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    Microsoft Acquires Bethesda, A Different Perspective

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    In what is one of the biggest acquisitions in the recent history of video games, Microsoft has spent 7.5 billion (that’s right, a B) dollars in a move to acquire Bethesda Game Studios, the little publishing company responsible for the likes of Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and more. The move comes after months of speculation as to who one of the biggest game makers in the world would target to add to its growing stable of studios. It also acts as an olive branch to those who have been spurned by the Xbox One’s lack of exclusive titles and are looking for a reason to come back into the Microsoft ecosystem.

    As is commonplace with a move this massive, gamers are a flutter trying to wrap their minds around the details of the deal. Does this acquisition signal the end of Bethesda games making an appearance on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5? Or is this a move by a Microsoft hungry to bolster its Game Pass library while also continuing to strengthen its revenue stream by selling its games on every single console? While Phil Spencer was quoted as saying that games such as Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo would still be PlayStation 5 exclusives, the head of Xbox also added that they’d release titles on platforms other than Xbox on a case by case basis.

    There’s still a lot we don’t know about how the future will shake out but we have a few people who think they know a thing or two about the industry. Allow Liana Ruppert and I to answer all of your burning questions and more as we unpack the details of the deal, discuss how Microsoft’s purchase can actually be a good thing for gamers craving more accessibility, and what studio Xbox could target next if the gaming giant wants to turn its one-time purchase into a full-blown spending spree.

    If you enjoyed this video, be sure to also check out some of our written work, including what we want from the Microsoft and Bethesda partnership and how Xbox now has an even greater line-up of RPGs than it did before.

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    Shadowlands PTR - Build 35989

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    By Curse,
    Shadowlands PTR - Build 35989
    A small build was pushed out this afternoon. It changed the level cap of many potions and item effects to Level 49.

    Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
    ihunters.gifHunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
    Beast Mastery
    • Cobra Shot A quick shot causing [ 70% of Attack Power ] Physical damage. Reduces the cooldown of Kill Command by 1 sec. Requires Ranged Weapon. Hunter - Beast Mastery Spec. Hunter - Beast Mastery Spec. 45 35 Focus. 40 yd range. Instant.

    ipriests.gifPriest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
    Shadow
    • Surrender to Madness You instantly cast Void Eruption on the target, dealing Deals [ 190% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage and activating to the target and activates Voidform. For the next 25 sec, your Insanity-generating abilities generate 100% more Insanity and you can cast while moving. If the target does not die within 25 sec of using Surrender to Madness, you die. Shadow Priest - Level 100 Talent. Shadow Priest - Level 100 Talent. 40 yd range. Instant. 1.5 min cooldown.

    Item Effects
    • Armor Shatter Reduces an enemy's armor by 0. Stacks up to 3 times. Affects only targets up to level 63. 30 yd range. Instant. 49. 30 yd range. Instant.
    • Brute Cologne Splash it all over to unleash the sophisticated ogre inside. Creatures of all kinds will be certain to notice you from afar. Only works in Blade's Edge Mountains. Can be cast in Shadowform. Affects only targets up to level 100. 120 Mana. Instant. 49. 120 Mana. Instant.
    • Burst of Experience Provides a significant increase to player experience. Does not work for players over level ctrmax2,067. Affects only targets up to level 49. Instant. Reagents: Player Experience. 50. Instant. Reagents: Player Experience.
    • Burst of Experience Provides a significant increase to player experience. Does not work for players over level ctrmax2,067. Affects only targets up to level 49. Instant. Reagents: Player Experience. 50. Instant. Reagents: Player Experience.
    • Cauterizing Core Activate the core, allowing the user to resurrect on death with 20% of health and mana. Only usable in Pandaria. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Darkwater Potion Transforms you into a Jinyu assassin, increasing movement speed by 70% and swim speed by 200%. Lasts 8 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Divergence Tincture Increases Critical Strike chance and reduces your size for 20 min. Counts as a Battle elixir. Affects only targets up to level 109. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Draenic Living Action Potion Makes you immune to stun and movement impairing effects for the next 3 sec. Also removes existing stun and movement impairing effects. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 60 sec cooldown. 49. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.
    • Draenic Swiftness Potion Increases movement speed by 70% and swim speed by 200%. Lasts 8 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Drink Restores 5% of mana every 1 sec. for 20 sec. Must remain seated while drinking. Affects only targets up to level 110. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Drust Soulcatcher Activate the Soulcatcher, allowing the user to resurrect on death with 20% of health and mana. Only usable in Kul Tiras, Zandalar, and Nazjatar. Affects only targets up to level 120. 1.5 sec cast. 50. 1.5 sec cast.
    • Faintly-Glowing Herb Eat the herb, restoring 0 health every 1 sec. for 10 sec. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Food Restores 5% of health every 1 sec for 20 sec. Affects only targets up to level 110. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Free Action Makes you immune to stun and movement impairing effects for the next 5 sec. Does not remove effects already on the imbiber. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 60 sec cooldown. 49. Instant. 60 sec cooldown.
    • Honed Weaponry Attacks have a chance to expose the target's wounds, inflicting 100% weapon damage as Physical damage and causing the target to bleed for 1 Physical damage every 2 sec for 10 sec. Does not work on players over level ctrmax2,067. Affects only targets up to level 109. 1 sec cast. 49. 1 sec cast.
    • Honorbound Increases Honor earned from Battleground objectives and wins by 20% for 60 min. This effect persists through death. Affects only targets up to level 100. Instant. 1.5 sec cooldown. 60. Instant. 1.5 sec cooldown.
    • Invisibility Gives the imbiber invisibility for 18 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 10 min cooldown. 49. Instant. 10 min cooldown.
    • Invisibility Gives the imbiber invisibility for 18 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 10 min cooldown. 49. Instant. 10 min cooldown.
    • Jade Mist Surround yourself with a heavy mist, allowing you to blend into the shadows for 10 sec. Only usable in Pandaria. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Kill Credit [DNT] (New) Instant.
    • Kill Credit [DNT] (New) Instant.
    • Lesser Invisibility Gives the imbiber invisibility for 15 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 10 min cooldown. 49. Instant. 10 min cooldown.
    • Mind Amplification Dish Engage in mental combat with a humanoid target in an attempt to pacify or control them. Affects only targets up to level 83 49. 30 yd range. 0.5 sec cast. 10 min cooldown.
    • Obsidian Frostwolf Petroglyph Discern wisdom from this ancient carving. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Partial World Shift Step partially into a demonic world for 20 sec. Warning! May allow demons to escape from target world. Only works outdoors in the Broken Isles. Affects only targets up to level 119. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Personal Rocket Courier Return your Artifact Tokens to your faction's base. Affects only targets up to level 99. 10 sec cast. 60. 10 sec cast.
    • Polly Eats the E.C.A.C. Parrots love crackers! Affects only targets up to level 60 49. Rank 1. Rank 1. 25 yd range. Instant. 30 sec cooldown. Reagents: E.C.A.C..
    • Puncture Armor Punctures target's armor lowering it by 0. Affects only targets up to level 63. Melee range. Instant. 49. Melee range. Instant.
    • Puncture Armor Punctures target's armor lowering it by 0. Affects only targets up to level 63. Melee range. Instant. 49. Melee range. Instant.
    • Puncture Armor Punctures target's armor lowering it by 0. Can be applied up to 3 times. Affects only targets up to level 63. Melee range. Instant. 49. Melee range. Instant.
    • Purification Attempts to remove one curse, one disease and one poison from the imbiber. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Shrouding Shrouds you from nearby enemies so you seem less threatening to them. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 30 sec cooldown. 49. Instant. 30 sec cooldown.
    • Skystep Potion Increases movement speed by 150% and allows the imbiber to hover. Lasts 8 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Sneaking Increases Stealth a great deal for 60 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Speed Increases run speed by 50% for 15 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Spirit Realm Enter the spirit realm, giving the imbiber invisibility for 18 sec. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. Instant. 10 min cooldown. 49. Instant. 10 min cooldown.
    • Stealth Field Cloaks the user in a stealth field for as long as they stand still. Cannot be used in combat. The field lasts for up to 6 sec. after moving. The Stealthman shares a cooldown with non-healing potions. Ineffective above level maxcast. Affects only targets up to level 50. 1 sec cast. 49. 1 sec cast.
    • Sticky Silk Coat an enemy in sticky silk, immobilizing even the strongest creatures for 20 sec. Only usable on the Timeless Isle. Affects only targets up to level 92 49. 10 yd range. 0.5 sec cast.
    • Strange Spores Heals the user for 5% of maximum health and restores 5% of a class-specific power type every 2 sec for 10 sec. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Summon Shadowy Figure Blow the whistle, summoning a shadowy figure to fence your goods. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Summon Spectral Brewmaster Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Brewmaster to fight for you for 10 min. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Summon Spectral Mistweaver Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Mistweaver to fight for you for 10 min. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Summon Spectral Windwalker Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Windwalker to fight for you for 10 min. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Touch of Zanzil Cure Cure for the Touch of Zanzil. Affects only targets up to level 60. Instant. 49. Instant.
    • Uncontrolled Banish Banishes the user for 20 sec. Affects only targets up to level 99. Instant. 49. Instant.

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    Xbox One X Sales Skyrocket As Preorders For Xbox Series X Go Live

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    By GameInformer,

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    September 22 marks the day that Xbox Series X preorders went live. It also marks the day that Xbox One X sales saw a dramatic increase. Coincidence? Maybe, or it could all be a hilariously unfortunate misunderstanding. 

    A post from Andrew Alerts has gone viral on Twitter, an industry insider with a specialty tracking seller trends and founder of Nintendeal. In his tweet, he cited a drastic spike in Amazon Xbox One X system sales with the associated tagline asking "how many people bought an Xbox One X instead of an Xbox Series X."

    Microsoft got themselves in a weird spot with the Xbox naming situation

    Xbox
    Xbox 360
    Xbox One
    Xbox One X

    Then what do you do? You can't go Xbox 2/Two because Sony has PlayStation 5 and 2 is less than 5. That matters a lot when non-gamer parents are buying consoles for kids.

    — Andrew Alerts (@AndrewAlerts) September 22, 2020

    The system names are undeniably similar and there are a few possible reasons for why this sales spike happened. The first reason could be a simple error in the two names. A lot of parents were attempting to buy these consoles for their kids, a lot of frantic quick-buys also happened to beat that taunting "sold out" message, or it could simply be that a lot of people want the next best thing before next gen arrives. 

    We don't know know for certain what the reason behind the recent sales increase is, but a 747 percent markup doesn't seem like a simple coincidence being on the same day as next gen preorders. Still, if people mistakingly purchased the Xbox One X over the Series X due  the similar names, there are going to be quite a few upset people over the next week or so. 

    One thing we do know is that the theory that people purchased the One X thinking it was the Series X is the biggest social media take right now, speculation that has produced some pretty hilarious reactions over in the Twittersphere: 

    People buying xbox one X right now. pic.twitter.com/G61epVQf7e

    — Agustorm (@Agustorm2) September 22, 2020

    PlayStation, PS 2, 3, 4, 5. Boring as hell, but it works.
    Xbox and Xbox 360, ok, but now they are confusing as hell... they need to go full Nintendo and start giving the Xbox real names. Xbox Gamebox, Xbox Ultimate, Xbox Infinite, Xbox 4000, Xbox Meat, Xbox Rig, Xbox Tower, etc.

    — Abba (@Adam_B888) September 22, 2020

    You made me double check. pic.twitter.com/BrWu1VtCOb

    — Berdo (@BerdoRules) September 22, 2020

    Another possibility too revolves around bots. Bots purchasing up hot demand items are frustratingly common and often used by those that intend to resale supply at a much higher price. It's possible that bots may have gotten the code confused, a point that was made in response to journalist Patrick Klepek's recent tweet about the sales increase.

    It's important to keep in mind that next gen arrivals always boost current gen sales, oftentimes because of heavy discounts or simply the desire to 'get in on the hype' at a lower price point. Whether the spike is sales is a happy coincidence or a mistake remains to be seen, but we wouldn't be surprised to see if a large chunk of that number ended up being due to the latter. 


    What do you think, Game Informer readers? A Bob Ross style "happy mistake" or massive coindence that the internet is blowing out of proportion? Sound off in the comment section below and hit us with those hot takes! 

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    Activision Addresses Massive Call Of Duty Account Hack Report, "Not Accurate"

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    By GameInformer,

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    A massive report began circulating yesterday regarding an alleged Call of Duty hack that left over 500,000 Activision accounts exposed. Activision responded initially saying how people can protect their account if they are worried, but they are saying the initial reports were "not accurate."

    Activision took to Twitter to address player concerns over account vulnerabilities. "Reports suggesting Activision Call of Duty accounts have been compromised are not accurate," reads the publicly posted statement. "We investigate all privacy concerns. As always, we recommend that players take precautions to protect their Activision accounts, as well as any online accounts, at all times."

    It continued saying that any changes or updates made to accounts would be reflected in a confirming email. For anyone that may have received an email of change with no changes actually made, it is recommended to make the appropriate changes to established account information, including a change of password. 

    We here at Game Informer saw the reports yesterday and did not receive word back from Activision before the company's statement went live. It was because of that, and the missing trail of proof, that we opted not to cover this story when it first went viral. Now with official acknowledgment from Activision, players can make the appropriate steps needed moving forward. 


    If you found that your account has been tampered with, please feel free to drop a comment in the section below and don't forget to change your information ASAP if you haven't already. 

    [Source: Twitter]

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    Arkane Studios, Developer Of Dishonored Franchise, Is Hiring For An Unannounced Game

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    By GameInformer,
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    As reported by GameSpot, Arkane Studios is looking for new personnel to work on an unannounced game. The list of the various roles range from tools programmer to graphics engineer. The acclaimed developers behind Prey, Dishonored, and Deathloop were recently acquired by Microsoft in a massive business move that could potentially provide Xbox's next-gen gamers with a plethora of rpg experiences.

    While we all wait for more news about this mysterious AAA project, be sure to check out our Answers To Deathloop's Biggest Questions

    [Source: GameSpot]

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    New Destiny 2: Beyond Light Trailer Makes Us Mad At Variks All Over Again

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    By GameInformer,
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    A new Destiny 2 trailer is here ahead of the Beyond Light expansion dropping this November. The latest look at the Bungie shooter gives us new insight into Europa while also reminding us how much of a little punk Variks is. 

    For those that didn't play the first Destiny, Variks is a Fallen Vandal that was the sole survivor of the House of Judgement. He's got an interesting history, but his loyalty to Queen Mara Sov was unshakable. That being said, he was responsible for the prison break in Destiny 2: Forsaken, which ended up getting my homie Cayde-6 killed so to say I have a lot of salt over him is a massive understatement. 

    The now leader of the House of Judgement acts as one of the narrators for the latest video, seen at the top of the article. The video also puts Exo Stranger back front and center, a returning favorite from the first game that was confirmed with the reveal trailer for the upcoming expansion. 

    Between the new Stasis power and a new area to explore, Beyond Light is going to continue Destiny 2's winning streak in terms of DLC, a streak that really hit its stride with Forsaken and Shadowkeep. 

    We'll be able to check out everything Destiny 2: Beyond Light has to offer when it drops on November 10th. 

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