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    Phasmophobia Anniversary Update | GI Live

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    It's that time of year again. The leaves are starting to turn. The pumpkin spice and Oktoberfests are flowing in the streets. Spirit Halloween stores are starting to appear in abandoned strip malls. Spooky season is here, and we're excited to kick off this festive time of year with a return to a Game Informer office favorite (or least favorite if you're a scaredy-cat like me). Join us for this week's regular Thursday stream, where we assemble the most fantastic group of GI ghost hunters and try to keep our composure while playing Phasmophobia.

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    The classic characters are all here. First up is the experienced ghost hunter Dan Tack, aka the fearless leader who will carry the crew in his backpack to victory. Next up is Marcus Stewart, the confident up-and-comer hungry to make his name in the ghost game. Bringing up the rear is resident scared boy Alex Stadnik, who doesn't know what he's signed up for and has a knack for maybe screwing over his Phasmophobia teammates (unintentionally, of course). But developer Kinetic Games' spooky experience features four-player co-op; who are we missing? That's right, folks, she's back! Liana Ruppert will be joining us for her final stream with Game Informer (for now) as we return to one of our favorite streaming games.

    The fun kicks off at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, September 23, exclusively over on our Twitch channel! Suppose you want to learn more about Phasmophobia. In that case, you're in luck, as our own Jay Guisao has you covered with an update on the game's one-year anniversary update, including a look at the tweaks coming to Kinetic Games' indie darling, a new single-player mode, and more!


    Are you excited to celebrate the fall with a plethora of scary games? Let us know in the comments below what titles you're looking forward to playing ahead of Haloween, and thanks, as always, for watching the stream!

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    Arena World Championship 2021 Grand Finals

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    Arena World Championship 2021 Grand Finals
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    The Arena World Championship (AWC) Grand Finals kicks off September 25, with teams battling it out to determine the best of the best across Europe and North America. Catch the action live starting at 10 am PT on Saturday and Sunday, only on YouTube!

    This year of AWC has seen some of the most competitive teams in the world rise to the occasion, and some fall in defeat, with the goal to be 2021 Regional Champions. This weekend marks the end of the road to glory as four teams in each region enter the arena for their share of the $300,000 (USD) prize pool and the prestigious title of AWC: Shadowlands 2021 Grand Finals Champions!

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    Teams

    The Season 2 Circuit started with 16 teams, with 12 advancing from the Season 1 Circuit and four from the mid-season Relegation Cup, but after four weeks only eight teams across Europe and North America have secured spots in this weekend’s Grand Finals. Here is all you need to know to follow the teams in their final battles of 2021:

    Europe

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    Skill Capped is the European team to beat, with a Season 1 EU win already under their belts and a strong 19-7 record across the Season 2 Circuit.

    • Skill Capped, Method EU, and Reload Esports each appeared earlier this year in the Season 1 Finals, with Skill Capped taking the win over Method EU (watch the EU Season 1 Finals VOD here).
    • Horizon qualified to Season 2 from being Top 6 in the Season 1 Circuit, but did not appear in the Season 1 Finals.

    Team - Alias - Classes
    • Reload Esports - Lontar - Restoration Shaman
    • Reload Esports - Vilaye - Shadow Priest
    • Reload Esports - Merce - Warlock
    • Reload Esports - Mystic - Retribution Paladin
    • Skill Capped - Maro - Mage
    • Skill Capped - Asgarath - Restoration Druid
    • Skill Capped - Blizo - Warrior
    • Skill Capped - Froffsy - Mage
    • Method EU - Chas - Restoration Druid / Discipline Priest
    • Method EU - Zunniyaki - Shadow Priest
    • Method EU - Whaazz - Rogue
    • Method EU - Thesia - Mage
    • Horizon - TonyFeral - Feral Druid
    • Horizon - Kasuxo - Hunter
    • Horizon - GeluBaba - Mage
    • Horizon - Relzah - Discipline Priest

    North America

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    Hot off the heels of a Season 1 NA Finals win, Method NA remains dominant as their 20-5 record is the best across both regions in the Season 2 Circuit.

    • Method NA, Cloud 9, and Golden Guardians each appeared earlier this year in the Season 1 Finals, with Method NA taking the win over Cloud 9 (watch the NA Season 1 Finals VOD here).
    • Unitas Blue qualified to Season 2 from being Top 6 in the Season 1 Circuit, but did not appear in the Season 1 Finals.

    Team - Alias - Classes
    • Cloud9 - Snutz - Rogue/Warrior
    • Cloud9 - Chanimal - Warlock
    • Cloud9 - Wealthyman - Mage
    • Cloud9 - Kubzy - Restoration Druid
    • Golden Guardians - Pikaboo - Rogue
    • Golden Guardians - Absterge - Restoration Shaman
    • Golden Guardians - Wizk - Shadow Priest
    • Golden Guardians - Jellybeans - Hunter/Mage
    • Method NA - Ceralium - Mage
    • Method NA - Brain - Holy Paladin
    • Method NA - Drake -Windwalker Monk / Warrior / Rogue
    • Method NA - Prev - Balance Druid
    • Unitas Blue - Smexxin - Warrior
    • Unitas Blue - Borngood - Holy Paladin
    • Unitas Blue - Aiden - Rogue
    • Unitas Blue - Nuked - Mage

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    Pokémon Unite Launches On iOS and Android Tomorrow With Cross-Play And Cross-Progression

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    Pokémon Unite is making its big debut on mobile devices tomorrow. A new blog post highlights some changes coming to the game alongside the release on these additional platforms in preparation for the occasion. Producer Masaaki Hoshino breaks down some of the new features coming to Pokémon Unite with its latest update.

    First and foremost is the launch on iOS and Android devices. With the expansion to other platforms comes “full cross-platform play and account linking across mobile devices and Nintendo Switch.” This means if you’re looking to play on your phone or tablet, your Switch progress will carry over through your account. Also, Pokémon Unite players on any device will be matched up with or against any players regardless of platform. It’s a very convenient set of features and smart to have day one with the mobile release.

    Other additions noted by Hoshino include

    • New in-game events in which you can get super item enhancers that can upgrade a held item to grade 30. We’ve also made it easier for all Trainers to get item enhancers.
    • New held items to introduce fresh strategies.
    • The introduction of Unite squads, allowing Trainers to team up with squadmates.
    • A second battle pass, which will feature all-new cosmetic items, including new Holowear with special visual effects.
    • The rollout of some limited Spectator Mode features.
    • Support for multiple new languages.

    Spectator Mode was previously tested and removed in August, but the team looks to be bringing it back in some form. And, of course, a new battle pass with all kinds of new cosmetics to customize your Pokémon is always a welcomed sight!

    While there are no new characters in this update, Hoshino promises we’ll see some down the road along with a new game mode:

    "We’ll continue to add more playable Pokémon and make balance adjustments to both Pokémon and the maps. Trainers can anticipate new battle passes, themed events, and other compelling content to make Pokémon UNITE even more fun and rewarding. Additionally, we’re developing a new mode of play designed to level the playing field for all Trainers, regardless of their held items’ grades."

    Are you looking to try out Pokémon Unite on your iOS or Android device, or are you sticking to the Switch version? Luckily, you’ll have the option to move around any platform you’d like at no cost. Let us know in the comments what you think about the big update coming to Unite tomorrow!

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    Diablo II: Resurrected PC Pre-Load Now Available & Global Launch Times!

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    Diablo II: Resurrected PC Pre-Load Now Available & Global Launch Times!

    The pre-load for Diablo II: Resurrected on PC is now available! You can also view the global launch time for PC and console via the image below.

     

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    Neo: The World Ends With You Lands On The Epic Store This Month

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    After Square Enix jumped the gun by leaking the news a few hours early, we can confirm that Neo: The World Ends With You makes its way to PC via the Epic Games Store on September 28. The sequel to the fan-favorite RPG launched on PlayStation 4 and Switch in July, with the PC version slated to come later, though this may be unexpectedly sooner than some might have thought. Not that we're complaining. 

    Neo takes place four years after the events of the original and stars new protagonist Rindo and his best friend Fret. The two teens are killed and find themselves caught in a new version of the Reaper’s Game that promotes team battles. Rindo leads his team, the Wicked Twisters, in a race to climb the rankings in order to win the game and, hopefully, be brought back to life. The game shifts from 2D to a fully 3D design, and the action-oriented combat lets you control all four of Rindo’s teammates simultaneously. You’ll still collect dozens of ability-granting pins and explore a larger version of Shibuya. 

    In our review, we scored Neo an 8 out of 10. While Game Informer features editor Kim Wallace criticized the game’s adherence to some of the more archaic design decisions from the original, she also admitted she had trouble putting it down, writing, “The world draws you in, the boss battles provide a worthy challenge, and I loved watching the relationships between characters grow. There’s also some excellent payoff for fans of the first game. Exploring Shibuya and dropping the beat is still a delight, and the music captivates you in the best way.”


    Have you been holding off on playing Neo on PC? If you’ve already played the game, what do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

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    How Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Changes The Borderlands Game

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    Publisher: 2K Games
    Developer: Gearbox Software
    Release: March 25, 2022
    Rating: Teen
    Platform: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

    Sure, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands might be a first-person looter shooter that features a few familiar faces from the existing Borderlands universe. However, the wild ride that examines the formula with a tabletop role-playing game lens has a lot of different components going into the mix, and it’s attempting to distinguish itself from the known template while still maintaining some of that raucous flavor.

    I mean, the Dungeon Master is Tiny Tina, after all, meaning chaos is an integral component of the entire experience, and she might not be content to follow the rulebook or module designs. We had a chat with creative director Matt Cox and senior producer Kayla Belmore about the latest trailer to hit and how Tiny Tina’s grandiose fantasy visions come to life in the upcoming game. And by grandiose visions, I mean that Butt Stallion is part of the story, somehow. Hunh.

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    So how will stats work? Will you be running maximum charisma? Dumping points in strength? Just how much tabletop DNA is going into this? The answer is a lot.

    “So we do have fantasy elements like spells and multiclassing, you can choose your initial class and then later on, in the main questline, you get to choose the secondary class to actually multiclass,” says Cox. “So you can mix and match a lot of the elements that come along with just the class selection and of itself. So in addition to we also have melee weapons, armor with specific stats that can speak to your build, but also we do have, in addition to skill points, we do have hero points that do speak to kind of that more classic tabletop attributes that you're talking about strength. We have strength, intelligence, dexterity, and those sorts of things so much like creating your own character in a tabletop fantasy game.”

    There are six core classes to choose from, and while they have not been revealed yet, you can assume some core fantasy archetypes make an appearance.

    In addition, an “overworld” game board where your characters are represented by little bobblehead versions of themselves lets players pick their destinations through the land, emulating the look and feel of a tabletop gameboard. 

    “So one thing that's super fun is your character representation and all of the customizations that you've done actually appear in the overworld,” says Belmore. “And because the overworld is third-person, you can see all players on the map when you're playing together.”

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    Of important note for those would-be ax swinging barbarians and knights among you: while melee attacks will be important, dedicated melee builds are probably not going to be a thing outside of some odd builds and legendary items. Instead, melee can easily be integrated into your combat flow via perks, skills, or status effects that for instance might supercharge various other attacks for landing a successful melee attack or hyperpower up a single melee blow after you’ve completed some other requirement, encouraging you to move in and out of combat in a varied loop of ranged, melee, and spell/ability usage for optimum performance.

    “When in doubt, guns are still stars of the show and there's something truly satisfying about just riddling things with crossbow bolts from a regular handgun,” says Belmore. “It's just kind of amazing.” 

    And yes, you’ll still have an “ultimate” skill to utilize when things get too frantic to handle, with two to pick from on each class.

    Spells add another layer to things, with a variety of different usages and designations. It’s not just going to be casting big fireballs at foes, but instead, there’s a huge bucket of various spells to draw upon and books to find, including self-casting powers.

    There’s a core campaign to tackle, but numerous side missions are available for those looking to get their characters beefed up to tackle goblins with guns. “We've got the main plot maps of course. But there are entire maps on the side that almost play like modules that have a standalone plotline that is connected to the main story, but not all the way into the main story. They're kind of these fun little side missions that feel a lot like a tabletop module that’s on top of the greater mission.”

    Of course, these expeditions into dark forests, dank caves, and creepy castles aren’t the only places you’re hanging out. No, we need a hub to deck our characters out and engage in all kinds of progression systems! A tavern (a soda tavern) serves as one of the central areas of Brighthoof, the city where players will be hanging out when they’re not massacring monsters and causing mayhem.

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    Obviously, it wouldn’t make sense to have things by engineering manufacturers here as we’re talking about spells and swords, but yes gear is branded by the folks who create them, placing each piece of gear into a similar system as we’ve seen in other games such as Dahl, Jakobs, Hyperion, etc.

    And what’s a tabletop RPG without rolling dice? Events known as lucky challenges will let you roll that d20 right then and there and try to hit that big number to shower you with piles and piles of potent loot.

    “Lucky dice are scattered throughout the world,” says Cox. “And so if you find them, it'll actually roll in front of you and like pop out what number you get, and that will correspond to how good the loot is, you get out of that lucky dice.”

    While we certainly aren’t even close to knowing all the ingredients that are going into this chaotic cake, more details are inevitably on the way as we inch closer to the March 25, 2022 release date. Are you looking forward to Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands? Let us know in the comments, and may all your 20s be natural. 

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