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Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'


Unity has had a real interesting seven days. Last week, SpatialOS from developer Improbable was apparently barred from being used within Unity development. SpatialOS is a robust tool that many Unity developers use to add multiplayer to their games. For a time, Unity's new Terms, which went live in early December but were only clarified to Improbable last week, actually affected games that were already released. This led to some quick back and forths between Improbable and Unity through their respective sites. It all seemed to quiet down when Improbable and Epic Games formed a joint $25...
 

EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)


A headline like "EA Cancels Another Star Wars Game" feels like they're a dime a dozen these days. I think EA may have cancelled as many Star Wars games as they have closed studios at this point. Here we are again and here EA is with another cancelled EA game on their hands. This time, the development studio has decided to cancel its open-world Star Wars game that EA Vancouver had been working on. Prior to EA Vancouver working on this title, it was in development from Visceral Games. Of course, EA shut down Visceral Games back in 2017. In fact, when Visceral was working on the game it wasn't an open-world title but rather a more linear action-adventure game that was being directed by...
 

Review: Last Year: The Nightmare (PC)


A solid asymmetrical survival-horror game that's light on content.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games have been going steady for the past few years now. Some of the biggest games in that particular genre include the long departed Evolve, the still ongoing Dead by Daylight, and even Friday the 13th if you're into that sort of thing. You can now add in Last Year: The Nightmare to the mix as it combines 5 versus 1 multiplayer with elements of survival-horror. As with those other titles, Last Year places one player in the shoes of a bloodthirsty murderer while the rest of the players play as one of five teenagers trying to survive and escape. What it delivers is a well-crafted gameplay experience that ultimately comes up short on content. Last Year: The Nightmare relies on a number of tried and true horror movie clich├ęs. The group of teenagers include the nerdy kid, the popular girl, a stereotypical jock, and m...
 

Jump Force Open Beta Begins January 18


Come January 18th, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will get to try out Jump Force in what Bandai Namco is calling an "open beta weekend." Be it a true beta or a "demo" is besides the point because what really matters is that you will finally get to test drive the fighting game that we have been passing along news about now for months.

Here's how it's going to go down. First off, there will be four separate three-hour long sessions:



Secondly? Well, that's kind of it. Just make sure you download the demo and you can play during...
 

Bungie Ditches Activision, Acquires Rights to Destiny


Moving forward, all future Destiny titles will be self-published by Bungie. I guess even Activision had to tap out after the latest Destiny 2 puzzle, eh?

After eight years, Bungie and Activision are parting ways and with it so does Activision's control over the Destiny franchise. Bungie announced today that they are acquiring publishing rights to their popular shooter.

Mere moments ago, Bungie made the announcement on their website in an aptly named news entry called "Our Destiny."



Bungie continues on to say that they will...
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  • Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)

    Review: Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)

    How far would you go for family?
    For the past year now, the Yakuza series has been burning brightly on the PlayStation 4. We had the fantastic Yakuza 0 make its way to Western audiences early in 2017, followed up by the ever so slightly inferior but still amazing Yakuza Kiwami a few months later. Despite these games existing for more than a decade across three different console generations, these PS4 releases are the first time many of us have ever gotten to experience the amazing character of Kazuma Kiryu and his world. And now in early 2018 we have the release of Yakuza 6: The Song of Life, the final chapter in old man Kiryu's tale. Cast any worries you have aside because Sega says farewell to Kazuma "The Dragon of Dojima" Kiryu in grand fashion. The biggest draw of the Yakuza games has been and will always continue to be the fantastic storylines; these include the storylines contained in the bite-sized sub-mission...
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  • Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Getting Re-Releases on PS4, XB1, and PC in 2018

    Shenmue and Shenmue 2 Getting Re-Releases on PS4, XB1, and PC in 2018

    Sega apparently announced tonight that they are re-releasing both Shenmue and Shenmue II for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC some time in 2018. People seem to be rather excited about this announcement. Also, the Steam Store listing for Shenmue I&II is already up.

    Sega says that the Shenmue I&II re-release is the "definitive versions" of both games. They will include such modern features like scalable screen resolutions, choice of modern or classic control schemes, various graphical options on the PC version, updated user interface, and the option to play with either the original Japanese or English voice-overs. I believe...
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  • Rumor: New BioShock in Development from 2K

    Rumor: New BioShock in Development from 2K

    According to some quick investigative work by Kotaku's Jason Schreier, a "top-secret" 2K studio is working on a "top-secret" new BioShock game. Schreier found this out while reporting on a story about Hangar 13 and how that studio lost its way with Mafia III.

    This should probably not come as too big of a surprise to anybody. It will be interesting to see how this new BioShock game fares without Ken Levine and Irrational Games.
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  • Virtual Espionage Action: Oculus and Twisted Pixel Announce Defector

    Virtual Espionage Action: Oculus and Twisted Pixel Announce Defector

    Twisted Pixel, the development studio behind such games as 'Splosion Man, The Gunstringer, and The Maw have just announced their next title: Defector.

    Defector is a first-person virtual reality title coming out exclusively for the Oculus Rift. You play as an undercover spy caught in the middle of some potentially over-the-top scenarios. Go loud or use your wits to accomplish your goals. It's entirely up to you and you alone.
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  • Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled After 3 Years of Development

    Terraria: Otherworld Cancelled After 3 Years of Development

    Three years ago Re-Logic announced Terraria: Otherworld, an "alternate dimension" to the Terraria universe that you probably know and maybe even love. The game was going to task players with trying to restore a once-pristine world that has been "overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself." It wanted to combine elements of sandbox gameplay with RPG elements and strategy elements. That is to say: It was essentially Terraria set in an alternate universe.

    Well, it's been cancelled. The announcement came via the official Terraria forums yesterday evening.
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  • What Remains of Edith Finch Wins Best Game at 2018 BAFTA Awards

    What Remains of Edith Finch Wins Best Game at 2018 BAFTA Awards

    What Remains of Edith Finch has won for "Best Game" at the 2018 British Academy Games Awards. Other big winners tonight include Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Cuphead, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and more.

    The full list of winners, broken down by category, can be found below. The full list of nominees can be found in our earlier posting or directly on the BAFTA website.

    I'll also note here that many of the games that were nominated are on sale through Steam until Monday, April 16 at 10AM (PT).
    ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTAUDIO ACHIEVEMENTBEST GAME WHAT REMAINS OF EDITH FINCH Development Team - Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive
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  • Hunt: Showdown Receives Major Performance Patch

    Hunt: Showdown Receives Major Performance Patch

    Crytek just released the first major performance patch for Hunt: Showdown, their upcoming multiplayer FPS that features PvPvE style gameplay. This patch is focused on CPU optimizations, reducing memory usage, and tackling a number of known issues that caused stuttering during movement and aiming.

    Hunt: Showdown is currently in Steam Early Access for $29.99 (USD). The team has been quite good about keeping their community in the know about future patches and content updates thanks to an ever evolving Hunt: Showdown roadmap. The video below is the best way to check out the improvements made in this latest patch. Be sure to check it out for ...
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  • King of Nothing: Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records, Banned

    King of Nothing: Billy Mitchell Stripped of Records, Banned

    Most of Billy Mitchell's world records and high scores were stripped from him today following allegations that he cheated when he "earned" his high score in Donkey Kong of 1,062,800 points. The records, originally approved by Twin Galaxies, were subsequently stripped by Twin Galaxies following an "extensive research period" into claims that Mitchell utilized an emulator to obtain that high score. Mitchell first earned the record in Donkey Kong back in 1982. He then re-set the record in 2007 with a score of 1,050,200. In February 2010 Hank Chien took and held the record until Mitchell reclaimed the record in July 2010. Since then, multiple others held the record before ending up with the current holder Robbie Lakeman with a score of 1,247,700, set on February 2, 2018. On the same day, the Donkey Kong Forum removed Mitchell's scores after Jeremy Young analyzed Mitchell's older footage and found a number of telltale signs that a MAME arcade emulator was used to set his previous records. The use of emulators instead of the actual arcade hardw...
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  • Dead in Vinland Out Today on PC and Mac

    Dead in Vinland Out Today on PC and Mac

    Developer CCCP and publisher Playdius have released Dead in Vinland today for both Windows PC and Mac. For just $19.99 (USD; plus a launch week discount of 10%), you can pick up a new entry in the survival RPG genre.
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  • Siegfried Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

    Siegfried Confirmed for Soulcalibur VI

    Sure, we know enough about Geralt, and others that are coming to Soulcalibur VI, so let's move on and get some fresh meat in here to talk about! The latest reveal today is for Siegfried Schtauffen, a familiar name to those familiar with the franchise.

    Check out his reveal trailer below and you may learn a few new things. For instance, I had no idea he even had a last name. He's been around since the start and I honestly didn't know this.
    His story began in the original Soul Edge, when Siegfried appeared as a young German man with short blond hair, blue eyes, and the will and strength to take-on all challengers. Throughout
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