GTA

GTA V gets “expanded and enhanced” for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Published: 11/Jun/2020 21:27 Updated: 13/Jun/2020 11:01

by Brittany Vincent

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During Sony’s official “The Future of Gaming” livestream on June 11, it was revealed that an “expanded and enhanced” version of Grand Theft Auto V will be making its way to consoles in 2021. 

Grand Theft Auto VI still hasn’t been announced just yet, and that may be because Rockstar Games is still looking to get as much mileage as possible out of Grand Theft Auto V.

With the advent of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the game is going to get a new lease on life with a newly-enhanced version you’ll be able to enjoy on both new consoles when they debut. The announcement came during Sony’s PlayStation 5-centric event today, where a wide variety of new titles for the upcoming system were shown off.

In addition to announcing that Grand Theft Auto V was officially getting an updated version, there are freebies in store for folks looking for some instant gratification.

Right now, PlayStation 4 owners who already have a copy of Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 4 will get $1 million in GTA Cash until the PlayStation 5 version launches in 2021. It’s a great time to dive into the series, especially if you’ve been waiting on the “very best” version to play before taking the plunge.

GTA V “enhanced” for PS5 and Xbox Series X

Rockstar Games confirmed following the initial Grand Theft Auto V announcement that the game would also be coming to Xbox Series X as well. The official press release indicated that “the adventures of Michael, Franklin, and Trevor are coming to a new generation of consoles.”

At present, it isn’t exactly clear what “expanded and enhanced” in this context. According to Rockstar, it means “a range of technical improvements, visual upgrades and performance enhancements to take full advantage of the console’s powerful new hardware, making the game more beautiful and more responsive than ever.”

Interestingly enough, Rockstar is also interested in releasing a standalone version of Grand Theft Auto Online in the second half of 2021. For its first three months on the market, it will be available as a freebie exclusively for PlayStation 5 players. Following that, it appears it could end up with a price tag, though it’s currently free to anyone who owns a copy of Grand Theft Auto V.

Additional announcements regarding the future of Grand Theft Auto V on the next console generation are still to come.

Overwatch

Shadowlands Mercy skin for Overwatch is the crossover we need for BlizzCon

Published: 17/Jan/2021 6:10

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard certainly isn’t shy of a crossover or two in their games. Hell, Heroes of the Storm is the ultimate crossover between all their franchises. However, we could always do with more, and this World of Warcraft Shadowlands-inspired Mercy skin would be perfect for Overwatch.

There’s no shortage of crossovers in Overwatch. Almost every hero in the game has a skin based off one of Blizzard’s various other franchises, from World of Warcraft to StarCraft 2. There’s even a Blizzard World map.

However, that doesn’t mean another few won’t hurt. With Blizzard’s selection of IP forever expanding, the limits on these crossovers don’t really exist.

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Sure, Mercy has a lot of skins in Overwatch, but what’s one more if it’s a crossover this good?

Most recently, that’s been seen in World of Warcraft. With the game’s latest expansion, Shadowlands, being a massive hit with players throughout the tail-end of 2020 and into 2021, there’s definitely room to introduce a new WoW skin or two to Overwatch.

Enter Dark Val’kyr Mercy. Modelled after the Val’kyr of the Scourge, who were first introduced to the franchise back in 2007 in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, are almost the anti-thesis of Mercy’s kit as a healer. However, she does look like them.

With a few cosmetic twists to her armor, Emilie Sanda and Zach Fischer put together a skin worthy of being ported over into Overwatch. Amplified by community figure ‘OverwatchNaeri’, the design has been adored by thousands.

The timing couldn’t be any more apt. With BlizzConline just around the corner in February 2021, a few crossover skins from other Blizzard franchises into Overwatch wouldn’t go astray.

Naeri has the same thought ⁠— “BlizzCon 2021 is coming soon! It would be great if [a] Shadowlands collaboration skin was released on Overwatch this time at BlizzConline,” she said.

Given Overwatch 2 could potentially be further delayed to 2022, more new content for the base game would go a long way. One can only hope that Blizzard already has something similar cooking in the back for Mercy ⁠— or maybe another Shadowlands crossover for Overwatch.