Game Informer News https://www.gameinformer.com/ From the latest company acquisition to exciting game reveals and announcements, Game Informer covers the latest, breaking news in the industry. en EA Lays Off 670 Employees, Cancels Respawn's Star Wars FPS https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/28/ea-lays-off-670-employees-cancels-respawns-star-wars-fps <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/28/376f6e98/ea-logo.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Electronic Arts layoffs 2024" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Electronic Arts is laying off 5 percent of its workforce, which accounts for roughly 670 employees. CEO Andrew Wilson issued a <a href="https://www.ea.com/news/continuing-to-evolve-our-business-and-teams">company-wide letter</a> informing staff of the publisher's restructuring, which will mean sunsetting some live service titles and ceasing the development of certain projects.</p> <p>In his letter, Wilson states that EA is restructuring to become more streamlined in order to deliver "deeper, more connected experiences for fans everywhere that build community, shape culture, and grow fandom." To that end, the company will be moving away from licensed IPs and shutting down certain titles to shift its development resources. </p> <p>"We are also sunsetting games and moving away from the development of future licensed IP that we do not believe will be successful in our changing industry," says Wilson in the letter. "This greater focus allows us to drive creativity, accelerate innovation, and double down on our biggest opportunities — including our owned IP, sports, and massive online communities — to deliver the entertainment players want today and tomorrow." </p> <p>Wilson then speaks to the extent of the layoffs and how it will work with affected employees: </p> <p>"While not every team will be impacted, this is the hardest part of these changes, and we have deeply considered every option to try and limit impacts to our teams. Our primary goal is to provide team members with opportunities to find new roles and paths to transition onto other projects. Where that's not possible, we will support and work with each colleague with the utmost attention, care, and respect."</p> <p>He states that this restructuring is expected to be completed by early next quarter. Last March, EA cut 6 percent of its global workforce. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/28/339461b7/respawn.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p>As reported by<em> <a href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/electronic-arts-is-laying-off-5-off-its-workforce/">Video Games Chronicle</a></em>, one confirmed casualty of this change is Respawn's upcoming Stars Wars first-person shooter. First <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/01/25/respawn-entertainment-currently-developing-multiple-star-wars-ips-including-next-jedi">announced to be in development</a> in January 2022, the unnamed game was led by Medal of Honor co-creator and Star Wars Battlefront veteran Peter Hirschmann. Recent rumors suggested that it may have starred a <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/16/report-respawn-developing-a-first-person-mandalorian-game">Mandalorian bounty hunter</a>. </p> <p>In a statement to <em>VGC</em>, EA Entertainment president Laura Miele said in part, "It's always hard to walk away from a project, and this decision is not a reflection of the team's talent, tenacity, or passion they have for the game. Giving fans the next installments of the iconic franchises they want is the definition of blockbuster storytelling and the right place to focus."</p> <p>EA's other upcoming licensed projects include Motive's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/09/20/motive-studio-announces-single-player-iron-man-game-as-first-part-of-new-eamarvel">Iron Man</a> and Cliffhanger's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/07/10/black-panther-game-announced-by-ea">Black Panther</a>. An EA representative confirmed to <em><a href="http://industry.biz">GameIndustry.biz</a></em> that both projects are still in development.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_eNVUxvWwm8" width="640"></iframe> <p>These job cuts join a string of other disheartening 2024 layoffs, which now total <a href="https://kotaku.com/game-industry-layoffs-how-many-2024-unity-twitch-1851155818">more than 8,000</a> in just the first two months of the year. <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/27/playstation-laying-off-900-across-insomniac-naughty-dog-guerrilla-and-more-closing">PlayStation is laying off 900 employees</a> across Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, and more, closing down London Studio in the process, too. The day before, Until Dawn developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/until-dawn-little-nightmares-iii-developer-supermassive-games-is-laying-off-90">Supermassive Games announced it is laying off 90 employees</a>. </p> <p>At the end of January, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/29/embracer-group-cancels-new-deus-ex-game-in-development-at-eidos-montreal-lays-off">Embracer Group had canceled a new Deus Ex game in development at Eidos-Montréal</a> and laid off 97 employees in the process. Also in January, Destroy All Humans remake developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/destroy-all-humans-remake-developer-black-forest-games-reportedly-lays-off-50">Black Forest Games reportedly laid off 50 employees</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/microsoft-is-laying-off-1900-employees-across-xbox-activision-blizzard-and-zenimax">Microsoft announced it was laying off 1,900 employees across its Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams</a> as well. Outriders studio <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/outriders-studio-people-can-fly-lays-off-more-than-30-employees">People Can Fly laid off more than 30 employees</a> in January, and League of Legends company <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/23/league-of-legends-company-riot-games-lays-off-530-employees">Riot Games laid off 530 employees</a>. </p> <p>We recently learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/lords-of-the-fallen-publisher-ci-games-lays-off-10-of-its-staff">Lords of the Fallen Publisher CI Games was laying off 10 percent of its staff</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/unity-to-lay-off-1800-employees">Unity would be laying off 1,800 people by the end of March</a>, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/twitch-to-lay-off-500-employees">Twitch had laid off 500 employees</a>. </p> <p>We also learned that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/01/12/discord-lays-off-170-employees-due-to-overhiring#:~:text=Discord%20Lays%20Off%20170%20Employees%20Due%20To%20Overhiring%20%2D%20Game%20Informer">Discord had laid off 170 employees</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/ptw-a-support-studio-thats-worked-with-capcom-and-blizzard-lays-off-45-people">layoffs happened at PTW</a>, a support studio that's worked with companies like Blizzard and Capcom, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/thunderful-group-the-company-behind-2023s-steamworld-build-to-lay-off-roughly-100">SteamWorld Build company, Thunderful Group, let go of roughly 100 people</a>. Dead by Daylight developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/dead-by-daylight-studio-behaviour-interactive-has-reportedly-laid-off-45-people">Behaviour Interactive also reportedly laid off 45 people, too</a>. </p> <p>Last year, more than 10,000 people in the games industry or game-adjacent industries were laid off. </p> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 17:02:50 CST Marcus Stewart 122170 Remedy Acquires Full Rights To Control Franchise From Publisher 505 Games https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/28/remedy-acquires-full-rights-to-control-franchise-from-publisher-505-games <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/prod-media.gameinformer.com/styles/body_default/s3/2020/08/12/597fec3b/controluepromo.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Remedy Entertainment Control 2 505 Games Condor Multiplayer Sequel IP Rights" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Remedy Entertainment, which released <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/alan-wake-2/back-to-reality">Alan Wake 2</a> to critical acclaim in October, has acquired the full rights to the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/control">Control</a> franchise from publisher 505 Games. Released in 2019, Remedy developed Control but it was published by 505 Games, which also had a stake in the franchise's rights at the time. Now, after a roughly $18.4 million purchase, the entirety of the Control franchise belongs to Remedy. </p> <p>This includes the original <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/control/a-heady-power-trip">Control</a> game, its <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/31/remedy-provides-update-on-control-2-says-max-payne-remakes-are-in-production">in-development sequel Control 2</a>, the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/06/29/remedy-reveals-new-control-multiplayer-spin-off-with-project-condor-new-505-games-deal">multiplayer spin-off Project Condor</a>, and all future Control products. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UfJDSK8-yHs" width="640"></iframe> <p>"The Control franchise is in the core of Remedy," the studio writes in a <a href="https://investors.remedygames.com/announcements/remedy-entertainment-plc-inside-information-remedy-acquires-full-rights-to-the-control-franchise-from-505-games/">statement</a> released today. "Having acquired the full rights to Control, Condor, and Control 2, Remedy is now in a position to make the right product and business decisions focusing on long-term franchise growth." </p> <p>With this deal, all publishing agreements between 505 Games and Remedy in regards to the Control franchise are terminated immediately by mutual agreement. All publishing, distribution, marketing, and other rights licensed to 505 Games are reverted to Remedy with immediate effect, as well. However, the two companies have agreed that 505 Games will continue as the publisher of Control through a transition period ending December 31, 2024. </p> <p>After this transition period, "505 Games will have no future royalty or other rights to Control." </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-SrvzC9EoCw" width="640"></iframe> <p>As for the $18.4 million price, Remedy says it's equal to "the amount that 505 Games has paid for the development of codename Condor and Control 2 to date including a minor premium." </p> <p>"Remedy is entitled to set off certain receivables from the purchase price, and therefore, the cash flow effect from the transaction will be clearly less than the purchase price," the statement reads. "Remedy will pay the net purchase price in three cash installments during the next twelve months." </p> <p>This transaction arrives a few months after 505 Games parent company <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/11/15/505-games-parent-company-digital-bros-laying-off-30-percent-of-staff#:~:text=%22This%20is%20expected%20to%20represent,%5BFiscal%20Year%202024%5D.%22">Digital Bros Group laid off 30 percent of its staff</a> to align with "the new competitive market." Other 505 Games-published titles include Ghostrunner 2, Payday 2, and the PC version of Death Stranding, amongst others. </p> <p>For more, read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/control/a-heady-power-trip"><em>Game Informer's </em>Control review</a>, and then check out <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/31/remedy-provides-update-on-control-2-says-max-payne-remakes-are-in-production">the latest update from Remedy about Control 2 and its Max Payne remakes</a>. After that, read about <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/06/29/remedy-reveals-new-control-multiplayer-spin-off-with-project-condor-new-505-games-deal">what to expect with the multiplayer Control spin-off Project Condor</a>. </p> <p><em>Are you more excited for Control 2 or Project Condor? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 12:29:03 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122168 Life Is Strange: True Colors Developer Deck Nine Laying Off 20 Percent Of Staff https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/28/life-is-strange-true-colors-developer-deck-nine-laying-off-20-percent-of-staff <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/28/65e5af28/life_is_strange_true_colors_header.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="life is strange true colors developer dev layoffs 20% percent reduction staff layoffs employees" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/life-is-strange-true-colors/life-is-strange-true-colors-review-more-powerful-in-life-lessons">Life is Strange: True Colors</a> developer Deck Nine has announced it is laying off 20 percent of its staff. In the statement announcing this news, Deck Nine didn't name a specific reason for the layoffs, instead <a href="https://x.com/DeckNineGames/status/1762600546878599430?s=20">stating</a> the studio has been affected by the industry's worsening conditions. Twenty percent of Deck Nine's staff is equal to roughly 30 employees, according to a report from <em><a href="https://www.eurogamer.net/life-is-strange-true-colors-studio-deck-nine-lays-off-20-of-staff?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed">Eurogamer</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>Here's Deck Nine's statement, in full</strong>: </p> "Like many others in the games industry right now, Deck Nine has been affected by the games industry's worsening market conditions. Today we made the difficult decision to lay off 20% of our staff. These people are amazing, talented, and awesome developers. They have made a huge impact during their time at Deck Nine Games and we did not take this decision lightly. Please hire these people if you can, they're amazing."  <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/kCmBAVUrqwI" width="640"></iframe> <p>Deck Nine game director <a href="https://x.com/StephanFrost/status/1762603284752138375?s=20">Stephan Frost said on X</a> (formerly Twitter) that leadership within the studio took pay cuts to keep the number of layoffs down as much as possible. "This is the strongest team [Deck Nine] has ever been and it absolutely sucks that the industry is in the state that it is presently," Frost adds. </p> <p>These job cuts join a string of other disheartening 2024 layoffs, which total more than 6,500 in just the first two months of the year. Yesterday, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/27/playstation-laying-off-900-across-insomniac-naughty-dog-guerrilla-and-more-closing">PlayStation was laying off 900 employees</a> across Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, and more, closing down London Studio in the process, too. The day before, Until Dawn developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/until-dawn-little-nightmares-iii-developer-supermassive-games-is-laying-off-90">Supermassive Games announced it is laying off 90 employees</a>. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sOYcjx_-AOg" width="640"></iframe> <p>At the end of January, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/29/embracer-group-cancels-new-deus-ex-game-in-development-at-eidos-montreal-lays-off">Embracer Group had canceled a new Deus Ex game in development at Eidos-Montréal</a> and laid off 97 employees in the process. Also in January, Destroy All Humans remake developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/destroy-all-humans-remake-developer-black-forest-games-reportedly-lays-off-50">Black Forest Games reportedly laid off 50 employees</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/microsoft-is-laying-off-1900-employees-across-xbox-activision-blizzard-and-zenimax">Microsoft announced it was laying off 1,900 employees across its Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams</a> as well. Outriders studio <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/outriders-studio-people-can-fly-lays-off-more-than-30-employees">People Can Fly laid off more than 30 employees</a> in January, and League of Legends company <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/23/league-of-legends-company-riot-games-lays-off-530-employees">Riot Games laid off 530 employees</a>. </p> <p>We recently learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/lords-of-the-fallen-publisher-ci-games-lays-off-10-of-its-staff">Lords of the Fallen Publisher CI Games was laying off 10 percent of its staff</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/unity-to-lay-off-1800-employees">Unity would be laying off 1,800 people by the end of March</a>, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/twitch-to-lay-off-500-employees">Twitch had laid off 500 employees</a>. </p> <p>We also learned that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/01/12/discord-lays-off-170-employees-due-to-overhiring#:~:text=Discord%20Lays%20Off%20170%20Employees%20Due%20To%20Overhiring%20%2D%20Game%20Informer">Discord had laid off 170 employees</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/ptw-a-support-studio-thats-worked-with-capcom-and-blizzard-lays-off-45-people">layoffs happened at PTW</a>, a support studio that's worked with companies like Blizzard and Capcom, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/thunderful-group-the-company-behind-2023s-steamworld-build-to-lay-off-roughly-100">SteamWorld Build company, Thunderful Group, let go of roughly 100 people</a>. Dead by Daylight developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/dead-by-daylight-studio-behaviour-interactive-has-reportedly-laid-off-45-people">Behaviour Interactive also reportedly laid off 45 people, too</a>. </p> <p>Last year, more than 10,000 people in the games industry or game-adjacent industries were laid off. </p> <p>In January of last year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/01/19/microsoft-layoffs-10000-people-amid-ongoing-activision-blizzard-acquisition">Microsoft laid off 10,000 employees</a> amidst its ongoing <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/01/18/microsoft-and-xbox-acquire-activision-blizzard">$69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard</a>, which <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/13/microsoft-has-officially-acquired-activision-blizzard-for-69-billion">it completed in October</a>. </p> <p>Striking Distance Studios, the team behind 2022's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/the-callisto-protocol/morsels-of-fun-in-a-far-too-familiar-space">The Callisto Protocol</a>, laid off <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/03/the-callisto-protocol-developer-striking-distance-suffers-over-30-layoffs">more than 30 employees</a> in August of 2023. That same month, Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/08/23/bioware-lays-off-50-employees-in-studio-restructuring">BioWare laid off 50 employees</a>, including long-time studio veterans. The following month, in September, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/immortals-of-aveum/modern-fantasy-warfare">Immortals of Aveum</a> developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/14/immortals-of-aveum-dev-ascendant-studios-lays-off-45-of-staff">Ascendant Studios laid off roughly 45% of its staff</a>, and <a href="https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/news/layoffs-at-epic">Fortnite developer Epic Games laid off 830 employees</a>. </p> <p>In October of last year, The Last of Us developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/03/naughty-dog-reportedly-lays-off-at-least-25-with-last-of-us-multiplayer-game-on-ice">Naughty Dog laid off at least 25 employees</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/05/telltale-games-confirms-layoffs-in-development-games-remain-in-production">Telltale Games </a>also underwent layoffs, although an actual number of affected employees has not yet been revealed. Dreams developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/24/littlebigplanet-dreams-developer-media-molecule-reportedly-planning-to-lay-off-20">Media Molecule laid off 20 employees</a> in late October.</p> <p>In November, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/13/amazon-games-lays-off-180-employees">Amazon Games laid off 180 staff members</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/07/ubisoft-lays-off-over-a-hundred-employees">Ubisoft laid off more than 100 employees</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/30/destiny-2-dev-bungie-hit-with-layoffs-just-15-months-after-playstation-acquisition">Bungie laid off roughly 100 developers</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/11/15/505-games-parent-company-digital-bros-laying-off-30-percent-of-staff">505 Games' parent company, Digital Bros, laid off 30% of its staff</a>. </p> <p>In December, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/12/embracer-reportedly-might-close-free-radical-design-its-reformed-timesplitters-team">Embracer Group closed its reformed TimeSplitters studio, Free Radical Design</a>, and earlier in the year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/31/saints-row-developer-volition-games-has-been-shut-down#:~:text=Yesterday%2C%20Volition%20Games%2C%20the%20studio,and%20its%20community%20of%20fans.">Embracer closed Saints Row developer Volition Games</a>, a studio with more than 30 years of development history. A few weeks before the winter holidays, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering owner <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2023/12/12/dungeons-dragons-magic-the-gathering-owner-hasbro-is-laying-off-1100">Hasbro laid off 1,100 employees</a>. </p> <p>The games industry will surely feel the effects of such horrific layoffs for years to come. The hearts of the <em>Game Informer</em> staff are with everyone who's been affected by layoffs or closures.</p> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 07:34:56 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122163 Former Call Of Duty: Black Ops Lead Forms 'BulletFarm' Studio To Create New First-Person Co-Op Game https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/28/former-call-of-duty-black-ops-lead-forms-bulletfarm-studio-to-create-new-first <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/bdb87dda/bulletfarm_art_1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Bulletfarm New Studio AAA Los Angeles LA NetEase David Vonderhaar Call of Duty" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>NetEase Games has pulled back the curtains on its newest studio, BulletFarm. Led by David Vonderhaar, whose experience includes leading the teams behind the Call of Duty: Black Ops series, BulletFarm aims to develop a new triple-A game that utilizes first-person gameplay with an emphasis on co-op in Unreal Engine 5. It will be set in an original universe. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/af58a956/bulletfarm_art_2.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p>This unannounced and untitled game will "craft a more intimate and relatable experience while offering a fresh take on first-person gameplay," according to a press release. </p> <p>BulletFarm is taking a remote-first approach to game development but considers itself a triple-A studio headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Joining Vonderhaar is the studio's creative director Chris Cowell. The studio is currently looking to hire in various roles to fill out the founding team. </p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/ab6375b6/davidvonderhaar.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/6043af68/chriscowell.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/a6ad4f30/group.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>"Starting this new studio has given me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and try my hand at making something entirely new and different," Vonderhaar writes in a press release. "This is a departure from the games I've worked on, but one that showcases my passion for rich characters, precise mechanics, more intimate storytelling, and plenty of action. NetEase has provided us an incredible support structure to explore these new avenues and allow true freedom to begin building the concept and ideas for our game." </p> <p>NetEase president of global investments and partnerships Simon Zhu says the company is fully dedicated to giving BulletFarm the resources and support it requires to build its new first-person experience. "David's leadership and the early collection of game development talent assembled at the studio is set to offer something truly unique for his existing fans along with a new audience." </p> <p>BulletFarm is currently developing its first title, but there's no word on when to expect to see it. </p> <p><em>What kind of game do you hope BulletFarm makes? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Wed, 28 Feb 2024 07:00:00 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122151 Twisted Metal Game Reportedly Canceled By Sony Amid Mass Layoffs https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/27/twisted-metal-game-reportedly-canceled-by-sony-amid-mass-layoffs <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2021/02/22/7dffead4/image.png" width="800" height="450" alt="Twisted Metal game canceled" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>A <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/27/playstation-laying-off-900-across-insomniac-naughty-dog-guerrilla-and-more-closing">massive sweep of layoffs</a> has rocked various Sony first-party studios today, including Naughty Dog, Guerilla Games, and Insomniac. Another victim is Firesprite Games, the UK studio behind The Playroom games and The Persistence, and an additional casualty from that studio is reportedly a new Twisted Metal title.</p> <p>According to <em>Bloomberg</em>’s <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1762503092593999913?s=20">Jason Schreier</a>, Firesprite had a Twisted Metal game in the works that has now been canceled. He reports that the game was a live-service title and very early in development, so it was not yet officially greenlit. You can read his full report <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-27/sony-cuts-900-jobs-in-gaming-shuts-down-london-division?accessToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzb3VyY2UiOiJTdWJzY3JpYmVyR2lmdGVkQXJ0aWNsZSIsImlhdCI6MTcwOTA0MDY5MywiZXhwIjoxNzA5NjQ1NDkzLCJhcnRpY2xlSWQiOiJTOUlPODhEV1gyUFMwMCIsImJjb25uZWN0SWQiOiJCMUVBQkI5NjQ2QUM0REZFQTJBRkI4MjI1MzgyQTJFQSJ9.4fTVSBfRYm9O0rYq3jwQNXDlgLjT-SSx9TOQjIMfG-Q">here</a>. </p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">NEW: As part of today's mass layoff, Sony has canceled a Twisted Metal live-service game that was in development at UK-based studio Firesprite, Bloomberg has learned.<br /> <br /> Firesprite will also lay off an unspecified number of people. <a href="https://t.co/pvCDsS7yxe">https://t.co/pvCDsS7yxe</a></p> — Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasonschreier/status/1762503092593999913?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 27, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>Twisted Metal was PlayStation’s original flagship series, launching a couple of months after the PS1 was released in North America in the fall of 1995. The series includes eight sequels/spin-offs, the last of which remains the 2012 reboot for PS3. Peacock’s <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/07/26/a-twisted-reinvention-how-peacocks-twisted-metal-renewed-my-love-of-the-franchise">well-received live-action series</a> has at least kept the series alive and is getting a second season. </p> <p>The number of layoffs to hit Firespirte is currently unknown. Sony <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/09/08/playstation-acquires-firesprite-the-studio-behind-playroom-and-playroom-vr">acquired Firesprite in 2021</a>, where it helped co-develop Horizon Call of the Mountain with Guerrilla Games. 900 employees have been laid off across several Sony 1st-party studios in various department. Blood & Truth creators London Studio has been shut down entirely. PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst has cited overgrowth as the reason for the layoffs, and that the publisher has examined its portfolio of upcoming projects to determine which ones will cease production. It would appear that whatever this Twisted Metal project would have been, it's among several titles getting the axe. </p> <p>[<em>Source: <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-27/sony-cuts-900-jobs-in-gaming-shuts-down-london-division?accessToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzb3VyY2UiOiJTdWJzY3JpYmVyR2lmdGVkQXJ0aWNsZSIsImlhdCI6MTcwOTA0MDY5MywiZXhwIjoxNzA5NjQ1NDkzLCJhcnRpY2xlSWQiOiJTOUlPODhEV1gyUFMwMCIsImJjb25uZWN0SWQiOiJCMUVBQkI5NjQ2QUM0REZFQTJBRkI4MjI1MzgyQTJFQSJ9.4fTVSBfRYm9O0rYq3jwQNXDlgLjT-SSx9TOQjIMfG-Q">Bloomberg</a></em>]</p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 13:30:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122162 Paranormal Activity Game Announced By Creators Of The Mortuary Assistant https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/27/paranormal-activity-game-announced-by-creators-of-the-mortuary-assistant <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/27/5fbc785c/paranormal_activity-film.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Paranormal Activity game 2026" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>A video game based on the Paranormal Activity film franchise has been announced. Developed by Darkstone Digital, makers of the 2022 horror game The Mortuary Assistant, along with publisher DreadXP and Paramount Pictures, the upcoming game is slated to release in 2026. </p> <p>Like the films, Paranormal Activity will feature found-footage-style gameplay as well as a “Haunt System,” which dynamically changes the types of scares that unfold based on players’ actions. Unfortunately, a brief teaser trailer doesn’t do much but show some logos, so we may be waiting a while to see the game in action. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lZddQdGwZ0U" width="640"></iframe> <p>“We are thrilled to work with Paramount Game Studios and to have the opportunity to bring the world of Paranormal Activity to gamers everywhere,” said Epic Pictures CEO and DreadXP producer Patrick Ewald in a press release. “The films are steeped in rich lore and creative scares, and under the stewardship of creative director Brian Clarke, DreadXP’s Paranormal Activity video game will honor those core tenets and offer horror fans one of our most terrifying games yet.”</p> <p>Paranormal Activity has no announced platforms. It’s not the franchise’s first foray into video games. A 2017 game called Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul was released for PS4 and PC and was playable in VR. </p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 12:29:09 CST Marcus Stewart 122161 CM Punk, Jade Cargill, Post Malone, And More Part Of WWE 2K24 DLC Packs https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/27/cm-punk-jade-cargill-post-malone-and-more-part-of-wwe-2k24-dlc-packs <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/27/bdf7eefc/wwe_2k24_season_pass_1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>After recently <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/22/wwe-2k24s-full-launch-roster-revealed">revealing the full launch roster</a> for WWE 2K24, we now know the superstars arriving post-launch. 2K has revealed the five DLC packs rolling out throughout the year, and they include the Best in the World, one of the biggest female superstar signings in recent memory, and even a Grammy-nominated recording artist. </p> <p>CM Punk headlines this DLC roster, marking his first appearance in a WWE game since WWE 2K15 in 2014 (the year he walked out of the company). It would appear the Voice of the Voiceless’ recent <a href="https://twitter.com/WrestlingWCC/status/1762188623166722463">social media campaign</a> to be included in the 2K24’s DLC plans paid off faster than expected, and he’s part of the first pack, no less. I smell a work, but it’s good to have him back in an official in-game capacity, regardless.</p> <p>Other big highlights include Jade Cargill, Pat McAfee, and 2K24 soundtrack curator and award-winning music artist Post Malone. Check out the full list of superstars in each pack below. </p> <p><strong>ECW Punk Pack - May 2024</strong></p> <ul> <li>CM Punk</li> <li>Bubba Ray Dudley</li> <li>D-Von Dudley</li> <li>Sandman</li> <li>Terry Funk</li> <li>MyFaction Content: ECW Paul Heyman Manager Card and Superstar Cards</li> </ul> <p><strong>Post Malone & Friends Pack - June 2024</strong></p> <ul> <li>Post Malone</li> <li>Sensational Sherri</li> <li>Mosh</li> <li>Thrasher</li> <li>Honky Tonk Man</li> <li>Jimmy Hart (Manager)</li> <li>MyFaction Content</li> </ul> <p><strong>Pat McAfee Show Pack - July 2024</strong></p> <ul> <li>Pat McAfee</li> <li>Playable co-hosts</li> <li>MyFaction Content: Co-Host Manager Cards</li> </ul> <p><strong>Global Superstars Pack - August 2024</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jade Cargill</li> <li>Nia Jax</li> <li>Michelle McCool</li> <li>Carlito</li> <li>Kairi Sane</li> <li>Lyra Valkyria</li> <li>Dragon Lee</li> <li>MyFaction Content</li> </ul> <p><strong>WCW Pack - November 2024</strong></p> <ul> <li>Diamond Dallas Page</li> <li>Iron Sheik</li> <li>Perfect</li> <li>Great Muta</li> <li>Lex Luger</li> <li>MyFaction Content</li> </ul> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 10:25:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122157 Mobile TCG Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket Announced https://www.gameinformer.com/pokemon-presents/2024/02/27/mobile-tcg-pokemon-trading-card-game-pocket-announced <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/27/fb4fd9ac/pokemon_trading_card_game_pocket_announcement_1-43_screenshot.png" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>While the main headline event from today's Pokémon Presents showcase was <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="96910049-987b-4b6f-af58-3c282e0a2cfa" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/pokemon-presents/2024/02/27/pokemon-returns-to-kalos-with-legends-z-a-in-2025">the announcement of Pokémon Legends: Z-A</a>, it wasn't the only new game that got announced. It shares that status with Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket, a new mobile game that allows players to collect, trade, and battle with the franchise's signature trading cards.</p> <p><strong>Check out the reveal trailer below</strong>:</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qlp6YePsalM" width="640"></iframe> <p>While there are several features available in the game, Pokémon Trading Card Game Pocket seems to focus the most on the collection aspect, which is fitting given the renaissance of physical card games in recent years. While no details on microtransactions are given, the end of the trailer notes that players will get two free packs a day – implying that more than that might come at a cost.</p> <p>You'll also be able to trade cards with other players and battle them online as well. The trailer also shows off immersive cards, which seem to feature a 3D cinematic inside the cards.</p> <p>The app is being developed by DeNA (best known for their work on Pokémon Masters) and is due out sometime later this year. For more Pokémon cards, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/pokemontcg">check out our Trading Card hub</a>, which features some of our favorite pulls from the game's big releases.</p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:51:09 CST Charles Harte 122156 PlayStation Laying Off 900 Across Insomniac, Naughty Dog, Guerrilla, And More, Closing London Studio https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/27/playstation-laying-off-900-across-insomniac-naughty-dog-guerrilla-and-more-closing <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/27/567615fb/naughty_dog.jpg" width="800" height="429" alt="playstation studios layoffs insomniac games naughty dog guerrilla firesprite london studio closure" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced layoffs at various PlayStation first-party studios, including Insomniac Games (Marvel's Spider-Man), Naughty Dog (The Last of Us Part II), Guerrilla Games (Horizon Forbidden West), and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/09/08/playstation-acquires-firesprite-the-studio-behind-playroom-and-playroom-vr">Firesprite</a>. It is also closing London Studio, the team behind PlayStation VR's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/blood-truth/man-on-a-mission">Blood & Truth</a> and VR Worlds. In a <a href="https://sonyinteractive.com/en/news/blog/an-important-update-from-playstation-studios/">statement</a> released by head of PlayStation Studios Hermen Hulst, he seems to cite overgrowth as the reason for the layoffs. </p> <p>PlayStation's Technology, Creative, and Support teams are also affected by these layoffs, according to Hulst. He writes, "These are in addition to some smaller reductions in other teams across PlayStation Studios." These layoffs will result in an 8 percent reduction of staff, or around 900 people losing their jobs. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sOYcjx_-AOg" width="640"></iframe> <p>"Our goal at PlayStation Studios has always been to make the best games for PlayStation fans, and our global community of studios represent some of the most creative and talented teams within the gaming industry," Hulst writes in the statement. "PlayStation 5 is in its fourth year, and we are at a stage where we need to step back and look at what our business needs. At the same time, our industry has experienced continuing and fundamental change which affects how we all create, and play, games. </p> <p>"Delivering the immersive, narrative-driven stories that PlayStation Studios is known for, at the quality bar that we aspire to, requires a re-evaluation of how we operate. Delivering and sustaining social, online experiences – allowing PlayStation gamers to explore our worlds in different ways – as well as launching games on additional devices such as PC and Mobile, requires a different approach and different resources. To take on these challenges, PlayStation Studios had to grow."</p> <p>He continues, stating that growth itself is not an ambition, likely alluding to overgrowth within PlayStation Studios as a reason for today's layoffs. </p> <p>Hulst says PlayStation has looked at its studios and portfolio to evaluate projects in various stages of development and has decided that some of these projects will not move forward. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NdVes_7I26k" width="640"></iframe> <p>"I want to be clear that the decision to stop work on these projects is not a reflection on the talent or passion of team members," Hulst writes. "Our philosophy has always been to allow creative experimentation. Sometimes, great ideas don't become great games. Sometimes, a project is started with the best intentions before shifts within the market or industry result in a change of plan. I am deeply saddened to see individuals leave the company. I have so much admiration, appreciation, and respect for their work. </p> <p>"PlayStation Studios will continue to be a creator-led organization driven by evolving our beloved franchises and bringing new gameplay experiences of the highest quality to our fans." </p> <p>Alongside today's news, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/27/playstation-head-jim-ryan-leaving-sony-next-spring#:~:text=Why%20Is%20Jim%20Ryan%20Leaving,said%20in%20the%20press%20release.">who is departing from the company this spring</a>, released the email he sent to PlayStation alongside today's layoff news. Here is that email, and the preceding statement, in full: </p> <h3>Statement: </h3> The PlayStation community means everything to us, so I felt it was important to update you on a difficult day at our company. We have made the extremely hard decision to announce our plan to commence a reduction of our overall headcount globally by about 8% or about 900 people, subject to local law and consultation processes. Employees across the globe, including our studios, are impacted.   These are incredibly talented people who have been part of our success, and we are very grateful for their contributions. However, the industry has changed immensely, and we need to future ready ourselves to set the business up for what lies ahead. We need to deliver on expectations from developers and gamers and continue to propel future technology in gaming, so we took a step back to ensure we are set up to continue bringing the best gaming experiences to the community.    Below I’ve shared a copy of the email I sent out to the company this morning to provide more context on our thinking. We deeply appreciate support and understanding from the PlayStation community as these decisions are very difficult. Please rest assured that our plans for reorganizing and streamlining are so we can continue to deliver the best gaming experiences possible.  <h3>Email:</h3> <p>"Subject: Important Update Regarding Organizational Restructuring </p> <p>Team, </p> <p>It is important to provide you with updates about the business as often as possible. Today, I am writing with sad news. Through discussions over the past few months about the evolving economic landscape, changes in the way we develop, distribute, and launch products, and ensuring our organization is future ready in this rapidly changing industry, we have concluded that tough decisions have become inevitable. The leadership team and I made the incredibly difficult decision to restructure operations, which regrettably includes a reduction in our workforce impacting very talented individuals who have contributed to our success.  </p> <p>After careful consideration and many leadership discussions over several months, it has become clear changes need to be made to continue to grow the business and develop the company. We had to step back, look at our business holistically, and move forward focusing on the long-term sustainability of the company and delivering the best experiences possible for our community. The goal is to streamline our resources to ensure our continued success and ability to deliver experiences gamers and creators have come to expect from us.  </p> <p>I want to be as transparent as possible with you, our partners, and our community about what this means:  </p> <ul> <li>We envision reducing our headcount by about 900 people, or about 8% of our current workforce </li> <li>There will be impact for employees across all SIE regions – Americas, EMEA, Japan, and APAC  </li> <li>Several PlayStation Studios are affected </li> </ul> <p>I know that receiving this news will be hard and unsettling and you are wondering what this means for you. Timelines and procedures for how we approach this will vary based on your location due to local laws and regulations.</p> <ul> <li>For those of you in the US, all impacted employees will be notified today.  </li> <li>In the UK, it is proposed:   <ul> <li>That PlayStation Studios’ London Studio will close in its entirety;</li> <li>That there will be reductions in Firesprite studio;  </li> <li>And that there will be reductions in various functions across SIE in the UK.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>The proposed changes mean that we will enter a period of collective consultation before any final decisions are taken. All employees who are part of the collective consultation will be made aware of the next steps today.  </p> <ul> <li>In Japan, we will implement a next career support program. Details will be communicated separately.  </li> <li>In other countries, we will begin conversations with those who are potentially at risk or impacted as a result of this proposed course of action.  </li> </ul> <p>For those who will be leaving SIE: You are leaving this company with our deepest respect and appreciation for all your efforts during your tenure. </p> <p>For those who will be staying at SIE: We will be saying goodbye to friends and colleagues that we cherish during this process, and this will be painful. Your resilience, sensitivity, and adaptiveness will be critical in the weeks and months to come.     </p> <p>This will not be easy, and I am aware of the impact it will have on wellbeing. Affected employees will receive support, including severance benefits. While these are challenging times, it is not indicative of a lack of strength of our company, our brand, or our industry. Our goal is to remain agile and adaptable and to continue to focus on delivering the best gaming experiences possible now and in the future. </p> <p>Thank you for your understanding during this difficult period. Please be kind to yourselves and to each other."</p> <p>These job cuts join a string of other disheartening 2024 layoffs, which total more than 5,600 in just the first two months of the year. Yesterday, we learned Until Dawn developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/until-dawn-little-nightmares-iii-developer-supermassive-games-is-laying-off-90">Supermassive Games is laying off 90 employees</a>. </p> <p>At the end of January, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/29/embracer-group-cancels-new-deus-ex-game-in-development-at-eidos-montreal-lays-off">Embracer Group had canceled a new Deus Ex game in development at Eidos-Montréal</a> and laid off 97 employees in the process. Also in January, Destroy All Humans remake developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/destroy-all-humans-remake-developer-black-forest-games-reportedly-lays-off-50">Black Forest Games reportedly laid off 50 employees</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/microsoft-is-laying-off-1900-employees-across-xbox-activision-blizzard-and-zenimax">Microsoft announced it was laying off 1,900 employees across its Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams</a> as well. Outriders studio <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/outriders-studio-people-can-fly-lays-off-more-than-30-employees">People Can Fly laid off more than 30 employees</a> in January, and League of Legends company <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/23/league-of-legends-company-riot-games-lays-off-530-employees">Riot Games laid off 530 employees</a>. </p> <p>We recently learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/lords-of-the-fallen-publisher-ci-games-lays-off-10-of-its-staff">Lords of the Fallen Publisher CI Games was laying off 10 percent of its staff</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/unity-to-lay-off-1800-employees">Unity would be laying off 1,800 people by the end of March</a>, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/twitch-to-lay-off-500-employees">Twitch had laid off 500 employees</a>. </p> <p>We also learned that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/01/12/discord-lays-off-170-employees-due-to-overhiring#:~:text=Discord%20Lays%20Off%20170%20Employees%20Due%20To%20Overhiring%20%2D%20Game%20Informer">Discord had laid off 170 employees</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/ptw-a-support-studio-thats-worked-with-capcom-and-blizzard-lays-off-45-people">layoffs happened at PTW</a>, a support studio that's worked with companies like Blizzard and Capcom, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/thunderful-group-the-company-behind-2023s-steamworld-build-to-lay-off-roughly-100">SteamWorld Build company, Thunderful Group, let go of roughly 100 people</a>. Dead by Daylight developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/dead-by-daylight-studio-behaviour-interactive-has-reportedly-laid-off-45-people">Behaviour Interactive also reportedly laid off 45 people, too</a>. </p> <p>Last year, more than 10,000 people in the games industry or game-adjacent industries were laid off. </p> <p>In January of last year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/01/19/microsoft-layoffs-10000-people-amid-ongoing-activision-blizzard-acquisition">Microsoft laid off 10,000 employees</a> amidst its ongoing <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/01/18/microsoft-and-xbox-acquire-activision-blizzard">$69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard</a>, which <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/13/microsoft-has-officially-acquired-activision-blizzard-for-69-billion">it completed in October</a>. </p> <p>Striking Distance Studios, the team behind 2022's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/the-callisto-protocol/morsels-of-fun-in-a-far-too-familiar-space">The Callisto Protocol</a>, laid off <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/03/the-callisto-protocol-developer-striking-distance-suffers-over-30-layoffs">more than 30 employees</a> in August of 2023. That same month, Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/08/23/bioware-lays-off-50-employees-in-studio-restructuring">BioWare laid off 50 employees</a>, including long-time studio veterans. The following month, in September, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/immortals-of-aveum/modern-fantasy-warfare">Immortals of Aveum</a> developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/14/immortals-of-aveum-dev-ascendant-studios-lays-off-45-of-staff">Ascendant Studios laid off roughly 45% of its staff</a>, and <a href="https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/news/layoffs-at-epic">Fortnite developer Epic Games laid off 830 employees</a>. </p> <p>In October of last year, The Last of Us developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/03/naughty-dog-reportedly-lays-off-at-least-25-with-last-of-us-multiplayer-game-on-ice">Naughty Dog laid off at least 25 employees</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/05/telltale-games-confirms-layoffs-in-development-games-remain-in-production">Telltale Games </a>also underwent layoffs, although an actual number of affected employees has not yet been revealed. Dreams developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/24/littlebigplanet-dreams-developer-media-molecule-reportedly-planning-to-lay-off-20">Media Molecule laid off 20 employees</a> in late October.</p> <p>In November, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/13/amazon-games-lays-off-180-employees">Amazon Games laid off 180 staff members</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/07/ubisoft-lays-off-over-a-hundred-employees">Ubisoft laid off more than 100 employees</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/30/destiny-2-dev-bungie-hit-with-layoffs-just-15-months-after-playstation-acquisition">Bungie laid off roughly 100 developers</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/11/15/505-games-parent-company-digital-bros-laying-off-30-percent-of-staff">505 Games' parent company, Digital Bros, laid off 30% of its staff</a>. </p> <p>In December, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/12/embracer-reportedly-might-close-free-radical-design-its-reformed-timesplitters-team">Embracer Group closed its reformed TimeSplitters studio, Free Radical Design</a>, and earlier in the year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/31/saints-row-developer-volition-games-has-been-shut-down#:~:text=Yesterday%2C%20Volition%20Games%2C%20the%20studio,and%20its%20community%20of%20fans.">Embracer closed Saints Row developer Volition Games</a>, a studio with more than 30 years of development history. A few weeks before the winter holidays, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering owner <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2023/12/12/dungeons-dragons-magic-the-gathering-owner-hasbro-is-laying-off-1100">Hasbro laid off 1,100 employees</a>. </p> <p>The games industry will surely feel the effects of such horrific layoffs for years to come. The hearts of the <em>Game Informer</em> staff are with everyone who's been affected by layoffs or closures.</p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:48:28 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122153 Pokémon Returns To Kalos With Legends: Z-A in 2025 https://www.gameinformer.com/pokemon-presents/2024/02/27/pokemon-returns-to-kalos-with-legends-z-a-in-2025 <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/27/621fa451/pokemon_legends_z_2.jpg" width="800" height="448" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>During today's Pokémon Presents stream celebrating Pokémon Day, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq-Znr_jGIg">we got our first look at the next major title coming to the Nintendo Switch</a>. Called Pokémon Legends: Z-A, the teaser suggests the game will be set in Lumiose City, a Paris-inspired area first seen in Pokémon X and Y. It's not just a long-awaited follow up to <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pokemon-legends-arceus/pokemon-legends-arceus-review-learning-some-new-moves#:~:text=Pok%C3%A9mon%20Legends%3A%20Arceus%20tasks%20you,direction%20takes%20the%20Pok%C3%A9mon%20series.">Pokémon Legends: Arceus</a> – it's an overdue return to the world of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/games/pokmon_x/b/3ds/archive/2013/10/12/pokemon-x-y-game-informer-review.aspx">Pokémon X and Y</a>.</p> <p><strong>Check out some images from the trailer below</strong>:</p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/27/00f358d9/pokemon_legends_z_5.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/27/58d81da0/pokemon_legends_z_4.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/27/4c8b480b/pokemon_legends_z_3.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/27/be3edd66/pokemon_legends_z_1.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>The teaser, which does not contain any actual gameplay footage, shows a Pikachu hopping around a city made of glowing blue lines. While it's not immediately clear that the city is Lumiose, eagle-eyed fans will notice many familiar friends from that generation of games, including Pyroar, Flabébé, Klefki, and Hawlucha. These images are juxtaposed with architectural sketches and the words "urban redevelopment plan." This would suggest that Pokémon Legends Z might take place during the construction of Lumiose City, putting it in line with the historical setting we experienced with Pokémon Legends: Arceus.</p> <p>Other than the teaser, details are scarce. We'll have to wait until 2025 to see more. Speaking of 2025, we also recently heard reports that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/switch-successor-targeting-march-2025-according-to-new-report">Nintendo's Switch successor will come out no sooner than March of that year</a>. For more Pokémon Legends, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pokemon-legends-arceus/pokemon-legends-arceus-review-learning-some-new-moves">check out our review of Legends: Arceus</a>, which we called "a worthwhile spin-off adventure."</p> <p><em>Are you excited for Pokémon Legends: Z-A? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:12:28 CST Charles Harte 122154 Fortnite Introduces Family-Friendly Lego Islands With 'Raft Survival' And 'Obby Fun' https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/27/fortnite-introduces-family-friendly-lego-islands-with-raft-survival-and-obby-fun <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/42c7aa3e/lego_raft_survival_1920x1080.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="lego fortnite new islands raft survival obby fun" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Epic Games and Lego unveiled Lego Fortnite, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/06/lego-fortnite-features-crafting-survival-combat-and-more-in-new-cinematic-trailer">a brick-based survival game with crafting, combat, and more</a>, back in December. Now, the companies have unveiled a new way to experience Lego in Fortnite: Lego Islands. Available today, Lego Islands is a family-friendly, all-ages play experience that sits alongside (and separate) from Lego Fortnite, and it's kicking off with two islands. </p> <p>The first is Lego Raft Survival. Created in Unreal Editor for Fortnite, Raft Survival "combines frenetic multiplayer problem solving with the classic Lego Pirates theme, as the infamous Blackbeard challenges players and their friends to stay afloat on a raft in unfriendly waters," a press release reads. Players must survive on their raft against cannon balls shot from Blackbeard's Barracuda ship, all while collecting wood and treasures as resources and building more rafts. </p> <p><strong>Here's a look at Lego Raft Survival</strong>: </p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/63caeace/legoraftsurvival_13.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/216a28e1/legoraftsurvival_8.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/e80d4838/legoraftsurvival_9.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/415a9efd/legoraftsurvival_10.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/0e939c4f/legoraftsurvival_11.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/db42c536/legoraftsurvival_12.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/f6ba616b/legoraftsurvival_14.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/7d6197ce/legoraftsurvival_15.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/fd83d53d/legoraftsurvival_5.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/f7b01022/legoraftsurvival_6.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/a357506c/legoraftsurvival_7.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/1145c77c/legoraftsurvival_1.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/39578b0a/legoraftsurvival_2.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/96fbe6dc/legoraftsurvival_3.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/42c7aa3e/lego_raft_survival_1920x1080.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/078d8b43/legoraftsurvival_4.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>The second island available starting today is Lego Obby Fun. Epic Games calls it the first official Lego-themed obstacle course in Fortnite, stating it "offers a Lego-inspired take on climbing and problem solving through brick-built platforms designed by actual Lego designers and packed with hot dogs, pizzas, unicorns, and much more."</p> <p>Players are spawned randomly on a section of a course inspired by popular Lego themes, like Lego Friends, Lego City, Lego Ninjago, and Lego DreamZzz, and "the experience offers a different challenge each time to put their skills to the test, either solo or with friends." </p> <p><strong>Here's a look at Lego Obby Fun: </strong></p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/1ec8217d/lego_obby_fun_key_art.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/600298a4/lego_obbyfun_1.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/4994a5bc/lego_obbyfun_2.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/5e21b378/lego_obbyfun_8.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/e0adfe26/lego_obbyfun_3.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/eb01af52/lego_obbyfun_9.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/fe7bb175/lego_obbyfun_4.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/962553e4/lego_obbyfun_10.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/5900fff1/lego_obbyfun_5.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/d652e314/lego_obbyfun_11.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/f6f86d6d/lego_obbyfun_6.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/ccbc8650/lego_obbyfun_12.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/57ba78bb/lego_obbyfun_7.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/3e85ff6e/lego_obbyfun_14.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>Epic Games says the Lego Fortnite journey, which began with <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/video-podcast/2023/12/14/the-death-of-e3-tekken-8-preview-fortnite-ch-5-apollo-justice-trilogy-gi">Chapter 5 of Fortnite</a> alongside <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/ngt/2023/12/11/psyonixs-rocket-racing-game-shines-in-fortnite-new-gameplay-today">Rocket Racing</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/11/fortnite-festival-season-1-is-live-epic-confirms-rock-band-controller-support">Fortnite Festival</a>, is just the beginning, with new world building, gameplay features, and Lego Style Outfits arriving in updates throughout the year. </p> <p>Both Lego Raft Survival and Lego Obby Fun are now live in Fortnite. </p> <p>For more, read about how <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/20/lady-gaga-is-coming-to-fortnite">Lady Gaga is now available in Fortnite</a>, and then check out <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/07/disney-and-epic-games-announce-partnership-for-games-and-entertainment-universe">this partnership between Epic Games and Disney to bring the latter to Fortnite</a> in a big way.  </p> <p><em>Are you going to check out these Lego Islands? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Tue, 27 Feb 2024 08:00:00 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122150 Ender Lilies Sequel Ender Magnolia: Bloom of the Mist Enters Early Access Next Month https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/26/ender-lilies-sequel-ender-magnolia-bloom-of-the-mist-enters-early-access-next-month <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/1e01e6f8/ender_magnolia_1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist Early Access" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>During last week’s <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/everything-announced-at-todays-nintendo-direct-partner-showcase">Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase</a>, it was revealed that the 2021 action Metroidvania <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/new-gameplay-today/2021/01/14/new-gameplay-today-ender-lilies-quietus-of-the-knights">Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knight</a> is getting a sequel in the form of Ender Magnolia: Bloom of the Mist. The initial trailer provided a vague 2024 launch window, but we now know it's hitting Steam Early Access first on March 26. </p> <p>Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist is set within the same universe as Ender Lilies but takes place in the magically saturated Land of Fumes. A mind-warping toxin has been unleashed from the magic-infused soil and dangerous Homunguli ravages the land. It’s up to protagonist Lilac, an “Attunder” capable of cleansing Homunguli, to save the day. You can check out the game's new trailer below.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FePjstNDJuA" width="640"></iframe> <p>Like Ender Lilies, Ender Magnolia is a dark fantasy Metroidvania in which Lilac is paired with another entity who actually handles the killing: a Spirit Reaper capable of killing Homunguli, which, in turn, adds their abilities to your arsenal. The sprawling 2D adventure tasks players with discovering hidden collectibles, gear, and items to bolster their ability to tackle a variety of bosses.</p> <p>While it’s unknown exactly how long Ender Magnolia will be in Early Access, Ender Lilies also went through an Early Access phase that wound up working to the game's benefit. Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist is slated to launch for PlayStation and Xbox platforms as well as Switch later this year. In the meantime, you can read our positive review of the Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knight <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/ender-lilies-quietus-of-the-knights/ender-lilies-quietus-of-the-knights-review-slaying-in">here</a>.</p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 12:30:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122149 Until Dawn, Little Nightmares III Developer Supermassive Games Is Laying Off 90 Employees https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/until-dawn-little-nightmares-iii-developer-supermassive-games-is-laying-off-90 <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/01/17/1456104f/until_dawn_movie_film_adaptation_supermassive_games_david_f._sandberg_.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Until Dawn film movie adaptation supermassive games david f sandberg" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Supermassive Games, the developer behind <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/games/until_dawn/b/playstation4/archive/2015/08/24/until-dawn-review-game-informer-playstation-4.aspx">Until Dawn</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/the-quarry/screaming-until-dawn">The Quarry</a>, and the upcoming <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamescom-2023/2023/08/23/little-nightmares-3-announced-for-2024-release-developed-by-until-dawn">Little Nightmares III</a>, is laying off roughly 90 employees, according to a new report from <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-26/british-game-maker-supermassive-set-to-lay-off-90-workers?embedded-checkout=true"><em>Bloomberg</em></a>. The publication reports that 150 staff members at the British studio were informed today they are "at risk" of being laid off in accordance with U.K. labor laws that require companies to give notice ahead of layoffs. </p> <p>Shortly after <em>Bloomberg's </em>report went live, the studio tweeted the following statement: </p> It's no secret that the games industry is currently facing significant challenges, and unfortunately we aren't immune to this.  After much deliberation and with deep regret, we are therefore undertaking a reorganization of Supermassive Games. As a result, we are entering into a period of consultation, which we anticipate will result in the loss of some of our colleagues.  This is not a decision that's been taken lightly, with many efforts made to avoid this outcome.  We are all too aware of how unsettling and difficult this process is going to be for all our employees and will be working closely with all those involved to ensure the process is conducted as respectfully and compassionately as possible.  We're committed to focusing our efforts on our core strength and upcoming titles to ensure the continued sustainability of the company."  <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">A statement from Supermassive Games. <a href="https://t.co/9GkgIrYQvt">pic.twitter.com/9GkgIrYQvt</a></p> — Supermassive Games (@SuperMGames) <a href="https://twitter.com/SuperMGames/status/1762125258159431750?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 26, 2024</a></blockquote> <p><em>Bloomberg </em>reports that Supermassive is made up of 300 employees, meaning laying off 90 people would equal a roughly 30 percent reduction in staff. Despite developing PlayStation exclusives like Until Dawn, Supermassive is part of Nordisk Games. </p> <p>Last month, PlayStation announced that an <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/state-of-play/2024/01/31/until-dawn-remake-announced-for-ps5-and-pc-releasing-this-year">Until Dawn remake is coming to PS5 and PC later this year</a>, although UK developer Ballistic Moon is the primary team working on that. Supermassive is, however, developing <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/10/27/check-out-18-minutes-of-unsettling-little-nightmares-3-co-op-gameplay">Little Nightmares III</a>, which is <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/little-nightmares-iii">due out this year</a>. </p> <p>These job cuts join a string of other disheartening 2024 layoffs, which total more than 5,500 in just the first two months of the year. At the end of January, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/29/embracer-group-cancels-new-deus-ex-game-in-development-at-eidos-montreal-lays-off">Embracer Group had canceled a new Deus Ex game in development at Eidos-Montréal</a> and laid off 97 employees in the process. Also in January, Destroy All Humans remake developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/destroy-all-humans-remake-developer-black-forest-games-reportedly-lays-off-50">Black Forest Games reportedly laid off 50 employees</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/microsoft-is-laying-off-1900-employees-across-xbox-activision-blizzard-and-zenimax">Microsoft announced it was laying off 1,900 employees across its Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams</a> as well. Outriders studio <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/outriders-studio-people-can-fly-lays-off-more-than-30-employees">People Can Fly laid off more than 30 employees</a> in January, and League of Legends company <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/23/league-of-legends-company-riot-games-lays-off-530-employees">Riot Games laid off 530 employees</a>. </p> <p>We recently learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/lords-of-the-fallen-publisher-ci-games-lays-off-10-of-its-staff">Lords of the Fallen Publisher CI Games was laying off 10 percent of its staff</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/unity-to-lay-off-1800-employees">Unity would be laying off 1,800 people by the end of March</a>, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/10/twitch-to-lay-off-500-employees">Twitch had laid off 500 employees</a>. </p> <p>We also learned that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/01/12/discord-lays-off-170-employees-due-to-overhiring#:~:text=Discord%20Lays%20Off%20170%20Employees%20Due%20To%20Overhiring%20%2D%20Game%20Informer">Discord had laid off 170 employees</a>, that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/ptw-a-support-studio-thats-worked-with-capcom-and-blizzard-lays-off-45-people">layoffs happened at PTW</a>, a support studio that's worked with companies like Blizzard and Capcom, and that <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/17/thunderful-group-the-company-behind-2023s-steamworld-build-to-lay-off-roughly-100">SteamWorld Build company, Thunderful Group, let go of roughly 100 people</a>. Dead by Daylight developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/18/dead-by-daylight-studio-behaviour-interactive-has-reportedly-laid-off-45-people">Behaviour Interactive also reportedly laid off 45 people, too</a>. </p> <p>Last year, more than 10,000 people in the games industry or game-adjacent industries were laid off. </p> <p>In January of last year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/01/19/microsoft-layoffs-10000-people-amid-ongoing-activision-blizzard-acquisition">Microsoft laid off 10,000 employees</a> amidst its ongoing <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/01/18/microsoft-and-xbox-acquire-activision-blizzard">$69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard</a>, which <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/13/microsoft-has-officially-acquired-activision-blizzard-for-69-billion">it completed in October</a>. </p> <p>Striking Distance Studios, the team behind 2022's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/the-callisto-protocol/morsels-of-fun-in-a-far-too-familiar-space">The Callisto Protocol</a>, laid off <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/03/the-callisto-protocol-developer-striking-distance-suffers-over-30-layoffs">more than 30 employees</a> in August of 2023. That same month, Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/08/23/bioware-lays-off-50-employees-in-studio-restructuring">BioWare laid off 50 employees</a>, including long-time studio veterans. The following month, in September, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/immortals-of-aveum/modern-fantasy-warfare">Immortals of Aveum</a> developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/14/immortals-of-aveum-dev-ascendant-studios-lays-off-45-of-staff">Ascendant Studios laid off roughly 45% of its staff</a>, and <a href="https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/news/layoffs-at-epic">Fortnite developer Epic Games laid off 830 employees</a>. </p> <p>In October of last year, The Last of Us developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/03/naughty-dog-reportedly-lays-off-at-least-25-with-last-of-us-multiplayer-game-on-ice">Naughty Dog laid off at least 25 employees</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/05/telltale-games-confirms-layoffs-in-development-games-remain-in-production">Telltale Games </a>also underwent layoffs, although an actual number of affected employees has not yet been revealed. Dreams developer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/24/littlebigplanet-dreams-developer-media-molecule-reportedly-planning-to-lay-off-20">Media Molecule laid off 20 employees</a> in late October.</p> <p>In November, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/13/amazon-games-lays-off-180-employees">Amazon Games laid off 180 staff members</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/07/ubisoft-lays-off-over-a-hundred-employees">Ubisoft laid off more than 100 employees</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/10/30/destiny-2-dev-bungie-hit-with-layoffs-just-15-months-after-playstation-acquisition">Bungie laid off roughly 100 developers</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/11/15/505-games-parent-company-digital-bros-laying-off-30-percent-of-staff">505 Games' parent company, Digital Bros, laid off 30% of its staff</a>. </p> <p>In December, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/12/embracer-reportedly-might-close-free-radical-design-its-reformed-timesplitters-team">Embracer Group closed its reformed TimeSplitters studio, Free Radical Design</a>, and earlier in the year, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/31/saints-row-developer-volition-games-has-been-shut-down#:~:text=Yesterday%2C%20Volition%20Games%2C%20the%20studio,and%20its%20community%20of%20fans.">Embracer closed Saints Row developer Volition Games</a>, a studio with more than 30 years of development history. A few weeks before the winter holidays, Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: The Gathering owner <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2023/12/12/dungeons-dragons-magic-the-gathering-owner-hasbro-is-laying-off-1100">Hasbro laid off 1,100 employees</a>. </p> <p>The games industry will surely feel the effects of such horrific layoffs for years to come. The hearts of the <em>Game Informer</em> staff are with everyone who's been affected by layoffs or closures.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-02-26/british-game-maker-supermassive-set-to-lay-off-90-workers?embedded-checkout=true">Bloomberg</a>]</p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 09:16:54 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122141 Reynatis, That Cool Looking Action Game Shown During Last Week's Japanese Nintendo Direct, Hits The States This Fall https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/reynatis-that-cool-looking-action-game-shown-during-last-weeks-japanese-nintendo <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/c23ef9ac/reynatis_header.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Reynatis Final Fantasy XIII Versus Nojima Furyu NIS America Tokyo Shibuya Action" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>During last week's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase, we learned <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/grounded-arrives-on-switch-in-april">Grounded</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pentiment-arrives-on-switch-tomorrow">Pentiment</a>, two Xbox titles, are coming to Switch, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/disney-epic-mickey-rebrushed">Disney Epic Mickey was getting the remaster treatment</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pennys-big-breakaway-surprise-launches-today">Penny's Big Breakaway is now available</a>, and more. You can check out our full rundown of everything announced during the Partner Showcase <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/everything-announced-at-todays-nintendo-direct-partner-showcase">here</a>. However, Reynatis, a really cool-looking action game set in a modern-day Tokyo, was not shown. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/26/5005b6f7/reynatis_key_art.jpeg" alt="Reynatis Final Fantasy XIII Versus Nojima Furyu NIS America Tokyo Shibuya Action" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p>It appeared during the Japanese version of the Partner Showcase, though, and the game quickly picked up steam online, thanks to its cool visual style, over-the-top action, and music by Final Fantasy XV composer Yoko Shimomura. Despite its absence on the English version of the Partner Showcase, we now know Reynatis is coming West later this year. </p> <p>Specifically, it's due out this fall on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Switch, and PC via Steam, as reported by <a href="https://www.gematsu.com/2024/02/reynatis-coming-west-this-fall-for-ps5-ps4-switch-and-pc"><em>Gematsu</em></a>. </p> <p><strong>Check out the Reynatis reveal trailer for yourself below for a glimpse at what to expect</strong>: </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/wXtcwGFHAGM" width="640"></iframe> <p>"Fantasy meets reality in Shibuya, Tokyo, where magic is something to be feared," the game's description on <a href="https://store.steampowered.com/app/2738750/REYNATIS/">Steam</a> reads. "In this action RPG, a young wizard seeks freedom through strength, and an officer seeks to control magic and restore order. When their paths cross, a darkness that will transform the world descends." </p> <p>Elsewhere on Steam, developer Furyu Corporation and publisher NIS America write that Reynatis is set in 2024, and the Criminal Magic Response Act is an order that bars citizens from going out at night – few enforce the rule though. </p> <p>"Marin Kirizumi is a wizard who grew up oppressed by others due to his magic," the game's description reads. "'If you become the strongest, you'll be set free.' Following these words left by his father, he arrives in Shibuya at night. </p> <p>"When Sari Nishijima discovered her magic, she decided to use her powers to maintain order. She follows her own sense of justice to protect Shibuya from forces with dangerous ideals and illegal drugs that turn people into monsters. Marin, who seeks liberation. Sari, who treats the oppression of wizards as justice. The story of Reynatis begins when the two meet in Shibuya, a place where cultures and ideas mix." </p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/c543496f/reynatis_shibuya.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/f6567be6/reynatis_1.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/26/03708d75/reynatis_promo.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>Reynatis is due out this fall on PS5, PS4, Switch, and PC. It will support Japanese audio with English text. </p> <p><em>[Source: <a href="https://www.gematsu.com/2024/02/reynatis-coming-west-this-fall-for-ps5-ps4-switch-and-pc">Gematsu</a>]</em></p> <p><i>What do you think of Raynatis? Let us know in the comments below!</i></p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 08:50:34 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122139 Nier Creator Yoko Taro Reportedly Teases Nier 3 At Series Orchestra Concert https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/nier-creator-yoko-taro-reportedly-teases-nier-3-at-series-orchestra-concert <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/prod-media.gameinformer.com/styles/body_default/s3/2020/09/30/d390972f/nier_header.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Nier Replicant Automata Sequel Yoko Taro Third 3 Orchesta Concert Tease" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Nier series creator Yoko Taro reportedly teased a third Nier game during the Nier: Orchestra Concert earlier this month. As reported by <a href="https://www.eurogamer.net/yoko-taro-teases-nier-3"><em>Eurogamer</em></a>, during the concert, which celebrated the Nier series' music in London, Taro apparently made a surprise appearance and asked for people to clap and cheer as loudly as they could so that Square Enix president Takashi Kiryu – in attendance – could hear the demand for more Nier, according to one fan at the event. </p> <p>However, the biggest tease of the night came from an on-screen word that appeared multiple times throughout "the story of the show," SanTheSly, the fan in attendance, writes on <a href="https://www.resetera.com/threads/nier-automata-shipments-and-digital-sales-top-eight-million.820065/?post=119549808#post-119549808">ResetEra</a>. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gcdjaGjvo2A" width="640"></iframe> <p>"[The] word REPENT was shown repeatedly as part of some dialogue," SanTheSly writes. "The final instance was spelled as R3PENT. Both me and the person I'd gone with picked up on it and wondered if this was a tease." </p> <p>That sounds like a tease to us; otherwise, why else change the word "repent" to randomly feature a "3." However, some fans of the series already consider Nier Reincarnataion, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/01/24/nier-reincarnation-shuts-down-in-april#:~:text=The%20game%20will%20run%20for,launched%20on%20July%2028%2C%202021.">a mobile gacha game shutting down in April</a>, to be the third game in the series. On that timeline, Nier (<a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/nier-replicant-ver-122474487139/nier-replicant-review-new-blood-old-veins">and its remastered Nier: Replicant counterpart</a>) is the first in the franchise and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/games/nier_automata/b/playstation4/archive/2017/03/06/nier-automata-game-informer-review.aspx">Nier: Automata</a> the second. If Nier Reincarnation isn't the true third Nier game, perhaps Taro was teasing that could be on the way – Nier Repent does have a nice ring to it. </p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.eurogamer.net/yoko-taro-teases-nier-3">Eurogamer</a>]</p> <p><em>Do you want a third Nier game? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 07:58:56 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122137 Switch Successor Targeting March 2025, According To New Report https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/26/switch-successor-targeting-march-2025-according-to-new-report <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/11/08/9571ab49/new_switch_2_sequel_successor_hardware_console_support_nintendo.jpeg" width="800" height="450" alt="New Nintendo Switch 2 Sequel Successor Hardware Console Platform Plans Future" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Japanese outlet <a href="https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUF196OV0Z10C24A2000000/">Nikkei</a> is reporting that the Switch successor, or "Switch 2" as it's been dubbed colloquially within the games industry, is targeting a March 2025 launch, according to <a href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/switch-2-is-targeting-march-2025-and-was-delayed-to-avoid-shortages-new-report-claims/"><i>VideoGamesChronicle</i></a>. This report follows earlier reporting from <a href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/nintendo-switch-2-could-now-launch-in-2025-its-claimed/"><em>VGC</em></a> and other outlets like <a href="https://www.eurogamer.net/nintendo-switch-2-release-date-now-q1-2025-report"><em>Eurogamer</em></a> that Nintendo's next console was originally targeting a 2024 launch before being pushed internally to the first quarter of 2025, which lines up with <em>Nikkei's</em> latest reporting. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZlgUVypJCrc" width="640"></iframe> <p><em>VGC </em>reports that <em>Nikkei</em> writes, "Priority was given to ensure the initial inventory of the successor console and a lineup of software titles at the time of its launch" to curb the possibility of a stock shortage similar to what the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S experienced back in 2020. Following previous reports, <em>Nikkei </em>also writes that Nintendo's next console will be a hybrid home console-portable device like the Switch with a larger screen. </p> <p>Finally, <em>Nikkei </em>writes the internal target is March 2025 but that the Switch 2 could slip beyond that depending on manufacturing and the software available for the console's launch at that time, according to <em>VGC</em>. If it does launch in March of next year, it'd follow in the Switch's footsteps, which launched in March of 2017.</p> <p>It's important to note that all of this should be taken with a grain of salt as these delays remain internal for the time being. The Switch's successor hasn't even been publicly revealed yet, so there's no telling when to expect it officially. In the meantime, though, read about how <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/07/nintendo-reportedly-demoed-switch-successor-to-devs-at-gamescom">Nintendo reportedly demoed the Switch successor to developers at Gamescom</a> last year. </p> <p><em>[Source: <a href="https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXZQOUF196OV0Z10C24A2000000/">Nikkei</a> via <a href="https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/switch-2-is-targeting-march-2025-and-was-delayed-to-avoid-shortages-new-report-claims/">VideoGamesChronicle</a>]</em></p> <p><em>Do you think March of next year is a good time for a new Nintendo console? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Mon, 26 Feb 2024 07:22:27 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122136 Check Out New Rise Of The Ronin Gameplay In New Behind-The-Scenes Video https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/check-out-new-rise-of-the-ronin-gameplay-in-new-behind-the-scenes-video <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/23/d7fde5fd/rise_of_the_ronin_header.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Rise of the Ronin Team Ninja Koei Tecmo Feudal Japan Samurai Game" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Developer Team Ninja has released a new behind-the-scenes video for the upcoming PlayStation 5 exclusive, Rise of the Rōnin, and it features new gameplay showing off the game's tough and fast action combat. Unsurprisingly, the game continues to look great. </p> <p>This new look at the game's action features conversation from game producer and director Fumihiko Yasuda and animation lead Kosuke Wakamatsu discussing how Team Ninja approached the combat. They say it started with determining the different ideologies within Rōnin history, why certain individuals fought the way they did, and how that translates to a game aiming to be authentic to the Bakumatsu history. </p> <p><strong>Check it the new Rise of the Rō</strong><strong>nin gameplay for yourself below</strong>: </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M2mp5VXf4BE" width="640"></iframe> <p>Yasuda and Wakamatsu discuss the Bakamutsu period of Japan's history and how the introduction of Western weapons, like firearms, dramatically changed the way Rōnin went about battle. Instead of just katanas and up-close weaponry, firearms forced warriors to adapt to new types of ranged combat. This led to the use of firearms like pistols alongside swords, bayonets, and more. </p> <p>If the use of guns has you worried Rise of the Rōnin won't deliver the fast and difficult up-close action Team Ninja is known for, fear not. "Action remains at the core of Rise of the Rōnin [and] it is the culmination of our previous work on action games at Team Ninja," Yasuda says in the video. </p> <p>Wakamatsu adds, "Team Ninja's action is known for its high speed and difficulty, [and] we feel it's part of the players' expectations as well." </p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/01/31/2c6801f4/ronin_01.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/01/31/2c279782/ronin_02.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/01/31/4fb9a132/ronin_03.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/01/31/cb10c803/ronin_04.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2023/12/17/186f3633/rotr_screen_4.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2023/12/17/7cf35360/rotr_screen_3.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2023/12/17/1e017c6b/rotr_screen_5.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2023/12/07/03d8bea8/ronin_02.jpg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2023/12/07/160591fd/ronin_03.jpg'></figure></section>   <p>Elsewhere in the video, the two developers discuss Rise of the Rōnin's bond system, which allows NPC characters to join the protagonist's journey. You can even switch to different characters for special moves. The video ends with another look at the counter system in the game's combat. </p> <p>For more about the game, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/state-of-play/2024/01/31/get-another-look-at-rise-of-the-ronins-bloody-gameplay-in-new-trailer">check out this Rise of the R</a><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/check-out-new-rise-of-the-ronin-gameplay-in-new-behind-the-scenes-video">ō</a><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/state-of-play/2024/01/31/get-another-look-at-rise-of-the-ronins-bloody-gameplay-in-new-trailer">nin gameplay trailer</a> from last month, and then <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2023/12/19/team-ninja-discusses-crafting-its-first-open-world-where-you-shouldnt-kill">check out <em>Game Informer's </em>preview thoughts on Rise of the Rōnin</a> after talking with the team in December. </p> <p><em>Are you excited for Rise of the R</em>ō<em>nin? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 11:59:00 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122131 Death Stranding Documentary, 'Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds,' Streaming Now On Disney Plus https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/02/23/death-stranding-documentary-hideo-kojima-connecting-worlds-streaming-now <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/23/2e228347/kojima_connnecting_worlds_documentary.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Hideo Kojima Connecting Worlds Documentary Death Stranding Disney plus" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/death-stranding">Death Stranding</a> hit PlayStation 4 exclusively back in 2019 before <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/impressions/2022/03/30/death-stranding-directors-cut-is-worth-another-trek-across-america">launching on PC with a Director's Cut in 2020</a>. As we await <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/death-stranding-2-on-the-beach">Death Stranding 2: On The Beach</a>, which is due out on PlayStation 5 in 2025, Disney Plus has dropped a documentary that might tide fans over. Titled <em>Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds</em>, this film "explores the creative process behind Hideo Kojima launching his independent studio up to the completion of Death Stranding."</p> <p>It was announced last year before <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/05/11/tribeca-film-festival-announces-2023-games-selection-and-will-debut-a-hideo-kojima">debuting at the 2023 Tribeca Film Festival</a> but starting today, you can stream it on Disney Plus. </p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Documentary film "HIDEO KOJIMA: CONNECTING WORLDS"<br /> <br /> Exclusively streaming on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DisneyPlus?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DisneyPlus</a> starting TODAY!🎬<br /> <br /> This film explores the creative process behind Hideo Kojima launching his independent studio up to the completion of DEATH STRANDING 👀<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DeathStranding?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DeathStranding</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HideoKojima?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HideoKojima</a> <a href="https://t.co/XOaTi6WuF9">pic.twitter.com/XOaTi6WuF9</a></p> — KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS (Eng) (@KojiPro2015_EN) <a href="https://twitter.com/KojiPro2015_EN/status/1760938545689358656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 23, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>We haven't yet watched it but given Kojima's love of movies, we're excited to see what a documentary about the man himself is like. The release of <em>Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds </em>follows the debut of <em><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/grounded-ii-the-making-of-documentary-for-the-last-of-us-part-ii-will-be-released">Grounded II: The Making of the Last of Us Part II</a></em>, which also provided a behind-the-scenes look at video game development. </p> <p>For more, read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/death-stranding/death-stranding-review-the-wanderer"><em>Game Informer's </em>Death Stranding review</a> and then read about <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/impressions/2022/03/30/death-stranding-directors-cut-is-worth-another-trek-across-america">why Death Stranding Director's Cut is worth another trek across America</a>. After that, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/state-of-play/2024/01/31/latest-death-stranding-2-on-the-beach-trailer-is-expectedly-weird">watch the latest trailer for Death Stranding 2: On The Beach</a>, which is expectedly weird. </p> <p><em>Are you going to check out Hideo Kojima: Connecting Worlds this weekend? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 09:47:43 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122128 Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Is The Second-Highest Rated Game In The Series On Metacritic https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth-is-the-second-highest-rated-game-in-the-series-on <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/3c734fd2/opener.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Final Fantasy VII 7 Rebirth Metacritic Highest Rated Series Franchise " typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Final Fantasy VII Rebirth hits PlayStation 5 exclusively on February 29, but reviews for Square Enix's latest entry in its Final Fantasy VII remake trilogy dropped yesterday. We enjoyed the game a lot, and you can read about why in <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth/cracking-the-planet-wide-open"><em>Game Informer's </em>Final Fantasy VII Rebirth review</a>. It turns out, a lot of reviewers enjoyed the game too, because at the time of this writing, it's the second-highest rated game in the Final Fantasy series on Metacritic, as noted by video game sales analyst <a href="https://x.com/BenjiSales/status/1760677032667869433?s=20">Benji-Sales on X</a> (formerly Twitter). </p> <p>Currently sitting at a 93 on <a href="https://www.metacritic.com/game/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth/">Metacritic</a>, which aggregates various reviews into a single Metacritic score, only one other Final Fantasy game has been rated higher: <a href="https://www.metacritic.com/game/final-fantasy-ix/">Final Fantasy IX</a> on PlayStation 1. It has a 94 on Metacritic.</p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">There’s only 6 Final Fantasy games that have gone above a 90 Metacritic score.<br /> <br /> 94- Final Fantasy IX (PS1)<br /> 93- Final Fantasy VII Rebirth (PS5)<br /> 92- Final Fantasy X (PS2)<br /> 92- Final Fantasy XII (PS2)<br /> 92- Final Fantasy VI Advance (GBA)<br /> 92- Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker (PC) <a href="https://t.co/8PvD3wfpvZ">pic.twitter.com/8PvD3wfpvZ</a></p> — Andy (@AndSpaceY) <a href="https://twitter.com/AndSpaceY/status/1760797904774582318?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>As you can see above, with a 93 on Metacritic, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth joins a prestigious list of games in the series with a Metacritic score of 90 or higher, as pointed out by AndSpaceY on X. Now, it's important to note that some Final Fantasy games are not rated on Metacritic as the aggregate site was not around when they released. For example, Final Fantasy VI is one of the most beloved entries in the franchise and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/23/ranking-every-mainline-final-fantasy-game">arguably the best</a> – released in 1994 on the SNES, Metacritic was not around at the time so it does not have a rating on the site. </p> <p>Still, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth rating so high is another example of how Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII remake project is landing with both critics and fans alike. </p> <p>For more about the game, read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/final-fantasy-vii-rebirth/cracking-the-planet-wide-open"><em>Game Informer's </em>Final Fantasy VII Rebirth review</a> and then check out our <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/FF7Rebirth">Final Fantasy VII Rebirth cover story hub</a> for exclusive features, videos, and more. After that, check out <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/23/ranking-every-mainline-final-fantasy-game"><em>Game Informer's </em>ranking of every mainline Final Fantasy game</a>. </p> <p><em>Are you picking up Final Fantasy VII Rebirth on day one next week? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 08:58:37 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122125 Tekken 8, Suicide Squad, Persona 3 Reload, And New Like A Dragon Were Top Sellers Last Month In US https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/tekken-8-suicide-squad-persona-3-reload-and-new-like-a-dragon-were-top-sellers-last <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/01/12/a9fff607/6-18_combat_2.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Persona 3 Reload January 2024 Best Selling Games JRPG Japan Sega" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Last month was filled with new releases and many of them turned out to be hits with players, according to the latest Circana U.S. Video Game Market Highlights <a href="https://x.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761028931342499996?s=20">report</a>, which tracks video game-related spending for each month of the year. While <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-iii/not-so-special-ops">Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III</a> took home the top spot for <a href="https://x.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761029020693717089?s=20">best-selling games of January 2024 in the U.S.</a>, various new releases cracked into the top 10. </p> <p>That includes <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/tekken-8">Tekken 8</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2024/01/09/a-lengthy-hands-on-session">Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/persona-3-reload">Persona 3 Reload</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/like-a-dragon-infinite-wealth">Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth</a>.</p> <p><strong>Here's what the top 10 best-selling games of last month look like</strong>: </p> <ol> <li>Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III</li> <li>Tekken 8</li> <li>Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League</li> <li>Persona 3 Reload</li> <li>Madden NFL 24</li> <li>Hogwarts Legacy (this was the best-selling game of 2023)</li> <li>Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth</li> <li>EA Sports FC 24</li> <li>The Last of Us Part II</li> <li>Marvel's Spider-Man 2</li> </ol> <p>Two other new releases last month appear later in the list if you expand it to the top 20: Ubisoft's latest platformer, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/prince-of-persia-the-lost-crown/a-royal-resurgence">Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown</a>, came in at 13th and Bandai Namco's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/jujutsu-kaisen-cursed-clash">Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash</a> took home the 19th spot. </p> <p>Broken down by individual platforms, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III was the best-selling premium game on both PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms. On PS5, Tekken 8 claimed the second spot, Suicide Squad the third spot, and Persona 3 Reload the fourth spot. Over on Xbox Series X/S, Madden NFL 24 came in second, with Suicide Squad in third and Tekken 8 in fourth. </p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">January 2024 Top 10 Best-Selling Premium Games on Xbox Platforms - U.S. (Dollar Sales, Physical and Digital from digital data sharing publishers, excludes add-on content) <a href="https://t.co/ceqElfdTke">pic.twitter.com/ceqElfdTke</a></p> — Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761029604691861824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 23, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>On Switch, which does not include digital sales, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/super-mario-bros-wonder/getting-its-flowers">Super Mario Bros. Wonder</a> was the best-selling game of last month with <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/hogwarts-legacy/a-potion-well-brewed">Hogwarts Legacy</a> in second place. Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown came in at fifth on the Switch. </p> <p>Palworld, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/22/what-is-palworld-the-new-pokemon-with-guns-survival-game-everyones-playing">the "Pokémon With Guns" survival game that crossed 25 million players yesterday</a>, was, unsurprisingly, the number-one played title on Steam and the number-three played game on Xbox last month. On both Xbox Series X/S and PS5, Fortnite was the number-one most played title of January 2024. </p> <p>Circana executive director and analyst <a href="https://x.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761030110201978924?s=20">Mat Piscatella writes on X</a> (formerly Twitter) that the PS5 was the best-selling hardware platform of the month in both units sold and dollar sales, with Switch in second place for units sold and Xbox Series X/S in second place for dollar sales. After 39 months on the market, life-to-date unit sales of PS5 are tracking 7 percent ahead of the PlayStation 4's pace, and 68 percent ahead of the PlayStation 3's. Overall, though, January video game hardware spending fell 4 percent compared to January of last year, down to $378 million. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U0iCQ-vCJww" width="640"></iframe> <p>Video game accessory spending increased by 45 percent last month compared to January of last year, up to $246 million. The PS5's <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamescom-2022/2022/08/23/take-your-first-look-at-playstation-5s-new-dualsense-edge-controller">DualSense Edge</a> was the best-selling accessory of the month. Piscatella <a href="https://x.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761030254561534176?s=20">says</a> the recently released <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/tech/2023/11/15/is-the-playstation-portal-worth-a-purchase">PlayStation Portal</a> was shifted from the Hardware category to the Accessory category for January 2024, coming in at fifth for video game accessory spending for last month. </p> <p>Overall video game spending across all categories grew 15 percent when comparing January of this year to that of last year, reaching $5.1 billion. Piscatella <a href="https://x.com/MatPiscatella/status/1761028931342499996?s=20">notes</a> that January 2024 was a five-week period for tracking, though, whereas January 2023 was a four-week period. </p> <p>For more, read <em>Game Informer's </em>reviews for <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/tekken-8/aggressively-absurd">Tekken 8</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league/noise-and-confusion">Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/persona-3-reload/into-the-light">Persona 3 Reload</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/like-a-dragon-infinite-wealth/passing-the-torch">Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/prince-of-persia-the-lost-crown/a-royal-resurgence">Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown</a>. </p> <p><em>What was your number one game of January 2024? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 08:33:39 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122124 Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Fell Short Of Expectations According To Warner Bros https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league-fell-short-of-expectations-according-to <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/01/04/857f58dc/4.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League, the third-person live-service multiplayer shooter from Batman: Arkham series developer Rocksteady Studios, launched earlier this month. It received middling reviews – read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league/noise-and-confusion"><em>Game Informer's </em>review here</a> to find out why we gave it a 6 out of 10 – and fans have been less-than-impressed with the shooter. It seems Warner Bros. Discovery is less-than-impressed, too, as the company said in its latest financial call that Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League had "fallen short of our expectations," as reported by <a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league-has-fallen-short-of-our-expectations-warner-bros-says"><em>IGN</em>.</a> </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SOnwSAGFicw" width="640"></iframe> <p>More specifically, that's Warner Bros. Discovery chief financial officer Gunnar Wiedenfels who said Rocksteady's latest effort fell short of the company's expectations. However, Wiedenfels did not mention a sales figure. According to <em>IGN</em>, the executive lamented that Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League's missed expectations set Warner Bros.' games division up for a tough year when it comes to year-on-year comparisons.</p> <p>Wiedenfels is likely alluding to <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/hogwarts-legacy/a-potion-well-brewed">Hogwarts Legacy</a>, the company's massive hit that launched last year and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/08/hogwarts-legacy-has-sold-more-than-22-million-copies-in-less-than-a-year">went on to become the best-selling game of 2023</a>, beating out titles like <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/the-legend-of-zelda-tears-of-the-kingdom/such-great-heights">The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom</a> and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/call-of-duty-modern-warfare-iii/not-so-special-ops">Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III</a>. The sales of Hogwarts Legacy was certainly a tough act for Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League to follow. </p> <p>For more about the game, read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league/noise-and-confusion"><em>Game Informer's </em>review of Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League</a>, and then check out <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2013/12/19/the-best-super-hero-games-of-all-time.aspx"><em>Game Informer's </em>list of the best superhero games of all time</a>. After that, read our <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/30/the-league-of-upcoming-superhero-games">list of upcoming superhero games</a> to look forward to. </p> <p><em>[Source: <a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/suicide-squad-kill-the-justice-league-has-fallen-short-of-our-expectations-warner-bros-says">IGN</a>]</em></p> <p><em>Have you been playing Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 08:02:31 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122123 Penny's Big Breakaway: Watch Someone Beat The First Level With A Single 2-Minute Combo https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/23/pennys-big-breakaway-watch-someone-beat-the-first-level-with-a-single-2-minute <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/23/240c15fb/pennys_big_breakway_1_single_combo_first_level_world.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Penny's Big Breakaway First Level World One Single Combo Evening Star Studio" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Penny's Big Breakaway, the momentum-based 3D platformer from developer Evening Star, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pennys-big-breakaway-surprise-launches-today">surprise launched</a> earlier this week after appearing in a <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/everything-announced-at-todays-nintendo-direct-partner-showcase">Partner Showcase Nintendo Direct</a>. During a livestream held by Evening Star on the game's February 21 launch, one designer completed the first level with a single, two-minute combo, and it's a feat to behold. </p> <p>If you haven't yet checked out Penny's Big Breakaway, it's a 3D platformer modeled off the strange and weird platformers of the PlayStation 1 generation, rather than Nintendo's popular platforming efforts. As such, the game features a unique moveset that feels similar to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, with a Devil May Cry combo meter to boot. </p> <p>Check out the Evening Star developer reach a massive 191-move combo in the first stage of Vanillatown, the first world in Penny's Big Breakaway, below: </p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Vanillatown 1-1 100% in just 1 combo!?<br /> <br /> Done by one of our level designers, Milena, during yesterday's livestream. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PennysBigBreakaway?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PennysBigBreakaway</a> <a href="https://t.co/F7kIiAjldU">pic.twitter.com/F7kIiAjldU</a></p> — Evening Star (@EveningStarStdo) <a href="https://twitter.com/EveningStarStdo/status/1760786548184797404?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>As you can see, this designer – Milena – completes the first level with one continuous combo. We're not sure we're quite up to the task but we wouldn't be surprised if fans of the game spend time outcomboing this score. Only time will tell. </p> <p>Penny's Big Breakaway is now available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC. </p> <p>For more about the game, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pennys-big-breakaway-surprise-launches-today">check out the Penny's Big Breakaway launch trailer here</a> and then read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2024/02/01/bauhausian-rhapsody"><em>Game Informer's </em>exclusive behind-the-scenes feature</a> about the game's creation, the people making it, the music, and more. </p> <p><em>Are you playing Penny's Big Breakaway? Let us know what you think of it so far in the comments below!</em></p> Fri, 23 Feb 2024 07:31:19 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122122 Little Devil Inside Reemerges With A New Trailer And Cryptic Developer Update https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/22/little-devil-inside-reemerges-with-a-new-trailer-and-cryptic-developer-update <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/cf7a1d58/little_devil_inside_2024_2.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Little Devil Inside trailer 2024" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>It’s been a long time since Little Devil Inside, a promising survival action RPG from indie developer Neostream, has made any noise. The game’s last substantial update came in October 2021. But after over two years of silence, Neostream has come back with a new trailer and cryptic update hinting at what’s been going on with the team.</p> <p>As reported by <em><a href="https://the-indie-in-former.com/2024/02/21/little-devil-inside-devs-break-silence-debut-new-footage/">The Indie Informer</a></em>, Neostream’s <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ldi/little-devil-inside/posts/4033837">Kickstarter post</a>, published yesterday, apologizes for the lack of updates and cryptically alludes to an internal conflict within the team, potentially due to clashing visions about the game, being one of the causes. It states in part,</p> We became a team, then grew into a company and tried many hands to make light work. Along the way in all efforts to making a great game, many great people have come and gone. People with respectable but different purposes and pursuits. In sharing these differences and thoughts, we were sometimes touched and moved and sometimes in conflict. We are responsible for not being able to embrace the differences. And of course, sincere apologies to you all. <p>The rest of Neostream's update indicates the team has reduced in size but confirms that the founders and core members remain at the studio. The studio assures backers that Little Devil Inside still exists and that it is currently discussing publishing before it can give fans a more substantial update. Until then, the team has prepared a six-minute montage video showing off the game running in Unreal Engine 5.</p> Litt<iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/t_TcRcIY8a4" width="640"></iframe> <p>Little Devil Inside was first revealed way back in 2015 with the launch of its Kickstarter campaign, but it gained its first mainstream recognition as part of the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2020/06/11/stylish-survival-title-little-devil-inside-coming-to-the-playstation-5">2020 PlayStation 5 showcase</a> prior to the console's launch. You play as an explorer who embarks on research mission at the behest of a university professor to explore a large world filled with beasts both real and supernatural. You'll visit different towns along the way to meet quirky citizens, defend yourself from threats with a sword, and engage in survival mechanics like camping and cooking. Despite how much time as past, we ultimately still know relatively little about Little Devil Inside but it has remained a charmer each time it resurfaces. </p> <p>Little Devil Inside has no release window but we're hoping to learn more concrete details in the near future. </p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 17:20:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122121 Sony Testing PC Support For PlayStation VR2 https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/22/sony-testing-pc-support-for-playstation-vr2 <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/02/15/07e535c7/psvr2_01.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="PS VR2 PC Support 2024 2025 New Games Titles" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>PlayStation VR2 launched in February of last year and while its debut featured new first-party titles like <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/horizon-call-of-the-mountain/a-mountain-too-high">Horizon Call of the Mountain</a>, our favorites on the new platform featured previously released titles like <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/02/23/resident-evil-village-is-playstation-vr2s-best-exclusive">Resident Evil Village</a>. Since that launch, support for the platform has been sparse, to say the least, especially from PlayStation itself. However, Sony has revealed it is currently testing PC support for PS VR2, with hopes to make that support available this year. </p> <p>"[We're] pleased to share that we are currently testing the ability for PS VR2 players to access additional games on PC to offer even more game variety in addition to the PS VR2 titles available through PS5," a new <a href="https://blog.playstation.com/2024/02/22/coming-soon-to-ps-vr2-zombie-army-vr-little-cities-bigger-wanderer-the-fragments-of-fate-the-wizards-dark-times-brotherhood-and-more/">PlayStation Blog post</a> published today reads. "We hope to make this support available in 2024, so stay tuned for more updates."</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ekWCY7uyDIE" width="640"></iframe> <p>The rest of the blog goes on to detail new and upcoming titles coming to PS VR2, but those are going to be playable with PlayStation 5 consoles. However, it sounds like PC support, which could open up a flood gate for new VR content, might arrive later this year. </p> <p>For more about the hardware, read <em>Game Informer's </em><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/02/16/playstation-vr2-review-an-upgrade-as-opposed-to-a-revelation">PS VR2 review</a>, and then read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/horizon-call-of-the-mountain/a-mountain-too-high"><em>Game Informer's </em>Horizon Call of the Mountain review</a>. After that, read about <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/02/23/resident-evil-village-is-playstation-vr2s-best-exclusive">why Resident Evil Village is the PS VR2's best exclusive</a>, and then check out these <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/02/21/10-game-recommendations-for-your-new-playstation-vr2-headset">10 games to play using your VR headset</a>. </p> <p><i>Are you interested in PC support for PS VR2? Let us know in the comments below!</i></p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 12:30:32 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122116 League Of Legends Fighting Game Project L Renamed 2XKO And Gets New Trailer https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/22/league-of-legends-fighting-game-project-l-renamed-2xko-and-gets-new-trailer <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/8363beb3/project_l_is_now_2xko_0-12_screenshot_2.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Riot Games has rechristened <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/11/22/new-project-l-details-emerge-from-riot-games-undercity-nights">Project L</a>, its upcoming League of Legends fighting game, to its official name of 2XKO. While we still don’t know when it’s coming, we do get another look at it in a new trailer.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rSjVmgSxfZY" width="640"></iframe> <p>The 2D 2v2 tag-team fighter looks very promising based on today’s footage. The game takes cues from Marvel vs Capcom in its assist-focused tag team play and utilizes more simplified inputs to lower the barrier for entry while maintaining strategic depth. Based on previous updates, online play features rollback netcode. Set in the world of Runterra, 2XKO features a roster of League of Legends champions, including Darius, Ekko, Ahri, and Yasuo. As Riot states on the game’s website, it’s still “heads down” working on updates to share, so a release window may not be coming in the near future. </p> <p>2XKO was <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/10/15/riot-games-announces-several-titles-set-in-the-league-of-legends-universe">first announced as Project L in 2019</a> alongside other League of Legends projects, including what would later become Valorant and LoL: Wild Rift. Hopefully, it will cross the finish line sooner than later. What do you think of the game's official title and this fresh look at gameplay? Let us know in the comments. </p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 11:54:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122115 WWE 2K24's Full Launch Roster Revealed https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/22/wwe-2k24s-full-launch-roster-revealed <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/888ea4f1/wwe_2k24_asuka_crop.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="WWE 2K24 full roster" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/01/22/wwe-2k24-celebrates-40-years-of-wrestlemania">WWE 2K24</a>’s full roster has been revealed. This year offers a staggering line-up of Superstars hailing from Raw, Smackdown and NXT, as well as numerous Legends. </p> <p>Over 200 playable superstars will be available at launch, along with 8 managers. Check them out below. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/01/19/a2215627/wwe_2k24_rhea_ripley.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <h2>Raw</h2> <ul><li>Akira Tozawa</li> <li>Alexa Bliss</li> <li>Becky Lynch</li> <li>Bianca Belair</li> <li>Big E</li> <li>Braun Strowman</li> <li>Bronson Reed</li> <li>Candice LeRae</li> <li>Carmella</li> <li>Cedric Alexander</li> <li>Chad Gable</li> <li>Chelsea Green</li> <li>Cody Rhodes</li> <li>Damian Priest</li> <li>Dexter Lumis</li> <li>Dominik Mysterio</li> <li>Drew McIntyre</li> <li>Erik</li> <li>Finn Bálor</li> <li>Giovanni Vinci</li> <li>Gunther</li> <li>Indi Hartwell</li> <li>Ivar</li> <li>JD McDonagh</li> <li>Jey Uso</li> <li>Johnny Gargano</li> <li>Kofi Kingston</li> <li>Liv Morgan</li> <li>Ludwig Kaiser</li> <li>Maxxine Dupri</li> <li>Natalya</li> <li>Nikki Cross</li> <li>Otis</li> <li>Piper Niven</li> <li>Raquel Rodriguez</li> <li>Rhea Ripley</li> <li>Ricochet</li> <li>R-Truth</li> <li>Sami Zayn</li> <li>Seth "Freakin" Rollins</li> <li>Shayna Baszler</li> <li>Shinsuke Nakamura</li> <li>Sonya Deville</li> <li>Tegan Nox</li> <li>The Miz</li> <li>Tommaso Ciampa</li> <li>Valhalla</li> <li>Xavier Woods</li> <li>Zoey Stark</li> </ul> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/af157cdd/wwe_2k24_bianca_belair.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <h2>Smackdown</h2> <ul><li>AJ Styles</li> <li>Alba Fyre</li> <li>Angelo Dawkins</li> <li>Ashante "Thee" Adonis</li> <li>Asuka</li> <li>Austin Theory</li> <li>Bayley</li> <li>Bobby Lashley</li> <li>Butch</li> <li>Cameron Grimes</li> <li>Charlotte Flair</li> <li>Cruz Del Toro</li> <li>Dakota Kai</li> <li>Elton Prince</li> <li>Grayson Waller</li> <li>Isla Dawn</li> <li>Iyo Sky</li> <li>Jimmy Uso</li> <li>Joaquin Wilde</li> <li>Karl Anderson</li> <li>Karrion Kross</li> <li>Katana Chance</li> <li>Kayden Carter</li> <li>Kevin Owens</li> <li>Kit Wilson</li> <li>LA Knight</li> <li>Logan Paul</li> <li>Luke Gallows</li> <li>Michin Mia Yim</li> <li>Montez Ford</li> <li>MVP</li> <li>Omos</li> <li>Randy Orton</li> <li>Rey Mysterio</li> <li>Ridge Holland</li> <li>Robert Roode</li> <li>Roman Reigns</li> <li>Santos Escobar</li> <li>Scarlett</li> <li>Sheamus</li> <li>Shotzi</li> <li>Solo Sikoa</li> <li>Tamina</li> <li>Xia Li</li> <li>Zelina Vega</li> </ul> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/01/19/8760b370/wwe_2k24_cody_rhodes.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <h2>NXT</h2> <ul><li>Andre Chase</li> <li>Angel Garza</li> <li>Apollo Crews</li> <li>Axiom</li> <li>Baron Corbin</li> <li>Blair Davenport</li> <li>Bron Breakker</li> <li>Brooks Jensen</li> <li>Brutus Creed</li> <li>Carmelo Hayes</li> <li>Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo</li> <li>Cora Jade</li> <li>Damon Kemp</li> <li>Dijak</li> <li>Drew Gulak</li> <li>Duke Hudson</li> <li>Fallon Henley</li> <li>Gigi Dolin</li> <li>Humberto</li> <li>Ilja Dragunov</li> <li>Ivy Nile</li> <li>Jacy Jayne</li> <li>Jinder Mahal</li> <li>Joe Coffey</li> <li>Joe Gacy</li> <li>Josh Briggs</li> <li>Julius Creed</li> <li>Nathan Frazer</li> <li>Nikkita Lyons</li> <li>Noam Dar</li> <li>Roxanne Perez</li> <li>Sanga</li> <li>Scrypts</li> <li>Thea Hail</li> <li>Tiffany Stratton</li> <li>Tony D'Angelo</li> <li>Trick Williams</li> <li>Tyler Bate</li> <li>Veer Mahaan</li> <li>Wendy Choo</li> <li>Wes Lee</li> <li>Wolfgang</li> </ul> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/fdfcace6/wwe_2k24_dude_love_1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <h2>Legends/Alumni</h2> <ul><li>Andre The Giant</li> <li>Bad Bunny</li> <li>Batista</li> <li>Beth Phoenix</li> <li>Big Boss Man</li> <li>Boogeyman</li> <li>Booker T</li> <li>Bray Wyatt</li> <li>Bret “Hitman” Hart</li> <li>British Bulldog</li> <li>Bruno Sammartino</li> <li>Cactus Jack</li> <li>Chyna</li> <li>Diesel</li> <li>Doink The Clown</li> <li>Dude Love</li> <li>Dusty Rhodes (Part of the Nightmare Family Pack)</li> <li>Eddie Guerrero</li> <li>Eric Bischoff</li> <li>Eve Torres</li> <li>Faarooq</li> <li>The Fiend</li> <li>George "The Animal" Steele</li> <li>Harley Race</li> <li>Hollywood Hogan</li> <li>Hulk Hogan</li> <li>The Hurricane</li> <li>Jake "The Snake" Roberts</li> <li>JBL</li> <li>Jerry "The King" Lawler</li> <li>Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart</li> <li>John Cena</li> <li>Kane</li> <li>Ken Shamrock</li> <li>Kevin Nash</li> <li>Kurt Angle</li> <li>Lita</li> <li>"Macho Man" Randy Savage</li> <li>Mankind</li> <li>Maryse</li> <li>Mighty Molly</li> <li>Molly Holly</li> <li>Muhammad Ali</li> <li>"Ravishing" Rick Rude</li> <li>Rick Steiner</li> <li>Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat</li> <li>Rikishi</li> <li>Rob Van Dam</li> <li>The Rock</li> <li>Ronda Rousey</li> <li>“Rowdy” Roddy Piper</li> <li>Scott Hall</li> <li>Scott Steiner</li> <li>Shane McMahon</li> <li>Shawn Michaels</li> <li>Stacy Keibler</li> <li>Stephanie McMahon</li> <li>Stardust (Part of the Nightmare Family Pack)</li> <li>“Stone Cold” Steve Austin</li> <li>"Superstar" Billy Graham (Part of the Nightmare Family Pack)</li> <li>Syxx</li> <li>Ted DiBiase</li> <li>Triple H</li> <li>Trish Stratus</li> <li>Tyler Breeze</li> <li>Ultimate Warrior</li> <li>Umaga</li> <li>Uncle Howdy</li> <li>The Undertaker</li> <li>Vader</li> <li>Wade Barrett</li> <li>William Regal</li> <li>X-Pac</li> <li>Yokozuna</li> </ul><h2>Managers</h2> <ul><li>B-Fab</li> <li>Bobby "The Brain" Heenan</li> <li>Cathy Kelley</li> <li>Mick Foley</li> <li>Miss Elizabeth</li> <li>Paul Bearer</li> <li>Paul Heyman</li> <li>Theodore Long</li> </ul><p>WWE 2K24 launches on March 8 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our in-deph hands-on preview <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2024/02/01/a-good-hand">here</a>, watch us play a few matches in this episode of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/ngt/2024/02/01/one-on-one-with-wwe-2k24-new-gameplay-today">New Gameplay Today</a>, or check out our gaming-focused interview with one of 2K24's cover stars, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/interview/2024/01/29/wwe-2k24-cover-star-cody-rhodes-shares-zelda-opinions-and-his-most-anticipated">Cody Rhodes</a>. </p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 10:11:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122112 Mortal Kombat 1: Check Out John Cena's Peacemaker Debut In New Gameplay Trailer https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/22/mortal-kombat-1-check-out-john-cenas-peacemaker-debut-in-new-gameplay-trailer <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/22/6cd3dc32/mortal_kombat_11_peacemaker_john_cena_debut_gameplay_trailer.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Mortal Kombat 1 Peacemaker John Cena Gameplay Trailer Debut" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Mortal Kombat 1 reset the fighting universe when it launched on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC last September. Now, it's time for a new fighter from a different universe to join the roster. John Cena's Peacemaker, the hero that first appeared in 2021's <em>The Suicide Squad </em>and later in his epoynomous HBO Max series, joins the game next week on February 28. </p> <p>Ahead of his release, NetherRealm Studios has released the first look at Peacemaker's gameplay in Mortal Kombat 1, and it features a lot of justice, a lot of peace, and, of course, a lot of blood. </p> <p><strong>Check out the Peacemaker gameplay trailer for yourself below</strong>: </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L-NGYeVxzUA" width="640"></iframe> <p>As you can see in the trailer above, Peacemaker is voiced by Cena himself and features moves inspired by the character's live-action counterpart. That includes the fatality, which starts with Peacemaker ripping Quan-Chi in half by way of jet pack before sonic booming the rest of his body into bits. </p> <p>Peacemaker hits the Mortal Kombat 1 roster on February 28 for those who own the Premium Edition of the game or the Kombat Pack. Peacemaker goes live for individual purchase on March 6. </p> <p>Elsewhere in this trailer, we learn that Janet Cage is joining the game as a new Kameo fighter in March – she's an alternate version of Johnny Cage from a different reality. We also learn that crossplay (or Krossplay as NetherRealm calls it) will go live on February 28, allowing PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC (via Steam and the Epic Games Store) players to fight against each other in-game. </p> <p>For more about the game, read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/mortal-kombat-1/gory-glory"><em>Game Informer's </em>Mortal Kombat 1 review</a>. </p> <p><em>Are you going to play as Peacemaker in Mortal Kombat 1 next week? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> Thu, 22 Feb 2024 09:20:35 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122111 The Borderlands Movie's First Trailer Looks As Ridiculous As The Games https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/02/21/the-borderlands-movies-first-trailer-looks-as-ridiculous-as-the-games <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/ffeb482d/borderlands_movie_cast.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Borderlands movie trailer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>It's been a long time coming, but the first trailer for <em>Borderlands</em> has finally arrived after the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/02/20/check-out-the-first-images-from-the-live-action-borderlands-movie">first images</a> of the movie emerged this week. First announced in 2015, the live-action film brings Gearbox’s popular co-op loot shooter to life with some big-name stars, bigger explosions, and (hopefully) even bigger laughs. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lU_NKNZljoQ" width="640"></iframe> <p>Directed by Eli Roth, the film stars Cate Blanchett (Lilith), Kevin Hart (Roland), Jack Black (Claptrap), Edgar Ramírez (Atlas), Ariana Greenblatt (Tiny Tina), Florian Munteanu (Krieg), Gina Gershon (Moxxi), and Jamie Lee Curtis (Tannis). Like the games, the film follows our group of Vault Hunters as they search for a valuable relic on the desert planet of Pandora. They also stumble upon a missing girl with a powerful secret that could endanger the universe. </p> <p><em>Borderlands</em> hits theaters on August 9.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 13:26:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122108 Sea Of Thieves Sets Sail For PlayStation 5 This April https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/21/sea-of-thieves-sets-sail-for-playstation-5-this-april <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/prod-media.gameinformer.com/styles/body_default/s3/2019/02/04/8ebedaae/sea_of_thieves1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Sea of Thieves PlayStation 5" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Sea of Thieves is the last Xbox first-party game officially confirmed for a new platform. Rare’s shared-world sea-faring pirate game is heading to PlayStation 5 on April 30.</p> <p>Sea of Thieves joins <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/21/hi-fi-rush-arriving-on-ps5-in-march">Hi-Fi Rush</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/grounded-arrives-on-switch-in-april">Grounded</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pentiment-arrives-on-switch-tomorrow">Pentiment</a> as the four Xbox titles going multiplatform, each confirmed today. The PlayStation 5 version supports crossplay with Xbox and PC. “Something we’ve always been passionate about is that idea that we should remove barriers that prevent players from playing together,” says game director Mike Chapman in an announcement video below. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HbfHopGKk_s" width="640"></iframe> <p>As associate design director Shelly Preston points out in the video, this marks the first time in Rare’s nearly 40-year history that it’s released a game on PlayStation, which is a wild milestone. Since first launching to a tepid reaction in 2018, various updates and expansions have improved Sea of Thieves and fostered a dedicated community of players. PlayStation 5 players have the benefit of jumping into a now-content-rich game from the get-go. </p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 12:54:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122107 Hi-Fi Rush Arriving On PS5 In March https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/21/hi-fi-rush-arriving-on-ps5-in-march <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/3ce2c1a2/hifi.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Hi-Fi Rush" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Following today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase, many were surprised the heavily rumored Hi-Fi Rush was absent. However, shortly after that presentation, which confirmed <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="c1ab1e64-c74b-48ac-aa51-89831ae8c2f8" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pentiment-arrives-on-switch-tomorrow">Pentiment</a> and <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="13d6f4e2-aea0-4281-9a89-5c17af14d8c3" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/grounded-arrives-on-switch-in-april">Grounded</a> are both arriving on Switch, we learned that the next of the <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="31fa69b0-d931-44c3-806f-8c21facd35cb" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/xbox-is-bringing-four-mysterious-games-to-other-platforms-starfield-and-indiana-jones-to">four previous Xbox exclusives Phil Spencer said last week are coming to additional platforms</a>. Hi-Fi Rush, a rhythm-action title from the studio behind The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo, is joining the PlayStation 5 library, as confirmed by <a href="https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2024/02/21/new-platforms-new-players-xbox-games-switch-playstation/">Xbox Wire</a>.</p> <p>Hi-Fi Rush surprise launched on Xbox Series X/S and PC in January 2023, quickly becoming a critical darling and fan favorite. While many were shocked the colorful game was created by the horror developers at Tango Gameworks, fans quickly fell in love with the stylish combat, beautiful presentation, and fun integration of music.</p> <p>Hi-Fi Rush arrives on PS5 on March 19. According to <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/15/24073691/microsoft-xbox-games-ps5-nintendo-switch-exclusivity">reporting by <i>The Verge</i></a>, the final previously exclusive game jumping across the aisle is Sea of Thieves. Hi-Fi Rush took home <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f8948f40-84c9-4a41-8ff9-ea621b1108ab" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/12/26/game-informers-best-of-2023-category-winners"><em>Game Informer</em>'s 2023 "Best Microsoft Exclusive" award</a> and, as of this writing, <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="615529a6-828d-4941-b7dd-7a74e797edc2" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/12/19/the-top-10-xbox-series-x-games">has a spot on our Top 10 Xbox Series X Games list</a>. For more on Hi-Fi Rush, check out our review <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="f32a244c-f7f9-48f7-ac9d-b2c3b67823eb" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/hi-fi-rush/riff-city">here</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 10:22:00 CST Brian Shea 122082 Everything Announced At Today’s Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/everything-announced-at-todays-nintendo-direct-partner-showcase <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/08bda03b/nintendoswitch_disney_epic_mickey_rebrushed_screenshot-2.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase annoucements 2024" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase has come and gone, and the presentation revealed a number of third-party announcements and several release dates for previously known games coming to Switch. If you don't feel like sitting through the 25-minute presentation, here's a quick summary of the event's notable updates.</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2022/07/18/a90c86a4/grounded_yard_shot.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Grounded And Pentiment Come To Switch</strong></p> <p>Two of the four mysterious Xbox titles coming to other consoles were revealed, both from Obsidian Entertainment. Grounded comes to Switch on April 16, while Pentiment arrives tomorrow, February 22. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/cc3f88c8/nintendoswitch_ender_magnolia_bloom_in_the_mist_7.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Ender Magnolia: Bloom in the Mist - Summer 2024</strong></p> <p>Set within the world of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/ender-lilies-quietus-of-the-knights/ender-lilies-quietus-of-the-knights-review-slaying-in">Ender Lilies: Quietus of the Knight</a>, the game sees characters defeating and teaming with deadly homunculi to rescue a devastated world.</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/37b9c52c/nintendoswitch_arranger_a_role-puzzling_adventure_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Arranger: A Role-Puzzling Adventure - Summer 2024</strong></p> <p>Set in an interconnected puzzle world, you’ll navigate on a grid where everything moves when you move. You’ll take down monsters, help townfolk, and, of course, solve puzzles.</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/0bfecd84/nintendoswitch_unicorn_overlord_screenshot-3.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Unicorn Overlord Gets A Demo Today</strong></p> <p>We’ve seen a lot of VanillaWare’s beautiful turn-based strategy game, but now we can finally play it ahead of its March 8 release. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/dc57a9c6/nintendoswitch_monster_hunter_stories_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Monster Hunter Stories - Summer 2024</strong></p> <p>The 2017 Nintendo 3DS RPG spin-off of Monster Hunter is heading to Switch (as well as PlayStation 4 and Steam). In addition to HD visuals, this port includes new voiceovers, a museum mode, and additional content previously only available in Japan. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/18e3ecfc/epicmickeyrebrushed1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed - 2024</strong></p> <p>2011’s Epic Mickey is getting touched up for a comeback on Switch. The enhanced remake includes updated graphics, new skills for Mickey, and other improvements. You can learn more <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/epic-mickey-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch">here</a>. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/7d1ab27e/nintendoswitch_shin_megami_tensei_v_vengeance_screenshot-5.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - June 21</strong></p> <p>This definitive version of SMT V includes the base adventure along with a new storyline featuring new locations and demons. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/2a94519f/nintendoswitch_star_warst_battlefront_classic_collection_screenshot-5.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Star Wars: Battlefront Classic Collection - March 14</strong></p> <p>The original Battlefront games have been remastered and updated with features such as new playable characters Kit Fisto  and Asajj Ventress and bonus maps Jabba’s Palace, Bespin: Cloud City, and Yavin 4: Arena. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/92dc1a78/nintendoswitch_sword_art_online_fractured_daydream_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Sword Art Online Fractured Daydream - 2024</strong></p> <p>Either alone or with a friend in co-op, you’ll tackle a distorted version of Sword Art Online that includes battling in 20-player raids against powerful enemies. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/8ae21390/nintendoswitch_gundam_breaker_4_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Gundam Breaker 4 - 2024</strong></p> <p>Build your own Gundam, blow up other mechs, take their parts for your own ,and repeat. For Gunpla fans, the real thrill is assembling your own suits with parts from 250 base kits to take into battle or show off to others. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/e456a35d/nintendoswitch_super_monkey_ball_banana_rumble_screenshot-3.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble - June 25</strong></p> <p>Sega revealed a brand-new Super Monkey Ball game featuring 200 fresh courses, 16-player multiplayer, and new moves for AiAi and friends. You can learn more <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/sega-announces-super-monkey-ball-banana-rumble-for-switch">here</a>. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/d6094a6e/nintendoswitch_world_of_goo_2_screenshot-4.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>World of Goo 2 - May 23 console exclusive</strong></p> <p>The long-awaited sequel comes to Switch first as a console exclusive this May</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/dd2645b4/nintendoswitch_fantasy_life_i_the_girl_who_steals_time_screenshot-5.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Fantasy Life i: The Girl Who Steals Time - October 10</strong></p> <p>The Fantasy Life series gets a new chapter in which you can assume 14 different roles called Lives to build a town in the present and explore an island in the past to solve mysteries. You can also play in four-player co-op. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/daba4bcc/nintendoswitch_another_crabs_treasure_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Another Crab’s Treasure - April 25</strong></p> <p>As a hermit crab who’s lost its shell, you’re on an adventure to reclaim it. This involves using any piece of trash in a polluted ocean as a temporary shell, each with different abilities, to defend or attack underwater threats.</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/01/bbc228a9/penny13.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Penny’s Big Breakaway - Out today!</strong></p> <p>This throwback 3D platformer from the makers of Sonic Mania is out now! You can learn more <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pennys-big-breakaway-surprise-launches-today">here</a>. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/08a57951/nintendoswitch_suika_game_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Suika Game Multiplayer Mode Expansion</strong></p> <p>The adorable (and hard to put down) fruit-matching game gets paid DLC that adds a local 2-player battle mode, and the eventual addition of online multiplayer. Time Limit and Attack modes join the base game’s offerings. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2022/11/09/894f80f5/peppergrinder_2.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Pepper Grinder - March 28, Demo Out Today</strong></p> <p>The drill-centric platformer looks great and, if you checked out its recent Steam Next Fest demo, plays just as good. It’s got a release date and a free demo for Switch players to enjoy. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/01966210/nintendoswitch_pocket_card_jockey_ride_on_screenshot-1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Pocket Card Jockey: Ride On! - Out On Switch Today</strong></p> <p>The formerly iOS-exclusive sequel to Pocket Card Jockey is coming back home to a Nintendo console</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/12/05/afe8355e/contra_galuga-screenshots_1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Contra: Operation Galuga - March 12, Demo Out Now</strong></p> <p>This modern reimagining of the original NES Contra, which features six playable characters, now has a release date. </p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/4d26fa4d/rarereplay.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Rare games on Switch Online</strong></p> <p>A bundle of classic Rare games come to Nintendo Switch Online: Snake Rattle 'N' Roll, R.C. Pro-Am, Battletoads in Battlemaniacs, Killer Instinct, and Blast Corps. Learn more <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/nintendo-switch-online-is-getting-a-number-of-classic-rare-games-today">here</a>.</p> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/e022ae43/endlessoceanluminous_screenshot_08.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> <p><strong>Endless Ocean Luminous - May 2</strong></p> <p>This new Endless Ocean title plunges players into an everchanging open ocean. You can dive alone or alongside up to 30 players online, where you’ll encounter 500 species of marine life, including extinct creatures. </p> <p>Additionally, here are some quick hits:</p> <p><strong>Snufkin: Melody of Moominvalley</strong> - March 7</p> <p><strong>Demon Slayer - Kimestsu no Yaiba - Sweep the Board!</strong> - April 26</p> <p><strong>Kingdom Come: Deliverance - Royal Edition</strong> - March 15</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 10:14:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122098 Pentiment Arrives On Switch Tomorrow https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pentiment-arrives-on-switch-tomorrow <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2022/08/24/edaa0a57/pentiment_seamstresses.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>During today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase, we learned <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="13d6f4e2-aea0-4281-9a89-5c17af14d8c3" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/grounded-arrives-on-switch-in-april">Grounded is coming to Switch this April</a>, but that's not the only Obsidian-developed title fans can expect. Blending the adventure genre with a gorgeous storybook aesthetic, Pentiment was a critical darling when it launched on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC in 2022. Now, a new stable of players will have the chance to experience the title, as it is coming to Switch tomorrow.</p> <p>Pentiment puts you in control of Andreas Maler, a 16th-century artist from Nuremberg who finds himself in the middle of several murder mysteries. Taking place over the course of 25 years, you must investigate the murders, collect physical proof, interview townsfolk, and accuse who you think committed the crime based on the evidence you gather. </p> <p>When it launched on Xbox in PC, Pentiment earned an 86 on reviews aggregate sites Metacritic and OpenCritic. <em>Game </em><em>Informer</em>'s Charles Harte felt similarly, <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cf0b215e-7171-4ed6-8f41-934a9e1c7160" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pentiment/quill-power">awarding it an 8.5 out of 10</a>, saying Pentiment is "a perfect example of this, telling a deep, complex story about religion, truth, and history in the form of a book, which the player experiences as it’s being written. Despite a few sections with inconsistent pacing, it’s a must-play for fans of adventure games."</p> <p>Pentiment arrives on Nintendo Switch tomorrow, February 22. For more on the title, be sure to check out our review <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="cf0b215e-7171-4ed6-8f41-934a9e1c7160" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pentiment/quill-power">here</a>. Pentiment joins Grounded as previous Xbox exclusives to come to Switch. According to Xbox's Phil Spencer, <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="31fa69b0-d931-44c3-806f-8c21facd35cb" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/xbox-is-bringing-four-mysterious-games-to-other-platforms-starfield-and-indiana-jones-to">there are four games in total that will arrive on additional platforms in the near future</a>. The other two are <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/15/24073691/microsoft-xbox-games-ps5-nintendo-switch-exclusivity">reportedly</a> Sea of Thieves and Hi-Fi Rush, but neither was featured on today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:59:00 CST Brian Shea 122096 Sega Announces Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble For Switch https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/sega-announces-super-monkey-ball-banana-rumble-for-switch <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/66285fd6/bananarumble.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Sega has revealed an all-new entry in the Super Monkey Ball franchise. Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble has the highest player count in series history, allowing up to 16 players to compete in various online game modes. </p> <p>Banana Rumble also features an Adventure mode, letting you roll through 200 new stages with up to four players online or locally. Characters are also highly customizable and have the ability to use the new Spin Dash move to compete in Race, Banana Hunt, Robot Smash, and more.</p> <p>Super Monkey Ball Banana Rumble arrives on Switch June 25. Players who want to go bananas can pre-order the physical Legendary Banana Edition for $50, which includes the standard edition of the game, a slipcover for the box, a 40-page art book, and a reversible cover. If digital is more your thing, the Digital Deluxe Edition is $70 and includes the Sega Pass DLC Pack, which adds six iconic Sega characters to the roster, as well as bonus Sega-themed customization items. </p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:41:00 CST Brian Shea 122095 Penny's Big Breakaway Surprise Launches Today https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/pennys-big-breakaway-surprise-launches-today <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/eb74f402/pyo_preview_screenshot_6.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Penny's Big Breakaway, a throwback 3D platformer by Evening Star (a team consisting of Sonic Mania developers), has surprised launched today. The news was revealed during this morning's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase.</p> <p>As Penny, you're joined by a sentient yo-yo companion to battle Eddie the Emperor and his army of penguins. You'll use your yo-yo buddy to swing and zip across 11 collectible-laden worlds. See it in action in the game's launch trailer below. The game is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/AB1oBZMAmjw" width="640"></iframe> <p>You can watch us play Penny's Big Breakaway in this episode of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/ngt/2023/12/19/pennys-big-breakaway-from-the-creators-of-sonic-mania-new-gameplay-today">New Gameplay Today</a> for our hands-on impressions or read our in-depth feature breaking down the game's creation <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2024/02/01/bauhausian-rhapsody">here</a>. </p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:33:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122093 Elden Ring's Shadow Of The Erdtree DLC Trailer Promises A June Release Date https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/21/elden-rings-shadow-of-the-erdtree-dlc-trailer-promises-a-june-release-date <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/07021c1b/erdtree.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>After a long wait, we finally have details about Elden Ring's upcoming DLC, Shadow of the Erdtree. Publisher Bandai Namco and developer From Software released the add-on's first official trailer this morning which revealed it is launching June 21. Bandai Namco is also releasing a physical version of the game, the Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree Collector's Edition, which includes a statue and other goodies.</p> <p>You can check out the trailer below.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/a8k8R0Q2ubY" width="640"></iframe> <p>The trailer begins by focusing on a setting where an optional boss appeared in the main game and where you can find Miquella's egg. The trailer shows new monsters and bosses, like a lion creature with a rotating head and another made entirely of flames. There are also new abilities, items, and weapons, one of which appears to be a roaring bear's head. There is also some kind a porcupine alligator creature and the player character sprouted angel wings in one fight. Those are just a few of the standout reveals.</p> <section class='type:slideshow'><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/4ec62126/1i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/44860bb3/2i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/eea0c454/3i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/fb7749f3/4i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/ed857a94/5i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/d6c2eb0e/6i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/ba7cac1a/7i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure><figure><img src='https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/entity_browser_thumbnail/public/2024/02/21/16501229/i.shgcdn.jpeg'></figure></section>   <p>The game's <a href="https://store.bandainamcoent.eu/elden-ring-physical-full-game-ps5-shadow-of-the-erdtree-collector-edition/">official product page</a> does confirm a few additional details, like the name of the main boss seems to be Mesmer the Impaler. Shadow of the Erdtree is also not standalone despite carrying a $39.99 price tag. The page refers to it as an expansion and it will require the base game. Here's the official description.</p> <p><em>The Shadow of the Erdtree expansion features an all-new story set in the Land of Shadow imbued with mystery, perilous dungeons, and new enemies, weapons and equipment.</em></p> <p><em>Discover uncharted territories, face formidable adversaries, and revel in the satisfying triumph of victory. Dive into the riveting interplay of characters, where drama and intrigue intertwine, that create an immersive experience to savor and enjoy.</em></p> <p>Follow the link to read <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/elden-ring/absolutely-astonishing-adventure">Game Informer's Elden Ring review</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:26:32 CST Kyle Hilliard 122094 Nintendo Switch Online Is Getting A Number Of Classic Rare Games Today https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/nintendo-switch-online-is-getting-a-number-of-classic-rare-games-today <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/4d26fa4d/rarereplay.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>It's not quite Rare Replay, but the Nintendo Switch is getting an influx of classic Rare games today. You can find the full list below.</p> <ul> <li>Snake Rattle 'N' Roll for NES</li> <li>R.C. Pro-Am for NES</li> <li>Battletoads in Battlemaniacs for SNES</li> <li>Killer Instinct for SNES</li> <li>Blast Corps for N64</li> </ul> <p>These games have been available with Rare Replay on Xbox consoles for some time, but it's nice to see them become available on the Nintendo Switch.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LoEPANHSaxM" width="640"><br /> </iframe> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:17:38 CST Kyle Hilliard 122091 Grounded Arrives On Switch In April https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/grounded-arrives-on-switch-in-april <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/48efa2f7/grounded.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Grounded" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Following last week's Xbox podcast, where <a data-entity-substitution="canonical" data-entity-type="node" data-entity-uuid="31fa69b0-d931-44c3-806f-8c21facd35cb" href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/xbox-is-bringing-four-mysterious-games-to-other-platforms-starfield-and-indiana-jones-to">Phil Spencer said that four previous Xbox exclusives would be coming to additional platforms in the near future</a>, today's Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase revealed the first of the four. Grounded, a four-player survival game where players assume the roles of children shrunken down to the size of bugs, is coming to Switch this April.</p> <p>Grounded originally launched on Xbox One and PC in Early Access in June 2020, where it stayed until September 2022. This is in line with Spencer's comments that the Xbox games coming to other platforms will have been exclusive on Xbox for at least a year. The other rumored Xbox titles to come to other platforms are Tango Gameworks' Hi-Fi Rush, Rare's Sea of Thieves, and another Obsidian game, Pentiment. </p> <p>Grounded arrives on Switch on April 16 with cross-platform co-op, but you can also take on the miniaturized backyard challenges solo. For more on Grounded, check out our coverage hub right <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/grounded">here</a>.</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 08:12:00 CST Brian Shea 122090 Epic Mickey Is Coming To Nintendo Switch https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2024/02/21/epic-mickey-is-coming-to-nintendo-switch <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/21/8a4e0289/picmickey.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Titled Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed, the Wii platformer is getting ported and somewhat upgraded for Switch. The game is apparently a "faithful" port of the game as the trailer didn't highlight much in terms of new content or upgrades. But the game does look undeniably sharper.</p> <p>If you're unfamilair, Epic Mickey for Wii was a Wii game where a classic, mischievous Mickey finds a magic brush that lets him manipulate the world. Its legacy, however, is it marked the return of Walt Disney's original creation, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's return to Disney canon.</p> <p>Disney Epic Mickey: Rebrushed arrives this year.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bIr2LK_65s0" width="640"><br /> </iframe> Wed, 21 Feb 2024 07:59:16 CST Kyle Hilliard 122089 Kingmakers Brings Medieval Combat With An Amazing Twist https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/20/kingmakers-brings-medieval-combat-with-an-amazing-twist <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/1546a130/kingmakers_art.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Kingmakers announcement trailer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Some may look at an early clip of Kingmakers and think they already know what to expect: tactical battles in which you command medieval armies across sweeping battlefields. And that’s partially true. But this new title by Redemption Road Games features an unexpected and absolutely absurd twist.</p> <p>We’ll let the trailer speak for itself.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/OvezgDni8z4" width="640"></iframe> <p>In Kingmakers, you control a soldier from a dying world in the future. To save your present, you must travel 500 years in the past to medieval England to change the course of a war to prevent a later apocalypse.</p> <p>Since the protagonist evidently has no regard for blending in, he arrives fully strapped with modern weaponry such as assault rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers, armored vehicles, and even helicopters to blow these knights back to Camelot. You’ll command your own medieval army, with gameplay seamlessly switching between zoomed-out RTS-style view to issue commands to various units and more action-focused third-person shooting.  </p> <p>Redemption Road Games states Kingmaker’s armies are fully simulated by a next-generation multithreaded A.I. This allows them to execute advanced pathfinding, decision-making, and even a loyalty system, with a procedurally generated animation system helping bring the mobs to life. Kingmakers also feature co-op with up to three other players. Each ally commands their own army to work together to topple enemy fortresses or defend friendly strongholds. </p> <p>Redemption Road Games states in an X post that it has been working on Kingmakers for the last five years. It looks wild and is certainly a refreshing concept. Hopefully, it’s as fun as it looks, and we'll find out when it launches to PC via Steam sometime this year. </p> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 15:14:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122085 Lady Gaga Is Coming To Fortnite https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/20/lady-gaga-is-coming-to-fortnite <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/04dce155/lady_gaga_fortnite.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>We've reached a point as a society where it feels like it's only a matter of time before your favorite celebrity gets added to Fortnite. When I see Patrick Mahomes, Lewis Hamilton, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/22/eminem-is-coming-to-fortnite">Eminem </a>all dueling it out in Battle Royale mode, I have to wonder – who is even left to add? Today, we got an answer: Lady Gaga, who will be coming to the game in some kind of collaboration this Thursday, February 22. Notably, the image released specifically says "Fortnite Festival," implying the crossover might be linked to the game's musical mode, likely in the form of instrument skins and songs.</p> <p>The funniest part about this announcement is the manner in which it was announced. In 2019, Lady Gaga tweeted, "what is fortnight," either misspelling the popular video game or talking about something else entirely. Now, over four years later, she's corrected that spelling mistake with an asterisk while simultaneously announcing her appearance in the game.</p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">*fortnite <a href="https://t.co/1FwPHmMfRJ">https://t.co/1FwPHmMfRJ</a> <a href="https://t.co/9BSG6S23zh">pic.twitter.com/9BSG6S23zh</a></p> — Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) <a href="https://twitter.com/ladygaga/status/1759986415415459972?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 20, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>Fortnite is the biggest game in the world, and it's getting even bigger in the future, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/07/disney-and-epic-games-announce-partnership-for-games-and-entertainment-universe">thanks to a 1.5 billion-dollar investment from Disney</a>. To learn more about its musical mode specifically, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/12/26/the-head-of-harmonix-talks-about-the-future-of-fortnite-the-metaverse-and-music">check out our interview with the head of Harmonix, the team behind Fortnite Festival</a>.</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 14:23:00 CST Charles Harte 122083 Gearbox Is Reviving An Underrated MOBA-Hero Shooter In Gigantic: Rampage Edition https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/20/gearbox-is-reviving-an-underrated-moba-hero-shooter-in-gigantic-rampage-edition <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/81818228/gigantic_rampage_edition.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="gigantic rampage edition" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Developer Abstraction Games aims to resurrect Gigantic, the 5v5 MOBA-hero-shooter hybrid that <a href="https://www.polygon.com/2018/1/31/16956254/gigantic-shutting-down-january-update-motiga">went offline in 2018</a> – only a year after its full release. I recently played the upcoming revival, called Gigantic: Rampage Edition, and wished my session didn’t have to end. As an ardent fan of the original, jumping back into Gigantic is invigorating. Explosive fights erupt across the map’s many paths and objectives as each team races to expose and defeat the opposing squad’s Guardian with stylish spells and ultimate abilities. Notably, Gearbox Publishing is leaving the original’s free-to-play structure in the rearview, ditching microtransactions altogether for a $19.99 premium version featuring two new heroes, additional maps, console and PC cross-play, and updated gameplay systems.</p> <h2>Watch The Gigantic: Rampage Edition Announcement Trailer:</h2> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E9J98V8B63U" width="640"></iframe> <p>Notably, <em>Game Informer's </em><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/games/gigantic/b/pc/archive/2017/07/28/a-featherweight-competitor.aspx">original Gigantic review</a> wasn't as positive as I personally felt about the game. Did you play the original version? If so, what was your opinion? Do you think Gearbox can successfully find an audience this time around?</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:00:00 CST Alex Van Aken 122080 Check Out The First Images From The Live-Action Borderlands Movie https://www.gameinformer.com/gamer-culture/2024/02/20/check-out-the-first-images-from-the-live-action-borderlands-movie <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/88645fea/borderlands-movie.jpg" width="800" height="533" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>We're in a bit of a live-action video game adaptation golden age right now. Not every project is a hit, but there have been enough success stories that learning about a new film or TV show in the works doesn't instantly fill fans with dread. The latest example of that growing trend is the live-action Borderlands movie, which we just got our first official looks at, <a href="https://people.com/borderlands-photos-cate-blanchett-jamie-lee-curtis-kevin-hart-exclusive-8584919">thanks to <em>People</em></a>.</p> <a class="linkoriginal" data-featherlight="image" href=""> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/cd8d7e66/borderlands_movie_main_cast.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> </a> Click to enlarge <p>This image shows the main line-up of the movie. Going clockwise, starting from the top left, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/03/01/the-borderlands-movie-has-found-its-tiny-tina">Ariana Greenblatt is Tiny Tina</a>, Florian Munteanu is Krieg, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/06/01/borderlands-movie-reveals-first-look-at-cate-blanchett-as-lilith">Jamie Lee Curtis is Tannis</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/06/22/borderlands-movie-has-finished-filming-with-first-look-at-claptrap-in-action">Jack Black is the voice of Claptrap</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/01/26/borderlands-movie-officially-casts-kevin-hart-as-roland">Kevin Hart is Roland</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/06/01/borderlands-movie-reveals-first-look-at-cate-blanchett-as-lilith">Cate Blanchett takes the lead role as Lilith</a>. You can see a head-on image of her character below.</p> <a class="linkoriginal" data-featherlight="image" href=""> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/c510cf24/cate_blanchett_lilith.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" alt="" class="image-style-body-default" /> </a> Click to enlarge <p>This film has been in the works for a while now, but outside of these images, there's not much new information. If you haven't seen it yet (or just need a refresher, since it's been over two years), here's the official synopsis <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/04/05/borderlands-movie-synopsis-revealed-deukalian-atlas-officially-cast">from a 2021 press release</a>:</p> Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other. <p><a href="https://www.ign.com/articles/borderlands-movie-exclusive-poster-debut-and-trailer-sneak-peek-ign-fan-fest-2024"><em>IGN</em></a> also shared the movie's first official poster.</p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en" xml:lang="en" xml:lang="en">Here's the exclusive new poster for the <a href="https://twitter.com/BorderlandsFilm?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BorderlandsFilm</a>!<br /><br /> Read what director <a href="https://twitter.com/eliroth?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@eliroth</a> and Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford (<a href="https://twitter.com/DuvalMagic?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DuvalMagic</a>) had to tell us about bringing the classic looter shooter game to the big screen: <a href="https://t.co/NNw83A3xuX">https://t.co/NNw83A3xuX</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BorderlandsMovie?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BorderlandsMovie</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IGNFanFest?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#IGNFanFest</a> <a href="https://t.co/TBnRH1tsdn">pic.twitter.com/TBnRH1tsdn</a></p> — IGN (@IGN) <a href="https://twitter.com/IGN/status/1759986371400233121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 20, 2024</a></blockquote> <p><em>Borderlands</em>, directed by actor/director Eli Roth, hits theaters August 9.</p> <p><em>What do you think of these new images? Are you excited for the movie? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 10:34:00 CST Charles Harte 122081 Pokémon Presents Returns Next Week To Celebrate Pokémon Day https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/02/20/pokemon-presents-returns-next-week-to-celebrate-pokemon-day <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/20/fd39e5d3/pokemon_presents.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Pokemon Presents Day Showcase 2023 Black White Remakes Legends Nintendo Switch" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>It's almost Pokémon Day, which means it's almost time for another Pokémon Presents. The Pokémon Company has announced that the annual showcase for the franchise will return next week on February 27. As for what to expect, no details were shared but if it's like previous Pokémon Day celebration showcases, it could be an exciting day for trainers. </p> <p>This news was revealed today on the official Pokémon X (formerly Twitter) account with a quick video showing a 3D Pikachu rushing onto the screen to pose in front of the Pokémon Presents logo while a retro rendition of a classic song plays. Now, instincts might tell you to read into this model and song but experience learned from previous announcements says it's not a tease – The Pokémon Company always does this kind of stuff and there's almost no relation to the big announcements of the showcase. </p> <p><strong>Check out the announcement for yourself below</strong>: </p> <blockquote class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Did somebody say <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PokemonPresents?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PokemonPresents</a>? 👀<br /> <br /> Tune in to our official YouTube channel at 6:00 a.m. PST on February 27th to view exciting Pokémon news in celebration of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PokemonDay?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#PokemonDay</a> 2024! 🎉<br /> <br /> See you there, Trainers!<br /> <br /> 📺: <a href="https://t.co/eDWO5LvlWq">https://t.co/eDWO5LvlWq</a> <a href="https://t.co/plsFcIJ2eS">pic.twitter.com/plsFcIJ2eS</a></p> — Pokémon (@Pokemon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pokemon/status/1759850669333160265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 20, 2024</a></blockquote> <p>While there are no details about what to expect, a look back at previous Pokémon Day-specific Pokémon Presents showcases might provide some insight. During the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/02/27/everything-announced-during-the-2022-pokemon-day-stream">2022 Pokémon Day showcase</a>, developer Game Freak announced <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pokemon-scarlet-pokemon-violet/the-struggles-of-evolution">Pokémon Scarlet and Violet</a>, the Daybreak update for <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pokemon-legends-arceus/pokemon-legends-arceus-review-learning-some-new-moves">Pokémon Legends: Arceus</a>, a mystery gift for the at-the-time-recent <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/review/pokemon-brilliant-diamond-pokemon-shining-pearl/pokemon-brilliant-diamond-and-shining-pearl">Pokémon Diamond and Pearl remakes</a>, and a few other things. </p> <p>During <a href="https://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-news/updates-from-the-pokemon-day-2023-pokemon-presents">last year's Pokémon Day showcase</a>, Game Freak announced <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/12/20/pokemon-scarlet-and-violet-the-hidden-treasure-of-area-zero-dlc-epilogue-hits">The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero DLC</a> for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the long-awaited release date for <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2019/05/28/pokemon-sleep-wants-to-turn-your-sleep-into-entertainment-in-2020">Pokémon Sleep</a>, updates to <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/pokemon-go">Pokémon GO</a>, and more. </p> <p>If I had to guess, this year's showcase will feature remakes of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/games/pokemon_black/b/nintendo_ds/archive/2011/03/04/game-freak-revitalizes-a-beloved-franchise.aspx">Pokémon Black and White</a>, the fifth generation of the series released in 2011 on Nintendo DS in the U.S. If not those, then perhaps a new Pokémon Legends game; maybe both. If it's like the final months of 2021 and first few months of 2022, perhaps we'll get the remakes of Black and White at the end of this year and a Pokémon Legends: Kyurem or something like that at the top of 2025. </p> <p>Only time will tell but fortunately, we don't have to wait too long because Pokémon Presents returns Tuesday, February 27. </p> <p><em>What do you hope to see in this Pokémon Presents? Let us know in the comments below!</em></p> <p> </p> Tue, 20 Feb 2024 08:20:11 CST Wesley LeBlanc 122078 Nintendo Direct: Partner Showcase Airs This Wednesday Morning https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/19/nintendo-direct-partner-showcase-airs-this-wednesday-morning <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/02/07/0fa76e10/nintendo_logo_red.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Nintendo Partner Direct 2024" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Nintendo will air a Partner Showcase of its Direct videos this week on Wednesday, February 21. Unlike a traditional Direct, Partner Showcases are presentations that highlight upcoming third-party games for Switch.</p> <p>The Direct will air at 6 a.m. Pacific/9 a.m. Eastern on YouTube and will run for 25 minutes. Nintendo states in a press release that it will showcase “Nintendo Switch games coming in the first half of 2024 from our publishing and development partners.”</p> <p>Ignoring the faint voice in my head whispering, “Hollow Knight: Silksong”, these are some noteworthy games with actual confirmed release dates within that window that could appear:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/ngt/2022/12/05/inkulinati-new-gameplay-today">Inkulinati</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2023/09/14/vanillaware-the-dev-behind-13-sentinels-announces-tactical-fantasy-rpg">Unicorn Overlord</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/10/05/stadia-exclusive-gylt-goes-multiplatform-next-year">Gylt</a></li> <li>Highwater</li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/08/11/south-park-snow-day-is-a-3d-four-player-co-op-game-arriving-in-2024">South Park: Snow Day!</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2024/01/17/a-personal-start">Open Roads</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/12/04/serene-exploration-puzzle-game-botany-manor-blooms-next-spring">Botany Manor</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/the-game-awards-2023/2023/12/07/tales-of-kenzera-zau-is-a-magical-metroidvania-inspired-by-bantu">Tales of Kenzera: Zau</a></li> <li>SaGa Emerald Beyond</li> <li><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/09/braid-anniversary-edition-turns-back-the-clock-next-april">Braid: Anniversary Collection</a></li> </ul> <p>Numerous third-party games slated for 2024 lack release dates, so there’s always a chance some of those could get launch windows or new trailers, at least. Some big ones include <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/nintendo-direct/2023/09/14/contra-operation-galuga-is-a-reimagining-of-the-nes-classic-for-switch">Contra: Operation Galuga</a>, Decapolice, the long-awaited Switch port of <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/12/07/kingdom-come-deliverance-finally-comes-to-switch-next-year">Kingdom Come: Deliverance</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/10/27/check-out-18-minutes-of-unsettling-little-nightmares-3-co-op-gameplay">Little Nightmares III</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/playstation-showcase/2023/05/24/survive-a-dying-world-alongside-a-wolf-in-neva-from-the-maker-of">Neva</a>, Pepper Grinder, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/12/06/take-your-first-look-at-star-wars-hunters-wild-characters-and-arena-style-combat">Star Wars: Hunters</a>, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2023/11/14/shantae-advance-risky-revolution-and-the-rest-from-nintendos-latest-indie-showcase">Shantae Advance: Risky Revolution</a>, and <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/product/the-plucky-squire">The Plucky Squire</a>.</p> <p>Or we could also find out which of those <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/xbox-is-bringing-four-mysterious-games-to-other-platforms-starfield-and-indiana-jones-to">four mysterious first-party Xbox games now going multiplatform</a> is heading to Switch. Just a thought. </p> <p>Of course, there’s likely to be at least a few brand-new game announcements. Hopefully, it will be a fruitful Direct, and we luckily don’t have too much longer to wait and find out. What do you hope to see in the Partner Direct? Let us know in the comments!</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:43:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122077 Warframe Leaps To iOS Tomorrow https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/19/warframe-leaps-to-ios-tomorrow <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/19/e8fe9979/warframe_ios.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Warframe iOS" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Warframe is making the jump to mobile devices, namely iOS, tomorrow, February 20. Now, fans of the popular sci-fi action MMO can continue playing anywhere.</p> <p>The iOS version features 10 years' worth of content and supports cross-play and cross-progression, meaning players can bring their characters anywhere they go. Additionally, players who log in between February 20 and 27 receive a free day 1 award, including 3 Day Affinity Booster and Bombyx Syandana. Warframe is compatible with iPhones and iPads with the A12 bionic chip or later (12th generation iPhones/8th generation iPads and up). </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5ZhmsAdkmWw" width="640"></iframe> <p>An Android version is also planned, but its release is currently unknown. You can, however, pre-register for that version on Warframe’s <a href="https://www.warframe.com/android">website</a>. </p> <p>Will you be playing Warframe on iOS? Let us know in the comments! Be sure also to check out developer Digital Extreme’s upcoming fantasy game, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/07/16/take-your-first-look-at-soulframe-the-next-game-from-the-studio-behind-warframe">Soulframe</a>.</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 16:10:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122076 Cameron Monaghan Would Reprise Jedi Survivor Role In Live-Action, If It Makes Sense https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/19/cameron-monaghan-would-reprise-jedi-survivor-role-in-live-action-if-it-makes-sense <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/05/01/902341c5/star_wars_jedi_survivor_cal_and_bd-1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>Respawn's work creating the Star Wars Jedi series is a hit among gamers and Star Wars fans alike, so it's no wonder people have wondered whether the characters in the game might ascend from cutscenes to the silver screens. The question has been asked in the past, but it was most recently brought up at a panel at FanExpo Vancouver 2024, <a href="https://thedirect.com/article/star-wars-cameron-monaghan-cal-kestis-live-action-debut">according to <em>The Direct</em></a>.</p> <p>The question was posed to Cameron Monaghan, known for his roles on <em>Gotham </em>and <em>Shameless </em>as well as his starring role as Cal Kestis in the Star Wars Jedi series. For Monaghan, it's not a question of whether he's willing to reprise his role as the character, but a question of the circumstances in which that character would appear.</p> <p>"It would have to be right. By that I mean, it has to continue the story or the character in some way." Monaghan answered, according to <em>The Direct</em>. "I don't want him to just kind of show up to stand around and be there. I want him to mean something and for there to be a significance for the character itself. So, it would have to make sense. But in the right context then, yeah, absolutely."</p> <p>With this answer, it sounds like a quick cameo is out of the question – Monaghan wants his presence to be significant to the character and the story, which is not unreasonable for an actor to ask. This matches up with <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiwAF8EV03s">a quote he gave <em>Game Informer</em> in a 2023 interview</a>, where he said, "It's always been important with me with our stories that the drama, the stakes, the characters, should be clear regardless of whether or not you have any understanding of anything outside of it."</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/uiwAF8EV03s" width="640"></iframe> <p>Of course, we're more eager to see him reprise his role in a new entry in Respawn's action-adventure series, though there's yet to be any official confirmation of another sequel. There are, however, reports that the studio is working on a <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/16/report-respawn-developing-a-first-person-mandalorian-game">first-person Mandalorian game</a> set during the height of the Galactic Empire, so maybe Kestis will appear there instead. For more Respawn, <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/ApexLegends?check_logged_in=1">check out our hub of exclusive coverage of the newest season of Apex Legends</a>, along with our most recent <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/feature/2024/02/04/apex-legends-cover-story-living-legends">cover story, which has been posted online for free</a>.</p> <p><em>[Source: <a href="https://thedirect.com/article/star-wars-cameron-monaghan-cal-kestis-live-action-debut">The Direct</a>]</em></p> <p><em>Do you want to see a live-action Cal Kestis? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:25:00 CST Charles Harte 122074 Report: Respawn Developing A First-Person Mandalorian Game https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/16/report-respawn-developing-a-first-person-mandalorian-game <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/prod-media.gameinformer.com/styles/body_default/s3/2019/08/23/4cf9120b/d23-the-mandalorian-poster-tall-a.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="Respawn Entertainment Mandalorian" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>We know that Respawn Entertainment, the team behind Titanfall, Apex Legends, and the Star Wars: Jedi series, has a couple of unannounced Star Wars games in the works. It’s unclear what form those projects are taking, but according to one report, one of them may star a Mandalorian.</p> <p><em><a href="https://insider-gaming.com/star-wars-mandalorian-game/">Insider Gaming</a></em> reports that its sources have disclosed that Respawn is developing a first-person title in which players assume the mantle of a Mandalorian. For clarification, players do not play as <em>the</em> Mandalorian, as in Din Djarin from the hit Disney Plus series, but rather as a different bounty hunter. The game is reportedly set during the height of the Galactic Empire and will see players capturing or killing bounty targets.</p> <p>Additionally, <em>Insider Gaming</em>’s sources claim the game is not an open-world title. Instead, it will feature more linear levels set across multiple planets. Gameplay is said to emphasize “mobility” and “style” while also being “very fast-paced.” Players will have access to Mandalorian gadgets such as a jetpack (used to execute a variety of aerial maneuvers), grapple hook, wrist rocket, and a visor for scanning and tagging enemies. The project is allegedly a year or two away from release. </p> <p>While this report should be taken with a grain of salt, we know that Repawn has a Star Wars FPS in the works. In January 2022, the studio’s publisher, Electronic Arts, announced that Respawn is <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/01/25/respawn-entertainment-currently-developing-multiple-star-wars-ips-including-next-jedi">developing multiple Star Wars games</a>. One of them is an FPS led by game director Peter Hirschmann, which could be this Mandalorian title. The other projects are last year’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and a yet-to-be-revealed strategy game. </p> <p>We’ve contacted EA for comment and will update this story if we receive a response. </p> <p>Whether this report is accurate or not, it's far from the last Star Wars game on the horizon. This year has Ubisoft's open-world <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/preview/2023/06/14/star-wars-outlaws-the-scoundrel-experience">Star Wars Outlaws</a> and Zynga's long-awaited <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/09/14/star-wars-hunters-gameplay-unveiled-during-apple-event">Star Wars: Hunters</a> on the docket. Further out are <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/the-game-awards-2021/2021/12/09/quantic-dreams-star-wars-eclipse-announced">Star Wars Eclipse</a> by Quantic Dream, an <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2022/04/19/amy-hennig-is-working-on-a-new-star-wars-game">unnamed Star Wars project</a> by Amy Hennig's Skydance New Media, and (maybe) the <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2023/09/29/sony-seemingly-removes-most-traces-of-star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-remake">remake of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic</a>. </p> <p>[<em>Source: <a href="https://insider-gaming.com/star-wars-mandalorian-game/">Insider Gaming</a></em>]</p> Fri, 16 Feb 2024 12:52:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122067 Here Are The Winners Of The 27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/16/here-are-the-winners-of-the-27th-annual-dice-awards <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2023/10/13/5d193a58/msm2_launch_sandman_4k_legal_2023.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards Winners" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>The 27th annual D.I.C.E. Awards took place yesterday. While it doesn’t have the mainstream flashiness of the Game Awards, D.I.C.E. is a more industry-focused (and arguably more prestigious) event that honors the best games and creators of the last year. It is hosted and judged by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) along with votes from over 30,000 industry experts, developers, and studios. </p> <p>You can view the full list of nominees <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/11/the-27th-dice-awards-nominees-have-been-revealed-marvels-spider-man-2-leads-the">here</a>. The big winners were Baldur’s Gate 3, which won Game of the Year among other accolades, and Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, which walked away with six awards. Additionally, legendary Nintendo composer <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/24/the-legend-of-zelda-super-mario-composer-koji-kondo-to-be-inducted-into-aias-hall">Koji Kondo was inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame</a> during the ceremony.</p> <p>Here's the full list of award winners:</p> <p><strong>Game of the Year</strong> - Baldur’s Gate 3</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Game Design</strong> - Baldur’s Gate 3 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction</strong> - Baldur’s Gate 3</p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Animation</strong> - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction</strong> - Alan Wake 2 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Character</strong> - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 – Miles Morales </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition</strong> - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Audio Design</strong> - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement in Story</strong> - Baldur’s Gate 3 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Technical Achievement </strong>- Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 </p> <p><strong>Action Game of the Year</strong> - Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 </p> <p><strong>Adventure Game of the Year</strong> - The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom </p> <p><strong>Family Game of the Year</strong> - Super Mario Bros. Wonder </p> <p><strong>Fighting Game of the Year</strong> - Street Fighter 6 </p> <p><strong>Racing Game of the Year</strong> - Forza Motorsport  </p> <p><strong>Role-Playing Game of the Year</strong> - Baldur’s Gate 3 </p> <p><strong>Sports Game of the Year</strong> - MLB The Show 23 </p> <p><strong>Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year</strong> - Dune: Spice Wars </p> <p><strong>Online Game of the Year</strong> - Diablo IV </p> <p><strong>Immersive Reality Technical Achievement</strong> - Horizon: Call of the Mountain </p> <p><strong>Immersive Reality Game of the Year</strong> - Asgard’s Wrath 2 </p> <p><strong>Outstanding Achievement for an Independent Game</strong> - Cocoon</p> <p><strong>Mobile Game of the Year</strong>  - What the Car?</p> Fri, 16 Feb 2024 08:58:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122065 Xbox Is Bringing Four Mysterious Games To Other Platforms, Starfield And Indiana Jones To Remain Exclusive https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/xbox-is-bringing-four-mysterious-games-to-other-platforms-starfield-and-indiana-jones-to <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/05/d9f36f74/indyandthegreatcircle-indy.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/12/xbox-to-announce-anticipated-business-updates-this-thursday">As promised earlier this week</a>, Microsoft and Xbox executives Phil Spencer (head of Xbox), Sarah Bond (president, Xbox) and Matt Booty (Head of Xbox Game Studios) got together today to share some important "updates on the Xbox business." You can check out the full update below, but the headline is that four future formerly Xbox and PC exclusive games are coming to other consoles, but Spencer was not ready to reveal what those games are. They are games that are more than a year old that have been on Xbox and PC for awhile. A couple of the games, Spencer says, are community-driven and service-based games that have reached their full potential on Xbox and PC. They are franchises that Xbox wants to continue to invest in. Two are smaller games that were not built to be platform exclusives. Though he wasn't ready to share the game titles, he did confirm that Starfield and Indiana Jones are not in that group.</p> <p><a href="https://www.theverge.com/2024/2/15/24073691/microsoft-xbox-games-ps5-nintendo-switch-exclusivity">According to sources reported by <em>The Verge</em></a>, it seems the four titles may be Hi-Fi Rush, Pentiment, Sea of Thieves, and Grounded.</p> <p>Spencer cushioned everything he said, presumably in expectation of pushback from Xbox fans by saying, “We make every decision with the long term health of Xbox in mind.” He also made sure to remind everyone that Xbox already has games on other platforms, calling out Minecraft in particular. Spencer also briefly touched on the company's decision to lay off <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/news/2024/01/25/microsoft-is-laying-off-1900-employees-across-xbox-activision-blizzard-and-zenimax">over 1900 employees</a>, though offered little in terms of reasonable rationalization.</p> <p>Bond also mentioned that Xbox is looking forward to and making plans surrounding future hardware and vaguely promised a substantial leap in technical prowess, but offered little in terms of concrete details.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KGlD9SO3rKU" width="640"></iframe> <p>The podcast also confirmed Activision/Blizzard games are coming to Game Pass starting with Diablo IV on March 28 and that we can expect a new Xbox showcase in June.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2024 13:57:21 CST Kyle Hilliard 122064 EA Sports College Football 25 Arrives This Summer, Full Reveal In May https://www.gameinformer.com/2024/02/15/ea-sports-college-football-25-arrives-this-summer-full-reveal-in-may <p><img loading="lazy" src="https://www.gameinformer.com/sites/default/files/styles/body_default/public/2024/02/15/7f8e7365/cfb25_uga_helmet_wm_1.jpg" width="800" height="450" alt="EA Sports College Football 25 Trailer" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-body-default" /></p> <p>It’s been three years since EA announced it was <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/2021/02/02/ea-sports-announces-return-of-college-football-games">making a new college football game</a> after a years-long hiatus. Dubbed EA Sports College Football 25, not much has materialized about the game since its reveal in the way of updates, but the publisher has broken its silence with a new trailer confirming a release window and promising a bigger look at the title in the near future.</p> <p>The video heavily leans into the skepticism fans have expressed over College Football’s existence, proudly expressing, “Yes, the game is real” while showing off snippets of behind-the-scenes development footage. The snazzy video doesn’t do much besides that, but it ends with a promise of a full reveal in May and a summer launch window. </p> <iframe width="560" height="315" frameBorder="0" allow="autoplay" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/RvGlkQKipGo" width="640"></iframe> <p>EA Sports College Football 25 is being developed by EA Orlando (formerly known as Tiburon), the team behind the Madden games. This will be the first college football game from the publisher since the demise of its NCAA Football series, the last entry of which was released in 2013. The franchise was shelved due to a 2014 <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/08/08/judge-determines-that-ncaa-rules-against-athletes-payment-are-unlawful.aspx">federal lawsuit</a> in which the judge ruled that the NCAA’s long-standing rule prohibiting college athletes from being compensated for their in-game likenesses was unlawful. </p> <p>With Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) rules now in place in college sports, players can now be paid for appearing in advertisements or products. That would, of course, include video games. EA Sports struck a deal with OneTeam Partners to broker deals with players to include their NIL in the upcoming game. However, this was met with resistance from school/player licensing agency The Brandr Group last summer, which filed a lawsuit to prevent EA from conducting such deals with OneTeam Partners. Both entities eventually agreed to a settlement in November, dropping the lawsuit (thanks <a href="https://www.si.com/fannation/college/cfb-hq/ncaa-football/ea-sports-college-football-video-game-release-update-brandr"><em>College Football HQ</em></a>). </p> <p>We don’t know what platforms EA Sports College Football 25 will target, but that answer should hopefully come in May’s larger update.</p> Thu, 15 Feb 2024 12:07:00 CST Marcus Stewart 122062