Call of Duty: Mobile revealed for Android and iOS

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Call of Duty: Mobile revealed for Android and iOS

Activision and Tencent are bringing Call of Duty to mobile devices in the West with Call of Duty: Mobile, a free-to-play game that will draw inspiration from the Black Ops and Modern Warfare franchises.

Call of Duty: Mobile is being developed by Tencent’s Timi studio for Android and iOS devices. Activision promises competitive multiplayer modes from the Call of Duty franchise, including Search and Destroy and Free-For-All, on series staple maps like Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked. Call of Duty: Mobile players will be able to “earn and unlock classic Call of Duty characters, weapons, scorestreaks and other gear to equip and customize their loadouts,” Activision said in a press release.

Nvidia bringing new movie-quality graphics tech to GTX cards

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Nvidia bringing new movie-quality graphics tech to GTX cards

Nvidia has spent the past year trying to make the case for its newest graphics cards, the expensive GeForce RTX line of GPUs. The biggest selling point of Nvidia’s RTX cards has been support for a powerful new feature known as real-time ray tracing, long considered the “holy grail” of graphics rendering technology. When Nvidia announced the feature — which it calls Nvidia RTX — a year ago at the Game Developers Conference, the company said that the technology would run only on its RTX GPUs, which wouldn’t be available until September.

Next month, that will no longer be the case.

Ex-Valve and Riot developers set up new studio, with backing from Riot Games

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Ex-Valve and Riot developers set up new studio, with backing from Riot Games

Former Valve writer Chet Faliszek and former Riot Games technical designer Kimberly Voll announced their new studio ahead of this week’s Game Developers Conference. It’s called Stray Bombay and, according to a blog post from the duo, the pair’s new studio will focus on cooperative multiplayer games featuring enemies and experiences driven by artificial intelligence.

Faliszek is best known for his work at Valve, where he wrote for games like Portal, Left 4 Dead, and Half-Life 2. After leaving Valve in 2017, he moved to I Am Bread and Worlds Adrift developer Bossa Studios, which he has since parted ways with. Now he’s teaming up with Voll “to create games that give players a place to breathe and live in the moment. Games that tell stories knowing you are going to come back again and again, that change each time you play them without feeling completely random, and that help you feel like a real team that supports each other ... not a bunch of folks in each other’s way. And where AI drives not just the enemies but helps drive the entire experience.”

Octane is Apex Legends’ first new character: Here’s what he can do

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Octane is Apex Legends’ first new character: Here’s what he can do

Apex Legends is getting a new character named Octane, developer Respawn Entertainment announced on Monday. The character will be released alongside the game’s season 1 “Wild Frontier” battle pass on March 19.

While Octane’s abilities aren’t yet visible on the game’s official website, Sony’s PlayStation Blog gave us a preview of what the character can do. Most of Octane’s abilities are built around his health. His tactical ability allows him to move faster than normal, but costs a percentage of his health to activate and only lasts a few seconds. To offset this, Octane’s passive ability grants him healing whenever he isn’t being shot at, allowing him to slowly gain back the health he has either lost or spent.

Valve’s (almost) ‘anything goes’ content policy devalues Steam and harms developers

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Valve’s (almost) ‘anything goes’ content policy devalues Steam and harms developers

Valve’s recent brush with obscene and harmful content is the latest incident that exposes one of Steam’s key weaknesses. Abdicating its responsibility as a content host has led the market leader to alienate developers and damage its own brand.

Steam’s content policy has been a regular source of confusion, coming to a boil in mid-2018. The company issued delisting warnings to developers of visual novels aimed at an adult audience and featuring nudity.

Apex Legends battle pass comes out tomorrow alongside new character Octane

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Apex Legends battle pass comes out tomorrow alongside new character Octane

The Apex Legends battle pass is imminent, signaling the official start of the game’s first season. The battle pass includes a variety of cosmetic items for the game, and is available to purchase for 950 Apex Coins (about $9.50).

Apex Legends’ season 1 battle pass has unlocks for most of the game’s characters, including Octane, who will apparently be released along with the battle pass as part of the first season. While most of the unlocks are items like banners and poses, there are also skins for Lifeline, Wraith, and Mirage. The pass also includes skins for most of the guns in the game with over 100 unlocks in total.

Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference set for June 9

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Bethesda’s E3 2019 press conference set for June 9

Bethesda Softworks will hold its fifth annual E3 press briefing on Sunday, June 9, the publisher announced Monday.

This year’s Bethesda E3 Showcase will be highlighted by “an in-depth look at Doom Eternal,” the company said in a blog post. The show, which will take place in Los Angeles, is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. PDT. Bethesda will livestream the showcase on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, Mixer, and Facebook Live.

Here are the games leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

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Here are the games leaving Xbox Game Pass this month

The Ides of March have come for Xbox Game Pass, and fortunately they spared large-scale AAA titles from being removed from the library.

Just four are leaving at the end of the March: Kingdom New Lands, Late Shift, Portal Knights and Sacred Citadel. All four of these had been in the library since April 2018.

Team Sonic Racing shows off customizations and panel says next game is underway

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Team Sonic Racing shows off customizations and panel says next game is underway

Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog panel from SXSW in Austin today showcased customization options for Team Sonic Racing and said, in very broad terms, that the Blue Blur’s next game is underway.

The 90-second trailer (above) highlights the performance modifications (and in so doing, gives another look at the characters and vehicle fleet, all of which appear to be staples for the Sonic Racing franchise). Horns are a different vanity option this go-around with a ton of options ranging from signature tones to wackier ditties. Paint jobs and vinyls add to the colorful cart racer.

Blood PC restoration delivers another batch of throwback screenshots

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Blood PC restoration delivers another batch of throwback screenshots

Blood, the 22-year-old FPS from that genre’s bloody mid-1990s heyday, gets another 16 screenshots today showing what Nightdive Studios has in mind for the game’s forthcoming remaster.

The batch of screens from Nightdive shows the latest build of the game (1.6.10, for what it’s worth) and the effect developers are going for. The nature of the HUD and visuals show this is a restoration with enhancements, rather than a remaster. But fans of grisly action and pumping lead into occult beasts — and on PC, who the hell wasn’t in 1997 — should feel right at home.