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A Sequel To Mortal Kombat Reboot Film Is In The Works, Writer Attached To Project

According to a report by Deadline, the 2021 film reboot Mortal Kombat was successful enough to warrant a sequel.

Moon Knight lead writer Jeremy Slater has been tapped to write the script for Mortal Kombat 2. Slater has also been involved with the James Wan produced adaptation of Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers, and helped develop the graphic novel series The Umbrella Academy for Netflix. Outside of Slater’s involvement, not much is known about the greenlit Mortal Kombat 2 quite yet.

Mortal Kombat was released simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max in April 2021, raking in $22.5 million its opening weekend, an impressive number in the early months of moviegoers returning to theaters during the ongoing pandemic. However, that strong start was a significant portion of the $83 million total it grossed worldwide after a sharp decline in the following weeks. The film stars Lewis Tan as series newcomer Cole Young along with, Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Joe Talsim (Bi Han/Sub-Zero), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), and Hiroyuki Sanada (Scorpion).

Who do you want to see in the next Mortal Kombat film? Should Johnny Cage be introduced? Should there be a road trip to the other underrepresented realms? Let us know in the comments!.

Posted on 27 January 2022 | 1:00 am

Which Feature From Pokémon Legends: Arceus Moves The Series Forward Most?

The reviews for Pokémon Legends: Arceus have started to hit today, and if you haven't read Brian Shea's review yet, give it a look right here. Legends: Arceus is a significant change to the traditional Pokémon formula, which is a big deal for a series that hasn't strayed far from its roots in over 25 years. Instead of a fairly focused JRPG adventure, where you stroll from town to town, catching and building teams of Pokémon to challenge Gyms and eventually the Elite Four, Legends takes another route.

Legends: Arceus is very different, in fact. It lets trainers explore large open areas and catch monsters in the wild, a years-long dream of mine when thinking of the future of the series. I couldn't stop grinning when I first saw the player character sneaking up on an unsuspecting Wurmple and tossing a Pokéball at it. I had the same reaction when Game Freak showed you could start Pokémon battles by choosing which team member to toss out towards the target, just like Ash Ketchum would in the anime. Then I found out that gathering and crafting would be a big component of the game, and I was relieved the last few years of mastering a similar loop in Monster Hunter seems like it's going to pay off nicely. 

There's a whole host of notable changes potentially coming to the Pokémon series if Legends: Arceus is successful. So, let's talk about the experimental aspects packed into the newest Pokémon entry and whether they work or don't. I'd like to know what you think is the most influential change or new feature in Pokémon Legends: Arceus that you'd like to see in other mainline games moving forward? Is it the semi-open world, the seamless battle and catching mechanics? Will the Strong Style and Agile Style attack modifiers make it to competitive battles and warp that system entirely? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 11:50 pm

Valve's Steam Deck Officially Launching In Late February

Valve wasn't joking a few weeks ago when it said that its upcoming handheld Steam Deck was going to hit current shipping targets. Today, the company announced the first batch of Steam Decks will start to be sold to customers on February 25 and sent out shortly after.

More specifically, Valve plans to send out emails to those lucky early reservation holders starting on February 25. From there, customers will have 72 hours to respond and confirm the purchase. If that process proceeds smoothly, a shiny new Steam Deck will be delivered to its new home starting on February 28. Steam Decks held for those who fail to complete the purchase within that three-day period will be available for the next reservation in line. Valve did make it clear that the model that you reserved is locked in as the one you'll have the opportunity to buy. There won't be a way to switch when the confirmation email comes through. 

Make sure to keep an eye on your inbox if you think you'll be eligible to buy the device close to launch. Valve says it plans "to release new order email batches on a weekly cadence." 

For those interested in how the Steam Deck handles, the same announcement came with some information regarding coverage and reviews. According to Valve, hardware review units will be sent to outlets shortly, and the embargo for final verdicts will also be on February 25. Considering the 72-hour grace period on confirming a purchase, this at least gives potential buyers the chance to inform themselves a little more before pulling the trigger on picking up the anticipated handheld PC. Other preview information may be allowed before the review embargo, but there are no specifics as to what or when.

If you have the Steam Deck reserved, but don't know where you are in line, check out the Steam Deck page in the Steam client or website.

Are you buying a Steam Deck? Which games are you looking to play on it if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 7:45 pm

Dying Light 2 Post-Launch Roadmap Reveals Five Years Of Planned DLC

Dying Light 2 Post-Launch 5 Year DLC Roadmap Timeline

Dying Light 2 Stay Human isn’t even out yet – it hits PlayStation and Xbox consoles as well as PC on February 4 –and while the base game offers 500 hours of gameplay, Techland is already excited to share what’s next for the game after its launch. 

Techland has revealed that it has a five-year roadmap for the first-person zombie parkour game, meaning you’ll be receiving new DLC for it until at least 2027. While that’s quite surprising to learn, fans of Techland’s first Dying Light game are likely already familiar with the studio’s DLC commitments. 

As you can see in the image above, the first bit of DLC will launch in February alongside free Factions-inspired content. Then, sometime in March, Techland will release its first set of Dying Light 2 challenges, followed by a series of events featuring mutated infected in April. Fast forward to May, and you’re looking at another set of challenges coming to the game. Then in June, you can expect the first paid story DLC. 

The five-plus years of support include the following, according to Techland:

Dying Light 2 hits PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 4. It will hit Switch later since that version was delayed.

While waiting for its release, read about how Dying Light 2’s main story will last about 20 hours (although completing every single thing in it will take upwards of 500 hours), and then check out how that 500-hour length compares to other notoriously long games. Read about the different performance and resolution modes in Dying Light 2 once you're done with that. 

Do you think you'll be playing Dying Light 2 Stay Human for five years? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 6:43 pm

Halo Infinite Was The Series’ Biggest Launch Ever, Forza Horizon 5 Crosses 18 Million Players

Forza Horizon 5 Halo Infinite Playerbase Numbers

To probably nobody’s surprise, Halo Infinite is a hit. Not only did it review well back when it was officially released in December – Game Informer gave it a 9.25 out of 10 – but many people played it. A quick scroll through Twitter would have told you that, but thanks to Microsoft’s second-quarter earnings call, we now know just how much. 

Video Games Chronicle reports that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who is likely still riding the high of acquiring Activision Blizzard, said more than 20 million players have played halo Infinite. Halo Infinite’s multiplayer was launched as a beta back in November before the campaign was released on December 8 on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC (and on Xbox and PC Game Pass as well).

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That’s not all, though, as Nadella also revealed that Forza Horizon 5, the latest arcade racer from Playground Games, has been played by more than 18 million players since its release on Xbox consoles and PC last November. 

“The big bets we have made across content, community, and cloud over the past few years are paying off,” Nadella said, according to VGC. “We saw record engagement as well as revenue this quarter. Game Pass has more than 25 million subscribers across PC and console. We released AAA titles this holiday to rave reviews and record usage. Eighteen million played Forza Horizon 5 and more than 20 million have played Halo Infinite, making it the biggest Halo launch in history.” 

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For more, read our thoughts on these games in Game Informer’s Halo Infinite review and Game Informer’s Forza Horizon 5 review. Check out how Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard stacks up against other entertainment acquisitions after that. 

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]

Are you still playing Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5? What do you think of them a couple of months post-launch? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 5:30 pm

This Week's The Book of Boba Fett Holds A Surprise For Star Wars Video Game Fans

This week's The Book of Boba Fett episode is loaded with surprises and will surely delight fans who consume all of Star Wars' movies, shows, comics, books, and even video games. The focus of this article is just one of the surprises, which is relatively small compared to others in the episode, but still warrants a big SPOILER warning. I urge you all to watch the episode before continuing on, but if you have no interest in the show, or want to see if the surprise will make you watch, continue on.

It's been a big week for Respawn Entertainment. Yesterday, the developer announced three new Star Wars video game projects are in the works, including a follow-up to 2019's excellent Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The star of that game is Cal Kestis, a Jedi in training who just happens to befriend a little droid named BD-1. This new BD droid type was created by Respawn Entertainment and Lucasfilm and has since emerged in other Star Wars stories, including an issue of the Doctor Aphra comic book.

In the fifth episode of The Book of Boba Fett, we get our first look at a BD unit in a live-action show and it's as adorable and animated as in the game. This particular droid may be BD-1 and could point to a Cal Kestis cameo or appearance in a future episode or forthcoming Star Wars project.

You can see the BD droid of note below. It definitely looks like it's seen some action and is fairly old. What do you think of the cameo? Do you think it's BD-1 or just a random BD unit?

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 5:15 pm

Elden Ring Story Takes 30 Hours To Beat, Side Content Adds Dozens More

Who isn’t excited for Elden Ring? I mean, the Soulsborne enthusiast himself, Dan Tack, claimed that FromSoftware’s upcoming fantastical RPG will likely be 2022’s GOTY – and that’s just based on the various trailers and his experience with hands-on preview builds! But how long will players be exploring this alleged possible-GOTY sandbox? Well, according to a PCGamesN report, Elden Ring’s mainline story will take around 30 hours to beat, with side content adding in dozens more. Of course, it’s probably safe to throw another ten to twenty hours of “you died” overlays to that runtime, too. 

At the Taipei Game Show, Elden Ring producer Yasuhiro Kitao stated, “This will differ significantly by player, but in terms of the targets set during development, the idea is that the main route should be able to be completed within around 30 hours.” Kitao would later go on to say, “The game as a whole is quite massive, and contains many dozens more hours worth of gameplay, but if we are talking about the main route only, it shouldn’t take much longer than that.” 

I, for one, am happy that Elden Ring won’t be an overwhelming time sink – the notorious loop will likely be punishing enough to keep most players occupied well into the 50-hour range. PCGamesN notes that Elden Ring’s manageable scope mirrors From Software’s other titles. Apparently, Dark Souls and Dark Souls 2 take a little over 40 hours to beat, while the third entry clocks in at around 32 hours. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the shortest game, with a less-than-30-hour runtime. 

Elden Ring launches on February 28 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you are looking for a time sink, consider Dying Light 2 Stay Human, as it supposedly takes at least 500 hours to achieve 100% completion.

[Source: PCGamesN]

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 4:40 pm

Crusader Kings 3 Invades Consoles In Late March

At Gamescom in August, Paradox Interactive announced its popular PC strategy series Crusader Kings would finally be making its console debut. Today, the publisher announced Crusader Kings III will be playable from your couch on March 29.

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Paradox is calling this release an adaptation, rather than a port, because of all of the changes that have been made to, well, adapt the game for console play. UI, text, menus, and more have been overhauled to provide a more comfortable experience while playing this immersive strategy title with a controller. "The all-new control map lets players quickly and easily navigate the game’s menus via triggers, bumpers, and quick flicks of the analog stick," reads a press release sent to Game Informer. To utilize the console experience to its fullest, Crusader Kings III will sport faster loading on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and controller features like haptics and adaptive triggers on the DualSense are supported as well.

Crusader King III was initially released for PC in 2020. This strategy title sets itself apart from others with its focus on emergent player-driven scenarios and entertaining drama of navigating war and diplomacy. Console players can join in on the fun and intrigue in March when this adaptation hits PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, which are available for pre-order today. 

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 4:00 pm

A Resident Evil 4 Fan-Made HD Remaster 8 Years In The Making Launches Next Month

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Resident Evil 4 is arguably the best entry in Capcom’s iconic horror franchise. The game’s staying power is particularly noteworthy as several re-releases and a (leaked) remake continue to bring Leon’s action-packed journey through the plagued Spanish countryside to newcomers and old school players. Moreover, a Resident Evil 4 fan-made Remaster that’s been eight years in the making is slated to finally launch next month, as reported by Eurogamer. And based on the extensive trailer (seen below), it was well worth the wait.

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Helmed by two developers, the Resident Evil 4 HD Project is compatible with Steam's 1.0.6/1.1.0 versions and will feature updated textures across the board with improved lighting and high-quality 3D models. In addition to the mainline campaign, the remaster comes packaged with extra enhanced content, including Assignment Ada, Separate Wars, and The Mercenaries. The HD Project looks to revitalize the Resident Evil 4 formula to feel as if fans are playing it again for the first time. FAQ notes delve into the meticulous level of detail and research that went into this massive undertaking:

“In preparation for the original game, Capcom gathered texture assets by photographing a variety of real-world locations, primarily throughout Spain and Wales. For this project, Albert has gone to these same locations to gather higher-resolution assets. The result is a visual experience that is as true to the original game as possible, presented in resolutions up to 16 times that of the original game.”

WIth archived blog posts that go back to February 2014, there’s more than enough info for anyone who’d like to get a glimpse into the design process over the last eight years. But if you’re worried about Capcom cracking down on the HD Project, don’t worry. According to the FAQ, the acclaimed Japanese developer knows about the remaster and wholeheartedly supports its creation. In response to questions about why the HD Project is even being made, developers Albert and Cris stated, “It’s definitely NOT because we have an abundance of free time. Rather, it’s because we absolutely love Resident Evil 4 and feel that we should have the best visual experience of the game as possible.”

The Resident Evil 4 HD Project drops on February 2. If you’re an avid fan of the entry, check out Blake Hester’s profoundly personal piece on The Simple Comforts Of Resident Evil 4. Then be sure to check out his review of the recently-released VR port.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 3:00 pm

Crysis 4 Revealed In A New Teaser, In ‘Early Stages’ Of Development

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Crysis is a series best known for being a great FPS and a trilogy of games capable of melting graphics cards. Constantly pushing the envelope of FPS visuals with each release, it seems Crytek is ready to melt some more cards because it has officially announced Crysis 4 in a new teaser released today. 

The teaser doesn’t reveal too much – it shows the Sun, a crumbling city, and more, but it ends with a giant “4” and the words, “join the journey [and] become the hero.” You can watch the teaser below for yourself: 

It's time to join the journey and be the hero.

A Crytek Announcement.

— Crytek (@Crytek) January 26, 2022

Then, in a reply tweet to that teaser, Crytek says “we’re excited to announce we’re working on the 4th installment in the Crysis series” and that it wants “you to join us on our journey and become the hero you were destined to be.” That tweet links to a blog post with more information about the new sequel. 

“It’s something you have been asking us for a long time, so it’s now finally time to confirm – yes, a new Crysis game is happening,” the blog post reads. “We are so pleased and excited to bring this news to you, and we really can’t wait to reveal more details about what lies ahead. Right now, the game is in the early stages of development so it will be a while yet, but we wanted to bring you the news at this time as we are so hyped for the future, and to let you know that we will be listening to our community.” 

Crytek says as development progresses, it will release more details about Crysis 4 when it can. In the meantime, it wants players to know “that our dedicated and talented team is working hard to bring you a truly next-gen shooter.” 

The last mainline Crysis released was 2013’s Crysis 3, a sequel to 2011’s Crysis 2, which was a sequel to 2007’s Crysis. Suppose you’ve never played the Crysis trilogy before. In that case, you can play remastered versions of all three games in the recently-released Crysis Remastered Trilogy, which hit PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC back in October. It brings 4K/60FPS gameplay to the series on new-gen consoles with improved lighting and high-resolution textures. 

Are you excited about a new Crysis game? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 1:37 pm

Activision Blizzard Won’t Voluntarily Recognize New Raven Software Union

Raven Software Activision Blizzard Game Workers Alliance Union

Thirty-four quality assurance employees formed a new union at Raven Software called the Game Workers Alliance Union. It became the first union at a publicly-traded video game publisher (and the first within Activision Blizzard). The union asked Activision Blizzard for voluntary recognition, but the publisher has revealed that it won’t do that. 

Raven asked Activision Blizzard for the recognition by January 25, and hours after the deadline, an Activision Blizzard spokesperson sent the following statement to Game Informer

“At Activision Blizzard, we deeply respect the rights of all employees to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union. We carefully reviewed and considered the CWA initial request last week and tried to find a mutually acceptable solution with the CWA that would have led to an expedited election process. Unfortunately, the parties could not reach an agreement.  We expect that the union will be moving forward with the filing of a petition to the NLRB for an election. If filed, the company will respond formally to that petition promptly. The most important thing to the company is that each eligible employee has the opportunity to have their voice heard and their individual vote counted, and we think all employees at Raven should have a say in this decision.    Across the company, we believe that a direct relationship between managers and team members allows us to quickly respond and deliver the strongest results and opportunities for employees. As a result of these direct relationships, we’ve made a number of changes over the past couple years including raising minimum compensation for Raven QA employees by 41 percent, extending paid time off, expanding access to medical benefits for employees and their significant others, and transitioning more than 60 percent of temporary Raven QA staff into full-time employees. We look forward to continuing a direct dialogue with our team and working together to make our workplace better.”

As the statement above reveals, Activision Blizzard says it considered the Raven union requests and attempted to find a solution that was agreeable to both it and the union. Such a solution could not be found, as the publisher has opted not to recognize the Game Workers Alliance Union voluntarily. As the statement notes, the union will likely now call for a vote, and the National Labor Relations Board will oversee the election. 

The union will now need to receive 50 percent of the votes within its department, plus one more vote, to win the election. At that point, Activision Blizzard would have to bargain with the union based on election process rules. There’s no word at the moment when this NLRB election will occur.

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 1:06 pm

Call Of Duty Will Stay On PlayStation For Now, Bloomberg Reports

With Microsoft's impending purchase of Activision Blizzard announced last week, little has been said about which currently planned multiplatform games like Diablo or the immensely popular Call of Duty will see the light of day on non-Xbox consoles in the future. Now might be the time to breathe a sigh of relief for fans of the prolific shooter franchise who own PlayStation hardware. According to a report from Bloomberg's Jason Schreier, PlayStation will still be a place to play at least three more Call of Duty titles.

Schreier spoke with a handful of unnamed sources familiar with the deals between Activision and Sony prior to the announcement of the historic purchase. The three titles are said to be this year's Infinity Ward developed Modern Warfare follow-up, along with a Treyarch-helmed game, which we assume is scheduled for next year. Taking the third spot is an update to the successful Battle Royale mode Warzone, which stands as a separate entity in the Call of Duty franchise following its release in 2020.

This aligns with Microsoft's actions following its Bethesda purchase, seeing through existing deals to release games on rival platforms as originally intended. Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, for instance, are seeing those contracts play out as planned. That seems to be the case with Call of Duty, though plans for Blizzard titles like Overwatch 2 and Diablo IV, which were assumed to have multiplatform support, are still very unknown. Last week, we reported on a tweet from Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, where he spoke on this very topic, saying, "Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship."

Microsoft's intention, as Spencer says, is to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, at the ones Activision already promised. Anything after that, it seems, is still up in the air. However, the confirmed Xbox exclusivity of Bethesda games like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI is likely an accurate barometer of things to come for beloved Activision Blizzard franchises once these outstanding deals are fulfilled.

[Source: Bloomberg}

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 12:45 am

New Trailer For Paramount’s Halo Series Premieres This Sunday

We got our first real look at the upcoming Halo TV series The Game Awards in December, and we’re set to get a presumably bigger sample this week. Paramount has announced that a new trailer for the show will premiere this Sunday during the halftime show of the NFL’s AFC Championship.

If you’re planning to catch it live, the AFC Championship Game, which pits the Cinncinati Bengals against the Kansas City Chiefs, begins at 3:05 p.m. Eastern on CBS. 

Suit up Spartans, the wait is almost over. The official trailer for @HaloTheSeries lands this Sunday during halftime of the AFC Championship Game on @CBS and @ParamountPlus. #HaloTheSeries

— Paramount+ (@paramountplus) January 25, 2022

Halo is a joint collaboration between 343 Industries, Showtime, and Amblin Entertainment. The cast includes Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Jen Taylor reprising her role as Cortana, Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, and Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-066. It’s scheduled to premiere on Paramount + sometime this year; maybe this trailer will finally offer a solid release date.

You catch up on a previous Halo teaser here. For more Halo goodness, be sure to check out our current Video Gameography podcast series examining the development history of the Halo franchise. 

Posted on 26 January 2022 | 12:12 am

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Is Working On A Video Game Movie And It’ll Be Announced This Year

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For Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, it’s about drive and it’s about power. He stays hungry and he devours, and today, it’s been revealed that he’s putting in the work (and the hours) to create another video game movie.

Johnson is no stranger to the silver screen, which is where his career resides these days following a great run in professional wrestling. In fact, he’s not even a stranger to being the star of video game adaptations on the silver screen, having starred in the 2005 Doom movie and 2018’s Rampage. In a new interview with Men’s Journal, Johnson said a video game adaptation he’s in will be announced this year, as reported by GamesRadar

“I can’t tell you which game in particular we’re doing, but there will be an announcement this year,” he said. “We’re going to bring one of the biggest, most badass games to the screen – one that I’ve played for years.” 

Alright, let the theory churn begin. Fortnite seems like a given, right? He plays The Foundation in it and has been heavily connected to the game for a while now. However, describing it as “badass” would be odd. Sure, Fortnite is a ton of fun and it features exciting gameplay, but it doesn’t scream “badass.” Perhaps he’s taking another shot at a Doom movie? A Call of Duty movie wouldn’t be surprising, either – it’s one of the biggest video game franchises on Earth and Johnson is one of the biggest names in Hollywood at the moment. 

Above all that, though, we’d like to see him in a Gears of War movie. He has the physique to play the larger-than-life characters featured in Microsoft’s Gears series and he already has a would-be costar willing and ready in Dave Bautista, who really wants to be in a Gears of War movie (and we really want to see that happen!). 

[Source: Men's Journal]

What video game do you want to see Johnson adapt? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 11:10 pm

Blizzard Announces New Survival Game In ‘All New Universe’

Blizzard Entertainment Survival Game All New Universe

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a survival game set in an “all-new universe” and it announced it in a very odd way: a job posting. 

The official Blizzard Twitter account posted a job listing, asking would-be applicants to join the team in writing its next chapter. That “next chapter” is a survival game set in an all-new universe and if the art posted with it is any indication, it’s definitely set in a fantasy world. While it’s clearly not a World of Warcraft-related game (since it’s in a new universe and not an existing one), it definitely feels at home for the developer of those games. 

We’re building a survival game in an all-new universe.

Join us in writing our next chapter:

— Blizzard Entertainment (@Blizzard_Ent) January 25, 2022

“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest,” the job posting reads. “We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored. Every story needs a teller. And every world needs builders. What if that could be you?” 

The job listing continues, asking, “do you like survival games? Do you want to join a collaborative team of experienced developers at the early stage of a new project in a new world…and help write the next chapter in Blizzard’s story?”

As for roles open, there’s Environment Artist (Associate to Senior), Senior Character Artist, Technical Artist (FX Pipeline), VFX Artist (Associate to Senior), and Senior Concept Artist on the art side of things. In design, there’s Associate Level Designer and Level Designer, and in engineering, there’s Lead Software Engineer (Engine), Senior Software Engineer (Audio), Senior Software Engineer (Server), and Senior Software Engineer (Tools). 

One interesting thing that many have already noted is that Blizzard is calling this an “unannounced” game…in its announcement of it. Sure, we don’t have a name for it yet, but with two looks at what appear to be concept art and word of it being a survival game in a new universe, it doesn’t really feel too “unannounced.” 

What do you hope to see from this game? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 9:14 pm

Palworld, That Wacky Pokémon-Style Survival Game With Guns, Gets New Trailer

Palworld made us do multiple double-takes when it first came to our attention last summer. At first, it looks like any other Pokémon-inspired title. Cute, colorful, plenty of monster catching. And then the main character busts out a realistic assault rifle and starts wasting enemies alongside his adorable companions. In short, it looks amazing, and a new trailer reminds us of that fact.

The game comes from Japanese developer Pocketpair and is a multiplayer open-world survival game where players befriend creatures called Pals. You can journey together as equals or use them as transportation. You can also eat them, exploit them for labor, or force them to enact your destructive agendas. Pals can be captured and traded with other players, and you can breed them too. 

Palworld is harsher than it looks, sporting unforgiving weather conditions, scarce resources, not to mention illegal poachers. There’s also plenty of farming, crafting, and construction, with players able to build houses or even rocket ships. In a dark twist, you can even build factories and put your adorable critters to work assembling guns and other tools. Palworld’s combat features over-the-shoulder style shooting where you’ll mow down poachers as well as hostile Pals. Yes, this is a real video game. Check out the latest look at the game below.

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Needless to say, Palworld looks bonkers, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it when it comes to PC sometime this year.

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 8:30 pm

Introducing From Panel To Podcast – A New Weekly Show Focused On All Things Comic Books

I've been playing video games and reading comic books for as long as I can remember. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I never stop talking about them, which is why I started From Panel to Podcast, a new weekly show that discusses all things comic book.

This podcast will tell you which comic books you should be reading each week, and also dives into the latest developments for comics in video games, movies, and television shows. We'll even discuss comic book collectibles and anything we think you should know about that pertains to this entertainment medium.

I'm joined each week by my dear friend Philip Hoff, who knows comic books better than anyone and has been collecting them with me for over two decades. We often go on comic hunts together, looking to complete runs and discover the next big series to gush about.

We found one such series recently and share our findings in this debut episode. We also dive deep into Insomniac Games' upcoming Wolverine game, and share thoughts on our favorite video games of all time.

You can listen to the first episode below. In the weeks ahead, new episodes will debut every Tuesday and will appear everywhere where podcasts are available.

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 7:34 pm

Overwatch's 2022 Lunar New Year Event Kicks Off Today

Overwatch’s annual Lunar New Year event, inspired by the Chinese celebration of the day, kicks off today. From now until February 15, you can enjoy a pair of event brawls and unique weekly challenges to unlock some spiffy new skins.

The Event Brawls feature Bounty Hunter and Capture the Flag Blitz. In Bounty Hunter, the first player to score a kill becomes the Bounty, whom everyone else in the game must hunt. Whoever claims the bounty becomes the new target, and the cycle begins anew. Capture the Flag Blitz is a revamped version where flags are placed in locations usually reserved for overtime games. That means they’re much closer together, and you’ll need six captures to win instead of three. Standard Capture the Flag will also be available to play.

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Completing weekly challenges nets new cosmetics, icons, and sprays per usual. The cosmetics (and respective rarities) include:

Finally, here are the top prizes for each week of the event:

In other recent Blizzard news, Microsoft is currently in the process of purchasing Activision as a whole, meaning Overwatch will become part of the Xbox family. You can read about that seismic event in video game history here. In the midst of all that noise, the producer of Overwatch 2 didn't mince words when she blamed Activision CEO Bobby Kotick for the game taking so long to release. You can read about that particularly nasty bit of drama here

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 7:00 pm

Mesoamerican Sci-Fi Action Game Aztech Forgotten Gods Launches In March

Azetch Forgotten Gods, the third-person action game that blends Mesoamerican culture with sci-fi trappings, arrives on March 10. Nintendo fans may remember the game’s debut during last April’s Indie World showcase, and it comes from the team behind Mulaka.

Aztech unfolds in a technologically advanced Tenochtitlan. Instead of lying in ruin as it does in real-life, Aztech’s version of the Aztec city never came into contact with Europeans, allowing it to flourish. That doesn’t mean it’s safe from harm, however; an ancient and divine threat looms, ready to strike. It’s up to Achtli, a cybernetically enhanced warrior wielding a giant mechanical fist called the Lightbringer, to protect Tenochtitlan. In addition to pummeling foes with the Lightbringer, the rocket-powered glove also lets you propel Achtili across environments meaning Azetch is as much about mobility as it is action. Check out the latest trailer below. 

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You can play Aztech Forgotten Gods on PlayStation and Xbox consoles, Switch, and PC.

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 6:14 pm

No More Heroes Creator Suda51 Has Talked With Marvel About Working On A Game

Grasshopper Manufacture Suda51 Marvel No More Heroes III

It’s no surprise when a video game developer says they want to make a Marvel game. Marvel is chock full of exciting super villains and heroes to explore in video games, and the different abilities and powers of each make for some exciting gameplay. One only needs to look at titles like Marvel’s Spider-Man to see that. 

However, No More Heroes creator Suda51 recently told Japanese publication Automaton that he’s met with Marvel to talk about working on a game, as reported by Video Games Chronicle. Of course, this doesn’t mean Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, which NetEase recently acquired, are working on a Marvel game, so don’t get too excited just yet. 

When asked about Grasshopper Manufacture’s plans to release three original IP games over the next ten years, Suda51 reiterated this desire but also mentioned the idea of maybe making a Marvel game. 

“The first thing we’re going to do is create original IP,” Suda51 told Automaton, as translated by VGC. “Until now, we’ve worked with publishers who have their own IPs, and we’ve been given the budget to make them on commission. For independent studios, this is often the case. From now on, we’d like to create three new IPs and launch them one by one. However, we have also said that we would like to make IPs that are based on attractive original works, if there are any. I think that will depend on discussions we have with Marvel Studios. If Marvel Studios comes up with something good, we’ll think about it.” 

“I’m sorry, I was saying that from the top down, I’m just kidding,” he continued. “But we’ve had a few meetings with Marvel, and we’ve talked about the possibility of working together on something. We hope that the power of video games will help boost these opportunities.” 

So there you have it – Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture have met with Marvel. Here’s hoping those discussions went well because we’d love to see what a Marvel game developed by the developer of No More Heroes 3 would look and play like. 

For more, check out our thoughts on Grasshopper Manufacture’s latest in Game Informer’s No More Heroes 3 review and then read about how NetEase acquired Grasshopper Manufacture. Check out Game Informer’s breakdown of Grasshopper Manufacture’s history after that. 

[Source: Automaton via Video Games Chronicle]

What superhero or supervillain would you like to see in a Marvel game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 5:02 pm

Steam Deck Adds Dynamic Cloud Sync, Enables Seamless Save Transfers Across All Devices

The release of Valve's highly-anticipated handheld device, the Steam Deck, is right around the corner. Slated to be a formidable rival to the Nintendo Switch, the Steam Deck boasts powerful technology, including an AMD processor, LCD screen, and a dock that allows it to connect to monitors, controllers, and mouse and keyboards. Moreover, Valve is adding a "Dynamic Cloud Sync" – a component that enables seamless save transfers.

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According to Eurogamer, the Dynamic Cloud Sync means that players won't necessarily need to exit their favorite PC game on the Steam Deck to play it on other devices. An official blog post elaborates on this with more detail:

"We anticipate that users will frequently suspend their Steam Deck without exiting the game, as is common with other hand-held gaming devices. With Dynamic Cloud Sync, if they then choose to play on another device (whether a PC or another Steam Deck), their progress will be there waiting for them. With Dynamic Cloud Sync, Steam will automatically upload all modified save game data to the cloud prior to the device entering sleep mode. Users can then resume their game on any PC, laptop or other device. Steam will also automatically download any save game changes when users return to their Steam Deck and wake up the device."

If Dynamic Cloud Sync is disabled on your Steam Deck, you'll be prompted to close the game fully if you try to access it elsewhere. So, to save time, it's probably better that you leave it on. Besides, who wouldn't want to jump right back into the action any time, any place? 

In case you're unfamiliar with the other capabilities of the Steam Deck, an old press release states:

"Steam Deck is a powerful all-in-one portable PC. With a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD, Steam Deck is comparable to a gaming laptop with the ability to run the latest AAA games. Your Steam library will be on Deck to play games wherever and whenever you want. Steam Deck is also an open PC, adding the ability to install any software or connect with any hardware.”

The Steam Deck is on track to release in February 2022. If you're one of the lucky ones that have already preordered the handheld, brush up on what PC games you should probably download first.

[Source: Eurogamer]

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 4:15 pm

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Trailer Reveals Hisuian Final Evolutions For Starters, Without Actually Showing Them

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Pokémon Legends: Arceus is out in just a few days, and Nintendo has released yet another trailer, this time revealing some interesting information about the three starters we’ll be using come Friday. 

More specifically, each starter has a final Hisuian evolutionary form. Don’t worry – we’re not going to spoil what they look like here because, well, we can’t. Nintendo didn’t reveal the appearance of these new evolutionary forms, instead opting to tease this new information in today’s trailer. 

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“You may have met Dartrix, Quilava, and Dewott in your other adventures,” the trailer’s description reads. “But you’ve never encountered their Hisui region Evolutions.” 

If you watch the two-minute trailer, you won’t be seeing these Hisui region evolutions either. Instead, Nintendo teases their appearances by showing the second evolutionary lines begin to evolve, only to obscure their final form images with smoke and a cheeky fade to black. You can briefly (and only kinda) see a silhouette of each form but rest assured, the full look of each is not revealed in the trailer. 

Elsewhere in the trailer, which is oddly dubbed “Hisuian. Final. Starter. Evolutions.”, we see a whole lot of gameplay. There’s new looks at some Pokémon in the wild, another look at the Noble Kleavor Pokémon fight, some footage of in-game traversal by way of Basculin and Braviary, and more. Then we get the brief Hisui evolution tease before the trailer switches to some cartoon-like animation that reveals a forthcoming eruption out of Stark Mountain. 

We’ll learn about that eruption, these Hisui evolution forms, and more when Pokémon Legends: Arceus hits Switch this Friday on January 28. While waiting for its release, read about how copies of Pokémon Legends: Arceus are out in the wild, meaning you should be wary of spoilers, and then check out this gameplay preview of Pokémon Legends: Arceus for a look at what to expect on Friday. After that, look into Game Informer’s list of every Pokémon in Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Which starter are you choosing in Pokémon Legends: Arceus and why? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 3:20 pm

Respawn Entertainment Currently Developing Multiple Star Wars IPs, Including Next Jedi: Fallen Order Game

The developer behind the Titanfall franchise, Apex Legends, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is looking to expand upon the galaxy far, far away once again. EA and Lucasfilm Games dropped a press release this morning that announced Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming Star Wars IPs. Multiple titles are in the works, including the next chapter in the Jedi: Fallen Order universe, an FPS with Peter Hirschmann (executive producer on the original Battlefronts), and a strategy game via a publishing collaboration with Bit Reactor. 

The press release reads as follows:

“Game Director Stig Asmussen and his team at the studio are already working on the next game in the action adventure Star Wars Jedi series, and are joined by two new teams working to deliver additional unique Star Wars gameplay experiences across multiple genres. Leading the development of Respawn’s all-new Star Wars first-person shooter game is Peter Hirschmann, Game Director at Respawn, who has a long and accomplished history with the Star Wars franchise. The third title is a Star Wars strategy game developed through a production collaboration with the newly formed studio Bit Reactor, helmed by games industry veteran Greg Foerstch. Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads on the development of the title.”

While Star Wars has always been a mainstay in the video game industry, it seems as if we’re ushering in a new age of exciting next-gen experiences for the franchise. In addition to the Respawn-led titles, Star Wars Eclipse looks to tell a darker story with the impressive levels of interactivity that developer Quantic Dream is known for.  Moreover, an open-world experience helmed by Ubisoft might be the exciting answer fans have wanted since EA VIsceral’s ambitious project was canceled back in 2019. 

Which Star Wars game are you most looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 2:38 pm

Fortnite: New Pizza Party Item Restores Health And Shield Mid-Match

Fortnite Pizza Party Item Hotfix v19.10

There really is nothing better than pizza, and Epic Games has made it clear that this is true with a new Pizza Party box item that’s been scattered around the Fortnite island. 

Added with today’s v19.10 hotfix, Pizza Party boxes consist of eight “surprisingly nutritious” slices of hot and fresh Slurpshroom Pizza. These pizzas come courtesy of the new Pizza Pit in Tilted Towers, although who knows how their pizza ended up scattered across the entire island. 

“Find Pizza Party boxes scattered throughout the island, then throw one down for an instant feast with the squad – literally throw a party. These boxes of Slurpshroom Pizza contain eight surprisingly nutritious slices – eat them to restore Health and Shield simultaneously until you get 100 Health and 50 Shield.” 

You can also eat slices right from the boxes or save some to use later. This could be especially helpful for squadmates who are on their own or lone wolves ignoring the team play aspect of certain Fortnite modes. Pizza Party boxes can be found in chests, supply drops, loot llamas, and on the ground. You can also purchase some from Tomatohead using Bars.

Epic Games says these items are not currently in competitive playlists but could be after being subjected to an evaluation period, like most items introduced to the battle royale. 

News of this pizza party item comes as various rumors about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joining Fortnite continue to swirl. Perhaps this pizza is a way to lure them to the battle royale island or perhaps we’re just stuck in the land of wishful thinking (TMNT would be such a cool crossover, right?). Only time will tell.

For now, read about how an update earlier this month brought tornadoes and lightning to Fortnite, and then check out these dinosarus that made their way to the game alongside the return of Tilted Towers. Take a look at the new Hawkeye and Kate Bishop skins from Marvel’s Hawkeye now in Fortnite after that.  

Are you excited to throw a pizza party? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 2:15 pm

Raven Software Strike Ends Following Successful Unionization Vote, QA Organizational Changes In The Works

It's been a busy week for Activision Blizzard studios, but even more so for the workers at Raven Software. Quality Assurance members of the studio who have been on strike for several weeks following the termination of employment of contracted workers have decided to cease striking following a successful vote for unionization on Friday

The decision to end the strike came on Saturday from the ABetterABK Twitter account, saying, "Pending the recognition of our union, the Raven QA strike has ended. Unused strike funds are being stored for future organizing/strike efforts." So, while these QA members are going back to work, the onus is on Activision Blizzard to recognize the union or face another potential strike in the future. 

Pending the recognition of our union, the Raven QA strike has ended. Unused strike funds are being stored for future organizing/strike efforts.

We'll post or retweet any GWU updates here. Appreciate all the community support throughout the strike!

— ABetterABK 💙 ABK Workers Alliance (@ABetterABK) January 23, 2022

While the Game Workers Alliance Union is yet to be acknowledged by the brass at the prolific publisher, more news came out today about a QA reorganization within Raven Software. Game Informer was provided a letter sent to Raven staff from studio head Brian Raffel outlining the changes to Quality Assurance and their relationship with other departments within the studio. Raffel says in the letter, "I’m excited to share that our QA colleagues will embed directly within various teams across the studio, including Animation, Art, Design, Audio, Production, and Engineering." Brian states later in the announcement that embedding QA with other teams is the norm at other Activision studios and will bring Raven more in line with how the rest of the broader company is operating. "It’s more important than ever that we foster tighter integration and coordination across the studio – embedding will allow for this," writes Raffel. 

A statement from an Activision Publishing spokesperson shares Brian Raffel's sentiment that this change will "enhance the collaborative work" of the various teams to support the products it works on. The spokesperson goes on to say, "This is the next step in a process that has been carefully considered and in the works for some time, and this structure aligns Raven with the best practices of other prominent Activision studios. It is also a milestone in our broader plan to integrate QA more into the development process as our teams strive to deliver best in class coordination in real-time, live service operations."

While it seems like there's some progress in changing how the QA team is handled within Raven Software, this statement doesn't mention or acknowledge Friday's vote to unionize, nor does it look like it has been officially acknowledged by management at all. We'll report on any developments that will come from either of these changes in the coming days and weeks.

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 12:55 am

Jack Garland Does It His Way In The Final Stranger Of Paradise Trailer

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Jack Garland and his conquest to destroy Chaos has had us talking since we learned of it last June. We're less than two months from release, and after two betas and multiple trailers, I still don't know what is going on in Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin.

There's plenty of action shown off in the latest and apparently last trailer for the game, with Jack and Co. using various classes in battle to destroy hordes of enemies, including the multi-headed Tiamat, which apparently gets crystallized and shattered in the footage. We're also introduced to more big baddies like Lich and Kraken and the Final Fantasy 1 boss known as Marilith brandishing some fiery blades. 

We catch glimpses at Jack dressed in regal garb, speaking with Sarah, and gifting her a pitch-black egg-like object, while promising not to forget. Memory is brought up a few times, with one early mention from Jack expressing the opinion that "it's a mercy to forget." The trailer clocks in at almost five minutes and goes all over the place. From dark castles to bright virtual-looking rooms, and camera sweeps over golden fields set to Frank Sinatra's "My Way". I never thought I'd be hearing Ol' Blue Eyes on a Final Fantasy soundtrack alongside Limp Bizkit, but here we are. 

Whether you like it or not, Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin is set for release on March 18 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Posted on 25 January 2022 | 12:00 am

Dead By Daylight: New Saw Crossover Puts Jigsaw Front And Center

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Behaviour Interactive has announced that in collaboration with Lionsgate Films, it is bringing more Saw content to the Dead by Daylight universe, including Jigsaw. 

This news comes by way of IGN, which revealed that Jigsaw will be featured in Dead by Daylight’s new Archives Tome 10: Saw event. This Tome will go live on all platforms where you can play Dead by Daylight on January 26. 

According to IGN, players will explore the memories of Amanda Young and Detective Tapp from Lionsgate’s Saw movies to unlock the “Book of Saw Collection.” Plus, players will be able to unlock new rewards in the form of outfits for Young and Tapp, and 60 new cosmetics for their own character. 

“Over and above our primary objective of providing our fans with fun and continuously renewed content, one of our goals when integrating a powerful movie franchise such as Saw is to invite a larger community into the Dead by Daylight universe,” director Mathieu Côté told IGN. “We’re truly grateful to our partner Lionsgate for offering us this opportunity.” 

What’s interesting about this is that Saw-related content has already been featured in the multiplayer horror game by way of the Pig killer. Perhaps this means Behaviour Interactive is going to double-dip into other horror franchises it’s collaborated with in the past. 

While waiting for Jigsaw to join the game on January 26, read about the most recent DLC, Portrait of a Murder, that hit Dead by Daylight back in November, and then check out the teaser for the upcoming chapter based on The Ring. Read our thoughts on the game in Game Informer’s Dead by Daylight review after that. 

[Source: IGN]

Are you excited for Archives Tome 10: Saw? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 10:24 pm

Apex Legends: Mad Maggie Revealed As New Legend Alongside New Limited-Time Mode

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Respawn Entertainment released another Apex Legends: Stories from the Outlands short today called Judgement, and it’s all about Mad Maggie, who also happens to be the new Legend joining the battle royale. 

The story begins with what appears to be a court case for Mad Maggie. Of course, she wasn’t really doing anything too wrong – she just did some things the Syndicate is not happy about, like getting food to the starving and more.

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We then see Maggie outside, cuffed and surrounded by security. Seconds away from death by way of a firing squad, Maggie is spared by the Apex Games, which is where she’ll be competing as a form of punishment. Maggie is quite alright with this, though, and it’ll be up to players to determine how she plays in the battle royale. 

The official launch trailer for Mad Maggie and the Defiance season that kicks off with her joining the game will go live on January 27. Respawn also revealed a new limited-time mode called Control that will launch with the start of the Defiance season. 

“For the first three weeks of Defiance, see whether you can handle the madness in the new Control mode,” the Apex Legends website reads. “Select your loadout and drop into a 9v9 experience where teams battle to hold control points with infinite respawn.” 

We’ll learn more about Control and Mad Maggie later this week when the Defiance season trailer is released on January 27. While waiting for that, check out our thoughts on the game in Game Informer’s Apex Legends review and then find out why it’s on our list of the top 10 shooters to play right now. Be sure to watch this Apex Legends Bangalore short after that. 

Are you excited for Mad Maggie? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 9:09 pm

A Memoir Blue's Release Date Swims To The Surface

A Memoir Blue seized our attention during last summer’s Annapurna Showcase thanks to its dazzling visuals and emotional storytelling. Today, we found out that March 24 will be the day we can dive into this surreal aquatic adventure. 

The game stars Miriam, a champion swimmer who embarks on a dream-like journey through her rocky childhood, reflecting on her complicated relationship with her mother. Developer Cloisters Interactive bills A Memoir Blue as an interactive poem that unfolds through a series of vignettes that come to life through a blend of traditional 3D art and 2D animated visuals. It’s one of those games that’s best seen in motion, which you can do by watching the latest trailer below. 

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A Memoir Blue will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It’s also coming to Xbox Game Pass.

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 7:56 pm

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Sequel Announced

Skydance Interactive has announced The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution, the sequel to the 2020 VR game. 

The game’s reveal came via a small teaser video of the logo on Twitter. Skydance states that Retribution is a full-fledged sequel that continues the story of the Tourist from the first game. However, Skydance also bills this as a standalone tale that newcomers can jump right into. Unfortunately, no gameplay details, release window, or platforms are known at this time.

It wouldn’t be our second anniversary without a surprise. Hold on to your heads, tourists, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners - Chapter 2: Retribution is coming. 😈 #TWDSS #secondanniversary #Chapter2 #Retribution

— TWD Saints & Sinners (@WalkingDeadVR) January 24, 2022

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners unfolds in a zombie-infected New Orleans. Players control the Tourist, who must fight their way through hordes of undead to reach a military bunker. Gameplay blends action and survival elements and the narrative can change gears depending on your choices. We recently included it on our list of the Top 10 Meta Quest games you should play right now. Last fall, it received the free Aftershocks content update that added new story missions and other goodies. 

Did you enjoy The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners and what do you want from the sequel? Let us know in the comments!

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 6:28 pm

Watch Dogs: Legion Support Ends, Developers Post Thank You Note

Watch Dogs: Legion has seen its fair share of content rollouts. From an Aiden Pearce-focused DLC expansion to a zombie-based “Legion of the Dead” game mode, Ubisoft’s experimental player-controls-all adventure romp has seen a steady influx of exciting modes and missions since its Fall 2020 launch. However, a recent blog post on the official Ubisoft website has announced that there will be no more content updates. Additionally, the development team penned a thank you letter to the DedSec operatives around the world that continue to roam London's sleek, futuristic streets.

The letter opens with the designers reminiscing about the Watch Dogs: Legion content roadmap, highlighting the inclusion of multiplayer modes like Tactical Ops and the Spiderbot PvP arena as well as a bevy of new characters like Mina, Helen, and Darcy. Quality of life improvements also made the gameplay more streamlined and accessible for new and veteran players. Ultimately, the developers were proud of their accomplishments and the positive reception from fans. 

The 5.6 update that dropped last Fall is the last of its kind as Watch Dogs: Legion begins to transition to a Season cycle:

“ can look forward to reward tracks in the Online Mode, containing both new and returning rewards. The current season 4 Rebels track, containing 80 ranks, will run until January 22, 2022, followed by Season 5 Stripes. After that, Seasons 3-5 will continue to cycle and return to the game, giving you the opportunity to acquire rewards you might have missed out on in the past. Some rewards to look forward to is a modified version of Aiden Pearce's jacket, and Jackson's mask and clothing set.”

The team ended the note directly referencing players and their past (and future) contributions to Legion: “We couldn't be prouder of the game we've created, and we appreciate all of you who've joined us on this journey in London over the year.” 

Do you enjoy Watch Dogs: Legion? Let us know your thoughts on the game below.

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 5:15 pm

The Rabbids Embark On A Mission To Save Mars In New Netflix Film

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Ubisoft’s Rabbids franchise essentially serves as the publisher’s version of Illumination's Minions. The weird bunnies are equal parts cute and zany and have a tendency to screw up everything they touch, despite their best intentions. Now they have a chance to take their antics off-world in a new animated film coming to Netflix next month. 

Rabbids Invasion: Mission to Mars is a new movie that stars Beardie, a misunderstood Rabbid possessing genius intellect who dreams of traveling to Mars. Thankfully, his smarts land him a seat aboard a mission to Mars. The bad news: his sillier brethren also tag along. But when a sinister plot causes the mission to go awry, leading to the Rabbids being stranded on the red planet, Beardie will have to rely on his wits, his fellow Rabbids, and even aliens to save the day.

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If the trailer looks like a good time for you and/or a tyke, look for Rabbids Invasion: Mission to Mars to hit Netflix on February 18. If Rabbids aren’t your thing, it’s far from the only video game property getting a Netflix series. In fact, The Cuphead Show premieres the same day as Rabbids Invasion and plenty of other video game series await on the horizon. Those who prefer to enjoy their Rabbids in games can look forward to Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope coming to Switch sometime this year. 

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 4:40 pm

Platinum Games’ Shoot-Em-Up, Sol Cresta, Gets February Release Date

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Platinum Games, the studio behind Nier Automata and Astral Chain, revealed back in August that it was resurrecting a 30-year-old series with Sol Cresta. It was initially set to release back in December, but in November, Platinum’s chief game designer, Hideki Kamiya, revealed in a “Very Sorry Stream” that Sol Cresta had been delayed. At the time, a new release date was not announced, but now we know when we’ll be able to play this arcade-style shoot-em-up: February 22. 

Platinum confirmed the new release date in a “Sol Cresta Release Date Forum Live Stream” held over this past weekend, as reported by Eurogamer. Platinum said Sol Cresta will hit PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC next month on February 22. The game is priced at $40. 

When Sol Cresta was announced last year, it was revealed to be a successor to Moon Cresta and Terra Cresta, both vertical-scrolling arcade games developed by Nichibutsu. Like previous Cresta games, Sol Cresta will feature spaceships flying through galaxies, taking out enemies, and more classic, vertical-shooter arcade fashion. Like the original games allowed players to do nearly 40 years ago, Sol Cresta will enable players to to dock with allies. 

When Sol Cresta was first unveiled, Kamiya said, “we want to make all kinds of games…not just action games.” Kamiya likely said this because Platinum is best known for its action titles like Nier Automata, Astral Chain, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, to name a few, but it seems the studio is using Sol Cresta to prove it can do other genres, like vertical shooters, too. 

Sol Cresta will hit PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC on February 22, 2022, and it will cost $40. 

[Source: Eurogamer]

Are you excited about Sol Cresta? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 4:01 pm

Yakuza Creator Toshihiro Nagoshi’s New NetEase Studio Revealed

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Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi announced last October that he was departing from Sega, and today, his new NetEase studio, aptly called Nagoshi Studio, has been revealed. 

Twitter user Nibellion (perhaps more well-known as Nibel) posted a link to the Nagoshi Studio website, where they learned that Nagoshi is its CEO. It’s also where Nibel discovered that eight of the founding Nagoshi Studio members previously worked at Sega or Yakuza developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. This is where Nagoshi previously worked before taking an executive role within Sega. 

Nibel notes that in an interview with Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, Nagoshi explains that he left Sega because he didn’t want to do the same thing repeatedly. At NetEase, there are fewer creative constraints on him. Plus, it allows him to be closer to actual game development again. 

In that same interview, Nagoshi said the studio hopes to announce its first game as soon as possible and that said game will have a “large” scale. The CEO also says the studio is focused on quality and appealing to both core fans and a larger audience while doing things he and the other developers there couldn’t do before (perhaps at RGG or Sega).

While waiting to learn more about Nagoshi Studio’s first title, read about how RGG has confirmed that a sequel to Yakuza: Like A Dragon is in the works, and then check out this interview with Nagoshi, where he reveals why Sega should have fired him in the 1990s. Read about why one Game Informer editor believes you should play more Yakuza right now after that. 

Are you excited for Nagoshi Studio and its first game? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 3:16 pm

Dark Souls 3 Servers Offline Because Of Dangerous PC Hack

Dark Souls 3 might not have garnered the same popularity totals as its two predecessors or the GOTY spin-off(s) that followed. Nevertheless, it showcases the same level of epic storytelling and mechanical depth and polish that FromSoftware is widely known for. Unfortunately, a dangerous exploit is making the rounds, leading to players losing complete control of their PCs. As of right now, the Dark Souls 3 servers are offline as the dev team works to maintain multiplayer security. 

PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily deactivated to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services.
Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

— Dark Souls (@DarkSoulsGame) January 23, 2022

According to NME, yesterday (January 23), the official Dark Souls Twitter account posted an announcement (see above) detailing the troubling situation and what actions are being taken to quell the issue. The Tweet reads as follows:

"PvP servers for Dark Souls 3, Dark Souls 2, and Dark Souls: Remastered have been temporarily deactivated to allow the team to investigate recent reports of an issue with online services. Servers for Dark Souls: PtDE will join them shortly. We apologize for this inconvenience."

A follow-up Tweet mentions that this problem is entirely absent from PvP console servers, so Xbox and PlayStation owners have nothing to worry about and were spared the shutdown. NME would go on to state that the exploit, otherwise known as the Remote Code Execution (RCE) hack, allows attackers to "execute arbitrary code on a remote device, meaning they can take control of a player’s PC." It appears as if only a tiny percentage of players know how to employ the hack, so the likelihood of being affected is relatively low. However, PC players are still at risk every time they engage with Dark Souls 3's multiplayer components, so the decision to deactivate PvP seems appropriate.  

Have you come across the RCE hack in your own playthrough(s)? Is Dark Souls 3 your favorite entry in the franchise? Sound off with your experiences/opinions below. 

[Source: NME]

Posted on 24 January 2022 | 1:52 pm

2022 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2022, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have confirmed release dates.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus


Deep Rock Galactic (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) –  – Read review Monster Hunter Rise (PC) –  – Read review Spelunky 2 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) –  – Read review Astroneer (Switch) – Shadow Man Remastered (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – God Of War (PC) –  – Read review Shadow Man Remastered (Switch) – Nobody Saves the World (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) –  – Read review River City Girls (PlayStation 5) –  – Read review Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Expeditions: Rome (PC) – Pupperazzi (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) –  – Read review Rainbow Six Extraction (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) –  – Read review Windjammers 2 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) –  – Read review Baby Storm (Switch) – MouseCraft (Xbox One) –  – Read review Cannibal Cuisine (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – El Hijo - A Wild West Tale (iOS, Android) – The Artful Escape (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch) –  – Read review Circuit Superstars (PlayStation 4) – Daemon X Machina (PC) –  – Read review Pokémon Legends: Arceus (Switch) –  – Read review Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (PlayStation 5, PC) –
Horizon Forbidden West


Life is Strange Remastered Collection (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – The Waylanders (PC) – Sherlock Holmes: Crimes And Punishments (Switch) –  – Read review Dying Light 2 Stay Human (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – OlliOlli World (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Sifu (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – Backbone (Switch) – CrossfireX (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) – Edge of Eternity (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (Switch) –  – Read review Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix (Switch) – Kingdom Hearts III (Switch) –  – Read review Know By Heart (PC) – Lost Ark (PC) – Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC) – Rumbleverse (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection (Switch) – The King of Fighters XV (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC) – Total War: Warhammer III (PC) – Horizon Forbidden West (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) – Monark (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Sol Cresta (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) – Edge of Eternity (Switch) – Martha Is Dead (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Elden Ring (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Grid Legends (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands


Elex II (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Far: Changing Tides (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Babylon's Fall (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) – Gran Turismo 7 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) – Triangle Strategy (Switch) – SpellForce III Reforced (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) – Aztech Forgotten Gods (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Chocobo GP (Switch) – WWE 2K22 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Phantom Breaker: Omnia (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Tunic (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) – Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) –  – Read review Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Rune Factory 5 (Switch) – A Memoir Blue (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Kirby and the Forgotten Land (Switch) – Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – Crusader Kings III (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S) – Starship Troopers - Terran Command (PC) – Weird West (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim


LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (Switch) –  – Read review
Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong


Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – Sons of the Forest (PC) – Forspoken (PlayStation 5, PC) –
Saints Row


Saints Row (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) –
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown


Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) –


Starfield (Xbox Series X/S, PC) –
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl


S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl (Xbox Series X/S, PC) –
GhostWire: Tokyo

To Be Announced

A Little to the Left (PC) A Plague Tale: Requiem (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) A Quiet Place Action Arcade Wrestling (Switch) Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Switch) Aftermath (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PC) Anno: Mutationem (PlayStation 4, PC) Arc Raiders (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) Arcadegeddon (PlayStation 5, PC) Ashwalkers (Switch) Asterigos (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Stadia, PC) Away: The Survival Series (Xbox One) Balsa Model Flight Simulator (PC) BattleCakes (Xbox One, PC) Bayonetta 3 (Switch) Bear and Breakfast (Switch, PC) Blazing Strike (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) Blood Bowl 3 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Blossom Tales 2: The Minotaur Prince (Switch, PC) Bomb Rush Cyberfunk (Switch, PC) Boundary (PlayStation 4, PC) Bright Memory: Infinite (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)  – Read review Card Shark (Switch, PC) Choo-Choo Charles (PC) Circuit Superstars (Switch) Coffee Talk Episode 2: Hibiscus & Butterfly (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) Company of Heroes 3 (PC) Crossfire: Legion (PC) Cult of the Lamb (PC) Cursed to Golf (Switch, PC) Cyber Knights: Flashpoint (PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) Cyberpunk 2077 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)  – Read review Death Stranding Director's Cut (PC) Deathverse: Let It Die (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) Demon Throttle (Switch) Destiny 2: Lightfall Destroy All Humans 2: Reprobed (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) Devolver Tumble Time (iOS, Android) Diablo Immortal (iOS, Android) Digimon Survive (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Dolmen (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Don't Starve Together (Switch) Dordogne (Switch, PC) Dragon Ball: The Breakers (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Dune: Spice Wars (PC) Dungeon Defenders: Awakened (PlayStation 4) EA Sports PGA Tour Earth Defense Force 6 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) Earthlock 2 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) eFootball 2022 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) Endling (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Evil Dead: The Game (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Evil West (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Eville (PC) ExoMecha (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch)  – Read review Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis (iOS, Android) Forever Skies (PlayStation 5, PC) Frozen Flame (PC) GetsuFumaDen: Undying Moon (Switch, PC) GhostWire: Tokyo (PlayStation 5, PC) God of War: Ragnarok (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4) Goodbye Volcano High (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) Gotham Knights (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Grand Theft Auto V (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)  – Read review Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition (iOS, Android) Grime (Switch) Grotto (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) Gungrave G.O.R.E. (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Hardspace: Shipbreaker (PC) Hello Neighbor 2 (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) Hindsight (Switch, PC, iOS) Hogwarts Legacy (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Homeworld 3 (PC) How to Say Goodbye (PC, Mac) I Am Jesus Christ (PC) In Sound Mind (Switch) Industries Of Titan (PC) Instinction (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC) Jack Move (Switch, PC) Joe & Mac: Caveman Ninja (PC) KartRider: Drift (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One) Keo (PC) Kerbal Space Program 2 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Lab Rat (Xbox Series X/S, PC) Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (Switch)  – Read review Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris (Switch)  – Read review Last Days of Lazarus (Xbox One, Switch, PC) League of Legends: Wild Rift (iOS, Android) Life is Strange Remastered Collection (Switch) Lil Gator Game (Switch, PC) Little Devil Inside (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Loot River (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) LumbearJack (Switch, PC) Madison (PC) Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope (Switch) Marvel's Midnight Suns (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Metal Slug Tactics (Switch, PC) Metal: Hellsinger (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Midnight Fight Express (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Mineko's Night Market (Switch, PC, Mac) Moss: Book II (PlayStation VR) MultiVersus (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Necrobarista (PlayStation 4)  – Read review Neon White (Switch, PC) Nightingale (PC) No Place For Bravery (Switch, PC) Open Roads (PlayStation 4, PC) Oxenfree II: Lost Signals (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, PC) Pac-Man Museum + (Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Palworld (PC) Park Beyond (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) Phantom Abyss (PC) Planet of Lana (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) Pokémon Trading Card Game Live (PC, Mac, iOS, Android) Prehistoric Kingdom (PC) Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Remake (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) ProtoCorgi (Switch, PC) Puzzle Quest 3 (PC, iOS, Android) Rawmen (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Read Only Memories: Neurodiver (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Redfall (Xbox Series X/S, PC) Replaced (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) River City Girls 2 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Rogue Lords (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch) RPG Time: The Legend of Wright (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android) Salt and Sacrifice (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) Scars Above (PC) Scavengers (PC) Scorn (Xbox Series X/S) Sea Of Stars (PC) Second Extinction (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One) Serial Cleaners (PC) Session (Xbox One, PC) Shadow Warrior 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Shovel Knight Dig Shredders (Xbox Series X/S) Skull & Bones (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Slime Rancher 2 (Xbox Series X/S) Sniper Elite 5 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Somerville Sonic Frontiers (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Souldiers (Switch, PC) Soup Pot (Xbox Series X/S, PC) Splatoon 3 (Switch) Star Ocean The Divine Force (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Star Trek: Resurgence (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Star Wars: Hunters (Switch, iOS, Android) Steelrising (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) Stray (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) System Shock (Remake) (PC) Tchia (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge (Switch, PC) Temtem (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, PC) Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance (PC) The Anacrusis (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) The Callisto Protocol The Chant (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) The House of the Dead: Remake (Switch) The Invincible (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) The Last Oricuru (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Sequel (Switch) The Lord of the Rings: Gollum (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) The Outlast Trials (PC) The Slormancer (PC) The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe (PC) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S)  – Read review The Wreck (PC) Thymesia (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC) Trek to Yomi (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) Two Point Campus (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) Ultimate Fishing Simulator 2 (PC) Ultimate Rivals: The Court (PC) Untitled Layers of Fear Game Valheim (PC) Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodhunt (PlayStation 5, PC) Voidtrain (PC) Volcanoids (PC) Warhammer 40,000: Darktide (Xbox Series X/S, PC) We Are OFK (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC) We Are The Caretakers (Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC) Where the Heart Leads (PC) Wizard With a Gun (Switch, PC) Young Souls (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC)  – Read review Yu-Gi-Oh! Master Duel (iOS, Android)

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Posted on 22 January 2022 | 12:48 am

New Report Details Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’s Rocky Development And Studio Crunch

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga got an April 5 release date this week after spending years in development limbo. For a while, it seemed like the project was in peril, and, according to a new report by Polygon, those fears appear to have merit. The outlet talked to 30 current and former employees of TT Games (speaking anonymously out of fear of retaliation) who revealed TT’s lifetime history of crunch, a negative workplace atmosphere, and how The Skywalker Saga’s development suffered from it. 

The report highlights that after TT struck gold with its early Lego titles during the mid-2000s, it became a victim of its own success. The studio’s annual release cadence meant that overtime and crunch became not only normal but expected. Polygon’s sources described instances of studio leadership berating employees for taking breaks and questioning their commitment to the company. Some say working 80-100 hours six days a week was not uncommon. Other problems highlighted in the report include a gender wage gap for female employees and the lack of women in leadership or diversity in general. Women who spoke to Polygon also reported experiencing bullying and harassment. Though some leaders listened to employee feedback regarding these issues over the years, significant change never occurred. 

Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga served as the tipping point for these long-standing problems. The game has been in the works for five years, and those who spoke to Polygon say a major reason was the adoption of an unstable new proprietary engine, NTT. This engine became a bane to employees due to it missing key features and a difficult learning curve, thus lengthening production. But to avoid paying licensing fees for Unreal Engine (which TT’s employees campaigned to use instead), management stuck with NTT, which became the breaking point for frustrated employees who departed the studio. 

The Skywalker Saga, which TT has positioned as the biggest Lego Star Wars game yet, also suffered from feature creep that led to constant revisions and months of work being tossed aside. Many staff members were also reassigned to other projects, baffling those who still had to work on getting The Skywalker Saga out the door. Divisive leadership changes and a questionable vision of the company’s future led to an exodus of over 40 employees from TT’s two studios since the start of 2021. 

Polygon’s report does state that workers have noticed a slow but positive change at the studio in recent months and that they ultimately believe The Skywalker Saga will deliver on fan expectations. The entire write-up is worth a read and serves as another disappointing, but unfortunately common, example of the workplace reform needed for many studios in the game industry. We hope things improve for TT Games overall and that Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga gives players the experience they’ve been dreaming of.

[Source: Polygon]

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 11:46 pm

What’s Your Favorite Resident Evil And Which One Do You Think Is The Best?

Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil is a classic video game franchise that’s been around for decades. And for good reason, too – whether you prefer the more hardened survival horror seen in the first few Resident Evil games (and the recent ones) or the more over-the-top action camp seen in later entries, the series has you covered. That’s probably what makes it such a beloved series: there’s a little something for everyone in it. 

You might be wondering what has us pondering the Resident Evil series today. Well, 24 years ago, Resident Evil 2 hit PlayStation 1 on January 21, 1998. You read that right: the classic Resident Evil 2 is 24 years old! One year short of being old enough to rent a car!

Happy 24th anniversary to Resident Evil 2, that shambled its way onto PlayStation 1 in January 21st, 1998.

What are your fondest memories of the game?

— Resident Evil (@RE_Games) January 21, 2022

This anniversary got us thinking, though: what’s your favorite Resident Evil game, and which Resident Evil do you think is the best? For me, my favorite is Resident Evil 2 Remake. It’s timeless, the remake is one of the best remakes in recent memory, and the Raccoon City Police Department is still just as terrifying as it was 24 years ago. Also, Mr. X’s wild entrance and subsequent chase never cease to be thrilling. 

However, I want to show a little love to Resident Evil VII: Biohazard. I love this game, even its faults. For me, some of the scariest types of horror out there often involve cannibalistic families and the like (think Wrong Turn and similar series). There's something unnerving about a family unit working together to, well, eat you. Plus, half of my family is from Louisiana, so the swamp of Biohazard hits a special (and scary) part of my heart. Fortunately, there are no water-sunk shacks and swampy houses to encounter when I see my family. 

As far as the best Resident Evil? It’s still probably Resident Evil 4, but dangit, Resident Evil 2 Remake makes a strong case for that title. I suspect the rumored remake of Resident Evil 4 will definitively reclaim the title, especially considering how good the recent VR remake of Resident Evil 4 was

We want to know what your answers are, though: What’s your favorite Resident Evil game in the series? Which Resident Evil game do you think is the best Resident Evil? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 9:52 pm

New State Of The Industry Report Reveals Nearly 75% Of Devs Surveyed Aren’t Interested In NFTs

GDC State of the Industry Report NFTs

Talk of NFTs, blockchain gaming, and play-to-earn models seem nigh unescapable these days, but it seems developers are still largely against them. 

That’s because in a newly-released 2022 State of the Industry report from the Game Developers Conference (GDC), 70% of developers surveyed said they and their studio are not interested in NFTs. Seventy-two percent of those that answered said they and their studio aren’t interested in cryptocurrencies either, which are often used to purchase NFTs. 

However 28% said they “are at least somewhat interested in cryptocurrency at their studio and 28% are at least somewhat interested in NFTs.” Only 1% of those surveyed said that their studio already uses cryptocurrency or NFTs in their development and game models. None of this is especially surprising, doubly so if you follow conversations of blockchain gaming and the like in industry spaces. NFTs and blockchain games are largely viewed negatively due to their part in ongoing environmental damage. 

The use of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, and the mining of said currencies, results in millions of carbon dioxide emissions, which damage the Earth’s atmosphere. Ethereum, one of the most-used cryptocurrencies, though, is working on something it calls “The Merge,” which it says will “start the era of a more sustainable, eco-friendly Ethereum.” Only time will tell how green Ethereum becomes. There’s also the side of NFTs that feels particularly scam-like in nature, not to mention the dangers of play-to-earn models. 

Elsewhere in the report, GDC says 83% of respondents said they are not involved in metaverse development while 17% said they are already working on a metaverse-related project. Another ongoing topic in the game development industry is workplace culture. Discussions of toxic office culture have been happening for years, but they were particularly highlighted by recent reports of sexual misconduct, mismanagement, and more at Activision Blizzard

“This [Activision Blizzard reports of misconduct and more] has started a trend of companies reaching out to address misconduct and toxicity within the game industry,” GDC’s report reads. “At the time the survey was conducted, 38% of respondents said that their companies reached out to them to start a conversation about how misconduct and toxicity are handled in the industry; 62% said their companies did nothing. This shows a growing number of workplaces have taken at least some initiative to root out toxicity, while also pointing out the industry has a way to go. When asked about how their company responded, some respondents said their companies held group discussions on misconduct or reminded employees how to report improper behavior.” 

In recent years of late, the idea of unionization has grown more popular in development and 55% of respondents said that workers in the games industry should unionize, which is the highest amount yet in the past 10 years of this survey. Eighteen percent, though, said they actually believe the industry will unionize while 23% said conversations about unionization at their workplace have happened. 

“The respondents also shared how those companies have responded to union talks with their workers,” GDC’s report reads. “Thirty-six percent reported that their companies were supportive, compared to 8% that said their company opposed the unionization talks. More than one-fifth (21%) of respondents said their companies didn’t know that some of their employees were talking about unionizing.” 

Even more topics, such as the demand for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, are discussed in the report and you can read the full thing here.

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 8:09 pm

Thirty Four Raven Software QA Employees Unionize After Weeks Of Striking

Raven Software Union

Nearly three dozen Raven Software employees have agreed to form a union. 

Announced in a press release, this union is called the Game Workers Alliance Union and is a part of the larger Communications Workers of America collective. This new union is asking Activision Blizzard, which will be acquired by Microsoft by the end of fiscal year 2023, to voluntarily recognize the union without hesitation. 

"Today, I am proud to join with a supermajority of my fellow workers to build our union Game Workers Alliance (CWA)," Raven QA functional tester II, Becka Aigner, writes in a press release. "In the video game industry, specifically Raven QA, people are passionate about their jobs and the content they are creating. We want to make sure that the passion from these workers is accurately reflected in our workplace and the content we make. Our union is how our collective voices can be heard by leadership." 

Bloomberg reports that 34 quality assurance testers have agreed to form the union. 

Activision Blizzard told Bloomberg that it is “carefully reviewing the request for voluntary recognition from the CWA, which seeks to organize around three dozen of the company’s nearly 10,000 employees.” 

“While we believe that a direct relationship between the company and its team members delivers the strongest workforce opportunities, we deeply respect the rights of all employees under the law to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told Bloomberg

Bloomberg also reports that this union would be the first at a publicly traded video game publisher, and it's also the first union within Activision Blizzard. This comes just over a month after the first ever video game union in North America was recognized at Vodeo Games, as reported by Polygon

News of this union at Raven comes just over six weeks since the studio laid off several members of its QA team. Shortly after this, dozens of Raven employees went on strike. Activision Blizzard broke its silence on this strike a couple of weeks later, but it did not formally recognize the strike. 

"Instead of collaborating with workers organizing to improve workplace conditions, Activision Blizzard has used surveillance and intimidation tactics, including hiring notorious union busters, to silence workers," the press release from the union reads. "Still, members of Game Workers Alliance (CWA) are hopeful Activision Blizzard management will come to the table and formally recognize the union." "Our union will help inform what is best for Activision Blizzard as a company, as a platform for gamers and a workplace where all workers can thrive," Raven QA functional tester II, Erin Hall, said. "The goal of the Game Workers Alliance (CWA) is to represent what we as workers in the industry want as well as set a new standard for workers across the industry moving forward."  "Game Workers Alliance (CWA) will provide a structure so that workers can actively push for real changes at the company to ensure just working conditions, wages, benefits, and transparency on the job without fear of retaliation," the press release reads.

If you work for Raven Software or any other studio within Activision Blizzard and wish to speak to this, you can find Wesley on Twitter @LeBlancWes. His email is [email protected].

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 6:40 pm

Dying Light 2 PlayStation 5 Performance And Resolution Modes Detailed In New Trailer

Dying Light 2 Stay Human PlayStation 5 Performance and Resolution Modes

Techland has released a new trailer detailing the gameplay modes in the PlayStation 5 version of Dying Light 2 Stay Human. 

As is usual for PS5 games as of late, there are three modes: performance, quality, and resolution. Each option gives players a different type of game presentation, but all three look great based on the trailer released today. 

Click here to watch embedded media

The Quality Mode with Ray Tracing, as it’s called, gives you exactly what you’d expect in that it’s a high-resolution mode that prioritizes Ray Tracing capabilities over performance. While there’s no official word, this mode looks 60 FPS to us, or at least higher than 30 FPS. 

As the name implies, the Resolution mode maintains 4K visuals above all else. It’s the most visually stunning mode based on the trailer, and again, it doesn’t appear to be 30 FPS.  Although, without any official word, it very well could be. After all, this is just a trailer, and while it showcases gameplay, we won’t know how these modes perform until the game is in our hands. 

Lastly, Performance mode is one we suspect a lot of players will be using in a first-person game all about parkour and action. The trailer describes it as “60+ FPS” so it seems like this mode prioritizes maintaining 60 FPS, with capabilities to reach even higher frames per second. 

In other news, Techland has also announced that cross-platform and cross-generation console cooperative play in Dying Light 2 will not be available at launch on February 4. However, if you buy the PS4 or Xbox One version and wish to upgrade to their current-gen counterparts doing so will be free. 

While waiting to learn more about these modes in Dying Light 2 Stay Human, read about the Dying Light 2 PC requirements and how the Switch version of Dying Light 2 has been delayed. Check out this story about how Dying Light 2’s main story lasts about 20 hours, although completing every single thing in the game will take you 500 hours. 

Which mode of Dying Light 2 Stay Human will you be playing on PlayStation 5? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 6:11 pm

Starfield: Bethesda Releases New Concept Art Of United Colonies Capital

Starfield Xbox Bethesda Exclusive Microsoft

As we slowly near the November 11 release date of Starfield, we are just as slowly learning more and more about the upcoming Bethesda RPG. While we still haven’t received much by way of concrete info or even a look at gameplay or in-game imagery, the team behind the game has released a handful of concept art introducing us to locations we’ll all be visiting.

This includes New Atlantis, the United Colonies capital showcased in a developer commentary video released last August. You can watch that here, but today, the official Starfield Twitter account released an in-motion concept art (concept video?) of New Atlantis, and it looks great. 

Welcome to New Atlantis, capital of the United Colonies.

— Starfield (@StarfieldGame) January 20, 2022

As you can see above, it very much still resembles the concept art imagery we’ve seen in the past, but it features a little bit of motion with a ship soaring through, some birds slowly flying by, and more. We can see a planet or a large moon up in the sky, and as for New Atlantis, it looks like a sci-fi metropolis complete with plenty of grays, yellows, and red. It’s also seemingly surrounded by some jagged, upward-facing cliffs. 

Here’s what Bethesda said about New Atlantis back in August: “The United Colonies capital city, New Atlantis; the pleasure city of Neon; and the capital of the Freestar Collective, Akila.” 

For more about Starfield, take a look at this behind-the-scenes trailer for it, and then check out this trailer that details bloody wars, violent space pirates, and more. Read about how The Elder Scrolls 6 will use Starfield’s Creation Engine 2 after that.  

Are you excited about these concept art teases, or are you ready for a full look at Starfield? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 4:45 pm

PlayStation Creator Ken Kutaragi Criticizes The Metaverse And VR Headsets

Ken Kutaragi, the inventor of the PlayStation and former CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, recently spoke to Bloomberg and gave his opinion on the metaverse, the nebulous virtual world concept that has several tech companies embroiled in an arms race to capitalize on it first. While industry giants such as Facebook and Microsoft have visions for what the metaverse can/will be, Kutaragi doesn’t subscribe to the concept.

Kutaragi believes staying rooted in the real world is “very important” and doesn’t understand why someone would want to jack into an artificial reality. “You would rather be a polished avatar instead of your real self? That’s essentially no different from anonymous messageboard sites,” says Kutaragi. 

He’s not a fan of wearing VR headsets to interact with the metaverse either, saying, “Headsets would isolate you from the real world, and I can’t agree with that. Headsets are simply annoying.”

Kutaragi is regarded as the “Father of the PlayStation” as he persuaded Sony to enter the video game market in the early ‘90s and engineered the original PlayStation. Thanks to the console’s massive success, he became CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America in 1997 and led the development of the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and PlayStation 3. Kutaragi was succeeded as CEO by Kaz Hirai in 2006; he then retired and took the role of honorary chairman and later became a tech advisor.

The 71-year old currently serves as CEO of The Ascent, a start-up robotics company whose goal is to blend the real world with the digital one in a less virtual fashion. Instead of chasing a wholly artificial world, The Ascent aims to create intelligent robots, built with chips and sensors designed by Kutaragi’s team, that can perform various human tasks and produce a wide range of products. Creating robots that can project digital scenes, such as holograms, is another goal of Kutaragi’s. 

[Source: Bloomberg]

What do you think of Kutaragi's take on the metaverse and VR headsets? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 4:00 pm

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Confirms Intent ‘To Keep Call Of Duty On PlayStation’ After Activision Blizzard Acquisition

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Just days after the news that Microsoft and Xbox are acquiring Activision Blizzard, Xbox head and the new CEO of Microsoft Gaming, Phil Spencer, has commented on the possibility of Activision Blizzard games coming to PlayStation in the future. 

In short, his comments are somewhat vague, following similar messaging to his thoughts on exclusivity regarding Bethesda games after Microsoft acquired Bethesda back in 2020. Here’s what he had to say: 

“Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.” 

Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022

This tweet can be taken a number of ways, but one thing is clear at least: Microsoft is set on honoring existing agreements between Sony and Activision Blizzard, so if a Call of Duty game coming after the acquisition officially closes has a marketing deal with PlayStation (like it has for years now), it seems Microsoft will honor it. Then, Spencer says Microsoft has a desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. 

In what regard, though? Will Call of Duty games already released on PlayStation simply remain there while new entries go exclusive? Will new Call of Duty games remain multiplatform as they have for years? Will something like Warzone remain multiplatform while single-player campaigns go Xbox exclusive? These are just some of the questions we have regarding this acquisition and it’s not likely we’ll get answers anytime soon – Spencer can only say so much until the transaction is closed, legally. 

Regardless, Spencer’s somewhat openness here is refreshing. While it might not happen, it seems Spencer is at least keeping PlayStation players in mind, noting that Microsoft has a “desire” and “intent” to not wall off a major franchise like Call of Duty. Only time will tell, though. 

For now, read about the dead Activision Blizzard franchises we hope Microsoft and Xbox revive, and then check out how this $68.7 billion Activision Blizzard acquisition stacks up against other entertainment acquisitions. Read about why one Game Informer editor believes Sony needs to create an Xbox Game Pass competitor now more than ever after that. 

Do you think Call of Duty games will become Xbox exclusives? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 3:07 pm

The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Coming To Nintendo Switch Online Next Month

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Nintendo has revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is coming to its Nintendo Switch Online subscription service next month. 

As usual, because Majora’s Mask is a Nintendo 64 game, you won’t be able to play it if you’re just a standard Nintendo Switch Online subscriber – you must be subscribed to the pricier Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack tier to play it and other Nintendo 64 games that hit the service. This news comes just a day after Banjo Kazooie, the classic Rare-developed Nintendo 64 platformer, hit the Expansion Pack and it seems that Majora’s Mask is the next major addition. 

Save Termina before it’s met with a terrible fate!

The Legend of #Zelda: Majora's Mask comes to #NintendoSwitch for #NintendoSwitchOnline + Expansion Pack members in February! #Nintendo64

— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) January 21, 2022

“Save Termina before it’s met with a terrible fate,” Nintendo’s tweet reads. “The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask comes to Nintendo Switch for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members in February.” 

As for when, only Nintendo knows. If it follows suit of a recent similar announcement, we’ll find out sometime in February, likely days before it hits the service. Nintendo announced that Banjo Kazooie would be coming to the service back in December and then a month later, revealed its exact date just days before said date. It wouldn’t be surprising if Nintendo did the same here. 

Majora’s Mask is a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, first released in 2000. It was a darker flip on the Ocarina of Time, placing Link back in a familiar but odd place known as Termina. After Skull Kid, under the control of Majora’s Mask, sends him there, it’s up to Link to stop the moon from crashing into Earth. Oh, and he repeats the same three days in an effort to stop the evil once and for all. At the moment, it’s currently available on Nintendo 64, Wii, and WiiU. Plus, it was remastered on the Nintendo 3DS. 

While waiting for it to hit Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack sometime in February, check out our thoughts on in Game Informer’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask review and then read our thoughts on the 3DS remake in Game Informer’s The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D review

Are you excited to play Majora’s Mask on Switch? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 1:45 pm

Marvel's Hawkeye Duo Is Now In Fortnite

Fortnite's item shop was updated today with two more Marvel heroes – both going by the name Hawkeye. Players can now purchase skins for Kate Bishop and Clint Barton, two comic book staples who were recently together in the Disney+ Hawkeye series. Both characters are decked out in purple and black gear, with familiar elements here and there, but look distinctly Fortnite in their facial features.

You can buy each of them individually for 1,500 V-Bucks – both are equipped with a unique quiver back bling. If you desire both characters, you can purchase them together in a bundle for the reduced price of 2,400. This collection comes with the back blings of note and also Hawkeye-themed harvesting tools, a glider, and a loading screen. The glider can be purchased separately for 800 V-Bucks.

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In addition to the Marvel content, Epic has once again made Cuddle Team Leader available for purchase for 2,000 V-Bucks. The store is currently flush with dance emotes and a wide variety of Fortnite game character skins. Like all Marvel heroes who join this fight, the Hawkeyes likely won't be around for long.

Posted on 21 January 2022 | 12:52 am

Overwatch 2 Producer Says Bobby Kotick Cost The Team Months Of Development

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Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s announcement that it is acquiring Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick said that the company’s stock dropped due to Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 delays in an interview with GamesBeat. Many blasted the CEO for not recognizing that stock prices may have been affected by the numerous reports of sexual misconduct, harassment, mismanagement, and more happening at the company (not to mention, Kotick reportedly knew of it for years and did little about it). 

However, after this GamesBeat interview, an Overwatch 2 producer blasted Kotick for “random projects” on Overwatch he would force on the team, only for him to cancel said projects after months of overtime work. This producer also said that Kotick cost the Overwatch 2 team months of development. 

Bobby, tell everyone about the random projects for OW1 you all would shove on us, the team would do OT for only them to get cancelled and for months of OW2 dev to have been lost. Or how almost entire teams are turning over and citing you as the reason. Don't be shy.

— Tracy Kennedy 💙✊ (@dogspinster) January 19, 2022

As you can see in the tweet above, Overwatch 2 producer Tracy Kennedy also said that multiple developers have left the company, citing Kotick as their reason for leaving. Kennedy continues in a reply to the original tweet and adds,” you hide behind scapegoats because you’re a coward.” 

“The entire world will remember you to be a greedy joke, and there’s nothing you can do to change that,” Kennedy said. “We outlasted you and we won. Byeee.” 

When asked for specifics of the random projects by someone on Twitter, Kennedy said the team “can’t say specifics” as “legally, workers can only talk about working conditions.” Kennedy said this counts though, especially when Kotick is “slandering us to the world.” 

It seems we won’t learn what random projects Kennedy is referring to due to legal conditions, but it seems Kotick cost workers at Activision Blizzard a lot of wasted time. 

Catch up on the Activision Blizzard acquisition by Microsoft and then read about how the $68.7 billion price tag stacks up against other video game acquisitons. Check out these dead Activision Blizzard franchises one Game Informer editor thinks Microsoft should bring back after that.

Posted on 20 January 2022 | 11:15 pm

Xbox Head Phil Spencer Says Microsoft Will Talk With Developers About Reviving Older Activision Blizzard Franchises

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Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who doubles as the head of Xbox, has revealed that Xbox is going to talk to Activision Blizzard developers about working on dormant franchises. 

This news comes by way of a new interview with Spencer from The Washington Post, where he reveals his excitement about the IP Microsoft can now tap into after its acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete. He specifically mentions King’s Quest, Guitar Hero, and even HeXen, a long-dormant Activision Blizzard franchise that’s basically a first-person spellcasting game. 

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Spencer told The Washington Post, “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to work with them [Activision Blizzard developers] when the deal closes to make sure we have resources to work on franchises that I love from my childhood and that the teams really want to get.” 

“I’m looking forward to these conversations,” he said. “I really think it’s about adding resources and increasing capability.” 

Spencer also touched on a worry he has about tech companies not traditionally associated with gaming coming into the space. 

“They [Nintendo] have a long history in video games,” Spencer said. “Nintendo’s not going to do anything that damages gaming in the long run because that’s the business they’re in. Sony is the same and I trust them…Valve’s the same way. When we look at the other big tech competitors for Microsoft: Google has search and Chrome, Amazon has shopping, Facebook has social, all these large-scale consumer businesses…The discussion we’ve had internally, where those things are important to those other tech companies for how many consumers they reach, gaming can be that for us.”  “I think we do have a unique point of view, which is not about how everything has to run on a single device or platform,” he continued. “That’s been the real turning point for us looking at gaming as a consumer opportunity that could have similar impact on Microsoft that some of those other scale consumer businesses do for other big tech competitors. And it’s been great to see the support we’ve had from the company and the board.” 

For more, be sure to read the entire interview from The Washington Post. After that, read about Microsoft’s staggering $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard and then check out how that price tag stacks up against other video game acquisitions. After that, read about why one Game Informer editor believes Sony and PlayStation need a Game Pass competitor now more than ever

[Source: The Washington Post]

What dormant Activision Blizzard franchises do you hope Microsoft and Xbox revive? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 20 January 2022 | 10:33 pm

Destiny 2: Bungie Reveals Witch Queen Raid Launch Date, Details Economy Changes Coming Next Month

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Bungie has released another “This Week At Bungie” blog post, and as expected, it features tons of new information regarding the live-service shooter. While there’s plenty to dissect from it – which you can do right here – there are two things that really stuck out in it. 

The first is that Gunsmith Reputation is getting changed next month, with the launch of The Witch Queen expansion on February 22, to match other vendors in the Tower. Specifically, Gunsmith Materials and Weapon Telemetries are being removed from the game. 

“Banshee-44 is getting a new reputation system that matches the other vendors in the Tower, such as Zavala and Shaxx,” the blog post reads. “This means we are removing some of the items that were previously associated with Gunsmith Reputation, namely Gunsmith Materials and Weapon Telemetries. Players will now earn Reputation Rank progress with Banshee-44 when dismantling Legendary and Exotic weapons and armor or by completing daily Gunsmith bounties.” 

The most important aspect of this change is that players need to spend their Gunsmith Materials and Weapon Telemetries at Banshee-44 before February 22. When The Witch Queen update goes live, any of these materials left unspent and unused will be removed from your inventory automatically, forever. 

The other big piece of today’s “This Week At Bungie” update regards the Raid coming with the upcoming expansion. 

“The Witch Queen has a new raid,” the blog post reads. “Surprising, no? While we still have a bit of time before the World’s First race begins, we wanted to get a rally flag planted in the sand for when you should expect to be taking on the challenge.” 

Currently called “Destiny 2: The Witch Queen [REDACTED] Raid,” it will go live on March 5, 2022, at 10 a.m. PST. That’s just a couple of weeks after the launch of The Witch Queen. 

“We’ll have additional details on Contest Mode, Bungie Rewards, and other need-to-know information closer to the date,” Bungie writes. “Until then, get in those time-off requests. If you’re still in school, we do not advise faking sick notes from doctors or lying to your parents to stay home [unless…]. Go to class. Do your homework. Ace those tests. Be a good student. Conquer the raid boss that is the essay due next week. Raid prep can be an evening activity. We’ll be proud of you either way.” 

Thanks, Bungie. 

While waiting for this new raid to drop, check out the latest Witch Queen trailer that’s all about the dangers of Savathun’s Throne World, and then watch this narrative-focused trailer for The Witch Queen that aired last month. Check out the Halo-inspired loot now in Destiny 2 after that. 

Are you going to be taking on the Witch Queen raid on day one? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted on 20 January 2022 | 10:01 pm

Sony Expects Microsoft To Keep Some Activision Games Multiplatform

Microsoft's recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard sent large-scale ripples throughout the industry. The deal was worth a whopping $68.7 billion, exceeding the price tag of any other developer/publisher acquisition. Of course, it's safe to assume that exclusivity rights could be in the works for some of the most successful IPs in recent memory, like Call of Duty. However, a spokesperson from Sony chimed in on the current chain of events, confident that several of Activision Blizzard's games will continue to remain multiplatform experiences.

The spokesperson mentioned above spoke to The Wall Street Journal and said, "We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform." The discourse surrounding exclusivity also came to a head when Microsoft acquired Bethesda. The Elder Scrolls franchise and whether it would be exclusive or not also came into question. We reported that Phil Spencer envisions the sixth installment in Bethesda's classic RPG series as an Xbox exclusive. However, he would also go on to say that console launches outside of Xbox and PC would be on a "case-by-case basis." This same methodology will likely apply to Activision Blizzard games, especially since Microsoft must honor any previous contracts in effect. 

According to a Bloomberg report, Spencer reiterated that Activision games would continue to be developed on other consoles, "I'll just say to players out there who are playing Activision Blizzard games on Sony's platform: It's not our intent to pull communities away from that platform and we remained committed to that." 

On Sony's top 20 PlayStation 5 downloads and PlayStation 4 downloads of 2021, Call of Duty: Vanguard appeared on the list as the second most popular PS5 and fifth most popular PS4 title. Moreover, Warzone took the number two spot on the top 10 most downloaded free-to-play games on both PlayStation consoles. As far as acquisitions go, Sony is also looking into expanding its games division.

Executive deputy president and chief financial officer Hiroki Totoki said, "As a result of the acquisitions announced since the beginning of this fiscal year, the number of PlayStation studios will increase by four to 16, and the number of developers will increase by almost 20%. We plan to continue to aggressively invest in our development capability going forward."

[Source: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg]

Posted on 20 January 2022 | 6:58 pm