World of Warcraft: Dragonflight head artwork for the various Dracthyr Evoker styles

If you're itching to try out some of Dragonflight's new features like the improved flying mechanics and the new race/class combo, the Dracthyr Evoker, you'll be happy to hear that the World of Warcraft team has now unleashed the second phase of the pre-patch. Besides the new draconic race, the update has also brought with it a revamped version of the Uldaman dungeon, as well as a world-spanning invasion by the Primalists and their elemental lords.

By completing the new events you can acquire a variety of fancy gear, numerous cosmetics, as well as a brand new heirloom trinket. Thanks to the massive experience boost this is also a great time to level new characters, so if you're planning to switch mains or simply try something new in the Dragonflight expansion, this would be the ideal time to get your alts up to snuff.

Path of Exile 2 artwork for the Necromancer class using spells on the undead

As Path of Exile grew and expanded over the years, so did the complexity of its monsters and their special modifiers. This eventually culminated in the Archnemesis monsters that feature a bunch of different effects bundled under a single thematic name, with there being no real way other than trial and error to figure out what they actually do.

Because of this, fighting these types of monsters as an inexperienced player can frequently end up being an absolute nightmare. Sometimes their effects are weak and easy to ignore, sometimes they require you to get a special loot-focused character to finish the monster off in order to maximize the rewards, and sometimes their hidden effects are so flashy and numerous that you won't even be able to see what's happening, let alone dodge all of it. Needless to say, it's a bit of a mess.

The Witcher 3 official artwork showing off Ciri

[Update]: CD Projekt Red has now detailed all of the major improvements coming with The Witcher 3's next-gen update.

If you're considering diving into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, you might want to exercise a little bit of patience as CD Projekt Red has just announced that the next gen update will be launching this December 14th, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Most importantly, the next gen update will be entirely free for all owners of The Witcher 3!

The exact list of improvements has not been revealed just yet, but you can expect to see improved visuals, better performance, ray tracing support, as well as a variety of features from popular mods integrated into the base game. The good news doesn't end there, however, as CD Projekt Red is also planning to release a free piece of DLC based on Netflix's The Witcher series, though once again the specifics behind the new additions are still shrouded in mystery.

MTG Arena artwork showcasing Urza from The Brothers' War expansion on MTGA

[Update]: MTG Arena is getting a whole bunch of new cards on December 13th with Explorer Anthology 2 and Alchemy: The Brother's War.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Magic: The Gathering has now unleashed The Brothers' War expansion onto MTG Arena. This new Standard set brings with it a bunch of cards detailing the great war between Urza and Mishra, an absurd amount of fancy new artifacts to toy around with, as well as reprints of some of the most iconic artifacts from across all of Magic's history.

When it comes to the actual mechanics behind the cards, there are four major ones you'll need to keep an eye out for: Meld, Unearth, Prototype and Powerstones. Here's a brief rundown of what each of them does:

Overwatch 2 screenshot of Kiriko using Kitsune rush ultimate

[Update]: Overwatch 2's first balance update has arrived with nerfs to Zarya, Genji, Sombra, as well as Junkrat for some reason.

While I'd love to tell you that Overwatch 2 has managed to overcome its initial problems and that it's going to be smooth sailing from here on out, I'm afraid I have some more bad news to deliver. The big balance update that was supposed to arrive this November 15th has now been suddenly delayed as the Overwatch 2 team has encountered a critical issue.

“This includes the upcoming balance changes, bug fixes, including those that affect Mei, and core content updates we have planned for this patch,” explains the brief announcement. “This delay also impacts the delivery of Overwatch League Viewership Incentives & Perks from the Postseason matches during the period between Oct 30 - Nov 4, along with the rotation of cosmetics in the Overwatch League shop.”

Control 2 teaser artwork for the paranormal action-adventure

In an announcement that took a surprisingly long time to arrive given how much of a success the original game was, Remedy Entertainment has now revealed that they are officially working on Control 2. The project is currently still extremely early in development so there's basically no concrete information to share, but the good news is that both Remedy and 505 Games are aiming for it to be a massive and highly ambitious sequel.

What I can tell you for certain is that Control 2 will be developed on Remedy's proprietary Northlight engine and that it will be launching onto PC, PlayStation and Xbox. As for the release date, nothing has been announced just yet, but given how Control 2 is currently still in the concept stage it's most likely going to be a fair few years before the project sees the light of day.

Sonic Frontiers official artwork and logo showing off Sonic grinding a rail

To say that Sonic Frontiers' original announcement went over badly would be one hell of an understatement. The initial gameplay preview featured a barren, boring world with stilted gameplay and overly tanky enemies, so right from the very start Sonic Frontiers put itself into a very unfavorable position. However, thanks to some of the follow-up trailers and hands-on previews that actually focused on the more interesting (and polished) aspects of gameplay, Sonic Frontiers slowly but surely managed to overcome that initial wave of disappointment and establish itself as a serious attempt to revitalize the 3D Sonic formula.

Whether it has succeeded in doing so, that I'm not exactly sure of as the reviews are currently incredibly polarized. Some are absolutely in love with the game and everything it represents for the series, while others cannot seem to stomach its technical problems and gameplay quirks. Whatever the case may be, Sonic Frontiers has definitely made an impression on players as there are very few mild opinions floating around!

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide screenshot of the guardsmen squad from the original teaser trailer

[Update #2]: After playing for about 50 hours now I've decided to create a beginner's guide covering some of the basic concepts and combat strategies. So if you'd like your first run through Darktide to be a nice and pleasant one, I'd welcome you to give it a look.

[Update]: Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's pre-order beta has now arrived, though not without technical trouble.

The Vermintide games are currently celebrating their seventh anniversary, and since the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is also a member of the 'tide' series, Fatshark has decided to extend the festivities to it as well. As such, I'm happy to say that I have a couple of exciting bits of news to share!

First and foremost, Fatshark has now released a brand new cinematic trailer showcasing the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40k world, the horrors of warp travel, as well as the fate of the fan-favorite Guardsmen squad from the very first teaser trailer. So before I spoil anything by accident, here's the cinematic:

Warhammer - Vermintide 2 artwork and logo for the new Trail of Trechery map

Even though Darktide is nearly upon us, I'm happy to say that Fatshark doesn't look like they're even considering giving up on Vermintide 2. Instead, in celebration of the series' seventh anniversary, they have decided to release a brand new update!

The definite highlight is the new Trail of Treachery map that will have the Ubersreik five (or four, it doesn't matter!) fight their way down a precarious mountain path in order to save a village that's apparently having problems with ghosts. What this looks like in action, that you can check out through the teaser trailer below. Have a peek:

Dark Souls: Remastered official artwork for the hardcore action-RPG

Shortly before Elden Ring launched a major vulnerability was discovered in the matchmaking system for the entirety of the Dark Souls series on PC. With there being no easy way to correct the problem, FromSoftware made the difficult choice of shutting down all online features on PC until a permanent solution could be found.

It took a very long time for Dark Souls 3 to get fixed, though FromSoftware did eventually pull through and brought the servers back online in August. A few months later Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin went online as well, and now the same courtesy has been extended to Dark Souls Remastered.