Rumor: Is A Sequel To Jade Empire In The Works?

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Rumor: Is A Sequel To Jade Empire In The Works?

Jade Empire, BioWare's well-received martial arts RPG from 2005, could soon be receiving a sequel or remaster. This news comes in light of EA submitting a new trademark application for the franchise in late January. 

This could signal a sequel, remaster, or that Jade Empire is coming to new platforms. However, it could also mean nothing exciting at all. Sometimes companies file for trademark applications as a routine procedure, in order to maintain IP rights, which could easily be the case here.

If there is a sequel or revival of Jade Empire, though, EA renewing the trademark is one of the steps necessary to make that happen. Plus, a few years back, BioWare told us that the possibility of a Jade Empire sequel is "never dead." Whether the rumor is factual or not remains unclear, but we hope to see the cult classic make a return in some shape or form.

Watch Adorable No Man's Sky Fan Film Made By A Father And His Five-Year-Old Daughter

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Watch Adorable No Man's Sky Fan Film Made By A Father And His Five-Year-Old Daughter

A YouTuber and his five-year-old daughter worked together to create an adorable fan film together that's inspired by No Man's Sky.

Titled Nomad Squadron, this 10 minute film shows Amelia, the five-year-old girl, and her squad members (who include guest stars Kinda Funny's Greg Miller and Austin Creed aka wrestler Xavier Woods) exploring the depths of space and infiltrating an alien world.

It's cute, funny, and thrilling to watch. Creator Matt Silverman explained in a subreddit that one of the most complicated parts of putting the film together wasn't actually the filming itself. The film uses recorded in-game footage from No Man's Sky and the actors were carefully edited in, which is pretty neat. "Compositing the game footage and getting everything to look cinematic was the biggest challenge," he wrote.

Here's What The Resident Evil 2 Remake Would Be Like With A Fixed Camera

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Here's What The Resident Evil 2 Remake Would Be Like With A Fixed Camera

The Resident Evil 2 remake has been getting rave reviews, by bringing a modern makeover to the beloved horror title and a new over-the-shoulder camera perspective, ditching the old fixed camera.

But what would the remake look like if it did still have that fixed camera? Modder Enveloping Sounds was curious to test this out, so they made a series of videos to test this concept. These are by no means a full-fledged mod, and Enveloping Sounds has mentioned that making this possible for the whole game could prove difficult.

"The near pitch black lighting in certain areas of the police station was designed with the over-the-shoulder view and flashlight in mind," Enveloping Sounds write under one of their videos. "Much of the environmental detail simply isn't visible [with fixed cameras], so you'd have to add tons of light sources around all the blacked-out areas for the fixed angle to be both aesthetically pleasing and practical."

Xbox's Heartwarming Super Bowl Ad Puts Spotlight On Adaptive Controller

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Xbox's Heartwarming Super Bowl Ad Puts Spotlight On Adaptive Controller

Microsoft's new Super Bowl commercial puts the Xbox One Adaptive Controller at center stage, with young kids commenting about their positive experiences with it.

The controller was announced and released last year, and its main focus is making games more accessible for players with disabilities. The short Super Bowl ad is pretty touching, giving us a glimpse of how the controller has managed to let kids with physical disabilities still enjoy their favorite games.

The Super Bowl airs later today on CBS, at 5:30 p.m. CT. For more on the Xbox One Adaptive Controller, read our in-depth feature about it, where we spoke to several gamers with disabilities.

Rise To Ruins Developer Returning Patreon Pledges For Double Their Amount After Game Is A Hit

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Rise To Ruins Developer Returning Patreon Pledges For Double Their Amount After Game Is A Hit

Rise to Ruins developer Raymond Doerr recently had one of those good problems: Having to cancel a Patreon for a rainy-day fund he no longer needs.

Doerr originally developed his Patreon for his village-managing simulator Rise to Ruins as a way to make sure he and his company SixtyGig Games (Rise to Ruins only requires one gigabyte of storage space) were able to survive if the game didn't make back its money through sales. That ended up being a real worry, as Rise to Ruins has been so successful that he's canceling to Patreon campaign altogether. "Rise to Ruins easily sustains my livelihood and a nice rainy day account that can keep SixtyGig Games running through the hard times now, so I don't feel right taking additional money from you guys," he said in a Patreon post.

While the cancellation of a Patreon campaign can be cause for concern, Doerr is making sure backers don't walk away feeling stiffed. In fact, he's offering to not only return the money anyone pledge to the campaign since the campaign began, but double it. "If you've pledged $10, I'll return $20," he says. All you have to do is message him on Patreon with the relevant Paypal information. If that doesn't work for you, he's also offering Steam gift card codes instead.

PSA: Get Vermintide 2, Cultist Simulator, And Earth Defense Force 4.1 For Just $12

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PSA: Get Vermintide 2, Cultist Simulator, And Earth Defense Force 4.1 For Just $12

If you haven't had a chance to try Warhammer: Vermintide 2, now's your chance to get it and a couple of other solid games for cheap.

Humble's latest monthly bundle (which you subscribe to, but can cancel after just one month for only $12) includes the Left 4 Dead-esque shooter, the excellent card game Cultist Simulator, and mindless-but-fun shooter Earth Defense Force 4.1 The Shadow of New Despair. Although it's technically the bundle for month, you can get these games right now, and you'll get some additional games when March rolls around, though those won't be announced until that time.

Final Fantasy XIV's Next Expansion Coming In July, Includes Nier: Automata Crossover Raid

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Final Fantasy XIV's Next Expansion Coming In July, Includes Nier: Automata Crossover Raid

At this year's Paris fan festival, Square Enix announced some new details on the upcoming expansion for Final Fantasy XIV, Shadowbringers, including a release date and a new raid series based on Nier: Automata.

First, the publisher announced a release date for the upcoming expansion: July 2. Accompanying the news is a new cinematic trailer, including a quick look at the new Gunbreaker class. There's also a dedicated trailer for the Gunbreaker, showing off what they can do, as well as our first look at the new playable race, the Viera, the rabbit-eared people featured in Final Fantasy XII.

Nier: Automata director and executive producer Yoko Taro and Yosuke Saito also appeared in the keynote as part of a video announcing that the next alliance raid for the game will feature a crossover with their game. As with most post-release raid content, this crossover is endgame content, which likely means you'll need a fully-leveled character to participate.

Machinima Officially Shuttered, 81 Employees Laid Off

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Machinima Officially Shuttered, 81 Employees Laid Off

A couple of weeks ago we saw the unceremonious gutting of Youtube creator network Machinima, as its entire video library vanished on Youtube as contracts were terminated or transferred to another network called Fullscreen as part of Machinima's merger with the Time Warner-owned Otter Media. Yesterday the company announced what we all knew was coming: It's shutting down. 

Deadline reports the company has made an official statement on the matter, including the announcement it is purging 81 people from its staff as part of its own end. "Machinima has ceased its remaining operations, which includes layoffs," a spokesperson told Deadline. "[CEO] Russell Arons remains with Machinima, and is assisting with transitional activities as she explores new opportunities."

Over the years, Machinima had been host to various gaming-related videos and parodies, including its namesake creative content made entirely with in-game assets of games. Some of its popular videos included a remake of Terminator 2 in Grand Theft Auto V and the Street Fighter series Resurrection.

The Film Groundhog Day Is Getting VR Game Sequel

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The Film Groundhog Day Is Getting VR Game Sequel

Here's something new to wake up to: Tequila Works, the developer behind Rime and The Sexy Brutale is making a VR game sequel to the classic Harold Ramis film starring Bill Murray Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son stars Phil Connors Jr., son of the protagonist from the original Groundhog Day film, as he becomes trapped in his own one-day time loop in the town of Punxsutawney "until he learns the true value of friends and family," according to Tequila Works.

The game is published by the new VR wing of Sony Pictures, which recently released the Ghostbusters VR game, Now Hiring. “This is us expanding the [Groundhog Day] storyline into a new format," Sony Pictures VR group senior vice president told Variety. “When we launched this business three years ago, we thought we would build small bite-sized games with movie IPs and see what price point we could get up to." After learning the market wasn't receptive to that idea, Zim said, they went a little more ambitious with Like Father Like Son, which he says is "a real attempt to make a real game."

Destiny 2's Next Season Will Make Clans More Rewarding

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Destiny 2's Next Season Will Make Clans More Rewarding

In the next season of Destiny 2, which starts in March, players should expect a reworked and improved clan experience, Bungie says.

On its official blog, the company states that in a effort to help "smaller, less hardcore" clas, which saw their progress in building up clan experience (which offers benefits to all members of a given clan), the game will be returning to the original clan experience system from the launch of Destiny 2. "Go play activities in the game and you will earn clan XP and level up your clan," the company says. As a result, daily clan bounties are gone, replaced with only three weekly clan bounties that have you playing with clanmates to earn extra clan experience and legendary gear.

Clan level benefits are also getting a bonus. Level-three clans earn mod components when completing clan bounties, level-four clans earn enhancement cores as well, level-five clans have a higher chance of earning catalysts for exotic weapons when completing strikes and crucible matches, (with some year-one catalysts coming back into the pool), and level-six clans earn a fourth clan bounty they can complete for more of the first two rewards.