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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Street Fighter 5 Reveals Four New Fighters, Including a Guest From Rival Schools

Capcom lays out the roadmap for another year of Street Fighter.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Players Are Having Fun With Its Tiny Battlefield Update

Smash Bros. can have a little Battlefield, as a treat.

Fall Guys Is Out, And Its Servers Are Being Swarmed With Players

Connection issues are plaguing the incredibly popular new game.

Street Fighter 5 Reveals Four New Fighters, Including a Guest From Rival Schools

Capcom lays out the roadmap for another year of Street Fighter.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Players Are Having Fun With Its Tiny Battlefield Update

Smash Bros. can have a little Battlefield, as a treat.

Fall Guys Is Out, And Its Servers Are Being Swarmed With Players

Connection issues are plaguing the incredibly popular new game.

Blizzard Employees Share Salary Details Amid Ongoing Pay Dispute

Employees shared stories of reportedly avoiding meals to make rent.

Next-Gen Price Bumps Reflect the "Quality of the Experience," Says Take-Two CEO

The $10 hike reflects an increase in quality and costs.

EA Lays Out Madden's Franchise Mode Roadmap Through Madden 22

Franchise Mode's updates will carry on into a whole new year of Madden.

Analogue Pocket Goes Up For Pre-Order, Sells Out in Under an Hour

It's up... aaaand it's gone.

Valorant Gets a Free-For-All Deathmatch Mode This Week

Time for some classic DM.

Guilty Gear Strive Will Be Coming to PS5, Steam

Two fighters join the lineup too, including one newcomer.

Halo Infinite Will Have Free-to-Play Multiplayer

It'll also support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X.

USG Game of the Month: Necrobarista Is an Electric Story About Letting Go

Our Game of the Month for July 2020 is a moving tale at the edge of the afterlife.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons's Fireworks Are Being Put to All Sorts of Creative Uses

There's neat art, fake distress signals, and... oh, no.

2K's Upcoming Football Games Will Feature Real-Life NFL Athletes Thanks to New Deal

Madden isn't the only football game with an NFLPA deal anymore.

The New Battletoads Bounces Back Into Action This August

The 'Toads are back in town.

What Would StarCraft 3 Look Like? Here Are Some Ideas From Blizzard

A "robust" co-op and modding experience from the get-go.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Newest Faction is Shadow Company

Even more combatants are entering the Warzone next week.

Unique "Anti-RPG" Moon Comes to Nintendo Switch in August

For the first time in English, at that.

Riot Games Partnership With Controversial Saudi City Project Results in Immediate Backlash [Update]

Fans, commentators, and even Riot employees are publicly speaking out.

Valorant's Next Agent is Killjoy, Who's Bringing a Turret to a Gunfight

She'll start locking Agents down next week.

Private Division Partners With Ori, Armello, and OlliOlli Developers For New Games

They're still early in development, though.

Halo, Made in Dreams on PlayStation 4, Looks Quite Impressive

This really has Infinite potential.

Legend of Zelda Cut Content From Nintendo Gigaleak Includes Possible Boss Rush

Different branches of the N64 classics could have had some interesting twists.

Street Fighter 5 Summer Stream Is Coming Next Week With New Character Reveals

Time to see who's still making the cut.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Finally Getting Island Backups

Save data transfers are coming sometime this year, too.

New "Gigaleak" of Nintendo Prototypes and Source Code Is a Huge Deal - Here's Why

This is a massive look into older Nintendo development.

Bandai Namco, Capcom, and More Will Host Fighting Game Roundtable This Friday

Expect news from at least two of the devs present.

Spiritual Suikoden Successor Eiyuden Chronicle Funded on Kickstarter Within Hours

Guess some folks were eager for a new Suikoden.

Fall Guys Pulls a Rocket League, Heads For PS Plus At Launch

That's sure to drop a lot more Fall Guys into the inflatable battle royale.

Remedy Says CrossfireX Draws Inspiration From Metal Gear and Resident Evil

It wants a bit of that "larger-than-life" feeling.

Anthem Studio Director Shares New Concept Art For Its Reboot, Including Sky Pirates

Yarrr, it be looking like a pretty picture.

Dragon Quest 11 S on PS4, PC and Xbox One Will Be a Port of a Port

The Switch version is being ported back over to other platforms.

Tell Me Why Studio's Massive FAQ Explains How It Will Tackle Trans, Queer, and Indigenous Topics

Dontnod addresses, in both spoiler and non-spoiler terms, many questions folks likely have.

FIFA 21 Will Feature Some Much-Requested Career Mode Features

FUT Co-op also among this year's additions.

Psychonauts 2 Has Been Delayed to 2021

Double Fine's platformer is taking a little extra time.

Forza Motorsport Unveiled For Xbox Series X With Stunning In-Engine Trailer

Time to get back to the racetrack.

Balan Wonderworld Is a Whimsical New Adventure From Sonic's Yuji Naka

Don the costume and silly hat.

Xbox's Series X July Showcase Is Today — How to Watch and What to Expect

Xbox's sophomore showcase for the Series X is today.

2K's Kelly Gilmore Explains How the Studio Behind the BioShock Revival is Committing to Diversity

"We can't just have good intentions. We have to be intentional."

Ubisoft Says Its Upcoming PS5 and Xbox Series X Games Are Staying at the Same Price

That doesn't rule out a price hike later, though.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Launches This November in the West, Will Have a PS5 Upgrade

Also, a famous actor has signed on for the English cast.

Over 70 Demos Are Live For Xbox's Showcase Week—Here's the Lineup

There are a lot of cool games to check out this week.

Rocket League Is Going Free-to-Play, But Leaving Steam Storefront

Steam owners will still get updates, but new users won't be able to download it.

Risk of Rain 2 Leaves Steam Early Access Next Month

It launches with a new Survivor and final boss in tow.

How EA's Approach to UFC 4 is Being Shaped by Its "More Casual Fandom"

Less dense simulation, more engaging fights.

No Next-Gen NHL 21 as Release Window Pushed to October

The Chel team is relying on "forward compatibility" for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Ooblets Gets Some New Player Looks, Thanks to a Bugfix

Revealing what's been there all along.

Shin Megami Tensei 5 Finally Resurfaces With a 2021 Release Window

SMT fans, your time has finally arrived.

Madden NFL 21 Will Make Washington a "Generic" Team With Update

Electronic Arts will reflect the recent ditching of Washington's old team name.

Sony Says There Will Be Advance Notice For When PS5 Pre-Orders Go Live

"It's not gonna happen with a minute's notice."

Here's What the PlayStation 5's DualSense Looks Like in Someone's Hand

Specifically, Geoff Keighley's hand.

Microsoft Halts Production of Two Xbox One Models Ahead of Next-Gen Launch

As Series X looms, older Xboxes hit the bench.

Destiny 2's Beyond Light Expansion Has Been Delayed

Bungie will take a couple extra months to set up the next era of Destiny.

Xbox Says No Hardware News During Next Week's Showcase, "Just Games"

We won't be saying Halo to more consoles.

Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Joins Xbox Game Pass Ultimate This September

Streaming Game Pass games straight to your phone.

Microsoft Flight Simulator's Retail Version Will Ship on 10 Discs

They look pretty aerodynamic.

We're Looking for Your Thoughts on What Makes a Good Digital Event

Please take this quick survey from ReedPop.

Red Dead Online Players Don Clown Costumes to Call Attention to Lack of Updates

But doctor, I am already playing Red Dead Redemption 2.

Here’s What Hideo Kojima Would Look Like as a Cyberpunk 2077 Character

A tribute to the creator from CD Projekt Red is certainly intriguing.

Ubisoft Has Reportedly Rebooted Skull & Bones, Its Long-Delayed Pirate Game

It's a different version of a pirate's life for me.

Cyberpunk 2077 Has No Plans For Xbox Game Pass

Sorry Xbox owners, you'll be paying up front for this one.

Ubisoft Parts Ways With More Senior Execs Amid Allegations of Misconduct

Several more high-level Ubisoft employees are out.

Devolver Direct 2020 Recap: Carrion and Fall Guys Get Release Dates, and the Rest of Today's Announcements

Alongside the weird, future-bending storyline, there were also games.

EA Sports UFC 4 "Exploring Opportunities" for Next-Gen, But No Plans For the Moment

The brawls will stay on this gen, at least for now.

EA Sports UFC 4 Returns to the Octagon Next Month

Time to get back in the ring.

WayForward's New Game Is Bakugan: Champions of Vestroia

Bakugan give it to ya.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says Series X Won't Be "Held Back" by Xbox One

The jump to next-gen "should not exclude people from being able to play."

Sony Invests $250M Into Epic Games for "Further Collaboration"

The PlayStation manufacturer now has a minority stake in Epic.

Capcom's Digital Sales Hit 80% and Could Get Even Higher With Next-Gen Looming

Everybody is downloading their games these days.

Shantae's First Adventure Is Being Re-Released on Switch, And Surprisingly, Game Boy Color

Two new ports are rounding out the half-genie collection on Switch.

An Infamous Zelda Creepypasta Saga Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Craft Its Finale

A story about haunted machines is using machine intelligence.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds Makes Its Ring Entrance This September

Can you smell what Saber Interactive is cooking?

Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong Invites You to a Bloody New England Mystery

This vampire party is bloodier than usual.

Mafia: Definitive Edition Delayed By a Month Due to COVID-19

Crime will have to wait a little longer.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Will Launch This September

Amalur will get a new expansion, nine years after its original developer shut down.

Madden 21 Fans Are Split Over Earl Thomas's Film Study Ability

Player Earl Thomas's special play-reading ability has caused concern during Madden 21's closed beta.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons's Swimming Update Accidentally Allows for Ocean Heists

Griefers can now strike by land and by sea.

Xbox Sets a Date For Its July Game Showcase

Xbox's next big stream has a day and time.

Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat Out of Evo Online Over Recent Allegations [Update]

As more withdraw from Evo Online, two major players won't be present.

Scarlet Nexus's Developers Talk About Bandai Namco's Next-Gen RPG: "Action Elements are a Must"

The "brainpowered" action game isn't losing its narrative roots in the process.

Madden NFL Fans Stir Up Twitter Campaign Over This Year's Slim Franchise Mode Updates

The #FixMaddenFranchise crowd isn't happy with the state of the franchise in Madden NFL 21.

Bloodlines 2's Developers on Next-Gen, Immersion, and Seattle in the World of Darkness

Hardsuit Labs isn't winding up to miss the mark.

All Nine PlayStation Indies Showcased Today, Coming to PS4 and PS5

From maps and rabbits to violent, carefree worms.

Xbox Will Host Over 60 Demos As Part of Summer Game Fest Event This Month

Get into the summer mood with some show floor demos.

Crysis Remastered Delayed Following Mixed Response to Leaks

The team is taking a few weeks after an unexpected early response.

Ubisoft CEO Plans to Establish Multidisciplinary Group in Wake of Allegations

The group will determine ways to better detect and resolve incidents within Ubisoft.

Amazon's Hero Shooter Crucible Is Going Back to Beta, One Month After Launch

Un-launching a game is a thing now.

New Cyberpunk 2077 Screens Show Night City's Ray Tracing Potential

Check out how good this will look on hardware I cannot afford.

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