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FIFA is hosting a World Cup with national teams for Rocket League, the car football game

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 23, 2024 11:03 PM CDT

FIFA is the governing body behind the world's most popular sport, football (or soccer for those of us in the United States or Australia). For many years, it has supported the rise of esports, though, for the most part, it has been via traditional soccer games like the former EA FIFA series.

FIFA is hosting a World Cup with national teams for Rocket League, the car football game

If you're a fan of competitive gaming on PC or console, then no doubt you're aware of Rocket League, the vastly popular soccer-like game where you control cars trying to push and hit a giant ball and score goals.

With a new announcement on its social media channels, FIFA announced that the first FIFAe World Cup featuring Rocket League is coming later this year. Much like the real-world Word Cup, teams representing various countries will go head to head in a tournament.

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Popular open-world zombie game hits Version 1.0 after a decade in Early Access

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 23, 2024 10:06 PM CDT

7 Days to Die is an open-world zombie sandbox game that debuted in Early Access in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. This week, developer The Fun Pimps announced that after a decade of updates, new features, and improvements, the game will hit Version 1.0 on July 25. The plan is to bring this version of the game to Steam, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

Popular open-world zombie game hits Version 1.0 after a decade in Early Access

"After nearly twelve years of early access, the highly anticipated Version 1.0 release of 7 Days to Die is here," The Fun Pimps writes. "This momentous milestone marks a significant evolution in the survival horror genre. The 1.0 Edition brings more optimizations, polish, quality-of-life improvements, new content, new features, and new gameplay systems than ever before."

It's a significant game overhaul, with visual improvements, a new gore system, updated crafting, an armor systems overhaul, and more. You can learn about all this in the 7 Days to Die 1.0 video.

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Sony is reportedly pulling the plug on PlayStation VR 2, only has two games in development

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 23, 2024 8:59 PM CDT

Sony's PlayStation VR2 headset for the PS5 is a massive improvement over the PS4-era original. It is an impressive VR headset backed up by some fun and immersive experiences like Horizon Call of the Mountain, Gran Turismo 7, and Resident Evil Village, if you can stomach it.

Sony is reportedly pulling the plug on PlayStation VR 2, only has two games in development

That said, Sony's post-launch support has been virtually nonexistent, and we've heard for months that headset sales have been lackluster. This week, it looks like we've hit the point where Sony is giving up on VR.

A new report by Android Central, citing sources close to or within Sony, states that Sony is making "deep cuts" to VR game development and that very few, if any, VR game projects will be in development at Sony's first-party studios. Apparently, only two PSVR 2 games are currently in development at Sony, and they might be the last.

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Diablo 4 is adding a rogue-like horde mode in Season 5

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 23, 2024 8:28 PM CDT

With Season 4 of Diablo 4 still in full swing, the game is experiencing a resurgence in popularity thanks to the 'Loot Reborn' overhaul that brought massive changes to itemization, the end-game, and how fun it was to level up a character slaying demons. Season 5 is set to begin in August, and Blizzard is showing no signs of slowing down with the pre-expansion update set to add an exciting new end-game activity called 'Infernal Hordes.'

Diablo 4 is adding a rogue-like horde mode in Season 5

It's a horde mode with a rogue-like twist, where you have 90 seconds per wave to survive and see how many horrors from the Burning Hells you can destroy. At the end of each wave, you need to decide between three Infernal Offers with positive and negative effects that will affect the rest of the run.

Blizzard calls these 'Boons and Banes,' in a nod to the many rogue-likes out there - Hades, Vampire Survivors, etc. The ultimate goal is to collect as much Burning Aether as possible, where at the end of the final wave, you can spend on various themed chests, letting players target-farm all sorts of items and materials.

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DirectX teams hails Copilot+ PC launch as 'a game-changer' and 'step forward for Arm gaming'

Kosta Andreadis | Jun 21, 2024 2:03 AM CDT

With the arrival of Microsoft's new Copilot+ PC line-up powered by the new Arm-based Snapdragon X Elite chipset, a new era for portable Windows-based devices has begun. Even though we will see new Intel and AMD-powered Copilot+ PCs in the future, it's a big deal for Microsoft to go all in on Windows on Arm like this.

DirectX teams hails Copilot+ PC launch as 'a game-changer' and 'step forward for Arm gaming'

Early word on Copilot+ PCs is primarily positive for app performance and battery life, but gaming performance has been hit-and-miss. This is because there's an emulation component where x86 or x64 code must be converted to Arm64 without any work required from game developers.

PC gaming is a big part of the vision for Copilot+ PCs, as outlined by a new DirectX blog titled 'A Step Forward for Gaming on Arm Devices.' The article cites advances in Prism emulation, a key part of the Windows 11 24H2 update, unlocking "a large back catalog of games that work great on Arm under emulation." And Microsoft's only getting started.

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Funcom reveals more details about new survival MMO Dune: Awakening

Jak Connor | Jun 21, 2024 1:37 AM CDT

Funcom has published another livestream dedicated to its upcoming survival MMO "Dune: Awakening" where players will embark on tenuous journeys throughout Arrakis.

Funcom reveals more details about new survival MMO Dune: Awakening

Funcom's Dune: Awakening is a new open-world survival MMO from the studio behind Conan Exiles, and the upcoming title will take players to the desolate world of Arrakis. Just like in the movies, surviving the harsh environment on Arrakis will be paramount, which means players will be required to stay hydrated throughout their adventures and also use rocky/shady areas to their advantage.

Funcom revealed during the recent livestream the character creation menu, where players are able to change the appearance of their characters, provide their own backstory, and select their mentor specialization. What was likely the most exciting part of the livestream was the reveal of the world structure, where Funcom explained Dune: Awakening will connect various maps together to enable a seamless experience between different maps all within a single world.

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Microsoft teases what it will showcase at Gamescom 2024

Jak Connor | Jun 21, 2024 12:31 AM CDT

Microsoft has announced it will be making a big appearance at Gamescom 2024, and its Xbox team will be showcasing a selection of upcoming titles.

Microsoft teases what it will showcase at Gamescom 2024

In an announcement that surprised absolutely no one, Sony announced it will not be attending Gamescom 2024, which seemingly sparked Microsoft to share news of its commitment to the gaming tradeshow.

Microsoft took to the official Xbox X, formerly Twitter, account to say it will be at Gamescom 2024, and fans can expect to see the following titles: Age of Mythology: Retold, Avowed, Ara: History Untold, Diablo IV: Vessel of Hatred, Diablo Immortal, The Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 76, Towerborne, and World of Warcraft: The War Within. Xbox also said that its booth at Gamescom 2024 will be "our biggest booth yet". You can expect to be able to play (probably a demo) the aforementioned titles at the Xbox booth.

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Todd Howard: Staggered Fallout, Elder Scrolls releases avoid game cannibalization

Derek Strickland | Jun 20, 2024 5:51 PM CDT

Bethesda's Todd Howard talks about how the team thinks about operating both singleplayer and live games in parallel with each other without too much impact on missed sales.

Todd Howard: Staggered Fallout, Elder Scrolls releases avoid game cannibalization

Bethesda's live games are doing very well right now. Fallout 76 recently passed 20 million lifetime players and The Elder Scrolls Online broke 24 million users earlier this year. Does this mean that less people are buying and playing Bethesda's actual singleplayer games? Apparently not.

In a recent interview with Mr. Matty Plays, Bethesda's Todd Howard assuages worries that the live games will negatively impact new singleplayer games like The Elder Scrolls VI and Fallout 5.

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Embracer Group on AI: 'We don't want to replace people with artificial intelligence'

Derek Strickland | Jun 20, 2024 5:17 PM CDT

Embracer Group reveals plans to incorporate artificial intelligence tools to develop new games, but the publisher doesn't want the technology to actually replace its workers.

Embracer Group on AI: 'We don't want to replace people with artificial intelligence'

With thousands of layoffs wracking the video games industry, AI is a hot-button topic. The tech has been criticized because its automation processes could put even more people out of work at a time when jobs are already scarce. While pretty much every games publisher plans to utilize AI in some way--lest they miss out on the AI gold rush and somehow get farther behind competitors--these companies are trying to find ways to do so in a more acceptable way.

That's the case with Embracer Group, the once-decentralized group that itself had laid off over 1,300 people in the last year. Embracer wants to use AI to help accelerate game dev, but not at the cost of human capital. At least that's what the company says in its recent year-end report.

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Elden Ring weapons officially changed hours before Shadow of the Erdtree release

Jak Connor | Jun 20, 2024 7:32 AM CDT

Elden Ring fans are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the timer to tick down until tomorrow so they can jump straight into the highly anticipated Shadow of the Erdtree DLC.

Elden Ring weapons officially changed hours before Shadow of the Erdtree release

With most of the attention on the contents of the DLC, which looks absolutely fantastic in both the teaser trailer and the recently released official trailer, there hasn't been much focus on the new update that was revealed alongside the new trailer.

Heading to Bandai Namco's website, the publisher outlines patch 1.12, which will include support for the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion, new map functions, new inventory features, a new "recent items" tab, and the ability to summon the spectral steed during the Elden Beast boss battle. Additionally, FromSoftware will also be adding PvE balance changes to weapons, skills, Incantations, and balance adjustments for PvP and PvE interactions. Those adjustments will come in the form of damage increases, attack speed increases, and more.

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