Netflix's Witcher series might give Tub Geralt his TV debut

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Like all of you, when the first trailer for Neflix’s Witcher series appeared I was keeping my eyes peeled for one important character in particular, though it was lamentably absent. I am, of course, referring to Geralt’s bathtub. It was a pretty grim trailer, free of jokes and tubs, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be any in the completed series. 

While this version of The Witcher is drawing from the books rather than the games, Tub Geralt transcends boundaries and, I like to think, brings us all closer together. We don’t know if arguably the best known scene from The Witcher 3 will make it into the Netflix series, but showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich has been dangling the possibility. 

"There is a bathtub this season," Hissrich recently told io9. "There is a bathtub. I won’t tell you who’s in the bathtub, but there is a bathtub."

Cavill looks absolutely filthy in the footage we’ve seen so far, so he could certainly do with a soak. Give us what we want, Netflix. Clean that Witcher. And If you’re not already a convert, here’s why Geralt’s bath in The Witcher 3 is such a great scene. 

Hissrich said that we could also expect other Easter eggs and nods to the books and games, and she encouraged the writers to throw in the stuff they loved about the series. 

We’ll be able to see what made the cut when The Witcher appears on Netflix later this year.

Square Enix releasing Marvel's Avengers demo footage in late August

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Since the reveal of Marvel’s Avengers at E3 2019, fans have been curious to see the game in action for themselves. Many thought they’d get the chance during the Avengers panel at San Diego Comic Con, but the demo was only shown to attendees (a short clip of it has leaked).

While live tweeting the panel, the official Marvel’s Avengers Twitter account finally shared a rough date for when the demo footage will be available for all—the week after Gamescom 2019.

Gamescom is happening from August 20-24, so the earliest to expect the demo is the week of August 26. That’s another full month of polishing for developer Crystal Dynamics.

Publisher Square Enix has shown an unusual amount of trepidation around the Avengers demo, possibly because of the game’s lukewarm reception at E3 2019. Samuel saw the Avengers game in action and said it "didn’t exactly look superheroic." In any case, Marvel’s Avengers is set to release May 15, 2020 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Google Stadia.

Thanks, Game Informer.

PC Gamer UK podcast 71: RGB London

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Welcome to the new dystopia, where the accents are questionable, the grannies are starting, and every street corner looks like the inside of a PC case. Welcome to Watch Dogs Legion’s London. Samuel has played Ubisoft’s upcoming hack-’em-up, and talks us through its cool NPC-gathering gimmick. That’s not all: this week, we’re regaling you with the many half-remembered delights of E3 2019, from Cyberpunk 2077 to Empire of Sin.

Discussed: Watch Dogs Legion, Dota Underlords, Cyberpunk 2077, Deus Ex, Marvel’s Avengers, Desperados III, Iron Harvest, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Empire of Sin

Starring: Samuel RobertsPhil SavageTom SeniorAndy Kelly

Listen to Episode 71: RGB London here. You can also subscribe on iTunes or keep up with new releases using our RSS feed.

The PC Gamer UK Podcast is a [TIME IS A CONSTRUCT] podcast about PC gaming. Thoughts? Feedback? Requests? Tweet us @PCGamerPod, or email letters@pcgamer.com. This week’s music is from Watch Dogs 2.

This Divinity: Original Sin 2 mod lets you reunite two star-crossed dog mates

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 contains a few sad quests, but there is one that stands out: Buddy and Emmie, two dogs separated when Emmie is forced into working for the Magisters, can’t be reunited no matter how you will it to be so. Although you can meet both dog mates and tell them they miss one another, you eventually leave Fort Joy knowing that they’ll be apart forever now that Emmie is a source hound. 

Modders Windemere and Nimue saw this for the travesty it was and created a mod called Happily Emmie After that extends Buddy and Emmie’s quest. It adds new dialogue and quest states and, as the name implies, allows you to eventually get these two smoochy pooches (do pooches smooch?) back together again.

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Although the mod doesn’t add any voice acting to go with its new dialogue, the new lines written for Buddy that I’ve seen so far match the spirit of my favorite hapless pup. You’ll still find Buddy on the beach of Fort Joy as in the main game to begin the Finding Emmie quest. From there, follow the new quest clues in your journal to devise your extraction rescue mission.

You can download Happily Emmie After from the Steam Workshop or Nexus. The modders recommend that you begin a fresh save file (as if I needed a reason) in order to play Buddy and Emmie’s quest. To keep you from going through the tutorial and all of Fort Joy’s quests, you can also download the Furry Tails Adventure Guide which gives you a special book that will teleport you to relevant locations and advance the story so that you can play through Happily Emmie After more efficiently.

Both mods are for the Definitive Edition of the game, so be sure to choose it in the game’s launcher instead of Classic if you want to try them. Activate both under the "Mods" part of the main menu before beginning a new story and you should be off to the races. 

Looking for more Divinity: Original Sin 2 mods? Click that link to see the rest of our favorites. 

Overwatch's Summer Games 2019 have begun

Overwatch has kicked off its Summer Games for this year, and that of course means new skins and plenty more Lucioball.

Each week, players can earn new epic skins for Reaper, Mei, and Reinhardt. This week it’s Reaper, whose American Reaper skin looks like he’s just robbed Evel Knievel. It’s all red, white, and blue with some prominent beveled stars on his shoulder pads and the muzzles of hist shotguns. You’ll unlock the skins by winning nine games in quick play, competitive, or arcade.

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There are four new legendary skins to grind for as well, including Surf ‘n’ Splash Torbjorn, a Lucioball-themed Wrecking Ball, and Genji’s Kendoka skin, which to my eye is easily the coolest of the bunch.

This year’s event looks like more or less the same deal as we’ve seen in summers past, although this time around Hammond is involved in Lucioball. That’s either as the referee or the ball—and possibly both.

Overwatch’s 2019 Summer Games run through August 5.

Get Prison Architect, Shantae, Nex Machina, and more in the latest Humble Bundle

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The Humble Very Positive Bundle 3 is so named not because all the games in it are chipper and upbeat, but because they all have "very positive" user review rankings on Steam. And at least one of the games on offer is definitely not a cheery experience: Rusty Lake Paradise, which is included along with Distraint 2 and Unexplored at the entry-level $1 tier, is a wonderfully bizarre, creepy-as-hell experience, but I assure you that it is not going to brighten your day.

At the beat-the-average price, you’ll add Bendy and the Ink Machine, the excellent Prison Architect, and the also-excellent Nex Machina to the list. The top tier, at $10, adds Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which we haven’t reviewed but PC Gamer Sweden liked quite a bit.

The bundle also includes the Distraint 2 and Unexplored soundtracks, and ten percent off your first Humble Monthly Bundle, if you’re new to that. Your mileage may vary, but I’d say that Rusty Lake Paradise, Prison Architect, and Nex Machina are each worth the price of their respective tiers all on their own, so even though this isn’t the highest-profile bundle of all time, it’s still a pretty good way to blow a tenner. The Humble Very Positive Bundle 3 is up for grabs until July 30.

Here's your first look at Roach in Netflix's The Witcher series

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Netflix’s The Witcher series has wrapped up filming, but despite a trickle of on-set photos and casting shots, we still haven’t seen all the characters who will appear in the show. Today we get our first look at someone we’ve all grown to know and love: Geralt’s faithful mare, Roach.

Netflix’s NX account tweeted the photo today. "You begged, we delivered," they said. Included in the tweet is a production still of Geralt astride the noble steed.

She’s a beauty, isn’t she? Ears up, she’s paying close attention to her job. That’s more than can be said for Henry Cavill’s Geralt, who appears to be wondering if he forgot to turn off the stove before he left this morning. 

Since this is just one still photo, we don’t get to see many of Roach’s abilities here—she’s not standing on top of a roof or hiding in a goat pen. But the show is in post-production now, so it’s likely they’re adding stuff like that in as we speak.

I’m sure Roach would be pleased to know that fans have welcomed her with open arms.

Borderlands 3 will not have cross-play at launch

It’s not cross-play.

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Randy Pitchford has said that Gearbox is "very keen" on supporting cross-platform play in Borderlands 3, while publisher 2K Games has been somewhat more circumspect about it: "Cross-play is something we’re looking at closely, but we don’t have anything to confirm or announce at this time," a rep said in April.

That situation looked like it was about to change when a tweet on the official Borderlands Twitter account invited followers to "a celebration of togetherness" at 7 am PT/10 am ET on July 16. Several respondents took the message to mean that cross-play confirmation is on the way, and understandably so. Cross-play is literally the process of bringing disparate platforms together, right?

Alas, that is not what the announcement is about, and in fact Pitchford has finally confirmed that Borderlands 3 cross-play will not be supported at launch. 

"Some folks may be speculating that this thing tomorrow may be about cross play. Tomorrow’s thing is awesome, but *not* about cross-play. But, Good News: We are committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch," he tweeted.

"To be clear, there will not be any cross-play functionality in Borderlands 3 at launch as we work closely with our partners to create a positive cross-play experience as soon as practicable. We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible."

So what will the announcement be about? I honestly have no idea. Something related to multiplayer remains the obvious guess, so maybe we’ll be getting a look at some new modes or… something. Feel free to speculate in the comments, or just tune in to YouTube at the appointed hour—that’s 7 am PT/10 am ET—tomorrow to find out what’s happening. Borderlands 3 comes out on September 13.

This ultrawide G-Sync monitor from Alienware is just $720 right now

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While not every game supports ultrawide resolutions as well as they should (looking at you, Overwatch), ultrawide monitors can be fantastic for both gaming and productivity. If you have a big budget, Alienware’s tricked-out 1900R display is just $719.99 on Amazon right now—$380 below the original MSRP, and ~$128 off the usual price.

This display has a curved 34-inch AH-IPS panel, with an aspect ratio of 21:9 and a resolution of 3440 X 1440 pixels. G-Sync is supported, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. As a bonus feature, there are four customization lighting zones, because no PC accessory is complete without lights.

You can grab the monitor from the link below. The sale ends at midnight tomorrow, and it’s exclusive to Amazon Prime members.

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Bungie explains the point of Destiny 2's new 'finishing moves'

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One of the new things coming to Destiny 2 in the Shadowkeep expansion is finishing moves. Bungie revealed them last month, describing the fight-ending maneuvers as "This awesome flourish where he actually does like, spin in front of him, has two knives, and just hit, hit, pfffft!" Furthermore, "He jumps in the air, pulls back, looks at his fist, and bssssht!"

Okay, so that should give you a general idea of what they are, in an arms-waving, wild-eyed sort of way, but how do they actually work? Bungie went into a little more detail on that aspect of it with Polygon, telling the site that when enemies fall below a certain health level, an indicator will appear to show that they can be finished.

The effects aren’t strictly cosmetic, however. Executing a finisher will cost some Super energy, although the exact amount is still being hammered out—and like Apex Legends, players will be vulnerable while the finisher plays out. But they’ll also be able to add mods to their armor that will confer certain effects after a finisher fires, such as granting ammo to your fireteam. Similar to the Universal Ornament changes coming to Shadowkeep Legendary armor, finisher animations and effects will be equipped separately, so you can customize your look without giving up the effect you want.

It’s not clear how finisher cosmetics will be acquired, although the obvious likelihood is through the Eververse store, but finisher mods that grant combat effects can only be earned through gameplay, Bungie said. Players will initially only be able to equip one finisher, but Bungie hopes to enable multiple finishers after Shadowkeep goes live, and eventually wants to have a randomizer option.

It’s not an in-depth breakdown, in part because Bungie is still working on it, but it sounds to me like finishers will be a bit like mini-Supers: Powerful (and flashy) combat enhancement that can save the day when timed properly, and leave you with your ass hanging out when not. (Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.) 

Barring unforeseen difficulties, finishing moves will go live with the rollout of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep on September 17. For more immediate help with your Guardian responsibilities, hit up the snake-faced bastard Xur to see what sort of exotic goodness he’s selling this week. Here’s where you can find him.