League of Legends spin-off CCG Legends of Runeterra is just about ready to play its hand. After kicking off its open beta in January and testing its deck for the last three months, Riot are ready to play for keeps – bringing crate of new cards, a new region and a new competitive season to Runeterra when the MOBA-inspired card game launches proper on April 30th.
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Did you know folks are already out here playing the Final Fantasy VII Remake? While the rennovated 23-year-old RPG isn’t technically out ’til next week, it sounds like some retailers couldn’t wait another six days. But even with their darling out in the wild, Square Enix are sticking to their guns with digital copies, and won’t be hitting launch till the scheduled release date of April 10th.
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Settlements of bugs and crashes burn behind them, but the campaign is not yet complete. This Friday, Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord developers TaleWords took the fight against the game’s crashing to a new front. Patch e1.0.4 purged the game of 17 more crashes, with a scant few performance issues and balance oddities finding themselves caught in the crossfire.
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Thursday should’ve been the highlight of the EVE Online calendar. But even with EVE Fanfest’s cancellation, the next few months are set to be big ones for New Eden with Eclipse, EVE’s second quadrant of the year. An extragalactic invasion comes to a head with star-snuffing starships, interstellar easter egg hunts, and a charity drive to use all those spacebucks you’ve amassed for real-world good.
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Now Play This, a festival for experimental game design, is one of the many games events either postponed or cancelled to stop the spread of COVID-19. The festival has been running for six years or so, celebrating the strange and unexpected in game design, and each year it brings together some truly spectacular art pieces and games. This year, the festival team has had to get creative with its lineup. The benefit, of course, being that now you can attend the festival wherever you are. From London to Dundee to Los Angeles, California.
I have never been able to go to Now Play This. For five years in a row I have tried to go, and then found myself unable to get all the pieces together. Year one, I was stuck in a library writing my master’s thesis. Year two, I was visiting family in America and only just missed it. Years three and four, I was in America doing a PhD and teaching undergrads and thought it unwise to just pop back over. This brings us to year five; this year, now, this very weekend. I was meant to go! I’d secured funding which meant I didn’t have to teach, I was looking forward to seeing my friends (former co-organisers and curators, Holly Gramazio and V Buckenham, as well as current curator, Marie Foulston). And then, well, you know.
Here are all the free games in and around the festival’s 2020 exhibits.
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It’s been on everyone’s mind. As Britain steps deeper into lockdown and the world grapples with the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all been asking: “But what about the horse-racing?”. In lieu of watching fourty powerful equines tearing down a racetrack tonight, the nation’s telly viewers will instead find themselves watching The Virtual Grand National – a simulated recreation that’s safer for viewers, riders, and (let’s face it) the horses themselves.
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Rise and shine! It’s time to put the “sat” in “Saturday” and the “unday” in “Sunday”.
What are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on!
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