Rebel Galaxy is getting a prequel, available early next year

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Rebel Galaxy is getting a prequel, available early next year

Rebel Galaxy, developed by Double Damage Games and released in 2015, is getting a sequel. Called Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, it’s also being developed by Travis Baldree and Erich Schaefer, the two-man team with roots in the Diablo and Torchlight series, Hellgate: London, Fate and Mythos. Outlaw is expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2019 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC for $30.

Fans of spacefaring games may recall that Rebel Galaxy, which was revealed here on Polygon in 2014, was a three-dimensional game locked to a two-dimensional plane. Players took on the role of massive capital ships and fired broadsides into the opposition in the style of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The game also included loot mechanics borrowed from the action role-playing game genre.

How to watch Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish at PAX West 2018

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How to watch Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish at PAX West 2018

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish competitive series has almost come to an end, and to celebrate, Epic Games is heading to PAX West for a massive blowout event.

Across all four days of PAX West 2018, Epic will be hosting a huge final tournament for Summer Skirmish, and this time it’s open to everyone — as long as you’re at PAX. Each day will begin with a series of three qualifiers, and each qualifier will run for two matches. The players who compete will be the first who register on each day. The top 32 players from each qualifier will move on to the nightly qualifier, where they will once again face off. The top 33 players from each nightly qualifier will advance to the Grand Finals on Monday, where they will have their chance to compete for a share of the $1.5 million prize pool.

Scum’s Nazi tattoos have been removed from the game

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Scum’s Nazi tattoos have been removed from the game

Scum, a days-old survival title holding its own against popular titles such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, included Nazi imagery at launch. The offending images, part of a tattoo only available to those who purchased the $9.99 Scum Supporter Pack, has since been revised to remove those images.

Publisher Devolver Digital has since apologized and said it is reviewing the game for similar imagery.

Shovel Knight’s final two expansions conclude the series next spring

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Shovel Knight’s final two expansions conclude the series next spring

After almost five years, Shovel Knight’s story is coming to an end. Yacht Club Games announced that the long-awaited King of Cards expansion, as well as the recently revealed Shovel Knight Showdown, will launch next spring to complete the game’s story.

Both Shovel Knight: King of Cards and Shovel Knight Showdown are due on April 9, 2019, with several options for buyers. If you’ve already got the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package, these campaigns will come to you as free downloads; you can also purchase each one for $9.99. But if you’ve been holding out to own the entire Shovel Knight saga in one set, Yacht Club Games is releasing a complete physical edition day-and-date with the expansions.

How Destiny 2’s new PvEvP Gambit mode came to be

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How Destiny 2’s new PvEvP Gambit mode came to be

Destiny 2: Forsaken’s new Gambit mode was one of the most intriguing additions teased in the expansion’s announcement in June. It sets out to marry Destiny’s two core pillars — PvE and PvP — in one mode. But Gambit didn’t start out that way.

Gambit is Destiny’s first ever PvEvP game mode. Two teams of four players each drop into separate arenas, battling various enemies within those spaces. When the enemies are killed, they drop items called motes; players gather and deposit them in a giant, cylindrical bank in the middle of the arena. The first team to bank 75 motes spawns a boss, and the first team to take down their boss wins the round; matches play out in a best-of-three format.

Destiny 2: Forsaken data mine reveals new and returning exotics in the expansion

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Destiny 2: Forsaken data mine reveals new and returning exotics in the expansion

Destiny 2: Forsaken’s 2.0 pre-patch is only a few days old, but already players have begun to datamine the new information released. Despite only being a pre-patch, v2.0 contains much of the Forsaken expansion itself. Destiny redditor ninth_reddit_account put together a list of all the new data-mined exotics coming in Forsaken.

Here is the full list of data-mined Forsaken exotics from that post.

Nintendo Switch eShop dominated by ’90s throwbacks this week

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Nintendo Switch eShop dominated by ’90s throwbacks this week

Nintendo already teased a number of new game releases earlier this week, as part of a showcase highlighting some of the best “Nindies” heading to Switch over the next year. Some of those are already on the eShop this week — like Into the Breach, a beautiful strategy game and one of 2018’s critical darlings — and they’re joined by several other small titles worth your attention.

That includes two games that wear their influences proudly. The Messenger, out today, is built on the familiar Ninja Gaiden formula from the NES-era — before deviating from that genre to follow the Metroidvania schema instead. Combined with its visuals, The Messenger is a love letter to two of the most popular, old-school styles of gameplay. But, as we noted in our review, the switch from traditional action combat to the recently revitalized Metroidvania-style play makes this ninja adventure game far more interesting than its initial veneer suggests.

European ratings agency adopts in-game purchase label

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European ratings agency adopts in-game purchase label

PEGI, the video games rating board for Europe, will now require a label on the display cases of video games that feature in-game purchases.

The ratings agency already required a content descriptor for in-game purchases on games sold online. The move to physical version labeling follows the decision by North America’s ESRB to label in-app purchase systems back in February. That decision responded to the outcry over loot boxes or loot crate systems, whose original form in Star Wars Battlefront 2 caused the most controversy.

Japan is getting a lovely Famicom mini-consoles bundle

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Japan is getting a lovely Famicom mini-consoles bundle

Not only does Japan get the more attractive versions of the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System — it’s true! sorry! — but Japanese customers are also getting a chance to buy the miniature versions of the consoles in one go. A similarly stylish bundle, composed of the Famicom and Super Famicom Classic Editions, is coming to Japanese stores in September.

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the set, which is on sale for 14,940 yen (around $134). A special Amazon limited deal, which includes the original instruction books for Super Mario Bros. and F-Zero, is also available for 15,077 yen (or about $135). The mini-SNES comes with 21 games, including Star Fox 2, while the mini-NES will come with 30 titles.

Destiny 2: Forsaken weapons and armor dropping early for some players

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Destiny 2: Forsaken weapons and armor dropping early for some players

Destiny 2’s first major expansion, Forsaken, launches in under a week. But as of the 2.0 pre-patch update, some players are getting exclusive rewards a bit early. Forsaken-only weapons and armor pieces — complete with random rolls — have found there way into multiple players’ inventories, including our own.

Players have been posting to Twitter and other platforms since the patch dropped yesterday, saying they’re getting items that should not be dropping yet.