind Night in the Woods said they were cutting ties with Holowka and canceling an in-development project, among other changes at the studio.

Celeste and Inside are the latest free titles at the Epic Games Store

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Celeste and Inside are the latest free titles at the Epic Games Store

Two critically acclaimed indie platformers are hitting the Epic Games Store’s weekly free PC games program this week: Celeste and Inside.

Inside is the spiritual successor to Limbo, which was offered as a free Epic Games Store download last month. Both games, from developer Playdead, are dark and haunting, with eerie graphics and tricky puzzles. And, like Limbo, Inside can get gruesome, earning it an M rating.

New Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle Army Set drops in November

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New Warhammer 40,000 Sisters of Battle Army Set drops in November

The most anticipated line of miniatures from Games Workshop (GW), the new Sisters of Battle, will arrive this November. The announcement was made yesterday during the NOVA Open tabletop wargaming convention in Washington, DC. Along with that news comes another tease of the Psychic Awakening, said to be the next major installment of Warhammer 40,000’s famously grimdark lore.

The Sisters of Battle, also known as the Adepta Sororitas, are 40K’s band of militant nuns, known for their campaigns against humanity’s greatest foes like the Eldar, Orcs, and Tyranids. But they’re also a bit mysterious, closely associated with the Imperial Inquisition. After sharing a handful of new models in July, the United Kingdom-based publisher ripped the cover off an entire army.