Dying Light zombie attack screenshot

Dying Light is currently celebrating a rather momentous achievement - its fifth anniversary! In order to get everyone to join in on the festivities, the developers have now launched a free weekend, the very first one for Dying Light!

So if you're in the mood for smacking zombies around with a variety of ridiculous melee weapons, and then subsequently running away in sheer panic once you realize how deadly they are at night, you should head on over to Steam. The free weekend will last until 19:00 GMT (10:00 PST) on February 23rd, so you should have plenty of time to see just what Dying Light has to offer.

Final Fantasy XIV screenshot of a new boss

Quite a few months have past since the previous major update, so if you're itching for some more Final Fantasy XIV content, I'm happy to say that Patch 5.2 "Echoes of a Fallen Star" has now finally arrived. It brings with it a brand new raid, dungeon, trials, beast tribe quests, crafting improvements and new finishing content, new main story quests, and a variety of other goodies.

You can get a pretty good idea of what all of this looks like in gameplay terms, as well as what the story in Echoes of a Fallen Star might be about, through the recently posted trailer. Have a peek:

Empire of Sin artwork without the logo

Empire of Sin, Romero Games' seedy turn-based strategy game set in 1920s Chicago, was originally supposed to arrive in spring of 2020 for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. However, according to the latest developer update, it has now joined the ever-increasing list of games that have been pushed back until later this year. In Empire of Sin's case, it has been delayed until fall.

"As any good bootlegger knows, good liquor can't be rushed and the same goes for game development," reads the brief update. "This is why we have decided to move the release of Empire of Sin to fall 2020. We appreciate all your support so far, and trust that you understand why choosing quality over speed is important. After all, everyone knows you gotta stay sharp to make it in Chicago."

Street Fighter V beautiful background screenshot

Despite not really keeping an eye on the fighting game community, even I've heard about the numerous complaints surrounding Street Fighter V's netcode. The most prominent of these issues is the artificial lag that can sometimes occur between two players, eventually resulting in one-sided roll-backs that completely destroy any semblance of timing and precision for the player in question.

However, in a bit of a surprising twist of fate, a community member called Altimor ended up releasing a patch that more or less addressed the entire issue. Naturally, the fan-made patch brought in some fresh new problems, but after years of inaction from Capcom, the community was seemingly more than willing to bear them if it resulted in a smoother experience overall.

Total War: Three Kingdoms artwork without logo for Mandate of Heaven DLC

After a little bit of a wait, Total War: Three Kingdom's biggest DLC so far, Mandate of Heaven, has now made its way to both macOS and Linux. It brings with it over 40 new combat units to fill out your armies, six new warlords with their own unique mechanics, as well as origin stories for some of the most famous characters in the time period.

It's also worth mentioning that unlike the previous DLC, the Mandate of Heaven campaign will seamlessly transition into the main campaign. The various important events, as well as the rise of brand new factions, will all unfold as you progress through the years. So while the campaign map is unlikely to look the same by the end, you should still be able to experience everything Three Kingdoms has to offer.

Gothic 1 screenshot from the playable teaser

THQ Nordic recently released a playable teaser for a potential Gothic 1 remake, all in order to judge the community's reaction and see whether there's any actual interest. They didn't have to wait for too long in order to figure out the answer to that question, however, as even on the very first day it became very obvious that the Gothic community is more than eager to re-experience Gothic 1!

According to THQ Nordic's stats, over 180,000 players checked out the playable teaser, while those that filled out the optional survey were overwhelmingly (94,8%) in favor of the remake. As such, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise to hear that THQ Nordic has now officially announced that the Gothic Remake has been greenlit!

Vermintide 2 screenshot of the giant moon from the new Blood in the Darkness map

A short while ago, Vermintide 2 developer Fatshark announced that they will be adding three new (and entirely free) maps throughout Season 2. The first of the trio, Old Haunts, released alongside the Season 2 update and was heavily inspired by the original game's Castle Drachenfels DLC. Needless to say, it ended up being a pretty good map.

With that in mind, I'm sure you'll be glad to hear that the second map has not only just arrived, but that it is even better than the first! So if you're in the mood for interrupting yet another dastardly Chaos ritual, do make sure to give the newly added Blood in the Darkness map a try!

Dishonored 2 screenshot of Emily

While I've thankfully never been affected myself, there's quite a negative stigma surrounding DRM in games. Some of it is overblown, as is tradition, but there are legitimate concerns about poorly implemented DRM causing performance issues, crashes, as well as making the game in question potentially problematic to play on the next generation of PCs.

With that in mind, you might be glad to hear that GOG and Bethesda have now partnered up to release a bunch of great games with absolutely no DRM. First and foremost, the entirety of the Dishonored series (Dishonored, Dishonored 2 and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider) now not only has no DRM on GOG, but is also on a rather deep discount. So if you're a fan of sneaking around and you haven't played Dishonored just yet, this would be a pretty good time to give it a try.

Overwatch D.Va cinematic short screenshot

Ever since Overwatch first launched, players have been clamoring for more lore and animated shorts. Yet despite these requests, the storylines in Overwatch are moving at a disappointingly glacial pace, while the characters themselves never really seem to grow or change. A real shame given the potential at hand.

With that in mind, I'm quite glad to say that Blizzard appears to have teamed up with Netflix and another unannounced studio in order to produce a Diablo and Overwatch animated series respectively! All of this comes from the LinkedIn profile of Nick van Dyk, co-president of Activision Blizzard Studios, in which Gamespot has recently spotted direct references to both shows.

Final Fantasy XIV's Patch 5.2 screenshot of a boss

[Update]: Right on cue, the Echoes of a Fallen Star update is now live and running.

If you're itching for a reason to dive back into Final Fantasy XIV, or simply looking for more content, you might want to mark February 18th on your calendar as that's when Patch 5.2, Echoes of a Fallen Star, is set to arrive. It brings with it a brand new raid, dungeon, trials, beast tribe, crafting improvements and new fishing content, new story quests, and the list goes on for a while.

You can get a bit of a sneak peak at what Echoes of a Fallen Star's story will be about, as well as what sort of bosses you'll be squaring off against, through the recently posted trailer. Have a look: