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PUBG gets grenade wheels, map select, and ranks today

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds will see the return of map selection along with a rank system, improved anti-cheat, and grenade wheels in today’s big update. Some of those features have been a long time coming – perhaps too long, in a few cases – but they all go live following a few hours of downtime later tonight. read more

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Seattle police introduces “Rave Facility” to protect streamers

The Seattle Police Department has launched an online system to try and protect individuals from swatting. This system is for people who work in the “tech industry, video game industry, and/or the online broadcasting community” who feel at risk from being swatted. read more

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Cyberpunk 2077 will be out in 2019, according to its Turkish publisher

The Cyberpunk 2077 release date is still something of a mystery, but a new clue has dropped suggesting that the next game from The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red will release next year. According to a tweet from Turkish publisher Bilkom, which has since been deleted, Cyberpunk 2077 will release in 2019. read more

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Free games: Win a Steam key to unlock goodies in racing MOBA Heavy Metal Machines!

What happens when you combine heavy metal and violent vehicular racing? Heavy Metal Machines, that’s what. It’s a clash of genres – MOBA and combat racing – that is soundtracked by heavy metal; vicious guitar riffs, throaty howls, and machine gun drumming. read more

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Divinity: Original Sin dev’s next game is codenamed after the CEO’s pet dog

Larian Studios, the developer of the Divinity: Original Sin series, are busy working on their next project. While details on the game are pretty sparse at this point, we do at least know that it has an adorable codename. read more

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Intel CPU price drops “the only real lever to pull” to combat AMD’s growing market share

Intel has been downgraded by the investment bank Barclays, with one analyst indicating that pricing is “the only real lever to pull” for the company. The price target for Intel’s chips has been significantly cut by one of the firm’s analysts, Blayne Curtis, who believes Chipzilla will face losing market share to rivals AMD or cutting prices to compete. Both options represent a fall from grace for Intel from its unrivalled position at the top of the food chain for the last decade. read more

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Minecraft still has more monthly players than Fortnite

August was Fortnite’s biggest month to date with Epic stating the battle royale’s player count hit 78.3 million. It’s an astonishing number, however, it barely touches the player count of Minecraft which, according to Microsoft, currently has 91 million monthly active players. That’s just shy of a 13 million player difference.   read more

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Footage of a triple-A Harry Potter RPG is either a leak or a brilliant fake

A Redditor has posted some legit-seeming footage of a Harry Potter RPG online. Supposedly, the game will be set in the 19th century, and cast the player as a wizard who enters Hogwarts during their fifth year after a latent and unique talent for magic is discovered. read more