Monster Hunter: World Iceborne patch addresses CPU use and crashes

At launch, the big, snowy expansion to giant creature game Monster Hunter: World had more than its fair share of problems. Some players had their MHW save files deleted. Others experienced drastic performance problems. Save some issues for the rest of the class, Iceborne. Two weeks ago, Capcom notified players of a planned patch to fix these problems. That patch is out now, they say.


Doom Eternal won’t have ray tracing for quite some time

Bad news for anyone hoping to play Doom Eternal in all its real-time ray tracing glory when it comes out on March 20th, as id Software’s studio director Marty Stratton has confirmed that the team have only just started to look at what they can do with the fancy pants reflection tech. As a result, it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Doom Eternal will have ray tracing support at launch, and it could be several months before it’s eventually patched in.


NBA 2K20 Commemorates Kobe Bryant With In-Game Tribute

On Sunday, January 26, Basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash. As tributes continue to go up 2K Games is using its NBA 2K series to honor the basketball player as well.

An update has gone live that makes it so that when players start up NBA 2K20, they’ll be greeted with a somber memorial to Kobe Bryant. It’s a simple black and white photo of Bryant, his name, and the years 1978 – 2020.


Bryant was a cover athlete for NBA 2K10 and has been a playable player for even longer. It’s unknown for how long the tribute will appear upon start-up, but fans are welcoming the tribute online.

Elsewhere in NBA 2K20, fans are hosting their own tributes to Bryant. In the online social spaces for NBA 2K20, players are wearing Bryant’s Lakers gear and gathering around the space as if in a virtual vigil.

On January 26, Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria, seven other individuals including the pilot, were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Los Angeles. The group was on the way to a youth basketball practice in Thousand Oaks.

Bryant, a former professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, retired in 2016. The Lakers retired Bryant’s number 8 and 24 jerseys. Since then there has been an outpour of tributes from fellow NBA players.

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Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.

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Phantasy Star Online 2: Closed Beta Test Starts February 7th


  • Official dates for the PSO2 Closed Beta Test announced
  • Special in-game content available for beta testers
  • Exciting new information about Phantasy Star Online 2
  • Early sign-up for the beta still open through the Xbox Insider Hub

The wait is finally over! The Closed Beta Test for one of Japan’s biggest online RPGs, Phantasy Star Online 2 (PSO2), starts Friday, February 7th at 5 PM (PST). Participants will retain their progress and have a chance to obtain special in-game rewards. Sign up now through the Xbox Insider Hub!

Closed Beta Test Schedule

  • Starts: Friday, February 7th, 5 PM (PST)
  • Ends: Saturday, February 8th, 11:59 PM (PST)
  • Official Website: Opens Friday, February 7th, 10 AM (PST)

Pre-Load: Players will be able to install the game in advance starting Monday, February 3rd.

Download it once: You can update the existing client for the upcoming Open Beta Test and Launch without having to redownload the game.

PSO2 Beta

Play First on Xbox One

Explore numerous worlds with friends and experience PSO2’s unparalleled action combat and character customization first on Xbox One. Choose from four distinct races and nine classes, each equipped with unique weapons and skills that completely transform the way you play. Your never-ending quest starts here!

PSO2 Beta

Take on Urgent Quests

Join forces with up to eleven other operatives and experience unforgettable boss battles in special events called Urgent Quests. These challenges happen at specific times throughout the day, so make sure to check the schedule below so you don’t miss out on obtaining unique rewards during the Closed Beta Test!

February 7th Quests

  • 8 to 8:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
  • 10 to 10:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening

February 8th Quests

  • 7 to 7:30 a.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
  • 1 to 1:30 p.m. PST – Giant Automata: The Awakening
  • 5 to 5:30 p.m. PST – Cradle of Darkness
  • 8:30 to 9 p.m. PST – The Raging Obsidian Arm
  • 9 to 9:30 p.m. PST – Elder of the Unfathomable Abyss
PSO2 Beta

Obtain Special Rewards

Beta Testers will have a chance to claim special rewards for either logging in or for participating in Urgent Quests. Make sure to check the requirements below to maximize your chances of obtaining them all!

Immediate Rewards

Players will receive these rewards immediately after logging in during the Closed Beta Test.

  • First Login – Photon Halo B (Accessory) and Beauty Salon Free Pass (Consumable)
  • Daily Rewards – EXP Boost +50% (x3), Rare Drop Boost +50% (x3), Meseta Boost +50% (x3) (Consumables)

Special Rewards

Players will receive these rewards when the game officially launches (release date TBA).

  • Complete 1 Urgent Quest – Photon Halo C (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
  • Complete 2 Urgent Quests – Photon Halo A (Accessory), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
  • Complete 3 Urgent Quests – Mag Dreamcast (Evolution Device), Triboost +100% (Consumable)
  • Complete 4 Urgent Quests – Coated Edge (Weapon Camo), Triboost +100% (x10) (Consumable)
PSO2 Beta

Watch Concerts Live

Meet Quna, Oracle’s favorite music idol! Gather your friends during the Closed Beta Test and watch her perform live in the Ship’s Shopping Plaza. Concert-goers will not only have a great time but also receive multiple buffs afterward! It’s a unique experience that you will not want to miss!

  • February 8th – 8 to 8:15 p.m. PST – Performing the songs “Our Fighting” and “Eternal Encore”
  • Buffs Received – Rare Drop Rate Increase, Meseta Drop Rate Increase, and Experience Points Rate Increase

The time to join ARKS is almost here! See you in the Closed Beta Test!

Secure Your Spot in the PSO2 Closed Beta Test for Xbox One with Early Sign-Up

NOTE: The PSO2 Closed Beta Test is only available to players in the United States and Canada. You can register for early sign-up on Windows 10, but the Closed Beta is exclusive to Xbox One.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to install the Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device!

  1. Navigate to
    the Store tab on your Xbox One console, or the Microsoft Store app on your
    Windows 10 device.
  2. Select Search
    and look for “Xbox Insider Hub.”
  3. Select the
    Xbox Insider Hub and choose “get” or “install.”

Once the app is installed, make sure to register for early sign-up for the game!

  1. Launch the
    Xbox Insider Hub on your Xbox One or Windows 10 device.
  2. If this is
    your first time launching the app, accept the Xbox Insider Program Terms of
  3. From the main
    dashboard, select Insider Content.
  4. Under
    “Games,” select “Phantasy Star Online 2.”
  5. Select “Join”
    to register for early sign-up.

When the PSO2 Closed Beta begins, you’ll be notified via Xbox Live message! For additional details and updates leading up to the start of the closed beta, follow @XboxInsider on Twitter.

more information about the PSO2 Closed Beta Test visit the game’s official
website at You can also follow these official PSO2 accounts for sneak peeks
and details:

Facebook                Twitter                Instagram                YouTube

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Journey to the Savage Planet Achievements List Revealed

Dwarf simulation King Under The Mountain adds mod support

King Under The Mountain is a dwarven society simulation game that immediately gives away its Dwarf Fortress inspiration. It’s currently still in early access and has just added support for player-made mods. The main game is actually built as a game engine with a “base game” mod applied to it, according to Rocket Jump Technology. The plan is for absolutely anything in the game to be moddable, so the developer has invited modders to help discover what features are still missing.


Feature: Best Nostalgic Switch Games

Scratch that nostalgia itch with these Switch neo-classics.

Ah nostalgia – it’s a tricksy thing. How many times have we gone back to revisit a treasured classic only to find that modern games have spoiled us, if only a bit? For all the brilliant aspects of retro games, the mod cons and performance we’re used to now are pretty fantastic, too, and sometimes going back can be tough. Was this slowdown always here? I don’t remember it looking this fuzzy. You mean I have to start again at the beginning?!

Fortunately, alongside all the remasters, repackages and retro compilations which sand off the rough edges of gaming classics and polish them up for the 21st century, there’s a huge number of modern releases paying tribute to retro games. Taking a core mechanic or two from the past, these homages take advantage of decades’ worth of tech advancements and knowledge to recreate classic gameplay with a modern twist.

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All The Winners From Media Molecule’s First Annual IMPY Awards

Thanks to everyone who joined us for last night’s 1st Annual IMPY Awards!
If you missed our magical evening you can … or cheat and skip ahead in this post to see the winners!

It’s been an incredible year in Dreams and the IMPY Awards just scratch the surface of all the wild, clever and creative things the Dreams community has been up to.
Now for our acceptance speech:

We want to massively thank all the people who have supported Dreams in Early Access by creating, playing or sharing and supporting their fellow Dreamers — you inspire us every day. Thank you to our industry judges who helped us narrow down our shortlists, it wasn’t easy… and thank you to… oh… wait, this is about the IMPY Award winners, not us… a huge congratulations to all of the nominees and all of the winners — you can see the list of the winning content and creators in each category below:

Most Helpful Dreamer


Best Curator


Community Star

Project Genesis

Most Improved Dreamer

SkinnyChad –
SdeReu & Lotte_Double

Best Visuals

Wolf Woods by Shandyboy1975
Beach by Patekkah
Outpost 60 by BrianTaylor60
Paintings by OTTOposte1
Pip Gemwalker by ManChickenTurtle

Best Voice Acting

KeldBJones – Sheriff Dog in Pig Detective 2
CaseyJones – Opposite Day 5
Bella_Iris – Computer Voices Collection
ReddishBoat – Pig Detective Halloween Special
Awesome_David – Witchy Woods

Best Character

Ruckus by Morishiro1935
Anastasia the Messenger Mage by Morning-Nya
Roger Whitebeard by PuddyDoke
Frederic the Fox – CodiBear8383
Bo by Byvsen

Favorite Streamer

KeldBJones –
Aecert –
Project Genesis –
Gribble Grunger
Inelious –

The Aww-ward

Color with Crayons – MarmiteForMe
The Reach by Ryan47
Fuzzy and Snowflake – Grumpypickles5
Duet – Byvsen
Rainbow Coast – DigitalThing

Funniest Creation

Witchy Woods – Awesome_David
Opposite Day 2 – MrCaseyJones
Dating Friendbot: The Survival Horror Experience – Frostadoodle
The Classical Order – sdcxsfd
Pig Detective: A Little Trouble in Little Cologne – Sde_Reu + Lotte Double

Best Song

PG x JD – Spravade – PGray_Official
Bees in the Boathouse – JayYoder & AyeWilder
Riviera Daylight – Mandelbo
Matte. – DisarmedX
You and I, All Night by MaJiCkAL0ne

Best Sculpture

Dragon Showcase by Gauffreman
It’s A Sunset Lookout – itsDIG
Captain William Stone by MAC-Seventeen
The Snaggs Head by MadGFX_Snaggs
The Collector 2 by ryan47

Best Animation

Duet by Byvsen
Seventh Doll Machina by BukkoroChan
Topher Thebes and the Enchanted Crystal by VerbalCreative
Radical by TheOneironaut
Fuzzy and Snowflake by Grumpypickles5

Creator of the Year

SdeReu + Lotte-Double

Best Gameplay

Deepest Dungeons RPG – Daniel-Hamster
Divide by Deimatic
Cubric by the_burgervan
Art Therapy – KeldBJones
Scavenger – Robinabcstu

Best Narrative

The Starbrushed Peak by Mandelbo
Trace of Time by FeyzPS
Pig Detective 2 by SdeReu & Lotte_Double
Mimeo Prophecy by raz0rbackzwei
Day by Day by GentlemanTom

Hidden Gem Dream

Chrono Shot: Infinite – RadishLord
Tactics 100 – Aecert
Zdex – Temple of Flies Part 1&2 – ZakYeL_
Do Robots Dream of Electric Imps – SlurmMacKenzie
Fin – Fleckromancer

Best Sound Design

The ornithologists private collection by Mattizzle1
Turbulence by sanderobros
The Backrooms – Syntronic_
Great Job, Human – the__burgervan
Pig Detective 2 by Sde_Reu + Lotte_Double

The Wish I Had Thought of That Award

Player Piano Player – Enigma_0123
Functioning Move Violin – TannicAlloy
The Gate – ruolbu
Alex’s Nightmare – SlurmMacKenzie
Living Clock Screensaver – Agarwel

Hidden Gem Creator


Dream of the Year

Topher Thebes and the Enchanted Crystal by Verbal Creative
Wind-Up by Fireburn02
Mimeo Prophecy by raz0rbackzwei
Ruckus – Morishiro1935
Pig Detective: Adventures in Cowboy Town – SdeReu & Lotte_Double
Pip Gemwalker – ManChickenTurtle
Opposite Day 2: Regular Day – MrCaseyJones

We can’t wait to do this again — and we’ve been listening to all the feedback, your category suggestions (Best Music Video, Best Remix, Best Historical Sailing Ships) and thinking of some new ways to involve even more people from the community in the awards. Thanks for watching, being awesome and making things so cool we just had to award them.

Watch Dog Legion’s creative director was interviewed by the BBC inside the game’s virtual Piccadilly Circus

For a very extra interview, BBC reporter Mark Cieslak got all mo-cap suited up to have a conversation inside Watch Dogs Legion‘s virtual city of London with the game’s creative director, Clint Hocking (you know, instead of using Discord or some sort of in-game chat function). This isn’t the sort of “oh look at our cool tech” interview that I expected however, as the pair discuss the culture of a game set in dystopian Britain, and the responsibility of depicting real-life events like Brexit in games.