PC Gamer (US Edition) February 2021

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“grimdarkness, over-the-top violence, and humor”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Heresy Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Fell in with a bad horde. We’ve no shortage of Warhammer games these days, and the sad truth is that most aren’t great. But that only makes it more special when a developer really nails it. Few developers have nailed it quite like Fatshark. With the Vermintide series it found a perfect balance of grimdarkness, over-the-top violence, and, most importantly, absurd humour. I couldn’t be more excited that they’re back to take a crack at 40K – and to mix up their co-op formula with even bigger, spikier weapons… PRINT EDITOR robin.valentine@futurenet.com TALK TO PC GAMER Have your say! Email us at letters@pcgamer.com…

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the pc gamer team

RICH STANTON Specialist in Extremely outdated headshots This month Became our new News Editor and official Kojima Enthusiast. FRASER BROWN Specialist in Painting Necrons This month Got promoted to be our Online Editor. To be honest he has always been extremely online. RACHEL WATTS Specialist in Playing by the book This month Added a touch of lightness to our grimdark issue over in previews. Absolutely unacceptable. JAMES DAVENPORT Specialist in Comments sections This month Successfully argued for a GOTY decision that is almost certainly going to make you angry.…

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A woman named Stephanie has alleged that a new League of Legends character with a similar appearance and name, Seraphine, is based on her. At the crux of this allegation is her brief relationship with a Riot employee in 2019, who she believes borrowed details from her likeness and life for the popstar from fictional girl group K/DA. Riot denies the allegation, “Seraphine was independently created by Riot Games and was not based on any individual. Additionally, the former employee [Stephanie] is referring to left Riot more than a year ago and was in a department and role that has no input whatsoever into the creative design process.” We omit Stephanie’s full name at her and Riot’s request. In a Medium post, Stephanie shared texts and recounts her relationship with ‘John’, an…

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highs & lows

HIGHS World of Warcraft WoW speedrunner DesMephisto took a Death Knight from level 10 to 50 in 3 hours 33 minutes. Apex Legends Respawn hasidentified 419 top-level players using an exploit to beat up on Bronzers, and banned them. Mass Effect A return to Andromeda? Who knows, but Bioware is releasing artwork that gives hope for humanity’s future. LOWS Among Us Since the game became a viral hit, Steam has been flooded with knock-offs. Capcom The Japanese giant was hit by a huge ransomware attack in November. Ubisoft Montreal Hoax Some moron called in a hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal, and the building was cleared by armed police.…

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hack the planet

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s version of Earth is a marvel. Satellite data from Bing Maps (someone’s got to use it) interpreted by Microsoft’s Azure AI platform creates an approximation of our planet, all 510.1 million square kilometers of it. The result is a feat of engineering to rival the real-life aircraft you fly over it—an evolutionary leap from Google Earth, exactly the world tourism simulator we need right now. Except when it’s not. Drop beneath the clouds, and you may notice the generic office buildings that replaced iconic landmarks such as the Washington Monument and Buckingham Palace. Or the Brazilian airfield swallowed by a mile-deep chasm. Or the 2,000-foot monolith piercing the skies of Melbourne, apparently the result of a typo in OpenStreetMap, a source that Bing Maps itself pulls data from. These…

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far out

It’s hard to imagine a more prestigious PC gaming university than Maxis in 2008. When an industry fresher named Alex Hutchinson joined the Spore team, he was introduced to Civilization IV designer Soren Johnson, SpyParty creator Chris Hecker, and producer extraordinaire Lucy Bradshaw—who Fortune would later name one of the ten most powerful women in gaming. Presiding over it all was SimCity genius and walking TED talk Will Wright. “It was a very big learning curve, working with some of the smartest people I’ve even seen,” Hutchinson recalls. “There were all these luminaries from the business, which for a 20-something Australian was pretty exciting.” As it turned out, Maxis was a better environment for learning than for building games. Despite its acquisition by EA, the success of The Sims insulated it from…