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‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II’ multiplayer reveal set for September 15th

Activision and Infinity Ward are set to reveal Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II‘s multiplayer mode along with other details at the Next showcase event on September 15th. They also announced that the early access beta will start rolling out on September 16 and 17 on PlayStation consoles and arrive in an open crossplay beta to all consoles and PCs starting September 24th.

As shown below, you’ll need to pre-order to get the open and early access beta releases, with PlayStation owners getting first dibs. After the early access, PlayStation 4 and 5 users will get the open beta from September 18-20, and then Xbox and PC will get early access (crossplay beta) from September 22-23, with PlayStation getting the open crossplay beta on the same dates. Finally, the open beta (crossplay) will be available on all platforms from September 24-26.

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II' multiplayer reveal set for September 15th

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Along with the multiplayer mode, Infinity Ward said it would show “the imminent future of [what] Call of Duty will look like, including many more details regarding Modern Warfare II, information on the next Call of Duty: Warzone, and more on the mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone (also known as Project Aurora).” It also promised you’d see YouTubers streamers playing the games in real time, along with surprise information. 

If you haven’t pre-ordered, you may still be able to get a beta code for early access from various streamers and YouTubers. Modern Warfare II is the successor to 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, based on the original Modern Warfare subseries launched in 2007. The new title is set to arrive on October 28th and cost $70 across all platforms. 

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A studio of ‘Witcher 3’ developers are making an online action game set in feudal Japan

A group of former CD Projekt Red developers is working on a new online action that will take players to feudal Japan. This week, Dark Passenger co-founders Jakub Ben and Marcin Michalski announced the formation of their studio and put out a call for talent in a series of tweets spotted by . Ben and Michalski were part of the art team that worked on The Witcher 3 and later went on to do contract work on Cyberpunk 2077.

Dark Passenger’s first game doesn’t have a name yet, but the studio’s website provides some details on the project. Ben and Michalski say they want to create an online multiplayer game with support for both competitive and cooperative play. They describe a title that sounds like it will borrow elements from games like Titanfall and Absolver. “Our locomotion system will allow players to perform incredible [feats] such as running on arrows that were fired by other players, fast climbing on vertical surfaces with the use of shuko claws or using [a] yari spear like a pole to jump over obstacles,” the studio said. “Engaging [in] close-ranged combat will demand as much dexterity as tactics and close cooperation with teammates.”

The news of the founding comes after former CDPR executive Konrad Tomaszkiewicz announced at the start of the year he was . He said his team would release its first project, a dark fantasy role-playing game built in Unreal Engine 5, sometime in 2025. After directing the critically acclaimed and contributing to Cyberpunk 2077, Tomaszkiewicz left CDPR in May 2021 . Before his departure, it came out that work on Cyberpunk involved a for many of its developers.

As PC Gamer points out, Dark Passenger’s careers page alludes to some of the criticisms of CDPR. “We create a prejudice-free environment based on tolerance, support and understanding. We treat individual needs as seriously as the group’s expectations,” the page states. “We provide all amenities, private medical care and paid overtime. With an emphasis on work-life balance, we offer flexible working hours and holidays.” As for when you can expect to play the studio’s first game, Dark Passenger has not shared a release date.

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s second set of new tracks arrives on August 4th

has the second wave of Booster Course Pass tracks for . One of them is a brand-new track that will be added to smartphone spin-off Mario Kart Tour at a later date. It’s called Sky-High Sundae and it’s bursting with colorful, oversized desserts.

Sky-High Sundae will be part of the Propeller Cup along with another Mario Kart Tour course, Sydney Sprint, Snow Land from Mario Kart: Super Circuit and Mario Kart Wii‘s Mushroom Gorge. The Turnip Cup offers Mario Kart Tour track New York Minute, Mario Circuit 3 from the original Super Mario Kart on SNES, Mario Kart 64‘s Kalimari Desert and fan-favorite Waluigi Pinball from Mario Kart DS. These tracks will hit the game on August 4th.

Nintendo back in February and said it would bring 48 courses from other titles to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch. The company released the first of six planned bundles of tracks in March. The last batch should arrive by the end of 2023. The Booster Course Pass costs $25 as a standalone DLC (you’ll need to own Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well). The extra courses are also available at no extra cost to members of the subscription service.

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Lego celebrates 50 years of Atari with an elaborate 2600 set

The Atari brand recently turned 50 and the latest way that its current owner, Atari Interactive, is marking the occasion is with a Lego kit for its most popular console. The Atari 2600 set will be available on August 1st and it costs $240/€240.

The Atari 2600 debuted in 1977 as the Atari Video Computer System (the name was changed in 1982). The Lego kit is based on a four-switch version that arrived in 1980. The set has 2,532 pieces. It includes a moveable joystick that Lego says feels like the original. 

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There are cartridges for Asteroids, Adventure and Centipede that you can slot into the main body. There’s a matching buildable mini model for each game and the cartridges can be stored in a holder. Sliding open the front panel reveals a pop-up scene of an ’80s gaming room, which is a fun detail.

Atari is celebrating its milestone in other ways. For one thing, it teamed up with Cariuma for a sneaker collection. This fall, it will release a collection of 90 games from the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, ST, Jaguar and Lynx on the Atari VCS mini PC, modern consoles, Steam and the Epic Games Store.

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FBI and MI5: ‘The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology’

The heads of the FBI and UK domestic security service shared a platform for the first time to issue dire warnings about the threats posed by the Chinese government’s espionage operations, BBC News reports. FBI Director Christopher Wray and MI5 Director General Ken McCallum were speaking at a joint event at MI5’s London headquarters in front of an audience that included business CEOs and senior figures from universities.

“The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology—whatever it is that makes your industry tick—and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” the Wall Street Journal reports Wray said in the speech. The FBI director added that the benefits of keeping a piece of technology confidential may sometimes outweigh those of accessing the Chinese market.

“Maintaining a technological edge may do more to increase a company’s value than would partnering with a Chinese company to sell into that huge Chinese market, only to find the Chinese government and your partner stealing and copying your innovation,” Wray said, adding that it represents “an even more serious threat to western businesses than even many sophisticated businesspeople realized.”

In their speech, the two allege that the Chinese government is engaged in a “coordinated campaign” to gain access to important technology, and to “cheat and steal on a massive scale.” They added that the Chinese government’s hacking program dwarfs that of every major country, and that it has a global network of intelligence operatives. The threat means that MI5 is running seven times as many investigations into Chinese activity as it was four years ago, while the FBI is opening roughly two new counterintelligence investigations every day, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“Today is the first time the heads of the FBI and MI5 have shared a public platform,” MI5’s McCallum said. “We’re doing so to send the clearest signal we can on a massive shared challenge: China.” He added that the threat is “real and it’s pressing” and that it could be “the most game-changing challenge we face.”

In terms of specific examples, MI5’s McCallum cited the case of a British aviation expert who was offered a job by a company that was actually a front for Chinese intelligence officers looking to acquire technical information on military aircraft, BBC News reports. Another engineering firm came close to making a deal with a Chinese company, before seeing its technology taken and the deal called off. The incident forced the company into bankruptcy.

A spokesperson for China’s embassy in Washington, Liu Pengyu, denied the allegations, telling the Associated Press in a statement that the country’s government “firmly opposes and combats all forms of cyber-attacks” and “will never encourage, support or condone” them. The Chinese government maintains that it does not interfere in the affairs of other countries, but that it will defend itself against cyberattacks. The statement criticized “U.S. politicians who have been tarnishing China’s image and painting China as a threat with false accusations,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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‘A Plague Tale: Requiem’ is set for release on October 18th

A Plague Tale: Requiem — the to the 2019 game that features a pair of siblings fleeing Spanish Inquisition soldiers (as well as plague-ridden rats) — will arrive on October 18th. Publisher Focus Entertainment and developer Asobo released a today that features over ten minutes of gameplay through the brutal world of a war-torn France from several centuries ago. Siblings Amicia and Hugo are now a few years older and more skilled at getting out of tough scrapes. The game follows the pair as they fight their way through mercenary bands, ambushes, murderous soldiers and disease-ridden rodents.

Xbox Gamepass subscribers should note that the game will be available on the service on the same day of its launch, a that Microsoft continues to do with more titles (Asobo is also the developer of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which is also on Game Pass). Nintendo Switch owners can also look forward to a cloud version of Requiem. And of course, the game will be available for purchase on Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PCs.

In a , the game’s lead writer Sébastien Renard shed more light on what fans can expect in the sequel. Hugo, the younger sibling, has magical powers that are developing throughout the game and the elder sister Amica has honed her fighting skills. But even greater and more daunting obstacles lay ahead for the pair. “Our heroes will face their inner conflicts together with external ones. To begin with, they will discover a new part of France, Provence, which will offer new sights and sensations, leading them to believe in a kind of paradise. Unfortunately, the harsh medieval reality inevitably catches up, and their hopes vanish before they can get too comfortable,” wrote Renard.

You can get a closer look at Requiem in the trailer below.

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How to set your Facebook Feed to show most recent posts

Facebook’s Feed recommendations aren’t always helpful. The Feed is designed to recommend content you’d most likely want to see, and it’s based on your Facebook activity, your connections, and the level of engagement a given post receives. It’s also worth noting that Facebook is reportedly planning on changing up Feed’s recommendations.

But not every Facebook user cares about seeing the most popular posts or about Facebook’s attempts to understand what you’d like to see. Sometimes, you just want to keep it simple and see the latest posts that have been shared. If that’s you, it’s important to know that you’re not just stuck with Facebook’s Feed algorithm. You can sort your Feed to show its most recent posts — and we can show you how.

Note: While you can sort your Feed to show the most recent posts, Facebook has said that “Feed will eventually return to its default setting.” So, it’s likely that you’ll need to enable it again in the future.

How to view your Facebook Feed chronologically: Desktop/web method

If you use Facebook on the web via your PC, the process for setting up your Feed to be viewed chronologically (the most recent posts) is simple enough. Here’s what to do:.

Step 1: Open up your favorite web browser on your PC and go to Facebook.com. Once you’re there, log into your account if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Once you’re logged in, the first thing you should see is your Feed. To sort your Feed posts to show the most recent ones, navigate to the left side menu and select the Most recent option from that menu.

Now your Feed is sorted to show you the most recent posts first. The top of your Feed should say “Most Recent.”

If you want to go back to sorting your Feed posts by Facebook’s recommendations (Top Posts), click on the blue Back to top posts link.


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Step 3: Note: If you don’t see the Most recent option near the top of the left side menu, don’t worry. You should still be able to access it by selecting the See more option from that same menu. Then, after the menu expands, the Most recent option should appear. You may need to scroll down the left side menu to see it.

How to view your Facebook Feed chronologically: Mobile app method

First, a little background: Facebook’s official guide to how to set your Feed to show the most recent posts appears to be outdated (at least for Android devices). But, since Facebook’s current guides for Android and iOS are fairly similar to each other, we can kind of assume that the following newer instructions we’ve written and tested (based on an Android device) will also be similarly applicable to iOS devices.

Here’s how to chronologically view your Facebook feed on the mobile app.

Step 1: Open the Facebook app on your mobile device. Your app should default to showing you the Home feed, which will display all the Top Posts but not necessarily the most recent ones.

Selecting the Feeds tab icon in the Facebook mobile app for Android.

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Step 2: To see the most recent posts, tap on the icon at the top of your screen that looks like a rectangle with a clock in front of it. This is the Feeds tab.

The Feeds tab has its own subsections that you can select to further narrow down your newly chronologically-sorted feed: All, Favorites, Friends, Groups, and Pages. The Feeds tab will automatically default to All, which will show all your Feed’s posts chronologically, and the All tab seems to be the only one that remains reliably chronological.

Selecting the All section of the Feeds tab in the Facebook mobile app for Android.

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Step 3: Here’s another way to access the Feeds tab in the mobile app: Open the mobile app. Tap on the three-horizontal lines Menu icon. Then, under All shortcuts, select Feeds.

Accessing the Feeds tab from the Menu option in the Facebook mobile app for Android.

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‘Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl’ release now set for 2023

GSC Game World hopes to release Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl next year. The studio shared the updated release window in a trailer it premiered Tuesday during Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase Extended livestream. GSC had previously planned to release the game by the end of this year, but the likelihood of that happening diminished after the company was forced to pause development due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Some fans spotted Stalker 2’s new release window when Microsoft shared an update on Xbox Game Pass during its Xbox and Bethesda showcase on Sunday. “It happened a little bit earlier than expected, we were actually planning to reveal it in the upcoming days,” a GSC Game World spokesperson told PC Gamer on Monday. “But yes, the game now releases in 2023.”

Alongside a fresh trailer, the studio released a new vlog detailing some of the hardships its staff has had to endure since the conflict in Ukraine began. GSC recently resumed work on Stalker 2 after relocating some of its team members to Prague. The studio also changed the game’s subtitle from “Heart of Chernobyl” to “Chornobyl” to reflect the local Ukrainian spelling of the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.

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Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3090 Ti GPU Set for January Launch

Nvidia is reportedly set to add three new variations to its GeForce RTX 30 series of GPUs, with the flagship RTX 3090 Ti apparently due for a release next month.

According to an embargoed document uncovered by VideoCardz, the highly anticipated RTX 3090 Ti GPU will be released on January 27, 2022. Also expected to be released on that same date is the GeForce RTX 3050 8GB graphics card. With CES 2022 around the corner, expect Nvidia to formally introduce these video cards at the event.

Elsewhere, Nvidia is said to be planning to announce the upgraded RTX 3070 Ti 16GB model next week on December 17, while a launch to consumers is scheduled for January 11. As for its specifications, VideoCardz notes how the GPU will contain the same CUDA core count as the 8GB model, in addition to the same clock speeds.

The card will also come with 16GB of GDDR6X memory, according to Wccftech, which means the standard GDDR6 modules found on the current GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card are being upgraded.

Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 8GB, meanwhile, is rumored to deliver 3072 CUDA cores in 24 SM units through the GA106-150 GPU, joined by 8GB of GDDR6 memory. Ultimately, such specs would make the card an attractive option in the mainstream segment of the market.

As for the powerful RTX 3090 Ti, which is obviously geared toward enthusiasts, previous rumors have given us an insight into what to expect from the card. It’s expected to feature 21Gbps of GDDR6X memory based on 2GB GDDR6X memory modules. Notably, this will allow the GPU to sport 1TBps of bandwidth.

Next-generation standards such as PCIe Gen 5.0 will be supported by a new 16-pin connector, while a 450 W TDP will offer increased power consumption; the RTX 3090 Ti is set to be Nvidia’s first video card for the consumer market to utilize the full GA102 GPU via its 10,752 CUDA cores.

Nvidia’s keynote at CES 2022 takes place on January 4, aptly providing it with an opportunity to unveil the aforementioned Ampere graphics cards. Getting your hands on these upcoming GPUs, however, is another discussion entirely due to the current worldwide shortage. Nvidia recently stated that long-term agreements with manufacturers meant supplies could improve during the second half of 2022.

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Earthworm Jim is set to return in a new TV series

The cult classic ’90s game Earthworm Jim is coming back to TV as a new series, according to Variety and a tweet from Interplay Entertainment. Interplay holds the rights to Earthworm Jim games and recently announced it was bringing the franchise back as an Intellivision Amico exclusive. 

The project will be headed be Interplay’s newly formed TV and film studio division, working with the animation studio Passion Pictures. “There’s so much potential in this story universe: a galaxy full of animals battling for power,” project lead Michel K. Parandi told Variety. “Jim is an earthworm in a universe where Earth is nothing more than a myth. His struggle to find meaning is surreal and comical, but it’s also relatable.”

The first Earthworm Jim game came out on Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo in 1994, with the last released in 1999. There’s still no word on when the new game will arrive. There was also a Warner Bros. cartoon series based on the game that ran for two season in 1995, with the lead character played by none other than Dan Castellaneta, best known as the voice of Homer Simpson. 

In a follow-up tweet, Interplay said that the original creator of the game, presumably Doug TenNapel, “is not involved at all.” TenNapel was originally brought in as a creative consultant on the game, but his participation was called into question after he made a number of racist and homophobic comments on a podcast. 

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