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    Patch 9.2 PTR Eternity's End Development Notes

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    Patch 9.2 PTR Eternity's End Development Notes
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
    • New Raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones
      • Deep in the Sepulcher of the First Ones lies the key to unlock the Jailer’s plans. Gather the power of the First Ones as you pursue Zovaal into the Sepulcher and fight through his forces—but first, you must face Anduin, and discover a way to resist the Jailer’s terrifying Domination magic.
    • Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
      • Now separated into two dungeons and added to the Mythic+ dungeon rotation.

    • Progenitor Armor Set
      • Collect your class armor set from defeating bosses in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid and from the Great Vault to unlock 2-piece and 4-piece set bonuses that power certain abilities for your specialization.
        • Developers’ note: When the PTR is live, Setzertauren can be found in the central ring of Oribos to purchase the armor sets for testing the set bonuses.

    • New wild pets to capture in Zereth Mortis.

    • New Brawl: Solo Shuffle
      • The Solo Shuffle brawl pits six players (two healers, four damage dealers) against each other in exciting 3v3 Arena matches. As the name implies, you can only queue for this brawl solo. Play a series of short matches as teams are shuffled and earn rewards based on your performance.

    • Rare Crafted Equipment recipes now have an additional Optional Reagent slot.
    • New Recipes (All of these new recipes and reagents can be found on the Craftataur NPC in Oribos during the 9.2 PTR)
      • Optional Reagent: Crafter’s Mark IV– Set the crafted equipment to item level 233 and the required level to 60.
      • Optional Reagent: Crafter’s Mark of the First Ones – Set the crafted equipment to item level 262, required level to 60, and adds Unique Equipped: Shadowlands Crafted.
      • Alchemy
        • Optional Reagent: Sustaining Armor Polish
        • Optional Reagent: Infusion: Corpse Purification
        • New Potion: Cosmic Healing Potion (Flaskataur in Oribos sells the potions during the PTR)
      • Cooking
        • Empty Kettle of Stone Soup – Set out a Kettle of Stone Soup, ready to fill with delicious ingredients. Contribute ingredients to finish it and feed up to 35 people in your raid or party. Spend at least 10 seconds eating to become well fed with 20 in a stat for 1 hour.
        • New Meat: Protoflesh
      • Enchanting
        • Optional Reagent: Cosmic Protoweave
        • Optional Reagent: Magically Regulated Automa Core
      • Engineering
        • Optional Reagent: Pure-Air Sail Extensions
        • Optional Reagent: Erratic Genesis Matrix
      • Fishing
        • New Fish: Precursor Placoderm
      • Herbalism
        • Hew Herb: First Flower
      • Inscription
        • Vantus Rune: Sepulcher of the First Ones
        • Contract: Enlightened Brokers
      • Jewelcrafting
        • Optional Reagent: Devourer Essence Stone
        • Optional Reagent: Ephemera Harmonizing Stone
      • Mining
        • New Ore: Progenium Ore
      • Skinning
        • New Hide: Protogenic Pelt
      • Tailoring
        • New Cloth: Silken Protofiber

    • New Campaign Chapters
      • Chapters 1, 2, and 3 are available in the December 1 PTR update.

    • New Game Mode: The Jailer’s Gauntlet
      • Run through a series of increasingly challenging boss battles, across 8 floors per layer and 8 layers total to earn unique rewards.
    • Four new challenging Layers have been introduced, Layers 13–16.
    • Torments
      • New: Empowered Torments – Existing Torments that have increased in strength.
        • 1 Empowered Torment will be applied to Layers 13–14, and 2 Empowered Torments will be applied to Layers 15–16.

    • New Feature: Click Casting
      • This feature allows you to cast spells by simply clicking on a unit frame.
      • Set up your spell bindings by going to the Key Bindings menu or Interface Options → Combat.
    • New Setting: Unit Frame Mouseover Casting
      • This setting allows you to mouse over a unit frame and cast a spell on that character without targeting them.
      • Access this setting under Interface Options → Combat.

    Zereth Mortis was created by the First Ones as a workshop to create afterlives. Its denizens—the automa—have built all that exists in the Shadowlands. It is a strange, otherworldly location that defies all concepts of reality or physics. The Jailer intends to use the secrets of Zereth Mortis to reshape reality and bend it to his malevolent will.
    • New Reputation: The Enlightened
      • The Enlightened are brokers that arrived on Zereth Mortis a long time ago. They no longer see their world in a transactional manner, but instead they treat their dwelling as a sacred place, and hope to answer to a higher calling—the pursuit of knowledge. Find common ground with The Enlightened to succeed and defend Zereth Mortis.
    • Cypher of the First Ones
      • The automa of Zereth Mortis speak in a musical language that is incomprehensible to mortal races. Team up with a curious automa sidekick in this new progression system to learn the lost language of the Progenitors and delve deeper into the secrets of Zereth Mortis, unlocking an array of new zone activities, daily quests, events, and rewards.
        • Developers’ note: This feature is currently under development so any aspects being discussed could be subject to change.
    • New World Boss: Antros, Keeper of the Antecedents located on Antecedent Isle in Zereth Mortis.
    • New World Quests are available after completing Chapter 2 of the new campaign.
    • New Haven and Dimensional Falls questlines.
    • New rares and treasures to discover.
      • Developers’ note: Zereth Mortis rewards and combat tuning are still under development.

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    Six Tips For New Trainers In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl

    By GameInformer,


    Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl are out in the wild, and trainers everywhere are getting their hands on the pair of remakes. While this may or may not be someone's first time traveling through the Sinnoh region, there are a handful of helpful things to know when setting out with your new Pokémon companions. Here are six people and places to look out for in the opening hours of Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl to enhance your experience.


    Don't Miss The Old Rod

    After visiting Jubilife city, your journey ushers you swiftly to the east, but if you want to obtain some classic water Pokémon, take a slight detour to the west instead. You won’t be going entirely in this direction for quite a few more hours, but in the building between Jubilife and Route 218, you'll find a fisherman who will offer you an Old Rod. While not the best fishing pole (it's very much the bottom of the barrel), it will allow you to catch Pokémon such as Goldeen or Magikarp to fill out a water role on your team. It's always worth it to have an early Gyarados on your squad. Always.


    Obtain Mew And Jirachi For Playing Other Pokémon Games

    Suppose you're a veteran Pokémon trainer coming to Diamond and Pearl. In that case, the friendly elderly couple strolling in the colorful flowerbeds of Floaroma Town have some lovely gifts for you. For those who have played and have the save file for Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu or Let's Go Eevee, the lady to the right will hand over a Mew to add to your fledgling party. Those who have save data for Pokémon Sword or Shield will receive a Jirachi from the man on the left, free of charge! Both are powerful mythical Pokémon to have at your disposal so early in the game, but not necessarily game-breaking. They'll both join you at level 5, and add a solid Psychic-type to your roster going into the early gym challenges.


    Dig Into The Grand Underground

    You may be stoked for your first big showdown with Team Galactic in Eterna City, but the key to one of the largest areas of the game is also hidden here. In a house next to the Pokémon Center lives a local digging legend called the Underground Man. If you step inside his abode and speak with the master of the cavernous depths beneath Sinnoh, he'll bestow upon you an Explorer Kit which grants you access into the labyrinth. Down in the Grand Underground, you'll find plenty of Pokémon to catch in various Hideaway rooms where the monsters roam freely. Many of the Pokémon you'll find here will not be found topside, so use this space to fill out your Pokédex or spots on your team.

    When you do resurface from an exciting excavation, make sure to talk to the Underground Man once more. You'll receive a Digger Drill, an item used to create a Secret Base in the Grand Underground. These bases can be decorated with Pokémon statues you find within the walls of the expansive subterranean area, which will affect the types of monsters you'll find wandering the Hideaways. 


    Pal Around With Your Pokémon

    A new feature in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl compared to their original counterparts is the option to walk around the world with your Pokémon. You're not allowed to do this from the start, unfortunately, but once you step foot in Hearthome City, you'll be just a few steps away from enjoying a nice stroll with your Poké-pals.

    Upon entering Hearthome, head to the northern edge of town. There, you'll find the entrance to Amity Square, a Pokémon park where you can take a handful of your team out to stretch their legs and find some items. After you've experienced Amity Square once, you'll now have the option to choose one Pokémon from your active party to follow you around wherever you go! 


    Maintain A Good Relationship With Your Pokémon

    Once you have your Pokémon physically at your side, you'll notice some benefits this may have in battle of all places. Those you stroll around with in the various routes and towns build a stronger bond with its trainer and will want to try harder to win fights. Sometimes your Pokémon will survive a hit that would generally make it faint, shake off a status effect, or land more critical hits (which, of course, it wants additional praise for). There's plenty of combat benefits for being friendly with your Pokémon, so make sure to take them on plenty of walks and cook some delicious Poffins with them to raise that friendship stat.


    Change Up Your Style

    Modern Pokémon titles have made a point to add more character customization so players can express themselves more in-game. Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl haven't dropped that feature, but it does take a while to find yourself some fresh duds to dress up in. Your first taste of higher fashion comes with the introduction to Super Contest Shows, where you have the option to dress for success on the pageant stage.

    Otherwise, for a more permanent wardrobe change, you'll have to wait until after you've defeated the second Gym Leader and travel all the way to the east coast of Sinnoh. There, in Veilstone City, you can find a boutique called Metronome Style Shop, which is happy to sell any trainer a handful of outfits to swap out at your leisure. These clothes aren't cheap, but a few affordable options can improve your style to match your Pokémon Master image.

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    Swarovski Reveals Master Chief Helmet And Energy Sword Crystals

    By GameInformer,


    Halo marketing is pretty much always top-notch, and the marketing campaign behind Halo Infinite is no different. Just yesterday, 343 released a new (and very hype) Halo Infinite campaign trailer, and today, Swarovski – yes, the famed crystal maker – revealed two new Halo Infinite-inspired crystal figurines. 

    As part of its Swarovski x Halo Collectibles collection, the company has created a crystal Master Chief Helmet, complete with a yellow-tinted visor, and a crystal Energy Sword, as reported by GameSpot. You can check out both below: 

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    “In celebration of the game’s 20th anniversary and the launch of Halo Infinite, Xbox and Swarovski step into the epic sci-fi universe with two collectible crystal figurines,” Swarovski’s website reads. “A unique collaboration for both brands that serves as a reminder of what self-discovery and imagination can do. Created in an extremely limited-edition run, only the bold will reap their rewards. Enter your information below for a chance to win one of 117 [we see what you did there] Swarovski x Halo collectibles.” 

    As mentioned above, Swarovski is not selling these (we don’t even want to know what the price tag would be), and the only way to get your hands on one of 117 of these crystal figures is to enter the company’s drawing. You can register for that on the Swarovski site

    While waiting to see if you win one of these crystal figurines, read about how Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get monthly Halo Infinite multiplayer bonuses starting next week and then read about how a new change in multiplayer makes it so that players earn increased XP for the first six matches played on any given day. Check out the best Halo Infinite multiplayer tips we’ve learned from watching TikToks after that. 

    [Source: GameSpot]

    What do you think of these Swarovski crystals? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Battlefield 2042 Update 3 Includes Hundreds Of Fixes, Changes, And Improvements

    By GameInformer,


    Battlefield 2042 launched just a few weeks ago, and if the conversation surrounding it can be summarized by one word, that word is “bugs.” 

    Game Informer’s own reviewer said 2042 is “an otherwise solid online shooter bogged down by an abundance of bugs,” and that’s a sentiment echoed across the entire battlefield discourse. To EA and DICE’s credit, though, the team behind the game has been open about the things it needs to fix, and Update 3, which hits the game tomorrow, is another example of that. 

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    “With this update, we’re addressing further bugs and feedback areas which we’ve observed through your gameplay since November 12,” DICE’s post about the update reads. “This means you can expect a large amount of fixes, balance changes, and quality of life enhancements to come your way.” 

    You can view DICE’s expansive 2042 Update 3 fixes, changes, and improvements list here – it’s huge, with hundreds of bullet points, each detailing a different fix or change coming to the shooter. 

    As for what’s new in Update 3 beyond fixes, DICE says Weekly Missions are making their way into the game. 

    “There will be a total of 3 varying missions each week which you can track via the main menu,” the blog post reads. “Completing a mission will reward you with player XP. Finish all of the available missions that week, and you’ll receive a unique cosmetic reward.”

    On the Battlefield Portal side of things, new game mode layouts for Rush have been added for All-Out Warfare maps. DICE is also adding several new templates to the Builder, a new custom mode called Vehicle Team Deathmatch, which allows players to utilize combat vehicles in custom experiences. This also supports logic created in Portal’s Rules Editor. 

    In terms of Quality of Life changes, DICE says to expect several improvements within the Collection screen menus to make customizing loadouts and Plus Menus easier – basically, you won’t have to click as much in menus. UI elements during gameplay have also been enhanced, according to the blog post, and players should notice increased visibility and reduced clutter throughout the game. 

    Be sure to read the full update for additional details, the full breakdown of fixes and changes coming to 2042, and more. Check out our thoughts on the game in Game Informer’s Battlefield 2042 review after that and then read about how more Steam users are playing Farming Simulator 22 than Battlefield 2042

    Have you been playing Battlefield 2042? What’s your experience with it been like so far? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Titanfall Delisted From Storefronts, But It’s Still Playable For Those That Already Own it

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    Respawn Entertainment has announced that its first game, 2014’s multiplayer-only Titanfall, has been delisted from storefronts and will remain delisted for good. 

    This means that anyone who doesn’t own Titanfall digitally will now not be able to as it’s no longer available for purchase on digital storefronts. However, you could still technically find a physical copy and own it that way. Titanfall will also be removed from subscription services on March 1, 2022, which means it’ll be taken off Xbox Game Pass and EA Play that day. 

    Fortunately for those that do already own it, Respawn says it’s keeping servers live so actually playing it is still possible for the foreseeable future. 

    “Titanfall is part of our DNA at Respawn,” the studio’s official announcement on Twitter reads. “It’s a game that showcased the ambitions of the studio when it was first released more than 7 years ago and it continues to be a beacon of innovation that we strive for in all of our games. We’ve made the decision to discontinue new sales of the original Titanfall game starting today and we’ll be removing the game from subscription services on March 1, 2022. We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match.  Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue. Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn. Thank you from the entire Respawn team.” 

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    — Respawn (@Respawn) December 1, 2021

    For more about Titanfall, check out our thoughts on it in Game Informer’s Titanfall review and then read what we thought of its sequel in Game Informer’s Titanfall 2 review. Check out Game Informer’s Apex Legends review after that. 

    Do you still play Titanfall? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Solar Ash Launch Trailer Features Fast-Paced Traversal, Big Bosses, Beautiful Visuals, And More

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    Solar Ash is due out tomorrow, December 2, on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC, and what better way to build the hype than with a new launch trailer. 

    Heart Machine just released the launch trailer for Solar Ash today and if you’ve been keeping up with this game since its announcement back in 2020, then you already know this trailer features beautiful art and sound, and of course, extremely memorable locales. These locations not only feature stunning imagery in art but massive colossus-like creatures that fill the space and provide on-the-go platforms for Solar Ash’s main protagonist, Rei. 

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    As you can see in the trailer above, a spooky narrator warns that “you can’t save anyone, even yourself,” in an ominous voice that's present throughout. 

    If you’re unfamiliar with Solar Ash, it’s the latest game from Heart Machine, the developer behind Hyper Light Drifter. It’s being published by Annapurna Interactive, which often means you’re in for a treat of a game. In it, you control Rei, a spacefaring spelunker who explores alien planets for resources, artifacts, and more while traversing environments through rollerskating-like mechanics. Rei’s world then becomes threatened by a massive black hole known as the Ultra Void (which you can see in the trailer) which she must make her way through it in order to save all that she knows. 

    Solar Ash was originally due out October 26, but it was delayed to December 2 to give Heart Machine more time to polish the game and squash bugs. While waiting for tomorrow, check out Game Informer’s interview with some of the Solar Ash developers and then watch this trailer first shown during E3 2021

    Are you picking up Solar Ash tomorrow? Let us know in the comments below!

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