World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Classic players will soon be able to confront iconic Warcraft villain Illidan Stormrage himself, with the game"s latest content update adding two new raids in the form of Black Temple and the Battle For Mount Hyjal.
The new raids are the star of the patch, but the two endgame encounters aren"t live just yet. As detailed by Blizzard, the new raids will actually unlock on January 27 alongside the Netherwing daily quest hub. The Netherwing quests eventually award one of the game"s cooler mounts--the Netherdrake--but the grind to reach exalted reputation is a long one.
Players will need to complete the necessary attunement questlines to access each new raid, which includes completing previous raids like Tempest Keep and Serpentshrine Cavern. Bosses from previous raids will now drop additional loot, which should make gearing up for the new content a little easier.
Dying Light 2 Stay Human for Nintendo Switch has been delayed. Just a few weeks before the game was due to launch on February 4 on Nintendo"s hybrid console, Techland has announced that the Switch version is now slated to arrive sometime within six months of that, so by August 4, 2022.
Dying Light 2 for Switch is a cloud version of the game that is streamed to the console and not downloaded locally. The other editions of Dying Light 2 remain on schedule to release on February 4.
In a statement, Techland mentioned that the Dying Light: Platinum Edition for Switch was received positively by fans and it helped affirm Techland"s understanding that «quality matters.» To that end, the studio is taking more time with Dying Light 2 for Switch.
Razer"s limited-edition Boba Fett Xbox controller is now available at the lowest price we"ve ever seen. First released during the 2021 holiday season, the highly rated gamepad is listed on Amazon with a $ 30 price cut--just in time for The Book of Boba Fett"s fourth episode to premiere.
Featuring textured grips, compatibility with both Xbox Series X and Xbox One, a magnetic, quick-charging stand, and a gorgeous color palette inspired by Boba Fett, Razer didn’t cut any corners with its premium controller. You can also connect it to a Mac, PC, or smartphone via Bluetooth for a bit of mobile gaming.
All those features add up to an expensive product, although it’s a bit more manageable than usual thanks to its new $ 150 price tag.
The Boba Fett controller is officially licensed by Xbox, Lucasfilm, and Disney, and the overall build of the gamepad is exactly what you"d expect from Razer. If you"re not a big Boba fan, you can also check out the limited edition Mandalorian controller, which boasts the same specs and reduced price, but instead features a metallic silver color scheme.
January"s already half behind us, and there"s half in front of us. Netflix is already doing its part to make what"s ahead worth looking forward to. Netflix has announced its full set of movies, shows, and other original content for next month--here"s what you can expect to watch on the streaming service in February.
And for a year that"s just getting going, February has tons to start loading your queue for the year with. On the lighter side, Murderville on February 3 looks promising and sounds fun: «Meet Senior Detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett), Homicide Division. For Terry, every day means a new murder case and a new celebrity guest star as his partner. But here"s the catch: each episode"s guest star isn"t being given the script. They have no idea what"s about to happen to them. Together, the guest star and Terry Seattle will have to improvise their way through the case… but it will be up to each celebrity guest alone to name the killer.» Adapted from the BBC3 series Murder in Successville, the American version will feature guest stars including Annie Murphy, Conan O"Brien, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Marshawn Lynch, and Sharon Stone.
Running quickly through a few of the highlights from the rest of the month, there"s Disenchantment: Part 4 on February 9 and Vikings: Valhalla--the sequel series to Vikings set a century later--on February 25. February 16 will see the debut of the three-part documentary Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, about the life and career of the rapper and multihyphenate that is Kanye West. Finally, on February 18, The Cuphead Show, an animated adaptation of the popular videogame hits the streaming service.
DICE has released the full patch notes for Battlefield 2042«s next big update. The 3.2 update is releasing on January 20, and it includes bug fixes and stability improvements, mainly.
Included in the patch are fixes for hit-registration issues, while instances of rubberbanding in some scenarios should be improved. The patch also addresses an issue where players could become stuck in a loop between being downed but still alive.
«This update is part of our continued commitment to address your feedback related to resolving bugs and improving gameplay,» DICE said.
Developer Eastshade Studios--the studio behind Eastshade--has announced its next game: Songs of Glimmerwick. An announcement trailer for Songs of Glimmerwick reveals the game to be a narrative-driven RPG where you play as a student at a university of magic where you cast spells through music.
Also seen in the trailer, Songs of Glimmerwick will feature character customization and progression, allowing you to craft your ideal wizard or witch and grow their magic as you see fit. The game will also see you go to classes, tend to the university"s garden, and sign up for extra curricular activities. Songs of Glimmerwick will feature voice acting as well.
In a press release, Eastshade Studios writes that Songs of Glimmerwick will follow the developer"s mission of «creating a sense of place.» Songs of Glimmerwick is scheduled to launch in 2023. You can wishlist Songs of Glimmerwick on Steam.
One of the PlayStation Store"s best sales has returned. The Games Under $ 20 promotion features more than 600 titles at some of the lowest prices we"ve seen. All games in the catalog are (you guessed it) listed for less than $ 20, and it covers everything from indie gems to triple-A blockbusters.
One of the most enticing discounts is for Dying Light: The Following Enhanced Edition, which is available for just $ 12 ahead of the release for Dying Light 2. If you haven"t yet found time to play through the original, now is the perfect time. Other high-profile titles in the sale include Persona 5 Royal Deluxe Edition, Saints Row: The Third Remastered, Mortal Kombat 11 Aftermath Expansion, and Assassin"s Creed Odyssey Deluxe Edition.
If you"re in the mood for a puzzle game, be sure to check out either Lumines Remastered or Tetris Effect: Connected. Both launched several years ago, although they"ve stood the test of time incredibly well--and they"re hard to pass up at $ 6 and $ 20, respectively.
French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died at age 37 after a ski accident. According to Deadline, who reported the news first, Ulliel suffered a head injury that he was unable to recover from despite being transported to a hospital in Grenoble following a collision on the slopes in the Savoie region.
As of this writing, no official statement had yet been issued.
Ulliel recently finished filming Moon Knight, the upcoming Disney+ series set to premiere on March 30. He joined the cast in July 2021 as Anton Mogart/Midnight Man, and will appear in the anticipated series alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.
Microsoft"s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard is a big moment of corporate consolidation, bringing together two of the largest video game publishers under a single roof. That has raised some questions regarding antitrust concerns, but at least one key lawmaker has expressed optimism that Microsoft is approaching this in the right way.
The Washington Post reports that Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) says he"s received «encouraging» assurances from Microsoft. Buck, who is heavily involved in antitrust issues and is currently working on App Store legislation in the House, said that the deal will need to be examined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ), but that the architects are saying the right things so far.
«They"ve suggested that they’re going to emphasize access to titles and competition in the marketplace as well as the individual gaming experience,» said Buck.
Microsoft is proposing to acquire Activision Blizzard for $ 68.7 billion, its biggest ever buyout and the largest acquisition in gaming history by a wide margin. The sale, should it go through, would «no doubt» have a material effect on Sony"s position in the video game market, according to one analyst.
Piers Harding-Rolls of Ampere Analysis said in a blog post, «There is no doubt that this deal weakens [Sony"s] position in the market.»
Even if Microsoft continues to release Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation, their inclusion on Game Pass will «undermine Sony"s third-party business,» the analyst said.
With only a few more weeks to go before it arrives, Sony has released a new trailer for Horizon Forbidden West. Unlike the other trailers that focused on tribes, hostile mechanical wildlife, and robots with impressive swimming skills, the latest trailer focuses on just what spurs Aloy to embark on a new adventure and the dangers that lie hidden in the sinister landscape of Forbidden West.
As detailed in the trailer above, a strange blight has begun sweeping across the world and killing off all life. Machines have begun to grow more aggressive towards humans, and the key to saving the world lies in the Forbidden West. Aloy will have to explore this unknown region, and in the process, she"ll encounter Regalla. Described as a warrior who «seeks to slaughter all those who have wronged her» and «will kill anyone who gets in her way,» Regalla is voiced by Angela Bassett and will battle Aloy throughout the course of the game.
The real twist in the trailer though is that Horizon Zero Dawn"s nomadic researcher Sylens has returned, and is pulling several strings behind the scenes. Aloy won"t be alone in her quest though, as her allies Erend and Varl will lend her a hand from time to time. Other new faces include Tenakth tribe warrior Kotallo, the curious explorer Alva who hails from an unknown tribe, and the Utaru tribe"s Zo. Lastly, the trailer confirms that artificial intelligence GAIA will also return, while another new character by the name of Tilda will be brought to life by The Matrix"s Carrie-Anne Moss.
Prime Video"s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show has been largely shrouded in mystery since it was first announced, and with only a teaser photo and a cast list to work with, details have been difficult to come by. However, as its official release date slowly approaches, Amazon Studios is bringing more pieces of the story into the light.
Today, Prime Video has announced that the show will be titled Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and they"ve done so in a way befitting the series--with literal molten metal. Take a look at the announcement video below.
(@LOTRonPrime) January 19, 2022
Despite a string of issues at launch, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition did «just great» for the company, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.
The GTA Trilogy was released in November in a state that fans were generally not happy about. Rockstar responded to the issues and released multiple patches, one of which included more than 100 fixes to improve performance and take aim at bugs.
If you"re looking for a new game to play with friends--and one that involves fighting against parasitic alien lifeforms bent on world domination--Ubisoft"s Rainbow Six Extraction might suit your very specific tastes. A spin-off of Rainbow Six Siege, Extraction tasks three-player squads with the investigation of the extraterrestrial Archaen threat. Teamwork and communication are vital to the success of a mission, while gunplay and other skills also factor into the equation.
Ahead of its release on January 20, reviews have gone live for Rainbow Six Extraction, with the majority of outlets calling it a solid start for Ubisoft"s latest live-service experience, but one that will need some fine-tuning in the weeks and months to come. If your Xbox Game Pass subscription is up to date, you"ll also be able to play the game through the Microsoft service.
GameSpot"s Rainbow Six Extraction review praised just how well the game"s teamwork functions when each member of a party operates in synch, but the game"s story and some progression systems were weaker aspects of its design.
Nintendo"s latest Pokemon game officially arrives on January 28, but with a few days left to go, it appears that some copies of Pokemon Legends: Arceus have broken the street date. Social media websites such as Reddit, Twitter, and YouTube have played host to gameplay content from the upcoming title, with Nintendo scrambling to plug any leaks.
According to Eurogamer, a seller based in New Jersey managed to get their hands on a cache of the games and auctioned them off on eBay for $ 75 each. Elsewhere, images of people holding boxed copies of the game have been posted online. If you"re trying to avoid spoilers, now might be a good time to start muting several keywords when you"re online.
Microsoft recently announced that it has proposed to buy Activision Blizzard in a deal valued at nearly $ 70 billion, but it seems that several other companies, including EA, were interested in a deal with the Call Of Duty publisher as well.
In a new Venture Beat interview with Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, it was discussed why the publisher decided to agree on a deal with the Xbox company, with Kotick saying that he was looking over the course of the next couple of years and decided that Activision Blizzard would, «need thousands of people to be able to execute against our production plans.» He also explained that he had conversations with Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Phil Spencer, head of gaming at Microsoft, «over many, many years of bigger things that we could do together.»
During the interview, it was also hinted that EA was in talks for some sort of deal with Activision Blizzard. Kotick went on to say that although the company is big and has its resources, compared to other trillion dollar companies, «You realize, we may have been a big company in video gaming, but now, when you look at the landscape of who the competitors are, it’s a different world today than ever before.
Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has shed new light on why he is selling the Call of Duty company to Microsoft in the biggest gaming acquisition in history. Speaking to VentureBeat, the executive--who has been accused of knowing about and covering up instances of sexual harassment and abuse--said Microsoft has the size and scale to realizes some of the ideas that Activision could not execute on its own.
Kotick said he spoke with Xbox boss Phil Spencer about new possibilities if Activision were to join Microsoft, and one is potentially reviving the Guitar Hero series.
«I wanted to make a new Guitar Hero for a while, but I don"t want to add teams to do manufacturing and supply chain and QA for manufacturing. And the chip shortages are enormous,» he said. «We didn"t really have the ability to do that. I had a really cool vision for what the next Guitar Hero would be, and realized we don"t have the resources to do that.»
Microsoft"s $ 68.7 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard sent shockwaves throughout the industry this week, even reaching far enough to seemingly shake up Sony"s worth on the global market. Sony Group Corp. share fell by as much as 13% after the Microsoft deal was made public, effectively wiping $ 20 billion off Sony’s valuation. This was the largest dip in the Japanese conglomerate"s share price since October 2008, back when the company recalled 100,000 laptop batteries due to potential fire hazard issues.
«Sony will have a monumental challenge on its hands to stand on its own in this war of attrition,» Asymmetric Advisors" Amir Anvarzadeh said to Bloomberg. «With Call of Duty now most likely to be added exclusively to the Game Pass roster, the headwinds for Sony are only going to get tougher.»
In contrast to Sony"s rocky Tuesday, Japanese publishers such as Capcom, Konami, and Square Enix saw their stock rise by more than 5% on Tokyo"s financial markets, a sign that companies with strong video game IPs were likely to become more valuable in an age of mega-acquisitions. French publisher and developer Ubisoft also experience a surge in its stock price, which rose by 11% by the time the markets had closed.
A new King of the Hill TV series revival is reportedly in the works, and fans of the original show might be happy to learn that creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge are said to be returning for it.
Daniels and Judge have created a new animation company called Bandera Entertainment, and a King of the Hill revival is reportedly part of their ambitious plans for the company.
Daniels and Judge wouldn"t or couldn"t say much about the new King of the Hill in their interview with The Hollywood Reporter, which has been rumored for years. «They"re not ready to share official details,» the report said.