At least one game developer reckons that he and his peers would be more candid with the public were it not for the toxicity of some gamers online.
Designer and programmer Charles Randall, whose career spans 18 years and stints at Capybara, Ubisoft, and BioWare, among others, said in a long Twitter thread that "gamer culture is so toxic that being candid in public is dangerous".
It is his view that things really ramped up over the last few years, but also that these issues have been building for a long time.
"You know why we have to keep what we're doing secret from the public? Because of the toxic culture surrounding it," he said.
Randall pointed to a recent Twitter thread about game design tricks that to make games feel stuff as proof, saying it is filled with gamers angry about being lied to.
Monolith has defended the inclusion of loot boxes in Middle-earth: Shadow of War by comparing them to difficulty levels.
Last month, the studio announced that loot boxes can be bought using real-world money in its upcoming full-price single-player action game.
That is, players plunk down cash in exchange for the chance to get certain weapons, armour, XP boosts, and Orc followers.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds studio Bluehole is thinking about taking action against Epic Games over Fortnite's battle royale mode.
On Friday, Epic announced that its take on the last man standing genre, Fortnite: Battle Royale, will launch as a free-to-play standalone title on September 26,
However, in a press release shortly after, Bluehole VP and executive producer Changhan Kim expressed concern that Epic Games' support of PUGB via Unreal Engine licensing could pose a conflict of interest.
Project Cars 2 developer Slightly Mad Studios is apparently making a Fast and Furious game.
As Eurogamer reports, Australian YouTuber SpotTheOzzie was streaming Project Cars 2 when Slightly Mad CEO Ian Bell joined him for a chat.
Bell divulged that his studio has a deal with a major Hollywood company to make tie-in games for a major franchise for the next six years,
CODumentary, an unofficial behind-the-scenes Call of Duty documentary from publisher Devolver Digital, is available now on Steam, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube Movie Rentals, and more.
The feature-length doco was independently produced in the UK by Jonathan Beales and Fizz Pictures, and follows the incredible rise of CoD from the early 2000s to the present day.
Among other things, it will tackle the infamous fracturing of Modern Warfare studio Infinity Ward.
The battle royale mode in Fortnite will launch as a free-to-play standalone title on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Epic Games has announced.
That means players won’t be required to own Fortnite to play Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Players who purchased the Fortnite in anticipation of the battle royale mode can get a refund.
Here's the rest of the news from Sony's pre-TGS press conference, held this morning in Tokyo:
Monster Hunter World is coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on January 26, 2018.
A collector's edition and a digital deluxe edition of Monster Hunter World will be available. There will also be a Monster Hunter World edition of the PS4 Pro console.
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