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Month: October 2021

Nintendo Reportedly Closes California and Toronto Offices

Nintendo Reportedly Closes California and Toronto Offices

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According to a new report from Kotaku and confirmed by The Verge, Nintendo has closed its offices in California and Toronto. The shuttering of the office in Redwood City, California, affects around 100 employees within Nintendo's Sales and Marketing department, as well as its NMI, which is "a dedicated merchandising field team who work with retail stores across the country." Kotaku's article mentions "many of the now-displaced staff were upset over the decision."  Nintendo has confirmed the closures in a statement to The Verge. Here is the statement in full:  Nintendo of America headquarters are in Redmond, WA, and Vancouver, BC. We are moving more of our employees and operations into those headquarters and will be closing small satellite offices in Toronto, ON, and Redwood City...
Amy Hennig Is Working On A Narrative-Driven Action-Adventure Marvel Game With Skydance Media

Amy Hennig Is Working On A Narrative-Driven Action-Adventure Marvel Game With Skydance Media

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Former Uncharted series director, Amy Hennig, has revealed that she's working on a Marvel game with Skydance Media.  Skydance tapped Hennig to head up a new division within the studio to work on games heavily focused on narrative back in 2019; now we know more about her first game there ... well kinda. We know it's a Marvel game, but it's currently an unannounced title, so there's no telling which superheroes or villains we'll be playing as. However, we do know what kind of experience it will be.  After holding our cards close to the vest for so long, we’re excited to finally be able to share the news! We’re having a blast working with @MarvelGames on our first project at @Skydance New Media, and can’t wait until we can share more. Excelsior! https://t.co/opj87SJwQ6 — Amy Henni...
What’s Your Favorite Horror Game?

What’s Your Favorite Horror Game?

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If there’s one thing we all have in common, it’s that we’re scared of something. If you’re saying right now, “I ain’t scared of anything,” well, come on, you know there’s that something that makes your spine shiver. For me, it’s death and suffocating spaces. Oh, and Michael Myers, too. Fortunately, there aren’t any games based on Halloween out there for me to play (although the famed slasher is a playable killer in the excellent asymmetrical multiplayer horror, Dead by Daylight).  However, there’s plenty of games where you die. You can die in most games, though, but the ones that really emphasize those deaths are the ones that leave me shaking in my boots. Add a touch of claustrophobia to the formula and you’ve created my nightmare. My all-time favorite horror game is something so...
Krafton, The Company Behind PUBG, Acquires Subnautica Developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Krafton, The Company Behind PUBG, Acquires Subnautica Developer Unknown Worlds Entertainment

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Krafton, Inc., has announced that it is going to acquire Unknown Worlds Entertainment, the developer behind Subnautica.  This news comes by way of a press release on Krafton’s site, which reveals that it decided today that it is going to acquire Unknown Worlds. Krafton says this acquisition continues the company’s strategy of expanding and securing top-tier talent under its umbrella of studios.  Click here to watch embedded media “This latest decision continues Krafton’s expansion strategy of securing and investing in top-tier talent that aspires to evolve, innovate, and create new experiences,” the press release reads. “Unknown Worlds becomes Krafton’s sixth independent studio, joining a stable of other seasoned developers that include PUBG Studios, Striking Distance Studios, ...
Free Burritos May Have Knocked Roblox Offline

Free Burritos May Have Knocked Roblox Offline

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Click here to watch embedded media Who doesn't want a free Burrito from Chipotle? This tasty opportunity is currently being offered in Roblox through a limited Halloween-themed experience called the Chipotle Boorito Maze. On each day from October 8-31, the first 30,000 people who make it through the maze to the Chipotle restaurant will win a free (and real) burrito. We don't know why Roblox is currently down, but the timing of it going offline for most players lines up with this promotion, leading us to believe a wave of players may be overloading the servers or there may be some problem with this new offering. We know you’re having issues using Roblox right now. We’re sorry and working hard to get things back to normal. — Roblox (@Roblox) October 29, 2021 After going offl...
New Witcher Season 2 Trailer Teases The Coming War

New Witcher Season 2 Trailer Teases The Coming War

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Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming second season of The Witcher and as you might expect following the end of the first season, it teases the coming war.  That war will see Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia aka The Witcher, Freya Allan’s Ciri, Anya Chalotra’s Yennefer, and more weaving their way through it, too, all while fighting monsters and magic, of course. As the trailer notes, “something has changed” and the world is acting strange – there’s a war, monsters roam freely when they should be hibernating, and for everyone that isn’t Geralt, it seems like the end of days. For Geralt, though, it’s just “horses**t,” as he’s already lived through “three supposed end of days.”  Click here to watch embedded media If one thing is clear from the trailer, it’s that there ...
Knockout City Gets Free New-Gen Enhancements Next Week

Knockout City Gets Free New-Gen Enhancements Next Week

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Knockout City, EA’s wacky multiplayer dodgeball game, ranks among 2021’s most pleasant surprises. The game is a riot and will join November’s batch of PlayStation Plus games after already appearing on Xbox Game Pass. If you’ve enjoyed lobbing exploding balls into the faces of friends or strangers on PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S, your matches are about to look and feel even better.  On November 2, new-gen enhancements will hit the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of Knockout City free of charge. Players who obtained the game through Game Pass or PS Plus are eligible for the upgrade as well. What are you getting? Here’s the full breakdown below:    PlayStation 5: Native 4K at 60FPS or 1440p (upscaled to 4K) at 120FPS Xbox Series X: Native 4K at 60FPS or 1620p (upscaled to ...
Halo Infinite: 343 Industries Used Halo 3 Character And Enemy Designs For Inspiration

Halo Infinite: 343 Industries Used Halo 3 Character And Enemy Designs For Inspiration

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343 Industries has revealed in a new Inside Infinite blog post that it relied on character and enemy designs from the Halo 3/Halo: Reach era of the franchise for inspiration.  Microsoft and 343 Industries have been pretty open about their desire for Infinite to harken back to the days of classic Halo. It’s set on a single Halo ring – Zeta Halo – much in the same way Halo: Combat Evolved was set on a ring, and the designs retain the more streamlined look of Bungie’s Halo games. Now, we know it’s because Halo 3 and Halo: Reach were the inspiration.  Click image thumbnails to view larger version                                                                                                               “The spiritual reboot actually made it easier for us to incorporate some more ...