Half-Life 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead Writer Leaves Valve

Valve writer Chet Faliszek has left the company amicably.

Revealed by GamesIndustry.biz, Faliszek wrote of his departure: “

Nothing exciting or drama filled. I worked there 12 years, shipped a bunch of great games and some amazing hardware and wanted to change things up.”

Over his 12-year Valve career, Faliszek was involved in writing both of Half-Life 2’s Episode DLC packs, both Portal games, and both Left 4 Dead games, and became a public face for the notably secretive company.

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Overwatch’s Uprising Event Extended After Ending Too Early

Blizzard has extended Overwatch‘s latest seasonal event, Uprising, after the event ended today earlier than the studio said it would. Some fans were not happy about this.

The event ended early by accident, Blizzard admitted in a message posted to Twitter. Uprising’s Loot Boxes have since been restored, with the King’s Row Brawl event taking a little longer to return, but it should be back now if it’s not already. Players who are logged in may need to log out to log in again to see the return of the King’s Row event.

The Uprising event is now scheduled to end on May 2 at 5 PM PT / 8 PM ET.

This isn’t the first time an Overwatch event accidentally ended early. The one before this, themed around Halloween, finished too soon, causing a stir in the Overwatch community.

Uprising has been running in Overwatch across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC since early April. No future seasonal events have been announced, but given their popularity, you can bet they will happen.

In other Overwatch news, Blizzard recently announced that the game has crossed 30 million players.

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New Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Update Out Now

In addition to announcing details on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s first expansion, Nintendo today launched a new update for the celebrated role-playing game.

The update doesn’t add any new gameplay features, but it lets you listen to the game’s audio in one of its nine languages and then use a different language for text on-screen.

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On Nintendo Switch, this is enabled when you download the update, which is 1.2.0. For Wii U, you need to download a “Voice Pack” from the eShop.

Today’s Breath of the Wild patch also includes “various fixes to improve the gameplay experience.” However, Nintendo did not offer any specifics about what’s changed.

Let us know in the comments below if you notice any of the bugs that got fixed with this update.

Breath of the Wild was a launch title for the Switch, becoming the fastest-selling launch title for a Nintendo platform ever. It has now shipped more than 3.84 million copies across Switch and Wii U.

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild’s First DLC Detailed, Here’s Everything We Know

Nintendo today announced more details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild‘s expansion packs. The first is called The Master Trials, and it launches this summer, containing new items but no new story content. The second, which contains a new story chapter, is coming out during holiday 2017, but it does not have a name yet.

You can get the two expansions together for $20 on Nintendo Switch and Wii U. As announced previously, they won’t be sold on their own.

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The Master Trials comes with a new Trial of the Sword challenge (previously referred to as the Cave of Trials) that begins with Link having no armor or weapons. There are 45 total rooms in Trial of the Sword, and if you beat them all, then the “true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.”

The expansion also adds Hard Mode, which increases the “rank” of enemies, making them more difficult to take down. Additionally, especially challenging enemies will show up in some places where they might not otherwise have. Additionally, enemies spot Link more easily in Hard mode.

The Master Trials also adds something called Hero’s Path Mode, which is a journal of sorts it sounds like that documents “every step players take,” with progress marked in green on the map.

“The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline,” Nintendo said. “This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.”

What’s more, The Master Trials introduces a new chest “somewhere in the game world” that includes an item called the Travel Medallion. Using this, players can make a temporary travel point on the map where they are standing. “Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time,” Nintendo said.

There are also new masks, including a Korosk mask. The mask shakes when you’re close to a hidden Korok seed. There are 900 in the game and collecting them all earns you a pile of poop. Lastly, the Master Trials adds eight new pieces of equipment inspired by characters from past games in the series, including Tingle, of course.

No release date beyond summer was announced for The Master Trials. Details on the next Breath of the Wild expansion coming this holiday will be announced later.

Here’s a full rundown of what’s in The Master Trials, with descriptions written by Nintendo:

  • Trial of the Sword: By accessing this location, players can challenge the new Trial of the Sword (previously known as “Cave of Trials Challenge”), where enemies appear one after another. Link starts without any armor or weapons, and if he defeats all of the enemies in the room he can proceed to the next area. Trial of the Sword will include around 45 total rooms for players to complete. When Link clears all of the trials, the true power of the Master Sword will awaken and always be in its glowing powered-up state.
  • Hard Mode: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already considered one of the most thrilling games in The Legend of Zelda series, and fans looking for a challenge are in for a treat with the new Hard Mode. In Hard Mode, the “ranks” of enemies in the game are increased (i.e. Red Bokoblins change to Blue), and players might even encounter higher-ranking enemies they wouldn’t find through normal play. Enemies will also slowly recover health in battle, forcing you to defeat them more quickly. They will also more easily spot Link as he approaches them, making these enemies tougher to sneak up on. In addition, floating planks held aloft by balloons will be scattered around Hyrule. By successfully reaching these planks, players can battle enemies and collect treasure.
  • Hero’s Path Mode: Exploring Hyrule is exciting, but with such a large world it’s sometimes hard for players to remember where they’ve been. To help with tracking progress, the new Hero’s Path Mode will document every step players take, and mark their path in green on the map. The route taken will be tracked for the player’s last 200 hours of play time, with an included slider to track footsteps on a timeline. This even works retroactively, so players that have already put many hours into the game will be able to see where they have traveled. This feature will help in identifying the locations they haven’t visited in this vast world, and may help players find those Shrines they haven’t encountered yet.
  • Travel Medallion: There will be a new treasure chest somewhere in the game world which contains the Travel Medallion. With the Travel Medallion, players can create a temporary new travel point on the map where they are currently standing. Link can then transport himself to that point at any time. Only one travel point can be registered on the map at a time.
  • Korok Mask: By finding the new Korok Mask, players will have a much easier time finding Korok locations in the game. When equipped, the mask will shake, indicating that a Korok is hidden somewhere nearby.
  • New Equipment: Eight new pieces of equipment inspired by previous characters and games in the series will be added to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild after downloading the first DLC pack. Once discovered by the player, they will yield equipment themed after fan-favorite games and characters such as Midna, Tingle, Phantom and Majora’s Mask.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild First DLC Pack Details Announced

Nintendo has unveiled new details about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — The Master Trials, the game’s first DLC pack coming later this year.

Available only as part of the previously announced season pass for $19.99, The Master Trials includes the Trial of the Sword, the game’s new Hard Mode, a Hero’s Path Mode, a Travel Medallion, Korok Mask, and eight pieces of new equipments inspired by previous Zelda characters and games.

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House Of Cards Season 5 Trailer Has A Lot Going On

Netflix has released a new trailer for House of Cards Season 5 and so much is going on. If you are not caught up on House of Cards, it might be best to avoid this new video. Spoilers below the video.

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is the President of the United States–and he’s facing some tough times, it seems. “The American people don’t know what’s best for them,” he says, as scenes of protesters standing outside the White House carrying “Never Underwood” signs gather.

“They’re like little children,” he says to Claire (Robin Wright). “We have to hold their sticky fingers and wipe their filthy mouths. Teach them right from wrong. Tell them what to think and how to feel and what to want. They even need help writing their wildest dreams.”

“One nation, Underwood.”

As Frank is saying all of this, dramatic scenes play like Frank meeting someone in some kind of institution, Frank and Claire attending a wedding, Frank meeting with someone in secret in the rain, and so much more.

House of Cards Season 5 premieres on May 30.

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Best PC Hardware Deals Of The Week

There are a handful of great deals on PC hardware this week, but like most sales, there’s a limited window of opportunity. Even PC enthusiasts need to be smart with their hard-earned cash. So, if you’re in the market for a new video card, power supply, high-refresh monitor, or set of RAM sticks, you’ll want to check out these deals we found.

Dell 27-inch LED GSync 144Hz 1440p monitor – $480

From Best Buy

A price tag of $480 may be steep for some, but considering that this a 144Hz monitor that displays 1440p, it’s not so bad. This Dell monitor typically retails for $600, so $120 off is a hefty cut. It also features Nvidia G-Sync, measures at 27 inches, and has thin bezels. Just make sure you have a system strong enough to get the most of its robust features.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 SC, 8GB GDDR5 – $351 (Amazon Prime)

From Amazon

If you’re looking for a high-end card that isn’t going to break the bank, the GTX 1070 should fit the bill. This particular model from EVGA is on sale for Amazon Prime members. It’s a superclocked version, so you’ll get a little more performance out it than the reference model. Take note that this deal is only available to Amazon Prime members.

EVGA GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB GDDR5 – $170 ($150 after rebate)

From Newegg

The GTX 1060 is a great mid-range graphics card, but it’s a bit hard to find under $200. This particular SKU from EVGA is a miniature version, measuring in at 6.8 inches, but it packs most of the punch of other GTX 1060 models. It’s equipped with 3GB of VRAM and only has one fan for cooling, so just make extra sure that your system has adequate airflow.

Team Vulcan 16GB (2x8GB) DDR4 RAM – $95 (promo code: EMCRECH39)

From Newegg

Memory prices are still higher than they’ve been in the recent past, but if you need a few RAM sticks right now, the Team Vulcan pair are under $100 for now. These are two 8GB sticks of DDR4 that’ll run a stock speed of 2400MHz. Be sure to use the promo code to get this pair for $95.

Corsair CX Series 600 Watt Power Supply, 80 Plus Bronze – $62 ($42 after rebate)

From Newegg

Corsair is known for reliable power supplies, and its CX series is generally reputable. 600 watts of juice is plenty for most standard setups with one video card; it’s even enough for the beefy GTX 1080 Ti. Note that this specific model is not modular, so keeping those cable tidy might be challenging.

Kazaira Extended Mouse Mat, 36 x 12 inches – $12 (Amazon Prime)

From Amazon

Now is your opportunity to cover your entire desk with mouse pad surface for cheap! This mouse mat is three feet wide and one foot long, so make sure you have the desk space for it. The deal is only available to Prime members.

Logitech K400 Plus Wireless Keyboard with Trackpad – $27

From Best Buy

Logitech’s K400 could make your home theater PC set up a lot more convenient with a keyboard and trackpad integrated into one wireless device. The K400 has a range of 33 feet and connects to Windows, Android, and Chrome devices. Batteries are included, but be sure to have a few AAs on hand since this keyboard doesn’t recharge on its own.

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Gears Of War 4 May Update: Here’s What’s In It and When It Launches

Gears of War 4 developer The Coalition has detailed the game’s next update, which launches on May 2. Starting off, the free update adds a brand-new map called Dawn, as well as a new version of the Gears of War 2 map Security. You can see these in the video embedded above.

Dawn is set around an abandoned mining colony. It has two major areas to hold, including a high-ground hideout and an “entrenched mine on the low side,” Microsoft said in a blog post. The powerful Dropshot weapon spawns in an area surrounded with flanking opportunities, so grabbing it won’t be easy–but rewarding if you’re able to do so.

As for the returning map, Security is the first classic Gears of War 2 map to come to Gears of War 4. “This new reimagined setting for Security takes you to a fight over a glorious decadent COG depository, with stacks of gold bars providing makeshift cover throughout the map,” Microsoft said. “Defensive lasers bar access to key parts of the map, so prepare for a tough fight for the button that disables the lasers to give your team control over the flow of combat.”

You can read this Xbox Wire post to learn more about how Security is changed for Gears of War 4.

In addition to the maps, Gears of War 4’s May update introduces multi-GPU support for Windows 10. Microsoft said it had been “hard at work” to deliver this feature, which the company says can “really push the stunning visuals of Gears of War 4.”

It won’t be available right away alongside the update, but also coming to Gears of War 4 this month is a new Gear Pack for a zombie version of Ben Carmine, who died in Gears of War 2. The card is pretty gross-looking, as it even shows Carmine’s missing innards.

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In other Gears of War 4 news, the game recently kicked off its first multiplayer season, while cross-play support between Xbox One and PC is coming for Ranked matches.

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Call Of Duty 4 Remaster Listed For Standalone Release – Report

Currently, the only way to get the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare remaster, Modern Warfare Remastered, is to pick up premium versions of Infinite Warfare. That might change soon, however.

Since-removed product pages on GameFly spotted by CharlieIntel suggest that Activision might be planning to offer Modern Warfare Remastered on its own. A page for the PS4 edition apparently showed a launch date of June 30, with an Xbox One version said to come a month later, on July 30.

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If the game is indeed seeing a standalone release, the different launch dates could be the result of Activision’s exclusivity deal with Sony. All Call of Duty DLC now launches first on PS4 before coming to other platforms later. New installments in the mainline series, however, have been released simultaneously, so this would be a change of form, in a way.

Bear in mind that none of this is confirmed at this stage. Activision has never said that it won’t offer Modern Warfare Remastered on its eventually, but it also never said it would. We have contacted Activision in an attempt to get more details.

The GameFly product pages for Modern Warfare Remastered don’t mention a price. It seems unlikely that it would be a full-price game, with something in the range of $20-$40 seeming more likely. If Modern Warfare Remastered is indeed getting a standalone release, presumably it would also come to PC.

Modern Warfare Remastered contains the entire campaign from the 2007 original, updated with new graphics, as well as a similarly updated multiplayer mode. Activision is also releasing DLC for Modern Warfare Remastered, with the Variety Map Pack arriving in March.

Would you be interested in Modern Warfare Remastered being offered on its own? Let us know in the comments below!

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Call Of Duty: WW2 Has Female Soldiers In Multiplayer

Call of Duty: WWII will let you play as a female soldier in multiplayer, developer Sledgehammer Games has confirmed. This is no big surprise, as the latest entries in the series have offered that option.

Studio boss Michael Condrey confirmed this for Call of Duty: WWII in a tweet (via CharlieIntel), responding to a fan who asked if there would be female characters in the game’s multiplayer.

In Call of Duty: WWII’s campaign mode, you mainly play as a male solider, though at one period of the game, you will play as a woman fighting in the French resistance.

According to another Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, technical limitations for character customization kept female characters out of past Call of Duty games.

Call of Duty: WWII launches on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. A beta will be held prior to launch, with PS4 players who preorder getting a first crack at it.

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