Overwatch artwork for Sigma from the animated short

[Update]: Overwatch's new map Kanezaka has now landed alongside the Sigma, Ashe and Wrecking Ball nerfs.

Continuing with last year's effort to reduce the overall power level of heroes, Blizzard has now released a brand new experimental update for Overwatch. It brings with it some heavy nerfs to Sigma, Wrecking Ball and Ashe, as well as an unexpected buff for Hanzo.

All of these changes are currently available for testing in-game through the Experimental game mode, but before you run off, here's what exactly Blizzard is looking to tweak:

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

[Update]: Creative Assembly has begun teasing a major Total War: Warhammer announcement.

Thanks to the somewhat recent The Twisted & The Twilight update, Total War: Warhammer 2's Wood Elf faction and campaign have been reworked from the ground up. This rework brought with it an entirely new set of campaign mechanics focused around healing a variety of magical forests, new legendary lord abilities and buffs, a rebalance of the entire unit roster, and perhaps most importantly, the removal of the Amber restriction for purchasing high-tier units.

While these changes were certainly a step in the right direction, some of them have ended up falling a bit short of their goal, especially when it comes to making the oldschool Wood Elf legendary lords more interesting to mess around with. So in order to correct this, Creative Assembly has now released a brand new update that's almost entirely about polishing up the Wood Elves.

Potential teaser for Titan Quest 2

After being mostly forgotten for an entire decade, Titan Quest underwent a bit of a revival over the past few years. The Anniversary Edition set the foundations back in 2016, after which the Ragnarok and Atlantis expansions beefed up the oldschool ARPG with a ton of new content to mess around with.

The good news doesn't end there as HandyGames, a studio under THQ Nordic's banner, has recently shared a teaser for their brand new game. While they didn't announce any details about this new project, the artwork fits the Titan Quest world and themes extremely well, leading many (including me) to believe that this might just be Titan Quest 2!

World of Warcraft artwork for The Maw and Torghast

If you're like me and you decided to tackle the Shadowlands leveling process at a fairly relaxed pace, you've most likely noticed that you're not doing the same Torghast weekly quests as other people. This would be because Blizzard made it so you can only get one quest a week, regardless of when you started. So the longer you waited to get to level 60, the further behind you would be compared to those that rushed things.

Thankfully, this fairly massive issue has now been corrected. The entirety of the Torghast questline is now fully unlocked for all characters, regardless of when they hit level 60. Naturally, you'll still need to go through the full questline one step at a time to catch up, but that's definitely a much better alternative than being stuck a month in the past.

Metro: Last Light Redux screenshot of mutants in the dark

If you're looking to start the new year with a fresh new playthrough, today is your lucky day as GOG is currently running a rather exciting giveaway. The game in question, as you can probably deduce from the title, is the pretty darn solid Metro: Last Light Redux that combines first-person shooting with some highly atmospheric environments and plenty of overgrown ruins to explore.

As always, there is a little bit of a catch. This giveaway will only be live for another ~12 hours, so you might want to grab yourself a copy sooner rather than later. The good news is that once you have the game in your account you'll be able to play whenever you want without any sort of restrictions.

Life is Strange 2 screenshot from Episode 1

If you're not exactly sure which games to grab from the various winter sales, you might be interested to hear that Valve has now released a whole bunch of data for 2020. This covers things like best-selling games, most played games, best-selling VR games, best new releases, and curiously, best games to play with a controller!

There is far too information for me to cover in brief, so if you're interested in all of the details you'll find the full list over at Steam. For now, however, I would like to bring your attention to the most played games of 2020 as the list is rather interesting. Here they are, in no particular order:

Life is Feudal artwork with small logo

In a rather sudden announcement, developer Bitbox has stated that their survival-focused Life is Feudal: MMO will be closing down its doors on January 18, 2021. Where things get really strange is that instead of Life is Feudal being shut down due to a lack of funding or even a massive exodus of players, Bitbox are essentially being forced to stop operating its servers due to legal pressure.

"A couple of days ago we received an official letter from a certain company that basically says that they will stop paying us our share from LiF: MMO," reads the developer update. "There is nothing much we can do in a legal way since we do not have the required funds to pay for the costly legislation in the US. Especially in a situation where our own hard-earned money will be most probably used against us."

Hitman screenshot from the Dubai map

While the future of the Hitman series looked remarkably grim at one point, IO Interactive has not only managed to persevere, but also take the time to improve upon the classic formula. Things are likely to get even better in the near future as the culmination of the entire World of Assassination trilogy, Hitman 3, will be making its way to PC and consoles on January 20, 2021!

Hitman 3 will bring with it six sizable new locations to explore, including places like Dubai, Berlin and Chongqing. Owners of the previous two games will also be to import those maps into Hitman 3, while Hitman 2 players in specific will also be able to carry over all of their unlocks and progression.

DNF Duel artwork of the Knight from the trailer

If there is one thing Arc System Works are masters at, it would be taking other people's IPs and transforming them into pretty darn good fighting games. In these past two years they've done exactly that for Dragon Ball and Granblue Fantasy, while now they're setting their sights on the immensely popular Dungeon Fighter Online.

The details are unfortunately still few and far between, though what I can tell you is that the new fighting game will be called DNF Duel and that it will be made in Arc System Works' classic style. As for what this looks like in actual gameplay, that you can get a little sneak peek at through the trailer below. Have a gander:

Overwatch screenshot of the new snowman Roadhog skin

[Update]: Overwatch is heavily nerfing Sigma, Wrecking Ball and Ashe, while also buffing Hanzo.

The annual Winter Wonderland event has made its way to Overwatch a little while ago, bringing with it a whole assortment of goodies. There's a bunch of new cosmetics to unlock through either events or loot boxes, a variety of festive skins from previous events that you can grab at discounted prices, a very snowy reskin of King's Row, and even a brand new twist on the deathmatch mode.

If the cosmetics in particular are what tickles your fancy, you'll be extremely happy to hear that Blizzard has now sent out a bunch of free loot boxes to all players as a small gift for the holidays! In order to unlock your five free loot boxes you merely need to log into Overwatch before January 5, 2021. There's no catch or anything like that - simply log in and you'll be able to get a bunch of the new event items!