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No one really cares about crossplay

The great console war has recently witnessed the opening of a new front. This time, the struggle focused on cross-platform play, and the shortest straw was drawn by Sony, which received a healthy dose of criticism. But is it really that much of an issue?

Flops that rose up from the ashes

"Video games as a service" is usually associated with unfair microtransactions, lacking content and watered-down story – but there's more to it. The term also implies an opportunity the devs have to mend the things that don't work properly.

Say farewell to Steam

More and more major publishers are deciding to end their cooperation with Steam, promoting their own sales platforms and gaming environments instead.

The best time to be a gamer is NOW

Lootboxes, microtransactions, cutting content, extremely formulaic games… it’s hard to be a gamer nowadays, isn't it? Except it’s not!

Lootboxes at a party

Have you ever seen a party without a proper lootbox? Me neither!

Why open world games suck at telling a story?

A great map, a slew of activities, and unlimited freedom usually come at the price of a forgettable, pretext storyline. Is that always the case? And does it have to be like that?

You need to pay for earlier release date now

Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Forza Horizon, FIFA 19, new Tomb Raider. These recent hits are very different from one another, but there is a certain common denominator – all these games could be played a few days before the release... if you paid extra.

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CDPR celebrates 11 years of The Witcher series with a bunch of fun facts

Triss Merigold is literally changing, and a ghost ship is on its way to the Skellige Isles – these are just 2 out of 11 interesting facts CD Projekt RED shared with fans to celebrate The Witcher series turning eleven. With more still to come, one should keep an eye out on the game’s Twitter feed.

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Blizzard leakd World of Warcraft subscriber count, rumor suggests

We now know the exact number of active World of Warcraft players. The data has been disclosed by WeakAuras official official account on Twitter, and has been leaked by an unknown source. But as Blizzard pushes, the said source starts to fade away, and in the end, nobody knows anything for sure.

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Games have two release dates these days. You need to pay for the earlier one

Game developers are intensively trying to convince us to buy increasingly expensive game releases. Recently, along additional content or physical gadgets and gimmicks came one more incentive – earlier access to the full version of the game. This year, those willing to spare more buck were able to play the new Assassin's Creed, Tomb Raider or Forza Horizon before anyone else.

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Command & Conquer remasters are being considered by EA

EA is not giving the Command & Conquer series up just yet. The developer is working on C&C remasters that should make it to digital distribution before 2020, a studio representative announced. Although no further details have been given, a promise has been made.

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Dying Light developers will help create Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer

They worked on Dying Light and Company of Heroes, and now they are coming for more. Digital Scapes have officially become the team responsible for developing the multiplayer mode for Cyberpunk 2077, CD Project Red’s highly-anticipated, blockbuster sci-fi RPG. But when will the multiplayer see the neon of day, nobody yet knows. Until then, singleplayer is the king.

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Why open world games suck at telling a story?

Big games are increasingly focusing on providing as much freedom within open worlds brimming with side activities and build of swathes of land. The collateral damage, in this case, is usually the story, which is largely marginalized and if we’re lucky is decent at best. We got used to that over the years, but maybe it’s about time to change it, and start demanding a bit more?

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The author of The Witcher books demands more money from CD Projekt RED

Andrzej Sapkowski, who created The Witcher universe, wants more money. Yes, we’re talking millions of dollars. CD Projekt RED, who created The Witcher gaming franchise having acquired the rights legally, is to give it to him because it has apparently violated the law. But the developer refuses to acknowledge any kind of wrongdoing, even though Mr. Sapkowski has a few fair points to support his claim.

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Fallout 76 beta has a release date, and PC and PS4 owners will lag behind

Fallout 76 beta will launch on October 23, Bethesda announced earlier today. The pre–order-exclusive Break-It Early Test Application features a distinguishable intro every Fallout fan should recognize. It has been published as well. Players are encouraged to break it now, so that it becomes bugless on launch. But not everybody will “enjoy it” at the same time.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 features 200 species of animals, birds and fish

Rockstar is going big once again. The developer has just unveiled that its newest “GTA-Western,” Red Dead Redemption 2, features around 200 different species of animals, birds, and fish. This includes, among others, 19 breeds of horses. Not only this, but all of them are there for a reason.

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PlayStation Now allows you to download PlayStation 4 games

Storing PlayStation 4 games on your PC's hard drive is not a big deal anymore. PlayStation Now now (sic) allows for downloading “almost all” PlayStation 4 games and PlayStation 2 remasters, and also tweaks PlayStation Plus a little bit so that it becomes more budget-friendly. But wait, there’s more.

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Lootboxes are important at a party!
Have you ever seen a party without a proper lootbox? Me neither!
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All Red Dead Redemption 2 news in a nutshell

Red Dead Redemption 2 launch is imminent. Rockstar breaks its silence and provides us with more and more details every day. We now know everything about the number of protagonists players will be able to control, old mechanics making a comeback, and the online mode that seems almost indistinguishable from GTA Online. All of the necessary info you will find here.

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The Elder Scrolls 6 is called "Redfall", trademark suggests

The Elder Scrolls VI, showcased during this year’s E3, will probably be called “Redfall.” This comes after ZeniMax, the owner of Bethesda, has become the owner of a “Redfall” trademark. Such a prediction makes sense for a variety of reasons – but all of them remain pure speculation until officially confirmed.

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Bethesda says a new generation of consoles is on its way

Next-gen consoles are out there already. Perhaps you don’t know about all the ‘whats’ and ‘hows,’ but Bethesda’s Pete Hines managed to get an insight. The successors to PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X should bring new technical capabilities around, but how exactly are they going to change the industry remains a mystery. Even for Hines.

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Half-Life meets Unreal Engine 4, and it turns out gorgeous

There’s no such thing as too much Half-Life. Project Lambda, a fan project that took months to be completed, is now available for free download. It lets you rediscover the famous “train car” intro sequence – this time powered by Unreal Engine 4. It is shiny, it is polished, and it makes Black Mesa look better than ever. And there's more to it that that.

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The best time to be a gamer is NOW

A lootbox scandal here, cut content there, and a half-baked release forcing you to wait for patches to top things off… Times used to be better, games used to be more fun. Right? Well, not really… Today I wanted to take a look at what times we live in and prove that actually it’s rarely been better to be a part of gaming community.

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Rocksteady is working on a "highly anticipated AAA title", job listing reveals

Rocksteady is getting ready to launch their next big title. The studio – mostly known for giving us the renown Batman Arkham series – is currently looking for talented new members of its development team. But whether their next project is in any way related to Batman, we do not yet know. For more details, we will have to wait – presumably around two more years.

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Ubisoft is giving away a free Rainbow Six Siege skin, but there's a catch

Rainbow Six Siege is making you an offer you will soon not be able to refuse. If you enable 2-factor authentication now, you are getting safer and fancier-looking with a free Thermite skin that comes with ensuring your safety. That’s a gift. If you refuse, well – then you will have to enable it anyway in the near future. But then there will be no free stuff waiting to be picked up.

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Black Ops 4 Battle Royale mode supports 20 players fewer than PUBG or Fortnite, but still more than its Battlefield 5 equivalent

Black Ops 4 Blackout battle royale mode will only support 80 players, Treyarch revealed. By itself, it’s quite a big number, but when compared to PUBG and Fortnite: BR – both of which feature 100 players on one map – it seems like a step back. However, the player count is still higher than that of Battlefield 5’s Firestorm, and most importantly – it has its purpose.

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Cyberpunk 2077 won’t have a companion system – but Jackie is still your friend

Cyberpunk 2077 does not feature a full-fledged companion system, CD Projekt RED confirmed last Friday. It does, however, take advantage of the full narrative potential of every NPC you meet, to make your experience both personal and interactive at the same time. As a result – you’re never really lonely in the Night City.

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Metro Exodus runs smoothly with ray tracing on – but there is a price to pay

Metro Exodus doesn’t fear Nvidia’s cutting edge ray tracing technology, an off-screen gameplay proves. The game handles cutscene-like graphics at 50+ FPS in 1080p with seemingly no problems or frame rate drops whatsoever. But the PC that made running it so smoothly possible isn’t one you just buy with your pocket money – and that’s the big concern.

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Survival game SCUM launches in Early Access, becomes Steam bestseller right away

An MMO survival. A DayZ successor. A game that jumps on the bandwagon of PUBG’s popularity. Call it whatever you want, SCUM just broke some records. Not only is it Devolver Digital’s fastest-selling game of all time, but it made Croteam even more legendary than they already were. But despite the initial success, its future remains uncertain.

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Cyberpunk 2077 offers 100+ hours of gameplay. Learn more about its size

Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage might have left us scratching our heads, but now the time has come to demand some answers. And just like that – here they are. 100+ hours of playtime, Night City packed with diversity, and more traveling than The Witcher 3 dreamed of – both horizontally and vertically. CD Projekt RED’s Miles Tost tells us all we need to know about Cyberpunk 2077's size and magnitude.

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Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay is finally here. We've got all the interesting timestamps

The time has come and CD Projekt RED finally unveiled the 48-minute Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay. Although it’s still a pre-alpha footage, it showcases most of the mechanics and frankly, you should be already watching or re-watching it. And if you ever feel lost, we provide useful timestamps summarizing the gameplay and highlighting the most important parts.

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You can now finish Cyberpunk 2077. New artwork is here

Cyberpunk 2077 is playable from start to finish, but it doesn’t mean it’s ready. A few chosen ones could see the gameplay footage behind closed doors at this year’s gamescom. The bad news – CD Projekt RED is still not ready to show it to us, the gamers. The good news – we are getting some new, spicy artwork.

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No new Assassin's Creed coming in 2019, Ubisoft CEO says

Assassin’s Creed is taking a nearly two-year long break after the release of Odyssey. In other words – no major Assassin’s Creed game is being released in 2019. This has been confirmed by Ubisoft’s CEO, Yves Guillemot. Fans of the series, however, should not worry – developers will make sure to keep you entertained throughout the year. And yes, it has to do with DLCs.

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Cyberpunk 2077 devs share new screenshots and tell us a little something about the quest system

We might not have yet seen the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay footage, and CD Projekt RED knows we crave it. So the developer arrived at gamescom 2018 with 4 brand new screenshots to cater for gamers. And the company’s quest designer even threw in some new info regarding the game’s quest system structure.

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PlayStation 5 rumored to launch in late 2019

PlayStation 5 is right around the corner, Japanese analysts suggest. Or it could be – if the demand for Sony’s new console remained reasonable. Depending on how many special capacitors are out there, PS5 may debut either in 2019, 2020, or 2021. And there is a reasonable amount of evidence to back up any rumored date.

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Say farewell to Steam - every publisher may soon get its own digital distribution platform

Bethesda’s decision to keep Fallout 76 off Steam has made some waves. The spin-off to the iconic series isn’t the only exception, though – an increasing number of big publishers decides to end their partnership with Valve, focusing on their own distribution platforms.

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Swastikas and other Nazi symbols are no longer censored in German games. Here’s how it happened

Swastikas and other Nazi symbols were banned in German video games for two decades, but now they’re making their way back in. Although the ban never affected movies or literature, games were struggling with it, and anything recalling Nazism had to either be censored, or it got “indexed”. Now it’s no longer the case, as games in Germany are finally considered equal with other art forms. But what exactly this means for developers? Come and find out.

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The Phoenixes of Video Games, or How Flops Become Hits

We're going to play a bit of the devil's advocate today. While we're not going to defend lootboxes and microtransactions, we'd like to point out the positive implications of these practices, collectively referred to as "video games becoming a service." During the recent months, we've experienced quite an outcry across all major video game news outlets and communities with regard to the "lootbox crisis." The monetization in video games, however, cuts both ways: true, it drains money from players after they’ve purchased the game, which seems a bit unfair (no one asks you to pay 5 dollars to see the end of a movie in the cinema, right?). But it also provides the developers with a steady income, allowing them to improve their games when they need it. Hop in for a more complex synopsis of the trend.

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Multiple Diablo projects are in the works, Blizzard says

Diablo is back and it’s official. The game’s community manager, Brandy Camel, dropped a few “exciting updates about the future of Diablo.” These include… nothing specific, but are pretty straightforward – Blizzard is working on multiple Diablo projects and should share more details regarding them this year.

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Rainbow Six Siege map Hereford is getting a remake to get rid of imbalance

Time travel in Rainbow Six: Siege is now a thing. Having dealt with the unbalanced Hereford map for far too long, Ubisoft decided they will remake it from the ground up, changing not only the design, but also – the setting. And thus Season 4 will take you back to RAF times.

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No one really cares about crossplay

After it turned out that running Fortnite on PlayStation 4 effectively prevents the user to log in to their account through Switch, Sony found itself in the epicenter of fierce criticism aimed at its crossplay-defying policy. Among the flak rained down by developers and – more or less hardcore – fans, many people seemed to be missing one crucial part – that nobody really seems to care about crossplay; certainly not to the extent that would warrant such backlash, even if Sony’s move was indeed nasty.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta overpowered armor "isn't that" overpowered, according to Treyarch

An overpowered body armor that made its way to Black Ops 4 beta last weekend is likely to be nerfed, Treyarch said in statement. The developer was heavily criticized by the Call of Duty community following an introduction of an armor that apparently soaked up bullets like a sponge to the game. Nonetheless, according to Treyarch, the uproar is at least partly unjustified.

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Fallout 76 is not coming to Steam, Bethesda confirms

After days of speculation, here it comes – Fallout 76 is not making it to Steam. Bethesda says that in order to keep things organized, the game requires Bethesda.net, and not a third-party launcher. In other words, the much anticipated post-apocalyptic MMO-RPG won’t make it to the gaming’s most popular platform. Well, at least not at launch.

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FIFA 19 will become Fortnite with these two game modes

‘Battle royale is not yet dead,’ FIFA 19 appears to be saying. The game, launching this September, will introduce two new kickoff modes. One of them is the “No Rules” mode, the other – “Survival” mode. They’re fun, but what exactly fun means? Well, let’s just say it’s a Fortnite-ish kind of fun.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 "will redefine the gaming industry," Take-Two CEO says

Red Dead Redemption 2 is the industry’s Holy Grail – one can judge from Strauss Zelnick’s speech. According to Take Two’s CEO, it will not only redefine gaming as we know it, but will also set a “creative milestone” for Rockstar, something that so far only the Grand Theft Auto series was able to accomplish.

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New Assassin's Creed is possibly set in Japan, discovery reveals

A discovery made by a Reddit user suggests that Ubisoft might set the next Assassin’s Creed game in Japan. An image found in Assassin’s Creed 3 seems to have already predicted AC: Origins and AC: Odyssey, and according to it, feudal Japan is next. But are there more leads than this one?

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Europe goes to Tatooine
Sometimes, when the heatwave hits...
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Valve releases a new game this November

November 28 is when Valve will release its Dota 2 card game – Artifact. During this year’s PAX West, players will also be able to test it out early. But although the game is a disappointment for many Half-Life fans out there, it’s worth testing out. If you feel like winning one million dollars, that is.

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Fallout 76 features no paid DLCs, Bethesda confirms

Following a trend put forth by games like Battlefield V, Bethesda said Fallout 76 won’t feature a Season Pass. This means no paid DLCs – ever. How, then, is the developer going to make additional money off their newest multiplayer post-apocalyptic title? The answer is: microtransactions.

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