DayZ screenshot of a ruined road and a character walking on it

After nearly 5 years in development, DayZ has just recently transitioned to Beta alongside a massive patch. Now, if you're expecting the same pattern to repeat for DayZ's journey to full release, I'm afraid you would be quite wrong as the developers have now announced that DayZ 1.0 will be officially arriving on December 13th - a mere month after the start of the Beta phase!

While the recently posted trailer might not offer much in terms of details, it should at least give you an idea of the sort of visual improvements DayZ has been undergoing in the past few months. Have a gander:

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 screenshot of Sugar Plum Fairy Mercy

[Update]: Added the awesome-looking Krampus Junkrat to the list!

Overwatch's third annual Winter Wonderland event is set to arrive this December 11th for both PC and consoles. You can expect to see festive variants of numerous maps (including a newly redone Blizzard World), the Yeti Hunt and Mei Snowball game modes, all of the previous Winter Wonderland cosmetics and voice lines, and naturally, a whole bunch of new skins to collect!

If you're wondering what exactly these skins might look like, wonder no more as Blizzard has now released brief teasers for quite a few of them. The quality isn't exactly the greatest as Twitter videos are heavily compressed, but you should still be able to get a pretty darn good idea of what to expect. Have a gander, and if you desire a closer look just click on the image to go to Blizzard's announcement:

Dragon Age 4 mural artwork from the teaser trailer

During one of their recent developer updates, BioWare announced that there are some interesting things happening with Dragon Age behind the scenes, and that we will be hearing more about it in the near future. As such, I'm sure it won't come as much of a surprise to hear that BioWare has now unveiled a brand new Dragon Age game! What might come as a bit of a shock, however, is that we currently know almost nothing about it.

So while I can't give you any actual details, I can share with you the recently posted and rather intriguing teaser trailer. Have a gander, and if the voice sounds familiar, that would be because it's Solas doing the narration:

Subnautica screenshot of a Reaper Leviathan attack

The Epic Games Store, as you would imagine from the name alone, is Epic Games' newly revealed storefront that promises some pretty great features for both developers and players alike. For example, instead of the usual 30% cut you might find on Steam, the Epic Games Store will only take 12% off each purchase, and if the game itself was developed in the Unreal Engine, also waive the usual 5% royalty fee.

A pretty good deal for developers, there's no denying that, but not exactly relevant for the actual players. So in order to satisfy this second group, Epic Games have just announced that they will be giving away a new game every two weeks throughout 2019. The first free game will be the always-excellent Subnautica, available from December 14th to December 27th, after which you'll have a chance to grab Super Meat Boy from December 28th to January 10th.

The Outer Worlds in-game screenshot of a giant moon

While both Fallout 3 and 4 are games I've had a genuinely good time with, it is Fallout: New Vegas that I consider the very best of the modern trilogy. It may have been slightly rushed and the Legion storyline never really got the attention it deserved, but its world-building and storytelling are so strong that I still feel the need to reinstall it every couple of years, just to experience it all over again.

With that in mind, I hope you can understand just how delighted I am to announce that Obsidian Entertainment is now working on a new open world, story-driven RPG called The Outer Worlds. As you might imagine given Obsidian's previous work, the focus in The Outer Worlds will be on exploring the wide-open world and seeing what sort of nonsense you can find, chatting up a variety of companions, and perhaps most importantly of all, making some tough decisions that will have an impact on the overall story.

Journey artwork showing a sand-swept ruin

Long before "walking simulators" were even thought of as a genre, Journey released as a thoroughly enjoyable exploration and adventure game. While the gameplay itself was relatively simplistic, none of that truly mattered as Journey was all about navigating the gorgeous world, taking in the sights, and slowly but surely piecing together the overall story. Or in other words, it was all about the journey!

However, despite receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from across the globe, Journey did have one major flaw - it was a PlayStation exclusive. Thankfully, it would appear that this will soon stop being the case given that Journey now has a store page on Epic's newly revealed Epic Games Store.

The Elder Scrolls Online screenshot of Alinor from the Summerset expansion

While it originally launched as a bit of a mess, The Elder Scrolls Online has slowly but surely managed to carve itself a comfortable niche among the incredibly competitive MMORPG genre. So if you would like to see what exactly has improved over time, as well as what The Elder Scrolls Online has to offer as a whole, you might be interested to hear that the developers have now announced a free weekend.

More specifically, from now until December 12th you can experience everything the base game and its Morrowind expansion have to offer, which should be enough content to keep you busy for quite a while. And if you find yourself itching for more, the most recent Summerset expansion will also be on a 50% discount until December 20th.