Assassin’s Creed Odyssey director apologizes for forcing characters into a traditional marriage

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey director apologizes for forcing characters into a traditional marriage

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s creative director has apologized for a story choice in the game’s latest expansion that forces the main character into a heterosexual marriage, undoing the promises of same-sex romance options in the main game and reversing the personal stories some players may have built.

[Warning: The remainder of this post contains spoilers for “Shadow Heritage,” the second chapter of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey’s Legacy of the First Blade add-on.]

Hands-on in The Division 2’s three Dark Zones

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Hands-on in The Division 2’s three Dark Zones

Regarding my first PvP kill in the Dark Zone in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Yeah, it was dirty. Yeah, it was cheap. But it wasn’t my fault.

Now, yes, I did totally shoot the guy, point blank and unprovoked. That’s on me. We had just come up on his team and helped them clear out some AI vermin from a small park near the Capitol. But one of my teammates decided to go Rogue, by holding down the Share button, and that took the rest of the group Rogue with him. At that point, I have a skull over my head and it’s you-or-me time. I had to shoot you, my dude.

Mortal Kombat 11 reveal: watch it live here

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Mortal Kombat 11 reveal: watch it live here

Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios will reveal its new fighting game, Mortal Kombat 11, as part of a community event Thursday. Series co-creator Ed Boon will deliver new information about MK11 starting at 1:30 p.m. EST/10:30 a.m. PST, during a livestream on Twitch.

NetherRealm and Warner Bros. will kick off the event with pre-show interviews starting at 10:30 a.m. PST. The main show starts at 11 a.m. PST, which will be followed by a post-show that runs from 12 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. PST. The event is being streamed from two locations, Los Angeles and London, and each city will have distinct post-show content including pro player exhibitions and celebrity interviews.

Nintendo eShop update features No More Heroes’ return

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Nintendo eShop update features No More Heroes’ return

Nintendo Switch eShop plays home to a familiar name in games this week: Travis Touchdown, the Japan-obsessed antihero of Goichi “Suda51” Suda’s No More Heroes series. Grasshopper Manufacture’s Travis Strikes Again is the buzziest name on the new releases list, an otherwise light load.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes isn’t a sequel to the older Wii games, so much as another adventure into Travis’ trademark imagination (that of a very horny otaku). This time, he’s fighting his way through levels inspired by an abundance of indie games. Expect references to faves like Hotline Miami and Hollow Knight, as well as all kinds of fandom odds and ends. This is Suda’s love letter to the industry, in a sense, even if it’s more fun in theory than practice.

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is Warhammer 40,000 played at the most epic scale yet

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2 is Warhammer 40,000 played at the most epic scale yet

When the original Battlefleet Gothic: Armada came out in 2016, I decided to skip it. To hear some tell it, that means I missed out on one of the best strategy games of that year. This time around, I vowed to make time out of my busy spacefaring schedule to check out its sequel, Battlefleet Gothic: Armada 2. After just a few hours with the game’s pre-order beta, I’m legitimately blown away.

The team at Tindalos Interactive sells the dream of Warhammer 40,000 combat on a galactic scale. Games set in the 40K universe are a dime a dozen these days, but the moment-to-moment gameplay in Armada 2 has so far exceeded my wildest expectations.

PlayStation VR gets a ‘demo disc’ with nine games on it

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PlayStation VR gets a ‘demo disc’ with nine games on it

PlayStation VR now has a “demo disc” offering previews of nine virtual reality games — some of them pretty good! — available through the PlayStation Store. It doesn’t get you 500 free hours of AOL, but it does give you some time with Superhot VR and Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

The free 12 GB download includes those two games, plus Battlezone, Headmaster, Job Simulator, Moss, Kitchen, The Persistence and Thumper. A PlayStation VR rig (with the PlayStation Camera) is needed; PlayStation Move controllers are optional.

Call of Duty’s new Blackout mode introduces respawning for the first time

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Call of Duty’s new Blackout mode introduces respawning for the first time

Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode, is getting a new limited time mode. The mode, called Down But Not Out, will introduce respawning to Blackout for the first time.

The mode, which appears to be squads-only, will allow anyone in the game to respawn every time the circle resets. The only catch is that at least one member from your squad has to be alive. With this one change, suddenly the way you play Blackout changes. Sacrificing yourself to keep a squad member alive when things look bleak no longer means game over; instead, it means that you’ll appear again in just a couple of minutes when the next circle starts.

Red Dead Online’s Gun Rush captures the best and worst of battle royale

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Red Dead Online’s Gun Rush captures the best and worst of battle royale

Red Dead Online is a work in progress, which means that Rockstar keeps adding new modes and arenas to the smorgasbord of options currently available. The most recent, and most promising, of these game modes is Gun Rush.

Gun Rush is a fast-paced, small-scale battle royale mode with a maximum of 32 players. You and your enemies are dropped on a stretch of Red Dead Redemption 2’s open world, and then the map slowly begins to close around you. Players are forced into an increasingly small space against better armed and prepared opponents, and the mood mounts, becoming increasingly desperate.

Report: EA cancels its Star Wars open-world game

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Report: EA cancels its Star Wars open-world game

Electronic Arts has scrapped its untitled open-world Star Wars game, the project that started at Visceral Games in 2013 and was overhauled in 2017 after that studio’s closure, according to a report from Kotaku.

Reached for comment, an EA spokesperson would not outright confirm whether the project — which was currently in development at EA’s Vancouver studio — had actually been canceled. Instead, EA offered the following statement:

Destiny 2’s hardest puzzle took 81 hours to solve — and split the community in half

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Destiny 2’s hardest puzzle took 81 hours to solve — and split the community in half

On Jan. 8, Bungie released the toughest puzzle it had ever designed for a Destiny game: Niobe Labs. The reward? The first team to complete it would unlock new content for everyone in the world. The race was on.

The first Destiny raid took 14 hours to figure out. Forsaken’s Last Wish raid? 19 hours. But after 27 hours, Niobe Labs was still unsolved. And it was becoming a problem for Bungie. This is the story of how it all went down.