Hearthstone’s Dalaran Heist gives the game’s solo campaign a big boost

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Hearthstone’s Dalaran Heist gives the game’s solo campaign a big boost

Blizzard has rolled out the Rise of Shadows add-on in Hearthstone, setting the expansion’s new cards free to weak havoc and unlock new combos in the game’s competitive modes. Now, the League of EVIL get more time in the spotlight thanks to the single-player campaign, The Dalaran Heist.

Hearthstone’s solo adventures are a distinct change from the game’s competitive modes, and they often reward patience, creativity, and puzzle-solving skills over building the best decks and mastering the competitive metagame. The Dalaran Heist is a hefty chunk of content, out-scaling the game’s previous adventures. The heist is five chapters, with the first one available for free. The next four chapters can be unlocked for 700 gold or $6.99 each, and an all-inclusive package contains all four chapters for $19.99. These missions are set to start on May 16.

Monster hunting game Dauntless coming to consoles, Epic Store next week

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Monster hunting game Dauntless coming to consoles, Epic Store next week

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of PC monster-hunting hit Dauntless will be released on May 21, according to developer Phoenix Labs. The long-running early-access game, which is heading to Epic Games Store as a PC exclusive on the same day, allows players to team up and hunt for a variety of “behemoths,” each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

The decision to go with Epic looks like a smart one. Apart from the improved revenue share terms over Steam, and whatever incentive Epic has paid to the developer, this game looks like it might appeal to the Fortnite Battle Royale crowd. It helps that Dauntless players on PC can invite their Fortnite-playing pals to hop over and join in.

Someone bought a devkit and found an early build of Ryse

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Someone bought a devkit and found an early build of Ryse

Xbox One exclusive (and launch title!) Ryse: Son of Rome was probably the last video game Crytek made that people actually heard of or cared about. Since the game launched in 2013, Crytek went through a major reorganization; was more than once unable to pay its employees; sold off a bunch of studios and assets, and today is known mainly for suing the makers of Star Citizen.

That’s not to say that things were peachy-keen up to the point Ryse, a third-person action-adventure, finally launched. Its development goes all the way back to 2006, and at one point, like just about every development hell game from this time period, was going to be a Kinect 1.0 title. We can now see what Crytek developers were noodling on around that time thanks to an Xbox 360 developer kit that someone picked up at auction, and whose contents were posted to YouTube on Friday by Prototype Preservation (seen via Eurogamer).

What’s leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

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What’s leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

It’s the middle of the month, that means it’s time to go over what games will be departing Xbox Game Pass by the end. Just two Xbox One games are leaving, but of the Xbox 360 titles leaving, two are Star Wars games.

Xbox Game Pass’ library of more than 200 titles is not permanent; they come and go according to whatever agreement Microsoft has reached with the games’ publishers. For subscribers who want to continue their adventures after the titles are removed, Xbox Game Pass offers discounts of up to 20 percent off their Xbox Store price, but only until the end of the month.

Apex Legends ‘piggy-backers’ face temp bans, Respawn says

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Apex Legends ‘piggy-backers’ face temp bans, Respawn says

A community manager for Apex Legends yesterday identified a new behavior that can get you a temporary ban: Piggy-backing, which is basically hanging around a squad of good players, doing nothing, and still collecting XP to level up. It’s sparked a debate of how Apex Legends rewards XP in the first place.

First, here’s what piggy-backing is: “When a player drafts off other players in the squad to carry them to a good position and level up faster but doesn’t actually participate in the match [meaning they never collect a weapon, fire a shot, don’t deal any damage, etc.]”

How has Final Fantasy 7 Remake changed in five years?

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How has Final Fantasy 7 Remake changed in five years?

We’re coming up on the fourth anniversary of Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s announcement at E3, and this week Sony peeked back in on the game at Thursday’s State of Play livestream event. YouTuber Cycu1 found that a good enough basis to revisit what was shown in 2015 and, in a side-by-side way, see how things have come along since then.

The short answer is, yes, the latest version is indeed better, visually. That goes for everything from Cloud’s arms to his hairdo, making him look a lot brawnier and worthy of swinging around the massive Buster Sword.

Warhammer: Chaosbane leans on an army of miniatures, but remains faithful to them

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Warhammer: Chaosbane leans on an army of miniatures, but remains faithful to them

Not being a Warhammer player, I’m not sure I really understood the fidelity Warhammer: Chaosbane showed to that long-running canon’s bestiary in all of the baddies, bosses and hordes of pests I slaughtered in the sewers underneath Nuln.

But Eko Software, the Paris-based developer working on the Diablo-like hack-and-slash, pored over Warhammer’s catalog of goods and arrived at Chaos as the best source of evil for the dungeon crawler. The grotesque daemons, hordes and assorted horrors seemed most adaptable to the gameplay style Eko is going for, particularly for the way they’re all attached to one of the four Chaos Gods. But they still had to be recognizable to Warhammer fans, and true to the way Games Workshop created them, in look, animation and combat behavior.

Mr. Mime was almost considered too creepy for Detective Pikachu

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Mr. Mime was almost considered too creepy for Detective Pikachu

When you think of Pokémon who best represent the franchise, there are a number of monsters who might come to mind. There’s Pikachu, the mascot. Or maybe you’re more partial to a starter that you picked in your favorite game. Charizard is a good one — everyone wanted his Pokémon card. But the psychic clown Mr. Mime? Well, he might seem like an odd pick to highlight, no?

Apparently, The Pokémon Company certainly thought so. While Mr. Mime is a part of the original 151, which are beloved by the Pokémon fandom, the screenwriters for Detective Pikachu found that including him was initially a tough pitch. Even the fact that Mr. Mime was a part of the Detective Pikachu game that the movie is based on didn’t help.

Rainbow Six Siege team-killers: Repent, or face reverse friendly fire

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Rainbow Six Siege team-killers: Repent, or face reverse friendly fire

Griefers who kill their teammates in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will have their own weapons turned back on them thanks to the game’s latest update. The punishment is called reverse friendly fire and it sounds like a ridiculous way to go down, which is what team-killers deserve.

The RFF system came online with Thursday’s patch. In a development blog on the game’s Steam page on Wednesday, Ubisoft Montreal explained how it works and why it’s the best way to deal with people, in the context of a highly competitive tactical shooter. RFF has been tried out on test servers for the past two months and developers say it should be “a positive step forward in our fight against team killing, while maintaining the same intensity and high stakes gameplay that is core to the Rainbow Six Siege experience.”

Destiny 2’s next raid comes with some Power Level changes

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Destiny 2’s next raid comes with some Power Level changes

Bungie recently revealed that Destiny 2: Season of Opulence will go live on June 4. While many of the activities remain a mystery, the studio did drop some important information regarding Destiny 2’s newest raid.

Crown of Sorrow will go live only a few hours after Season of Opulence. Normally players have several days to prepare for the world first race, but Crown of Sorrow will demand a different kind of preparation. The raid goes live at 7 p.m. Eastern, six hours after the season starts.