Splatoon 3’s next season looks super chill, with new maps, weapons, and highly anticipated features

After a big win from Big Man in the Splatoon 3 Pokémon-themed Splatfest, Nintendo has announced some big plans for its big shooter. The second season of Splatoon 3, named Chill Season 2022, is starting just a few weeks from now, dropping new content and a number of features that veteran players have been asking for since its September launch. The biggest fish to fry are the Big Run mode and X Battles.

Sea of Thieves puts the focus on Merrick in its next Adventure, The Forsaken Hunter

If you’ve had any emotional investment in the running lore and story of the Sea of Thieves world, these limited-time Adventures may have been a roller coaster. The previous story, Lost Sands, determined the fate of the Golden Sands Outpost. Most players ended up siding with Merrick of The Hunter’s Call Trading Company to rebuild the outpost, to great success. Though, it turns out that Merrick has found himself in trouble afterward, as we learn in the trailer for The Forsaken Hunter, the follow-up Adventure.

Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed is the next asymmetrical multiplayer game from Friday the 13th studio IllFonic – GDC 2022

With previous credits including Friday the 13th: The Game and Predator: Hunting Grounds, studio IllFonic clearly has a knack for licensed asymmetrical multiplayer. The next IP that the studio is tackling, however, is markedly different from the aforementioned franchises, but a beloved series nonetheless. Get ready to have the Ghostbusters theme stuck in your head again — IllFonic has announced Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed at GDC 2022.

Bobby Kotick addressed employee retention, his ongoing CEO role, and the metaverse in Activision Blizzard "fireside chat"

Days after the monumental announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick addressed company employees for a Thursday morning Zoom webinar “fireside chat.” According to a transcript of the conversation provided to Gamepur, Kotick answered what he claimed were the most frequently asked questions submitted by employees. The Zoom call did not have a live chat for employees, and only Kotick and CPO Julie Hodges were on-screen; an anonymous Activision Blizzard employee noted to Gamepur a “pre-recorded” feel to the conversation.

Activision Blizzard employees stage another walkout after report on CEO Bobby Kotick's handling of misconduct through the years

The ongoing Activision Blizzard saga centering around a hostile and unhealthy workplace has gone all the way to the top. Weeks after taking a pay cut following multiple lawsuits and accusations regarding sexual harassment and other related controversies within Activision Blizzard, CEO Bobby Kotick became the subject of a scathing Wall Street Journal report. According to the story, Kotick was not only aware of various cases of sexual harassment within the company throughout the past several years, but the executive also ignored cases and sometimes defended accused employees.

Splitgate Season 0 starts today, coming with a new map, full Battle Pass, and Infected mode

Developer 1047 Games finally revealed its big Gamescom announcement, revealing that “Season 0” of Splitgate starts today. The Halo-meets-Portal arena shooter now has a 100-tier Battle Pass, as opposed to the much smaller pass that came with the open beta’s start. The season update also comes with a new map called Karman Station, along with a game mode that will be familiar to Halo fans.

Sea of Thieves mid-season update fixes enemy spawn rates, adds Davy Jones cosmetics

Roughly halfway through Season 3 of Sea of Thieves, developer Rare is celebrating the game’s playerbase growth from the A Pirate’s Life expansion, while also pushing out update 2.2.1. This patch adds quality of life improvements, with a few changes in particular addressing a much-complained issue of enemy respawn rates. With the introduction of three new mob enemy types, players were overrun with enemies during island encounters — luckily, this will no longer be the case.

Call of Duty Twitter acknowledges Vanguard leaks with meme containing four seconds of footage

It’s hard to keep a secret in the games industry these days, especially for a large franchise like Call of Duty. While publisher Activision, currently in hot water due to lawsuits regarding its work culture, has yet to officially confirm the existence of Call of Duty: Vanguard, a Sledgehammer Games-developed title set in WWII, it’s the worst-kept secret in gaming following several leaks. At the very least, the Call of Duty social media team is having fun with it, confirming the leaks in a very online way.

Apex Legends developers looking to balance Seer after complaints of his strong abilities

Players of EA’s cash cow Apex Legends have been fiddling around with all of the new changes and additions coming with Season 10, titled Emergence. Any new playable Legend is bound to be extremely popular during the first week of a season, but new recon Legend Seer has been particularly popular — and quite controversial at the moment from a gameplay perspective. Apex players have expressed frustration with what they perceive as overpowered abilities from Seer, and developer Respawn Entertainment has acknowledged this in a Reddit AMA.

Marvel's Avengers: Black Panther – War for Wakanda expansion will release on August 17

Square Enix confirmed through a press release today that Marvel’s Avengers will be getting its biggest expansion very soon. War for Wakanda, featuring popular superhero Black Panther, will launch on August 17, giving the Crystal Dynamics-developed online title some much-needed stimulus. The expansion will cap out the game’s first road map, with each month of 2021 bringing new content for players.

Activision Blizzard employees plan walkout in protest of company response to harassment lawsuit

In the past week, news of a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard accusing the company of a “frat boy” culture allowing harassment, inequality, and other forms of abuse in the workplace has rocked the games industry. Former and current employees of the conglomerate openly criticized the management response to the lawsuit, which came from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and are now planning a walkout and strike outside Blizzard’s campus on Wednesday.

Splitgate full release gets August delay to accommodate growing playerbase

After making a splash across digital gaming storefronts, Splitgate is shifting its release plans around. The first-person shooter combines Halo 2 and 3 arena gameplay with mechanics from Valve’s Portal for some old-school action, and developer 1047 Games is trying to keep up with the high demand from players. Servers for the crossplay open beta have been overloaded, and although the game will return to a playable state on Tuesday, Splitgate won’t be exactly “out” by then.

Splitgate servers go down for optimization until the game's console launch on Tuesday

The high concept arena shooter Splitgate blew up in popularity during a crossplay beta in the past couple of weeks, but late Sunday night, the game was ripped away from players quite suddenly. It’s a temporary measure, however, as the beta wraps up and developer 1047 Games prepares for the proper release of the console version of Splitgate. Until the game returns on Tuesday, the game’s official Twitter account relayed some of the beta’s accomplishments in just a short time.

Marvel's Avengers is finally adding Omega-Level Threat raids and multiplayer Mega Hives on July 27

The long-promised Omega-Level Threat mission type is finally coming to Marvel’s Avengers, and it will give players a significant challenge. These Omega-Level Threats are analogous to raids in other similar online multiplayer titles, so get ready for some lengthy and grueling combat sequences. The first Omega-Level Threat is titled Family Reunion, a revamped version of the mission of the same title from Kate Bishop’s Taking AIM campaign.

Metroid Dread producer promises "future episodes" after the main five-part saga concludes

Nintendo framed Metroid Dread as “Metroid 5” when revealing it at E3 2021, which left a number of implications. Producer Yoshio Sakamoto has framed it as the “final chapter” depicting Samus Aran and her relationship with the Metroid creatures, succeeding the original NES Metroid, Game Boy sequel Metroid II: Return of Samus, SNES classic Super Metroid, and the 2002 GBA title Metroid Fusion. But even as the long-awaited Metroid Dread on Nintendo Switch ends this story arc, Sakamoto promises more to come afterward.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Warzone Season 4 Reloaded will include Weaver, Mauer Der Toten Zombies map

It feels like Season 4 of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone started only recently, and here we are with a massive update on the way, with Season 4 Reloaded bringing loads of content to Black Ops multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone battle royale. Leading the content drop is the new playable Operator Weaver, a familiar character from Black Ops and Zombies lore, and the release of Mauer Der Toten, a proper round-based Zombies map.

Marvel's Avengers reshuffles roadmap, will allow multiple of the same Hero permanently

Developer Crystal Dynamics so far has made good on its promise to release new content for Marvel’s Avengers every month, all laid out on a road map. However, the studio today announced some slight modifications to their plan. In summary, the Patrol Mode planned for July will instead come after the War for Wakanda Expansion, but there will still be plenty of content to come during that month.
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