The jungle pool is getting more major buffs in the next set of League of Legends patches, as part of an effort to make more Champions viable for the role. Lead gameplay designer Mark ‘Scruffy’ Yetter has provided an early look at what to expect from those buffs – and it seems we can expect a load of Champions to join the pool of reliable jungle Champions soon.
The original suggestion was to expect Brand’s jungle buffs in patch 10.5, but that buff has been pushed back to patch 10.6 in an effort to “do more nuanced changes.” League of Legends patch 10.5 will, however, include jungle-focused buffs for Darius, Mordekaiser, and Poppy.
Darius’s P ability will now deal 175% to monsters, up from 120%. Mordekaiser’s P is getting a max damage boost against monsters, from the 25-120 range to 28-164. Similarly, Poppy’s Q is getting buffed against non-Champions, from 40-120 to 50-160. These are all described as “tentative changes,” but they are “close to final numbers.”
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In 2019, Valve announced the Steam Labs initiative – a series of experimental changes to Steam that users can opt-in to try and provide feedback on. Today, the first of those experimental features has been finalised and pushed live. The Steam search function has gotten a big overhaul that should make finding games a whole lot easier.
Steam searches now let you set a maximum price on results, or filter to only show games that are on sale. You can also now specifically exclude certain tags from your results, so if you want to look for indie titles and exclude horror and Early Access games, you can do so. The ‘relevance’ sort has been updated to weight your tag choices and bring you the games you’re most likely to like.
You can also quickly hide games that you’ve already bought, wishlisted, or chosen to ignore. There’s also now a universal option to exclude VR-only games from the list, so you don’t have to be bothered by anything that requires a headset.
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The PoE 3.10 release date is probably what’s on your mind following Grinding Gear Games’ latest reveal of its upcoming Delirium expansion. All this new content is all well and fab, but we want to know when we can play the new Path of Exile expansion.
Grinding Gear Games’ Chris Wilson hosted a preview before the big reveal explaining the New Zealand-based studio’s approach to the new PoE league. He says that Path of Exile is known for action combat with risk/reward trade-offs and deep character customisation. The hope is that PoE Delirium will push things forward on both of these fronts. Although little is known about the story, Wilson says this is by design as the developer wants players to go in fresh on launch day.
Throughout this Path of Exile Delirium roundup, we’ll go through the release date, trailer, league gameplay, and other general bits of housekeeping. It’s good to get that knowledge laid out, as you’ll likely not have time to think about it while you’re playing PoE Delirium and facing the manifestation of your inner turmoil.
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February 25, 2020 The first Temtem roadmap is here.
The Temtem roadmap is here at last – or the first part of it, at least. The first part of the roadmap includes loads of plans for 2020, including ranked matchmaking, two new islands, and around 50 new creatures – though developer Crema notes that the specifics are all subject to change depending on how development goes from here.
Ranked matchmaking will launch this spring, with an ELO-based ranking system and frequent, though not “obsessive,” balance patches, as the developers explain in a blog post. The ranked queue will also feature auto-scaling, which will “essentially perfect your Tems, upping all their SVs up to 50 for the battle and their level to the current level cap (currently 48).” That’ll prevent you from having to grind to stay competitive, but leaves the door open for hard-trained temtem to still dominate in high-end PvE and player-run tournaments.
The spring update will also introduce a spectator mode for competitive matches, which will surface only “common info” so that players can’t exploit the tool. A new implementation of in-game chat will also be introduced, as well as and clubs – Temtem’s version of clans.
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You will get a chance to try the Resident Evil 3 remake without buying it, just as with last year’s excellent Resident Evil 2 reimagining. Capcom has officially confirmed that a Resident Evil 3 demo is on the way, in the unlikely event that you’re on the fence about the follow-up to one of the best games of 2019.
“It was written in the STARS,” Capcom says on Twitter, referencing RE’s special police force. “A Resident Evil 3 Demo is on the way. We’ll have more details in the near future!” And we’ll have to wait for whatever details those are, as the publisher has provided no additional info on what to expect from the demo just yet.
The Resident Evil 2 remake had a controversial ‘1-Shot Demo’ with a strict, 30-minute time limit, and no official way to play again once that time is up. Naturally, PC modders quickly removed that restriction, and a version of the demo without the time limit was officially released a few months later.
February 25, 2020 Dota Underlords is out now, properly, and season one is under way. Read on below for everything changing in the game’s full 1.0 launch.
Good news, Dota Underlords fans – the autobattler’s making the leap out of Steam Early Access. Valve announced the news on its platform, along with details of what season one will bring – and there’s a very special launch party event to celebrate its release.
According to Valve, several key aspects fans of the game will have come to know since its launch in Early Access last year will stay in the full release. First up, while the studio’s rolling out a “soft reset” of ranks, players who took part in the beta will get to keep their major rank. “Players will keep their major rank (eg. Outlaw, Smuggler, Boss) and will be reset to minor rank one”, Valve explains. “This shift applies to Standard, Duos, and Knockout ranks. The only exceptions are Lords of White Spire, who will be reset to Big Boss III.”
Plus, while there’s a shiny new default board and five others to unlock on the way with the season one launch, players who hit level five in the Protopass will get the option to pick the two Beta Season boards, too. “The Path to Sunbreeze and Streets of White Spire boards will also be available to Level 5+ Beta Season players,” Valve says.
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Google Stadia has added three more games to its Stadia Pro subscription service. Starting March 1, Stadia Pro members will be able to access GRID, SteamWorld Dig 2, and SteamWorld Quest.
March is a big month for Google Stadia. Despite the lack of major announcements, or a free service release date, users on the service that first signed up back in November will be reaching the end of their three-month subscriptions. We’re approaching the month Google will have to try and keep its original fans close – and paying the $9.99/£8.99 subscription fee.
In a blog post on the Stadia Community Blog, the cloud gaming service has announced three new titles will be added to the roster of games already available. The current lineup includes: Destiny 2: The Collection, Farming Simulator 19, GYLT, Metro Exodus, and Thumper. Some games have already been removed from the service, including Rise of the Tomb Raider and Samurai Shodown, and Farming Sim 19 will be heading off before the end of the month – so get it while you can.
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