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This week in the news; Blood and Wine region and launch trailer, Apple continues to censor the App store due to poorly written and unrealistic guidelines, Uncharted 4 developers talk about adding accessibility to create a more inclusive game, removing a focus on fun from focus tests, cut content, and having to remove a focus tester, Valve facing discrimination lawsuit, Homeworld Remastered getting a large update to overhaul formations and ballistics, the need to better integrate academia for better games, blacklisted by Sega while writing for a Sega magazine, 10 years since the announcement of Half Life 2 Episode 3, Syberia 3 release date, the evolution of Dark Souls' level design, a look into Star Fox Zero's controls, Ron Gilbert wants to buy the Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion IP from Disney, Batman Return to Arkham, and more. Former Valve employee seeks $3.1M in transgender discrimination suit The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine trailer showcases the pastoral region of Toussaint Don't expect The Witcher 4 any time soon - or maybe ever A thread about this was made here and here Syberia 3 launches December 1 First Nioh demo leads to complaints from players over tutorials, balanced difficulty Five Nights At Freddy's Follow-Up Goes Full-On Scary Clown PS4 Exclusive Valkyria: Azure Revolution Getting Radical Changes Due to User Feedback Yes, make it, not awful. The Talos Principle 2 Discreetly Announced The Pokémon Company To Announce New Information On Sun & Moon On June 2, 2016 Batman: Return to Arkham remaster coming to PS4, Xbox One this July A thread about this was created here. Watch nine minutes of English gameplay from Zero Time Dilemma Video playlist includes an interview with the creator followed by a video showing gameplay. AN UPCOMING GAME LETS YOU EXPLORE MESOAMERICAN RUINS AS A WOLF Hard Reset Redux system requirements and release date revealed Yooka-Laylee story details and new screens arrive ahead of demo launch Tangiers developer hopes to resume "full production" very soon Leaked Poster Reveals Destiny's Next Expansion, Rise of Iron Bungie postpones Destiny's Trials of Osiris and Iron Banner until it can fix a bug Path of Exile's Next Update Is Bigger Than You Might Expect Upcoming Homeworld Remastered patch to rework ship formations and behaviour Dambuster to patch Homefront: The Revolution's poor performance Rocket League update delivers cross-platform play to Xbox One Overwatch's first big update will bring back Competitive Play mode Huge mod seeks to bring Seattle to the world of Fallout 4 Fallout 4 Dev "Actively Working" to Improve Far Harbor DLC Performance Paradox removed a Steam mod that eliminated nonwhites from Stellaris Battleborn Drops To $40 Just In Time For Overwatch EA explains lack of campaign in Star Wars Battlefront EA chief creative director and gaming guru Richard Hilleman leaves company APPLE SAYS POLITICALLY-CHARGED PALESTINIAN GAME ISN’T A “GAME” AT ALL This happens frequently with Apple as they don't treat games as an artistic medium (though apparently they will accept anything if its an Angry Bird clone), more recent and notable occurrences would be their removal and rejection of the well received games Ultimate General Gettysburg and The Binding of Issac. After backlash Apple has allowed the game onto their store about a week after declining it, which is what happened with the other games they decline, further showing their nonsensical game app policies. FOX ‘STOLE’ A GAME CLIP, USED IT IN FAMILY GUY & DMCA’D THE ORIGINAL Nintendo issues copyright claims on Mario-themed Minecraft videos Hideo Kojima Isn't Making A New Game Engine Kojima aims to keep his new studio at 100 people or less Resident Evil Revelations Dev Wants to Continue Series, Explore Side Characters No New Rockstar Game Until April 2017 At the Earliest, Company Confirms It's been 10 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 3 was announced. Here's Gabe Newell not talking about it. Monkey Island Creator Wants to Buy Rights Back After Disney Exits Console Games Riot owner Tencent to launch League of Legends-ready console in China Uncharted 4 sold 2.7m copies in a week Uncharted 4: Here's What Got Cut From the Game Monument Valley in Numbers: Year 2 In esports news WHY ESPORTS COMMENTARY IS SO DIFFICULT Investors pour $4.5M more into eSports coaching tool startup League of Legends Developer and ESPN Both Deny "Active Talks" for $500 Million Broadcast Deal Why Turner is bullish on esports The Greatest Halo Player Of All Time Retired Yesterday In crowdfunding news Ilios: Betrayal of Gods A thread about this was created here. Other content I found interesting this week How One Disabled Player Convinced Naughty Dog To Add More Accessibility Options To Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4 Focus Tester Dismissed After "Sexist" Outburst, Dev Says Why Naughty Dog removed 'fun' from its Uncharted 4 focus tests More can be found in the interview that both articles link to. The Pirate Republics that Inspired Uncharted 4's Libertalia That time I was blacklisted by Sega while editing a Sega magazine Anatomy: The Best Horror Game Ever Doom Is Exactly The Right Kind Of Ridiculous Integrating Academia - Experimenting for Better Games - Extra Credits A Great Thing Final Fantasy IX Did OVERWATCH: A LAID-BACK SHOOTER WITHOUT THE CRAPPY ATTITUDES The Measure of Success Kathy Rain publisher vows to support one-man studio, despite poor sales Editorial: An End To “GIT GUD” – You Don’t Need To Be “Good” At Games To Enjoy Them This Week in Games - Reviewer Skill, Accessibility & Overwatch Leaks Danny starts out by talking about how footage is often attained which ties into the article above this. Making the World of Firewatch Firewatch Is Mine (No Spoilers) An excellent high quality video about his experiencing with Firewatch. The Evolution of Dark Souls Level Design (and Bloodborne!) What Happened to All the Black Games? This is What Video Gaming Narratives Need to Do to Be Taken Seriously A Deep Dive into Star Fox Zero's Controls | Game Maker's Toolkit The Terminal Reality Years: A Crash Course In Game Development Things I found funny or entertaining throughout the week relating to video games Bastion Units Destroyed Dark Souls 3: 7 Reasons It's For Babies One Heck Of A Hitman Kill
This week in the news; no Destiny 2 or main Assassins Creed title in 2016, The Witness speedrunner spends 30 minutes eating a sandwich, Rocket League starts the second season and looks into becoming an eSport, Australia’s first gay gaming convention, the documentary people interested in designing or playing games should watch, labor in the games industry, Fallout 4's DLC gets more detailed and a higher price point, the state of strategy games in 2015, thoughts on Firewatch, Twitch shares their stats for 2015, Elite Dangerous offers a standalone arena mode for those more interested in combat (free to people who bought the full game), Doom's single player length, and more. BioWare scribe David Gaider joins Baldur's Gate dev Beamdog as creative director Beamdog is the studio responsible for the enhanced editions to Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale Mass Effect: Andromeda lead writer leaves BioWare for Bungie Street Fighter 5 Server Stabilty Is Key Priority for Capcom, Says Ono Capcom has apologized for server issues and says that improving stability is the problem they need to fix the most. Street Fighter V Adding New Characters Monthly-Ish Valkyria: Azure Revolution Battle Demo Gameplay Good, it's action based, now I don't have to buy a PS4 for it. Smite developer Hi-Rez is expanding into Europe Hi-Rez Studios is opening its first European office this month in the United Kingdom and former Warner Brothers Interactive publishing VP Veronique Lallier will lead it Fallout 4 getting three add-ons this spring and more later, season pass price going up A thread about this was made here Fallout 4 Looks Better On Consoles Now Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Being Remade in Unreal Engine 4 Knights of the Old Republic is being remade in Unreal Engine 4 with new missions and worlds. Pillars of Eternity The White March Part 2 and Patch 3 Available Now Elite Dangerous Spins Off Competitive Arena Mode as Standalone Release US Video Game Industry Generated $23.5 Billion in 2015, Increasing 5% Combined NPD and ESA numbers show that total US sales rose to $23.5 billion, up 5 percent from $22.4 billion in 2014. Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima is now a YouTuber Kojima has launched his own Youtube channel. Kojima Apparently Asked Bleszinski to Work on New Silent Hill With Him Silent Hills Collaborators Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus Reunite Minecraft Creator Receiving "Pioneer" Award Next Month Minecraft creator Markus Persson will be honored with a "Pioneer" award during March's Game Developers Choice Awards UFC Champ Wants To Become A Full-Time Video Game Streamer The Walking Dead: Michonne debuts this month The first episode of the three part story will be out February 23rd. Games on Kickstarter in 2015 A look at money pledged and failed/successful games on Kickstarter last year. Seven Mods That Make XCOM 2 Less Frustrating Stop Wasting My Time is definitely a good one to get, I believe it now includes what Quiet, Bradford has as well. XCOM 2 Is (Un)Fair A thread on GiantBomb about all the ways that XCOM 1 and 2 cheat to put things in your favor (unless you are playing on Legend). Commander in XCOM 2 is easy enough, I definitely did not need it cheating for me. That's what mods are for though. Twitch 2015 A look at different numbers Twitch did last year. Winners! 5th NY Game Awards! Award winners were annouced with The Witcher 3 taking a lot of them. Cara Ellison won for Best Games Journalism for her Embed With series. Kanye West is making a video game inspired by one of his songs Killscreen writes about how Kanye's video game is going to be very Kanye. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan - Leonardo Gameplay Leonardo can use team attacks and slow down time. News Reviews Hardware Best Of Magazine Pro$10m Dying Light edition now on sale Quantum Break Coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 on April 5 Quantum break will be coming to the PC, a nice preorder bonus for the Xbox One version will also get you the PC version. A later announcement confirmed that Quantum Break would not be available on Steam, only being for sale on the Windows Store. The news that more people could enjoy a video game naturally got some people angry, leading to the article There’s No Downside To A Game Ditching Exclusivity. A thread about this was made here Witness Speedrunner Takes 30-Minute Sandwich Break, Beats World Record As seen in this video You Will Not Play Destiny 2 This Year The team is focused on delivering a large expansion this year, and the sequel in 2017. Ubisoft Will Not Release an Assassin's Creed Game in 2016 After six years there will be no main Assassins Creed title released in 2016. Watch Dogs 2 Will Launch Before April 2017 Overwatch's New Progression System Is A Big Step In The Right Direction Doom's single player campaign a lucky 13 hours long A thread about this was made here Why A Game About The Devil Couldn't Sell For $6.66 On Steam Firewatch Developer Offers Classy Response To Steam Refund Request Firewatch developer responds to user considering a refund after finishing the game. STAR WARS: REPUBLIC COMMANDO DEVELOPER TALKS SEQUEL PLANS AND SEV'S FATE Talk about the ideas behind a Republic Commando sequel, the fate of Sev, and what caused the sequel to fall through. Heretics! Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Shows Off Chaos Open World Tactics: Frozen Synapse 2 Announced An open world sequel to Frozen Synapse is in development. Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home Writers Guild award Rise of the Tomb Raider takes home "Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing", it was going up against The Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, and Assassins Creed Syndicate. A lot of people will likely be wondering how it managed to win for writing, possibly due to the more focused narrative that is less about player interaction and decisions. Rocket League Kicks Off Season 2 With New Update Arma 3’s Shiny New 3D Editor Coming This Month League Of Legends Retiring Dominion Mode With fewer than .5% of players playing the it Riot has decided to retire the Dominion mode that was originally added in 2011. The Imperial March: Total Warhammer Campaign Vid In eSports news Rick Fox's Terrible League of Legends Team Has Five Weeks To Save Its Season Two members are lost after Riot checks for valid immigration paperwork. Competitive Matchmaking May Rescue Team Fortress 2 From Esports Oblivion Team Fortress 2 hopes to reinvent itself with a new matchmaking system. Pro Player Tries To Play StarCraft And Hearthstone At The Same Time NBA Player Says Pro Gamers "Train Just as Rigorously" as Professional Athletes Rocket League Dev Explains New Esports Drive Outside of news, some other good articles from the week If You Care About How Video Games Are Made, Watch The Double Fine Documentary This is a great series to watch, and the documentary was just as much the goal as the actual game. Way too many people talk about development, budgeting, tech, adding features, fixing things, etc without having the slightest idea how any of it works. This gives you a look into the process from concept, through the highs and lows of development, to the final creation. How to make a game wanted by nostalgic players while attempting to evolve, the writing process, team member responsibilities, Skype failing them, creating an art style, the history of Double Fine's project code names, bringing in other sources of income by releasing the PC version of Brutal Legends and publishing deals for their games in other countries, when John Romero has to take you on scary car rides, etc. Best summed up by this comment Guest Column: The State of Strategy Guest Column: It's Time to Talk About Labor in the Games Industry GAME ON: HOW AUSSIE GAYMERS ARE FINALLY COMING OUT After the June Fire Slow Burn: Environment and mood in Firewatch 'The Last Game I Make Before I Die': Fighting Cancer By Making A Video Game Kickstarters of the week (or ones I heard about this week) OVERLOAD - The Ultimate Six-Degree-of-Freedom Shooter The creators of Descent are making a new game. A thread about this was made here Indie G Zine An artbook for indie games A thread about this was made here