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Reggie Fils-Aime is handing over the reins to Bowser

Reggie Fils-Aime is handing over the reins to Bowser

Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime will be retiring in April after 15 years with the company.

Fils-Aime joined Nintendo in 2003 as executive vice president of sales and marketing, before stepping up to president and COO in 2006.

In a heart-felt video to fans, Fils-Aime explained that his final day will be April 15, after which he plans to spend more time with his wife, family and friends.

Fils-Aime's successor will be senior vice president of sales and marketing, Doug Bowser – yes, really.

Bowser was previously VP of global business at EA before joining Nintendo in May 2015

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THQ Nordic raises $225m for future acquisitions

THQ Nordic raises $225m for future acquisitions

THQ Nordic has successfully raised USD$225 million after issuing 11 million new shares.

The company intends to use the money "to finance new acquisitions of franchises, game development studios or other assets which complement the operations"

In an interview with GamesIndustry THQ CEO Lars Wingefors said "Ultimately, on the very long-term basis I want all my companies to be financed through the cashflow from making great games that fans and consumers will enjoy and pay for. However, our strategy right now is to build something substantial, diversified and evergreen through acquisitions and substantial organic development growth."

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Ex-EA Chief Design Officer shows off new game

Ex-EA Chief Design Officer shows off new game

Patrick Söderlund, the former Chief design officer at EA, has released concept art and footage for his studio Embark's first game.

Revealed on the studios blog, Embark is creating a "cooperative free-to-play action game set in a distant future, about overcoming seemingly impossible odds by working together."

The game is being developed with an internally augmented version of Epic’s Unreal Engine, with Söderlund noting the "team is now having lots of fun getting to know the engine, and are making good headway."

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That Untitled Goose Game just got delayed

That Untitled Goose Game just got delayed

Developer House House has just announced that its Untitled Goose Game has slipped from its early 2019 release window. The developer hasn't given a concrete date, only stating that the game is coming "later 2019".

No reason was given as to why the game was delayed other than the developer stating the release slip is due to "circumstances beyond our control" and that the delay "means we'll be able to make the best goose game possible".

The goose is my spirit animal, so I'm understandably upset that I won't get to live out my wildest dreams just yet. Untitled Goose Game is one of the more bizarre indie titles coming this year and sees players stepping into the boots (webbed feet) of a bastard goose, hellbent on stealing from the local people and making their lives, in general, a hilarious nightmare.

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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements

Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements

Square Enix hinted at an upcoming reveal during its third quarter earnings report today.

While noting that Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Just Cause 4 helped boost overall sales when compared to 2018, what was of particular interest was Square Enix's assertion that FY2020 would have record earnings.

The company didn't go into specifics, saying only that announcements are in store in the build-up to E3 2019.

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Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC

Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC

The publisher of Cities Skyline, Surviving Mars and other sim titles, Paradox Interactive has launched a modding platform for its games, that will see community mods making their way to Xbox One and PC.

Paradox Mods will allow players to upload and download mods through GoG or the Paradox game launcher. With initial support focused on Surviving Mars, the Paradox Mod site already features over two hundred mods for Surviving Mars, Stellaris and Cities: Skyline.

Anders Törlind, Product Owner for Paradox Mods, stated “Modding has been, and remains an important part of the Paradox community. As we have diversified the way we distribute our games, we want to make sure all our players can take part in the creation process,” and that the company "look forward to unlocking the world of modding for all members of our community, regardless of what system they are using to play our games.”

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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way

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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way

Red Hook Studios has announced that it is making Darkest Dungeon 2, a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed RPG roguelike Darkest Dungeon.

Speaking exclusively to PC Gamer, Red Hook studios are staying tight-lipped on the details but did confirm that the first game's combat system will be making a welcome return with "significant tune-ups" to its mechanics.

The developers stated that Darkest Dungeon 2 will see players "enduring a gruelling journey". A small team of five created the first game, but this time around the studio has been "growing staff to match scope more reliably and realistically".

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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times

Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times

Anthem's Day One patch is dropping on Friday alongside the game's release and it's expected to fix one of the game's biggest complaints: load times.

The official launch of BioWare's open world shooter is February 22, however premier subscribers to EA Origin Access were granted access on the 15th... making this "Day One" patch more of a "Day Seven" – but who's counting?

As a result, premier members have encountered a slew of bugs. The most noticeable of those being load times, which either last several minutes or in some instances result in an "infinite loading screen."

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends

In the words of Respawn Entertainment, "cheaters suck."

In an update on the Apex Legends subreddit, the developer noted that over 16,000 cheaters have already been banned from the game.

At the moment players still have to report cheaters through an external site, but the same reddit post describes an in-game reporting feature as "a very good idea :)" so it's likely to be in the works.

Friday 22 February

DiRT Rally 2.0 Review
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DiRT Rally 2.0 Review
The king of Rally is back!
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THQ Nordic raises $225m for future acquisitions
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THQ Nordic raises $225m for future acquisitions
Let the spree continue.
Ex-EA Chief Design Officer shows off new game
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Ex-EA Chief Design Officer shows off new game
Is this what next-gen could look like?
That Untitled Goose Game just got delayed
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That Untitled Goose Game just got delayed
Geese are notoriously difficult to work with

Thursday 21 February

X-Morph: Defense Review
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X-Morph: Defense Review
Not your average tower defense game
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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements
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Square Enix is already hinting at E3 announcements
But will try to stop announcing things too soon.
Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC
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Paradox Interactive launch mod platform for Xbox One and PC
One small step for console game mods

Wednesday 20 February

Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way
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Darkest Dungeon 2 is on the way
Darkerer Dungeon?
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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times
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Anthem's Day One patch aims to improve loading times
...a week after many started playing.
Mages of Mystralia Switch Review
Review
Mages of Mystralia Switch Review
Borealys brings its magic to the Switch!

Tuesday 19 February

Jump Force Review
Review
Jump Force Review
A buffet of Anime delights or a poor taste-test?
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Monday 18 February

Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
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Respawn banned over 16,000 cheaters in Apex Legends
In-game reporting feature in the works?
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Thursday 14 February

Metro Exodus Review
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Metro Exodus Review
One ticket to the motherland please
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
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Missed the Nintendo Direct? Watch it here!
Another big set of announcements and updates.
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
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Activision Blizzard lays off 775 staff after "record results"
No new Blizzard titles releasing in 2019
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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
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New Days Gone trailer showcases love, loss and a sledgehammer to the head
What more could you ask for on Valentine's Day?
Dollhouse - Story Trailer
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Dollhouse - Story Trailer