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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

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Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage

Blizzard Entertainment's president, J. Allen Brack has responded to outcry over a Hearthstone Grandmaster's banning and confiscation of winnings after they voiced support for the protests in Hong Kong.

In a lengthy letter posted on the publisher's site, Brack stated that Blitzchung would now receive his winnings, and that his ban would be reduced from one year to six months.

"We’ve had a chance to pause, to listen to our community, and to reflect on what we could have done better," Brack wrote. "In hindsight, our process wasn’t adequate, and we reacted too quickly."

Brack went on to note that "the specific views expressed by blitzchung were NOT a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision."

"We want to ensure that we maintain a safe and inclusive environment for all our players, and that our rules and processes are clear. All of this is in service of another important Blizzard value—Play Nice; Play Fair.

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CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes

After a number of leaks regarding loot boxes and microtransactions for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, an Infinity Ward dev has come out to set the record straight.

Joel Emslie, the game's art director took to Reddit in order to put these rumours to bed.

"Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," Emslie wrote. "What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system."

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard

Blizzard's reaction to an on-air call for the liberation of Hong Kong by a Hearthstone Grandmaster has resulted in a backlash that has put the company between a rock and hard place.

During an Asia-Pacific Grandmasters broadcast, Hearthstone Grandmaster, Chung 'blitzchung Ng Wai appeared wearing a gas mask, and declared "Liberate Hong Kong. Revolution of our age!"

Blizzard has since issued a 12 month ban and revoked his winnings, citing a rule violation that prohibits players from "engaging in any act that, in Blizzard’s sole discretion, brings you into public disrepute, offends a portion or group of the public, or otherwise damages Blizzard image."

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IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP

IO Interactive, the talented studio behind the Hitman series has announced the extension of their deal with publishing giant Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for a new game coming to PC and console.

IOI CEO Hakan Abrak stated that the upcoming title would be set in a "new universe", so it's highly likely that the recently opened studio in Sweden is taking the lead.

Abrak further went on to say "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship. IO Interactive has a proud history of creating compelling characters and universes for our players to enjoy--it's in our DNA."

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PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020

PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020

Sony today confirmed what many of us had suspected – yes, its next-gen console will be called the PlayStation 5, and yes, it will launch in the Christmas period of 2020.

In a post on The PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan spoke briefly about the upcoming console, specifically about some new features coming to the controller.

"One of our goals with the next generation is to deepen the feeling of immersion when you play games," said Ryan, "and we had the opportunity with our new controller to reimagine how the sense of touch can add to that immersion."

As such, the PS5 controller will replace the rumble technology used in previous generations with haptic feedback.

"With haptics, you truly feel a broader range of feedback, so crashing into a wall in a race car feels much different than making a tackle on the football field," Ryan noted. "You can even get a sense for a variety of textures when running through fields of grass or plodding through mud."

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Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters

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Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters

Former Bungie CEO Harold Ryan has revealed what he's been up to since leaving the company in 2016.

The newly announced ProbablyMonsters is a non-traditional multi-studio company with plans to create AAA titles. And by "non-traditional" it means more than just the fact that it has been operating for three years in "stealth mode."

Ryan's vision for the company is one that guides and invests in new studios as a majority owner, while allowing them to operate as standalone businesses. ProbablyMonsters will assist in business planning and management, while also helping to establish publishing deals.

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Doom Eternal pushed back to next year

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Doom Eternal pushed back to next year

Those eager to jump back into the meatgrinders of Hell will have to wait. Doom Eternal has been pushed back from its original release in November to March 20 next year.

The news comes by way of Bethesda, where it was confirmed that id Software would be delaying the title in order to meet the developers "standards of speed and polish". While the news will no doubt be disappointing to those eager to get back to ripping and tearing, the end of this year is already stacked with major game releases and a little extra time in the oven is always preferred over a broken or buggy premature release (other publishers, take note...)

In addition to the delay, Bethesda and id Software also announced that Invasion mode, which sees players taking on the role of a demon and invading another players game, will be released as a free update following launch. The studio also confirmed that the Nintendo Switch version will not release at the same tie, but will instead see its release date confirmed at a later date.

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Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers

Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers

After the first trailer for the upcoming Avengers game, many fans suspected that the person narrating the video could be none other than Kumala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel. Following a reveal at the Marvel Games panel at New York Comic-Con, it turns out those fans were spot on.

In the new trailer, we're introduced to Kumala and her awesome polymorph powers that allow her to 'embiggen', changing her size to suit any given situation. We discover that she becomes an Inhuman after the events of A-day seen in the recent trailer. She's a major Avengers fan and rightfully suspects that they were not in fact responsible for the disaster that forms the crux of the game.

Not only will she play an essential role in the story, but Ms. Marvel is also one of the playable characters in the game. Check out the awesome trailer below to see her powers in action.

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Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025

Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025

With the imminent release of Shadowkeep, and a five-year roadmap for the direction of Destiny, one might think the studio has its hands full – but CEO Pete Parsons begs to differ.

In an interview with IGN, Parsons stated that "by 2025 we have a pretty specific path to make sure we transform Destiny and that we have other franchises within the marketplace."

That "transformation" is already well underway, with Destiny 2 shifting to a free-to-play model alongside the release of its latest expansion.

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Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden leaves PlayStation

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Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden leaves PlayStation

Announced on the official PlayStation Twitter account today, Shawn Layden, the chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios is departing after more than thirty years with the company.

The official PlayStation account Tweeted "It is with great emotion that we announce that Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden will be departing SIE. His visionary leadership will be greatly missed. We wish him success in future endeavors and are deeply grateful for his years of service. Thanks for everything, Shawn!"

Layden primarily joined Sony's Corporate Communications Department all the way back in 1987 and became the president of Sony Computer Entertainment in 2007. Layden then went on to take over Jack Tretton's role as president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America in 2014 which he held for four years before becoming the chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios just last year.

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The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer

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The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer

Naughty Dog has stated that The Last of Us Part II will be the studio's "most ambitious and longest game" in its history – but that sizeable campaign means the title won't include multiplayer... at least not at launch.

Word first came that the sequel would be single-player only, choosing to focus on a large campaign that would require the efforts of the whole team.

Multiplayer in the first game was an unexpected hit, with understated story-telling elements and a brilliant mix of stealth and action gameplay. It's no surprise that the lack of the Factions game mode in Part II has left some fans unhappy.

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Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia

Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia

Rumours have been circulating for some time that Red Dead Redemption 2 would be coming to PC, but Rockstar Games has now confirmed it.

Red Dead 2 will release for PC on November 5th, and will be a launch title for the Google Stadia when it releases the same month.

Rockstar has stated the PC version will feature "range of graphical and technical enhancements for increased immersion," while also adding new Bounty Hunting Missions, Gang Hideouts, and weapons.

Players can also enjoy Red Dead Online on PC at no additional cost – unlike its console counterparts which require Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscriptions.

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News Index


CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
CoD dev claims Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes
NEWS Setting the record straight
Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
Blizzard responds to Blitzchung ban outrage
NEWS "Our relationships in China had no influence on our decision"
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Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard
Walkouts and boycotts continue against Blizzard
NEWS Blizzard yet to respond.
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IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP
IO Interactive is partnering with Warner Bros for a new IP
NEWS What could it be?
Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters
Ex Bungie CEO reveals new company ProbablyMonsters
NEWS Probably got the know how.
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PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020
PlayStation 5 will release Christmas 2020
NEWS Surprise, surprise.
Doom Eternal pushed back to next year
Doom Eternal pushed back to next year
NEWS What do we say when the devil comes knocking? Come back in March!
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Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers
Ms. Marvel joins the team in Marvel's The Avengers
NEWS Oh my, what big hands you have!
Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia
Red Dead Redemption 2 coming to PC & Google Stadia
NEWS Coming to the real wild west.
Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden leaves PlayStation
Sony Worldwide Studios Chairman Shawn Layden leaves PlayStation
NEWS Devasta-shawn ensues
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Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025
Bungie to become a multiple-franchise company by 2025
NEWS Looking beyond its Destiny.
The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer
The Last of Us Part II won't include multiplayer
NEWS But something is in the works for later
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Death Stranding has officially gone gold!
Death Stranding has officially gone gold!
NEWS It is actually happening!
PS4
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Jedi: Fallen Order's new trailer hints at epic baddies
Jedi: Fallen Order's new trailer hints at epic baddies
NEWS I've got a good feeling about this...
MediEvil demo available now on PSN Store
MediEvil demo available now on PSN Store
NEWS ...but only til October 6th.
First look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign
First look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Campaign
NEWS Captain Price and his mo have never looked better!
The Last of Us Part II gets a new trailer and release date
The Last of Us Part II gets a new trailer and release date
NEWS Goosebumps.
Destiny 2's Annual Pass now free to Forsaken owners
Destiny 2's Annual Pass now free to Forsaken owners
NEWS Forges, Drifters, and Opulence... oh my.
John Wick Hex releasing October 8
John Wick Hex releasing October 8
NEWS “How good to see you again so soon, Mr. Wick.”
Terminator: Resistance announced for PS4, XBO & PC
Terminator: Resistance announced for PS4, XBO & PC
NEWS Releases November 15
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E3 2020 could be a festival for media & influencers
E3 2020 could be a festival for media & influencers
NEWS Will it be enough to boost numbers?
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The MediEvil remake has now gone gold
The MediEvil remake has now gone gold
NEWS Sir Daniel Fortesque has never looked better
Bungie details Shadowkeep's release roadmap
Bungie details Shadowkeep's release roadmap
NEWS Plus weapon changes to resurrect guntypes
Final Fantasy VII Remake to feature 'classic' battle mode
Final Fantasy VII Remake to feature 'classic' battle mode
NEWS Out with the new and in with the old
Massive chunk of Death Stranding gameplay shown at TGS
Massive chunk of Death Stranding gameplay shown at TGS
NEWS I'm still confused, but more excited than ever.
PS4
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OtherSide reveals pre-alpha footage for System Shock 3
OtherSide reveals pre-alpha footage for System Shock 3
NEWS SHODAN has been busy.
Rage 2's first expansion releases this month
Rage 2's first expansion releases this month
NEWS Give rise to the ghosts.
Control update fixes major performance issues
Control update fixes major performance issues
NEWS Out now on PS4 and coming soon on Xbox One & PC.
New trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC drops ahead of TGS
New trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3 DLC drops ahead of TGS
NEWS Freindly Re Minder to re-install
Project Resistance looks to be a team-based RE title
Project Resistance looks to be a team-based RE title
NEWS From multiplayer to multi-slayer.