Crimson Desert screenshot of an encounter with a huge monster

Crimson Desert, Black Desert's MMO-free spin-off, was originally supposed to arrive in late 2021, but it now looks like that may have been a bit too optimistic. According to the newest developer update, Crimson Desert has far surpassed its original scope and is now in need of more time in order to get everything finished up and ready to go.

"We have decided that we need to dedicate more time to adding new ideas for an even deeper, more enriching game," elaborates the brief update. "Therefore, in order to create the best possible experience, all the while ensuring the health and safety of everyone involved in delivering the game, we have decided to delay Crimson Desert's release."

MTG artwork for Niv-Mizzet Parun

It may have taken well over a year and countless requests from the community, but MTG Arena is now finally adding a dedicated Historic Brawl mode. It'll arrive alongside the Jumpstart: Historic Horizons update on August 12th, and unlike its previous incarnations this Historic Brawl will not be going away after a mere few days!

Best of all, we'll not only be getting Historic Brawl as a permanent format, but it'll also be the much more interesting 100-card variant. Considering how many awesome Modern-era cards are coming in with the Historic Horizons update, the 100-card minimum is definitely a welcome sight as I have no idea how I'd be able to fit all of my favorites otherwise!

Guild Wars 2 End of Dragons official artwork without logo

Quite a bit of time has gone by since the original announcement, but I'm very happy to say that ArenaNet has now finally unveiled Guild Wars 2's third major expansion - End of Dragons. Besides being able to explore the distant land of Cantha, End of Dragons will also bring with it new elite specializations for all classes, a combat-focused turtle mount that will seat two players, new Strikes and challenges to bash your head against, a whole assortment of new items and cosmetics to collect, and naturally, a mysterious new storyline to uncover.

Rather than babble on, allow me to share with you two of the freshly posted previews. The first is a traditional trailer showcasing some of the fancy locations and important characters, while the second is a more hands-on preview showing off the actual gameplay along with developer commentary. Have a peek:

MTG artwork for the Sarkhan's Rage card

[Update]: MTG Arena is also permanently adding the long requested 100-card Historic Brawl game mode!

Even though the surprise has been spoiled by an accidental leak, I'm still quite happy to announce that MTG Arena will be adding Jumpstart: Historic Horizons on August 12th. This brand new Jumpstart format will bring with it 782 unique cards to collect, 372 of which will be entirely new to MTG Arena.

While the full list has not been announced just yet, many of these new cards will be fan-favorites from the Modern Horizons and Modern Horizons 2 sets. Perhaps most interestingly, however, Historic Horizons will also bring with it 31 new-to-Magic cards specifically designed with online play through MTG Arena in mind. Here's the sort of keywords you can expect to see on them:

Total War: Troy artwork showing off the Cyclops and Cerberus

While Total War: Troy ended up being a pretty fun experience, especially once the Amazons update launched, it never really managed to grip me the same way Total War: Warhammer 2 did. Looking back at it I'd say this was primarily because Troy couldn't decide if it was going to be a historical or mythological game. Instead of sticking to one theme and polishing it up to a mirror sheen, Troy tried to please everyone which, as you might imagine, just ended up making it feel unfocused.

Quite a bit of time has gone by since then, but I'm happy to say that the developers will soon be making amends for that little mistake. As a part of the upcoming Mythos expansion Total War: Troy will not only add a whole assortment of mythological monsters and themed units, but also a fully fledged historical mode without any overpowered heroes beating up entire armies on their own!

Dead Space screenshot of Isaac in space

While all rumors of Dead Space 4 were squashed many years ago, I'm very happy to announce that there is now hope that the series will make a triumphant return! I say this because EA has just revealed that not only is Dead Space getting re-released for PC and modern consoles, but that this new version will be rebuilt from the ground up as a fully fledged remake!

The exact details are unfortunately still few and far between, but it seems like the focus will be on offering a deeper and more immersive experience. You can also expect to see greatly enhanced visuals, various gameplay improvements, as well as a bunch of quality of life features to round everything out.

Apex Legends artwork showing off the new legend Seer

If you've had your fill of the smaller events and are now itching for something a bit more substantial, you'll be happy to hear that Apex Legends' Season 10 update is now nearly upon us. Once the Emergence update goes live on August 3rd it'll bring with it the mysterious Seer as a new Legend, Rampart's very own Rampage LMG, a whole bunch of changes to the World's Edge map, as well as ranked Arenas!

While the exact details are still few and far between, you can get a little bit of a peek at some of the changes through the recently posted launch trailer. I'll also throw in Seer's story-focused cinematic short because it's quite a gorgeous one! Have a gander:

MTG Modern Horizons artwork for Urza

[Update #2]: MTG Arena is also permanently adding the long requested 100-card Historic Brawl game mode!

[Update]: The Jumpstart: Historic Horizons format will bring with it 372 new-to-MTGA cards!

In an announcement that was accidentally posted, and then immediately removed, Wizards of the Coast have revealed that they are bringing in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons to MTG Arena on August 12. This new Jumpstart event will bring with it hundreds of cards from Modern Horizons and Modern Horizons 2, along with 31 new-to-Magic cards specifically designed with the Historic format in mind!

Needless to say, this little leak has resulted in quite a few arguments among the MTG community, with the main sticking point being the MTG Arena exclusive cards. Personally, I'm of the opinion that MTG Arena is so different from the paper version of Magic that it's essentially its own beast, so treating it as such and releasing cards specifically designed for it makes a lot of sense.

New World MMO invasion screenshot

After being delayed time and time again, it seems that Amazon's New World MMO has now finally sorted out all of its major issues and is getting ready for its full release on August 31, 2021. So in order to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, New World has now launched a closed beta test that will last until August 2nd.

If you would like to give it a chance for yourself, there are two ways to get into the beta. The first and most obvious one involves pre-ordering New World on either Amazon or Steam for guaranteed access, while the second one involves signing up for the beta and hoping you get lucky. That said, the random beta invites will be flying out all throughout the event, so even if you're reading this fairly late into the beta test there's still a chance you can get in.

Overwatch screenshot of the Summer Games 2021 Sigma skin

While most of the development team is still working on Overwatch 2, Blizzard recently added one of the greatest features Overwatch has ever seen - cross-platform multiplayer! However, despite that being a rather monumental task, it looks like it hasn't slowed down the pace of regular updates for even a second. As such you might be surprised to hear that the annual Summer Games update has just now been unleashed, and will be running until August 10th.

Much like last year Summer Games 2021 brings with it a plethora of themed cosmetics to collect, three weekly challenges that award additional epic quality skins, as well as some rather curious updates to Lucioball. Here's what all of it looks like in action: