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Game Editorials and Comics August 2018

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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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Cartoon Wars Comics
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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