Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, a colorfully chaotic free-to-play FPS

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Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy’s XDefiant, a colorfully chaotic free-to-play FPS

Ubisoft is making a new free-to-play shooter set in the Tom Clancyverse called Tom Clancy’s XDefiant. It’s pitched as a “high-octane,” 6v6 multiplayer first-person arena shooter — it’s “fast-paced firefights meets punk-rock moshpit,” said XDefiant executive producer Mark Rubin and creative director Jason Schroeder in a reveal video.

Developed by Ubisoft San Francisco, Tom Clancy’s XDefiant promises realistic gunplay with personalized classes, represented as factions with special abilities. Those factions (Echelon, Outcasts, Cleaners, and Wolves) are inspired by other Tom Clancy games, like the Splinter Cell, The Division, and Ghost Recon series.

Among Us free for a week on Nintendo Switch

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Among Us free for a week on Nintendo Switch

Among Us will be free on Nintendo Switch from July 21-27, Nintendo announced Monday. The game will be available as a trial through Nintendo’s Game Trial program for Nintendo Switch Online members.

The breakout social deception game, which was released in 2018 but blew up in 2020, was released on Nintendo Switch in 2020, after previously being available on mobile devices and Windows PC. It’s a game that’s free-to-play on iOS and Android phones, with a price of $5 on other platforms. From July 21-Aug. 1, Among Us will cost 30% less — $3.50 — for people that don’t yet have the game on Switch.

Skate 4 developer assures everyone it’s still making Skate 4

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Skate 4 developer assures everyone it’s still making Skate 4

The makers of Electronic Arts’ next Skate game gave fans an update on development on Monday that still didn’t show any gameplay or answer any basic burning questions. Like, when might this come out? And everyone’s calling it Skate 4, but is that really its official title?

Instead, fans got assurances that Full Circle, the studio formed to handle the sequel, is indeed hard at work on the fourth game, which will likely launch more than a dozen years after Skate 3. Gameplay of the newest Skate does exist, and some folks outside Electronic Arts have seen it, but we only get to see their reactions, not the footage itself. And Skate 4 will not be shown during EA Play this week, which suggests that its launch date is still well off.

Apex Legends’ new hero Seer revealed in animated short

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Apex Legends’ new hero Seer revealed in animated short

Apex Legends has a new season on the way, and that means a new Legend, too. The latest of Apex’s always-excellent Stories from the Outlands cinematics tells the tale of Seer, a child with cursed, glowing eyes, and the next Legend to join the Apex Games.

According to the trailer, Seer’s eyes are more than just a piercing blue: They’re also so special they can reduce kings to beggars and oceans to deserts, whatever that means in the context of a battle royale game. While it’s not totally clear what his abilities will be just yet, his description in the season preview on the Apex Legends website may offer some clues:

RTX 30-series graphics cards available in-store at Best Buy tomorrow

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RTX 30-series graphics cards available in-store at Best Buy tomorrow

Last September’s new graphics cards are still hard to find, but some fans may have a good chance of snagging one from their local Best Buys this Tuesday. The retailer will restock over 100 stores with a small supply of GeForce RTX 30-series cards on July 20. While Best Buy didn’t clarify which cards in the RTX 30-series will be available, some stores will likely have RTX 3060s, RTX 3070s, and RTX 3080s in stock.

On Tuesday morning, fans can line up in front of their local Best Buys in hopes of grabbing a ticket from an employee. Starting at 7:30 a.m. in that store’s time zone, Best Buy employees will hand out one ticket per customer until they run out. The ticket guarantees the recipient an opportunity to buy an RTX 30-series card. A retail priced RTX 3060 can run players around $329, while the more powerful RTX 3080 cards go for $699. The middle card, the RTX 3070, will run players $499.

Warframe will get cross-play, cross-progression, and a mobile port

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Warframe will get cross-play, cross-progression, and a mobile port

Canadian developer Digital Extremes hosted TennoCon, the yearly convention for all things Warframe, on Saturday. During the event, the developer shared some previews of upcoming content, but the biggest change I’m excited for takes place under the hood. Cross-save, cross-progression, and cross-play are coming to the game, as well as a new mobile version.

All future updates, including the upcoming The New War, will now launch simultaneously across all consoles. Warframe is currently available for Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Psychonauts 2 is the story of Double Fine growing up

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Psychonauts 2 is the story of Double Fine growing up

Double Fine Productions is a studio that knows the ups and downs of game development all too well. Between publishing deals falling through the cracks, layoffs, multiple game delays, and a lawsuit involving two of the largest video game companies in the business, the team has had to deal with its fair share of instability.

When the company announced the sequel to its cult hit Psychonauts, founder Tim Schafer thought making the game would be a “two-year cakewalk,” Schafer told Polygon in a recent Zoom call. Turns out, developing the title became a “five-year roller coaster.”

PUBG’s new map takes players to Korea and lets them come back from the dead

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PUBG’s new map takes players to Korea and lets them come back from the dead

PUBG is back with its first new map in a while, and it’s set in Korea. The new map, Taego, is part of the game’s 12.2 update, which also adds a self-revive item, a mini-battle royale to get you back into a match after you die, and dozens of other changes.

Taego is an 8-km-by-8-km map set in the Korean countryside. PUBG in-game unit lead Taehyun Kim said in an email interview with Polygon that the goal of this map was to show players the beauty of Korea, especially around the 1980s and ’90s.