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PC Gamer

PC Gamer

December 2020

In addition to a great visual design, PC Gamer focuses more on communities, user-made content and of course the big-name games we know and love! Each issue also offers exclusive previews and insightful features to make sure you're at the top of your game. Delivering authoritative, honest, informative and entertaining reviews, PC Gamer is the ultimate buyer’s guide. ****Note: This digital edition does not include the covermount items or supplements you would find with printed copies.****

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
“we poke and prod at the game’s technical foundations”

The moment of truth is almost here for Cyberpunk 2077. Since its original announcement over eight years ago(!), it’s built momentum like nothing else – and just one more month from now, it’ll finally be time for it to show us all whether it can live up to nearly a decade of historic hype. But, of course, we can’t wait that long. Games journalists have no patience. So we’ve headed behind the scenes to poke and prod at the game’s technical foundations, discovering the groundbreaking innovations powering CD Projekt Red’s unrestrained ambition. Turns out it’s not just the robot arms that are hi-tech in Night City. ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Hi-tech solutions to low tech problems Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Pretended to understand how ray tracing works.…

1 min.
the pc gamer team

FRASER BROWN Specialist in Big money Twitter @FraserIBrown This month Investigated the Bethesda acquisition – and narrowly avoided being bought by Microsoft himself. WES FENLON Specialist in Divine narration Twitter @wesleyfenlon This month Explored the world of Gods & Monsters. Wait, sorry, they’re calling it whatnow? RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Nuclear gardening Twitter @rachel_wattts This month Gleefully imagined all the plant life that will thrive after humans are dead. Absolute weirdo. JACOB RIDLEY Specialist in God rays, teraflops, and other made up words Twitter @RidleyJG This month Wrote his first ever PC Gamer cover feature! Bless him.…

2 min.
big game hunter

Microsoft has snared itself a huge acquisition, and is now the owner of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. This means The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Fallout, Dishonored, and Quake are under the Xbox umbrella. The deal set Microsoft back $7.5 billion, making it the second most expensive videogame acquisition in history – just behind Tencent’s purchase of Supercell for $8.6 billion. MICROSOFT HAS SNATCHED UP A PUBLISHER AND 13 STUDIOS “Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox. “Our teams have a close and storied history working together, from the amazing first Doom, and its id Tech engine, innovating games on PCs to Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS The Witcher 3 Another edition is coming for free, with ray tracing and faster loads. Left 4 Dead 2 The Last Stand is a huge fan-made update that’s been officially released by Valve. Microsoft Flight Simulator Twitch viewers managed to land a plane purely through collective chat commands. LOWS Beyond Good & Evil 2 Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel is no longer working on the sequel, and has left to work in an animal sanctuary. Razer The personal information of 100,000 Razer customers was exposed for several weeks. Chivalry 2 Chivalry 2 has been delayed until 2021, but at it’ll arrive with what were meant to be post-launch additions.…

3 min.
the spy

The Spy is sure it’s nothing – just a coincidence – but The Spy spent the last month posing as an intern in Microsoft’s Redmond HQ in order to dig up any internal documents that would shed light on the obtuse naming conventions used for its Xbox consoles. Because there hasto be some guiding principle that would lead a company to go from Xbox to Xbox 360 to Xbox One to Xbox Series X. That can’tjust be a random decision made up on the fly. There mustbe a pattern here. As it turns out, no. The Spy can reveal, exclusively, that the name ‘Xbox Series X’ was decided on the spot by a mid-level executive sitting on a beanbag chair and wearing a Perfect Dark t-shirt under his expensive sports jacket.…

1 min.
this month in… 2010

1 It’s possible you’re scratching your head, thinking, “Wait, which one was this?” After all, hundreds of Warhammer games are released every day – it can be hard to keep track. So: Dark Millennium was set to be an MMO in the 40K universe, but was still in development when THQ went bankrupt, and so never released. It is a grim, dark future after all. 2 “The failure to move the series on makes it feel a tiny bit stale,” wrote Craig in our 84 percent scoring Fallout: New Vegas review. How dare he criticise RPG perfection? 3 A reminder that at one point Popcap was the darling of the casual gaming sector. Plants vs Zombies and Peggle were both a) triumphs, and b) free from the predatory business practices that would…