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Sail through a drowned world in free game The Things We Lost In The Flood
Explore a world where flooding has taken the sea level above, well, everything. In The Things We Lost In The Flood you play as a little person with their own rowboat. A boat you'll paddle from one nearly empty scene to another, with minimalist but wonderfully fluid pixel art evoking the misty nothingness of this post-apocalypse.
World of Warcraft's next major update comes June 25
World of Warcraft's 8.2 update, named Rise of Azshara, arrives on June 25, Blizzard announced today alongside a new trailer (above). For those frustrated by Battle for Azeroth's wonky Heart of Azeroth and Azerite Armor progression systems, Rise of Azshara should be a welcome update, as it introduces massive reworks that aim to make grinding for better gear a much more enjoyable process. And that's without even mentioning that Rise of Azshara will also introduce two gorgeous new zones, a new mega-dungeon, and, eventually, a new raid.
Cyberpunk creator Mike Pondsmith defends 2077 from post-E3 criticism
Cyberpunk 2077 was one of the biggest hits of this year's E3, but it didn't go over without criticism. The demo and trailers led some to express concerns about trans representation in the game, while an article by Rock, Paper, Shotgun expressed discomfort at "shooting at predominantly black people labelled as animals," referring to the Animals gang in the gameplay demo.
The criticisms attracted the attention of Mike Pondsmith, the creator of the Cyberpunk RPG on which the game is based.
The Overwatch Baptiste Challenge puts a new skin, icon, and sprays up for grabs
Running until July 1, Baptiste's Reunion Challenge will grant Overwatch players an icon, sprays, and a new skin for playing and watching the game. Three wins in Quick Play, Competitive, or Arcade will get you a new icon of Baptiste'e helmet; six wins will score two new sprays, one of Baptiste and one of his old friend Mauga; and for nine wins, you'll be rewarded with the Combat Medic Baptiste Skin, the crown jewel of the set.
Teamfight Tactics is now playable on the League of Legends PBE
Teamfight Tactics, the League of Legends spin on Dota Auto Chess than was announced last week, is now live on the LoL Public Beta Environment. That means you can finally take the beta for a spin—as long as you have access to the PBE.
Apex Legends season two update reveals the L-Star LMG and some new hop-ups
The L-Star LMG, introduced earlier this month as part of the Apex Legends season two announcement, is a heavy hitter—so much so that it's not available as a regular weapon spawn, but can only be found in care packages. In an update posted today, principal weapons designer Sean Slayback revealed more about the weapon, saying that, "quite frankly, it's a beast."
Dragons are appearing in Apex Legends and stealing death boxes
Apex Legends season 2 doesn't kick off for a couple of weeks, but some big changes are already happening in the game. Great, dragon-like beasts are soaring majestically through the skies above Kings Canyon—and players are blasting the hell out of them.
Movie-inspired retro FPS Maximum Action gets help from the developers of Dusk
The retro-shooter Maximum Action looked potentially promising but thin when it went live on Early Access in September 2018. Things appear to have changed rather dramatically since then: New Blood Interactive, the publisher of Dusk and Amid Evil, has revealed that it's been working on the game with developer George Mandell since early this year, which has enabled a significant overhaul of the interface and expanded plans for the future.
Pilot a punchy car-mech in bonkers free brawler Deusimator
Deusimator, then. Like Pacific Rim, it's a game about battling enormous monsters, mainly with giant robo-fists rather than with piddly missile weapons. Or rather, it's a game about battling one enormous monster, which is wandering about a desert, minding its own monstery business.
They Are Billions leaves Early Access and gets a big campaign
Survival strategy romp They Are Billions has left Early Access, unleashing the zombie horde and giving players a meaty 48-mission campaign to fight through. Check out the New Empire campaign trailer above.
CS:GO celebrates 20 years of Counter-Strike with a retro Dust 2 map
Counter-Strike is 20 this year, incredibly. The Half-Life mod was released way back in 1999, before being acquired by Valve, who then launched the 1.0 version in 2000. To celebrate the anniversary, you can now play an older version of the classic Dust 2 map in CS:GO.
Slime Rancher's free update adds a digital world and virtual slimes
Slime Rancher, Monomi Park's cheery FPS, will now let you do important work for science in a new update. Viktor's Experimental Update will send you into a simulated world to hunt down virtual, glitchy slimes. And if doing it in the name of science isn't enough, there are also some new gadgets that will be doled out as rewards.
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