Prey (2017) screenshot of the mimic enemies

In a bit of a surprising turn of events, the Prey (2017) developers have now come to announce that they have removed the somewhat controversial Denuvo DRM from the Steam version. This now make the Steam copy the same as the one found on other storefronts like GOG or the Microsoft Store.

When it comes to concrete improvements, however, there is a chance this will make your Steam version load slightly faster, suffer from slightly fewer crashes, as well as sport slightly better performance. The reason I'm so conservative in my estimates here is that all of this will heavily depend on your individual PC, so don't be shocked if you either see a gigantic shift or barely any changes at all.

Valorant artwork for agent Killjoy

If there is one thing FPS players seem to universally hate, it would be automated turrets. This is a fact that even the Valorant developers themselves are clearly aware of given that the newly announced and turret-placing Agent is rather cheekily named Killjoy.

When it comes to abilities, Killjoy has the aforementioned turret that can cover a fairly large area, though its damage output is thankfully not all that high. If that's just not enough protection for you, however, Killjoy also sports a stationary alarm bot that can explode and make enemies more vulnerable to damage, thus directly synergizing with both the turret and Killjoy herself.

Overwatch Genji screenshot of him fighting assassins

[Update]: The latest patch has brought in experimental Assault (2CP) changes and Genji nerfs.

Due to the recent shuriken buffs, Genji has quickly become one of the most powerful heroes in all of Overwatch. In order to put a stop to his rampage and make it so ranked games revolve around more than just nano-blades, Blizzard has quite recently issued a small but reasonable nerf to his damage.

However, it would appear that Genji has become even more powerful than anyone could've expected as he has just straight up deflected these nerfs right back into Blizzard's face! And so, in a move that doesn't happen all that often with Overwatch, Blizzard has pulled back the update and will be releasing it again in the near future.

Warhammer 40k: Darktide screenshot of the squad from the trailer

After making one of the best depictions of the Warhammer Fantasy universe, Vermintide studio Fatshark is now setting their sights on Warhammer 40,000. While the details on the upcoming Darktide are unfortunately few and far between, it will once again be a four-player co-op action game that will have you face off against hordes upon hordes of Chaos fanatics and monstrosities!

You can get a little bit of an idea of what to expect, as well as what sort of malformed enemies you'll be fighting against, through the recently posted trailer. Have a gander, and just remember, these four unfortunate saps won't be the playable characters:

Screenshot of Steam's new beta access tools

If you've ever participated in a beta for a game on Steam, or simply had access to a preview build, you're likely well aware that the whole process is a bit messy. First of all, there is no way to sign up for the beta itself through Steam, so you'll likely have to create an account on some other website and sign up through that.

And then, even if you're chosen, the developers either have to give you a brand new Steam key for a different version of the game, or a password for the beta build which can potentially be shared with others. Either way, it's not exactly an elegant solution.

Overwatch artwork showing off Genji

[Update #2]: The latest patch has brought in experimental Assault (2CP) changes and Genji nerfs.

[Update]: It seems like the Moira changes are being pulled back for now, though she will be going through another round of testing in the future.

Blizzard has attempted to change Moira in some way through quite a few of the recent updates, but unfortunately, not a single one of the tweaks ever worked because they were mostly focused around the numbers. With this most recent update, however, Blizzard has chosen to take things in a bit of a different direction.

As such, under the new experimental system, Moira's fade now also fades all nearby allies once she exits. Additionally, Blizzard has greatly reduced her primary fire lock-on radius and changed the damage orbs so that they now have a stronger effect the closer you are to them. The goal, as you might imagine, is to promote more skillful play from both Moira and her targets.

Total War: Warhammer 2 The Warden & The Paunch artwork

[Update]: Total War: Warhammer 2's next major update will bring the long-anticipated Wood Elf rework!

While the recent The Warden & The Paunch update brought with it an assortment of improvements for the Greenskins, it sadly also added some rather nasty bugs. Creative Assembly quickly tried to correct them through a beta update, but as is tradition with any sort of major project, this only resulted in even more problems cropping up.

All that nonsense is now thankfully over as the final beta update has corrected pretty much all of the problems, including some of the minor ones like all of the agents T-posing around on the campaign map. More importantly, with the issues now finally fixed, the beta update has been unleashed onto the live game as well!

Mafia 1 remaster artwork of the main character in heavy shadow

While two thirds of the Mafia: Trilogy collection have already been released, mostly with a couple of relatively small updates, the most interesting part is still in development - the full Mafia 1 remake. The reason this is the case is because Mafia 1 is being recreated from the ground up with greatly improved visuals and expanded dialogue, more storylines and backstories, additional cutscenes and gameplay features, as well as a variety of minor quality-of-life upgrades.

As for what exactly all of this looks like in gameplay terms, as well as how much the visuals have been improved, that you can find out through the recently posted developer preview. Have a gander, it's a rather lengthy one:

Total War: Troy artwork for Menelaus of Sparta

[Update]: Total War: Troy's Amazons DLC will be free to grab just like the base game.

Unlike the rest of the Total War series, Troy will be releasing this August 13th exclusively for the Epic Games Store. More importantly, it will also be entirely free to grab for the first 24 hours after launch!

So if you're curious just what Troy has to offer, as well as how its campaign differs from the rest of the series, you might want to check out the newest gameplay preview. It features Menelaus of Sparta and his campaign mechanics, which while seemingly quite simple, can result in some incredibly diverse and interesting armies. Have a look:

Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time official artwork without logo

It has been a fair few years since the series concluded, but Samurai Jack will soon be back for yet another battle against Aku! You can expect to see the Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time action-adventure this August 21st on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Switch.

As you might imagine, Battle Through Time will have you explore and ransack a variety of locations spanning across both time and space, team up with some of the fan-favorite characters from the show, and naturally, toy around with over a dozen different weapons and accompanying skills. Perhaps most importantly, at least as far as authenticity is concerned, the original voice-actors will be reprising their roles!