Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

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Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

A few days ago, Limited Run Games revealed that the long-awaited Wii U physical edition of the popular Metroid homage Axiom Verge was finally going to be released on March 29. While that bit of news garnered more than a few responses of "huh, that's interesting," the far more interesting  story emerged alongside the announcement. Dan Adelman, a producer for Axiom Verge, took to Twitter to reveal a long, twisting account that explains the Wii U physical edition's delay, as well as the reasons for his lawsuit against the edition's former European publisher, Badland Publishing. 

Limited Run Games just announced the long-awaited release details for Axiom Verge Wii U. (Link to actual tweet: https://t.co/uyExyFDG2L)
We've been quiet about it until now, but Badland Games ripped us (me and Tom Happ) off as well. Here are some of the details: [1/14] pic.twitter.com/PEzDAzNHDR

In his account, Adelman says both he and Tom Happ, Axiom Verge's creator, went with Badland Publishing (which is also publishing The Occupation and Nightmare Boy) for the European physical release of the game because Badland promised a generous deal. Not only would the company match what other publishers were offering in terms of revenue share, but would also contribute a whopping 75 percent of its cut in order to create a trust fund to support Happ's child Alastair, born with Kernicterus. 

The Sims 4 To Stop Supporting 32-Bit PCs This June

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The Sims 4 To Stop Supporting 32-Bit PCs This June

EA announced that The Sims 4 will no longer be supporting 32-bit PCs and non-metal Mac OS machines by this June, though players will still be able to play the game thanks to an upcoming Legacy Edition.

The Legacy Edition has a tentative release planned for the same month that the support for older machines ends. This edition will transfer saved game files, but it won't receive future updates or bug fixes. It also won't support game or stuff packs that have released after February 26. When it comes to online features like the gallery, game banners, and social integrations, those too are unavailable on the new edition.

You can read EA's full statement below.

Valve To Investigate Epic Game Store's Use Of Steam Files

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Valve To Investigate Epic Game Store's Use Of Steam Files

Looks like things might be getting even more tense between Valve and Epic's storefronts. After the controversial incident where Epic Games secured a deal that made Metro Exodus a PC exclusive for its store, months after it had been available on Steam, a new kerfuffle has arisen between the two giants. Keen-eyed Reddit users noticed that the Epic launcher was accessing Steam-related files apparently without users' permission.

The most noteworthy point in the post is that Epic is making an encrypted copy of localconfig.vdf. According to Eurogamer, Epic says that the launcher only imports your Steam friends list (with the permission you give them after you sign the EULA for your account), but that's done little to ease users' concerns given that the vdf contains data relating to the games they own and "saved login tokens."

Epic has since commented on the matter saying that users are correct in that Epic should only be importing Steam friends list after users deliberately choose that option. CEO Tim Sweeney has gone to say that the company is working to fix the issue:

The Next Big Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is In Development

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The Next Big Sonic The Hedgehog Game Is In Development

During its SXSW panel today, Sonic Team made a flurry of announcements regarding its blue hedgehog. The biggest of which is that the next mainline Sonic game is already in development. Takashi Iizuka, the head of Sonic Team, made the announcement but did not elaborate further on gameplay, title, or release window.

However, there was plenty of other smaller news items to hold fans over.  Along with some new details about how customization will work in the upcoming Team Sonic Racing, Sonic Team also released a new animated video by the same talent responsible for the well-received Sonic Mania Adventures. You can watch the video right here:

Announcing "Team Sonic Racing: Overdrive" a new 2-part Animation by Tyson Hesse and Neko Productions! Here's Part 1 -Enjoy! pic.twitter.com/SoUzMnDicA

A New Sniper Elite And A Remaster Of Sniper Elite V2 Are On The Way

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A New Sniper Elite And A Remaster Of Sniper Elite V2 Are On The Way

Are you one of those folks who enjoy putting your virtual sniping skills to the test? Rebellion has some good news for this you this morning: there's a lot of Sniper Elite on the way.

Here are all the Sniper Elite projects the developer has announced:

The Switch port and remaster are due out in 2019 while the next mainline Sniper Elite is slated for 2020. No release date for the VR title yet.

Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

about X hours ago from
Axiom Verge Producer Suing Badland Publishing For $200,000

A few days ago, Limited Run Games revealed that the long-awaited Wii U physical edition of the popular Metroid homage Axiom Verge was finally going to be released on March 29. While that bit of news garnered more than a few responses of "huh, that's interesting," the far more interesting  story emerged alongside the announcement. Dan Adelman, a producer for Axiom Verge, took to Twitter to reveal a long, twisting account that explains the Wii U physical edition's delay, as well as the reasons for his lawsuit against the edition's former European publisher, Badland Publishing. 

Limited Run Games just announced the long-awaited release details for Axiom Verge Wii U. (Link to actual tweet: https://t.co/uyExyFDG2L)
We've been quiet about it until now, but Badland Games ripped us (me and Tom Happ) off as well. Here are some of the details: [1/14] pic.twitter.com/PEzDAzNHDR

In his account, Adelman says both he and Tom Happ, Axiom Verge's creator, went with Badland Publishing (which is also publishing The Occupation and Nightmare Boy) for the European physical release of the game because Badland promised a generous deal. Not only would the company match what other publishers were offering in terms of revenue share, but would also contribute a whopping 75 percent of its cut in order to create a trust fund to support Happ's child Alastair, born with Kernicterus. 

The Simpsons To Air Esports Episode This Weekend

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The Simpsons To Air Esports Episode This Weekend

Looks like forever-boy Bart Simpson is about to dive into the world of streaming and esports. An executive producer for The Simpsons, Al Jean, took to Twitter to showcase a preview for an upcoming esports-focused episode titled "E My Sports" that will incorporate League of Legends:

.@TheSimpsons New episode Sunday! pic.twitter.com/i2xhQeNQvR

The Verge has confirmed initial reports that Riot Games consulted on the show for the sake of accuracy:

What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Gwent, And Halo

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Gwent, And Halo

The shooters are out in full force this week, with Counter-Strike, Overwatch, Call of Duty, and Halo (on console, not PC) all representing, while fighting and card games get some love, too.

Last week, the World Electronic Sports Games hosted a Dota 2 tournament. This week, it hosts an event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, bringing with it some stiff competition and a $500,000 first-place prize. (Stream / Schedule)

Dota 2, meanwhile, is moving on to its Dreamhack major Dream League, which in its eleventh season will have teams like Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, Virtus Pro, and LGD fight it out for a $350,000 prize. (Stream / Schedule)

Steam Overhauling User Reviews

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Steam Overhauling User Reviews

Steam reviews have always been kind of a double-edged sword. They're a powerful way for customers to voice their dissatisfaction with a game, like in the case with Rockstar's crackdown on Grand Theft Auto V mods getting reversed because of reviews. But it also means that developers can be review bombed by an extremely effective user base, which might have problems with a game beyond game design, such as the recent case with Taiwanese horror game Devotion. Developers have long complained to Valve about the latter problem, which Epic took into account when not having user reviews on their store. That decision may have prompted Valve into today's announcement of overhauling user reviews on Steam.

In an extremely un-Valvelike move, the company has announced it is doing what it is often incredibly hesitant to do: hire a team of actual humans to do something. When a game gets an anomalous number of reviews at once, Valve dispatches a team of people to investigate the reviews and categorize non-relevant ones as off-topic. Review score went down because the game is broken? That's relevant. Score went down because the reviewer said something people don't like on Twitter? Likely off-topic. The thing is, what is determined to be "off-topic" seems broad enough to drive a truck through. 

Weekend Warrior – On Either Side Of The Division

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Weekend Warrior – On Either Side Of The Division

The Game Developers Conference is starting next Monday, so many of the editors will be making their way to San Francisco to mingle, and probably also write about video games. For those making the trip, video game time might be light, but for everyone else, there's plenty to play! With The Division 2 finally out the door, most of us will be spending time in Washington D.C. snagging loot. Otherwise, Devil May Cry 5 is still on a lot of people's to-do lists.

What are you playing this weekend? Is anyone still playing Anthem? Can somebody tell us where to find this Carmen Sandiego we keep hearing so much about? Let us know in the comments.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I am going to play my drums this weekend. I am writing it here in order to commit myself to it. I don’t play them enough, and it bums me out. Otherwise, I am still playing One Piece: World Seeker despite having beaten it. I want to do all the sidequests and get all the outfits! Other gaming commitments include Baba is You on Switch and finishing up Crackdown 3. Also, I am happy that Star vs. The Forces of Evil is back on TV. That’s a show not enough people talk about. It’s great. Finally, I will make a grilled cheese sandwich with mayo, so I can talk about my experience on the podcast.