BlizzCon Online official artwork and logo

As many of you are likely aware, Blizzard is currently in major legal trouble due to a large amount of sexual harassment accusations. Combine that with some questionable additions from the World of Warcraft team, the numerous unfixed issues that still plague Warcraft 3: Reforged as well as Diablo 2 Resurrected's ongoing server troubles, and I think it's safe to say that Blizzard isn't enjoying much public support right now. With all of that in mind, it should come as little surprise to hear that their big annual BlizzCon convention has now been canceled.

"We’ve decided to take a step back and pause on planning the previously announced BlizzConline event scheduled for early next year," explains the brief announcement. "This was a tough decision for all of us to make, but it’s the right one."

Diablo 2 Resurrected screenshot of long queue times

Unlike Warcraft 3: Reforged which has fundamental issues holding it back, Diablo 2 Resurrected is a remarkably faithful remaster of the original game. It looks better, it plays better, it sounds better, and most importantly of all, comes with some handy quality-of-life features like the ability to play with a controller.

Yet despite all of that I've not been able to truly enjoy Diablo 2 Resurrected for over a month now. During the first few weeks the game was plagued with numerous server issues that only seemed to get worse with each passing day. Blizzard took a while to react to these problems, but they did eventually fix them and I was able to play for a little while without any trouble... and then the queues happened.

GTA Trilogy official artwork and logo

I hope you're in the mood for a bit of a nostalgia trip, because Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are getting fancy new remasters as a part of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy. You can expect to see all of them arrive digitally this November 11th for PC and consoles, while the physical versions will be following a little bit later on December 6th.

While the exact details are still few and far between, the remasters will bring with them high-resolution textures, increased draw distance, GTA V-style controls and targeting, as well as a whole assortment of visual improvements. As for what exactly all of this looks like in actual gameplay, that you can find out through the recently posted trailer:

Resident Evil 4 VR official artwork and logo

If you enjoyed Resident Evil 7 in VR and you are itching to get your hands on the VR version of Resident Evil 4 VR as well, I have both good news and bad news to deliver. The good, as you might imagine, is that after a few months of teasing Resident Evil 4 VR has now finally been unleashed!

As for the bad news, that would be the unfortunate exclusivity. Resident Evil 4 VR is only available for the Oculus Quest 2, which means that you can't play it on any other platform, not even Oculus' previous headsets! Whether that will change in the future, nobody currently knows, so for now all we can do is hope.

Gloomhaven official screenshot of a very angry rogue

After spending around two years in Steam's Early Access program, the digital adaptation of the popular board game Gloomhaven has now finally been unleashed in full. The launch version brings with it 17 unique characters, the complete board game campaign, an additional digital-only campaign, the ability to play both solo and co-op with up to four players, and the list goes on for a while.

What all of this looks like in action, that you can get a pretty good impression of through the recent gameplay overview trailer. Have a peek, it's quite an informative one:

Total War: Warhammer 3 artwork showing off the Daemons of Tzeentch

Over the past couple of weeks Creative Assembly has revealed a whole bunch of information about the daemons of Tzeentch, the forces of Grand Cathay, as well as the all-important siege rework. Now that we know the basics, it's finally time to combine the three!

So if you're wondering what a clash between Tzeentch and Cathay might look like, as well as just how multi-layered the new siege maps truly are, allow me to share with you the rather lengthy and overly dramatic gameplay preview. Have a gander:

Apex Legends artwork showing off Ash

While we're still in the early days of its reveal, it seems like Apex Legends' Season 11 update "Escape" will be a rather chunky one. Not only will we be getting Titanfall 2's antagonist Ash and the C.A.R. SMG alongside the usual batch of balance changes and cosmetics, but also a lovely, tropical new map to roam around in!

The details are unfortunately still few and far between, though you can get a pretty good impression of what's coming through two of the recent trailers. The first one is a story-focused animated short showing off just what Ash is all about, while the second one is more of a 'fun' romp across the new island. Have a little peek:

Guild Wars 2 artwork for the Mechanist, Specter and Untamed elite specializations

After revealing six of the nine new specializations throughout the previous two beta events, Guild Wars 2 will soon be shining the spotlight on what the Thief, Engineer and Ranger will be getting in End of Dragons. So if you'd like to take the new specializations for a spin and see how they perform in actual endgame content, you'll be happy to hear that the third beta event will be running from October 26 to October 30.

Instead of babbling on, allow me to share with you the recently posted previews for each of the specializations. The first one is for the Thief based Specter, the second for the Engineer based Mechinist, and the third for the Ranger based Untamed. Have a gander:

Overwatch artwork showing off McCree

[Update]: I'm afraid the update was extremely uneventful. All that happened was that McCree was renamed to Cole Cassidy. There was no event, no story, and no in-game explanation.

Due to the recent streak of sexual harassment accusations, and Blizzard's new policy to remove any and all references to employees from their games, Overwatch's McCree will be getting a name change. However, instead of simply renaming him and calling it a day, the whole thing will be handled through a lore-focused update this October 26th.

Whether this will be a comic, a short novel like they've done in the past or perhaps something we can engage with inside Overwatch itself, nobody currently knows. What I can tell you is that there will be a fair few arguments about what to call Overwatch's favorite gunslinger over the next few weeks as Jesse McCree's real name has now been revealed as Cole Cassidy.

Elden Ring official artwork and logo

Considering how little we've heard about Elden Ring ever since it was first revealed, I'm pretty sure you know exactly what's coming next - FromSoftware has just announced that Elden Ring has been delayed and will now be launching on February 25, 2022.

"Elden Ring will release on Feb 25, 2022, as the depth & strategic freedom of the game exceeded initial expectations," explains the brief developer update. "Thank you for your trust & patience. We look forward to seeing you experience the game in the Closed Network Test in Nov."