Total War: Warhammer 2 screenshot of the Wood Elves and Ariel

[Update]: After a lengthy testing process, the Asrai Resurgent update has now gone live.

As a part of the recent The Twisted & The Twilight update, Total War: Warhammer 2 has reworked the Wood Elf campaign from the ground up. This included an entirely new set of campaign mechanics centered around healing magical forests, new legendary lord abilities and buffs, widescale unit rebalances, the removal of army restrictions and the addition of a whole bunch of new events, and the list goes on for a while.

Given the sheer size and scope of the update, it was bound to happen that some of these features would ended up being a bit lackluster. The main example here is the Forge of Daith, the main campaign mechanic for the titular Sisters of Twilight that's supposed to shower them in powerful magical items, yet mostly just dispensed complete junk on a semi-frequent basis.

League of Legends official artwork of a massive battle

For as long as I can remember, League of Legends players have been asking Riot Games to take all of Runeterra's rich lore and create a League of Legends themed MMO. These requests have only increased in frequency over the past year as Riot not only announced their very own publishing company, but also two RPGs firmly set in the League of Legends universe!

So given how things are going, it should come as little surprise to hear that Riot has now finally taken the plunge and announced a League of Legends MMO as well! What might come as quite a shock, however, is that they have done so in what is quite possibly the most casual way imaginable - just randomly dropping it as an answer to a Twitter question!

Dota 2 artwork for the new character Hoodwink

At this point I feel like Valve has completely given up on the idea of introducing new players to Dota 2. Not only was the game insanely complex and hard to master before, but the latest update has just added a brand new ability to every single hero, on top of sweeping balance changes!

These extra abilities can be acquired by purchasing the newly introduced Aghanim’s Shard for 1400 gold. In order to keep things somewhat balanced Aghanim's Shard will only become available for purchase after 20 minutes, though once you consume it, you'll have the new ability or passive effect for the rest of the game.

Hyper Scape artwork for the Winter Festival event

It's only been a little while since Apex Legends added cross-play support, and already I have another piece of good news on this front. As a part of the most recent update, Ubisoft's neon-colored battle royale Hyper Scape has not only added a festive event, but also full cross-play support!

PlayStation and Xbox players will now be able to fight together across all game modes, which should go a long way towards reducing queue times. PC players will not be able to participate in this shared matchmaking pool for obvious reasons, but if you do have a couple of friends on consoles you wish to play with, worry not as you will still be able to do just that. The only catch is that you will be matched against players from the PC matchmaking pool so things might be a bit tougher than usual.

Devil May Cry 5 screenshot of the new playable character Vergil

While the Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition has sadly not made its way to PC, I do at least have one bit of good news. As a part of the newest DLC, Dante's brother and eternal rival Vergil has now been added as a playable character!

The DLC will set you back a rather reasonable €5 and will unlock Vergil as a fully playable character in the main story campaign, Bloody Palace mode and The Void. Needless to say, he comes with his own unique gameplay twists, plenty of deadly attacks that require a fair bit of precision in order to properly utilize, and as tradition, a whole lot of arrogance!

Diablo 4 official artwork showing off a demon army

In order to let everyone know what they're planning with Diablo 4, as well as to offer a few sneak peeks here and there, Blizzard has been releasing quarterly updates for quite a while now. Last time around they talked about their plans for the story, open world gameplay and multiplayer, while this time it's all about the skills, items and very special Uniques!

"When you gain a level, you'll receive points to spend in Strength, Intelligence, Dexterity, or Willpower, along with your skill points," the update explains. "Of course, most Barbarian builds are going to benefit from a healthy measure of Strength, but as you build out your character and decide on skills and synergies you'll want to mix in other attributes."

Overwatch screenshot of snowman Roadhog from the Winter Wonderland event

[Update]: Overwatch is bringing in a gorgeous new free-for-all map set in Japan - Kanezaka.

If you're looking for an excuse to dive back into Overwatch, consider this a pretty good one. Not only has Blizzard added the Winter Wonderland event with a whole bunch of fancy new cosmetics, but also the brand new Priority Pass system that promises significantly faster queue times for those that are willing to be flexible.

First things first, you can get a pretty good idea of what the new cosmetics are like, as well as what the seasonal game mode has to offer, through the freshly posted trailer. Have a gander, it's quite a cheerful one:

Age of Empires II: Lords of the West artwork and logo

It's truly astonishing how even though Age of Empires II is as old as dirt this point, it not only still has hordes of loyal fans, but is also soon getting a brand new piece of content! And I'm not talking about small bits and pieces either, but rather a fully fledged expansion for Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition called Lords of the West!

You can expect Lords of the West to bring with it two new civilizations (Burgundians and Sicilians) with their own unique twists and units, as well as three fully voice acted campaigns for you to sink your teeth into. As for what exactly these three campaigns will be about, that you can find out through the brief description below:

The Witcher: Enhanced Edition artwork of the medallion

If you've somehow missed the dozens of previous giveaways for CDPR's very first game, The Witcher, you'll be happy to hear that there's a brand new one currently live. Best of all, this giveaway will not be going away next week as is usually the case, but will remain active indefinitely!

As you might imagine, this does mean there is a bit of a catch. In order to claim yourself a free copy of The Witcher: Enhanced Edition you will need to install the GOG Galaxy client and sign up for the GOG newsletter. A slight annoyance perhaps, but nothing too terrible.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands artwork for the lo-fi Venthyr soundtrack

With the race for Castle Nathria now well and truly underway, the disparity in power between the various classes and specializations has become extremely apparent. As such, I am very happy to say that Blizzard has decided to take a more proactive approach this time around and has already released a balance update in order to address the situation!

Overpowered DPS classes like Hunters, Druids and Death Knights have received their rightful nerfs, while the bottom-dwellers like Rogues, Demon Hunters and Warriors have snagged themselves some small but meaningful buffs. If you're curious about the actual details, here's the full list of PvE changes: