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Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager has announced its new title The Cycle.

The Cycle is a match-based FPS set in a science-fiction universe which will release first on PC.

In the game players will be tasked with fulfilling contracts during a 20-minute match. Staying on the planet for a longer period of time is “bad for your health,” apparently.

Yager describes the game as a PvPvE shooter featuring a “strong focus on emergent social dynamics.” There will be 20 players per match, and lots of alien monsters.

“These social dynamics add a special twist to the game,” explained the studio’s managing director Timo Ullmann.

“Players strive to achieve objectives while making and breaking temporary alliances. Anyone can attack anyone, and anyone can ally with anyone. Players can be cooperative and competitive at the same time. So, if you meet new players on your way, anything can happen.”

Here’s the storyline:

The galaxy in the game is controlled by Factions, while the outer reaches remain unclaimed. In their race to control these frontier resources, the Factions need contractors to do their dirty work. Each player is one of these contractors. They will compete for objectives such as collecting minerals or hunting wildlife while being careful to avoid or take down the competition.

A closed Alpha for The Cycle will start in early August on Steam. Interested parties can sign up through the official website.

The Cycle will initially be released on PC toward the...

A live-action short featuring a cross-over between Street Fighter and Power Rangers short is in the works called Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Street Fighter Showdown. Talk about a mouthful. Sheesh.

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Street Fighter Showdown is a short film based on the Power Rangers: Legacy Wars mobile game, which features Street Fighter characters.

Ryu Ranger, basically Ryu as a Power Ranger, was recently added to the game.

Jason David Frank and Ciara Hanna will return as Green Ranger Tommy Oliver and Yellow Ranger Gia Moran, per Siliconera, and Peter Jang will play Ryu.

A trailer for Power Rangers: Legacy Wars Street Fighter Showdown starring the trio, Chun-Li and M. Bison is posted below.

News of the film was announced at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, and it will be released sometime this fall.

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Valve will attend gamescom this year, and it’s possible the firm will show off its card game, and maybe even Campo Santo’s latest.

The gamescom 2018 vendor list revealed that Valve would attend the August event.

Valve debuted its card game Artifact during Dota 2’s 2017 championship, The International.

Artifact: The Dota Card Game is scheduled for release sometime this year. It’s possible Valve will announce the date at the show (thanks, DSOGaming).

Company boss Gabe Newell said earlier this year the card game is just the first more, “new games” from Valve.
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“Artifact is the first of several games that are going to be coming from us,” said Newell at the time. Sadly, we don’t expect Half-Life 3 to be one of the “several games.” It’s probably not worth making Half-Life 3 jokes any longer at this point.

As mentioned above, it’s possible Valve-owned Campo Santo will show how In the Valley of Gods is progressing. Announced during The Game Awards 2017, the title is a story-driven adventure set in Egypt.

In the Valley of the Gods is slated for release in 2019 for PC. Whether it is coming to other platforms or not us unknown at present.

The annual gamescom event runs August 21-25 at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany. Valve will...

The western release of Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate will feature clothing items based on Breath of the Wild.

Capcom has confirmed The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild content will be released for Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate in the west.

When the game released last year in Japan as Monster Hunter XX, the Capcom and Nintendo collaboration was released as DLC. The same content will be made available for Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate at release (thanks, Nintendo Life).

Capcom announced in May the game would head west in August 2018. It features both local wireless and online multiplayer with up to three other players.

Players of the original Monster Hunter Generations can also transfer save data over to Generations Ultimate. This also applies to the 3DS version, allowing players to continue where they left off in Monster Hunter Generations on Switch. Both consoles can also play together online.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate releases on August 28.

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The latest PUBG Twitch Prime crate and free game for August have been announced.

Twitch Prime users are being handed five free games for August, and PUBG users can download the latest skin crate from today.

The PUBG Twitch Prime crate contains a rather interesting silly set of skins. The skins allow those itching for a more “relaxed” look in the battle royale game to drape their character in purple spa attire.

Two sets of Spa Day skins are included in the crate which contains 10 items total. Three more crates are in the works, but the contents are a mystery for now.

On August 1, Twitch Prime users can download the latest set of free titles. Free games for August are: Antihero, Death Squared, Jotun: Valhalla Edition, Steamworld Dig, and the Wizardry Bundle.

Subscribers have until August 31 to redeem the free games.

 

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Valve recently went on a banning spree resulting in over 95,000 Steam bans handed out over the use of cheats.

On Wednesday, Valve’s Anti-Cheat technology starting kicking cheaters from the service. By the end of the day, 28,409 accounts were banned.

The largest cull took place the following day when 61,490 accounts were banned. As of yesterday 95,812 accounts had been banned by VAC this week alone.

In July 2017 Valve’s VAC system banned over 40,000 Steam users after the Summer Sale. At the time it was the largest wave of Steam bans in history.

As PCgamesN notes, the mass culling this week may be attributed to VAC identifying an unknown cheat and banning all accounts using it. The system monitors Ark: Survival Evolved, Call of Duty titles, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and others.

You can keep track of the Steam bans for the week, month and the entire year over on SteamDB.

If you’re interested in how the bans have affected the cheaters, well, some have been hit really hard. Over on the subreddit VAC_Porn, one post shows an account which lost $30K worth of CS:GO skins (what?!?).

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Telltale Games has released a video showing the first 15 minutes from Episode 1 of The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

The Walking Dead: The Final Season kicks off with Episode 1 next month on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

During San Diego Comic-Con, Telltale showed attendees the first 15 minutes. If you wish to remain unspoiled going in, you may wish to advert your eyes or just move along.

The final season finds Clementine looking to turn a secluded school into a home. In order to survive she must “build a life and become a leader,” while still watching over AJ.

Pre-ordering The Final Season ($19.99) will provide access to all four episodes as they become available. Players who pre-order on PS4 and Xbox One will also receive immediate access to The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection.

PC players who pre-order from digital stores will receive 10% off the full retail price. Windows 10 pre-orders through the Microsoft Store will unlock season one of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series.

All pre-order offers expire when the game releases on August 14. The Switch version will release later this year.

A Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition has been announced for North America.

Capcom announced a Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It will be exclusive to GameStop and EB Games.

The package is a “reproduction of the familiar item boxes” found in Resident Evil games over the years. This edition also contains a 12″ figure of Leon, art book, costumes, and more.

It also features contents included in the Deluxe Edition which contains alternate outfits for Claire and Leon, plus pre-order bonuses. Full contents are listed below.

Resident Evil 2 Collector’s Edition – North America
  • Resident Evil 2 Deluxe Edition
    • Full Game
    • Special Deluxe Packaging
    • Extra DLC Pack Card
      • Give Leon and Claire a new look or a blast from the past with unique costumes:
        • Leon Costume: “Arklay Sheriff”
        • Leon Costume: “Noir”
        • Claire Costume: “Military”
        • Claire Costume: “Noir”
        • Claire Costume: “Elza Walker”
    • Ensure the undead stay undead with a special weapon
      • Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Albert Model”
    • And bring on the nostalgia with classic tunes:
      • “Original Version” Soundtrack Swap
  • Leon S. Kennedy (R.P.D. Version) Figure
    • An expertly-crafted 12-inch figure of Leon on his first day in his new RPD police uniform, re-created to mirror his in-game design down to the smallest details. A must-have for any Resident Evil fan or collector!
  • “Ben’s File” Art Book
    • A 32-page book left behind by Ben Bertolucci, a freelance journalist who makes an appearance in Resident Evil 2. This file contains photos...

Running parallel to the rest of the tasks in Fortnite Season 5, there’s an extra special goal waiting for you at the end. Here’s where to find all of the Road Trip secret hidden Battle Stars, week to week.

Once you’ve completed all of the challenges in a week, you’ll unlock a special loading screen. Somewhere on the loading screen will be hidden directions to a secret Battle Star which gives you ten bonus Stars towards your Battle Pass progress.

This star will only appear once you’ve completed all seven challenges from a week. Once you’ve completed seven, you’ll unlock a new exclusive skin for your collection.

Road Trip Secret Hidden Battle Star Week 1 location:

In the first week, you’re headed to the west of the new location Lazy Links. On the map you’ll see an umbrella shaped ditch in the ground. On the northern tip of the umbrella – up on a small ledge – is where you’ll find the Battle Star.

Here’s a screen of the location:

Road Trip Secret Hidden Battle Star Week 2 location:

For Week 2 you’re dropping in at Lazy Links again. This time the Hidden Battle Star is on top of the main clubhouse in the north of the area – to the north of the swimming pool. It’s on the highest point of the building. You can see...

Capcom discussed the revamped visuals of Resident Evil 2 remake at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday.

During a SDCC panel, the game’s producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi discussed the complete redesign of Resident Evil 2.

Topics touched upon were updated designs for Claire Redfield, Leon Kennedy, Raccoon City, and the zombies lurking around in the dark.

Players will notice Kennedy sports a “fresh-faced rookie look” compared to the more mature “hero he becomes later in the series.” It’s rather fitting considering RE2 was his first appearance as a new hire to the Raccoon City Police Department.

Redfield’s look was also updated. She will look more in-line with “the iconic scene” of her rolling into Raccoon City on her motorcycle.

For the city itself, the team put a major focus on making the city dark and wet. The events in Raccoon City take place on a rainy day, causing puddles and flooding in parts of the city. Other areas are rather gory due to the clashes between zombies and residents.

Speaking of zombies, Hirabayashi said the team wanted to “create something monstrous” to provide an additional fear factor. Like the city, zombies will feature the same “concepts of wetness and darkness.”

Resident Evil 2 Remake releases January 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It’ll also feature upgraded visuals on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, with the 

Bluehole has apologized after a pilot’s mask with the Japanese rising sun symbol and an AI bot named Unit 731 were found by Korean players in PUBG.

PUBG players in Asian markets have received an apology from Bluehole after references to Imperial Japan were found in-game.

As reported by Korean news outlet Bzit via the BBC, a pilot’s mask sporting the rising sun symbol was found in-game. The symbol is associated with the Imperial Japanese military in the region (thanks, GI.biz).

An AI bot called Unit 731 was found by another player in the Asian market. The AI bot features the same unit name as a biological and chemical warfare research and development unit of the Imperial Japanese Army. The complex was located in Pingfang district of Harbin in Heilungkiang, China where during Word War 2 prisoners underwent human experimentation.

It has been estimated 3,000 men, women, children underwent involuntary experimentation in this location alone. The majority were Chinese citizen, while other victims were Soviet, Mongolian, Korean, and other Allied POWs.

Korean and Chinese players were understandably upset, leading to an apology from Bluehole, which promised to remove both the mask and the AI’s name from the game.

The developer said the mask was never meant to be made publicly available in-game, and all purchases will be refunded.

“We apologize for causing concerns over a pilot mask item,” the said Bluehole in a statement. “We will conduct an overall...

Fortnite players will celebrate the game’s birthday next week through a limited time, in-game event.

Epic Games announced today a celebratory event will take place next week in Fortnite.

Starting July 24, players will take part in a limited time, birthday event where they can earn special birthday cosmetics.

The items are earned by completing birthday quests and the challenges outlined below.

Each challenge completed will unlock a piece of the birthday cosmetic set.

  • Deal 1,000 damage to opponents to unlock the Fortnite Birthday Emoticon
  • Dance at different birthday cakes to unlock the Happy Birthday Spray
  • Play 14 matches to unlock 5,000 XP.
  • Complete all 3 challenges to earn the Birthday Cake Back Bling

Those who complete the Fortnite Birthday questline in Save the World will earn the Birthday Brigade Ramirez Hero.

Players can also earn tickets to spend on Birthday Llamas which can contain Heroes and weapons from every event this year. Quest rewards are exempt.

Again, the Fortnite birthday celebration kicks off on July 24.

 

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Here’s where you can find a Supply Llama in Fortnite, including tips on where they spawn.

Everyone loves a llama – especially when they’re purple and drop a variety of deadly weapons. The tricky thing about Supply Llamas though is that their spawn locations appear to be semi-random, so it’s going to take you at least a few games to find one. But here’s how we found one eventually.

Fortnite – Supply Llama spawn locations:

Over on reddit, user Overwatchero4 made this incredible map by using Fortnite’s replay feature – as well as some of their own gameplay – to find the Llamas in each game they played.

It’s not 100% accurate, but the amount of work they put in has yielded some good results:

The red spots on the map are where the most Supply Llamas spawned, followed by orange and so on down to blue, where the fewest were found.

Although the red spots are a good place to start, they’re too far away to feasibly search in one game.

The method we used to find a Supply Llama was to drop in either in the extreme north or extreme south of the map and follow the river through the valley towards Loot Lake at the centre of the map. This maximises the time that you can search a red heatmap area, and probably won’t run into...

The latest character release for Soulcalibur 6 is Voldo.

Bandai Namco announced today Voldo will be playable in Soulcalibur 6.

The character’s first appearance was in Soul Blade, and has since appeared in all entries of the series.

Voldo is popular among Soulcalibur fans, due in part to his appearance, interesting playstyle and the fact he is both blind and mute. He does make some rather odd sounds, though.

Soulcalibur 6 will release October 19 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

For information on other characters in this entry, check out our Soulcalibur 6 roster here.

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The Stardew Valley multiplayer update finally has a release date.

The long-awaited multiplayer update for Stardew Valley is within sight. It will be released in just 12 days.

Multiplayer for Stardew Valley  has been in the works back in 2016, and recently finished public beta testing.

Once the update lands, players will have various options available to invite others into their game: via friends list, invite codes, and a LAN connection. Each player will need their own cabin to connect, and up to three cabins can be purchased for 100g and 10 Stone.

You can even marry your pal, if you choose. No thanks. Elliott is my main man. Our marriage was built on a solid foundation of loneliness, the urge to write silly stories, sensitivity to the weather, and both having large heads of hair.

Stardew Valley multiplayer features
  • Chat box and Custom Emojis – Communicate using the new chat box feature with coloured text and nearly 200 custom Stardew Valley emojis
  • Multiplayer Marriage – Farmhands can choose to woo Pelican Town’s NPCs, or craft a wedding ring to propose to a fellow Player. You can also divorce or ban farmhands by demolishing their cabins.
  • Scalable Difficulty – As more hands are better than one, players will be able to scale profit margin or produce sold to change the difficulty level of a multiplayer farm
  • Work Together – Each player lives in their own cabin on the host farm as you work together to achieve common goals such...

With so many evolutions to choose from, you want to make sure that you get your favorite – so let’s talk about how to evolve Eevee in Pokemon Go.

For our money, Eevee is one of the coolest Pokemon. It’s one of the cutest of the original Red/Blue/Green generation of Pokemon games, yes, and it’s just been promoted to starter status for Pokemon Let’s Go – but the coolest thing about Eevee is how it evolves. Eevee can evolve into more different Pokemon than any other species discovered so far – and of course that carries over to Pokemon Go.

In the original Pokemon games, Eevee evolves based on factors like using special items (like the evolutionary stones in Pokemon Sun and Moon), its happiness level, moves or the time of day. Over in Pokemon Quest, stats influence your evolution. In Pokemon Go, Eevee Evolution is handled in an entirely different way still.

As Pokemon Go players know, evolution in that game is all about candy – all you need to do is farm candy through walking with, catching and transferring Pokemon in order to get the right amount of candy to ‘buy’ the evolution. For Eevee, that’s 25 Eevee Candy – and with candy being the sole method of evolution, that means special items or stats-based influencing of your Eevee’s evolution isn’t possible. Eevee also

From the outside, Overwatch seems like an absurdly complex game to support. Each hero has their own abilities and many of them traverse the maps in different ways.

Wrecking Ball, the newest addition to the FPS, uses a grappling hook and momentum to swing and roll around the arenas. Pharah takes flight. Lucio can wall-run. It makes you wonder how the game’s maps are even created to cater to a world where the roster is always increasing and, potentially, anything can happen.

“Aaron Keller is our lead level designer and way back when we were making the first game he asked me that question: ‘We’re making a lot of heroes, what do I have to do here, how are we going to approach the levels to make sure we future proof these?’,” lead designer Geoff Goodman tells me in a recent interview. “He was asking stuff like ‘How high can the players get?’. I was like, ‘Dude, imagine you have a hero that can just fly all the time, let’s start there. Don’t put things that are going to look weird from different angles, don’t cheat too much.”

Often in game development, facades are put up in places where the player can’t reach, to save on memory cost. For Overwatch, this wasn’t possible because a future hero might have some new movement ability that allows them to reach somewhere unexpected, forcing Blizzard to rework entire maps.

We’re big fans of HalkHogan’s Witcher 3 texture mod here, and its latest version is even more impressive.

Mod creator HalkHogan has been working on their HD Reworked Project for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for a while. After several iterations, some of which weren’t received well by the community, the creator is back with the biggest update yet: version 5.1.

The Witcher 3 HD Reworked Project’s goal is simple: recreate the majority of in-game textures and models in a higher resolution. Though earlier versions of the mod took some artistic liberties, version 5.1 reserves CD Projekt RED’s original designs, it just improves them.

The mod touches practically all textures that the developer left at a lower resolution, either due to performance limitations, time constraints or any number of development reasons.

The performance hit is minimal, and the trade-off is that you get sharper textures anywhere you look. Wood, metal, stone, and even water textures have all been overhauled. The mod really makes a difference when you run The Witcher 3 in 2k or higher.

The video below does a good job of showcasing the upgrades to some of the most common textures in the game.

To download the mod, just head over to the official Nexus Mods page. Note that it’s almost double the size of the earlier versions, but it’s still a relatively modest 1.5GB.

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With the arrival of Sonic Mania’s Encore DLC on PC, players are once again calling out Denuvo’s implementation.

Sonic Mania has had Denuvo since it launched last year. The DRM was initially thought to be responsible for the game requiring an internet connection on every launch.

Sega later clarified that this was the result of a bug, which has since been fixed. Denuvo, however, managed to protect the game from being cracked for only eight days.

The DRM has not been removed, but troubles arose again with the release of the Encore DLC this week, which upgrades the game to the Plus version. On the Steam forums, players are complaining about a couple of problems with the DLC.

The first is an issue that slows the game down in the Replays menu. There’s also talk about slowdowns that occur in different parts of the game.

Hacker Voksi_RVT, who’s had a hand in creating Denuvo cracks in the past, says the Replays menu slowdown is caused by a faulty DRM trigger in the time attack menu. Though we have no way of verifying this, the cracker claims this causes Denuvo to “continue writing in its section until the game is closed, which causes massive game slowdown.”

Another Steam user shared their experience about

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything regarding Michel Ancel’s PS4 game Wild, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead in the water.

Wild Sheep Studio, the Montpellier-based company co-founded by Michel Ancel, is hiring and that’s good news for folks looking forward to Wild.

News of the openings was posted on Twitter by Tom O’Connor, senior producer at PlayStation.

Wild is a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and the team is looking to fill quite a few vacancies. These include various positions in the art department, multiple programming openings, and the studio is looking for an associate producer.

The online survival adventure game was announced at gamescom back in 2014, and is set 10,000 years ago when “nature and humanity were one.” Players can take on the role of an animal or human across a continent the size of Europe with dynamic weather and seasons.

In order to play as an animal, players will use shamanistic skills to turn into rabbits, snakes, wolves, horses, sheep and more.

Along with single player, Wild supports multiplayer allowing  folks to invite others along for the ride. They can then either “help or hinder” the player’s progress.

The most recent update on the game came from Ancel’s Instagram account through a piece of  concept art. The dual image shows Beyond Good and Evil 2 at the top, and a very angry wolf at the bottom. Ancel is also working with Ubisoft Montpellier on Beyond Good and Evil 2, so...