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Adam Burt
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Starting today, Hades is out on Xbox Game Pass. If you haven't played it yet, this is a fantastic time to give it a try. It really is a wonderful game.

An image of Thanatos, from the game Hades

Elsewhere, the full map for Forza Horizon 5 has been unveiled, alongside lots of footage of the gorgeous game in action. Check it out!

Pete

On Wednesday, Rocket League season 4 launched with a Western theme that features a new arena named Deadeye Canyon and a new car named Outlaw.

A promotional image for Rocket League Season 4

This update contains lots of welcome quality of life changes like improvements to casual playlist that punishes players who leave regularly (this happens a lot!), ranked playlist restrictions and a welcome change for streamers, with streamer safe music functionality being incorporated in to the game. 

Dan

Another week, another year on year increase in viewing time on Twitch. StreamElements monthly "State of the Stream" report indicates 1.75 billion hours of video was watched on Twitch last month, a 23% increase on last year.

A graph demonstrating Twitch's monthly "Hours watched"

Relative newcomer (and unusual underdog) Facebook Gaming has also reached a new record with 522 million hours watched, indicating that the growth of streamed content is still very much ongoing.

It's worth noting, whilst gaming is a significant topic for live streaming content, the most popular category on Twitch is "Just Chatting" where the content isn't necessarily gaming focused. This indicates that live-streamed content, over heavily produced and curated video, is a desirable format that will likely extend to personalities and brands beyond just gaming.

Read more in StreamElements' State of the Stream July Report.

Ben G

Imagine Fall Guys, but with cars? That’s the elevator pitch for Vroom!, a game show-style multiplayer battle royale from developer Adam Bernath.

The gameplay looks gorgeous and the physics look really cool, too. Impressive when you consider that it’s been built by just one person over the summer.

Vroom! is due to launch on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S by the end of 2021.

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