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Ubisoft Says Xbox Games Going Multiplatform Wouldn't Make A Huge Impact

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 06:49

Microsoft could reportedly be taking many of its games multiplatform in the future, but if that does happen, Ubisoft's CEO said it wouldn't have much of an impact on the industry at large.

During a Q&A session as part of Ubisoft's most recent third-quarter earnings call, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot was asked for his comment on the recent Microsoft reports and what effect such a move might have on Ubisoft's business.

Guillemot could not officially comment or confirm the rumors, but said Microsoft would "decide what's best for them" in regard to publishing its first-party games on competing platforms like the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 5. As for what kind of impact such a move might have, according to Guillemot, not much.

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Yes, Christopher Nolan Loves Fast & Furious Movies As Much As You Do

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 06:35

Christopher Nolan has weighed in with his thoughts on the Fast & Furious franchise. Some say Fast & Furious is their "guilty pleasure," but Nolan said The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he has "no guilt" about being a fan of the franchise (via Variety).

He said Fast & Furious is a "tremendous action franchise," adding that he watches the films "all the time. I love them."

For anyone new to the series, Nolan recommended starting with Tokyo Drift. He remarked that the latest films have their own "specific arc and mythology," which is why he recommended starting with the 2006 film and enjoying it as its "own thing."

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Next Subnautica Game Is Not A Live-Service Title, Dev Says

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 06:19

Unknown Worlds has revealed that the next Subnautica game will not be a live-service game, despite some earlier reports claiming that it was.

"In reference to 'Games-as-a-Service,' we simply plan to continually update the game for many years to come, just like the previous two Subnautica games," Unknown Worlds said in a statement on its website. "Think our Early Access update model, expanded. No season passes. No battle passes. No subscription."

The studio clarified that players can enjoy the game as a single-player experience. While there is co-op, it is an entirely optional way to play. It also seems like the game will not launch until 2025 at the earliest, as early access is not planned for 2024. However, Unknown Worlds will provide more information later this year.

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Overwatch 2 Getting Massive Gameplay And Competitive Changes In Season 9

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 06:00

Overwatch 2 Season 9: Champions launches on February 13, bringing massive gameplay changes and an overhaul of the competitive mode. The gameplay changes include an increase to all heroes' health pools and an increase in size for all projectiles.

Season 9 of Overwatch 2 is shaking up the gameplay of the hero shooter in a major way. Detailed in a press release, the biggest changes are to hero health pools and projectile sizes.

Every hero is getting an increase in health, based on their current health:

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How To Get A Crowbar In Skull And Bones

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:58

When you get through the opening battle sequence in Skull and Bones, you'll find yourself on a small raft with some crewmates who pulled you out of the water after your wreck. You can sail your new ship to a quest marker on the map, which is a tiny island full of other pirates. However, along your way there, you might notice a location at the bottom of a sinking ship that requires a crowbar to enter.

Obviously, after nearly drowning, you don't have a crowbar or any other tools at your disposal. So where you can acquire a crowbar to open the hole in the sinking ship? Keep reading the guide below to find out.

Finding a Crowbar in Skull and Bones

Fortunately, a crowbar is not a tool you have to work too hard for in Skull and Bones. If you go past the sinking ship and head to your first quest marker, you'll talk to the Pirate Chief Officer on the island. The officer isn't too happy about your ship, the Exeter, being defeated and sunk by the British Fleet. He is still willing to give you the location of Sainte-Anne, though, which is considered "pirate paradise."

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Helldivers 2 Developer In "Crisis Mode" Working On Fixes For Launch Issues

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:51

Helldivers 2 is off to a strong start following its launch on PC and PlayStation 5, but the game's popularity is also causing a variety of issues that has Swedish developer Arrowhead Game Studios in "crisis mode."

The good news is a fix addressing the most serious of the issues seems to be on its way. Helldivers 2 game director Mikael Eriksson said in a statement on X (formerly Twitter) that a patch improving matchmaking and the "most frequent" crashing issues on PC is being tested, and if successful, will soon be rolled out as a hotfix to PC players on Steam before coming to PS5.

A message to the HELLDIVERS 2 community from Game Director Mikael Eriksson: pic.twitter.com/LC38UgcSQV

— Arrowhead Game Studios (@ArrowheadGS) February 8, 2024

In a post on the game's official Discord, Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt said the studio is working hard to address matchmaking bugs, performance problems, crashes on PC, and other issues that have resulted from the launch of the Sony published third-person co-op shooter.

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GTA 6 Does Not Scare Ubisoft, CEO Says

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:48

Ubisoft is not afraid of the upcoming launch of GTA 6 in 2025. CEO Yves Guillemot said when a game on the size and scale of GTA releases, it can help bring people back to gaming. And more people in the market means more money spent across not just GTA 6 but other games, too.

"What we've seen in the past is each time there is a big release like GTA, there are more and more people coming back to the industry and that helps other games to sell as well," he said during Ubisoft's latest earnings briefing.

He said Ubisoft is unaware of when in 2025 GTA 6 will be release, but suggested it is likely to be closer to FY26 (April 1, 2025-March 31, 2026) than FY 2024 (April 1, 2024-March 31, 2025).

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Dreams Fans Are Rallying To Convince Sony To Release PS5 And PC Ports Of The Game

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:04

Media Molecules ended support for Dreams in September 2023, essentially ending the PS4 game while the studio began focusing on its next project. Dreams never saw a native PS5 release--although it is playable via backwards compatibility--and the game was never ported to PC, platforms where its audience could have potentially grown.

Several months later, reports began circulating that PS5 and PC ports were in development and that these versions of Dreams were nearing completion, but these plans were abandoned after severe layoffs at Media Molecule. The Dreams community hasn't given up on these ports yet, and in an effort to convince Sony that the game deserves a second chance, the fanbase has put together a highlight reel of some of the most impressive projects created inside of the game-making platform.

Dreams is one of the greatest things to happen to PlayStation, yet it is in danger of being forgotten.
The revolutionary technology and the power it brings to creators is like nothing else.
Dreams deserves to live on. #MadeInDreams pic.twitter.com/KjRW2RYnfZ

— Dreams Central (@Dreams_Central) February 8, 2024

If you followed news on Dreams after it was first released in early 2020, you'll be aware of just how versatile and flexible it is. Creators developed their own games like Ancient Dangers: A Bat's Tale and animated series like Noguchi's Bell, and the software could be learned through approachable tutorials. Game development inside of Dreams was also surprisingly social, allowing hobbyists and developers to more easily collaborate on projects and share their creations.

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Get 25 Mega Man Games For $20 In This Amazing PC Bundle Deal

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 05:01

For a limited time, you can pick up almost every Mega Man game available on PC in a single collection at Humble Bundle. Humble's Mega Man Franchise Pack features 25 Mega Man titles spanning the Blue Bomber's near-40-year legacy, including the entire mainline series, the popular Mega Man X spin-off series, and the GBA and Nintendo DS Mega Man games.

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The Humble Mega Man Franchise pack comes in three versions, starting at a $2 tier that includes the Mega Man Legacy Collection 1, which packs the first six mainline Mega Man platformers on PC. You also get two coupon codes, one for 34% off Mega Man X Dive and another for 50% off Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection.

While the $2 bundle is a great intro to the classic Mega Man series, the $10 takes things further, adding the Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 (which features Mega Man 7-10) and the Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 (includes Mega Man X, X2, X3, and X4), plus everything from the $2 tier, for a total of 14 games and two digital coupons.

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CoD: Warzone Throne Vault Easter Egg On Fortune's Keep Guide

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 04:53

Season 2 of Call of Duty: Warzone is live, returning the popular Fortune's Keep map to battle royale. Similar to the Vanguard-era version of the map, there's a new vault Easter egg to complete, and here's how you can unlock it.

How to complete the throne vault Easter egg

You'll want to head to the map's Keep point of interest, which is the main part of the castle. Head into the courtyard and enter the large throne room, and you'll see a wall-mounted torch on each side of the throne.

Throne and torches

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Dakota Johnson Says Filming The Office Was The "Worst Time Of My Life"

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 04:44

Madame Web star Dakota Johnson has been acting since she was a child and got to be involved with one of her favorite shows in a brief cameo. As it turns out though, the time on set was less than ideal.

While on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the NBC host revealed that he and Johnson co-starred in a project together, which was the series finale of The Office. Johnson briefly appeared as a new accountant named Dakota, replacing Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) a year after the documentary had aired. Meyers appeared in the series as himself alongside Bill Hader. The skit was performed during Weekend Update as Hader mocked Ed Helms' character Andy for a public breakdown he had on a singing reality show, meaning Meyers didn't film that part on set of the show.

"That was honestly the worst time of my life," the actress told Meyers. "They were like, 'Do you want to be in the series finale?' And I was like, 'Of course,' thinking that I'd show up for like half a day." In actuality, she was there for two weeks and is barely in the show. She also mentioned that the stars were depressed about the show's ending and she was in the middle of a bit of drama.

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Disney CEO Responds To Gina Carano's Lawsuit With One Word

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:56

Former Mandalorian star and MMA fighter Gina Carano is suing Disney and Lucasfilm for discrimination and wrongful termination in a lawsuit. In the complaint, Carano alleges she was fired for voicing right-wing opinions on social media and seeks a court order that would force Lucasfilm to recast her as Cara Dune.

Twitter owner and CTO Elon Musk is helping fund the suit through the social media site as part of a promise he posted last August to help anyone who suffered employment discrimination because of what they posted or liked.

"A few months ago I received an email from a lawyer who had been hired by X to look into my story and many others," Carano tweeted out. "Turns out after sending them as much information as I could gather these past few months, my now lawyers and X believe whole-heartedly in my case and are moving forward. I would like to express my deepest gratitude and thank you to Elon Musk & X for giving me an opportunity to bring my case to light."

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Star Wars Outlaws, Assassin's Creed Red Release Windows Reconfirmed, More Details Coming Soon

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:48

Ubisoft has revealed that it will have announcements to share about its future games lineup this May. As part of the company's latest earnings briefing, Ubisoft said the company will reveal the "extent" of its lineup for fiscal 2024-25 in May. This could line up with the company's scheduled full-year earnings announcement scheduled for May.

So far, confirmed releases for FY 2024-25 include Assassin's Creed codename Red and Star Wars Outlaws on the premium side and The Division Resurgence and Rainbow Six Mobile in the free-to-play space. Ubisoft's FY 2024-25 runs April 1, 2024 through March 31, 2025. There is no announced release date yet for Assassin's Creed codename Red, but we do know that Star Wars Outlaws is gearing up for release later this year.

In 2023, Ubisoft held its Ubisoft Forward event in June. Whether or not there will be another Ubisoft Forward event this year is unknown, however.

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New Knuckles Action Figure Has A Holographic Display Stand

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:31

There's a good chance that a Sonic the Hedgehog fan lives under your roof, and after the last feature film starring the Sega mascot, that fan probably loves Knuckles the echidna as well! With a Knuckles TV series kicking off in April on Paramount+, what better gift could there be than a collectible action figure of the warrior, complete with a holographic display stand? These are priced at $50 each, and they'll ship out starting next week.

At the time of writing, Amazon's listing stated there were only four figures left in its inventory. That said, the figure doesn't appear to be limited edition, so we wouldn't be surprised to see a restock once this first batch sells out.

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Get Two Pairs Of JLab Bluetooth Earbuds For Only $60 For A Limited Time

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:17

JLab is running a nice sale for Valentine's Day, giving you a chance to snag two JBuds Mini Wireless Earbuds for just $60 (down from $80). Free shipping is included with your purchase, and the earbuds come with a 30-day return policy and a two-year warranty. That's a lengthy warranty for such a budget-friendly pair of Bluetooth earbuds.

JBuds Mini Wireless Earbuds - 2 pairs for $60

As you'd expect, there are a few caveats to the deal. For one, the deal isn't eligible with Prime. The earbuds store page allows you to check out directly through JLabs or get funneled through Amazon Prime--to get the deal, you'll need to stay on the JLabs website and click the "Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off" banner. This will automatically apply the discount after adding two JBuds Minis to your cart.

Also, note that standard shipping is free, but your package may not arrive in time for Valentine's Day. If you want your earbuds here by February 14, you'll likely need to pay extra for shipping. Four of the five colors are eligible for the savings, including traditional matte black shown below and more colorful variants like Aqua Teal, Sage Gray, and Hot Pink.

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How To Get Acacia In Skull And Bones

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:15

After an hour or so in Skull and Bones, you'll arrive in Sainte-Anne and get the chance to build your first ship. While your tiny raft with a sail can get where you need to go, you need a proper ship if you want to fully experience what Skull and Bones has to offer. Before you can christen your new ship, though, the Shipwright at Sainte-Anne needs you to gather some supplies. One of those supplies is a resource called Acacia, and it's tricky to obtain.

To see how you can acquire Acacia and get on with your ship building in Skull and Bones, take a look at the guide below.

How to harvest Acacia in Skull and Bones

Once you're done talking with the Shipwright about your new ship, you can check your map to see several new markers with logs in them have popped up. These markers indicate where you can find Acacia around the map, so you need to set sail and head towards one of the markers.

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Persona 3 Reload Is Atlus's Fastest-Selling Game

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 03:13

Atlus has revealed that Persona 3 Reload is its fastest-selling game to hit one million units. The game launched on February 2 and has already hit a big milestone within its first week on the market.

Over in Japan, Persona 3 Reload took the top spot in terms of its release week, selling 116,392 physical copies across PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The Persona series has been becoming increasingly popular over the years due to the success of Persona 5, as well as its gradual shift to other platforms like PC and Xbox. The series has reached 17.7 lifetimes sales.

This is another big success for Atlus's parent company, Sega, as it also released Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth a week prior to Persona 3 Reload and it reached one million units sold as well.

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Skull And Bones Cross-Play And Multiplayer Explained

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:42

Sailing the high seas in Skull and Bones is something that's simply more enjoyable with a group of friends via traditional online multiplayer and cross-play. Skull and Bones features both solo and multiplayer elements, but Ubisoft has stressed the new pirate title is designed to be a multiplayer-first game. While you're free to participate in multiplayer with players on your own server, you can also invite friends to your lobby, regardless of what system they're using.

Skull and Bones features full cross-play functionality in addition to cross-saves, so you can access your saves on any system you own the game on. The way cross-play and multiplayer work in Skull and Bones is slightly confusing, though, so check out the guide below for a full rundown of the features.

How crossplay works in Skull and Bones

For starters, you need to enable crossplay in Skull and Bones to take advantage of it. This is done by following the steps below:

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Apex Legends Season 20 Gameplay Trailer Shows Life After EVO Shields

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:36

Apex Legends Season 20: Breakout launches next week, and today, Respawn gave players a taste of what the future holds via a new gameplay trailer that shows off Apex's surprising new shield system.

Although it will bring 100 new Legend-exclusive perks to the game, Apex's new Legend Upgrades system will also see EVO Shields entirely removed from the loot pool. As of Season 20, EVO Shields will be replaced with Shield Cores, which only spawn in deathboxes, and may only provide players with temporary protection.

Previously, EVO Shields spawned on the floor and in Supply Bins, and getting your hands on high-tier body protection was somewhat random. With the launch of Breakout, body shields will be tied to each player's "Legend Level," which increases as they do damage and perform certain class-exclusive actions, like scanning Survey Beacons and ring Consoles.

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Here's How To Get A Launch-Day Discount On Helldivers 2

Fri, 02/09/2024 - 02:32

After nearly a decade, the sequel to Helldivers is officially here. Helldivers 2 is quite different from its predecessor, however, as it's no longer a top-down shooter. Instead, it pulls you in close to the action with a third-person perspective. It's still fast-paced and requires careful planning to succeed, and it definitely looks like an interesting. Best of all, the game is already on sale for PC, with Fanatical offering Helldivers 2 for just $33.19 (down from $40) when using promo code FANATICAL17 at checkout.

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Snagging the game for this low price is simple. On the Helldivers 2 Fanatical page, you'll see a button that automatically applies the code to your cart. After clicking the button, add Helldivers 2 to your cart, and you'll see the discount right away. Alternatively, you can manually input the code at checkout. Since you're spending over $12 during the Lunar New Year Sale, you'll get a freebie with your purchase: either a bonus game or a coupon to save some cash on your next Fanatical purchase.

The same deal is available at Green Man Gaming, but you'll instead use promo code FEB17. The deal also applies to GMG XP members. You won't get a bonus freebie at GMG, though.

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