Hearthstone's Scholomance Academy expansion artwork without logo

After quite a few previews and teasers, Hearthstone's Scholomance Academy expansion has now finally been unleashed. It brings with it an assortment of neutral, class and dual-class cards, the Spellburst keyword that activates once you cast a spell, and naturally, a whole bunch of magical nonsense to toy around with.

Since the cards themselves are by far the most important part of this update, you can find the full list and their accompanying effects over at the official website. There's quite a few to browse through, so if you're planning to dive in, you might want to grab a cup of coffee beforehand. Either way, there's certainly some insanely powerful combinations and cards in there, cards that I have no doubt will end up on the chopping block in the near future!

Microsoft Flight Simulator official artwork and logo

If you're looking forward to soaring across the virtual skies, then you'll be glad to hear that Microsoft Flight Simulator will be landing this August 18th onto PC. Much like the Halo games that have come before it, Microsoft Flight Simulator will be coming to not only the Windows Store and Game Pass, but Steam as well!

The good news doesn't end there, however, as the recent developer update has also revealed that Microsoft Flight Simulator will support TrackIR and VR! TrackIR support will be there from day one, while VR support will be launching later this year alongside the HP Reverb G2.

Hearthstone artwork for Thrall

As you're likely well aware, World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion will bring with it a comprehensive rework of the leveling process. Not only will you be able to freely choose which expansions and zones you'll adventure through, but the whole ordeal will be significantly faster than it currently is.

While this is certainly a positive change, the newly increased leveling speed does leave Heirlooms (account-bound items that increase experience gain) in a bit of an awkward spot. So in order to find them a more interesting niche, as well as to stop them from essentially being mandatory, Blizzard has now announced that they are planning to have Heirlooms feature set bonuses in Shadowlands.

Horizon Zero Dawn official artwork without logo

[Update]: Horizon Zero Dawn has now landed onto PC, though not without serious technical issues.

If action-RPGs are your bread and butter, you'll be glad to hear that the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn is just around the corner. You can expect to see it arrive this August 7th alongside all of the DLC and a variety of graphical improvements.

Besides the usual support for uncapped framerates and ultra-wide resolutions, the PC version of Horizon Zero Dawn will also come with dynamic foliage, improved reflections, and a whole host of other graphical settings to tweak. Best of all, it'll arrive with a rather handy benchmarking tool that should give you a pretty good idea of just how far you can push your rig.

Destroy All Humans! official artwork and logo

If you're in the mood for some ridiculously over-the-top violence starring a permanently perturbed alien, you might want to check out the newly launched Destroy All Humans! remake. It brings with it greatly improved visuals and effects, the long-rumored Area 42 mission, an assortment of unique and frequently obscene weaponry, and most importantly of all, the same style of cheesy humor as the original.

You can get a pretty good idea of what this kind of madness looks like in gameplay terms through one of the recent trailers. Have a peek, it's a certainly a wacky one:

Overwatch screenshot of Lucios playing the new Lucioball update

[Update]: Overwatch devs have launched an experimental update to address the Double Shield meta.

With very little forewarning, Blizzard has now unleashed the Overwatch Summer Games 2020 event. The new update brings with it an assortment of new cosmetics to collect, some nice quality of life improvements, three new challenges to complete over the course of the next three weeks, as well as major changes for the Lucioball game mode.

Since the cosmetics are by far the most exciting part of the update, allow me to share with you the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty fun one:

Grounded screenshot of a spider attack

In a bit of an unusual, though not unwelcome twist, Obsidian has decided to set their newest survival game Grounded not on some sort of bizarre alien planet, but rather in a completely average backyard. The catch, as you might imagine, is that you will be exploring this backyard while shrunk down to the size of an ant!

This kind of miniaturized predicament brings with it a whole new set of challenges and enemies to face off against, as well as an entirely new perspective on the world around you. I just hope you don't mind spiders since they can be absolutely terrifying when they're three times your size and potentially hiding in any sort of nook or cranny!

Valorant Killjoy artwork

After briefly teasing her a few days ago, Valorant devs have now unleashed the very first post-launch Agent - Killjoy. The German robotics expert brings with her an automated turret, an alarm-bot to help secure flanks, as well as a remotely detonated bomb that deals a considerable amount of damage over time. Perhaps most interestingly of all, her ultimate is a device that takes a long time to get going, but once it fires its pulse, every enemy within range will lose the ability to do anything other than scurry away in fear!

You can get a pretty good idea of what all of this looks in gameplay terms through the recently posted Agent trailer. Have a gander, Killjoy is certainly an odd one:

Overwatch Lifeguard Pharah cosmetic

[Update]: The Summer Games 2020 event is now live, and while it hasn't brought in a brand new game mode, it has greatly improved Lucioball!

While Blizzard used to tease upcoming events weeks in advance, these past few months they have taken the completely opposite approach. As such, it might come as a bit of a surprise to hear that the Overwatch Summer Games 2020 event has now not only been announced, but also set to release today!

Because of the short timeframe before release, the full list of new cosmetics is still unknown. However, the two Legendary skins Blizzard has revealed so far are absolutely gorgeous, especially the Lifeguard Pharah one! You can find the two brief teasers over at Twitter, and while they're sadly a bit low quality, they will give you a pretty good taste of what is to come.

Overwatch screenshot of Hanamura

[Update]: Overwatch devs have launched an experimental update to address the Double Shield meta.

Out of all the game modes in Overwatch, Assault (2CP) is by far the least popular, and for good reason. Assault games frequently end up as either one-sided stomps or eternal stalemates, all the while the intentionally unfair spawning points make each death incredibly frustrating.

Blizzard has tried to fix this game mode many times before, but while they have improved it slightly, it still remains a bit of a sore spot for many players. With that in mind, you might be interested to hear that Blizzard hasn't given up on the game mode just yet! Instead, they are internally working on a whole bunch of variations in order to figure out just what works, what doesn't, and what can still be salvaged.