Dead Cells introduces Assist Mode and a range of accessibility options

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A new update just dropped for Dead Cells introducing Assist Mode and several other accessibility options. Assist Mode consists of a variety of sliders that can be adjusted to make gameplay easier. Some of these sliders include enemy damage, enemy health, trap damage, longer parry windows, and trap speed.

It isn’t just the sliders that are being adjusted. Several accessibility features have been added to allow more people to enjoy the game. Some examples of these new features include sprites being outlined in-game, holding a button to jump/roll a second time, and button remapping. These can be freely toggled and tweaked to better fit your preference.

Developer Motion Twin has made some tweaks to the visuals too for those with certain vision deficiencies. There are some fully customizable color-blind settings for all aspects of the user interface. You can change the font freely too. A text resizer is planned for some time in the future.

Both Assist Mode and the accessibility options can be toggled via Dead Cells’ menus. As for why they’re being added, the developer’s intentions are clear. In the announcement blog post, it states that it wants Dead Cells to be “tough but fair.” By introducing these new features, it is turning Dead Cells into the game it originally visioned by allowing players of more difficult circumstances to enjoy it.

Accessibility matters

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In recent years we’ve seen developers make a conscious effort to improve accessibility. Even more interesting is that games that were previously known for their difficulty are beginning to offer easier solutions. Not everyone is a fan of this shift but all in all, it is a good thing. Those will disabilities or older gamers with worse motor skills shouldn’t be stripped of the right to enjoy games. There’s nothing wrong with a game being known for its difficulty but that doesn’t mean it can’t offer easier solutions for those that need them.

The upcoming Warcraft mobile game is being revealed in early May

For some time, there have been rumors of a Warcraft mobile game being in the works. It got leaked a few years back but any details beyond its existence have been unknown. That is until now. On the official Hearthstone Twitter account, an announcement was posted that it will be revealed very soon.

Unfortunately, not much else was revealed. The Tweet features a picture of a cog with a blue lightning bolt inside of it. As far as we know that could be essential to the game’s story or a random image that was chosen because it looked nice. Blizzard is making a very conscious effort to not give anything away.

If you’re interested in seeing what Warcraft mobile is about then you’ll want to check out the reveal stream. It is taking place on Blizzard’s website on May 3 at 10 am Pacific Time. That’s 1 pm Eastern Time, 6 pm British Standard Time, and 2 am Japan Standard Time.

As for what we’ll see in the reveal I can only speculate. I’d imagine it will either be a gameplay showcase of sorts or a cinematic trailer to hype up its release. Blizzard is well known for its spectacular cinematics with Warcraft, Hearthstone, and Overwatch all benefiting from them over the years.

Blizzard’s redemption arc

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As a company, Blizzard Entertainment has made a lot of unpopular decisions in recent years. Be it the Hong Kong scandal of 2019 or the sexual assault allegations of 2021, it hasn’t been popular as of late. Even on the games front, it released Warcraft III: Reforged which was panned by critics for being a lazy remaster released solely to milk fans.

But with Overwatch 2’s popularity, the porting of Diablo Immortal to PC, and now Warcraft mobile things are looking up. It still has a lot of work to do if it wants the trust of its fans back but with Bobby Kotick on his way out once Microsoft takes over a comeback looks possible.

Valheim has reached over ten million sales worldwide

Developer Iron Gate has revealed in a press release that Valheim has reached over ten million sales worldwide. The open-world survival game first launched into early access in February 2021. For a project that started so small to reach ten million sales in just over a year is an incredible achievement.

And it isn’t just sales numbers where Iron Gate’s creation excels. It managed to reach almost 500,000 concurrent players at launch maintaining a similar number up until the end of March. Even now it regularly exceeds 40,000 concurrent players which is on par with games like Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel, and Terraria.

Iron Gate’s CEO Richard Svensson spoke more about the achievement. Svensson says: “We never imagined Valheim would become so big, not even in our wildest dreams, and the past year flew by faster than we anticipated.” From a small indie project to one of 2021’s most successful games, Valheim has reached sales number no one saw coming.

Svensson continued to confirm that a “new mysterious biome,” is in the works too. That most likely will be included as part of the upcoming Mistlands update that has previously been teased. Outside of the occasional glimpse though we don’t know much about it. Although you can expect a new biome, new enemies to fight, and new equipment to create.

Iron Gate has grown

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In the same statement, it is confirmed that Iron Gate has grown considerably. The development team behind Valheim has doubled since launch with further growth expected to follow. The studio’s ambitions for Valheim continue to grow further every day. It has already established itself as one of the best survival games on the market but the developer isn’t stopping there. With more work and time invested Valheim has the potential to become one of the true greats of gaming.

A passionate fan is recreating Elden Ring as a Game Boy title

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A passionate fan of Elden Ring is attempting to recreate the experience as a Game Boy title. The ambitious project was shared on Reddit by the user –shin- in a post that has almost four thousand upvotes. The craziest part is that the creator intends for the demake to run on real hardware.

That’s right, you’ll be able to boot up an actual Nintendo Game Boy and play his creation. Although that probably won’t be an option anytime soon. A playable demo is planned for the end of May which will be hosted on Itch.io. Any plans for a full release after that are not confirmed.

The demake has been created using GB Studio 3.0. It’s a new piece of software that -shin- themself describes as “really impressive.” And there’s no reason to doubt that verdict given how good his project already looks. The one-minute clip seen in the Reddit post could easily pass for a genuine Game Boy game released back in the ‘90s.

There are some risks with creating an Elden Ring Game Boy demake. Most notable is that it’s practically begging for a cease-and-desist order by FromSoftware. FromSoftware hasn’t had much history when dealing with matters like these but there are reasons for assuming the worst-case scenario. Generally speaking, Japanese developers tend to have the biggest problems with fan projects. There are legitimately memes about how Nintendo invests millions of dollars specifically to takedown its fans’ ideas.

But there’s hope

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The positive is that there’s a chance that this won’t be taken down. A game called Bloodborne PSX was released earlier this year and still remains up to this day. You can’t pay for the game but there is an option to donate to support the developer. Perhaps if -shin- were to follow a similar strategy this project will see the light of day.

Battlefield 2042 specialists rework planned says developer

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An employee at DICE has confirmed that specialists will be receiving a rework in Battlefield 2042. The confirmation was posted on Twitter by Frederik Drabert, a game designer at the Swedish based studio. He claims that these changes can be expected over “the course of this year.”

The tweet was posted in response to a Battlefield fan who asked if specialists would be removed. Drabert doesn’t think this will happen but a rework is in the works. Battlefield fans will be happy to hear this. It isn’t exactly what was wanted but knowing that there are plans to fix the game’s issues is uplifting.

What exactly this rework will look like is unclear. Several fan proposals on Reddit tried to categorize the specialists by traditional Battlefield classes. Some examples include Casper as a Recon class option and Maria as a Medic class option.

However, any potential rework for the Battlefield 2042 specialists probably won’t look like that. Drabert continued to say that implementing a system of this nature “is not that easy.” He claims that the specialists are heavily integrated into the game design and a lot of work would have to be done. Even so, Drabert doesn’t outright say that this idea is out of the question. Just that it would require a lot of time and resources to implement properly.

It’s a long way back

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For many Battlefield 2042 was a break of trust. Franchise fans were promised a love letter but were instead given something beyond recognition. Rather than build on past instalments to create a definite Battlefield game DICE tried something radically different. It didn’t work.

Now it is faced with the daunting task of amending its past mistakes. The one positive is that it some seem eager to do so. Too often have we seen developers run away and start over with a new project. But DICE isn’t abandoning Battlefield 2042. At least not for the time being.

Blizzard reveals Sojourn’s abilities ahead of Overwatch 2 beta

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The Overwatch 2 beta gets underway on April 26 and will feature one of the game’s new heroes, Sojourn. But developer Blizzard Entertainment isn’t making fans wait to see her abilities. A new gameplay trailer dropped showing off what Sojourn can do and it’s got people very excited.

Sojourn’s primary weapon is an electrically charged automatic rifle. Named the Railgun it has two firing modes. One is a fast fire rate comparable to Soldier: 76 whilst the other is a high impact shot suitable for delivering finishing blows. Despite being a projectile weapon the rounds it fires travel very quickly. This makes the Railgun a strong medium to long-range weapon.

Furthermore, she is an exceptionally mobile hero. Sojourn’s Power Slide ability allows her to quickly slide to gain horizontal speed and then leap into a high jump once the slide is finished to gain vertical speed. This lethal combination makes Sojourn one of the most mobile heroes in Overwatch 2.

Her tactical ability is Disruptor Shot. When used this ability fires an energy shot that slows down any enemies within its range. Also, damage will be dealt to anyone who cannot get away from it fast enough. It looks as though Disruptor Shot will pair well with other abilities and ultimates.

As you’d expect from any badass fictional railgun, her primary weapon can also fire a huge beam of energy. Her ultimate ability Overclock charges up when used and then unleashes a piercing beam that deals massive damage.

Get involved

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The Overwatch 2 PvP beta begins in just under two weeks but not everything will get an invite. If you’re interested then be sure to sign up as soon as possible. This can be done over on the official Overwatch website. Beta participants are selected based on a variety of factors including Battle.net region, when you signed up, and your computer hardware specifications.

Cyberpunk 2077 will receive a DLC expansion sometime in the future

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We recently got confirmation that Cyberpunk 2077 will receive a DLC expansion in the future. The confirmation was given by developer CD Projekt Red’s quest director Paweł Sasko. Sasko made these comments on a Twitch stream that was spotted by Reddit user KamilCesaro.

On the stream, Sasko was asked if expansions to the existing story are planned for Cyberpunk 2077. Sasko answered by saying that he couldn’t give too much away but that he assured fans that “we are working on expansions and other stuff for you.” He didn’t detail when it would be coming but the reassurance that more content is planned should be enough to please most fans.

The question regarding DLC was asked as a follow up to the recent Patch 1.5 for Cyberpunk 2077. This patch has been very well received with it fixing several key problems with the open-world RPG. Most notable is that it can now take advantage of the superior specifications next-gen consoles possess. This support helps create superior performance and better-looking visuals.

Given Cyberpunk 2077’s huge issues at launch the optimization that has followed is impressive. In Performance Mode, it now runs at 60 frames per second with dynamic 4K resolution scaling. Alternatively, Ray Tracing Mode runs at 30 FPS at 1440p but provides the best visuals possible.

What a turnaround

cyberpunk 2077 sports car 4k gameplayWhen it was first launched Cyberpunk 2077 was not well received. It was full of bugs and performance issues that ruined the gameplay. On consoles especially it was rough with frame drops into the teens not being uncommon.

Sixteen months later and Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t just doing better, but also looking ahead to potential DLC. The core game is now good enough that expanding upon it and giving players more to enjoy is worth considering. Comeback stories of this degree aren’t unheard of but are by no means a given either. CD Projekt Red deserves credit for sticking with Cyberpunk and turning things around.

The new Need for Speed game might be a next-gen exclusive

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Recently on Giantbomb’s premium show Grubbsnax, Jeff Grubb provided some insight into the next Need for Speed game. Grubb believes that Need for Speed will be a next-gen exclusive this year. That means that it will not receive either a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One port.

Grubb commented: “If you are an NFS fan who has bought a next-gen console, here’s some news; it’s next-gen only. They are shifting to next-gen only.” In the same segment, Grubb also confirmed that a new game should be coming this year towards the end of 2022.

Of course, the idea of Need for Speed only being published on next-gen consoles is far from confirmed. This is just a rumour albeit one from a proven source. Also, Grubb doesn’t mention a PC version although it is assumed that is in the works too. Publisher Electronic Arts have released a PC port of Need for Speed for almost every instalment. It would be strange if it stopped doing so now.

Interestingly, Grubb also mentioned the potential location for this year’s Need for Speed. He thinks there’s a good chance that it will be set in Miami. However, he did concede that this wasn’t guaranteed.

Will the delay pay off?

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Need for Speed was originally supposed to have a new game last year but it was delayed. Electronic Arts decided to push back its signature arcade racer so that developer Criterion Games could help work on Call of Duty: Warzone.

This next-gen Need for Speed game will be Criterion’s first entry in the series since Most Wanted in 2012. The last four instalments have all been developed by Ghost Games which are currently going through a restructure. Let’s hope that Criterion’s return can push Need for Speed back into its previous position as one of the all-time great racing games franchises.

Chocobo GP patch fixes numerous matchmaking related bugs

A recent patch for Chocobo GP has fixed numerous bugs related to its matchmaking. Labelled update 1.0.4, this update follows a troubled launch that resulted in the kart racing game only receiving a score of 64 on Metacritic. Given the Nintendo Switch’s lack of racing games, it was disappointing to see how mediocre this new addition ended up.

Although Chocobo GP will never be a great game this patch does at least make it a competent game. Previously, finishing fourth or higher would result in the player getting eliminated due to server lag. This is no longer the case.

Furthermore, this patch makes it so that Chocobo GP doesn’t get stuck at the rankings screen at the end of each race anymore. Other bugs targeted in this patch include players not starting in sync with one another, laps corrupting for no reason, and two of the same player existing in a race.

To round off the patch notes developer Square Enix promises that further support is planned. These updates will keep coming with a long-term goal to “improve the player experience.” Although with how buggy Chocobo GP is this is only one step in what is likely to become a marathon.

It’s not just buggy

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This patch for Chocobo GP may address some of its bugs but that isn’t the game’s only issue. In a desperate attempt to cash in Square Enix launched it with some of the most predatory microtransactions in the industry.

The developer can tweak its gameplay and patch bugs all it wants but this problem won’t go away. The aesthetic makes it clear that this is supposed to be a kid-friendly karting game yet its business model closer resembles that of a casino. Poor reviews, a plentiful of bugs at launch, and its nasty monetization make it difficult to care about Chocobo GP even after patches like these.

Overwatch Remix Event let players earn old skins ready for Overwatch 2

Blizzard has begun teasing new events in the lead-up to Overwatch 2. Amongst these are the Remix Events for Overwatch which will be exciting for many players. These Remix Events will allow players to earn old skins from past events in preparation for Overwatch 2.

Each Remix Event will offer various challenges that can be completed. Completing a specific challenge will reward a specific skin. Each challenge will only last a week so if there’s a particular skin you want be sure not to complete the challenge in time. These skins are time-limited so once they are gone you might not be able to earn them again in the future.

The Remix Event for Overwatch will replace all traditional seasonal events. That means that there will be no Archives, standard Anniversary, or Summer Games this year. Although given how stale these events had gotten over the last few years, I don’t think too many players will mind. After all, this is a great opportunity to land some fan-favorite skins that will transfer over to the sequel.

This event will be delivered in three separate parts. This is being done to enable the developers to balance resources between this event and the development of the upcoming PvP beta for Overwatch 2. Blizzard states in its latest blog post that it will be delivering more details regarding the event in the coming months.

Overwatch is back!

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People online like to exaggerate that a game is dead whenever its player base declines slightly. However, in the case of Overwatch, those claims may have been fair. Blizzard’s neglect of its iconic hero shooter had led to all-time low player counts as gamers moved on to other titles.

Seeing the sequel get closer to launch and the Remix Event spark life back into Overwatch is incredible. There was a point where it started to seem unlikely the franchise would ever recover. Let’s hope that this signals the start of better days and Overwatch can become great again.