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Codemasters' Birmingham team (previously Swordfish Studios) has been building F1 games since 2010 and F1 2018 is shaping up to be its best take to date.

With F1 2018 arriving late next week, IGN spoke with game director Lee Mather at Codemasters Studio Birmingham to chat about some of the most exciting changes coming in the game, the rise of F1 esports, and the challenges of building a yearly motorsports sim.

IGN: F1 2018 contains plenty of improvements, many of which have been well-covered in the Developer Diaries the team has been publishing in the lead up to release. Which of these improvements are you most keen to get in front of fans and hear their responses?

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This week, it's all things fire and brimstone with news about Diablo III, Doom Eternal, and Dark Souls Remastered on the Switch! Plus, we'll talk about Nintendo's amazing sales numbers and answer your questions. Jump on in! It's time for Nintendo Voice Chat!

As always, you can watch NVC here on IGN and on our YouTube channel (subscribe and hit that bell! It gives fairies wings!) or listen to it on your commute in audio format. If you enjoy the show, share it with other Nintendo fans, leave us a comment, and give us a thumbs up or leave us a review! If you prefer audio over video, please subscribe to NVC on iTunes or your podcast service of choice. You can also download and listen to the latest episode of NVC Right Here.

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2K Showcase is returning for WWE 2K19, with this year's story-driven campaign focusing on none other than the WWE career of Daniel Bryan - who returned to the ring this past March after being forced to prematurely retire two years ago!

For this awesome announcement, IGN and other outlets were invited to Aberdeen, WA - the childhood home of Daniel Bryan - where we headed back to high school with Bryan himself. At Aberdeen High, in the middle of the gym, he spoke to us about being the focus of 2K19's Showcase.

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Is Carnage in Venom? As of right now, that's an interesting question...

Spider-Man's black alien costume has caused him nothing but trouble over the years. Not only did the suit betray him and wind up in the hands of his bitter rival Eddie Brock -- who became Venom -- it also spawned an even meaner and deadlier nemesis in the form of Carnage. This bloodthirsty sadist has racked up quite a body count over the years, and even the Avengers have been hard-pressed to bring him to justice.

For a long time, it seemed as though Carnage was set to appear as the main villain in Venom's solo movie. That no longer appears to be the case -- find out about the film's bad guy, Riot, right here -- but it's doubtful the new Sony universe of Marvel Characters will get very far without an appearance by Cletus Kasady/Carnage. With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about this symbiote psychopath...

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In the early 2000s, video game adaptations of comic book movies were everywhere. From the surprisingly brilliant Spider-Man 2 to forgettable titles like Captain America: Super Soldier and Thor: God of Thunder, reception to these games was mixed at best.

Movie adaptations have always been treated with suspicion, and with good reason. At worst, they’re cynical cash grabs, at best, the odds are stacked against them thanks to tight timelines to hit a film’s release, sometimes suffocating restrictions in terms of content and approvals, and high costs outside production. And yet, given the richness of some of the worlds we’re talking about, there exists bountiful potential that has yet to be fully explored.

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Sony announced in a blog post today that it has now sold through three million PlayStation VR units and 21.9 million PlayStation VR games and "experiences." The console holder also shared a list of the 10 most-played PlayStation VR games to date:

  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR
  • PlayStation VR Worlds
  • Rec Room
  • Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  • The Playroom VR
  • Job Simulator
  • Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
  • Batman: Arkham VR
  • Farpoint
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    Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4 revealed a new gameplay launch trailer that featured Spider-Man interacting quite a bit with Miles Morales. Even though Miles appears to be a mere civilian in the world of this video game, in the comics he’s a fully fledged superhero who also fights crime as Spider-Man. While the game developers have been tight-lipped on the role Miles plays in the game, we’re speculating he'll wind up getting powers and that he could even become a playable character, either as part of the story or in post-game DLC. That’s especially exciting because Miles has different powers and costumes than Peter Parker, meaning he would offer a new gameplay experience.

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    Doom Eternal’s QuakeCon gameplay reveal proved it’s doing far more than just more of the same. Destructible demons and a deeper story quickly set it apart from 2016’s Doom reboot, but the most exciting thing for me was its new tools for even faster movement.

    The Doom Slayer now has a rechargeable dash, can climb some walls, and even bust through other ones. The crown jewel, however, is the new Super Shotgun, which comes equipped with a grappling hook called the Meat Hook that lets you pull yourself toward demons. It’s an incredibly fun looking addition to your arsenal, and one developer id Software tells me is a game changer.

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    This week's Weekly Challenges include finding Stone Heads, completing Time Trials, and more.
    Learn more about Madden NFL 19's gameplay sliders with this guide.

    BEYOND!

    This week on IGN's PlayStation show Beyond, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined at first by Brian Altano, Max Scoville, and Brendan Graeber to discuss Brendan's We Happy Few review, how the early comparisons to BioShock don't necessarily hold up, and the joys and downers of Compulsion Games' latest.

    Later, the crew is joined by Cassidee Moser to discuss her review of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1, as well as whether the age of episodic gaming is over. The crew also answers your questions, and tries to do that while eating spicy cookies...it does not go well for me.

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    According to an article on Forbes that is now taken down, Diablo III will be arriving on the Nintendo Switch, with exclusive content, sometime later this year.

    Spotted by members of the Nintendo Switch subreddit, Blizzard's action-RPG will be launching in 2018 as the "Eternal Collection" and will include the Reaper of Souls and Rise of Necromancer expansions and will retail for $59.99 USD.

    Diablo III's debut on the Nintendo Switch will also be packed with exclusive in-game Nintendo items which, according to the article, are "the Legend of Ganondorf cosmetic armor set, Tri-Force portrait frame, Chicken pet, and Echoes of the Mask cosmetic wings."

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    For the first time ever, Capcom held an official, standalone Monster Hunter tournament stateside on July 28, 2018 in San Francisco. At stake was a trip to Japan to represent the US in a worldwide championship, and when the dust settled Social Dissonance walked away with the honor. But the journey was as much a part of the story as the destination, and we talked to some of the USA Championship finalists about why a certain weapon was so popular, how they prepared, and how other players can get better at this notoriously challenging game.  Watch the video for a summary of three finalist's tales, or read on for an in-depth look.

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    Sony has announced a limited edition PS4 celebrating a huge milestone, making for yet another in a line of special edition consoles this generation.

    In honor of the console and its reveal, IGN has taken a look back at many of the special edition PS4's, PS4 Slims, and PS4 Pros. Take a dive into the history of the special consoles in the gallery below.

    A couple caveats — we opted not to include many of the special edition consoles that were offered in extremely limited supply (ie, a special PS4 Pro of which only one or a dozen were made). We also, because of limited assets to use, did not include the Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward, Hatsune Miku, and Dynasty Warriors 8 special editions due to a lack of available, clean images.

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    A new Spider-Man gameplay trailer is debuting exclusively on IGN, and it centers on the open-world New York City that Spider-Man calls home.

    The trailer, called Just the Facts: Marvel's New York, consists of Spider-Man swinging, spinning, and swan-diving through the upcoming game's open-world while a radio show hosted by J. Jonah Jameson plays in the background. In it, Jameson smack-talks everyone's favorite web-slinger while Peter Parker calls on the show to defend his alter ego.

    Some major landmarks are shown off in the trailer, both fictional and real. The video gives us a closer look at the Sanctum Sanctorum, the famous residence of Doctor Strange, and the Avengers Tower, headquarters of, you guessed it: The Avengers. As far as real-world landmarks, the Radio City Music Hall and a riff on MoMA called the Manhattan Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) are both shown off.

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    The Nintendo Switch is getting a brand new bundle this September, coming exclusively to Walmart.

    Announced by Nintendo, the bundle comes with full game download codes for Mario Tennis Aces and 1-2-Switch, though it more prominently features Aces on its packaging. The bundle will run for $360 US when it hits Walmart shelves (and presumably Walmart's website) on September 5.

    The bundle includes a pair of neon joy-con, which is one of the two standard color schemes that a base Switch system comes with, unlike the Mario-red joy-con that the Super Mario Odyssey Switch bundle came with last year.

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    When asked if EA was still thinking about one day returning to making baseball video games, EA Sports Executive Vice President Cam Weber simply says “the answer is yes.”

    “I would love to have a baseball game in our portfolio,” Weber says. “It's something that once again, every couple years, we take a look and we talk about and theorize about what it might look like to get back into something like baseball.”

    In this month’s IGN Unfiltered (see the full interview above), Weber sat down to discuss his career journey, from The Simpsons: Road Rage to managing the world’s largest sports game company.

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    The upcoming Hollow Knight content pack formerly known as Hollow Knight: Gods & Glory is now officially Hollow Knight: Godmaster - this change is likely to avoid potential legal conflicts with another similarly named game.

    Announced by developer Team Cherry, this fourth and final free content pack for Hollow Knight is still coming to Switch, Windows, Mac and Linux on August 23, and it will reportedly contain the exact same content that it was going to before the name change. To announce this, Team Cherry poked a bit of fun at the situation.

    "So why the 11th hour change?" asked Team Cherry's co-director William Pellen. "Well not only is the new name 100 times cooler, more distinct, more ‘Hollow Knight’, it also doesn’t conflict with the title of a certain mobile game, made by a very large, very powerful video game company! It’s a win win all-round! Now, let’s all take a moment to enjoy this stylish upgrade."

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    Fortnite's v5.21 patch arrived today, bringing with it a couple new versions of existing limited-time modes,  a new weapon, and a new skin, Epic Games has announced.

    First up is Soaring 50's, which adds a new dimension to Fortnite's 50 vs. 50 mode by letting players glide all over the map. Instead of only being able to use gliders at the start of matches and by using special items, but Soaring 50's grants the ability to deploy gliders whenever a player jumps or falls from a significant height.

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    World of Warcraft’s long and storied history has always had at its heart the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde, with last year’s events in the mostly excellent Legion storyline intensifying that conflict. The Battle for Azeroth expansion, which launches today, takes that existing hatred between the factions and ramps it up even more. Here’s what I think of it so far, based the past couple of weeks playing the beta.

    Battle for Azeroth picks right up after the compelling and satisfying events of Legion, which saw the Titan Sargeras imprisoned – but not before he plunged a sword into Azeroth itself. The resulting wound causes Azeroth to start bleeding it’s “life-blood”, also known as Azerite. This surprisingly plentiful substance can enhance the desires and abilities of those who possess it, making it a valuable resource in the war between the factions. However, the stakes rise higher as you realize that Azeroth is dying thanks to the giant blade sticking out of Silithus.

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