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    Official Battlefield Twitter Account Addresses Leaked Holiday Skins

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    By GameInformer,

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    A handful of supposed Battlefield 2042 leaks appeared on social media yesterday and, due to their winter holiday theming, some fans were upset. 

    New skins are likely a welcome addition to the online FPS, but some fans on the official Battlefield 2042 subreddit voiced their concern that a “Father Winter” skin for one of the specialists was a step too far – fans fear these skins indicate that 2042 will head in the route of Call of Duty: Warzone, which includes skins from Saw, Donnie Darko, and other less-serious cosmetics. The concern amongst fans is that 2042 is a more serious shooter compared to Warzone where skins similar to “Father Winter” might appear. You can see some of the supposed leaked skins below, courtesy of Battlefield Bulletin on Twitter. 

    Preview of the upcoming weekly mission rewards! 👀

    The #Battlefield2042 pre-season will last at least 8 weeks. pic.twitter.com/jRptlTrcD1

    — Battlefield Bulletin (@BFBulletin) December 2, 2021

    Now, the official Battlefield Direct Communication Twitter account has addressed the leaks, citing that while DICE does have some holiday-themed skins prepared for 2042, not all of them would appear in-game this holiday season. 

    “Development for Live Service requires us to work months in advance, and enables us to have options when we reach key moments in our first year,” the Battlefield Direct Communication account wrote on Twitter. “Today, we have other priorities, and so whilst we have the skins, we presently have no plans to utilize all of them this holiday.” 

    The explanation continues, citing that some cosmetics have been created for “single time use in special Battlefield Portal modes to further enhance the fantasy in special events” and that throughout 2042’s lifetime, players may “occasionally encounter these mode locked cosmetics, which don’t impact the rest of the game.” 

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    This means it’s possible that leaked specialist skins such as “Father Winter” and other cosmetics such as tank wraps and more might just appear in special one-off Portal modes, rather than in the standard 2042 experience. 

    The Battlefield Direct Communication account used this thread on Twitter to reveal some upcoming weapon skins as well. 

    “Separately, we’ll be starting our weekly missions next week where you’ll be challenged to complete objectives, and be rewarded with new skins. Once earned, you’ll gain new items for your Collection and we’ll have new skins available to unlock each week on the road to Season One.” 

    Separately, we'll be starting our weekly missions next week where you'll be challenged to complete objectives, and be rewarded with new skins

    Once earned, you'll gain new items for your Collection and we'll have new skins available to unlock each week on the road to Season One pic.twitter.com/TXNJcAhJWC

    — Battlefield Direct Communication (@BattlefieldComm) December 2, 2021

    As you can above, these skins aren’t holiday-themed and fall more in line with what you’d expect in 2042. For more about the game, check out our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Battlefield 2042 review and then read about Battlefield 2042’s Update 3, which brings hundreds of fixes, changes, and improvements to the online FPS. Check out this story about how Respawn’s Vince Zampella has become the new head of Battlefield after that. 


    What do you think of this whole debacle? Are skins like Father Winter too far or are they a welcome addition to 2042 to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Patch 9.2 Eternity's End PTR - Cypher Progression System Preview

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    By Curse,
    Patch 9.2 Eternity's End PTR - Cypher Progression System Preview
    Today we are having an early look at the Cypher of the First Ones Progression System from Patch 9.2 Eternity's End PTR.

    Disclaimer: Please note that all the following progression systems are a work in progress, the content is not available for testing yet and many spells are currently placeholders. A few perks also seem to be missing, such as the ones that unlock flying in Zereth Mortis and the ability to wear 2 legendaries at the same time.

    Cypher Research Console
    The currency used to unlock perks is Cyphers of the First Ones: Echoes of the power used to forge reality itself.

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    Metrial


    TalentDescriptionCostResearch time
    Metrial UnderstandingGain access to a Progenitor Core Pet and upgrades.5Instant
    EchialPocopoc can be asked to seek out and mark Echoed Jiro on your mini-map when one is nearby.381 minutes
    CachialYou can interact with the Caches of Creation puzzles. Pocopoc can also be asked to seek out and them on your mini-map when one is nearby.445 minutes
    CorialPocopoc can be asked to seek out and mark Coreless Automa on your mini-map when one is nearby.4110 minutes
    VisialAllows visual enhancements of Pocopoc.468 hours


    Aealic


    TalentDescriptionCostResearch time
    Aealic UnderstandingUnlock access to Lore Concordances across Zereth Mortis.

    Being able to fully read a Lore Concordance will grant a bonus to all players that are near it.
    13118 hours
    SimlicYou can have 3 active Enhancements applied at the same time.718 hours
    Simlic (Rank 2)You can have 4 active Enhancements applied at the same time.7718 hours
    Simlic (Rank 3)You can have 4 active Enhancements applied at the same time.7718 hours
    EnlicEnhancement Console interactions cost 5 energy rather than 6 energy.658 hours
    Enlic (Rank 2)Enhancement Console interactions cost 4 energy rather than 5 energy.6718 hours
    Enlic (Rank 3)Enhancement Console interactions cost 2 energy rather than 4 energy.8442 hours
    TilicEnhancements last for 30 minutes rather than 15 minutes.718 hours
    Tilic (Rank 2)Enhancements last for 45 minutes rather than 30 minutes.9318 hours
    Tilic (Rank 3)Enhancements last for 60 minutes rather than 45 minutes.10142 hours
    ElicEnhancement Console can now produce an Enhancement Crystal that can be socketed into Battle Rhythm gear with a crystal socket, allowing the enhancement to persist throughout all Shadowlands outdoor zones indefinitely.13718 hours
    Altonian UnderstandingGain the ability to communicate and interact with Jiro in the Terrace of Formation, Pilgrim's Grace and Untamed Verdure.137162 hours


    Dealic


    TalentDescriptionCostResearch time
    Dealic UnderstandingGain access to Enhancement Consoles.

    The Enhancement Consoles provide players a selection of limited time ehancments.
    196162 hours
    CreatianPocopoc can interact with Echoed Jiro in the South West and South East areas of Zereth Mortis.788 hours
    Creatian (Rank 2)Pocopoc can interact with Echoed Jiro in the South West, South East and North West areas of Zereth Mortis.9818 hours
    Creatian (Rank 3)Pocopoc can interact with Echoed Jiro all throughout Zereth Mortis.10142 hours
    DestrianIncrease Damage and Health for Resonant Automa:
    5% Physical Damage
    10% Health
    1058 hours
    Destrian (Rank 2)Increase Damage and Health for Resonant Automa:
    10% Physical Damage
    15% Health
    11218 hours
    Destrian (Rank 3)Increase Damage and Health for Resonant Automa:
    15% Physical Damage
    20% Health
    12142 hours
    AllianPocopoc can control Resonant Automa for 5 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Automa abilities by 5 seconds.
    758 hours
    Allian (Rank 2)Pocopoc can control Resonant Automa for 7 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Automa abilities by 10 seconds.
    9618 hours
    Allian (Rank 3)Pocopoc can control Resonant Automa for 10 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Automa abilities by 15 seconds.
    13142 hours
    EnrianGain 1 Pocopoc Energy every 5 minutes.1048 hours
    Enrian (Rank 2)Gain 1 Pocopoc Energy every 4 minutes.12518 hours
    Enrian (Rank 3)Gain 1 Pocopoc Energy every 3 minutes.14542 hours
    Sopranian UnderstandingGain the ability to communicate and interact with Automa in the Lost Ruins and Unstable Desert.150162 hours


    Trebalim


    TalentDescriptionCostResearch time
    Trebalim UnderstandingGrants access to advanced Progenitor Core Pet upgrades.

    Pocopoc will be able to take on additonal roles to help you while in Zereth Mortis.
    260162 hours
    DeflimPocopoc attack Spin Cycle also inflicts Rend.

    Rend:
    Effect(0): Inflicts 140 Physical damage to an enemy.

    Effect(1): Reduces the healing received of an enemy by 140% for 6 sec.


    11018 hours
    Deflim (Rank 2)Pocopoc attack Spin Cycle inflicts Rend and Muted.

    Muted:
    Silences enemies for 6 seconds.
    12442 hours
    SuplimThe ability Restorative Light will now also perform spellname363,521.

    Light Barrier:
    Pocopoc forms a Light Barrier around the caster, absorbing 33 damage.
    10218 hours
    Suplim (Rank 2)The ability Restorative Light will perform spellname36,352 and spellname36,353.

    Blinding Light:


    17642 hours
    MaxlimIncrease maximum Pocopoc Energy to 12.8218 hours
    Maxlim (Rank 2)Increase maximum Pocopoc Energy to 14.12142 hours
    Maxlim (Rank 3)Increase maximum Pocopoc Energy to 16.12566 hours
    RedulimResonant Guardian will remain active for 3 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Guardian primary abilities by 10 seconds.
    12318 hours
    Redulim (Rank 2)Resonant Guardian will remain active for 4 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Guardian primary abilities by 20 seconds.
    13442 hours
    Redulim (Rank 3)Resonant Guardian will remain active for 5 minutes.

    Reduce the cool down of Resonant Guardian primary abilities by 30 seconds.
    14666 hours


    Pocopoc Customization

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    TalentDescription
    Lead BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Lead.
    Pearl and Silver BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Pearl and Silver.
    Bronze and Gold BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Bronze and Gold.
    Beryllium and Silver BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Beryllium and Silver.
    Cobalt and Copper BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Cobalt and Copper.
    Ruby and Platinum BodyChange Pocopoc body color to Ruby and Platinum.
    Lead and Emerald ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Lead and Emerald
    Silver and Diamond ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Silver and Diamond.
    Gold and Ruby ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Gold and Ruby.
    Silver and Beryllium ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Silver and Beryllium.
    Copper and Cobalt ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Copper and Cobalt.
    Platinum and Emerald ComponentsChange Pocopoc components color to Platinum and Emerald.
    No VambracesUninstall vambraces from Pocopoc.
    Long VambracesInstall long vambraces on Pocopoc.
    Diamond VambracesInstall diamond-shaped vambraces on Pocopoc.
    No Face DecorationUninstall face decoration from Pocopoc.
    Face DecorationInstall face decoration on Pocopoc.
    Unshielded CoreUninstall core shield from Pocopoc.
    Shielded CoreInstall core shield on Pocopoc.
    Default CoreDowngrade Pocopoc's core.
    Upgraded CoreUpgrade Pocopoc's core.


    Device Upgrade Console

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    TalentDescription
    Jump JetsAllows usage of Jump Jets
    Device 2Allows usage of device 2
    Device 3Allows usage of device 3
    Upgrade Device 1
    Upgrade Device 1
    Upgrade Device 2
    Upgrade Device 2
    Upgrade Device 3
    Upgrade Device 3
    Upgrade Device 1
    Upgrade Device 1
    Upgrade Device 1
    Upgrade Device 2
    Upgrade Device 2
    Upgrade Device 2
    Upgrade Device 3
    Upgrade Device 3
    Upgrade Device 3


    Progenitor Core

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    TalentDescription
    Data MinerCore will locate sources of data that can be used to learn the language of the First Ones
    Friend of JiroCan take over deactivated Jiro
    Decryption MatrixCan decrypt Lore entires and enter them into the Lore Console
    Automa HackingCan take control of Automa Units.
    Rank 1: Tier 1 Automa
    Rank 2: Tier 2 Automa
    Rank 3: Automa Oracles
    Automa Hacking (Rank 2)Can take control of Automa Units.
    Rank 1: Tier 1 Automa
    Rank 2: Tier 2 Automa
    Rank 3: Automa Oracles
    Automa Hacking (Rank 3)Can take control of Automa Units.
    Rank 1: Tier 1 Automa
    Rank 2: Tier 2 Automa
    Rank 3: Automa Oracles
    Combat FrameCore will now assist you in combat.
    Guardian ConsolesCan use Guardian Consoles to create and temporarily take-over an Automa form.
    Guardian Consoles (Rank 2)Can use Guardian Consoles to create and temporarily take-over an Automa form.
    Guardian Consoles (Rank 3)Can use Guardian Consoles to create and temporarily take-over an Automa form.


    Progenitor Core JZB

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    TalentDescription
    Mini-Game Consoles 01Can interact with Mini-Game Consoles type 01
    Mini-Game Consoles 02Can interact with Mini-Game Consoles type 02
    Mini-Game Consoles 03Can interact with Mini-Game Consoles type 03
    Mini-Game Consoles 04Can interact with Mini-Game Consoles type 04
    Mini-Game Consoles 05Can interact with Mini-Game Consoles type 05
    Pet can be TANKPet can be TANK
    Pet can be MOUNTPet can be MOUNT
    Pet can be SUPPORTPet can be SUPPORT
    Friend of Jiro (Region X)Can interact wtih deactivated Jiro in Region X
    Friend of Jiro (Region Y)Can interact wtih deactivated Jiro in Region X
    Friend of Jiro (Region Z)Can interact wtih deactivated Jiro in Region Z
    Lore Console - FloraCan interact with Lore Consoles - Flora
    Lore Console - FaunaCan interact with Lore Consoles - Fauna
    Lore Console - UnnaturalCan interact with Lore Consoles - Unnatural

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    Paper Mario Coming To Nintendo Switch Online Next Week

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    By GameInformer,

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    Nintendo has revealed that Paper Mario is joining the Nintendo Switch Online catalogue next week. 

    Revealed on Twitter, the company released a trailer for the Nintendo 64 game, sharing that it will join the Switch’s online games service next week on December 10. However, because it’s an N64 game, not all Online users will have access to it as you must be subscribed to the Expansion Pack version of the service to play it. 

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    “Adventure through the Mushroom Kingdom to save Princess Peach from Bowser’s clutches as a paper-thin version of Mario,” Nintendo’s tweet reads. “Paper Mario unfolds on Nintendo Switch for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members on 12/10.” 

    Originally released in 2000 on the N64, Paper Mario was a Mario-centric spin-off experiment developed by the company. Opting to drop the more classic platforming elements of the standard Super Mario series, Paper Mario instead took our favorite plumber and his friends on an RPG-like adventure, complete with turn-based combat. Its popularity quickly grew from there and today, the Paper Mario series has multiple entries in it. 

    In fact, a new entry, Paper Mario: The Origami King, hit Switch last year. You can read our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Paper Mario: The Origami King review.

    Here’s Nintendo’s official description for Paper Mario: “After Bowser steals the Star Rod and kidnaps Princess Peach, Mario plots to rescue the seven Star Spirits and free the Mushroom Kingdom from the Koopa’s rule. As Mario travels from the tropical jungles of Lavalava Island to the frosty heights of Shiver Mountain, he’ll need all the help he can get. Master the abilities of the seven Star Spirits and the other allies joining the adventure to aid our hero on the battlefield.” 

    As noted above, you must be subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which was revealed back in October. It’s a new tier of service that includes N64 and Sega Genesis games. An individual membership of this new tier costs $49.99 while a family membership costs $79.99. If you’re already a standard Nintendo Switch Online subscriber, Nintendo will give you a prorated cost that takes into account the months you’ve already paid for if you wish to upgrade to the Expansion Pack. 


    Are you excited about Paper Mario joining the Nintendo Switch Online lineup? Let us know in the comments below!

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    See 15 Minutes Of Dying Light 2 In Action On The New Dying 2 Know

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    Techland's most recent episode of its video series Dying 2 Know shows off 15 minutes of gameplay and has an extra surprise at the end, which will be spoiled here, I guess. It's free games!

    Senior producer Kornel Jaskuła sets up the footage (at the 4:36 mark in the video above), which starts with protagonist Aiden Caldwell and his associate Lowain, played by Rosario Dawson, celebrating The City's power roaring back to life before suddenly shutting back down. From there, you'll see plenty of what I'm now calling "the Five P's of Dying Light 2 Stay Human": Parkour, Paragliding, Politicking, Powering structures, and Popping zombies in the mouth with a lethal weapon ... It's not a perfect mnemonic. It covers a mission titled "A Place to Call Home" that shows off plenty of traversal, fighting, NPC interactions, and how your choices affect The City, its residents, and Aiden's relationships.

    At the tail end of the broadcast, it's announced that Techland is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and it's the one giving out the gifts! Starting today on GOG, you can pick up a $0.00 copy of 2001's Crime Cities, and next week Steam will be harboring a complimentary copy of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger to add to your library.

    For more in-depth, hands-on impressions of Dying Light 2, please see your way to this New Gameplay Today and Brian Shea's piece on his time at the game's recent preview event.

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    The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Finally Launches Early Next Year

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    The Stanley Parable is as unique and humorous today as when it launched way back in 2013. However, during the 2018 Game Awards, fans were treated to the announcement that an expanded version of the game, The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe, would arrive in 2019. It's now 2021, though developers Davey Wreden and Crows Crows Crows have always been the first to admit that window may have been wishful thinking. But after three years and a few sassy trailer updates, the game appears to be ready to ship – for real this time (hopefully).

    Crow Crows Crows announced on Twitter that The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe is now content complete and is prepping to release it to consoles and PC in early 2022. This marks the first time the game will be available on consoles, though there’s still no mention of specific platforms. The game’s website only states the intention to release it to all platforms, basically. 

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    For those who missed the boat in 2013, you may be asking, “what exactly is The Stanley Parable?”. Good question, and unfortunately, it’s one of those games that’s best experienced as blindly as possible. But if you really need to know what you’re playing before committing cash to it (fair), you can read our review of the original game here.


    Are you a Stanley Parable fan looking to revisit the experience with Ultra Deluxe? Are you diving in for the first time to see what the fuss has been all these years? Let us know in the comments! 

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    Quake Receives A New Update With Machine Games Providing A New Horde Mode

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    Quake, which was re-released for modern consoles and PC back in August, is receiving even more love from the devs at Bethesda and Wolfenstein developer Machine Games with a new mode and content added with Update 2.

    Out today on all platforms, Update 2 brings a host of big fixes, but most importantly, an entirely new Horde Mode. Developed by the team at Machine Games, Quakes Horde Mode pits teams of 1-4 local or online players (or bots!) against swarms of AI enemies on four brand new horde maps. Every third wave of baddies will include a boss which coughs up a silver key which can be cashed in to collect more weapons and items, bolstering your arsenal for further battles.

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    Also included in Update 2 is an add-on called Honey where you'll "delve deep into the darkness to conquer a deadly plague infecting the land." It's a new Quake experience authored by senior level designer Christian Grawer from Machine Games.

    Quake is making its Epic Games Store debut today, as well. Pick it up there if EGS is your PC game launcher of choice. You can find the full contents of Update 2 here


    Are you going to squad up with friends and take on rounds of devious Quake hordes? Let us know in the comments!

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