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The Top Stories That Shaped Video Games in 2020

There's a lot—good, bad, and everything in between—to look back on this year. I don't know about you, but I'm mostly feeling tired.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwiński.

The Last of Us Part 2 Takes Home Top Prize at The Game Awards: Here Are All the Winners

Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.

Perfect Dark Revival Unveiled at The Game Awards

Joanna's back in a new story conceived by The Initiative.

A New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter Will Be Revealed at Tonight's Game Awards

Our money's on it being Geoff Keighley himself. Imagine getting hit with a "World Premiere" Final Smash.

Xbox Owners Are Switching Their Region to Play Cyberpunk 2077 Early

Be a Kiwi for a day if you want to get into Night City now.

Xbox Confirms Game Pass Streaming for PCs and iOS Will Launch in Spring

Browser-based Xbox cloud gaming is just around the corner.

Halo Infinite Has Been Pushed Back to Fall 2021

Yes, Infinite will be coming out about a year later than originally intended, but test flights are making a comeback.

Cyberpunk 2077's Reported Epileptic Triggers Draw Warnings From Advocates [Update: CDPR Responds]

A Game Informer editor says she experienced a grand mal seizure as a result of a particular scene.

Ubisoft Hires New Diversity & Inclusion VP Following Reports on Discrimination and Abuse

Raashi Sikka joins Ubisoft from Uber, a company with its own public struggles regarding worker treatment.

Square Enix's Project Athia Will Be a PS5 Console Exclusive for at Least 2 Years

A new PS5 sizzle reel nails down timing for Athia and a few other Sony-favored titles.

Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundup: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

We'll have our review up in due time, but here's how other outlets are feeling about CD Projekt Red's latest.

Xbox Series X Optimized Games Will Have Fast Fixes and More Quick Resume Support, Microsoft Says

Certain performance quirks and absent features won't be around for long, at least not according to Microsoft.

PS5's Day and Date Launch in Japan Was a "Statement" of Sony's Commitment, Jim Ryan Says

Ryan, PlayStation's CEO, wants to push back on the idea that Sony shifted its attention away from Japanese games and gamers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Pushes Back Season One Launch and Warzone Debut

You'll still be leaving Verdansk for a new Cold War locale soon, just not *that* soon.

Control Hits Xbox Game Pass Alongside a New $1 Intro Deal

Jesse Faden's bringing Haven, Va-11 Hall-A, and cheap three-month subscriptions with her.

343 Promises a Year-End Update on Halo Infinite's Development

We've barely heard a peep about Xbox's delayed launch title since August.

The PS5's Activities Are Designed to Counteract the "Single Player Is Dying" Mentality

A report from Vice sheds light on the inspiration behind one of the PS5's biggest features.

Red Dead Online Will Launch as a Separate Game Next Month

It'll be pretty cheap at launch, too.

Starting Screen | Now Is a Perfectly Good Time to Tackle Tough Subjects in Games Coverage

This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.

Spider-Man Remastered Got Its Save-Transfer Update a Little Bit Early

Now, owners of the original on PS4 can pick things up with New Pete where they left off.

The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades Lead 2020's Game Awards Nominees

Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.

Sony's Jim Ryan Says $70 Is a Fair Game Price for PS5, Denies Considering Going Higher

He also isn't ready to say whether 2021's God of War will be a cross-gen title.

Minecraft’s New Star Wars Add-On Ignores the Prequels and Sequels, Just Like You

Steve isn't into diamonds anymore. He's all about Kyber crystals now.

Destiny 2's Greediest Guardians Are Camping Out at a New Loot Cave

Bungie brought back the Cosmodrome and, inadvertently, the act of shooting lazily into a room for shiny engrams.

Xbox Head Says Series X and S Have Broken Previous Microsoft Launch Record

Sales-wise, the new Xbox consoles are off to a good start, at least vaguely so.

Twitch's Advice For Streamers Hit With DMCA Notices Over Recorded Music: "Stop Doing That"

The streaming giant's new response to a rash of copyright-related removals is seen by many as long-overdue and insufficient.

Halo TV Series Recasts Cortana With Original Voice Actress Jen Taylor

Taylor will be the first (and so far only) person from the games to reprise their role on TV.

Xbox Head Says Report on Japanese Studio Acquisition Talks Is "Not Accurate"

Phil Spencer says Microsoft isn't "out there with [its] business card" courting teams in Japan.

Sony Gifts PS5 to the Person Who Was First in Line for the PS4 and PS4 Pro

"Patience is a virtue" indeed.

Sony Reportedly Discussed Raising Game Prices Above $70

It's not a new standard just yet, but that $70 Demon's Souls could've cost more.

Sony Might Let You Back Up PS5 Games on USB Drives in a Future System Update

Work is "underway" on the potential for moving PS5 games off of the SSD.

Halo 4 Will Debut on the PC Master Chief Collection Next Week

The Master Chief Collection will be complete on Windows in just a matter of days.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Comes to Xbox Game Pass Via EA Play Next Week

Game Pass subscribers get EA Play on the same day it receives Respawn's Star Wars title.

PlayStation 5 Won't Support Internal Storage Expansion at Launch

It'll be enabled in software later, but for now you'll be stuck with that 825 GB drive.

Xbox Series S Will Only Have 364 GB of Storage Free For Games

A large chunk of the digital-only console's drive is dedicated to the operating system.

Don't Camp Out For a PlayStation 5, Sony Says

"No units will be available in-store for purchase" on launch day, regardless of region.

Insomniac Reaffirms PS5 Exclusivity for Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

This ain't no Sackboy… or Miles Morales… or Horizon Forbidden West.

Ubisoft Says Several of Its PS4 Games Won't Be Compatible With PS5

These titles, including Assassin's Creed Syndicate, didn't appear on Sony's official exemption list.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

Gears 5's Next-Gen Update Will Let You Swap John DiMaggio's Marcus For Dave Bautista

This is cool for Bautista but… maybe a bit weird for long-time Gears actor DiMaggio?

PS5 Will Support Netflix, Disney+, Twitch, and More on Day One [Update]

Sony's initial slate of supported entertainment apps has one big addition, Apple TV.

Apex Legends Is Sneaking Wallrunning Into Its New Halloween Mode

Titanfall mechanics... intensifying...

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Getting a Bunch of Xbox Series X Enhancements

120 FPS modes and 4K on Series X are coming soon.

A New Lego Miles Morales Giveaway Requires You to Finish Spider-Man on PS4

Play Peter's game (not the remaster), and maybe you can nab a tiny Miles.

NPD: Marvel's Avengers and Mario 3D All-Stars Top September's Best Sellers List

Yup, a game with player retention issues and a widely criticized collection both did quite well.

Borderlands 3 Adds a New Skill Tree For Every Vault Hunter With Upcoming Designer's Cut

The new season pass will also add a Director's Cut next year.

Destiny 2 Is Getting 4K 60 FPS Support on Xbox Series X and PS5 in December

Bungie will introduce Destiny 2's next-gen improvements about a month after Beyond Light.

The First Boss Fight in Spider-Man: Miles Morales Sees Both Spideys Teaming Up

It looks like Miles and Peter are working together when an old foe makes a break for it.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Finally Letting PC Players Uninstall Specific Modes

It's a long-overdue workaround for Modern Warfare's gigantic file size.

Crackdown 2 Makers Ruffian Games Are Now Rockstar's Newest Studio

The Rockstar posse adds another team to its ranks.

Ghost of Tsushima Will Hit 60 FPS With the PS5's Game Boost, Sucker Punch Says

Plus, faster load times and save transfers are confirmed.

Cyberpunk 2077's Next Night City Wire Will Spotlight Its Futuristic Cars

We'll get an in-depth look at what V will go vroom-vroom in.

Destiny 2: Beyond Light Brings Back an Old Weapon With a New, Absurd Ability

Europa's got the goods, apparently.

Activision Blizzard Closes Its French Support Studio in Versailles

That's hundreds of people out of a job at an office that predates the merger.

The Resident Evil Movie Series Has a Reboot in the Works

Meet Claire, Chris, Leon, Jill, and Wesker all over again.

Sony Details How the PS5's Audio Will Work With TV Speakers and Headphones

Like being able to use scans of your ears, better built-in TV audio may come later for PS5.

Cyberpunk 2077 Goes Gold As Developers Crunch in Final Weeks

The game is ready to be put on discs, but CD Projekt's work is likely far from over.

Insomniac and Peter's Voice Actor Respond to Marvel's Spider-Man Face Recasting for PS5

Bryan Intihar and Yuri Lowenthal have their own thoughts on Peter Parker's new look.

Insomniac Confirms That Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales Will Have Cross-Gen Saves

The remastered 2017 Spidey won't, but Miles is a different matter.

EA Play Joins Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in November

On launch day for Series X and Series S, Ultimate is getting a boatload of EA titles.

The Crown Tundra Expansion for Pokemon Sword and Shield Is Coming Next Month

We finally have a release date for the second add-on as well as some new details.

Report: Michel Ancel Accused of Abusive, Disruptive Practices on Beyond Good & Evil 2

French paper Libération reports that Ubisoft let the now-retired Ancel run things his way despite years of studio strife.

Destiny 2's Guardians Are Getting a Face Lift in Beyond Light

Bungie's making some player customization tweaks with the next expansion.

Tribeca Film Festival Enlists Hideo Kojima and Other Industry Figures for New Video Game Award

The advisory board also includes Kiki Wolfkill, Sam Lake, and more.

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

Naughty Dog Promises "Exciting Things" for the Newly Renamed Last of Us Day

"Outbreak Day" isn't a thing anymore, by the by.

The Master Chief Collection in 2020: Passion, Tech Debt, and the Heartbeat of Halo Fandom

With today's release of Halo 3: ODST for PC, USgamer sits down with 343's Michael Fahrny to talk about the always improving (but not-yet perfect) Halo compilation.

GhostWire: Tokyo and Deathloop Will Still Be Timed PS5 Exclusives, Phil Spencer Confirms

Bethesda's two timed Sony console launches will honor those commitments in the wake of Microsoft's acquisition.

What Obsidian Is Saying About Fallout: New Vegas 2 Now That Xbox Owns Bethesda

Bethesda and Obsidian are both Xbox studios now. Will our spurs jingle-jangle again?

Warner Bros. Distances Hogwarts Legacy From J.K. Rowling

With the Harry Potter creator facing criticism over views seen as transphobic, Warner is distancing its new game from Rowling.

Horizon Forbidden West and Sackboy: A Big Adventure Will Also Come to PS4

Two of Sony's other big PS5 titles are actually cross-gen, just like the Miles Morales game.

PlayStation 5 Pre-Orders Start Tomorrow, Sony Confirms [Update]

Depending on where you live and shop, you may need to wait a bit longer.

The PS5 Now Has a Price and a November Release Date

The day is finally here.

Bungie CEO Denies Reports of Acquisition Talks With Microsoft

Rejoining Xbox would be a mindboggling move for the makers of Destiny and Halo.

The Next Night City Wire Will Focus on Cyberpunk 2077's Gangs

This time we'll get a Night City tour, a primer on the city's gangs, and a look into the score.

Breath of the Wild 2 News Won't Be Coming for "a Bit Longer," Producer Says

The new Hyrule Warriors will fill in the past, but the future's still a ways off.

Gotham Knights Will Have Some Involved Detective Work Leading Up to Villain Showdowns

Don't expect to just roll up on Mr. Freeze, smack him down, and be done with it.

AT&T Reportedly No Longer Interested in Selling Warner Bros. Interactive

What could have resulted in the mother of all consolidations seems to have fizzled out.

The First Post-Launch Avengers Hero Is Kate Bishop, the Other Hawkeye

Clint's protege will join up with the Avengers before he does.

Ubisoft's Next Forward Presentation Will Show Off Watch Dogs: Legion and More Next Week

Watch Dogs: Legion, Rainbow Six Siege, and the game formerly known as Gods & Monsters will be there.

Cyberpunk 2077's Next Night City Wire Stream Is Slated for Tokyo Game Show

At that point, it'll be just shy of two months from release.

Post-Launch Heroes in Marvel’s Avengers Will Be Free, but Their Battle Passes Won’t Be

Battle passes—sorry, Hero Challenge Cards—will ask for some credits.

Report: Xbox Series X Looking to Launch in First Week of November, PS5 Not Long After

Sources say it's most likely we'll see the PS5 launch in the middle of the month.

Destiny 2's Stasis Powers Shine With Darkness in Beyond Light's New Trailer

As we creep closer to November, we'll learn a lot about Stasis in short order.

Gamescom Opening Night Live: Where to Watch and What to Expect

Summer games, slippin' away.

The PS5's New Ratchet & Clank Will Premiere New Footage at Gamescom This Week

Rift Apart will be one of Sony's first big titles to get another spotlight.

Cyberpunk 2077's Minuscule Subtitles Can Be Adjusted, Thank Goodness

Yes, the game that will let you custom-color your character's body hair will also let you tweak those hard-to-read captions.

Fortnite Is Huge on iOS, Android Not So Much

Epic's Apple-focused crusade makes more sense in light of Fortnite's comparatively tiny Android revenue.

Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Creative Director After Misconduct Investigation

Ashraf Ismail joins the growing list of departures and terminations.

Control's Alan Wake Expansion Is Also Hiding Some Kind of Moon Mystery

It looks like Jesse will investigate an off-world Altered World Event.

The Last of Us on HBO Intends to Use a "Jaw Drop" Worthy Idea Cut From the Games

Craig Mazin says there's an old idea that he and Neil Druckmann "have to do" for the series.

How Red Dead Online's Naturalist Update Taught Me to Hate the Animals

A West too wild for my liking.

Control's Free Next-Gen Upgrade Will Be Limited to the Ultimate Edition

If you've already explored the FBC on Xbox One or PS4, you're out of luck.

GTA Online's Huge New Update Brings Back Rockstar's Best Minigame

Red Dead players got the Naturalist role. GTA players get tons of stuff, plus Qub3d.

Marvel's Avengers Will Have Unique Cosmetics for Intel, Verizon, and More

To collect absolutely everything, you'll need a PlayStation, a Verizon plan, some gum…

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