World War 3 may be the next great hardcore shooter

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World War 3 may be the next great hardcore shooter

One of the games getting good buzz out of this year’s Gamescom in Germany is an ambitious modern military shooter. World War 3 is being made by the team at The Farm 51, a mid-sized independent developer out of Poland. If they can pull off what they envision, we could be looking at one of the next big franchises for hardcore fans.

The fiction of World War 3 posits a near-future global conflict with the European theater as its epicenter. The team has announced realistic maps modeled after locations such as Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow. But they’ve gone a step further, promising an unprecedented level of fidelity in the way it models arms and equipment.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 adds elite clone troopers in latest update

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 adds elite clone troopers in latest update

Two new Clone Trooper skins will be available in Star Wars Battlefront 2 as part of the Elite Corps Update scheduled to launch on Wednesday, Aug. 29, EA DICE announced this week.

The new appearances are for the 41st Elite Corps, better known as the good guys who fought alongside Yoda on Kashyyyk in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; and for the 327th Star Corps, who were (among many others) the bad guys carrying out Palpatine’s “Order 66” to exterminate all Jedi in the same flick.

The final Battle for Azeroth Warbringers short is cosmic, watery horror

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The final Battle for Azeroth Warbringers short is cosmic, watery horror

Queen Azshara is one of the most dangerous villains in World of Warcraft. A Night Elf monarch and mage who struck a deal with the Burning Legion, she was stopped 10,000 years ago by Tyrande Whisperwind and the brothers Stormrage. After her reign ended and the Sundering tore the world apart, Azshara and her followers were swept under the waves. There, she struck a bargain with an Old God, and they rose again as the powerful Naga. We’ve known these details in the abstract, but the newest Warbringer short shows the moments of truth where Azshara drowned and was reborn, and it’s some of the most compelling cosmic horror around.

Since World of Warcraft’s debut, Azshara has been present on the fringes of the game. The Naga have been an enemy in zones as far back as vanilla WoW, and statues of her litter the Night Elf ruins. One of her generals, Lady Vashj, made a play at stealing the water of Outland in The Burning Crusade. We saw a vision of her past back in Cataclysm. Now, in Battle for Azeroth, she finally makes her debut. We also get to see her Old God patron, N’Zoth, and the entire experience is as compelling as it is unsettling.

Fortnite’s map is being struck by lightning, which seems to be creating a countdown

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Fortnite’s map is being struck by lightning, which seems to be creating a countdown

Fortnite’s meta-story of events and characters that impact the game’s map is heating up again, as the rifts in the sky have begun to spit out lightning bolts that hit the ground on square H9 on the map. Fans now think it could all be leading to an in-game event that’s taking place later today.

Players first noticed the lightning strikes yesterday, with streamers witnessing a few while they were broadcasting gameplay.

Marvel Strike Force’s microtransactions go beyond the mobile standard

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Marvel Strike Force’s microtransactions go beyond the mobile standard

There’s a lot to like about Marvel Strike Force, and that’s part of what makes the game’s recent decisions so infuriating, and the justified community reaction so lamentable. This all could have been avoided, if the developers had made different decisions.

There are the bones of a very fun role-playing mobile game in Strike Force: You recruit heroes, weigh their strengths and synergy, and then build teams to face off against a variety of challenges. That’s a solid formula, but everything built around it is what you might expect from the worst-case business practices of a mobile game — and even that has recently been taken to extremes.

Epic Games will reward you for making your Fortnite account more secure

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Epic Games will reward you for making your Fortnite account more secure

Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced that it will give players the Boogiedown Emote for free if they go online and activate two-factor authentication on their Epic Games accounts. This is a rare, but not unheard-of, example of a company giving players a direct reward for making their accounts a bit more secure.

Two-factor authentication means that, in addition to your standard password, you’ll need a second code provided by an authentication app, or sent to you via email or text, to access your account. In the case of Fortnite, that second code won’t be needed every time you log in.

Destiny 2: Forsaken’s raid will go live the week after the expansion’s launch

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Destiny 2: Forsaken’s raid will go live the week after the expansion’s launch

Destiny raids have typically gone live just a few days after a new expansion. However, Destiny 2: Forsaken’s raid, known as Last Wish, will not be released until a full week and a half after the expansion debuts. Bungie announced the specific date and time, and the reason for this change, in this week’s This Week at Bungie.

The new raid, which will take place in the mysterious Dreaming City, will be released on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Once it’s available, all players will gain the chance to take down the monsters that Bungie has promised us. Senior raid designer Joe Blackburn said that players will need more than the usual three days to prepare, and that the team at Bungie wanted to be sure that the community had an opportunity to experience the full expansion before slamming into the hardest content.

For Honor’s free offer on PC puts a jolt into Steam player base

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For Honor’s free offer on PC puts a jolt into Steam player base

For Honor, Ubisoft’s third-person medieval multiplayer fighting game (there’s a mouthful), is free on Steam for the next five days. And that offer, announced yesterday, has given its PC player base a huge jolt of adrenaline to a game that had trouble keeping an audience on the platform.

Steam Charts shows a 24-hour peak of 216,499 — which is also the all-time peak on Steam for For Honor since launching in February 2017 — thanks to the free offer. The Starter Edition of the game, normally $15, is free to download until Aug. 27, and those who do can keep the game thereafter.

Battle for Azeroth’s new Azerite armor pieces become tradable next week

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Battle for Azeroth’s new Azerite armor pieces become tradable next week

In a recent developer Q&A for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, game director Ion Hazzikostas announced that players will be able to trade the new Azerite gear with one another come Aug. 28. Players were previously barred from ever trading Azerite pieces, leaving them locked to the player that originally received them.

Hazzikostas revealed that the development team had originally believed that Azerite pieces were too complicated to be tradable, and feared players would regret trading them. However, the team has now realized that getting a piece of Azerite gear and not being able to trade it to a friend if they need it feels far worse than giving something useful away.

Call of Duty: WWII’s last DLC pack can be shared with players who don’t own it

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Call of Duty: WWII’s last DLC pack can be shared with players who don’t own it

Call of Duty: WWII’s fourth and final DLC extension may be shared by owners with players who haven’t purchased it from Aug. 28 to Oct. 28, Sledgehammer Games and Activision announced today.

Called Shadow War, the expansion adds three new maps in Axis-controlled locales, another War Mode mission and the last chapter to the game’s Nazi Zombies arc, called “The Frozen Dawn.”