It's a big week for cosy farming sim Stardew Valley as the game celebrates its 8th anniversary, with creator ConcernedApe taking the opportunity to announce that major update 1.6 will finally arrive on March 19. The 2016 game also hit a major sales milestone, having sold over 30 million copies since release.
Update 1.6 was first announced in April last year, with more recent updates revealing that the patch will add more new content than first expected, including 8-player co-op, new major and mini festivals, and over 100 lines of new dialogue. Stardew's long-time players will also get to enjoy more end-game content with the new update.
The upcoming patch will launch on PC on March 19, and while other platforms don't have a release date yet, ConcernedApe says console and mobile updates will follow "as soon as possible."Continue Reading at GameSpot
Following the box office bomb of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi left Square, as did a few folks who worked with him. In an interview on Episode 60 of My Perfect Console, host Simon Parkin asked Final Fantasy VII Rebirth producer Yoshinori Kitase if he ever considered leaving with his mentor and friend Sakaguchi-san, as well as what convinced him to stay.
"So I think there were two main reasons for me in deciding to stay at the time," Kitase-san replied via a translator. "And I think one was that--while Sakaguchi-san was this creator that has established this history for himself and also had worked on these various projects throughout his legacy and time here--I myself was still feeling as if I was still forming my vision and still working toward that in that regards. So that was one of the reasons why I felt to stay. And a second reason also was I felt that I truly wanted Sakaguchi-san to still have this point of connection with the Final Fantasy series despite his departure. So that was another consideration."
Kitase-san goes on to say that the second reason is less prevalent these days, given Sakaguchi-san's more recent work. "Once he went independent, there was not a connection back into Final Fantasy until 2016 with Mobius Final Fantasy--which was the smartphone game--and that was the first time since Sakaguchi-san had left that he was able to promote and be connected to the Final Fantasy franchise again at that time with the Terra Battle. Nowadays, he can be seen again with the promos for Pixel Remaster or through the Fan Fest and he continues to retain his connection there."Continue Reading at GameSpot
One of the most-quoted lines from 2008's The Dark Knight is "you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." Director Christopher Nolan has now responded to the fervor of this quote, saying he wants people to know he did not write it and didn't originally understand what it meant.
Speaking to Deadline, Nolan said he feels "plagued" by that line, which was written by his brother, Jonathan Nolan. "It kills me, because it's the line that most resonates. And at the time, I didn't even understand it," he said.
Looking back on it, Nolan now understands what his brother was trying to convey with that particular line, which was delivered by Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).Continue Reading at GameSpot
Helldivers 2 has seen incredible success over the past few weeks, and now that its servers are mostly stable, players are finally free to spread democracy across the galaxy. However, folks on Xbox are left out of the fun, as the cooperative shooter is only available on PS5 and PC. It's not clear if Helldivers 2 will ever see the light of day on Xbox Series X, but there are tons of alternatives to check out that offer a similar gameplay loop. Best of all, many of these games are incredibly cheap.
While nothing is identical to the chaos of Helldivers 2, there are plenty of great cooperative Xbox games that scratch a similar itch. Remnant 2 is a good alternative, as having a few extra guns by your side makes it easier to survive its unforgiving world. It's currently on sale for $30 (down from $50), so consider giving it a closer look before the discount disappears.
For something more lighthearted, you'll find Tiny Tina's Wonderlands for $10 on Xbox One and $20 on Xbox Series X, along with Borderlands 3: Next Level Edition for $10 (down from $70), which includes heaps of DLC content.Continue Reading at GameSpot
It looks like Larian Studios has landed a critical hit, as Baldur's Gate 3 has far surpassed 10 million players. The director of publishing for the developer revealed the major milestone for the RPG over the weekend, as well as warned against "threats [and] toxicity" toward his team.
Spotted by VGC, Larian executive Michael Douse mentioned the dramatic player base increase on X (formerly known as Twitter) while talking about how mod support is coming to consoles for Baldur's Gate 3. "This is a game that went from [roughly] 2 [million] players to way over 10 [million] in a very short space of time, so it's natural the conversation becomes muddier and complex," Douse wrote on the social media site. "But in order to maintain the same level of dialogue, we need people to understand that these conversations take time."
We’ll be talking in depth about what our mod support will look like soon. Been working on it since launch. As always, we’ll discuss it in our way with our community. Threats & toxicity against our devs & community teams will only harm the conversation. Please stop that.— Very AFK (@Cromwelp) February 25, 2024
Apparently, Baldur's Gate 3 updates have been disrupting unofficial mods for the RPG too, leading to some unkind feedback toward the developers as official mod support gets worked on. Douse does say that most of the game's community is understanding. But, "a few bad eggs will start a fire," he writes.Continue Reading at GameSpot