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The Division’s major new update detailed


Alongside the release of its third paid expansion, Last Stand, Ubisoft is also rolling out Update 1.6 to all players of its shooting game The Division. So what's new? In a blog post this week, Ubi outlined the changes, which the company says are some of the most significant it's brought to the apocalyptic game since its launch in March last year. Most important is the opening of a new area in the northern parts of the PvP and PvE Dark Zone where Dark Zone 7, 8 and 9 will now be available. Ubi describes the situations in these areas as "especially dire" with "a couple of surprises." The company says these new spaces — including vertical and underground arenas — almost double the total size of the current Dark Zone. Players will now be able to insta-travel around the map. Clearing...

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Nostalgic shooter Strafe gets a March release date


Tongue-in-cheek throwback shooter Strafe is arriving on March 28 on PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, according to publisher Devolver Digital. The game first garnered attention following the release of an absurdly '90s trailer back in 2015. Further examination revealed an unabashedly straightforward shooting game, that's right out of 1998. The game is being developed by indie team Pixel Titans. "We’re seeing a generational shift of nostalgia from side-scrolling pixel art to primitive 3D," said developer Thom Glunt in a 2015 interview with Polygon. "We aimed for that 20-year-old aesthetic because I absolutely loved Quake and I loved Doom and I wanted more of it."

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Murder puzzle game The Sexy Brutale coming in April


Time-looping murder mystery The Sexy Brutale is coming out on April 12, according to an announcement and trailer from UK developer Cavalier. We saw the quirky puzzle game back in August and were impressed by its unique take on that hoary old favorite, the mansion party mystery murder spree. In The Sexy Brutale, players take on the role of a priest who must solve a series of killings. The resolutions are bound up in masks worn by guests at a ball. "Their masks relate to their personality and the kind of deaths and situations they're getting into," said narrative director Jim Griffiths, in an interview with Polygon. "Once you save them, the power you are unlocking relates also to their personality and their masks." But a time-loop adds unusual complications to proceedings. "It's...

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Here’s how they made that physics-defying Gravity Rush 2 ad


Gravity Rush 2 is a game about manipulating gravity, which is totally something that cats — the most mysterious and enigmatic pets — would be able to figure out. You may have seen proof of that in a stunning four-minute ad for Gravity Rush 2 that Sony released last week, and now, the company has put out a behind-the-scenes video to explain the production. In the “Gravity Cat” commercial, which you can watch below, a young Japanese grad student and her sister have their lives upended — literally — when their adorable orange tabby kitten wreaks much more havoc than merely spilling some milk. “For this film, we faced three challenges,” the producers wrote. “One-shot POV, to film a kitten, and to depict gravity changes.” (Both the ad and the making-of video are Japanese-language...

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GTA Online griefers get their comeuppance, and it’s glorious


Grand Theft Auto Online, the online multiplayer component of Grand Theft Auto 5, has over time morphed into a unique experience that is very much its own thing, a place with its own rules and quirks that would likely confuse newcomers. Of course, there are plenty of jerks in the wide-open world of Los Santos and Blaine County, the kind of people who would screw with you just for the fun of it. So here’s a story of one player who exploited the rules of GTA Online, turning them against his would-be griefers. Aaron Reynolds, the curator of Twitter accounts such as Batman 66 Labels, is a 42-year-old father of three who describes himself as “awful at video games.” He bought his children a PlayStation 4 for Christmas, and dove into GTA Online. It did not go well. “Operation: One Million...

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Injustice 2 is getting an online beta


NetherRealm’s DC fighting game, Injustice 2, will get an online beta test for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the developer confirmed today. NetherRealm is now accepting registrations for the beta via the game’s official website. Beyond that, we don’t know much about NetherRealm’s plans. The Injustice 2 beta appears to be limited to players in North America, but NetherRealm promises additional beta details soon. Those details could come next week, when NetherRealm plans to reveal at least one new character for Injustice 2. Earlier this week, the developer unveiled a fresh look at the game, featuring characters like Bane, Poison Ivy, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Darkseid. Injustice 2, the sequel to 2013’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, is coming to PS4 and Xbox One on May 16.

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Electronic Arts announces dates for EA Play 2017


Publisher Electronic Arts is bringing back its dedicated EA Play event for 2017 and will once again forgo a presence at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo. The company announced today that EA Play 2017 will take place June 10-12 at the Palladium in Hollywood, California. EA said in a press release that EA Play 2017 will “connect fans around the world to EA's biggest new games through live broadcasts, community content, competitions and more.” The Hollywood event will feature hands-on gameplay and live entertainment for those in attendance. Fans watching remotely will be treated to “livestreams, deeper looks into EA's upcoming games and experiences, and content from some of the best creators in the community.” This is the second year in a row that EA is holding its own separate,...

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Nioh gets one more ‘last chance’ demo


Developer Team Ninja will offer a third and final demo version of its upcoming samurai action game Nioh for PlayStation 4 owners this weekend. The Nioh “Last Chance Trial” is available to download now and will be playable from Jan. 21-22. The new trial version of the game is “an expanded version” of what publisher Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja showed off at PlayStation Experience 2016. It’s not only the last chance to try out Nioh before the game launches on PS4 on Feb. 7, it’s also the last opportunity to secure some in-game items in the final version of the game. Completing the trial’s main mission will unlock the Ogress Headgear, while completing the Twilight Mission will grant players the Mark of the Conqueror and Mark of the Strong from last year’s alpha and beta. The Nioh “Last Chance...

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Overwatch will celebrate Chinese New Year for its next seasonal event


Overwatch’s next seasonal event looks like it will be themed around the Chinese New Year (or Spring Festival), according to a tweet from the game’s official account. Overwatch’s Year of the Rooster event will kick off next Tuesday, Jan. 24, a few days ahead of Chinese New Year. While Blizzard didn’t provide much in the way of detail on Overwatch’s next event, it did include a tease of a much-needed new character skin: something new for climatologist Mei to wear. Players will be able to admire her new duds as they stand in front of her, frozen and screaming in frustration as they welcome a sharpened icicle into their skull. Good luck and great fortune await! pic.twitter.com/Az6XkHScV5— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 19, 2017 Overwatch’s D.Va is apparently also getting a new...

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Watch Dogs 2 now has a free 3-hour trial


Ubisoft is giving PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners a chance to try out Watch Dogs 2 for free as part of a limited-time trial. Players can explore the game’s single-player and multiplayer for up to three hours, according to a post on the Ubisoft blog. Watch Dogs 2’s three-hour trial includes “full access to all the game’s features, including its seamless co-op and multiplayer,” Ubisoft says. “You can dive into missions, get to know Marcus Holloway and DedSec, explore the Bay Area freely, infiltrate restricted areas with hacked equipment, wreak havoc with a friend in co-op, and get up to whatever open-world shenanigans your heart desires.” Players’ experience during the trial will carry over to the full version of the game, should they choose to purchase Watch Dogs 2. The trial requires...

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