Talking 12 Minutes With Willem Dafoe For 12 Minutes

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Talking 12 Minutes With Willem Dafoe For 12 Minutes

Even five years after its promising premiere at PAX East in 2015, we still can’t wait to get our hands on 12 Minutes. The premise behind this inventive indie game is simple, you are a man stuck in a 12-minute time loop, trying desperately to prevent the death of your pregnant wife. But, in the middle of dinner, a police officer arrives and accuses your wife of murdering his father. Your wife dies during the ensuing struggle and no matter how many times you relive the scenario, the situation always ends in tragedy. The concept is strong, but so is its all-star cast: James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley, and Willem Dafoe. We talked to Dafoe and 12 Minutes’ director Luis Antonio about how this little indie game got such an impressive cast and how the narrative evolved throughout development.

Full QuakeCon 2021 Event Schedule Revealed, A Digital Event All Can Attend

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Full QuakeCon 2021 Event Schedule Revealed, A Digital Event All Can Attend

As a result of COVID-19, QuakeCon 2021 will be another all-digital event this year, and we've got the full schedule to see what's in store for the road ahead. While we do miss in-person events, the good news is that the live-streamed event is purely focused on the digital space, which means no one has to miss out on certain aspects of what QuakeCon has to offer. That includes the puppies. Yes, we said puppies. 

QuakeCon will kick off at 2 p.m. Eastern on August 19 and following the Welcome Message opening stream, there will be a plethora of "fan-focused" panels for Bethesda and id fans to enjoy. We'll learn more about what is in store for the future while also reflecting back on some iconic game anniversaries. This is Todd Howard's moment to shine and talk about Skyrim some more, and honestly? We love to see it. 

For those interested, here is what the full schedule looks like for next week's festivities: 

Diablo 4 Director Among Three No Longer At The Studio Following Activision Blizzard Labor Abuse Allegations

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Diablo 4 Director Among Three No Longer At The Studio Following Activision Blizzard Labor Abuse Allegations

Amidst the ongoing investigation following details from a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) concerning reported toxic workplace conditions, three more high-profile developers have departed the company. Game Informer has confirmed reports that Diablo 4 game director Luis Barriga has joined Jesse McCree, a lead designer, and World of Warcraft dev Johnathan LeCraft in leaving the company. 

“We can confirm Luis Barriga, Jesse McCree, and Jonathan LeCraft are no longer with the company,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson said in response to a request for comment following a report that broke on Wednesday night.  “We have a deep, talented roster of developers already in place, and new leaders have been assigned where appropriate. We are confident in our ability to continue progress, deliver amazing experiences to our players, and move forward to ensure a safe, productive work environment for all.”

Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection Delayed To 2022 To Alleviate Additional Pressure On The Team UPDATE

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Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection Delayed To 2022 To Alleviate Additional Pressure On The Team UPDATE

Life is Strange: True Colors is just around the corner, and while the team over at Deck Nine is working on Alex's story, as well as the Wavelengths DLC that stars Steph Gingrich, the studio did announce a delay for the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection. 

Deck Nine offered an update on the Life is Strange series in a recent social media post, including confirmation that Life is Strange: True Colors will arrive on September 10, with the Wavelengths DLC slated for a September 30 release. Life is Strange: Remastered was originally expected to launch around the same time, but Deck Nine wants to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its team, which is incredibly important. To do just that, the decision has been made to push back the Remastered Collection to sometime early 2022. 

Spec Ops: The Line Director And Nine Inch Nails Guitarist Open New Studio, 'Cosmic Horror' Game In Development

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Spec Ops: The Line Director And Nine Inch Nails Guitarist Open New Studio, 'Cosmic Horror' Game In Development

Cory Davis, the creative director and designer of Spec Ops: The Line, is forming a new studio alongside Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck. Davis has a long history in the industry, including additional credits on Monolith’s F.E.A.R. and Condemned franchises. Finck worked with Davis on the indie horror game, Here They Lie. The new studio that the two are creating is called Eyes Out.

Robin Finck has provided music for a few titles himself, including Observation and Noct. In an emailed press release, Davis recounted his first fateful meeting with Finck:

“When I was finishing up work on Here They Lie, Robin wandered into our studio and I felt a very strong connection to his open, creative view of existence, and the power of music. We instantly started working on some prototypes I had in development at the time and together we launched straight toward something unexpected. Robin's vibrant and boundless approach to the creative process drives our work far beyond my previous experience. It's such an exhilarating trip to venture into the darkness together.”

Shin Megami Tensei V Unveils New Bethel Trailer

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Shin Megami Tensei V Unveils New Bethel Trailer

As is often the case in Shin Megami Tensei titles, the fate of the world is at stake and caught in a tug-of-war between the forces of good and evil. And, if other games in the franchise are anything to go on, perhaps other factions and philosophies as well. Often, your choices during the game lead to various different ending states. Shin Megami Tensei V looks like it's probably going in this direction as well. We won't have too long to wait until we are making those big choices, as the game is set to land on the Switch on November 12. Today, a new trailer hit that you can check out below.

While you can pretty much set your watch by Shin Megami Tensei games and their core formulas, we've already seen some shifts in direction for V. Still, today's trailer gives us a peek at some things that look like they're playing it close to the established franchise roots. A look at a classic unit from the series, the Archangel, is available in detail from a screen here and we see plenty of the staples in play. We've seen all those abilities before, so we know for sure that the famous "one-hit kill" abilities like Hama are going to be around to dish out some pain – be sure to get protection for your allies and yourself!

Destiny 2 Season Of The Splicer's Conclusion Is A Perfect Picture Of Duality, Pain, And New Beginnings

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Destiny 2 Season Of The Splicer's Conclusion Is A Perfect Picture Of Duality, Pain, And New Beginnings

Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer has finally reached its end, and not only did it bring chills and tears, but it also brings hope for the franchise's future. The latest season did more than bring new game aspects into the shooter, such as the Expunge and Override events, transmog, and much-needed Stasis tweaks in PvP. It also continued what Season of the Chosen beautifully laid out: a story that transformed the online adventure's weaknesses into strengths and provided Guardians with a tale that has as many twists as it does heartbreaks. 

Warning: Massive spoilers lay ahead for the Splicer epilogue, so I recommend not reading past this point if you have not played it yet. 

We've previously talked about the quiet strength of The Crow in this season and the feels-heavy turning point in the current season's narrative concerning a certain Saint-14. Still, the epilogue of Splicer truly did the story justice while expertly teasing a tumultuous time ahead with the upcoming Witch Queen expansion. But like in my earlier deep dive about Saint's awakening, I can't help but be in awe of where the game is now despite its rough launch and vaulting of half of its content. On paper, that should be a pretty massive nail in Destiny 2's coffin, but instead, it has been a rebirth that makes me more excited than I have ever been about what's next. 

Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Nintendo Indie World Showcase

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Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Nintendo Indie World Showcase

Not to be outdone by Microsoft’s ID@Xbox presentation yesterday, Nintendo held another installment of its Indie World showcase today. The 20-minute video was jam-packed with hotly-anticipated titles, several of which are launching today. If you don’t have time to watch the presentation, consider this round-up a quick snapshot of everything the event had to offer. 

Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, a funky game heavily inspired by Jet Set Radio, will be a timed Switch console exclusive, and it’s launching in 2022. 

Toem is a wholesome photography game set in a beautiful black and white hand-drawn world coming to Switch and PC this fall. 

Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection Delayed To 2022 To Alleviate Additional Pressure On The Team

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Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection Delayed To 2022 To Alleviate Additional Pressure On The Team

Life is Strange: True Colors is just around the corner, and while the team over at Deck Nine is working on Alex's story, as well as the Wavelengths DLC that stars Steph Gingrich, the studio did announce a delay for the Life is Strange: Remastered Collection. 

Deck Nine offered an update on the Life is Strange series in a recent social media post, including confirmation that Life is Strange: True Colors will arrive on September 10, with the Wavelengths DLC slated for a September 30 release. Life is Strange: Remastered was originally expected to launch around the same time, but Deck Nine wants to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its team, which is incredibly important. To do just that, the decision has been made to push back the Remastered Collection to sometime early 2022. 

Boyfriend Dungeon Launches On Nintendo Switch Today, So Go Out There And Woo Some Weapons

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Boyfriend Dungeon Launches On Nintendo Switch Today, So Go Out There And Woo Some Weapons

If you read our earlier preview about Boyfriend Dungeon, then you know we found it just as entertaining as it is weird. But weird is sometimes good, and Boyfriend Dungeon does weird very well. For those itching to woo some fancy weapons that coincidentally happen to be hot love interests, now's your time to chase those dreams because it arrives on Nintendo Switch today. 

This game is perfect for those who enjoy games like Dream Daddy, and it starts by allowing you to create your character. The character creation is bare-bones, but you can choose basic options like hair colors, pronouns, and general vibe. Once your character looks the way you want, it's time to get out there and fight some dunj in a world where even the simplest weapon can be more than it appears. What a crazy coincidence that they all also happen to be ridiculously hot.