Valve VR device teased and named: The Valve Index

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Valve VR device teased and named: The Valve Index

There isn’t much to go on (that’s kind of the nature of a teaser site) but Valve has tossed up an official first look at its VR device and, more importantly, named it: The Valve Index. More information is coming in May.

This is a stand-alone product (Valve had collaborated with HTC on the Vive). Rumors of what Valve’s VR team were up to wafted around in November, with shots of a headset in production and whispers that it would be bundled with the Knuckles EV3 controllers and a Half-Life VR game.

Frankenstein-inspired The Wanderer is about beauty and childlike wonder

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Frankenstein-inspired The Wanderer is about beauty and childlike wonder

At GDC 2019, I spent some time with representatives of Arte, a Franco-German, government-funded publisher devoted to releasing artistically valuable games that promote culture in its home countries.

One of its most interesting projects is The Wanderer: Frankenstein’s Creature from Parisian developer La Belle Games. It’s an attempt to recreate Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, rather than the stories and movies about “Frankenstein” that have arisen in the intervening two centuries.

Sega Genesis Mini releases in September with 40 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog

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Sega Genesis Mini releases in September with 40 games, including Sonic the Hedgehog

The Sega Genesis Mini, the latest in the line of throwback, shrunk-down consoles from the 1980s and 1990s, will release Sept. 19, 2019, Sega said from Tokyo today. The unit will include 40 games, including staple titles such as Altered Beast, Castlevania: Bloodlines and, of course, Sonic the Hedgehog. It’s $79.99.

The U.S. version of the unit packs in two full-size three-button controllers with the mini console, plus an HDMI cable, power cable and adapter. Just 10 of the games installed have been announced so far, so Sega will want fans tuning in as September approaches.

Valve puts Artifact updates on hold to reexamine game’s design, economy

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Valve puts Artifact updates on hold to reexamine game’s design, economy

Valve’s digital card game based on Dota 2, Artifact, has not turned out how the company hoped. Despite praise for its depth and complexity, the game’s November launch drew harsh reaction from players, primarily for its pricing structure and game economy. Since then, the game’s player base has bottomed out, plummeting from a peak of some 60,000 concurrent players to a few hundred per day. Recent Steam reviews of Artifact have been overwhelmingly negative, accusing Valve of abandoning the game and neglecting player feedback.

On Friday, Valve addressed the state of the game, saying that it now plans to pause on shipping updates for Artifact and instead focus on the game’s larger issues.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, evergreen EverQuest leans into nostalgia

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Celebrating its 20th anniversary, evergreen EverQuest leans into nostalgia

The world has changed since 1999, when EverQuest debuted. So too has this stalwart multiplayer online world, which is still cranking out updates and launching new servers, after two decades of live play.

One major change is technology. At a recent, highly enjoyable Game Developers Conference session, veteran EverQuest team members gathered to reminisce about the game. An audience of avid EverQuest fans clearly enjoyed the show, clapping and laughing at various anecdotes from inside and outside the game.

Journey to the Savage Planet is a jaunty exploration of a colorful, alien world

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Journey to the Savage Planet is a jaunty exploration of a colorful, alien world

Journey to the Savage Planet invites comparisons with No Man’s Sky, mainly because of its gaudy, alien palette. But the similarities end with their similar colors. Savage Planet is an entirely different beast.

It’s set on a single planet, every inch of which has been carefully designed by developer Typhoon Studios. Players are tasked with investigating the planet’s various biomes in order to discover if it is amenable to human colonization.

Watch what happens if you win the first major fight in Sekiro

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Watch what happens if you win the first major fight in Sekiro

You’re supposed to lose your first major battle in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game’s story depends on it.

But this is FromSoftware we’re talking about; they’re not about to cheat to force you to lose, at least not mechanically. That first battle against Genichiro Ashina is technically winnable, although it requires nearly preternatural swordplay to do so. You can see for yourself in the video above.

World of Warcraft is focusing on its endgame experience with Patch 8.2

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World of Warcraft is focusing on its endgame experience with Patch 8.2

World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has been a controversial addition to the 14-year-old MMO. Following on the successful Legion expansion, Battle for Azeroth has gone from world shattering threats and demons to a faction war between the Horde and Alliance. The big moments in the expansion, like raiding through Uldir and Dazar’Alor, or the spectacle of cutscenes and cinematic — have been executed well. But a game like World of Warcraft demands constant attention, and must hold up to players logging in daily.

Battle for Azeroth’s big moments are more sophisticated than ever, with in-game cinematics, branching player choices, and a steady flow of new player races joining the game. While there’s plenty to talk about around these highlights, player criticism has largely focused on the connective tissue of the game. Warfronts, island expeditions, and daily quests are meant to bring players back to Azeroth every day, but are they succeeding at that goal?

We reveal Hearthstone’s legendary muscle minion in Rise of Shadows

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We reveal Hearthstone’s legendary muscle minion in Rise of Shadows

Hearthstone’s new expansion, Rise of Shadows, is centered around a world where a team of villains from previous Hearthstone adventures team up with the goal of taking down the magical city of Dalaran and everyone in it. Those villains have an army of minions at hand, among which is the neutral legendary card Batterhead. We sat down with Hearthstone designers to go over this new card, and how the team creates new legendaries that fit the theme and expectations of an expansion.

Batterhead is an 8 mana minion with 3 attack and 12 health. He has rush, meaning he can attack minions the turn he is placed on the board, and after Batterhead attacks and kills a minion, he may attack again.

We reveal Hearthstone’s epic muscle minion in Rise of Shadows

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We reveal Hearthstone’s epic muscle minion in Rise of Shadows

Hearthstone’s new expansion, Rise of Shadows, is centered around a world where a team of villains from previous Hearthstone adventures team up with the goal of taking down the magical city of Dalaran and everyone in it. Those villains have an army of minions at hand, among which is the neutral epic card Batterhead. We sat down with Hearthstone designers to go over this new card, and how the team creates new legendaries that fit the theme and expectations of an expansion.

Batterhead is an 8 mana minion with 3 attack and 12 health. He has rush, meaning he can attack minions the turn he is placed on the board, and after Batterhead attacks and kills a minion, he may attack again.