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Riot Games Launches Two League of Legends Spin-Offs

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Riot Games has launched two of its previously revealed League of Legends spin-offs – Ruined King and Hextech Mayhem – with two new titles now confirmed for release next year.

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story (as Riot is subtitling all its spin-off games) is a new rhythm runner from Choice Provisions, the studio behind the acclaimed Bit.Trip series.

It sees players, in the role of a yordle named Ziggs, bomb-jumping and bomb-attacking their way across the city of Piltover, with the scientist Heimerdinger in pursuit. Its rhythmic side-scrolling platform action, that unfolds to the beat of the soundtrack, should be immediately familiar to fans of the Bit.Trip runner series.

Hextech Mayhem is available now on Switch and PC, where it costs £8.09, and it’ll be coming to mobile devices soon exclusively as part of Netlix’s fledgling gaming service.

Today’s second release, Ruined King: A League of Legends Story, is a turn-based RPG developed by Airship Syndicate, the developer behind Darksiders Genesis.

Set across two regions of Runeterra – specifically the bustling sea port of Bilgewater and the cursed Shadow Isles, shrouded in a deadly mist – it unites League of Legends champions Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke in a quest to defeat a mysterious enemy.

Ruined King is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with free upgrades for Xbox Series X/S and PS5 coming “soon”. It costs £24.99 for the standard edition, and there’s a £34.99 deluxe edition which includes Ruined Skin variants for all playable champions, the Lost & Found Weapon Pack, and the Ruination Starter Pack. Those that purchase the deluxe edition before 16th December also get Yasuo’s Manamune Sword.

Alongside today’s releases, Riot has confirmed two new League of Legends spin-offs will be arriving next year. Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story is being developed by Tequila Works – the studio behind the wonderful Rime – and is described as a “heartwarming single-player adventure” that follows Nunu and Willump on an epic journey to find Nunu’s long-lost mother. It’s coming to Switch, Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.

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Milestone Releases the Batman Expansion for Hot Wheels Unleashed

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The amazing post-launch plan for Hot Wheels Unleashed is moving forward. Milestone released the Batman Expansion, a brand new themed DLC with content coming from the DC Universe, dedicated in specific to the Dark Knight legacy. The Batman Expansion brings a huge amount of new playable content with a brand-new Career map to complete, inspired by Gotham, and a breathtaking new environment with many new tracks, the Batcave. The Expansion also includes 5 themed vehicles, The Penguin, Robin™ 2.0T, Armored Batman™, Batman™ Rebirth, The Joker™ GT, a new Track Builder Module, the Joker Funhouse Split, and many themed customization items. The Batman Expansion is included in the HOT WHEELS™ Pass Vol. 1 or can be purchased separately.

Hot Wheels Unleashed offers players the opportunity to drive the cars as if they were playing with the die-cast toys. The gameplay includes adrenaline-filled races, an extended choice of Hot Wheels vehicles with different attributes and rarity levels that players can customize with different skins, and jaw-dropping tracks set in everyday-life locations with special track modules and interactive items. The game also features a revolutionary Track Builder enabling players to customize tracks in any game environment and share them with the game’s community.

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Patch 13.0.1 for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Confirmed to Include the ‘Final Fighter Adjustments’

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Thanks to a certain in-game message, we recently reported that a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch was en route. Additional information regarding this patch has now been released by Nintendo Versus, an official Twitter account for Nintendo.

“Ver. 13.0.1 of Super #SmashBrosUltimate is coming soon!” reads the Tweet. “This update includes the final fighter adjustments, meaning replay data from previous versions will be incompatible.”

The particularly interesting part of this statement that’s worth noting is the part about “the final fighter adjustments.” It was previously believed that version 13.0.0 (which was the patch that released Sora) would be the last patch for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that contained balance adjustments. As such, it’s possible that we might be getting one last round of changes.

However, it’s worth noting that there have never been balancing adjustments for a version update that has that third digit (13.0.X) increasing. This usually indicates that there will only be bug fixes.

It’s probably best to keep expectations low as “the final fighter adjustments” could just be a few last-minute bug fixes. As of right now, we don’t yet have any information on what exactly will be changing in this upcoming update.

Nintendo Versus’ Tweet does confirm that certain replays will be affected by the update. If you want to save your replays, it’s best to convert them into a video before they become incompatible.

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Xbox Halo Infinite Players Want Crossplay to be Switched Off to Avoid Cheaters on PC

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With depressing predictability, a free-to-play competitive game comes out and complaints of rampant cheating roll in. In the case of Halo Infinite, which opened its multiplayer beta on November 15, some of those complaints come from players on the console asking for the option to disable crossplay to avoid the larger number of cheaters on PC. “Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented,” writes @jcb_response, posting two videos of a player using a wallhack and an aimbot.

Similar recordings have been posted to Reddit along with similar demands for the option to opt-out of crossplay, and here’s one of a player who, when asked if he was cheating “said he had a controller mod”.

While it’s possible to choose whether you get matched with players using controllers or mouse and keyboard while playing solo or as a duo in Halo Infinite’s ranked arena mode, there’s no such option in quickplay or the current Fracture: Tenrai event. And of course, there’s nothing stopping a player on PC from using cheats with a controller plugged-in.

While it’s possible to install cheats on a console, it’s significantly harder than it is on a PC, where hacks like these proliferate. The Anti-Cheat Police Department Twitter account went looking for Halo Infinite cheat-sellers and found “about 12” already offering them. “For just $8, you can ruin everyone’s day.” Once again, on behalf of PC gaming, sorry about all those cheaters in your console games.

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