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December 2020 – GamingHub
Watch the First 5 Minutes of Hitman 3’s Opening Dubai Mission
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Click here to watch embedded media Hitman 3 is the highly anticipated finale to IO Interactive’s expansive World of Assassination Trilogy that began back in 2016. The game will take Agent 47 on an adventure across the globe as he eliminates the leaders of a menacing organization that runs the world in secret – and it all begins in the United Arab Emirates. You can now watch the first 5 minutes of Hitman 3’s opening Dubai mission as part of our exclusive coverage of the game, during which Agent 47 descends upon the tallest skyscraper on Earth. Please note that this Hitman 3 gameplay was captured on PC by Game Informer. Click the banner below for more exclusive coverage of Hitman 3, including the 5 Things You Should Know About Hitman 3 or our full cover story from Issue #332.  

These Were The Most Popular Games On Steam In 2020
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Valve has revealed its Steam “Best of 2020” lists, highlighting the best-selling and most played games on the digital storefront this year. While Valve doesn’t rank the games, meaning we don’t know what the overall best selling game on Steam is, nor does it include data like overall revenue, it does give a detailed peak at what kind of games trended throughout the year.  Unsurprisingly, Among Us and Fall Guys appear in the Platinum category of Steam’s best sellers list, as do competitive games such as Dota 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Rockstar Games has two different titles topping Steam’s sales charts: Red Dead Redemption 2 and the seven-year-old Grand Theft Auto 5. The most recent game on Steam’s Platinum list is Cyberpunk 2077, which was released on December 10. Cyberpunk developer-publisher CD Projekt Red recently revealed that it had sold more than 13 million copies. All in all, of the 12 Platinum selling games, only three came out this year, while the other nine were released in years past. The entire list, sorted alphabetically, is as follows: Among Us Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Cyberpunk 2077 Destiny 2 Doom Eternal Dota 2 Fall Guys Grand Theft…

GI Show – Looking Back At The Best Games Of 2020
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Click here to watch embedded media On this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show, All Elite Wrestling’s project coordinator and referee extraordinaire Aubrey Edwards joins us to talk about some of the best games of 2020, including: Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Half-Life: Alyx, The Last of Us Part II, Streets of Rage 4, Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Carto, and Cyberpunk 2077. It’s a good, long talk, but of course, we sneak in some time for another fantastic round of community emails. So please join Jeff Cork, Joe Juba, Marcus Stewart, Aubrey Edwards, and myself for another wild and ever-entertaining episode! Thanks for listening! Please make sure to leave feedback below, share the episode if you enjoyed it, and follow me @benjaminreeves to let me know what you think. You can watch the video above, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, listen on SoundCloud, stream it on Spotify, or download the MP3 at the bottom of the page. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show! Our thanks to The Rapture Twins for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can…

Bandai Namco Is Making Its Most Expensive Game To Date
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Katsuhiro Harada, most well known for his work on the Tekken fighting series, is heading up development for a new project at Bandai Namco that just might have the highest development budget in the company’s history.  Harata, who currently serves as general manager, director, and producer, for Bandai Namco, recently hinted at the new project during the “Piro Live! New Year’s Eve Special 2021” livestream event (translation via Gematsu). While he didn’t reveal any specifics about what the game is, aside from saying it’s not a fighting game, Harata did express surprise that company higher-ups approved a project of this scale.  “Well, honestly I think this might be the most costly development project in Bandai Namco history,” Harada said during the event. “I think its incredible that the higher-ups approved of this. Well, the approval has passed, its just that due to the coronavirus, we haven’t really been able to properly start the project.” When we’ll learn more about this new project is currently unknown. As is just how expensive this new game is. It’s worth pointing out, according to the market research company Newzoo, Bandai Namco is the third largest video game maker in Japan, behind only Sony and…

Free Cyberpunk DLC Coming “Early 2021”
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Cyberpunk 2077 will begin receiving free DLC early next year, as discovered by a new update to the game’s official website.  While no details were given, including specific release dates or what the DLC would entail, the official Cyberpunk 2077 website has been updated with the news. The page can be seen here at the link, which reveals only that the DLC will be free and released early 2021.  Whether or not this is news might depend on how closely you watched the Cyberpunk 2077 launch trailer, released on December 8. As PC Gamer points out, at the end of the trailer, behind the game’s logo, text flashes on screen revealing CD Projekt Red’s plans for Cyberpunk DLC.  “Our planned expansions will take you even deeper into the world of Cyberpunk 207, offering substantial, story-driven content that’ll give you tough choices to make through impactful narratives that you won’t soon forget,” CD Projekt’s message reads (via PC Gamer).  “But before we get there, we’ll first be kicking off our free DLC program in early 2021. Just like with The Witcher 3, expect an assortment of free DLC packs to begin hitting Night City, dropping a bunch of cool stuff that’ll inject…

IO Interactive On Walking Away From The Hitman Series
Other / 31. 12. 2020

At this point in the studio’s history, the Hitman series has been with IO Interactive longer than anyone working in its office; no one at the company has worked on every single entry in the franchise. For 20 years, the name IO has been synonymous with Hitman and its protagonist Agent 47. While the developer has made other games, such as the Kane & Lynch, Freedom Fighters, and Mini Ninjas games, the vast majority of its releases have been Hitman games. But Hitman 3 is the end of an era. Capping off the World of Assassination trilogy it started in 2016 with its episodic Hitman reboot, IO is walking away from its most iconic franchise – at least for the time being. And there are a lot of emotions tied up in that fact. In a lot of ways, the story of Hitman is the story of IO Interactive – especially considering the company’s last few years. Always a niche, cult series, when 2016’s Hitman didn’t make the return IO’s then-publisher and parent company Square Enix wanted, as CEO and co-owner Hakan Abrik puts it, the company “lost faith” in the franchise – though, admittedly, he seems to understand Square’s…

Eurogamer’s Game of the Year is Hades! And now we chat
Other / 31. 12. 2020

Hello! And welcome to a special article where a bunch of us sit down to talk about our game of the year. And for 2020, that game is Hades. We hope you enjoy this conversation, and we hope you’re leaving such an unusual year with some good memories of the games you’ve played. Chris Donlan: There are a lot of Roguelikes and Roguelites – what makes Hades stand above the rest? Is that even the right lens to be viewing it through? Malindy Hetfeld: I have a counter question if I may. Just to clarify. I’m not sure what the roguelike lens entails, because that means we all have a fixed idea of what that genre is about. Read more

The Games That Helped Me Cope With Quarantine
Other / 31. 12. 2020

This wasn’t the type of year any of us could have anticipated and we were all forced to make changes in our lives due to COVID-19. We had to get creative about how we worked, socialized, and met other daily needs. The quarantine is necessary to stop the spread of the virus, but that doesn’t mean feeling confined to the walls of our home isn’t difficult to deal with day in and day out. I’ve often turned to video games as a way to unwind and socialize, but this year, they became essential in battling the isolation of not being able to interact with others on a daily basis. It wasn’t a normal year, and therefore I wanted to end 2020 by sharing a special appreciation for the games that got me and many others through these past few months of quarantine. When the quarantine first started, I really didn’t want to deal with what was going on around me. The world suddenly became frightening; COVID-19’s reach was growing, killing more and more people and we still didn’t know much about it. As someone with a chronic illness, I had to strictly quarantine, and this meant that I couldn’t even do…