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New Hearthstone patch has arrived, here’s what’s new

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Blizzard just released a new patch for Hearthstone and it’s definitely a large one. Strangely enough, though, patch 3.1.0.10357 doesn’t seem to bring a whole lot of changes to the table so we’re not sure why the update had to be this big. In any case, there are a few new additions here that players might be interested in, as well as a couple of new card backs to collect.

If you’re looking to expand your collection of cards backs you’re in luck because the latest Hearthstone patch includes two new additions. First off, there a Draenei-themed purple card back called Exodar that you will receive automatically if you managed to reach Rank 20 or higher in Ranked Play during September. If you’re interested in acquiring the Exodar card back you may want to hurry because today is the last day when you can still climb the ladder before the new season starts. The second card back features a blue and gold color scheme and goes by the name of Power Core. Unlike Exodar, Power Core is a bit more difficult to get as it requires that you attend officially sanctioned Hearthstone eSports events.

Card backs aside, patch 3.1.0.10357 bring with it some other changes, including fixes for a number of visual, audio and user interface problems. Blizzard also decided to bring back a feature by which you can view the last player you dueled in your friends list. Moreover, the company added new animations for Fist of Jaraxxus, Refreshment Vendor, Crowd Favorite, Icehowl, Rhonin and a few other cards. Also, cards that produce other cards have been fixed to spawn golden versions of said cards when the current abilities are used on them. Last but not least, the Collection Manager now correctly filters cards from Hearthstone’s The Grand Tournament expansion pack released a while back.

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Star Wars Outlaws has Ubisoft’s biggest marketing budget ever, and the company expects it to have a strong launch

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Ubisoft is putting everything they have into Star Wars Outlaws, which comes out next month on August 30th for PS5. The fact that the name includes “Star Wars” shouldn’t come as a surprise when you learn that the company is putting a lot of money into marketing the project and thinks it will do very well.

The CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot, made the bold claim during the company’s recent earnings call Q&A (thanks, MP1st), though some investors thought it was even more daring than they thought. Based on Ubisoft’s guidance, Nick Dempsey of Barclays came up with a rough estimate of five million units sold and asked if the company was being too cautious. This is what Guillemot said:

“What we expect is for Star Wars Outlaws to have a strong launch.” One reason is that it’s one of the most anticipated games of the year, which shows how positively the community feels about it. Another is that we’re launching the biggest marketing campaign Ubisoft has ever done for a game.

We’d like to know how much Ubisoft spent to market this and what the company expects to get back from it. We had some small worries when we played the game in person at Summer Game Fest, but we’ll keep an eye on things before and after launch.

Are you excited about how soon Star Wars Outlaws will be out? Do you think the game’s supposedly huge marketing budget has an impact on your life? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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