Crossbows and Catapults reboot coming from HeroQuest board game designer

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Crossbows and Catapults reboot coming from HeroQuest board game designer

Crossbows and Catapults, the popular dexterity game first published in the 1980s, is getting rebooted. Restoration Games (Downforce, Return to Darktower), which specializes in revitalizing older tabletop franchises, announced Wednesday that it has secured the license. Best of all, legendary designer Steve Baker — the man behind HeroQuest and BattleMasters — is signed on as the designer.

Crossbows and Catapults was first released in 1983. It featured a selection of rubber band-powered plastic siege engines that players used to fling projectiles as fortifications. The raucous gameplay was a hit with kids, even when they were just flinging plastic bits at their siblings.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition mod puts the butt shots back into the game

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition mod puts the butt shots back into the game

The modder who took out the gratuitous butt shots from Mass Effect 2 and 3 has now put them back in.

It’s a comedic twist that has brought a long-running video game drama full circle. Scottina123, whose mod published last winter discreetly removed all the close-up shots of Miranda’s butt from the original Mass Effect series, now offers a mod that puts all the butt shots back into Mass Effect Legendary Edition. In the development of Legendary Edition, BioWare’s developers subtly acknowledged some of their questionable camera choices in the original games and changed the scenes for the remastered release.

Red Dead Online’s Blood Money update means it’s crime time

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Red Dead Online’s Blood Money update means it’s crime time

The next Red Dead Online update, Blood Money, is all about kicking ass and taking money. Blood Money starts off in the city of Saint Denis, and has players team up with an underworld power player. Unlike previous updates like the frontier roles, there is no starting cost; players can just jump into the missions without acquiring gold bars. The Blood Money update will begin on July 13.

Cowboys can embark on a new mission type called Crimes, which can be completed solo or as part of a Posse. Sometimes, you might be stopping a coach and robbing the passengers, and other missions are a multi-stage robbery with debt collecting, kidnapping, and other unsavory methods. This is all done in pursuit of a new kind of currency called Capitale, which has been stolen and distributed among the common low lives of the West. Players can earn Capitale through Crimes, or find innocent people with Capitale in free roam, at which point you can rob them and take that sweet, sweet currency.

League of Legends’ newest champion can bring allies back from the dead

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League of Legends’ newest champion can bring allies back from the dead

Akshan is League of Legends’ newest champion, and he can do something no one else in the game can: bring allies from the dead. The new champion is part of the Sentinels of Light event, Riot Games’ first multigame event.

Akshan is a ranged champion with a grappling hook, but the most interesting part of his kit is the passive on his W. When an enemy champion kills one of Akshan’s allies, that enemy gets marked as a Scoundrel. Akshan gets special bonuses against Scoundrels while they’re alive, but if he kills one, whoever the Scoundrel killed is immediately revived at their fountain.

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be adapted into a Pandemic board game

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World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King will be adapted into a Pandemic board game

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is the inspiration for the next iteration of Pandemic, the hit cooperative board game series. Publisher Z-Man Games made the announcement Wednesday with a splashy teaser trailer on YouTube, which we’ve embedded above.

Wrath of the Lich King is the second expansion for World of Warcraft, and it was released in 2008. In it, players advanced from level 68 to 80 while exploring the frozen region of Northrend and doing battle against the undead. The tabletop game Pandemic was released in 2007. Designed by Matt Leacock, the cooperative game pits players against a quartet of deadly viruses ravaging the human population of Earth. It’s up to players to find the cures before time runs out.

A Pokémon nature theme park is coming to Japan

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A Pokémon nature theme park is coming to Japan

The Pokémon Company is opening a nature-based theme park in Tokyo, Japan, the company announced Wednesday. Called Pokémon Wonder, the park is essentially a way for visitors to search for Pokémon in the real-world forest. People will be able to complete two different “courses” where they’ll spot hidden Pokémon in the wild — like a real-life Pokémon Snap.

Pokémon Wonder will be open from July 17 to Aug. 3, 2022, according to Kotaku.

Report: Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed will be a live service game

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Report: Ubisoft’s next Assassin’s Creed will be a live service game

The next game in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise will unfold across multiple historical settings and receive persistent updates, according to Bloomberg’s reporting. The game, which is currently codenamed “Assassin’s Creed Infinity,” will join the likes of Fortnite and Apex Legends by offering ongoing updates to keep players engaged.

Recent entries in the 14-year-old Assassin’s Creed franchise have ballooned in size. The most recent title, 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, could easily take more than 100 hundred hours to fully explore and complete. In this sense, the Assassin’s Creed games have already offered a live service game experience by allowing players to truly devote huge chunks of their time to completing every side quest. This upcoming Assassin’s Creed game will be the next logical step in the trend.

Machi Koro 2 comes out this fall, will introduce a variety of randomized cards

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Machi Koro 2 comes out this fall, will introduce a variety of randomized cards

Machi Koro, one of the best board games ever made, is getting a sequel. Machi Koro 2 is due out on Oct. 6 for $30. Pre-orders are available now, and will include exclusive cards you won’t find anywhere else. The announcement was made Tuesday in a news release by publisher Pandasaurus Games.

In Machi Koro, players take on the role of city planners trying to generate the most revenue for their town. Players purchase locations, like restaurants and convenience stores, from a shared pool and then roll dice to see which establishments will pay off each round. The result is a simple yet engrossing family-friendly card game where players compete to build the most efficient engine possible. Unlike games with similar themes — like Monopoly, for instance — there’s very little down time. That’s made the game popular with big-box consumers and hobbyists alike.

Nexus Mods shoots for easier mod-making, but creators push back

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Nexus Mods shoots for easier mod-making, but creators push back

Nexus Mods is an A-list name among PC gamers, serving a McDonald’s-like 4.5 billion downloads of user-created content, changes, and improvements. The site is vital to a vibrant PC gaming culture whose players take pride in understanding how games are developed, and use that knowledge to tailor global bestselling franchises like The Witcher and The Elder Scrolls to their simplest taste. From the silly to the sublime, Nexus Mods has changed games for almost 20 years.

So it would seem to take a lot for that kind of a community resource to get in trouble with the public it serves. But Nexus Mods has. On Thursday, the site’s staff (of 18) announced that any mod uploaded to its catalog by anyone is going to be archived there and available for distribution, permanently. Nexus Mods’ sweeping and unlimited claim to its users’ work has given many of them pause. And it’s brought a lot of pushback, as you’d expect of a PC gaming community that often reads the fine print.