Guilty Gear Strive kicks off pumpkin spice season with new fighter Jack-O’

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Guilty Gear Strive kicks off pumpkin spice season with new fighter Jack-O’

Jack-O’ Valentine is coming to Guilty Gear Strive at the end of August, developer Arc System Works announced Sunday. Jack-O’ will be the second playable fighter included as part of the fighting game’s first season pass, following alien-coffin-wielding military man Goldlewis Dickinson’s release in July.

Guilty Gear fans are already quite familiar with Jack-O’. She was added as a playable character in 2016’s Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, and in Strive, she’ll fight using her jack-o’-lantern-themed ball and chain, and a trio of summonable minions. You can see her in action in the trailer above.

Jacksepticeye, LazarBeam, and DanTDM on the biggest misconceptions they face about their videos

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 Jacksepticeye, LazarBeam, and DanTDM on the biggest misconceptions they face about their videos

The past year and a half has been a landmark for video games. As the world shut down, the medium took on new relevance as games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons became a central way in which we relate with one another. Platforms like Twitch saw enormous growth, with viewers watching more than 1.8 billion hours of video in February 2021. Also, Mortal Kombat got another movie.

And by strange pandemic luck, Free Guy, from director Shawn Levy (Real Steel), is coming out in a time where it can build on 18 months of video game hype. Starring Ryan Reynolds as a nonplayable character from an open-world video game who breaks from the monotony of being a programmed character, the movie was developed at 20th Century Fox before the company’s acquisition by Disney, and was initially scheduled for the summer of 2020. As a comedy, Free Guy lives off of references to games like Grand Theft Auto, but among all the virtual jokes are some real people.

Next Call of Duty game now being teased in Warzone

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Next Call of Duty game now being teased in Warzone

A new victory scene from Call of Duty: Warzone’s recently launched season hints at 2021’s Call of Duty game, according to footage posted online on Friday. This year’s entry in the franchise, which is currently in development at Sledgehammer Games, will be called Call of Duty: Vanguard and send players back to World War II, according to images of the game that leaked earlier this week.

The victory scene is new for season 5 of Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which went live on Friday. The cutscene shows the winning team being extracted from the battlefield — that is until, a red-haired woman in a Soviet World War II uniform shoots the last player with an old-school wooden sniper rifle. The soldier’s attire and weapon seem to support the aforementioned leaks, which suggested that 2021’s Call of Duty game will take place in WWII.

Jacksepticeye is taking a break for a ‘little longer,’ but has plans to return

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Jacksepticeye is taking a break for a ‘little longer,’ but has plans to return

Seán “Jacksepticeye” McLoughlin is one of YouTube’s biggest gaming personalities, with more than 27 million subscribers. But the Irish YouTuber has been taking a break from gaming content recently — it’s been a month since his last gaming video, an eon in the world of the YouTube algorithm.

Polygon interviewed McLoughlin as part of the release of the Disney movie Free Guy, which features a Jacksepticeye cameo. We spoke to him about his recent hiatus from making games content, and asked him when he plans to return to making videos.

New Pokémon Presents stream coming Aug. 18

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New Pokémon Presents stream coming Aug. 18

The Pokémon Company will stream a new Pokémon Presents showcase on Wednesday, Aug. 18, with updates on a number of projects including Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

Pokémon fans can watch the stream on the official Pokémon YouTube channel, starting at 9 a.m. EDT/6 a.m. PDT on Aug. 18. The Pokémon Company did not specify how long the stream would be, or if other in-development projects, like Pokémon Unite and Pokémon Sleep, would appear during the presentation.

Activision Blizzard’s contract workers say they’re ‘crushed’ by toxic culture

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Activision Blizzard’s contract workers say they’re ‘crushed’ by toxic culture

“Use, dispose, repeat.”

Activision Blizzard has a problem keeping its quality assurance (QA) testers and customer service representatives around. That’s partly by design; workers are contracted on a temporary basis. But the work that QA and customer service workers at Activision Blizzard do, in offices in California, Texas, and Minnesota, is very demanding, employees said, especially considering the low pay, intense crunch, and mistreatment by customers.

Life is Strange: True Colors’ prequel DLC looks super cozy

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Life is Strange: True Colors’ prequel DLC looks super cozy

Life is Strange: Wavelengths is a prequel to the upcoming Life is Strange: True Colors, and it has a super cozy vibe. Wavelengths is a DLC addition to True Colors, and it doesn’t seem to touch at all on the main mystery of Gabe Chen. Instead, we’re in the shoes of Steph, a young DJ who’s looking to make a mark in the world. Steph’s story plays out over four seasons, and we get to find out more about her and her life before we head into the main plot.

True Colors stars Alex Chen, a young woman who moves to a new city and ends up investigating the death of her brother. Alex is accompanied on her investigation by a supporting cast, which includes Steph, who also showed up in Before the Storm. Wavelengths gives us a little more background on who Steph is, and that may influence the choices players make throughout the story of True Colors.

League’s newly sexy skeleton man is causing problems for everyone

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League’s newly sexy skeleton man is causing problems for everyone

League of Legends is in an interesting spot right now when it comes to lore, as its big world-spanning event has come to a close. Now that the Sentinels of Light have put down the Ruined King and saved the world, things should be pretty peaceful, right? Well, the event left a lot of loose threads hanging, like the fate of characters like Karma, Shyvana, or Thresh. On Thursday, Riot released a new cinematic that answers at least a few of those questions.

The cinematic stars Thresh, who is a spectral warden from the Shadow Isles. In the Sentinels of Light event, he gathered up all of the power from Viego’s scary invasion and used it to craft himself a different form. With this new, mostly human form, Thresh is free to wander the world. This cinematic is an immediate follow-up that shows us what he’s doing with his freedom, and it’s nothing good! He’s back to shackling and torturing souls inside his scary lantern, but at least he’s appointing middle management to help out. In this case, that’s an unfortunate tavern keep called Bort with a crab claw for an arm.

Report: Rockstar planning classic 3D Grand Theft Auto remasters

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Report: Rockstar planning classic 3D Grand Theft Auto remasters

Rockstar Games may be releasing remasters of three classic Grand Theft Auto Games, according to a report from Kotaku. This remains unconfirmed, but the remastered version of Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City, and San Andreas are rumored to arrive on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and mobile phones.

Kotaku’s report suggests that the games will be “a mix of new and old graphics,” akin to a “heavily-modded version of a classic GTA title.” The UI of the games will be updated for clarity as well, though it’ll remain the classic visual style. Gameplay is expected to remain as close as possible to the original iterations.

Frostpunk 2 is a more ambitious dystopian apocalypse simulator

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Frostpunk 2 is a more ambitious dystopian apocalypse simulator

Oil is coming to the apocalyptic world of Frostpunk in 11 bit studios’ reveal trailer for Frostpunk 2. The sequel takes place 30 years after the story in the original game, and will see players lead another society through the newly imposed ice age. Societies that were once built on coal will now be built on oil, and leaders will need quiet any rebellions that question their rule.

The original Frostpunk launched to critical acclaim in 2018 on PC; 11 bit studios eventually ported the game to consoles and added numerous expansion packs. In Frostpunk, players build a circular city centered around an engine. The world is frozen over, and citizens need to gather coal to increase the engine’s output or risk freezing to death in their homes. Players can rule with an iron fist or with more generous ideals, but Frostpunk is the kind of series that will punish players who take the high ground.