Overwatch Olympic Games Rio loot boxes spotted with limited edition skins

There’s evidence – quite a lot of evidence – pointing towards Overwatch getting limited edition loot boxes this summer in celebration of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The Summer Games loot boxes appear to contain skins for some characters – three of them that we can see – and sprays, voice lines, poses, highlight intros (all the usual loot box guff) for everyone else. There’s also possibly a new map and game mode. Twitch streamer sent by Blizzard, and the rest – including PlayStation Store download blurb for the boxes.

“Celebrate Ovewatch’s inaugural Summer Games with special Summer Games Loot Boxes – available for a limited time!” says the blurb.

Pokémon Go player claims to have first ever legendary

There’s been a rare sighting in Pokémon Go. No, not a new community update from Niantic – something far more unusual: the legendary Pokémon Articuno.

Articuno is one of few critters you can’t currently catch. Fans have snooped into Pokémon Go’s files and seen Articuno in there, waiting for release. But, to date, it has remained unobtainable.

Until now! Maybe.

Abzu review

ABZÛ (to give it its stylised title, and spare a thought for the poor SEO team on this one) is a slow, thoughtful indie adventure – but you probably clocked then when you saw the circumflex over the U. I know, I know, when it comes to indie games you always rock up for the diacritics, but with Abzu you’ll stay because this deep sea adventure grabs you with the immediate intrigue of peeling back the inevitable mystery of rejuvenating these waters.

Under the guise of an unnamed diver you take to unknown territory, and to go into much more detail would verge into spoiler territory – suffice to say, the underwater edifices, statues and hieroglyphics tell most of the tale. Still, much of Abzu is what you make of it, not least because the narrative leaves plenty of room for personal interpretation, and while it initially presents itself as a journey of open waters you find yourself swimming along a prescribed route.

This is mostly evident as you play, with each level following a similar structure, tugging you to what is, essentially, another big door. This is a mechanically simple game, but a pleasurable one – all you can really need to do is swim, swirling and lapping around in wide circles, charging ahead with each kick of your flippers and occasionally interacting with the world with chimes of your sonar. I generally spent about five minutes each level just practicing my loops, so there’s definitely time to muck about within its sombre presentation, though Abzu’s camera tends to fight you a bit, and your character generally struggles with precise movements. This is no real bother, mind, as it all sits nicely with that lingering feeling of being the outsider in somebody else’s world.

Overwatch Olympic Games Rio boxes spotted with limited edition skins

There’s evidence – quite a lot of evidence – pointing towards Overwatch getting limited edition loot boxes this summer in celebration of the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The Summer Games loot boxes appear to contain skins for three characters and sprays for all the other characters. There’s also possibly a new map and game mode. Twitch streamer sent by Blizzard, and the rest – including PlayStation Store download blurb for the boxes.

There’s a weightlifting outfit for Zarya with long blonde hair – because of course ; a vest and trunks track and field outfit for Tracer, representing GBR naturally; and what looks like some sort of Brazilian football strip for Lucio.

After a flood of negative feedback, Pokémon Go’s developer is finally ready to talk

The past few days have seen Pokémon Go’s popularity plunge among hardcore fans.

An over the weekend removed the game’s malfunctioning tracking feature and simultaneously blocked third-party tools that helped players hunt down Pokémon and calculate their potential strengths.

The changes . Fans had created the third-party tools such as Pokévision in lieu of the app’s own limited range of features. Thousands used them – they were a huge help to people in rural areas where Pokémon were scarce, or people with full-time jobs whose time was scarce, or who simply wanted to replicate what Pokémon Go should be doing already.

“ARE THEY GONNA BAN ME FOR USING PAINT NOW TOO”

Oh dear there appears to have been another wave of Overwatch bans, Blizzard primarily – or most noticeably – turfing out cheaters using triggerbots, which automatically shoot when the crosshairs are placed over an enemy. And I’m afraid to say some people aren’t happy about it.

“what is blizzards ****ing problem??” snapped one banned Overwatch player in the via . “it must be ilegal to do something like this. just banning us for running an external program that doesnt even hack the game. it was just a mouse bot. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

“ARE THEY GONNA BAN ME FOR USING PAINT NOW TOO.”

Telltale’s Batman has a bit of an identity crisis

Editor’s note: The first episode of Telltale’s Batman is out today on PC, PS4, Xbox One, X360, PS3 and mobile. We’ll be looking to give you a full review once all episodes have been released, and for now here’s our take on the series’ opening.

I’ve witnessed Thomas and Martha Wayne die too many times to count. I’ve seen them gunned down outside the Monarch Theatre by Joe Chill, sometimes by the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, sometimes because he’s a hitman hired to take one or both of them out. I’ve read stories where Thomas is apparently alive and trying to make contact with his son, stories where there’s a second Wayne son, or stories where husband and wife are saved only to be later killed by a business partner. I’ve learned about their lives in reverse; sometimes they’re kind and generous to a fault, sometimes they make noble but ultimately poor decisions regarding city figureheads that inexorably lead to their downfall, sometimes Thomas is a cold, even cruel father who hits his child and later feels guilty about it.

There have even been alternate realities like the one where it was Bruce, not his parents, that had been gunned down – leading Thomas to become Batman and Martha to become the Joker. Even those who have never picked up a Batman comic in their life are intimately familiar with the events in Crime Alley. Many have witnessed Michael Keaton dancing with the devil in the pale moonlight and Val Kilmer having a severely negative reaction to a falling rose in the early films, and many more still have stopped by to press X and pay their respects in the Arkhamverse games. Even if you didn’t know their names, you knew the integral role the Waynes played in the birth (both literal and figurative) of Batman.

Looks like Blizzard finally put Xur from Destiny in World of Warcraft

Destiny was once described as a cross between a traditional first-person shooter such as Halo, and a massively multiplayer online role-playing game such as World of Warcraft. Destiny didn’t quite turn out that way, but after the game came out it was clear many of the developers at Bungie were fans of Blizzard’s MMO.

Now, there will no doubt be plenty of developers at Blizzard who are fans of Bungie’s “shared world shooter”, and it looks like World of Warcraft is acknowledging its console cousin in the coolest way possible

Blizzard is popping a pretty cool Destiny Easter egg in upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Legion that will be familiar to anyone who’s played Bungie’s online shooter.