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Fortnite Earned $2.4 Billion Last Year, 'The Most Annual Revenue Of Any Game In History'

Fortnite has been an incredible, record-breaking success with its free-to-play battle royale formula. According to a recent report from SuperData, not only was Fortnite the top grossing free game of 2018, it also brought in "the most annual revenue of any game in history" with $2.4 billion thanks to its skins, emotes, and season passes.

The report says that free-to-play games earned a whopping $87.7 billion last year as a whole. This accounts for 80% of 2018's $109.8 billion in digital games revenue.

Although free-to-play games have become a popular business model, premium games are still hugely successful, especially in the West. Premium games brought in $17.8 billion total revenue in 2018. Some of the biggest grossing paid games that released last year include FIFA 18 ($790 million), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($612 million), and Red Dead Redemption 2 ($516 million). 

Even Netflix can't ignore Fortnite's growing prominence, stating that instead of seeing TV networks like HBO as their biggest rivals, the real competition is Fortnite

[Source: SuperData]

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 11:00 pm

Ambush Is A New Mode Coming To Call Of Duty Black Ops 4's Blackout

Treyarch recently confirmed in a Reddit thread that a new mode called Ambush is coming to Blackout, after the news leaked through the companion app.

Ambush, according to the news site CharlieIntel, is a limited-time mode that restricts your arsenal to only sniper rifles and melee weapons, making perks like Skulker and Dead Silence more valuable.

You can read Treyarch's full reply from Reddit below:

It’s true, Ambush is coming soon in Blackout as our next limited-time mode in Blackout –- just not quite yet! Down But Not Out will be live for a couple of weeks on each platform, which started on PS4 earlier this week. We’re planning to launch Ambush into the wild immediately afterward, so enjoy the insanity of DBNO while it’s live and let us know what you think of the redeploy system while we put the finishing touches on what’s to come. 

Ambush will begin once Down But Not Out has left rotation. Black Ops 4's Blackout is currently available as a free trial until January 24.

[Source: Reddit]

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 9:00 pm

Overkill's The Walking Dead Delayed On Consoles

Publisher Starbreeze has announced that Overkill's The Walking Dead's console release has been delayed indefinitely. The cooperative shooter was slated to come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as of February 6.

Starbreeze says that it will eventually reveal information about a later release date, but it doesn't give any specifics outside of that. 

Overkill's The Walking Dead released on PC late last year, but received mostly negative reviews, garnering a 52% metacritic score. Our reviewer Matt Miller gave it a 4.5, saying that, "In the case of Overkill’s The Walking Dead, major technical problems and connection issues, baffling gameplay systems and controls, tedious combat and stealth, and poorly structured missions all contrive to halt the fun." 

You can read Starbreeze's short statement below:

"Starbreeze AB is currently evaluating and reviewing the performance of the game OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead on consoles. Starbreeze has decided to postpone the release date from its original February 2019 date, further information regarding the future release will be announced at a later date."

Starbreeze has struggled financially after Overkill's The Walking Dead's disappointing performance, leading the company to start a cost-cutting initiative and reconstruction. CEO Bo Andersson also stepped down amid these problems.

Despite these significant hurdles, Starbreeze is still publishing Psychonauts 2 and System Shock 3. As for Overkill's The Walking Dead, it's unclear when (if ever) it will release on consoles.

[Source: Starbreeze Studios]

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 7:30 pm

Play Metro And Override For Free This Weekend

Up until January 20, you can try Metro: Last Light Redux, Metro 2033 Redux, and Override: Mech City Brawl for free on Xbox One if you have an Xbox Live Gold Subscription.

This is part of Microsoft's Free Play Days promotion, which devotes a couple days towards offering free trials for games. You have full access to the games until tomorrow.

Both Metro games in this promotion are the definitive Redux versions, which have upgraded graphics and all DLC. As for Override: Mech City Brawl, it's also free to try on Steam this weekend. The Steam promotion ends tomorrow as well.

[Source: Xbox Wire]

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 6:30 pm

Machinima's YouTube Video Library Completely Erased

Machinima, a long-time and multi-channel network of video game content, has surprised viewers by wiping all of its videos without prior warning. The mass deletion comes just days after the company's merge with Otter Media.

Following news of the merge, which was announced last year, content creators were told by Machinima that they would be moved to another network called Fullscreen, while others found their contracts suddenly ending or that they were dropped by Fullscreen. It was clear that Machinima was going through an extensive change, but seeing the entire video library wiped clean is an abrupt and saddening decision that caught even its own creators off-guard.

While heralded as a well-known content creation network, Machinima has been under fire in recent years for locking content creators into predatory contracts and creating a deceiving marketing campaign towards Xbox One consumers that led the Federal Trade Commission to pursue action. 

Machinima's YouTube channel remains valuable, with almost 12.4 million subscribers, but without its extensive video library, Machinima's future is unclear and rocky at best.

[Source: Destructoid]

This surprising action is likely due to the merger, but it's sad to see so many years of video game content lost to the ether and how content creators weren't even given any prior notice. Machinima's future is shaky, especially since trust with its creators and consumers has been severed following this abrupt decision.

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 5:30 pm

What To Watch This Weekend: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dota 2, And Overwatch

It's cold outside. You know this, I know this, everyone in the Northern Hemisphere knows this. Therefore, it's a good time to sit back, relax, and watch people compete at video games.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets its first big tournament of the year, as Katowice, Poland is the site of the Europe Minor Championship. (Stream / Schedule)

With its qualifiers fully wrapped, today marks the start of the year's first Dota 2 major, based on Chongqing, China. The event lasts for a little over a week. (Stream / Schedule)

Illinois' biggest tournament of the Winter is Frosty Faustings, and you can catch the usual fighting game suspects (Tekken 7, Guilty Gear XrdStreet Fighter V, and more), duking it out in the cold (to be clear, the tournament takes place inside). (Streams and Schedule)

Meanwhile, Glitch 6 is the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, community's even for the weekend, and you can catch four (four!) separate tournaments for the game, each with their own format. (Streams and Schedule)

The Overwatch Contenders league concludes this weekend, so make sure to watch and keep an eye out for Hanzo sightings! He's the guy with the arrows. (Stream / Schedule)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover, in the comments below.

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 5:00 pm

You Can Now Pre-Order This Amazing Cloud Strife Statue

This cool Cloud Strife statue, complete with his buster sword, is now available for pre-order on Square Enix's website. Kingdom Hearts fans are sure to recognize this version as it's his look designed by Tetsuya Nomura for the series. Created by Bring Arts, the description said he's wandered into "another world," a coy way to reference Kingdom Hearts, but still have the statue marketed as a Final Fantasy property. 

Cloud looks ready to put on display and show off his flashy moves. The statue doesn't release until July, but you can secure your order at Square Enix's website. Psst! Currently, it's at a 10 percent discount.

Posted on 19 January 2019 | 12:15 am

Game Freak's Giga Wrecker Announced For Consoles

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Pokémon developer Game Freak and Rising Star Games announced plans for a console port of 2D puzzle/platformer Giga Wrecker, which was previously released on PC in 2017. Up against an army of robots, you play as a girl with a special ability to manipulate debris, destroying and reconstructing her surroundings.

The game will come to PS4, Xbox One, and Switch as Giga Wrecker Alt with new content, such as twenty new campaign puzzles, a new hardcore "Iron Man" mode, and a second non-playable character that offers hints when a player takes too long to find a solution. The original localization is also getting an overhaul to provide a better experience for players.

Right now, Giga Wrecker Alt is scheduled to hit sometime in 2019 for consoles. The game is launching digitally, but Limited Run Games is releasing physical copies for the PS4 and Switch versions.

Watch the announcement trailer above to see the game for yourself.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 11:25 pm

Bungie Reaffirms Commitment To Destiny And Discusses Future Steps

Destiny 2

Hot off the heels of its split from Activision, Bungie is already discussing openly its plans and goals for Destiny. In the latest "This Week At Bungie" blog, franchise director Luke Smith took some time to assure fans that Destiny is still Bungie's main focus. The blog post opens with a thank you to Activision, High Moon Studios, and lastly, Vicarious Visions "who is currently readying their Destiny swan song with content that will appear in the upcoming Season of [Redacted]. " 

After the tease, Smith outlined short-term and long-term goals. Right now, Bungie is executing on its promises for the Annual Pass content. "We've learned a lot from Black Armory that we will apply to future releases, most notably that we'd like the beginning experiences of content drops to be a better point of convergence for the playerbase," Smith said, noting that the power requirement for the first forge was "too high."

"We want to find the line between new content that many players can play, and aspirational content for players to progress toward. We're exploring improvements to catch-up mechanics for players in upcoming seasons," he explained.

For those worried about Destiny's path going forward, Smith reassured fans that more content is on the way and the future looks bright. "Long-term, Bungie is committed to Destiny," he said. "We created the universe and we hold its future entirely in our hands. The vast majority of the team is hard at work envisioning future experiences, enemies, and ways to play the Guardian you've been building since 2014. We're going to keep doing that."

The team is reevaluating what having control and self-publishing Destiny means for the franchise. "When I look ahead and think about Destiny and where it could go, I see a bright future, with roots in a memorable past. Not everything has been lost in the dark corners of time."

The post then goes on to discuss what's happening for the game, with a big update planned for January 29. This is focused on fine-tuning weapon archetypes in your vault, such as buffing underutilized ones and adjusting hot button weapons in PvP.

You can see Smith's full message alongside the detailed specifics on the changes in the full blog post.  

[Source: Bungie Blog]

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 10:21 pm

Does Travis Strikes Again Tease A New No More Heroes Game?

(This post contains some spoilers for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which released today on the Nintendo Switch. While there's no story spoilers, if you don't want to know anything that happens in Suda51's newest title, you should turn away now.)

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is out today, making the first time Suda51 has directed a game in a decade and the first real ride for Travis Touchdown since the end of No More Heroes 2. While we actually quite liked Travis' new top-down action game, it's not the full-fledged No More Heroes title fans initially expected, and Grasshopper's team seems to realize that. In an interview at PAX last year, Suda seemed to confirm that a third mainline No More Heroes game is happening, but going by Travis Strikes Again, it may be happening sooner than we think.

After the credits roll on the game, Travis loads into a blank room with a different camera angle resembling the perspective of the previous two No More Heroes games. Beam katana in hand, he also has most of his moves from those games intact, and can practice them on a training dummy.

In the room, Travis stops and says "We're in development," but won't outright say for what. Then the No More Heroes logo comes up on a black screen, suggesting that a third title is on the way. 

Does this mean that No More Heroes 3 is being worked on? Probably, but it's far from a sure bet that it's actually releasing. Grasshopper has significantly downsized in the decade since the previous two games came out, leading to the more indie-like nature of Travis Strikes Again. This new game is likely a gamble to see if they can get funding, from Nintendo or Marvelous or some publisher, to put out a new mainline No More Heroes game with acted cutscenes and extensive voice work again. 

Unless publishers such as Nintendo hear a lot of fervor for No More Heroes, they might not act to pick the game up.

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes released today on Nintendo Switch.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 8:00 pm

Cast For Interactive Narrative Game Telling Lies Revealed

In 2015, veteran game designer Sam Barlow released Her Story, an entirely FMV-based narrative adventure based around determining the truth from multiple videos of testimony. Two years later, Barlow announced he was teaming up with Annapurna Interactive for a follow-up titled Telling Lies. The spiritual sequel began filming in Los Angeles last month and is due to be completed next week. Today, Annapurna announced the cast for Telling Lies, which includes actors from Westworld, Scrubs, and more.

Vivien Lyra Blair, who played "Girl" in the Netflix hit Bird Box, also has a speaking role in the game.

You can read our original Her Story review from way back in 2015 right here

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 7:05 pm

Kingdom Hearts III's Vocal Theme Face My Fears Is Now Streaming

I hold a lot of nostalgia for Kingdom Hearts' opening themes. The two previous series vocal themes, Simple & Clean and Sanctuary, find occasional placement in my streaming playlists and inevitably get me daydreaming about those games and their still extremely impressive CG intros. Now, the newest song in the series, Face My Fears, is available on streaming services for you to attach a new age of nostalgia to.

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I am not sure if it slaps, but I am also not entirely sure what it means, but it sounds a lot better than I expected a J-Pop song with Skrillex collaborating to sound. We'll see how it affects me on the other side of the third Kingdom Hearts game, though.

Utada Hikaru was a natural pick for Square for Kingdom Hearts' vocal themes due to her immense popularity and cross-national appeal. Having been born in New York City and educated at Columbia, the singer and songwriter was uniquely qualified to help shepherd the series' appeal in both Japan and America. Between Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts III, Utada has semi-retired, had a child, come back from retirement, changed her stage name, and come back again. She is frequently voted as a favorite artist in Japanese music polls.

Kingdom Hearts III releases on January 29 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 6:40 pm

Westworld Mobile Is Shutting Down

After a dramatic legal battle between Warner Bros, Behaviour Interactive, and Bethesda over the game's similarities to Fallout Shelter, Behavior Interactive has announced it's pulling the plug on Westworld Mobile. The game has been removed from The App Store and Google Play already and its servers will go go offline completely on April 16.

Behaviour Interactive made the announcement on Westworld Mobile's Twitter page:

— Westworld Mobile (@WestworldMobile) January 15, 2019

For more on Westworld, head here.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 3:25 pm

Reader Discussion - Do You Prefer New Characters Or Old Favorites?

It really does feel like we're in the season of returning characters. With Resident Evil 2 coming out soon, the game is obviously a remake, so we're playing as Leon and Claire again. There's a nice familiarity to taking control of Leon Kennedy again, as we've done in Resident Evil 2, 4, and 6. Claire herself was in the relatively recent Revelations 2. We're going back to Sora again in Kingdom Hearts III, Dante again in Devil May Cry 5, Yoshi in Yoshi's Crafted World, etc.

While these games often have some variation, I was thinking about whether or not I prefer new or old characters in games. Reading Suriel's interview with Ed Boon, the Mortal Kombat director talked a bit about the mixture of old and new characters in Mortal Kombat 11 and having to keep a balance, edging toward the returning characters versus new ones. It got me thinking about how much I liked the new characters in Mortal Kombat X, though I didn't grow up with the series, which might be the root of my thinking on it.

So I was curious what everyone else thought: do you prefer playing new characters or do you prefer your old favorites come back? It doesn't necessarily have to be fighting games. Does Ethan Winters in Resident Evil 7 matter to you or could that have been Chris Redfield and felt as good or better?

It's kind of a cop-out answer, but for me it's a case-by-case basis. The open-minded part of me says, sure, I'm open to an entirely new roster as long as all the new characters replicate the feelings I had growing attached to the existing ones through my childhood, which is obviously an impossible ask. So I know I'm never going to be completely fair to any new roster or characters in an established series.

What about you? Let us know below in the comments.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 2:45 am

GDC Recognizes Sega's Rieko Kodama For Pioneer Award

Even if you don't recognize Rieko Kodama's name, there's a good chance you've played a game she's either worked on, directed, or produced. Dubbed "The First Lady of RPGs" by magazine Nintendo Power due to her pioneering work in the 1980s, Kodama is famous for making her name and work known in a male-dominated industry. You might best know her for games like Phantasy Star IV, 7th Dragon, and Skies of Arcadia, but she has also contributed to titles like Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast, as well.

Kodama will be recognized with the Pioneer Award at the Game Developer's Conference in March taking place in San Francisco.  

"After decades spent developing some of SEGA's most indelible classics, Kodama-san could easily rest on her laurels, but instead has dedicated herself to creating games that transcend gender and generations to give us countless hours of joy," GDC's general manager Katie Stern wrote in a statement given to Gamasutra. "This award is a 'thank you' to Kodama-san and all creators who work so hard to achieve greatness."

Kodama currently still works at Sega as a producer and is behind the Sega Ages titles and has repeatedly busted barriers in her career. The ceremony will take place March 20 at 6:30 p.m. PST as part of the Game Developer's Choice awards.

Posted on 18 January 2019 | 1:20 am

Netflix Argues That Their Real Competition Is Fortnite

The new year has been rough for Netflix. In addition to having to raise their prices, the streaming service is facing down the barrel of losing 20 percent of their content this year to companies like NBC Universal and Disney pulling their licenses to bolster their own streaming services. Like cowboys standing in a circle ready to draw their guns, it seems like everyone has decided it's about time to draw. Netflix doesn't see this as the real threat, though. The real threat is Fortnite.

In a letter to investors today, Netflix argued that HBO is not their main competition, but rather Epic's multiplayer battle royale shooter. Moreover, the competition has been winning more often than not, putting Netflix in the position of defeat more than victory in the battle for people's time.

"In the US, we earn around 10 [percent] of television screen time and less than that of mobile screen time," their letter to shareholders reads. "We compete with (and lose to) Fortnite more than HBO. When YouTube went down globally for a few minutes in October, our viewing and signups spiked for that time... There are thousands of competitors in this highly-fragmented market vying to entertain customers and low barriers to entry for those with great experiences."

At present, Netflix has 139 million subscribers, compared to Fortnite's 200 million registered accounts. However, the monthly active users for Fortnite tend to be around 80 million, while Netflix has 100 million by their own count. People just usually log in on Netflix less often than Fortnite, which charts a middle ground between being a predictable experience and one fresh one by virtue of it being a multiplayer game. That is to say, you don't know if randomly clicking a movie on Netflix will be interesting, and you know watching something you've seen will be the same experience as the last time you saw it, but Fortnite doesn't have either of these problems.

With games like Fortnite also ending up on mobile phones, the barrier to entry is starting to become no greater than it would be to watch Netflix or Hulu.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:20 pm

Bethesda Confirms Fallout 76 Bans For Accessing Developer Room

Last week, Fallout 76 players discovered that it was possible to access a developer room within the game, which let non-developers produce every item in the game and talk to an unused non-playable character in the room. At the time, it was rumored that Bethesda was banning players who got into the room and agreed to unban them if they explained how exactly they got in. Bethesda has now confirmed that they are banning players who have seen the hidden room.

In a statement posted on their Polish Facebook, with an official English translation given to Eurogamer, Bethesda explained that third-party software is required to access the developer's room and thus those players are getting banned.

"We are looking into accounts where players have obtained items by accessing areas of the game that are not intended for the public," Bethesda wrote. "These areas are only accessible to PC players that are using 3rd party applications to get into these areas... In an effort to ensure the integrity of these characters and accounts, these accounts are being temporarily disabled pending further investigation."

Basically, Bethesda has no idea how people got in, but they believe it to be an intention transgression using software not designed by them, and they're looking into how. The developer has since moved the location of the room, but ever-persistent players are still finding traces of it, presumably at risk of a temporary ban.

Fallout 76 is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:00 pm

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Begins Next Week

Blizzard has revealed the next seasonal Overwatch event, a return of the Lunar New Year to ring in the Year of the Pig. Players can jump in for a host of new cosmetics and events for their favorite Overwatch characters starting on January 24.

Squeal with joy!

Overwatch Lunar New Year returns January 24. 🏮 🐷

— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 17, 2019

The video posted shows Soldier 76 playing with a bolang gu, a pellet drum toy used as a noise-maker to ring in the new year. While that's probably a victory animation or just something made for the video, hopefully 2019 is the year of giving Soldier 76 toys to play with that he doesn't culturally understand but loves.

We should be seeing details on Overwatch's Lunar New Year event, such as new costumes and animations, in the week leading up to going live.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:30 pm

Here's Everything From The Mortal Kombat 11 Reveal Event

Missed today's Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event? Well we've got you covered with the biggest stories. 

Netherrealm has indicated that they plan a number of new reveals in the weeks and months leading up to the game's April 23 release date. Maybe we'll even see what the Switch version looks like in that time.

The original story hosting the livestream is below if you would rather just watch the event in its entirety.

We're minutes away from Netherrealm's and Warner Bros.' reveal event for the latest entry in the classic and venerated fighting game series Mortal Kombat. The eleventh game in the series is going to get blown open at today's event in preparation for its release in April of this year.

The livestream is below. It's a Mortal Kombat stream so, obviously, viewer discretion is advised.

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Which characters or features are you hoping they'll show off for Mortal Kombat 11 here today?

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:00 pm

New Character Geras Revealed For Mortal Kombat 11

At the end of the Mortal Kombat 11 event today, the team at Netherream revealed the first completely new character for the game who goes by the name of Geras. While the character trailer did not reveal much in the way of story details, Geras appears to control the power of sand, maybe in the same way Raiden commands lightning and thunder. He certainly does not appear to fear the lightning god, at least.

Check out the reveal trailer below.

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You can see his fatal move and his fatality in the trailer, which involves punching someone's brains out quite literally.

Mortal Kombat 11 is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on April 23.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:55 pm

A New Power Rangers Fighting Game Is On The Way

Hasbro revealed today that a new game set in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers universe is will be released in 2019. Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid is fighting game due out in April 2019 for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The game is due out on PC at a later date.

Battle For The Grid will feature rangers and villains "past and present" from the popular show. There will be cross-play on Xbox One, Switch, and PC. You can watch the game in action right here:

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For more on the Power Rangers, watch us play through a bevy of old-school Power Rangers games in our Power Rangers Spectacular episode of Replay.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:49 pm

Pro Wrestler Ronda Rousey Seemingly Confirms Appearance In Mortal Kombat 11 (Update: Confirmed)

Update: It was confirmed today at the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal that Rousey will indeed be voicing Sonya Blade. You can check out the trailer for the character and Rousey's acting here.

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The original story follows:

Ronda Rousey has become somewhat of a household name over the years, between her meteoric rise in the UFC and her recent stint as a professional wrestler in the WWE. The mixed martial artist is well known beyond just her ability to beat down opponents, making her a pretty natural fit for being the face of a fighting game. It looks like Rousey will get her chance with the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11.

The invitation I’ve been waiting to accept my whole life. Don’t worry, Earthrealm is safe with me ;) Can’t wait for Thursday! I’ll be there #MK11 @netherrealm

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) January 16, 2019

In a tweet posted last night, Rousey links to an Instagram picture of her holding an invitation for the Mortal Kombat 11 reveal taking place January 17 in Los Angeles, seemingly confirming her involvement.

A rumor from late last year posted on reddit suggested that Rousey would be voicing Sonya Blade, the tough-as-nails special forces officer present in every significant Mortal Kombat game. Rousey's tweet likely confirms all other aspects of the rumor, though it was pretty safe to assume based on the fact that the original posting featured the game's box art a month before it was officially revealed.

Rousey wouldn't be the first celebrity to voice Sonya Blade, as MKX cast Battlestar Galactica actress Tricia Helfer as the character. Rousey makes for a much more controversial choice, however, as she tends to speak her mind and openly engage in conspiracy theories about mass shootings being faked by the government. It is assumed that she will not be the only celebrity voice in Mortal Kombat 11, but no others have tipped their hands yet.

Mortal Kombat 11's reveal event takes place on January 17 at 10:30 a.m. PST on Netherrealm's Twitch channel. The game itself will be released April 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:35 pm

John Wick: Chapter 3 Gets A Cool New Trailer

As an action franchise, John Wick is practically perfect. It has a cool concept, talented stars, and ridiculously inventive fights. After two well-received installments, a third is slated to release this summer. The trailer for that entry recently released, and it looks like fans will not be disappointed.

You can see it for yourself below, but some highlights include: motorcycle sword fights, knives almost in crotches, and Keanu Reeves riding a horse. What else do you need to know?  

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Posted on 17 January 2019 | 5:36 pm

The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III Coming To The PS4 This Fall

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NIS America has announced that it is bringing over Nihon Falcom's The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III this fall, taking over as publisher from XSEED, who published the first two Trails of Cold Steel titles here in America.

The game takes place a year-and-half after Cold Steel II, following the continuing exploits of Rean Schwarzer.

NIS' involvement is not without reservation. The publisher handled the localization of Ys VIII after XSEED, and NIS did not do a great job.

If you're not familiar with this side series, be sure to read Kim's Grind Time column on why you shouldn't overlook it.

[Source: NIS America]

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 3:52 pm

God Of War Director Explains Why More Bosses Didn't End Up In The Game

God of War is a really gigantic game. A really great, gigantic game that won our Game of the Year award, in fact. But even in the biggest games, some stuff has to get left on the cutting room floor and, in this case, boss fights were one of the the things that had to be pushed aside. While previous God of War games were known for their numerous and unique boss fights, the latest game leaned heavily on the same troll monsters to do the heavy lifting, leaving most of the spectacle to a few others scattered throughout the game.

In an interview for the NoClip documentary on the game, director Cory Barlog explained that it simply wasn't feasible to add more.

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"We cut a lot of bosses – a lot,"  Barlog told NoClip's Danny O'Dwyer. "Y'know, we had so many more, it was a much more ambitious, crazier game. As you go through development, you start realizing, no, it's too big, we can't do this. One boss takes like 30 developers a year and a half. It's an absolutely massive scale when you really consider it."

Barlog went on to describe that there was a "boss team" working on bosses for the game, but they had to work on other things as well, making it more difficult to simply add in bosses.

The director also described how the trolls, which were plentiful boss fights throughout the game, were never actually meant to be bosses. The team had trouble figuring out where to put the health bar on the massive creatures and eventually decided it made the most sense to give them a boss health bar that is always on screen. Barlog wanted to do more with the lore of their names, as well, but couldn't fit it into the scope of the story. His explanation for how they fit into the game can be found in NoClip's documentary above.

How do you feel? Was it the right call to release God of War with the number of bosses it had?

[Source: NoClip]

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:20 am

Ubisoft Apologizes For Latest Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Ending

A few days ago, Ubisoft released the newest chapter in their episodic Assassin's Creed Origins DLC, which was designed to not only tell the story of the first assassin, but provide significant story content for the game's protagonists. Some players are unhappy with the decisions made for the protagonists in the game and Ubisoft has admitted they missed the mark.

There are story spoilers for this DLC episode below, so if you don't want to know what happens and why Ubisoft is apologizing for it, stop here and circle back at a time when you're fine with it.

At the end of the episode, the player character, whether they be Alexios or Kassandra, ends up in a relationship with an opposite-sex character featured heavily in the DLC. Whether you choose to embrace or rebuff them does not matter, Alexios/Kassandra end up with them and produce a son. The only choice you get in the matter is whether they produce the child out of love or simply desire for an offspring.

Assassin's Creed has often had protagonists that eventually have children, due to the way that game's DNA memory setup works. Odyssey was intended to be a little different, however, playing with the mutability of DNA and using that for justification for why there were split protagonists playing the same in the first place. Ubisoft themselves emphasized that Kassandra and Alexios' personas were completely created by the player, from their do-gooder natures to their sexuality, thanks to the addition of dialogue options in the game. To the players who believed their characters to be homosexual through their own designs, the end of the DLC was a rather shocking punch to the gut.

"Reading through player responses of our new DLC for Legacy of the First Blade, Shadow Heritage, we want to extend an apology to players disappointed by a relationship your character partakes in," Odyssey's creative director Jonathan Dumont wrote in a forum post today. "The intention of this story was to explain how your character’s bloodline has a lasting impact on the Assassins, but looking through your responses it is clear that we missed the mark."

It is an interesting discussion, though perhaps one that should have occurred within Ubisoft rather than outside of it, about how the narrative of a game should be impacted by the player's choice. It was of course the developer who said at E3 that the game will be built around player choices and those should be respected, meaning they set the tone for that at the outset. If they wanted to write the character one way, they should have done so when the game was shown and released, not six months after the fact.

"Our goal was to let players choose between a utilitarian view of ensuring your bloodline lived on or forming a romantic relationship" Dumont added. "We attempted to distinguish between the two but could have done this more carefully as we were walking a narrow line between role-play choices and story, and the clarity and motivation for this decision was poorly executed. As you continue the adventure in next episode Bloodline, please know that you will not have to engage in a lasting romantic relationship if you do not desire to."

Assassin's Creed Odyssey is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:25 am

New Captain Marvel Posters Show Us A Younger S.H.I.E.L.D

With Captain Marvel coming in a few months, Marvel is hoping to hype the movie up in the shadow of Avengers: Endgame. It definitely seems like the intergalactic superhero will stand on her own, though, and these posters will help build the hype.

For the first time since his "death," we can see Agent Coulson again, de-aged with the use of CG for the 90's period piece. While we've seen the younger Nick Fury in trailers, the still image really makes it obvious just how much he looks like actual young Samuel L. Jackson.

Check out the gallery below to see all the posters.

Click image thumbnails to view larger version



Posted on 16 January 2019 | 9:15 pm

A New, Old-School Ghostbusters Movie Is In The Works (Update: Teaser Trailer)

Update: Reitman has tweeted out a teaser trailer for the movie showing the original car.

Everybody can relax, I found the car. #GB20

— Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman) January 16, 2019

The original story follows:

Something strange is once again brewing in the neighborhood, but don’t worry – somebody already called Jason Reitman to handle it. In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, the director announced that he is working on a new Ghostbusters movie, which will continue the story of the original two films.

Jason Reitman has directed a number of movies over the years including Thank You For Smoking, Juno, and last year's The Front Runner. In this case, however, his most significant tie to the franchise is his father, Ivan Reitman, who directed the first two Ghostbusters films and will produce the new one as well.

Jason Reitman isn’t saying yet if Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, or Ernie Hudson will be returning in the new movie, but told Entertainment Weekly, “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”

Reitman also praised the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot in the interview, while making it clear fans shouldn’t expect any cameos from the new crew. “I have so much respect for what [director] Paul [Feig] created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them. However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”

The new Ghostbusters is currently slated for release next summer from Sony Pictures.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 8:30 pm

Fortnite Security Exploit Allowed Hackers To Control Other Accounts

With a game as widely played as Fortnite, the potential for security holes gets bigger with the sheer number of people playing. A rather nasty one found in Fortnite, and stamped out by Epic just recently, shows how bad some of these can get.

According to a report from Variety, an exploit was discovered in November that allowed hackers to completely take control of someone else's account. The bug, found by security firm Check Point Technologies Software, made every part of the account vulnerable: the attacker could buy items using the victim's credit card and even pose as the victim in the game's chats.

This was accomplished without the need of login information at all. Authorization tokens would pass through Epic's sub-domains that could be intercepted by hackers through a redirect. The token thief would then be able to just login in as the person whose token they intercepted. There was still some phishing involved, though the link required to be susceptible to it looked identical to Epic's own.

"We were made aware of the vulnerabilities and they were soon addressed," Epic told Variety. "We thank Check Point for bringing this to our attention. As always, we encourage players to protect their accounts by not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others."

Epic fixed the exploit this month, so it's unlikely that this particular avenue will be used again. Still, it's important to never click account information links without double- and triple-checking that it's legitimate.

[Source: Variety]

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 7:30 pm

The Division 2's Private Beta Has A Start Date

Get ready to head to Washington, agents. Ubisoft just announced the start date for The Division 2's private beta and it's real soon.

The private beta starts on February 7 and runs through February 10. Ubisoft says that players can access the beta by pre-ordering the game at participating retailers. The publisher also clarifies that players "who register at will be invited to join as space allows."

For more on The Division 2, head here.

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 4:59 pm

New Dragon Ball Z Action/RPG Title Coming

Bandai Namco has announced that it will begin work on a new Dragon Ball Z action/RPG game in 2019. No further details have been given, but the year is young.

The company also teased Dragon Ball FighterZ news with the announcement that a fighter from Universe 11 is coming to the game (Jiren or Toppa, perhaps?), and this will be revealed at the World Tour Finals at the end of the month.

In 2019, the project of a New Game focusing on the World of Dragon Ball Z begins!
And more news coming to DRAGON BALL Fighter Z! The Warrior from Universe 11 is joining the fight!
More information to be revealed at the DRAGON BALL FighterZ World Tour Finals in January 26th ~ 27th

— BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe (@BandaiNamcoEU) January 16, 2019

[Source: Bandai Namco]

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 4:05 pm

Hitman Developer Opens New Studio

Hitman developer IO Interactive has announced that it has opened a new studio in Malmö, Sweden called IOI Malmö that will work on Hitman content as well as new, unannounced projects not related to the assassination simulator.

"This will expand our muscles for creating brand-new and exciting endeavours, new universes, [and] new franchises," reads a statement on the IO Interactive website.

The studio is already up and running and is currently hiring.

[Source: IO Interactive]

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 2:53 pm

Report: EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game

The unnamed Star Wars game that was rebooted in 2017 alongside the closure of EA's Visceral studio has seemingly once again been cancelled, according to a report from Kotaku. The open world game was intended to be EA's next big Star Wars project, but seemingly was unable to come together.

When Visceral closed, EA moved the project to EA Motive, which had been working with Visceral on the game during development. The title was reportedly going through a number of changes from director Amy Hennig's original design and story, but EA never publicly showed the rebooted version. EA Motive eventually opened a Vancouver office, sharing space with EA Vancouver until the two merged. After installing a new studio head in Samantha Ryan, Jade Raymond left the studio.

Kotaku also reports that the next game from EA Vancouver might also be a Star Wars game, but it would be years away even if were. In May 2013, Electronic Arts signed a ten year exclusivity deal for non-LEGO console and PC Star Wars titles, of which five years have passed. In that time, EA has released Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront II. They have also announced Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Titanfall developer Respawn scheduled to be released this year.

[Source: Kotaku]

Posted on 16 January 2019 | 12:45 am

The Elder Scrolls Online Announces Newest Expansion Elsweyr

During a livestream today, Bethesda revealed the newest expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online, bringing players to Elsweyr for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena in 1994. The expansion comes with what Bethesda is calling the Season of the Dragon, pitting Tamriel's warriors against the series' dragon without the powers of a dragonborn on their side.

The Season of the Dragon is the title given to 2019's year of Elder Scrolls Online content, including the announced Wrathstone dungeon pack, a new Necromancer job class, and the unannounced dungeon packs for later this year. Elsweyr alone accounts for 30 hours of story content.

Check out the trailer below.

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Elsweyr can be played from the beginning by new players without any need to jump into older content. Similarly, existing players can start fresh in Elsweyr as a Necromancer. Players are tasked with defending the Khajit-born region from the dragon swarm lead by Kaalgrontiid. You can't rely on fus roh dah when there's no dragonborn to be found, so swords and shields will have to do.

Elsweyr launches for all versions of Elder Scrolls Online on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on June 4.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 11:00 pm

Netflix Raises Prices On Streaming Service Again

Netflix has announced that the service will once again be raising their prices on all plans, meaning that every plan now requires payments of over $100 a year.

The streaming company has announced the price goes into effect today for new customers and in the coming months for existing ones. The $8 plan is going up to $9; the middle-tier, which is the most common plan according to Netflix, goes from $11 to $13; the premium plan which allows 4K and UHD streaming jumps from $14 to $16, making it one of the most expensive streaming services on the market.

Netflix is no stranger to price increases, as the company is increasingly trying to figure out how to make the service financially viable. Despite the massive number of subscribers and number of viral hits, Netflix has been losing far more money than it is making, with expected negative cash flows in the billions. As more and more companies start pulling away to launch their own services, like Disney, Netflix is in the unenviable position of needing to charge more while simultaneously losing more content. That means they have to fill the gaps with their own content which also costs truckloads of money.

I assume there are still more Marvel shows to cancel in the meantime.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 9:10 pm

Teased Sci-Fi Ubisoft Title Pioneer Seemingly Cancelled

In Watch Dogs 2, the protagonist Marcus Holloway sneaks into video game developer Ubisoft's San Francisco office and leaks a video game trailer intended only for internal use but teasing an E3 release. While a lot of people posited that the trailer was probably a real thing under Ubisoft's creation, Kotaku's sources confirmed that the sci-fi game Pioneer was a real product in development and Watch Dogs' use of it was an intentional tease. Now it seems like game might be dead.

Alex Hutchinson, former Ubisoft director of games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed III, recently tweeted a suggestion that the Pioneer project is no more.

RIP Pioneer. 😭

— Alex Hutchinson (@BangBangClick) January 15, 2019

When asked if this means the project is "super dead," Hutchinson replied with more crying emojis. The timing of Hutchinson's employment at Ubisoft would have fit with him working on the game in some capacity before he left. While there's no statement from Ubisoft on the matter, they also technically never announced the game, so a public cancellation would also probably be strange.

Hutchinson himself is developing the recently announced Journey to the Savage Planet, revealed at The Game Awards last month.

For now, we just have to think about this extremely strange way to soft-announce a game within another game that ended up never actually coming out. With no Assassin's Creed game scheduled for 2019, Ubisoft might be looking to produce another Watch Dogs title for this year with another theoretical preview built into it.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 8:00 pm

Call Of Duty's Blackout Mode Getting Free Trial This Week

Activision has been experimenting with different ways to get Blackout, their Call of Duty-flavored battle royale game, into the hands of consumers, such as selling the mode separately. Now you can try the mode on its own for free later this week during a free week.

Bring your friends — the Blackout Free Trial is coming.

Play #BlackOps4’s Blackout Battle Royale for free from January 17th to the 24th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

— Call of Duty (@CallofDuty) January 15, 2019

The free week is for all platforms for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, meaning PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can start playing on January 17 until the January 24, giving you plenty of time to emerge victorious in lauded battle royale mode. 

While free weeks and weekends are common, it does seem like Activision is still looking at days to spread the critically-acclaimed Blackout mode to other players. One of the key factors to Fortnite's success is that you can download and play it for free and Activision no doubt wants those numbers for their own battle royale games.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won our shooter of the year award, as well as winning best battle royale mode for Blackout, best progression, and best competitive shooter.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 6:40 pm

Riot Games Introduces New Company Values Following Toxic Workplace Allegations

Today, League of Legends developer Riot Games has revealed new company values on its website following last year's allegations of rampant sexism and misogyny in the company's workplace.

The controversy resulted in gender discrimination lawsuits from current and former Riot employees. Riot Games apologized to both its fans and workers, stating that it would strive to improve company culture as best it could. These new values are one of its steps towards hopefully making a safer and healthier office environment.

You can click here, or look below to read the new values:

Our values are our north star; the guide to who we want to be. They’re what we look to for help when we fall short of our goals, and the lens we use to evaluate every decision we make.

In 2012 we wrote our manifesto: a statement of who we believed we were as a young company still at the beginning of its journey. It served us well for many years, but didn’t evolve along with us. Today, we need values that represent who we want to be for our next chapter. 

Below are our updated values. We talked to more than 1,700 Rioters, asking them who we need to be to deliver on our promise to players. To make these values true, we promise to institutionalize these values throughout Riot, so they become a part of every Rioter’s daily reality:

• We will continually invest in cultivating an environment where each and every Rioter is able to thrive and reach their peak performance. 

• We will strive for fair and equitable processes that Rioters can rely on. 

• Our leaders will live the values and actively promote them within their teams.

​Our ambition is that Riot will be the best place to work for all those who are passionate about our mission. 

According to Riot, these new values were put together following more than 1,700 conversations with its employees. 

[Source: Riot]

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 6:04 pm

Team Sonic Racing Adds Villainous Team Eggman Squad

Sega has announced a new team of racers for the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. Team Eggman features three villains from various points of Sonic's history. Head of Sonic Team and Team Sonic Racing producer Takashi Iizuka confirmed to us in November that there are 15 playable racers in the game, meaning this is the final character announcement ahead of its May release.

Each team features three roles: speed, technique, and power. Dr. Eggman heads up the team as the technique character, while Metal Sonic fills in the speed role, and Zavok, who debuted in Sonic Lost World on Wii U, is the team's power character.

You can see the full roster below.

Team Sonic

Team Dark

Team Rose

Team Vector

Team Eggman

If you're a fan of these characters and the Sonic Universe, Iizuka told us that they will engage in banter throughout the race. "We will have all the characters in the map have situational conversations as you race – other titles don’t really do that," he said. "We created a lot of dialogue for all the characters for when you receive an item from a teammate, spin out a rival opponent, or when you are calling out for help to your teammates. We wanted the players to really feel like they were racing in the Sonic Universe alongside of all the characters, which is unique to this title. For those that prefer a more quiet and focused experience, you can also turn the voices off!"

Team Sonic Racing releases on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on May 21. For more, check out our hands-on preview here.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 5:32 pm

Carlton And Floss Emotes Removed From Forza Horizon 4

The Carlton and Floss avatar emotes have been removed from Forza Horizon 4 with its latest update, which is likely a response to the growing concern of lawsuits surrounding dance moves in games.

Aside from bug fixes and improvements to Forza Horizon 4, the update's patch notes briefly mention how these emotes were pulled, though no reason is given. 

These removals could be a sign of Microsoft wanting to stay out of potential legal battles. Epic Games has been facing its share of lawsuits relating to dance moves in Fortnite. Rapper 2 Milly, for example, filed legal action over the Milly Rock dance used in Fortnite. Russel Horning (Backpack Kid) and Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro also are suing Epic Games over their dances' portrayals in the game.

We've reached out to Microsoft for comment, and will update this article accordingly should we hear back. For more on Forza Horizon's update, you can read the full patch notes here

Although Microsoft and Playground Games weren't under fire for the inclusion of these dancing emotes, these removals are likely related to the controversy surrounding Epic Games. Suing a gaming studio over its portrayal of a dance is murky territory, and probably a difficult legal battle to win. Nonetheless, Microsoft probably wants to watch its back until these cases are settled.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 5:24 pm

NBA 2K Continues Partnership With NBA & Players Association

Take-Two and its 2K label have extended their current partnership deal with the NBA and the NBA Players Association, meaning it's business as usual for the NBA 2K franchise for the foreseeable future.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed other than it's a multi-year deal and it continues to cover the NBA 2K series, PC franchise NBA 2K Online, mobile, arcade-gameplay title NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, and possibly other unenumerated areas.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 3:44 pm

Spider-Man: Far From Home Teaser Trailer Is A Tourist Trap

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Like Cars 2 or an episode of The Brady Bunch, the only logical step for the current Spider-Man movie series started by Spider-Man: Homecoming is to travel abroad. Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out on July 5, and Peter Parker and his classmates are heading out on a European vacation.

Today's teaser isn't just a summer fling, however, as Spider-Man is called into action by Nick Fury and Mysterio to battle The Elementals.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 3:15 pm

Artist Reimagines Persona 5 As Gameboy Advance Game

Lots of Persona fans around the world are clinging to the hope that Persona 5 comes to Switch. But what if it came to another Nintendo console. Yeah. That's right. You know the one: the Gameboy Advance!  Artist Sea Handler has imagined such a scenario and we get to reap the benefits of it.

Check out all their glorious work by clicking the box below.

Persona 5 for the Game Boy Advance. Coming April 4th 2003 #pixelart

— Sea Handler Art (@seahandlerart) January 14, 2019

You can take a gander at the rest of Sea Handler's work by looking at their Twitter profile.

For more on Persona, check out our ranking of the top 10 characters in the whole series.

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 1:54 am

Modder Datamine From Nintendo Switch Online Hints At Possible SNES Games For The Service

This past weekend Nintendo modder KappaccinoHeck discovered a reference to a list of Super Nintendo games while dating files for the Switch's online service. Currently the service only gives Nintendo Switch Online subscribers access to a library of NES games including The Legend Of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. 3.

The titles referenced in the file that KappaccinoHeck found includes The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, and more. You can find the full list right here:

Super Mario Kart
Super Soccer
Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Demon's Crest
Yoshi's Island
Stunt Race FX
Kirby's Dream Course
Pop'n Twinbee
Star Fox
Contra 3
Kirby Super Star
Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
Kirby's Dream Land 3
Super Metroid
Super Mario World

— Kapu | gamers will perish (@KapuccinoHeck) January 13, 2019

Keep in mind this is not surefire evidence these games are coming to Nintendo's online service. However, it's not out of the realm of reality for the company to try and rope in more subscribers by putting some of everyone's favorite classic on there. 

We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and will update if we hear back.

[Source: Polygon]

Posted on 15 January 2019 | 1:25 am

The Pinkertons And Rockstar Games Are Fighting Over Red Dead Redemption II

The Pinkertons have proven to be the foe in many cultural works throughout the decades: Deadwood, A People's History Of The United States, BioShock Infinite, and so on. Today, it appears that historied company is taking on Take-Two and Rockstar Games over inclusion of Pinkerton agents in Red Dead Redemption II.

Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations sent a cease & desist letter to Take-Two last week and have demanded royalties, claiming Rockstar was unauthorized to feature the Pinkerton brand in the game. Take-Two has fired back, countering that the inclusion of the agency in the game falls under fair use.

Rockstar cites Red Dead Redemption II's historical setting, as well as the Pinkerton Agency's being featured in a plethora of cultural works throughout years as evidence. "[Pinkerton] cannot use trademark law to own the past and prevent creators from including historical references to Pinkerton agents in depictions of the American West," Take-Two asserts in its filing.

You can read Take-Two's court document in full for yourself here. For more on Red Dead Redemption II, here are 101 things you can do in the game.

[Source: The Blast]

I tend to agree with Rockstar Games here. The Pinkertons have been a cultural icon used throughout the ages in countless works. If the agency wanted to pick a fight, why wait until now? It seems, as Take-Two alludes to in its court filing, that the company likely just wants a cut of Red Dead Redemption II's profits. 

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 10:15 pm

10 Cloverfield Lane Director Slated To Direct Uncharted Movie

Another director is once again attached to Sony's attempt to bring Nathan Drake and pals to the big screen. After Shawn Levy's departure from the project, Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) has stepped up to take on the adaptation, according to a report from Variety.

Here's Trachtenberg talking about wanting to adapt an Uncharted movie back in 2007:

RT @nshady: December 2007: @DannyTRS on Uncharted - "I wish I could make this movie."
January 2019: Is making the movie.

Totally rad. @jeffcannata @alexalbrecht @SnoopMikey

— seandps (@seandps) January 14, 2019

The adaptation has no release or even production date. Tom Holland is still reported to star as young Nathan Drake but given that the press tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home hasn't started, we imagine this movie's release is a long way away.

While you wait, why not watch Allan Ungar's fantastic fan film starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake?

[Source: Variety]

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 7:40 pm

Valve Talks About Changes Coming To Steam In 2019

Another year, more massive sales for Valve's Steam storefront, which boasted an average of 1.7 million new customers per month throughout the year. In its 2018 review post, the company discussed big changes ahead for Steam, both the storefront and program.

You can read the whole list here but the biggest takeaways from Valve are as follows. The company is working on a new recommendation search engine that will do an improved job of "matching players to games based on their individual choices." Steam will also receive a new mobile chat app, a new events systems, an update to the Steam library, and Valve will officially bring the storefront to China in 2019.

For more on Steam's upcoming changes, head here.

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 7:10 pm

Cross-Play For Rocket League Is Now Live

It's interesting times in the gaming world. Not too long ago, after mounting pressure, Sony opened its doors so cross-play would be available for Fortnite between Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation. Now it looks like a new game will enjoy the privileges of cross-play.

Today, Psyonix revealed that cross-play for Rocket League between all platforms is now available.

All My Friends 🚐🚗🚛🚙

Full cross-platform play is now LIVE for all Rocket League players!

— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) January 14, 2019

While Rocket League is certainly popular, it's nowhere near the phenomenon that Fortnite is. Perhaps this means that Sony is easing back on cross-play for a wider range of titles in the future? Guess we'll find out one way or another.

For more on Rocket League, check out our review here.

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 6:15 pm

Overwatch Fan Creates Amazing Replica Of B.O.B.

Ashe and her robo sidekick B.O.B. have proven to be some of the most beloved (and maybe hated) additions to Overwatch's roster since the game was released. One fan, who goes by the moniker BrokenBladeWorkshop, decided to express their love by building B.O.B. You didn't misread that sentence. This person literally made a life-sized replica of the robo henchman.

Check it out here for yourself:

Well, I did something! I'm so proud of B.O.B.! As soon as I saw him at Blizzcon I knew I had to build this enormous young man. I've been playing Ashe non stop since her debut and I'm in love with her and her Omnic companion, I'm so excited to be him again!@PlayOverwatch

— BrokenBladeWorkshop @ Fanime and ALA (@BrknBldCosplay) January 9, 2019

You can head here BrokenBladeWorkshop's instagram for more shots of B.O.B. here.

For more on Overwatch, check out what honors it took home in our 2018 shooter awards.

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 6:01 pm

Proposed Time To Death Fixes And New Mode Lead Battlefield V's Next Chapter Update

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Battlefield V is kicking things off in 2019 with Tides of War Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes, a new update that brings a bevy of requested changes and tweaks to the game as well as new content. The most eye-catching fix is the series of adjustments hoping to rectify the time-to-death controversy surrounding the game the past month. 

Time will tell if these changes remedy the issue, but here's the full rundown straight from DICE itself:

Alongside these proposed fixes come four new weapons that players can earn via weekly challenges during Lightning Strikes. A unique version of Conquest, Squad Conquest, also makes its way to the game. Squad Conquest features two teams of eight players facing off against one another on the Arras, Rotterdam, and Hamada maps. The mode is only available temporarily, running from January 17-30, so get in soon if you want to play it. You can read the entire list of rank rewards available in Lightning Strikes here

This content drop is the opening salvo of Chapter 2 of the Battlefield V service, which also promises the return of Rush mode and a new Grand Operation in the near future. 

For more on Battlefield V, check out our review here.

Posted on 14 January 2019 | 3:20 pm