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Destiny 2 Xur location and items, July 3-7

The weekly Exotic item merchant, Xur, hangs out in random locations around the world of Destiny. In Destiny 2, he can appear all over the map, as well as inside the Tower. This week, you can find Xur in the Tower, hanging out on the back stairs of the Tower Hangar.

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Xur’s inventory this week consists of the following:

  • The Huckleberry, kinetic submachine gun: 29 Legendary Shards
  • Lucky Pants, Hunter legs: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Mask of the Quiet One, Titan helmet: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Lunafaction Boots, Warlock boots: 23 Legendary Shards
  • Exotic Engram: 97 Legendary Shards (you can now purchase a second with an Exotic Cipher)

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Destiny 2 guide: Complete list of Exotics

Xur’s inventory caps out at 1050.

The Huckleberry

The Huckleberry is an exotic from Warmind. Its intrinsic perk is Ride the Bull, which causes the gun to fire faster and have increased recoil the longer you hold the trigger. Kills with the gun partially reload the magazine. The Huckleberry’s secondary perk is rampage, which causes each kill to increase your damage for a short time.

The Huckleberry is a very fun gun to use. Its perks combine to offer you a little minigame of trying to fire for as long as you possibly can without having to reload. Pick up The Huckleberry if you can afford it.

Lucky Pants

Lucky Pants are fairly worthless in most situations. They’re also one of the exotics that Sloane offers you during the campaign. Their exotic perk, Illegally Modded Holster, allows you to ready hand cannons very quickly as well as increase accuracy for your first shot. Additionally, precision hits partially reload any stowed hand cannons. If you absolutely must use hand cannons in both your energy and kinetic slot, these pants are for you. Otherwise, skip Lucky Pants.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 61 total stats.

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Mask of the Quiet One

Mask of the Quiet One is a mediocre Titan Exotic in both PvP and PvE. Its exotic perk, Dreaded Visage, grants energy for your grenade, melee, and class ability each time you take damage. Kills with Void abilities instantly trigger your health regeneration. While this helmet is best used with Sentinel, you’ll get the extra energy on damage regardless of your subclass. If you’re going to be taking a lot of damage, this is a decent Exotic to throw on.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 62 total stats.

Lunafaction Boots

Lunafaction Boots are very powerful Warlock Exotic boots, and have been since the original Destiny 2. Their Exotic perk is Alchemical Etchings. This perk grants a reload speed increase while standing in a Lunafaction-empowered Rift. This Exotic got hit hard in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, but it’s still worth using. You need these.

Xur’s roll this week comes with 64 total stats.

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Animal Crossing's Summer Update Is Live And You Can Catch An Octopus!

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been updated today in a big way. You can now dip your toes in the ocean and go for a swim. If you see a shadow in the water, dive down and grab it. My first catch was an octopus for the museum. The update is free and shouldn’t be any kind of hassle. Just boot up the game and away you go.

The game does a fine job of walking your through the process of getting your swimming suit (which set me back just 3,000 bells). Once you throw it on, you can hop right into the ocean. Along with my new eight-legged friend, there are 40 different creatures in the ocean to find, including a variety of crabs, a sea pineapple, garden eel, oyster, jellyfish, and sea pig (which will only be around between November and February). For the full list, check out Reddit user Chiiribi’s post that even gives the seasons and time of day you’ll find them. Happy hunting, everyone!


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The Last Of Us 2 Director Addresses The Game's Haters

Seven years after the release of the original, The Last of Us Part II is finally out now on PlayStation 4. Even before release, writer-director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that some fans of the first game would dislike the sequel, and now that the game is out, he’s responded to more of the internet hate. This includes hate directed toward one of the cast members, not because of the actor herself, but the character she plays.

Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime’s podcast, Druckmann said it’s worthless to fight against people when they share their opinions about a game–whether it be good or bad. However, Druckmann said he can’t understand how people get so worked up and upset about fictional characters.

“I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we’re proud of this game, now it’s out there and it’s like whatever reaction people have–whether they like it or not–that’s fair,” Druckmann said. “That’s their reaction and you don’t fight that. The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that’s a little harder. It’s especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game.”

“We have an actor, she’s been getting really awful, vile stuff because of a fictional character she’s playing in the game,” Druckmann added. “I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. The thing I try to do is just ignore it as much as I can. When things escalate to being serious, there are certain security protocols that we take and I report it to the proper authorities. Then you just try to focus on the positives and focus on distracting yourself with other stuff. But it’s kind of just the reality.”

Also in the interview, Druckmann said he’s been speaking with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin about this topic. They are currently working together on the HBO TV version of The Last of Us.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him about this stuff. He articulated it pretty well, it’s like people have to get educated. This is kind of the cost. When you’re doing something big, and you might disappoint fans, there is a cost to it now,” Druckmann said. “Which is, you’re going to get a certain level of hate, a certain level of vitriol that you just have to deal with. There is no other way to make it go away.”

Despite some portion of the audience disliking The Last of Us Part II, the game broke PlayStation’s sales records with 4 million copies sold in its first three days.

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The Last Of Us 2 Director Explains That Pearl Jam Plot Hole

The Last of Us Part II writer-director Neil Druckmann has cleared up the apparent plot hole pertaining to the band Pearl Jam. But first, some background. Guitars are used as a symbolic tool to show the bond between Joel and Ellie, with several songs popping up in cutscenes. Guitars even appear as playable objects, and it’s possible for experienced musicians to recreate songs on Ellie’s in-game guitar. But one thing has remained unclear–how is Joel able to perform a song in-game that would have never been released in his world because of the outbreak? The game’s director has an explanation. Whether or not you buy that explanation depends on if you think Joel watched concert videos in his spare time.

In an early cutscene, Joel performs a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Future Days,” which appeared on the album Lightning Bolt. This album released on October 15, 2013–several weeks after September 26, 2013, which is Outbreak Day in the world of The Last of Us Part II. So how did Joel know a song that never got released?

According to director Neil Druckmann, it’s simple–the song was performed live at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 19, and Joel saw a video of it on YouTube.

This makes sense, but it’s a shame that Joel’s canonical backstory on this song doesn’t involve him getting to go to the concert himself. In fact, getting the song in the game was a bit of a difficult task, and Druckmann nearly flew to Seattle to meet with Eddie Vedder.

Joel’s performance of this song can actually be traced back further to a Last of Us performance by voice actors Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson, which included an epilogue to the game in which Joel began teaching Ellie how to play the guitar. This scene ultimately made its way into the sequel.

Unlike the original game, The Last of Us Part II won’t get story DLC, although a multiplayer standalone mode is coming.

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The Last Of Us Part 2 Workbench Locations – Where To Find All Workbenches

Note: We’ve gone out of our way not to include spoilers for anything that happens in The Last of Us Part 2, but looking at any photos or reading any descriptions might give away plot details you’d rather now know. You’ve been warned.

There are 25 Workbenches scattered throughout The Last of Us Part 2, and they can be pretty essential to your survival. They’re the only places that you can use gun parts you scavenge throughout the game to upgrade your weapons. What’s more, finding and using every Workbench in the game unlocks a Trophy you’ll need if you want to get Platinum for The Last of Us Part 2. Here’s every single Workbench in the game, divided by chapter, to help you get the most out of your weapons and stay alive as you seek revenge.

There’s tons of more coverage of The Last of Us Part 2 for your enjoyment now that the game is out, including the first part of this walkthrough. You can check out the rest of the walkthrough, as well as a suite of other guides in our huge The Last of Us Part II guide roundup–which also includes some essential tips you should know. If you’re curious about how the game stacks up, check out our The Last of Us Part II review.

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Patrol

Workbench 1: Library

After the blizzard kicks up, you’ll shelter in a library. As you explore, Dina will point out the Workbench and suggest you upgrade your guns. You can’t miss this one.

Seattle Day 1

Downtown

Workbench 2:5th and Marion Checkpoint

Use your map to navigate to the corner of 5th and Marion, where you’ll find an old FEDRA checkpoint and a sealed gated marked West Gate 2. Find a ladder near West Gate 2 and climb to get onto the checkpoint wall. Head around to the side to find some tents. Inside is your Workbench.

Capitol Hill (after leaving Eastbrook Elementary)

Workbench 3: Gas Station Garage

Head to the left from after passing through the motel to find a gas station down the road some. Attached to it is a garage whose door you can slip under to find the Workbench.

Workbench 4: Gym

As you continue toward the TV station, you’ll find an area with tripwire bombs. To get around them, break a nearby window on the right side of the street to get into a gym. Past the training dummies, in the back of the building, is the Workbench.

Tunnels

Workbench 5: Subway

Your path will divert into the subway after reaching the TV station. Keep moving until you come into a red-lit room with an acid-scoured body hung up in a hole in a fence–Ellie will comment on it. To the right of the body is a ladder you can climb, with the Workbench waiting at the top.

Seattle Day 2

Hillcrest

Workbench 6: Rosemont

Right after you enter Hillcrest, you’ll find stores you can go inside: Natural Remedies is right ahead, and The Rosemont clothing store is across from it on the other side of the street. Go inside Rosemont and to the back of the shop, where you’ll find a hole in the wall leading to the basement. You’ll find a Workbench waiting there, along with artifacts suggesting the place belonged to an archer named Boris.

Workbench 7: Bike Shop

Your path through Hillcrest will drop you into the basement of the bike shop and the Workbench that waits there. This is another one you can’t miss.

The Seraphites (Seattle Day 2 – Dusk)

Workbench 8: WLF Apartment Safehouse

Your path will bring you to a locked metal gate that you can’t open (if you hop to the other side, you’ll find a puzzle involving a dumpster you’ll need to solve). On the other side of the street is an apartment building with a truck you can climb to access the second floor. Get inside to find an apartment you can scavenge, then leave to access the hallway. Across from the apartment you left is another one–in the back, you’ll find the Workbench.

Workbench 9: Weston’s Pharmacy

Once you’ve passed through the Merci building, you’ll drop into a pool and climb out on the other side of the road. Look for Weston’s on the left side of the path forward. There are a lot of supplies inside, as well as a safe, and a Workbench in the pharmacy’s back room.

Seattle Day 3

Road to the Aquarium

Workbench 10: Store’s Barricaded Room

After you leave the theater, your path toward the aquarium will divert you through a storefront, and then into the back hallways of the building between shops. As you head down the hall, look for a blocked door on your right, which you can crawl under. The Workbench is inside.

Workbench 11: Department Store Office

You’ll pass an area with a lot of scaffolding in front of storefronts before attempting to make your way up to a footbridge between two buildings. Your path will take you to the left through a destroyed, multi-level department store. Climb to the top floor, but instead of heading to the bridge, turn around and look for a path to the offices behind you. The Workbench is waiting among them.

The Flooded City

Workbench 12: Manufacturing Building

Once you’re done with the mall, you’ll get a boat that you can use to traverse the rest of Seattle to get to the aquarium. Continue until you ride down some rapids and Ellie is forced to restart the boat’s motor. From here, look ahead for a storefront with a blue awning and a sign that reads “Manufacturing.” Hop out of the boat and go in to find the Workbench.

Workbench 13: Barcade

Eventually, you’ll take your boat into the flooded front of a barcade restaurant. The path is blocked here by a gate you have to raise, but the chain is obstructed by debris, forcing you to get out. You’ll find stairs in the back to get to the barcade’s second floor; head to the right, past the arcade machines and pool table, to find the Workbench against the right wall.

Seattle Day 1

On Foot

Workbench 14: Boat Repair Shop

After passing through the hardware store, you’ll use a rope to climb up on top of a boat shop and enter it from the roof. The Workbench is inside and hard to miss as you pass through the building.

The Forward Base

Workbench 15: Tents Outside Hotel

Another one that’s tough to miss, this Workbench is located in one of the green tents as you walk toward Serevena Hotel.

Hostile Territory (Seattle Day 1 – Dusk)

Workbench 16: Scar Camp

Once you’ve pushed through the destroyed building and climbed to the top, you’ll exit into an abandoned Scar camp on an outdoor patio. You’ll find the Workbench in the back corner before you leave.

The Forest

Workbench 17: Garage

After you exit the forest, you’ll slip under the door of an auto garage. The Workbench is against the back wall of the building.

The Coast

Workbench 18: Construction Site Office

Keep moving until you hit a construction site. Climb over the fence and enter the building on the far side to find the Workbench inside.

Seattle Day 2

The Shortcut

Workbench 19: Cellphone Store

Your meandering path will take you up the rapids that have flooded the street, through several stores. After you’ve gone through the apartment that takes you to the roof with the arrows, you’ll soon enter a cellphone store. Look to the left of the entrance to find a Workbench against the wall.

Workbench 20: Near the Prophet Shrine

Once you’ve entered the skyscraper, you’ll ascend toward the sky bridge. Keep going until you see the Prophet Shrine; in the next room is the Workbench.

Ground Zero

Hospital

Workbench 21: Electrical Room

Working through the hospital, you’ll find several of the doors are locked without power. Eventually, you’ll climb into the electrical room, where you can restore the hospital’s generator and power up the doors. There’s a Workbench in the same room.

Seattle Day 3

The Island

Workbench 22: Past The Logging Camp

Making your way across the island will take you to the Logging Camp, and you’ll have to cross through the mill on the far side to continue. The other side is empty of Seraphites, and just ahead, you’ll come to a pair of buildings. The one on the right contains another shrine, but the one on the left has a Workbench inside.

The Escape – Old Town

Workbench 23: Radio Station

When you get to the Old Town section of the island, you’ll make your way to a radio station, which you’ll enter from the roof. The Workbench is inside.

Santa Barbara

Pushing Inland

Workbench 24: Mansion Kitchen

You trip through Santa Barbara will take you down a street where you’ll encounter some infected, and you’ll then spot a clicker on a rooftop. Heading through the hole in the roof, you’ll enter the mansion and then drop down to floor below. Check to your right to find a Workbench in the kitchen.

The Resort

Workbench 25: Workshop

You’ll enter the resort by crawling through a hole in the fence after following the train tracks. Once you get inside, just ahead of you will be a workshop building, past a tent, in the center of the yard. The final Workbench is inside.

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The Last Of Us 2 Downtown Seattle Collectibles Guide – Where To Find Everything

Warning: This guide minimizes spoilers to help keep the story fresh for you, even if you need help tracking down all the collectibles and items hidden throughout The Last of Us Part 2. However, if you want to know nothing about the game before playing, you should stop reading now.

Like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, The Last of Us Part 2 has an open-ended area where you can take your time gathering resources and uncovering secrets in optional locations. To ensure you get the most out of this section, we’ve detailed below everything you can find, so you don’t miss a thing!

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Downtown Seattle

This section of Seattle is a large, open area you can explore at your leisure. You’ll need to visit the dome building and the courthouse to advance the story, but everything else is optional. That said, it’s worth checking everything–you’ll find a number of collectibles, notes, weapons, and upgrade materials hidden throughout the area, as well as tons of supplies. We’ve marked areas based on their locations on the map and their cross streets, in most cases. Ellie will also mark up the map as you go, both when you find notes that indicate potential stashes, and when you clear areas out.

We’ve found that some items in downtown are dynamic; if you take a different path than we did through the area, you might find some of them in different places than we did. The major locations will stay the same on the map, and while you might locate different objects at some of them, you should still find something at each spot we’ve marked.

Westlake Bank (5th and James)

Check the Safe Deposit Box Room for a bag on the floor near a body. You’ll find the Bank Heist Plans artifact with the vault code. The vault safe is on the left wall and opens to the code 60-23-06.

Inside you’ll find the Pump Action Shotgun weapon on a body. To the right of the body is the Bank Robber Letter artifact. Check the corner for a safety deposit box that holds the Antique Ring artifact, which will unlock the So Great And Small Trophy.

6th and Marion St.

Look for a staircase around the back of the destroyed wall of the building. Climb it and throw a brick through the window to get outside. Continue to the top and open the cases you find there to discover some supplements and the Doctor Uckmann Trading Card.

6th and Spring (under the highway)

Look inside the FEDRA truck spray painted “FASCISTS”. You’ll find the Note to Informant artifact inside.

6th and Spring (across from the Courthouse)

Head to the south side of the courthouse, to the building across the street at 5th and Madison. You’ll see stairs; go up and open a bag on the ground to find the WLF Community Supply Chest Note artifact, which will give you a line on a nearby supply cache.

West Gate 2 (Madison between 5th and 6th)

Head south from the courthouse and slip through the fence at West Gate 2. Around the back, you’ll find a safe. Open it with the West Gate 2 gate code: 0451. Inside is a mess of useful supplies, including ammo, supplements, and the Flo Trading Card.

5th and Marion (Checkpoint, Music Shop)

Near West Gate 2, climb the ladder to get onto the checkpoint wall. Head around to the side to find some tents. You’ll find some parts and, most usefully, a Workbench.

On the bridge that leads to the music shop from the workbench, look in the guard tower for the Street Drawing artifact. You’ll also trigger a Journal Entry right afterward if you stay in the lookout tower for a second.

Climb back up the wall and head to the left. A walkway will take you to an open window where you can enter a Music Shop. Look for a guitar case in the back room to trigger a cutscene. Downstairs, look in a drawer behind the clerk’s counter for the Das Wort Trading Card.

5th and Columbia

Not much here except a piece of destroyed wall near Westlake Bank. Look for a bag near a skeleton that contains the Cache Hunter’s Note artifact, pointing you toward Westlake Bank.

6th and Columbia (Plaza with Tank)

Look for a skeleton west of the tank with a bag beside it, containing the Letter from Isaac artifact that mentions WLF tunnels.

Highway Overpass (6th and Marion)

Approaching from Marion street, you’ll see some collapsed roads and a fire engine. Ride to where the military trucks are parked, get out, and climb the one closest to the edge near the fire engine. You can jump across from that one to the other overpass. Check the fire engine for a fire ax melee weapon. Go around the right side of the engine to find a rope you can use to repel down over the edge of the overpass. Swing down to the chunk of broken highway below to get inside a cargo crate. Inside is a Training Manual and some supplements.

5th and Spring North Corner (Coffee Shop)

Break the window to get inside the coffee shop. Get the WLF Safe House Supply Note artifact off the counter, as well as ammo and parts. Check the drawer in the back corner for the Big Blue Trading Card.

Head into the bathroom and look on the baby changing table for the key to Barko’s at 900 Marion and 6th.

Barko’s (Marion and 6th)

Just inside, check the copier for the Join WLF Note artifact. You can also activate an optional conversation after you inspect it. Get supplements from the shelf ahead on the left. Find a Stun Bomb on the table past the whiteboard, which unlocks a new crafting recipe. In the back room, grab a Long Gun Holster off the counter to make it easier to switch between your weapons.

Dome Synagogue (5th and Marion)

Look for a ladder on the left side of the building’s facade to get up to the upper level. Check the guard booth on the wall for the Emergency Protocols Memo artifact in a drawer. To get in, go around the left side of the building, to a lower area where you can slip through a chained gate.

Inside, you can scavenge quite a bit from the lower floor. Use the rolling crate from near the gas tank to reach the upper floor, boosting yourself up by the exit gate. Continually talk to Dina in the offices to access a Journal Entry. After swinging on the cable, open the rabbi’s office before you leave and check the desk drawer to find the Rabbi Saunders’ Letter artifact.

Courthouse (6th and Spring)

After clearing the infected on the first floor, look for supplements in the room just past the courtroom, with the computers inside.

When you go down the stairs, check the FEDRA bodies for the Plea to a Friend Letter artifact. Break the nearby window and jump through to find a body with a machete in it and Lt. Torres’ Final Memorandum artifact. The file cabinet holds the List of Known WLF Agitators artifact.

Check under the desk beneath the window for a safe. The code is 86-07-22.

Gate

Return to East Gate 2 and use the gas to power the generator and open it. The code is 5345.

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Dead by Daylight devs deny nerfing Pyramid Head’s ass

Did you know Pyramid Head recently arrived in the world of Dead by Daylight, along with survivor Cheryl Mason and the Midwich Elementary School from the Silent Hill franchise? This is, of course, an iconic character from a survival horror classic. Fans eagerly waited to see this new killer, so they could judge his competitive balance in the asymmetric horror game.

Unfortunately, there’s quite a controversy in the community. Fans are alleging that Behaviour Interactive, the studio behind Dead by Daylight, has nerfed Pyramid Head’s most important asset.

Pyramid Head debuted in Silent Hill 2, where he served as an ever-present manifestation of the protagonist’s guilt and shame. In Dead by Daylight, he joins the roster as The Executioner, and he uses his Great Knife blade to dig trenches and block survivors. The community loves this faithful interpretation of a big scary boy, and they have dubbed the killer Daddy Pyramid Head.

However, Behaviour Interactive denies ever touching Pyramid Head’s butt. They insist his ass is equally as round and full, and it was not reduced during production or after his release in the game. Polygon received the following statement from Mathieu Cote, game director on Dead by Daylight, via email.

I can confirm that while our art team did continue to polish Pyramid Head, his butt remained untouched. The apron covering his body was modified, which might create the illusion that his body was also changed. We leave it up to our players to discuss, at length, whether the change in garment has had a significant impact on his butt and how that will affect his performance as a killer.

For now, players can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that there have been no major alterations to a popular character in video game canon. The Silent Hill chapter of Dead By Daylight is available for $6.99, and allows players to take the role of either Cheryl as a survivor, or Pyramid Head as a killer. Pyramid Head joins other licensed killers from horror franchises, like Saw’s Amanda Young, Michael Myers from Halloween, and A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger.

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Last Of Us 2 Director Responds To Internet Hate

Seven years after the release of the original, The Last of Us Part II is finally out now on PlayStation 4. Even before release, writer-director Neil Druckmann acknowledged that some fans of the first game would dislike the sequel, and now that the game is out, he’s responded to more of the internet hate.

Speaking on former Nintendo boss Reggie Fils-Aime’s podcast, Druckmann said it’s worthless to fight against people when they share their opinions about a game–whether it be good or bad. However, Druckmann said he can’t understand how people get so worked up and upset about fictional characters.

“I think you have to create some separation to say, we made this game, we believe in this game, we’re proud of this game, now it’s out there and it’s like whatever reaction people have–whether they like it or not–that’s fair,” Druckmann said. “That’s their reaction and you don’t fight that. The other thing with the more hateful stuff, the more vile stuff, that’s a little harder. It’s especially harder when I see it happening to team members or cast members who play a particular character in the game.”

“We have an actor, she’s been getting really awful, vile stuff because of a fictional character she’s playing in the game,” Druckmann added. “I just have a hard time wrapping my mind around that. The thing I try to do is just ignore it as much as I can. When things escalate to being serious, there are certain security protocols that we take and I report it to the proper authorities. Then you just try to focus on the positives and focus on distracting yourself with other stuff. But it’s kind of just the reality.”

Also in the interview, Druckmann said he’s been speaking with Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin about this topic. They are currently working together on the HBO TV version of The Last of Us.

“I’ve had a lot of conversations with him about this stuff. He articulated it pretty well, it’s like people have to get educated. This is kind of the cost. When you’re doing something big, and you might disappoint fans, there is a cost to it now,” Druckmann said. “Which is, you’re going to get a certain level of hate, a certain level of vitriol that you just have to deal with. There is no other way to make it go away.”

Despite some portion of the audience disliking The Last of Us Part II, the game broke PlayStation’s sales records with 4 million copies sold in its first three days.

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Ubisoft’s new battle royale shooter, Hyper Scape, leaks online

Ubisoft appears ready to announce a new first-person shooter, according to tweets sent by reporter Rod “Slasher” Breslau and others. Called Hyper Scape, the new title is said to be a “fast-based FPS Battle Royale.” A formal announcement could come Thursday, with a closed beta the week of July 6 and a full release as soon as July 12.

Word of Hyper Scape came on Monday in advance of any announcement by the developer and publisher. The leak was accompanied by several screenshots, which purport to show the near-final game in motion.

Hyper Scape is a free to play BR FPS set in a futuristic virtual world for both PC and consoles,” Breslau said, quoting unnamed sources, “with the console launch coming later this year including crossplay.”

Breslau went on to add that the game is being built with streamers in mind, and will include “never seen levels of integration” with Twitch. The streaming service’s chat functionality is said to be able to impact live games.

Today’s leak was accompanied by the release of what appears to be concept art from the game by Twitch streamer FFearFFul on Twitter. Ubisoft’s official Middle East Twitter account later retweeted the account.

Those bits of concept art led fans to discover a website for an in-fiction company known as Prisma Dimensions. It includes cursory details on its founder Mathieu Eiffel and its CEO Dr. Ivy Tan. The website features the Ubisoft logo.

“We build new frontiers that nurture, educate and connect the population,” the Prisma website reads. “We build technologies that push the limits of this world and offer an escape route to new dimensions. And we do this for you. Our mission is to provide you with unique opportunities to grow and prosper in today’s hyper connected world. A world with limitless opportunities. A world waiting for you to discover it. Let us take you there.”

The site also appears to contain a description of a battle royale competition, called Crown Rush, set in a “virtual city:”

Prisma Dimensions is thrilled to bring you the first iteration of the Hyper Scape on July 2nd – and with it, the pulse-pounding action of Crown Rush! Get ready to drop into the neon-drenched streets of the world’s premiere virtual city, Neo Arcadia. You’ll want to hit the ground running, as you’ll need every advantage you can find to give yourself a leg up on the competition. Only the best contenders will make it to the final showdown. Will you claim victory, or fall to the perils of the Hyper Scape?

The website concludes with an offer to subscribe to a mailing list, and an announcement date of Thursday, July 2.

PlayStation 4 Pro

The PlayStation 4 Pro is 4K-ready, and several of the PS4’s best games are enhanced to take advantage of the more powerful console’s improved visuals and frame rates.

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Iron Man VR Pre-Order Bonus, PSVR Bundle, And Deluxe Edition Info

After a series of delays–most recently alongside The Last of Us Part 2–PlayStation’s Iron Man VR finally has a release date. The PSVR exclusive will now launch on July 3, and if you want to be ready for its release, you can pre-order Iron Man VR now from a number of different retailers. If you need to buy a PSVR system, a new Iron Man PSVR bundle is available now and includes everything you need to play. There’s also a pre-order bonus for securing your copy early, as well as a digital special edition if you’re looking to snag some extra content.

As its name suggests, Iron Man VR follows the Armored Avenger on a brand-new adventure. In this story, Tony Stark has retired from making weapons and now uses his tech to fight evil as Iron Man. Several years later, he’s attacked by a villain known as Ghost, a hacker and anti-corporate activist who is now repurposing old Stark Industries weapons to attack his corporate locations around the globe. Aside from flying through the sky and facing off against Iron Man’s foes in high-stakes battles, you’ll also be able to upgrade Tony’s tech and customize Iron Man’s armor and abilities.

Iron Man VR is a PlayStation VR-exclusive, so you won’t be able to play it on the Oculus Quest or any PC VR headset. And since you’ll be playing as Tony Stark inside the Iron Man suit, you’ll be moving your hands around shooting down enemies. That means you’ll need the Move controllers as well as a PS4 and PlayStation VR headset.

With the different versions and overall difficulty of finding PlayStation VR in stock, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about pre-ordering Iron Man VR before the Marvel hero comes to PS4 this July.

Iron Man VR pre-order bonuses

If you pre-order Iron Man VR before its July 3 release date, then you’ll get yourself an Iron Man PS4 theme and four different custom armor decos. These armor decos swap the color of Iron Man’s suit. The four pre-order bonus skins are Iron Man’s Origin Armor, Vintage Armor, Silver Centurion Armor, and Ultraviolet Armor.

Pre-order Iron Man VR Standard edition | $40

Iron Man VR’s standard edition is available to pre-order both physically and digitally for $40 and comes with all pre-order bonuses if purchased before its release date.

Pre-order Iron Man VR Digital Deluxe edition | $50

Iron Man VR’s special edition is its Deluxe Edition, which is available to pre-order for $50. Unfortunately, there is no physical Deluxe Edition, so if you want the Deluxe Edition’s unique content, then you’ll have to buy Iron Man VR digitally on the PlayStation Store.

The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with the base game, 12 research points, a digital soundtrack, PS4 theme, and four Deluxe armor decos. These special armor skins are the Golden Avenger, Black Centurion, Sun Stinger, and Stealth variations of Iron Man’s suit.

PlayStation VR headset bundle

Sony announced a brand-new PSVR Iron Man bundle will launch alongside the game for $350 USD / $450 CAD in the US, Canada, and many South American countries. This bundle includes everything you need to play the game, including the VR headset, a PlayStation Camera, and a pair of PlayStation Move motion controllers. With the motion controllers currently sold out everywhere but required to play the game, this bundle is a hot commodity if you’re looking to buy a PSVR headset and Iron Man VR at the same time.

If this bundle sells out or you simply want to snag some different games along with your purchase, another great option is the PlayStation VR Blood & Truth and Everybody’s Golf bundle for $350, which comes with two great games and everything you need for Iron Man VR. If you’d like to save some money, GameStop sells refurbished PlayStation VR headsets for $150, though you will need to pick up a pair of Move controllers separately.

PSVR bundles:

PlayStation Move motion controllers

Two PlayStation Move controllers are required for Iron Man VR. Unfortunately, if you own a PlayStation VR headset and don’t own the controllers, you might have a hard time finding any of the Move wands in stock anywhere. With a list price of $100 for a two-pack, the Move motion controllers are sold out at many retailers, and it’s unclear whether they’ll be restocked by the time Iron Man VR releases. We’re not currently seeing them in stock at MSRP anywhere, so your best option is to buy one of the PSVR bundles mentioned above.

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