Developers throw in the towel on free-to-play shooter Dirty Bomb

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Developers throw in the towel on free-to-play shooter Dirty Bomb

Dirty Bomb, which dates back to 2013 under another name but only saw its full 1.0 launch in August of this year, is no more. Developer Splash Damage told players this week that it was ending development on the free-to-play multiplayer shooter.

The cancellation is noteworthy considering the game’s long pre-launch history — it went into an open beta on Steam in 2015. It also got a lot of attention because Splash Damage was the studio behind 2011’s Brink for Bethesda Softworks, a first-person shooter game that was heavily promoted and critically panned when it launched.

Netflix cancels Luke Cage after two seasons

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Netflix cancels Luke Cage after two seasons

Harlem’s Hero will not be returning for another season as Netflix and Marvel Television announce that Luke Cage has been canceled after just two seasons.

In a joint statement made by Netflix and Marvel Television late Friday night, the companies said, “everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is grateful to the dedicated show runner, writers, cast and crew who brought Harlem’s Hero to life for the past two seasons, and to all the fans who have supported the series.” According to a report from Variety, talks for a third season of the show were underway, but Netflix decided not to continue the show.

Return of the Obra Dinn is a superb murder mystery game

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Return of the Obra Dinn is a superb murder mystery game

Just like an old-fashioned murder story, Return of the Obra Dinn poses a complex mystery, layered with personalities, motives, secrets and lies. But it supercharges whodunit conventions by infusing misdirection into every nook and cranny of its intricate, gorgeous murder scenes.

The story is set aboard an early 19th century merchant ship that shows up in port five years after it was reported missing, presumed lost at sea. The ship is bereft of human life. As an insurance agent, my job is to board the ship and figure out what happened. I’m soon confronted with evidence of a voyage gone awry. Skeletons, exploded cannon and destroyed rigging all add up to … what?

Spider-Man update addresses the game’s puddle controversy

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Spider-Man update addresses the game’s puddle controversy

Today’s update for Marvel’s Spider-Man on PlayStation 4 adds a bunch of new things: new game plus mode, three new suits for Spider-Man and some helpful improvements to the game’s photo mode. It also adds puddles — in the form of new stickers that you can stick onto your shots in photo mode, adding back some sorely missing pools of water to the game.

The 4.7 GB update for Spider-Man, which Insomniac detailed earlier this week, is available now. Shortly after its release, Insomniac Games’ user interface/user experience lead Gil Doron tweeted about its most amusing addition:

Elite: Dangerous spotlights improvements coming in this year’s biggest update

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Elite: Dangerous spotlights improvements coming in this year’s biggest update

The makers of Elite: Dangerous last night showed off scads of new features players can expect from the last major update to the spaceflight game planned for this year.

Mapping and exploration will get new enhancements thanks to upgraded star system and planetary scanning capabilities, and commanders will enjoy streamlined interfaces in their cockpit and more striking visuals in the space beyond.

Black Ops 4’s Black Market is now available on PS4, PC and Xbox One to follow next week

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Black Ops 4’s Black Market is now available on PS4, PC and Xbox One to follow next week

The Black Market, the cosmetic marketplace for Call of Duty, is now live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PlayStation 4 and will be live on PC and Xbox One on Oct. 26, developer Treyarch announced on Friday morning.

At launch, the only Black Market feature that is turned on is the Contraband stream, a progression system that allows players to unlock new cosmetic content — such as new Blackout characters, weapon skins, specialist outfits, tags and gestures — simply by playing the game. Much like Fortnite’s Battle Pass, the Contraband stream will award players loot for earning in-game experience. Each new set of unlocks will be called an Operation and will rotate on a seasonal basis, with new rewards every few months.

RimWorld colony simulation leaves early access with a full first-version release

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RimWorld colony simulation leaves early access with a full first-version release

RimWorld, the ambitious colony simulation from the small team at Ludeon Studios, has exited early access. The title now sells for $34.99 and is compatible with Mac, Linux and Windows PCs. You can also purchase the game on Steam.

The game was available for players to purchase at a discount during early access, and according to the team, they have already sold more than one million copies.

Behold: Breath of the Wild’s latest amazing fast-travel trick

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Behold: Breath of the Wild’s latest amazing fast-travel trick

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is just the game that keeps on giving. More than a year and a half since it launched, players are still finding new ways to break the game to the benefit of both them and us, who watch these clips with wide-eyed wonder.

A Chinese player, who emulated the game on PC, found the latest way to transform Link’s Hylian journey into a high-speed spectacle. A clip of Link slowing down time to jettison himself off a Bokoblin is making the Reddit rounds, and thank goodness for that, because it owns.

Days Gone delayed two months

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Days Gone delayed two months

Days Gone, the PlayStation 4’s zombie-apocalypse/motorcycle gang adventure, is being delayed two months. It’s now launching April 26, 2019.

Sony Bend, the studio developing the game, said it will use the extra time “to further polish Days Gone.” The game was first revealed at E3 2016 and at one point was slated for a 2018 launch.