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Valve announces Counter-Strike 2, a free replacement for CS:GO – TheVerge.com

Limited testing has begun for Counter Strike 2, with hopes that the full game version will be released sometime this summer. Game updates have been made across the board, from core mechanic updates to map visuals to audio improvements.

Tim Sweeney believes the metaverse is “happening for real” – GamesIndustry.biz

Epic Games CEO,Tim Sweeny, sets high expectations for Unreal Editor for Fortnite and the path it opens for Epic to engage with players in the metaverse. Dedicated to the concept of an open ecosystem, Sweeny envisions a metaverse where companies like Epic will have a level playing field to appeal to gamers on the merit of the games and services they can provide.

The building blocks of a AAA partnership: Lego and 2K on their first game together, and beyond – GamesIndustry.biz

The Lego Group announces that their newest title, Lego 2K Drive, developed with 2K Games, will be the first installment of a multi-title partnership. Different from the Lego games of the past, both companies believe Drive will showcase “true potential for Lego in the realm of video games.”

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting film-like path tracing with new Overdrive Mode in April – TheVerge.com

The already visually stimulating Cyberpunk 2077 is getting an enhancement to its simulated lighting features with path tracing in an upcoming April update. Although path tracing has been utilized by a handful of games previously, “Cyberpunk 2077 is widely seen as the biggest test of the technology in video games so far.”