Part two of the news:
Football Manager is getting rid of plastic packaging
Football Manager developer Sports Interactive isn't happy with the size of its carbon footprint and has announced that it will be rectifying that by doing away with plastic cases for boxed games, starting with Football Manager 2020.
Destiny 2 vidoc teases new Shadowkeep details and future seasons
With Destiny 2: Shadowkeep and New Light now just two weeks away, Bungie has dropped a new vidoc overview of everything that's coming in the first season of year 3. Much of it recaps things that are already know, such as the major armor rework, but there are a few hints at new things too.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare crossplay details revealed
The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open beta running this weekend will include crossplay between PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. We've previously theorized that the feature won't mean much to PC players because it's input-based, meaning that players will be matched up based on whether they're using controllers or mouse and keyboard. We may have been a little premature on that, though, as Activision revealed today that mouse and keyboard control setups will be officially supported on consoles.
New Overwatch event lets players earn a Lego-themed Bastion skin
Overwatch has a new limited time event today, called Bastion's Brick Challenge. From September 17 to 30, Overwatch players can earn in-game rewards by winning games or watching certain Twitch streamers. Most importantly, the top reward is a sweet looking Lego-themed skin for Bastion.
Hearthstone's new Tombs of Terror solo adventure has begun
The new Hearthstone solo adventure Tombs of Terror officially kicked off today with the release of the first chapter, The Lost City of Tol'vir, which sees League of Explorers hero Reno Jackson doing battle with the wicked Plague Lord of Murlocs.
Anthem will get 'seasonal updates' rather than the previously announced acts
In February, BioWare explained how Anthem's post-launch content would be released in updates called "acts," which would add new locations, features, and character interactions, and ultimately culminate in a world-changing "Cataclysms" that would set the stage for the next act.
Today, BioWare announced that plans for future Anthem acts have been shelved so developers can work on more long-term, systemic fixes to the game. Instead, Anthem will get "seasonal updates" that head of live services Chad Robertson said "will deliver challenges and chases similar to what you’ve seen, and are built around some fun themes we’re bringing to the game."
Subnautica: Below Zero update adds very large ice worms and new areas
Subnautica sequel Below Zero, which is in early access on Steam and the Epic Store, now includes an above-zero chance of encountering a leviathan-class Ice Worm. It takes a very large worm to earn the 'leviathan' descriptor, and from the looks of the trailer above, our new friend doesn't disappoint.
You can get a free Sea of Thieves cannon skin on Talk Like a Pirate Day
International Talk Like a Pirate Day is a parody holiday type of thing thing, recognizable by the way that people celebrating it say "Arr" and "Yarr" occasionally over the course of the day.
The day is relevant to us right now because when it comes around this year, Sea of Thieves players can score Obsidian cannons by watching certain Twitch streams with their linked accounts. The guns are a nice enough piece, I suppose—a little dull compared to some, really—but the hook is that they'll be part of a set, along with the Obsidian figurehead, hull, sails, and flag that Rare gave away during a Twitch Rivals event in June. Those items aren't available for purchase from the Sea of Thieves shipwright, and I don't expect the cannon skin will be either, so if you want it, this is your chance.
Rockstar says Grand Theft Auto 5's offline mode was disabled by a bug, not the launcher
Rockstar rolled out a new game launcher for PC today, which came with a free copy of the great Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas—and, shortly after people got their hands on it—reports that it also changed the Steam version of Grand Theft Auto 5 to disable offline mode. Rockstar has confirmed that this did in fact occur, but said that it's a bug, not an intentional modification, and that no changes were made to the GTA5 DRM.
Three Minecraft biomes are getting 'new mobs, features and mechanics'
In the lead up to Minecon Live, Mojang has announced plans to update three Minecraft biomes. Swamp, Mountains and Badlands are all scheduled to get updates, with "new mobs, features and mechanics" to be added.
Dead by Daylight has a Stranger Things crossover now
Asymmetrical horror game Dead By Daylight has had crossovers with Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Now the tooth-flower-headed Demogorgon from Stranger Things has joined its cast of killers in a new DLC that's available today.
Former Bioware writer David Gaider is setting up a new studio in Australia
David Gaider is no stranger to Australian shores - he's spent time at a number of our international gaming events, and it looks like he's set to become an even greater fixture of the local gaming scene. He, along with GX Australia alumni Liam Esler, has just announced the creating of a new development house - Summerfall Studios.
Cube World beta will kick off next week, but you need alpha access to play it
After half a decade of silence, Cube World re-emerged this month with news that it will launch on Steam later this year. But if you're among those who purchased the alpha version of the game years ago, here's good news: a beta kicks off on September 23, and owners of the current game will get a Steam code dropped into their Picroma account.
Free adventure Penitent Dead evokes FromSoftware's atmospheric PS1 games
Fear not, I'm not about to compare the excellent Penitent Dead to Dark Souls. That would be rather lazy. No, I'm going to compare it to King's Field, and to Shadow Tower, two of FromSoftware's early games. It's the closest a game has come to the smeary, leaden ambiance of those atmospheric PlayStation games, and I love it for it, even if I couldn't figure out how to end the game (or even if I could).
Elite Dangerous is getting a new tutorial and premium currency today
The September update for Elite Dangerous arrives today, which will be of particular interest to prospective pilots who have yet to get swallowed up by Frontier's massive simulation of our galaxy. The highlight of the update is the New Starter Experience, introducing the game to new players, though there's also new stuff for veteran pilots.
You can finally meet Apex Legends' Crypto in-game
Respawn started teasing Apex Legends' mysterious hacker, Crypto, all the way back in June, and while the developer remains tight-lipped when it comes to the new character, the latest tease suggests the build up to his reveal may soon reach its climax. He's finally in-game.
Hitman 2's last mission features a trio of targets in a tropical resort
With Agent 47 taking a working holiday to the Maldives later this month, IO Interactive has given us a closer look at Hitman 2's new destination, Haven Island, as well as the accompanying mission, Last Resort.
Disco Elysium gets an October release date and a new trailer
Disco Elysium is a detective RPG where your skills talk to you, sometimes chiming in with some insight into a case, sometimes just telling you to drink yourself stupid. It's odd. It's also launching very soon. You'll be able to have a chat with yourself on October 15, but in the meantime you can watch the features trailer above.