Metro Exodus screenshot of a broken gas mask

[Update]: Metro Exodus' second DLC Sam's Story has now been released, while the Steam version has also been confirmed for February 15th.

Almost right before Metro Exodus released onto PC, it was revealed that the developers signed an exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Store. While they still honored all pre-orders (both digital and physical) and delivered a Steam key as promised, this move caused quite a ruckus as a fair chunk of players felt that they were being forced into a storefront they simply didn't care for.

If you belong to that group, or you if simply didn't feel like leaving the comfort of Steam, you might be interested to hear that Metro Exodus will be coming back to Steam on February 15th. Naturally, the Season Pass and the upcoming Sam's Story DLC will be following it on February 15th as well.

Overwatch screenshot of Hanzo getting hit by a snowball

[Update]: The PTR has now been updated with new nerfs to Widowmaker, Brigitte and Wrecking Balls, as well as a small buff to Symmetra.

According to a recent developer update, Overwatch will soon be getting its own take on hero bans - Hero Pools. These Hero Pools will be manually curated by Blizzard, and will briefly remove a couple of heroes from Competitive Play in order to shake up the meta. As of right now, the plan is to remove two DPS heroes, one tank and one support each week.

If you're curious about what sort of effects on the meta this could have, as well as whether the system is even any fun, you might want to check out the newly released PTR update. Since it's the test server, Blizzard is currently rotating through the Hero Pools on an hourly basis, so you should be able to get a pretty good impression of just how heavily this new system will impact the competitive balance.

Apex Legends trailer artwork for Revenant

After a couple of rounds of teasers, Apex Legends' Season 4 update has now finally arrived. It brings with it Revenant as a highly aggressive new legend, a battle pass filled with all sorts of cosmetic goodies, a new bolt-action sniper rifle, as well as some highly needed changes to the World's Edge map.

As you might guess from the original trailer, Revenant has a rather interesting set of abilities. His passive allows him to crouch walk faster and climb higher up walls, while his active ability is a grenade that deals damage and disables all enemy abilities for 10 seconds. The ultimate takes the cake, however, as Revenant drops a totem that protects both him and his teammates from death. Instead of simply getting downed, those affected by the totem will return to it with 1 health, which means you can play as aggressively as you want, as long as the totem itself is safe.

World of Warcraft screenshot of the new corrupted gear

In an effort to respond to players complaining about the random power boosts from titanforged gear, Blizzard implemented a brand new system with the Visions of N'Zoth update - corrupted gear. In theory, corrupted gear was supposed to be incredibly powerful, yet also risky to wear as the strongest pieces would give you debilitating effects until you leveled up your legendary cloak. A pretty neat idea, all things considered.

When it comes to reality, however, corrupted gear ended up being an even worse version of titanforging. Not only is corrupted gear acquired completely at random, but certain corruption effects are so ridiculously strong that they can account for 20-30% of a player's damage. So if you got lucky and landed on the right pieces, you could absolutely demolish your competition in both PvE and PvP. And if you didn't, well, sucks to be you!

Resident Evil 3 remake screenshot of the Tyrant Nemesis

After the extremely well made Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom will be attempting to push things even further with Resident Evil 3 this April 3rd. That's not going to be easy, however, as Nemesis will need to be an even more impressive and terrifying threat than Resident Evil 2's rather dapper Mr. X!

While the details about Nemesis are still few and far between, especially when it comes to his behavior now that there are no load zones, you can get a bit of a sneak peek at what the big boy has to offer through one of the recently posted trailers. Have a gander:

Apex Legends screenshot showing off the new Planet Harvester location

[Update]: Apex Legends' Season 4 has now arrived alongside a bunch of new content and balance changes.

Assimilation, Apex Legends' massive Season 4 update, is set to arrive later today (February 4th). It'll bring with it the deadly Revenant as a new legend, a new battle pass filled with a whole bunch of flashy cosmetics, a new bolt-action sniper rifle, and most importantly of all, drastic changes to the World's Edge map.

You can get a bit of an idea of what all of this looks like in action, as well as what Revenant's abilities might be, through the recently posted gameplay trailer. Have a gander, it's a pretty fun video:

Warcraft 3: Reforged artwork of an Orc warrior

[Update]: Blizzard has now started offering full refunds for Warcraft 3: Reforged, though it's unclear how long this offer will last.

After a lengthy beta test, Warcraft 3: Reforged released a short while ago. Unfortunately, instead of getting a whole new generation of players hooked onto Warcraft 3, Reforged launched with quite a few problems and missing features.

While the model quality for the newly updated units is fairly solid, the art style isn't exactly consistent so certain characters just look a bit... off. There are also problems with the performance with multiplayer matches occasionally stuttering for no reason, and there is also a noticeable lack of community-focused features like profiles, tournaments and leaderboards. So as you might imagine, the Warcraft 3 community isn't exactly happy with Blizzard right now.

Torchlight 3 official artwork and logo

Torchlight Frontiers was originally supposed to be a free-to-play action RPG following in the footsteps of the first two Torchlight games. However, if the feedback coming from the closed test is any indicator, Torchlight Frontiers was a bit unfocused and just not all that fun to actually play.

As such, I am very happy to say that Torchlight Frontiers is getting heavily redesigned and subsequently rebranded as Torchlight 3. Besides simply swapping the name, Torchlight 3 will be a paid game with no in-game microtransactions, and will feature a more classic Act structure like the previous games. Most importantly of all, you'll be able to play both offline and online, though your offline characters won't be able to go online due to obvious concerns about cheating.

Metro Exodus snowy screenshot from the Expansion Pass

[Update #2]: Sam's Story DLC has now been released, and it seems to be a fair bit larger than its predecessor.

[Update]: Metro Exodus will be coming back to Steam on February 15th, one day after the exclusivity deal expires.

If you've finished up Metro Exodus and you're now left yearning for more, you'll be glad to hear that the second-story focused expansion will be arriving this February 11th. Much like the first expansion, Sam's Story will not be focusing on the series' protagonist Artyom, but rather on a brand new character - Sam, a lone US marine desperately searching for a way back home.

"Sam has long dreamed of returning to his homeland, and maybe finding his family alive," reads the brief description. "The prospect seemed impossible in the darkened tunnels of the Metro, but when the Spartans discovered that Moscow was not the only city left alive after the war, holding out hope didn’t feel so foolish anymore."

Final Fantasy VII remake screenshot of Cloud clashing with Sephiroth

[Update]: Square Enix has now released the lengthy cinematic intro for the Final Fantasy VII remake.

The remake of the classic JRPG Final Fantasy VII will be making its way to the PlayStation 4 this March 3rd. However, according to its recently revealed box, Final Fantasy VII is only going to be a timed exclusive for the PS4. In other words, it's very likely that Final Fantasy VII will arrive onto PC and Xbox One at some point in 2021.

Continuing on with the good news, Square Enix has now also revealed a brand new gameplay trailer that highlights the updated storyline, characters and voice acting. Have a gander, there's a lot of new gameplay footage: