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The Thursday news:


SOMA and Costume Quest are now available for free on the Epic Games Store
Epic Games has announced that SOMA and Costume Quest are now available for free on the Epic Games Store. From today and until November 7th, PC gamers can visit the Epic Games Store and acquire their free copies.
Next week, Epic Games will be offering for free Nuclear Throne and Ruiner.

Steam has two new daily deals:

At Fanatical, there's a new bundle and an updated one:


Electronic Arts is 'open' to bringing its games to the Epic Games Store
Electronic Arts announced yesterday that it's going back to Steam, beginning with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which is already available for pre-purchase on the platform. It's been a good chunk of a decade since EA decided to go all-in on Origin, and some observers, such as in this Reddit thread (or our own comments on the announcement), took the change as an admission that its Origin strategy had failed.
But senior vice president and Origin general manager Mike Blank told GamesIndustry that's not the case: Origin has done well and has millions of users, he said, but EA is changing its approach "to become more open" with how it delivers its games.
As for whether that means EA Access could be made available through the Epic Games Store someday, Blank wouldn't commit but left open the possibility. "What I'll say today is we are open to new partnerships," he said. "While I don't have anything to announce today, we are always open to new partnerships that make sense for our players. So we'll see what the future holds."

Steam's big library update is now live for everyone
The updated Steam library that went into beta testing in September is now live for everyone. Valve announced today that the latest update to the release version of Steam incorporates the dramatically overhauled game library, and also makes the new Remote Play Together beta client available to everyone.
The Steam library update is really impressive: It looks better, makes information like playtime and achievements more clearly visible, and offers more organization and customization options than the old joint. More of the changes are related to Steam's social aspects than its storefront—making it easier to see what your friends are playing, for instance, and making in-game events easier to keep up with—but even if you use Steam almost exclusively as a launcher, it's a huge improvement over the old layout.


P.T. Emulation promises to be the most faithful P.T. Remake for the PC, available for download
Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen numerous attempts at remaking the P.T. teaser demo that Konami released for Playstation 4. And today, we are bringing another one. P.T. Emulation promises to be the most faithful remake and is right now available for download.
This remake is developed by Artur Laczkowski. Artur was responsible for a really old remake of P.T. that came out in November 2018. However, the artist claims that this is a better and more faithful demo.
>> Download it from here.

The modders behind Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines' Unofficial Patch are making an unofficial prequel
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is one of those games that's remembered so fondly, it's easy to forget what a mess it was when it launched. Developer Troika wasn't able to rectify those issues because sales were not good, forcing it to lay off virtually all its employees before closing down a few months later. But the underlying game was so excellent that fans got involved, releasing unofficial patches that fix bugs and restore cut content.
As Jody explained earlier this year, the Unofficial Patch is an essential part of playing the game—so essential, in fact, that Paradox, the publisher of the upcoming Bloodlines 2, tweeted an announcement of today's release of a new version.
"The Unofficial patch is a must for both new and long time fans of Bloodlines 1," it said. "Highlights in this update include Velvet's lap dance from the Clan Quest Mod and two unused musical pieces from the newly re-released Bloodlines 1 Official Soundtrack."
I love that modders are still finding ways to fix and improve a 15-year-old RPG, but what's even more interesting here is the release of Bloodlines Prelude 1. Developed by Werner Spahl, aka Unofficial Patch maker Wesp5, along with modders EntenSchreck and Hareishan, it's the first part of an episodic prequel that will lead into the events of the original game. The opening chapter casts the player as a human member of the Society of Leopold, an ancient organization dedicated to hunting and killing supernatural creatures; Wesp5 said that players will be vampires through the rest of the prequel chapters.


New trailer for Marvel’s Avengers focuses on the game’s gameplay, story, mission variety and more
Square Enix released today a new trailer for Marvel’s Avengers. In this trailer, the Crystal Dynamics development team provides a deeper dive into Marvel’s Avengers gameplay, story, AIM narrative, mission variety, Super Hero customization, and much more.

Here are over 50 minutes of PC gameplay footage from single-player campaign of Halo: Reach
The final flight for Halo: Reach PC is currently under way and below you can find two videos, showing over 50 minutes of gameplay footage from the single-player campaign. Both of these videos are at 60fps and will give you an idea of what you can expect from the PC version.

Blazing Sails is a new pirate battle royale game that is coming to the PC in Early 2020
Iceberg Interactive has revealed a new pirate battle royale game, Blazing Sails. This new BR game is coming to Steam Early Access in Early 2020, and you can find its debut trailer below.

New gameplay trailer released for Kingdom Under Fire 2, focusing on the game’s combat mechanics
Gameforge has released an all-new trailer for Kingdom Under Fire 2. This new trailer showcases the vicious troops and combat players can expect from it. Therefore, you can now get an idea of what this MMO/RTS hybrid aims to achieve.

Vaporum: Lockdown is a first-person grid-based single-player dungeon crawler, coming to PC in Q1 2020
Fatbot Games has announced a prequel to the award-winning steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum, Vaporum: Lockdown. Vaporum: Lockdown is coming to the PC in Q1 2020 and you can also find below its announcement trailer.

2D synth-punk roguelike action shooter, Black Future ’88, releases on November 21st
Good Shepherd Entertainment has announced that its 2D synth-punk roguelike action shooter, Black Future ’88, will release on November 21st. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher released a new gameplay trailer that you can find below.

New Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout update will add mouse support and graphics options
Atelier Ryza: Ever Darkness & the Secret Hideout has just been released on the PC and as you may have noticed, we didn’t bother testing it. The reason behind this decision was the awful current state of the PC version. However, things are about to change as KOEI Tecmo announced a new update that will soon come out.

Diablo 4 details leaked prior to official reveal; darker and grittier, will be similar in style to Diablo 2
It appears that the first details for Diablo 4 have been leaked online. According to the leak, Diablo IV will be darker and grittier than before, will feature a 4-player co-op mode, and will have a similar style with Diablo 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Official PC Launch Trailer
Following the release of three new screenshots, Rockstar Games has released the official PC launch trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. As with the previous PC trailer, this new one was captured in 4K and at 60fps.

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Thursday news, part two:

Red Dead Redemption 2 preloading is live
Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC on November 5, which is—holy cow—now less than a week away. And for those who want to get their cowboy on the moment the clock strikes zero, preloading—for those who have pre-purchased—has now begun.

Apex Legends is getting a Duos mode next week
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale that pits teams of three players against each other in a do-or-die duel to the death. But on November 5, everything changes—for awhile, at least.

Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor will likely get crossplay soon
Ubisoft is working to install crossplay functionality in its PvP titles, the company's CEO Yves Guillemot said today. Speaking during an earnings call, the executive said that it's not just a pipe dream: it's already being worked on.
"Our goal is to put crossplay on all the PvP games we have, over time," he said (via Gamesindustry.biz). "That's well on the way."

Destiny 2's best exotic weapon is currently impossible to acquire
Since the launch of New Light, the free-to-play version of Destiny 2, some players have effectively been locked out of earning what is widely regarded as the best damage dealing gun in the game: Izanagi's Burden. Originally introduced as part of the Season of the Forge, this exotic energy sniper rifle enables players to combine four bullets into a single super-powerful 'Honed Edge' shot. It's the current king of burst damage, and has become the go-to weapon in loadouts for much of the game's most difficult content.
Unfortunately, due to a bug related to the Forge activities which the gun's questline relies on, players hoping to acquire the weapon have been unable to make progress for nearly a month now.

Mortal Kombat 11 is the end of the story, but not the series
Mortal Kombat is blessed with a great, but completely ludicrous, story, with the latest entry using time travel to pit kombatants from past and present against each other in a big brawl to decide the fate of reality. Unfortunately, creative director Ed Boon says that Mortal Kombat 11 is the end of the story, though not the series.

One last thing: tomorrow is the All Saints day and, as in any festive day, my plan is to do absolutely nothing, and that includes the news.

So, if tomorrow you also have a free day, congratulations and I hope you enjoy your long weekend. And if you don't, don't worry, because weekend is just around the corner. But whether you're part of the first of the second group, I wish you a happy and gaming weekend.

Please excuse my bad English.

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The early unlocks for the December 2019 Humble Monthly have been revealed: SOULCALIBUR VI, Yakuza Kiwami and My Time At Portia.

Here come the Monday news that, after 3 days, are even longer than usual:


Steam's Top 10

  1. Grand Theft Auto V
  2. Football Manager 2020
  4. Destiny 2: Forsaken
  6. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Digital Deluxe
  7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
  8. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne
  9. Valve Index VR Kit
  10. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Digital Deluxe Edition

GOG has three new sales:

On the Humble Store we find a The Sims 4 sale, with up to 63% discounts for the next 3 days. The keys are for Origin, obviously: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/promo/the-sims-4-sale/

And at Fanatical there are 4 new deals:


Epic Games Store is adding Open Critic reviews and wishlisting
Epic Games has rolled out an update to its digital storefront that gives users the ability to view trending games, browse by genre or features, see what's on sale, what's been recently updated, and more. It also shared a look at some of the big new features in development, including a wishlist, continued improvements to the library view, and critic reviews on store pages.
The Open Critic partnership is interesting because Epic has been very careful about how it handles reviews on store page. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said last year that Epic was working on a review system, but that it would be opt-in for developers in order to avoid issues with review bombing. But some gamers, such as in this Reddit thread, believe that an opt-in system will enable developers to avoid valid criticism; integrating Open Critic reviews into its store pages will make it easier for users to figure out which games may be worth their time, but it doesn't address the core complaint that people, individually or in groups, should be able to use reviews to express their displeasure about whatever.

Reshade 4.4 available for download, features better DX12 support & experimental Vulkan support
The team behind Reshade has released a brand new version of it. Reshade 4.4 adds experimental support for the Vulkan API. Moreover, it features better DX12 support, and brings numerous performance improvements to all APIs.
In case you weren’t aware of, ReShade is a generic post-processing injector for games developed by crosire. This tool allows you to implement better ambient occlusion, real depth of field effects, color correction, sharpening and more. However, do note that this version does not feature Marty McFly’s Ray Tracing effects.
Going into slightly more details, Reshade 4.4 adds lots of improvements to D3D9/10/11 depth buffer detection. It also improves D3D11 performance by removing global locks, as well as D3D12 performance by reusing a single command list. Furthermore, it fixes a number of crashes, stutters and bugs.


Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Remake in Unreal Engine 4 – Version 2019/Update #4 available for download
CryZENx has just released a brand new version of his The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Remake in Unreal Engine 4. This 2019 version of this remake features new areas and better visuals. As such, we strongly suggest downloading it, right now.
What’s really cool about this fan remake is that Nintendo has not attempted to shut it down. CryZENx has been developing this fan remake for the past few years, without receiving any C&D letter. Therefore, I’m pretty sure that a lot of Zelda fans will be pleased with his work.
In this latest 2019 version of this remake, players can interact with NPCs and fight some enemies. Players can also play the ocarina, collect hearts, break some vases and more. Furthermore, it will allow you to explore new areas that were not featured in previous versions.
>> You can download it from its Discord channel.

Modder aims to overhaul the graphics of STALKER with Ray Tracing, Soft Shadows, DirectX 11 and more
Strelokkkkk is currently working on a graphics overhaul mod for the first STALKER game, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. STALKER SoC Remaster will introduce a DirectX 11 renderer, soft shadows, as well as Ray Tracing effects.
The modder will be using Reshade Ray Tracing in order to enhance the game’s Ambient Occlusion and Global Illumination effects. In other words, this is a post-process effect and not native Ray Tracing support. Furthermore, it isn’t clear yet whether the modder will be able to include Pascal “Marty McFly” Gilcher’s Reshade to his mod. After all, Gilcher’s Reshade is behind a Patreon wall right now.
Alongside the aforementioned effects, the modder plans to include high quality textures. Some of them will be 2K, some of them will be 4K, and some of them may even go as high as 8K. The modder will also add enhanced Godrays, grass shadows, high quality tessellated models, improved steep parallax mapping and more.

New demo released for the Sonic 2006 fan remake in Unity Engine, Project ’06
Back in April, we informed you about a Sonic 06 fan remake in Unity Engine, called Project ’06. As its title suggests, this fan game aims to remake Sonic the Hedgehog (from 2006) in Unity Engine. And today, I’m happy to report that ChaosX released a brand new demo that you can download and play.
This new demo contains the stages Wave Ocean, Dusty Desert, Radical Train, Flame Core & Kingdom Valley. It’s also more polished than the previous demo, something that will please a lot of Sonic fans out there.
>> You can download the demo from either here or here.

This mod adds GTA5-like bullet knockback ragdoll physics to Fallout 4
Tehsham has released a new must-have mod for Fallout 4. This mod adds bullet knockback ragdoll physics like those in Grand Theft Auto 5. As such, this mod makes the game more believable and fun, and it’s something you need to download and install.
Moreover, the mod enhances gameplay combat and adds life to stiffness. The mod makes pistol and automatic weapons weaker so they only work on some races. It also introduces different impact force for different types of weapons.
The modder also suggests using Ragdoll Collision, Corpse Collision and Realistic Death Physics, otherwise targets get blown away.
Last but not least, you can download this Ragdoll Bullet Knock-Back Physics mod from here. Also note that it comes in four versions for you to try.

New demo released for the Blood vs Doom mashup, Bloom, featuring 4 maps and 30 hybrid enemies
Drugod has released a new demo for his Blood vs Doom mashup, called Bloom. As its title suggests, this mod aims to combine together these classic shooters by allowing players to fight enemies from both of them.
The new demo adds three new maps. Therefore, players can battle their way in 4 maps in total. Moreover, this demo comes with 30 hybrid enemies (though you can freely disable that).
Furthermore, players can use any commercial iwad as base (DOOM II, ULTIMATE DOOM, FINAL DOOM and even SIGIL) and play old maps with Caleb or Doomguy. Not only that, but the demo is compatible with any vanilla custom map. Thus, gamers can play their old vanilla maps and replace the old monsters with the new hybrid ones.


Halo: Reach – Official minimum 1080p & 4K PC requirements revealed, cross-play support detailed
343 Industries has revealed the minimum 1080p and 4K PC requirements for Halo: Reach. In addition, the team detailed the game’s cross-play support. According to the developers, Halo: Reach will only support cross-play between the Steam and the Windows Store versions at launch.

New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Paris 2019 Games Week Trailer showcases Vegito and Super Buu
Bandai Namco has released a brand new trailer for Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. This new trailer showcases the birth of Vegito during the Buu saga. In case you weren’t aware of, Vegito is the potara fusion of Goku and Vegeta.

Warframe The Old Blood Update is now available on the PC, brings major upgrades to melee combat
Digital Extremes has released a new update for Warframe. According to the press release, The Old Blood introduces the Kuva Lich and a brand-new Nemesis-like game system. It also debuts the 42nd Warframe, the insatiable Grendel.

Greedfall Update #3 released; improves stability, fixes collision issues, and more
Spiders has released a brand new update for its latest action RPG, Greedfall. According to the release notes, Update #3 came out yesterday, October 31st, and fixes numerous Quest bugs. Moreover, this patch fixes some gameplay issues, as well as some grammatical mistakes.

First gameplay trailers released for Lunacy: Saint Rhodes and Transient
Iceberg Interactive has released the first gameplay trailers for Lunacy: Saint Rhodes and Transient. Both of these games will be coming to the PC in 2020.
Lunacy: Saint Rhodes is a first-person survival horror game where every decision you make changes the course of the game. On the other hand, Transient a new first-person game that aims to blend together H.P. Lovecraft and Cyberpunk.

NVIDIA confirms that Red Dead Redemption 2 will not have any Ray Tracing effects
Yesterday, we shared some new screenshots for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2. Those screenshots came from NVIDIA and had a GeForce RTX logo in them. As we guessed, that logo only promoted NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series graphics cards. NVIDIA did not plan to hint at any Ray Tracing effects. And it appears we were right.
>> And here are 17 more screenshots.

First WWE 2K20 patch available for download; addresses gameplay, controls, graphics, hair physics and more
2K Games has released the first update for WWE 2K20. This patch will update your game’s version to 1.02 and promises to addresses a lot of the game’s issues.

Here are 11 minutes of gameplay footage from Terminator: Resistance
Reef Entertainment has released two new trailers for Terminator: Resistance, showing 11 minutes of gameplay footage from it. The first trailer shows the game’s first 10 minutes, while the second trailer showcases its combat mechanics.

Take-Two CEO: “When we consider a console release, the PC format can be 40% or 50% now of that revenue.”
Take-Two CEO, Strauss Zelnick, shared some interesting thoughts about the potential PC sales of the company’s games. According to Zelnick, the world has changes and the PC format can now account for 40% or 50% of a multi-platform game’s revenue.
>> And that's why they still treat PC users as second class gamers by releasing RDR 2 one year later, right?

Blizzard officially announces Overwatch 2; first details, cinematic and gameplay trailers
Activision and Blizzard have officially revealed Overwatch 2; a supercharged sequel that will send players deeper into the world and story of Overwatch. The game promises to build upon the original game’s critically acclaimed foundation of world-class PvP competition, and below you can find the first details for it.
>> And here you can find almost 2 hours of gameplay.

Here are 28 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from Need for Speed: Heat
Need for Speed: Heat releases in a few days and below you can find a video, showing 28 minutes of brand new gameplay footage from it. This gameplay video will give you an idea of what this new racing game is all about, as it features both day and night races.
>> Plus new screenshots:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare receives a new 8GB update on the PC, full patch notes revealed
Infinity Ward and Beenox have released a new huge 8GB update for the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. This patch will update your game’s version to 1.06 and comes with a number of tweaks and fixes.

Diablo 4 has been officially announced, gets cinematic and gameplay trailers
Blizzard has officially announced the fourth part in its Diablo series. Diablo 4 will be an action isometric RPG, will have three classes, and its new “diablo” will be Lilith. The game will be darker and grittier than Diablo 3, and will have a similar style/tone to Diablo 2.
>> And also screenshots.

Diablo 4 will be always-online, will not feature an offline mode
Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo 4 will not have an offline mode, and will require a constant Internet connection. Blizzard claimed that the game features a shared open world, and that it will be always-online.

Bioware teases Dragon Age 4 reveal for December 4th
Bioware has teased a possible official reveal for Dragon Age 4. Although the team did not reveal any specific details, it tweeted that it will join the Dragon Age community party on December 4th. Furthermore, Bioware ended its tweet with “Dragon 4ge”, clearly hinting at the fourth part of the franchise.

Here are 26 minutes of leaked gameplay footage from the latest Cyberpunk 2077 Italian Demo [Off-Camera]
Last month, we shared two videos from the PGA2019 demo of Cyberpunk 2077. And today, we have for you a new video from the game’s Italian demo, showing 26 minutes of gameplay footage. However, do note that this is off-camera footage.

Death Stranding’s director Hideo Kojima talks about why he likes complex games
Death Stranding is the forthcoming exploration game developed by Kojima Productions. It’s the first game from Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions after leaving Konami back in 2015. It is really admirable that within this time Kojima created a new studio and a new IP.

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The long part two of the Monday news:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare narrative director defends Highway of Death
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been criticised for a mission inspired by a Gulf War massacre that flips the perpetrator from America to Russia. Russian players in particular, but certainly not exclusively, have expressed their anger over the Highway of Death, but creative director Taylor Kurosaki has stuck to his guns and defended the mission.

Makers of Outlast tease their next game
The intriguing image above was posted by developer Red Barrels very appropriately on Halloween, with a promise to reveal more soon. Red Barrels is the developer of first-person horror games Outlast and Outlast 2, but this tease doesn't necessarily mean we're about to get an official announcement about Outlast 3.

The retro horror game Faith is coming to Steam with a brand-new chapter
The top-down retro-adventure Faith, we said back in March, is one of the best horror games to come along in recent years. You play as a priest, armed with only a crucifix, who must banish spirits from a haunted property—spirits who, it bears mentioning, will tear you into pieces if you're not careful. Faith Chapter 2 has a similar setup, with improved pixel art and "memorable sequences including the game's surprisingly violent death animations."

Xenophage, the Destiny 2 machine gun with a bug in it, is also bugged
Xenophage is a sweet-looking exotic machine gun in Destiny 2 that dropped earlier this week. As we explained in our recent guide to getting the thing, its magazine capacity is relatively small but it fires explosive rounds that can chew through waves of enemies with an alarming quickness. But players have noticed that despite its ability to mow through trash mobs, the actual damage is relatively lacklustre, and outperformed by most power weapons in the game.

Some Australian Fallout 76 owners are entitled to a refund, rules government agency
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has announced in a statement that ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, must offer refunds to certain Australian owners of Fallout 76.

The next Rage 2 expansion gives you a sword and a bunch of skeletons to kill
Rage 2 is getting its second expansion on November 14 in the form of Terrormania. As the name implies, things get terrifying: the wasteland has transformed into a "twisted and cursed alternate reality" and there are skeletons everywhere. Naturally, the skeletons want to kill you.

Ubisoft is changing its game approval process after Breakpoint’s disappointing launch
Following the underwhelming launch of Ghost Recon Breakpoint, Ubisoft is now reflecting on its process for approving games and is trying and make internal company changes.

Warcraft 3 Reforged release date announcement coming 'soon,' beta expanding next week
During BlizzCon's opening ceremony on Friday, Blizzard president J. Allen Brack announced that Warcraft 3: Reforged will soon be more widely available. All BlizzCon 2019 attendees, as well as fans watching at home with Virtual Tickets, will be able to join the multiplayer beta starting the week of November 4th.

World of Warcraft Classic's world bosses and PVP honor system coming November 12
During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2019, game director Ion Hazzikostas took the stage to talk all about World of Warcraft's 15th anniversary and upcoming plans for both Battle for Azeroth and Classic. With regards to Classic, the good news is that Phase Two—which adds world bosses like Kazzak, the PVP Honor System, and more—will be launching in just a few weeks on November 12.
>> And the https://www.pcgamer.com/world-of-warcrafts-level-cap-is-being-reduced-to-60/" target="_blank">level cap will be reduced to 60.

World of Warcraft's next expansion revealed: Shadowlands
World of Warcraft's next expansion, Shadowlands, has been announced. The months of rumors and leaks turned out to be accurate, as Shadowlands will wrap up the faction war of Battle for Azeroth as both sides unite to fight a far bigger threat: The Old Gods and their evil masters, The Void Lords.
>> An expansion inspired by roguelikes.

Blizzard explains why it took 15 years to add more ethnicities to World of Warcraft
With World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, Blizzard is introducing a bunch of new character customisation options, which include more skin tones and face options that will finally let players create a more ethnically diverse roster of heroes. But why did it take 15 years?

Hearthstone's next expansion is Descent of Dragons and features a new Auto Chess-inspired mode
The third and final expansion of Hearthstone's Year of the Dragon is called Descent of Dragons, and appropriately enough, it's scaly bois all the way down. The new set was just announced by Hearthstone creative director Ben Thompson on-stage at BlizzCon, who promised "more dragons than has been in any set before." Above you'll find the full announcement trailer that goes into detail with some of the new cards.
>> And here you can watch 10 minutes of it.

BioWare loses another Anthem lead
Chad Robertson, BioWare's head of live service and point man on Anthem, is leaving the company. In a two-part Twitter thread, Robertson said that Anthem and BioWare "are in good hands," and that fans "can expect great things ahead."

All Overwatch cosmetics will carry over to Overwatch 2
Overwatch's heroes have assembled some big wardrobes since 2016: Hundreds of skins, along with other cosmetics that keep players opening loot boxes and coming back for seasonal events. Now we know that Overwatch 2 is coming, and it's a full-on sequel, with new co-op modes in addition to PvP multiplayer. Overwatch 2 could've been a clean slate that wiped away all those skins and the hundreds or thousands of hours it took to collect them, but that's not how it's going down.

Overwatch 2's first new hero is a Canadian named Sojourn
Overwatch 2 was announced today at BlizzCon with a getting-the-band-back-together cinematic that kind of got me right here, if you know what I mean. The trailer featured a brief look at Echo, a long-rumored new hero who shows up to help Winston and the gang deal with an oversized Megatron-wannabe who's causing trouble in Paris.
But Echo isn't the only newcomer to the team. At the end of the separate Overwatch 2 gameplay trailer, we get a glance at a new hero named Sojourn. Strictly speaking, it's not her first appearance in the game: She came up with the plan to take down Doomfist by going after his accountant Maximilien, and according to the Overwatch Wiki she actually appeared way back in 2016, as an unknown member of the Overwatch team seen in an old photograph.

'I have no idea' when Overwatch 2 will be out, Jeff Kaplan says
Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan and assistant game director Aaron Keller revealed more about some of the new content coming in Overwatch 2 during today's Overwatch: What's Next panel, including a closer look at the new Push game mode, and details on the Story and Hero co-op modes.

Disco Elysium's lead designer wants to make an expansion and sequel, has already written a novel
It's been mentioned in some of the glowing reviews for RPG Disco Elysium (our reviewer gave it 92%) that its unique setting was created for a tabletop RPG Estonian designers, ZA/UM, have been playing together for 10 years. According to an interview lead designer and writer Robert Kurvitz had with Escapist Magazine, he's also written a novel in the same setting. It's called Sacred and Terrible Air, and it's going to be translated into English next year.

Here's how Diablo 4's shared world works
In my preview of Diablo 4, I said I was concerned that frequently bumping into random other players would interfere with the desolate and desperate mood. While you can solo the game, you can't do so without seeing other players in towns and around the open world.

It sure sounds like StarCraft 2's devs would like to make StarCraft 3
Speaking to StarCraft 2 production director Tim Morton and lead co-op designer Kevin Dong at BlizzCon earlier today, I had to ask: Are you making StarCraft 3? Blizzard announced numbered sequels to two of its biggest series this week, after all, so it's not out of the question.

Fight and build in novel free platformer Orudo Taima
It's a little rough around the edges, but there's much to enjoy about Orudo Taima, an attractive platformer where you have to fix up a boat. Conveniently, the parts required to fix it are dotted around the cursed island you call home, so you'll need to travel around collecting bits of wood, or nails, or other boaty bits.

Keanu Reeves doubled his presence in Cyberpunk 2077 because he enjoyed it so much
Johnny Silverhand, Keanu Reeves' character in Cyberpunk 2077, shows up a lot more than was originally planned thanks to the John Wick actor. Johnny actually lives inside protagonist V's head, on a chip, so he can turn up anywhere, but it turns out that Reeves pushed for him to have a larger role.

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Tuesday news:


Steam features two new daily deals and the new weeklong deals:

On the Humble Store there are two new sales:

And Fanatical has three new deals:


NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.12 WHQL Driver released, optimized for Red Dead Redemption 2
NVIDIA has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.12 WHQL Driver is optimized for Red Dead Redemption 2. NVIDIA claims that this driver provides the latest performance optimizations, profiles, and bug fixes for RDR2.
Furthermore, this driver adds G-Sync support to the LG B9, C9, and E9 4K OLED TVs. Thus, we are certain that the owners of these TVs will be happy to hear that they can now use their TVs as G-Sync monitors.
The NVIDIA GeForce Game Ready 441.12 WHQL driver also updates the application profile for Borderlands 3. It also brings optimizations improvements to EA’s upcoming racer, Need for Speed: Heat. Moreover, this driver adds security updates for driver components.
>> Available from here.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.11.1 released, optimized for Red Dead Redemption 2
Today is a big day as Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally coming out on the PC. And similarly to NVIDIA, AMD released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. So, as you may have guessed, the AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.11.1 is optimized for RDR2.
Moreover, this new driver adds support to some new Vulkan extensions. It also fixes a bug that could cause the framerate to remain limited to 60fps in some Vulkan API games.
This new driver also comes with two fixes for The Outer Worlds. For instance, it fixes an application crash when opening the characters inventory screen. It also fixes some rendering issues with the character models on the inventory screen.
>> Available from here.

Square Enix has removed the Denuvo anti-tamper tech from Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler came out almost five months ago on the PC. However, and while most PC gamers were really pleased with this release, some were disappointed to find out that the game was using the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. Thankfully, Square Enix has decided to remove it from the game.


Dark Souls modders have added the first custom map into the game
Dark Souls modding has hit a major milestone, seven years after the original version launched on PC. The first new map, which you might recognise as Half-Life's Crossfire, has been imported into the game. Check out the test above, courtesy of modder Dropoff.
While Dark Souls has plenty of mods, the modding community has had a lot of trouble with custom maps. On Reddit, Katalash provides a helpful overview of the obstacles, some of which still need to be overcome.


Stan Lee was an instrumental part in Marvel’s Avengers story
It has been almost a year since Stan ‘The Man” Lee passed away. Stan Lee was the co-creator of many comic book famous superheroes like Spiderman, Thor and Iron Man. He guided Crystal Dynamics, the developers of the upcoming Marvel’s Avengers, in order to create an authentic Marvel story.

Here are seven minutes of gameplay from the closed alpha of GTFO
GTFO is a four-player PvE first-person shooter, which is currently on pre-alpha phase. 10 Chambers Collective, the developers, hosted a closed alpha on the weekend.

Red Dead Redemption 2 supports both DirectX 12 and Vulkan, has more than 40 graphics settings, first mods
Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally available on the PC. While our PC Performance Analysis will not go live today (or tomorrow), we can confirm that the game takes advantage of the latest APIs. These are, obviously, DirectX 12 and Vulkan.

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Tuesday news, part two:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is getting 38 more maps, according to a leak
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players look like they might become inundated with maps. Senescallo leaked the alleged map list on Reddit over the weekend, though there's no indication when and in what order they'll arrive.

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan says leaks are 'extremely demoralizing'
Leaks can be fun for gamers, and they sometimes serve as very effective PR, too. People tend to pay attention when they're reasonably—but not entirely—sure that something cool is going to happen with stuff they're interested in. But for game developers and reps who put great effort into crafting big announcements, seeing all of that work (and those exciting surprises) go out the window days or weeks before they're meant to can be a real heartbreaker, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan said in an interview.

Devolver Digital co-founder: If games are like drugs, 'let's offer people psychedelics'
Are videogames addictive? There's been a lot of talk on that topic in recent years. The World Health Organization seems to think they are, plenty of others have doubts. Devolver Digital cofounder Mike Wilson isn't sure, but he doesn't dismiss the idea out of hand: He said during the recent Reboot Developer Red conference (via GamesIndustry) that game makers are essentially the digital equivalent of drug companies (and dealers), and that they need to handle that role responsibly.

Nebuchadnezzar channels classic city builders like Pharaoh and Zeus
Nebuchadnezzar is a historical city builder with a name I hate to type. It was announced recently and will be with us next year, but it wouldn't have looked out of place next to Impressions Games' Pharaoh or Zeus back in the '90s and early '00s. It's a bit of a throwback, and the trailer is giving me the warm and fuzzies.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PC
Red Dead Redemption 2 is out now on PC, available through the Rockstar Games launcher and the Epic Games store. While we're not ready to publish our review just yet—we didn't get early access to the PC build beyond a hands-on event last week—we'll have some first impressions on the PC port up later today. In the meantime, here's everything you need to get started with Red Dead Redemption 2's PC version.
>> And so far it's up to a rough start.

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Here are some benchmark graphs on RDR2 for the different video cards courteous of guru3D ...  

^ The graphs aren't showing (it's their problem, it's almost impossible to post pics/graphs from Guru3D or Videocardz), but it looks like a surprisingly demanding game for a console port.

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