League Of Legends Patch 12.2 Introduces New Champion Zeri, Lunar New Year Skins
League of Legends’ first new champion for 2022, Zeri, the Spark of Zaun, arrives this week on January 20, along with the rest of the updates included in patch 12.2. With Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Tiger coming up on February 1, the patch includes a number of event-themed skins and chromas, as well as the return of ARURF for a limited time.The patch introduces new champion Zeri, who boasts an electricity-themed kit including a shield that buffs her move speed, an electric pulse that slows enemies, and a dash that gives Zeri the ability to vault over terrain. Zeri will launch on January 20 when Patch 12.2 drops, along with her Withered Rose skin.A huge number of skins and chromas are also being added for League’s Lunar New Year event, with five champions getting new Porcelain skins and another five getting Firecracker skins.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Dying Light 2 Threatens 350K Words, 40K Lines Of Dialogue
Barely a week after Dying Light 2 Stay Human developer Techland made the questionable decision to brag that the game would take 500 hours to fully complete, the studio is at it again, this time flexing its enormous amount of dialogue.In a tweet, the Dying Light 2 studio revealed that the game’s script contained 350,000 words, amounting to around 40,000 lines of dialogue. In a reply, the account added that the word count is the same as Tolstoy’s classic novel, Anna Karenina.350,000 words, 40,000 lines of dialogues – that’s the world we’ve built for you in Dying Light 2 Stay Human. Are you ready to explore it?#DyingLight2 #StayHuman pic.twitter.com/A0D0nzObbj — Dying Light (@DyingLightGame) January 19, 2022In terms of video game scripts the count is ambitious, though not remarkably so. Skyrim, for example, has 60,000 lines of voiced dialogue, while Red Dead Redemption 2 famously boasted over 500,000 lines of dialogue. Mass Effect 3 has the same number as Dying Light 2, at 40,000. The word count of 350,000 puts the game on par with titles like Fable 2, Shenmue, and Final Fantasy VII.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Microsoft Nerfs Sony’s Value After Announcement | GameSpot News
In today’s episode of GameSpot News, Persia talks about Sony’s market value dropping by $20 billion after Microsoft’s big acquisition, Battlefield 2042 getting another big patch, and more.
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IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction – Maelstrom Protocol: How to Watch and What to Expect
In celebration of the launch of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, IGN is proud to partner with Ubisoft to give fans a look at the end-game mode known as Maelstrom Protocol. Join IGN’s Stella Chung, Get Flanked, and Velly as they work their way through the Containment Zone as an elite REACT squad.IGN will be carrying the stream and, as usual, this watch guide will provide you with everything you need to know to watch the let's play, including when it starts, a list of places you join us, and what you can expect to see.IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction – Maelstrom Protocol Start TimeThe IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction livestream will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 2:45pm PT/5:45pm ET/10:45pm GMT. If you are tuning in from Australia, that translates to Friday, January 21, at 8:45am AEST.Where to Watch IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction – Maelstrom ProtocolIf you’re interested in watching the IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction livestream, we’ll be hosting the stream here and across our many channels on platforms like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Facebook, and more. Here’s the full list of places you can watch the show with us:IGN.com (homepage)IGN's Facebook ChannelIGN’s TwitterIGN's Twitch ChannelIGN’s Youtube ChannelIGN's TikTokIGN's iOS AppIGN's Android AppIGN's PlayStation 4 AppIGN's Xbox One AppRokuIGN App for Android TVIGN for Amazon Fire TVApple TVIGN 1 on Samsung TV PlusPluto TVPlex Live TVWhat to Expect at IGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction – Maelstrom ProtocolIGN Plays Rainbow Six Extraction will give players an early look at the end-game mode known as Maelstrom Protocol. Completing this mode the changes weekly will require you and your team to be at their best, as it challenges players to complete nine difficult objectives that each have mutations that make them different than they would be normally.If that wasn’t enough, the difficulty ramps up after completing three objectives alongside the time limit being shortened and ammo and health stations becoming scarcer and scarcer. While this mode does offer greater rewards, it also only lets you choose from six Operators at any given week.To help get players ready for the dangers that await, IGN’s Stella Chung, Youtuber GetFlanked, and host and analyst Velly will be trying out Rainbow Six Extraction’s Maelstrom Protocol in a Let’s Play that will give you some tips and strategies to take on the mode yourself.Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction will be released on PlayStation 5,…
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Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 2 Delayed
Activision has announced it is delaying the start of Season Two for Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific and Vanguard. The new multiplayer season will now begin two weeks later on February 14 instead of February 2.In a blog post, Activision says that the additional time before the next season will allow the developers time to keep adding fixes to the different Call of Duty online games currently up and running, including 2021’s Vanguard and the ongoing Warzone battle royale.“To date, we’ve deployed a number of updates, but more needs to be done,” Activision writes in its blog. “For this reason, we have decided to reschedule the start of Season Two across Warzone Pacific and Vanguard to February 14.”The studio says that developers will use this time to “deliver updates, including optimizations to gameplay, game balancing (including weapon and equipment balancing), to fix game stability and bugs, and to ensure an overall level of polish to improve the experience for players across Vanguard, Warzone Pacific, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare.”In particular, a focus will be made to improve the core gameplay loop and balance for Call of Duty across both consoles and PC.Furthermore, the Call of Duty team says that going forwards there will be more updates regarding the state of Call of Duty online. Even with the blockbuster news of the Microsoft acquisition, “Studios remain focused on continuously improving” the Call of Duty experience.Maintaining an online game, let alone four within the same series, is no small task. Other developers working on ongoing online multiplayer games like 343 are having difficulties as well, such as Halo Infinite’s issues with Big Team Battle.Matt T.M. Kim is IGN's News Editor. You can reach him @lawoftd.
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Aussie Deals: Discounted Pokémon Legends Arceus, Horizon: FW and More!
If you're all about press-ganging adorable creatures into your growing collection, today's your day. I've snooped around in the long grass and have found decent deals on Pokémon Let's Go Eevee and the cameratastic Pokémon Snap. The capstone deal, however, is Pokémon Legends: Arceus going for considerably less than RRP. Oh, and PlayStation fans should note that Horizon Forbidden West has gotten a tiny bit cheaper since last we spoke.Notable Sales for Nintendo SwitchPurchase Cheaply for PCExciting Offers for XO/XSProduct Savings for PS4/PS5 Adam’s our Aussie deals wrangler. You can watch him game on YouTube.
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Every Major Franchise Xbox Now Owns
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is the largest buyout in video game history. Here’s every major franchise and studio Xbox now owns.
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The Activision/Xbox Deal by the Numbers
So, Microsoft is buying Activision for a startling $68.7 billion. It’s an acquisition unlike any other we’ve seen in the video game industry, and its impact will be felt for years and years to come.Because of just how monumental it is, we’ve gathered answers to some of the biggest questions around the deal, from studio acquisitions to which of the biggest gaming franchises will be part of Xbox Game Studios.Here’s the Activision Blizzard Microsoft deal, by the numbers. How Does the Xbox and Activision Deal Compare to Other Deals?Microsoft’s deal with Activision Blizzard is one of the biggest acquisitions in the video game industry’s history, and in fact, in the history of the entertainment industry, period. Check out the slideshow below to see how it stacks up against the likes of Disney/Marvel and Facebook/Oculus. How Much Does Activision Blizzard Make Per Year?Activision Blizzard brought in $8.1 billion in net revenue in 2020. This was a 25% increase from 2019, which saw a net revenue of $6.49 billion.How Many Studios Did Xbox Just Acquire From Activision?While Activision Blizzard also owns Major League Gaming, Activision Publishing, and online services company Demonware, its game development studios are what Xbox owners will be most excited about. The following 11 studios are set to join the Microsoft family: Blizzard EntertainmentBeenoxDigital LegendsHigh Moon StudiosInfinity WardKingRadical EntertainmentRaven SoftwareSledgehammer GamesToys for BobTreyarchHow Many Total Studios Will Xbox Have When the Deal is Closed, Assuming It Acquires No More Companies Until Then?Xbox Game Studios currently consists of 23 companies developing first-party experiences for Xbox users around the world. Eight of those 23 were added when Microsoft completed its acquisition of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in 2021. Should the Xbox and Activision Blizzard deal go through, Xbox Game Studios will have 34 game development studios all under one banner. The full list would be as follows;343 IndustriesAlpha Dog GamesArkaneBeenoxBethesda Game StudiosBlizzard EntertainmentCompulsion GamesDigital LegendsDouble FineHigh Moon StudiosidInfinity WardInxileKingMachineGamesMojang StudiosNinja TheoryObsidianPlayground GamesRadical EntertainmentRareRaven SoftwareRoundhouse StudiosSledgehammer GamesTango GameworksThe CoalitionThe InitiativeToys for BobTreyarchTurn 10Undead LabsWorld’s EdgeXbox Game Studios PublishingZenimax OnlineWhat Will Be Microsoft’s Biggest Franchises/Games When the Deal Closes?When the deal is finalized, Microsoft will have an impressive collection of franchises under its belt. Here are some of the biggest, in alphabetical order: Age of EmpiresBanjo-KazooieBattletoadsCall of DutyCandy CrushCrash BandicootDeathloopDiabloDishonoredDoomFableFalloutForza HorizonForza MotorsportGears of WarGeometry WarsGuitar HeroHaloHearthstoneHellbladeMicrosoft Flight SimulatorMicrosoft SolitaireMinecraftMinecraft DungeonsOverwatchPerfect DarkPillars of EternityPsychonautsQuakeSea of ThievesSkylandersSpyro the DragonStarCraftState of DecayThe Elder ScrollsThe Outer…
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Google Play Games for PC Beta Test Registration Begins In Asia
Mobile gaming is about to invade the PC ecosystem, as Google Play Games has begun registrations in three Asian countries for a Google Play Games on PC beta test today.Players in Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan can sign up for a chance to participate in the limited beta test of Google Play Games’ new platform, though the dates and times of the test have not yet been announced. Google has announced a few games that will be part of the limited beta however, with the list including Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Summoners War, State of Survival: The Joker Collaboration, and Three Kingdoms Tactics.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Halo Infinite's Big Team Battle Mode Still Broken Despite New Hotfix
Halo Infinite's Big Team Battle mode has been a sore point for fans for more than a month now. The matchmaking queues have had major issues, with larger parties having a tough time joining games since early December. Those who do make it are frequently disconnected.Today's Halo Infinite hotfix was supposed to fix issues regarding Big Team Battle, but it hasn't completely solved them. 343 community director Brian Jarrard took to Twitter to say that there have been minor improvements, but acknowledged that overall matchmaking issues persist. The team is going to continue working on the problem until matchmaking is stable again. To compensate players for their trouble, 343 Industries is offering five XP boosts and five Challenge Swaps to those who log in before February 16. Well, damn… today's BTB hotfix does not appear to be the outcome we expected. There are minor improvements, but overall matchmaking issues are still occurring. Thanks to the folks who have been working hard and we're sorry this didn't quite get the job done. Work continues. https://t.co/lKiFibBDtT— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) January 19, 2022 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsHowever, issues remain with the Big Team Battle Challenges, which may forces players to use their Challenge Swaps more quickly than usual. Jarrard responded to a user on Twitter who brought this point up, saying that because the matchmaking issues in Big Team Battle continue to occur, the team is investigating what to do about those types of challenges.Currently, there's no timeline on when there will be additional fixes, but hopefully, it comes soon as the matchmaking issues started nearly a month ago. In the meantime, developer 343 Industries has also been focusing on reducing the cost of in-game items.George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey
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