Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 close quarters street battle

If you're still in the mood for Battle Royale games, you might be interested to hear that Call of Duty's Blackout Battle Royale mode is currently having a free weekend on both PC and consoles. Simply head on over to the official website, click the "download" button at the center of your screen, and after a bit of a hefty download you'll be ready to mow down dozens of your fellow players.

The only catch is that this free trial will end on January 24th, so if you're even remotely curious about Blackout Battle Royale, you might want to hop in as soon as possible. And if you're wondering what exactly Blackout is all about, allow me to share with you one of the original trailers:

Official artwork without logo for Total War: Three Kingdom

Total War: Three Kingdoms will be making its way to PC this March 6th with quite a few interesting features in tow. Diplomacy will be getting reworked from the ground up, actions in battle will have actual consequences on the relationships of heroes that take part in them, there will be realistic and Dynasty Warrior styled game modes to satisfy both groups of fans, and the list goes on for quite a while.

So if you're wondering how one of these newly improved systems might work in-game, allow me to share with you the recently posted preview that's all about spies and playing dirty. Have a gander: 

Anthem official artwork showing four different characters

BioWare's co-op focused action-RPG Anthem is set to arrive this February 22nd for both PC and consoles. It'll bring with it a variety of jetpacks which you can use to slam into every nearby wall, numerous weapons and gear to min-max, bad guys to shoot straight in the face with ridiculously oversized guns, and perhaps most interestingly of all, storytelling that is supposed to be quite similar to BioWare's previous games.

If you're wondering what all of this looks like in gameplay terms, allow me to share with you the recently posted "Story, Progression, and Customization" preview. It's quite an curious video, so if you're even remotely interested about Anthem, I'd say it's well worth a peek:

MTG Arena artwork for Rix Maadi reveler card

After quite a few teasers and previews, MTG Arena has now officially added the Ravnica Allegiance expansion alongside a massive update. You can expect to see 259 new cards to collect (111 commons, 80 uncommons, 53 rares and 15 mythic rares), a duplicate card protection system for packs, somewhat reduced rewards in Constructed Events, as well as significantly cheaper side-events.

Since the cards themselves are the most important part of this update, you should head on over to the official website in order to learn just what Ravnica Allegiance has brought with it. My personal favorite out of the bunch is Electrodominance, which besides having the perfect Izzet flavor text, also enables some truly outrageous and flashy combos - and I certainly can't say no to those!

Guild Wars 2 official screenshot of the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik

After a bit of a slowdown due to the holiday season, Guild Wars 2's main storyline has now finally received its next chapter as a part of the Episode 5: All or Nothing update. Without delving into spoilers, let's just say you can expect to see a massive battle against the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik, a new Fractal by the name of Siren's Reef, as well as a large open-world map to explore.

As is tradition, the update has also added a brand new legendary item to craft (this time it's a fancy new bow), a new mount mastery to unlock, as well as a variety of new cosmetics to play dress-up with. If you're wondering what all of this might look like in-game, allow me to share with you the recent trailer:

Official screenshot of Outcast - Second Contact showing two moons

It would appear that THQ Nordic's recent and rather rapid expansion will not be slowing down in 2019. Just this past year they've revived the Darksiders series, acquired some classic IPs like TimeSplitters, Kingdoms of Amalur and Carmageddon, as well as brought Deep Silver and their Metro series under their wing. That's a whole bunch of interesting games right there, but apparently not enough for THQ Nordic!

The latest in this series of acquisitions is the sci-fi action-adventure Outcast and its modern remake Outcast - Second Contact. As is tradition, THQ Nordic has not given any details about what they plan to do with their newly acquired games, but I can only imagine they are going to be working on a sequel at some point in the future. After all, Outcast - Second Contact has some pretty favorable reviews on Steam, so the potential for success is there.

Overwatch Lunar New Year screenshot of the Lu Bu Reaper skin

I hope you have managed to stock up on in-game credits as Blizzard has just announced that Overwatch's third annual Lunar New Year event will be arriving a bit sooner than expected. Instead of early February, Blizzard has now announced that the Lunar New Year event will appear this January 24th on both PC and consoles.

While the exact details have not been announced just yet, I think it's safe to say the upcoming event will bring with it a variety of new cosmetics and emotes, all of the previous Lunar New Year skins, as well as the hopefully triumphant return of the competitive capture-the-flag mode. Given that we haven't received a new map in quite a while it's also possible that Blizzard will use this opportunity to introduce the second CTF-exclusive map, though at this point it's all pure speculation on my part.