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PC Gamer (US Edition) January 2020

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1 min.
“inviting you to fully embody the life of a medieval ruler”

ROBIN VALENTINE Specialist in Medieval succession laws Twitter @robinlvalentine This month Ruled the magazine with an iron fist. Every game’s an RPG these days. Titles as diverse as tactical shooters, fighting games, and CCGs are unified by touchstones like levelling and loot. Yet, it’s rare that we’re actually invited to play a role. Despite its dry interface, Crusader Kings II is one of the best role-playing experiences in gaming, inviting you to fully embody a medieval ruler. Its sequel is doubling down, investing its simulation with even more avenues to discover and express not just your character’s personality, but their entire dynasty. MANAGING EDITOR robin.valentine@futurenet.com SUBSCRIBE TO PC GAMER Check out our special offer! SEE p36…

3 min.
snowstorm

Activision Blizzard isn’t having the best year. After laying off hundreds of employees in February and killing the Heroes of the Storm esports scene overnight, it’s now suspended Hearthstone pro player, Chung ‘Blitzchung’ Ng Wai, after he shouted “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our age!” during a post-match interview livestream—referencing the ongoing political situation between China and the region. Blizzard ruled that Chung’s statements were in violation of tournament rules, banning him from competing for a year, and revoking his prize money—and, in a bizarre display of collateral damage, even suspending the two casters who conducted the interview, despite them literally ducking under desks to avoid being caught up in the incident. THE BLOWBACK AGAINST BLIZZARD’S DECISION HAS BEEN INTENSE The swift and disproportionate action sparked a wave of public outcry that quickly…

1 min.
highs & lows

HIGHS Fortnite After its child-enraging black hole event, Fortnite returned with an impressive new map. The Sims 4 The latest expansion for the life sim behemoth is Discover University, letting your Sims enroll in education. Resident Evil 2 Modder ZombieAli is working on replacing Mr X with the goose from Untitled Goose Game. Genius. LOWS Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 Hardsuit Lab’s ambitious sequel has been delayed until 2020. Fallout 76 Following the delay of the next major update, Bethesda launched an ill-advised subscription service. Planetside Arena Daybreak Games has laid off more employees, including a chunk of the team working on Planetside Arena.…

1 min.
remote chance

The problem with couch co-op is that it involves (shudder) Full Human Interaction. Valve to the rescue! Steam now offers (in the beta client) Remote Play Together, which allows local co-op games to be played over the internet. There are over 4,000 supported games at launch, and I’m not listing them here because we only have so much space. The host invites somebody from their friends list to play, the game is streamed to their screen, and away you go. While we’ve found that internet speeds have an effect on quality, it’s surprisingly solid so far.…

2 min.
legends never die

What would you say is the appropriate way to celebrate a game’s tenth birthday? If you’re Riot Games, and the game is League of Legends, you would apparently say “announcing everything, and then one more thing”. Blizzard’s reputation has taken a hit lately (see page 8), and Riot’s huge push into new ideas, genres, media, and IPs is surely not a coincidence. LoL itself gets an update named Rise of the Elements. This is running on the PBE right now, going live with update 9.22 due before the end of November. The biggest news here is arguably the earthquake-level shakeup for the main map, Summoner’s Rift. Killing an Elemental Drake will still give your team a buff (though some of these buffs have been tweaked), but now such a kill can transform…

6 min.
legends of runeterra

NEED TO KNOW RELEASE 2020 DEVELOPER Riot Games PUBLISHER In-house LINK leagueoflegends.com The lack of a second title in Riot Games’ roster has been a community in-joke for many years. The League of Legends developer has dined out on the success of its smash-hit MOBA for a decade, but for its tenth anniversary, it’s finally adding a new card-shaped arrow to its quiver. FIRST LOOK Legends of Runeterra is a card game set within the League of Legends universe, drawing on characters found throughout that game’s expansive lore. Long-term fans will already be familiar with the setting; Runeterra is the continent on which LoL and the political machinations that underpin it take place. While League of Legends’ 140-strong roster of characters hail from every corner of its world, Legends of Runeterra’s first card set will feature only 24 of them—four from each…