Escape From Tarkov Developer Teases New Factory Expansion Boss

An expansion for Escape From Tarkov‘s Factory map is on the way, with the latest update from developer Battlestate Games showing the area’s new hammer-wielding Scav Boss. As one of the game’s oldest and smallest maps, the Factory is overdue for a rework, though the studio still hasn’t announced a date for its release.

A short YouTube video posted by Battlestate Games shows an update on the map rework, with a panning shot of the new factory, as well as a sneak peek at the boss and his massive sledgehammer. The video seems to confirm rumors that the map would be getting a new melee-focused Scav Boss.

In a recent interview quoted by Tarkov Reporter, Battlestate COO Nikita Buyanov said that the expansion has already been finished and playtested, with the team in the process of polishing the content now. He expects the expansion to release in the upcoming patch 12.11, which is due to release sometime this month, but still doesn’t have a specific release date.

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Author: Hayley Williams

Sony reportedly plans PSVR successor for next holiday season

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Sony’s next-gen PlayStation VR headset is likely to come out in late 2022, according to a new report. Bloomberg’s sources say Sony is “aiming to release the successor in the holiday period next year,” and that the headset will use OLED panels from Samsung Display.

A release in that timeframe wouldn’t be too surprising, since Sony has already started talking up the PS5 headset’s potential. Its existence was first confirmed in February along with some initial details, and Sony followed up by showing off the new controllers in March.

The headset itself hasn’t yet been revealed. But according to an UploadVR report from last month, it’ll have a total resolution of 4000 x 2040 and make use of eye tracking to enable foveated rendering, which…

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Author: Sam Byford

Disney Plus has no plans for a lower cost ad-supported option for now, CEO says

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Many major streamers support advertising in some form or another — think Hulu, HBO Max, or Sling TV as just a few examples — but Disney’s chief says the company’s marquee service won’t be adding ads to its service anytime soon.

Speaking at the Credit Suisse 23rd Annual Communications Conference on Tuesday, Disney head Bob Chapek was asked by moderator and Credit Suisse managing director Doug Mitchelson whether the service planned to introduce an ad-supported entry tier at some point down the line. While he didn’t entirely dismiss the concept of a cheaper ad-supported tier on Disney Plus, Chapek said it wasn’t something the company was currently planning for.

“We’re always reevaluating how we go to market across the world, but we’ve got…

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Author: Catie Keck

Zuckerberg says original Oculus Quest will get Air Link wireless streaming

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Owners of the original Oculus Quest will get the ability to stream from their PCs to their headsets wirelessly, using the Air Link system that’s been available to Quest 2 owners for a few months. When the feature was originally announced, it was an open question as to when the first-gen headset would get it (or if it even would), but under a post about the v30 update for Quest, Mark Zuckerberg said that Air Link would be coming “soon.”

Zuckerberg’s post about the v30 update and his comment about Air Link.

In the post itself, he also shows off being able to use multiple windows to multitask in Oculus Home, which acts as a virtual environment. In the video, he opens three windows at once, creating an environment not…

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Author: Mitchell Clark

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild 2 Is Up For Preorder

Nintendo closed its E3 2021 presentation with a fresh look at one of the most anticipated games in a long time: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s sequel. The new trailer showed off more of the game’s setting, gameplay, and tone, and it also confirmed a release window for the game: 2022. Though a specific date hasn’t been revealed, retailers clearly thought that was good enough for them to push their listings live, which means you can finally preorder Breath of the Wild’s sequel right now.

As thrilling as it is to see the sequel pop up at stores as a real, physical thing you can actually buy, it’s worth keeping in mind this game is still very far out–we don’t even know if it’s called Breath of the Wild 2. Right now, retailers have opened preorders for the game’s standard edition, which is priced at $60 USD. The Breath of the Wild sequel is sure to have some kind of collector’s edition, so if you’re the type to hold out for a special edition like that, it’s probably not worth snagging the standard edition just yet. But if the base game is all you want, you can secure your order today, if you’d like.

If you do decide to preorder Breath of the Wild 2 early, you won’t be down $60 right away. Both Amazon and Best Buy charge when the item actually ships. For Best Buy, you may see a charge appear on your account, but it should drop off eventually. Amazon has a preorder price guarantee, so if the price drops between when you preorder and when the game ships, you’ll be charged only the lowest amount. With Amazon’s history of randomly discounting game preorders, that’s not a bad reason to preorder Breath of the Wild 2 today. You can cancel your preorder at any time before the game ships.

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Author: Jenae Sitzes

Deviation Games Says Its PlayStation Exclusive Will Be “Big In Scope”

Deviation Games says its upcoming PlayStation exclusive will be “big in scope.” The brand new studio, set up by former Treyarch developers Dave Anthony and Jason Blundell, made its first appearance during last week’s Summer Game Fest kickoff event by announcing that it’s working on a “groundbreaking” new IP for Sony.

“Make no mistake: This game is gonna be big in scope,” CEO Anthony said in a recent interview with Eurogamer. Deviation has already been working on the game for over a year at this point and has over 100 people on staff. The game’s still a ways out, though, and Anthony is keen to hire more developers to continue building up the studio with the right people and the right culture.

With the game being this far out, Deviation and Sony are keeping tight-lipped on any specifics, even when it comes to platforms. With that said, PlayStation Studios’ Hermen Hulst is clearly excited to talk about the potential of the new partnership. “Together we’re bringing a new IP that’s bold, that stands on the shoulders of what these guys have learned over their careers that speak for themselves,” Hulst said. “We’re always looking to offer fresh new experiences to the audience, to the PlayStation community. It’s also an honour for me as the head of PlayStation Studios to find a group like Jason, Dave, and their team to work with us.”

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Author: Richard Wakeling

Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott announces Series C investment in ordinary human beings


MacKenzie Scott, whose estimated fortune stands somewhere around $60 billion, announced via a Medium post today that she would be parting with a $2.7 billion portion of that wealth and distributing it to 286 groups, all of which are painstakingly named and linked at the end of her note.

This third and latest gift brings Scott’s total charitable contributions to society to around $8.5 billion in the past year alone — making her one of the planet’s most generous billionaires. The amount puts her well ahead of the lifetime gifts doled out by the likes of Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ($2.7 billion), Michael Dell of his eponymous computer corporation ($2.25 billion), Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer ($1.4 billion), or eBay’s Pierre Omidyar ($1.3…

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Heroes Of The Storm New Balance Patch Live Now

Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s MOBA, has received a new patch, focused on balance. The update will rework Blaze, one of the tanks in the game, to give a popular ability earlier in the game. Blizzard also highlighted changes to Muradin Storm Bolt and Stitches getting nerfed, in addition to some bug fixes.

Heroes of the Storm combines iconic Blizzard characters from across all of its games, putting characters from Diablo, World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and more together on a single battlefield. Sometimes, it even has skins so characters can cosplay as each other, like a Soldier 76 skin for Starcraft’s Jim Raynor. The game has been on Blizzard’s back burner since 2018 when the company decided to cancel its esports tournaments and move developers onto other titles.

The June 15 balancing patch provides changes to 12 heroes in addition to some bug fixes. You can read the full notes on Blizzard’s website or below:

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Author: James Carr