| News Bad puns and video games since 1999. Sat, 23 Oct 2021 04:58:38 +0100 5 Sat, 23 Oct 2021 04:58:38 +0100 Overwatch's McCree will be renamed Cole Cassidy next week

Overwatch's fan-favourite cowboy character Jesse McCree finally has a new name after Activision Blizzard committed to changing it in the wake of California's ongoing lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and a "frat boy" culture at the company. Henceforth, Jesse McCree will be known as Cole Cassidy.

McCree is just one of many characters across Blizzard's portfolio to have taken his name from a developer at the company. However, back in August, Blizzard announced it would be renaming the cowboy after the real-life Jesse McCree, who had been named in several accounts of the studio's toxic work culture, was confirmed to have departed the company amid the fallout from the lawsuit - although no reason for his exit was given.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 21:58:00 +0100 Matt Wales
King games portal which birthed Candy Crush to close after 18 years

King's browser games portal, home to some of the company's biggest hits such as Candy Crush, Bubble Witch and Farm King, will shut down in December after 18 years of operation. (formerly was the birthplace of the company's biggest franchises, before they were transferred onto Facebook and mobile apps.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 21:27:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Pokémon Go developer diary series begins with look at Community Days

In the wake of this summer's big fan protest, Pokémon Go developer Niantic promised better communication with its player base.

One element of that is a new developer diary series, shedding light on various aspects of the game and the thinking behind them. First up is Community Day, the popular monthly in-game event which spotlights a singular 'mon.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 20:10:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Next Sony State of Play on 27th October

Sony has announced another State of Play for Wednesday 27th October.

Tune in on YouTube and Twitch at 10PM UK time.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
Streamer Valkyrae faces backlash for new gamer skincare range

UPDATE 22/10/21: Valkyrae has now responded on her Twitter with a voice note after a "very very long two days".

"I've been waiting to speak and to stream until after I see how the RFLCT website has been updated," she said. "I also wanted to say that all of the hate and the doubt and concerns and the criticism are all warranted and valid. I understand completely where you're all coming from.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 15:44:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
Switch Advance Wars remake delayed into 2022

Advance Wars 1+2 Re-Boot Camp on Switch has been delayed until spring 2022.

The game was originally intended to release on 3rd December, but Nintendo announced the news saying "the game just needs a little more time for fine tuning".

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 15:03:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
First look at visual upgrade in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition trailer

Rockstar has released the first official trailer for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition.

The remastered trilogy will be released digitally on 11th November across PC, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, plus Nintendo Switch. The game will cost £54.99, with physical copies to follow on 7th December.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 14:34:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
Stardew Valley creator reveals Haunted Chocolatier

Stardew Valley maker Eric Barone has revealed his next game, ConcernedApe's Haunted Chocolatier.

It's a spooky chocolate-making, monster-stabbing, small town-living role-playing game, with a visual and musical style similar to that of the hugely popular Stardew.

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]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2021 11:11:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Among Us hits PlayStation and Xbox in December

Among Us hits PlayStation and Xbox on 14th December.

Innersloth's phenomenally-popular teamwork and betrayal party game launches on Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S (and on Xbox Game Pass), as well as PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 on that day. It's already available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 17:15:00 +0100 Wesley Yin-Poole
Grand Theft Auto Online's Halloween event adds serial killers and phantom cars

Rockstar has unleashed the annual Halloween event on Grand Theft Auto Online, which sees the return of old modes and some new spooky phenomena.

First up, there's a phantom car on the loose that appears out of nowhere to kill players. Here's a clip of a poor soul getting attacked.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:50:00 +0100 Ishraq Subhan
DICE doubles down on Specialists with response to Battlefield 2042 beta feedback

DICE is standing firm with its replacement of classes with Specialists in Battlefield 2042 as it shares an extensive list of key takeaways from the open beta.

The studio also released a new video revealing the remaining five Specialists for the game's launch.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0100 Ishraq Subhan
343 shows off PC features for Halo Infinite

343 Industries has released a new video showing off the team's effort to make the PC version of Halo Infinite the best it could possibly be.

The video has a roll-call of every type of PC-specific feature you could imagine while emphasising that the PC build isn't just a port of the Xbox version of the game.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 15:56:00 +0100 Ishraq Subhan
Nvidia reveals RTX 3080-class GeForce Now premium tier

Nvidia has announced a raft of upgrades for its GeForce Now cloud streaming service with a new premium tier offering RTX 3080 class graphics performance, allowing for 1440p120 gameplay across a range of platforms and 4K60 HDR, limited for now to Shield Android TV devices. New latency reductions techniques are also promised, with Nvidia making bold claims about input lag up against competing cloud technologies - and even local devices.

All of this is made possible via brand new class of server blade Nvidia is bringing online, dubbed the 'SuperPod'. While you're not getting to an actual RTX 3080 as such, you are getting equivalent enterprise-class hardware based on the same GA-102 silicon, backed up by an eight-core, 16 thread AMD Threadripper processor working in combination with ultra-fast PCIe Gen 4.0 solid-state storage and an impressive 28GB of 3200MHz DDR4 memory. This gives the SuperPod top-class graphics performance (only an RTX 3080 Ti or RTX 3090 are faster in the Nvidia stack), though CPU performance would fall a little short of the latest Ryzen 5000 and Intel CPUs.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 15:48:00 +0100 Richard Leadbetter
Microsoft announces new 2TB and 512GB Seagate storage expansion cards for Xbox Series X and S

Microsoft has announced new 2TB and 512GB Seagate storage expansion cards for the Xbox Series X and S.

Seagate already has a £200 1TB storage expansion card. The 512GB and 2TB cards will be available soon in all Xbox markets, Pamela Wang, from the Designed for Xbox team, said in a post on Xbox Wire.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 15:16:00 +0100 Wesley Yin-Poole
New Pokémon teased in frankly rather creepy found footage video

UPDATE 21/10/21: A fresh video has revealed the mysterious creatures teased in this week's creepy earlier video as Hisuian forms of Zorua and Zoroark - yet more Gen 5 creatures set to get new versions in the upcoming Pokémon Legends: Arceus.

The fan-favourite Zorua and Zoroark were hard to get hold of when they originally debuted. These new versions are Normal/Ghost-Type.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:59:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Watch Tom Holland fall out of a cargo plane in Uncharted movie trailer leak

UPDATE 21/10/21: Following yesterday's wobblycam snatch of leaked Uncharted movie footage, Sony has dropped a considerably shinier, full-length trailer, showcasing around two-and-a-half minutes of Tom Holland's young Nathan Drake in action - and it's not just airplane mishaps and jokes about Scottish accents! We get some globe-trotting plotting, some treasure hunting, rooftop running, more of that cargo plane sequence, and a lot more Mark Wahlberg as Sully. And a very dapper Antonio Banderas makes an appearance too.

The trailer also gives us a UK release date for the Uncharted movie, which is now confirmed to be arriving in cinemas here on 11th February 2022.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:39:00 +0100 Matt Wales
Here's a look at the new Saints Row's opening story missions

Volition's first reveal of its upcoming Saints Row reboot did not, it's fair to say, seem to bare much in common with the series of old. A few gameplay snippets that followed helped bridge the divide, but a newly revealed look at some early missions has given the clearest indication yet of how Volition is looking to revitalise its ageing sandbox series.

As shared by GameInformer, the new nine-minute pre-alpha gameplay video offers a look at two early story missions: Making Rent and Idol Threat. The first of these takes place before the Saints are even officially formed, with The Boss and the game's core supporting - Kevin, Neenah, and Eli, all previously members of rival gangs - orchestrating a robbery on a loan office to raise some cash.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 14:19:00 +0100 Matt Wales
Smash Bros. Ultimate's Sora DLC was tough to make happen

The addition of Kingdom Hearts' Sora to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the game's final DLC character was a complicated process, creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed.

Writing in his latest Famitsu column, Sakurai initially thought the rights issues to include Sora in Smash would be too insurmountable to sort out (thanks, PushDustIn).

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 12:02:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Sony granted patent which lets spectators pay to remove players from games

A patent has been granted to Sony that will allow spectators of a game to vote to remove players.

The patent, titled 'Spectators Vote to Bench Players in a Video Game' and viewable here, will allow viewers to vote or pay to have a player removed, or send a custom message.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:43:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
PS3 emulator reaches new milestone in quest to run every game made on platform

Work on PlayStation 3 emulator RPCS3 has reached a major milestone, with every game ever released on the console now successfully booting.

Spotted by Kotaku, the RPCS3 team announced that all known games and apps from the PS3 now, at the very least, will boot using the emulator. That accounts for more than 6000 applications total.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:28:00 +0100 Ishraq Subhan
Epic announces publishing partnerships with Cozy Grove dev and Nine Inch Nails guitarist studio

Following its previously reviewed partnerships with Remedy Entertainment, Inside developer Playdead, and Fumito Ueda's gen Designer (The Last Guardian), Epic Games' publishing arm has announced two new partners in the form of Cozy Grove creator Spry Fox and Eyes Out, the new studio co-founded by Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck.

Details on the titles each studio is developing for Epic are limited but previous word from Eyes Out - whose other co-founder is Cory Davis, creative director and designer on Spec Ops: The Line - revealed the team is working on a new single-player cosmic horror game.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:26:00 +0100 Matt Wales
Life is Strange: True Colors launches for Switch in December

The Nintendo Switch version of Life is Strange: True Colors will arrive in "early December", publisher Square Enix has said.

This version was originally set to arrive last month alongside the game's other console and PC editions, but was pushed back at the end of August.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 11:03:00 +0100 Tom Phillips
Android apps are now available for Windows 11 beta users

Android apps are finally available on Windows 11, albeit currently just for users of the operating system's beta channel.

Microsoft made the announcement overnight via the Windows blog.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:46:00 +0100 Ishraq Subhan
Twitch testing new rewind feature

Twitch is testing a new rewind feature for stream viewers.

The feature will allow viewers to rewind a stream by two minutes, Twitch told The Verge. Then they are able to scrub through the time as with any VOD.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:42:00 +0100 Ed Nightingale
GAME warns scalpers it has "strong measures in place", ahead of new PS5 stock going on sale today

UK retailer GAME has warned scalpers it has "strong measures" in place to stop multiple orders this morning, ahead of a new release of PlayStation 5 stock.

The chain will continue to enforce a limit of one console per customer, and subject each order to automatic checks after it has been put through.

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]]> Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:21:00 +0100 Tom Phillips