The wild story behind a free Xbox One game Microsoft announced at E3

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The wild story behind a free Xbox One game Microsoft announced at E3

When Microsoft announced the last batch of Xbox 360 titles made compatible with Xbox One, one in particular stood out — and not just because it’s free.

Yes, Too Human, the action RPG (it was supposed to be the first of a trilogy!) where Norse gods are actually cybernetically enhanced humans, or something. The game was noteworthy for many other things, too, all of them bad. It all starts with a decade of development hell and ends with a lawsuit against Epic Games, which profoundly backfired on defunct maker Silicon Knights and its volatile boss, Denis Dyack. Now the epilogue finds the game reanimated after being sued into oblivion, and given away for free.

CD Projekt Red explains controversial Cyberpunk in-game ad featuring trans model

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CD Projekt Red explains controversial Cyberpunk in-game ad featuring trans model

CD Projekt Red arrived at this year’s E3 with a new trailer for Cyberpunk 2077. Along with that reveal came word of new characters, new technologies, and new images from the highly anticipated role-playing game. One image in particular caught many by surprise.

The image in question surfaced in an advertisement for Nvidia’s ray tracing technology, which gives game developers new tools for lighting their scenes. At first glance, the image looks like any other dimly lit stairwell, albeit illuminated by some newfangled tech. But when you zoom in on the advertisement in the center of the frame, something jumps out.

Skatebird is the feel-good success story of E3

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Skatebird is the feel-good success story of E3

Getting attention during the week of E3 can be tricky for even large games, but the developer of Skatebird has somehow managed to get people talking about the game, launched a Kickstarter that has already reached its initial funding goal, and released a demo so fans can try it for themselves.

“I certainly didn’t expect to get this much press traction,” developer Megan Fox, whose previous credits include Spartan Fist, Lego Universe, and the crowdfunded Hot Tin Roof, told Polygon over text.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses lets you time travel to fix your dumb mistakes

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses lets you time travel to fix your dumb mistakes

One of the most intense aspects of the Fire Emblem franchise is permadeath. You spend dozens of hours developing relationships with a wide range of characters, but one dumb critical shot from an enemy archer and that lifelong bond is broken. Hell, you can even lose your in-game spouse! It’s brutal. But Fire Emblem: Three Houses has a solution to that.

While you can play the game in easier modes that revive characters after each battle, Classic mode will still features permadeath. But even in Classic mode you can use a power called Divine Pulse at any point in battle.

Epic acknowledges that shields and shotguns are necessary for Fortnite

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Epic acknowledges that shields and shotguns are necessary for Fortnite

In every battle royale game you have to pick up what you can and adapt to survive. Whatever loot you find in the early game is supposed to be enough to help you build up a better inventory and take on players in the late game. But every battle royale game has its bare necessities, those few items that you absolutely cannot compete without. For Fortnite, those items are shotguns and shields. It seems like Epic is finally leaning into that.

In Fortnite’s most recent patch, v9.21, Epic increased the drop rate of both shields and shotguns. Shield drop rates were increased by almost a full percent for regular Shield Potions and almost two percent for Small Shield Potions. Meanwhile, shotguns were increased across the board from 8.5 percent to 9.77. These may seem like insignificant buffs, but they’re the first acknowledgements from Epic about just how important these items are in the game.

Dr. Disrespect was banned from E3 for streaming inside a bathroom

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Dr. Disrespect was banned from E3 for streaming inside a bathroom

Popular Twitch streamer Guy Beahm, better known by his streaming persona Dr. Disrespect, was banned from E3 after he streamed inside one of the convention’s bathrooms on Tuesday afternoon.

Beahm was at the show, live streaming his time on the convention floor. According to a tweet from Beahm announcing that the stream was going live, this was his first ever IRL stream. Beahm spent most of the day talking to fans and interacting with developers on the show floor. Later in the day, Beahm and his cameraperson walked into one of the public bathrooms inside the Los Angeles Convention Center, where E3 is hosted, while the camera was still live streaming.

Hooray: Isabelle will be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Hooray: Isabelle will be in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

When Animal Crossing: New Leaf introduced a golden Shih Tzu named Isabelle to the cast, she immediately became a huge hit among Nintendo fans. And why not? Isabelle is the closest thing we have to a digital Leslie Knope; a cute, kind-hearted soul who just wants to make things better for everyone.

Isabelle became such a fixture that she eventually ended up as a fighter in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But with a new Animal Crossing game in development, some fans might wonder if they have to say goodbye to one of their favorite characters in the franchise. Well, good news: Isabelle is here to stay, provided you play your cards right in New Horizons.

Breath of the Wild’s concept art may give us a big clue about the sequel

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Breath of the Wild’s concept art may give us a big clue about the sequel

It’s easy to miss, but there’s a split second in the teaser trailer for Breath of the Wild’s sequel where Link’s hand starts glowing blue, seemingly overtaken by a mysterious force that has been keeping a great evil at bay. This small moment might have big implications for what’s going to happen in the overall game.

Two years ago, Nintendo held a GDC panel where Breath of the Wild developers discussed how they created the game. They showed early prototype iterations and concept art that didn’t make it into the actual game. At least, not initially. One seemingly outlandish idea, for example, was Link riding a motorcycle. Months later, Breath of the Wild DLC put that mechanic into the actual game — so we know that the development team is open to using existing ideas from the concept art.

Fortnite patch v9.21 adds a new Grenade Launcher and the new Horde Rush mode

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Fortnite patch v9.21 adds a new Grenade Launcher and the new Horde Rush mode

Fortnite patch v9.21 is here and is bringing with it a new kind of Grenade Launcher. Epic’s also using this patch to add a new wave-based survival mode called Horde Rush.

The new Proximity Grenade Launcher is likely going to be one of Fortnite’s strangest weapons. While it may not seem odd on the surface, it fires grenades that detonate after a period of time, or when players get close to them, the gun has a few quirks. But these grenades are strange and extremely bouncy and often seem to have a mind of their own with where they do and don’t go. Thankfully, for all their strange behavior, the grenades don’t do too much damage — just 67 damage for Epic, 70 for Legendary rarities — so no one needs to be too worried.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will have skin tone customization, gender-neutral hairstyles for Villagers

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons will have skin tone customization, gender-neutral hairstyles for Villagers

Animal Crossing: New Horizons will expand on the character customization options form previous console games, letting players choose their own skin tone and instantly swap any of their character’s features any time during play.

Animal Crossing villagers’ facial features have been in the past determined by short quizzes at the start of each game, but Aya Kyogoku, the director of Nintendo Switch Animal Crossing game New Horizons, said players will be able to control every option of their character from the get-go.