Google Stadia game streaming service artwork

After a little over two years of activity, Google's game streaming service Stadia is now getting ready to join the likes of Google+ and Google Hangouts on the great farm in the sky. As is to be expected, once the servers shut down for good on January 18th, 2023 you'll lose access to all of your games, save files and other data.

Thankfully, it's not all bad news. First and foremost, Google will be issuing refunds for all game and add-on content purchases made through the Stadia store. This process is fully automatic and should be mostly completed by January 18th, though don't be surprised if it takes a little while longer given the sheer scale of the operation.

MTG Arena artwork showing off Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines card from the ONE expansion

[Update #2]: The Phyrexia: All Will be One expansion has now arrived with plenty of poison and proliferation.

[Update]: MTG Arena's January update has nerfed the Goblin Trapfinder combo, as well as buffed numerous Spirits & Samurai.

Now that The Brother's War set has been thoroughly explored, both in Limited and Constructed formats, it's time to start looking towards the future and the upcoming Phyrexia: All Will be One expansion. While things are definitely looking up on the gameplay front, the story is going to be a lot more grim than usual as five out of the ten featured Planeswalkers are going to find themselves compleated and thus switching sides.

Which of the characters have gotten captured and which are now confirmed to be safe, that you'll have to find out on your own as the speculation and anticipation are all part of the fun. You can begin your journey with the first chapter of the new storyline titled Uncontrolled Descent which, unsurprisingly, sees our heroes arrive on New Phyrexia.

Ubisoft Skull and Bones broadside cannon attack artwork

Ubisoft's pirate-themed game Skull and Bones was originally announced in 2017 and pinned for a 2018 launch - right on schedule to compete with Rare's ambitious Sea of Thieves. As you're likely well aware that didn't exactly go according to plan, and so Skull and Bones was first pushed back to 2019, then 2020, then 2021, then 2022, and then eventually 2023 as well.

However, after getting tired of shuffling the release date around for half a decade at this point, Ubisoft finally announced that Skull and Bones will be launching onto PC and consoles on March 9th, 2023! Unsurprisingly, that sort of certainty did not last very long. In a new announcement that I'm sure is going to come as a massive surprise, Ubisoft has now revealed that Skull and Bones has been delayed yet again.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight's Update 10.0.5 screenshot of the new Trading Post system

[Update]: Patch 10.0.5 has now arrived alongside a sizable batch of balance changes.

If your favorite part of an MMO is making your character look ridiculously awesome, or just plain ol' ridiculous, you'll be happy to hear that World of Warcraft: Dragonflight's upcoming Update 10.0.5 is all about the cosmetics. First and foremost, once it arrives this January 24th Update 10.0.5 will finally allow you to transmog the appearance of poor (grey) and common (white) quality items. Many of these items represent highly thematic sets from the various starter zones, so expect to see a whole bunch of interesting new customization options to mess around with.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as Update 10.0.5 will also be launching alongside The Storm’s Fury event. The event will spin up every five hours and will take place at the Temporal Conflux portal in Thaldraszus. Braving its various challenges will grant you Essences of the Storm - a currency that can then be used to acquire items like the Skyskin Hornstrider mount, Time-Lost Vorquin Foal pet, or other such goodies.

Dead Space artwork showing off Isaac in space

[Update]: The Dead Space remake has now landed onto PC and consoles, and so far it's looking quite good!

After quite a few teasers and previews, the comprehensive Dead Space remake will be launching onto PC and consoles this January 27th, 2023. The new version has been rebuilt from the ground up in order to offer higher fidelity visuals, enhanced audio, as well as a bunch of gameplay improvements to help tie everything together. That said, don't worry about things changing too much as the remake seems to have gone to great lengths to stay true to the original game's vision and style.

The good news doesn't end there, however, as it looks like the Dead Space remake will come with a little gift for those that have pre-purchased the game - a copy of Dead Space 2! You'll only be granted access to Dead Space 2 once the Dead Space remake launches on January 27th, so there's no need to rush things. Instead, take a few moments to check out the reviews and various previews (once they appear) before deciding whether the Dead Space remake is worth committing your time and money to.

Key art for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Souls-like action RPG from Apex Legends studio

[Update]: A small change of plans - Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has been pushed back to August 28th, 2023.

If you picked up Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order during one of the numerous holiday sales and you're now itching for even more enemies to slice up, you'll be happy to hear that the sequel is nearly upon us! Provided nothing goes awry, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will be making its way onto PC, PlayStation and Xbox this March 17th at a ~70€ price tag.

The story in Survivor will take place five years after the original and will have a much darker tone as the Empire's grip has only gotten tighter and tighter with time. It's not all bad news, however, as Cal's powers have grown as well, as has the amount of world we'll get to explore throughout the campaign.

Apex Legends artwork for Catalyst in Season 15

In order to help spice up the last stretch of Season 15, the Apex Legends team is currently in the process of releasing a sizable new update. Once it arrives later today, the Spellbound update will bring with it a variety of new cosmetics to collect (including a heirloom for Seer), the ability to create private matches, a refreshed version of the 9v9 Control game mode, as well as some small yet impactful balance changes.

Since the new cosmetics are the most eye-catching part of the update, allow me to share with you the gameplay trailer showing off both the paid and free ones. Have a gander:

Immortals of Aveum Sigil weapon screenshot from the magic-based FPS game

If you're tired of being competitive and just want to blast things apart in the comfort of a singleplayer campaign, you might want to keep an eye on the upcoming Immortals of Aveum. In short, Immortals of Aveum is going to be a singleplayer, first-person shooter where instead of conventional guns you'll have to rely on an assortment of powerful spells and magical doodads to carve a path through hordes of enemies.

No gameplay trailer has been released so far, but you can get a bit of an idea of the sort of world, weapons and atmosphere Immortals of Aveum is going for through the announcement trailer below. Have a gander:

Final Fantasy XIV screenshot of Myths of the Realm, Part 2: Euphrosyne from Patch 6.3

[Update]: Patch 6.3 is now live. Have fun with all of the new stuff!

A fair few months have gone by since Final Fantasy XIV's Patch 6.2, so I hope you're nice and ready for an influx of brand new content. I say this because the rather chunky Patch 6.3 will be launching tomorrow, on January 10th!

You can expect to see a new dungeon and raid, a variety of new main and side quests to dive into, a bunch of new additions for Island Sanctuaries, as well as a whole host of new items, cosmetics and corgi-themed accessories. There's also going to be new treasures maps leading you to delicious loot, new craftable items to decorate your house, as well as an assortment fixes and quality-of-life improvements to spruce up the endgame.

Artwork and logo for the modern System Shock Remake

It took nearly seven years and a whole bunch of delays for us to get here, but the end of the road is finally in sight! If everything goes according to plan, the System Shock Remake will be fully unleashed at some point in March 2023.

The System Shock Remake will bring with it all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled user interface, entirely new sounds and music, and even a bit of extra performance from the original voice actor of SHODAN. And just to spice things up even further, the System Shock Remake will also bring with it a couple of new enemy variants in order to provide the players with all sorts of new challenges.