Total War: Troy in-game screenshot from the Ajax & Diomedes DLC

Back in September of 2020 Total War: Troy added the mighty Amazons as a playable faction with two unique lords. As you might imagine, this left things fairly lopsided as suddenly the Troyans ended up with six playable lords, while the Achaeans only had four.

In order to keep both sides of the conflict fairly equal in terms of power, the second DLC will soon be adding Ajax and Diomedes as unique lords aligned with the Achaean factions. They'll bring with them 18 new units to toy around with, Paragon units that essentially function as regiments of renown, a bunch of new faction mechanics to explore, as well as a new special event to help you conquer Troy.

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey screenshot of a sunset on a desert planet

Even though 2020 may be well behind us, its impact is going to be felt in the gaming industry for a long time to come. The latest example of this is Elite Dangerous: Odyssey whose release date has now been pushed back due to the pandemic throwing a wrench into its development.

As such, the PC version of Odyssey will be launching in late spring of 2021, while the PlayStation and Xbox release will follow in autumn of 2021. If you're more eager to get your hands on Odyssey, it's also worth mentioning that there will be an alpha test in early spring. This will be a proper alpha with missing and unpolished features, however, so I'd recommend only diving in if you're looking to help the developers out and give some much needed feedback.

Star Wars Battlefront 2 screenshot of the clone troopers and a tank

If you're a fan of Star Wars and you've somehow managed to avoid giving Star Wars Battlefront 2 a try, consider this your lucky day. As a part of their latest giveaway, Epic is currently offering Star Wars Battlefront 2: Celebration Edition for the low, low price of free!

The one catch is that the giveaway is time-limited and will only stick around for about a week. So if you're even remotely interested, make sure to add Battlefront 2 to your account before January 21, after which you'll be able to play it whenever you want.

Nioh 2 screenshot of a battle against a snake demon

If you're a fan of Souls-like action RPGs, you might be interested to hear that the excellent Nioh 2 will be making its way onto PC this February 5, 2021. It'll arrive as a part of The Complete Edition, which as you might imagine, includes all three of the DLC expansions: The Tengu’s Disciple, Darkness in the Capital, and The First Samurai.

As for the actual improvements for the PC version, it seems that Nioh 2 will be pulling out all the stops. You can expect to see support for 4K resolutions and stable 60/120 FPS, keyboard & mouse customization alongside gamepad support, as well as a whole host of graphical settings to mess around with in order to find that right balance between performance and visuals.

Legends of Runeterra artwork of a character giving you a hand

In an effort to toy around with new gameplay ideas and unproven concepts, Legends of Runeterra devs have launched the Experimental Lab - a game mode with constantly changing and often wacky rulesets. While some of the previous Labs were remarkably fun to mess around with, this latest one is by far the most exciting as it brings with it the very first co-op mode!

Once you launch the co-op mode, you and your partner will need to select one of the predetermined Champions, each of which will feature a unique deck. More importantly, these decks will have a variety of new and co-op exclusive cards that can drastically change the course of battle, so the whole experience should be quite different from the usual one-on-one duels.

Overwatch screenshot of Kanezaka and Hanamura

After going through a brief period of testing over the holiday season, Overwatch's newest free-for-all map Kanezaka has now been unleashed onto the live servers. This new Japanese map is located directly below Hanamura and is designed to support as many playstyles as possible, all the while being quite pleasing on the eyes thanks to some lovely scenery and the cutesy cat cafe that features all of Blizzard's pet cats.

The update has also brought with it some major nerfs to Sigma, Wrecking Ball and Ashe, as well as a surprise buff for Hanzo. These are exactly the same tweaks as in the recent Experimental update, so if you were hoping Blizzard would ease off on the Sigma shield nerf, I'm afraid you're out of luck. Still, Sigma has a tendency to bounce back a week or two after every single nerf, so I wouldn't discount him just yet.

Hogwarts Legacy official artwork and logo

If you were hoping to get your hands on Avalanche's Hogwarts Legacy action-RPG at some point this year, I'm afraid I bring some bad news. According to the latest announcement, Hogwarts Legacy has now been pinned for a 2022 release date on both PC and consoles, with no specific date given just yet.

"We would like to thank fans from around the world on the tremendous reaction to the announcement of Hogwarts Legacy from our Portkey Games label," reads the very brief update. "Creating the best possible experience for all of the Wizarding World and gaming fans is paramount to us so we are giving the game the time it needs."

Apex Legends artwork showing off Pathfinder

Over the past couple of seasons Apex Legends has started putting more and more effort into expanding the lore and fleshing out the various characters. This newest story update is of the second variety, though ironically enough, it's here to flesh out a character that's made entirely out of metal - Pathfinder!

So if you're curious what exactly Pathfinder did before becoming a fan-favorite in Apex Legends, as well as who in the world even created him, you should definitely check out the animated short. Have a gander, and make sure to pay attention to the small details as this one has plenty of references:

Little Nightmares screenshot of hands grasping at the main character

With Little Nightmares 2's release date just around the corner, Bandai Namco has decided to drum up a bit of excitement by giving away the original. So if you're in the mood for a stylish horror-adventure, head on over to the Bandai Namco store and you'll be able to grab yourself a free copy of Little Nightmares.

The giveaway is exclusively targeted towards Europe, though from what I've heard, the Steam key is not region-locked and you'll be able to claim it regardless of where you are. In other words, if you end up having trouble going through the giveaway yourself, you might want to hit up a friend overseas and see if they can help you out.

Overwatch screenshot of the Kanezaka map

[Update]: Kanezaka has now landed alongside some major Sigma, Ashe and Wrecking Ball nerfs.

In a bit of a surprising announcement, Blizzard recently revealed and put up for testing a brand new free-for-all map called Kanezaka. The map itself is located right outside the walls of Hanamura and features a variety of distinct locations designed to support all sorts of playstyles, including a downright adorable cat cafe that stars all of Blizzard's pet cats!

If all of that sounds like a good bit of fun, you'll be happy to hear that the fully finished version of Kanezaka is just about ready to be unleashed. In fact, it'll be launching later today (January 12) alongside a brand new Hanzo challenge!