Welcome to another weekly news round up. We've seen alien invasions, a few fun controversies, and footage that may have ruined Toy Story for us forever. Let's get to it.
• GTA's new Casino update is unavailable in more than 50 countries (opens in new tab)
Games continue to run afoul of differing regional approaches to gambling rules. Regulators are still making their minds up about loot box (opens in new tab) mechanics, but the combination of real money purchases and familiar casino games in this update seems to have gone against Rockstar in this case.
Steven continues to investigate the state of game publishing in China.
• Every Cyberpunk 2077 player gets exactly the same in-game content (opens in new tab)
In a world of platform-exclusive items and levels, this is welcome.
• Team Fortress 2's hat economy has crashed. Whoops! (opens in new tab)
Rare items are flooding the market. Expect a fix of some sort soon.
• Aliens have invaded ARMA 3 (opens in new tab)
First EVE Online, now this.
• Woody has been studying the blade with help from this Sekiro mod. (opens in new tab)
A mic-drop moment from a now-former Creative Assembly employee, which has since apologised for his comments.
• The enormous JRPG Disgea is free this weekend (opens in new tab)
Bet you can't complete it before Monday.
• A new Yakuza game will be announced next month (opens in new tab)
UK editor in chief Phil Savage will be a very happy man.
- Mordhau's future includes new maps, a chat filter, ranked play, and maybe mod tools (opens in new tab)
- Star Citizen is no longer a lawless frontier thanks to the new update (opens in new tab)
- Netflix's Witcher series might give Tub Geralt his TV debut (opens in new tab)
- The ‘Big O’ is the ultimate gaming PC and it’s not for sale (opens in new tab)
- This Sekiro mod lets you fight bosses, and only bosses, in any order you want (opens in new tab)
- The next Overwatch hero is a literal mad scientist named Sigma (opens in new tab)
- Dragon Age 4 setting all but confirmed by upcoming short story collection (opens in new tab)
- See new footage of the forthcoming Blair Witch game (opens in new tab)
- MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is delayed, will be an Epic Games Store exclusive (opens in new tab)
- This War of Mine invites you resolve existential questions in new DLC (opens in new tab)
Tweet of the week
#TheWitcher3 pic.twitter.com/5QUKQwb90EJuly 25, 2019
SunhiLegend does the best gifs and tweets. Related: Hit Box Porn (opens in new tab) is the best part of gaming Reddit.
Around the office
Andy has been reveling in the nostalgia of old magazines and the games ads that used to appear in them. Does anyone know what on Earth this is?
I have absolutely no memory of this game. Did anyone play it? pic.twitter.com/g9xGi55yp5July 26, 2019
Meanwhile, Steven has been dropping scorching Final Fantasy 14 hot takes. His enthusiasm for the game makes me desperately want to play it, but on the other hand, I only have so many hours of precious life left.
If you can put up with the MMO bullshit and a weak first chapter, FF14 is low key the best Final Fantasy since 9.July 3, 2019
And Evan has been successfully syncing up with randoms in the still-excellent Apex Legends.
No idea how we survived this. Zero comms with these guys the whole time, just pure across-the-internet cosmic alignment of our gamer zodiac signs pic.twitter.com/bTLDWbGOzsJuly 18, 2019
Finally, we wave farewell to Samuel Roberts, our UK editor in chief who is catching a train to a new job. I got an email from Sam from his work address about a work thing a day after he had supposedly left the job. This is a very Samuel thing to happen. Happy trails good pal.
Tomorrow is my last day on PC Gamer after 5.5 years. In that time, the website has more than doubled in audience size, we launched an E3 show, a UK consumer show, and made a lot of magazines. Delighted I could play my part. Gave it my very best.July 23, 2019
That's all, folks. Have a great weekend and may your latency be low, and loot drops all be legendary.
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