Jetmir, Nexus of Revels official artwork for MTG Arena

[Update]: MTG Arena has banned the surprisingly effective Expressive Iteration card from the Explorer format.

In order to help everyone pass the time until the Baldur's Gate set arrives on July 7th, MTG Arena has now unleashed a sizable new update. It brings with it 30 digital-only cards as a part of the Alchemy: New Capenna set, as well as a couple of long-awaited quality-of-life tweaks and improvements.

Unlike the previous sets, Alchemy: New Capenna has a slightly better distribution of card rarities (10 Uncommons, 15 Rares, 5 Mythics) which should make it a little bit easier to collect. And just to make things even more straightforward, Wizards of the Coast has also launched a week-long Alchemy Premier Draft event where one common card in each pack is replaced by a random Streets of New Capenna Alchemy card. In my experience it's not even close to being a balanced format, but it's still a nice little distraction from the usual onslaught of blue-white-green decks in the standard draft mode.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria cinematic screenshot of the Orc and Human together

[Update #2]: World of Warcraft's hopefully down-to-earth Dragonflight expansion will be launching in 2022.

[Update]: Dragonflight's newest preview shows of the freshly improved and greatly expanded Druid & Death Knight talent trees.

It took many, many years for us to get here, but the day has finally come! As a part of Update 8.2.5, World of Warcraft has now added cross-faction grouping for most forms of instanced content: dungeons, raids, rated arenas and battlegrounds, as well as Torghast.

When in a party with a member from the opposing faction you will remain unfriendly to them out in the world, but as soon as you join an instance together you will be able to do everything from sharing loot to earning achievements together. In order to make the grouping process as simple as possible, Blizzard has made it so you can either invite players from the opposing faction via their BattleTag or cross-faction WoW Community, or simply through the use of the Group Finder. Nice and convenient!

Dota 2 Spring Cleaning 2022 update artwork

[Update]: Patch 7.31d has now arrived, and while it's not exactly massive, there's still a lot of interesting stuff on offer.

After a few rounds of teasers, Valve has now finally decided to spill the beans on the next big The International tournament. Long story short, the whole thing will be hosted in Singapore and will consists of three events: the Last Chance Qualifiers from October 8-12, the Group Stage from October 15-18, and the Grand Finals from October 29-30. So if you're a fan of high-level Dota 2, you might want to make some room in your schedule!

However, you won't have to wait all that long for something new and interesting to happen as Valve has also taken this opportunity to tease the next big gameplay update. As such, you can expect Patch 7.31d to arrive this June 8th alongside a much-needed Dota Plus update and a seasonal refresh.

Warhammer Skulls 2022 festival for video game announcements, updates and sales

Warhammer Skulls is an annual event that's here to celebrate everything related to Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40,000 video games. Needless to say, this includes things like reveals of brand new games, major updates for existing ones, as well as a whole assortment of sales to give you an excuse to dive into the universe.

Rather than cover every single small and mostly cosmetic update, allow me to instead share with you the five most exciting announcements from Warhammer Skulls 2022. Without further ado, here's the brief list:

Vermintide 2 Chaos Wastes roguelike mode artwork for the Be'lakor update

[Update]: The Be'lakor update has now arrived, and while a bit buggy, it's still a fair bit of fun.

The Chaos Wastes are Vermintide 2's rogue-like game mode where you and your buddies get to explore an assortment of increasingly more difficult and randomized maps. Along the way you'll have to contend with both positive and negative modifiers, collect a whole bunch of powerful upgrades, and naturally, tear through more ratmen and Chaos worshipers than you could even attempt to count.

It's a really fun game mode, and one that's only going to get better in the near future as Fatshark has used the currently ongoing Warhammer Skulls festival as an opportunity to announce a brand new patch for the Chaos Wastes! Once it arrives this June 14th, the Be’lakor update will bring the dark prince's influence to the Chaos Wastes, and with it a whole host of new modifiers and challenges to overcome.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide co-op focused shooter official artwork showing off the psyker

The Warhammer themed Skulls festival has now arrived, bringing with it a whole host of announcements and previews. The Doom inspired 'boomer shooter' Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun has just been pinned for a 2023 release date, the Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous team is working on a turn-based CRPG called Rogue Trader, and Fatshark has finally unveiled Warhammer 40,000: Darktide's fourth and final class - the psyker!

Before I go over the new details, allow me to share with you the freshly posted cinematic trailer. It won't tell you much about Darktide's gameplay, but it will give you a pretty good idea of the sort of atmosphere the Fatshark team is going for. Have a gander:

Total War: Warhammer 3 grand strategy game screenshot of Cathay's dragon lord

[Update #2]: Creative Assembly has now unveiled the truly massive Immortal Empires campaign map!

[Update]: Immortal Empires will be coming in August with 86 playable factions and a bunch of awesome improvements!

According to the recent roadmap, Total War: Warhammer 3's long-awaited Immortal Empires combined campaign map will most likely be launching at some point in September. While the wait is certainly going to be long, it'll all be worth it in the end as Immortal Empires will merge Total War: Warhammer 1, 2 and 3 into one gigantic world that's absolutely overflowing with things to do and places to conquer!

That said, you will have a chance to dive into Immortal Empires a bit ahead of schedule! As their contribution to the Warhammer Skulls festival, Creative Assembly has just announced that Immortal Empires will be heading into Open Beta in Q3 2022.

Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun Doom inspired boomer shooter screenshot showing Tzeentch enemies

Warhammer's annual Skulls festival has now landed, and with it some fun new announcements. Total War: Warhammer 3 devs have teased their long-awaited Immortal Empires campaign, the Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous team has revealed a new Warhammer 40k turn-based CRPG, and there's even a Warhammer 40k themed Doom clone in the works!

The freshly unveiled Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun will be a sprite-based shooter that will give you control over a lone Space Marine as he attempts to deliver righteous vengeance against the forces of Chaos. In order to do that you'll have to shoot, hack or simply explode your way through hordes upon hordes of daemons and Chaos Space Marines in frantic 'boomer shooter' styled action.

Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader turn-based CRPG from Owlcat Games artwork and logo

Warhammer's annual Skulls festival has now arrived, and with it a whole bunch of exciting new announcements. The most unexpected of these, and the one that fills me with the most joy, is the reveal of a brand new turn-based CRPG from Owlcat Games, the team behind the excellent Pathfinder: Kingmaker and Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous!

The freshly revealed Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader will put you in charge of a massive voidship and task you with exploring the far reaches of the galaxy. From there you will have to make a wide variety of choices that will have serious consequences for both your character and crew. This includes the obvious choices like remaining loyal to the Emperor and purging corruption wherever you find it, as well as more heretical options like consorting with the ruinous powers in a bid for infamy!

Destroy All Humans! 2 artwork for the remake of the action-adventure

After the faithful remake of the original Destroy All Humans!, THQ Nordic and Black Forest Games are now working on giving the much more interesting sequel the same sort of treatment. What this means is that Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed will rebuild the original game from scratch, greatly enhance the presentation, as well as add a whole bunch of new customization options to play around with.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed has now also received an actual release date! You can expect to see it land onto PC, PlayStation and Xbox on August 30th, 2022.