GI Update: Publisher Cathy Preston Retires

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GI Update: Publisher Cathy Preston Retires

Our long-time publisher, friend, and Game Informer family member Cathy Preston has retired. Her impact on Game Informer can’t be measured. During her 20-year tenure as publisher, our subscriber base grew from hundreds of thousands to over eight million at its height. She believed in me, and believed in every member of our staff. I don’t know where we’d be today without her support of our best (and even our worst) ideas.

Not only was she a great leader, Cathy inspired the culture here at Game Informer as well. Sure, she made decisions that were good for the business, but it was important to her that these decisions were also good for the employees. She cared about us, and respected the balance between our professional responsibilities and personal lives. Her dedication to this vision created a place to work unlike any other.

Yes, Cathy was my boss, but I can’t thank her enough for being my friend. It has been an honor working with her, so from the team here at Game Informer: The scope of our gratitude is impossible to put into words.

2K Making NFL Games Again

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2K Making NFL Games Again

2K's last officially licensed NFL football video game – ESPN NFL 2K5 – came out in 2004, and since that time fans have clamored for a deal that would bring the league and the publisher back together.

Today 2K has announced that it is indeed renewing its partnership with the NFL through a multi-year deal, although in a slightly different form than back in the glory days of the NFL 2K brand.

2K is planning multiple "non-simulation football game experiences," according to the official press release, which are already early in development and scheduled to release in 2021.

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.