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A Plague Tale, Call of Duty headline PlayStation Plus free games for July

Tomorrow, the calendar flips over into July, and that means PlayStation Plus users will have a new batch of games to download. Sony has revealed the three games that will be up for grabs in July through PlayStation Plus, and just as in recent months, July’s roster will be comprised of one PlayStation 5 game and two PS4 games. It’s a bit of a quiet month for PlayStation Plus, but there is a game in the trio that manages to stick out.

That game is A Plague Tale: Innocence. Developed by Asobo Studio (which more recently has gained a lot of attention for its work on Microsoft Flight Simulator), A Plague Tale: Innocence is an action-adventure survival stealth game that has won itself a fair number of fans since launching in 2019. PlayStation Plus will be offering the upgraded PS5 version of the game to subscribers the same day that version launches on July 6th, so unfortunately, PS4 users will have to sit this one out.

On the PS4 side of things, we’ll see Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and WWE 2K Battlegrounds offered as July’s free games. These two probably aren’t going to generate as much excitement as something like A Plague Tale: Innocence will. Black Ops 4, after all, is already a few years old, and we know how quickly Activision likes to move through its Call of Duty releases. WWE 2K Battlegrounds, on the other hand, didn’t really land with critics or players alike, as the PS4 version is currently holding down a 60 critic score and a 5.3 user score on Metacritic.

It’s also worth noting that Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown will be available for the second month in a row, so there will technically be four games on offer through PS Plus in July. This is the final month that Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown will be offered through PlayStation Plus, so be sure to claim it before August arrives.

All of July’s games will be going live on PlayStation Plus on July 6th and will be available until Monday, August 2nd. June’s free games – Star Wars: Squadrons and Operation: Tango – are still available until July 5th, so add them to your library if you haven’t yet already.

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Diablo 2 Remake and Diablo 4 Headline Blizzcon 2021

Blizzcon 2021 kicked off with a batch of exciting game announcements, headlined by a Diablo 2 remaster. The showcase also highlighted Diablo 4, Blizzard Arcade Collection, new World of Warcraft updates, and more.

The long-rumored Diablo 2 remaster was finally shown off following weeks of speculation. Diablo 2 Resurrected is a full HD remaster of the original game and its expansion, Lord of Destruction. The rerelease will allow players to play the game in its original 2D form. The game is coming this year to PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox with cross-progression.

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Blizzard also gave some new details on Diablo 4. The classic rogue class is coming to the game, a fast character that fights with various bow and arrow abilities.

Blizzard Arcade Collection is a new retro game bundle that includes The Lost Vikings, Rock n’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorn. All three classic games are faithful ports with some added features and quality of life improvements, such as saving and loading. The collection will be available on PC via Battle.net, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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— World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) February 19, 2021

World of Warcraft is getting its first new update since the launch of Shadowlands. The new DLC is called Chains of Destruction, and Blizzard will discuss more details during Blizzcon weekend. World of Warcraft Classic is getting an update as well, a new version of 2007’s Burning Crusade update, which launches in 2021.

Hearthstone is getting an update called Forged in the Barrens, which brings new cards to the game. In addition, the deckbuilding game is getting a new single-player mode called Mercenaries, which is a take on the roguelike genre.

Unfortunately, Overwatch 2 was a no-show at the presentation, but more details on it are coming later this weekend during Blizzcon.

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