Elkhart County declared a health emergency in order to reduce the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE virus.
The U.S. is nearing 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Now experts are looking ahead, and the forecast for the fall and winter isn't good.
A beautiful new image of Jupiter from the Hubble Space Telescope - captured in August 2020 - shows the planet's icy moon Europa as well as several famous storms in Jupiter's atmosphere.
After an intriguing detection of phosphine in the clouds of Venus, it may take one or more spacecraft visiting our neighboring planet for scientists to truly understand what's happening.
A new study suggests that the ocean’s strangest-looking headgear is difficult to tote around.
When Allen Robinson expressed frustration with the lack of action regarding his desired contract extension, teams began contacting the Chicago Bears to explore a trade. The Bears, however, were not interested in dealing their top wideout.
Dallas Cowboys wideout Michael Gallup projects to have a favorable Week 2 matchup against Atlanta Falcons corner Isaiah Oliver, whereas Buffalo Bills wideout John Brown is slated for an unfavorable matchup with Byron Jones.
LeBron James wasn't named the NBA's MVP on Friday, but superstar teammate Anthony Davis thinks he should have been. The Los Angeles Lakers big man commented on the news that Giannis Antetokounmpo had been named MVP over James with a message of clear support for his teammate.
Dana White believes that former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley’s best days are behind him.
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With a stout lineup headlined by Keith Urban, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Kane Brown, and Bon Jovi, cyber fans relished watching their musical heroes take center stage and rip through their discography.
As the 72nd Emmy Awards grow closer, it’s no secret that this year’s award show will be historically different from any previous broadcast of TV’s biggest night.
The addition of the Handwashing Timer to watchOS 7 is meant to encourage Apple Watch users to properly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds. Here's how to get the feature working, to remind you to keep your hands clean.
Google was ahead of the curve on features that Apple just released to iPhones with the iOS 14 upgrade.
Illustrator and 3D modeller @keisawada has put together a series of images that really put the PlayStation 5 size into perspective
President Trump recently claimed a vaccine will be available within a few weeks, but Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel stressed that Trump’s claims are only wishful thinking.
Moderna Inc said on Friday it was on track to produce 20 million doses of its experimental coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year, while maintaining its goal of readying 500 million to 1 billion doses in 2021.
These stocks are grossly overpriced.
Britain is likely to need to reintroduce some national coronavirus lockdown measures sooner rather than later, a leading epidemiologist said on Saturday, as new cases rose to their highest level since early May.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Saturday that the U.S. will reimpose UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions in the region.
The warning comes as people in England who refuse an order to self-isolate could be fined up to £10,000.
President Trump declared he's the best thing that has happened to Puerto Rico after his administration released $13 billion in aid as Democrats accused him of playing politics with the timing.
Tropical Storm Beta has winds of 60 mph this morning and is around 205 Miles southeast of Galveston, Texas moving west-northwest at 3 mph slowly towards the Texas coast.
In talking about his new book “Rage,” Bob Woodward hit back at Fox News for questioning whether he has a political bias against President Donald Trump. Subsc...
At least 40 rounds were fired during a shooting that left two people dead and over a dozen others injured at a house party in upstate New York, authorities said.
President Donald Trump on Friday mocked an American news anchor for being shot with a rubber bullet during George Floyd protests in May, calling it a "beautiful sight" during a political rally in Minnesota.
This year has felt anything but stable in most aspects of American life, but the presidential campaign of 2020 has been bucking that dynamic and has proven to be remarkably stable for the last several months.
The numbers come via an ABC News/Ipsos poll released Sunday.
As sun went down on Washington, a crowd lit candles, cried tears – and expressed determination to stop Trump and McConnell
Because seniors have a weaker immune system, their bodies may not produce enough antibodies from the normal flu shot to properly fight off infection.
Get your mind off this rock and go visit Jupiter through a fresh NASA and ESA snap of the gas giant.
The head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, also said the country plans to send its own mission to Venus.
Space is nearly a vacuum. Here's why.
Barring a setback in pregame warm-ups, there's significant optimism within the Celtics that forward Gordon Hayward will make a return to the lineup for Game 3 against the Heat on Saturday night, sources told ESPN.
How to watch every single moment of the 2020 U.S. Open on TV or streaming live online
Giannis Antetokounmpo was announced Friday as the NBA 's MVP for the second season in a row, and LeBron James has thoughts...
The full Big Ten football schedule is out, and this is everything you need to know, breaking down the biggest games for each team in the conference.
Kanye West has revealed that Dr. Dre has remixed his 2019 track 'Use This Gospel' - and it features Eminem.
Billboard editors highlight the latest news buzz in Latin music every week. Here's what happened in the Latin music world.
Cardi B addressed her divorce with Offset during an Instagram Live, saying that she didn’t get a divorce due to drama or cheating.
The Apple Watch Series 6 and the Fitbit Sense behave and act like smartwatches, but look under the hood and they are two of the most powerful consumer healt...
If your iPhone runs iOS 14 or later, you can now take a screenshot just by tapping its back thanks to a new accessibility feature called Back Tap, which you’ll have to configure for the task. Here’s how to set it up.
Sony has apologized for a botched PlayStation 5 pre-order process, promising more consoles in the days ahead.
“If in fact it looks like that vaccine is safe and effective, I can tell the American public that I will take the vaccine when it’s available to me, and I wi...
The market may be all over the place, but these stocks are still great long-term bets.
More than 30 biotech and pharmaceutical companies around the world are racing to develop a safe Covid-19 vaccine. The process is moving quickly with several ...
The British Prime Minister said the U.K. is facing the same dangerous surge as France and Spain, and suggested young people failing to socially distance is a...
Times change, and even the Middle East can change, too.
One witness described the scene as an “all-out war zone.”
Sub-tropical Storm Alpha, named Friday, took the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season into the Greek alphabet for only the second time in recorded history.
"President Trump's nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.
A surge of infections in the Southwest and the Midwest is partly driving an uptick in cases nationally. The eight remaining members of the Supreme Court are expected to hear arguments next month via telephone.
Protesters returned to the streets of Portland, Ore., Friday night after wildfires that had effectively suspended the demonstrations cleared from the area.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said border restrictions between Canada and the United States because of the novel coronavirus pandemic would be lifted "pretty soon", just hours after the two countries confirmed they would remain in place until at least Oct. 21.
The Trump administration's decision to ban TikTok and WeChat could set a dangerous precedent that adversely affects U.S. tech companies and accelerates.
A package containing the poison ricin and addressed to President Donald Trump was intercepted by law enforcement earlier this week, according to two law enforcement officials.
As the presidential campaign heats up, the Guardian is tracking the latest polling in eight states that could decide the election
The death of Justice Ginsburg rapidly reshaped the presidential race and led to a political fight in the Senate. Here’s what we know.
The CDC's recent report that dining out poses a risk for COVID-19 transmission has set off a clash with the flailing industry. Many restaurant owners and coalitions are refuting the claims based on "false assumptions."
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A group of researchers claim to have discovered where the novel coronavirus originated, according to a new study.
Scientists said on Monday they have detected in the harshly acidic clouds of Venus a gas called phosphine that indicates microbes may inhabit Earth's inhospitable neighbor, a tantalizing sign of potential life beyond Earth.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will participate in a virtual discussion on the agency’s collaboration with the United States Space Force at 9:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 22.
Using sound waves from underwater earthquakes, researchers can more accurately measure sea temperatures.
Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Damien Woody wonder if Browns QB Baker Mayfield's starting job is on the line if Cleveland loses in Week 2 against rookie...
It was a tough round for the 15-time major winner at Winged Foot on Thursday
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani had us all convinced that they were performing at the Bluebird Cafe during the ACM Awards on Wednesday night.
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Jerry Harris, star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court in Chicago with producing child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The iPad Air is fancier, but this updated classic is the better deal.
Hands-on with Apple's newest affordable smartwatch, the Apple Watch SE
Sony announced that the PlayStation 5 gaming console will launch on November 12th. It starts at $399 for the version without the disc drive, and it’s $499 for the console with the Blu-ray drive. You can preorder now.
Some 860,000 Americans lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 375 points early Thursday amid jobless data. Tech stocks sold off sharply, as Apple, Snowflake and Tesla tumble.
The video app is also looking for a new chief executive and has talked to candidates including a founder of Instagram.
In recent months, New Delhi has brought vast quantities of ammunition, equipment, fuel and food into Ladakh region.
Statistics show a steady decline in major crimes. But what has intensified are the challenges to France’s traditional national identity, and the jockeying in the race to be the next president.
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner canceled his interview with MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell as he continues to tout the historic peace agreement between Israel, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.
Associates of Vladimir Putin's biggest critic say he was likely poisoned with Novichok by way of a water bottle in his hotel room.
The Creek Fire had burned 228,025 acres and was 18 percent contained on Wednesday but new footage showed the first 12 hours of the wildfire in California on September 4.
It’s time for the governor to start blaming mismanagement of the forests as much as climate change for these horrendous wildfires, columnist George Skelton writes.
Testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray clarified that the bureau views Antifa as an ideology and not an organ...
The coronavirus has reemerged as the topic people are hearing most about President Donald Trump after the release of tapes in which Trump admitted downplaying the threat of the virus.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that coronavirus cases are surging alarmingly in Europe, as a "very serious situation" unfolds across the continent.
Federal and military officials tried to obtain a sound cannon or devices that are known as heat rays, a whistleblower says.
President Trump's campaign called on a federal judge to stop the state of New Jersey's plans to count mail-in votes prior to Election Day, pending the results of a lawsuit that the campaign filed in August.
The House Democratic leader told CNN that Barr's comparison was 'tone deaf' after Barr said lockdown orders were just one step down from the restrictions slaves endured.
Doctors are worried the coronavirus pandemic may worsen with the flu season around the corner. Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospi...
Nearly 550,000 children in the US have been diagnosed with Covid-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.
The search for an effective COVID-19 is one of two major horse races — the other being the fiercely contested race for the White House — that is dominating the global economy.
The antibody component is 10 times smaller than a full-sized antibody.
Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine suggested Sept. 14 that NASA might send the first Artemis human landing mission away from the south pole.
Astronomers have detected a gas on Venus called phosphine, and weirdly enough, it could be a sign of alien life in the planet’s clouds. It’s still too early ...
Telescopes in Hawaii and Chile spotted traces of phosphine, a noxious gas that on Earth is only associated with life.
A penalty in overtime proved costly for Vegas on Monday, as Dallas secured its first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 2000, leaving the top-seeded Golden Knights to wonder where it all went wrong.
Check out the full betting odds for the 2020 US Open, which starts on Thursday, September 17 at Winged Foot in New York.
The 49ers started their NFC title defense by going 0-1.
JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the Steelers to victory with two touchdown receptions
J.K. Rowling, who has repeatedly been called out for anti-trans comments, has been accused of including a transphobic plotline in her new Robert Galbraith book.
CNN’s Brian Stelter failed to ask Netflix CEO Reed Hastings any questions about the controversial “Cuties” film during an interview on Sunday, marking the second time the streaming giant’s chief executive was given a pass by CNN.
The 59-year-old activist performed Eye Of The Tiger on Monday during the season 29 premiere of Dancing With The Stars on ABC.
The US government has detained thousands of wireless earbuds on suspicion of being fake Apple goods—despite crystal clear branding from an established company.
Samsung has rolled out a beta of its One UI 3.0 software release based on Android 11 for the Galaxy S20. We go hands-on with the update!
Apple will hold its first virtual-only product reveal at 1 p.m. New York time from its headquarters. The company is expected to focus on the new Watch Series 6 and iPad Air while the newest iPhone is expected to be revealed next month.
Sony has reportedly cut its expectations for PlayStation 5 production by 4 million units. The company is said to have run into manufacturing problems.
Chinese retail sales entered positive growth territory in August for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
Japanese prosecutors say the former car executive helped Ghosn conceal his pay. For the world, the country’s court system itself could face judgment.
People on the short-form video app bust out their happy dance.
Without Temporary Protected Status (TPS), 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Nicaragua living in the U.S. could be deported.
The prime minister Boris Johnson has faced scathing criticism in the House of Commons - and from five former prime ministers - as he called on MPs to back hi...
White House ceremony for agreements with UAE and Bahrain derided as ‘shameless propaganda’
"I am shocked and filled with sorrow following the events of last night," Jason Ravnsborg said.
“It’s so easily transmissible, you wouldn’t even believe it,” the president can be heard telling Bob Woodward on the new recording.
In his first-ever television interview, Vindman, a key witness in President Trump’s impeachment hearings, speaks with Lester Holt about why he called out the...
Nurse Dawn Wooten says she was demoted and reprimanded when she spoke out about practices at Georgia detention center
"There is a compromise if the speaker [of the House] is willing to move forward," Steven Mnuchin said.
Two Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies, main and inset, were ambushed by an unknown man at 7pm on Saturday night while they sat in their patrol car.
At least 10 people have been killed in wildfires raging in Oregon, and the death toll has climbed to 25 in California.
Thanks to a day-one patch, you'll be able to use your HOTAS controls on the console versions of Star Wars Squadrons.
Neither time crunch nor budgetary issues affected how Prince of Persia: The Sand of Time looks.
The boxes to both the Digital and Standard PlayStation 5 editions contain the same items.
Visit Xur for new Exotics to help you take on the Iron Banner this week.
In fact, don't expect anything from Sony's supposed PAX Online presentation next week.
With Microsoft catering to both ends of the console market, Sony might be left in an awkward position ahead of the PS5 price reveal.
The limited-time event September Soiree is also back on, providing a steady rotation of different modes to play until early October.
Lizzy Wizzy is on the cover of a futurist/cyberpunk magazine.
Updated App Store guidelines explicitly allow for streaming services, but questions persist about how it would actually function.
Cobra Kai star William Zabka talks to GameSpot about his character's story going into Season 3, following the devastating Season 2 finale for the Netflix series.
It's time to hunt down some gnomes.
Bloober Team has managed to find a niche that it excels at and it wants to keep on that path going into the future.
Xbox Series S will, however, still offer improvements when playing backwards compatibility games.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is still slated to launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.
A CBS All Access documentary interviews those on the front lines of the video game wars of the '90s.
The actor and wrestling pioneer passed away in his home Wednesday morning.
Bungie has given a much more detailed look at what's in store for its merged version of Gambit and Gambit Prime in November.
The original launch date for the game remains unchanged.
The official Xbox Twitter account pointed the system out in a very I Spy kind of way.
With Xbox Series X/Xbox Series S and PS5 about to release, it's time to figure out which of your game-as-a-service titles are following you into next gen.
Players briefly had access to the version that would have allowed them to upgrade to next-gen for free, but it seems to have been a mistake.
The event will focus on games from first-party and external studios, including launch titles.
Just like with Summer Games Done Quick 2020, Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 will not be an in-person event.
Doom Patrol Season 3 is happening, but this time it will be exclusive to HBO Max.
At DC FanDome, the cast and crew of Young Justice shared some Season 4 news--the new title and some plot details.
During DC FanDome, the cast and producers discuss the possibility of Season 3.
During DC FanDome, we learned more about Season 2 of the CW series, including Grundy's on-set fill-in.
At DC FanDome, the new star of Batwoman revealed how her character's costume is changing.
Additional Vault Hunter skill trees, new multiplayer features, and more are coming to Borderlands 3.
Numskull Designs chose something a little bit different for its latest arcade recreation: recreating a game that never existed at all.
With 12 seasons under its belt, Alaskan Bush People follows the nine-member Brown clan as they supposedly rough it in the backwoods of the small town of Hoonah, Alaska, which has a population of just 760. But despite what it looks like, Alaskan Bush People isn't filmed where — or how — you think.
If you thought untangling the first season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy was more challenging than fitting Luther into a 1950s car, season two gets even twistier, thanks to more time travel.
For those who've yet to see Tye Sheridan do what he does best in front of the camera, you'll definitely want to check out Wireless when it hits Quibi on September 14. In the meantime, to get you up to speed on Wireless' leading man, here's everything you need to know about Tye Sheridan.
Perhaps the two people Walter White loved the most were his son, Walt Jr., and Jesse Pinkman. Once, in a drugged and unguarded moment, he even confused the former for the latter. On its surface, then, it may seem a little strange that the two young men never met throughout Breaking Bad's entire run.
Raised by Wolves is about as sci-fi as sci-fi gets. Earth has been obliterated, forcing mankind to the extrasolar planet Kepler-22b, where humans continue to make a mess of things anyway. Here, androids which have been designated Father and Mother are tasked with raising human children.
On AMC's The Walking Dead, dozens of characters have kicked the bucket, leaving the he actors who play them no choice but to tip their hats and exit stage left. Sonequa Martin-Green, who portrayed Sasha Williams for four seasons of the show, is one such actress.
Ares remains one of the most talked-about originals of this pandemic-plagued year, but fans want to know if they can expect a second outing. Here's everything we know so far about Ares season 2.
2020's "The Secret of Novice Hame," a kind of wrap-up to a proverbial cat nun trilogy, is a story of how a beloved Doctor Who character dies. But it's also, as you might imagine from its title, about a secret — one that will forever change the way you view the Doctor's regeneration.
Considering that this is the same show that promised a world where someone would want to keep Jay Leno's head alive for centuries, maybe we shouldn't be taking it all that seriously — but for die-hard fans, next-level pedantry is the name of the game.
As different aspects of Butcher's character were revealed it became apparent that he would be leaving the Vought compound the same way he entered it: alone. It's likely for the best, too. As The Boys continues to play out, it is becoming obvious that Butcher needs to be single for a while.
Hot on the heels of Nvidia's announcement of the GeForce RTX 3080, RTX 3090, and RTX 3070, rumours have started to surface about the possible configurations of the RTX 3060. The most interesting of these comes from @kopite7kimi, who was pretty accurate with some of the specifications of the other Ampere cards. So this is possibly worth paying a bit more attention to than some of the others.
Alongside the Prince of Persia remake and Riders Republic announcements at Ubisoft Forward yesterday, Ubisoft also unveiled The Rainbow Six World Cup, which will debut next year. The new tournament will span 45 countries, beginning in the first half of 2021 with the The Qualifier Stage. The Finals will then follow in the Summer as the remaining 20 teams compete for the World Cup trophy.Ubisoft has also managed to get international basketball star Tony Parker on board as the Ambassador for the upcoming tournament. In an interview posted on Ubisoft's website, Parker outlined why he was keen to be involved in the new esports event:
Bungie continues to drip feed Beyond Light information through its weekly This Week at Bungie blog posts, and this week the focus is on Destiny 2's core activities and associated loot. In the post, Bungie announced the return of pursuit weapons—special, curated guns that are earned through a (usually lengthy) quest that involves playing through either Strikes, Crucible or Gambit.A quick history of Destiny 2 'pursuit' loot: in Year 2, it came in the form of pinnacle weapons, which had unique perks that made for some of the strongest guns in the game. Mountaintop, Recluse, Revoker, 21% Delirium, Wendigo GL3 and Loaded Question are all things I still regularly use, because they're still arguably the best weapons in their particular class.In Year 3, pursuits were downgraded to ritual weapons, which offered curated rolls pulled from the existing perk pool. They were mostly underwhelming, and eventually stopped being offered. Where previously each season contained a pinnacle/ritual weapon for each of the three core activities, Season of the Worthy featured just a single ritual weapon tied to Iron Banner. Season of Arrivals has no ritual weapon at all.For Year 4, rituals are back, but again it seems we'll be getting just one per season. This time, though, players will have a choice of how they acquire this loot. Players can choose whether to accept a Strike, Crucible or Gambit quest for the gun itself, and will get an additional ornament quest for each to alter its look.
To borrow the opening from The Outer Limits, there is nothing wrong with your display, do not attempt to adjust the picture. Yes, there are actually new Gateway PCs on the market, wrapped in cow-spotted packaging like the old days (as in, two decades ago). And they are only available at Walmart.Some of you reading this might not remember Gateway, serving as a sobering reminder that I'm getting old. Gateway predates The Simpsons by several years, coming into existence in 1985 and maintaining a significant presence in the PC market through the 1990s, and early 2000s. Then the hard times hit, and in 2007 Acer snatched up Gateway for $710 million.The Gateway brand never entirely disappeared, but its presence was certainly diminished, and I imagine largely forgotten by many. Be that as it may, Acer is looking to leverage the brand with a new lineup of laptops, 2-in-1 systems, and even a couple of tablets.
Update: B&H Photo is now showing 'Notify When Available' on both Asus TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 3080 models that were previously available to preorder on the site. It's possible the vendor ran out of preorder inventory (the 3080 is anticipated to be in high demand, as well as the 3070), or it could have jumped the gun on accepting orders.Original story:The wait is on for new Nvidia Ampere cards to land on retail shelves, starting with the 'flagship' GeForce RTX 3080. That GPU gets released next Thursday, September 17, but if you want to order one right now, however, you can.I have found exactly two models that are available to preorder, both at B&H Photo, and both from from Asus and its TUF Gaming line. They include:
Baldur's Gate 3 will be all about choice, and if it lives up to its immense promise, it will be these many, game-changing decisions that'll keep players locked into the Forgotten Realms for many years. So naturally, Larian is going big on it: Baldur's Gate 3 will let players make and suggest dialogue choices to their favourite streamers.In Larian's latest community update the developer revealed Crowd Choice for Stadia and Twitch integration, which will both allow viewers to affect a streamer's next dialogue choice. Crowd Choice will let you actively choose the next story path remotely during a YouTube livestream, whereas each dialogue option is assigned a number on Twitch, which is then subject to a vote. Presumably the streamer can then decide whether to abide or ignore their audience's wishes. Twitch viewers can also view the streamer's inventory, character sheet, skills, and spells.Larian explains in the update that these features are all about bringing the community together, allowing the streamer to become the dungeon master for their audience, whether they own the game or not. Or they can just disable the feature completely, if they'd prefer. Of course, audiences interacting with a streamer's game is nothing new. A recent example is Borderlands 3's ECHOcast extension, which allows viewers to check out a player's inventory, skill trees, and character build. You could also buy them an in-game drink that bestowed various buffs. That said, it'll be fascinating to see it in action in a game as deep as Baldur's Gate 3. With a script running at over 1.5 million words, two games can hardly play the same way.In the same update, Larian also explained the role of cinematic dialogue, which will use "bespoke adaptive cameras" to add drama and depth. It's often awkward when you're in a co-op group and you're waiting for the party leader to get their quest from the relevant NPC, and Larian's system seems to be a way of making this more natural and seamless, but also to play with the concept. How it works is, if you're in a chat with an NPC, one of your party has the option of joining in—it sounds a bit like your companions interjecting in The Outer Worlds, but controlled by actual humans. Here, they can also suggest what dialogue choices you should make, but they can also just roam around, pickpocket you, or just set fire to things. Perhaps pick your least annoying friends for this one.Despite the ambitiousness of both features, Larian is still aiming for them to be active for Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access launch on September 30. Both are full of potential for emergent, enthralling stories, and you can find out more in Larian sixth developer video update above.Thanks, VG247.
Panzer Dragoon: Remake is coming to PC soon, and if that sounds oddly familiar, you might be thinking back to October 2019, when it was expected to arrive on Steam "this winter." I'm not sure what happened after that, but what didn't happen is the launch of the game. It did launch on the Nintendo Switch back in March, though, and today Sega recommitted to upcoming launches on Steam and GOG.
Star Citizen, which surpassed an astronomical $300 million in crowdfunding in June (it's up to $313 million now), is holding another "Free Fly" session for the next couple of weeks, giving prospective pilots a chance to get behind the controls of some of the game's most popular ships at no charge.This time around, free fliers can choose from among 16 ships chosen by members of the Star Citizen community as "prime representatives of the best and most iconic spacecraft in the game." This "Ship Showdown," as it's called, is actually an annual event that will see community voting on the best ship continue through brackets, until the best of the best is crowned. I'm not sure if there's any point to it beyond bragging rights, but if you're impressed with what you see and want to commit, discounts on starter ship packs are also being offered throughout.The latest Free Fly trial period is open to all new players, and is set to run until September 23. Full details and signup links are available at robertsspaceindustries.com.
Supergiant Games' roguelike Hades is leaving Early Access pretty soon, but it won't have cross-save compatibility with the Switch version until later this year. In a tweet, Supergiant explained that the feature was originally promised to be ready at launch but the developer hit some unexpected snags. "Rather than postpone our v1.0 launch plans until the feature is complete, we're going to introduce cross-saves in an update later this year, after Hades v1.0 launches this fall," Supergiant said.
Remember WarGames, the mid-'80s Matthew Broderick movie about a kid who hacks into the US military's supercomputer and almost touches off World War 3 because he thinks he's playing a videogame? Commander 85 looks a lot like that, but streaked with a few decades of nostalgia rather than the very real fear that young whippersnappers and their newfangled gadgets would be the death of us all.The game is a "sci-fi thriller" about a kid who gets the hottest new computer of 1985 for his birthday—a Commander 85—which comes equipped with a proprietary, Eliza-like AI interface. (Eliza was a faux-AI developed in the 1960s and popularized as a tech demo "game" on early home computers.) But instead of accidentally ringing up CENTCOM, you, your friends, and a "crazy scientist" will embark upon a quest to discover the secret of the Commander series of home computers, uncover the truth behind the Roswell incident, and end the Cold War. No pressure.Commander 85 looks like it will lean heavily into Eliza-style gameplay, but with an underlying story rather than simple back-and-forth chat between computer and user. Plot points are randomly generated to keep things interesting through multiple playthroughs, and there will be various tasks and side quests to take on, some optional and others not—if you don't do your chores, for instance, your parents may ground you from the computer.It's the kind of thing I really can't put my finger on. I dig the "WarGames meets Stranger Things" setup, but I'm not sure that randomizing story elements is the best way to tell a good one; I love the 80s, but too many on-the-nose references, like that "House Alone" poster on the wall, can become a distraction. But the teaser really rings my bell, and I won't lie, the YouTube description hooked me:"Now you can play games all day long with buddies! Bad news —Your mom won't allow this. Nuclear War might be an issue as well. What do you have to do to be able to play on the computer?"How can you not be curious about that? Commander 85 will launch on Steam on September 30, and while you wait there's a Discord server you can jump into here.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits, the Pixar-esque action-adventure about a young "Spirit Guide" that was revealed during Sony's PlayStation 5 event in June, has been delayed. At the time it was set to be out later this year, but developer Ember Lab said today that working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed development more than it had hoped."For this reason, we have made the difficult decision to delay the release of Kena: Bridge of Spirits to Q1, 2021," the studio said. "We have not made this decision lightly, but feel it is best for the game and well-being of the team. We will use this time to give the game the polish it deserves and deliver an experience that meets our vision and your expectations."
A Monster's Expedition is a new puzzle game where you explore an open, outdoor museum for monsters who want to learn more about human civilization. It's an historical, human, and very cute experience. A Monster's Expedition is the latest from puzzle game designer Draknek and collaborators, billed here as Draknek & Friends. Draknek is behind some of the better puzzle games of the past decade, like Cosmic Express and hit indie puzzler Sokobond. A Monster's Expedition is adorable, and quite funny, but it's the simple joy of the puzzles and explorable world that make it good. It's rare to actually call a game that can challenge your brain relaxing, but this is one of them. If a puzzle is too hard, you can generally just go solve a puzzle somewhere else in the open world. It's also simple-enough for anyone to play—mostly just pushing things around.
Sega released some new details on the upcoming Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 today, specifically detailing some new info about the game's single-player adventure mode. It's a continuation of the same story from the first game, kind of, with the kind of odd cross-dimensional storyline you've probably come to expect from games like this. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2, the second in the most unexpectedly good series mashup of the past few years, is coming to Steam early next year. Also the trailer has the creator of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov, in a very COVID-era-specific webcam video, who apparently endorses the series crossover. Strange times. Tetris is Tetris as usual, but if you don't know, Puyo Puyo is a bit like Tetris but colors have to match to clear blocks. Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 will let you mix the two games or play them separately.
Remedy is celebrating its 25th anniversary by making their first game, Death Rally, free forever. It's on Steam as Death Rally (Classic), and it's a somewhat-fondly-remembered top-down death racing game. Boasting "over 20 megs of action-packed animation," in Death Rally you throw bullets down the track at opponents and dodge the ones thrown back at you. It's a noteworthy game because it has a pretty early example of a real progression system—climbing the ladder allows you to get new cars with their own weapons or upgrade your current one.Remedy is perhaps better known as the developers of Max Payne, Alan Wake, and Control. They developed a pretty poorly received revival of Death Rally in 2012.
Serious Sam 4, the game no-longer subtitled Planet Badass, is coming out on September 24. In advance of that, Croteam have put its system requirements out into the world and they're surprisingly a bit hefty on the recommended side, calling for an 8-core CPU and a better graphics cards than even Microsoft Flight Simulator suggested.It's not a game we're expecting to look as pretty as, say, Crysis Remastered, but it is apparently going to have "hundreds of thousands" of enemies on screen at once thanks to its Legion System, which will obviously have an impact. Here are the minimum and recommended specs, via the Serious Sam 4 Steam page.
Atomicrops isn't like those other farmlife sims where you inherit your grandfather's farm. No, in Atomicrops you inherit your dead uncle's farm. It's completely different! Actually, what makes it different is that as soon as you inherit that farm a nuclear war starts and you have to defend your farm from mutants every night, working your way through seasonal bosses until you make it to Nuclear Winter. Or die trying and start again.It left early access on May 28, but was exclusive to the Epic Games Store. That exclusivity ends soon, and it'll be launching on Steam and GOG on September 17. To celebrate the occasion, developers Bird Bath Games are updating Atomicrops to add a variety of new guns, upgrades, characters, and a tunneler tractor that can tunnel back to your farm. The Steam version is also getting leaderboards and daily challenges.When our Chris Livingston played Atomicrops in early access, he arrived at the conclusion that, "Personally, I'm not sure I'm cut out for farming in the post-apocalypse—there's far more shooting than gardening in Atomicrops, and I prefer a farm where the only danger is tipping over my tractor. But Atomicrops is fun and wonderfully animated, especially the various vegetables you grow, which have faces (or at least eyes) and they all jump and wiggle around excitedly in the irradiated soil when it's time for you to harvest them."
The Financial Times reports that Nvidia is about to buy Arm Holdings, the UK-based chip manufacturer, from its current owner SoftBank for $40 billion. The SoftBank Group, a Japanese holding company, only recently bought Arm themselves, paying $32 billion in in 2016. Nvidia will apparently cover part of the transaction with their own shares.While Nvidia, who the Financial Times points out "recently overtook Intel to become the world's most valuable chipmaker", tends to focus on high-end chips of the kind favored by PC gamers, Arm currently have market dominance in the fields of mobile, tablet, and smart TV chips.Nvidia recently acquired data storage and management platform Swiftstack, and Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of InfiniBand and Ethernet networking products.According to the Financial Times, the deal will may be announced on Monday.
The WeakAuras add-on lets you modify the World of Warcraft UI with custom graphics. There are plenty of things you could do with that, but one I did not expect to see was WoW being transformed into a flight sim with a South Park aesthetic. But that's what Redditor Fumbleturkey did, demonstrating it with a video titled "I can't afford Microsoft's delicious Flight Simulator" that shows them taking off from the Borean Tundra flight path, then landing and casting some spells which are animated as kicks and flipping the bird.Fumbleturkey previously showed what WeakAuras can do by putting WoW in first-person mode while riding a horse and murdering a proudhorn. And most recently, followed their budget WoW version of Microsoft Flight Simulator with a similar take on Farming Simulator.As every single person on Reddit has pointed out already, yes, Microsoft Flight Simulator is available quite cheap on Game Pass. The video is still funny.
That country's government prefers a potential U.S. blackout to a "forced" sale.
An expert who worked to protect uncontacted Amazonian tribes has been shot and killed with an arrow in Brazil, according to the government's Indigenous affairs agency, Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai).
Palestinian families are suffering intensely as their government’s tax protest continues, even though the cause — Israel’s push to annex the West Bank — has been suspended.
Boris Johnson calls for no return to "squabbling", but the EU ramps up opposition to UK plans.
Trump tweeted that Bahrain and Israel will normalize relations. The Arab nation follows the United Arab Emirates’ footsteps.
New York officials are "looking at" the possibility of a mandatory flu vaccine for all public school students, according to a report.
Clackamas county residents gathered in cars and tents describe destruction but also moments of kindness
President Donald Trump's campaign team is bombarding local election officials in swing states, digging for details on vote-counting and gearing up for a potential legal fight over mail-in ballots.
The four former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the killing of George Floyd at the end of May appeared in the Hennepin County courthouse on Friday for a pretrial hearing, with attorneys on both sides of the case representing
The Treasury Department has so far withheld in 2020 approximately $1.5 million from a New York City Fire Department health care program for those who worked at Ground Zero following the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to letters from New York Rep. Peter King.
President Trump paid “tribute to the sacrifice” of nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on September 11 and honored the "extraordinary sacrifice" of first responders on that fateful day 19 years ago.
Trump and Biden marked the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday at memorial services where their differences in style couldn't have been more sharply on display.
PORTLAND, Ore — Officials said there are 16 wildfires burning in Oregon right now, and eight of those fires may continue to burn into the winter. More than one million acres of land has burned so far, Oregon Governor Kate Brown said. The governor was joined by fire officials in giving an update on the wildfires burning throughout the state. on Friday, she added that 40,000 Oregonians have been evacuated, and 500,000 are in evacuation zones.
Actress, entrepreneur, and talk show host Drew Barrymore is no stranger to love. She's been married three times, but doesn't want to do so again. Here's why.
Actor David Harbour and singer Lily Allen tied the knot on Sept. 8, 2020 at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. Although the two have kept their romance relatively mum, Allen accidentally revealed their engagement on Instagram in May 2020.
If you've ever watched The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, then you know that Lisa Rinna is, well, a lot to take in, but her recent shenanigans have even seasoned RHOBH fans a bit worried about her.
After Selena Gomez publicly revealed her bipolar diagnosis, she admitted that people can get scared of discussing bipolar disorder and revealing how she overcame her own fear of it.
Everyone sit down. Could reality television heaven be in the making? Picture this: Chrishell Stause from Netflix's Selling Sunset as the next Bachelorette! Could it be?
When Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song were first rumored to be dating, some were understandably perplexed. But as the low-key former child stars' sweet romance grew, so too did their willingness to discuss it publicly. This is the untold truth of Macaulay Culkin and Brenda Song's relationship.
Denise Richards' rep confirmed that the actress will not be returning for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 11. Here's what Brandi Glanville, who claims she had an affair with Denise, thinks about it.
When it comes to inter-Bravo conflicts, Ramona Singer has quite the résumé. Let's buckle up and hop on the Ramonacoaster. It's time to break down some of her standout feuds with cast members from other Bravo shows.
The Gosselin family is in the news all over again, and the reason is grim. Collin Gosselin, one of the eight children made famous by Jon and Kate Plus 8, has reportedly accused his father, Collin Gosselin, of abuse. Here's what you need to know about this developing story.
If the term "all the rage" applies to anything, it's Darius Rucker's band Hootie & the Blowfish back in the 1990s. The group's genre-bending roots-rock style took the music industry by storm, but life took a bad turn and Rucker went solo. Here's why.
Some have gone so far as to call The Wind Waker the Disney or Hayao Miyazaki film of Zelda games. That is not the kind of praise someone generally heaps on a controversial title, but rest assured The Wind Waker once stirred up quite a storm.
One of the characters that fans will no doubt be thrilled to see again in Netflix's new horror-comedy sequel is Sonya, the stylish and cool member of the satanic cult led by babysitter Bee. She is played by Hana Mae Lee, whose expert line readings turn Sonya from a sidekick to a scene-stealer.
Ready to head back to the place just west of weird, just south of strange, just north of normal, and just east of eerie — in a way you never have before? Disney Television Animation has announced that an exciting new short entitled "Gravity Falls x Line Rider" is just around the corner.
From A-list actresses to beloved comedians, here are the best guest spots on The Office.
One factor seems to bother even the stalwart pro-#Alive crowd, if Reddit's /r/netflix forum is any indicator. Specifically, it was that most iconic and cherished of American filmmaking traditions that got in the crowd's craw: product placement.
Gamers have known for some time that a Prince of Persia remake was in the works. Ubisoft made the news official during its Sept. 10 Ubisoft Forward presentation, which offered the first look at Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake.
Al Pacino's grandstanding work as the enigmatic and wildly charismatic Jimmy Hoffa continues to be singled out as one of The Irishman's finest elements, with many pointing to a particularly pivotal scene as a fresh highlight for his storied career.
There are a lot of major returning characters from The Karate Kid in the YouTube-turned-Netflix series Cobra Kai. While that's understandably the focus of the revival's buzz, another element that deserves attention is the cars.
Ubisoft provided a deluge of information on Immortals, and there is a lot to sift through. Of course, most people probably have questions that involve the game's launch date, platforms, story, gameplay, and trailers.
Riders Republic looks like it will offer plenty of action and social interaction, all with a large helping of high octane fun. Take a look at what Ubisoft has established about Riders Republic so far.
Ubisoft revealed Skull & Bones way back in 2017 and it's been floating around in purgatory ever since. Originally due out in 2018, it was pushed to 2019, then 2020 and now the vague future. But it's still happening, apparently, with a "new vision" that we'll have to wait until next year to hear about. Creative Director Elisabeth Pellen shared the not-really-an-update in a blog post today, offering few details while attempting to clarify why it's been postponed (a few times) in the last few years. "We dreamt something bigger for Skull & Bones, and these ambitions naturally came with bigger challenges," she says. "These difficulties resulted in necessary delays for our game. Critical questions needed to be addressed over the past several months such as: how do we modernize the classic pirate fantasy? How do we ensure a more immersive and visceral experience? How do we create cool and memorable moments in-game? For most of these questions to be answered, it was clear that we needed more development time."It's not clear what this big new vision for the pirate game actually is yet, unfortunately. In July, it was rumoured to have changed from the usual Ubisoft open-world formula to a live service game, apparently with a living story, community elements and world events triggered by players. Sounds familiar. Skull & Bones will be skipping today's Ubisoft Forward, like it's skipped everything for the last couple of years, so don't expect new details soon. It will apparently be finally reappearing next year, but we don't know when, and giving its penchant for missing dates, I wouldn't hold my breath either.
Just over a month out from its launch date, nostalgic space station sim Spacebase Startopia has been delayed and won't be appearing on October 23. This could be a result of beta feedback. The closed beta kicked off in July for anyone who preordered the game. Kalypso Media and Realmforge Studios haven't mentioned any specifics, just that it needs more polish and won't be appearing until spring next year. "The new release date will allow for more development time to further polish the game," the update reads, "ensuring that it reaches the highest quality level possible and meets the high expectations of fans and beta testers. In addition, the delay means that the game can launch in more territories and on more platforms from day one." I liked what I saw a hands-off demo at Gamescom last year, though I was surprised just how closely it stuck to the original Startopia, which Kalypso doesn't actually have the rights to—this is an unofficial spiritual successor, despite everything, including the name, being almost identical. Given the dearth of space station sims and my love of Startopia, however, I'm OK with Spacebase Startopia not fiddling with the formula too much. I think. It has been a wee while since I played its inspiration. I guess I'll find out if it still holds up next year.
Ubisoft just cannot seem to keep a lid on its announcements, and today we've got another leak. This time, it's for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake, the existence of which had already leaked, but now we've got some slightly goofy screenshots. The leak comes from the Russian Uplay store, which started advertising the remake with some banners a little bit early (cheers, ResetEra). Check them out below.
How far will DDR4 go before handing off the baton to DDR5? At least a little bit further, apparently—Crucial just earned itself some bragging rights by launching the Ballistix Max 5100, the fastest available RAM on the market.It is only offered as a 16GB kit (2x8GB), and in limited edition quantities to boot. Crucial did not say exactly how many kits it is producing, only that it is a limited run and up for grabs while supplies last.As the model name suggests, this is a DDR4-5100 memory kit, meaning it is rated to hit 5,100 megatransfers per second (MT/s). This metric is often used interchangeably with frequency speeds (MHz and GHz), even though technically they are not the same thing.That said, this is the same kit that was used to set a memory frequency record last month, at 6,666.6MHz. Overclocker "Bianbo" achieved the feat in an AMD Ryzen PC, using an Asus ROG Strix B550-I Gaming motherboard, and the record still stands at HWBot.
Nvidia has committed to fleshing out its cloud streaming GeForce Now service with new games every week, but it is not stopping there. One of the notable additions to today's update is Ansel, Nvidia's screen capturing tool the enables capturing professional-looking shots."Ansel is the newest feature to join GeForce Now´s growing collection of content creation tools. We´re thrilled to put these tools in our members´ hands for our PC and macOS apps, and we can´t wait to see what they share on social media using #GFNShare," Nvidia says.Taking a screenshot by hitting the 'print screen' key is still an option, of course, but it is rudimentary in comparison to Ansel. Using Nvidia's photo grabbing tool, you can freeze your game and move the camera around for the best angle and shot, add post-processing filters, take super resolution and HDR photos, and even capture images in raw mode (OpenEXR format).As for the list of new and returning games to GeForce Now, they include:
Ahead of today's Ubisoft Forward online event, the company posted a video in which CEO Yves Guillemot apologized for "internal issues" at the company in which "certain Ubisoft employees did not uphold" the company's values, and promised that Ubisoft would improve in the future."I am truly sorry to everyone who was hurt. We have taken significant steps to remove or sanction those who violated our values and code of conduct, and we are working hard to improve our systems and processes," Guillemot said. "We are also focused on improving diversity and inclusivity at all levels of the company. For example, we will invest $1 million over the nest five years in our graduate program. The focus will be on creating opportunities for under-represented groups, including women and people of color."Guillemot also apologized for using the "raised fist" symbol (a symbol of revolution, and of the Black Power movement) to represent the villainous revolutionary group Umbra in the mobile game Tom Clancy's Elite Squad. As we explained in August, the game's premise—that protests are a front for an evil international conspiracy—sounds like a conspiracy theorist's attack on the Black Lives Matter movement."This kind of oversight cannot happen," Guillemot said. "We are putting into place safeguards to prevent it in the future. We condemn anyone using our games as a proxy for hate or toxicity. We fully support the Black Lives Matter movement, and today we are making an additional donation tot the NAACP Legal Defense Fund."Ubisoft has come under an ugly spotlight in recent months, which have seen several executives including former chief creative officer Serge Hascoët and Assassin's Creed Valhalla creative director Ashraf Ismail step down or be fired as a result of widespread sexual misconduct and abuse at the company. Despite being at the top of Ubisoft through all of it, Guillemot, who has previously placed the blame for abuses on employees who "betrayed his trust," made it clear that he has no intention of stepping down as CEO."I am fully committed to leading the change at Ubisoft, and to ensuring we always uphold and exemplify our core values, in the company, the industry, the community, and in our games," he said. The timing of Guillemot's video led to criticism on social media from people who felt the company was trying to sneak the message out ahead of today's online show. In response, Ubisoft tweeted a statement saying that "timing constraints" kept it from being included with the event (which sounds like an awfully dodgy excuse to me, it's not as though they just found out about all of this last night), but promised that it will be included in VOD releases.
Where the Water Tastes Like Wine is one of the best-known videogame bombs of recent years. Despite pre-release hype and the presence of tantric sex guy Sting, its launch was "a disaster," according to lead developer Johnnemann Nordhagen, who said that it sold fewer copies than he had Twitter followers—"and I don't have a lot of Twitter followers."Reviews were spotty too, although it has a "very positive" user rating on Steam—and also, according to Steam Charts, peak concurrent player counts that are almost exclusively in the low double digits, so you can see the problem. Starting today, though, it may have a second shot at life (or at least a chance to become one of those "overlooked cult classics"), as it's now free for the week on the Epic Games Store.The giveaway isn't going to undo the launch flop, but resurgent interest could help spur future sales, or at the very least put to rest Nordhagen's doubts about whether "games like this one can continue to be made in the current market." (Or, I suppose, reinforce them, if things go badly. But come on, now—it's free.)Also up for grabs this week is Railway Empire, a "mostly satisfying" management sim released in 2018 that challenges players to build and expand a railroad network across the US in the mid-1800s. Both games are free for the taking until September 17. For more freebies, be sure to keep tabs on our running list of all the free games you can grab right now.
The news that leaked earlier today was true: A remake of 2003 classic Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will release on PC on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store early next year (as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One). The PlayStation 2-era game is being totally rebuilt in Assassin's Creed's Anvil game engine, which is a little ironic, given that Assassin's Creed started as a prototype for a new Prince of Persia. "It's the circle of life," said senior producer Annu Koul in an interview with PC Gamer last week. Koul works at Ubisoft Mumbai, which is building The Sands of Time Remake in tandem with Ubisoft Pune, where game director Pierre-Sylvain Gires is based.On top of a general graphical redo—although the remake still has a decidedly 2003 look to it—the character animations from the original Sands of Time have been reenacted with motion capture. "We decided to leverage motion capture, first of all, to enhance the cinematic parts with facial capture, to bring more emotion to them," said Gires.
The game that was once called Gods & Monsters, now titled Immortals Fenyx Rising, showed off some of its gods and monsters in a new trailer at Ubisoft Forward today. Above you can see our hero battling various creatures inspired by Greek mythology, including giants, griffins, and one very angry medusa.There's a definite Breath of the Wild energy to it, which is fantastic news for those who enjoyed BotW and for those (like me) who never played it because we don't own a Switch or a Wii U.When you're done with the trailer, you can check out a second video shown at Ubisoft Forward that goes a bit deeper into the world, story, and gameplay of Immortals Fenyx Rising. It launches on PC on the Epic Store and Uplay on December 3.
For years, fans of the 2010 beat 'em up Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game have been lobbying Ubisoft to bring it back. It was delisted from digital stores back in 2014, after a teased online multiplayer patch never materialized. But as proof that good things can happen in 2020, Ubisoft's finally re-releasing the game at the end of this year, remastered and bundled with its old DLC.What made Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game so beloved? Many things. There's the wonderfully fluid pixel art from Paul Robertson, the soundtrack by Anamanaguchi, and the combat system inspired by classic brawler River City Ransom, with unlockable skills and combos for each character. It's just a damn good time, and the Scott Pilgrim comic and movie the game pulls from are pretty great, too.It was a shame this game wasn't playable for so long; even Scott Pilgrim writer Bryan Lee O'Malley tried to push for the game to be brought back. As of a month ago, Ubisoft was still staying silent, but based on today's announcement it seems like the re-release must've already been in the works.
The Watch Dogs: Legion video that played during today's Ubisoft Forward event didn't really show us anything we haven't seen previously. After the trailer, though, we did get a surprise: Aiden Pearce, the lead character of the original Watch Dogs, will be added to Legion in a post-launch update.The Watch Dogs Legion season pass, as listed on the Ubisoft support site, will include a new story expansion, four unique heroes, bonus Deadsec missions and a Deadsec car skin, and the original Aiden Pearce experience, Watch Dogs Complete Edition. How exactly he'll fit into the Legions package isn't clear at this point, as live producer Lathieeshe Thillainathan said only that he'll be added to the game at some point after release."You asked, and he's back," Thillainathan said. "Older, but not necessarily wiser, Aiden Pearce will be a fully playable character in Watch Dogs Legion as part of our post-launch plans."The reaction to Pearce's presence appears to be mixed at this point. Some people responding to the announcement on Twitter are clearly enthusiastic, but others are put off by the character's murderous impulses and complete lack of personality. You can get a little taste of his style in the video: It's funny when a granny spy kicks a minimum wage security guard in the junk, but when Pearce has a guy on his knees and then straight-up executes him with a gunshot to the back of his skull, are we still supposed to laugh?
British grime artist Stormzy appeared during the Ubisoft Forward livestream today to announce that he's appearing in Watch Dogs Legion. "I'm honored to be a part of it," said the rapper, setting up a motion-captured music video set in virtual London. You can watch it all in the video above.According to creative director Clint Hocking, Watch Dogs Legion's themes are "speaking up for the oppressed and holding those in power accountable," which is why Stormzy's name came up "over and over again" among Londoners involved with the game.As one example of what Hocking's referencing, Stormzy called out Theresa May and company over the UK government's response to the Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people died, at the 2018 Brit Awards: "You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages, we should burn your house down and see if you can manage this," he rapped.Watch Dogs 2 was about a group of hackers battling a San Francisco tech giant bent on world domination. In Legion, the same group is taking on a private military that has taken over London and turned it into a surveillance state on the government's orders. Whether the game has anything noteworthy to say about oppression remains to be seen, and it's slightly hard to take Hocking at his word given that Ubisoft just apologized for a mobile game which presented modern-day protests as fronts for an evil conspiracy. Though Ubisoft is a big company, to be fair.At the very least, Legion looks fun—Chris enjoyed his hands-on session back in July. And beyond the virtual music video, Stormzy's appearance is apparently part of a full mission in the game. It's unclear exactly what that'll look like, but it wasn't presented as an add-on or something extra, so it should be in every version. Ubisoft also didn't say whether or not Stormzy will be a playable character. I'd guess not, but the game's hook is that you get to play as just about anyone in London, so it's not entirely outside the realm of possibility.Watch Dogs Legion will be out on October 29. Here's everything else we know about it.
Ubisoft has revealed Riders Republic, an extreme sports MMO launching in February 2021. Skis, snowboards, bikes, wingsuits—even rocket-powered wingsuits—are on display in this open-world playground. Check out a preview trailer above. Pretty radical! Do people still say radical?It looks quite a bit like 2016's Steep (and is being developed by the same studio, Ubisoft Annecy), in that there's a big open world to both explore and race through, either alone or with friends and strangers—though Riders Republic has a much more goofy and colorful vibe. Spectacular wipeouts seem to be just as much of a draw as coming in first.The world of Riders Republic is a mash-up of United States national parks, like Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Mammoth Mountain, and more. As you level up through career mode you'll unlock new gear and costumes, and there will be social hubs where you can show off your duds and join up with "more than 50 players simultaneously."Riders Republic will launch on PC on the Epic Games Store and Uplay next year on February 25.
The Unfinished Swan is a critically-acclaimed first-person adventure developed by Giant Sparrow and released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive in 2012. The closest it ever came to PC was as a touching reference in Giant Sparrow's next game, the wonderful, haunting What Remains of Edith Finch, although yes, it was also playable through the PS Now service. But now it's here for real: With no fanfare, or advance notice of any sort that I'm aware of, publisher Annapurna Interactive dropped the game on Steam and the Epic Games Store today.The game tells the story of a ten-year-old orphan named Monroe and a swan who steps out of an unfinished painting and into a "surreal, storybook-inspired kingdom." Monroe pursues the swan through multiple chapters, each promising "surprises, new ways to explore the world, a host of bizarre (and sometimes dangerous) creatures, and encounters with the eccentric king who built this empire."Fans of The Unfinished Swan quickly noticed multiple references to the game in Edith Finch, and Giant Sparrow confirmed certain theories about one of the Finch family members in a 2017 AMA on Reddit—and in case there's any question, it's a narrative spoiler, so I will say no more about it. I will say, though, that based on what I know from Edith Finch, I fully expect that Unfinished Swan will make me cry like a baby at some point. Why do I do this to myself?The Unfinished Swan is available for ten percent off its regular $15 price until September 24.
A good gaming monitor is necessary to get the most out of a good gaming PC. High refresh rates and deep colors let you see the work your graphics card is putting in, and right now you can get both with one of Gigabyte's gaming monitors, which is on sale for a reasonable $332.99 on Newegg. Best of all, its variable refresh rate works with both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.The Gigabyte G32QC is a 32-inch curved 1440p gaming monitor with a maximum refresh rate of 165Hz. It's certified for AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, which means it's tear-free with minimum flicker when paired with an AMD graphics card. The monitor is also approved by Nvidia as G-Sync Compatible, so it also works well with a GeForce graphics card. The compatibility is absolutely great to have, especially with new cards from both Nvidia and AMD on the horizon—you won't be tied to one brand just because of your monitor.The display uses a Vertically Aligned (VA) panel, which is an upgrade from the cheaper Twisted Nematic (TN) screens commonly found on low-end gaming monitors, but won't offer quite as good viewing angles and colors as high-end In-Plane-Switching (IPS) displays. Granted, the curved design of this specific model makes viewing angles less relevant, and the monitor's HDR400 support improves color accuracy slightly. Check out our guide to monitor technology for more information on the differences between each display type.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now eats up more than 200GB of hard drive space, an absolutely massive chunk of digital real estate for a single game. Shortly after ballooning to that ridiculous size, we sent forth a plaintive plea: Make game smaller, please. Surprisingly, one studio heard our calls, and replied, "Yeah, we can do that."I can't actually claim that Digital Extremes was responding to us, or is even aware of our thoughts on the matter, but in an update called The Great Ensmallening, it explained that it's moving to a new kind of compression technology in Warframe that will enable it to shave more than 6GB off of the game's install size. That figure is probably going to hit at least 15GB by the time everything is done. That's a very significant cut, given that the system requirements indicate that it requires 50GB of free space (on a current Steam install, Warframe takes up 40.2GB)."Although it isn´t a perfect analogy it´s similar to the trade-off between image-quality and file-size you get with different image formats: PNG is lossless but can mean very large files, JPEG files can be very small but may contain visible artifacts of the compression," the studio explained in the post. "The technology we´re using is called Oodle Texture and we´re extremely pleased with the savings we´re getting: our files are roughly half the size on disk and the visual differences are negligible."The bad news is that Warframe players are going to have to download remastered content to make the magic happen: In order to gain the promised 6.6GB savings, you'll need to eat a 6.5GB update. In order to minimize the hassle, Digital Extremes has broken the updated content into three parts that will be spread out over the balance of the year.The first update will overhaul Warframe's lightmaps: "We spent a lot of time carefully analyzing the quality of the results and we doubt anyone will even notice anywhere but the harshest of tests," the studio said, adding that it can "easily tweak where needed" with this new system. "The game can default to the compact and fast format and we can increase resolution to preserve the quality of special assets (like that shelf in your quarters)."It also posted a couple of before-and-after images, for those who would dare to compare:Before
If you love racing, and consider yourself a hotshot, the newly released Hotshot Racing is probably already on your radar: it's a gorgeous retro-styled arcade racer in the vein of Horizon Chase Turbo, though Hotshot Racing seems to borrow more from Virtua Racing when it comes to the art style.The launch trailer above makes extremely clear, you will be drifting a lot in this videogame, and you will be doing so across 16 circuits with a nice variety of locations: jungles, deserts, coastlines. There are four main modes—Time Trial and Grand Prix are self-explanatory, but there's also Cops and Robbers and Drive or Explode. The former has cops chasing robbers, and robbers evading cops, while the latter is a bit like Speed: if you fall below a certain speed your car will explode. There are different playable characters you can inhabit, which I suppose plays into the Grand Prix campaign. But there's all the online features you'd expect too: all modes support eight players online, there are leaderboards, and four-player local split-screen is also available.Hotshot Racing is out now on Steam with a launch discount of 20 percent ($15.99 / £12.79 / AU$23.16).
The third instalment in Cyberpunk 2077's Night City Wire showcases has been confirmed: it's set to air next Friday, September 18 at 6PM CEST. For reference, that time in other regions: 12PM EST, 9AM PT, 5PM BST, and 2AM AEST on Saturday. According to the Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter account, the livestream will focus on Night City itself, as well as the handful of gangs that operate in it. There will also be a "sneak peek" into the making of the game's original score.Here's the tweet:
In July it was announced that Disgaea 4 would be next in the series of tactical JRPGs with over-the-top characters to receive a PC port, with a vague release date of "fall". Today, it appeared out of the blue on both Steam and Game Pass. Which is nice.Originally released for the PlayStation 3 in 2011, Disgaea 4 is about a vampire leading a rebellion against the President of the Netherworld. But what it's really about is watching numbers go up, as you unlock its collection of over 30 characters and march toward level 9,999.The PC version of Disgaea 4 launches without the original's online features, which included the ability to hop on a flying pirate ship to invade other players' games. They're coming at some point, however, with a developer on the Steam forum promising to keep everyone updated on that front.Presumably this is a different situation to the PC port of Disgaea 5, which had to leave out its online features completely due to "irreconcilable platform differences".All of the Disgaea games are currently on sale on Steam, with the first and second both reduced by 80%.
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