Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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Where Cards Fall Making the Leap From Apple Arcade to PC and Switch in 2021

The Blaseball team's house-of-cards adventure is coming to new platforms.

Sony Says It Will Optimize the PlayStation 5's Fan With Online Updates

Some patches might tweak how fast the fans run in certain situations.

Blaseball Is Taking an Extended Break, Following the Defeat of Its Peanut God

Legume deicide is hard work, you know.

Where Cards Fall Making the Leap From Apple Arcade to PC and Switch in 2021

The Blaseball team's house-of-cards adventure is coming to new platforms.

Sony Says It Will Optimize the PlayStation 5's Fan With Online Updates

Some patches might tweak how fast the fans run in certain situations.

NBA 2K21 Draws Ire For Unskippable Loading Screen Ads

A month after release, some ads find their way into NBA 2K.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says Microsoft's Current Nintendo Switch Approach "Doesn't Feel Sustainable"

Microsoft would want the whole ecosystem to move over, not just games on a case-by-case basis.

Marvel's Avengers' Next-Gen Version Delayed Into 2021

You can still play on your new console with backward compatibility, though.

Valve Is Aiming For a New Hero in Dota 2 By End of November

The publisher asserts more heroes are coming, and at a more regular cadence.

StarCraft 2 Is Going Into Support Mode, As Blizzard Looks Ahead to Future of Franchise

The end of an era, for one of the last of its titans.

Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster Surfaces Once Again On Ratings Board

Please blink twice if this is actually happening.

Lucifer Within Us Turns Solving Mysteries Into a Timeline

The devil's in the details.

Sega Says It Didn't Mean to "Dredge Up Painful Memories" With Golden Axe Prototype

The publisher responds to one developer, surprised to see a reportedly crunch-ridden project brought back to life.

Atelier Ryza 2 Lands in North America in January 2021

A new RPG adventure, just in time for RPG-loving PS5 owners.

Here's What the PS5 User Experience Looks Like

We've finally seen the interface of Sony's next-gen console.

Yakuza Meets Streets of Rage As Part of Sega's 60th Anniversary Bash

Take to the streets as Kiryu-chan.

Time-Warping RPG Cris Tales Delayed Into 2021

The classically-inspired RPG shifts into another year.

Borderlands 3 Will Get a Launch Day Upgrade on Next-Gen Consoles

Loot and shoot in 4K/60.

Axiom Verge 2 Has Been Delayed to 2021

The much-anticipated sequel needs some more time.

Annapurna's Gorgeous Narrative Game If Found Comes to Nintendo Switch This Month

It has a fair bit of new content, too.

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Headlines New Batch of Games Hitting Xbox Game Pass

It's a good month for Definitive Editions.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Blaseball Just Had Its Most Bonkers Playoffs Yet

The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.

Fall Guys Lets You Be the Blue Blur With Sonic the Hedgehog Costume

Going fast would be ideal in Fall Guys.

Report: Level-5's North American Operations Are Mostly Halted

A new report puts the studio's North American presence into question.

Guilty Gear Strive Sets a Launch Date For Next April

Plus, Anji and newcomer Giovanna look to join the roster.

505 Games Ends Indivisible Production in Wake of Lab Zero's Dissolution

The guest and backer characters won't be joining the roster.

Sony Says PS4 to PS5 Save Transfers Are a "Developer Decision"

There are a lot of ways to transfer that data, though.

Sony Updates PS5 Backward Compatibility Page With List of PS4-Only Games

The "overwhelming majority" will be playable on PS5, but a handful won't make the cut.

EA Motive Is Working on "Several Unannounced Projects" Following Launch of Star Wars: Squadrons

The studio's looking to make something "aspirational."

Bloober Team's The Medium Launches This December For Xbox Series X, S and PC

Celebrate Christmas with some creepy scares.

EA Explains Why Some FIFA 21 Progress Won't Carry Over With Next-Gen Upgrades

There were "ultimately some trade-offs" made for next-gen console versions.

Square Enix's Co-Op Shooter Outriders Pushed to Next February

Squad up in the new year.

PS5 Will Be Talkin' 'Bout Bugsnax at Launch

You'll get to play with your food right when the PS5 launches.

Mortal Kombat 11 Is Headed to Next-Gen Consoles, With Rambo in Tow

Two oft requested returning fighters and John Rambo join the lineup.

Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Will Use Breath of the Wild's Overworld Map

Hyrule is in a slightly better condition than you last saw it.

Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Is Getting a Prequel Novel

The book will set the stage for the game, just a few days before launch.

Here's What’s Inside the PS5, Including Where Extra Storage Goes

It's also got a lot of options for keeping cool and quiet.

Nintendo Will Host a Treehouse Stream Tomorrow For Hyrule Warriors and Pikmin 3

Some more info on Nintendo's remaining Fall lineup.

NBA 2K21 Looks Pretty Good on a PlayStation 5

A good glimpse of the future for sports games on next-gen.

Watch Dogs: Legion's Post-Launch Plans Include Online Co-Op and a New Assassin

The Order extends into the world of Watch Dogs.

Dishonored, Prey, and Wolfenstein Collections Rated For Xbox Series X and S

Bethesda could already be bolstering Xbox's lineup.

Mortal Kombat 11 Passes 8 Million Sales Mark, Will Reveal What's Next This Week

There's still more to come for Mortal Kombat 11.

Ghost of Tsushima's Co-Op and New Game+ Goes Live Next Week

Add some more swords to the fray next Friday.

Genshin Impact's Early Numbers Indicate It Could Be One of 2020's Big Success Stories

Early figures are pointing towards this being one of 2020's big success stories.

NHL 94 Rewind Is a Retro Pre-Order Bonus For NHL 21

Go back in time with modern teams.

Baldur's Gate 3's Character Customization Is Looking Pretty In-Depth

Custom characters are looking like a pretty appealing choice.

Silent Hill 4: The Room Gets a PC Re-Release on GOG

Another Konami classic gets a spot on GOG.

Hyper Scape Team Says It's "Taking Action" on Game's Issues Heading Into Season 2

Expanding the player base and improving combat feel are on the docket for Ubisoft's battle royale.

Overwatch League Teams Will Give Away Copies of Overwatch on PC Soon

A free giveaway leaks a little bit early.

Marvel's Spider-Man Casts a New Face For Peter Parker in PS5 Remaster

The webslinger looks a little different under the mask.

The Next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Will Be Revealed Tomorrow

Another combatant joins the massive lineup of Ultimate.

Cyberpunk 2077 Studio Head Responds to Mandatory Crunch Report

CD Projekt Red is in a "final sprint" towards launch that entails mandatory overtime.

Demon's Souls PS5 Remake's Digital Deluxe Edition Comes With Some New Items

Some items might help with not dying a bunch early on.

Torchlight 3 Exits Early Access Next Month

Time to crawl some dungeons.

Pokemon Go Will Be Linked to Pokemon Home By End of This Year

Bring your mobile pals into the world of Sword and Shield.

5 Big Takeaways From Today's Xbox Series X Previews

Load times, last-gen improvements, and a new controller were all discussed in detail today.

The Original FarmVille Is Being Put Out to Pasture at the End of the Year

Flash is going, and taking FarmVille with it.

A New Pokemon Sword and Shield Presentation Airs Tomorrow Morning

We'll probably hear some more about the upcoming Crown Tundra.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon's PS5 Version Arrives Next March [Update]

Ichiban's journey will take a little longer to hit next-gen PlayStations.

Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster Reportedly Set for Next Year, Without Multiplayer

The Legendary Edition will reportedly have all the DLC and no MP.

A Few Classic Metal Gear Games Are Now on GOG

Snake? Snake? Snaaaaake?!

Microsoft Flight Simulator's First World Update Is an Upgraded Tour of Japan

See the sights, only better now.

Amazon Introduces Its Own Cloud Gaming Competitor, Luna

The long-rumored service is real.

I Am Dead, a New Annapurna Game About the Afterlife, Launches This October

The great beyond is full of cute puzzles, it seems.

Nier Replicant's Remaster Will Arrive Next April

Rediscover where Nier started.

Xbox Says No New Acquisition News to Announce During Tokyo Game Show

Xbox is getting ahead of some rumors that have been spinning up.

Sony Confirms PS4 Marvel's Spider-Man Owners Won't Get a Free Next-Gen Upgrade

We might need to make a Punnett square to explain this one.

Baldur's Gate 3 Backs Up Its Early Access One More Week

Baldur's gonna be just a little late.

Kirby Fighters 2 Leaks on Nintendo's Own Site

Kirby's getting back into brawling.

Blizzard Co-Founder Mike Morhaime Forms Dreamhaven, a Company With Two New Studios

The two studios, Moonshot and Secret Door, are helmed by former Blizzard veterans as well.

Microsoft CEO Says It Will Consider Buying More Video Game Companies in the Future

Even after a big buy, Xbox could still keep growing.

Destiny 2 Adds a Memorial Quest For a Former Developer

Bungie is honoring a coworker and friend today.

Destiny 2's Forsaken and Shadowkeep Hit Xbox Game Pass Today

Time to catch up on Destiny 2, before Beyond Light.

Marvel's Spider-Man PS5 Remaster Won't Let You Transfer Over Your PS4 Save

Your old Spidey save won't make the trek over to PS5.

Blizzard Announces BlizzConline in 2021

A new portmanteau for a new Blizzard convention experience.

Former Skullgirl Devs Form Future Club, a New Worker-Owned Studio

The creatives behind Skullgirls are taking the wheel.

Freedom Fighters, IO Interactive's Squad-Based Shooter, is Back on PC

The 2003 resistance shooter returns.

Microsoft Acquires Bethesda, Adding Fallout, Doom, and Other Massive Franchises to the Fold

The week begins with industry shaking news from Xbox and Bethesda.

Rayman Creator Michel Ancel is Leaving the Video Game Industry For His Wildlife Sanctuary

After 30 years in games, he's chasing other passions.

Star Renegades is a Hodgepodge Of Systems That Somehow Works in Harmony

There are a lot of meters, but it all somehow clicks.

Disintegration Will Gradually Shutter Its Multiplayer, Starting Today

The bikes are setting back down on the ground.

Empire of Sin Makes An Offer You Can't Refuse This December

Gather up some Goodfellas, it's time for crime.

A New Disgaea Is Coming to Nintendo Switch Next Summer

Time to make the numbers go up again.

Xbox Series S's Install Sizes Will Be Smaller Than the Series X's

Lower resolution target, smaller file size.

Demon's Souls is One of Several PS5 Games That Will Cost $70

Demon's Souls and Destruction All-Stars indicate a shift in pricing for Sony's next generation.

Sony Reveals PlayStation Plus Collection, a Library of PS4 Games Launching Alongside PS5

PlayStation's version of Game Pass, it seems.

The Next God of War Is Coming in 2021

Ragnarok comes next year.

Final Fantasy 16 Revealed, and It's a Console Exclusive For the PS5

Here's what the next fantasy looks like, on the next generation of consoles.

Quake's Soundtrack Just Got a Vinyl Remaster

Nine Inch Nails' classic tracks have been remastered for vinyl.

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