Total War: Warhammer 2 screenshot of Malus Darkblade

[Update]: Creative Assembly has now released a preview showcasing the new Dark Elf units, as well as what Malus Darkblade has to offer on the campaign map.

If you're not a fan of having free time, you might be interested to hear that Creative Assembly has just announced a whole bunch of new content for Total War: Warhammer 2. First and foremost, the The Shadow & The Blade DLC will bring with it Malus Darkblade and Deathmaster Snikch as unique Legendary Lords, as well as a whole bunch of new units and heroes to round up the Skaven and Dark Elf armies.

The update will also bring with it a variety of improvements and quality of life changes, the most important of which is a 60% end-turn timer reduction for Mortal Empires, all without cutting any factions or AI interactions! And if that wasn't enough to get you to start a brand new campaign, I'm also happy to say that the Bretonnian Jeanne d'Arc equivalent Repanse de Lyonesse will be coming to both Mortal Empires and the Vortex Campaign alongside her trusty Grail Knight companion Henri le Massif.

Detroit: Become Human official artwork and logo at the bottom

After being announced quite a few months ago, we now finally have the release date for the PC version of Detroit: Become Human. You can expect it to arrive this December 12th exclusively for the Epic Games Store, and alongside a variety of minor improvements and support for 4k resolutions.

You can get a pretty good idea of what the PC version looks like, as well as what the core storyline is all about, through the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty short one:

Official artwork and logo for Deathgarden: Bloodharvest

One would think that if anyone is capable of creating a compelling, asymmetrical multiplayer game, it would be the team that had already managed to do just that with Dead by Daylight. Unfortunately, Behaviour Digital's newest game Deathgarden: Bloodharvest has not managed to impress players or maintain a decently sized audience, and as such is now being shut down.

"Over the past few weeks, our team has been rather quiet about the development of Deathgarden," reads the rather somber developer update. "Witnessing the decreasing player base, we’ve been working on finding solutions: we sought advice, considered many different scenarios, looked at various solutions, but unfortunately, none of them would change the fate of this project. Today, it is with a heavy heart that we’re announcing the end of Deathgarden’s development"

Half-Life: Alyx official artwork and logo from Valve

After not doing anything with the Half-Life series for what feels like an eternity, Valve recently came out to announce that they are working on a brand new VR game set in the Half-Life universe. Thankfully, we don't have to wait for another eternity in order to learn more as Valve has now officially unveiled Half-Life: Alyx!

The story will take place between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and as you might imagine, Alyx Vance and her father Eli will be working towards undermining the Combine regime through any means possible. As for the gameplay itself, you'll get a pretty good idea of what to expect through the recently posted teaser trailer. Have a gander:

Overwatch Mercy artwork from the official Valkyrie short story

In order to bridge the gap between major content updates, Blizzard has started releasing small challenges that expand the lore and give players a chance to acquire a couple of new cosmetic items. The challenge this time around, as you might imagine from the title, is all about Mercy and why she has decided to stick with Overwatch.

To explore this question, as well as further flesh out Mercy as a character, Blizzard has also released the Valkyrie short story. It's not exactly long, but it does provide some nice insights into a character that has so far mostly stuck to the background. So if you're a fan of Mercy, or just looking to keep up with the Overwatch lore as we wait for Overwatch 2, I'd say Valkyrie is worth the 10-15 minutes it'll take to read.

Vermintide 2 screenshot of Sienna and a whole bunch of Beastmen

A little while ago Vermintide 2 received it's biggest expansion yet - Winds of Magic. It brought with it the Beastmen as a brand new faction to face off against, as well as a plethora of changes to the combat, enemy behavior and overall weapon balance.

Unfortunately, while Winds of Magic had the right idea, the implementation of many of these features left a lot to be desired. The Beastmen were somewhat irritating to fight due to hard-to-read animations, enemy behavior had a variety of bugs that made enemies attack almost instantly upon spawning, while the numerous tweaks to the weapons had brought back the infamous 'phantom hits' bug from ages past.

WoW Classic screenshot of Azuregos

If you're on a PvP server, make sure to stock up on a variety of potions as Phase 2 has now arrived to World of Warcraft: Classic! In other words, PvP ranks and rewards have now finally become available, as have the two original world bosses: Lord Kazzak and Azuregos.

In order to advance through the PvP ranks you'll need to kill players that are within ten levels of you, as well as take down the various faction leaders for a sizable boost to your honor. However, do make sure not to attack civilian NPCs or players that are far below your level as that will grant you dishonorable kills, each of which will provide a fairly significant reduction to your honor.

Overwatch close up screenshot of Reinhardt

[Update]: Patch 1.43, as well as its accompanying Winter Wonderland event, will be coming next week. No release date has been given just yet, but December 10th is a pretty safe bet as most updates come out on Tuesday.

Ever since the introduction of Role Queue and 2/2/2 matchmaking, the meta in Overwatch has become rather boring. Instead of battles being about who can outmaneuver their opponents or use ultimates better, the optimal composition is all about standing behind multiple layers of shields and simply throwing damage around until something finally dies.

In order to correct this little problem, as well as make tanks a bit more attractive to play, Blizzard has now released a brand new PTR update that nerfs shields across the board while also buffing the individual survivability of tank heroes. Here's what all of these changes look like in terms of numbers:

Teaser for Valve's VR focused Half-Life: Alyx

[Update]: Half-Life: Alyx has now been officially unveiled by Valve!

While VR devices are an impressive piece of technology, they currently lack games you can really sink your teeth into. Sure, games like Beat Saber or Budget Cuts are a great deal of fun to mess around with, especially with friends around you, but they're just not something you can play for an extended period of time.

What VR truly needs right now is a system seller, a game that's so good you might want to consider adopting VR just because of it, which is why I'm very excited to say that just so happens to be exactly what Valve is working on! The details are still few and far between, but the newly announced Half-Life: Alyx will be Valve's very own "flagship VR game."

Red Dead Redemption 2 lovely screenshot from the PC version

[Update]: PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to Steam on December 5th after a brief period of exclusivity.

After what feels like an eternity of waiting, Red Dead Redemption 2 was finally announced for PC a little while ago. Thankfully, we won't have to wait as long for the full release as Read Dead Redemption 2 will be riding onto PC in the near future, on November 5th!

When it comes to additional features, the PC version will bring with it a variety of technical enhancements, as well as "a host of exciting new content additions for the game's Story Mode." What this actually means is that you can expect to see new hideouts, weapons, horses, missions and trinkets, as well as increased draw distance, better shadows and lighting, greatly updated grass and fur textures, and a variety of similar graphical improvements.