BioWare hints at Dragon Age’s future in upcoming announcement

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BioWare hints at Dragon Age’s future in upcoming announcement

Dragon Age is due for some news in the coming month, BioWare’s general manager said yesterday in a blog post otherwise about Anthem, the multiplayer RPG from the studio that is set to launch in February.

This likely means some sort of news about BioWare’s 10-year-old fantasy RPG franchise at The Game Awards, the year-ending announcement gala nominally about games that have already launched. Casey Hudson, the BioWare GM, alluded to “secret Dragon Age stuff” that he and Mark Darrah, the executive producer on Dragon Age: Inquisition, had mentioned on social media recently.

Pokémon Go teasers hint at PvP battles coming soon

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Pokémon Go teasers hint at PvP battles coming soon

The Pokémon Go Twitter account is going teaser-happy this morning, and it looks like it has a good reason to be: PvP battles appear to be coming to Pokémon Go.

Starting at 8 a.m. ET, mysterious tweets have hinted at something exclamation point-worthy — and the latest of these suggests that the big news is multiplayer battles. The most recent tweet includes only an image of a female Pokémon Go trainer standing on a standard Pokémon battlefield. There’s an empty mound for, presumably, our own player character to face off against the other trainer in a Pokémon battle.

Play Battlefield 5 free for a week if you message the EA support team today

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Play Battlefield 5 free for a week if you message the EA support team today

Electronic Art’s customer service Twitter account is offering free seven-day trials of the Origin Access Basic PC game service for those interested in Battlefield 5. In a tweet, the company said that all you need to do to enter is send them a Twitter DM that includes a hashtag: #TRYBFV.

Note that Origin Access is a subscription service, and you’ll likely need to cancel it after the seven days if you’re not interested in continuing to use it. The offer is only good on Windows PC.

Fortnite’s account merge feature delayed to 2019

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Fortnite’s account merge feature delayed to 2019

Sony’s lack of cross-platform play bit players in the butt when Fortnite was released on Nintendo Switch earlier this year; many players found that their accounts had already been blocked from use on Nintendo’s console if they had ever been played on PlayStation 4.

Many players had to create entirely new Fortnite accounts to play on Switch. It was a mess, and the ensuing controversy ultimately led to Sony allowing cross-platform play on its console.

Netflix has canceled Daredevil after three seasons

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Netflix has canceled Daredevil after three seasons

Another Marvel Netflix co-production has come to an end as the streaming giant announced on Thursday night that it has canceled Daredevil, the first of the company’s collaborations with Marvel Entertainment, after three seasons.

This news comes just two months after the release of Daredevil’s positively received third season. Daredevil is the latest in a streak of cancellations by Netflix of Marvel shows. In October, both Luke Cage and Iron Fist were canceled after just two seasons. This is part of a larger trend of Netflix parting ways with shows produced by other companies that have their own streaming sites, or have announced plans to debut their own streaming sites in the future, such as American Vandal, which was a CBS Studios production. The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment’s corporate parent, has its own streaming service, Disney+, on the way next year.

Bungie reveals how the new power level will work in Destiny 2: Black Armory

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Bungie reveals how the new power level will work in Destiny 2: Black Armory

In this week’s blog post, Bungie revealed how players will be able to hit power level 650 when Destiny 2: Black Armory arrives next week. This will up the current power level by 50 points, giving the most dedicated Destiny players a new goal to shoot for.

In order to earn items above 600 power, players simply need to own Forsaken, not the Annual Pass and Black Armory. However, Black Armory and other Annual Pass expansions down the line will come with new activities and quests that will give players more weekly opportunities to up their power level in game.

Pokémon Go has legendary trios as December’s big research rewards

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Pokémon Go has legendary trios as December’s big research rewards

Pokémon Go players have another chance to receive two sets of popular legendaries in December, in case they missed out on them in the past. That is, if you’re good about doing your daily research tasks — as the legendary bird and legendary dog trios will be exclusive rewards for anyone who completes their seven-day research breakthrough streak.

The Pokémon Go Twitter account confirmed that December will bring the following Pokémon to gift boxes awarded to players who fill out their quest checklists for the entirety of December: Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres (the birds), and Raikou, Entei and Suicune (the dogs). It sounds like which one you get is random, however, so all you can do is cross your fingers and hope you’ll get the exact legendary you’re looking for.

Anthem’s first alpha test opens for registration

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Anthem’s first alpha test opens for registration

The Anthem closed alpha is coming up soon — Dec. 8 and 9 — and will give players a chance to try Bioware’s new looter-shooter from the comfort of their own homes. BioWare and EA have come out to reveal a few details on the alpha, such as their goals, what players can expect and how limited it’ll be.

One of the first points made in the post is that the Alpha is limited and will only be available for a relatively small group of players. Despite running on Dec. 8 and 9, the Alpha will also have limited play sessions — likely meaning that the game will go up and down during the day, making it unavailable during certain times.

Dark Souls 3 player unearths the game’s scrapped (and weird) bonfire system

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Dark Souls 3 player unearths the game’s scrapped (and weird) bonfire system

When Dark Souls 3 was first revealed — in the form of a pre-announcement leak — the game was reportedly set to introduce a new mechanic to FromSoftware’s franchise. Players were supposed to be able to sacrifice enemies as a means to invade other players’ worlds and attack them.

Player-versus-player invasions have long been part of the Souls franchise, but Dark Souls 3 would have mixed things up with the new sacrifice mechanic. Ultimately, that gameplay system didn’t ship with the final version of Dark Souls 3. But in a new video from YouTuber Lance McDonald, who unearths content left on the cutting room floor in FromSoftware’s games, we get a look at what sacrifices might have looked like and how they would have functioned.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night gets help from Shantae studio WayForward

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night gets help from Shantae studio WayForward

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, the long-awaited Kickstarter-funded project from former Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi, is getting help from another studio to help wrap development. WayForward, best known for platformers like the Shantae games, is now pitching in.

“In consideration of their past achievements, WayForward will be helping the development team realize my vision for this game,” Igarashi wrote in the latest developer’s update. “Maybe I am even more excited than everyone else — with their help Bloodstained will become an even better game.”