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Steam just banned all games dealing with cryptocurrency, blockchain, or NFTs. These games could find a new home on Epic's digital storefront.
Ever the contrarian to Valve's business models, Epic Games says it won't issue a wide-sweeping ban on blockchain games. These types of video games have been controversial due to their cryptocurrency and NFT payouts to players. These rewards have tangible real-world value that violate Valve's core developer guidelines and also have somewhat-messy legal and financial implications for storeholders.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney isn't ready to shut the door on blockchain games, however. The company tells The Verge that it's interested in helping mature this fledgling landscape and potentially explore new opportunities for growth (and disruption). Rules and regulations will need to be established and strictly enforced so there could be a messy period of adaptation and learning for games-makers and store operators like Epic.
Diablo 2 Resurrected's servers still aren't fixed and may not be for some time.
Diablo 2 Resurrected's online infrastructure is getting hammered right now. Too many people are playing the game and the old server databases simply can't handle it. This has led to seven days of continued instability during peak play times (which is, oddly enough, during the morning-noon EST periods). As a result Blizzard has had to perform emergency maintenance many times, leading to rollbacks and character progression losses.
Now the saga continues. Blizzard is currently making D2R players wait in an online queue in order to connect to servers and join/make games. This digital wait-in-line plan was put into place to help funnel gamers into a more controlled environment versus the free-for-all frenzy that has crashed the databases many times.
Activision-Blizzard, a company facing multiple lawsuits and investigations into employee rights violations, says it wants all employees to return to offices by January 2022.
COVID-19 has interrupted the games industry. Games are being delayed as publishers and dev teams adapt to the new normal: work-from-home and remote work instead of office-based jobs. Some companies like Eidos-Montreal are moving to four-day workweeks. Activision employees have also shifted from commute-based office jobs in expensive cities to remote work, but it might not last.
Activision-Blizzard, the industry's second-biggest billion-dollar earner, eventually wants employees back in offices...and soon. Bloomberg's Jason Schreier confirms the publisher plans to have workers "fully return to our offices by January 3, 2022."
Microsoft is making it easy to Xbox and chill with its new Series X Mini Fridge.
It's official: The Xbox Mini Fridge is being produced and consumers will be able to buy one this holiday season. The fridge, which started out as a meme, will cost $99 and pre-orders open up in just 3 days across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. There's no word on availability or how many units will be made so if you want one it's best to jump in ASAP.
Target will be the exclusive retailer offering the Series X Mini Fridge, and according to the website there's some restrictions: "Only available with contactless Drive Up or Order Pickup. Quantities limited. Limit 1 per guest."
A new Rockstar Games job listing may hint at features included in Grand Theft Auto 6, including advanced next-gen destruction and fluid physics.
Rockstar Games is hiring en masse to build up its dev teams for GTA 6. The next-gen Grand Theft Auto, which may not release before 2025, will apparently have next-level realism that goes beyond any other GTA game.
According to a VFX Artist job listing at Rockstar New England, GTA 6 could feature real-time skyscraper destruction (possibly from hurricane-force winds or tornadoes) and high-end fluid motion physics dealing with rainwater and building interactions.
Disney and Lucasfilm plan to reveal a new Star Wars game shortly before Christmas. Could it be something big?
Lucasfilm just announced a new Bring Home the Bounty campaign, and it's kind of like an advent calendar with a different product reveals planned every week. Most of the reveals are shop items--new action figures, apparel, bundles, etc--but one of them is a games reveal. This is pretty interesting because there's a lot of Star Wars games in development right now.
While it's likely the game reveal won't be something huge, there is a possibility that Lucasfilm could surprise announce a AAA product. Right now a number of studios are working on Star Wars games; Aspyr is tackling a remake of Knights of the Old Republic, EA is working on multiple Star Wars titles, Respawn is developing Jedi: Fallen Order 2, and Ubisoft is even making their own story-driven action-adventure game.
The new Nintendo Switch Online tier will cost $49.99 a year, a hefty 150% increase over the current subscription.
Soon Nintendo Switch will have two subscription tiers: the lower-cost $20 a year Switch Online service that includes NES, SNES games, and online play, and the more premium Switch Online + Expansion Pack, which will offer Nintendo 64, Genesis games, and even DLC content for Animal Crossing New Horizons.
The recent Animal Crossing Direct confirmed the higher Switch Online tier would cost $49.99 a year for a base subscription and a whopping $79.99 a year for family memberships. That's compared to the $19.99 base and $34.99 family costs of the existing Switch Online membership.
Valve has banned all video games that deal with NFTs, cryptocurrency, or blockchain from Steam, game dev behind Age of Rust confirms.
A new Steam rules and guidelines list says that all blockchain games will be removed from the storefront platform. This includes titles like Age of Rust and Dragon's Divide, which rewards players with NFTs via blockchain.
On the list of things that developers shouldn't publish is: "Applications built on blockchain technology that issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs."
New leaks from Rockstar's mainsite confirms details on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition re-release.
A bit ago Rockstar accidentally posted a support article that outlines some of the GTA remaster trilogy's upgrades. GTA III, GTA Vice City, and GTA San Andreas are all getting re-released in a new enhanced bundle for $59.99 (possibly $69.99 on PS5, Xbox Series X/S) and now we have some idea of what to expect.
According to the page, all of the games in the GTA trilogy remaster will feature high-definition textures (we're guessing 1080p), improved lighting effects and larger draw distances, and modernized targeting and control schemes straight out of GTA V.
The original Quake holds a very special place in my heart, spending hundreds and hundreds of hours playing the game in both single-player and multiplayer -- especially on LAN -- and then its sequels Quake II and Quake III Arena.
The new Quake remaster is receiving its next-gen upgrade which delivers support for the delicious 4K 120FPS on the next-gen Microsoft Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, as well as Sony's next-gen PlayStation 5 console. The PC version doesn't get an upgrade, because it could always do 4K 120FPS -- even back in the 90s the PC could do 120FPS.
PlayStation 5 owners get something special with the next-gen upgrade for the Quake remaster, with DualSense controller support. The adaptive triggers and built-in speaker will get a work out in Quake on the PS5, especially with the Nine Inch Nails soundtrack. On PS5 you'll need to download the upgraded version of Quake on the PlayStation Store, or through the game's hub.