It was kind of a surprise last year when Doom was abruptly announced and then quickly released for the Nintendo Switch. The game had to make some concessions to fit on Nintendo’s lower-powered console compared to its PS4 and Xbox One releases, but porting studio Panic Button did a noticeably good job with a tough task. Now, a year after release, the developer is issuing an anniversary patch to, among other things, help the game run better.

As explained in the tweet, Doom now allows you to add friends to your friends list based on recent player data, meaning you can befriend or make a friendly rival out of someone you played against in multiplayer. Video capture was also added, which speaks to further optimizations, as video capture apparently uses up a degree of system resources so several games don’t support it.

Panic Button is also behind the Switch port of Doom Eternal, the still in-development Doom sequel, meaning that the performance optimizations are likely because of work getting on Doom Eternal being able to transfer backwards.

Doom Eternal is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC in 2019.

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Godzilla, the newest kaiju movie from Warner Bros and the latest film in their self-dubbed MonsterVerse, has finally gotten a second trailer elucidating a little on the odds stacked up against Godzilla. Of course humans are at risk, too, but that seems less important.

Check out the trailer below.

The trailer openly pontificates on the idea of weaponizing Godzilla, which is an idea that seems great with basically no flaws in it. Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah eventually make the decision way easier by wrecking things up in, well, a war of the monsters.

Godzilla releases in theaters on May 31. 

Back in July, Stardew Valley developer ConcernedApe and former/sporadic publisher Chucklefish announced that multiplayer would be coming to the Harvest Moon-like game eventually. While it has been out on PC since August, the Switch version hasn’t had any updates beyond a brief mention last week that it is in submission. Now it looks like we’ll be seeing the multiplayer update in just a matter of days.

The update letting the game access multiplayer is coming Wednesday, December 12. The new multiplayer will let you build a farm with friends, get married, attend events together, and basically live the dream farm life with someone else. 

There’s also a number of single-player improvements, such as a traveling night market, new characters, and your horse can wear hats. You can find the full list of changes and improvements here. Updates for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are also on their way, while the Vita version was confirmed not to be getting the multiplayer update due to technological reasons.

Developer ConcernedApe recently transitioned the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions to self-publishing Stardew Valley under his own label, while Chucklefish retained the rights to publish the Switch and mobile versions.

Within the fiction of Id Software’s universe, it’s been nearly three decades since the ending of the original Rage, and the various groups that Nicholas Raine squared off against have shifted radically with the landscape and times, their philosophies and the roles they play becoming more developed. Here are the five factions of bandits, outlaws, monsters, and outcasts you can expect to fight during your furious travels and what drives them.

Goon Squad
Originally the group of British punk-looking bandits known as Wasteland, the Goon Squad has become even more nihilistic and depraved since the conclusion of the first game. “Their aesthetic has evolved from that British punk look to something rooted in any wild junk culture you might find,” says Narrative Director Odd Ahlgren. “They’re all about completely unfiltered violence.” The Goon Squad is one of the few agendaless factions in the Wasteland, causing havoc for the sake of it, and even cheering when their allies are killed in battle. “For them, death is probably the ultimately sensation,” narrative gameplay director Loke Wallmo.

Until recently they haven’t been too troublesome, sticking to harassing passersby. However, someone is giving them destructive weapons that they’re unleashing on anyone in sight. “Who is giving them these weapons and why is a mystery that will unravel throughout the game,” Ahlgren teases.

The Authority
The foes of the first game return, as does their leader Martin Cross. A vicious, fascist regime that seeks to impose Cross’ vision on the world, they will stop at nothing to squash the bandits and force the inhabitants of the world to get in line. As the times have changed, so has the tech and soldiers the Authority uses. “The Authority has replaced the free-thinking mutants with more cybernetic implants to have more control over them,” Ahlgren says, with much of the Authority’s troops being pathetic fodder soldiers that look pitiful and grotesque. Even Cross, who’s been using a faulty method of cloning to keep himself alive throughout the years, is little more than a torso and head screwed into a giant exosuit, but that doesn’t stop this faction from being incredibly deadly thanks to their numbers and advanced tech.

Immortal Shrouded
During the war that raged between Rage 1 and 2, the hyper-militaristic group known as The Shrouded sided with the villainous authority. The alliance was short-lived. “They realized that the Authority was taking advantage of them,” says Ahlgren, “but because they had a warrior’s Bushido type code they couldn’t back down. They decided to symbolically kill themselves by decimating a tenth of their own people.” Since the culling, the soldiers have started wearing masks, vowing to never let anyone take advantage of them again. The Immortal Shrouded have advanced technology to go along with their military training, making them one of the deadliest factions in the land. We often saw them using electric swords and cloaking technology in battles against the Goon Squad and Walker.

River Hogs
This faction sticks to the swampy wetlands of Rage 2, which is fitting because these folks are nasty. Essentially a “very trashy” biker gang, the River Hogs enjoy all sorts of excess: drugs, drinking, sex, and being obscene. Don’t let their indulgences fool you though: The River Hogs are very competent mechanics (building and maintaining all their vehicles and equipment) and quite dangerous. We watched Walker square off against a giant mech in one of the swamp’s trashyards and come away with more than a few scrapes.

The Abadon
One of the big twists of the last game was that the dangerous mutants that roamed the Wasteland were in fact the result of horrific experiments put on by the Authority. When the Authority withdrew from battle, they left their mutant military leaders (called Warheads) behind like discarded munitions. The Warheads gathered the other less intelligent mutants and formed a new society called The Abadon. We won’t spoil the reason behind the name because it’s something you should find out for yourself but, rest assured, it’s amusing. The Abadon form one of the most interesting groups in Rage 2, with a simplistic religion that mandates sacrificing humans to a god to keep death at bay, thanks to their sympathetic plight to find salvation in a dangerous world.

For more on Rage 2 be sure to check out our cover story hub by clicking on the banner below.

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie has been a point of curiosity for a number of months ever since Sega confirmed its existence. A lot has been especially made of the film’s choice to blend CG and live action, starring James Marsden and Jim Carrey in key roles along with an animated Sonic. No footage has been released of the movie outside of set shots, meaning there hasn’t been a good look at Sonic himself, until a new teaser appeared today.

Courtesy of IGN, the animated movie poster shows a Sonic with decidedly more human-like proportions. The poster shows Sonic kneeling in a preparing-to-run pose and lightning bolts lighting up his silhouette. 

It’s…a lot to take in.

Sonic the Hedgehog isn’t the only video game-related movie to eschew the cartoonish art of its source material for a more realistic look, as Detective Pikachu did something similar with its first trailer. Sonic is taking it a step further going by this poster, but it remains to be seen how it actually works in the film. Sonic the Hedgehog is still a year away and could look perfectly natural by the time it releases. But for right now, yikes.

Capcom has made a few announcements about the future of Monster Hunter: World, including a new expansion, Iceborne, which comes out next fall.

Iceborne brings with it new quest ranks, monsters, and more – all within its own story that takes place after the base game.

Early next year, however, hunters will be able to play as Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, featuring his own quests and gameplay.

In other Monster Hunter news, to celebrate the game’s one-year anniversary, in January there is an Appreciation Fest, including a newly decorated gathering hub and special quests.

Before then, starting tomorrow (4 p.m. PST), a free trial (PS4, Xbox One) of the base game is available to those who haven’t played it through December 17 (3:59 p.m. PST), and if you decide to buy the game outright, your progress transfers to the main title.

Finally, the Kulve Taroth Siege special event quest returns on December 20, featuring an Arch Tempered version of the monster as well as more powerful rewards.

Developer Team Meat recently announced that Super Meat Boy Forever, the hotly anticipated sequel to 2010’s Super Meat Boy, is arriving this April. 

Super Meat Boy Forever will launch on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For its PC version, it will be launching exclusively on the Epic Games Store, meaning it won’t be on Steam like its predecessor. 

You can watch the newest trailer for the auto runner below.  

Outside of its release launch window, no concrete release date has been given just yet. Be sure to read about our 14 reasons why Super Meat Boy Forever looks like a promising sequel.

Earlier today, CBS aired its first ever video game-centric award show, titled the Gamers’ Choice Awards. With 50 different categories, fans voted for their favorite genres, streamers, games, esports players, and more.

Fortnite received five GCA awards and streamer Ninja was awarded three. Ninja was also in attendance at the show today, along with other celebrity and esport stars.

Here are the full list of winners:

Fan Favorite Game: Fortnite

Fan Favorite Male Gamer/Streamer presented by Overpowered: TimTheTatman 

Fan Favorite Female Gamer/Streamer:  Pokimane

Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us II  

Fan Favorite Action Game: Marvel’s Spider-Man

Fan Favorite Single Player Gaming Experience: Marvel’s Spider-Man

Fan Favorite Multiplayer Game: Fortnite 

Fan Favorite Shooter Game: Call of Duty: Black Ops4

Fan Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Actor): Terry Crews

Fan Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Athlete): Juju Smith-Schuster

Fan Favorite Celebrity Gamer (Musician): Snoop Dogg

Fan Favorite Esports Team: FaZe Clan

Fan Favorite Esports Game: Fortnite

Fan Favorite Esports Player (League of Legends): Faker

Fan Favorite Battle Royale Game: Fortnite

Fan Favorite Fighting Game: DragonBall FighterZ

Fan Favorite Sports/Racing Game: Rocket League

Fan Favorite Family-Friendly Multiplayer Game: Super Mario Party

Fan Favorite Role-Playing Game: Monster Hunter: World

Fan Favorite MMORPG: World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Fan Favorite VR Game: Beat Saber

Fan Favorite Mobile Game: Pokémon GO

Most Desired Franchise Resurrection: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Fan Favorite Indie Game: Subnautica

Fan Favorite Gaming Device: PC

Fan Favorite Gaming Convention: TwitchCon 

Favorite Streaming Service: Twitch 

Fan Favorite Gaming Moment presented by HyperX: Drake plays with Ninja

Fan Favorite Female Voice Actor: Camilla Luddington as Lara Croft (Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Fan Favorite Character of the Year: Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel’s Spider-Man

Fan Favorite Retro Game: Super Mario Brothers

Fan Favorite Retro Character: Mario (Super Mario Bros.)

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Dota 2): Miracle 

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Super Smash Bros Melee): Magn0

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Dragon Ball FighterZ): SonicFox

Fan Favorite Esports Player (CS:GO): s1mple

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Overwatch): Profit

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Rocket League): Squishy 

Fan Favorite Esports Player (PUBG): Fuzzface

Fan Favorite Esports Player (Fortnite): Ninja

Fan Favorite Overall Esports Player: Ninja

Fan Favorite Esports Caster Duo: Monte and Doa

Fan Favorite Esports Caster: CouRage

Fan Favorite Esports Event of the Year: Call of Duty: World League Grand Finals

Fan Favorite Esports Moment: Cloud9 Wins Boston Major

Fan Favorite Esports League Format: Fortnite– Community Skirmishes

Fan Favorite Male Voice Actor: Christopher Judgeas Kratos (God of War) 

Fan Favorite Collegiate Esports Team Presented by iBuyPower: Ohio State

Fan Favorite Esports Host: Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez                   

Fan Favorite Fall Release: Red Dead Redemption 2

Several great games are making their way to Microsoft’s subscription service Xbox Game Pass this month. Mortal Kombat X and Ashen are already out on the service, and many others are soon to come.

Here is the list of other titles that will soon join Xbox Game Pass:

  • Kingdom Two Crowns – Dec. 11
  • Spintires: Mudrunner – Dec. 13
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Dec. 17
  • Ori and the Blind Forest – Dec. 20
  • Shadow Warrior 2 – Dec. 20

For more, read digital editor Brian Shea’s opinion piece on how Xbox is listening to its fans this generation.

We’re still working on our Just Cause 4 review, but in the meantime, players have been able to jump in since its release a few days ago. So far, some players have managed to find some neat easter eggs. One in particular is a homage to a classic ’80s music video.

When entering a certain half-constructed building in Just Cause 4, descending to the lower level brings a familiar tune and makes your surroundings look like they were sketched by a pencil. This is a reference to A-Ha’s music video for Take On Me, which has a young woman invited into a sketchbook-like world.

In Just Case 4, a young lady dressed similarly to that character comes to dance alongside Rico. Watch the footage for yourself below, or go ahead and find it in-game. It’s wonderful.

Here’s the original music video, for comparison’s sake:

Keep an eye out on the Game Informer website for our Just Cause 4 review, which should be published in the next couple days. For more interesting easter Eggs found in Just Cause 4, check out this wacky one relating to a free game called Sexy Hiking.

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