No Man’s Sky’s next update Origins will launch next week

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is in for yet another update to its giant spacefaring simulation sometime next week, Hello games say. They’ve shared the title for the new update and hinted that it’s the beginning of some big new piece of the game, but don’t appear to be sharing more until the update and its patch notes drop next week. That won’t stop me from taking some guesses based on the new artwork though, now will it?

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Cyberpunk 2077 reveals surprisingly low system requirements for PC

In yet another Cyberpunk 2077 news brief, CD Projekt Red have talked more about Night City’s layout, gangs, and revealed the PC system specifications you’ll need to run their biggo RPG. For a city that seems so big, the tech you’ll need to visit it is quite small. It will apparently only take up 70GB of storage space and will run with an Nvidia GTX 780 GPU.

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The new Stronghold Warlords demo gets feudalism just right

I’ve missed all the demos so far for Stronghold Warlords, the upcoming instalment in Firefly Studios’ long-running castle-building-and-bashing series, despite being a big fan of the original games. But seeing as Warlords is being featured at Ye Olde PAX X EGX, and I had my hands on the new demo (which is out right now!), I figured now was the time to get stuck in.

Well, I’m glad I tried it. And I’m glad I waited, too. It seems Warlords has been through a lot of changes over the course of its development, but what’s there now is very solid indeed. And while it has been delayed from its original launch date this month to January 26, 2021, I’m happy that Firefly are taking their time. Although I’ve only played the single campaign-ish scenario included in the demo, it gave me a solid hit of the satisfaction I associate with the original Stronghold. Plus, more importantly, it manages to genuinely innovate on the formula. Here’s how.

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The latest League Of Legends Worlds song is no Warriors, but what is?

A frame from the music video for League's Worlds 2020 song, Take Over.

The League Of Legends 2020 Season World Championship starts next week, which means it’s time for another song and music video about being really good at video games. This year, Riot’s music team have drafted Jeremy McKinnon (the lead singer of A Day To Remember) and mononymous singers MAX and Henry for a song called Take Over. Does it top Warriors, the Worlds 2014 song by Imagine Dragons? No, of course not, but it does have enough pomp and bass to put up a respectable show.

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Rayman co-creator Michel Ancel says he’s leaving video games

Michel Ancel, the co-creator of Rayman and creative director of Beyond Good & Evil, today announced that he’s stopping working on video games. The French designer started at Ubisoft when he was a teenager and, after over 30 years in the industry spent mostly at Ubi, says he wants to focus on his second passion, wildlife. Come for the announcement, stay for the video of a fox stealing brioche.

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You Suck At Parking made me really happy to be in a car crash

I’ve never been so called out by a game name. Look, I took a break from driving for like six months because of the pandemic. You try going that long without having to parallel park, yeah? They say the skill comes back quick but it most certainly does not. Thankfully, Happy Volcano’s You Suck At Parking does not actually make you drive a real vehicle. Rather, you’re plonked in a funky little video game car (or van, or lorry, or occasionally steamroller) with a simple end goal: park good.

It’s kinda like a weird racing game. Your objective is to stop, yes, but you must do so very quickly, and often without exploding.

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Set tails a waggin’ with Humble’s You Can Pet The Dog bundle

Artwork for the Humble You Can Pet The Dog Bundle.

The Can You Pet The Dog Twitter account is quite possibly one of the greatest forces for good in the history of games, especially now it’s spawned its own Humble Bundle. The Humble You Can Pet The Dog Bundle runs from now until Thursday October 1st, and contains eight games of dog petting goodness, plus two soundtracks, all for £9 / $12. You also get to experience the warm, fuzzy feeling of supporting three separate animal charities, too. Here’s how it works.

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Ring Of Pain is a solid card crawler featuring the grimmest owl in games

Deckbuilding and dungeon crawlers: two great tastes that go well together. Cards, it turns out, are a great tool for abstracting the collection of vaguely synergistic loot from monster corpses, and then seeing how far the resultant combinations will get you through fast-paced, sudden-death runs through a gauntlet of further monsters. Slay The Spire is arguably the defining masterpiece of the card crawler subgenre, and both I and former staff writer Matt Cox (RPS in peace) were impressed by the multi-storey devil fights of this year’s Monster Train.

But there’s still plenty of room for invention in the format, and the upcoming Ring Of Pain (out on October 15th, and showcased in the ongoing PAX X EGX extravaganza) demonstrates what it was missing all along: massively disconcerting owl people.

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