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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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Feature: Game jams for indoor-types

Priceless Play – 2 May 2020

When you're cooped up inside all day long (for forty-five days and counting), making a game can make for a good distraction. There have been more than a few quarantine-related game jams, each with their own themes and concepts. Isolation, social-solidarity, and "stay home" are common, and when the historians look back at the prolific game dev output of 2020 it won't be too hard…

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Dota 2’s International tournament has been delayed

Every year, the best Dota 2 wizards from all the lands gather to determine which of them can best defend an ancient rock garden - but probably not this year, you'll be surprised to hear. The tenth iteration of The International has been delayed due to the pandemic: "likely" to 2021, say Valve.They're still going to start selling The International Battle Pass soon, with 25%…

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EGX Rezzed 2020 is now cancelled

After optimistically delaying EGX Rezzed 2020 from March to July due to Covid-19 concerns, the organisers have now outright cancelled this year's event. With the new coronavirus pandemic still running hot, the London games show from our corporate siblings will instead return next year. Folks who bought Rezzed tickets can transfer their ticket to the bigger EGX, which is still scheduled for September, or they…

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NHS staff can get a free game in a big giveaway

Dozens of game companies have banded together to offer a free video game to NHS staff, with over 85,000 keys up for grabs in all. That's sweet, that. I've received a wee peek at the giveaway and seen its lineup includes big-name desirables like Doom Eternal, Dreams, and Fifa 20, and games for platforms including PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Vita, Android, iOS, and…

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Total War: Shogun 2 is free to keep right now

Saddle up, Samurai. Total War: Shogun 2 is blowing the battle horn—or bashing the giveaway gong, rather. This week you can snag the war strategy sim set in feudal Japan for free because Creative Assembly (and everyone else) would like you to stay home and play video games if you're able instead of frolicking about in public during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Alongside the giveaway,…

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