MMO Week in Review: Burning Crusade, Blackwood, Prisms, and Crowfall

One of my favorite "problems" is when we have a week so packed with big MMORPG news that I can't decide what to feature at the end of the week, and that's exactly what we're dealing with tonight. This is a week that was dominated as much by WoW Classic Burning Crusade and Elder Scrolls […]

Battle Bards Episode 194: No Man's Sky

No Man's Sky is a Cinderella story, a turnaround from a project that failed on its promises to exceeding them. But what about its soundtrack? In this episode, the Battle Bards examine this "experimental" score and grapple with how it fits with space exploration theme. Battle Bards is the world's first, best, and only MMO music […]

The MOP Up: Wurm Online's animal update made sheep fluffier

Wurm Online's animal update is upon us, kindly making free-to-play players ride donkeys and mules so we can all point and laugh. I'm kidding. The late-May update likewise added a new animal feeding system, new farm items, new horse shapes, better animal AI, better animal breeding, and a fluffier sheep model. I'm not kidding. And […]

Moonlight Sculptor gets new dungeons, a guild hideout, and a new event on June 8

With roughly two weeks since the game's launch now under its belt, it's time for the mobile MMO Moonlight Sculptor to get its first content update this coming Tuesday, June 8th. Players can look forward to some new content in the form of a 150-floor Mirkhan Tower, a new Twisted Abyss – Sewer Maze dungeon, […]

Ashes of Creation addresses extra player questions on music, election systems, and more

Much as they did last time, the devs of Ashes of Creation saw fit to round up every single question that players have asked recently and collate every single response in one giant list, so if anyone's questions weren't pulled from the forum and addressed in the latest livestream, the answers are here. Also the […]

Mortal Online 2 introduces mounted combat, adds anti-cheat software, and lets players flip each other off

Remember when I said that one of my favorite pastimes in reading Mortal Online 2 patch notes is finding the more unique update features? The game's most recent patch notes offers one right from the very off: "Added FlipOff emote." We are now officially living in the year 2250. Rude gestures aren't the only thing […]

One Shots: Cave rave!

Where do you go when you want to relax in an MMO with friends, a strong drink, and some good atmosphere? This changes depending on the game, but here are a few suggestions from your friendly neighborhood screenshotters. We will start with Fisty, who is getting wild 'n' wooly in World of Warcraft: "This isn't […]

The Daily Grind: Do you play MMOs when you're on vacation?

As I type this, MOP's Justin is on vacation, though he'll be back by the time you're reading it. And dammit, he deserved it. We all do! Justin is really good at not wasting a good vacation on video games. When he says he's unplugging, he does it. But some folks? I've seen y'all taking […]

Make My MMO: Crowfall cometh

This week in crowdfunded MMOs, the big news was Crowfall – yes, the MMORPG everyone Kickstarted way back in 2015 is has a real launch date, now set for July 6th. Gamers can currently access the beta freely through June 23rd using the code MOPCROWCODE. Meanwhile, Albion Online teased next week's mobile launch and next […]

ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained add Gunslinger Ancestral skills in June 10 update

Players of both ArcheAge and ArcheAge Unchained who have hit the pinnacle of the recently added Gunslinger skillset are going to have some new heights to climb towards soon. A tweet from the game has announced that an update coming on June 10th will be introducing Ancestral skills for the Gunslinger, as well as revamps […]

Pantheon Rise of the Fallen showcases NPC combat tactics and discusses programming in latest videos

There have been a couple of extremely lengthy videos released by Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, both of which are full of behind-the-scenes goodness for those followers of the developing MMORPG that love their granular details. First, the game's recent livestream provided a close look at how enemies will operate in combat, pointing out a […]

The Stream Team: Heading into ARK's new Genesis 2

With Genesis 2, the conclusion of the ARK story is now here. And while she's been burned by much from the game, Massively OP's MJ has been a part of it from even before the beginning, so she's here to see the end. How is the final world going to look? And how will it […]

Elite Dangerous maps out plans for three more updates in June as another player initiative is binned

At the tail end of May, the devs of Elite: Dangerous promised to share a roadmap of updates to address a number of problems with the Odyssey expansion. That roadmap has since been provided, but what it does share are mostly vague mentions and promise of "many improvements." There are a couple of specific updates […]

New World's latest region tour video features the rain-soaked Mourningdale

Hope you like dreary weather, New World fans, because the latest in the Touring Aeternum video series offers up a look at the rainy region of Mourningdale. This particular area is perpetually drenched in rain as well as filled with creature-infested ruins, but it also promises plenty of beauty to behold as well in the […]

WRUP: Hippo dance texture edition

What is the texture of a hippo dance? To understand this, we first have to understand a few important pieces of information. The first is that hippos are mammals. The second is that when a hippo is wet, it is wet on purpose. The third? Actually, that's the mammal thing again. Hold on. I think […]

The Daily Grind: What MMO music do you listen to out of the game?

The thing about video game music is that some of it is so perfectly attuned to a very specific game that it can feel weird to listen to it outside of that context. I definitely enjoy the soundtrack to a lot of games that I feel no desire to listen to again, for example; there's […]

Betawatch: We want us some Palia

Palia! It exists! We got a whole preview for it, and it looks wonderful, and people will not stop telling us about it and we want it. We all want it. I want it. You want it. Everyone on staff wants it. (Note: Anyone who is reading this and does not want it, you don't […]

The Stream Team: The secret of Zhoom in AdventureQuest 3D

The Sandsea Saga part IV has released in AQ3D, and Massively OP's MJ is raring to go! She's been tasked with wiping out the rebel leader Zhoom to earn Lord Sekt's trust. But is Zhoon really a bad guy? MJ has to find out! Join us live at 7:00 p.m. to uncover more secrets of […]

The sun is setting on Need for Speed's online offerings, Call of Duty Online in China, and multiple SUBA MMOs

I'd like to say that a roundup of impending sunsets is a first on MOP, but this is 2021, the year Gamigo sunsetted a ton of games all at once, so unfortunately it's not. First, Need for Speed World sunsetted back in 2015, but a whole bunch of older Need for Speed online titles are […]

MMOs You've Never Heard Of: Elethor, Astonia, Guardians of Cloudia, Lands of Kehliel

Let's take a peek through some MMOs you've never heard of or have totally forgotten about. The tinier and more obscure, the better, we say! Astonia MMO Fallout put Astonia back on our radar, as we hadn't mentioned it since April of last year. It was originally launched in 1998 and went through several iterations […]

Multiplayer voxelbox Elteria Adventures begins open alpha testing on Steam

Elteria Adventures, the voxel-powered building and exploration sandbox that was first announced in May 2020 and elected to wholly change its visual style in April 2021, has taken its next developmental step forward. As of this past Wednesday, the game has begun open alpha playtesting, allowing anyone to check out the game by simply clicking […]

Hearthstone adds a new mini-set and Book of Mercenaries tale, plans more single-player stories for June

Update 20.4 in Hearthstone is bringing a number of new content updates to the online CCG. As of yesterday, the game has received a new Wailing Caverns mini-set with 35 new cards for players to purchase, along with a new Book of Mercenaries free story featuring the Dranei priestess Xyrella. The update has also added […]

The Repopulation team recreated over 1100 pieces of furniture from earlier builds

Let's be honest, it's never a good sign that I forget about an MMO until I see a developer tweet about it, but in this case, The Repopulation caught my attention with good news. The MMO has been under development for years now under the stewardship of the Hero Engine team Idea Fabrik, which took […]

PlanetSide 2 outlines upcoming NSO faction updates, including opening the group to free players

The Nanite Systems Operative (NSO) faction in PlanetSide 2 has always been a unique choice, as it really isn't its own faction so much as just a set of robots that join the side of the lowest populated empire and was only available to those who have a membership to the game. Those two factors […]

Odin: Valhalla Rising gets a South Korean launch date of June 29, releases a new trailer in English

Back in May of last year we reported on the upcoming title Odin: Valhalla Rising, a new MMORPG for PC and mobile developed by Lionheart Studio and published by Kakao Games with a pretty obvious setting and some extremely kinetic-looking combat. At the time, there weren't many release details, but thanks to Kakao's virtual showcase […]

CS:GO reboots F2P business model, tucking far more behind the paywall

Valve set off a dramabomb last night with its announcement that CounterStrike: Global Offensive would be dramatically changing its business model. The company essentially walked back the free-to-play model it's run in CSGO for the last three years, saying that "bad actors" have abused the free-play content to "hurt the experience of both new and […]

The Soapbox: MMO monetization that complements poor game design makes us all losers

I have a problem: As much as I enjoy games, I can see that many online and multiplayer games are becoming designed more poorly in order to sell themselves as a service, and they're getting better at the selling part without necessarily being worthy of it. With the latter, I'm fine buying DLC or paying […]

ARK Survival Evolved's Genesis Part 2, the 'bridge' to the ARK sequel, is finally live

As promised, ARK Survival Evolved has finally rolled out part two of its massive Genesis update, which essentially puts a capstone on the game's entire plotline; it's being sold as a "narrative bridge" between ARK and ARK II, with new missions, new critters (natch), new loot, and new biomes, including the "innards of the ever-expanding […]

World of Warcraft offers a preview of what will be required for flight in Shadowlands

Patch 9.1 for World of Warcraft will bring with it the coveted ability to fly in the game's expansion areas, but what will be required to get there? Not a whole heck of a lot, really, but you'd better be ready ahead of time by being done with the Covenant campaign and having your Renown already […]

Star Citizen talks about the creation of the Bengal carrier and hosts a competition to celebrate Pride

During the Invictus Launch Week event in Star Citizen, fans were treated to a special arrival as part of the UEE Navy's show of might: the Bengal carrier in all its fully functional glory, which happens to be the focus of this week's episode of Inside Star Citizen. In the video we learn about the […]

Bloomberg takes a look at the growing presence of 'Blizzard 2.0'

By this point everyone has had time to read and analyze that lengthy piece on IGN about Blizzard as a company in turmoil, wracked by changes in leadership and corporate culture over time. But what about the growing force of developers who have left? A new piece on Bloomberg takes a look at what is […]

Neverwinter's new Bard is accompanied by a massive level squish from 80 to 20

Earlier this week, Neverwinter announced that it was working on a brand-new class, its first since 2016: the Bard, described as a "stylish fighter who uses the power of song to enhance their allies and defeat their enemies" and "daring heroes who possess the ability to weave magic into their swords and use music to […]

New World nerfs experience and buffs character appearance in its June alpha

With less than three months to launch, Amazon's New World is putting the last touches on the playtest. This week, the studio's dropped the first part of its June alpha update, and it's got much more than the 1209 bug fixes at the tippy-top of the patch notes. Notably, character progression has been retouched again […]

The Daily Grind: What's the weirdest gameplay myth that persists in your favorite MMO?

My husband is an avid Overwatch player, and the other day he pointed out to me that Blizzard has, in spite of its foibles, absolutely nailed the matchmaking algorithm: For him, with almost 9000 (!) matches played, it's within 1% of 50:50 wins to losses. But, he noted, there's apparently a persistent myth among Overwatch […]

Massively Overthinking: Do you associate music with memory in MMOs?

The other night, I tried to log in to the Star Wars Galaxies emu and the music hit me hard. See, I play SWG Legends almost every day, but I play with the music and sound off since I often have more than one toon logged in and that can get raucous quickly. So I […]

SEED moves development updates to its blog, seeks creative director

Were you a fan of SEED's update videos? Those aren't necessarily going away exactly, but the devs at Klang Games did announce that future production updates would be in blog format going forward. "You, our community, mean everything to us. That's why we want to offer you a front row seat on the magnificent madness […]

Craftopia updates its roadmap with plans for level cap increases, pet systems, creative mode, and guns

Yes, you read that right. Craftopia has big plans on its roadmap, and its next update planned on June 23rd is adding fun stuff like a pet system, a new map, a first increase to the game's level cap, and quests offering experience. Moving past that, however, the update coming in either August or September is […]

Gloria Victis makes a number of adjustments to resource gathering in latest update

Gloria Victis — the actual sandbox MMO, not the spinoff game — has recently put out an update that makes a wide variety of changes to the game's resource gathering and economy in an effort to encourage more resource gathering and fighting over resource-rich territory. First off, gatherers can now find location specialization details at […]

Blankos Block Party moves out of open beta and into 'early access soft launch'

When is a launch product not a launch product but is also sort of a launch product? When it moves from open beta into a self-described "early access soft launch," of course! Such is the case for Blankos Block Party, which began its next phase of kinda-release as of yesterday. In terms of gameplay, the […]

Final Fantasy XI heads to Aht Urhgan for the next step of the Voracious Resurgencce

It's time for players in Final Fantasy XI to head back to the Near East with the upcoming June version update for the game. What's in Aht Urhgan? Why, the next stage of the ongoing Voracious Resurgence story content, naturally! This will see players dealing with the infamous mercenary leader Naja Salaheem, a familiar face to […]

Closers holds a number of gift-giving events and plans to reset unused character names

It appears that Closers is very eager to hand out free stuff to its players as the multiplayer action title has a few gift-giving events on tap. Starting today and only running for 24 hours, players who login can get a celebration box in honor of the character Seha's birthday. Also starting today is another […]

Star Wars The Old Republic lists dates for a number of returning events in June

For those who have already made the Dark Descent in Star Wars: The Old Republic, perhaps you're looking for a few events to zest up your June playtime. Lucky for you, there's a calendar of events. Unlucky for you, they're pretty much all reruns. Unless you missed out on previous event goodies, in which case, […]

V Rising is an upcoming multiplayer survival sandbox with a vampiric twist

We all just sort of assume that being a vampire isn't easy, what with the need to regularly drink blood from live prey, avoid the sunlight, and amuse yourself through the burden of eternal life. With the advent of the multiplayer survival title V Rising, however, we can all perhaps appreciate just how hard vampiric […]

EVE Echoes' Exploration update launches tomorrow with new CONCORD pass after a slight COVID delay

EVE Echoes has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the Exploration Update is big and still coming. The bad news here is that the patch was delayed from its launch yesterday to Friday thanks to the pandemic that continues to wreak havoc around the world. "Due to the impact […]

World of Warcraft updates Torghast mechanics and some soulbinds on the 9.1 test server

The Empowered mechanic added to World of Warcraft's Torghast was not the most beloved mechanic added to an already not-beloved bit of content, so it's been changed with the most recent patch. Where previously the mechanic worked more like a hot streak bar with timing, players will now have the mechanic work more as an accumulated […]

Vague Patch Notes: The specter of MMO burnout and what it means

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about burnout. This is due in no small part to the fact that I am majorly burnt out in a few areas, most notably here. Yes, I said here. Lately, I've been going through a phase where it's harder to find the inspiration to write and find something new […]

Bless Unleashed pushed back its PC launch for further polish improvements

If you've been eagerly waiting for the full launch of Bless Unleashed on PC, you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer. A new letter to the community from head of development Koven Park reveals that the game is delaying the full launch to make further improvements and adjustments to the PC launch, […]

Desert Oasis: Why Black Desert Online is my favorite MMO

It's crazy how fast two years go by, but it's how long I've been running this column. I've interviewed the lead producer Jaehee Kim, provided a sneak preview to popular (and profitable) content, and showed some love to the game's beautiful server chat. Heck, I even pushed to give it the 2020 MMO of the […]

Crowfall officially launches July 6 – here's your code to get into the beta

It's official: Crowfall is finally launching. July 6th is the big day. The MMORPG was Kickstarted back in 2015 and has been on quite a ride; it was meant to soft-launch many years ago and has been delayed repeatedly, but the last year in particular has seen the game boost both its genre profile and its content offerings […]

Palia is a new 'community simulation MMO' from former Blizzard and Riot devs

A few weeks ago, I attended a press event for a new game assuming I would not be impressed by the offerings. Instead, I came away thinking that not only do I want this game, but my kids are going to want this game, and a lot of our readers are going to want this […]

Everything Shown Off During Guerrilla Collective

Missed the stream? Don't worry - here's everything that was shown off during Guerrilla Collective.

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Play These Warhammer Games For Free This Weekend

Got some free time this weekend and love Warhammer? Why not check out some of these games that you'll be able to play for free?

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Overboard Review

Overboard makes getting away with murder fun.

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The Best Sims 4 Expansion Packs

From owning pets to going on holiday or heading off to university, there are so many great Sims 4 expansion packs out there.

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Post-Apocalyptic Strategy Frostpunk is Free on Epic Games Store

Looking for a cool deal? Frostpunk is now free on the Epic Games Store.

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Viewfinder Makes Our Brains Hurt But in a Good Way

Viewfinder is early in development but it's definitely got our attention.

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The Super Mario Bros. Movie is Getting an Extended Cut

It's a-more Mario!

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Techland Launches a New Community Hub for Dying Light 2

TechlandGG, as it's called, will help you learn more about the game and also earn in-game items.

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No Man's Sky's Prisms Update is Out Now

The updates start coming and they don't stop coming

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Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters Announced

Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters has been announced. This fast-paced, turn-based tactical RPG will hit PC in 2022.

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Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef Announced for PC and Consoles

Coming to PC and consoles next year, Warhammer 40,000: Shootas, Blood & Teef is a 2D shooter by the developers of Guns, Gore & Cannoli.

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Blood Bowl 3 Preview: Tactical Touchdowns

Blood Bowl 3 promises more of the same wacky tactical action but with updated rules, better visuals and more. Our preview.

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The Evolution of Ratchet & Clank, From 2002 to Now

A series that has been around for 20 years, we look back on the history of Ratchet & Clank before the release of Rift Apart.

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Samurai Warriors 5 Preview: New Look, Familiar Gameplay

Launching this July on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC, Samurai Warriors 5 sports a fresh new look and some welcome new features. Our preview.

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NEO: The World Ends With You Preview: Style and Substance

We went hands-on with the upcoming NEO: The World Ends With You, a wonderfully stylish action-adventure set in the busy streets of Shibuya.

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Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World Review

A remake of 1994's Monster World IV, Wonder Boy: Asha in Monster World manages to capture its nostalgic charm while still feeling altogether modern.

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Here's Every Gaming Event to Put on Your Schedule for E3 2021

We've got a jam-packed schedule ahead of us.

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F1 2021 Hands-On Impressions

We've been hands-on with a preview build of the PC version of F1 2021, and it's shaping up to be very good indeed. Read our impressions.

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King of Fighters XV Has Been Delayed Until 2022

King of Fighters XV has been delayed due to COVID-19 and won't be arriving till 2022.

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Fashion Police Squad is an Upcoming Outfit-Fixing Retro FPS

"Designer sunglasses?" "Yes, I know."

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Horizon Forbidden West Dev Says Cross-Gen Development isn't "Limiting in Any Way"

Horizon Forbidden West being a cross-gen game hasn't sat very well with a lot of people, with many positing that Guerrilla Games having to ensure that the game runs properly on the PS4 is something that's likely to have limited their vision in some way, and prevented them from leveraging the PS5's hardware fully. According to the developer, however, that is not the case.

Speaking in an interview with Hardware ZoneForbidden West's game director Mathijs de Jonge said that the game's cross-gen development hasn't been "limiting in any way."

"I don't think the cross-generation development was limiting in any way," he said. "When we started with the concept of this game, we had so many great ideas that ended up being included – to the point that we didn't really think about hardware limitations or anything, we just wanted to design a really nice, unique experience for the player. An awesome adventure. That's how we also brainstormed all the quests and events the player is going to go through."

de Jonge then went on to talk about the ways in which the game's PS5 version improves upon the PS4 one, including visual boosts, support for DualSense features, and more.

"I think that the big delta between these two consoles, apart from the 3D audio, quick loading and DualSense of course, is on the graphical side of things," de Jonge said. "On the PlayStation 5, we can add so much more detail graphically. We can see the tiny hairs on Aloy's face, for example. You can also see a ton of detail from far away.

"I don't think many people notice in the demo, but you could see moss growing on the rocks. On the PlayStation 5, each individual strand of moss is rendered individually. So this machine is so powerful, and it can add so much more detail to the image. I think that's one of the biggest deltas, next to the processing power of the machine. We also use it for a specific lighting rig. This is a cinematic lighting rig that we normally only have time to use in cinematics. Because the PlayStation 5 is so much more powerful, we have it on all the time. During gameplay, there's a very high-quality rendering and lighting system on a lot. So there are all these extra features that make the game look even better."

de Jong has recently also revealed that a bulk of development and playtesting for the upcoming RPG has been done on the PS4. Meanwhile, it's also been confirmed that the game will have a 60 FPS performance mode on the PS5.

Horizon Forbidden West is supposedly "on track" for a Holiday 2021 launch, but Sony is unwilling to concretely commit to that launch window just yet. Guerrilla Games says the game's development is in its final stages, so there is that.

Microsoft Might Announce New Studio Acquisition at E3 – Rumour

Microsoft has obviously been making big plays with studio acquisitions over the last few years, most notably with the Bethesda deal, which was finalized earlier this year. Even with that massive deal though, Microsoft still isn't done. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in late 2020 that Microsoft is "still out there looking for other teams"– and it's possible that another one of those might be unveiled soon.

Over on Twitter, @IdleSloth84 posted images of a conversation on the Windows Central discord server, in which journalist Jez Corden claimed that, as per "very good" rumours, Microsoft has acquired a new IP and studio. Though Corden says that the acquisition isn't necessarily "AAA-hype level stuff", it's likely that an acquisition will indeed be announced at E3.

Microsoft has a history of announcing some pretty major studio acquisition at events (including E3) over the last few years, of course, so this wouldn't be unprecedented. Even so, until such time we hear something official, take this with a grain of salt. We'll keep you updated on any new info that comes our way, so stay tuned.

Battlefield 6 is Called "Battlefield 2042" – Rumour

Rumours and leaks for the upcoming Battlefield game have become more than a little commonplace of late, and ahead of the first person shooter's official announcement on June 9, another leak has surfaced online that might possibly have spilled the beans on the game's name, an upcoming beta, new multiplayer details, and more.

The leak (via Reddit) claims that the next Battlefield game is going to be called Battlefield 2042. Previous leaks have suggested that the game takes place in a near-future setting, which has been solidified by leaked screenshots for the shooter. Allegedly, an open beta for the game is also going to go live later this year.

Meanwhile, the leak also talks about a new "professionals" mechanic, which will see one specialist with unique abilities assigned to each squad of players. Attachments can be equipped one at a time and swapped out, while vehicles, such as ATVs, can also allegedly be called in. Dynamic weather events (such as twisters and tornados) are also mentioned. These have been brought up in previous leaks as well.

Maps are supposedly going to be larger to support more players, with 64 vs 64 modes mentioned as well, once again echoing other previous leaks. Meanwhile, the leak also mentions new mechanics for traversal, such as a grapple hook, a wingsuit, and being able to deploy and use ziplines.

Interestingly enough, the leak also claims that the game's multiplayer will not support cross-gen cross-play, even though EA has confirmed that the shooter is also going to launch for PS4 and Xbox One.

Finally, screenshots allegedly taken from a behind-closed-doors preview event have also been leaked online (via VGC).

All of these are unconfirmed details for now, so take them with a grain of salt. With the game's official reveal coming up soon, we'll find out soon enough how accurate they are, so stay tuned.

Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live Will Feature Over 30 Games, Including Reveals and "Long-Awaited Updates"

It's going to be a busy summer, and by busy, I mean packed. E3 is coming up, of course, while various other conferences and events area also going to happen over the next couple of months. Many of these are going to fall under the Summer Game Fest umbrella, which kicks off on Thursday, June 10- and that first day, it seems, is going to be an eventful one.

Producer Geoff Keighley recently took to Twitter that Thursday's Summer Game Fest Kickoff Live show is going to feature over thirty games, which will include both new reveals of upcoming games and "long-awaited updates." Recent rumours have stated that Elden Ring is going to be part of the Summer Game Fest, so FromSoftware fans are probably going to be on the edges of their seats with this one.

In addition to all that, Keighley also confirms that there will also be guests (including Giancarlo Esposito, who's likely going to have plenty to say about Far Cry 6, and Jeff Goldblum) and several musical performances. Clearly, it's going to be an eventful show to kick off Summer Game Fest, so stay tuned to GamingBolt for any and all updates.

Elden Ring Will be at Summer Game Fest – Rumour

The anticipation for Elden Ring has been at a fever pitch since pretty much the game was first announced, but funnily enough, there's just as much anticipation surrounding the next major update on the game. FromSoftware's RPG has been MIA since it was first announced, with fans getting more and more antsy to get a first proper glimpse at it. Well, there's good news- that might be happening soon.

GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb has said in the past that Elden Ring is unlikely to be at E3. In a recent stream, he provided another update on the game, stating that it's likely going to be shown off at the the Geoff Keighley-produced Summer Game Fest instead. In tweets talking about the same, Grubb said that the decision to not show the game at the Xbox E3 event is a decision made by publisher Bandai Namco, which might suggest that they don't have a marketing deal for the game with Microsoft.

Recently, insider Omnipotent suggested that Elden Ring's reveal was going to come sooner than many are probably expecting, and this certainly seems to fall in line with that. This is all still unconfirmed for now, of course, so tread with caution. Either way, we'll known for sure soon enough either way, so stay tuned.

Psychonauts 2 Possibly Launching on August 25

To say that people have been looking forward to Psychonauts 2 for a long time would be a bit of an understatement. Thankfully, though the platformer has been delayed a few times, developer Double Fine Productions has reiterated on a couple of occasions that Psychonauts 2 is not getting delayed again– it is definitely coming out in 2021.

But when exactly? A specific release date is yet to be announced, but we may possibly know what that's going to be be. As spotted by a ResetEra user, in Steam's list of upcoming games, when sorting the list by release dates, Psychonauts 2 is tucked between games releasing on August 25, suggesting that Double Fine's platformer, too, might launch on that date. Of course, this might just be a placeholder date in Steam's database (though it's worth noting that until not that long ago, the game had a placeholder December 31 release date on the storefront), so don't take this as confirmation just yet.

Recent reports have suggested that Psychonauts 2 is going to have a presence at E3 2021, so it's possible that the game's release date gets announced there. Either way, whenever it launches, Psychonauts 2 will be available for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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Microsoft is "Excited by the Potential of AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution"

AMD recently unveiled its supersampling tech FidelityFX Super Resolution, the company's response to Nvidia's DLSS, and there's plenty to be impressed with. While it remains to be seen exactly how much of an impact the tech is going to have on games, there are many who are excited about its potential. Another major company that falls in that category is Microsoft.

In a statement provided to IGN, a Microsoft spokesperson said the company was "excited by the potential" of FSR. In addition to reaffirming support for tech on Xbox Series X/S, they also confirmed that more details on the same will be shared "soon."

"At Xbox, we're excited by the potential of AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution technology as another great method for developers to increase framerates and resolution," the spokesperson said. "We will have more to share on this soon."

It was confirmed over a month ago that AMD's FidelityFX Super Resolution tech had been made fully available to developers on Xbox Series X/S. Here's hoping we can begin seeing the results sooner rather than later.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart – Day 1 Update Will Add 60 FPS, 60 FPS + Ray Tracing Modes

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is going to offer multiple graphics modes to players right at launch- or at least it will if you download the game's day one update. Developer Insomniac Games recently took to Twitter to confirm that said update is not only going to add the previously confirmed Performance Mode for 60 FPS gameplay, but also a Performance RT mode that will feature 60 FPS gameplay while having ray tracing enabled, similar to what Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales did.

What exactly is that going to mean though? In a separate tweet, responding that that very question, Insomniac confirmed that each of the three modes (Performance, Performance RT, and Quality, with the latter having 30 FPS performance), Rift Apart uses dynamic 4K resolutions with temporal upscaling. In laymen's terms, the resolution is natively going to be lower in Performance mode, and even lower in Performance RT, but will be upscaled to a dynamic 4K across all modes regardless.

Insomniac has been great with offering visual options across all of its games of late, so it's great to see Rift Apart getting off the ground with so many options. The game looks gorgeous as it is, and by its very nature, is going to benefit hugely from better performance, so each of three options are going to be great to have.

Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart launches on June 11 exclusively for PS5.

Biomutant Guide – How to Quickly Farm Money


Your main currency in Biomutant is Green, and though there aren't heaps of activities for farming it, some of the best methods are also the most straightforward. The first is to find a Green ATM – it looks like a branch connected to the ground in a hoop-like shape with orange leaves on the outside. Leaping through the hoop will net you 350 Green. This is a quick way to earn cash while traveling through the open world.

Of course, there are better ways to acquire Green like selling unused weapons and armor. You'll also come across various junk items that can be sold off. If you want to garner even more Green per item sold, put some points into Charisma. This will increase the Barter stat and net you more Green when selling to vendors. Considering the amount of weapons, armor, consumables and junk you obtain throughout the game, this will be your main source of Green income.

Another good method is to farm mini-bosses, who can drop a fair amount of Green. Look for a decent farming route which involves collecting gear, weapons and junk, and killing mini-bosses to maximize those Green gains. For more details on earning Green, check out the video below by Legacy Gaming.

There Is Nothing Wrong With Sony's Cross-Gen Approach – But Hopefully People Stop Buying New Consoles On Promises Now

Last year, Sony promised that unlike rival Microsoft, who were going to soften the full reset necessitated by hard generation transitions, they were going to maintain and respect the traditional generational model, and push for the purported innovations in game design that that brings with it to the table. "We believe in generations," PlayStation head Jim Ryan said, in no uncertain terms, also then explaining that trying to maintain parity with older consoles would hold back game design and innovation – echoing a sentiment that lead PS5 architect Mark Cerny had expressed in the tech unveil of Sony's new console.

I honestly have never really had any issues with the cross-gen model. I had zero issues with it when Microsoft was doing it. I have zero issues with it now that Sony is doing it. I don't buy that cross-gen games hold anything back either. Game design or quality is not contingent on the tech available to it. The best games ever made through the four decade history of this medium have been designed under heavy technical constraints, and games that are regularly considered among the very best of all time were designed for technology far more primitive than even the PS4. So no, I honestly don't think that cross-gen holds back game design. I don't think that new technology automatically makes games better. I think it allows for new, powerful, and sophisticated tools that make developers' lives easier, and make it easier and more cost-effective for them to realize their vision than having to work around the technical constraints of weaker consoles would. But I don't think that any game will be the best ever purely because of the magical SSD in the PS5.

But even though I don't have any issues with cross-gen games, I absolutely do have issues with how Sony has handled its messaging around this topic in the last year or so. There has been a deliberate and consistent attempt to mislead and obfuscate at all times. Though Jim Ryan's words leave enough wiggle room for interpretation when viewed in isolation, in context of the broader discourse at the time – they were specifically said in response to Microsoft's cross-gen strategy, and the backlash that provoked, as well as off the tail of Mark Cerny's repeated emphasis that the PS5 would enable games that wouldn't be possible on the PS4 – it is very clear that Sony misled. And the proof of that is in the pudding, because if Sony had no intention of misleading, why, exactly, were every single one of the ultimately cross-gen games revealed as PS5 exclusive? Spider-Man Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, God of War Ragnarok, every single one of these games was either explicitly or implicitly supposed to be a PS5-only game, with PS4 versions only being announced much later.

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No, the "pandemic shortages" which fans often like to point at as an excuse for why these games are cross-gen have nothing to do with this strategy, either. Unlike what fans would like to believe, these games weren't meant to be PS5 exclusives initially and then only turned into cross-gen titles once the shortages that COVID-19 would cause became clear. Not only does game development not work that way – you have to scope out the technical budget and framework of your project ahead of time, and adding a system late in development can derail things significantly – but if that was true, then it would by definition nullify Mark Cerny's entire sales pitch that PS5 games wouldn't be possible on the PS4. If that was the case, how was it possible to turn PS5 games into also-PS4 ones late into their development cycle? If they were designed around the PS5, which enables experiences that cannot be achieved on old tech, how did that even happen?

But honestly, we have substantial proof, including from the developers, that this was never the case and that these games were developed for the PS4 from the get go. For instance, Guerrilla Games confirmed in an interview with Game Informer that the game had primarily been developed on the PS4, and that even playtesting of the title was being done on the PS4. If anything, the PS5 version is the one that came later, it appears. A report by VGC also seems to confirm that this is true for all of these cross-gen games – God of War, Sackboy, Spider-Man, Horizon were all in development for the PS4 from the get-go, with Gran Turismo 7 being the lone exception in being originally intended as a PS5 exclusive, and then being back ported to the PS4.

So no, Sony had always, always planned on these games being on the PS4 – they just heavily implied (or explicitly stated) that they would be exclusive to the PS5, presumably to generate hype, presumably to get people to buy the PS5 in a frenzy, maybe for some other reason. But the fact of the matter is, Sony did mislead and lie here. There is no getting around that, and honestly, it's such an unnecessary move on their part as well. The PS5 is selling extremely well right now – better than any other console has in history, actually – and it is doing that in spite of its high price, the shortages, the controversy surrounding its game prices, and loads of bad press Sony seems to have a habit of generating these days. It's selling well because it's an amazing product, and because Sony makes amazing games. It was always going to sell well on those merits – Sony didn't need to lie to artificially generate hype, particularly since the blowback with every single announcement for a game by them that will also come to the PS4 just ends up being egg on their face now as a result.

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The blowback actually appears to come most from those people who bought the PS5 on the promise of exclusive next gen showcases for the console. I get that sentiment. The PS5 is not cheap – it's $500 and it's extremely hard to find, and it's all that in the middle of the worst economic slowdown the world has seen in a hundred years. People who bought the system on the promise of a next generation God of War or Gran Turismo (two of Sony's biggest franchises) only to now be told they aren't actually getting that, that the games they are getting will be prettier versions of PS4 titles in those franchises, have a lot of reason to feel jilted (even if I personally don't think that the game design will suffer from being on the PS4 like so many seem to). I mean, sure, the PS5 has had exclusive titles from Sony – but none from Sony's biggest and most popular franchises. Spider-Man, Horizon, Gran Turismo, God of War, all seem to be opting for cross-gen, rather than committing to delivering next-gen exclusive experiences.

For people who spent the $500 on the console on the promise of those experiences, I do feel bad. However, ultimately, I feel that this is just vindication of an age-old refrain I have held – do not buy a console until you actually need to. Definitely do not buy it on a promise.

Consoles are expensive purchases. You should really only buy them once there is enough already available that justifies the hundreds of dollars you will be spending on it. This can be anything – it can be one showcase game that you feel is worth springing that money for, it can be new entries in your favourite franchises for that console, or it can be a specific number of games that finally makes you comfortable enough to pull the trigger. But you should only do it once those games are actually out. Buying consoles on promises is always a short-sighted decision. Because you have two options – either you buy a PS5 now because a God of War game for it has been promised, or you wait till God of War for the PS5 is already out and buy it then. The latter is always the better option because it is a more informed purchase. You're waiting till a) the game is out b) you are aware of its quality and c) you know what it entails (I.e. you are not buying a system on the promise of a next-gen only experience that doesn't exist; at that point, if you are choosing to buy a PS5 for God of War, you are doing so knowing it has a PS4 version as well). You can't possibly feel misled or like you wasted your money then, because you know what you spent your money on – rather than having spent your money on something that is never delivered in the form it was promised to begin with.

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To be clear, I don't think this is exclusive to Sony either. I think this applies to all consoles. Consider the Wii U – it sold pitiful amounts, but how many of the people who bought it bought it on the promise of that great new open world Zelda game for it? That game was eventually delivered, sure, and it was amazing, but it was also inferior on the Wii U (and would go on to become the signature game for its successor). So if you spent $300 on the Wii U to play Breath of the Wild, you could either resign yourself to playing an inferior version after a years-long wait, or you could spend another $300 to play it in the best form possible. This, of course, could have been avoided if you'd waited to spend the money on the Wii U until the game you were buying it for – Zelda in this case – was actually out.

Ultimately, of course, everyone will decide how they want to spend their money. And spending money foolishly doesn't absolve companies like Sony lying and misleading like they did with regards to the cross-gen situation for the PS5. But I do feel that there is something to be said for customers exercising some judgment before they spend hundreds of dollars on shiny new toys. Sony may have misled, but people who feel jilted at the money they spent wouldn't have had they just… not spent the money until they had more information and concrete reasons to buy the product, rather than just empty promises.

So in an ideal world, I could hope that Sony, and Nintendo, and Microsoft, stop misleading their customers and are honest and upfront. But in this same ideal world, I'd also hope that customers actually start waiting before committing to expensive purchases – at the very least wait for the game you want to buy the console for to be out before you buy it. And, well, if the point was never the game, and it was just the console itself? Then you really shouldn't feel that let down if a game or two isn't what was promised. There are still plenty of next-gen experiences on the PS5 right now, and there will be more. Even a new PS5 only God of War and Horizon will eventually come. Unless the point wasn't next gen games, but specific next gen games, the PS5 is delivering well enough that you don't really have much to complain about in that case right now.

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