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Halo Infinite has been delayed into 2021

Halo Infinite is a Series X launch title no more. Following a seemingly shaky transition to working from home, developers 343 Industries have cited Covid-19 woes (and the extra time and polish needed following last month's somewhat shaky showcase) in their decision to postpone Johnny Halo and the war gorillas' trip to the great big hula-hoop in the sky 'til next year.

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Stardew Valley’s coronavirus mod finds dark comedy in the pandemic

We have generally avoided posting about things that exist in the intersection of "games, things that are enjoyable and we love" and "the global pandemic, a thing which is terrible", mostly because this intersection is quite weird and grim. I am, however, making an exception today in order to highlight a mod that adds both a slight pandemic slant to Stardew Valley, and a good…

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GDC’s Covid-19 survey leaves room for optimism in the industry

The organisers of the Game Developers Conference have released a report on the results of their latest "state of the industry" survey. Their usual annual survey happened in March, but this extra one was solely about the impact of the ongoing pandemic.The results are on the face of it rather grim, with some job losses and game delays and lots of struggling people. But they're…

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light has been pushed back to November

The Darkness might be an intimidating mass of deadly triangles, but Destiny 2 has more grounded concerns to worry about right now. As Bungie continue to wrestle with life under the Covid-19 pandemic, they've postponed the release of the game's next big expansion to give themselves more breathing room. Destiny 2: Beyond Light will now release just under two months after its planned September release,…

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QuakeCon 2020 is going fully digital for its 25th annual event

QuakeCon is an entire quarter-century old this year, and no pandemic will stop Id Software and Bethesda from celebrating it. While the in-person event was cancelled back in March due to Covid-19, QuakeCon will now be joining the raft of gaming events being taken online. Aptly named QuakeCon At Home, it's set to feature esports tournaments, charity initiatives, and loads of "round-the-clock" live streams. It…

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Here’s Summer Games Done Quick 2020’s online speedrun schedule

Despite being delayed, then later moving entirely online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, Summer Games Done Quick is still preparing for some awfully fast gaming next month. The schedule for this year's event has just gone up, kicking off the annual week of charity speedrunning on Sunday, August 16th. Expect your usual bouts of boundary-breaking and donation shouting, of course, but can you really…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands beta arrives next week

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on a few games now, causing all sorts of delays on new info and release dates. Not World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands, though, as Blizzard confirmed in last night's live stream that the expansion will be arriving sometime this autumn, "even if they end up shipping from their homes." WoW fans will get to explore that sinister land of…

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Mafia: Definitive Edition’s remastered crime spree has been delayed

Turns out, not even make-believe crime is safe from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Today, the mob bosses at Hangar 13 announced that Mafia: Definitive Edition, a re-jigged rerelease of the 2002 crime 'em up, will no longer hit its planned August launch. Instead, they're pushing their old fashioned crime romp into September, with a proper peek at Mafia's new look set to air later this…

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Tales Of Arise has been delayed beyond 2020

Tales Of Arise, the latest in a long line of Bandai Namco's Tales Of JRPGs (Berseria, Symphonia, Legendia, etcetera), isn't coming out this year. Revealed last year and in development since before the announcement of Tales Of Vesperia: Definitive Edition, the Japanese firm's fantastical tale of two warring planets needs a little more time to tell properly, postponing the game's release indefinitely.

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24-hour endurance race Le Mans has gone online

Of all the sports put on hold during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, motorsports have gotten off rather lightly. Between existing "sim-racing" scenes and the relative ease of plugging a steering wheel into a PC, even a calendar event like Le Mans 24 can find new life over the internet. The 24-hour endurance race kicked off in rFactor 2 this afternoon, giving esports drivers a shot…

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The Dark Pictures Anthology’s witchy second chapter is delayed

Until Dawn developers Supermassive Games today announced that they're delaying the second chapter of The Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope. The realities of a 200-person team working from home mean yeah, bit of a hold-up. Previously due this summer, the second of their eight interactive horror stories is now expected in the autumn. Hey, that's a far more fitting season for unsuspecting college students to…

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League Of Legends cartoon series Arcane is delayed

Arcane, the cartoon set in the world of League Of Legends, will not be out this year. Riot Games announced yesterday that the global pandemic has somewhat hindered production, so they're pushing it into 2021. Riot say they are "bummed" about the hold-up but "need to balance our excitement for the story with the safety and well-being of our teams and partners." Yes, important to…

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BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled, but plans to return as an online event next year

The game event cancellations are pushing even deeper into the year now, as Blizzard have announced BlizzCon 2020 is a no-go. The event usually takes right at the beginning of November, but due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic they've made the decision to cancel it."We've talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national…

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Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed until autumn 2021

Unfortunately, yet another game is being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This time it's space flight sim Kerbal Space Program 2 that's been grounded - now we'll be waiting until autumn next year to launch those little green men into the great beyond."With everything going on in the world today due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we're facing many unique challenges that require more time…

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Xbox head Phil Spencer says Covid-19 will cause delays in 2021

Xbox head Phil Spencer has been talking about the impact of Covid-19 on the games industry, and his message is basically: 'don't worry, everything will mostly be fine'. He says he feels "pretty good" about games that are due to come out this summer and autumn, while those that are further away will see "some impact, but they'll be able to react". It makes sense…

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Tokyo Game Show is going online-only this year

The long list of cancelled events keeps pushing deeper into the year, with the Tokyo Game Show now cancelling its September expo due to the pandemic. The organisers are planning to run an online event instead. TGS is more of a public show than the marketing-o-rama that is E3, but it does tend to bring a few announcements and other goodies each year. Capcom and…

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Square Enix are selling 54 Eidos games at a steal, for charity

Stuck for things to play this weekend? After offering their exhaustive JRPG lineup at a pittance last week, Square Enix have this week gutted the price of their Eidos Anthology bundle on Steam as part of their "Stay Home & Play" campaign - offering 54 PC classics, contemporary bangers and bizarre curiosities for just under 30 quid, in aid of charities affected by the Covid-19…

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The Overwatch League’s Vancouver Titans have dropped their entire roster mid-season

Looks like there's trouble in paradise at the Overwatch League, as the Vancouver Titans have released their entire team roster right in the middle of the 2020 season. In a letter to fans they explain the decision stemmed from issues with the League's online matches, after homestands were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This unfortunately put the team in a weird position, being based…

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Evo 2020 is going online-only

Like everything else, Evo is not going ahead as usual this year. The fighting game championships will not invade a Las Vegas resort for a weekend at the end of July, with that event now cancelled and tickets getting refunded. But Evo 2020 is evolving, and will go online this summer. It surely won't be the same but, even as a casual spectator, I'm still…

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Tributes to Soldier voice actor Rick May appear across Team Fortress 2

Last month, the voice behind Team Fortress 2's Soldier, Rick May, passed away at 79, after contracting Covid-19 during rehabilitation from a February stroke. This week, Valve's vibrant battlefields grew a little sombre, as an update brought official tributes to the voice actor across TF2's farms, forts and fighting pits.

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