Street Fighter 5’s next trio of characters revealed

about X hours ago from
Street Fighter 5’s next trio of characters revealed

New characters are coming to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition next week, according to a video that was posted to Steam (and quickly taken down) on Wednesday, seemingly ahead of a planned reveal at this week’s Evo fighting game tournament. Capcom later confirmed the leak with an official reveal. The video confirms two returning fighters, E. Honda and Poison, and a newcomer, Lucia.

All three characters will be available for Street Fighter 5 on Sunday, Aug. 4. That’s the final day of Evo 2019, and the day of the Street Fighter 5 grand finals. A “summer 2019 character bundle” featuring those characters will be released on Monday, Aug. 5.

Blizzard explains new Overwatch hero’s design, mental health, and baby-soft feet

about X hours ago from
Blizzard explains new Overwatch hero’s design, mental health, and baby-soft feet

Overwatch gets three new heroes a year. There’s a routine and a rhythm to their release, especially for the heroes who are announced outside of BlizzCon. There’s a tease or two on social media, and then we get to see an animation that introduces us to the character as, well, a character, and then finally there is a kit reveal. Sometimes, those reveals land well, and I am delighted or intrigued at the newest member of the Overwatch cast.

Sigma, Overwatch’s Hero 31, was far more of a gut punch. His origins animation is an ambitious piece of work from the Overwatch team; it involves non-linear storytelling, an abstract depiction of Sigma’s thought process, and a healthy dose of cosmic horror. It verges on the Lovecraftian, or inspired by a plot device like Warhammer 40k’s Warp.

Fortnite season X brings emotes to Save the World

about X hours ago from
Fortnite season X brings emotes to Save the World

Fortnite’s first-but-less-glamorous mode Save the World will now share the locker full of emotes that players have been using in its more visible Battle Royale incarnation. This becomes effective with the launch of season X, a community coordinator told the game’s subreddit.

That means the emoticons, sprays, toys and, of course, dances available to a player in Battle Royale are available to them in Save the World after season X begins soon. This is part of a larger reconditioning that will bring other improvements to cosmetics and locker functionality, Epic said. The publisher also plans to update the emotes so that they play out, with every Hero type, without clipping or weird positioning.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s microtransaction mess, explained

about X hours ago from
Wolfenstein: Youngblood’s microtransaction mess, explained

The microtransactions offered in Bethesda Softworks’ Wolfenstein: Youngblood are proving to be controversial with some fans. Much of the anger seems to come from the fact that it has been hard to figure out what items can be purchased with premium currency bought with real money, and which can only be purchased using in-game currency picked up during normal play.

Matt Frary, director of PR at Bethesda Softworks, even tweeted this message earlier today:

Teamfight Tactics is now a permanent mode of League of Legends

about X hours ago from
Teamfight Tactics is now a permanent mode of League of Legends

Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends’ new auto-battler mode, is going to be a permanent addition to the game, Riot announced on Wednesday morning.

While it was always expected that the mode would become permanent, nothing was official until this announcement. Riot has been attempting to add a new permanent game mode to League for the better part of a year, with modes like last year’s Nexus Blitz getting added briefly without ever living up to the standards Riot expected. Teamfight Tactics is the first of these new modes to earn a permanent spot.

Fortnite’s season X story trailer sends Jonesy back in time

about X hours ago from
Fortnite’s season X story trailer sends Jonesy back in time

Fortnite’s latest season is just around the corner, and Epic has released the story trailer to give players a preview of what’s to come. While we’ll have to wait until the official patch and patch notes on Thursday to know what the season will hold for sure, the trailer certainly seems to suggest that we’ll be going back in time for season X.

The trailer opens with Jonesy running away from the glowing orb that’s been floating above Loot Lake since the monster attack. The orb explodes, and Jonesy is transported into some alternate reality as he floats through what appears to be time.

Behind the scenes of developing Sigma, Overwatch’s latest hero

about X hours ago from
Behind the scenes of developing Sigma, Overwatch’s latest hero

Overwatch’s newest hero, Sigma, was very nearly a different character altogether. Fans of the game’s lore might remember the Baptiste short story Reunion, where the formerly Talon-affiliated medic is cornered by some of his old coworkers. One of those coworkers is a charismatic man, and powerful presence, named Mauga.

Mauga, a Talon Heavy Assault, has a long history with Baptiste — and so, Overwatch’s developers reasoned, he would make for an excellent Hero 31.

PlayStation Plus offers Wipeout Collection, Sniper Elite 4 in August

about X hours ago from
PlayStation Plus offers Wipeout Collection, Sniper Elite 4 in August

PlayStation Plus subscribers will get access to futuristic racing game Wipeout Omega Collection and World War II shooter Sniper Elite 4 as part of the subscription service in August. Both PlayStation 4 titles will be available from Aug. 6 to Sept. 2 through PS Plus.

Wipeout Omega Collection, originally released in June 2017, includes high-definition remasters of Wipeout 2048, Wipeout HD, and that game’s HD Fury expansion. It features online multiplayer for up to eight players and local two-player competitive racing. The collection is compatible with PlayStation VR, and currently costs $19.99 from the PlayStation Store.

Xbox Game Pass adds Slay the Spire, Downwell, Jackbox, and more in August

about X hours ago from
Xbox Game Pass adds Slay the Spire, Downwell, Jackbox, and more in August

The Xbox Game Pass subscription service is adding some unique titles in August, including one of the best party games around. You can view all the details on the official blog post, but here are the highlights:

Pandemic, the hit board game by Matt Leacock, now has a pretty decent digital version. If you’ve never played, or just need to get some friends up to speed with one of the best tabletop games of this generation, you can give it a whirl via Xbox Game Pass for console and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate starting Aug. 1.

Animal Crossing Vine remakes are the best thing on Twitter right now

about X hours ago from
Animal Crossing Vine remakes are the best thing on Twitter right now

All of your wholesome Animal Crossing pals are recreating Vines, thanks to the work of animators on Twitter. Now, you can watch Isabelle, K.K. Slider, Tom Nook, and others star in popular Vines like “Adam Vape Fail” and “I love you bitch” to your hearts content. The videos, originally from Twitter user Chan, have gone viral and inspired other users to make their own.

The trend all started when people started making parodies of the already popular “here’s the mf tea” video on TikTok. Different variations on the video starting cropping as it went viral on TikTok. When Chan saw the videos going viral, he thought about making his own version.