The Creators Of Left 4 Dead Announce Back 4 Blood

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The Creators Of Left 4 Dead Announce Back 4 Blood

There are no screenshots or trailers yet, unfortunately, but the studio behind Evolve that is made of the creative minds behind Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, announced a partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive today to make a cooperative zombie shooter called Back 4 Blood.

The name, Back 4 Blood is an obvious callout to the studios' previous work. In the press release for the game, co-founder and design director Chris Ashton is quoted saying, “It’s hard to overstate what an awesome opportunity this is. We get to return to a genre that was born in our studio with over ten years of additional experience and zombie ideas racked up in our brains.” Regarding whether or not this is Left 4 Dead 3, Turtle Rock's community manager writes, "No. Back 4 Blood is our own brand new, original IP. You’ll be able to shoot up a lot of zombies like in Left 4 Dead, but there’s a whole lot of new stuff in Back 4 Blood which makes it unique."

According to the game's FAQ page, it is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC at some point, it will have a campaign and PvP, it's not a battle royale, and pricing has not been decided yet. Turtle Rock's community manager writes, "We haven’t locked down a price point yet, but the game will be a premium, AAA title."

Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To iOS And Android, Enhancing Its Game Creation Ecosystem For All Devs

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Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To iOS And Android, Enhancing Its Game Creation Ecosystem For All Devs

Microsoft is enabling developers of mobile games to use Xbox Live features thanks to new mobile SDKs. The news arrives as a part of Microsoft's initiative to empower game developers on whichever platform they choose to create on. This confirms half of a report from February that said Xbox Live is coming to mobile platforms as well as Switch.

When mobile developers choose to create a game with Xbox Live, they are able to choose à la carte from features like Achievements, Gamerscore, Clubs, friends list, family settings, and more. Since this initiative is created with the idea of bridging gaps between platforms, Microsoft says that Achievements earned on mobile Xbox Live-enabled mobile titles will fold into players' overall Xbox Gamerscore.

When asked about the reports of Xbox Live coming to Nintendo Switch, or even the potential for it ever coming to PlayStation, Microsoft talked about its continued commitment to collaborating with other platform holders and uniting gamers across the world regardless of their device of choosing, but was unable to make any announcements. Along those same lines, Microsoft doubled down that Project xCloud's mission is bring Xbox's console gaming content to other devices regardless of their computing power via streaming. Public trials of the service will begin later this year.

Turn-Based RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar Is Heading To Mobile

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Turn-Based RPG Battle Chasers: Nightwar Is Heading To Mobile

After it's release in 2017 for PC, Xbox, and PS4, Battle Chasers: Nightwar eventually found its way to Switch. Now, almost two years later the game from former Darksiders team members is coming to mobile devices.

We generally liked the game when we reviewed it, and even thought it was unfortunately overlooked that year. With a turn-based battling system reminiscent of some classic Final Fantasy titles, it seems like a great fit for your phone. There is no word on a specific release date for the port, but the trailer promises it is coming soon. In the meantime, check out the teaser trailer below.

Dwarf Fortress Coming To Steam With Actual Graphics

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Dwarf Fortress Coming To Steam With Actual Graphics

You might have only heard of Dwarf Fortress for its reputation as an inscrutable piece of gaming lore that is as difficult to play as it is to understand on a basic level. Its fans are the most dedicated in the world, creating worlds out of play sessions and entire lives out of its emergent narrative. It's also pretty likely that, either because of those reputation or the side-effect of not many people talking about it, you probably have not played it. While that changes now! Well, that time is sometime down the line, but relatively speaking, it's now.

Dwarf Fortress will be coming to Steam and itch.io, a fairly massive change for the nearly 20-year project. The game is, and always has been, developed by a pair of developers that make up Bay 12 Games. Tarn Adams and Zach Adams started working on Dwarf Fortress in 2003 and have been steadily improving it without shaking any of its foundations for the past two decades. The game would frequently get patch notes like "Stopped vampires from pinning their crimes on babies and children" and "Adjusted the value of bees."

Office Life Horror Game Yuppie Psycho Releases In April

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Office Life Horror Game Yuppie Psycho Releases In April

You might not be familiar with indie horror game Yuppie Psycho, but the scary little pixel art title will be landing on Steam in about a month, ready to make going into the office every day that much scarier.

The game was first announced in 2016, then got some console versions announced last year, but has been pretty quiet for a little while now. The game's designer started developing the game after leaving his corporate job and wanting to express the hellishness that is working for the man with literal hellishness. 

You can check out the trailer below to get a better idea for what Yuppie Psycho is all about.

Gearbox Teasing Another Game Reveal For PAX

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Gearbox Teasing Another Game Reveal For PAX

Gearbox has been teasing for a little while to expect reveals at their PAX East panel at the end of this month, going so far as to tease what looks to be some sort of Borderlands-related announcement, it looks like the developer/publisher is also bringing some other announcements with them to the show.

In a tweet posted today, Gearbox is teasing something a little bit more sci-fi that definitely doesn't look like Borderlands in either genre or style.

Time to tease another game for PAX! pic.twitter.com/N6OQIUZnAc

Report: EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Himself Playing Apex Legends

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Report: EA Paid Ninja $1 Million To Stream Himself Playing Apex Legends

Remember last month when Apex Legends came out of nowhere and seemed like it took the world by storm? As was obvious even at the time, the launch and explosion of people talking about the game was all part of a coordinated marketing campaign by EA, which isn't really news. What is news is that it turns out that marketing campaign was really expensive, to the point where streamer Ninja ended up walking away with a million dollars out of EA's pockets for it.

The news comes from Reuters, who themselves cite an anonymous source, stating that Tyler "Ninja" Blevins received a payment of "around $1 million dollars" for agreeing to play Apex Legends on his popular stream and tweeting about the game. Though the article doesn't specify which Tweet, the first Ninja tweet about the game with a hashtag to indicate a sponsorship came on February 6.

God after watching all of this #ApexLegends streams today I need a freaking Phoenix Kit to bring me back to life so I can keep grinding it #Ad PLZZZ

Rumor: Sony In Negotiations To Acquire Grand Theft Auto Publisher Take-Two

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Rumor: Sony In Negotiations To Acquire Grand Theft Auto Publisher Take-Two

A small item in a market report today has sent the video game industry in a tizzy after Take-Two's stock went up. A report from Market Watch suggests that the reason for this sudden 4.7 percent increase is because Sony, yes that Sony, is in high-level talks to acquire the publisher. This would put Take-Two's entire umbrella, housing developers like Rockstar Games, Firaxis, and Hangar 13, under Sony's roof.

The rumor is almost entirely clean of details, simply stating that the Sony is in "advanced board level discussions to acquire Take-Two Interactive in a mostly cash deal," crediting the rumor to Wedbush Securities. We reached out to Wedbush for confirmation, but did not hear anything back by time of writing.

In fact, looking into sources of this rumor proved excruciating. If it is true, it might be one of the best kept secrets in the entire video game industry as literally no one is talking about it and everyone is flatly denying it. Following through every single report of this rumor seems to lead squarely back to Wedbush, indicating a likelihood that this report is more speculative fiction than fact. That said, you can never really say for sure, but it definitely does not seem like this is an open secret.

Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego

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Where On Google Earth Is Carmen Sandiego

Starting today, if you go to Google Earth, you'll be given the option to help track down the the illustrious thief Carmen Sandiego after her most recent caper. As a throwback to the popular games of the 80s and 90s, you're tasked with tracking down Carmen and the crown jewels that she's absconded with by interviewing witnesses and traveling to different famous landmarks around the globe.

This is only the first of three planned missions with the later two arriving in May and June, and you can enjoy talking to some colorful new characters while you hunt her down on Chrome, Android, or iOS.

Carmen Sandiego is making a big comeback with the recent Netflix animated show that launched in January being recently picked up for a second season. Additionally, Netflix is a developing a live-action film starring Gina Rodriguez.

Sega Halts Sales Of Judgment After Actor Is Arrested For Drug Possession

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Sega Halts Sales Of Judgment After Actor Is Arrested For Drug Possession

Last year, Sega revealed Judgment, a new title adjacent to the Yakuza series that features a lot of the same gameplay and takes place in Kamurocho. It was released in December to decent critical acclaim and is scheduled to be released in the west this Summer, but a recent issue with an actor in the game may have totally derailed Sega's future plans.

Like Yakuza, Judgment uses real and often well-known actors to play the parts of the characters in the game for both marketing and performance quality reasons. One of the actors used this time around is Pierre Taki, a member of the Japanese synthpop group Denki Groove Band and actor in movies like Attack on Titan and Shin Godzilla, as well as the Japanese dub voice of Olaf in Frozen. Late last night, Japanese police arrested Taki on possession and use of cocaine, setting off a firestorm that has resulted in the entire game being pulled from shelves and digital stores.

On Tuesday night, Taki took a mandated drug test that showed cocaine in his system, prompting an official narcotics investigation by police. While no cocaine was found in his car, police believe the drugs in his system and a South Korean won bill that they allege he used as a straw for the drugs painted enough of a picture to arrest the actor for possession and use of cocaine.