Assist the Wildlife World Fund by Placing Bamboo Blocks in Minecraft

In celebration of the release of “cats and pandas” on the Minecraft Bedrock servers, developers are challenging players to place a million bamboo blocks to trigger a donation to the World Wildlife Fund in the amount of $100,000. “We’re confident this donation isn’t a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of “when”,” developers wrote. Last year, the Minecraft community was instrumental in seeing $100,000 donated to the Nature Conservancy, so devs are confident in the same happening this year.

Single Player Portion of Hearthstone’s Rastakhan’s Rumble Now Available

Now that the latest Hearthstone expansion has arrived and is safely ensconced in the game, players looking for a single-player challenge will be happy to hear that Rumble Run is now available. Players will face off against AI challengers that increase in difficulty the further a player progresses. Along the way, players gather new, stronger cards and powers to assist them. The goal is to defeat eight opponents to win.

Latest Destiny 2 Community Update Centers on Black Armory Investigations

The latest Destiny 2 community newsletter has been published to give a peek into what the development team is working on. Most notably, the team acknowledges issues with Black Armory Investigations, one of the key components of the recently started Season of the Forge. In addition, players are given a heads up about content coming over the holidays, including the Mayhem event and the return of the Iron Banner.

Star Citizen: Around the Verse – Have Armor, Will Travel

After a brief hiatus, the latest edition of the Star Citizen: Around the Verse weekly series is back, this time centered on armor for female characters. Viewers are also taken on “a tour of the developing Stanton System”. Chris Roberts and Sandi Gardiner also thank the community for their participation in recent testing and speak about “emergent gameplay” that devs are seeing from the community.

Dual Universe Alpha to Open to ALL Backers Starting December 20th

Novaquark is fulfilling one of its biggest KickStarter promises to its backer community. Starting December 20th, the Dual Universe alpha test is open to all of its 11,000 backers. To welcome all players into the current alpha phase, devs will be “kicking off the longest continuous play session to date”. Players will get to take part in alpha testing from December 20th to January 7th and be able to provide feedback to the developers about future updates, issues and feature requests.

Staff Changes & the Elimination of Key Esports Events Anchor Worrisome Heroes of the Storm Post

One of J. Allen Brack’s first major acts as president of Blizzard is a new & worrisome post on the Heroes of the Storm site. The letter begins with the ominous tone that states, “We’ve made the difficult decision to shift some developers from HotS to other teams.” The letter goes on to attempt to reassure fans that “HotS remains our love letter to Blizzard’s worlds and characters” but then announces two esports events will canceled going forward.

Final Fantasy XV’s Standalone Comrades Multiplayer Version is Now Out on PS4 & XB1

Anyone who loves Final Fantasy XV but is only interested in the multiplayer component will be happy to hear that the Comrades standalone version is now available on PSN and XBox Live. Those who already own the Season Pass (including ALL PC owners) have access to Comrades and there is no need to repurchase it. Those who will be buy it are in for cheery news: Comrades is only $9.99 and comes with 10 bosses to duke it out with.