Report: EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game

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Report: EA Cancels Open-World Star Wars Game

The unnamed Star Wars game that was rebooted in 2017 alongside the closure of EA's Visceral studio has seemingly once again been cancelled, according to a report from Kotaku. The open world game was intended to be EA's next big Star Wars project, but seemingly was unable to come together.

When Visceral closed, EA moved the project to EA Motive, which had been working with Visceral on the game during development. The title was reportedly going through a number of changes from director Amy Hennig's original design and story, but EA never publicly showed the rebooted version. EA Motive eventually opened a Vancouver office, sharing space with EA Vancouver until the two merged. After installing a new studio head in Samantha Ryan, Jade Raymond left the studio.

Kotaku also reports that the next game from EA Vancouver might also be a Star Wars game, but it would be years away even if were. In May 2013, Electronic Arts signed a ten year exclusivity deal for non-LEGO console and PC Star Wars titles, of which five years have passed. In that time, EA has released Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront II. They have also announced Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order from Titanfall developer Respawn scheduled to be released this year.

The Elder Scrolls Online Announces Newest Expansion Elsweyr

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The Elder Scrolls Online Announces Newest Expansion Elsweyr

During a livestream today, Bethesda revealed the newest expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online, bringing players to Elsweyr for the first time since The Elder Scrolls: Arena in 1994. The expansion comes with what Bethesda is calling the Season of the Dragon, pitting Tamriel's warriors against the series' dragon without the powers of a dragonborn on their side.

The Season of the Dragon is the title given to 2019's year of Elder Scrolls Online content, including the announced Wrathstone dungeon pack, a new Necromancer job class, and the unannounced dungeon packs for later this year. Elsweyr alone accounts for 30 hours of story content.

Check out the trailer below.

Netflix Raises Prices On Streaming Service Again

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Netflix Raises Prices On Streaming Service Again

Netflix has announced that the service will once again be raising their prices on all plans, meaning that every plan now requires payments of over $100 a year.

The streaming company has announced the price goes into effect today for new customers and in the coming months for existing ones. The $8 plan is going up to $9; the middle-tier, which is the most common plan according to Netflix, goes from $11 to $13; the premium plan which allows 4K and UHD streaming jumps from $14 to $16, making it one of the most expensive streaming services on the market.

Netflix is no stranger to price increases, as the company is increasingly trying to figure out how to make the service financially viable. Despite the massive number of subscribers and number of viral hits, Netflix has been losing far more money than it is making, with expected negative cash flows in the billions. As more and more companies start pulling away to launch their own services, like Disney, Netflix is in the unenviable position of needing to charge more while simultaneously losing more content. That means they have to fill the gaps with their own content which also costs truckloads of money.

Teased Sci-Fi Ubisoft Title Pioneer Seemingly Cancelled

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Teased Sci-Fi Ubisoft Title Pioneer Seemingly Cancelled

In Watch Dogs 2, the protagonist Marcus Holloway sneaks into video game developer Ubisoft's San Francisco office and leaks a video game trailer intended only for internal use but teasing an E3 release. While a lot of people posited that the trailer was probably a real thing under Ubisoft's creation, Kotaku's sources confirmed that the sci-fi game Pioneer was a real product in development and Watch Dogs' use of it was an intentional tease. Now it seems like game might be dead.

Alex Hutchinson, former Ubisoft director of games like Far Cry 4 and Assassin's Creed III, recently tweeted a suggestion that the Pioneer project is no more.

RIP Pioneer.

Call Of Duty's Blackout Mode Getting Free Trial This Week

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Call Of Duty's Blackout Mode Getting Free Trial This Week

Activision has been experimenting with different ways to get Blackout, their Call of Duty-flavored battle royale game, into the hands of consumers, such as selling the mode separately. Now you can try the mode on its own for free later this week during a free week.

Bring your friends — the Blackout Free Trial is coming.
Play #BlackOps4’s Blackout Battle Royale for free from January 17th to the 24th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. pic.twitter.com/jfOw2diCV9

The free week is for all platforms for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, meaning PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can start playing on January 17 until the January 24, giving you plenty of time to emerge victorious in lauded battle royale mode. 

Riot Games Introduces New Company Values Following Toxic Culture Allegations

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Riot Games Introduces New Company Values Following Toxic Culture Allegations

Today, League of Legends developer Riot Games has revealed new company values on its website following last year's allegations of rampant sexism and misogyny in the company's workplace.

The controversy resulted in gender discrimination lawsuits from current and former Riot employees. Riot Games apologized to both its fans and workers, stating that it would strive to improve company culture as best it could. These new values are one of its steps towards hopefully making a safer and healthier office environment.

You can click here, or look below to read the new values:

Riot Games Introduces New Company Values Following Toxic Workplace Allegations

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Riot Games Introduces New Company Values Following Toxic Workplace Allegations

Today, League of Legends developer Riot Games has revealed new company values on its website following last year's allegations of rampant sexism and misogyny in the company's workplace.

The controversy resulted in gender discrimination lawsuits from current and former Riot employees. Riot Games apologized to both its fans and workers, stating that it would strive to improve company culture as best it could. These new values are one of its steps towards hopefully making a safer and healthier office environment.

You can click here, or look below to read the new values:

Team Sonic Racing Adds Villainous Team Eggman Squad

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Team Sonic Racing Adds Villainous Team Eggman Squad

Sega has announced a new team of racers for the upcoming Team Sonic Racing. Team Eggman features three villains from various points of Sonic's history. Head of Sonic Team and Team Sonic Racing producer Takashi Iizuka confirmed to us in November that there are 15 playable racers in the game, meaning this is the final character announcement ahead of its May release.

Each team features three roles: speed, technique, and power. Dr. Eggman heads up the team as the technique character, while Metal Sonic fills in the speed role, and Zavok, who debuted in Sonic Lost World on Wii U, is the team's power character.

You can see the full roster below.

Carlton And Floss Emotes Removed From Forza Horizon 4

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Carlton And Floss Emotes Removed From Forza Horizon 4

The Carlton and Floss avatar emotes have been removed from Forza Horizon 4 with its latest update, which is likely a response to the growing concern of lawsuits surrounding dance moves in games.

Aside from bug fixes and improvements to Forza Horizon 4, the update's patch notes briefly mention how these emotes were pulled, though no reason is given. 

These removals could be a sign of Microsoft wanting to stay out of potential legal battles. Epic Games has been facing its share of lawsuits relating to dance moves in Fortnite. Rapper 2 Milly, for example, filed legal action over the Milly Rock dance used in Fortnite. Russel Horning (Backpack Kid) and Fresh Prince's Alfonso Ribeiro also are suing Epic Games over their dances' portrayals in the game.

NBA 2K Continues Partnership With NBA & Players Association

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NBA 2K Continues Partnership With NBA & Players Association

Take-Two and its 2K label have extended their current partnership deal with the NBA and the NBA Players Association, meaning it's business as usual for the NBA 2K franchise for the foreseeable future.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed other than it's a multi-year deal and it continues to cover the NBA 2K series, PC franchise NBA 2K Online, mobile, arcade-gameplay title NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, and possibly other unenumerated areas.