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John Manor

Advertiser and author @TechDomes.

Payday 3 coming by 2023, Starbreeze says

Starbreeze Studios says it expects to release its next full Payday game by 2023. But it may come sooner than that, according to a financial release from the Swedish developer, which pencils in a 2022-2023 release window for Payday 3.

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Pokemon’s developers just want us to take care of Sobble

If you choose any starter Pokémon other than Sobble when Pokémon Sword and Shield is released on Nov. 15, you’re making the wrong choice. Sobble, the shy, sad frog-like water-type Pokémon is a good boy — a Pokémon you just want to take care of.

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EA data breach could impact 1,600 FIFA 20 players

More than 1,600 FIFA 20 players may have been affected by a data breach during sign-ups for the EA Sports FIFA 20 Global Series.

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Final Fantasy 14 is addressing its housing problem

Final Fantasy 14’s housing system is extremely limited, but with the game’s next patch (version 5.1), more plots of land will be added to the game.

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Pokémon Go’s Stardust Blast event will help players power up their Pokémon

The Stardust Blast event in Pokémon Go is returning for 2019. From Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. ET until Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. ET, players will get increased Stardust from just about everything.

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Deep Fusion camera feature is coming on future update

A forthcoming developer beta of iOS 13 will add Apple’s new Deep Fusion photography system, according to the Verge. Deep Fusion is the new camera processing system introduced by Apple last month for the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. [Update: iOS 13.2 beta 1 coming tomorrow, according to Daring Fireball.]

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The Pokemon Go legendary raid hours are coming in October

Niantic has gone ahead and confirmed that every Wednesday in October will have a Legendary Raid Hour for Pokémon Go.

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Microsoft’s Flight Simulator just looks awesome on PC

The last version of Microsoft Flight Simulator came out in 2006. Many, myself included, had written the franchise off for dead. Now it’s back, due out for PC and Xbox One in 2020, with a sophisticated set of assets pulled directly from satellite imagery on Bing. Earlier this month I traveled to Seattle for a hands-on demonstration of the new Microsoft Flight Simulator. Later, I sat down with Jorg Neumann, head of Microsoft Flight Simulator, to answer the question: Why now?

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The WNBA in NBA 2020 is taking it to another dimension.

When 2K Sports announced, back in August, how the WNBA would figure into its NBA 2K flagship, I sort of fixated on the fact it wouldn’t be included in the game’s MyCareer suite and left it off there. In my defense, the official announcement lingered on every detail but the modes of play, which it described as “Play Now” and “Season.” I took the latter to mean a stretch of 34 games without much connecting them.

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Mario Kart Tour’s $4.99 monthly subscription fee is out of touch with reality

Mario Kart Tour is Nintendo’s take on the Mario Kart franchise for mobile phones, and it’s out now as a free release on both iOS and Android devices. But some of the game’s features, including an entire racing class, are locked behind a subscription fee.

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