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    Burning Crusade Classic Hotfixes - June 18, 2021

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    Burning Crusade Classic Hotfixes - June 18, 2021
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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    • [With regional restarts] Area 52 Bruisers are no longer shirking their job duties and will now intervene to break up nearby fights.
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where repeatedly clicking a Soulwell would unintentionally consume additional charges under certain conditions.
    • Fixed an issue where a Priest’s Prayer of Mending would persist on the target if it fails to find a new target to jump to, true to reference behavior.
    • Activating Prismatic Sphere's cooldown should no longer put enchanting materials on cooldown.
    • Fixed an issue where Socrethar was not made vulnerable by Voren'thal's Presence for “Turning Point.”
    • The Aldor will now come to your aid during the quest “Deathblow to the Legion.”
    • Fixed an issue where Halaa Battle Tokens were not granted as expected.
    • Fixed an issue where Warchief Kargath Bladefist could charge outside of his area and reset the encounter.

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    You Can Now Look Inside A FIFA Ultimate Team Pack Before Buying

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    EA Sports is trying something new with FIFA Ultimate Team, or FUT, packs during their Festival of FUTball event. Starting today, June 18, the FUT store is swapping out all of the packs with new preview-able versions. None of the potential cards from the packs are changing, but now you can take a peek at the actual contents of a pack in the store before committing to making a purchase.

    Here’s how it works according to a post on EA’s FIFA site: “In the FUT Store, you can select a Preview Pack to preview its contents. It’s important to remember that by previewing a pack, you are not yet making a decision to use FUT Coins or FIFA Points to buy the pack. Note the highlighted sections below, which signal that the pack you are selecting is a Preview Pack.”

    Looking at a FUT pack’s contents will give the option to buy it or leave it sitting in the shop. Luckily there isn't a cost to preview a pack, though if you decide not to buy one that’s already been scoped out, you’ll have to wait for a timer to expire. Once the time runs up for that pack, it refreshes to a new set of contents. The pack will show some of its cards in the store window to signify it has been previewed. We should also mention that a previewed pack does not display whether its contents are duplicate items the owner may have in their collection, though when you do purchase a pack with duplicates, they can be handled like extras from any other pack.

    EA plans for Preview packs to be an ongoing staple in the FUT store during the remainder of the Festival of FUTball, which runs until July 16. 

    This is certainly an interesting way to eliminate the wholly blind aspects of purchasing digital randomized goods. EA has been in the crosshairs of investigations and lawsuits regarding this specific practice in the past, some compare the practice to gambling, and EA has even gone to the lengths of limiting microtransactions in the latest FIFA game. Giving players a little more agency in how they spend money on loot boxes is helpful, but there’s more work yet to be done to make loot boxes fair. Regardless, this is certainly a step in a more consumer-friendly direction.

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    Bayonetta 3 Still Exists And Is 'Progressing Well' According To Nintendo

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    For precisely the umpteenth year in a row, Nintendo held yet another E3 Direct presentation with no mention of Bayonetta 3. Despite debuting way back at the 2017 Game Awards as a Switch exclusive title, the game has been radio silent in the years since with the only updates coming in the form of vague reassurances that it's still happening, keeping the hope alive. Nintendo provided another such update during a recent interview with GameSpot

    GameSpot's Tamoor Hussain interviewed Nintendo Treehouse’s Nate Bihldorff and Bill Trinen about the company’s E3 showing and wrapped up the fun conversation by asking the million dollar question: Where is Bayonetta 3? Bihldorff began by confirming that the game “definitely still exists” with Trinen adding that Bayonetta 3 is not only real but is “progressing well”.

    “We like to show things when we’re ready to show them, and certainly we like to show things when we think the developers are ready to show them,” explains Trinen before telling fans to “stay tuned”. 

    You can check out the clip yourselves at the 19:37 mark. 

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    It’s a small update, but it’s better than nothing given we still know next to nothing about Bayonetta 3 or its projected release. The only footage of the game remains the cinematic debut trailer that featured the titular witch battling a powerful entity and seemingly coming out on the losing end of it. Rumors/wishful thinking suggests the game will re-emerge when Nintendo announces the equally mythical Switch Pro. I'm not sure I buy that just yet, but we can likely all agree that the game isn't coming in 2021. Feel free to prove us wrong, Nintendo. 

    While Nintendo’s E3 Direct lacked any appearance from the sultry witch, it still had cool announcements in the form of Metroid Dread and the gameplay reveal of the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You can check out our full E3 coverage hub to read about those stories and other announcements from the days-long events. 

    In the meantime, remind yourself of better times when Bayonetta games used to come out by checking out this Replay episode featuring the first game. Since he’s likely reading this, you should check out GI senior editor Blake Hester’s opinion piece on why the original Bayonetta is the best-playing game ever made


    When do you think Bayonetta 3 will make itself known again? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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    Patch 9.1.0 PTR - Build 39069: Release Candidate

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    Patch 9.1.0 PTR - Build 39069: Release Candidate
    Build 39069 is now live on the PTR realms!

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    Night Warrior Tyrande Whisperwind - New Model
    The video playing in the background on the World of Warcraft Website has been updated, and now features a new Night Warrior model for Tyrande Whisperwind.

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    A New Ellie Statue Headlines Fresh The Last Of Us Part II Gear

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    PlayStation is dropping some new threads and other items in its gear store to celebrate the one year anniversary of The Last of Us Part II’s release. A post on the PlayStation Blog written by Naughty Dog’s Lead Designer of Communications Joshua Bradley runs down some of the items available as of today.

    Most impressive on the list of items is one for the collectors out there. A 16” statue featuring a scowling Ellie brandishing a large bowie knife is available to order, though it won’t ship until December. The figure was created using actual in-game assets, an impressive method used to sculpt this collectible. Here’s the product details for this piece:

    It’s time to head to Seattle with Ellie from The Last of Us Part II. This Ellie statue shows an angry Ellie with both hands on the machete for extra power ready to strike. Her clothes are ripped and worn but she has revenge on her mind. In-game files were used in creating Ellie (a big thank you to the Naughty Dog team) and she stands approximately 16” tall (i.e. 1:4 scale) from the bottom of the moss covered stone and dirt base to the top of her head. The Ellie statue is made using polystone resin and is skillfully hand-crafted and painted by artisans*. The Ellie statue includes deluxe, full-color packaging, a hand-numbered base and a validation card.

    Ellie's new statue is priced at $529.99 while supplies last.

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    Another product available today is a button-up collared short sleeve shirt with a hammer and machete icon pattern. The shirt comes in khaki or black and is selling for $79.95. Pre-orders for these snazzy shirts are set to ship around July 15, however some sizes are already backordered.

    Some other items arriving in the store today include a pencil pouch with a matching pattern to the shirts above, a long-sleeve tee with the game's logo on the left chest area, a scarf, and a leather dopp kit "for when you need that extra space for just one more health kit on your travels." You're probably safe to put your toothpaste and contact solution in it instead.

    In case you missed it, there's word Naughty Dog is working on a new multiplayer game! Also, check out Game Informer's review of the The Last of Us Part II which recently received a PlayStation 5 upgrade patch increasing resolution and framerate for the next-gen console. 

     

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    Nintendo President Comments On New Switch Hardware

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    Rumors have circulated for months and months that Nintendo is working on some kind of updated Switch hardware, a "Nintendo Switch Pro" that would feature a bigger screen and be capable of outputting in 4K resolution. But E3 has come and gone and Nintendo didn’t announce any such device. Is all hope gone that we could see an upgraded Switch before the end of the year? Maybe. Or maybe not. Nintendo is keeping all of its cards very close to the vest.

    President of Nintendo of America Doug Bowser addressed some of the Switch Pro rumors in a recent interview with The Washington Post, saying, “We are always looking at technology and how technology can enhance gameplay experiences. It’s not technology for technology’s sake. It’s how specifically can technology enhance a gameplay experience. And then where do you apply that technology? Do you want to apply it on current existing hardware or platforms, or do you want to wait for the next platform? And then what’s the right gameplay experience with that? There’s a host of factors that goes into it, and it’s something we’re always looking at.”

    Bowser may have sidestepped the question about new hardware a bit, but he went on to say, “As we enter into our fifth year, Nintendo Switch really is redefining what a console life cycle can look like, and the vibrancy of that overall life cycle with a strong cadence of content,” Bowser said.

    Nintendo might not need to release new hardware anytime soon. To date, the Switch has sold 85 million consoles as of April, and remains one of Nintendo most successful pieces of hardware. Does that mean the company won’t release a Switch upgrade in the future? No. The real question is when? And the answer to that is anyone’s guess (so go for it).

    For more on what Bowser thinks of Nintendo as a whole be sure to read The Washington Post’s full article.

    [Source: The Washington Post]

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