Overwatch artwork for Casual Hanzo

As a part of December's highly experimental balance test, Blizzard toyed around with a variety of new mechanics and concepts. Some of those tweaks seem to have gone over incredibly well with both the community and Blizzard's own testers, because the freshly released update has just added a bunch of them to the live version of Overwatch!

Cassidy (formerly McCree) can now roll in the air, Hanzo's Storm Arrows ricochet once upon impact, while Moira's fade allows her to super-jump! Here's a quick rundown of all the new changes and additions:

Apex Legends screenshot of Bangalore and a Titan from her animated short

[Update]: The Dark Depths update is bringing in a lush new Arena map and a bunch of free cosmetics on January 11, 2022.

In order to help pass the time before the big Season 12 update arrives at some point in February, Apex Legends devs have now unleashed a brand new animated short. Unlike some of the previous ones, the freshly released Stories from the Outlands: Gridiron is not here to tease new content, but rather to give us a bit of an insight into Bangalore's history.

So if you're interested in learning some more Banga-lore that's thankfully not 10 minutes of her overexplaining basic concepts to people, allow me to share with you the cinematic short. It's quite an interesting one!

Nioh 2 snake demon boss artwork

With the great winter sale and the last round of voting finally concluded, Valve has now officially revealed the 2021 Steam Award winners! You can find the full list, all neatly sorted by category, over at the Steam Awards website.

Despite being a purely community-driven affair and thus liable to become a popularity contest, I'm very happy to say that this year's winners have been well chosen! Nioh 2 got recognized as a difficult but highly enjoyable game, the heavily co-op focused It Takes Two rightly secured the Better With Friends category, while the Labor of Love award went to Terraria and its never-ending stream of quality updates.

Dying Light 2 concept artwork of a destroyed water park

[Update]: Techland has just committed to supporting Dying Light 2 for at least five years post-launch! 

After going through a bunch of development trouble and numerous delays, Dying Light 2 is now nearly upon us. So if you're in the mood for parkouring your way through the zombie apocalypse, mark February 4, 2022 on your calendar as that's when Dying Light 2 will be wall-jumping onto PC and consoles.

As for what exactly you can expect to see in terms of gameplay and tone, that you can find out through two of the recent trailers. The first is the fancy cinematic showing off what sort of atmosphere Dying Light 2 is going for, while the second one is a lengthy gameplay preview. Have a gander:

Rise of the Tomb Raider artwork without logo

If you're looking for some games to cuddle up with over the next few weeks, you might be interested to hear that the modern Tomb Raider trilogy is currently free to grab. All you have to do is head on over to the Epic Games Store, grab yourself a copy of each one, and you'll be good to go.

The only catch, as always, is that the giveaway is time limited. So make sure to snag the trilogy before the giveaway ends on January 6, 2022, after which you'll be able to play the games whenever you want and for however long you want.

Weird West official artwork and logo

Weird West is an upcoming dark fantasy action-RPG that combines the usual stories about lawmen and gunslingers with fantastical creatures and otherworldly powers. So not only will you be able to engage in shootouts at noon, but also transform into everything from a werewolf to a tornado!

If that kind of nonsense sounds like it's right up your alley, I'm afraid I have somewhat bad news to deliver. Due to the WolfEye Studios team needing a bit more time in order to ensure Weird West is fully polished, the release date has now been pushed back from January 11 to March 31, 2022.

Control artwork for the Hiss

Despite already working on a numerous new games, including a co-op focused spin-off of Control, Remedy Entertainment has just announced a brand new one. The freshly revealed project Vanguard is still extremely early in development so the details are few and far between, but so far it looks like it's going to be a free-to-play, co-operative PvE shooter.

While Vanguard will be an original IP and take place in its very own universe, it will share the same focus on narrative as some of Remedy's previous games. As for the release platforms, Vanguard will be developed with Unreal Engine and will be launching onto both PC and consoles.

Steam's best games of the year 2021 roundup

In celebration of the quality games released this year, as well as old ones that have managed to stay relevant despite fierce competition, Valve has now revealed the most successful and popular games of 2021. The list covers everything from the top sellers to the best received controller games, so it's quite an interesting read!

While there are some repeats from last year, especially from the AAA camp, I'm pleased to say that there's a solid variety of indie games sprinkled throughout the various categories. I especially have to highlight Valheim here as it's a relatively small, microtransaction-free game that has managed to stand shoulder to shoulder with giants like Destiny 2, Dota 2 and even Apex Legends in terms of revenue.

Final Fantasy VI pixel remaster artwork and logo

If you were holding out hope that the Final Fantasy VI pixel remaster would arrive this year as previously announced, I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you. According to the freshly posted developer update, the pixel remaster has been pushed back to February 2022, though no exact release date has been given just yet.

"In order to bring you the best experience possible, we're allowing the necessary time to apply final polish while finishing development on the game," reads the brief update. "We will be adding new items for those that pre-purchase the game individually, or have purchased the pixel remaster bundle on Steam."

Homeworld 3 screenshot of ancient relics in space

It took nearly two decades and a highly successful crowdfunding campaign to make it happen, but the classic Homeworld RTS series is getting a brand new sequel next year! While the exact date has not been revealed just yet, Homeworld 3 will be launching in in the later part of 2022.

Much like its predecessors, Homeworld 3 will be heavily focused on large-scale fleet battles in full 3D space. As such, you'll not only need to think about your army composition and weaponry, but also the angle you're attacking from as the more impressive ships will have plenty of weaknesses that can be exploited, as well as plenty of strengths you'll definitely want to avoid running headfirst into.