Days Gone Delayed Into 2019

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Days Gone Delayed Into 2019

Days Gone is among our most anticipated action and PlayStation titles of 2018. While the focus on the undead may seem stale to some people, the gorgeous visuals, unique behavioral patterns of the zombies, and open world might just scratch an itch that Dying Light couldn't satisfy – as good as it was. However, an update to the game's official page on the PlayStation website has unexpectedly moved its release date to next year. US Gamer received confirmation from a Sony spokesperson that the game was being delayed until 2019, but Sony declined to provide any additional information.

We have reached out to Sony and Bend Studio as well and will update this story should we hear anything back. In the meantime, you can watch Ben Hanson's interview with Days Gone's director Jeff Ross and world designer Eric Jensen, where they discuss the progress of development and the challenges of making an open-world game.

[Source: US Gamer via IGN]

Ratings Board Listing Indicates Super Bomberman R Might Come To PS4

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Ratings Board Listing Indicates Super Bomberman R Might Come To PS4

A Korean Ratings Board listing indicates that Konami's Bomberman revival might be coming from the Switch to the PlayStation 4.

The Bomberman title launched with alongside the Nintendo Switch last March, becoming a marked success for Konami, which was widely thought to have mostly removed themselves from console game development. A year later, Konami seems keen on trying to see if the game succeeds elsewhere, according to the Korean ratings board.

This wouldn't be the first time the Korean ratings board has leaked a game ahead of its announcements, with the most notable recent example being Assassin's Creed Rogue HD a bit before its official announcement.

Neil Druckmann Promoted To Vice-President Of Naughty Dog

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Neil Druckmann Promoted To Vice-President Of Naughty Dog

Neil Druckmann, one of Naughty Dog's most well-known developers, has been promoted to the position of vice-president of the studio.

The announcement came as part of a blog post from Naughty Dog president Evan Wells, assuring fans hopeful for The Last of Us Part II that Druckmann is staying on as creative director despite the new position. Wells also confirmed that Anthony Newman and Kurt Margenau are serving as joint directors for the game.

Druckmann started at Naughty Dog as an intern in 2004, getting a chance to work on Jak X: Combat Racing and Jak 3 before eventually joining Naughty Dog's design team. His biggest break was serving as game designer for Uncharted and Uncharted 2, eventually becoming Naughty Dog's headlining name.

NBA 2K League Draft Tips Off In April

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NBA 2K League Draft Tips Off In April

The NBA 2K League announced plans to host its first league draft on April 4 at The Hulu Theater inside Madison Square Garden's lobby. The NBA 2K League Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the 17 teams, will be held next week on March 13.

The league has selected 102 of the best NBA 2K players after a tryout process that began in January. The order of the draft will be determined at random, with each team's logo appearing on a ping-pong ball and selected from the same machine that the NBA Draft uses. The process will start with the 17th overall pick and work its way up to the first overall pick. The draft itself will be serpentine, meaning that the order will be reversed in each round, for six total rounds.

“The NBA 2K League Draft is going to be incredible as we watch dreams become reality for our players,” says NBA 2K League Managing Director Brendan Donohue. “We cannot wait to introduce the world to the first-ever NBA 2K League professionals and, most importantly, we are eager for our players to meet their teams and teammates for the first time. This will be a milestone moment for our league.” 

Mario Drifting Into Google Maps For Mario Day

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Mario Drifting Into Google Maps For Mario Day

March 10 is Mario Day. Get it? Because it's Mar10. To celebrate the occasion, Google and Nintendo are putting Mario on the map – literally.

On the Google Maps app for Android and iOS, users on Mario Day can activate Mario Time, which makes a yellow question mark appear next to locales. Tapping on the marker makes Mario (in a kart, naturally) pop up on the map to take you to the destination. Google has yet to say if alleged best friends will toss a last-second blue shell at you just before you arrive.

Google and Nintendo teamed up in 2016 for a similar event to celebrate the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, in which Link acted as the navigator.

Bethesda Expands With New Studio In Austin

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Bethesda Expands With New Studio In Austin

Bethesda Game Studios announced today that it will be expanding to a third location in Austin, Texas. BattleCry Studios will be absorbed under the Bethesda umbrella to become Bethesda Game Studios Austin.

“As the vision, scale and ambitions for our games continue to grow, so does Bethesda Game Studios,” said Todd Howard, game director and executive producer at Bethesda Game Studios. “We’ve had the pleasure to know the talented developers at BattleCry and knew we could do great things together.”

BattleCry Studio's first game, BattleCry, was halted back in 2015, but the studio went on to help with the development of 2016's Doom.

NHL Enters Esports Fray With Gaming Tournament

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NHL Enters Esports Fray With Gaming Tournament

The Madden, FIFA, and NBA 2K sports series all have robust esports leagues either already in progress or forming as we speak. It was only a matter of time before NHL got in on the action as well. 

Today the National Hockey League announced the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship. A joint venture between the NHL, NBC Sports, Sportsnet in Canada, and Viasat in Sweden, this international NHL 18 tournament kicks off later this month and culminates with a virtual final taking place in Las Vegas this June. Surprisingly, the tournament does not leverage the game's 6v6 EASHL mode, opting for 1v1 matches instead. When ESPN asked why they decided to go this direction, NHL VP of business development Chris Golier said, "we wanted to have everybody play and be eligible. Finding 3-on-3 and 6-on-6 teams was too cumbersome."

EA Sports appears to be taking a backseat in the formation of this league. 

Final Sea Of Thieves Beta Sailing Off This Weekend

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Final Sea Of Thieves Beta Sailing Off This Weekend

If you've enjoyed its previous beta sessions, or are merely Sea of Thieves-curious, this is your last weekend to check out the game before it launches in a few weeks. The final beta has set sail, and will be running through the weekend. And even if you've made the voyage before, this last look at the multiplayer pirate game includes a new way to play.

The final beta has started now and is running through 2 a.m. Pacific on Sunday, March 11. Up to four players can work together as a pirate crew, hitting the high seas, tracking down treasure, and battling other sea dogs. This last beta includes a new set of challenges, too. Players can take on new merchant-alliance voyages, where they have to roam the world to track down and deliver livestock. Additionally, skeleton forts are in the beta, which provide even more challenging battles – with the potential of better loot rewards.

Sea of Thieves is coming to Xbox One on March 20. Check out our recent episode of New Gameplay Today below to see how our four-man team fared against the sea (and ourselves).

Mass Effect 2 Lead Writer Drew Karpyshyn Leaves BioWare Again

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Mass Effect 2 Lead Writer Drew Karpyshyn Leaves BioWare Again

Back in June, BioWare fans rejoiced when Drew Karpyshyn, the lead writer for Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, revealed he had returned to BioWare to work on the company's new shooter, Anthem. Karpyshyn had originally departed from the company between Mass Effect 2 and 3 to focus on writing a novel trilogy. After the critically disappointing Andromeda, many took this to mean that the company would get back on track when it came to creating enthralling universes and beloved characters.

Today Karpyshyn announced on his personal site that he's leaving the company "pursue a number of other projects, including more original novels, an original sci-fi graphic novel I'm co-creating, and freelance gaming work." Karpyshyn also mentions he's "not leaving games entirely," and has something in the works with FogBank Entertainment. The press release for the company's announcement says that FongBank is dedicated to building narrative narrative games that focus on branching storylines and player agency.

Karpyshyn's departure follows in the wake of a high number of BioWare talent leaving the studio, including Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw, studio general manager Aaryn Flynn, Andromeda lead writer Chris Schlerf, Dragon Age lead writer David Gaider, and Andromeda senior development director Chris Wynn.