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Hearthstone details its December 10 Descent of Dragons expansion

Dragons are coming to Hearthstone, and they're angry. Why are they always angry? Why can't dragons be more chill like Puff or the...

The Repopulation’s new tutorial area is expected to arrive with December’s patch

Getting started in a sandbox like The Repopulation always seems to be the hardest landing to stick. I should know; I've played more...

Crowfall’s J. Todd Coleman looks back at past progress and ahead to 2020 milestones

As we close out 2019, we all tend to get the urge to look back at past accomplishments and feel proud, even if they...

Blade & Soul previews Will of Iron’s heart rebalance and fishing overhaul

Just ahead of the holiday, NCsoft announced that Will of Iron was on its way to Blade & Soul, with the Rise...

EVE Online attempts a no-downtime experiment and announces structure gameplay changes

EVE Online has been doing things a bit differently this week, and while it's not "chaos," it certainly has made life in New...

Blizzard promises ‘deep and rewarding’ itemization in Diablo IV

When you dive through the gates of Hell once more for Diablo IV, you are not going to find the same-old itemization system...

Hearthstone Battlegrounds takes a deep dive into how the game determines your rating

Many game devs are extremely mum about how they come to determine a player's competitive rating. Not Hearthstone, which seems to be all...

No Man’s Sky launches significant quality-of-life improvements and new features in tomorrow’s Synthesis update

Where the Beyond update in No Man's Sky changed the game, the upcoming Synthesis update will refine it. This new large-scale...

Elite Dangerous’ big bug-fixing update lands in January, with betas starting next week

Remember back in October, when Frontier announced that it was listening to player feedback and bumping off Elite Dangerous' big December content update...

Flameseeker Chronicles: First impressions of Guild Wars 2’s Whisper in the Dark

ArenaNet has just dropped the first full installment of Guild Wars 2's the Icebrood Saga after a strong start with its...

The MOP Up: Warhammer Odyssey’s Slayer warms up for action

Who will you be when you adventure in Warhammer Odyssey's mobile world? The stocky and surly Dwarf Slayer would like to make a...

The Division 2 ponders the future of its communication and state-of-the-game streams

How much is too much information about a game? That depends on how much the game actually has on offer. Over the years, we've...

Lord of the Rings Online shows off what’s in the level 120 boost and applies a hotfix to Update 25

It's been a while since you've fired up Lord of the Rings Online, but you want to get in to the Minas...

Legends of Aria previews New Dawn’s episodic content and murder penalties

Just before Halloween, Legends of Aria's Citadel Studios announced some sweeping changes coming to the early access sandbox. After revamping its PvP...

Guild Wars 2 details Whisper in the Dark’s Essence Manipulation mastery track mechanics

Gonna be honest, I am really excited to see this dev blog that went up on the Guild Wars 2 website today, not...

RuneScape on mobile and movement updates, end of Java support

The future of RuneScape's technology is the primary topic of the latest developer blog, which provided affirmation of the nearing end of...

Riot swears its Legends of Runeterra CCG won’t be pay-to-win

It's easy to assume that Legends of Runeterra, the digital CCG from the League of Legends universe, would be just chock-full of "surprise...

Interview: Population Zero explains its combat, training, raiding, and more

Population Zero, the survival MMO from Enplex Games, is currently in the midst of closed beta test weekends, with its third CBT...

Fortnite throws an informational bone to Save the World fans while not writing patch notes for Battle Royale

Fortnite Save the World (aka Red-Headed Stepchild Mode) has always seemed as if it's behind the curve in terms of attention from Epic,...

Bless Unleashed devs say they’ve ‘drastically reworked the entire crafting system’

As Neowiz and Bandai Namco march onward toward the open beta of Bless Unleashed in November, the teams have once again penned...

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