Destiny 2’s fall 2019 update, Shadowkeep, New Light, and cross-save

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Destiny 2’s fall 2019 update, Shadowkeep, New Light, and cross-save

With Bungie becoming an independent studio, Destiny 2 is shifting dramatically this fall. In September, Bungie will release Destiny 2: New Light, a free-to-play version of the game. The studio will also introduce cross-save for the first time. This will allow players to move their progress across consoles, PC, and eventually Google Stadia.

Bungie is also launching Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, a paid expansion for Destiny 2. Players will travel back to the Moon from the original Destiny and reunite with Eris Morn. Spectral enemies from Destiny-past are haunting the Moon. Guardians will need to take down remnants of Crota, Omnigul, Skolas, and more to discover the darkest secrets inside the Earth’s moon.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta coming to PS4

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Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta coming to PS4

Capcom is giving PlayStation 4 owners a preview of the Iceborne expansion for Monster Hunter: World in a two-part beta test, the first of which kicks off this weekend on June 21.

The first Monster Hunter: World Iceborne beta will be exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers, and will run from Friday, June 21 at 3 a.m. PDT/6 a.m. EDT through Monday, June 24 at 3 a.m. PDT/6 a.m. EDT. The second beta will be open to all PS4 owners, and run from Friday, June 28 at 3 a.m. PDT/6 a.m. EDT through Monday, July 1 at 3 a.m. PDT/6 a.m. EDT.

Fortnite patch 9.30 adds team-wide shielding

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Fortnite patch 9.30 adds team-wide shielding

Fortnite’s latest patch brings some extra squad utility with a new item. The patch also makes a few changes to shotguns, including one small nerf and one big buff.

Patch 9.30’s new item is called Chug Splash and it’s a six pack of ice-cold healing for you to enjoy with your teammates. Chug Splash is a throwable item that, once it hits the ground, explodes into a cloud of healing that instantly grants 20 health or shields. The item can even extend the “knocked” duration on a player if they’re in need of a revive. Chug Splash is a rare quality item that drops in stacks of two and can stack in your inventory up to six.

Leaked Monster Hunter teaser gives us our first glance at the monsters

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Leaked Monster Hunter teaser gives us our first glance at the monsters

The first look at Capcom’s Monster Hunter movie has leaked online, and there are absolutely monsters! Eurogamer reports that the clip was clandestinely recorded at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

The teaser itself depicts Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa in the desert, squaring off against a what seems to be a pretty solid representation of Diablos lunging out of the sand. The trailer wraps up with a monster (presumably Rathalos) flying towards the screen through a wall of fire. In Monster Hunter, Jovovich plays Lt. Artemis, whose military unit is transported from our world to a monster-ridden one and they must fight to survive. After arrival, Lt. Artemis encounters a mysterious hunter (played by Jaa) who shows her the ropes.

Dr. Mario World hits Android and iOS in July, here’s how it plays

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Dr. Mario World hits Android and iOS in July, here’s how it plays

Nintendo is bringing Dr. Mario to mobile devices with Dr. Mario World, a new spin on the puzzle game series. Dr. Mario World will be released for Android and iOS devices on July 10, Nintendo announced on Monday.

In addition to confirming a release date, Nintendo also explained how Dr. Mario World will play — and how the mobile game will be monetized — in a new video. Dr. Mario World’s basic rules follow the previous games’ classic color-matching mechanics: destroy viruses by lining up similarly colored medicine capsules. But instead of falling, the pills in Dr. Mario World will float upward, and players will have a variety of skills, items, and power-ups at their disposal to help them complete stages.

Cyberpunk Switch exclusive Astral Chain started as a fantasy game

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Cyberpunk Switch exclusive Astral Chain started as a fantasy game

Astral Chain is one of our most anticipated games of 2019. The Nintendo Switch exclusive from PlatinumGames about demon-fighting future cops is directed by Takahisa Taura, who last served as lead game designer on Nier: Automata. Similar to Automata, Astral Chain appears to merge action combat with a complex story and a bunch of quirks — for example, players are invited to collect and dispose of trash.

We spoke with Taura through a translator at E3 2019. Our interview digs into Astral Chain’s origins, the game’s depiction of the police, and what the project does and doesn’t have in common with Pokémon.

Report: E3 2019 was a bad year for female representation in video games

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Report: E3 2019 was a bad year for female representation in video games

A new report from Feminist Frequency published at Wired looks at the gender breakdown of protagonists in video games and of presenters at E3, and the overall takeaway is this: 2019 was a bad year for women’s representation at E3. E3 2019 had the lowest percentage of female protagonists since Feminist Frequency first starting collecting such data in 2015.

According to the report, 5 percent of games featured exclusively female protagonists this year whereas 22 percent featured exclusively male protagonists. This year 65 percent of games shown offer players multiple options when picking a gender.

Fortnite leakers say Epic is winning the fight to keep things secret

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Fortnite leakers say Epic is winning the fight to keep things secret

The first time a player noticed a comet hurdling toward the Fortnite island, the occurrence became a big news item. The hottest game in the world seemed to be teasing something big, and nobody could initially figure out what it meant, or what it was leading to.

Fast-forward to 2019, and most of Fortnite’s events have failed to capture that sense of magic, which seemed to suggest that anything could happen. That’s partially because something is always happening in Fortnite now, but leaks have also become a much bigger deal within the hardcore community.

Twitch is suing the trolls who flooded Artifact streams with porn and gore

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Twitch is suing the trolls who flooded Artifact streams with porn and gore

Twitch is suing malicious users who took over the streaming platform’s Artifact category and flooded it with gore, pornography, copyrighted content, and even a video of a mass shooting. The lawsuit, which was filed on June 14 in a U.S. District Court in Northern California, is against unidentified streamers listed as “John and Jane Does 1 through 100.”

The lawsuit alleges trademark infringement, breach of contract, fraud, and unlawful use of the company’s platform. “Twitch’s success is due in part to the measures it has taken to create a safe and accessible community for its millions of users,” the lawsuit reads. “Twitch does not tolerate harassing or dangerous content, nudity and sexually explicit content or activities, or physical violence (including gore).”

Fortnite’s upcoming prop hunt mode has a twist

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Fortnite’s upcoming prop hunt mode has a twist

During E3 last week, Epic Games gave fans a sneak peak at one of Fortnite’s upcoming limited-time modes. The mode is called Prop Hunt, and it will send players on a Hide and Seek quest across the map. Streamers and fans who were at the show even had a chance to play a few rounds of the new mode.

Prop Hunt was originally a mode in Gary’s Mod, and in that game, one team becomes an in-game object and hides somewhere in the map, while another team tries to find what items are actually players. While Fortnite’s version is certainly similar, it does have a few twists that older versions of the mod didn’t include.