• 4A Games has said previously that Metro Exodus will be more open than the previous games in the Metro series, but it won’t be a completely open world like that of Stalker. For one thing, individual levels in Exodus will be much larger than anything seen in the previous games. The biggest outdoor level in Last Light was roughly “200 meters to 100 meters,” Prokhorov said,. That means everything from weapons, attachments, and other loot, to “frozen stories” that reveal more about the game world and
    Metro Exodus is bigger than 2033 and Last Light combined

  • Just Cause 4 is a fun playground for physics mayhem—but a slew of performance problems, including random crashes and texture pop-in, have left it with “mostly negative” user reviews on Steam. Yesterday, Avalanche Studios and Square Enix released a patch that aimed to fix the worst of the issues, and the companies are promising that more performance updates are on the way. The patch also widens control options by adding the ability to remap movement keys and increasing the range of mouse sensitiv
    Just Cause 4 patch aims to fix crashes and major performance problems

  • Custom games and weapon camos will arrive in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode next week, Treyarch has announced. You’ll be able to launch a private Blackout match for you and your friends, competing in solo, duos or squads. Camos will be supported in regular matches and custom games, and any that you’ve earned in multiplayer, Zombies or the black market will transfer over to Blackout. You’ll equip them in a new Armory menu before a match, and they’ll appear on the corresponding wea
    Black Ops 4's Blackout mode getting camos and custom games next week

  • (Image: © Wikimedia Commons via Steven Arnold)Earlier this week, eBay released a site-wide promo code that took 15% off the price of many PC peripherals. For the rest of today (ending at midnight PT), you can now get 10% off most tech products. The maximum discount this time is $75, so this isn’t the best eBay promotion in recent months, but you can still grab PC parts and accessories at good prices. Here are some items we found that work with the code:The code works on new and used items alike,
    Tech products are 10% off on eBay right now

  • Capybara’s Zelda-inspired roguelike Below, which Lauren spent some time with earlier this year, is out now after five years of development. It looks beautiful: I particularly like the way your tiny hero’s lantern lights up the cavernous depths of its procedurally-generated labyrinths in the launch trailer, above. From Lauren’s preview it sounds like it’s more than just a looker: she called it a “dark, violent game” with “snappy” combat, and she didn’t feel frustrated despite numerous deaths. The
    Capybara's dark, violent roguelike Below is out now

  • WW1 shooter Verdun has added a 64-player mode, a new map, new weapons, and a new squad of soldiers to control in its latest free update. The new squad are the Tirailleurs Sénégalese, troops recruited to fight for France from French West Africa. The new map is the wooded St. Mihiel Salient, located in France near the German border. It was the site of the first major American offensive of the war, and the only offensive made solely by American infantry. The free update also adds an oft-requested m
    WW1 shooter Verdun gets new map, mode and weapons in free update

  • Update: The link below for Project Stream sign-ups wasn’t working for some people, even if they’re in the US. Original story:Google’s game streaming project is now open for testing, and anyone that signs up and plays an hour of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on it gets to keep a Uplay copy of the game for free. A fair list of requirements, then—but getting Ubisoft’s excellent action RPG for free will surely be worth it. All your game saves and in-game items from the Project Stream version will transfe
    Get Assassin's Creed Odyssey for free if you test Google's game streaming service (US only)

  • Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire’s final DLC, called Forgotten Sanctum, is an expansive dungeon set on the flesh of a sleeping god, and it’s out now alongside a big, free update that adds 11 new subclasses to the RPG. The archmage Maura discovered the dungeon and has vanished inside, and the most powerful wizards in the land have asked the Watcher—that’s you—to find the archmage before they wake up the sleeping god. Developer Obsidian Entertainment says the DLC has some of the “highest-level chal
    Pillars of Eternity 2's final DLC is a dungeon on the flesh of a god, out now

  • Activision has kicked off the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout holiday event, and a “Winter Calling” calling event in Zombies, which unfortunately—but like previous Black Ops 4 newness—are only available on the PlayStation 4 to start. There’s still a reason for those of us on Team PC to pay attention, however, as the announcement posted to Reddit also digs into why the PC release schedule for updates will sometimes lag behind consoles. Even one change specific to the PC version can introduce n
    Treyarch explains why Black Ops 4 updates on PC take longer than consoles

  • But he just can’t quit Stardew Valley. Eric Barone, Stardew Valley creator”There’s also such a wonderful community surrounding the game… and I like making you guys happy. I’m extremely grateful to all of you for supporting my work and creating this wonderful Stardew Valley community. His commitment to Stardew Valley is so great, in fact, that he’s put his new, as-yet-unrevealed project on hold so he can work on a new free content update for Stardew Valley. That’s part of why he’d given thought t
    Stardew Valley creator puts his new game on hold to make more Stardew Valley

  • 2018 HGC Finals | Photo by BlizzardBlizzard’s decision to discontinue Heroes of the Storm’s competitive league, the Heroes Global Championship, has infuriated many of the players and organisations involved in the competition. “Fuck you, honestly,” wrote Heroes of the Storm pro Lauber in a tweet yesterday. The a twice-a-year competition allows the best Open Division teams to win a spot in the HGC. “It’s absolute bullshit,” said Tempo Storm HotS coach Kala in a video. “Choosing to lead organizatio
    Heroes of the Storm pros furious over Blizzard's decision to discontinue HGC

  • The Stellaris: Megacorp expansion came out a week ago and Fraser seemed to like it quite a bit, if you can call being appalled by the bottomless depths of your own rapacious corporate excesses “liking it,” and I guess he does. Anyway, it turns out that it will be game director Martin Anward’s last bit of work on the game, as he announced yesterday that he’s moving on to something else. As announced on stream, MegaCorp was my last expansion as Game Director of @StellarisGame. “This move has been
    Stellaris director is moving on to a new 'secret project' at Paradox

  • Update: The Infinity Blade has been vaulted, and Epic released the following statement explaining why, and what to expect in its future approach to mythical items. Heya folks,We messed up and rolled out the Infinity Blade overpowered / without good counters, especially in the end game. The Infinity Blade has been Vaulted and we are re-evaluating our approach to Mythic items.Thanks for calling us out on this!December 14, 2018Fortnite’s Infinity Blade is a mythic weapon that was introduced this se
    Fortnite's Infinity Blade has been Vaulted

  • Discord, which started selling games through its chat platform in August, will allow developers to self-publish games with a 90/10 revenue split from 2019. This comes not long after Epic announced that it would offer a better split than Steam, only taking 12 percent of the game’s revenue. “We talked to a lot of developers, and many of them feel that current stores are not earning their 30% of the usual 70/30 revenue share,” reads the announcement. So from 2019, Discord is turning its store into
    Discord is offering developers a 90/10 revenue split

  • The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has become the first trade union to represent members of the games industry. The UK chapter of Game Workers Unite, the international pro-union activist group, has joined the IWGB as its games industry branch and will hold its first meeting this weekend. Game Workers Unite UK describes itself as a “worker-led, democratic organisation that represents and advocates for UK game workers”. The union’s goals include ending excessive and unpaid overtime, im
    Game Workers Unite UK becomes the country's first games industry union

  • Epic Games wants you to pay attention to its new store, and it’s not playing. As of right now, and until December 25, the outstanding underwater exploration sim (and horror game) Subnautica is free to take, and keep. This was previously announced shortly after the Epic Games Store launched. Subnautica is really great: Philippa called it her favorite game of the last five years in her 89/100 review, and Steven explained the importance of water bottles in this all-too-true tale of spinning small t
    Subnautica is free until the holidays on the Epic Game Store

  • I am just on the cusp of diving into Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, so the arrival of a couple of free modes is rather timely. For the price of making a Bethesda.net account, you can get your hands on the new Black and White mode and Mission+ mode, along with the original pre-order bonus for Dishonored 2: the Imperial Assassin’s Pack. They’re available for both Dishonored 2 and Death of the Outsider. Black and White mode, you’ll be shocked to learn, slaps a black and white filter over the wo
    Free Dishonored 2 DLC makes the world black and white

  • Slay the Spire will leave Early Access on January 23, developer Mega Crit Games announced in a weekly update. And then you die, a new tower is generated and you can start building a new character with a new deck. It’s a novel system and Slay the Spire has had a pretty successful Early Access, garnering quite a bit of praise. Check out our Slay the Spire preview from last January, and keep an eye out for our review next year. Today’s update is a small one that fixes some bugs and adds a bit of po
    Slay the Spire gets an update and a release date

  • pcgamer wrote a new post, (no title), on the site GoGame.com 2 days, 4 hours ago

    You can also send custom messages using the cards or invite people to chat on Steam. If you want the challenge of a tournament but your busy life leaves you no time for faffing around and setting one up, there are open tournaments. The first open tournament is Pauper. There’s a new free-for-all tournament mode, too, giving players three hours to fight and win as many times as possible. The Call to Arms event pits players against each other using premade decks, and 1.1 has added some new ones.
    Artifact 1.1 adds unusual chat system, new tournaments, and a leaderboard

  • It’s just… you requested health and so I placed a medical crate. There was a perfectly good medical crate right next to you, and you charged in regardless and now you’re dead. I was carrying the medical crate instead of the bandages. In my darker moments, I wonder why DICE created this new system after decades of medical crates automatically healing in an area-of-effect around them. Medical crates require an active participant—that’s just how it is—and now you’re dead and I’m not going to revive
    I do not blame you for ignoring the medical crate that I helpfully placed

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