Capcom asks select fans to test new Resident Evil game

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A new Resident Evil game is in the works and a select group of fans will test it next month, according to a Capcom email sent to members of the Resident Evil Ambassadors program in Japan.

The email, shared and translated by Resident Evil site Biohaze, says series developer Capcom Division 1 is "recruiting testers for a game that’s in development", and that the test will occur on either September 8 or 9. 

It’s not known whether the test is for Resident Evil 8, or a remake of an existing game, or perhaps a spin-off. Capcom hasn’t announced what it’s doing next with the series, although it said in August that it wants to "explore" more remakes. The success, and brilliance, of the Resident Evil 2 Remake will surely encourage them further.

Thanks, Destructoid.

Valve updates Team Fortress 2 trading rules following hat market crash

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Team Fortress 2’s in-game economy went haywire last week when a bug showered players with rare, Unusual quality hats. Valve fixed the bug the following day and trade-locked the affected hats, stopping anyone profiting from the glitch—but it’s now relented, and says players can trade one of the hats they obtained via the bug.

The hats came from older item crates: for a short window, opening one such crate guaranteed you an Unusual hat, which are the most sought-after items in TF2. On investigation, Valve said that a "small number of accounts acquired these hats, and a smaller portion of those accounts acquired an exceedingly large number of them" in the aftermath.

It has ruled that players can trade the first bugged hat added to their account. The rest will be permanently trade-locked. If you have more than one, you can refund the cost of the hats, or the crates or keys you got them from. Refunds will go live in "about a week", Valve said yesterday. The number of hats made tradeable represents roughly a month’s worth of Unusuals.

Some players actually deleted the hats because they were worried they’d done something wrong by opening a bugged crate, Valve said. "While we appreciate the concern, you didn’t do anything wrong, so hats from bugged crates deleted before the tradable date will be restored to your accounts with the same restrictions described above.

"We apologize for the inconvenience of this incident, and we’ve added safeguards to prevent incidents like this in the future," it added.

Valve apologizes for leaking Street Fighter 5 DLC characters, including E. Honda

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When E. Honda, Lucia and Poison were prematurely revealed as the next Street Fighter 5 DLC characters this week, it appeared someone at Capcom had got a bit over-excited and posted the trailer on Steam early. The sumo wrestler was out of the bag, and Capcom confirmed the news. But the error was actually Valve’s, and the company has apologized for the mix-up in a Steam post.

"On Wednesday of this week there was a mix-up in the publishing process at Valve that caused a trailer to go live on Steam ahead of schedule. The trailer includes the major reveal of Poison, Lucia, and E. Honda as characters joining the fighter roster," a Valve representative said on Steam.

"It’s a regrettable and unintentional situation, and we have already implemented measures to prevent this error from happening again. We are fans of Street Fighter ourselves and we’re sorry for the error."

You’ll be able to buy the characters individually tomorrow, August 4, and the next day they’ll all be in the Summer 2019 Character Bundle, which also contains an extra costume for each fighter. 

Street Fighter 5 is currently offering a free trial until August 11, in case you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss is about. The trial includes all launch and Season 3 characters—but not E. Honda, sadly.

Alan Wake and For Honor are free on the Epic Games Store

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Today is Friday, and that means it’s time for a gentle reminder—or, if you missed it the first time around, a heads-up—that Alan Wake and For Honor are free on the Epic Games Store if you want them.

For Honor is the Standard Edition, which normally goes for $40, so that’s a solid pickup if you don’t have it already. Alan Wake doesn’t carry quite that price tag—it’s almost ten years old now, you know—but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it’s probably a better pick if you’re looking for a narrative-driven single-player experience. Not that you have to pick because they’re both free this week, thanks to the fact that medieval dismemberment sim For Honor is rated M, which would mean no free game for those behind parental controls unless Epic also offered the T-rated Alan Wake.

Next week, the EGS is going back to just one free game: Gnog, "a 3D puzzle game set in a tactile world of toys and secrets." It’s playable in VR if you’ve got the hardware for it (it supports the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift) and in fact we rated it as one of the best VR games of 2018. Here’s a trailer.

Alan Wake and For Honor are free until August 9. Gnog will go free on August 8.

Our favorite budget 4K HDR monitor is $100 off right now

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In our best gaming monitors roundup, we gave the BenQ EL2870U the title of the best budget 4K HDR display, thanks to its impressive feature set and competitive price. Thankfully, it has now dropped even lower, as it’s now just $300 at multiple stores. This display uses a 27.9-inch Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) and support for HDR. It has both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, as well as dual 2W speakers and a headphone jack. 

The main drawbacks are the somewhat-lacklustre viewing angles (but when are you not looking at your monitor straight-on?) and the lack of a high refresh rate, but this is still an impressive package for $300, offering a very affordable way to get a genuinely quality 4K monitor into your setup. See more about what we thought in our review.

BenQ EL2870U 27.9" Monitor | $300 at BestBuy ($100 off)
This monitor offers a lot for a $300 price, including 4K, HDR, and FreeSync support (but only to 60Hz). It’s also available for the same price Newegg, B&H and Amazon—though the latter claims the saving is more around the $50 mark.View Deal

To see how it compares remember to check out the best gaming monitors, but also give time to the best 4K monitors for gaming to examine the differences in 4K panels and what they offer, as they slowly become more affordable.

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A new Borderlands 3 trailer introduces Moze and her best friend Iron Bear

Earlier this week, Gearbox introduced us to the character Zane, a semi-retired corporate hitman turned vault hunter in Borderlands 3 who relies on guile, technology, precision applications of violence, and boozy Irish charm to get the job done. Today it’s time to meet Moze, a former soldier who decided to try more solo-focused pursuits after the rest of her squad ran into a spot of trouble on what was supposed to be her final mission.

She’s not totally alone, though. Her best friend, Iron Bear, is still with her. Iron Bear is not alive, however: It’s her mech, and I’m really not sure that personifying it to the point where she’s offering it food reflects an entirely healthy mindset. But there’s no question that a bipedal death machine with at least partial AI programming is a very handy thing to have when everybody’s out to kill you.

Gearbox said Moze "offers a unique take on character builds" because the action skills on her Shield of Retribution, Demolition Woman, and Bottomless Mags skill trees are actually Iron Bear’s modular weapon systems, which can be mixed and matched as you see fit—you can even equip two of the same if that’s your thing.

A closer look at Moze’s abilities (although I guess they’re really Iron Bear’s abilities) can be had at borderlands.com. Borderlands 3 comes out on September 13 on the Epic Games Store.

Update: Yes, there is a Borderlands 2 shift code hidden in the trailer: I didn’t see it but Lauren did, and she was kind enough to bring it to my attention. If you want to find it unassisted, don’t look at the image directly below.

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This Resident Evil 2 Remake mod lets you play as Nier's 2B

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Nowadays, if there’s a successful and moddable third-person action game, you can rest assured that eventually Nier: Automata’s 2B will be modded into it. It happened recently with Sekiro, it’s happened in Monster Hunter: World, and now (thank god!) you can play as 2B in Resident Evil 2 Remake.

The work of modder TXYI, the ‘2B Claire’ mod does what the name implies: it replaces Claire with 2B. None of the movesets have changed—it doesn’t change up the gameplay at all—but I can hardly imagine her moveset slotting nicely into the corridor-laden world of Resident Evil.

The mod replaces the Noir DLC costume, and comes with the warning that using FluffyQuak’s mod manager is "highly recommended". Thanks to DSOGaming for the heads up. 

Here’s a few more screenshots courtesy of mod uploader zhongyingjie.

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Teamfight Tactics is in chaos after today's patch unintentionally made some units super strong

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Teamfight Tactics’ 9.15 patch went live today, bringing some major changes to its strategic meta along with some hilarious, unintended buffs that have turned some already-powerful champions into ungodly harbingers of complete obliteration. Though a hotfix is already on the way, it’s chaos right now in TFT—and I for one am having a great time exploiting it while I can.

The 9.15 patch brings many exciting changes to Teamfight Tactics, including much-needed buffs to Knights, Guardians, and Noble champions. Meanwhile, Void champions have been reworked so that they now deal True damage—effectively letting them tear through enemy defenses so long as you can field enough of them to trigger the synergy. But players have also noticed that many of these buffs might’ve gone a little too far, paving the way for some ridiculously overpowered teams.

"TFT is officially broken right now," reads one of the top-voted threads on the subreddit today where players are gathering to lament the bugs.

Let’s start with my personal favorite. Though the Frozen Heart item wasn’t changed in this patch, players have discovered that stacking multiple versions of it in 9.15 can all but shut down an enemy team. When a champion is equipped with this item, adjacent enemies lose 25 percent attack speed—but there’s a multiplicative bonus to stacking Frozen Hearts, and with even just two of them you can reduce enemy attack speeds so much that it feels like they’re outright stunned. What’s worse is that Assassins like Pyke, who leap over and dash through enemy teams, can easily apply this debuff to the entire team. I just played a game with Pyke and got lucky enough to equip him with two Frozen Hearts and more than once my opponent had to sit helplessly while his units attacked in slow-motion. It’s ridiculously powerful.

Compound that with the new Void synergy that lets them tear through enemies despite their defenses, and it’s easy to quickly overwhelm the other team while they’re unable to fight back. If you’re making use of Void champions, you might as well pick up Cho’Gath, a Void Brawler. Players recently discovered that stacking ability-enhancing items like Rabadon’s Deathcap makes his special ability incredibly powerful. Over on Reddit, user FAQMaster posted a video of his Cho’Gath doing an unprecedented 16,100 damage from a single ability, nearly disintegrating the enemy team.

The chances of getting two Frozen Hearts and two Rabadon’s Deathcaps are extremely rare, but even without a perfect setup it’s fun to see how broken TFT’s meta is right now. It’s easy to combine all of these champions into a single team. MundaneNecessary1 on Reddit spells out a powerful team composition that includes Kha’zix, Kassadin, Cho’Gath, Akali (who is also busted with a 100 percent crit chance), Pyke, and whatever other champions you might want. That not only gets you the Void synergy but an Assassin and Ninja synergy. If you get the Frozen Heart and Rabadon’s Deathcap, you can easily sweep the game.

A lot of players are staying away from TFT’s ranked mode for now. In the few games I’ve played, multiple people were working towards this exact same build. Given how broken it is, losing to it isn’t fun.

Riot is working on a hotfix that could be deployed as early as this afternoon. TFT’s lead game designer took to Twitter to announce that the fix is incoming, saying that it will specifically address how strong Frozen Heart is, remove Cho’Gath’s spell damage buff, and fix Akali’s broken crit chance.

While many are upset that these issues have even made it into the game, I’m having a blast experimenting with them while I can. Since it launched a month ago, Riot Games has been steadily updating Teamfight Tactics and it’s fun to see the meta shift week to week—even if those shifts are sometimes terribly violent and frustrating.

Speaking of updates, Teamfight Tactics is also getting four new champions that you can read about here.

The original Diablo is now playable in your browser

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Diablo, the 1996 mouse-destroying hack-and-slash original, is now playable in your browser. The work of Rivsoft (which also specialises in other Blizzard-centric projects, such as this Diablo 3 Character Planner), it gives you access to the shareware build of the game, but if you own the original and have the files on hand, you can access the whole game.

According to the page, the port is based on source code "reconstructed" by two programming teams, which retains all the "bugs and badly written code" from the original game. If you own the game already (it’s available on GOG), you can search for a particular file and drag it onto the browser page to access the full game.

But the shareware version should suffice if you just want a quick go: according to Wikipedia the shareware version features the first two areas of the dungeon, and one of the three character classes. 

It’s fun to jump in for 20 minutes or so: I’d forgotten how easy it is just to boot up the first Diablo. There are no overlong cutscenes, no interminable scrolling dialogue sequences, virtually no fanfare at all: you turn up in the town, you walk (very slowly, granted) to the dungeon, and then you start murdering skeletons. 

You can check it out here.

Garfield Kart: Furious Racing is purring onto PC this November

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When he’s not slurping lasagne and delivering caustic bon mots, Garfield is a kart racer. Or at least, that must be the case, because Garfield Kart: Furious Racing is a new karting game set to release for PC this November. Not only that, it’s the sequel to a Garfield karting game that released back in 2013.

It may seem weird that there’s a Garfield karting game, and it may seem weirder still that there’s going to be another one. But remember: it was only last month that people were weirdly salivating over a Crash Bandicoot kart racing game, and Sonic recently got another one too. There’s a Nickelodeon kart racer, a Cars kart racer, a Muppets kart racer… must I list them all? If you’ve got a mascot or an iconic creature, you make a kart racer for it, it’s as simple as that. I respect that there’s going to be a new Garfield kart racer. I think it’s a good idea.

Garfield Kart: Furious Racing will feature 16 tracks, and it’ll support up to 8 players online or 4 locally. The game modes range Grand Prix, Single Race and Time Trial, and there are eight "iconic" characters to choose from: Garfield, Odie, Jon, Nermal, Arlene, Liz, Harry and Squeak. Each character and kart has its own "characteristics and unique driving style", so there will be consequences for your selections.

The game releases November 7 on Steam. No trailer as yet, but there’s a selection of screenshots below.

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