We've nearly made it through the first month of 2020, and the year is reconfiguring before us. Last week, we learned that Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab) and Marvel's Avengers (opens in new tab)have been delayed, and this week Dying Light 2 was also pushed back (opens in new tab). But, apparently, we've passed into a bubble of spacetime in which Valve is really, truly ready to publish a new Half-Life game. Here are the biggest PC gaming stories of the week:
Valve is 'confident' Half-Life: Alyx won't be delayed (opens in new tab)
Last week was characterized by delays (opens in new tab), so let's start with a non-delay. Valve's big bet on VR is done, apparently, and so there's no concern about a Half-Life: Alyx delay—it'll still come out sometime in March. If you were hoping you had more time to save up for the hardware needed to play it (opens in new tab), I'm sorry. Valve has apparently become punctual.
Being 'muted' in a game does not violate your civil rights, US federal court declares (opens in new tab)
Shockingly, the courts did not agree with a man who described his experience with Runescape mods as a violation of his human rights.
The internet has decided Doomguy and Animal Crossing's Isabelle are best friends now (opens in new tab)
These things just happen sometimes.
Nice of isabelle to offer some coffee to Doom Guy before a long day of demon slaughtering 💛#DOOM #AnimalCrossing pic.twitter.com/2kAPbDqPrjNovember 24, 2018
World of Warcraft players sure are pissed off at Battle for Azeroth's anticlimactic ending (opens in new tab)
There are three possible endings to any story: the kind that makes people go "huh," the kind that makes people go "wow," and the kind that makes people log onto Reddit. WoW found the latter, it seems.
AMD's last minute 5600 XT BIOS update feels like a 'bait and switch' (opens in new tab)
Jarred was not too impressed with AMD's eleventh hour BIOS update, which at the least will cause confusion. If a 5600 XT card is in your future, read Jarred's breakdown of the situation to make sure you know what you're getting.
Loot boxes push kids into gambling, says England's NHS mental health director (opens in new tab)
Controversies over loot boxes have died down over the past year, but the debates—which have expanded from forums and subbreddits to legislators and government officials—are far from settled. Here's another report that probably induced some game industry CEO frowns.
More things we wrote
- Apex Legends' new character is a big, beefy boy with a metal arm (opens in new tab)
- Steam's Lunar New Year Sale has begun (opens in new tab)
- GOG's Lunar Sale is live (opens in new tab)
- Disco Elysium gets a Hardcore 'True Detective' mode and ultrawide support (opens in new tab)
- Vermintide 2 heads to Castle Drachenfels and opens its in-game store (opens in new tab)
- Mortal Kombat 11's Joker seems to be teasing Injustice 3 (opens in new tab)
- Cyberpunk 2077 Funko Pops are definitely not breathtaking (opens in new tab)
- As coronavirus sparks new interest in Plague Inc., dev warns it's 'not a scientific model' (opens in new tab)
- Ark: Genesis delayed until February, but on the plus side it'll have giant space whales (opens in new tab)
- Beware of AMD coolers with extra heatpipes: they aren't real AMD products (opens in new tab)
- This clever contraption makes the bezels on your multi-monitor setup disappear (opens in new tab)
- Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 2 finally has a release date (opens in new tab)
Around the office
WoW players weren't the only ones grumbling this week: Tim, Phil, and Tom discussed the state of Destiny 2 (opens in new tab) and the frustration over the underwhelming reward for solving its latest puzzle (which itself was cool, if you like watching streamers do something that looks like genome mapping).
Meanwhile, Wes and Andy Kelly have both played Doom Eternal: Here's Wes on how it felt (opens in new tab) ("metal as hell"), Wes and Andy on what they liked and didn't like (opens in new tab), and Andy on the decor and personal items (opens in new tab) found in Doom Slayer's bedroom. He's just a regular guy when he isn't cleaving demons in half.
Also this week, Steven and Emma took a look at League of Legends card game Legends of Runeterra—here's how its microtransactions work (opens in new tab), a guide to the basic rules (opens in new tab), and a primer on the cards and their abilities (opens in new tab). It's in open beta now.
Chris attempted (opens in new tab) to speak and make eye contact like a normal human being in Speaking Simulator—because he certainly isn't a robot—and had mixed results. His ear came off, for one thing. He also made an honest effort to govern in Frostpunk's next expansion, The Last Autumn, but was immediately fired by a union (opens in new tab). Always with the misadventures, that guy.
Finally, Lauren learned a lot more about The Elder Scrolls Online's upcoming trip to Skyrim: It isn't retelling (opens in new tab) the Skyrim stories we've already experienced in The Elder Scrolls 5, and the subterranean land of Blackreach is going to be a big part of it (opens in new tab). That's either a promise or a threat depending on how you felt about Blackreach the last time you visited.
Have a great weekend, and if you've seen the Apple Software Update prompt pop up on your PC recently, do yourself a favor and finally get around to uninstalling iTunes. When was the last time you used iTunes?
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