Evo Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Its Main Stage Titles

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Evo Fighting Game Tournament Reveals Its Main Stage Titles

Each year, the fighting game tournament Evo takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada and brings in the best fighting game players in the world to compete on the genre's biggest stage. This year will be no different, as the tournament brings together both traditional and new choices for its main stage roster with its newly announced picks.

While some games are mainstays, a lot of titles are more fluid, and may be up to the whims of the community, the organizers, or even whether the publishers or other rights-holders want the game to be at the tournament. Here's the list of nine games Evo has announced for this year:

This is the first year since the 2013 debut of Super Smash Bros. Melee at Evo that it isn't present on the Evo mainstage, usually pushing Super Smash Bros.' newest game to the background in terms of stream schedule. Evo head Joey Cuellar explained that the game had a great run, but won't be making a return.

Resident Evil 2 Ships Four Million Copies

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Resident Evil 2 Ships Four Million Copies

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 2, the modern remake of the classic 1998 survival horror game, has shipped four million copies since its release one month ago. This inches Resident Evil as a series closer to one of the best selling Japanese IPs of all time.

The news comes just a few weeks after Capcom announced Resident Evil 2 hit the three million mark, meaning it has been selling fairly consistently after the initial launch period where most of a game's early sales will come from. It is likely a relief for Capcom, which expressed concern over the initially slow sales of Resident Evil 7, though that game eventually came from behind to be a high seller within the series.

This puts the Resident Evil series at 90 million, meaning it is within striking distance of the coveted 100 million milestone. The only other Japanese game series that have hit that number are major IPs like Mario, Final Fantasy, the Wii casual line, Pokemon, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Not even Zelda has hit that number, though it is currently neck-in-neck with Resident Evil to see which series gets there first.

Resident Evil 2 Ships Four Million Copies

about X hours ago from
Resident Evil 2 Ships Four Million Copies

Capcom has announced that Resident Evil 2, the modern remake of the classic 1998 survival horror game, has shipped four million copies since its release one month ago. This inches Resident Evil as a series closer to one of the best selling Japanese IPs of all time.

The news comes just a few weeks after Capcom announced Resident Evil 2 hit the three million mark, meaning it has been selling fairly consistently after the initial launch period where most of a game's early sales will come from. It is likely a relief for Capcom, which expressed concern over the initially slow sales of Resident Evil 7, though that game eventually came from behind to be a high seller within the series.

This puts the Resident Evil series at 90 million, meaning it is within striking distance of the coveted 100 million milestone. The only other Japanese game series that have hit that number are major IPs like Mario, Final Fantasy, the Wii casual line, Pokemon, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Not even Zelda has hit that number, though it is currently neck-in-neck with Resident Evil to see which series gets there first.

Skybound Cuts Off Support For Overkill's The Walking Dead

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Skybound Cuts Off Support For Overkill's The Walking Dead

After a prolonged development and low review scores upon release, it's safe to say that Overkill's The Walking Dead was a disappointment to fans. But fans weren't the only ones disappointed.

Skybound Entertainment was co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and the company holds the Walking Dead license. Today, Skybound released a statement saying that it has terminated its contract with publisher Starbreeze Studios, and it will discontinue efforts on Overkill's The Walking Dead.

"We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately Overkill's The Walking Dead did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised," the statement reads in part.

Skybound Cuts Off Support For Overkill's The Walking Dead

about X hours ago from
Skybound Cuts Off Support For Overkill's The Walking Dead

After a prolonged development and low review scores upon release, it's safe to say that Overkill's The Walking Dead was a disappointment to fans. But fans weren't the only ones disappointed.

Skybound Entertainment was co-founded by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, and the company holds the Walking Dead license. Today, Skybound released a statement saying that it has terminated its contract with publisher Starbreeze Studios, and it will discontinue efforts on Overkill's The Walking Dead.

"We did our best to work with Starbreeze and resolve many issues that we saw with the game, but ultimately Overkill's The Walking Dead did not meet our standards nor is it the quality that we were promised," the statement reads in part.

New Dune Games Coming From Funcom

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New Dune Games Coming From Funcom

Frank Herbert's Dune is among the most influential sci-fi books ever written.  And though elements of the Dune series have undoubtedly served as inspiration for many games, the number of officially licensed Dune games is surprisingly small. But that's about to change.

Funcom has announced a licensing agreement with Herbert Properties LLC and Legendary Pictures (the studio behind the upcoming Dune movie) that allows Funcom to develop Dune video games.

Beyond the fact that Funcom's Oslo studio will start development later this year, no other information of the games was announced. That studio's most recent title is Conan Exiles

New Dune Games Coming From Funcom

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New Dune Games Coming From Funcom

Frank Herbert's Dune is among the most influential sci-fi books ever written.  And though elements of the Dune series have undoubtedly served as inspiration for many games, the number of officially licensed Dune games is surprisingly small. But that's about to change.

Funcom has announced a licensing agreement with Herbert Properties LLC and Legendary Pictures (the studio behind the upcoming Dune movie) that allows Funcom to develop Dune video games.

Beyond the fact that Funcom's Oslo studio will start development later this year, no other information of the games was announced. That studio's most recent title is Conan Exiles

THQ Nordic Holds AMA On Image Board With Reputation For Child Pornography

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THQ Nordic Holds AMA On Image Board With Reputation For Child Pornography

(Heads up: This is a kind of disturbing story in that it goes into one of the darker parts of the web. If you're faint of heart for whatever reason, I'd advise caution.)

Earlier today, THQ Nordic, the company behind games like Darksiders III, announced on Twitter that they would be holding an "Ask Me Anything" session on the image board 8chan. This shocked many observers, as 8chan's reputation as being the border of the dark web and home to content not welcome on other websites was fairly well known. The resulting trainwreck has resulted in at least one major apology from the company's public relations department and scores of onlookers stating a lack of belief in their explanation.

We're not going to link the website and you definitely should not go there, even out of morbid curiosity. Googling the site will lead you to Wikipedia articles and news stories about the image board, but not a link to the site itself, as Google has banned its result. In an article published in 2015The Washington Post described it as "the more-lawless, more-libertarian, more 'free' follow-up to 4chan" as the first sentence of a story describing multiple reports of child pornography being hosted on the site. The board has, on its best days, entertained subject matter such as provocative pictures of minors in skimpy clothing and on its worst days been a hub for the exchange of links for much worse.

Overwatch's Newest Hero Baptiste Is Now Playable On The PTR, Here's What He Can Do

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Overwatch's Newest Hero Baptiste Is Now Playable On The PTR, Here's What He Can Do

Yesterday, Blizzard surprisingly announced the newest hero coming to Overwatch, a battle medic by the name of Baptiste. While the developer released a backstory video for the new Haitian hero, there were little to no details about how he might play beyond his balance of healing and hurting. However, no Baptiste is on the PTR, and we have a better sense of what he can do.

Baptiste wields a healing SMG, called the Medic SMG, which has a three-round burst with hitscan. The hitscan means that the bullets just have to be aimed at someone to heal them, there's no travel time from the gun to the target, theoretically making Baptiste the fastest healer with that method. Of course, like Ana, shooting enemies damages them, too.

The alt fire on the gun blasts a healing grenade that does no damage, but heals teammates in an area-of-effect range. The grenade and the SMG have separate ammo counts, so you can switch around as the situation demands.

Overwatch's Newest Hero Baptiste Is Now Playable On The PTR, Here's What He Can Do

about X hours ago from
Overwatch's Newest Hero Baptiste Is Now Playable On The PTR, Here's What He Can Do

Yesterday, Blizzard surprisingly announced the newest hero coming to Overwatch, a battle medic by the name of Baptiste. While the developer released a backstory video for the new Haitian hero, there were little to no details about how he might play beyond his balance of healing and hurting. However, now Baptiste is on the PTR, and we have a better sense of what he can do.

Baptiste wields a healing SMG, called the Medic SMG, which has a three-round burst with hitscan. The hitscan means that the bullets just have to be aimed at someone to heal them, there's no travel time from the gun to the target, theoretically making Baptiste the fastest healer with that method. Of course, like Ana, shooting enemies damages them, too.

The alt fire on the gun blasts a healing grenade that does no damage, but heals teammates in an area-of-effect range. The grenade and the SMG have separate ammo counts, so you can switch around as the situation demands.