Vivendi Sells Ubisoft Stock, Ending Multi-Year Takeover Attempt

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Vivendi Sells Ubisoft Stock, Ending Multi-Year Takeover Attempt

In 2015, mass media conglomerate Vivendi had recently split with Activision-Blizzard and was seeking new footing in the video game industry. At the time, French publisher Ubisoft seemed like an easy bet as a publicly-traded company, and Vivendi began the long and circuitous process of becoming a majority stakeholder in Ubisoft. Now, several years later, Vivendi has officially given up their takeover bid as the Guillemot family emerges victorious.

Reuters confirms that Vivendi has sold off the last of its remaining Ubisoft stock, which amounted to 5.9 percent ownership in the Assassin's Creed developer. The company had been nearing the 30 percent mark of Ubisoft ownership that would trigger a mechanism where Vivendi would either have to commit to taking over Ubisoft or back off. Vivendi chose to back off for a committed period of six months, which Ubisoft then negotiated to five years.

As part of their lead up to purchasing Ubisoft, Vivendi acquired mobile developer Gameloft, which was owned by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot's brother Michael Guillemot. Vivendi retains that ownership and will be using the company as their foothold in the gaming space. This isn't to say Vivendi is in any way prevented from trying to take over Ubisoft again, but the process is so long and difficult that it is unlikely to happen even after the five years are up.

Elite Dangerous' Next Major Expansion Planned For Late 2020

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Elite Dangerous' Next Major Expansion Planned For Late 2020

Elite Dangerous developer Frontier has outlined its content plans for the spacefaring game, including a "mammoth" content drop coming in the latter half of 2020.

The update comes via a post on the Elite Dangerous forum, and while it doesn't divulge specific information on the incoming paid content, the post refers to it as the "biggest update yet," and it will be free for lifetime expansion pass owners.

To tide players over while they wait for the new content, Frontier plans to tweak existing content and offer new monthly events. Community Goals will see some of these changes: players can expect new scenarios, reputation and reward boosts (such as Superpower reputation increases), and "global galactic changes."

Report: Nintendo Requests Mobile Game Partners Prevent Players From Spending Too Much

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Report: Nintendo Requests Mobile Game Partners Prevent Players From Spending Too Much

In the grand scheme of the company, Nintendo's decision to publish mobile games is really quite recent. It was only in 2015 that the late Nintendo president announced a partnership with DeNA to pursue mobile development, finally calming the clamor from investors who were looking to see Nintendo explore new revenue streams. There are aspects of the mobile market that Nintendo is still not comfortable with, however, and they seem to be telling their partners to hold their horses on likely money-makers.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has prevented partners from going too far with certain revenue models to prevent players from spending too much on their games. Nintendo's chief concern appears to be maintaining brand image and worrying that pursuing whales, a popular term for players that spend exponentially more money than most users, will make Nintendo look craven rather than their normal family-friendly reputation.

In the report, CyberAgent Inc., parent company of CyGames which co-developed Dragalia Lost with Nintendo, confirmed that Nintendo has been preventing them from using tactics they know will make more money.

Apex Legends' Rumored Octane Hero Is Starting To Look Legitimate

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Apex Legends' Rumored Octane Hero Is Starting To Look Legitimate

Now that Apex Legends has amassed a sizable following, players are tirelessly exploring the web for news on upcoming content. Those efforts are starting to bear fruit, as info on the next character, Octane, seemingly leaked online. A Daily Esports report references an interview with an anonymous source who confirms the legitimacy of the aforementioned leak. The article goes on to showcase an image of Octane's abilities. Of his three skills, "adrenaline junkie" appears to be particularly striking; an increase in movement speed can give him a great advantage in most team fights. 

The unnamed source also claims that the game's Battle Pass will release on March 12. 

While all of this is mere speculation we haven't been able to confirm, the player base is excitedly anticipating Apex Legends' growing hero roster. As you wait for more updates, read our squad-build guide so you can have that extra edge on the battlefield.

Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

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Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

Four years after launch, Rainbow Six Siege is arguably better than it's ever been. Today marks the beginning of another year of content. Operation Burnt Horizon follows the Siege tradition of introducing two new operators as well as a new map, Outback, set in Australia.  

The new attacking operator, Gridlock, uses a new gadget called Trax Stingers she can deploy on the ground to slow down defenders' movements or force them to abandon entrenched positions, as they slowly drain health. The new defender Mozzie, is an Aussie hacker who can commandeer opposing players' drones with his Pest Launcher bots.

The new content drops comes alongside some balance tweaks, including another modification to the lean camera and cleaned up running animations. Ubisoft also raised the barrier to entry for ranked playlists from level 20 to 30. Read all about the extensive changes in the official patch notes.

Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

about X hours ago from
Rainbow Six Siege's Operation Burnt Horizon Deploys Today

Four years after launch, Rainbow Six Siege is arguably better than it's ever been. Today marks the beginning of another year of content. Operation Burnt Horizon follows the Siege tradition of introducing two new operators as well as a new map, Outback, set in Australia.  

The new attacking operator, Gridlock, uses a new gadget called Trax Stingers she can deploy on the ground to slow down defenders' movements or force them to abandon entrenched positions, as they slowly drain health. The new defender Mozzie, is an Aussie hacker who can commandeer opposing players' drones with his Pest Launcher bots.

The new content drops comes alongside some balance tweaks, including another modification to the lean camera and cleaned up running animations. Ubisoft also raised the barrier to entry for ranked playlists from level 20 to 30. Read all about the extensive changes in the official patch notes.

Fallout 4, Just Cause 4 Heading To Xbox Game Pass This Month

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Fallout 4, Just Cause 4 Heading To Xbox Game Pass This Month

Microsoft's subscription service is due for another injection of new games, and if you like the number four, this is your month. 

Today Microsoft revealed that the 2015 blockbuster Fallout 4 (March 14), Just Cause 4 (March 6), Lego Batman 2 (March 6), and F1 2018 (March 14) are all coming to Xbox Game Pass. Just Cause 4 is the most surprising addition, as the game just released this past December to largely lukewarm reviews. However, our own Jeff Marchiafava liked it, saying: "Just like any good sandbox game, Just Cause 4 gives you the freedom to make your own fun, and has kept me experimenting and entertained for hours after the credits rolled." 

What the subscription service lacks in numbers for monthly content drops, it makes up for with quality thus far. This is the second straight month of delivering high profile games to the service. This past February, Microsoft added Alien: Isolation, Batman: Return to Arkham, and Shadow of the Tomb Raider.  

Latest Fortnite Update Adds Slippery Duos Mode, Buried Treasure & More

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Latest Fortnite Update Adds Slippery Duos Mode, Buried Treasure & More

Fortnite's v8.01 update is coming today, adding a bunch of tweaks to the game across all modes. Highlights include a new Slide Duos mode, in which players' feet are encased in ice; a new treasure-map item (complete with buried legendary booty); and the ability to drop multiple sprays in Creative mode.

You can check out the complete patch notes here.

Kojima Admits That Death Stranding Is Slightly Behind Schedule

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Kojima Admits That Death Stranding Is Slightly Behind Schedule

Death Stranding on PS4 from Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions doesn't have an official release date yet, but Kojima himself has admitted that development is slightly behind the studio's internal schedule.

In an interview with J-Wave (translated by Siliconera), Kojima said, "Many studios lag behind their planned release date, and Death Stranding is slightly behind our initial plan, but it is not too far behind."

The game is playable (which Kojima says he's doing every day), and a trailer and character art for the title were shown at last fall's Tokyo Game Show.

Judgment Releasing June 21 Digitally, A Few Days Later For Physical

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Judgment Releasing June 21 Digitally, A Few Days Later For Physical

Judgment, the upcoming somewhat spiritual spinoff to Sega's Yakuza series, is Sega's next big attempt to grow the Yakuza base in the west. The game looks similar to Yakuza, but has a fresh coat of paint with new characters and a new story, only really taking place in the same area as the Yakuza games. We won't have to wait too long to get our hands on this new take, however, as the game is coming in June, though which day in June will depend on how you buy it.

Judgment launches in the West on June 25!
Digital pre-orders will be starting on the PS4 PlayStation Store on March 7 at 6:00AM PST. All digital pre-orders will grant early access to the full game on June 21.

Check back this Thursday for even more Judgment news! pic.twitter.com/lCYD1HPWWA

If you pre-order the game on the PSN store, you'll be able to start playing it on June 21 when it unlocks on the PlayStation 4. Physical copies won't go on sale until four days later on June 25. It is unclear why exactly this is the case, but it is a trend that is not completely alone in the industry.