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Path of Exile: Scourge Released

The new Scourge expansion is now available for the PC editions of Path of Exile, Grinding Gear's free-to-play action/RPG. Windows and macOS gamers can get this right now from the Path of Exile Website, while those playing the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will have to wait until October 27th to upgrade. This page has all the details on the launch along with a recent Path of Exile: Scourge Livestream. Here's the Official Trailer and here's word:
In Path of Exile: Scourge, you must fill the Blood Crucible with the blood of your enemies then shift into an alternate Wraeclast where an apocalyptic event rages, in order to slay powerful demons and craft potent items.

Our October expansion contains the Scourge challenge league, new skill gems, a rework to the passive skill tree, improvements to the Atlas endgame, new aspirational endgame content, new guild features, new unique items and much, much more.
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Overwatch's McCree Becoming Cole Cassidy

In a Tweet Blizzard announces Cole Cassidy is the new name for the Overwatch character formerly known as Jesse McCree. In August it was announced the character would be renamed, since the McCree name was based on a departed designer hit with allegations of inappropriate behavior. Interestingly the name change is now part of the lore for the multiplayer shooter. Here's the text of the message that's posted as a video for some reason:
The first thing a renegade loses is their name, and this one gave up his long ago.


Running from his past meant running from himself, and each passing year only widened the divide between who he had been and what he had become. But in every cowboy's life, there comes a time when he has to stop and make a stand.

To make this new Overwatch better to make things right he had to be honest with his team and himself. The cowboy he was rode into the sunset, and Cole Cassidy faced the world at dawn.

Ghost of War Ultra Skin Bundle

Activision announces a new Ghost of War Ultra Skin Bundle is now available for Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Word is: "Available in the new Ghost of War Ultra Skin bundle in the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Store, this Ultra-rarity skin is perfect for fighting fellow Operators and specters within the new Ghosts of Verdansk mode or in other Halloween-themed playlists." Here's the bundle's content:

  • Ghost of War Ultra-rarity Skin. An old war legend tells the tale of a skeletal creature born out of the blood and ashes of the deadliest battles. Powered by supernatural energy, the hollow warrior knows no allies and can fight for an eternity. Bound to Naga’s bones, but not his flesh, the “Ghost of War” is ready to fight for you in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.
  • Three Weapon Blueprints. A trio of Legendary Weapon Blueprints — one Shotgun, one SMG, and one Assault Rifle — can fit your Loadouts across both games. All of these weapons include five attachments, include Gold-and-Green Tracer Fire, and are configured for competitive versatility.
  • New Finishing Move. Should you sneak behind an unaware enemy, the “Shot Down” Finishing Move allows you to use supernatural and small-arms firepower to humiliate them. Shoot them into the air with a charged rod, and then... you can imagine what comes next.
  • Vehicle Skin and Horn, Mini-map Watch, and Epic Emblem. Rally the spirits for your next Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer or Zombies experience by driving the FAV with a new Vehicle Skin. Although this item is available only in Black Ops Cold War, the other items in this Bundle — a spooky horn for all vehicles, a watch with a functional mini-map, and a ghostly Emblem — can be used across both games.

CD PROJEKT Acquires The Molasses Flood

CD PROJEKT announces it has acquired The Molasses Flood, developers of The Flame in the Flood and Drake Hollow. Word is the studio will work on one of CD PROJEKT's IPs. Details are expected down the road:
The Molasses Flood will be working in close cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED, but will keep their current identity and will not be merged with existing teams. The studio will be working on its own ambitious project which is based on one of CD PROJEKT’s IPs. Details about the project will be announced in the future.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition Next Month

The Rockstar Store now shows that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition will launch for Windows, PlayStation 5, and Switch on November 11th, with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox editions of the collection to follow on December 7th. A new trailer takes a look at the graphical improvements in the new versions of the three classic GTA games it includes. Here's more on the definitive editions of the open-world crime games and a bonus offer for early adopters:
Three iconic cities, three epic stories. Play the genre-defining classics of the original Grand Theft Auto Trilogy: Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas updated for a new generation, now with across-the-board enhancements including brilliant new lighting and environmental upgrades, with high-resolution textures, increased draw distances, Grand Theft Auto V-style controls and targeting, and much more, bringing these beloved worlds to life with all new levels of detail.

Purchase Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition from the Rockstar Store via the web or Rockstar Games Launcher by January 5, 2022 to receive $10 off a product priced at $15 or more (exchange rates apply). Discount expires January 16, 2022. See here for complete details/terms.
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The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes Released

BANDAI NAMCO now offers the release of The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes, so the latest installment in the horror series has arrived just in time for Halloween. This follows Man of Medan and Little Hope as a third game in the anthology, but each is a standalone offering. Here's a review roundup, the live-action/gameplay Launch Trailer, and more on the game and the series:
The story of The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes takes place in Iraq, circa 2003. In the shadows of the Zagros mountains, Special Forces are hunting for weapons of mass destruction when they are attacked. The resulting firefight causes an earth tremor where both sides fall into the ruins of a buried Sumerian temple. With all communication severed, the game’s protagonists are trapped in a terrifying underworld they must navigate to escape, unaware that something ancient and evil has awakened in the shadows and has found a new prey to hunt. The story follows the five members of the cast as they are compelled to team up with their enemies from the world above to survive the monsters from the world below.

The Dark Pictures Anthology is a series of stand-alone, branching cinematic horror games designed to present a new terrifying experience on a regular basis. Each game will feature a brand-new story, setting, and new cast of characters. Experience moments of tension and terror alone in single player mode, with your friends through two player online shared story, or with up to five players in the couch-friendly movie night mode. The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes is the third game in the The Dark Pictures Anthology series which features stand-alone, cinematic branching horror games where the decisions players make determine the story they experience.

FIFA 22 Kicking Ass

EA SPORTS is reveling in the success of FIFA 22 in the 22 days following the release of the latest installment in the association football/soccer series. "The growth of our global football platform continues at an unprecedented pace, and our fantastic community is engaging at an unparalleled level. We’re excited to continue that momentum by providing the most immersive football gaming experiences available to fans anywhere in the world," said David Jackson, VP Brand, EA SPORTS FIFA. "Alongside hundreds of licensing partners, including the Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga Santander, UEFA, and CONMEBOL, we’re privileged to create the world’s most authentic interactive football platform, enabling over 150 million fans across the globe to connect with their favourite leagues, clubs and players." This press release has an infographic and here are some numbers reflecting the launch:
This year’s title has already been played in more than 200 nations worldwide, with an average of 89 million matches being played per day totaling 2.1 billion matches and 46 trillion minutes played overall - the equivalent of over 87.8 million years of gameplay. Over 5 billion goals have been scored so far.

NetEase Games Acquires Grasshopper Manufacture

NetEase Games and Grasshopper Manufacture announce that Grasshopper is now part of NetEase, following a transfer agreement signed earlier this year. The statement from NetEase indicates the goal is for the studio behind No More Heroes and killer7 to continue to follow founder Goichi Suda's vision:
NetEase Games is a company of passionate gamers, and many of them are fans of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. Mr. Suda's games have unique characteristics. They manifest his design philosophy and artistic pursuit in every aspect – from concept to content. Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. has also integrated styles and elements from various media formats, such as film noir, detective fiction, punk rock, psychedelic electronica, cyberpunk, and so on. Additionally, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. is one of a kind in terms of mood setting, movement design, and narrative rhythm design. Their strong passion for creativity, which has continued for decades, is extremely admirable. NetEase is honored to be the companion of Mr. Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. on this new journey into the future. We hope to give the studio creative freedom and sufficient resource support in order to empower said studio to create even more sensational works for gamers worldwide.

eFootball 2022 Patch Delayed

A tweet from Konami announces that the promised patch for eFootball 2022 is delayed until early next month:
We would like to inform all users that we have decided to delay the release of version 0.9.1 to early November. We sincerely apologize for the delay and the inconvenience caused. Our hope is that the additional time taken will allow us to ensure the experience is improved for all of our users.

We will announce the date and details of the fixes as soon as they are confirmed. In the meantime, we will continue to work on improving the game and look forward to working with you on eFootball 2022.
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Out of the Blue

I got to see Dune last night, and my one word review is that it is brilliant. I get the viewpoint of those saying this film demands the theater experience, but as has been discussed here, that's not a comfortable option yet for many of us. Also, pandemic notwithstanding, I am already one of those for whom the absence of other patrons is a huge positive, as it eliminates all the distractions caused by talking, phone use, wrapper crinkling, bathroom trips, etc. On the other hand, making the second part of the movie is dependant on the success of the first, and it will be a tremendous disappointment if this doesn't come together. HBO has reassured Denis Villeneuve that a successful run on HBO Max is all it will take to greenlight the follow-up. I hope it will be easy to tell how this is all working out. I'm probably on board if I need to go out and buy a ticket that I'm not going to use. Also, we all said this was impossible, but he made it seem easy. Denis Villeneuve should probably just make all science fiction movies going forward. I'd love to see his take on Star Trek and Star Wars. Or Battlefield Earth for that matter!

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