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Summer Game Fest and E3 Go Head-to-Head in 2023

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As host Geoff Keighley prepares an 8th June video game fiesta with a live audience at the YouTube Theatre in Los Angeles and, yes, World PremieresTM, the sunny video game bash Summer Game Fest 2023 will beat the redesigned E3 2023 to the punch. The new E3 2023 will take place at its former location, the LA Convention Center, from June 13 to June 16, so it should be an exciting week of announcements.

Of course, all of it still depends on whether publishers want to take part. Although Sony has been fairly adept at dropping the occasional nugget of information on Keighley, these days it prefers to set the timing of its announcements. There is no mention of PlayStation’s participation in Summer Game Fest, but according to Keighley, the event will combine announcements with live gameplay demonstrations.

“Through our digital-first events over the last three years, Summer Game Fest has built an incredible global community, and we’re thrilled to invite thousands of fans to experience the Summer Game Fest show in-person for the first time in 2023,” he beamingly said. “In keeping with tradition, we’ll have tons of exciting announcements from the developers who are advancing the video game industry, and we’ll once again highlight other publisher digital events, demos, and more surprises to be announced in the coming months,” the statement reads.

Keighley’s current attention is undoubtedly on The Game Awards, which are in a week. As a result, more details about purchasing tickets and publishing companies’ involvement in Summer Game Fest will be released in due course. But it seems like things are heating up.

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Larian Reveals Baldur’s Gate 3’s Mildest Multiclass Builds

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Since the excellent Baldur’s Gate 3 has been out in the wild for a while, interesting data can be gleaned, such as how players choose to play an innovative new RPG from home. Stats from developer Larian Studios and posted on the PlayStation Blog show that most people want to play as a stealthy archer like in Skyrim when given nearly limitless options.

According to a fascinating graph, Rogue/Ranger is the most popular multiclass build, with over 175,000 players using it to snipe unsuspecting enemies from range. The next two builds reveal similarly. 150,000 played Barbarian/Fighter because they loved pummeling things, and 109,00 played Barbarian/Paladin, which lets players talk to their victims before beatings.

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More sense emerges as you descend. If the Paladin/Warlock/Sorcerer/Bard has high Charisma, any combination can be interesting. Charisma helps these classes cast spells and abilities and interact with NPCs outside of combat.

Playing a single class through Baldur’s Gate 3 feels great, which is what most players do. A pure Fighter or Wizard becomes so powerful by game’s end that we don’t blame you for not mixing things up!

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Play as a Tiefling Oathbreaker Paladin, Dark Urge Origin (which you must resist), or Bard for real moral dilemmas. You could also play pseudo-Aragorn again.

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Techland Shows Durable Dying Light 2 Content Roadmap

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Techland is continuing to release Dying Light 2 content as part of its long-term support. This is surprising since the meaty Good Night, Good Luck update was released a few months ago. It’s nice to know what’s coming, but no timeline was given.

IGN-exclusive roadmap trailers reveal more co-op missions, board quests, a tower raid, and replayable GRE anomalies. Executions and finishers may be added to the April Gut Feeling update, which overhauled melee mechanics. Graphical options, weapon repair, gear, and mod dismantling are always welcome.

Knives, polearms, and more enemy variants are coming, including a Nightmare difficulty. Changes to NG+ include firearms. Players can finally dress to their hearts’ content with new cosmetic options.

Has Techland’s Dying Light 2 support lured you back? Would you rather focus on something new?

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Epic to Globalize V-Buck Price Hike

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Epic Games expanded the Fortnite V-Buck “pricing alignment” after laying off almost 900 employees, citing “inflation and currency fluctuations”. Fortnite’s premium currency will rise in international markets, including the largest.

Epic Games will raise the price of V-Bucks and real money content packs in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Eurozone countries, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, and the US (including all US Dollar storefronts) on October 27.

Raising the price of this fictitious currency was successful when the company trialed it in the UK, Canada, and Mexico, so it was decided to announce it worldwide now. These USD increases range from $1 (1000 V-Bucks, previous $7.99) to $10 (13,500 V-Bucks, previous $79.99).

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How do you view Epic’s timing and pricing increase?

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