Ys IX: Monstrum Nox official artwork for the JRPG adventure

I have to give credit where credit is due, the team behind the PC version of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is incredibly dedicated! Not only was the original port well made, but the devs also went through the trouble of adding local co-op as nifty little bonus!

Usually that would be the end of the story given that we're nearing a year since launch, but the Ys IX: Monstrum Nox team has now returned yet again with a brand new update! This time around there's no new content to toy around with, but rather some new optimizations and technical enhancements that should help improve performance by up to 25% for those with weaker CPUs.

Dying Light studio Techland's artwork for their new open world fantasy RPG

Since the main team is going to very busy fulfilling their promise for five years of post-launch support for Dying Light 2, Techland has now begun hiring a brand new team for a currently unannounced project. While the details are still few and far between, I can tell you that the new game will be a massive, fantasy themed open world action-RPG set in a brand new universe.

“...our ambition is to introduce a brand new IP that is vastly different from what we have been doing for the past several years,” reads the brief update. “We want to create a fully next-gen experience. A new fantasy epic set in a sprawling open world, fueled by the skills and experience we have gained as a team over the years, infused with new ideas, passion, and creativity. While we cannot share more details about this project now, we're all truly invested in it and looking forward to showing it to gamers when the time is right.”

Guild Wars 2 artwork for the return to Living World Season 1 - Flame and Frost

[Update]: Sky Pirates has now arrived alongside an assortment of fancy new weapon skins.

In an effort to bring back all of the Living World Season 1 content after a decade of absence, the Guild Wars 2 team has now started re-releasing updated versions of the original episodes. The very first one Flame and Frost has already arrived, and on May 24th the Sky Pirates episode will bring with it the long-lost continuation of the story and a reintroduction to Captain Mai Trin and detective Marjory Delaqua.

Much like its predecessor, Sky Pirates will be a permanent addition that's freely available to all players. So regardless of what expansions you may or may not own, you'll be able to play through the old storylines at your leisure.

Borderlands 3 saintly looking bandit artwork and logo

[Update]: With the Borderlands 3 giveaway now over, the excellent BioShock: The Collection has taken its place!

If you've got a bit of free time and you're looking for something to sink your teeth into, you'll be pleased to hear that Borderlands 3 is currently entirely free to grab! Simply head on over to the Epic Games Store, snag yourself a copy, and you'll be able to enjoy as much toilet humor as you can possible want!

The catch, as always, is that the giveaway is time limited. As such, make sure to get Borderlands 3 before the whole giveaway goes away on May 26th. You don't even need to install the game. Just add it to your account and you'll be able to play it whenever you want and for however long you want.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong vampire RPG artwork for one of the characters

While the Vampire: The Masquerade setting can easily lend itself to a myriad of unique and awesome games, many of them have so far ended up being an ambitious yet rather messy affair. Unsurprisingly, the newly released Vampire: The Masquerade – Swansong seems to have followed the exact same formula as most of its predecessors.

Swansong's premise is remarkably fun, as you're essentially thrust into a vampire detective story where important choices have to be made quickly and frequently, with each one seemingly having major and far-reaching consequences. The problem is that both the gameplay and presentation are so janky that it's often going to be difficult to truly immerse yourself into the world and its characters.

The Knights of the Mediterranean expansion artwork for Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition strategy game

[Update]: The Knights of the Mediterranean expansion has now arrived, and so far things are looking pretty good.

Despite it being somewhat overshadowed by the much more popular Age of Empires 2 and 4, I'm happy to say that Age of Empires 3 has not been forgotten. In fact, it's actually going through a bit of a renaissance right now as the Definitive Edition is getting ready to receive a brand new expansion on May 26th, 2022!

The Knights of the Mediterranean will bring with it Malta and Italy as two new civilizations, an assortment of all-new historical maps modeled after some of the most memorable European conflicts, as well as a casual friendly new game mode - Tycoon. This one is a little bit unusual since the focus is not on direct combat, but rather on economic superiority. A bit of an unexpected addition for an Age of Empires game, but it should at the very least be a nice little break from the hectic multiplayer matches.

Total War: Warhammer 3 artwork for the first round of Regiment of Renown units

[Update #2]: Immortal Empires will be coming in August with 86 playable factions and a bunch of awesome improvements!

[Update]: Total War: Warhammer 3's greatly anticipated combined campaign map Immortal Empires is heading into Beta in Q3 2022.

As a part of their efforts to fix Total War: Warhammer 3's many problems, Creative Assembly has now unleashed Update 1.2. You can expect to see changes to the auto-resolve and the AI's aggression towards the player, better pathfinding and target acquisition for your armies, as well as the very first wave of Regiments of Renown - powerful and lore based units that all come with their own special abilities and appearances.

You can get a quick overview of what all of these changes and additions look like in action through the developer update below. Have a gander:

Fall Guys artwork for the free-to-play Season 1 artwork

[Update]: The day has finally come - Fall Guys has now gone free-to-play!

After a full month of events and teasers, the Fall Guys team has now finally spilled the beans! As many of you may have already guessed, the big reveal is that Fall Guys will be going free-to-play on June 21st, 2022 for PC, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as the free-to-play version will also launch with cross-play and cross-progression between the various platforms. So regardless of what you're using to play and who you're teaming up with, things should work without a hitch.

MTG Arena artwork for the Battle for Baldur's Gate Alchemy set

[Update]: MTG Arena's June 2nd update is adding new cards and long requested quality-of-life improvements.

In an effort to spice up the struggling Alchemy format MTG Arena will be bringing in the Commander focused Battle for Baldur's Gate set on July 7th, 2022. Instead of being a simple copy, however, MTG Arena's Alchemy Horizons: Baldur's Gate set will rebalance a bunch of cards with 1v1 play in mind, as well as add a couple of all-new extras.

As the name might imply, Alchemy Horizons: Baldur's Gate will be fully legal in the Alchemy format, as well as in Historic and Historic Brawl. Out of the three, Historic Brawl is likely going to be the format that benefits the most from its inclusion as the influx of new commanders and ramp artifacts should significantly shake up the meta.

Overwatch screenshot for the support hero Moira and her orb ability

[Update #2]: Overwatch 2 devs have now unveiled the very first roadmap alongside Junker Queen's cinematic short.

[Update]: Overwatch 2's PvP mode is going free-to-play and launching on October 4th, 2022!

Given their importance in the new 5v5 world, tanks have so far received the most attention from the Overwatch 2 team. This is the most apparent with Orisa, a hero that went from being a fairly boring line-holder to the ultimate killing machine that simply bulldozes her way through any opposition. Needless to say, she's been through one heck of a glow up!

However, not all heroes have made the transition to Overwatch 2 quite so successfully. Junkrat and Symmetra, two heroes that have been heavily geared towards combating shield tanks, have suddenly found themselves without much purpose in the significantly more dynamic Overwatch 2. So in order to sort this issue out, Blizzard is currently looking into reworking either their weapons or abilities, all with the intention being to promote more skillful play and give the two heroes an interesting niche to fill.