Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.9 Will Come To PTR This Week

Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.9 Will Come To PTR This Week

Blizzard is issuing a new update to Diablo 3 in the public test realm (PTR) to put the next update through its paces before it becomes widely available. The 2.6.9 patch was originally going to begin its testing run on Thursday, May 21, but according to an update on the Blizzard forums, the patch has actually been delayed to the week of May 24 (that’s this week) to allow for “additional QA time” to fix bugs and other issues. We don’t have an official date for it yet, but it should be coming soon.“We discovered some issues that came up and are needing some additional QA time with the build as we want to make sure we get something out that is thoroughly vetted on our end. PTR will not be going live today due to these additional tests needed….”https://t.co/xWX0a0nzrp — Diablo (Season 20 is LIVE) (@Diablo) May 21, 2020 Those who participate in the test next week will be able to check out some new gear for Demon Hunter and Necromancer, with some special items to help speed you on your way. It should help to make the wait for Diablo 4 a little easier, especially as we still don’t know when the game is actually going to release.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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The Snyder Cut Will Cost More Than $30 Million, Says HBO Max Boss

The Snyder Cut Will Cost More Than Million, Says HBO Max Boss

When official news of the release of The Snyder Cut swept the Internet last week, early reports pegged the cost of bringing director Zack Snyder’s true vision of the Justice League movie to life as being between $20-$30 million. But it’s actually going to cost more than that, the head of HBO Max said in a new podcast interview. During an appearance on Recode Media’s podcast (via Screenrant), WarnerMedia chairman and HBO Max boss Bob Greenblatt admitted that he wishes the Snyder Cut would only cost $30 million to release. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/justice-league-the-snyder-cut-official-hbo-max-announcement”] “It isn’t as easy as going into the vault and there’s a Snyder Cut sitting there to put out,” Greenblatt explained. “Zack is actually building it and it’s complex, including – and I don’t wanna get into too much detail that we haven’t already talked about yet – but, new effects shots.” Greenblatt described the Snyder Cut as “a radical rethinking of that movie” and “complicated and wildly expensive. Which is, of course, a number I won’t quote… I’ll just say I wish it was $30 million and stop there.” [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=best-superhero-directors-cuts-you-can-stream-now&captions=true”] As it is, HBO Max — which launches May 27th — will tout Zack Snyder’s Justice League as one of their huge exclusive titles next year. In the meantime, Snyder will work with his team to get his version of the film into finished shape. For more on The Snyder Cut, check out our deep dive into the legendary project’s history and learn what the cast had to say about the release news.
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Minecraft Dungeons Review – A Cuter Looter

Minecraft Dungeons Review – A Cuter Looter

Minecraft represented a massive paradigm shift in games, having served as a popular proto-example of both early access releases and unstructured, creation-based gameplay. More than a decade later, Minecraft Dungeons doesn’t strive toward revolutionary, but it may just use the now-familiar trappings of its namesake to introduce a new generation of players to old-school tropes. The dungeon-crawler is a light, breezy introduction to the genre for newcomers and a friendly, low-impact callback for veterans.Those experienced with games like Diablo or Torchlight already know the basic gist. You venture from a hub area into various environments, battle enemy hordes, occasionally fell some larger-than-life boss monster, and then spend time laying out and sorting through your new loot like a kid who just opened a pack of baseball cards. Rinse, repeat.Within that framework there is some simplification in Minecraft Dungeons, which helps to make it more inviting. You only have six gear slots–melee, bow, armor, and three artifact-based abilities. You won’t find specialized classes or complex skill trees here. Everything is tied to your gear, and the level-ups mostly matter in that they determine the quality of your loot drops.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Fortnite Is Counting Down To Doomsday–Here's What That Means

Fortnite Is Counting Down To Doomsday–Here's What That Means

Epic Games recently announced that Fortnite’s Chapter 2, Season 2 will end on June 4, and if previous seasons are any indication, a blockbuster event is likely to mark its conclusion. Recently, a countdown timer appeared in the game’s main menu and in Midas’s office, counting down to a date that would seem to be Saturday, May 30.Here’s another cool screenshot i took today, top view of the doomsday device second stage pic.twitter.com/bFXXlxzI0U — HYPEX – Fortnite Leaks & News (@HYPEX) May 23, 2020some updated/added animations for Underwater Swimming pic.twitter.com/pGYyhOr7kg — FortTory – Fortnite Leaks & News (@FortTory) May 26, 2020This would appear to be related to the much-rumored “Doomsday Device” that Fortnite players and leakers have been discussing for the past few weeks, with some speculating that the large orb-shaped device with pipes running everywhere in Midas’s office is the Device. The introduction of the Storm the Agency challenges in the game’s latest update might suggest that Team Shadow may soon usurp Team Ghost in the Agency, which could lead to the device being triggered.Recent discoveries by established Fortnite leakers would seem to suggest that this event may bring more underwater areas to the game, but it’s impossible to say for sure until the date. Recently, Epic partnered with OnePlus to get Fortnite running a 90 frames per second on their phones, which is better than consoles like the Nintendo Switch. One thing’s for sure: based on the smash success of April’s Travis Scott event, it’s likely that this Doomsday will be even more bombastic and ambitious than any we’ve seen before.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Fortnite Safe House Locations: Where To Eliminate Henchmen For Storm The Agency Challenges

Fortnite Safe House Locations: Where To Eliminate Henchmen For Storm The Agency Challenges

Fortnite’s 12.61 update has arrived, and it’s brought one more set of challenges to complete before Season 2 winds down and Season 3 begins soon. The Storm the Agency challenges are now live, and one of the missions asks you to eliminate henchmen at different safe houses. If you’re having trouble tracking those down, this guide will show you where the safe house are located and how to complete the challenge.Where Are The Shadow Safe House Locations?Shadow’s safe houses have been a fixture of the map since Season 2 began, but they’re tricky to find because of their inconspicuous appearance. The safe houses are all disguised to look like normal buildings from the outside, but there are some telltale signs that give them away. You’ll know for sure when you stumble upon one as they’re swarming with AI henchmen, so you’ll need to be cautious when approaching them. We’ve marked down the safe house locations on the map below:Shadow safe houses mapPleasant ParkEast of Craggy CliffsSouth of Sweaty SandsMiddle of the island east of Frenzy FarmOn the small island north of Misty MeadowsHow To Complete The ChallengeThe trickiest part of this challenge is actually tracking down the safe houses, so once you know where those are located, all you need to do to complete the mission is head to them and eliminate henchmen. You need to eliminate a henchman at three different safe houses in total to finish the challenge, so you can’t return to the same one across multiple matches, but you shouldn’t have much difficulty regardless.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Warcraft: 47 Easter Eggs From The Orcs Vs. Humans Movie You Forgot About

Warcraft: 47 Easter Eggs From The Orcs Vs. Humans Movie You Forgot About

The Warcraft may not have been the best, but it sure did pack in the references. Let’s get the obvious out of the way first: The Warcraft franchise is, to put it lightly, complicated on the lore side of things. From humble beginnings, Blizzard’s real-time strategy series has grown and evolved into a juggernaut, now resting squarely on the back of an MMO that has been running uninterrupted for 16 years. This means the story is not only incredibly dense, but riddled with the sort of revisions, retcons, and alternate timelines you’d normally find in things like superhero comics.That said, the 2016 Warcraft movie did its level best to try and distill some of the earliest Warcraft stories into a cohesive, easily digestible narrative for both longtime fans and newcomers alike.Whether or not it actually succeeded is up for debate. But hey, if nothing else, the movie did give us a sweeping fantasy with some truly decadent visual effects that still hold up today, and enough nods, references, and Easter eggs for Warcraft franchise history to keep even the most die-hard fans entertained while watching. Sure, some of those references may not make the most sense in context, and other plot points have been adjusted or otherwise pivoted away from their canonical origins. To be honest, most are not much more than clever winks at the camera for anyone in the know, but we’ll forgive them.We went through and pulled out a whopping 47 of our favorite references, from fun World of Warcraft shout-outs to deep, early Warcraft pulls and everything in between. And we’re sure there are more to be found–so, if you’re looking for something to do with your quarantine free time, why not revisit the movie and see how many you can spot? 1. Orcs & Humans Ah, simpler times. The original conceit of Warcraft was simple: a no-frills war between Orcs and Humans, which we see here in live action during the opening scenes. 2, The Fel The Fel has been a major part of Warcraft’s lore, usually linked to the Burning Legion. The Legion itself is never mentioned here in the film, but the story borrows heavily from their typical plots through the games and through World Of Warcraft. 3. Wolf Mounts Instead of horses, orcs ride giant wolves–this is pretty much a constant for them, through all the games and through WoW, where wolves…
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PS Plus Free Games For May 2020: Grab 3 Games For Free Right Now

PS Plus Free Games For May 2020: Grab 3 Games For Free Right Now

PlayStation Plus members can snag another round of free PS4 games from the PlayStation Store until the end of the month. As usual, May 2020’s PS Plus lineup consists of two PS4 games: Cities: Skylines and Farming Simulator 19. You can also download one of June 2020’s free games, Call of Duty: WWII, before the new month even begins.Cities: Skylines is an acclaimed city-building sim in which you plan and develop a metropolis. The game offers a realistic take on the genre, giving you full control over zoning neighborhoods and letting you establish districts and policies.Farming Simulator 19, meanwhile, has you running a farm business. You’ll need to plant and harvest crops, invest your money in new equipment and land, and take care of livestock.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Games With Gold For May 2020: Grab 3 Free Xbox Games With Your Membership

Games With Gold For May 2020: Grab 3 Free Xbox Games With Your Membership

May 2020’s Games with Gold offerings once again lean into sports and racing, but there’s also a pair of action-RPGs. The first of these games are available now for Gold members.For the whole month, users can grab V-Rally 4, a 2018 Xbox One off-road racing game that features more than 50 rallycross cars, buggies, and more. V-Rally-4 is more of an arcade racing game than a sim, with scenic tracks scattered across every continent.You can also head back to 2009 until May 31 with Overlord 2, a decent Xbox 360 action-RPG in the now-defunct series. It earned a 7.5/10 in GameSpot’s Overlord 2 review, in which we praised the diverse combat mechanics and humorous story.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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PC Game Sale Offers Great Discounts On Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, No Man's Sky, And More

PC Game Sale Offers Great Discounts On Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath, No Man's Sky, And More

Somehow, we’re already nearing the end of May, and while the month is bringing longer days and warmer weather, it’s also bringing a slew of new digital game deals and free games, which is probably a bigger benefit for those who are still mostly stuck indoors. PC games storefront Fanatical is known for offering blowout sales with thousands of discounts–many of which are on Steam games–and it’s back with a new one for May. The May Madness Sale is live now at Fanatical and currently has over 6,000 deals on games as well as a free game offer.If you’re in the mood to play Assassin’s Creed after seeing the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla reveal, you can snag great discounts on previous games like Odyssey ($18.59), Origins ($14.39), and Black Flag ($6.39). You can also grab Little Nightmares – Complete Edition for $7.19 before its sequel releases this year and Layers of Fear – Masterpiece Edition for $5.74 if you’re in the mood for some psychological horror. There’s also a great sale on Jackbox Party Packs going on right now.The current “Star Deal” is for Kenshi, which is currently on sale for $18. If you’re interested in learning Japanese while you have some extra time on your hands these days, Fanatical also has a brand-new bundle that can help get you started. The Learn Japanese to Survive Complete Pack is available for just $4 (normally about $45) and includes the base game and DLC. This educational RPG has a 9/10 “Very Positive” rating on Steam, so it’s worth trying out if you have an interest in the subject.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Footage of Canceled Half-Life: Ravenholm Shown in New Documentary

Footage of Canceled Half-Life: Ravenholm Shown in New Documentary

For the first time, people got a chance to look at footage for Arkane Studio’s unfinished Half-Life game codenamed ‘Ravenhlm.’ Thanks to the newest Noclip documentary episode on the French game studio, footage for the unfinished Half-Life spinoff game were finally made available to the public. You might know the developers Arkane best for their immersive-sims like Dishonored and Prey. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=every-ign-valve-game-review&captions=true”] At some point, Warren Spector and his team at Junction Point handed over a prototype for a Half-Life game they were working on to Arkane Studios, who was just hired by Valve to start a Half-Life project. Since it was never completed, there’s no official title for Arkane’s Half-Life game. Internally it was called Ravenholm based on its setting. It starred Lieutenant Shepard from Opposing Force and is centered around an abandoned experimentation center. Father Grigori is also in the game as an early guide. Another mechanic in the game was a Magnet Gun which Junction Point created. The gun can attract items, but also magnetize objects to combine them. One can easily imagine the environmental puzzles that would be capable of the Magnet Gun. The documentary explores Arkane’s history with Half-Life starting at the 33-minute mark and the footage for Ravenholm appears at the 37-minute mark. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2018/02/18/dishonored-33-minute-speedrun”] Ravenholm was considered within Arkane as a spinoff instead of a proper episode. A leak of the development build briefly created speculation that the project was a new Half-Life episode, or even Half-Life 3, but to Arkane it was always considered a spinoff. It’s unknown what Valve considered the project to be as it was never released. While the project was never finished, Valve would revisit Half-Life in 2020 with the release of Half-Life: Alyx in VR. You can read IGN’s perfect score Half-Life: Alyx review here. And be sure to check out the full documentary to learn about the interesting history of Arkane. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. Header image source: Arkane Studios, Valve, NoClip
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