Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop Board of Directors

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Reggie Fils-Aimé Joins GameStop Board of Directors

GameStop today announced plans to add three new independent directors to its board, who join amid GameStop’s public discussions of ongoing changes to its business strategy.

The new additions include William Simon, who previously served as president and CEO of Walmart U.S., and James Symancyk, who has served as president and CEO of PetSmart. For the gaming audience, however, the most familiar addition to GameStop’s board is undoubtedly Reggie Fils-Aimé, who is best known within the gaming community as the former president and COO of Nintendo of America. Fils-Aimé first became a public figure for many rank-and-file gamers during the years in which he took a starring role in Nintendo’s marketing efforts, including years of Nintendo’s E3 media presentations.

Symancyk and Simon will join the board immediately, and Fils-Aimé will join on April 20. The announcement comes as several other members of GameStop’s board prepare to retire from involvement, including longtime member Dan DeMatteo.

Everything We Know About Call Of Duty Warzone, A New Free-To-Play Battle Royale

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Everything We Know About Call Of Duty Warzone, A New Free-To-Play Battle Royale

Last year, Respawn Entertainment's Apex Legends was announced and immediately released. Activision is following suit this year with the surprise announcement and release of Call of Duty: Warzone, a new free-to-play battle royale game that delivers massive 150-player battles. Call of Duty: Warzone launches tomorrow at 8 a.m. PDT on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Modes Players can jump into two different avenues of play: Battle Royale, which unfolds exactly as you would expect with a gas cloud slowly grouping everyone together until only one team is left standing, and Plunder, a new style of play that pushes teams to collect as much cash as they can before the match ends. To earn money in Plunder, you can sneak off on your own and loot to your heart's content, complete in-match contracts, and hunt down other players and steal the hauls they've gathered.

The Map
Players drop into Verdansk, a thriving city turned battlefield that Activision says has over 300 points of interest. These locations include Gora Dam and Gorengard Lumberyard. Verdansk is a sprawling coastal city that just happens to be set at the foot of a giant mountain. Sections of the map offer long sight lines, and other areas push players to use close-quarters tactics to dart in and out of buildings.

Call Of Duty Free-To-Play Battle Royale Releases Tomorrow

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Call Of Duty Free-To-Play Battle Royale Releases Tomorrow

Activision has confirmed Warzone and announced that it's coming out tomorrow. Details below such as the 150 player count, Plunder mode, and that you don't have to own the full game are correct.

Warzone goes live on March 10, 8 AM (PDT) for existing Modern Warfare owners, and later at 12 PM (PDT) for everyone.

The company's official blog has more details about Warzone, including its city location – Verdansk, the vehicles involved, Contract objectives, progression, and more.

See How Spawn Fits Into Mortal Kombat 11 In Brutal New Gameplay Trailer

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See How Spawn Fits Into Mortal Kombat 11 In Brutal New Gameplay Trailer

Todd McFarlane's Spawn is coming to Mortal Kombat 11 starting next week, bringing his arsenal of chains, guns, and battle axes to the ring. A new gameplay trailer shows how the character, voiced by Keith David, fares against a fellow chain-wielder, Scorpion.

Spawn's appearance marks the end of the game's Kombat Pack DLC bundle, which also includes The Joker, Sindel, the Terminator T-800, Nightwolf, and Shang Tsung. If you have the pack, Spawn will be available for download starting March 17, and he'll be accessible as an individual download on March 24.

If you like the way Spawn looks in the trailer, McFarlane Toys is releasing a figure based on his Mortal Kombat appearance starting today.  

Seattle-Area Video Game Companies Sending Workers Home Amid Coronavirus Concerns

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Seattle-Area Video Game Companies Sending Workers Home Amid Coronavirus Concerns

The Seattle area has been a particular area of concern for the growing threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States, and a number of tech and gaming companies have made the challenging decision to adjust their work policies as a result. In just the last couple of days, many of these companies have begun to encourage its employees in the Seattle area (and surrounding cities) to work from home, or have closed up their offices entirely while continuing work remotely.

Yesterday, Bungie announced that it has enacted a plan for a “fully remote work infrastructure” for all its workers worldwide, including its Bellevue studio, which normally acts as the employment home base for several hundred workers. Bungie acknowledges in its statement that the new remote work plan could “affect patching cadence in the short term“ for Destiny 2, and the team’s goal is to keep players informed about shifting schedules. However, the impending launch of the next season of the game on March 10, and the Trials of Osiris relaunch on March 13, should be unaffected.

Other companies are also adjusting plans. Microsoft has encouraged workers to work from home through March 25. Nintendo told Kotaku in a recent statement that it has taken the precaution to allow workers in California and Washington state to work from home.

Doom Eternal's Soundtrack Features A Heavy Metal Choir, Hear Them Now

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Doom Eternal's Soundtrack Features A Heavy Metal Choir, Hear Them Now

Bethesda Softworks and id Software released a new trailer that shows the assembly and recording of a heavy metal choir for Doom Eternal's soundtrack. This choir features a variety of different singers and musicians from bands like Ministry and The World I Knew, and is the brain child of Doom Eternal's composer Mick Gordon and lead audio designer Chad Mossholder.

To get the singers in the mood, Gordon and company tinted the lights red and placed a number of candles in the recording space. The end product sounds cool as hell, which you can hear for yourself at the end of  trailer.

Doom Eternal launches on March 20 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia. A Switch version is also in the works, but it arrives at a later date in 2020.

Frictional Games Reveals Amnesia: Rebirth

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Frictional Games Reveals Amnesia: Rebirth

Frictional Games picked up steam the last few days, teasing its next project, treating fans to found footage and audio clips to piece together. Today, the acclaimed horror developer, best known for hits like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Soma, finally unveiled its upcoming game: Amnesia: Rebirth. The game is set to come out later this year.

Amnesia: Rebirth is a brand new story set in the world of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This time around, you retrace the journey of Tasi Trianon through the desolate Algerian desert. It's said her quest will "explore the limits of human resilience." Details are light on specifics, but here are some tidbits from the press release: you pull together fragments of a shattered past, time is against you, and if you fail, you will lose everything. To get a glimpse at the game, you can watch the reveal trailer above, which focuses on a downed airplane.

Right now, Amnesia Rebirth is set to come out this fall on PS4 and PC. 

Smaller, Cheaper Advanced Suit Spider-Man Statue On The Way

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Smaller, Cheaper Advanced Suit Spider-Man Statue On The Way

Collectibles can be expensive, especially if you are looking to line your shelves with statues. Sideshow and PCS Collectibles are creating a statue based on Insomniac Games' wonderful Spider-Man game that won't empty your wallet. Standing in at 7.35" in height (1:10 scale), fans can get an Advanced Suit Spider-Man statue for $84.99, which is quite a bit less than the $1,100 alternative Sideshow is selling.

The statue is made of resin and is slated to ship between this November and next January. You can find out more details at Sideshow's website and see the statue in the images below:

Pokémon Go's Battle League Kicks Off March 13 With Legendary And Mythical Rewards

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Pokémon Go's Battle League Kicks Off March 13 With Legendary And Mythical Rewards

You may already have hundreds of fights under your belt, but Pokémon Go's Battle League was only in its preseason. The official start to the Battle League kicks off on Friday, March 13 at 1 p.m. PDT. This first season of play allows you to complete seven sets of battles a day (meaning you can fight 35 times if you have the time on your hands). If you win all five battles in a set, you receive a Premium Battle Pass. Raising your rank also brings different rewards like increased Stardust, various Charged and Fast TMs, as well as the Pokémon you can catch at specific tiers.

The first reward encounter will be against Metagross. At rank 4, Beldum is thrown into the mix. Rank 7 brings the chance of a Rufflet encounter (who will later be available at the Safari Zone Philadelphia event). If you win enough fights to reach rank 10, you will earn a guaranteed encounter against Pikachu Libre. Scraggy will also appear more often as a random encounter in the battle tier.

At the end of Battle League's first season (which concludes on May 1), if you reach rank 7, you will earn an Elite Charged TM. If you hit rank 10, you also will receive avatar items and a pose inspired by Pokémon League Champion Steven.

Overwatch Begins Banning Heroes In Competitive Play

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Overwatch Begins Banning Heroes In Competitive Play

Overwatch's 21st season of Competitive Play kicks off today with four popular heroes on the bench. Hanzo, Mei, Orisa, and Baptiste will begin the season blocked off to players. If one of these heroes is your main, you'll have to find someone else to play as for a week. This is Blizzard's first attempt to shake up Overwatch's meta. Each week a different pool of heroes will be blocked off, so if you love playing as Mei, she should be back next week.

Overwatch's principle game designer Scott Mercer says that the team got feedback from players that the meta was stagnant for too long. "Especially at the highest ranks of the game, like Master and Grandmaster, we’ve seen the meta become more defined," he says. "The better you are at the game, the more you start to see the effects of what players deem are the strongest heroes. Even after our decision to switch team compositions to 2-2-2, creating change in the meta is a hard thing to do. We started being more aggressive with hero balancing with the hope that it would affect the meta, but we still worried that it wouldn’t shift enough for players. Hero Pools are part of a solution to address players’ desire to have a constantly shifting meta."