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Reinhardt’s reign as the most dominant tank in Overwatch may be ending due to a nerf to his ultimate ability. Earthshatter, an ultimate that knocks enemies to the ground allowing a few moments of precious, free dps for Reinhardt and his team, is being nerfed pretty heavily. Soldier 76 is also being adjusted, as Blizzard feels he’s currently to dominant in damage making him a must-pick for highly competitive teams. Before getting outraged at the nerfs of our favorite heroes, it’s a good idea to look at the Overwatch PTR patch notes and see what exactly the changes will be:

Soldier 76’s Pulse Rifle damage is being reduced from 20 to 19 per shot. This doesn’t seem super significant but may help fix his current dominance as a go-to DPS. While nerfs always make a lot of people unhappy, for the sake of balance it doesn’t make sense to have one character just clearly significantly better than others.

I mentioned above that Earthshatter is getting a pretty significant nerf, but the nerf is structured in a way that makes sense and makes me, personally, wonder why it didn’t already function that way. The way Reinhardt’s ultimate works currently often results in him knocking enemies out of the air who, logically, should be able to avoid the swing of his hammer. Many Reinhardt’s relish knocking Pharah or a stray Mercy out of the sky with a perfectly timed ultimate, but I have to agree that the ability shouldn’t really function that way. As currently implemented on the Overwatch PTR, Earthshatter should not so significantly affect targets in the air with a range reduction from 3 to 2 meters.

Reinhardt will still likely still be a top pick due to how useful a shield combined with mobility is for helping your team advance, but the new addition Orisa is getting a buff that may bring her a little more in line with everyone’s current favorite in the meta. The cooldown on her shield is being reduced from 12 to 8 seconds on the Overwatch PTR, which may help address the most common complaint of Orisa being stuck in one place and less-than-useful to her team. Accompanying this buff is a nerf to her fusion driver of 15%. The team hopes the increased mobility will allow her to be a more competitive pick for her team, and the accompanying nerf to damage shouldn’t be too horrible since she’s first and foremost a tank.

The Overwatch PTR is now available for testing, so before you decide the world is ending, hop online and give it a try!

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

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What’s new in Summoning Pool?

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All new hairstyles:

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Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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