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‘Dangerous Driving’ from ex-Criterion developers sure sounds like ‘Burnout’

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The ex-Criterion developers at Three Fields Entertainment released the car-crashing game Danger Zone last year to mixed reviews, with critics appreciating its arcade action but seeing it as a small slice of what the Burnout series used to offer. The studio’s latest game, Dangerous Driving, seems to be a direct response to that criticism, and we can’t wait to get behind the wheel.

Like the Burnout series that Three Fields Entertainment’s Alex Ward worked on in the past, Dangerous Driving is “a closed-track competitive racing game featuring boost, takedowns, destruction, and the biggest car crashes seen in a racing game to date.”

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Speaking to Eurogamer, Ward said the game “gets [him] back to making arcade racing,” which is a genre we’ve seen slightly ignored in recent years. As series like Forza and Gran Turismo has delivered more realistic and meticulously detailed racing simulations, we haven’t seen many developers take a lighter,  explosion-heavy approach. Some have tried to work combative driving into their formula, such as Need for Speed Payback, but they haven’t been particularly successful.

Dangerous Driving is out for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC this winter, but you’ll be able to get your hands on Danger Zone 2 for the same systems July 13. Rather than take place in the “Test Area” of the first game, you’ll be able to crash eight different vehicles in 17 locations including the United States, United Kingdom, and even Spain — and they’re filled with traffic.

On Xbox One X, Danger Zone 2 will run at native 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, while the PlayStation 4 Pro will run the game at checkerboard 4K.

Electronic Arts reminded racing players of how much they miss the Burnout series in March with Burnout Paradise Remastered. The updated game comes with 4K and 60 fps support on both Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro, and it includes eight different DLC packs.

Hopefully the success of Burnout Paradise Remastered will convince EA to invest in an all-new game, but if the publisher shies away, at least Three Fields is here to give us all the crashes and explosions we could ever ask for.

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MultiVersus' Open Beta is getting shut down on June 25, but the game isn't shutting down for good. Instead, developer Player First Games and publisher WB Games are taking MultiVersus offline ahead of a planned relaunch in early 2024.
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The fighting game, which is Warner Bros. version of Super Smash Bros., launched last year to some acclaim from fans and critics. Despite an initial wave of popularity, the game's active player base tanked in 2023, dropping by 99% at one point. Now, the game will largely go offline while the developers work towards an official 1.0 release. Game director Tony Huynh explained the unusual move in a video and FAQ detailing what's next.
"There is still a lot of work to do, and we have a clearer view on where we need to focus, specifically on the content cadence of new characters, maps, and modes to provide more ways to enjoy the game, along with netcode and matchmaking improvements," says Huynh. "We’ll also be reworking the progression system and looking at new ways for players to connect with friends in the game ... As part of this process, we’ll be pausing updates and taking the game offline as we prepare for the launch of MultiVersus, which we are targeting for early 2024."
After June 25, those who have MultiVersus downloaded will only be able to play offline modes like training and local multiplayer. The game will no longer be available to download and premium currency Gleamium will no longer be available for purchase after April 4. To compensate, MultiVersus' Season 2 battle pass is being extended until March 25, and all purchased items and progression will be carried over to next year's launch. 
While players got the impression that MultiVersus was going to stay live from open beta through its 1.0 launch, that is apparently not the case. Hopefully, Player First Games and WB Games stick to their word and do eventually re-release the game, as it could be better with some much-needed improvements. 
MultiVersus' Open Beta ends on June 25, with the full game's launch slated for early 2024. 

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Digital Trends was on the scene once again this year, sampling a wide range of indie games during the multi-day event. There was a lot to get excited about this year, from stylish roguelikes to a riff on Vampire Survivors featuring capybaras. After many hours of behind-closed-door previews and on-the-floor demos, we’ve put together this list of seven titles that stood out to us most during the show. You'll want to make sure these games are on your radar.
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