Monster Hunter: World performance guide: Get your PC Iceborne ready

Monster Hunter: World is one of the biggest games on PC right now, and it’s just got even bigger with the launch of its giant Iceborne expansion. So, if you’re been thinking about jumping into Capcom’s dinosaur-hunting / hat-making sim, but aren’t sure if your graphics card can run it properly, then have a read of my Monster Hunter: World PC performance guide below.

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about how to get the best performance and the smoothest frame rates from almost all of today’s best graphics cards, as well as a couple of oldies I’ve still got knocking around in my cupboard. Together, we’ll see if they’re a mighty, frame-slaying Rathalos or a paralyzing little Paratoad. I’ve also included some tips on which settings you can turn off to help boost performance, as well as how many extra frames you can get by switching on Monster Hunter: World’s DLSS support with a compatible Nvidia RTX card.

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Joker Costume Spotted On The Back Of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Box Art

Another cameo on Switch.

Next week sees the release of Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore. If you didn’t already know, the game is a slightly enhanced version of the original Wii U title from 2016. The latest iteration comes with new songs, a new story, and even new costumes.

Ahead of its worldwide release next week, something interesting has been spotted on the back of the Switch box art (via Amazon Japan). If the title wasn’t enough of a hint, it’s Joker’s outfit from Persona 5. Here are some grainy images of the Japanese box art, courtesy of Twitter user @theprinceofiris:

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Lucasfilm Initially Wanted Respawn’s Star Wars Game To Avoid Jedi and Lightsabers

Lucasfilm originally wanted Respawn to stick to blasters and make a first-person shooter, according to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Director Stig Asmussen.

In the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, Ryan McCaffrey sat down with Asmussen to talk about Respawn’s pitch for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and, according to Asmussen, he was very clear about what he and his team wanted to do when he first met with Lucasfilm.

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“‘We want to make a game with Jedi and lightsabers and Force powers.’ and I could feel that the room kind of gasped for a moment. That’s when I realized; Jedi are really big… I mean, of course they are a big deal… but it’s a really big deal. It’s like the Holy Grail here.” Asmussen also discussed Lucasfilm’s reverence for Jedi in the latest episode of the AIAS Game Maker’s podcast, when he sat down with Insomniac’s Ted Price.

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“There was a little bit of people eye-balling each other and somebody, I don’t remember who, on the Lucasfilm side said, ‘What about making a game with blasters? Something more like a shooter?’ They didn’t mention any games in particular and I said, ‘You know, part of my background is melee and the team that we built is melee-action… I think you wouldn’t be really happy with the results of what we’d make for that, because I’m not super comfortable with doing that.’ And I said, ‘but, you know… lightsabers.’”

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That was far from the end of the discussion, Asmussen said. “They talked a little bit more about it, and we went back and forth and they said, ‘Here’s the deal; we can do something with lightsabers and Force powers, but we can’t… we can’t talk about Jedi. We’ve got to refer to them as “Force-users.”’” Asmussen shrugged, “As long as we’ve got lightsabers and Force-powers, I’m cool.”

“That’s the day that I learned; every step of the way, we have to earn it. We can’t just come in and say, ‘This is the game that we’re making.’ It’s gotta be a conversation. It’s gotta be a collaboration, and we have to earn the respect, and that works both ways. But here we are, years later, and the name of the game is ‘Jedi: Fallen Order.’”

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Brian Barnett writes news, features, wiki guides, deals posts, and much more for IGN. You can get your fix of Brian’s antics on Twitter and Instagram (@Ribnax).

10 Witcher 3 Side Quests You Shouldn’t Miss

The Witcher 3’s story is massive one, spanning multiple frontiers in Geralt’s hunt for Ciri, his surrogate daughter. And yet, if you can easily miss out on some truly amazing side quests that provide stories as engrossing as the main plot, and rewards that are too good to pass up. With that in mind, we’ve compiled some of the best side quests you shouldn’t pass up in The Witcher 3.

Ghosts of the Past

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This Velen side quest may not be important to some, but if you’ve played the Witcher 2 it may have a more special meaning. If you either imported your Witcher 2 save where you spared the Witcher Letho, or told the Nilfgaardian court that he’s still alive, you’ll be able to run into the former Witcher. You can do so by picking up the quest The Fall of the House of Reardon, or by simply investigating the abandoned and trap-laden manor in the middle of the Velen woods. This quest serves as a nice callback to the events of the previous games, and your actions here can also ensure that Letho can help you in turn later in the story.

A Towerful of Mice

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Early on in the main story you’ll meet the mage known as Keira Metz in Velen. After completing the main quests Hunting a Witch and Wandering in the Dark, take up Keira’s offer to meet at her home in Velen, where you’ll be able to take up the quest, A Towerful of Mice. What starts as a simple quest to lift a curse on an island gets a lot more complicated as you learn of the terrible truth behind the events on Fyke Island by talking to the spirits of the dead, and end up having to make a tough choice that’s not likely to make all parties happy in the end. On the plus side, this quest puts your one step closer to romancing Keira Metz.

Return to Crookback Bog

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Most Witcher 3 fans agree that the character known as the Bloody Baron is one of the most intriguing, despicable, and saddest characters you’ll meet during the main quest. After you help out the baron determine where his wife and daughter have gone, you can stick around to continue helping the Bloody Baron – but things will get even stranger. All of the choices you make around the bog will reveal their consequences at the culmination of this story – intertwining the lives of the baron and his wife, as well as the fate of the Crones, orphans, and the mysterious Whispering Hillock. As you can expect in The Witcher 3, you won’t be able to find a true happy ending for everyone involved.

The Cave of Dreams

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Once you’re able to visit the Skellige Isles, look for the Arinbjorn noticeboard to take on The Phantom of Eldberg contract, which will then open up a new side quest. Geralt will be tasked with helping Madman Lugo’s son, Blueboy, as he investigates the Cave of Dreams. The cave is a pretty trippy place, which will cause Blueboy and his crew to deal with all sorts of horrifying visions, culminating in Geralt having to face his own worst nightmare. This fact alone makes the quest a very intriguing one, and worth checking out when in the neighborhood.

The Last Wish

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While you’re in Skellige, once you’ve completed the main story quest Nameless, you can decide to pursue romantic intentions with Yennefer, by finding the same djinn that entwined the star-crossed lovers fates. The quest alone provides a great look back on their complicated history together, and as Geralt you can decide just how much of your feelings for Yennefer are due to the djinn’s granted wish. Of course, it’s also worth looking into this quest as one of several that cement your relationship with Yennefer.

Now or Never

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On the opposite side of the romantic coin, this quest in Novigrad begins after taking on A Matter of Life and Death, and is one of the necessary steps to proving your love for Triss Merigold. Instead of just focusing on Triss, this quest has a bit more stakes involved, as Triss needs your help getting her and her fellow mages out of Novigrad to escape to Kovir. Your fight to free them from the grasp of the Witch Hunters will not only affect the city of Novigrad, but also if you’ll allow Triss to leave and become the leader of the mages at Kovir, or seduce her into staying by your side.

Reason of State

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This late game side quest in Novigrad only shows up after you’ve finished a long chain of quests that include An Eye for an Eye, A Deadly Plot, and Redania’s Most Wanted – and you’ll also need to gain Djikstra’s favor during the main questline known as Final Preparations. What sets this side quest apart from others is that it will have a huge impact on the war that’s been looming in the background of Geralt’s story, as you’ll get the opportunity to help assassinate the king of Redania. Depending on your actions, and how you decide to act once the job is done, Geralt stands to make a huge impact on the fate of the land.

Carnal Sins

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Everyone loves Dandelion the Bard, and after you save him during the main quest A Poet Under Pressure, and follow up with the Cabaret side quest, you can undertake this murder mystery as well. What follows is a fun and length investigation into a serial killer lurking in Novigrad. And like any good murder investigation, you can easily get things wrong and attack the wrong suspect – a fact you’ll only find out once you hear that the murders have continued despite your rush to judgement. Be sure to pick up this quest if you fancy Geralt as the star of CSI: Novigrad.

Paperchase

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This particular quest takes place in the Blood and Wine DLC, and may not be for the faint of heart. By this, I mean if standing in line, filling out forms, and dealing with bureaucracy give you pause, Paperchase will make you tear your hair out. In this quest Geralt finds out a man who owes him money has instead deposited it into a bank under his name, and what follows is a painfully realistic interpretation of trying to get anything done in a bank or similar government building. The good news is you can decide to end the quest by getting in a fight. The bad news is if you want to get the better reward, you’ll have to wait a whole week to get a bit of extra coin and a sword for all your troubles.

Witcher Gear Scavenger Hunts

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Scavenger Hunts may not exactly be “side quest material” as there isn’t a whole lot of story involved, but it’s extremely worth it to know there’s a ton of excellent gear out there you can easily miss if you don’t know where to look. By exploring new areas and stumbling upon blacksmithing diagrams for certain Witcher Gear, you can learn of scavenger hunts to track down the remaining weapons or armor parts, and then even learn how to upgrade them as you progress through the game. Each set covers a different Witcher “school”, and can help you take down enemies in whichever style you prefer. For these reasons, you should always keep an eye out for these diagrams, and check out where to begin your hunt for each of the Witcher Gear sets:

 

There’s arguably a ton of more incredibly interesting quests out in the world of The Witcher 3 to peak your interest that we haven’t even scratched – and luckily we have guides for every side quest, interactive maps, and much more in our Witcher 3 Wiki. If you’ve already scoured the Northern Kingdoms and beyond, let us know what your favorite quests were, which had the best stories, or if they had a reward that really stood out!

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Brendan Graeber is a Guides Editor for IGN, and wishes he had a Hyperbolic Time Chamber to replay The Witcher 3 before Cypberpunk 2077 comes out in just a few months. Follow his attempts to ignore his increasing backlog of games on Twitter @Ragga_Fragga.

This Week on Xbox: January 10, 2020

We know you’re busy and might miss out on all the exciting things we’re talking about on Xbox Wire every week. If you’ve got a few minutes, we can help remedy that. We’ve pared down the past week’s news into one easy-to-digest article for all things Xbox! Or, if you’d rather watch than read, you can feast your eyes on our weekly video show above. Be sure to come back every Friday to find out what’s happening This Week on Xbox!

Gears 5 Featured in Evanescence New Music Video “The Chain”
Last fall, we celebrated early access for Gears 5 Ultimate Edition with the television debut of “The Chain” during the NFL Season Opener. Today, transcendent, two-time Grammy Award winning rock band, Evanescence, has released the full official music video “The Chain,” their first new rock recording in eight years… Read more

Rock Band Rivals Welcomes You to 2020
Happy New Year! With every new year comes a list of resolute goals, dreams, regrets – things you wish you did better, or different, things you love and want to keep doing forever. Rivals Season 15 will celebrate those resolutions with 8 weeks of carefully curated challenges, each focused on a particular aspect of goals for the New Year… Read more

Sea of Thieves Passes 10 Million Players Since Launch
We’re excited and humbled to share that Sea of Thieves has now been played by more than ten million players, reinforcing its status as the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation. It’s mind-blowing to think of that many people setting sail on the Sea of Thieves, and it’s all been made possible by the support and passion of our fantastic community… Read more

Free Gifts in Celebration of DC Universe Online’s Anniversary
First off, we’d like to thank our Xbox One players for making DC Universe Online in 2019 so memorable! Dark magic emerged early in the year with Episode 34: Justice League Dark. Then players repelled the invasion of the Dark Multiverse in Episode 35: Metal Part I and are still defending Earth as we know it in Episode 36: Metal Part IIRead more

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Tekken 7, Frostpunk, and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Coming Soon to Xbox Game Pass for Console
Happy New Year! Time for those resolutions. I promise for 2020, I will not get sucked into an MMO and lose my body in the real world. I will build the last city on Earth. I will probably not get caught up on my pile of games, but I will at least prioritize what games I want to play next. I will try to play more with my friends so we can all geek out about these games together… Read more

Mistress of Blade Coming to Black Desert on Xbox One
A small and hidden village of the Oeki Clan that resides alongside the banks of the Turina river gives birth to the newest class in Black Desert, Kunoichi. Trained at a very young age to master the use of a shortsword, kunais, and the hidden arts of Ninjutsu, Kunoichi has the ability to swiftly and silently dispose of her enemies… Read more

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New with Xbox Game Pass for PC: Frostpunk, FTL: Faster Than Light
Story time. A few weeks ago, while we were all sitting around a giant pile of gifts and wrapping paper, my kitten was losing her mind, darting from pile of paper to ribbon to making loops around the tree. It was like an avalanche of fun. Well, I feel you little kitten, because being overstimulated by so many exciting new toys is totally me right now… Read more

Paladins Season 3 Begins with New Champion Release, Community Battle Pass
Paladins
 had an exciting year in 2019 – we released four new champions, a variety of exciting Battle Passes, and a series of updates which brought more bug fixes and quality of life improvements than ever before. We declared 2019 the best year ever for Paladins, and we think we achieved our goal. But we’ve never been comfortable resting on our laurels… Read more

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Next Week on Xbox: New Games for January 15 to 17
Welcome to Next Week on Xbox, where we cover all the new games coming soon to Xbox One! Every week the team at Xbox aims to deliver quality gaming content for you to enjoy on your favorite gaming console. To find out what’s coming soon to Xbox One, read on below and click on each of the game profiles for pre-order details (dates are subject to change)... Read more

A Rambler’s Guide to Kentucky Route Zero: TV Edition, Coming to Xbox One January 28
Kentucky Route Zero is a magical realist adventure game about a secret highway that runs through the caves beneath Kentucky. The three of us at Cardboard Computer have been working on this game for almost 10 years, publishing episodes, free ‘interlude’ games, and other odd objects (a play, a T.V. station, a hotline for secret tourism) as we go… Read more

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The Drop: New PlayStation Games for January 14, 2020

This time on Dra– er, The Drop, an RPG experience of earth-shattering proportions comes to PS4, based on the anime phenomenon that helped bring the medium to homes around the world. That’s right: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot lands on Friday, January 17!

Will you download Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot from PlayStation Store or buy it at your favorite retailer? Will you train, fly, and fight as the mighty hero Goku in a bid to save planets from certain destruction? Will you get tired of Justin’s attempt to write an intro in the style of a DBZ episode? Find out next this time on The Drop!

For a full list of new games coming to PlayStation next week, read on. And enjoy The Drop!

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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack
PS4 — Digital
The DX versions of the titles from the Dusk series are now available as a specially priced 3-game set! Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX, Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX, Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX. (Note: These titles are also available for individual purchase.)
Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX
PS4 — Digital
The promise begins. A Dusk era has fallen upon this world many times, yet people have managed to survive and reclaim a meager livelihood thus far. Here, in a remote atelier, there was a lone girl making her living by making medicine. Her name is Ayesha. (Note: The full trilogy is also available as a bundle.)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX
PS4 — Digital
The promise is entrusted to two alchemists. This world has seen its fair share of Twilights, and is slowly nearing its end. There exists a nation that has prospered through its use of alchemy, devoting their every effort to rediscovering the lost alchemic technologies of the past. (Note: The full trilogy is also available as a bundle.)
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX
PS4 — Digital
Water sources go dry. Plants wither and die. All creatures thirst and starve. The blue oceans turn to sand, and the life of the sea no longer has a place to call home. Yet still, the sun continues to shine, mercilessly drying up what little water remains in the earth. Slowly, but surely, everything fades away to nothing in this Dusk World. (Note: The full trilogy is also available as a bundle.)
Darwin Project
PS4 — Digital
Darwin Project is an outdoor, futuristic, battle royale style deathmatch with a strong emphasis on hunting, trapping, and survival. Not only will you be pitted against fierce rivals, but you’ll compete for the favor of an all-seeing Show Director.
Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot
PS4 — Digital (Out 1/17)
Relive the story of Goku and other Z Fighters in Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot! Beyond the epic battles, experience life in the Dragon Ball Z world as you fight, fish, eat, and train with Goku, Gohan, Vegeta and others. Explore the new areas and adventures as you advance through the story and form powerful bonds with other heroes from the Dragon Ball Z universe.
Eclipse: Edge of Light
PS VR, PS4 — Digital
Crash-landed on a sentient planet, you awake to discover a dreamscape world, filled with alien wonder and the remains of a betrayed civilization. You find a powerful relic that can interact with ancient technology and grant you near-magical powers. Can you rise to the challenge and solve the haunting riddle of this mysterious place?
Gravity Error
PS4 — Digital (Out 1/15)
Gravity Error is a 2D puzzle/platformer about changing gravity. Guide Force in his quest seeking emotional stableness in a set of levels and avoid being crushed. Solve the puzzles in multiple creative ways.
Hardcore Mecha
PS4 — Digital
HARDCORE MECHA is a 2D platformer action focusing on a better handling. The Campaign mode offers rich gameplay and seamless in-game cut-scenes for an immersive experience. Choose your favorite mecha in Multiplayer, experience the fast-paced hardcore competitive battle of steel!
Maitetsu: Pure Station
PS4 — Digital (Out 1/16)
Sotetsu woke up the RailRoad Hachiroku by accident and became her owner. For different purposes, they agreed to help find her lost locomotive, with the help of his stepsister Hibiki, the town’s mayor and local railway chief, Paulette and others.
Red Bow
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy)
Red Bow is a top-down, creepy adventure game that sets players in the role of Roh, a young girl who gets trapped in a bizarre nightmare filled with creepy monsters! Roh finds herself trapped in a strange dark nightmare world. Help her realize what role she plays by exploring creepy environments.
Seek Hearts
PS4 — Digital
Set out on an adventure to discover Izen’s mysterious origins in a sci-fi RPG! With questions swirling about why he was created and by who, Izen sets out on a journey to discover his origins. However, as he and those with him pursue answers to this mystery, they fail to notice a shadow creeping up upon them…
Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo
PS4 — Digital
A modern take on the retro arcade shooter. Super Mega Space Blaster Special Turbo is a fast-paced frantic blast of a shoot ’em up (shmup) with loads to unlock and leaderboards to climb. Blast your way through five unique game modes in this easy-to-play, hard-to-master space blaster.
Track Mayhem
PS4 — Digital
Fly a spaceship inside and outside a hexagonal course in space. Move your ship left or right around the track or fly over to avoid crashing into obstacles. Collect coins and fire up a shield to blast ahead. Hit all the booster pads for extra speed and intensity!
Without Escape
PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross-Buy)
Without Escape is a tribute to first-person graphic adventures of the early ’90s with an interactive story told through pre-rendered background and full-motion video. Explore the confines of your own home as you flip between a mundane existence and a terrifying otherworld. Are you prepared to endure the horrors that await you?

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Why Batman’s New Game Deserves a Better Tease Than This

Nearly five years since the launch of the last full-fledged Batman: Arkham game, WB Games finally seems poised to reveal a continuation of Batman’s Arkham legacy. But rather than let the Dark Knight step into the spotlight with the fanfare he deserves, WB’s promotional teases feel as if they’re testing the patience of fans rather than delivering what they’ve long hoped for — and possibly setting the developers up for unfair judgment, too.

As it stands right now, a new Batman game hasn’t officially been announced, but ever since Rocksteady’s trilogy came to a close in 2015 with Batman: Arkham Knight, fans have waited for the next in the series. Even as Rocksteady moved on to a still-unannounced new project (after completing Batman: Arkham VR), the world has waited for a return to Gotham.

The History of The Mystery Batman Game

And not without reason — since 2016, reports have suggested that Arkham Origins developer WB Games Montreal was focusing on a new Batman game. And fervor for the still-unannounced game rose again in 2018 when a WB Montreal developer tweeted an image that seemed to include a possible Batman: Court of Owls logo in it. But at the same time, the studio affirmed then that its new game — still not confirmed to be a Batman game — would not make an appearance at The Game Awards.

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The studio remained quiet, with E3 2019 passing without any info, but in September of 2019, the WB Games Montreal account tweeted out a Batman Day tease, which was also just ahead of an announced State of Play from Sony, highlighting a series of new logos and the tagline “Capture the knight.”

Then…nothing. For months — until now, when the account tweeted out partial logo images to signal yet another logo for this unknown Batman game. If I didn’t know any better I’d say we’re as much in for a Batman emblem pin set as we are a proper new video game.

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Why Constant Teasing Is More Tedious Than Tantalizing

And honestly, as a fan of the Batman: Arkham franchise? It’s a little exhausting. There’s no indication, especially given the sporadic timing of these two tweets, when a proper reveal will come. Inside Xboxes, States of Play, and The Game Awards have passed all without even a teaser, let alone a proper reveal.

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Even if this Court of Owls game hasn’t been officially confirmed, we all know it’s coming — and it does the developers working on a project a disservice while the marketing department drip-feeds us images. There’s an art to teasing out information and playing things close to the chest, but this isn’t quite it, given the weighty expectations around the franchise and the lack of transparency about when this breadcrumb trail ends.

Take another superhero saga – Marvel’s Avengers. After an official teaser trailer and announcement in January 2017, all news around the game went dark until Square Enix gave us a name and a promise of seeing more at E3 2019, only to finally reveal gameplay footage, story info, and a behind-closed-doors demo. Even something non-superheroic, like Far Cry: New Dawn, got a tease ahead of its proper Game Awards reveal two years ago. But these teases for Batman, because of how sporadic they are, how tight-lipped WB as a whole has been about the future of Batman, and the lack of a clear endgame, have created an experience that, while originally intriguing, is now somewhat frustrating.

And it sets the developers up for an unfair first reveal. There are a lot of expectations placed on the first follow-up to Arkham Knight, and these logos keep creating the expectation for that reveal to drop any day now. Even the PS5 logo reveal from earlier this week, while a small thing, came with Jim Ryan’s promise that more about Sony’s next console will be known in the coming months. But for Batman, these teases have been followed by…nothing, making some fans irate for having to wait for a marketing plan that trades in hype but lacks in substance. (Yes, it’s fun to wonder how the League of Shadows or Court of Owls or GCPD may be involved, but with so little to go off of, it’s hard to speculate beyond figuring out what comic book runs to go read. And if the first reveal doesn’t showcase why these teases matter, it could further muddy the waters.)

Just take a look at the latest tweet, one that, as of this publishing, showcases the full logo that the account posted half of that same day. “Obnoxious;” “Please just announce the game;” and “Stop the teasing” are some of the frequent refrains the logo is being met with. Had this reveal and the one last September given… any indication about when an actual reveal would come, fans — myself included — would likely be more OK with this rollout. But for now, it’s just intermittently throwing images at the community that don’t properly represent the developers’ work and asking people to be excited about it.

That’s not a great way to treat fans, and it’s not a great way to treat the developers working hard on a game hidden behind obscure logo reveals who, presumably, want to share the excitement for their project with the audience who knows it’s out there. What these teaser images do is allow for endless speculation, and while that can be plenty of fun — and I’ve speculated myself about what I hope the game will be — those predictions can also have the reverse effect. Instead of generating excitement, it can lead to frustration with no end to the teases in sight, which sets the proper, full reveal up with weighty expectations to be worth the breadcrumb trailer before it. This would be the first Batman game in years, by the developers of a lesser-loved entry in the series, so it already comes saddled with baggage.

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I expect we’ll get a proper Batman reveal sometime this year – it could even be tomorrow, who knows — and maybe even a release, considering we’ll see new consoles launching next fall but I hope it’s not preceded by months and months of more teases without any tangible info about the game itself. This game in particular is saddled with a particularly long lead-up: we know it exists, and we’re just waiting for it to be something we can acknowledge. As IGN’s Brian Altano put it, it’s like having an unwrapped present underneath the Christmas tree, but you can’t use it yet.

There’s a time and place for a social media-fueled marketing campaign, but when it crosses the line into making fans feel like WB is pulling the rug out from underneath them, it may be best to either step into the light and make an announcement or stay in the shadows until the time is right. After all, that’s what Batman’s best at, isn’t it?

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Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s Senior News Editor. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.

Bethesda want you to test Fallout 76’s Wastelanders update

Since its launch, Fallout 76 players have been hoping for human NPCs and the stories that follow them to return to the wasteland. Bethesda must have agreed that its irradiated West Virginia was lacking because they announced the Wastelander update last year to bring human companions and related quests to the game. The update has been delayed to an unspecified time in 2020. It must be getting closer, because Bethesda are now asking players to help test it.

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Free Gifts in Celebration of DC Universe Online’s Anniversary

First off, we’d like to thank our Xbox One players for making DC Universe Online in 2019 so memorable! Dark magic emerged early in the year with Episode 34: Justice League Dark. Then players repelled the invasion of the Dark Multiverse in Episode 35: Metal Part I and are still defending Earth as we know it in Episode 36: Metal Part II.

Heading into 2020, more threats await. It begins with the The Anti-Monitor, returning this January in the Anniversary Event: Attack of The Anti-Monitor! Enter this dark, potential future to earn new Anti-Monitor inspired styles and base items. 

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Happy Anniversary

To celebrate another great year, we are giving all Xbox One players a free CR255 character advance, featuring the new Hera’s Strength 2020 gear style set. This gift also includes Episode 34: Justice League Dark, so advancing characters can jump into some of the latest and greatest content.

DCUO members get even more with a gift box that contains 21 Royal Chroma materials plus additional items like an Artifact XP, Catalysts, and more. Not a member? Become one today because all membership tiers are 25% off until January 31, 2020. 

Players must log-in to DC Universe Online between January 10 – January 31, 2020 in order to claim these free items before they are gone!

Open Episodes

Whether players choose to advance to CR255 and Justice League Dark or not, we have everyone covered. Open Episodes are back from January 10 to February 7, 2020. That means everyone will be able to access and play any content from Episodes 1 – 35.

DC Universe Online

Suit Up

New to DCUO or just looking to dive back in? This is the best time to do it! You can download DCUO for free from the Microsoft Store on Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold subscription required).

Once you start the
game, choose your morality, mentor, and powers to use in battle. Then create
and customize your unique character and start your adventures in the iconic DC
Universe!

For additional content details and guides to get started in DCUO, please visit DCUniverseOnline.com.

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For several years now, a group of volunteer modders called The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project have been working on Skywind, a standalone mod recreating Morrowind using Skyrim’s creation kit. The Skywind team posted a rare development video today giving a status update on the project wrapped in a callout for new volunteers in several disciplines with all levels of experience.

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