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“Diablo” developers speak on game and company issues

by Stephen Totilo, Axios The creators of “Diablo II: Resurrected” say people should “do what they feel is right,” when considering whether to buy next week’s big release from Activision Blizzard. Why it matters: “Resurrected” is the first game from Activision Blizzard since California filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company, largely over sexism, harassment and other workplace problems at Blizzard, where the “Diablo” series was created. “It was definitely very troubling to hear these types of things,” “Resurrected” design director Rob Gallerani tells Axios, referring to the misconduct allegations. “And we really wanted to support our colleagues and our co-workers.” Between the lines: The remake is primarily being made by Vicarious Visions, a studio in upstate New York that has long worked on non-Blizzard games and was not […]

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‘Horizon Forbidden West’ PS4 buyers will get a free PS5 upgrade after all

by Jon Fingas, Engadget Sony won’t make you pay to upgrade Horizon Forbidden West after all. The company’s Interactive Entertainment chief Jim Ryan announced that Forbidden West PS4 players will get to upgrade to the PS5 version for free, as Sony promised last September. The tech giant “missed the mark” and will stand by its original pledge, Ryan said. The change of heart comes after Sony and Guerilla told customers they’d be limited to the version of the game they bought. If you started on PS4, in other words, you’d have to buy another copy to take advantage of PS5 features. Don’t expect a similar concession for other PS4-to-PS5 upgrades. Ryan made clear that all first-party cross-generation exclusives “moving forward” would include a $10 upgrade option for the PS5 edition. […]

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Grand Theft Auto 6 Release Date, Evolving Map Leaks Backed Up By Insiders

Reliable sources back up the latest Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks, hinting at the long-awaited game’s release date and its evolving Vice City map. by Dalton Cooper, Game Rant Tom Henderson has made a name for himself as being a reliable leaker when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty games, but recently he leaked information on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 as well. According to Henderson, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be set in Vice City, the release date won’t be until sometime in 2024 or 2025, and it will have an “evolving map.” While these kinds of claims should always be taken with a grain of salt, they have since been backed up by more legitimate sources. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier recently chimed in on […]

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Halo Infinite Release Date Narrowed Down To ‘A Few Weeks,’ Phil Spencer Says

by Ian Walker, Kotaku Although a firm Halo Infinite release date has yet to be set, internal talks at Microsoft surrounding when to launch the game have narrowed from the months-long holiday 2021 release window to a handful of weeks, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained during a recent appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast. “We’ll have better clarity over the summer, but this isn’t a months thing, this is just down to a few weeks,” Spencer said. “Instead of picking this day and having to move it by a week, which at this point would feel like a fail, we don’t want to do that, so let’s wait until we’re really solid on what the date is.” Spencer also said that Microsoft is looking […]

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CoD 2021 Geared for Next-Gen Consoles

By Peter “Synister” Jeffery, Gamer’s Outpost LLC The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots-on-the-ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years. From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD […]

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The Witcher 3 director leaves CD Projekt Red after workplace bullying investigation

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz was cleared by the investigation but still resigned, apologizing “for all the bad blood” he caused. by Wes Fenlon, PC Gamer Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, who served as director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and as second director and head of production on Cyberpunk 2077, has left CD Projekt Red. Bloomberg reports that Tomaszkiewicz was the subject of a lengthy internal investigation based on accusations of bullying. While a commission formed for the investigation found him not guilty, Tomaszkiewicz still chose to resign from his job. Tomaszkiewicz wrote in an email to CD Projekt Red’s staff that despite being cleared, “a lot of people are feeling fear, stress, or discomfort when working with me.” He left with an apology “for all the bad […]

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Cyberpunk 2077 Has Now Spent Over Four Months Missing from PS Store

Unprecedented event by Sammy Barker, Push Square Cyberpunk 2077’s big March update was supposed to be the one that fixed the title’s major performance issues, but while it does undoubtedly crash less and run better – even on a PlayStation 4 Pro – it’s still nowhere near the standard expected of a major AAA title. And as a result, it still remains unavailable on the PlayStation Store – more than four months since Sony made the unprecedented decision to remove it. Polish developer CD Projekt RED recently said that the sci-fi RPG is “closer” to returning to the storefront, but still hasn’t attached a date to exactly when it expects it to be available. “The final decision, you have to understand, belongs to Sony,” boss […]

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Here’s What Percent Of ‘Destiny 2’ Players Are Hunters, Titans Or Warlocks

by Paul Tassi, Forbes In case you haven’t heard the blaring trumpets surrounding the launch of the event, Guardian Games is live in Destiny 2 at reset today, the class-based competition where this time, Bungie is actually forcing you to commit to one class and one class only for the duration. Most people do this already, as juggling three classes and characters is a full time job (trust me, I know), but no more playing the field for people like me. It’s time to pick a main. I thought it would be relevant to revisit the breakdown of the player population in Destiny by class. It has been about a year since we got official numbers from Bungie, but I would […]

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The Last of Us PS5 Remake Report Met With Backlash

by Logan Moore, ComicBook.com A new report emerged earlier today stating that Naughty Dog is currently in the process of working on a remake of the original The Last of Us game for PlayStation 5. Although the project was one that was initially worked on by a team outside of Naughty Dog, it has since been passed off to the studio that creating the original game. And despite how much many fans might love that title, it seems that almost no one believes a remake of The Last of Us is something that needs to happen. A quick perusal through social media today has shown that virtually all fans of The Last of Us believe that the original game still holds up perfectly fine until this day and doesn’t need to […]

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Apex Legends leak shows Respawn testing Titanfall 2 weapon in-game

by Bill Cooney, Dexterto A new Apex Legends leak apparently shows Respawn testing out a Titanfall 2 weapon in-game before it eventually makes its way to live servers. Apex is technically a sort of sequel to the Titanfall games, and not just because both are made by Respawn Entertainment. They also take place in the same universe, with the battle royale picking up a few years after the end of TF2. Now the FPS is coming back with Season 9 content already being confirmed by devs, and on April 9, a new image from Apex leaker Biast12 apparently shows Titanfall 2’s EPG weapon already being tested. The EPG-1 or “Energy Propelled Grenade” works somewhat like a mix of a grenade launcher […]

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Naughty Dog is reportedly remaking the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5

Studio said to have taken charge of the Project from another Developer in 2020 by Tom Ivan, VGC Sony Interactive Entertainment is planning to release a remake of the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report which claims the project was originally in development at PlayStation’s Visual Arts Service Group before the studio was switched to a support role on the game. The remake’s development is now being led by series creator Naughty Dog, which is said to have taken charge of the project following the completion of The Last of Us Part 2, which was released in June 2020. Michael Mumbauer, who has since departed Sony, founded the San Diego-based Visual Arts Service Group in 2007 with the […]

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Sony reportedly rejected plans for Days Gone 2

Internal conflict is said to have resulted in key departures; Studio now working on new Intellectual Property (IP) by Andy Robinson, VGC PlayStation rejected plans for a sequel to open-world Sony Bend title Days Gone, it’s claimed. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s first-party development. According to the story, Sony’s increasing focus on exclusive blockbusters has come at the expense of “niche” teams within its first-party organisation. One such casualty was reportedly Sony Bend, which is claimed to have had a 2019 pitch for Days Gone 2 rejected. “Although the first game had been profitable, its development had been lengthy and critical reception was mixed, so a Days Gone 2 wasn’t seen as a viable option,” Bloomberg states. Instead, journalist […]

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Outriders studio is giving in-game gifts to its players for launch issues

A little sign of appreciation by Eric Van Allen, Destructoid People Can Fly’s Outriders went live last week, and it had some trouble keeping servers up right out of the gate. Though the situation has mostly stabilized since then, the developer announced today that it’s sending launch window Outriders players an “appreciation package.” In a lengthy Reddit post outlining the first major updates to Outriders after its launch, the studio says it’s disappointed the launch didn’t go as planned. As a show of appreciation to those who stuck it out and sent messages of support, the team is sending out a special package of in-game gifts to players who either played between March 31 and April 11, or who experienced an automatic inventory wipe restoration. The items are a level-appropriate Legendary […]

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Cancelled Game ‘Castlevania: Resurrection’ Resurfaces as Lost Prototype Is Found

Great news for video games preservation! More than 20 years after its official cancellation, Castlevania: Resurrection has once again become the source of speculation after a supposed early prototype of the Dreamcast game resurfaced. The reveal of the prototype happened thanks to the little-known site Sega Dreamcast Info, created and kept by Laurent Comby, a one-man team dedicated to preserving Sega games, commercials and technology. The revealed prototype supposedly pre-dates E3’s 1999 presentation of Castlevania: Resurrection, when journalists were able to access a playable version of the game behind closed doors. This was the only time the game was ever shown to some sort of public, until last weekend, when a video of the prototype emerged. In the video, we can see a rough version […]

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Monster Hunter Rise Sells 5 Million Copies In First Week, Boosts Entire Series Beyond 70M

by  Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Capcom’s Monster Hunter Rise has now climbed to 5 million sales since it was released on March 26. Last month, it sold 4 million copies in its first three days alone. Capcom clarified that Rise has shipped 5 million copies globally, so it hasn’t necessarily sold that many through to consumers in its first week. But it’s still a gigantic number and it speaks to the enormity and appeal of the franchise. Monster Hunter games have shipped 66 million units as December 31, 2020, Capcom said. So with Rise’s figures added on, that number climbs to about 71 million. The Monster Hunter series debuted in 2004 and has grown massively since. Once popular primarily in Japan–one Japanese tech CEO gave his company the day […]

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PUBG Lite is shutting down at the end of April

Fs in the chat by Bijan Stephen, The Verge There are a few different versions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — the game that popularized the battle royale genre and inspired a legion of competitors — which you can play on everything from your underpowered phone to your high-end gaming rig. At the end of April, however, the list will be one entry shorter: PUBG Lite, the free-to-play version of the ultimate life and death fight specced for lower-end machines, is going dark on April 29th. New downloads were shut down on March 30th. In its note to fans, Krafton, the game’s publisher, didn’t give a reason for the impending closure. Here’s what it said in full: We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the […]