Battleborn’s Writer Departs Gearbox

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Battleborn’s Writer Departs Gearbox

Gearbox is saying goodbye to Battleborn’s lead writer. Aaron Linde, whose comedic stylings are a large part of the Battleborn single player experience, has announced that this is his last week at the studio.

In a pair of tweets, Linde expresses his pride and also indicates that his new opportunity will take him to the Pacific Northwest. With a number of studios in the Seattle area, it’s hard to guess where he might be heading.

Got some news, fellas! Tomorrow's my last day at Gearbox. Absolutely love this team and am incredibly proud of the work we did together.

Loot Crate’s Latest Team-Up Delivers Halo Goodies Every Other Month

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Loot Crate’s Latest Team-Up Delivers Halo Goodies Every Other Month

Loot Crate and Microsoft have announced a team-up to bring Halo memorabilia and in-game items to fans. The Halo Legendary Crate will be delivered every other month with different themes each shipment.

In addition to mystery items based on moments from the Halo franchise, Loot Crate is commissioning a line of figures. This seems similar to what the company is doing with its bi-monthly Firefly Crate featuring exclusive figures of the cast.

According to a VentureBeat report, Loot Crate now has more than 600 million subscribers in 35 countries. The company just raised its first round of investor funding, bringing in $18.5 million.

Metal Gear Solid 3 Is Now A Pachislot Game

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When Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima was in the throes of his painful divorce from publisher Konami, gamers feared for the future of the franchise. There were two common refrains from worried fans. That the series would go exclusively mobile was one. The other has come true.

Konami has released a trailer for a new version of Metal Gear Solid 3. Now, one of the most adored entries in the franchise is not getting a current-gen makeover.

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Valve Has Sold Half A Million Steam Controllers, Updates Coming

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Valve Has Sold Half A Million Steam Controllers, Updates Coming

Approximately seven months after launch, Valve has released sales data for its homegrown controller. The Steam Controller is now in the hands of 500,000 people.

Since its launch in November 2015, Valve has added a number of improvements to the device and its PC-based interface. You can now configure the controller to work with non-Steam games, set up multiple profiles for a single game activated via button press (handy for those that have different controls for walking, driving, flying, etc.), and pass-through for rumble support.

Valve will be adding additional features that allow you to assign press-and-hold, double tap, and toggle functions. The Steam Controller also supports Steam VR, with motion control functions that allow it to be used with driving games.

Life Is Strange; That Dragon, Cancer; Among Games With Change Awards Finalists

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The Games for Change Festival is holding its 13th annual event this year, and the nonprofit has announced the list of finalists for its 2016 Games for Change Awards. There are a few recognizable names among them, as well as some titles you may not have heard of before.

Life is Strange leads the finalists, with three nominations, followed by That Dragon, Cancer, which has two. This year's event is being held at New York's Parsons School of Design on June 23-24. It features keynote speakers including Sid Meier (Firaxis Games), Graeme Devine (Trilobyte), and Christopher Weaver (Bethesda Softworks). For more information about the event, visit the official site

The finalists for the 2016 Games for Change Awards are follows (with descriptor text from the organization):

Dying Light Developer Techland Moves Into Global Publishing

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Dying Light Developer Techland Moves Into Global Publishing

Techland – the Polish studio behind the Dying Light games (expansion The Following shown above), the first Dead Island title, Call of Juarez, and many more – has announced it is moving into publishing games around the world.

The company already publishes titles in Europe, and Techland is already setting a goal to release two "major multiplatform" games and four digital titles every year.

Techland has not announced any developers it is working with, but promises that the first game under the Techland Publishing moniker will be unveiled soon.

Rumor: Film Based On Ubisoft’s The Division In The Works

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Rumor: Film Based On Ubisoft’s The Division In The Works

With Assassin’s Creed set to hit theaters this December, Ubisoft may be turning its attention to another franchise for film adaptation. A report suggests that The Division is next up for the publisher.

Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is on board to star in the film. It wouldn’t be his first go around with an Ubisoft-based movie. Gyllenhaal starred in 2010’s critically-panned Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.

Gyllenhaal would also be on board to co-produce the film, according to Variety. No writer is yet signed on, so if Variety is accurate, we won’t be seeing The Division in theaters for quite some time.

Minecraft Sales Now Top 100 Million

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Minecraft Sales Now Top 100 Million

If you ever look at the monthly NPD report and wonder why Minecraft continues to pop up on the top 10 list, the latest sales figures might put that in context. Microsoft has released updated information, with Minecraft now having sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

Since the start of this year, the company says that an average of 53,000 copies of the sandbox building game have been sold daily. Minecraft also boasts monthly usership of more than 40 million.

Along with the updated figures, Microsoft has released an infographic that breaks down where people are playing by territory. Minecraft was most recently released on Wii U, where players can visit a blocky version of Mushroom Kingdom with Mario-themed skins. You can see how that in looks in our Test Chamber.

Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller Joins Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One

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Silicon Valley's T.J. Miller Joins Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One

The co-star of Deadpool and Yogi Bear joins Steven Spielberg's adaptation to play an annoying online troll.

According to Deadline, Miller will be playing i-R0k, who likes to troll the online forums of the popular game that Ready Player One follows. Miller joins a cast that includes Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mark Rylance.

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, takes place in a future dystopian future where the world is obsessed with a virtual reality video game called OASIS. For more on the progress of the film, head here and here.

Chrono Trigger Director Would “Love To See” New Version

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Chrono Trigger Director Would “Love To See” New Version

When we were in Tokyo for our Final Fantasy XV coverage, we talked to a lot of industry legends about the Final Fantasy series. One of those people was Takashi Tokita, a producer and senior manager at Square Enix. Tokita was the lead designer of Final Fantasy IV, but he was also one of the directors on another beloved RPG: Chrono Trigger. Tokita shared some behind-the-scenes info on that classic game, and talked about how he would like to see it resurface.

Chrono Trigger tops the list of Best RPGs Ever for many fans of the genre, but part of its appeal is tied to its time and place. When it released in Japan in 1995, the two biggest RPG franchises were controlled by different companies: Final Fantasy under Square, and Dragon Quest under Enix. Therefore, part of the magic of Chrono Trigger was that it was an unlikely collaboration of the best and brightest RPG talent on both sides. Tokita thinks this contributes to the idea of Chrono Trigger being considered untouchable by some fans – and even Square Enix itself. “It’s probably considered sacred since the companies merged,” he says. “It was essentially a dream mix between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest; creating or exceeding what it was in its original form is a very difficult feat.”

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