Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden official artwork and logo

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden is a newly released adaptation of the "Mutant" pen and paper RPG that has been milling around since the 1980s. The premise is about as simple as it gets - Humanity has managed to nuke itself into oblivion, thus leaving the planet populated only by killer robots, old-world ruins littered with supplies to scavenge, and naturally, a variety of mutated humans and animals.

When it comes to the actual gameplay, however, Mutant Year Zero is a combination of XCOM styled turn-based combat and real-time exploration, along with a bit of stealth thrown in for good measure. In other words, you're able to freely roam across the world and explore it at your own leisure, sneak away from problems or set up ambushes, and then when you inevitably raise fifteen different alarms, transition to good ol' fashioned turn-based combat.

Fortnite official artwork for the 50v50 mode

If you were wondering why Epic has never released Fortnite onto Steam, wonder no more as they have now announced their very own Epic Games Store. Perhaps most interestingly of all, Epic will only be taking 12% of the revenue (compared to Steam's 30%), and if the game is using the Unreal Engine they will also ignore the usual 5% royalty fee. A pretty damn good deal for the developers out there, especially considering there's no cost to having their game across multiple storefronts.

The Epic Games Store will also have the ability for developers to incentivize content creators on Youtube and Twitch by offering affiliate links with customizable revenue sharing. As an additional little bonus, Epic will be covering the first 5% of creator revenue-sharing for the first 24 months. 

The Settlers 2019 screenshot of a rather large village

While the last few The Settlers games were unfortunately flawed in some rather massive ways, I'm still quite pleased to announce that Ubisoft is not letting the series fade away into nothingness. Instead, for the 25th anniversary of The Settlers series, they have announced that a brand new game will be coming in late 2019!

Besides greatly improved visuals, the newly announced and rather plainly named "The Settlers" promises to bring a fresh take on the familiar gameplay mechanics, along with new features such as food requirements and motivation in order to help spice up the gameplay. As for the campaign, it will be fully playable in either singleplayer or co-op, and will have various side missions and bonus objectives to help you build up your empire.

Monster Hunter: World Winter Star event screenshot showing a festive area

If you've been away from Monster Hunter: World for a while and you're looking for an excuse to come back, you might be glad to hear that there's currently a couple of events going on, especially on the PC side of things. The past few updates have added new monsters and tempered versions of some of the Elder Dragons, while the latest update has also brought in the rather festive Winter Star event.

Much like the Autumn Harvest Fest, the new Winter Star event has arrived alongside a variety of new quests to complete and items to collect. The Handler has received a new outfit, there's new armor and layered armor to equip your character with, and perhaps most importantly of all, you can now dress up your Palico friend in a charming little snowman costume.

Warcraft 3 artwork of the footman from the cinematic trailer

Warcraft 3: Reforged is set to arrive in about a year, but thankfully the wait won't be all that excruciating as Blizzard has really gone all-in on updating the original Warcraft 3 these past few months. Last time around they rebalanced just about every single unit and hero, while this time they have tweaked some of the outliers and greatly improved how Custom Games are handled.

The Custom Game changes are a bit difficult to summarize, so if you're interested in all of the details you should head on over to the official website. On the other hand, if you're just interested in the latest round of balance changes, here's what you can expect to see:

Hearthstone artwork for King Rastakhan

If you're tired of the current Hearthstone meta and you're looking for something to help spice up your matches, you might be glad to hear that the next expansion is just around the corner. To be more specific, the overwhelmingly Troll themed Rastakhan's Rumble will be coming to PC and mobile on December 4th.

Much like the last few expansions, Rastakhan's Rumble will offer 135 new cards to collect, Overkill as a brand new keyword to toy around with, as well as a singleplayer event by the name of Rumble Run. Since the cards themselves are by far the most important part of this expansion, I would highly recommend you pay the official list a visit and see what exactly Rastakhan's Rumble has up its sleeves.

Total War: Three Kingdoms official artwork without the logo

While Total War games have always had diplomacy, in more recent times it has become a nearly meaningless feature. Alliances with the AI rarely result in any sort of coordinated actions, a good portion of the deals are far too basic and easy to break, and most of the time the only way you'll ever be able to get an alliance with someone is by being in a position where you have no benefit from said alliance. Long story short, it's a bit of a mess.

Thankfully, it appears that Total War: Three Kingdoms will be going to great lengths in order to ensure that diplomacy is not only a relevant part of the game, but also one that is fully fleshed out and interesting to toy around with. If you're curious what exactly this entails, allow me to share with you two of the recent previews discussing just that: