Happy Wednesday! What games are you playing lately? I’m still mainly replaying GTA V story mode and Watch Dogs 2. It feels different walking around open-world cities and seeing carefree NPCs talking happily when things in the real world are not so carefree. If you need a diversion and enjoy open-world games with lots of sidequest options, I highly recommend both games! Let us know on Twitter what games you’re playing and looking forward to. Check back every Wednesday for more news!
Valorant Release Date
If you’ve watched Twitch at all in the past month, you know Valorant is a heavily promoted, exciting new release that has pulled players in the shooter space away from Apex Legends, Fortnite, CS:GO, PUBG, and more. Riot Games’ free-to-play tactical shooter officially releases on June 2. All progress that players made during the closed beta will reset.
Tenet Trailer in Fortnite
The latest trailer for the movie Tenet premiered in Fortnite last Thursday. We’ve already seen Fortnite host concerts; it’s interesting to see major movies get in on the Fortnite-exclusive content.
The New Call of Duty Game Gets a Name
Activision already confirmed that a new Call of Duty game will release this fall, and now Eurogamer reports that the name of the new game will be Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. If you need more COD content now, Call of Duty: WWII is currently available for free to PS Plus subscribers.
Game Publisher Events This Summer
E3 is canceled, but game publishers will still be making major announcements at an assortment of online events this summer. Here’s a full list including PC Gaming Show, EA Play Live, Cyberpunk 2077 Night City Wire, and more.
Borderlands 3 Expansion
Borderlands 3 is getting a third major expansion: Bounty of Blood – A Fistful of Redemption. The expansion is set on a desert planet and has a Wild West theme. It will release on June 25.
PlayStation State and Days of Play
Sony’s State of Play news event on May 27 (tonight!) will be devoted to The Last of Us: Part II. The broadcast will reveal more about gameplay and the world of the game. In other PlayStation news, the Days of Play summer sale event will feature discounts on Death Stranding, Nioh 2, and more.
- The PC version of Sea of Thieves will be available on Steam starting June 3.
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons modders are creating all kinds of hacks to speed up gameplay, including walking through walls, increasing stacks of materials from 30 to 99, and decreasing the amount of text in dialogue.
- Have you ever wished you could fly around like Iron Man? Well, now you can! In PlayStation VR, at least. The long-awaited Iron Man VR has finally released a free demo. The game will release on July 3. Sony also announced a PlayStation VR bundle that will include the game.
- Last Friday was the 40th anniversary of the release of Pac-Man. Also that day, Nvidia announced they had taught an AI to recreate a working version of the game without access to the original game engine. The AI learned how the game works simply by watching hours of gameplay.
- In more Pac-Man news, Twitch announced Pac-Man Live Studio will be released in June. The new game will offer a studio mode where you can create your own mazes, two multiplayer modes, and classic arcade mode. The game will playable directly through Twitch on PC.
- Area F2, a mobile shooter developed by Alibaba-owned Ejoy, has been delisted from Apple and Google’s app stores after Ubisoft filed a copyright-infringement lawsuit. Ubisoft states that Area F2 is a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Siege.
- Overwatch‘s Anniversary event coincided with Ramadan, and the game included two sprays to celebrate.
Oh my gosh, @PlayOverwatch has added 'Fast' and 'Feast' Ramadan-related sprays to the game. Look at how beautiful these aaaaaaare <3
Thank you whoever championed this and worked on this in whatever capacity thank you thank you thank you https://t.co/lFOXtSLPiB
— Rami Ismail (@tha_rami) May 19, 2020
- I’m always a fan of music videos recreated in video games. YouTuber mikekonoko created an adorable tribute in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to my favorite kpop group, TWICE, and their single “Dance The Night Away”:
— みけこ (@mikekonoko) May 20, 2020
- Lastly for this week, if you’re looking for cute accessories for your Switch, this lemon case has received viral attention.
how DARE this switch case be so cute?! pic.twitter.com/ypCcRtZYPj
— Tessa Mag 🍉 (@tessamag) May 23, 2020
Writer at Sidequest and WWAC; past: Newsarama, Comicosity, executive editor of Kollaboration. I’ve watched over 200 hours of Life is Strange playthroughs. Talk to me about LiS, The Last of Us, and the games and fandoms you love! Twitter: @loudlysilent