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On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Bethesda has bought a PlayStation 5 for Deathloop's Jason Kelley after the voice actor told fans he didn't have a copy of the game or a console to experience it on. Just as Deathloop was about to launch, a short promo clip on the game's official Twitter account featured Jason Kelley, the voice actor for protagonist Colt, saying: "I cannot wait for you guys to get your hands on this video game. If anyone can get me a copy and a PlayStation 5, I would appreciate it." This made it clear that Kelley didn't own a copy of Deathloop or a PlayStation 5 to play it on, but Bethesda came to the rescue. Outfits in Horizon Forbidden West will have skills attached to them, Guerrilla Games has revealed. In a post on the PlayStation Blog discussing how Horizon Zero Dawn's lead protagonist Aloy will shape up in the franchise's upcoming sequel, Guerrilla Games Community Lead Bo de Vries spoke about the range of outfits that will be available to Aloy throughout Horizon Forbidden West and how the studio is building up versatility within this aspect of the game. While Naughty Dog may not have revealed any new details on the upcoming The Last of Us multiplayer project, it took the time on The Last of Us Day 2021 to ensure fans that it is actively working on it and that it will "reveal more when it's ready!" Naughty Dog's Rochelle Snyder shared the news in a community update after thanking the fans and the team who have all collectively made The Last of Us into the success it has become. Jokingly, Naughty Dog then included this question as a fan would write; Yeah, that's lovely and great Naughty Dog, but what are you doing with The Last of Us right now?" "In short, we're working on it," Naughty Dog answered. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
Happy Friday! On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Nintendo is set to expand its Switch Online with a new membership, offering classic Sega Genesis and Nintendo 64 games as part of the subscription with the new plan. Revealed as part of September's Nintendo Direct, the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Plan will arrive in late October. Subscribers can continue with their existing plan or add the expansion to their plan. The expansion includes all the features of the base plan, along with the new additions. Bayonetta 3 has finally gotten a gameplay reveal and release date. Nearly four years after its original announcement, we finally got to see Bayonetta's new moves, new enemies, and her new hairstyle. We were treated to Bayonetta going head-to-head with a massive kaiju monster. The trailer also provided glimpses of new areas and monsters, including a subway train and a monstrous spider. The announcements didn't stop there though, as we got looks at a new expansion for Monster Hunter Rise, a Chocobo Racing game, and the rumored Castlevania Advance Collection. Today's episode is brought to you by Movies Anywhere. Seth has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that Apple has rejected the company's request to re-instate Epic's developer account, effectively banning Fortnite from returning to the App Store following the legal battle between Epic and Apple. Sweeney revealed on social media this morning a letter sent to him by Apple rejecting Epic's request to have its developer program account reinstated. An Apple Developer Account is required to develop and deliver apps on iOS. 343 Industries recently showed off some more multiplayer action for Halo Infinite ahead of the game's back-to-back multiplayer tech previews starting this weekend. PC gameplay of a Big Team Battle CTF match on Fragmentation showed a little more of what fans can expect from Infinite when it launches later this year as well as an introduction to the game's very own loot cave - seemingly a reference to Halo creator Bungie's Destiny. Today's episode is brought to you by Movies Anywhere. Akeem has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Overwatch Executive Producer Chacko Sonny is leaving Blizzard Entertainment on Friday, according to an Activision spokesman talking to Bloomberg. A Blizzard spokesman confirmed to Bloomberg that Chacko, who oversees the whole Overwatch franchise and development for the sequel, will leave the company. "[Blizzard] has been an absolute privilege and one of the best experiences of my career," Sonny said in an email to staff, according to Bloomberg. Ahead of today's Pokémon Unite launch for mobile devices, the Pokémon Company updated the game to include a range of new features as well as cross-play. Pokémon Unite has already added a number of playable Pokémon since its release for Nintendo Switch in July. However, as the MOBA makes its long-awaited debut on mobile devices, The Pokémon Company announced features of the new update on its website while also taking to Twitter to show off new gameplay clips for upcoming debutants, Mamoswine and Sylveon. Today's episode is brought to you by Movies Anywhere. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, The PS5 recently got a big firmware update that, among other things, added the ability to expand system storage. Now some experts are saying the new software also improves the performance of select games. In the latest Digital Foundry Direct Weekly show, the crew broke down the differences between the PS5's performance on the new and old firmware. Digital Foundry went on to explain that the performance differences are very minor. The new firmware was causing select games, Control and Devil May Cry 5, to run about 2 to 3% faster than the old firmware. This led to an increase in framerate, only by about 1 to 2 FPS. Epic Games is no stranger to a Battle Royale-based collaboration, but prices for its latest clothing line deal with luxury fashion brand Balenciaga are likely to make even diehard Fortnite fans' eyes water. The Fortnite x Balenciaga collaboration features a number of in-game cosmetics that fans can purchase from within the item shop. However, it's the price of Balenciaga's IRL clothing range that is sure to make heads turn. Today's episode is brought to you by Movies Anywhere. Brian has all that in your Daily Fix!
In today's episode, there's rumors abound that Detroid: Become Human and Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream just signed a deal with Disney to make a Star Wars game. Keep in mind this is still a rumor, but according to Dualshockers, sources have confirmed that work has begun on a Star Wars project at the studio. Quantic Dream is best known for their narrative-based adventure games, like the award-winning Detroit: Become Human, Heavy Rain, and Beyond: Two Souls. There's no details as to what genre this rumored Star Wars game would be—maybe another choice-driven game like Detroit? Or an action game like EA's Jedi: Fallen Order? What are your theories? Let us know in the comments! And have you finished Deltarune: Chapter 2 already, and are ready for more? Developer Toby Fox has announced that the next three chapters of the game will be released at once time. Fox understands gamers' frustration at having to wait a few years between chapters, so he's hoping to give you the final parts in one big drop. Fox has also revealed that they won't be released for free, like Chapters 1 and 2 were. Expect to pay a little more than what his previous game, Undertale, currently sells for—which is about $15. Today's episode is brought to you by Movies Anywhere.
Happy Friday! On today's IGN The Fix: Games, There's a new model of the PlayStation 5 in production, but reports say the revised model doesn't have better performance than the launch version. According to Digital Foundry, who has had a chance to test the machine, the new CFI-1100 model has no meaningful differences from the CFI-1000, which was the launch edition. The rumored, yet unannounced, Castlevania Advanced Collection has been rated in yet another country. Taiwan joins Australia and Korea in rating this compendium of fan-favorite Castlevania titles. Konami has yet to formally announce the collection, but it is said to include Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon, Castlevania: Harmony Of Dissonance, and Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow. Castlevania Advanced Collection will launch on Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC according to these ratings, but we'll keep you updated when official word drops from Konami. Sir Clive Sinclair, the entrepreneur and inventor widely known for bringing one of the most popular early gaming PCs to the masses, has died aged 81. Per The Guardian, Sinclair's daughter, Belinda, confirmed that he died in his London home on Thursday morning after a long illness. Among other inventions, Sinclair is notably credited for his creation of the ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that brought affordable gaming to the masses when it was released in the United Kingdom in 1982. Seth has all that in your Daily Fix!
The news that there'd only be two parts to the God of War Norse mythology saga kinda hit different for gamers, but director of the 2018 game, Cory Barlog, is opening up about his reasoning. In an interview with Kaptain Kuba on YouTube, Cory Barlog discussed why the story of Kratos and Atreus would be told over just two installments and not a trilogy or more. So the team at Sony Santa Monica Studio could've extended the story, but instead the decision was made to condense it to its core focal point, that being the relationship between Kratos and Atreus. With that, we'll be getting a presumably well-rounded story based on these two memorable characters. And it's not to say this'll be the last time we see Kratos - God of War: Ragnarok is the second and final chapter in the Norse mythology saga of the series, but who knows where Kratos might end up next? We'll have more God of War Ragnarok reaction when we receive future God of War Ragnarok gameplay. Gamers everywhere are looking forward to #GodofWarRagnarok. In other gaming news, Undertale fans: get excited! The second entry in the follow-up to the highly-popular game, Deltarune: Chapter 2, is coming September 17th. And finally, Gas Station Simulator is ranked third on Steam's Top Sellers list.
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, The Nintendo Switch can now be paired with a Bluetooth audio device following the latest firmware update. Starting today, Switch owners who update their Switch to the latest software can pair a wireless Bluetooth device to the Switch. Something the Switch was apparently able to do this entire time given the right software patch. Valve says that its upcoming handheld PC, the Steam Deck, is nearing the end of development - and the company has begun shipping out a limited number of dev kits for testing. In a post on the Steam Store, Valve has confirmed that its upcoming Steam Deck is "in the final stages of development" and that the studio has started rolling out a dev kit program that will see a number of partner companies receive test build versions of the hardware. It appears a remake for Destroy All Humans! 2 is real and in development. In a now-deleted tweet, PlayStation officially announced the Destroy All Humans! 2 - Reprobed noting the game will come to PS5. A trailer was also shared in the tweet as well but mentioned no release date. The end of the trailer also notes that THQ and Black Forest Games are tied to the remake; the latter also developed the remake for the original Destroy All Humans! The tweet has since been deleted ahead of a planned THQ Nordic 10th-anniversary livestream set for later this week. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Sony has outlined what's coming in the second major PS5 system software update. The update includes new features for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PS App, and the PS Remote Play app. PlayStation 5 will receive new control center customization options and social features. There are several other improvements to look forward to, such as 3D Audio support for built-in TV speakers, and more. The PlayStation September system software update launches globally on September 15, 2021. ShiftUp CEO Hyung-Tae Kim has purchased enough PS5's for the entire studio. The over 250 Playstation 5's were acquired in an effort to reward workers and raise office morale. The studio is currently working on a PS5 exclusive of their own, Project Eve. The hack and slash adventure is being built using new Unreal Engine tech. Techland, the developer behind Dying Light 2, has announced an update on the development process for the game - which has been delayed until February 4, 2022. The studio shared a statement surrounding Dying Light 2: Stay Human on the game's official Twitter account and pointed toward the ambitious nature of the project as one of the main reasons for its delay. Brian has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, With the team behind Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales taking up the Wolverine mantle, many fans were concerned about the length and scope of the game. Brian Horton, creative director at Insomniac Games, took to Twitter to clarify just what tone and scale we could expect when Marvel's Wolverine hits PlayStation 5. Volition has released further details about what fans can expect from the Saints Row reboot's characters and customization options - and why we've seen so little of the classic purple color scheme so far. In an update post published to the official Saints Row website, Volition addressed a number of questions raised by the community surrounding what new characters the reboot would bring with it, what details the developer could share on how customization in the game would work, and why the trailer showed a distinct lack of Saints Row purple. Carnage is joining Fortnite's Battle Pass as part of its brand new Chapter 2, Season 8, which launches today. The addition of the Marvel villain's character skin is just one of a number of changes making their way to the Battle Royale as players set out to face a brand new threat attempting to bring about the destruction of the island. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Insomniac Games revealed that Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will be arriving on PS5 in 2023, and its first gameplay trailer revealed that both Peter Parker and Miles Morales will be facing off against Venom. Alongside returning voice actors Yuri Lowenthal (Peter Parker) and Nadji Jeter (Miles Morales, it was also confirmed that Candyman's Tony Todd will voice Venom. While it was just a brief glimpse, Insomniac Games also announced it is working on Marvel's Wolverine for PS5. This new game is being directed by Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales' Brian Horton and Cameron Christian, and Insomniac's goal is to "not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit." We finally got our first look at the upcoming sequel to 2018's God of War, officially titled God of War: Ragnarok, during Sony's PlayStation Showcase. Those with a keen eye may have spotted a familiar character teased in the trailer wielding a mighty hammer. It was confirmed shortly after the showcase that it was, in fact, Thor who could be seen for a brief moment in the trailer. Now, we've gotten a full-body reveal of the Norse God himself and he looks very different than many of us are used to. We've finally got another look at Metroid Dread. This gameplay overview trailer shows us how Samus' abilities work, provides us with another look at the E.M.M.I robots, and gives us a peek at some exciting new Metroid Dread gameplay. Metroid Dread will be released on Nintendo Switch on October 8, 2021. Seth has all that in your Daily Fix!
The Matrix Resurrections trailer just dropped and it has a lot of Matrix fans asking questions about Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus? The events that took place in the MMORPG video game, The Matrix Online, might just explain what happened to Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus. If we consider The Matrix Online a canonical continuation of the films, this might explain why we no longer see Laurence Fishburne's version of Morpheus in the Matrix Resurrections trailer. The Matrix explained within The Matrix Online, Morpheus faces a certain fate that would make it unlikely for Laurence Fishburne Morpheus to return. In this video, we'll discuss the Matrix Online Morpheus scene in detail and how it could potentially lead to Laurence Fishburne not being in the Matrix 4. The Matrix video games, both the Matrix Online and Matrix Path of Neo, are part of the Matrix story and the Matrix extended universe. The #TheMatrixResurrections movie drops December 22nd. #TheMatrix In other news, there's a firmware update coming to an Xbox One controller near you that'll give you next-gen features. Microsoft announced in a blog post that they're testing a new firmware update for Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controllers, Xbox Elite 2, and Xbox Adaptive controllers that'll give them all kinds of cool features that were previously only available on Xbox Series X and S controllers. And finally, LEGO revealed this cool foldout playset that's in the form of the iconic Question Mark block. When you open it, you get a gander at Peach's Castle, Bob-omb Battlefield, Cool Cool Mountain, and Lethal Lava Land. #IGN
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Sony has acquired UK developer Firesprite, marking the third studio acquisition from Sony this year alone. As noted on the PlayStation Blog, Firesprite has worked closely with Sony, creating several titles together. Most notably, the developer helped to create The Playroom and The Playroom VR. Firesprite is also the developer behind The Persistence, a horror shooter originally released on the PS4 as a PSVR title before becoming a non-VR version on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC two years later. It's been one year since Marvel's Avengers hit the scene, and developer Crystal Dynamics released a new road map for the rest of 2021. With details for the first raid, a power level cap increase, and, of course, confirming again that Spider-Man is slated to come to PlayStation later this year. In an extensive new blog, Crystal Dynamics looks back at the year, including all the ups and downs, as well as looks towards the future providing a glimpse at some upcoming content. Diablo 2: Resurrected won't feature ultrawide monitor support when it launches on September 23 due to the discovery that the wider screens break AI mechanics within the original game. Following the technical beta for Diablo 2: Resurrected, developer Vicarious Visions and Blizzard Entertainment took to updating fans on a number of in-game features that the team has revisited. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Remedy has announced a full remaster of its cult-classic Alan Wake, due to arrive this fall on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC (via Epic Games Store). Perhaps more excitingly, it opens the door more than ever for Alan Wake 2 to come down the line. After a leak last week, Remedy and publisher Epic announced that Alan Wake Remastered would come with both of the game's expansions, allow for 4K resolution, and will include a new commentary from creative director Sam Lake. No official release date has been announced, but the previous retailer leaks have pointed to October 5. PlayStation boss Jim Ryan announced in an updated PlayStation Blog post that Horizon: Forbidden West will offer a PS4-PS5 upgrade path. Players that purchase the game on PS4 will also get a PS5 version at no extra cost. Ryan also announced that moving forward, all first-party PlayStation exclusives that are cross-gen will offer a $10 digital upgrade path, regardless of whether or not you purchase the game digitally or physically on PS4. The PS4-PS5 upgrade path will also include the upcoming sequel to God of War and Gran Turismo 7. Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima seems to be teasing the new Matrix movie on Twitter, but it's not entirely clear why. 18 years have passed since the release of Matrix Revolutions, the series' last installment. However, with the franchise set to revive itself with the release of The Matrix Resurrections in theatres and on HBO Max this December 22, fans are currently scouring the internet for new content about the film. Brian has all that in your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Sony has finally announced a Summer Showcase to flaunt their upcoming releases. They had a few smaller events throughout the summer, but nothing on the level of an E3 or gamescom presentation. While this isn't affiliated with either of those events, we can treat it on the same level, as Sony will be showing off upcoming 2021 titles and beyond. We'll very likely get more Horizon Forbidden West, but maybe also some God of War: Ragnarok? The Last of Us Part 2 multiplayer? Something else? Unfortunately we're not getting any PSVR 2 news, so don't hold your breath for that. And speaking of Horizon, Sony also revealed all the different editions Horizon Forbidden West will be available in. Yes, there's a basic one that's just the game, but if you've got the credits, you can go all out and get the one with the fancy statues. But before you whip out your wallet, just know that the cheapest PS4 standard and special editions will NOT come with a PS5 upgrade. Only the more expensive digital deluxe, collector's, and Regalla editions will have the upgrade. And no, you can't pay a small fee and buy the upgrade later, a lá Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut. So just be warned that if you buy a standard copy of Forbidden West for PS4, and you end up with a PS5 down the road, you won't get the enhanced PS5 version of the game unless you buy a new PS5 copy. But, yes, the PS4 version is backward compatible with the PS5. So there's that. And today's episode is brought to you by NHTSA!
In today's Daily Fix, Sony reveals the free PlayStation Plus games for September! They include 2018's Hitman 2, Overcooked: All You Can Eat, and Predator: Hunting Grounds. Hitman 2 is the second game in the World of Assassination trilogy, and is the first game in the franchise to feature co-op. Speaking of co-op, grab some friends and get cooking with Overcooked: All You Can Eat. The game includes Overcooked 1 and 2, and both those games' additional DLC. Pro tip: designate your roles among the players early on, or else you'll just yell at each other over some unwashed dishes. And finally there's Predator: Hunting Grounds, a co-op shooter that has you either hunting a Predator, or playing as one and stalking your friends. And if you're on Twitch today, you might notice a distinct lack of streamers. The Twitch community has organized a day-long boycott of the platform to protest a lack of tools to combat abuse on the platform. Hate raids on marginalized streamers have gotten out of control recently, and streamers Rek It Raven, LuciaEverBlack, and Shineypen got the hashtag #ADayOffTwitch trending. Here's hoping Twitch will provide those tools soon. What free September PlayStation Plus game are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments. Unofficial suggestion from us here at The Daily Fix is Overcooked, especially if you can get some friends in the same room.
In today's Daily Fix, CD Projekt have hired a few prominent Cyberpunk 2077 modders to work on "various projects related to the Cyberpunk 2077 backend and the game's modding support." Cyberpunk has gotten some significant updates and patches since it's much-maligned launch last year. If you somehow forgot, the game was in such a bad way on the PlayStation side, that Sony pulled the game from the PS Store for 6 months. The console version of the game has largely improved since then, and the PC version remains the best way to experience it (provided you have the right rig), but this news that modders are working on the game in an official capacity is welcoming. Here's to hoping that CDPR is listening to what fans want in the game and are working toward more active engagement with the community. In other news, David Brevik, the game designer who basically co-created the Diablo franchise, has no plans to play the upcoming Diablo 2: Resurrected. The game is a remaster of Brevik's Diablo 2, but while you'd think the original designer would be curious how a remaster of his game would look and play, Brevik is staying far away from Diablo and Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard is currently mired in a lawsuit filed by the State of California, alleging sexual harassment and other violations at the Blizzard workplace. Many other stories from current and former employees have since surfaced, leading to a walkout demonstration by employees and many other resignations. And in more lighthearted news, Twitter user Siberian_644 used a Google Algorithm to recreate Street Fighter characters in a more photo realistic manner...and they look...great? Really you should take a look for yourself. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, China is preparing to combat gaming addiction by severely restricting when kids can play games. According to the Wall Street Journal, new regulations set to go into effect in September will limit kids' gaming time to just three hours a week. Chinese gaming giants Tencent and NetEase are already working on ways to implement the restrictions, possibly through a real-name verification system. Children under the age of 18 will only be allowed one hour of play time—8pm to 9pm—Friday through Sunday and public holidays. China enforced a similar system on the mobile game Honor of Kings in 2018. No other details have yet been provided, such as if these restrictions will apply to foreign-made games or if the rules will be enforced in territories like Hong Kong. And speaking of NetEase, the company is looking to poach Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi away from Sega. Nagoshi would form a brand new team at NetEase and would work on new games. Currently, Nagoshi's latest Yakuza title is the spin-off "Lost Judgment," set for release on September 24, 2021. Finally, if you were disappointed in a lack of Halo Infinite at gamescom, well it was kind of intentional. 343 Industries' Joseph Staten revealed, via GameSpot, that the team is hard at working getting the campaign ready for launch later this year, and a gamescom demo or presentation would've been a distraction. Probably for the best, as the fans would probably want to have a polished game at launch over a short presentation at gamescom. Were you disappointed in Halo not being part of gamescom? And for the gaming parents out there, what kind of limits do you set on your kids' gaming time? Let us know in the comments!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Saints Row developer Volition has stated that it is "not backing down on this game" after a portion of the series' fanbase expressed disappointment with the direction of the newly-announced reboot. The official Saints Row Twitter account has been responding to numerous critical messages since the reveal of the reboot at Gamescom's Opening Night Live. Replying to a user who said that they felt "like I wasted my time defending you guys," the official account said "We are not backing down on this game. We get it, it's new and it's a shock reaction to a reboot like no other." When Elden Ring was first announced, one of the biggest surprises was how it's a collaboration between FromSoftware and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin. Since then, more information about the collaboration has come to light and while Martin was responsible for creating the overall world and mythos of Elden Ring, the in-game text is directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki. Nickelodeon All-Stars Brawl, the Smash Bros-like crossover fighting game developed by Ludosity and Fair Play Labs, has announced two new characters in the form of CatDog and April O'Neil. Following her Gamescom 2021 Opening Night reveal as a playable character in TMNT: Shredders Revenge, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle jumpsuit-wearing news reporter April O'Neil was announced to be joining the roster of characters set to battle it out in Nickelodeon's All-Stars Brawl. O'Neil's reveal trailer saw her back in her iconic yellow look as she showed off an impressive move that features acrobatic flips and split kicks alongside a weaponized microphone. Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Microsoft has announced that the Games with Gold for September 2021 include Warhammer: Chaosbane, Mulaka, Zone of the Enders HD Collection, and Samurai Shodown II. As detailed on Xbox Wire, all Xbox Live Gold members and those with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play these games as soon as they are available, beginning with Warhammer: Chaosbane and Zone of the Enders HD Collection on September 1. Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a new interactive experience presented by TIME Studios in Fortnite. March Through Time will take players to D.C. 63, a reimagined Washington, DC. Travel to the Lincoln Memorial and the United States National Mall, where Dr. King gave his iconic 17 minute speech for Civil Rights. The experience also includes museum-inspired points of interest, and cooperative mini-game quests. Completing the challenges related to Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement will unlock a D.C. 63 spray for your Locker. Raven Software has announced that it has rolled out another mass banning wave across Call of Duty: Warzone. The studio says that its latest attempt to combat cheaters in the game has resulted in the removal of over 100,000 accounts in a single day. Confirming the news on Twitter, the studio says that it has removed over 100,000 accounts, specifically targeting "repeat offenders and cheat providers at the source". Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Halo Infinite has a final release date, confirmed after leaks earlier today: December 8. Announced during the Gamescom Xbox Stream 2021, we saw a brand new story trailer for Halo Infinite's first free-to-play multiplayer season, featuring a new character, Commander Laurette Agryna, and her history with the Spartans. Commander Agryna is responsible for training new Spartan recruits at the Academy in Halo Infinite, which serves as the hub for the game's multiplayer campaign and integrates it into the main story. The California Department of Fair Employment & Housing [DFEH] updated its lawsuit against Activision Blizzard today, adding temp workers to the original complaint while accusing the publisher of withholding key documents. Axios was the first to report on the updated lawsuit. One of the key passages says that "documents and records have not been maintained as required by law" and that "documents related to investigations and complaints were shredded by human resource personnel and emails are deleted 30 days after an employee's separation." It seems that Nintendo won't be the only game developer with a theme park, as Ubisoft plans to open one of their own. While the plans aren't new, first appearing in 2015, Ubisoft has recently partnered with Storyland Studios to create attractions at the park. Two of these include VR experiences based on the Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia franchises. Imagine diving from a church steeple in VR! Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Cloud gaming is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One this holiday, allowing Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream over 100 games on their consoles without needing to download them - including playing next-gen games on last-gen hardware. Announced during the Gamescom Xbox Stream 2021, the move is a huge step further towards making Xbox games available on almost any device, allowing all compatible Game Pass games to be streamed without downloading or waiting for installs. Xbox points out that this is a useful way to try games before committing to downloading them or to jump straight into multiplayer games with friends without causing the whole party to wait. During Microsoft's Gamescom 2021 Xbox showcase, Humble Games announced a robust lineup of 10 games coming to Xbox Game Pass on day one. These indie titles join an already packed roster of games and span many genres. Some of the games include Archvale, Chinatown Detective Agency, Dodgeball Academia, Next Space Rebels, and Signalis. In a hilariously dark, perfectly Kojima way, the Games Industry legend celebrated his 58th birthday with a solemn vow. Hideo Kojima tweeted about his age and "declining" body but reassured fans that his creativity is as sharp as it's ever been. The Death Stranding and Metal Gear creator also promised to continue creating as long as his brain will allow. Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
Happy Monday! On today's IGN The Fix: Games, A lifelong fan of The Simpsons: Hit and Run has taken to remaking the game in Unreal Engine 5 and Joe McGinn, the lead designer on the original title, is impressed by the feat. Reuben Ward, an Unreal developer, has seen recent success on his YouTube channel after remaking games in Unreal Engine 5. Following a polished-up version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the developer's latest project features a shiny new remake of The Simpsons: Hit and Run. Activision has announced that all PS5 and PS4 players will be able to participate in the Call of Duty: Vanguard Alpha on August 27 and try out the brand-new Champion Hill game mode. As revealed on PlayStation.Blog, the Alpha will run from 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST on August 27 through 10am PT/1pm ET/6pm BST on August 29. Activision Blizzard is currently facing serious ongoing allegations of harassment and mistreatment of marginalized workers. To learn more, please visit our timeline as well as our in-depth report on the subject. In a new developer deep-dive for Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Eidos-Montreal senior audio director, Steve Szczepkowski revealed just how integral music is incorporated into Guardians of the Galaxy. Rather than just a soundtrack, music will also factor into combat as well as Star-Lord's backstory. In a twist on Peter Quill's backstory, Eidos-Montreal revealed that the name Star-Lord is taken from Peter's favorite band growing up, and not some name he picked up because it sounds cool. Kim has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, 343 Industries has announced that it is delaying campaign co-op and Forge for Halo Infinite until after launch as the developers focus on getting the single-player campaign and multiplayer done in time for its holiday release. In an August video update from the official Halo YouTube channel, Halo Infinite head of creative Joseph Staten confirmed that neither campaign co-op nor Forge will be in Halo Infinite at launch. 343 confirmed that Halo Infinite is "100 percent committed" to release the anticipated shooter this holiday. A new tease appears to confirm that a Saints Row reboot/new entry will be revealed next week at Gamescom 2021. The Game Awards and Gamescom Opening Night Live's Geoff Keighley shared this tease on Twitter, confirming that the team behind the show is "'Bossing' it with our announcements this year". As if there was any doubt that this was for Saints Row, the Tweet also includes a link that takes users to SaintsRow.com, which has been updated to include the same "Rebooting" image. Black Myth: Wukong - the gorgeous upcoming Soulslike based on Journey to the West - is now being developed on Unreal Engine 5, with support from Epic Games and Nvidia. You can see how it looks in a brand new trailer. After being announced and showing off Black Myth: Wukong as an Unreal Engine 4 game, developer Game Science made the switch to Unreal Engine 5 this year. Both Epic Games and Nvidia are providing support with that switch, and the game will support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, raytracing, and Nvidia DLSS upon launch. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Call of Duty has been a reliable annual franchise since its launch and this year is no different despite the impact of a global pandemic. As revealed today, Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5, 2021, for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Developed by Sledgehammer, Call of Duty will return once more to World War 2. This time, Sledgehammer is aiming for a narrative-focused adventure centered on a fictional special-ops team comprising members from across all the Allied Nations. A remaster of the original Quake is coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch today. It's also launched into Xbox Game Pass, and will get enhanced native editions on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S "soon", as a free upgrade. It also comes with a brand new expansion, created by MachineGames. Skyblivion is a mod that's very easy to explain: it's aiming to bring the entirety of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion into the engine used by The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. But the reality isn't that the team of volunteers making it simply wants to upscale the 2006 game we already know - they want to make the dream version of the game that Bethesda's developers had in their heads back when they came up with Oblivion. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, There can be few games that have had as long, hard, and strange a road to release as the upcoming Abandoned. The game has been hit by conspiracy theories, its marketing plagued by technical issues, and Kahraman has made marketing decisions he now wishes he could take back. After a huge backlash to the game's latest mishap - where a much-touted 'Realtime Trailers' app went live after multiple delays without any new trailer content to show - the community around the game began looking deeper into Blue Box's history to try and work out exactly what the Dutch developer had been before all of this. During today's Pokémon Presents event, we got a more detailed look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including new Hisuian Pokemon like Wyrdeer, Basculegion, and Hisuian forms of Growlithe and Braviary, its updated battle system, story, and open-world details, and much more. Pokemon Legends: Arceus is still set to be released on January 28, 2022, and it will take place in the Hisui Region, which will eventually become the Sinnoh Region that Pokemon Diamond and Pearl take place in. Your adventure will begin in Jubilife Village, and players will work to become a member of the Galaxy Expedition Team, which includes different sub-groups like Medical Corps, Security Corps, and Survey Corps. Members of the development team for the highly successful indie game Among Us have taken to social media to call out Fortnite's new Impostor mode, which strongly resembles their game. The new game mode, which pits eight Agents against two Impostors in a battle of wits and espionage, shares an uncanny similarity to Among Us in terms of gameplay and design. After the announcement - which Innersloth confirmed to IGN was not a collaboration between the two games - individual members of the indie studio took to Twitter to share their feelings on the situation. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Outriders developer People Can Fly says it doesn't know how many copies the game has sold, and hasn't earned any royalties from the game, suggesting it hasn't yet been profitable for publisher Square Enix. Announced on the developer's investor website, People Can Fly explained that the agreement with Square Enix meant it would receive any royalties for the game's first quarter on sale by August 16, 2021. No funds were transferred, which People Can Fly suggests means that, "according to the Publisher, the revenues from the sale of the game are lower than the total costs of its production (including Quality Assurance), distribution and promotion." Marvel's Avengers senior game designer Scott Walters has confirmed that Spider-Man is still on track to swing his way into the game for PlayStation players before the end of 2021. Speaking to Screen Rant, Walters said that Spidey was always scheduled for 2021 and that plan hasn't changed dramatically, even with challenges brought on by COVID-19 and otherwise. Xbox Game Pass in August is already looking incredibly exciting. For starters. IGN's Game of the Year for 2020, Hades, is coming out on August 13 for Xbox, PS4, and PS5, and will hit Xbox Game Pass for consoles and PC on the same day. Not only that, but we've also got Humankind (PC) on August 17, Twelve Minutes on August 19, and Psychonauts 2 on August 25, which has been receiving some tremendous feedback after the recent previews. There's also Skate, Curse of the Dead Gods, Starmancer (Game Preview), and whole a lot more coming to Game Pass in August so far. Check below for every single title hitting the game service this month, alongside the very best Game Pass deals. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Bloodborne modders have created a new mod for the FromSoftware game which will allow players to tackle Yharnam's many foes in a fully-fledged first-person mode. As reported by Eurogamer, modder Garden of Eyes created the first-person mod, which could change the way that players will interact with the game's gothic settings. The mod itself works by adding a new headpiece named the Great One Hat, which can be found at the start of the game. Once sported, the hat enables the player to traverse through the game from a first-person perspective, complete with visible weapons as you'd expect from a traditional FPS. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has managed to get his hands on a Steam Deck early, and says that playing Xbox games such as Halo through Xbox Cloud Gaming feels good on the handheld. In a tweet, Spencer confirmed that he'd spent the best part of a week with the upcoming portable PC before congratulating the Steam Deck team. "After having mine most of the week I can say it's a really nice device," he said. "Games with me on the go, screen size, controls [are] all great. Playing Halo and Age feels good, xCloud works well. Congrats SD team." An Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra-based tabletop RPG has now become so successful that creator Magpie Games has (for the meantime) run out of stretch goals on its Kickstarter campaign. Announced on the game's official Kickstarter page, backers of Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game recently broke through the campaign's $5 million USD funding target, which left Magpie Games in the fortunate but slightly awkward position of having run out of stretch goals to offer. The company is currently working to create further funding milestones for the game and has updated fans on this process. Stella has all that in your Daily Fix!
Happy Friday! On today's IGN The Fix: Games, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD was the best-selling game of July 2021 in the United States, according to NDP Group. Additionally, PS5 led the console pack in terms of console sales last month. The sales figures mean The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has become the first Nintendo game to top the US spending chart since Super Mario 3D World in February 2021. Despite recent reports that the chip shortages affecting gaming hardware shortages could drag into 2023, Sony recently said that it has secured enough components to hit its goal of selling 22 million PS5s by the end of its current fiscal year. That could mean that PS5 continues to hold onto the highest dollar sales per month throughout the rest of the year. The original upload of this year's QuakeCon schedule appears to suggest that a 'revitalized edition' of id Software's classic FPS, Quake, could be announced at the convention this month.First spotted by Xbox Era, the schedule features a panel called 'Let's talk Quake', set to go live at 7:30am PT on Friday, August 20. When originally uploaded, the description of this panel stated "Quake is back, in this special stream John Linneman from Digital Foundry talks to Jerk Gustafsson of MachineGames about the title's iconic legacy and what it meant to both of them. Seth has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, A new report claims that a Grand Theft Auto remastered trilogy is on the way for multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, and it's reportedly due out this Fall. This news comes by way of Kotaku, which reports that it has learned from sources that Rockstar Games is remastering GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas, and that each game will be remastered in Unreal Engine. They will feature a mix of "new and old graphics," the report reads. According to the report, Rockstar's Scottish branch, Rockstar Dundee, is leading the project and also working with the wider Rockstar company to develop the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S ports of GTA 5 scheduled for later this year. It looks like more details on the next installment have been leaked via the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War update. The news comes by the way of Charlie Intel, which says the leak - seemingly confirming the reported title of Call of Duty: Vanguard - was discovered in the latest Season 5 update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, including artwork, the game logo, and perhaps most interestingly for fans, mention of an Open Beta. Fans quickly discovered the leaked material through datamining the game files for the latest update. The leaks suggest the game will receive three editions, similar to those Black Ops Cold War received: Standard, Cross-Gen, and Ultimate. A screenshot detailing an Early Access Open Beta was also discovered, likely available for players that pre-order the game. The creative director of Spec Ops: The Line, Cory Davis, and Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck are co-founding a new game studio together called Eyes Out. The LA-based arthouse studio aims to focus on making "dark, atmospheric games with an emphasis on environmental storytelling." Eyes Out already has its first project: a single-player, immersive cosmic horror game with an emphasis on environmental storytelling. More news about the title is planned for the coming months. Brian has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, Nintendo held its latest Indie World Showcase today, and it highlighted a wide selection of indie games coming to the Nintendo Switch, and seven that were launching today, including the much-anticipated Axiom Verge 2. Other exciting games featured in the show include the innovative card-based RPG Loop Hero, Tetris Effect: Connected, Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, and many more. After announcing yesterday that a "Realtime Experience" patch would be available universally starting at 12pm PT / 3pm ET time today, Blue Box Game Studios announced that a demo for its upcoming project Abandoned has been delayed due to technical issues. Sonic the Hedgehog and Tails are joining Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania as playable characters, free and unlockable on all platforms through normal gameplay at launch. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania launches on October 5, 2021, for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Steam, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. Max has all that in your Daily Fix!
On today's IGN The Fix: Games, US politicians have written letters to a dozen game companies asking them to better protect young people from online risks and predatory game design. The letters, written by three members of Congress, implored executives to explain what changes they were making based upon new UK legislation that protects children online and if any, what effect this would have on their products within the US. Executives from Microsoft, Blizzard, Sony of America, and Take-Two Interactive were amongst several US-based companies who received letters. Nintendo has announced a new Indie World digital showcase for tomorrow, August 11. The showcase will be around 20 minutes long, and begins at 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm UK (that's 2am AEST on August 12). No details have been given about whether new games will be revealed, but Indie World presentations usually come with at least one brand new announcement. The Amiga 500 is set to return as a mini-console, and it will feature a number of classics including Worms, Another World, The Chaos Engine, and more. In a press release, Retro Games has announced the creation of the A500 Mini, a licensed reimagining of the 16-bit Amiga 500 home computer. The original Commodore computer featured a 16/32-bit CPU and 512kb RAM was first on sale to consumers in 1987. The A500 mini is scheduled for release in early 2022. Daemon's got all that in your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Microsoft has officially announced their Gamescom showcase that will be streaming on August 24th. That's just one day before the festivities kick off on Wednesday, August 25th. Microsoft has already made it clear they're focusing on in-depth looks at games that have already been announced, so don't expect any new game announcements. Still, that means there's still plenty to cover, considering all of the first- and third-party titles coming to Xbox Series X and S, PC, and Game Pass. Speaking of game announcements—or lack thereof—Saban, the company behind the Power Rangers, had at one point kicked around the idea of making a big-budget AAA open-world game starring everyone's favorite multi-colored teenagers with attitude. Jason Bischoff, formerly Saban's Director of Global Consumer Products revealed that the company was pitched a game tentatively titled Project Nomad. It would've taken inspiration from the Batman Arkham games, but with a Power Rangers spin. The project never got off the ground at Saban, and it was eventually shopped elsewhere with no luck. But never say never! Maybe a crowdfunded campaign could raise the funds needed to make this real. And finally, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice just got a next-gen optimization patch on Xbox Series X|S. Epect improved visuals with raytracing and three graphics settings: Performance, Resolution, and Enriched (the one with the raytracing). Best of all, the update is free! So if you own the game, get downloading! It's your Daily Fix!
In today's episode, Pokémon Go developer Niantic has heard the fan outcry over the rollback of changes made to the game. Those changes were made in 2020 to accommodate pandemic-era rules that required social distancing, closure of certain business, etc. One of those changes included increasing the interaction distance with Pokéstops from 40 meters to 80 meters, and fans really liked that. Now that much of the Western world has re-opened and people are out and about, Niantic has reverted many of those changes (like the interaction distance) back to pre-pandemic rules. Fans really did NOT like that. Niantic has promised to converse with the community and form a committee to address their issues. Hopefully they come come to a nice compromise, because Pokémon Go—despite what internet comments have been saying—is definitely NOT dead and the community is very active. In other news the long-awaited Left 4 Dead spiritual successor, Back 4 Blood is in closed beta right now, and we're gonna tell you how to get in! And you should definitely try to, because it's really fun. But, if you can't be bothered with all the steps, just wait a week and it'll be in open beta for everyone! But don't you want to get in early and say you were in there before it was cool? And speaking of games where you kill dead things, the Dead Space remake could be coming earlier than expected. EA Motive is eyeing a 2022 release date for the sci-fi horror remake, which is sooner than what's been previously reported—sometime in 2023. Start your weekend off with the Daily Fix!
In today's episode, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have been making some major deals lately. On top of a $900-million-dollar deal with ViacomCBS to make more South Park seasons, and movies, and other stuff, they ALSO landed a $600-million-dollar line of credit with HPS Investment Partners, LLC. What are they going to do with all that money? Apparently make a documentary, invest in a weed company, and make a 3D video game set in the South Park universe. Could we get a sequel to The Fractured But Whole? Or maybe this is a 3D game a la South Park for the N64? No new South Park game has been formally announced, but given how well-received The Stick of Truth and The Fractured But Whole were, it's likely Parker and Stone have thought about it. And in other gaming news, if you missed out on the recent Halo tech preview, fear not. 343 Industries has more planned and they aren't done giving away invites, so keep a look out! And finally, EA was pretty surprised that Mass Effect: Legendary Edition sold so well. EA has previously said they're focusing on live service games (like Apex Legends), but the Mass Effect remasters definitely show that there's an audience willing to pay up for a really good single-player game (hopefully a sequel to Jedi Fallen Order is coming soon). All eyes are on the Dead Space remake to see if the trend continues. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Sony has secured enough components to meet a very lofty goal of more than 22 million PlayStation 5's sold by the end of the year. For all you gamers out there still trying to buy one, that means things may get a little easier for you as Sony ramps up production. It's still a scalper's market, though, but if you can hold off paying twice the retail price for a PS5, help is on the way. An upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC may bring back a fan-favorite AC Hero. No, we won't spoil that for you here (watch the video if you want the info), but although Valhalla takes place in a completely different time period than any other AC game, it's not outside of the series' lore that two characters from two different games can meet. And in other DLC news, Ghost of Tsushima's multiplayer-focused Legends DLC is getting spun off into its own game. If you don't own Ghost of Tsushima, but want to slice-and-dice samurai style with your Tsushima-owning buddies, you can purchase Legends separately for $19.99. The entry will come to both PS4 and PS5 and include (almost) all the content that was in the original release of Legends. Ghost of Tsushima: Director's Cut is coming August 20th and feature the brand-new Iki Island expansion. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Blizzard's president, J. Allen Brack, has left his post at the company following the lawsuit from the State of California, and a very cringey video from a World of Warcraft Q&A panel from 2010 that's been making the rounds on the Internet (which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi5dQzZp3f0&t=264s). Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra will take over as "co-leads." And that's not all, employees of Activision Blizzard have formed a coalition and have reject CEO Bobby Kotick's pick for a law firm to conduct an independent review of the company. In completely different gaming news, Xbox Game Pass subscribers are getting quite a few games this month, including IGN's 2020 Game of the Year Hades, Lumines Remastered, Katamari Damacy Reroll, a couple of Skate games, and more! And finally, if you want to play your cool new Xbox Game Pass games on a shiny new Xbox controller, the company is releasing a brand new color: Aqua Shift Special Edition. It shimmers, very cool! It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, a datamine of the recent Halo Infinite Tech Preview has revealed a curious audio clip of Halo's announcer saying "Battle royale." 343 Industries has not confirmed a Battle Royale mode in Halo Infinite, and has even said in the past that they weren't interested in adding it. Of course, this could be nothing; maybe an old file leftover from a test that didn't get very far, but still. The fact that there's even an audio clip with the phrase Battle Royale being said has got to suggest Microsoft was thinking about it. In other shooter news, a fan-made remaster of Half-Life 2, titled the Remastered Collection, may actually hit Steam, and with Valve's blessing, no less. It's being made by the modding team that also did Half-Life 2: Update back in 2015, which added visual enhancements to HL2 and its two expansions. No word yet on what exactly is in the latest Half-Life 2 Remastered Collection and how it's different from Update. And finally, if you're looking for more color choices for the PS5 DualSense controller, McDonald's almost had another option. An internal image of a McDonald's-themed controller, with fries and a Big Mac on the handles (of course) got out to the press, leading some to think McDonald's and Sony have something going on. Well, they don't, and the image was made as a concept. McDonald's has not approached PlayStation for any collaboration on a controller (yet). Bummer. Not gonna lie, kinda dug that look. Anyway, it's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Sony is reportedly going to announce the delay of Horizon Forbidden West to 2022. Super bummer, especially if you own a PlayStation 5. But there's a silver lining: 2022 is going to be STACKED. Horizon Forbidden West. God of War 2. Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2. Starfield. Hopefully by then you'll be able to buy PS5's and Xbox Series X and Series S's easily enough. Last week we ran a story about all the video game music heard at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. However, you might have noticed a distinct omission in their music selection: NO NINTENDO. Turns out, they were going to be a significant partner in the Opening Ceremony, but pulled back at the last minute. Bummer. Would've been cool to see the rumored Lady Gaga appearance (she would've popped out of a green Mario pipe). And in handheld news, the Playdate, that weird gaming device with a hand crank and a black and white screen, sold really well. 20,000 pre-orders in 20 minutes! Congrats, weird handheld with the crank! It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Sony will finally let you upgrade the internal storage in the PlayStation 5. A new firmware update is coming that will allow you to install a new m.2 SSD inside. But that's not all the update is bringing: trophy tracking support, slightly tweaked UI, and 3D audio for speakers. That's right, the fancy sound tech that enhances your listening experience via headphones will soon work for your external speakers, as well. PlayStation users who signed up for the beta program can actually try some of these now by downloading the update. For the rest of us, well it won't be too long. In the meantime, check out IGN Deals on Twitter for sales on SSDs compatible with the PS5. On the PC gaming side of things, we have some bad news. Select Alienware Aurora gaming rigs will not ship to certain states because of new power consumption requirements. Apparently these PCs are too power-hungry for some state regulations. And finally, Nintendo is updating Pokémon Snap on Switch with three new areas filled with 20 new pokémon. Get snapping! It's your Daily Fix!
In today's episode, both PlayStation and Microsoft have revealed the free games you're getting if you subscriber to either company's online platforms. On Xbox Games with Gold, you're getting Darksiders III, Yooka-Laylee, Lost Planet 3, and Garou: Mark of the Wolves (which gamers in-the-know will know that it's part of the Fatal Fury series). For PlayStation Plus subscribers, you can download Hunter's Arena: Legends, Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, and Tennis World Tour 2. And speaking of PlayStation and Xbox, both companies have been posting record sales for their hardware in recent months. That's great news, and also partly explains why they're so hard to find: every unit made is sold. Well, hopefully most of those units aren't going to scalpers. And finally, veterans of The Last of Us, Destiny, God of War, and other big AAA franchises have banded together to form a new game development company, That's No Moon Studios. And they've got the support of Korean game publisher Smilegate, which infused the company with a $100-million-dollar investment. Wow. Now let's see some games. It's your Daily Fix! TAGS
In today's episode, Activision Blizzard employees are planning action in light of the company's internal responses to the lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Recently, employees of the mega-publisher/developer signed an open letter expresses their...disappointment in company leadership's response to the lawsuit, and now employees, both in-office and working from home, are staging a walkout scheduled for tomorrow. Former Chairman of Sony Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden had some sharp words for the gaming industry. He took issue with rising game development costs and lack of diversity in games being produced. Layden partly blamed it on game companies being consolidated—a possible veiled jab at Microsoft, perhaps? And finally, if you're planning on attending PAX West in September, you'll need to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The Delta variant is spreading, and the PAX Team wants to help provide for the safety of both event workers and attendees. Smart move, IMO. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Valve has cleared up some confusion regarding their upcoming Steam Deck. Previous comments from Valve have said that they were targeting 30 frames per second in games run on the handheld. Now they're clarifying that what they meant was 30 FPS was the baseline for the console, and that players will have the option to choose between battery life and framerate. That's great news for gamers concerned over games' performance on the Steam Deck. In other news, if you've been wanting to own a piece of gaming history, like, oh say, the Nintendo World Championship cartridge from 1990, but balked at the $200k asking price, well have we got news for you. Investors can now own percentages of the cartridge, much like how you can own fractions of shares or crypto. And finally, the indie hit Death's Door has surpassed 100,000 players—fantastic news for a game developed by only six people. Congrats!
In today's Daily Fix, the Olympics paid homage to its host country's love of JRPGs by using some recognizable tunes from some of gaming's biggest franchises. Final Fantasy's Victory Fanfare, Chrono Trigger's Robo's Theme, and Monster Hunter's Proof of a Hero were just a few of the songs that made it into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony. Pretty cool! In completely unrelated news (other than it's still about games), EA officially announced the Dead Space remake yesterday. That's great! What's not great if you only have a last-gen console is that it's coming to PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5 only. Sorry, but them's the breaks. You still can't walk into a store and expect to find a next-gen console sitting on the shelf, but the gaming industry has to move on from the PS4/Xbox One eventually. And today's Daily Fix is brought to you by PUBG MOBILE.
In today's episode, the State of California is suing Activision Blizzard over allegations of sexual harassment and a 'frat boy culture.' This lawsuit didn't just come from nowhere: it's culmination of a two-year investigation by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. And in other Blizzard news, according to Bloomberg, the company knew their re-release of Warcraft 3 wasn't finished when it launched. Warcraft 3: Reforged met with lukewarm reviews last year, and an internal postmortem apparently revealed Blizzard had known the game wasn't ready to ship, but didn't want to lose out on preorders that were already placed. Yikes. And today's news is brought to you by PUBG MOBILE.
In today's Daily Fix, DO NOT play Amazon's MMO, New World, if you have an Nvidia RTX 3090 graphics card...unless you want to turn that $1,200 GPU into a paperweight. It seems the beta for that open-world MMO is bricking a specific model of that GPU line, and there's no fix for it yet. Yikes. In other PC gaming news, Ubisoft is considering a return to Steam if the Steam Deck takes off. The newly-announced PC handheld can play the Ubisoft games already offered on Steam, but their latest titles, like the upcoming Far Cry 6, will only be sold via Ubi's own digital store or the Epic Games Store (if you want the PC version). It's important to note that Ubisoft does tend to support new platforms regardless of their popularity (they had quite a few games on the Wii U), so it might not be too long until you can add all the Tom Clancy games you want to your Steam collection. And speaking of Nintendo, the company is updating its offerings of retro games for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers with three new games. There are some bangers in there, like Claymates. And Jelly Boy. And...Bombuzal. Yup, some real classics. Anyway, it's your Daily Fix!
In this episode, Sony's got a new PlayStation in the works, but hold your horses, it's not a PS5 Pro. In fact, it's only a refresh of the PS5 Digital Edition. What's different about it? You'll have to watch to find out. Ubisoft's Skull & Bones has entered a playable state, but don't expect it out for a while. The game started out as a spinoff of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag...EIGHT YEARS AGO, but it looks like the dev team is making some good headway. We break down what's been taking them so long. And finally, Neill Blomkamp has joined a start-up game studio as Chief Visionary Officer. He spoke to us to explain exactly that that means. What are you expecting from Skull & Bones? Let us know in the comments! It's your Daily Fix!
In today's episode, thousands of PS4's that were seized in a crypto mining scheme weren't actually mining for cryptocurrency. Well, not all of them, anyway. They were actually used to mine for...FIFA Ultimate Team cards? Guess that's the new currency of the future. A recent Bloomberg reported stated that the new Switch OLED models cost only $10 more to manufacture compared to the older models, and Nintendo has come out denying those claims. While they didn't specify how much it costs to make a Switch OLED model, it's still obvious Nintendo is going to make a profit, as they have been on ever console sold since they've been making game consoles. Oh, and they also denied there's a new Switch in development. But then again, they also denied they were working on a Switch with an OLED screen...so... Anyway, speaking of Nintendo, a super-rare GBA e-Reader card (remember those?) is up for auction, and it'll set you back almost five figures (as of this publishing). The cards were part of a giveaway at E3 2002, and were all supposedly destroyed. One made it through and in relatively good condition, and can be yours if you want to head on over to eBay and drop a bid. What's the rarest video game memorabilia you own? Let us know in the comments. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's episode, could we be getting PlayStation content in Netflix? A recent datamine of the Netflix app could be suggesting that. It's possible we might be playing a Ghost of Tsushima choose-your-own-adventure game on our TV's sometime in the future. Or maybe it's something else? Netflix...cloud gaming perhaps? Speaking of PlayStation, June's NPD numbers are out, and the PS5 was the fastest unit selling console hardware platform in U.S. history. Impressive! Also impressive is the Nintendo Switch was NOT the best-selling console in June. What was? Gotta watch to find out. And what could be giving the Switch even more competition? Valve's Steam Deck, preorders of which went live today. Developers are already impressed with it, with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney having some kind words for the upcoming handheld. Did you preorder a Steam Deck? Let us know in the comments. It's your Daily Fix!
In today's Daily Fix, Christopher Judge, who's voicing T'Challa in the upcoming Black Panther-centric expansion to Marvel's Avengers, almost didn't sign on for the role. If you're excited to hear his bass-y voice again, well you can thank his family for threatening to never speak to him again if didn't say yes. Valve has re-entered the console race (if you count the Steam Box as a console) with their Steam Deck. The handheld operates a lot like a Nintendo Switch—it even has a dock—but with one major difference: this thing is a handheld beast under the hood. It's basically a gaming PC in a Switch formfactor. And if you want even more details, check out our exclusive coverage on the Steam Deck on IGN.com and our YouTube channel. And speaking of the Nintendo Switch, the Switch OLED model preorders went up today! Did you snag one? Let us know in the comments! It's your Daily Fix!