Doom Eternal’s PS5 and Xbox Series X free upgrade available now

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Doom Eternal’s PS5 and Xbox Series X free upgrade available now

Doom Eternal’s free upgrade for the newest consoles, which packs three new graphics modes (two for the Xbox Series S), is now available for those who have the original game. We’ll point out that Doom Eternal is on the buffet of Bethesda Softworks titles that joined Xbox Game Pass in the spring, so this upgrade covers a lot more than the folks who bought it outright in March 2020.

Update 6 also brings new content to all versions of the game. Taras Nabad is a new Master Level challenge, taking players to “the capital of Argent D’Nur,” according to the patch notes. There’s also a new 2v1 Battlemode arena, Corrosion, to go with improvements to Battlemode, including balance changes and bandwidth optimizations. All players also get a chromed-out Ray Tracer Ballista weapon skin to show off the new hardware’s capability.

Horror developer Bloober Team partners with Konami, the studio behind Silent Hill

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Horror developer Bloober Team partners with Konami, the studio behind Silent Hill

Bloober Team, the developer of Layers of Fear and Blair Witch, has entered into a new partnership with developer and publisher Konami, the two companies announced on Wednesday.

In a statement about the partnership, Bloober Team explained that the two companies will share information and technology, and more importantly, they’ll work on jointly developing certain projects. Polygon has reached out to both companies for further comment about these projects but did not receive an immediate response.

Star Wars podracing looks even cooler as pixel art

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Star Wars podracing looks even cooler as pixel art

Luckily for us, developers are constantly documenting highlights from the game-making process with the hashtag #ScreenshotSaturday. These posts — which can come in the form of GIFs, screenshots, and video clips — allow fans to feast on the characters and worlds long before the release of the games. So we’ve rounded up some of the coolest works-in-progress we saw thanks to #ScreenshotSaturday to give you a sneak peek into all the fun stuff that excites us.

This week’s list includes a chunky and pixelated podracing game inspired by Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Another post also showed off the early stages of a fan-made 3D version of Earthbound.

World of Warcraft’s new patch is a buffet of collectibles and cameos

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World of Warcraft’s new patch is a buffet of collectibles and cameos

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has been in its launch phase for months, as Tuesday’s 9.1 patch is the first piece of content created entirely under Blizzard Entertainment’s work-from-home protocols. Chains of Dominations changes up the current anima grind and Covenant quests by introducing a smorgasbord of new content for players who are focused on the endgame.

First — and most prominent — is the new zone of Korthia, the City of Secrets. Korthia is the next frontier of the Maw, and the Covenants are showing up to fight back against the Jailer. There are two new reputations and a ton of mounts to collect in the area, as well as new gear and quests. If you’re looking for a new horsie or bat to ride, this patch is a pretty good time — there are 45 in total that have been added to the game.

Control is getting a multiplayer spinoff and sequel

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Control is getting a multiplayer spinoff and sequel

Control, a video game full of strange things that no one can really explain, is getting a spinoff that is aptly inexplicable: a multiplayer game.

Dubbed Project Condor by developer Remedy Entertainment, the game will be a 4-player player-vs-environment (PvE) co-op game set in the world of Control. Besides that very Left 4 Dead-sounding genre descriptor, details are scant. A blog post from Mikael Kasurinen, game director of the Control franchise, emphasizes the “world” part, noting that Control protagonist Jesse Faden’s journey into the Oldest House was just a small part of that world and that Condor is an expression of how much bigger it can be. Kasurinen also shared this bit of concept art, which Kasurinen claims “tells pretty well what Condor is about.”

Magic: Legends will shut down in October, before game’s full release

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Magic: Legends will shut down in October, before game’s full release

Magic: Legends, Cryptic Studios’ Magic: The Gathering video game adaptation, will go offline on Oct. 31, the studio announced Tuesday. The servers will go offline at 11:59 p.m. PST on that date, just months after Magic: Legends was released into open beta.

Magic: Legends was scheduled for a full release date later in 2021 on Windows PC via Steam, as well as on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Cryptic Studios said the game will not be released, and that the studio has “no plans” to revive the game in the future. Magic: Legends executive producer Stephen Ricossa said in the announcement that the “vision for Magic: Legends missed the mark,” but provided no further explanation for the shutdown.

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut rated by the ESRB, even though it hasn’t been announced

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Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut rated by the ESRB, even though it hasn’t been announced

It seems a new version of Ghost of Tsushima is on the way, at least according to the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut is listed on the video game ratings organization’s website despite the fact Sony hasn’t officially announced it yet.

Without that announcement, it’s not quite clear what a Director’s Cut of the 2020 open-world adventure might include. Ghost of Tsushima got a multiplayer expansion, a new game plus mode, and a next-gen upgrade since its launch last July. But all of that content was released for free.

Warcraft’s most infamous elf is the game’s newest loot pinata

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Warcraft’s most infamous elf is the game’s newest loot pinata

Today’s World of Warcraft patch is a big one. Chains of Domination, also known as patch 9.1, brings a new raid, zone, new end-game systems, and 40 new mounts. The final boss of that raid is Sylvanas Windrunner, and fans have been waiting to beat her ass for a long time now. If you’re still on her side, Blizzard has made her one of the juiciest loot pinatas in the game for years to come — she has a legendary bow, unique weapons, and a mount.

Sylvanas has been the antagonist throughout Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands, and if you’ve been playing since the old days of the game, you may have a grudge against her for her actions in 2010’s Cataclysm expansion. She’s spent the last eleven years just being the absolute worst — plague bombing innocent people, raising their corpses to serve as her army of undead, and burning down major population centers.

Xbox Games with Gold offers Midway Arcade Origins in July

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Xbox Games with Gold offers Midway Arcade Origins in July

Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers get four free games in July with Microsoft’s Xbox Games with Gold program — or maybe they get 34 free games, if you count all the retro arcade hits in the Midway Arcade Origins anthology.

The collection of coin-op classics, which launched for Xbox 360 in 2012, is the prize of this month’s foursome, but it’s not available until July 16. The two Xbox One games are the 2018 survival adventure Planet Alpha and 2020’s unusual tower-defense game from ACE Team and Atlus, Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break.

Sony buys Returnal studio Housemarque

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Sony buys Returnal studio Housemarque

Finnish game studio Housemarque is the newest addition to Sony’s stable of first-party developers. Sony announced on Tuesday that the makers of Returnal will join PlayStation Studios.

“We are so excited to finally join the PlayStation Studios family,” Ilari Kuittinen, Housemarque’s co-founder and managing director, wrote on PlayStation Blog. “This gives our studio a clear future and a stable opportunity to continue delivering on gameplay centric approaches, while still experimenting with new methods of narrative delivery and pushing the boundaries of this modern artform.”